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  1. ProducerNess Campagnaro

    Ness Campagnaro

    Bali. In The Midst of The Social Fray....Is She Coming Away At The Seams?
    Bali. 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...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Me 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 :-)
    Aleta Curry
    23/02/2017 #4 Aleta Curry
    Extraordinary. Loved this read.
    Dean Owen
    23/02/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    Beautifully written. Almost Peter Maylesque in how your affection for the island is still so clearly evident.
    Paul Walters
    21/02/2017 #2 Paul Walters
    Nice one Ness. You have to agree though, most days its still paradise !!!
    Devesh Bhatt
    21/02/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
    yes i can relate , in a different country and a different state. Great buzz. but do feel what next?
  2. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Casey 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/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell


    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    18/02/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Fantabuloso - gotta make up a word for how this jolts the senses.
    Brian McKenzie
    18/02/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    The wood work is amazing. Ufffda
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    18/02/2017 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Wow! Stunning!
    Gert Scholtz
    18/02/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @Claire 🐝 Cardwell Stunning House!
  3. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    The Trolley Man
    The 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...


    Pascal Derrien
    07/02/2017 #21 Pascal Derrien
    #20 thanks @Dean Owen I am normally not a big fan of those but this one struck a chord in some way and I thought it was appropriately suiting the article too :-)
    Dean Owen
    07/02/2017 #20 Dean Owen
    Singapore seems to be churning out these human story videos like anything, and they are getting better. With some people, you can see the chip on their shoulder a mile off. I am glad you were able to shed that chip and come through a better man.
    Pascal Derrien
    06/02/2017 #19 Pascal Derrien
    #18 thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli for dropping by on your precious time :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    06/02/2017 #18 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    A touching reality and a touching tale...
    Pascal Derrien
    06/02/2017 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #16 yes the video is very powerful I actually....broke down in the middle of it the first I watched it :-) Inner exploration with no hard hat on :-) thank you for dropping by @Lisa Vanderburg
    Lisa Vanderburg
    06/02/2017 #16 Lisa Vanderburg
    Wow..a beautiful video to go with the ripples of aching memories, lost potential and just wanting something that could not be yours. Know where you're coming from. Really touching, @Pascal Derrien
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #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.'
    Pascal Derrien
    06/02/2017 #14 Pascal Derrien
    #13 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I was thinking about the lack of synchronisation of the sentiments, as you guess mu relations with this has not been plain sailing I will probably touch on a less nicer side in the next post :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This 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!!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/02/2017 #12 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The best thing about this story and video is that today is not Father Day, this story and video makes everyday fathers day.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/02/2017 #11 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #10 I appreciate the way your words inspire me πŸ˜‰ @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #10 Pascal Derrien
    #8 inside out & upside down @Donna-Luisa Eversley appreciate how you keep spending time on reading my broken stories :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #9 Pascal Derrien
    #7 @debasish majumder thank you for reading and showing up on a regular basis, thanks for the encouragements too :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/02/2017 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    From the outside looking in everyone has a story. I like the way you think @Pascal Derrien 😁😎
    debasish majumder
    05/02/2017 #7 debasish majumder
    excellent 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 more
    excellent 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
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #6 Pascal Derrien
    #5 thanks a bunch @Sara Jacobovici you are very good to me it's just a few words.....oops I have already done that one :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    This one proves your a true craftsman @Pascal Derrien. You weaved your story perfectly, from the first line to the last word. Well done!
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    #3 thank you for dropping by @Ali Anani glad you liked it and for saying so :-)
    Ali Anani
    05/02/2017 #3 Ali Anani
    I enjoyed the video and the message of your post @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    05/02/2017 #2 Pascal Derrien
    #1 thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman sometimes we miss the opportunity, I my case I believe I had every right to be angry , then it happened but I reckon it should have been much earlier if had let out the anger in me
  4. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Through the Forest, I see the Trees: Grateful!
    Through 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.Β I...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/02/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Javier 🐝 beBee and thank you to others who I can't find that also shared too!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/02/2017 #50 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #18 Hi @Royce Shook, I'm sorry I missed your comment. I love that you added what you are thankful for. So many blessings and I'm sure they are equally as thankful for you!! Thank you for sharing your gratitude.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    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!!!!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    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.
    Dean Owen
    07/02/2017 #47 Dean Owen
    #46 If it was enough for Margeret Thatcher, it is enough for me.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #46 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #44 4 hours of sleep? That's not enough! They say at least 6 hours to stay healthy. Ok, I don't feel guilty now when you tell me to get to bed haha. Yes, maybe one day after I'm gone it would be nice for them to discover my buzz :)
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    06/02/2017 #45 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    #43 Yup dear, thanks :)
    Dean Owen
    06/02/2017 #44 Dean Owen
    #32 Fours hours of sleep a day for the last 25 years. It's actually plenty. I do hope your family get to see this article in the coming years. Better if they discover it for themselves when they feel curious to do so.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #42 How exciting! Yes, share again when it comes out and tsg others do we dont miss it and we will share!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    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 :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #41 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #39 Best wishes to you and your family @Rekha Singh :))
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #40 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #37 Thank you, @sandra smith!
    Rekha Singh
    06/02/2017 #39 Rekha Singh
    Beautifully written....connected with you and your family....reading through it....wishing you happy life ahead.... :)
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    06/02/2017 #37 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Thanks, Lisa. Nice buzz, and it's nice to know men like your son in law do exist. Ha!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #36 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #35 Please tag me @Aleta Curry, I miss so many posts. Sounds like a great buzz!
    Aleta Curry
    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.)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #28 @Aleta Curry your comment just made me smile because you get it! I used to work part time in a large Family Practice for 6 Doctors. One of the nurses I worked with was always mean to me no matter how nice I tried to be. She would demand my help, never asked kindly. I would help without one complaint. One day I needed her help and she refused. Later that day she asked, "So when do you work again?" I replied, I have the next 2 days off... again I heard, "wow, sure must be nice to be YOU!" I finally was a bit more stern and said, "No one is making you work full time, if you to stay home just remember you will take a major cut in your income. We all have choices to make and I made the choice to be home more with my kids, you chose to work full time." Maybe that wasn't nice, but geez, I got so tired of hearing that. I even had a friend who always made sure to get digs in and it ruined our friendship for years. What was ironic about the friend who made digs was this- she had a trust fund she inherited when she turned 25 and she paid off her home, car and did an entire home renovation. Her parents always watched her kids while she worked so she never had to bring them to daycare or an outside sitter. She also forgot she told me that she was able to pay off her home after she received the money from her trust, she'd say, "Yea well someone has to go to work to pay for this house." OMG, people just kill me sometimes. On a bright note: She changed for the better after her dad died (that was sad). She's not the bitter person she used to be and we are friends again.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #33 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #27 Hi @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, the feeling is mutual! You are always a positive young lady and I admire the heck out of you!! Thanks :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #32 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #26 @Dean Owen, do you have insomnia too? I have a secret to share... shhh don't tell anyone but you inspired me a while back when you wrote your letter to Ashley and there are others who inspire me as well. I am thankful for the positive people I've met on here. I'm thankful to so many who accept me, faults and all and haven't judged me. So many of you I only know virtually but I consider you real friends. I hope to see a buzz soon, I'm sure yours will be very interesting Dean. Tag me when you write it, I do tend to miss buzzes!
  5. ProducerLucy Norton

