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The Worldwide Authors Conspiracy ("Wacko" for short) is a non-profit international cooperative of dedicated, active writers, digital publishers, and discerning readers, dedicated to finding and sharing some of the best digital content on the internet today.

This Hive is peer edited, which means that if your post does not conform to Wacko's rules and standards, it will be either reclassified or removed from the Hive.

The rules and parameters for this beBee hive parallel those of WWACO membership, and can reviewed at:

http://www.wwaco.org.

All members of the Wacko hive are asked to abide by these rules, and anyone posting to this hive is asked to follow the WWACO guidelines for content topics.

All posts to this hive are subject to review by the WWACO Editorial Board, which is led by Phil Friedman, Editor in Chief. Any posts determined by the Editorial Board, solely in its discretion, to be outside the parameters for posting to this hive will be reclassified and removed.

Thank you for abiding by these posting rules.

Additional information and/or clarification may be secured by contacting info@wwaco.org or by messaging Phil Friedman on beBee.
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  1. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    14/11/2016
    My Accidental Encounter With Leonard Cohen
    My Accidental Encounter With Leonard CohenThis is the story of how I met Leonard Cohen. I don’t know how fitting a eulogy it is, but it’s all I’ve got.It was January. There was not much snow on the ground in Toronto when I boarded the train to Montreal. I could have flown because my travel...
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    Phil Friedman
    17/11/2016 #16 Phil Friedman
    This is a great vignette, Jim. Not only because it's about Leonard Cohen and Mordecai Richler, but because in the day, I loved reading The Weekend Magazine. Thanks for this.
    Anycka HC
    17/11/2016 #15 Anycka HC
    Nice story
    Jerry Fletcher
    17/11/2016 #14 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Jim. I discovered Mr Cohen late in life and was troubled by his passing. My mental picture of Mr. Cohen is now an image that breathes of life.
    Jim Murray
    16/11/2016 #13 Jim Murray
    #12 Thanks @Sarah Elkins. Guess the story did what it was supposed to do.
    Sarah Elkins
    16/11/2016 #12 Sarah Elkins
    @Jim Murray, I love this story for many reasons, but I'll just list a couple of them. Your reaction to having those two in the room was to absorb and to observe. In that hour, you became part of an experience all of you would remember fondly, partly because you understood their humanity and respected it. Another reason? Because you share this story in a way that we can all relate to; most of us have one of two responses meeting a person we see as a hero or celebrity we love, one is to go blank and not be able to interact, the other is to bring value in whatever way possible to the person and situation. You brought value; you brought humor and humanity. Thanks for sharing. (I'll be singing Dance Me to the End of Love at a Solstice event this year, I'll think of you and this story.)
    Henri Galvão
    16/11/2016 #11 Henri Galvão
    what a great story. and you said it was in January. do you remember the year?
    Randy Keho
    15/11/2016 #10 Randy Keho
    I get the feeling you'll soon cross paths were another notable human being @Jim Murray and I can't wait to read about it.
    Melissa Hughes
    15/11/2016 #9 Anonymous
    Great story, Jim! Thanks for sharing!
    Don Kerr
    15/11/2016 #8 Don Kerr
    @Jim Murray You are amazing my friend. And" a brilliant teller of stories.
    Jamie Davis
    15/11/2016 #7 Jamie Davis
    Would have loved to be a fly on the wall that day! Thanks for sharing
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/11/2016 #6 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    A lovely tribute dear Jim! You shot some great pictures through your words too!
    Paul Burge
    15/11/2016 #5 Paul Burge
    Wow - must have been amazing! Great story @Jim Murray :)
    Paul Walters
    14/11/2016 #4 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray You lucky devil you
    Jim Murray
    14/11/2016 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 My wife was in the music business, and we had the good fortune to live with Gord Lightfoot for three years. So between that and all the people I have met through advertising (like William Shatner) that list could end up being quite substantial. But they are just close enounters. @Kevin Pashuk
    Pascal Derrien
    14/11/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien
    that is a kind of a very kool enkounter :-) Mr Murray :-)
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/11/2016 #1 Kevin Pashuk
    Great story Jim. On my desk is a sheet of paper. It is blank with the exception of the heading which reads "Famous Canadian People Jim Murray Hasn't Met".

