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  1. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    How To Become A World Class Blogger LIke Me
    How To Become A World Class Blogger LIke MeNOTE: The title is obviously meant to be filed under self-aggrandizing humour. There are a lot of people out there who complain about the lack of quality in most of the blogging that gets done on social media.This might be considered just a lot of...
  2. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Brainstorming: Less Storm and More Brain
    Brainstorming: Less Storm and More BrainMany innovation drives are centered on the process of brainstorming. The technique was originally developed and propagated by Alex Osborn in 1953 in his book Applied Imagination. In essence brainstorming is where a group of people come together and...


    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #8 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Stellar read, Gert. I agree with the five points and specifically the last one "Let individuals create ideas, and use groups to select ideas". This way, each individual has to bring something to the table and then all of the ideas can be discussed.

    I am going to back up to one of your other points and that is "Use brainwriting as opposed to brainstorming". I like the idea of having ideas written down because they can be used for future reference. Plus, this is another way to ensure each individual is contributing.

    I agree with @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee statement "Second point is that creating many ideas is another form of creating too many choices. This is actually the theme of my last buzz on beBee. I fully agree with you.". IMO, creating many ideas can be good but they should be discussed, organized, and analyzed before presented as choices.

    Five-star post, Gert!
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/10/2017 #7 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    If you are in any position that thrives on creating new ideas and we are all then reading this buzz is a must.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/10/2017 #6 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I read your buzz again @Gert Scholtz. It is a masterpiece. I am not complimenting; far mlore I am stating a fact.
    You wtote "Yet, even shortly after Osborn came up with his technique, a study at Yale University found that individuals working by themselves have almost twice as many innovative ideas as groups formed into brainstorming groups". This is in accordance with my own experience. I shared a presentation on slideshare on groupthink and its limitations and ways to handle it.
    Second point is that creating many ideas is another form of creating too many choices. This is actually the theme of my last buzz on beBee. I fully agree with you.
    One last point is that brainstorming in groups. Is its effect on the social cohesion of the group. Trying to keep the cohesion may very well be on the expense of creating or neglicting the best ideas. This is the theme of a buzz that I wrote two weeks ago explaining when cohesion can be harmful using the concrete metaphor. My buzz is titled Flowing Lives.
    So I go all the way with your ideas here Gert.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    21/10/2017 #5 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    This makes me think of self-growth and how I enjoy writing Buzzes. First, I have to identity what areas I want to grow. Second, I invest an one hour a day in those areas. Third, I like to write down notes about what I read, listened to, or experienced. Lastly, I enjoy sharing that growth with others. beBee is a great place for this.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    27/04/2016 #4 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    You are correct @Gert Scholtz. It should be the way you described it beautifully. I used once the term brainsworming rather than brainstorming
    Gert Scholtz
    26/04/2016 #3 Gert Scholtz
    #2 Thank you Shawn - my pleasure.
    Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    26/04/2016 #2 Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    There are some very interesting and relevant points illuminated here. Thanks for sharing this, @Gert Scholtz.
  3. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A Fabulous Friday Funday!
    A Fabulous Friday Funday!Why is it fabulous? Well, I live in the northeast part of the U.S., and itโ€™s late October. Our normal temperatures are around 60 for this time of year, but weโ€™ve been treated lately to temps nearing 80! And itโ€™s Friday, the start of a weekend to end...


    John Rylance
    22/10/2017 #18 John Rylance
    The nearest I can get to two positives making a negative is this exchange.
    How did he do?
    It was a P B (personal best) 1min 42secs
    Well done him, that was good for him.
    Meaning her son's P B was 10 seconds faster.
    I think it's called daming with feint praise.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/10/2017 #17 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #14 And thanks for finding so much in the buzz to enjoy, @Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal! Yeah, it's hard to see the bird once you've seen the rabbit on skis, isn't it?
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    21/10/2017 #16 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    ooooooo--my smile is cracking my face it's so big. Thank you.
    Alexa Steele
    21/10/2017 #15 Alexa Steele
    I love the double positive joke! Makes me laugh every time :)
    Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal
    21/10/2017 #14 Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal
    I loved them all, @Susan ๐Ÿ 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!
    Gloria ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ’ซ โ˜• (Glo) Ochoa
    21/10/2017 #13 Anonymous
    love the meme!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #12 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #2 The LOL says it all, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, and thanks!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #11 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #3 Thanks for always finding time to comment on my posts, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #10 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #4 Yes, @Aleta Curry, and once you see it that way, you can't unsee it! A really good metaphor for how we view life, isn't it? Some see the bird, and others see the rabbit. Some see both.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/10/2017 #9 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #6 Oh, @Ken Boddie! I don't know what I'd do without you weighing in on my Friday Funday posts! You always make me laugh! Thanks so much.
    Bernard Poulin
    21/10/2017 #8 Bernard Poulin
    Love the associated comment!!!
    Kevin Pashuk
    21/10/2017 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    Another great collection Susan. While two negatives might make a positive, two wrongs don't make a right (but three lefts do).
    Ken Boddie
    21/10/2017 #6 Ken Boddie
    Kittens on the nipple,
    Looking for their tipple?
    Racoons taking fright,
    When the light's too bright?
    Bunnies on skis?
    Come on, please!
    Elephantine jokes,
    By happy hippo folks?
    Dietary ills,
    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.
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    21/10/2017 #5 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    I'm a naturally positive person, I try to see the positive in anything, No sense in being negative, much less so; double negative...
    Yeah, Right! :-)
    Aleta Curry
    21/10/2017 #4 Aleta Curry
    'Rabbit on skis....' hahahahahahahahahahaha!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #3 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    These are fun, Susan. I like the save changes and the double positive.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    20/10/2017 #2 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    LOL... Today it's a toss-up between don't drink and derive and Yeah, right
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    20/10/2017 #1 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    Some great and fun in this honey. Many thanks
  4. ProducerDominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1940s - Big Band Leaders
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1940s - Big Band LeadersLet's go back to the 1940s today for a second round of Big Band Leaders. If you missed Part 1, click here.A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s...


    Don Philpottโ˜˜๏ธ
    22/10/2017 #11 Don Philpottโ˜˜๏ธ
    #7 It's Great Stuff! @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen - Got a nice rhythm ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽผ
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    21/10/2017 #10 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    #9 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Me too, Franci. Thanks for the share here AND on LinkedIn! ;o)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #9 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Great post, Dominique. I love the Big Band sound-saxophones, trumpets, trombones, is what made their music unique.
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    21/10/2017 #8 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    #6 @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    Yes, I like Glenn Miller too. He appears in Part 1 of this post. ;o)
    The Big Bands had great musical talent. I'm so glad they were able to record and film them for future enjoyment!
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    21/10/2017 #7 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    @Don Philpottโ˜˜๏ธ
    Thanks for the share, Don! ;o)
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    21/10/2017 #6 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    Enjoyed the trip through the Big Band Era. I started listening to Big Band as a result of the I Love Lucy show and "Ricky's" band at the club :-). It's when I watched Jimmy Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story (yes before my time but I'm also a lover of old movies) and how Glenn Miller went in search of "the sound" that I became fascinated with the process. I learned to admire and respect the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into developing the music so many take for granted.
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    21/10/2017 #5 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    @Harley King
    Thanks for the share, Harley! ;o)
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    21/10/2017 #4 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    #2 I have to say that I am partial to Cabโ€”and his zoot suit! ;o)
    Aleta Curry
    21/10/2017 #3 Aleta Curry
    Love 'Can't get started' but knew nothing about Bunny Berigan - thanks!
    Pedro ๐Ÿ Casanova
    20/10/2017 #2 Pedro ๐Ÿ Casanova
    Great post Dom....Watching Cab Calloway with that Zoot Suit makes me feel I would had love living that era.. but I guess that me in a Harlem corner would last less than a lollypop in a kindergarten gate.
    Royce Shook
    20/10/2017 #1 Royce Shook
    Thanks for the post, I enjoy the trip down memory lane that you provide
  5. ProducerMatt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    10 Tips on How to Become a Thought Leader
    10 Tips on How to Become a Thought LeaderI get asked frequently how I got to be a contributor for a major platform like Entrepreneur. In fact, every time one of my articles get published on any of the several well-known platforms I write for, I get Facebook, Linkedinย andย beBee messages and...


    Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    22/10/2017 #15 Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    #14 There is some truth to this. But if you can't write, hire someone to help you.
    Jim Murray
    21/10/2017 #14 Jim Murray
    Interesting stuff, as usual @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood. I had a weird thought and that was that because the ability to write, with authority, with authenticity and with frequency kinda means that only writers get to be thought leaders. What's your opinion about that?
    Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    21/10/2017 #13 Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood
    #2 High engagement is relative... you just want your engagement to keep growing over time. That's the best sign.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    21/10/2017 #12 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I like your views on writing--so true. I'm emerging from a bout of who-knows-what, and my connection to the keyboard has been tenuous. I write what I think is delicious stuff in my head, cannot drag myself to the keyboard and lose my trains of thought--causing what I have in my head to be excreted like waste.
    Debasish Majumder
    21/10/2017 #11 Debasish Majumder
    nice insight @Matt Sweetwood! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    21/10/2017 #10 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Well done and encouraging, Matt. Thank you for this useful post.
    David B. Grinberg
    21/10/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    Wayne Yoshida
    20/10/2017 #7 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks for the hints and encouragement, @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood - probably the most important points are how badly do ya want it, and it isn't an easy thing to do.
    Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    20/10/2017 #6 Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    Shared !!! :)
    Lyon Brave
    20/10/2017 #5 Lyon Brave
    already am
    Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    20/10/2017 #4 Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    20/10/2017 #3 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Want to be a thought leader? This buzz shows you what it takes to be one.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    20/10/2017 #2 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Matt ๐Ÿ Sweetwood this is a masterpiece. It is thorough and factual. One question I have for you. You wrote "thought leader is to have continuous high-engagement posts on your topic". How do you define engagement? We know that the percentage of readers who comment is less than 1%.
  6. ProducerbeBee in English
    beBee and their bet on quality
    beBee and their bet on qualityIn beBee we strive to improve our user experience and increase the quality of the content in our social network.Content quality is something unique that makes our platform different.Social Networks are full of pictures, videos and text that is...