    Lucy Norton

    Remodeling Tips for Home Sale Value Increase
    Remodeling 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....
  6. ProducerClaire 🐝 Cardwell
    Building Green?  Here's some tips.
    Building Green? Here's some tips.In South Africa we have had 2 years of unusually warm weather and a drought. Β The coal reserves are set to run out by 2020. Β It is now vitally important to be environmentally aware and active. Β According to the Zero Energy Project, the construction...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    05/02/2017 #16 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 Thanks @Claire 🐝 Cardwell, interesting and extremely informative. I had no idea air conditioning began in 1902!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #15 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - I've just spotted this link :- The end of air conditioning? Asia architects use green solutions to cool buildings
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #14 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! Have an awesome day!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #13 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Hi @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....
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    01/02/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Great info @Claire 🐝 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!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #11 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @CityVP 🐝 Manjit! Have a fantastic day!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #10 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Awesome @Devesh Bhatt - looking forward to your buzz, please tag me when you publish. Have an awesome day!
    Devesh Bhatt
    01/02/2017 #9 Devesh Bhatt
    You can gauge the pricing and see if it is feasible...I am good at working numbers and revenue
    Devesh Bhatt
    01/02/2017 #8 Devesh Bhatt
    #7 I think I will upload the concept on Bebee, and update the dpr as per SA laws..Different from India :)

    Make it country centric...Financial inclusion and upliftment of waste collectors.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #7 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #6 This sounds awesome @Devesh Bhatt and could be used here in SA very effectively. Please send me more details.
    Devesh Bhatt
    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.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #5 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks @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/
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #4 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg! Have an awesome day!
    Devesh Bhatt
    01/02/2017 #3 Devesh Bhatt
    I was with an EPC company and built their RSVP, waste management and environmental services business prior to their IPO.

    I think many ideas that are gathering dust could be resurrected with your help.

    Great buzz.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    01/02/2017 #2 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks @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 βˆ’ homes, offices and factories βˆ’ 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 β€œgreen” 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."

    David B. Grinberg
    01/02/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks 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!
  7. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    House 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/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell
  8. ProducerClaire 🐝 Cardwell
    Some of the houses I have worked on.
    Some of the houses I have worked on.I thought it was time to show you all some of the work I do. Β 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...


