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  1. ProducerPascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    Dance O'Reilly Dance !
    Dance O'Reilly Dance !2024 Somewhere in the suburban area of West Dublin, at an early city council meeting you could hear a local politician quoting a UK official statement made in 2016:โ€™โ€™We need to talk about the impacts of immigration in a level-headed way, as well as...
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    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    09/12/2016 #9 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    So sad being yourself, being who you are has to bring on disrespect and even hatred. This is a very meaningfil story, Pascal.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    09/12/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #7 many thanks @Sara Jacobovici I would say the world is intense :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/12/2016 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    My nieces and nephew tell me my favorite word is intense, as I use it a lot. Well, I use it because it fits. And so it does for your story @Pascal Derrien. Important story, very well told.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    09/12/2016 #6 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #3 wow @Dean Owen that's a story an half, I have been saying many times I think people only understand what it is to be a foreigner until they actually become one.... and even there, there is a pecking order. Many thanks for sharing that story
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    09/12/2016 #5 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #4 agree with you @Jim Murray , this could happen easily today in Ireland and I have been getting a lot of flack for my positions, the policy makers love to gesticulate and are spoofing on daily basis but action is nowhere to be seen, we are going to hit a wall soon (no pun intended)
    Jim Murray
    09/12/2016 #4 Jim Murray
    I live next door to a country that has just opened up the floodgates to exactly what you wrote about. It's not speculative fiction anymore Pascal. It's reportage.
    Dean Owen
    09/12/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    I think many of us can relate to some part of this story. For me it was the peer pressure bit. I was on a bullet train last week when I asked a Chinese man to not talk so loud on the phone. He started screaming at me. The train police came and he continued. They just filmed everything. Then another Chinese man started talking to the train police and said I was right, the guy was too loud, and I was brave for taking a stance. The guy who defended me started getting kicked by three Chinese guys for defending a foreigner. It was all a bit weird. I'd thank the guy for not bowing to peer pressure, but the police had to usher him off for protection....
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    08/12/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #1 thanks @Ken Boddie indeed and even though I have situated this story 10 years or so from now it is based on a bit of stories, daily observations and quotes from the last three weeks that I have merely sewed together :-( :-)
    Ken Boddie
    08/12/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    Great story, Pascal, of social stigma, bias, peer pressure and how we can let these control our lives if we let them. It takes real balls to stand up and be different.
  2. ProducerPascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    A volcano, a bit of History and a road trip
    A volcano, a bit of History and a road trip The ContextBefore I jump into the heart of the matter, I think a bit of context and storytelling landscaping is necessary to fully grasp the volcanic aspect of what I am about to share. I rarely speak about my day job but I suppose I can make an...
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    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    09/12/2016 #23 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #22 thanks for the kind words @Sara Jacobovici true stories are easy to write well sometimes.... :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/12/2016 #22 Sara Jacobovici
    I didn't realize I was holding my breath throughout the story @Pascal Derrien until I heard and felt this huge release of breath at the sources section. Great story as told by a great storyteller!
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    08/12/2016 #21 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #20 thanks very much @Donna-Luisa Eversley as funny as it sounds I actually look at this experience with fondness indeed :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/12/2016 #20 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Pascal Derrien... wow, I love that experience..money cannot pay for such an event. As crazy as it was, you were able to live in the moment, doing what had to be done to get by, during the time. Inspiring story ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    08/12/2016 #19 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #18 thanks @Lisa Gallagher I have travelled a lot in my life but this experience sticks out :-)
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/12/2016 #18 Lisa Gallagher
    What a harrowing yet unforgettable experience @pascal! Are things coincidences in life or fate? Do you often wonder after meeting Anna and her father? I can't imagine the exhaustion but oh, the story this tells today! Quite interesting and thank you for sharing. I remember that Volcano being broadcast on the news. What a long jaunt home!
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #16 thanks @Gert Scholtz that moment was very special, we spent literally 5 mns transferring from the train to the cab 10 minutes later we were on a highway direction north of France :-)
    Gert Scholtz
    07/12/2016 #16 Gert Scholtz
    Pascal - great story - very touching that circumstances lead to the chance meeting of Anna and her father.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #15 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #14 many thanks for reading and commenting, much appreciated @Neil Smith :-)
    Neil Smith
    07/12/2016 #14 Neil Smith
    Very enjoyable story Pascal. Thanks.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/12/2016 #13 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #12 You got done by one is more like it buddy ;)
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #12 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #11 cheers @Praveen Raj Gullepalli as rule of thumb I don't do volcanos any more :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/12/2016 #11 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    After Dean's long wall Chinese road trip this reads like a European saga on rails Pascal! Whew! That musta been a testing time...waiting game...nice emotional twist at the end...yeah but I missed out that volcanic eruption disruption bit...what was it about anyway ;)
    Ken Boddie
    07/12/2016 #10 Ken Boddie
    #8 Och aye the noo!
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    thanks @Ken Boddie, it was indeed exhausting especially since we had no clue when the ban would be lifted, the two scots were a bit shell shocked by the experience of driving thru Ukraine to Poland and sensing this their Ukrainian driver agreed to help them reaching a Nordic harbour I am pretty sure he ended up having a scot accent by the end of the trip :-)
    Ken Boddie
    07/12/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    I need to lie down after reading this, Pascal. Trains, cars, boats but no planes. Sounds like a typical Indonesian trip .... but you had two Scots ministers as a bonus. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #6 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #3 @Dean Owen indeed the Polish banter was an experience not be missed even though I did not have a clue what they were talking about. thank for dropping by and the share :-)
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    07/12/2016 #5 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #4 many thanks @debasish majumder for reading. commenting and engaging :-)
    debasish majumder
    07/12/2016 #4 debasish majumder
    lovely post @Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read. thank you very much for the wonderful share.
    Dean Owen
    07/12/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    Quite a journey home! You need to start filming stuff! Would have loved to have seen footage of the father/daughter reunion in Paris. Sad to hear he passed away.
  3. ProducerKwesi Millington
    Why you NEED to Speak
    Why you NEED to SpeakSIGN UP ONLINE HERE FOR MORE SPEAKING TIPS, VIDEOS & TUTORIALSWhy YOU need to Speak โ€œIf we wish to be a person of greatness, it will require a stunning release of love into the world.โ€ (Brendon Burchard) You NEED to be a Speaker or...
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    Ignacio Bustos
    02/12/2016 #1 Ignacio Bustos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxPF_rlHg3I&feature=share
  4. ProducerLiesbeth Leysen, MSc
    Lady Love
    Lady LoveDonna was her name. A wonderful woman. Always busy. Working hard. Christmas was approaching. She loved this time of the year. Cosy houses, candles burning. Presents around the Christmas tree. Happy children's eyes. Her smile was mysterious. Nobody...
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    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    02/12/2016 #9 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #8 wow, @Deb Helfrich, let us all ask and dream it into reality!!!
    Deb Helfrich
    02/12/2016 #8 Deb Helfrich
    Guess what, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc & @Donna-Luisa Eversley? I had THE dream last night. There is power in the asking.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    02/12/2016 #7 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #6 thanks so much for your time and effort to comment on the article, @Rene Winteraeken
    Rene Winteraeken
    02/12/2016 #6 Rene Winteraeken
    Lovely story, keep on writing @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #4 love your comments, dear Supermarket, be nice to @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Faithful clients will be rewarded with wonderful presents!!!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/12/2016 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc..hahaha๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚..๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ OMG...and the fairy tale could be a sign...I'm always in the supermarket...one of my favorite places..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚..๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— can't stop laughing. Hmm like that romance story, especially the four legs ...hahaha ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜š not sure if to blush or go below the covers... Thanks my friend...I will never ask you for a horror story! This will be my Christmas treasure...ahhh...๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽanything you want is inside my fairy godmother @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    #2 thanks @Deb Helfrich. Love your words here on beBee.
    Deb Helfrich
    01/12/2016 #2 Deb Helfrich
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley - Stop whatever you are doing and feeling and read the truth ~ Life is as simple as asking! There is power in asking. There is power in believing. And there is power in exuding love, even when you aren't quite sure where the intended target is.