    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    19/10/2017 #207 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Something I've murmured to myself since an adolescent is, "Change is Constant." Change is a good thing. It's the adjustment that is a bear. One thing that was hard with sff.net is they never changed, and it was always difficult to upload content. Not so here. beBee taught me to spread my wings and fly. Thanks for your ongoing efforts.
    Claire L Cardwell
    18/10/2017 #206 Claire L Cardwell
    #191 Thanks @Louise Smith for the encouraging words!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    18/10/2017 #205 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #203 Francisco you can share it but you need to explain why a little bit. 200 words are very few few words ;)
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    18/10/2017 #204 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #201 @Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA if you read my comments, you can still share links and engagement increased over 30% so we are happy of taking this decision.
    Francisco Lopez
    18/10/2017 #203 Francisco Lopez
    #194 What will happen with those hives that require some level of knowledge, like astronomy, astrophysics, or meteorology, medicine, philosophy, art, history etc? It is far easier and less time consuming to import well-written content than to write it. An information vacuum has been created. A vacuum is also an opportunity, and I suspect I will be thank you for this later. ;)
    Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    18/10/2017 #202 Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    After reviewing the comments I just want to say that change happens on every platform. Nothing remains static. Let's give the changed approach a try. No need for the negativity before giving it a try.
    Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    18/10/2017 #201 Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Oh! This is a major change. It's going to cut down on engagement. I know I don't always have time to write full posts and I want to ensure that every post I produce is of quality.

    Let's see how it works.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    17/10/2017 #200 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #199 Great Examples of Things You Can Do on beBee Producer @javierbebee https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/great-examples-of-things-you-can-do-on-bebee-producer vรญa @beBee
    Francisco Lopez
    17/10/2017 #199 Francisco Lopez
    #194 As I see it, and I can be wrong, beBee is evolving into a writer's platform, nothing bad with that, actually, this has been our main complaint in LinkedIn. There, they opened Pulse to everyone, and suddenly a million people were writing and their engagement rose sharply, as it did here. I was suddenly receiving many notifications, as I have their contact limit there, 30,000, plus a set of random notification placed by the system, we both are in LinkedIn, probably you remember. At some point, this became a nightmare for their processing and for the users and they scaled back, effectively closing the effective access to writers (they can publish but, who is reading them?) When I saw, what they call Influencers, sometimes writing fluff an get hundreds of thousand viewers and I spending 20 to 40 or re hours in research and not getting even 5 thousand views, I stopped writing and fiercely recommend beBee as a complement to inkedIn. Several of my contacts in LinkedIn are brand Ambassadors here.
    Gloria ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ’ซ โ˜• (Glo) Ochoa
    17/10/2017 #198 Anonymous
    I dont remember seeing this..thanks @John White, MBA for sharing the link in regard to my question in our beBee USA fb group..I am going to read/head/succeed !
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    17/10/2017 #197 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    A nice quick update on some changes to the beBee platform. Good stuff!!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    17/10/2017 #196 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Thanks @Joel Anderson for sharing it!
    Francisco Lopez
    17/10/2017 #195 Francisco Lopez
    #194 Actually I agree with you, Javier, and, in any case, is your house. Maybe adding a moderation function to the hives can help to reduce the noise. It will still be arbitrary but is better than elimination quality content from the hives because is not original content. Of course, is not easy, In spite of running a business, I moderate my 7 groups in LinkedIn and own several here and in Facebook, and do my best to maintain the noise under control. I know it is very early, as I do not much advertising here yet, but, something that can attract professional talent and can stimulate those writing honey, would be sharing part of the advertising income. I know people in YouTube, not the great stars or anything like that, just regular people, who make 5, 10, 20,000 a month by providing original contents, they just post a lot and a portfolio of 300 to 1,000 do the trick, as part of the ad revenue is shared with the account owner.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    17/10/2017 #194 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #193 Francisco, you are free to post any link like any other social network. Hives are beBee's mechanism and we want to protect our professionals that are working hard on generating elaborated content. Any very relevant external content can be shared through the hives but you need to work a little bit :-)

    Again, Engagement (Average time spent) increased over 30% on beBee. So we are really proud and happy of our improvement. Enjoy the hive !
    Francisco Lopez
    17/10/2017 #193 Francisco Lopez
    Throwing a blanket description to what despectively is named as quick buzzes is like putting an economy in the hands of a few beaurocrats the quality tends to decrease and the amount of creativity is reduced. Nothing bad about promoting writing talent, as beBee does, but not all the content linked from the outside is photos of cats, dating updates, and other stupid content. Is true there is a ton of content placed by low IQ people, disruptors, and trolls., and, as it is easy to cross[ost than to create, this could be a line of defense.against the trolls. I personally have mixed feeling about this strategy. I get paid to write and tend to be hesitant to make rich others and not getting paid. It takes serious time to do serious writing, research, verification and developing and publishing. Don't take me bad, this could end being a good move, especially for writers looking for a platform to publish their original content and attract work. It might be too early for emerging platforms but, it could attract great content if it shared advertising revenue like other sites.
    Louise Smith
    13/10/2017 #192 Louise Smith
    #186 Let them eat cake !
    Louise Smith
    13/10/2017 #191 Louise Smith
    #183 @Claire L Cardwell I am sure you could write a scaffold to be adapted for different pictures. Your own personal non PR Beeutiful BLURB.
    Another idea is to ask some bees for an opinion before you post and include their comments in the main post.
    Maybe a little relevant history & technique & form explanation. It will end up as your PhD thesis !
    Bees will probably instinctively look at the picture first and then read the blurb
    Most people are visual dominant and / or lazy !
    So they will make their own conclusions.
    Louise Smith
    13/10/2017 #190 Louise Smith
    #98 "Hell, I can't even introduce my wife in less than 200 words." That has to be a good thing?
    Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    11/10/2017 #189 Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    #185 We will have it in the new version, soon.
    Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ
    11/10/2017 #188 Flavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ
    I think the changes drove home some good enhancements to beBee platform, it will make all of users to spend more time to produce honeys and that is always good for making the content original in the platform however, I would like to have some flexibility on what my notification would alert me from (e.g: Not all honeys are direct interesting to me (perhaps if we could tag it and make the system to show up only honeys from a particular tag ex: "technology") , that is probably would make beBee even more customizable and bring a great experience to any user. (My five cents) @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
  7. ProducerTimothy welch

    Timothy welch

    The Battle continues..  the sequel Linkedin vs. Bebee
    The Battle continues.. the sequel Linkedin vs. Bebee.ย This is a follow up to an earlier post onย  why I left Linkedin (ย  temporarily ) to start posting here. WHo is winning the global dominance in branding and marketing ? Linkedin or Bebee ?ย  It is likeย  two heavy weights Muhammad Ali vs George...


    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    18/10/2017 #3 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Yes I have had similar results. Every since Linkedin was remolded my views on everything was reduced. I still give it the same amount of attention as before the site was change, yet I feel another variable that I am unaware of affects my results.
    It took me 6 years on Linkedin to get the number of followers that I did in the year and a half here on beBee. I still did the same actions. Six months ago, I decided to be Bee Ambassadors and yet keep my LinkedIn account open because of the work put into it. I work want to much time into it. "If I am going to cut down a tree, I need a sharp ax." beBee has proven to be that sharp one. My Linkedin account is rusty ax for me, yet even with a rusty ax, I can still swing and hit that tree. One day that tree will come down.
    Timothy welch
    18/10/2017 #2 Timothy welch
    #1 ty Javier keep up awesome work
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    18/10/2017 #1 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Thanks @Timothy welch

    More about Linkedin vs beBee
  8. ProducerHarvey Lloyd

    Harvey Lloyd

    Today I Met Hopeless
    Today I Met HopelessImage creditย http://www.incourage.me/2013/07/love-in-the-dark.htmlFrom my desk i see students who run away from class. ย This incident was really no different than otherโ€™s, but a compelling force that said i should get involved. ย You see my domain is...


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    22/10/2017 #43 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    Dear @Harvey Lloyd I look at my hill of life and it will be my lack of patience that defines hopeless. You look at your Everest and because the summit of this out of reach, that is the greater height of humanity where hopelessness begins to come into sight.

    It is not that you underestimate the height of your own power to deal with youngsters who sit outside the social constructs of society but in this work you do there is no equivalency between my hill of life and the mountain you seek to help your children climb. It is one thing that I may find my own life hill challenging, it is altogether a different proposition when you are helping children climb - you are the dedicated spirit that seeks to put the light of life into those who otherwise may never see that light.

    You combine caregiver with education and constantly challenge and try to breakthrough a wall that would easily be considered futile to the rest of us. The gift you are to humanity finds it's hope in breaking through and sometimes that gift comes back unexpectedly by someone you helped decades ago, someone whose life was changed because you existed in this world.

    Even in a regular school, there was a story a primary school teacher told me where one of her kids was considered to have great challenges to the extent it was called a learning disability. This Italian child could not overcome his reading challenges. It is however an idea out of the blue that was offered by an Italian teacher, who happen to ask that child to write a story in Italian. The child did. What that child wrote brought tears to these teachers, they had found the key of hope, not the lock of hopelessness. This is why I say we are literally blinded by a "success culture" mentality. May you find keys of hope always.
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/10/2017 #42 Harvey Lloyd
    #41 Some great thoughts and I agree, leadership in any setting is challenging.

    We do have to admit to ourselves the role is important and specific to the child we are leading.

    It is not an easy task but one where both teacher and student can learn together.

