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Where there is life, in any form, there is communication. But only humans tell stories.

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  1. 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." Iโ€™ve written or at least commented about an accident I had. It was 1999. April 28th, 1999 shortly after...


    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    06/03/2017 #4 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    Aaron you made me cry and happy at the same time. Cry to see the fate of these children around the world just like the ones you met and I met a few as well and Happy as there is hope in the world for them and trust that God will provide. I visited an orphanage at the age of 14 or something don't remember and ever since I've wanted to dedicate my life doing something for them. I see the signs coming back to me. Thank you for sharing your story with us and I thank God that your here to help us witness that experience and appreciate the life we have left in us.
    These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.โ€
    Pascal Derrien
    06/03/2017 #3 Pascal Derrien
    I fully understand the urge and need to give back after a brief encounter with the Grim Reaper, you can borrow a few french words from me next time you need to go there. Admirable work from a generous soul, hats off to you. You are one of the good ones !!!! @Aaron Skogen
    Harvey Lloyd
    06/03/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    A walk with humanity will always display the awesome power of God, eventually. Your story is compelling. Thanks for sharing.
    Aaron Skogen
    06/03/2017 #1 Aaron Skogen
    Thanks for sharing @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee!
  2. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    Lines in the Sand:  Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Anderson
    Lines in the Sand: Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Andersonโ€œThe greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.โ€ --William James โ€œEvery job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.โ€ --Betty M. Nelson For those of you who...


    debasish majumder
    05/03/2017 #9 debasish majumder
    if father is an excellent axiom then i guess, son will eventually become an epitome equally to be followed and admired by many. we truly lack the continuance of such envied legacy. excellent post. enjoyed read. thank you for such Great share @Joel Anderson View more
    if father is an excellent axiom then i guess, son will eventually become an epitome equally to be followed and admired by many. we truly lack the continuance of such envied legacy. excellent post. enjoyed read. thank you for such Great share @Joel Anderson. Close
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/03/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joel Anderson writes: "When I started down the path of Lines in the Sand and then Part II and III, I wanted to share a personal journey that was and is reflective of the sands of life, their snap shots and moments in time. The influencing nature of lines that affect us all; lines that are permanent, lines that change, messy lines, and yes those that ebb and flow and impact the choices each of us have in using them with compassion and to advantage." A must read son's tribute to his father.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/03/2017 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    A wonderful tribute @Joel Anderson; beautifully written, beautifully told. As @Milos Djukic writes, "A great person deserves no less".
    Joel Anderson
    01/03/2017 #6 Joel Anderson
    #5 @Gert Scholtz Thanks for the comment. He was indeed.
    Gert Scholtz
    01/03/2017 #5 Gert Scholtz
    @Joel Anderson A precious post of a wise and compassionate man that was your father.
    Joel Anderson
    01/03/2017 #4 Joel Anderson
    #3 Thank you @Cyndi wilkins And to you also. Keep making a difference.
    Cyndi wilkins
    28/02/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkins
    Thank you for sharing these precious threads to the wonderful memories of your father...I will savior each one in good time...for now you have left his footprint on my heart;-) Blessings to you @Joel Anderson View more
    Thank you for sharing these precious threads to the wonderful memories of your father...I will savior each one in good time...for now you have left his footprint on my heart;-) Blessings to you @Joel Anderson... Close
    Joel Anderson
    27/02/2017 #2 Joel Anderson
    #1 Thanks @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich your words mean so much. Travel on I will and marvel in the interactions that shape, mold and characterize the lines and treasures along our collective journeys. All my best and thank you again.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    26/02/2017 #1 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    A perfectly painted portrait of Bob Anderson, Joel. I feel honored to make his acquaintance, even in this distant manner.

    It all comes down to the how we interact with our fellow travelers in life, and you had a chance to apprentice with a master. It shines through in every word you write. Your father left his signature character to you, to carry on that priceless legacy of treasuring the interactions of life as the world's most precious resource.
  3. ProducerGraham๐Ÿ Edwards
    Stories from around the fire...
    Stories from around the fire...There is something about an open fire that transcends the dancing flame and the inviting smell; it beckons the memories of countless fires through the ages where people huddled for warmth, safety, a sense of community, and with the invitation for...


    Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    01/03/2017 #5 Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    #3 Thanks for the comment @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams. We would have mixed you a fine martini. I will say "hi" for you.
    Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    01/03/2017 #4 Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    #1 Thanks for your kind words @Sara Jacobovici! Don't forget the open flame... it is mesmerizing.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    21/02/2017 #3 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    "Our life is our story. Make it the best one you can and share it over an open fire ! "

    This story you share with your dad. I just pictured myself sitting there with you guys and listening to all the knowledge being passed down generations after generations.

    Such a warm buzz Thank you @Graham๐Ÿ Edwards Say hi to your dad ๐Ÿค—
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/02/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    @Graham๐Ÿ Edwards writes about "the stories of the past and our histories that transcended the flame."
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/02/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Beautifully written, beautifully told @Graham๐Ÿ Edwards. They do say that the sense of smell and memories are strongly connected. Thanks for sharing both!
  4. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Have I Left My Schizophrenic Teddy Behind?
    Have I Left My Schizophrenic Teddy Behind?Itโ€™s raining umbrellas today and the corridor is suddenly very greyNever been there before so I thought maybe it should be that wayI was expecting it to be creepy but it turns out to be kind of funnyYet I donโ€™t understand how the air has become so...


    rene pontaza
    16/02/2017 #37 rene pontaza
    Thanks good that I have you
    Pascal Derrien
    13/02/2017 #36 Pascal Derrien
    #32 thanks @Cyndi wilkins the ultimate question after all ? :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    13/02/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    #34@Aleta Curry I am not so sure about that one but thanks so much for saying so :-)
    Aleta Curry
    13/02/2017 #34 Aleta Curry
    High schoolers may well be trying to figure out what this means 20 years from now.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    12/02/2017 #33 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    #31 When you're a star, you gotta learn to run with the big boys.
    Cyndi wilkins
    12/02/2017 #32 Cyndi wilkins
    "Where to from here, is it the final pier where you end up your human career?" Excellent question...This one leaves you scratching your head...in a good way;-)
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #31 Pascal Derrien
    #30 thanks @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman practice makes perfect ... oh gosh the pressure :-)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    12/02/2017 #30 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Awesome piece, Pascal. Your writing gets better and better, IMO, as it leaves the reader eagerly waiting for your next post.
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #29 Pascal Derrien
    #28 many thanks @debasish majumder for reading and saying so :-)
    debasish majumder
    12/02/2017 #28 debasish majumder
    lovely share @Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 speaking of education can you stop spamming my thread with comments which have nothing to do with the topic, can you delete them please
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    12/02/2017 #23 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    #21 Slร inte agad-sa @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #18 hmm thanks for reading I cannot ask for anything more :-) @Sara Jacobovici :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #21 Pascal Derrien
    #20 Cheers & sante @Don ๐Ÿ Kerr !!!
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    12/02/2017 #20 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    @Pascal Derrien Would it help if I raised a dram of 'Writers Tears' in your honour? Well done friend.
    Sara Jacobovici
    12/02/2017 #19 Sara Jacobovici
    @Pascal Derrien writes beyond words.
    Sara Jacobovici
    12/02/2017 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    I can not add much to what has already been written @Pascal Derrien. The piece transports me and the music is a seamless attachment. Thanks for sharing your writing.
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #16 @Phil Friedman oh gosh I am not sure it is all.... that :-) but the article seems to have its own dynamic, I actually had not planned to write this at all, it came up yesterday evening. Many thanks for the kind words
    Phil Friedman
    12/02/2017 #16 Phil Friedman
    If you read enough, from time to time, you'll come across a piece that's really striking and which reaches into your being to grab your spirit by the throat. This is one of those times, and this piece by Pascal Derrien does just that. I highly recommend you read it, but not try to decipher it. Instead, accept it at face value. For it will then be what you need it to be, -- which is something that a great piece always is.
    Pascal Derrien
    12/02/2017 #15 Pascal Derrien
    #14 just writing my head away @Paul Walters just writing my head away sir โ˜บ
  5. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Like Reading a Book
    Like Reading a BookThere is a quick way I find out more about a person. I go to their bookshelf or in some cases, their library and look at what they read. A five minute glance around their shelves tells me what they are interested in, curious about, and gives a...


