- Producer21/10/2017Portrait(s) of Herb Ritts His break came on a long trip through California with a friend. The car they were travelling in had a puncture and they stopped at a garage to change the wheel. On a whim he asked his friend to pose for a photograph. It was Richard Gere and a year...
Comments22/10/2017 #10 Ken BoddieStunning portrait of a master of portraiture, Gert. I also prefer the late afternoon light, as it casts its soft shadows and fades slowly into darkness, weaving a spell of character across the human form. By contrast, the early morning light never seems to last for long enough and all too quickly bursts into the stark harshness of the working day, or is it that I just hate getting up early?21/10/2017 #4 Pascal DerrienI like written portraits and photographic portraits too, Liberation a French paper I used to buy at airports when I was travelling always had one at the back of its paper edition which meant I always started to read the last page first checking up on the photo shot and snippet of life of whoever they were covering. I reckon you would have made a great contributor @Gert Scholtz :-)21/10/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMaking the subject feel welcome to their own photo!! I despise posed photos, especially of myself. it's the unexpected, the life behind the photos that I like/enjoy. Get in front of too many photographers and they want you to pose, which reminds me that horrible trend of Vogue-ing! If they actually listened to Madonna's song then; "move to the music..."...capture life. Ritts apparently had the gift for that capture.
A wonderful post Gert. Not following photographers I did not know of Ritts, but this sampling of his work shows I missed out. The beauty of photography is the artists work lives on way past the artists.
- Producer20/10/2017A Fabulous Friday Funday!Why is it fabulous? Well, I live in the northeast part of the U.S., and it’s late October. Our normal temperatures are around 60 for this time of year, but we’ve been treated lately to temps nearing 80! And it’s Friday, the start of a weekend to end...
Comments21/10/2017 #14 Proma 🐝 NautiyalI loved them all, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! First of all, once I saw the skiing rabbit, I couldn't find the bird again (at least for some time). That followed by the double positives, the essay on peas, the grammar doctor badge, and finally the mommy cat who ran out of toner, made my day. Thank you so much for the lovely buzz!21/10/2017 #6 Ken BoddieKittens on the nipple,
Looking for their tipple?
Racoons taking fright,
When the light's too bright?
Bunnies on skis?
Come on, please!
By happy hippo folks?
And a language that kills?
Funny though they be,
They're all too tall for me.
So please don't think me trite,
When I say "yeah, right."
But, seriously, Susan,
I'm not cruisin' for a bruising',
Just don't know what I'd do,
On Fridays without you.
- Producer13/10/2017FRIDAY THE 13thAccording to superstition, today is supposed to be unlucky. In fact, the fear of Friday the 13th has a scientific name: paraskevidekatriaphobia. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which can be...
Comments15/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorFriday the 13th has always been a good day for me. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate in American shelters compared to cats that are other colors? I'm not superstitious but some people are and as your post indicates will not even venture outside.14/10/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 Very true and it refers to the Antichrist who many feel according to the bible will return at the end times (Apocalypse). Stories state the Antichrist will appear in human form and many will feel it will save the world, they will worship him (in his bodily form) he will perform miracles and continue to fool people until it's time for his final fight. I've read a few fictional books based on so called facts from the book of Revelations and I say 'so called,' because so many people interpret the bible differently but I must say, they were interesting. I've become more spiritual over the years so my beliefs may differ from others. Now if we all get coded with 666 or a tatoo on our heads I might defer back to the book lol.14/10/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris#7 Actually some people who have studied the particular book from the Bible have come to the conclusion that 666 was actually code for the beast of the apocalypse, which was a particular dictator who wreaked havoc when he was around. Perhaps if he knew that his prediction would be the cause of alarm, he might have avoided this numeric code altogether!14/10/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 GallagherInteresting info @Dominique 🐝 Petersen. I used to be afraid of Friday the 13th because everyone around me was. I don't even think about it now. Black cats, I grew up with a few, so they never caused me worry either. I think most of us have superstitions and I'd have to say mine can be related to past events and I try hard not to repeat certain things if a similar even occurs. Just like the number 666 is supposedly related to the devil (Satan or what ever people call it)... I think if I had to choose, that number freaks me out just a tad.
