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Communities of all kinds are held up by pillars made of heart. Typically embodied by people who let the weight of their community rest on their shoulders, willing to let life be life. Sometimes it hurts, and sometimes it's comfortable. Regardless, the result is a halo that surrounds all participants in a community. The healing light of being mothered, fathered or cared for.

These are very special people who take this role in your community. Maybe this person is you. In which case, please be you today, and every day. Because you are very important.

For the rest of us, we all know who the pillars are that hold up the communities that we care about. We all know the value of what they do, especially when we stop to think about it.

There is nothing in life that I have ever found a deeper admiration for than people who take on this role. Pillars of Community. When a human being digs their heels in, claims territory and begins to show Love towards a group of people, they begin to embody the beauty of humanity in its greatest light. Passionate leadership, selflessness. Care for their fellow man. Admiration and dedication to a cause.

It doesn't happen every day. 

And it is a personal sacrifice for the greater good. People in such communities find success, and many rewards. Pillars of Community create an atmosphere where success is possible, growth is possible, life is possible. After all we are all mere humans, and we need to be Loved in all aspects of our development. When we go off the rails or as life derails us, sometimes we need that pillar to guide as back to the light.

Pillars of Community are very important people, who cannot be thanked enough.




Three things:


ONE. 

I wrote about Clydene Nee here on my journal in July of 2013. As a quick recap, she's the amazing woman who happens to be the Community Pillar for Artists' Alley at San Diego Comic-Con since 1989. She's a hero to this community, loved by all who she has touched. And that's a long, long list of people. I ask that you visit Clydene's GoFundMe page. On behalf of deviantART, a donation has already been made. So you don't have to donate, only if you want to. More importantly, I just want you to read about this woman, and what she is going through, plus who is stepping up to the plate to help. As a member of both the deviantART community, and the SDCC Artists' Alley community, I'm so worried about Clydene. And I'm so moved by the support she is seeing. It's beautiful. It's inspiring. It's so deserved. I wanted to share it. The page was set up by our very own diablo2003 (Mark Brooks) on her behalf. Contributions have come from over 240 people, including Jim Lee (jimlee00) from DC Comics, Erik Ko (ErikKo) and others. I don't think she would have set a page up like this for herself. I'm so proud of you, diablo2003, for stepping up to the plate. It's really awesome of you.


TWO.

In honor of wonderful people like Clydene, people who are Pillars of Community ... please share with us (in the comments) who at deviantART is a pillar of community for you. Or, simply share whatever comes to mind about the pillars that hold up the community you love! These people are critical in life, it's always important to stop and thank them. Acknowledge them. Encourage them. They have often times deviated from their lives, to give to something that matters. 


THREE

If you don't feel like talking about it here, then I simply encourage you to reach out to that pillar today and say THANK YOU, YOU MEAN A LOT TO ME! They need to hear it! 


True deviants. True deviousness.

:heart: 

-- :spyed:  


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Silver-lion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Thanks for all of this :-)
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MirRoriel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The person that stands out head and shoulders above the rest is easily the lovely Anastasia :icongraphix-goddess:. So precious! It's means so much to know that I will always have at least one person take a look at something I've submitted and provide meaningful feedback ^^. And it's even crazier to think she brings joy to so many others in this way too, without fail! Wow thank you Ana ^^!!
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jackDante Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing, I never thinking about pilar of life
It's be cool shared in the community
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
watching / looking at    too much porn
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :heart: :hug:
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j-m-s Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I miss the pillars of community you alienated when you buried the shoutbox <3
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j-m-s Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
You have a sense of community? Are you serious? When I came here in 2002 there was a sense of community. What is there now? A journal entry of name dropping of people? Mate you have lost touch with the people.
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photofairy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   General Artist
For me, my pillars are my friends here, who also always have a kind word for anyone that needs it, and jump at a chance to help others. They are also extremely talented artists. Big hug to all of them :iconaawplz:

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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Big hug to you too dear Maya:huggle:
I m honoured very much:heart:
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
u r so very sweet to put me in this category dear mia....Im very honored:hug:
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petrova Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Oooh sweetie, thank you so much :happycry: I feel so honoured.
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SharonLeggDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is so kind of you, my dear!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Thank you so much dear. I m really honored to be in your list:huggle::heart:
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DemonMathiel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Photographer
Tank you :hug:
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olympiadakasatou Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:hug:
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mimomon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thank you very much,  Ayhan !
:)
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful article I saw on dA!:heart:
Congratulations :iconspyed: rose by MellcatNinA