    Claire ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    23/02/2017 #67 Claire ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    I agree @Gert Scholtz that checking out someone's library is very illuminating. @Kevin Pashuk is very right in saying that truly interesting conversations are with people who are avid readers not just watchers of TV etc.
    Claire ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    23/02/2017 #66 Claire ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    #56 I agree @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic that books can open our minds ! I am also running out of shelf space in my cottage!
    Sara Jacobovici
    12/02/2017 #65 Sara Jacobovici
    Just came across this link and thought you might find it of interest @Gert Scholtz. http://www.bbc.co.uk/culture/story/20160819-the-secret-libraries-of-history?ocid=fbcul
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    11/02/2017 #64 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #63 Thank you again, Gert. You are one of the kindest beBee bees. -) I forgot to mention what I am reading now: Entropy-A New World View by Jeremy Rifkin, and Conversations with Goethe by J.P. Eckermann.
    Gert Scholtz
    11/02/2017 #63 Gert Scholtz
    @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic Like you I also like to read books about books, and about writing. Bought or borrowed. Thank you for reading and for your friendly words Lada.
    Gert Scholtz
    11/02/2017 #62 Gert Scholtz
    @Dean Owen Liar's Poker is a classic, especially if like the both of us, one works in the finance sector. I find Wolfe's writing unique in his portrayal of characters and context. Thanks for stopping by Dean.
    Gert Scholtz
    11/02/2017 #61 Gert Scholtz
    @Sandra ๐Ÿ Smith Thank you for the friendly comment Sandra and what a pleasant surprise to find another who likes Disgrace by JM Coetzee.
    Dean Owen
    11/02/2017 #60 Dean Owen
    I didn't like Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire". I just find not many people can write about Wall St unless they have been through it (like Michael Lewis has). But for books in that sphere I highly recommend Liar's Poker, The Predators Ball, Den of Thieves, Flash Boys, Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra. For fiction, I am addicted to Anne Rice.
    Gert Scholtz
    10/02/2017 #59 Gert Scholtz
    #57 @Mohammed Sultan Quite true - one cannot judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes. Better to scan some parts, look at the content pages and read the cover flaps to get and idea of it. And never confuse public relations with family relations :) Thanks Mohammed.
    Sandra ๐Ÿ Smith
    10/02/2017 #58 Sandra ๐Ÿ Smith
    Nice post. I love to read - almost more than anything else! Disgrace is a great book, and thanks for reminding me to reread bonfire of the vanities. I'll take a picture of my shelf and post it on here.
    Mohammed Sultan
    10/02/2017 #57 Mohammed Sultan
    On buying books,the desire to pick up a book with an attractive dust-jacket is irresistible,although this method of selection ought not to be followed ,as you might end up with a dull book and wake up on a call from the bookshop salesperson greeting 'Can I help you sir?we should not take books for granted.it's very easy to enter a shop looking for a book on,say,public relations and to the sudden come out carrying the latest best-selling novel on family relations!
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    10/02/2017 #56 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    Great topic, Gert, and nicely written post! Love to read books but also read about books. I have many books but unfortunately not enough space for shelves. We live in a small apartment and many of my books are stored in the boxes. Therefore I decided several years ago to buy only the necessary technical literature. Other books that interest me I borrow from the library, usually 1-3 books per month. Bought or borrowed, books can open our minds and hearts.
    Gert Scholtz
    10/02/2017 #54 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie @Emilia M. Ludovino @Mohammed Sultan @Kevin Pashuk Thank you for adding to the post with your extensive comments. I appreciate your stopping by. Happy reading!
    Gert Scholtz
    10/02/2017 #53 Gert Scholtz
    #52 @Ian Weinberg Dankie Ian. Ek sal so maak - solank ek nie n met "Freudian slip" lees nie !
    Ian Weinberg
    10/02/2017 #52 Ian Weinberg
    #45 Nee Gert, hy gaan vinnig. Jy moet net a bietjie minder slaap!
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/02/2017 #51 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the tour of your library Gert.

    I fully subscribe to the idea that in order to better know a person, check out their library. All of the truly interesting people I have met in life were readers, who would bring in such wonderful perspectives gleaned from their reading. I can't say I've had the same stimulating conversations with those who only use media (esp. television) to form their worldview.

    I shared some of my library in previous posts, I would hope that more Bees would follow.
    Mohammed Sultan
    10/02/2017 #50 Mohammed Sultan
    Bertrand Russell on his definition of good and bad,better and worse said"A thing is good ,if it's valued for its own sake,and not only for its effects.We take nasty medicines because we hope they will have desirable effects ,but a gouty connoisseur drinks old wine for its own sake ,in spite of possible disagreeable effects.You must do right because it's right ,and not because it's the way to get to heaven .You must save because all sensible people do,and not because you will ultimately secure an income that will enable you to enjoy life."

    Pleasure in not defined by whether to read or not ,but by our ability to differentiate between the means and ends.Thank you @Gert Scholtz for sharing a great article.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    10/02/2017 #49 Emilia M. Ludovino
    "Books transform, mind and heart. Not each and every read. Reading sometimes changes our views, sometimes changes us. Many times we lose ourselves in what we read, only to find a different self. Books fill crevices in the heart and answers questions of the mind. We begin a read and take bits of it in and little by little build ourselves into someone else. A better self sometimes. A more informed self often." - My dear friend @Gert Scholtz this little excerpt is poetry. So beautiful that touch our hearts, without my books I surely wasn't the same person. - Thank you so much for this wonderful reading. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Ken Boddie
    10/02/2017 #48 Ken Boddie
    Read me read my books! I love it, Gert. Like you I have a large collection of books on a variety of subjects but, unlike you, my 'culling' capabilities are poor, except for the odd "How to ...." hurriedly snatched from a charity book sale which I eventually twigged that I would never read. By the way, I would be wary of sniffing books for too long, as the spine glue may 'beam you up', unbeknownst, to a whole new psychedelic world of literature. ๐Ÿ˜
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    10/02/2017 #47 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #39 That is a great way of approaching cultivation of reading. To sit with an author over a longer frame and allow their world to work on me is definitely a different kind of speed. A neither spend hours with a book nor do I spend hours in a gym. It is inspiring to hear the perspective of life-long readers and I look forward to an appreciation of cultivating a different relationship with time and the gifts that arise through engendering a love for reading books.
  6. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Beautifully written, beautifully told.
    Sara Jacobovici
    How to see the Magic in Yourself
    sherryparnell.com โ€œChildren see magic because they look for it.โ€ โ€“Christopher Moore I am a writer not a painter. I would love to dip a paintbrush into a brilliant color, glide the soft bristles across the...