    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #34 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Todd Jones! Have an awesome day!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #33 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Hi @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......
    Todd Jones
    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.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #31 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the shares @CityVP 🐝 Manjit , @Lada 🏑 Prkic , @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman and @Javier 🐝 beBee! Your kind words mean so much to me.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #30 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #23 Thank you Praveen! Have a blessed day!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #29 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #28 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #19 Thank you @David B. Grinberg! I've been very lucky to have worked on so many houses and interesting projects over the years.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #27 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #20 Thank you for your kind words @Paul Walters! Have a great day!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #26 Claire 🐝 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!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #25 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #22 Thanks you Julio for your kind words!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #24 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #18 Thank you so much @Jeet Sarkar!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    30/01/2017 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Wow, neat work Claire! My favourite is the Breakfree Estate House 2014 ;)
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    30/01/2017 #21 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    Claire, I think that every designer has his/her own distinctive style, and I see your signature in these works. Love your style, especially the Abbey Guest House. I would like to see more of its photos.
    Paul Walters
    30/01/2017 #20 Paul Walters
    @Claire 🐝 Cardwell to use a cliched expression....'love your work'
    David B. Grinberg
    30/01/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg
    Wow, Claire, those are some impressive houses. Kudos on your admirable work!
    Jeet Sarkar
    30/01/2017 #18 Jeet Sarkar
    wonderful houses with beautiful architecture . Good share madam @Clarie Cardwell! thank you.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #17 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    I 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.....
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    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.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    30/01/2017 #15 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #7 Well synchronicity.... my few days in Jo'burg were spent in a hotel in Sandton.
  9. Kevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    This is fascinating: Where in the world are you from?
    momondo – The DNA Journey
    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...


    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    30/01/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Fantastic share @Kevin Pashuk, thank you.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I 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
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/01/2017 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    "I'm a mutt of the world"

    Damn proud of it. We are human first!
    Paul Walters
    17/11/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    Dean Owen
    17/11/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    The most important video EVER!
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    23/08/2016 #2 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    A must watch, YES!! ✨
    Antoine 🐝 Prager
    23/08/2016 #1 Antoine 🐝 Prager
    How would you feel taking a journey based on your DNA... this experiment ( and online marketing campaign by MOMONDO: THE DNA JOURNEY) , I just love it, must watch!

    the full story : https://www.momondo.es/letsopenourworld/dna
  10. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Promenade Residence by BGD Architects, Isle of Capri, Queensland, Australia - http://www.caandesign.com/promenade-residence-by-bgd-architects/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell


    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #7 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #6 Hi @David B. Grinberg - I've got no idea how much this house cost... I know it would cost about R5M to build in SA and depending on location would retail at R8-12M
    David B. Grinberg
    27/01/2017 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Nice, Claire. Do you know the list price or last purchase price paid? Thanks.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    If I lived in a house like that I would fear this sentence from my DIY focused wife :
    "Honey, it's time to paint the ceiling"
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #4 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #3 They do have these stunning sliding steel panels which allow you to look out, but give you tons of privacy. In addition they make really stunning patterns in the rooms.
    Aurorasa Sima
    27/01/2017 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    #2 The form of the pool is spectacular! I would not want to live in it (too much glass), but itΒ΄s awesome to look at it.

    Great find, thanks for sharing!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #2 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #1 It is lovely isn't it? The interiors are also great!
    Aurorasa Sima
    26/01/2017 #1 Aurorasa Sima
    Would love to be there right now. Beautiful building.
  11. Eva PΓ©rez Duque
    Los primates estΓ‘n en grave peligro de extinciΓ³n y segΓΊn este estudio podrΓ‘n desaparecer en 50 aΓ±os.

    Eva PΓ©rez Duque


    Eva PΓ©rez Duque
    26/01/2017 #2 Eva PΓ©rez Duque
    Yes @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, it is a pity, I hope we are in time to do something for them, thanks for sharing this article with me.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Sometimes 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?
  12. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Will 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/Claire 🐝 Cardwell


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    25/01/2017 #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.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #3 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @CityVP 🐝 Manjit! I was talking about it with some friends last night and they said that it would be a nightmare for someone coming home a bit worse for wear - stumbling around the garden looking for the front door!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    A rotating home. That would not cross my mind in a million years but it would be awfully cool in the right location.
  13. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Interview with Ian Weinberg
    Interview with Ian WeinbergI had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Ian Weinberg this week. Ian writes excellent articles and readily provides friendlyΒ informative comments on beBee. Above he is standing proudly with his daughter on her wedding day.Β Gert: Ian, thank...


