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  1. Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck
    Rebooten: Mark Twain...Do yourself a favor
  2. Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck
    Rebooten: Things arenโ€™t that easyโ€ฆ
  3. Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck
    Rebooten: The Power of Absurdity
  4. Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck

    Jason Stueck
    Rebooten: Sometimes the memory has to be enough
  5. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    Lines in the Sand: Part II
    Lines in the Sand: Part IILast night in a hospital room with my father, while he slept, my grown and very smart daughter and I somehow embarked on a discussion about things coming up and looming in our future. The focus was on my father, but as we watched him sleep she...


    Devesh Bhatt
    21/01/2017 #15 Devesh Bhatt
    Lines are everywhere :)
    Gerald Hecht
    21/01/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    Some lines aren't even relevant...in the end who among us would waste an iota of our precious time and energy (best not wasted...all of our lives, all of our loved ones lives...all over --in the blink of an eye) on the political views of "The Federalists" vs. "The Whigs"?
    I don't mean to be obtuse or provincial...FWIW...it's a reference to the ghost of a line in the sand...in which existed in the ghost of a place called "America"; neither of which exist. They are Dead. No sand. No line. Remains.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    21/01/2017 #13 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #12 Hi @Joel Anderson, no apologies necessary :)) I understand typing on the phone. I can't type messages well at all from my phone. I agree, snapshots in time... one moment- so well said!
    Joel Anderson
    21/01/2017 #12 Joel Anderson
    #5 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher Sorry, was trying to write, read and respond on my phone and in between meetings and other distractions that come with the work day. I am truly thankful for your comments and thoughts on this particular piece. Amazing how simple "Moments:Snap shots in time" can become become so profound.
    FancyJ London
    21/01/2017 #11 FancyJ London
    Thank you I am so glad you loved it! I am humbled. #7
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    20/01/2017 #10 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #9 These lines of text leave the footprints of family, along the path of its glorious complexity.
    Joel Anderson
    20/01/2017 #9 Joel Anderson
    #4 Deb your kindness and compassion are truly appreciated.
    Joel Anderson
    20/01/2017 #8 Joel Anderson
    #5 Thank you Lisa Gallagher.
    Joel Anderson
    20/01/2017 #7 Joel Anderson
    #6 Thank you so much. "Our threads cross and tangle with twists" indeed. I didn't like it, I loved Crimson Thread. Keep making a difference.
    FancyJ London
    20/01/2017 #6 FancyJ London
    This reminds me of the Red Thread Ancient chinese Proverb. If you have a moment take a look at a poem I wrote on my blog, Crimson Thread. I think you will like it. Thank you for sharing your deep amazing thoughts, I enjoyed this post immensely. Cheers
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/01/2017 #5 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    @Joel Anderson, this was 'mind' altering. Thank you for giving the reader another perspective through your eyes. This just made SO much sense. I'm glad you and your daughter are able to talk as you do!
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    20/01/2017 #4 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Joel Anderson
    19/01/2017 #3 Joel Anderson
    #1 In time dear cousin we will make it so. Thanks and all the best to you and yours
    Joel Anderson
    19/01/2017 #2 Joel Anderson
    #1 In time dear cousin we will make it so. Thanks and all the best to yiu and yours
    Dave Anderson
    19/01/2017 #1 Dave Anderson
    So when are you and Marybeth's lines going to intertwine and head out to Monterey for a visit?
  6. ProducerLisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Dear Mom, Gone but Not Forgotten
    Dear Mom, Gone but Not ForgottenToday marks one year since my mother passed away. It still seems as though it was yesterday. I know that the sadness will pass it just takes time. I wrote a letter to my mom before she passed but she always wanted to stay focused on the day in front...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #44 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #42 Hi @Sharon Fulgenzi, thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I appreciate your kind comment!!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/01/2017 #43 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #41 Hi @Lisa Vanderburg, thank you so much for reading this not once but 2 times. Yes, that was my intent... to honor my mom and celebrate her life. I began writing my letter before she passed and finished the letter within a few days of her passing. I smile when I read it because it's a fond reminder of the love we all shared together thanks to mom and her love for all of us. That alone, puts a smile on my face even though every first without her has had it's up's/downs. I will continue to honor her love through my children and grandchildren :))
    Sharon Fulgenzi
    14/01/2017 #42 Sharon Fulgenzi
    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I am so sorry for your loss. Her love and strength will always be part of you and your family. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tender letter. Prayers.....
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #41 Lisa Vanderburg
    I read this a couple of days ago and couldn't respond, lovely @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher. Your love is too intimate for me to come close - it breaks my heart.
    I so applaud you writing this (which I've re-read anew). Your Mother is what all Mother's show be; you are what all daughters should be. You have taken the pain of your loss to make a celebration of a life well loved. Bravo!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/01/2017 #40 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #39 I accept your gift with honor and will share your poem with my siblings. Thank you so much Ken!
    Ken Boddie
    14/01/2017 #39 Ken Boddie
    #37 If talent is a gift, Lisa, then this is my gift to you and your siblings.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/01/2017 #38 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #34 I'm glad to know my memory is fairly well intact still @David B. Grinberg :)) I got half of it right RE: team, yay me! LOL. I agree, remembering all the happy times, the proud etc... leave us with a sense of peace. After my dad died, I wasn't able to get to that place until I got through the grieving process and I don't remember how long that took. It's been a long time since he's been gone and my memories are beautiful of him without tears. One day I will be able to smile big when I remember the beautiful memories of my mom without anymore tears too. Thanks! Psst, I don't cry often as it is.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/01/2017 #37 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #36 Ken, your poem brought happy tears to my eyes. "She hugs us like a shadow, And refuses our goodbyes." Last night and part of today, I felt this. And then remembered, "That their spirit lives in what we do and everything we say." Wow... so true and so very moving. Thank You Ken!! You have a talent with words.
    Ken Boddie
    14/01/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    I wrote this poem, Lisa, for another occasion, but I hope that it helps reinforce what you already know - that your daily actions and your obvious love for your mum, both then and now, are more important than words unshared.

