Commissioned by NASA in the 70’s – How They View Outer Space

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The terminator: where perpetual day meets perpetual night on the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. Photo: NASA


The universe is big and, while we may be able to explore it in depth in the future, we can’t yet see a lot of it up-close. Scientists make inferences about an exoplanet’s finer details from larger observations, using what they know about how space works, but we can never know for sure what that planet is like until we land on it and walk around. That’s where artists come in: They show us what is out there as best as they can, helping us to imagine our greater universe. Here are examples of the most eye-opening work they’ve done for NASA.

Where Ice Meets Water

The surface of the exoplanet Trappist-1f  looks like a place where a supervillain would live. This photo actually depicts a place called the “terminator” — no relation to the cyborg from the Arnold Schwarzenegger films — where the daytime side of the planet meets the nighttime side. Trappist-1f, like all the other planets in that solar system, orbits its star in such a way that the same side is always facing light and heat, and the other side is in perpetual darkness. While there could be water on the warmer side, the dark side of the planet could be icy.

This planet is part of the Trappist-1 system, a star and seven rocky planets in the constellation Aquarius, about 40 light years from Earth, that scientists recently discovered. The planets are so close together that aliens on each planet would be able to see the skies of the others.

A New Civilization on Mars

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-29-19A Mars colony will need workers of all kinds. Photo: NASA


As humans search for alien life in the universe and seek to land on and explore other planets, Mars is a huge target. It is Earth’s closest neighbor, other than the moon, and scientists believe basic life forms could have once thrived on the planet before its atmosphere thinned out and Mars dried up and cooled off.

These two posters, part of a series, are simple but they can get people fired up about the prospect of exploring and even building a space colony on another world, which astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says we have to do in the next 100 years if humans want to have a prayer of avoiding extinction. A full colony would need experts like engineers and doctors, sure, but also people to teach the colony’s children about Mars’ moons Phobos and Deimos and do other community tasks.

The center of the galaxy

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-30-16Black holes are famous for sucking, and they can tear you into a stream of atoms without even breaking a sweat.Photo: NASA


Supermassive black holes suck, but in a cool way. They have such an enormous mass packed into such a small space that their gravitational pull is too strong for even light to escape them. These dense objects are millions of times more massive than the sun and lie at the centers of galaxies, destroying anything that comes too close by ripping it into a stream of particles. But as it consumes life, it also gives it: Scientists have found evidence that new stars form within the galactic outflows, powerful winds of gas the supermassive black hole blows out.

A vision of the future

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-30-32Will humans one day be able to explore the solar system like they would a foreign country? Photo: NASA


If we want to see amazing things in outer space, we don’t have to leave our solar system. These three posters from the Visions of the Future series depict the gas giant Jupiter and two moons of Saturn, Titan, and Enceladus — and humans getting spectacular views of their natural beauty.

Enceladus is special particularly now because NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen coming from that moon, which certain life forms could use as a source of energy. Added to the heat source beneath its icy surface and it could have the ingredients to support alien life.

The next frontier

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-30-52A space colony imagined in the 1970s comes complete with trees and patio decks. Photo: Rick Guidice/NASA


What is life like in a doughnut-shaped space colony? This work from the 1970s, one of a series by various artists, imagines it like a suburban haven in the heavens, including patio decks, trees, skylights and tennis courts.

It’s possible a future human colony somewhere other than Earth would be built in space, but most of the talk today focuses on Mars and other planets. If that planet is far away, however, humans will have to make themselves comfortable on the spaceship trip over, and this doesn’t look like a bad way to travel.

A planet born from dust

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-31-05Life on a gas giant forming in a young solar system would look up at the night sky and see more dust than stars. Photo: NASA


This artist imagined what an early solar system would look like as it grows, including a cloudy planet at least as large as Jupiter forming from the dust around its star, complete with a ring of dust and ice. “If we were to visit a planet like this, we would have a very different view of the universe,” NASA says. “The sky, instead of being the familiar dark expanse lit by distant stars, would be dominated by the thick disc of dust that fills this young planetary system.”

A land of three suns

screenshot-www.ibtimes.com-2017-05-06-12-31-17This moon orbits a planet that is in a solar system with three stars instead of one. Photo: NASA


Are three suns better than one? After astronomers for the first time found a planet within a triple-star system — in which three stars orbit the same point — an artist imagined what it would look like to live there. This view, NASA says, is from “a hypothetical moon in orbit” around that planet, a gas giant just a little bit more massive than Jupiter.

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Noted Physicist Said We Have 1,000 Years Left On Earth

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Stephen Hawking is making apocalyptic predictions again. The respected theoretical physicist warns that humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species within the next century if we don’t want to go extinct. Last year, he prophesied that we had maybe 1,000 years left on Earth, and the inspiration for this newly-urgent timeline is unclear—except for the fact that Hawking’s new documentary about colonizing Mars is coming out soon.

To be sure, Earth is facing some big problems, including climate change, overpopulation, epidemics, and asteroid strikes. But before we flee this planet like an action hero jumping out of an explosion, let’s think about this for a second. Sure, it’d be great to have a backup civilization somewhere in case asteroids wipe out all life on Earth. And it would be one of the most exciting things humankind has ever done. But what would it actually require?

Finding a second home for humanity

Mars is a somewhat obvious choice because it’s nearby, but it’s not exactly Earth 2.0. In fact, it’s arguably a lot worse off than Earth. It has toxic soil, it’s freezing cold, and the air is unbreathable. Any Martian colony would likely rely on regular care packages from home, which would not work well if Earth was done-zo.

If we really want to find the perfect home away from home, we could look to other star systems: with billions of planets in the Milky Way, there’s a good chance some will have water, land, and breathable air. But so far we haven’t found Earth’s twin, and our telescopes don’t have the kind of resolution that could tell us in detail what an exoplanet is like. Also, it would take hundreds of years to get there, and if those passengers don’t die along the way, they’d likely evolve into a new species before they even got to their new planet.

Bringing enough people

We would need to send significant numbers of people to other worlds in order to ensure the survival of the human species. Small colonies are subject to genetic anomalies from inbreeding, and vulnerable to getting wiped out in accidents.

NASA’s missions to Mars will likely only carry as many as six people at a time to the red planet. SpaceX wants to develop an Interplanetary Transport System to deliver 100 Martian settlers at a time, but at the moment it is nothing more than an imaginary behemoth.

The interstellar route is even more challenging because we don’t even have an imaginary spacecraft capable of supporting thousands of people for hundreds of years on an interstellar journey.

And in either case, there’s always the politically charged question of: who goes and who stays? Do poor and disadvantaged people get left behind on a hellish world?

Making ourselves at home

If we really want to thrive on another planet, we’ll probably have to adapt the environment to suit our needs. Sure, we might be able to terraform Mars, but it would take about 100,000 years for its atmosphere to become breathable. Hope you’re not in a rush to go outdoors without a gas mask anytime soon.

Paying for it

NASA’s Journey to Mars is expected to cost up to $1.5 trillion. And that’s just for the first crews. Later on, launches bringing settlers and supplies to the colony would probably still cost hundreds of millions of dollars each.

And SpaceX’s plan to build the Interplanetary Transport System sounds great, but CEO Elon Musk has been very open about saying the company has no idea how it would pay for such a vessel.

And exactly who would pay to colonize Mars? Why would the U.S. government spend all that money to sustain a colony? What would we get out of it, besides better chances for the survival of our species? Will the Martian colony produce valuable exports, besides the (obviously awesome) scientific discoveries that would come out of it?

Surely there are a few wealthy Earthlings willing to pay millions of dollars each for a ride to and a habitat on an alien world, but the majority of folks who want to go to the red planet hope to come home afterward.

Solving the problems that are killing Earth

History has a tendency to repeat itself. Even if we do successfully colonize another planet, we’ll still have to solve all the problems that Earth currently faces. Our technologies are just as likely to destroy the environment on other planets, and epidemics and asteroids could wipe out a Martian settlement much easier than they could obliterate the entire population of Earth.

The television show that Stephen Hawking is promoting is all about how human ingenuity is solving the challenges of colonizing Mars. Well, surely if we can figure out how to survive on a completely alien world, then we can figure out how to survive in our own home -possibly a lot more easily and cheaply than the alternative.