    Thanks for sharing.
  2. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    08/11/2016
    Liar Liar Pants On Fire
    Liar Liar Pants On FireIt had never been my intention, it was not by design even but more of a quid proquo almost that led my parents to think I was in relationship with that stunning young girl from Paris inner city. It’s true though that I had a massive crush on her and...
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    Pascal Derrien
    12/11/2016 #30 Pascal Derrien
    #29 thanks for dropping by @Lisa Gallagher, in fact there were herd of dogs who had not been fed to a point that in desperation some groups made a few attempts to hop or climb on the truck ☺
    Lisa Gallagher
    12/11/2016 #29 Lisa Gallagher
    It's a good think your mom believed you... or at least she wanted to believe you instead of worrying sick if you were out doing anything other than being a nice boy with your love! How scary that must have been. Your life is unfolding through your stories, love it. Can you explain the dog reference? Were you inferring "Nora" had dogs lol? Thanks for sharing @Pascal Derrien
    Pascal Derrien
    12/11/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien
    #27 thanks @debasish majumder , there were so many of them barking and not looking too friendly........ my nickname is Kat :-)
    debasish majumder
    12/11/2016 #27 debasish majumder
    disliking with the 'dogs' appears little obscure to me! otherwise the post is nice.thanks @Pascal Derrien for the share.
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #25 ah thanks @Ken Boddie :-) this puzzle thing is complicated and I dont have all the pieces yet :-)
    Ken Boddie
    09/11/2016 #25 Ken Boddie
    Another enticing piece slots into the Pascal Derrien jig-saw puzzle. We are just starting to see an image or two when the puzzle gets larger and the corners and straight edges are lost. And the title on the jig-saw puzzle box still remains a blur.
    jesse kaellis
    09/11/2016 #24 jesse kaellis
    #21
    From what I understand Ceaușescu outlawed birth control leading to all these orphans. He was hanged along with his wife. Yeah, the nurses had no food to feed these babies, so they gave them blood intravenously as a nutritional substitute leading to the spread of HIV. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8427299.stm
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #23 Pascal Derrien
    #18 Yes @Deb Helfrich I am unsure too they would have supported this I guess I figured out I did not need to ask for permission to live my life, now I am a father too and I am not sure how I am going to deal with this :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #19 thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman Daytona is a place I have never been to even though I could today and there woiyuld be no need to lie by omission :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    09/11/2016 #21 Pascal Derrien
    Thanks @jesse kaellis , the orphanage stories resufaced a few years after the revolution took place it was and it is still a beyond shocking state of affairs :-(
    jesse kaellis
    09/11/2016 #20 jesse kaellis
    That's a great story, Pascal. A guy I was writing for asked me to ghost write book for his wife about the AID's epidemic there, the orphaned babies. She is Romanian, It never happened. I was reluctant. Intimidated is a better word. I thought it was beyond my scope. Great writing Pascal.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    08/11/2016 #19 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Quite an interesting story @Pascal Derrien. Some of my adventures would not have been approved by my parents and I got away with most of them. In my teens, I told my parents I was staying overnight with some girlfriends, which was true but we were all in Daytona Beach and not in our respective homes. As you mentioned in one of your comments, some of our adventures could not happen today.