- Producer12/10/2017Hang In There, Baby And Other BullshitEvery so often I come across something that just riles me up. Although admittedly I am pretty easy to rile and let’s face it there so much bullshit out there that if I wanted to I could stay completely agitated 24/7.But what riles me the most in...
Comments13/10/2017 #17 Jerry Fletcher#11 JIm, Unhand that six gun! Tain't worth it. Only reason I responded that way was that I once teed off on a young lady similarly decked out. She took a break from her Barista job, bought me a coffee and splained it to me. She's still a friend and now a senior partner in an agency (one that gets results).13/10/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMany aspects of professional coaching deserve a well written rant, but now with the introduction of premier coaching certification, there is a whole new stream of coaching accreditation that deserves a new stratosphere of rants. I thought tennis was the kind of sport where one required a racquet but if I were to keep thinking that, I would be naively placed in this world as an inspirational coach. A girl with poster is the tip of the iceberg where even a thermo-nuclear rant makes finding new forms of icebreakers a greater necessity.12/10/2017 #10 Phil FriedmanGood to see, @Jim Murray, that someone is speaking out about the bizarre growth of the "coaching industry", in which people who cannot show even a lick of solid experience in a given field, sell coaching services to others who have more experience than they do. For example, I am of late seeing "leadership coaches" whose profiles and pronouncements fail to evidence having led even a Brownie troop, let alone a substantially sized company.Yet, there they are, advertising coaching services for "executives".
There used to be a saying, "If you can, do, and if you can't, teach." For obvious reasons, I was never much of a fan of that statement. But these days, especially on social media, if you morph that admonition just a bit, it makes all the sense in the world: "If you can, do, and if you can't ....well, coach instead."12/10/2017 #7 Pedro 🐝 CasanovaGreat post Jim...in Spain we say " al pan...pan...al vino...vino .." ( which means more or less...call the bread ..bread ..and the wine...wine...) Tell it ...how it is...
And man...you just nail it...thanks for a brain shakedown...we need that in current times...some more than others...12/10/2017 #5 Jerry FletcherJim, Meanwhile back in the real world.Think about this: One girl out of many that displays a different face to the world. One Girl purchasing a positive feedback device. One girl declaring herself. How many of the jocks and the debs would like to but lack the courage to come out?
- Producer07/10/2017Garage PartiesGARAGE PARTIES Back to the late seventies, early eighties, in the town where I grew up. Teen parties arranged for a Friday or Saturday night. We cleared the cars from the garage, placed chairs, installed a hi-fi (courtesy of the house), a few...
Comments07/10/2017 #3 Ken BoddieI was tripping round the Middle East in the late 70s, Gert, with regular visits back to London to permit me to don those big collars and flared trousers. Funny how fashion can appear to be flattering when its 'in' and a downright embarrassment to haunt us in old photos. 🤣
- Producer06/10/2017Friday Funday: Someone's in the kitchen with ... ?Every now and then, I find a theme for my Friday Funday posts, which have included the animal kingdom, wonderful puns, holiday times, and anything else that I can find that makes sense.Of course, sometimes I just compile a random assortment. And for...
Comments11/10/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#24 I agree, @Ken Boddie has his serious side which is enlightening and his fun side which always gives me the giggles. And I just saw your comment while I was typing this Ken, darn... you crack me up. Laughter really IS the best medicine. Did you miss your calling from becoming a comedian? Love Susan's Friday Fundays!07/10/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#20 #24 Since I'm unlikely to experience childbirth or have my nipples tickled, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, the next best generator of oxytocin is, I understand, laughter. We all need a 'giggle button' to push. I prescribe three times daily, before meals, plus a weekly dose of Friday Funday from @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess.06/10/2017 #14 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#10 Yeah, I have a friend who was a cook in a school for about 35 years, and this one is perfect for her. She no longer cooks from scratch; she heats up frozen stuff or she eats out. I have to tag her on it.