    Grief never leaves us,
    She answers not our why's,
    She hugs us like a shadow,
    And refuses our goodbyes.

    She's there lest we forget,
    When our loved ones slip away,
    That their spirit lives in what we do,
    And everything we say.
    Luis Piriz
    14/01/2017 #35 Luis Piriz
    #25 Amen
    David B. Grinberg
    14/01/2017 #34 David B. Grinberg
    #30 Thanks for your kind reply, Lisa. I'm impressed you remembered the football team. Well, almost. You got it half right: NY Jets. My dad got season tickets for us when I was a kid and the Jets actually played in NY back then (now it's NJ) at the old Shea Stadium in Queens. As noted previously, even though the Jets usually lost more than they won, the father-son bonding was always a winning experience.
    Not a day goes by when I don't think about him. But rather than being sad, I think of all his positive life accomplishments: an Army veteran, president and CEO of a textile manufacturing company in NYC, a loving husband and father, a world traveler, an amateur tennis player and swimmer, etc. My dad lived a full and fruitful life. In fact, I would even say he lived the "American dream" IMHO.
    Thus, I thank the good Lord above for blessing me with such a wonderful father who was always there for me. Even when our loved ones are gone, the wonderful memories live on within in us -- even as the pain of missing someone always lingers.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #33 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman and your so right, I always feel she's close and she will never leave my heart :))
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    13/01/2017 #32 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Your mom will always be with you in spirit, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher. The unwavering love between you, you mom and your family will be forever.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #30 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #19 I'm sorry you lost your father @David B. Grinberg, if I recall you both loved going to the NY Giants games together? I might have the team wrong? Loss is never easy for anyone. I actually feel guilty for hurting when I do because I think of people who lost loved one's in a manner I didn't (without being detailed) and then I feel I have no right to feel sad when I think of others losses which seem even worse to me if that makes sense?
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #29 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #11 @Larry Boyer, I forgot to mention... I saved 3 voicemails from my mom and I haven't been able to listen to them either. Not sure I will ever be able to. I remember long after dad died and I forgot what his voice sounded like, I wished I would have had his voice on tape or something but that was long before the technology we have today. At least we both know we have them if we do chose to listen :))
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #28 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #18 Your words/thoughts are beautiful @Mohammed A. Jawad, thank you!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #27 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #17 Thank you for reading my long letter @Julio Angel Lopez Lopez, :))
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #26 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #16 I can still hear her voice @Ali Anani and she will always be with me in spirit, thank you so much!!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #25 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #15 Hi @Luis Piriz, blessings to you and yours too. Thank you :))
  7. ProducerMax๐Ÿ J. Carter
    Family and what they teach us
    Family and what they teach usMy dad has Parkinson's Disease.ย My dad's legs don't work so well and he is supposed to use a walker, he doesn't and at times it feels as though the roles have reversed. I get why though.ย As a contractor my dad was a power horse. His own boss...


