- 17/05/2017Our rustic backyard Boardwalk is rebuilt after the flooding last fall, with a few illuminating upgrades. 😄
I just love our sunsets!
- 08/05/2017ESPAÑA VISTA DESDE EL ESPACIO
- Producer22/04/2017The Plight Of The Humble Coastal Tree That Could Save Us All.Now, before I launch into this diatribe I have a confession to make; I have never liked mangrove forests or mangrove trees in general. From afar they look fabulous but get up close and personal and, once inside that forest is a bit like stepping...
Comments26/04/2017 #53 Aaron SkogenI have seen the Mangroves in South Florida (where I believe they are protected) and in Haiti, but have not spent any time walking or wading through them. This article inspires me to take a closer look the next time I have a chance. I guess I'd better pack a bugsuit though! We joke around here that the Mosquito could be the "Minnesota State Bird", as they do come out in droves in the summer, but the Mangroves may have me rethink the word "droves". . .
Its unfortunate to see coastal development destroying this ecological treasure. You'd think we, as a species, would learn.
Thanks for the educational piece @Paul Walters and a quick thanks to @Dean Owen for leading me here by sharing a link on my buzz.24/04/2017 #41 Paul Walters#30 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks for that. Environmentalist?? Well perhaps I will however coninue to write about it. Just wait for further pieces on kalimantan ( Borneo) and Sarawak ( Malaysian side of Borneo) The environmental destruction there is indescribable all for timber and the growing of palm oil . 75% of the native forests have gone in just 40 years !!24/04/2017 #38 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI grew up in Florida, where Mangroves contribute to the health of the coastline, especially in South Florida. They are true natives to the state of Florida and state and local regulations are set to protect them. They are considered one of Florida's most important resources. And yes, Avon's Skin-so-Soft is a great mosquito repellent. Thank you for the excellent read, @Paul Walters.
- Producer15/04/2017Breakfast with a BEECyndi wilkins recognized the tin can I spoke of in https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joyce-bowen/i-you-we-and-me and quickly invited me to lunch. Since our tin can (times of operation under link) was close to both of us and a seemingly comfortable...
Comments17/04/2017 #36 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#35 Thank you, @Aaron Skogen. Salem is a tourist mecca with hotels, museums, and all sorts of things to do during the summer months. I spent many happy hours in a historical library at the PEM. I'd just avoid October during Halloween if hustle/bustle is not what you want. Halloween is a month-long event here.
- 13/04/2017Mop House / AGI Architects, Kuwait. To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/mop-house-kuwait-agi-architects/
- Producer12/04/2017The Rise of the She Shed (and how I want one!)So now we've all heard of Man Caves - some where for men to go and smoke cigars, play video games, pool, drink, fart and watch sports - now watch out Dudes - we have She Sheds!A She Shed is a quiet retreat for us ladies. Somewhere where we can...
Comments15/04/2017 #25 Anonymous@Claire L Cardwell There is a fine distinction that needs to be made between "Man Caves - some where for men to go and smoke cigars, play video games, pool, drink, fart and watch sports" and "Man Sheds". They are not the same thing. I can only guess at what goes on in a She Cave and suspect the architecture and contents would be quite different too.14/04/2017 #24 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#9 When we extended the home into the garden we used up whatever room there was for permissions. We built a two story extension where the back of the house is at three levels. The family went with a sloping roof because they were concerned about snow accumulation but I wanted a flat roof with a glass house extension to the third level of the home. What is done is done now - but that is where the possibility was - even the she-sheds you have shown are in effect glasshouses. We will also remain where we are because it such a perfect location for everyone - but I can add this to my future dream home when that long awaited day arrives.13/04/2017 #12 Claire L CardwellHmmm - Farm, not 100% sure, I did go to Agricultural College a very long time ago, so I have a whole bunch of farmers to get advice from a click away on FB.... Can't play golf either @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, hitting little balls with little sticks is not a game for me!13/04/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#9 I come from a family of farmers, and you and I are viewed as decadent bourgeoisie to my family. It is nice however for me to be the blacksheep of the family :-) Of course I would love to take that stuff out, it would mean no more gardening and no more running from gardening every-time summer comes. This week I watched the Seve Ballesteros movie, he too is from a farmer family but he actually did a lot of farming before becoming a golfing legend. I can neither farm or even play golf.13/04/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell@CityVP 🐝 Manjit - when I was researching the article a lot of people recommended simply cleaning out your existing shed.... It might be worth checking the planning laws from your Local Council and see how big/high you can make your shed and whether you can build a cellar underneath to house your garden tools.....13/04/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI love that metallic slanting green roof. Only problem is even though the garden is big enough I think we only get planning permission for one shed and we have already built that one. Pity that we think of sheds where put our gardening stuff and assorted junk away. Like the idea.
- 09/04/2017A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A HOUSE AND A TREE ►Is this a good way to interact with nature?
Saruhanbey Science, Culture & Education Foundation in Manisa, Turkey
Comments09/04/2017 #6 Lada 🏡 Prkic#3 Since the more than 300-year-old pine tree was already at the site of the future building, architects obviously found a clever solution.