Thanks for your continued support and encouragement, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador!
- Producer01/10/2017Plastic Man Goes GreenI was the very model of a modern world suburbanite, Preoccupied with cleanliness, was well informed and erudite, My food all came in cling wrap, to be nice and fresh and watertight, And when I left the supermarket, plastic bags were my delight.I...
Comments07/10/2017 #9 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie . For starters I do love the wee willie wonker sleeping hat...suits you. I came to this realization a few years back when our girls left home for far flung places. We rattled around a house far too big for two. Three cars??? Four TVs ??? I mean?? So we gave away the furniture, sold the house and the two others that I dont even recall ever seeing. Came to Bali with a suitcase and lived a simpler life. However, I do look around and see a couple of TVs another house full of furniture. However, I do grow my own veggies, I walk everywhere or use the sepeda motor ( $2 a week on benzine!) and try to live a more sedentary lifestyle. We recycle and encourage our Balinese friends to do the same but its a bit of a losing battle. However, thank you for the fabulous rhyming couplets that make me think a little more. Cheers02/10/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorDelightful effort to send an important message @Ken Boddie. Plastic is one the main sources of pollution on our planet.
It does not break down, so if it’s not recycled it fills our landfills, threatens the longevity of our wildlife, and suffocates our oceans. Plastic is a problem and something that so many of us depend on in our daily lives.
You're right it's time to change and go green.02/10/2017 #4 Pascal DerrienInstilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie View moreInstilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie :-) Close
- Producer29/09/2017On SunsetEveryone has their favorite time of day. For me it is sunset. Here on the tip of Africa we are privileged to experience some of the most beautiful and varied. Sunset is the time when the rush and energy of the day fades into the space of night....
Comments30/09/2017 #18 Gert Scholtz#8 @David B. Grinberg Seems you like space of all kinds – space travel, outer space, and from on very high in your condo :) The sunset photo’s you posted here on beBee from your condo motivated me to write this one – thanks very much for stopping by and sharing David.30/09/2017 #11 Pascal DerrienWe are getting less of sun time around here with the new season coming to us no more mid week cycle spins with the club etc etc......hence I tend to maximize the day the best I can, I quite like running at night too so it a different experience. When I check the weather forecast I always smile when they mention the shiny buddy is getting ready to be all day busy :-)30/09/2017 #9 Ken BoddieSunset 🌅 ..... the experience and the metaphor. As you say, Gert, they all differ, but the real reward is when, more by chance than planning, we are in the right place at the right time to experience Mother Nature’s wow factor, as if she feels the need to occasionally remind us of her power and magnificent beauty.30/09/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergGert, you took the words right out of my mouth! I'm a super fan of sunsets 🌅 I try to observe them as much as possible from my high rise condo 20+ floors up. Very nice summation. You really captured the true essence of what makes sunsets so special. Bravo on this blogging buzz! 👏👏30/09/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorNothing is more beautiful than sunsets and sunrises, as well. The most stunning sunsets that I have witnessed was in Key West, Fl. The locals celebrate sunsets and the entertainment is well worth watching. Your photos are beautiful and I love the pic with the giraffes.30/09/2017 #6 Paul Walters@Gert Scholtz . Another beauty ( excuse the pun) When Mt Agung here does eventually decide to blow the one thing we ( and if the eruption is a big one) is spectacular. Constable and Turners wonderful sunset paintings of London and the surrounds were caused by the ash cloud from Krakatoa drifting across Europe. From disaster often comes beauty29/09/2017 #4 Gert Scholtz#2 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich "Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us." Beautiful words Deb! Thanks for reading and sharing.29/09/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichLife-affirming buzz, @Gert Scholtz. I have been fortunate enough to live in a place where I could do a visual meditation to the sunset right from my own apartment. I find it magical how we really cannot sense the decrease of light, only its results. Even the focal point of the sun disappearing below the horizon, to our naked eye, is imprecise. Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us.
I do so crave, though, a chance to have giraffes in one of my sunset photos. That would be an exquisite opportunity.
