If Heaven had a flavor ... it would be coffee.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Just Call Me Boo


"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

I have always found the topic of names to be fun. Your name can make it or break it for you.  If it wasn't for HIPPA, I would love to share the varied names I have come across at work that make me just shake my head at some parents.  What were they thinking?!

Here are some confirmed real, and funny ones:

Anna Recksiek
April Shauer
Armand Hammer
Ben Dover
Billy Rubin
Brandy Anne Koch
Carrie Oakey                                                                
Chris Coe
Chris P. Bacon
Claire Annette Reed
Constance Noring
Duane Pipe
Earl Lee Riser
Gaye Barr
Harry Arrmand Bach
Hugh Jass
Lou Pole
Lou Zar
Missy Sippy (and her mom, Mrs. Sippy)
Oren Jellow
Willie Waite

My Name Is:

Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mə-LIN-də  [key]
Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda.

I was born "Polly" for a day, later (the next day) to be renamed,  "Melinda".  I was called Lollie by my little brother and sister because they couldn't pronounce my name. My family and relatives all call me either Lin or Linnie.  I've been called Mel by a girlfriend in college and the Dr. I work for.  One friend calls me Melvin, and I have met only one other Melinda - and I work with her.  When I was little, my mother used to declare my name loudly so it could be clearly heard by others (I could tell she loved it).  When my dad calls me Linnie, it sounds endearing - same as when my friend calls me Melvin.  I also have a friend who calls me Betts.  I call him Don.

                                                                                                                                 we often sit like this...

Here are the top nicknames that men want:
Ace, or Chief. 
Hero or Superman.
Big Guy, or Hot Stuff.
Tiger, or Stud.
Prince, or King.

Top nicknames your gals want:
Baby, or Honey.
Boo, or Shorty.
Princess or Cowgirl.
Home girl, or Chica.

Have you ever heard how to get your porno name? You take your childhood pet's name and the name of the street where you lived as a child, and that's your porno name.  Mine is, Jade Madison.  What's yours?
or, check here.                                                                              
My name was first used in 1935, and was at it's height in 1973.   
Melinda is a modern hybrid of
Melissa (“mel” means “sweet”) and Linda, or Melanie (“mel” means “dark”) and Linda.  Funny, I have never been called Linda.  As I young girl I wanted my name to be Melody.

Pronunciation: mel-inn-dah.   Duh.                                                 

When I was born, it was the 118th. Most popular name.

Here is an analysis of my first name:
  • Your first name of Melinda gives you a responsible, systematic, and practical nature, able to excel in technical fields or as a teacher and you would also enjoy the practical arts.(I am a responsible, systematically-thinking Respiratory Therapist.  I'm not always practical - tend to think with my heart, not my head.  I'm working on that.)
  • Being methodical, you work best where you have the time to do a good job, although you can be too fussy at times finding it difficult to react spontaneously to new ideas from others.
    (Fussy?  Me?!  I do like to think before responding, isn't that a good thing, or am I being fussy?) 
  • You rebel at being rushed or put under pressure.
     (You betcha). 
  • That is when you can become somewhat inflexible.
    (stop it already) 
  • You appreciate home and settled conditions and take on a lot of responsibility to ensure that your home life functions efficiently.
    (My home is my castle.  Everything has a place, even when I misplace it). 
  • This name restricts the innate expression of an artistic, musical nature.
        (I was a music major). 
  • Although the name Melinda creates the urge to be reliable and responsible, we emphasize that it limits your versatility and scope, tuning you to technical details.
    (I am what I am) 
  • This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the elimination system, and through worry and mental tension.
 (Guess I'll drop the last name, and weaknesses in the elimination system?  Comeon!)

And just for fun, find out what your name is in Hawiian.
Melvin – Melewina
Melinda – Melinaka

Maybe he calls me Betts, 'cause I cook like Betty Crocker?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

She has graciously granted me permission to enlighten you with her talents.  I have gone through hundreds of her photos and pulled those that made me want to look twice - be it the color, the angle, the texture, or simply an emotion it evoked.  Here are just a few to wet your taste buds with, more to come...

I was raised by the song
Of the murmuring grove
And loving I learned
Among flowers.