    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #15 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #13 I rarely blush.... well done @Lisa Vanderburg.

    You are too kind.

    It is unfortunate that it is more machismo that is taught than true manhood in schools. One of my ongoing efforts is in teaching men to be more manly and that means more in touch with being able to express themselves with love without fear of being thought of as a homosexual and before anyone says something there is nothing wrong with being homosexual.

    What's wrong is thinking only homosexual men can be emotional creatures who are capable of tender caring and compassion and experiencing what I call androgynous love.

    The male friends I have in my life often get big hugs and hear I love you frequently.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    11/01/2017 #13 Lisa Vanderburg
    #6 Aw..God love ya! (I'm old, you can overlook this once), what a heart you have! I so long for your love, bonding and - yes - manhood! It should be taught at school to be in another's shoes :)
    Just an aside for levity; my father's last word to me before he died (I was the carer that night) was, 'oh....SHUT UP woman'. Your Dad is a great guy and well worth your respect; just don't burn out!
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #12 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #10 @David Navarro Lรณpez it appears to me you honor him daily in the way you live.

    I love the tile concept you shared with us and thank you for doing so.

    It reminds o the old line "The older I got, the smarter my father got."

    I agree I think our dads would have been great friends and I appreciate the friendship that you and I have been building slowly over time.
    David Navarro Lรณpez
    11/01/2017 #11 Anonymous
    Sorry, I mean "My Father passed away on 2008 and there is no single day without my mind flying to him."
    David Navarro Lรณpez
    11/01/2017 #10 Anonymous
    In Spain we use to make tiles with sayings or adages on it and hang them in the wall like this https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MSbo-Mp78GA/Vy-PV9PFdlI/AAAAAAAAUBo/VNsdi7Z3EoE0FsV-2oYuackN6vsKY4mqwCLcB/s1600/azulejos%2Bcon%2Brefranes.jpg
    I remember a very good one, which I am translating for you:
    At 5 years old, Papa knows everything
    At 15, there are things Papa doesn't know
    At 25, Papa knows nothing
    At 35, maybe Papa was right in something
    At 45, I am going to ask Papa
    At 55, I wish I had my Papa
    My Father passed away on 2008 and there is no single day my mind flies to him.
    I was lucky to have him, learned a lot from him. He never was too tired to teach me something. Whenever something had to be done at home, fixing a door, painting, whatever, he always took me with him and made me help him, explaining me why and how he was doing it, letting me do it, even if wrong, to learn.
    In many ways, when you described yours, it made me think of mine. I am sure they would have been good friends.
    I believe we both have been fortunate with our respective fathers.
    I saw him going down in his health, day by day. However, he never left his spirit going down.
    I hope I will honour him. Close
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #9 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    Yo @David B. Grinberg thank you for sharing this.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #8 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #5 Thank you @Ian Weinberg wise words of advice.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #6 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #3 It felt like a living eulogy as I was writing it. Kind of preparing myself in away for the inevitable.

    I found with my dad that there was this unspoken competition for alpha dominance so to speak that went on for too many years. It has done both of us a world of good to set that aside and work it out. I think a lot of fathers and sons go through it and I see it in mothers and daughters at times

    I remember the old movie THE BREAKFAST CLUB and that I am calling it an old movie is making me feel old ;)

    When a teen girl is asked why she wants to run away she says "My home life is unsatisfying."

    The response summed up was so is everyone else's or we would live with our parents for ever. I only hope to not have the same rfit with my own son and work at it with him. He's 12.