    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    04/02/2017 #1 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    Very beautiful @Sara Jacobovici My sister believes in Magic and acts like a child always.
    Our ability, our potential, our promise.and the Magic in ourselves - Enjoyed the read.
    Thank you for sharing this :)
  7. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Tissues & Issues
    Tissues & IssuesLet me take you on one of my bi-weekly Saturday morning stroll in Dublin City. Every two weeks my daughter and I are heading to town for her French course at the Alliance Franรงaise in Kildare street in Dublin. My other half and I have adopted a...


    Ken Boddie
    03/02/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    #33 If the spoon can stand unaided in the coffee mug then it's perfect. If the spoon can't penetrate the coffee then it's too strong. โ˜•๏ธ
    Pascal Derrien
    03/02/2017 #33 Pascal Derrien
    #29 thanks @Ken Boddie for accompanying me on my week end whereabouts :-) Hope the coffee was not too strong ;-}
    Ken Boddie
    03/02/2017 #32 Ken Boddie
    #31 sure can, Aleta. It's my worst enema.
    Aleta Curry
    03/02/2017 #31 Aleta Curry
    #30 Auto-correct can go straight to he'll! :)
    Ken Boddie
    03/02/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    For 'plug' read 'plunge' ! Out damned autocorrect!
    Ken Boddie
    03/02/2017 #29 Ken Boddie
    An enthralling tale, Pascal, sharing your typical Franco-Irish Saturday and snippets of the world in print, with the tantalising aroma of coffee. And then you plug a dagger of guilt into our souls. I have no issues with your tissues but 'our' unsolved cube of man's inhumanity to man will haunt me until .....
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #27 thank you for taking the time to bring further thoughts to the conversation @Mohammed Sultan :-) I did know about this statue in Paris I will have to check that one out the next time I am there
    Mohammed Sultan
    02/02/2017 #27 Mohammed Sultan
    @Pascal Derrien.I have really moved by your emotional post.God has given us the gift of life and a perfect planet furnished with all the blessings, and let us decide how to live well.Unfortunately,when we puzzled ourselves our tears run as a river.There's things of which we can't speak and there's dreams that can't die.There's thoughts that make the strong heart weak and bring tears into the cheek.We are made of hope and pain,a hope that gives us life when the pain is severe and a life full of pain when the hope disappear.

    Your impressive post reminds me with what's written at the bottom of De mossie'(correct!) Statue in Paris "Nothing makes us great except a great pain-translation."Life trend is always a trend of ups and downs ,some can safely ride it and others have to bend and keep going.
    I always ask myself a question-Are we really governed by a purpose or control it?
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher I would recommend a live mini album ''iTunes festival 2013'' :-), thank you for the kind words as always it's people like you who made writing worthwhile :-)
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    02/02/2017 #25 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Really enjoy your writing style @Pascal Derrien. I remember the days of getting kids here and there, many times my husband and I having to go our separate ways with one or the other child. My kids are 4.5 years apart in age so it made it a bit simpler to be together with them for most of their involvements outside of home and school. As I told Dean, I love to hear stories of other's countries and cultures. You paint a beautiful and very honest picture through your words about your life and culture(s), France- to Ireland! I so love Justin Timberlake lol and I used to think he was too 'pop,' but he is very talented.
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #24 Pascal Derrien
    #22 thank you @Donna-Luisa Eversley a lot of stuff going on in that girl's life :-(
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #23 Pascal Derrien
    #21 thanks @Lisa Vanderburg having spent a lot of time with homeless people in the past I thought I would be equipped to deal with this but got caught literally off guard when I found out she was pregnant and in the street......... hence probably why I gave 20 as opposed to the regular 2 I dropped normally but what is normal really :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/02/2017 #22 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Pascal Derrien very moving story.. Tragedy .Makes me wonder about forgiveness and change. Sometimes we go off track in life, should not mean forgiveness is abolished. But it is quite a real situation highlighted. Like realism of story.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    02/02/2017 #21 Lisa Vanderburg
    A compelling piece of writing @Pascal Derrien that takes the reader along with you from the normalcy of your particular life to the feeling of utter helplessness of this pregnant girl crying in the street. I can feel the wretchedness of her situation and the hopelessness of yours; having to (rightly) leave to pick up your daughter. That awful 'acceptance' of how powerless suffering is.
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #20 Pascal Derrien
    #16 ah thanks @Dean Owen some of the early articles were old enough and probably not very good :-), I like words and articles to a point that 2 years ago I got a diploma in Journalism, PR and Applied Coms I was the only non Irish born in the class :-) Maybe the quality is now acceptable and beBee is good in a sense that I can write about pretty much about anything but I am no writer just a regular guy having fun with no particular agenda that's why it is fun. I thought you were talking about somebody else when I read the comment are you sure it is for this article ? :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #19 Pascal Derrien
    #17 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman many thanks fro showing up on all the articles I put out there, comments and kind thoughts much & truly appreciated :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #18 Pascal Derrien
    #15 @Aleta Curry we call it Dublin Fair City :-)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    02/02/2017 #17 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    My communication of thoughts parallels those of @Dean Owen. When I come across one of your articles, I am determined to find the time to read it. This is five-star, Pascal.
    Dean Owen
    02/02/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    It has been a fascinating journey reading your articles this last year. I am somewhat flabbergasted at how you have honed your craft and mastered the art of writing in a language that is not your native language. I loved the ideas you conveyed in your earlier articles, but they were somewhat confusing. But these last few months you have clearly demonstrated you are one of the best writers here. Oh, and one more thing. I do not share your eclectic taste in music, but perhaps we agree that Justin Timberlake was one of the best artists to come out of Memphis in a long while. His album Future Sex was brill.
    Aleta Curry
    01/02/2017 #15 Aleta Curry
    '...a million stories in the naked city; this is one of them....'
  8. Savvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    My first attempt at translation of a famous Tamil poetry and prayer to English.
    Savvy Raj
    A heartfelt prayer.
    savvyraj.com An ever evolving knowledge Anย  evergreen life An honest friendship An everlasting prosperity An ageless youth A healthy body An ever curious mind An ever-loving spouse A righteous child A life...


    Savvy Raj
    26/01/2017 #8 Savvy Raj
    #7 #7 Yes indeed @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit . And in this dance of the cosmos all exists in the strength of interconnections Sharing a few lines from my recent writing which felt apt here....

