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Poet wins award at convention

Alma W. Hudson of On Top of the World in Clearwater recently attended a Famous Poets Convention in Reno, Nev., where she received $1,000 for her poem titled The Realities of Love.

Hudson, the author of eight poetry books and an autobiography, also received a Shakespeare Trophy for Excellence as a Famous Poet for 2004 in the International Poetry Hall of Fame. Below is Hudson's poem.

The Realities of Love

by Alma W. Hudson

The poets for years have drummed in our ears

that love makes the world go around.

They say that the bliss of each sweetheart kiss

is just where true love can be found.

But of what comes after can be a disaster

as many a couple can state.

It's day to day living, forget and forgiving

that seals every man to his mate.

The love, the moonlight, the thrill of a June night

can start pulses racing away.

But, as we grow older, a welcoming shoulder

a beautiful end for a day.

How precious the thoughts we remember

How Lovely the memories they bring

For even in cold, cold December

Our hearts can be filled with sweet Spring.

So cherish each day that God gives us

Let love rule our lives in all ways

For love's not just sweet dreams and kisses

Love rules every part of our days.

Couples celebrate decades together

Ruth and Art Parker of Largo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner cruise aboard the Starlite Majesty out of Clearwater Beach. When Hurricane Charley canceled their plans for a weekend visit to the beach, they spent the remainder of the time at the home of a grandson in Gainesville. They were married Aug. 11, 1944, in Newport, Ark.

They came here in 1984 from Pittsburgh, where he retired after 30 years with J & L and LTV Steel companies and she retired as a nurse. They have six children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are active members of the Men's Club and the Dart Team at their mobile home park. She plays on two shuffleboard teams, is the captain of one team and also bowls weekly. They are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Largo.

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Ruth and Charles Bell of Dunedin recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on a cruise from Newark, N.J., to Bermuda aboard the Empress of the Sea. They were married Sept. 10, 1944, in Methuen, Mass.

They came to Orlando in 1978 from Metheun when he was relocated by Martin Marietta, and in 1989 moved to this area. He has volunteered for eight years and she for nine years at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is one of the original drivers for the hospital's Carelift program. She is an aide and also works at the hospital's service desk. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin.

They have one son, James Ross Bell of Clermont, and a granddaughter, Kerry Bell, who is a registered nurse in the ICU at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa.

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