    debasish majumder
    14/01/2017 #48 debasish majumder
    very 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.
    Paul Walters
    14/01/2017 #47 Paul Walters
    #44 @Dean Owen I will head to NZ to watch the Lions vs All Blacks in Wellington...wanna come ?
    Ian Weinberg
    13/01/2017 #46 Ian Weinberg
    #45 Thanks for that Fatima. Best wishes.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    13/01/2017 #45 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Such 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.
    Dean Owen
    13/01/2017 #44 Dean Owen
    #39 You are on! And @Ian Weinberg and @Gert Scholtz. If you guys make it to Japan for the World Cup, tickets are on me!
    Gerald Hecht
    13/01/2017 #43 Gerald Hecht
    #42 @Donna-Luisa Eversley agreed; with a positive, giving spirit and attitude Ian shows us, through this interview by @Gert Scholtz , that the sky itself is not the limit...not even close; awesome!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    13/01/2017 #42 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Brilliant interview @ian Weinberg and @Gert Scholtz. I must say I love the fact that you dared to do what you were told not to do with the plane and lived! Incredible. Thanks guys for sharing this interview.
    Gerald Hecht
    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!
    Ian Weinberg
    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.
    Paul Walters
    12/01/2017 #39 Paul Walters
    #36 Dean , see you in Japan in 2019?
    Gerald Hecht
    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!
    Ian Weinberg
    12/01/2017 #37 Ian Weinberg
    #35 Thanks very much @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Best wishes.
    Dean Owen
    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.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/01/2017 #35 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I can't remember if I added, you have a beautiful family too @Ian Weinberg
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    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!
    Ian Weinberg
    12/01/2017 #33 Ian Weinberg
    #28 @Dean Owen Thanks for that. That World Cup period experience was a rare national euphoria, but sadly, short-lived. We were all fired up and optimistic, but then prevailing realities surfaced again, which we continue to wrestle with. In any event, it was a rare and special moment - glad I experienced it.
    Ian Weinberg
    12/01/2017 #32 Ian Weinberg
    #24Thanks for that Manjit
    Paul Walters
    12/01/2017 #31 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz Thanks for this. I read Ian's lofty posts which sometimes leaves me me confused. from the pics featured here is a man who looks content with his life and has a strong sense of family...I like that !
    Paul Walters
    12/01/2017 #30 Paul Walters
    #28 Dean I would answer that one for Gert. I happened to be at the ground when that nail biting match was played. those poor "Poisoned All Blacks" watched as a drop goal soared over the posts. It gave that country so much hope ! Sorry gert , I hijacked the question
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #29 Gerald Hecht
    @Gert Scholtz @Ian Weinberg Thank you very much --a precious gem!
  14. ProducerJennifer 🐝 Schultz
    The Double Standard on Having Kids Later in Life
    The Double Standard on Having Kids Later in LifeToday, I read that Janet Jackson gave birth toΒ 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.Β I then I read the corresponding comments below the story and...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    07/01/2017 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    I'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😊
    Jennifer 🐝 Schultz
    05/01/2017 #6 Jennifer 🐝 Schultz
    Join the conversation.....
    Sara Hodge
    04/01/2017 #5 Sara Hodge
    Love this post from @Jennifer 🐝 Schultz of The Mommy Brief and find this to be quite true. I had my second child at 36 and heard a lot of these things, too. Let's change the narrative on these double standards, it's time.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    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.
    Jennifer 🐝 Schultz
    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. #2
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    On 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.
  15. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    Mellow Milestones
    Mellow 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...


    Dean Owen
    24/01/2017 #49 Dean Owen
    #45 I can't imagine how proud your future grandchildren will be when they discover your prose for themselves.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    23/01/2017 #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!
    Dean Owen
    05/01/2017 #44 Dean Owen
    I doubt even the smartest AI could duplicate my warped British accent that has been mangled by life in Asia.
    Lyon Brave
    05/01/2017 #43 Lyon Brave
    Maybe it will have your accent. You never know.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    02/01/2017 #42 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Dean Owen Happy New Year ! best wishes from Madrid
    Ken Boddie
    02/01/2017 #41 Ken Boddie
    #39 mine don't stalk mine, Dean-San, that's for sure. They're too busy on frivolous other SM activities.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/01/2017 #40 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #37 Welcome back and so, your not perfect? We all have things to work on, good to acknowledge and make changes right. And, we all been fools at times, myself included. Hope you had a nice Holiday! Happy NY!
    Dean Owen
    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?
    Dean Owen
    02/01/2017 #38 Dean Owen
    #32 Oh and thanks for the shares on Twitter etc. After a week off social media I was dumbfounded to have gotten hundreds of notifications on Twitter thanks to you, Lance, and Paul C.
    Dean Owen
    02/01/2017 #37 Dean Owen
    #32 Thanks Lisa. Didn't mean this to be a tear jerker. Not such a wonderful man, but I do have time to rectify my past foolishness.
    Dean Owen
    02/01/2017 #36 Dean Owen
    #30 I'd happily live anywhere in India knowing that the countryside is just a short train ride away. Apologies for the late response. Took a bit of a beBee break, but am back now and wanting to learn more about the world!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    29/12/2016 #35 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Dean, congratulations on your achievement. You are expressing your celebration beautifully with this post. I look forward to more in 2017. May you have a prosperous New Year!
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #34 Ken Boddie
    #26 It is truly incredible, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, that "it took a couple of strangers in Madrid to bring so many wonderful people" into all of our lives in 2016. I raise my glass to @Juan Imaz and @Javier 🐝 beBee.
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #33 Ken Boddie
    Another 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!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/12/2016 #32 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Big 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!
    Juan Imaz
    24/12/2016 #31 Juan Imaz
    congratulations for your 100 buzzes @Dean Owen!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    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!
  16. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Architects and Technicians
    Architects and Technicians
    Architects and Technicians Official Architecture hive on beBee. Connect with people in your field and exchange information, knowledge and professional
  17. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Design & Sustainability Network
    Design & Sustainability Network
    Design & Sustainability Network This hive is where professionals in the design and construction industry & the public get together to come up with sustainable design initiatives to solve housing and environmental issues. All over the world people are coming up with ideas to


    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    02/12/2016 #1 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @CityVP 🐝 Manjit!
  18. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Home Decor
    Home Decor
    Home Decor
  19. ProducerKenneth Overton

    Kenneth Overton

    Making Your Apartment Unique and Stylish
    Making Your Apartment Unique and StylishNot everyone has a flair for decorating. In fact, many of us are a little clueless when it comes to making our apartments look stylish. That is why you walk into so many apartments that look the same. If you are having trouble getting your apartment...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    If only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives

    https://www.bebee.com/group/environment-health-and-safety View more
    If only I had such style ability. I can however still appreciate those that do. Also the two hives linked in this buzz are very well curated, even if there is no overall administrator for these hives



