- Producer23/03/2017The Smoke that ThundersThere is one place in Africa I would visit again and again. The Victoria Falls. I have visited more than once. Each time I experience the scenery and adventure of the environment anew. The Falls As I stand on the precipice the waters roar...
- Producer22/03/2017Acts of KindnessOn Friday, March 17, 2017, Marcia Turesky Rooks died. She had lived a wonderful life, and she died just six weeks past her 100th birthday.She was my mother.And while her death was a blessing, as she'd gone rapidly downhill after her momentous...
Comments23/03/2017 #29 Ken BoddieHere is a poem I wrote last year for another occasion. I hope it brings you some comfort, Susan, as you ponder over your loss in the days and months to come.
Grief never leaves us,
She answers not our why's,
She hugs us like a shadow,
And refuses our goodbyes.
She's there lest we forget,
When our loved ones slip away,
That their spirit lives in what we do,
And everything we say.23/03/2017 #28 Nicole ChardenetSo sorry to hear about your loss, Susan. We have to let go of our parents sooner or later. Fortunately you got to keep yours for a good long time. As I watch my mother (my remaining parent) slowly decline I prepare myself for the eventual outcome. Many condolences to you and your family.23/03/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI'm so sorry for your loss @Susan Rooks. This is a great tribute to your mom and family. The irony of your parent's anniversary. I'm going to guess your mom was an awesome woman just like her daughter! It doesn't matter how old we are or how old are mom's are when they pass, we still feel like a child grieving the loss of our moms. Grieve when you must and don't beat yourself up over it when the tears may come flooding. They say tears are healing. I'm happy you had so much time with your mom!23/03/2017 #24 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTSSo sorry to hear of your loss, @Susan Rooks. Grateful that everyone came together and helped each other out.
Reminds me of the quote, "They May Forget What You Said, But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel".
This is often attributed to Maya Angelou, but some say it was actually Carl W. Buehner.
Regardless of who said it, perhaps you may reflect on how your mother, Marcia Turesky Rooks, made you and many others feel.23/03/2017 #22 Sarah ElkinsIt is a special study of human nature to observe how people behave at special occasions like weddings, births, and funerals. I'm so glad you had such kindness in your life as you said goodbye to your mother, @Susan Rooks View moreIt is a special study of human nature to observe how people behave at special occasions like weddings, births, and funerals. I'm so glad you had such kindness in your life as you said goodbye to your mother, @Susan Rooks. Thanks for sharing. Close22/03/2017 #13 Cyndi wilkins#12 Yes...He has been reunited with my mom...She passed almost fourteen years ago and not a day went by that he did not mourn her...So I am happy for them both;-) Knowing and believing that makes my heart feel a little lighter.
Sounds like your mom had a wonderful and very full life...Now reunited with her beloved too...May we all be so lucky;-)
Next time you come this way, I'd love to meet for lunch or something...perhaps a walk around Fort Sewall with a stop at the Barnacle for the obligatory lobster roll;-) The summer is so beautiful out here on the edge of nowhere!22/03/2017 #12 Susan Rooks#11 Oh my, @Cyndi wilkins! Who knew? I grew up in Marblehead and left it at 18, returning sporadically when I had to. Gorgeous town, out on the edge of nowhere!
Interesting that you believe your dad chose his date; I will always think my mom tried to do just that, falling just a couple of hours short. But if there's anything to the idea of an afterlife, I know she's with my dad, and your dad is with . . . your mom?22/03/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkinsMy heartfelt condolences for your loss @Susan Rooks....I had no idea our connection was so close...I live in Marblehead and I'm still in the neighborhood I grew up in;-) Such a beautiful town...We just laid my father to rest at Waterside Cemetery just after the New Year...I feel very strongly as well that he chose his "moment of departure." Had he left us any sooner, many holiday plans would have had to be rearranged...He would never want to be an inconvenience;-)22/03/2017 #10 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#8 Loss is loss. Think of the way the death of celebrities who we have no actual reciprocal relationship with can affect us. It often startles us just how intensely we react. In some cases, the relationships that weren't especially close or part of our daily interactions can present surprising emotions, because facing this type of loss can cause us to put the focus a lot more on our own mortality - which will urge us to come to terms with whatever is not currently in alignment in our lives.
So be kind to yourself. Talk with friends. Love your family.
- Producer22/03/2017A Thousand Holes - A Taste of MarrakechShimmering flecks of gold flickered off the waterways. We settled down at the pagoda teahouse where the bridges intersect. Yet another ancient water town checked off my list, each unique in style, each offering up a local Chinese flavour. Rays of...
Comments24/03/2017 #19 Dean OwenI like what he did to "Mad World". Not a fan of Adam Lambert, especially when he fronted Queen, but he did an incredible Mad World. I think we grew up with the same songs. I was 15 when I heard Seasons and the story behind it. Picked up a guitar wanting to learn how to play it. Toya Wilcox was big at the time.23/03/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe amusing thing here for me is that I heard that song a few years under 50 years ago and I only get to find out about Marrakesh in this buzz !
For me music is milestones more than beats - for this is where it captures our individuality and so what we happen to like is different to what it happens to mean. A great example is the song that stamped my psyche after 9/11 - which was Gary Jules https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4
When Pink Floyd sang Another Brick in the Wall that is a memory ticker that coincides with Alice Cooper "Schools Out Forever" - you can guess I was at a school which all of us did not want to be at. I can enjoy masses amount of commercial pap because I keep liking separate from meaning. For sure when we talk about song composition and beat this fits in the middle space between like and meaning - but music for me is what flows through my imagination, so much so it is individuality and music becomes DNA.
