Comments01/10/2017 #8 Joanne GardockiBeautifully written, dear @Lisa Vanderburg. Thank you for sharing @Debasish Majumder there is such deep emotion and vulnerable connectedness here. My son just left for college. Like you, Lisa, "We had no girl-children, which is a pity because they would have had a perfect father...she would have been loved. But we adored (and adore) our boys – such a blast we had raising them!" I am right there with you though with only one son. Love the song lyrics and "Daughters" is a favorite. ::hugs::
- Producer10/09/2017The Last Hurrah For The Big Oak PlankThis shelf, that I put up yesterday in the basement, is made from a piece of wood that was part of a long bench that has been with us since Heather and I were first married. The original bench was about 8 feet long and was comprised of two...
Comments11/09/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitLove the music of Gordon Lightfoot and good to see he is still actively performing and will be in Mississauga on November 10th at the Living Arts Centre. Shelf looks good, love the feel of oak.
When our contractor Stanley built a shelf in our basement, he rushed up and told us to come and look at it and then said "don't ever remove that" and we asked why and he said "because it is blessed, it has Jesus on it". We knew he was not drinking but lo and behold when we took a look at the wood grain pattern, the pattern of grain did resemble the face of Jesus and it looked a bit like the Shroud of Turin. Stanley's observation changed the meaning of that bench and such little things become special.
That is the beauty of things that others would not care for, because when objects contain stories, they contain a part of our life and the photograph of your oak bench in your basement above is how I view that - something special that is a part of the story of both of your lives. Thanks for sharing this.
- Producer04/08/2017I Miss You, Little Sister I miss you, little sister, And though it's been a while, I still can hear your cheeky laugh, And see your winning smile. Looking through my photos, Of my many Yogya stays, You are in so many, Always cheerful. Happy days!Then I heard the news...
Comments05/08/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Ken Boddie, What a tear jerking moving poem. Such a beautiful tribute to your sister. I'm so sorry you lost her, how long has it been? I believe as you, their spirit of our loved ones does live on and if we are quiet enough, we may even feel their presence, if even in our hearts- no one can take that from us. I can't imagine how much you must miss your sister, deepest condolences.05/08/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe greatest truth of those whose love has permeated our blood, bones and being is in "When our loved ones slip away, That their spirit still lives on"".
Ken Boddie you are blessed to have had a relationship like this that soaked through to your soul and the there is no price to that because we cannot call the deep grief and loss we feel that accompanies that, a price. It is called love and your poem tells me that you were blessed in sharing it.
The winning smile is within you now as you feel this great loss. Condolences to you and thank you for letting us all to share a piece of your heart. In this sharing I hope it comforts some of the great sorrow, for you deserve that, because I think little sis's poem would probably read "One heck of a great brother who shared a life with me that gave me my winning smile".
Your poem expresses a great love rapped with the sadness of losing someone whose time it should not have been, but sadly life deals us these blows. You have shared a great spirit with us all, and as her spirit now lives on within you, may it comfort this painful moment that you are experiencing, one we all recognize in kind, in the fullness of a poem that honours your little sis.
- Producer21/07/2017A heart full of generosity and love!I hurt and have been hurting and as much I'm finding healing, I never forgave myself for allowing my father to pass away. I was sitting and watching a movie in the living room not knowing he needed my help. Why didn't he call out like he usually...
Comments22/07/2017 #23 Cyndi wilkinsHey soul sister...It's not easy for us gals to say goodbye to our daddies...but you know...he's closer to you now than he's ever been...Just take a look at the gift his passing has given you...
"I choose to love everyone around me as much as I can, as I know there's not much time left with each other."
He's given you wings;-)21/07/2017 #22 Joel AndersonWe all miss moments and opportunities but your message speaks volumes for the perspective of time, understanding, letting go, remembering and knowing that even in those lost moments, those unspoken works, there is a truth to love that outlast the mistakes (real or perceived).