There is a general problem with trees placed too close to the house because their roots could cause the settling of the house. The tree dries the soil mass by drawing the water and the soil shrinks.
In this case the pine tree is old and has roots that go straight down into ground, so the soil is not likely to shrink anymore.
- Producer03/04/2017LOVE PROBLEM: HE WON’T STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMESLOVE PROBLEM ONE: HE WON’T STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES Ladies, we all have experienced being utterly ignored by our man. The only thing worse than being ignored for some chick, is being ignored for some joystick (video-game). Video-games are not...
Comments03/04/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Of course the issue is bigger than that and the world will live with him until he gets impeached. Somewhere between whitelash and 100,000 people not coming out to vote in three states becomes the bookmarks for this truth. More the reason to be a gamer and temporarily find peace where there is not much.03/04/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe answer to this is NASA. Today we possess in our hands in the way of electronic gadgets, the same level of computing power as NASA once needed to send a rocket t the moon. Today life can be more than giving someone their personal space, and with our NASA-like power we can do so much more.
The old symbols of power are eroding and vanishing. There was a time when I had my man cave and my man cave came with a great receptacle of personal power, called the remote control. Today we have Chromcast - the remote control is dead and along with it the culture that came with the remote control.
The ladies in our home have their own chromcast and when they turn it on, bang the guys chromcast goes - and so we have a choice to live or not to live in this new technofangled reality. With these changes come the whole testing our beliefs.
Once upon a time there was a saying "that behind every great man lies a great woman" - this was an age when even a man-child could be elected President of the United States. The fact that people in the United States have elected a 70+ year old is simply meh! They must have been too busy playing games to escape the mundane horror of working class life to notice that they elected a man who is already playing games with them.
Technology is Star-trek, it goes where no man has gone before, space the final frontier - but in this case your man's personal space, he just about got from his front door to his couch. The reality is when they are zoned out, you are free. Free to think bigger with men who think bigger. Then my dear, you have the best of both worlds - and no one is the wiser, we are all gamers.
- 19/03/2017The picture of the fireworks turtle is an image I found that reminded me of what @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee writes in his buzz "Pockets of Creative Thoughts": https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/pockets-of-creative-thoughts#c19 Dr. Ali writes:
"The inception of the thinking process started when my eyes fell on the image of ice lens. [The] image reminded me of the shell of turtles. My curiosity ignited. I felt I am like an ice lens. If you focus the sunlight on an ice lens carefully underneath which are straws a fire from the burning of straws shall initiate. It is possible then to cause fire from ice, but only if ice is very clear!"
Comments20/03/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe wonders of nature, this picture actually highlights for me the practicality of camouflage - for our eyes we can identify the turtle but against the underwater habitat, I begin to see the method in the turtles shell pattern. Evolution shows its artistic wonder and practical wisdom.20/03/2017 #7 siraj shaikSuperb not just the image but opinion expressed by @Sara Jacobovici and also articles posted by @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Of all awesome posts I come across feeds .. don't know what's that make me search for postings by @Sara Jacobovici @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and poetry by @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt @debasish majumder plus a few specifically who make me spend some extra time on beBee.19/03/2017 #2 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeWhat a gift this is dear@Sara Jacobovici. I simply love it. My next buzz will be continuation of my linked buzz in your post. I am honored and deeply grateful to you. You opened my mind to so many new ideas. I am overtaken by this sharing so so shared it on three hives.19/03/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.The picture caught my attention, so beautiful!
- Producer25/02/2017Because I loved you so much I stopped loving youWe experience the fast passing of time and we need to pause to think and make choices. However; there are few quotes that make us pause frequently because they cut deep in our emotions. One quote is that of my daughter Sara shown below: "Dad,...
Comments02/03/2017 #41 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeeDear @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee - what a beautiful relationship you have with your daughter. What a wonderful father teaching her to explore, to feel, to share, to be vulnerable. Once again, I do agree with you - nothing exists in isolation of another thing. We pull things apart to study them, whether that be love, or smell, or marketing - it does not matter what element we are looking at anytime, we must also look at the inter-connections with that element. So in your post - yes within love also exists fear, fear of loss, love so much that it hurts - as we talked about in our post on smell - smell does not exist in isolation - take away smell and you take away taste. And in business if we only look at one part, costs without looking at customers or benefits, or culture we make ill-informed choices. We make choices as if we are blind - and we are in a way when we ignore the inter-dependencies of what we are looking at and the consequences to other elements.02/03/2017 #39 Savvy RajSuch a heart tugging post@Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee God bless you and your lovely daughter. Sharing a few lines that felt apt here from one of my posts on love ....
Love surfaces from the depth of emotions
As true love is eternal
Endless love a gift of grace
What a blessing it truly is!27/02/2017 #36 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#35 Thank you my dear friend @🐝 Fatima G. Williams and I shall share an old photo of mine soon. Sara is beautiful physically, but her real beauty is her humanity. She is very emotional to the poor. She is so determined. You know that she can speak fluent TUrkish even though she had never attended a TUrkish class. She s supposed to take a course on Turkish language while on her scholarship. However; she passed the Turkish Level exam and the university waived off this course for her.
