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  1. ProducerSavvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    23/11/2017
    Dancing to what moves you...
    Dancing to what moves you...Love Dancing?Are you drawn to the art of movement? Do you wish to dance but are confused where to begin and how to take the first step into the world of dance? Read on… First of all it is essential to find that dance form  which moves you. But...
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  2. ProducerShafi Khan

    Shafi Khan

    23/11/2017
    [Bloggers] Best Black Friday Deals 2017
    [Bloggers] Best Black Friday Deals 2017Black Friday is right around the corner and the huge discount fair has already started. This is the only day of the year when you can enjoy up to 99% OFF on most popular digital marketing products and services.Being an IM'er myself, I have compiled...
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  3. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Thursday Thought: I'm So Very Thankful for ...
    Thursday Thought: I'm So Very Thankful for ... About three years ago, several friends mentioned that blogging was becoming popular on LinkedIn and told me I should consider writing a blog (I hadn’t even known what a blog was!). They nagged me until I finally agreed to try it, but I had no idea...
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    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    23/11/2017 #15 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #12 And there's always a chance that we'll leave out someone we meant to include, @David B. Grinberg, so I made the difficult decision to just mention @John White, MBA. Of course, he IS the one who invited me . . . but there are so many superstars in that group and in others -- you included -- that it could take an hour to list them all.
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #13 David B. Grinberg
    .. continuing from below, I feel compelled single out five more outstanding people who deserve many accolades for their gracious support, positive engagement and valuable feedback: @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador View more
    .. continuing from below, I feel compelled single out five more outstanding people who deserve many accolades for their gracious support, positive engagement and valuable feedback: @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Jan 🐝 Barbosa @Javier 🐝 beBee @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. Close
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #12 David B. Grinberg
    Susan, kudos on your 500th article. That’s great news!
    I wholeheartedly agree with you that @John White, MBA is an invaluable asset to so many of us here. I like to call him the "godfather" of beBee USA for introducing countless people to the platform through his tireless promotion and exemplary outreach. Therefore, John deserves special recognition, praise and thanks.
    The following bees are likewise outstanding individuals whom I believe really exemplify the true spirit and meaning of giving (with no expectation in return): Professor @Milos Djukic @Lance 🐝 Scoular @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.
    Yes, there are many more bees who are worthy of lavish praise, but space is limited, as is the number of bees you can tag in comments. Thus, many thanks to all bees and ambassadors worldwide for ALL YOU DO to keep this platform buzzing!
    John Rylance
    22/11/2017 #11 John Rylance
    Thanks I appreciate that.#6
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/11/2017 #10 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #4 LOL, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! I write a lot because early on I established a weekly schedule to follow, Mondays for grammar checkups, Tuesdays for Tricksters, and so on. That helped me think up ideas, and most weeks I posted three or four articles. Oh, and I pretty much always post my Friday Fundays . . . I enjoy them as much if not more than my readers do.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/11/2017 #8 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #2 And thank YOU, @Laurent Boscherini, for the kind words and the wish for a happy holiday weekend.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/11/2017 #7 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 Thans so much, @Javier 🐝 beBee! I find it hard to believe myself.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/11/2017 #6 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #1 @John Rylance, I am speechless and just so sorry to learn of your son's death. I can't imagine a more horrifying event for any parent. That said, yes. At least it was a peaceful one, and I really do hope that gives you and your family some measure of comfort.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    22/11/2017 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee
    500 articles! Congratulations !
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/11/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    500 posts!!!! WOW. And I thought I was prolific.

    It makes me think back to when I was first coding the LinkedIn feed connection for myTweetPack.com. One of your posts was open on my screen so I used you as a guinea pig. I thought I did something wrong when it took forever to process the feed. Then I saw it pulled it 450+ posts. I since imposed a 50- post limit. LOL
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    22/11/2017 #3 Susan 🐝 Botello
    Wow! Congratulations!
    Laurent Boscherini
    22/11/2017 #2 Anonymous
    Congratulations @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess and thank you for everything! Being part of your network is a pure gift 🤗 Happy Thanksgiving from South of Europe.
    John Rylance
    22/11/2017 #1 John Rylance
    Unusually for me the reason to be most grateful was a sad one. That my eldest son had a peaceful, painless death from cancer. The tears of a clown were very much in evidence.
    Thank you for yours and several others whose posts gave me something to take my mind off his demise.
  4. ProducerIsai Bravo

    Isai Bravo

    22/11/2017
    New Bee
    New Bee Hello everyone my name is Isai Bravo, I am from Mexico. I have traveled to U.S.A. and back home several times as I learned new skills that have helped me get to where I am today. When I found this app I was delighted to know I could interact with...
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    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #18 Isai Bravo
    #1 @Jan 🐝 Barbosa I appreciate the warm welcome to beBee. Blessings
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #17 Isai Bravo
    #2 Muchas gracias Hugo saludos brother.
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #16 Isai Bravo
    #3 Thank you @Debasish for sharing my post in the groups, I need learn how to use beBee. Greetings
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #15 Isai Bravo
    #4 Thank you @Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador is a pleasure meeting you.
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #14 Isai Bravo
    #5 Thank you very much Susan
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #13 Isai Bravo
    #6 @Jim Murray Lol 😂 Thank you for the warm welcome Jim, I wish I was a soccer player but sadly I have two left feet.
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #12 Isai Bravo
    #7 @John White, MBA Very kind of you greetings from Mexico.
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #11 Isai Bravo
    #8 @Javier 🐝 beBee Muchas gracias por la calida bienvenida, se los agradezco mucho. Saludos
    Isai Bravo
    23/11/2017 #10 Isai Bravo
    #9 Thank you Sara much appreciated.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/11/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    Welcome @Isai Bravo! You landed in a good place. Wishing you all the success!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    22/11/2017 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Isai Bravo ¡ bienvenido a la colmena !

    Welcome to the hive !
    John White, MBA
    22/11/2017 #7 John White, MBA
    Welcome to beBee. We are so glad to have you in the hive!
    Jim Murray
    22/11/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    Welcome to beBee, Isai Bravo. Very cool name by the way. It's a soccer name.
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    22/11/2017 #5 Susan 🐝 Botello
    Welcome to beBee, Isai!
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #4 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    @Isai Bravo Welcome to beBee. Buzz on!!!
    Debasish Majumder
    22/11/2017 #3 Debasish Majumder
    welcome to beBee @Isai Bravo!
    Hugo Chinchilla
    22/11/2017 #2 Hugo Chinchilla
    Orale, welcome to beBee!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    22/11/2017 #1 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    welcome to bebee
  5. ProducerSavvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    22/11/2017
    A sensing in the tasting.
    A sensing in the tasting.I sip the tea in front of me. I sense the taste engulfing my mouth proactively therefore the tea is to me a certainity  but the tea is simply a matter, an ingredient dissolved in a concotion passing on the many stages of creation to purpose to...
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    Savvy Raj
    23/11/2017 #13 Savvy Raj
    #12 You know @ Franci Eugenia Hoffman although personally so far these beverages are not a habit for me.... my roots are from South of India where the steaming cup of filter coffee in the morning and evening is almost like a tradition . When you visit India you ought to try it for sure..
    Infact it would be my pleasure to treat you as I do have many friends and relatives who are huge coffee lovers....
    Talking of beverages I do enjoy a particularly nice concotion of fresh Ginger lemon and honey tea once in a while.Thats what got me waxing words in the sensing 😊
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #12 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Savvy, your ability to share beautiful thoughts is wonderful. I am a coffee addict but every now and then a hot of tea is calming and soothing.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    22/11/2017 #11 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #10 Yep.. four cups a day, I think I am a tea addict! But then, tea, in times of tiredness, is all a comforting drink.
    Savvy Raj
    22/11/2017 #10 Savvy Raj
    #8 @Mohammed A. Jawad looks like you are truly fond of your cup of tea! 😊
    Savvy Raj
    22/11/2017 #9 Savvy Raj
    #6 Thank you for the kind mention @Sara Jacobovici . About this buzz well I am an early morning person and having woken up to a cold winters morning... I started to make a a bit of tea for my family who were yet to awaken . The weather implored me to Indulge in a bit of me time with a little cup of tea and my thoughts watching the mist settlled on the leaves of the trees outside my home . And my thoughts took flight... It was sheer serendipity to me and I just felt like sharing .. So thanks again for thinking so kindly of my writings.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    22/11/2017 #8 Mohammed A. Jawad
    For interim relaxation, it's good to sip hot tea!
    Savvy Raj
    22/11/2017 #7 Savvy Raj
    #5 Truly honoured @Sara Jacobovici and deeply sensing the warmth in your words as much as the ease of being connected with you , though we are yet to meet in real time . So lovely to read you again! . Bless you dear friend 😊
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/11/2017 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    A buzz to savour written by @Savvy Raj.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/11/2017 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Savvy Raj. I so enjoy reading your writing. Your posts are a sensory creation, a work of art. In this one, too, I appreciate your ability to put into words, metaphors and images, a philosophy of being that completely resonates with me. Thank you for sharing.
    Savvy Raj
    22/11/2017 #4 Savvy Raj
    #2 So very heartfully said dear @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher All is truly well and beautiful in the simple strength of valuing these interconnects 😍🤗😍
    Savvy Raj
    22/11/2017 #3 Savvy Raj
    #1 Yes immense is the sense of connection in the warmth of a cuppa!! Thank you @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris for the brilliant connection.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a great message @Savvy Raj! I have always believed in one way or another we are all connected too. The world would be a much better everyone shared this philosophy. Energy and matter are connected in many ways, why not every human?
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    22/11/2017 #1 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    A lot can be sensed from a cup of tea. Even more from a cup of mate...
  6. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Tuesday Tricksters: News -- Night
    Tuesday Tricksters: News -- NightThe Tuesday Tricksters seem to be everyone’s favorite: five pairs/groups of words known as homophones that sound alike (or almost, anyway), but are spelled differently and mean something different. They’re the toughest words in English to use...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    There were a few I never heard of, thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. They were just talking about Gnus on the news today! ;-)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    These words were familiar to me, thanks to crossword puzzles. OMW! I love the bonus. Some of those words look like a complete sentence.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    21/11/2017 #3 Lisa Vanderburg
    Loved the bonus & buzz @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! No newbies to me, but some Brits say 'Wednesday' and pronounce the first D followed by the N...quite hard to do..like stifling a yawn :)
    John Rylance
    21/11/2017 #2 John Rylance
    Nicks is what robbers do. He nicks jewellery. It is also what the police do. They nick criminals. Also the Police in all good!! crime films/ stories say when arresting someone "you're nicked" Well in the U K anyway.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    21/11/2017 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I never heard of Gneiss either.