Perhaps the song I don't like to hear but which carries the most haunting meaning for me is Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG9otasNmxI23/03/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#13 In this 2000 Farm Aid Live performance it is the four-some version since Neil Young had joined the band much later when they became Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]- so here is Marrekech Express https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fE06X25fDU View more#13 In this 2000 Farm Aid Live performance it is the four-some version since Neil Young had joined the band much later when they became Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]- so here is Marrekech Express https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fE06X25fDU
#14 CSNY's most poignant track was Four Dead in Ohio , an anthem to the Kent State shootings when the Ohio National Guard killed four students protesting the Vietnam War and the incursion into Cambodia
Four Dead in Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
These shootings led to mass Student strikes, and it was H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's Chief of Staff involved in Watergate who marked the Kent State shootings as the moment that created the deep scrutiny on Nixon's administration, that eventually uncovered Watergate and led to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
The Marrekech Express is Crosby, Still, Nash's most joyful song, Four Dead in Ohio their most significant. Close23/03/2017 #12 Dean Owen#10 Oddly I sometimes have the same issue with pictures in articles not downloading. It usually lasts about a week. Much appreciate a comment from the master debonair himself, Mr. Smooth, Suave and Sophisticated, @Paul Walters View more#10 Oddly I sometimes have the same issue with pictures in articles not downloading. It usually lasts about a week. Much appreciate a comment from the master debonair himself, Mr. Smooth, Suave and Sophisticated, @Paul Walters. No doubt you'd make a better Bond! Close23/03/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 ManjitHaving been nearly 50 years since Crosby Stills and Nash recorded the song "Marakech Express" it is about time I actually saw something of the real Marrakech and now I have, it was a great way to catch a glimpse of it in this sublime buzz. I don't remember a buzz of yours before which broke into a novelist dialogue but the effect of the 2nd section added some personal "being there" and it worked. Great photographs as always and I concur with @Paul Walters about the debonaire bit.23/03/2017 #10 Paul Walters@Dean Owen Ah Dean San hankering after places visited and recalling fond memories !!! Unfortunately your pics on this post are not loading but I am noticing that on a number of posts I read. Still I was able to conjure up the images in my head from one of my all time favourite cities. Sounds like you did the 5 star version complete with beautiful woman in fluffy bathrobe ...you debonaire bugger you
- Producer22/03/2017Oh, Kolkata! One Of India's Most Vibrant Cities.“From where I sit, I can see the old lighthouse in the High Court Campus. It’s a rather “telling structure, ”pleasant to look at, as if it almost belongs to the country. The GPO on the other hand strikes rather a false note, as it is too European...
Comments23/03/2017 #21 Paul Walters#20 @Asesh Datta Thanks for your feedback. The article was for a magazine and they only gave me 1200 words so hard to cover everything . You are right there are so many things that I didn't cover ...the bookseller street and the famous tea houses along it for one. I shall return there is no doubt. Once again, thanks for stopping by !23/03/2017 #20 Asesh Datta@Paul Walters It is always nice to read about our own city from a traveller and, that too, from another country. Like political capital, commercial capital, Kolkata is being labelled as cultural capital of India. Apart from historical significance and imperial construction, there are other facets which British have left as legacy. Some of them you may list in your next trip are Fort William, Eden Garden, Belur Math, Botanical Garden, Gun and Shell Factory (even before British Period), Clive House and New Town. Then the attraction of food, art and culture apart from language (Bengali). Thanks and regards.22/03/2017 #18 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorThe British left India in 1947, but they left behind quite a bit of baggage — starchy clubs with antiquated jacket-and-tie dress codes completely unsuitable for Indian weather, a passion for cricket and English and Anglicized names.
Every city had streets and squares named after English viceroys and governor-generals: Clive, Hastings, Dalhousie. Soon the new government was busy renaming those roads and landmarks after Indian freedom fighters. Lala Lajpat Rai. Tilak, Gandhi. Nehru. A lot of Gandhis and Nehrus.22/03/2017 #17 🐝 Fatima WilliamsI love the way you describe calcutta or kolkata as it's called now. I had visited calcutta in 2009 and also instantly fell in love with the city. You have almost everything there. I didn't visit alot of places as it was just a stop over for the evening but I loved the Hoowrah bridge a true master piece and the trip to the Ganges was spectacular during the sunset. @Paul Walters Enjoyed the revisit through your buzz 🤗🤗🤗🤗 And Oh the cycle rickshaws are a must try there. Pretty amazing 🤗22/03/2017 #8 Randy KehoI, too, admire mature architecture. But, how can Kolkata be the most vibrant city if there's no mention of the nightlife? Surely, you must of mistakenly stumbled upon a pub from days gone by somewhere along the line.
By the way, I've traded the tall blonde for two shorter versions. May the best one win. The decision may be made final Saturday night -- if they don't find out about one another beforehand. They're old friends.
You don't have to ride in a blind taxi in India to live dangerously.
Thanks for the shoutout. I truly enjoy reading about your adventures.22/03/2017 #7 Ken BoddieStill finding it difficult to imagine Basil Fawlty with an Indian accent, Paul. And the half naked gentleman standing next to the STD sign had me worried, until I figured out the abbreviations are associated with telecommunications rather than a warning about the dangers of overfamiliarity. India is a country I have avoided colliding with on my travels, but perhaps one day, some day .....22/03/2017 #6 Netta VirtanenThis is so beautifully written, it took me straight back to Calcutta! =) I agree with you about Calcutta being ¨one of the more vibrant cities in India.¨ Calcutta is much more traditional and modest in comparison to Delhi and Mumbai. Calcutta has so much to offer, it is amazing. Hopefully next time you get your luggage on arrival. =)22/03/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherA busy City indeed @Paul Walters! Kolkata is full of history. I enjoyed reading about this city. Your jaunt in the Taxi.......... OMG LOL! I would have been crapping myself (excuse me for saying that) LOL. I love train stations, tracks and trains too. That was a really cool station and busy as heck by the appearance of all the taxi's there?!! You did get your belongings, right? My husband flew to the Canary Islands out of Scotland about 10 years ago and on his way back 2 of his bags went missing. They said they would have the bags at Heathrow by the time he left to go back to the States, that never happened. After many calls when he returned, I finally got a hold of a man at the airport in Scotland and I could barely understand him (his brogue), you'd think I would have been able to since my grandparents had a very strong brogue. Anyhow, he said let me check, came back all excited saying he found my husband's stuff and gave me a telephone number with email address so we could get his stuff sent here. Uh, somehow it was never to be found again. He even told me what was in the bags. Sorry to remiss about that incident but your story made me think of it. Ok, enough about that, you are a wanderlust and I love it!