    Thanks for your kind and thoughtful insights @David Navarro Lรณpez
    David Navarro Lรณpez
    21/10/2017 #41 Anonymous
    Thank you, Harvey, for writing such a thoughtful buzz. It is a very complex task to helping youngsters to become adults, because as long as you influence someone, you are in danger of limiting his/her own personality. Leading is changing the path of a follower, but it has to be done in a way that the follower would be a leader in the future. As you point out in your words "Be the candle in a child's dreams not a spotlight on their behaviour or your frustrations.", there is a blurred line between correcting and criticizing. A leading sentence, "a candle", can become "a spotlight" if it is misunderstood. The biggest and, most of the times, "hidden background" when trying to lead is love.
    In my opinion, the first step to be taken when leading is to make crystal clear that the leader honestly cares about the sake of the follower.
    I am sure @Sara Jacobovici has a lot to say about this issue.
    @Katja Bader have a look at this interesting buzz
    Harvey Lloyd
    20/10/2017 #40 Harvey Lloyd
    #39 Thanks @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. Glad you stopped by.

    There might be some folks that consider it a blessing the world has only one me๐Ÿ˜ณ

    But Iโ€™d appreciate your thoughts
    Randall Burns
    19/10/2017 #38 Randall Burns
    #33 Excellent analogy and I agree, best to be on "the field" and not in "the bleachers".
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/10/2017 #37 Harvey Lloyd
    #36 @Jerry Fletcher I found the comments as with yours uplifting ,that more see the need than I thought

    Thanks for your thoughts and stopping by
    Jerry Fletcher
    19/10/2017 #36 Jerry Fletcher
    Harvey, your story and comments make it abundantly clear that all of us need someone to believe in us encourage us and accept where we are in our journey. Bless you for the work you do but more importantly for the engaging attitude you shared with us here.
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/10/2017 #35 Harvey Lloyd
    #29 @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams small business has taught me alot. Many material things but mostly spiritual things. When the darkness arrives with me, and it does for most, i know to get back to fundamentals, serve others and just start walking.

    But what of those who are young and have to been given this simple yet effective process out of the darkness. These are the ones i share a great affinity. They know no different than the narrative that was built by others, who were merely seeking their own survival, but none the less imparted the great fears of life into a child that was not emotionally ready to manage.

    All we can do is walk the journey and see where it leads.
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/10/2017 #34 Harvey Lloyd
    #30 Thanks @Cyndi wilkins for stopping by and your comment. Yes hopelessness is a fierce opponent in the world of working with students who are disabled. Most of the time i can be the shining light like the staff here does every day. Sometimes, just sometimes, my limbic system gets hit with tunnel vision and i want to save the student from the world. That lightening struck yesterday.

    Those storms are not quite as often these days but they do have greater intensity when the come.
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/10/2017 #33 Harvey Lloyd
    #32 I agree and feel we have two choices, die in the bleachers or on the field of battle. Many friends find it exhausting to find me but they always know where to look, on the field. This is the only commitment one can make that makes any sense.

    I don't win as many as i would like but hope i will be counted in the legions trying.

    Thanks for stopping by, every time you do, i am uplifted by thinking of the mad chef in the middle of service trying to make sense of the orchestrated chaos. My life always looks simple:) I do it every once and while you do it every night.
    Randall Burns
    19/10/2017 #32 Randall Burns
    Great post @Harvey Lloyd, it is a sometimes difficult road to "teach/mentor" in that the barriers surrounding our students put up by others are the biggest hurdles to overcome. But it is in overcoming them that is one of our greatest rewards, and it can be done...
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    19/10/2017 #31 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    #21 Ian, never have truer words spoken: "I have learned that the most effective that we can be is empathic, sensitive and genuinely receptive listeners. And out of this authentic human space and connection arises the appropriate response โ€“ most effectively, turning the light on the assets rather than on the liabilities, as you clearly described. But sometimes it doesnโ€™t even need a response โ€“ the authentic listener is all that was required". That last sentence especially. Being authentic, no agenda, no labels, no taking control because the listener is under the misguided assumption that they are better, smarter, more stable. We all have our issues, we all have our own experiences, each and everyone one of us is as unique as snowflakes
    Cyndi wilkins
    18/10/2017 #30 Cyndi wilkins
    You gave 'hopeless' the time of day @Harvey Lloyd...Somewhere along the line that in and of itself has shifted the trajectory of her thoughts...Being listened to, perhaps for the first time, can only make one hopeful. Lovely story;-)
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    18/10/2017 #29 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    You conveyed a very important message @Harvey Lloyd through this buzz. Spend more time with our youth. We need to draw out the hopelessness and it should be like the dirty clothes that we take off when we know they are dirty and need washing. Once its washed the hopelessness is washed away. The dirt that sticks on us is external forced onto us like a sticky grease. Everytime I'm hopeless or anyone is hopeless I only ask them one question what is that you can do to bring a smile on another person's face and if its a positive reply I'm lucky. I Tell them that smile is the hope we need. So Let's Go get some smiles. Thank You for what you do Harvey.
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2017 #26 Harvey Lloyd
    #25 @Charlene Norman thanks for the encouragement and i do not normally dwell upon the weaknesses of myself in this opposition. Today was a deep sight i don't usually see. Hopelessness by choice is what it is, but with children it's not choice but rather neglect.

    Our vision statement includes "one degree", we can't fix the world but in one student, if we can alter the course by "one degree" we can change a future outcome. Maybe today i was able to change the course by one degree.

    Thanks again and am looking forward to the newsletter. Good luck with those endeavours:)
    Charlene Norman
    18/10/2017 #25 Charlene Norman
    @Harvey Lloyd Without a doubt, this is one of the finest pieces I have read on here in a very long time. Do not despair on what you might think are all your negatives. Please, instead, rejoice on the light you have shone today. It shines oh so bright. Thank you for this.
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2017 #24 Harvey Lloyd
    #23 The river is the constant, your paddle in the water is your choice.
    Ian Weinberg
    18/10/2017 #23 Ian Weinberg
    #22 What else is life, other than work in progress?
    Harvey Lloyd
    18/10/2017 #22 Harvey Lloyd
    #21 @Ian Weinberg i can only imagine your stories. Mine do paint a human condition of many emotions as the author of the listener. My early years in this institution we call education i brought my construction mentality and that went over like a fart in church. So i was relegated to the rear office. Probably best i deal with humanity rather straightforward. I find the source of issues and reclamate or install enough fear so that the issue doesn't arise again.

    Again my soft spot is children. It started with great teachers who taught me about non-verbal students. I never looked at that disability the same. Now i can see past behaviours to the hopelessness handed out by adults onto unsuspecting children. You have brought me into a very strong sense of understanding of the narrative and its many components, leverages and dynamics.

    I don't believe some parents understand the clay in which they hold. It's a narrative being written by them. When i hear the parents a burning fire starts, i typically need to leave on some non sober occasions i engaged. I embarrassed my family.

    Thank you for your continued efforts in reinflating the human condition in so many. It's a job whereby the full gambit of emotions are felt, before, during and after the encounter. Somehow though i feel as though i have moved forward just a bit in finding humanity.
  9. ProducerAli ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    You must have experienced one of those scenarios
    You must have experienced one of those scenariosThe complexity of our lives in increasing because of the increased duality or ambivalence that we suffer constantly from. I am sure we have all experienced one of the following scenarios in which you found your feelings and thoughts are in...


    Cyndi wilkins
    22/10/2017 #85 Cyndi wilkins
    #84 The effects, my dear friend @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit, are visceral and forever...The emotional impact on the body devastating...Two painful surgeries forty years later has just been the tip of the iceberg...It is as you say..."a spiritual death' in the system...
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    22/10/2017 #84 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #11 Hi @Cyndi wilkins a long time ago, I read a journal of psychology that asserted that while there are many forms of trauma that people can recover from, their research concluded that rape was one of the few trauma's that left a permanent psychological mark on its victim. In essence they asserted that rape is psychologically disturbing that this trauma embeds itself much deeper as a violation of the body. At the same time the legal system is not fair at all to rape victims.

    Nor do many understand that rape as a violation usually has more to do with subjecting the victim to control and power and that the sexual act is actually secondary for the rapist, for many rapist indulge the perversion of dehumanizing the victim. In short the horror of rape is still not understood by our society at the level it actually violates a human being. This is not like a robbery where one can move to a new home, in rape the body is the home and what has been violated is the deepest level of being - a destruction of the spirit and not just a physical revulsion of a gross act of inhumanity.

    When it comes to turning trauma into triumph, here I agree wholeheartedly with the magnificent contribution of people to help others so they can either achieve some form of legal recognition or to track down predators and thereby cut down the possibility of future attacks, or at least save one soul from this trauma than would have been the case otherwise. Even with these people transforming their grief or story into positive social cause, in the case of rape, we as a society still need to develop our sensibility to a far greater degree about why the violation of the human spirit is a supreme act of evil on any person.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/10/2017 #83 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #81 I agree in full.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/10/2017 #82 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #80 I feel that your comment is based on personal experience because it is a living comment @Bernard Poulin.. I love the poetic style of your comment as well. I enjoyed this part of it in particular immensely. "Reaching beyond our personal spaces, our own navels, puts us in sync with life rather than sucking the air out of it". Yes, it is challenging to go beyond ourselves, but this what makes life worthy.
    Bernard Poulin
    21/10/2017 #81 Bernard Poulin
    #78 Agreed. Basically, it is not what has been done to us but what we do with what has been done too us.
    Bernard Poulin
    21/10/2017 #80 Bernard Poulin
    "Solving the problem of others puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony." I would extrapolate on that. In general, thinking of others above and beyond ourselves puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony. Reaching beyond our personal spaces, our own navels, puts us in sync with life rather than sucking the air out of it. But this is very difficult to do in a time where me, "moi" and myself is the sun around which our worlds revolve, where our greatest anxieties emerge from having our feelings hurt by micro-aggression platitudes & at a time where manufactured self esteem issues pretend to be those related to self respect.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    19/10/2017 #79 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #78 Very true @Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez. However; antifragility is more than resilience. It is coming out of a stressful situation stronger than before. Like carbon under stress yields diamonds so we are expected to be antifragile. This is a subject of huge interest and I hope to cover it soon.
    Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    19/10/2017 #78 Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    #74 Of course.
    One of the most wonderful capacities of the human being is resilience.

