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  1. ProducerEdward Lewellen

    Edward Lewellen

    New Book - Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life!
    New Book - Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life!I've just released my third published book titled, Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life!Β  Β Below is the Preface to the book. Please read on, as I know you'll be intrigued and, possibly, even captivated by what you read.Life takes on a journey....


    Sara Jacobovici
    05/09/2017 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    @Edward Lewellen writes, "This is why I wrote Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life! I believe it is every person’s ability and right to choose what happens in their life, to have Life Mastery. Even choosing to not be the master of their life is a choice and I want people to know they’re making that decision to allow others to be in control of their life."
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/09/2017 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    Congratulations @Edward Lewellen on the publication of your third book. "...as a Pastor, salesperson, sales manager, corporate executive, Executive Coach, and corporate consultant, [you] have found that there is a way to have mastery over the important areas of life." Indeed you have and impressively so. Wishing you all the success!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/09/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I have just published my comments on this lovely book in a buzz "Living Life Fully"
    This is a must read book. Thank you @Edward Lewellen
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/09/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    congratulations dear @Edward Lewellen. I am planning to publish a buzz later today on this book. All I can say now the book is simply a compass for all of us in guiding us to live healthy lifestyles.
  2. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    Writing is β€˜WHAT’ I do, but β€˜WHY’ do I do it?
    Writing is β€˜WHAT’ I do, but β€˜WHY’ do I do it?Tap, tap, tap go my fingers on the keys. It is evening, when all the key tapping should be complete. β€œWhat are you up to?” asks my brilliant bride. β€œI’m writing a blog post.” I reply. β€œIt’s important!” I add, just in case she thinks...


    Sara Jacobovici
    02/08/2017 #40 Sara Jacobovici
    @Kevin Pashuk writes, "Then it hit me. Writing for me, was about the interaction, not the process of putting words down."
    Sara Jacobovici
    02/08/2017 #39 Sara Jacobovici
    So glad I didn't miss out on this post @Kevin Pashuk. Always said you were a great story teller. Love your writing. Felt like I was there at the lake with you when you had your epiphany!
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/08/2017 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    I give credit to @Jim Murray as the muse for this old post...
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/08/2017 #37 Kevin Pashuk
    It's a busy week, so I'm resurrecting some of my favourites from the past for my new followers.
    Mark Anthony
    30/09/2016 #36 Mark Anthony
    That's certainly one of the reasons Kevin #28
    jesse kaellis
    30/09/2016 #35 jesse kaellis
    Addendum, and it doesn't even have to be the wisdom of the ages. I'm just sharing my individual perceptions. For whatever they are worth.
    jesse kaellis
    30/09/2016 #34 jesse kaellis
    You're welcome, Kevin. Once someone asked Ray Leonard why he fought and he said it's because he was good at it. He was self-motivating. And he was -- he was a great fighter. He had internal validation; he was great, and he knew he was great. Until he went on too long -- but they all do.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #33 Kevin Pashuk
    #30 Having something to say is your 'why' jesse. Thanks for engaging with me on this post.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #32 Kevin Pashuk
    #31 Thanks Aaron. Your differing experience and opinion is a vital part of the interactive experience... which is what keeps me engaged. I do write for myself, but it tends to be non-linear thoughts and snippets all over a page with circles and arrows... more reflective of how my brain thinks and I would never share those writings lest someone think I have gone mad.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    30/09/2016 #31 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Nice to know your "Why" @Kevin Pashuk! You wrote this, "Writing for me, was about the interaction. . ." Which I have also found to be the component of writing that keeps me writing, albeit at a much slower pace than many. However, the end of the sentence ". . .not the process of putting words down", I differ with. I also find the process of getting the words down to be very cathartic. I write much more than I post, but much of it is for me. So on that point, we may differ a bit. ;-) Nevertheless, ultimately the interaction is a gift. I often find myself enjoying the conversation following a post, more than the writing of the post.
    jesse kaellis
    30/09/2016 #30 jesse kaellis
    I started writing by accident. My first story was an email which I ended up titling "Knockout". I found out I could write and that was about it. Not much more than that. I was writing from memory and posting the stories on a forum attached to an online dating site. I developed a following. When I had a body of work my then GF found a contest at Simon Fraser University/Anvil Press 1st Book Contest. I ended up shortlisting. And so it began. But you know what? Can't sing, can't dance is a lot more direct of an explanation. Who cares if people know why I write? I write because I have something to say.
    Ken Boddie
    30/09/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #26 But vacuums 'implode' rather than 'explode' , Kev?
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #28 Kevin Pashuk
    #22 If that is your reason to write Mark, then beBee is a great place for you.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #27 Kevin Pashuk
    #21 Thanks for the response Lisa, and the compliment on the photo. I take dozens of photos every week, post a few of them (mainly on my Flickr stream) and use them to capture the serendipitous details of life.

    My wife is indeed a special lady.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #26 Kevin Pashuk
    #19 Perhaps Ken, you have 'exploding head syndrome' like Mr. @Josh LeBlanc-Shulman in comment #1
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #25 Kevin Pashuk
    #18 jesse... while I sing mostly for my own enjoyment (whether or not others enjoy it is secondary), my dancing looks like a cross between a heart attack and electrocution... so that never happens in public.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #24 Kevin Pashuk
    #17 I hope I didn't ruin your morning coffee Paul. There are indeed those who came out of the womb with a pen and notepad in their tiny little fingers. I admire those for whom writing is innate. Others of us have to develop that skill.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #23 Kevin Pashuk
    #16 Thanks Jared. Perhaps I could encourage you to ask the question... If writing to share is 'what' you do, what is the story of 'why' you feel so strongly about sharing?
    Mark Anthony
    30/09/2016 #22 Mark Anthony
    "Why I write?" an interesting question @Kevin Pashuk I like your description.I thought I wanted to write a book and then I , like you began to write and found that I like the interaction, expressing myself, having discussions and the like. Nowadays I don't mix with lots and lots of people and writing is my mixing with people.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/09/2016 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    You wife sounds commendable @Kevin Pashuk, she sure does wear many hats! I don't think I've completely figured out why I write. I write because it tends to quiet my mind. I write because I also like interaction. I write very personal stories with hopes that it will help others to realize they are not alone and it's OK to reach out to others- I write to give people hope. I write because, well... I just like to write. Your header photo is beautiful. I will be honest, if I had to choose between writing and going out to take photos, taking photos is at the top of my list :))
  3. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    Discipline is Such Sweet Sorrow
    Discipline is Such Sweet SorrowWell, this is post 33 in 33 days. My sole intention was to become less tedious about the marination schedule of my writing. I really liked to start things and then put them aside for a very long time, indeed. Mostly this tendency wasn't...


    Jerry Fletcher
    02/08/2017 #11 Jerry Fletcher
    Debi, Somehow your words delivered me an image of the ringmaster at a Circus bellowing, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please direct your attention to the heights of the big top and the wire that stretches end to end. There, the brave Debi will step out into space and into your hearts..."
    Melissa Hefferman
    02/08/2017 #10 Anonymous
    Swell, yes! You've flowed so beautifully while letting your critic go. πŸ‘ Thank you for sharing with us!
    Cyndi wilkins
    01/08/2017 #9 Cyndi wilkins
    Not sure if you've seen this post by @Gert Scholtz yet...but it seems to fit perfectly into this recipe;-)

    Ken Boddie
    01/08/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    I hope you're not looking for the perfect writing recipe, Deb. Sometimes we need to experiment with our own tastes and not cook to please others. Sounds like the critic wasn't paying for his/her meal anyway.
    Pascal Derrien
    01/08/2017 #7 Pascal Derrien
    Thanks for your articles I was gone most part of the month but I enjoyed reading the ones I read :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    01/08/2017 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich writes, "Now that I challenged myself to find something to say each day of this month, I learned that structure and discipline, if followed with curiosity and wonder, not dogmatic determination, can surface all sorts of memorable treasures."
    Sara Jacobovici
    01/08/2017 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    THANK YOU @Deb 🐝 Helfrich! Well done! "Here's to what is next."
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    01/08/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    PS: I have to agree with David, your header photo is beautiful
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    01/08/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    My comment from LI: I'm happy through your challenge you have been finding Deb! You matter and if you don't put yourself first (which is OKAY), then your precious energy is being robbed, which I'm sure you've figured out with an exercise that began as a writing challenge. Kudos to you for writing each day. Many of us ARE listening, we care. Hugs Deb Helfrich 🐝
    David B. Grinberg
    01/08/2017 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Deb: let me BEE one of the first -- but most certainly not the last -- to say you deserve accolades for reaching this personal milestone. I'm not sure how you found enough time to fit one blog a day into your busy schedule for 33 consecutive days, but "more power to you" (as they say). You have set a great example, Deb, for all bloggers on beBee Producer, as well as potential bloggers who might lack enough confidence to publish. Bravo, Deb, you did it!
    PS - I also love the stunning header photo. It appears you have a very nice perch outside Seattle.
    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Jim Murray
  4. ProducerAlan Culler

    Alan Culler

    What's Your Story, Morning Glory?
    What's Your Story, Morning Glory?β€œβ€˜I need your help,’ the blond whispered in my ear as she took me by the arm and started fast-walking me towards Boylston Street. Before I knew it, she pulled me into a taxi and barked β€˜Copley Square’ at the driver. As we sped off, I noticed two...


    Don 🐝 Kerr
    23/07/2017 #25 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #23 Indeed.
    Alan Culler
    22/07/2017 #24 Alan Culler
    #22 "People and stuff" -well said @Pascal Derrien

    When I was 11 and at Camp Sachem Boy Scout camp in Antrim, New Hampshire the Camp director was a Poe fan. Every night, while we huddled in dark cabins with only dim flashlights for company, he would play a record over the camp PA system covering all 10 villages and 300 acres around Gregg Lake's north shore. It was a recording of Basil Rathbone reading Poe stories - "The Masque of the Red Death" was a favorite.

    "The "Red Death" had long devastated the country. . . .It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence."

    "The Cask of Amontillado" another "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge."

    Years later, in my 30s, I found a copy of that record at a library rummage sale -time to pull it out again -Thanks for your comment and for the memories
    Alan Culler
    22/07/2017 #23 Alan Culler
    #21 Well - Don 🐝 Kerr - even on beBee - Rare to find someone quoting "The Book of the Dead" - wonderful poetry
    Another favorite line seems appropriate here -"'What three things can never be done? Forget. Keep silent. Stand alone." - thank you for sharing -nice not to be standing alone.
    Pascal Derrien
    22/07/2017 #22 Pascal Derrien
    Stories are made of ''people & stuff'' :-) Edgar Alan Poe and his Tales Of Mystery and Imagination is full of people and stuff :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/07/2017 #21 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Alan Culler "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." - Muriel Rukeyser
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #20 Alan Culler
    #19 well said @Jordan Sands
    Jordan Sands
    21/07/2017 #19 Jordan Sands
    #16 Einstein was right Alan. I think imagination helps us to remember and our memories add to our imagination. It is a two way thing. Both enhancing the other.
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #18 Alan Culler
    #13 @Sara Jacobovici
    I sometime miss your posts as well -there ems to be limits to my time -which I know you also write about -time and stories in the multiverse are said to be infinite, but I have trouble getting out of this universe sometimes -ah -when to "Be Here Now" and when to "Be Open to Infinite Possibility"

    Thanks for sharing to the Only Humans Tell Stories Hive -I'll look that up.
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #17 Alan Culler
    #10 Yeah @Harvey Lloyd
    Because the listener settles into the imagined analogue world of the story -what need has she of a digital display
    Thanks for your comments.
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #16 Alan Culler
    #14 Thanks @Jordan Sands - Einstein said that imagination was our most important faculty - how do you think it relates to memory?
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #15 Alan Culler
    #9 @Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks for continuing the conversation, Jerry. So many great ideas here -persuasion -the art of sharing knowledge or a point of view through story. Science fiction stories - in the words of Lionel Shriver "complaining about today's problems by projecting them into the future"
    Will look up Margie and the Aesop story.
    Thanks again
    Jordan Sands
    21/07/2017 #14 Jordan Sands
    Great post ! Some of my blogs are stories straight out of my imagination. I love the escape they give me and I try to empower that into the reader.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/07/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    @Alan Culler writes: "My personal stories become illustrations to the point I want to make. That happens in conversation too. My songs often come from a chord progression on the guitar, which reminds me of a feeling, which I then put a story to. If/when I end up writing fiction, stories may require a bit more planning and a return to Joseph Campbell."
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/07/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    Honoured to be mentioned among this group of writers and storytellers @Alan Culler. I so appreciate your stories and style (sorry I sometimes miss your posts). Love this buzz; the beginning, the middle and the end. I will keep an eye opened for future stories from you. Thanks again.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/07/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    #3 Definitely all connected @Alan Culler. I always enjoy hearing a story attributed to one culture that another culture claims ownership for. I think this goes back to your discussion of Jung and Campbell.
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/07/2017 #10 Harvey Lloyd
    Story telling is an art form, that i enjoy, thanks for the tag.

    A story well told captivates the listeners emotion set and they can place themselves in the storyline. I have met a few in my travels and can say that a good story teller can replace the media very quickly.

    I am glad you posted your thoughts it was enjoyed.
    Jerry Fletcher
    21/07/2017 #9 Jerry Fletcher
    Alan, Some of us come to story from without being from an oral tradition. My father didn't tell stories nor did my mother but they kept me in books from the time I could read. I "grok" science fiction because as a teen I was given a subscription to the Science Fiction Book Club. I'd been through Greek, Roman and Scandinavian mythology well before that and the writer's ability to paint new worlds and cultures with words opened my mind to a new realm. And I got into movies although it took a half-day to go into the city on Greyhound for a matinee and return.

    My ex is a fiction writer. I could never do what she does. But I can write to convince or persuade. I can make people listen to a different viewpoint. And I have a voice that resonates with most people. So I speak and have done so professionally on three continents. (I'm waiting for an invite to Australia) The stories I tell in speaking are ones that make a point like Margie, The Galactic Commander (www.NetowrkingNinja.com) or The man with two wives by Aesop which I use to explain positioning.

    What I've found over the years is that each of us has stories that will involve and intrigue most people but we just don't notice them. You have to want to be storyteller. That opens your eyes. Simply recalling all the sensory input of when and where the story took place will connect your audience. Then just tell the story. Hone it with the next telling. Find the words that connect every time. Make that story a signature--one no one else can tell.
    Sarah Elkins
    21/07/2017 #8 Sarah Elkins
    #3 You're right, @Alan Culler, a passion for stories knows no boundaries! And I've heard some great tales from every culture, it's how we continue our personal and family histories.
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #7 Alan Culler
    #4 Nothing jogs the memory like a good story -Thanks for joining the conversation @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Alan Culler
    21/07/2017 #6 Alan Culler
    #5 I am likewise pleased to be connected with you @Tausif Mundrawala - I agree listening and empathy would seem a prerequisite for a good story.
  5. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    The tyranny of secrets - stories not told
    The tyranny of secrets - stories not toldβ€œE quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.” William Styron Β© Copyright 2017, Don Kerr, Don Kerr Writes - All rights reserved. ...


