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According to vocabulary.com, "sanctuary" is any place where people go for peaceful tranquility or introspection. This is that place for me on this platform, where I save buzzes that fit this intention - and I can come here and refer to them. All are invited to relax, read, comment and share in peace and in safety. Be blessed!
  1. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    A Friend Will Never Say Never Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
  2. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy


    Joris Plaatstaal
    18/03/2017 #1 Joris Plaatstaal
    Francis was a bright guy. Even in this time he got it right. Great guy.
  3. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    I call this Man a Leader, Mentor, Hero, Husband and Grandfather but my favourite is Dad.
    Love โค๏ธ you and miss you Dad.
    Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy


    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    15/03/2017 #1 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    A great tribute to your Dad ! thank you
  4. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    John Vaughan
  5. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
  6. ProducerIvette K. Caballero
    The Power of Friendship in Life and Why We Need Friends
    The Power of Friendship in Life and Why We Need FriendsThe following video inspired me to write this post. It's a very meaningful memory about the power of friendship. Have you recently thought about the most meaningful and happy moments in your life? Do they include friendships running through them?...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    12/03/2017 #24 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #23 "Friendships are perfectly imperfect." I have found this to be so true over the years @Ivette K. Caballero. That's the beauty of friendships and what's even better is when we can laugh at our own imperfections with a good friend, while they laugh with us! I'm not sure about you but if I go any length of time without speaking to one of my good friends, I feel a void. Women are more social creatures than men and it has been proven we need each other. We can tell our good friends things we may never share with a man and they also get our quirky moods, humor etc... Great buzz!!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    12/03/2017 #23 Ivette K. Caballero
    #22 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher I am glad I met you too. Enjoy a great Sunday!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    11/03/2017 #22 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    off to bed soon, so im going to share this lovely piece in my stories hive so I can respond more tomorrow. Friends are gems we cant live without! Im glad I met you hete on beBee @Ivette K. Caballero
    Ivette K. Caballero
    11/03/2017 #21 Ivette K. Caballero
    Thank you @Paul Walters! I need to catch up with yours stories :) Have a wonderful weekend!
    Paul Walters
    11/03/2017 #20 Paul Walters
    @Ivette K. Caballero Thank you ...an inspiring piece
    Ivette K. Caballero
    11/03/2017 #19 Ivette K. Caballero
    #15 @Isabel ๐Ÿ Dรญaz Durรกn, you too have a nice weekend!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    11/03/2017 #17 Ivette K. Caballero
    #14 @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit We need to spend time with people in order to know them, we need to listen more and talk less. Not doing so leads to misinterpretations, disagreements, and so on. Labeling people based on their age is what creates separation from each generation, sadly. Thank you for your objective observations and for sharing them.
    Ivette K. Caballero
    11/03/2017 #16 Ivette K. Caballero
    #13 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman You're very welcome! and yes, friendships helps us grow.
    Isabel ๐Ÿ Dรญaz   Durรกn
    10/03/2017 #15 Isabel ๐Ÿ Dรญaz Durรกn
    I completely agree with you! Friends are very important in our lifes. Have a nice weekend!
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    10/03/2017 #14 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #10 This "quality of friendship" is what millennials do so well and rarely get credit for, instead we question young people's attitude to work, drop a marketing label like millennials over them and judge individual relationships with a group moniker. The best thing I ever did was get involved with bright kids at my local college - it keeps my perspective grounded that every human being is unique.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    10/03/2017 #13 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    True friendships help us grow and appreciate valuable relationships. Thank you for sharing, Ivette.
    Ivette K. Caballero
    10/03/2017 #12 Ivette K. Caballero
    #11 @Mohammed A. Jawad Thank you for sharing such important words about friendships.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    10/03/2017 #11 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Indeed, true friendships strengthen lives with all goodness!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    10/03/2017 #10 Ivette K. Caballero
    #6 @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit Thank you for sharing your thoughts about friendship. It's true that media has contributed to distorting what friendship is all about. Having hundreds of connections/followers on social media doesn't translate to friendships; sadly, younger generations are the most impacted by this. "Our basic social drivers still emanate from the cave rather than emerge in 21st Century renaissance," another truth you share, thanks. I also prefer quality of friends rather than quantity. I wouldn't be able to dedicate quality time to hundreds of "friends." The meaning of friendships is taken so lightly.
    Ivette K. Caballero
    10/03/2017 #9 Ivette K. Caballero
    #5 @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee Muchas gracias!
    Ivette K. Caballero
    10/03/2017 #8 Ivette K. Caballero
    #4 You're very welcome @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Ivette K. Caballero
    10/03/2017 #7 Ivette K. Caballero
    #3 @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee Thank you for sharing your thoughts about friendship. Indeed, there's some superficiality through networking, it's not necessarily focused on making friends. We can have hundreds of connections online, some close ones, though the truth is that friendships require time, effort, and presence. However, you meet people online who become your friends. The key is that true friendships grow more beautifully offline. Face-to-face time is a must to develop healthy friendships, nothing can replace that. FRIENDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT!!! I completely agree with you.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    10/03/2017 #6 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    There is friendship and then there is the reality distortion field of media and then there is test of friendship. A part of tribal reality is fight or flight, which means our basic social drivers still emanate from the cave rather than emerge in 21st Century renaissance.

    This is why I am fascinated by "small group friendships" - and the privacy and value of that - because there is an evolution in that and that is one of the dynamic things that I am observing that is worthy of being described "21st Century" evolution.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    10/03/2017 #5 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    10/03/2017 #4 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Thank you very much @Ivette K. Caballero !
  7. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    for "our Miss Brooks", @Susan RooksJohn Vaughan


    Gerald Hecht
    08/03/2017 #1 Gerald Hecht
    I was gonna guess: http://bloatbusters.org/
  8. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Poetry is ... [relevant]
    even in 2017
    Rodriguez - Cause
    Rodriguez - Cause Deezer - http://www.deezer.com/pl/#/album/4009231 WiMP - http://wimp.pl/album/16224161 Sony Music przedstawia niezwykล‚a pล‚ytฤ™ zawierajฤ…cฤ… czternaล›cie...


    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #3 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Every time you listen to Rodriguez you learn something new.
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #2 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    #1 It's the perfect music for a Sunday afternoon.... I haven't spent enough time listening to Rodriguez recently. I would have loved to have seen him live.
    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #1 John Vaughan
    Thanks to @Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell for the gentle reminder
  9. Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Rodriguez - I Wonder
    Rodriguez - I Wonder Spotify - http://open.spotify.com/album/4s7qz6sSmn1gzphGM9P5dK WiMP - http://wimp.pl/album/1622416 Deezer - http://www.deezer.com/pl/#/album/4009231 Sony...


