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  1. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10/12/2016
    Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?
    Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface:  The objective of this series is not so much to debate issues among its four co-authors, but to seed engagement and conversation pertaining to the topic at hand among our readers. We, therefore, solicit your questions, comments, and...
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  2. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    09/12/2016
    The Man in the Mirror
    The Man in the MirrorI was born in December. For a highly introspective raging introvert, that creates a double whammy, particularly as the number of birthdays climb. I am faced with evaluating both the year that just passed, and at the same time, the years of...
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    Paul Walters
    10/12/2016 #25 Paul Walters
    @Kevin Pashuk You are certainly relevant!! I read your stuff and I find it relevant, Note to self. Ditch the mirror!
    Renée Cormier
    10/12/2016 #24 Renée Cormier
    #23 Thank you, @Donna-Luisa Eversley!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/12/2016 #23 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #10 Happy Birthday early @Renée Cormier 🎂🍦🍷🍷🍾
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/12/2016 #22 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #16 @Randy Keho, if your wife asks if a dress she is wearing makes her butt look big, there is only one correct answer... Repeat after me.."honey, every time I look at you behind there its the best A## I have seen in a long time..with or without the dress " 😊😁... and that's going to have her blushing and excited and feeling special all day 🤗
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/12/2016 #21 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Well at least you saw that beautiful face staring back at you my friend..let me do this in poet mode 😉
    I see your face , and it makes me smile
    Have not been looking much at faces for a while
    Maybe you see the creases, looking back at you
    While I see the ageing of a strong manly brew
    May your time and experience
    Keep that twinkle in your eyes
    May you weather the new storms
    With all the vigor of your strides
    May you find that golden pathway
    That takes you to your dreams
    May all the other birthdays to come
    Keeping showing us, you...a beautiful human being. 🎂

    Ok, so that's an on the spot birthday blessing from D-WORDSLAYER 😀😇🤗
    CityVP Manjit
    09/12/2016 #20 CityVP Manjit
    Every morning I wake up and I say to myself - wicked life has given me one more day, cool, I will aim to do this all over again until there is no tomorrow. I am not too concerned about aging as I am about the fact that we all have a one way trip but what is the use of shaking our fist against the ultimate act of nature, when in the grand scheme of things the act of awakening to all of this is the only deal we get that is ours. All I can hope for is the middle between birth and death there is all the good stuff.
    Phil Friedman
    09/12/2016 #19 Phil Friedman
    #16 Randy only a recidivist divorcee would seriously ask that question. If you need to ask, you will never learn!
    Kevin Baker
    09/12/2016 #18 Kevin Baker
    Be vulnerable carry no baggage
    Kevin Pashuk
    09/12/2016 #17 Kevin Pashuk
    #16 There is no right answer to that last question Randy... other than to say that her refulgence overwhelms you. I heard that word on Prairie Home Companion and did try to use it... once.
    Randy Keho
    09/12/2016 #16 Randy Keho
    If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise?
    If there were no mirrors, would there be no aging?
    After all, the outside is not a reflection of the inside.
    What do you tell your wife when she asks if the dress she's wearing makes her ass look big? That, is question.
    Kevin Pashuk
    09/12/2016 #15 Kevin Pashuk
    #10 Happy Birthday Renée. Us December babies (at least in Canada) can trace our origins back to the first warm day of Spring in the year of our birth...

    I fully agree. Life goes off the rails pretty quickly when your lifestyle does not match your values.
    Kevin Pashuk
    09/12/2016 #14 Kevin Pashuk
    #9 It's true that mirror images are inverted Gerald. Now if I could only get one that sheds a few pounds...
    Kevin Pashuk
    09/12/2016 #13 Kevin Pashuk
    #7 Thanks Franci for joining in my musings.
    Kevin Pashuk
    09/12/2016 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    #6 I wish I had your gift of prose Jim. All my thoughts seem to come out in snippets. I'll have to dig out some of your lyrics next time I'm doodling on my guitar and see if there is any affinity.
    Gerald Hecht
    09/12/2016 #11 Gerald Hecht
    #10 @Renée Cormier yes. I think that's the main issue here --when we are asking ourselves existential queries of this sort.
    Renée Cormier
    09/12/2016 #10 Renée Cormier
    Happy Birthday, my friend. My birthday is just a few days away. It's always good to be self-reflective. Understanding who you are and what your values are keeps you in harmony with your inner self. When our actions conflict with our values we lose self respect and then everything just falls to shit after that, in my opinion.
    Gerald Hecht
    09/12/2016 #9 Gerald Hecht
    Also...the mirrors in my house and car are two dimensional surfaces...it turns out that when I walked in to the one in the bathroom --I DID NOT walk into it, just in to it. I'm starting to distrust those things. I suspect that they are lying and I suspect that they know it. I find myself asking the same questions that you ask in this piece sometimes (especially now --having just read it). I've come up with a couple of things I'm gonna try --I want to get some answers here dammit! 1) I'm gonna eavesdrop on people who I suspect may be talking about me; hopefully I will be able to get a valid sample of the sought after information. 2) I saw this episode of some sitcom where they thought one of the characters was dead (but he wasn't) ...he spied on his own funeral. I hope to have something to report soon!
    Gerald Hecht
    09/12/2016 #8 Gerald Hecht
    #2 @Kevin Pashuk I think that things are inverted in a mirror...wait, gimme a sec.; yes, left and right are reversed.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    09/12/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Chronological years don't have to govern our mindset. I agree with @Susan Rooks "But as long as our younger self is happy, healthy, and eager for life -- we should be fine". Keep up the goo work, Kevin. Your articles are always enjoyable and good food for thought.
    Jim Murray
    09/12/2016 #6 Jim Murray
    Nice stuff @Kevin Pashuk. This post reminds me of a lyric I write a while back, when I was thinking a lot of the same thoughts. This is the chorus.

