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Jake Sharman has been at 3 events

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Isabelle Fortin24,835Hello again !!Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  ! thank you so much for all your photos and messages.This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics,I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortinPlease don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤ Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00262 
Artists In The Plus1,784,420+Artists In The Plus is proud to bring you a very special "Concerts In The Plus!' with Guitar Legend +Preston Reed.(Banner Photo By +Ralf Hebauf )+Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists.Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist.First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. Reed attacks the entire instrument in a never-ending search for the orchestra he knows is lurking inside. At full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands at once suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work.The most impressive thing about Reed's technique, though, is that it doesn't draw attention to itself. His compositions are far from abstract virtuosic displays; even without lyrics he creates vivid, engrossing scenes. Sometimes the effect is almost onomatopoetic. Reed generates visual stimuli with every tweak of his instrument, thus augmenting his wordless compositions with an aura of the poetic. Each tune is a story in itself with a potent, cinematic atmosphere and an almost tangible thread of communication between Preston Reed and the listener.Reed's entry into this guitar odyssey was inauspicious enough, his path thereafter largely self-discovered. A few chords learned from his guitar playing father, a brief, very brief, flirtation with the ukulele, clandestine practice sessions of his favourite Beatles and Stones songs on dad's guitar .... and then a too-strict classical guitar teacher led to premature retirement.At 16, however, Reed heard Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna. His interest was rekindled big time. Acoustic guitar heroes John Fahey and Leo Kottke were studied, their styles absorbed but not imitated, and at this point things really begin to get interesting because, at 17, Reed, by now precociously proficient, played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute.Just getting on a train from his native Armonk in New York State to Washington was a cool adventure. And it was just the first of many, not least of which was the one which resulted from his signing his first deal with a major record company, MCA, through the auspices of his friend, country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.Determined to make the most of this opportunity, Reed pushed himself to go beyond the standard fingerpicking styles he'd perfected. The result was the beginnings of Reeds startlingly innovative style, with its percus"Concerts In The Plus!" Preston Reed2013-05-26 21:00:0071 
Trever McGhee68,212Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system!This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know.Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know.I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way,The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it.My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you.I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true.Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later.Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish.They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event.It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters.Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true.Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart.Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life...*****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOUIn my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with.So today I Celebrate being 44 aUpdate to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00205 