    @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc, You have a soul full of gifts. Magical powers with words that summon images that tickle our beings into joy!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    01/12/2016 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc
    Christmas present for @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Enjoy!!!
  5. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    30/11/2016
    Storytelling Festivals
    Storytelling FestivalsI always thought storytelling was a lost art, however, it is alive and well and growing, just listen to many of our songwriters and popular songs. ย We all love a great story, andย a great way to sample the incredible diversity of stories and...
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    Julie Hickman
    30/11/2016 #1 Julie Hickman
    These sound like great events @Royce Shook! It also sounds like I need to start planning some trips :-) Thank you for the information.
  6. ProducerPascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    Out of a Silent World
    Out of a Silent World My name is Owen Carlson, today is Thursday 28th of March 2019 and I have an important meeting with Catherine Jones somewhere in the middle of Cardiff. I am a carpenter by trade when I was 12 I wanted to be an astronaut but my father Harry convinced...
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    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    06/12/2016 #23 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #22 thank you @Praveen Raj Gullepalli for reading and adding some pertinent comments :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    06/12/2016 #22 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    That's cool sci-fi alright dear Pascal! Aliens and Alienation, the objective and subjective landscapes, crossing paths. Men are from Mars ;)
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2016 #21 Ken Boddie
    #19 #20 According to the video on Dean's link, we're all related, so which one of you guys, my newly found cousins, is going to lend me $100 'till Monday? ๐Ÿค—
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    02/12/2016 #20 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #19 that's a wicked video @Dean Owen :-) the shaking and the mixer as a tittle :-)
    Dean Owen
    02/12/2016 #19 Dean Owen
    Do send me the link when this one is published as it sure deserves it! Perhaps DNA testing should be compulsory? -
    https://youtu.be/tyaEQEmt5ls
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    30/11/2016 #18 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #17 Yes, it can become complicated. My husband got along well with his adoptive parents so it worked well for him.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    30/11/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #16 many thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman yes I was thinking about all the adoption stories without a happy ending the other day, what if people don't click, what if it is too late or what if the research never takes off as you are rightly saying......
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    30/11/2016 #16 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    You are one excellent story teller, Pascal. My husband was adopted out of the cradle. He never found his real parents, even after researching.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    29/11/2016 #15 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #14 thank you @David B. Grinberg for the kind comments, a tale not very often touched on so I suppose it is a modest cotribution .....
    David B. Grinberg
    29/11/2016 #14 David B. Grinberg
    That's a wonderfully introspective piece of storytelling, Pascal. Very admirable and impressive, indeed. Thank you for sharing this and keep buzzing!
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    28/11/2016 #13 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #12 thanks for sharing this @Mark Anthony, those generations of babies are often referred to as ''the disappeared'', the numbers are not exactly known but most probably around 30 000 over the years of cover up. Big stigma here in Ireland. Take care
    Mark Anthony
    28/11/2016 #12 Mark Anthony
    Hi @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ. Touched by the story, my mother came to the UK when she was 11. She was in a convent in Dublin from when she was a baby. There was no redress for her, she missed the cutoff point. The legacy left within my family wasn't nice.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    28/11/2016 #11 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #9 ah thanks for the kind comment and for dropping a line @Sara Jacobovici I know a few real adoption stories some are positive and some others are.....different. There are some extra layers of complexity depending where you live and the circumstances it is a tricky topic
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    28/11/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #7 thanks @Deb Helfrich you turn right or left where does this bring you ? it is a fascinating question to think that in a way we are building our own lives even though we are not fully in control , so may scenarios so many possibilities ?
    Sara Jacobovici
    28/11/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    I very much appreciate your writing @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ. I experience the question of identity as the core of what makes us human. My very close friend is adopted and so is her younger brother. As adults each had their own journey in discovering their biological parents, very different experiences, very different impacts. Each carries their own story. Thanks for sharing Owen Carlson's.
    Sara Jacobovici
    28/11/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Great line @Ken Boddie, "Is there Mars in our lives?"
    Deb Helfrich
    28/11/2016 #7 Deb Helfrich
    Phenomenally deep questions right on the surface of life, @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ. Are we our nature or our nurture? As an adult, what is the margin of difference that might have played out in who we are and have become if we had a different set of parents? If we do find out does that change us tomorrow? With no one to consult about the facts, is it worth thinking of the alternative us? How could we not?
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    28/11/2016 #6 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #5 thanks @Gert Scholtz there is always more than just meet the eyes, face value has been over traded and it is currently out of stock for the foreseeable future :-)
    Gert Scholtz
    28/11/2016 #5 Gert Scholtz
    @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ Fascinating! Canโ€™t help but feel for the boy. Thanks for a highly original story and like all yours - one never knows where it leads to - well written Pascal.
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    28/11/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    #3 ah thanks @Aaron Skogen yes I sometimes realize I navigate in muddy waters :-)
  7. ProducerMax J. Carter

    Max J. Carter

    25/11/2016
    Lesbian leadership in Science Fiction: Peace Lords introduces Daniella Nemeth
    Lesbian leadership in Science Fiction: Peace Lords introduces Daniella NemethI have a friend I have known since high school who realized later in life she has a homosexual sexual preference. I thought about her when I was thinking about creating this project and I wanted to give her a character she could identify with. Let...
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  8. Jesse Caesar

    Jesse Caesar

    15/11/2016
    Report writing is a lot like going to the gym - hard to motivate, leaves me tired and sore, but it puts me in better shape and I'm always glad I did it...
    Jesse Caesar
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    twitter.com โ€œIt can be painful, but the process of report writing can deliver fresh connections and organizing principles #writing #messaging...
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  9. ProducerPamela L. Williams
    The Beginning - the Final Episode
    The Beginning - the Final EpisodeWelcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. This is the final episode and I hope you have enjoyed this fictional series.ย As I have written at the beginning of each episode: We are each our history and...
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    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #24 Pamela L. Williams
    Thanks one of my very nice writers๐Ÿ˜Š! I'm so glad you like the story. It's been a both fun and challenging! @Paul Walters was the other one! What is it with me and Pauls lately! @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian has been such an inspiration to me for social media and now you two writing rock stars IMHO! #23
    Paul Kemner
    15/11/2016 #23 Paul Kemner
    Wow- this series is an excellent first fiction! Writing serial stories seems to be a great way to get started- you get feedback and encouragement as you go along, and it's a lot easier to get someone to try a short chapter instead of something that will take weeks to read.
    I agree with you that the female warrior and high-elder words would be the ones to keep- they describe important characters. You're using them frequently, so we get a chance to learn them.
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #22 Pamela L. Williams
    #21 I always thought I would love to get an actual Passamaquody tribal member to teach me how to say the words. On the site where I found the words there are pronunciations available, but even still they are extremely difficult to verbalize. You never know exactly how they sound things out. Like German. I sometimes find myself reverting to German pronunciations of certain words that I can tell are of German origin. No I don't speak German but I took so many German grammar classes the pronunciations come easily if the vocabulary does not.!!
    Deb Helfrich
    15/11/2016 #21 Deb Helfrich
    #20 That's one of those things that someone will either love or hate. I thought it brought so much of the world alive, and you used the parentheses at just the right time. But for a larger audience, I can see it being a stumbling block...there has to be a both/and situation of using the words as enrichment while keeping the readers in the flow of the story. Audio comes to mind..... a short clip of how to say the words might help the sounders-outers in the crowd, for instance.
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #20 Pamela L. Williams
    #19 If I do a rewrite and expand the story I've decided, with the help of some very nice writers whom I turned to for advice, to simplify the use of the words, but there are some I'll keep just because I liked them! Like the word for the high elder and the female warrior. They seemed add 'punch' to the characters. and roles.
    Deb Helfrich
    15/11/2016 #19 Deb Helfrich
    #15 I did want to report back that I both am glad I binge read the first 9 installments, because it really built a world for me, but that my initial reason, to be able to follow the complex use of names, turned out to not be an issue. You did a great job in keeping the flow of all the new terms easy to remember without the reader needing to generate their own cliff notes.
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #18 Pamela L. Williams
    #13 I'm thinking about it Pascal! This has gone so well I'm almost afraid that since this one went so well, anything else might be a disappointment LOL!
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #17 Pamela L. Williams
    #12 Well I sent you on a roller coaster ride of emotions on this journey @Donna-Luisa Eversley, I'm so glad it ended with a happy sigh for you. So, how are you feeling about Running Deer now? Go ahead, admit it, maybe we all have the potential to be a bit mean when our heart is broken. We're human, all of us, we all say and do things we wish we could take back. It's about finding the strength to move on, just one step forward.
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #16 Pamela L. Williams
    #14 I thought hard about the ending, even as I was writing the other chapters. I wanted it to end realistically; we all suffer losses and sometimes sacrifices have to be made to move forward in life. As I wrote in my reply to Franci; it ended with hope and dreams for the future. You've been a wonderful fan Fatima! thank you for that, my readers gave me the courage to finish the story.
    Pamela L. Williams
    15/11/2016 #15 Pamela L. Williams
    #11 thank you Deb, those words mean so much. I've enjoyed writing this so much but I especially loved my wonderfully loyal readers who have been such an encouragement.
    Fatima Williams
    14/11/2016 #14 Fatima Williams
    OMG @Pamela L. Williams I love the ending and it's a perfect end for this drama. I would have loved for them to have met to rekindle the love they had, which was blinded by guilt and revenge nevertheless I love it. Thank you so much for giving us such an entertaining engrossing story that connects to each one of us at a different level.
    I am your fan and then your sister. I've loved fiction since I knew how to read and this is going to the grave with me. An absolute entertainer. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— High five โœ‹โœ‹โœ‹โœ‹โœ‹โœ‹
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    14/11/2016 #13 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    Pleasse continue :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    14/11/2016 #12 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    My heart feels full and contented with the end of this story @Pamela L. Williams... It ends with the beginning of a love story , I hope! Thank you for such an entertaining, and inspirational story.
    Deb Helfrich
    14/11/2016 #11 Deb Helfrich
    Wow, as far as I am concerned, it is the happiest of endings. Some times we just don't fit somewhere and we would fit perfectly somewhere else. Especially when someone with a very prominent role seems against us.