Source: Stephen Hawking says we have 100 years to colonize a new planet … or die. Could we do it? | NJ.com

Four Simple Steps for Abundant Living

sea-749619_1280In today’s world we are so often reminded of how, through our intention, we have the ability to manifest our destiny. That with clear vision, faith, and by employing an act as if attitude, the universe will magically open up and bestow its riches upon us. But most of us simply find it difficult to break the monotony of the day to day grind or the constant barrage by the voice that resides within us. We batter and bruise ourselves throughout each hour of each day telling ourselves stories about how we are lacking. It is a struggle to maintain any real sense of our capability to manifest something let alone anything our hearts desire. We forget how powerful, graceful, and divine we truly are. Why say no, and why not are concepts that seem to elude us almost entirely. We lose our grip on the magic that surrounds us, the magic which enables us to create the very lives we are living.

It is the strength within our perception of the world around us, and our self-perception that ultimately serve to shape our reality. There are steps we can take to improve our perception to include the gift of possibility more frequently throughout our days. We choose to focus our thoughts in any particular direction, and that direction shapes our perception and predicts our experiences from moment to moment. By implementing the following short list of daily rituals we empower ourselves with the possibility for better or more rewarding experiences.

  1. Practice Daily Gratitude:

Take time every morning and every evening to give thanks. Start a journal that you will write down at least three things you are thankful for right after you wake up in the morning. These should not be things you feel you should be grateful for, but things that you truly are grateful for, no matter how big or small, then do the same ritual right before you go to bed at night. By practicing this ritual you are setting the stage for your day from a positive perspective by choosing to reflect on positive things. By practicing gratitude, you remind yourself of what is working in your life, shifting your thought patterns toward a more positive light. You are also enjoying a sense of abundance and more will be drawn to you.

  1. Take a Time-Out:

It is important that we take at least ten to twenty minutes a day to be alone and reconnect with ourselves. This is meant to be quiet time that you use to connect to your higher self, reminding yourself of why you are valued and what you are capable of. This is a moment to find peace and tranquility with the real you. This will strengthen your spirit and reinforce your positive frame of mind.

  1. Focused Thinking through Journaling:

Keep a journal of what you truly desire from any given scenario or aspect of your life and write in the journal daily. This will aid you in setting clear personal boundaries and prevent you from bringing negative situations into your life. Focused thinking will also strengthen your determination and encourages you to think outside the box, allowing for more opportunities to present themselves to you. This practice will empower you as you become clearer and clearer on what you do and do not want. Your sense of self-worth will improve and your drive and motivation will also increase.

  1. Give to Others:

The act of giving or doing for others brings a feeling of balance and wellbeing to your heart. It enriches your experience of life to bring happiness to others. The act of giving reminds you that you are worthy and valuable. Your sense of self-worth increases dramatically when you perform the act of giving.

Practicing these rituals on a daily basis will train your thoughts to stay focused on possibility and keep you in a positive mindset, effectively allowing abundance to find you. By the repetitive action of the steps listed above you are going about the building of a better life for yourself that will be more fulfilling than it would otherwise.

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Four Simple Steps for Abundant Living

Abundant Livingby Michelle Rene Goodhew

In today’s world we are so often reminded of how, through our intention, we have the ability to manifest our destiny. That with clear vision, faith, and by employing an act as if attitude, the universe will magically open up and bestow its riches upon us. But most of us simply find it difficult to break the monotony of the day to day grind or the constant barrage by the voice that resides within us. We batter and bruise ourselves throughout each hour of each day telling ourselves stories about how we are lacking. It is a struggle to maintain any real sense of our capability to manifest something let alone anything our hearts desire. We forget how powerful, graceful, and divine we truly are. Why say no, and why not are concepts that seem to elude us almost entirely. We lose our grip on the magic that surrounds us, the magic which enables us to create the very lives we are living.

It is the strength within our perception of the world around us, and our self-perception that ultimately serve to shape our reality. There are steps we can take to improve our perception to include the gift of possibility more frequently throughout our days. We choose to focus our thoughts in any particular direction, and that direction shapes our perception and predicts our experiences from moment to moment. By implementing the following short list of daily rituals we empower ourselves with the possibility for better or more rewarding experiences.

  1. Practice Daily Gratitude:

Take time every morning and every evening to give thanks. Start a journal that you will write down at least three things you are thankful for right after you wake up in the morning. These should not be things you feel you should be grateful for, but things that you truly are grateful for, no matter how big or small, then do the same ritual right before you go to bed at night. By practicing this ritual you are setting the stage for your day from a positive perspective by choosing to reflect on positive things. By practicing gratitude, you remind yourself of what is working in your life, shifting your thought patterns toward a more positive light. You are also enjoying a sense of abundance and more will be drawn to you.

  1. Take a Time-Out:

It is important that we take at least ten to twenty minutes a day to be alone and reconnect with ourselves. This is meant to be quiet time that you use to connect to your higher self, reminding yourself of why you are valued and what you are capable of. This is a moment to find peace and tranquility with the real you. This will strengthen your spirit and reinforce your positive frame of mind.

  1. Focused Thinking through Journaling:

Keep a journal of what you truly desire from any given scenario or aspect of your life and write in the journal daily. This will aid you in setting clear personal boundaries and prevent you from bringing negative situations into your life. Focused thinking will also strengthen your determination and encourages you to think outside the box, allowing for more opportunities to present themselves to you. This practice will empower you as you become clearer and clearer on what you do and do not want. Your sense of self-worth will improve and your drive and motivation will also increase.

  1. Give to Others:

The act of giving or doing for others brings a feeling of balance and wellbeing to your heart. It enriches your experience of life to bring happiness to others. The act of giving reminds you that you are worthy and valuable. Your sense of self-worth increases dramatically when you perform the act of giving.

Practicing these rituals on a daily basis will train your thoughts to stay focused on possibility and keep you in a positive mindset, effectively allowing abundance to find you. By the repetitive action of the steps listed above you are going about the building of a better life for yourself that will be more fulfilling than it would otherwise be.

Abundant Living

WRITERS – WEDNESDAYS VISUAL WRITING PROMPT CAN SHOW YOU WHAT FAMOUS AUTHOR YOU WRITE LIKE

Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

Wednesdays hit mid-week when the stress in our lives is hopefully at it’s lowest point. We’ve managed the Monday Rush and the Tuesday catch-up, and are ready to breathe a little. Now is the perfect time to get your writing mind back in action!

If You Don’t Use It – You Lose It

It is important that you exercise your writing ability. There is always room for improvement, and with a regular schedule of flexing your creative writing habit, you could be just one writers prompt away from that New York Times best seller!

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dare go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours. You are a story-teller so this should be a breeze.

Maybe you could use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing. A picture like this can spark ideas you may never have considered.

The Rules

There aren’t really many rules, just enough to get your blog some attention and get new people interested in your writing or the current book you have to offer.

  • Write in any genre you like – poetry too
  • Tag this post in your post (share this post to your WordPress blog as a new post) so I can find you (it will ping back to this post), then I can check out your work, and promote you on my social sites.
  • If you want, when your done, Check which famous writer you write like with a statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Just paste your completed work at  I Write Like – You will be given a badge that says which famous author you write like and you can paste the html into the end of your Wednesday Visual Writers Prompt, if you like, to show us all your badge! AWESOME
  • You have until the following Tuesday to complete this writers prompt, then I will be posting a new one on the following day, next Wednesday.

If you have any suggestions for future Wednesday Visual Writing Prompts, please let me know in the comments 🙂

I look forward to reading your writing.  

Michelle Rene

(if you post past the deadline I will do my best to read your work and share it on my social networks as time permits)


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Nature By Numbers: Fibonacci Sequence Animated In Stunning Video Will Take Your Breath Away.

by Kasim Khan – Team EiC

Sacred Geometry and The Fibonacci Sequence have been subjects that I have been learning more and more about over the past few years and the more I learn the more in-tune with nature I feel.

Artists and architects have been using geometrical and mathematical properties since ancient times. We’ve seen it used by architects from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and by Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. However, this animator wanted to showcase how these properties are used in nature … and he did so with mesmerizing results.

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AUTHOR MARKETING TIP – CREATE A PROFESSIONAL MEDIA KIT

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The key elements of an Author Media Kit?

An author bio

You’ll need two bios: one short and one long. Or, at the very least, one long bio where the first paragraph or two can stand on their own.

Some quick pointers on your author bio:

Be engaging. Unless you are writing cat books for an audience of cat lovers and want to get interviewed on cat.tv, no one cares about your cats (I do, I love cats, but the media doesn’t). However, if your cat once dragged in an old key, covered in moss, which inspired you to write your first adventure novel, well that is engaging and has to go in the bio.