- 21/03/2017Fish Love : 120 seconds of wisdom
https://youtu.be/YNx7kDJ2kDIFish Love "So much of what is love is fish...
- Producer19/03/2017Mid-Life Strikes, Do You Know Which Path to Take?Today was a day of self-reflection. My self-reflection was so deep I actually began to cry. I finally admitted to myself that I don't know who I am anymore. I sat at my PC just staring and wondering if I've ever known who I truly am? I felt a flood...
Comments23/03/2017 #58 Louise SmithHi Lisa,
So you had a brush with Gerascophobia? (an abnormal or persistent fear of growing old or ageing).
Many people in their 40s and onwards go through exactly what you did.
Many of my clients come to get help with this.
We have different developmental stages from birth throughout our lifespan
and they don't just stop at 18yo or 21yo when adulthood is "reached".
You can find a reasonable explanation of the stages here:
It's about change and anxiety - that not knowing who you are or what's happening and why.
Also people close to you may move or pass away and suddenly you are the oldest generation or have no close friends nearby.
As you mentioned,when you leave your job and/or retire, you wonder what defines you.
When your children are grown and fly, you may experience "Empty Nest."
When you and/or your partner retire, you may experience extreme exasperation with them being lost and constantly underfoot.
BUT IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS !!!
Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan
There is a lot of info about Healthy, Positive, Active Aging !
But basically it's what you think about yourself, acceptance and what you do to adapt to change that really matters.
And after all we are the Baby Boomers who have had the best life compared to those of previous generations.
We have access to knowledge and technology that our parent did not.
And there's a lot of us!
Two of my closet friends are 62 and 76yo.
You would never know !
Cheers to more years !
Do's and Don'ts
See Australian Psychological Society : Ageing positively
Quiz : How do you feel about getting older?
https://www.psychologies.co.uk/tests/getting-older.html23/03/2017 #57 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#56 Awe, I will keep you and your mom in my thoughts! I remember a year before mom was diagnosed she began losing a ton of weight and had a lot of vague symptoms which wasn't like her. She was a type A, always on the go... she even canceled a vacation to Maine 3 months before her diagnosis, and she loved her "ocean time.' I hope it's nothing serious, Nicole. Sending good vibes and hugs to you too!21/03/2017 #55 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#54 Hi @Nicole Chardenet, I really appreciate your positive feedback, support and UNDERSTANDING! Midlifers rock (at least I'm beginning to feel that way) LOL. I will check my email, it may be later before I can respond but I look forward to reading it. I think there have been a lot of bumps in the road over the past year which haven't helped... more than just losing my mom. As I wrote some time ago, I think her death was just the catlyst for many other things I'd been ignoring and they all came to a freaking head this past year or so... little by little. Thanks Nicole!!21/03/2017 #54 Nicole ChardenetOh hell, Lisa, this is totally normal. Just know that you're not the only person in the world who feels this way, just about everybody does at one time or another. I've been going through this for the past year and doing a lot of work on myself to get out of this rut and to move beyond my issues. I've begun meditating, being mindful, not running away from the 'bad feelings' and asking what's really going on. I'm also doing something else which I can't talk about on social media but I'll email you privately about it. You CAN complete with the younger generation - remember, they're cheaper, not wiser and they're certainly not more experienced :) Just remember...everyone you see on social media who looks like they totally have their s**t together...doesn't. No matter who they are, no matter how successful they are, somewhere, in some part of their lives they're a blubbering mess, even if they never do any actual blubbering. I'm absolutely dead serious. Read recently about a famous (unnamed) stage performer and actress who had numerous awards and a great husband and still felt like she wasn't "good enough". Just about everyone feels that way, I suspect, whether they realize it or not. Anyway...go check your messages :)21/03/2017 #53 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#48 Those sure weren't wasted years and I know it paid off because we are best friends today! From what I've read on your buzzes @Joyce 🐝 Bowen, you hardly have a bare resume. You've been a voice for many and continue to do so. It sounds like you are hard on yourself too?! Embrace all you've done, I know it can be hard at times, this coming from a person who can see more in others than herself. Maybe many of us tend to be our own worse critics?21/03/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#45 Hi @Ken Boddie, you know something, I've actually been looking for a local photography course, so you know me well! We have a place called the High Ed. in town (most colleges are miles away from my rural area) and every once in a while they offer beginner digital photography and other photography courses, so great idea! And, you are on to something, I'm seriously looking into attaining certification I would legitimately need to become a travel agent. I'm not sure of the cost, there are so many offers online and I need to find out from someone in the field (maybe our local AAA) so I can find out how to do this? I noticed AAA was offering courses a while back but they were 'closed' when I found it online. Thanks for the suggestions. I just need a better camera for the type of photography course I'd like to take! I have a bridging camera right now and it's OK.20/03/2017 #47 Mindful TeeHave a lot of emphaty and understand fully how you feel. Self awareness is hard to build and is something to preactice the entire life. You are asking yourself questions, you are facing the problem and this is half way towards the solution. Many people refuse to face it and go back to life on auto pilot. Have no regrets... yesterday has really ended. Today is a brand new day and it bleeds into tomorrow. Get yourself close to, or in front of the message from people who inspire you, keep gard of what goes into your mind. Life will get better when you get better and not the other way around. Stay open to learn... 