    This was a gift, @Pamela L. Williams View more
    Wow, as far as I am concerned, it is the happiest of endings. Some times we just don't fit somewhere and we would fit perfectly somewhere else. Especially when someone with a very prominent role seems against us.

    This was a gift, @Pamela L. Williams Really and truly a fantastic piece of art. Close
    Pamela L. Williams
    13/11/2016 #10 Pamela L. Williams
    thank you for sharing and your support @Milos Djukic, FF!!
    Pamela L. Williams
    13/11/2016 #9 Pamela L. Williams
    #8 Thank you David, for your kind words and especially for following my fictional series. You've been a loyal and much appreciated follower.
    David B. Grinberg
    13/11/2016 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Very nice fiction writing, Pamela, impressive!
    Lisa Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher
    #6 I think I understand your mushy self a bit! Remember, dont lose hope . Its easy to let go of hope when things feel as though they are crumbling around us, thats when we need others as reminders or 'pick me uppers'.. no not drugs (referring to my phrase, uppers') lol, just ways to uplift our spirits!
    Pamela L. Williams
    13/11/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams
    #4 I'm going to show my mushy self again and admit that I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop downtown and cried as I wrote the last few paragraphs of this story. Whether they were tears of happiness that Kisuhs Nicanol and Running Deer found peace or tears of sadness because she had to leave all that she knew is still a question I'm asking myself. What I liked most about the ending was that the high elder, a true leader, was willing to make the sacrifice of banishing his wife if Kisuhs Nicanol chose to stay, that he also realized that if the young warrior was to live life to the fullest she had to make the decision to simply live. As I told you on the phone; I don't understand where this story came from, or why I was driven to write it, but I know it wasn't mine. Live in Peace and Hope my friend.
    Pamela L. Williams
    13/11/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams
    #3 As I told Deb in a comment; not what I would call a 'happy ending' but the best ending that could occur. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made for the betterment of everyone. She now has family and hope, and in the end, isn't that what matters? That after all the trials and tribulations that we all suffer, that there is in the end; hope?
  10. ProducerHervรฉ Sabattier
    Open Letter to a Wealthy Slave Friend
    Open Letter to a Wealthy Slave Friend I wrote and published this open letter on LinkedIn two years ago, in the middle of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.I removed it a few days after, not to put anyone in trouble.Today, I feel it is the right time to post it again."The only way to...
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    Hervรฉ Sabattier
    16/11/2016 #4 Hervรฉ Sabattier
    #3 Thank you Lisa. See you somewhere between the stars, maybe, as I often travel around them to find my way. I try my best to be the best possible friend to her. Thank you and take care.
    Lisa Gallagher
    16/11/2016 #3 Lisa Gallagher
    Wow @Hervรฉ Sabattier, this moved me to tears. I will send good wishes to "Fannie," when I go outside to wish upon a star as I often do. What a good friend you were/are to her. I pray one day you meet again. Fannie is an angel on earth. You are such a caring man! Thank you for sharing this Herve. Ebola is a horrible virus, I can't imagine the working conditions.
    Hervรฉ Sabattier
    13/11/2016 #2 Hervรฉ Sabattier
    #1 Thank you Pascal... And poetic enough, I hope...
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    13/11/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    this is an intriguing . witty and fascinating letter :-)
  11. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Javi vs the Plow: Speculative Fiction
    Javi vs the Plow: Speculative FictionThis post is inspired by Phil Friedman's recent "Two Pizzas and a shovel."ย It made me remember somethingย I read years ago. I have no idea who wrote it and when. This is me remembering the gist. It strikes home because my family immigrated to...
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    Pamela L. Williams
    12/11/2016 #71 Pamela L. Williams
    #63 Sweet memories; my stepfather loved Jameson and always kept a bottle on hand. I learned to 'mix' his drinks by the time I was 10. (that would be Jameson on the rocks, not a difficult drink to make, but I still remember; it was 3 ice cubes, and two shot glasses of whisky, swirl to chill :-) ). He let me take a sip one time, that's all it took for a 10-year-old! It tasted nothing like the Iced Tea I expected!! But I still remember the hearty laugh my facial expression received. Now I love an occasional whisky on the rocks; I think it's a nostalgia thing.
    Pamela L. Williams
    11/11/2016 #70 Pamela L. Williams
    You ain't just whistling Dixie!!! As they say in the south๐Ÿ˜‚#69
    Aaron Skogen
    11/11/2016 #69 Aaron Skogen
    #68 I remember my first taste of "Tennessee Natural Spring Water", and I tell you, there was nothing "natural" about it! ;-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    11/11/2016 #68 Pamela L. Williams
    Hey my other grandfather was a ridge runner and raised his family on his moonshine business!! Known for having the best in the county!!! LOL#65
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    11/11/2016 #67 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #66 Hmmmmm, I may have to move to Minnesota. The idea of a micro-distillery intrigues. No such thing up here. I've made wine for years. Tried beer a few times, but I'm not really a fan.
    Aaron Skogen
    11/11/2016 #66 Aaron Skogen
    #65 I do try to stay on the right side of the law Paul. So to your point, I would need to obtain a micro-distillery permit from the state of Minnesota (for a nominal fee) :-) I've actually thought about it. . . I was looking to expand my home-brewing into a micro-brewery (NV Brewingโ„ข) a few years back after receiving several awards including a Sweepstakes award for my Black IPA, Diabla Negra. Whiskey would be a nice addition to the portfolio, IMHO. Plus, I could then use Buddy Guy's tune as our theme song!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    11/11/2016 #65 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #64 LOL... and highly illegal, not to mention dangerous
    Aaron Skogen
    11/11/2016 #64 Aaron Skogen
    #60 :-) now your talkin'!

    I find fall and winter to be a great time to brew my beers and ferment our wines. Just in case we cant get to the store, we have our homebrew on tap. . . Maybe I should try my hand at distilling. It might be fun.
    Randy Keho
    11/11/2016 #63 Randy Keho
    #62 Jameson Irish Whiskey and shovel -- will travel.
    Don Kerr
    11/11/2016 #62 Don Kerr
    I find it has medicinal benefit 24/7/365. I think @Randy Keho might concur. #61
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    11/11/2016 #61 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #60 yup, whiskey always helps winter
    Sarah Elkins
    11/11/2016 #60 Sarah Elkins
    Oh dear, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian and @Aaron Skogen, this reminds me very much of our first winter in Montana! I was prepared, I spent high school and college in Colorado. My husband? Not so much. I have to say that my first winter after buying our little Subaru Outback Sport was pretty fun with the studded snow tires. We park behind our house, off an alley. The snow was well above the bumper and I backed right out, no problem at all. The trick to surviving that kind of winter? Lots of Irish whiskey. Love this.
    Frans van Wamel
    08/11/2016 #59 Frans van Wamel
    My hernia hurts, s(t)ung by disbelief. Gobnait's mother is bewildered Paul. A wonderfully well done script for a Christmas sing-a-long-song we can all parrot.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    07/11/2016 #58 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #49 Yes, Aaron, but how fast can a Toro PowerMax HD 1028 bury a demonic snowplow driver?
    Pamela L. Williams
    07/11/2016 #57 Pamela L. Williams
    Oh he has those in the shed. Hasn't used them in a while but then the tread on his new tires will take just about anywhere he wants to go! LOL#55
    Laura Mikolaitis
    07/11/2016 #56 Laura Mikolaitis
    Priceless! I laughed out loud. Great post @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Growing up in Northern NY I could relate. We had some pretty harsh winters - and they still do. I can remember snow banks as high as the street signs. In fact, I think there's even a picture of me on top of one of them. No need for that to resurface though. Needless to say, this was very entertaining - thanks for sharing!
    Aaron Skogen
    07/11/2016 #55 Aaron Skogen
    #51 you'd be amazed at how far a bike can go with studded tires @Pamela L. Williams. Oops, I wasn't supposed to give him any ideas. . . sorry.
    Aaron Skogen
    07/11/2016 #54 Aaron Skogen
    #52 well @Deb Helfrich, we do have a full line of irrigation equipment. . . :-)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    07/11/2016 #53 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #52 ty (blushing)
    Deb Helfrich
    07/11/2016 #52 Deb Helfrich
    #49 Only a trained Ghostwriter at the top of his game pulls off product placement this subtly....