    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #24 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #23 @debasish majumder OK. How about this - thanks bud!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #22 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #13 @debasish majumder Many thanks sir.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #21 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #11 @Sara Jacobovici Encouragement from my friend in Israel is much appreciated. Thanks.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #20 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #8 @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador Thanks to my Savannah buddy!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #19 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #10 @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Very much appreciate your comments.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #7 @Chas ✌️ Wyatt No question that opening the kimono wide is fraught with challenge. I have simply come to a point in life where the absence of filters is no longer a hindrance.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #6 @Jerry Fletcher The encouragement of folks such as you do give one a little more faith in continuing down this path. Thank you.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #16 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #5 @Ian Weinberg Excellent observations all and my intent is not to resolve these issues it is to turn toward the adversity they represent and in knowing move forward. Perhaps this is one of the more challenging aspects of an active meditation practise.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #4 You raise a very good point @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. Part of the motivation for these reflections is to consider how I am handling my relationship with my two sons.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/07/2017 #14 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #3 I've been off the grid for a few days so excuse my tardy response. I thank you for you encouragement and do hope that your brother finds his way. @Charlene Norman
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/07/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    @Don 🐝 Kerr writes: "Perhaps the dissonance would be silenced with the writing and the sharing."
    Sara Jacobovici
    09/07/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Don 🐝 Kerr, important story, profoundly and "beautifully" written. I echo the comments of your readers. Do write. It makes a difference. Beside, I want to add another personalized autographed Don Kerr book to my bookshelf ;-)
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    09/07/2017 #10 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Beautiful, sad piece, and glorious prose. You wind your way around words like a master. The imagery is thought-provoking.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    09/07/2017 #9 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Great article πŸ‘
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    09/07/2017 #8 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    @Don 🐝 Kerr, great story here. The blessing is received by doing something well outside of our comfort zone. Have a great day, Bill Stankiewicz
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    09/07/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Don 🐝 Kerr, you are a wordsmith. This may have been cathartic for you, but, I enjoyed the story immensely. You also touch on the battle I sometimes face in whether, or not, to reveal deeply personal details about my life in my writing. I also love the quote in the Preface by George Moore.
    Jerry Fletcher
    08/07/2017 #6 Jerry Fletcher
    Don, I know that was not easy. I applaud your courage. I cheer your ability to string words together so that we can feel how this diorama tells the story but not all of it. Somehow I believe that sharing such stories is good for both of us as it enlightens each while lightening the load if even in a small way.
    Ian Weinberg
    08/07/2017 #5 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks for sharing @Don 🐝 Kerr After many years of coaching self and others professionally, I've arrived at a place where I believe that it's not possible to fully expunge the founding circuitry of our subjective cognition, emotions and beliefs. Neither the deep neuro-archeological dig nor the 'aha' moment of self-discovery leads to automatic resolution. Nor in fact does the application of pure logical reasoning. However the application of acceptance and forgiveness together with gratitude for the good stuff, goes a long way to letting the light in. Add to this purposeful busyness, value contribution and personal achievement and you take the edge off the pain.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    08/07/2017 #4 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Very poignantly expressed dear Don. To deal with undecurrents one needs to feel the source again and again. Feel the regret and the pain. If I were to explore the kaleidoscope of the past with a microscope, I should not forget to use my sense of humour for a filter. If I cannot laugh at the shy, timid, scared, foolish yet trusting kid that I was then, I surely will end up in the deeper end of the pool again!

    I think the choices we had then (with or without the supporting voices outside) still remain with us. To not fear, to fight back, to resist, to focus on the present, to have a dream and fiercely work towards enabling it with effort and not waiting for a miracle to make it happen, to care and share, to protect and nurture, to relate and reach out.

    I keep asking myself - What would you say if you were to come across a kid just like you were once upon a time not long ago? Would I be able to make a difference?
    Charlene Norman
    08/07/2017 #3 Charlene Norman
    Really REALLY bold Don. I don't know very many people (either sex) who would publicly display themselves like this. Yet I admire you for doing so because it must be very cathartic in so many ways.

    I wish I could introduce my brother to you. He too has a very checkered past and he could stand a good intervention from a good man such as yourself. But I fear he is too far gone -- like so many -- and again like so many -- when he finally does get it, it will be too late. You, my friend are one of the very lucky ones.

    Please don't stop sharing your magic.
  6. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    @Lyon Brave writes: "Sometimes in life, it's easy to focus on our stresses instead of the big picture. Bebee makes me realize there is more to life and that I actually have a great future. It helps me to see I don't have to be a product of my environment. I can be a product of my future. In my future, I am a success story. I overcame all obstacles. At least with Bebee, I'm encouraged to dream." Read the whole buzz here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@lyon-brave/the-motto-of-bebee-believe-in-yourself
    Sara Jacobovici
    The Motto of beBee: Believe in Yourself
    www.bebee.com beBee is not just another social media site. In the world of disconnectivity, beBee has created connectivity. What I mean by that is it feels...


    Javier 🐝 beBee
    26/06/2017 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    BEEautiful @Lyon Brave @Sara Jacobovici Many thanks
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    @Javier 🐝 beBee, one buzz like this would have been enough for you to feel good about your, @Juan Imaz and the whole beBee team's vision and work. Be proud that there are many. Wishing you all continued success!
  7. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    To write or not to write?  That is the question.  The power of words:  Intent, Context, Meaning, Translation and Communicating
    To write or not to write? That is the question. The power of words: Intent, Context, Meaning, Translation and CommunicatingWhether it is nobler in the hearts and minds of all good bees to be correct in grammar, punctuation and sentence structure or, Β can one still use the power of words as a novice to convey intent, context, meaning, and translation in the art of...


    Joel Anderson
    28/06/2017 #66 Joel Anderson
    #65 #64#63 @Sara Jacobovici Thank you so much. "We rise by lifting others." Robert Ingersoll
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/06/2017 #65 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joel Anderson: "I write because I find something of interest or want to make a point; as illogical and incoherent as my ramblings may be. I write because a topic that has caught my eye and I either want to comment on it, or it has energized me to just say something from my own personal perspective. I write because there is something that I am passionate about. I write because I feel compelled to say something about a given subject. And more often than not, I write because I have been inspired by one of you."
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/06/2017 #64 Sara Jacobovici
    Sorry I come into this important and dynamic discussion so late @Joel Anderson. My humble contribution would say (echo), you make a difference. Thank you for your writing and sharing.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    16/06/2017 #62 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    You are spamming, Aurora. I have unfollowed and reported you.
    Joel Anderson
    16/06/2017 #60 Joel Anderson
    #31 #34 #35 #41 #49 #51 #55 #56 #57 Wow. What a great conversation. What great insights and recommendations. Thank you so much.

    To all on this conversation thread, I truly appreciate all of your comments, recommendations and insights. I have and continue to learn so much from all of you.

    "I exist as I am, that is enough." Walt Whitman And may I add: You exist as your are, and that is enough. We exist as we are, and that is enough.

    May not be a good metaphor, but in thinking of a moment in the movie Dead Poets Society, I see myself standing on my desk, looking out to each of you and saying: "Oh Captains! My Captains!" Because of you, how I look forward to the future and remain energized and encouraged in taking additional steps along my path of exploration and the discoveries yet to come. How I remain focused on Carpe Diem. I may not seize every word. I may not seize every second, moment or day but thanks to each of you I will embrace the journey with renewed passion, and take that next step.

    Keep making a difference: one person, one step at a time.
    Sarah Elkins
    16/06/2017 #57 Sarah Elkins
    #51 Thanks, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! Remember when you caught an error on one of my early LinkedIn posts... in the TITLE? Oy.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/06/2017 #56 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #55 "I'm not perfect but who are you to Judge me. You can teach me, coach me,offer constructive advice and motivate me but you don't judge me."

    I was going to leave this alone...

    It's not judgment!! (Jumping up and down; ripping my hair out; trying not to punch a wall.)

    I see writers I get excited about, and, most often, I simply suggest Grammerly. Once I made a suggestion about a certain punctuation, but offered no real clarification because I didn't want to offend. It was something I had been told not to do by an English professor years ago.

    I only say (in private) to use Grammerly. Only one person has thanked me for that advice. They found it to be helpful. Grammerly can be a great teacher. And hey--it's a program! You can't get mad at it (or so I thought.)

    I just assume those who are great writers naturally want to get better. Mybad I'm going to take a lesson from those in the know (yep--I mean you, Susan) and keep my mouth shut. If you want whatever help I am capable of giving you, I will do my best. Just ask. But Susan Is probably the very best one to ask.

    @Gert Scholtz gave the best advice ever with his post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/better-blogging-on-bebee-a-few-useful-tools. Any of Gert's treasures can be great teachers. I still have lots to learn and his tools will help me fill in gaps. I'm not a great teacher. I'm a doer. Perhaps when I impart to others what has been imparted to me, I seek to shore my own knowledge up.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    15/06/2017 #55 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Wow Joel. I just loved everything you expressed through your words. The intent, the context etc etc. I just admire people who can say it upto the face of what they are and what they want to be. I'm not perfect but who are you to Judge me. You can teach me, coach me,offer constructive advice and motivate me but you don't judge me. We had enough of that at school and now at our work place. We don't need someone doing that when we are just writing to share a peice of ourselves to the world. Writing is an epitome of sharing a piece of ourselves to the world.
    Write as long as all those feelings are out into words and the satisfaction gained thereof shall be treasured. #Smile #Stayawesome #Keepbuzzing
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    15/06/2017 #54 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Just read all the pretty awesome comments! Heading over to read the buzz now. Sometimes the comments section have you smiling at our beBeeness and be proud of each bee.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/06/2017 #52 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #51 Yes @Joel Anderson. What a stimulating conversation you have created.

    And oh jeesh--proofing my own work... But I learn by doing it. I do it as best as I can. I wish I knew more. It took several hours, in one of my posts, to spot an improper preposition. It seems there will always be at least some mistakes I'll miss. I keep that in mind. There will always be someone who can do it better. I just do the best I can. I think this is true of everyone.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    15/06/2017 #51 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    And it's someone we ALL need, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, even we who are editors. I cannot tell you how many times someone else -- often the marvelous storyteller, @Sarah Elkins -- has alerted me to one of my own goofs, usually a letter left off a word or a word left out.

    It's really tough to proof our own work; we know what we meant and we see what think we wrote. So just knowing the rules isn't going to give us perfection; we still need to read what we've written carefully.

    See what you started, @Joel Anderson? Many thanks!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    15/06/2017 #49 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    beautiful article and yes writing is a journey
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    15/06/2017 #48 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    A couple of thoughts here, based on @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher's comment about professional writers working with editors: An editor's job is not to make you feel bad; it's to help you look and sound as smart as you are.

    Your strengths should shine! And if we can help you do that, we're helping you succeed. We respect your knowledge, especially in areas where we're clueless. You're far smarter in your world than we are, and our only job is to help your readers see that.

    Over the last 25 years, I have noticed that many writers are confused about some very basic things: it could be using it's vs. its. It could be semicolons (absolutely no one seems to know what to do with those marks!), and it could be run-on sentences. Just being aware of YOUR specific issues can go a long way towards making your writing smoother.

    If you're not sure, ask me. I will proofread/edit any single page of your writing and let you know what I see that you can change on your own. FREE. No charge. Honest.

    Last thought: I know beBee and other platforms have worldwide audiences and authors, and I am always happy to help you, too. I cannot imagine how hard it is to learn English when you didn't grow up using it -- and the mere fact that you can and do write and speak in more than one language astounds me. It takes a lot of courage to do that, and I am always happy to read your articles, to get your perspective into a world I might otherwise never know about. Thank you for that!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/06/2017 #47 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #46 Thank you. You see? I can't even spell semicolons.

    I break the rules a lot. But as you said, I usually know why I'm breaking them. Other times, they are just mistakes. I always say, "A good editor is a writer's best friend."
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    15/06/2017 #46 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, I did post an article about a year ago on semicolons (no hyphen there), and I'll repost it and tag you. But here's one of mine that might help others see my point of view on good grammar: http://grammargoddess.com/what-good-is-good-grammar-anyway/

    Maybe reading it will show writers that while knowing the basic rules of grammar (and remember, my stuff is all based on AMERICAN grammar rules) is important, there are certainly times when rules can be broken or ignored or whatevered. Of course, as I wrote, it helps to know what the rule is and why you're breaking it before you do.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/06/2017 #45 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #43 Do a discussion on semi-colons, willya? They are a nemesis of mine. I bet lots of people would like such a discussion.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    15/06/2017 #43 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Joel Anderson, just stop beating yourself up! While I can see grammar issues (I see them everywhere), I love your articles! They're full of heart, compassion, ideas -- why would we NOT want to read what you've written?

    Yes. Grammar, including punctuation and correct word choices, is important, but it's the underpinning, not the prime directive! Those who know me understand that I believe grammar is important, but it's not the only thing in writing that counts. Its intent is to give us some much-needed structure, so our readers can understand our thoughts. Grammar is a tool to aid in communication, nothing more.

    And sadly, a writer can be a perfect grammarian and yet be dull as dishwater or a true dumb bunny -- neither of which makes me want to read what they've written. And they are everywhere. Periods and commas perfectly placed, it's and its always correctly used, and readers yawning their head off, not caring at all about what was written.

    Joel, keep on keeping on, OK? I am always interested in your thoughts, which so often touch my heart. And from the responses here, I'd say I'm not alone in that.

    And @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee? Thanks for mentioning me, and please remember that I'm always available for help. Just ask!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/06/2017 #42 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #41 Hell no--I don't do that. But there are those red flags I talked about. They cause me to stumble in my reading. If they cause me to stumble, it does so for others. Flow is so damned important. Perhaps I am being a mother hen, but I want to read a Book by You. Your writing is enthralling other than those hiccups. And I see you sticking by your guns to literary death as I once was inclined to do. Professor John Nelson saw something in my writing that caused him to create a course for me so he could mentor me one-on-one. Not everyone is blessed by such an event, so I try to pass on what he nudged me toward. You cause me to realize why he nudged rather than outright told me. My attitude was exactly like yours.
  8. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Travelling in Writing
    Travelling in WritingTravel writers travel twice. This I am finding. Recently I have started blogging onΒ some of my sojourns and journeys. A sparse collection of seven travel posts in which I discover writing about journeys is a kind of a trip in itself.Β Visiting...


    Yogesh Sukal
    12/06/2017 #50 Yogesh Sukal
    #45 @Gert Scholtz the Quoteful shots buzz is around the hives.


    Hope you enjoy it.
    #22 #41 #8 #4
    Yogesh Sukal
    24/05/2017 #49 Yogesh Sukal
    #45 Yes, nectar is collected and soon buzz will be around the hives.

    Thank you @Gert Scholtz ☺
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #48 Gert Scholtz
    #40 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Thanks Deb. Your expression of travel being good for the human compass, is pitch perfect!
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #46 Gert Scholtz
    #42 @Laurent Boscherini When you comment on a post I am really gratified - thank you Laurent my friend.
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #45 Gert Scholtz
    #43 @Yogesh Sukal I look forward to your next post on Quoteful shots Yogesh. Thank you for sharing the post.
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #44 Gert Scholtz
    #41 @@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez Thank you Julio. Also for your regular comments on my posts.
    Yogesh Sukal
    24/05/2017 #43 Yogesh Sukal
    I totally agree. Just commented on one of travel buzz of @Paul Walters , the quote for travel writer.