1 is always better than zero, so no shame about it. I am sure you are on the process to enter a new wonderful part of your life. When there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.20/03/2017 #46 Paul Walters@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher methinks we all have days like this !!! Some good others not so. Yup I've been there as have all the others who commented here. Yup you are a 'giver' and I have recognised that in the comments you have shared or pieces you have written. A day WILL arrive when you say , " you know, fuck it" I'll be selfish and do what I want to do. Take off. travel, get out of your perceived comfort zone, see things , Volunteer on a project in Cambodia, swim in tropical waters, see the Himalayas; the list could go on forever. It might sound trite but seriously i'ts a huge world out there and it WIIL change your life. Hell come and spend a few weeks here in Bali, we have plenty of room !!! Stay strong because I do believe you are !20/03/2017 #45 Ken BoddieI would never presume to add to the advice from the eminent commentators below, much of which makes sound sense to the uninitiated like me, but have you thought about taking some of your passions to the next stage, such as by attending evening classes or signing up for a correspondence course. As an example, you have stated many times that you are interested in photography. I did a diploma in photography 6 years ago (in my early sixties) and found it very stimulating and, although I originally had the intention of starting a small business in my eventual retirement using the information gained, I have not done so as I have other pursuits keeping me busy. But the confidence gained and advice obtained from professional tutors, who are experts in their field, allowed me to enjoy my hobby with renewed vigour and energy. Why not make a list of your passions, as other have suggested, things that take you out of yourself and which you enjoy, and follow through by looking for simple and manageable further education? Start with baby steps.20/03/2017 #43 Anonymous#26 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I used to call myself a dilettante. Now I have a much more technical sounding ex post rationalization to get me through to my next later life crisis. Been through several in younger life, then a few more in mid life, so any crutch is better than none. @Scott Craig 54 is so young. You're not even half way yet. The best is yet to come.20/03/2017 #40 Scott Craig#38 I'm great with it all now. I sing, write songs and stories and am begining a new photography project. Even though I am technically homeless I am embracing all my talents. Who knows what God will throw at me next. Yes, it is tough trying to decide what direction to take. I am taking them all! I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Hallelujah!20/03/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#23 I'm glad this video made sense to you @Jerry Fletcher! I think my son tends to be the same. I agree, many people don't understand others who have many ideas, change jobs frequently or just seem scattered. Our brains are all wired differently but that is what makes each of us unique. I'm glad you shared!!
- 18/03/2017Another great Friday Funday with Susan RooksFriday Funday -- St. Patrick's Day!www.linkedin.com I wish I could make the headline green, but there are still a lot of limits to blogging here on LI. Oh well. At least we have some cute dogs to...
- 18/03/2017hi guys just posted my latest Q&A. Make sure to check it out and leave feedback!The Gospel according to Joyy : Q&A;joyyoge.blogspot.co.uk
- 17/03/2017Make your life meaningful. Research tells us it beats 'happiness'! Two minutes of Emily Esfahani Smith and you know how you can start right now by ... storytelling! I think you'd love this @Sarah Elkins and @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher (and many others). I think it's great :-) :Buffervideo.buffer.com
Comments18/03/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThat was great @Ella de Jong. "And we all have the power to tell or re-tell our story in a more positive way." She's so right. Sometimes when I think of a great story teller, I think of "Tuesday Morning with Morrie." He told his story when he became ill and continued to tell it until he died. It was positive, at times sad but it told from a real human perspective and experiences, his own. Or I think of "The Diary of a Young Girl," the Diary Anne Frank kept for 2 years while in hiding from the Nazis. So many stories that really stick with one over the years. Thanks for tagging me Ella!!
- Producer17/03/2017Travels Far and FortunateAll journeys are an encounter with unexpected places and people. I am fortunate. Business travel has given me the chance to visit destinations far off the tourist track. Surprise events, foreign cultures and detours that bring...
Comments19/03/2017 #30 Gert 🐝 Scholtz#22 @Emilia M. Ludovino Brazil! What a country. I have been to Sau Paulo often- also a few other places. The size of the country is mind boggling. Beautiful scenery, golden beaches, friendly people. A top travel destination for me. Always nice to hear your comments – thank you Emilia.18/03/2017 #22 Emilia M. LudovinoWonderful reading @Gert 🐝 Scholtz! From your shortlist, I'm only missing Uzbekistan. I can relate so well with your Brazilian adventure as I'd a very similar one, also in Brazil but in Tocantins (a neighboring state) :). Brazil is my second home country and when I was living in São Paulo, one day a friend just invited me to lunch and we came to pick me up in a Helicopter because he doesn't like to drive in the crazy traffic of the big city :). You're very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country and surrounded by beautiful countries. Looking forward to the next trip with Gert Travelling Agency :)))
- 17/03/2017"In Tokyo, one of the world’s most crowded cities, it is not uncommon for people to "reserve" seats in cafes by placing their new iPhone on the table while going to order at the counter." True. In my 9 years there I had not heard one instance of theft among my circle of friends (apart from the time I was blind drunk and could not get a taxi home from Roppongi, so I hopped on a bicycle and rode it home only to discover the next morning it was a white bicycle, which means one thing in Japan - it was a police bicycle!)This May Be the World's Most Honest Citywww.bloomberg.com Millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police’s lost and found department every...