    So I'm looking forward to more stories from our "regular guy".
    Deb Helfrich
    08/11/2016 #18 Deb Helfrich
    I certainly understand that period of not being quite honest with one's parents as they wouldn't have been supportive of my ventures. It is how I got to Paris, if I would have mentioned my intentions there would have been drama. They found out when I informed them to be looking out for my visa.... as I had plans for the summer. It was disappointing to be back at college in the fall of 89....
    Pascal Derrien
    08/11/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #15 I indeed agree @Don Kerr probably make sense for the longer term :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    08/11/2016 #16 Pascal Derrien
    #13 indeed small world, I only measure now how risky or indeed borderline collectively foolish it was :-) There is a strong Romanian community in Ireland too and I always have a soft spot for them. I have been back to Bucharest in a professional capacity in 2007/2008 the city had changed a lot @Sara Jacobovici
    Don Kerr
    08/11/2016 #15 Don Kerr
    @Pascal Derrien Do the book buddy. I did one this summer for my boys that chronicled every day's activities with notes and photos. They're not even remotely interested at this point but in a few years I suspect they'll love it - or their kids will in decades to come when I am worm food!
    Sara Jacobovici
    08/11/2016 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    Another chapter in the story of @Pascal Derrien's life.
    Sara Jacobovici
    08/11/2016 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    How cliche can I get when I say, "What a small world!". Here I am on beBee reading your story when you could have been handing a parcel to either my Uncle, Aunt or cousin! Although I wasn't born in Romania, my first language is Romanian because both my parents were born there (Iasi). My mother learned French at school and because Romanian is a Latin language, when I was learning French going to school in Montreal, I was able to pick it up very easily. I learned about Romania and France's close ties from my mother. I was able to visit my family in Bucharest both during and post Ceausescu. We were glued to the TV and waiting hours on the telephone trying to make contact with the family in Bucharest. It was a very nerve racking 36 hours until we heard my cousin's voice on a very weak connection but letting us know they were safe, traumatized by being too close to the action, but safe. So I owe you a big thank you @Pascal Derrien for putting yourself at risk to help my family!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    08/11/2016 #12 Laura Mikolaitis
    #11 I think that would be a great gift for your kids and a compelling book to read as well.
    Pascal Derrien
    08/11/2016 #11 Pascal Derrien
    #8 thanks @Laura Mikolaitis for following the chronicles of a regular guy :-) I think I may end up compiling them and give them to my kids one day :-) unless beBee wants to sponsor me in the form of a book :-)
  3. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    27/10/2016
    There are machines and then there are ... machines.
    Phil Friedman
    Vending Machines Are People Too
    www.bebee.com AND THEY DO RESPOND TO HUMAN INTERACTION... Preface: This started out as a comment for Jesse Kaellis's "Vending Machines" , which triggered...
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    Phil Friedman
    27/10/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    Deus ex machina ....
  4. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    24/10/2016
    FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A MASTER OP-ED BLOGGER... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/on-trees-trolls-trust-and-truth Phil Friedman
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    Phil Friedman
    24/10/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A MASTER OP-ED BLOGGER... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/on-trees-trolls-trust-and-truth
  5. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    19/10/2016
    THE WORLDWIDE AUTHORS CONSPIRACY WELCOMES PASCAL DERRIEN TO ITS RANKS OF AUTHOR-MEMBERS. PASCAL'S LATEST WORK IS FEATURED HERE AND ON THE "WACKO" WEBSITE AT WWW.WWACO.ORG
    Phil Friedman
    Frozen Lives & Broken Souls
    www.bebee.com The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and by 1990 I had already made the decision that I would travel to what was called the satellite countries, I would...
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    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/10/2016 #2 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Congratulations, Pascal, and well deserved,
  6. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    18/10/2016
    OFTEN SEEN AS NEGATIVE, TRUE CYNICISM IS VERY OFTEN THE MULCH OF IDEALISM... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/cynicism-as-positivityPhil Friedman
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    Joel Anderson
    18/10/2016 #2 Joel Anderson
    In the spirit of the article "Touché" in a positive and effective non cynical kind of way.
    Phil Friedman
    18/10/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    OFTEN SEEN AS NEGATIVE, TRUE CYNICISM IS VERY OFTEN THE MULCH OF IDEALISM... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/cynicism-as-positivity
  7. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    09/09/2016
    YOUR'RE OFTEN KNOWN BY THE COMPANY YOU KEEP... AS AN AUTHOR OR A READER, JOIN THE WORLDWIDE AUTHORS CONSPIRACY AND FALL IN WITH THE RIGHT COMPANY... http://www.wwaco.org Phil Friedman
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    Phil Friedman
    22/10/2016 #7 Phil Friedman
    #6 Actually, Andrew, you are one of the most Wacko authors I know. Almost as Wacko as Mel Brooks would be, if he joined wwaco.org.
    Andrew Books
    09/09/2016 #6 Andrew Books
    Pardon me, but did you just call me wacko?

    OKay...just checking....:)
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    09/09/2016 #5 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    09/09/2016 #4 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Bloggers
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    09/09/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Networking, LinkedIn hives
    Phil Friedman
    09/09/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    #1 Thank you, @Dale Masters, for joining the Wacko Hive. Cheers!
    Dale Masters
    09/09/2016 #1 Dale Masters
    EXCELLENT! Thank you!
  8. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    04/09/2016
    The best thing about writing on bebee is that no matter what you want to write about, there is always a hive or two where you can find a 'fit'.
    Thanks to @Phil Friedman for bringing WACKO to beBee
    Jim Murray
    I Think About God
    www.bebee.com One of my favourite fictional characters is a guy named Virgil Flowers who is an agent for the Criminal Apprehension Bureau of Minnesota. He is...
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    Phil Friedman
    05/09/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    #2 Thank you, @John White, MBA, for your support as the chief beBee USA Ambassador. Also for your participation as a Wacko author-member from very early on. Your contributions both to publishing and to helping in the organic distribution of noteworthy content on the web are legendary -- without exaggeration. Cheers!
    John White, MBA
    05/09/2016 #2 John White, MBA
    I have to agree with Jim on this one! Phil: Thanks for bringing over WACKO, an organization which promotes the organic reach of independent writers, which is something I am clearly passionate about.
    Phil Friedman
    05/09/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    @Jim Murray, it's our pleasure to have you as an author=member of the Worldwide Authors Conspiracy. You are one of the most Wacko authors we know. :-)
  9. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    02/09/2016
    THIS FINE PIECE BY @Nicole Chardenet IS A MUST READ, FOR IT IS A BREATH OF CLEAR FRESH AIR IN AN AREA REPLETE WITH SMOG...
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@nicole-chardenet/how-s-your-privilege#c5
    Phil Friedman
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    Phil Friedman
    02/09/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    THIS FINE PIECE BY @Nicole Chardenet IS A CLEAR LOOK AND A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN AN AREA REPLETE WITH SMOG... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@nicole-chardenet/how-s-your-privilege#c5
  10. ProducerRay Looker