    Thank you @Lisa Vanderburg for your kind words, they are felt and appreciated.
    Ian Weinberg
    11/01/2017 #5 Ian Weinberg
    Good stuff @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter Savor the moments, support purposeful business
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    11/01/2017 #4 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    I'm doing it @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    He is 90 on the 17th of this month.
    I have the impression that his gaze is lost in memories and I hear his stories repeated over and over again, giving him a face of surprise and laughter as if he told me for the first time.
    I own him.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    11/01/2017 #3 Lisa Vanderburg
    Wow...that hit home, Max. What you have so beautifully written is a living eulogy, although I can understand if you don't see it as such!
    I feel your steps, moments of watching, waiting and breath-holding regarding your father's Parkinson's - my husband is 18 years into his and is moving to a wheelchair (temporarily, of course!). You are a good son and a practised listened; your father has taught you so many great life-lessons, and I find it so freeing to hear you talk of this - even though it costs you plenty! My husband started aged 49, so our sons were early teens. They never talk about it (at least to me). I wish they did.
    Thanks @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter, for the love you have for your father.
    David Navarro Lรณpez
    11/01/2017 #2 Anonymous
    #1 dear max, i found your post very interesting and want to add acomment later, when i have the time for it. Such a post worths taking the time to.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    11/01/2017 #1 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    Thank you @David Navarro Lรณpez for sharing this.
  8. Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy
    5 Ways You Can Spend Quality Time with Your Family Today
    intentionalemployee.com Learn five ways to spend quality time with family that you can start today. It isn't complicated. These are easy to...
  9. ProducerKevin Baker

    Kevin Baker

    Children are gifts
    Children are giftsChildren choose us to be there parents. They entrust us with the largest test of moral fiber life can bestow upon us. The difference is of course that the results will last not only our life time, it will also last through theirs and through...


    Gert Scholtz
    07/01/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz
    @Kevin Baker Well written and grounded description of parenthood and children. Thanks Kevin.
    Kevin Baker
    07/01/2017 #9 Kevin Baker
    #7 Don't change, when we stop acting like a child, things get to serious
    Kevin Baker
    07/01/2017 #8 Kevin Baker
    #3 Your fun
    David B. Grinberg
    07/01/2017 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Kevin. You make some good points. And while I've never had children (by choice), I am sometimes accused of acting like a child (lol). Keep buzzing!
    Brian McKenzie
    07/01/2017 #6 Brian McKenzie
    #5 Predictable - sure, Vulnerable - nope. I don't let anyone in, nor close enough to be vulnerable. I won't get fooled again. It is simply not a risk / danger I want in my life.
    Devesh Bhatt
    07/01/2017 #5 Devesh Bhatt
    #3 you have a long list of "keep away from me unless.." , repeated time and again, don't you think so much self expression of safeguards make you predictable, hence vulnerable? Or these are diversions to the judging kind who may be in for a surprise of they show bad intent?
    No offence, just curious
    Lyon Brave
    07/01/2017 #4 Lyon Brave
    this post makes the Rugrats song pop into my head ha
    Brian McKenzie
    07/01/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    I am not the nurturing type, nor do I wish to be. I jump rope between apathy and indifference while grinding towards dystopia and anarchy.
    Kevin Baker
    07/01/2017 #2 Kevin Baker
    #1 Thank you for sharing Brian, If your parents showed you only what not to be, being a nurturer may be easier for you.
    Brian McKenzie
    07/01/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    I certainly did not, nor would not have chosen my parents. But their tyranny and dysfunction will ensure I NEVER have kids. Nearly 50; never bred, never wed ~ never will.
  10. Donna Gordon

    Donna Gordon

    photography amateur
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  11. ProducerLinda Gimmeson

    Linda Gimmeson

    Best Family Cars to Buy Before the New Year
    Best Family Cars to Buy Before the New YearPurchasing a car for your family is a big decision. Every family is different and requires different specs from their vehicle. The right family car includes impressive safety measures, comfortable spacing, and advanced technology features. If youโ€™re...
  12. ProducerCraig Middleton

    Craig Middleton

    8 Ideas for a Gender Neutral Bathroom
    8 Ideas for a Gender Neutral BathroomBathrooms are an intensely personal area, so it is no surprise that they tend to be somewhat gendered. However, many people end up sharing a bathroom with someone of the opposite gender, so it may be necessary to create a bathroom that is appealing...
  13. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    Relationships between Rage and Rancor
    Relationships between Rage and RancorWhat an irony where blood relationships get severed, with growing rage and rancor! What prompts people to embrace discord and shun love? Is it devilish temptations, lack of elegant etiquette, or hyperbolic hatred? Of all stages of human...