    Have you read Viktor Emil Frankl? Man's Search for Meaning

    ''Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of mental independence, even in the terrible circumstances of psychic and physical tension''
    ''Man can be snatched from everything but one thing: the last of human freedoms - the choice of personal attitude before a set of circumstances - to decide his own way''

    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #77 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #76 great and do give this idea a try. It shall be nice to see how both of us @Cyndi wilkins tackles the same topic differently
    Cyndi wilkins
    18/10/2017 #76 Cyndi wilkins
    #67 Within difficulty lies opportunity;-) I will keep an eye out for your next buzz sir...I could use the added inspiration myself as these last several months have been very challenging...
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #75 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dears @Joanne Gardocki and @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee I would love to hear your voices on these discussions
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #74 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #73 absolutely I agree with you @Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez. Yes, we agree. Being positive and acting in a positive way is far better than paralyzing self with ugly memories of cowardly acts. It requires solid determination, but it can be done.
    Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    18/10/2017 #73 Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    #70 I understand you.
    I have read more similar cases. I agree that doing something to help others who have gone through the same situation is positive but provided that at the same time you have healed the wound inside.

    This model of Yoga, for example, has a support group for women who have been raped.
    She helps them because she was also raped. I think it's wonderful and ... healer.

    Basically you and I agree Ali:
    we must think and act, not stay paralyzed and look for creative solutions that take us out of the paralyzing situations.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    18/10/2017 #72 Tausif Mundrawala
    #46 Thanks my friend, @Lisa Vanderburg for directing my attention towards this wonderful buzz.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #71 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #68 brilliant comment dear @Tausif Mundrawala. You wrote "I have learnt that whatever we desire it comes with a price and requires us to work on it diligently". In thermodynamics we know you don't get anything for nothing. You derived this reality by yourself. You are smsrt my friend.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #70 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #69 Dear @Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez- I read the story of the girl. She didn't remove her problem, but lesssned its intensity by helping others. She vented out part of frustration this way. The positive side is that she designed the sports shoe. She re-challened her frustration and this was a way of dealing of a problem rather than allowing the problem to ruin her. She was self-motivated to do that.
    Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    18/10/2017 #69 Yolanda รvila Mรกrquez
    My dear Ali ....
    this time I disagree with your opinion , just a little ;)

    ''So is the case of the raped girl. In one incident a raped girl started a new brand of sports shoes in which she donated a certain percentage of her profits to help girls who suffered from rape. Solving the problem of others puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony''

    I think doing that alleviates the pain but does not eliminate it. It is a way to divert or channel attention. For me, it is valid only if at the same time you are healing in yourself what happened. You have to find peace within yourself.

    Ghandi said:
    "Happiness is achieved when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." I agree with him.

    All our attention must be focused on living our life with consistency.

    Tausif Mundrawala
    18/10/2017 #68 Tausif Mundrawala
    However disharmonious our situation might be, it's incumbent on us to act in tandem with what our heart says and lies. Whenever I felt low in life I have seen myself inching towards the calling of my heart and wherever I taught my forte lies. I have learnt that whatever we desire it comes with a price and requires us to work on it diligently. We should blink once but we shouldn't leave sight of the path chosen by us and by our Almighty. He gives signs. He would put us in difficulties which would make us strongest than before. We have to heed to his call and suggestions. If someone is meant to be a writer or a poet he/she would always be enchanted with that subject.

    Thanks for this wonderful buzz, Sir @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Awaiting your reply.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    18/10/2017 #67 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #66 Your comment dear @Cyndi wilkins has just inspired me with the idea for my next buzz. The theme of it is as we face hardships in life it is our best times to find creative and simple solutions. Welcome to challenges because they make us thrive, Thank you Cyndi.
    Cyndi wilkins
    18/10/2017 #66 Cyndi wilkins
    #65 Salt of the Earth he was...and showering you with his love from above...The greatest gift that one can give while in the flesh is to leave this world having made it a better place...I would say your father did that...Tenfold;-)
  10. ProducerJoyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Survivors VS Victims
    Survivors VS VictimsIโ€™ve been sick for weeks; groveling in tributes to my body in the form of chicken soup and OJ. Lowering myself to this status began when I attended a speaking engagement on sexual assault and rape at a local college. I coughed mightily throughout...


    Milos Djukic
    19/10/2017 #31 Anonymous
    #30 My pleasure @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. You calm me too :)
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    18/10/2017 #30 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #27 Thank you, @Milos Djukic. You calm me.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    18/10/2017 #29 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #28 The first time I was assaulted was when I was a 16yo child with no knowledge of male anatomy other than what I had seen at the Smithsonian in DC. You almost sound like sexual assault is acceptable. It is not. Not for men nor for women. It is also not okay for anyone to shield a predator. This happens all too often. The one case I approached for prosecution involved a child predator. His colleagues and others completely shielded him. That post I list in this article holds all the proof necessary. There were too many damned victims in that one. I learned the land of proof the hard way, so I started collecting everything I could. If that man invaded the nightmares of people, we surely invaded his.
    Nicole Chardenet
    18/10/2017 #28 Nicole Chardenet
    #26 Interestingly as someone who's never been raped, I *do* find it hard to believe...but feelings don't matter. I did some research on that statistic too which shows you just how unscientific the stats are. As for being 'sexually assaulted', well, that's happened to *all* of us at one time or another, and probably to a sizeable chunk of men too.

    You were right in your post about how women need to go for the prosecution and the police *immediately*. Rape is always going to be a difficult crime to prove if it's just two people alone together...if there's *any* proof that it actually occurred, the time to bring it to the attention to the police is *right now*, and to do otherwise is to seriously risk having no case at all. It's an ugly fact but there it is. Too many "feminists" think that due process doesn't apply to accused rapists, whereas it's still *innocent until proven guilty*. Glad to see you haven't taken that stance.
    Milos Djukic
    18/10/2017 #27 Anonymous
    #10 You will never stop dear @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, my friend. Kind regards from Belgrade, Milos
    Great article!
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    18/10/2017 #26 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #25 Actually--I did some research on that statistic, and having been sexually assaulted twice and raped twice over the course of my life, I did not find it hard to believe. I have one printed-out website in my car and will list it here when I bring it up. Any unwelcome sexual attention--well--is just that. I always wanted to be recognized for my brains rather than my frontal appendages. I worked in male fields all my life. It wasn't easy.
    Nicole Chardenet
    18/10/2017 #25 Nicole Chardenet
    Joyce, I think it's brave of you to have gone for prosecution in your case rather than settling for expulsion. However, re the young women who've been trained to believe the ENTIRE system is stacked against them, it's been the tenor of the "Women's Studies" classes they've been taking since the late 80s, early 90s. Victim feminism has taught women to be weak and disempowered and to regard all men as the enemy, rather than fighting back. Yes, the system is stacked against women in many ways, but it's not hopeless. Women DO win in court, and I suspect it happens more often than we know because victim feminists would rather lament the 'one that got away' rather than the victories.

    I will say one thing though: You need to be careful about the statistics you disseminate. Wildly exaggerated and non-supported rape and sexual abuse statistics are part of the reason why women still find it so hard to be believed. I'm working on a blog post about this, not sure when it's going up...but i will warn you you might not like some parts of it. My brand of feminism is a bit muscular for some. At any rate, that 25% figure regarding sexual assault on campuses is considered largely questionable depending on how it's presented and how rape/sexual assault is defined...which is very broadly these days. That's the only part of your post I take issue with. Exaggerated sexual assault stats will be addressed in my post which I wrote before I read this one.
    Brian McKenzie
    17/10/2017 #24 Brian McKenzie
    I have created the change. I will never marry one, breed one nor support one. Nor will I pay taxes enable those channels that do either. I am training and mentoring the generations behind me to do the same. 3 classes a week, 20 at a time.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    17/10/2017 #22 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #14 Professionals need to be taken to task in their views on sexual assault. When I first started organizing our case, I simply thought I was doing the right thing and I was. To have been batter, abused, and made to feel criminal in promoting justice was incomprehensible and horrifying to me. Getting something online is my way of documenting what happened.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    17/10/2017 #21 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #13 Brian--I got out against these problems to voice my belief that change is needed. You just seem to want to voice anger. There were many boys involved in our case. But I pick and choose my battles--using what happened to me and others--to show change is needed. It is impossible to do so by creating a wide swath against a corrupt system. Calm down and use your voice for change. not for drama.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    17/10/2017 #19 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #11 Yes, @Cyndi wilkins, there are too many out there. It causes me pain to think of it. What causes more pain is the thought that there are upcoming female professionals that are still in collusion with the system to shield perpetrators.
    Joanne Gardocki
    17/10/2017 #18 Joanne Gardocki
    Thank you, @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, for your courage and working for change. The ugly truth must be seen to be understood, changed, healed. There is great power in moving from victim to survivor. May our powerful survivor-self move to a place of winner or hero-self in the process. Be well my friend. ::hugs::
    Brian McKenzie
    17/10/2017 #17 Brian McKenzie
    Gee, that down vote is telling.
    Apparently miserable slags will always protect their own.
    Nicole Chardenet
    17/10/2017 #16 Nicole Chardenet
    #13 I believe you, Brian. I have an ex-boyfriend who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his mother.
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    17/10/2017 #15 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    #8 things do happen to young men too because of the very same flaws that you wrote about.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    17/10/2017 #14 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    I can't even help anyone without being effected by it or ran off the road. It's difficult and the last person I tried to help only solidified my myth that I would never see justice.
    Brian McKenzie
    17/10/2017 #13 Brian McKenzie
    Me too. Over course it was an old hag relative in a position of 'respect' in the community - so it conveniently never happened. And of course, boys are never raped, suffer bulemia / anorexia or swept under by the MN / Social Work machine.
    Nope - women never rape boys, keep telling yourself that.
    Jerry Fletcher
    17/10/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    Joyce, You are not alone raging against the tide predators. A movie I was watching the other night suggested what I believe to be the appropriate punishment for these perpetrators. Take two ten-penny nails drive them through the perps testicles into a log then push him backward off the log.
  11. ProducerLori Mullins-Johnson
    Another Day in Loriland - Learning to Adjust...
    Another Day in Loriland - Learning to Adjust...It has been a busy few weeks, and I am fully engaged in my new job as a part-time insurance adjuster. I started with about 22 hurricane related claims assigned to me. The majority are considered "moderate" claims, this means that they have...