    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #10 John Vaughan
    Thanks, Claire. I've still got a couple of decades on you, but can definitely relate about the "being a kid" stuff.
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #9 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    #7 @John Vaughan - I was born right at the end of the sixties to parents who were totally unaware of the hippie era... they loved opera, classical music and The Beatles (I also loved the Beatles, but there were other bands in the 60s and 70s that I did not discover until I was a teenager.) I was a complete tom boy and spent most of my time out doors, climbing trees, pitching tents, making bonfires, sailing (very badly) and riding horses (I mostly stayed on!), From the age of about 6 I had total unrestricted access to my Dad's tool box (not the power tools obviously) and would while away hours in the garage making things. From about the age of 8 I was also allowed to start, control and extinguish bonfires in the garden..... At that time I was also allowed to run riot in the woods near my home and ride my bike where-ever I wanted. So long as my folks knew roughly where I was going and when I would be back I had total freedom.

    I really don't think I would have enjoyed being a millennial baby, with all the PC patrol and Health and Safety lot on the prowl. Can you imagine the fuss that would be kicked up if some one posted pics of their 8 year old making their own bonfire? Or mucking about in the garage with pointy sharp objects?

    My profile pic is a bit old, I simply don't have any headshots. In fact I don't have that many pictures of myself at all. The ones I do have are only really for facebook - like the one of me playing with Lion Cubs in my last post. I will try and get my mate Pat to take a pic of me that is more up to date!
    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #8 John Vaughan
    "Home ... is acceptance."
    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #7 John Vaughan
    #1 I know that Rogriguez's music has had "legs' in SA, @Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell - Nonetheless you seem a bit young-ish ... I'm intrigued. What's your story?
    Cyndi wilkins
    05/03/2017 #6 Cyndi wilkins
    I saw a documentary on Rodriguez not too long ago and was blown away by how such an amazing musical talent appeared to be overlooked by the industry...But what impressed me more about this humble man was that he really didn't care...He just loved to play his music;-)
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #5 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Thanks for sharing this @John Vaughan! Rodriguez really does need to be recognised for his talent!
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #4 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    Glad you like him @John Vaughan! It's an amazing story, Rodriguez never made it in the US, but he was huge in Africa and was getting quite a following in Europe.... Anyway the movie 'Searching for Sugar Man' started. I found it staggering that they found him working as a construction worker in Cleveland. Blissfully unaware of his huge fan base in the rest of the world.
    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #3 John Vaughan
    Searching for Sugarman
    60's music for a 60's kind of guy
    John Vaughan
    05/03/2017 #2 John Vaughan
    Beautiful music
    and an amazing story.
    Check it out
    Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #1 Claire L ๐Ÿ Cardwell
    @Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz - remember this growing up?
  10. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    I miss this man
    The Most Inspiring Robin Williams Speech - Make Your Life Spectacular
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  11. ProducerLaura Mikolaitis
    Wiping Away the Condensation
    Wiping Away the CondensationAs some of you may know, last week I unearthed a post from my drafts folder and brought it back to life. It was a 2-year-old post and it just felt right to give it some love and attention โ€“ finally. And today, I find myself there again. Revisiting...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    06/03/2017 #19 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #18 I don't mind the cold either (helps greatly with hot flashes) and saves on my electric bill because I obviously don't have to run Central air ha ha. Like you, it's the early, dark evenings that put many of us into hibernation mode. I look back and wonder when that became worse? I think it really hit me after my kids moved out, until that time I ran from morning until later evening, depending on the day. I'm sorry you missed the trade show but happy your team won some awards, that's awesome!! I didn't know daylight savings is this weekend. I have a love/hate relationship with that one day because we lose an hour of sleep and I so love my sleep ;-) Luckily it's only one day!!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    06/03/2017 #18 Laura Mikolaitis
    #17 It is exciting, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher. I'm just impatient waiting for warmer temps and longer days. But daylight savings is this weekend so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to pick up my normal workout routine very soon. My modified winter one has been okay but not as fruitful as I had hoped it would be. I don't mind the cold per se, it's getting home from work and having it be dark and feeling like I just want to hibernate. I'm definitely on the mend and feeling better, thank you. I wasn't able to fly though so I am missing a trade show that I normally attend. And as it turns out, we won a couple of awards - go team!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    06/03/2017 #17 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #14 We are on the downside of winter now, how exciting! I agree it can be brutal. My brother spends as much time outdoors in the winter as he does through out the year and seems to stay happier. I wish I had the enthusiasm he has but I've never been a big fan of the cold since my teen years lol. I hope your ear is better now, ear infections are not fun.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    06/03/2017 #16 Laura Mikolaitis
    #9 @Ali Anani, thank you for your valuable comments. I enjoyed reading them. My apologies for being so late in my reply. I've been a bit under the weather and am just coming back to full speed. There is a great freedom that comes with change and accepting that we have the power to do so if we choose to enable it. I realize that for some, status quo is acceptable. And, I suspect, in some areas of our lives perhaps that may be the case. But in those areas where we can invoke our ability to do so, it is so freeing. Sometimes we are pushed to the edge or hit rock bottom before we are willing to open our eyes, hearts, and minds to change. I know it has been the case for me from time to time. Life is complicated, but in its intricacy, it is also beautiful and amazing. Our lens can be occluded from time to time and perhaps even harshness can beget us, but emerging from that shell is a gift and one that I am thankful and grateful for.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    06/03/2017 #15 Laura Mikolaitis
    #12 Thanks so much, @Todd Jones! We are not without muck in our lives that is for sure. Although, I've crossed paths with those who claim they don't have muck in their lives. Not sure how that happens and I'm not sure I'd want it to be muck free. As much as the challenges can be exasperating at times, they are part of who we are and they are part of our story. While the stories may not always be pretty, they are the building blocks that help lead us to the next chapter. I noticed that when I changed my mindset, I was better equipped to handle the storms. I falter at times and find myself asking why, but fortunately, I'm able to find my way back. Thanks so much for reading and adding to the conversation!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    06/03/2017 #14 Laura Mikolaitis
    #13 Thanks so much, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher. Finding that right path can take some time and I know it did for me. I'm not without stumbles in between and moments that snap me back, that's for sure. But it's those times that bring me back around and make me appreciate the chapters that have come before and those that are still there to write. Winter can be brutal and I've been feeling the effects of it this season for sure. Being sidelined by an ear infection hasn't helped, but it has given me some perspective; in that sometimes, I really do need to slow down and recharge. Thank you for reading Lisa and for your contribution to the conversation - always appreciated.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    25/02/2017 #13 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Wonderful @Laura Mikolaitis, "As it turns out, I had different plans for life." What a revelation and I'm happy you found the right path within yourself. Winter can be hard on many when we don't see the sunshine for days, sometimes weeks in the NE. It's during those times I have to wonder if many of us ponder change and act on it just as soon as the weather begins to break and the sun is shining again? Thanks for sharing this Laura!
    Todd Jones
    25/02/2017 #12 Todd Jones
    Excellent Laura! The rooster-tail of grime from the passing car is an excellent metaphor for the daily grind of life. We get loads of crap thrown our way every day. While we may not be able to control what happens to us, we can always control how we respond to it. Congratulation on an invigorated reawakening, and thanks for a beautifully crafted post!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    24/02/2017 #11 Laura Mikolaitis
    #7 @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, thank you for such wonderfully enlightening comments and insight. I read your words late last night after having put in a 12 hour day at the office, and it was so soothing to read. Unfortunately, I was too spent to formulate any coherent thoughts and deferred until today to reply. Your comments are truly some to savor and come back to. You capture the struggle so well with what you say here: "Our own minds can become labyrinthine places that lock us into an immune system battle where we attack our own best qualities and struggle with how to be simply who we are." It is an immune system battle, and finding the antidote isn't always easy but I do believe it is achievable. My problem became that in my tolerance I lost my quest for self. I believe it became a defense mechanism at first and eventually morphed. I can't discount any of it, however, because eventually, I found my way out. I still falter from time to time, but that's part of being human I suppose. A constant work in progress with new discoveries along the way.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    24/02/2017 #10 Laura Mikolaitis
    #6 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, thank you for your thoughtful comments and for sharing my post. I really appreciate it. I agree that being tolerant does have its disadvantages; especially when it starts to eat away at your core and you lose sight of not only yourself, but your worth. Or at least, that's what happened to me. I became a product of a toxic environment but fortunately I was able to climb out of the trenches and find me again. It's a constant process and at least now I'm cognizant of it. Thanks for chiming in and being a part of the conversation.
    Ali Anani
    24/02/2017 #9 Ali Anani
    I am very grateful to my friend @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman for tagging me to read this wonderful buzz.
    @Laura Mikolaitis- you are an astonishing writer. You wrote brilliantly "I became complacent in my quest for tolerance and neglected the power of change". Your story tells how powerfully you realize the power of change. The idea of condensation as "Condensation filled the mirror. Yet I was not ready to wipe it away. For wiping it away meant seeing. Seeing meant accepting. And accepting meant change" is brilliant. Sometimes we procrastinate the dews that block us from seeing ahead and reluctant to wipe it away. We need the power to change habits. We need the power to quit bad habits such as smoking and live a healthy life. We need to remove the smoking clouds forming on the mirrors and be able to change for great purposes. We need to see the future through the mirrors before time complicates our lives. We need to see, to accept and then to change. Yes, we draw similar conclusions even though the inspiration came from different experiences as Franci pointed out.
    I shared this amazing buzz.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    23/02/2017 #8 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    I just read a post by @Ali Anani that I feel tracks with this buzz. Sharing https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/drowning-in-the-river-of-time
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    23/02/2017 #7 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    "I was lost in the intricacy of the maze and I needed to find my way out. I was finally ready to wipe away the condensation from the mirror and face me."

