- Producer23/05/2017What type of writing best reflects your brand and identity ?Let us, the Bebee community take a walk down memory lane and forge a list of inspired writers who have inspired, challenged, and taught us to reach for the stars. These people may be family, friends, a former teacher, or someone who we have...
- Producer11/05/2017The Ratatouille ExperimentIn 2007, Brad Bird and Pixar Studios took Hollywood and the film industry by storm when it whipped together this incredible ensemble of talent and created nothing short of a masterpiece that could be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.Hold the...
Comments09/05/2017 #2 John RylanceI agree with the stages except I have gone straight from 5 to 7. Having never been without books. The thought of no books gives me nightmares re Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 and the burning of books.
Stage 9 is the most important and should lead back to Stage 1.
Perhaps it should be the reading/book circle.09/05/2017 #1 Tausif MundrawalaI have been a firm believer in the phases and process of being a reader and then passing on to the future generations. Well the reasons are many as by the time a reader becomes wise in his/her old age being a voracious reader then he/she realizes of becoming an institution. The future generation then has access to such an open university. Thanks for sharing this my friend, @Daniel 🐝 Campos
- Producer08/05/2017A Diamond in the RoughMarilyn Monroe knew how to brand herself. And if she was still with us today, I would bet my bottom dollar she would have a huge following on Bebee as well as other social media outlets.The internet is wonderful resource for browsing and...
- Producer08/04/2017Flower of Nightfall BookTrailer Mina never thought that her life would lead to something so beautiful and yet so tragic.Mina woke up in the middle of a stormy night and her world is forever darkened. Drawn by her family’s screams, she walks downstairs where a...
- Producer03/04/2017Melodies Of Blood -Maialen A-Do you like illustrated novels?Well, this is going to charm you, of course! I wrote it# MelodíesofbloodMyBook.to/melodiesofblood1 Book I/IIIllustrated NovelA love is born when a rebellion rises and war is near. After, participating in a...
- Producer10/03/2017Still Life with a Million WordsBooks are a Girl's Best FriendsActually, this image conveys almost a billion words for me. The most important is that Martha Beck is one of my favorite human beings, who happens to write the most life-affirming books.She is wise, funny, truthful,...
Comments03/04/2017 #46 Ella de Jong#45 Hi Deb 🐝 Helfrich, finally here with a tiny answer .. I am such a "bad" reader over the last years :-(
This is one of the BIG authors: Herman Koch -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Koch View more#45 Hi Deb 🐝 Helfrich, finally here with a tiny answer .. I am such a "bad" reader over the last years :-(
This is one of the BIG authors: Herman Koch -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Koch
she is also a big name: Connie Palmen-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Palmen
and I love the short animal story writer Toon Tellegen a lot -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toon_Tellegen
smile, Ella Close22/03/2017 #45 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#44 Thanks for giving me a glimpse of your teacher's world, @Ella de Jong. I am struck by the 'changing' frequency. I am certain that our impatience in the digital world is adding to our lack of focus in the physical world. And maybe young brains will adapt in ways I don't let comprehend, but it seems to me that we will hit a biological hard stop to this lack of attention in just a handful of years.
I am really glad, though, that there is still a chance for the joy of turning pages to resonate, although I am resigned to their being a historical legacy at some point.... books are inefficient when it comes to weight and space and are very susceptible to water and insect damage, among other things.
So, I'd love to be introduced to a contemporary Dutch writer of fiction, if you can point me in that direction.17/03/2017 #44 Ella de Jong@Deb 🐝 Helfrich#43 I can only tell you what I see happening while I'm the temporary teacher in class. I've been in 7 schools since February 1rst and what I saw was this: large differences in classes regarding children reading books, physical books. In classes where there are a lot of books, on places where the children have easy access, where there is serious 'taking care of / respect for' the books, in those classes I've seen a lot of children reading and enjoying it.