    Now, Aaron, are the rain-blowers in development? I have some ideas.....
  12. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    06/11/2016
    Two Pizzas and a Shovel
    Two Pizzas and a ShovelTHEY SHOVEL A LOT OF THINGS IN CHICAGO, BUT NEVER BULL CHIPS...The more things change, the more they remain the same...At least, that's the way it is in Chicago.I was born, raised, and lived there until I was an adult. Right in the inner city. First...
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    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #46 Aurorasa Sima
    Hahahaha .... and we all know from your video that your wife owns a taser and is not afraid to use it. Also safer for the delivery guy (and the guy with the shovel)

    Yummy. I also often make my own pizza (beside dough) .. On anything tomato sauce I like basil and oregano.

    Yeah, the quality of the cheese makes half of the pizza.

    When I still ate meat:
    - Ground beef, onions, jalapenos and corn

    Now MOST favorite
    - No tomato sauce but: Garlic, serrano pepper, feta, black olives, grilled red pepper

    I like my pizza to remind me that I am still alive. Serrano pepper does that.
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #45 Phil Friedman
    #44 Yes re anchovies, Aurorasa. I make pizza at home for my family. I use Boboli pre-baked pizza crusts, add my own sauce (spaghetti sauce with a couple of pinches of sugar to kill the acidic after taste) and the best mozzarella cheese I can find. Piles of it. Add chopped onions, and topped cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with a mixture of Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven at 450 degrees F. Better than just about anything you can get in a restaurant, with not much more effort that baking a frozen pre-made. The piece de resistance are the addition of flat anchovy fillets in olive oil.

    But my wife and daughters won't let me put them on until after the pizza is baked. And even then they make me keep the anchovies in a glass container, and add them only to MY pizza as I eat it piece by piece. Not only that, but they make me sit at the den coffee table, while they sit at the country kitchen breakfast counter. Living in a household full of women is not easy.
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #44 Aurorasa Sima
    #38 Good trick to keep Pizza safe. The taste and smell sticks, even if you remove the anchovies.

    Iยดd love to hear more stories about your teenage years, I believe it was an interesting time in a quite unique place.

    Growing up in Germany is what I love about Germany so much: Normal, liberal, boring and safe. Nothing much to talk about.
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #43 Aurorasa Sima
    #39 Iยดll throw in some history (besides old Egypt itยดs the only bit of history I know. Pizza and Pyramids, maybe a bit Indians)

    Etruscans (800 - 100 before Christ (hope that translates) have known something very similar to Pizza. It canยดt be tracked down to a single region.

    Assyrians were baking Lahmacun as early as 2000 before Christ.

    The existence of the first Italian style pizza is estimated to be since the middle of the 18th century.

    To my knowledge, the dough was medium thick (more thin than thick) and as you said pizza was a poor manยดs food and they threw on top of it leftovers.

    Chicago, if you say the Italian community I trust you, seems to be the inventor of the Deep Dish.
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #42 Phil Friedman
    #41 Interesting thing, Paul, is that most people who spend some time in Chicago think it's a much friendlier big city than NYC. It's hard for me to be objective, as I was born and raised, and so feel comfortable in Chicago. Although for a long time now I've considered Toronto (and Canada) my spiritual home. Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Paul Walters
    08/11/2016 #41 Paul Walters
    @Phil Friedman methinks a pamphlet explaining snow etiquette and parking rules should be given out on arrival! Scary people in Chicago!
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #40 Aurorasa Sima
    #39 Iยดll reply in a second. Canยดt focus, need to throw a Connieยดs in the oven first
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #39 Phil Friedman
    #37 PS - Of course, pizza in traditional Italian homes was always "deep dish" because it was made with the left-over dough from baking bread. Being leavened, it rose to a thick crust.
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #38 Phil Friedman
    #37 Okay, Aurorasa, let's set the history books straight. When I was very young, growing up on west Roosevelt Road, pizza was available at bars and a few "pizza joints". It was all thin crust (pre- Uno and Due), and available in only three versions: plain cheese, cheese with Italian sausage, and cheese with anchovies. I took up eating anchovy pizza as a teenager. Almost all of my close friends were strapping big football players. When we went out for pizza, they would devour entire extra, extra large pies before I could finish one piece. But once I started having my "share" topped with anchovies, my share was always there, waiting for me, no matter that I ate a lot slower than they did. Hunger is the mutha of invention. :-)
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #37 Aurorasa Sima
    #35 Hahaha, a happy mood jingle. Iยดd totally order one (if they have thin crust).

    #36 Ok, that makes sense. I did not think about that.
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #36 Phil Friedman
    #34 Aurorasa, having grown up in Chicago, I knew there was no way any police were coming out in that storm to deal with an "old guy" whose car was stuck in the snow. For once they got out there, if it turned out I really was stuck in the snow and blocking traffic, they would have been bound to stay with the situation until a tow truck arrived, and that would likely have been several hours.
    Phil Friedman
    08/11/2016 #35 Phil Friedman
    #32 #33 Thanks, Wayne, for reading and commenting. With regard to the telephone number for Pizza, Pizza, the real interest in that it is probably one of the most successful national marketing campaigns ever. The jingle was "Nine six seven, eleven eleven. Call Pizza, Pizza." https://youtu.be/uEXbdWQ-_UI
    Aurorasa Sima
    08/11/2016 #34 Aurorasa Sima
    #32 Chicago cops are really scary. I would not want to stand there with a shovel if they get called in snowy weather.
    Wayne Yoshida
    08/11/2016 #33 Wayne Yoshida
    #13 So I had to Google the number. are they related to Little Cesar's in the USA?
    Wayne Yoshida
    08/11/2016 #32 Wayne Yoshida
    Excellent story Phil. Now I know why you live in Florida. There are several morals here. Like the keep shoveling while talking thing. By the time the cops arrive, you'd be done, and issue solved. Patience and perseverance. . . The art of negotiation - Buy the pizzas plus a tip. . . and the consequences between a couple pizzas and a shovel . . .

    I lived in Mammoth Lakes for a year (ski town), and I don't think they (we) did the chair thing to mark one's parking space. However, I do know how important a shovel is in snow country. I was really pissed when my shovel disappeared from my front porch one early morning. Turns out my neighbor borrowed it to get his car out of the driveway. . . and left it at the parking space. . .

    How about this one: I met a co-worker who grew up in Sunny So. Calif. and never traveled very far from home. We went on a business trip to Boston during the winter for a couple of days. Our rental car had a snow brush/ice scraper on the front seat. He thought it was a back-scratcher. Funny true story!
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2016 #31 Phil Friedman
    #30 yep, Andy, you did read this before in a W4W discussion on LinkedIn. And actually you were the person who encouraged me to share the story as a post. I commented on your piece on The Good Man Project --- totally trashed the post. Naw, just kidding. Solid post that everyone should read. My best to you.
    Andrew Books
    07/11/2016 #30 Andrew Books
    #1 You dare write about snow? What the hell, Phil.....are you trying to depress me? What's next....a reminder how the Bears beat the Packers last year? Friggin' Floridians...:)

    I know I've read this before, so good to see it here. Remember when we used tyo see snow like this in November? I know it's not PC, but I think global warming is good for Wisconsin. Just saying....