“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
--Betty M. Nelson
Walk proud @🐝 Fatima G. Williams and stand tall for a life well lived--apparent, hidden just under the surface and at times totally unseen. An outlasting life of excellence that because of him and your mom lives on in the portrait of you.21/07/2017 #18 Charlene Norman@🐝 Fatima G. Williams When we humans become parents we don't get a manual that tells us how to "parent'. We do the best we can. When our parents get sick and eventually die, we kids don't get the manual that tells us what to do. We do the best we can. When we siblings lose our brothers/sisters at far too tender an age, there is never a manual that tells us what to do. We do the best we can. By all the comments below, you have many friends in the bee community with many wise words who have been shown, told, coached to "do the best we can." You will never lose the pain of losing Dad. It will be with you forever. But you can turn all that pain into joy by focusing only on the goodness of the man and happiness he brought you and others. You can turn your own pain into joy by thinking upon all the gifts that he gave you (the strength, the resilience, the sense of humour and wonder and the huge capacity to share and to love). You can talk to him every day and thank him for what he gave you. He wants you to be blissfully happy and joyful. And to do and be the best that you can. A Huge hug to you my friend.21/07/2017 #17 Tausif MundrawalaI can feel the void left by my progenitor. Losing a parent creates a heartache which could never be healed however strong we become. The fear of losing our loved one kills us and that have been killing me day in and day out. We than start blaming ourselves that where did we fail taking care of them. I faltered because ........ There could be many reasons which could make us inconsolable throughout our life. It needs courage to talk about our grief because bottling up would lead to a dangerous burst.
My deepest condolences to you and your family, my friend, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams21/07/2017 #16 Anonymous@🐝 Fatima G. Williams, This is the post dedicated to my late father published on July 27, 2014 (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140727012813-248021126-writing-and-human-spirit-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly). He was a poet and he taught me about many "hidden" things. Original title of the post was: "Writing and Human Spirit, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly". In the end, only one things matter: good - your writing and his spirit. A great person deserves no less: FFF dad.21/07/2017 #13 Harvey LloydDads are a funny bread. Most feel and sense their children deeply, but always they want desperately for them to have the strength to live past them. So they hide their "self" and build their family.
I have two wonderful daughters who love me and would do anything to help. My only wish is to see that they can face the world and find peace and joy within their heart.
For a dad to know that their children will make it based on the knowledge they have passed on is a triumph that can not be described.
Prove dads thoughts right, take what he has given and build your life and keep in mind the torch he passed is now your responsibility to pass to the next. From what i have read here your dad was an awesome person and passed a torch that shines brightly, and aptly named @🐝 Fatima G. Williams.21/07/2017 #8 Lyon BraveI have two fathers and Jhonny died next to my mother in bed and im pretty sure if he could choose his death thats how he would of wanted it. I am sure your father knew you loved him. It sounds like you were very active in his life. I know people who dont see thei parents for years. They come after the funeral and pawn their stuff, so having guilt because he didnt see you get married or.because you didnt spend enough time with him is just not how you should look back on your time togethet. Your name is Fatima. The fathers favorite daughter. I am sure you were loved and loved. Now i think all you can do is tell your children wonderful bedtime stories about your dada when you make your own family.21/07/2017 #7 Ian WeinbergThanks @🐝 Fatima G. Williams for reminding us of our humanness with all its limitations. We control very little after all. We are judged therefore only on our best intentions. Celebrate and rejoice the good times and cherish everything that contributes to increasing awareness. No blame, no guilt and no regret. But grieve we will because this is our lot. Feel your loss. Wish you well.21/07/2017 #6 Brigette HyacinthThis is so deep and touching. Fatima, don't beat up yourself with, "If Only." You can't change the past and he knew you loved him. I am sorry for how hard his passing has been on you and your family. There are many nights when the pain is so great and you cry yourself to sleep. You would give anything to see them, talk to them, hug them just one more time. Death is the hardest thing to deal with and it never gets easier. There is nothing anyone could have done. When our hourglass is full we must leave this earth. I read many posts but this is one that will remain with me. Thanks for the remainder and for this wonderful tribute of your father. ((Hugs)) Brigette
- Producer01/07/2017Homecoming...The Simple Things"We have promised each other to celebrate life on the anniversary of his passing, rather than mourning his loss. That will be our forever gift to him. "The summer months are always a time of reflection for me. We tend to get so caught up in our work...
Comments02/07/2017 #9 Cyndi wilkins#8 Oooh...I'm so glad this struck a chord with you @🐝 Fatima G. Williams...and it is not one of pain, but rather the recognition that your father's passing brought to you...
"His passing transformed me into a different person who now holds on to every single memory every single word he said that I can remember and all valuable lessons he had in store for me."
I feel a post evolving for you...these are the memories meant to be shared with others as they touch so many hearts along the way...I wish you peace in the gift of transformation that your father bestowed upon you Fatima...The evidence is in your beautiful smile;-)02/07/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsThese are the moments we will remember at the end of our lives. Living life simply for simplicity's sake.
Beautifully said Cyndi
I choked as I saw the beautiful wonderful picture of your dad and and his angels. I never took the time to take one with mine.
I took the freedom for granted. I took time and people for granted. I took him for granted thinking he'll always be there for me.
