- ProducerThe Heart Of The Universe. The heart was beating. Mysteriously. Divine rhythm. Something was going to happen. The air changed. The trees felt it. The clouds were ready. The stars danced. The moon smiled. The screenplay, written by the universe itself, was moving. Like a paper...
Comments25/05/2017 #4 Sara JacoboviciOnce I started to read @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.'s story, I found myself swept along with the words all the way to the end.25/05/2017 #3 Sara JacoboviciBravo @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! A perfectly woven piece of a beautifull fabric of life. I understand why you added the quote but I think your words stand on their own.25/05/2017 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#1 and you are such an adorable lady @Joanne Gardocki thank you!25/05/2017 #1 Joanne GardockiI do so love your writing, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. You write from the open heart and touch the soul.
- Producer23/05/2017Flash Backs On An Ordinary Tuesday MorningA few days ago on a sunny albeit windy Irish morning, I noticed that the sun was very high and the sky clear. If I am correct there was also a touch of humidity in the air that day, was it the weather or a particular Tuesday mood that triggered it...
Comments24/05/2017 #39 Aaron 🐝 SkogenJust another Tuesday eh, @Pascal Derrien. I'm sorry I missed this yesterday, but that is in the past and I'm typing in the present. Amazing how a seemingly "routine" event can trigger a response AND a memory! I enjoyed your mash-up of the two together and hearing the Menzingers again (it's been awhile)!24/05/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsLove it @Pascal Derrienpasca I just enjoy reading the way you write and you take me there with you like a time travel to the past and the experience is simply awesome to me. Merci becoup for this beautiful flashback. If I may on behalf of the bees. We all like the past and present you the future you does not hold a big questionmark to me🙂🙂🙂🙂🤗🤗🤗👍👍👍👍24/05/2017 #35 Harvey Lloyd#20 I get the layer thing it's really the algorithm that is crazy. Consciously i want a hamburger with extra pickles, my subconscious sends me a hotdog with a flat tire on the side. My early studies of the dewey decimal system were not totally correlated into the subconscious. So the book i need requires several orders. Frontal lobe meal time as served by the subconscious is a very delightful time of mystery and intrigue.24/05/2017 #32 Harvey Lloyd#26 The thanks goes to you. I enjoy your posts as i can identify with your brain wave musings. I'm not sure that is a good thing, none the less i sense we have walked through similar landscapes through out our lives. I only wish i could write as well as you, and lay out the landscapes.24/05/2017 #27 Sara JacoboviciThanks for sharing @Pascal Derrien. A privilege to witness and an opportunity to experience. Maybe it is the summer, but I, too, am finding myself writing less and thinking and remembering more. So, I am putting it all together and am writing my "oeuvre" on Identity. I pre-acknowledge you for the inspiration Pascal, thank you. And, as always, great music pairing! Have a great Wednesday!24/05/2017 #25 Harvey LloydYou explained my brain well with the randomness of consciousness. My chemical of choice that kicks this off is adrenaline. Your parking lot dance with mouthpiece would have triggered the Alice and Wonderland adventure for me. Great story line and journey through the synaptic pathways of unconnected thoughts.
- Producer22/05/2017Travelling in WritingTravel writers travel twice. This I am finding. Recently I have started blogging on some of my sojourns and journeys. A sparse collection of seven travel posts in which I discover writing about journeys is a kind of a trip in itself. Visiting...
Comments24/05/2017 #43 Yogesh SukalI totally agree. Just commented on one of travel buzz of @Paul Walters , the quote for travel writer.
As exploration is in our genes since the origin of human kind, so what can be done to know about new places in the world --> read travel story.
Inspired travel writer is a dream seeder.
Quote for every travel writer out there :)
Thank you for the buzz @Gert Scholtz and yes writing to relive the travel moment is what inspired travel writer do which inspires reader to visit the places in future.24/05/2017 #40 Deb 🐝 HelfrichSuch a pitch perfect post, Gert. Travel is good for the brain, tastebuds, and our human compass. Having the means to travel a second time, in sharing a journey via writing, is definitely one of the perks of travel that gets overlooked and should be something we all resort to, when the doldrums arise.24/05/2017 #39 Gert Scholtz#37 @Ken Boddie Yours is such an eloquent comment from one of beBee’s top travel writers. I hope that readers of the post will scroll down to your read it, including: “There is nothing that sharpens our social awareness and sympathy, for those of different cultures and beliefs, than being a stranger in the society of others. And there is nothing that better propagates this affinity than being unconditionally welcomed by total and absolute strangers.” Many thanks Ken.24/05/2017 #37 Ken BoddieHow true are the rediscoveries of travel through writing, Gert. Being one who has a shocking memory, I always carry a handy notebook when travelling and also gather information (rarely ever discarded) from pamphlets, tickets and posters, begged, borrowed and stolen along the way. This is much to the chagrin of my better half who nags me until I file everything in an orderly fashion. Then there are the sorting of hundreds (if not thousands) of photos and the occasional discovery of details which went quite unnoticed on the day but are revealed in that lens-captured frozen point in time. Sometimes I think that the actual trip and its preparation are a mere reconnaissance, and that the real journey is the full realisation through later documentation and photographic presentation.
