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365 Challenge: Day 230 – Tea

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Tea: a [hot] drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water

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Several weeks ago, I posted all about my love for coffee; I also noted that I’d have a future one about tea. Hence today’s 365 Daily Challenge word… but I need some help. A few people have suggested types of tea in the past, but I haven’t yet made that leap. I don’t plan to give up coffee, but I’m thinking about trying to cleansing-like teas for the winter. I’d love some recommendations and input from all of you!

To give some background, I’m a novice. I have had iced tea before. I have had green tea. I’ve had all the prepackaged kinds from the grocery store. They’re all fine and I am good with having a cup every once in a while; however, if I am going to seriously give tea a chance, shouldn’t it be something where I buy the leaves and brew it myself? I live in NYC, so I should be able to find a good tea store. I know I’ve seen one in the market at Grand Central Station. I tend to like flavors along the lines of vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut and almond. I’m not much of a ‘berry-flavored’ beverage-guy but willing to give it a try.

Educate me on teas from all over the world. When’s the best time to drink it? Are there different teas for different moods or purposes? How do you feel about tea? Tell me all! I like trying new things. I look forward to hearing from everyone.


 

UPDATE: I promised to compile the responses together, which I’ve done below. I will try a few over the next couple of weeks and let you know what I thought. Thank you to everyone for such great responses. You are all awesome!

 

Types of Tea Suggested to Me

  • Brands: Yogi, Celestial Seasons, Lipton, Traditional Medicinals, Tazo, Harney & Sons, Grace Tea, Rishi, The Tea Spot, Teapigs, Piccadilly Circus, Jackson’s of Piccadilly

 

  • Orange Pekoe
  • White
  • Winter Spice
  • Super Fruit
  • Tensions Tamer
  • Vanilla Almond Rooibos
  • Cranberry
  • Licorice Spice
  • Hot Cinnamon Spice
  • Gypsy Cold Care
  • Breakfast
  • Turkish
  • Russian Caravan
  • Darjeeling
  • Turmeric
  • Cardamom (Elaichi)
  • Kashmiri
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin
  • Karak Chai
  • Chai
  • Organic Ginger
  • Chamomile and Lavender
  • Throat Coat
  • Breathe Easy
  • Black
  • Green
  • Bubble-Milk
  • Lady Grey
  • Pumpkin
  • Candy Cane
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Detox
  • Vanilla Spice
  • Peppermint
  • Jasmine Green
  • Earl Grey

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 219 – Copper

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Copper: the color I’m possibly planning to change my hair to next time

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It’s been a long time since I posted anything too revealing in the 365 Daily Challenge, which means it’s time for a more informal and embarrassing one today. I’ve mentioned before that I have dyed my hair since I was about 18, as grey started quite early for me. It’s barely ten percent, but I see it and don’t like it! I have nothing against grey hair, and sometimes I actually find it quite attractive on other people. But I have an age in my head when I will give up on dying it and let it be all natural. I’m not there yet.

That said, though I’m usually consistent in 99% of all areas in my life, my appearance does not follow those same rules. I have always stayed within the same family of browns for my hair color, occasionally a bit darker or lighter, depending on my mood. On one scary instance, I went very black. And on another, by myself, I went quite copper. I didn’t know at the time you had to bleach your hair in order to turn it blonde. I was very young. Forgive me.

Lately, I’ve seen a bunch of redheads and found myself interested in giving it a try. I have natural red tones in my hair due to my Scottish and Irish ancestry, but I’ve never before wanted to bring them out. Until recently. W and I discussed it, as I wanted an opinion; he vetoed it. I’m sure you can imagine that discussion… and he’s not home yet, so as I write this post, keep this in mind. He might be reading this one in a few minutes and know sooner than expected. I went for my haircut today and showed a bunch of photos to the fantastic Rosemary who has taken care of my hair for about five years. She reminded me that due to the color already on my hair, she’d have to bleach it to get the color I wanted in the photos. So we compromised… I added more red tones to see if I like it, and then in my next hair cut, I can decide if I want to go full change or hold back where it is now.