    "All exists within us
    Life is matter of energy, thriving in the spirit
    We are material and spiritual at the same time
    Realms and domains are embedded into each other
    Choosing to separate or see the wisdom of oneness is a choice in our hands"
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    25/01/2017 #7 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #5 Differences are either for people who fear differences, or who understand what diversity actually is. In the latter we learn from that which is different from us. Yet idealism and pragmatism is within us, we speak diversity but then we split things into two - and read a list of good and a list of bad, a masculine trait and a feminine trait, a left brain and a right brain - when we fear difference we are tearing our humanity apart, when we love difference, we are cosmos.
    Savvy Raj
    25/01/2017 #6 Savvy Raj
    #3 That is truly nice to know and very encouraging.
    Savvy Raj
    25/01/2017 #5 Savvy Raj
    #4@CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit. I deeply appreciate your comment here and think quite likewise about idealism and pragmatism.Somewhere along the way inspite of the differences, there is scope in the emergence of positive connections between the two. Thank you for your thoughtful reflections .
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    24/01/2017 #4 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    As a spiritual barometer this translation is cool because I am always interested in relating the what is in any given day to an ideal. We will not reach the horizon of the ideal but the guard against idealism is the pragmatic measure that makes practical the existence of an ideal.
    Luiz Henrique Souza .E.
    24/01/2017 #3 Luiz Henrique Souza .E.
    Nice post i translate to the portuguese ;)
    Savvy Raj
    24/01/2017 #2 Savvy Raj
    #1 Thank you Devesh.
    Devesh Bhatt
    24/01/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
  9. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Shadow Boy
    Shadow BoyNot always easy to make new acquaintances when you blow in a hood where you donโ€™t know anybody. Sometimes you get picked on because you have a different accent or because people donโ€™t warm easily to novelty. Now I had become a master at integrating...


    Deb๐Ÿ Lange
    22/01/2017 #43 Deb๐Ÿ Lange
    I sense you are real writer #42 - that is the kind of writing people want today - sensuous, description Ve, earthy, emotional , real!
    Pascal Derrien
    22/01/2017 #42 Pascal Derrien
    #41 Thanks @Deb๐Ÿ Lange indeed but travelled a lot between 18 and 26 including a long spell of time in New York before leaving France and moving to ireland 20 years ago only moved 3 times there and the last time moved from #52 to #42 in the same street :-) Never wrote a book it is for real writers :-)
    Deb๐Ÿ Lange
    21/01/2017 #41 Deb๐Ÿ Lange
    Wow, powerful story, full of the sensuous. have you written a book? Must have been very difficult moving so much. Did you settle in one place as an adult?
    Pascal Derrien
    17/01/2017 #40 Pascal Derrien
    #39 thank you @Bernard Poulin I am pretty humbled by your comments, I am just a regular guy who likes to play with words and it seems this small vignette for some reasons is resonating with people, it says more about the people who made some comments than the post it self I suppose
    Bernard Poulin
    17/01/2017 #39 Bernard Poulin
    There is a serious difference between all the artwork created in the world and "art". Artwork is a thing which says nothing more than that "we made something" - a physical thing, a product. At other times our artwork begins to speak on its own. It reaches out to others and touches and moves them. This is what has happened here: : universal impact. It is a rare 0ccurrence in artwork but is always present in art. Art - that which is transferred from our "insides" to the canvas or paper or stone - and once freed to speak - emerges from the artwork, reaching beyond the creator to speak and share itself with and "give" to others because that is what art does.. Bravo. This is "art". (and I'm not easily brought into the common ordinary fold that considers everything we do art.)
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #38 Pascal Derrien
    Thanks @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams I got into books and music big time after that move to keep me entertained with the other moves to come. It seems you were in great company back then โ˜บ its kind of you sharing that side of your life
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    16/01/2017 #37 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    This story touched me Pascal. Being a child growing up in a military family we moved constantly. I had siblings, 6 in fact and all extroverts, which at times was overwhelming to this introvert. I too was described as a 'loner'. But then I was shuffled around, a lot. I lived with grandparents from ages 2-5, and they moved almost every year, whenever my grandfather moved on to minister a new church. Then I was sent to my Mother when it was time to start school. I turned to books and became a bookworm, always reading, because to be quite honest; I always felt like the outsider around my mother and siblings. As I look back now I realize my friends were Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laura Ingells Wilder and so many other characters...
    These memories stay with out, become part of us, and as I always started my stories; we are all our histories.
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #36 Pascal Derrien
    #32 thanks SO much for sharing that poem @Kevin Pashuk :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    #33 Many thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli it doesn resonate indeed the shadow is now behind you :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #34 Pascal Derrien
    #31 ah thanks @Dean Owen sometimes I manage to come up with something decent...... cheers and enjoy the film :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    16/01/2017 #33 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    With my shadow for company, I stand resolute in the Sun; scared of only the clouds, that make my shadow run! ...and that thought just occured as I read thru your gripping post Pascal. Does it resonate? But I can relate...I can relate...
    Kevin Pashuk
    16/01/2017 #32 Kevin Pashuk
    Love the picture, and the story @Pascal Derrien. I can identify with the multiple moves as a kid. My father was transferred to new communities on a fairly regular basis.

    Your story awoke a memory of a poem that was in a school book from when I was in early grades at school. I only remember the first line, but thanks to Google, it turns out it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and is quite germane to your post.

    My Shadow
    I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
    And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
    He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
    And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

    The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to growโ€”
    Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
    For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
    And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

    He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
    And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
    He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
    I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

    One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
    I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
    But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
    Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
    Dean Owen
    16/01/2017 #31 Dean Owen
    Once in a while I see a movie that I love so much, I watch it again the next day. This happens very rarely for me with articles, but this one is certainly one I will read again, and soon....
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #30 Pascal Derrien
    #29 thanks @Harvey Loyd , one to the emotional stop on the journey indeed :-)
    Harvey Lloyd
    16/01/2017 #29 Harvey Lloyd
    What a journey and your writing of it was absorbing. Thanks for the walk @Pascal Derrien.
    Bernard Poulin
    16/01/2017 #28 Bernard Poulin
    #27 Ah, real writers, "c'est quoi?" So many call themselves artists and you don't - Kudos to you for being humble rather than bombastic like so many who have much less to offer. I still say this "series" would be fun to visit and take in. All the best.
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #27 Pascal Derrien
    #25 thanks @Bernard Poulin there are few others in that vein under my beBee producer profile but there are greater articles from real writers spread out thru different hives :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    16/01/2017 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #24 many thanks @Paul Burge you are very good to me :-)
    Bernard Poulin
    16/01/2017 #25 Bernard Poulin
    Now, That is intriguing! Would love to see a complete exhibition of like-created works.
    Paul Burge
    16/01/2017 #24 Paul Burge
    Always look forward to reading a new producer from you @Pascal Derrien. Thanks for sharing :)
  10. ProducerAlban JARRY

    Alban JARRY

    The Little Prince sheds light on social networks
    The Little Prince sheds light on social networks From solitude in the middle of the desert, in his meeting with Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupรฉry took us on his journey, when a plane crashed in the middle of the Sahara. This discovery of new beings happens to all of us when we are immersed...


