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  1. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Hasta Manana ABBA
    Hasta Manana ABBAI am a fan of ABBA and have been for the last forty years. Yes I admit it. Knowing Me, Knowing You, there just might also be some beBee’s who share this fondness, The Way Old Friends Do. It started on Arrival in my teen years – the time when...


    Sara Jacobovici
    14/03/2017 #26 Sara Jacobovici
    @Gert Scholtz's buzz brought a smile to my face and music to my ears. Thanks Gert.
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/03/2017 #25 Sara Jacobovici
    Sorry I missed this buzz when it was originally posted @Gert Scholtz. So happy to be reading it now!! Love it. I smiled throughout and can still hear the music.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/06/2016 #24 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #23 Benny and Bjorn are being left behind...any ladies to do them some justice? ;) All said and done, they were the wind beneath the wings of ABBA...and the BB...backbone!
    Ken Boddie
    25/06/2016 #23 Ken Boddie
    And then there was Meryl Streep in the movie, Mamma Mia! I saw it again not so long ago and all those ABBA memories came flooding back. I'm with you, @Gert Scholtz. Agnetha for me!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/06/2016 #22 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #21 Bang on Gert! Well nigh impossible to cover em. The dual vocal lead combo is deadly indeed! So are the BeeGees ;) (I could add Rush, Men At Work, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, The Scorpions, Karen Carpenter, Tanita Tikaram, Annie Lennox, Midnight Oil, The Cure, The REM, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan...to the list of Uncoverables...to name but a few!) :) Can't move on...cos we are stuck in that Golden Era groove man! Check out Tanita and her Twist in my Sobriety some time...unforgettable voice...solo artist.
    Gert Scholtz
    25/06/2016 #21 Gert Scholtz
    Here's a thought: Why are there so few successful covers of Abba songs? Because they’re just so hard to emulate and inhabit.
    Gert Scholtz
    25/06/2016 #20 Gert Scholtz
    #18 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I can't agree with you more. They composed interesting, original, unpredictable chord sequences and vocal melodies. To my (untrained and unsophisticated) ear they were able to mix music and melodies from many genres and make it work. Praveen: thank to you I am reconsidering the Move On bit :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/06/2016 #19 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #18 Absolutely! They packed some amazing talent in their songs. Only those who sit to write, compose, play and sing to record a single or more, will be able to understand how inspired they were! I have only one thing to say to those who criticise musicians and bands...first create just one single that is a hit with general public and then become a critic. Just ONE catchy original song/ composition ;)
    Henri Galvão
    24/06/2016 #18 Henri Galvão
    Very interesting to see that your children consider ABBA to be kitsch. What I see is a reappraisal of their work, as "serious" musicians finally came to admit that these Swedish were good (same thing happened with the Bee Gees, by the way)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    24/06/2016 #17 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #13 Great Marketing strategy...it worked wonders for them obviously. Watching ABBA The Movie on a large screen was such a rush too!
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/06/2016 #16 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 Sweet! Thanks @Gert Scholtz for bringing a smile to my face.
    Gert Scholtz
    24/06/2016 #15 Gert Scholtz
    #3@Paul Walters Not a tragic romantic - an incurable one!
    Gert Scholtz
    24/06/2016 #14 Gert Scholtz
    @Sara Jacobovici I hope you burned the aisles with your dancing Sara!
    Gert Scholtz
    24/06/2016 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Praveen Raj Gullepalli Indeed Praveen - who can ever forget all the great music from the 70"s and 80's. Apparently ABBA was one of the first bands to start producing music video's on a grand scale. The ladies wanted more time at home and less travel - video was a way of promoting their music world-wide.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    24/06/2016 #12 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Can one really move on Gert? I wanda...and not just about the fish! ;) I first heard em on my buddy's record player deck with large wooden speakers as we were playing outside in his frontyard. Late 70s it was. His lovely sisters were blaring it out. Annifrid's voice...Mamma Mia! and Agnetha..higher and keener...wow...had me spellbound! Yeah then the infatuation...posters, their movie...cassette covers...it was more of Annifrid but now both seem equally fascinating! :) Annifrid had that sultry hispanic look...Agnetha was all fresh delicious European..They are forever One of Us...Yup, it was the age of ABBA, BoneyM, Kraftwerk (still amazing to me) on the pop side and Uriah Heep, KISS, Cliff Richard, Harry Belafonte, Steve Miller Band, Bob Marley, BadFinger, Beatles, etc etc on the other side...I could never regret the hours spent listening to these superstars on radio stations (BBC, VOA, Radio Aus, Kuwait, Ceylon, etc). And now I enjoy them even more...seeing those old music videos on YouTube...not a week goes by without listening to some of that good ol stuff! Bit hung up on Serenade by Steve Miller Band and Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd of late...give em a try when you have time mate!
    Louise Smith
    24/06/2016 #11 Louise Smith
    The first LP I bought was Abba's Greatest Hits ! Say no more ! I still know all the words !
    Paul Walters
    24/06/2016 #10 Paul Walters
    #9 Oh Lisa such a romantic!!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/06/2016 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I used to love Abba's music. Memories come flooding back from the past. I can relate to the 'un-cool," oh my god, no you aren't going to play that song when my kids were teens. Now, we all enjoy 70's rock. I miss going out and dancing- another thing we did a lot of when I was under 25.
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/06/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    Nice nostalgia kick @Gert Scholtz. Loved your message and the comments from your readers. About 10 years ago or so when Mama Mia was produced on stage, the Board of Directors of the agency where I worked wanted to express their gratitude to the managers for having successfully gone through a challenging time and rewarded us with a night out together for dinner and to see the show. Well who do you think was in the aisles dancing to the music? Yes, you guessed it. I loved every minute.
    Dean Owen
    24/06/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Seems like only yesterday. But they are in their 70's now, can you believe it? I remember them hitting the charts with Waterloo and Money Money Money. Then the 80's came along and Abba music was relegated to cruise ships and hotels on the Costa del Sol. In a bout of nostalgia, I did purchase an Abba CD at the turn of the millennium, but after listening to it once in the car, that too got relegated to the glove compartment. In an era of British greats, they were one of a handful of Europeans to reach the top of the UK charts, along with Aha, Nena, Scorpions, Falco, Vangelis, and Europe, but admittedly, Abba were the biggest.
  2. ProducerAaron Skogen

    Aaron Skogen

    On My Knees
    On My Knees"There I was, on my knees. I was holding a child upright with one hand, while feeding her with a spoon in my other. There I was, sobbing." I’ve written or at least commented about an accident I had. It was 1999. April 28th, 1999 shortly after...


    Aaron Skogen
    12/03/2017 #50 Aaron Skogen
    #49 I can understand @Pamela 🐝 Williams, no apology needed. I think we need to choose to see the good. I believe there is more good out there than we see. Especially considering the 2 min media cycle and focus on the "sensational". What would the perspective be if the "nightly news" (or morning, or midday) flipped the amount of time spent on attention getting, negative, sensational stories, with the amount of time spent on the positive and uplifting stories (which seems to get the last 90 seconds of the six-o-clock news). . .? I wonder. . .

    Remember, each of has the power to choose to lead by that example you mention.

    thanks so much for joining the conversation, I do appreciate it Pamela!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/03/2017 #49 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    How can we be the nation we are right now? So focused on having more and more, turning our backs on humanity. I weep for the beautiful faces in the video, for the beautiful children you helped care for. Why Aaron, is our bountiful nation becoming a separated angry mob when there are entire nations like Haiti whose children can find such joy in just having or even being splashed with clean water. And yet we want more, more, more; it's a sickness. Though I no longer call myself a christian; the video illustrated what I was taught was Christianity, not the judgmental, hate filled, selfish crap I witness in too many in this country. Sorry for the soapbox; I'm just not taking what's happening in my country well.
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #48 Aaron Skogen
    #42 Indeed we do @Ivette K. Caballero! I am so glad you found inspiration.
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #47 Aaron Skogen
    #41 It certainly had an effect on my perspective Sandra. Thank you!
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #46 Aaron Skogen
    #40 I am so happy this touched you @Rod Loader, thank you for the kind words my friend.
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #45 Aaron Skogen
    #39 I appreciate that @Jan Stephens. I often think; we plan, God laughs. . .
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #44 Aaron Skogen
    #38 That feeling is mutual my dear friend @Jason Versey. Thanks so much!
    Aaron Skogen
    09/03/2017 #43 Aaron Skogen
    #37 Thank you so very much @Shelley Brown!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    09/03/2017 #42 Ivette K. Caballero
    Very inspiring stories! Thank you @Aaron for sharing this part of your life and for sharing what a powerful God we have!
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    09/03/2017 #41 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Bless you...We take for granted so many things, complain about things that others in the world would be grateful for... my boy is 2.5 but always wears a size bigger... I could not imagine him being the size he was at 18 months now - impossible to even fathom. No wonder you were devastated... I hope you were able to nourish her back to some semblance of health...
    Rod Loader
    08/03/2017 #40 Rod Loader
    Waht a difference God makes @Aaron Skogen, both in your life and through your life. By reaching out to touch the lives of the children, you have touched our lives. None of us will be the same. Thank you. Now I can wipe away the tears.
    Jan Stephens
    08/03/2017 #39 Anonymous
    There are no words to express my emotions when reading this. I looked forward to hearing about your Haiti trip but did not expect my response to this.
    I can only echo Shelley's comments: aching and powerful.
    God works in funny ways; he saved you to bring you to those babies and to bring this story to us.
    Jason Versey
    08/03/2017 #38 Jason Versey
    Extremely powerful and emotional post my dear friend. All your stories touch my heart but this one moved me to tears. Thank you my friend. I love your heart and the lessons it often teaches me. ~JV
    Shelley Brown
    08/03/2017 #37 Shelley Brown
    @Aaron Skogen I hung onto every word almost breathes with chills and now tears. God is so good and I am so grateful you survived that horrible accident and you are alive with a heart so full and yet so broken for those babies. Thank you for going to Haiti. Thank you for doing the work God wants us to do. You shined out God's light through these words for me this morning and I am so grateful. What a beautiful, aching powerful story.
    Aaron Skogen
    07/03/2017 #36 Aaron Skogen
    #35 Thank you so much @debasish majumder!
    debasish majumder
    07/03/2017 #35 debasish majumder
    Excellent share! enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share@Aaron Skogen.
    Aaron Skogen
    07/03/2017 #34 Aaron Skogen
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and @Pamela 🐝 Williams. One of you asked me to give you a heads-up when I published something new. :-), I hope you enjoy.
    Aaron Skogen
    07/03/2017 #33 Aaron Skogen
    #28 Don't underestimate the power you have @Joyce Bowen. See my reply to Phil (so I don't repeat myself), and I'd add to that with my second favorite quote from Mother Theresa "Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies". We will indeed have a chorus!
    Aaron Skogen
    07/03/2017 #32 Aaron Skogen
    #27 "Sometimes we are the recipients, other times the giver." Well said @Kevin Pashuk. I think faith is a lot like my guitar playing, far from where I'd like to be, yet I just keep practicing. . .
    Aaron Skogen
    07/03/2017 #31 Aaron Skogen
    #26 I'm not sure about that @Cyndi wilkins, in Creole, I'd say "Pou tout bèl pouvwa Bondye".

    I appreciate your kind words, thank you!
  3. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Fireside Chats: Milestones
    Fireside Chats: MilestonesDid you know that February is Spunky Old Broads month? I hadn't until two years ago when a friend -- Claire LeSage -- told me about it. I wrote a post on it -- Spunky Old Broads -- but that one wasn't about aging. This one is, and it's on my mind...


    Susan Rooks
    19/02/2017 #15 Susan Rooks
    #9 Ah, the places we've been and the times we've lived through -- right, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman? And we're still kicking, so it's all good.
    Susan Rooks
    19/02/2017 #14 Susan Rooks
    #12 Thanks so much, @Julio Angel Lopez Lopez!
    Susan Rooks
    19/02/2017 #13 Susan Rooks
    #11 Thanks so much for the kind words, @Gloria Ochoa! Yes, in the last few years she has been sharing stories -- no Alzheimer's or dementia -- and it's fun to remember.

