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  1. ProducerTapan Ghosh

    Tapan Ghosh

    12/09/2017
    True Love Is When You Relish The Orange She Eats
    True Love Is When You Relish The Orange She EatsShom is sitting on a dining table chair. The doorbell rings. He opens the door and Raima in a jovial mood walks in.Raima: Hey Shom, guess what?Shom goes back to his chair and Raima sits on the chair across him with her elbows on the round dining...
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  2. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    11/07/2017
    shane kluiter
    5 Successful Indie Authors Share Their Thoughts on How to be an Indie Success
    richardklu.wordpress.com What’s the best way to find an answer? Ask the question. I like many other new indie writers asked myself day in and day out “Whats what can I do to be a success” But I was...
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  3. ProducerLada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    01/07/2017
    I Don't Feel Like Writing
    I Don't Feel Like WritingImage Credit: http://arealibros.republica.com On beBee, there isn't a small number of authors and professional writers who have published hundreds of articles on Producer. Many of them encourage others to write by giving great advice and tips how to...
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    Sandra Smith
    04/07/2017 #68 Sandra Smith
    #66 whats nice is you said what i was feeling but then just being on here inspired me to write a post. Not many other sites do that
    Sandra Smith
    04/07/2017 #67 Sandra Smith
    #62 haha fair point
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    04/07/2017 #66 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #57 Sandra, you nicely summed up what I meant to say with my buzz, "I try not to feel guilty, as living life is more important than writing, sometimes :-)" 😊
    Ken Boddie
    04/07/2017 #65 Ken Boddie
    #51 ..... and please tag me when you do write that post on Split, Lada, as I fear it is getting harder and harder to notice posts from our favourite bees, with the hyperbolically increasing intensity of traffic .
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    04/07/2017 #64 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #55 Like you, Franci, I also think that time invested in my beBee "pearl" is worth. My writing process is too long and looks like a marathon, but at the end, I'm proud of my writing. I'm now waiting for my next long run.:-)
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    04/07/2017 #62 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #61 It is a calculated risk. (I believe)
    Sandra Smith
    04/07/2017 #61 Sandra Smith
    #60 i think doing that you risk a feed you dont love...
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    04/07/2017 #60 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #59 Surely they think so. In tuitter and here, I have always followed who follows me. Reciprocity, the same I am wrong, but I see it fair. Everyone to lie down with their conscience. ;-))
    Sandra Smith
    04/07/2017 #59 Sandra Smith
    #58 thanks Julio. Or maybe they think beBee is Twitter and they following for follow back? 🤔
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    03/07/2017 #58 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #57 Stop following for not writing?
    At some point you did, and I liked, I'm a patient person, sure you prepare something very good, when is your time.
    I wait for you
    @Lada 🏡 Prkic
    @Sandra Smith
    Sandra Smith
    03/07/2017 #57 Sandra Smith
    Yes, i felt a tiny bit guilty, because lot's of new followers - then some unfollowed - and I thought, oops, it's because i'm not writing. but i try not to feel guilty, as living life is more important than writing. sometimes ;)
    Mark Blevins
    03/07/2017 #56 Mark Blevins
    You're like Forrest Gump
    Only he just felt like running
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    03/07/2017 #55 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I enjoy short buzzes because like, Lisa, I feel they offer another level of interaction. Lengthy posts, I sometimes save for another time in order to sit, relax and enjoy the content. I believe most of us that enjoying reading feel there is the matter of finding the time to do so.

    I don't consider myself a writer, I consider myself a person that enjoys writing. I write mostly poetry and I like chopped up, short to the point and unique styles.

    I write 2 to 3 times a week on my WordPress blogs, which one is set up as a weekly blogging event. I post Hive Talk for beBee once a week, which I enjoy doing. I feel this is all I want to dedicate my time to because I want to enjoy it and not have it seem like a chore.

    Also, commenting takes time and I like to take the time to make meaningful comments. Besides beBee and sometimes LinkedIn, I comment on WordPress, as well.

    I started a series on WordPress relating to events and such that took place in prior years, starting with the 1960s. I have not only increased my following but I get the most interesting comments and I love it! People share where they were and what they were doing that year. It's worth every bit of the time I put into it thus making me want to write and not feel I have to. It can be very time-consuming to keep up with the comments but I enjoy every minute of it!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    03/07/2017 #54 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #45 Lisa, we are similar in many ways. I knew you would understand what I've written. Thank you for commenting and sharing. Best regards! :-)
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    03/07/2017 #53 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    No guilt for me! I have several other places that expect my articles, so I often have to prioritize. However, when I do feel like writing and the topic is not too technical, then beBee is my first choice :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    03/07/2017 #51 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #49 #50 Ken, your long comment is worth the whole post. 😊 I'm glad you pointed out one important thing -time spent in reading and commenting on other people's posts. For me, commenting is as challenging as writing. To write a meaningful comment requires time.
    Being engaged is great, it's the purpose for being on the social medium like beBee, but engaging leads to more engaging and time for writing gets away.

    Lately, I use to read the posts on my mobile before bedtime, and in the morning I try to write some comments before going to work. Those who don't spend time on reading and commenting (even on their comment threads) have enough time to write and enlarging their portfolio. I have my opinion about the cliques, but it's another topic.

    Thank you for this comment, Ken. A post about my hometown Split will be the next one if I manage to find the time. I'm glad to have an audience. :-)
    Ken Boddie
    03/07/2017 #50 Ken Boddie
    [continued from below] ..... It's all too easy to chest beat and count our posts produced, particularly if we happen to be prolific in Producer post production, but we tend to forget the many, many hours spent on reading others' posts and preparing appropriate comments, which, arguably, is more important in establishing rapport with others. I hear a lot of background chit chat from newBee authors complaining how they can't get enough people to read their posts and how those who have been on beBee for some time are a clique difficult to crack. Well the easiest way to join the clique is for them to join in the conversation. After all, we've all had to do exactly that in the real world, chat initially with potential friends and then, after a few conversations, we start to feel comfortable with each other and respond in kind to each other's work. The difference between the newBee and the old fuddy duddy bee is time invested in conversing and sharing. But the unique thing we have here on beBee is the predominant culture of almost always answering when we receive comments from others (trolls excluded).