Jake Sharman has been shared in 166 public circles

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Becky Collins15,950Dance Related Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-02 05:00:4347130935
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000
Lư Thăng15,488Chia sẻ vòng kết nối chất lượng cho mọi người <3 #sharedcircles  2014-04-23 16:24:5447717223
Adam Black6,745The Doc Whobies/Fandom CircleBy popular Demand, my Circle Sharing Continues...This was Originally a #DoctorWho Fans Circle  with added Added #Browncoats and #ScienceFiction #Fandom  ( started out from Peter Edenist, but I  weeded it & doubled it )If you are tagged,  you are in it.This was my First Great GooglePlus Circle, and its filled with Interesting People that will give an all-over shot of awesome to your stream.Weblink for Mobile Users:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108177944448520252638/posts/bmyr4RtwQVfRecent SciFi Posts:Red Dwarf Is back :https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MhaycJuj3aHNew Mind-Blowing Ambient Film score to Metropolis( free Download. Trust me, You want this  )https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MsMJkKkyYJ4Other Upcoming Coming Circle Shares include:Cognitive/PhilosophyOfMind ( started from Peter Wells and Iv added lot of new relevant people )The Geekerati:You can recommend People to this one.  Authors, Scientists, Actors... They are famous or talented...PoliticalReform( started out with the AntiSopa movement and turned Hard Left at Romney, and more  center after #Justice4Aaron Aaron Swartz death  and Snowden.  If you are progressive you may love it, if Libertarian its probably  a mix Love/hate  )If you want to be added to those circles,  before I share them, let me know#GeekCulture   #CircleShare #DrWho   #scififans   #DoctorWhoCircle  2014-04-14 13:16:4124619016
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Scott Dawson4,241It's the weekend! Here's my Circle of New People on Google+  to share with all of you. This Circle is made up of new people I've circled in the past few weeks on Google+.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own, or one you've shared in the last week by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out your favorite posts that I might have missed!There's no requirement to share, +1 or Comment but it's always appreciated if you do.Have a great Saturday everyone!#sharedcircles  2014-02-08 15:06:03462231428
Scott Dawson3,845Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone!  Here's a Circle of New People I've circled recently on Google+  to share with all of you.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out some of your favorite posts that I might have missed!Enjoy your Sunday!#sharedcircles  2014-02-02 14:35:09476281732
Corlis Gray97+Scott Dawson shared this circle of new people.Add them and many will follow you back. #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpublicircles  2014-01-25 20:29:53483141121
Artur M.36,029A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра. #forfriends  2014-01-23 12:29:58459502976
Kimberly Hurlbut29,256New to G+? Just need more entertainment in your stream? THIS is the circle for you!This shared circle includes:* Artists   * Geeks   * Comedians   * Writers   * Engagers   * Original Posters   * Awesome and Amazing Individuals   * Some Well Known and Some Little Known G+ers   * Add more positive adjectives here:                  .I'm posting this despite the recent debate and ban by some people on shared circles that is apparently going on, but I know that if I hadn't grabbed awesome shared circles at the beginning of my G+ experience I would not still be here! Please help the newbies or the G+ers that need new and GREAT content in their stream by adding this circle and sharing. If I have included you and you would like to be removed please let me know. Thank you and have a nice day. :o)2014-01-23 09:53:358714816
B.A. TruthWarrior1,260These are some verified unusual characters....in general.#circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharedcircleday #circleshared   #variety  2014-01-16 03:45:1647527826
Artur M.34,522A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-10 16:26:54459572479
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:57100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:14100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 04:58:2110013814
Peter Smith0#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-12-05 19:50:26488000
Robert Partridge21,157My "We Will Rock You" CircleI don't often share out my own circles - usually only about 2x a year.  I present to you my "We Will Rock You" circle ... these people make my Google+ experience really rock!  This is a very diverse crowd of really terrific folks.  My thanks to all of them for sharing great content and commenting/+1/sharing my stuff as well! #WeWillRockYou   #CircleShareSunday   2013-11-24 20:39:011801111282
Peter Smith0#share  #bestcircleshare #sharecirle#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestofcircles 2013-11-21 15:08:10489000
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:27501817
CK Wylde1,228A Circle Share Of Crazy People - Also Known As WritersI've not really shared circles before but every time +Brian Buckley does it I end up with fantastic new people in my feed.  So I thought I would share my writer's circle with you all. In it you will find  a bunch of G+ Writers and people who have to do with writers (publishers for instance).  WarningI tried this a little earlier and had a couple of people say they couldn't see the people in the circle. If you can't please let me know, I'm trying to figure out why that might be happening. Also, if you happen to know why that happens I am all ears.If you want to be included in this circle, also plese let me know.  #writers   #circleshare   #circles  2013-11-18 20:32:284401519
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216
Peter Smith0Great #sharedcircle , to be shared.2013-11-14 20:22:37492002
Richard Green39,214Engagers Showcase Circle, November 8 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I ran out of room, so I removed about 20 people who didn't have me circled back, and the domain error problem is (as usual) preventing me from including everyone.Many of my posts this week have been reshares. This is partly because I haven't had much time to write detailed posts, with the exception of the “apple” post below. I'm very selective about what I reshare, and careful about assigning credit, so if my reshares get more +1s than the original posts, that seems like a win-win to me.Everyone mentioned below is also included in the circle.Spongiforma squarepantsii (reshared from +Jeni Ong)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/Cpe8bKGfV3CAutumn Reflections (reshared from +Thomas Horton)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/4vGLCb9gxyhMacro photograph of a cactus (reshared from +BJ Bolender)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/cxWwpGkVVBBWords for apple in various European languageshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gPLVGT2ct3cReflections and Magic Balls by Marija-Luizahttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/8NMW2f2iSy6Fermat's Last Tweet (reshared from +Harold Hausman)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/MDJ2byYGrsLMy kids dressed for Halloweenhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/9W1sW5RxW2nConvergent pumpkin (reshared from +Malthus John)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/dVDHSozpqNvJWildfire art (reshared from +Mick Hogan)https://plus.google.com/101584889282872013-11-08 23:15:10491219131262
Silvio De Rossi3,801It's dance time! #saturdaynight  Circle! :DThis is my first #sharedcircle of #topengagers, a group of interesting people who share unique and original content.What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 t the post2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3) Include the circle among your circles4) Share the circle (include yourself)5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine.Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena  +Tancredi Matranga +Alessandro Folghera +Christine DeGraff +Viktor Mulin +Cesare Riccardo Have a good life!#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   2013-10-26 19:28:02457531239
Raffaele Romeo Arena5,311Welcome my dear #friends and #follower this is #thursdaycircle #topengagers  This circle is very important because it's composed of many important peolple, that often #interact with me and our community.You remember that #social  is   #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-interact will allow you to enter the great circle that soon will share-happy life and sun is sunshine.Special thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo +Edith Kukla +Dominique Keller +Viktor Mulin +Silvio De Rossi +Tancredi Matranga +Tazein Mirza Saad +Fashion Circles #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle 2013-10-24 09:20:30459623468
Raffaele Romeo Arena4,418#mondaysharedcircle in your #circle #seocircle #fashioncircle This #circle includes important followers to affirm a strong #community getting bigger. Join the community and shareTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful Monday and all week; and a better popularityMost important: Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104Special thaks to my friend and special follower:+Alessandro Folghera+Viktor Mulin+Fashion Circles+Scott Buehler+Sam Stormborn Ormandy+Владимир Самсонов+Ludovic Moreeuw+Dominique Keller+Tancredi Matranga+Silvio De Rossi+Edith Kukla2013-10-14 20:44:30460211238
Raffaele Romeo Arena3,803Astonishing #topengagers   Happy  #Tuesday my #friends , and you are welcome in my #tuesdaycircle A nice group of people who I found to share and comment my posts, and have as a goal to grow our #community.And so, after difficult day on #Monday we are to enjoy on Tuesday in #fashionstyle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)5 - Plus and share the new important #fashionprofile https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101905178080519621345/101905178080519621345/posts5 - smile to life, sun in sunshine.Thanks to all of you who are part of my circles and those who will be part of, in particular, I thank my #friends and #followers :+Alessandro Folghera+Alfredo Torres+Dirk Talamasca+Viktor Mulin+Cesare Riccardo+Mario Falcetti+Владимир Самсонов+Dominique KellerHave a wonderful weekend and increasing your #popularity and your #circles#topsharedcircle   2013-10-08 08:07:37463571860
Richi Jennings47,761Sunday Circle Share of Awesome... :: A big HELLO to all the new Plussers I met over the past week--and a few I reconnected with. (If you see this in email or as a notification, you're in the circle.)In the main, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so do add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this publicly. Spread the love! If you're using the G+ mobile app, this may not work correctly, because circle sharing doesn't seem to be implemented right :-(For last week's share: richij.com/g/ExCMCmBsQWw 2013-09-22 17:12:4311412215
Raffaele Romeo Arena2,188Welcome in my #weekendcircle .You remember that #social  is  #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy lifeSpecial thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo  #circles   #circleshare  #sharedcircle #circlesharing   #follower #socialnetworking   #social   #followme   #follow4followback  2013-09-13 17:59:23468472555
Richard Green26,219Engagers Showcase Circle, September 13 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares.This week, I have been mostly posting about: Ramsey theory in mathematics; oddly comprehensible sentences; the wave/particle nature of light; and the mathematics of electrical networks. I've also posted some original photography and reshared posts from +Marjolein Caniels, +AyJay Schibig and +Debashish Samaddar.As always, reshares of this circle are appreciated, and I look forward to seeing everyone's links. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-09-13 15:31:32467212117223
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925630
Raffaele Romeo Arena991#happycircleWelcome   in my #sharedcircles  in #wednesday and happy #sharedweek  Special thanks to +Yaiza Pozo Vara +Mario Falcetti +Alessandro Folghera You remember that #social  is #sharedlife  and #follow  is #friendship And so:-Include me in your circles-create a large network-share the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy life#Wednesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #g2013-08-21 13:32:27446632681
Kai Saffron15,310THE SAFFRONSTEIN'S MONSTER CIRCLEIt's....ALIVE!!!http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt37qhzLMh1qbhnrvo1_500.pngI started noticing a lot of the same faces in some of the publicly shared circles this week, some people being in only one or two, and some people being in as many as four.  I then had an idea for a diabolical experiment of a new shared circle.I took four popular circles and threw them together to be a G+normous circle of over 1,500 of the most interesting and engaging users according to four different circle sharers.  For added spice and seasoning, I also threw in my smaller and cuddlier   #SaffronStarterCircle , which is my personal Top 109 Most Relevant users according to G+.  I then scrolled through this beast and removed almost all of the business pages (do they really think people are interested in the posted content- if ANY- of a page devoted to a car rental business?  REALLY?), as well as most self-proclaimed social media gurus, snake oil hucksters, follower-phishers, plus-and-reshare whores, scammers, spammers, and any other examples of general annoying uselessness.  I can't vouch for everyone who survived the cut, but there was that minimum level  of quality control at least. Since G+ lists people in circles by order of relevancy, I then took my affront to God and Nature and proceeded to amputate people from the bottom of the list (least relevant) moving upwards until I had reduced this monstrous circle to 499 people.  As a cherry on top of this abominable sundae, this means if you add this circle, I have left just enough room for you to click "add yourself to this circle" when you re-share it from your own circles (not from this post).You're welcome.Happy exploring your new Saffronstein's Monster Circle stream! #SharedCircles   #GhostTown   #PublicSharedCircles   #ItsALIVE     2013-08-12 00:38:11499531749
B.A. TruthWarrior0A little on the unusual side #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-10 23:49:534811115
The Key Maker(Fan Page)0Sense of Humor #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-10 23:39:202000414
Kai Saffron14,989Saffron's Starter Circle (Top 110)According to G+, this circle is the top 109 people I most regularly interact with, plus yours truly.  I think it's a good-sized circle for newbies to add if you want to liven up your stream, but don't want to be overwhelmed (as can happen with adding circles maxed at 500 active people.).    Remember, you can always uncircle someone later if it turns out they're not your cup of tea.  Think of it as auditioning people.  Like the old saying goes, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".  If you wait for your Faceborg friends to start using their long-abandoned G+ profiles (assuming they even have one), I can tell you right now you may be waiting a very long time, if not forever.  You get what you put into G+.  This platform isn't a collection of walled cities of unchanging social cliques, a.k.a. FB.  It's a social network for the purpose of networking, in the true sense of the word.  So jump in.  Be a leader, not a lemming.  Most of these people don't bite (unless you ask them to nicely).  This concludes our G+ Public Service Announcement. #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown     #SaffronStarterCircle  2013-08-08 14:51:1311015511
Kai Saffron14,954Mathematician +Richard Green's shared circle of highly engaged Plussers!  Consider adding to liven up your stream-  Remember: "nothing ventured, nothing gained". #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown   2013-08-07 16:37:49446582266
Leo Walsh3,691Richard Green originally shared:Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-06 00:51:27447521360
Richard Green20,938Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-05 23:36:22446267123229
Robert Partridge15,628ALPHA TEAM CIRCLE SHAREI don't share out my own circles very often, but seeing as I've just done some fairly substantial maintenance on them recently I felt it was time to do so again.Presenting my Alpha Team circle ... yes I have circles Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc ...  This circle is where I spend majority of my time on Google+.  These are the people and pages I try to follow most closely.  You'll find a bit of variety among this crowd but overall this is a stellar group of people! #CircleShareSunday   #CircleShare  2013-08-04 05:22:31194723678
Vũ Đăng7322013-07-28 19:07:46485109
Richard Green19,934Engagers Showcase Circle, July 28 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface. I'm pleased to see that this week's circle contains quite a few scientists.Circle tip of the weekAre you experiencing the problem of not being able to add people to your circles, even though you haven't altered your circles within 24 hours, and you aren't near the 5000 limit? The following steps may help.1. Take one of your circles that contains close to 500 people, and share it as a private post to yourself.2. Remove the whole circle in your Google+ Circles pages.3. Wait at least 24 hours.4. See if you can now add people. If you can, you can gradually add back the circle you previously deleted, by using the privately shared post in step 1.If that worked for you, you can thank +Circloscope for the tip. And, as always, thanks for reading my posts!2013-07-28 05:43:40477301117242
Sharing Circle0Hello peoples, another circle..To be included in close, just:1 - do +1 t the post;2 - comment the post;3 - include the circle among your circles;4 - share the circle (include yourself).Thanks!-#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles 2013-07-24 21:45:40501141431
Traci Rich341Here is a great circle to advance your NETWORKING!!!All you have to do is:1) +12) Share3) Comment and..4) Add!!It's that easy! #circleshare   #SHAREthelove  2013-07-22 01:20:46501633572
Richard Green19,150Here's my latest Engagers Showcase circle. If you received a notification, that means that you are in the circle.“Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares.For reasons of space, I wasn't able to include people whose engagement was limited to +1s on circle shares, and I may have missed other people due to limitations of the G+ interface. I also had no room to include all the engagers on four of my recent non-circle share posts. Because of this, I will be sharing this circle again next week. If you reshare this version of the circle, you are guaranteed a spot in next week's circle. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-07-21 04:25:38464353147248
Lư Thăng1,723Vòng kết nối nè mấy bạn :D2013-07-19 08:53:50487371041
Kimberly Hurlbut19,731Favorite G+ersJust sharing my favorite people on G+ circle again! Please add the circle if you want awesome content in your stream and great engagement! Please reshare!2013-07-19 00:11:4910014010
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2014-09-01 14:05:22 (101 comments, 39 reshares, 190 +1s) 

The little guy loses
bullying in the workplace

As you know, I haven’t been around much. Life stress has been overwhelming, and I’ve been struggling with depression as a result. At one point, I will admit, I was so low that I began playing with the idea of indulging in a sleep from which I would never awake... but somebody needs to tell this story.

The reason behind the life stress was that my husband was being increasingly bullied at work; something that we now believe to be the root cause of his increasingly bad health over the past few years.

He couldn’t turn to his manager because it was his manager who was the primary culprit. So, he risked going to Human Resources. As expected, they patted him on the head and did nothing. In fact, there is evidence that they may have been working with the manager to covertly bully him a wee bit more in order to shuthim u... more »

Most reshares: 39

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2014-09-01 14:05:22 (101 comments, 39 reshares, 190 +1s) 

The little guy loses
bullying in the workplace

As you know, I haven’t been around much. Life stress has been overwhelming, and I’ve been struggling with depression as a result. At one point, I will admit, I was so low that I began playing with the idea of indulging in a sleep from which I would never awake... but somebody needs to tell this story.

The reason behind the life stress was that my husband was being increasingly bullied at work; something that we now believe to be the root cause of his increasingly bad health over the past few years.

He couldn’t turn to his manager because it was his manager who was the primary culprit. So, he risked going to Human Resources. As expected, they patted him on the head and did nothing. In fact, there is evidence that they may have been working with the manager to covertly bully him a wee bit more in order to shuthim u... more »

Most plusones: 190

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2014-09-01 14:05:22 (101 comments, 39 reshares, 190 +1s) 

The little guy loses
bullying in the workplace

As you know, I haven’t been around much. Life stress has been overwhelming, and I’ve been struggling with depression as a result. At one point, I will admit, I was so low that I began playing with the idea of indulging in a sleep from which I would never awake... but somebody needs to tell this story.

The reason behind the life stress was that my husband was being increasingly bullied at work; something that we now believe to be the root cause of his increasingly bad health over the past few years.

He couldn’t turn to his manager because it was his manager who was the primary culprit. So, he risked going to Human Resources. As expected, they patted him on the head and did nothing. In fact, there is evidence that they may have been working with the manager to covertly bully him a wee bit more in order to shuthim u... more »

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2014-09-20 19:33:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Firefly artistic study by the talented +Lance MacCarty.

