- Producer20/02/2017Bring freshness to beBee !The Internet and digital imaging have brought instant gratification to the way we share our experiences. Live streaming video - we call it Live Buzz on beBee - allows us to share exactly what is going on in our lives and maybe more significantly,...
- Producer17/02/2017beBee: A Place To GrowI’ve been looking for a home for a while now. I am a writer. I’ve been at LinkedIn since the last of October. Oh—I had a dormant account with them, but I never used it. In October I decided to put my writing to good use. I’m looking to parlay my...
Comments18/02/2017 #21 Chas ✌️ WyattWell put. @Joyce Bowen, I am glad you are here. For cyberspace, I feel that sense of 'community' more here, than any other platform currently in existence. I had never considered that it would be coming from Spain, a land that I had previously stereotyped from a North American perspective. I thank @Javier 🐝 beBee, and @Juan Imaz for expanding my world view and giving me a place to grow, as well.18/02/2017 #17 Joyce Bowen@Ken Boddie gentle prodding and poking of my professors did that. I remember being brought to task about stylistic transgressions and being brought home gently. PC is not always immediately helpful, but is not hurtful. Thank you John Nelson and Donnalee Rubin. Thanks to all for your comments @Paul Walters @Deb 🐝 Helfrich @Mohammed A. Jawad @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis and so on.18/02/2017 #16 Ken BoddieA succinct summary of the joys of beBee, Joyce. Our story telling becomes futile without a platform and an audience, and the fire in our bellies to keep going can only be rekindled by engagement. For me, writing is like throwing a boomerang. Follow a few basic rules and it'll come safely back to enable us to throw it out there again. But break the rules of polite engagement and the boomerang will either fall on stony ground or come back and hit us on the head. I see your throwing skills are well honed, Joyce.18/02/2017 #14 Deb 🐝 HelfrichPhenomenal, @Joyce Bowen!!! "BeBee represents diversity. Members join from all over the world. I can only imagine what’s to come. You see—beBee is a place for growth."
I am so glad to have you here and sharing your precious words with us.
We really are taking part in something special and it is in some way about separating humans from all the judging we participate in when dealing with people in our immediate vicinity. When a community is build on inclusion and celebrating humanity and the joys of being social, then growth factor is built right in, because we all spend our lives searching for the places we belong.17/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit"After giving up for over a year, these things have breathed new life into me. My mind is greedy for more."
This is a significant thing to say because the act of breathing in is exactly what the word INSPIRATION means.
We are normally seeking inspiration from others but that breathing in is what inspiration is. Inspiration is not a hope, it is an action and I do see that in you. My mother has a huge aneurysm in her head, the specialist we took her to recommended we operate immediately, but when we asked him what the prognosis is for recovery after the operation, it was hardly worth considering. Yet that was 12 years ago.
Engaging life this way also sends a message out to other people who have multiple sclerosis that the affliction does not define their lives, unless they want to be defined by it. That by itself is another form of inspiration - the breath those people with MS take in recognizing that while there is a new day, take one day at a time and make the most of that day - as well as one can and is able.
It also represents a great testimonial to beBee that you recognize (like I do) that this is a place for personal growth and in your case a place to develop a personal brand. These are individual life choices and not ideologies - what you write here is about a life in action. I applaud that attitude, that resolve and that awareness. We engage the things we control and remain free in and this is where the rubber meets the road.
The free in freedom is a blessing unless we buy into the curses that accompany life - the challenge is to keep our mind as focused on the blessings, as much as can be or as Doris Day sings que sera sera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azxoVRTwlNg17/02/2017 #9 Emilia M. LudovinoDear @Joyce Bowen thank you for joining the hive. Thank you for let us delight with the great quality honey you're producing. The quality of your writings (with heart, soul and sarcasm) are an inspiration for me. I can relate with your "I face my mortality every day now. But shouldn’t we all?". I need it to face my mortality at the age of 14 yo - I am 42 now - still alive and kicking and with no intention of giving up during the next 200 years. :). Keep buzzing around girl. Have a beautiful evening!
- Producer20/02/2017Baby DoeThis is a difficult piece for me. I remind myself every day that five children in the US will die today. Baby Doe already had her deathday. She is, for me, a poster-child for what happens when we deny the incredulous—parents and caretakers kill...
- Producer20/02/2017HAVING A BLOG AND WATCH IT GROWI remember very well the first day that my blog has been put online, I did not know what to expect, I did not know who would read the first stupid things that I wrote, I took the anxiety every time I checked the metrics of daily visits, as I was...