    I think you stated it well yourself with "I am here to enjoy, read, share and communicate, but also to write when I feel like it". May I then respectively suggest, Lada, that you forget the numbers of posts being produced by others, and continue to write in your own inimitable and enjoyable fashion, as and when you see fit. I, for one, am always overjoyed to see your comments on my posts and the posts of other I read, and love to read the experiences you choose to write about, particularly concerning the culture and scenery of Croatia.
    Ken Boddie
    03/07/2017 #49 Ken Boddie
    I think it probable, Lada, that most of us have spells when we just don't have the time or the inclination to write a post on Producer. After all, we all have lives in the real (not SM) world and, for most of us, writing on SM like beBee won't pay the bills. But, for me, writing also includes the thought processes of reading the posts of others, be they from my Fbees (favourite bees) or newBees, and formulating a response (other than a mere "great post") which, hopefully, will convey to the author that I have read, understood and enjoyed their post. The writing of posts, whether long or short, and the careful choice of an appropriate comment on the posts of others, form a balance which, hopefully, ultimately results in either a gathering of those who share some affinity, or a collection of gatherings of overlapping interests. Investing in both comments and posts is, I suggest, important to achieve the ultimate prize of opening up your SM of choice and finding (in the case of beBee) the bell on the top ribbon brim-full of notifications. I often start to prepare a post but then get side-tracked reading those of others, and with responding to these notifications, until, of course, time gets away ..... [continued on next comment].
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    03/07/2017 #48 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #39 Your kind words touched me, Jerry. Thank you!
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    03/07/2017 #47 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #38 Glad to see you here, @Paul Walters. I write when I feel the need to say something, which is obviously very rare. :-)
  4. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    29/06/2017
    shane kluiter
    Richard Klu
    richardklu.wordpress.com Please, step into my...
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  5. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    27/06/2017
    shane kluiter
    So You Want to Publish Your Book?
    richardklu.wordpress.com Great! Publish it. Do it. It’s not hard. Most people can figure out how to set up self-publishing. That’s why it strikes me as being very odd that people pay to have companies do their...
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    shane kluiter
    27/06/2017 #2 shane kluiter
    #1 I agree.
    It's nuts how much some people spend on getting a book to market and it's all because they don't take the time to learn about the industry they are operating in. It's like watching predators prey on the weak.
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    27/06/2017 #1 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    I would add that these "publishing houses" are a scam. I'm actually surprised they are not illegal. If you want to publish your work there are two legit ways to go about it, both of which are hard:
    1. Go to a real publisher (or several of them, since getting them to publish your book is no easy task)
    2. Publish it yourself (this includes the marketing part, which is the hardest thing for most authors).
  6. ProducerTapan Ghosh

    Tapan Ghosh

    27/06/2017
    A Gorgeous Parsi Widow In Wild Goa
    A Gorgeous Parsi Widow In Wild GoaWhat do you do when you are young, beautiful and condemned to a lonely life? Especially in a wild and gorgeous place like Goa. Can family restrictions hold you down when your hormones are running wild?Gorgeous Goa has always been notorious for being...
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  7. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    24/05/2017
    shane kluiter
    The Dover Demon – Book Review
    richardklu.wordpress.com The Dover Demon The Dover Demon is about a group of teens that come across what in reality is an urban legend. This legend is of the Dover Demon is Massachusetts. It’s an interesting place to...
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  8. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    19/05/2017
    shane kluiter
    Horror Fan Read/Watch Statistics (For Authors, Bloggers, and Marketers)
    richardklu.wordpress.com In the FaceBook group Horror Everything I came across a poll that was very interesting to me as a horror writer/blogger. Hopefully, you can find it useful too if you are a fellow horror writer or...
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  9. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    18/05/2017
    shane kluiter
    Fighting Writer’s Block -JOIN THE WAR
    richardklu.wordpress.com If you have writer’s block there is no cure better than time… but aside from wasting time waiting. Try this- New experiences stimulate brain chemistry. If you’re stuck try something new....
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  10. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    16/05/2017
    shane kluiter
    Cthulhu’s Personal History – H.P. Lovecraft
    richardklu.wordpress.com I am a big fan of Lovecraft’s works. The rich history of his cosmic horror has always fascinated me. Cthulhu is one of his most popular creations. This is one Ancient One with an exciting past....
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  11. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    12/05/2017
    shane kluiter
    4 Tips for writing 1500 words a day
    richardklu.wordpress.com If you can write 1500 words a day you can publish multiple novels a year and have a substantial daily accomplishment. Your writing will improve and you will get into a rhythm of creating that...
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  12. shane kluiter

    shane kluiter

    07/04/2017
    shane kluiter
    At The Tower of Midnight
    richardklu.wordpress.com He loved the velvet covering he’d hand stitched for the Codex. It’s texture pleased him so much so that oftentimes Jacob found himself rubbing the cover of the book while speaking with others....
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    shane kluiter
    07/04/2017 #1 shane kluiter
    Short Story from Richard Klu
    Cosmic horror short. Lovecraft style
  13. ProducerVeronica Okafor

    Veronica Okafor

    19/03/2017
    Don't give up
    Don't give upDon't give...
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  14. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    25/01/2017
    4 hours later and 80kg less - I realize I wish I would be a man
    4 hours later and 80kg less - I realize I wish I would be a man80 kg of stuff. It’s me twice. OK, a little less, but my body without my head twice. 80kg.Four hours. And by the end, I was rather headless.But it is not only me; D. was also heavily involved here. As life is taking yet another curve (that we hope...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    01/05/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #12 Susan, I went to a Tiny House Festival!! Yes, a festival of tiny houses in all shapes and sizes. It was actually a lot of fun. These were all on wheels, but I'm looking for something more permanent. Anyway, by law, one cannot not live permanently in a tiny house on wheels, (they're called recreation vehicles) but they are built like a house with natural products (not tin cans driving down the highway). I could easily live in 200 sq feet the way these are designed (the bed is a loft and the stairs leading to the loft are shelves (more books!). The one I really liked had a screened porch, which is where I would spend most of my time anyway; with a book and a cuppa coffee! I want the bathroom to be a wetroom (the whole room is a shower, well the commode is tucked way though!). Just google: Tiny Houses and you'll be amazed! A lot of people 'THINK' they can live tightly but find after a while; It's really NOT like being on vacation all the time. You have to have a special mindset for a tiny house. Now me? I would have no problems with it.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    01/05/2017 #12 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #11 @Pamela 🐝 Williams, that's not small, that's TINY. TEENSY. I find my 525 s.f. house about perfect, even if I would rearrange the space a little more if I could. I wouldn't mind being able to walk on both sides of the bed, and the bathroom really could be a foot or so each way bigger. But it all works.

    Are you looking at 200 s.f. so you can move it? And where were you able to tour tiny houses? I love doing that!

