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Cultures Around the World

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This hive is to share information about your country or culture. Share the history, holidays, celebrations, food, or anything that makes you proud of the region in which you live. Whether it's a tale of days gone by, photos of special places, or something important to you that you want others to know about the lives of your people.
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  1. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    06/12/2016
    I Can Read The Writing On The Wall. Searching for the best of Street Art.
    I Can Read The Writing On The Wall. Searching for the best of Street Art. Today I find myself in Jogjakarta in central Java; My quest? To ferret out some of the vibrant street art that this city is famous for. Most visitors to this, Indonesia’s cultural hub head straight for the attractions that ‘Jogja’ is famous...
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    Pamela L. Williams
    06/12/2016 #1 Pamela L. Williams
    One of my favorites Paul!! I love street art with a passion and in our city artists are given walls to paint. I'll need to take a tour and share the images here. Thanks!!!
  2. ProducerAndrew Porter

    Andrew Porter

    30/11/2016
    Possibly the best musical talent to come out of The Netherlands!
    Possibly the best musical talent to come out of The Netherlands!If I mentioned Golden earring and Shocking Blue would anyone know that these bands came out of The Netherlands? Well they did and were very successful more so golden earring who are still performing to this day, although with a very different line...
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    Andrew Porter
    30/11/2016 #8 Andrew Porter
    #7 @Gert Scholtz your welcome!
    Gert Scholtz
    30/11/2016 #7 Gert Scholtz
    #5 @Andrew Porter You put a "Smile" in my ear was a play on the song of Pussycat. Thanks for doing so!
    Andrew Porter
    30/11/2016 #6 Andrew Porter
    #3 It is amazing some of the bands we hear singing in english that we naturally assume they are either from the UK or US, there are many musically talented bands from many countries that we may be unaware of, and its a pretty good reason to highlight such bands in a buzz. Thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman for commenting.
    Andrew Porter
    30/11/2016 #5 Andrew Porter
    #2 @Gert Scholtz shouldn't that be smiling from ear to ear, glad I put a 'smile' on your face thanks Gert!
    Andrew Porter
    30/11/2016 #4 Andrew Porter
    #1 I've said it before Randy, there are bands who we have forgotten about or people are not aware of, Mississippi takes me back to the long hot record breaking summer of '76' and it seems a mystery how this band never achieved success out of Europe, yes they may not be to everyone's taste but they certainly came out with songs that had meaning...glad you liked and thanks for commenting!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    30/11/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Wow! Thank you for the memories. I love Shocking Blue and didn't realize these groups came from the Netherlands. Some great talent!!
    Gert Scholtz
    30/11/2016 #2 Gert Scholtz
    @Andrew Porter Don't I remember them. You have put a "Smile" in my ear - great article Andrew.
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #1 Randy Keho
    Love this stuff, Andrew. Being a Baby Boomer, I'd of course heard Golden Earring and Shocking Blue in the states. I recall hearing about Pussycat, but I never heard any recordings.
  3. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    26/11/2016
    I am currently in the deep South of China in Sanjiang, home to the Dong ethnic minority. Here is a taste of what I am seeing. Full buzz coming soon. Dean Owen
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    Javier beBee
    26/11/2016 #4 Javier beBee
    Amazing !
    Iyobosa Ero
    26/11/2016 #3 Iyobosa Ero
    That's awesome. As a traveller i love seeing and experiencing other cultures. Share as much pictures as you can...
    John White, MBA
    26/11/2016 #2 John White, MBA
    Amazing!
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Wow, can't wait to read your buzz!
  4. Lisa Gallagher

    Lisa Gallagher

    23/11/2016
    We may be separated by Countries but together, we are the world. ~Together, we can change the world~ Always think of the children, they deserve to live in peace, not fear. The children are our future.
    Ukrainian Orphans singing: Together We Can Change the World, Together We Can Change Ukraine.
    Ukrainian Orphans singing: Together We Can Change the World, Together We Can Change Ukraine. HART Europe, Ukraine,...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    23/11/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    #1 Thanks @debasish majumder, I want to see a brighter future that children don't fear for all children around the globe. A better future where children aren't starving, living on the streets, in the midst of wars and on the list goes. They are completely innocent and deserve nothing less than a future they can build upon!
    debasish majumder
    23/11/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    Great share madam @Lisa Gallagher! true empathy being reflected in your post. you are literally am ambassador to global peace and harmony.
  5. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    20/11/2016
    Riding The Trade Winds. The Delicate Art Of Flying A Kite In Bali.
    Riding The Trade Winds. The Delicate Art Of Flying A Kite In Bali.In early July in the tropics the trade winds arrive exactly on cue and blow steadily from east to west until the end of September. One day it is completely still and the next the breezes suddenly spring up; These winds are the prevailing...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #16 Lisa Gallagher
    What a site that would be to see @Paul Walters. The Balinese are so rich in cultural history and thanks to you, we are learning a lot about their culture, which I enjoy! The dragon and Horse Carriage, Wow, absolutely phenomenal! That is pure talent. It must be quite the sight to see first hand. Oh how I would love to visit Bali in July to see this among other things and meet you!
    Lisa Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #15 Lisa Gallagher
    #1 just found this @Paul Walters will be back later to read and comment. So sorry I missed it!!
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #14 Paul Walters
    #10 @Pamela L. Williams C'mon down to the tropics , would love to help you celebrate your birthday !
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Kevin Pashuk As one who hates cold waters I will restrict my aquatic endeavours to the tropics ! Thanks for stopping by
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/11/2016 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    What a great cultural story. In our times of globalization, these local festivals seem to keep the local culture alive. The kite festival sounds delightful. In my part of the world, an annual event is the 'polar bear dip', where intrepid bathers shed their parkas and plunge into the icy waters of the lake... While the lakes are so big they rarely freeze over, there is enough ice and snow to dodge ensure it's a memorable experience. http://www.polarbeardip.ca/index.php
    Pamela L. Williams
    23/11/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams
    I like the dragon with the long tail. El Nino was our kite flying winds on the west coast. My brothers were pretty good at air battles. Our community was surrounded by the desert so no trees (maybe a Joshua Tree cactus here or there) and no power lines. I liked just watching is soar, turning with each gust. Never failed though, one of my rotten brothers would send his kite straight at mine and take me down. Boys are mean! :-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    23/11/2016 #10 Pamela L. Williams
    Sounds like a great birthday trip for me. LOL! You're right Paul; definitely a Cultures of the World share!!!
    Dean Owen
    21/11/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    I had no idea it was such a big event! (But then I never go during peak season). I know kite fighting is big in Iran. I have a friend in Bali who is hugely into kite surfing which is also becoming a big thing.
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    @Pamela L. Williams One for your cultures of the world perhaps
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #7 Paul Walters
    #4 @Don Kerr Thanks Don. Sure I couldn't tempt you down this way?
    Paul Walters
    21/11/2016 #6 Paul Walters
    #5 @Randy Keho I live on the islands of the Gods so perhaps my sadistic soul is in safe hands. Now heres a suggestion, why not ship that Mustang over to me during your winter, I can take it far and wide instead of it sitting in a shed sheltering from the snow.! he roads here are not fabulous but it is a Ford is it not?

