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When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination

When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination
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When you are half asleep, it means you are not fully awake. It also means you are still in your comfort zone, a state of splendor and ecstasy. On this realm of relaxation, you might find yourself wearing pajamas, a gown or a nightie. Yes in this frame of mind, you can dream BIG and venture anywhere!…

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Just to fill your tummy with a plate of huge pancakes, you might find your way through a forest where an enchanted, happy tree directs you into the porous entries of his rooted trunk. When inside, the enchanted tree transforms into an exciting treehouse restaurant.

There you see lots of patrons. Oh, and there is an aroma of hot pancakes. They smell so good! It is so entertaining to watch jolly cooks batter and platter the fruited herb filled pancakes. Rhythmically they run to and fro mixing, flipping and serving them hot in tall stacks.

When a waitress walks over with a huge stack, you assume they are for you. With your arms stretched out reaching for the pancakes, you follow her. But then your eyes meet the patron who ordered that stack of pancakes. He gives you a daring look, to “Back off”!

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Some dreams are so connected that when one realm closes, the door to another opens up. You could find yourself peering upon a castle and then suddenly your inside.

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Breakfast is just what your heart desires. You are now inside of a castle restaurant with big bottles of syrups scattered about the tables. There seems to be so many flavors… Apricot, maple, assorted berry flavors and peach. It’s so weird, but everyone is dressed in sleepwear and eating huge pancakes. No problem, because you too are in your sleepwear. And, you are a perfect blend with this crowd because just like you, everyone appears to be half asleep or in their own world.

As soon as you sit down, a waitress comes over takes your order for pancakes. After ten minutes of anxiously waiting, the waitress serves you one, big… GIANT buttery, cinnamon-covered pancake in a plate. But, each time you reach for the tasty bread of love, the pancake, like a mirage, just keeps disappearing.

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The most unfortunate place to wander while not fully awake is to a haunted mansion.

It looks eerie on the outside but you believe you are smelling Buttermilk pancakes. So, you take your chances and head inside. The interior is dark and dreary, and there is no one in sight. But the kitchen looks as though “breakfast” is about to happen, because all about are the fixn’s for a huge breakfast. You call out “hello, hello! Is there anyone home”? You repeat this callout three, four and five times… and still you get no answer.

Who could imagine the many bottles of syrups, buckets of dripping butter and a huge pot of coffee percolating and yet, there is not a soul in sight? What is also strange is a rectangled table with plates and cups has been neatly set. But then you hear hissing, sizzling sounds.

Slowly, you follow the sounds into the cooking area of the kitchen. And there upon a grill, giant Buttermilk pancakes are being cooked. You don’t know who is doing the cooking, because, still, there is no one in sight.

Breakfast will be a waste if the pancakes burn. So you take on the job to rescue the pancakes and struggle to flip them. Incredible! You handle the huge pancakes and put them into a delicious stack on a plate. But then suddenly, out of nowhere, a transparent figure of a young lady appeared and grabbed the plate of pancakes and began eating them.

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(You are awakened by the musical sounds from your phone device. It is 7a.m.)

(you pickup and answer) Hello
(It is your cousin Allen)

Hi Allen!”

“Trace!” (he says) “–you won’t believe this, but I had the most crazy dream about you.

(he chuckles and continues) I dreamt you were stealing food from restaurants. Everything in the dream seemed so real.”

(there is a long pause and then he continues) “I hope everything is okay with you, Trace. How about us going out for a pancake breakfast?”

(there is a long span of dead silence. You observe that your feet and sleepwear are filthy dirty)

Story originally posted on: AmericaOnCoffee ©2018 Doro Dancer (AmericaOnCoffee/AOC)


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“Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom (Central Park 1980)”

“Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom (Central Park 1980)”

“Philadelphia Freedom” is a song released by The Elton John Band as a single in 1975. The song was one of Elton John’s seven #1 US hits during the early and mid-1970s, which saw his recordings dominating the charts. In Canada, it was his eighth single to hit the top of the RPM national singles chart.

The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as a favour to John’s friend, tennis star Billie Jean King. King was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team. The song features an orchestral arrangement by Gene Page, including flutes, horns, and strings.

The song made its album debut on 1977’s Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II. The Unedited version (without an early fade out) appears only on the box set To Be Continued…. and the remaster for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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How Successful People Start Their Day

The Best Morning Routines for Feeling Great and Getting Work DoneHow Successful People Start Their Day: The Best Morning Routines for Feeling Great and Getting Work Done
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point. And we all seem to start it differently.

Some of us hop online to check social media, others dive in to email, still others eat breakfast, exercise, or pack lunches for the kids. There’re a million different ways a morning could go.

Which morning routine might be best?

While there’s probably not an ideal morning routine that fits everyone, we can learn a lot from the morning routines of successful people as well as from the research and inspiration behind starting a morning on the right foot.

I collected a wide range of opinions on how best to start a day, from the scientific to the successful. Here’s the best of what I found—maybe it’ll help you get a little more productivity, creativity, and enjoyment out of your morning.

