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  1. Danyette Foulks-Young
    BREAKING 2016 #NobelPrize in Literature to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” Danyette Foulks-Young
  2. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Today, Bob Dylan Achieved The Highest Honour In The Literary World.  Couldn’t Have Happened To A More Worthy Soul.
    Today, Bob Dylan Achieved The Highest Honour In The Literary World. Couldn’t Have Happened To A More Worthy Soul.In the late winter of 1965, I was walking home from visiting a girlfriend in the south end of Fort Erie, where I grew up. A fresh snowfall had just hit and I was walking down the middle of a side street with a small transistor radio on my shoulder...


    James McElearney
    13/10/2016 #3 James McElearney
    My old man was a huge Dylan fan, so I grew up listening to a lot of his songs and Desire is still one of my favorite albums. If I remember correctly I think Sara may have acually been the first song I learned to play on the guitar! albeit badly. He certainly deserves the award
    Jim Murray
    13/10/2016 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks Mamen. I imagine @Gerald Hecht is very happy about this too.
    Mamen Delgado
    13/10/2016 #1 Mamen Delgado
    Deeply felt tribute to a free soul @Jim Murray. It's a great feeling the gratitude to those who have inspired us, congrats for feeling and appreciating it!
  3. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?
    What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?For those of us who love to write, there is typically a corresponding love of reading.  Every interesting person I have ever met is a reader.I thought I'd share a list of my recent reads and see if any of you have read them, or if not, consider them...


    Randy Keho
    13/10/2016 #6 Randy Keho
    I'm currently reading "For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes," by Terry Golway. It's a traditional hardcover. Being a first-generation Irish-American, I've always enjoyed reading about "Over Home," as mom calls it. Obviously, this is history, but I prefer to read Irish-authored short stories. I'm certain they've influenced my writing and, perhaps, my drinking habits over the years. @Kevin Pashuk
    Cepee Tabibian
    13/10/2016 #5 Cepee Tabibian
    #4 Agreed, and kindles make it soooooo easy to spend time reading whatever whenever. My kindle actually just died :( getting a new one but hitting the paperbacks in the meantime.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/10/2016 #4 Kevin Pashuk
    #2 I recommend them all Cepee. After all, time spent reading good books is not deducted from your lifetime.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/10/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    #1 Thanks for sharing this post John, but you forgot to add to the list. What book would you recommend?
    Cepee Tabibian
    13/10/2016 #2 Cepee Tabibian
    Adding a few of those to my wish list. :)
    John White, MBA
    13/10/2016 #1 John White, MBA
    @Kevin Pashuk, Great piece, I shared this in Fractals Forever and a couple other hives.

    CC: @Milos Djukic
  4. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.
    Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.A few weeks ago I found myself in a charming second - hand bookshop in downtown Vancouver. You know the one; the small doorway that one has to physically push open (complete with tinkling bell) and once inside, the intoxicating aroma of old books...


    Pamela L. Williams
    25/09/2016 #12 Pamela L. Williams
    How did an avid reader like me not know Blyton? Probably because my head was in a Nancy Drew Mystery (oh, she did her own detective work, thank you very much! no sandwiches for her!) or the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
    Vincent Andrew
    21/09/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    Aha the Blyton series. And there was the Hardy Boys series too by who again. How come those kids got all the adventures? Thanks for the insights into her life @Paul Walters.
    Dean Owen
    21/09/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    Brought back a lot of memories and made me want to seek out an old second hand bookstore (which would involve a plane ride for me). A first edition set of Enid Blyton must be worth a pretty penny now despite her misconceptions of the world we live in.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    20/09/2016 #9 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I remember Enid Byron's books. You brought back some good memories Paul.
    Paul Walters
    20/09/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    #7 @Ella de Jong Thanks for stopping by and reading that piece. I need to consult a Dutch dictionary to discover the meaning of 'spannend' cheers P
    Ella de Jong
    20/09/2016 #7 Ella de Jong
    wow Thank you @Paul Walters ! for "the thoughts and feelings that reading the books brought to me as a child": SO "spannend" as we say it in Dutch! I feel it right now!! Lovely to remember :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #6 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Collected and loved all Enid Byron's books ..thanks for this😉
    Neil Smith
    20/09/2016 #5 Neil Smith
    Thanks for this article Paul. I loved Enid Blyton as a kid possibly because her stories couldn't have been more different to my working class, Scottish Highland upbringing if they had been set on Mars. I spent much of my Primary school life sitting at the back of the classroom reading her books rather than "Learning". Even now something inside me wants to know why I can't have a cook and a maid. Weirdly my five year old daughter is part way through a famous five book as her bedtime story and absolutely loves it so there is no denying that Blyton for all her well documented faults definitely has a power to reach out to young readers at any point in modern history. It is just sad that her ability to connect in fiction was balanced by an equal inability to connect with people in real life.
    Ken Boddie
    20/09/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    My memories of Enid Blyton are set on a completely different level, Paul. The books I remember were for much younger children and had lots of pictures. I remember the original Uber Toyland driver, 'Noddy', and his bearded brownie friend, 'Big Ears'. Other characters like 'Mr Plod' the policeman and the 'Golliwogs', although apparently innocent enough characters back in the day, would be considered incorrect on so many levels these days, and I seem to remember that the Golliwogs were eventually 'retired' for obvious reasons. Happy innocent days!
    Paul Burge
    20/09/2016 #3 Paul Burge
    I used to love her books as a child, quintessentially English, but somewhat dated now.
    Lisa Gallagher
    20/09/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    Wow, Blyton sure did sell a LOT of novels @Paul Walters. I swear I actually had a scent of old paperback books rush by more than once while reading this. Maybe it was a reminder of what I loved most growing up, reading fiction with twists. I would go to my room and read for hours or take my book to the beach, sit a lone and read. I wasn't a loner but I guess I cherished my book time. I love that you and your partner turned the gender roles around when you read to your kids. Sounds as if she despised her mom. I've referred to my husband as 'the shit," Just kidding. Was that a term of endearment for her? ;-) Thanks for the tag!
  5. Joanna Hofman