    As I said, c'mon down, bring the tall one as its always warm and the beer is cold!!!
    Randy Keho
    20/11/2016 #5 Randy Keho
    #1 You sadistic SOB. I wake up to read about kites flying in Bali in July as I prepare to store my Mustang convertible for the WINTER. Here in Chicago, It's deep into November, Paul. The leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Anyway, I'm off to church now. I'll say a prayer for your sadistic soul. lol
    Don Kerr
    20/11/2016 #4 Don Kerr
    @Paul Walters reading this on a cold day, harbinger of nastiness to come from our prevailing winds, and fantasizing about the kite festival. Put me in mind of Siena's Palio. Beautiful creations and your customary evocative writing. Thank you. Will share.
    Paul Walters
    20/11/2016 #3 Paul Walters
    #2 @Vincent Andrew Ah, a vicious kite flyer!!!
    Vincent Andrew
    20/11/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    Is that a flying chariot? Growing up we made kites to pass time and kids took kite flying seriously. Strings would be coated with glue and glass shards so that their kites could sever competing kites. The losing kite then becomes a trophy for anyone who was willing to run over a long distance to be the first to retrieve it. I don't see much kite flying now in Brunei but the Bali Kite Festival looks like a good place to enjoy the experience again.
  6. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    11/06/2016
    Licitars: Hearts Made Of Honey
    Licitars: Hearts Made Of Honey This is the post about a cake that is one of the most famous symbols of Croatia. Licitars are traditional cakes made of sweet honey dough, red glazed and decorated in bright colours. They are a part of Croatia's heritage and a traditional...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    23/11/2016 #44 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #43 I'm already a member of this hive. :)
    Giuseppe Torres
    23/11/2016 #43 Giuseppe Torres
    #42 You're welcome, @Lada Prkic! I thought it might interest people in the Cultures Around the World. (https://www.bebee.com/group/cultures-around-the-world), which I recommend you join too.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    23/11/2016 #42 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    @Giuseppe Torres, thank you for sharing my post with those who may have missed it the first time. 🙂
    Maja Vujovic
    11/07/2016 #41 Maja Vujovic
    #40 My pleasure, @Lada 🏡 Prkic! Thank you for creating such a charming post!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    11/07/2016 #40 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #39 Thanks for the heart-warming comment, dear @Maja Vujovic, and for sharing my post in the Bees' Best Works hive. It's my one and only jar of honey I made in June. This is why cookies are so sweet!!
    Maja Vujovic
    11/07/2016 #39 Maja Vujovic
    Algorithms are not nearly wise enough (yet!) to gauge warmth in conversation. If they were, this post would be promoted as sizzling hot on the heart-warming scale. Enjoy @Lada 🏡 Prkic's pick of the month for June, one and all!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    14/06/2016 #38 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #35 Thanks a lot, James. Similar cookies can be found throughout Europe, including Hungary, and every region has their own specific names. Croatian cookies have unique features and that is why the licitar craft is protected by UNESCO.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    14/06/2016 #37 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #34 Hi Fatima! The story about mirror is so romantic. I still often look in the mirror of licitar heart I received from my husband many years ago.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    14/06/2016 #36 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #33 Thanks, Juan, for having found the time to read and comment.
    James McElearney
    14/06/2016 #35 James McElearney
    I remember trying these as a kid, we were all given one as a gift from one of our Au-pairs at the time, Although, if I remember correctly I think she was Hungarian, not Croatian. Great little story and a lovely insight into Croatian culture. Loved the beautiful pictures as well Thanks @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Fatima Williams
    14/06/2016 #34 Fatima Williams
    A lovely way to express love and I love the idea of the mirror in the middle of the Licitar Heart and the story behind it all.
    Croatia on the bucket list now :) Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Juan Imaz
    14/06/2016 #33 Juan Imaz
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/06/2016 #32 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #30 I am so glad that you like my story @Lisa Gallagher. There are strong sentiments about the licitars in Croatia and people who are keeper of that heritage. Above all, they are sweet expressions of affection.
    Pamela L. Williams
    12/06/2016 #31 Pamela L. Williams
    #20 Only because you discussed wasting food and Lada replied that these cakes last a long time. Honest, no other meanings implied and if you push I claim the 5th amendment under the U.S. constitution; the right to shut up and no incriminate myself!!!!
    Lisa Gallagher
    12/06/2016 #30 Lisa Gallagher
    Such beauty and history along with sentiment with the Licitars @Lada 🏡 Prkic. The costumes are beautiful too! What a timeless and precious gift to receive! Thank you for sharing a piece of Croatian history! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe, I'm hungry now :)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/06/2016 #29 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Thank you for your shares @Nick Mlatchkov.
    Louise Smith
    12/06/2016 #28 Louise Smith
    #26 Yes that connection is priceless isn't it!
    Louise Smith
    12/06/2016 #27 Louise Smith
    #23 or retweet?
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/06/2016 #26 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #21 Me too, Louise, I use many recipes that my mother learnt from her mother. I love this feeling of closeness with something that is being done in the past and in the same way by my grandmother and generations of women before her.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    12/06/2016 #25 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #19 I'm glad you like the story William. I love folktales like this. Thanks for reading.
  7. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    20/11/2016
    The Great China Roadtrip
    The Great China RoadtripThe Plan A team of six people, three guys and three gals, will leave Shanghai on 31st March for a one month roadtrip covering around 10,000km. Lead Car: 2010 Mazda MX5 Support Car: A well worn Toyota Landcruiser ...
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    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    23/11/2016 #45 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #41 Yes, Sri Lanka would be fun too! Always wanted to visit there. Yes will tag you in my upcoming post. Did you check my last post?
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #44 Dean Owen
    #40 Much appreciate your kind comment @debasish majumder. Hope you get a chance to visit China. You'd always be welcome in Shanghai.
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #43 Dean Owen
    #38 lol, had thought about breaking it up but kind of wanted to see how a looong form buzz would do, and was happy for readers just to scroll through the photos. Didn't expect people to read it all but am blown away that many have. India has to be done! Perhaps in 2018. With you and @Sushmita, we already have half the team!
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #42 Dean Owen
    #37 That we share @Carolyn Leigh. Well I have a special place in my heart for Asia. Would love to hear about your encounter with the Middle Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Dean Owen
    23/11/2016 #41 Dean Owen
    #36 You are on! Top to bottom (and perhaps onward through Sri Lanka! 😉) Looking forward to seeing your blog. Do tag me if I don't appear. I'm on the road now with sporadic connectivity.
    debasish majumder
    22/11/2016 #40 debasish majumder
    what an amazing post @Dean Owen! i vicariously enjoy the beauty and bounty being offered by the nature and the number of countries you so vividly depict, as if i am experiencing the vicinity of the concern land by myself. here lies your exquisite quality to render your post so eloquently, as if the readers are attached immensely by your renditions as if their own experience. kudos to your excellent expression. thank you very much for such wonderful share.
    Lisa Gallagher
    22/11/2016 #39 Lisa Gallagher
    #33 Best of travels to you @Dean Owen! Will be awaiting your next series :))
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    22/11/2016 #38 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Whoa there Dean! That's the Great Wall O China of blogs right there! And am on a crawl! A saga. An epic adventure by any means. A rolling travelogue in pics and words. There! Am outta words now. Gotta come back to it a couple more times though. (After thought: Couldn't you have broken it into a four part series mate ;) ?) So when's that Indian road trip happenin? Am with you on the Southern leg of it...Hyderabad and further South to the subcontinental tip...giddyip giddyip!
    Carolyn Leigh
    22/11/2016 #37 Carolyn Leigh
    Amazing! I have a special place in my heart for China. Thanks for sharing your adventures and photos!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    22/11/2016 #36 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #35 @Dean Owen I have been on quite few trips yet and one by one in coming time will definitely share them with you all. Also count me in when you visit India for the trip...😉 What say?
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #35 Dean Owen
    #31 beBee states that it was a 35 minute read, so I am truly honored that you took the time to read it @Sushmita Thakare Jain. It is another dream of mine to do an Indian roadtrip one day. I remember you saying you did one. Must have been fabulous!
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #34 Dean Owen
    #30 That is travel bee @Amour Setter, and I expect that was her R8 after she sold everything to travel the world. Not seen her on beBee recently. I think she is busy in her new job. Anyway, I know you have had the same issue and @Federico Álvarez San Martín is working on it.
    Dean Owen
    22/11/2016 #33 Dean Owen
    #29 It read just fine Lisa. I'm deep South of China right now exploring some more, this time using the incredible fast train network. Not as much fun, but fun is fun and a flower is a flower. Pretty bad internet where I am so won't be on much this week, but will report back with coverage in the coming weeks.
    Javier beBee
    22/11/2016 #32 Javier beBee
    #19 @Dean Owen very cool !!!!! There is no limit for producing long stories !! thanks !!! :-)
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    22/11/2016 #31 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    @Dean Owen I opened your post and when encountered the post was such a long read thought of just scanning through it and reading later, but man this travel adventure couldn't let me go! I am so glad you shared this it's an amazing adventure which teleported me your images are lovely and thank you for not making the post short it would have lost its beauty. Sharing your adventure ahead dear 😊 . Keep exploring and buzzing ✌
    Paul Walters
    22/11/2016 #30 Paul Walters
    #26 @Dean Owen Thanks, That woman appears in several of my posts when shared to FB or Linked in. I initially thought sh worked for beBEE and drove an Audi
    Lisa Gallagher
    22/11/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher
    #16 I deleted my second comment, it didn't read as I wanted. It was supposed to read, this is what's great about Social Media beBee in particular... we get to see the real world through the lens of others and their stories. We get to know people from around the globe thanks to all the interaction we have on beBee!
    Sarah Elkins
    22/11/2016 #28 Sarah Elkins
    I loved the entire adventure, @Dean Owen; and my favorite quote was right near the beginning (maybe because I have a similar relationship with my sibs): "I am looking forward to seeing the culture shock and to testing his appetite for unusual gastronomic delights." Perfect.
    Don Kerr
    21/11/2016 #27 Don Kerr
    Gotta admit I thought Donkey Dumplings were gonna be similar to what we call cow pies! Great storytelling @Dean Owen
    Dean Owen
    21/11/2016 #26 Dean Owen
    #25 Oh, one more thing Paul-sensei. I am having technical difficulties sharing your blogs to the Cafe beBee Facebook page. A picture from a different article appears on the post each time (that picture of Amour Setter and the Audi R8). The beBee team are working on it.
  8. Chas Wyatt