His passing transformed me into a different person who now holds on to every single memory every single word he said that I can remember and all valuable lessons he had in store for me.
I am on a similar journey as yourself as I go home next weekend for his anniversary.
Sending you a heartfelt warm hug that never wants to let go and all the healing in the universe with blessings from your mum and dad above.02/07/2017 #7 Cyndi wilkins#3 #4 Thank you @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee...His name was Bill...and he was the salt of the Earth...It is an honor for me to call him my dad, but he treated everyone like they were family...a very humble and sweet man with a hug or a handshake for everyone;-) He was a police officer...and I can tell you they just don't make like that anymore...
"The learning here represents the most supreme form of learning, for what is the true meaning of knowing and feeling what family is if it is not this?"
@CityVP 🐝 Manjit...once again you move me to tears...Now those words can only come from the heart of another father;-)02/07/2017 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 He keeps right on giving, through @Cyndi wilkins, in a legacy that won't ever be extinguished.
#4 And those are such simply appropriate words:
" I want to fundamentally value [this post] as a personal imprint of humanity."
The daily practices of living, loving, being in nature ARE what we are here to learn.02/07/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 I know the depths of what this means to you in writing it, that is why this kind of expression settles in my own heart. When i say "I value family" I don't mean I value family as a value but as a practice.
I see a picture of your father above with his two daughters and this value is an imprint in my own heart that is beyond description - and this capture is not intellectual but as a personal imprint of humanity.
I don't want to own this experience because this experience is fundamentally yours but I want to fundamentally value it. When I say the words "my learning journey" this learning here represents the most supreme form of learning, for what is the true meaning of knowing and feeling what family is if it is not this?
Learning as life is the only learning that matches anything remotely close to what is I mean when I say "I value family".02/07/2017 #3 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeI endeavor to remember your father every day in tribute to the welcomed gift you passed on to me through @Deb 🐝 Helfrich that day at our Breakfast Nook. I Do not know his name but simply think of him as Cyndi's father. Here's to Cyndi's father. Great post.
- 02/07/2017"Canada Day for the Non-Indigenous" For sure a national event is a time when everyone does the nice wishes thing, but sometimes one must name a dog for it is - but at least by the end of this piece, it seemed to exorcise some local demons that have not been kind this week to me.Canada Day for the Non-Indigenouswww.linkedin.com This has been a horrible week for me and I do not remember a more horrible week than this for a long, long time - though my intent here is not...
- Producer29/06/2017ONE EYE CLOSESWe learned the hard way that gold fish try to eat whatever is put into the tank when we first decided to place three new gold fish in our fish tank, to add the the tiny fishes we already had. The larger gold fish dwarfed the tiny fish. By the next...
- Producer27/06/2017Por qué deberías empezar a utilizar coches híbridos en 2017Los cambios constantes en los precios del petróleo a nivel mundial, las fuerzas del mercado y el incremento de la nueva tecnología han dado lugar al creciente cambio en la industria automovilística en lo relativo a las máquinas alternativas de...
Comments28/06/2017 #8 Anonymous#5 Cierto Adela. El mismo día que ví el video del Lexus CT 200h con motor Toyota, como bien dices, también ví el vídeo del Infinity Q30, que puede montar motor Renault o motor Mercedes, depende de la versión. Ambos son de la misma categoría.
Coincidimos, los fabricantes deberían dar más margen al motor eléctrico antes de que salte el de gasolina. Entiendo que los hacen así por la limitación máxima de velocidad en ciudad de 50 Km/h. Me sumo a tu petición, aunque me conformo con que salte a 61 Km/h, para poder ir a 60 km/h, me parece una velocidad máxima adecuada para ciudad, sobre todo para las avenidas amplias y con varios carriles por sentido.28/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitVery well researched and these insights lead us to challenge the very way we think. Our thinking requires us to consider hybrid options because our thinking has been based on the worldview of Big Oil and this industry has not only protected its brand but defined the mentality of the 20th Century.
When Nikola Tesla proposed the idea of FREE ELECTRICITY to Morgan Stanley, Stanley is quoted in what should be considered the best quote that describes "20th Century Thinking" - "Where is the Meter?". Without a meter Morgan Stanley could not make money and yet Tesla knew the idea of "Free Electricity" was technically possible - so he died a pauper with a great dream and we celebrate the profiteer who knew how to brand himself and the minds of millions.