But the real benefit of travel, to which you allude in your excellent post, Gert, is that we realise a greater affinity with our fellow man, at home and abroad. There is nothing that sharpens our social awareness and sympathy, for those of different cultures and beliefs, than being a stranger in the society of others. And there is nothing that better propagates this affinity than being unconditionally welcomed by total and absolute strangers.23/05/2017 #32 Sara JacoboviciDear @Gert Scholtz, you are not only a renaissance man, but a troubadour as well!! Love your writing style and the way you "see" the world. Besides being so enjoyable (and triggering pop culture memories of 2 musicals; 1. which I saw at a young age, read impressionable young girl, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Nr-IIvuTo and 2. young adult who loves musicals, you can start it a 1:11, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTymtAbaG08&list=RDNTymtAbaG08#t=22), your writing incorporates all the things I believe in: the fact that we are sensory beings and storytellers, and a great line about our brain that defies Artificial Intelligence, "The brain is a neural tangle of multiple possibilities and impressions. Thank you Gert for allowing me to tag along.
- Producer18/05/2017The Search One of the greatest philosophers of India, Adi Shankaracharya founded the Advaita Vedanta, which is one of the sub-schools of Vedanta. .Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with...
Comments19/05/2017 #15 Savvy RajThe book was radiating light. He read the book and closed it, and then the light was coming from his eyes..... A beautiful visual indeed @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven thank you.
How wonderful it is to build a well lit bridge of awareness between the inside and outside for humanity to smoothly transition , to see beyond the looking .18/05/2017 #14 Preston 🐝 Vander VenThis makes me this of a photo I saw yesterday. The comic showed a man in a dark room and he was holding a book. The book was radiating light. He read the book and closed it, and then the light was coming from his eyes.
We need to open ourselves up to listening to others and reading books that we help use grow to sometimes find this clarity. When I learn something new, I can now apply it. "Wow, I found the Needle!"18/05/2017 #9 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA"Life is a cycle and this circle of life will manifest solutions in time!"
Uplifting,transcendent piece.The circle may overlap, intersect and blur round the edges but it will come "full circle" ultimately.Thanks @Savvy Raj View more"Life is a cycle and this circle of life will manifest solutions in time!"
Uplifting,transcendent piece.The circle may overlap, intersect and blur round the edges but it will come "full circle" ultimately.Thanks @Savvy Raj! Close18/05/2017 #8 Joel Anderson@Savvy Raj Beautiful. Oh but for the joy of the search and the absolute wonder of the journey. Far too often we close our eyes, and ponder why we can not see. Far too often we close our ears, and inexplicably toil over why we fail to hear. Far to often we close our hearts, only to search and aimlessly wander as we look for the essence of our individual and collective being. When in the end, it is right there--within and around us--just asking us to embrace it all, nothing more. The profoundness of simplicity and perspective. Thank you for sharing such an insightful post.
- Producer14/05/2017The history of storytelling. The very first story ever told…Tens of thousands years ago, somewhere in Africa (most probably) a primate almost human proceeded to tell the very first story ever told. May be around a fire in a cave. The recipient(s) of this “story” was/were other almost human primates. I can...
Comments15/05/2017 #4 Sara JacoboviciYour post is a lovely mother's day tribute @Philippe Collard. As you say, there are storytellers and those who listen to the stories. I would add; there are those who are the storytellers and then those who are the storyhearers. The people I work with are the storytellers and I am the storyhearer. I hear their story and I listen to how they tell it. As you describe, the act of storytelling is a central part of who we are. Stories help make sense of our world and our place in it and we define ourselves by a story within time. We create stories; verbally, oral and written, and non-verbally, through movement/dance, visual symbols and signs/visual arts, and sound making/music. Where there is life, in any form, there is communication. But only humans tell stories. And then, there is a mother's lullaby.....15/05/2017 #3 Praveen Raj GullepalliHappy Mothers' Day! Yes I would second that Moms started off first! ;) pointing at the moon and humming a tune...giving things names and playing teeny toddler games! In fact I wouldn't be surprised to know that they were the artists too most of the time. As the huntermen narrated their adventures and acted them out in the caves around the fires...the women using charcoal and then other more painstaking stuff to chisel in the writing on the wall. The off hunting seasons probably gave enough time to the menfolk to get creative as well with the arts and other heavier stuff...like - hey let's scoop out another cave! ;) The Borra caves in South India have fascinating formations and art inside. They go back to around 50000 years ago into humanoid presence.
And here's another ...'far far away'...