I always wished that I could paint. My mother certainly could; she was an incredibly talented artist. But I didn't get her talent. So, I bask in the talent of others... like Lance, who happens to use his artistic talent to bring artistic depth to some of my favourite characters and scenes from my favourite programme.

#Firefly   #painting   #surroundedbyawesome  

Here's the process from my last Firefly study. Everyone have a great weekend :) More studies on Monday!

#Firefly   #serenity   #jaynecobb  ___Firefly artistic study by the talented +Lance MacCarty.

I always wished that I could paint. My mother certainly could; she was an incredibly talented artist. But I didn't get her talent. So, I bask in the talent of others... like Lance, who happens to use his artistic talent to bring artistic depth to some of my favourite characters and scenes from my favourite programme.

#Firefly   #painting   #surroundedbyawesome  

2014-09-19 12:20:12 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s) 

What is bullying?
and why is it still such a prevalent thing in the workplace?

According to the UK Equality Act 2010, harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.” The protected characteristics include: age, sex, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Bullying is defined the same as harassment, but doesn't involve any of the protected characteristics. Harassment is illegal. Bullying is not. This makes bullying a much harder thing to fight, especially in the workplace where it is often [falsely] felt to be in management’s self-interest to maintain a perpetual state ofdenial.... more »

What is bullying?
and why is it still such a prevalent thing in the workplace?

According to the UK Equality Act 2010, harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.” The protected characteristics include: age, sex, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Bullying is defined the same as harassment, but doesn't involve any of the protected characteristics. Harassment is illegal. Bullying is not. This makes bullying a much harder thing to fight, especially in the workplace where it is often [falsely] felt to be in management’s self-interest to maintain a perpetual state of denial.

While different tactics are used when it comes to ignoring bullying, one that we all are guilty of to some degree is judging what it is by our own stick rather than the victim’s: “That conversation or behaviour wouldn’t have bothered me.” “Yes, he was yelling and swearing at me, but I would have just got back in his face.” “She doesn’t mean it the way you take it.” “I wasn’t offended, so why should you be?” And, the biggie of the male-oriented workplace: “It’s a man’s environment here; you need to toughen up.”

The thing is, by its very definition, what constitutes bullying and harassment is founded in how it makes the victim feel. So while yes, there are certain behaviours and actions that are always associated with bullying, there are certain things that need to be considered whenever bullying is reported. This is especially true when you are in charge of dealing with bullying at work: 

Foremost on this list is consideration for how the behaviour made the victim feel; what affect it had on him or her. It doesn’t matter how you would have reacted. It doesn’t matter what a group of [often biased] managers or employees think. It is the victim’s classification of the behaviour as unwanted (belittling, undermining, intimidating, threatening, etc.) that matters. The rest is meaningless speculation, and to assert decisions based upon that speculation could be construed as an attempt to minimise the situation and protect the bully.

It is also important to consider history. Nothing happens in a void, so if this is the third or 10th time someone has been reported for bullying, then that person is a bully and you need to do something decisive about it. No one man or woman is worth that kind of disruption to a workforce.

Bullies cause stress, which lowers the immune system and results in higher instances of sickness. Bullies lower morale and that means more quality employees leaving and/or going on unnecessary [often work stress-related] sick leave. People avoid working with bullies, which has a negative business effect. Bullies drive service people and suppliers away, which also effects how well a business runs. Allowing a bully to remain long term in your establishment sends a message that you think bullying is acceptable behaviour, which results in the creation of a bully culture. That, in turn, and has a negative effect on a business’s ability to attract and keep quality employees. If none of that sways you, then consider this: Becoming known for harbouring a bully culture ruins a company’s reputation.

For me, it seems common sense and good business practice to promote a culture that discourages bullying and that, if it appears, to tackle it swiftly and firmly. However, these past three months have taught me that some companies don’t see it that way, especially when the bully is member of management.

I wish I had a solution. I wish that pointing out these things to someone in a position of power would make them realise how detrimental protecting a bully behind an impervious wall of denial is to their business over time. But you know the saying: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-18 21:23:06 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s) 

I may be silent, but I'm not dead. I'm certainly not beaten.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me





#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  

I may be silent, but I'm not dead. I'm certainly not beaten.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me





#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-18 18:02:57 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s) 

I've got a good head start on this;

a very good head start... 




h/t and mwah for the find, +Pat Smyth 

One of my favourite poems...
Warning

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

Jenny Joseph

p.s I know the colour in the picture is pink, but that's what wearing purple does for you! ;) 

#fb   #tum  ___I've got a good head start on this;

a very good head start... 




h/t and mwah for the find, +Pat Smyth 

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2014-09-12 13:35:59 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s) 

My Bipolar Life

I've never seen Homeland, so I cannot attest to whether Clare Danes' character's behaviour mimics my experience or not. Reading this article, I am a bit envious of the manic depressive who only has one day of serious mania. If only. While my hypomanic states can be a day or a few hours, my major manics last weeks, often months... endless days during which time I act irrationally, take serious risks with my life, alienate everybody, and lose everything I've worked for and accumulated since my last major manic.

These manic episodes are followed by a long-term depressive states in which I am filled with self-loathing because the things that I have done whilst manic. They too, can last for months.

While major manics only happen once every few years, the result is devastating. Depression happens far more often, and those episodes can be... more »

My Bipolar Life

I've never seen Homeland, so I cannot attest to whether Clare Danes' character's behaviour mimics my experience or not. Reading this article, I am a bit envious of the manic depressive who only has one day of serious mania. If only. While my hypomanic states can be a day or a few hours, my major manics last weeks, often months... endless days during which time I act irrationally, take serious risks with my life, alienate everybody, and lose everything I've worked for and accumulated since my last major manic.

These manic episodes are followed by a long-term depressive states in which I am filled with self-loathing because the things that I have done whilst manic. They too, can last for months.

While major manics only happen once every few years, the result is devastating. Depression happens far more often, and those episodes can be insidious and lengthy. Rapid cycling is the norm for me. Up, down, up, down, up, down, normal, up down, up, down, up, down, normal. Rinse, repeat, ad infinitum. 

Now that I am of a certain age (52 next month), the major manics seem to be gone (although hypomania still happens). My battles now are more with depression and GAD, and these things can be quite debilitating. 

Do  I miss my manics? I miss the energy. I miss the heightened self-esteem. I miss the quick wit. I don't miss the psychosis, the crazy behaviour, or the sense of being bullet proof and invincible (because that just makes you do stupid, stupid, things).

Anyway, we've been talking about bipolar disorder today, which led to Homeland, which led to this article (thanks +Pat Smyth), which led to this post. 

Comments welcome. 

#bipolar   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  ___

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2014-09-12 11:54:26 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Crash course in bipolar and depressive disorders

Some good information in this. 

Thanks, +James Stallard for the share! 

#bipolardisorder   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  

He used Hexidecimal from ReBoot! OMG.___Crash course in bipolar and depressive disorders

Some good information in this. 

Thanks, +James Stallard for the share! 

#bipolardisorder   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  

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2014-09-11 22:04:27 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s) 

I am so proud of my husband.

Tomorrow morning he enters the fray. He combats the company's leader; the man who has thus far protected bullies for reasons that I can't justify in-between my ears.

My husband's only weapon is truth. It may not be enough. 

Still it is enough. Enough to make a stand.

I have promised to write the truth no matter what. If LSW does the right thing, then I will write about it... with joy and pride.

 If they continue to try and cover up the bullying and corruption, then I will write about that, too.

If they choose to come at me, then bring it on.

I've never lied. I've said nothing that cannot be backed by documentation. You want to open that can of worms, then let's dance. 

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  

I am so proud of my husband.

Tomorrow morning he enters the fray. He combats the company's leader; the man who has thus far protected bullies for reasons that I can't justify in-between my ears.

My husband's only weapon is truth. It may not be enough. 

Still it is enough. Enough to make a stand.

I have promised to write the truth no matter what. If LSW does the right thing, then I will write about it... with joy and pride.

 If they continue to try and cover up the bullying and corruption, then I will write about that, too.

If they choose to come at me, then bring it on.

I've never lied. I've said nothing that cannot be backed by documentation. You want to open that can of worms, then let's dance. 

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-10 20:41:48 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s) 

Autumn Cleaning Time

I spent the day autumn cleaning. I've still got a way to go, but it was a good start. I got the front cleaned up, which is always the worst part of the chore because it isn't private.

Our house has no front garden, so our door opens up on the street almost literally. Grime and dirt, other people's rubbish, and the occasional blood splatter from a brawl out front [courtesy of the pub next door] make for a not-very-inviting doorstep. When you clean it, it's like being on display. Every passer-by has to get a good look. Our newest illegals were fascinated, and watched intently from their window. At one point, I wanted to offer popcorn and charge a fee...

So, scrub, scrub, scrub, sweep up the part of the communal pavement and street that is in front of our house, collect everyone else's rubbish and voilà! It'll be clean until... more »

Autumn Cleaning Time

I spent the day autumn cleaning. I've still got a way to go, but it was a good start. I got the front cleaned up, which is always the worst part of the chore because it isn't private.

Our house has no front garden, so our door opens up on the street almost literally. Grime and dirt, other people's rubbish, and the occasional blood splatter from a brawl out front [courtesy of the pub next door] make for a not-very-inviting doorstep. When you clean it, it's like being on display. Every passer-by has to get a good look. Our newest illegals were fascinated, and watched intently from their window. At one point, I wanted to offer popcorn and charge a fee...

So, scrub, scrub, scrub, sweep up the part of the communal pavement and street that is in front of our house, collect everyone else's rubbish and voilà! It'll be clean until tomorrow, when there will be new grime and new rubbish.

Still, it makes me happy to have it done. Although, I could have used a couple of raccoons and a squirrel... and maybe a deer or two.

Tomorrow more domestic type stuff. For now, I'm combating this urge to sing whilst dusting with vodka.___

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2014-09-10 11:42:22 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s) 

The Rise of the Independents
independent booksellers in the US on the rise

There is something about being in a small, quirky book store that is like being moved out of time and space. The world is held at bay and, for a short period of time, you feel as if nothing is impossible.