    And like you, 30 was my dreaded milestone, although many, many years before you. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here!
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    18/02/2017 #12 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Great buzz, happy 100 years for your mom @Susan Rooks. A wonderful thing has been to find beBee and the bees.
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa
    18/02/2017 #11 Anonymous
    Happy 100 Bday to your mom!!! I bet she has stories we all would love!!! (Wish I had, had the foresight to ask my grandparents for their stories). 30 was my dreaded milestone and what spurred me into life long learning and student loans that just wont go away! hee hee. The only one in my circle and family to take nerd and geek it out. LOL
    Proud to be a Spunky Old Broad (in my own mind anyway! LOL) Great post Susan!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    18/02/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Aww, I love this post, @Susan Rooks. I remember turning 16 - sweet sixteen wasn't me, though. I didn't get into trouble but I was a bratty had to be in the "in-crowd" teenager. Turning 30 was major for me. I got a divorce, had surgery and my father passed away when I was in the hospital. Two years later, I moved to South Florida. After that, I had many life changing events but I managed to keep moving forward. Happy 100th Birthday Marcia Rooks!
    Susan Rooks
    16/02/2017 #8 Susan Rooks
    Thanks for sharing my buzz, @🐝 Fatima Williams!
    Cyndi wilkins
    16/02/2017 #7 Cyndi wilkins
    Oh boy...Do I remember turning thirty @Susan Rooks...That's when I heard my metabolism come to a screeching halt and had to come to terms with the fact there would be no more midnight munchies without serious consequences;-)
    Susan Rooks
    16/02/2017 #6 Susan Rooks
    Thanks for sharing my post, @John White, MBA!
    Susan Rooks
    16/02/2017 #5 Susan Rooks
    #3 @Joyce Bowen, time surely does move quickly, doesn't it? I clearly remember being 16, excited to go for my driver's license test (which I FAILED), looking forward to driving my dad's car. Of course, that didn't happen as planned . . .
    Susan Rooks
    16/02/2017 #4 Susan Rooks
    #2 @Sara Jacobovici, thanks for those kind words and for sharing my post! It's really hard to believe that my mother is 100 . . . her generation never expected to live much past 80, but here she is!
    Joyce Bowen
    16/02/2017 #3 Joyce Bowen
    I do remember thinking that soon I would be able to remember ten years. Now decades have passed.
    Sara Jacobovici
    16/02/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    "Happy 100th birthday, Marcia Rooks!" And many more!!! Great post @Susan Rooks. I appreciate your sentiments and insights. I also agree with the following: "All of those milestones make us who we are today. Each set us on a path we couldn't have seen clearly then, even if we had mapped it out, debated the pros and cons of action plans,or created a timeline of dates for accomplishments." Onward and upward!
    Sara Jacobovici
    16/02/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    @Susan Rooks writes, "...let's always remember that aging is a privilege denied to far too many."
  4. ProducerJoyce Bowen

    Joyce Bowen

    The Gift
    The GiftBirth is a precarious thing even in the best of circumstances. Those in the room exhibit an expertise as smooth as soft music; moving around the mother; building their movements into, what they hope, is the crescendo of a healthy, wailing child. It...


    Joyce Bowen
    16/02/2017 #15 Joyce Bowen
    @Sara Jacobovici Thank you, Sara. That was good of you. Be still my heart
    Joyce Bowen
    16/02/2017 #14 Joyce Bowen
    No tengas miedo, mi español es malo. Estoy gald que deriva el significado de esto.#13
    Itziar Díez Fernández
    16/02/2017 #13 Itziar Díez Fernández
    Recordare siempre cuando nacio mi hija, un conocido por la calle me dijo eso. ¡ que bonito regalo!. Nadie me ha dado una felicitación mejor que esa.
    Mi ingles es nefasto y aun asi me he leido el articulo entero.

    Joyce Bowen
    16/02/2017 #12 Joyce Bowen
    The sense of what one is is always elusive and fluid. I strive to be these things. It's nice to know it comes through. Thank You. #11
    Sara Jacobovici
    16/02/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #6 Agreed @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and thanks for saying it in the only way you can!
    Kevin Baker
    15/02/2017 #9 Kevin Baker
    I delivered both my children, the two most cherished series of moments in my life.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/02/2017 #8 Pascal Derrien
    it is sometimes easier to write about that tlak about it, great writing again :-) @Joyce Bowen
    Joyce Bowen
    15/02/2017 #7 Joyce Bowen
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit It is true I've suffered hardships. I'm grateful because they, in turn, drove me to learn how to write. It is my greatest pleasure. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

    I think I would rather be a mouse in the wall. What I do is hard. Hard never scared me, but I must admit--the position of that mouse in the wall looks mighty good at times.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/02/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Dear Sara [ @Sara Jacobovici ] Joyce has been a breath of fresh air since her arrival because she is not an actor playing the role of difficulty and then thanking everyone for receiving an award to describe the human condition - we have become way too reliant on proxies to broach subjects from I guess people would call "a safe distance".

    I have already noted Joyce as a person who has fully experienced the unthinkable and she has this rare quality I do not see in people - which Gandhi called Satyagraha - and which is a word that is sometimes reduced to non-violence - whereas what Gandhi meant by it was far different and significant as this link provides, for in reality Satyagraha is as difficult an individual way and challenge as is Agape love which also gets reduced to unconditional love. What gets reduced is actually the practice of it.

    QUOTE: "Satyagraha means the exercise of the purest soul-force against all injustice, oppression and exploitation. Suffering and trust are attributes of soul force."

    So what is conveyed as "non-violence" has an even more powerful meaning, which is "stand your ground". As I have interacted with every piece Joyce has written, she displays both humanity and tenacity of spirit to stand her ground when it comes down to her fight for justice. In a world where marketing is more important than meaning - the meaning in Joyce's writing is unmistakable.
    Joyce Bowen
    15/02/2017 #5 Joyce Bowen
    Thank you @Sara Jacobovici, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, and @🐝 Fatima Williams. I tried to potray the story as it unraveled. Thanks for all that info, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    15/02/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Beautiful emotional experience. I was with you all the way hoping he was fine and Thank God ! #StayHappy
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I have never been comfortable with the first year of a child's life because complications can arise and the graph of mortality per 1000 people shows what a critical period the first year of life is :

    Mortality Rates by Age [Per 1000]
    https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/training/online-courses-and-resources/non-certificate-courses-and-mini-tutorials/multiple-decrement-life-tables/lesson-2/images/figure-2-5.1 View more
    I have never been comfortable with the first year of a child's life because complications can arise and the graph of mortality per 1000 people shows what a critical period the first year of life is :

    Mortality Rates by Age [Per 1000]

    Now when we add in the life-saving role of healthcare and what those mortality rates would be without the supreme effort to save babies, these numbers would be much worse. The reality outlined in this buzz is still only faced by the few rather than the many and in reading accounts such as this, it speaks volumes to quality of healthcare.

    Yet there are great differences in quality of healthcare even in Western nations. This 2008 comparison of healthcare services for mothers between Paris and New York, underlines the French healthcare model

    France's Model Health Care For New Mothers

    The key phrase difference between Paris and New York mentioned in the article is between the words "a special moment" vs "a coverage issue". One of these systems accords more with nature, the other with materialism - in the US they pay for materialism.

    Another well written account Joyce and not just because of how the story concludes - but also the grounded reality presented here, that may make all the difference in the world. Close
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/02/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joyce Bowen's story speaks for itself.
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/02/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Very moving, powerful and, to say the least, inspiring. Thank you for the courage to write and share @Joyce Bowen.
  5. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    The Reality of Virtual Relationships
    The Reality of Virtual RelationshipsWhy are some online relationships so SPECIAL? Many of us feel that something is different about beBee. Some of us notice a shift in the world at large. I'd like to hypothesize that the internet has brought us to a new evolution of...


    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/02/2017 #29 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #27 Perfect quote, @Chas ✌️ Wyatt. It captures some of what I conveyed in comments on @Joel Anderson's series of posts about footprints and lines.

    This is a both/and situation.

    Fresh perspectives, clean slates, starting from scratch, not being attached to things are all occasionally preferred.

    Other scenarios require an established path, a line that we will not cross, the tracks of a life well-lived.

    It is all part of the duality of life. Just like in-person or virtual relationships.

    We now have the technology for it to be a dynamic, joy-promoting Both/And depending on circumstances.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/02/2017 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #26 I was so touched by your comment, @🐝 Fatima Williams, that I just kept rereading it. A worthy response was eluding me until now.

    We may have lost the comfort of belonging to a village, but we cannot discount the soul enlivening effect of finding the perfect virtual village.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    09/02/2017 #27 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "It is a pleasant feeling to be the first to walk on sands which the tide has just left. It is like being the first to visit a new land. It produces a freshness of sensation something akin to that of early morning, or of spring. It is like entering upon a new stage of life, having a new world before us from which to receive, and upon which to make impressions." ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), "The Ministry of the Beautiful", "Conversation II: Footsteps on the Sand," 1850.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    08/02/2017 #26 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Having had the opportunity to have a personal chat with you I know I'm blessed beyond words can describe for having met you.
    The way I describe my relationship with you is as below
    "The energy I collectively feel is unique. It feeds my soul in a new, exciting, and fulfilling ways. It satisfies my heart with a feeling of a content conversation"
    Fulfilment and satisfaction of talking to someone. I haven't had that in a very long time. As real friends tend to drift away seemingly concerned about their social status. People like me who is no longer worried who got the lastest car or designer clothes tend to drift away in search of meaning and true relationships.

    As I mentioned in my Why I love beBee buzz. I found beBee and it replaced the human connection I needed at that time. Is there any better way for me to explain how I feel about being here and knowing you all. Thank you.Stay blessed.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #25 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #18 What a great way to put it, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Being a place to make virtual friendships is an online evolution, in terms that everyone can participate in.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #24 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #16 A few of my favorite words, @Mohammed Sultan - sea waves of the Pacific. There is undoubtedly a relationship between each of us and the planet we inhabit, we only have to focus our perspective accurately.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #13 I truly value your comment, Sara. There is definitely some discussion needed here to understand how it is that we have, in some cases, these really vibrant relationships happening in tiny 2-D comment boxes. We are still in the rather early stages of getting to know each other, but if life where to occur and we became neighbors, I suspect that our concepts of each other would just blossom with all the new sensory information and 'time' to learn about how we participate in daily life.

    I just cannot get around the fact that the Sara I imagine talking/typing to is in my own head. It will be coming up on a year that we've been in an orbit of friendship and the amount of data points we have both directly and via numerous other people is a rather immense set of information. But I am still creating a version of you that exists in my own mind.

    We've been doing this since kids with books. I can vibrantly describe most of the books I have read in terms of a full bodily existence, even though so many of these sensory details are likely my own construct. So I don't really see it as transcending bodies exactly, just setting aside some of the realities.

    For instance, I find it jolting sometimes when one of the Australians mentions how hot it is, when it is winter in Seattle. Other times, most likely when they have mentioned place, the heat is a given.

    What is similar between interacting with imagination when reading books and interacting with reality when conversing on social media is that many parts of the background and environment are filled by my own local senses. While what is different is that you can answer in your own unique and completely different words. It can be a new sense in a very practical way, while also being extraordinarily magical and spiritual.
    Cyndi wilkins
    31/01/2017 #22 Cyndi wilkins
    #21 Now that would be an amazing honor Sara!...I have my "Jetpack" fueled and ready for take-off;-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/01/2017 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    #17 Your generous (and flattering) invitation is too good to pass up. It will be my pleasure to take part in the dynamic meeting organized by you two ladies @Cyndi wilkins. I sent Deb a PM that although I can not commit to the first meeting, I will keep my "eyes and ears open" to future opportunities.
    Cyndi wilkins
    31/01/2017 #20 Cyndi wilkins
    #19 I don't think that was a typo at all @Renée 🐝 Cormier...It was a "God" wink;-)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    31/01/2017 #19 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Grrr. Typo alert! Good, not god.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    31/01/2017 #18 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    I have to say, I have met some truly wonderful people on beBee. In my opinion, beBee is the only social media platform that really makes it easy to develop friendships with other members. A world where people seek out commonalities and community will always be more loving and peaceful than a world focused on separation and differences. This microcosm called beBee is a good place. It's god to communicate with kind-hearted people like you, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich.
    Cyndi wilkins
    31/01/2017 #17 Cyndi wilkins
    #15 Perhaps the "Time" is right to take a small step beyond the boundaries of the "Read" and dip your toe in a little....Sounds like we have a couple of discussions emerging here that would present the perfect opportunities for us all to finally meet...face to face and ear to ear:-) @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I would be honored if you would consider lending us an ear and better yet your input on some up and coming discussions we will be hosting. The first of the series will begin this Saturday, Feb. 4th via Skype. Check out the above link for details...We would love to "See" you all there!
    Mohammed Sultan
    31/01/2017 #16 Mohammed Sultan
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich.Your ideas are hitting our imagination as the sea waves are always hitting the shore of the pacific.I find such group discussions are quite natural ,since they convey the emotions,feelings and thoughts which shape people's personal brands on beBee.Thank you Deb.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/01/2017 #15 Sara Jacobovici
    Hearing @Deb 🐝 Helfrich's voice. A must read!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    31/01/2017 #14 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Great buzz @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Sharing !
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/01/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I am slowly allowing myself to land from your piece as I attempt to form the words I need to communicate with you. (Deep breath.) First, let me thank you for the mention and for being in any way connected to your writing. I feel privileged to have witnessed the process you described, intellectually and artistically, of your SM self-discovery here on beBee. My "sense" of you is that you are an exceptional human being, with your heart in the right place, and your mind "a right place". And speaking of places....you write: when we "look past their body and 24/7 personality and our own typical human senses and we communicate directly with someone else as pure consciousness that actually lives inside of our own mind." From my perspective, this reflects you are in a different place than me. I am still where you write in the "full, physical, proximal, flawed" sensory, complicated body. If I had to place myself, I would be, not in the new sense you describe but "pivoting" on my older senses. I have never been good at transcending the physical. I am still navigating the integration of the physical, psychological and spiritual. My experiences of SM is still connected to the meanings I have formed from my sensory experiences. I am very "conscious" of being open to expanding my experiences and awareness but that is an expansion of my existing boundaries. I have yet to navigate outside those boundaries. You, Deb, have truly broken through and have reached beyond. All the power to you!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    31/01/2017 #12 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha...What a world of vicinity with the buzzing beBee community! :)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #11 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #10 Milos, has anyone called you the backup generator of beBee, lately? You power this contraption mightily!
  6. ProducerCyndi wilkins

    Cyndi wilkins

    Frozen In Time
    Frozen In Time"Cut the shit Bill...Wake up! It's Christmas and all your kids are here!"That's my dads favorite nurse Kathy. She knows just how to get a response out of him...however small. I can almost see him smiling and thinking, "Who the hell invited you!" The...