    Chas Wyatt

    20/11/2016
    To ALL of my followers, introducing my new hive, "Echo of the Spheres", (Attn; @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @Sara Jacobovici, @Sushmita Thakare Jain)~
    Rokia Traore - Sabali
    Rokia Traore - Sabali Rokia Traores song Sabali, along with a beautiful slideshow of africa and its...
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    Pamela L. Williams
    27/11/2016 #10 Pamela L. Williams
    I need to find the videos I did at the International Folk Music festival and post here Chas. The diversity of the music both surprised and thrilled me.
    Irene Hackett
    27/11/2016 #9 Anonymous
    This is a beautiful video, both visually and musically - thank you for this.
    Irene Hackett
    27/11/2016 #8 Anonymous
    I too am excited about your new hive @Chas Wyatt!
    Chas Wyatt
    21/11/2016 #7 Chas Wyatt
    Thank you everyone for your feedback and shares- I am very enthused about this new hive.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/11/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    "...There's music in all things, if men had ears:
    Their earth is but an echo of the spheres."
    ~Lord Byron
    @Chas Wyatt started a new hive.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/11/2016 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    Thanks for the tag @Chas Wyatt. Very happy to join the hive. Love the Byron quote and already appreciate your first selection and the discussion that has evolved. This excerpt from a Kirkus Review describes why I think THE WORLD IN SIX SONGS by Daniel Levitin is a must read: “Music played a key role in making societies and civilizations possible. So argues research scientist Levitin (Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise/McGill University; This Is Your Brain on Music, 2006, etc.), who believes that music and the human brain co-evolved. What distinguishes us from all other species, he declares, is not language or use of tools, but the impulse toward artistic expression. The auditory art of music became part of our brain's wiring tens of thousands of years ago, and human nature has been shaped by six broad categories of songs, by which Levitin means music of all kinds. Devoting a chapter to each category-friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love-the author speculates about its origins and how it influenced the human spirit over thousands of generations. Levitin sees songs as efficient systems for preserving tribal histories, transmitting essential how-to information from generation to generation and communicating spiritual feelings and deep emotions.”
    Deb Helfrich
    20/11/2016 #4 Deb Helfrich
    I think this is a great idea, @Chas Wyatt. I have to admit that I get stuck listening to the same stuff repeatedly, so very eager to follow along on a journey to many musical cultures.

    This first piece is magnificent.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    20/11/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for tagging me @Chas Wyatt. I noted and joined your new hive. Music creates and shapes culture and vice versa. Music is like a form of identification. It says a lot about who we are. Thank you for the lovely slideshow share.
    Chas Wyatt
    20/11/2016 #2 Chas Wyatt
    #1 @CityVP Manjit, thank you for commenting and sharing this buzz. I have a long 'playlist' already. More to come ;-)
    CityVP Manjit
    20/11/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    One of the peculiarities about residing in an age with an abundance of media is that we do not usually listen to music that someone has not given some context or meaning to. We are more readily to listen to Salif Keita because it visually captured a scene in the movie about Mohammad Ali in "When We Were Kings" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rulsk1tWk and still not know who Salif Kaita was or is. With or without context the appreciation I have for music is commensurate to the talent that produced it and in this case the context is enhanced with a nicely crafted slideshow of africa and it's people.
  9. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    Politics, Conspiracies and Pathological Liars
    Politics, Conspiracies and Pathological LiarsAlas!  How goes this world so heavily burdened and every moment it discloses her chronicles, with the sketches and summaries of evil and the themes and text of greater spoil.Collapse of currencies, rising repression, towering turmoil, spiraling...
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    Nick Mlatchkov
    21/11/2016 #11 Anonymous
    And with Turkey changing its course to the east together with China & Russia, there's a chance for the EU to consolidate & abandon Globalization as well ...
    Nick Mlatchkov
    21/11/2016 #10 Anonymous
    #8 With Trump at the top globalization's over!
    Nick Mlatchkov
    21/11/2016 #9 Anonymous
    #4 The answer is the silent majority becoming active!
    it'll never happen.
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/11/2016 #8 Harvey Lloyd
    The outcome of folks wanting a better life through government is at the heart of this truth. Centralizing finance and distribution of money will always be corrupt. All politicians start with good intentions, but the system is too large, success comes at a price. A piece of your soul is given to achieve the smallest goal. Given years of each cycle giving up a part of the soul, the government becomes the stumbling block of the people.

    But the dependencies exist. Education, infrastructure and order all depend on government.

    This relationship of people and government always evolves in this direction. Rome, Persians and Aztec all started with a collective mentality and ended in a disenfranchised populace. This history shows us we are at a crossroads. We will either implode from within and reset or take the next step towards a society that is not based on wealth and fame.

    Your truth speaks strongly as to where we are, @Mohammed A. Jawad. The question for the masses of the world is where will it go. For me, governments can't help the community. They can provide opportunities through infrastructure for a community to grow and thrive. In the end, the local community should have self-guidance in most areas. This flies in the face of globalization, however, the health of the community is at question, not profits or consumerism.

    The next hundred years will tell the tale. Globalization that spiraled into darkness or communities taking care of their own.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/11/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #3 @Franci Eugenia Hoffman I am happy to know that my post ranks simply true as truth. Thanks.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/11/2016 #6 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #2 Yes Kevin, we humans (common people) resemble herds of sheep, with innocent, bewilderment and helplessness. For us, celestial Grace is oftentimes timely succor!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/11/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @Pamela L. Williams Thanks so much. Your endorsement with a single word carries more gravity!
    Kevin Baker
    20/11/2016 #4 Kevin Baker
    Awesome article. I could not agree more that it is doom to perceive this world as one Nation. Our politics of society are the snake that eats itself. The answer is the silent majority becoming active
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    20/11/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Bravo! Well-written and thought-provoking piece.
    Kevin Baker
    20/11/2016 #2 Kevin Baker
    Posturing and procuring sheepism
    Pamela L. Williams
    20/11/2016 #1 Pamela L. Williams
    Truth
  10. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    19/11/2016
    Bias is only practised by ignorant people, right?
    Bias is only practised by ignorant people, right?I am the least biased person I know!  I am non-discriminatory, fair, pure of thought and heart, and well balanced in my judgements - BULLSH_T !!!!! My apparent puritanical misconception was last week, when I was much happier with myself, still...
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    Ken Boddie
    04/12/2016 #41 Ken Boddie
    #40 Surprise was the prevalent reaction with most of my peers also, Claire. Goes to show that we don't necessarily know ourselves as well as we think we might, and that our subconscious biases may be deeper ingrained into our behaviour than anticipated. You might say we need to know the symptoms before we can concoct a cure! 🤔
    Claire Cardwell 🐝
    04/12/2016 #40 Claire Cardwell 🐝
    I've just taken the test @Ken Boddie and I have a strong preference for darker toned people! It was a bit of an eye opener I thought I would be more neutral.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #39 Ken Boddie
    #38 Awareness of our subconscious biases is certainly essential, Kev, if we are to benefit from diversity in the workforce. The IAT is certainly an essential tool in this respect and is not by any means a Character assessment tool. But with this knowledge comes the challenge of constantly reminding ourselves and bringing on board the tools and aids to look at the world of diversity. The lenses we wear don't always have to be convergent.
    Kevin Pashuk
    20/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the tag Ken... This is an area where I tend to have some opinions... but I'll spare you. In my work I've been subjected to almost any personality profiling tool that is/was out there. All of them basically certify me as nuts... oh, wait, that was the test where I asked my wife if she thought I was 'normal'.

    On the subject of bias... we all look at life through lenses, but they don't have to control us (i.e. allow us to excuse our behaviour). Being aware of how we are wired is usually a good step toward doing something about the shoddy areas.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #37 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #20 That's a lot of TV to watch Dean ;) Parents, Peers, Protests broadcast on TV, Religious wars that are always on, Bad music messaging, Books we read, Advertising...all play their parts I guess. But the fact is Bias is integral to the way most perceive people and things around them. Until Education or Experience teaches them otherwise.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #36 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #34 Yikes... gotta carry a spare pair from now on!! ;)
    CityVP Manjit
    20/11/2016 #35 CityVP Manjit
    #19 That is what learning is - a very long ladder in a snakes and ladder board of a life-time of experiences. Soul searching arises when reality throws up a dish we didn't think we would be served. I do think that it is the sheer weight of recent shifts of the populous that have shaken up people who had embraced 21st Century living, only to realize that evolution is operating from the century people are still living in, rather than the chronological century.

    The value of soul searching is an essential transition in our own growth and it is absolutely healthy - so long as we keep our own focus on the health. Soul searching is best an opening up of our lives and not a withdrawal back. How that expresses itself in my own life is that I have to step out of what I think am in, rather than get deeper into the weeds of my own introspection that effect my inner biology.