I appreciate Amazon for the quick find and purchase of a specific book, just as I appreciate e-readers for the convenience of having a library of books contained within a tablet-sized space. For me though, neither of these things will ever completely replace real books and real book stores. They can't because they haven't got the elements of imagination and wonder.

A good story can make me forget that I'm holding an e-reader, but I still miss that satisfying moment of closing the book, putting it down, and giving the cover the casual caress shared with a friend. And I have never gotten... more »

___The Rise of the Independents
independent booksellers in the US on the rise

There is something about being in a small, quirky book store that is like being moved out of time and space. The world is held at bay and, for a short period of time, you feel as if nothing is impossible.

I appreciate Amazon for the quick find and purchase of a specific book, just as I appreciate e-readers for the convenience of having a library of books contained within a tablet-sized space. For me though, neither of these things will ever completely replace real books and real book stores. They can't because they haven't got the elements of imagination and wonder.

A good story can make me forget that I'm holding an e-reader, but I still miss that satisfying moment of closing the book, putting it down, and giving the cover the casual caress shared with a friend. And I have never gotten 'lost' on Amazon; whereas, I can easily lose an afternoon in a good book store.

From the article:

Not only have numbers of stores increased, but sales at indies have grown about 8 percent a year over the past three years, which exceeds the growth of book sales in general.

[...] while indies cannot compete with Amazon’s inventory, Amazon evidently cannot supplant indies as shopping and social experiences.

The independent stores will never be more than a niche business of modest sales and very modest profitability. But the same is true for many small businesses, which makes them no less vital—but also means they’ll never be candidates for public markets. [...] The independents, meanwhile, offer something neither Amazon nor the chains can: attention to the quirky needs of their customer base. For the Upper West Side and thousands of other neighborhoods, those stores have turned out to be irreplaceable.

#books   #reading  

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2014-09-09 13:31:58 (29 comments, 12 reshares, 30 +1s) 

UK Immigration Gone Fruitloop

I am sharing this with the couple's blessing.

The background:

My friends David and Maria have been married since 1970. He is British born and she is Dutch. Their son is considered a British citizen. They met and lived in Canada for most of their married lives. When they married, she gave up Dutch citizenship and received a Canadian passport. It was thought at the time that she would assume the same citizenship as her husband held: British. 

So, when they moved to the UK and bought a home with the intent of moving here to take care of David's elderly mother, there seemed to be no question as to her right to remain. Things were going fine until April, when they returned from a trip to Malta, and she was detained at the border by UK Immigration. She was held and fingerprinted, and then released on a short-term, limited... more »

UK Immigration Gone Fruitloop

I am sharing this with the couple's blessing.

The background:

My friends David and Maria have been married since 1970. He is British born and she is Dutch. Their son is considered a British citizen. They met and lived in Canada for most of their married lives. When they married, she gave up Dutch citizenship and received a Canadian passport. It was thought at the time that she would assume the same citizenship as her husband held: British. 

So, when they moved to the UK and bought a home with the intent of moving here to take care of David's elderly mother, there seemed to be no question as to her right to remain. Things were going fine until April, when they returned from a trip to Malta, and she was detained at the border by UK Immigration. She was held and fingerprinted, and then released on a short-term, limited leave-to-remain with instructions that she must leave her passport with the authorities and be out of the country by the date given. Basically, she was deported until such time that she could obtain a spouse's visa.

Thousands of dollar and the stress of being separated for several months later, they've now told Maria that being married for 43 years to the same man isn't proof enough of their relationship to grant her the needed visa. This news came the same day as David was asked to run for Mayor in the UK town they live in.

This is a direct quote from UK Visas & Immigration re: her application for a spouse's visa:

You state that you have been married to your sponsor since 7/12/1970. However, you have not provided any evidence that your relationship is still subsisting. It is reasonable to expect that in a genuine subsisting, supportive and affectionate relationship, there would be evidence of regular contact, signs of companionship, emotional support, affection and abiding interest in each other’s welfare and wellbeing throughout the entire duration of your relationship.

I am therefore not satisfied from the evidence provided that your relationship with your sponsor is still subsisting. I therefore am not satisfied your relationship with your sponsor is genuine and subsisting or that you intend to live together permanently in the UK. I therefore refuse your application.

As of now, she is still in Canada with no way to join her husband in the UK. 

Immigration separates them and then uses the separation to deny a visa. This truly takes the biscuit.

#ukimmigration  ___

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2014-09-09 10:04:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s) 

You want whistleblowers to work within the system, then you need to insure that the system works

I am taking all sorts of flack for writing about my husband's ordeals with work regarding a bullying claim. I can understand why; I am not a fan of the name and shame culture, and I believe that we should always try to go through proper channels to get things sorted before going 'freelance'. The problem is, in this particular case, the proper channels don't work. They never have.

This is a company that has a long history of not acknowledging the bullying that goes on daily in that factory. Managers are so protected that, even in the face of five or six grievances, they feel no pressure to change. Management is so corrupt that they'd rather plot to get rid of men who dare speak out than make the much-needed changes. The bottom line: I gave the system a chance, and... more »

You want whistleblowers to work within the system, then you need to insure that the system works

I am taking all sorts of flack for writing about my husband's ordeals with work regarding a bullying claim. I can understand why; I am not a fan of the name and shame culture, and I believe that we should always try to go through proper channels to get things sorted before going 'freelance'. The problem is, in this particular case, the proper channels don't work. They never have.

This is a company that has a long history of not acknowledging the bullying that goes on daily in that factory. Managers are so protected that, even in the face of five or six grievances, they feel no pressure to change. Management is so corrupt that they'd rather plot to get rid of men who dare speak out than make the much-needed changes. The bottom line: I gave the system a chance, and management and HR did exactly what they always do: Nothing. At this point in time, my husband is expected to return to work under the exact same conditions and wait to be sacked. Am I really supposed to sit by in silence and watch that happen?

This article talks about much higher-end stuff, but I feel that it is quite applicable to the situation we are in now. I've blown a whistle here because his and other men's blowing one there has been ignored.

From the article:

It is generally better for all concerned if whistle-blowers operate within the system, and it is dangerous when people freelance. But there's one big exception to this rule: when the system has itself been corrupted. When you're operating within a system in which whistle-blowers' concerns are not addressed—where the likelihood that any complaint you make within the system will be addressed is near zero, while the likelihood that you will be targeted for reprisals is high—then no sane person who is motivated by a desire to have his or her concern addressed will work within that system. That means that if ... you want whistleblowers to work within the system, you need to ensure that that system actually works.




#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-08 21:03:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Sometimes, I miss Texas...

and being not pensioner age.

Sometimes, I miss Texas...

and being not pensioner age.___

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2014-09-08 20:10:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Are we all we are?

Cut to now, holy wow, when did everything become such a hell of a mess? Maybe now, maybe now, can somebody come and take this off my chest?

We are the people that you'll never get the best of; not forget the rest of. We've had our fill, we've had enough, we've had it up to here. Are we all we are?

Seven seconds, that is all the time you got to make your point.

Cut to the future, sing it loud, and take the power back. Are we all we are?

I'm not sure why an apology is considered a weakness, or why reasonable dialogue is so far fetched that we find ourselves raging against a machine that is dead set to kill us all. The little guy gets disposed of. The big guy has his soul eaten away in darkness.

Are we all we are?

Are we all we are?

Cut to now, holy wow, when did everything become such a hell of a mess? Maybe now, maybe now, can somebody come and take this off my chest?

We are the people that you'll never get the best of; not forget the rest of. We've had our fill, we've had enough, we've had it up to here. Are we all we are?

Seven seconds, that is all the time you got to make your point.

Cut to the future, sing it loud, and take the power back. Are we all we are?

I'm not sure why an apology is considered a weakness, or why reasonable dialogue is so far fetched that we find ourselves raging against a machine that is dead set to kill us all. The little guy gets disposed of. The big guy has his soul eaten away in darkness.

Are we all we are?___

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2014-09-08 15:35:51 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Standing up for Truth
speaking out for those who can't speak out for themselves

I've been writing a lot about what is going on with my husband, and I need to make it perfectly clear that everything that I have written is from my own perspective and with my own voice. I did not ask permission to tell this story. I did not seek advice on whether telling this story was the right thing to do. I saw a story that needed to be told, and I felt that I was the one that needed to tell it.

My intention has never been to denigrate but to inform and discuss. My story calls upon events experienced by one particular man, but it isn't just his story that I'm telling; it's the story of every man and woman who has faced bullying in the workplace and been denied validation when they've tried to have it addressed. 

The bullying culture depends upon silence,... more »

Standing up for Truth
speaking out for those who can't speak out for themselves

I've been writing a lot about what is going on with my husband, and I need to make it perfectly clear that everything that I have written is from my own perspective and with my own voice. I did not ask permission to tell this story. I did not seek advice on whether telling this story was the right thing to do. I saw a story that needed to be told, and I felt that I was the one that needed to tell it.

My intention has never been to denigrate but to inform and discuss. My story calls upon events experienced by one particular man, but it isn't just his story that I'm telling; it's the story of every man and woman who has faced bullying in the workplace and been denied validation when they've tried to have it addressed. 

The bullying culture depends upon silence, darkness, and fear to thrive. Exposing it to the light is the only chance we have to evoke a meaningful response. Me telling a generic story about a generic man in a generic company doesn't have much impact beyond bringing together a few, bullied people. It doesn't create a catalyst for change, and we desperately need change.

It has always been my sincerest wish to see this ordeal come to a positive and meaningful end; not just for my husband, but for all of the men who work there and for the company as a whole, including his manager. So, it would thrill my soul to be writing something amazingly positive about that very same company and/or the very same manager this time next week—with all of the appropriate hashtags. 

I'm not sure how I became the bad guy in all of this, but that's okay. Sometimes, you have to do what is right no matter what the personal cost.

#workplacebullying   #truth  ___

2014-09-08 14:33:56 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Setting Up to Fail
Companies combining mid- and low-level jobs to decrease pay and create "kitchen sink" jobs that often see an employee out of his depth and overwhelmed with work

I'm emotionally exhausted, but a conversation I had a few moments ago sparked a need to address a phenomenon that is happening in too many companies. This article addresses it.