    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #4 Tag away @Cyndi wilkins. Appreciate the connection and honoured to have you reach out. Gratitude most welcomed. Take good care.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/01/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I had to stop crying before I could write @Cyndi wilkins. This story of your dad is very powerful. I love the quotes you included, your relationship! "Dumb water," ok, that gave me a chuckle. I can relate to this with the exception that your dad suffered longer in front of all of you than my mom. Mom became blue and her breathing changed the day she died. I worried we would have to possibly watch her in that state for longer than a day or two. I understood what you meant when you wrote of death with dignity. It's still a ruse in the US. After reading of the convo you had with your dad after he passed, I think he'd be proud of his girl!! I love the photos Cyndi. My heart goes out to you, I was still in shock the first month or so after mom died last year. As much as we don't want to lose them, we sure do not want to watch them suffer and that's what makes the loss a bit of relief when it comes. If you ever need to talk, I'm here. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man!! Keep those memories close to your heart and keep sharing the stories when you are up to it.
    Cyndi wilkins
    24/01/2017 #7 Cyndi wilkins
    #5 Amen to that last line in your comment Todd...My dad was described by his peers as the salt of the Earth...And that he was...A man's man yes, but a gentleman...In all my life I can only recall seeing him loose his temper once...ONCE, in a lifetime...can you imagine that? Geez, I loose my temper at least once a day! Apparently, I did not inherit his patience gene;-)
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    24/01/2017 #6 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #4 You're welcome Cyndi
    Todd Jones
    24/01/2017 #5 Todd Jones
    @Cyndi wilkins, this is an absolutely superb tribute to your father. That picture of him on his boat is splendid. In it I see the lifeblood of a man's man. Someone comfortable in his own skin, and untroubled by superficial trivialities or unnecessary drama. He just looks like a great guy.

    This is how we should remember those close to us. Not bearing witness to endless days of pointless suffering. Not deflecting tearful requests to fetch a gun because, even with morphine, the pain is intolerable.

    Five states currently have laws that support Death with Dignity. It's time for the other 45 to reverse the vile rules that demand a departure from this world that is often nothing short of Draconian misery.
    Cyndi wilkins
    24/01/2017 #4 Cyndi wilkins
    Thank you @debasish majumder, @Pascal Derrien, @Max🐝 J. Carter, @Sara Jacobovici, @Todd Jones and @Maria Luquero Vila...I appreciate your finding this article relevant. I know there has been some buzzing going around about "tags" and their relevance...But the past two articles I have posted have such enormous significance to my well-being right now that I am feeling a very strong urge to reach out in gratitude to those have been moved by it...My apologies if anyone finds "tagging" cumbersome;-) @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher...thought you might like this one too;-)
    debasish majumder
    04/01/2017 #3 debasish majumder
    lovely share @Cyndi wilkins! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/01/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    You will value the time it takes to read @Cyndi wilkins' story.
    Sara Jacobovici
    04/01/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Cyndi wilkins, I am reaching out across cyberspace to give you a hug. I am blown away by you...your ability to write and communicate the difficult "stuff", your feelings, insights and smarts! From one daughter to another, from heart to heart, I will add my voice to those who have already written you that you have honoured your father through the telling of this story. Time is always mentioned at times like this and so it is. From your title and throughout your story, you weave time through. The one that is staying with me right now is, ....these "moments" are all lived simultaneously in the libraries of our minds. Time itself is all "ONE" moment."

    Wishing you a time to grieve, Cyndi. I don't doubt that you have the strength.
  7. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Why does it matter?
    Why does it matter?Image credit: HuffingtonPost “Popular”culture was hit hard in 2016. We are all reeling from it in our own way, with our own experiences and meanings. For me, all the people involved were “close to home” in geography and generation,...


    Sara Jacobovici
    25/01/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    #12 And to you @Salma Rodriguez. I appreciate all I have learned from you.
    Salma Rodriguez
    24/01/2017 #12 Salma Rodriguez
    #8 All the best to you, @Sara Jacobovici!
    Ginger A Christmas
    03/01/2017 #11 Ginger A Christmas
    @Sara Jacobovici. You spoke tenderly in words so many of the feelings we carried deeply in 2016. For this we thank you.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    31/12/2016 #10 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #9 Thank you Sarah and may 2017 be all you need it to be and that goes to out to everyone so there will be one thing I don't write a buzz about in 2016. ;)
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/12/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #6 Beautifully expressed @Max J. Carter. Thanks! Wishing you a great 2017!
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/12/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Thank you for sharing and caring @Salma Rodriguez. Feeling better thanks and, yes, I have heard of the Yuga Cycle. Thanks for the reminders. All the best for 2017!
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    30/12/2016 #6 Max🐝 J. Carter
    I think for me the take away of the loss that pop culture experienced is to open the door for new people to take the stage and inspire people into acts of courage.

    Some of those we lost I will miss the rest of my life and no one will ever truly take their place, however I remember that life and death are two sides of the same coin locked in an endless dance that gives meaning to our lives and the lives that had the deepest impact in our lives.

    We always have the memories, the movies, the songs and everything else that media recorder to save for all time.
    Salma Rodriguez
    30/12/2016 #5 Salma Rodriguez
    How are you feeling, @Sara Jacobovici? Spirits never die. They pass. Our bodies are transient entities, our souls eternal. Why do physicists try so hard, with M-theory, string theory, loop quantum gravity, what's next? Trying to get to the source of creation and they do not succeed? That is for next generations to figure out, and they would ultimately be brought to God. Through Perfect Will and Perfect Time, the creator elects an individual who reveals truth. Have you heard of the Yuga Cycle? Thanks for sharing!
    Sara Jacobovici
    29/12/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    #3 I appreciate your insightful and moving comment @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA. Thank you and wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy and successful 2017!
    Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    29/12/2016 #3 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    Thank your for the poignant share, Sara. While the dying never stops, as Phil Friedman says in his comment, in some way - every day - we each experience a little death of something in our own lives. It could be loss of an account or client, loss of a personal relationship. Dying, as we know, comes in hundreds of small ways. It's living optimistically beyond them that requires strength.
    Sara Jacobovici
    29/12/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Thanks for reading @Phil Friedman, for your comment and most of all for your good wishes. Same for you and yours!!
    Phil Friedman
    29/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    Unfortunately, Sara, the dying never stops. I am not sure that it speeds up either, except for minor variations both up and down from year to year. It is only that, as we age, the natural deaths of some of those who make up "our world" strikes us with increasing force, as our personal sel-delusion of immortality wanes bit by bit each year. Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.!and one with fewer passing from the "scene".
  8. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    A gift from @Jason Versey.
    Sara Jacobovici
    A Christmas Story


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Excellent composition, I would like to thank @Sara Jacobovici for linking to this example of fine storytelling.
    Pascal Derrien
    18/12/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien
    You read my mind i was thinking about doing that too @Sara Jacobovici
    Jason Versey
    18/12/2016 #1 Jason Versey
    Thanks @Sara Jacobovici for sharing this on BeBee! : )
  9. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    The Man in the Mirror
    The Man in the MirrorI was born in December. For a highly introspective raging introvert, that creates a double whammy, particularly as the number of birthdays climb. I am faced with evaluating both the year that just passed, and at the same time, the years of...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    14/12/2016 #68 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    What a terrific pic that dear Kev! Best self-portrait I have ever seen. But I can see that the man be too scared to lookie in the mirror! ;) I love what I see in the mirror - good, bad or ugly. I think I am still in love with meee ;) Er...those last two lines are some lyrics I just wrote right here...may not really reflect my thoughts...or do they? My wish and hope for all is that though we must lose our bodies, we may not lose our minds. How we grow within, grow out of our pride and prejudices, our misconceptions and weaknesses, grow more cheerful and kind, is a thing of greater beauty than how the mirror shows we grow without - is what I believe. Having just turned 50, sharing my birthday with Bruce Lee ;), here's cheers to all Sagittarians, the pasts ...and the behinds! :)
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #67 Kevin Pashuk
    #66 I've known that for a long time @Graham🐝 Edwards... but as the Canadian icon Red Green says... "If the women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!"
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/12/2016 #66 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #62 I hate to say it @Kevin Pashuk but your not that good looking.... nonetheless a great photo.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #65 Kevin Pashuk
    #64 #60 Okay guys... now I'm blushing. Do you mind if I show this to my wife? :)
    Phil Friedman
    13/12/2016 #64 Phil Friedman
    #60 Graham, not to guild the lily, you are looking at the face of integrity -- believe me, I know. A person is often known by the company he or she keeps. And I am pleased to keep company, with Kevin Pashuk. (And no, Kevin, I am not asking you out!) Cheers!
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #63 Kevin Pashuk
    #61 You are right Harvey... we have that thing called 'experience' to draw from as we age.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #62 Kevin Pashuk
    #60 If I didn't know better Graham, I would think you were asking me out...😀 I'm glad you saw the 'look' in my eyes as knowing... In reality it is the look of wishing I wasn't in a picture. I much prefer to be behind the lens. In this case, it was a selfie... so I was on both sides of the shot.
    Harvey Lloyd
    13/12/2016 #61 Harvey Lloyd
    Self Awareness at 50+ oh i meant 34.75+ is a different animal than when facing it at 25+. The spousal unit and i discuss your relevant concept all the time. We are proactively engaging our children and grandchildren. We have plans to work way past our retirement age. Not for money but rather engagement.

    This time of year with time off, the season and the surrounding of family it gets you to thinking about the year's goals and roles and were they really as important as you had them scaled.

    Have a merry Christmas and thanks for all your posts they are thought proving.

    ps. I stopped looking in the mirror more than once a day.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/12/2016 #60 Graham🐝 Edwards
    @Kevin Pashuk this is one of the most impactful photographs I have ever seen in my humble life.... the reserved face of "knowing". The buzz was pretty good too btw lol. I know I have already read this but every time I see this knowing face in the "feed" I need to stop and look at the wisdom behind those eyes of yours!
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #59 Kevin Pashuk
    #58 You are very welcome Joel. SRV is on my list of great musicians.
    Joel Anderson
    13/12/2016 #58 Joel Anderson
    @Kevin Pashuk Thanks for a great post. As Stevie Ray Vaughan would say "Lookin' back in front of me, in the mirror's grin; Through eyes of love I see, I'm really lookin at a friend..." Thanks for a great introspective.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #57 Kevin Pashuk
    #56 Thanks @John White, MBA... I was wondering why the notifications on my phone were buzzing so much. :)
    John White, MBA
    13/12/2016 #56 John White, MBA
    Kevin: Great job creating a ton of buzz with this post. We just tweeted it out on several beBee twitter accounts including @beBee. Check your Twitter notifications! ;)
    Gerald Hecht
    11/12/2016 #55 Gerald Hecht
    #52 @Kevin Pashuk Oh ...I'm sorry--I think I made an error in my comment! I was trying to say that the mirror (and certain other traditional other optical devices) DOES ADD TEN POUNDS; but that ...it's an optical ten pounds; it doesn't really result in the person looking in the mirror to gain weight! Heavens...if it was physiological; think about what trauma surgeons would be dealing with every time the circus came to town; Post House-of-mirrors Syndrome (PHS).
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/12/2016 #54 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #46 I'm sure it would be a good read @Kevin Pashuk! I'm not retired (far from being there) but I do work from home for my husband's business and sometimes I feel as though I've lost a bit of my own identity. I could see how that could happen to retirees. Some plan way ahead and work part time, travel part time etc... I think they fare better.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #53 Kevin Pashuk
    #39 Thanks Debasish
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #52 Kevin Pashuk
    #37 You say the mirror doesn't add 10 pounds Gerald, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #51 Kevin Pashuk
    #35 Thanks for the kind words Sarah. May I wish you a great (early) birthday?
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #50 Kevin Pashuk
    #33 Thanks Don. Are you reminding me it's now my turn to buy when we meet at the Kerr Street Cafe?
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #49 Kevin Pashuk
    #32 Great insights Irene. 3rd Act. I may borrow that.
  10. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Sharing the gift of @Sarah Elkins' story.
    Sara Jacobovici
    It's All Part of the Adventure
    www.linkedin.com Stranded in the Philadelphia Airport I'm sorry, it's highly unlikely you'll get home to Montana today. All of your flights were canceled because of the snow storm. I burst into tears. Highly...
  11. ProducerPreston 🐝 Vander Ven
    Inspirational Books About Self-building And Marketing
    Inspirational Books About Self-building And MarketingArticle from Freedom One’s daily audios and daily Reading is a so important to mold their heart and mild. I wanted to share some of the books and authors that I love to learn from. The Bible The Bible is my foundation and the...
  12. ProducerDonna-Luisa Eversley
    Just Thinking out loud - Control
    Just Thinking out loud - Control Random ThoughtsBlogging has been for me, a way to share as much as I know with the rest of the world. These are my thoughts and examples from my own experiences, so I guess you can say - Dwordslayer shares a real person!There are days I need...


    jesse kaellis
    18/12/2016 #49 jesse kaellis
    Hi Donna-Luisa, I was in Mexico for a month doing a medical tourism thing that didn't involve much tourism. I've been back since December 10th and beginning a slow, protracted recovery. Thanks for the knock - knock and thanks for your story which I enjoyed reading.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    03/12/2016 #48 Laura Mikolaitis
    I love the random thoughts that you shared here @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Sometimes, the random thoughts can be the best fuel for our fire.