- Producer20/02/2017Just Thinking Out Loud: The Absent Friend In this world there will be many people we do not get a chance to meet. We won't be able to become friends or to share experiences because life ended before we met. Last year as I looked around at the many horrors that faced the world an ache came...
- Producer27/07/2016How to not fail at writing on beBee.Welcome to beBee. So you are new to this whole Social Media thing? Perhaps someone has convinced you that you should join beBee. So you do. The first thing you notice is there are a lot of people producing some great content… some...
Comments20/02/2017 #178 Susan RooksNice post! :-)
OK, got that out of the way. Relevent. True. The best part of finding social media posts is seeing how many people are sharing their smarts! I learn every time I'm here, @Kevin Pashuk View moreNice post! :-)
OK, got that out of the way. Relevent. True. The best part of finding social media posts is seeing how many people are sharing their smarts! I learn every time I'm here, @Kevin Pashuk -- or on any other site. I learn from the posts, I learn from the comments, and I love it! Close28/12/2016 #170 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is a perfect post to bring back around @Kevin Pashuk. I find cruising through the hives can also generate ideas to write about. There are a lot of interesting hives that reflect the different personalities of we bees. I tend to forget some of them. My intent for 2017 is to bring older posts and forgotten hives back around for another bow.30/09/2016 #167 Ben Pintohttps://www.bebee.com/producer/@ben/the-writer-s-block is the honey that I produced as a challenge to myself to write a piece on the spur of the moment with no thought process behind it - other than to develop my own writer's credo, which I have now modified slightly. I am also including a tag to this post of @Kevin Pashuk's in my original honey.
"A queue exists around the writer's block. Let the heart kickstart and the mind will race to the end." - Ben Pinto16/09/2016 #159 jesse kaellis#156 I had to use two posts. Excuse me for polluting your thread. I'll tell you this, it is still a revelation for me that I can even do this and that it comes so naturally to me. Having said that -- few people would want to take on my life. The rest of this is below.
Less is more. That's my angle, and it also works well for me because I don't want to @@@@ around. I'm lazy. I wonder it this will exceed the character count?
I start sending her stories. I send her some and, “Holy crap! You can write! I think you have at least one book in you.”
This woman became my confidant, and she helped me a lot, and she also became my girlfriend. I was working all night as a security guard. I worked alone on a construction site down the hill from where I lived. At night I would remember and brood. This stuff was coming back to me, especially Vegas. In the morning; I got off at 7 am, I got home and sat down at the keyboard and wrote. I wrote fast and used a lot of sentence fragments. I say what I’m writing out loud as I type. That’s the way I have to do it. Maybe it’s dyslexia, or I don’t know. I am dyslexic.
After a time, I had, I think I had 136,000 words or something, and my girlfriend found out about The Simon Fraser University’s First Book Contest, co-sponsored by Anvil Press, a medium sized Lower Mainland publisher that probably releases 14 new titles a year. The winner of this contest got a contract with Anvil Press.16/09/2016 #158 jesse kaellis#156
And that’s what happened. She helped me proof, and I made some instinctive, nonlinear order of very many short stories. It did seem to hang together okay. I was trying for an emotional continuity.
The contest cost 35 bucks and printing it cost more I think. We mailed it out, and that was that. I forgot about it. I knew that I would never hear from them again.
I was meanwhile sending out paper submissions by snail mail. I was taping the rejections on my wall, wallpaper.
Maybe three months later I’m on the phone with my girlfriend, and I’m checking my emails, I see one from Simon Fraser, The Writers Studio. It’s about the contest, “Uh-oh, another rejection.” I’m reading it and reading down the screen, and I see that I have been selected for the long list, and they will post the shortlist in another two weeks. I go silent on my end. I can’t talk, and Kelli can hear me weeping. “What’s wrong?!” I choke it out, “I’m on the long list.”
It was a real revelation, my first professional validation. Now I’m telling everyone I know, “I just hope I short list.
Two weeks later I’m on the Sunshine Coast where Kelli lives. I’m checking for updates, and I shortlisted. No, I didn’t win.
And from here on we are going into stories about submissions and near misses and e-publishing, and rejections, hope, and pain, and that’s another story.
- Producer20/02/2017Personal Branding Examples to Learn FromBe inspired, amazed and dumbfounded by these exceptional examples of personal branding. Create your own noteworthy personal brand by creating a complete showcase of your personal and professional profile at beBee. beBee allows you to create,...
Comments20/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis is the natural home of personal branding, either the larger than life brands of Obama, Bieber, Ronaldo, Perry or the elite of followership where an individuals income is dictated by the size of their followership.