Be yourself. Try and inject as much of your personality as possible into your bio. Don’t force humor into it if you don’t have a funny bone in your body. Try and show people that you are not just an author, but a real live human being as well and they may just form a connection with you.

Try and include anything that will make you stand out from the crowd.

EXAMPLES
[Your name here] is the author of [your genre here] novels [your book titles here].

She started writing horror stories after being trapped in an archaeological dig for 2 days. This was the subject of her breakthrough novel.

He started writing (sometimes corny) Science Fiction after seeing a worm hole in an apple.

After having her life saved by a man dressed like Sherlock Holmes she became fascinated with him and started writing fan fiction.

An author photo

This is all about you building a brand. Go and get a professional author photo. Go and do it now. Actually, wait, finish reading this and THEN go and get it done. Once you have an author photo NEVER CHANGE IT!

It will be something that people identify with for years to come. When Ian Fleming’s photo wasn’t included on the cover of one of his books, readers were up in arms.

Look at self-published author David Gaughran, his photo is brilliant, it’s instantly recognizable.

If you’ve got amazing photo skills (or have a friend who does) then by all means do it yourself. Include a prop, smile, be sincere, whatever it takes to reflect yourself and your personality.

Make sure you have copies of the photo in 300dpi resolution (for print) and 72dpi for the web. If you want to go all out, have a choice of photos and provide them in B&W as well.

Here’s a great example of an author press kit with a lot of photos.

Reviews / Awards

If you have reviews then you need to include a few of the best here. Don’t include too many, just keep it short and sweet. Do include the one from the New York Times, don’t include the one from your mum, her opinion doesn’t carry any weight here (unless she’s the editor of the New York Times Book Review).

You should also include any awards you have won, especially if they have a shiny badge that you can embed on the page. It’s all about verification.

Relevancy

What you need here is to show that you have actually thought about your target market and who your book appeals to. If you can lay out a reason why your book appeals perfectly to a certain cross section of the disaffected youth of today, then the editor of Disaffected Youth will be far easier to convince to cover your story.

The media are only out to provide stories that are relevant to their audience, so it is your responsibility to make yourself relevant to the right people.

Press contact details

If you’ve got someone doing publicity for you, or even a publisher, then make sure that their contact details are immediately obvious. If a journalist likes what you have to offer, they will be in touch for a follow up.

If you are a multitasking independent author, then try and provide contact information that looks professional. For example, a phone number and an email address that isn’tme@gmail.com but press@myauthorwebsite.com (you do have an author website, don’t you?).

Some sample interview questions

In keeping with the theme here, we’re trying to make it easy. Journalists don’t want to have to think too much. Give them some sample interview questions that allow you to showcase your amazing personality and your life changing book. You can be straightforward or creative, it’s entirely up to you and does of course depend on your genre. A book on poverty in the third world is going to need a different approach to a quirky Young Adult novel.

You can even pre-answer the questions, it just make things easier for the really lazy busy researcher.

Social media, videos etc.

Provide a list of links to all of your social media profiles. People do want to see what else you are up to.

If you have done interviews or podcasts then embed them, or at least provide links to them. People will want to see if you come across well on the screen or if you have an appealing voice. If you haven’t done any interviews yet then I would strongly recommend doing a video interview with a friend, recording it and putting it in.

Press release

Include the latest press release for your book. While your press release will of course have been tailored to each and every media contact that you send it to, you should also have a generic one. Put a link to it here.

Speaking engagements / Events

If you’ve got some exciting events lined up then include them, but don’t go overboard.

Okay, so we’ve got the essentials of your author press kit together. Now what?

First rule of author media kit success: Keep it updated. New books, new photos, new press releases, new events? Make sure they find their way to your kit.

Second rule of author media kit success: Make some noise. Generate some publicity. Approach media contacts with carefully designed press releases. You get the idea.

Third rule of media author kit success: Make it visible on your site. Put a menu item in your navigation bar, right next to the “about” and “books” links.

That’s it! Your next step is to get back to your writing so that you have plenty of books ready to sell when Oprah, the New York Times, or even your local college radio show come knocking at your door.

And to give you some inspiration, here are some Author Media Kit examples:

Fiction Author Media Kits

CJ Lyons | Stefanie Sloane | Adrienne Giordano | Carly Phillips | Lisa Jackson

Non-Fiction Author Media Kits

Tim Ferriss | Mardie Caldwell


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House Music – A Playlist

Demons

Imagine Dragons

When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold

When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

At the curtain’s call
It’s the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out
At the mess you made

Don’t wanna let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t wanna hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

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Ho Hey

The Lumineers

I’ve been trying to do it right
I’ve been living a lonely life
I’ve been sleeping here instead
I’ve been sleeping in my bed,

I’ve been sleeping in my bed

So show me family
all the blood that i will bleed
I dunno where I belong
I dunno where I went wrong,
but I can write a song

I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweet

I don’t think you’re right for him
think of what it might have been if you
took a bus to Chinatown
I’d be standing on canal
and bowery
and she’d be standing next to me

I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweetheart

And love, we need it now
Let’s hope for some
Cause oh, we’re bleeding out

I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
you’re my sweet

 

The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
Album: The Lumineers (April 3rd, 2012)
Label: Dualtone Music Group (US), Rouge/Inertia (AUS), Dine Alone Records (CAN), Decca Records (ROW)
Director: Ben Fee

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Alabama, Arkansas
I do love my ma and pa
Not that way that I do love you

Holy moley, me oh my
You’re the apple of my eye
Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Man, oh man, you’re my best friend
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothing that I need

Well, hot and heavy, pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy, Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothing please me more than you

Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you

La, la, la, la, take me home
Mommy, I’m coming home

I’ll follow you into the park
Through the jungle, through the dark
Girl, I never loved one like you

Moats and boats and waterfalls
Alleyways and pay phone calls
I’ve been everywhere with you

That’s true, laugh until we think we’ll die
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you

And in the streets you run a-free
Like it’s only you and me
Geez, you’re something to see

Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you

La, la, la, la, take me home
Daddy, I’m coming home

Jade Alexander, do you remember that day you fell out of my window?
I sure do, you came jumping out after me
Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke your ass,
You were bleeding all over the place and I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
Yes, I do, well, there’s something I never told you about that night
What didn’t you tell me?
While you were sitting in the backseat smoking a cigarette you thought was going to be your last,
I was falling deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you until just now

Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home, let me go home
Home is where I’m alone with you

Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you

Ah, home, yes I am home
Home is when I’m alone with you

Alabama, Arkansas
I do love my ma and pa
Moats and boats and waterfalls
Alleyways and pay phone calls

Ah, home, let me go home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home, let me go home
Home is where I’m alone with you

 

Taken from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ debut album ‘Up From Below’ available to buy here from iTunes: http://smarturl.it/upfrombelow

Co-director Ryan Gall
Produced by The Riot House

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Some Nights

Fun

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights, I call it a draw
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know anymore…
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah oh oh
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah oh oh

This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype – save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked, but here they come again to jack my style

And that’s alright; I found a martyr in my bed tonight
She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am
Oh, who am I? Oh, who am I? mmm… mmm…

Well, some nights, I wish that this all would end
Cause I could use some friends for a change
And some nights, I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights, I always win, I always win…

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know… (come on)

So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on
Oh, come on. Oh, come on, OH COME ON!