    Some days it is difficult to accept that there are things we can't control. That's why it is important to enact our gift of choice; especially when the out of control things can seem overwhelming.

    It's taken me a while ton fully grasp the concept but I am better at it now. Each day is an opportunity to exercise our ability to choose - to decide whether we will make the best of a bad day or make the worst of it.

    I enjoyed reading this, Donna. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    01/12/2016 #47 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Diana Ross! Ya gotta love her! #44
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #46 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #32 @🐝 Fatima Williams thank you for all the emojis 😁🎶
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #45 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #30 @Pamela 🐝 Williams..very happy it resonates with you. I appreciate your comments my friend 😘😇
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #44 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #29 @Pamela 🐝 Williams..I also love @Ken Boddie comment...but you gave me the song of the evening 😊🤗
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #43 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #34 @pascal ..I can't seem to tag you... But the music is on high, think my frequency band is working 🐝🐝🐙😁
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #42 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #28 @Ken Boddie ..."run toward the wind...." I like that. It's such a bold and brave thing to do, yet the decision puts control in our hands. Thank you very very much for this 😊🐝🐝
    Shubhanshu Garg
    01/12/2016 #41 Shubhanshu Garg
    Good to read again @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Really enjoyed your thoughts. Great.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/11/2016 #40 Sara Jacobovici
    #38 So happy to hear from you @Donna-Luisa Eversley! And what a wonderfully written reply!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/11/2016 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #37 I'm glad your on Facebook @Donna-Luisa Eversley! It's nice to see some familiar faces from beBee :))
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #38 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #20 @Sara Jacobovici, thank you ..wow, when I read this, you got the weepy emotional blast in my eyes 😉😘 ...it is the truth of music and rythmn ..I am happy it resonates with you so much. As soon as I draw on the music my entire person responds. It is like a conductor bringing the sounds into a crescendo. Controlling emotions need that understanding of self to create harmony for self.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #37 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #19 #hugs right back at you #babydoll @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher..
    🐝🐝🐝🌹🌹🌹 Thankfully some of us are on Facebook or I would have been in a desert. 😂..glad to be back. I do have some stuff I've written.. will try to publish, but seems quite sad, not happy simply a difficult time with less light and the weepy willows.
    Thanks for reading.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #36 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #18 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman.. I will admit my patience is stretched...like elastic it was on taunt and now it's relaxed so it stung me back to me 😊😎... I will have a spoonful of courage each morning with my coffee 😊 I appreciate you my friend 😘💮💮💮💮💮
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #35 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #17 @Max🐝 J. Carter thank you...yes, storytelling is a part of the healing process which is powerful. It is the feel of the music which makes the story flow , making a melody which makes a whole lot more sense than life on its own sometimes 😉..thank you for your beautiful supportive words 🐝🐝🌻🌻🌻
    Pascal Derrien
    29/11/2016 #34 Pascal Derrien
    turn the volume up, close your eyes and sing....

    keep on keeping on
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    29/11/2016 #32 🐝 Fatima Williams
    beBee is alive with the sound of Donna's music 💖📯🎼🔊🎶🎵♩🎺🎹🎸🎷🎻🎤🎼🕪
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    29/11/2016 #31 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #1 Aww ♡@Donna-Luisa Eversley I've missed you . Awesome that your back and buzzing again my dear. Your buzzes are music to the ears. This is a sensational buzz with some great takeaways. Everyone has a song for every situation we just have to sing out loud and let the music fill our lives. Buzzon dear and welcome back to beBeeland.🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗😇🤗🤗🤗🤗
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/11/2016 #30 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley a very insightful post. It is only ourselves who can control our destiny and we are each destined for greatness in some way, but only if we are able to prevent fear, greed, or opinion to veer us off our path.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    29/11/2016 #29 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I really like this comment Ken. Sometimes you just can't play it safe, you need some adventure, to try new things, to speak out when things go awry. For now it is still some of the greatest freedoms and gifts we have; free will and free speach. The Internet has given us the ability to reach a tremendous audience and as long as we stay tactful and factual great things can be accomplished. Ain't no mountain high enough! Ain't no valley low enough! #28
  13. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Always room to grow!
    Always room to grow!Last February, I wrote a post called, Lessons From a Woman Who Changed My World. Well, today is my mother Ida's 97th birthday (till 120). In spite of any challenges, this woman continues to think of the future and of life. As such, in honor of her...


    Sara Jacobovici
    20/11/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    #10 Dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I will be more than happy to pass on your wishes to my mother. Thank you for your heartfelt offer. This is truly a gift.
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/11/2016 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    #9 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman. I'll say Amen to that!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    19/11/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    What a joyful picture and gift! Please send my warmest wishes to Ida, @Sara Jacobovici, for her to have the best year of her life. If there is any way I might be able to help her in this quest, do feel free to ask.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    19/11/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    A lovely tribute to your mother, @Sara Jacobovici. May your mother and her date tree remain strong and healthy for years to come.
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/11/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Thank you for your kind words @Ali Anani. Much appreciated.
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/11/2016 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    #4 Thank you @Aviram Morris. Looking forward to the opportunity for the visit.
    Ali Anani
    19/11/2016 #5 Ali Anani
    A creative way to plant a tree for a birthday and to a deserving woman who at this age is still "has room to grow". This buzz is your present to your growing mother @Sara Jacobovici
    Aviram Morris
    19/11/2016 #4 Aviram Morris
    I wish Ida's many Morris years of joy and happiens!!! 97 years is just amazing. I hope you come and visit us here In Paran and get a tour around the farm and see her tree.
    Susan Rooks
    18/11/2016 #3 Susan Rooks
    #2 Thanks, @Sara Jacobovici! Let's hope we celebrate it in style with her! And we both know that the actual blessing is "may her memory be for a blessing," but we're not at that point yet! As you said, 120!
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/11/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 From strength to strength!! Thank you so much for your blessing. I'll be thinking of you, your mom and your family on February 7th @Susan Rooks!
    Susan Rooks
    18/11/2016 #1 Susan Rooks
    Congratulations on your mother's 97th birthday, @Sara Jacobovici! May her life be for a blessing! My mom will be 100 on February 7, something she can't believe. Actually, neither can her kids. Amazing, isn't it?
  14. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    A Time to Reflect
    A Time to ReflectImage credit: Clipart KidI opened up a time capsule today; a plastic bag filled with bits of paper with my poems written on them. For about fifteen years, between my late teens and early thirties, I wrote whenever and wherever the muse took me....


    Sara Jacobovici
    18/11/2016 #15 Sara Jacobovici
    #13 Thank you so much @Irene Hackett for your kind and generous words.
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/11/2016 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    #12 Hang on to the "maybe" @Pascal Derrien. It may actually get you there!
    Pascal Derrien
    17/11/2016 #12 Pascal Derrien
    I relate to the second one most:-) I quite like the concept of time, loss and memories... there is a plaque where my daughter goes to dancing class indicating a time capsule has been buried in 1985 and is not be opened before 2075 I would love to be there when it will be opened but realistically it wont be feasible or maybe......
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    17/11/2016 #11 🐝 Fatima Williams
    #4 I agree Sara Yes it's very true what you say when you link it with trauma. I love that your helping people gain healing. Its a blessing God Bless your soul dear Sara.
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #8 Thank you @Virag Gulyas. I love following you on your very busy travels on facebook Virag. Wonderful work!! Wishing you continued creative energy.
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 Love your comments @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I feel like you are sitting right next to me. I can almost hear your voice.
    Virag Gulyas
    17/11/2016 #8 Virag Gulyas
    Love it!!! @Sara Jacobovici
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/11/2016 #7 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Breathe and flow, what a stunning set of words to find from earlier days, @Sara Jacobovici. I also felt this sense of 'completeness' in the way that finding and reading a story from my months right after college held so many nuggets of who I am today. I both recognize those words completely and yet they seem strangely separate - I forgot the piece itself, but the memories of the creation were alive and waiting to be retrieved.

    I am looking forward to more discoveries!
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Beautifully written @Mohammed A. Jawad, beautifully told.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    17/11/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha...What a poetic ecstasy! Little enjoyments of our past are all great inspirations. As we remember we realize how we wanted to do something to express ourselves. As life unfolds itself with many transitions and when passing time narrates tidbits from our memories, we ought to gauge how well we lived and what's ahead to celebrate our living.
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    #3 Thank you @🐝 Fatima Williams for your generous response and for the added value of your comment. I appreciate your line, "...re-entering time we do it all the time as the strength we draw from the experience is much stronger than the experience itself." It is a very powerful "opposite" to what I refer to clinically when I deal with traumatic memories. When it is too frightening for the individual to remember a traumatic experience, I remind that individual that she or he survived the event and so will surely survive the memory of the event during the therapy work. In this case, when an individual re-enters in order to heal, the strength is in the process of the healing not in the re-entry.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    17/11/2016 #3 🐝 Fatima Williams
    Dear @Sara Jacobovici Lovely flash back of memories and I can imagine how the nostalgia. I love your phrase on re-entering time we do it all the time as the strength we draw from the experience is much stronger than the experience itself.

    "its strength never doubted.
    the struggle of morality…..wrestled in our minds
    alongside projections of what’s wrong and what’s right
    already decided in black and white. "

    The battle and struggle has undoubted strength as it's foundation and we can see the beauty of that strength reflected in your writing and you. Thank you 🤗🤗🤗🤗 Loved the read
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Dear @Ali Anani, your comment humbles and flatters me, thank you. But it also reflects that a comment by you holds so much more. Thank you for your response and insights.
    Ali Anani
    17/11/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    @Sara Jacobovici- you wrote in this amazing buzz "As I have written about the integrated me, these poems represent a younger personal me whose voice I have carried over into the older professional me". This shows that past influences our present and future and that we are fractal humans as we scale up past experiences. We don't drop our past; more we scale its major events.
    This scaling up shows exactly who you are. The titles of your past capsules are still consistent with your recent titles. Is the past what makes our roots the grow our fractal tree? I tend to say yes because of your great buzzz.
    in fractions and fleeting opportunities
    through distinct forms and underlying plans.
    life threadlike…..ready to snap
    I am ready to say you are a beautiful mind and your time capsule is filled with wisdom. This buzz is unique in its value for it show our footprints over time. Yours are outstanding fractal footprints. Shared
  15. ProducerVirag Gulyas

    Virag Gulyas

    Sometimes it takes time to set yourself free...
    Sometimes it takes time to set yourself free...This is me.After my first ever Gaga, dance class. After my 3rd dance class ever since I stepped away from the world that gave me a lot but perhaps hurt me more.I don't know about you, but I spent more than half of my life fulfilling demands,...