    There are also what I cal pseudo-homonyms. Words like "new" and "nude" that cause confusion when pronounced quickly or with an accent. An aunt and uncle of mine where tripped up when they joined an excursion to a new beach
  7. ProducerSteve Blakeman

    Steve Blakeman

    21/11/2017
    'Stranger Things' teaches us 6 business & life skills
    'Stranger Things' teaches us 6 business & life skillsI've just finished binge watching Season 2 of the Netflix smash 'Stranger Things' and beyond the fact that it's rather excellent it also got me thinking about what we can learn from the characters which could help us in our careers. As it turns out,...
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    Roberto A. Foglietta
    21/11/2017 #1 Roberto A. Foglietta
    The lesson n° 1 - "The Crazy Ones - remember that iconic quote from Steve Jobs? This could well have been written with the character of Eleven in mind. She's quirky, uber-talented and somewhat scary at times but she is also undeniably brave and we all need the characteristics of a maverick like El on our team." - clearly explain why innovation and innovative company loves diversity, tolerance and refuses homologation. This last kills creativity and critical thinking.
  8. ProducerProma 🐝 Nautiyal
    beBee - Personal Branding at its Best
    beBee - Personal Branding at its Best To start with, let's talk about what Personal Branding is really about. Although most of us here on beBee already have a good understanding of what personal branding is, the term is yet to find its place in the hearts and minds of many professionals...
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    Numo Quest
    22/11/2017 #4 Numo Quest
    Very Sound! Proma, thank you. Though I look at the topic a little different, I see the need for some. Keep on going dear. :O)
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Masterfully articulated, Proma. beBee rocks branding! Thanks for all of your brilliant buzz and contributions to this promising platform.
    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Great read, @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal. I think of "personal brand" as our persona or reputation. It's important we endeavor to create our personal brand before someone does it for us.
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/11/2017 #1 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Every individual has a personal brand, as John White states, "it's your reputation." Everyone markets themselves on a daily basis whether it's just by visiting the super market or spending time on social media. Everything you do in public relates to and builds your personal brand both negative and positive. Personal branding has been around since the beginning of mankind however; until recent history has so much been written about the subject. As Tom Peters popularized. “Don't try to advance your own career. Don't try to do everything yourself. Find a horse to ride.”
  9. ProducerFranci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Hive🐝Talk-Trending Buzzes, Features and Hives-Nov. 21, 2017
    Hive🐝Talk-Trending Buzzes, Features and Hives-Nov. 21, 2017I am sincerely grateful to be a part of the beBee community. What is there not to like about being surrounded by such an engaging and talented group of people willing to donate their time and efforts.Just to name a few that I follow, let's...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    22/11/2017 #17 Jerry Fletcher
    Franci, As I read thru this the tune "Jive Talkin" started running through my mind. Now I can't shut it off!. Thanks for your compilations.
    Gabriel Bazzolo
    22/11/2017 #16 Gabriel Bazzolo
    Thank you Franci!!!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #15 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #6 Thank you so much, @David B. Grinberg, and have a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Well done @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and kudos to all of you great writers!!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    22/11/2017 #8 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thanks for the shout out @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador... the beBee community is wonderful!!!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    22/11/2017 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Thanks, in abundance, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for highlighting and honoring the worth of beBee and recognizing and ranking buzzing bees!
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos to all the buzzing bees named above who are prolific in producing honey -- especially @Jim Murray who always sets a high bar with his great advice, intelligence, sarcasm, wit and humor on a countless range of topics. This is well deserved recognition, Franci. And thanks for all YOU do too. Please have a happy Thanksgiving!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #2 You're welcome, Phil, and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Phil Friedman
    22/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, for the shout out and the kind words. My best to you for the holidays.
  10. ProducerWayne Yoshida

    Wayne Yoshida

    22/11/2017
    My Network, My Friends Rock!
    My Network, My Friends Rock!Lately, my social media feeds have been filled with so much negativity. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holidays - and to contribute to a small bump to change this negative stuff to something more positive, I present the 2017 You Rock...
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    Robert Cormack
    22/11/2017 #8 Robert Cormack
    Good choices, @Wayne Yoshida. Nothing expands the relationship like expanding relationships.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/11/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Thank you, @Wayne Yoshida. I'm blushing (not a pretty sight)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    22/11/2017 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Excellent ! great professionals ! thanks @Wayne Yoshida
    David B. Grinberg
    22/11/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Excellent selections, Wayne, as usual. I'd like to give a @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian a special thanks for being so super awesome in so many ways. Thanks for all you do, Wayne and Paul!
    cc @Javier 🐝 beBee
  11. ProducerJim Able

    Jim Able

    21/11/2017
    Worldwide Call for Members and Directors
    Worldwide Call for Members and DirectorsEt Societas Bovis Stercore is seeking to expand its membership globally and to find candidates to sit on its Board of Directors...ESBS  is a global online co-op of those who seek with goodwill to give back some of that which they receive on a daily...
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    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #14 Jim Able
    #12 Tu quoque, my clod-hopping friend. Have a happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday. Oh wait, you already did that in October.:-)
    Jim Murray
    22/11/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    You're so full of shit, it amaze me sometimes.
    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #11 Jim Able
    #3 Yes, Wayne, almost as interesting as a phony degree from an online diploma mill in one's profile.
    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #10 Jim Able
    #9 For the record, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I'm a big fan of Richard DiPilla, who not only promotes his Global Goodwill Ambassadors group, but shares a lot of posts of other freely and with goodwill to all. My posting is intended to alert everyone to the danger of unreflective joining in upstart groups that have no history or reliable historical information available, such as the one which just popped up out of Toronto, driven by someone who had been removed for cause by RDP, who can only benefit if people are more careful. Caveat membrum.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    22/11/2017 #9 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 As if we can't have multiple groups without stabbing others in the back, @Jim Able, referring to the Global Goodwill Ambassadors and Richard DiPilla being hit and hurt for no good reason.

