- Producer03/09/2017RIP Walter BeckerThe first Steely Dan song I ever head was called 'Do It Again'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sil76t2X_DE It was the lead single off their first album "Can't Buy a Thrill". Sometimes when you hear one song, you just know that it gonna be one of...
Comments03/09/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorHe was only 67. I'm also a fan of Steely Dan, Jim. Another talent has left us too soon.
- Producer14/07/2017Can you learn from Grandparents and their valuesFather’s day came around the list of yearly calendar events recently, which made me think and reflect about the unconditional love for my grandfather and my grandparents. Coincidently this reflection came at the same time of one of my recent blog...
Comments27/08/2017 #2 Louise SmithPart 1
A lot of my friends, acquaintances & clients who were/are close to their Grandparents have experienced some if not all of the 10 tips mentioned above by you @Geoff Hudson-Searle. People who have had/have good relationships with their Grandparents seem to be more sure of themselves and comfortable talking to others, even strangers. They are also often more resilient and good at problem solving.
I lived with my Grandparents when I was a child of 6yo. I was the only one out of 23 grandchildren allowed in the back veggie garden with my Grandfather because I followed his lead. I was careful and didn't trample plants or eat the fresh veggies without permission. My Grandmother had a beautiful front flower garden which I loved. She grew gladiolus which were tall and vibrant. She cooked the produce with care for us. She made preserves in Fowler Bottles & jams, pickles & chutneys. We ate that quality food without realising how lucky we were. There was an almond tree in the backyard from which we shelled and ate countless almonds. The neighbours had an apricot tree & they shared the ripe ones with us by the bucket load. I have never tasted a better apricot than theirs to this day.27/08/2017 #1 Louise SmithPart 2
I think I have gardened from the womb because my mother also loves gardening. I remember sweet peas on a trellis & petunias around the Hills Hoist clothes line out the back. My parents & I went blackberry picking every season. I have always helped in the home garden. When I left home I had many pot plants in my room at college. In my first rented unit, I had a small garden of marigolds & tomatoes. I watered them everyday after work. I have continued to garden to this day. I love it. It's great therapy for me, a kind of mindfulness, focusing on the many new delights to be found there everyday. I am grateful to my Grandparents who taught me to garden, relax, enjoy beauty, plan, cope with problems & sometimes failure, patience & perseverance, sharing & hospitality. Through gardening I learnt their values, effortlessly really. In an instant, the smell of tomato plants puts me right back in my Grandparent's garden with those fond memories.
- 23/08/2017I didn't realise I was an Influencer in your hive The Breezers.
I feel like I should retire from this position as my influence may not reflect your Hive well or appropriately.
- Producer15/08/2017Retirement Guide (also a life plan)I was talking to a friend about retiring. He couldn’t wait to get out of the day-to-day work grind. Okay, I have to admit that I find the concept hard—I have retired once, went back to work and then quit and returned to work. it took me another 3...
- Producer07/08/2017Writers Aren't Born, They're Hatched.Why Writer's Write, Apes Ape and Boogers Aren't Always Funny.“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.” Albert EinsteinAnyone who says they’re a natural writer isn’t one. What they’re good at is...
Comments08/08/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici#8 Can't disagree with what you've said @Robert Cormack. In fact, I can identify with much of it. I am just in awe of how so many narratives can be expressed in so many unique ways; both individually and as a commumity. Thanks for taking the time to expand on your post. Much appreciated.08/08/2017 #10 Robert Cormack#5 Maybe one day we will, @Chas Wyatt. Like that quote about how great everyone else's life is "doesn't help." Maybe one day networks will find that formula where an aspiring presidential candidate ends up being happier as a janitor. One thing I've discovered moving to a small town in rural Ontario: People are fundamentally happier. The kids run around the park for hours while city kids sit clued to their GameBoys. People sit on their front porch and laugh for hours. There's no political correctness. All you have to be is you. Whatever job gets you through the day is fine.08/08/2017 #8 Robert Cormack#3 I'm sure anyone can "suffer" for their work, @Sara Jacobovici. Neurosurgeons probably suffer for their work more than most. Can a writer (or artist) be good without suffering? I suppose they can. I guess I've just been drawn to the Bukowskis and the John Kennedy Tooles for their special brand of suffering. For reasons I can't really explain, it brings out an acute sense of humour. It seems to be sharper and grounded in something most people don't realize they experience—but they do. When you read someone like Dave Barry, you laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation, BUT YOU KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN. This world is just crazy enough, and a humorist is just aware enough to see it clearly. I also believe artists—good ones, anyway—don't necessarily suffer more, they just remember more. You need experience to touch people. You need to walk a thousand roads.08/08/2017 #3 Sara JacoboviciAlthough how we determine "good" writers, painters, composers, architects, chefs, etc., is subjective, I think you're a good writer @Robert Cormack. But plagiarism has nothing to do with good. Plagiarism is a crime. There are many art forgers around who are considered great. But they are still committing a crime. The suffering writer image has been around forever. Why do we limit suffering to artists? There are many people out there who suffer but don"t have the opportunity to express it in writing. Does that lessen the quality of their suffering? And if a writer hasn't suffered that much, does that diminish the quality of the writing? Quality, or what makes someone a good writer is based on ability, how the work speaks or touches the reader, and a great deal of luck.
