How To Make The Perfect Cup of Coffee

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I thought I’d died and went to heaven. Someone else whom loves coffee as much as I! Haven’t tried his technique yet, but I Will! I WILL!

Reposting his blog post HERE!

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Once upon a time…

On a sunny Sunday morning I made a change to the way I make my morning coffee.  Which is not that interesting.  What is interesting is: when I took the first taste I almost dropped the mug because it was soooooo good.  It was the best cup of coffee I could remember tasting.  Ever.  Dark, sensuous, chocolatey, rich and clear, with zero bitterness and a highway maximum caffeine wattage.

It was perfect.

But!  Things are not SCIENCE unless they are repeatable.  So the next day I tried the same method and reaped just the same results; a smouldering whirlwind of orgasmically coffee-scented bliss.

When it worked for the third time I tweeted this:

…and promptly collapsed under the tsunami of messages saying: how?…

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The Resilience Breakthrough Part 4

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Resilience is innate.  However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated.  Derek Irvin

Commentary

One evening, I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough.  Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience.  Then later that night, prior to bed, I was watching Animal Planet. This segment was about seals.  There was a baby seal that was newly born.  Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food according to the narrator.  The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water.  At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water.  It was the cutest sight.  

Eventually it FELL in.  At that point, it was life or death, the baby seal had to swim – although clumsily.  It splashed and made lots of noises.  There was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little baby seal.  The large bull bit the little baby.  Several times, the pull picked up the baby by the neck and or the fin and slung the little baby around the sea like a rag doll.  At one point I thought the bull seal was trying to drown the lil’ guy.  You could  hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea.  Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so much so that  the baby seal had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks.  Pull, slip, pull slip and it fell right back into the sea.  It was a pitiful sight.  It became exhausted.  I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks.  There the baby rested.

This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge.  The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lies somewhere deep within us.  It is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, pain, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point.  CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming.  Period, Case-Closed!

The Resilience Breakthrough, Part 3

Resilience BreakthroughResiliency is the ability to bounce back when you have every reason to shut down – but you fight on! – Christian Moore, LCSW

Commentary  (Repost from June 2016):

I am reading this book for a potential project in the program for which I am employed.  Recently, I read a public Facebook post on June 26th, 2016, 7:33am, by my second mother.  Her husband went to school with my mother.  She shared a number of challenges that speak to the reason many would shut down:  The lost of two children (her oldest daughter and her only son), then a car wreck that included her other children, the loss of a father, surviving breast cancer, blood clots in both lungs, then her baby too experienced blood clots in both lungs and through all this she eventually graduated from college. When I read the definition of resiliency above, I had to stop to publish my thoughts as I immediately thought of her.  She has absolutely demonstrated resiliency.  She is the epitome of resiliency. Period, Case-Closed!

Attitude

 

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. 

It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. – Charles Swindoll

 

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This is one of my  favorite poems of all time.  It is aged, but every bit relevant today – in fact timeless. – Period, Case-Closed!

If You Are Not Getting – Give! Part 2


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f you are not getting – give! – Prayer-line, 5:30 am, Saturday, June 9th, 2016 of my dear friend Parrish (not his real name).

Commentary

Boobie came to ask me if I needed my coffee heated. I did!  I am in the home office researching and writing. I guess “Serena” is on commercial!  LOL!  Anywho, OMG, I swear this coffee tastes better.  You laugh?  I am so serious!  It’s so darn good!!!  If you came directly here to Part 2, you must read Part 1 to understand.  Anywho, back to dissertation. Period, Case-Closed!

If Your Are Not Getting – Give Part 1

coffeeIf you are not getting – give! – Prayer-line, 5:30 am, Saturday, June 9th, 2016 of my dear friend Parrish (not his real name).

Commentary

No, I was not on the prayer-line, but probably should have been.  I’m just saying! I had wanted my significant other, I call him Boobie (Boo-bie), to go to Starbucks to get coffee.  He responded, “no, ’cause I have to watch Serena!” I immediately became incensed.  My response was twofold:  You might think this is all in my head, but my peppermint mocha tastes immensely better when my Boobie buys it. Lol.  I’m so serious. Additionally, I went to get the coffee the last two times. LOL.

Pissed, I went downstairs to get something, I do not even recall what.  Sidebar:  Aren’t we humans funny?  As I opened the refrigerator freezer, Parrish’s frozen mocha frappucino fell and smashed onto my foot.  IT HURT LIKE HELL!  Parrish came into the kitchen.  I told him I would go and get a replacement.  Parrish said that it was not necessary.  I then shared with Parrish my Boobie’s comment about his need to watch Serena.  That’s when Parrish shared the thought for this post. I immediately got the lesson and went and purchased my Boobie’s triple grande white chocolate mocha, Parrish’s mocha frappucino (although he did NOT want the replacement), and of course my double tall, non-fat, peppermint mocha. I’m glad I went and got the coffee.  It’s been 14.5 years, challenging, but truth be told – really, really great compared to most.  50/50? – please! Aside from being misused, give even if you are not gettingPeriod, Case-Closed!