  12. ProducerDominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    FRIDAY THE 13th
    FRIDAY 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...


    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    15/10/2017 #18 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Black cats are my favourite!
    Thanks for the share, Franci! ;o)
    Pedro ๐Ÿ Casanova
    15/10/2017 #17 Pedro ๐Ÿ Casanova
    #7 Someone says...God protect me from the useless bosses..and fake friends.....I will protect myself from the Antichrist...
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    15/10/2017 #16 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Friday 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.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    14/10/2017 #15 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    I love black or white cats and Friday the 13th is like any other day...probably Friday is better because it's Friday ! Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday !
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/10/2017 #14 Lisa ๐Ÿ 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.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/10/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen I am not superstitious, but I sure am glad it is now Saturday the 14th :)
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    14/10/2017 #12 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Thanks for the share, Lisa! ;o)
    Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    14/10/2017 #11 Zacharias ๐Ÿ 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!
    Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    14/10/2017 #10 Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    The only day I consider unlucky is Friday the 32nd! Every other day is lucky as far as I'm concerned...
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/10/2017 #9 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A day late, but . . . interesting article from @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen on Friday the 13th
    Aleta Curry
    14/10/2017 #8 Aleta Curry
    'A black cat crossing your path...' hahahahahahaha! Groucho could really call it!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/10/2017 #7 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Interesting info @Dominique ๐Ÿ 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.
    Denise M Barry
    13/10/2017 #6 Denise M Barry
    LOVE black cats. They are a protector of the vulnerable.
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #5 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Sonia! ;o)
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    13/10/2017 #4 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    Itโ€™s just another day; good or bad.
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #3 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Milos! ;o)
    @Milos Djukic
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    13/10/2017 #2 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Martes y 13, ni te cases ni te embarques ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    13/10/2017 #1 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    In Spain is Tuesday the 13th ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
  13. ProducerDominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Classic Pop
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Classic PopPopular music dominated the charts for the first half of the 1950's decade. Vocal-driven classic pop replaced Big Band/Swing, although it often used orchestras to back the vocalists. 1940s style Crooners competed with a new generation of...


    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    15/10/2017 #12 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Another great post-@Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen. The 1950s decade was full of great music and so many talented artists.
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    14/10/2017 #10 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess @Aleta Curry
    So glad you enjoyed the post!
    Aleta, a voice as great as Dean's is ageless!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/10/2017 #9 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    For those of us at a certain age, this is priceless, @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen! Thanks so much!
    Aleta Curry
    14/10/2017 #8 Aleta Curry
    Love this, @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen. I've got fond memories of my mother singing Patti Page hits. And although not of my generation, I love Dean Martin's voice - absolutely love it. Strange, huh?
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    14/10/2017 #7 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    #6 @Harley King
    Actually, I missed your post. Thanks for the link. Yes, it made quite a nice article!
    And thanks for the share of my post. ;o)
    Harley King
    14/10/2017 #6 Harley King
    Great article, @Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen! I enjoy listening to Dean Martin as well as watching him in in the movies and on TV. Have you read Jerry Lewis' memoir, Dean and Me: A Love Story? I recently published an article on beBee based on the book. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@harley-king/twelve-ways-you-can-make-your-business-partnership-more-successful
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #5 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Javier! ;o)
    @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #4 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    #1 Yes, this was THE music back then. ;o)
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #3 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Milos! ;o)
    Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    13/10/2017 #2 Dominique ๐Ÿ Petersen
    Thanks for the share, Antonio! ;o)
    @Antonio L Rodrรญguez del Pozo
    Jerry Fletcher
    13/10/2017 #1 Jerry Fletcher
    Dom, This is the era that sold me on rock & roll. I can remember tuining in to the station that ran one hour of Rock and roll a dayThe rest of the day it was this sort of stuff.
  14. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Why Every Human Being On This Planet Should Be Angry These Days
    Why Every Human Being On This Planet Should Be Angry These DaysSunday, we witnessed another horrendous chapter in the systematic and relentless undoing of America. It took me a long time to process how something like this is still being allowed to happen. But this country, like many others these days,...


    Lyon Brave
    14/10/2017 #20 Lyon Brave
    america and its love of guns is insane. i do not feel safe n America too many guns and racists
    Jim Murray
    06/10/2017 #19 Jim Murray
    #18 Just keep screaming, my dear. If nothing else the gestalt is good for the soul. BTW, I think the Good Lookin' PM is trying to do something about that over-dependence. Obviously someone heard you.
    Nicole Chardenet
    06/10/2017 #18 Nicole Chardenet
    #16 Then I'll be scream again, but this time about how Canada was stupid to let one country control so much of its economy. Oh, wait, I was saying that shit long before I ever thought I'd move here!
    Milos Djukic
    05/10/2017 #17 Anonymous
    Fractals forever.
    Jim Murray
    05/10/2017 #16 Jim Murray
    #15 @Nicole Chardenet. I disagree that you are tired of screaming. You just did a whole bunch of it and in very convincing fashion. But I believe that you're being a bit short sighted when you say it's not your problem. It's everybody's problem. America affect the entire world picture, politically, militarily and business wise. We do 70% of our trade with them. If that goes south so do a lot of Canadian incomes. Just sayin'.
    Nicole Chardenet
    05/10/2017 #15 Nicole Chardenet
    Jim, I'm tired of screaming. I'm tired of feeling sorry for my fellow Americans. Let's be real: We're okay with this shit. When yet another fruit bat who should never have had weapons splatted little kids' brains all over the classroom walls and WE DID NOTHING ABOUT IT...that's it's. Fuck 'em. Fuck America and its love affair with guns, racism, Gawd, and chronic stupidity. They don't want healthcare but they want their precious guns. They hate Muslims because of all the violence in the Middle East but they are just like those very people killing their own. Muslims simply prefer bombs more to guns; but in the end it's the same. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. The Islamic world and the American one are living under the same dark cloud. They have met the enemy and....

    I've started paying less attention to American news. There's nothing I can do about it and I've been yelling about the fucked up system for thirty years and no one gives a shit. The country elected a brainless moron that makes Bush II look good again. You can blame the Russians or James Comey all you want, and the share the blame, but in the end it's the voters' fault. Really, just the voters. Because they believed all of Trump's stupid shit. They deserve Trump. So do many liberals who pissed and moaned about how Clinton was no better and that St. Bernie was the answer to all their problems.

    Some NBC executive got fired for posting on Facebook that probably a lot of the victims deserved what happened because, you know, country/western lovers are often gun-loving Republicans. She may be right. I wondered that myself. I wondered how many of those people believed they had an inalienable god-given right to any gun they wanted. Probably many of them. I wonder how their families feel tonight. If they still believe that.

    But hey, not my problem anymore. America, have at it. I don't care. Back to hockey, hops and Horton's.
    Jim Murray
    05/10/2017 #14 Jim Murray
    #13 Thanks @Peter Altschuler
    Peter Altschuler
    05/10/2017 #13 Peter Altschuler
    Your frustration, @Jim Murray, is palpable for many. We live in times when the pressures on us all are overwhelming. When the ability to confront issues neighbor-to-neighbor appears to have vanished. When politicians are expected to do the impossible on behalf of the unreasonable. When inaction breeds anger and anger transforms into aggression.

    At the core of it all is a level of ignorance that, I thought, we were leaving behind. I was wrong. Despotism thrives among the nincompoopulation. It spreads in the petri dish of oft-repeated lies. And it feeds on the rage it creates, raising a sword or a pitchfork and telling the masses to hunt down and kill off the enemy.

    That's why education can't be subverted. Not by jihadists or tyrants or Betsy DeVos. Yet the United States has been spiraling downward since the '70s while disinformation has risen on the tide that Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh and Sinclair have churned up. And it's all about profit, knowing that you can fool some of the people all of the time and sell time and space to advertisers who don't care if their buyers are morons.

    As John Cleese pointed out, you have to be smart to know you're stupid. And too many have traded in intelligence for the falsehood of "reality" TV, of "fair and balanced," and of "count on it." After all, it's easier to believe what you want to than to have to consider alternatives, to vote for the same inept congressmen and women instead of analyzing opponents, and to complain about what's wrong than to understand what's right.