    Ray Looker

    03/08/2016
    Age 1-4, but not 4
    Age 1-4, but not 4I was born into a family of 4 boys and 1 girl.  I was the 5th son and the 7th child of my parents.  The first boychild was stillborn and another, a girl was the victim of a fire.  We lived in a two room, tar paper and stick built house which I think...
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    Mark Anthony
    16/08/2016 #4 Mark Anthony
    Lovely , absolutely lovely! Thank you sharing such a touching and, for me, profound experience!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    03/08/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Both beautiful and breath-taking, I was stunned at 100 stories within one spirit of eternal glory! What a conglomeration of memories who made you who you are...as all of our childhood memories do. Thank you for being so very personal, it's the joy of be-bee-Hood. God Bless You, my friend.
  11. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    20/07/2016
    Congrats Dean @Dean Owen...this is a cool bistro.
    Jim Murray
    Dispatches From The Far Side of My Mind
    www.bebee.com One of the most important things I have learned about writing is that any type of writing you attempt, whether it turns out to be crap or good,...
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    Phil Friedman
    25/07/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    There are few bloggers quite like @Jim Murray, who has the ability connect with people even when he is telling them things they don't want to hear. This piece on writing packs more wisdom for writers and would-be writers than any half dozen books I;ve seen on the topic.
  12. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    24/07/2016
    Some stories gestate for a long time before being born. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/the-day-i-almost-died Phil Friedman
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  13. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    22/07/2016
    WACKO AUTHOR Jeffrey Strickland MARKS HIS NEW PRESENCE ON beBee BY POSTING HIS LATEST TO THE Wacko Hive. READ IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT. And for more information about the Worldwide Authors Conspiracy, go to: https://www.bebee.com/group/worldwide-authors-conspiracy
    Phil Friedman
    With Malice Toward None
    www.linkedin.com Monuments, Museums, and Memorials As I have traveled around over the years, I have been to many monuments, museums, memorials, and battlefields. By far the best-kept battlefield I have seen is the...
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  14. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    20/07/2016
    The Worldwide Authors Conspiracy (Wacko) welcomes Sara Jacobovici as its newest author-member, and to the Worldwide Authors Conspiracy hive on beBee. This outstanding piece by Sara displays both depth of thought and a keen sense for the reality of intellectual growth.
    Phil Friedman
    "Me and My Shadow"*
    www.bebee.com The internet is swarming with quotes about “being a light”. I, too, have used this theme on occasions (...
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    Sara Jacobovici
    21/07/2016 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Thank you so much @Phil Friedman. This is both an honour and a pleasure.
  15. Jim Able

    Jim Able

    18/07/2016
    WHEN MAINLINE NEWS GIVES YOU THE BLUES, TURN TO THE CNNN NEWSROOM FOR ALL THE NEWS UNFIT TO PRINT http://tinyurl.com/AbleCNNNJim Able
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    Jim Able
    18/07/2016 #4 Jim Able
    #2 That may be true, @John White, MBA, but consider the latest news about Pence: https://www.bebee.com/content/671739/662525
    John White, MBA
    18/07/2016 #2 John White, MBA
    With Bernme Sanders firmly in her corner now, I don't think Hillarious Clinton can possibly lose. Although, Trumph's appointment of Mike Penchant as his running mate could prove to be a difference maker as well.
    Phil Friedman
    18/07/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    I wonder @Candice Galek 🐝 if you might like to supply BikiniLuxe fightwear for this bout.
  16. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    18/07/2016
    Phil Friedman
    Conversation Isn't Just Politely Waiting Your Turn to Speak
    www.bebee.com GENUINE ENGAGEMENT INVOLVES MORE THAN JUST GOOD SOCIAL MEDIA MANNERS… Preface: A version of this post first appeared on LinkedIn, where it garnered...
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