- Producer14/05/2017Final assaultAlong the Eastern Escarpment of South Africa there is a mountain range which is called the Drakensberg. The Drakensberg is acknowledged by the hiking and mountaineering fraternity as offering a selection of some of the finest, varied and...
Comments15/05/2017 #23 Ian Weinberg#19 Thanks for that @Ken Boddie Yep, I got quite good at putting things into jars over the years. Sometimes I've been unsure as to what parts I should put in the jar. And sometimes I've managed to put it together again, sans a couple of miscellaneous left-over pieces!15/05/2017 #19 Ken BoddieGripping tale. Brings back some comparisons of my youth in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland, Ian, but without the acrophobic Dave and the last minute chain ladder ascent Must have been comforting for the others to know they had a capable medic on board, to mop up the bits and put them in a jam jar home to mum should the worst occur. 😂
- Producer14/05/2017Happy Mother's Day, Di.My mother was not my real mother. She was the lady who married my dad back in the 1960s and they stayed together until she passed away coming up on 20 years ago now. Her name was Dianna, But everybody called her Di. I first met her when I moved...
- Producer24/04/2017Tales from Paradise Pt. 4"Paradise is a state of mind..." Alright, admittedly this is a “fluff” piece, a descriptive narration indulging in my reminiscing; but it’s also a reminder that we need to stop and “smell the roses” once in a while, to appreciate and enjoy...
Comments16/05/2017 #36 Randall Burns#35 Thank You @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. Much appreciated!16/05/2017 #35 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.deep bow this is art @Randall Burns16/05/2017 #33 Tausif MundrawalaYou did it. It was aa if I was reading an account of a diver and surfer in Reader's digest. Yes you reminded me of this wonderful magazine which has always been favorite of mine. Here is my relevant,@Randall Burns View moreYou did it. It was aa if I was reading an account of a diver and surfer in Reader's digest. Yes you reminded me of this wonderful magazine which has always been favorite of mine. Here is my relevant,@Randall Burns. Thanks my friend,@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman for tagging me. Close15/05/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is great writing and a great story. Only 4 more relevants needed @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Tausif Mundrawala @Milos Djukic 😉15/05/2017 #29 Praveen Raj GullepalliMagnificent narrative dear Randall! I almost experienced it in 3D! You brought the magic, the colours, the mystique, the majesty, the might, the awe and the unfathomable deep blue sea and sky alive! Kudos! A meditation on blue literally. You'd make the Old Man and the Sea, proud! Thanks for tagging me @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!15/05/2017 #26 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#25 Thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher for tagging me. No question about the quality of this buzz by the great writer @Randall Burns. It is music, fun, deep thinking, mental and physical travelling and wisdom fused together.
Randal asks in this buzz "wow does time ever fly by when you’re having fun"? Well, my answer is definitely yes. The reading time of your buzz is 10 minutes, but I felt it less than two minutes.15/05/2017 #20 Ken BoddieGreat intro on life's sinusoidal curve of ups and downs, Randy. I work in a culture of 'opportunities' rather than problems, where all experiences are greatfully received. But the concept of "balls to the wall" leads to "flying with fish" has me trumped. As for that hickie on the neck., can't see "got slapped by a flying fish" being a credible excuse with most partners. 🤣😂🤣
- ProducerThe Story That Happened Tomorrow.It was cold. In between two seasons. Some wind. Blowing.The forest was resting. Birds singing. A strange melody. Unknown. So far. Everything in nature growing at ease. In a divine rhythm. No rush. Always in time. There was no pressure. A feather...
Comments14/05/2017 #23 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#22 DJ bee @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA, you are awesome14/05/2017 #22 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. "Magical realism at it's best! Love lost, love regained, love transformed"
Robbie Williams provides the musical link here: https://youtu.be/sF8eMK6dUXA13/05/2017 #21 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#18 wow bee @Chas ✌️ Wyatt absolutely adore your add, thank you!13/05/2017 #20 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#17 so beautiful how you have put it @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman13/05/2017 #19 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#16 thank you @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee much appreciated12/05/2017 #17 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanBeautiful @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. I adore feathers, as well. They are delicate and graceful when they are solo. They are comforting and warm when they are united.12/05/2017 #15 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#11 I adore feathers too @Sara Jacobovici there is something mysterious about them that transcends all time and space, thank you!12/05/2017 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#13 happy you did @Kevin Baker!12/05/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. "[digs] deep into all human emotions." A timely story, beautifully written.12/05/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici#2 Keep tagging me please @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. I feel a loss when I am unable to read a story of yours but every once in awhile, an inexplicable pull draws me to one of your stories. It happened again for this one and I am grateful to have read it. A beautiful story, beautifully written. I experience how it transcends time. On a personal note, the feather is an important symbol in my life and it is rarely used in stories. Your story placed the feather in the role of messenger.12/05/2017 #9 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#8 thank you power honey bee @debasish majumder12/05/2017 #8 debasish majumderlovely post @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for such beautiful post.12/05/2017 #7 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.@Jeremy Miller of course our graduation bee!!!12/05/2017 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
- Producer11/05/2017My AHA Moment as a Writer...I made this video six years ago to share how I decided to focus on writing and with a little help from friends got better at telling stories. I ended up in a recording studio making a CD of my stories, Bunny Bear - Adventures in Diversity Land. I...