- Producer29/09/2017Another Weird and Wonderful Friday Funday!Welcome to the oddities that others continue to find for me to show you each Friday. If you’ve had a tough week, why not take a minute to just sit back and enjoy the pictures and a couple of links to other seriously odd and wonderful stuff!This...
- Producer30/09/2017“Whew, It’s Getting A Little Warm!” The Ups, And Downs Of Living On The Ring Of Fire.Its 8.00 am on a Friday morning here in Bali and, as usual, at this time of year the weather is picture perfect with not a cloud in the sky. A light breeze, soft as gossamer wafts across the terrace, taking the sting out of the morning heat. ...
Comments07/10/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Paul Walters, very powerful- I had tons of imagery running through my mind as I read this. I remember the Tsunami, for what ever reasons I was awake when the news first broke and I felt utter fear for everyone. I don't think I ever heard the final death count, wow... that was horrible. As for the earthquakes and Volcano's, it's true, never know when mother nature will decide to open up those gates again. It's sad how many perished from the Volcano too. I hope the Mountain stays quiet for years to come. I'm sure with all the hurricanes and devastation it must have made you think of what happened in Bali over a period of years. Keep enjoying the great weather and no volcano's or Tsunami's allowed!03/10/2017 #25 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Paul Walters, you amaze me with your ability to draw the perfect picture making me feel like I am enjoying the balmy breezes of Bali. I'm also amazed that we love to challenge Mom nature by erecting structures on sites that are subject to her bad moods.
Thank you for the sharing your story and keep us posted.01/10/2017 #23 Stephanie BrookesThanks for the history on volcanoes. GOOD TO read the full story. I too, will now retire pool side and wait for the water to rise in the pool and bounce out of the sides, then I will put on my N95 mask and await this ash cloud in Ubud, as we are 33 kms away (as the crow flies).
As of Oct 1 at 2.00pm - no eruption yet. The magma is moving, but as yet, no eruption. We are all prepared in Ubud with masks and safety glasses (eyes are affected by the ash cloud and tiny shard-like glass that carries in the wind).
Life is going on as normal, today in Bali.
www.travelwriter.ws01/10/2017 #20 David B. GrinbergThanks for the blogging buzz, Paul. I always enjoy reading and learning from you about the history, culture and related information regarding other countries. For example, I didn't know Indonesia has 17,000 islands! Wow, that's a lot. I wonder how many are actually inhabited? Moreover, like many people, I recall the devastating tsunami through graphic and gruesome TV footage. What a historic tragedy for so many people.
I really hope that the volcano you write about remains relatively inactive. However, the "Ring of Fire" is known to have so-called flare up more than other places on the planet. I tend to think that California is the next devastation zone for a major earthquake, as there hasn't been a really big one since the Northridge earthquake in 1994. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/26/earthquake-thermometer-shows-la-region-is-boiling-to-northridge-level-2/ And seismologists say the Golden State is overdue to another big one. San Francisco, for example, hasn't had a devastating quake in over 100 years http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/How-ready-will-Bay-Area-be-for-next-big-quake-12216401.php
Anyhow, please stay safe in your tropical paradise -- for which we are all envious!30/09/2017 #19 Donna WoodIt was good to be transported to the beautiful isle of Bali on this fine Saturday morning. Do take care, @Paul Walters. The world would be so less pleasant without you in it. If the Mountain should come for you, appease the sea that she will render you away until the Mountain seeks you no more. :D Hope your nap was as pleasant as your post! ;)30/09/2017 #17 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe same geological forces that have contributed to the beauty of Bali are the ones that create terrifying consequence. I am of the Richard Feynman persuasion where beliefs in the mercy of Gods not to destroy a temple is replaced by the wisdom of the temple builders who may have located it at a lesser risk location. Yet tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes follow their own wave or path, so the best way to combat natural forces is to design in resilience.
It is not right that people still hold onto ancient beliefs that may preclude them from investing in earthquake proofing construction or not build a major settlement within reach of pyroclastic flows. We know from volcanic history that a really severe eruption requires readiness to evacuate, as well as using sensor devices that improve predictability of disaster.