I am so happy that you referred to @CityVP 🐝 Manjit comment because he moved my heart with it.27/02/2017 #35 🐝 Fatima G. Williams#28 Sara is gifted to have a wonderful dad like you and you to have a her likewise. Stay blessed both of you :)
I remember saying this before She is so beautiful. I wonder how you looked when you were younger @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee View more#28 Sara is gifted to have a wonderful dad like you and you to have a her likewise. Stay blessed both of you :)
I remember saying this before She is so beautiful. I wonder how you looked when you were younger @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. It's time we saw some younger pictures of you although we love the present you :) :) I'm inquisitive to know how Sara turned out to be so lovely and beautiful. I'm smelling a buzz inspired by an old photograph :)
I also hear so much heart in Mr Manjt's words "We don't need words to describe love - it is already encoded in our DNA and in the flow of meaning into and out of heart." Close26/02/2017 #34 Sara Jacobovici#32 I am grateful to @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing your comment @CityVP 🐝 Manjit to my attention. In all of your work and comments, I have heard the wisdom and passion, commitment and dedication, intensity and determination and protectiveness! I hear a different tone of voice here Manjit. And a different pace. I hear your heart. This is truly a touching piece of core communication. You are very generous to share it. Thank you.26/02/2017 #33 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#32 Every word in your comment filled my heart with joy dear friend @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Absolutely, I meant t that this buzz be "imprinted with the face of my daughter". You captured my emotions with this great observation.
I tried to run some water to make the equations alive. I refer to your writing "leaving just bare bones of mathematical equations - whereas the mathematics of beauty are in our children". I live what you say here. Yes, we need to make mathematics more of beauty than just dried and lifeless equations. This is one reason many people are fearful of math.
I tag dear @Sara Jacobovici to bring her attention to your mention of her.26/02/2017 #32 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis is quite a sensational buzz dear Ali Anani that is absolutely special for the simple reason that you share within it the most precious aspect of your life. I can say that without need of a single equation to describe emotional states, because this buzz is imprinted with the face of your daughter.
Yes, you have mentioned Sara before and these were memorable associations also because it reinforced just one more aspect of why Sara Jacobovici is an important spirit that has touched your soul outside your immediate family.
I have shared pictures with me and my grandson online but that I did because 2 year old's grow up fast and they physically change and this change of facial recognition preserves the idea of privacy - and I say idea - because in this world where technology can parse even the semantic constructs of each of our paragraphs, the only real privacy in this world is silence. In reality this privacy battle is being lost.
I do think Chip Conley has done a nice job with the Emotional Equations but it is only as nice as what our educational system has done to Mathematics. What our education system has done is rip away the beauty in mathematics leaving just bare bones of mathematical equations - whereas the mathematics of beauty are in our children - in the very moment cell division begins to occur and the mathematical fractals start producing life.
The mathematics of beauty are far cry from the mathematics of answers. We have been taught in our educational system to look for answers and not to appreciate. So it is I appreciate the picture of your daughter because the respect is life itself and that is when we don't need words to describe love - it is already encoded in our DNA and in the flow of meaning into and out of heart.26/02/2017 #31 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 The exchange of comments with you dear @Emilia M. Ludovino and on your wonderful buzz of today inspired me with the idea of my next buzz. I am grateful to you.
I take this opportunity to invite readers of this buzz to read your buzz because it is profound.
PEACEFUL MEDITATION to TAME ANXIETY
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@emilia-ludovino/peaceful-meditation-to-tame-anxiety26/02/2017 #30 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 Thank you dear @Emilia M. Ludovino and your compassionate comment is music in my heart. Sara is currently on a semester-long scholarship to the MIddle East Technical University in Ankara. I haven't yet informed her about this buzz, but once I do she too shall love your comment.26/02/2017 #28 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeYes, yess and Yes- I say to your comment. Sara didn't stop loving me. In fact, she loved me more. However; her hate of me traveling abroad, her love to find me near to her and her fear of me getting hurt while away caused her fear. Like you wrote " IMO once we love someone unconditionally there's no turning back of that love. It's like a toothpaste squeezed out of its tube". May be Sara's worries at the time (as she was less than five years old when she expressed her innocent passion) was the tube would soon deplete of its toothpaste.
I admire your mind and wisdom dear Fatima.26/02/2017 #27 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsDear Ali Anani You've touched base on a very important topic Love. A emotion that is so easy to kindle and develop but so difficult to stop using.
Do you really think that your daughter can stop loving you. I don't think so. IMO once we love someone unconditionally there's no turning back of that love. It's like a toothpaste squuezed out of it's tube.
Love is pure and eternal and forever.
We may stop talking or meeting or even disliking a person we love due to their actions. But deep down the heart that loved will always love them even after death.
This is my experience with love. And this is such a wonderful buzz. I think when one starts to feel a like the way Sara did in the case of any relationship. I believe or feel a little distance between the two people will do the trick. I call it giving space to each other. Creating the distance will actually bring us closer than before. And that fear finally disappears. After all Fear is NOT EQUAL to Love As the weightage of love has the power to drown the other.