    As exploration is in our genes since the origin of human kind, so what can be done to know about new places in the world --> read travel story.

    Inspired travel writer is a dream seeder.

    Quote for every travel writer out there :)

    Thank you for the buzz @Gert Scholtz and yes writing to relive the travel moment is what inspired travel writer do which inspires reader to visit the places in future.
    Laurent Boscherini
    24/05/2017 #42 Anonymous
    Wow Thank you @Gert Scholtz for sharing a such amazing journey to go beyond ourselves and so closed to each of us.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    24/05/2017 #40 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Such a pitch perfect post, Gert. Travel is good for the brain, tastebuds, and our human compass. Having the means to travel a second time, in sharing a journey via writing, is definitely one of the perks of travel that gets overlooked and should be something we all resort to, when the doldrums arise.
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #39 Gert Scholtz
    #37 @Ken Boddie Yours is such an eloquent comment from one of beBee’s top travel writers. I hope that readers of the post will scroll down to your read it, including: β€œThere is nothing that sharpens our social awareness and sympathy, for those of different cultures and beliefs, than being a stranger in the society of others. And there is nothing that better propagates this affinity than being unconditionally welcomed by total and absolute strangers.” Many thanks Ken.
    Gert Scholtz
    24/05/2017 #38 Gert Scholtz
    #36 @Jerry Fletcher How good that the post has given you some inspiration for blog about your planned visit to the marvelous Japanese Gardens in Portland. I look forward to reading it Jerry – thank you.
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #37 Ken Boddie
    How true are the rediscoveries of travel through writing, Gert. Being one who has a shocking memory, I always carry a handy notebook when travelling and also gather information (rarely ever discarded) from pamphlets, tickets and posters, begged, borrowed and stolen along the way. This is much to the chagrin of my better half who nags me until I file everything in an orderly fashion. Then there are the sorting of hundreds (if not thousands) of photos and the occasional discovery of details which went quite unnoticed on the day but are revealed in that lens-captured frozen point in time. Sometimes I think that the actual trip and its preparation are a mere reconnaissance, and that the real journey is the full realisation through later documentation and photographic presentation.

    But the real benefit of travel, to which you allude in your excellent post, Gert, is that we realise a greater affinity with our fellow man, at home and abroad. There is nothing that sharpens our social awareness and sympathy, for those of different cultures and beliefs, than being a stranger in the society of others. And there is nothing that better propagates this affinity than being unconditionally welcomed by total and absolute strangers.
    Jerry Fletcher
    23/05/2017 #36 Jerry Fletcher
    Gert, Your suggestion of a walkabout hit home with me. Too often we forget the beauty that abounds in our own back yard. You've inspired me to write a blog about a planned visit to the marvelous Japanese Gardens in Portland. Thanks.
    Gert Scholtz
    23/05/2017 #35 Gert Scholtz
    @Sara Jacobovici The video's are great! Glad I could rekindle some memories and thank you for your engagement and sharing the post.
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/05/2017 #34 Sara Jacobovici
    @Gert Scholtz writes, "We continuously form narratives of the world and people around us and of our experiences." Read his story.
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/05/2017 #33 Sara Jacobovici
    @Gert Scholtz writes, "As we write about it, we travel again."
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/05/2017 #32 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @Gert Scholtz, you are not only a renaissance man, but a troubadour as well!! Love your writing style and the way you "see" the world. Besides being so enjoyable (and triggering pop culture memories of 2 musicals; 1. which I saw at a young age, read impressionable young girl, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Nr-IIvuTo and 2. young adult who loves musicals, you can start it a 1:11, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTymtAbaG08&list=RDNTymtAbaG08#t=22), your writing incorporates all the things I believe in: the fact that we are sensory beings and storytellers, and a great line about our brain that defies Artificial Intelligence, "The brain is a neural tangle of multiple possibilities and impressions. Thank you Gert for allowing me to tag along.
    Gert Scholtz
    23/05/2017 #31 Gert Scholtz
    #20 @Dean Owen Perfect: β€œEntering the world of travel writing will increase your awareness and each trip will no longer be a vacation but an exploration.”
    Gert Scholtz
    23/05/2017 #29 Gert Scholtz
    #18 @Paul Walters In my case it is more - have travelled, now grab notebook. Thanks Paul, for stopping over on this one.
  9. ProducerDeborah Levine

    Deborah Levine

    How I became an Award-winning Writer - CONCLUSION
    How I became an Award-winning Writer - CONCLUSIONWe’re about to land in Tashkent and I stuff bags of peanuts, napkins, and cupholders labeled β€œAir Uzbekistan” into my purse. I’m on a mission for the Jewish Federation in Chattanooga where I’m the Executive Director. No other Federation mission had...


    Sara Jacobovici
    06/05/2017 #22 Sara Jacobovici
    #17 Looking forward to the announcement of the publication!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    05/05/2017 #21 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #20 It is up and running but it took hours for me to remedy the problem. I had to reset my computer back to when I purchased it and lost some of my information. Thank you to OneDrive I found most of it.

    Lesson learned-back up frequently and yes, pen and paper is sometimes the best way.
    Deborah Levine
    05/05/2017 #20 Deborah Levine
    Computers make our lives so much easier except when they make us miserable. Hope yours is now up & running, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador This makes me wonder how many of us on BeBee take notes the old-fashioned way - pen & paper? #19
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    05/05/2017 #19 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #18 Oh, you're most welcome. I apologize for taking so long to read and enjoy your conclusion but I had a major computer crash and it is taking me forever to catch up.
    Deborah Levine
    05/05/2017 #18 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for the kind words, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. When we actually sit down to actual write our memoir, the challenge can be immense and perhaps overwhelming. Not for the faint at heart! #16
    Deborah Levine
    05/05/2017 #17 Deborah Levine
    Thank you so much @Sara Jacobovici. I've been inspired by all the encouragement on BeBee and am turning the series into a book. #15
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    05/05/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    You are amazing, @Deborah Levine. I commend you for having the strength to write about your past and thank you for sharing your journey with us.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/05/2017 #15 Sara Jacobovici
    From part one to this conclusion, a story/journey about writing that is worth the read.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/05/2017 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    "You can't keep a good woman down" and you're a great woman @Deborah Levine! Wishing you continued strength and inspiration. Write on!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/05/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #12 I believe in divine intervention, that's another awesome aspect to your story!
    Deborah Levine
    02/05/2017 #12 Deborah Levine
    Delighted you enjoyed the finale, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. You asked about the guard - he was not part of our crew. He was hotel staff patrolling the halls and noticed that the door to my room was open and decided to check inside. I did not leave it open & I don't know how it got that way. I often consider it divine intervention and it's one of the reasons I feel compelled to use the life given to me in artistic endeavors. #11
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/05/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Well what a great ending to your story @Deborah Levine. I can't imagine how ill you were. How did the guard know to check in on you? Was he part of your crew? The website looks great. After reading your story, it re-confirms that everything happens for a reason. It's nice to say that when something good happens but many times going through a very hard time leads us to the answers we weren't aware we were seeking. Well done!
    Deborah Levine
    02/05/2017 #10 Deborah Levine
    Writing about the past is an emotional roller coaster. I resisted for many years and still find it difficult. Yet, it is also liberating and healing. so write your business book @Vincent Andrew and I suspect that when the time is right for you to write your story, you will know. #9
    Vincent Andrew
    02/05/2017 #9 Vincent Andrew
    My wife said to me the other day that I should write, tell my story. But I don't want to get back into the past @Deborah Levine. It's better left alone and far better to move forward and to look forward. Any advice on this? I like writing and now I am thinking of writing a Business/Economics book specifically for students. "I advise new writers not to wait for some divine signal, but to start writing and keep writing." I guess I better not wait. Thanks for the tag and thanks for sharing your story.
    Deborah Levine
    01/05/2017 #8 Deborah Levine
    Here is the Conclusion of my 4-part series on How & Why I Became a Writer. Thank you for your comments on the earlier sections. I hope you'll find the conclusion as inspirational. @Laura Mikolaitis View more
    Here is the Conclusion of my 4-part series on How & Why I Became a Writer. Thank you for your comments on the earlier sections. I hope you'll find the conclusion as inspirational. @Laura Mikolaitis @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @John White, MBA Close
    Deborah Levine
    01/05/2017 #7 Deborah Levine
    I got that a lot in my research. A true education I never wanted. #6
    Brian McKenzie
    01/05/2017 #6 Brian McKenzie
    I can neither confirm nor deny when I was in Uzbekistan, where, nor what I may or may not have been doing. Which is exactly why the VA will never treat the illness.
    Deborah Levine
    01/05/2017 #5 Deborah Levine
    I heard rumors that there were stored chemical weapons near Tashkent. I wondered. Did you hear that? #4
    Brian McKenzie
    01/05/2017 #4 Brian McKenzie
    A trapse through Uzbekistan after 9/11 got me exposed to Camil Spiders - I still have the scars - vicious venomous little b@stards.
    Deborah Levine
    01/05/2017 #3 Deborah Levine
    Thank you @Brian McKenzie. I had no idea about the bugs, just know that I'm lucky to be alive and still kicking/ writing.#2
  10. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Writs on Writing
    Writs on WritingOccasionally I come across an observation or a quote on writing which is just too entertaining or too true to leave just there. I call my collection Writs on Writing. Β Some are from known authors, some from Bees. Some are wise, some are humorous,...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/05/2017 #57 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #56 My pleasure @Gert Scholtz, as I told @Dean Owen, "You're a good man, Gert!" Dean tells me I'm wrong about him, please don't spoil my vision of you now! LOL
    Gert Scholtz
    08/05/2017 #56 Gert Scholtz
    #51 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thank you for your kind words Lisa. Also for tagging Randall on the post. Most appreciated!. @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee It puts a smile on my face knowing the post brought a smile to you! Thank you Joyce. @Robert Cormack Your lines are classic Robert - thank you for reading.
    Gert Scholtz
    08/05/2017 #55 Gert Scholtz
    @Randall Burns @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador @Paul Walters Many thanks for stopping by these Writs. Glad you enjoyed it!
    Robert Cormack
    06/05/2017 #54 Robert Cormack
    Good lines here, @Gert Scholtz. Thanks for the inclusion.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    06/05/2017 #53 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I almost had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard at some of the quotes. So much rang true. Thanks for this excellent read.
    Randall Burns
    06/05/2017 #52 Randall Burns
    HaHa! These are great @Gert Scholtz Thanks for the mention @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/05/2017 #51 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    So many great quotes @Gert Scholtz, you are very generous! I love how you capture the essence of others, it speaks volumes of you too! Story tellers capture me and another great story teller is @Randall Burns! Thanks for these :)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/05/2017 #50 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Five star selection, @Gert Scholtz. I enjoyed this.
    Paul Walters
    06/05/2017 #49 Paul Walters
    #14 Hardly an amateur @Dean Owen !!!!!
    Paul Walters
    06/05/2017 #48 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz I was going to write something witty but sloth got in the way. Thanks for including my in a gallery of fine writers . Must off , procrastination calls.
    Gert Scholtz
    05/05/2017 #47 Gert Scholtz
    #40 @John White, MBA Thank you for your kind words John. I look forward to read about the idea you came up with.
    Gert Scholtz
    05/05/2017 #46 Gert Scholtz
    @Lisa Vanderburg @Jerry Fletcher @Sandra Smith Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting and reading.
    Gert Scholtz
    05/05/2017 #45 Gert Scholtz
    #42 @Javier 🐝 beBee Thank you for your generous words Javier !
    Gert Scholtz
    05/05/2017 #44 Gert Scholtz
    #38 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee In my post The Write Stuff to the best of my ability I commented on writers' styles. Thank you for your engagement on this post Ali!
    Sandra Smith
    05/05/2017 #43 Sandra Smith
    Lovely quotes, Gert
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    05/05/2017 #42 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #38 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee beBee is about people. People do business with people. beBee is about being personal, being professional. Best connections and succesful relationships are between humans. I love beBee because our community is our best asset.
    Jerry Fletcher
    05/05/2017 #41 Jerry Fletcher
    What a delightful romp!
    John White, MBA
    05/05/2017 #40 John White, MBA
    @Gert Scholtz: this is a brilliant post and it's given me a grand idea. Thank you!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    05/05/2017 #39 Lisa Vanderburg
    Deliciously pithy @Gert Scholtz - LMAO at some of them :)
    I think I've licked the pencil end one too many times to get it in writing!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #38 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #36 Dear @Gert Scholtz- in fact I have just did a quick study and the results are ready. I need little time to write the buzz.
    What astonishes me is finding from the comments you selected that they reflect somehow on my general impression about commenters with whom I had lots of comments exchanges. For example, the analysis from the comment of @Javier 🐝 beBee says he is both an intellectual and spiritual. I don't know if it is wise to comments on peoples' styles and that is the hesitation I have to write the buzz.
  11. ProducerDeborah Levine

    Deborah Levine

    How I Became an Award-winning Writer: Part 1
    How I Became an Award-winning Writer: Part 1My passion for writing began as a passion for reading. Growing up in Bermuda in the 1950s there was no television and little radio. The highlight of the evening was having my ivy-league educated parents read to me as I went to sleep. My favorite...