Nor do human beings pay attention to the behaviour and sensory intelligence of animals - because many animals begin to move away form impending tsuanmi's, it looks like that animal sense has a predictor capability that human beings have not yet figured out in terms of biomimicry. All said, Bali is a beautiful place and sometimes is human beliefs which may be a disabler of resilience building.30/09/2017 #12 Ken BoddieThe wife is currently in Central Java, Pak Paul, and so I've just planned to re-route her back to Oz via Jakarta, instead of Denpasar. This, of course, is in anticipation of a large Agunic ash cloud disrupting flights at some time in the not too distant future.
Tales of big bangs brings me back to my many encounters with eruptions and lava flows in days gone past, but one of the most interesting was when I was living in Cilacap in 1988 and Gunung Slamet erupted some 60km away (probably about the same distance as you are from Gunung Agung). I don't remember the tremors and the minor shakes so much as the several days of darkness and the silent grey snow-like showers of fine silt sized ash, which, it appears, is highly abrasive. It got everywhere (including many orifices where the sun doesn't shine) and those who were less fastidious, ignoring advice to change engine oil, etc, ended up with major vehicle breakdowns soon after things got back to semi-normal.
I trust you will be observing and recording proceedings from the safety of your hammock and that you will remember to cover up your gin and tonic against the intrusion of the pending grey silt. Perhaps you might consider indulging in that rare pursuit of volcahology (cocktails with a bang) which, of course, must be shaken and not stirred.30/09/2017 #10 Netta Virtanen@Paul Walters What a menacing volcano! It's terrible that people have to flee their homes and that they have to collect all their animals and try to move them to safer grounds. It must be so terrible, scary and such hard-work.
Keep us posted about that "giant mountain that wheezes, rumbles and belches like a bellicose politician, threatening to disgorge countless tons of lava and ash"30/09/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters On my visit to Bali years ago, I was struck by the calm and serenity of the land and the people. Your post, as always so well written, shows a different side to it. Nature has its ways of being calm yet forceful - and we don't know on a certain day which one it will be. Thanks for a very interesting read Paul.30/09/2017 #7 Joanne GardockiThank you for the virtual vacation, @Paul Walters. There is a lot of "something" rolling over in its sleep lately. May our mindfulness soothe and safely vent that which struggles. Our world is both fragile and hugely powerful; a study in duality. What an amazement to share thoughts with someone on the other side of the world. Again, thank you.
- 29/09/2017Today is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
Luckily I had my camera with me as the sun coming through the cafe window created a perfect picture!
- Producer22/09/2017It's the First Fall Friday Funday of 2017!Sigh. Wasn’t it just the first day of spring or summer? It’s so true that we need to cherish every day we’re given, because they move so quickly!And part of that cherishing, at least for humans, is the ability to laugh and enjoy the good things in...
Comments23/09/2017 #6 Ken BoddieThis time around, Susan, every single one of your gems has me in fits. As one, however, who loves to go tangent seeking and often lacks focus on the essentials, your perfect purr-rif-a roll vision "takes the biscuit", or should it be "is the bread winner"?
And then there's the ice cream and wine teaser, which goes to prove that, although "the best things in life are free", money sure buys a whole lot of compensation.
- Producer20/09/2017Starfish Enterprise[Warning! Warning! Some of you may find this a 'sluggish' read, while others may be titillated by the villain's 'ten-tickles'.]"Captain's log, stardate 47457.1. While on a mapping survey below the surface of the planet's ocean, exploring a natural...
Comments27/09/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#26 I always get envious when we hit winter and I know you, @Lance 🐝 Scoular and @Aleta Curry are enjoying the warm weather yet again. But, I'm sure you could say the same! I hate to admit this but our summer has been SO humid that we've not been able to enjoy the outdoors like we normally would- sort of looking forward to winter hibernation . Good thing for Central Air. However, I shall not complain after seeing what the people in Puerto Rico are experiencing. No air, heat index of 107 yesterday, running out of food, water and many w/out shelter. It brings tears to my eyes.23/09/2017 #24 Ken Boddie#23 May I suggest, @Aleta Curry that you visit @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess' Friday Fundays blogs, Aleta, such as the following:
These, plus a couple of happy pills, may cure your allergy to my dad jokes.