This is current state practice for those that can benefit from personal branding, but it isn't future state because long-term viability includes reputation as a 21st Century vision. Personal branding is not a 21st Century vision, but it is a way of turning viable community into a marketing machine.
Right now in Donald Trump - another example of personal brand there is a right-wing backlash. His arrival is now stoking a left-wing backlash against his brand. In a few years this will transform into a left-wing backlash and where I am sitting in 2020 I want to be sitting in a different place because I am there already, I am just waiting for time to catch up, so I can read this one day and how this reads in the long-view of history is beyond personal brand.
We are living in a past that is profitable and this past as profitable is what Clayton Christensen called "The Innovators Dilemma". Disruptive innovation is not personal branding, and Christensen details all those brands that are now yesterday's news because their management teams focused on doing the right thing and by doing what is clearly the right thing that would not get them fired and keep investors happy, they did not see the disruption. Sometimes we go native in a nice listening bubble.
I will be buzzing about a strong personal brand that is one of our students in our college and so I am not against personal branding, but I know this conversation is not relevant five years from now because the backlash against marketers is one that organizations should not be on the wrong side of or in being fully devoted to this one thing, it will ironically brand this branding.
- Producer02/01/2017SEEDED IN SOLITUDE - by Devesh BhattJust being in solitude,I can be all me, Not treated like a beast-to-be, tamed by Society. As a society, We humans are like that, With persistent conditioning, Anyone can turn a rat. Whether a rat in a race, Or the one they call a snitch. Such a...
- 20/02/2017The Plot Thickens. Or does it?www.hekatepublishing.com Regarding the handling of plot and by extension, the appropriate use of outlines, the variation and adamancy among authors seem to be as varied as the recent hard-headed debates concerning the scope of the American government. When contention...
- Producer18/02/2017MOON, AN AMAZING MONIKER!Looking at a crescent Moon The beauty nature portray is an amazing boon Uniquely it appears to our vision Deflect us from our mission Moon, you are not our ultimate destination! The way it glows Gives us a strong blow...
Comments18/02/2017 #2 Ali AnaniI love your senses and powerful imagination dear @debasish majumder.
The way it glow
Gives us a strong blow
No need to disturb its flow
Moon, we all adore you for your soothing row!
The way it glows and no need to disturb its flow. I needn't disturb the flow of your picturistic flow my friend. Well-done and sharing.
- Producer"Mangy Stray Cat" from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigAugust 23rd 2015 Mangy Stray Cat Much to my mother's shagrin I was always bringing home stray animals. Why at one point I had five cats and two dogs! Most were injured in some way when I found them. I...
- Producer"The Great Race!" from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigJuly 18th 2015 " The Great Race!" by Scott Craig I remember one time when I was about nine or ten years old my mother took me to the local strip mall. To the shoe store we always went to when I needed a new pair of tennis...
- Producer" Fly " from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigFly June 2015 by Scott Craig Well, so this is my last day posting at the Senior Care Center folks. As you may recall I sit in the enclosed entry which has a small area...
- Producer" When The Wind Blows" from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigSept 12th 2015 When The Wind Blows By Scott Craig Well we had our first Fall cool front come through overnight. The temperature dropped over twenty degrees and it's extrenely windy. I woke up...
- Producer" Post" from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigSeptember 3rd 2016 Post By Scott Craig I've had a lot of posts in the three and a half years I've been a Security Officer. None of them have been excactly what I would call thrilling. The one I...
- Producer"Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" from The Best You Know How by Scott CraigMay 29th 2015 " Jobs,Jobs,Jobs" by Scott Craig My father, mother, older brother and sister did not graduate from High Shool. So when I barely did it was a really big deal. And when all the celebrating was over it was...
- Producer19/02/2017Come Out & PlayNearly April already in this year 1987, my Walkman is playing one of my favourite compilation tape, Twisted Sister screams that’’ We are not gonna take it’’, Motley Crue urges me to ‘Shout at the Devil’’ while Judas Priest's incantation is to be...
Comments20/02/2017 #7 Dean Owen#6 Oh the college bar at uni (in Kingston). I must have spent 20 hours a week in that bar playing snooker mostly passing time till the next class since there was nothing in the area. I couldn't wait to start working. Never hit the babyfoot tables until Japan and our local bar "Pips" in Roppongi.20/02/2017 #6 Ken BoddieI never mastered table football, Pascal, in my underage drinking days. Too engaged watching the door, ready to make a rush out the back, in case the cops paid one of their regular visits. Later on, my youth was 'wasted' banging balls together in the snooker hall at uni.