    They are great examples of or top class hives - but then again, it is being created by people who intuitively are in sync with style. The closest I have ever got to quality style is listening to Style Council songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMAVU1k7kg Close
  20. ProducerAmy Blaschka

    Amy Blaschka

    Is Your House in Order?
    Is Your House in Order?Last week I awoke from a strange dream. In it, I was barefoot and walking on rich, coffee-colored soil. I entered the home of my "neighbor," a well-known and respected writer whom I admire a great deal. The house was clean and tidy but in...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/11/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Only one major proviso Amy, "made our life truly ours" - the home is a rather special thing, far more than the statement "no place like home". I am no longer an answer to the question "what do you do?" my home is the answer to "what do you love?". Work took meaning away from home, now in the 21st Century, home must take meaning away from work - if this does not happen, then the technological advancements we make in this century is simply an exponential extension of the industrial age.
    Amy Blaschka
    15/11/2016 #2 Amy Blaschka
    #1 Wow, @CityVP Manjit, thank you for sharing your story and for your kind words β€” I'm so glad my post resonated with you! Sounds like you've listened to your heart and made your life truly yours. Well done!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Loved the post! One thing I have done well over the last two decades is to focus on foundation first and while that focus means I give up some "greater glories" - much of that thing we like to call "success" simply takes us to other places, working on other plans. I have not tried to "simplify" my life, but ensure home is the place I return to often, if not a lot. I also ensure I appreciate that which is utterly priceless in my home, which is my family.

    What I have given up is living out of a suitcase, moving from airport and hotel, to airport and hotel - for sure I am not directly involved with meeting high-flyers and people at the top of their professional game - but even after the lovely hugs and welcomes, everyone departs back to their respective homes. Half my kids have graduated, the other half are still working their way through university and all of them will have graduated by 2019 - so this time I have with them is ever so important and ever so precious.

    One day all of them will be moving along their respective careers, some will marry and move to new homes, some will still be around, but ALL are committed to remain connected no matter where they are, and with modern technologies, everyone is just one Face-time away. It is a good age to live in - and then there is the arrival of the next generation - another one this year in the form of a second grandson, and that part of the family tree will over time spread its branches also.

    That is why I love this post - I am reading the writings of a true kindred spirit and I dig that - nup scratch that, I love that !
  21. ProducerDavid B. Grinberg
    Daylight Saving Time: Early Birds vs. Night Owls
    Daylight Saving Time: Early Birds vs. Night OwlsWe've all heard the famous 17th century English phrase, "The early bird catches the worm." But this is not necessarily true for everyone, especially in today's high-tech modern world. Therefore, I pose these questions:Are you an early...


    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    07/11/2016 #50 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Hola Mr David,

    you talk me not know what are the problem with Karen Anne kramer.

    Hmmm she are good lady, maybe beBee delete profile.

    She will help me plus contact with me hmmm
    Thanks very much
    David B. Grinberg
    07/11/2016 #49 David B. Grinberg
    #48 Thanks for your message @Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes. I think @John White, MBA or @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín can best explain what the issue was with Karen Anne Kramer, as I'm not up to date on that situation. I think it was a fake profile.
    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    07/11/2016 #48 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Hi Mr David B,
    You know because Mrs Karen Anne Kamer, are not more on beBee?.

    She are one Super really friends, she will me help with bad inglΓ©s.

    Can you talk me yes or not know what are the problem with Mrs Karen Anne Kramer.

    I am missing she.

    Thanks and blessings
    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    07/11/2016 #47 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Hello Mr David B,

    I'm like now to much this hour a clock, and talk again to you ja ja ja ja ja, with humor Bing.

    Tic tac tic tac tic tac tic tac .
    plus have you one Powerful energetic vibrations and to much existing / Γ‰xitos.

    You are very Simpatiche tipo.

    From Spain Alicante, blessing.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    07/11/2016 #46 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #42 @David B. Grinberg beBee will have a powerful tool to make collaborative stories & articles soon :-)
    Aurorasa Sima
    07/11/2016 #45 Aurorasa Sima
    #44 In Germany they made studies and discovered that after a change the number of accidents is higher on the next day. Our biorhythm does not embrace this kind of change.

    Because working hours are not 9 - 5pm for many anymore, it also does not save money.
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    07/11/2016 #44 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Im NOT fan of Daylight Saving Time... Once I set my routine i keep at it.. dislike sudden changes... ( Guess That Makes Me An Old Person ??? ) :D
    David B. Grinberg
    07/11/2016 #43 David B. Grinberg
    @Elizabeth Bailey, brilliant thinking about the "little message" - cheers! @Karin Sebelin @Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes always great to hear from you. @FlÑvio Rodrigues Vieira what an amazing idea of "building a small power generator by means of magnetism." That would be great. @Ali Anani, hope you're feeling better. I love your buzz, "Is Time Fractal?" @CityVP 🐝 Manjit: yes, more light has positive health benefits. May the sun shine brightly on all bees!
    David B. Grinberg
    07/11/2016 #42 David B. Grinberg
    Many thanks for all of the awesome feedback, which is very much appreciated! @Alexa Steele: that video is hilarious. I love John Oliver's show. @Pamela 🐝 Williams, I like your idea to "customize the sun to each person's wishes." I'm on it...@David Navarro López, this post was inspired by what @Javier 🐝 beBee wrote about Spain. @Sushmita Thakare Jain, glad to know I'm in good company.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    06/11/2016 #41 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I asked myself this question this week. Since my latest contract started I have been driving to work in the dark, with few on the road. Since I use mainly back roads to get there it can be pretty dark. But now the alternative; I'm will be driving home in the dark with a lot of other cars on the road. I'm a morning person, love the light in the morning, but considering some of the crazy drivers I encounter, I'm thinking; maybe this year I would rather not drive home in the dark. :-) Too bad we can't customize the sun to each person's wishes :-)
    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    05/11/2016 #40 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Upssss Angay come on, Tic tac tic tac tic tac.