    Deborah Levine
    25/07/2017 #30 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for your comments @Sheena Brunzlik. All 4 parts of this series are up on my blog. Enjoy! The feedback from aspiring writers was so inspiring that I decided to write a book that features my writer's journey. Coming out soon! #29
    Sheena Brunzlik
    24/07/2017 #29 Sheena Brunzlik
    Hello Deborah, thank you for this and I await part 2 in trepidation. As a closet writer, I absorb what you had written above as well as what was between the lines! I do recognise the frustration of giving your heart and soul on paper to someone to read and have it handed back with less than constructive criticism. That said, I eagerly learn wherever the opportunity presents. Again, thank you.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    25/04/2017 #28 Laura Mikolaitis
    Great story, @Deborah Levine. Sometimes the journey begins before we even realize it has and then life leads us to the path we didn't ever think we'd travel. And yet other times we feel it in our core and in our bones but it takes us a while to get there and to recognize it's where we were supposed to be all along. I truly look forward to the second installment in your journey.
    Deborah Levine
    24/04/2017 #26 Deborah Levine
    Thanks for sharing @Katyan Roach. Winning over our harshest critics is the best! #25
    Katyan Roach
    24/04/2017 #25 Katyan Roach
    So looking forward to reading the rest of this. I laughed at the part where the teacher wrote in red across your writing. It reminded me of the time a teacher read one of the stories I had done for homework to the class and asked everyone if they believed I could have written it myself. Just from her tone, the class complied with a resounding NO! That hurt. It took a writing assignment in class for her to believe that I could write, but we became great friends in the end so I forgive her..LOL
    Tausif Mundrawala
    24/04/2017 #24 Tausif Mundrawala
    #23 I don't think so but let me get back to you on this question.
    Deborah Levine
    24/04/2017 #22 Deborah Levine
    I agree @Vincent Andrew that reading at a young age makes a huge difference in a child's life. Not every child has parents who read to them and I'm very aware that I've been truly fortunate. I applaud you for your curiosity and persistence and applaud the primary school teachers who encouraged you. The motivation you found to read and benefit from it is a special gift. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. #21
    Vincent Andrew
    24/04/2017 #21 Vincent Andrew
    The point I take from your buzz @Deborah Levine is the importance of reading to children from a very young age. Yet this does not always happen. Better educated parents are more likely to read their kids thus increasing their kids' potential and attainment in school. Poorer parents who may not be literate themselves don't have such an opportunity, leaving the job of providing education to public schools. Growing up I did not have as many opportunities as my well-to-do friends but reading whatever scarce books I could find, even textbooks, provided me a wealth of information and a curiosity to learn. I must thank my primary school teachers for their zeal. Thank you for a great buzz!
    Deborah Levine
    24/04/2017 #20 Deborah Levine
    #19 Beautiful! Thank you. Reading is a gift to be shared and passed along from generation to generation.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    24/04/2017 #19 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Reading and thus writing, has always been a pleasure to me. Having an infatuation with your English teacher isn't always a bad thing, either. Mrs. Woods taught me that Shakespeare isn't so stodgy and could be sexy; she campaigned to allow us to see the Franco Zeffirelly film production of Romeo and Juliette at a time when the very brief nudity of Olivia Hussey was considered controversial (such innocent times, lol). Then, there was Ms. Frame- well let's just say the name fit. Literature has never been boring to me. I draw inspiration from your post. "What a silence in those old books as of a half-peopled worldβ€”what bleating of flocksβ€”what green pastoral restβ€”what indubitable human existence!... O men and women, so far separated yet so near, so strange yet so well-known, by what miraculous power do I know ye all! Books are the true Elysian fields where the spirits of the dead converse, and into these fields a mortal may venture unappalled. What king's court can boast such company? What school of philosophy such wisdom?... Seated in my library at night, and looking on the silent faces of my books, I am occasionally visited by a strange sense of the supernatural. They are not collections of printed pages, they are ghosts. I take one down and it speaks with me in a tongue not now heard on earth, and of men and things of which it alone possesses knowledge. I call myself a solitary, but sometimes I think I misapply the term. No man sees more company than I do." ~Alexander Smith, "Books and Gardens," "Dreamthorp: A Book of Essays Written in the Country", 1863.
    Deborah Levine
    24/04/2017 #18 Deborah Levine
    #12 Thanks for the kind words and for sharing your story!
    Deborah Levine
    24/04/2017 #17 Deborah Levine
    Thank you! #14
    Tausif Mundrawala
    23/04/2017 #15 Tausif Mundrawala
    #9 I think my friends here have answered your question. I think my friend @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador have answered it in detail. Let us know if you face any difficulty here on beBee. Every bee would readily help. Keep buzzing more my friend, @Deborah Levine
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    23/04/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I enjoyed your post, @Deborah Levine, and look forward to Part 2. To tag someone, you must be following them. Then type the @ sign and their name. Their name should appear with their profile photo and a link. Click on their link and it will populate to the comment or post.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    23/04/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Reading was my hidey-hole as a child. I could go places I had never been and would probably never visit. My journey towards writing started with dark poetry. Writing became a passion later in life. I used to call it dancing on the keyboard. Ms stole my dances, and I gave up for a while. Then a psychologist convinced me my writing was a dance in my mind, not on the keyboard. I returned, and here I am.

    I love your journey towards writing. I love your expression. I'm hungry for more.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    23/04/2017 #11 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ @Deborah Levine

    πŸ‘₯ing 🐝🐝🐀🐳πŸ”₯🚲
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/04/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a great story @Deborah Levine. I used to have a diary but I never thought of naming it. What a bold statement you did make when asked about Advanced placement! Looking forward to part 2. Thanks for tagging me @David B. Grinberg
    Deborah Levine
    23/04/2017 #9 Deborah Levine
    #5 Hi Tausif - not sure how to tag you - I'm still learning on BeBee. Advice please...
    Deborah Levine
    23/04/2017 #8 Deborah Levine
    #6 Thank you! Installment #2 in a couple of days.
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/04/2017 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    @Deborah Levine writes, "My passion for writing began as a passion for reading."
  12. ProducerSavvy Raj

    Savvy Raj

    Writing as I know it...
    Writing as I know it...On WritingWriting isΒ a liberating experience if you care to steer your thoughts and string them in words.Β Every writer has many or no reasonΒ about what and why they write ...It isΒ the most natural thing to do or it isΒ a task to even bring two words...


    Savvy Raj
    15/04/2017 #21 Savvy Raj
    #20 @ Kevin Baker. Yes indeed! Writing is an art of construction of an abstraction,...
    And nice to read you think likewise as well.
    Kevin Baker
    15/04/2017 #20 Kevin Baker
    Well done expose`. Writing for me has many motivations. The most useful is increasing my objectivity by putting my thoughts and feelings out of myself to an abstract view.
    Savvy Raj
    15/04/2017 #19 Savvy Raj
    @Sara Jacobovici thank you for your kind appreciation .Nice of you !
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/04/2017 #18 Sara Jacobovici
    #15 #16 Well done @Paul Walters and @Savvy Raj. Nice exchange!
    Savvy Raj
    15/04/2017 #17 Savvy Raj
    Appreciate the share on this hive @Milos Djukic Thank youπŸ‘
    Savvy Raj
    15/04/2017 #16 Savvy Raj
    Thank you for thinking so of this post @Paul Walters. And very interesting analogies indeed .. feel compelled to add a verse here arising from your reflections on writing ...and what is alluring about it.

    Mystic of this mistress....
    In the unforgiving toughness
    is the challenge to continue
    In her demands to deliver
    Is the discipline of approach
    In the chiding of the critiques
    Is the attempt to evolve
    Beyond the punishing schedules
    And in that trusting knowing
    Writers write, painters paint
    Singers sing, dancers dance
    Finding purpose in the passion
    In the artistry of creativity...
    And as art empowers in the connectivity
    Life carries on...
    Paul Walters
    15/04/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    @Savvy Raj Writing, she is a tough and unforgiving mistress !! She demands, except's no excuses, chides quickly, blesses rarely and punishes often...yet we continue. @CityVP 🐝 Manjit talks of voice recognition or transferring thoughts to the page in a nano second. I cant wait for that, for my fingers alas are too slow sometimes to capture the thoughts . Great post, thank you
    Savvy Raj
    15/04/2017 #14 Savvy Raj
    Every time there is a comment from you @CityVP 🐝 Manjitty one knows there is a comment which emerges from a waltzing mind that takes you on a journey and delivers you a concotion of heady turns in the flow of thoughts and thinking through beyond the maze of mundane to the relevant interconnections in the evolving patterns. (By the way Waltz happens to be one of my favourite dances.😊)
    The quote share by @Chas ✌️ Wyatt is on the dot as it touches one of my reasons for writing ... a sense of equanimity amidst arising thoughts .
    The touch of pen to paper by a writer is deeply connected to the heart and mind . And it is sadly missing in todays hifi world.But the art of writing and sharing is healing and transformative . AI has already started exploring this route although it remains to be seen how it will predict the choice of freewill.
    Like I mentioned in my reply to @Sara Jacobovici here , I also appreciate the enriching links you care to share often as a reader and I do enjoy equally in engaging and revelling in these arising thoughts shares from thinking .
    As writers here in Bebee and anywhere else would agree, in simply having a reader dance a while with your writing in his mind and in caring to express with their uniqueness makes any writer feel fulfilled as to why they write.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/04/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The foundation of writing has been described by Chas ✌️ Wyatt in his opening comment "The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought" The thought part is not in dispute, what I am tapping out now is a thought, but the writing part - that act of putting pen to paper evokes a certain relationship between the pen and the paper - neither of which exist in the digital space I am typing in right now.

    Voice recognition systems will mean that we can voice our words and create a digital representation of them. At least there is some linkage between typing and writing that we can call writing - but the next leap is voice command and after that pure telepathy - to produce words by simply thinking them and if we think that is science fiction, then we have not been looking in the development pipeline what technology now has the potential to extend.

    While we are decades away from mind-reading AI science is looking for ways of moving this from the realm of science fiction to supercomputer reality. http://www.synthetictelepathy.net/our-mission/ Compared to that state of development we today are still living in an innocent time, but we are also living in a darker time because trust is an issue today and it has to be a transformation tomorrow.

    Writing is still a freedom, an edited flow between imagination and art. At the individual level there is still beauty in the art, at the group level there is transformation in the science. Am I writer here at beBee. No. I am a thinker in a time when what we think is each our own responsibility, and if a part of that thinking expresses humanity through writing, that is a good connection. The purpose of art someone once said is to make us think. I embrace this buzz, as a thinker rather than as a writer.
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #12 Savvy Raj
    Your words here somehow remind me of
    Samuel Johnsons profound words ...'A writer only begins the book ....the reader finishes it' . Thank you @Tausif Mundrawala for your kind reflections here .
    Tausif Mundrawala
    14/04/2017 #11 Tausif Mundrawala
    The words which strikes a chord and resonates well with our readers then the feeling in the form of feedback is exceptional. There is so much left to be written and so many territories waiting to be explored. I enjoyed reading this buzz, @Savvy Raj
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #10 Savvy Raj
    Thank you for sharing this buzz @Joel Anderson in Knowledge Lovers Hive.
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #9 Savvy Raj
    Thank you @Gert Scholtz for sharing on this very relevant hive
    And to @Sara Jacobovici as well. I just joined in .
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #8 Savvy Raj
    Nice to know so @debasish majumder Thank you for reading as well.
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #6 Savvy Raj
    Just as much as the writer creates an experience of sorts as you kindly have mentioned... the feedback from the reader creates the momentumn for greater exploration and learnings In simply sharing a kind word, a cue, a link, , a relevant quote, a smile,a like . all can be great motivation for every writer .
    Thank you for your very generous words . @Sara Jacobovici.Deeply appreciate the share.😊
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #5 Savvy Raj
    #1 Thank you @Chas ✌️ Wyatt once again a very valuable and extremely thoughtful and relevant quote share.
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/04/2017 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    @Savvy Raj creates a relationship between the reader and the writer.
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/04/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    As a reader of your writing, @Savvy Raj, I experience you the dancer, and you the visual artist. Thank you for writing.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    14/04/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium." ~Norbet Platt.
  13. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    How Not to Write a Book
    How Not to Write a Bookβ€œSomeday I want to write a book and have it published”, I said to my lovely wife. β€œWell", she replied sagely, "start the first chapter, then we’ll see about the rest.” So began my first foray into the world of book writing and publishing.Β Little...


    Gert Scholtz
    19/04/2017 #73 Gert Scholtz
    #72 @Maggi Kirkbride Thank you for your comments Maggi. I made a book proposal which consisted of a ten page motivation and synopses, plus two sample chapters, but I did not use an agent. What perhaps also helped is that I phoned and asked to see a manager and editor of the publishing house in person so I can deliver the proposal to them. They obliged but I am sure it was somewhat out of the ordinary to their experience. As I mention in the post, luck played a part. I hope this answers your question - also feel free to reach me on beBee private mail if I can assist in any way. Thanks again!
    Maggi Kirkbride
    18/04/2017 #72 Maggi Kirkbride
    I am adding this to a packet of reading I offer potential authors who contact me for help writing their books. I like the way you write about the process, the experience, the labor, and the rewards (however you define them). I'm curious about how you got your publisher--you got the attention of one of the Big 5 publishers without an agent and without a word to us about writing/rewriting query letters and book proposals! Really?? That's a big part of the readiness conversations I have with potential authors. Gert, is there more to this story to share with us?
    Robert Cormack
    17/04/2017 #71 Robert Cormack
    Well, I guess it overlaps, Gert, in terms of rewrites. Certainly we're never prepared for the work involved. With me, I've been writing too long professionally to have a "jumbled mess." I think that was beaten out of me back at my first advertising agency. The best part of writing is how we learn to organize our thoughts. Once organization becomes second nature, it allows us to move at "a clip." It's that "clip" that makes us authors. Nice post, Gert.#69
    Gert Scholtz
    17/04/2017 #70 Gert Scholtz
    Thank you to all that have marked relevant, commented and shared this post. I appreciate your engagement.
    Gert Scholtz
    17/04/2017 #69 Gert Scholtz
    @Robert Cormack Hope you get a chance to read this post and how it may overlap with your experiences.
    Gerald Hecht
    15/04/2017 #68 Gerald Hecht
    #64 @Gert Scholtz Yes...I bet he would have liked to have seen it in stores as well....It's sad how he let the opinions of publisher sheeple determine his worth; its easy to say that one should never do that! I've seen countless people post that message; I've never, however, seen those meme authors' works in bookshops; fortunately, this kind of tragedy should be preventable with the opening of the new "meme stock exchange"...although there was no public Internet at the time of suicide. I think the lesson for all of us is "hang in there --technology that we can't imagine --may show up in time to help us...if we are patient enough!
    Sara Jacobovici
    15/04/2017 #67 Sara Jacobovici
    #47 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, as a self-proclaimed metaphor junkie, I love you using the mirror as a metaphor. I am not quite sure I β€œsee” it in the same way from a sensory point of view. From my perspective, the sensory information we receive goes through a process of receiving, experiencing, interpreting, associating and assigning meaning. Then the creative part takes over and we find a medium through which to express and communicate all that; verbally and non-verbally. So rather than us being the mirror, I think it is actually the work itself; the book, the visual art work, the dance, the music, which does the reflecting.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/04/2017 #66 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #65 Good point Gert, though this is even more poignant for Ali Anani who has produced e-books but not formalized it through the book circuit. Publishing a book under the name "Mark Zorro" would be the ultimate ironies considering that was created as a reference to "Mark Twain". Mark Twain ended up being branded Mark Twain, but he actually wanted people to remember him as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Yet we consider Mark Twain to be an authentic American writer, when he was a brilliant writer whose pseudonym ended up defining him.
    Gert Scholtz
    15/04/2017 #65 Gert Scholtz
    #62 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the compliment Manjit. You say: β€œI think there is a book inside me but I also think it may remain inside - who knows but until it is actually written, it remains inside.” Actually I think otherwise. If you take your many posts on beBee plus your extensive and thoughtful comments, your book is already outside you. What may remain to be done is aggregating the texts, sorting it into themes (which you have to a large extent already done in your learning hives), reviewing and revising. As title, how about The Learning and Teaching of Mark Zorro? Please inform me once this is released; I will be the first to read your wisdom in book form.
    Gert Scholtz
    15/04/2017 #64 Gert Scholtz
    #57 @Gerald Hecht Thank you Gerald. I have bought Confederacy of Dunces based on your recommendation a while ago. I have read the first few dozen pages. It is certainly a great work and I look forward to reading the rest.
    Lyon Brave
    15/04/2017 #63 Lyon Brave
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/04/2017 #62 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I take two activities that I don't usually participate in i.e. reading and physical fitness and combine them and I at least read as much as I do online on that basis. Yet reading cover to cover is very rare for me. I checked up on the data for typical American readers and PEW surveys says a typical reader reads 5 books per year. http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/01/16/e-reading-rises-as-device-ownership-jumps/e-readers9/ Interestingly the people who earn the most also read the most on this survey.