    Best to you!
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2016 #29 Phil Friedman
    #28 It is true, Richard, that snow storms leave many who park on the streets to their own devices. I have to say that, on the whole, Chicagoans are a pretty decent lot when required to work through the dislocations created by storms. For example, while this small "incident" was going on, at least a couple dozen people came to turn onto the street, saw what I was trying to deal with, and simply took another route around the stoppage. Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Richard Buse
    07/11/2016 #28 Richard Buse
    @Phil Friedman. Thanks for sharing. Oh, the joys of locating and securing a place to park in a crowded northern urban area after snow has amassed. I lived in Milwaukee for 41 years. The city government was proficient at quickly and thoroughly plowing streets, but that efficiency hinged on adherence to winter parking restrictions that greatly reduced the number of available parking spots.. Winter parking rules were enforced and violators faced fines, towing fees and vehicle impound fees.
    Michele Williams
    07/11/2016 #27 Michele Williams
    #25 Lol! I reveal too much. I guess this is what happens when you combine the personal and professional on social media. I must say I am now very pleased to own a shovel and have my morning coffee in a beBee mug.
  13. ProducerKwesi Millington
    Make Them Feel It
    Make Them Feel It"People will forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel."ย (Maya Angelou)ย Truer words in speaking have never been said.ย My wife drives a Lexus. I'm not saying that to brag, but to prove a point. When we were car shopping,...
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  14. Aurorasa Sima

    Aurorasa Sima

    03/11/2016
    My nomination for the @Kevin Pashuk challenge goes to @Irene Hackett

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@irene-hackett/beauty-surrounds-and-supports-us-can-you-see-it
    Aurorasa Sima
    Beauty Surrounds and Supports Us โ€“ Can you โ€˜Seeโ€™ it?
    www.bebee.com Did you see the glory of the sun breaking quietly through the dusty shadows of your bedroom window this morning, greeting you with a gentle,...
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    Irene Hackett
    03/11/2016 #3 Anonymous
    #1 Thank you @Deb Helfrich ๐Ÿ˜
    Irene Hackett
    03/11/2016 #2 Anonymous
    Thank you dear @Aurorasa Sima - ๐Ÿ˜€
    Deb Helfrich
    03/11/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich
    I second your nomination!
  15. ProducerHervรฉ Sabattier
    A Resurrected Man to His Love
    A Resurrected Man to His LoveBlue Wolf, Very sorry you didnโ€™t receive my eCard. It was to wish you a happy Saint Adelina day. I am fine. Well, not that much, but I am OK. I am alive. I left ICU three days ago, and now I am in my own room in...
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  16. ProducerBen Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    05/09/2016
    Cause that is how we are!
    Cause that is how we are!Andrew said to Harriet, "you can take my place just don't cook the curry!"Perhaps Tubman didn't realize how privileged she was to not have been one of Jackson's 300 slaves.My buzz about: How's *Your* Privilege? by Nicole Chardenet It seems like the...
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    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #23 Ben Pinto
    #19 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD aren't slways negative; they can be positive arguments that bring about badly needed change.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #22 Ben Pinto
    Thank you @David B. Grinberg for sharing this. I kept my word, to you, regarding the other gripes.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #21 Ben Pinto
    #18 That is what I keep telling @Charles David Upchurch. In fact, he was the first one to look at my article which is a response to her post. I didn't originally have here post tagged in the article and I did so at @Charles David Upchurch's bequest.
    Ben Pinto
    08/09/2016 #20 Ben Pinto
    #19 Mags, I couldn't help notice that you tagged @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian here and you may not have noticed that he is the thinker model I used for 'sit on b.' That may have given it away, but if it didn't, that's ok, because I do like to keep a mystery going for as long as possible. The suspense is like a page-turner...
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    07/09/2016 #19 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 I love the idea of a Gripe Hive. Ben, this opens up a slew of negativity Quotes. For Mental Health and balance in making sweet honey, what other kind of Hive would be most appropriate? The one on Positivity? Outer Space? @Franci Eugenia Hoffman View more
    #6 I love the idea of a Gripe Hive. Ben, this opens up a slew of negativity Quotes. For Mental Health and balance in making sweet honey, what other kind of Hive would be most appropriate? The one on Positivity? Outer Space? @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @David B. Grinberg, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian? Close
    Sarah Elkins
    07/09/2016 #18 Sarah Elkins
    #1 @Nicole Chardenet's rant is well worth reading, @Charles David Upchurch, if you haven't yet clicked that link!
    Lisa Gallagher
    07/09/2016 #17 Lisa Gallagher
    Young and immature, her complaint ok.. whatever, I get it, she doesn't like the smell of curry. But for the news to pick this up and make it about racism, not cool at all when there is real racism taking place all over the globe. That undermines the true meaning of the term. Maybe she was sweating curry? LOL
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #16 Ben Pinto
    #10 I need to go check out this hive talk. Thank you.
    Ben Pinto
    07/09/2016 #15 Ben Pinto
    #12 Nicole Chardenet , I love your play on words, but I have to play onwards; so, I will just say that the Vatican just canonized another naan.
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #14 Nicole Chardenet
    Bitch, moan, whine, complain, bitch, moan, whine complain...you really piss me off, you know that? Ben Pinto's honey-drippin' response to my post on privilege a few weeks back :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #13 Nicole Chardenet
    #11 I dunno, I think it was a simple case of two immature girls who weren't used to living with people they weren't related to. I'm reminded of the old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Buffy meets her new roommate Cathy who's a bit high-strung and spazzy, plays the same damn Cher song over and over, and labels every food in the fridge with her name that she bought herself. Not, you understand, that it's any great picnic to live with a vampire slayer either...

    And oh yeah, they were both white. So I doubt they got interviewed on the radio. :)
    Nicole Chardenet
    07/09/2016 #12 Nicole Chardenet
    LOL! While I'm a fan of curry, I'm NOT a fan of curried gym socks...so you just keep your smelly curried gym socks out of my face!!! But if you want to curry some chicken go right ahead. Here, I'll make up some basmati rice and run down to the store for some naan...and you can't have naan...ha ha just kidding! :)
    Aurorasa Sima
    06/09/2016 #11 Aurorasa Sima
    Most of the time we do not complain about what is really bugging us. We compensate our frustration by complaining about something tangible people can relate to. Like the weather, the short skirt of the office admin - or the "stink" of curry.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #6 Featuring Gripe hive in this week's Hive Talk
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #9 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #5 Share to hive Paper Money. Adding hive to this week's Hive Talk.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/09/2016 #8 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing to Paper Money
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    05/09/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hahaha..quite interesting @Ben Pinto...
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #6 Ben Pinto
    I have removed my gripes about gripes and am posting this answer to another gripe into 'Gripe.' This would be a great hive to join to learn what others are complaining about: @John White, MBA, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Javier beBee, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @Federico รlvarez San Martรญn, @Matt Sweetwood, @Cristian Randieri, PhD -President & CEO of Intellisystem.it @C_Randieri,
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #5 Ben Pinto
    #4 this is cool, Melissa. Can you share this with the hive named Paper Money?
    Ben Pinto
    05/09/2016 #3 Ben Pinto
    #1 https://www.bebee.com/producer/@nicole-chardenet/how-s-your-privilege
    I would have just commented, but my rant ran over 2000 characters.
  17. ProducerRandy Keho

    Randy Keho

    31/10/2016
    The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (1971/2016)
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    31/10/2016 #4 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    I remember reading a special edition of MAD in school days that ran a campaign around voting Alf. E. Neuman for President! Missing tooth and all! :)
    Aurorasa Sima
    31/10/2016 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    I read a lot of issues, but I had no idea MAD existed for that long.

    Your collections must be priceless. Do you have Yps too ?(if that was available in the US).
    Phil Friedman
    31/10/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    Broken? What was broken about it? We had Tricky Dick Nixon in the Oval Office and Spiro "Bagman" Agnew accepting payment of old bribe debts in the VP's office. We had a bunch of friggin academic would-be Nazis continuing to stage us through a war of attrition using modern warfare against an essentially dug-in agrarian nation, in an exercise in futility. Broken? You bet. But repairable. But watch what happen if by some cruel twist of fate Trump gets the opportunity to dismantle our fundamental institutions of government because he doesn't understand it care about what has enabled the Republic to endure. Thanks Randy. And give my regards to Alfred E.
  18. ProducerKwesi Millington
    3 Ways to Capture Your Confidence
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  19. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    26/10/2016
    Vending Machines Are People Too
    Vending Machines Are People TooAND THEY DO RESPOND TO HUMAN INTERACTION...Preface: This started out as a comment for Jesse Kaellis's "Vending Machines" , which triggered this memory from another life. Which must be some sort of recommendation --- for Jesse's writing, that is....
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    Phil Friedman
    29/10/2016 #31 Phil Friedman
    #24 Jim, please know that I am sincerely touched by your sacrifice, for I know that you are a seriously dedicated baseball fan.

    I agree that something might be lost in translation in my exchange with Maria, which is why I began, I believe, in a light vein. Unfortunately, I have found --- and you all can, if you want to, lay this off onto having a "negative" outlook on life --- that a high percentage of professed Messengers of Lightness and Positive Energy have a dark component that emerges when they meet what they see as the slightest bit of resistance or rejection. I lay this off to them actually being posers, whose out-flowing love is only a facade that covers their core desire for bringing attention to themselves. For I believe that a true proponent of positive energy and love would meet perceived negativism with even more love, or at the very least with indifference. I think I remember a Jew named Jesus once telling people that.

    Thank you, as well, for noticing the metaphor that runs through the story. I was starting to think that the whole thing was simply too obscurely written, and that I should go back to writing exclusively about boat building and the marine industry. And your comment has at least encouraged me not to give up --- yet. I think.