I love Louis Chart on Love - Beautiful.26/02/2017 #26 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Sara Jacobovici extended some of the ideas expressed in this buzz by writing a truly worthy buss on "Feeling Numb"
It is a great read. Thank you Sara for building a castle out of few building ideas.26/02/2017 #23 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#18 @Jeet Sarkar- yes, the reactions are complex and they are not as simple as they appear on paper. Not only they might go through a complex transition, but also we might not know the reactants. Which emotion reaction with another emotions. II said that the equations main value is their helping us to think deeper. .Thank you Jeet for your deep thoughts and sharing them here
- Producer21/02/2017Bali. In The Midst of The Social Fray....Is She Coming Away At The Seams?In 1994 at the end of my final term at Uni, a hippie friend (a joint hanging precariously from the corner of his mouth ) sold me a bag of gemstones, that he pulled out of his rotted leather Gladstone bag and shoved in my face. 'They're...
Comments23/02/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 Dear Ness, there is still something highly relevant here to a piece that was written about Brazil https://www.bebee.com/producer/@henriquearake/brazil-will-open-its-doors-for-foreign-rural-investments View more#7 Dear Ness, there is still something highly relevant here to a piece that was written about Brazil https://www.bebee.com/producer/@henriquearake/brazil-will-open-its-doors-for-foreign-rural-investments and the decision right now of the Brazilian government to open doors to foreign rural investments and this buzz has been written by @Henrique Arake about what is more likely to happen in Brazil and why investors require great due diligence in terms of the pit and peril of investing in land in Brazil.
So I invite Henrique to read the second half of your story because there is a reality described in your experiences of the social and economic fabric of Bali which correlate with what lessons Brazil can learn. This is also a good example of the power of story because it captures experiences in a different way - which is the great failing of central planners and economists and why time and time again the human factor is totally missed - and then downstream consequences show us we learned nothing from history and society resigns itself to saying "history has repeated itself'.
Finally @Paul Walters concern that too dark a story begins to impact on "personal brand" is unfortunately can be a reality. I actually see it as an indictment on the bubbles of image we have pinned our collective economic thinking to. This is the very kind of image which is leading this current debacle of a Brazilian government to do what is right for them in the short-term without a concern for long-term grassroots dynamics. Close23/02/2017 #9 Ness Campagnaro#3 Thank you Dean. I do love the island. I often call what I go through on the daily basis in lost in translations situations as 'the Bali shrug.' For me, the frustrations have eased and I now flow as much as possible with the organic behaviour of the island and it's quite astounding culture. I learn every day, therefore I know I am alive.23/02/2017 #7 Ness Campagnaro#5 Manjit, I blush. Yes you have found us out. I nearly did not post this tapestry, but Mr. Walters egged me on. I toned it down because the nature of this island is almost black magic in a way. We need to be aware that what we put into the universe we often get back. The day after I was struck by some significant situations that still baffle me. I can only think that I encouraged them with my piece. I will not be slowed though. Thank you for your kind words. I very much appreciate them.23/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMe thinks this sounds like a conspiracy, Paul Walters is from Bali, you are from Bali - Paul Walters is brilliant, this buzz is brilliant. Why would brilliant people like you paint a picture in my head that actually makes me glad I am one who didn't emigrate to Bali. There is something that does not add up here.
But seriously, you have captured a lifetime and weaved words that put me in your shoes - and I could feel the time and the changes - and that is the skills of a great writer, to put another in shoes they may never wear, and yet absorb a history they will probably never face - and in the end this is story of love and affinity for Bali - because you can only notice the fine details of place if you are interested in that place.
I look at my neighbours and they just revolve day after day without any sense of community, or even who we are - just a place they come back to on a day that isn't a work day. Now if one trades a brain-dead day-to-day life experience for one where the senses are living both the ongoing good and bad, then you definitely chose life. I am not going to complain, that as distant as the spaces are around my home, it is paradise for now within.
For sure economic times and psychological changes in societal values may well transpire (after all we can put it down to Trump), but where home is that is the place to be - and despite all the downturns of near-gentrification experiences, this buzz tells me that Bali is very much home to you, as it is to Paul Walters. The last thing this could be is a conspiracy to keep people like me out :-)
- 18/02/2017Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture, Sarasota Bay, Florida, USA. To read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/casey-key-guest-house-by-totems-architecture/
- Producer04/02/2017The Trolley ManI am going to bed with my teddy I think I am 9-year-old but maybe I am 6 only.We moved around here in early June, a tired rented house in the country side. The barn next door is pretty cool and I was told that for four weeks there was no point in...