    Virag Gulyas
    26/02/2017 #23 Virag Gulyas
    #22 totally!
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    23/02/2017 #22 Max🐝 J. Carter
    I often say courage is not the absence of fear it's saying "Fuck it I'm doing it anyway."
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/11/2016 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 #20 I couldn't be more impressed or grateful for your ability to "get it" and "communicate it" in your unique and powerful way @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. It is because of what you have connected to that I went into the field of Music Therapy and trained in collaboration with Art Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists. That was over 30 years ago. What has been exciting to witness is that using, in this instance, the body through movement and dance, and taking it out of the health and mental health institutional community and into the mainstream and flow of our lives, enables us to return to our organic nature and get our bodies "in sync" with our minds. Anyway, you said it better than me. Thanks again Manjit.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/11/2016 #20 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #18 Virag, this is what Naharin is quoted as saying about fear :

    [ ..." I don’t think I’ve gotten rid of my fear. I’m actually aware of the fear. Sometimes I enjoy being afraid. It’s less a matter of getting rid of the fear and more a matter of knowing that it’s all right to be afraid "... ]
    from http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/famed-choreographer-still-feels-the-fear-1.423779

    You have already confronted the primary fear and stepped forward, what I am enjoying tonight finding out about Naharin is that his thoughts recognize the body is alive and that he see's dance as a living expression. That is why when he says "sometimes I enjoy being afraid", he is so in tune and touch with his body that he reads and recognizes what his body tells him - this is a marvelous faculty. In discussing these things we use our head rather than our body - but when I think I notice most my fingers moving - my brain then serves my fingers and in that I know thoughts have traveled up both my arms to deposit thoughts.

    There are very few people who think of the body as vessel of intelligence, Bruce Lee was one of the rare people who understood putting great meaning to body and this is explored in The Art of Expressing the Human Body" http://bit.ly/2g4GuUb whereas Bruce Lee took that body intelligence into martial arts, Narahin has taken it into dance - and that is why I grasp his greatness.

    When we are scared, it is the foundation of what we are walking into that matters, the foundation that you have had the courage to walk into is full of meaning and spirit, courage that takes us into emptiness is blind folly, courage that takes us into life is why I am happy for you - this form of courage has meaning and in that meaning one finds their freedom, and then sometimes as Narahin says he enjoys being afraid and that it is all right to be afraid.
    Virag Gulyas
    13/11/2016 #18 Virag Gulyas
    #14 Ohad Naharin is a genius who goes against all mainstream. Making his dancers go out of the ballet training towards a movement that is fully pushing their bodies into unknown areas, is simply courageous. And it works. The video clip you've shared with me is incredible, and I have seen it before. Thank you for sharing. Going for a Gaga class for me was scary --- especially after 8 years of no training. But stepping into the 'scary' is where is start to grow.
    Virag Gulyas
    13/11/2016 #17 Virag Gulyas
    Thank you for all of your for reading it, and sharing your kind thoughts. Aren't we all in the same boat after all? :-)
    Milos Djukic
    13/11/2016 #15 Anonymous
    Dear @Virag Gulyas, Freedom of self-expression is worth fighting for, that is the essential meaning of the self - similarity concept. As we get older the desire for freedom is growing. Your concerns and decisions are a sign that you're on the right track. Congrats, I'm a semi-professional dancer, It is just that believe it or not :)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Oh! Virag Gulyas what have you unleashed here ! You have just put the name Ohad Naharin smack bang into my vocabulary, for when you mentioned freedom, it overwhelmed me to know the extent of freedom as dance philosophy this is. Incredible! I just ran the film trailer for Mr.Gaga and a whole new world opened up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6gd8xpFMsM a world that I love where freedom is tattooed as a way, as an expression, as a force that is born from a rigid culture, freeing itself from a constraint.

    This reminds me of the antonym side of the movie Whiplash - where Whiplash dictates a passionate man who loves drumming and is grounded into submission by a ruthless teacher - and the antonym here is Mr.Gaga - a dance expression that releases the ruthless world of dance. We already know what it takes to become a professional ballerina, the immeasurable sacrifice, the dream that is chased by many girls but then funneled into a excruciating and demanding test to emerge with the few and not many. Cue the movie Flashdance - but Flashdance was not about creating something new, but another recital of the hero's journey. For sure it dealt with class but it was not a philosophy and it certainly did not offer any form of freedom.

    You should feel justifiably liberated because you are clearly an early adopter of this transformation, this giving dance back to the people, the loosening of rigidity, the renewal of form and function, to exercise what one actually loves about this passion. The more I read http://www.danceadvantage.net/questions-about-gaga/ and http://gagapeople.com/english/ the more I honour your post and I thank you for opening the curtain for me and I say kudos to you for embracing this, for this is truly freedom.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    @Virag Gulyas tells how she found her freedom.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    You are a great storyteller @Virag Gulyas and it always feels like it's coming straight from the heart.

    Because one of my pillars of life is movement (paradox intended), you made me think that it is not simply the freedom to move but how to move that makes the difference; the freedom lies in choosing the how.

    The other thing that I found "moving" in your story is when you say, "I understood more about my body today than during my whole rigorous dancer education.". Again, here the education lies in the freedom of movement and the understanding that results from that.

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing life experience Virag and wishing you from strength to strength.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/11/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Aww, I love this, @Virag Gulyas because you are living your life your way and being who you really are. Life is too short to not fulfill your dreams and just be YOU!
    Michael D. Davis
    13/11/2016 #10 Michael D. Davis
    Good move Virag! It sounds as if you are truly finding your "Smile" Many blessings to you.
    Michael Dowling
    13/11/2016 #9 Michael Dowling
    Go free...
    David B. Grinberg
    13/11/2016 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos to you Virag, for taking that leap after so long. I think your conclusion nails it: "So many of us stay in that tight leotard we force on ourselves - because, we get used to it, we feel too comfortable to leave. But don't stay because you got used it; because it is too comfortable. Wear that damn loose t-shirt and go free."
    Life is too short to be running around on a hamster wheel road to no where. No one ever got anywhere by running (or dancing ) in place. Moreover, I think it would be great if you did a Live Buzz (when ready) from your dance studio. I'm sure you're very good. Remember, we are all our worst critics. Good luck and dance on...
    Virag Gulyas
    13/11/2016 #7 Virag Gulyas
    #6 haha. Nope. "Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin in Israel to help dancers (and non-dancers alike) reconnect to the way they move."
    Nick Mlatchkov
    13/11/2016 #6 Anonymous
    What kind of dance is Gaga? Any link to the so-called Lady?
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    13/11/2016 #5 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Thanks for sharing @Virag Gulyas. Congratulations on setting yourself free! Never lose the song in your heart.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    13/11/2016 #4 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Your freedom makes me happy @Virag Gulyas, and reminds me my own one and why I keep on fighting for it every single moment.
    THANK YOU!! 💝
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    13/11/2016 #3 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Always follow your passion. It makes you alive. And never give up! That makes us happy! @Virag Gulyas Thank you for being dedicated to your dream!
  16. ProducerGary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    Acts of Love [Intimacy]
    Acts of Love [Intimacy]Acts of Love.In the adult Stage of our lives, we humans, like all animals who go two-by-two, engage in Physical Acts together. Amongst the Extras - those animals which only play small parts, low down on the role-call - these Actors play their parts...


    Gary Sharpe
    16/11/2016 #12 Gary Sharpe
    #11 Like sex, best left to the imagination of the beholder. ;-)
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    16/11/2016 #11 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #10 No you didn't but inferred greatly.
    Gary Sharpe
    16/11/2016 #10 Gary Sharpe
    #9 *I* didn't mention sex. I agree by the way.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    16/11/2016 #9 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Here's the thing, sex and intimacy have nothing to do with each other. You are intimate with the people who you make yourself the most vulnerable to with what you share about yourself and how much their opinion actually means to you. That is building intimacy through trust. You can have that without sex and you can have sex without intimacy. When intimacy is built prior to the sex, that is when you have the greatest of tantric experiences as my experience has been after study and application of the art form.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    13/11/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #7 Wow, @Mohammed A. Jawad, that is a complexly nuanced comment that gets to the heart of intimacy.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/11/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha....intimacy is a serene, dulcet comforter, a pulsating rage. It's an intense barter in exchange of emotions with deep desires to experience love's sequence.
    Deb🐝 Lange
    13/11/2016 #6 Deb🐝 Lange
    Intimacy, yes we are all "connected' via technology, but how often do we experience real intimacy? yet, with intimacy ,we open up to sensing and connecting with ourselves and others that enrich our experience beyond measure. When we connect intimately we are open to the source of our creativity. Thank-you for sharing of yourself so we can be intimate together.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    Straight from @Gary Sharpe's heart.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    Your script @Gary Sharpe, "which wrote itself without edit, in full, free flow of a Creative, Emotional Intelligent, Empathic Storyteller", I believe can be referred to as Prose Poetry. Any way you call it, I call it an important message from heart to heart.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    13/11/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I am certain that the woman on the receiving end of your intimacy, @Gary Sharpe, must feel spectacularly fortunate.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/11/2016 #1 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Intimacy says was love does not. There are many degrees and types of love, but the experience of touching the soul by sharing both emotional and sexual intimacy is something not so easily found or given. We humans crave that but often offer so much less.
  17. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    What John Lennon's, Imagine, does for the soul of our world, Leonard Cohen's, Hallelujah, does for the soul of each of us. May his soul rest in peace.
    Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
    Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah Music video by Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah. (C) 2009 Sony Music...


    Sara Jacobovici
    11/03/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 Thanks for the share @Michael O'Neil.
    Michael O'Neil
    11/03/2017 #7 Anonymous
    Leonard Cohen: His music made me depressed when I was young. Now I understand it better.
    Sara Jacobovici
    12/11/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    Thank you for your responses @Melissa Hughes, @INNFORMATE CENTRO DE FORMACION, @Phil Friedman, @Antoinio L. Rodriguez del Pozo, and @Pedro Gomez. I have to share with you that as I am writing this comment, I am beginning to hear the song Hallelujah being sung across the street from me in what I am assuming is a memorial concert. I didn't even know it was happening. Synchronicity strikes again!
    Pedro🐝 Gómez
    12/11/2016 #5 Pedro🐝 Gómez
    Bye Leonard....!!!
    Phil Friedman
    11/11/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    When performance truly becomes art. How magnificent!
    Pedro Casanova
    11/11/2016 #2 Pedro Casanova
    As sad as is a beautiful poem. Can t help it....makes me drown in tears
    Melissa Hughes
    11/11/2016 #1 Anonymous
    What an amazing talent! Thank you for sharing this, @Sara Jacobovici.
  18. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Liar Liar Pants On Fire
    Liar Liar Pants On FireIt had never been my intention, it was not by design even but more of a quid proquo almost that led my parents to think I was in relationship with that stunning young girl from Paris inner city. It’s true though that I had a massive crush on her and...


    Pascal Derrien
    22/02/2017 #32 Pascal Derrien
    #31 @ thanks for reading that one @🐝 Fatima Williams according to my kids I seem OK ish :-)
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    22/02/2017 #31 🐝 Fatima Williams
    What an interesting adrenaline pumping trip. You have a noble heart to go out there and help these kids. This was a lovely peek into your life @Pascal Derrien You will make an Amazing daddy. Stay awesome always 🤗
    Pascal Derrien
    12/11/2016 #30 Pascal Derrien
    #29 thanks for dropping by @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, in fact there were herd of dogs who had not been fed to a point that in desperation some groups made a few attempts to hop or climb on the truck ☺
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/11/2016 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    It's a good think your mom believed you... or at least she wanted to believe you instead of worrying sick if you were out doing anything other than being a nice boy with your love! How scary that must have been. Your life is unfolding through your stories, love it. Can you explain the dog reference? Were you inferring "Nora" had dogs lol? Thanks for sharing @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    12/11/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #27 thanks @debasish majumder , there were so many of them barking and not looking too friendly........ my nickname is Kat :-)
    debasish majumder
    12/11/2016 #27 debasish majumder
    disliking with the 'dogs' appears little obscure to me! otherwise the post is nice.thanks @Pascal Derrien for the share.
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 ah thanks @Ken Boddie :-) this puzzle thing is complicated and I dont have all the pieces yet :-)
    Ken Boddie
    09/11/2016 #25 Ken Boddie
    Another enticing piece slots into the Pascal Derrien jig-saw puzzle. We are just starting to see an image or two when the puzzle gets larger and the corners and straight edges are lost. And the title on the jig-saw puzzle box still remains a blur.
    jesse kaellis
    09/11/2016 #24 jesse kaellis
    From what I understand Ceaușescu outlawed birth control leading to all these orphans. He was hanged along with his wife. Yeah, the nurses had no food to feed these babies, so they gave them blood intravenously as a nutritional substitute leading to the spread of HIV. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8427299.stm
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #23 Pascal Derrien
    #18 Yes @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I am unsure too they would have supported this I guess I figured out I did not need to ask for permission to live my life, now I am a father too and I am not sure how I am going to deal with this :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #19 thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman Daytona is a place I have never been to even though I could today and there woiyuld be no need to lie by omission :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #21 Pascal Derrien
    Thanks @jesse kaellis , the orphanage stories resufaced a few years after the revolution took place it was and it is still a beyond shocking state of affairs :-(
    jesse kaellis
    09/11/2016 #20 jesse kaellis
    That's a great story, Pascal. A guy I was writing for asked me to ghost write book for his wife about the AID's epidemic there, the orphaned babies. She is Romanian, It never happened. I was reluctant. Intimidated is a better word. I thought it was beyond my scope. Great writing Pascal.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    08/11/2016 #19 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Quite an interesting story @Pascal Derrien. Some of my adventures would not have been approved by my parents and I got away with most of them. In my teens, I told my parents I was staying overnight with some girlfriends, which was true but we were all in Daytona Beach and not in our respective homes. As you mentioned in one of your comments, some of our adventures could not happen today.