    I should be able to write a book based on how much I write, but writing a book is akin to physical fitness, it is that rigorous discipline which puts me off. Perhaps if I gain discipline through my current physical intelligence program, that might breed the writing stamina required to write a book - and do believe that writing a book requires stamina - this is what I take from reading this buzz about your experiences, and maybe you will validate that assumption.

    The fact that you and Deb Lange have written a book, I say kudos to both of you. It is indeed a labour of love as Deb has mentioned in her comment, though I have called it cognitive stamina. I don't have that kind of stamina yet but who knows as I move along with discipline building activities, this could be a bonus outcome. The actuality of that is easy to determine - i.e. finishing writing a book and seeing it get published - but of course as you found out something one must really work at. I think there is a book inside me but I also think it may remain inside - who knows but until it is actually written, it remains inside.
    Aleta Curry
    15/04/2017 #61 Aleta Curry
    #45 That was a ten-pointer, @Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Gert Scholtz
    14/04/2017 #60 Gert Scholtz
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley Next time I write a book I will come to an island near you, at a place called Goldeneye....Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it Donna-Luisa!
    Gert Scholtz
    14/04/2017 #59 Gert Scholtz
    @Jerry Fletcher @Savvy Raj @Gulcin Newby Kennett Thank you all for reading and commenting - I appreciate it. Good to know some of my experiences (or inexperience!) could be imparted.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/04/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    Still @Gert Scholtz , it could be worse; as in "so much worse; it must be a mistake" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kennedy_Toole
    Jerry Fletcher
    14/04/2017 #53 Jerry Fletcher
    Congratulatons Gert. I never went the publisher route opting instead to self publish. My Ex was published by a top house. Her young adult novel "Dragon's Milk" is still in print. It was first published in 1990. So I've seen the incredible amount of work it takes to get it done and how it can make you feel. Your post sums it up marvelously.
    Savvy Raj
    14/04/2017 #52 Savvy Raj
    So much insights on travails of writing and publishing all nealtly packed in a single buzz. .Appreciate your writing this @Gert Scholtz.
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/04/2017 #51 Sara Jacobovici
    #47 A very intriguing and thought provoking perspective @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. Permit me some time to reflect more on this and I look forward to responding and exchanging further.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/04/2017 #50 Gert Scholtz
    @Lisa Vanderburg Many thanks Lisa, and if there is a female form for the word - I applaud you dudette for the tomb you have created! @Chas ✌️ Wyatt Thank you for the quotes - I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter - is one big lesson I learned, am I am still learning. @Aleta Curry Thanks for dropping in a bit left of your continent, and right on top of the best advice on writing. @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you Deb - I have sent you a private mail on target audiences. Keep your ideas and posts flowing!
  14. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    When Writing Is Futile
    When Writing Is FutileThis article started as one of my usual tormented urban poems but then I stopped…. I looked at the few words in front of me and I thought they were mostly crap. It did not work, there was no fluidity, no melody, no emergency maybe I had finally...


    Pascal Derrien
    15/04/2017 #45 Pascal Derrien
    #44 thanks for dropping by @Lyon Brave ☺
    Lyon Brave
    15/04/2017 #44 Lyon Brave
    why would you write this Dean lol
    Pascal Derrien
    14/04/2017 #43 Pascal Derrien
    #42 @Shelley Brown many thanks for dropping by and for the kind words too ☺
    Shelley Brown
    14/04/2017 #42 Shelley Brown
    I'm so sorry @Pascal Derrien. This is truly viviid, honest and raw artistry.
    Pascal Derrien
    14/04/2017 #41 Pascal Derrien
    #39 thanks not sure it is a masterpiece but this is all i could manage with the assistance of mind forceps ☺
    Pascal Derrien
    14/04/2017 #40 Pascal Derrien
    #38 thanks for sharing this out of space dream funny there is one particular dream that has come back to me recently ☺
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    14/04/2017 #39 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Pascal Derrien- is it grief that brings the best out of writers/ This is the relief. I extend my support to you and your wife.
    Sweetness of writing in the sadness of losing a beloved one and you certainly wrote a masterpiece.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    14/04/2017 #38 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    My condolences to you and yours Pascal.

    All is not lost... she lives on in your children who are you and her future selves. I often wonder why we are attracted to who we are in order to create our future selves. Is it evolution? For some it is. For some, it is the end of the line because of the choices we made or that they make. Eternal life in the physical form is nothing short of a miracle. I think, if someone had made just one different decision along the way somewhere in the last thousands of years, I would not even be here in this moment to read your work. I am grateful I am.

    I had a vivid dream about the Earth imploding. I was in space floating amazed and grateful to be able to do this... then all of a sudden the fault lines started to glow. Then the molten magma was rolling into itself [two fault lines]. Then the Earth expanded three times her size. Then she exploded. As I went to tuck in my legs, I had none. By the time I looked back, all the debris was being sucked into a tiny hole. Poof! Earth was gone. Then all these orbs popped into space. We were all marveling and speaking the same language but communicating telepathically. The orbs were propelled by a black liquid and different colors with what looked like see through bodies inside. Amazing dream that I hope does not come true. Everyone was saying "wow, did you see that?" and "I am glad I made it out of there" and all kinds of things like that. I woke up when I was perplexed at how we were communicating telepathically and the same language. But I have to say, a dream like that changes a person.

    We are our ancestors. We cannot deny we are all related somewhere down the line. It's funny, to think about what a miracle life is.

    I enjoy you sharing your less selfishness in your writings. One day, I may be brave enough to write but perhaps not until I get over my disdain for rituals.
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #37 Pascal Derrien
    #36 ah yeah it came up in french ☺had not even realized ☺ thanks for readung @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    13/04/2017 #36 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    somber to be sure, but you made me laugh in comradery. Forgive me.
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    πŸ˜” #34 thanks appreciate the kind words indeed not easy to elevate the mind sometimes @Martin Wright
    Martin Wright
    13/04/2017 #34 Martin Wright
    A touching piece. At this time of loss it cam be difficult to get the thoughts out in a way which feels right.

    Our thoughts are with you.
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #33 Pascal Derrien
    I #32 many thanks @Ken Boddie I know I know...... ☺ always more convincing when somebody else is saying it (ta) 😏
    Ken Boddie
    13/04/2017 #32 Ken Boddie
    My thoughts are with you and your wife, Pascal, and for the obvious void in your lives. But there are no dead ends ..... only new beginnings ..... and challenges to provide us with self doubt. Your road block has a detour round it, but sometimes we need to sit and wait for the windscreen wipers to kick in, so that we can see the way forward.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/04/2017 #31 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #30 I think I did...a bit; but he aint takin none of it! ;)
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #30 Pascal Derrien
    #29 Ah @Praveen Raj Gullepalli you probably need to speak to the guy you are speaking about (but he aint' on this thread) :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/04/2017 #29 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    I have never seen a writer who thinks he isn't one, write so well and have so much done; with his pen that pokes into the past so deep, where his mind doth many a mystery keep! ;)
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #25 ah thats nice to hear especially coming from a real writer @Paul Walters !!! :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    13/04/2017 #27 Pascal Derrien
    #26 ah thanks @Dean Owen I did not even had a job title on my last business card :-) those things are not for me in general :-)
    Dean Owen
    13/04/2017 #26 Dean Owen
    It appears that often the ones that don't call themselves a writer are the best. I mean who knew that Gert had a book published! I've known him for over a year and didn't know... I love the modest touch of you both, never tooting your own horn. To me, you are truly original in a social media land devoid of originality.
  15. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    When there isn't enough space in the comment box.....
    When there isn't enough space in the comment box.....Gert 🐝 Scholtz wrote the post, The Write Stuff, about the writers on beBee. Impressive to say the least. I was also impressed with how many of the writers I was familiar with and also a few writers that Gert inspired me to now look out for like Paul...


    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    02/04/2017 #34 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Gert is one of my favorites. I was proud to be on his list.
    Aleta Curry
    31/03/2017 #33 Aleta Curry
    Joining the beBee Love-In. Thanks very much for the mention, @Sara Jacobovici!
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/03/2017 #32 Sara Jacobovici
    #23 Dear @Savvy Raj, thank you for your comment. You are an important writer on beBee. Thank you for your creative contributions!
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/03/2017 #31 Sara Jacobovici
    #20 Thanks @David B. Grinberg for your kind and encouraging words. Much appreciated.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/03/2017 #30 Sara Jacobovici
    #13 I am touched by your beautiful image @Mamen 🐝 Delgado. Thank you so much!
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    31/03/2017 #29 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #13 @Mamen 🐝 Delgado White butterfly is the apt name for Sara. Always gentle and kind with her words.πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    31/03/2017 #28 Javier 🐝 beBee
    thanks @Gert Scholtz @Sara Jacobovici ! I love this wonderful list.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    31/03/2017 #27 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    so sweet wow @Sara Jacobovici and @Gert Scholtz, sharing the honey tastes soul sweet ;-)
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    31/03/2017 #26 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    sweet of you, Ms Bee Sara Jacobovici!!! Huge honey hugs!!!
    Gert Scholtz
    31/03/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz
    #15 @Paul Walters I will definitely be around Paul and it would be great to meet up! As an ex South African you are most welcome to join the braai @Ian Weinberg and I will be having with @Sara Jacobovici for who we will we will prepare a special β€œboere veggie patty”.
    Phil Friedman
    31/03/2017 #24 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, @Sara Jacobovici, for the mention. @Gert Scholtz is also one of my favorite writers, always succinct and clear. And with insight. Cheers!
    Savvy Raj
    31/03/2017 #23 Savvy Raj
    Great buzz Sara . Sincere appreciation is inspiring and empowering .To all these writers above, a big thank you for the wonderful learnings and the unique insights you share through your writings . And so agree with you@Sara Jacobovici View more
    Great buzz Sara . Sincere appreciation is inspiring and empowering .To all these writers above, a big thank you for the wonderful learnings and the unique insights you share through your writings . And so agree with you@Sara Jacobovici about @Gert Scholtz . Close
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    31/03/2017 #22 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I love it, "Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee" Great title for our highly intelligent yet humble, caring man!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    31/03/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for the mention @Sara Jacobovici, so kind of you! It never dawned on me until I read your description of Gert but that is just how I picture him! It's great when we meet others on here and we think, wow- if I were ever to visit here or there I would feel at ease having 'so and so' as my guide for the day, or just hanging out with the person. Gert comes to mind, @Ken Boddie @Dean Owen (although he might take me on a crazy drive), @David B. Grinberg @🐝 Fatima G. Williams Ali Anani and a few others come to mind as well, yourself included Sara! Oh and I know @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess and I would have fun together too. So many wonderful people on beBee and Javier rocks too! I think I may have tagged too many.
    David B. Grinberg
    31/03/2017 #20 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for this nice buzz @Sara Jacobovici. I would also like to commend @Gert Scholtz and YOU on your excellent writing for Producer and gracious recognition and sharing of buzz by other bees. I'm just pleased to be included in the company of so many esteemed and talented writers/bloggers whom I regularly read, learn from, and greatly admire -- as well as the many others out there who weren't mentioned (too many to count and name). Keep buzzing everyone!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    31/03/2017 #17 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    "Gert is a gentle giant"- thank you dear @Sara Jacobovici for expressing our feelings to the considerate human and writer @Gert Scholtz
    Paul Walters
    31/03/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    @Sara Jacobovici Hello Sara , thanks for the mention.
    Paul Walters
    31/03/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #11 @Gert Scholtz Hello 'gentle giant" I shall be passing through your neck of the woods sometime mid June so perhaps its would be good to arrange a catch up. I'm on a quest, driving from Jhb to the top of Namibia via Botswana . Will you be around ?
    Ken Boddie
    31/03/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    I love your summary of the "Gentle Giant", Sara. My favourite treat is a "slice of life" from @Gert Scholtz and may I have some of your sweet honey spread on it? Yum!
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    30/03/2017 #13 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Dear @Sara Jacobovici, you are a white butterfly around here... 😍😍
  16. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    Lines in the Sand:  Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Anderson
    Lines in the Sand: Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Andersonβ€œThe greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” --William James β€œEvery job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” --Betty M. Nelson For those of you who...


    Joel Anderson
    14/06/2017 #13 Joel Anderson
    For those of you who watch this to the end, I think you will understand that even at 90, it was too soon. Michael Franti "Summertime Is In our Hands"

    Cyndi wilkins
    06/03/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkins
    Like you said @Joel Anderson...That journey of a thousand miles begins with one step...I'm glad our paths keep crossing;-) So many of the writers I have connected with here, (far too many to name) have had an enormous impact on me in terms of facing the complexities of the challenges I have recently been affected by...Sharing our stories with each other has incredible healing power... igniting our compassion for ourselves and each other....accelerating our learning...living our lives doing the right things because they are the right things to do despite adversity...That takes a great deal of courage that is strengthened by numbers...I'm reminded of a metaphor a friend shared with me recently...One stick cannot stand alone, but lean three sticks together and you have a teepee;-)
    Joel Anderson
    06/03/2017 #10 Joel Anderson
    Thank your @Sara Jacobovici, @debasish majumder, @Gert Scholtz, @Cyndi wilkins and @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for being lines that have intertwined with mine. your influence is amazing. All the best and keep making a difference: one line, one person, one connection, on step at a time.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/03/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joel Anderson writes: "When I started down the path of Lines in the Sand and then Part II and III, I wanted to share a personal journey that was and is reflective of the sands of life, their snap shots and moments in time. The influencing nature of lines that affect us all; lines that are permanent, lines that change, messy lines, and yes those that ebb and flow and impact the choices each of us have in using them with compassion and to advantage." A must read son's tribute to his father.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/03/2017 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    A wonderful tribute @Joel Anderson; beautifully written, beautifully told. As @Milos Djukic writes, "A great person deserves no less".
    Joel Anderson
    01/03/2017 #6 Joel Anderson
    #5 @Gert Scholtz Thanks for the comment. He was indeed.
    Gert Scholtz
    01/03/2017 #5 Gert Scholtz
    @Joel Anderson A precious post of a wise and compassionate man that was your father.
    Joel Anderson
    01/03/2017 #4 Joel Anderson
    #3 Thank you @Cyndi wilkins And to you also. Keep making a difference.
    Cyndi wilkins
    28/02/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkins
    Thank you for sharing these precious threads to the wonderful memories of your father...I will savior each one in good time...for now you have left his footprint on my heart;-) Blessings to you @Joel Anderson View more
    Thank you for sharing these precious threads to the wonderful memories of your father...I will savior each one in good time...for now you have left his footprint on my heart;-) Blessings to you @Joel Anderson... Close
    Joel Anderson
    27/02/2017 #2 Joel Anderson
    #1 Thanks @Deb 🐝 Helfrich your words mean so much. Travel on I will and marvel in the interactions that shape, mold and characterize the lines and treasures along our collective journeys. All my best and thank you again.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    26/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    A perfectly painted portrait of Bob Anderson, Joel. I feel honored to make his acquaintance, even in this distant manner.

