- Producer19/01/2017What are you laughing at?Why do we laugh? Do all cultures and creatures laugh? Is laughter really the best medicine?What happens when we tickle rats?If you are bursting at the seams to find out the answers to these soul searching, contemplative, ridiculous, yet strangely...
- Producer18/01/2017Are we really SAFE?Hello, my dear fellow bees.Let me begin this post with a simple question?What do you know India for?INDIA a beautiful country where people from all around the globe visit, a country where gods & goddesses are prayed for blessings and...
Comments19/01/2017 #29 Julie HickmanI have no answers to the utter evil of rape and the general population being accepting of the status quo. Women are meant to be cherished and are an undeniable force for the good of mankind.
One could just imagine if every son, brother, father, or loving husband made it a mission to eliminate violence against women. These same men could be the best advocates and greatest allies in the struggle to keep their mothers, sisters, daughters and wives safe on earth. Don't be silent. Thank you @Sushmita Thakare Jain for your advocacy and thank you @Donna-Luisa Eversley for including me in the discussion.19/01/2017 #22 Sushmita Thakare Jain#7 @Donna-Luisa Eversley thank you for sharing the post, my dear! I am flattered by the response never knew random words unedited but from the heart can be effective. Thank you for motivating me in expressing myself and my feelings. I feel the same way each time a woman or a girl is victmized by these beasts. Our words cannot do justice to them but it can help in raising voices so that this inhuman act doesn't happen again not here but anywhere in the world.19/01/2017 #21 Sushmita Thakare Jain#6 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit will definitely check the video out. I so connect with you on banning, remember even the Nirbhaya case episode was banned by Indian Broadcasting commission and made to reshoot cutting most parts of it.
But, that doesn't change the truth. Does it?19/01/2017 #16 David B. GrinbergThanks for opening up about this important issue Sushmita. I would just say that any man who intentionally disrespects women is really no man at all. And any man who hurts women -- physically and/or emotionally -- is a junkyard dog. There's never a legitimate reason to abuse women or girls -- period!19/01/2017 #15 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman@Sushmita Thakare Jain, I support your voice and I am glad you are bringing awareness to this horrible problem. I agree with Aurorasa it is the mindset that needs to be changed; and I agree with Dean that in order for any movement to succeed, it must be strong and persistent. I read something about this happening in India a while ago and found it to be extremely disturbing. My heart goes out to women anywhere in the world that are subjected to abuse and rape. Thank you, @Donna-Luisa Eversley for tagging me.19/01/2017 #14 Dean OwenWe learn from history that any movement, whether it is women's rights, suffrage, or whatever, can't be fleeting if it is to succeed. It must be strong and very persistent. I see passion and spirit within you @Sushmita Thakare Jain View moreWe learn from history that any movement, whether it is women's rights, suffrage, or whatever, can't be fleeting if it is to succeed. It must be strong and very persistent. I see passion and spirit within you @Sushmita Thakare Jain, so if you want change, don't let it rest with the writing of this article. You have a gift and you have a voice. Loved the article. Close19/01/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Sushmita Thakare Jain this was so honestly powerful I am feeling rage that I can't put into words. NO, it's not the woman's fault. What is wrong with Indian Culture to allow this? Is this widespread throughout India? These men are animals who have been raised to believe a woman IS THEIR OBJECT to do with, whatever they please. This is wrong and criminal. I can't imagine the fear so many Indian women have. They are repressing women by use of force, humiliation, sexual assault and more! This must end. I'm glad you wrote this, I'm sorry this happens (that feels so shallow) just to say I'm sorry. These men need to be in jail, new laws enacted to protect women. It's time for repression to end. No girls and women, IT"S NOT YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!19/01/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici#10 Thank you for the tag @Donna-Luisa Eversley. I support the voice of @Sushmita Thakare Jain and those who have commented. Rape is a violent crime. It is not a sexual act. It is an aggressive act related to issues of power and control. That is why any blame on the part of women as arousing the perpetrator sexually has to be removed. The perpetrator is not aroused by the look of the woman but by the act of overpowering and controlling her. So if a woman is being pushed into a subservient role, the community in which she lives is to blame for the rape. It is her perceived weaker status created by the community that has aroused the perpetrator to commit this violent crime.
- Producer17/01/2017Getting my wheels spinningFor members of the Car Hive - I don't have a Morgan. I would like to have one but that's not what this is about.Anyone who writes - professionally or as an enthusiastic hobbyist - will have experienced the occasional moment when the words disappear....