No guarantees provided, so .....
If you find the jokes ain't funny,
don't come chasing me for money!21/09/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 PrkicWhile was reading your nicely written post, I was looking at the large Triton Trumpet's shells in my glass case, full of shells all over the world (my husband is a malacologist).
Tritons also live in the Adriatic sea. We have some specimens of around 25 cm. They can grow up to 50 cm.
Introducing species to change ecosystem is always tricky and can have various effects. Maybe it's the right move to save the Great Barrier Reef. As you said, only time will tell.
- Producer09/09/2017“Holy Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat Hot Peppers!-This Year’s Harvest”I’ve been growing my own hot peppers for a few years now and usually yield enough that once dried last me through the winter until the following year’s crop. I always grow Habaneros, Scotch Bonnets, Ghost, and Jalapenos, last year I added Burning...
Comments11/09/2017 #27 Randall Burns#22 Oh Boy! @Wayne Yoshida, yup, even on the "mild side" the capsaicin oil is still strong, will stick to your skin and definitely agitate any "sensitive" areas. In the Caribbean we always had Aloe Vera plants around and that is something that will help soothe to a degree, but gloves are definitely the best approach.11/09/2017 #22 Wayne YoshidaExcellent timing on this, @Randall Burns -- a co-worker and I discussed peppers just last week, when I made some Armadillo Eggs with some mild Anaheim chilies and some salsa with some Hatch chile peppers. I thought they were on the mild side, so I didn't prep with gloves on. But then I had to use the bathroom. Arg.
I saved the seeds, I may plant some in my back yard.
Thanks for the tip on the taste test. I thought there was a rule for peppers -- if they are pointed, they are "hot" - if they are round, they are mild. But I find this is not the case.11/09/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 GallagherCarolina Reaper- "WTF, OMG call 9-1-1" I'd probably be dead before they arrived. I'm a green/red/yellow pepper kind of gal with a hint of Jalapeno on occasion. The Peter Pepper, well I bet that has many uses? ;-) I laughed when I saw that, never hear of or saw a Peter Pepper, I can see where they got their name ha ha. Nice garden @Randall Burns!09/09/2017 #15 Yolanda Ávila MárquezWow ....A really complete buzz.
I only use chili to make guacamole and very carefully!
I really do not tolerate the spicy taste but I like to add some white pepper to my meals when cooking.
By the way, autumn is the season of spicy taste (pungent) according to traditional Chinese medicine.
- Producer07/09/2017More Thursday Thoughts: How to Reverse the Curse of the AnnouncerI love sports. I love watching sports -- even some sports that some sports fans don't think are actually sports.I love watching pro football -- go Patriots! A 6th Super Bowl ring would be just awesome! And it all starts tonight, September 7, 2017!I...
Comments08/09/2017 #6 Peter AltschulerI am completely asportual. Athletic? Very. But a sports fan? Not in the least. If anyone ever suggests that I join them to "watch the game," I suggest that we go play that game, instead. Perhaps that's why I weigh 15 pounds less than when I graduated high school and they... don't.
For deadlines or emergencies or meeting times or anything like them, I take the same approach I use with sports -- an approach that a sports apparel company so beautifully summed up: just do it.08/09/2017 #5 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#1 @Paul Walters? You do know that old saying about being careful what you ask for, right? It's funny how two people with very different "tastes" can also be best friends and/or lovers, isn't it? But yeah, I do love watching sports (but not boxing, which I cannot call a sport).
- Producer07/09/2017Thursday Thought: How Dare You Call Us "Elderly"?We're Boomers. We're alive. We're thriving. We're not dead yet. We are NOT elderly.Recently, I have become aware of newscasters talking about those in accidents / house fires / holdups being labeled "elderly." At the ripe old age of maybe 70.ARE YOU...