Well, this is it guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home; Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call “love”
But when I look into my nephew’s eyes…
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…
Some terrible nights…ahhh…

oh woah, oh woah, oh woah, oh oh
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah, oh oh

The other night, you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… oh…
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… oh…

 

Fun.’s music video for ‘Some Nights’ from the album, Some Nights – available now on Fueled By Ramen. Download it at http://smarturl.it/somenights

Go behind the scenes of this video at http://youtu.be/Olc6lHK-JV4

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Music

“Some Nights” by Fun. (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)


It’s Time

Imagine Dragons

So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain-check

I don’t ever wanna let you down
I don’t ever wanna leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
Right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain-check

I don’t ever wanna let you down
I don’t ever wanna leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

This road never looked so lonely
This house doesn’t burn down slowly
To ashes, to ashes

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit
I’m just the same as I was
Don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am

 

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Music video by Imagine Dragons performing It’s Time. © 2012 Interscope

Music

“It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)


The Stone In My Hand

Everlast

 

Ride with the devil, hide with the Lord
I got no pistol, ain’t got no sword
I got no army, ain’t got no land
Ain’t got nothing but the stone that’s in my hand

Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
Ain’t got nothing but the stone that’s in my hand

You say you want a revolution, well, get on board
We’ll start a new crusade, we’ll start a Holy war
Don’t need no orders, don’t need no plan
I don’t need nothing but the stone that’s in my hand

Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
I don’t need nothing but the stone that’s in my hand
Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
I don’t need nothing but the stone that’s in my hand

You build your fighter jets, you drop your bombs
You kill our fathers, you kill our moms
Kill our brothers and our sisters, and our uncles and our aunts
Still I’m fighting with the stone that’s in my hand

Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
Still I’m fighting with the stone that’s in my hand
Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
All the love that’s in my heart and the stone that’s in my hand

Blood runs the gutters, smoke fills the sky
Every son that suffers, every mother cries
So if you’ve had enough and you’re ready for your stand
I’ll be waiting with the stone that’s in my hand

Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
I’ll be waiting with the stone that’s in my hand
Stone in my hand, stone in my hand
All the love that’s in my heart and the stone that’s in my hand


 

 

Ride

Lana Del Rey

 

[Music video spoken introduction:]
I was in the winter of my life, and the men I met along the road were my only summer.
At night I fell asleep with visions of myself, dancing and laughing and crying with them.
Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour, and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.
I was a singer – not a very popular one,
I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken.
But I didn’t really mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I’d been living, they asked me why – but there’s no use in talking to people who have home.
They have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people – for home to be wherever you lay your head.
I was always an unusual girl.
My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean…
And if I said I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying…
Because I was born to be the other woman.
Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything, with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about it, and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

I’ve been out on that open road
You can be my full time daddy,
White and gold
Singing blues has been getting old
You can be my full time baby,
Hot or cold

Don’t break me down
I’ve been travelin’ too long
I’ve been trying too hard
With one pretty song

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in midnight
Been tryin’ hard not to get into trouble,
But I, I’ve got a war in my mind
So, I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, just ride

Dying young and I’m playing hard
That’s the way my father made his life an art
Drink all day and we talk ’til dark
That’s the way the road dogs do it – ride ’til dark.

Don’t leave me now
Don’t say good bye
Don’t turn around
Leave me high and dry

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in midnight
Been tryin’ hard not to get into trouble,
But I, I’ve got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, just ride

I’m tired of feeling like I’m fucking crazy
I’m tired of driving ’til I see stars in my eyes
It’s all I’ve got to keep myself sane, baby
So I just ride, I just ride

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in midnight
Been tryin’ hard not to get into trouble,
But I, I’ve got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, I just ride

[Music video spoken ending:]
Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.
We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.
Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.
I believe in the country America used to be.
I believe in the person I want to become.
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever:
“I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself I ride, I just ride.”
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.

 

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Music video by Lana Del Rey performing Ride. (C) 2012 Lana Del Rey, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK). Under exclusive licence to Interscope Records in the USA


 

 

Waiting on the World to Change

John Mayer

 

Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

That’s why we’re waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It’s not that we don’t care,
We just know that the fight ain’t fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

And we’re still waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

 

Music video by John Mayer performing Waiting On The World To Change. (C) 2006 AWARE RECORDS LLC


 

 

Lost In My Mind

The Head and the Heart

 

Put your dreams away for now
I won’t see you for some time
I am lost in my mind
I get lost in my mind

Momma once told me
You’re already home where you feel loved
I am lost in my mind
I get lost in my mind

Oh my brother
Your wisdom is older than me
Oh my brother
Don’t you worry ’bout me

Don’t you worry
Don’t you worry, don’t worry about me

How’s that bricklayin’ comin’?
How’s your engine runnin’?
Is that bridge gettin’ built?
Are your hands gettin’ filled?
Won’t you tell me, my brother?

‘Cause there are stars
Up above

We can start
Moving forward

How’s that bricklayin’ comin’?
How’s your engine runnin’?
Is that bridge gettin’ built?
Are your hands gettin’ filled?
Won’t you tell me, my brother?

‘Cause there are stars
Up above

We can start
Moving forward

Lost in my mind
Lost in my mind
Oh I get lost in my mind
Lost, I get lost

I get lost in my mind
Lost in my mind
Yes I get lost in my mind,
Lost, I get lost
I get lost

Oh I get lost

Oh I get…

 


 

 

Carry On

Fun

 

Well I woke up to the sound of silence
The cars were cutting like knives in a fist fight
And I found you with a bottle of wine
Your head in the curtains
And heart like the Fourth of July

You swore and said
We are not
We are not shining stars
This I know
I never said we are

Though I’ve never been through hell like that
I’ve closed enough windows
To know you can never look back

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on

So I met up with some friends
At the edge of the night
At a bar off 75
And we talked and talked
About how our parents will die
All our neighbours and wives

But I like to think
I can cheat it all
To make up for the times I’ve been cheated on
And it’s nice to know
When I was left for dead
I was found and now I don’t roam these streets
I am not the ghost you want of me

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Woah
My head is on fire
But my legs are fine
Cause after all they are mine
Lay your clothes down on the floor
Close the door
Hold the phone
Show me how
No one’s ever gonna stop us now

Cause we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
So we’ll come
We will find our way home

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on, carry on

 

Fun.’s music video for ‘Carry On’ from the album, Some Nights – available now on Fueled By Ramen. Download it at http://smarturl.it/somenights

Go behind the scenes of this video at http://youtu.be/3k4EvMh7xWk

Directed by Anthony Mandler and featuring an original score by Andrew Dost

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Counting Stars

One Republic

 

[Chorus:]
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars
Yeah, we’ll be counting stars

[Verse 1:]
I see this life like a swinging vine,
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs,
Seek it out and ye shall find.

Old but I’m not that old
Young but I’m not that bold
And I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

And I I I I feel something so right by doing the wrong thing
And I I I I feel something so wrong by doing the right thing

I could lie, couldn’t I, couldn’t I?
Every thing that kills me makes me feel alive.

[Chorus:]
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be-we’ll be counting stars

Ye-e-yeah

[Verse 2:]
I feel her love
And I feel it burn down this river every time
Hope is our four-letter word, make that money watch it burn

Old but, I’m not that old
Young, but I’m not that bold
And I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

And I I I I feel something so wrong by doing the right thing
I could lie, couldn’t I, couldn’t I?
Everything that drowns me makes me wanna fly

[Chorus:]
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be-we’ll be counting stars

Oh, take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned

Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

[Chorus:]
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars
Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be-we’ll be counting stars

Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned
Take that money watch it burn,
Sing in the river the lessons I learned

 

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Music video by OneRepublic performing Counting Stars. (C) 2013 Mosley Music/Interscope Records


 

 

Home

Phillip Phillips

 

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave (wave) is stringing us along

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble—it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo. Oo-oo-oo-oo [2x]
Aaa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa. Aa-aa-aa-aaaaaa [4x]

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

 

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheWorldiTunes

Music video by Phillip Phillips performing Home.


 

 

From the Chef    ♣    June 2015

June will ring in the summer. We hope you will be enjoying some sunshine this month.Our focus for the month of June will be music and health.

Music can rouse us from our slumber and excite us into having fun and feeling good. This month at the YSayNoCafe we will be posting several playlists on the Jukebox, one of which should surely peek your interest. Take some time and listen in, or sing along as we will be posting all of the lyrics as well. We hope you enjoy the collections we assemble, our hope is to make your days more enjoyable and keep you moving forward toward your goals.

Health is a big concern for us this month and we keep thinking of all those patrons who failed to shed their winter pounds and are feeling like crap because of it. Let’s face it, what you put into your body directly effects the quality of your life and the experiences you gain from day to day living. We are adding some amazing healthy diet ideas that will not only have you shedding up to thirty pounds by the end of summer, but get your skin glowing, your hair shining, and your energy level on the rise. Let’s change your life for the better from the inside out.

So be sure to stop by the Cafe for your dose of some of our best this month, you wont regret it.

As always, thank you for your patronage.