When we're young, we think that life will last forever and so much time is wasted waiting for so many things to happen. It's so true that "youth is wasted on the young!"19/02/2017 #1 Aaron SkogenTeen angst, I think not! Enjoyed this tour down memory lane as I recalled playing pool with my Spanish roommate and his friends from afar my freshman year in college.
Nice @Pascal Derrien View moreTeen angst, I think not! Enjoyed this tour down memory lane as I recalled playing pool with my Spanish roommate and his friends from afar my freshman year in college.
Nice @Pascal Derrien! Close
- 19/02/2017THE AUTHORS BOOKBLOGmalinichaudhri.wordpress.com Authors book blogs Authors, here is your chance to make news. Become celebrated, insightful, conversational, promotional and networking. Authors books can be blogged. Readers look beyond the book...
- Producer19/02/2017The GhostI met a ghost one of these past summer days. He crossed in front of my car as I made my way through Salem’s backstreets. Two other men walked with him, smiles twisting on their faces, making light of the summer heat. His eyes met mine and locked...
Comments20/02/2017 #19 Phil FriedmanPowerful piece, Joyce. I temember one evening in the early 90s, my wife and I were parking our car at Bayfront Park in Miami, headed for dinner and a concert at Bayside Marketplace. A homeless young man approached asking if he could clean the car windows for a couple of bucks. We couldn't wait so I told him I give him $10.00 if he would take his time and clean all the windows carefully. But I would have to pay him ahead of time and he would have to work on his own. His face lit up as we shook on it. I gave him the $10.00 and left. What the hell, my wife and I said to each other as we walked away. But when we returned a few hours later not only were the windows clean, but the mirrors, headlight lenses, and wheel rims as well. And now that smile haunts me, always reminding that honor and decency survives even among the most downtrodden, and we should never close our hearts to that truth. I am keeping your story to read again from time to time, also so I don't forget. Cheers!19/02/2017 #5 Todd JonesI try hard to make it a habit to talk to the indigent and offer them $5 or $10. I can't help but feel guilty about my life of abundance when I see human beings scrounging through garbage cans to survive. Sure, many of them are drug and alcohol addled or otherwise detached from reality by obvious mental challenges, but like all of us, they are doing the best they can with the hand they were dealt.
The following is a youtube link to an experiment about what a homeless guy does with $100. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUBTAdI7zuY
Of course not all homeless folks are this benevolent, but hey, you never know how far forward a random act of kindness will reach.
Call me crazy, but I also make it a point to pick up hitchhikers. I believe that people do not walk along a highway in the rain and snow for fun, nor because they are looking for an opportunity to perpetrate ill intent against another human.
Love your posts, btw.
- 19/02/2017Canada (and the world) have lost a great writer, story teller, performer, and human being with the passing of Stuart McLean, author of the Vinyl Cafe books, and the regular CBC program.
This is a tough loss for us personally, because he was a regular audio guest in our home and cars via his cd's and programs.Remembering Stuart McLean: musicians across Canada share their condolenceswww.cbcmusic.ca As news of The Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean's passing broke, musicians across Canada took to social media to post...
- 19/02/2017We are all here for the relationships. With others, within groups. We are dating everyone, the hope vs hope, the war of acceptance and the desire to be understood. Social media is just advertising with out the relationships. If your bored with social media, stop being so boring.
Herkle moment " did I say that "
Every one enjoys a good read. Not about your success's. What you over came, strive for and how you grew with in your self to get there.
Be vulnerable, be courageous and finish with your chambers empty not holstered playing it safe.
The only tragedy in life is regret and when we become mature and pass on our stories the only part nobody wants to say or hear is what if.
wish you well, tip's hat
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Comments19/02/2017 #2 Brian McKenzieUm, not my experience. They only want hear your story if it is drowned in happy cat memes and ends in rainbow sparklefest of jazz hands and flash-mob sing alongs. They will even tolerate a good train wreck - as long as you don't park it on their front lawn with a defiant "I told you so". Life is pain, anybody that says different is trying to sell you something (Princess Bride attribution) PS even if the cat memes appear - it doesnt guarantee more than a 6 second glance and a meh for the effort.19/02/2017 #1 Preston 🐝 Vander VenAgree and disagree. I don't want to hear about one success, I love to hear one's testimonies. They are inspiring. What every their goals are. If their battle was something physical, mental, or even a spiritual battle, I love to hear them. These stories bring bright Hope to those in need. I was once like that and I thank those who shared what they overcame with me. I gave me courage when I needed it. So, now I feel when I write, part of my writing is my testimony, to pass on the favor to someone else I have not yet met. My story may be just what they need, just as I did.