    So I'm with you. Fight on until there's no breath left to do so.
    Jim Murray
    04/10/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Phil Friedman
    Jim Murray
    04/10/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #8 I agree totally @Jerry Fletcher. It's called tolerance and respect for our differences. Sadly too many people these days do not have the intelligence to manage that,m so they cling to what they believe and consider everything else to be inferior to it. This lack of understanding is at the root of many of the issues we face today.
    Jim Murray
    04/10/2017 #10 Jim Murray
    #9 I'm hoping like hell that that is the case @Ian Weinberg. Thx.
    Ian Weinberg
    04/10/2017 #9 Ian Weinberg
    There is a certain inevitability of where we find ourselves right now. Processes were set in motion a long time ago which are only now beginning to manifest. The crucible of greed, consumerism, deceit and political correctness is garnished with a generous helping of schadenfreude. And not so slowly the temperature is rising. Yes indeed it still has to boil over. Only in that heat will unsustainable values die and authentic stuff prevail and multiply. But sorry @Jim Murray we haven't hit ground zero yet. Hold on to your hat and all that is dear to you, most notably your values, we've still got a way to go. But the center will hold - there's enough critical mass around. The sun shall rise again ... you are not alone!
    Jerry Fletcher
    04/10/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    Humanity wanders mindlessly into these quagmires and accepts solutions that are polar: Love and Hate. The expressions of those solutions can take many forms to exert control but in the end the religions formed weary and even go to war. The governments toppled by revolution that put "Our leader" in power in turn tumble. Frustration sweeps through the populace. And therein lies the problem. We are not of one mind and we refuse to let the other tribes just be. Until we can agree to disagree this madness will continue. Yes, we can rage against the dying of the light but what can we do to keep the lights on?
    Phil Friedman
    04/10/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    @Jim Murray says here what most of us want to scream. Worth reading to see you are not alone in your frustration. This IS something we can change.
    Phil Friedman
    04/10/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    Some will be bewildered by the rising violence, while others will feign being so. But the hard fact is a vacuum in ethical leadership has developed at the core of world attention. And until that void is again filled by some worthy of the position, we will wander in the desert of moral confusion without a compass.
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2017 #5 Pascal Derrien
    Collective will starts with personal responsibility as you are rightly pointing out....
    Florens de Wit
    04/10/2017 #4 Florens de Wit
    Thank you @Jim Murray. This is why I follow you on beBee: for showing me humanity isn't lost yet and for showing the way to make sense of it all.
    Harvey Lloyd
    04/10/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    "being allowed to happen" Words are a powerful force among people who spiritually, morally and with respect for their fellow man execute their existence. But the crisis we face is not within this group. The groups that we face are mentally ill. They have stepped off the path of citizenship and joined a growing movement of "anti".

    I don't believe any president, nor community intentionally allowed this to evolve in this direction. This is the result of an experiment started in the 30's when our government with great intentions, started systems of unsustainable care and intervention. We are now baring the fruits of humanity expecting instead of giving.

    There is only one fix for this and those with the real power will never give up what they have to achieve the fix. Money on the right and power on the left, each is feed by a system of polarized arguments that channels votes, support and finance, as each side is afraid the other will tumble their empires.

    Over the next 100 years we will find out our resolve to self govern or endure a dictatorship of moral high commend. Thoughts dictated through media controlled by government. We have crossed the line now. Materialism has run its course and it will be, who will be the last man standing. History supports this view and intellectuals can speak to our evolved nature but the fundamental greed of the human will prevail. We have called it out of the box. It doesn't usually go back in until humanity is starving to death.

    I serve those who i come in contact, pray and vote to try and make a difference. It all seems so feeble in the growth of mental illness brought on by class warfare while the scorecard is shown daily in media and managed by politics.
    Debasish Majumder
    04/10/2017 #2 Debasish Majumder
    Great buzz @Jim Murray! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for sensibly voicing against plenty of non-impulsive, who are aiming to destroy the design being crafted by sensible people.
    Brian McKenzie
    04/10/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    The game is as it was, as it ever shall be. What they did in Ukraine, will be done in the U.S. Line for line, lie for lie.
    They will keep building a 'martyr' count until there is an open rebellion, they will keep funding both extremes of the right and left until you beg for a new strangling "Safety", "Equity", or "Truthiness". As noone reads history, it will be repeated ad nauseam.
    I am no longer shocked nor moved - the game will continue without me.
  15. ProducerLiesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    The Beneficial Impact of Shaping
    The Beneficial Impact of Shaping There are many shapes in the world. Ever tried to count them all? Some shapes tend to attract us more than others. That is only human, we all have our unique taste. Through the course of time we might prefer other shapes. As we change, our choices...


    Jerry Fletcher
    17/10/2017 #13 Jerry Fletcher
    Liesbeth, your words gift us with the shape of things that might come.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #12 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #11 thank you very much @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador happy to get such a wonderful compliment! Have a great weekend.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #7 very much appreciated poem bee @Debasish Majumder, happy creative moments to you as well!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #9 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #6 wise words @Donna Wood thank you so much, happy weekend!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #5 thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much @Gabriel Bazzolo good to see you here, hope the world of drones is forever expanding!
    Debasish Majumder
    14/10/2017 #7 Debasish Majumder
    lovely share @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Donna Wood
    14/10/2017 #6 Donna Wood
    It is strange how we lock away our littlest selves only to find in the end that it has always been our littlest selves to save us from an unforgiving world.
    Gabriel Bazzolo
    14/10/2017 #5 Gabriel Bazzolo
    Very Good post Liesยด!!!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #3 good to know @Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris always treasure the child in you!
    Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    14/10/2017 #3 Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    What do you mean "As a child"? I still play with the sand and make shapes on it! :-)

    Thanks for this insightful article. It really helped me shape my ideas about the whole topic :-)
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/10/2017 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #1 and that @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt creates double joy, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    14/10/2017 #1 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    Enjoyed :)
  16. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Shortest Rant Ever
    Shortest Rant EverI was going to write a rant today. It was going to be a blistering diatribe about something that was really pissing me off.But as I opened the Pages file to get started, I realized that I was breaking my own cardinal rule.Why? Because I didn't have...


    Jerry Fletcher
    17/10/2017 #15 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Never apologize for being happy. If you don't it pisses off the downers.
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    16/10/2017 #14 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    I've accepted that he won't be happy until drops a A bomb and turns this country into a military state where he can kill at will. He truly is not only a sociopath but sprinkled with psychopathic tendencies. He wants war and whether the Canadians like it or not, they will get dragged along. The the bitch of sharing a border with a country so freakin full of greedy imbeciles. It's all about money. End of story. A deadly sin according to those good conservatives but definitely their real god. How's about I rant for you J! Oops I just did. May they all take it with them,!
    Nicole Chardenet
    16/10/2017 #13 Nicole Chardenet
    #6 I don't think we have much chance of impeaching him so far unless he commits an actual impeachable offence which is distinctly possible with this fruitcake, although he hasn't done it yet. There is, however, a growing argument to be made for Amendment 25'ing him...


    I don't believe it's not doable with the current Cabinet. They're as fed up with him as everyone else. The Republicans initially resisted impeaching Nixon but were eventually brought around to it. And Nixon, as difficult as he was to handle, with his alcoholism et al, was still less of a quotidien challenge than The Orange One is. Yeah, sure, it means President Pence but at least we know he can keep his dick in his pants, LOL. (Maybe I shouldn't speak to soon. Since he's a conservative Christian, 'family values' Republican who's only stated he won't be alone with a strange *woman*....:)
    Jim Murray
    16/10/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    #9 Thanks @Neil Smith. Actually, turns out all I needed was a day off.
    Jim Murray
    16/10/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #10 I'm not walking away, but I head you @Brian McKenzie. I just hope that some of your predictions doen't come to pass.
    Brian McKenzie
    15/10/2017 #10 Brian McKenzie
    Ranting against DC solves nothing. Sometimes you just have to walk away.
    Happy Expat since 2012 when that last puffer was re-elected.
    Neil Smith
    15/10/2017 #9 Neil Smith
    Don't fret Jim. I have no doubt that humanity will sort out your lack of rantable material soon enough. Keep the faith.
    Martin Wright
    15/10/2017 #8 Martin Wright
    Well this week there has been a dearth of domald trumpism so i guess that is good reason why no rant. Save them up for a rsally good target.
    Jim Murray
    15/10/2017 #7 Jim Murray
    #5 @Lyon Brave. There's nothing wrong with writing about it. I think that for me, it's getting old. I've been going at this for two years now and he's still there screwing up the country.
    Jim Murray
    15/10/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    #4 @Nicole Chardenet. You're probably right. Ranting about insanity kinda makes you feel insane yourself. But also, I'm trying to back off and let this asshold dig his own grave. Sooner or later he's gonna make himself an easy target because he's gonna start pissing off the wrong people.
    Lyon Brave
    14/10/2017 #5 Lyon Brave
    weat is wrong about writing about the nuts and bolts in america.
    Nicole Chardenet
    14/10/2017 #4 Nicole Chardenet
    I think you've become so desensitized by all the outrageous acts, tweets and quotes that erupt every single day now...from everywhere...that what you really mean is you can't find anything outrageous *enough* to rant about...
    Jim Murray
    14/10/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Sorry, @John Rylance. I have never had writer's block. I have had days where I didn't feel like writing. Like today. Today I just wasn't particularly pissed off about anythng. That is not to say that I am mostly pissed off about almost everythng all the time.
    Phil Friedman
    14/10/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Sounds like you're eating ginger cookies mixed and baked to an Alice B. recipe.
    John Rylance
    14/10/2017 #1 John Rylance
    Writers block how painful I blame the ginger biscuits. They seem to have had an effect on your normal verbal diarrhoea.
    Enjoy the weekend, something or someone will get the juices going again.
  17. ProducerDebesh Choudhury
    I am Imperfect, and That is My USP
    I am Imperfect, and That is My USPI am bored to hear the word "perfect". I don't know why. I can't do things as other professionals do. Could that be the reason?ย  I am not sure. I am not even bothered. It only bothers me if I can't complete a work.I always take more time to complete...