    Ja ja ja ja

    David Navarro LΓ³pez
    05/11/2016 #39 Anonymous
    I was a night owl some years ago, but I feel much better since 4 years or so when I realized that I was much more productive in the early morning hours when I am fresh than at the end of the day when I am quite tired. I really enjoy getting up really early, sometimes earlier in my free days than in working days. It works for me, and it does not mean it is this way in all cases.
    Concerning to the DST thing, I am sure that if experts can come with numbers to demonstrate the energy savings, better productivity, and health, it is very likely going to be like they say. In the case of Spain, some time ago @Javier 🐝 beBee wrote a buzz about what we do in Spain with it, which is completely wrong since the times of Franco and his German mate, because we should be in time with greenwich and not one hour later like Germany or Italy. So we miss the benefits of the DST thing, but oh, we are european (or they say so)
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    05/11/2016 #38 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    @David B. Grinberg I must confess of being an night owl, but when it is necessary to wake up early I manage it out! Was a thought provoking post with inspiring pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    Elizabeth Bailey
    04/11/2016 #37 Elizabeth Bailey
    Thought provoking article and very topical. Here in North Wales, UK by the time the clocks "fall back" it's dark when I get up at 6am regardless of the change and it's really only those few weeks each side of the summer solstice that it's still light when I go to bed. Whilst I do miss the daylight generally during the winter months, the clock changes seem to make little difference to me, I just run round the house changing the ones that don't do it themselves and try to carry on like nothing's happened wondering why I'm hungry earlier than usual for a day or 2. The one thing I would change is having a little message on my phone that says "Yes, your clock has been adjusted to BST (or GMT) " to save that split second panic when I wonder "has it? hasn't it?" and rush downstairs to turn on the TV just to check.
    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    04/11/2016 #35 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes

    Tic tac tic tac.
    Energetic end week
    Mohammed Sultan
    03/11/2016 #34 Mohammed Sultan
    O Summer Sun ,what an hour shall fate? only human noise and busy glittering street or what delights ever to equal these ;only to taste the warmth ,the light and moving trees.With an hour more or an hour less ,only to be a live and feel that life is sweet.You shouldn't run counter your creator's own will because HE has given us the choice to live well.Nature is the real master of time management,dear @ David B.Grinberg.You either be an early bee or a late owl.whatever the joys of long hours sleep ,they vanish with the day light.
    FlΓ‘vio Rodrigues Vieira
    03/11/2016 #33 FlΓ‘vio Rodrigues Vieira
    @David B. Grinberg liked your article in a general scope, but do not agree with the summer time, it's only to save energy, but do not believe anything anyone talk about energy, after what happened to Tesla, in my country, power wires are placed in towers, my brother is an electrical engineer, working on a major international power company, the only reason not to put the wires on the floor out, what would generate major savings for the company and for the people, the answer? many earn tuition fee with the purchase of material, as soon as a system that generates maintenance is not feasible, I am building a small power generator by means of magnetism, if you can, never pay for energy in my life!
    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #32 Ali Anani
    @David B. Grinberg- great buzz and I agree with it and your previous comment. I share same views as symbolized by my buzz titled :Is Time Fractal? This means the spacetime is one unit and time alone without reference to the space is a reductionist approach. Shared
    David B. Grinberg
    03/11/2016 #31 David B. Grinberg
    #8 @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Thanks for your valuable comments. I agree with your astute observation that, "Our measurement of time is abstract and illusional..." -- that's a great point to explore further. This is particularly relevant when considering "time" from the vantage point of cosmic time and Einstein's space-time continuum, in which both space and time are one unit forming the fabric of the universe. But perhaps that's for another blog post. I recall reading about a primitive culture somewhere that doesn't even believe in time, much less act upon it. I think the bottom line is that time is relative depending on the person making the observation and considering the larger context. cc: @Ali Anani @Milos Djukic @Aurorasa Sima @Irene Hackett @FlÑvio Rodrigues Vieira
    David B. Grinberg
    03/11/2016 #29 David B. Grinberg
    #9 I agree with you about a shorter work day and work week @Phil Friedman, like many countries across Europe have adopted. But that's an issue for another blog post. I wrote something previously here about work-life balance (maybe you read it). I wish you calm seas, captain!
  22. Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    A building in Germany gets its energy from what’s growing inside it.
    grendz.com Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. Residents living inside say they are happy....