    John White, MBA
    10/01/2017 #14 John White, MBA
    @Alban JARRY: thanks for writing such a buzzworthy piece. The beBee social media team has shared it in various accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Buzz on!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    10/01/2017 #13 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #12 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher absolutely ! Deeper connections through sharing passions or/and respecting others, lead to deeper friendships and/or better professional relatioships ! We are humans and we do business with thouse we prefer or we share anything else.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    10/01/2017 #12 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    What a great inference you drew with the story about the little prince and Social Media @Alban JARRY. This stood out, "From the imagery of this author so many situations arise that seem so real in todayโ€™s world that the Little Prince undoubtedly gives us the keys to better discover others and deepen our introspection." That is one of the beautiful wonders of utilizing social media , deeper introspection by means of learning from others, respect of others and passions or goals we may share which can lead to professional relationships and/or deep friendships as well. Patience is a virtue. This story could be descriptive of beBee and its philosophies too! Cc: @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee @Milos Djukic @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Froilรกn Pรฉrez
    10/01/2017 #11 Froilรกn Pรฉrez
    #1 thank you for the reminder that I need to read it soon!
    Devesh Bhatt
    10/01/2017 #10 Devesh Bhatt
    Milos Djukic
    09/01/2017 #8 Anonymous
    #2 Thanks a lot @Aurorasa Sima :)
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/01/2017 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    "From solitude in the middle of the desert, in his meeting with Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupรฉry took us on his journey..." So begins @Alban JARRY's message to us, so beautifully communicated.
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/01/2017 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    I am grateful to be able to see social network anew through your eyes @Alban JARRY. Thank you for a beautifully written post.
    Milos Djukic
    09/01/2017 #5 Anonymous
    Great one @Alban JARRY.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    09/01/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    Well this approach touches my heart. Beautiful article. Thank you @Alban JARRY
    Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/01/2017 #3 Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    I absolutely loved this post!

    Incredibly insightful themes:
    - Taming the social fox;
    - Budding relationships beyond our neighbors;
    - geographers of the eccentric.

    "It is these unexpected discoveries that await the user at the bend of these crossroads proposed by the the giant social networks. They let the imagination roam while offering reality at every moment."

    Merci, M @Alban JARRY, pour un reseau de connection, tout pres.
  11. ProducerJim ๐Ÿ Cody
    Parents Live Forever Only in Our Heart โค๏ธ
    Parents Live Forever Only in Our Heart โค๏ธ Losing my parents to old age makes me realize that I'm getting older and one day may face the consequences of living in a retirement or nursing home.I visited my Mom this past weekend. She will celebrate her 92nd birthday next week. My dad passed...


    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    07/01/2017 #19 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    #18 God Bless you too and thank you.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    07/01/2017 #18 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #17 @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl I agree. No offense taken. No worries. God Bless.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    07/01/2017 #17 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    #14 Jim, I concur totally. My mom also wants to be in a place now. She changed her mind. There will always be a margin of error and there will always be a need for homes. Which means there will always be a need to be mindful of how we and our parents and children plan for the future. I hope you don't think I directed my comments at you sir. I was just giving people who may be looking into finding a home some perspective.

    Lots of things have evolved in home health care since I was a striper. I worked for the first charting software company. My job was a beta tester and I installed the networks for home health agencies and county health departments for this software. I had to train the staff and travel in a five state area. Things have evolved in that arena as well. One thing is the way they train nurses and aides is much better. I hope we continue to evolve in the compassionate care approach. I love the fact that they require background checks now. They should also require psych evals. but not until the evals evolve. There are some ways you can test an environment before placing your loved ones there. Look for how the staff is treated and if it is a team environment. The less ego the better.

    When I think back at how hospitals/institutions were in the 70's vs now... we've come a long way baby! Still much room for improvement. MN has been sited for some horrible things. Oregon too. We need to stop putting violent people who should be in a secure facility in with vulnerable adults. Another thing to consider. Some people don't have a choice. But for those who do, these are some of the things to consider.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    07/01/2017 #16 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #11 @Vincent Andrew You are such a great son. God bless you and your Mom.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    07/01/2017 #15 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #10 Many thanks @Donna-Luisa Eversley Happy New Year!
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    07/01/2017 #14 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #9 @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl I agree, There's no place like home but unfortunately under some circumstances it's for the betterment of those involved. However my mom lives in a great place and she has excellent care and many grandchildren and great grandchildren who visit her often.
    She actually requested to be placed there and has a peace of mind knowing that she will be taken care of.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    07/01/2017 #13 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #3 @Julie Hickman I agree, immortality lives in the โค๏ธ.
    My Dad and Grand parents are still alive within my โค๏ธ
    debasish majumder
    07/01/2017 #12 debasish majumder
    wonderful insight @Jim Cody! enjoyed read immensely of this extremely relevant value based post. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Vincent Andrew
    07/01/2017 #11 Vincent Andrew
    I visit my mum once a week on a Sunday after church. She loves to meet her grandkids. She loves to cook for them and tells them stories. She is a wonderful woman. I am grateful for her and thank God for her. Tomorrow I'll be meeting her and as always I will kiss her on the head as a way to say my thanks and my love.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    06/01/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Thank you for this @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody...A very big message.. Happy New year..
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    06/01/2017 #9 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    Recently I worked in a place where I can tell they missed their family so much. I would over hear them speak about how their children do not even visit them. This home had a mixture of independent living, assisted living and memory care. One gal that worked there had the nerve to call them vultures after the guy from the food shelf brought in some goodies for them. That women was also my shift lead in the dinner. She mocked and harassed here coworkers. I finally walked out because of her. Too much nepotism in that place.

    The system is NO SURROGATE for family! But if you must choose one, choose one that does not have a huge attrition rate on staffing. That is a big red flag. No, it's not because it's the kind of work it's because it's a toxic corporate culture. People with a heart refuse to stay working for places that are not caring for people properly.

    Another place, the smell of ammonia was so bad... Day care providers would never get away with not changing... ok... I've said enough.

    It's cheaper to build them a tiny home and bring in people anyway.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    06/01/2017 #8 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    I have worked in a couple and I would say in a nut shell THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Thank God they are requiring back ground checks now. I remember my mother making me promise her that she would never be sent to one. When I was a candy striper, I lost my favorite gal one night when someone else was charged with feeding her. She choked to death. I was not mature enough to handle it then and I ended up leaving my job because of it. I was just a teenager. I also remember they charged me with one gal that was three times my size and I actually had a near miss of a catastrophe getting her on the potty. Then there was Ms. Presley, yes, that Presley. Elvis' Aunt. A fisty one with all the spunk. But she was not being well taken care of either. She was not on my rounds but I loved to talk to her. My favorite was the WWI vet. He would take me to battles and sometimes tell me to duck for incoming. I love them all so much. My favorite was when the ladies would do a strip show for the men and the men would get all excited and I would have to watch the staff try to tell them they cannot do that sort of thing. I would just giggle at how much fun they had driving the staff mad. lol
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    06/01/2017 #7 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #3 we must because live is so short. Makers h moment precious.
    Gert Scholtz
    06/01/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody Visiting my mother recently I realised anew how fragile life becomes at an old age. Her mind is as sharp as ever, she reads a book a week, walks and gardens every day and still has a good circle of friends - yet we know her remaining time with us is becoming less. Thanks Jim for this poignant reminder to "Visit your parents often and say I love you. It just may be your last one."
    Pascal Derrien
    06/01/2017 #5 Pascal Derrien
    straight fom the heart that one @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody :-)
    Paul Walters
    06/01/2017 #4 Paul Walters
    @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody Interesting Jim. My wife is a lecturer in cross cultural studies and teaches at various universities in Australia. On aging parents Indonesians are mortified at the thought of placing them in care when they are in their dotage. The culture here is for children to share the duties of caring for parents at home unlike we in the west who often 'dump' mum and dad into places with terrible names like "golden meadows or Tranquil Gardens " Life is a bit cruel is it not when we come full circle and become totally dependent .... it sucks really!
    Julie Hickman
    06/01/2017 #3 Julie Hickman
    I agree that you have to take each and every opportunity to tell parents that you love and appreciate them for all that they gave you. By truly loving someone, you make them immortal.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    06/01/2017 #2 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #1 How true they will forever remain in our heart โค๏ธ
    Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    06/01/2017 #1 Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    It's true, they never die if we remember them.
  12. 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!"ย 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 ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    24/01/2017 #8 Lisa ๐Ÿ 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;-)
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    24/01/2017 #6 Max๐Ÿ 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, @Max๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ 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.
  13. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Great comment by @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit to a great story by @Lisa Vanderburg: "This is good and I would think even more exhilarating performed as a monologue direct to the grandmother 'Granny Grim'. Beyond the woven language, this really brought home the beauty of memorable characters. In the homogenized existence of the cultural fabric of modern media, we look for personality drawn in medium that do exist in our own environs. What we have not learned to do is capture the richness of detail of the most unique personalities either known to us, or we have known - or even that exist in our imaginative flow of storytelling.

