- Producer05/12/2016Creative Accountants Are No Longer BannedIf I say the words “Creative Accounting” most people within the finance profession immediately think of Enron and it’s most certainly associated with something negative. According to Wikipedia, it’s defined as follows. “ Creative accounting is...
- Producer05/12/2016The swarming of bees... expanding the beBee experience.In my humble experience... engagement, and discussion, and progress, start with a question."How are you today?"... "What can I do for you today?"... "How can I help you become successful?"... "How can we solve this problem?" And my favourite, "What...
Comments06/12/2016 #4 Deb Helfrich" we want people to "ask the questions and start the discussions" I have to concur, @Graham that is what it is all about.
Although, in case you are wondering, right now we cannot employ mentioning on beBee if we add the bee emoji to our name on this site.#2 @Jared - FYI as well. And as with all these minor things, the appropriate personnel are all over making sure we can proudly travel as visual Bees in the very near future.05/12/2016 #1 Javier beBeeThanks Graham ! I love all your reasons !
"I've expanded my professional network by over 400 people".
"I've expanded my blog readership; in many cases engaging in great discussion with a wide variety of very skilled and knowledgeable people".
I've connected with people who have similar interests.
"I've been exposed to blog posts and commentary that have made me think and helped me grow professionally".
"I've developed a number of trusted relationships where I know I will receive candid, respectful feedback".
"I've developed at least one business collaboration".
"I've become a beBee Brand Ambassador".
"I've been given a platform to begin developing my proficiency at vlogging".
"I've uncovered and developed professional opportunities".
"I've been reminded that this is a big, beautiful world... with amazing people in it".
- Producer06/12/2016‘Re-Inventing’ Yourself? Got Transferable Skills?I recently finished a tedious telephone conversation while making a simple hotel reservation. The reservations clerk at the hotel had a very difficult time understanding my e-mail address. I could not believe how the reservation person was not able...
Comments06/12/2016 #3 Lisa GallagherYour story with the person on the other end at the hotel reminded me of my own experience not so long ago. The man wouldn't stop long enough to listen to the spelling of my last name, he didn't get my email address right and wouldn't take my confirmation number to look up my existing reservation. He was obviously not suited for the position he took. Great tips you offered @Wayne Yoshida. No one should ever apply for a job they are not qualified to do.
- Producer06/12/2016Before Writing Comes ThinkingA NEW AND DIFFERENT WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING... As a professional writer, editor, university educator, and speaker, with more than 1,000 print and digital publications, I've recently launched an online program for...
Comments06/12/2016 #1 Phil FriedmanFrom now until Valentine's Day, www.learn2engage.org is offering a 10% Finder's Appreciation Bonus to anyone who refers a client. And if the client signs up and mentions your name plus the code #WRITETHINKING, that client will also receive a 10% discount on his or her tuition fee. A win all around. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Producer06/12/2016Be An Advocate: A loved One's Life May Depend On ItMy sister had a double mastectomy almost 10 years ago. She was diagnosed with Stage 3B breast cancer and once she received the diagnosis, it seemed as though the surgery and treatment began faster than the speed of light. The patient and the family...
Comments06/12/2016 #5 Pascal Derrien 🐝what an harrowing experience , I find it hard to understand her heart rate and so on were not monitored following a major op ??? I am no doctor and may not understand the protocol but the recovery process seems very dyi sh to me :-) not everybody has an advocate angel on their bed side :-)06/12/2016 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Lisa Gallagher.. thanks for sharing this. Something similar happened to me with my son , and its still difficult to talk about but I have shared a part of his story in a blog post. Like your sister he also.ost died, and I learned the value in questioning the doctors and nurses when at hospital. You are right...they will mistakes, because they are overworked, and their negligence can cost you the life of your loved one. #hugs... Your sister a her husband are a beautiful couple🙂🐝🐝🏵🏵🏵
- Producer05/12/2016A time of reflectionReflecting..." The biggest part of who we are is sometimes who we are not!" (Eversley,DL. 2016)Last year I wrote a post called "An Act Of Contrition...Renewing Me", and published via LinkedIn Pulse. This year, as I read the post a lot of its truth...
Comments06/12/2016 #5 Lisa GallagherI think it's great to reflect on our past, many times answers we did not have finally seem to flow. Many times issues that seemed so large, appear small in contrast. Our past is a tool we were given to learn from- good, bad or otherwise. My husband grew up a Catholic and he refused to go to Church for a long time as an adult after 12 years of Catholic School & Church. It appears he was guilt ridden for years over things that most of us didn't have to worry about. I am a Protestant (not active) but I feel lucky we were not brought up to fear everything we did.
I'm glad you are able to move on and burn those ashes girl! Hugs!06/12/2016 #4 Julie HickmanReflecting on your past and personal thoughts is an excellent way to measure how far you've come and improved Donna-Luisa!
Growing up, I also dreaded confessional. Especially when you couldn't think of anything to confess. Of course that didn't happen too often 🙄 At some point, we start trusting ourselves to live life how we know best and forgive ourselves as we should forgive others. Filling our lives with nothing but the best and letting go of the rest is the ultimate goal.
Thank you for being a continued source of inspiration!05/12/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia HoffmanThank you for tagging me, Donna-Luisa. I read your Dec. 14, 2015 post and the comments. This comment stands out for me "Nice post on freeing your mind and yourself, Donna-LuisaI. Also remember that, all of those "bad things" were created by another human. They weren't always right!" by Trent Selbrede.
So, our sun-shiny bee, walk proudly with your head held high. Cheers! 🍷🍷
- Producer04/12/2016OLIVE OIL, GREEN GOLDWhat better presentation of olive oil, our green gold, than this wonderful photograph of a great friend? I am from Jaén (Andalucía, Spain) and I have always enjoyed the best olive oil in the world. But until recently I have not studied in...