Comments06/02/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#14 I was able to pick up on your sentiments @Pascal Derrien, I wasn't sure what to say. I can share this- my mother's dad was a mean alcoholic. He worked hard as a plasterer but never gave back to anyone, including his one and only daughter. Thanks to him, we were blessed with a mother who decided to become what she had dreamed of her father being, a loving and compassionate soul. I'm sorry for your experience but it appears you also took the high road and became what you didn't like in 'someone.'06/02/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis makes me so glad I always appreciated my mom. She was a school bus driver for 30 years. When I was younger, I felt embarrassed but when I hit my 20's I was so proud of her. She saved every penny and would have helped anyone that asked, well... she basically did. :)) The video was so touching!!05/02/2017 #7 debasish majumderexcellent way of telling a story, making it a unique nuances of literary skill, equally rudimentary to be a successful story teller to make an indelible mark to readers mind. Great share @Pascal Derrien View moreexcellent way of telling a story, making it a unique nuances of literary skill, equally rudimentary to be a successful story teller to make an indelible mark to readers mind. Great share @Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read. thank you for the share. Close
- Producer05/02/2017Through the Forest, I see the Trees: Grateful!It's 4 am and I'm still not sleeping, are you? My mind is racing so I thought I would jot down what's going through my mind. I hope there is a bit of semblance as I type those thoughts out. I'd like to write what I am thankful for and share it. I...
Comments28/03/2017 #53 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#52 Couldn't agree more @Tausif Mundrawala, beBee's platform is like a neighborhood (big, big one lol) filled with many different people who share so much yet, we all seem to get along. We also know that beBee will not tolerate anyone on their platform being bullied or abused in any form so it makes everyone feel safe.
Thanks for your kind comment and thanks to @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee for bringing my old buzz up and sharing it!27/03/2017 #52 Tausif MundrawalaEven I am thankful for this wonderful platform which protects us from all those who wished to harm us. There have been many instances where I felt like flagging it but it was solved before me initiating that step. Keeping negativity aside this fantastic platform have helped me forge friendships at the deepest level. The previous statement of mine is evident in the form of this wonderful buzz.
People will read so why not write. Definitely. Sometimes I feel deprived by not reading all the wonderful buzzes posted here and its not possible to do so. But this buzz of yours helped us to know your family well. That newly born grandson of yours is very cute. You are always welcome my friend, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher to share more.07/02/2017 #49 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#48 I would die................. ha! I need at least 6 hours so you can imagine my sleeping pattern right now. I'm actually working on it. OMG, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I have read so many funny posts and blogs tonight, the laughter is good. I would be happy if my hubbie was up and making breakie as you put it. I'm always telling him if there was food waiting for me, I'd get up a bit earlier!
There are people who can survive on as little as four hours sleep, you and Dean prove that to be true!! "Sex or seven" Still laughing!!!!07/02/2017 #48 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#44 Me too, Dean. Anywhere from 4 to 5 hours a night. I occasionally "sleep-in" a full six or seven. (LOL... autocorrect put that at "sex or seven". . . I considered keeping it as is)
It's enough for me, but drives my wife nuts I usually get up do stuff, and go back to bed just before the alarm rings.
We hit the snooze once, then I'm off to make breakie.06/02/2017 #42 Sushmita Thakare Jain#31 Thank you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher right now working on my First Business related E-Book. It will launch on 15th this Month I'm nervous as well as excited I had shared here the link for the subscription but didn't receive much response. Hopefully, after the end product comes out I will get better response :)06/02/2017 #35 Aleta Curry#34 How cosmic is this: I'm getting ready to post about a toxic lunch where women were subjected to a series of successive digs; a continuation of my 'Summer' post. Stay tuned. (I've promised myself that I have to do the day's business work first before any creative writing.)
- Producer02/02/2017Remodeling Tips for Home Sale Value IncreaseThere is nothing better than living in a home that feels complete. There’s no more remodeling projects you feel like you need to do, and you are happy with the way it all looks. Unfortunately, that’s not how most people feel about their houses....
- Producer31/01/2017Building Green? Here's some tips.In South Africa we have had 2 years of unusually warm weather and a drought. The coal reserves are set to run out by 2020. It is now vitally important to be environmentally aware and active. According to the Zero Energy Project, the construction...
Comments01/02/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - I've just spotted this link :- The end of air conditioning? Asia architects use green solutions to cool buildings
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/31/architecture/t3-architecture-asia-bioclimatic-architecture/01/02/2017 #13 Claire L CardwellHi @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - these aren't my photos - I will post some soon, they are taken with a small digital camera - I was using film up until I couldn't get it anymore.... I am saving up for a 'back' that will fit on my long lens. I get most of my images that I use in my posts from Free Images.com. As far as A/C is concerned I used to live in Singapore with my parents when I was a teenager. We lived in an old colonial house with deep eaves, very high ceilings and a really v. good cross flow of air. The Lounge was open on three sides. The living rooms were also quite large. However it was a different story at night - the bedrooms were small and only had one window, so we couldn't just rely on a ceiling fan. The trouble is that most houses today are not designed that way and get uncomfortably hot in the summer months. All I can suggest is that you get good insulation in your roof....01/02/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat info @Claire L Cardwell! I am addicted to my A/C during the hot/humid months. What do people do in order to keep their homes cool and free from a lot of humidity, there must be solutions for that too. Using Central Air really costs a lot of money when the electric bill arrives. The photos I see you post, are some of them yours? I love photography, would love to see more of yours!01/02/2017 #6 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt#5 it does, it is essential for the Developed countries and critical for developing countries.