At least with HYBRID we shift our thinking to the half-way point. How could we possibly have Free Energy without a meter? We do, it is called the SUN. Everyday the Sun pours forth more energy in a day than the Energy Industries can make in a year. If Nikola Tesla came of age in the early half of our 21st Century, he would still be fighting the same battle and told "no meter, no financing". If the nations of the Earth produce people who cannot think and who are easily controlled via media then these people are not ready for the freedom of Free Electricity.
Yet bright people are being born in our century that are different from the conditioned minds of the past. They read articles like this one and they see new possibilities. For sure Hybrid is a half-way house but it is a half way to an even greater idea - and if we are representatives of that idea, we don't necessarily have to die poor like Nikola Tesla - but produce minds as rich as Tesla, rather than branded existence that enriched a few like Morgan Stanley. We can still have wealth, but now we can have wisdom also.28/06/2017 #5 Adela Garcia#4 Hola Angel. Si, si hay que hacer un adelantamiento rápido, por supuesto que responde, y con agilidad, incluso lo escuchas rugir, la primera vez me sorprendió gratamente, como es un vehículo tan tan silencioso, la sorpresa fue grata!!!. También estoy de acuerdo en que necesito más margen en km. para el motor eléctrico, por pedir, voy a pedir hasta 80 Km/h., esto es una petición a los fabricantes para futuras versiones.
De lo que no estoy tan segura, y que dudo bastante es de que el motor sea de Renault, que yo sepa Lexus monta motores Toyota. Lexus es el invento del señor japonés de la Toyota que en su día quiso comercializar vehículos de alta gama para venderlos en USA, allá por finales de los 80, y fundó LEXUS: Luxury EXport United States. De la misma manera que hizo Honda al crear Acura, Nissan cuando fundó Infiniti....28/06/2017 #4 AnonymousHay algo que cambiaría de los coches híbridos. Según tengo entendido el motor eléctrico funciona hasta los 50 Km/h, a partir de aquí, salta el motor de combustión. Entiendo que está hecho para que en ciudad no se sobrepase de esa velocidad, pero sería bueno que dieran un margen de 5 Km/h, antes de que saltara el de combustión. En ciudades con grandes avenidas creo que se mejoraría la circulación y se contribuiría al respeto por el medioambiente.28/06/2017 #3 Anonymous#2 Hola Adela, soy un entusiasta de los coches. Hace unos días ví un reportaje sobre el Lexus CT 200. Tiene motor Renault, únicamente con cambio automático y el freno de mano es un freno de pie, creo recordar. Según vi es un coche premium por la calidad de los materiales del interior ¿Es así? A la hora de tener que hacer un adelantamiento rápido, por ejemplo, en una carretera de doble sentido de circulación ¿el motor responde? Te lo pregunto para tener otra opinión.
Yo también recomiendo la conducción económica, se puede realizar con cualquier tipo de vehículo gasolina, diesel o híbrido.28/06/2017 #2 Adela GarciaRelevante, super relevante. Más ayudas para la compra de vehículos híbridos y menos impuestos!!!
Recomiendo muy mucho el Lexus CT200, soy una feliz propietaria y conductora de este vehículo. En tres años no he ido al taller mas que a revisión, y 20 euros al mes de combustible, algo que agradece mucho mi cartera. Eso si, cuanto más aprendemos a conducir de forma "inteligente", más ahorramos!!!! La media de consumo la tenemos en 5,2, e incluso hay días que la bajamos a un 4,9!!!!
- 27/06/2017Support ocean conservation...The Ocean: Everybody's Business The Ocean is probably the biggest employer in the world, it provides half the oxygen we breathe, it has absorbed a quarter of our CO2 emissions and puts...
Comments28/06/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergMany thanks for your comments and engagement @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Joel Anderson @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and @Lyon Brave.
Ali, I'm going to defer to Manjit regarding my starting a new hive on this topic. But not because I think it's a bad idea. Rather, I'm my social media activity, like everyone's, is limited by time constraints and information overload. Moreover, I'm still trying my best to keep up with the busy bees in my hive, "Universe, Space & Beyond" and growing the membership (shameless promotion) https://www.bebee.com/group/universe-space-beyond
Again, many thanks gents!27/06/2017 #5 Joel AndersonAn important message indeed. As part of the crew on Spaceship Earth I merely add a message to all of us; "I Dare You to embrace a different mentality about ONE EARTH as it is the only one we have." I am but a cosmic spec on this Blue Planet, but I am grateful that you posted this as it will take all of us to make a difference: Thank you and and Sir Richard Branson for your efforts in making a difference in a world needing difference making: One Earth, One Ocean, One River, one person, one step at a time.27/06/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTHere are three hives that this buzz can be placed for my own learning purposes.