Science says: Willpower is highest in the morning, so start strong

You’ve maybe heard the advice that your first work of the day should be something meaningful and significant, a task that might take a lot of focus, will, and determination to accomplish. The reason: We’re limited with our self-control.

That’s the idea purported by the strength model. Self-control draws from a common resource that gets depleted over time. You can think of self-control as a muscle—fatigue sets in after exertion.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Education in Singapore reviewed 83 studies on self-control to come to the following conclusion:

Results revealed a significant effect of ego depletion on self-control task performance. Significant effect sizes were found for ego depletion on effort, perceived difficulty, negative affect, subjective fatigue, and blood glucose levels.

For those scoring at home, that’s both a psychological andphysiological effect on your ability to get work done.

The longer the day goes on, the more fatigue your self-control experiences, the more important it is to make those early morning hours count.

The easiest way to hack your morning: Tomorrow List

From research and meta-analyses to Mark Twain, the advice is the same: Get big work done early.

Twain’s advice stems from this famous quote of his:

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

We’ve co-opted Twain’s saying to mean, “Do your biggest tasks first.” When you start with a big item (a project/frog), the rest of your day looks pretty great by comparison.

The saying even inspired the title of a best-selling time-management book, Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. Fast Company highlighted Tracy’s work in an article about morning rituals and asked Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani to explain how exactly one implements the frog strategy into a daily system.

Step one:

Choose your frog.

Once the frog is chosen, Trapani continues, write it down on a piece of paper that you’ll see when you first come into your office the next day. Then when your alarm goes off in the morning or when you arrive at work, bon appétit!

There are many examples of this specific method of frog-eating, a couple examples of which you’ll see below. The concept is something I like to call a Tomorrow List.

  1. At the end of your day, write down the tasks you need to complete tomorrow.
  2. Look at the list when you start the next day.
  3. End your day by creating another list for tomorrow.

And keep repeating.

Steve Jobs’ morning routine: One simple question

In a commencement address he gave at Stanford back in 2005, Steve Jobs revealed the motivational tactic that he used to start each and every day.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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Pretty powerful stuff. Would asking that question help keep your morning to-dos in perspective?

10 morning rituals of successful people

OK, we’ve talked about the science behind morning rituals, the frogs to eat first thing, and the inspiring questions to ask to get you started. Now it’s time for some specifics.

Here’s how some famous names in history, some entrepreneurs, founders, and executives do first thing in the morning.

Ron Friedman, founder and author

An inspiring morning reminder is one shared by founder and author Ron Friedman. It goes like this:

Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?

For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people’s priorities take center stage. They are the equivalent of entering a kitchen and looking for a spill to clean or a pot to scrub.

Kenneth Chenault, American Express CEO

The last thing Chenault does before leaving his office at night is to write down the top three things he wants to accomplish tomorrow. Then he’ll use that list to start his next day.

Anna Wintour, Vogueeditor-in-chief

One of the more enthusiastic morning routines I found was Wintour’s daily ritual of playing tennis. Starts each day at 5:45 a.m. with an hour-long tennis match.

Margaret Thatcher, former UK prime minister

Thatcher was believed to be a short sleeper (a person who can get by on less sleep than usual), so her late-night political meetings never kept her from waking up at 5:00 a.m. the next morning to listen to “Farming Today,” a popular program on BBC Radio about food, farming, and the countryside.

Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of the United States

Franklin’s much-lauded to-do list (seen below) included some specific rules for how he started each morning. His three-hour block of morning routine stretched from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. and included addressing “Powerful Goodness” and setting a plan for the rest of his day.

Every morning Franklin asked himself, “What good shall I do today?”

P.G. Wodehouse, author and humorist

When Wodehouse woke at 7:30 a.m., he’d head right to the back porch for his “daily dozen” calisthenics. Then he’d come inside and make breakfast (always toast, coffee cake, and tea) and read a “breakfast book,” some sort of entertaining mystery or adventure novel.

(Wodehouse’s writing routine was also quite neat. He’d start by sitting in an armchair, writing a few paragraphs in pencil before moving to the typewriter to write out the rest.)

William Styron, novelist

As evidence that our mornings do not all begin at the same time, look no further than William Styron. He slept until noon, and his “morning” routine involved staying in bed for another hour to think and read.

Eva Chen, editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine

First thing when she wakes up, Chen checks Twitter and her favorite websites. She’ll skip TV because she tends to get sucked in to shows like “reruns of the OC.” After checking the web and putting on makeup, Chen dresses herself from the shoes up.

Once she arrives at the office, her first order of business is a venti green tea.

David Karp, Tumblr founder

Karp saves all of his e-mailuntil he arrives at work at 9:30 or 10:00 a.m., after a 15-minute walk (or even faster Vespa ride) from home. “If something urgently needs my attention,” he said, “someone will call or text me.” Once at work, email is Karp’s first task. He’ll check his inbox, which contains only emails from Tumblr staff and from his girlfriend. Then he’ll sift through an “unsorted” folder of other emails, all the while making a list in a notebook of the things he needs to get done.

Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder

How does the Craigslist founder start his day? When the question was asked on Quora, Newmark answered: “Customer service.” Few founders have taken the path Newmark has; he considers himself a customer service rep at Craigslist. So while other executives might start their days with meetings or email, Newmark focuses on the customer.

6 tips to form a better morning routine

We’ve talked before on the blog about the daily routines of successful entrepreneurs, including six helpful tips that these successful morning routines had in common.

If you’re interested in starting a great morning routine of your own, here are some ideas.

  1. Eat a good breakfast (it can be fast and easy).
  2. Listen to your body clock. Do creative work when it feels best.
  3. Set an alarm to wake up and an alarm to go to sleep.
  4. Disengage: Zero notifications from apps and phones at night.
  5. Develop a morning routinethat works on weekends, too.
  6. Track your habits to better understand yourself.

Over to you: What does your morning ritual look like?

Do you have anything in common with Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Margaret Thatcher, or others? What does your unique morning ritual entail?

Mine has evolved quite a bit over the past several months—and will likely keep evolving. It feels like I’ve settled into a pretty good rhythm with this schedule:

Source: up at 5:30 a.m.

  • Consult my Tomorrow List
  • Head to the computer and start writing a blog post
  • Shower/breakfast at 7:00 a.m.
  • Back to writing

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      Dating An Addict… Think about it… again and again…

      What’s it like to date a meth addict?


      Chanel Gruver divorced 6 yrs from a 20 yr marriage, learning about dating the hard way

      Horrible, they will NEVER be totally honest with you. In many relationships with a meth addict, the addict will be living a secret life that involves other addicts, even if you know they are using, they will always have something to hide and will interact with people you don’t know about. They will always be broke, have little ambition and if you confront them or ask too many questions, they will dismiss that they have a problem and lie about anything to keep you hanging on. The drug will be THE most important thing to them and doing more of it will always be on their mind. They will do things they know will hurt you but do not care about anyone more than their high. Sad but oh so true.


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        Lost InFlight

        Sleep-walking passenger

        Asian middle age woman who gets tiredimage credit: MIYA227

        “About two hours into a flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, a passenger came up to a flight attendant in a complete panic because she’d left her husband behind in the airport in L.A.,” Boland tells Reader’s Digest. While the befuddled crew was checking the passenger manifest for the husband’s name, the passenger completely snapped out of her panic. Turned out she’d been sleepwalking. Her husband was right on the plane, thankfully, Boland adds, “because even if it had been true, we couldn’t have turned back for him.”


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        Who Stole the Four-Hour Workday?

        By Nathan Schneider

        Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not the official position of the IWW (or even the IWW’s EUC) and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s.

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        Alex is a busy man. The 36-year-old husband and father of three commutes each day to his full-time job at a large telecom company in Denver, the city he moved to from his native Peru in 2003. At night, he has classes or homework for the bachelor’s in social science he is pursuing at a nearby university. With or without an alarm, he wakes up at 5 AM every day, and it’s only then, after eating breakfast and glancing at the newspaper, that he has a chance to serve in his capacity as the sole US organizer and webmaster of the Global Campaign for the 4 Hour Work-Day.

        “I’ve been trying to contact other organizations,” he says, “though, ironically, I don’t have time.”

        But Alex has big plans. By the end of the decade he envisions “a really crazy movement” with chapters around the world orchestrating the requisite work stoppage.

        A century ago, such an undertaking would have seemed less obviously doomed. For decades the US labor movement had already been filling the streets with hundreds of thousands of workers demanding an eight-hour workday. This was just one more step in the gradual reduction of working hours that was expected to continue forever. Before the Civil War, workers like the factory women of Lowell, Massachusetts, had fought for a reduction to ten hours from 12 or more. Later, when the Great Depression hit, unions called for shorter hours to spread out the reduced workload and prevent layoffs; big companies like Kellogg’s followed suit voluntarily. But in the wake of World War II, the eight-hour grind stuck, and today most workers end up doing more than that.

        The United States now leads the pack of the wealthiest countries in annual working hours. US workers put in as many as 300 more hours a year than their counterparts in Western Europe, largely thanks to the lack of paid leave. (The Germans work far less than we do, while the Greeks work considerably more.) Average worker productivity has doubled a couple of times since 1950, but income has stagnated—unless you’re just looking at the rich, who’ve become a great deal richer. The value from that extra productivity, after all, has to go somewhere.

        It used to be common sense that advances in technology would bring more leisure time. “If every man and woman would work for four hours each day on something useful,” Benjamin Franklin assumed, “that labor would produce sufficient to procure all the necessaries and comforts of life.” Science fiction has tended to consider a future with shorter hours to be all but an axiom. Edward Bellamy’s 1888 best seller Looking Backward describes a year 2000 in which people do their jobs for about four to eight hours, with less attractive tasks requiring less time. In the universe of Star Trek, work is done for personal development, not material necessity. In Wall-E, robots do everything, and humans have become inert blobs lying on levitating sofas.

        During the heat of the fight for the eight-hour day in the 1930s, the Industrial Workers of the World were already making cartoon handbills for what they considered the next great horizon: a four-hour day, a four-day week, and a wage people can live on. “Why not?” the IWW propaganda asked.

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