Comments05/12/2016 #7 AnonymousThanks for the tag @Franci Eugenia Hoffman. @María Paz Hueso Luque - this is a wonderful buzz about an important ingredient in a healthy diet. We use it regularly - both the virgin & the extra virgin olive oil. Thank you for pointing out the finer qualities in certain processes. Maybe your next buzz can be on its health benefits?? 😄05/12/2016 #2 Deb HelfrichOver here we use the abbreviation is EVOO and it is easy to tell those who know a little bit about it, because 80% of the bottles bought in the US are right next to the cooktop... So wasteful to cook with such a great tasting oil, which should really be mixed freshly into dressing while the vegetables are being chopped.
I will see if I can find some straight from Jaén, @María Paz Hueso Luque, as now I am very curious about the taste.
- Producer04/12/2016Hack Your Brain for the Ultimate LifeThere is increasing proof that the mind is more powerful than we realize. We can think our way to financial success, rewarding relationships, and even good health.Medical researchers now say that in many cases, a placebo - a pill with nothing in it,...
Comments06/12/2016 #6 Lisa GallagherGreat article @Cory Galbraith ( I know, that sounds SO cliche) but seriously- good! I'm actually working on some of the steps you listed, having a hard time motivating myself to go workout! I'd love to have a partner to workout with, we could hold each other responsible. However, I've done it alone each time in the past, I just need a good kick in the butt to get moving on it again. I would love it if my higher brain was more in control, a good thing to aim for!04/12/2016 #1 AnonymousThere is so much being written about this subject matter today and I find it very uplifting. In this buzz, you've gotten to the 'pulse' of it all - and in very practical terms, with very practical examples on how to apply it. Very nice! I am sharing this in the Sanctuary hive as well as on twitter.
- Producer04/12/2016Giving Permission to Canada’s RacistsCanada, a country of some 36 million people, stretched mostly in a ribbon along the country’s southern border, despite its geography of 10 million square kilometres. A nation founded on immigrants, initially mostly from Europe and the United...
Comments05/12/2016 #3 Jim Taggart#2 Very true, Harvey. And the only thing saving the human race from its own self-destruction is its innate ability to innovate when placed under extreme pressure. This is off topic, so forgive me, but it will be fascinating to see how future generations react to rising sea levels, provoking massive migrations of people around the world. But that's for another post.
- Producer04/12/2016How to Kill it on Twitter, 1: Clean is BestDoing Twitter right is a complicated thing. I can make it easier. . . a lot easier. I can't make it automatic. At least, I can't if we want to stay on Twitter's good side. And, yes, we want to stay on Twitter's good side.Many account growth...
Comments06/12/2016 #13 FancyJ London 🎶I have quite a few followers the majority being no active, or phish. How can I get rid of the fake, xxx, and eggs? Will this program work for me with such a high number? I am desperate to weed out my account and focus on my interacting connections. Thank you for posting this I just hope I can benefit from it. Cheer @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian05/12/2016 #11 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianYes, Lisa it looks like you did it right. SO did everyone else, even if @Pamela L. Williams is overly generous with her grace period, but, hey, it's HER grace period.
Re your 403s: Check your email, this may be a back-blow from the comm error we experienced a little bit ago. I sent you an email on how to fix it. I'll be out today until this afternoon. I'll call you then.05/12/2016 #10 Lisa GallagherThanks for this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, phew.. Ok, I did this one right the first time. I just need to remember to clean out. I sent you an email on gmail (that was a mouthful). Many of my posts that were tweeting w/out incident suddenly received the 403 code and I don't think anything is tweeting from my account now? They were doing just fine up until Nov 3rd?04/12/2016 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 You can't be fully automatic if you wanted to on Twitter (at least not for long). It would seem we are talking about two different things here.
Twitter is largely useless one-on-one. It comes into its stride as a many-to-many platform and as a content promotion/broadcast medium.
To make that work, you need not just any numbers, but targeted numbers. That is what we are trying to accomplish. That is what this app is designed to do.
Thanks for your comment04/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian@Teresa Gezze, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, @Javier beBee, @Jim Murray
Looking more closely, it seems like 930X496 would be optimal for Twitter Shares.
Maybe an Image 930Xsomething would fit both timelines if we understand that only the top 496 would show up in Twitter shares?04/12/2016 #4 Federico Álvarez San MartínThank you @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. We have a task of improving the quality of sharing. Soon they will be with images of good quality, without losing of the original image and with the well-defined rules in each social network. Thank you for the feedback. Best Regards.04/12/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian@Teresa Gezze, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, @Javier beBee
I used a 2:1 ratio for the main image here just like Tess suggested in her post. Yes, it shares much better to Twitter without any strange cropping.
BUT. . . It looks weak here in the feed.
Compare it to @Jim Murray's Daily buzz for today. This one works much better on Twitter. Jim's works tons better here.
- Producer05/12/2016Acting lessons Strange situations a man can witness taking the kid to the playground. It was a weekend afternoon I saw an animator who has a simple job - to teach the kids how to prepare and perform a small play. Kids were interested. My kid was delighted, so I...
- Producer03/12/2016Leadership may be encouraging! But are you a Leader?A leader is person who is followed by a group of people, an organization or a country. Hence when we talk about ‘Leadership’ what pop’s in our mind are a variety of Images. I believe leaders help themselves as well as others to do the right...