    It is the flow of our inner life - the cortisol, adrelanin, dopamine and serotonin reactions within us that are linked to our own mindfulness - never mind the inner psychological. What is happening to us is what is happening to the world - and that is why I welcome this conversation on bias, and later today will follow up on the link @Dean Owen provided on prejudice.

    I am here to change the one thing that I know I can change in this world, which is me. I call this my learning journey but I also view the learning journey of others of people who I don't want to actually change, but simply appreciate. Our bodies are whole systems and bias is simply a small line item in the challenge of "know thyself". When I reframe meaning that way I begin to see wisdom.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #34 Ken Boddie
    #33 I have 'eau de papa' in my sights, Praveen. 🔫
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #33 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #28 ''Shed'' is too big a word yes...''deal with'' is the word I used...''rationalise'' is another word...takes a bit of ego-bashing i guess...and some strong perfume too! ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #32 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 LOL...yeah! You da Sniper Mon!
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #31 Ken Boddie
    #30 Yep, Lisa, most of us on the workshop got a bit stressed out with the first one, but familiarity breeds contempt as 'they' say. Try the age test and the gender one, and have a ball next time. Always an excuse to have a glass of wine first,🍷then you can claim to have been pissed if the results are too damning. 😁
    Lisa Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #30 Lisa Gallagher
    I just took the skin test.. data suggests I have a slight affinity to light skinned people over dark skinned. Interesting. My heart was beating because timed tests stress me out LOL
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #26 Well, Lisa .....
    If you'd really "like to know",
    Take the tests, have a go!
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #25 Not sure, Praveen, if all bias can be so easily 'shed', or else we would be able to apply a one-off cure, rather than having to instil practical programmes to address bias on an ongoing basis. Not unlike bad dad jokes, I suggest that our biases inevitably hang around like a bad smell, demanding regular application of perfume to neutralise the atmosphere. 👃🌸
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #27 Ken Boddie
    #23 #12 Thanks for the reminder, Praveen, and sorry for my mis-interpretation, Manjit. It appears that I may have developed a prejudicial bias against receiving complements, due almost entirely, no doubt, to the less than subtle bombardment of dad jokes frequently directed my way by masters of wit and sarcasm such as yourself, Praveen, and @Kevin Pashuk. Although I must admit that these "slings and arrows" are usually received in retaliation for my initial sniper shots. 😂
    Lisa Gallagher
    20/11/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    Very interesting @Ken Boddie. I bet we all have subconscious biases we aren't aware of. Some things are hidden deep within because of past experiences and as @Dean Owen mentioned, even TV. If I have biases I'm not aware of, I'd like to know! My ultimate goal (well one of my goals) is to get to know more people across the globe and vice versa.. I'd like them to get to know me, the human behind a label we all get, "White, black, American, Australian," and on the list goes.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #25 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    A Bias is an inevitable block we face at many points in our life dear Ken! Racial, gender, caste, culture, political, professional, economic...it is a divide in the mind! I guess one of the many struggles in life involves dealing with and demystifying these biases that crop up at key moments in life. A refinement of perspective is nothing but the shedding away of biases I feel.
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2016 #24 Ken Boddie
    #22 Thank you for sharing your student marking experience, Vincent. We discussed some similar examples in our workshop, from which I have concluded that it is very difficult for most of us to detach ourselves from our prejudices without guidance. Incidentally, perhaps we are so enticed by television programmes such as The Voice (with its Blind Auditions) because prejudice and bias (certainly associated with age and race) are removed from the initial selection process.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    20/11/2016 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #3 I think Manjit paid you a compliment there actually Grampa Ken! ;)
    Vincent Andrew
    20/11/2016 #22 Vincent Andrew
    I did a small 'marking' experiment this year. I decided to ask my students to type out their essays using the same conventions in terms of font, size, alignment, and even the same colour of paper used BUT to leave out their names. When they handed their papers in, I asked that they submit not to me directly but to leave on the desk in the classroom while I stood a distance away. When I started reading their work, I had no idea (and I mean I had absolutely no idea) who wrote what. I tried to attribute a particular style of writing to a particular student but I thought I was just speculating and that would not be helpful. So I went for the content, the quality of the writing and with the help of a rubric went about the task. What I found surprised me. The top three students in the class in their term examinations were no where near the top in that particular assignment. The top in the assignment were students who achieved Cs in their exams. That got me thinking. Was I biased in my marking? Did the top three take the assignment seriously? Consistently in marking is so important these days and what the small experiment demonstrated to me was the importance of detaching myself from the student who wrote it and to focus on the merits of the writing. Not easy!
  11. Pamela L. Williams
    This morning I awoke to a nightmare because what I feared the most has occurred. The people have spoken and their message is a nation built on anger, prejudice, hate, and greed. Our "land of opportunity' has become that and only that as Humanity and our Planet took a backseat to Wall Street and money. You got your reality star; may you live well in the reality you've created and I can only hope our nation survives the damage that ensues. The country I love, the values upon which it was built disappeared into history last night. Pamela L. Williams
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    Ben Pinto
    10/11/2016 #9 Ben Pinto
    Pamela, that is like the ad I saw:
    Only used once parachute, like new, never opened, best offer accepted.
    Brian McKenzie
    10/11/2016 #8 Brian McKenzie
    Oddly, though not surprisingly, all the reciepts for pay offs and sell outs belong to Hillary. And Wikileaks promised 4 more big dumps to further bury her and hers. I am hungry in anticipation.
    Pamela L. Williams
    09/11/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams
    #5Getting it and actually caring is different. My prediction is he will destroy what is left of the middle class and there will be the Trump 'thems' and everybody else. We will become an oligarchy dictatorship. All those 'left out' will have many others to join them. The real 'haves' just got a free ticket to paradise. There is a reason he got out of paying his fair share of taxes. This country doesn't run for free so who else will pick up the tab?
    Richard Buse
    09/11/2016 #5 Richard Buse
    @Pamela L. Williams There was a lot of anger and fear, a lot of people who felt they’d been left behind by the economic recovery, a lot of people who felt they were being ignored by the major political parties. Donald Trump got that. I think folks like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren got it, too, but they weren’t on the November ballot. Donald Trump strikes me as being a scary figure, but he somehow became a champion for those who felt the system wasn’t working for them. I have no idea what happens next.
    Irene Hackett
    09/11/2016 #4 Anonymous
    Remember, we had a President once, that actually resigned! We've been in trouble before. The pendulum always swings. In the meantime, we have the freedom to stand for what's right and be the change we want to see.
    Chas Wyatt
    09/11/2016 #3 Chas Wyatt
    We survived eight years of Dubya; we will see how incompetent and ignorant the Don really is. Hopefully he won't push the button thinking its room service. Looks like Alec Baldwin has another 4 year run on Saturday Night Live.
    Harvey Lloyd
    09/11/2016 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    I woke this morning in a country where voting changed our government, not guns. I also woke to the same divisions that have been propagated by the media. America is not a republic divided by race, creed or color but rather a nation who wants/needs to progress and grow.

    Our country has been kidnapped by media and the politicians, as a citizens lets not be in a nightmare but reclaim what belongs to the people. Regardless of who is President.
    Zack Thorn
    09/11/2016 #1 Zack Thorn
    Too late Pamela. Evidently what we thought were held most dear, have already been sold for a song and a dance. RIP Merica.
  12. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    06/11/2016
    Hvar, Croatia, is known as the island of sun but also the island of lavender. Lavender fields are different than fields of Provence with its regimented rows. Massive tufts of lavender grow up to 1.5 meters in height in apparently random fields between stone walls and massive piles of cleared limestone.
    Three major fires in the last two decades have been almost completely destroyed the Hvar lavender plantations. Thanks to the persistent growers, Hvar still exudes the scent of lavender.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2016 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #8 Glad to know that John. Where in Croatia? Unfortunately the weather is not nice. It was warm and sunny until a few days ago.
    John White, MBA
    06/11/2016 #8 John White, MBA
    Hi Lada, my mom and her best friend are in Croatia right now.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2016 #7 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    @Claire Cardwell 🐝, thanks for the share. I saw pictures of lavender fields in South Africa too.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2016 #6 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #2 A beautiful place indeed. I almost smell the aroma. :) Pamela, thanks for the share.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    06/11/2016 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 My wardrobes and clothes drawers are full of lavender sachets. They are wonderful reminder of the summer. Walking through the lavender fields and pick your own bouquet, as on this picture, is a unique experience. Thanks Irene. :)
    Ben Pinto
    06/11/2016 #4 Ben Pinto
    #2 @Pamela L. Williams, withstanding beetle infestations I prefer Strawberry Fields Forever., but this share is magnificent!
    José Ramón López
    06/11/2016 #3 José Ramón López
    Nice picture and nice lilies!! :-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    06/11/2016 #2 Pamela L. Williams
    I love lavender fields in any form but these random 'tufts' make them seem a part of the natural landscape. Thanks for sharing Lada. Beautiful!
    Irene Hackett
    06/11/2016 #1 Anonymous
    Stunning purple! I have a bag of lavendar I use to create gifts (saches) and they are always loved by the recipients! A pleasure to the plant in its natural state!
  13. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    05/11/2016
    Corndog: Hotdog on a stick dipped in cornbread batter and deep fried...mmmm.
    5 American Things British People Don't Understand - Tea 'n' Toast 11
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  14. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    30/10/2016
    Wait, what? Archie Bunker and Fred Sandford were originally British! Mind. Blown.
    TV Shows America Stole From Britain - Anglophenia Ep 19
    TV Shows America Stole From Britain - Anglophenia Ep 19 Your favorite classic American TV shows were originally British? Siobhan Thompson looks at the many series we've pilfered from the folks across the Pond....
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    Alexa Steele
    30/10/2016 #2 Alexa Steele
    #1 Well, if we're talking British actors now, can I just say, I can't believe how well Andrew Lincoln pulls off a Georgia accent...
    Deb Helfrich
    30/10/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich
    Don't get me started. I cannot believe we are attempting BroadChurch. Next thing we know Luther....

