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There are secrets that we two know and no one else

“I have no words, no questions,” Penelope proclaims after seeing her husband, Odysseus, for the first time in 20 years, after he has made his way home from fighting in the Trojan War. “If it really is Odysseus, and he is home, we will recognize each other well enough; there are secrets that we two know and no one else.”


Posted by Barrie Bramley on November 19th, 2012 .
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The Glory of Being Stuck

I’m not going to go into detail on this one. Except to say that Mike Yaconelli was a large influence in my life, through a monthly article he wrote under the meta-title of ‘The Back Door’. Month after month I’d work, sometimes painfully, through an entire magazine to get to what I thought of as spiritual pudding…. Mike’s closing thoughts.

Last night, as I read a friend’s Facebook status update, I was reminded of an article Mike once wrote, titled, ‘The Glory of Being Stuck‘. A quick Google search, and I’d found it. Many many many years later. Still as powerful. Mike was great then, he was still great now : )

Being stuck is a great moment. It may be characterized by frustration, loneliness, or detachment, but those things are only the vocabulary of our souls telling us we are in danger. It is the cry of our souls craving for more. It is our longings and yearnings trying to get our attention. It is a summons, a call from within. It is the glorious music of disaffection and dissatisfaction with where we are now. It is the anguish of our interior life pleading with us—not to give up, but to give in. It is the Holy Spirit stopping us dead in our tracks so we can read the words that God has written on our hearts—surrender.

I’m certain, sadly, it won’t be for everyone. For those it’s good for, take a read. As I said somewhere above, Mike was great then, he’s still great now : )

Posted by Barrie Bramley on October 16th, 2012 .
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Posted by Barrie Bramley on August 23rd, 2012 .
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I’d pick more daisies, be thrown out of more places, have different friends

Nadine Stair. From Louisville, Kentucky, USA. That’s about all I could find out on Google. I stopped at 5 pages of search. Even tried Wikipedia. Nothing that I could see. But she’s responsible for a poem that’s lived with me for a long time now. A poem I find very difficult to live with. ‘I’d pick more daisies’.

It’s a beautiful piece of wisdom. Someone nearing the end of this journey called life, looks back and leaves some wisdom for people like me.

I say it’s difficult to live with, because I’d have to change some of who I am. Not all, just some. And if I did, what might happen? The poem calls for a little more of a care-free existence. A little looser around the edges. A little more irreverence. If I’m honest all of that gets my engines revving, and I know some people who’d suggest I live like that already. But what if I released the mechanisms that I have in place to make me more socially, business, family and friend acceptable?

And Nadine Stair has explored this question better than I. She knows the answer. And she has some pointers to get there:

If I had my life to live over,
I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
I would relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives prophylactically and sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I have had my moments
And if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.
Just moments,one after another.
Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute.

If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
I’d travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hooky more. I wouldn’t make such good grades except by accident.
I would ride on merry-go-rounds.

I’d pick more daisies!

Posted by Barrie Bramley on November 20th, 2010 .
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The challenge of multiple communication channels

One of the challenges the internet has created is an unthinkable number of channels through which to broadcast. Of course none of us make use of every channel, but there is always someone using a channel we’re not. And so if you want to communicate to them the days of taking the attitude of ‘you just come to us’ is over. Chances are, because they’re not engaging with your channel is that they don’t even know about you. And so if you want to find them, you’ve got to insert yourself into their space. It doesn’t end there, because each channel requires a different format for your content. You don’t just write an article or record a podcast and hope it translates easily into each space. No! You’ve got to take whatever you start with and continually adjust it to whatever context you’re going to post it to.

And if you’re like me, then you’ve got a headache just thinking about the ‘how’ of taking your message to as many platforms as possible. What I have learned is that the ability to do this is getting easier and easier (in terms of tools available), and the more I learn about new channels the more competent I feel and become in my distribution efforts.

With that as a pre-amble, let me tell you about my latest adventure….

I took the e-zine article (Five Practical Steps to Retain Talent) that I produce for TomorrowToday each month (it gets sent to around 11 000 people via e-mail), posted it onto our blog, built a short presentation and built a video PodCast. The video file was then uploaded to iTunes and YouTube.

I don’t know if this sounds like a lot to you? It exhausted me. Took me 1.5 days to work it all out, learn new skills and get it all to a place I was reasonably happy with. Of course next time around it’ll take far less time and in my experience always better quality.