In other classes there was time for reading but a lot of children didn't liked it and kept on 'changing' their book. "I don't like this one, I want to find an other one" and then hanging around the books hoping to have a chat with someone ..
I've seen quiet a bit of schoolwork on tablets, but no reading books on their tablet, so I cannot say anything about that. My guess is they really like to turn the pages, see an actual book, feeling it, touching it. Being busy a lot of hours per day looking at a screen, only touching their tablet or the school laptop with their fingertips ... it's a very positive sensation to read and hold a physical book is my guess!
At home I've spoiled my kids: they want to HAVE the books... None of us read e-books (certainly not the one Ive written :-) )14/03/2017 #43 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#34 @Ella de Jong, I would love to hear your teacher's take on whether electronic books are lacking something when it comes to engaging youth, is there a richness in getting to turn a page. Or do they find screens and pixels as or maybe more captivating?
I do certainly 'envy' the access that the digital formats provide. I only had access to the books physically present in my small town, I think I would be changed in some unknowable way if I'd had a broader access to online search functionality rather than definitively limited to the stroll through the stacks.13/03/2017 #40 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#31 I sort of figured you would be a book person, @Lada 🏡 Prkic. I'd would to see a virtual book club blossom in the hives, it is especially fertile ground for authors themselves to create a lot of deep engagement and a way for readers to participate with others around a book that means a lot. I hope to participate in a lot of discussions around books in the future.13/03/2017 #38 Cyndi wilkins#13 "I never had you tagged as one of the 'billion' sheep, Deb. I see you rather as a border collie, nipping at their heels and cajoling them to go in your direction."
Excellent metaphor @Ken Boddie View more#13 "I never had you tagged as one of the 'billion' sheep, Deb. I see you rather as a border collie, nipping at their heels and cajoling them to go in your direction."
Excellent metaphor @Ken Boddie...Deb is the sower of seeds...And it is Sowing Season;-)
"Nothing gets so bad,
A whisper from your father couldn't fix it.
Your whisper's like a bridge, he's a river span."
"Take all that you have,
And turn it into something you were missing.
Somebody threw that brick, shattered all your plans." Close11/03/2017 #35 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#29 I have to say that your book falls in the category of one that I will turn to again and again, @Chris Spurvey. You weave a fantastic story that changed my relationship to sales in a major way. In fact, I am starting to work on partnering on a Business Development project - and Your Personalized Sales Plan was the first thing that came to my mind as I start to plan out my work stream.... I'd really recommend "It's Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set" for anyone pivoting into a role that requires a healthy mindset towards sales!
https://www.amazon.com/Its-Time-Sell-Cultivating-Mind-Set-ebook/dp/B019D70NHA11/03/2017 #34 Ella de JongThank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for reminding me of the importance of books and how I ALWAYS take picture books with me when I'm going to school and teach (for one day as a temporary teacher, like my current situation). I'm used to it, I'm not sure how many other teachers do the same :-)
Even for the 12 year olds there are interesting, fun and beautiful warm picture books about emotions!
I adore the book: "Rose and the midnight cat. by John Brown; Illustrations Ron Brooks" for it's story about jealousy and the beautiful fine art illustrations!11/03/2017 #33 🐝 Fatima G. Williams@Deb 🐝 Helfrich aren't book's man's best friend. I remember my first book. The one that made me fall in love with reading. Pride and Prejudice By Jane. I loved the book so much and reading became a thing after that. I have alot of books that are up the loft cause nobody reads at home apart from me.And I'm not home. 🙄
This emotions has a purpose video was such a great experience to watch you transform the book to reality. I love the idea of a emotions journal. I've gone back to the habit of writing a daily journal and it's going good so far. Thank you Deb. I look forward to our conversations.
Finally Books help our celebrate our life So it can be well-lived. Stay awesome always.11/03/2017 #31 Lada 🏡 PrkicI am a book lover and a definition of books as a girl's best friend is close enough to what books really mean to me. Although I don't read the life-affirming books, I enjoyed the video and find the whole concept of a virtual book club very interesting.
