- Producer05/09/2017New Book - Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life!I've just released my third published book titled, Life Mastery: The Fully Functional Life! 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....
Comments05/09/2017 #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."05/09/2017 #3 Sara JacoboviciCongratulations @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!
- Producer29/09/2016Writing is ‘WHAT’ I do, but ‘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. “What are you up to?” asks my brilliant bride. “I’m writing a blog post.” I reply. “It’s important!” I add, just in case she thinks...
Comments30/09/2016 #34 jesse kaellis#33
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.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.30/09/2016 #31 Aaron 🐝 SkogenNice 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.30/09/2016 #30 jesse kaellis#25
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.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.30/09/2016 #21 Lisa 🐝 GallagherYou 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 :))
- Producer01/08/2017Discipline 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...
Comments02/08/2017 #11 Jerry FletcherDebi, 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..."01/08/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherMy 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 🐝01/08/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergDeb: 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.
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- Producer20/07/2017What's Your Story, Morning Glory?“‘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 ‘Copley Square’ at the driver. As we sped off, I noticed two...
Comments22/07/2017 #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 memories22/07/2017 #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.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.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 again21/07/2017 #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."21/07/2017 #12 Sara JacoboviciHonoured 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.21/07/2017 #10 Harvey LloydStory 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.21/07/2017 #9 Jerry FletcherAlan, 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.
- Producer07/07/2017The tyranny of secrets - stories not told“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.” William Styron © Copyright 2017, Don Kerr, Don Kerr Writes - All rights reserved. ...
Comments09/07/2017 #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.08/07/2017 #6 Jerry FletcherDon, 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.08/07/2017 #5 Ian WeinbergThanks 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.08/07/2017 #4 Praveen Raj GullepalliVery 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?08/07/2017 #3 Charlene NormanReally 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.
- 26/06/2017@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-yourselfThe Motto of beBee: Believe in Yourselfwww.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...
- Producer14/06/2017To 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, can one still use the power of words as a novice to convey intent, context, meaning, and translation in the art of...
Comments18/06/2017 #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."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.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.15/06/2017 #55 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsWow 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 #Keepbuzzing15/06/2017 #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.15/06/2017 #51 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar GoddessAnd 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!15/06/2017 #49 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.beautiful article and yes writing is a journey15/06/2017 #48 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar GoddessA 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!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.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!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.
- Producer22/05/2017Travelling in WritingTravel writers travel twice. This I am finding. Recently I have started blogging on 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. Visiting...
Comments24/05/2017 #43 Yogesh SukalI 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.24/05/2017 #40 Deb 🐝 HelfrichSuch 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.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: “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.” Many thanks Ken.24/05/2017 #37 Ken BoddieHow 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.23/05/2017 #32 Sara JacoboviciDear @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.
- Producer01/05/2017How I became an Award-winning Writer - CONCLUSIONWe’re about to land in Tashkent and I stuff bags of peanuts, napkins, and cupholders labeled “Air 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...
Comments05/05/2017 #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.02/05/2017 #12 Deborah LevineDelighted 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. #1102/05/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWell 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!02/05/2017 #10 Deborah LevineWriting 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. #902/05/2017 #9 Vincent AndrewMy 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.01/05/2017 #8 Deborah LevineHere 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 moreHere 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
- Producer04/05/2017Writs 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. Some are from known authors, some from Bees. Some are wise, some are humorous,...
Comments08/05/2017 #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.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.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.
- Producer22/04/2017How 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...
Comments24/07/2017 #29 Sheena BrunzlikHello 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.25/04/2017 #28 Laura MikolaitisGreat 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.24/04/2017 #25 Katyan RoachSo 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..LOL24/04/2017 #22 Deborah LevineI 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. #2124/04/2017 #21 Vincent AndrewThe 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!24/04/2017 #19 Chas ✌️ WyattReading 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 world—what bleating of flocks—what green pastoral rest—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", 1863.23/04/2017 #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 Levine23/04/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorI 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.23/04/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeReading 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.
- Producer14/04/2017Writing as I know it...On WritingWriting is a liberating experience if you care to steer your thoughts and string them in words. Every writer has many or no reason about what and why they write ...It is the most natural thing to do or it is a task to even bring two words...
Comments15/04/2017 #16 Savvy RajThank 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...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 you15/04/2017 #14 Savvy RajEvery 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.14/04/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe 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.14/04/2017 #6 Savvy RajJust 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.😊
- Producer13/04/2017How Not to Write a Book“Someday I want to write a book and have it published”, I said to my lovely wife. “Well", 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. Little...