Comments18/01/2017 #8 Dean OwenI think many of us have been down that road. For me it's the configurator on the Maserati website where you can select down to the stitching on the seat. I do love the Morgan's and was tempted a few years to sell off organ parts to by the totally impractical three wheeler. But living the last 18 years in countries where cars cost 3 times the price in the US usually means I settle for a Japanese car. I do love the frivolous pursuits of colour coding and rim selecting on car configurators. Who knew that such a frivolous pursuit would result in a gem of an article....17/01/2017 #4 Kevin PashukA great way to get the creative juices flowing... now if you could only design the car, then 3D print a wee version of it...
I fully agree that driving a minivan (or grocery getter) requires surrender of your man badge. We have owned them but I would only get behind the wheel under duress... I'm pretty easy going, but there are some lines I don't like crossing.17/01/2017 #3 Phil FriedmanDon, this is a great piece... and a great idea. Build a car on the manufacturer's site... then print it all out. Hold it. Caress it. Kind of one's own virtual reality. I'm in for getting our wheels spinning. Now, what do you suggest for getting our motors running? Cheers!
- Producer17/01/2017The Coffee Habit: What can you learn from your coffee obsession?Preface: Even if you don't enjoy coffee, please read. I think you'll still be able to get something valuable from doing so.I drink a cup (or four) of coffee every week day without even thinking about it. It's like my brain subconsciously urges my...
Comments17/01/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherNice way to approach changing a habit you want to break @Kyle Kumpf. I do enjoy coffee but I'm lucky, I only drink 1 maybe 2 cups per day. I did give up smoking over 4 years ago. When I did it, I told no one. I found in the past I would tell others I was going to give it up and I added more pressure to myself. After 4 weeks of not smoking I felt safe to share it with others. I am proud that I've been smoke free for over 4 years now. On another note: Exercise- I find if you have a partner to go with and hold each other to it well, it makes exercising more bearable for one and both people are accountable. Nice buzz!
- Producer17/01/2017Freewheeling !!!Before I launch into this piece I should perhaps fill readers in with a few details on how management works in our household.Management here rises each day 5.30am and I watch through slitted eyes, feigning sleep as she ponders whether to a) don her...
Comments19/01/2017 #14 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe now know why management makes the big bucks. A keen ability to match workers with their current skillset. This was one tremendously breezy read, @Paul Walters. I felt the wind thru my hair the entire read down the page....
I am now wondering just how I can full-fat-milk people for much money while taking all the effort out of their weekend adventures....this is one genius genus of vacation business concepts.19/01/2017 #13 Sarah Elkins#11 Oh yes, @Paul Walters, when you get to Montana we'll get outside for some fun outdoorsy stuff. If you're here in summer, we'll take a leisurely float on the Missouri River in our kayaks, accompanied by a cooler with beer and gin/tonic, and yummy snacks. Just let me know when you choose to hit the mountains as a break from your tropical paradise!18/01/2017 #11 Paul Walters#10 @Sarah Elkins Thanks for that. I seriously have to get to Montana it looks simply gorgeous and if I do happen to get there you could take me skiing , gentle slopes please and all downhill if you wouldnt mind. Thanks for stopping by and please remember the article was full of hyperbole ... I do exercise...I mean I did get up this morning !18/01/2017 #10 Sarah ElkinsThat's my kind of ride, @Paul Walters! And I could have used something like that on Sunday, instead of the downhill skiing I did. Not at all the same thing, not at all relaxing. My leg workout a few days before set me up for disaster on Sunday. I had to step after every couple of turns to lean forward and stop my thighs from burning. So. Much. Pain. It took two of those runs before my legs loosened up and I was able to enjoy myself. Of course, at least I wasn't trying to ski uphill!17/01/2017 #8 Kevin PashukThoroughly enjoyable read Paul.. I must commend you on your negotiation skills that let you stay home whilst the senior management goes out to exercise.
As for the bike ride? My wife and I did a similar thing in Hawaii... 30 km of coasting. Almost as good as the other type of 'bike' riding I do... which involves a motor and leather jacket.17/01/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAh, how I enjoyed this story @Paul Walters! Kudo's to management, she sounds extremely fit... I could take lessons from her but 5am is too early for me? The coffee beans, uhm, no thanks on this end either! Wait a sec, if you peddled downhill to get to your destination, didn't you have to peddle uphill to get back? Glad you had a good time and never rule out the Tour De France! :))
- Producer17/01/2017Cockfighting Showdown - Bali, IndonesiaCOCKFIGHTING SHOWDOWN I witnessed my first cockfight in Bali, in a small village just outside Ubud. I stumbled upon it by chance when I was running, with a local sports club, on a Saturday afternoon. Our route took us through a temple complex in the...