    It all comes down to the how we interact with our fellow travelers in life, and you had a chance to apprentice with a master. It shines through in every word you write. Your father left his signature character to you, to carry on that priceless legacy of treasuring the interactions of life as the world's most precious resource.
  17. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Power Of Intent
    The Power Of IntentI have almost finished reading Bruce Springsteen’s amazingly honest and literate biography β€˜Born To Run’.It’s one thing to enjoy reading a book. But the real bonus is when you end up with the feeling that you genuinely got something very positive...


    Jim Murray
    27/02/2017 #18 Jim Murray
    Whoa. We were out shopping then I watched the Oscars. Thanks for all the kind words, @Phil Friedman, @Milos Djukic and everyone. I have Springsteen to thank for this, and my wife for giving his biography to me for Christmas. Like I have said in a number of different posts I'm just writing most of this stuff to get it out of my head. The icing on the cake is when people actually get something out of it.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    27/02/2017 #17 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    The power of intent is what you want it to be and when you want it to be. "What you do with it is up to you. Use it or lose it. Shrug it off and move on or think about it and figure out how it applies to your own work." Nice piece, Jim.
    Milos Djukic
    27/02/2017 #16 Anonymous
    #14 Phil, Yes, I know he does not like compliments, just like you. But after all, I'm not just anyone (arrogant fractal) :-)
    Milos Djukic
    27/02/2017 #15 Anonymous
    This is our need for perseverance, a few moments more. Our words are waiting for infinity.

    Someone trying to be one.
    Phil Friedman
    27/02/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Well, Milos, I wouldn't go so far as to say Jim is humble, but he is what we call "a good egg". :-)
    Milos Djukic
    27/02/2017 #13 Anonymous
    #12 I agree @Phil Friedman. Jim is a miracle and a humble man :) An article never dies. Written words are eternal, but we are not.
    Phil Friedman
    27/02/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    One of the best posts @Jim Murray has written... And that, my friends, says an awful lot about how good it really is. Read it, you'll like it.
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/02/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    @Jim Murray writes. "I always, always make sure that my intent is clear and that it does, in fact, get executed in whatever I am writing."
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/02/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    Well written, well told @Jim Murray. And yes, I grew up with Bruce Springsteen, and happy to say, still growing.
    Phil Friedman
    27/02/2017 #9 Phil Friedman
    The underlying intent of every one of your posts appears to me to be the conveyance of good common sense. Were that more of us could understand the message. Kudos for a top flight post here, Jim. PS- I liked Pat Scullin's post as well. Except that now, every time I see a photo of a feline, I think of my nemesis, Donald Trump. Cheers!
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    26/02/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    " While everyone talks about how to do this or that. You write about " What you do with it is up to you. Use it or lose it. Shrug it off and move on or think about it and figure out how it applies to your own work." This is the best take away for me. An intentful buzz Thank you Jim
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    26/02/2017 #6 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Jim Murray The power of literary intent is a great addition to thinking when writing a creative brief. Thanks Jim. Going to put this to use immediately.
    Joel Anderson
    26/02/2017 #5 Joel Anderson
    Thanks yet again for some great insights.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/02/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    This is a very timely piece for me, Jim. I've been thinking a lot lately about the writing process, finding your voice, etc. I think it plays out differently for everyone, but intent is everything. Knowing what it is you want to say and giving your writing a purpose is what drives everything. "...if you want to be read, followed, shared and appreciated your intent needs to come across loud and clear in every piece you write." I like that line. @Graham🐝 Edwards, this is what we were discussing the other day.
    Pascal Derrien
    26/02/2017 #3 Pascal Derrien
    Reading the same book and I must say it is pretty refreshing stuff on top of being brilliantly written, the decalration of intent he had made ot himself with Still Mill and then publicly when he formed the E Street band was powerful he knew he was not the best but he had kicked off a process nice idea mapping @Jim Murray
    Kevin Baker
    26/02/2017 #2 Kevin Baker
    What knocking on the front door is all about. Bravo
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    26/02/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    "Intent' is a strong word Jim. It drives every thought, every creation; whether music, writing, or any life pursuit for that matter. I just read a piece by Cory Galbraith "How to be an Original Thinker from the Inventor Who Heard Voices" of which I shared and borrowed the following quote;

    β€œNever forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place.”

    If our intent is to be unique in all that we do and how we approach whatever we do then we add to the universe.

    I saw that book at Barnes and Noble while looking for another "for Dummies" book. I paused but didn't buy it. I'm making a trip back today. I was a huge Springsteen fan. Cause Baby I was born to run and I was Born in the USA! LOL! (it was the jeans and T-shirts - they made me swoon - he was my modern day James Dean)
  18. ProducerCyndi wilkins

    Cyndi wilkins

    Moments Of Impact
    Moments Of Impact"Once you realize the power of focused human effort coalesced by writing or conversation, you will learn that being a person in charge of your life is the best gift you can give to everyone and everything you care about."Β Deb HelfrichWriting has...


    Cyndi wilkins
    10/07/2017 #48 Cyndi wilkins
    #47 Yay! Deb got the ball rolling via LI messaging...Let's see if we can work something out;-)
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    10/07/2017 #47 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #46 Yes I am. Lets do this I am on a holiday from next week. VACATION 😊😊. I remember this one buzz, a beautiful outpour you did provide insight not only to yourself, but also did strike a deep chord with us. Great to watch both the lovely ladies πŸ€— again.
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/07/2017 #46 Cyndi wilkins
    Thank you @John White, MBA for resurrecting this post...It's been very active on Twitter too...The timing seems ripe to consider continuing some 'buddy talk' sessions @Deb 🐝 Helfrich....Let us know if if might be interested @🐝 Fatima G. Williams;-)
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    10/07/2017 #45 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #41 #42 Exactly. In the new version will be like this. Thank you very much. Best
    Cyndi wilkins
    08/07/2017 #44 Cyndi wilkins
    #42 #43 Thank you both for your correspondence...No inconvenience...just curious;-)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    08/07/2017 #43 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #39 @Cyndi wilkins @John White, MBA exactly. This issue will be solved in the next coming platform. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    John White, MBA
    08/07/2017 #42 John White, MBA
    #41 It looks like this account was removed (judging from the comment here it could have been due to spam). One would think that once an account is removed the comments would also automatically be deleted. However, that doesn't happen in the original version of beBee. I believe things such as this will be resolved in the more intuitive second release. CC: @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Cyndi wilkins
    08/07/2017 #41 Cyndi wilkins
    Thank you for checking...I just found it odd that this is the only posting that is unable to be deleted or replied to...I wonder if others have experienced this as well...
    John White, MBA
    08/07/2017 #40 John White, MBA
    #39 Not yet. It is a feature that will be added in the next release of beBee.
    Cyndi wilkins
    08/07/2017 #39 Cyndi wilkins
    @John White, MBA or @Javier 🐝 beBee....How can I remove Comment # 38 from this post? It seems there not to be an option to reply or remove this one from the comments section...just curious...Thanks;-)
    Cyndi wilkins
    20/06/2017 #37 Cyndi wilkins
    #36 Thank you kindly for the share @Savvy Raj...Always a pleasure to hear from you! I hope all is well;-)
    Savvy Raj
    20/06/2017 #36 Savvy Raj
    Very inspiring! Sharing this rightaway!!! 🌻
    Cyndi wilkins
    04/06/2017 #35 Cyndi wilkins
    #34 Thank you Lynda...And yes, completely different personalities colliding with 'kindred spirits' does feel quite like a homecoming;-)
    Lynda Spiegel
    04/06/2017 #34 Lynda Spiegel
    I love this video with the two of you sharing an experience that I think all of us go through - burned out can't get outta bed-ness. I know for sure that spending a few days with the two of you felt like coming home - 3 women from different backgrounds and ages who found so much commonality. I'm in on anything Deb and Cyndi want to do.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    03/06/2017 #33 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #32 This post will put a smile on my face forever.
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/06/2017 #32 Cyndi wilkins
    If you watch the short video clip at the end of this article, you will see how simple conversation can lead to re-location...Just ask @Deb 🐝 Helfrich;-)
    Cyndi wilkins
    04/03/2017 #31 Cyndi wilkins
    #30 I loved Mrs. Doubtfire...What a daddy will do to be with his children. "We are human beings...and human beings are filled with passion." RIP "O Captain my Captain."...I miss you...
    Joel Anderson
    04/03/2017 #30 Joel Anderson
    @Cyndi wilkins as I watched the video with you and Deb Lange and your talking of saying what needs to be said , doing what needs to be done and seizing the moment it made me think of the Dead Poets Society. For a musical version https://youtu.be/G2e_M06YDyY?t=5 and then a poignant clip that underscores the essence of Carpe Diem: https://youtu.be/vi0Lbjs5ECI?t=5 . Thanks for sharing the video and the impactful insights.
    Joel Anderson
    03/03/2017 #29 Joel Anderson
    #26 Looking at it now.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    03/03/2017 #28 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @Cyndi wilkins - for me as a writer and recent new publisher to find out how my book landed in your hands and had such an impact has been amazing! I wanted people to find buddies, to do the exercises, etc etc and you and @debhelfrich have done me just st that and what has come out of that for you both is beautiful! Keep on embracing and loving every part of you - you are both beautiful people!
  19. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    @Laura Mikolaitis writes: "What is important is that I realized today that my voice is worthy: that all the thoughts that constantly buzz in my mind like a swarm of bees have a place; that my experiences and my life - in all its ugliness and beauty - means something; and that perhaps with my words I can inspire, impart, evoke. So here I am, just finding me."
    Sara Jacobovici
    Someday is Today
    www.linkedin.com I decided to peruse my drafts folder today and came across an article that I started writing two years ago. It would have been my fifth post and...


    Laura Mikolaitis
    21/02/2017 #1 Laura Mikolaitis
    @Sara Jacobovici, thank you so much for sharing my post. I really appreciate your support!
  20. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Branded Apartheid
    Branded ApartheidIn the time of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela was branded a terrorist.Β  When we are branded like that we are branded and it used to be politicians who were masters at this branding.Β  Today it is the professional, whether it be a marketer or an agent...


    Sara Jacobovici
    19/02/2017 #28 Sara Jacobovici
    #27 Great exchange between you and Aurorasa. Also, I don't use the word genius lightly but Andy Kaufman was a genius.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/02/2017 #27 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #25 Very well observed. See also my discussion about the "brand" of Andy Kaufman with @Aurorasa Sima at
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/02/2017 #26 Sara Jacobovici
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit writes: "I wrote this to ask the most basic question of all "What is going on?" and it is a question that I must come to grips with, because each of us are responsible for our own digital journey, unless we surrender it to the social engineering...." A must read.
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/02/2017 #25 Sara Jacobovici
    Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, I have just come to this post and have read and "listened", to your voice, to the voices of Depeche Mode and their words, and to your readers. It encourages me to no end to hear what is being discussed. It gives me hope. Your post is timely and important and the discussion invaluable. I am trying to organize my thoughts. I will focus on three things that you said in your replies. 1. "I wrote this to ask the most basic question of all "What is going on?" and it is a question that I must come to grips with, because each of us are responsible for our own digital journey, unless we surrender it to the social engineering...." This is our Call To Action! You have done what needs to be done; asked the important question, are taking responsibility and regaining control over the process of figuring out who you want to be and in what to believe. 2. "The key factor here is ABUNDANCE...." One of the contributing factors to our identity crisis is being flooded/overwhelmed with this abundance; of information and exposure to hearing and seeing what is taking place on this planet. It is a sensory overload that our system is not setup to handle. And finally, 3. "...a single light watching each other candle light itself - because at the end of the day, none of us are a candle - we are human beings who can anthropomorphize a candle and then live that metaphor..." You have described a very powerful metaphor for dissociation; a defense response to trauma/threat. I know this will sound cliche but, when things get too big, bring it down to size. This brings me full circle to your message about branding. Before placing a brand on ourselves, let's first look into ourselves (we are the self-reflective species) and begin the narrative of who we are moving from inside out.
    Paul Walters
    18/02/2017 #24 Paul Walters
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thanks , a nice 'meaty read"
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/02/2017 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    We have hit this place in history when personal branding has become the rage precisely because we have given the keys to the planet to large agglomerations of cash - the legal structure formerly known as corporations - that should themselves be rebranded as inhumane overloads.

    I don't see true evil intent, but evil has become possible via the unintended consequences of a world that now spins on virtual currency of unimaginable size.

    As the species with the current mandate to think, analyze, plan, and execute for the future of the planet, we have to abdicate the total control given to corporations to care only for their own interests.

    Right now, we are so blind to the damage of believing the corporate structure we created has some inherent supremacy that we are all now clamoring to deny our organic, messy, unpredictable, human brilliance and become a flashy, distinct, unchanging personal brand. The film poster version of ourselves.

    Of course, this makes sense, the corporations have the money, they pay for the ads, and we think that they therefore have much to teach us in how to make money. But it is not because their way necessarily has intrinsic merit, it is because they are legally required to foot the bill on all the PR to make sure we believe how great they are at the one thing they are meant to do, which is be a framework for ever increasing profits, without ever inquiring as to whether the costs of this particular set of corporate laws may be jeopardizing the continued legacy of our species.

    So now we all feel compelling to be the NEW, IMPROVED versions of ourselves, day after day after day, rather than honoring the cyclical nature of all living beings.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/02/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #21 That is why this matters because then we can go about designing 21st Century corporations, because the industrial age mindset whether it be Taylorism or the criticisms that Noam Chomsky has leveled at the 20th Century corporation. Sometimes just writing out our own baseline becomes the water-mark for our own imagination and that is where we begin as a new future.

    Otherwise the traditional corporation will continue to inspire the new corporations like Google, Facebook and whatever else becomes a 800lb gorilla to continue doing the old things in a new but digital way. For whether it is the old and the new when their GOD is Greed-On-Demand it does not matter how they cite they are modern, they are simply making the old new again.

    There is an old that should be new again and that isn't down to corporations becoming virtual equivalents, but the craft, the home and the ways of human life that were savaged and displaced by the industrial age machine and its off-spring the digital machine. Even if we get this, it is worth sharpening our own saws of meaning - otherwise life become an assumption were we only assume.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/02/2017 #21 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    "The importance of recognizing the danger of a branded apartheid is to get our minds back on what and who people are - and the first is to repeal any suggestion or law that makes corporations identified under the law as people."

    I also think that the driver of the cult of depersonalization came about when the structure of corporations was designed and that the first step back to honoring the distinct uniqueness of 7+ billion humans is to amended the corporate structure laws to ensure that being humane is the foundation obligation of any structure whose purpose is an amalgamation of capital.

    The unintended consequences of large agglomerations of money being tied up in nothing but the perpetuation of large agglomerations of money is that the planet is dying across the animal, vegetable, mineral scales while a handful of people party.

    Resources that should be a human's birthright are now asset tracked and stamped with a brand symbol, and corporations like Monsanto are perfectly willing to do harm to people, plants, and animals in order to do what they are legally bound to do - increase the value of a piece of digital paper known as a share.