    Anyway even though The Wire is all David Simon, it is hard to count all the British actors....since I was speaking of Idris Elba.
  15. ProducerEstefania Duran Ordoñez
    A call from MOTHER NATURE, to us.
    A call from MOTHER NATURE, to us.Lately, we have been getting many warnings from mother nature, but yet,not everyone listen.Some cities and places in South America, North America, Asia, etc have been getting many natural disasters or some natural changes in their floor. Many...
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    Pamela L. Williams
    29/10/2016 #3 Pamela L. Williams
    How beautiful your country is Estefania! Thank you for sharing with us but also for bringing attention to the warnings that mother earth is giving us. We can't survive without her and yet we seem to do all we can to destroy her.
    Dean Owen
    20/05/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    Well said Estefania Duran Ordoñez, and some great pictures. We are all guilty. I personally have chosen my battle, and that is to ban foods that contain palm oil from my kitchen. I find is incredible that many people deny climate change. Maybe our skepticism stems from all the fuss that was made over the hole in the Ozone layer decades ago.
  16. ProducerJavier beBee

    Javier beBee

    02/10/2016
    Spain & Tourism
    Spain & Tourism By 2015 Spain was the third most visited country in the world, recording 68.1 million tourists which marked the third consecutive year of record-beating numbers.If you consider population and size of the top three most visited countries (France, US...
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    CityVP Manjit
    30/10/2016 #54 CityVP Manjit
    The furthest south I went in Europe was Southern France, Spain is way too much a beautiful country for me not to visit at least once in my own lifetime.
    Pamela L. Williams
    29/10/2016 #53 Pamela L. Williams
    Well now I know why my oldest and dearest friend is retiring in Spain! I'm going to have to squeeze myself into her suitcase and fly with the baggage! Thank you for the tour Javier! Sharing in my Cultures of the World hive
    Lisa Gallagher
    13/10/2016 #52 Lisa Gallagher
    I want to visit Seville! My son and husband went to the Canary Islands, over to Tenerife and golfed. On the way back they had a layover in Scotland and my husbands luggage was lost. We never got re-imbursed and they never found it. They had fun though and wow- the photos were astounding. After seeing this again, Wow- so many beautiful places to visit in Spain @Javier beBee, I think I would need 3 weeks to take all that I'd want to see :))
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/10/2016 #51 Aurorasa Sima
    #50 Yes, yes with Rioja (: I like how you think, @Mamen Delgado
    Mamen Delgado
    08/10/2016 #50 Mamen Delgado
    #43 😂 😂 @Aurorasa Sima, my favorite dessert is Manchego with half a cup of red wine. I know your feeling... 😉
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/10/2016 #47 Lisa Gallagher
    #46 Each day I become even more excited when I log on @Javier beBee, I didn't know that would be possible!! I'm going up to a friend's home in the next week to do a live buzz of her horse farm (it's very large) and she has an acre of blueberries she grows we are going to video too. It's beautiful where she lives and it's only 15 minutes from me but about 6 miles up the hill, the Alleghenies are at her backdoor!
    Javier beBee
    08/10/2016 #46 Javier beBee
    #44 @Lisa Gallagher beautiful words ! Let's dream big together!
    Javier beBee
    08/10/2016 #45 Javier beBee
    #43 thanks @Aurorasa Sima, you are welcome !
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/10/2016 #44 Lisa Gallagher
    #42 These are exciting times @Javier beBee!! Many of us share in your dream and one day soon it will become reality. It's evident by the growth we all see daily!!
    Aurorasa Sima
    07/10/2016 #43 Aurorasa Sima
    On the first look (and having been there about 20 times) Spain has it all: Beautiful country, Manchego, nice sounding language, great weather, Manchego, stunning ladies and the guys have the good of "macho" without being players, Manchego, awesome food.
    Javier beBee
    07/10/2016 #42 Javier beBee
    #41 @Lisa Gallagher I try to sleep and I use to rest, this is an important part of our lifes, but beBee is a BIG DREAM :) ... beBee will go on working for you ! We want to get the best platform ;)
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/10/2016 #41 Lisa Gallagher
    #38 Thanks, you too @Javier beBee? Ps: More time, do you sleep 😜?
    Javier beBee
    07/10/2016 #40 Javier beBee
    #39 @Henri Galvão yes, Andalucía is amazing!
    Henri Galvão
    07/10/2016 #39 Henri Galvão
    This is wonderful. Spain is the country I'd most like to explore (specially Andalusia). I was fortunate to spend a few hours in Málaga and Tenerife, but I still have a lot to learn about these places.
    Javier beBee
    07/10/2016 #38 Javier beBee
    #37 @Lisa Gallagher, my goal is you to expend more time on the platform :-) have a great day !!!
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/10/2016 #37 Lisa Gallagher
    This is so detailed, it should be in a travel magazine @Javier beBee!
    Declev Reynier Dib Ferreira
    04/10/2016 #36 Declev Reynier Dib Ferreira
    #32 Destas, eu conheço Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Madri. Ainda falta muito pra mim, na Espanha... rs Gostei muito de Barcelona, onde já fui duas vezes, e Salamanca. Salamanca é uma grandiosidade! Gosto muito.
    Andrew Porter
    03/10/2016 #35 Andrew Porter
    This is a wonderful insightful buzz about Spain its cities and what they and this country have to offer tourists who are planning to visit, well presented @Javier beBee
    pedro santos
    03/10/2016 #34 pedro santos
    ES UN HONOR MUY GRANDE PARA MI,
    Rose Spot
    03/10/2016 #33 Rose Spot
    I forgot to say that even if spanish people tell you they don't, most of them speaks english which is really helpful for tourists...
  17. ProducerJavier beBee

    Javier beBee

    29/10/2016
    Spain is out of time / España está desfasada
    Spain is out of time / España está desfasadaEnglish and Spanish below. En inglés y en español abajo.Marathon working days; late lunches and dinners compared to the rest of Europe; less time for personal life, rest and recreation; family-work imbalances... these longstanding aspects of Spanish...
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    Ali Anani
    02/12/2016 #37 Ali Anani
    One of the most outstanding qualities of Spain is producing minds like yours @Javier beBee and @Juan Imaz and the dedicated team of beBee. Not to forget your lovely olive oil. Have a great weekend.
    Froilán Pérez
    31/10/2016 #36 Froilán Pérez
    Una de las propuestas de C's. A ver si metiendo caña, el gobierno del PP acepta someterla a votación.
    Jose de las Casas
    31/10/2016 #35 Jose de las Casas
    Una imagen dice más que mil palabras! A que esperamos?
    Javier beBee
    31/10/2016 #34 Javier beBee
    #30 @Ken Boddie you are right. Only a change of time do not solve the issues :-)
    Ben Pinto
    31/10/2016 #33 Ben Pinto
    Fantastic image of Western Europe.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    31/10/2016 #32 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    The next time around, instead of waiting foe the political bigwigs to do something about it (which they may not really be inclined to do for whatever reasons - policy or pressure from lobbies), the people should vote only for those who promise to do it ;)
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    31/10/2016 #31 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Is Spain ready for some dramatic change to bring in more liveliness, enjoyment and recreation?
    Ken Boddie
    31/10/2016 #30 Ken Boddie
    You may be correct in theory, Javier, about 'solar time', but I was merely responding to your 'boost productivity' and 'work rhythm' argument.
    Javier beBee
    30/10/2016 #29 Javier beBee
    #28 @Ken Boddie Spain is the only european country don't have the right corresponding time to the solar time. It is a question of doing things right from the beginning. It is simple ! Without talking about if it is good or not for business....
    Ken Boddie
    30/10/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    Not sure, Javier, that a wind-back of the clock will necessarily result in the changes you are wishing for. I have worked in many countries and under many time zones and have been subjected to 'daylight savings' (moving the clock forward in summer and backward in winter), or not, as the case may be at the time. People get used to having to rise in time for getting to work, whether that means waking before daylight or after, and similarly get used to going home while it is still daylight or in the dark. For indoor workers I believe it has little impact, since most work in false light and many work without windows nearby. The main affect appears to be on farmers who have to work to the sun-oriented clock of their animals, assuming they are in a paddock and not in an indoor batch arrangement.