It can be placed in the Crimson Hive because there is a relationship between activism and the ocean, but I will take examples of activism and place those in the Crimson Hive.
It can be placed in the Violet Hive because our attitude to Oceans is also a personal measure of our own creativity and our awareness of how we coexist in a system and we are not separate from that.
I placed this buzz in the Green Hive because we call Earth our home, but the actual part of Earth we normally refer to is land we live upon - but the Earth in reality is Planet Ocean that happens to have land masses between the ocean. "Home" is ocean+earth.
While the ocean is salt-water, it's role in keeping us alive is extraordinary, and just as important is a focus on Fresh Water. As a starting point however we must look at this buzz and allow that inform us what we each individually mean by the word "HOME".27/06/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth View moreFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth
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- Producer23/06/2017Happy Birthday to Me! Please Hold the ApplauseYesterday was my birthday.No, I won't tell you my age. Let's just say I'm fast approaching mid-life, or something like it. Also, I desperately need to update my profile picture, even if it means paying a professional photographer. Admission: that...
Comments01/09/2017 #61 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeegreat story @David B. Grinberg Happy Birthday - I am not that good with my own birthday. It is early in the new year, and everyone has just had Xmas, and new years so it seems like everyone is kind of over celebrating by then, or away on holiday, etc etc. I love making my kids birthdays special!28/06/2017 #59 David B. GrinbergThank you for the last two comments below @Donna-Luisa Eversley @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven, I'm grateful for your positive engagement and well wishes.
Now, did I say mid-life -- or approaching mid-life?
Well, either way you got me, Preston, as I just asked Siri to define "midlife." She says, "The central period of a person's life, generally considered as the years from about 45-55." Thus, it's true, I recently crossed the threshold. I'll try to wear this glorious distinction as a badge of honor, wit and wisdom -- and sarcasm, of course (although I'm usually the only one who laughs at my jokes).
Thanks again to everybody who commented below. And don't forget: Keep buzzing!!! (including Live Buzz because if someone if someone like me with a face that only "a mother can love" -- and my amorcita -- can do it, then anybody can). Buzz on...26/06/2017 #56 David B. GrinbergThanks so much to everyone below for the gracious outpouring of constructive comments and delightful discourse . Everybody had excellent points to make. I think the bottom line regarding birthday celebrations -- or lack thereof -- is whatever works best for the individual. There are no rules about why some people like birthdays while others don't, just personal reasons.
Moreover, the comments below exemplify the great diversity of views, opinions and people who share buzz on beBee. We bees are all amazing and unique in our own ways. It's this diversity of views and life experiences, and acceptance thereof, which is especially pleasing. That's why beBee is always overflowing with good intentions, good advice and good cheer. Thus, I raise a glass to salute all of YOU for taking the time to positively engage with this post. Many thanks for all YOU do -- and keep buzzing...Vamos!!!24/06/2017 #55 Barbara HensleeI'm not a birthday celebrator, either. Never have been, even as a kid. I was the youngest of 4 kids with a span of 15 years between me and my eldest sibling. My single mother was too busy and too tired to throw any parties, and I was perfectly fine with it. I'm terrible about recognizing birthdays at work as well. I don't mind partaking in the obligatory 20-minute celebration and enjoying that piece of store-bought cake. I just don't want to be the initiator. I won't say happy birthday, David....but I will say: What's a beautiful woman, like Nicole, doing with a ........a fine introvert such as yourself. I kid! You both are lucky to have each other. By the way, working from home in shorts and a tee-shirt, unshaven and all scruffy looking is not just a guy thing. :-) Here's to another year! *clink*24/06/2017 #50 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsAh, you are definitely a crabby baby! (that would be the moon children born late June/to late July), I wouldn't actually call you crabby..honestly I wouldn't.
I thought of this because my son-in-law's birthday was Wednesday and I completely forgot until this morning (been a really busy week). He was fine with my forgetfulness, because like most crabby babies, he does not like to be center of attention (as you said: as an adult, because crabby or not; kids are kids).
Just for the record; I'm a crabby baby too..later in July...and a quiet dinner, a nice card, and an I love you from the people I love is all I need.
Some day I'll write about the dinner and my sibs thinking a singing waiter and a cake with a forest fire on top would be just the thing...I was not happy and being in my forties I decided the time had come where I shouldn't have to hide that fact from people who knew better.
There are times when being nice and polite for other's just doesn't cut it.