    Debesh Choudhury
    15/10/2017 #13 Debesh Choudhury
    #12Your support boosts my morale @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher .. I am inspired for work and life
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    15/10/2017 #12 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    If we were perfect, we'd be boring. Love it when someone isn't afraid to show their human side! Thanks for sharing @Debesh Choudhury
    Debesh Choudhury
    14/10/2017 #11 Debesh Choudhury
    #10 That is right @Franc Eugene Hoffman (beBee @ not working!) .. we are individuals
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    14/10/2017 #10 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    If we were perfect, we would be boring, Debesh. Our imperfections are what makes up our individuality.
    Debesh Choudhury
    14/10/2017 #9 Debesh Choudhury
    #5 #6 I agree with you @Donna Wood .. Perfect and imperfect are friendly adjectives.
    Debesh Choudhury
    14/10/2017 #8 Debesh Choudhury
    #5 Very happy to get your comment @Phil Friedman, I always try not to pretend as honest, but sometimes the situation becomes very complex. Everything seems to go out of sight. Computer gives error. People misunderstand. Then I can't help writing something small. Reality over powers. This one is a result of that.
    Debasish Majumder
    14/10/2017 #7 Debasish Majumder
    lovely share @Debesh Choudhury! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share sir.
    Donna Wood
    14/10/2017 #6 Donna Wood
    To be perfectly imperfect is the essence of humanness. Your words are often the words that scroll through my mind; every day.
    Phil Friedman
    14/10/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Dr. @Debesh Choudhury is a old online friend and fellow writer from various LinkedIn groups, including the Unfluencers (tm), which he and our good friend @Jeffrey Strickland founded. Although not always followed by some of its members (the Unfluencers (tm) is an open group, the principles established in writing for the group by Debesh and Jeffrey are a model for active intellectual exchange on social media -- as are Debesh and Jeffrey themselves. I cannot recommend too highly that you seek out Debesh's and Jeffrey's writings here and on LinkedIn, for they are often remarkable in their insight and always personally modest and self-effacing in their approaches. As evidenced by this piece by Debesh.
    Debesh Choudhury
    14/10/2017 #4 Debesh Choudhury
    #3 You got me right @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    14/10/2017 #3 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    at least you are human :)
    Debesh Choudhury
    14/10/2017 #2 Debesh Choudhury
    #1 Thanks @Pascal Derrien for your quick support .. perfect imperfection is always good
    Pascal Derrien
    14/10/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    As humans I think we do what we can not always what we want it's ok to be a perfect imperfection me thinks ๐Ÿ˜€
  18. ProducerIan Weinberg

    Ian Weinberg

    A May day fright or flight
    A May day fright or flightSome of us are driven to pushing the envelop either out of curiosity or out of the need to live on the edge, or both. I suspect that I would fall into the subgroup of ADHDโ€™s characterized by the need for increased environmental stimulation. Now...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    22/10/2017 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Whew! You sure made light work of the microlight there Doc. Like they say, it ain't over till it's over ;) And you can never die until it is time to do so!
    Jerry Fletcher
    17/10/2017 #22 Jerry Fletcher
    Doc, As we age it is easier to step away from the craziness of youth. But the adrenaline still flows when we think about those adventures close to the edge.
    Ken Boddie
    15/10/2017 #21 Ken Boddie
    #11 That makes two of us, Ian.
    Lyon Brave
    14/10/2017 #19 Lyon Brave
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #18 Ian Weinberg
    #17 I wanted to be many things @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    14/10/2017 #17 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Wow a seat edging one from your adventures vault @Ian Weinberg What were you thinking I thought you wanted to a doctor Ahhh you did :)
    Cyndi wilkins
    14/10/2017 #16 Cyndi wilkins
    #8 I'm with her!!! Silly boys;-) Although I have to admit...it took me quite some time settle down after having a child...When I 'misbehaved' I always got the "What the hell were you thinking?!?!" speech the morning after....followed by, "You're a mother now...so act like one." Shamed into submission:-(
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #15 Ian Weinberg
    #14 Thanks @Gert Scholtz
    Gert Scholtz
    14/10/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz
    @Ian Weinberg A swashbuckling ride Doc! Next time, take me with you when you go for a โ€œspinโ€ in an airplane. I crashed down with a microglider once and think I should up the ante on skyfalls. Good story Ian, and may I say happy that you lived to tell it โ€“ and have a coffee with me from time to time.
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #13 Ian Weinberg
    #2 Thanks @Harvey Lloyd one of the spectators would have written it up. I believe it was spectacular to watch!!
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #12 Ian Weinberg
    #4 Yep, I'm done with that stuff now. I just put my feet up and drink beer !
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg
    #5 Thanks @Ken Boddie It's interesting that as I've 'matured' I've lost the edge. I don't think I'd have the nerve to go up in that thing again!
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #10 Ian Weinberg
    #6 Thanks @Donna Wood A little ragged now - Mow I rather just watch others doing these things on TV
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #9 Ian Weinberg
    #1 Thanks @Pascal Derrien
    Ian Weinberg
    14/10/2017 #8 Ian Weinberg
    #7 I was @Cyndi wilkins And I never heard the end of it. To this day ...
    Cyndi wilkins
    14/10/2017 #7 Cyndi wilkins
    Okay...I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you were not married at this time @Ian Weinberg...Because if I was your wife...I would have killed you after a stunt like that! Adrenaline junkie...now I know why you're a brain surgeon;-)
    Donna Wood
    14/10/2017 #6 Donna Wood
    Some edge of your seat reading, @Ian Weinberg!!! The world is grateful for two things: first you lived to tell the tale; and second that people who push envelope exist. Necessity indeed is the mother of all invention. It the exhilaration we feel while pushing the envelope that truly makes us feel alive!!!
    Ken Boddie
    14/10/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    They say that the sweetest success, Ian, comes after boundaries have been moved further away than we originally thought possible, or, even better, when the batsman repeatedly hits a six over them. Personally, I'm one of those boring people who identify hazards, and carry out a risk assessment after evaluating the probability of occurrence and the associated consequential damage. I then suggest appropriate factors of safety be set in place, so that the great majority of users or practitioners can work within a safe environment. But without people like you, Ian, we never really find out what is possible beyond the boundaries or how conservative we may or may not have been in setting them. "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." ๐Ÿค”
    Paul Walters
    14/10/2017 #4 Paul Walters
    @Ian Weinberg . dont push that envelope tpp far my old mate..I still want to read a lot more of your stuff!!
    Harvey Lloyd
    14/10/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    I think we all cand relate๐Ÿ˜ฅ
  19. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    One is the loneliest number
    One is the loneliest numberLooking at the characteristics of who is or isnโ€™t lonely, some key similarities and differences are worth noting:Risk factors for loneliness include: The more risk factors present, the greater the odds of being lonely What can you do to prevent or...


    Joel Anderson
    17/10/2017 #6 Joel Anderson
    Thank you for some great insights. Joel
    Royce Shook
    13/10/2017 #5 Royce Shook
    Thank you all for your thoughtful responses. In a workshop, I do on social connectedness we define social isolation is: less social contact than someone wishes, causing loneliness or other emotional distress. In Canada, the research shows that 6% of seniors do not have any friends, which leads to social isolation, and loneliness. There are many of us who, although alone are never lonely, as Franci and Ken said. I find myself, at times in Ian's situation looking for time alone so I can rest and recharge my battery. We all have a need to belong no matter what age we are at, and as we age, seniors lose members of their social circle and withdraw from their community. In BC only 67% of seniors feel a connection to their community. I am not sure about other areas but I think the percentages would not be that different. I believe that unless we take steps to try and change this situation, more and more seniors will experience isolation and loneliness which leads to health and care problems.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/10/2017 #4 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I agree with @Ken Boddie. I don't mind being alone, but I am never lonely. I always find something to occupy my time.
    Ian Weinberg
    13/10/2017 #3 Ian Weinberg
    A very relevant and well written article @Royce Shook In my professional situation I am consulted by in excess of 200 people per month. I therefore find myself seeking 'alone-ness' to pursue own quality time, sans human engagement.
    Ken Boddie
    13/10/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    I cherish being alone, Royce, but am seldom lonely. For me the key to avoiding loneliness is maintaining an enquiring mind and objective focus, while carefully choosing from whom we learn, and avoiding being overwhelmed by too much vacuous interaction.
    Milos Djukic
    13/10/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Great article @Royce Shook. A must read. Thanks and cheers.
  20. ProducerMark Blevins

    Mark Blevins

    Random Thoughts About The Week
    Random Thoughts About The WeekI was drinking coffee the other day with a retired guy. He worked as an architect for years. Since I want to take the Interior Architecture course at Cornish, thereโ€™s a common interest. Heโ€™s also bought a couple drawings I had printed up. He...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/10/2017 #5 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Really enjoyed this @Mark Blevins. Epic story about the coffee shop! And, couldn't agree more about teens and the loss of control we have no matter what rules they are given. Each child is different. My second pushed me to the limit often. She had and still does have a great heart but she was such a social butterfly in HS, it was hard to hold her back w/out major tiffs going on constantly. I'm glad she grew up! :)
    Jerry Fletcher
    13/10/2017 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Good to hear from you Mark.
    John Rylance
    13/10/2017 #3 John Rylance
    I measured out my life in coffee spoons. T S ELIOT
    Pascal Derrien
    13/10/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    ah coffee ... :-)
  21. ProducerLena Graham

    Lena Graham

    Tips to learn English
    Tips to learn EnglishTo acquire spoken English skill is the most interesting and rewarding part of learning English. To be able to speak good and grammatically correct English is a big plus in the career market. Even if you speak only a little English, there are many...
  22. ProducerDave Worthen

    Dave Worthen

    Winning Against the Killer Chorus in Your Mind
    Winning Against the Killer Chorus in Your MindWhen you were a kid, did you ever have that experience when you were swimming in a pool or in a lake on vacation, where you thought to yourself, โ€œI wonder if I can hold my breath and swim from one end of the pool to the other?โ€There was just you,...