What a great idea of a double buying some titles! Some of my books which I revisit often are pretty battered.
Deb, I really enjoyed your excellent article that celebrates the art of reading.11/03/2017 #26 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#13 There may be a touch o' the Irish, @Ken Boddie, but mostly I descend from the land of the printing press - at least that is my excuse for being a kindle refusnik. I read ebooks on my monitor and type up notes and quotes, but 'reading' is something I cannot divorce from sitting in a comfortable position, most likely with a blanket around my feet, beverage at hand, book propped just so for easy page turning.
Now about my flock..... I typically just do what I do, but when someone stops to ask for directions, they tend to realize I think pretty exhaustively about any position I care enough to espouse. I save the heel nipping for when someone tries to get the sheep all confused over specious claims, then I can run around and bring some clarity to the fields.
And Producer could indeed be christened with the nom de plume 'virtual emotions journal' just between us and our hundreds of worldwide followers and hive-mates.
- 18/02/2017The Devil's Children The Silver Bard: In the Beginning - Kindle edition by Max J Carter. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.a.co
- Producer09/02/2017Like Reading a BookThere is a quick way I find out more about a person. I go to their bookshelf or in some cases, their library and look at what they read. A five minute glance around their shelves tells me what they are interested in, curious about, and gives a...
Comments12/02/2017 #65 Sara JacoboviciJust came across this link and thought you might find it of interest @Gert Scholtz. http://www.bbc.co.uk/culture/story/20160819-the-secret-libraries-of-history?ocid=fbcul11/02/2017 #60 Dean OwenI didn't like Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire". I just find not many people can write about Wall St unless they have been through it (like Michael Lewis has). But for books in that sphere I highly recommend Liar's Poker, The Predators Ball, Den of Thieves, Flash Boys, Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra. For fiction, I am addicted to Anne Rice.10/02/2017 #59 Gert Scholtz#57 @Mohammed Sultan Quite true - one cannot judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes. Better to scan some parts, look at the content pages and read the cover flaps to get and idea of it. And never confuse public relations with family relations :) Thanks Mohammed.10/02/2017 #57 Mohammed SultanOn buying books,the desire to pick up a book with an attractive dust-jacket is irresistible,although this method of selection ought not to be followed ,as you might end up with a dull book and wake up on a call from the bookshop salesperson greeting 'Can I help you sir?we should not take books for granted.it's very easy to enter a shop looking for a book on,say,public relations and to the sudden come out carrying the latest best-selling novel on family relations!10/02/2017 #56 Lada 🏡 PrkicGreat topic, Gert, and nicely written post! Love to read books but also read about books. I have many books but unfortunately not enough space for shelves. We live in a small apartment and many of my books are stored in the boxes. Therefore I decided several years ago to buy only the necessary technical literature. Other books that interest me I borrow from the library, usually 1-3 books per month. Bought or borrowed, books can open our minds and hearts.10/02/2017 #51 Kevin PashukThanks for the tour of your library Gert.
I fully subscribe to the idea that in order to better know a person, check out their library. All of the truly interesting people I have met in life were readers, who would bring in such wonderful perspectives gleaned from their reading. I can't say I've had the same stimulating conversations with those who only use media (esp. television) to form their worldview.
I shared some of my library in previous posts, I would hope that more Bees would follow.10/02/2017 #50 Mohammed SultanBertrand Russell on his definition of good and bad,better and worse said"A thing is good ,if it's valued for its own sake,and not only for its effects.We take nasty medicines because we hope they will have desirable effects ,but a gouty connoisseur drinks old wine for its own sake ,in spite of possible disagreeable effects.You must do right because it's right ,and not because it's the way to get to heaven .You must save because all sensible people do,and not because you will ultimately secure an income that will enable you to enjoy life."