    My village is composed of mostly small houses -- in the range of 350-700 s.f. -- and every time I go in one, I'm tickled to see what others have done with their space.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    01/05/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #9 I'm finding downsizing much easier these days: funny though' the things I find hardest to get rid of? Books!! I adore them and as I toured tiny houses last week I couldn't help one thought going through my head: Hmmm, "I could put a bookshelf there".
    And Susan....I'm looking at about 200 SF. Though, I always dreamed of living in a refurbished warehouse (you know like in that old movie: Flash Dance) one big room, no walls except glazed glass brick to enclose the bathroom. I have come to despise walls, not sure know why.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    25/04/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #9 @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess but, you get to see the ocean daily :)) I would find it 'freeing' too, not to have so many items cluttering my mind in my larger home! We've been looking at 'small homes," not tiny because my husband and I both need our space. We stayed in a small home on Penobscot Bay in Northport Maine last May. It was about 900 sq ft at most and perfect! The way it was laid out gave us space but it wasn't too large. @Pamela 🐝 Williams is looking at tiny homes and she may want to chat w/you Susan!! If I was single, I'd definitely look at tiny homes to live in. I agree w/you about men, I found the cutest small home that was 920 sq. ft and he said, "that would be too small." I thought huh?? He agreed we would do well to find a small home and if we end up finding something over 1k sq feet we will be living large again. Personally, I think my son should build us a carriage home in Colorado LOL!! I always tease him about that.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/04/2017 #9 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Virag🐝 G., I feel your pain! Six years ago, I moved from my 2,400 s.f. house (about 223 sq. meters, where I had lived with husband #2 and kids) to a 1,500 s.f. condo (mine alone) and had to downsize. It was TOUGH! I felt as though I was ripping my heart out a couple of times, shedding my past, consigning it to the rubbish bins.

    But who knew the "worst" was yet to come ...? Two years later, I found a gorgeous, to-die-for cottage on the ocean, and it was only 525 s.f. (about 48 sm)! You wanna talk downsizing, girlfriend? I knew I had to live here; it's too beautiful and special not to. But. Tiny. Really, really tiny.

    I had two small closets built, cubbyholes added, and still I got rid of about half my remaining stuff. Was it hard? Yup, although I had at least planted the seeds several years earlier. But in order for my things to make the trip here and live with me, they had to be REALLY meaningful and/or useful. Or both. A lot of stuff wasn't and didn't.

    Do I miss my stuff? No. I have trouble even remembering the things I gave away. I am surrounded by things I love, use, and cherish.

    I found it all very freeing -- at least when the job was done. Much less to think about, worry about, clean, organize -- a much simpler life.

    And I've known many men who would NEVER be able to do it, so just not to worry about that, Virag!
    Vincent Andrew
    24/04/2017 #8 Vincent Andrew
    #7 Definitely can relate to this as I have moved house several times with the kids in tow! Never easy! Which to keep? Which to throw or give away? As my wife and I got older and the kids got older too, it became a little easier to differentiate between what we need and what is just extra. The thing about it's easier for the men? Hmmm ... I think yes. My son and I don't have much emotional attachment to things ... ok maybe just a few things. There you are @Virag🐝 G.. Not so easy. Maybe it has something to do with loss aversion - people's tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/04/2017 #7 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    I KNOW a lot of us can relate to this, right? Both men and women. See what you think about this post from @Virag🐝 G.!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    24/04/2017 #6 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    , I feel your pain! Six years ago, I moved from my 2,400 s.f. house (about 223 sq. meters, where I had lived with husband #2 and kids) to a 1,500 s.f. condo (mine alone) and had to downsize. It was TOUGH! I felt as though I was ripping my heart out a couple of times, shedding my past, consigning it to the rubbish bins.

    But who knew the "worst" was yet to come ...? Two years later, I found a gorgeous, to-die-for cottage on the ocean, and it was only 525 s.f. (about 48 sm)! You wanna talk downsizing, girlfriend? I knew I had to live here; it's too beautiful and special not to. But. Tiny. Really, really tiny.

    I had two small closets built, cubbyholes added, and still I got rid of about half my remaining stuff. Was it hard? Yup, although I had at least planted the seeds several years earlier. But in order for my things to make the trip here and live with me, they had to be REALLY meaningful and/or useful. Or both. A lot of stuff wasn't and didn't.

    Do I miss my stuff? No. I have trouble even remembering the things I gave away. I am surrounded by things I love, use, and cherish.

    I found it all very freeing -- at least when the job was done. Much less to think about, worry about, clean, organize -- a much simpler life.

    And I've known many men who would NEVER be able to do it, so just not to worry about that, Virag!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/01/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I can totally relate to this. I do well with getting rid of clothing and things I no longer wear or use. If I haven't worn it in a year's time, it's in a bag and ready for Goodwill or the Salvation Army. However, my hubby - that's a different story. He hangs onto things forever. I like this piece, Virag.
    Kieron Johnson
    26/01/2017 #4 Kieron Johnson
    Great buzz! There’s so much truth to this piece, @Virag🐝 G.. I experienced something very similar recently when moving home. The saying “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” definitely comes to mind. :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/01/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I can relate to this! We can hold on to so many things for different reasons. Men may do the same but I have found even with my husband, when we clean out, he doesn't flinch.. like you, I think about a memory attached or hey, "Maybe I will fit back into this next year." Thats my problem now LOL. Good for you, a lot done! Re-visiting memories can be good for the soul :)
    Virag🐝 G.
    25/01/2017 #2 Virag🐝 G.
    #1 haha. Right? But I think it is a good thing ;-) In a few years we surely are going to appreciate it even more. Thank you for reading it, Camille!
    Camille Mari
    25/01/2017 #1 Camille Mari
    I love your article. I did some cleaning when leaving my parents and I often still do. I also had the same problem (it this a problem?) fitting in the same jeans I was wearing more than 10 years ago...which is fun because - yay I`m the same size...and - oh but I`m still a kid or what? -
  15. ProducerRT Stevens