    "Just as long as you ride the road
    Like you know where you're goin'
    Just as long as you carry the load
    Like you know where you been
    Life will be good
    And you'll be much wiser for the knowin'
    And tomorrow will open
    Her lovin' arms and take you in"

    There's a realm sense of optimism in all the posts you write. That's what makes them so damn enjoyable.
    Keep on truckin', my brother. You're a Beezer and Beezers live forever.
  3. ProducerVirag Gulyas

    Virag Gulyas

    06/09/2016
    That Jewish Man Who Made My Grandfather a Priest
    That Jewish Man Who Made My Grandfather a PriestThis article was originally published on Times of IsraelI haven’t seen my grandfather for the last five years. But it wasn’t his fault. And it wasn’t my fault either. It was life and all its complexities around it.I moved away from Hungary for the...
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    Claire Cardwell 🐝
    09/12/2016 #28 Claire Cardwell 🐝
    What an amazing, heart warming story @Virag Gulyas thanks for the share and well done with it being featured in the Times of Israel.
    RAM SINGH NISHAD
    02/10/2016 #27 RAM SINGH NISHAD
    #21 you welcome
    Virag Gulyas
    12/09/2016 #26 Virag Gulyas
    #24 Thank you so much @Matt Sweetwood & everyone!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    11/09/2016 #25 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Virag Gulyas beautiful and inspiring.. You are rich in heritage and awareness. Thanks for sharing this..
    Matt Sweetwood
    11/09/2016 #24 Matt Sweetwood
    Congratulations to @Virag Gulyas for having her inspiring article featured by the Times of Israel.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #23 Lisa Gallagher
    #20 I agree @Virag Gulyas. Such a devastating time in history. Something no one should forget.
    Virag Gulyas
    08/09/2016 #22 Virag Gulyas
    #17 Thank you @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015. I appreciate you reading it, and your feedback, coming from a writer, is flattering. :-)
    Virag Gulyas
    08/09/2016 #21 Virag Gulyas
    #18 Thank you Ram Singh!
    Virag Gulyas
    08/09/2016 #20 Virag Gulyas
    #19 @Lisa Gallagher, thank you so much for reading. I think it is not only my story, but so many other families. Something we should be talking about more often, before the people who still remember, leave us.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #19 Lisa Gallagher
    Such a heart warming story @Virag Gulyas. You grandfather, so admirable. I have a feeling you may be a bit like him. Thank you so much for sharing this story. I had tears when I read it.
    RAM SINGH NISHAD
    08/09/2016 #18 RAM SINGH NISHAD
    #16 its heart touching
    Virag Gulyas
    07/09/2016 #16 Virag Gulyas
    #11 Something I have never imagined from my grandfather.... @Julie Hickman
    Virag Gulyas
    07/09/2016 #15 Virag Gulyas
    #12 Thanks for reading Robert!
    Virag Gulyas
    07/09/2016 #14 Virag Gulyas
    #13 Yes, @Ben Pinto. That era in the Easters part of Europe is something most nations would not comprehend. Things happened that for the West is only a story in history books. Hiding Jews was one such acts when you need to risk your life. But Hungarians were obliged to report and spy on other Hungarians as well. It was not only about religious freedom, but yes, it played a huge role!
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #13 Ben Pinto
    We can see into a glimpse of history and wonder why so many do not realize that choice of religious freedom does not make a person. Europeans that were successful in hiding people with Jewish beliefs did so because they made a vow to themselves to never tell a soul. They could not share their secret with the closest of relatives. This was especially difficult to do if one had children. All it took for those in hiding to be caught, was your child sharing a secret with a close friend. Bless your ancestors for their compassionate humanity. Those that ask themselves WWJD can see the outcome here. Let's us not forget this concept of Freedom in the USA. Our forefathers caught for this right. Let the vetting of immigrants start with something other than their religious beliefs.
    Robert Cormack
    07/09/2016 #12 Robert Cormack
    Sad but interesting story. Nice work.
    Julie Hickman
    07/09/2016 #11 Julie Hickman
    Your personal story tells of such brave and loving acts within your family and yourself @Virag Gulyas.
    Virag Gulyas
    06/09/2016 #10 Virag Gulyas
    #8 @Donald Grandy thank you for reading it!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    06/09/2016 #9 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    What a compelling story of the twists and turns of history as they wind through your paternal lineage, @Virag Gulyas, creating both a great deal of love and a lot of torment, too. It is curious how sometimes we can care for strangers while hurting the people who are close to us and who we could so easily lift up in joy. And then because we aren't fully loved and acknowledged by our family we take that out on others in the world who are different than us.

    I think tears and words are equally healing in different ways, but the spread-ability of words makes them more useful in uncovering a dose of healing for many people struggling with the tenants of the religion they were born into or unable to understand the rigidity of feeling that locks us away from members of our families.
    Donald Grandy
    06/09/2016 #8 Donald Grandy
    Thank you for sharing this emotional story written from your heart.
  4. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    09/12/2016
    Transcending the Virtual World:  Are We Desperate for Real Connection?
    Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface:  The objective of this series is not so much to debate issues among its four co-authors, but to seed engagement and conversation pertaining to the topic at hand among our readers. We, therefore, solicit your questions, comments, and...
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    Wayne Yoshida
    10/12/2016 #40 Wayne Yoshida
    #37 Sarah - Nice phrase/idea -- "never been to a conference like this, which is why I believe so strongly in the concept"
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #39 Sarah Elkins
    #26 I love the idea of local chapters. Part of the reason for NLV, though, is that our networks span across continents and oceans! If we had a local chapter here in Montana, I'd end up with the people I already know and see regularly. The beauty of NLV in Atlanta is that people are coming from all over the world to meet and learn from each other face-to-face.
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #38 Sarah Elkins
    #23 I just realized I didn't address the word desperate in my response to your thoughtful comment. I do believe many are desperate for real connection. Maybe not all of us, some of us are really good at making connections in real life and online. There are many in our networks who struggle with a balance, though, those who would love to connect for real, but are too comfortable sitting behind the screen to step out. As a matter of fact, there have been some major studies connecting depression with extensive social media use: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/04/30/study-links-heavy-facebook-and-social-media-usage-to-depression/#2953e9187e4b

    This is why No Longer Virtual is so important, among other reasons. Meeting each other face-to-face forces us to see each other as real people, with real struggles and experiences. As long as we stay behind our screens, we can pretend that what we say here has no impact on other people's lives. But you and I know that's just not the case.
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #37 Sarah Elkins
    #23 Thanks for the comment, Wayne. I really considered a meet-up style, but realized two things: Very few of us can take the time and money to travel somewhere for a meet-up. A conference, however, can be worth the investment of time and money, especially if the topics are relevant. Some people were able to sell the idea to their companies, and others will be able to write-off the investment as a professional expense.

    As @Phil Friedman mentioned a few times, meeting face-to-face provides incredible opportunity to deepen relationships (or the opposite, which is also nice to know before you make a time/money investment.) One of the things that I find disturbing is the disconnect between some online vs. offline personalities. I've met a handful of people face-to-face that simply don't match up with what they're putting out here on social media platforms - and let's just not get into dating sites!