    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/12/2016 #8 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #6 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Perhaps, in this fast-paced global village where communication is easy, accessible and spontaneous, we ought to harbor cordial, peaceful relationships and live cheery lives. That's the need of the passing times.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/12/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #5 @Donna-Luisa Eversley Thanks for your comments and appreciation. Indeed, as long as nothing is initiated and sorted out forgiveness does seem hard to perform. But, when someone comes with apologies, then we ought to readily forgive him/her. On the other hand, forgiving our near and dear ones with our mellowed hearts is worthwhile action. After all, 'to err is human and to forgive is divine'.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    13/12/2016 #6 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    It's disturbing that people can't get along and some carry grudges and some turn to revenge. Your post is timely because, during this time of the year, some people tend to be more caring and giving - but what about the rest of the year? And forgiveness, I agree with Donna-Luisa. Forgiving seems to be easier said than done.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    12/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Mohammed A. Jawad it is quite an interesting post you have here...provocative is the word I should use, because it should stir emotions, and does ! Forgiveness is I think one of the easiest things to give verbally but very hard in action to perform. It is the actions which come after the words which will yield us to our true feelings! Excellent post, I hope everyone will read๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    12/12/2016 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #3 @Phil Friedman Yea...I have seen families, who clinging on to their ways, had diffusing differences. Either they happen to meet at marriage ceremonies or at funerals. Other than that they keep grudging with complaints and criticisms. But, now-a-days, so much has changed that members of the same families avoid each other on festive occasions and are rarely seen at funerals. :(
    Phil Friedman
    12/12/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    Mohammed, there is wisdom here. My family on my father's side had an unspoken tradition. At the death of a family member, all family feuds existing at that time were cancelled, and all grievances erased. It would then take several years for new ones to emerge, but they would last only until the next funeral. Not a perfect system, but better than most. Cheers!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    12/12/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @Ken Boddie Thanks for your comments. Well said. Yea...in fact, anger is after all temporal madness!
    Ken Boddie
    12/12/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    'Hyperbolic hatred' says it all, Mohd!
    Isn't is weird how anger can turn some people psychotic? ๐Ÿ˜ก
    You might say ..... as mad as a barefoot centipede on a hot rock! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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  17. ProducerAndrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    The Family
    The FamilyHello, friends! Andrew Goldman here. Just as I promised on my latest stream to write a post about the family, here it is. Our world is a magical place. Everything is connected to one another. We are a part of one. But when it comes down to our...