    I hope that by now, you've returned to your game, and enjoyed the rest of your evening. Satisfied that you sent some genuine positive energy my way. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    29/10/2016 #30 Anonymous
    #28 Fractals forever, WTF? haha
    Milos Djukic
    29/10/2016 #29 Anonymous
    #27 Phil, Just be careful, ugliness is a serious disease. Just look at me :)
    Phil Friedman
    29/10/2016 #28 Phil Friedman
    #25 Actually, Milos, my current photo strikes more people as a WTF? expression --- which is appropriate. :-)
    Phil Friedman
    29/10/2016 #27 Phil Friedman
    #26 Milos, you are just afraid that one of my old friends back in Chicago will skewer you with some lift truck forks. Not to worry, once I became an academic, I also became civilized. :-)
    Milos Djukic
    29/10/2016 #26 Anonymous
    Ugly Machines (like me) Are People Too.
    Milos Djukic
    29/10/2016 #25 Anonymous
    #24 @Jim Murray, Perhaps the problem is related with his "grumpy" face? :) It is generally known fact that the face is the most important in social media. Unfortunately, I am unlucky, since I am not only grumpy face, but also very ugly. Perhaps Image of happy and carefree face will dispel negative magic and provide eternal unity and harmony. Then we'll all become demigods I'm clueless or something.. Mr No-Muzak, my friend, forever.
    Jim Murray
    29/10/2016 #24 Jim Murray
    OK I just sacrificed a whole inning of the baseball game to read your posts and all the comments including the pigeon English comments of Maria with the Three Last Names and I cannot, and you know I have several brain cells to rub together, figure out what her problem is. My only conclusion is that she is from an alternative universe where everything is groovy all the time, and that through some malfunctioning black hole, has landed on your post with marching orders to try and fuck you up.

    What she does not know is that you are unfuckup-able, and social media is littered with the intellectual corpses of all those who have tried to do that to you. There's even a small part of me on that trail.

    I got the metaphor that your story represented. And I'm sure a few others did too. But in all deference, you sorta kinda have to have a writer's intellect to put it together. People who cannot, but have an inkling that it might be something metaphorical, can end up being frustrated. I get that way when I try to remember that Jeff Daniels is Jeff Daniels, and not just half of the Dumb and Dumber duo.

    If this Maria person reads English as poorly as she writes it, there may be something or a lotta things lost in translation. beBee should add that feature once we make them big and powerful. Then everybody will be able to live in the same universe.
    jesse kaellis
    28/10/2016 #23 jesse kaellis
    #20
    I regret what happened also, Phil. I got my back up for very little reason, with really no provication so, I'm sorry. I will read this story later. I'm pressed for time at the moment.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #22 Phil Friedman
    #21 Thank you, Maria, for your kind and positive thoughts. I am not, however, worried, as I have a good friend in the Caribbean, who is an Obeah Woman; and she has protected me with spells and amulets from bad thoughts and wishes from self-proclaimed Angles of Goodness and Light. I reiterate, have a good life. May our paths never again cross.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #20 Phil Friedman
    @ @jesse kaellis --- You and your work are mentioned at the beginning of this post. Since you and I previously have had some strong words privately, I wanted to make sure you knew this, and also that I will remove that reference should you so desire. If not, then consider this my expression of regret for the turn taken by our previous conversation, and an expression of solidarity with what you've published as ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jesse-kaellis/you-people ) and ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jesse-kaellis/this-here-is-for-april-cote ). My best to you.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #19 Phil Friedman
    #18 Kevin, I am sure you can rent one, even have it delivered from the Guelph or Mississauga areas. And I'm sure the marinas in Port Credit have some big ones. But what kind of machines are you getting ready to negotiate with? If academic, then you will need a lift with case-hardened steel forks.
    Kevin Pashuk
    28/10/2016 #18 Kevin Pashuk
    Do you know where I might acquire a forklift? I have some negotiations coming up.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #17 Phil Friedman
    #16 Thank you, Maria, for reading and for commenting with such self-professed "positivity" and such an open mind. It baffles me, however, I may be misunderstanding what you saying, but if not, then it baffles me how you can consider yourself an Angel of Love. Have a good life.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #15 Phil Friedman
    #14 I have found through the years, Franci, that you can often actually reason with a recalcitrant machine ...as long as you have a 4 lb. sledge hammer in your hand. Cheers!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    27/10/2016 #14 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    What comes around goes around. That'll teach those machines not to mess around with Phil Friedman. Good story, Phil.
    Phil Friedman
    27/10/2016 #13 Phil Friedman
    #10 Thank you for saying so, Pascal. I have a few more stories to squeeze out. But as I am sure you understand, they have to pass according to their own schedule. :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    27/10/2016 #12 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #11 More power to you dear Jim! :) Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    27/10/2016 #11 Phil Friedman
    #9 Thank you, Praveen, for reading and for the kind words. It is, in fact, an expression of rage against the machine --- a rage that continues to this day. Just not at the vending machines. Cheers!
    Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    27/10/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ
    the Italian job vending machine style , a great short story @Phil Friedman :-)
  20. ProducerPamela L. Williams
    The Shifting Tide - Episode 9
    The Shifting Tide - Episode 9Welcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. This is the next to the last episode and I hope this will explain a lot of what has occurred in the other episodes. As I have written at the beginning...
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    Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    03/11/2016 #35 Maria Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Hallo Mrs Pamela ..I am sorry not remenber you me?
    Pamela L. Williams
    27/10/2016 #34 Pamela L. Williams
    #30 Stay tuned Deb. Although I wouldn't call it a happy ending, life is set right, as best it can in the circumstances under which my characters have been placed. Life is full of lessons, we are all tested and we all fail, but sometimes we don't, sometimes we find the path we can take and find peace, with ourselves, with others. "Give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". My brother kept this posted on his refrigerator for decades, it was given to him at an AA meeting. The Serenity Prayer. When he passed it was the one thing I insisted be on his marker: Granted Serenity, along with a picture of his cat of course..
    Lisa Gallagher
    25/10/2016 #33 Lisa Gallagher
    #21 cant wait!
    Fatima Williams
    25/10/2016 #31 Fatima Williams
    Dear @Pamela L. Williams this was very emotional and a nail-biter to read. I started reading with a smile and all the characters fell into place and I was still wondering why Running deer hated Nicanol after reading the birth part of the episode. Towards the end I was thinking OMG what is this stubborn child going to do and as I wanted my guesses to be wrong . They were not only right but also claimed two lives instead of what I thought as one.
    The loss of a loved one can create such negative feelings and behavior especially when the death is not natural and man-made. I now see why she is treated this way and wonder if Running deer will ever understand that Nicanol has realized the consequences of her action.
    Brilliant fantabulous story writing. This one will definitely never cease from my memory.
    #Youareawesome #Lovedit #PamelaRocks :)
    Deb Helfrich
    25/10/2016 #30 Deb Helfrich
    #25 That's what we get in real life. The current imperfect amalgamation of many, many past actions and thoughts. Almost all of which will stay hidden...

    But, of course, the question is - even when meanness is justified in some sense by a prior interaction - is it acceptable?

    I have held grudges for things unable to be uttered in the same sentence as losing a child. And it is inevitable that there will be individuals who we struggle to get along with - but the poisoning of the clan/community that is an entirely different level of grudge and perhaps one to really be alert for. One person rarely has much of a chance against systemic injustice.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #28 Pamela L. Williams
    #26 That's very nice Maria. thank you for sharing with me.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #25 Pamela L. Williams
    #18 Ah, so you kept them in reverse timeline! Do you see now why that makes sense? To me it had to be written that way, you had to think about the characters and their actions until this episode and everything fell into place. To me it imbued the story with raw emotion.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #24 Pamela L. Williams
    #20 those are some beautiful quotes Maria. Thank you for sharing.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #23 Pamela L. Williams
    #5 I actually tire myself out once I start writing, I can't stop. I sat in a coffee shop Saturday, working on the story and before I knew it four hours had passed. They kicked me out because they wanted to close so I went to one of my favorite diners, had a Western Omelet and worked for another hour. I think I got a bit obsessed. You think?
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #22 Pamela L. Williams
    #7 Thank you Chas, that means a lot to me. I reread it, which is a mistake I always find things I want to fix and change but this came to me as is so I'm going to restrain myself and let it be.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #21 Pamela L. Williams
    #8 thank you my friend! It was really hard to write. I got attached to my characters. I want to eventually do a Prequel and tell the full story of Friend of the Wolf and Morning Dove. Something is telling me that needs to come first. When I finish the final chapter you'll see that. Yes, it's already in my head. Wish I could write it as fast as the story comes to me. I could write a novel in a weekend. :-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #19 Pamela L. Williams
    #10 I warned you Donna-Louisa, things weren't as the seemed. Tell me, do you perhaps feel a little compassion for Running Deer now? Grief and Loss can change a person and she lost a lot.
    Deb Helfrich
    25/10/2016 #18 Deb Helfrich
    #15 It is a definite absolutely love filled set of wows. I am glad I waited in order to read them together. I actually thought I would finish them last night, but I decided to let the first five sink in. I hoped you would be able to see the pattern in my relevanting. I didn't even want to scroll and see any comments my first time through. Excited for the finale!!!
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #17 Pamela L. Williams
    #11 Thank you for reading Maria! I hope you enjoyed the story. No, not Pocahontas, but I loved the Disney Movie :-)
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #16 Pamela L. Williams
    #9 #14 that's very flattering Pascal and Franci. I don't know if I have the fortitude to write a novel, thought I'll admit its been a dream. I've really enjoyed writing this story and it's definitely uplifting to read such kind comments.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/10/2016 #15 Pamela L. Williams
    #12 So you liked the stories Deb? You didn't make that clear :-) I saw as you went through each one. I'll have to try that myself. though when I do I see the grammar errors!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    25/10/2016 #14 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #9 Yes, I feel the same way, Pascal.
    Pamela L. Williams
    24/10/2016 #13 Pamela L. Williams
    Thanks all, on the phone, will reply more later. Time for the commute
    Deb Helfrich
    24/10/2016 #12 Deb Helfrich
    Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Did I mention that these stories are wow-worthy?
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    24/10/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Omg...@Pamela L. Williams...omg...how could you let this tragedy happen. My heart hurts.. o dear...quite riveting. Very well written๐Ÿ˜ฅ
  21. Producerjesse kaellis