    I believe that one of the main impacts on production is when your time zone differs by one or two hours from another region, country or state, when there is reliance on lengthy daily interaction between your base and the other time zone location. But when there is an extreme difference in time zones between interacting locations (say 12 hours), then work can be passed between locations and virtually kept rolling forward on a 24 hour basis, i.e. when one location finishes work, the other starts, thus resulting in double the efficiency over a period of weeks and months.

    Efficiency depends primarily upon doing the optimum amount of work within the hours available and in practicing good task and time management. After all, how much interaction, on a daily basis, do Spanish businesses have with companies in Portugal, UK and Ireland, compared to Germany?
    Javier beBee
    30/10/2016 #27 Javier beBee
    #24 @Paul Walters , haha I am like you. I don' t mind what time it is. The problem is that society obliges the times... at least they should be right with solar time.
    Lisa Gallagher
    30/10/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    Interesting @Javier beBee, I had no idea about the time zone in Spain and it's history. I agree, it's time for change. The sun plays a large role on how we conduct our days. I hope your politicians are finally listening!
    Cèlia Hil
    30/10/2016 #25 Cèlia Hil
    Curiosos datos ;-)
    Paul Walters
    30/10/2016 #24 Paul Walters
    @Javier beBee Is it just me ? I never know what time it is.
    Jorge Carballo Pérez
    29/10/2016 #23 Jorge Carballo Pérez
    Interesantísima información, lo mismo que el tema del cambio horario, dónde está comprobado que el ahorro energético es prácticamente nulo, por no decir nulo. Y la consecuencias que nos trae, sobre todo a niños y personas mayores son muy nefastos.
    Irene Hackett
    29/10/2016 #22 Anonymous
    #21 Thank you so much @Javier for the link - I shall most certainly check it out! I am happy your answer to my question is "yes'!
    Javier beBee
    29/10/2016 #21 Javier beBee
    #12 @Irene Hackett yes. Spanish culture is very rich. Have a look at this , probably you will enjoy it :) https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/spain-tourism
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #20 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Yes, that is one of the most bizarre decisions ever made by a national leader. Look on the bright side, Javier.

    What if Franco aligned Spanish clocks with Japan?!!

    I am not one to mess with another country's decisions. I even stayed out of the "Man who Wears Dead Squirrel on Head" vs "Evil Devil Lady" discussions. No one can possibly be as bad or as good as their followers and detractors say. I'll leave it to the American people to decide.

    This time zone thing is overdue for change
    David B. Grinberg
    29/10/2016 #19 David B. Grinberg
    Interesting points, Javier. Coincidentally, we're approaching the end of Daylight Saving Time in the USA -- and elsewhere worldwide. But that's for another blog post (coming soon by yours truly). Buzzing onward and upward...
    Jena Ball
    29/10/2016 #18 Jena Ball
    Have to say Javier, this is how most Americans live too :-) I attribute it to our workaholic natures rather than the clock, but....:-)
  18. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    28/10/2016
    There's a whole series of these delightful "Irish people try..." videos on YouTube. In honor of the upcoming holiday I thought I'd share this one. My favorite line: "It tastes like gum disease."
    Irish People Try American Halloween Snacks
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    Alexa Steele
    28/10/2016 #1 Alexa Steele
    @James O'Connell, this one's for you :)
  19. ProducerSushmita Thakare Jain
    Light up your home, it's time to celebrate!
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    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    29/10/2016 #6 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #5 Thanks @Ken Boddie, loving Celebrating with you all guys!!!
    Ken Boddie
    29/10/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    I wish you and your family a happy Diwali, Sushmita. Thanks for opening a window on your celebrations.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    28/10/2016 #4 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #2 That's funny @City VP Manjit, right now even after reading your comment my reaction was 'Are you kidding me' ;-) I hope you get what I mean.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    28/10/2016 #3 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #1 Thanks dear @Dean Owen it's so sweet of you! It totally makes sense :-)
    CityVP Manjit
    28/10/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit
    Having seen this buzz appear in my timeline, I turned to my wife and asked "When is Diwali?" She lifted head away from scrolling on her cell-phone and gently said "Sunday". That is the incredible power of Facebook right there and then, with a smart-phone in her hands she did not fully focus on what I had asked her, in her fully attentive state she would have said "Are you kidding me!".
    Dean Owen
    28/10/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Fabulous buzz @Sushmita Thakare Jain. Roshan ho deepak sara jag jagmagaye, Liye sath Sita maiyya ko Ram jee hain aaye!
    Har shahar yu lage mano Ayodhya ho Aao, har dwar har gali har mod pe hum deep jalaye!! (I hope that makes sense?)
  20. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    24/10/2016
    I made a short video of my Sunday afternoon stroll around my new neighbourhood. As some of you know, I recently moved from new Shanghai to old Shanghai, and I'm glad I did. Spot the frogs and the pigmaker, great street food, and a buzzing vibe.
    Nanxiang Old Street
    Nanxiang Old Street Dean Owen explores Nanxiang Old Street in...
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    Dean Owen
    27/10/2016 #44 Dean Owen
    #42 I would say then that it is 20%/60%/20% with the other 20% being a photogenic location. Thanks @CityVP Manjit, I hope in some way I lead others to explore video as a medium despite my amateurish effort. Nothing captures the essence of a location as much as video.
    Dean Owen
    27/10/2016 #43 Dean Owen
    #39 #40 #41 Much appreciate the kind replies and you taking the time to watch. I wasn't convinced there was much audience for video but I gather that is changing. You are all welcome to drop me a buzz if ever you visit. I'd be honoured to take you to some special places here.
    CityVP Manjit
    27/10/2016 #42 CityVP Manjit
    #33 My compliments are 20% technology, but 80% what technology cannot do, which is how one frames a shot, how one see's the story and details of a shot and that requires the eye of an artist. Film-makers and great photographers are artists. The creative flair is not because Apple make a great iMovie app, it is because it is in you. Even if I were to edit a video like this, no matter how good the software is, my timing and transitions would still be amateurish. What you have produced speaks to an excellent storyboard and content selection, and the ability to capture people and places in ways that make me wish I had that same talent.
    Sarah Elkins
    26/10/2016 #41 Sarah Elkins
    So awesome! I want to be there!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    26/10/2016 #40 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Thank you @Dean Owen to introduce me to Shanghai! Have been always fascinated by different cultures around the world and would love to visit some day. Also I love to explore food as well.
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/10/2016 #39 Sara Jacobovici
    Great "mouth watering" video @Dean Owen. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read the comments but I can imagine your video has produced a nice buzz. Wishing you all the best in your new home and neighbourhood!
    Irene Hackett
    26/10/2016 #38 Anonymous
    #34 Thank you @Dean Owen - I most certainly will! And thanks for the link with more stunning images that left me dreaming of a future visit.
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #37 Lisa Gallagher
    #36 I use a Chrome Book and some of what you mentioned may be available, or something similar. I will have to check! I do have something on my Chrome Book to edit video's but I've never used it. I will have to play with it. Thanks Dean!
    Dean Owen
    26/10/2016 #36 Dean Owen
    #35 I don't think so. But there are so many video editing software apps available. If using Windows, perhaps download Movie Maker, Wondershare Filmora, VirtualDub, Wax, Avidemux, Blender, Lightworks, Movica, Adobe Premiere Elements.
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #35 Lisa Gallagher
    #33 @Dean Owen is Imovie only available for IOS?
    Dean Owen
    26/10/2016 #34 Dean Owen
    #31 Let me know if you do manage a trip to China. It is a fascinatingly diverse country. The beauty though is outside the cities.
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom
    Dean Owen
    26/10/2016 #33 Dean Owen
    #29 Thanks @CityVP Manjit. It's really quite easy. All photos and footage taken and edited on an iPad. Creating the movie took about two hours using iMovie, but I am now familiar with iMovies, I can probably do it in one hour next time. The downside is looking like a fool taking photos and video with my huge iPad pro, but I'd probably look just as geekish using my Sony video cam. The upside is of course that everything, from photo/video taking, to editing, to posting on beBee was done on a single device using just one finger. Wish I could say I am creative, but the genius is Apple!
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #32 Lisa Gallagher
    #22 Look forward to more @Dean Owen! Its wonderful seeing parts of the world I've never visited from people who I've gotten to know and live in places some of us dream of visiting one day!
    Irene Hackett
    26/10/2016 #31 Anonymous
    @Dean Owen - This just convinces me that when I get the opportunity to travel one day, China will be my first choice! I know this sounds sheltered, but when my husband & I watched the panorama movie of China at Disney's Epcot for the 1st time, we simply fell in love with it's beauty. I love how you put this together, showing us the streets and the people, the market and it all looks wonderful!! Very creatively done - nice little music touch also. Can't wait to see more :-)
    Laurent Boscherini
    26/10/2016 #30 Anonymous
    Thank you Dean for sharing your beautiful video as an amazing invitation to dream about the flavor and colors of this part of Shanghai so unknown.
    CityVP Manjit
    26/10/2016 #29 CityVP Manjit
    I am blown away with the quality and detail of the video and the exquisite shots. Love the way you have combined still-frame with live action, and the quality of the video recording is film-like and highly professional. I would love to read about your video-making and what goes into such exceptional workmanship time wise and in terms of craft.
    Pamela L. Williams
    26/10/2016 #28 Pamela L. Williams
    #14 Well I'll bring my own. I am soy sauce addict. :-) But I like black vinegar too!
    Loribeth Pierson
    25/10/2016 #27 Loribeth Pierson
    Wow thanks Dean, that was a beautiful tour of your new neighborhood. I tried frog when I was a flight attendant many years back and it tasted like chicken!
    Dean Owen
    25/10/2016 #26 Dean Owen
    #25 it's pretty cool. If you've never been to China, I'd recommend it. So much to see: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom View more
    #25 it's pretty cool. If you've never been to China, I'd recommend it. So much to see: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-middle-kingdom