    Pity that Toronto con-man just can't go away quietly.
    Brian McKenzie
    22/11/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    You had me at Alfred E Newman
    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #7 Jim Able
    #4 Thank, Brian, although if you like something, it makes me wonder what I've done wrong. Still, we anti-sweetness guys have to stick together, don't you think?
    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #6 Jim Able
    #3 Yes, Wayne, almost as good as one or two or three diploma-mill degrees placed strategically on one's profile in the hope that nobody will ever bother to check who the "schools" really are.
    Jim Able
    22/11/2017 #5 Jim Able
    #2 Probably, although there is a backstory here. There is a Toronto-based con-man pushing a new competitor to Richard DiPilla's Global Goodwill Ambassador group. And tilting at windmills is a Jim Able specialty.
    Brian McKenzie
    22/11/2017 #4 Brian McKenzie
    Hazza, GrumblePot Approved 💩
    Wayne Yoshida
    22/11/2017 #3 Wayne Yoshida
    Brilliantly Jim Able. Could be an interesting entry on one's resume, eh?
    Kevin Pashuk
    22/11/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    You have waaaayyyy too much time on your hands "Jim"...
    Jim Able
    21/11/2017 #1 Jim Able
    Give back some of what you receive. Join our worldwide organization for the fertilization of global thought. To become a member and/or apply to become a member of our Board of Directors, connect and private message me -- or add your profile link to the comment thread here.
  12. ProducerKimron Corion

    Kimron Corion

    21/11/2017
    How Timothy “TIMMAY” Bain Built An Award Winning Bahamian Digital Media Empire
    How Timothy “TIMMAY” Bain Built An Award Winning Bahamian Digital Media EmpireThis week on “How They Did It” I talked to Timothy “Timmay” Bain, Bahamian award-winning media entrepreneur and Vlogger. Timmay talks about how he founded 3 Amigos Media with his friends, the sacrifices he had to make to get to where he is today and...
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  13. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Out and About - Part Two - Trying to Catch up
    Out and About - Part Two - Trying to Catch upWell the blog post (or two if I am trying to catch up) a day promise is not working out as well as I had hoped.  The majority of my articles take about 3-4 hours to research, write and edit.  (I admit it - this photo is rather old - however...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    22/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 Thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I am a busy lady! I think I am too busy, I've got a bunch of nascent projects (for example one that sells my plans online - which would be v. easy to run and let's face it money for jam!) - but right now I am the only person working for Blue Designs...

    I did have an excellent draughtsman and wanna be architect - Fernando in the wings - but unfortunately he died a couple of years back. I also made a classic error when I hired a friend (and pretty much family member) to come and work with me and be a partner in the business. He had come out of re-hab and was stable and grounded. Anyway his wife insisted that he had a real glass of champagne with her on their wedding day a year later and things deteriorated from there.

    I know I need a free-lancer to come and assist me, but so far everyone that has approached me has been too big for their boots!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/11/2017 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    You're a busy lady, Claire. You seem to love what you do even though there are some ruts in the road.
    Jerry Fletcher
    21/11/2017 #2 Jerry Fletcher
    Bureaucracy!
    Claire L Cardwell
    20/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess - I did mention you in my article... I hope my creative use of grammar and spelling is just about OK!
  14. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    American Grammar Checkup: Issues with Gender-Neutral Pronouns
    American Grammar Checkup: Issues with Gender-Neutral PronounsYears ago, I remember talking with a friend who was (and still is) deep into technology. I admired her ability to keep up with it, because technology moves so quickly, and I also remember mentioning something about being happy to work with a topic...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Oh the grammar mistakes I've made over and over. I cringe at myself after reading your lessons on Grammar! I bow to you, Grammar Goddess :))
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    21/11/2017 #4 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Thanks for sharing my post, @David B. Grinberg!
    Nicole Chardenet
    21/11/2017 #3 Nicole Chardenet
    "They" and "Them" does seem weird when talking about one person. The whole gender pronoun thing is fraught with more meaning than it should be. I was out with two friends last week, one of them had a gender-fluid child (actually 'they' are grown and married, but my friend can't call them 'my daughter' anymore so...) We disagreed on the whole gender pronoun thing, mostly because my stance is that there should be one third set of pronouns to rule them all (them's that aren't male or female anyway) and the fairly extremist SJWs of the gender-fluid set (oh there I go sounding a bit like B.M. :) ) insist on a different set of pronouns for every label they come up with for themselves. My feeling is that a compromise is a third set of pronouns and my friend, wanting to support her child, goes with the multiple pronouns. Although she herself struggled with trying to be gender-neutral a few years ago when she tried to refer to her child as 'zie', one of the earliest gender-neutral pronouns to be invented. Now she has it easier with 'they' and 'them', as did I, although I struggled to refer to the young person as 'they' and 'them', I kept slipping up and using female pronouns because the last time I saw the person, well...she was a cute little teenage girl :) So she's still female in my head even though I try to make this accommodation for her mother (the party in question lives in the States now and I haven't seen them for many years).

    Your suggestions are spot-on and I think i will share these on Facebook and solicit comments from the mother of the Person Formerly Known As Female :) OTOH, I don't know that they would work too well for a document of any real length! Well, we as a society will work it out one of these days :)
    Ken Boddie
    20/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    Guilty as charged, Susan. Ever since I attended a gender bias presentation at work I must admit to having overused ‘he/she’ without realising it could be ‘clunky’. Now I’ll attempt to use ‘they’ more often. I just hope ‘they’ aren’t the same ‘they’ who sent me to the zoo the other day. ‘They’ only had one animal ..... a dog. It was a shitzu. 😂
    John Rylance
    20/11/2017 #1 John Rylance
    To avoid pitfalls if not using a proper name then express in the plural. It appears to me put any of no or yes examples into the plural and they meet the criteria of 5.
  15. ProducerHarley King

    Harley King

    20/11/2017
    Let's Celebrate, Respect and Honor the Small Business Owner
    Let's Celebrate, Respect and Honor the Small Business Owner(Dedicated to my father and other people who own small businesses)I have a confession to make:  I am not an entrepreneur.  I have spent my forty-year career inside large corporations.  Yet, my heroes are the small business men and women who run...
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    Phil Friedman
    21/11/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    Thanks for being a good sport, Harley. And for the interesting piece. BTW, the line in my previous comment should have read, "... to my mind, being self-employed or owning/running a small business does NOT in and by itself make one an entrepreneur." Cheers!
    Harley King
    21/11/2017 #14 Harley King
    #13 Thanks @Phil Friedman for both the compliment and your willingness to share the article.
    Phil Friedman
    21/11/2017 #13 Phil Friedman
    Harley, my compliments on the down-to-earth reality of this piece. Especially your return to the use of the term "Small-Business Owner". I've spent the majority of my adult working life running my own small businesses, yet never called or considered myself an "entrepreneur".

    Indeed, I've personally grown dog-weary of the contemporary over-use of the term "entrepreneur", as to my mind, being self-employed or owning/running a small business does in and by itself make one an entrepreneur. And BTW, contrary to contemporary board-based usage, neither does being unemployed.

    And before all the would-be entrepreneurs jump all over my case, understand that I've actually in my core business had occasion to come into contact with many successful entrepreneurs on a one-to-one basis, so I know a little bit whereof I speak.

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/what-i-learned-about-entrepreneurs-from-the-founder-of-monster-com

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/common-myths-about-starting-your-own-small-business