Comments11/05/2017 #15 Tausif MundrawalaWhat a commendable buzz my friend. An AHA moment well described by you. I couldn't resist myself watching this wonderful video. During my break I clicked this video and grasped the wonderful aspects of it. Each and every writer experiences such an AHA moment and I agree with you that being a writer we get a voice which echoes around the world in the form of our body of work. Share more such videos and please tag me the moment you do. I am glad to watch this wonderful buzz my friend,@Deborah Levine11/05/2017 #13 Sara JacoboviciThanks for the tag @Deborah Levine. Love your video and am excited by @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador's response. Looking forward to "seeing" the developments. As a PS, I am reading your book, The Liberator’s Daughter, on Kindle. I just wanted to share a line that moved me profoundly, "Whether an immigrant, first-generation American, or a combination of the two like me, our roots are closer to the surface and deeper in our souls than we realize." You're a great writer and storyteller Deborah, both written and verbal.11/05/2017 #11 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador#6 To everyone who would doubt of fear to appear on video, check this one. There is your hoho moment before and your haha moment after - stunning - the keynote speak demonstrate his overcome of fear while interacting with the Audience - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@stephan-metral/god-place-the-best-things-in-life-on-the-other-side-of-terror
- Producer08/05/2017The shameless and the damagedIt was the last consultation of a long and tedious day. Shawn presented with chronic headaches. In taking the history, I enquired how long the headaches had been present. Shawn indicated that they had been present since a traumatic time in his...
Comments12/05/2017 #26 Ian Weinberg#25 Thanks for sharing your personal experience Deb. To be honest I haven't researched headache/migraine specifically in the context of deprivation. We do however know that there is a strong inflammatory component in migraine. A higher incidence of inflammation has indeed been found in people with nurture deprivation issues - this could be the link. In your case however, the family history of migraine is probably significant in regard to your headaches.09/05/2017 #24 Deb 🐝 HelfrichUnfortunately, @Ian Weinberg, I just don't know who would be able to defend their sanity against this tide of events. The way these internments go, ALL humans would become triggered with rage against the institution at some point and the only outcome is to be further buried under the meds that preclude having a rational conversation to explain the utterly common reaction.
It appears to me that we mistake psychiatric meds and their ability to tamper down personality and consciousness itself - along an easily identifiable continuum with the anesthesia meds - as helping, when in reality, we just turn the person into a just a zombie - a functioning body that has no self-awareness or ability to be responsible for self-direction.
Utterly shameful.09/05/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz@Ian Weinberg I read the story, marked it relevant, and had to pause a few moments to take it all in. It is both tragic and triumphant and so well told. It reminds me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest but with a different outcome and ending. Gems from you like this one will keep me reading the Writings of Weinberg again and again. Thank you Ian.09/05/2017 #16 Lada 🏡 PrkicIan, I hit the Relevant button but the relevant isn't the right word for your piece. I wish we have the Magnificent button. :-) I was reading your post last night before going to sleep and couldn't comment before. This is so well-written, but the story itself leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Who knows how many people are wrongfully imprisoned in psychiatric institutions because of such a law. With all due respect, but psychiatrists always make me shudder.
Thanks for writing such an important story. I'm still under impression.09/05/2017 #13 Cyndi wilkinsIf having an 'invisible friend' or talking to yourself is enough to have you institutionalized...perhaps we all should be...Despicable practice by incompetent psychiatrists...Failure of a system that has absolutely has NO knowledge of human consciousness...'Nuff said.09/05/2017 #12 Dean OwenThis sounded so much like England and the experience I witnessed first hand with my brother who had similarly been institutionalised, and in and out of half-way houses and on meds all his life. I can't fathom that even now in the 21st Century, we've seen little progress in the archaic and often brutal nature with which paranoid schizophrenia is treated. Beautifully written.
- 06/05/2017https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/a-little-cornstarch-between-the-legs-helps-cure-the-wolf“A little cornstarch between the legs helps cure 'The Wolf'...”www.bebee.com “The Wolf”, “Cook’s Crack”, “Chef’s Cheeks” is an affliction that cooks get from time to time due to the long hours of standing on their feet,...
- Producer15/03/2017From The Best You Know How" Nicholas" by Scott Craig sometime during 2009I spend every moment I can with my three year old step grandson. He has become my entire world. I pretty much raised him as my own son the first few years of his life. I never had any...
- Producer29/04/2017Fear is a Terrible RoommateFor many years, I kept the details of my personal life to myself. I never wanted that vulnerability to show, because in the world I grew up, the mantra was show no weakness; show no mercy.There are millions of people in the world who share the same...
Comments29/04/2017 #9 Hervé SabattierFear isn't that terrible... As all emotions, it's a question of knowing how to tame it. Fear, sadness and joy are my preferred ones and I try to avoid pain and anger as much as I can. I didn't know disgust that I experiencing at the moment. Suprisingly, it's more tasty than I was expecting...29/04/2017 #5 Shelley Brown@Donna Wood I don't even have adequate words for how much this story pierced my soul. I shook my head with understanding, held my breath with relatability and tears of hope and sadness welled up in my eyes. Beautifully written piece. Hits very close to home. It's amazing how "awful" can be comforting when it's what you know. The light is becoming my roommate more and more. I would love to kick that wall of fear to crumbles! Thank you for your honesty.29/04/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#3 perfect! thank you, you as well @Donna Wood!29/04/2017 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.true, I rather share my room with the loving version!
- Producer26/04/2017The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street UrchinsHutment and squalor become life for the dwellers of this universe. Outcast from the society in general and the sole claimer of castaway clothes knows how harsh this life could be for them. Never once did they complain or cursed their fate for their...
Comments28/04/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a moving story @Tausif Mundrawala. Life really isn't fair. It sounds as though they make the best of their situation but deserve so much more. This has always been an issue to me, seeing class division. Maybe if the news focused more on real stories that affect so many humans around the globe, well possibly mindsets would change too. I don't know the answers but it's hard to hear of people who work so hard just to survive. You brought light to a real human situation, thank you so much for sharing this story. I wish them both their angel wings while still here on earth :))27/04/2017 #28 Tausif Mundrawala#26 Those who goes through pain know how does it feel to endure that excruciating bitter pill. I am emphatic with those who have been through a lot. As somewhere or the other every individual goes through it. Even I have been through a lot. But the strength gained is unmatchable to all kinds of strong material available in the world. I am elated to know what you felt of this buzz.
Thank you so much once again my friend,@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee27/04/2017 #24 siraj shaik@Tausif Mundrawala Sometimes out of blues someone reaches in support.. and fulfill the not only the one who keeps on dreams, but also those who may not.. There are many in various fields, just an example about One from region you are well aware of is "Jackie Shroff" (urf jackie da - bhidu).27/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala#16 To be very honest I am worried about them not being schooled and I always persuade Tahameena to send her kids to school. But this poor mother hardly makes ends meet and she couldn't afford to educate them. It wrecks my heart to see these kids devoid of education. You made this buzz more special because I have not received such a wonderful feedback. Thank you so much once again, @Lisa Vanderburg27/04/2017 #16 Lisa VanderburgThe beauty of this tale @Tausif Mundrawala is that these 'urchins' (such an adorable word!) choose to see wonder in such a harsh world they live in. It's as if have instinctively understood that life is a moment-to-moment existence; they have decided to see magic, see love, see playfulness and find joy in a life that is fraught with danger, termination or pain - an art that's quite lost to most 1st worlder-kids. You've written this with such empathy and NO pity - which makes Pappu and his friends revered! Breath-taking, thank you Tausif!
- Producer26/04/2017InspireA true story. Not for the faint-hearted!I’m sitting here alone in my consulting suite. My back is aching as well as my hands, after a grueling ten hour surgical list. On my screen is the MRI scan of a patient whose brain tumor was successfully...
Comments28/04/2017 #58 Tausif MundrawalaWe can aspire to inspire. Wow! I have been postponing reading this wonderful buzz by clicking to it but due to some work I couldn't finish it. Today I made it a point to finish it somehow or the other. You have proved that doctors are like angels for those who needs to undergo treatment on urgent basis. I was totally immersed in each and every word as the entire setting and situation sprang back to life the way it happened. The last paragraph of this buzz was motivational enough. You described very well the kinds of people who needs better care.
I am glad that I fulfilled the promise made to myself and thanks for sharing this fantastic buzz with us, @Ian Weinberg28/04/2017 #55 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsA life changing read in many ways. In terms of people and the need to help others and ourselves. I did cry when I read how you met that 10 year old girl now a women cherishing the life you helped her to continue living. Doctors are in many ways God. A faith that can make or break us. "Aspire to inspire by walking the walk" a fantastic message to take away. Thank you @Ian Weinberg I see that you are a caring human, an outstanding surgeon and hope and pray for more surgeons like you out there. The world needs more doctors with the heart to give than just with the need to take as is the case in most places in the current medical world.
A standing ovation at your smartness and blessed heart. Thank you28/04/2017 #52 Tricia MitchellWow @Ian Weinberg what a beautiful piece you've written here and an amazing conclusion. My own path of auto-immune antibodies and lack of an answer from medics led me on a journey of discovery towards a biopsychosocial model of dis-ease via energy psychology practices (starting with Reiki & Emotional Freedom Techniques, to arrive at META-Health (a scientific framework, that has its foundations in German New Medicine, which details emotions & beliefs specific to organ tissues & the corresponding brain layer the organ tissue relays to) & mBraining coaching - the cardiac, enteric, cephalic, reproductive brains & ANS intelligence). I totally get the significant life event preceding dis-ease you write about that creates the bio-logical conflict. Different paths & expertise, yet the same illuminating conclusion. I believe my clients are my teachers & reflect what I need to learn/heal within me.Your work sounds absolutely fascinating. I mention META-Health as it may interest you. Here's Dr Anton Bader (he can read a brain scan and tell what the biological conflict is, which organ tissue & if it's active or resolved) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5WR6RKrJKg28/04/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI was moved to tears reading this @Ian Weinberg. What a wonderful man and surgeon you are. I can't imagine the times you worked so hard and fate didn't want to cooperate. I'm sure those are the times you remember the most. How enlightening to read the story of the 10 year old who you met much later in life. I think your meeting was meant to be. I love how you ended your story, "And we can't control everything and fix things to conform to our own expectations. But one thing we can always do …. we can aspire to inspire!" I agree and honestly, this is something I've been working on. It comes easy at times and other times depending on what we are going through we need to be self aware. My husband is going through a tough time right now for various reasons. I have been trying hard to inspire him and pamper him because he needs it. I hope it helps. Inspiring story!28/04/2017 #48 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI have to reiterate the awe-inspiring accolades - this is such a well-crafted piece of writing. In each human life there is a time and place for the intricate processes and procedure that contemporary medicine excels in, as well as a time and a place to learn to use our thinking equipment to support our own best healing and life outcomes.
The highly skilled and exhaustively intense work that you perform, @Ian Weinberg, is so tremendously necessary in times of acute trauma, but even with coaching, it is up to the owner of the brain to decide how to regard this episode of their life. As gruelingly hard as those hours of surgery clearly were, your life-saving work is a tiny fraction of someone's life. If they don't cherish their own life and reinforce this belief with their consistent thought processes there is a risk that their body won't be able to fully heal if they cannot learn to live in a calm, relaxed, and grateful parasympathetic state.
The more we open up to just how much influence our thoughts have on the efficient functioning of our immune system, via the ways we stress ourselves with limiting and self-defeating thoughts, the more we can pair up the skills of medical interventions with the appropriate mindset needed to ensure our body can devote all required resources to healing during a crisis.
Bravo!28/04/2017 #47 AnonymousWoah, snarly isn't a common word and I used it in a festering thought in my brain and World yesterday... there is something here for me to learn, yes, and your scientific approach does wonders for ones reflective understanding. "It’s not about being driven to changing other people. It’s about applying those changes to yourself." Inspiring, you are, THANK YOU! *clapping*27/04/2017 #45 Jerry FletcherIan, I am in awe.
I thought, what would a brain surgeon write about. Now I know. I thought, what else intrigues a man poking inside of heads. Now I know. I thought, will there be a connection. Now, I know.
A brain surgeon can write about the troubles of the soul. A brain surgeon can be intrigued with how thoughts and beliefs can physically heal or maim. A brain surgeon can shed light on matters we seldom glimpse and find the words that can make them visible to the rest of us. Thank you.27/04/2017 #41 Aaron 🐝 SkogenWOW! Outstanding post @Ian Weinberg! I spent a bit of my time as a medic. I loved my time spent in that profession as the field of medicine has always intrigued me. I was one who, however, "preferred" a trauma call over a general medical. Preferred is the wrong word really, I hated to see people hurt, but as a Medic, trauma's were somewhat easier to manage for me anyway. Thankfully my regular partner was the opposite, as she preferred the general medical calls.
Anyway, this is a great story. You touch on a great point about recovery and dealing with injury in this piece Ian. I am often amazed at how attitude and our ability to manage emotions can impact our health and well-being. Your spot on, that's up to the individual to choose and not you. I went through an executive leadership coaching session recently with a small cohort and the phrase "Aspire to Inspire" was used by our coaches. The phrase is so applicable, regardless of our "field" of work.
Well done Sir, very well done!