    RT Stevens

    21/12/2016
    A Conversation With Death
    A Conversation With Death*A Conversation With Death*As I sat on the bus on my ride to work, a stranger sat down next to me. The bus was all but empty, but yet the stranger picked the seat right next to me. The stranger looked me up and down, his breathing labored."You know...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    21/12/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, every soul has to taste death at its appointed moment!
    Kevin Baker
    21/12/2016 #4 Kevin Baker
    excellent prose , messages with in the message
    RT Stevens
    21/12/2016 #3 RT Stevens
    Thanks you! I'm liking the idea of a writers network!
    Paul Burge
    21/12/2016 #2 Paul Burge
    Thanks for sharing @RT Stevens. Welcome to beBee!
    Pascal Derrien
    21/12/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    I kind alike this type of wicked stories nice one :-)
  16. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    27/11/2016
    Don't touch the piles
    Don't touch the pilesOnce upon a time you entered a bookstore where books were in piles. Not a Barnes & Nobel organized piles, but some random piles like a perfect play for hide and seek. Of course, only if you like playing hide and seek with random books. Among the...
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    Sara Jacobovici
    28/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    Great find and great story @Virag🐝 G. As a self-confessed bookaholic, I certainly can relate to the described experience.
    Virag🐝 G.
    28/11/2016 #3 Virag🐝 G.
    #1 @Pamela 🐝 Williams yes me too! But here I managed to destroy a full pile. :-) They won't see me with smiles again ... haha
    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    28/11/2016 #2 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    A beautiful tale. I certainly remember those times and every once in a while find one of them.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    28/11/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I can remember going into an old bookstore, sitting on the floor and just reading as much as I could before I was told to leave. Books were my treasures, my adventures. I loved those piles of books! AND I loved the smell of an old bookstore; that musty, dusty, ink infused aroma of knowledge just waiting to be unearthed from the book piles.
  17. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    13/11/2016
    Sometimes it takes time to set yourself free...
    Sometimes it takes time to set yourself free...This is me.After my first ever Gaga, dance class. After my 3rd dance class ever since I stepped away from the world that gave me a lot but perhaps hurt me more.I don't know about you, but I spent more than half of my life fulfilling demands,...
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    Sandra Smith
    16/07/2017 #24 Sandra Smith
    Beautiful and honest, Virag, just like you! :-)
    Virag🐝 G.
    26/02/2017 #23 Virag🐝 G.
    #22 totally!
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/11/2016 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 #20 I couldn't be more impressed or grateful for your ability to "get it" and "communicate it" in your unique and powerful way @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. It is because of what you have connected to that I went into the field of Music Therapy and trained in collaboration with Art Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists. That was over 30 years ago. What has been exciting to witness is that using, in this instance, the body through movement and dance, and taking it out of the health and mental health institutional community and into the mainstream and flow of our lives, enables us to return to our organic nature and get our bodies "in sync" with our minds. Anyway, you said it better than me. Thanks again Manjit.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/11/2016 #20 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #18 Virag, this is what Naharin is quoted as saying about fear :

    [ ..." I don’t think I’ve gotten rid of my fear. I’m actually aware of the fear. Sometimes I enjoy being afraid. It’s less a matter of getting rid of the fear and more a matter of knowing that it’s all right to be afraid "... ]
    from http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/famed-choreographer-still-feels-the-fear-1.423779

    You have already confronted the primary fear and stepped forward, what I am enjoying tonight finding out about Naharin is that his thoughts recognize the body is alive and that he see's dance as a living expression. That is why when he says "sometimes I enjoy being afraid", he is so in tune and touch with his body that he reads and recognizes what his body tells him - this is a marvelous faculty. In discussing these things we use our head rather than our body - but when I think I notice most my fingers moving - my brain then serves my fingers and in that I know thoughts have traveled up both my arms to deposit thoughts.

    There are very few people who think of the body as vessel of intelligence, Bruce Lee was one of the rare people who understood putting great meaning to body and this is explored in The Art of Expressing the Human Body" http://bit.ly/2g4GuUb whereas Bruce Lee took that body intelligence into martial arts, Narahin has taken it into dance - and that is why I grasp his greatness.

    When we are scared, it is the foundation of what we are walking into that matters, the foundation that you have had the courage to walk into is full of meaning and spirit, courage that takes us into emptiness is blind folly, courage that takes us into life is why I am happy for you - this form of courage has meaning and in that meaning one finds their freedom, and then sometimes as Narahin says he enjoys being afraid and that it is all right to be afraid.
    Virag🐝 G.
    13/11/2016 #18 Virag🐝 G.
    #14 Ohad Naharin is a genius who goes against all mainstream. Making his dancers go out of the ballet training towards a movement that is fully pushing their bodies into unknown areas, is simply courageous. And it works. The video clip you've shared with me is incredible, and I have seen it before. Thank you for sharing. Going for a Gaga class for me was scary --- especially after 8 years of no training. But stepping into the 'scary' is where is start to grow.
    Virag🐝 G.
    13/11/2016 #17 Virag🐝 G.
    Thank you for all of your for reading it, and sharing your kind thoughts. Aren't we all in the same boat after all? :-)
    Milos Djukic
    13/11/2016 #15 Anonymous
    Dear @Virag🐝 G., Freedom of self-expression is worth fighting for, that is the essential meaning of the self - similarity concept. As we get older the desire for freedom is growing. Your concerns and decisions are a sign that you're on the right track. Congrats, I'm a semi-professional dancer, It is just that believe it or not :)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Oh! Virag Gulyas what have you unleashed here ! You have just put the name Ohad Naharin smack bang into my vocabulary, for when you mentioned freedom, it overwhelmed me to know the extent of freedom as dance philosophy this is. Incredible! I just ran the film trailer for Mr.Gaga and a whole new world opened up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6gd8xpFMsM a world that I love where freedom is tattooed as a way, as an expression, as a force that is born from a rigid culture, freeing itself from a constraint.

    This reminds me of the antonym side of the movie Whiplash - where Whiplash dictates a passionate man who loves drumming and is grounded into submission by a ruthless teacher - and the antonym here is Mr.Gaga - a dance expression that releases the ruthless world of dance. We already know what it takes to become a professional ballerina, the immeasurable sacrifice, the dream that is chased by many girls but then funneled into a excruciating and demanding test to emerge with the few and not many. Cue the movie Flashdance - but Flashdance was not about creating something new, but another recital of the hero's journey. For sure it dealt with class but it was not a philosophy and it certainly did not offer any form of freedom.

    You should feel justifiably liberated because you are clearly an early adopter of this transformation, this giving dance back to the people, the loosening of rigidity, the renewal of form and function, to exercise what one actually loves about this passion. The more I read http://www.danceadvantage.net/questions-about-gaga/ and http://gagapeople.com/english/ the more I honour your post and I thank you for opening the curtain for me and I say kudos to you for embracing this, for this is truly freedom.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    @Virag🐝 G. tells how she found her freedom.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/11/2016 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    You are a great storyteller @Virag🐝 G. and it always feels like it's coming straight from the heart.

    Because one of my pillars of life is movement (paradox intended), you made me think that it is not simply the freedom to move but how to move that makes the difference; the freedom lies in choosing the how.

    The other thing that I found "moving" in your story is when you say, "I understood more about my body today than during my whole rigorous dancer education.". Again, here the education lies in the freedom of movement and the understanding that results from that.