    So I'm looking forward to more stories from our "regular guy".
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    08/11/2016 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I certainly understand that period of not being quite honest with one's parents as they wouldn't have been supportive of my ventures. It is how I got to Paris, if I would have mentioned my intentions there would have been drama. They found out when I informed them to be looking out for my visa.... as I had plans for the summer. It was disappointing to be back at college in the fall of 89....
    Pascal Derrien
    08/11/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #15 I indeed agree @Don 🐝 Kerr probably make sense for the longer term :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    08/11/2016 #16 Pascal Derrien
    #13 indeed small world, I only measure now how risky or indeed borderline collectively foolish it was :-) There is a strong Romanian community in Ireland too and I always have a soft spot for them. I have been back to Bucharest in a professional capacity in 2007/2008 the city had changed a lot @Sara Jacobovici
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/11/2016 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Pascal Derrien Do the book buddy. I did one this summer for my boys that chronicled every day's activities with notes and photos. They're not even remotely interested at this point but in a few years I suspect they'll love it - or their kids will in decades to come when I am worm food!
    Sara Jacobovici
    08/11/2016 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    Another chapter in the story of @Pascal Derrien's life.
    Sara Jacobovici
    08/11/2016 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    How cliche can I get when I say, "What a small world!". Here I am on beBee reading your story when you could have been handing a parcel to either my Uncle, Aunt or cousin! Although I wasn't born in Romania, my first language is Romanian because both my parents were born there (Iasi). My mother learned French at school and because Romanian is a Latin language, when I was learning French going to school in Montreal, I was able to pick it up very easily. I learned about Romania and France's close ties from my mother. I was able to visit my family in Bucharest both during and post Ceausescu. We were glued to the TV and waiting hours on the telephone trying to make contact with the family in Bucharest. It was a very nerve racking 36 hours until we heard my cousin's voice on a very weak connection but letting us know they were safe, traumatized by being too close to the action, but safe. So I owe you a big thank you @Pascal Derrien for putting yourself at risk to help my family!
  19. ProducerAli Anani

    Ali Anani

    Raining Miseries
    Raining MiseriesToday I "celebrate" being ill at home for the last two weeks. It all started with falling and having six teeth removed. Like the Arab poet who said I went through very dry periods I prayed so that the sky would rain and wet my miseries. It...


    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #59 Ali Anani
    #57 Dear @🐝 Fatima Williams- it is a nourishment to the heart and mind to read your comments.
    You know first you inspire me with the idea of establishing a hive calles "Quotes on beBee". I wonder if @Javier 🐝 beBee would find it relevant. SO many people have written so great comments on beBee and unfortunately they are scattered. Your comment, @Sara Jacobovici and @Praveen Raj Gullepalli are just few examples of what you commented on beBee recently. I am going to stay experience fit and credit to to all my lovely beBees
    Learning + growing + self-renewing
    = Living ( A fantabulous formula)
    #beBeesforever and what a great hashtag and formula you have developed. Yes, beBee deserves to have all such great comments in one place.
    You have been a great contributor to ideas dear Fatima and the WPD is just another example of your valuable contributions. Honestly, your comment energized me more than you would ever think.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    03/11/2016 #58 🐝 Fatima Williams
    I am happy to hear the golden words " I am much better now" .@@Ali Anani

    I am so glad and fortunate to have this cup of experiences being handled over to me each day by you @Ali Anani and many lovely bees. I take a sip each day and gain from the nourishment of knowledge I receive from other's experiences.
    Experience is the mother of all Knowledge intake. Its better than the classes taught at school. Imagining to be able to have an experience similar to what I read and to avoid the pitfalls from that experience. That is going to pave a long way for me to turn my experiences into a very fruitful one and inturn share mine with others to turn this world into a lovely place where one doesnt say " Let him experience it only then he know ; I''d rather say this was my experience take care with yours.

    I am going to stay experience fit and credit to to all my lovely beBees
    Learning + growing + self-renewing
    = Living ( A fantabulous formula)
    #beBeesforever 🤗🤗
    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #55 Ali Anani
    #54 You know I consider you as my sister dear @Irene Hackett. My value here is linked to my valuable connections such as you and many bees who enriched my mind and heart. No question I am truly blessed with people like you around. This feeling is indescribable by numbers. It is like trying to count the number of molecules in a human body. At these times I find such warm words my real healing and I am indebted to you and all bees who made my healing a smooth process.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    03/11/2016 #53 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Ali Anani that news make me happy ! have a great day !
    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #52 Ali Anani
    #49 Thank you dear @Javier 🐝 beBee. I am much better now.
    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #51 Ali Anani
    #42 Reading this comment of yours dear @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher made me feel better. How deep is your writing aging is a process is beyond description. It is up to us to enhance this process.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/11/2016 #50 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #48 @karen anne Kramer are you always this rude? Your comments that you've managed to spam all over others buzzes throughout afternoon into late night are completely unecessary and uncalled for. No one has been rude to you!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    03/11/2016 #49 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Ali Anani best wishes from beBee team
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/11/2016 #42 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I hope you are feeling better very soon @Ali Anani. Aging sure is a process... there are days I think, "Hey, I've got this," other days, "Wait a sec, it seems like I was only 29 yesterday." Time flies fast and I think faster the older we grow. Doing what we love if possible and yes, never stop learning helps a lot. Let us know when you are better, please! Sending good thoughts.
    Sara Jacobovici
    03/11/2016 #41 Sara Jacobovici
    #35 Thanks for your generous words @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015. Sending you lots of positive and healing energy!
    Sara Jacobovici
    03/11/2016 #36 Sara Jacobovici
    #30 What a great perspective @Ali Anani; how do we experience the changes in environmental conditions as we move through the different altitudes? Over the course of a relatively short space of time and place, we are challenged to adapt to this diversity. Here we are looking at a vertical movement in our external environment; from below to above. But the experience being discussed by your buzz Dr. Ali is a movement within ourselves, our internal environment, over the course of an event, but as it occurred over time; our aging process.

    I know this is a “stretch” but I think there is a link between attitude; how we face our experiences, events in our lives and our "getting older", and altitude.

    "Attitude origin 1660s, via French attitude (17c.), from Italian attitudine "disposition, postureOriginally 17c. a technical term in art for the posture of a figure in a statue or painting; later generalized to "a posture of the body supposed to imply some mental state" (1725). Sense of "settled behavior reflecting feeling or opinion" is first recorded 1837. Connotations of "antagonistic and uncooperative" developed by 1962 in slang.

    Altitude originlate 14c., from Latin altitudinem (nominative altitudo) "height, altitude," from altus "high"."

    Please note attitude came about 200 years after altitude.

    I think this is why success can't be measured simply by the "height" of the position attained, but needs to reflect the individuals' "attitudes" while getting there.
    Ali Anani
    03/11/2016 #32 Ali Anani
    Exactly @Deb 🐝 Helfrich- we may not be physically fit or even mentally fit occasionally such as by illness, but still these are experiences and we should grab them.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    03/11/2016 #31 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    We need to stay "experience fit" - what an apt and important way to put it. Enjoying the journey is something that matters to everyone, and it can be practiced regardless of fitness levels.
    Ali Anani
    02/11/2016 #30 Ali Anani
    #28 Dear @Keith Bare- you remind me of a trip to the Rocky Mountains when it was very humid in Boulder. Four of us used the Winter Drive to reach the top of the mountain forgetting that as we go higher, it gets colder. When we arrived there we rushed to buy hot drinks and blankets. Some economies are the same- the higher they get, the colder the economy gets. People tend to forget that it is cold at the top no matter how hot the elections are at the valley. If we only could remember basic facts. Thank you for contributing a soul-enriching comment.
    Ali Anani
    02/11/2016 #29 Ali Anani
    #23 My dear friend @David B. Grinberg- your comment adds to my determination o write my second buzz on Nuggets of Wisdom. This comment shall have its place as it is full with wisdom. Yes, some people fall in the comfort of past glories. This is a comfort zone that has been rarely discussed and you bring a hugely valuable point that warrants searching into. Much obliged to your kind feelings.
    Keith Bare
    02/11/2016 #28 Keith Bare
    Your post says it all, making lemonade from lemons.....attitude is everything!! As I was driving through DRY ARID Boulder in a TShirt with temps about 30 degrees above normal and drought fire levels at dangerous levels, noticing the ridiculous building frenzy of an economy out of control, and seeing the building cranes everywhere, a post about HEALTH and Happiness brings real life reality into an over worried election worried world........Choose Happiness if you can!!! Hope you heal quickly!
    Ali Anani
    02/11/2016 #27 Ali Anani
    #22 You are a wise man dear @Mohammed Sultan. Even wiser than ever I thought. Your comment is a nugget of wisdom and provides a lovely formula to living a meaningful life. Greatly appreciated
    Ali Anani
    02/11/2016 #26 Ali Anani
    #20 Dear friend @Harvey Lloyd- I love concise statements and reverse thinking. Therefore, I am in love with your writing "I am more "Ready" "Aim" "Fire instead of "Fire" "Ready" "Aim". I am ready for life and aim to fire my doubts. Thank you for your great feelings.
    Ali Anani
    02/11/2016 #25 Ali Anani
    #24 I love your comment my dear friend @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA. It says all what I wished to communicate. You encapsulated my feelings and attitudes so well. I feel much better now reading your comment. Difficult times may tell who is a good friend and you are
    Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    02/11/2016 #24 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    My Dear Ali - Your post has smoothly moved from describing your accident to considering and questioning life. Something we seem to gravitate toward when life throws us a curve ball. I hope, like you, I am able to review my life in the circumspect way you have been as I too age. As you say " Ageing is not in the number of years we live; more it is on the attitudes that we accept and limit our options in life", so very true. However your comment "We need to stay 'experience fit'. This shall be our source of power as we grow older" says it all. Continuing to learn, and aspire to learning more, will keep you centered and living your best life. My prayers are with you.
  20. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    Are our names instrumental in shaping our personality?
    Are our names instrumental in shaping our personality?We all, must, in some way, keep track of people by their names. And that name becomes a short-cut for who they are. Yesterday, in a light-hearted buzz, Ali Anani inquired whether the change of Javier's surname to his business and clear passion...


    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/11/2016 #78 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #77 Most certainly in the observer sense. I notice things. Aesthetics was one of my favorite Philosophy courses. When I respond to Art - I really respond. But I lack any capacity as a maker of visual art. I also know now that I have some degree of Auditory processing dysfunction, which is probably the real source of why my memory is better if I see a name written out when I first meet someone.

    This whole online avatar thing really works to my favor.... I can chunk the written name and photo together.
    Henri Galvão
    04/11/2016 #77 Henri Galvão
    #76 interesting perspective. so I guess you're more of a visual person, right?
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/11/2016 #76 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #75 Yeah, I know I'd butcher it. I am not one of those people who can easily mimic names (or words) phonetically. I really need to see them spelled out, it assists me in some way. I know I have a better memory of names if I get a business card where I can insert the mental picture of the spelling of the name along with the face. If I just have a face and sounds, that is when I have a chance to categorize a new face with an old face and name. Brains are fascinating!
    Henri Galvão
    04/11/2016 #75 Henri Galvão
    #74 well, my surname Galvão is pretty unique I guess, in the sense that it's just about the most difficult name for a non-native Portuguese speaker to pronounce :-D
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/11/2016 #74 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Thanks so much, @Henri Galvão. It is nice to get to know about the folks we scroll past on a regular basis. Got a really unique Portuguese name to share?
    Henri Galvão
    03/11/2016 #73 Henri Galvão
    Lovely buzz, and it's been fun to read about everybody's stories! I really think that consciously choosing a name which sounds well and, at the same time, distinct, is one of the most important things we can do in regards to our internet presence.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/10/2016 #72 Sara Jacobovici
    A rose by any other name....? @Deb 🐝 Helfrich's perspective is worth the read.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/10/2016 #71 Sara Jacobovici
    "The synchronicities of the world are just so juicy!", now I know why I didn't see this when it first came out. I had to spend last Saturday reading as much as I could about naming and meanings of names. So now I was able to connect in a meaningful way with your wonderful writing. Thank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich!
    Anees Zaidi
    31/10/2016 #70 Anees Zaidi
    A very interesting series on 'What's in a name?' dear @Deb🐝 Lange and dear brother @Ali Anani. My grand-daughter's name 'Aliza' was selected by my wife. The name has two parts 'Ali' my son-in-law's first name and 'za' the last two alphabets in my daughter's nick name 'Muniza'. Aliza means 'Joy' , 'Joyful' and baby Aliza is true to her name - making our evenings joyful over Facetime everyday.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #69 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    . #68 Even when I use google translation @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, "I am ready" still comes up as je suis prêt. Not sure what basque means. I would love to know more about our heritage, because that's a peice that is missing. We were told my grandfather was from the 'dark side of Scotland." I later found out that meant darker skinned people lived in that part of Scotland and they had migrated from somewhere in the Meditteranean. We think we narrowed it down to France but can't be sure. Would be interesting if someone did have further linguistical info!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    26/10/2016 #68 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #67 That is some great information, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I am not one to nit-pick, but I have a special relationship with the French word for ready, it is... prêt prest looks to be Basque. Pretty ironic being from a region between France and Spain.... wonder if anyone has any further linguistical information.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #67 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Ok, this SO wasn't true for me but I thought it was funny. I pulled this from the Urban Dictionary: The name of a girl who is very pretty and is so lovable that boys fall in love with her instantly.
    Dude: Yeah, I'm like...in love with that chica.