Anyway, belated happy birthday crabby David :-) from a fellow crab24/06/2017 #48 siraj shaik@David B. Grinberg yesterday thoughts within ran "as the cute little birdy was hopping as it chirped... Wow you gotta me there, yeah as a tweet related streamed on my twitter's main page with *Aha! it's moments happiness, cheers +joys on occasion of birthday, also time to congratulate with celebration time either considered addition of another calendar year of experiences or stepping ahead to add more". Either ways accept my wishes and also on behalf of those all bees by chance who might haven't got notification or missed the buzz. Have a wonderful nectar moments.24/06/2017 #43 David B. Grinberg#41 Thanks again @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I was initially trained as a journalist back in the day and worked as a reporter and editorial page editor/columnist. But now it's time to get back to basics, at least here. I have written some first-hand accounts about my improbably journey of working in Congress and the White House in my 20s, and how mentors helped pave the way. If you missed it, check this link for the 3-part series (parts 2 and 3 can be accessed below too):
And, yes, let's DM about meeting up somewhere some time with our better/other halves. That would be really be great!24/06/2017 #41 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#40 You aren't that far from us... maybe 6.5 hrs! Maybe we can manage to do this before winter! I have a feeling you if you decide to write some more contemporaneous blogs (storytelling) it would come natural for you... was this your test buzz or have I missed some personal stories? Your late father sounds like he was very insightful David. When we become too comfortable with our home surroundings especially if someone in the family was prone to Mental illness.. it's easy to develop some degree of Agoraphobia if we have the propensity towards anxiety ourselves. I've had to learn to fight that demon and some days are easier than others :) Thank you as well for your support!24/06/2017 #40 David B. Grinberg#38 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Lisa: you are too kind, as always, for which I'm grateful. I'm also pleased you enjoyed this buzz. My plan is to write more off-the-cuff contemporaneous blog posts here to practice my storytelling and try showcase my authentic voice, similar to the prolific prose of @Jim Murray up north. Hopefully, I'm off to a good start. Also, your husband sounds like a wonderful man with whom I have some things in common. Perhaps one day we can all meet, virtually or otherwise. My late father told Nicole more than once that she needs to get me out more. He was right, especially considering my mother's history of chronic mental illness, their 40-year marriage and experience with her family. Thanks again for your gracious support, Lisa!
Let's keep buzzing...
- Producer18/06/2017Happy Father’s Day: Qualities I Learned to Value From my DadMy dad — who was actually my adoptive dad — has been gone now for nearly 30 years, but I can still hear him on the phone saying, “Hi, Sis — how are things going?” (Sis stood for sister; I do have a brother.)He was a remarkable man, especially for...
Comments19/06/2017 #1 Tausif MundrawalaThe most remarable thing of a daughter is to praise her dad that no one else did. Being a father of a daughter is the most precious gift the Almighty bestowes upon a human. Someday even I would be a father of a daughter and this buzz would remind me that she is observing my story from the closest and would recall it whenever I am absent from that spot. Your father was really a remarakable person and a jewel of your family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful buzz with us my friend,@Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
- Producer16/06/2017Radio SilenceI guess to those that don't really know me, it's difficult to understand why at times when I am building a following I go offline for a few months. Anyway this is why. And to those I have dropped the ball with, both professionally and personally -...
Comments18/06/2017 #10 Ken BoddieThanks for sharing your pain, Claire, and for letting us, your social media friends, catch a glimpse of your individual challenges. I hope that SM can perhaps help you with a distraction from your challenges and that you may become a more complete writer as a consequence of life's good, as well as bad, experiences.18/06/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#7 Wow @Gerald Hecht - I do love the charm of Southern Gentlemen. Somehow you always know the exactly right thing to say. You say it in 4 words or 50000s and you say it with care. You mean everything you say, no matter how crazy or loopy. You also are not too bothered about GRAMMER - yes that is the correct way to spell it people! GRAMMER - always in capitals. I haven't met you yet @Gerald Hecht - but I did actually work at Kings College London. Institute of Psychiatry. Top floor. Fucktards department. I was on the top floor. We did stuff on Benzodiazepines. Halycon (sp) days etc. etc. I did two drug trials. Then I was informed that I would never ever be allowed to do one again anywhere in the world!! Not even for aspirin. I had a very long lecture. On how my friend ships with certain people on the 6th floor of the main building were observed. My study was on Caffeine. I am the Caffeine Queen. That was my nickname.17/06/2017 #7 Gerald HechtHi @Claire L Cardwell, FWIW, 1) you never would have to think twice about "silent running" for whatever reason (if I actually gave some of the reasons for my AWOLs...well --that would be the more cruel choice); and 2) the fact that you did take such time and care to pay tribute to these precious people...so very much inseparable parts of your own life --speaks for itself. I feel as if I know them a little bit; and I feel like I miss them --ten minutes ago I was unaware of their existence. You did an incredible thing here; I don't mean to embarrass you --it might be more "socially appropriate" as a private message...but, ultimately, I hope that I can remember how to be as precious of a person...of a friend as you. I often feel like we are living in times where such expressions of humanity are becoming increasingly rare; thank you so much for sharing this Claire.16/06/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell#1 Thanks @Pascal Derrien - I've had quite a bullshit time - but part of me does not really care anymore about the legal crap I went through. I took my eye off that ball - so I am still paying school fees! It takes the loss of someone dear to you to create the perspective you need. However I don't think I will ever get over the loss of Fernando. If I had taken him on full time and cut my ex 'business partner' out a year earlier then maybe he would be still alive. I know that hindsight is an exact science - but I have to make sure that these distractions don't stop me from taking action sooner and having my priorities straight.16/06/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMake the space, take the time, these are a very sensible thing to do because there are moments in life when we need greater clarity and free ourselves up to focus on things fully. Loss is also a tough thing if we don't give the time loss needs and the greater the grief, the more we must do what it is we need to do.