- 31/07/2017IMAGINE what it would be like if a Reality TV producer from "The Apprentice" took over the FBI and re-structured its training and procedures. Oh wait! That's actually happened already...
- 30/07/2017Everyone knows I'm professionally "in love" with @Jim Murray, so it's not surprising I keep seeing him everywhere... Cycling on the road up to Tavistock earlier (after a lovely, incredible journey through Dartmoor), and then stumbled upon this in a quaint little cafe bakery! Couldn't believe the likeness... (the writing wasn't a patch on Jim's though). To Jim, and all the beezer crew, hope you're having a curmudgeonly day. cc @Phil Friedman
Comments31/07/2017 #5 Phil Friedman#2 #3 When grumpy becomes chic, the world is headed to Hell in a hand basket. Next, the chi chi grumps of the world will be drinking white wine spritzers and sucking up avocado and hummus finger sandwiches, while explaining how, if you just keep smiling, everything is gonna be alright. Egad, it's an invasion of Zombie Kumbayans!
- Producer25/06/2017To Jim Murray; The Finest Writer I Know.This is way too long for Jim Murray’s taste. It is not based on in-person interviews and observations --ergo, it sucks.Where to commence? “The Couch Potato Chronicles”? A freezing, pitch black cycle ride o’ death across the Peace Bridge from a...
- 16/06/2017Honesty is like oxygen in a business. Which is strange why so few are actually honest, internally. Dive in (it's brief): https://goo.gl/2B7hA8
Comments16/06/2017 #3 Louise SmithBTW David I read your short posts
- Criticism and Improvement
- Leadership in Business
- Pride and Prejudice in Your Business
- Why Everything is Wrong in Business
- Loose Talk (Or How Your Business Works)
- Are You Connecting With Your Customers?
- Are You Selling A Product or a Service?
There is a lot of alignment between them and my previous comment.
But can you tell me why these negative aspects are occurring at an ever increasing rate?
For me, it has got to the point that I don't expect doing any kind of business to be a positive experience. And I am genuinely surprised and relieved when it is !16/06/2017 #2 Louise SmithThese days I am less and less convinced about honesty existing in any sphere of life.
As soon as spin was invented along with big job titles with big salaries, golden handshakes and ongoing perks not to mention change theory which allows a new leader to stack his/ her team with like minded colleagues, by issuing redundancies, sacking or bullying people to leave, advertising a job by the rules when it has already been decided in house, creating new job titles that incorporate multiple former jobs, forcing people to reapply for their jobs each year, employing people only on contracts without extra money for benefits, outsourcing jobs to 3rd world countries and promoting less competent agreeable colleagues.
Then there's a lack of repeat business interest in our throw away society, scams divesting people of their hard earned savings by seemingly trustworthy businesses with little hope of recoupment and companies that won't stand by faulty products even though there are consumer protection laws.
Not to mention rudeness and ignoring of actual f2f customers let alone all the problems of internet business.
I am not saying that every business is like this
but these are common practices which I have seen, heard of or experienced which laugh in the face of an individual and groups of people's dignity along with their retirement nest eggs and generally undermining the fabric of society as I knew it..
I'd like to hear about cooperation, continuing good service, honest portrayal of products and timely replacement of faulty goods or practices.
Perhaps in a similar length of statement to this you could summarise what you consider to be honesty in business as I am not sure I can recognise it !
- 12/06/2017This charming shoe last racer from Plum & Ashby is hand made in the UK. It’s a limited edition piece, one of only a few. Using original vintage pieces, combining old wooden shoe lasts with metal Meccano wheels, no two racers are the same.
It probably appeals to a car enthusiast and will bring back warm memories for anyone who grew up playing with Meccano.
- 07/06/2017With 843 new reads, Our conference paper titled: "Weld Geometry Defect Influence on Boiler Tube Structural Integrity" was the most read publication in Quality Assurance Engineering on ResearchGateMilos Djukic | Achievementwww.researchgate.net See this researcher's achievement on...
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