    This post has touched me deeply, @Laura Mikolaitis View more
    "I was lost in the intricacy of the maze and I needed to find my way out. I was finally ready to wipe away the condensation from the mirror and face me."

    This post has touched me deeply, @Laura Mikolaitis. I read it on the other site a few times and read it right before bed last night. I find it hard to adequately express how well you have captured the core conundrum I - and I think a lot of the writerly sorts of folks face. As we can become internally lost in the intricacy of what we can do in our minds......

    Our own minds can become labyrinthine places that lock us into an immune system battle where we attack our own best qualities and struggle with how to be simply who we are.

    And yet, the solution is simply awareness - the NOW, the PRESENT:

    "Iโ€™m always amazed at how something that seems so trivial can really turn out to be enlightening"

    I am beginning to become comfortable with the jarring thought that the search for meaning is extraneous, but the search for feeling - anything that ratchets our focus into the active experience of being alive - is all that we need to ponder when it comes to feeling the incredible awe of being alive.

    The second we launch into storycreating - the internal, ego-based, judgemental sort. We pop ourselves into a zone of losing touch with the flow of feeling, the zone of sensory wonder, and the blissful practice of being alive. Close
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    23/02/2017 #6 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    I truly enjoyed this, Laura. I can relate because there were times in my life where I tolerated things rather than stand my ground. After a while, one becomes too accepting of things that could have been changed for the better. In the meantime, those "things" compound and eat away at one's happiness. There are times when I feel we can't see the forest for the trees. Exceptional post.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    22/02/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis
    #1 Thank you @Sara Jacobovici for your thoughtful and encouraging comments. Change can be a scary word for some - even me; which is why I enjoy writing about it. Doing so gives it life and purpose and helps me to grow. We should be nurturing change where and when we can. But it starts within us and before we can champion it in the outside, we often need to nurture it on the inside.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    22/02/2017 #3 Laura Mikolaitis
    #2 Thank you @Pascal Derrien for your comments and for the share. Much appreciated. I'm glad that you like this "little gem." It is quickly becoming one of my treasures and I know now it was the right decision to unearth it from its moratorium.

    I really do rember that day so clearly. Almost as if it were yesterday. Time and memories are funny that way. Thanks agsing for stopping by!
    Pascal Derrien
    22/02/2017 #2 Pascal Derrien
    This article is a little gem :-) I really love the intro, the title and the overall mood transpiring thru the words .... I meant heart :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/02/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Definitely appreciate the metaphor @Laura Mikolaitis, you used it perfectly! As much as I am passionate about the power of the metaphor, I am passionate about the discussion about change. And Laura, you do it justice when you write:
    "You see, what I failed to realize was that I could change things. Maybe not necessarily the circumstances, but I could certainly alter the manner in which I dealt with them."
  12. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    When the best of us steps up, our nation stands a little taller.
    (Canayjin, eh)
    Canadian Tire โ€œWheelsโ€ :60
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    Manuel Ignacio Sรกnchez Lรณpez
    22/02/2017 #1 Manuel Ignacio Sรกnchez Lรณpez
    3 points shot from the basket player @John Vaughan
  13. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    Brillant solution.
    Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
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  14. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Life On The Quiet Side Of The Lake
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    Jerry Fletcher
    21/02/2017 #10 Jerry Fletcher