Michelle Rene

This Will Change the Way You See the Universe

What people say about I KNOW WHAT I SAW – “Compelling” – Steven Spielberg, “The Real Close Encounters – Larry King, CNN. “The most compelling film on the subject to date.” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut. Government and Military Officials reveal the truth about UFOs. The most credible UFO witnesses from around the world tell stories that challenge reality in I KNOW WHAT I SAW, a documentary guaranteed to change the way we see the universe. Director James Fox brings together the testimony of Air Force generals, astronauts, military and commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries; their accounts reveal the reasons those involved at the highest levels have chosen government secrecy over public disclosure in I KNOW WHAT I SAW on UFOTV®.

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UFOs OUT OF THE BLUE

Narrated by Peter Coyote, OUT OF THE BLUE is widely considered one of the best documentary films ever made about UFOs and was directed by celebrated filmmakers James Fox, Tim Coleman and Boris Zubov. The films producers traveled around the world to investigate some of the most famous UFO events on record. Through exclusive interviews with high-ranking military and government personnel, this award-winning film supports the theory that some UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin.

This film features Governor Fife Symington, Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Russian General Leonid Aleviev, President Jimmy Carter, Cosmonaut Major General Pavel Popovich, UK Admiral Lord Hill Norton, Physics Professor Dr. Brian Greene, President Gerald Ford, Astronaut Colonel Gordon Cooper. White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and many more. Presents an International Scope, Quality Testimony, and Scientific Perspectives. OUT OF THE BLUE provides a Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon.

“The weirdest thing about the documentary OUT OF THE BLUE is how weird it isn’t.” – TV Guide

“…methodically lays out out an argument that something is out there.” – Associated Press

“OUT OF THE BLUE emerges as one of the very best films ever produces on this, one of the most interesting in the history of science.” – Skeptic Magazine

NOW AVAILABLE IN A 2-DVD SPECIAL EDITION from UFOTV – Out of the Blue: The Definitive Investigation on the UFO Phenomenon – LOADED with Bonus Features and Interviews – Cat# U81112, Go tohttp://www.UFOTV.com

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THRIVE ~ Real Solutions, Empowering Lives

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.


If you value what is presented in this movie, please go to http://thrivemovement.com/ where you can support Thrive Movement by making a donation. You will also find more in-depth information on each of the subjects discussed in the movie, learn about Critical Mass initiatives supported by Thrive, and connect with others who are waking up and taking action.


Own THRIVE on DVD with 50+ minutes of bonus features:http://www.thrivemovement.com/store
If you value what is presented in this movie, please go tohttp://thrivemovement.com/ where you can support Thrive Movement by making a donation. You will also find more in-depth information on each of the subjects discussed in the movie, learn about Critical Mass initiatives supported by Thrive, and connect with others who are waking up and taking action.

Source: http://thespiritscience.net/2012/09/16/thrive-what-on-earth-will-it-take/


Writer’s Tip: Proofreading & Editing

Editing and Proof Reading – Busting the Myths

So you’ve written a novel. Oh, okay, let’s not use the word ‘novel’. Say anything: short story, essay, just any form of writing. You’ve written the first draft. You think it’s good. You think it’s great. You think it’s wonderful.

But it’s not ready to be distributed or shown to anyone else yet. Before that, there is what some writers call the ‘mammoth’ task of editing/rewriting. To make sure that everything is perfect. No contradictory information, no confusing sentences, no over-used words, no kid-like grammar, and the like. Similarly, checking for spelling mistakes (typos) or grammar mistakes (called by some as grammos — I personally don’t use that word!) is known as proof-reading.

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Many writers hate the task of editing or proof-reading. Why?

Because they think it comes when the ‘creative stage’ of writing is finished. They hate to look for errors — they’re already convinced it’s done, come on! Proof-reading — argghhh (according to some writers). Necessary evil.

But when one looks below the surface, a lot of different answers are to be found. Editing is not as hard as it looks. Nor is it boring. It’s fun.

Yes, I’m not kidding. It’s fun to correct your work. Although it’s not as much fun to correct the same mistake over and over again. :roll: To fix broken sentences, to correct grammar — the fun of that depends on you. For me, they’re not too great, but they have to be done, nevertheless.

And what about proof reading? Well, even that’s not as hard as most people think. Yes, it is a bit boring—in fact, very boring at the start—but it’s immensely rewarding. When you go over the same thing twice and find that all previous mistakes were corrected by you, the author, the feeling which comes is great. Sense of achievement!

As a matter of fact, proof reading your own work is also helpful long-term. When the brain collects information about what kind of mistakes it’s doing, it will not do the same mistakes again. Grammatical errors such as the wrong use of the apostrophe, “its” vs. “it’s” or “accept” vs. “except” will be done plenty of times in the first draft. But as you keep editing, proof reading, writing, editing and proof reading all over again, you’ll find that the mistakes will gradually reduce. The brain will get more competitive.

Proof reading: proof reading generally means to check your work minutely for typos, grammatical errors, strange repetition of words, accidental contradictory information and the like. Although they’re highly annoying to correct the first time, it’s also rewarding to see after a period of time that you’re no longer making those mistakes just because you made them in the first place.

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When we write, self-correction drives us bananas

Writing articles drives us crazy. Our natural tendency to self-edit gets out of hand. We can’t seem to put it on hold, even for a few minutes.

And the reason for that is our lack of competency.

Competency is a state of mind you reach when you’ve made enough mistakes that your brain can now move on.

That’s right. It’s not about getting things right in your brain — it’s about getting things wrong. The brain has to make hundreds, even thousands of mistakes — and overcome those mistakes — to be able to reach a level of competency.

Once it reaches competency, it self-edits on the fly

You can see this for yourself by spending time with a two-year-old.

Get the child to walk on grass, and then on gravel. He’ll struggle, and he may fall.

Get the child to say a sentence, and he’ll struggle to find the right words in the right order.

And yes, you may say that a child’s brain is not fully developed. But in fact, the brains of two-year-old children have more neural connections than at any other point in their lives. As they grow older, they lose many of those neural connections. Technically speaking at least, the child is in the best possible situation to learn — and learn quickly.

Yet they struggle

And that’s because the child hasn’t made enough mistakes yet. His brain is still working on finding and correcting them.

Once the brain makes enough mistakes — and corrects them — it now has a database of information that it can call upon at any time. Your brain has now reached its level of competency in that field, be it walking, talking or writing.

Your brain can now self-edit on the fly.

This is what great athletes do

And great writers.

And great singers.

And great speakers.

They’re still constantly self-editing, but they’ve reached such a high level of competency that they’ve moved into the realm of ‘fluency.’

Fluency is when self-editing happens so quickly that we can’t see it

It seems magical. And when things seem magical, we call it ‘talent.’

But what we call talent is just an advanced level of self-editing. Over and over and over again, until it’s second-nature.

Until your article writing looks like this:

Write. Write. Write. Edit. Write. Write. Write. Write. Edit.


Source: http://www.writerstreasure.com/editing-proof-reading-busting-myths/

Source: http://www.copyblogger.com/stop-self-editin/


Top Resources For Writers

 First:   WORTH LOOKING AT


 Custom Cover Illustration & Design Services

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What Do You Look For In A Cover Design?

Hi, my name is Michelle Rene and I am a freelance cover designer and illustrator. I also contract through several publishers as a cover designer and illustrator.

I am published in six genres and my creative diversity shows in my various works. Some of my designs were previously published in Creative Review magazine. I am an artist and have a true passion for my work.

I think a great cover design engages the viewer by drawing them in with a design style that speaks for the story. Branding the author is imperative, the designer is responsible for presenting their image as a first impression to the public, special thought and time should go into font, color scheme and placement.

As a designer I feel that hearing the heart of the story from you, the author, your passion for your creation fuels my creativity and design process. I want my authors to feel that my illustration and design is the vision they hoped for in representing their work to the public. I want to pull potential readers in with the cover design, it has to stand out from the rest as a unique work of art.

I also design social and website banners, posters for book tours, bookmarks, book teasers, and business cards, all for your book marketing efforts.