    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    03/12/2016 #14 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Very true, thanks for a great comment, @Irene Hackett#13
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    03/12/2016 #12 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Very true, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher Thanks for a great comment! #11
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    03/12/2016 #11 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Love this buzz @Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman. I am reminded by my grown children a lot of the positive impacts I had on their lives and sometimes they remind of the not so positive. We have to be open to hearing the 'not so positives,' in order to continue to grow. It's rare my kids share negative memories and even then, they aren't as bad as I would have envisioned because parents can be very hard on themselves as it is. I love the positive impacts they speak of because it leads to further conversation and how they are choosing to raise their own children now. This stood out, "One person can do a lot." Yes, if one person does something positive it can have a ripple effect.
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    03/12/2016 #10 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Thanks for a great comment, @Ken Boddie! Have an awesome weekend! #9
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    Our family members, Andrew, like everyone else, have a range of personalities. If we attempt to understand these differences and acknowledge then with our loved ones, then we'll all be a lot happier. You'll see what I mean in this buzz I published previously, using 'Modern Family' members to illustrate the personality types: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/do-you-know-your-characters
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    01/12/2016 #8 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Great comment, @David B. Grinberg Thank you! I believe that love and respect starts with us. It is hard but possible even for people with no relatives. After all everyone in the world is a relative. #7
    David B. Grinberg
    01/12/2016 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Andrew. You offer many words of wisdom. I think some of the problems in America and elsewhere stem from a breakdown of the so-called nuclear family, particularly in urban areas. I imagine it's gut wrenching for a child to be raised by a single parent, not to mention perhaps never knowing who the other parent is, where they are, or why they left. This replaces love and security with feelings of abandonment, guilt and remorse. Thus, the importance of family structure cannot be overstated IMHO.
    I'm sharing this on three hives. Keep buzzing, my friend!
    Brian McKenzie
    30/11/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    My family was not the rosy Normal Rockwell fantasy. I haven't talked to them in 30 years, I see no reason to change that trend in the next 30 years either. Nor will I continue this lineage - these genes die with me.
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    30/11/2016 #5 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Thank you, Barbara! Have an awesome day! #3
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    30/11/2016 #4 Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    Thank you, @Aleksey Kharlamov. Have an awesome day! #1
    Bรกrbara Fernandez Lima
    30/11/2016 #3 Bรกrbara Fernandez Lima
    Your article is very, very interesting. I believe in our family shapes us to be who we are. And btw, I love this serie modern family :)
    Aleksey Kharlamov
    30/11/2016 #1 Aleksey Kharlamov
    Great post! Thank you!
  18. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    My Special Relationship With American Thanksgiving
    My Special Relationship With American ThanksgivingAmerican Thanksgiving will always bring with it a bit of sadness for me.Nine years ago, US Thanksgiving day was the last day we spent with our dadโ€ฆPete.Fort ErieMy dad was a kid in Fort Erie during the great depression. He learned how to scramble...


    John Rylance
    24/11/2016 #8 John Rylance
    Our memories alongside our experience in conjunction with our families are the bedrock of our future. Thank you Jim for sharing this with us.
    Asesh Datta
    24/11/2016 #7 Asesh Datta
    What an emotive feeling associated with Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for sharing. Nine years ago, Jim, you were so lucky that since that day every thanksgiving day like today you are specially praying for him. So nice for such coincidence and you should be thankful to the 'bus driver' who escorted your Dad away. So nice and blessed all of you are. Started in Fort Erie and a fort (effort) which was so dear to your Dad and he wanted to escape from effortlessly. Great and thanks for the insight. Regards
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    23/11/2016 #6 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Keep the stories coming Jim, I was touched very much by your post, my dad past away near thanksgiving Too. @Jim Murray Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #5 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Happy Thanksgiving
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    23/11/2016 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    WOW, @Jim Murray, great post here. My father was in the Polish Army in WWII & served in Italy & in the Monte Casino raid where his division routed the Germans. My father was later captured by the Germans & was in a POW camp, escaped & then later captured by the Russians & later released. He was given a beautiful sterling silver bracelet by the govt from the raid on Monte Casino that I still have. He has since past & had many stories about WWII when we talked. Here is some info about the raid: But the day is ours and a great victory has been won. Last night we received an operation order for the attack on Cassino in which we were to take part. It was to be supported by two squadrons of N.Z. tanks.

    But when the infantry probed the outskirts they found little opposition, and many Germans gave themselves up. There was some sniping and some machine gunning, but this was soon overcome, and in due course the place was mopped up. Some casualties were caused by time bombs left by the Hun.