    I know that feeling well. I had to journey from my native Cincinnati, Ohio with stays in New York, Minneapolis, Denver and Minneapolis again until I found Portland, Oregon. Now I live south of the city where the sidewalk ends. I've come to rest.
    Jim Murray
    21/02/2017 #9 Jim Murray
    #8 I went for a ride, right after I posted this yesterday and realized that it doesn't matter where I live, there are demented barking dogs everywhere in this city. I count myself lucky to have neighbours who appear to be on top of this, so far. Talking to them about this is what my sweet, loveable wife excels at. She has a very nice way of explaining that you can sue people for letting their dogs bark uncontrollably. @Phil Friedman
    Phil Friedman
    21/02/2017 #8 Phil Friedman
    It sound as well, Jim, as though the cats in the new neighborhood are safe from nocturnal decapitation. :-)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    21/02/2017 #7 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Another very nice post, Jim. I've noticed a less stressed, Jim, in some of your posts. No, don't panic - you have not turned into a jelly donut. :) You home is beautiful and it is understandable why you are happy in your new digs. Good health and much success.
    Christine Stevens
    20/02/2017 #6 Christine Stevens
    I look forward to the day when I can live someplace quiet and escape the hustle of the DC area. You're my hero. :)
    Aaron Skogen
    20/02/2017 #5 Aaron Skogen
    Well done @Jim Murray. While I've not been as active here or elsewhere in the last several months, I've been following your transition. I can say it suits you, as the peace you describe is evident in your words. Congratulations on the new home, may it continue to bless you with repose, security and tranquility!
    Kevin Pashuk
    20/02/2017 #4 Kevin Pashuk
    It certainly has has the desired effect on you from my perspective. Living in the midst of mania doesn't do anyone good.
    Susan Rooks
    20/02/2017 #3 Susan Rooks
    One of @Jim Murray's best posts!
    Susan Rooks
    20/02/2017 #2 Susan Rooks
    One of your best posts, @Jim Murray! I can relate to so much of it! Not the tics, but the need to simplify, quiet down, and just enjoy life. So glad you made the decision to move.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    20/02/2017 #1 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    Beautiful post. I often dream of escaping to a life of tranquility, but find my passions overriding me. Here's hoping I can one day dwell in a place of peace like yours.
  15. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Critical Importance Of Family In Todayโ€™s World of Weirdness
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    Robert Cormack
    20/02/2017 #17 Robert Cormack
    Nice thoughts,@Jim Murray. Agree totally.
    Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    20/02/2017 #16 Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    Thank you for sharing @Jim Murray. Beautiful thoughts and reflections.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/02/2017 #15 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Beautiful family @Jim Murray and love is the greatest asset/gift we could ever receive on planet earth. Sending good thoughts during this difficult time to you and your family.
    Milos Djukic
    20/02/2017 #14 Anonymous
    Thank you @Jim Murray!
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    20/02/2017 #13 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    "Because a family is the core energy unit of the universe." That is the greatest single line that any human being can speak and is privileged to know. I was in a hotel in Belgium that faced what was clearly the National Stadium of the Belgium football team and its name was the King Baudouin Stadium. It was just a curiousity that my hotel was opposite it.

    It is when I took a walk and there was a tram line next to it, that I saw the station name "Heysel". I never connected the two but now I had realized that this was the Heysel Stadium were so many Italian football fans died. The stadium had been rebuilt and now they called it King Baudouin Stadium. From that moment, the stadium I saw from hotel window had a totally different meaning.

    Soccer is a tribal thing, but death brings everything down to brass tacks. There was a European final that should have been a showpiece game but crowd disturbance between Liverpool and Juventus supporters led to a poorly designed stadium becoming a death-trap and many Juventus supporters were crushed to death on that day. It is not as if this tragedy was simply an Italian one, immediately the game of football was immaterial, it was the loved one's lost that were important.

    Unfortunately tragedy struck Liverpool supporters years later in a FA Cup match in Hillsborough :

    So began a long fight for justice for the Hillsborough tragedy families and a 27 year struggle for truth

    They were vindicated but what can never be brought back are the individual family members. It showed to me, that for all we talk about tribal this and social that - each of those lost loved one's mattered and everything else was secondary.

    Family matters.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    20/02/2017 #11 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    This is a beautiful post, Jim. One of your best.
    Paul Walters
    19/02/2017 #10 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Love indeed conquers all !
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    18/02/2017 #9 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    Itโ€™s your tribe and as long as they are together, you know you feel complete.

    What a beautiful way to emphasise the importance of family and yes No matter what family comes first and just being with them makes us feel complete. They complete the reason for our existence.

    My heart goes out to you @Jim Murray I cannot tell you I know you feel because I believe Noone can ! I know that you are the only comforter to yourself. But I would say that You make beBee a better place for many and you are loved by all.
    Praying for your family and you during this difficult time. Much love to all !
    David B. Grinberg
    18/02/2017 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Jim, again please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I lost my father several years ago, with whom I had an extremely close lifelong bond. He always took care of me and had my back growing up and even thereafter. Thus, when his health began failing, I moved him -- at his request and my urging -- from the many mediocre hospitals of South Florida to one of the world's best hospital near me. I got him into a special geriatric unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Perhaps I'll write about this at length in my own post at some point. But my point here is that, like so many, I know the hollow feeling of loss and feel for you during such a difficult time. Again, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers -- and that of so many other bees, I'm sure. God Bless You, Jim. You are a wise man, outstanding writer and communicator, and an overall good soul. In short, YOU make beBee a better place for all. Lastly, I would reiterate what you wrote above for everyone to ponder:
    "In todayโ€™s โ€˜divide and conquerโ€™ world there are so many forces working to divide us. Ideologically, by religion, by race, by ethnicity and by โ€˜have and have notโ€™ standards.
    And many people fall prey to these forces, all of which, at their root, are powered by hate and the need to make us dependent on a system and not each other."
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    18/02/2017 #6 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    @Jim Murray Peace my friend.
    Todd Jones
    18/02/2017 #5 Todd Jones
    Beautiful expression of some heavy hearted, big picture contemplation, Jim. My condolences, and sincere wish that those close to you take this time to consider those things that really matter in our all to brief go-round.
    Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    18/02/2017 #4 Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    Very true what you say, @Jim Murray Although at times I have endured bad words, not only me, to my wife, that still hurts more. We have proved to be with the tribe. Love is something you give, without worrying that it will return.
    Jim Murray
    18/02/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks@ Joyce Bowen.
    Gerald Hecht
    18/02/2017 #2 Gerald Hecht
    It's incomprehensibly weird when the death arrives and one sees the chain of family swinging...dangling; all links are vital and when we lose one; things are never gonna be what they were --the (for me) weirdest part in the immediate aftermath are the sounds of people's "well mannered utterances" of condolence...the fact is that it just sucks...and the chain of family is dangling ...and vulnerable.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    18/02/2017 #1 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    "This love is the room thatโ€™s always there for kids to sleep in. This love is the ride to wherever anybody really needs to go. This love is the bail money, you get by hook or by crook. This love is the feeling you get when your family is all in one place together, just being with each other." So beautifully put... Thanks for your thoughts.
  16. ProducerCityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    The Firefox Loyalist
    The Firefox LoyalistIn the early days of the browser wars I had settled on one browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation that I put my trust in.ย  Since Chrome has entered the market behind the mighty power of Google, Firefox has become the browser of the third...