    Joanna Hofman

    Colette on writing & the blissful obsessive-compulsiveness of creative work.
    Joanna Hofman
    Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayers
    www.brainpickings.org “A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be...
  6. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?" HDT Brian McKenzie
  7. Álvaro Beltrán
    Science Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for Submissions
    Science Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for Submissions
    Science Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for Submissions Attention authors! Anthologies and 'zines are looking for short stories and poems in these genres. Some are paying markets and may qualify an author for HWA or SFWA membership. Be sure to check what your rights are for republishing your
  8. David Gamella Pérez
    Two legends in a room.
    George RR Martin and Stephen King
    George RR Martin and Stephen King George R. R. Martin and Stephen King at the Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque NM June...
  9. ProducerRichard Williams
    The Dog that Didn't Bark
    The Dog that Didn't BarkMore career advice from Sherlock Holmes… My second post relating to what Sherlock Holmes teaches us from a career advice / recruitment perspective. These posts all come out of a talk given by Maria Konnikova, the New York based psychologist who has...
  10. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    Anton Chekhov is my favorite Russian author - I always travel with a copy of Walden and an anthology of his work. I was first introduced to him in High School with Lady and the Pet Dog. Later in College - I got to read it in Russian, simply amazing. If you want the vocabulary to find a Romance in Russian Realm - this is the essential glossary you will need.

    Just a teaser - Enjoy the short interpretation of the classic.
    "The Lady With the Pet Dog" Video Interpretation
    "The Lady With the Pet Dog" Video Interpretation a video interpretaton of both the Chekov and Oate's versin of "The Lady With the Pet...
  11. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    Fyodor Tyutchev Silentium
    Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
    the way you dream, the things you feel.
    Deep in your spirit let them rise
    akin to stars in crystal skies
    that set before the night is blurred:
    delight in them and speak no word.
    How can a heart expression find?
    How should another know your mind?
    Will he discern what quickens you?
    A thought once uttered is untrue.
    Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
    drink at the source and speak no word.
    Live in your inner self alone
    within your soul a world has grown,
    the magic of veiled thoughts that might
    be blinded by the outer light,
    drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
    take in their song and speak no word.

    Молчи, скрывайся и таи
    И чувства и мечты свои –
    Пускай в душевной глубине
    Встают и заходят оне
    Безмолвно, как звезды в ночи, –
    Любуйся ими – и молчи.
    Как сердцу высказать себя?
    Другому как понять тебя?
    Поймет ли он, чем ты живешь?
    Мысль изреченная есть ложь.
    Взрывая, возмутишь ключи, –
    Питайся ими – и молчи.
    Лишь жить в себе самом умей –
    Есть целый мир в душе твоей
    Таинственно-волшебных дум;
    Их оглушит наружный шум,
    Дневные разгонят лучи, –
    Внимай их пенью и молчи!..

    Translated by Vladimir Nabokov

    Art by Leonid Afremov
    Brian McKenzie
  12. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    A little Monty Python troop cross over - John Cleese recites Mikhail Lermentov's - The Prayer

    When my life is arduous,
    If sadness freezes blood,
    I say one prayer marvelous,
    I learned it all by heart.

    There's vigor unbelievable
    In living words' accords,
    And breathes unfamiliar
    And holly charm in words.

    A heart becomes not troublesome,
    And doubts go awry,
    And comes the truth and tears come,
    And soul wants to fly.

    В минуту жизни трудную
    Теснится ль в сердце грусть:
    Одну молитву чудную
    Твержу я наизусть.

    Есть сила благодатная
    В созвучьи слов живых,
    И дышит непонятная,
    Святая прелесть в них.