Friedrich Holderlin

Those who are in a frenzy utter
many wonderful things,
which a little later,
when their frenzy has abated,
they themselves do not really
as if they had not spoken them,
but God had sounded through
them as though through trumpets.
                            Marsilio Ficino

I have nothing to say
and I am saying it
and that is poetry

John Cage

Our theories and ideas are born from our suffering.
when sitting, just sit,
Above all, don't wobble.

Man models himself on the Earth;
The Earth models itself on Heaven;
Heaven models itself on the Way;
And the Way models itself on that which is so on its own.

Nothing happens for the first time.


the fragrance of the grass
speaks to me . . .
and my heart soars
The wheel outside the door is just the moon.
   Those objects hanging from the eves,
                   just Autumn clouds.

                           Liang Li (A.D. 850)

The smallest ingredient
is the most powerful,
the slightest act
the most potent.

People must have puddings
       I don't know what Nature is: I sing it.
        I live on a hilltop
        In a solitary whitewashed cabin.
        And that's my definition.

Fernando Pessoa

                                                                                                            I think it was from the animals
                                                                                                            that St. Francis learned
                                                                                                            it is possible to cast yourself
                                                                                                            on the earth's good mercy and live.

                                                                                                                             Jane Hirshfield

No matter how much suffering afflicts us,
we can always find a modicum of pleasure,
and that is sufficient.
Restoring Paradise

Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves, . . . and you whose pastime Is to make midnight mushrooms . . . by whose aid, Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimmed The noontide sun . . .



Music is feeling, then, not sound;
And thus it is that what I feel,
Here in this room, desiring you,
Thinking of your blue-shadowed silk,
Is music.

The world being illusive, one must be deluded
in some way if one is to triumph in it.


For we are the stars. For we sing.
For we sing with our light.
For we are birds made of fire.
For we spread our wings over the sky.
Our light is a voice.
We cut a road for the soul
for its journey through death.

Passamaquoddy Indian poem

Eden is that old-fashioned House
We dwell in every day
Without suspecting our abode
Until we drive away.

Emily Dickinson

Lori Prosser, Photographer.
She lives in the U.S. and in England with her husband
and her three sons.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lotsa Body

I know, I know, some of you have been asking for a java post, but it's not an easy task to take on when you want to do your passion justice!  Here is my best effort, it was a labor of joy and required many countless pots!  Oh darn.

my fav Has Lotsa Body:

Whether regular or dark roast, java coffee is noted for it's rich deep flavor, and body.  It can be blended with the thinner, winey (not whiney) Mocha to create the famous Mocha Java blend.  This is where you say, "Oh My!"

Facts to sip to:

  • Hawaii is the only state in the US that grows coffee.

  •  Coffee grows on trees, up to 30 feet tall.  Wow!

  • The average yield from one tree, is one roasted pound of coffee.

  • The bean is a seed inside of a bright red berry.

  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth (first is petroleum).

  • People who primarily buy their coffee at drive through windows, will spend 45 hrs. a year in line.  Hours!

  • A Belgian, living in Guatemala invented instant coffee.  His name was George Washington.  Not to be mistaken for father.              
Mocha coffee comes from here ----------->

                         oops, i mean up here!

Life is short, stay awake for it!  Caribou is my favorite chain of coffee shops with oh so delicious coffee, never bitter and always a compelling conversation to listen in on.  Free Wi-Fi, tantalizing aromas, and if you're lucky on a Friday evening sometimes there will be acoustic guitar  :o)

Just a few ways to know if you drink too much coffee:

  1. You answer the door before people knock.
  2. Juan Valdez named his donkey after you.  
  3. You ski uphill.  
  4. You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.  
  5. You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
  6. You just completed another sweater and you don't know how to knit.
  7. You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  8. The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.  
  9. When you open your dish cabinet, and there is only mugs. (ok, this is me)
  10. You have to watch videos in fast-forward.  
  11. You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.
  12. You lick your coffeepot clean. (but how embarrassing if my head got stuck)
  13. Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.  
  14. You chew on other people's fingernails. 
  15. You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.  
  16. All your kids are named "Joe".  
  17. You don't sweat, you percolate.
  18. You've worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
  19. You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
  20. You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.