- Producer15/01/2017Shadow BoyNot always easy to make new acquaintances when you blow in a hood where you don’t know anybody. Sometimes you get picked on because you have a different accent or because people don’t warm easily to novelty. Now I had become a master at integrating...
Comments17/01/2017 #40 Pascal Derrien#39 thank you @Bernard Poulin I am pretty humbled by your comments, I am just a regular guy who likes to play with words and it seems this small vignette for some reasons is resonating with people, it says more about the people who made some comments than the post it self I suppose17/01/2017 #39 Bernard PoulinThere is a serious difference between all the artwork created in the world and "art". Artwork is a thing which says nothing more than that "we made something" - a physical thing, a product. At other times our artwork begins to speak on its own. It reaches out to others and touches and moves them. This is what has happened here: : universal impact. It is a rare 0ccurrence in artwork but is always present in art. Art - that which is transferred from our "insides" to the canvas or paper or stone - and once freed to speak - emerges from the artwork, reaching beyond the creator to speak and share itself with and "give" to others because that is what art does.. Bravo. This is "art". (and I'm not easily brought into the common ordinary fold that considers everything we do art.)16/01/2017 #37 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsThis story touched me Pascal. Being a child growing up in a military family we moved constantly. I had siblings, 6 in fact and all extroverts, which at times was overwhelming to this introvert. I too was described as a 'loner'. But then I was shuffled around, a lot. I lived with grandparents from ages 2-5, and they moved almost every year, whenever my grandfather moved on to minister a new church. Then I was sent to my Mother when it was time to start school. I turned to books and became a bookworm, always reading, because to be quite honest; I always felt like the outsider around my mother and siblings. As I look back now I realize my friends were Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laura Ingells Wilder and so many other characters...
These memories stay with out, become part of us, and as I always started my stories; we are all our histories.16/01/2017 #32 Kevin PashukLove the picture, and the story @Pascal Derrien. I can identify with the multiple moves as a kid. My father was transferred to new communities on a fairly regular basis.
Your story awoke a memory of a poem that was in a school book from when I was in early grades at school. I only remember the first line, but thanks to Google, it turns out it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and is quite germane to your post.
BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.
He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
- Producer15/01/2017Kyrzbekistan: Part 27Issyk Kul is a magical place - even the watermelons seem to enjoy the beach. Who knew they were migratory? I watched Lambchik play in the water and swim under the pier - the bikini looked well on her, plastered tight and translucent from the rolling...
- 15/01/2017The Journey of Travel Blogging begins with one of my Fav.
Check it out!thetasteteam.com Let's begin our expedition of exploring India with the amazing city of Amritsar. Check out the first installment and share your...
- 15/01/2017Hello, everyone!!!
Missed being here, but getting hang of the new projects took some time.
Now back to regular contribution to beBee!
Hope you all missed me too;-)
- Producer14/01/2017Afrikaans: A Short History...Of SortsAfrikaans is my home language. Spoken by twenty million people, here is the “alternatiewe storie van Afrikaans”…. During the middle 1600’s, the Dutch East India Company was the major trading company in the world. It competed at the time...
Comments16/01/2017 #15 VDS BrinkAnd that "Baie" in "baie dankie" is all the way from Indonesia! Gert, it is simply brilliant and my toes curl ... oeps, "my tone krul!"
A language from the heart and second in the world of published poetry per capita. My ancestors from Denmark adding to the diversity.
Do again!!15/01/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz@Ian Weinberg @Paul Walters Paul: I had the pleasure of having coffee with Ian this week and had the treat of being regaled for two hours by Ian's interesting stories. Somehow I think the two of you will enjoy each other's company. But please, if ever this were to happen, don't leave me out!14/01/2017 #3 Emilia M. LudovinoWonderlik! Hou daarvan! Dank u mijn vriend voor dit groot artikel. Laughing out loud reading your post dear @Gert Scholtz - being Portuguese and living in Nederlands I found it very funny. I'm already joking with my husband (Dutch) - he's a great sailor but I'm always me reading the charts when we're sailing. Now everything makes so much sense. Just love it.... Dankie!
- Producer20/08/2016World Honey Bee DayAs a site where the users refer to themselves as Bees I believe it appropriate that we should align ourselves with efforts to protect the bee populations of the world. An environmental scientist by education I try to stay apprised of environmental...
Comments14/01/2017 #47 Todd JonesHumans are a curious lot. Our proclivity toward self destruction seems boundless, even in the face of scientific evidence. We need to look no further than our President Elect's position on global warming for confirmation of this tendency. Thankfully, our ability to engineer our way back from the edge of ruin rivals our penchant for creating it. Back in the 1980's the destructive effect of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer was a hot topic, which was addressed through a combination of legislation, scientific research, and new product development. So hope doth remain.