    jesse kaellis

    03/10/2016
    Driving a cab in South Central
    Driving a cab in South Central You gonna pay! I got laid off my job as an apprentice pipe fitter. I was working in Castaic. This was past Magic Mountain and College of the Canyons. Up around that way. I was doing erosion control along the Castaic River. I didn't mind...
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    jesse kaellis
    01/11/2016 #14 jesse kaellis
    Thank you, prabhakara rao rajarapu
    jesse kaellis
    22/10/2016 #13 jesse kaellis
    I'm not sure who is recent here so thanking these people again for the relevants.

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    jesse kaellis
    22/10/2016 #12 jesse kaellis
    I'm a much better driver now, Donna-Luisa. I'm never impaired for one thing. When you pick up certain kinds of traffic violations you can reduce the points by going to traffic school. You still have to pay for school but the points are removed from your driving record.
    Every time the instructor would walk into the room he would look at me and do a double take. Because I was in there every year. You can only do traffic school once a year or I would have been in there twice a year. Or more.
    One time, this was in California, I'm in traffic school, this is after I moved away from Vegas and was working as a process server -- anyhow the instructor asks, "Has anybody here ever been in an accident." "I have, lot's of them." There is a hush over the room. A kid asks me, "Which way are you goint when you're leaving here?"
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    22/10/2016 #11 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @jesse kaellis..hahaha, I don't want to see you on any road behind a steering wheel๐Ÿ˜...wow, you sure know how to laugh at your weaknesses.
    Totally enjoyed this memory shared...๐Ÿ˜Š
    jesse kaellis
    21/10/2016 #10 jesse kaellis
    Thanking these people for the relevants.
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    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #9 jesse kaellis
    #7
    Ordinarily, I wouldn't tailor a story to external input. There is no percentage in that, and by rights, it would never end. I did it this time as an experiment. It took me all of two minutes -- or less.
    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #8 jesse kaellis
    #7
    The real takeaway is that I am a lousy driver and I should have remembered that. It's not like I didn't know. You don't ever blow through a stale yellow light because when I hit the Hyundai the light was red. I was driving too fast and at the moment that I hit the light my computer started flashing and I looked down. Bad news altogether.
    Charlie Accetta
    03/10/2016 #7 Charlie Accetta
    #5 The story ends when you say it does. It doesn't have to end chronologically if you have something more to say about it.
    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #6 jesse kaellis
    #4
    I'll try to tie it up a bit, Charlie.
    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #5 jesse kaellis
    #4
    Thank you, Charlie. The ending has to stand because that IS the ending. I think I went back to school and took bakery. And ended up managing a small wholesale bakery. I posted a story about that before. The reflection? There isn't any easy money in LA, and if you don't have credentials you are going to end up scratching for a living at the bottom where there is plenty of competition.
    Charlie Accetta
    03/10/2016 #4 Charlie Accetta
    The story is great. The voice is awesome. It would win awards, if only it had an ending worthy of the rest of it, even if it is just a reflection.
    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #3 jesse kaellis
    #2
    Thanks, John. I figure the cab deal would have brought in about $30,000 a year. But you HAVE to put in 12 hours a day, so it's like having a full-time and a part-time job. As I said, a hard dollar. I can see burning out on it. I talked to one longtime driver who routinely slept four hours a night. Between shifts.
    In the three days, that I drove I got a lot of women who were taking groceries home. I'd help carry the bags in. What the hell. Short trips for a two dollar tip. They didn't have any money; they were on welfare. I never picked up one person who wasn't black, although it was only three days. I had one young lady taking me here there and everywhere. I took what money she had at the end. It wasn't enough to cover the meter.
    LA would be far different from driving in a compact city like NY.
    John White, MBA
    03/10/2016 #2 John White, MBA
    @jesse kaellis: anytime, I really enjoy your posts. They are unique.
    jesse kaellis
    03/10/2016 #1 jesse kaellis
    Thank you, John. Thank you, Milos.
  22. ProducerPaul Kearley ๐Ÿ
    What Every Great Presenter Knows That Closes Deals And Leads People
    What Every Great Presenter Knows That Closes Deals And Leads PeopleMy Grandmother, Julie (Barrett) Kearley was a people magnet. She had a knack with people that truly amazed me. She had a mind like a steel trap, which meant she remembered everything like names, birthdays and stories, and she had the most gentle of...
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    Jim Murray
    29/10/2016 #15 Jim Murray
    Nice work, dude. And right on the money.
    Renรฉe Cormier
    28/10/2016 #14 Renรฉe Cormier
    I have to say, this is a really important message, but that ability doesn't come so naturally to everyone, and definitely not me. I must practice more, I guess. Thanks for the insight, Paul. Great writing, by the way. That's in your genes too!
    Sarah Elkins
    23/10/2016 #13 Sarah Elkins
    Great shares here, @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ, thank you! Many people don't realize that they have a story, much less a compelling, share-able one. I love helping people find their stories and share them, I know you do, too.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    23/10/2016 #12 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Thanks for this excellent advice @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ... Your grandma really understood the human desire to experience the message, hence her style of captivating her audience. This post reminds me of my mom, who has this skill of storytelling. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Monica Chetal
    22/10/2016 #11 Monica Chetal
    So rightly mentioned. The way those threads are woven together make so much of a difference. Thanks for sharing this post
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    22/10/2016 #10 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha...good stories with inspiring parables always bring in good changes.
    Michele Williams
    22/10/2016 #9 Michele Williams
    #8 Thanks @CityVP Manjit for reminding us of the importance of authenticity, integrity and respect for the listener in our storytelling.
    CityVP Manjit
    22/10/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit
    We can become so enamored with technique that we can lose the connection between storytelling and human spirit, and this buzz brings that human connection back into sharp focus. It is not that we must incorporate storytelling in our speech, but that first we rekindle the art of storytelling as storytellers ourselves. Storytelling as content marketing is a very different proposition to storytelling as a personal flow. Modern marketing has turned us into a society of manipulators looking for some form of advantage in the war for attention, whereas connection reminds us that storytelling is something that comes from our communal response than a marketing response. Young people are getting smarter than Gen X and Boomers in this regard, they can smell a spin or an attempt to market us with storytelling, and a storyteller who is first focused on being in flow with narrative.
    Michele Williams
    22/10/2016 #7 Michele Williams
    What's your story? The power of the narrative you tell:
    "Stories unite teams.
    Stores motivate people to make a change.
    Stories sell ideas.
    Stories build relationships.
    Stories are culture.
    Stories change lives."

    STORIES launch and build businesses!

    Thanks, @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ
    Susan Rooks
    22/10/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    So simple, and yet so compelling, @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ!
    Susan Rooks
    22/10/2016 #5 Susan Rooks
    @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ, you know you're right and so do we! Stories are what we remember.

    I've been a presenter for more than 20 years, and even when teaching such exciting topics as American grammar, I use stories and humor. And I also do not use PowerPoint or any other electronic media. Because I'm teaching a specific skill, I do give out workbooks, but I still include stories and humor, mainly to keep my students awake.