    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    19/02/2017 #11 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I highly recommend watching the first video as a starting point to understanding the gift & opportunity we have via participating on beBee to effect a new future that values each individual. Many thanks to SuperManjit for a lot of important things to ponder in this post.

    Sharing in the Sanctuary Hive because we all need freedom & privacy even in a very connected world.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    19/02/2017 #10 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I highly recommend watching the first video as a starting point to understanding the gift & opportunity we have via participating on beBee to effect a new future that values each individual. Many thanks to SuperManjit for a lot of important things to ponder in this post.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    19/02/2017 #9 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #8 " It is simply the MOFO's who don't care too much to be human and those that want to be human." Yep. And while we sit around in despair as to the mess of everything, it is actually quite simple to grow a new crop of humans who we allow to stay human all the way through their schooling and careers. It will all change profoundly.

    And the way to start right now is to always chose pro-human, pro-individual, pro-love. It will be hard for those of us on the 2nd half of our journeys. It will be easier for those on the front half. And everything will change for those right on the cusp of being born.

    As we contribute to making beBee the next facebook, we are participating in a chance to voice as a large, ever-growing community that all decisions start with putting people first. With working to be kind, fair, egalitarian - basically celebrating each human within any vast system. Setting up groups that prosper by honoring individuality first and foremost.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    19/02/2017 #8 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #7 As consumers we have been consumed to consume. I was born into a sharing economy so in my entire life I have never purchased a car, but my neighbour when he purchased a high-end sports car has unconsciously invested so much of his psychology and being in that metal shell. I did not know he had purchased that car until he boasted at street party that he personally knows most people are envious of him as he drives by them. To which I obviously replied "yep, yep, we all are - just humbled at the presence of your great machine".

    For me there is no THEY, the them vs us scenario is a throwback to the 60's counter-culture. That began to die the day those kids got shot on Kent State. For me I see humans who don't want to be humans and humans who are wanting that humanity. It is simply the MOFO's who don't care too much to be human and those that want to be human. Those MOFO's exist on both sides of traditional battle lines of them and us. This is today described as the "tyranny of OR". Now some way, somehow I get to get to the "AND" I don't know how, but I will muddle my way there, and in 2020 I will have better insight of me today than I have of me today.

    I do have a political but human constituency that my humanity wants to vote for and it is the kind of girl featured in the Mozilla Open Letter video above. They are the future and they today represent my grand-kids and when they grow up they are going to do things differently - far differently than their somewhat clueless parents, the so called "millennials" which are the sandwich generation between the past and the future. How these generations break towards "AND" is fascinating and I shall observe that as I age. No matter what we call these generations there will still be MOFO degenerates and this new generation of humanity.

    The word generation is not a time bound thing - it is a verb "to generate" this generation of humanity has found expression here.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    19/02/2017 #7 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #3 @Helena Jansen van Vuuren - well to further your metaphor, we don't buy a car and then immediately have to purchase the safety mechanisms like locks and seatbelts from a 3rd party vendor before we can trust that the car will work properly and we can drive it on the internet.....

    As consumers we have been in absentia for too long when it comes to demanding that the caveat that products work be included in the 'terms and conditions' clauses because right now ALL they do is protect the company - and in essence what they say is that the company will try to to make a product that works, and we are obligated to pay as if it works, but if it doesn't they aren't responsible.
    Ali Anani
    19/02/2017 #6 Ali Anani
    Dear @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit- I smiled while reading your wisdom "...for it deals with the paradox that when we want Open systems, we do get more choice, but when confronted with more choice we confront the Paradox of Choice". You remind me of my buzz "Open or closed". You are spot on as as we open doors soon we have more guests than the room can accommodate. Sharing
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/02/2017 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    "...where the question of meaning comes in, is whether we are making choices as a consumer consuming or a human being weaving humanity." @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit shows us how we can choose as human beings.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    19/02/2017 #4 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #2 Thank you Sara. There are choices of the consumer and there is that elevation of meaning that rises above consumption, that is why my biggest takeaway from this buzz is the "Open Letter" featuring the children, because what that announces and declares can easily be washed away the day-to-day reality of choices. With choices we can improve our communication and bring clarity to our choices, where the question of meaning comes in, is whether we are making choices as a consumer consuming or a human being weaving humanity. The felt experience here is way more than a software application, it is actually a meaning that will be embraced by the few and not the many. We need strong market players like Firefox and BeBee in a world where the Microsoft, Google and Facebook oligopoly is carving out the market in ways that have provided excessive corporate power to similiar oligopolies http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/oligopoly/
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    19/02/2017 #3 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    #1 Hi Deb - agree that the constant interruption of updates etc is frustrating - why is it that I can buy a car and drive it without interference until such time as I return it for a service or not, yes I buy fuel and pay for a service but the car dealer has not called me to demand that I hand over the keys as he wants to take a trip in my car.....very different when you buy a computer, you pay for internet connections and other items of choice on the internet but the system on your computer appears to not be part of the purchase package and choice is removed at a whim....windows 10 is a particular irritant to me....
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/02/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit. I feel selfish that I am learning so much from your hard work! I've learned much from this one about my choices as a consumer in a field where I feel that I am navigating in the dark. You are providing me with questions, and the answers will allow me "the freedom to choose". Thank you.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    18/02/2017 #1 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    I also prefer Firefox and to extend the open source plug, I use Apache Open Office the overlap in between MS Office and google apps.

    I am just so frigging tired of being a slave to technology upgrades and changes that disrupt the ease of use and monthly fees just to keep the gods of ever-increasing 90 day revenue cycles satiated.

    I would so love to join an organization dedicated to building something that works and then works to keep it working without trying to upsell to a version that 100% of the time is less useful to over 85% of the user base.

    Who is building the 'forever stamp' version of technology? Which is not to say don't innovate, but surely we are at the point when an operating system should just work, not require constant patches that take 20 minutes from your productive day, and don't compromise the security of your digital information - and really quality of life at this juncture.
  17. ProducerJoyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    Frannie Roth
    Frannie RothFrannie Roth sat in the chaise lounge in the backyard, letting the sun soak into her transparent skin.ย  She was old.ย  A blue vein pulsed rhythmically as it crossed her temple.ย  A smile flitted across her face as she dreamt herself into the novel...