    The staged play is already made in the oven of art, and we can pay the admission price to that which is shared to all - but there is great dimension in the stories that are most personal to us - and great credit to those who have noticed life playing out like this in their own life. It means we noticed the living, we utilized that which nature equipped our own faculties, and in that exists the kind of originality that we may not find with a public admission ticket. I know that @Sara Jacobovici is a Trekkie, so she will enjoy this well beyond the Spock tribute. I enjoyed the DNA in this story - well beyond anything replicate and exponentially personal from the mind of a skilled storyteller."
    Sara Jacobovici
    T'was the last night of the old year; a tale of nether-worlds
    www.bebee.com I hold the concept of joyous abandon of all rationality towards New Year's Eve with some foreboding - arm's length on the end of a pike would...


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    01/01/2017 #3 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #2 Thank you for creating a home for that thought. We are blessed most when we have the peace to think and such are the beginnings and transitions which represent the joint freshness of each others spiritual energies.
    Sara Jacobovici
    01/01/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 An important "comment" from beginning to end, @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    01/01/2017 #1 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    I love the hive name "Only Humans Tell Stories". This is where I distinguish stories from dance. So many life forms dance and as animals evolve they become more tribal, but at the part where the tribal can relate stories, from this point there is this uniqueness we refer to as humanity. This is the point where evolution takes us into the human.

    Animals also make machines and the Spiders Web is an incredible piece of machinery. Our tribal nature may identity with machines but again how we evolve as a human being is recognizing what in the creation of advanced machines allows us to be more human.

    The capacity of our humanity is a pure unadulterated appreciation of life and the gifts of nature, and our evolution into becoming human beings. We can appreciate our animal being, we can appreciate the being of machine but it is the whole which we are a part of which defines our humanity and not the destruction of that wholeness.

    Storytelling is not necessarily a human act, for our tribal behaviour can use stories for nefarious intent - but at the level of being a human being, this gift of storytelling is ours to advance humanity or waste and in this regard nature has the final say whether humanity evolves or is just another piece of evolution, in a planet that has a beginning and an end.

    Maybe the end point of our intelligence is to send out life-giving properties into the universe, that become the ingredients to new planets, but time is so huge in scale, we can focus on the story of humanity as it is now, without any worry or tribal stories about the end of time. If humans only tell stories then this is a living pathway to our collective humanity.
  14. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

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


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    18/12/2016 #3 CityVP ๐Ÿ 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! : )
  15. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    Alon Cassuto's story is worth reading.
    Sara Jacobovici
    A Story Worth Telling... Why leaders need to share stories.
    www.linkedin.com When I was eleven years old, I flew alone from Tel Aviv to Rome to spend the summer with my grandparents. My grandfather drove for three hours from our family home in Tuscany to pick me up. He...
  16. 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...
  17. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    "...sifting through wreckage of her childhood, and using her creativity to help her channel the hurt and the pain." Bravo to Sheri Heller and all!
    Sara Jacobovici
    Remembrances of My Lost Mother
  18. Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy

    Bert Purdy
    2 Tips for Writing LinkedIn Posts that People Will Like (and Share)
    www.inc.com Want to write LinkedIn posts that people actually read--and share? This is what one LinkedIn Influencer suggests you...


    Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    01/12/2016 #1 Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    Great tips, not just for LinkedIn.
    Find your value to the world and focus on it. Then tell your story.
  19. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    A Short Story
    A Short StoryMy father had to deal with โ€œbeing let goโ€ in 1965. I had to deal with โ€œbeing let goโ€ in 2001. The corporate culture may have looked different but it is only a variation on the same theme; losing your job. In todayโ€™s corporate culture, the system...


    Sara Jacobovici
    06/12/2016 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    #16 Thank you for contributing your important insight @Aaron Skogen.
    Sara Jacobovici
    06/12/2016 #17 Sara Jacobovici
    #15 Thank you @Mohammed Sultan for your contribution. I would like to highlight 2 points you make: 1. Investing; "Beside investing in saving money, people should also think of investing in their emotional life...They should invest in something that makes them feel good about selves and make them ready for work." And 2. "dignity". We can't always depend on others to be treated with dignity but you remind us that dignity needs to start from ourselves. In this way, we posses it and so our dignity can't be taken away by someone else.
    Aaron Skogen
    05/12/2016 #16 Aaron Skogen
    Enjoyed this @Sara Jacobovici. Far too often people allow their "job" to define their "person". An easy trap to fall into, yet one we are all better off avoiding. Jobs are commodities, lives are not! Great read.
    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #15 Mohammed Sultan
    @ Sara Jacobovici.It's a creative short story on short-life work.Two messages behind your story,one for the employers who don't care about the loss of the professional dignity of their employees and the second for the employees who lost their jobs because of the early retirement.To the employers I would say; before you push people to early retirement,you should think of how to ensure that they get retired with dignity by reaping the benefits of their short- life work.And for the employees the message is; how they can accumulate the remains of their personal dignity by thinking of savings.Savings will be a crucial investment in what's remained and help a rapid bounce back from the shock of the early retirement. Beside investing in saving money,people should also think of investing in their emotional life by seeking self-renewal and social support;why not they devote their free time to something better than merely resort to their comfort zone,where the monster of early retirement ever grow.They should invest in something that makes them feel good about selves and make them ready for work.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/12/2016 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    #13 So glad you shared your story @Alan Culler. Sounds like you ended up just where you needed to be! Thank you also for your kind and generous words. Much appreciated.
    Alan Culler
    05/12/2016 #13 Alan Culler
    What a poignant story @Sara Jacobovici you have certainly captured all the emotions that are intertwined between work and self worth. I was fired once -it turned out to be one of the best events of my life -another door and a much more exciting one opened -I also quit and left the same day -tantamount to getting fired -which also turned out well. These taught me -I will survive. I work for myself now so on alternative days I have the worst boss ever and the best boss ever. My self is still too wrapped up in what I do, but at least every other day I get to do it for the best boss ever.
    Thanks for sharing this story you have a gift at capturing emotion in a few lines. Keep writing. And thank you.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/12/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    #11 Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #11 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Great story @Sara Jacobovici. I think so many people do intertwine their work identity with their personal identity. I remember when I was new to the town I live in so many women would ask me "what I do for a living or what my husband did for a living?" I found that question to be so shallow. I joined women's groups and one in particular- a mom's club was so snobby and I was asked that question more than often than "how are you, it's nice to meet you.' Because I was new here I felt I had nothing to lose when I was asked for the umpteenth time where my husband worked- I replied, "He's a garbage man." The look on the woman's face was priceless. Not that there is anything wrong with being a garbage collector but in their minds it was a lowly job. I never went back to another club meeting after that day. There is so much more to a person than their title. Losing a job is never easy and harder for some depending on their age, so having a network of friends who care about 'you, the person,' is so vital.
    Sara Jacobovici
    01/12/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #9 Powerful questions @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich. Powerful statement, "Because we will never be let go from being who we are." Thanks
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    30/11/2016 #9 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    A short story about lifelong questions. Are we investing our time in meaningful ways? Are we reflecting our own value? Are we satisfied with how we contribute?