The premise is two-fold:

1) A company fires or makes redundant an employee, or that employee leaves of their own accord, and instead of replacing them, they pile that work upon another employee—usually without any additional compensation. 

2) A company combines a mid- and low-level job and then hires a junior worker to do it for less pay.

The author refers to the first example as creating "kitchen sink" jobs, and I've been seeing more of those advertisedla... more »

Setting Up to Fail
Companies combining mid- and low-level jobs to decrease pay and create "kitchen sink" jobs that often see an employee out of his depth and overwhelmed with work

I'm emotionally exhausted, but a conversation I had a few moments ago sparked a need to address a phenomenon that is happening in too many companies. This article addresses it.

The premise is two-fold:

1) A company fires or makes redundant an employee, or that employee leaves of their own accord, and instead of replacing them, they pile that work upon another employee—usually without any additional compensation. 

2) A company combines a mid- and low-level job and then hires a junior worker to do it for less pay.

The author refers to the first example as creating "kitchen sink" jobs, and I've been seeing more of those advertised lately. I also know that they exist at my husband's work because he has one. I don't think that there is a manager in the place that he hasn't worked for, and his list of tasks performed range from designing bespoke production solutions to doing a leading hand's paperwork because the guy couldn't be arsed to do it himself. Interestingly, when he asked for an adaptable but fair job description in order to stop being taken advantage of, he was accused of not being flexible.

The second example is also becoming more prevalent in the job market. I've laughed at some of the employment ads I've read in recent months. Most recently, it was a job advert asking for someone with 3D design skills who was also skilled at taking meeting notes. Basically, they were advertising for a design engineer-slash-secretary. Of course, the pay was reduced accordingly. My husband's workplace is also engaging in this practice as well. Most recently, they've taken what is essentially a supervisory [leading hand] position, renamed it team leader, and reduced the pay.

It seems to me that, by embracing this type of business practice, we are going backwards. It also seems to me that, while creating kitchen sink jobs and dumbing down jobs by combining higher and lower skilled positions in order to offer less pay appears to save money at first glance, at the end of the day, it's wearing out and driving off good workers—and that is costly business. 

I'll leave you with a quote from the article: 

If we've got workers limping for the exits, where does that leave us in terms of training the next generation of managers? If we think that only time management and technology is the answer to overworked staff, then how can current managers create a team that's capable of competing in a global economy?

#workplaceculture   #workplacebullying  ___

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2014-09-07 11:25:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

More and more, I am embracing isolation as a choice, yet there is still a part of me that feels there is something wrong with me for doing so. The truth is, I have always enjoyed solitude. As long as I can remember, my mental escape/safe place has been a house in the country, filled with pets but no other people.

Maybe, I've bought more into the stigma than I realised. Maybe I need to trace this sense of obligation to 'get out there' to its root and be rid of it for good. Maybe it's time to stop beating myself up for wanting to unplug from the world.

Maria Popova's article certainly delivers some food for thought. Enough that I've bought the book, and it'll be here tomorrow.

Thanks, +Eve A. : )

If you know who you are and know that you are relating to others because you want to, rather than because you are trapped (unfree), in desperate need and greed, because you fear you will not exist without someone to affirm that fact, then you are free. Some solitude can in fact create better relationships, because they will be freer ones.___More and more, I am embracing isolation as a choice, yet there is still a part of me that feels there is something wrong with me for doing so. The truth is, I have always enjoyed solitude. As long as I can remember, my mental escape/safe place has been a house in the country, filled with pets but no other people.

Maybe, I've bought more into the stigma than I realised. Maybe I need to trace this sense of obligation to 'get out there' to its root and be rid of it for good. Maybe it's time to stop beating myself up for wanting to unplug from the world.

Maria Popova's article certainly delivers some food for thought. Enough that I've bought the book, and it'll be here tomorrow.

Thanks, +Eve A. : )

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2014-09-07 10:34:15 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s) 

Workplace bullying is commonly sustained by denial, ignorance and indifference, often in a climate of fear, with a common result being the premature departure of the target and reward for the perpetrator. ~ Tim Field

From bullyonline.org:

What is Workplace Bullying?

The purpose of bullying is to hide inadequacy. It has nothing to do with managing: Management is managing; bullying is not managing. Anyone who chooses to bully implicitly admits their inadequacy.

Some people project their inadequacy onto others:

– to avoid facing up to and doing something about it;

– to avoid accepting responsibility for their behaviour and the effect it has; and

– to dilute their fear of being seen as weak, inadequate and possibly incompetent; and

– to divert attention away from the same: In badly run workplaces, bullying isthe way... more »

Workplace bullying is commonly sustained by denial, ignorance and indifference, often in a climate of fear, with a common result being the premature departure of the target and reward for the perpetrator. ~ Tim Field

From bullyonline.org:

What is Workplace Bullying?

The purpose of bullying is to hide inadequacy. It has nothing to do with managing: Management is managing; bullying is not managing. Anyone who chooses to bully implicitly admits their inadequacy.

Some people project their inadequacy onto others:

– to avoid facing up to and doing something about it;

– to avoid accepting responsibility for their behaviour and the effect it has; and

– to dilute their fear of being seen as weak, inadequate and possibly incompetent; and

– to divert attention away from the same: In badly run workplaces, bullying is the way that inadequate, incompetent and aggressive employees keep their jobs and obtain promotion.

Bullying destroys teams, causing disenchantment, demoralisation, demotivation, disaffection, and alienation. Bullies run dysfunctional and inefficient organisations; staff turnover and sickness absence are high whilst morale, productivity and profitability are low. Any perceived efficiency gains from bullying are a short term illusion: Long term prospects are always at serious risk.

You can read more here:  http://bullyonline.org/workbully/amibeing.htm

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-06 10:04:42 (23 comments, 18 reshares, 62 +1s) 

Stress: An Insidious Side-Effect of Workplace Bullying

Anyone who has had me in circles for very long knows that my husband has health problems. My long-time friends here have been by my virtual side as we've rushed to A&E, or I've shared my worries as he slumbered in an exhausted sleep that lasted 15–20 hours. You've walked home with me from the hospital at 3 AM, and been with me through test after test, offering support and advice. In fact, I don’t know how I’d make it through without you.

For the longest time, we thought that his decreasing health was caused by physical conditions that were treatable. We just needed to find the right treatment. So, for the past few years, it’s been an exploration of medications and [mostly] non-intrusive procedures. Thank goodness for the pre-pay prescription card because, otherwise, we’d have gone broke: Take thesepills twi... more »

Stress: An Insidious Side-Effect of Workplace Bullying

Anyone who has had me in circles for very long knows that my husband has health problems. My long-time friends here have been by my virtual side as we've rushed to A&E, or I've shared my worries as he slumbered in an exhausted sleep that lasted 15–20 hours. You've walked home with me from the hospital at 3 AM, and been with me through test after test, offering support and advice. In fact, I don’t know how I’d make it through without you.

For the longest time, we thought that his decreasing health was caused by physical conditions that were treatable. We just needed to find the right treatment. So, for the past few years, it’s been an exploration of medications and [mostly] non-intrusive procedures. Thank goodness for the pre-pay prescription card because, otherwise, we’d have gone broke: Take these pills twice a day. Take these other pills three times a day. Take this sachet twice a day. Apply this cream four times a day. Apply this gel twice a day. If you’re really bad, apply this lotion in conjunction with this liquid. That’s not working? Here, try this lotion/cream/pill instead. Here’s a pill to take if you plan to leave your house for very long. Always carry these other pills with you just in case.

The man is 44. He had the medication schedule of an 84-year-old. 

The thing is, all of this medication hasn't helped. He’s taken the pills and applied the creams and he just keeps getting worse.

Over time, our quality of life has deteriorated. We've stopped taking walks together. We've stopped riding bikes together. We've stopped going out to eat or socialising with friends. Hell, a trip to the grocery store is a gamble. I can’t tell you how many times I've abandoned a shopping trolley or, when it’s really bad, been abandoned myself so that he could rush home to be ill. Our last holiday together was in 2009. When my dad died in 2010 and when I went home in 2011 for a visit, he had to stay behind because he couldn't risk the long plane ride—and that was in the early stages. It’s much, much worse now.  Honestly, it’s been a nightmare. 

At the first of this year, the doctors, stumped for a new course of action, decided that surgery might be required. That meant a series of intrusive and uncomfortable tests. These past few months he’s suffered through those tests, the last one being performed last month. Each time, the results have been the same: His organs are healthy. They can’t find anything physically wrong. The conclusion? His GP and specialists are now pretty much convinced that my husband’s debilitating condition is the result of workplace stress caused by workplace bullying.

We've lost years of our life to this because my husband has been too bloody loyal to a man and a company that couldn't care less about him to accept the truth. Bullying is always insidious, but even more so when the bully is someone you love or feel loyalty to. 

I've watched my man go from a fit, healthy lad to a man crippled with serious, life-affecting conditions. I've watched him go from someone eager to get to work to someone whose face fills with a dread on Sunday and that doesn't leave until Friday afternoon. I've watched him come home with a spring in his step because his manager threw him a bone of kindness that day, only to come home the next day with his self-esteem in tatters. What I saw on the 25 June after that tirade was a man completely defeated. I will never forget the look on his face, and I'm not sure that I will ever be able to forgive the man who put it there.

You know, Liebherr Sunderland Works puts health and safety mandates in place that they actually enforce.  You get caught not using a harness, without safety glasses, or not wearing your boiler suit on the shop floor and someone is going to call you out on it. If a manager catches you, there might just be hell to pay. So why don’t they treat bullying with the same level of seriousness? It’s a health issue. It puts men at risk. Yet, when it comes to LSW’s bully culture, management not only looks the other way, they actually encourage and perpetuate it. 

Since LSW has made it clear that they are not going to acknowledge or take responsibility for the bullying that persists at that factory, I have taken it upon myself to speak out for the men who work there. This isn't just about my husband any more, but about every shop floor worker and every apprentice who suffers in silence at the hands of bullying leading hands and managers. For those leading hands who don't bully, my hat is off to you; I know how difficult it must be to maintain integrity in a company that insists that you leave that part of your work ethic at the door.