The shocking collapse of bee colonies is a crisis that requires immediate attention. In my mind, this is an underpublicized predicament more pressing than global warming. Let's not wait for mass starvation to be the prompt for us to get serious about solving this looming disaster.
Excellent post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Sharing forward.
- Producer12/01/2017Shakriyl : Seeking UtopiaMy name is Shakriyl IV tomorrow I will be Shakriyl V. Tomorrow is the 23rd of March 3245. I am the governor of the confederation of Aika comprising Earth, Moon North & South, Mars, Venus and Planets Erkis and Dois. This will be my fifth term as...
Comments13/01/2017 #19 Ken Boddie#18 Let the smarties philosophise, Pascal, but, either way, neither you nor I will be around for long enough to find out if their predictions are correct. If I'm wrong then we'd better have that drink some time soon. Meanwhile, please keep on writing these enticing tales.13/01/2017 #18 Pascal Derrien#17 thanks @Ken Boddie for translating my broken prose, this duality on ideals has been with us for a while I guess.
As a mankind in the end we are maybe just some unstructured organic creatures who have the illusion they can control outcomes when they merely influence events of their own evolution. I am just regular guy and some ssmart people may probably have some theories about it :-)13/01/2017 #17 Ken BoddieBrilliantly conceived, Pascal, and Interesting how this post dangles a hook of fictional improbabilities for us to bite upon with our eternity seeking incisors.
BUT!!!!!! - If prolonged human existence requires adoption of artificial intelligence to 'stabilise' us, along with a total lack of disagreement and argument, and if the price of peace and a pollution free environment is "100% adhesion to the new system" and a "Lipped sync" existence, then let's go out with a big bang now and I'll bring the Scotch to kill off our remaining 30% re-generated brains and livers.
I believe that the price of peace is eternal vigilance and not eternal servitude.
Sheep follow wherever the flock is guided by the watch dogs, but humans test, adapt, re-invent, learn by our mistakes (with a greater than 50:50 probability) and will ultimately evolve to survive. The only real problem is that we may end up killing our planet in the process of managing our survival. Perhaps, by then, some us may have hitched a ride to Mars and beyond?
There are less obvious parallels to consider adopting - the LinkedIn Big Brother algorithm of submissive solitary existence, or the beBee path of endless possibilities and affinities?13/01/2017 #14 Lisa VanderburgShakriyl's servant Ardi brought him the contraband book. Both the 70% AI and the full human recognise the concept of trust as having a element of risk - quite high (I would think) in this case. Both understand that something is rotten in Utopia; the 30% of human that Shakriyl is has realized this order is a type of death. The human instincts are beginning to stir in both of them - can't find the word to describe what has been awoken. This ambivalence is the beginning of awareness that will lead to freedom for both. War will come again. Sad bunch, ain't we @Pascal Derrien13/01/2017 #13 Alan CullerHello @Pascal Derrien
Thanks for your story. I am currently reading "The Mandibles 2029-2045", by Lionel Shriver. In it the author describes science fiction as the "projection of today's fears through the device of changed science and technology."
Using that rubric to make sense of your story - we fear war and discord to such a degree that we might be willing to give up personal passion -God, I hope not!
No one likes pain, but the absence of pain is not Utopia -it's death.
A fun read that started me thinking and feeling -or over-thinking and over -feeling. :-)
Alan12/01/2017 #10 Pascal Derrien#9 indeed and that's why utopia whatever it is to whoever has never been within grasp, in my very dumb and short story the Elders created a worsening dynamic in response to what they were trying to solve in the first place , I actually made up Aika in my head I did not even know it was Japanese I actually quite like that :-) @Dean Owen12/01/2017 #9 Dean OwenGlad to see the Japanese have some influence in your future world (Aika being a Japanese girl's name). I think of future world's as envisioned by others, like Logan's Run, where mandatory death is set at age 21. Utopia to me sounds dull. Isn't there a case to be made for the existence of good vs evil. Hasn't war inspired incredible art and literature? Doesn't the possibility of cataclysmic event such as global warming or pandemics result in innovations in science and tech? Would you want to live in a risk free world?
- Producer12/01/2017Careering Around Colombo and Other Bits Of Sri Lanka.“In Sri Lanka, when two strangers meet, they ask a series of questions that reveal family, ancestral village, and blood ties until they arrive at a common friend or relative. Then they say, "Those are our people, so you are our people." It's a...
