Coffee Break – 08.28.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1609, the Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson. In 1907, the “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.” And in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.

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Discovering the Coffee Culture In Kerala, India – We don’t often associate India with coffee, but it does have a vibrant industry. This article gives us a good look at it.

10 Things Women Love On A Man – I strive to be a well-dressed individual, simply because I want to look my best. And as I am able to afford it, I add pieces to my wardrobe to accentuate that. Real Men, Real Style posted this a while back, and I decided to watch to see if my wife agreed. She has confirmed almost all of these. That gives me yet another reason to be well-dressed.

Protect Your Library The Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses – I have an extensive library. Maybe I should consider this…

Seasons, In A Small World – This is a creative way to utilize the perspective of a microscope or a macro-lens to display the four seasons of our world.

Coffee Break – 08.14.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1248, the rebuilding of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, began after being destroyed by fire. In 1848, the Oregon Territory was established. In 1880, the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding. And in 1888, a patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B. Shallenberger.

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Coffee Socks Cloth Filters – These reusable filters may just change the way you make your coffee. I need to try one.

10 Tips To Safely Take Style Risks – Men, here are a few ideas to step up your style game a bit, without going overboard or breaking your wallet.

Giant Snowballs Have Appeared On The Siberian Coast – Miss winter? Miss the snow? This should help you. These are perfectly rounded snowballs created by a rare coastal phenomenon, found in Siberia.

Norway In 4K – This country has long been on my bucket list to visit. One day, I will. Until then, there are videos like this one. Full screen it, and enjoy!

Coffee Break – 08.07.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. In 1888, Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door. And in 1928, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one third smaller than the previous U.S. bills.

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Seven Things You Should Never Order In A Coffee Shop – This made me laugh. Literally. Because I hear so many of these things in some of the coffee shops I frequent. So stop it. And also, stop going to chain coffee shops and think you can get a good specialty coffee (okay, rant over).

How The Man Cave Took Over America’s Basement – This is an interesting look at the American phenomenon of the man cave. It’s pretty enlightening, and some of the picture might make you envious.

10 Internet Safety Rules To Teach Children Before They Go Online – This list may seem like common sense to many, but many of our kids may not realize just how dangerous the Internet can be. This may be a good resource to go over with your kids.

How High Can You Count On Your Fingers? – The immediate answer to that question is ten. But is that the correct answer? You may be surprised at how high you can actually count using your hands.

Coffee Break – 07.24.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War. In 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

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A Glass French Press – Using a French Press is one of my least favorite methods of brewing coffee, although I have a couple and they do come in handy occasionally. However, this one is simply a thing of beauty…

A Rugged Interchangeable Wardrobe – Did you know you can get 162 different outfits from just 15 pieces of clothing? This article explains how, and you can see an infographic here.

Pushing That Crosswalk Button… – Did you know that many crosswalk buttons, and some of the buttons in elevators are just placebo buttons? Push it all you want. It probably won’t make a difference.

When Animals Scream – This is an amusing collection of shots from the new Planet Earth 2 video by BBC.

Coffee Break – 07.17.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the U.S. In 1866, authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709. And in 1955, Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opened on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California.

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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home – One of my favorite ways to make coffee is a cold brew. This method creates a coffee with a very low acidity, and it tastes great either hot or cold. Give it a try! You can get a Hario cold brew pot on Amazon.

10 Stylish Items Under $10 – We all want to look our best, but sometimes that can get expensive. Here are a few ways that men can step up their style game without costing too much.

Master Your Time – I really like the idea of being proactively productive. I want to be able to accomplish as much as I possibly can, without overworking myself, or sacrificing my family on the altar of work. Here are some great thoughts on productivity, and some great ideas to try.

Why All World Maps Are Wrong – Did you realize that all the maps you’ve ever seen of the world are wrong? Making a globe into a flat map is actually mathematically impossible. This video explains why.

Coffee Break – 07.03.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration - Independence Day Edition

In the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day, a day we celebrate our freedom as a nation, and the beginning of this Constitutional Republic. On this day, we typically celebrate with cookouts and fireworks, and we focus on the fun. But the meaning is so much deeper as we remember and celebrate the birth of a country.

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The Preamble to the Constitution says:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Declaration of Independence states, in part:

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

If you are interested in finding out more about Independence Day, here are a few resources:

Coffee Break – 05.29.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration - Memorial Day Edition

In the United States, today is Memorial Day. This day of remembrance began in 1868, and was initially called Decoration Day. It was established as a day to decorate the graves of those who were killed in the Civil War. After World War I, the observance was expanded to include those who fell in all American wars. Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday by Congress in 1971, and placed on the last Monday in May.

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We all need to be reminded of the sacrifice that many have given to ensure our freedom. In honor of Memorial Day, here are a couple of statements made by past Presidents of the United States.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” — John F. Kennedy

“They do not need our praise. They do not need that our admiration should sustain them. There is no immortality that is safer than theirs. We come not for their sakes but for our own, in order that we may drink at the same springs of inspiration from which they themselves drank.” — Woodrow Wilson

“It was the transcendent fortitude and steadfastness of these men who in adversity and in suffering through the darkest hour of our history held faithful to an ideal. Here men endured that a nation might live.” — Herbert Hoover

“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” — Ronald Reagan

“Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” — George W. Bush

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones defending the American Way.

If you are interested n finding out more about Memorial Day, here are a few resources: