- Producer10/09/2017The Moments of the Beauty and Expressivity1961. Claudio Arrau's hands. Photo by Arnold Newman. About Claudio Arrau (1903 – 1991) one of the greatest pianists of all time, plays Schumann Carnaval (1961). A great person deserves no...
Comments10/09/2017 #11 Ian WeinbergAll of life is in the moment. Engage each moment with all that you are and celebrate the art, the music and all the blessed creations. For the past and the future are but virtual. Thanks for the inspiring reminder @Milos Djukic Your value contribution to this space is highly appreciated and respected.10/09/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher" A great person deserves no less, Tell people you are great while they are alive." Beautiful Buzz @Milos Djukic and I could not agree more. By the way, you are great MIlos in more ways than one. Thank you for this wonderful reminder. Maybe we need to wake up repeating these words each day. A good habit that can become a new way of life :)10/09/2017 #5 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeebecoming rare yes! so, if we do agree they are becoming rare we need to choose to create beauty. We can choose to appreciate the aesthetic qualities in ourself, others and our environment at any time. It only takes moments. Often it is these moments we remember the most as they are visceral and experiential.
- Producer07/09/2017Thursday Thought: How Dare You Call Us "Elderly"?We're Boomers. We're alive. We're thriving. We're not dead yet. We are NOT elderly.Recently, I have become aware of newscasters talking about those in accidents / house fires / holdups being labeled "elderly." At the ripe old age of maybe 70.ARE YOU...
Comments08/09/2017 #66 Lisa Vanderburg#65 Me too....WTF with those storms and EARTHQUAKE too???????
Oh, so that's how you spell Muumuu; did wonder. My grandmother (Granny Grimm) used to have those fantastic cotton Barbados/African ones - can find them for love or money. She taught me how to hitch them up, climb over the fence and steal the neighbors bananas....such a peach!08/09/2017 #65 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#64 Over my dead body in terms of muumuus, @Lisa Vanderburg!
Now the shopping wheeled thingy I could understand . . . some day. Some day faaaaaaaaaar off, I hope!
And it's great news that your family is safe and is getting out of Dodge, as they say. I feel so sorry for the folks who have nowhere to go out of the area. Sure am praying for them.08/09/2017 #64 Lisa Vanderburg#59 Hey...while the world is shattering and my son, wife & baby are on the road to get out of Irma's way, you buzz came at just the right time...I'm eternally grateful for the laugh you inspired, lovely @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess View more#59 Hey...while the world is shattering and my son, wife & baby are on the road to get out of Irma's way, you buzz came at just the right time...I'm eternally grateful for the laugh you inspired, lovely @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!
I'm getting to the point where Mumu's are looking exciting, as is the shopping wheeled-thingie :) Close08/09/2017 #56 Proma 🐝 NautiyalLovely buzz @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! Such a beautiful take on the matter. I can't wait to share this with all those people, whom I know, who are barely 60 and keep saying "I am old" as a reply to invitations to go trekking or even when asked to sport a particular outfit. Upon the topic of reinventing yourself, I have heard things such as "We have lived our lives without this particular skill, and we can live the rest of it without learning it, too." So, you can imagine what a great favor you have done me by posting this buzz. Sharing it :-) Thank you for such a powerful buzz...it's extremely inspiring.08/09/2017 #55 Lisa VanderburgLMAO at all your lovely dudettes' banter, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!! Such a fun buzz! I remember the day came when I was shaving my armpits. After showering I went to put on deodorant and realized I'd 'missed'....my armpits have dropped....augh! And since I've been growing grey since 18, guess what else is? The horror....
I've decided in my dotage that 'm a Twinkie....at least I think that's what...dunno...can't remember...what?
- Producer30/08/2017The Tides of EmotionsIt's been a while since I've written a buzz. I feel like I've been a bit frozen in time lately. It's taken a lot of self-reflection to understand why it is I've felt this way. Before you read on, please let me warn you this blog will contain the...
Comments04/09/2017 #58 Anonymouswhat a lovely poem..thank you @Puneet Srivastava I always try to remember when I get sad, that they would not want me to be sad, they left together (how they wanted to) and they are no longer in pain here. I never say they died..seems so harsh (even tho true)..I say they got their wings. In my mind's eye...that is much more accepting.04/09/2017 #56 Puneet SrivastavaO' Death, why are you so difficult?
And if you are a mere transformer,
Then why so many bleeding hearts,
you leave behind with your action?
Come clean for once and always after;
or else don't blame us for seeing you
as a tormenting monster.
To all you friends with prayers of peace, courage, love & acceptance.
@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Tausif Mundrawala @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ (Glo) Ochoa @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.04/09/2017 #54 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#53 I'm sorry you still feel such a loss when your dad comes to mind @🐝 Fatima G. Williams. As they say, it can come in waves and the pain is real. Many times I feel thankful I can still feel because it reminds me although she's gone, she will always live in my heart and the same with your father. That is something no one can take from us, our precious memories. At times I too, feel as though I could have valued the many times I had with my mom but took for granted. I think that is not uncommon so don't be hard on yourself. Until we face the idea of losing a loved one I think it's easy to take those we love for granted (unintentionally). The good thing, your heart comes from a place of love and compassion and I'm sure you dad always felt that from you. I'm sure he never felt taken for granted. As a parent myself with grown children, I know their lives have taken their own paths now but I also know that they love me unconditionally, faults and all.
You are making a difference in this world and I bet your dad always knew you would and you probably were doing that before he passed too in many ways you weren't even aware of. Don't be hard on yourself but remember, it's OKAY to feel what you need. I lost my father when I was 10 yrs old and there are times I still feel like I need him, I cry for a minute and then I talk to him. Joels' comment was great and made so much sense!03/09/2017 #53 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsDear dear Lisa a big HUG to you. I always told you, 'You are a champion and you are unique. It's different for each of us like Pascal said. Even to this minute tears come streaming down just mentioning my dad's absence in my life, a feeling in my chest, a lump in my throat. No-one truly understands, it's our own heart, at its own pace, learning to embrace, value and be thankful for their presence on earth. It's like they take a piece of us that we don't really need anymore. Like for me it was not valuing the time I had with him. In a way the lesson he taught me to treasure every minute I have with every person I know and be thankful for every blessing I receive and to be generous with love to all people like he always did.
I love what Joel said "So all we can do is continue the journey of life long learning and navigating the changes along its path realizing that in our experiences, relationships, associations, interactions and just being human we truly benefit and grow from stories like yours. That despite the challenges and changes along the way, in the end, we can and will find our way home."
Sending you loads of love and happiness to fill that beautiful heart of yours.01/09/2017 #48 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#45 Great quote by Hugh Prather, @Joel Anderson, and so true! I like ( I think) the idea that we can sense our way home. Possibly that's the 3/4's of the journey, being alive enough to keep those senses open, so we can 'sense' our way home as well. Somehow we arrived here (our souls), we sensed our way here or did we choose? I always wonder about that. I'd like to read the book, it sounds interesting.
Sending you good thoughts, I know this has been a tough time for you Joel.01/09/2017 #47 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#43 I'm really glad the video resonated @Tausif Mundrawala. I have found things like that can be tough to listen to but the more we listen, the more we may shed tears and clear our heads as well. Tears are healing and yes, I truly empathize with you. I know how much you loved your dear mom. Still sending good thoughts your way!01/09/2017 #46 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#42 @Louise Smith, thanks! I'm so happy I'm out of the anger phase. I think that in some ways was the worst. I'm finally able to feel warm feelings and the grief has been slowly lifting. I'm so thankful that I had a mother that I will always feel deep love towards.31/08/2017 #45 Joel Anderson#30 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher One interesting journey indeed. "Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes." Hugh Prather.
In the 20th Anniversary introduction to his book Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become Human (*not an endorsement--just a reflection*), he makes this comment about progress: "In our hearts, we can all sense the way home..."
So all we can do is continue the journey of life long learning and navigating the changes along its path realizing that in our experiences, relationships, associations, interactions and just being human we truly benefit and grow from stories like yours. That despite the challenges and changes along the way, in the end, we can and will find our way home. (Spiritually, Physically, Metaphysically, Cosmically, or in just living the moments we are given).
In trying to find the truth of my own path, I find comfort in knowing that there are others on the same quest. I am me, You are You, and We are We. Keep making a difference Lisa: one person, one step at a time. Thank you again.31/08/2017 #43 Tausif Mundrawala#34 You are such a wonderful friend of mine to have dedicated the last video to the angelic soul of my mom. I would like everyone to know how your words acted as a balm on the wound which I thought would never go away. I am planning to pen a buzz on a subject which I would definitely tag all my friends here. What else could one ask from a friend who has dedicated a wonderful piece to my mom. You had been through those experiences where you could empathize with me. Hats off to our moms who had been through an unimaginable pain. They never let us know what they felt.
How could I thank you enough, my friend @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher31/08/2017 #42 Louise Smith@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher By dealing with the inescapable even though you passed through denial and anger, you are a stronger person. a braver person, a more understanding person. Your Mother is proud of you ! People without real compassion criticise and fall away. Do not concern yourself with them. Instead focus on the good memories, the funny stories, the dedication of your Mother as you knew her better than they did. You have learnt something about yourself that they will never know or even consider possible. Your Mother did a good job nurturing and is still teaching you. Look into your heart and know you are worthy.31/08/2017 #41 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#38 Hi @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I agree, we don't spend enough time feeling and sharing grief. It shouldn't be viewed as something negative because just as much as birth is a part of life, so is death- I will always celebrate my mothers life. We didn't celebrate my fathers because he died before Hospice was created and during a time when to talk about death was hush. Thanks for your lovely comment!31/08/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#35 Dear @Sara Jacobovici, I hope the music was soothing. I have to admit, tears will still stream when I hear those songs but that's a cleansing feeling. How are you? It hasn't been long at all. You know what stood out for me in the first song, when he sang, "And I remember all the things we did, when I was a little kid." I swear those are the memories that come flooding back. A friend lost her mom before I lost mine and she said, "I feel like a child again, missing my mom." I understand now. I find the childhood memories put a smile on my face now. That's my wish for you, more smiles than tears- all in your own time. I'm very glad we met too! Bless you Sara.
- Producer20/08/2017A Simple Approach to storytellingGreat stories grab our hearts and move us emotionally. Emotions lead to action. This explains the rapidly increasing trend what salespersons need to be good storytellers to capture the hearts of their clients and act by purchasing. Storytelling...
Comments22/08/2017 #50 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeTo a very deep friend of mine and I mean @David Navarro López- you know that you were on my mind while writing this buzz. I remembered our exchange of comments years ago on slideshare and how our intellectual and friendly journey progressed. The problems we faced till we found a solution and the conflicts with life we encountered till they blossomed into great endings. Now, you are where you are a happy man with many great hopes and dreams being fulfilled. This is a story for you.21/08/2017 #49 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeThe great thinker wrote a "buzz on this buzz" that explains the chaotic part of the background image of this buzz in a brilliant, testified and challenging way. Manjit raises the issue of the rise of the antiheroes in our modern societies and the fall of the hero stories. I strongly advise the readers of this buzz to refer the the buzz of Manjit because it is worthy of your quality time reading. Challenge your mind and helow is the link to Manjit's buzz:
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/lifecentric21/08/2017 #48 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#47 What a great buzz that you wrote dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I am reading your buzz again. Please @Geoff Hudson-Searle read the buzz of Manjit as he refers to Joseph Campbell in it. It is interesting that you mentioned him in our exchange of comments on your buzz today. But here, Manjit adds a further and new dimension to the great work of Joseph.
I made my first impression comment on your buzz dear Manjit and its quality is so high that I shared it on three hives and to my followers. This is something I only do for very exceptional buzzes. I am honored by your mention and in any role this buzz motivated you to write your great buzz.21/08/2017 #47 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee here is corresponding buzz "LIFECENTRIC"
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/lifecentric21/08/2017 #46 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#41 I deliberately postponed replying to your first comment till I have responded to the subsequent ones @Geoff Hudson-Searle. I thank you for your honesty in evaluating the buzz. First, you captured me with your writing "you need to meet the minds and hearts of your target audience". Yes, I agree without any doubt.
The graph I used is analogous to the complexity graph of population growth. I wanted to avoid using the word complexity or other terms that may have led to losing the readers' minds. I agree with you that I could have explored the topic in a greater detail. However; it is leaving out some "hoes" that attracted such great comments as yours.
I wanted to test the waters first with this buzz, but I promise to do soon.
I certainly enjoyed our discussions on your buzz and I learnt a lot from you. For me, today is a delightful one for I got to know your more. I can't thank you enough.21/08/2017 #45 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#43 It did and it responds n part to the questions I addressed to you in my previous comment @Geoff Hudson-Searle. I used the word delight in my previous comment and you are referring to happiness. As people are forgetful unless there is a deep belief in "there is something of value and delight for me" I therefore agree fully with you that we should leave the customer with something physical to keep memory of whatever we offer the customer.
I wanted initially to include an example of the CV that my daughter prepared and her CV is written in story format and the printing of the CV is done in very high quality photographic paper that it shall be difficult to "drop" the CV. I promise to share parts of it soon.
Again, I do appreciate your comment greatly and I am indeed grateful to you.21/08/2017 #44 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#42 I agree with you @Geoff Hudson-Searle. In the linear part of the story a salesperson may introduce the layer of experiential experience to proceed to exciting the prospective customers with some features that are delightful and of benefit to them. Once they are in this stage I believe arousing them emotionally will help a long way. May be soon I shall give a working example of what I mean. Every product has its story. It is how we deliver the story to create action. In this case the product is the hero.
I wonder in your opinion if the experiential and emotional processes or steps should go in consequence or in parallel. Or, the could be overlapping. I am here a bit worried of the confusion that may result.
I thank you so much for your constructive comment, which triggers my thinking.21/08/2017 #43 Geoff Hudson-Searle@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee The essence of a successful emotional journey is that it leads the customer through a series of emotional waves. Interwoven with these highs are the key corporate communication and sales messages. At the end of the experience it must deliver the customer on an emotional ‘High’. This is a proven communication technique that creates a deep sense of satisfaction and a strong memory of the visit and the brand. Psychologically, people prefer a defined conclusion to meetings. It is important that this is concluded with a physical retention (for example a brochure/ presentation/video/next appointment date). This reinforces that each visitor is important and provides a memory trigger for follow-up calls from sales persons. I am not sure I agree with Phil Johnson's quote 'We are often willing to sacrifice freedom for the illusion of safety' this is very much based on a 'one fits all scenario' our beings are all completely different, we all make choices and decisions, good or bad, in our lives, for the good of our loved ones, friends and executive teams, you know I wrote a blog last week called 'The pursuit of Happyness' the quote I will leave you with is 'Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.' by Valerie Bertinelli. I look forward to our next interaction and hope this provides you with some 'food for thought' Best wishes, Geoff.21/08/2017 #42 Geoff Hudson-Searle@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee There are two layers to a successful journey: the progression through the experiential, and the emotional journey that customers should feel; bringing the “company experience to life”… there are two layers to this approach layer 1: Visual journey
It is important to define the start and finish experience, as portal zones that every customer experiences. Further in to communications the designed components build the total experience. And layer 2: Emotional state journey The second layer of the brand journey should plot the change in the emotional state that customers should experience to fully engage in the brand experience. This emotional journey has several advantages: Most importantly, it delivers the psychological sense of tension then relief and relaxation that customers enjoy and need in their lives It reduces the reliance of the performance on the staff, and increases overall quality across the business It can be changed depending on the season, location, or time of day to create further uniqueness in the market It ensures a vibrant ‘live’ performance feel for the customer, every visit and meeting, making each customer feel important and leaving the meeting,
with more knowledge and information, before they commenced discussion.21/08/2017 #41 Geoff Hudson-SearleDear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I really enjoyed your contribution and interactions to my buzz this morning https://www.bebee.com/producer/@geoff-hudson-searle/the-extraordinary-life-of-challenging-the-status-quo I know understand the cross synergy between some of the aspects of your writings and views. First of all I must commend you of the subject matter and topic, although I feel that you have not exercised a full explanatory and to the core of this fascinating subject, but provided great thought provoking insights to express opinions and incites. 'Great stories grab our hearts and emotions' this is a fact, irrespective of whether you are a writer, poet, film director or sales person, you need to meet the minds and hearts of your target audience. I am a huge fan of Joseph Campbell and his work, potentially one of my all time favorite books is 'The hero with a thousand faces' there are so many amazing facts in this book which are visible in life today from film and media through to business, his theories are no longer just a thesis of good ideas, his formula's are practical with commercial application. Joseph Campbell defines the function of a myth as the provision of a cultural framework for a society or people to educate their young, and to provide them with a means of coping with their passage through the different stages of life from birth to death. You touched on the sales person, One of the best ways to develop a sales or customer experience is through defining the ‘branded customer journey’ as a series of elements that build up the branded message over time. It gives the brand manager more control over the delivery of the brand experience and therefore increases the likelihood of it’s success.21/08/2017 #32 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#30 I thrived on your comment @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA. I add my voice to yours that we don't only share ideas, experiences and knowledge. We can share our stories. When we tell our stories we are full of passion and the reader or listener would be more engaged. The stories of our conflicts, failures and successes are a fertile ground ans may serves as lighthouses for those people sailing in their darkness. I greatly appreciate your support and enlightenment my friend.
- Producer13/08/2017Moments — lightning and thunder.The rain pounded on the canvas roof — for an instant the room was bright as day, faded to night, and a crash of thunder followed. Whether it was the pounding rain or the thunder that woke me I could not say but I lay there and listened to something...
Comments16/08/2017 #16 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#10 Graham, I missed to mention another thingy. Looking at the pic of lightning forks and that pattern of flow of electricity, got me wondering again! That fractalistic pattern! Is it the optimal energy/prana/flow pattern of the universe? Is it some sort of a universal constant? You see that same pattern in our bodily tissues pumping blood...the arterial and venal network...in the leaves on the trees...the roots...what's with that flow pattern?! Is there some scientific / architectural explanation for that sort of a thing? @Claire L Cardwell13/08/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 LOL, Joyce, when my kids were little they too feared the thunder. I told them that if they hear thunder, the lightning missed them.
Then they started the "steamboat game." They would steamboats (or Missisippis) between seeing lightning and hearing thunder. Every 4 meant a mile away.13/08/2017 #5 Claire L CardwellWe have epic thunderstorms up here on the Highveld in the summers.... one time my ex-husband and I raced up to Northcliff Hill so we could watch the thunderstorm rolling in from the North West.... Anyway before we knew it the storm was on us. We had to shelter under the water tower (which has a grounding copper rod in it of note, I have seen the plans) and cover our heads - the whole world lit up as the lightning hit the tower. It was an amazing experience. There is nothing like a good thunderstorm!13/08/2017 #3 Praveen Raj GullepalliYou took me back to kindergarten days when thunder used to leave me terrified Graham! As the storm would begin, Grandma used to rush outside and throw a large iron crowbar in the courtyard to keep the lightning away from the house. I well remember her telling me that the iron would attract the strike. She also would give me two magic words to chant when out in a thunderstorm. (Names of a couple of demigods). I have had moments when lightning struck real close...close enough to have my hair standing on end and leaving my nostrils breathing a weird and charged antiseptic kind of air. thunder storms are awe inspiring, no matter where they occur.13/08/2017 #2 Renée 🐝 CormierPoor kid! I remember in 1987 I was living in Montreal and they had a ferocious summer storm in August. I lived in an apartment building which was at Sherbrooke and Cavendish and from my 17th floor apartment, I could see the St. Lawrence River in the distance. I used to like to look out the living room window and watch the thunder storms on the horizon, but that day, the storm was so fierce, I decided to watch from further back in the room. As I sat in a chair looking toward the lake I heard a buzzing on the carpet. It was actually a bolt of lightening in the spot where I would normally stand. There was rubber padding under the carpet, so I ended up with only a hole the size of a cigarette burn in the rug. It was bizarre. I still can't fully understand how that bolt got there. No windows were broken, or anything. It seemed to just appear there and it was about as long as a pencil. When we moved out, we had to tear up the carpeting. There was a small black mark on the wooden floor where the bolt danced that day. Nothing more, nothing less.
- 11/08/2017I share this because it speaks to humanity and its spirit across boundaries and time. It is proof that there is a butterfly effect. It is proof that there is power in every act, no matter how small. This is a truly inspiring story and beautifully told.She Gave A Pregnant Woman Some Chocolate In The Death Camp. Seventy Years Later, THIS Happened...wikr.com Francine Christophe was only eight years old when during the WWII she was sent to a concentration...
- Producer10/08/2017Three Chairs"Three Chairs" illustration © 2017, Graphite on Paper, Story © 2017.A Conversation I was sitting on a balcony patio next to a cafe with a cool breeze blowing awaiting for a concert to start at the zoo. There were three empty chairs across from me...
Comments11/08/2017 #14 Savvy RajA beautiful piece of contemplation on a conversation by @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Loved the line equally like Sara Jacobovici " If there is an empty chair, let someone have a seat. You will never know whom you might meet, nor the discourses you may traverse." 😊 Sharing this right away on' Life and Living'10/08/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 HelfrichSynchronistically enough, I was thinking about your writing skills, @Chas ✌️ Wyatt and how powerfully you are able to paint pictures in my mind. I'm pretty sure it was some random mention of a snake that kick-started my journey down image-memory-lane but just like that, I was in Hawaii, living off grid.
The waterfall at 2:24 in the video rocks my world!
- 04/08/2017@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, great to see your Visual Storytelling: A Creative Approach article on Linkedin.
Comments04/08/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeYou are so kind and thoughtful @Geoff Hudson-Searle. I can't thank you enough.
This presentation was originally published on slideshare and then shared on LI. The link is
- Producer03/08/2017Long Time No GabDoug called me yesterday.I didn't have time to talk as I was on my way to a client meeting.I called him back in the afternoon and caught him out for his afternoon walk in Centennial Colorado.As close as we could figure we had not spoken to each...
Comments03/08/2017 #5 Vincent AndrewThere's a friend I have not seen for more than 20 years Jerry. He's my good friend from university. He loved to hang out with his girlfriend who later became his wife. Later I learned they had gone their separate ways. I feel sad for both of them. Never thought it could happen. Maybe things didn't work out. Your story reminds me of friends from years ago whom I've not seen. Thanks Jerry.
- Producer01/08/2017The Little Things (Me, My Diabetes and Me)It's Been a WhileI like the number 7 for some reasons. Yet a concentrate of life challenges were sent my way precisely between the age of 7 and 17. 2017 started like any other year but it became soon apparent that it would be different for a number...
Comments02/08/2017 #75 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SAEssentially Low Carbs High Fat way of eating as our ancestors lived for thousands of years.Carbs are realatively new to he digestive system and we were not designed to store them up in large quantities. Meat, eggs and leafy greens are the basis.Worked for me...12 kgs lost more energy and halved bp meds.Especially suited for insulin resisted and pre- duabetic/ diabetic people @Pascal Derrien02/08/2017 #72 Pascal Derrien#71 ah cheers @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian :-) I actually don't have much to lose and if I lose more I am going to lose a bone. I am OK with the whole wheat brownies carbs family I actually need some as I do a lot of sport and I kind of like them, but I agree on the refined stuff its a constant battle.,
it must be such a relief to be off insulin !!!02/08/2017 #71 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI can empathize since I too am diabetic. Carbs metabolize as sugars, and sugar is freeking everywhere! Even ketchup is 25% sugar.
There seems to be a theory here that meats increase blood sugar. Not so. Proteins have little effect on blood sugar except as they relate to weight gain. Sugar, refined starches, and weight are the major enemies. Anything that metabolizes slower has a more gradual effect on blood sugar. The closer something is to sugar outside the body, the faster it becomes sugar inside the body.
If you want to go vegetarian, fine. But don't do it to help your diabetes. Beans will raise blood sugar faster than meat. It's really a question of what you can stand. I refuse to eat quinoa. Whole wheat pasta makes me gag as does brown rice. Try the better choices, adopt what you can. Moderate the rest.
Since I lost 60 pounds, I am off insulin and my other medications have been cut drastically. If you are carrying excess weight, lose it and lose it now.02/08/2017 #68 Tricia MitchellYou're fortunate to have your wife in your corner, Pascal. Thanks for sharing and being vulnerable. If your wife practices or is interested in functional medicine or a biopsychosocial model, managing or even reversing diabetes is possible. If our bodies are constantly adapting to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions of our environment, by finding the root cause of the biological changes, we can explore what's required for the body to heal (as opposed to searching for cures). 1 person I knew of who was diagnosed with diabetes at 38 traced the origins of it back to being in the womb. I know of 2 people who healed their diabetes. Bruce Lipton's work is a great source of information about epigenetics:
"...the science of epigenetics, which explores how cellular chemical reactions switch genes on and off. Research in this area has found that stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression. Lipton clarifies that this new area of study reveals that environmental influences are more prominent in causing illness than genes. He says new cancer research suggests that genetic factors influence the occurrence of illness a mere 10% of the time. In other words, the perception of our environment is responsible for our body’s health 90% of the time."
"With a tone of excitement Lipton notes, “ Wow! This means that people are not victims of their genes as we used to think. They can change their perceptions and thus change their health. Now that’s exciting! The old biology used to take away choice and control the outcome. When you tell people they are victims, their power is diminished. The work now is to help people change their perceptions so they can change their outcomes.” https://www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/the-biology-love Thought you may be interested. Cheers, Tricia
- Producer27/07/2017Hailstorm ThoughtsOn my drive west, just as I entered Wyoming, I experienced the most intense hailstorm of my life. While traveling, there is a sensation of being totally free from the bounds of daily life. Driving across the plains of Nebraska all morning, it was...
Comments28/07/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#5 The magic of this buzz and that of @Sara Jacobovici inspired me with the idea to write and publish a buzz today on hailstorm as a metaphor for storytelling.
Thank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and @Sara Jacobovici for the inspiration28/07/2017 #5 Sara JacoboviciFirst, thank you to @🐝 Fatima G. Williams for bringing my attention to your post @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Now, couldn't be more honoured to be mentioned in such a beautifully written and beautifully told story. Your full immersion in life is courageous and inspiring. Please keep on writing.27/07/2017 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt"Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled, as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky; fiercer and brighter came the lightning; more and more heavily the rain poured down. The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period.... in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain: then came a flash of red into the yellow light; a change to blue; a brightness so intense that there was nothing else but light; and then the deepest and profoundest darkness." ~Charles Dickens, "Martin Chuzzlewit", Chapter XLII.27/07/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeA buzz per day and still of this high quality is amazing and reflect your ability to tell great stories with meaning @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I am soon building on the hailstorm metaphor and shall reflect on the great life lessons you have taught us in this wonderful buzz, Deb.27/07/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien''I am the captain of my own life and it is fine to occasionally go below-board to ride out waters so choppy, I might be thrown from the deck'' so true in any human story near you I have been reminded of this this very week I will probably put an article up on this sometime soon... now that will probably not be as eloquent as this article is :-)
- Producer20/07/2017What's Your Story, Morning Glory?“‘I need your help,’ the blond whispered in my ear as she took me by the arm and started fast-walking me towards Boylston Street. Before I knew it, she pulled me into a taxi and barked ‘Copley Square’ at the driver. As we sped off, I noticed two...
Comments22/07/2017 #24 Alan Culler#22 "People and stuff" -well said @Pascal Derrien
When I was 11 and at Camp Sachem Boy Scout camp in Antrim, New Hampshire the Camp director was a Poe fan. Every night, while we huddled in dark cabins with only dim flashlights for company, he would play a record over the camp PA system covering all 10 villages and 300 acres around Gregg Lake's north shore. It was a recording of Basil Rathbone reading Poe stories - "The Masque of the Red Death" was a favorite.
"The "Red Death" had long devastated the country. . . .It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence."
"The Cask of Amontillado" another "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge."
Years later, in my 30s, I found a copy of that record at a library rummage sale -time to pull it out again -Thanks for your comment and for the memories22/07/2017 #23 Alan Culler#21 Well - Don 🐝 Kerr - even on beBee - Rare to find someone quoting "The Book of the Dead" - wonderful poetry
Another favorite line seems appropriate here -"'What three things can never be done? Forget. Keep silent. Stand alone." - thank you for sharing -nice not to be standing alone.21/07/2017 #18 Alan Culler#13 @Sara Jacobovici
I sometime miss your posts as well -there ems to be limits to my time -which I know you also write about -time and stories in the multiverse are said to be infinite, but I have trouble getting out of this universe sometimes -ah -when to "Be Here Now" and when to "Be Open to Infinite Possibility"
Thanks for sharing to the Only Humans Tell Stories Hive -I'll look that up.21/07/2017 #15 Alan Culler#9 @Jerry Fletcher
Thanks for continuing the conversation, Jerry. So many great ideas here -persuasion -the art of sharing knowledge or a point of view through story. Science fiction stories - in the words of Lionel Shriver "complaining about today's problems by projecting them into the future"
Will look up Margie and the Aesop story.
Thanks again21/07/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici@Alan Culler writes: "My personal stories become illustrations to the point I want to make. That happens in conversation too. My songs often come from a chord progression on the guitar, which reminds me of a feeling, which I then put a story to. If/when I end up writing fiction, stories may require a bit more planning and a return to Joseph Campbell."21/07/2017 #12 Sara JacoboviciHonoured to be mentioned among this group of writers and storytellers @Alan Culler. I so appreciate your stories and style (sorry I sometimes miss your posts). Love this buzz; the beginning, the middle and the end. I will keep an eye opened for future stories from you. Thanks again.21/07/2017 #10 Harvey LloydStory telling is an art form, that i enjoy, thanks for the tag.
A story well told captivates the listeners emotion set and they can place themselves in the storyline. I have met a few in my travels and can say that a good story teller can replace the media very quickly.
I am glad you posted your thoughts it was enjoyed.21/07/2017 #9 Jerry FletcherAlan, Some of us come to story from without being from an oral tradition. My father didn't tell stories nor did my mother but they kept me in books from the time I could read. I "grok" science fiction because as a teen I was given a subscription to the Science Fiction Book Club. I'd been through Greek, Roman and Scandinavian mythology well before that and the writer's ability to paint new worlds and cultures with words opened my mind to a new realm. And I got into movies although it took a half-day to go into the city on Greyhound for a matinee and return.
My ex is a fiction writer. I could never do what she does. But I can write to convince or persuade. I can make people listen to a different viewpoint. And I have a voice that resonates with most people. So I speak and have done so professionally on three continents. (I'm waiting for an invite to Australia) The stories I tell in speaking are ones that make a point like Margie, The Galactic Commander (www.NetowrkingNinja.com) or The man with two wives by Aesop which I use to explain positioning.
What I've found over the years is that each of us has stories that will involve and intrigue most people but we just don't notice them. You have to want to be storyteller. That opens your eyes. Simply recalling all the sensory input of when and where the story took place will connect your audience. Then just tell the story. Hone it with the next telling. Find the words that connect every time. Make that story a signature--one no one else can tell.
- Producer21/07/2017A heart full of generosity and love!I hurt and have been hurting and as much I'm finding healing, I never forgave myself for allowing my father to pass away. I was sitting and watching a movie in the living room not knowing he needed my help. Why didn't he call out like he usually...
Comments22/07/2017 #23 Cyndi wilkinsHey soul sister...It's not easy for us gals to say goodbye to our daddies...but you know...he's closer to you now than he's ever been...Just take a look at the gift his passing has given you...
"I choose to love everyone around me as much as I can, as I know there's not much time left with each other."
He's given you wings;-)21/07/2017 #22 Joel AndersonWe all miss moments and opportunities but your message speaks volumes for the perspective of time, understanding, letting go, remembering and knowing that even in those lost moments, those unspoken works, there is a truth to love that outlast the mistakes (real or perceived).
“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
--Betty M. Nelson
Walk proud @🐝 Fatima G. Williams and stand tall for a life well lived--apparent, hidden just under the surface and at times totally unseen. An outlasting life of excellence that because of him and your mom lives on in the portrait of you.21/07/2017 #18 Charlene Norman@🐝 Fatima G. Williams When we humans become parents we don't get a manual that tells us how to "parent'. We do the best we can. When our parents get sick and eventually die, we kids don't get the manual that tells us what to do. We do the best we can. When we siblings lose our brothers/sisters at far too tender an age, there is never a manual that tells us what to do. We do the best we can. By all the comments below, you have many friends in the bee community with many wise words who have been shown, told, coached to "do the best we can." You will never lose the pain of losing Dad. It will be with you forever. But you can turn all that pain into joy by focusing only on the goodness of the man and happiness he brought you and others. You can turn your own pain into joy by thinking upon all the gifts that he gave you (the strength, the resilience, the sense of humour and wonder and the huge capacity to share and to love). You can talk to him every day and thank him for what he gave you. He wants you to be blissfully happy and joyful. And to do and be the best that you can. A Huge hug to you my friend.21/07/2017 #17 Tausif MundrawalaI can feel the void left by my progenitor. Losing a parent creates a heartache which could never be healed however strong we become. The fear of losing our loved one kills us and that have been killing me day in and day out. We than start blaming ourselves that where did we fail taking care of them. I faltered because ........ There could be many reasons which could make us inconsolable throughout our life. It needs courage to talk about our grief because bottling up would lead to a dangerous burst.
My deepest condolences to you and your family, my friend, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams21/07/2017 #16 Anonymous@🐝 Fatima G. Williams, This is the post dedicated to my late father published on July 27, 2014 (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140727012813-248021126-writing-and-human-spirit-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly). He was a poet and he taught me about many "hidden" things. Original title of the post was: "Writing and Human Spirit, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly". In the end, only one things matter: good - your writing and his spirit. A great person deserves no less: FFF dad.21/07/2017 #13 Harvey LloydDads are a funny bread. Most feel and sense their children deeply, but always they want desperately for them to have the strength to live past them. So they hide their "self" and build their family.
I have two wonderful daughters who love me and would do anything to help. My only wish is to see that they can face the world and find peace and joy within their heart.
For a dad to know that their children will make it based on the knowledge they have passed on is a triumph that can not be described.
Prove dads thoughts right, take what he has given and build your life and keep in mind the torch he passed is now your responsibility to pass to the next. From what i have read here your dad was an awesome person and passed a torch that shines brightly, and aptly named @🐝 Fatima G. Williams.21/07/2017 #8 Lyon BraveI have two fathers and Jhonny died next to my mother in bed and im pretty sure if he could choose his death thats how he would of wanted it. I am sure your father knew you loved him. It sounds like you were very active in his life. I know people who dont see thei parents for years. They come after the funeral and pawn their stuff, so having guilt because he didnt see you get married or.because you didnt spend enough time with him is just not how you should look back on your time togethet. Your name is Fatima. The fathers favorite daughter. I am sure you were loved and loved. Now i think all you can do is tell your children wonderful bedtime stories about your dada when you make your own family.21/07/2017 #7 Ian WeinbergThanks @🐝 Fatima G. Williams for reminding us of our humanness with all its limitations. We control very little after all. We are judged therefore only on our best intentions. Celebrate and rejoice the good times and cherish everything that contributes to increasing awareness. No blame, no guilt and no regret. But grieve we will because this is our lot. Feel your loss. Wish you well.21/07/2017 #6 Brigette HyacinthThis is so deep and touching. Fatima, don't beat up yourself with, "If Only." You can't change the past and he knew you loved him. I am sorry for how hard his passing has been on you and your family. There are many nights when the pain is so great and you cry yourself to sleep. You would give anything to see them, talk to them, hug them just one more time. Death is the hardest thing to deal with and it never gets easier. There is nothing anyone could have done. When our hourglass is full we must leave this earth. I read many posts but this is one that will remain with me. Thanks for the remainder and for this wonderful tribute of your father. ((Hugs)) Brigette
- Producer07/07/2017The tyranny of secrets - stories not told“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.” William Styron © Copyright 2017, Don Kerr, Don Kerr Writes - All rights reserved. ...
Comments09/07/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Don 🐝 Kerr, you are a wordsmith. This may have been cathartic for you, but, I enjoyed the story immensely. You also touch on the battle I sometimes face in whether, or not, to reveal deeply personal details about my life in my writing. I also love the quote in the Preface by George Moore.08/07/2017 #6 Jerry FletcherDon, I know that was not easy. I applaud your courage. I cheer your ability to string words together so that we can feel how this diorama tells the story but not all of it. Somehow I believe that sharing such stories is good for both of us as it enlightens each while lightening the load if even in a small way.08/07/2017 #5 Ian WeinbergThanks for sharing @Don 🐝 Kerr After many years of coaching self and others professionally, I've arrived at a place where I believe that it's not possible to fully expunge the founding circuitry of our subjective cognition, emotions and beliefs. Neither the deep neuro-archeological dig nor the 'aha' moment of self-discovery leads to automatic resolution. Nor in fact does the application of pure logical reasoning. However the application of acceptance and forgiveness together with gratitude for the good stuff, goes a long way to letting the light in. Add to this purposeful busyness, value contribution and personal achievement and you take the edge off the pain.08/07/2017 #4 Praveen Raj GullepalliVery poignantly expressed dear Don. To deal with undecurrents one needs to feel the source again and again. Feel the regret and the pain. If I were to explore the kaleidoscope of the past with a microscope, I should not forget to use my sense of humour for a filter. If I cannot laugh at the shy, timid, scared, foolish yet trusting kid that I was then, I surely will end up in the deeper end of the pool again!
I think the choices we had then (with or without the supporting voices outside) still remain with us. To not fear, to fight back, to resist, to focus on the present, to have a dream and fiercely work towards enabling it with effort and not waiting for a miracle to make it happen, to care and share, to protect and nurture, to relate and reach out.
I keep asking myself - What would you say if you were to come across a kid just like you were once upon a time not long ago? Would I be able to make a difference?08/07/2017 #3 Charlene NormanReally REALLY bold Don. I don't know very many people (either sex) who would publicly display themselves like this. Yet I admire you for doing so because it must be very cathartic in so many ways.
I wish I could introduce my brother to you. He too has a very checkered past and he could stand a good intervention from a good man such as yourself. But I fear he is too far gone -- like so many -- and again like so many -- when he finally does get it, it will be too late. You, my friend are one of the very lucky ones.
Please don't stop sharing your magic.
- Producer01/08/2016A thunderstorm lesson from a digital immigrant. Going “analogue” Oh My.I am a digital immigrant. My navigation, grammar and typing skills (normal and thumb induced) across the Internet of Things (IoT) or, as I like to refer to it all, the Thing of Things (ToT)--are atrocious. Yesterday, just like this morning, I...
Comments04/07/2017 #29 Sarah Elkins#18 I could not be more honored than to have played some small part in this beautifully written tribute to being unplugged, @Joel Anderson. I call what you describe here as a stolen moment; when I'm in the middle of something busy, and what feels like an arbitrary or random thing abruptly stops my activity. I can choose to get angry and frustrated, or I can choose to see it as a stolen moment - an opportunity to breathe deeply, listen intently, and rethink my priorities. Excellent post, Joel, thank you for sharing that stolen moment.02/07/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI'm glad @Deb 🐝 Helfrich linked this in her buzz. "Guess what. I didn’t have a panic attack. Life as I know it didn’t stop, it actually marched on in the beauty of an early morning thunderstorm. As I became accustomed to not having internet access, I actually stopped face planting myself into my computer and took the time to go outside and stand in the rain" Isn't it amazing that the times we may envision panic cause no panic at all? I always feel like a young child (in a good way) when I stand in the rain without worrying about getting my hair wet etc... Great story. Amazing how well we functioned w/out panic before cell phones and the internet.30/06/2017 #23 Jon RueckA neighbor chided me for mowing in the rain (some time back). He got my standard response: "I was born wet!" More recently we drove through a hail storm west of Great Bend in a futile attempt to outrun the storm. It was not long after we'd traded for a new pickup (new to us, but a 2014 model). The guy pulling a trailer ahead of us kept going so we kept following, listening to the weather report baseball sized hail a few miles away. Eventually out of the storm a look at the truck revealed no damage, but the ride was exciting! Our hail had been about a half inch and mostly soft ice. Lots of noise though. Fun in retrospect. #2129/06/2017 #21 Joel Anderson#19 Just to let you know why I returned to this post. This morning, I was trying to beat a thunderstorm between my house and my truck. Suffice it to say, there I was walking the short distance and before I could get in to my vehicle, it started pouring. I just had to chuckle as it reminded me of the article and I just stood there, and said, well your already getting wet. just enjoy it. As I drove to work, I couldn't get this song out of my mind: https://youtu.be/U5GKrmtCAgo29/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#18 If you didn't exist, Joel, we would have to create you.
There is something about our pent-up adult minds that react against constant play, but will let dance slip through the vise.
I wrote an extensive comment, that must be its own post, most especially as I have been holding myself back from writing on what's transpired in June.....
Bringing this post back, reigniting this feeling of joy that often arises when we can interrupt our minds, has brought me immense energy!29/06/2017 #18 Joel Anderson@Deb 🐝 Helfrich @Melissa Hefferman @Sarah Elkins Because of you all, I changed one word in this story. Originally I had ended this with "play in the rain." Because of some of your posts and numerous insights on life in general, comments on stepping out of ones comfort zone, your reflections on life lessons and life long learning, the subject of dancing, and your passion; I changed "play" to "dance" as you continue to inspire me. I know there are others out there, but I wanted to just say thank you. Keep making a difference. Joel02/08/2016 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams#6 While visiting a friend in DC we were walking down a busy street just after a rain. We were each a mother to an young daughter. We decided to puddle hop with our girls. The looks we were given by all those DC bureaucrats were priceless! The ocean is my confidant as well. A couple hours of conversation/meditation in the early morning is life rejuvenating!
I live 4 hours from the nearest beach now. I once got up at 4 AM on a Saturday morning, threw some stuff in the car and drove there. It was a holiday weekend so I knew no hotel rooms were available but that was okay. I grabbed some coffee, juice, and pastry and spent the next 8 hours on the beach with a slight break for lunch and all was well in the universe. As the sun began to set I drove the 4 hours back home.02/08/2016 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt"Good night. I have said my prayer with the forest; stood to the dark and the rain; cast my voice on the storm. Though my body shall lie in heavy slumber, my petition has gone on, caught and carried in the surge of the trees, whirled in high vortex over the mountain, drifting in black mists through the fertile night. Acknowledged, answered, in the drip of the rain." ~Virginia Garland, "The Rain," Out West: A Magazine of the Old Pacific and the New, February 1908.
- Producer25/06/2017Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind.... Part 1 – East London to Abu Dhabi “Well I was born in a small town…” John Mellencamp “Small Town” 1985 I really was born in a small place! A seventh generation South African from British ancestry, I was born in East London a small city on...
Comments26/06/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsComing back from my awesome Abu Dhabi trip to read this lovely Bio is a treat. I must admit it's a great place and I wish I had made the move 10 years earlier. I love Dubai but must admit Abu Dhabi as something subtle about it. UAE has to much to offer we need to look in the right place. You've captured the essence of this place in your buzz Chris :)26/06/2017 #32 Sara JacoboviciI'm not surprised that a music lover (of great taste in music), such as yourself, would also be a great storyteller @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. I came across a quote today before I read your post. Wonder if you think there is any connection? "A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle." - Richard Holmes Looking forward to Part 2!25/06/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHow interesting @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. What a great experience you have received, or should I say life changing? That's cool about Elton John's band! So, does everyone work on Sundays? Does everyone have Saturday's off? The photos are beautiful. I've seen many promotional photos of the city and it looks futuristic. I would imagine there is a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi. It sounds like you really have enjoyed the move! Looking forward to pt. 2.25/06/2017 #24 David 🐝 Martín Alonso#23 @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Thanks for recommendations, I already follow @Gert Scholtz Blog., and now your buzzes.
Barcelona is one of my favorites in Spain, i´ve lived there and visited many times. Next time you plan to visit Spain, please consider visiting South, Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, the muslim triangle, amazing experience.25/06/2017 #23 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#22 Thanks for your kind comments @David 🐝 Martín Alonso and for the share. Cape Town is the real gem of SA and offers so much.We in turn have visited Barcelona on holiday and loved the experience.
Please see the travel blogs of @Gert Scholtz for more on SA travel.25/06/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#19 Thanks so much for your insightful comments dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Finally have some free time to put it all down! Hope to have part 2 out later this week when I'll all also do some inter-generational analysis.
PS If Michael Moore's people don't call you about the road doccie call them 😃!25/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI love the contrast you built up, @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA between a life of comforting tradition and that one phone call that sent you and your family into an entirely different future.
I feel like we become more of who we are meant to be, when we step outside the well-trodden paths. Once we are habituated to a place, life tends to function on auto-pilot, especially when we are immersed in an entire community. That we are known so well is certainly a blessing, but can also be a bind from emerging into all that we are capable of.
I am actively courting that revolutionary phone call right now. But for a contrary reason. I am feeling drawn to travel - the call of the road, as you know, in order to find that place that feels like the home I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. I am ready to negotiate the staying-put part of life. But the place were I can do my best work, contribute the most value is still a mystery to me.
So a drive-about seems prudent.
Excited to see what happens in your tale next!25/06/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz@Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Now that does sound like a big change: East London to Abu Dhabi. I am sure, although at times you miss the shores of the Eastern Cape, Abu Dhabi offers a rich tapestry of experience and opportunity for you and your family. Thanks you for the mention Chris, and for a music lover such as you, here is Desert Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lWwBslWqg
- Producer17/06/2017Charging your storyMy buzzes on the art of storytelling over many platforms received the maximum attention as reflected by the number of views, shares, comments and likes. One buzz that I published on LI before moving to beBee is on "The Power of Storytelling"....
Comments25/06/2017 #43 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#42 I love your workable "litmus test" @Pamela 🐝 Williams. "I have found that when I have to struggle for the next thought, do edits other than typos that exist because my typing skill wasn't as fast as the flow of thoughts, then I am forcing the story and I'm never satisfied with the results". I experience the same and I salute you for highlighting this point in particular.25/06/2017 #42 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI particularly like this statement: "The flow of the story is like the flow of the current in a battery".
The writing of the story must be like thoughts flowing from the recesses of your mind. I have found that when I have to struggle for the next thought, do edits other than typos that exist because my typing skill wasn't as fast as the flow of thoughts, then I am forcing the story and I'm never satisfied with the results.
As I wrote my fictional series here on beBee there would be some lengthy timespans between episodes because the words weren't coming naturally. That's when I would step away and let my mind wonder, sometimes for weeks, until a light would come on and I would know exactly what needed to happen, not necessarily what I wanted, but what was needed. That's when the events would come as a surprise to my readers, and that surprise was the best reward/compliment I could receive.23/06/2017 #40 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#37 Dear @Steve Brady
First, I wish you good health and I am so happy that you feel better now. I missed your presence and I am again happy to read your sound comments . You awakened the sleeping child in me. Thank you so much for I feel more creative now.22/06/2017 #38 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsDo you know where I find the charge to my batteries dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee in buzzes like this one and many others on beBee. I charge my batteries through my interaction with people. There is an invisible energy that flows in and I'm charged I write a story.
The battery metaphor is apt as you can tell from my comment. Like Sara says only humans tell stories. Thank you for charging my batteries #Stayawesome22/06/2017 #37 Steve BradyDear Ali,
Hello! I've been absent for a while due to some health issues. I certainly missed the camaraderie and wisdom here in the beBee community. I heartily endorse your focus on storytelling and your battery metaphor is so apt. I think it reinforces the adage that good storytelling is an art. As I reflect on my own experiences in the Education sector, many, many times I saw the shift in energy that a good story can bring. I think it's a perennial form of wisdom that can resonate with the "child" in each of us.19/06/2017 #34 Tausif MundrawalaI do find the battery a suitable metaphor. We should start our story with the combination of many aspects and readers stay hooked if the protagonist have been carved well. People tend to forget that the antoginist is misunderstood by others but still he/she is a human. We should bring forth and unfold the story in different phases. My buzzes on stories were well received and I concluded the fact that readers like strong charcters and however weak one is but still would like to call oneself as the most strongest. The weakest characters have drawn sympathy from them but I don't like to burden my readers with the worst plight one could imagine. As always a power charged buzz which has lit my batteries on,Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee18/06/2017 #32 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeI have gained great pleasure being a storyteller. I also loved journalism. In journalism, it is expected that you grab the reader's attention in the first few lines. Then it a chore not discharging your own batteries maintaining the pace. I've had editors "deflate" a piece and it has made me nearly rabid. One young man dared not cut my work again after removing elements that completely eliminated a cost to society in it. That was https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joyce-bowen/the-price-of-beans. I always reproduce it with his 'edits' cut.18/06/2017 #31 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#28 Thank you dear @Sara Jacobovici for your "friendly" comment. As you have established the hive Only Humans Tell Stories I am not surprised at all to read your comment and your attention to the value of storytelling.
Yes, in my age timeflies and I can't believe this buzz celebrated its first birthday.18/06/2017 #28 Sara JacoboviciAllow me to apologize for coming late into this discussion. I just came across it now. At the risk of sounding cliche, I can't believe that it has been more than a year since you published your post @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee View moreAllow me to apologize for coming late into this discussion. I just came across it now. At the risk of sounding cliche, I can't believe that it has been more than a year since you published your post @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I must be getting old because they say they older you get the faster time passes. Sorry for the digression (also a sign of my age). I am happy to read your post as it is "timeless". Storytelling and metaphors, who can ask for anything more? The battery is a great metaphor for storytelling, Dr. Ali, especially the way you tell it.
I share your perspective on the value of storytelling. 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. Close
- 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 #16 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#14 awe, that is so kind to say, writing with love, is what I love and when it comes across and touches other hearts too, I feel fulfilled, grateful and blessed @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis25/05/2017 #15 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#13 I so enjoy it @Darko Lugonja thank you25/05/2017 #14 Fran 🐝 BrizzolisYou always get to reach my heart with your texts. Thank you so much @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.25/05/2017 #7 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.thank you @Savvy Raj!25/05/2017 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#3 thank you so much @Sara Jacobovici love your comments and glad you were swept along the words25/05/2017 #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, beBee Brand Ambassador for tagging me. Close15/05/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorThis 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. 🤣😂🤣