There is still a bunch of product in my hair so you won’t see the full effect until it’s washed and dried again. It will also lighten up in the next few days, but I went with copper tones to try and get closer to the color I’d like for a little while; after all, it is autumn. It’s been a banner week with the book launch; I wanted to show my real personality. And give everyone a glimpse into my world… feel free to dislike it! 🙂 But feel free to love it. It’s not incredibly different, but I definitely see it getting more and more red. I also am growing it out longer until I decide what to do with it… Here goes…

 

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It’s not clear in the last pic, but you can sort of see it starting to come through!

Let the embarrassment begin!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 159 – Kaleidoscope

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Kaleidoscope: a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eye hole when the tube is rotated; a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements.

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Yesterday’s 365 Daily Challenge word — ‘sleepy’ — had been apropos when you consider how very short the post was… I rushed around in the morning to finish shopping and packing for a long weekend getaway, then had a few hours of travel, followed by a little exploration once I arrived on Fire Island via nearly every mode of transportation: subway, car, bus, ferry and walking. By the time we got the house situated and cooked dinner, I was exhausted and went to sleep early. I had two things planned for the 365 Daily Challenge words that I couldn’t get done, which means they will be today’s and tomorrow’s words. So, let’s rewind to the start of it all on yesterday:

As I took my seat on the ferry, nearly the last available, I looked around at the several hundred patrons who bordered the boat on it’s 20-minute jaunt across the water to Fire Island, one of the barrier islands off the coast of the southern shore of Long Island. There appeared a kaleidoscope of men and women, all who immediately created a cast of characters on a little adventure I’d suddenly created in my mind. A kaleidoscope full of mirrors, colors, patterns, paper and glass that assembled a little toy for my amusement!

The word comes from ancient Greece. Children play with these toys by admiring all the pretty images that materialize when rotating or turning the device in front of their eyes. It’s a bit like life… at least that’s what weighed on my mind as I strolled through the rest of my evening and fell into an erratic slumber. Although a friend had taken the ferry over with me, he slept in the other bedroom in the beach house we’d rented for the week(end). I’m not one to frighten easily, but when I’m on an island full of strangers, in an unfamiliar house, with two entrances / exits into my bedroom, poor eyesight and tons of glass windows, everything seems a bit different, as though what I’m looking through during the night is a very different kaleidoscope than what one sees during the bright sunny morning or afternoon.

Tomorrow’s post will have pictures of the house and beach, as well as a bit more about Fire Island. Today’s is about how it’s such a different world than the one I normally live in. Let’s cover the five words that appear in the definition, but know in advance, I’m being quite philosophical and ethereal in today’s discussion:

Mirror

  • The island is a myriad of people, one where I see myself in so many others. The reflection presented to me as I pass by people on the boardwalk or in the grocery store, the images of someone I once was and someone I’m soon to be. It’s truly a remarkable range of patrons who frequent this wonderful escape. And among each person you meet, you find all the qualities you dislike in others, but also everything you have always admired. People are not afraid to be who they are here. It’s a place of freedom and an open mindset. I think the water, the sand, the trees, and the casual parts of life are so prevalent, it’s not possible to hide from others or even yourself. It’s as though the camera is always actively on alert among the mirrors that seem to follow you wherever you go.

Color

  • If there ever were a place where the color of someone’s skin didn’t matter, this would be it. I’m not sure anyone even notices these characteristics in others when you are here. It might even be the polar opposite; there are those who search out someone who is ‘different’ from themselves, purely to experience an ability to get to know as many people and cultures as you can. It’s a veritable multitude of every race and ethnicity where the more distinct you are, the more someone wants to meet you.