Comments13/01/2017 #8 Don 🐝 Kerr@Paul Walters Damn I love your stories. They entertain and educate and make me envious. And, while I will never get to many of the place of which you write, I can sometimes catch a scent of the air in the highlands and the mist near the shore. Keep it up please. Especially welcome during the dark and dank days of winter.12/01/2017 #2 Ken BoddieSigiriya (the Lion Rock Fortress) was the high point for me, Paul; literally, figuratively and spiritually; when I visited Sri Lanka some 40 years ago. I went there on a whim, fired up by a Sri Lankan family I accidentally sat next to when watching the Ramayana being performed in Singapore (now there's a tale on its own). That visit has stayed in my mind all these years. Funny how some of the best times we have can be spontaneous, or even accidental, and, by contrast, how
"The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew."
- Producer12/01/2017Slipping Inside an Indian AmbassadorIn the Spring of 2014, a wave of nostalgia swept the nation upon the announcement that production of the iconic “Amby” would be halted after a run of 56 years. From Jaipur to Chennai, devotees have since taken to restoring these little runabouts...
Comments13/01/2017 #21 debasish majumderyou will be amazed to know, that, this nostalgic company is no more eager to manufactured their vehicles. rather they are more eager to sell out their land being acquired by them for industrial purposes and converting the land for manufacturing industry into a real estate business! i am amazed @Dean Owen for your fervor for this car. it is truly a roomy and comfortable car in accordance to Indian road condition. but, unfortunately the days are bygone as, whole scenario has been changed, proving change is the only constant. however, nice insight! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.13/01/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#19 Now that sounds like fun @Dean Owen, will anyone accompany me and be my guide? Dean, @Paul Walters or @Ken Boddie? ;-) I'm OK with traveling the US by myself... been many places on my own. I've never traveled internationally before but it's on my bucket list and I don't want to waste time. I would have to hit Singapore too since it also looks so appealing. Video and travel blog would be in order for this! I just need an extra job for a few months to make my money to be able to travel LOL! Oh and I'd so love to visit Australia and Scotland too.. hmm, I could be gone for a while?13/01/2017 #19 Dean Owen#17 They are lovely. I'd be happy to find one in any condition and work to restore it. The world is full of fascinating rides. If this was slightly interesting, I think the Jeepneys of the Philippines might blow you away. Hop on a plane to Manila and check them out! Then hop on over to Thailand or Indonesia for a tuk-tuk ride!13/01/2017 #16 Dean Owen#15 I bet you looked like a Princess in your school uniform riding in the back of these delightful cars. At one stage, I was driven to school in a big black Daimler, you know, one of the cars with a partition between the driver and passengers. I hated it so much I decided to walk to school everyday. I am so glad I stirred up memories for you @🐝 Fatima Williams12/01/2017 #15 🐝 Fatima WilliamsWow this is Nostalgic for me as well. I was driven in one every single day for years and then we just forgot about them. But I always loved the Amby's if I were to take a taxi up North in India. There's something about them , the comfort etc . The driver's used to be so particular with maintaining it. My driver loved his car more than his wife. These cars are epic. I think I need to pick up one just as a souvenir but I won't be there to drive it around :( Thank you @Dean Owen - An end of a fine state of the art car !12/01/2017 #12 Dean Owen#8 No worries Ken-san. Actually this is the first in a series of three posts on this theme I will do this year. The next two might be right up your alley, Tuk Tuks and Jeepneys! I've no idea why I've not formed a similar attachment to vintage Morris Oxfords as I have with the Amby. I guess it must be the best Exotic Marigold hotel syndrome.12/01/2017 #8 Ken BoddieNever had the opportunity to drive or ride in this aristocratic ambassadorial ambulatory Amby, Dean-san, but it reminds me of the Morris Oxford my dad drove for a while, back when I was in short pants and thought I'd catch measles from talking to girls. That's when zero to first base took me a lot longer than your zero to 60 mph.
- 09/01/2017It'd be remiss of me not to share food posts right out of the gate, so here's a recipe for Beef Rendang from a Live broadcast I did on both Facebook Live and YouTube in the lead-up to Christmas -How to Cook Beef Rendang from My Malaysian Home State (Negeri Sembilan) - Jackie Mjackiem.com.au This is my stepmom’s recipe which is influenced by the beef rendang style of my home state of Negeri Sembilan with her own...