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/in-the-kingdom-of-women Close
    Paul Kearley 🐝
    25/10/2016 #25 Paul Kearley 🐝
    WOW Dean, what a culturally stunning beautiful place to be! Jealous.
  21. Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Throwback! The Festival of Lights just around the corner! Lamp's are Lighting & Bulbs are glowing what are you doing? Sushmita Thakare Jain
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    24/10/2016 #6 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #5 Thank you @Tausif Mundrawala! Best wishes for you too :-)
    Tausif Mundrawala
    24/10/2016 #5 Tausif Mundrawala
    I wish all my fellow Indians Happy Diwali.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    24/10/2016 #4 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #2 Same here @Praveen Raj Gullepalli 😊
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    24/10/2016 #3 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #1 Thanks @Dean Owen 😀 it's festival mood let's share the fun!!! 😊 & hope you have a fabulous Diwali too
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    24/10/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Eagerly waiting to light a batti or two, thank you! :)
    Dean Owen
    24/10/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    How fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful Diwali @Sushmita Thakare Jain
  22. ProducerSushmita Thakare Jain
    My Love - Mumbai the City of Dreams!
    My Love - Mumbai the City of Dreams!Mumbai a magical city, many call it the 'City of Dreams' and hence throughout the year an influx of people is seen here. People from all over the country come to Mumbai with mainly one dream: to make it big, likewise we who are born and...
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    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    26/11/2016 #18 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #17 Lovely @Paul Walters glad to know it's your all time favorite! Any plans to visit ;-)
    Paul Walters
    26/11/2016 #17 Paul Walters
    @shushmita Thanks . One of my all time favourite cities !!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #16 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #15 Thanks @debasish majumder for sharing your views! Glad you liked it!
    debasish majumder
    21/10/2016 #15 debasish majumder
    nicely depicted about Mumbai. enjoyed read. thank you for the share @Sushmita Thakare Jain.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #14 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #10 Thanks @Laurent Boscherini for the wishes dear and glad you liked the post loved the way you expressed it 😀
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #13 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #9 It's good to know @Lada 🏡 Prkic would love to know about your Hometown, looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing your views appreciate it.
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #11 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #7 Thanks @Lisa Gallagher for stopping by and sharing your views. Glad you liked it!
    Laurent Boscherini
    21/10/2016 #10 Anonymous
    Thank you Sushmita Thakare Jain for sharing your beautiful post so colorful as perfumed. Happy Diwali !
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    21/10/2016 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    The fascinating history of your magical city, Sushmita. You inspired me to write about my hometown Split in Croatia and its more than 2000 years long history.
    Lisa Gallagher
    21/10/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher
    Mumbai sounds like a great place! The ariel view is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your history and information about your beautiful Mumbai! @Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #6 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #4 @Aurorasa Sima thank you for sharing your views. Glad you like the post. ☺️
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #5 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #1 @Dean Owen it's sad one decision from the BSE and you could not come here, if do visit in future will love to help you detour the City. There is more than this to the City and will be sharing with you guys further!
    And thanks for the wishes dear!
    Wishing you Happy Diwali too!
    Aurorasa Sima
    21/10/2016 #4 Aurorasa Sima
    Thank you for introducing us to your city and allowing us to learn about it.
    Dean Owen
    21/10/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    Oh, and Happy Diwali @Sushmita Thakare Jain!
    Dean Owen
    21/10/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    A fascinating history. Thanks for this tour of the city. It is indeed an incredible place unlike anywhere I have ever been. A few years back I begged to be posted to Mumbai when a position opened up. Almost happened, but an overnight decision by the Bombay Stock Exchange forced the company I worked for to rethink our India strategy. One day perhaps...
  23. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    21/10/2016
    The Bushmen of Southern Africa
    The Bushmen of Southern Africa/ /? // ! . These are but a few variants of the clicking sounds of the Bushmen language. Sounds that on hearing it in song are as softly charming as these forgotten peoples of southern Africa. If you sat beside their camp now, you would hear...
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    Andrew Porter
    23/10/2016 #22 Andrew Porter
    #19 @Gert Scholtz thanks for the link, what can I say...except I did find it more than just interesting, and as you say a very intriguing theory on human evolution, thanks Gert!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #21 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #17 That's the beauty @Gert Scholtz it's fun to connect with you all and learn as well as share via writing!!! ✌️😀✌️
    Irene Hackett
    21/10/2016 #20 Anonymous
    Oh yes, that's an iconic memory in my mind as well dear @Gert Scholtz. I wonder how many people have been touched by that image?
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #19 Gert Scholtz
    #14 @Andrew Porter The "Out of Africa" theory on human evolution is indeed intriguing. Related to this theme - here is a post I wrote earlier this year which you may find interesting: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/the-cradle-of-humankind Thank you Andrew.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #18 Gert Scholtz
    #15 @Irene Hackett Many years ago there was an anti-littering campaign in which an American Indian had a tear running down his cheek - or at least that is how I remember it. Somehow that picture has stayed in my mind. Thanks Irene.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #17 Gert Scholtz
    #13 @Sushmita Thakare Jain Thank you Sushmita - and through your post I learn more about Mumbai!
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #16 Gert Scholtz
    #12 @Ken Boddie The Gods Must be Crazy did place Bushman on the international map - so to speak. Quite sad that apparently Xi, who played the role in the film, had a difficult time adapting back to his family. Thanks Ken.
    Irene Hackett
    21/10/2016 #15 Anonymous
    I enjoyed this very much @Gert Scholtz. It reminds me of the once vibrant culture of the Native American Indian. Something quite profound emanates from within these people and their close connection to nature and natural living. So much we can learn from observing their response to life and the world around them.
    Andrew Porter
    21/10/2016 #14 Andrew Porter
    @Gert Scholtz a really good informative post about the Bushmen of South Africa, I found it a most enjoyable read thanks Gert, and it actually fell in line with a new documentary that I started watching last night called 'The Incredible Human Journey' which is about the earliest human life on the planet, and how human life spread out of Africa to inhabit other parts of the world, such as Europe and Eurasia, it even showed the cave at Pinnacle Point where early human bones had been found!
    In fact according to this bbc documentary there are parts of everyone's DNA that can be traced back to the earliest human life in Africa some many many thousands of years ago, certainly an interesting programme!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    21/10/2016 #13 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Thank you @Gert Scholtz for introducing us to the bushmen of Southern Africa it's always fascinating and interesting to know about different cultures around the globe.
    Ken Boddie
    21/10/2016 #12 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the education, Gert, on another of this world's aboriginal people and their fast disappearing culture. I would guess that many of us have heard of the Bushmen through the popular movie "The Gods Must be Crazy" but your well illustrated buzz takes us well beyond the coke bottle falling from the sky and Xi's trip to the 'edge of the world'. Interesting how their stories, explaining how the universe around them came to be, seem to be a common solution to man's common questions. The traditional custodians of the land here in Oz also have a range of explanatory stories dating back to a time generically referred as the 'Dream Time', and obviously well before we 'white fellas' came to stuff things up.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #11 Gert Scholtz
    #7 @VDS Brink Thank you VDS. A quote from a Bushman of today: "No more do we Bushmen hunt in these hills. The fire is cold. Our songs are quiet. But listen carefully. You will hear us in the water. Look carefully. You will see us in the rock."
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #10 Gert Scholtz
    #8 @Pascal Derrien 🐝 They are amazing artists: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2014/08/28/the-incredible-history-of-bushman-rock-art-in-southern-africa-revealed1
    Thank you Pascal
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    21/10/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    I have not realized they were artists too, I did not get time to explore that particular part of the country's history when I was in SA a while back now :-)
    VDS Brink
    21/10/2016 #7 VDS Brink
    " / /? // !, " This is just brilliant Gert! What can we do for them and so much to learn from them and their history. Where I grew up in the North Western Cape their descendants were all around, Sadly every bit of the culture long lost. Our little town and its people are beautifully described in a new blog: https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/erfenisrap/ and https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/klein-insidente-groot-impak/
    Dean Owen
    21/10/2016 #6 Dean Owen
    I hope the soothing clicking sounds of the Khoisan languages survives although I have never heard it first hand. Let's hope the coke bottle does not mark the sign of the end of the remarkable Bushman. That would be most sad.
    "When it grows dark she throws up a handful of white ash. This becomes the stars of the Milky-way that guide the hunters home." this is so poetic.
    Deb Helfrich
    21/10/2016 #5 Deb Helfrich
    I think we most certainly can learn a great deal from their fairness and playful exuberance. In any way we can get back to a less aseptic, driven, and combative lifestyle we will gain joy in being alive and most likely commensurate gains in health and well being. Tremendous buzz, @Gert Scholtz
    CityVP Manjit
    21/10/2016 #4 CityVP Manjit
    Whether it is bushmen in Africa, or native peoples of America or the aboriginal people of Australia - for sure there is so much that they understand about the immediacy of existence, that we can all learn so much from. We can also learn to appreciate their storytelling, rather than condemn their poetic observation of the universe.
    Milos Djukic
    21/10/2016 #3 Anonymous
    Thank you @Gert Scholtz.
    Paul Walters
    21/10/2016 #2 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz Love these 'little''people and their complex language. Nice piece , thank you
  24. Jena Ball