    С души как бремя скатится,
    Сомненье далеко —
    И верится, и плачется,
    И так легко, легко…
    Naked Archie - A Fish Called Wanda [HD]
    Naked Archie - A Fish Called Wanda [HD] Best clip from the movie A Fish Called Wanda This flat belongs to Patric Bellford! He's in Hong...
  13. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    'Nothing could be finer than Nevsky Prospect at least not in St. Petersburg; it is the be-all and end-all. It positively gleams and sparkles - the jewel of our capital ! I know that not one of the city's pallid functionaries would exchange Nevsky Prospekt for all the riches of the world."
    A few memorable quotes from the avenue Nikolai Gogol made famous
    "And as for the ladies! - The ladies are even more enamoured of Nevsky Prospect. Mind you, who wouldn't be enamoured? No sooner do you step out on to Nevsky Prospect, than you are swept along in its unending carnival"

    "All powerful Nevsky Prospekt! It provides the one entertainment in a city starved of diversion. "
    On the early morning ritual " At this hour it is unseemly for ladies to walk out, because the Russian populace is want to employ the sort of strong language that they would be unlikely to hear, even in theater' ( a nice jab to the censors of the day)

    "Nevsky Prospect deceives at all hours of the day, but the worst time of all is at night... when the devil himself is abroad, kindling the street-lamps with one purpose only: to show everything in a false light."

    Art by Leonid Afremov
    Brian McKenzie
  14. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    With the warmth of spring - old love withers - new love blossoms. Add another to the pile that didn't work or 'got away' - whatever; done. The really sad part is how fast I was over it - I guess it had reached the point where it was like a fashion gone out of style; and it was not worth the work to make it fit. Pity, she was funny, smart, cute and an adventurous minx.

    Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может
    I loved you once: perhaps love still, maybe
    В душе моей угасла не совсем;
    In my soul you have not been completely extinguished;
    Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
    But let it not trifle you any longer;
    Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.
    I do not want to sadden you with anything.
    Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
    I loved you silently, without a hope,
    То робостью, то ревностью томим; With such reservation, such a jealousy
    Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
    I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
    Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим. May God grant you to be loved by another.

    Alexander Pushkin . So they come - so they go; it is always as it has been, always as it will be. Meet Irina - the last one I let get close - too close apparently.
    Brian McKenzie
  15. Dean Owen

    Dean Owen

    How Shakespeare has become ingrained in our daily conversations.
    "You're quoting Shakespeare" - Rob Brydon reveals popular Shakespeare phrases in everyday use
    "You're quoting Shakespeare" - Rob Brydon reveals popular Shakespeare phrases in everyday use Source:...


    Amanda Ashton-Booth
    08/06/2016 #11 Amanda Ashton-Booth
    Love it...
    Lisa Gallagher
    31/05/2016 #10 Lisa Gallagher
    Ken Boddie
    29/04/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    Brilliant. Seems so obvious but all the good one liners are, in retrospect.
    Ken Boddie
    29/04/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    Absolutely brilliant. I'm sure if the bard was around nowadays, he would be a beBee blogger.
    Dean Owen
    29/04/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    or "Friend's, Bees, and Producers, lend me your ears. We come to bury LinkedIn, not to praise it" !
    Ken Boddie
    29/04/2016 #6 Ken Boddie
    Ahhhh, Rob Brydon! One of my favourite Welshmen. Thanks for sharing this classic video, Dean. How about "All the world's a [ hive ], and all the men and women merely [ bees ]." 🐝🐝🐝
    Valeriana 102
    28/04/2016 #5 Valeriana 102
    Fatima Williams
    28/04/2016 #4 Fatima Williams
    @Dean Owen This is absolutely fantabulous. Thank you. #Shakespeare
    George Touryliov
    28/04/2016 #3 George Touryliov
    Brilliant!!! Thanks a lot..
    Juan Imaz
    28/04/2016 #1 Juan Imaz
    A new one: "To bee or not to bee. That is the question" :)
  16. ProducerGlenn Michaels

    Glenn Michaels

    Wretched Sails. Twisted Tales.
    Wretched Sails. Twisted Tales.The book drifted on the waves of time, from bookshelf to bookshelf, for more than 100 years before I opened it. Its water-stained pages are filled with alphabetical word lists, annotations and a yellowed newspaper clipping.Figure 1 (above right):...


    Paul Walters
    20/09/2016 #1 Paul Walters
    fabulous piece...thanks
  17. Daniela Umpierrez
    The best books have the potential to stick with you long after you’ve finished them. Some can even affect how you look at the world. Daniela Umpierrez
  18. Michelle Wright

    Michelle Wright

    And when you want to write...http://writingonewordatatime.com/2015/12/02/25-things-to-keep-in-mind-if-you-want-to-write-a-book/ Michelle Wright
  19. Daniela Umpierrez
    51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature. "At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferschaffer/i-am-i-am-i-am#.lwvoLQLq8w Daniela Umpierrez
  20. George Hull

    George Hull

    53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/53-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down#.icKL2Vg4K George Hull
  21. George Hull

    George Hull

    Writer's block: A frustrating scenario when you are writing a novel. See this infographic for 10 tips for overcoming creative blocks. George Hull