Comments04/12/2016 #14 Sushmita Thakare Jain#9 @Mohammed Sultan thank you for sharing your kind views about Leadership appreciate it. It feels good to know you liked the post as well as it's an Inspiring one sharing my gratitude. Hope your comment will help many to find their path or find a mentor to follow ahead.04/12/2016 #13 Dean OwenLeaders come in all shapes and forms. There are clearly plenty of successful leaders who do not have the traits you mention. I was thinking about narcissism today and whether leaders should be somewhat narcissistic. It certainly works for the likes of Branson and Trump, two ends of the extreme, one caring, and the other, not so much. In the end, I figure there is no clear recipe of traits for successful leadership.04/12/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia HoffmanI must say this is one of the best posts I have read about leadership. So many articles I've read offer cookie cutter advice. Your statement "Nobody is perfect most leaders take responsibility for training themselves to be effective. Whether they may learn from the wisdom of others or get insights from their personal experience or use both, becoming a more effective leader is about what one does, rather than what they know." is spot on. I also agree with Max about being titled a leader doesn't make it so.04/12/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan@ Suschmita Thakare Jain .Inspiring article.Leaders are "twice" born, once when they have an idea and then when they turn the idea into success.The true leaders bear the dignity and history of their organisation making the best of their people.They always achieve unprecedented success not because of their skills or experience ,but because they have the passion ,the will and the motivation to keep going and not to regress to mediocrity.Leadership for some means visioning but for many it means inspiring.They lead with passion and energize with focus,and focus with clarity.They provide the followers with the fuel for a long journey and with integrity that keeps them humor,honest and credible.Leaders vocabularies include endless positive words like;trust,authenticity,diversity,determination,love ,fun,creativity,empathy,sharing,daring and risk taking..etc.The most gratifying thing about leaders who lead by example is that they can quickly surface people with exceptional informal leadership to replace them.03/12/2016 #8 Max J. Carter#7 @Sushmita Thakare Jain I agree with the hope for it changing however the only it will is when we stop associating. leadership with title and function and call it what it is. It means having to have the many people who write on the subject stop referring to positions as positions of leadership and call them authoritative positions or something.
As long the market is flooded with the idea of leadership being tied to title and function it will not change.03/12/2016 #7 Sushmita Thakare Jain#6 @Max Carter agree with you on this, nowadays Leadership is all about the authoritative function one receives in an organization or within the society. You are on the right path when saying 'leadership has nothing to do with title or function and is a mode of living'
Let's hope it changes in the coming time!03/12/2016 #6 Max J. Carter#3 @Sushmita Thankare Jain that quote you shared is why I say leadership has nothing to do with title or function and is a mode of living. Most people that actually live leadership have no title that we mistakenly associate as leadership when what we are really talking about is authoritative function.03/12/2016 #3 Sushmita Thakare Jain#1 @Max Carter your shared views reminded me of a quote ' Great leaders don't set out to be a leader! They set out to make a difference, for them it is never about the role it is always about the goal.'
Appreciate you sharing your views about Leadership. 👍
'It is by the example that is set by the leader that the people follow.' as a leader always leads by example and not by force.03/12/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Sushmita, for such a wonderful read. Your words of wisdom about leadership really resonated with me. You offer excellent examples and terrific tips. I'm sharing this buzz in three hives: "Business" and "Leadership" and "Inspiration." Keep buzzing!
cc: @Javier beBee @John White, MBA03/12/2016 #1 Max J. CarterI always felt this summed up leadership.
There are traits that define a leader and they are traits that are visible in the actions and attitudes of any true leader.
It begins with the acknowledgment that a leader’s first duty is to identify the needs of the people and serve those needs until the goal is accomplished.
There are times that a leader will need to make sacrifices in order to meet the needs of the people who are taking care of the greater needs.
It is by the example that is set by the leader that the people follow.
Every true leader understands that not even the King or the Queen is above the law, they exemplify it.
No one ever has to question what a leader is doing, they see it in their actions and their attitudes and they operate with transparency.
A leader has nothing to hide and everything to share in order to provide for the greater needs. The key word for me when thinking about leadership is “need.”
To understand leadership one must understand the difference between need and desire or want. One must be willing to give up want or desire in favor of need.
One must allow for want and desire to be fulfilled, but never at the expense of the needs of others.
- Producer04/12/2016It's just my dog. Is that ok with you?Hi Everyone. This is my dog Charli outside our local cafe. It is two years since I got her from the Rescue organisation. I bought a house and was excited about getting a dog because I wasn't allowed to have one when I was growing up. I first saw...
Comments05/12/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher#6 What country do you live in @Campbell Price? I think they became popular as rescues in the US over 15 years or more ago. I remember hearing on the news controversy people were facing for adopting them. We don't hear about it anymore but I'm glad people do!! I'm glad it's changing where you are too.04/12/2016 #6 Campbell Price#4 Hi Lisa- Thanks for commenting about your dogs and your great question. Many people have not seen a pet greyhound before. I think they see what great condition she is in and assume she still races. Some also know that there is a rescue movement in my country for retired racing dogs. They feel a sudden need to clarify if I am a good or bad guy in their eyes. So that combination of seeing a breed they previously only saw racing on TV and the political debate around animal cruelty confronts them. This is slowly changing as more people have greyhounds as pets and people can see that they are not that different from other dogs. (They just run faster)04/12/2016 #4 Lisa GallagherI hear greyhounds are actually pretty laid back dogs. I commend you for getting a rescue. I brought home a rescue once and sadly she had an incontinence problem. She was house trained but she would pee on my couch while sleeping and on the floor as soon as she got up. I took her to the Vet and he said it was probably from spaying. She did have an infection when we first brought her home but it cleared and the problem persisted. I brought her back after a month, felt very bad but she ended up living with the director that ran the shelter. We ended up with a cocker spaniel who my daughter hand picked from the litter. She was the runt but the sweetest dog ever. She died 13.5 years ago and we've had a Boston Terrier since. Again, hand picked by my daughter and we used to call him our Boston Terror. He's still a bit neurotic. Dogs are unique. Why do you think people ask right away if the dog is a rescue because you have a greyhound?04/12/2016 #2 Campbell PriceThanks for commenting Dean. The full size greys don't run in the house as opposed to the Italian ones. I love watching her run in our local park and afterwards crashing on the sofa! Interesting comment about Asia. One place that does love them is the Middle East especially Egypt. I posted this elsewhere and suddenly had many friend requests from that interesting part of the world. #104/12/2016 #1 Dean OwenNever had a Grey, but was fortunate to have spent the last 15 years with whippets and Italian Greys. Not much racing in Asia so the rescue problem is not as present, but they do have greyhound racing in Hong Kong and I know a few people who have adopted ex-racers. Sighthounds are the dog worlds best kept secret as they make absolutely amazing companions. Very rare in China though as "skinny" dogs are thought of as unlucky!
- Producer03/12/2016Pisto Manchego (English & Español)Pictures taken by myself // Foto propiaToday has been a cooking day and I have prepared one of my favorite dishes.Pisto Manchego, also known simply as pisto, is a traditional dish of Spanish cuisine consisting of a fry of various vegetables from the...