    The idea for NLV started as a way to meet my closest network members face-to-face, and then became something much stronger: It's a different kind of conference, built with a solid curriculum of relevant topics, with no keynote speakers, and co-facilitated sessions that build off of each other. I've never been to a conference like this, which is why I believe so strongly in the concept.
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #36 Sarah Elkins
    #21 You will be welcome, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, no need for the sign. Just have the front desk staff call me and I'll buy you a glass of wine.
    Don Kerr
    10/12/2016 #35 Don Kerr
    I too am sharing this all over the map vs. posting under my own banner simply for the reason that @Kevin Pashuk stated. He's always as step ahead! Probably 'cause he way smarter and certainly more compassionate than I! I wish you nothing but success @Sarah Elkins
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #34 Sarah Elkins
    #8 Yes! beBee will see serious differentiation by participating in this concept.
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #33 Sarah Elkins
    #6 Luckily, @Randy Keho, there will only be 50 people, and I'll bring reinforcements. Seriously, though, No Longer Virtual isn't just about meeting face-to-face. There is a major professional development component I think many of these comments are missing. I've been to plenty of conferences as a speaker and as a guest, and none have ever had a cohesive curriculum.

    The conference structure is an alternative to the traditional conference, making it unique not only by it's focus on leveraging our online networks, but by structuring the conference to leverage those valuable side-conversations we get so much value out of at traditional conferences.
    Milos Djukic
    10/12/2016 #32 Anonymous
    #30 Very true @Sarah Elkins.
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #31 Sarah Elkins
    #5 Agree. Our online connections are only as strong as the effort we put into them. And starting with the online relationships is terrific in order to get at that diversity @Max🐝 J. Carter brought up in his comment. I know people have a tendency to surround themselves with like-minded folks, but that doesn't mean they agree on everything, right?
    Sarah Elkins
    10/12/2016 #30 Sarah Elkins
    #3 Framework is right, @Milos Djukic, and the idea of having a real curriculum, as opposed to a simple meetup, for the meeting is part of that framework.
    Javier beBee
    10/12/2016 #29 Javier beBee
    #8 @Phil Friedman it sounds great. We will be able to do and promote a lot of events after raising funds in the US. Meanwhile we do our best without resources :)
    Phil Friedman
    09/12/2016 #28 Phil Friedman
    #26 Thank you, Lloyd, for saying so... And for joining the conversation. I personally would love to see beBee Live local chapters grow up. What a differentiating twist that would be. Cheers!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/12/2016 #27 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #22 Thanks @Phil Friedman gonna check that out.😊
    Harvey Lloyd
    09/12/2016 #26 Harvey Lloyd
    Reading this i would have to say that i think Don nailed it. Events like these would be difficult to get together and execute. It appears the four of you were able to make it happen on a small scale and it worked. Given today's environment, families, professional obligations and other schedule shrinking activities, i would think, going from keyboard to an event would need to hold some serious value in the mind of the attendee. The cost and schedule hanging in the balance i could see the "local chapter" aspect working well.

    Good discussion topic of now closing the circle, looping back, face to face. Appreciate ya'll taking the time to discuss the topic.
    Phil Friedman
    09/12/2016 #25 Phil Friedman
    #23 It's just like you, Wayne, to bring an overabundance of common sense to the party. :-) I agree that "desperate" may involve some overstatement -- which I lay on Sarah's title for her article. But consider that, if you lived in the wilds of Montana, spent most of your time killing and skinning game for your meals, chopping wood for your stove, and melting snow for water to drink, you might be "desperate" for some live connections, as well. Okay, okay, just kidding.

    Seriously, though, you make a good point. There are numbers of national and international organizations which establish local chapters that meet locally regularly for social networking and just for sociability. Car clubs are a good example. At one time I belonged to the Chicago Area chapter of the International Austin Healey Owners Club, which would meet at a restaurant once a month in the evening to talk about sports cars and break bread together. It was a perfect example of affinity networking long before microcomputers, let alone social media. And maybe with an international organization such as beBee as a base and conduit, local Live Hives could be established in a similar fashion. Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    09/12/2016 #24 Max🐝 J. Carter
    So Phil am I to take the -1 as you not doing as you said above and welcoming any and all to contribute?
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/12/2016 #23 Wayne Yoshida
    Great discussion. But I think the word "desperate" is a little strong. I have a perfect analogy for this "virtual vs real" meetings - ham radio. Playing around with two-way radios - using Morse Code or voice - might be even more virtual than today's social media. And for most folks on the radio, the desire to meet in person is strong.

    But when "meeting" people over the radio, I learned a long time ago to never make judgments, good or bad. Using machines to communicate cannot provide nuances such as tone of voice and other things. I like this aspect because talking over the air can break all barriers - including age, gender, race and political affiliation.

    I would enjoy a 3D meeting. Is there a way to search for Bees based on city or ZIP/Postal Code?

    For the NLV event, it looks interesting and the topics on the agenda look great. I hope this idea spreads.

    Has anyone gone to the Social Media Marketing World? http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/

    And, yes, I asked those guys if they are aware of beBee. Hopefully, they are - or will soon . . .

    If this would be on the West Coast (think about the winter weather over here vs over there) - it might be more reasonable.

    But maybe we are making this too complicated. Why not simply get a place to meet, and just talk to each other in person? If the gathering is local, like Kevin says - just meet for a quick lunch or something.

    Where are the Orange County / Southern Calif. Bees?
    Phil Friedman
    09/12/2016 #22 Phil Friedman
    #21 That is a lot, Donna-Luisa. I think Sarah's choice of Atlanta for the first NLV conference is a good one. You can fly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta for under %150 round trip. Or Chicago to Atlanta round-trip for less than $200 Or NYC/NJ for under $200 return. Which puts the package cost under $1K. How much under depends on several factors. If two people register at the same time, under a newly announced "buddy" registration package both receive a 20% discount. And if two people share a twin or queen two-bed room, they can cut the already reasonable room cost in half.

    Unfortunately, even the lowest amount.that could be worked out might still be too much, or the travel time too long, Which is why I've suggested to Sarah that she consider adding "remote registration" which for a modest registration fee would allow someone to follow the proceedings real time via video conferencing.

