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  1. ProducerCityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    The Tragedy of Aaron
    The Tragedy of AaronThe Study hive is my personal interface between my offline studies through both public and college libraries - though I have yet to make good use of any college library I have the choice to access.  My presence here is as a 21st Century learner, but...


    Fatima Williams
    16/09/2016 #2 Fatima Williams
    my heart goes out to Aaron such a brilliant mind targeted and forced to live a short life. Our lives have become a movie directed by those who want to control us and sometimes we end up being mere puppets. An untold melancholy remains in my heart as I think more about this Aaron's story made me feel so insecure about what can happen to one who is much lesser in thought and actions than him
    CityVP Manjit
    05/09/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    This is the You-Tube Link to the documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz, it is called "The Internet's Own Boy" (English only)
  2. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    She's Blue
    She's BlueI was woken by a noise so foreign I cowered under my sheets. But curiosity got the better of me. It was still dark outside. I had no concept of this time of day. I would sleep at 9pm, wake up at 7am, have breakfast and be off to...


    Ken Boddie
    04/09/2016 #40 Ken Boddie
    I'll watch anything with Robin Williams in it. Even a red nose. 😂
    Dean Owen
    04/09/2016 #39 Dean Owen
    #38 Thanks Ken-san. It doesn't look like it was, but time to dust off the DVD and watch it again (one of my favourite movies)
    Ken Boddie
    04/09/2016 #38 Ken Boddie
    Not sure of the origins of Red Nise Day, Dean-San, but you can find more info at
    Dean Owen
    04/09/2016 #37 Dean Owen
    #35 Is that a Patch Adams inspired event? Marked in my calendar for next year. Will find a red nose and add a selfie to this post on June 24th. I loved your little poem (for once!) :) Thanks Ken-san
    Lisa Gallagher
    03/09/2016 #36 Lisa Gallagher
    #32 that's​ a great idea @Dean Owen
    Ken Boddie
    03/09/2016 #35 Ken Boddie
    Friday 24 June is Red Nose Day here in Oz, Dean-San. Many buy red clown noses and some stick large ones on their cars. All proceeds go to SIDS.

    Grief never leaves us,
    She answers not our why's,
    She hugs us like a shadow,
    And refuses our goodbyes.

    She's there lest we forget,
    When our loved ones slip away,
    That their spirit lives in what we do,
    And everything we say.

    I'm sure your little sister would be proud of her big brother, Dean-San.
    Dean Owen
    03/09/2016 #34 Dean Owen
    #31 Making me blush! Thank you for stopping by and for your beautiful comment. My heart is indeed lighter and my day brighter!
    Dean Owen
    03/09/2016 #33 Dean Owen
    #30 Grief is weird isn't it. I never really grieved. It was only after decades and finally writing this that I actually felt deep emotions of grief. It was easy to lock away in the back drawer, but just wonderful to dust off this memory and share.... Thanks so much @Sarah Elkins
    Dean Owen
    03/09/2016 #32 Dean Owen
    #29 It is easy to miss articles these days with a faster feed and more and more bees. We should perhaps encourage people to subscribe to their favourite writers and check their emailed newsletters.
    Fatima Williams
    03/09/2016 #31 Fatima Williams
    @Dean Owen Thank you for introducing Natasha to us. She's a beautiful angel in heaven right now but she has been reborn in our hearts as a new memory , new person , we are going to remember her as you have given life to her time here , through this brave act of sharing her story with us .
    I'm sure and wish that your heart is light now. Peace to Natasha who must have been a very beautiful lady right now judging by your looks ( Winks ).
    Sarah Elkins
    02/09/2016 #30 Sarah Elkins
    Grief is such a strange thing, isn't it, @Dean Owen? What a vivid and heartbreaking memory from your childhood. And yet... I would guess just a little bit of a relief to share it, own it, and appreciate it for its intensity of feeling. Without that, what do we have?
    Lisa Gallagher
    02/09/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher
    #26 I'm sorry I missed your reply @Dean Owen and I just wrote on Donna's buzz I needed to read this because I seem to be missing your stories. wow, I think I'm missing my mind somewhere lol. This was a good yet, sad read again. They do say to lay babies on their backs now, no blankets, no toys and yes open air. I remember fearing SIDS when my babies were little. We swaddled them and laid them on their sides back then.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    16/08/2016 #28 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #27 I will be going soon and will write her name for you my friend @Dean Owen... Celebrate that she lived , however short the time, we can celebrate #hugs
    Dean Owen
    16/08/2016 #27 Dean Owen
    #24 Thanks @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Right now I feel like writing her name in the sand at your beach.
    Dean Owen
    16/08/2016 #26 Dean Owen
    #23 Thanks @Lisa Gallagher. I don't know if you saw Pascal's story, similar, but the circumstance of discovery are like something out of a novel -https://www.bebee.com/producer/@pascal-derrien-leinster/hold-up-the-memory-bank
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    16/08/2016 #24 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Dean Owen, this was a tragic and sad recollection , memory of the night your sister died. Your storytelling is deep and profound, just as your love for your sister.. gone but not forgotten...thanks for sharing..
    Lisa Gallagher
    16/08/2016 #23 Lisa Gallagher
    So very sad that you lost your sister when she was an infant @Dean Owen. I cant imagine how tough that was for your parents! I can imagine you do still think of her and will always have unanswered questions. SIDS is scary, I know my daughter worries about it with the new baby. They follow all the guidelines but I think that fear is there for most parents. Thanks for sharing something so personal
    Dean Owen
    16/08/2016 #22 Dean Owen
    #20 Thanks Phil. I was wondering if it the same in every country. I know in Japan there is always a huge debate amongst mothers on whether to have a baby sleep on it's back or front. It is a particular anxious period. Much appreciate your kind words.
    Dean Owen
    16/08/2016 #21 Dean Owen
    #19 From what you say, and from what I know of you, she must be quite a character! Send her the note!
    Phil Friedman
    16/08/2016 #20 Phil Friedman
    @Dean Owen, I cannot even begin to imagine your anguish. As parents, my wife and I were absolutely crazed about SIDS and keeping everything out of our daughters' crib (except the dog, who faithfully watched over each of them in turn, and would scold us if we didn't respond quickly enough to their crying). We allowed only a bottom sheet and no blanket. And when they were very young, we had a set of soft foam wedges to keep them sleeping on their sides. But truth be told, we have a close and dear friend who did all of that and more, yet lost a baby to SIDS anyway. It may be the universe's way of reminding us that we are not in control, or it may be just random misfortune. I am sorry for your loss, and for the hole in your heart that I am sure will always be there.
  3. ProducerFatima Williams