I had submitted a paper here, lobbying didn't get it started. Idea was simple
Public toilets which produce power and compost ...But the special part was cashless incentives for waste collectors and green tops for air pollution, plus they could sell it to the grid or electric vehicles.
Functional, possible, sustainable with low maintenance on far off areas in tourist places, villages, highways etc.
Does it appeal to you. If yes we can discuss.01/02/2017 #5 Claire L CardwellThanks @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt - v. pleased you enjoyed my article. It makes commercial sense to build green and in many cases now it costs the same (or can be even cheaper) to construct an environmentally friendly building. There are many health benefits for the people living & working in green buildings - check out http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #2 Claire L CardwellThanks @David B. Grinberg! Glad you enjoyed the article. There have been studies recently that demonstrate that there are many benefits to a green building, apart from the energy saving aspect,
"Studies into 69,000 buildings − homes, offices and factories − in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive. Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences, while recruitment is easier because new employees are attracted to environmentally-friendly buildings."
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/people-and-planet-benefit-from-green-buildings/01/02/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergThanks for this excellent advice, Claire. I've noticed here in the USA that many building are "going green" by having grass and plants covering the roof. I think that's catching on. Hopefully, mega corporations will think long and hard about the important issues you identified. We all need to remember that you can't fool Mother Nature!
- 30/01/2017House Mosi by Nico van der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa - to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/house-mosi-by-nico-van-der-meulen-architects/
- Producer30/01/2017Some of the houses I have worked on.I thought it was time to show you all some of the work I do. By day I work with straight lines and words and by night I paint curvy lines.....I have had the privilege of working with some truly amazing clients assisting them to realise their...
Comments30/01/2017 #33 Claire L CardwellHi @Todd Jones - the problem is that with brick for example you can not have a span greater than 6m without a structural support column if there are no cross walls. In addition you also should not have an expanse of wall with more than 25-30% glazing/openings. Far too often people do not consider this when designing homes and this leads to budget over-runs and building fails. In addition other common mistakes I see are roof spans greater than 8-8.5m. People don't realise that not only do you need beefier trusses at spans greater than 8-5m, you also need thicker walls, support columns and bigger & stronger foundations - this type of design mistake leads to budget over-runs and wasted time re-designing the house......30/01/2017 #32 Todd Jones#14 Claire, I often wonder whether open floor plans affect the long term structural integrity of a home. I just bought a 15 year old home that has an open floor plan with the kitchen, dining room, and living room lumped together in one big, open two story space. The gable end of the house is almost entirely comprised of windows and doors. It makes for a beautiful view of the water, but I have noticed small cracks and popped drywall screws in a few places. It seems that this style home is ill equipped to withstand the wind loads that are common in our area.30/01/2017 #26 Claire L Cardwell#21 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic! More pics of the Cape Dutch Guest House can be found here :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/cape-dutch-guest-house.php If you go to the previous projects page you will find some of the other work I have done :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/previous-projects.php Have an awesome day!30/01/2017 #17 Claire L CardwellI don't think there is anyone I know here in SA that hasn't been touched by the violent crime that is so prevalent here. My friend (who owns the property where I stay) suffered a v. scary attack in 2007 - hence the security upgrades.... You also have to be exceedingly careful in your car as well. I drive a 1998 Toyota Conquest RSi with Blue Designs branding all over it. Despite it looking a bit ropey on the outside (it still runs like a dream) my insurance contributions are still quite high as my car is on the top ten list for most hijacked cars in SA.....30/01/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#12 Yes I had direct experience with that. We had visited a house of an associate called Lisa. The area she lived in looked fine. The next day we found out that an intruder had got into her house . When we visited to her, she calmly said "Manjit, it's fine, thankfully he did not check the bedroom where I was sleeping" she then proceeded to tell me that had he known she was home alone, that rape accompanies robberies. Once Lisa had explained how things happen where she lives, she spoke in a very matter of fact way, while we the visitors were listening to her with our jaws dropped. So I am well acquainted now why security is key.
- 09/06/2016This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?momondo – The DNA Journey It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If...
Comments29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI was already a global citizen so the findings here come as no surprise, but the important thing about this video is that before test views are what politicians depend on votes and the after test view is the potential for renaissance, once we see through the absurdity of nationality. That is why I love the mind of Jiddu Krishnamurti for such a long time http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/520382-when-you-call-yourself-an-indian-or-a-muslim-or
- 26/01/2017Promenade Residence by BGD Architects, Isle of Capri, Queensland, Australia - http://www.caandesign.com/promenade-residence-by-bgd-architects/
- 26/01/2017Los primates están en grave peligro de extinción y según este estudio podrán desaparecer en 50 años.
Comments26/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitSometimes Spanish words speak louder than English one's like the word "cataclismo" I did not know of this threat until I saw this buzz. In following up I read a Scientific America story :
Climate vs. Primate: Dawn of Extinction?