    Thanks, D-L. You are the best. and Cheers!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/12/2016 #21 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Phil Friedman..I promise to do my best Bob Marley impersonation one day as a shout out 😁..
    Okay so to get serious @Sarah Elkins conference/ networking Gig will cost me from Trinidad approximatly 3000USD$..and I think it would be worth it. Can I physically make the trip..I'm not sure, but it is one of 2 trips I wish to make next year. I'm not as mobile as I had hoped to be so if I can be closeby around that time I will be the crazy lady with the "let me in" sign. For anyone who can make it I'm sure it will be great. One day I hope to meet all you Beezer's ...and that is a bucket list wish I'm hoping to fill oneday.
  5. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    09/12/2016
    Lynne Black
    Red Sox Active Trade Season
    lrbandassociates.com Boston Red Sox active trade season is underway for the 2017 baseball season. Since the Red Sox won 93 games in 2016, they are out to win it all in 2017. MLB Winter Meetings While the MLB Winter Meetings takes place between December 4th and...
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  6. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    08/12/2016
    Four Strong Winds are blowing again. A new post should be up sometime this week, as soon as Maestro Phil can put it together. Jim Murray
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    Kevin Pashuk
    08/12/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks @Phil Friedman for the topic of this latest 4SW.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    08/12/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Let's passionately wait for the timely tempest! :)
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  8. ProducerJim Cody

    Jim Cody

    07/12/2016
    The Radio Man That I Will Always Miss
    The Radio Man That I Will Always MissDaddy Cody—The Radio man was my father who passed in 2013. Many called him Bob, I called him Dad.They all stared up at the big steep hill, covered with large trees and all sorts of wicked brush. The old farmer was silent for a while, just looking...
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    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #29 Jim Cody
    #20 @Donna-Luisa Eversley I wasn't born until after the war. But families survived because of their strong belief that God would and did provide. We are a product of that faith.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #28 Jim Cody
    #19 Many thanks. Strong perseverance and patience will always pay off if you have the faith.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #24 Jim Cody
    #19 Many thanks fir your comments.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #23 Jim Cody
    #18Thank you Lisa. Values and work ethics have changed from past generations in most countries and never will return.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #22 Jim Cody
    #17 Many thanks Ben.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #21 Jim Cody
    #16 You are welcome. Merry Christmas to you and family.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/12/2016 #20 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Jim Cody wow.. cannot believe you ended then... can we have a follow up..what was life like during the war..how did the family survive? Thanks for sharing this...
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    08/12/2016 #19 Mohammed A. Jawad
    @Jim Cody That's great how well you have put forth this story, which carries great inspiration, show of courage and strength, love for hard toil to live with ease and joys and unwavering zeal to prove performance. There are more lessons. ..all one needs is to delve thoughtfully and observe what's lost and what's gained.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/12/2016 #18 Lisa Gallagher
    Great story @Jim Cody, thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed and could relate in some ways. I wish kids today understood how much fun it was to just be creative in order to have fun without gadgets controlling their lives. But, then again, they are now required to use them in School from a very young age from what I understand. The value of working and helping others is something that should never grow old.
    Ben Pinto
    08/12/2016 #17 Ben Pinto
    I am sharing this in the newest hive and with your help one day it will be the largest...
    https://www.bebee.com/group/bebee
    Ian Weinberg
    08/12/2016 #16 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks for taking the time out to reconnecting us to our authentic selves, Jim. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #15 Jim Cody
    #13 Many thanks and Merry Christmas Ben.
    Ben Pinto
    08/12/2016 #13 Ben Pinto
    I love this Nostalgic, historic, and warm-hearted piece. Merry Christmas Jim.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #12 Jim Cody
    #6 Paul you are welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed. Tears were in my eyes, a lump in my throat and love in heart as I completed this story. Contribute to my brother who helped author.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #11 Jim Cody
    #5 You are so correct, history is made by tough men and women that were soon forgotten.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #10 Jim Cody
    #4 Many thanks for your kind comment.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #9 Jim Cody
    #3 Very welcome and Many thanks.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #8 Jim Cody
    #2 Many thanks, Legacy at its best. Long will my Dad live in the hearts of his 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 9 grandchildren.
    Jim Cody
    08/12/2016 #7 Jim Cody
    #1 Many thanks,
    Paul Walters
    08/12/2016 #6 Paul Walters
    @Jim Cody What a fabulous tale ....thank you
  9. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    07/12/2016
    Lynne Black
    Holiday Home Decorating Ideas
    lrbandassociates.com Time to get ready to do some holiday home decorating with Christmas right around the corner.  So my tree came out the night before Thanksgiving and I decorated while watching the Macy's Parade.  After all, don't let stress interfere with your...
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  10. ProducerAlexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    06/12/2016
    5 WAYS TO WIN READERS BY MAKING YOUR CONTENT MORE ENJOYABLE
    5 WAYS TO WIN READERS BY MAKING YOUR CONTENT MORE ENJOYABLE~Overcoming content overload~I don’t know about you, but my email inbox and social media feeds are chock-full of good content that I am never going to read. I tell myself I don’t have enough time for it all, but that’s not true. What I don’t have...
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    Alexa Steele
    06/12/2016 #13 Alexa Steele
    #12 Thank you Robin!
    Robin Barton
    06/12/2016 #12 Robin Barton
    Great buzz!
    Alexa Steele
    06/12/2016 #11 Alexa Steele
    #10 It sure is noisy. It's even getting noisier here on beBee. A sign of success, I'd say.
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    06/12/2016 #10 Graham Edwards 🐝
    Thanks for this @Alexa Steele... it's definitely noisy out there.
    Alexa Steele
    06/12/2016 #9 Alexa Steele
    #6 "Male Bovine Fecal Matter Detector" 😊

    Thanks for the shares, @Kevin Pashuk. Have yourself a great day.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/12/2016 #8 Kevin Pashuk
    Darn that autocorrect... it should be 'hang the hyperbole'
    Alexa Steele
    06/12/2016 #7 Alexa Steele
    #3 #4 n#5 Thank you to rajni, Gert, and Anju for your kind and encouraging comments.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/12/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks Alexa for a post worth reading. I love the phrase "Jettison the jargon, banish the buzzwords, and hold the hype" - I would add "Hand the hyperbole" to the list. Don't pretend to be an expert. I stop reading articles the moment my Male Bovine Fecal Matter Detector goes off.