    Later we learnt that the Polish ๏ฌ‚ag was ๏ฌ‚ying over the Monastery. It was very ๏ฌtting that this should be so, for the Poles have suffered dearly. Georgi, the Polish liaison of๏ฌcer, told me that the hills behind the Monastery were absolutely indescribable. Hundreds of dead lay all over the hillsides, Americans, French, N. Zealanders, and now Poles. best regards, Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah , Georgia
    David B. Grinberg
    23/11/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos Jim on your excellent storytelling which is impressive and admirable. Also, thank you for sharing such a personal and moving story. I really enjoyed reading it, as I reminded me of my late father.
    Having lost my dad a few years ago, I can relate well to your statement: "My dad was very much in my life for most all of my life. I miss him every day."
    My dad likewise served in the military, albeit in the Army, 10th Mountain Division. We also enjoyed going to sporting events together. We had season tickets for the NY Jets football team (NFL). They used to play at Shea Stadium in Queens back then. And while the Jets usually lost more than they won, the father-son bonding was always a winning experience which I will cherish for the rest of my life.
    God Bless them both!
    Loribeth Pierson
    23/11/2016 #2 Loribeth Pierson
    What a wonderful buzz Jim in honor of your Father. I am sure he is looking down and smiling on you today. My Papa passed away 19 months ago today from esophageal cancer. Not a good way to go at all. I still miss him every day and reading your buzz has brought tears to my eyes. I'm sure there will be more tears with the family tomorrow, but tears of remembering what a great man he was. He will forever be my hero.
    Aaron Skogen
    23/11/2016 #1 Aaron Skogen
    Nice tribute to your dad @Jim Murray. Keep those warm memories close this Thanksgiving.

    It seems to me, and by your own admission, you have much to be thankful for.

    Cheers from just south of the boarder.
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    23/11/2016 #3 Michele Williams
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    23/11/2016 #2 Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
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    @Ray Stasieczko welcome to beBee !
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  23. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    We, Our Grandfather and His Inspiring Talks
    We, Our Grandfather and His Inspiring TalksPerhaps, after receiving love and care from parents, children get an extra bonding love from their grandparents. After all, grandparents are like caring guardians, full of blessings and love, and always ready to inspire with their little stories...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    26/10/2016 #10 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #9 Jawad Bhai, your musings were my muse. Otherwise when would I ever get to talk about my elders and forefathers this way? :) Shukriya!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/10/2016 #9 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #7 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, and in fact, reading your response refreshed my memory in many ways. Indeed, the presence of parents and grandparents is both blessings and bounty. We ought to revere them, with all humility, for their love, care and mentoring. I am glad to know you had wonderful times listening tales to your maternal and paternal grandfathers :) Ahaโ€ฆthen, the strict precepts, out of sheer care and love, that comes from themโ€ฆdo this, do that, avoid this, follow thatโ€ฆ:) your story too reminded me things of pastโ€ฆstreet lights, moths immediately after sunset, petromax (that we used to light in our home when we were bereft of electricity for almost 5 years due to heavy bill). With such lovely parents, I presume that you had a lovely tutelage. Once again, thanks so much Praveen Sahab! :)
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/10/2016 #8 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #6 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher Thanks so much for counting this post worthwhile. Ahaโ€ฆyou like my grandpaโ€™s picture. Thatโ€™s great to know. You know what? In hard times too, he used to keep his face cheery. Thanks, once again for your comments.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    26/10/2016 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    That's a lovely tribute to your dear Grandfather, dear Jawad! Parents provide love, care and affection while grandparents instill truths and wisdom, through their stories and their games with the children who more or less look at them like playmates! Am glad that his strength of character and his words have stayed with you. I had a quiet, smiling and stoic grandpa from my Dad's side and an outspoken and flamboyant one from my Mom's side. Both had their own tales to tell, from the memories I have. :) And they were quite a contrast even in their complexion. The former was brown-complexioned and the latter was very fair and golden-eyed! Yes, their generation, unless educated well or endowed with family properties, had to endure a lot of hardship. My paternal Grandpa's COUSIN also called Grandfather by us, was a unique gentleman for his time. Not having the wherewithal to pursue schooling he used to tell me how he would sneak into classes, with waste note papers and pencil stubs and rubbers thrown away by other students, listen avidly, make notes, come home walking miles to sit under a solitary dim street petromax/gas lamp surrounded by moths and crickets, read and memorise; and then rub away / erase the notes to reuse that paper for many times... and finally managed to earn a place in school through sheer tenacity of purpose that was noticed by his uncle who supported him subsequently. He was a master at Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English. He spoke English with a proper, commanding British accent and had such an amazing command over Grammar, that even higher officials used to be cautious speaking to him in English! He rose to the ranks of a Tahsildar before retirement.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #6 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    What a great story you shared about your grandfather @Mohammed A. Jawad. I love the photo. I'm glad you had many years to enjoy with your grandfather and he shared his knowledge freely. It's so nice when you have such a great relationship with family members because there's a lot to pass on to future generations ( a lot of good, that is).
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    24/10/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #3 @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich Thanks so much for your appreciative remarks. Yes, sometimes we ought to delve into our past to recall something most prized. What matters is attitude. And our grandfather was a man of good, cheery attitude. Thanks, once again for liking this post.
    Dean Owen
    24/10/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    I also enjoyed this tribute. Perhaps it resonated because I never knew my grandfathers. It's good to have a patriarch in the family. Thanks @Mohammed A. Jawad
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    24/10/2016 #3 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I feel richer from getting to meet your grandfather through your memories and words, @Mohammed A. Jawad. I have seen a very similar quality in many of your buzzes - they are inspiring talks! What a wonderful time we do live in for his story now to be told virtually to a worldwide audience.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    23/10/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @debasish majumder I am glad to know that you enjoyed reading the post. Sometimes, due to culture drift, we forget our beauteous past.
    debasish majumder
    23/10/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    nice post. enjoyed read. thank you @Mohammed A.Jawad for sharing such lovely post. yes, values are the precious imperative and a rich heritage we need to preserve with due care.
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    Phillip Hubbell