    Because we will never be let go from being who we are.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/11/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 Popular or not, you bring up an important point @Pascal Derrien; we can't emotionally afford to invest our identity in the work place. Thanks for contributing to this discussion.
    Pascal Derrien
    30/11/2016 #7 Pascal Derrien
    Good stuff all round I know it is not popular but one should build the right emotional distance between work and self I see so many people getting the tatooooo and getting upset when the tattoo company don't want them any more :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    29/11/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Much appreciated @Harvey Lloyd. Thank you.
    Harvey Lloyd
    29/11/2016 #5 Harvey Lloyd
    Great story thanks for the post @Sara Jacobovici. These times cause us to reflect on our value to others. Your reflections captured those moments.
    Paul Burge
    29/11/2016 #4 Paul Burge
    #2 You're welcome, I enjoyed reading it. :)
    Sara Jacobovici
    29/11/2016 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Sounds like good medicine @Mohammed A. Jawad. Thanks for your comment.
    Sara Jacobovici
    29/11/2016 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    Thanks for the share @Paul Burge. Much appreciated.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    29/11/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Rejection, failure and loss makes a person dull..all like ready to drag a person in deep depressions. At such times, a solid dose of perseverance and good memories of past can give a person a sense of contentment and gratitude.
  20. 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 ๐Ÿ Williams
    01/12/2016 #47 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    Diana Ross! Ya gotta love her! #44
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #46 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #32 @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams thank you for all the emojis ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽถ
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #45 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #30 @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams..very happy it resonates with you. I appreciate your comments my friend ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‡
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #44 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #29 @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams..I also love @Ken Boddie comment...but you gave me the song of the evening ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—
    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 ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜
    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 ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
    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 ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    29/11/2016 #39 Lisa ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜ ...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 ๐Ÿ Gallagher..
    ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Thankfully some of us are on Facebook or I would have been in a desert. ๐Ÿ˜‚..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 @Franci๐Ÿ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 ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž... I will have a spoonful of courage each morning with my coffee ๐Ÿ˜Š I appreciate you my friend ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #35 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #17 @Max๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰..thank you for your beautiful supportive words ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป
    Pascal Derrien
    29/11/2016 #34 Pascal Derrien
    turn the volume up, close your eyes and sing....

    keep on keeping on
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    29/11/2016 #32 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    beBee is alive with the sound of Donna's music ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ“ฏ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ”Š๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽตโ™ฉ๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ•ช
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    29/11/2016 #31 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #1 Aww โ™ก@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.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    29/11/2016 #30 Pamela ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ Williams
    29/11/2016 #29 Pamela ๐Ÿ 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
  21. ProducerSarah Elkins

    Sarah Elkins

    The Spectrum of Humanity
    The Spectrum of HumanityWhat do Jews think about Jesus?He asked me as innocently as a college freshman at a small, Jesuit school could ask. It caught me a little off guard.What do ALL Jews think of Jesus?It was puzzling to me that he would think ALL people of any...


    Sarah Elkins
    20/12/2016 #32 Sarah Elkins
    #31 Thanks, @Paul Walters, appreciate the comment!
    Paul Walters
    19/12/2016 #31 Paul Walters
    @Sarah Elkins Loved this piece....thank you
    Sarah Elkins
    28/11/2016 #30 Sarah Elkins
    #17 You hit the nail on the head, @Sara Jacobovici, I'd be willing to say that the vast majority of hate is based in fear. And thank you for that wonderful share and comment. I love our spectrum of humanity. Even the people who are horrible to me teach me something!
    Sarah Elkins
    28/11/2016 #29 Sarah Elkins
    #19 Unfortunately, @Ali Anani, that doesn't surprise me at all. I have similar stories from early in my time here in Montana, and from my travel experiences. What you say here is exactly right, we must connect one-to-one to change the dynamic. And it helps to be a good ambassador for our people, speaking and educating rather than being insulted and defensive.
    Sarah Elkins
    28/11/2016 #28 Sarah Elkins
    #23 Thank you, @Alan Culler, I appreciate that comment!
    Sarah Elkins
    28/11/2016 #27 Sarah Elkins
    #25 Oh dear, @Nicole Chardenet, I know exactly what you're talking about in terms of it being hard to forgive the chronically and willfully stupid. I call it willful ignorance and have a really hard time with it myself. The reason I've been able to look past that issue with some people is that I realize that without talking about it, without having that dialog, the people who voted without the intention of exacerbating hate, fear, and bigotry, we are truly lost. Those who were more intentional with their votes are a lost cause.

    I agree that asking what Jews think about Jesus is a totally fair question, it's the way he asked, as if all Jews would believe the same thing about Jesus. Many Jews fall into the category your mother described, and many do not. Just like some Jews keep kosher, others do not. The best question that is consistently asked by the students I encounter each year is this: "What makes the Jewish belief so different from the Christian belief." And my answer is that practicing Jews are still waiting for the Messiah, while Christians believe he has already been here. (Notice I said "practicing" Jews, as opposed to all Jews.)

    Thanks for that great comment, it made me clarify why I responded that way to the student's question.
    Sarah Elkins
    28/11/2016 #26 Sarah Elkins
    #10 So true, @Kevin Pashuk, and that loss of our humanity begins with fear. Thanks for the comment.
    Nicole Chardenet
    28/11/2016 #25 Nicole Chardenet
    Asking what Jews think about Jesus is a fair enough assessment. It could be interpreted as perhaps the 'party line', with or without a Pope or other centralized figure. When I was a kid, growing up in a Christian family, my mother said that Jews believed Jesus existed but wasn't a Saviour, but that he was a great teacher. I actually cleave toward that view more myself now, rather than the Christian one...but then again, I haven't been Christian in many years.

    As for not judging people en masse, easier said than done sometimes. I find myself struggling with the anger at people who elected a total asshat for world leader and put the rest of us in danger as well. That's not judging someone on biology; that's judging them on their unwillingness to take a real look at what they were voting for. It was eye-opening going to the States for Thanksgiving; it because quite clear that it wasn't just uneducated, chronically unemployed rednecks who hadn't been paying attention during the election campaign.