I took a whole year off social media and I would do so again if time and situation demanded it - but only we know what it is we are going through - we should not be mind-readers, nor our life become an online reality TV show. If you need space, it is the space you need that I most respect - for life or social media should not become a set of social obligations but a constant movement towards freedom. That we live in an image centered world does make that more difficult, but we live among dinosaurs who have created this falsehood, what the heart feels within is often where truth is actually found.
Radio silence is one means of invoking that freedom. Sorry to hear about the losses of your dear friends. My condolences to you and respect for being able to face the challenges that life sometimes and even harshly throws out at people. It seems in the last year you have had to face more rather than less the amount most people usually bear. In doing what is right for you, you are doing the right things.16/06/2017 #1 Pascal DerrienThanks for this post, there is more to life than social media and I am glad you took the time you needed to get your head around stuff we all do at some or another now it is also nice to read you and I would add no one ever needs to justify his/her presence on social media.. or not :-)
- Producer15/06/2017My Country Is 150 Years Old This SummerMy country is called Canada.It bills itself as “The True North Strong & Free’ and that’s the way I have always seen it.I’ve seen summers here that can scorch the skin right off your face. I’ve seen winters cold enough to freeze a naked body...
Comments16/06/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Jim. Canada is looking better each day from my humble perch as an American idealist for effective government, civil discourse and non-violence. Please save that "crawl space" in your new home for my wife and I -- just in case things really go south, so we can go north!15/06/2017 #5 Peter AltschulerIt will always be Canadia to me, @Jim Murray. Otherwise, you'd all be Canadans. (Of course, we in the south, should be United Statesians, not Americans: America encompasses both North and South America and all the nations in them. So folks in Belize and Bolivia are, technically, American, too.)
Enjoy your sesquicentennial celebration, Jim, assuming you'll have one. You can have a parade with Canadia's national car, the Chevrol, eh?, pulling floats that expand from Swan to say Saskatchewan and have, as the Grand Marshall, the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Toronto. Then you can top it all off with the national cheer: "C" eh? "N" eh? "D" eh? And take solace in that fact that, despite using loonies as money, you have true dough.15/06/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThere are times when I am in my home and the media we play and the things we access online leave me feeling like I have not moved from London, England. If I go across the street I enter Beijing, if I veer to the right, I enter Warsaw, Poland, and to the left of that house I enter Cairo, Egypt. That is the nature of the city I live in, but it is not representative of the wider nature of Canada.
I wish the folks that live in the urban areas I do would have a wider appreciation of Canada, but that is the nature of Toronto - a city that is microcosm of the world where people speak have a myriad of languages https://elalliance.com/toronto-languages/ While there is diversity within diversity in Toronto, the character of the country has its own diverse spectrum. I would rather had my family settle in Calgary than where it was agreed by majority we would settle. British Columbia would have been a great fit also being that in some parts it is no different to the British weather I grew up with.
This buzz speaks to all the other things that I could mention and it is representative of the way that I generally view Canada. England is no longer the country I spent the first 30 years of my life and I can sympathize with the young who tried to vote in Corbyn, as well as the older folk who wanted "to take their country back" - but that is what has poisoned the atmosphere there and in the United States.