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Comments04/04/2017 #18 Randall BurnsThank You @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher , always great to hear from you. if you were hoping that it wasn't going to fall then you already knew that it was going to, (your intuition was already there). It is a matter of perspective but I don't think it would be as good of a story, or a message, if it didn't fall. Makes me think about how many great stories I've missed out on because everything went well and "as planned".04/04/2017 #13 Dean OwenI am in awe of your talent! I do hope you get a chance to see (or even participate) in the annual Harbin Ice Festival:
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/09/travel/harbin-winter-festival-china/04/04/2017 #12 AnonymousIce sculpting!!!! Awesome! My snowmen were sculptures to my young Canadian eyes. Oh home sweet home I miss you. Though I suppose home is wherever I am and really, San Diego's sunshine is its own slice of paradise for now for certain. Loved this!!! Your pen sculpts things too! :)04/04/2017 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr@Randall Burns Ah Jeez my son, what a beauty Husqy. You must have ripped it up some good! Great story again. Reminded me of my dad, he ran a sawmill, and the first chainsaw he introduced me to back in the early '60s. Seven freakin' hp!!! Sounded like a Zero diving on to the Indianapolis!04/04/2017 #10 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#9 I remember watching! Yeah, from memory, I thought they opened Strange Brew with The Great White North in the background too . . .
Regardless, those guys were hilarious. I still LMAO when I watch that show. It never gets old.
Being from MN and knowing many Canadians, I always felt a sort of kinship with our friends to the north.
I may have to watch a few episodes of SCTV via the Internet tonight. A laugh would do me good 😉.04/04/2017 #9 Randall Burns#7 Thanks for the great feedback @Sara Jacobovici, @Kevin Pashuk, @Aaron 🐝 Skogen
- Great version of "Oh Canada", I had to stand up in my office while watching. :-)
- Sthil's are excellent saws! The title photo is actually from the 'SCTV" show, Canada's answer to SNL, a regular sketch that they did, (Bob and Doug McKenzie), called "The Great White North", was the predecessor to "Strange Brew". Note, this was "back in the day" when they could still smoke and drink beer on TV, LMAO!! A lot of Canadian actors got their start on "SCTV", Martin Short, John Candy, Dan Aykryod, just to name a few, hilarious show.03/04/2017 #6 Sara JacoboviciYes, i agree with all, @Randall Burns; you are a great storyteller, mood music and all! Love your attitude towards your sculpture falling. Love your story of the beer encounter with a fellow Canadian, eh. Love the diversity of images and sounds and how you pulled it all together. Please keep sharing your stories. Hope you enjoy this Vancouver version of O'Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc3OO0IUPjE03/04/2017 #5 Aaron 🐝 Skogen@Randall Burns, I'm a Sthil guy myself, but that Husky is a no doubt a good saw. The closest I've come to ice sculpting was cutting my dock free after leaving town for week at thanksgiving. I came home to find it locked into six inches of ice. . .
"My brother, he's a genuis eh!"
Being a Minnesota farm kid and one who's dad had a sawmill, I can relate to "haven't we all. . ." In both contexts 😉.
Loved the Strange Brew intro photo! Great story Randall!
- Producer27/03/2017"The Truffle Incident"It’s 1985; I’m living in Toronto, a culinary and cosmopolitan metropolis. I’m a cook, (Chef de Partie position), at a fine dining French restaurant and I’m enjoying it, Cooking great food and constantly learning on a daily basis. The restaurant...
Comments28/03/2017 #11 Randall Burns#5 Food porn @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, LMAO!!! Thank you so much for your feedback, I can't think of a better compliment. :-) I'm in Northern Alberta, unfortunately I'm not familiar with any restaurants in the cities that you mention but I'm sure that fresh truffles will present themselves to you one day
- Producer06/03/2017On My Knees"There I was, on my knees. I was holding a child upright with one hand, while feeding her with a spoon in my other. There I was, sobbing." I’ve written or at least commented about an accident I had. It was 1999. April 28th, 1999 shortly after...
Comments16/03/2017 #53 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt is peculiar how things work in life for if you had highlighted "On My Knees" I would have clicked it but I did not see the link on the word "here". I am glad I did not because I read material here as a part of my learning journey and allow myself to virtually travel and having read the first piece, that virtual travel gravitated me towards the being of Alyn Shannon.
You might say that you have never met her, but you have, your spirit has. No matter how many children we pick and feed there is a limit to how many people we can touch unless we are equipped with great spiritual dimension. When you mention Mother Theresa, here is a woman with spiritual dimension that multiplies a million fold larger than mine - she came into the world as that being.
So did you in your dimension except it took the accident to release that spiritual dimension within you. We don't know this until that shell has broken, it is quite possible that if I had such an accident that I might discover that my life was an outer image which was greater than my inner spiritual dimension - but I don't know that because I have not been through that. What I do know from my sojourns and learnings is that what you have experienced doe have a word for it and it is most important word :
Yet your buzz is not just about metanoia, there is also serendipity involved, because as I followed up on the story of Alyn Shannon, I also discover her deep of love of motorcycles and her Harley Softail. This story I know because I read the piece on her niece in which she speaks of the one person who deeply inspired her (her aunt Alyn) http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=85&cntnt01returnid=97 As I see it, your mission began not just with God but also, like Alyn, with a motorcycle.12/03/2017 #50 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#49 I can understand @Pamela 🐝 Williams, no apology needed. I think we need to choose to see the good. I believe there is more good out there than we see. Especially considering the 2 min media cycle and focus on the "sensational". What would the perspective be if the "nightly news" (or morning, or midday) flipped the amount of time spent on attention getting, negative, sensational stories, with the amount of time spent on the positive and uplifting stories (which seems to get the last 90 seconds of the six-o-clock news). . .? I wonder. . .
