The Long and Winding Road

10 Apr

Writer’s come in many shapes and sizes.

I’ve lived in Alaska, Vermont, Oregon, and Washington.

I’m a recovering alcoholic!

I’ve been divorced, I am currently married, and I am a father.

My parents are both dead . . . most of my adopted family is dead.

I have degrees in Marketing, Economics, and Education.

I’m left-handed but fairly ambidextrous because the nuns didn’t believe in anyone being left-handed in the 1950’s.  It was just too much of a bother for them.

I’ve owned four businesses.

I was homeless for a couple weeks back in 1989.  Didn’t enjoy it at all, but I had it coming.

I taught school for almost twenty years.  I’ve been a warehouseman, a salesman, a data processor, and a tutor.  I’ve cleaned pig stalls and shoveled coal into the blast furnace of ships.  I worked in a bowling alley and a lumber yard.  I’ve been a truck driver. I’ve worked for fifty years and probably forgot several professions.

I am a Liberal 90% of the time, but more than willing to listen to the Dark Side if they are not insulting or condescending LOL…all in jest!

I treat people with respect, as I was raised to do, but I have a low tolerance for deceit.

I do not suffer fools for long.

I have empathy for the lowest of low.  I relate better to the sinners of the world.  I am painfully shy, but can schmooze with practically anyone, because I genuinely care about their story.

I have zero tolerance for rudeness, and a low-patience threshold for boring, mundane conversations.

I will always stand up for the underdogs.

I love The Beatles and baseball.

I do not trust corporations at all.

I do not trust politicians at all.

I am rapidly approaching 70 years of age and I have no fear of death.

I won the DNA lottery and am ridiculously healthy.

And all of that leads me to today, a writer, a publisher of I don’t know how many novels and novellas.

All of that leads me to today, an urban farmer, the raiser of chickens, and a man who is still fascinated with life and all it has to offer.

The long and winding road of Bill Holland.

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


32 Responses to “The Long and Winding Road”

  1. Janine Huldie April 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Bill, so much here I just can’t help but love. Partially, because as I was reading I was nodding along at many of the things we have in common. But seriously, my friend I just adore you for you and hope you know that. Happy Tuesday!!! 😉

    • Billybuc April 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Janine, it is pretty cool to have such a good friend but never meet them in person…what a great bond we have. Thank you so much.

  2. marcoujor April 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    OK now this is my all time favorite of your musings, dear Bill.

    You are ‘all that’ and your big heart is beautiful (and thankfully healthy)!

    Love, Maria

    • Billybuc April 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Aww thanks Maria! The feeling is certainly mutual, dear friend.


  3. MsDora April 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    No wonder that you have been able to touch so many different lives with so many different affirmations. Your road has been long, winding and purposeful! Blessed that it intersected with mine.

    • Billybuc April 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      I like that, Dora…purposeful! Thanks so much my friend.

  4. Mike April 10, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

    Hello Bill – You sound like you have it all figured out, and it only took you seventy years. I am still trying to figure things out. Great bit of background story here. I am shy, but I don’t know if I would call it painfully shy.

    • Billybuc April 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      Mike, I’m not sure I would go so far as to say I’ve figured it all out, but at least I now feel like I have a clue, and that is huge progress. Thanks my friend.

  5. Shauna L Bowling April 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Well said, Bill! I actually learned a few things I didn’t know about you. But then, you’ve been traveling that long and winding road longer than our lives have been entwined, so it makes perfect sense. I never knew you’re a south-paw. Did you play baseball left-handed?

    • Billybuc April 10, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      I did, Sha, threw left-handed, but batted right-handed. I do a lot of things with my right hand. I hate to say this but the nuns actually did me a favor with their not-so-gentle urging to use my right hand. 🙂

  6. Larry Kitzmann April 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    Though we’v never actually met I fo consider you as a long time friend. At least you’be never unfriended me on FB. That says and means a lot to me. So now I know even more about a friend I have yet to meet in reality. Similar in so many ways yet quite different in others. Thank you for sharing this my friend. Yes it’s been a long and winding road for the both of us. Take care as always and know I both love and follow your writing.