The young are not blind in viewing leaders like Corbyn and Bernie Sanders as highly intelligent thinkers but the older generation and the less educated have become cynical and want to return to a time that has now gone. At least Canada has so far been spared this crazy schism. At the end of the day, even if I personally wanted to live in the West Coast, my family made the best decision possible to choosing this country for our kids to grow up in and to develop some semblance of a meaningful future.15/06/2017 #1 Sara JacoboviciSpoken like a true ("North Strong & Free") Canuck, @Jim Murray. Nice read. I can't help but think of the time between the Centennial (listening to this as I write https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj4LZB5oarA) and the 50 years to now. Wishing Canada many generations ahead of peace and prosperity!
- Countdown ! will you be ready ? C'mon...Are you okay with alternative engineering with clean energy ? Not yet ? You are kiddin' me right ?World Without Oil (Full Documentary) What would our world look like if we ran out of oil? The lifeblood of our high-tech, highly mobile world won't last forever. Watch one scenario of what...
- 02/06/2017Hey Moms - Are you struggling with friends like I am?
Read my story here:
http://mommybrief.com/forty-five-and-friendless-am-i-the-o…/ #Moms #Friends #BFF #BestFriends
Share your story too - I'd love to hear it.
Comments02/06/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 There is a lot to be said about optimal experience and the nature of flow as Mihaly describes it https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199707/finding-flow
Professional and personal do not have to be mutually exclusive and it is through flow state that happiness and creativity find a shared space. Mihaly's original book FLOW is a quick read but it is powerful beyond measure or at least it was that life changing when I read it - ironically this change is exactly why I am having this conversation with you.
We still determine what our own life choices, so I don't sell anyone on the idea of flow - how can I, because to be in flow is not a doing, it is a being. The irony of flow is that I do not engage in following or get into the agree-disagree mode of opinion.
The actual book FLOW does also contain cavaets and warnings about flow - so it is not a panacea but I do really think it is worth reading and even keeping as reference. You will just have to find out and of course that is entirely the business of how you find flow.02/06/2017 #3 Jennifer 🐝 SchultzThanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit not sure why the url didn't move over and I still don't see how we can edit a post.
At any rate - I've had my own business for 3 years now - so it's pretty well set I am sharing my story to see if there are other moms like me experiencing the same thing. I am certain I am not alone.
One can't be all business and no play - as the business does not replace a personal relationship. :-) #2 #202/06/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe URL was not complete so I got an error page but I found the posting in the June 2017 archives
In the case of this particular posting, sometimes it can be considered as a blessing in disguise. You recently opened up a new business and such is the nature of the first year of any business, perhaps now is not the time to get a mid-friend-crisis.
The reality is that you did get a new friend, which is the new business and that needs way more BFF (business financed forever).
There is a point in our life when not even our kids are teenagers and something hark backs to days of old. It is a romanticism which probably would not play out as it does in the warm and fuzzy scenario in our mind.
If an ideal friend is needed now, it may well be another woman who has opened up a new business and that would be a potential synergy. A change of scene coupled with a re-orientation of focus then may well become that thing we like to call "a win-win".
- Producer29/05/2017Dreams to Sell, Fine Dreams to SellAnd so the cycle of life begins. Young Hudson was born at 8.31am on a Thursday. Although the sudden transition from the warmth of the womb to the bright lights and fuzzy faces of a brave new world can be a rude awakening for some, the die has been...
Comments31/05/2017 #42 Lisa 🐝 GallagherCongrats new Granddad! He is beautiful. I love the Scottish lullaby and the message contained within. I have hope for the future generations because so many now having children are thinking globally for their children's sake and also seem to going back to a time that I remember- teaching respect for elders, love for humanity over materialism and so much more. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful time in your lives. I had tears (happy ones) reading this and seeing the photos. We are on the road (well not literally, now), in a hotel for night but we will arrive to see our grandboys in 3 days, it's been almost a year. I can relate to the questions they ask so innocently and I also have time to understand the innocence so much more now that I'm not raising kids. Can't put a price tag on that! Have fun with your new grandson :))30/05/2017 #36 Kevin PashukI have a feeling that wee one will be 'Canon'ized... (as opposed to Nikoned in my case) by his Grandfather's photos.
It could be argued that there is no greater calling, or joy, in being a Grandpa. Congrats to the whole Boddie clan with the welcoming of Hudson into their midst.30/05/2017 #32 Ken Boddie#24 Who is this saintly white-clad high roller with the massive cheroot, and what have you done with my buddy @Dean Owen? Wait one ..... I recognise those failed attempts at humour. Where have you been, Dean-san? I thought perhaps your last blog had been considered admissible evidence for permanent incarceration?
- 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 Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorI 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...
Comments14/04/2017 #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!