Comments04/12/2016 #23 Lisa Gallagher#21 Maybe I will take some photos if I can remember! Thanks @Mamen Delgado, my daughter will be making a few dishes too... she's turning out to be an awesome cook. Food has always been a big part of our family get togethers. Laughter, love and food make a great combo!!
- Producer03/12/2016What being a Bee means to meAbove all, I would like to thank the honour for being appointed as Bebee ambassador to Javier beBee and Juan Imaz and their team. As some bees already know, I’ve landed here due to Ali Anani who I first met at LI around 2013. After so much...
Comments04/12/2016 #22 Pamela L. WilliamsThere are so many words shared here that hone in on what beBee is and how it is different from other social media offerings.
@Zacharias Voulgaris "Being a bee is being urged to be creative and part of a global community where everyone is valued and respected."
@David Navarro López
"You can’t explain it, and is hard to know how it came to Bee.
You can’t describe it to anyone who never felt it before.
But you know you are. And other who are too, can see you are."
"We are free to feel and express ideas and share how much fun it is to type out a comment that is not meant to be a shield for an attack or accomplish anything other than being an honest expression of what occurs to us in the moment to contribute to a discussion."
They are all saying the same thing: It's safe to be your creative self, to let our minds flow, to express deepest selves, to find that community that is becoming rare in the non-virtual world.
Thanks David for sharing and for featuring @Ali Anani who is an inspiration to many Bees.04/12/2016 #21 Zacharias VoulgarisFor me it's more than a feeling (or a psychological state). Being a bee is more like embracing this era's zeitgeist, the idea of collaborative effort to tackle common problems, such as information overload, information streams of low veracity, and content farming (see LI). Being a bee is being urged to be creative and part of a global community where everyone is valued and respected.03/12/2016 #19 Franci Eugenia HoffmanI love the positive vibes I'm feeling from this buzz, as well as the comments. Your lines below reflect what beBee is all about.
"This lonely wolf, this lost bee, finally has found a hive on which it should bee.
Proud and happy to bee here.
This is just the beginning. Life ahead is promising.
Let us make our world a better place to “bee” in."03/12/2016 #16 David B. GrinbergKudos, David, on an excellent buzz. I know that countless number of users (bees) here share your sentiments. @Ali Anani is enough reason for anyone to join beBee. His intellectually stimulating writing and thought process is always a breath of fresh air. Also, kudos on being named an ambassador. I'm sharing this on three hives and posting in the "beBee Buzz!" group on LinkedIn. Keep up the buzz!
cc: @John White, MBA03/12/2016 #15 Anonymous#14 Quite an interesting exposure, thank you for your time. Above all, we can't forget that Bebee is not based on an algorithm. The result of it, whether pizza or hamburger is, it is directly connected to the quality and periodicity all of the bees are producing honey.
An appropriate environment has been created to produce this honey, but we, the bees, are each and everyone responsibles to produce it.
In addtion, we are not limited to one kind of "food" or another. Therefore the hives were created, to group people by their affinities.
To try to control and classify them intentionally would kill the very spirit of it. You can not put fences to the country, as we say in Spain, meaning, you can not limit what it emerges spontaneously. I would not like to be on a place where some people decides what is convenient and what is not.
In my case, I prefer home made cooking.03/12/2016 #14 Mohammed SultanDear @David Navarro Lopez .In the final analysis of what beBee means to me ,one is reminded not of the Spanish omelette of beBee's communications team but of being in love with Pizza Hut when I click at night for beBee,and to click for linked in during the day, when I tended to have a sandwich from Big Mac.Faced with such a situation we maybe in a need to do three things to develop beBee platform;
First;Review of all beBee pizza varieties(beBee contents) based on the actual users need.Second;Have a proper positioning of each type(hive) based on the quality of the producers.Third;The new brand strategy my suggest the introduction of a Pan Pizza( ie. like HBR for linked in ) beside the current types(hives) to give maturity to these hives and to expand it's use during the day (ie.Promote beBee as a lunch meal).Since families with kids have been a large target for Pizza Hut ,beBee may also consider hives for Business Kids to widen its users base.Here we may also add new varieties(contents) or drop the ones that showed no marketing potential in the past,whatever the scenario will be we have to do this without hurting the quality image of beBee contents or turning around the standards and specifications of the current contents.03/12/2016 #11 Deb Helfrich#8 That is exactly the sort of comment that makes me - and probably many others - feel at home on beBee. We are free to feel and express ideas and share how much fun it is to type out a comment that is not meant to be a shield for an attack or accomplish anything other than being an honest expression of what occurs to us in the moment to contribute to a discussion.
I do wonder about the scaling myself but them I think thoughts along these lines from @David Navarro López:
"I believe being a Bee is like being in love.
You can’t explain it, and is hard to know how it came to Bee.
You can’t describe it to anyone who never felt it before.
But you know you are. And other who are too, can see you are. "
This is a place for authentic human conversations and that will scale, I just know it will.03/12/2016 #8 CityVP ManjitDavid, remember this feeling and keep this post as a marker because it contains your visceral connection of what beBee felt like in its nascent and early years. Then I look forward in time, and how one retains this same visceral connection with scale. Whether it is the blitzscaling that Reid Hoffman addresses or the Unicorn that beBee definitely has the potential to be - the vision of emergence is how the actual scaling preserves the freshness and vitality of what we experience in the hear and now.
In this regard I have opened myself to exposure to diversity. My affinity is not a specialization or professionalization, but with variety and diversity. At a certain point we become a part of the furniture, we find "our place" but my affinity is with people finding their place in the uncountable flow. Where I live there is a rural village that got enveloped by an entire city - but that rural village kept its identity but also functions as a part of a humongous city. I like the village but I acknowledge the city and embracing that kind of scale, while still having our feet firmly planted in our own home, is what I find most fascinating with beBee.