    English- The name Lisa is a baby girl name. The name Lisa comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Lisa is: Diminutive of Elizabeth: Oath of God. My God is bountiful. Lisa is often used as an independent first name.

    As for my surname Fraser -Origins of the clan- The Frasers are believed to have come from Anjou in France. The name Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant (fraisier in French). What does Je suis PREST mean in English?
    Clan Fraser of Lovat. Friseal. Crest: A buck's head erased Proper. Motto. Je suis prest (I am ready)
    So, This "chicas oath," I am ready ;-) LOL
    Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    26/10/2016 #66 Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    #51 I never mind telling people that the Gaelic spelling for Shawn is S-e-a-n and that it is Irish for John. Nor do I mind pronouncing my last name for folks, which is phonetic (and also Irish). These are conversational openings, sometimes into the world of Celtic heritage and wisdom -- King Arthur, Catholic missions, Druids, Stonehenge, wee folk, the Lady of the Lake, alchemy -- mystical and fun!!
    Gert Scholtz
    26/10/2016 #65 Gert Scholtz
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I came across the concept of nominative determinism which is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their name. My surname Scholtz means debt collector in old German - funny that I work in a bank :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    26/10/2016 #64 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    What's in a name? A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet! Who said that?;) Anyway, that said, any name uttered or heard, or written down or read (mentally) carries an audio signature / vibration to it that affects both the listener and the person uttering. Either positively, or otherwise. Compound that with our association an affinities and you have a persona that springs up in front of your mind's eye :) Whether you like him/her or not! And we react...or respond...accordingly. In our community we are used to naming children after our many deities and scriptural figures. My Dad took a radical departure and called me Praveen (means ''expert'' in our traditional language. And I am humbled by that definition always. He named my two siblings Raghmore (...R.I.P. - after a German name he heard on the radio that sounded like it in 1970...); Arun, the youngest one's name is derived from the Charioteer of the Sun God's name, Aruna). The middle name Raj, Dad edited from his own name RAJESHWAR. The last name or surname - Gullepally - has an interesting explanation to it. Gulle - means an oval basket woven with bamboo strips, sturdy and egg shaped; Pally - means a hamlet. My ancestors used to bury their dead in these baskets, in the foetal-curled up position (minutes before dying the breath pattern changes and you can hear a low growl which is taken as indication of imminent death and the person is brought into a sitting, knees-folded up to the chin position and a fibre rope is used to gently tie up the limbs into that posture. After demise the body is carried in that basket, tethered to a single long wooden stick carried on either ends by family members to the grave. The body is returned to the Earth as a child rests in the mothers womb, basically. Dad took another radical departure and discontinued this ceremonial practice starting with his Grandpa! :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #63 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Below, "Love is forgiveness" not If. ;-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #62 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #61 agree love if forgiveness and understanding @Ali Anani! :)
    Ali Anani
    26/10/2016 #61 Ali Anani
    #60 Love is forgiveness and I feel different grades of happiness towards my wife, but allow no room for anything less. You are very observant @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #60 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #55 I can understand protecting your families name. My dad was born to Scottish parents in Scotland. His middle name was his mom's surname and of course last name- his dads :)) I love how you promote beBee with your first name @Javier 🐝 beBee View more
    #55 I can understand protecting your families name. My dad was born to Scottish parents in Scotland. His middle name was his mom's surname and of course last name- his dads :)) I love how you promote beBee with your first name @Javier 🐝 beBee and that's funny about your friend, Daniel. Haha, that would have confused me too. @Ali Anani, I love how you put it about your wife's name.. you didn't say, what do I call her when I'm mad, you said, Shereen when happy and Lana when extremely happy!" That's love!! My sister's name is Deidre, but we call her DeeDee. Close
    Ali Anani
    26/10/2016 #59 Ali Anani
    #58 Truly amazing @Javier 🐝 beBee
  21. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Confessions Of A Soon To Be Ex-Torontonian
    Confessions Of A Soon To Be Ex-TorontonianI came to Toronto, by way of Fort Erie and Ottawa, in the late 1960s. Almost immediately upon arriving and getting a part time job at a discount department store called Towers, I met the girl who would eventually become my wife.I owe Toronto more...


    Jim Saelzler
    24/11/2016 #34 Jim Saelzler
    Suddenly remembered I hadn't read this, and I had to know the story under the headline I saw fly by on a busy day.
    Mary Pollock
    23/10/2016 #33 Mary Pollock
    Just flew in to beBee to check on things, Congratulations on your decision to move! (I see a REALITY kitchen sink in your future!) ~M
    Jim Murray
    23/10/2016 #32 Jim Murray
    #22 Thanks @Jerry Fletcher. Yeah. I wouldn't mind this at all if I could do away with the packing part of it all.
    Jim Murray
    23/10/2016 #31 Jim Murray
    #26 Thanks @Sara Jacobovici. You're right about that. My step mother worked down in the towers at that time almost once a week she would tell me about another company reclocating to TO.
    Jim Murray
    23/10/2016 #30 Jim Murray
    #29 Thanks @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Yeah we times the ride from St Kitts to Burlington.. It's was just 20 minutes. I can't even get across TO in twice that time. We just had out house inspection today. Just a little bit of wiring to deal with. Not too shabby.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    23/10/2016 #29 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Well I'm not too disappointed, Jim. You'll be coffee distance from me in Burlington!, which as you may know, is an adorable little city on Lake Ontario and the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. :) Best of luck, Jim.
    Phil Friedman
    22/10/2016 #28 Phil Friedman
    #26 Sara, I lived and worked in Canada during the height of the PQ, and I always laughed when some of the academics in its upper ranks spoke of secession and joining the U.S., where their minority French rights and aspirations would be better treated. For only ivory tower academics could be so idiotic in their world view. No, check that. I think we've seen that exceeded in the current U.S.presidential election campaign by the bad comb over and the orange skin. Cheers!
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/10/2016 #27 Sara Jacobovici
    @Jim Murray tells a good story worth reading.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/10/2016 #26 Sara Jacobovici
    Loved reading your story @Jim Murray. Especially since I lived in Toronto between 1984 and 2009. I have friends who live in every part of Toronto you mention. I have visited St. Catherines and spent much time in the wine country. It is not just that which made the read so enjoyable. You are a true storyteller Jim, a great communicator. As @Phil Friedman said: "Best wishes to you and your wife for a very long, healthy, and happy stay in the new house. And cheers!"

    PS I moved to Toronto from Montreal. I have a little bit of a different perspective re Toronto's history and growth. One thing is that Toronto owes a lot to Renee Levesque (1968-1985) whose separatist party and government led to a huge move out of Montreal, not only of people but of businesses, especially head offices of international businesses, that changed the look of downtown Toronto.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    22/10/2016 #25 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Congrats, Jim. Nice looking digs.
    Jerry Fletcher
    22/10/2016 #22 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks for sharing Jim. Somehow your personal tale makes you more of a communications pro to me. A few years back I made a similar decision and moved south of Portland, Oregon to what my friends describe as "where the sidewalk ends." Now, after a divorce and a daughter married and living on the other side of the continent I'm tired of knocking around in a five bedroom house so I'll sell in the spring and try to down size. Moving is never easy, but sometimes you gotta.
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #21 Gerald Hecht
    #18 @Jim Murray and it has a beautiful saltwater pool...which probably partially explains the...lol
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #20 Gerald Hecht
    #17 @Jim Murray I think I know too!
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    22/10/2016 #19 Erroll -EL- Warner
    Good luck. When I visit Canada for "Caribana" sometime I stayed in Scarborough and use the bus and rail into town. I know quite a few people living in Hamilton Ontario.
    Jim Murray
    21/10/2016 #18 Jim Murray
    #15 @Pascal Derrien. Yeah. it's gotten bigger and more jammed up with cars. There's also a lot more murders here than there ever have been. The real reason, beside a change is that our house is worth a lot more than the house we're buying. A lot.
    Jim Murray
    21/10/2016 #17 Jim Murray
    #16 Thanks @David B. Grinberg. Everybody keeps worrying about Trump becoming president. I never have. I have more faith in your country, and because I subscribe to the Good Old 80/20 Differential, you know what side of the he's on.
    David B. Grinberg
    21/10/2016 #16 David B. Grinberg
    Jim, are you sure this has nothing to do with the Toronto Blue Jays not being in the World Series? (lol). Seriously though, while I've never been to Toronto I've heard wonderful things about it. Plus, I figured if you lived there it had to be(Bee) good. Nonetheless, as I like to say: change is the only constant in life. With that in mind, Jim, it's St. Catharines today and Mars tomorrow (or in 10-20+ years)! Good luck with the move. Also, make some room for us in the USA just in case "you know who" magically becomes President and Americans must flee for greener pastures.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/10/2016 #15 Pascal Derrien
    Good luck with the move and all that :-) Have not been in Toronto in more than 20 years must have changed a lot :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    21/10/2016 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #8 @Laura Mikolaitis I heard about that ;-)
    Gerald Hecht
    21/10/2016 #13 Gerald Hecht
    @Jim Murray Maybe this will come in handy...🇨🇦 https://stcatharines.overdrive.com/media/1674919
  22. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Frozen Lives & Broken Souls
    Frozen Lives & Broken SoulsThe Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and by 1990 I had already made the decision that I would travel to what was called the satellite countries, I would go accompanied or not but I would go no matter what.Travelling on a low budget I found myself heading to...


    Pascal Derrien
    21/10/2016 #41 Pascal Derrien
    #40 thank you for reading @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    21/10/2016 #40 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Beautiful story.. Thanks Pascal Derrien.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    19/10/2016 #39 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #37 Vous êtes la plupart de bienvenue.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/10/2016 #38 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #26 So very sad, very @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #37 Pascal Derrien
    #36 Merci @Don 🐝 Kerr :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    19/10/2016 #36 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Right from the heart. So well crafted and so genuine. Sharing.
    Phil Friedman
    19/10/2016 #34 Phil Friedman
    #32 The stories that most catch our notice are the tales of extraordinary heroism, But truth be told, the majority of truly heroic effort and behavior occurs within the context of day-to-day life, and is instantiated by those who consider themselves "ordinary", but who will not accept what is for what should be. If humanity is to be saved, it will be by the "regular guys" with grit, who will do the job.
    Robert Cormack
    19/10/2016 #33 Robert Cormack
    Keep observing, Pascal. It's working for you. #32
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #32 Pascal Derrien
    #30 @Robert Many thanks I think the stories are just the chronicles of a regular guy, now it is true I like to observe... :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #31 Pascal Derrien
    #29 @Irene Hackett you are very kind, it is not exceptional by any means many many people do this and much more .... :-)
    Robert Cormack
    19/10/2016 #30 Robert Cormack
    Great piece, Pascal. You've come a long way and you've observed. That's a talent in itself and I think it makes your stories very rich. Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it.
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #22 @Phil Friedman wow I am blushing here, not sure it is that good but a compliment is a compliment so thank YOU :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #27 Pascal Derrien
    #23 @Dean Owen hmm I could visualize the 4 packs when you mentioned that, the reality has no filters indeed :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #24 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher yes a lot of mental illnesses in the street, people not diagnosed or medicalized in any shape or form but it seems nobody cares in the end since my time on the street the drugs plague which was marginal enough is now the biggest problem :-(
    Pascal Derrien
    19/10/2016 #25 Pascal Derrien
    #21 Thanks @🐝 Fatima Williams it is evident to me that there is good will when facing adversity sometimes we are not as bad as we think as a specie but on the other hand we have a poor track record at showing it :-(
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/10/2016 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    A story well told @Pascal Derrien. It's so sad because many of the homeless people are mentally ill and from what I've heard, suffer from Schizophrenia. Yes, there are those who are homeless because they lost it all but those who choose to live in the streets through out each bitter winter, well it brings tears to my eyes. You saw it first hand and I'm glad you touched so many lives. I'm sure you touched more than you were ever aware of. Thank you for sharing, you have a kind and caring heart- it's very evident in your writing. Obviously I never knew Joey, but I echo your sentiments, RIP Joey and to all the "Joeys" who died homeless.
    Dean Owen
    19/10/2016 #23 Dean Owen
    You paint an unvarnished picture of reality Pascal. I am cheering for Bebel. And what a great initiative with the Marks and Spencer's leftovers. Their hot cross buns taste good even a few days after expiry.
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2016 #22 Phil Friedman
    Some gifted authors are able to write from the heart. Others --- a very rare few are able to touch your soul. This piece by Pascal Derrien does just that, in a way that few, if any of us can ever aspire to do. This is a top read, and well worth the effort.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    18/10/2016 #21 🐝 Fatima Williams
    A very touching story I had goosebumps reading. It's such a blessing that you were able to help so many people and give them hope. Thank you for sharing this @Pascal Derrien