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing life experience Virag and wishing you from strength to strength.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/11/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Aww, I love this, @Virag🐝 G. because you are living your life your way and being who you really are. Life is too short to not fulfill your dreams and just be YOU!
    Michael D. Davis
    13/11/2016 #10 Michael D. Davis
    Good move Virag! It sounds as if you are truly finding your "Smile" Many blessings to you.
    Michael Dowling
    13/11/2016 #9 Michael Dowling
    Go free...
    David B. Grinberg
    13/11/2016 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos to you Virag, for taking that leap after so long. I think your conclusion nails it: "So many of us stay in that tight leotard we force on ourselves - because, we get used to it, we feel too comfortable to leave. But don't stay because you got used it; because it is too comfortable. Wear that damn loose t-shirt and go free."
    Life is too short to be running around on a hamster wheel road to no where. No one ever got anywhere by running (or dancing ) in place. Moreover, I think it would be great if you did a Live Buzz (when ready) from your dance studio. I'm sure you're very good. Remember, we are all our worst critics. Good luck and dance on...
    Virag🐝 G.
    13/11/2016 #7 Virag🐝 G.
    #6 haha. Nope. "Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin in Israel to help dancers (and non-dancers alike) reconnect to the way they move."
    Nick Mlatchkov
    13/11/2016 #6 Anonymous
    What kind of dance is Gaga? Any link to the so-called Lady?
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    13/11/2016 #5 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Thanks for sharing @Virag🐝 G.. Congratulations on setting yourself free! Never lose the song in your heart.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    13/11/2016 #4 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Your freedom makes me happy @Virag🐝 G., and reminds me my own one and why I keep on fighting for it every single moment.
    THANK YOU!! 💝
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    13/11/2016 #3 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Always follow your passion. It makes you alive. And never give up! That makes us happy! @Virag🐝 G. Thank you for being dedicated to your dream!
  18. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    The Downward Search for Nuance
    The Downward Search for NuanceLooking down on it, as I so often do, the room seems alive. A bit dark, but that's only because the man who lives there has went out to get dinner and has shut all the windows and doors, save mine, so as to guard against burglary. Normally it is...
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    13/05/2017 #35 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #33 #34 It is such a marvelous gift to find out that this resonated for @Gert Scholtz so many months later. I love the irony that it took 25 years or so for this piece to find its ultimate home.

    I've thought a lot this last year how immensely different my life would have been if beBee was around during the summer I spent in Madrid after college. My opportunities were limited to the English speakers I could meet in person, then. But if I'd been able to affinity network, I might still be resident in Europe!
    Joel Anderson
    12/05/2017 #34 Joel Anderson
    Thanks @Gert Scholtz for bringing this one back around and as usual @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for a great read and always beneficial insights.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    10/01/2017 #33 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Nice post, regards, Bill Stankiewicz
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    13/11/2016 #32 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #31 Thanks for that spot-on comment, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. It was indeed a story about many stories floating around simultaneously as I was in that turbulent transition to adulthood.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #31 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    That's a lot of stories in there dear Deb. You do make us look through your eyes in such clear detail! Great share!
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    10/11/2016 #30 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #16 Thank you Deb I should say your attention to detail is spectacular. And its proven with this buzz you quote "Where what unfolds is tidy and planned and deeply full of meaning." It's up to us to unfold the meaning that opens up a different world than what we are accustomed to.
    jesse kaellis
    10/11/2016 #29 jesse kaellis
    #28
    Yeah, it lit me up. Did I wonder, why? A dog. So what? But they were kids. Just playing. I like kids -- lots of energy. Thanks, Deb.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/11/2016 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #27 Electric is a good word for the feeling when those first few words auto-translate in your brain? I've never studied Spanish. I just went to Madrid based on a friend, worked in an International Development Bank where 90% of the work going on around me was in Spanish, and now I copy and paste buzzes and increase my vocab daily....
    jesse kaellis
    10/11/2016 #27 jesse kaellis
    #26
    I've never been anywhere Deb. Just the USA and Canada. Going to Mexico will be my first time in a country where the native tongue is not English. I was taking Spanish lessons when I lived in LA, for a little while. I lived in a Hispanic neighborhood. I walked by an alley where kids were playing in the back of a house. One kid -- "Perro!" Dog. I was electrified, illuminated. A jumble of Spanish and a word came through. I'm committed to learning Spanish when I get back. Finally. I like the language.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/11/2016 #26 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #24 #25 An intricate non-American....those words really make me smile! In both France and Spain, on my first trip out of the country, I was comically thought to be Irish on a few occasions... the red hair does tend to create the illusion, but I am quite proud to not sound like an American when it comes to an openness of mind and willingness to observe how to be as local as feasible....and lately the Hondurans and Brazilians have also been a bit confused as to my origins since I wield a great copy and paste!