Comments19/04/2017 #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!18/04/2017 #72 Maggi KirkbrideI 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?17/04/2017 #71 Robert CormackWell, 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.#6915/04/2017 #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!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 “see” 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.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.15/04/2017 #65 Gert Scholtz#62 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you for the compliment Manjit. You say: “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.” 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.15/04/2017 #62 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI 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.14/04/2017 #53 Jerry FletcherCongratulatons 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.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!
- Producer12/04/2017When 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...
Comments14/04/2017 #38 Antoinette Capasso-BackdahlMy 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.13/04/2017 #32 Ken BoddieMy 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.13/04/2017 #26 Dean OwenIt 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.
- Producer30/03/2017When 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...
Comments31/03/2017 #27 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!!!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 “boere veggie patty”.31/03/2017 #23 Savvy RajGreat 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 moreGreat 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 . Close31/03/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThanks 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.31/03/2017 #20 David B. GrinbergThanks 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!
- Producer26/02/2017Lines in the Sand: Part IV Outlasting Excellence Robert D. "Bob" Anderson“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” --William James “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” --Betty M. Nelson For those of you who...
Comments06/03/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkinsLike 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;-)06/03/2017 #10 Joel AndersonThank 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.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.28/02/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkinsThank 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 moreThank 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... Close26/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichA 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.
- Producer26/02/2017The Power Of IntentI have almost finished reading Bruce Springsteen’s amazingly honest and literate biography ‘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...
Comments27/02/2017 #18 Jim MurrayWhoa. 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.27/02/2017 #17 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorThe 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.27/02/2017 #9 Phil FriedmanThe 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!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 Jim26/02/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 CormierThis 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.26/02/2017 #3 Pascal DerrienReading 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 Murray26/02/2017 #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;
“Never 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)
- Producer21/02/2017Moments 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." Deb HelfrichWriting has...
Comments08/07/2017 #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 🐝 beBee04/06/2017 #34 Lynda SpiegelI 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.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.03/03/2017 #28 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeeDear @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!
- 21/02/2017@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."Someday is Todaywww.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...
- Producer17/02/2017Branded ApartheidIn the time of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela was branded a terrorist. When we are branded like that we are branded and it used to be politicians who were masters at this branding. Today it is the professional, whether it be a marketer or an agent...
Comments18/02/2017 #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.18/02/2017 #25 Sara JacoboviciDear @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.17/02/2017 #23 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe 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.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.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.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 :-)
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Rebirth of Digital Media (for some reason this link was deleted online) but features in Google Doc
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I do remember someone (I think it might have been @Aurorasa Sima ) that you should write more. There is brilliance in them hills :-)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/pub17/02/2017 #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 😊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.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.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.17/02/2017 #11 siraj shaikThe 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.
- 05/02/2017I 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 :10 Writers Who Use Stream of Consciousness Better than Anybody Elseqwiklit.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...
Comments05/02/2017 #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" 
http://bit.ly/2km1wyU05/02/2017 #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.05/02/2017 #5 Sara JacoboviciCouldn'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.05/02/2017 #3 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI 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 Manjit05/02/2017 #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.05/02/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI 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
- Producer23/01/2017The 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. I concluded the buzz by writing: In support of our exchanges on beBee, I leave you...
Comments24/01/2017 #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 :)24/01/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThis 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?23/01/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeThis 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.23/01/2017 #1 Mohammed SultanThank 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.
- Producer13/01/2017You 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...
Comments15/01/2017 #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 :)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!!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!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!15/01/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @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!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.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!14/01/2017 #21 Preston 🐝 Vander VenThanks 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.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!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.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!
- 12/12/2016Influencer 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, MBALinkedIn Top Voices 2016: Here are the writers you need to know — and start following — nowwww.linkedin.com
Comments22/12/2016 #68 Gerald HechtWhen 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 out21/12/2016 #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 curricula18/12/2016 #65 AnonymousInfluencer 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."17/12/2016 #64 AnonymousAnd 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.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. .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)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). 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_intelligence17/12/2016 #59 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI 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?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.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. #5515/12/2016 #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. .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.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.15/12/2016 #53 Andrew BooksThanks 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.13/12/2016 #51 Mohammed SultanThank 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.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 )
- 21/10/2016A 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."I'll be Back, Innovation in Self Leadershipwww.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...
Comments27/10/2016 #10 Sara JacoboviciThe 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 “ME” experience while synchronicity happens as a result of a “WE” 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.22/10/2016 #7 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsThis 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 🤗🤗🤗 I'm happy to know you @Milos Djukic It'' an honour BFF 🤗
Thank you for sharing this @Sara Jacobovici