    Am sharing this piece in various beBee business-related hives. Cheers!
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #12 Gert Scholtz
    #7 @Harley King Yes, my father was at the University of Illinois. I went to school at the Martin Luther King School. Amazing coincidence!
    Harley King
    20/11/2017 #11 Harley King
    #6 Thanks @Claire L Cardwell. My hat goes off to you.
    Harley King
    20/11/2017 #10 Harley King
    #4 Thanks @Charlene Norman. Most never make it big, but they can make a living. It takes a special kind of person.
    Harley King
    20/11/2017 #9 Harley King
    #2 Thanks for sharing, @Harvey Lloyd. The stories are inspirational.
    Harley King
    20/11/2017 #8 Harley King
    #1 Thanks @Deborah Levine. I salute your commitment to running your own business.
    Harley King
    20/11/2017 #7 Harley King
    #5 Thanks, Gert. I lived in Champaign from 1975 - 1982. The fact that you lived there in 1973 is amazing. Was your father or mother at the University?
    Claire L Cardwell
    20/11/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    @Harley King - great read! I really couldn't go back to working for a boss after running my own show for the last 13 (nearly 14) years. I love the freedom, yes some months it's beans on toast, other months it's not, but I've been fortunate in always having something to do - never really running out of work. Yes it's a bit nerve wracking some months when you don't have a reserve, but I am almost debt free and only answer to myself.
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #5 Gert Scholtz
    @Harley King A superb and honest read Harley - thank you for posting. Coincidentally, I was quite young and at school in Champagne, Illinois around 1973, and I remember the effects on the area of the OPEC oil embargo well.
    Charlene Norman
    20/11/2017 #4 Charlene Norman
    This is a fabulous read! I wish we could change this " These days many people want to be entrepreneurs — they want to get rich by starting their own company and then selling it. Colleges now offer business degrees in entrepreneurship." As you have rightly pointed out entrepreneurship is NOT the way to riches. And colleges teach theory. Which has you have very well storied, is different than what actually happens in the real world. The internet seduced many but as it has matured, so too has the methodology of finding customers and selling. NOTHING is easy. There are no guarantees. There by the grace of God, we all go -- in corporations, in medium-sized organizations and in our own ventures.
    Harvey Lloyd
    20/11/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    A salute and story of small business. Great read.
    Harvey Lloyd
    20/11/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    There is a certain grit to small business owners. I enjoy their stories and the trials and tribulations they have seen. All businesses are small first.
    Deborah Levine
    20/11/2017 #1 Deborah Levine
    How true that entrepreneurship is not for everyone @Harley King. My fellow entrepreneurs and I joke that it's a path to working day & night, weekends and holidays, with no surety of financial stability, never mind gain. Yet, it's who I am and I never last more than 3 years in a bureaucratic environment before exhaustion takes over.
  16. ProducerSavvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    20/11/2017
    What was, is and might be!
    What was, is and might be!Times we live in today with so called modern connectivity challenges us in every step to conform and yet can completely make us feel alienated in the non conforming ... Many of us are feeling the pinch a jab of what reality is turning out to...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    21/11/2017 #12 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #11 Glad to know that in many ways beBee has become a unique platform for unveiling of wisdom.
    Savvy Raj
    21/11/2017 #11 Savvy Raj
    #10 Diving into the comments here on beBee is a way to find concentrated wisdom and a way to gain perspective on issues we may not have considered.... this comment by @Jerry Fletcherresonates as many times when we take some time to read a captivating comment again we come up with fresh perspectives in the learning. Truly a successful communication is about taking time to listen in to understand than mere sharing... your comment here @Mohammed A. Jawad has much depth of reflections and addresses the need to take the pause to breathe in the understanding . And when expressions take flight we need a reconsideration of the ramifications . And that is then the play of balance , of proportions and disproportions that the self creates, adjusts and develops as per the needs of the times and like you mention ... perhaps cherishing our dual states in all its givings and misgivings in the wake of the state of one's sinews at that moment .
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/11/2017 #10 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Perhaps, when we unveil our identities step by step we all become cautious for every step to be taken. In remaining obscure, we hold fleeting thoughts and lives, and forget and refresh ourselves by the dawn and dusk in this very digital, global village. Somehow, social media keeps our sinews soaring and we cherish dual states, that is, virtual and real worlds in disproportionate manner.
    Savvy Raj
    20/11/2017 #9 Savvy Raj
    #8 .Thank you @Jerry Fletcher for your highlighting the depth of many of the comments on Bebee buzzes. It is no wonder that they continue to inspire us all.
    Fascinating , what is revealed in the strength of the interconnects.
    Jerry Fletcher
    20/11/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    Savvy, Don't ever stop weaving your insights. Diving into the comments here on beBee is a way to find concentrated wisdom and a way to gain perspective on issues we may not have considered. Thank you for this helpful revisiting.
    Savvy Raj
    20/11/2017 #7 Savvy Raj
    #6 Maybe in our cosmic sense we can slow down and understand the essence of smooth.... Taking a moment to sense the wisdom in reflections.@Joel Anderson Thoroughly enjoyed your valuable inputs in the tapestry of thoughts.
    Joel Anderson
    20/11/2017 #6 Joel Anderson
    Smooth is fast. When we take the time to open our eyes to truly see, open our ears to hear, and open our minds to think beyond the moment we just might be getting somewhere. Far too often we allow the speed of things to cloud or hide the interwoven nature of things. The interactions, the inter-dependencies, the connections, the story's, the things we take for granted and yes, even the steps yet to come. May be a stretch but your writing made me think of humanity. We just may be like the Aspen tree(s). Where the roots are connected and interwoven and on the surface appear to be individual entities when in reality, they are one community. Maybe in our cosmic sense we can slow down and understand the essence of smooth. @Savvy Raj Keep making a difference: one person, one step at a time.
    Savvy Raj
    20/11/2017 #4 Savvy Raj
    #2 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Personally delighted to share this one on and for Bebee , for all these comments , were a treat to interconnect . Many paths do lead us home enriched in the experience after all !Thank you .
    Savvy Raj
    20/11/2017 #3 Savvy Raj
    #1 Dear @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee I am so glad you think so as I was personally keen on seeing this word ,Tapestry somewhere in the Interweaving of thoughts as truly each of the comments had enriched my thoughts in their own special way .
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    20/11/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @Savvy Raj- every quote in your outstanding buzz is a concentrated drop of honey. I salute you for putting many quotes in such a coherent manner. I enjoyed immensely your buzz and the great thoughts embedded in it. Shared proudly
    I thank you for my mention. I am truly privileged
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    20/11/2017 #1 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Love the way you have woven the warp and weft of conversations and ideas. A wonderful tapestry.
  17. ProducerGeoff Hudson-Searle
    Can you really fall in love with a robot?
    Can you really fall in love with a robot?Our company has just started to work with a new client who has developed a humanised robot, which they describe as a ‘social robot’. It is clear by my work to date with this company that advances in robotics and AI are starting to gain some real...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    21/11/2017 #21 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Truly, it's from human intelligence there's artificial intelligence, so robots remain sheer tools at our good command.
    Phil Friedman
    21/11/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #19 There is no doubt, @Jan 🐝 Barbosa, that robotic tools can often be helpful and represent huge improvements in the delivery of services. But we have to remember that they are tools, and not delude ourselves that they have something akin to human "intelligence". IMO. Cheers!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    21/11/2017 #19 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Nevertheless... I see with good eyes the move of using robots to help the elderly... In cases of falls, monitoring their health, keeping company
    Brian McKenzie
    21/11/2017 #18 Brian McKenzie
    I will invest in the companies pushing the tech, but I will not have one in my house - I don't need nor want an AI widget anymore than an XX in my life.
    https://youtu.be/CeX8Bg_MqsQ
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/11/2017 #17 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    To me AL if continued on the path and current course will lead the world to a path of destruction worse than mankind has ever seen.
    Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/11/2017 #16 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    #15 Spot on @Phil Friedman AL is dangerous borderline stupid in many cases.
    Phil Friedman
    21/11/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    With all due respect, Geoff, when you say, "A new study has found that humans have the potential to emphasize with robots, even while knowing they do not have feelings ...", I think you (and possibly the researchers you cite) confuse "empathize" with "anthropomorphize". The current BS propagated by the Prophets (Profits?) of Artificial Intelligence plays on our willingness and ingrained tendency to anthropomorphize all manner of animate and inanimate objects in our world, from automobiles to boats to plants to cute little parlor tricks (like Siri and Alexa) that use voice recognition, synthesized speech, and algorithms to create the appearance of conversation. I knew a fellow once who "loved" his inflatable sex doll and said she was even better than a human companion because she didn't talk. Proving that we can grow to love just about anything as long as we keep our ability to self-delude active and strong. Cheers! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence
    Deborah Levine
    20/11/2017 #14 Deborah Levine
    This is truly weird stuff @Geoff Hudson-Searle. what strikes me the most is the creation of these robots by men for men in Stepford Wives form. The issue isn't just the interpersonal dynamics with the robots but whether they could replace real women who nearly as obedient, submissive, or servant-like. And if not actually replace them, change the dynamics between men and women and the expectations, particularly of men, of women's role. I wonder what these robots would look like if they were all designed by women?
    Yogesh Sukal
    20/11/2017 #13 Yogesh Sukal
    #12 @Geoff Hudson-Searle I have seen both movies, there are two ways to look upon it, if really humans got feeling for future AI's then thats a kind of evolution to us, Either we become so much subjective that even objective AI seems to be one of our kind or become to much objective that we dont care of any subjective experiences. As i mentioned in my following buzz

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@yogesh-sukal/science-philosophy-singularity-magic-of-absolutism

    The important is morality for humans and certain regulations or rules for AI's.

    Because if you see in the movies ex machina and her, how two AI's turned out to be, one with manipulative skills and one with love.