    Fatima Williams

    They say time is medicine ; I now believe it's a myth
    They say time is medicine ; I now believe it's a mythIf time were medicine it would heal our wounds but no amount of time could ever make us not miss you dada.You are missed so badly ; my heart can't explain how much, each day I wake up I wish you were still there.To tell us where we're lacking and...


    Milos Djukic
    01/08/2016 #11 Anonymous
    Fractals are forever dear @Fatima Williams.
    Dean Owen
    30/07/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    Just read this again, brought a second tear to my eye...
    CityVP Manjit
    23/07/2016 #9 CityVP Manjit
    #8 Dear @Fatima Williams, you and @Sara Jacobovici honour your respective fathers immensely by being beautiful souls, for no parent wants to see their children in a state of hurt but in a state of blessing. That is the reality of love, we all know love when the magnitude of love quakes within our own heart - and my intention here is not to awaken that hurt but to show how awaken that love is within you both - for it is this awakened state that showers strength into the life we have and hence become the substance of winged blessings. For sure our time provides us more gifts than simply the photograph but our hearts contain the gifts that a greater relationship gave us. Now as I absorb the meaning of the love you express, this is what enriches me in my own life - and this the grounded reality of how we choose to interact in this virtual space - that the gifts we find in that are more precious than success. Did you lose a father or did you win love? If winning is society's chief credo this is the only kind of winning I want to seek.
    Fatima Williams
    23/07/2016 #8 Fatima Williams
    #7 Thank you @Sara Jacobovici . I'm guessing the scar can never heal, I'm going to look at this as a tatoo that remains with me till the end. And I admire what @CityVP Manjit has graciously mentioned in the comments below, on how we can create an online virtual space where loved one's can come and visit and pay respects online. Where my unborn children or family in the near future can reminisce the memories of our loved ones. This is absolutely, a brilliant thing and I wish my parents had done the same, it would have helped connect with my grand parents whom I hardly remember as they had partrd when I was very young.
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/07/2016 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    I felt and heard your words coming straight from the heart @Fatima Williams. It's been 20 years for me since my father passed away. I miss him today as much as the day he passed but the wound is a separate experience. I find that each year a layer of scar tissue covers the wound. It just makes breathing easier when I do miss him. Wishing you all the best Fatima.
    Fatima Williams
    23/07/2016 #6 Fatima Williams
    #3 Thank you @Anees Zaidi for your kind words
    Fatima Williams
    23/07/2016 #5 Fatima Williams
    #4 Thank you @CityVP Manjit for reading and commenting.
    CityVP Manjit
    22/07/2016 #4 CityVP Manjit
    The online space has opened up for creating memories of loved one's that have passed https://www.everplans.com/articles/the-top-10-online-memorial-websites View more
    The online space has opened up for creating memories of loved one's that have passed https://www.everplans.com/articles/the-top-10-online-memorial-websites and here memory capsules as a hive serves to do the same thing. My view is that personal space is not just about our work life, it is the expression of life. As time passes and the virtual world merges with the physical one, spaces where loved one's can come and visit and pay respects online will become far greater in form than it is now.

    The stories of Philip Clinton Williams live within you and this is where I differentiate between sharing as publishing and a life shared. This is also a very delicate line because it involves highly emotional aspects of our life - and in a world driven largely by marketers and professionals one cannot assume that people who have used advantage as a strategy, have the same motivation as those who genuinely read obituaries.

    I do read obituaries because the best one's give me a sense of life. Since often I do not know these families or people, I am free respect human life as a human being. I also read these obituaries because I want to be intelligent about grief, and there are myths about grief that we are not cognoscente of and if a part of life is increasing our intelligence about mortality. There is great reverence in the one thing that we all have a commonality with. At the same time I also note that the spiritual also contains ego.

    We continue to treat social and business networks from the view of connection - but affinity is far greater than that. I want to understand my relationship with grief, just as writing this buzz provides comfort for you and can be highly cathartic in that regard. Affinity needs to be as close to authenticity and the heart as possible, and that in it self inspires in us greater intelligence. Close
    Anees Zaidi
    22/07/2016 #3 Anees Zaidi
    Thank you dear @Fatima Williams for remembering me on such an emotional moment. Neither I met you nor I met your father. But I see your dad in you. I know he was kind like you, he was loving and caring like you. The change is inevitable - sooner or later this has to happen. The best we can do is to put our steps in the shoes of our loving parents and continue their journey. May God bless you with all His bounties and give your dad a place in the Heaven.
    Fatima Williams
    22/07/2016 #2 Fatima Williams
    @Anees Zaidi I thought about you when I was writing this for my dad a day ago, because you said your daughter has my name. Thank you for making me feel special by saying that.
    Dean Owen
    21/07/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Beautiful. I am sure he reads these words and smiles....