    Simplistic as this suggestion may be, I feel that requiring any business, as the basis of its charter, to do due diligence and expend reasonable effort to "First, do no harm." would start things along the complex process of putting humanity back in the drivers seat of our planet. Right now, all real decisions are being made by multinationals whose only allegiance is to self-perpetuation of the cash stockpile.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/02/2017 #20 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #19 Thanks Laurent, I have cued up the parts Louise published on Medium and I have your original link. I did not pay much attention to Louis on LinkedIn but this is brilliant and all of these parts to his thoughts about digital medium answers the question "What is the Cluetrain Manifesto" - as if there is one simple branded off-the-shelf answer to that or if there ever was. When people do ask me I just recite "Markets Are Conversations" in my best robot voice.

    This link also tells me where you are at and this tells me totally where you are at and so I am delighted to read this and more importantly meditate it on this and so of course, I am absolutely delighted that you shared this with me. I can now see this is me saying to a fireman that the reason a house burns is because of fire :-)

    Part 1 of 4

    :Part 2 of 4

    Part 3 of 4
    Rebirth of Digital Media (for some reason this link was deleted online) but features in Google Doc

    Part 4 of 4

    I do remember someone (I think it might have been @Aurorasa Sima ) that you should write more. There is brilliance in them hills :-)
    Laurent Boscherini
    17/02/2017 #19 Anonymous
    #18 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, Let me invite you to read this link which can be relevant : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DOMfM61jl8a2kDainWmF4MGKdEgkf5XqUtQ2xa9t3wk/pub
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/02/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #17 Excellent Siraj. This much I know, we brand ourselves as much as we brand each other and thus I cannot separate the word branding from branded.

    A branded existence may be the only viable existence for some, so it is important for me to acknowledge the needs of human survival. The first question I ask is "Is my life in flow?". If it is out-of-flow then I must learn and engage that which brings it back into flow.

    If my life is in flow I can ask a bigger question "Is this leadership?" This question is based on the premise that was made (ironically) by Tom Peters "leaders create more leaders". When he wrote his book "The Brand Called You" it not only led to leaders creating more followers, but today followers that create more followers.

    Leaders that create more leaders if we are focused on a life in flow, means a single light watching each other candle light itself - because at the end of the day, none of us are a candle - we are human beings who can anthropomorphize a candle and then live that metaphor [ and the Sage of Metaphor at beBee is @Sara Jacobovici ] - my greatest apology is that I like to think, that is all 😊
    siraj shaik
    17/02/2017 #17 siraj shaik
    #13 Sir apologies, my mentions in comment "sir I am feeling lucky to get an opportunity to follow you both as well as there are few more indeed through the posted articles trying to learn the worldly matters" relates to myself. I am lucky to follow great personas and learn some subject matter by going through articles posted by you all.
    Laurent Boscherini
    17/02/2017 #16 Anonymous
    #6 Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, very interesting reading :)
    I am only myself and I try be great in act, as I have been in thought,
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    17/02/2017 #15 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #14 Absolutely dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- this concepts extends to all facets of life. For example, outside motivation versus inside motivation have a wide gap in their effect and longevity. I totally agree with you.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #12 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee our DNA is different but our similarity is that both of us seek the explorable and in doing are wiser to the deplorable. The struggle that is within us is to emerge and be a life that is full of flow. In this is our own freedom where it does exist. Seeking freedom outside of ourselves is a fools errand, it is only found within us and if it is, then we break free of containers.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/02/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 In my case Siraj I am not trying to learn worldly matters, I am exploring what I see and living my life. When we try to see things as a tribe and a group, we are no longer observing what we are a part of. Once we engage in following others, what history proves is that this is what we have always have been doing. Agreement is a very different thing to learning - there is conflict in agreement and disagreement but there is harmony in learning unless of course, it is we who are conflicted within ourselves or we merely conditioning ourselves to a new condition. The best part of learning is the unlearning as I move into action learning. There is too much in history or science or politics or marketing or the thousands of disciplines we can find, but our DNA can tune into what allows us to engage our own flow - and if we are in flow then there is wisdom in our learning. If we are out-of-flow then it is we who did that to ourselves. The key factor here is ABUNDANCE and having a container or a mass brand does not add to it.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    17/02/2017 #12 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #10 You just described my feelings towards you dear @siraj shaik. You are the second person to link me with the talented @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and tis is truly honoring for me.
    siraj shaik
    17/02/2017 #11 siraj shaik
    The humans inhumane phenomenon harvest best practices are the ways we see it, as the dependencies depend on embracing and nurturing. And due to some reasons humans give lenience and either overlook or promote, only later it all becomes a factor of habit and further turns out as a must rules. Then it's impact is either revolting or revolutionizing. Why humans overlook the yester centuries ... History carries proof's and evidences.
    siraj shaik
    17/02/2017 #10 siraj shaik
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee sir I am feeling lucky to get an opportunity to follow you both as well as there are few more indeed through the posted articles trying to learn the worldly matters.
  21. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I dedicate this buzz to Dr. Ali Anani and the shared journey of personal growth, which I know Sara Jacobovici would join me in whole hearted support, both of us have been enriched by his presence both at LinkedIn and here at beBee. re: @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Sara Jacobovici

    In the early days before Ali Anani and Sara Jacobovici got to know me at LinkedIn, I engaged in a way of writing that is absolutely not what anyone should do if they are more invested in maintaining a personal brand, which was streams of consciousness. I would write furiously and without inhibition, inspired by the way one writer wrote his work. His name was Jack Kerouac.

    As I now look further into stream of consciousness writing, what seemed so natural to let forth at LinkedIn and before in other networks, streams of consciousness apparently has a far greater and interesting background than I had ever realized - because I did not study "streams of consciousness" I merely did it. When I go back now and read these streams I must admit that sometimes even I don't understand what poured forth but I know that it came from my consciousness, and thus it had far greater metacognitive value i.e. [the act of thinking about my thinking].

    Now I am in a position to study it, it makes for fascinating reading :
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10 Writers Who Use Stream of Consciousness Better than Anybody Else
    qwiklit.com By May Huang A narrative technique that has perplexed and fascinated readers for centuries, the stream of consciousness technique has been used by many writers to trace the seamless (and oft...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Dear Pamela [ @Pamela 🐝 Williams ] the chief reason I dedicate this to @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee is that when I was pouring out comments that were as much a page or page-half in length at LinkedIn, he was always appreciative, because he could see that there was a thinker behind those screeds. Ultimately as a writing style, it is a different type of excellence that can move it from brainfart to braincraft. Let things flow but be conscious that you have let things flow. I received greater criticism when I wrote a one-line blog called One under the name "Mark Zorro"

    The One Blog "Mark Twain wasn't Mark Twain - Mark Zorro isn't Mark Zorro" [2003]
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #8 Exactly @Pamela 🐝 Williams! Encouraging to read your comment.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #8 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #5 Sara, I think I've mentioned before my nephew who deals with adult onset schitzophrenia. He at times goes into these long speeches that at the time make no sense. After time my sister will realize it did have meaning. Like you say; it's their own language and like any language its up to us to learn and communicate in their language, to break down the language barriers that separate us.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/02/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #5 What an authentic way to deal with mental disorder @Sara Jacobovici. Your novel approach is fantastic as much as it is human.
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit writes about, "...the act of thinking about my thinking..."
    Sara Jacobovici
    05/02/2017 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    Couldn't be more honoured to be part of this Triad; @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, yourself, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and myself. Your post and share are true gifts to the readers and learners.

    In my clinical work, you often see individuals with severe mental health challenges writing or talking incessantly; literally streams and streams of consciousness. The majority of mental health professionals would identify this as a symptom of thought disorders. I have always experienced this as an expression of their thoughts, a language I needed to learn, to understand. Once I read it and heard it, as their expression and communication of their consciousness, their experiences, it all made sense! In the hands of writers, this is a technique. In the hands of those who are suffering, this is a lifeline.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/02/2017 #4 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #3 You do the same to me dear @Pamela 🐝 Williams and I am very contented to have met with you here on beBee.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    05/02/2017 #3 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I didnt know this wrriting style had a name but it is how I write and I think why my words sometimes raise a lot of questions. I can also see why you dedicated this to Ali. He does have the gift of letting thoughts flow and is able to share in words that inspire our own musings. Great share Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 When it comes to studying, it is important to differentiate that we don't study it in the moment but we must study or at least appreciate it afterwards - that is why I put a huge stress mark on developing the skills of metacognition.

    Otherwise stream of consciousness becomes an exercise in lazy thinking, temporal novelty or just downright mediocrity. The laziness that it affords (where laziness is intelligent) is to free the tyranny of control, but the mining of it, that is when the work begins - especially if the origin is not from a well-spring of experience.

    The great writers had already absorbed (one can also say stolen in a good way) a great body and variety of experiences and then they have so much that laying it out as a stream of consciousness is what the 10 writers link is about - so what they pour forth in gusto already has a source which is rich in depth. Here I do put the emphasis on "great writers" for at that level streams of consciousness is equal to their wonderous talent.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/02/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I am extremely privileged to have this lovely buzz dedicated to me. I find the experience of partnering with you and dear @Sara Jacobovici extremely rich.
    I find that writing with the flow of positive energy and attitude lead a writer to write and keep his flow. We don't need to study this as it becomes a natural flow.
    I take this opportunity to thank you for who you are Manjit. I learnt from you and the proof is in record. Only earlier today I published a buzz that was inspired by a buzz of you and dear @🐝 Fatima G. Williams.
    I am honored to be associated with great humans like you all are.. Shared
  22. ProducerSara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    The Art of Cross-pollination.
    The Art of Cross-pollination.Image credit: SlidePlayer I posted a buzz, Things coming together, as a reply to a comment on another post of mine.Β I concluded the buzz by writing: In support of our exchanges on beBee, I leave you...


    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    #12 Thank you @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Means a lot coming from you!
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    24/01/2017 #12 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @Sara Jacobovici congratulations! What a wonderful
    Weaving you have done of the threads of our ideas being interlaced. Just beautiful! You are amazing!
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 The feeling is mutual @🐝 Fatima G. Williams. Thanks.
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    #6 Yes, dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I do relate to your description but wasn't as aware of this process until you put it into your words; the distinction between deja vu and deja ecris is priceless, thank you!
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #5 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, I appreciate your response. As a major cross-pollinator, I am looking forward to all of your posts.
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/01/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #4 Thanks for stopping by @@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    24/01/2017 #7 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    @Sara Jacobovici You have beautifully and creatively explained the Cross pollination of ideas. An idea or comment is like a torch and needs a spark of light to enable the torch to burn and give light and warmness to others. Conversations /Cross Pollination on beBee is like a relay torch in the Olympics. One starts the race lights the torch and passes it on to the other who keeps the torch burning and then it gets passed down. While running around we also manage to shed light and warmness and energy to the people on the way. You @Sara Jacobovici have been a creative spark on beBee and I am proud to know you :)

    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I am enjoying time-pollination. You should try that too :)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    24/01/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    This is some very tasty honey, @Sara Jacobovici. A bunch of bees buzzed around a topic and the flow of the words is very interesting indeed. The time and space definitely overlapped as many people approached these concepts with similar thoughts expressed in a completely different set of words.

    In concert with these words on cross-pollination, we got to experience another sort of time-pollination as @🐝 Fatima G. Williams has been rebuzzing old buzzes and it is fascinating to try to remember the Deb that I was when I made a comment in July. The words are mostly familiar and yet I rarely get deja vu. My sense of deja ecris is significantly less intense. Until, that is, I reread the entire post and then I seen to be better able to relocate my own words as a response to what the author has written.

    I find this fascinating. Anyone else aware of cross-pollinating with a prior self via old comments and/or posts?
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    23/01/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    This is a great buzz dear @Sara Jacobovici and is a real tribute to all of us who have a mention in it. I loved the idea of how you showed the cross-pollination of each idea experienced by you. This is a great way of reflecting on the quality of ideas exchange on beBee platform.
    You did show by many examples how ideas cross-pollinate. The amazing thing is that I am writing a buzz on Ideas Networks, and surely I shall be referring to this interesting buzz.
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    23/01/2017 #4 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Totally agree @Sara Jacobovici, and many happens to us like you, a buzz gives way to three.
    Pollination is always good
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/01/2017 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee.
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/01/2017 #2 Sara Jacobovici
    #1 Very appreciative of your kind and generous comment @Mohammed Sultan. Thank you.
    Mohammed Sultan
    23/01/2017 #1 Mohammed Sultan
    Thank you @Sara Jacobovici for your mating of ideas and entertaining our thoughts through your great post.When I read your creative articles I always expect to be struck with something new and something that challenges the scientific minds by going beyond to the prestige of creative arts therapies to the wisdom of an organized life.One good thing leads to another Sara.
  23. ProducerLisa Vanderburg