We arrived here at the early part of beBee's development and I intend to scale with it - and then like a city recognize that I am still emerging as an individual, thought the city grows in its diversity and fill with millions of people we will never ever get to know. That for me is the greatest fascination of all - and along the way we will become the elders of this new virtual city, and thus this is what I celebrate most about beBee - not just the here and now but the emergence I am presently emerging in.
- Producer03/12/2016A Short Essay On The Tail That Wags The DogAnyone who knows me, or at least reads the stuff I write, knows that I can be a bit cynical.The level of cynicism I carry around with me varies in degree from situation to situation depending on how personal it is to me.It also has its highs and...
Comments04/12/2016 #18 Pamela L. Williams#17 I love my country Jim and what he and his cronies have planned is anti-American in every way. I will be respectful of others that believe differently but I will not as Phil so eloquently stated: "go quietly into oblivion". My hope is that I don't ever have to say: "I told you so" but it is I believe inevitable. This just cost me a long-time and much cherished friendship but I don't blow smoke, I stand by my principles. This may keep me in the poor house but so be it. My principles and integrity and the belief in the American Ideal are not for sale.04/12/2016 #16 Jim Murray#15 Thanks @Phil Friedman. I will continue to rant unabated, simply because somebody has to do it. There are a lot of people being very nice and politically correct these days and by doing so they add to the malaise. I am glad to be associated with a small group of people who could be called 'agititators for good'. You know who they are and what they do. My only wish is that more would step up and tell people what's really on their minds. You do it all the time and look at all the noise it makes. You don't build an audience in social media by being nice. You build it by being honest and fakir and speaking your mind. Sometimes it backfires but even those are worthwhile.04/12/2016 #15 Phil FriedmanWell said, Jim. You know that I believe cynicism is often the last refuge of an idealist. By ceasing to expect most people to think and act sensibly or rationally -- or even in their own best interests -- the idealist-turned-cynic protects him- or herself against the pain of disappointment. Which description, bud, fits you pretty well. One other thing I know about true cynics is that they never stop punching and kicking and screaming about what's wrong in the world. And they are never deterred by charges of negativism -- for, they more than the pollyannas of the world have an abiding belief in the possibility of improvement. And are committed never to go quietly into oblivion. End of Sunday sermon. Great rant, Jim. Cheers!04/12/2016 #14 Pamela L. WilliamsI don't know Jim if it is so much tied to fame as it is to riches. One of the problems with social media, news media, and reality bullsh** television is these idiots are getting rich. The public never sees the millions that lose everything trying for that get rich quick crapola. Everyone thinks; that being like trump (I love that spelling corrector doesn't ask me to capitalize that name) will somehow win you the get rich lottery, that he gives two hoots in hell whether others get rich, that he actually cares about this country, (e.g. will be splitting his time between running the country and still running his businesses, but then he's so brilliant, or so he thinks, he can do both, where every other president aged considerably in the office). This nation has given him what he wanted, the title; The most powerful man in the world. Isn't that what has been assigned to the u.s. presidents in the past? I stick by my support of a recent post here on beBee; "How stupid are we?". (Dang, I wish I could remember the name of the Bee who wrote that!).
So many believe the uproar will die down, that we'll will calmly walk into the sunset and accept this nightmare that has been foisted upon us.
On my commute home this week I passed by a church that always has encouraging and sometimes really thought provoking messages on their sign. Since the election there have been 3 words: "Pray for Courage".
Those three words have stuck with me because I know We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union; are going to need the courage of a Lion, and the equally stubborn will of this jackass to endure what is to come.04/12/2016 #12 AnonymousFunny, after reading this buzz, I can claim that you and I agree - you simply phrase it a bit differently. For example, You say: "I have come to believe that the percentage of the idiot to non-idiot out there is actually very small." Agreed! (And thanks for making me laugh out-loud after reading that line!) You say: "the perception that is created regarding idiots tends to make the idiot population look much larger than it actually is." Agreed! This has always been true of the media, it is no different today than it ever was. However, the volume to which we are exposed has increased exponentially - and that is disturbing. You say: "I hate to say it, but the best way to keep from becoming victimized by all this is to dial up your cynicism a bit." With this I basically agree, but I do not see it as 'cynicism' - and perhaps it's a matter of semantics - but I see it more as common sense awareness. We must teach our children 'awareness' of the truth about how media works, this goes for marketing in general. News, for instance is a product, that is being marketed and sold to the masses - it is not necessarily the truth. Media & Marketing too much of the time lacks integrity and thus, I am always skeptical of its claims. Is that cynicism or common sense? Hmm - if it is cynicism, perhaps I'm simply an 'ole Beezer' too!04/12/2016 #10 debasish majumderwagging tail is not an abnormal feature when you already focused your object as 'Dog' and i guess, it is equally having relevance with our notion of 'God', whom we consider will do all good for ourselves! however, fantastic article@Jim Murray View morewagging tail is not an abnormal feature when you already focused your object as 'Dog' and i guess, it is equally having relevance with our notion of 'God', whom we consider will do all good for ourselves! however, fantastic article@Jim Murray! extremely relevant post. enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share sir. Close04/12/2016 #7 Tony RossiNothing wrong with a spoonful of cynicism, my friend. @Jim Murray rants are the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, IMHO. A recent Netflix binge on Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States" has given me hope that we've survived levels of stupidity I didn't know existed (those that started the nuclear arms race, Cold War, etc.). There will seemingly always be a new idiocy fad, but it too shall pass (if only to make way for another).04/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzieIf it is on TV, it was written, produced and broadcast with an agenda and tied prerequisite money consideration - At nowhere in this process is TRUTH alive nor considered. The BBC has famously let slip that their programming is not important to be accurate, but entertaining and "relevant". The other networks are no better. They are all lying whores, the only difference is for whom and how much - signed just another f*cking cynic.03/12/2016 #3 Gerald Hecht#2 @Jim Murray well yes --that all assumes that we somehow survive this tsunami...it is becoming increasingly clear that the original US Constitutional Rule of Law ...is history; the founders couldn't have seen the "global billionaire thingie" coming...so there are no checks and balances for this particular situation...