Pleasure in not defined by whether to read or not ,but by our ability to differentiate between the means and ends.Thank you @Gert Scholtz for sharing a great article.10/02/2017 #48 Ken BoddieRead me read my books! I love it, Gert. Like you I have a large collection of books on a variety of subjects but, unlike you, my 'culling' capabilities are poor, except for the odd "How to ...." hurriedly snatched from a charity book sale which I eventually twigged that I would never read. By the way, I would be wary of sniffing books for too long, as the spine glue may 'beam you up', unbeknownst, to a whole new psychedelic world of literature. 😍10/02/2017 #47 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#39 That is a great way of approaching cultivation of reading. To sit with an author over a longer frame and allow their world to work on me is definitely a different kind of speed. A neither spend hours with a book nor do I spend hours in a gym. It is inspiring to hear the perspective of life-long readers and I look forward to an appreciation of cultivating a different relationship with time and the gifts that arise through engendering a love for reading books.
- Producer16/01/2017From Boxes to Bookcases: The Resurrection of a LibraryI don't read as much as I used to and, looking back, it's probably a good thing. Good or bad, my personal library is a snapshot of who I am and what I've become.. I read a lot during my formative years, which explains a lot.In fact, I was...
- 04/01/2017Just received my book, Riding Shotgun in the mail from @Don 🐝 Kerr last weekend and I must say, his book is like a bible for male caregivers. This book is also a very moving and inspiring story. A journey, so to speak... about caring for his wife who had cancer. I highly recommend Don's book! Thank you Don, my husband is reading this too.
- Producer24/11/2016Pandora’s BoxPandora’s Box The opening of Pandora’s Box, which released the ‘evils of the world’ into existence, is perhaps one of the most well known of the Greek myths. However, much of the original meaning has been subject to cultural variations and...
Comments24/11/2016 #1 Paul KemnerI was just reading another article on Pandora, by Neoplatonist Scholar Edward Butler:
- Producer09/11/2016Embrace Your DestinyEmbrace Your DestinyBy Sandra DawesBooks on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/embrace-your-destiny/Sandra Dawes shares her story of how her father’s death impacted her life and started her journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. The loss of her...
- Producer07/11/2016Why Books Are a Bargain (And Television Isn't).Here, we are, sitting on a goldmine, and we don’t realize it. In every bookstore across the country, across the world, you’ll find bargains galore. I’m not talking about the remainder bin. I’m talking about every book — literature, fiction,...
Comments09/11/2016 #5 Doug Overmyer"Even a dud teaches us something (like, how not to write)." haha... very true. But they are also oddly encouraging. It's the really good books, that sometimes leads me to think, "Oh, I could never write like that; I better hang it up."
Read a crappy book, though, and I'm totally sitting down and cranking out thousands of words because I'm certain I can write better than THAT!07/11/2016 #1 Gert Scholtz@Robert Cormack I always look for the gems that are your posts. This to me one of your best. You describe the plight of a writer so well: "Behind every book is a story. Each author is a product of survival. We write, we re-write, we deal with rejection, bad reviews, no reviews, nefarious publishers, even more nefarious self-publishers. All just to see our books on a shelf, to have someone say they actually “liked” it. Thank you Robert
- Producer08/11/2016Hill’s Heroes Vol 1Hill’s Heroes Vol 1By Malcolm SnookBooks on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/hills-heroes-vol-1/Napoleon Hill’s iconic book ‘Think And Grow Rich continues to be read today. It’s a best seller of the most enduring kind. The secrets he distilled from...
- Producer31/10/2016Of Land, Sea And SkyOf Land, Sea And SkyBy Malcolm SnookBooks on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/land-sea-sky/The escapades of a modern day adventurer and entrepreneur. Author Malcolm Snook has been an explorer and climber, skydiving instructor, car and motorcycle...
- Producer23/10/2016The Shifting Tide - Episode 9Welcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. This is the next to the last episode and I hope this will explain a lot of what has occurred in the other episodes. As I have written at the beginning...