I think that this community is special because we all find here a world full of beautiful people and much kindness and love.
I'm sure that all of us would like to see and feel the real world same as dA.:heart:
I'm grateful to all my friends for all the wonderful moments they bring in my life and I can't thank them enough for what they are and they do!:hug:
 Tigles1Artistry gigi50 MayEbony VasiDgallery Arte-de-Junqueiro
floriaiglenoir lVeiz intu47  LUCILALEYLA  Canankk  kmygraphic Trippy4U
Thelma1 BrightStar2 ArtBYbeverly Hermetic-Wings
subhankar-biswas Applemac12 maiarcita 1001G TeaPhotography  J-u-d-a-s
 Nameda Dieffi saperlipop RezzanAtakol  La--Boheme Shachar-Art
TriciaS wingsofdragons Metal-Bender catch---22 Thelma1 Kaz-D
JocelyneR BrightStar2 TheGalleryOfEve Aussie-Blonde jennystokes Stygma
jolabrodnica Annissina creativemikey Andaelentari 33M PridesCrossing
ArtByCher martaraff megan7 chryssalis milenkadelic Kay-March
DragonsChest WhiteBook MonaParvin JulianasGrandma m-gosia PaSt1978
Kachinadoll jankolas SabakuNoShi Deviantinterested philippeL
SayuriMVRomei Mariska1974 vivi-art Nataly1st Dark-Angel669 BiBiARTs
bewilderedconfused retro2k HarLeezPix HMissXX primalfuryan EvaPolly
Biutz Deb-e-ann ShlomitMessica yadiyada27 BlueAnomiS brianimages
 MustafaSEZER Melusine8 MDDahlSweediesArt Marazul45 ladyjudina
 LewiARTs Sillybilly60 CarolynYM Gryffgirl Digithalie cavami ShanghaiSarah
 LDRPhotography Anj3lla AngeliaArt just-joking notofthisearth Marmotica Cipgallery
...And the list could continue!:icontruesmiles:


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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love you. :blowkiss:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Love you too.:tighthug:
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Many thanks my sweet Selina:huggle::heart:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I send you a hug, Rozi:heart::tighthug:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhh my dear, you're so sweet!!! :love: Thank you so much!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
My pleasure, Eve and I send you all my good thoughts!:heart:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thank you so much, dear Selina! :tighthug:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
With all my heart, Jo!:tighthug:
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saperlipop Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thank  you, dear Ayhan, for your kind heart and friendship :heart:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
thank u so very much Ayhan for including me in your list of friends............have a most awesome day :heart:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Since I just CANNOT do copy and pasting..............I know most of the above people and yes, they are all wonderful.
Some are very good friends and others I know from passing through other peoples Profile pages.
I dont see Lucila's name here?
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AlwaysRainCheck Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconmetalkistune: She's a true inspiration for me, I'm proud to call her a friend, she's got a heart of gold.
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ieatrosepetals Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh sweetie.. Emote Cuddle Love 
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AlwaysRainCheck Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Coco gets glomped by Momo  Heart 
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ieatrosepetals Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why are you such a kind person? :heart:
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AlwaysRainCheck Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
gosh...you too are a kind person, i'm ready to bet we are like this for similar reasons.Heart  
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ieatrosepetals Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll tell you one day. but not today. 
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AlwaysRainCheck Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
deal. i'll tell you my story too, one day.
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I was not aware about that idea, so nice to participate such things here are my persons...
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Thank you from heart,my beloved brother!!!:tighthug:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Always...you are always have a special place as a friend dear Athina...
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Thank you very much for your friendship, dear friend Ayhan!!! :iconsecrethandshakeplz2:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I am so proud with your's dear Carlos...
You are very welcome :D
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thank you kindly, dear Ayhan! :hug:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so welcome :D
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BklynGirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Thank you, my loving friend, for including me!  I see so many faces here that  I know, 
and I agree with you, they are all wonderful, supportive friends. This is a very nice
feature, and I hope to find the time to do it too. Sending you hugs and love! XOXOXO
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are always have a very special place in my heart dear Maria....and this must not a surprise to see you in my list of important friends. Always feeling safe and sheltered by your kind and supportive friendship dear friend. Please have a nice weekend
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BklynGirl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
:love:
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naikki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I'm truly honored, dear Ayhan :heart:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so welcome...Hope to meet your latest submissions soon :D
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thank you very much, dear Ayhan for this special mention, I'm honored and I think that this beautiful space is brighter with your special friendship.:tighthug:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your support and your kind friendship is also important for me...That makes DA more special place...:nod:
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