My voice is small, but it is strong, and until change happens, I'm not shutting up.

If you've read this far, I want to thank you for your time and support with this. I really do appreciate you.

#liebherr   #workplacebullying   #bullying   #workplacestress  

The original post can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JakeSharman/posts/TQtsRpKei4J___

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2014-09-06 01:26:46 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s) 

This will be amazing.

Good Omens is one of those books that you can't put down, want to quote every other line for practical life purposes, never give away, and read over and over again.

Good Omens Coming to Radio in December

Both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are working on the adaptation. I wonder if it will be broadcast anywhere in America. ___This will be amazing.

Good Omens is one of those books that you can't put down, want to quote every other line for practical life purposes, never give away, and read over and over again.

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2014-09-06 00:19:43 (26 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s) 

Absolutely.

#liebherr   #bullying   #workplacebullying  

True...!!___Absolutely.

#liebherr   #bullying   #workplacebullying  

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2014-09-06 00:13:09 (28 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s) 

A warning to everyone whose posts I comment on from here on out. 

I'm in a mood.

#sarcasm   #scarybipolarbitch   #lovingit  

A warning to everyone whose posts I comment on from here on out. 

I'm in a mood.

#sarcasm   #scarybipolarbitch   #lovingit  ___

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2014-09-05 16:30:50 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 66 +1s) 

This reminds me. We need more food in the kitchen... 

___This reminds me. We need more food in the kitchen... 

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2014-09-05 15:51:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s) 

Pretty much this.

h/t +Korinne M Jackman 

#tgif  ___Pretty much this.

h/t +Korinne M Jackman 

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2014-09-05 14:16:35 (31 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s) 

You must be mentally ill
Why thank you sir; I do like to think of myself as intelligent and creative.

Our battle with workplace bullying has provided the perfect segue for a discussion about the stigma of mental illness and why using phrases like "I think you have a mental problem" as a slur is never a good idea, especially when speaking to a work colleague or, gods forbid, one of your employees.

As most of you know, I am mentally ill. I've never hidden that fact because to do so would feed the stigma and imply shame—and I refuse to feel shame for what is an illness, not a personality flaw.

I was suspected to have bipolar I disorder as early as the age of 12, and I was officially diagnosed with it at the age of 19. This diagnosis has been confirmed throughout my life by various psychiatrists and mental health professionals. I also haveG... more »

You must be mentally ill
Why thank you sir; I do like to think of myself as intelligent and creative.

Our battle with workplace bullying has provided the perfect segue for a discussion about the stigma of mental illness and why using phrases like "I think you have a mental problem" as a slur is never a good idea, especially when speaking to a work colleague or, gods forbid, one of your employees.

As most of you know, I am mentally ill. I've never hidden that fact because to do so would feed the stigma and imply shame—and I refuse to feel shame for what is an illness, not a personality flaw.

I was suspected to have bipolar I disorder as early as the age of 12, and I was officially diagnosed with it at the age of 19. This diagnosis has been confirmed throughout my life by various psychiatrists and mental health professionals. I also have GAD—generalised anxiety disorder—which is a milder form of PTSD and results from childhood and adulthood traumas that I have experienced. This doesn't make me a drooling idiot or reduce me to some outcast that serves no purpose but to cause people to walk on the other side of the street. This doesn't make me unemployable or unable to contribute meaningfully to society. It doesn't reduce my level of intelligence, hamper my creativity, or make me undesirable as a friend, mate, or employee. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Clinical studies have shown that bipolar disorder is associated with the positive psychological traits of: spirituality, empathy, creativity, realism, and resilience. There is also significant evidence showing that mentally ill people are often higher on the intelligence scale. In fact, some of the world’s greatest minds—scientific and creative—suffer(ed) from mental illness. I mean, look at Robin Williams; there’s a great example of brilliance and mental illness going hand-in-hand right there.

Unfortunately, despite the significant amount of evidence that links mental illness with creativity, intelligence, and other positive traits, far too many people in society still see it as a stigma. This is why some people think that, by calling someone mentally ill, they’re insulting and belittling them.

The UK Disability Discrimination Act seeks to protect people with mental illness from receiving unfair treatment, and it can also apply in cases where someone is accused of being mentally ill when they are not. But that’s not the reason why we shouldn't use “mental problems” as a slur or in an effort to demoralise, shame or belittle. We shouldn't do it because we are better that that. We know that being mentally ill is not something to be ashamed of. 

I cannot say that I am proud of being mentally ill, but I can say that I am proud of being a woman who is empathetic, creative, and—so I’ve been told—extremely resilient. I don’t know that I would be any less of a technical writer if I weren't bipolar, but I suspect that my poetry and creative writing comes from the same place as my depression and manic episodes do. I don’t know that, if I weren't mentally ill, I’d be as passionate about protecting the people I care about and as willing to provide an empathetic ear to those that need one, but I suspect that I carry a lot more humility and a lot less judgement than I would otherwise. I know that, if I hadn't been bipolar, some of the events that significantly altered the course of my life would have never happened, but I also know that I might have missed out on some major life lessons.

I know that when my husband’s manager accused him of having a mental problem, he meant it as an insult. But, you know what? I'm not bothered. My response to that is this: Why thank you sir. I think he’s pretty amazing, too.

#mentalhealth   #mentalillness   #bullying   #workplacebullying   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-05 09:56:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Musical Impressions
Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine (Maroon 5)

Adam is amazing! 

Fun stuff for a Friday morning, (afternoon), (evening)...

h/t +Eric Finkenbiner 

Here's some songs for you to listen to before bed.

Good night!___Musical Impressions
Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine (Maroon 5)

Adam is amazing! 

Fun stuff for a Friday morning, (afternoon), (evening)...

h/t +Eric Finkenbiner 

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2014-09-04 16:59:08 (15 comments, 6 reshares, 62 +1s) 

How appropriate to our lives right now...


h/t +Cien Mason 

___How appropriate to our lives right now...


h/t +Cien Mason 

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2014-09-04 10:10:07 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

The Four Workplace Bully Types

It's amazing how much this video could be describing my husband's daily experiences at work. Between his two managers and the over-egoed draughtsman determined to make his life as miserable as possible, all four types are covered.

I probably shouldn't add that I'm cracking up whilst picturing these people with their appropriate bully nicknames applied. Big, tough German guy, forever now known to me as "Screaming Mimi".

#bullying   #workplacebullying  

The Four Workplace Bully Types

It's amazing how much this video could be describing my husband's daily experiences at work. Between his two managers and the over-egoed draughtsman determined to make his life as miserable as possible, all four types are covered.

I probably shouldn't add that I'm cracking up whilst picturing these people with their appropriate bully nicknames applied. Big, tough German guy, forever now known to me as "Screaming Mimi".

#bullying   #workplacebullying  ___

2014-09-04 09:44:35 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

I wrote this blog piece in 2009 at a time when I was doing a lot of online content writing. Reading it this morning, I realised that it still feels very relevant. So, I am sharing it with you. Once you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Writing and the Internet

Where are we headed?

I admit it; up until a few years ago, I was spoiled—as a writer, as a woman, as a human being. Then it all went away, and I fell with a huge, “hrmphh.”  After the grand fall, and the ensuing two-year nap on the pavement, I decided to pick myself and attend the task of getting my life back on track. So far, things haven’t gone to plan. Someone has changed the world while I wasn't looking—or perhaps I was so blinded by blessing that until now, I couldn't see.

Anyway, I got up, and decided to get back to living—and for me, that means writing. Atfirst, there... more »

I wrote this blog piece in 2009 at a time when I was doing a lot of online content writing. Reading it this morning, I realised that it still feels very relevant. So, I am sharing it with you. Once you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Writing and the Internet

Where are we headed?

I admit it; up until a few years ago, I was spoiled—as a writer, as a woman, as a human being. Then it all went away, and I fell with a huge, “hrmphh.”  After the grand fall, and the ensuing two-year nap on the pavement, I decided to pick myself and attend the task of getting my life back on track. So far, things haven’t gone to plan. Someone has changed the world while I wasn't looking—or perhaps I was so blinded by blessing that until now, I couldn't see.

Anyway, I got up, and decided to get back to living—and for me, that means writing. At first, there was no work. It was understandable; a two-year nap followed by a 6,000 mile geographical cure can easily result in making work difficult to find. So, I got one of those job thingies where they expect you to get dressed and leave the house. It was nice—I was like a boss over a bunch of people even—but it didn't last. Then I got another job thingy. And it was okay too. But, I am a writer. It’s not just what I do, it is who I am.

Eventually, things took a turn for better. I found a misplaced friend; a colleague of mine had started her own design business. So I asked her if she knew anyone and voilà, in an imitation of the 1970s Fabergé commercials, (she told two friends and they told two friends), I found work. Not the kind of writing I was used to, but it was writing. I was chuffed; at least at first.

From the beginning, it’s been a culture shock.

I am used to writing for big corporations. I am also used to being appreciated. Like I said, I was spoiled. But this new stuff is for the internet—loads of effort, no recognition type stuff. The focus is on quick turn-around, SEO saturation, and word count. I write for people who believe that for $3-5 per article, I should be providing well-researched, quality articles. They believe that $170 is perfectly reasonable pay for a 10,000-word e-book complete with research, quotes, case studies, and in-depth content. And, when I take these assignments, I let them believe it—no, I reinforce their belief by agreeing to deliver it. But I need to eat, so I say nothing; at least, not to their faces. But I'm saying something here and now.

It’s a travesty.

When did the ability to communicate not only effectively, but with pizazz become such a taken-for-granted thing? Why is it that my ability to paint a picture, convey a meaning, evoke an emotion, or compel you into action with my words now demands less than if I were scrubbing your toilets and emptying your rubbish bins?

I am slowly coming to terms with the way things are now and, as I am slowly reconnecting with old corporate friends, I am beginning to get writing projects that will allow me a life beyond just survival. But even if things are getting better for me personally, I must still protest the prostitution of my craft. 