...but the founders ideas have a habit of cropping up in other places...I mean --if you look at Ancient Greece, for example --you can still go there (physically) ...the ideas moved elsewhere...
...hell there's still a place called England that used to be an extremely oppressive empire that ruled my current physical location...but by the time I was a "tween"; all was forgiven...I got to watch the Stones on the "Dean Martin Variety Hour", etc.
It's gonna be like a bigger version of moving to St. Catherine03/12/2016 #1 Gerald HechtI think this explanation makes a very sound argument; additionally it provides hope --that much like the initial marketing blitz behind the original "hula hoop craze" in the 1950's...the current "idiot fad" will fade to its previous baseline levels (the sort of background idiocy --which I grew up with) in the 1960's;
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Comments03/12/2016 #8 Phil Friedman#5 I agree, Paul. I like varying the size and aspect of inside images for variety. I have, BTW, stopped using left or right aligned with text wrapping because I've found that often scrambles the design when viewed on a mobile device, particularly a smart phone. Now I use center aligned only. It doesn't make for as nice design on desktop or laptop viewing, but it also survives the morph into mobile view better and more consistently. I also don't like the header photo ratio of 3.5:1 -- which reminds me of LinkedIn's new format, so I reformat the jpeg with white space each side of the original photo, and this seems to keep the editor from screwing with the photo. Cheers!03/12/2016 #7 Dean OwenProducer is by far the best publishing platform I have used. As most people know, my articles are often a bit of a production. Yes I could probably do this on other publishing platforms, but not with so much ease and I just don't think it would ever look as good as on Producer -https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-great-china-roadtrip02/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 I think I touched on that. I don't see how an "ideal" interior image size is possible to define. If you like the look, it works.
If anything, I find that interior images work better as portraits (i.e. higher than wide)
I find 2:1 is an awkward ratio. 1390X400 is 3.5:1 or close enuff.02/12/2016 #4 Phil Friedman#3 Thanks, Paul, for the tips. My question, however, had to do with the size 1390 x 400 shown in the article for "inside" pictures. I think that has to be an error or a typo. As that is not 2:1 but more that 3:1, and I think suitable only for main (title) photos. Cheers!02/12/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 From what I see, Producer is the most forgiving platform when it comes to image sizes. I use 930X620 (or 3:2) for the main images to a post. What Tess (I assume) is saying about a 2:1 ratio sharing better to Twitter makes a lot of sense, so I may change my ways.
I also once fooled around using a 600X600 Twitter image in a post. It worked well too. If anything, it looked better in the feed.
Going forward, I'll be using 930X465 to see what's what. I find that the 930 fits the width while respecting a minimum file size. (Server storage is cheap, but not free.) I also save files as PNG 8-bit for the same reason. I would think that a single 600X300 image would work for both Producer (stretched to fit width) and Twitter.
I'll continue making Twitter-specific images at 600X600 because their impact is so much greater.
I rarely use interior images. When I do, I find that just about anything works. If it looks ok on your screen, it probably IS okay. There's too much variance in author needs to specifically state an "ideal" interior size. My personal opinion is that I don't like margin-to-margin interior images, so I don't use them. I prefer to have text flow around an image rather than run over and below.
Again, that's a personal preference, not a "rule."
I don't know about mobile views, though. I assume beBee scales to screen size.02/12/2016 #2 Phil FriedmanPardon me, but you say, "Inside pictures ... For the photos that go inside your article an ideal size would be 1300 x 400 pixels approximately. Sizes similar to that one will help to not interrupt the reading with a long picture, specially when someone is reading on a mobile device!"
Perhaps, I am not understanding correctly, but it seems to me that a 1300 x 400 pixel picture is the size for the "main" or title image, and not suitable for the "inside" images?
What say you, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian? You've worked a lot on the issue of sizing photos.
- Producer02/12/2016Parents...Patience & Love!A mama's truthParenting is hard. There are no manuals that tell you what to do to be the best parent for the child you birth. The only thing you know is this human being is dependent on you for a long time. No two children are the same. Actually the...
Comments04/12/2016 #22 Mohammed A. Jawad@Donna-Luisa Eversley I must say that you have taken a bold step to express yourself. Good wishes to you.
All i say is parents are glowing lanterns in our lives. Under their tutelage, we receive guidance, way, counsel, suggestions, light, answers, solutions, grace, warmth, encouragement, motivation, love, care, shelter...Aha...in whatever manner we've grown up, become too qualified with many degrees and years of experience, but in front of our old, ageing parents, we are still their children, and we still require their best advice that comes with their blessings. Hope one day, your daughter will realize this. :)
04/12/2016 #18 Lisa Gallagher#5 Wow, so sorry for your loss @FancyJ . How long has it been? Thank the heavens above your son found strength in family and didn't follow through because of the extreme pain he felt. Looks like Donna touched on a great subject, so many obstacles when raising children and each path differs.04/12/2016 #16 Donna-Luisa Eversley#14 @Pascal Derrin ...i agree I have kept my babes in a cocoon and now I don't think she is ready for the world. My son says I will never think she is ready, but she will swim and I have to trust that..
I just don't want her to have the tough life I have had... Then my son advises, I turned out OK, so though is not that bad..
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.. I appreciate your support.. 😊🐝🐝.04/12/2016 #15 Donna-Luisa Eversley#12 @Julie Hickman...thanks so much.. I receive that hug 😊..i appreciate your support and shared experience. It feels really good reading from you and so many others... As a parent it is nice to hear from those who have been through similar situations and come out OK. I am glad for all this interaction.🐝🐝🌹03/12/2016 #14 Pascal Derrien 🐝I think boy or girl they all drift away from the mother ship at some point it is part of the path to growing up with a lot things that I think us parents don't like very much.... we do what we can as parents not always what we want there are days we cope better and some not so much. Personally mine don't realise it yet but they live in a cocoon to a certain extent and if I can spare them the sh*t I went thru at their age I think I would have done a good job... they will realize it later and gratitude may land at that point or maybe not.... :-)03/12/2016 #13 Max J. CarterMy son is the biggest part of my world. I use behavioral psychology with hin in the nick name I gave him as an infant.