Comments09/01/2017 #2 Ken Boddie@Jackie M. please don't mistake my clumsiness in the kitchen and pride in the culinary capabilities of my better half as feigned futility and male chauvinism (not necessarily in that corresponding order) but, if it tastes like my Indonesian wife's rendang (particularly on the second day) and smells like my wife's rendang, then either the recipe is spot on, or it is indeed my wife's rendang. 😋
The other test is, of course, the 'next morning test', whereby if it's hot on the way in and it's hot on the ...... perhaps I'd better stop there, as it's a family show. 😂
- Producer07/01/2017The Seahorse CallingThe powerful wise witch had spoken. Many years in solitude. Deep meditation. Silence. Nobody dared to undertake something new. Shimmering crystal covering the ice cold scene. A mysterious palace. It was quiet. Dark. Night. Waves observing. Running....
- Producer08/01/2017Mittens, toques and enormous boots. Three things to hate about winter.“I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.” - Brendan Behan Let’s get...
Comments09/01/2017 #21 Laura MikolaitisGreat post, @Don 🐝 Kerr! I love the fervor with which you penned it - it shines through loud and clear. I grew up in the tundra that is Northern NY, which is currently buried under almost 3 ft of snow thanks to the wonders of Lake Effect. So, I hear you. And I feel for my family who still live there. Dressing like Nanuk of the North to simply go out and get the mail is not my idea of fun. Although, I have come to tolerate the winter a bit more than I used to. Living in New England, the winter is temperamental. Like this morning with a blustery 1 degree - so cold that I can gauge the temperature of the day by the reaction of the leaves on the rhododendron bush. They are curled up so tightly this morning I know it's cold. I don't ski or snowmobile and I haven't been on a pair of ice skates in years. But, I do enjoy sliding down a hill from time to time and making the occasional snow angel to keep my spirit young.09/01/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr#3 @Kevin Pashuk As always you offer sage advice. I suspect though that deep within that raging introvert heart lies a genuine love for winter walks and photography sessions that require you to venture out onto the ice to shoot lost wedding roses. Or did I just dream that last bit?09/01/2017 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr#8 @Dean Owen My dear friend Bob Cook moved to Hong Kong from Toronto/Boston/Calgary. All are known 'hot(?)' spots for winter fun. Curiously, he has not returned to enjoy the white stuff. Guessing your experience is similar Dean and can't blame you. I can envy you but I can't blame.09/01/2017 #11 Tony BrandstetterI live in a cold weather area, when I was younger it was fun, now that I am into my 57th year of this I have to admit, it not too fun anymore but I know it is necessary. It starts in fall, when all the trees go dormant, at this time of year I would not want to live any other place, it is breath taking. I have experienced this for 57 years an I still find it spectacular. Then winter comes, shorter days, cold nights, it seems to last forever. When the first bud of spring announces itself, everything comes alive and with such vengeance, the smells, the sights, the sounds, wonderful, all of it. Spring and summer doesn't last long, it seems not as long as winter but we enjoy, embrace, love every single day, winter helps us to enjoy when it's nice.... and savor every moment09/01/2017 #10 Todd JonesOk... this is gonna be unpleasant. I don't know why I'm compelled to share this, but if you have a weak stomach, stop reading here...
Don, my least favorite winter accessory is the stalactite-like snotsicle that adorns my face from November through April. By the end of winter, it has become so long that it presents a tripping hazard.
Told ya. Shoulda stopped reading...
On a less gross side note, I have a pair of Sorrels too. Best made, most durable boot ever. Mine are over 20 years old and still in great shape.
Your kid with glasses looks like he is flipping winter the bird. My seasonal sentiment exactly.09/01/2017 #5 Wayne Yoshida#3 @Kevin Pashuk said it - My first job after college was in Newington, Conn. USA. One of my friends said that, too. Hans (from Germany) told me, in his stern accent, "There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad dress."
He taught me how to cross country ski and how to drive on snow and ice (although one does not really drive on ice) - using his car, not mine. He was a great friend.09/01/2017 #4 Wayne YoshidaToque? Checking Google. Oh. A "ski hat." Living Southern California USA, some of these words are not in my vocabulary.
Much nice to have to go to the snow when we **want to** rather than it coming to you, @Don 🐝 Kerr View moreToque? Checking Google. Oh. A "ski hat." Living Southern California USA, some of these words are not in my vocabulary.
Much nice to have to go to the snow when we **want to** rather than it coming to you, @Don 🐝 Kerr !
However, I lived in snow country for an entire winter season. I went through three sets of tire chains, my car (1987 RX-7) was buried in a snow bank for two months, I went through 4 pairs of gloves (not mittens) and I had to buy a bunch of winter clothes (including long underwear) that I now take out once a year, if that, when I go skiing.
But it was worth it. I was a ski lift operator at Mammoth Mountain! Free skiing and boarding and lessons for an entire season!