- Producer18/02/2017The Critical Importance Of Family In Today’s World of WeirdnessAs many of you know I have just lost a part of my immediate family. My brother-in law (sans the in-law), Bob Twidle.Yesterday my sister Sharon, Bob’s wife, came over and picked up my wife Heather who is going to stay with her for a couple of days,...
Comments20/02/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit"Because a family is the core energy unit of the universe." That is the greatest single line that any human being can speak and is privileged to know. I was in a hotel in Belgium that faced what was clearly the National Stadium of the Belgium football team and its name was the King Baudouin Stadium. It was just a curiousity that my hotel was opposite it.
It is when I took a walk and there was a tram line next to it, that I saw the station name "Heysel". I never connected the two but now I had realized that this was the Heysel Stadium were so many Italian football fans died. The stadium had been rebuilt and now they called it King Baudouin Stadium. From that moment, the stadium I saw from hotel window had a totally different meaning.
Soccer is a tribal thing, but death brings everything down to brass tacks. There was a European final that should have been a showpiece game but crowd disturbance between Liverpool and Juventus supporters led to a poorly designed stadium becoming a death-trap and many Juventus supporters were crushed to death on that day. It is not as if this tragedy was simply an Italian one, immediately the game of football was immaterial, it was the loved one's lost that were important.
Unfortunately tragedy struck Liverpool supporters years later in a FA Cup match in Hillsborough :
So began a long fight for justice for the Hillsborough tragedy families and a 27 year struggle for truth
They were vindicated but what can never be brought back are the individual family members. It showed to me, that for all we talk about tribal this and social that - each of those lost loved one's mattered and everything else was secondary.
Family matters.18/02/2017 #9 🐝 Fatima WilliamsIt’s your tribe and as long as they are together, you know you feel complete.
What a beautiful way to emphasise the importance of family and yes No matter what family comes first and just being with them makes us feel complete. They complete the reason for our existence.
My heart goes out to you @Jim Murray I cannot tell you I know you feel because I believe Noone can ! I know that you are the only comforter to yourself. But I would say that You make beBee a better place for many and you are loved by all.
Praying for your family and you during this difficult time. Much love to all !18/02/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergJim, again please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I lost my father several years ago, with whom I had an extremely close lifelong bond. He always took care of me and had my back growing up and even thereafter. Thus, when his health began failing, I moved him -- at his request and my urging -- from the many mediocre hospitals of South Florida to one of the world's best hospital near me. I got him into a special geriatric unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Perhaps I'll write about this at length in my own post at some point. But my point here is that, like so many, I know the hollow feeling of loss and feel for you during such a difficult time. Again, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers -- and that of so many other bees, I'm sure. God Bless You, Jim. You are a wise man, outstanding writer and communicator, and an overall good soul. In short, YOU make beBee a better place for all. Lastly, I would reiterate what you wrote above for everyone to ponder:
"In today’s ‘divide and conquer’ world there are so many forces working to divide us. Ideologically, by religion, by race, by ethnicity and by ‘have and have not’ standards.
And many people fall prey to these forces, all of which, at their root, are powered by hate and the need to make us dependent on a system and not each other."18/02/2017 #2 Gerald HechtIt's incomprehensibly weird when the death arrives and one sees the chain of family swinging...dangling; all links are vital and when we lose one; things are never gonna be what they were --the (for me) weirdest part in the immediate aftermath are the sounds of people's "well mannered utterances" of condolence...the fact is that it just sucks...and the chain of family is dangling ...and vulnerable.18/02/2017 #1 Joyce Bowen"This love is the room that’s always there for kids to sleep in. This love is the ride to wherever anybody really needs to go. This love is the bail money, you get by hook or by crook. This love is the feeling you get when your family is all in one place together, just being with each other." So beautifully put... Thanks for your thoughts.
- Producer18/02/2017Shifting Gears? Here Are 3 Simple Ways To Keep From Grinding To A HaltThis article is also shared on Huffington Post, Medium, and LinkedInSounds of metal rubbing against metal make my spine twitch such as when gears are stripping if manual shifting isn't timed correctly. These are the sounds of a transition (or...
- 18/02/2017This is 42 years of my life to publish this book.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I love the life I lived to write it.
The closest thing to my life story you will ever read.
Thank you beBee for encouraging me to get it done finally.The Devil's Children The Silver Bard: In the Beginning - Kindle edition by Max J Carter. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.a.co
Comments18/02/2017 #10 Max🐝 J. Carter#9 It's fiction and your judgement and slanderous remark are not appreciate and I will offer no further response and will not debate my character and integrity with you.
In no way has this piece of fiction gone against any principle I live my life by.
I can say that comfortably because this is a work of fiction.