At age 4 when he would act up and out I started talking to him and telling him what it means to be The Dude.
Be a friend
Say please and thank you.
Be honest even if it gets in trouble.
And other behaviors we can all agree are helpful in getting along with other people and being respectful and courteous.
I never have to punish him, we have a 2 minute convo that has him readjusted and understanding shit happens and we all have moments where we act up or out because we are all human. It gives him and identity to grow within and still be an individual.
A few months ago wild geese let The Dude pet them and pick up and hold their young.
It takes patience to not react to him acting out or up and remembering myself that all it takes is a simple conversation to remind us both of the behaviors we both should use to be a better example of decent human beings.
I probably fail more than he does, however he is a constant reminder as to why I work at it to not be a hypocrite in his eyes and it is the hypocrisy our children see that does more harm than anything else we do.03/12/2016 #12 Julie HickmanDear Donna-Luisa, I just wanted to send you my thoughts and hugs! My daughter is my heart and, as you say, they are bound to resemble the good and bad traits we had growing up. My daughter is an only child and it took all I had to get through those teenage years into the tender years you currently describe.
What I learned is that you and only you are the best person in your daughter's life to show her what a strong, loving and independent thinking woman looks like and what she can achieve. With your unwavering love and devotion, your daughter has the absolute best advantage she needs to grow in character and prosper in life.03/12/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley#9 @Irene Hackett...I am so overwhelmed by your words and support..got my 'weepies of gratitude on flow'.. yes as single moms it sure seems like a mountain to climb sometimes...I guess I was fortunate to have my sons first..😊 they were born understanding girls it seems at times. Thanks very much for your kindness and supportive sharing..03/12/2016 #9 AnonymousAhhh, dear @Donna-Luisa Eversley, as a Mother of 2 daughters who are now in their 20's, let me say simply: I can relate! Both my girls were 'high-risk' teens and as a single Mom, it was almost the death of me! As Mothers, we have this immense, deep love for our children - we all want what's best for them. We have these visions of what that looks like. What I've learned is that 'vision' does not always align to our children's personalities. Not only do they have to learn to accept our imperfections but we must to learn to accept theirs! It took me a long time to let go of my vision. I no longer try to 'direct'. Now, I listen a lot more and give them support for their courage in 'coming into their own'. I am so happy to tell you that my relationship with my daughters is so much better now. I appreciate your honest sharing - us Moms must stick together!!! ❤️03/12/2016 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley#4 @Lisa Gallagher thanks so much for sharing your experience ..I agree, my sons were a lot easier than my daughter . They seemed to understand rules were there to help in their lives. She is almost 20 now. I am looking forward to that day when were can have a better relationship...thanks for sharing hope... I appreciate your support..thanks 🐝🐝03/12/2016 #5 FancyJ London 🎶What an insightful heartfelt post. I have two teenagers and can sympathise I am always looking for advice from other Mother's. After my children lost there father the hardest thing in the world to face was when my son came to me and said: "Mom, I was going to take the easy way out. I decided to stay, because I knew if I killed myself you probably wouldn't be strong enough to take care of my sister." Those words choked me in a way I could never express deeply enough.03/12/2016 #4 Lisa GallagherWhat a great buzz from the heart and so honest @Donna-Luisa Eversley! You wrote, "I'm not sure if I can ever be the mother she wishes for, but I am the mom she has." I used to feel the same, is your daughter a teen now? I thought my daughter would alway find fault with me because I had tight rules and I wasn't a conformist. Many of her friends were allowed to do whatever they wanted and lacked rules. So, I think many of us that do enforce our rules are seen as the witches or the enemy by our girls in particular. My son never challenged me and his personality differed. I can attest that my daughter and I are best friends today. She actually talks about some of her own past behavior and tells me she fully understands why I made the rules I did and should have been stricter with her haha. Can we say, things I never knew about?? I don't want to know now either! I think things will work out in the end, it just takes time and reassurance that you're doing the best you know how out of love! When it comes from a place of love, that's all that matters.03/12/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia HoffmanAh, those, on or about, teenage years when we thought we were invincible and we had to be cool. Our own pressures and our peer pressures can cause a lot of confusion. If we don't understand the confusion, then we place the blame elsewhere. So, mom - tag you're it. I feel certain it's a phase that will pass and your daughter will come around. Immaturity can wear many faces and only time will determine when the next step is taken. We are all a work in progress and remembering your other post, we will never be complete. https://donnaluisawordslayer.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/just-thinking-out-loud-life-with-me-is-a-limited-time-edition/
- Producer01/12/2016Whatever Happened To The Human RaceI am at odds with a really substantial number of people these days.These people who are so certain in their beliefs: political, philosophical, moral and spiritual.These people who expound and wax poetic on those beliefs.These are people who claim...
Comments03/12/2016 #9 Jim Murray#8 Thanks @John Rylance. My comment back to you is something I just wrote back to my friend @Don Kerr. 'There are now only two kinds of people in the world. The idiots and the ones scratching their heads wondering why there are so many idiots around.' It was an attempt at humour, But the more I think about it, it might just be pretty accurate02/12/2016 #8 John RylanceThe Human Race is like any race there are winners, losers, also rans, those who withdraw, those who opt out, and those who didn't know they were part of the race. Some are "hares" some "tortoises " and some are "leemings".
Many are spectators waiting for the moment to fully commit when they find where they fit in to the scheme of things.