    Great post, and thanks!
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/10/2016 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    Great post @Paul Kearley ๐Ÿ. Amy Cuddy was a great Ted Talk. Engaging folks is different today. They truly want to experience what you have, when they commit to your organization. With no story to present today's employees feel lost. I am a deeply pragmatic person. Storytelling is a skill i am trying to develop. Funny at times.
    David B. Grinberg
    21/10/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for sharing this "sweet honey" Paul. You are absolutely correct that effective presentations and speeches are often based on great storytelling, at least in part. This is because people can relate to stories which exemplify the human condition and spirit. Thanks for the excellent advice. Buzz on, my friend!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    21/10/2016 #2 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    getting ready for a meeting, shared to my reading list for later reading
  23. Jesse Caesar

    Jesse Caesar

    21/10/2016
    High art TV can help us advance tech ethics...
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  24. ProducerDonna-Luisa Eversley
    A Tale of Two Women - Hillary & Kim
    A Tale of Two Women - Hillary & KimPrelude...I was eighteen when I had my first son. I did not know what it felt like to love someone unconditionally until I met him as he grew in my womb. He was born on November, 22nd 1987, the most beautiful baby boy the earth had ever seen.I had a...
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    Jackie Pantaliano
    25/10/2016 #29 Jackie Pantaliano
    Brilliant! You've given me wonderful food for thought about my negative perception of Kim Kardashian. I agree with you completely about Hillary Clinton, and I love the comparison of Hugh Hefner never being judged negatively in the same way that female business leaders and politicians are.
    Pamela L. Williams
    16/10/2016 #28 Pamela L. Williams
    I loved your perspective @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Though I empathize with Kim's robbery experience I just can't find her 'business' as having a positive impact on society or the young women of today, which to me is just as harmful to women as anything Hugh Hefner has done. Just because it's women getting rich from the exposure doesn't change the negative stereotype is places on all women.
    As for Hilary, that is one strong woman, of that there is no doubt, I'm just not sure she is Presidential material. But if I have to chose between her and DT, I'm Hilary all the way.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    15/10/2016 #27 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    I don't agree with either candidate most of the time but that is what we are left with for our choices. Both are not quitters. Both have more in common than not. Now I recognize what I admire about you Donna-Luisa... Thank you for sharing.
    David B. Grinberg
    14/10/2016 #25 David B. Grinberg
    Belated kudos on sharing that personal story @Donna-Luisa Eversley. I'm reminded of that old saying: what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I think going through adversity and facing immense challenges -- while no fun at all -- does in fact strengthen people's character, determination and steadfastness.
    I recall at the last town hall presidential debate, the last questioner asked each candidate to say something they admired about the other. Donald Trump sounded sincere, at least in this instance, when he praised Hillary for being a fighter and never giving up. I think all her past challenging life experiences helped to mold Hillary into the person she is today. And ditto that for most, if not all, people.
    And while it's terrible what happened to KK in Paris, one would think she would have bodyguards to protect her in public when she flaunting very expensive jewelry while playing games on social media. But that's just my 2-cents.
    Andrew Porter
    14/10/2016 #24 Anonymous
    #19 I must admit @Donna-Luisa Eversley I did see the buzz and thought it was going to be about politics which I try to avoid!
    As quite a few bees have said which I will reiterate I just cannot imagine what must have been going through your and everyone else's minds, how frightening for you all. and what a really moving piece you have produced here on bebee...I take my hat off to you for a remarkable contribution.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    14/10/2016 #23 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #17 ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒน ๐ŸŒท ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿ’
    Mamen Delgado
    14/10/2016 #22 Mamen Delgado
    My dear @Donna-Luisa Eversley, I confess I saw this Producer a couple of days ago but, as @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ has said before, I was so silly I didn't feel any engagement with the title neither with the two pictures on the top.
    I simply can not imagine what you were through in that night you have described, as a mother I donยดt feel strong enough to try to imagine it.
    Your article is full of sensibleness and sobriety, as well as of emotion. The same emotion any human being can feel, because as you wisely say none is inmune or set apart from humanity in a life or death experience.
    Thanks so much for tagging me. Love you, dear being. ๐Ÿ’ž
    debasish majumder
    14/10/2016 #21 debasish majumder
    wonderful post madam Donna-Luisa Eversley! absolutely stunning! i wonder, how state sometimes act as a male and sometimes as a female! we have seen number of states where female at the helm, but the character of state remain same. there is no absolute masculinity or feminism. still, i believe, female are more compassionate and caring, as they can only endow motherhood. however, lovely post madam. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    14/10/2016 #20 Laura Mikolaitis
    Excellent piece, @Donna-Luisa Eversley. What a chilling recall of your experience. I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like, but you paint a vivid picture that speaks volumes to your own faith, strength and resilience. I am sad to hear that you went through something so terrifying, but it seems in spite of it all you have found the grace within. You have crated and penned such a well-written piece here and opened eyes so that we can see beyond the media hype. It can be challenging to dissect the authenticity that is often overshadowed by the propaganda. In the end, both women are human beings - and as you have so eloquently pointed out - there's more than what meets the eye.

    You have brought to light some interesting perspective with regard to both Kim K and Hillary Rodham-Clinton. While I may not necessarily agree with or be a fan of either, what I will openly acknowledge is their perseverance and resilience. It takes a great deal of tenacity to be a public figure and both women have demonstrated these traits under some dire and heated situations. And for that, I give them credit. It's not easy to be torn down and ridiculed at every turn but they fight back where some might never find the strength to get up and keep going.

    Thank you Donna-Luisa for leading me to this. I did miss it's original posting somehow.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    14/10/2016 #19 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hey friends, just in case you missed it ... @Milos Djukic @Ken Boddie @Ben Pinto @Mamen Delgado @Pamela L. Williams @Fatima Williams @Andrew Porter @Arnie McKinnis @Laura Mikolaitis
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    14/10/2016 #18 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #15 Wow @Don Kerr... can I quote you? Thanks so much. Felt all sorts of happy emotions when I read your comment... showed off to my family :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    14/10/2016 #17 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #13 Wow .. @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, thank you very much. I appreciate your feedback and comments. Its never easy sharing some things, but you make it okay. #worldbestcheerleader #bebeehugs Yes women have come a long way, and we keep moving forward, because we are #ablewomen
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    14/10/2016 #16 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Dean Owen yes, it is traumatic experiencing any level of gun violence... does not go away , so we have to really try compassion when these things happen. Thanks for understanding! Appreciate your comment! #12
    Don Kerr
    14/10/2016 #15 Don Kerr
    If there were a hall of distinction for postings I would personally deliver this and hammer it on the wall. The best you have created @Donna-Luisa Eversley and one of the most visceral moving pieces I have read anywhere. Brill!!!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    10/10/2016 #14 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in LinkedIn, Creative Writers
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    10/10/2016 #13 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley, you just hit a homerun with this post. I agree with Pascal in that this is the best article I have read all week. I can't imagine how you endured the robbery but so glad you did or I wouldn't be reading this 5 star read. I am not a fan of Kim Kardashian but give her credit for making herself into a multi-million dollar empire. Hillary is a smart and gutsy woman and has endured a lot, as well. She seems to have the ability to bounce back and ready for the next hurdle. Women have come a long way and are making great strides but we still have a rocky ride ahead of us. It takes time and patience - and endurance to make the world a better place. Bravo Donna-Luisa and buzz on.
    Dean Owen
    10/10/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    I cannot imagine the trauma of being held at gunpoint. How horrific. Kim Kardashian - I have no idea who she is and had no idea she had been robbed. I empathize with Hillary for the fact that she had to deal very publically with a cheating husband. I have never thought "if Hillary was a man" but I have thought if Michael Moore looked like Robert Redford, he'd probably be heralded as an American icon. Weird world we live in.....
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    10/10/2016 #11 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #5 Thanks for sharing @Vincent Andrew
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    10/10/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #4 @Vincent Andrew thank you for understanding us women ๐Ÿ˜‰...you have had the privilege to be surrounded by many females and you get to protect and love and care for all our hormones! The robbery was awful. I try not to think about it, and I guess I have not really laid it to rest. The feel of the gun remains, and my son is 29 next month. I was crazy about safety and security after that..sleeping lightly, keeping my home locked tightly day and night. Not opening windows, being obsessed with locks...took almost twenty years for me to relax. When one is robbed like that the physical things lost are nothing, it is the way your personal safety was violated, that, is a loss hard to recover from. ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒธ
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    10/10/2016 #9 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #3 @Pascal Derrien ๐Ÿ ..geeze wow, haha...thank you my friend. It is actually the longest post I've written, in quite possibly the shortest time.๐Ÿ๐ŸŒผ
  25. ProducerHervรฉ Sabattier
    The Snow
    The SnowThe plain is so bright in the morning The snow is so white the church bells ring Reading by the fire I feel the snow The cold drawing wire on the window In their persistence violets are blue Keeping their patience same as I do...
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