    Sharing this post on beBee and LI.
    Anuj Saxena
    06/12/2016 #5 Anuj Saxena
    Hi, great post for Digital Guys
    Gert Scholtz
    06/12/2016 #4 Gert Scholtz
    @Alexa Steele "Jettison the jargon, banish the buzzwords, and hold the hype" - excellent Buzz Alexa.
    rajni singh
    06/12/2016 #3 rajni singh
    You nailed it! We hardly click on any article we receive in our mailbox or see in feeds unless coming from well known influencers or there is something new in the post title.
    Alexa Steele
    06/12/2016 #2 Alexa Steele
    #1 Thank you, Max!
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    06/12/2016 #1 Max🐝 J. Carter
    This is solid advice for any content producer and a buss worth reading for the Bees who rely on their content to seek engagement.
  11. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    06/12/2016
    Lynne Black
    Ugly Christmas Sweater Trend
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  12. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    05/12/2016
    Lynne Black
    Tom Brady 201st. N.E. Patriots Win
    lrbandassociates.com Not only was yesterday another win for the New England Patriots, but it was also Tom Brady 201st win. Furthermore, 201 wins is the most in the NFL history. Tom Brady 201st Since Tom Brady became a starter back in 2001, he has 201 wins in 264...
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  13. Robert Booker

    Robert Booker

    05/12/2016
    Last week I was going to write about the sermon at Trinity First. However, as Christians know old Satan is always trying to block our growth. Anyway, the Pastor spoke on the coming of Jesus. The believers know that he is coming. What we do not know is when. There are many passages on this. One you can find is Mark 13:32 “But about that day or hour, no one knows not even the Son”.
    As we live out our daily lives, we might not even be thinking about when He will return. What would you do if today were His return? Would it not be better for us to be prepared? The sermon made me think about it. Am I ready for his return? I wake up and start my day, forget to pray. On my way to work, some driver cuts me off and I yell at them; telling them, I wish them to die or worse. I step out of the car at work and I notice some of the people being taken in “a twinkling of an eye.” However, I am still on earth. Jesus returned today, I was ready for some time in the future. I was still working on today.
    The point of the sermon was to get us thinking about his coming, we should live as if His coming is TODAY. We should be ready at all times. Do we make mistakes? Sure we do, after all we are human. Prayer for forgiveness works wonders. Spend more time with Christ and you will be ready for that coming, and it will not matter the day or hour. WWW.trinity-first.org Take a look at the Webpage.
    Robert Booker
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  14. Jim Cody

    Jim Cody

    04/04/2016
    Creating a buzz. /
    Jim Cody
    How To Create A Relevant Buzz | HiveBlog By BeBee
    blog.bebee.com Make your beBee posts more relevant. beBee’s bees are always hungry for new and relevant content but, do you know how to create quality content? We’re going to show you how to make buzzes that every bee in the hive will want to share!   Don't miss...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    04/04/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    I was happily surprised to see my photo being used as an example! Great instructions.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/04/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Good information. Thank you.
  15. Kevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    04/12/2016
    The view from our hotel room today. A quick overnight to Niagara Falls. This is the Canadian side. Kevin Pashuk
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    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #2 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Stunning view and looks very cold.
  16. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    01/12/2016
    Windmills, Bicycles, Clogs and ..... Tulip and Hamster Jam
    Windmills, Bicycles, Clogs and ..... Tulip and Hamster JamIt was springtime, this was our second day in the Netherlands, and here we were, soaking in a sea of tulips; subtle pastel shades alongside bold bright hues; a mirage of fragrance in a semi-rural landscape, just a short drive outside Amsterdam. My...
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    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #32 Ken Boddie
    #31 Wow, Franci. Sounds like you had the pick of the porcelain from Porsche. 😂
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #31 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #27 #28 Speaking of public toilets, Mu hubby and I were at a Porsche dealership in Alpharetta, Ga. I used the ladies room and OMG, the only thing that didn't get done was my nails and hair. Heated seat, bidet, dryer, perfume and music. Quite the experience.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #30 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #20 Yes, clumpy clogs - the softies look comfy.
    Dean Owen
    04/12/2016 #29 Dean Owen
    #28 Classic Ken Boddie! Can't top that!
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #27 interesting theory, Dean-san. Perhaps more research would get to the bottom of this one and help differentiate between supposition and suppository? 😂
    Dean Owen
    04/12/2016 #27 Dean Owen
    #26 Perhaps cleanliness of public toilets is somewhat related to the national average consumption of exotic spices?
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #26 Ken Boddie
    #25 Following on from our recent exchange of bathroom humour, Kev (re the self propagating enema joke) you may wish to visit the Netherlands (beyond Schiphol), like @Dean Owen, in order to inspect "the cleanest public toilets in Europe, if not the world"? 😊
    Kevin Pashuk
    04/12/2016 #25 Kevin Pashuk
    Hamster jam... giving Vegemite a run for its money. Nice travelogue Ken. My only experience in Holland is a transfer at the Amsterdam airport. We saw the tulips fields from the air, and felt like hobbits amongst all the tall, blonde Dutch people.
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #24 Ken Boddie
    #23 I hope you learned one lesson while in Pisa, Claire, and that's to ensure you have an extensive site investigation performed by geotechnical engineer, prior to design and construction. 😂
    Claire Cardwell 🐝
    04/12/2016 #23 Claire Cardwell 🐝
    #22 Maybe - my parents took me all over Europe when I was a child - even up the Leaning Tower of Pisa (my Dad had to carry me about half way up as my toddler legs got tired - so of course he gave me a fireman's lift!) I got exposed to absolutely stunning architecture and beauty. I was v. lucky!
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #22 Ken Boddie
    #21 Perhaps that visit to Keukenhof sowed the seeds (or rather bulbs) of architecture in a young girl's developing brain, Claire? 🤔
    Claire Cardwell 🐝
    04/12/2016 #21 Claire Cardwell 🐝
    Great photos @Ken Boddie! I remember the tulip fields when my parents took me there as a child. The colours and variety blew my mind...
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #20 Ken Boddie
    #18 Ah Franci. Clumpy clogs for the fashionable lady about town?
    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #19 Ken Boddie
    #17 Sounds like an interesting book, Deb. Can't say I've heard the 'wet liberal' or 'pharmaphobia' concepts before. Must ask the rellies. And how about that doppelgänger portrait? Sounds scarily eerie. 👻
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    03/12/2016 #18 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    What a delightful post, Ken. The Netherlands must be a beautiful place to see. Thank you for the tour and now I want a pair of clogs!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    03/12/2016 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Way to cover the big 4 of Dutch tourism, @Ken Boddie. One of the most memorable books I have ever read is "Amsterdam" by Russell Shorto where I learned 4 things:

    1. The Underwater situation of the landscape can be directly traced as a source of the city's famed liberalism.
    2. One of Anne Frank's contemporaries - Frieda Menco Brommet whose life was intertwined with Anne's including being in Auschwitz together for awhile - was still alive in August @ 91 years old to meet with Shorto on his trip.
    3. That the Dutch are very suspicious of pharma, even though famous for tolerance to soft street drugs.
    4. One of the most bizarre things I have ever encountered is that I have a male look-alike whose portrait in the Rijksmuseum is from 1642. Spooky likeness at a distance, for certain.
    Ken Boddie
    03/12/2016 #16 Ken Boddie
    #15 No, Gert, the Scots are still the most thrifty. I used to walk to and from school because bicycles were luxury items. 😂
    Gert Scholtz
    02/12/2016 #15 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie "Poffertjes" haven't heard that word since last my children could not stop eating it when we traveled the Netherlands. Bicycles are probably so popular because Holland is flat and peddling is easy. But I think it is more that they share the trait of thriftiness with the Scots?
    Mamen Delgado
    02/12/2016 #14 Mamen Delgado
    #12 Beautiful way of looking at them!! 🙋
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2016 #13 Ken Boddie
    #10 The Dutch have 'mols', pero el pueblo de La Mancha tiene 'molinos'. The name is bigger therefore 'el gigante' debe ser más grande en La Mancha. Perhaps El Quixote should practica en Holanda primero? 😂
  17. ProducerJelena Bogere