    It's all down to books - to reading giving me the gift of being a citizen of the world.
    Dean Owen
    10/11/2016 #25 Dean Owen
    I thought you were American, but the writing suggests a bit of England and Australia for some reason. HE sure sounds a bit like Mark Rothko....
    jesse kaellis
    10/11/2016 #24 jesse kaellis
    #23
    Your piece was intricate, Deb. Totally different than what I do but I appreciated it just the same. It was good and you are a very good writer.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/11/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #22 It is great to know that construction grabbed you, @jesse kaellis. I meant to force a sense of dislocation and blur the vantage point. Was she dreaming, lying, writing, watching - perhaps all at the same time.
    jesse kaellis
    09/11/2016 #22 jesse kaellis
    I like this, Deb. "I decided it needed a name besides 'there,' so I started calling it home." That's a surprise that grounds the reader.
    From my interview: "I’m looking for that payoff, and it could be one sentence or even a word."
    See the genius there, Deb? It can be something simple, the right word in the right place.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/11/2016 #21 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #19 Thanks so much, @David B. Grinberg. One never knows what might be lurking in mementos of the past...
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/11/2016 #20 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #18 Timing! Ohhh, I dwell in that saying. Most especially because I was trying to highlight the life that occurs in the process of a painting on a wall or a book on a shelf or a career in the making. But then certain works transcend their own time... life is so many things all at the same time.
    David B. Grinberg
    09/11/2016 #19 David B. Grinberg
    Very interesting and well written, Deb. Why am I not surprised? Buzzing onward and upward!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    09/11/2016 #18 Laura Mikolaitis
    #7 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, thank you for the mention and your kind words. They say that timing is everything so I am glad that my most recent pieces evoked emotion in you; and brought you here with this beautiful piece of artistry. The imagery and narration is captivating and you transport the reader to another place in time. There's magic in selecting just the right colors for your palette and then mixing them together to bring a canvas to life. The richness of the pigment - and sometimes the dullness of it - can combine together to create something completely different than the artist may have intended. That's the beauty in pigments, and in life, the mediums that we can add to it to create a tapestry that we come to know as life. Thank you, Deb. This piece brought me to a special place today. One that was much needed.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/11/2016 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #15 Much obliged, @Sarah Elkins. It is about trying on various ways of taking part in the world, especially from the vantage point of someone with the opportunity to reflect on the jumble of things going on around us.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/11/2016 #16 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #13 It is incredible to hear, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams, that I was able to transport you to another time in your life. Most of us have had those transitions where we felt an outsider, a watcher and not a participator. And in my case, being a spectator invokes that sense of being in the cheap seats watching a magnificent performance spread out below, where what unfolds is tidy and planned and deeply full of meaning.
  19. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    01/11/2016
    Because Halloween means something else for everyone...
    Because Halloween means something else for everyone...Up until three years ago Halloween and all the buzz of trick or treat were something I only saw in the American movies. As naive as it sounds, Halloween is not a festive everywhere. In fact, it is not even a 'thing' everywhere.While its roots are in...
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    Virag🐝 G.
    01/11/2016 #6 Virag🐝 G.
    #5 Thank you for reading it, @Kevin Pashuk. Indeed, living in a multicultural requires not only tolerance but also an open eye and open heart. At least, this is what I believe in :-)
    Kevin Pashuk
    01/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    What a great post Virag! It is a delight to see a culture through new eyes, and even more delightful the perspective you have gained when you consider those who are less fortunate. Welcome to North America... at least one small corner of it.
    John Rylance
    01/11/2016 #2 John Rylance
    To me it is the first in the new "Bah Humbug" season. I shall continue in that frame of mind until I experience my "Tiny Tim" moment and embrace Christmas. This will be around December 19th.
  20. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    13/10/2016
    I Most Probably Did It Wrong But I Did Yom Kippur
    I Most Probably Did It Wrong But I Did Yom KippurThis article was originally published on Times of Israel--------------------I'm not here to offend anyone. If you read my past writings, you’ll know I’m not here for that. And if you’ve ever read anything from me, you’ll also know that I am a...
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    Virag🐝 G.
    13/04/2017 #12 Virag🐝 G.
    #11 @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess thank you for reading it. I am on a whole journey indeed. I am running a page as the AlmostJewish. I wish time would permit to write even more. And after this almost Yom Kippur, I just had my first seder ;-)
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    13/04/2017 #11 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A lovely post, @Virag🐝 G., and I thank you for that. As a Jew, I am always pleased when anyone outside of Judaism takes an interest in the world I grew up in; I would hope that as you continue your journey you also continue to let us see where it takes you.
    Virag🐝 G.
    15/10/2016 #10 Virag🐝 G.
    #8 @Aurorasa Sima I am so thankful for your kind comment, it's been a journey, and I am far from the finish line. But I grew to enjoy it. Thank you for reading!
    Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    14/10/2016 #7 Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    Hm why did my comment get deleted? :) I was asking Virag about how she associated Judaism and Israel. @Javier 🐝 beBee would you know?
    Virag🐝 G.
    14/10/2016 #6 Virag🐝 G.
    #3 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich if my posts touch one person, it was worth all my bravery to put these on paper! Thank you for your kind comment
    Virag🐝 G.
    14/10/2016 #5 Virag🐝 G.
    #1 Thank you for reading, @Sara Jacobovici and giving me more insight into Yom Kippur
    Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    14/10/2016 #4 Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    Thanks for this thoughtful post @Virag🐝 G.. You offend nobody by being curious.

    By the way, you seem to have an interchangeable attitude toward Israel and Judaism which is great :) Many people feel like these are antagonistic to each other, and I personally agree. Would love to hear your thoughts!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    14/10/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    This post has helped me step up to my own choices, my own need to come to terms with fasting and feasting and the cycles of life, learning, love, and the truth, to me, that if we don't make a ritual of reflection we will often go astray.
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    13/10/2016 #2 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Thank you for sharing your unique perspective.
    Sara Jacobovici
    13/10/2016 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Thank you @Virag🐝 G. for sharing your journey. One journey started with Abraham and led to a statement of free will. God tells Avraham to "go to the land with" ְversus at the beginning telling him, "alone, to go from the land of his father" Both are father and son relationships; at first Avram is to go (to himself) away from his father's land, and now Avraham is to go with his son to the land of Moriah .

    If ever there was a great response to the affirmation that we have free will it is Yom Kippur and choice. Throughout Torah God tells us to choose. But during Yom Kippur services we read Isaiah 44:22

    "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins; return unto Me, for I have redeemed thee."

    How humbling can it be?! Here God is letting us know what He has done for us and then He says, so now you can return to Me. He is giving us a choice. Not only that, but He has literally cleared the path. But it is still our choice to take that step. Reminds me of even when we were facing life and death at the sea, as a people we didn't choose to go right in and choose faith and life, we needed a leader who took that first step in to model for us. God was generous then because He took into account our predicament and state of shock. On Yom Kippur we are not only choosing as a people but as individuals. So it is literally up to our individual free will.

    We, as individuals, are a work in progress. We make choices every step along our journey. Thanks again Virag for sharing yours.
  21. ProducerJohn White, MBA

    John White, MBA

    10/10/2016
    Beach Wolf Fairy Garden (Guest Author)
    Beach Wolf Fairy Garden (Guest Author)"It was a fairy dream and a monster dream and there was a bear. The helicopter saved us from the monster. It took us to the beach. It has shells and it has an ocean for us to swim. I had to have my floaties on so I don't sink. Now I can go!"The...
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    Javier 🐝 beBee
    23/10/2016 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Very good one ! Best one !
    Teresa Gezze
    13/10/2016 #7 Anonymous
    So cute!! Is she your niece, John?
    John White, MBA
    13/10/2016 #6 John White, MBA
    New talented writer for beBee! 😉

    CC: @Javier 🐝 beBee @Cepee Tabibian @Teresa Gezze @Chema M. del Hoyo
    Dean Owen
    10/10/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    That is actually very cool! I hope she discovers this in her teens. A precious gem.
    Milos Djukic
    10/10/2016 #3 Anonymous
    Wow, @John White, MBA, I think you should be very proud. Great :)
    David B. Grinberg
    10/10/2016 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Cute kid, John. Does she have a beBee profile yet? (lol)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    10/10/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Sign that Bee up! Where you been hiding her John! She's brilliant.
  22. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    beBee gives you instant reach, engagement comes from your followers
    beBee gives you instant reach, engagement comes from your followersbeBee gives you instant reachbeBee allows you to reach your target audience (despite having no followers) through the hives - affinity groups -. But this does not result in a direct engagement with professionals. Engagement comes from your organic...
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    Javier 🐝 beBee
    19/04/2017 #12 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Benefits of becoming a beBee blogger