Remember, each of has the power to choose to lead by that example you mention.
thanks so much for joining the conversation, I do appreciate it Pamela!11/03/2017 #49 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsHow can we be the nation we are right now? So focused on having more and more, turning our backs on humanity. I weep for the beautiful faces in the video, for the beautiful children you helped care for. Why Aaron, is our bountiful nation becoming a separated angry mob when there are entire nations like Haiti whose children can find such joy in just having or even being splashed with clean water. And yet we want more, more, more; it's a sickness. Though I no longer call myself a christian; the video illustrated what I was taught was Christianity, not the judgmental, hate filled, selfish crap I witness in too many in this country. Sorry for the soapbox; I'm just not taking what's happening in my country well.09/03/2017 #41 Sandra 🐝 SmithBless you...We take for granted so many things, complain about things that others in the world would be grateful for... my boy is 2.5 but always wears a size bigger... I could not imagine him being the size he was at 18 months now - impossible to even fathom. No wonder you were devastated... I hope you were able to nourish her back to some semblance of health...08/03/2017 #39 AnonymousThere are no words to express my emotions when reading this. I looked forward to hearing about your Haiti trip but did not expect my response to this.
I can only echo Shelley's comments: aching and powerful.
God works in funny ways; he saved you to bring you to those babies and to bring this story to us.08/03/2017 #37 Shelley Brown@Aaron 🐝 Skogen I hung onto every word almost breathes with chills and now tears. God is so good and I am so grateful you survived that horrible accident and you are alive with a heart so full and yet so broken for those babies. Thank you for going to Haiti. Thank you for doing the work God wants us to do. You shined out God's light through these words for me this morning and I am so grateful. What a beautiful, aching powerful story.07/03/2017 #33 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#28 Don't underestimate the power you have @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. See my reply to Phil (so I don't repeat myself), and I'd add to that with my second favorite quote from Mother Theresa "Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies". We will indeed have a chorus!
- Producer26/02/2017Lines in the Sand: Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Anderson“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” --William James “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” --Betty M. Nelson For those of you who...
Comments06/03/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkinsLike you said @Joel Anderson...That journey of a thousand miles begins with one step...I'm glad our paths keep crossing;-) So many of the writers I have connected with here, (far too many to name) have had an enormous impact on me in terms of facing the complexities of the challenges I have recently been affected by...Sharing our stories with each other has incredible healing power... igniting our compassion for ourselves and each other....accelerating our learning...living our lives doing the right things because they are the right things to do despite adversity...That takes a great deal of courage that is strengthened by numbers...I'm reminded of a metaphor a friend shared with me recently...One stick cannot stand alone, but lean three sticks together and you have a teepee;-)06/03/2017 #10 Joel AndersonThank your @Sara Jacobovici, @debasish majumder, @Gert Scholtz, @Cyndi wilkins and @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for being lines that have intertwined with mine. your influence is amazing. All the best and keep making a difference: one line, one person, one connection, on step at a time.05/03/2017 #9 debasish majumderif 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 moreif 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. Close05/03/2017 #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.28/02/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkinsThank 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 moreThank 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... Close26/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichA 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.
- Producer21/02/2017Stories 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...
Comments21/02/2017 #3 🐝 Fatima G. 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 @Graham🐝 Edwards Say hi to your dad 🤗
- Producer12/02/2017Have I Left My Schizophrenic Teddy Behind?It’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 don’t understand how the air has become so...
Comments12/02/2017 #16 Phil FriedmanIf 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.
- Producer09/02/2017Like 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...
Comments12/02/2017 #65 Sara JacoboviciJust 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=fbcul11/02/2017 #60 Dean OwenI 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.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.10/02/2017 #57 Mohammed SultanOn 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!10/02/2017 #56 Lada 🏡 PrkicGreat 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.10/02/2017 #51 Kevin PashukThanks 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.10/02/2017 #50 Mohammed SultanBertrand 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.10/02/2017 #48 Ken BoddieRead 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. 😍10/02/2017 #47 CityVP 🐝 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.
- 04/02/2017Beautifully written, beautifully told.How to see the Magic in Yourselfsherryparnell.com “Children see magic because they look for it.” –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...
- Producer01/02/2017Tissues & 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 Française in Kildare street in Dublin. My other half and I have adopted a...
Comments03/02/2017 #29 Ken BoddieAn 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 .....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?02/02/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 GallagherReally 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.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 :-)02/02/2017 #21 Lisa VanderburgA 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.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 ? :-)02/02/2017 #16 Dean OwenIt 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.