I wonder…

Is the internet, with its instant gratification offerings, ruining us? Have we forgotten how to appreciate real talent and real effort? Where is all of this impatience getting us? Even in real-life, people don’t even take the time to be courteous any more. What is happening to us? For all of the doors the World Wide Web opens, what is the price in humanity do we pay for waking through?

#writing   #internet   #lifequestions  ___

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2014-09-03 21:33:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Whisky, whisky, whisky, water, water, water.... sleep

Wake up, shake it off and repeat.
It's just a phase, it's not forever
It's just a phase
But I still might have a ways to go

Validation is hard to find in a world that rages at distant events but glazes over when someone in need passes shoulder width by them on the street or dare be a desk away at work.

Whisky, whisky, whisky, water, water, water.... sleep

Wake up, shake it off and repeat.
It's just a phase, it's not forever
It's just a phase
But I still might have a ways to go

Validation is hard to find in a world that rages at distant events but glazes over when someone in need passes shoulder width by them on the street or dare be a desk away at work.___

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2014-09-03 20:35:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

In the End

One of my favourite songs covered in several styles.

It's awesome.

h/t and internet mother-in-law smooches to +Andy Bohm

Linkin Park's  "In The End," covered in the style of 20 artists, including Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin , The Doors, Korn, The Beatles, &, Alice in Chains . check it out ___In the End

One of my favourite songs covered in several styles.

It's awesome.

h/t and internet mother-in-law smooches to +Andy Bohm

2014-09-03 17:52:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

But They Shoot Horses

I shared this a few years ago, but I think it's appropriate to share it again, given all that is going on in my life. It's a poem that I wrote when my husband was going through conflict at work and facing the sack from his then leading hand who was done with him now that he was 'broken'.

While it was a different department, a different gaffer, and even a different issue, I think that the poem illustrates that once a bullying culture takes root, it only grows and spreads if not confronted. Especially considering that, once again, they're trying to shoot the horse for rearing at abuse.

But They Shoot Horses Don’t They?

His eyes were bleary
His chest it felt tight
He was bone weary
Just didn’t feel right
But work was demanding
His attention not to stray
Although he was knackeredH... more »

But They Shoot Horses

I shared this a few years ago, but I think it's appropriate to share it again, given all that is going on in my life. It's a poem that I wrote when my husband was going through conflict at work and facing the sack from his then leading hand who was done with him now that he was 'broken'.

While it was a different department, a different gaffer, and even a different issue, I think that the poem illustrates that once a bullying culture takes root, it only grows and spreads if not confronted. Especially considering that, once again, they're trying to shoot the horse for rearing at abuse.

But They Shoot Horses Don’t They?

His eyes were bleary
His chest it felt tight
He was bone weary
Just didn’t feel right
But work was demanding
His attention not to stray
Although he was knackered
He worked anyway

For 72 hours each week in and out
He worked on the night shift building cranes to ship out
He built them with pride, his loyalty did show
Through the quality of work and his years on the go
But they shoot horses, don’t they

High up on a crane
It did happen one night
His knee gave a twist
His heart got a fright
He worked through the pain
To the end he did stay
Only after twas done
To his knee his eyes strayed

The knee it was swollen, a great pain in its core
The skin was all puffy, to walk was a chore
The doc said, “It’s nowt--tis but a strain
Get back to work; soon you’ll be right as rain”
But then they shoot horses, don’t they

Years they did pass
But the pain did not leave
So he favoured the leg
With a mind not to grieve
But as will happen
If you must climb like a kid
The other knee went
Much like the first did


Back to the doctor—a new one who found 
That with time unattended, injuries compound
“Both knees are torn; and surgery they need
“You must have lighter duties; to your boss we will plead”
But they shoot horses, don’t they

Back at work
The man plead his case
Even though he was hurt
Could they please find a place?
He’d make hoses
Or sweep up the floor
Work on computers
Any task, any chore

But the boss stood firm, the man was broken you see
No use for him now, no ear for his pleas
“There is work to be done, to that we attest
But I only want you when you’re at your best.”
Because they shoot horses, don’t they

Still a young lad
His career is cut quick
By two knees gone bad
And a boss who’s a prick
What happens now
To this good-hearted guy
Whose belief in loyalty
Is what led him awry

Well, they shoot horses, don’t they?

© JAS 2008

#bullying  ___

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2014-09-03 15:20:33 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Bullying in the Workplace

I have always been lucky in that the companies that I have worked for had strict anti-bullying policies that were promoted and enforced, and my managers took bullying and dignity at work seriously. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and in the past few years the effects of bullying in the workplace have really been driven home as I've watched my husband suffer because of it.

This article from HR Morning, an online publication for human resource professionals, talks about eight types of bully personalities types and how to best tackle bullying via policy. Of course key to having an anti-bullying and harassment policy in place is enforcing it.

I recognise several of those types. How about you?

#bullying  

Bullying in the Workplace

I have always been lucky in that the companies that I have worked for had strict anti-bullying policies that were promoted and enforced, and my managers took bullying and dignity at work seriously. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and in the past few years the effects of bullying in the workplace have really been driven home as I've watched my husband suffer because of it.

This article from HR Morning, an online publication for human resource professionals, talks about eight types of bully personalities types and how to best tackle bullying via policy. Of course key to having an anti-bullying and harassment policy in place is enforcing it.

I recognise several of those types. How about you?

#bullying  ___

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2014-09-03 11:41:59 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Bathing the cat

I've had a few cats in my life. Each has provided a different bathing experience:

My first cat Toupee had his first bath before he was weaned because he was the only surviving member of a litter of wild kittens that were found after someone started up a works truck engine. Mother cat had apparently gone for food and thought that to be a safe and warm place. We adopted him, weaned him, and rid him of the thousands of fleas squirming on his little body. Bathing him was easy.

My next two cats—Persephone and Ophelia—came to live with us when I took in a stray that was pregnant. She was re-homed because She and Toupee didn't get along, but we kept two kittens. While they didn't like baths, they came to understand that it was 'part of the process' early on. We also had Boxcee the dog to teach them the ropes, which helped.
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Bathing the cat

I've had a few cats in my life. Each has provided a different bathing experience:

My first cat Toupee had his first bath before he was weaned because he was the only surviving member of a litter of wild kittens that were found after someone started up a works truck engine. Mother cat had apparently gone for food and thought that to be a safe and warm place. We adopted him, weaned him, and rid him of the thousands of fleas squirming on his little body. Bathing him was easy.

My next two cats—Persephone and Ophelia—came to live with us when I took in a stray that was pregnant. She was re-homed because She and Toupee didn't get along, but we kept two kittens. While they didn't like baths, they came to understand that it was 'part of the process' early on. We also had Boxcee the dog to teach them the ropes, which helped.

Cattie-Brie, my shadow kitty and best friend during my after-marriage life in the USA, considered getting wet akin to getting dirty; she didn't even like damp paws. But then, she was so meticulous about her grooming, she never needed a bath.

The two I have now bath in a way that reflects their personalities. Ripley hates it, but he is almost gentle about the way he protests. Newt is all claws, growls and fur. One time, when Newt was younger and more adventurous, he came home filthy. While we were bathing him, he was yowling up a storm. Ripley came flying in on the attack and latched to my arm with teeth and claws. Then, realising it was me, he let go and assessed the situation, looking at me, Newt, the water-filled tub... He then stood on his back legs, leaned into the tub, and swatted Newt firmly on the head. It was hilarious.

Fortunately for me, none of the bath-related scratches have ever caused an allergic reaction like it did in this woman. I am allergic to cats, but to their dander. It's more a hay-fever type of thing. So, a bit of pain and a bit of swelling is all that I've ever endured. It, and the sneezing and gloopy eyes, have been worth it... because I do love my cats.___

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2014-09-01 14:05:22 (101 comments, 39 reshares, 190 +1s) 

The little guy loses
bullying in the workplace

As you know, I haven’t been around much. Life stress has been overwhelming, and I’ve been struggling with depression as a result. At one point, I will admit, I was so low that I began playing with the idea of indulging in a sleep from which I would never awake... but somebody needs to tell this story.

The reason behind the life stress was that my husband was being increasingly bullied at work; something that we now believe to be the root cause of his increasingly bad health over the past few years.

He couldn’t turn to his manager because it was his manager who was the primary culprit. So, he risked going to Human Resources. As expected, they patted him on the head and did nothing. In fact, there is evidence that they may have been working with the manager to covertly bully him a wee bit more in order to shuthim u... more »

The little guy loses
bullying in the workplace

As you know, I haven’t been around much. Life stress has been overwhelming, and I’ve been struggling with depression as a result. At one point, I will admit, I was so low that I began playing with the idea of indulging in a sleep from which I would never awake... but somebody needs to tell this story.

The reason behind the life stress was that my husband was being increasingly bullied at work; something that we now believe to be the root cause of his increasingly bad health over the past few years.

He couldn’t turn to his manager because it was his manager who was the primary culprit. So, he risked going to Human Resources. As expected, they patted him on the head and did nothing. In fact, there is evidence that they may have been working with the manager to covertly bully him a wee bit more in order to shut him up and put him in his place. So, he decided that he had no recourse but to turn to the union for help and file a grievance.

Now, my husband has seen several men try and fail re: grievances against this same manager. The problem has always been lack of specific ‘evidence’ combined with a director who is extremely interested in a positive image but not in doing anything to earn that image. Each time, it became a case of he said/he said or the aggrieved would disappear from the company with a bit of extra money in their pockets. The company always took the manager’s side. So, feeling incredibly threatened and knowing that, without solid evidence, his grievance would fail and his health and working conditions would be made even worse, he decided to turn on a recorder whenever he felt threatened. One of those recordings catches his boss saying things like: He has a mental problem. He has upset the “whole company” by asking for an accurate job description. He has no friends at work (universally hated by everyone). He is nothing; meaningless. If he goes to the union for help or files a grievance he will be sacked. He also states that, if my husband pursues a grievance, the company will take his [the manager’s] side.

In this last bit, he was entirely correct.