Comments17/03/2017 #2 Dean Owen#1 No guarding with swords. Houses do not get burgled, people do not get mugged. You'll see when you go there, top restaurants and hotels will exchange old notes at a bank for fresh crisp new notes to give to clients as change. It's an image thing. Like taxi drivers wearing white gloves, and the taxi seats having fresh linen lace seat covers every day, and the taxis are spotless. It's a service culture and the service is impeccable. Be ready for a culture shock!17/03/2017 #1 Ken BoddieWhile the rest of the developed world is going cashless, beats me why the Japanese have this love for cash, a yearn for the yen, a propensity for paper, and a reticence to flash the plastic. In a land where cash is king, they must have big wallets and even larger pockets. The only other place I have encountered such a love for bundles of cash and an 'apparent' honesty was the Arabian Gulf States, in most of which you got your hand cut off (literally) if you were caught stealing. Do the Nippon cash custodians guard their stash with a Samurai sword, Dean-san?
- Producer17/03/2017Danny Boy - Happy St. Patrick's Danny Boy is one of my favourite songs and synonymous for me with things Irish. The lyrics were written by an English lawyer, Frederick Weatherly, in 1910 and adapted from the original tune to the tune "Londonderry Air” in 1913. ...
Comments17/03/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHappy St. Patricks day @Lance 🐝 Scoular. May the luck of the Irish be with you. "May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face"
My brother in law has been a singer since his teens and he sings "Danny Boy" beautifully. I love the video, very nice!!17/03/2017 #1 Des WalshMy mother's favourite song - her party piece - Lance. and in the Irish tradition she "owned" it - i.e. it would have been the height of rudeness for anyone else to sing it when she was there. She also used to sing the drinking song The Cruiskeen Lawn, probably most famous from the Clancy Brothers - the chorus in Gaelic are embedded in my brain and I still can't translate them. http://www.metrolyrics.com/cruiskeen-lawn-lyrics-clancy-brothers.html
- Producer17/03/2017Coffee. The Elixir of the GodsI am at least 75% Coffee most days. In fact this morning, I might have to admit to myself that it's more like 95%..... The familiar feeling of being tingly and hyper awake are a dead giveaway.I love coffee, I always shall. The rich dark aroma,...
Comments18/03/2017 #16 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell#11 I usually am @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - from the 7th or the 8th to yesterday I worked right though and averaged about 2 hours of sleep, with gaps in the day to meditate and nap. Anyway last night finally I slept for 12 hours. Straight after a large mug of filter coffee....17/03/2017 #10 Anonymous@Claire L 🐝 Cardwell great buzz! I wonder what the honey from hives placed around a coffee plantation tastes like? A lot better than Manuka honey would be my guess. My day starts with an Aeropress coffee at about 6 am. Mojo espresso served by Sarah or John. Gasoline espresso served by Cecile or Sam. How could anyone live with out it.17/03/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 CormierI have to admit that I really love my black coffee. Why do I drink it black?
1. Good quality coffee needs no help.
2. If you run out of milk and sugar, you can still have your morning coffee.
3.If someone makes you coffee, they can't ruin it with too much milk or sugar. It's perfect the way it is.
4. It goes great with dessert after a really nice meal in a restaurant.
5. I'm addicted.
It's a bad morning when I wake up and discover I have no coffee left. In fact, I will get out of bed, even if I need more sleep, if I know someone has made a fresh pot of coffee. You must not let your coffee sit in the pot for hours, and you never warm it up and drink it the next day!17/03/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima Williams@Claire L 🐝 Cardwell Thank you for this buzz. Since you did a thesis I am now convinced that I am not crazy to love coffee. I mean who doesn't. There are a few contradictory articles that say otherwise.
I love my coffee and must have atleast 3 cups a day. Black coffee ❤ though I love a cup of cappuccino once in a way.
Coffee is my cocaine 😂That's how much I love it.
I love the coffee meme's they're super cool.😍🤗😍
#CoffeeLovers #Donttouchmycoffeeplease17/03/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhen I was working outside of my home, I think I drank 4-6 cups a day. I now drink 1-2 cups. Coffee gives me a speedy feeling after the second cup that I'm not overly fond of but I LOVE my coffee! I have a french press and I haven't used it in quite a while. I put it in a cupboard and thought, hmmm... I need to take this out and use it again, best tasting coffee! I had no idea it had Vitamin B2- they use high doses of B2 for migraines. My husband's doctor put him on 400 mgs a day and it's helped. He's prone to complex Migraines. Enjoyed this @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
- Producer15/03/2017Balik Pulau Street Art: A Tiny World Hidden In A Narrow AlleyBalik Pulau is a quaint town in the southwestern part of Penang Island lost half way between the airport and fishing villages. Better known for fruit farms, it is an unlikely place to look for street art. Perhaps unfairly, but one would think that...
Comments16/03/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitSince I have begun reading these travel blogs, it has given me a greater sense of place. Not only did I get a fix on where Penang Island is situated, but I gained a better handle on the geography of the region, and only saw today that Malaysia has two bits to it. I also took in the context of neighbouring Indonesia and how complex that nation is with its 18,000 islands. What struck me is the 10,000+ uninhabited islands in the region. Malaysia unlike Indonesia at least has a definitive geography.16/03/2017 #1 Dean OwenThat Asam Laksa sign got me hungry! Glad you have an eye these visual footprints. When I drive in Malaysia I usually head straight for KL's Bangsar for some biryani. Food usually dictates my journey, but I will have to keep an eye out for these stunning and unexpected murals.
- 15/03/2017Lost in you by Max J Carter
Has no cost
It’s a way
To understand the sway
Through inner reflection
First let go
Into the flow
See where it takes you
Let it change your view
Let it bring out
The things you doubt
That you can do
See what’s really in you
- Producer14/03/2017Peculiar Customs of Weird and Wonderful JapanYes it is March 14th, which means that chocolate sales in Japan are going through the roof, because today is White Day. No, this isn't some holiday celebrating Dugout Doug’s (MacArthur) arrival in Japan at the end of WWII. White Day is...