    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    20/02/2017 #21 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Ken Boddie
    19/02/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    You drew me in with the selfishly gratifying "Kenneth, the love of her life", but somehow held me in suspense towards a suspected but unanticipated climax in the last two sentences. Masterful writing, Joyce.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    18/02/2017 #19 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    #1 @Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams @siraj shaik @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody @Devesh Bhatt and the rest. Thanks for putting me over the top.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    18/02/2017 #18 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    ๐Ÿ˜Š Thankee #17
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    18/02/2017 #17 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    An excellent read @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen I believe you have found your home here on beBee.
    siraj shaik
    18/02/2017 #16 siraj shaik
    #6 @JorisPlaatstaal after sharing comments else where, back onto main page was about to bid bye. Saw @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen header photo after going thro' the story decided to visit at times... and buzz along.
    siraj shaik
    18/02/2017 #15 siraj shaik
    #13 Oh! wow amazing to know about that similar resemblance. And the count, now it's 7. When two more will come across I don't know. I landed on this article page at the glance of the header image. If by chance want to see a similar pair of eyes follow the link http://www.salon.com/2016/01/22/donald_trump_represents_an_america_that_is_literally_disappearing/ yeah that's new elect leader with triumph, president of the USA "Donald J Trump".
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    18/02/2017 #14 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    I was enthralled. It made me think of my grandparents and the love they shared. I miss them terribly. Beautifully written Joyce. So glad to have logged onto beBee today and have this story at the top of my feed!.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    18/02/2017 #13 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    @siraj shaik My grandmother and I were mirrored souls. She called me her daughter and I reveled in it. #12
    siraj shaik
    18/02/2017 #12 siraj shaik
    @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen there's a lot of expressions within those eyes. And I didn't want to comment here as someone already shared and spoke some of thoughts from my within. To add on further, there's a saying "there are .. people whose looks are similar".
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    18/02/2017 #11 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    @Devesh Bhatt At the time, I was seeing after my grandmother, and although it was hard to "put" myself in her shoes, I managed to do it.
    Devesh Bhatt
    17/02/2017 #10 Devesh Bhatt
    And tge character reminds me of some old people i know.
    Devesh Bhatt
    17/02/2017 #9 Devesh Bhatt
    #8 yes sorry for the shorthand mobile lingo
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    17/02/2017 #8 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    @Devesh Bhatt Do you mean you must pay attention when reading?
    Devesh Bhatt
    17/02/2017 #7 Devesh Bhatt
    Reminds me of a person i somewhat know :)
    Your writing needs a lot of attention and its rewarding.
    Joris Plaatstaal
    17/02/2017 #6 Joris Plaatstaal
    #5 @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen

    Just let us enjoy your writing. Don't thank me, I am just honest. As I am with any bullshit post too.
    I logged in today, with the purpose to delete my account and I read your story, triggered by the picture. I won't delete my account now.

    Stories like yours make it worth spending time here.
    Joris Plaatstaal
    17/02/2017 #4 Joris Plaatstaal
    You have a gift. This is beautiful.
    You combine detail with the story of an entire life in so little, but well chosen words.

    I enjoyed every word, thank you.
    Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    17/02/2017 #2 Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen, this is simply amazing! I love this story. You are truly a wordsmith.
  18. Producer๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love by Deb Helfrich - A Must read for all Canine lovers.
    A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love by Deb Helfrich - A Must read for all Canine lovers.My Valentine's day just got better on completing this awesome book by @Deb Helfrich . A recommended read to all !ย Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And...


    Ivette K. Caballero
    07/03/2017 #19 Ivette K. Caballero
    #18 @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams It's very fortunate that you crossed paths with @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich. Deb is caring, supporting, and loving person. She shows that through her constant comments and encouraging words!
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    07/03/2017 #18 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #17 Thank you @Ivette K. Caballero She is a gem of a person. Glad to just know her.
    Ivette K. Caballero
    07/03/2017 #17 Ivette K. Caballero
    What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift to a wonderful great writer and commenter, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich. @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams You show the genuine and loving person you are by recognizing and celebrating the life and achievements of others!
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    28/02/2017 #16 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Thank you for sharing, @Milos Djukic. This review by @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams is everything a writer could ever dream of!

    I am profoundly grateful.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    25/02/2017 #15 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #10 She deserves the world ๐Ÿค—โค
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    25/02/2017 #14 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #9 @Cyndi wilkins Thank you ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    25/02/2017 #13 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #11@Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich That was such an awesome thing you did. Thank you. I feel so honoured too. I was showing off to everyone ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค— I really loved and enjoyed the book immensely. I wish time and money will help me realise the dream of having a canine friend. Sorry for the late reply. Works keeping me on my toes.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    14/02/2017 #12 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    Aww - Happy Valentine's Day, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams and all bees, and to all of our four legged furry friends.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    14/02/2017 #11 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Dearest @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams - I am so honored and grateful for the time you invested in this testimonial, I created a page on my website just for you.

    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    14/02/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    Happy Valentines day to Fatima Williams, Deb Helrich and all bees, what a beautiful way, Fatima to honor Deb!
    Cyndi wilkins
    14/02/2017 #9 Cyndi wilkins
    Now this is what I call "Producing Honey" @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams....What a lovely Valentine's Day gift...And you thought holidays weren't your thing @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich!...Looks like times they are a changin' ;-)
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    14/02/2017 #7 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    #3 And I will treasure your friendship and this book dear @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich

    This book has changed the way I will look at a dog again I can't wait for the experience myself
    Hugs ๐Ÿค—
    ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    14/02/2017 #6 ๐Ÿ Fatima Williams
    Thanks you my dear @Ali Anani and @debasish majumder The beBee ๐Ÿ queen deserves more than this. #beBeesforever
    Ali Anani
    14/02/2017 #5 Ali Anani
    What a beautiful write up you did dear @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams. You deservedly gave the human and shrewdd bee @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich what she earned. Bravo to both of you.
    debasish majumder
    14/02/2017 #4 debasish majumder
    Great share @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams! you aptly mention @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, who is a paragon for many for her empathy, sense of humility and inspirational contributions, triggering many to be making a bond of true affinity.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    14/02/2017 #3 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    @๐Ÿ Fatima Williams - what a precious gift. You have made my heart do loop-de-loops of joy.

    I cannot imagine any better accolade as a writer. To find out that I created a world full of the joy and reality of life with a dog so vividly that even someone who has yet to arrive at a place in her life amenable to a canine companion was able to imagine the overwhelming sense of being alive that comes by sharing a part of our journey with a four-legged friend.