I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Find out more about me at 
http://michellerenegoodhew.com 

Sincerely, 
Michelle Rene Goodhew 
goodhewmichelle@gmail.com 
USA 360-854-8610

Website: http://michellerenegoodhew.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtistandIllustratorMichelleReneGoodhew

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleRene00

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 NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

I have done my best to break this up into reasonable sections. It has taken me some considerable time to develop this list that is packed with some of the best and immediately useful things you will find on the internet or waste hours or even months searching for on your own. I will be updating this list often and if you have a golden ticket item you think should be included please let me know so everyone can benefit 🙂


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    • Most Helpful Articles
    • Education for Writers and Publishers
    • Useful Webinars
    • My Additional Groups (this section will move to my bio page later)
    • Additional Relevant Resources
    • The NaNoWriMo Blog and Information
    • Various Pictures and Lists For Getting Noticed as a Writer – Contests

Soon to come:

  • Top Videos On Writing
  • Top Books On Writing
  • More educational resources
  • Blogs You Should Follow
  • More about marketing
  • Agents
  • Publishing Houses with contact info for submission
  • All About Covers, Cover Designers and Illustrators
  • STRATEGY – A Plan of Attack for all this info – DIRECTIONS

and more…

Never give up on your dream, it is possible if you apply yourself.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Cheers,

Michelle Rene

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 Top Links/Resources

AAUPA- Association of American University Presses

http://www.aaupnet.org/

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. – See more at: http://www.aaupnet.org/#sthash.nfduP0D8.dpuf

IBPA – Independent Book Publishers Association

https://www.ibpa-online.org/about/

Proudly serving the indie publishing community since 1983. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the indie publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. If you’re an indie publisher, self-published author, small press, or mid-sized publisher. IBPA makes it easier for indie book publishers and self-published authors to navigate the sometimes intimidating publishing process.

Wattpad

http://www.wattpad.com/about

Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Whether you’ve never written before, or published multiple books, Wattpad offers benefits for writers of all levels.

Kindle – Direct Publishing

http://www.amazonkdp.com/

Publish your book for free. With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can easily publish your book and reach millions of readers while maintaining complete control of your work. Earn royalties of up to 70%. Available for sales to customers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Publish quickly. Create and publish in just minutes and have your book appear on Amazon sites within two days. Distribute globally. Publish once and sell worldwide on Amazon sites. Easily publish your book in multiple languages. Publish to the Kindle ecosystem. Make your book available for all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Createspace – Amazon Independent publishing from start to finish.

https://www.createspace.com/diy?ref%3D1383688%26utm_id%3D6072%26cp%3D70170000000c3cK%26ls%3DAmazon%26sls%3DAmazon_Selfpub

Join the world of published authors with CreateSpace’s easy-to-use independent publishing tools. You’ll find everything you need to create, publish and distribute your book for free. Keep control. Maintain complete creative control and own your copyright with our non-exclusive agreement. Publish easily. Use free tools to build and publish your book. Get to market fast. Have your work published and available in just a few days. Distribute globally. Reach readers worldwide through Amazon.com and Amazon’s European websites. Earn high royalties. Set your list price and receive industry-leading royalties.

ACX –Amazon Audiobook Platform

http://www.acx.com/

ACX is a marketplace where authors, agents, publishers and other audio Rights Holders can post audiobook rights to both new frontlist titles and to backlist titles that were never published as audiobooks. At ACX, projects seeking narrators are matched with Producers, which include audiobook publishers, narrators, engineers, and recording studios. Rights Holders and Producers negotiate a fee based on the cost per finished hour of the book, or they can choose to forgo upfront payment and share all royalties earned from sales of the finished audiobook. Once the Producer completes the recording and engineering of the audiobook production, the finished audiobook is distributed to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Writing Academy

http://www.scribophile.com/academy/

The Scribophile Writing Academy is a collection of free writing resources produced by members of the Scribophile community who are writing professionals.

Pubslush

http://pubslush.com/

Pubslush is a crowdfunding platform built exclusively for the literary world. It was founded when books and other literary projects were often overlooked next to dynamic, visual projects such as films and inventions on the available crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Campaigners are able to set a minimum and maximum goal through Pubslush. The minimum goal is the amount a project will need in order to fulfill their rewards and publishing goals and isn’t displayed publicly. Even if a campaign doesn’t reach the maximum goal, so long as it surpasses the minimum goal campaigners will receive the funds they raised. A campaign’s minimum must be $500 or above.

There are no costs to use the basic Pubslush services. Pubslush is completely free and risk free. If a campaigner raises over the minimum goal set for themselves, Pubslush takes only 4% of what the campaigner raises during the time of campaign.

SPAWN – Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network

http://www.spawn.org/

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.

SPAWN also encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits. On this Web site you will find information on writing, marketing, and publishing. It also offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media.

AUTHOR-U

http://authoru.org

Author U (niversity) is a non-profit membership community of authors, writers and publishers and registered as a 501 (c)6 with the IRS. It’s for you to if you want to learn about …

  • Writing a book, resurrecting a book, or just supporting a book;
  • Creating one that will find a following;
  • Strategizing the steps to be successful;
  • Developing a game-plan that has roots;
  • Designing a book that is the right fit for your audience;
  • Publishing a book that turns heads;
  • Marketing moxie that creates results;
  • Social media strategies that are book and author friendly;
  • Publicity tactics that work;
  • Crowdfunding for Authors and Books;
  • Gizmos, gadgets and technology; and
  • Achieving Amazing Results

Is there a book in you? Or another? Or does your book need a makeover? Author U will show you how to create, develop and publish your book without being hoodwinked. If you already have a book out, you will find a supportive and brain-storming community that is connected and creative.

JKSCommunications – A Literary Publicity Agency

http://www.jkscommunications.com/about/

A full-service literary publicity firm that represents some of the finest publishers, authors and books in the United States. Our team consists of professionals who specialize in media relations, new-model book tours, social networking, online visibility, book trailer production and website development specifically for the book publishing industry.

Our business model takes into account the life-style and comfort level of authors to promote books in a way that works best for them so that they will enjoy the experience, be more relaxed and spend more time on making their book a success. We help build the platform for and promote books and authors in ways that are time consuming and impossible for authors to do themselves.

The Book Consultant Articles

http://www.susandaffron.com/category/writing-publishing/self-publishing/

Articles focusing on self-publishing and online marketing. The Web site has more than 200 articles on publishing, marketing, writing, graphics, printing, layout, design, Web sites, ecommerce and more.

Editorial Freelancers Association

http://www.the-efa.org/

As a publisher or author, you want qualified professionals to work on your manuscript or project. Where else to find them than through the largest and oldest national professional organization of editorial freelancers? As a freelancer, you owe it to yourself to be a part of that organization, which is dedicated to supporting its membership and your freelance career.

Independent Editors Group

http://www.bookdocs.com/

The Independent Editors Group is the premier professional affiliation of New York City-based, freelance editors/book doctors/ghostwriters who work with writers, editors, publishers and agents in trade book publishing.

US Copyright Office

http://www.copyright.gov/
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington DC 20559-6000

BOOK PUBLISHERS NORTHWEST

2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275
Seattle WA 98109
Web Site: http://www.bookpublishersnw.com
Email: bpnwnews@aol.com

Tom Masters, President
Phone: 206/931-4656


 Most Helpful Articles

eBook formatting tips for self-published authors

http://blog.bookbaby.com/category/ebook-formatting/

How to Publish a Book on Amazon

http://writerscircle.com/2014/08/how-to-publish-a-book-on-amazon.html

Freelance Editing: How to Hire an Editor for Your Book or Query Letter

http://writerunboxed.com/2012/12/10/dec-24-column/

Vetting an Independent Editor

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/05/vetting-independent-editor.html

How to find the independent editor that’s right for you

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2012/05/9-ways-to-vet-an-independent-editor/

How to Set the Right Price for Your Self-Published Book

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/09/how-to-set-the-right-price-for-your-self-published-book/

Book Pricing Basics – Setting the Retail Price for Your Book

https://www.millcitypress.net/setting-retail-price

DIY: How to Price a Self-Published E-Book

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/61244-diy-how-to-price-a-self-published-e-book.html

How to Get Feedback on Your Writing (and Sort the Good from the Bad)

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2012/05/how-to-get-feedback-on-your-writing-and.html

3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-parkin/3-ways-to-indie-authors-c_b_4171371.html

How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books

http://thewritelife.com/how-successful-authors-use-social-media-to-sell-more-books/


 Education for Writers and Publishers

Writers Digest University

https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/

You’ve never written anything: For first time authors the thought of finishing a first draft can seem as achievable as running a marathon. That’s why our workshops are developed and led by professionals who have been in the same exact spot as you and come out on top.

If you have an idea for a novel but just don’t know how to get started or are having a hard time getting the first draft down on paper our intro workshop, 12 Weeks to a First Draft is the perfect first step for you!

You have some writing experience: Have you ever heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”? The saying rings as true now as it did when it was first spoken. Writers of all levels can benefit from our workshops to help them get to their next level. So if you want to improve your characterization, dialogue, storytelling, or venture into a new genre or topic of writing, we have a workshop for you!