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    12/10/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Very interesting and so is your idea, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich.
    Ali Anani
    11/10/2016 #3 Ali Anani
    #2 That is a great suggestion @Deb 🐝 Helfrich- will do. I love the concept of this buzz
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    11/10/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Very interesting. Perhaps our scholar of nature metaphors might be interested in the co-habitating angle. @Ali Anani - at the very least, I anticipate that you will be writing about tree houses in the near future.
    FroilΓ‘n PΓ©rez
    11/10/2016 #1 FroilΓ‘n PΓ©rez
    love this!
    the College I attended on exchange in Bremen (Germany) was testing algae energy production.

  23. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    Imagine a future when one in 8 trees along your street was a Wind Tree. Would you mind? I certainly wouldn't....
    Dean Owen
    'Wind Tree' uses blades to generate electricity from light breezes
    www.dailymail.co.uk French company 'New Wind' is installing the first at Place de la Concorde in Paris and is hoping to expand throughout the country and abroad. The trees currently retail at Β£23,500...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/09/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 I favour the kind of cradle to cradle design advocated by William McDonough, https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design?language=en View more
    #4 I favour the kind of cradle to cradle design advocated by William McDonough, https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design?language=en that is why I like the quote from Michaud-Larivière - if the French initiative has systemic viability then that has value, what I fear are expedient answers that simply shift one set of problem makers, to create a different set of problem makers for constituencies we in the end turn a blind eye to such as e.g. the Lake Ontario communities http://lakeontarioturbines.com/studies-resources.html These are not objections to wind-power, these are challenges to solve in cradle to cradle design. We are going to reach new ways of thinking, but first we must rethink how politics polarizes us. We need whole systems thinking to be the way forward - and McDonough does a good job of showing some of the possibilities in moving in that direction. Close
    Dean Owen
    14/09/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    I think it is also critical, for national security and disaster recovery reasons, to shift off dependence from a system of centralised grids.
    Dean Owen
    14/09/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    #1 It all starts with a great idea generating support, then economies of scale can kick in and bring the price down. Refinements to ensure wildlife is not harmed. Certainly a better prospect than fossil fuels that does untold damage to nature.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/09/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The main objections seem to be payback on the $23,500 investment and whether it endangers wildlife see comments here http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-paris/ View more
    The main objections seem to be payback on the $23,500 investment and whether it endangers wildlife see comments here http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-paris/ What I like about the MailOnline article is the suggestion at the end QUOTE: ["In the future Mr Michaud-Larivière hopes to develop a 'perfect tree that has leaves with natural fibres, roots that could generate geothermal energy and 'bark' covered with photosensitive cells"] END QUOTE. Close
  24. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Dream Weddings and Sideshows
    Dream Weddings and SideshowsAs a wedding this weekend my daughters wedding was spectacular and highly enjoyable and it had everything one could put together that classifies the meaning of "dream wedding".Β  The only small thing I now know in hindsight was to let my daughter...


    Savvy Raj
    04/07/2016 #9 Savvy Raj
    #8 #4@ . Indian weddings are known to be elaborate affairs . Infact the celebrations continue to stretch for days and seem to grow with each passing year a blessing indeed in itself.. Being the father of the bride and gauging how busy things can be around a wedding , to actually find time amidst it all to leave a good word for another being is truly honourable deed.Thank you for the kind mention and shares. @CityVP Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/07/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #6 Hi Sara, I am glad you are noticing Savvy Raj, her LinkedIn page is really worth visiting https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/savvyraj?trk=prof-sm The wedding prevented me from exploring but once the post-wedding rituals are finished, which last another week, I look forward to engaging with her beautiful mind.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/07/2016 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Thank You Sara, yes indeed the event coordinators like the official photographer created some breathtaking effects and pictures. For me the breathmaking is even a greater celebration this weekend - and those breathmakers are my family, who all contributed to the making of absolutely wonderful kids in our home.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/07/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Hi @Savvy Raj. I just finished writing a comment on your beautiful poem.
    Savvy Raj
    04/07/2016 #5 Savvy Raj
    #3 So beautiful to know about your lovely family @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the the thoughtful linkshare as well. Must add that I connected with it instantly and what came to mind was that I had written a few verses with the similar title as a dedication to the Mother spirit earlier and I look forward now to sharing it on Bebee.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/07/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    Couldn't be happier for you and your family that this blessed day occurred @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. The photo of your daughter and her husband is breathtaking. Wishing the couple a life of health, happiness and success!!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/07/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Thank you for your wishes Savvy. Our three girls are blessed to have married three great hubbies and the three great hubbies are blessed to have three truly great women in their lives. I address here the idea of a divine blessing but there is also the blessings of fellow human beings and an interesting footnote is a piece called "The Bliss of Blessings" by Charu Bahri. http://completewellbeing.com/article/the-bliss-of-blessing/ Bahri is a cost accountant and computer programmer from Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India - and this is where gratitude and grace meet.
    Savvy Raj
    04/07/2016 #2 Savvy Raj
    Congratulations on the occasion of your daughters wedding @CityVP Manjit .Lovely to read about the Dream wedding . Wishing the couple a lifetime together of wedded bliss. 🌹🌹🌹
  25. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Fourth Generation
    The Fourth GenerationWhat makes me happy in this moment in time is in the knowledge that there are four generations working in unison which is the chief life blessing I focus on.Β  I am not one for getting googly-eyed in sharing of baby pictures.Β  For me the arrival of...