    Really enjoyed this contemplative buzz.


    cc : @David B. Grinberg @Deborah Levine @Susan 🐝 Botello @Phil Friedman
    Jim Taggart
    20/11/2017 #12 Jim Taggart
    This topic poses over time significant ethical, mental health and societal problems.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/11/2017 #11 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Falling in love with a robot will turn out fallacy in loneliness!
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    20/11/2017 #10 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #5 wonderful @Ignacio Orna :-)
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    20/11/2017 #9 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #4 I am smiling @Lisa Vanderburg absolutely, AI/deep leaning and IoT applications with any robot = intelligent learning and connectivity. The humanized robot that my client has built has operated with 20,000 people it can sense your mood, humor and even ask you difficult questions. As i said to @Brian McKenzie people are using and not using dating sites, people feel lonely from dating sites and their interactions, then we feel unhappy, lonely, isolated and anti-social, next best choice is Samatha the ios operating system.be careful what you wish for indeed, for society to seek Sam or Samatha we become very sad individuals in deed and i do not feel we are too far away. Thank you for your wonderful comments, very thought provoking indeed! :-)
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    20/11/2017 #8 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #3 - agree with you @Brian McKenzie watching HER left quite an impression on me, one that made me write this blog. The fact that technology is making us humans anti-social, lonely and isolated is also a true fact, i can see Samanthas everywhere at one point, but like you its going to be much fun watching the chaos or should i say madness? :-)
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    20/11/2017 #7 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #2 Thank you @Randall Burns for your openess and honesty. I understand your skeptism this was me 6 months ago, but working with the technologists and a humanized robot, makes you realise that this falacy is not the future, its now. I agree across the media the AI/deepleaning and IoT hype is quite immence and going by Cisco's latest report its clear only 1 in 4 will succeed. These facts do make you think, more than you can believe. :-)
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    20/11/2017 #6 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #1 thank you @Debasish Majumder for your kind comments and for the share on this weeks blog. Have a great week!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    20/11/2017 #4 Lisa Vanderburg
    Fascinating buzz @Geoff Hudson-Searle, and terrifying! The trouble with AI is the second letter, meaning (in theory) it'll learn. Who will it learn from? Us. That's fine is one's 'beyond reproach' but now for the rest of us, I suspect. It's crazy that people have to use dating sites at 7.6 billion, but maybe we're just no longer happy with ourselves? Maybe bots are what most want, but it's a 'be careful what you wish for' kinda thing.
    Totally enjoyed the read though; I remember feeling sorry for the bot in Bladerunner - the one that found out she wasn't human.
    Brian McKenzie
    20/11/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    "Samantha" from 'HER' Cheated on Theodore with a big University mainframe . Technology is apparently not an answer, but it will be fun to watch the chaos AI Lovebots create.
    Randall Burns
    20/11/2017 #2 Randall Burns
    Interesting read @Geoff Hudson-Searle but I am skeptical as to the time frame that you discuss. @Phil Friedman posted an article almost a week ago, https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence along these lines but from a very different perspective. granted it's ALL conjecture at this point but it does make one think...
  18. ProducerRay Stasieczko

    Ray Stasieczko

    18/11/2017
    Thanksgiving Dinner
    Thanksgiving DinnerThe table dressed in the linen tablecloth handed down from grandma’s grandma. The centerpiece came from grandma’s attic. The millennials’ dinner contributions come in deli containers. The baby boomers deliver theirs in Tupperware. The...
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  19. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    18/11/2017
    Bertrand Russell on Uncertainty
    Bertrand Russell on UncertaintyIs there virtue in uncertainty?Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. He campaigned against the wars of his time, and he was an eccentric and...
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    Gert Scholtz
    21/11/2017 #53 Gert Scholtz
    #51 @Lada 🏡 Prkic Your gracious comment shows how you live what Russell said: "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge." Thanks for reading and commenting on the post, Lada - I certainly welcome you stopping by.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    20/11/2017 #51 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Many great thinkers and scientists married more than once. According to Russell's words, his yearning for love was fully satisfied when he was 80 and married his fourth wife. He also said that knowledge and love are closely intertwined and together produce a good life.
    If there is no certainty in knowledge, is there a love that is so certain and without a doubt? I think there is, nay I am certain.
    Thank you for stimulating post, Gert.
    Edward Lewellen
    20/11/2017 #50 Edward Lewellen
    #45 There are no perfect men, @Phil Friedman, only perfect intentions.
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #49 Gert Scholtz
    @Phil Friedman "The only certainty is that we live constantly and inescapably with uncertainty. And we are better for it. " I agree. Thanks Phil, for the comments on the post, and especially for your list of top 10 Western philosophers.
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #48 Gert Scholtz
    @Milos Djukic Thanks for commenting Milos and for sharing ...from a galaxy far, far away....:) @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador Thank you for your comment Franci.
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #47 Gert Scholtz
    #41 @Ian Weinberg Thank you for reading Ian - and I appreciate your comments. I sincerely hope wisdom becomes (even of only a little) more over time - you will know as well as I do we need it in our environment.
    Gert Scholtz
    20/11/2017 #46 Gert Scholtz
    #40 @Robert Cormack That is a stand out line and I look forward to your article Robert.
    Phil Friedman
    20/11/2017 #45 Phil Friedman
    I believe, @Gert Scholtz, that uncertainty is an existential state that does not preclude action. In that state, we recognize that action carries with it the risk of being wrong, but that we can see the need to act on the best of the alternatives as we perceive them... I think. The only certainty is that we live constantly and inescapably with uncertainty. And we are better for it. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    20/11/2017 #44 Anonymous
    A great testimony about uncertainty.
    Luke: “I don’t believe it.”
    Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
    Thanks @Gert Scholtz.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    20/11/2017 #43 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Uncertainty is the first step toward certainty. Nice post @Gert Scholtz.
    Phil Friedman
    19/11/2017 #42 Phil Friedman
    #31 @Gert Scholtz, the following is my list of top ten. It is purely idiosyncratic, but based on what I deem to be level of original insight, lack of obscurity (save, perhaps for Wittgenstein), and contribution to reason and rationality. Plato, Aristotle, John Locke, David Hume, A.J. Ayer, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Popper, Noam Chomsky, Ian Hacking. Cheers!
    Ian Weinberg
    19/11/2017 #41 Ian Weinberg
    Howsit @Gert Scholtz Just flew in from Knysna. Scanned current posts and happpened upon your refreshing and inspirational contribution. I was beginning to get a little despondent with current posts - either just can't get my head around them or can't join the dots. But this is a great piece about a remarkable chap with IQ and EQ to boot! Just unfortunate that as a species we don't really get wiser with time - those Russel pearls apply more now to us than ever before. Mooi bly and have a great Jozie week!
    Robert Cormack
    19/11/2017 #40 Robert Cormack
    Thanks, @Gert Scholtz. I'm already thinking of an article around "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
    Gert Scholtz
    19/11/2017 #39 Gert Scholtz
    #37 @Savvy Raj I think you strike at the heart of it Savvy, when you refer to "spaces in between of what is, was and the might be." A short and accurate description of uncertainty. Many thanks for reading and adding your good prose to the comments.
    Gert Scholtz
    19/11/2017 #38 Gert Scholtz
    #36 @Edward Lewellen What you highlight is the necessary tension between certainty of our core and adaptation to our roles. Once the dynamic tension is lost, adaptability reduces. Thanks reading and for a great comment Lewellen - one that made me think again.
    Savvy Raj
    19/11/2017 #37 Savvy Raj
    Quirky truths of certainity in the uncertainity! Is wisdom certain in itself ... or is it wise to be uncertain... of spaces in between of what is, was and the might be ? A very contempletive collection of Russell's reflections.... @Gert Scholtz View more
    Quirky truths of certainity in the uncertainity! Is wisdom certain in itself ... or is it wise to be uncertain... of spaces in between of what is, was and the might be ? A very contempletive collection of Russell's reflections.... @Gert Scholtz And great inspiration there in your conclusion with the benefit of doubt. Close
    Edward Lewellen
    19/11/2017 #36 Edward Lewellen
    @Gert Scholtz, I present regularly on the human mind and what I share is that we need Certainty to fulfill the stable part of ourselves, our Core Identity, the person we are when we strip away all the roles we play. We need Uncertainty for the constantly changing roles we play outside our Core Identity.
    Our roles thrive on Uncertainty because they are fluid. Yet, most people try to treat their roles as if they are stable and permanent. As soon as they believe a role to be stable, it changes. This, I believe, is the reason so many people can't find happiness and satisfaction; they are trying to fulfill roles that are constantly changing, instead of their Core Identity, which they have lost in the roles they play.
    Ken Boddie
    19/11/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    I guess it all falls back on death and taxes, Gert 🤗
    Gert Scholtz
    18/11/2017 #34 Gert Scholtz
    @Nick Mlatchkov I didn't notice Nick - but I will watch for the honey on the "Espinoza guy". Thanks.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    18/11/2017 #33 Anonymous
    Gert, did u notice the next honey is from a guy named Espinoza, which is also the name of another philosopher! lol
  20. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Hashtag, MeToo!  A Letter To My Former Boss
    Hashtag, MeToo! A Letter To My Former BossImage Source: https://www.dreamstime.comI was so excited when I accepted the position you offered me. You 'appeared' to be professional and quite friendly, that is, until you began to show your true colors.I'm guessing that your own job title (THE...
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    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    22/11/2017 #24 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #21 the other issue @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher is the loss of dignity. When a woman rejects an "offer" from a man I would think his dignity would stop him- only if he had one.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 Thanks for reading and sharing my buzz @Joel Anderson. Thank you to so many I missed that shared this buzz as well :))
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #22 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #18 Oh @Ken Boddie, that was great! If I knew where he was, I'd print it off and send it to him.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #17 I will never understand it either @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Honestly, I'm not sure these men do manage themselves well. Others, I truly believe they find no fault and feel entitled as if women are game.. and it's always open season. I'm glad to see so many men speaking out because there are many good men!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    22/11/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 Much too young and agree, not sure the human brain can full comprehend that something is really THAT bad until it has time to mature. So sorry @Cyndi wilkins
    Ken Boddie
    19/11/2017 #18 Ken Boddie
    Hey, Lisa .....
    I can easily tell,
    This boss from hell,
    Was an unruly bully,
    And a creep as well.
    It appears to me,
    We can all agree,
    This bottom feeder,
    Sure ain’t no leader.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    19/11/2017 #17 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I don't understand how few men degrade themselves to this level. If they can not manage their "hands" touching others how they could even manage themselves?!!!
    You went through a hard experience @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher View more
    I don't understand how few men degrade themselves to this level. If they can not manage their "hands" touching others how they could even manage themselves?!!!
    You went through a hard experience @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and emerged as victorious. Only if the battle was with a worthy man Close
    Cyndi wilkins
    19/11/2017 #16 Cyndi wilkins
    Rock on @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher...Me Too...I was eleven...Not an age where standing up for yourself is an option:-(
    Joel Anderson
    19/11/2017 #15 Joel Anderson
    Bravo.
    Pascal Derrien
    19/11/2017 #14 Pascal Derrien
    I am quite perturbed by the behaviours of many reps from my gender, I am sorry this has happened to you and other ladies :-(
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/11/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #10 Hi @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, don't feel sad (easy to say eh?) But, honestly, I'm not sad anymore. I think a bit angry that I never told anyone and held it in for so long. I'm just happy that it wasn't worse, it sure could have been, considering all the stories we hear. Even with the 18 year old that pinned me down.. he weighed like 200 lbs, all muscle and was about 6'1. I was scared shitless when that happened. Thank God for my good male friend who hid in the bushes that night.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/11/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #9 David B. Grinberg, thank you for your input, you made a lot of valid points. I want to believe that if this had happened to me today, I would have reported him. Amazing what fear can do- I think many women feel in a situation like mine, that they can deal with it. Also, I truly believe that many women feel others won't believe them. In the case of my ex-boss,he was very good friends with the Director of Human Resources.