    Dave Worthen
    15/10/2017 #16 Dave Worthen
    #15 Thanks, Anita!
    Anita Diaz
    15/10/2017 #15 Anita Diaz
    Very good article, thank you.
    Dave Worthen
    12/10/2017 #14 Dave Worthen
    #13 Yep! Thanks again, @Kevin Baker!
    Kevin Baker
    12/10/2017 #13 Kevin Baker
    #12 Everyone is challenged by this every day.
    Dave Worthen
    12/10/2017 #12 Dave Worthen
    #11 Thank you very much, @Kevin Baker! I really appreciate your comments and you sharing. I think this is something everyone can benefit from because who hasnโ€™t been challenged by this?!
    Kevin Baker
    12/10/2017 #11 Kevin Baker
    Love this , so inspiring, nothing builds self esteem like internal focus and true grit determination . So well written, sharing everywhere
    Dave Worthen
    12/10/2017 #10 Dave Worthen
    #8 Thank you, @Netta Virtanen! It was definitely the feeling I was writing to convey! Glad you liked it.
    Dave Worthen
    12/10/2017 #9 Dave Worthen
    #7 Thank you very much, @Ness Campagnaro! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
    Netta Virtanen
    12/10/2017 #8 Netta Virtanen
    Well written! I love that champion feeling and yes definitely get that "killer chorus is screaming." Very well written @Dave Worthen
    Ness Campagnaro
    12/10/2017 #7 Ness Campagnaro
    i really like how you write. Its fun and easy and tell-it-like-it-is. Entertained! Thanks
    Dave Worthen
    12/10/2017 #6 Dave Worthen
    #5 Thank you very much, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher! Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it and that it was timely!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    12/10/2017 #5 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    You are a rock star at inspiring @Dave Worthen. This was not only visual but visceral. Thanks, I really needed to read this today!
    Dave Worthen
    11/10/2017 #4 Dave Worthen
    #3 Thank you very much, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador! And thanks for taking the time to comment here. It's something I think all of us run into at different points in our lives and I tried to highlight the upside in how one can win against it.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    11/10/2017 #3 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I love the way you set the stage by detailing a step by step power struggle one has with oneself. Then the finale conveys what one can do if they really want to. Excellent post, @Dave Worthen.
    Dave Worthen
    11/10/2017 #2 Dave Worthen
    #1 Thank you so much @Kathryn Landers! It is exactly my intention as a writer to convey these concepts we all have experienced and translate them into something everyone can use in their business and in life.
    Kathryn Landers
    11/10/2017 #1 Kathryn Landers
    I had tears in my eyes after reading this. What a beautiful effect to create on another using the English language to convey concepts that touch our soul. I look forward to your next work of art..... !
  23. ProducerFlavio ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Souza ๐Ÿ
    "Divide et impera"
    "Divide et impera"This post is a "part 2" of this oneย (kind of)It is impossible of course to say for certain (just like 90% of our history), but it seems that Julius Caesar has been attributed to the quote "Divide et impera" which is "Divide and Conquer" in...


    Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    11/10/2017 #3 Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    Imagine A world Run By Psychopaths ??? Too easy !!!
    Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    11/10/2017 #1 Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris
    Well, if history repeats itself, then we'll probably see the collapse of this "empire" as well. In fact, throughout history there are several cases of this kind of totalitarian rule and they all failed. Dar Williams even wrote a very nice song about that (called "The Empire"). I don't know what's more concerning, the fact that many people don't see that this new empirical rule exists, or that those few people behind it expect it to succeed this time...
  24. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Armed & Dangerous
    Armed & DangerousMy parents named me Corentin, I don't know if it was a reference to a long gone king or to a founding saint who got Brittany's heart pounding. Anyway, I am Corentin G. Seven hundred and eighty. That's the cell number of the prison where I am meant...


    Pascal Derrien
    15/10/2017 #44 Pascal Derrien
    #43 oh genius I don't know different maybe unless you commented on the wrong article @Lyon Brave :-) anyway nice to see you dropping by :-)
    Lyon Brave
    14/10/2017 #43 Lyon Brave
    Pascal Derrien
    14/10/2017 #41 Pascal Derrien
    #40 thanks @Cyndi wilkins chemistry, context, upbringing etc..... even though we all start at the same point not everyone get a safe let alone head start :-(
    Cyndi wilkins
    14/10/2017 #40 Cyndi wilkins
    #19 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher...You make a crucial point here... "I think of people like Jeffrey Dahmer as one example. I won't go into gory detail but the way he killed and what he did afterwards will never make sense."

    I do not believe that people are inherently 'inhuman'...and certainly this young man behaved as such...cannibalism is a sure sign of chemical disorder in the brain...the body itself becomes 'canabolic' when it is starved of vital nutrients...as seen in those who suffer disorders such as anorexia...I remember seeing an article or interview with Dalmer's father in which he stated that he was very concerned for his unborn child as his wife was a manic depressant and on several mood altering medications during her first trimester of pregnancy...apparently not realizing she was pregnant at the time.

    There was an image of the letter he sent to the doctor...and the return answer was of significant concern as the first trimester is crucial to the fetus' developing brain...I'm no scientist...and I'm not defending this young man by any stretch of the imagination...but I would say he was born very mentally ill....That said, his story and life served a higher purpose in educating us all on the dangers of using drugs during pregnancy...Prescription or not...This brings to mind the issue of abortion...but that's a discussion for another time.

    A sobering reminder for us all @Pascal Derrien...
    Pascal Derrien
    14/10/2017 #39 Pascal Derrien
    #38 Hey @Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen I think you are dead (no pun :-) )right !!!
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    13/10/2017 #38 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    @Pascal Derrien, yeah, it's hard to find those answers sometimes, for sure. . .
    Milos Djukic
    13/10/2017 #37 Anonymous
    #36 Sure @Pascal Derrien, my friend :)
    Pascal Derrien
    13/10/2017 #36 Pascal Derrien
    #32 life is Tenuous ๐Ÿ˜€ @Milos Djukic many thanks for commenting and the video too ๐Ÿ˜€
    Pascal Derrien
    13/10/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    #33 oh I know and if I sweat more I am going to lose a bone ๐Ÿ˜€ many thanks for reading
    Pascal Derrien
    13/10/2017 #34 Pascal Derrien
    #31 I got scared writing it too Bill :-)
    Ness Campagnaro
    13/10/2017 #33 Ness Campagnaro
    Dangerously sweaty to read. Loved it. Now for more.....
    Milos Djukic
    13/10/2017 #32 Anonymous
    Great article @Pascal Derrien! Light and darkness are like epic fantasy. Both are ubiquitous and omnipresent, hence essential in order to see the whole. Returning back to self in order to remain self-similar.

    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    12/10/2017 #31 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    This picture scares me ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Phil Friedman
    12/10/2017 #30 Phil Friedman
    #29 I agree. Let me leave you with this thought: Those who are truly positive about life and living are NOT those who refuse to recognize Evil and its handmaiden, Misfortune. The truly positive of this world are those who fully recognize Evil and Misfortune for what they are and ... spit in their eye.
    Pascal Derrien
    12/10/2017 #29 Pascal Derrien
    #28 Thanks @Phil Friedman always a constructive point of view :-), I am a very optimistic person in fact :-) but I like exploring dark angles with my inquisitive torch. Crazy stuff is happening all the time no later than 10 days ago my daughter and wife were 5mns away from a mowing car in London... how do we produce these type of individuals in our society is still a question that needs to be answered, I find it being a more relevant interrogation than the 5 ways to..... :-) ?
    Phil Friedman
    12/10/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    #25 You "can", Pascal, but only at the risk of offending the Honey Police. Never forget, life can be exactly as you want it to be, if you just believe in yourself and concentrate on the positive. Or something like that. Anyway, I just sent out 50 or so sympathy notes with that thought to many who lost loved ones in Las Vegas. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    12/10/2017 #27 Harvey Lloyd
    #24 I wish my POV was unique and i could just be considered a crazy old man. But history of civilizations seem to point towards survival mode, the banning of people and communities to support each other.

    Then we evolve into the godlike mode of mans pennicle of achievement and the materialism begins. This is an observation and not a condemnation. My prayer is this epoch will survive its evolution.

    We may have grunted and painted on walls or grew to stone tablet writing and now iPads, but the human condition/brain is pretty much the same.

    I was given a book that took the Old Testement and turned into novel like narrative, that from a historical perspective, told the tale i speak to. The rise and fall of the Roman Empire along with the Aztecs, Myanโ€™s and many other civilizations seemed to follow the similar patterns.

    You ask a valid question and no its not a dark question, but rather a question of self awareness we tend to avoid. To ask it would cause us to look internally, that is the dark place we wish to avoid. Especially when Visa offers us a look at the Disneyland the brain so enjoys.

    No you ask the question because you know it must be answered. Dont stop asking or seeking its discussion.

    As always you spark real discussion concerning real humanity. Visa will never ask these questions.
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    12/10/2017 #26 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    #25 i shall remember this
    Pascal Derrien
    12/10/2017 #25 Pascal Derrien
    #23 I was asked yesterday why am I writing stuff so dark and unsettling at times, the answer was.... because I can :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    12/10/2017 #24 Pascal Derrien
    #22 as often you provide a unique point of view @Harvey Lloyd :-) Is it a sign of the times or can we so gore and brutal as a specie ? I agree with the join the game comment, if you look at corporations who sell hugs and kisses thru their CSR marketing campaigns and intentionally manage their staff to mental exhaustion. All is calm on the surface but altogether very different under the primary line of vision.
  25. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    Opinions the study of God and life and death
    Opinions the study of God and life and deathFact verses fiction, truth verses lies, and then there is theology. Theology is the study of God, the nature of God and religious beliefs. It can also be described as the knowledge and belief we have about God. Those of us who have taken more...


    Greg Rolfe
    12/10/2017 #3 Greg Rolfe
    #1 Thank you Harvey for your insight.
    Harvey Lloyd
    11/10/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Finding Grace
    Harvey Lloyd
    11/10/2017 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    When we seek justification it will be hard to find Grace. Theology is a fascinating journey to knowledge but can also side track our personal walk with Jesus.

    The Bible was written for me and my walk. I must understand and unfold its Grace within my life. Its personal. I enjoy theology but needless to say will never have the personal knowledge the theist has obtained. This is his or her personal walk.

    I can not judge nor compare the walk but sharing a short journey with their studies is fascinating.

    Grace is a very challenging concept within a world of personal brands. Grace is what humanity requires but also requires the courage to experience those who operate outside of Grace. In a material world it is easy to fall prey to the scorekeeper where Grace is all but abandoned.

    These are Biblical times we share as we look at history. Grace has fallen prey to the modern concepts of humanity.

    Your post displays this challenge we face as a society.
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