    • Billybuc April 11, 2018 at 12:26 am #

      Thank you Larry! I, too, consider you a good friend, a voice of reason in turbulent times, and I am grateful for your friendship. Thank you for the kind words.

  7. 1authorcygnetbrown April 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    I was thinking about this the other day. I too have lived “many lives” in my lifetime. I cannot imagine that I could have written as well as I do now back when I was in my 20s.

    • Billybuc April 11, 2018 at 12:25 am #

      I am positive I couldn’t, Donna, if it weren’t for the paths I took.:)Thank you!

  8. Larry Kitzmann April 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    Sorry about all the typos in my earlier piece but this pain medication i’m on is messing with what few brain cells I have left. As always peace and take care my friend.

    • Billybuc April 11, 2018 at 12:24 am #

      No worries, Larry! I’m just happy you took the time to comment. Be well my friend!

  9. Michael Milec April 11, 2018 at 2:01 am #

    Your life is an open book of countless practical, fascinating, realistic chapters. Those unfinished pages are promising to become surprisingly admirable based on recently opening doors. It is privilege and blessing meeting supernaturally and knowing you a close friend as a brother. Peace with us.

    • Billybuc April 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      Michael my friend, it is my privilege and blessing to call you my friend. Thank you and blessings always!

  10. manatita April 11, 2018 at 6:56 am #

    Extremely beautiful and impactful. Gone to the nitty-gritty of the thing … the substance, as you always do.
    I thought you didn’t like fiery infernos! Ha ha. I remember writing your story. Actually, I have softened the first two lines of the poems. Tell me what you think.

    Your story is of a very decent human being. We need more souls like you, in this current stream of chaos and dissension. Glory be to the William Dale Hollands’ of this world! Peace.

    • Billybuc April 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you, Manatita my friend, and blessings to you. Glory be to all who seek the path of peace and love.

  11. Greg Boudonck April 12, 2018 at 1:36 am #

    All I can say to that sir is… I love you man. In a non rainbow kind of way. Lol.

    • Billybuc April 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      Thank you Gret! The feeling is mutual!

  12. Audrey Howitt April 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I loved hearing so much about you. Some of this I had guessed–but not much!

    • Billybuc April 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you Audrey! I try to be an open book to my friends. I grew up around secrets and vowed to be transparent with friends.

  13. susanzutautas April 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Always nice to learn more about you Bill. Have a great week!

    • Billybuc April 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you Susan! Enjoy your week as well.

  14. phoenix2327 April 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Clearly, your entire life has been preparing you to be a writer. I can’t imagine anyone who has worked in one occupation for 40+ years and never travelled beyond their own town could capable of accomplishing what you have as a writer. The universe has a place for all of us. We just have to find our own way there. Sounds like you’ve done that.

    I hope you’re proud of yourself. I know I’m proud to know you.

    • Billybuc April 12, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

      That is sweet of you, Zulma. Thank you very much. I agree, writers need to experience life so they actually have something to write about. 🙂

  15. Dee April 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    You have a wonderful background and amazing accomplishments and still more to add over the next decade or so. Blessings.

    • Billybuc April 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

      Thank you very much, Dee! The next decade fills me with exciting anticipation. Gotta make it count!

  16. Sageleaf April 15, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    I love your long and winding road, Big Bro. And it’s inspirational that you’ve done so many things. Because I used to feel badly that I was “all over the place” but I have not only learned to embrace it, but to embrace it with all my heart and “capitalize” on my talents. 🙂 Not that I’m all that talented – just pointing out the fact that you’re a multipotentialite and a darn good one!! I hope you’ve been well, Big Bro. Just got back from all my travelin’ and working on a blog post about it. Love your writing and all the incredible things you do!

    • Billybuc April 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      All is well here, Lil Sis! Busier than a one-armed paperhanger, but I am well. Good to have you back. I’ll check in with your latest blog later this afternoon. Hugs from Oly!

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