    David, than you for being such a strong voice for women and others, you are a champion my friend.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/11/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #7 I think women are finally feeling they can speak out loud. I think there are many, many women who were touched inappropriately or worse and kept it in like I did. I really am over it, I just get a bit angry when I think of the 'shoulda, woulda, could'ves ' Thanks for your kind response @Debasish Majumder!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    19/11/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I commend you for sharing this post-@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! I feel sad because of what you went through but I am so proud of you for writing about your horrible experience. Brava!
    David B. Grinberg
    18/11/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    Lisa, I commend you for writing so eloquently about such a personal and daunting experience. Speaking out about sexual harassment is critically important to raising awareness and revealing the colossal extent of this inexcusably persistent problem, which has too often been swept under the rug by harassers and their cowardly cohorts. That's why I strongly encourage all men to likewise speak out and take a public stand against sexual harassment, which is never permissible in the workplace or any place.
    More men need to let harassers know that their sordid behavior towards women is never acceptable -- period! Moreover, harassers need to know there will be harsh repercussions for the outrageous and reprehensible actions. Further, I think sexual harassers need to be called out by name and publicly shamed by women and men alike -- in addition to facing the full extent of the law for their illegal conduct. Thanks again for sharing your story. This brutish behavior must end ASAP.
    Debasish Majumder
    18/11/2017 #7 Debasish Majumder
    this post of yours drawn me till the final full stop madam @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! i felt utterly sad at the same time your self-esteem is of great pride to me. i enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the post madam.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/11/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #4 Brutal brains, I like that term @Mohammed A. Jawad. Yes, women do need empowered. So many are abused in much more extreme ways, it's horrible to even hear of. When they report their abuse, the system needs to treat them as victims not liars (which happens in a lot of cases). If they are lying, it will come out in a court of law, until then, they are the victim. It's rare a woman would report false sexual abuse or harassment because they have to then share what happened to strangers (as in the law, a jury, lawyers and even health care). They feel violated all over again.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/11/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #3 Thank you, I think this was one of the toughest I've written.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    18/11/2017 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, mad men berserk with brutal brains need lashing lessons. @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher it's a great exposure with bravery to empower oppressed women who silently suffer the pangs of parasitic people.
  21. ProducerSavvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    17/11/2017
    Notions in Nostalgia
    Notions in NostalgiaBlack and white photography An art form for a connoisseurAesthetics  of understandingOf  the clarity of lineThat plays hide and seek So much resemblanceTo the wisdom of time. In seeking is the blending Of reflections dissolving Ever so hard to pin...
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    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    19/11/2017 #16 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #14 Thank you for sharing such beautiful words again, wonderful :-) Happy Sunday @Savvy Raj!
    Savvy Raj
    19/11/2017 #15 Savvy Raj
    #13Wow! Can relate to it a bit! That must have been an experience of an enigmatic eureka moment for you @Debesh Choudhury :))
    Savvy Raj
    19/11/2017 #14 Savvy Raj
    #12 A wonderful weekend to you too @Geoff Hudson-Searle And thank you for your generous compliment.
    Debesh Choudhury
    18/11/2017 #13 Debesh Choudhury
    The era of black and white photography was so colorful .. I remember the first "inventing" feelings I had in a the dark room while printing my first test print on a bromide paper.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #12 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    Wonderful words @Savvy Raj truly you are the poet! Happy Saturday!
    Savvy Raj
    18/11/2017 #11 Savvy Raj
    #10 Thank you @ Franci Eugenia Hoffman. And yes I too enjoy them a lot ... the charm of that era of simpler living, plays hide and seek doesnt it !
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    18/11/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Beautiful poem and I love the black and white photographs @Savvy Raj.
    Savvy Raj
    17/11/2017 #9 Savvy Raj
    #5 That is high honour indeed @Laurent Boscherini .Truly humbling to know this . Thank you for your beautiful comment.😊
    Savvy Raj
    17/11/2017 #8 Savvy Raj
    #4 Appreciate your lovely compliments to these verses @Mohammed A. Jawad
    Truly glad to know you feel so and hope you are filled with some of the wonderful memories from that era.
    Savvy Raj
    17/11/2017 #7 Savvy Raj
    #3 Thank you @Gert Scholtz for your kind mention of these verses. Am sure you must have felt this feeling, that at times as a writer that you are not writing the words, but that perhaps they are associating themselves in a rhythmic flow all on their own, at a pace all their own... this was one of those times for me. .The words Notions in Nostalgia came in as a thought for a poem title .... and the rest of the words fell in place..
    Savvy Raj
    17/11/2017 #6 Savvy Raj
    #1 Have fond memories of black and white photographs taken by my dad in his old box camera and these three pictures I have used are a representation of my world back in the era of black and white photography. Be it watching the swaying coconut trees and the shimmering water in the moonlit night , or the artistry of those antique time pieces and of course those lively evenings in my childhood years where the old gramaphone would play so invitingly that we would all be jiving away to glory .Yes Nostalgia filledme in those verses ,but happy memories in all .
    Thank you @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal for your kind words in appreciation. .I started answering your comment then decided to add the answer to the post as it felt right there, as a note after the verses .. So thank you for sharing your thoughts .
    Laurent Boscherini
    17/11/2017 #5 Anonymous
    Thank you @Savvy Raj for sharing your beautiful poem. It is like for me a call to Saint John Perse.
    "The artists, they said to each other, offer us the luxury of the unaccustomed; moreover, they remember the future; they can, they must be an inspiration for the breathless life of politicians."
    I really enjoy your metrics so close to a fluet ballet.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    17/11/2017 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, after reading, I feel as if traversing to and fro in time with every flip of memory!

    Thanks @Savvy Raj for these excellent expressions!
    Gert Scholtz
    17/11/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Savvy Raj Wonderful prose Savvy. Much stands out but this for me especially: "Aesthetics of understanding, Of the clarity of line, That plays hide and seek"and "Perspectives differ in the past recalled, Comparisions translucent in the semi presence."
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    17/11/2017 #1 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Beautiful poem, @Savvy Raj! Never had I thought of black and white photos in such a manner. There is a certain charm and charisma to them.
  22. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    15/11/2017
    Without Some Method, Any Creative Process Is, Sadly, Only Madness.
    Without Some Method, Any Creative Process Is, Sadly, Only Madness.I’m always busy. If I’m not busy doing work for my clients I’m busy marketing my business. It’s like a cyclone or hurricane that has been swirling around me since the early 1970s.I’ve been in this hurricane for so long that I truly believe I would...
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    Cyndi wilkins
    17/11/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkins
    "Everybody needs some sort of method or structure to work within. Not having this structure will invariably reduce the chances of actually getting anything done."