    - Instant reach through hives.
    - Instant SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your content.
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    Javier 🐝 beBee
    06/04/2017 #11 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #10 thanks @Andrew Porter!
    Mohammed Sultan
    06/10/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan
    Dear @Javier beBee,I appreciate your spirit. With users service and marketing,beBee should think also of the PR activities to enhance the brand awareness and to develop mutual understanding with various public,the news media and various influencing officials; telling them that beBee has something that they might be interested in .Go , go show them how can you help them cover their endless stories and don't wait until they click for bebee.
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    04/10/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Without beBee you lack something. Join beBee and get social!
    Loribeth Pierson
    04/10/2016 #6 Loribeth Pierson
    Shared!
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    04/10/2016 #5 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Shared to twitter. I'll schedule this to run there for a few days @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    04/10/2016 #4 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee exactly, engagement comes from your organic followers
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    04/10/2016 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #2 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee exactly, followers comes from your organic followers
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/10/2016 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Quite interesting buzz this is @Javier 🐝 beBee. I like your build up of the buzz. Followers are a source of engagement only if they are truly engaged. A key role of beBee is to ensure exposure to published buzzes to followers. BeBee is ably doing that in many ways, including publish to followers only without limits. I hope that followers will be active and give this buzz due attention.
  23. ProducerVirag🐝 G.

    Virag🐝 G.

    29/09/2016
    I AM FROM…
    I AM FROM…Silence. Confusion. Dilemmas. I am from all over and nowhere. The guilt towards my parents, who think I abandoned my country. The joy what I feel every time I return to it. I am from all over and nowhere. The sooner you start your journeys, the more...
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    Kevin Baker
    03/08/2017 #23 Kevin Baker
    #17 That is an amazing answer
    Kevin Baker
    03/08/2017 #22 Kevin Baker
    I am from Earth, there are no borders, this is a myth invented
    Ram Singh
    02/10/2016 #20 Ram Singh
    I am from india but I'm in dubai on job as eng.
    Ram Singh
    02/10/2016 #19 Ram Singh
    Its facts
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    02/10/2016 #18 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Virag🐝 G.~ "I am from all over and nowhere. I am not sure if I ever would be from anywhere and not just all over. But I am from Hungary, living in Belgium, with an Israeli man while dreaming of New York without a catch of breath."~ I find this to be very poetic.
    Brian McKenzie
    02/10/2016 #17 Brian McKenzie
    I am from nowhere - looking to go everywhere else.
    Milos Djukic
    30/09/2016 #16 Anonymous
    #15 @Javier 🐝 beBee, fractals without borders forever :)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    30/09/2016 #15 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #14 I am now from beBee , an open world without borders
    Virag🐝 G.
    29/09/2016 #14 Virag🐝 G.
    #13 @Javier 🐝 beBee or where your hear is :-)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/09/2016 #13 Javier 🐝 beBee
    We say " Uno no es de donde nace sino de donde pace " that means "You are not from where you born, but from where you spent you life at" ...
    Pascal Derrien
    29/09/2016 #12 Pascal Derrien
    my grand father was Austrian, I was born and raised in France and my kids are Irish I think I am confused :-)
    AJ Powell
    29/09/2016 #11 AJ Powell
    I really like this. It offers a nice insight into the lives of many who travel and move across borders more than a few times in their lives. I am an American, but I have never identified with American Culture. I am a member of the Warrior Class, born and raised into a life of service to a nations people for the sake of defending life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. My grandparents immigrated to the US and served during WWII, my father and mother both served careers in uniform too. Aunts and uncles have done time, and I too have served a career in uniform. Children who grow up in the military culture (often called "brats") more than ANYONE in America know what it is to "be from somewhere and from nowhere." They move constantly, are frequently "the new kid" in schools, and are often forced to grow up and mature faster than most children in that society. As such, they are often more intellectually developed and wiser than their years than their civilian peers, and they suffer for it too... Never having a true place to call home. As a child who was born and raised in the US military culture, and who served a career in uniform as well after becoming an adult, I have never lived in one place longer than 3 years in my entire life. To date, I've lived in 8 nations, I stopped counting how many nations I've visited at 60 (the number has grow since then), and my work has allowed me to circumnavigate to globe on three separate occasions so far. Ive seen many cultures, shook hands with many people, made many new friends, have witnessed some of humanities greatest achievements, and unfortunately some of its worst horrors... And all I dream of, is when my career has finally slowed down, is to finally, for the first time in my life, have a place to call "home". A place to say where I am "from" when someone asks. Like I said, this piece really speaks to me, as I'm sure it does many other Veterans and world travelers.
    Virag🐝 G.
    29/09/2016 #10 Virag🐝 G.
    #8 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich thank you for reading. And yes, an absolute push-pull...not yet sure which is stronger ;-)
    Virag🐝 G.
    29/09/2016 #9 Virag🐝 G.
    #7 emailing you tomorrow, I have an early flight to catch. ;-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/09/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Belonging has many benefits and many challenges. I think you have captured the pushme-pullyou quality of pinning down a person to a single country, religion, or ancestry. It matters tremendously and yet not at all. Engaging read, @Virag🐝 G.
    Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    29/09/2016 #7 Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    #4 What has the price been for you?
    Virag🐝 G.
    29/09/2016 #6 Virag🐝 G.
    #5 haha been there myself! @Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    29/09/2016 #5 Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    #4 Everything comes at a price :) For me the price has been an identity crisis that lasted for quite a while. Though I'm not sure that it's been any worse than other people.
    Virag🐝 G.
    29/09/2016 #4 Virag🐝 G.
    #3 Indeed. Our generation is blessed, but I often think that this whole freedom of be from wherever also comes at a price. Don't you ever feel like that @Josh LeBlanc-Shulman?
    Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    29/09/2016 #3 Josh LeBlanc-Shulman
    "Where are you from" is by far one of the hardest questions many of us are asked today. My best retort so far has been to talk about where I am right now and where I'm headed.
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    Dean Owen