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    04/12/2016
    Пустые баночки ноября
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  18. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    02/12/2016
    BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING... My newly launched writing improvement program is fully up and running now. Offering better writing through improved thinking. For more information go to ... http://www.learn2engage.org
    Writing Improvement
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    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #32 Gerald Hecht
    #31 Okay.
    Sou Abbas
    03/12/2016 #31 Sou Abbas
    #27 Gerald, take it easy and don't overthink . Savour the sweet moments of now and stop worrying about what we have no control of:)
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #30 Phil Friedman
    #27 Gerald, may I bring to your attention that Milos said "fractals forever" not "fractious forever". I do suspect, nevertheless, that the two concepts have a lot in common, especially in term of "self-similarity". Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #29 Phil Friedman
    #26 Sou, it is always good to hear from you. I still marvel that you are able to stand downunder on the bottom of the world without falling off into space. Goes to show that there are things in heaven and earth that exceed my philosophy, Horatio, um, Sou. Seriously, thanks for watching the video and commenting. And cheers back to you.
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #28 Phil Friedman
    #25 Thank you, Mark, for your interest and comments. My original "beta" PR effort was interrupted by the demands in my core consulting business, and the fact is it took a lot longer to develop the curriculum, supporting materials, and website ( www.learn2engage.org ) than I anticipated. That is all cleared up now, and learn2engage is up and running. Since this promo appeared a couple of days ago, I've been in the process of producing ver.2 based on all the terrific comments that readers and friends on beBee have been making. I expect to release ver.2 by the end of the weekend. My thanks to you and everyone else for being so supportive. That response has been especially gratifying. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #27 Gerald Hecht
    #26 @Sou Abbas Wonderful? The honing of our ability to document our collective extinction --in real time? Perhaps there is an ironic and poetic beauty to it...maybe it will be discovered by intelligent beings after we have been long gone...existing only as another curiosity in the fossil record; perhaps they will learn from our folly...our deliberate journey into oblivion...perhaps;
    Sou Abbas
    03/12/2016 #26 Sou Abbas
    Cheers Phil and oh my isn't it a wonderful world :)
    Mark Anthony
    03/12/2016 #25 Mark Anthony
    Anything that helps me to piss people off in a polite and legal way has my vote. Anyway, ​I signed up for info on this ages ago. Good ad, but wording disappeared fast. The advertising has already happened through your years of writing. That is what attracted me to this course in the first place.
    Milos Djukic
    03/12/2016 #24 Anonymous
    Support is our "divine purpose". Helping others help themselves, it is less a paradox and is increasingly becoming the golden rule of social media. You have my full support @Phil Friedman. Highly recommended! .
    Milos Djukic
    03/12/2016 #23 Anonymous
    #18 Phil, fractals forever :)
    David B. Grinberg
    03/12/2016 #22 David B. Grinberg
    #20 Good point @Franci Eugenia Hoffman and Phil, it's important to remain true to oneself. 🐝🐝✌️️🇺🇸
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #21 Phil Friedman
    #20 Franci, thank you for saying that. I agree. What I am offering is based on a lot of years doing what I do, and I guess my belief is that if you don't want what I personally offer in this regard, then my program is not for you. Thank you, as well, for sharing this video. I am finishing an easy 2 version based on some of the feedback received, and v2 will be a lot better. Cheers!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    03/12/2016 #20 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Well, I like this! It's you, Phil. You're selling yourself as yourself as well as your services. I understand David's comment but I believe your personality should shine through from the start. I believe part of a strategic marketing plan is to have unique appeal. And in this case, your personality is the draw and the rest should follow. Sharing.
    Milos Djukic
    02/12/2016 #19 Anonymous
    #18 My pleasure @Phil Friedman.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #18 Phil Friedman
    #17 Thank you, Milos, for commenting... and for sharing this video. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    02/12/2016 #17 Anonymous
    No-Muzak in writing by @Phil Friedman. Kudos my friend.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #16 Phil Friedman
    #15 David, thank you for watching and commenting. I genuinely appreciate the feedback. Some of your suggestion are going to be difficult for me to incorporate into the clip, mostly because it was already difficult to clean my vocabulary of phrases like"Hey, jerk" and "don't write like an idiot". Just kidding, of course. But fact is, in some things, I have to remain authentically me -- which is somewhat brusque. Cheers!
    David B. Grinberg
    02/12/2016 #15 David B. Grinberg
    Phil, I think you did a really nice job. I like the music too, very upbeat and welcoming. I just have a few constructive suggestions for your consideration:
    1) I would cut the time down to a 30-45 second spot, and not more than 1-minute, because attention spans are low and folks are pressed for time. Think brevity with video, as with writing.
    2) Replace the gorilla image with "David the Thinker" image (see point below)
    3) At the risk of being overly sensitive to outside perceptions, I would consider changing the term "improve your thinking" as some prospective clients might take that the wrong way as an insult. I would try something like "clarify" or "distill" or something else to replace "improved." A lot of potential writers probably think there's nothing wrong with their thinking, per se, because they are intelligent people. And folks with big egos and thin skins are usually offended easily. Thus, I would be careful not to use anything that even has the potential appearance of driving away prospective clients.
    Obviously, this is just my own 2-cents for what it's worth. Others may disagree. Nonetheless, I hope this is helpful and wish you success.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Thank you, Irene. It's always great to get a little help from one's friends. Best.
    Irene Hackett
    02/12/2016 #13 Anonymous
    #12 Phil, I think it would be great to share this on twitter - if interested, let me know when your ver 2 is ready and I'll share accordingly!
  19. ProducerbeBee in English
    Make Your Producer Pictures Look Perfect
    Make Your Producer Pictures Look PerfectYou already know about our on-site blogging tool, beBee Producer, and we are sure you use it often so today we’re going to give you some more tips to improve the quality of your great articles by showing you how to make the pictures look awesome!...
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    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #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!
    Dean Owen
    03/12/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Producer 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-roadtrip
    Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    02/12/2016 #6 Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    OR, check out my article about Perfectionism, lol! Maybe a PERFECT photo isn't necessary?! :-P
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    02/12/2016 #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.
    Phil Friedman
    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!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    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.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    Pardon 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.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/12/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Great advice...😊
  20. ProducerFancyJ London