On the winter boots - I still have a great pair of Sorels.
Best part about any type of boot? Taking them off! (No, not "Take Off, eh!" as Bob and Doug would say.)
Stay warm my friend. You can always come out here for a vacation. Close
- 08/01/2017Hi guys,
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- Producer06/01/2017Bugs for Dinner, Anyone? Last night I watched a show about people going to Restaurants which served bugs in various ways on The Nat Geo Channel last night. I admit, I've never tried anything bug that I'm aware of. It appears bugs are gaining popularity as the newest of...
Comments17/01/2017 #93 Nicole Chardenet#90 I found plenty of gator in New Orleans to eat. Had it like three times. It really does have its own unique and enjoyable flavour. Not gamey in the slightest. On a separate note, I'm happy to have eaten Jaws (or "requin" as it was called on the French menu) when I was in Guadeloupe!15/01/2017 #90 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#87 #88 #89 Lamb Tangine, sounds familiar but I think I made the dish with ground meat and there wasn't dried apricot in it. However, it was very similar to Lamb Tangine and it was served on top of couscous. Head to Florida one day, you wont have a problem finding gator on the menu ;-) As for the gator in my yard and my free meals... that's funny!!13/01/2017 #86 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#85 That's interesting. I wonder why they are increasing as a nuisance in other's yards now? Agree.. lunchtime sistah or brother if your in my yard! We were driving back to our Condo one evening in Myrtle beach and traffic was stopped. They had an Ambulance and EMT's working on an alligator that was hit by a car. I never saw a sight like that before. I was glad it wasn't a person.12/01/2017 #85 Nicole Chardenet#84 Ironically I was just reading about gators strolling through one's yard last night while reading a book on the collected columns of Florida report Carl Hiaasen. It sounds like it's way more of a problem than it was when I lived there back in the day (Orlando). Today, with alligators eating pets and occasionally going after small children, I say....turn about's fair play? If you're in my yard, it's LUNCHTIME!!! :)11/01/2017 #83 Nicole Chardenet#79 How different is croc meat from alligator meat? I would suspect probably very little if any...I've had alligator, in N'Awlins...and I didn't find it tough at all, quite delicious (tastes like alligator!) and extremely nutritious too. If I could easily buy gator meat in Toronto I would add it to my home menu.10/01/2017 #82 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#79 I forgot to mention, I thought my friend told me it was at dusk but I couldn't remember. He is from Morocco and mentioned food they were eating during Iftar and it sounded so good I asked for the recipe. I told him that I revised it a bit and he said that was a big no-no... I asked why, and he said because it was his mom's original recipe LOL. I must say it was tasty. I forget what it was called. Meat with cinnamon, raisins and other ingredients. I need to find the recipe!10/01/2017 #81 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#79 I may have to try camel meat if I ever get a chance to sometime @Arnab Ghosh! I think many adults stop drinking milk, maybe because we had to drink it daily when growing up? I use coconut milk in my coffee and for cooking now. I was using half and half but decided to get away from Milk to see if that helps some digestive issues ;) I had a friend who gave her baby goats milk because he was highly allergic to cows milk. He did very well on it. Does Camel's milk and Goat's milk taste similar? I would love to travel to Dubai one day, I've seen so many beautiful photos of Dubai!10/01/2017 #79 Arnab Ghosh#74 Camel meat is quite nice, in fact, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Horse meat, on the other hand, is rather tough! Not too different from croc meat, in fact. Both goat milk and camel milk are said to have digestive properties without causing any major stomach issues. Although, research seems to indicate that we (adults) don't really need milk at all; and are actually better off consuming other sources of calcium. I do still enjoy milk in certain forms. But only occasionally. It isn't a regular part of my diet. Iftar is at dusk, with the sunset prayer. Indeed, Dubai is quite something! Come on over sometime.08/01/2017 #74 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#72 Very interesting @Arnab Ghosh! Actually, it sounds quite tender the way you describe Camel meat. Does Iftar occur at dusk or just after dusk? Camel meat burgers, sounds interesting. It's odd... I think I could try Camel but not horse meat for some reason. I read once that Camel milk does have more nutrients, does it have a gamey taste? I'm sure some day we will hear that cows milk was never good for us. So many people have health issues from cows milk. I used to drink cows milk a lot when I was a teen and I had stomach aches all the time. I haven't had milk in years (find other sources for calcium now) and no more issues like I used to have. Some people turn to goats milk, or they are drinking the milk of nuts now and not sure that's equivalent to drinking real milk. I bet the chocolates are tasty! Dubai looks beautiful and it appears to be growing a lot! Thanks for sharing, very interesting!