- 24/01/2017Will these houses make you dizzy? Architects build rotating homes. Imagine living in a house that follows the direction of the sun when it's hot. Or one that offers a different view out of your bedroom window every day of the week. For some bold homeowners this is becoming a reality, thanks to an innovative wave of architects who are re-imagining the concept of the house. Once something firmly routed to the ground, homes are now becoming moving entities that can rotate, change shape, and even adapt to the seasons. - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/22/architecture/rotating-homes/
Comments25/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The way I think about it Claire, either we live in architecture or we live in a hovel. There is a bit of my DNA that gravitates to the top of the world and see's the majesty in a revolving restaurant - just as I see the grounding that the words "Livable City" provides as in the words of Jan Gehl.
- Producer11/01/2017Interview with Ian WeinbergI had the pleasure of an interview with Ian Weinberg. Ian is a neuro-surgeon by profession and he writes excellent articles on especially well-being and mental health here on beBee. Gert: Ian, thank you for taking the time for this interview. I...
Comments07/03/2017 #49 Gert ScholtzIan Weinberg published what to me is one of the best articles yet to come from his pen. I thought to share again the interview I had with Ian. For the article: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/surviving-africa View moreIan Weinberg published what to me is one of the best articles yet to come from his pen. I thought to share again the interview I had with Ian. For the article: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/surviving-africa (CC:@Ian Weinberg) Close14/01/2017 #48 debasish majumdervery fascinating interview @Gert Scholtz! instead of professional life are perhaps the key essence of affinity and this interview perfectly reflect the very essence of beBee, resonating and aligning with myriad bees to make a healthy networking and true social site. enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing such wonderful post.13/01/2017 #45 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsSuch a great interview @Gert Scholtz Thank you for introducing @Ian Weinberg . It's interesting to read what's on the mind of a Surgeon. And anything that allows me to explore my mind makes me curious to want to know more. This field you are in highly fascinating ! Your daughter looks so beautiful and the family pics too. Thank you for sharing this with us.12/01/2017 #41 Gerald Hecht#40 @Ian Weinberg I think so too --once was enough with that one, lol. Also the critical part was (not being able to make It across) that I landed it on the main runway at Philadelphia International Airport!
The thing is, at the time I thought I was doing the "sane thing" because of the weather and not being instrument rated...my instructor's "voice in my head" was telling me that the riskier thing would be to fly blind into those "billowing into the stratosphere" cumulonimbus --JFK Jr. substantiated that --12years later.
My great uncle ran a dairy...he flew B-25's in WWII...after the war he used the Cub to land on cowpastures around the Northeast to get milk samples from different farmers...and to drink heavily and not maintain the aircraft . I couldn't afford to "pay for hours" so he let me use that "death trap" for free!
Until that fateful day in Philly... I never got instrument rated; because later that summer I was old enough to get my driver's license!12/01/2017 #40 Ian Weinberg#38 I'm impressed @Gerald Hecht There's something about experiencing the 'edge' that puts a different spin on things. I think that as one gets older we lose a bit of that boldness. I'm glad I exercised my madness in the earlier years (we were invincible weren't we?) because I've lost the nerve for much of it now.12/01/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht@Ian Weinberg At some point I wanna PM you about a little incident that occurred when I was using my great uncle's Piper Cub(which was always littered with cigarette butts and empty Jack Daniels bottles) to gain hours after my first solo.
The short version is that the radio (which he never maintained...like everything else) died...T-storms, not instrument rated, couldn't make across the Delaware River back to New Jersey visually ...put myself in the traffic pattern between a 707 and a 727 (it was 1977) and just followed the 707 in radio silence...The FAA was waiting in the unmarked black car...long interrogation; good thing it wasn't after 9/11!12/01/2017 #36 Dean Owen#30 #33 You guys were so lucky to have witnessed that pivotal moment in history. I remember dearly spending the whole world cup at my local Irish pub in Tokyo. Needless to say the whole of Japan was transfixed by Jonah Lomu after being defeated by the All Blacks by 138 points! but what a glorious moment that was when Mandela presented the Webb Ellis trophy to FP.12/01/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Gert Scholtz I really enjoyed your interview with @Ian Weinberg! Very interesting life you lead Ian. I'm so glad you survived the plane that almost crashed. I met a man years ago who bought my daughter's horse. He told us that his son told him to get back into horseback riding because he did crash his plane with 6 others aboard during takeoff. Luckily all 6 of them survived. The plane was totaled and his son said, "Dad, it's time for a new hobby that isn't so dangerous." So Rolf went back to what he used to enjoy, riding. One of the nicest men (and his wife Gisella) who I've met. We kept in touch for years. It appears that you cycle with your son during events too? I find the field you are in highly interesting. The photos are very nice, thanks for sharing a bit about yourself, your life, with us!
- Producer04/01/2017The Double Standard on Having Kids Later in LifeToday, I read that Janet Jackson gave birth to a bouncing baby boy at age 50 and I was excited to hear that she was so happy and grateful for a healthy baby. I wished her congratulations. I then I read the corresponding comments below the story and...
Comments07/01/2017 #7 Donna-Luisa EversleyI'm in agreement with you @Jennifer 🐝 Schultz. I can also say it's the same when you have kids at a very young age. I was 18 when I had my first child and was told I'm messing up my life, and I will lose my youth. Most had nothing good to say. Whatever happens there are double standards for women and child bearing.