    FancyJ London

    02/12/2016
    The Indigena
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    FancyJ London
    05/12/2016 #5 FancyJ London
    Thank you @Javier beBee for sharing my Buzz! I appreciate your kind gesture! Cheers
    FancyJ London
    03/12/2016 #4 FancyJ London
    @Franci Eugenia Hoffman Thank you for taking the time to read my post, repost, and share your thoughts and follow me. I appreciate your kindness. Cheers
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    02/12/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Wow, a view of the other side of the street can be harsh, can't it? It's unfortunate the government turns their back on the less fortunate.
    FancyJ London
    02/12/2016 #2 FancyJ London
    Thank you, for sharing, I appreciate your kind encouragement. @Irene Hackett
    Irene Hackett
    02/12/2016 #1 Anonymous
    Thank you @FancyJ London for sharing some of your heart in witnessing life's harsh realities. It opens our eyes to other realities that could inspire positive change. Governments cannot be relied upon whereas the people are the true agents of change. Stay passionate, be bold - one person can start a movement. Every human being has intrinsic value.
  21. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    01/12/2016
    Whatever Happened To The Human Race
    Whatever 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...
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    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #10 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Zacharias. My daughter is, indeed a romantic,
    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #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 accurate
    John Rylance
    02/12/2016 #8 John Rylance
    The 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"
    Zacharias Voulgaris
    02/12/2016 #7 Zacharias Voulgaris
    No 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.
    Brian McKenzie
    02/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    What 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.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Maybe 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 😇😊🐝🐝
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    01/12/2016 #4 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    Let'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 more
    Let'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
    Each time the DNA analysis shows the variety in our genetic chain.
    You're right, but there's nothing left to go on. Close
    Kevin Baker
    01/12/2016 #3 Kevin Baker
    The only borders on this planet are the ones we invent. There is only one race.
    Jim Murray
    01/12/2016 #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.
    Jim Moodie
    01/12/2016 #1 Jim Moodie
    Jim, 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.
  22. ProducerSandra Crowe

    Sandra Crowe

    01/12/2016
    10 Ways to Turn Your Blog into a Lead-Generation Machine
    10 Ways to Turn Your Blog into a Lead-Generation MachineSometimes when I hear companies talking about creating a "machine" for their lead-generation efforts, I think about Dr. Seuss. Specifically, I think about all the fantastical and imaginative machines he created in his 46 children's books--like the...
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    Claire Cardwell 🐝
    01/12/2016 #4 Claire Cardwell 🐝
    Thanks for the great tips Sandra Crowe, have shared your article.
    Alexa Steele
    01/12/2016 #3 Alexa Steele
    Sharing this because everyone needs to remember "Solve or share, don't shill."
    Kevin Baker
    01/12/2016 #2 Kevin Baker
    Dr Seuss was fun
    David B. Grinberg
    01/12/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for the good advice, Sandra. I've shared on three hives for writers/bloggers/publishers. Keep buzzing!
  23. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    30/11/2016
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    Max🐝 J. Carter
    08/12/2016 #150 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #149 So what you are saying here Phil is that you want the power to choose who can give you a critique of your work.

    Why?

    It seems to me that the more eyes you have on it, the better chance you have of someone catching something the others would miss.

    In my mind you are only limiting your own potential for growth in this practice.
    Phil Friedman
    08/12/2016 #149 Phil Friedman
    #148 Pretty obviously, Elizabeth, closed groups should not predominate on a "social" media platform. But, as a natural matter, they would never do so because the owners of most groups want high membership numbers. But sometimes and for some purposes, a closed group works best. (Closed in the sense that only group members can see the interactions.) I own a long-established writer's group on LinkedIn, which was closed, And because it was, members could comfortably discuss their work candidly, critique each other's ideas, styles, and so on -- and in general have a sometimes raucous good time without fear of being ridiculed by trolls or others.

    I also own an industry-specific group there, which is composed mostly of industry professionals and business people in that sector, and before LI changed the rules concerning moderation, we had many very informative and intense conversations about issues pertaining to the particular industry sector involved. You just can't do that when anybody and his brother can willy nilly post whatever blather they feel like posting, relevant or not, informed or not.

    My point is that private and closed groups can work out better when set up and run properly. As I'm sure you will agree, although one had the right to speak his or her minds, we don't have the right to force everyone to listen or to expect free access to all conversations.

    Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Elizabeth Bailey
    07/12/2016 #148 Elizabeth Bailey
    Well I may as well add my ha'pennys worth. I hate the thought of being excluded from a group I requested to join, but ... I am a member of a number of closed VA groups on Facebook which is a safe place for VAs to ask for advice or help. It is a very valuable resource and I wouldn't be without it.
    Robert Bacal
    07/12/2016 #147 Robert Bacal
    #141 I agree that more tools are good. I also believe that if you want TOTAL control over the tools you get, set up your own damned forums on your own domains, and then you can do exactly as you wish, and stop being dependent on, and whining to companies that owe you nothing.

    Why smart people continue to rely on third party platforms, WHILE complaining all the time is beyond me. You and others bash linkedin incessantly, and no doubt you'll do the same if BeBee doesn't do as you wish.

    Such a sense of entitlement, and helplessness. Get off your duff and do it. The only way to get what you want.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #146 Phil Friedman
    All - your engagement and contributions to this conversation are genuinely appreciated. For those who may not have seen or read it, the following post is recommended as a precursor of this one: ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/affinity-networking-is-on-the-line ) Thank you all for all your contributions. Sometimes the comments and discussion are more important than the post itself, and this is, I think one of those times.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #145 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, @Andrew Goldman and @David B. Grinberg for liking and sharing this post.,I think the conversation is important, indeed, more important than the piece itself. Thank you, as well, for your support.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #144 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #141 Thanks for the profile view Phil on Li I appreciate yo tasking an interest in me.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #143 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #141 The Ted Unoffical grou Ideas wiorth spreading.

    I was a moderator for a while and got an intimate look at the process.

    It really is as simple as adding the ability to add moderators or admins to a hive and then it is a matter of the hive owner working with hive members.

    It's this simple Phil, beBee in spirit is about including people and not using the same old tired processes to exclude people based on personal whims or a need to have the the illusion of control fulfilled
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #141 Phil Friedman
    #139 Really? Being a MEMBER of a group has nothing to do with it. And if you were a MANAGER of an LI group with 500,000 members, please tell us which one. I am saying that as an experienced owner and/or manager of several profession- and industry-specific groups and of one of the few business-related hives on beBee, my considered opinion is that the additional tools suggested in this post would help make management of certain types of hives more feasible. I am not suggesting that anyone tell you how to run your hive(s) or groups. You may do as you wish. What I don't see is why you don't want to reciprocate and allow me to run my hive(s) the way I see fit. Let's just agree that this is a matter of opinion and personal preference and leave it at that.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #139 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #136 No one is forcing anyone to take on the responsibility of running a hive.