Comments14/03/2017 #14 Ken BoddieConfirms my decision, many years ago, Dean-san, to boycott Valentine's Day as a commercial fabrication. Interesting how this White Day celebration appears to add to the Japanese paradox of holding onto strong traditions yet being drawn to the weaknesses of western commercial exploitation. ..... or has Japanese industry turned this very much to its advantage? Thanks for opening another window on this fascinating society. Only 31 more days before I get a chance to look first hand, but who's counting?14/03/2017 #9 Pascal DerrienNever been in Japan but worked for Sony for bets part of 8 years and I came across a lot of japonese staff, what did strike me was their ability to embrace local customs with enthusiasm, one of my CEOs was absolutely mad about Moroccan Couscous and he would rally the troops every friday lunch time for a 2 hour lunch..... Now after a while I think I would have preferred chocolate, another good one from @Dean Owen :-)14/03/2017 #5 Gert 🐝 Scholtz@Dean Owen An interesting review of Japanese Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Who would have thought that Christmas was brought to Japan in the 16th century? And Valentine’s day, what better than to give chocolate – the "real feelings" or the "duty" version. I always enjoy your insights from the east – thanks Dean.
- 13/03/2017On the island of Susak, Croatia, women wear the shortest folk costume in Europe!
It is the only national costume that sits above the knee. The festive folk costume in vivid colours, consists of five or six skirts along with the matching vest and pink or red long wool socks.
Island of Susak is famous for its sandy beaches. The island is formed of thick layer of loess and sand on a limestone base. On the northern side of island, sandy sediments reach heights of up to 98 metres.
Comments20/03/2017 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic#4 Sorry for the late reply, @Ken Boddie. I've been bussy with my PMP certification course. Pink and white are the dominant colours of the costumes worn by younger women primarily for special occasions. Such outfit is accentuated by pink, orange or red stockings. Older women generally wear darker skirts and dark woollen stockings. Why pink, maybe because it's a girly colour. :-)
- Producer05/07/2016Climate Change. The Futile Pursuit Of Tackling The Unknown.I am currently in London and this weekend there will be a march to the houses of parliament by perhaps thousands of concerned citizens demanding action on climate change. I suspect that not many of them are aware that there is not much of a...
Comments12/03/2017 #17 Gordon Pye#16 RIP Colin Wiseman one of my best Friends & Mentors !
As one of the villages most loved and respected members we salute Colin Wiseman with this snapshot of his life.
Converting Canadian dollars to sterling back in 1926 took a bit of time. The quickest way for the young Colin Wiseman and his mother Jane to get to the bank in Clitheroe was to walk from their home in Twiston to Rimington or Chatburn railway station. It was a job that had to be done, for Colin’s father, Dick, had left the family home in 1909, the year when Colin was born, to work as a mining electrician in Canada. Living in one of the company’s mining huts, he regularly sent money home.
A former churchwarden and sidesman at Christ Church, Colin is there every Sunday, practising the faith which has meant so much to him throughout his life. “Without God I would be lost,” says Colin. Colin prefers the old Book of Common Prayer but is happy to join in at a lively family service. As president of the Chatburn branch of the British Legion and a lifelong member of the Burma Star Association, Colin is well known in the community. His sharp memory enables him to answer most questions about Chatburn past and present.12/03/2017 #16 John White, MBA@Paul Walters: This is a great post! I love it when the great ones get resurfaced. In regards to the post that was removed, while I'm not familiar with the specifics in the article in question, I can tell you that if was indeed removed it was a result of complaints by readers. Just like all other blogging sites, Wordpress also has a way for members to report offensive content. https://en.wordpress.com/abuse/ So, no, beBee is not burning any books. We are simply doing our best to make beBee a safe place for our members and free of abusive trolls and offensive content. (Again, I didn't read the post in question. So, I can only assume that is what took place regarding the post in question here)12/03/2017 #15 Ken BoddieMissed this one the first time round, Paul, but the subject still hangs around like a bad smell. The old H2S just doesn't dissipate. I am, however, slowly coming round to believing that we are addressing the wrong issue here. We should be looking at the effects of population explosion on our planet and the associated need to access and share food and drinking water. If you have a look at what Dick Smith has to say on this subject then you'll see what I mean: http://dicksmithpopulation.com/2016/11/29/letter-of-introduction-by-dick-smith/#more-690
Perhaps we're all to busy looking out the windows to see the elephant in the room?14/02/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAh and older post that resurfaced. Well I'm a bit dated on this now! I agree, Politicians do pontificate. Like you, I'm not a partisan. I think we all need to read what real Scientists put out and be responsible citizens. As for many things that happen on this planet, they are out of our control. If I were to do all the upgrades to my home to make it green, I'd be in the poor house. I'm not saying that changes people are making don't help to save energy as one example but I can't afford to make all the changes. People need to remember with everything that is sold as clean, green and energy saving- well others are profiting from the same. I say, follow your gut and do what feels best for you as long as it isn't hurting anyone else.14/02/2017 #10 Gordon PyeI was going to go to attend my oldest best friend's funeral later but I've decided not to go to write this, I was going to use the 1607 Eye Witness Account, but that stops short before the nastier bits, and soon it will happen again, and that's' why they called it Maunder Minimum !
And Bebee have removed the next Article I wrote about NHS Mental health misdiagnosed Teenage Sex Slave Hire , so they are Book Burners and therefore I am going back to WordPress forevermore, unless its reinstated, the main point was about a young girl dumped in Landfill Site along with alleged recycled plastic and toxic print waste resurected from the dead !06/07/2016 #8 Paul Walters#6 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks for that and I agree with you entirely ! Living as I do in Indonesia I am certainly aware that "man; is doing serious damage in terms of land clearing in Borneo and Sumatra...in fact it's catastrophic !!! the new president Jokowi has promised to address the problem however Malaysia continues to plough on regardless with burning and clearing...tis a shame. As for ruffling feathers, whenever I write about things like this I do cop flack ... in a way I quite enjoy it!05/07/2016 #7 Dean OwenCan I just mention that just last week it was reported that the Ozone hole over Antarctica is finally closing. Whilst they have yet to prove conclusively that this can be tied to the 1989 Montreal Protocol agreeing to phase out CFCs, no doubt humankind can have an exaggerating effect.05/07/2016 #6 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsPaul, I recently finished my classes for my Environmental Science degrees. I tended to focus on climate change when choosing a report topic simply for the reasons you mention; personal agendas, political rhetoric, climate cycles, etc. I wanted to know the rest of the story. After reading hundreds of papers and studies from both sides of the debate here is what I have determined and this is my personal opinion based on my research;
We are in a climate cycle that is being accelerated by man.