I have a friend who finally had her 2nd child at 45, unfortunately she had a few miscarriages before. Be strong. Thank you for sharing this personal story. Very happy for Janet Jackson😊04/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The hypocrisies and double standards are damning but there is a truth about society that I understand, that sometimes change happens when the old generation pass on, and so change then is noticing whether we are any less savage than we were the prior generation. It is a different way of looking at things, because trying to change an opinion only goes so far - living one's life and exploring the progress, that produces a different way of seeing and consequently a different way of life.04/01/2017 #3 Jennifer 🐝 Schultz@CityVP 🐝 Manjit Just using these celebrities' private life examples to shine the light on the double standard of what society sees as an acceptable age for a woman to have a child. I myself, as I noted, have experienced the same double standard when I found out I was pregnant at 43. Women over the age of 40 who get pregnant face ridicule every day from others, while men are congratulated well into their 70's. In fact, the same double standard exists when a man marries a younger woman, but take an older woman marrying a younger man - and you'll see the same outcome. People judge men and women differently in both instances. What also is apparent with the rise of social media, are people whose comments and thoughts are no longer hidden, as snide comments and judge and jury are everywhere. #204/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitOn the one side I think we use celebrities far too much as proxies for our own lives, but on the other side, it does reveal deep seated ignorance that do not match a 21st Century mind. In this century we are exploring life extension technologies and lifespan is increasing. I accept that ignorant views of value judgements will be a feature of societies but within those societies are everyday people who are great examples of people adapting to the 21st Century both its promise and perils.
We should not hate hate because then it is still hate but we can value difference. We can also focus on those who are adapting. In terms of Janet Jackson being a mother, like all mothers, becoming a mother is a part of her private life and like all mothers it is great news. There is no need for role models from the rich and famous when we live in a world which is no longer a broadcast medium, but that should be a place where access to technology liberates us as learners - we are the change we want to see in this world and can become people who no longer need a Gandhi or a celeb to speak on our behalf, as a quote that we are that change.
- Producer20/12/2016Mellow MilestonesDear Jenny, Nathalie and Little Ashley, One day I hoped you would stumble across this, whether by chance or out of curiosity. For me, I left it too late - too late to ask the questions I so desperately wanted to ask. Kids often don’t...
Comments23/01/2017 #45 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Dean Owen , think now my weepies are on overdrive. The guys on beBee like yourself are deep, open and real. Wish my dad had written me a letter like yours. I've been doing similar with my words only I've asked my kids to pass it on to my grandkids if I ever get any - hahaha. Thank you @Dean Owen, with appreciation and gratitude for sharing this.
Seriously though, beBee is the kind of community where there is a meeting of folks from very different cultures and backgrounds, languages and careers, but we have something in common I've been thinking recently... depth of family spirit and friendship. Some things cannot be forged without the setting and place to develop. @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz thanks for beBee - this is why and how relationships can flourish and grow in this place!02/01/2017 #39 Dean Owen#33 I second you on the stings Ken-san. I do hope that if and when they discover the writings here, they will check to your blog too (are you listening J, N, & A?) as for one, I would surely encourage them to possibly make a move to Australia to experience living in a country that I may not get a chance to live, but a country that should be tops on anyones list. Do you think the kids do stalk our blogs?29/12/2016 #33 Ken BoddieAnother informative buzz from the beBee Master of Tales, and to think that I again almost missed a buzz from one of my favourite bees (FBee). I am getting impatient to have the 'Sting' up and running from beBee IT Developments, since we appear to have been promised, for some time now, the reported capability for us to be informed when our FBees publish.
I love this moving epistle to your family, Dean-san, and must admit to having done something similar by way of a parallel exercise. I have been documenting all my buzzes (only 54 in my case this year) in both hard and electronic version (outside my beBee Producer Profile) so that my kids may have a better understanding of the wheels that drive this chameleon to write, after I'm kicking up the daisies, or sooner, should they choose to do so. My family is much older than yours, Dean, so I have chosen to copy an occasional more pertinent buzz to them, on the hoof.
I have, however, also been documenting many of the comments and interactions I have had with other bees and suggest that you may consider doing likewise. As I am sure you agree, sometimes the comments and on-line discussion we have with other bees following their buzzes, are also indicators of character, both ours and theirs.
May your words continue to flow for as long as you wish to entertain and inspire others ..... and ..... May the quill be with you!29/12/2016 #32 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBig congrats on your 100th buzz @Dean Owen. Ok, I'm going to admit, this really had me tear jerked! What a beautiful legacy to leave for your daughters. Those of us that have read your words (buzzes) can attest just how proud Daddy is of all three daughters. This is beautiful Dean and a testament to the wonderful man you are. I look forward to reading many more buzzes and reading about many more journeys too!22/12/2016 #30 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#27 Someday soon surely! Hyderabad is right now the best place in the country to live in. And it boasts the bestest Biryani too Dean A close second is Pune. The dark grey pall of smoke and smog that I saw cloaking Delhi during a touchdown on Nov 24 took the wind outta them sails...just to mix up the expression ;) Warm wishes and good cheer..for the best time of the year coming up!