To quote you Jim "I'm glad I got that out of my head"02/12/2016 #7 Zacharias VoulgarisNo offense, but your daughter has got it a bit wrong. There are people out there who are incapable of good. These beings (whom I'd refrain from calling human) tend to "evolve" downwards, since they cannot go up. So, even though it's beneficial for a child to maintain the naive belief that everyone is good but some people are just misguided, it doesn't hurt to look at the facts too. That's the difference between being a realist and a romantic. And although the latter is more inspiring, when it comes to survival and evolution, my money is on the former.02/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzieWhat is it to understand man? Start with Pavlov, add a bit of Adam Smith, pour in entirely too much Hegel / Engels / Marx / Lenin - coax with doses of money, power, fame, sex, narcotics or threaten them with pain, imprisonment, torture, murder or disappearance....next invite them to the Bread and Circuses Tour. I find no exception to this path in history, economics, conflict or government.02/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa EversleyMaybe some folks in this human race went to sleep or took a vacation..if I believed that they can be uncaring, unkind and hateful among other words I can't bring myself to write... Then I would have to accept that I'm living in a world with a lot of sick folks... Great post @Jim Murray...im feeling disillusioned this morning and the reality check is like cold coffee 😇😊🐝🐝01/12/2016 #4 Julio Angel Lopez LopezLet's get to know each other better
The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@julio-angel-lopez-lopez/una-teoria-sobre-la-evolucion-humana-a-theory-about-human-evolution View moreLet's get to know each other better
The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
Each time the DNA analysis shows the variety in our genetic chain.
You're right, but there's nothing left to go on. Close01/12/2016 #2 Jim Murray#1 @Jim Moodie I totally agree. My tribal thesis was inspired by the Charlie Rose PBS interview with author Tom Friedman, who really laid it out beautifully. I had actually start out writing about mass confusion, but it kind of morphed into this. mass confusion may be just a symptom and not the disease. Thanks for the comment. I will file it under "great minds think alike' , he said humbly.01/12/2016 #1 Jim MoodieJim, this is exactly along the same lines as my post on "How the focus on inclusion creates division"... the more we define separate "groups", be they race, gender, belief, political alignment, hell even astrological (okay... maybe that is a bit of a reach), the more we prevent humans from realizing we are all the same group. Go back far enough and we all came from that same cell that split all those millions of years ago.
We need to go back to teaching people to live and work WITH each other, to find a way to become part of society rather than teaching everyone to go there and change society. Change is a gradual process that our "instant gratification" world can't seem to wait for.
At some point, maybe we have past the point, as a society we will collapse unless we stop bickering about our differences and work together.
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Comments02/12/2016 #3 Donna-Luisa EversleyStanding Ovation @Jesse Angeles...yes you have gotten it right on all counts. The superficial congeniality dished out by many companies are self serving and keeps their operations from optimizing... Unless they are monopolies. Great post.. Like your style 🐝🐝😊
- Producer01/12/201610 Reasons Why Late to Bed and Late to Rise Can Make You SuccessfulPublished on Entrepreneur 11/16/16There have been many articles about how getting up early is the key to success. The most well-known is one by Richard Branson, Why I Wake Up Early. Recently I read one by Peter Shankman, How to Wake Up Early (And...
Comments02/12/2016 #19 Donna-Luisa EversleyQuite an interesting perspective.. For similar reasons I'm an early bird. I'm sure the common denominator is commitment and consistency in whatever one decides to go by. Thanks for sharing @Matt Sweetwood View moreQuite an interesting perspective.. For similar reasons I'm an early bird. I'm sure the common denominator is commitment and consistency in whatever one decides to go by. Thanks for sharing @Matt Sweetwood...great insights. Close02/12/2016 #18 Robert CormackThanks for this, @Matt Sweetwood. I love the quiet and I love bedgasms. Working late at night or early in the morning (I start at 4:30 am) are the best times. I could easily give up afternoons. To me, afternoons are the most unproductive times of the day. I should sleep in the afternoon. I have occasional catnaps, but never a fixed schedule like Ford or Edison. Imagine if all offices had sleep rooms. If you're coming in early or working late, go sleep for a few hours in the afternoon. I know this exists in a few companies, but it should be worldwide. Think of the productivity if people could sleep when they need sleep and work when they need to work. Wouldn't this be better than someone working straight through at the office for 14 hours? I lost my 20s to this regimen (probably my 30s, too).02/12/2016 #9 Lisa GallagherNice article @Matt Sweetwood, a topic close to my heart. I've concluded I will always be a late riser unless there's something I absolutely have to be up early for and I will always be a late nighter. I find I'm able to function much better late at night, even my thinking is much clearer. I think the clarity is due to the fact that the worries of the day are over and it's like a sigh of relief. I do miss getting up early, listening to the birds chirp while drinking my morning coffee... oh wait, there are times I'm still up to hear them chirp haha. Balance is a great thing, it benefits many.02/12/2016 #8 Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and MusicianI have tried getting up early but most of my shifts ( I am unemployed now) were later in the day. If was to get up early and by the time i get home it would be past my bedtime. i also found my most creative time was later in the day when I could have quiet, no interuptions, so things that although during the day it was too busy because I was helping patients. I do my best writing later at night and I have lesser pain later in the day too because with Rheumatoid arthritis often mornings are worse because of joint swelling02/12/2016 #7 Sarah ElkinsAs I climbed into bed last night, this image and word popped into my head. I smiled and told my husband: "This is my favorite part of my day." It has always been a favorite of mine, climbing into my bed at the end of a day, productive or otherwise. Partly, I think, because I know I get to start fresh in the morning.
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- Producer01/12/2016Powerful Connections: Melding Minds and Leveraging Business ExperienceIn his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill suggested that people who want to be successful in business assemble a group of like-minded business people and form a mastermind group. Mastermind groups, are essentially support groups. No one can...
Comments02/12/2016 #6 David B. GrinbergThank you, Renee for such as informative and educational post (which I shared on three hives). You had me at "Napoleon Hill" as I'm a fan of his books as well. This sounds like a great opportunity for anyone in the Toronto area. You have certainly masterminded the practice of mastermind groups. Keep buzzing!01/12/2016 #1 Max J. CarterGreat advice and my only add on would be this.
If knowledge is power than wisdom is understanding.
If you don't understand the knowledge it will become either useless or dangerous in the way you wield it. Wisdom is gained through experience as it is in applying the knowledge through experience that shows it to be true or false and this is when we understand the usefulness of a piece knowledge stripping away the unnecessary and have found wisdom and often simple truth.
Experiences such as the one you describe in this piece can be a great way to discover the wisdom through sharing the experiences and find the simplest course of action that is 99.9999% of the time the wisest course of action.
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