    I will treasure this buzz for the rest of my life. My sincerest gratitude!
  19. ProducerLiesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    Sharing Petals To Blossom From The Inside Out
    Sharing Petals To Blossom From The Inside OutHoney. Love is sweet. True love is a gift. Growing slowly. Taking time. Time after time. A feeling deep inside. Creating deep roots. On all levels. The language of nature. Always rewarded. If only each one of us would consider themselves as a...


    rene pontaza
    16/02/2017 #15 rene pontaza
    Thanks good that I have you
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    13/02/2017 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #13 thank you @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, that is indeed a special one!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    13/02/2017 #13 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    My favorite is Petal #5. Being open to the magic and letting the beauty of the universe in. Lovely post, Liesbeth.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    12/02/2017 #12 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #11 you are most welcome @debasish majumder, what is writing without wonderful eyes that read it and comment on it!
    debasish majumder
    12/02/2017 #11 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    12/02/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #9 thank you @mohammed khalaf, for your contribution.
    mohammed khalaf
    12/02/2017 #9 mohammed khalaf
    Along our path lingers a scent, it is the leftover expressions imparted to the world by your passing. Some people leave a sweet fragrance and others a foul stench.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    12/02/2017 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #7 that is kind of you, @David B. Grinberg, highly appreciated. Your writing is beautiful as well. We all support each other to thrive!
    David B. Grinberg
    12/02/2017 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Liesbeth, your wonderful writing has helped us all to blossom!
    I'm sharing your beautiful buzz on three hives.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    12/02/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #2 Support is always good, thank you for being part of beBee, @Rene Pontaza. People will knock on your door for your expertise! Good luck.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    12/02/2017 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #1 thank you @Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz, Valentine's Day is certainly a beautiful opportunity to add more love to our thoughts and actions.
    Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz
    12/02/2017 #1 Gert ๐Ÿ Scholtz
    Lovely thoughts for the coming Valentine's Day - and beyond.
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  21. ProducerLaura Mikolaitis
    I Never Noticed
    I Never NoticedI never noticed how you stood so stillI never noticed the timing of your willI walked on by, never a mindI walked on by, too quick to findI never noticed the beauty in the distanceI never noticed, I was lost in the instanceI walked on by, never a...


    Laura Mikolaitis
    13/02/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis
    #3 Thank you, @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen. I appreciate you taking the time to read it.
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    11/02/2017 #3 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen
    Milos Djukic
    11/02/2017 #2 Anonymous
    #1 My pleasure dear @Laura Mikolaitis, I noticed and like this:)
    Laura Mikolaitis
    11/02/2017 #1 Laura Mikolaitis
    Thank you for sharing this @Milos Djukic. Much appreciated.
  22. ProducerMax๐Ÿ J. Carter
    How music saved my life
    How music saved my lifeA few years ago I came one good hard push on a dagger away from ending my life. In fact I stood in my living room with a 14" dagger on 3 separate occasions ready to kill myself. Here's what stopped me.ย When I awoke to the fact I am an Empath,...


    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    05/02/2017 #36 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #35 Awesome Max, I find so many good artists there!!
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    04/02/2017 #35 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #34 Thank you Lisa. I just booked mark their site to check out later.

    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    04/02/2017 #34 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #33 I love Elton John, I think I have almost all of his songs. Nice way to decompress! Check out Mohaghany if you get a chance. Many upcoming artists and their acoustics are amazing! Mohaghny is the production company that records, they have a YouTube Chanel.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    04/02/2017 #33 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #31 I listen to that Elton John song almost daily. It's on my Turn the Mirror Inward playlist I listen to when I decompress for the day before a nightly meditation before bed.

    That someone is always us who save ourselves. It's often in knowing what or who to turn to to remind to carry on.


    Thank you @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher I am glad to be here everyday and music keeps being there to inspire. . Thank you for sharing this buzz.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    04/02/2017 #32 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #30 @Fran ๐Ÿ Brizzolis I dig it big time. Thanks for sharing it.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    04/02/2017 #31 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    powerful @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter, glad you are still with us! Music is so powerful and healing. Someone saved my life tonight-Elton John. In the arms of an angel- Sarah Mcglauglin. (sp)? Keep up the good fight!
    Fran ๐Ÿ Brizzolis
    04/02/2017 #30 Fran ๐Ÿ Brizzolis
    May be "Last night a DJ saved my life with a song...."

    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    04/02/2017 #29 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #28 Me too @Donna-Luisa Eversley every single day.

    Thank you for sharing this buzz.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/02/2017 #28 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter thanks for sharing . Glad you are alive. ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    03/02/2017 #27 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #26 Thank you John.
    John White, MBA
    03/02/2017 #26 John White, MBA
    Powerful piece, man. I'm glad that you found your medicine. Keeo on inspiring us, Max! ๐Ÿ’ช
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    03/02/2017 #25 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #22 Interesting song choice.
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    03/02/2017 #24 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #23 That they do @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven. Thank you
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    03/02/2017 #23 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter Sometimes what everyone needs in some point in their life is an ear that will listen. This Hive is a great place for that. I am glad that you found it.
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/02/2017 #21 Cyndi wilkins
    #20 Keep your heart open my friend;-)
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    03/02/2017 #20 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #19 Yeah history does repeat itself until it is changed and it is changing slowly but surely and the pace quickens as each one awakens amplifying the effect in an exponential fashion.
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/02/2017 #19 Cyndi wilkins
    And of course dear @Max๐Ÿ J. Carter...As an empath, you already know that suicide is not an option;-)...You agreed to all of this...Breaking the contract is like playing a broken record...It's like groundhog day...same old shit...over and over and over again...Let's finish the job and get the hell outta here! Shall we?
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    03/02/2017 #18 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    #17 I haven't heard anything bad about him either. He has a website: http://www.neildiamond.com/music/
    Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    03/02/2017 #17 Max๐Ÿ J. Carter
    #16 Funny story the song Hell Yeah is playing as I saw this. My mom saw him Oakland in the 80's.

    I don't think I have ever heard anything bad about him. I often call him the Master of Love Songs.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    03/02/2017 #16 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman
    #15 I saw Neil Diamond when I lived in Miami, several years ago. He's awesome!
  23. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Hyggelig ('hug-ly')

    3 Beautiful Minutes
    TV 2 | All That We Share
    TV 2 | All That We Share We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think? Introducing All That We Share. The English...


    Milos Djukic
    02/02/2017 #7 Anonymous
    #5 @John Vaughan is a kind sir :)
    Milos Djukic
    02/02/2017 #3 Anonymous
    John Vaughan
    02/02/2017 #2 John Vaughan
    #1 @Milos Djukic I tried to share this on Fractals when I published it. Didn't take. (?)
    Thanks for finishing the job.

    This video reverse-engineers the notion of our systemic Fractality..
    Milos Djukic
    02/02/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Thanks @John Vaughan.
  24. Donald ๐Ÿ Grandy
    What's holding you back from being the best you can be?
    Wade McCrae Washington โ€“ Living The Max
  25. Producerjesse kaellis

    jesse kaellis

    Falling through cracks
    Falling through cracksFalling Through Cracks ย Ceviche. I had a powerful lust for those things. The Midnight Taco. I think it was at Colorado and Sunset. Around there? ย Some Mexican pushing a cart and inside were corn and some white dressing, sweet stuff on it....