    If you could read my mind love...what a tale my thoughts would tell;-)

    Great piece @Jim Murray...A very succinct recipe for layering the groundwork in the creative process. One ingredient at a time...
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    16/11/2017 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Compartmentalizing is a great term. I often have multiple projects running simultaneously. I extend the idea to a project basis too.

    Great stuff, Jimbo
    Jim Murray
    16/11/2017 #8 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Randall Burns. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.
    Randall Burns
    16/11/2017 #7 Randall Burns
    Great post @Jim Murray, very helpful. I'm working on something now and will consciously apply these tips. I understand the "compartmentalization", I find it useful for when I have a variety of ideas which I keep in a "vault" on my desktop, working and adding to them as the thoughts come to me although when I have something in the "forefront", like the one I mentioned I will work on that from start to finish.
    Insightful and helpful contribution, Thanks.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    16/11/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Yep, I like this line too "Be part of the stuff that makes the world a better place. And don’t let anything or anyone discourage you."
    Jim Murray
    16/11/2017 #5 Jim Murray
    #3 Thanks @Robert Cormack, From The Other Lake.
    Jim Murray
    16/11/2017 #4 Jim Murray
    #2 I actually had the privilege of observing his process from the time he conceived the songs for the Sundown album until it was complete. It was fascinating and one of the best learning experiences of my life.
    Robert Cormack
    15/11/2017 #3 Robert Cormack
    There's a lot to be said for compartmentalizing, @Jim Murray, and you've certainly said a lot. Thanks.
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/11/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the cultural reference of the musician who cannot be named... I cut my musical teeth on Gordon's work, and modeled my guitar playing after the wonderful finger-picking and chord patterns of his songs. He was actually the first professional musician I ever saw in concert, in the intimate gymnasium of Dryden High School, in North Western Ontario. I still play his tunes, including the epic Canadian Railroad Trilogy. Now that's compartmentalization at work...
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    ''Be part of the stuff that makes the world a better place. And don’t let anything or anyone discourage you.'' copy that :-)
  23. ProducerGeoff Hudson-Searle
    Is the world really out of control?
    Is the world really out of control?After the worst shooting atrocity in American history, the question, macabre but inevitable, arises once again: “How do we respond to a world that seems out of control?”The world and its people are changing and losing knowledge. Females and males...
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    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #27 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #12 @Jerry Fletcher Always great to hear from you and your comments are thought provoking, Mother Earth is one tough Mother, there is no question about this fact! Interesting enough Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey, was not caused by climate change. But scientists say the horrifying destruction it has sent across the Atlantic might have been. Apparently global warming was the reason for the extreme weather is the wrong question. Instead, we should be focusing on how global warming has helped turn the hurricanes into even more destructive forces than they ever would have been before......
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #26 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #11 @Lisa Vanderburg keep it coming, I just love your forthright comments, you are a great inspiration! I found that research study that was produced on 27th September 2017, I would be interested to seek global research on the world in 'hell in a hand basket' but I feel I already know the answer......I feel @Harvey Lloyd has made some great comments and this is totally plausible, I am not sure there is a quick fix to the problems, the problem starts with government, business, communities and ultimately us as creators of the current unhappiness in this chaotic world, and we are responsible for this debacle, a small majority or even large majority can live with a better belief and and a better tomorrow, the question is always how much people really want to change for a better future, I guess we are back to 'be careful what you wish for' .
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #25 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #10 Thank you @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for your kind words. You question is interesting and I saw a study some time ago that described a method to control chaos or a chaotic world by using phase space compression which is applied to economic systems. Effectively conscious state variables and restraints, including financial to upper bound and lover bound state of mind.I found the paper interesting, but in reality and academic approach to solving a problem in today's world which I am not convinced could ever be applied.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #24 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    @Lisa Vanderburg Democrats also feel that way, but by a much slimmer 16-point margin (51-35 percent). There’s no gender or age gap: two-thirds of men (67 percent), women (66 percent), voters under 45 (68 percent), and those ages 45+ (66 percent) think political correctness has gone too far. The Fox News poll was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) among 1,017 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide reached on landline and cellphones from Sept. 24-26, 2017. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for results among all registered voters.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #23 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    @Lisa Vanderburg There’s lots of cross-partisan agreement on the decline of our social glue. For example, 81 percent of Republicans say people are less courteous, as do 77 percent of Democrats, and 76 percent of independents. It’s mostly the same on people behaving worse and our bonds weakening. "We often focus on the divisiveness of specific political leaders," says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News poll with Republican Daron Shaw. "But these results are a reminder that those elected leaders are a reflection of the voters who elect them, and a society that sees people as increasingly rude and lacking common bonds." The nation is more divided over kneeling protests this year: 55 percent of voters see kneeling during the national anthem as inappropriate. That’s down six percentage points from 61 percent in 2016. And 41 percent consider kneeling an appropriate way to protest, up from 32 percent last year. The increase comes largely from a jump of 21 points among blacks and 16 among women. Those most likely to disapprove of the kneeling include men (60 percent), independents (62 percent), whites (63 percent), veterans (65 percent), Republicans (86 percent), and Trump voters (90 percent). In addition, 66 percent of voters feel political correctness has "gone too far" in this country. Twenty-three percent disagree. Republicans think things are too PC by a 72-point margin (83-11 percent).
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #22 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #9 Thank you @Lisa Vanderburg for your words, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, is true and there is no denying the facts, it really is time to wake up. A large majority of American voters feels the bonds that hold the country together are weakening, while over half think the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
    A Fox News poll released Thursday also finds that large numbers feel more people are rude and behave badly in public in the United States today compared to the past. Some 56 percent of voters say things are "going to hell in a handbasket." It was 57 percent a year ago and 58 percent in 2014. That consistency masks some big movement among who thinks the world is going to hell -- and the party that controls the White House has a lot of sway in this. In 2014, only 48 percent of Democrats said things were going to hell compared to 70 percent who feel that way today. The reverse is true among Republicans: 71 percent said hell in a handbasket in 2014 vs. 42 percent now. Meanwhile, most voters believe compared to 10 years ago, people in the U.S. behave worse in public (83 percent), are less courteous (78 percent), and the bonds that hold our nation together are weakening (81 percent).
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #21 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #7 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for your comments, totally we live in a strange and cynical world that at its very best is out of control, but maybe we look at the world as being out of control and maybe it is us beings that the world finds out of control, change has a funny way of presenting itself at times.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #20 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #6 @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris Thank you for your valuable comments, I paused....but you are right, we live in turbulent times, and spending times with the City economists and analysts I not convinced we have seen the worst yet, external factors...I am sure will implode, more and more people are searching for answers, the answer for all of us starts with us, huge subject maybe a buzz I should write in January. Have a great weekend!
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #19 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #5 Thank you kindly @Debasish Majumder for your amazing comments, it was an interesting buzz to write, my blog manager JJJ was debating with me life one late evening a few months a go, which triggered the thought to write about the topic, I am really pleased you enjoyed reading my buzz! :-)
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #18 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #4 Thank you @Deborah Levine for your comments, a very true statement, as soon as you purchase the new smartphone, irrespective of the brand, its totally obsolete! That is true with all electronics, product and innovation.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #17 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #3 Thank you @Harley King that's a great reminiscing story about the 60's with @Harvey Lloyd talking about the 60's too, it makes me think of the amazing Beatles with A day in the life' and Hey Jude. We have had many people, philosophers, and even I was in Sedona on 23rd December 2012 when everyone believed this was the end of the world, The Mayans end of the I-Ching calendar, if was fascinating when you listen to the wisdom behind some of these people and their conviction. Your quote from Socrates is exemplary, I remember working with Polaroid and Edwin H Land was remembered for saying ' The world is a scene changing so rapidly that it takes every bit of intuitive ability you have, every brain cell each one of you has, to make the sensible decision about what to do next. You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do. My view on life is very simple these days, we constantly evolve, transform and think of the future, when really we should be capturing the special moment of now with our loved ones, family and friends. Life is precious, we need to share and enjoy these times with our special people in our lives, life is also terribly short.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #16 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #2 @Marisa Fonseca Diniz Thank you for sharing your beliefs, I believe we all change, the universe moves with time, the planets move and utimately even if we care not to believe it, we change too, marginally, slightly and totally. I know from my own life in the last decade my life has completed a 360.
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #15 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #1 @Harvey Lloyd So the question is do we call this a human choice? One of the oldest questions in life is whether humans have choice and the freedom to do so. That is, are we able to choose what we will do with our lives? There are studies that show a belief in its existence might work, but beyond that, we cannot verify or invalidate its existence. What is important, however, is that we treat ourselves and each other as self-determined beings whose thoughts and feelings are important. In that regard, Baumeister’s research has much to teach us. Maybe we should just follow the Golden Rule of 'be careful what you wish for' after all......?
    Geoff Hudson-Searle
    18/11/2017 #14 Geoff Hudson-Searle
    #1 So sorry for my tardy response @Harvey Lloyd, this week has been a little crazy, but no different to the 60's lol Thank you for your great contribution, you really struck a nerve with me across some of my favorite subjects. Ah....be careful what you wish for, you may just get it, was this an English saying from “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs? This wonderful saying seems to appear everywhere in life and different eras too; 点石成金 (Dian Shi Cheng Jin) Diǎn shí chéng jīn [dian shi cheng jin] touch stone accomplish gold Turn stone into gold/To work something of no worth into something of value. The story of Xu Xun is reminiscent of Greek mythology. King Midas is known as the man who could turn anything he touched into gold. He was granted this ability by Dionysus, the god of wine. (I like that one :-)) However, Midas would soon come to regret his wish. In short, I guess the common lesson from the quotes is: Greed can lead to you losing what you really value in this world. A wish for an alternate outcome can really change what makes a person who they are. Also, there are real-life implications when someone wishes for something crazy only to see how crazy it is.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    17/11/2017 #13 Lisa Vanderburg
    #12 Gaia...yes Jerry; she will have her way!
    Jerry Fletcher
    17/11/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    Geoff, Every generation seems to have the same complaints from the time of Socrates to the present. But there is a difference this time. Gaia is now entering the discussion in an active way. Whether you agree with climate change or not, the physical differences taking place in Mother Earth are real and will have drastic consequences for humankind. This is nothing to shrug off. She is one tough Mother.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    17/11/2017 #11 Lisa Vanderburg
    Ah...That's better @Geoff Hudson-Searle - just had to get away from that very nice piece of ass #8 that is....inappropriate, IMHO.
    Where was I? After reading the thoughtful comments; @Harvey Lloyd's resounds 'life is becoming so complex that many within the social distillation process are floating to the bottom. Each generation is creating a atmosphere that the one its replacing cannot survive. The ones after it are stepping on top of air to start their lives. This air will eventually give way.' I'd like @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA opinions! Great buzz, Geoff!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    17/11/2017 #10 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Geoff Hudson-Searle- great post and to whom the bells toll? Out of control means a chaotic state. Is there a wway other than self-organizing?
    Lisa Vanderburg
    17/11/2017 #9 Lisa Vanderburg
    You put into words what most of us already fear to do @Geoff Hudson-Searle; the world's going to hell in a hand-basket (American expression..?). We have been down this way before, yes. The difference now is our exploding population, despite the appalling atrocities and disease of the so many countries including the third world, is fuelling the discrepancies between the rich and poor. Instinctively,of those of us feeling the crush of 7+ billion people there will be some who will use this to justify immorality, making things worse. These divides can only grow, sucking the life out of everyone else unless we can all decide to work together...I personally don't hold much hope for that as our world has become so complex and I begin not to see the big picture. This fascinating site: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/world-life-expectancy-map shows births and deaths as they happen in boxes top L & R
    PAO CARRANZA
    16/11/2017 #8 PAO CARRANZA
    ME AGRADA
  24. ProducerSusan 🐝 Botello
    Meet the Challenge
    Meet the ChallengeIn just a few days, the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego will stop accepting submissions. All films are shot with mobile phones. It's about your story and how you can tell your story through film and video. Everyone has a story to...
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    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/11/2017 #3 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    An opportunity to become a visual writer and star
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    16/11/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Botello
    #1 Thank you, @David B. Grinberg!
    David B. Grinberg
    16/11/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Good luck with this year's festival, Susan. Exciting times!
  25. ProducerDeborah Levine