Here’s the video below from YouTube.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on April 16th, 2010 .
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DotBall finally gets recognition

Here’s an article (DotBall gets recognition) from The Times of India dated 10 Feb 2003. Brought back some nice memories as I read it. Of course doesn’t hurt that my name is mentioned : )

The dot ball development is the brainchild of two South African cricket fans from Durban, Roger Scholtz and Barrie Bramley, who latched on to its importance last year and shared their idea with CWC 2003.

You can learn more about DotBall from at least these few spots:

Posted by Barrie Bramley on April 15th, 2010 .
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Barrie in the News

A couple of months ago I was interviewed for Izimvo, a great web site dedicated to interviewing South Africans, or in their own words, ‘Interviewing South Africa‘. It does rate as one of my favourite interviews from an interviewee perspective. The questions were well thought through, and I had to work hard to get through the list they sent me.

Last week my interview with Izimvo was selected for ‘Global SA 2010 – Careers in Africa Recruitment Summit‘, in ‘The South African‘ which is a publication providing news for Global South Africans (living in the broader UK).

The South African is the online portal for South Africans living and working in London and the broader UK. The website is updated throughout the day with news relevant to the South African community abroad. The website hosts a comprehensive list of events, from business networking opportunities to music festivals, as well as travel news, sport, UK lifestyle articles and photo galleries.

The free weekly newspaper is available on the streets of London on Tuesday mornings and is distributed at specific locations around the UK. The newspaper targets young professionals and expatriates living in the UK and but includes content relevant to travellers and backpackers.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on April 8th, 2010 .
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T20 may kill Cricket Tests

I have an interest in Cricket. It’s been a long road of interest for a guy who isn’t a cricket nut in any way shape or form. But I do know a great idea, especially when I’m a large part of it. One day I hope to tell the full successful story of how I’m involved. For now, it’s darn hard work.

T20 has revolutionised cricket. It’s placed cricket firmly in the space of ‘Extreme-Sport’. It still lacks the regular possibility of death : ) but for shear excitement and action it’s a darn good attempt. So it’s little wonder that this article (Twenty20 could kill tests) had my attention. It’s a worthwhile read if you’re interested in cricket in any way shape or form. Especially if you spend any time wondering where it’s all headed?

“I consider myself optimistic, but it isn’t difficult to look ahead and see the pessimists’ apocalyptic version of the future of the game – where Tests are virtually redundant, Twenty20 saturates and players are globe-trotting mercenaries.”

Posted by Barrie Bramley on March 27th, 2010 .
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Radical Parenting

Found this website, Radical Parenting, this morning following up some Twitter feeds.

Looks like a differently put together web site for parents in that you’ve got mostly, as far as I can see, teens writing. So it’s not an adult to adult site, it’s a teen to parent site. Very nice concept.

Seems to have had some good coverage and one of the articles I read was worth the read.

Go here if you want more.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on March 13th, 2010 .
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Sleep Cycle iPhone app could be a winner

Yesterday while browsing the iTunes App store I came across a little beauty called ‘Sleep Cycle’. Read a review here. Cost me around R10, and it very cleverly ‘apparently’ monitors your sleep pattern and then sets the alarm off somewhere during the last 30 minutes of your sleep, during that sleep period where you’re in your most awake state.

How it does it is with the iPhone’s accelerometer. You place your iPhone under your sheets near the top of your bed, and as you move during the evening, this app picks up that movement and tracks what depth of sleep you’re in. As you get 30 minutes away from your wake up time, it chooses a ‘light sleep’ moment to set the alarm off. It threfore saves you from waking up as a grizzly bear because you had to get up in a ‘deep sleep’ zone.

Very kewl idea and concept. Who couldn’t do with one of these? However, we tried it on Leish last night and it didn’t work. it did pick up that she got out of bed during the night to check on the girls but other than that nada.

We haven’t given up, the jury’s out and we’ll give it another bash tonight. One tiny kewl feature, and you wonder why other digital alarm clocks don’t do this – is that it keeps a record of your sleep volume. So once you activate it, to when you wake up is stored and you get to build a history of your sleep over a week, month, etc.

As soon as we have more I’ll comment on this post. While I was reading up on the app, I found this slightly related cartoon that I thought worth adding in : )

Click here to go to Sleep Cycle App Web Page

Posted by Barrie Bramley on February 8th, 2010 .
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