    13/09/2016
    The Bronx
    The BronxGrowing up in the Bronx has many advantages. I highly recommend raising a family there. They will have friends for the rest of their lives who they will never lose. Probably because they stick like crazy glue and constantly remind you how they...
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    jesse kaellis
    28/09/2016 #11 jesse kaellis
    #10
    You're welcome, Karen. The kind of experiences you relate here are a real blessing on you. I was at the Bronx Zoo in 1984 or '85 with my then GF. We went to NY in both '84 and '85 in the summer. The second summer she went to a seminar in Toronto and met me in NY afterward. But I went to Prospect Park by myself. I was stopping people and asking where was downtown Brooklyn, but they looked mystified. I ended up in Bedford–Stuyvesant, by mistake, and I KNEW that I didn't belong there. Dark hostility vibes.
    jesse kaellis
    23/09/2016 #8 jesse kaellis
    We lived in Brooklyn when I was a kid. My father's mother lived in Brownsville but at the time it was a Jewish neighborhood. We ended up living on Ave. Z across from the Coney Island Hospital. When I was 12 we moved to central NJ. Nice story, well written -- you have good cadence and rhythm, Karen. Your story is interesting because you have great style. And something to say.
    Randy Keho
    13/09/2016 #4 Randy Keho
    If you're ever in Chicago and want to test your nerves, drive by my former office at 4200 S. Halsted. The facility is built on the grounds of the former Chicago Stock yards, which is only a few blocks from Sox park. It's a beautiful neighborhood. But, don't stop. It's much harder to hit a moving target, even when they're using an assault rifle. @Phil Friedman
    Gert Scholtz
    13/09/2016 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015 Baseball cap backwards, no laces, giant sneakers - yip, sound like just the place for me (not!). Thanks for an entertaining post Karen. Good to hear such a view of the Bronx.
    Dean Owen
    13/09/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Love the narrative. Love the Bronx. I wear loafers everywhere, even up mountains, but I think I'll take your advice next time I'm there. Now where do I wire the $10? Opp, sorry, someone just stole my card....
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    06/09/2016
    That Jewish Man Who Made My Grandfather a Priest
    That Jewish Man Who Made My Grandfather a PriestThis article was originally published on Times of IsraelI haven’t seen my grandfather for the last five years. But it wasn’t his fault. And it wasn’t my fault either. It was life and all its complexities around it.I moved away from Hungary for the...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/12/2016 #30 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I'm sorry I missed this story when it was first published. Very beautiful Virag. Thank you for sharing your family's story. One of things I am most thankful for in living with my grandparents for several years is that I heard the 'family' stories, of those that served in the military, of the sacrifices made during the Great Depression, of my Native American heritage, of my Confederate heritage (yes I had ancestors that fought for slavery) but also my Union heritage, (those that fought against slavery). We are a mixed baggage of history, each and every one of us around the globe. My greatest belief is this: Follow your heart, but keep you brain at hand. WWII and the horrors surrounding that time should never be forgotten, never pass into oblivion. The story of your great-grandfather and a quote reference by Pascal Derrien on another post brought to mind the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
    Virag🐝 G.
    11/12/2016 #29 Virag🐝 G.
    #28 Thank you, Claire :-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    09/12/2016 #28 Claire L Cardwell
    What an amazing, heart warming story @Virag🐝 G. thanks for the share and well done with it being featured in the Times of Israel.
    Ram Singh
    02/10/2016 #27 Ram Singh
    #21 you welcome
    Virag🐝 G.
    12/09/2016 #26 Virag🐝 G.
    #24 Thank you so much @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood & everyone!
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    11/09/2016 #24 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Congratulations to @Virag🐝 G. for having her inspiring article featured by the Times of Israel.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #20 I agree @Virag🐝 G.. Such a devastating time in history. Something no one should forget.
    Virag🐝 G.
    08/09/2016 #22 Virag🐝 G.
    #17 Thank you @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015. I appreciate you reading it, and your feedback, coming from a writer, is flattering. :-)
    Virag🐝 G.
    08/09/2016 #21 Virag🐝 G.
    #18 Thank you Ram Singh!
    Virag🐝 G.
    08/09/2016 #20 Virag🐝 G.
    #19 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, thank you so much for reading. I think it is not only my story, but so many other families. Something we should be talking about more often, before the people who still remember, leave us.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Such a heart warming story @Virag🐝 G.. You grandfather, so admirable. I have a feeling you may be a bit like him. Thank you so much for sharing this story. I had tears when I read it.
    Ram Singh
    08/09/2016 #18 Ram Singh
    #16 its heart touching
    Virag🐝 G.
    07/09/2016 #16 Virag🐝 G.
    #11 Something I have never imagined from my grandfather.... @Julie Hickman
    Virag🐝 G.
    07/09/2016 #15 Virag🐝 G.
    #12 Thanks for reading Robert!
    Virag🐝 G.
    07/09/2016 #14 Virag🐝 G.
    #13 Yes, @Ben Pinto. That era in the Easters part of Europe is something most nations would not comprehend. Things happened that for the West is only a story in history books. Hiding Jews was one such acts when you need to risk your life. But Hungarians were obliged to report and spy on other Hungarians as well. It was not only about religious freedom, but yes, it played a huge role!
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #13 Ben Pinto
    We can see into a glimpse of history and wonder why so many do not realize that choice of religious freedom does not make a person. Europeans that were successful in hiding people with Jewish beliefs did so because they made a vow to themselves to never tell a soul. They could not share their secret with the closest of relatives. This was especially difficult to do if one had children. All it took for those in hiding to be caught, was your child sharing a secret with a close friend. Bless your ancestors for their compassionate humanity. Those that ask themselves WWJD can see the outcome here. Let's us not forget this concept of Freedom in the USA. Our forefathers caught for this right. Let the vetting of immigrants start with something other than their religious beliefs.
    Robert Cormack
    07/09/2016 #12 Robert Cormack
    Sad but interesting story. Nice work.
    Virag🐝 G.
    06/09/2016 #10 Virag🐝 G.
    #8 @Donald 🐝 Grandy thank you for reading it!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    06/09/2016 #9 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    What a compelling story of the twists and turns of history as they wind through your paternal lineage, @Virag🐝 G., creating both a great deal of love and a lot of torment, too. It is curious how sometimes we can care for strangers while hurting the people who are close to us and who we could so easily lift up in joy. And then because we aren't fully loved and acknowledged by our family we take that out on others in the world who are different than us.

    I think tears and words are equally healing in different ways, but the spread-ability of words makes them more useful in uncovering a dose of healing for many people struggling with the tenants of the religion they were born into or unable to understand the rigidity of feeling that locks us away from members of our families.
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    06/09/2016 #8 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Thank you for sharing this emotional story written from your heart.
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