I don't think we'll stop or even slow this change because it is a cycle and we cannot reverse what we have already done.
So what is the answer: Pretty much what you suggest; Run or as others like to put it; Adaptation.
This is not a catastrophic change, we see it coming. So should we reduce fossil fuels; yes, not only because of climate change but because its is a limited resource.
Finally we do owe something to future generations and that is a planet that is habitable.
Finally; I read nothing that ruffled my feathers. :-)05/07/2016 #4 Joel AndersonPaul, some how, some way, some day we have to get beyond the yin and yang of it all. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joel-anderson/the-yin-and-yang-of-water-food-energy-population-climate Thanks for the post and continue to make a difference, our future just may depend on it.
- 12/03/2017Hi guys,
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- 11/03/2017Human Slingshot - BASE Catapult | 0-200kph in 1 second (For licensing and usage, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert bring you the human catapult. Along with help from Go...
Comments13/03/2017 #15 Chas ✌️ Wyatt#8 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell, due to the politics of experience , I must be excluded from this experiment testing centrifugal force against the frail human form and the reality of gravity. I.e.~ when I worked for the Forest Service my crew mates discovered a young flexible Cedar sapling protruding out of the ground at an angle and thought it would be loads of fun if about eight of them stood on one end pressing it towards the ground and convinced me to get on the other end as they jumped off releasing the tree, as my knees immediately buckled as the tree sprung towards the sky and I did a complete somersault landing flat on my back and knocking the wind out of me. So, thanks, but, no thanks.
- Producer10/03/2017Has Friday Funday Gone to the Dogs?Well, well, well. Will you look at that! It's another Friday Funday, and someone is completely ready for it.I do hope your week has gone better than this pup's week appears to have, but in case it hasn't, I hope you can take a minute or two and just...
Comments13/03/2017 #18 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorFun as usual @Susan Rooks. "Exhaustipated" brought back a memory of "Snigglets" from an HBO show way back, maybe the 80s? I used to love them. Spork is the only one that sticks in my mind though. I guess you never know where your will mind go when reading. :)13/03/2017 #16 🐝 Fatima WilliamsFriday Funday comes back to life with your posts @Susan Rooks I have some funny things I see once in a while. Would love to send it to you if you inbox your email to me. The tired dog reminds me of a hectic work weekend the Disco Chicken is too good. LOL This is a funtabulous buzz :)13/03/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 GallagherCan I call this Sunday Funday since I read it 2 days late? ;-) Oh my, I cracked up when I read Disco is dead... ! Starbucks, incontinence made me laugh too. Oh and I better run to the store and buy that meat, you know.. the one where they make it? HAHAHA!! These are always great, I miss too many Friday fundays.13/03/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsWhenever it's time for Mollie to go outside she runs to the gate and scans the yards. She can spot a squirrel in a split second. Sometimes I tease her by holding off opening the gate until I say (really really slow): "ready, set, GO!". Talk about a bullet out of a gun. So with that little story; you know my favorite is: " A Squirrel is just a tennis ball thrown by God"....though your favorite, the article, did stop me in my tracks...I just sort of stared at it...dumbfounded! REALLY? and they said that pubicly? LOL!12/03/2017 #6 Susan Rooks#5 @Ken Boddie, I missed publishing the fundays on two Fridays. Family drama one week, and I was in Atlanta at the first-ever No Longer Virtual (#NLV) conference created by @Sarah Elkins for a bunch of us who have been collaborating for a couple of years on LinkedIn the second week. The conference was FABULOUS, and Sarah's planning another one in February 2018 in Denver. It's such fun to finally meet friends you've only engaged with on social media!11/03/2017 #5 Ken BoddieI seem to have missed this classic Friday tonic in recent weeks, Susan. So many posts rolling down my wall. Perhaps it's my age and I'm less capable of keeping up, but I do really find it so 'incontinent', particularly two days after 'hump day', when I tend to get so 'exhaustipated'.
But I can assure you that I have the answer to the age old question of where my oldest grammatically challenged relative resides. She's at home in Brisbane, which is also the birthplace of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, and she's certainly still "stayin' alive, stayin' alive".
- Producer10/03/2017Tram, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am!I love my regular trips to Melbourne, but, most of all, I love Melbourne's TRAMS. These unique rail guided, cable powered, people transporting, magical mystery vehicles, variously known around the world as tramcars, trolley cars, or street cars, are...
Comments11/03/2017 #43 Ken BoddieYou raise what might undoubtedly in many cases be called a fair point, Dean-san. However, a couple of hundred years plus of developing a land, which Europe largely turned its back on, from the hell hole it was originally perceived to be by the early enforced settlers, to the 'lucky' land it is today (amazing that the harder we work the luckier we get) would, in my book, give those same settlers and their legitimate generations to follow, pronunciation rights on their transformed places of abode. Much though I sometimes hate the regional differences in the English language, I've come to eventually accept, by having been subjected to the processes of repetitious brainwashing and ear-bashing in a society hanging onto the remnants of Strine, that the Americans can't spell and the Poms "talk funny". As you say, Dean-san, I may have been here too long, but when in Rome ..... 🤗.