If you are a professional author: The Writer’s Digest Shop has something for you too! While you’ve perfected the art of the written word, the rewriting process is always daunting. Let us help with our army of professional critique editors.

IBPA’s Institution on OpenLearning

https://www.ibpa-online.org/ibpas-institution-on-openlearning/

Online education for independent publishers and self-published authors.

On April 30, 2014, IBPA announced OpenLearning, an exciting new member benefit. OpenLearning is a cloud-based e-learning platform that integrates social media techniques — including chatting, posting comments, blogging, and sharing materials — with quality educational content. IBPA’s institution within OpenLearning houses Ask the Experts, Pre-Recorded IBPA Webinars, and other courses created specifically for IBPA members.

Stanford Creative Writing Courses

https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/creative-writing-courses/online-writing-courses

The Online Writing Program at Stanford Continuing Studies, which offers dynamic courses in every genre, also hosts the Certificate Program in Novel Writing. The Certificate Program builds on the success and excellent teaching of our regular online writing courses with the goal of providing a structured environment in which you can write your novel.

Yale Publishing Course

https://www.facebook.com/YalePublishingCourse


 Useful Webinars

  1. Writer’s Digest: Secrets of Successful Self-Publishers

Here’s a great tutorial on e-book publishing and marketing.  You’ll learn the basics of formatting and design, distribution, and selling strategies for Amazon. This webinar aired in October 2013 and is available for viewing whenever you want!

  1. Houston Writers Guild: Building an Organized, Supportive, Successful Writers Community

A number of wonderful, free (or cheap) webinars are available online thanks to the Houston Writers Guild. The topic of creating community among writers is particularly important and rarely discussed, which is why we were thrilled to discover this fantastic free webinar. It’s already been uploaded and ready to view whenever the mood strikes you. While you’re at it, check out Houston Writers Guilds’ other free webinars.

  1. Grant Space: Proposal Writing Basics  

While the thought of writing a grant proposal may not tickle your fancy, it’s a skill that’s highly sought after and could land you a job. Grant writing is an excellent way to translate your writing abilities into a full-time career. If you’d like to get a better grasp of what it’s all about, this is the webinar for you.

  1. Script Magazine: How to Write a Screenplay

Get insider tips on structuring your movie script and tailoring it for your audience.  You’ll also learn how to market your screenplay using a logline, your one-line pitch. If you’re interested in screenwriting or looking to broaden your knowledge base, you can access this webinar for free and watch it on-demand.


 My Additional Groups

Northwest Science Fiction Society (NWSFS)

Indie Science Fiction Writers Group

Whatcom Writers and Publishers

Bellingham Science Fiction and Fantasy Concern


Additional Relevant Resources 


The NaNoWriMo Blog

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.Here’s a little more about how it all works.

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. You know how writing makes the world a more creative, vibrant place. Through NaNoWriMo—as well as our Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program, and Camp NaNoWriMo—we work hard to empower and encourage that vibrant creativity around the world. We can’t do it without writers like you.


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Writing Contests – Writer’s Digest

 Enter one of the acclaimed Writer’s Digest’s writing contests & writing competitions2 to find out if you have what it takes to be a winning writer!

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  •  NewPages Big List of Writing Contests

  • The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines for the current year.

Healthy Choices – Finding Balance

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Finding Balance

There are 7 main energy centers in the body, known as chakras. Each chakra is located throughout our body so that it correlates to specific body ailment and physical dysfunctions; each energy center also houses our mental and emotional strengths. When we have a physical issue, it creates weaknesses in our emotional behavior. When we release the stale energy from the body, it can undo any tightness, stiffness, or malfunction of that area.

The clearing of the energy can also balance our emotional state of mind. The Chakra Mind-Body Balance is a two-way street: if there are certain fears and emotions we are holding on to, we experience physical restrictions, too.

If you have achiness or stiffness, or certain reoccurring emotions and fears, read along and you may find out which chakra is affected or blocked.


Meditation – Chakra Balancing

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Audio Length: 35 Minutes
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This audio uses bin-aural beats with background music to induce brain wave entrancement for Chakra Balancing.

http://free-meditation-music.com/chakra-balancing/


 Check Out Your Chakras

1st or Root Chakra

 The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine, near your tailbone. This chakra is represented by the color red and governs your most primal survival instincts. Since this chakra serves as our foundation, you might feel detached or “scattered” when this energy center is blocked. Other symptoms could include intestinal problems, poor circulation, hypertension, aggressive behavior, insecurity and unexplained fear.

Physical imbalances in the root chakra include problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostrate gland. Those with imbalances here are also likely to experience issues of degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation.

Emotional imbalances include feelings affecting our basic survival needs: money, shelter and food; ability to provide for life’s necessities.

When this chakra is balance, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and grounded.

The lesson of this chakra is self-preservation; we have a right to be here.

2nd or Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, just below the navel. This chakra is represented by the color orange and governs your sense of pleasure and well-being. It also rules your sexual desire and has a direct influence on your relationship with money as well. When this center is blocked, you could experience menstrual problems, prostate disease, IBS, dependency issues, destructive behaviors and problems with control.

Physical imbalances include sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain.

Emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships. Our ability to express our emotions. Our ability to have fun, play based on desires, creativity, pleasure, sexuality. Fears of impotence, betrayal, addictions.

When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing.

The lesson of this chakra is to honor others.

3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located above the navel, in your stomach, and is represented by the color yellow. This chakra governs your self-esteem and self-worth. When blocked, you might experience feelings of insecurity and self-doubt, as well as diabetes, ulcers, intestinal problems and pessimism.

Physical imbalances include digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, colon diseases.

Emotional imbalances include issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances.

When this chakra is balanced, we feel self-respect and self-compassion. We feel in control, assertive, confident.

The lesson of this chakra is self-acceptance.

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4th or Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest, just above your heart and represented by the color green. This chakra governs your inner peace and of course, your ability to give and receive love. When blocked, you might experience a lack of self-control, allergies, problems with the immune system, diseases of the heart, jealousy and difficulty opening up to others.

Physical imbalances include asthma, heart disease, lung disease,issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.

Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness.

When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained.

The lesson of this chakra is I Love.

5th or Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is located in the throat area (thus its name), and governs your ability for self-expression and communication.Represented by the color blue, this chakra also rules your physical health. When blocked, you could experience respiratory problems, sore throats, thyroid problems or difficulty expressing yourself. You might also find it difficult to trust others and have difficulty making (and sticking to) decisions.

Physical imbalances include thyroid issues, sore throats, laryngitis, TMJ, ear infections, ulcers, any facial problems (chin, cheek, lips, tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain.

Emotional imbalances include issues of self-expression through communication, both spoken or written. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control.

When this chakra is balanced, we have free flowing of words,expression, communication. We are honest and truthful yet firm. We are good listeners.

The lesson of this chakra is to speak up and let your voice be heard.

6th or Third Eye Chakra

The Brow Chakra is located on your forehead, between your eyes. This is often referred to as the “Third Eye” because it is here that your intuitive and psychic energy resides. Represented by the color indigo, this chakra also governs your imagination, your intelligence and your decision-making skills. When this chakra is blocked, you could experience sinus problems, eye infections, headaches and an inability to focus or concentrate.

Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone function.

Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, andself-reflection; An inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others. Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination.

When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight.

The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.

7th or Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is the most “evolved” of the seven major chakras. Represented by the color violet, it is here that your connection to the Divine resides and where Universal energy enters your body. When blocked, you could experience depression, confusion, narcissism and difficulty trusting others.

Physical imbalance include depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, environment.

Emotional imbalances include issues with self-knowledge and greater power. Imbalances arise from rigid thoughts on religion and spirituality, constant confusion, carry prejudices, “analysis paralysis.” Fear of alienation.

When this chakra is balanced, we live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance.

The lesson of this chakra is live mindfully.

After reading this, you (like me) may feel that more than one chakra is imbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate and either become overactive or under-active.

The best way to start balancing them is to start at the root chakraand work your way up to the crown chakra.



Feed The Muse – Never Never Land

Fast Asleep

Shut Eye Boosts Your Creative Capabilities


Sleep

Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan. A lack of sleep is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.

Sleep is connected to successful weight management. Your health is affected by your sleep, a lack of sleep puts added stress on your body and effects your cardiovascular system. Sleeplessness also affects reaction time and decision making. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression. A good night’s sleep can help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.