    Phil I spent more than a year in Li's biggest group with over half a million members and the best way to address your issue is to allow Hive owners to give others in the Hive administrator privileges and then it is all volunteer and takes inspiring your Hive to work with you.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #138 Phil Friedman
    #137 No, that is just plain false. Removing posts after they have appeared and remained for some time, and possibly received some counter-comments is disruptive to the discussion threads. And people in profession- and industry=specific groups get tired of seeing posts that are totally off topic, even if they are removed after being posted. Pre-moderation is the best way because it allows owners and managers to deal with the issues related to topic filtering at their convenience, which should be their prerogative. Not for everyone, just for those who want the ability. And being able to block persistent, repeat offenders and spammers and other disrupters is essential. It doesn't have to do with the length of one's experience alone, but with the size of the groups one has experience with. For example, I help manage an industry-specific group with about 7,000 members (used to be more than 10,000 before LI changed the rules for groups) and losing the ability to pre-moderate was a big blow in terms of the time required.
    Robert Bacal
    07/12/2016 #137 Robert Bacal
    #136 Both pre-moderation and post moderation require the same process, and the same time. No difference, and I go back more than a decade of moderating online groups. Banning, yes that can help.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #136 Phil Friedman
    #135 Yes, I am fully aware of that. Please see my prior post ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/affinity-networking-is-on-the-line ) You may have missed it, since it did not receive much notice.

    I am talking about something that is much more complicated than you presume. The simple ability to remove an inappropriate post from a hive becomes seriously insufficient when hive or group membership grows into the thousands and tens of thousands. Or, for that matter, when the general user base grow into the hundreds of thousands. At these levels of activity, post-removal becomes cumbersome and impossible because it sucks up too much administrative time.

    I speak from experience, as the owner and manager of a number of LinkedIn groups dating back to 2009, a couple of which have memberships in the tens of thousands. My experience as one of the earliest hive owners on beBee USA confirms this as well.

    At a certain level of participation on the platform in general, and in hives in particular, it becomes necessary to be able to pre-filter and moderate, if topic- or industry-specific hives are to be properly administered. As well as the ability to block spammers, trolls, and other disrupters who seek repeatedly to interfere with the operations of a hive or group. Thank you for reading and commenting.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #135 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Phil Hive owners can remove articles they feel do not belong in their hives.

    The functionality is their to be used.
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #134 Phil Friedman
    #129 #128 #130 - Juan and Javier continue to demonstrate the power ownership and management engagement with their user base. And I for one, can visualize a PR and marketing campaign focused on that point of differentiation. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #133 Phil Friedman
    #132 Thank you, Mohammed, for reading and commenting. Your enthusiasm for beBee is very likely infectious, and hopefull will spread off-platform, as well. We supporters of beBee need to take care not to end up talking just to each other. Cheers!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    04/12/2016 #132 Mohammed A. Jawad
    @Phil Friedman Pensive post, with vivid comparison between beBee and LinkedIn.

    I think it’s time to grab some insights and updates to keep buzzing in momentum. Yea…when every bee becomes passionate to bolster beBee, then that’ll trigger beBee’s popularity more…and definitely beBee is going global, with upcoming novel features and growth strategies, besides more ease and options.

    Proud to say that being part of expanding beBee platform, plus the cordial, spirited virtual environment along with the responsiveness of beBee founders comes as a great jubilation. And then, brand ambassadorship at beBee is a worthwhile brooch of role recognition. So, with dynamic attitude, let’s all be on the move!
    Mohammed Sultan
    04/12/2016 #130 Mohammed Sultan
    #129 Dear @ Juan Imaz.Thanks a lot for your likes and your continuous support.
    Juan Imaz
    04/12/2016 #129 Juan Imaz
    #24 constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks @Phil Friedman!
    Juan Imaz
    04/12/2016 #128 Juan Imaz
    #2 yes, we have read and appreciate it. I also think it is a very valuable document.
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    Robert Booker
    04/12/2016 #4 Robert Booker
    #3 Good for you. I protested in my younger days. At 70 I now do it on the media. You are right about Trump. I pray for this country but I am not sure how strong Trump is against prayer. It comes to mind, Anti-Christ: Just saying.
    Francisco Lopez
    01/12/2016 #3 Francisco Lopez
    #2 Yes I did, and risked to be arrested at my age, a thing that will make me proud, as it is for a great cause. Trump didn't come to drain the swamp. He, and his cronies are the swamp. I am sorry for those suckers who voted for him and for us, who will suffer the consequences of their plain stupidity.
    Robert Booker
    30/11/2016 #2 Robert Booker
    #1 You have stated to go to the streets and protest. Do you do that? Have you or anyone you know fought to help get this nation back in the direction it should be going? Look at the staff that Trump is putting into office. Most of them are there in support of Trump's power hungry agenda. I have voiced my opinion of those people and have let my representatives know I am not happy with them at all. I have written to the Republicans that don't support Trump as well as those that do. They, just in case you don't know, can be voted out. We continue to re-elect them to office as sheep continue to go and get sheared. You are right about one thing: Trump came to win. He fooled a lot of people with the talk of making America Great Again. It seems as if no one was really listening to what he was saying. This includes some of the people I know. I am sure of one thing; Trump will not make it for his four year term. His mouth or actions are going to get in impeached for sure. If her does make it the four years, I wonder if the people will be foolish enough to re-elect him.
    Francisco Lopez
    30/11/2016 #1 Francisco Lopez
    The protests and every form of not making life easy for the fascist should be the order of the day for the next four years. Trump may wanted to sound conciliatory, but judging for the people he is putting in key positions, is far from it. No one should get its arms down. Mr Trump come to win, his way, not into a win win scenario. This are dangerous time for the American Democracy. No checks and balances. I wish the electoral college think with their conscience and do not vote for him. Worst, the real enemy is the GOP and its morally repugnant ideology and its support for racism, bigotry, hate-mongering, xenophobia, ignorance, lunacy. It is time NOW to put together an organization capable of putting real progressives (the real patriots) in to office, from the small towns to the states legislatures to governorships to Congress and the Presidency. To raise the enormous money, even if one dollar at a time. Go to the streets and participate in any protests. Let the world know we are not these as the evil people in the GOP leadership are.
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