- Producer05/01/2017ADULT SEES LIMITS: CHILD SEES LIMITLESSThere is something extraordinary about the way children view the world that adults could learn from them. Obviously children can learn from adults too. A child cannot understand what it is like to put food on the table, or how hard it must be...
Comments06/01/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis is a great buzz @Lyon Brave! I have to admit, I still get excited when we are heading to a new city and hotel. I still get childlike excitement when I see tons of beautiful lights at night. The waves coming onto shore still excite me. I've realized the older I get, it takes little to excite me. The sad part is the fact that many of us do lose the other innocent aspects of our childhood which affect us in ways we may not even be aware of. I must have been a naive kid because I thought it would be cool when I became an adult and not have to worry about Adults getting angry with each other. Some adults are worse than kids in that area. Most kids move on very quickly and forget as well. You wrote, "Adults want safety and security. Children want excitement and magic." I still want excitement and magic!
- 06/01/2017Making Gin! The owner took us back and gave a mini tour. Then we went back to our table an sipped on Moscow Mules with appetizers at CJ Spirits in Kane, Pennsylvania
- Producer05/01/2017Maxi Vibrations on a Mobile PhoneIt was Friday, the markets were dead so I thought I’d hop in a cab during lunch to my favourite jaunt and secure tickets for the night’s show. We’d seen Maxi Priest play at The Blue Note the year before. He was brill. I got there at...
- Producer05/01/2017A KICK ASS ARTIST NAMED LYON BRAVE Jessica Alba: I used to draw to pay my bills. I don't know why i stopped doing that. I was so much happier.This was one of my favorites. So much cooler in person. (SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION LOL)Really fast self...
Comments07/01/2017 #5 Roy DaggsThis shit kick ass for real. I dig your art girl, but fuck all this politic talk on your page, why don't you just focus on art and music. You black. We don't give a fuck about Donal trump. You know what niggers like. Make nigger things. That's my advice to you to stop being broke yo.05/01/2017 #1 Dean OwenForgive me but Holy Sheesh Kebabs you are good! And I am not being complimentary for compliments sake. Totally unique. If I saw that first painting in a gallery, I'd probably want to snap it up even if budget doesn't permit! Way more talented than Alexandra Nechita, and as unique as Jean-Michel Basquiat.
- Producer05/01/2017People & Stuff : A Late IntroductionIf you happen to stumble upon my profile on beBee you may read than I am fascinated by people and their stories, you may have also but most probably not noticed that I often pre-empt my shares with a people & stuff tag line as a form of...
Comments05/01/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 LOL @Ken Boddie my "Uncle" who's really too young to be my Uncle but I will happily accept that :)) Wouldn't it be interesting and fun to find out our French/Scot heritage might reveal some of us are distant relatives or at best, our grandparents knew each other ;) Uggh, I need emoticons! haha. I think we need a family reunion, I will bring the kidney pie!05/01/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#9 Easy to say coming from the queen who is consumed by guilt @Dean Owen but try to remind yourself there is a reason you are in Asia and keep enjoying that time. There may be a time when you are again living in the UK or maybe life will take you elsewhere. Enjoy the ride.05/01/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat to meet you @Pascal Derrien for the first or would this be the second time? Thank you for sharing your story which I'm sure is just a part of it. What we experience in life either make or break us. Your experiences both very tough, and good have made you a man of integrity, trust and honor. You seem to be a man who loves deeply. The song by Anathema speaks volumes. I don't live my life according to a strict schedule either. I sort of wing it daily with the exception of work eg, which we all can't avoid. Scheduling anything too far in advance causes me great anxiety for some reason. You are a blessing to so many!!05/01/2017 #22 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#20 That is a perfect response! So hard to recognize yourself when coalesced into a handful of words - although I feel like @Gert Scholtz captured you well. We have these infinities within us swirling and changing with each passing moment. We are like quantum particles - we can be pinpointed for a second, but then we are no longer that person a few moments later.
My confession is that once, in a corporate studio rental - i.e. basically one room, I went around and counted that I was in the process of reading 9 books. I probably have 12 buzzes open right now. And I don't even have to check - I am in the middle of 2 restroom books : one fiction about life and one about improving vision.
Here's to the adaptable @Pascal Derrien - living out as many lives simultaneously as practical without establishing a structure!05/01/2017 #16 Don 🐝 Kerr@Pascal Derrien "I have no plans for 2017 or major goals I don’t do that type of stuff, I go with the flow and it drives the people around me quite nuts but I know I have one or two professional’s decisions to make early in the year." Sounds like a good plan my friend!