    Deborah Levine

    15/11/2017
    Going Southern - Regional Diversity
    Going Southern - Regional DiversityWe often think of diversity as race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Sometimes we add generational diversity, but rarely do add our diverse geography. Yet, our regional differences account for much of the controversies, culture clashes, and...
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    Deborah Levine
    17/11/2017 #19 Deborah Levine
    #17 Yes, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher our history is full of immigrant stories that need to be told and retold. I didn't know about the Finnish contribution in Ohio - amazing. I wonder where the laborers went when they left Ashtabula. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could track down some of their descendants!
    Deborah Levine
    17/11/2017 #18 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for bringing up the Civil war. We need to understand our history in order to understand the present and plan for the future. Regional diversity is a very old reality, not a new concept. #16
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    17/11/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I love how descriptive your video is @Deborah Levine. Enjoyed learning of your own journey from Bermuda to the South and why you chose that region. I grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, a large port City long ago. We had many Finnish and Italian settlers who lived among each other within neighborhoods.

    "As early as 1872 one of the Finnish section gangs had been at work in Ashtabula Harbor laying track for the Ashtabula, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh Railroad.6 This labor crew was composed of twenty-five men and a female cook; among their number were Andrew Bloom and Kalle Kotka. The latter, a lad of about twenty, was killed by a train in the gravel pit of the A. Y. & P. Railroad on November 8, 1872, and thus became the first Finn to find his final resting place in Ashtabula.7 The Finnish laborers remained in the Harbor for only a short time but their presence did evoke the following comment from the Ashtabula Telegraph:" - http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/art/article222e.htm Interesting article!

    Thank you for sharing this, I will now share it with others :)
    Brook Massey
    17/11/2017 #16 Brook Massey
    #11 @Deborah Levine, in general, I do believe that the two cultures are distinct. Genetically, many Appalachian folk are of poor Scottish or Ulster-Scot descent. Historically, in the Civil War, obviously, most southern residents sided with the south. While, most Appalachian residents sided with the north: West Virginia splitting from Virginia and NE Tennessee trying to breakaway from Tennessee.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    16/11/2017 #15 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    #14 your very welcome Deborah!
    Deborah Levine
    16/11/2017 #14 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for sharing on Twitter @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador#13
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    16/11/2017 #13 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Love ❤️ the buzz here & love the book!!!!
    Deborah Levine
    16/11/2017 #12 Deborah Levine
    #10 Yes, @David B. Grinberg, today's overlap of demographics, history, and geography is a vital part of understanding what is happening not only in a region but in national shifts both culturally and politically. I make the combination and confluence a basic element of my diversity training. How can I not?
    Deborah Levine
    16/11/2017 #11 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for the feedback @Brook Massey#9 Appalachian culture is indeed one-of-a-kind. I write about that more in the book, Going Southern. Years ago, when I was studying Appalachia in my urban planning masters, there was a claim that Appalachians are distinct not only in their culture but are a distinct DNA group. Would you agree?
    David B. Grinberg
    16/11/2017 #10 David B. Grinberg
    Nice blogging buzz, Deborah. I also like the video. I think geographic diversity overlaps with demographic diversity, a phenomenon dating back to the Civil War. However, this has become more pronounced today with Hispanics/Latinos and Asians being the fastest growing populations in the USA. In fact, any one group could largely be concentrated in a specific region. Thus, your thesis makes perfect sense!
    Brook Massey
    16/11/2017 #9 Brook Massey
    @Deborah Levine, most of my life has been spent in the hills of Kentucky. I did live a while in Alabama, though. The Appalachian culture of much of Kentucky, is a little different from Southern. You describe our Alabama experience perfectly. Appalachia is a less genteel, a little rougher. People talk fast and move slow.
    Deborah Levine
    15/11/2017 #7 Deborah Levine
    Yup, Turkey in the Straw is one of America's oldest folks songs and probably goes back to Celtic origins in the 1700s. Most folks don't know that my first publications were about dance history. #6
    Harvey Lloyd
    15/11/2017 #6 Harvey Lloyd
    #3 Turkey in the straw, that's taking it back. Had completely forgotten about that one.
    Deborah Levine
    15/11/2017 #5 Deborah Levine
    The e-book is available on Kindle/amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Going-Southern-No-Mess-Guide-Success-ebook/dp/B00D8F287C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
    Deborah Levine
    15/11/2017 #4 Deborah Levine
    #2 Delighted that you approve @Harvey Lloyd. No small matter!
    Deborah Levine
    15/11/2017 #3 Deborah Levine
    Yes @Harvey Lloyd, playing the music for them is always great fun, but you should see me teaching them to square dance. I learned Turkey in the Straw/Virginia Reel growing up in Bermuda - British roots to contra dance and all that. #1
    Harvey Lloyd
    15/11/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    A bee is discussing the US southern culture and its evolution. The video is not only accurate but adds to the culture.
    Harvey Lloyd
    15/11/2017 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    Wow, can i say wow. For a "come here" as i have heard the label stated in southern states, meaning you ain't from here, with politeness, you really hit some highlights of southern culture. Southern Pride is something that is evolving but hasn't gone anywhere. We take God and country very seriously, not always correctly but very seriously. I added the read to the list. Thanks.

    Ps. i would have loved to have seen the group when you played the music.
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