    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    31/01/2017 #19 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Thanks @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich for bringing us back this buzz
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #18 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    There is so much power in this deceptively simple story.

    We are human. We focus on what we eat. On getting home after a day's work. On pushing aside our own pain.

    But each interaction, tiny as it might be, affords us a possibility of adding value to someone else's life - simply by listening to what they have to say.
    jesse kaellis
    16/10/2016 #17 jesse kaellis
    Me too, Deb. Just one of those haunting little moments that will stick with me forever. As I closed the story, "I will carry that woman to my grave." Her anonymity is what was haunting. A lost soul, someone living on the very fringes of society.
    jesse kaellis
    16/10/2016 #16 jesse kaellis
    You're welcome, Javier. #12 Thanks, Sara. #8 Thanks, Jim.
    I missed these posts somehow. Excuse me for not acknowleding them before.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    16/10/2016 #15 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    A quality story sticks long after it is read. This one pops up in my head a lot.
    Randy Keho
    19/08/2016 #14 Randy Keho
    Good morning, Jim. What year is it? #8
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/08/2016 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    I replied to @Pascal Derrien's comment on your Buzz @jesse kaellis, I start to write; The synchronicity of it all is that I share Calvin Russell's song, A Crack in Time, in the Buzz I am in the process of writing titled by a Leonard Cohen song lyric quote, "There is a crack, a crack in everything, thatโ€™s how the light gets in." Calvin Russell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NeSaQn4MHA. Here I find myself reading your Buzz, Falling through cracks, which forms a triad for me that will allow me to finish my Buzz. What else your story did for me was to open my eyes to an expression I have used all my adult life about individuals "falling through the cracks". I realize now how limited my understanding of that expression has been. Thanks.
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/08/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    #8 Good call @Jim Murray. Welcome @jesse kaellis.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    19/08/2016 #11 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @jesse kaellis thanks for sharing your stories !
    Sara Jacobovici
    19/08/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #2 Understood @jesse kaellis.
    Jim Murray
    19/08/2016 #8 Jim Murray
    jesse: Listen, man...you are now an official Beezer, which means you have a responsibility to hang around and keep on posting your stories. They are very pure and I love them. You will find you audience. They're out there...albeit many of them still is a coma. But there's hope. Cheers, Jim
    jesse kaellis
    19/08/2016 #7 jesse kaellis
    #6 Randy, thank you. Did you ever notice that people do what they want to do? No matter what they say about it? I lived the life I wanted. When I first hit Vegas, I apprehended the darkness there, and I was mesmerized by it. I had a tough life there but it was colorful, and I felt alive. In AA they talk about "one day at a time" but in Las Vegas, I lived like there was no tomorrow. Like I had a death wish. I was reckless in the extreme. I'm glad I got out when I did. I had to I had burnt every bridge in town. I couldn't even get a survival job anymore. But, no, I wouldn't trade my life for any other possible life. I had a bereft childhood. It makes no difference now. These are my good old days -- here, now, today.
    I like this: "People who are born round don't die square." -- Cus D' Amato.
    Randy Keho
    19/08/2016 #6 Randy Keho
    After reading @Don ๐Ÿ Kerr's comments regarding your writing, I sought it out. I must agree with him. You're a welcomed breath of fresh air.
    You have a distinct way of painting pictures with words, even though the pictures are disturbing. It's no "swarmy bullshit." They're stories conjured up from personal experience, as harsh as those experiences may have been. As they say, write what you know.
    As M. Scott Peck wrote to begin "The Road Less Traveled": Life is difficult. It is a series of problems. Once you accept that, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. Nobody said it would be easy. I think your stories are a clear indication of that. Or, maybe not. I'm sure you'll let us know. Please do.
    jesse kaellis
    18/08/2016 #5 jesse kaellis
    #4 Okay, thanks. I don't carry many regrets about what I did to myself. There are people I hurt along the way -- yes, I regret that. Nobody can live without transgressing. That woman, I wondered what her story was. She didn't look like she had been on the street very long. I seem to remember a little girl on the periphery. At the time I was managing a bakery and working long hard hours for not much money. But I was making money at last because I was putting in massive amounts of overtime. I earned 17,000 dollars in O/T in one year.
    The people I worked for were unscrupulous. They would screw their creditors their relatives and anything that moved. Perhaps I should post THAT story. I spent nine years in Vegas and lived literally out of my pocket for most of it. "The alchemy of transforming pain into empathy." My words. My insight.
    I'm not partial to formulas. Bromides. You'll get stuck in a rut.
    If I touched a nerve with you, then that's good. I'm doing my job.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    18/08/2016 #4 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #2 You are correct, it is a hard to understand pronouncement in and of itself. I was composing a longer comment, and hit send prematurely with just the philosophy bit.

    I don't think it is helpful to judge any behavior, only acknowledge that we understand ourselves better when we notice what sticks with us and makes us uncomfortable.

    Your story evokes in me when I have had encounters in which I was caught up in my own schedule, priorities, and concerns wherein I took an interaction with a person as a transaction, a simple exchange where I focused on my needs. Then later as it tumbled through my mind, I wondered why I didn't see what I could - perhaps should - have offered.

    We take, we give, that process is part of the human condition. Your story touched the sore spot I have around many of my prior actions. I will always have self-preservation running my behavior at some level but I want to choose to try to give a little more. What I was driving at below is that being aware of and living with what we have done that doesn't sit right within ourselves is the best chance we have to do something different right now.

    The power of this set of words you wrote is how evocative they are of millions of different scenarios where we realize too late that we should have done something differently.
    jesse kaellis
    18/08/2016 #3 jesse kaellis
    #1 I would rather that you judge my stories as just that. Stories. Do you find them interesting? Do you like my style, my voice? Is there power in them? Because if you are going to judge my behavior then you should rightly acknowledge my honesty. Otherwise, you will have to judge me harshly. And I don't think I deserve that. Everybody falls short. You do see that, don't you?
    jesse kaellis
    18/08/2016 #2 jesse kaellis
    You will have to explain your comment further. I can't react to it as it is. The above story, this woman was selling me some crap shirt that I didn't want. I"m not inclined to wear a Flintstones tee shirt. When I got home, I woke up and realized that it wasn't a financial transaction but rather a desperate woman trying to preserve her dignity. That was the pain. Why didn't I see that? I wish I had emptied out my bank account and given her that. I WILL carry that woman to my grave. I missed a priceless opportunity. Not that I haven't given people substantial sums of money since then, but that one woman...
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    18/08/2016 #1 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Jesse, I've been reading through your buzzes this week and searching for something to say. Our paths have been different, but it does truly come down to living with the moments in which we increase someone else's pain or when we ignored the simple ways we might assist them based on what we have to give during the moment we interact with them.
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