    Harder to forgive, sometimes, the chronically and wilfully stupid.
    Alan Culler
    27/11/2016 #23 Alan Culler
    @SarahElkins - an amazing post and video thanks so much for sharing.
    debasish majumder
    27/11/2016 #22 debasish majumder
    Great post with incisive amplification about humanity! enjoyed read. thank you madam @Sarah Elkins for this amazing share.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    27/11/2016 #21 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    That's the second time I watched that video @Sarah Elkins and it still brings tears to my eyes. If only... most people would realize we are all connected in one way or another, we'd have a more humane world. We are humans, we are not our religion or our designated ethnicity. One day I hope that prejudice and biases end... that's my hope! It sure will be a better world when that time comes. I wish it would happen in my lifetime.
    Ali Anani
    27/11/2016 #20 Ali Anani
    #17 @Sara Jacobovici- thank you for alerting me to this buzz and your shared video. It is fantastic. I wish you good progress with the loop.I am sure some great thoughts shall emerge.
    Ali Anani
    27/11/2016 #19 Ali Anani
    @Sarah Elkins- I experienced what you experienced when I first went to the UK to do my PhD. As an Arab I was mocked. It took me three months before people accepted me as a non-conforming Arab to what impressions they had about Arabs. People tend to generalize and extend their conclusions linearly. I agree with your post. I find your writing "When we paint an entire community with the same, broad brush, we miss incredible opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make connections with each other. The only way to heal our fractured communities is to care about each individual we interact with, and avoid making assumptions". I believe this is the only way.
    Mind you when my elder brother went to study his undergraduate studies in the USA he was asked to show "his tail". Some students believed that Arabs have tails. It is true. However; it is our actions that may change those impressions as my brother and I did.
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/11/2016 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    Another work of art produced by an artist story teller @Sarah Elkins. Beautifully written, beautifully told.
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/11/2016 #17 Sara Jacobovici
    Another work of art produced by an artist story teller @Sarah Elkins. Beautifully written, beautifully told. Thank you Sarah. You write, "The spectrum of humanity is always my first priority." Agreed. I find beauty in the spectrum. Although I am always moved when I hear John Lennon's Imagine, it's the idea of hope that moves me. I don't want a world where we are all the same. Our challenge is to allow the differences to enable us to grow as humans, not to negate us. You write, "When we paint an entire community with the same, broad brush, we miss incredible opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make connections with each other." 100%! I regret to say that that brush is dipped in fear; for some reason we are made to feel that differences are a threat. It's individual behaviors, both verbal and non-verbal, which hold the potential of threat, not our differences.

    @Ali Anani and I spent some time last evening (our time) in a synchronicity loop. I open up your buzz this morning and feel like I have fallen right back into that loop. You write, "The students laughed uncomfortably. I explained why that story was important in our discussion". I have recently shared the following video which I think greatly supports your invaluable message. Thanks again Sarah.https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspr
    Sarah Elkins
    26/11/2016 #16 Sarah Elkins
    #8 @Dean Owen, thank you for the comment. When I notice an immediate response to a person, I dig in to figure out whether it's truly intuition or bias. You're so right, it's human to make a snap judgment - and being introspective about those snap judgments helps us grow as humans.
    Sarah Elkins
    26/11/2016 #15 Sarah Elkins
    #6 Thank you, @Irene Hackett, for the comment and for sharing!
    Mohammed Sultan
    25/11/2016 #14 Mohammed Sultan
    Very impressive @Sarah Elkins.God gave us the gift of life and honored us as humans and let us decide how to live well.Only wise people regardless of their religious devotion know well that a life is worth living when we live it for him.There's only one fact ,but can be interpreted in different ways and different manners because we each receive different "Light" from the same source.Because we receive the same message differently ,we have different and enduring cultures,not related to our DNA but to the paths we chose.Everyone has his own light and his own path and can see and think best within this context.
    Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    25/11/2016 #13 Jared Wiese, ๐Ÿ adding VALUE & RESULTS
    The Spectrum of Humanity @sarahelkins "Are you able to truly judge ALL Americans based on.. handful of experiences?" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sarah-elkins/the-spectrum-of-humanity
  22. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    A great story teller telling a great story. A must hear, especially for the beBee community.
    Sara Jacobovici
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk | TED.com
    www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a...


    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    25/11/2016 #6 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I have read her novel "Americanah" and it is a fascinating look into the disconnect that Africans feel as they confront African-American culture.

    I would also love to urge anyone who has found themselves equating internet scammers with Nigerian princes to watch this talk - it is a damaging stereotype.

    And to tell a personal story, I have to credit books with the fact that my freshmen year African roommate, who was from Ghana, did not have to bunk with someone who had no African stories of real people.

    I want to challenge us all, let's ask people about their stories, rather than make generalized assumptions.
    Ali Anani
    25/11/2016 #5 Ali Anani
    #4 Thank you for sharing it and providing this splendid comment @Sara Jacobovici. It is a great and inspiring video
    Sara Jacobovici
    25/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    @Harvey Lloyd wrote:

    "This video really does share the forest of human existence so well.

    The forest is full of many trees and each tells us a story. In today's narrative, it would appear, we overlook many trees of the human existence. We seek out those trees that offer us a dramatic, emotional view rather than the typical.

    The 80/20 rule is alive and well. The 20 describes the 80. A biased story or narrative that ensnares our imagination."
    Tony ๐Ÿ Rossi
    25/11/2016 #3 Tony ๐Ÿ Rossi
    Yes, @Sara Jacobovici - this is perfectly poignant for our community, and such a wonderful message for the world to hear! :-)
    Ali Anani
    25/11/2016 #2 Ali Anani
    Great and thank you my friend @Harvey Lloyd for tagging me. I am going to watch now.
    I have just published a buzz dedicated to you. I hope it is worthy. I strongly invite dear @Sara Jacobovici to read as I belive it shall help her with further developing the movement equation.
    Harvey Lloyd
    25/11/2016 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    @Ali Anani this video shared by @Sara Jacobovici really does share the forest of human existence so well i wanted to tag you.

    The forest is full of many trees and each tells us a story. In today's narrative, it would appear, we overlook many trees of the human existence. We seek out those trees that offer us a dramatic, emotional view rather than the typical.

    The 80/20 rule is alive and well. The 20 describes the 80. A biased story or narrative that ensnares our imagination.

    I enjoyed this talk and sense it is relevant even within America.
  23. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    As a confessed bookaholic I loved seeing this. Enjoy!
    Sara Jacobovici
    Ten of the worldโ€™s most beautiful bookshops
    www.bbc.com From an Argentinian theatre and a Dutch church to an underground car park in China, BBC Culture picks the loveliest bookstores around the...
  24. 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......
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    17/11/2016 #11 ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    17/11/2016 #7 Deb ๐Ÿ 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 @๐Ÿ 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.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    17/11/2016 #3 ๐Ÿ 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 moralityโ€ฆ..wrestled in our minds
    alongside projections of whatโ€™s wrong and whatโ€™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 ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— 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 threadlikeโ€ฆ..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
  25. 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!
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    23/02/2017 #22 Max๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ 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 ๐Ÿ Manjit
    14/11/2016 #20 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #18 Virag, this is what Naharin is quoted as saying about fear :

    [ ..." I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve gotten rid of my fear. Iโ€™m actually aware of the fear. Sometimes I enjoy being afraid. Itโ€™s less a matter of getting rid of the fear and more a matter of knowing that itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ Manjit
    13/11/2016 #14 CityVP ๐Ÿ 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.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    13/11/2016 #11 Franci๐Ÿ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 ๐Ÿ Grandy
    13/11/2016 #5 Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    Thanks for sharing @Virag Gulyas. Congratulations on setting yourself free! Never lose the song in your heart.
    Mamen ๐Ÿ Delgado
    13/11/2016 #4 Mamen ๐Ÿ 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!! ๐Ÿ’
    Andrew ๐Ÿ Goldman
    13/11/2016 #3 Andrew ๐Ÿ 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!
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