    Savvy Raj
    27/06/2016 #15 Savvy Raj
    #14 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit thank you very much for the warm welcome. To share is to learn some more . And to share your joys is to appreciate life spreading hope and positivity πŸ‘
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/06/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 Where equanimity is, humility is not far behind, welcome to BeBee Savvy, BTW I love the name "Savvy Raj" and glad to hear that we have similar value of family experiences.
    Sue Chien Lee
    26/06/2016 #13 Sue Chien Lee
    "Learning how to serve the world, and savor the world as well." Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit ; )
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    26/06/2016 #11 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #8 Sorry, I meant YOU will enjoy your two grandsons with health and strength... ☺️
    Savvy Raj
    26/06/2016 #10 Savvy Raj
    Congratulations on the arrival of your second grandson . ..And I read this line with deep resonance ...'To view this child as a human being in their own right, rather than see it as a possession or a share item - equanimity is one of the smart things I learned as a part of my development as a parent, and as a grandparent it is the knowledge that I have not only been blessed to have great kids, but these great kids are themselves are becoming great parents.' Blessings to the beautiful baby . Thank you for bringing me here .
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/06/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #7 Dear Mamen, If blessings don't make us cry they are not blessings and when water flows from eyes, this acknowledgement of blessing is what I consider to be Living Water and not just tears. Yes life will give us tears that tear us, but in the moment of blessings, it is a wisdom to know the blessing.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    26/06/2016 #7 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    CONGRATS @CityVP 🐝 Manjit!!! Such a great, happy and sweet new!! And you are so young, you are very lucky I'll enjoy your two grandsons with health and strength. My best wishes for your lovely family and for you. Thanks for sharing this marvelous new. πŸ’–
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/06/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 Dean, we think a lot sometimes about the relationships we do not have but not anywhere as much as we should, the relationships we do have. The losses in my family are additions, so when my mom's brother passed away this year, there is so much of my uncle within us all that all of us still have access to that relationship. Those forces that view separation as the norm do act upon our family, because this is an economic driven norm. Adam Smith knew well the "invisible hand" of economics but we as a family understand the psychological, economic, social, technical, environmental and political value of being together, and our kids when given the choice between who we are and what society is - are not fully captivated by the pull of society. The value of a strong matriarch is that they know it is better not to let society crash through the home - and at the same time ensure there is the nurturing of health within - for there is no point in creating a prison called home, for then society does equate with freedom. Yet if freedom is the very bricks of our home then Dean Owen may well be the first generation of that greater home - because this involves living in the fullness of time and not the passing of time. I had no contact with my grand-parents so lived a 2-gen family for a long time. Now it is 4-gen family and that is a new blessing.
    Dean Owen
    19/06/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    #3 Too true @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, and since you brought Sinatra into my post, I am bringing "Everybody Loves Raymond" as your comment reminded of the passing of the matriarch Doris Roberts in April. We never had that kind of relationship in our family, each generation living separately. That is kind of why the show meant a lot to me.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/06/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Dear @Ali Anani, I cannot wish this into being but only bless this being every hour of every day, for this new born is darn lucky to enter into a world into a generational family, a family which I am also darn lucky to be born into. They say the lucky transform even unluck into luck., this may be true and it may not be - in the end my blessing is not in my wishes but my washes - and I have always let life wash over me and to awaken each new day like that new born - and for this I come home to a party everyday, a home where everyday is a mothers day and a fathers day and a home which is blessed with eight children who have added significant value to the third living generation, and to our three year old grandson who even at his small age already knows this blessing - the most incredible thing yesterday was the first meeting between him and his new brother and he took the air out of the room when he said "hello, I am your brother and I will look after you" - meaning the fourth generation has started well and the appreciation of blessings reaches out to brand new dimensions. If the many are trying to have this, we can only be this. Wishing makes this illusion, being present with it into a reality of blessing.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/06/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Dear Dean, I have twice met families that have five living generations, in both cases the two women were the matriarchs of the family, carrying great presence and in both cases it was jaw dropping that these women had reached past their 100th birthday, until that is you saw them for who they are and not what their age represents. The blessing is when all five generations serve as one, for five generations divided is like living with only one generation. I find we have a very manic-depressive view of life, we exalt the arrival of a new born and deeply grieve over a subject we refuse to acknowledge and only when life's contract smacks us straight in the face. To enjoy the full journey of life that is a different journey. Whether it is the 100 year old or the 1 day old, there is beauty in it all, and most of all in the integration. Today some write in terms of the "The Lost Generation" http://theatln.tc/1rrl2Dh - but if something got lost, it is not the generation but how that generation integrates as harmony and oneness. This is where leadership starts and I bless here the matriarchal.
    Ali Anani
    19/06/2016 #2 Ali Anani
    "...and she recognizes the importance of touch, as we gave her space for mother and baby bonding".Piles of congrats to you and your entire family. The quote from your buzz is damn deep. I know many would wish they had grandparents like you are.
    Dean Owen
    19/06/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Congratulations @CityVP 🐝 Manjit! That is such good news. And 4 generations, what more could anyone want!
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