Comments27/10/2016 #34 Pamela 🐝 Williams#30 Stay tuned Deb. Although I wouldn't call it a happy ending, life is set right, as best it can in the circumstances under which my characters have been placed. Life is full of lessons, we are all tested and we all fail, but sometimes we don't, sometimes we find the path we can take and find peace, with ourselves, with others. "Give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". My brother kept this posted on his refrigerator for decades, it was given to him at an AA meeting. The Serenity Prayer. When he passed it was the one thing I insisted be on his marker: Granted Serenity, along with a picture of his cat of course..25/10/2016 #31 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsDear @Pamela 🐝 Williams this was very emotional and a nail-biter to read. I started reading with a smile and all the characters fell into place and I was still wondering why Running deer hated Nicanol after reading the birth part of the episode. Towards the end I was thinking OMG what is this stubborn child going to do and as I wanted my guesses to be wrong . They were not only right but also claimed two lives instead of what I thought as one.
The loss of a loved one can create such negative feelings and behavior especially when the death is not natural and man-made. I now see why she is treated this way and wonder if Running deer will ever understand that Nicanol has realized the consequences of her action.
Brilliant fantabulous story writing. This one will definitely never cease from my memory.
#Youareawesome #Lovedit #PamelaRocks :)25/10/2016 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#25 That's what we get in real life. The current imperfect amalgamation of many, many past actions and thoughts. Almost all of which will stay hidden...
But, of course, the question is - even when meanness is justified in some sense by a prior interaction - is it acceptable?
I have held grudges for things unable to be uttered in the same sentence as losing a child. And it is inevitable that there will be individuals who we struggle to get along with - but the poisoning of the clan/community that is an entirely different level of grudge and perhaps one to really be alert for. One person rarely has much of a chance against systemic injustice.25/10/2016 #25 Pamela 🐝 Williams#18 Ah, so you kept them in reverse timeline! Do you see now why that makes sense? To me it had to be written that way, you had to think about the characters and their actions until this episode and everything fell into place. To me it imbued the story with raw emotion.25/10/2016 #23 Pamela 🐝 Williams#5 I actually tire myself out once I start writing, I can't stop. I sat in a coffee shop Saturday, working on the story and before I knew it four hours had passed. They kicked me out because they wanted to close so I went to one of my favorite diners, had a Western Omelet and worked for another hour. I think I got a bit obsessed. You think?25/10/2016 #21 Pamela 🐝 Williams#8 thank you my friend! It was really hard to write. I got attached to my characters. I want to eventually do a Prequel and tell the full story of Friend of the Wolf and Morning Dove. Something is telling me that needs to come first. When I finish the final chapter you'll see that. Yes, it's already in my head. Wish I could write it as fast as the story comes to me. I could write a novel in a weekend. :-)25/10/2016 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#15 It is a definite absolutely love filled set of wows. I am glad I waited in order to read them together. I actually thought I would finish them last night, but I decided to let the first five sink in. I hoped you would be able to see the pattern in my relevanting. I didn't even want to scroll and see any comments my first time through. Excited for the finale!!!
- Producer21/10/2016Going Google Way!Going Google Way!By Anupam SharmaBooks on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/going-google-way/Sitting helpless, in the dark lockup of Delhi Police Station, Mayank prays to the almighty to come for his rescue. At heart, he knows that he was hoping...
- Producer19/10/2016The Origin of F.O.R.C.EThe Origin of F.O.R.C.E.By Sam B. Miller II Books on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/origin-f-o-r-c-e/The Chrysallaman mission was supposed to be simple, find a suitable planet for colonization. HG-281, otherwise known as Earth, seemed the perfect...
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- ProducerSlagSlagBy Joyce V HarrisonBooks on #Promocavehttp://promocave.com/slag/In 1970, Anna Sorenson faces a critical decision that takes her back to a remote Canadian mining town named Flin Flon and her last year of high school. In 1955, she struggles to...
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