A good nights sleep is an invitation to your muse.

In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well. Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the easel and paintbrushes or the pen and paper. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.

What Will Help You Improve Your Sleeping Habits?

  • Stop drinking caffeine after 2pm.
  • Avoid a big, heavy meal right before bed.
  • Even though a nightcap may help you relax and fall asleep faster, it’ll make the second half of your sleep cycle restless and unsatisfying. Have your drink at dinnertime (6pm) so it wears off before bed.
  • Doing anything that raises your body temperature too close to bedtime may actually hinder you from falling asleep.
  • Stretching with yoga before bed can calm down your mind, steady your breath, and reduce muscle tension without increasing your heart rate.
  • Bright light too close to bedtime can make it hard to fall asleep. Low lighting signals the biological clock that it’s time to wind down, while bright light signal the brain to remain alert. Try low wattage lightbulbs.
  • Typing in bed can wind you up, so when you do unplug, it will be harder to fall asleep. Disconnect an hour before bed, turn your smartphone off, and put any gadgets on an out-of-reach dresser or in another room so you won’t be able to grab it if you get the late-night urge.
  • The bedroom should be for sleep and sex only, anything else is clutter and has the ability to signal your brain and body that it needs to be alert. Make your bedroom your sanctuary for love and rest.

Surprising Health Benefits Of Sleep

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting creativity and mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

“Sleep used to be kind of ignored, like parking our car in a garage and picking it up in the morning,” says David Rapoport, M.D., director of the NYU Sleep Disorders Program.

Not anymore. Here are some health benefits researchers have discovered about a good night’s sleep.

Improve Memory

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).

“If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice,” says Dr. Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. “But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better.”

In other words if you’re trying to learn something new — whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing — you’ll perform better after sleeping.

Live Longer

Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan — although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.) In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night. Sleep also affects quality of life.

“Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep,” says Raymonde Jean, M.D., director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. “If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear.”

Curb Inflammation

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep — six or fewer hours a night — have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night. People who have sleep apnea or insomnia can have an improvement in blood pressure and inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorders, Dr. Rapoport says.

Be A Winner

If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep. A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina. The results of this study reflect previous findings seen in tennis players and swimmers.

Improve Your Grades

Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep. This could lead to “significant functional impairment at school,” the study authors wrote.

In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.

“If you’re trying to meet a deadline, you’re willing to sacrifice sleep,” Dr. Rapoport says, “but it’s severe and reoccurring sleep deprivation that clearly impairs learning.”

Sharpen Attention

A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids, Dr. Rapoport says.

“Kids don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults do,” he adds. “Whereas adults get sleepy, kids tend to get hyperactive.”

A 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics found that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive.

“We diagnose and measure sleep by measuring electrical changes in the brain,” Dr. Rapoport says. “So not surprisingly how we sleep affects the brain.”

Have A Healthy Weight

If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat — 56 percent of their weight loss — than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)

Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.

“Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” Dr. Rapoport says. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.”

Lower Stress

When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same — and both can affect cardiovascular health.

“Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure,” Dr. Jean says. “It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.”

Avoid Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance — even more than alcohol!

“Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous,” Dr. Rapoport says. “Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making.”

Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.

Steer Clear Of Depression

Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability.

“A lack of sleep can contribute to depression,” Dr. Jean says. “A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.”

If you think the long hours put in during the week are the cause of your anxiety or impatience, Dr. Rapoport warns that sleep cannot necessarily be made up during the weekend.

“If you sleep more on the weekends, you simply aren’t sleeping enough in the week,” he says. “It’s all about finding a balance.

Artifacts from the Pre-Flood World

Klaus Dona comes from the art world. As Art Exhibition Curator for the Habsburg Haus of Austria, Klaus has organized exhibitions world wide.

With this background his approach to archeology is unconventional. He has traveled the world in search of unique and unexplained findings. Intrepid and unrelenting, he is on a mission to bring to the eye of the public such finds as giant bones, crystal skulls, carvings and sculptures in forms that do not fit into the contemporary view of our timeline.

It’s a real reminder of how little we know about what our history really is. These are important pieces of an important puzzle and you’re doing an enormous amount to raise peoples’ awareness of what it is that we’re not shown in many museums, what it is that we don’t read in anthropological textbooks, and what it is that many university professors still refuse to recognize.

Truth is stranger than fiction, because this is all we’ve been taught..

Featured Artists: Ali Oppy & Hazel Holland

Floral Dreams by Ali Oppy
Floral Dreams by Ali Oppy

First Place Winner of the Best Illustration Contest on FineArtAmerica

The Mystic Sparrow, Ali Oppy, is an artist from New Zealand. They have a passion for the fantasy side of things,where they are only limited by their imagination. They love the challenge of creating where fantasy has no boundaries. Waterfalls of all fantasy kinds are their passion,so you see a lot of those when browsing their galleries.
“My father was very supportive of my artwork,as well as my most dedicated promoter,to the point,that even a few days to him passing he was promoting my artwork to the nurses and doctors that worked in the nursing home. When my dad passed away i decided to use the name Mystic Sparrow as a dedication to him . My other hobby is spray paint art which i named after my husband Daron aka (Dart) A big thank you to my mum for her support in my art.”

More art by the Mystic Sparrow…

Cobra Falls by Ali Oppy
Cobra Falls by Ali Oppy
Haunted Flight by Ali Oppy
Haunted Flight by Ali Oppy

Second and Third Place Winner

Sunshine Flower by Hazel Holland
Sunshine Flower by Hazel Holland
A Flower For You by Hazel Holland
A Flower For You by Hazel Holland

About Hazel Holland

“I grew up in the United Kingdom, and immigrated to the USA when I was 19. After attending several different colleges over a number of years, I finally received my BA degree and began teaching children with special needs. However before I got my teaching degree I was a substitute teacher, and got hired to teach art classes in an elementary school in Southern California.

The goal of this pilot program was to determine what kind of impact creative expression might have on the academic lives of elementary school students. For six months I taught children how to enhance their drawing and painting skills by providing a nurturing, fun, and supportive environment. My goal was to empower these children through their creativity, and in turn improve their self confidence and self esteem…

After several weeks of working with these students, a number of teachers from other classes began seeking me out. They wanted to let me know of the changes that were taking place in many of their students. The grades of failing students began to improve. Shy students began to volunteer answers. Students with behavior problems seemed calmer, and more able to control their emotions. Classrooms were becoming a more peaceful place, because students were treating each other with more respect and kindness.

What I learned from these students was life-changing! By providing a safe and caring outlet for self-expression, children of various ages were able to not only access their creativity, but also able to slowly work through academic and behavioral problems, along with some very difficult issues in their personal lives.

After seeing the amazing impact that my teaching of “Art from the Heart” had on the lives of children, I decided that I wanted to not only continue to make a difference in the lives of children, but also in the elderly population—seniors in assisted living facilities who are often forgotten, but have lessons to teach us from the “school of life”. Just as every season has its own time and beauty, so every season in our lives has lessons to teach us about the inner beauty of a person that far outweighs their outer frailties.

So after retiring as a Special Education teacher, I finally moved away from Southern California to live near my two wonderful grandchildren in Idaho. Besides tutoring children online with their homework, I enjoy teaching art classes at the Senior Center and an assisted living facility in the area. I’ve found that teaching art to the elderly helps them not only age with grace, but also provides them with an opportunity to express themselves creatively. What better way to face the challenges that lie ahead of us than to paint a picture of what is in our hearts today.

Also, I’m hoping to lend some of my Art Work to the children’s ward of the hospital here in town for a display. I think it would be a nice way to bless the children and their families, and perhaps even the nurses, too, with encouraging and beautiful messages of hope through art.♥”

Far Away Places by Hazel Holland
Far Away Places by Hazel Holland
A Dusty Rose Bouquet by Hazel Holland
A Dusty Rose Bouquet by Hazel Holland

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We hope you like it 🙂

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From the Chef ♣ July 2015

July is upon us and we hope you are enjoying your summer.

This month we will be focussing our thoughts on the trials and tribulations of self. No where will the work you do count more than the work you put into you, and we want to inspire your best self. Keep checking in all month long for new posts about balance, creativity, and other things like the power of perception. Most of the posts this month will have to do with helping you improve and become open to the power of possibility.

Cheers,

Michelle Rene.

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