Comments16/09/2017 #69 Lynda SpiegelOMG! I just had to share this and this post is the perfect place. Last weekend, my bike got stolen. I ride everywhere, including the 6.2 hilly miles in each direction to babysit my grandson, so the theft was not only very expensive, but disruptive. Filed a police report, and bought a new bike (grumble, grumble). Then yesterday, I got a call from a nice police officer who told me that she was a member of the precinct's Task Force for Crimes Against the Elderly.
"I'm elderly?" I asked. "I'm only 64."
"`Fraid so," she replied. "Even though you use a bike, not a walker."
So I provided the precinct a crime stat, but they didn't get me my bike back.08/09/2017 #66 Lisa Vanderburg#65 Me too....WTF with those storms and EARTHQUAKE too???????
Oh, so that's how you spell Muumuu; did wonder. My grandmother (Granny Grimm) used to have those fantastic cotton Barbados/African ones - can find them for love or money. She taught me how to hitch them up, climb over the fence and steal the neighbors bananas....such a peach!08/09/2017 #65 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#64 Over my dead body in terms of muumuus, @Lisa Vanderburg!
Now the shopping wheeled thingy I could understand . . . some day. Some day faaaaaaaaaar off, I hope!
And it's great news that your family is safe and is getting out of Dodge, as they say. I feel so sorry for the folks who have nowhere to go out of the area. Sure am praying for them.08/09/2017 #64 Lisa Vanderburg#59 Hey...while the world is shattering and my son, wife & baby are on the road to get out of Irma's way, you buzz came at just the right time...I'm eternally grateful for the laugh you inspired, lovely @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess View more#59 Hey...while the world is shattering and my son, wife & baby are on the road to get out of Irma's way, you buzz came at just the right time...I'm eternally grateful for the laugh you inspired, lovely @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!
I'm getting to the point where Mumu's are looking exciting, as is the shopping wheeled-thingie :) Close08/09/2017 #56 Proma 🐝 NautiyalLovely buzz @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! Such a beautiful take on the matter. I can't wait to share this with all those people, whom I know, who are barely 60 and keep saying "I am old" as a reply to invitations to go trekking or even when asked to sport a particular outfit. Upon the topic of reinventing yourself, I have heard things such as "We have lived our lives without this particular skill, and we can live the rest of it without learning it, too." So, you can imagine what a great favor you have done me by posting this buzz. Sharing it :-) Thank you for such a powerful buzz...it's extremely inspiring.08/09/2017 #55 Lisa VanderburgLMAO at all your lovely dudettes' banter, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!! Such a fun buzz! I remember the day came when I was shaving my armpits. After showering I went to put on deodorant and realized I'd 'missed'....my armpits have dropped....augh! And since I've been growing grey since 18, guess what else is? The horror....
I've decided in my dotage that 'm a Twinkie....at least I think that's what...dunno...can't remember...what?
- 04/09/2017HAPPY LABOUR DAY
In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday.Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? -Kenneth C. Davis View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-americans-and-canadians-celebrate-labor-day-kenneth-c-davis In the United States and Canada, the first...
- Producer01/09/2017Another Friday Funday: Random Bursts of LaughterIt's no laughing matter that it's September 1, right?I mean: WHO STOLE SUMMER?For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's more than a little sad to realize that the summer months have once again flown by -- even though we usually get great...
Comments03/09/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsLoving the psychic headline...though having a bit of arachnophobia I'm in total agreement with the shower thought!