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    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    27/09/2016 #5 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Phillip Hubbell thanks for sharing it ! :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/09/2016 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    I am in awe of what we refer to as a "human being". The individual stories, and each of us has a story, never cease to amaze me. Thank you for your story @Phillip Hubbell; you have kept me in awe.
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/09/2016 #2 Aurorasa Sima
    Itยดs hard to comment on this one so that I will just thank you for sharing that story.
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    22/09/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    What a story :-)
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    The Bowery
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    jesse kaellis
    20/09/2016 #7 jesse kaellis
    I can see running out of these stories. Then I'll have to write more. I wonder if I even still have a voice, or have anything worthwhile to say. When a writer starts to imitate himself -- he's doomed. I could write about anything there are events in my life that might resonate with other people. My father's dementia for example. Over five million people a year are newly diagnosed in the US with dementia. 500,000 in Canada. I'm reluctant to write that up for some reason. Thanks again, Lisa.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/09/2016 #6 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    your welcome @jesse kaellis. Stories matter, lives matter- again thanks for sharing!
    jesse kaellis
    20/09/2016 #5 jesse kaellis
    #3 From "I'm clean, I'm alive, and I'm living." The last story from my book.

    It is difficult to imagine how I am going to make a tidy, happy ending. Although really it already is, basically, in the sense that, I mean, you can't take the pain out of living. Not without taking the living out of living. If you want to be a booze ghoul, a drug zombie, yeah, you won't feel a thing and that is worse than the pain. Here is the demarcation point for me. Hiding in my room doing drugs and masturbating, or I'm involved with a woman and her children. I have a chance to make a difference in real people's lives.

    EST was okay. It was meant to be confrontational. I blossomed as a public speaker in the seminars. I found a power in myself that I never knew I had. EST dissolved in 1985 and morphed into the Landmark Forum, a kinder gentler EST.

    Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to read my story and comment.
    jesse kaellis
    20/09/2016 #4 jesse kaellis
    #2 Thank you, Donna-Luisa. There is a close to every story. I see the finish line now. And it looks to me as though I had a good life, a useful and full life.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/09/2016 #3 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    A glimpse into your early life @jesse kaellis, the EST sounds a bit brutal for a young person. You summed things up well with your last sentence. "You just can't take the pain out of living", if we could, everyone would be happy all the time. I guess we have to experience pain to understand what true happiness is. Thanks for sharing!
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    20/09/2016 #2 Donna-Luisa Eversley
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    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @jesse kaellis ... I think of everything you've written, I like this one most. Maybe it's because I too cut everyone off, and reconnected, and have found the circle of life. We are all a part of our family, and no one, no circumstance nothing can be perfect. Think you brought that point home.. Sharing with the gang.. @David B. Grinberg @Laura Mikolaitis @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher @Jim Murray @Ken Boddie @Don ๐Ÿ Kerr Daniel @Daniel Donachie @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman @Flรกvio Rodrigues Vieira
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