When presented with recorded evidence of bullying, instead of disciplining the manager and addressing the issues, the company dismissed the grievance and sent a letter filled with veiled threats against my husband, including threatening possible action against him for trying to protect himself re: the recordings. They also have demanded that all of his collected evidence be turned over to them in order to get rid of it.

This is a company that won an Employer of the Year award last year for their apprenticeship programme. This is a company that, when people spoke out re: not deserving that award in comments, had the remarks removed and now claims to have gotten hold of the commenters’ IP addresses in order to take action against them. I saw at least some of those comments before they were removed. No house rules were breached in any that I saw, and I have heard enough from people who work there to know that the comments re: the way they use apprentices as cheap labour and the young lad receiving facial injuries as a result of being left unsupervised on known-to-be-defective equipment are true.

This company has ruined my husband’s health, destroyed his self-esteem, and—with this ruling—shown him once again that all of their policies against bullying are just there for show. They don’t care about their employees beyond silencing them in order to maintain an undeserved image.  When presented with the facts—in this grievance, in previous grievances, and in the Sunderland Echo comments— instead of addressing the root of the problem, they cover it up. They’d rather lie and deceive and cheat than make the changes necessary to be worthy of the praise they so desperately seek.

This company is Liebherr Sunderland Works, UK’s branch of the German company Liebherr.

I’ve remained silent until now in the hopes that LSW would prove me wrong in my estimation of them. Unfortunately, the corruption is too engrained, and they are too afraid of being exposed. Part of me hopes that this is a localised infection and that Liebherr proper is still the stellar company I always thought it was. A bigger part of me fears that is not the case.

Disclaimer: This post is my responsibility. I wrote it. I decided to post it. I did not ask permission to do so. I did check to see if anything from which I drew my information said anything about confidentiality. They did not. I am not trying to denigrate anyone; I am just trying to tell the truth. When the company decides to make a positive culture change, then I will write about that with equal enthusiasm. I'd much rather be telling a better story than this one.

#bullying #corruption #liebherr___

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2014-08-01 18:00:33 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 77 +1s) 

This. So much this.

#parents   #youredoingitright  




h/t +Michelle Cameron 

Today's Maximumble is batty.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2014/08/01/909-batty/___This. So much this.

#parents   #youredoingitright  




h/t +Michelle Cameron 

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2014-07-30 22:52:22 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 79 +1s) 

This made me smile hugely.

#calvinandhobbes  

h/t +Frank Beaney 

And some more wit and wisdom from Bill Watterson

#CalvinandHobbes___This made me smile hugely.

#calvinandhobbes  

h/t +Frank Beaney 

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2014-07-30 09:19:52 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s) 

[Being a] girl in a country song by Maddie and Tae
It's driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy

Yes, I know that I shared this yesterday, but I wanted to share it again with the YouTube link (versus the Vevo). I just found out that Maddie is the daughter of an old school friend's friend, so it makes me quite proud to be able to share her and Tae's talent with my G+ friends and introduce a bit of country music into the lives of my fellow Brits and European friends.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll recognise some call outs, not by name, but by lyrics pulled from songs that feature pretty much what they're singing about. It's brilliant.

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl!

[Being a] girl in a country song by Maddie and Tae
It's driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy

Yes, I know that I shared this yesterday, but I wanted to share it again with the YouTube link (versus the Vevo). I just found out that Maddie is the daughter of an old school friend's friend, so it makes me quite proud to be able to share her and Tae's talent with my G+ friends and introduce a bit of country music into the lives of my fellow Brits and European friends.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll recognise some call outs, not by name, but by lyrics pulled from songs that feature pretty much what they're singing about. It's brilliant.

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl!___

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2014-07-29 21:25:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Oxford students channelling Shakira for charity.

Helen & Douglas House is the world's first children's hospice; it provides much needed palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults, and their families.  For more information, go to http://bitly.com/hdhouseootb

Hips [and hearts] don't lie

Oxford students channelling Shakira for charity.

Helen & Douglas House is the world's first children's hospice; it provides much needed palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults, and their families.  For more information, go to http://bitly.com/hdhouseootb

Hips [and hearts] don't lie___

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2014-07-29 11:32:15 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

[Being a] girl in a country song
It's driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy

I love this song by newcomers Maddie and Tae.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll recognise some call outs, not by name, but by lyrics pulled from songs that feature pretty much what they're singing about. It's brilliant.


+LD Williams have you heard this one yet?

[Being a] girl in a country song
It's driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy

I love this song by newcomers Maddie and Tae.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll recognise some call outs, not by name, but by lyrics pulled from songs that feature pretty much what they're singing about. It's brilliant.


+LD Williams have you heard this one yet?___

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2014-07-28 23:51:01 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Yes!

ZEUS IS ON HIS WAY HOME!

For the hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands) of you that saw our campaign over the last 2 weeks, we are happy to report that Zeus avoided his kill date (which was today) and is currently driving down the road in Utah to his new home.

So many of us worked so hard on this for the last several weeks. +Jackson Brantman +Ekatrina Quiett +Bram Smith +Marla Hughes and myself were determined to not let this little boy die. Sincere apologies if I don't have everyone's names.

And we did it.

You know how we did?

You guys. Yes, YOU. YOU shared our posts, YOU kept us going and YOU cared enough to help.

And one share got into the hands of one person on Friday, and she stepped forward and snagged him this morning. Friday, as his death date was approaching rapidly.

Thank you, all of you, for helping and sharing.

I have to log off and stop crying...

#SaveZeus  ___Yes!

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2014-07-25 19:56:55 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Thoughts?

Have they completely misunderstood the concept? Women Against Feminism blog sparks fierce backlash over statements such as 'I like it when men compliment my body'

Apologies for it being Daily Mail, but the discussion is still worth having.

Thoughts?

Have they completely misunderstood the concept? Women Against Feminism blog sparks fierce backlash over statements such as 'I like it when men compliment my body'

Apologies for it being Daily Mail, but the discussion is still worth having.___

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2014-07-25 16:47:33 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

I'm not hugely into metal, but I do appreciate it at times. This is one of them.

Betraying the Martyrs cover Let it Go from Frozen

I'm not hugely into metal, but I do appreciate it at times. This is one of them.

Betraying the Martyrs cover Let it Go from Frozen___

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2014-07-23 13:02:15 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Three reasons why PC is Still My Platform of Choice
by +Jess McDonell 

I agree with Jess on every point, and I can even add a fourth reason: The graphics. PC gaming graphics are far superior to anything a console offers.

#pcgaming  

Three reasons why PC is Still My Platform of Choice
by +Jess McDonell 

I agree with Jess on every point, and I can even add a fourth reason: The graphics. PC gaming graphics are far superior to anything a console offers.

#pcgaming  ___

2014-07-22 21:51:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Signal boost.

This is for American dog lovers aka compassionate human beings, particularly in the Utah area.

Respond to the OP please.

#SaveZeus  

Does anyone have contacts for a dog rescue group in Utah? I need to find someone who can work with us to #SaveZeus before his time is up.

Any and all information is greatly appreciated!___Signal boost.

This is for American dog lovers aka compassionate human beings, particularly in the Utah area.

Respond to the OP please.

#SaveZeus  

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2014-07-22 10:57:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s) 

Had a bit of a Firefly moment in game the other day.

Someone ever tries to kill you, you try and kill 'em right back. 

#Firefly   #TESO   #OurMrsReynolds  

Had a bit of a Firefly moment in game the other day.

Someone ever tries to kill you, you try and kill 'em right back. 

#Firefly   #TESO   #OurMrsReynolds  ___

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2014-07-21 09:47:51 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 43 +1s) 

I have a visitor... 

© Photo by Benoit Dery, Quebec Canada

#blackdog   #depression  

I have a visitor... 

© Photo by Benoit Dery, Quebec Canada

#blackdog   #depression  ___

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2014-07-18 10:49:22 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s) 

The last paragraph is priceless.

The last paragraph is priceless.___

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2014-07-17 14:22:04 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Some good, clean, naked fun to brighten your day.

It certainly made me smile.

Some good, clean, naked fun to brighten your day.

It certainly made me smile.___

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2014-07-17 11:28:26 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

A Netflix for book lovers?
Amazon plays to launch a new book subscription service called Kindle Unlimited

The service, which may be for US consumption only, will cost $9.99 USD per month and provide subscribers to access of over 600,000 ebooks and 1000s of audio books sourced from Audible.

This really intrigues me, especially with the addition of the audio book service. I've been thinking of getting back into audio books. I used to listen to them when I was a runner. A great story can keep you going for miles.

What do you guys think? Is this something you'd be interested in, if it became more widely available?

#kindle   #amazon   #ebooks   #audiobooks  

A Netflix for book lovers?
Amazon plays to launch a new book subscription service called Kindle Unlimited

The service, which may be for US consumption only, will cost $9.99 USD per month and provide subscribers to access of over 600,000 ebooks and 1000s of audio books sourced from Audible.

This really intrigues me, especially with the addition of the audio book service. I've been thinking of getting back into audio books. I used to listen to them when I was a runner. A great story can keep you going for miles.

What do you guys think? Is this something you'd be interested in, if it became more widely available?

#kindle   #amazon   #ebooks   #audiobooks  ___

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2014-07-17 10:38:17 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Beautiful dogs need a new home

This is the Houston, Texas USA area. Please respond to the OP if you can help, and please pass it on if you know someone who can.

*EMERGENCY!! Houston Tx!*
These two female dogs are at a welding shop and owner is giving them until Friday to find homes otherwise they will be put down. This is not a safe place for them as they constantly get burn or can seriously get hurt!!
He is willing to help with all vetting expenses for both and that includes getting both of them spayed. The mom is a pitbull i'm unsure of her age and she is friendly, the puppy is about 2 1/2 months old and is a bit shy. This guy has good intentions and its only trying to help them find good homes and get them off the street since they are located in a bad neighborhood. I desperately need to find foster homes or permanent homes for them. Please contact me at (832) 620- 4031 or by email ivon_garcia@live.com if you can help. Thank you!___Beautiful dogs need a new home

This is the Houston, Texas USA area. Please respond to the OP if you can help, and please pass it on if you know someone who can.

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