As my old Scots grannie would have said:
"It's a sair fecht, laddie. So here's tae us. Wha's like us? Damned few and they're a' dead."11/03/2017 #40 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#39 A spring chicken? lol, ok most days I still feel like one. I wouldnt mind travelling with younger people at all, during the day. But when its time for sleep, hotel with my privacy. I think many of us earn that rite of passage after raising kidd lol. I do love my privacy now. 😉😎🍷🍵11/03/2017 #39 Ken Boddie#35 There again, Lisa, you could sell up, by a back pack, and go on an indefinite working holiday? A spring chicken like you, still in the peak of health and fitness, would just love to travel with students half your age and stay in hostels where you can share one room with a multitude of life learners. 🤗11/03/2017 #36 Ken Boddie#33 If I may, I'll suggest the same thing I say to all visitors who haven't been to Oz before, Javier. Start at www.Australia.com to help you plan all the things you want to do before you get here. Australia is a large area to cover and the distances are often underestimated by overseas visitors. Also, if you want to visit the northern half's tropical region, it's generally best to plan your journey in the cooler months, typically April through September, thus avoiding the wet season and the occasional associated cyclones.
And finally, give us a shout when you're coming, and we'll stick another prawn on the barbie for you. Hooroo!11/03/2017 #35 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#13 I have been pronouncing Melbourne wrong too, thank you @Ken Boddie for the correction. I really enjoyed the photos of the many Trams!! Never a lack of transportation and wow, so many places I want to visit, including Australia. I need to win the lotto so I can begin my world tour er.. I mean journey. Tours are for stars!11/03/2017 #30 Ken Boddie#13 Yes, Dean-san, but Brisbane also shares the honours for being the most mispronounced Aussie city. It is, of course, 'Bris' 'bin' (and please don't rubbish my city) and not 'bane' (as in the bane of my life). As for a wi-fi tram network - now there's a powerful challenge. ⚡️All it needs is for some bright spark to prove he or she is a good conductor. 😂
- 10/03/2017Weekend is approaching and I thought of sharing some options with all the Bees to spend it great..!!! Share your ideas of a great weekend as well.....
- Producer10/03/2017When Dealing With Bureaucracy, Simply Smile And Act Stupid !At this time of year I find myself once again dealing with that most unwanted of trials that afflict us all…. bureaucracy. I am actually no stranger to this dreaded disease, only this time I am living in a foreign land trying to decipher rules,...
Comments13/03/2017 #32 Dean OwenStill @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín I cannot share this to www.facebook.com/CafebeBee/ as it appears with a different title picture. I hope you can solve this soon. Should be pretty easy to solve by putting a minimum size requirement for the title picture in the article. This would also ensure the quality of the title picture is crisp when enlarged as is often the case when sharing to Twitter/LinkedIn.12/03/2017 #26 Miriam BarnabyI see at least four great results in your, certainly not wasted, day. First one is this article and the others are - me laughing out loud at 2am , enjoying your writing style and wanting to read more of it. Thank you Mr. Walters. Good luck with the rainy season ;-)11/03/2017 #20 Ken BoddieTungu sebentar lagi, Pak Paul. Everything comes to he who waits, or to he who has a local Mr Fix-it on the payroll. Just like 'jam karot', Indo beaurocracy is rubbery when incentives motivate, but only for knowing locals and not for we 'orang Bolanda'.
Love this frustratingly accurate post, but not the memories it brings back. 😩11/03/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#18 Department of Motor Vehicles - our own version of there is no way just one visit will suffice. Now we need to have smog checks, and some places there are proprietary businesses that do it, someplaces any old mechanic can certify you, and sometimes the police have to check ones car for its operability.....then the eye checks...then the tests of things not relevant. Some places licenses and vehicles, but here in WA licenses and vehicles are two separate places.
Ah bureaucracy, the best racket on the planet!
And, yes, I have had even credit card receipts questioned when I use my standard green ink, sans Mont Blanc in my case!
- Producer09/03/2017The Knights of Young Hood Most of us were boisterous 8-year-olds, some of us were 7 or 6 for the youngest and others 9 or 10. 1976 was the year of the draught and 1977 would be known as the year of the Great Battle of Touleno.Touleno was based in Lanester, a small city...
Comments11/03/2017 #37 Ken Boddie#32 Sorry to leave the ladies out of my comment, Claire, but I was hinting at the many idiotic alpha males (including a variety of world leaders) whose brains haven't yet reached puberty, but who play with an assortment of weapons of mass destruction. Most female world leaders appear to have much more common sense, that rare attribute which, in male leaders, is remarkably uncommon.11/03/2017 #28 Helena Jansen van VuurenI was cruel very cruel as a kid - had a great tree house and only allowed my younger brother and his friend into the treehouse if they paid an entrance fee of 3 x Star sweets which they had to buy with their pocket money - worse though they could only stay in the tree house while we were chewing - lots of 'you're chewing too fast' I showed no mercy - out they went when the sweets were gone but the downside of Star sweets are that your mouth is stained pink for ages and my mother could swing a cane or wet kitchen cloth across the back of our legs faster than we could get of the way when she cottoned on what I had done! Great sweets though!10/03/2017 #25 Gert 🐝 Scholtz@Pascal Derrien As young boys our Saturdays were spent at the river. Swimming, swinging from ropes, floating down river on tubes, even then we would have our own “braai” at lunch. Inevitably there were different groups of boys and mud fights would ensue. The local version was to put a piece of clay onto a stick and hurl it at the “enemy”. Sometimes we would sneak a few pebbles into the clay mould – a hit would sting for hours. Such was life back then. Thanks for bringing back these memories Pascal.10/03/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI didn't do battle; I was the great explorer of the vast deserts of the Southwest😃But my brothers were always in sword fight or battling the dark dragons or climbing Mt Everest (small hill or sand dunes) what a delightful story Pascal! To the victor goes the spoils!! Or at least the crisps!