    Lisa Vanderburg

    You CAN see through others eyes
    You CAN see through others eyesTime is not my own. That said, I'm sure if I was to manage it properly, I would have some time! It is laziness or a lost art - bit of both? Actually, it the manifestation of chaos..... :)Generally I write about medical stuff - badly; in cranky...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    16/01/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #29 That's great to hear about your husband and yes, I feel for you having lost a sister. I pray too, she stays cancer free... :)) Thanks Lisa!!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    15/01/2017 #29 Lisa Vanderburg
    #28 aw...thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, it was very tough, but it was also a time of the most intimate of love shared. You are so right - sisters ARE special! I pray yours with remain free of her cancer!
    Hubby's just 'graduated' (he's the optimist, thank God!) to a walking stick, but a wheelchair for temporary work will follow soon. Parkinson's tend to act like growth-spurts in kids...just the other way :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #27 I'm really sorry you lost your sister @Lisa Vanderburg. I can't imagine how tough that had to be. My sister had stage 3B breast cancer 10 years ago and I still pray her check up's are OK. Loss is never easy when we love someone, sisters are special... they understand us in ways no one else could. How cool that you are trying to find your creativity in writing. It sounds like your husband is maintaining right now?! Sending hugs your way!!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    15/01/2017 #27 Lisa Vanderburg
    #25 Oh I so feel for you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! My sister died 2 years and 4 days ago from cancer - I looked after her until the end - at home, the way it should be! We were BFF and soul-mates; heart-wrenching, but it was both beautiful and rewarding - no regrets - (just wish she was here!).
    I'm really here to try and stretch my creativity in writing - see if I have a 'style' at all! I expect me and hubby have as much as 10 years - maybe more, so I'm not gonna mess that up :) Thank you for your kind words!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    15/01/2017 #26 Lisa Vanderburg
    #24 Your advise is sage @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee and I do try...the body's willing but the mind is weak :) I actually stopped walkabout because we changed continent and my husband feared for my safety. I so look forward to reading the excerpt from your draft. Many thanks!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Hi @Lisa Vanderburg, what a moving and vulnerable buzz. I can only imagine how much stress you must be under. As you stated, your not on here looking for a job. I think people forget that not everyone is on Social Media looking for a job, some are looking for socialization and conversation because they are homebound for various reasons. Some people are stay at home moms, others are retired and the many caregivers out there like yourself who benefit from sharing your stories because it may be cathartic as well? I admire people who aren't afraid to bare their souls. I admire people who take care of their loved ones, thank goodness for people like you. We kept our mom at home during her cancer, and what a bag of mixed emotions (no regrets) just very hard on the family watching the decline of someone you love and all the care, up's/down's that go with it. Thank you for sharing!
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    15/01/2017 #24 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #11 If you truly long for a connection with your Mother you will find a way. I write what I did in my draft book, yet to be published about caring for my Mum. I will find it and post it. And even though you say you had to give up your walks to care for your husband, you still need to take care of yourself so you can be well enough to care for him. I was told that by someone when I had my first child many years ago. Take care of yourself too, as if you are not well enough to care for a child, or a loved one, who will. So it is just important to find ways to care for yourself. By the way, my Mum refused to go into "institutional care" - As much as it was very challenging I am so so glad I gave her the gift of dying at home. I hope one day you will look back and be glad you did this for your husband.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #23 Lisa Vanderburg
    #21 So very true @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven! In presentations we have done, I always start by describing my hubby as 'alpha male, incorrigible optimist and a guy who's completely in control of the world he lives in'. They I hit them with, 'how to you topple such a secure and self-assured man?....Give him Parkinson's!'
    It is a brutal disease in its stretched-out degeneration; I'd happily murder it given half the chance :)
    But, your right; even in crushing blows, we can reevaluate for the better!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #22 Lisa Vanderburg
    #20 My thanks to you, @Kevin Baker. Peace....such an elusive state!
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    14/01/2017 #21 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    Thanks You for that testimony. I also have someone close to me with Parkinson's. One benefit of this condition, it helped this person understand the importance of time and they now take every day of their life as an investment. Before, time was seen as something they could do whatever they wanted with, so it was usually wasted. They had their eyes open to understand it is our most important assets.
    Kevin Baker
    14/01/2017 #20 Kevin Baker
    Awesome share of vulnerability, the essence of courage. Sharing with out expectations brings many bunches of empathy. To just exist in nature with out the ongoing human theatrics we all crave the peace of grounding. Thank you Lisa for sharing
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #18 Lisa Vanderburg
    #17 oh @Sara Jacobovici - another one of my favorite writers! Thank you for reading this!
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/01/2017 #17 Sara Jacobovici
    @Lisa Vanderburg writes: "Keep it up, lovely hearts – I’m thrilled by your being! You refill this weary being! You are bringing me such a gift: hope."
    Gerald Hecht
    14/01/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht
    #1 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich some say it is so.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/01/2017 #15 Gerald Hecht
    #14 @Lisa Vanderburg ;-) oh some say the author was a mysterious immortal named Lao Tzu; I could expound; but he may or may not , if he, as I, do exist ...but I may or may not have learned to speak about things we know, lest we unknow them (maybe) YMMV...or not ☯️
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #14 Lisa Vanderburg
    #8 haha @Gerald Hecht.....any clue how long I looked at that 'A' before its meaning dawned??
    Isn't Tao Te Ching the guy who invented fortune cookies :) Thanks, dude - you're a love!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #13 Lisa Vanderburg
    #7 I am and will always be grateful for what you say and do @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! I am blessed to consider you friend. Don't know how y'all do it - find the time to write such creative and profound pieces that in themselves, stretch my imagination and stir my soul. I am so stirred, I think I'll go walkabout!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #12 Lisa Vanderburg
    #6 That's okay Julio...my 1st language is too rude to publish :)
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #11 Lisa Vanderburg
    #4 Thank you so much for the tips on posting!!
    You hit the nail on the head @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee...this 'confession' of mine is the stirring of doing something about it!
    I have read about your Mom with such sweet longing; like @Max🐝 J. Carter, you both have experienced such an intimate, steadfast love between parent and child and it makes my heart soar! Even though I have not had that 'connection', I can imagine and certainly feel for your loss. Empathy is a muscle that can never be exercised enough! May your heart be always wrapped in your Mother's love and your soul refreshed with her courage.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/01/2017 #10 Lisa Vanderburg
    #2 So right @Max🐝 J. Carter; watching suffering is much like a life-sentence with no hope of parole, even though its played out all over the world constantly. But when you write about your experiences with your dad, what I see is love overcoming all; it radiates!
  24. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    Influencer Makreting ONLY by LinkedIn. - LinkedIn "Top Voices" 2016 - heavily and promoted. Other underprivilaged writers are unimportant. A must read! cc. @Javier 🐝 beBee, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood. @Juan Imaz, @John White, MBA
    Milos Djukic
    LinkedIn Top Voices 2016: Here are the writers you need to know β€” and start following β€” now


    Gerald Hecht
    22/12/2016 #68 Gerald Hecht
    When you are a fake influencer, everybody loves you; they rip you to pieces and make love to your ghost.

    When you are a fake influencer, everybody loves you; they strip your cupboards, your closets, your crutch, because they love you...they love you so much.

    They nail down your body, suspend your soul in a magnetic field hold; for a fake influencer must never grow old.

    They'll kick you and curse you for selling them out; then miss you and pray they could have figured it out
    Gerald Hecht
    21/12/2016 #67 Gerald Hecht
    @Milos Djukic Thanks for the tag. I never dreamt that the president elect of the U.S. would be one of an absolutely finite list of official influencers. The list. The list that shall not change unless MS decrees it. This doesn't seem like an ideal platform for kids to learn how to have influence on SM platforms in their STEM/STEAM curricula
    Milos Djukic
    18/12/2016 #65 Anonymous
    Influencer marketing on LI. Post featured in: Leadership & Management, Media and, What Inspires Me (11668 views, 1400 likes and 154 comments)..
    "In 2017 Make People Angry…and Raise Your Hand", LI long-dorm post by Dustin McKissen (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/2017-make-people-angryand-raise-your-hand-dustin-mckissen?trk=mp-reader-card)
    "This article is part of the LinkedIn Top Voices list, a collection of the must-read writers of the year. Check out more #BigIdeas2017 here."
    Milos Djukic
    17/12/2016 #64 Anonymous
    And when you're fake Influencer, "everybody loves you." On the other hand, real Influencers (not in terms of the LI Influencers) are not so dazzling and quiet people (corresponding to all and participating in critical discussions ), that are often unnoticeable for the mainstream social media. That's why they are influential.
    Milos Djukic
    17/12/2016 #63 Anonymous
    #61 I feel tired @Deb 🐝 Helfrich... The process of transmitting messages to the curious reader requires knowledge, dedication, writing skills and fresh ideas. Someone's writing must have color, clear personal touch and scent. Some serious writers don't feel safe anymore to share their intellectual capital on social media and networks. .
    Milos Djukic
    17/12/2016 #62 Anonymous
    #61 "When most marketers say they want an influencer campaign, they have already skipped over the strategic conversations and moved to a tactic of hiring a non-traditional celebrity with a big following or decided to hire lots of micro-influencers. That isn’t influencer marketing; it is buying an online audience. Proper influencers can establish trust with each handshake, social post, or advertisement and their content impacts audiences in the top tiers of Maslow’s hierarchy, belongingness, esteem and self-actualization. When they publicly support and work with brands, it is a reflection of their identities and not just their jobs." - from
    article titled" "Are We Using The Term Influencer Marketing Wrong?" by David Schwab at forbes.com - DEC 7, 2016 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidschwab/2016/12/07/are-we-using-the-term-influencer-marketing-wrong/#6293ca66640e)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/12/2016 #61 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #60 You have left me speechless, @Milos Djukic
    Milos Djukic
    17/12/2016 #60 Anonymous
    #59 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, He did not take part in the discussion and has not made any comments or reacted in any way with readers and their comments. (3029 views so far). It is not typical for my friend and great writer Justin Bariso. However, that is typical practice in the case of LI Influencers and and LI representatives, or in the case of marketing only of forthcoming book (post featured in three LI channels: Big Ideas & Innovation, Careers: The Next Level, Leadership & Management by LI). Self-explanatory. This seems like a promotion and it is the backbone of LI influencer marketing..

    Article: EQ vs. IQ at.diffen.com: http://www.diffen.com/difference/EQ_vs_IQ

    "Emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ) is the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt environments or achieve one's goal(s).[1] Although the term first appeared in a 1964 paper by Michael Beldoch, it gained popularity in the 1995 book by that title, written by the author, psychologist, and science journalist Daniel Goleman. Since this time Goleman's 1995 theory has been criticized within the scientific community." - from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_intelligence
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/12/2016 #59 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I had an intent to leave my type of comment in support of Justin and his book. I thought those 4 were anomalies worth discussing here, but it goes on in that vein....

    I risk being attacked for supporting someone who I want to help.


    There is something important at stake here if success on the internet means an author has to stay away from their own comments section in order to not become jaded.

    Where do they get to have civil discussions that might enhance their work?
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    17/12/2016 #58 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #57 #56 Andy & Milos - I am just reading Justin's EXCELLENT excerpt from his upcoming book on LI - 416 likes, 95 shares, but only 20 comments. But here is the problem I see for these guys who deserve supportive comments which add to their value proposition, of the last 4 comments:
    1 asked to ignore emotional intelligence fad - damaging
    1 asked for early copy of the book - positive, yet the guy has no EI, so sort of damaging
    1 says her lord clears the path of snakes - damaging
    1 says everyone wants to be the president - damaging

    I consider Justin a friend, we chat directly, I will buy his book and yet, even I started questioning the book based on this random commentary.

    I will do my part to contribute to keeping beBee a place where the author of a post stands a chance at having a comments section worthy of the work they invested in creating a post. And that might even help them further their livelihood.
    Milos Djukic
    16/12/2016 #57 Anonymous
    #56 Everybody isn't as honorable as you, What we write is the undistorted image of ourselves, mostly but unfortunately not always. @Andrew Books. I treasure your friendship!. @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, here we cultivate and nurture the very best in ourselves and each other. Thank you for that. #55
    Andrew Books
    15/12/2016 #56 Andrew Books
    #55 Agree, Deb....I just don't want to take away what they have accomplished through aggressive writing and networking. I admit fully I am jealous, as @Milos Djukic so adeptly points out....both agony and ecstasy. Guess that will instill in me a drive to be a better writer. .
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    15/12/2016 #55 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #53 #54 I love those three guys. Here is an uncomfortable truth. I can't find their work on LI anymore. I also don't feel comfortable peddling my commenting style because of what the influencer marketing influx has brought to the tone of their comments sections.

    The 'game' is setup to only acknowledge numbers & quantity - which is no doubt important. But right now, that jeopardizes quality dialogue.

    10,000 views OR one person taking the time to write a comment that took 10 to 15 minutes to compose to truly show that they understood what you wrote who is looking to broaden, deepen, or extend what you wrote?

    An optimal site cultivates both.
    Milos Djukic
    15/12/2016 #54 Anonymous
    #53 !@Andrew Books There is not a tad bit of jealousy involved. I am also very happy because of Dustin, Justin and Glenn. They are excellent writers. Period! There are still many Dustin, Justin or Glenn there. This is not a recognition for writers, this is influencer marketing. They have done because they wanted that way. Manipulation and selective favoritism were never true. In this way, even the best writers are humiliated. Then the title does not mean anything. .Only "The Agony and The Ecstasy of Social Media Writing" remains the same.
    Andrew Books
    15/12/2016 #53 Andrew Books
    Thanks for the tag @Milos Djukic. Interesting, isn't it? Very happy for Dustin, Justin and Glenn. They have contributed in amazing ways to the platform and I could not be happier for them...and I won't lie in that there is a tad bit of jealousy involved. It's what every writer wants....recognition, acknowledgment, conversation. THAT they have done.
    Andrew Young
    15/12/2016 #52 Andrew Young
    Thanks for posting this Milos! It's very informative.
    Mohammed Sultan
    13/12/2016 #51 Mohammed Sultan
    Thank You @ Milos for sharing Linked in pulse on beBee.it makes our business journey more imaginative ..Although I started my day commenting on this post on Linked in pulse.I would like to add some feelings to what I have said, because the feelings are here on beBee.
    It has to be conceded that knowledge about people is not necessarily of online nature,because personal brands are marketed on the web,exaggerating their value for effect and sometimes create heroes from zeroes.An influencer must be some one who is constantly in touch with people.As long as people are motivated by pride ,gain,fear and imitation ,as Maslow has taught us,I wish those influencers can tell people about their mistakes,when they started and how they handled these mistakes,as always quoted" well begun is half done"and also tell them how they become different today,and what advice they can offer to young people to also become influencers..People will not benefit from their own dominating prestige or their top ranking on social media as from their business wisdom and the advice they offer to the beginners.
    Phil Friedman
    13/12/2016 #50 Phil Friedman
    #43 Good points, Aurorasa. One of the facts that everyone seems to be missing is that 23% of 400 million (LI) is still 15 times greater than 45% of 13 million (beBee). When it comes to the potential of a user base as a market (which is part of a platform's value), absolute numbers are more important than percentages. So. I would suggest that beBee cheerleaders stop making that particular comparison to LinkedIn. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/differentiation-thru-conversation-bebee-and-the-quest-for-market-share )
    Loribeth Pierson
    13/12/2016 #49 Loribeth Pierson
    #43 Well said @Aurorasa Sima, "DonΒ΄t get me wrong. I am team beBee. I just donΒ΄t think that complaining about LI and negative comparisons help beBeeΒ΄s growth."
  25. Sara Jacobovici

    Sara Jacobovici

    A must read by @Milos Djukic. Invaluable insights into the identity of the writer and a great perspective on how to write.

    "Social media communication is a great workout. You have to build your personal identity in strict accordance with your hidden dreams, wishes and aspirations. Long live our authenticity through diversity."
    Sara Jacobovici
    I'll be Back, Innovation in Self Leadership
    www.linkedin.com Do you feel like that some most precious part of yourself is not getting through to the outside world? I will never surrender. "ME" neither. About "WE", I am not so sure. Elitism? No, just...


    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    27/10/2016 #11 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #10 Hi @Sara Jacobovici,

    Once published, the original content is that text, so you can not change. In the new version you can edit the text at any time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Thank you very much.

    Sara Jacobovici
    27/10/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    The system is not letting me share this link with a new text (cc@Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín) so I will put it in this comment box.

    @Milos Djukic writes, "The human interaction which is a synonym for leadership means to learn from someone and to educate someone. I want to hear your insights about "ME"-"WE" relations."

    Inspiration, the word with the Latin origin meaning to take in a breath, happens as a result of a β€œME” experience while synchronicity happens as a result of a β€œWE” experience. In other words, when we engage with others, we potentially open ourselves up to seeing the connections taking place around us; in time and space.

    Only an integrated ME can be part of a WE.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    22/10/2016 #7 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    This article is a gem, of such high value because of it's depth and message.

    To quote you Milos " Thank you very much for this outstanding buzz; I am your diligent student"
    Wish I had met all you guys years back πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— I'm happy to know you @Milos Djukic It'' an honour BFF πŸ€—
    Thank you for sharing this @Sara Jacobovici
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    21/10/2016 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Milos' quote deserves to be shouted from the rooftops:

    "Social media communication is a great workout. You have to build your personal identity in strict accordance with your hidden dreams, wishes and aspirations. Long live our authenticity through diversity."
    David B. Grinberg
    21/10/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Great share @Sara Jacobovici. This is definitely a masterpiece from the "beautiful mind" my @Milos Djukic.
    Milos Djukic
    21/10/2016 #2 Anonymous
    Gert Scholtz
    21/10/2016 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @Sara Jacobovici @Milos Djukic This is a seriously, scientifically and playfully good article! Thanks Sara and Milos.
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