    We have to fight to stay in control of the situation.
    Anxiety gives us no mercy
  23. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I Said NO! Why Didn't He Listen?
    I Said NO! Why Didn't He Listen?The story I'm about to share is a very hard story to talk about. I've gone back and forth in my mind about sharing this story because it really is very personal. This week's news about women being groped and talked about as if they are inanimate...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/01/2017 #68 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #67 The gut (intuition) is rarely wrong. Thanks for taking the time to read my buzz @Amarish. Talking about bad experiences helps to release them a bit!
    Amarish J. Khan 🐝
    03/01/2017 #67 Amarish J. Khan 🐝
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher thank you for sharing this painful experience. I hope more people will come forward and talk about what they went through. I definitely agree - always, always, always listen to the gut feeling!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/10/2016 #66 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thank you for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/10/2016 #65 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #63 Well said @Renée 🐝 Cormier, "Abuse is about power, so we should never empower our abusers by letting them taint our souls." A good motto to live by. I can't help feeling sad when I hear of anyone who's been abused in any manner but I understand you've risen above the power abusers!! :))
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/10/2016 #64 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #62 Thank you for your comment @alvaro Infante Sanchez. Exactly, NO means NO.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    18/10/2016 #63 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #60 Please don't feel sad for me. I'm not looking for pity. It is very hard to share those stories because they churn up a lot, but I am okay. I really only wanted to offer a little help to those who are having trouble moving on. Abuse is about power, so we should never empower our abusers by letting them taint our souls.
    18/10/2016 #62 Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ
    This is the kind of "Producer" i want to read, personal experiencies. A very hard experience, Lisa, thanks for sharing. No is No.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #61 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Renée 🐝 Cormier!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #60 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #58 @Renée 🐝 Cormier, You sure have been through a lot. I thank you so much for sharing your story, it has to be hard if you've never shared it before. I agree, the good men outweigh the predators by far, and thank god for them. I can't imagine what you experienced for everyone's experience is different and unique to that person. Happiness and trust are choices. Like you, I choose happiness over gloom. It doesn't mean people should ever forget but by not forgetting as you pointed out helps a person to become more intuitive. I'd like to think I read people fairly well too. It's rare I've been wrong about a person's intentions etc... I feel it's a gift and I'm thankful for that. I think we learn to choose our friends well! Again thanks, your story made me feel pain and sad.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    17/10/2016 #59 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #58 Thank you for sharing your personal story, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Inspiring words.

    I can't imagine what it is like to go through any of that - male or female.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    17/10/2016 #58 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for sharing your story, Lisa. I've had my own share of trouble at the hands of men, starting from early childhood. As I read some of the comments below, I find it rather sad that there are people our age who still can't figure out that life is about choices. Bad things happen to all of us and heinous things happen to some of us. All that said, happiness and trust are choices. I'm glad you are someone who can choose to allow yourself to love and trust a man because there are still many who are worth it. Having been sexually assaulted, groped, beaten and drugged at various times in my life. Sometimes I think it will never end. I certainly don't trust all men, but over time, I learned to read people very well and I also learned to trust my instinct. It is there for a reason and it is never wrong. I am a happy and loving person because I choose to be. It takes way too much energy to be anything else. I'd choose joy over anger any day, and believe me, I have plenty of reason to be hateful, resentful and bitter. Here's to love and getting over things!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #57 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #17 Thanks @Milos Djukic, your very kind. Yes, I am free, wiser and I pray for those who are much more traumatized than I was. Sorry I missed your comment yesterday!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #56 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #52 Thanks for reading @Graham🐝 Edwards, these are tough topics to tackle and read. I wish people could carry something with them that would always protect them but if it were that easy, it wouldn't happen at all. Scream a loud NO, yes with a siren in your hand? ;-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #55 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #51 Thanks again for your comment @Lisa Vanderburg, couldn't agree more about the children who had no voice or help to deal with issues no one should have to deal with. Yes, I understood that Praveen's words were of encouragement and enlightenment. I appreciate all the comments on this thread. Always a good conversation to have, too many women still being assaulted and/or raped today. I wish there were better answers for those who suffer both physically and emotionally. Thanks again :))
    maria pilar pich pou
    17/10/2016 #54 maria pilar pich pou
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #53 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #14 Thats so sad @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, thank you for sharing and I would love to watch the movie. I should see if I can find it on netflix? I think @debasish majumder has written about this in the past. Horror stories, they sound like!!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    17/10/2016 #52 Graham🐝 Edwards
    This was a very hard story to read but a very important on @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher... Thanks for sharing and we all have to start yelling NO louder.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    17/10/2016 #51 Lisa Vanderburg
    #39 Apologies for my tardy reply to your generous and candid reply, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I so applaud the considered answer; I would be tempted to be berating myself with a borrowed Priest's flagellation weapon by this point, so I'm really grateful that you don't 'feel' that need. That means - at least to me - that you have truly been able to assimilate what was so commonplace, so (still) unspoken of.
    I think it was @Praveen Raj Gullepalli who pointed out that there are worse things, and I think he meant it kindly. But it really takes great courage to 'admit' your assault as an adult instead of a child.
    The importance that you answer proves is that there are so many people abused as children - worse, less...doesn't matter for this point, that can't speak out; didn't get the psychological help then, and are now are left with 'those lost potentials', as a result.
    Well done - I applaud you!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #50 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #44 Thanks @Mohammed A. Jawad. There are many women who do speak out and if they have no-one to verify what happened, in other words, it's a he said/she said, many times the woman is considered or called a liar. Women have been ostracized for speaking out unless there is evidence to back up their claim. I appreciate your comment :))
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/10/2016 #49 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #32 I think it has to be one of the hardest things to come forward about unless you've been physically beaten too and have no choice except to seek emergency treatment, @Melissa Hughes. Women are made to feel as though they asked for this and in many cases, they are called liars. To have to relive the pain is not easy, to report it is hard when you already lack trust in others and realize our system still does not protect people who've been sexually assaulted and/or raped. As in the Sandusky case, other cases and now Trump, I hope people find strength in numbers and understand it's OK to speak up and out against their offender. Thank you very much for your comment and share!
  24. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Rooted in Time
    Rooted in TimeImage credit: Captain KimoRoots below, branches above; connected, making contact. The trunk acts as the bridge between the two, while its rings measure time.@Ali Anani has been asking, encouraging and teaching us to look at patterns in nature...


    Sara Jacobovici
    20/10/2016 #19 Sara Jacobovici
    #16 Always appreciate your supportive and kind comments @Harvey Lloyd. Thanks for taking the time.
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/10/2016 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    #15 Thank you @Joel Anderson.
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/10/2016 #17 Sara Jacobovici
    #13 #14 Thank you @Deb🐝 Lange. I appreciate you highlighting the strength nature can offer to support us. Thanks for the share.
    Harvey Lloyd
    20/10/2016 #16 Harvey Lloyd
    The discussion has been enlightening and challenging. Your engagement has added so much to the correlations of nature and our lives, @Sara Jacobovici
    Joel Anderson
    20/10/2016 #15 Joel Anderson
    Nicely done @Sara Jacobovici
    Deb🐝 Lange
    20/10/2016 #14 Deb🐝 Lange
    @Sara Jacobovici has gracefully shared how we can be supported by the strength of trees. Many trees outlive humans and have lived through more change than any of us will.
    Deb🐝 Lange
    20/10/2016 #13 Deb🐝 Lange
    @Sara Jacobovici it is wonderful to feel the support of trees. I love you saying" I sit by you and lean against the strength of your trunk." We act as if we have to be so strong, when there is so much support in the world from nature.
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/10/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    #11 As always @Irene Hackett, thank you for your wonderful and encouraging comment and for your supportive share.
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/10/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #9 Beautiful comment @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman. Thanks.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    15/10/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    As Father Time clicks away our precious minutes, the tree holds steadfast with its roots firmly in the ground. The roots absorb the nutrients of life and share them through the trees embracing branches giving us strength and purpose. Beautiful ode, Sara.
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/10/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Thank you @Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht. for your generous and kind words, your reminders of the Park and Sequoia trees and for your line, "...the universe is a vast tapestry meshed by myriad threads of interconnected consciousness, spun in subliminal links of harmony."
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/10/2016 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    #4 Thank you @debasish majumder. I always read your comments a few times before I reply as I feel I grasp one insight of yours at a time. Thank you for your very rich contribution to the discussion.
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/10/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    #3 As always @Chas ✌️ Wyatt, your contribution is much appreciated. Thank you.
    Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    15/10/2016 #5 Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.
    Beautiful Sara. I love your Ode - and the awareness it conjures. This is a poetic and poignant reminder of how the universe is a vast tapestry meshed by myriad threads of interconnected consciousness, spun in subliminal links of harmony. I am reminded of King's Canyon National Park and the palpable, powerful sentience of the great Sequoia trees. Thanks so much for this! It's really lovely.
    debasish majumder
    15/10/2016 #4 debasish majumder
    mirror gives a virtual reflection to our eyes. it is our brain which can distinguish the reality. quality and quantity relationship is being envisaged by us, as we know the tree we observing is also in a process of continuous changing and the former state of it will never be appeared, as the time we spent in association with the tree will never be the same soothing moment which once being enjoyed never be appeared in same tune. however, lovely insightful post. enjoyed read. thank you very much Sara Jacobovici for sharing such lovely post.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    15/10/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!" ~John Muir, July 1890.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/10/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Much appreciated @Ali Anani.
    Ali Anani
    13/10/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    Dear @Sara Jacobovici- I surely will start working on a buzz and title it The Sara and I. You stand out as the most engaging person I have had exchanges of mind with. Now, with the honor you bestow upon me by mentioning my name in this great buzz, I am baffled by your quality of thinking and relating. Yess, the tree rings reflect the quality of time and the environment surrounding the trees. Your linking the three parts of the tree with the three parts of the human body is amazingly relevant. What to say more? I am honored that a buzz of mine has a linkage to this post, which I shared on three hives very proudly.
  25. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    This is my first "integrated" piece on social media. beBee is the first place where I am sharing a "personal" post on a "professional" site. This is a reflection of how beBee is successfully bringing the parts of me to a whole. @Ali Anani, your influence crosses many boundaries. I was happy to include a Dr. Ali quote in this article.
    Sara Jacobovici
    Sara Jacobovici – Beginning a New Year, when “I” becomes “We”
    israelseen.com Sara Jacobovici – Beginning a New Year, when “I” becomes “We” I hate starting any work with the word “I”, yet this story is about the process that “I” have been going through in my “I”dentity journey. Although my journey has been ongoing, it isn’t...


    Sara Jacobovici
    10/10/2016 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    #10 Dear @Irene Hackett, it is your kind words that humble me. Thank you.
    Sara Jacobovici
    10/10/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #8 Thank you @Virag Gulyas. Your support is much appreciated.
    Virag Gulyas
    10/10/2016 #8 Virag Gulyas
    "I don’t need to “let go” of my past in order to be in the present and look forward to the future. " A fantastic piece by @Sara Jacobovici
    Ali Anani
    05/10/2016 #7 Ali Anani
    #5 So it fell on the edge of the two. Even timing works for you @Sara Jacobovici and well-deserved.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/10/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    #4 Thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I always look forward to your comments.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/10/2016 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    #3 Thank you for your ongoing support @Ali Anani. I actually submitted this before the holidays and was pleasantly surprised to see it up after the holidays. The best of both worlds.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    05/10/2016 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Sara Jacobovici, what a beautifully written article about "I" and how "I becomes We." You wrote: "My “I” is anciently rooted but growing and thriving in my present ground. I don’t need to “let go” of my past in order to be in the present and look forward to the future. “I” exist in a relationship with myself, others and my world. Everything I do comes from and goes into this relationship." This makes so much sense on many levels and I think our past plays a pivotal role in shaping our futures. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful article! PS: I loved Ali @Ali Anani metaphor about Trees.
    Ali Anani
    05/10/2016 #3 Ali Anani
    I love tre and I love trees as metaphors. I love that you quoted me in this lovely buzz dear Sara @Sara Jacobovici. So, actually you were not taking a holiday as much as imagining.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/10/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Thank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Your comment is much appreciated.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I really enjoyed reading this, @Sara Jacobovici. This time of year really feels new to me and this quote speaks to me as a necessary ritual in any well-lived life:

    "I am conscious of Shabbat as a day when I need to cease to interfere and allow what is to be and what is not, not to be."
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