As for the season; it's been a miserable summer in many ways but especially because it's been unbearably hot and humid, in which I do not function well. Doesn't help that I sit under an AC vent at work and wear a jacket all day. Being new to the company, people thought I was nuts until they had to come stand at my desk for 5 minutes. I'm celebrating the arrival of fall and cooler weather, but especially because in less than a month @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and I will be dancing on the beach in Nags Head! Whoopee!01/09/2017 #3 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBAYup these passwords drive me nuts. Same with case IDs. They seem like they were generated from Data on Star Trek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAUVUUhf7U0 View moreYup these passwords drive me nuts. Same with case IDs. They seem like they were generated from Data on Star Trek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAUVUUhf7U0 Drives me nuts. Close01/09/2017 #1 Cyndi wilkinsLove the one about the spiders;-) I am a huge spider advocate and I'm constantly scolding people when they try to kill them around my house, especially in the bedroom...If you miss your target when you throw that shoe, that damned thing will come hunting for you after dark! LOL
- Producer25/08/2017Another Foodie Friday Funday!Well, good morning, world! How are ya? Looking mighty fine to me -- at 5 a.m. here on the east coast of the U.S. I'm up so early I think I beat the sun . . . and I don't know why.But since I'm up, I might as well find some things to laugh about...
- Producer25/08/2017Pull It Sir Prize I come from way down south From a small town in a vast land English seldom came to mouth But this poem will make a stand Yew see, my spelling was not gr8 Eet lacked a certain fine fin S Good grammar came 2 late...
- Producer06/08/2017Bonding the free-wayIt started off as one of those perfect winter’s days in Africa. Following the early morning chill, it was warming up under a glorious blue sky. I picked up my ride to the airport. The traffic was unusually light for rush hour. I was travelling to...
Comments18/08/2017 #18 Sheena Brunzlik"...maintaining or re-claiming a resourceful mind state in the face of adversity." My new mantra...My Charlie always wants its say, gets dismayed when I ignore what it says So I've discovered that by being centred on value contribution is powerful enough to listen to Charlie and then nicely place it in it's box. Charlie's happy, it's being listened to. I'm ecstatic because I'm not doing battle with Charlie and my mind then has the freedom to re-claim peace and in this state, problem solving is a synch. Again Dr Ian, thank you!07/08/2017 #17 Ian Weinberg@Jerry Fletcher This was a most unusual scenario. We are racked with road rage and worse in these parts. For me it really was an affirmation that sitting just below the anxious-angry line are decent human beings that just want some personal gratification and to be able to get on with their lives. Thanks for the kind words Jerry.07/08/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 GallagherSo many times we all get stopped on busy highways or freeways for a long period of time never knowing what occurred. I'm glad it wasn't worse considering why you were stopped but also nice to hear how all of you kept your calm in unity. Thanks for sharing this story @Ian Weinberg and kudos to you for writing from the airport while in 'wait.'07/08/2017 #10 Tausif MundrawalaI was totally immersed in this fantastic buzz of yours the way I di in novels. Very few people in this world gives importance to getting connected and networking especially in the situation you were in. Sometimes we are caught offguard by the events which we don't have control over. Thanks for sharing this wonderful buzz with us,@Ian Weinberg07/08/2017 #7 Ian Weinberg#6 Bali definitely on the bucket list @Paul Walters I guess there's so much crime and violence here that when peace reigns, we're a little put out. May be of interest to you to visit the website of the ' BRC Ixopo' - recommended by CNN as being in the top 10 Buddhist Retreats worldwide. See its gallery. How's your ankle?07/08/2017 #6 Paul Walters@Ian Weinberg When you DO decide to visit Bali you will discover that road rage is unknown here. Traffic banks up and sometimes stops dead which for the Balinese is an excellent opportunity to have a 'chat' to anyone who wants to participate. Unlike SA we do not ( fortunately) have the wild west experiences here,,,which I guess is a blessing. A Buddhist retreat... how wonderful!07/08/2017 #4 Ken BoddieThought provoking as always, Ian. Bonding and cool heads on the freeway? Who'd have thunk it? I find it paradoxical how we can be so self centred sometimes about traffic induced hold ups, particularly when they are due to bad accidents, with hardly a thought for the poor souls directly involved. I'd like to think that the same spirit of cooperation would have prevailed in mid summer with vehicle occupants cooking in the sun, or am I being too cinical?
- Producer06/08/2017A TRIP TO THE FAIR (Photolog)Summertime in St. Thomas, Ontario—the Railway Capital of Canada—and here's what all the kids have been waiting for. We have a three-day fair every year called “The Iron Horse Festival”. Today, I'd like to take you on a little day trip. The...