And just a few more ways:
  1. Charles Manson thinks you need to calm down.
  2. Every shirt or blouse you own has a coffee stain on it.
  3. You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
  4. The Taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.  
  5. You're so wired, you pick up AM radio and people test their batteries in your ears.
  6. Your life's goal is to amount to a hill of beans.
  7. Instant coffee takes too long.
  8. When someone says. "How are you?", you say, "Good to the last drop."
  9. You want to be cremated just so you can spend the rest of eternity in a coffee can.
  10. Your hand is permanently shaped to hold your mug.
  11. You'd be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison.
  12. You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
  13. You're offended when people use the word "brew" to mean beer.  
  14. You get drunk just so you can sober up. 
  15. Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position.
  16. You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.     
  17. You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.
  18. You don't tan, you roast.
  19. You don't get mad, you get steamed.  
  20. Your lover uses soft lights, romantic music, and a glass of iced coffee to get you in the mood. Oh yeah.
  21. You can't even remember your second cup.
  22. You help your dog chase its tail.  
  23. You introduce your spouse as your coffeemate.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.  Just Kidding!  Just The Good!

  • Increases alertness
  • Dilates and opens up the airways in people who have asthma or bronchitis
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Treats migraines
  • Less likely to develop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
  • Prevents diabetes
  • 50% less likely to suffer from breast, colon, and prostate cancer
  • Fewer strokes
  • 4 hr. erections, ok I just made that one up.

Now I need to address something not so pleasant.  I couldn't believe it when I first learned of it - I thought it was a joke. Truly.  There is a coffee out there that people drink, that is crapped from a cat.  It's True!  Civet  coffee.  And get this, it's the Most Expensive coffee in the world!  Oh sure, it is washed and sundried, lightly roasted and brewed, but why is it LIGHTLY roasted?  After being defecated I want it HEAVILY roasted!  "They" say (the drinkers thereof) it is quite aromatic - I'll Bet!
A loose translation of it's name is "weasel coffee".  You know why?  Because it comes from a weasel's Butt!  I see that there are chemically simulated versions that are produced.  What do I say? Give Me The Chemicals!  It is highly expensive because of it's unusual process.  Well, stop feeding it to the cats then!  Get this, it is said that after the thorough washing, "levels of harmful organisms were insignificant".  INSIGNIFICANT?!  This cat-crap coffee can run $600/lb. - For Weasel Coffee!


Coffee Cupping...

                                                                                                                           they dump the remains!

Two woman are fighting in the supermarket. One quickly got the Folgers coffee, and dumps it down the other woman's shirt. The lady asks why she did that? Her response was, "There's nothin' better than waking up with Folgers in your cup." 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

we forgot to pay attention/poem

if i were a poet, i'd never know it
i'm off lookin' the other way
for things i thought i might have been
and wishing along the way

long gone the train of dreams
in cars where old men stay
and whistle tunes of yesteryear
try keeping memories at bay

ode you with my love song
knuckles gnarled and bare
mind has lost it's rhythm
coat has gone threadbare

we forgot to pay attention
to where our lives were leading
looking past the days in front
now left alone and bleeding.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Sneaking a Peek at Me

Does my sassiness upset you
Why are you beset with gloom?
'cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room
                             -Maya Angelou

some of you have asked to see how I live, what colors I surround myself with, what catches my eye...

Pillows, on my sofa, by Pier1 Imports.

A guitar I bought from my sister when I was 13, for $75

Where the blackbird sings the latest,
Where the hawthorn blooms the sweetest,
Where the nestlings chirp and flee-
that's the way for Billy and me.
James Hogg

I Love Umbrellas

I like to smell pretty with Princess, by Vera Wang

Just chillin'!

sexy, satiny pillows on my chocolate bed.

I collect her books, and this one is my favorite

Cozumel, Mexico with Brenda
where everything is "almost free"

Smile!!  xoxo


it's in the details

Chic lampshade, I've been known to wear them.

Vino Lights, by Michelle
spread the love

rainy street to dine by

It seems to me I'd like to go
Where bells don't ring, nor whistles blow,
Nor clocks don't strike, nor gongs sound,
And I'd have stillness all around.
                                           -far from the madding crowd

If there is anything better than to be loved, it is loving

Ooh La La, Noodles!

I <3 U