    Jena Ball

    18/10/2016
    THIS!
    @Don Kerr @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @Phil Friedman @Lisa Gallagher @Matt Sweetwood @Mamen Delgado @Donna-Luisa Eversley
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    Harvey Lloyd
    21/10/2016 #15 Harvey Lloyd
    #13 Glandular MBA. I brought a Adam computer in early 90's developed software to keep records of my estimates and bids to retain consistency in my contracting business. I actually got busy and made money so i borrowed my Sister's first year college accounting book and read up on accounting and reporting. Business got slow and we didn't have work so i studied marketing online, with folks who were successful, copied others. Marketing made me understand that you really have to talk to people in a way that you hear them so Roger Dawson and Steven Covey became a doctrine of communications, along with reading extensively about Myers-Briggs. In other words when the need arose the resources became valuable and i learned them.

    No i probably couldn't pass many tests. But i passed the one i needed. Great Family, two daughters and 6 grandchildren. All thriving and bringing me joy. They to are successful.

    I wouldn't trade my self guided tour of knowledge for anything. But my wife and laugh that our education in small business was more expensive than a Harvard MBA.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    21/10/2016 #14 Laura Mikolaitis
    #7 That's so sad @Pamela L. Williams. It makes you wonder if there are some who are just devoid of emotion - or are they so tuned out that they don't even recognize when others are having a difficult time? I'm all for kindness and we definitely need more kindness in our world. It really does start with us.

    @Jena Ball this is a great photo. And the second time it has come across my radar today on more than one platform.
    Jena Ball
    21/10/2016 #13 Jena Ball
    #11 We have much to discuss and share Harvey. I am not an educator in the traditional sense, but spend a fair amount of time visiting schools. Would love to know about your granular MBA. As an entrepreneur myself I know how much can be learned outside the walls of schools. To be continued...
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/10/2016 #12 Harvey Lloyd
    #10 @Brian McKenzie, kindness does show up with an agenda. I don't think i have ever experienced without it. I don't like some of the agendas. But do have the free will to accept or reject that kindness.

    The only way that kindness can find the trigger is if i give it the gun.
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/10/2016 #11 Harvey Lloyd
    #8 @Jena Bell i share both your apathy and your profession. For these reasons all of my grandchildren are home schooled.

    When we talk of thriving in our world the definition has been altered by educations deep obsession of knowledge. It no longer means peace and joy or the success seen in creation of relationships that serve. Information is king, data sets, likes and personal brands are all part of thriving now.

    My sister who acquired her PHD had to start a blog and website as part of her curriculum. I found this interesting. But will leave it alone in this context.

    I am a little bias in this area, not only do i work in education but i have none myself. I found many kind people along my journey of small business that shared their stories and wisdom of success. Through these i got a very granular MBA. More importantly i learned that success is based on wisdom that was formed from knowledge and when it is shared in that context learning is exponential.
    Brian McKenzie
    21/10/2016 #10 Brian McKenzie
    I have lost count the number of times 'kindess' has appeared wrapped around a cudgel. It is the gateway manipulation to the lies of 'love', the last cigarette before they put on the blindfold and pull the trigger.
    Jena Ball
    21/10/2016 #9 Jena Ball
    #7 This IS terribly sad Pamela, but I am not surprised. According to neuroscience, the capacity for empathy and kindness is like our inborn ability to learn languages. In order to develop and strengthen children need to be immersed in and have regular opportunities to practice those abilities within a community. How many our us grow up in that kind of community? I shudder to think what those poor kids in Syria are experiencing emotionally.

    Thanks for sharing your story and telling us about your grandfather Pamela. I hope you won't change. Your heart shines in everything you write.
    Jena Ball
    21/10/2016 #8 Jena Ball
    #5 Because this is an area I work in day in and day out, I KNOW firsthand what happens. Our education system treats children like cars on an assembly line. Everyone is supposed to learn the same thing, the same way on the same schedule. Then they are quality tested at the end. In other words, they are compared to one another - thereby learning that they are in competition with one another and should be afraid to make mistakes.

    Even worse is the face that social emotional learning is all but ignored in schools. This despite the fact that neuroscinece has definitively proven that emotions have a direct, physiological impact on our ability to learn. Children are born naturally kind and empathic, but we literally educate it out of them.

    This is tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that by the time most students leave school they are out of touch with their creativity and believe that to survive they must compete with everyone else on the planet.

    As you can probably tell, I feel quite passionate about all this :-) Teaching empathy, kindness and igniting children's innate love of learning is my mission. If you're curious visit: NotPerfectHatClub.com or JenaBall.com

    Thanks for weighing in!
    Pamela L. Williams
    21/10/2016 #7 Pamela L. Williams
    Harvey, once again I have to agree with you. At what point in our lives does kindness become a negative trait. Kindness is questioned, considered a weakness, used a weapon of manipulation. If I could choose what would change not only in this country, but globally, its that there be more kindness, empathy, and compassion.
    This week a woman that works at a desk near me (I don't know her personally) was visited by the local police and told her 24 year old daughter had died. Maybe it's judgmental of me but I found it abhorrent that the rest of the office never missed a beat. They were laughing and having a good time. I had never seen such callousness towards a co-worker. Well, that's not quite true, I was the target of that callousness once when I lost my grandfather. I have to tell you; it's the most hurtful and insulting thing that you can do. I didn't even know this woman or her daughter but I've thought about her all week and wondered how she was doing. It was just so horribly sad.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    18/10/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    We need more of this. Thank you Jena.
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2016 #5 Harvey Lloyd
    The act of kindness in the photo seems so natural. With 6 grand children i get to see the natural acts of kindness on many occasions. I often wonder what happens to us when we grow up. Maybe the word "grow-up" is really not an accurate description. But rather when we mature, natural kindness or awareness of our relationship to others seems to fade. Children all around us are sharing their view of life, just as this photo does, and for some reason we cant hear them. Maybe we are not as mature as we think we are? Great photo.
    Mamen Delgado
    18/10/2016 #4 Mamen Delgado
    💕
    Aurorasa Sima
    18/10/2016 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    #1 Great point, @Don Kerr. All regions can benefit from kindness and forgiveness (:
    Lisa Gallagher
    18/10/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    Love it, thanks @Jena Ball!
    Don Kerr
    18/10/2016 #1 Don Kerr
    Wouldn't that be welcome in many regions.
  25. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    19/10/2016
    I found this video amusing, and with beBee being such a robust international community I thought I'd ask: What's the most surprising thing you've learned about a foreign culture?
    10 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America
    10 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America Get more Tips here! www.destinationtips.com Learning about a new culture is fun, especially if the culture is vastly different from your own. Those who have...
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