Pattern

  • I’ve been coming here for five summers and the patterns of behavior are quite apparent. Do you go to the house or purchase groceries first? Do you buy a few bottles of liquor or have everything delivered? Do you jump in the pool or go to the beach? Everyone has their way of doing things, not unlike the patterns of our lives when we go to work, cook meals or sleep. But the routines here offer relaxation and comfort with little distraction or frustration. It’s how life should always be!

Paper

  • Paper drives all that we do. It’s a bit of the glue that holds business together. Or at least it’s been that way in the past. Mobile and digital technology will take over the world, which you can clearly see by the way everyone walks around here… phone in hand, collecting and posting pictures, checking on where friends are staying, searching for people to meet. But there are those of us who love a good card or board game, reading a newspaper or remembering to recycle. The heat gets quite intense here, and paper often leads to many fires. There are a at least a few every summer, burning through homes and leaving charred remains. Paper is the enemy in these sorts and is often not very present.

Glass

  • All the houses have huge windows with amazing views. It’s always about what you can see by looking out the window, down to the coastline or across the trees to the bay. Glass is an essential part of a beach house, necessary to create the most picturesque viewpoints possible. But glass is also the container for every bottle of liquor which is consumed in great quantities at the beach. It glistens when the sun shines, it’s in everyone’s hands… in abundance no matter where you look.

Fire Island feels like my kaleidoscope this weekend. Hopefully you enjoyed the escape from the norm among the 365 Daily Challenge. I wanted to share a little bit of where I am this weekend. Have you ever been here before? Perhaps somewhere quite similar? Feel free to share…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 105 – Orange (Color)

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Orange: (a) of a color intermediate between red and yellow; a fruit

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m going with colors that are important to who we are. And this is the fifth and final Sunday where I select a color that has some significance to my life and explore it in my post.

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Color: Orange. One of the colors on the PRIDE flag, the rainbow and the famous wheel of colors with ROY G BIV. Ah, the memories of childhood. Orange has been a color in my life for a very long time. When I was a youngster who watched all the NY Mets games, as their team colors were blue and orange, to the NY Knicks where I worked, also the same blue and orange colors. It’s fitting that I’ve included orange as an accent color all about my home, from the pillows in the bedroom and living room, to the wallpaper in the dining room and the flower pots on the terrace. It brightens your mood, lifts your spirits and makes you feel warm and connected. It’s also a beautiful color when baked into desserts and other wonderful foods and drinks like the ones below. I drink a tall glass of OJ as soon as I’m done working out at the gym, as it gives me a quick boost of energy and cools me down./

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Let’s chat about famous examples of the color orange… And yes, there are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind or I have familiarity with:

  • Oranges
  • Orangutan
  • Fire
  • Garfield
  • Carrots
  • Fall Leaves
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Setting sun
  • Pumpkins
  • Citrus fruits
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Tigers
  • Tang

From a quick InterWebs search, descriptions of the color orange, in regard to a person’s thoughts and feelings, confirm the following:

“Orange is stimulating, vibrant, and flamboyant. While made up of red and yellow, it carries less aggression and fierceness than the color red due to its combination with the calming color yellow. Studies show that the orange color can create physical effects such as increased hunger, heightened sense of activity, increased socialization, boost in aspiration, stimulated mental activity, increased oxygen supply to the brain, increased contentment, and enhanced assurance. Orange also helps aid decision making, and enhances happiness, confidence, and understanding.”

You can read more at: http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-orange/

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But my favorite aspect of the color orange is that is represents the autumn or fall season, which is when I am most happy. As the awful humid weather of summer thankfully leaves us behind, an amazing cool breeze full of fantastic smells and vibrant colorful changes arrives. Once October hits, I am in my element. I love the weather, the leaves, the hikes, the farm stands, the colors of pumpkins and gourds. The ways the changes occur in the landscape, falling leaves that produce a crisp snap when you crunch them or pick them up. And it brings in the wonderful Halloween holiday, which is all about the fall season. Trick Or Treaters. Jack O’Lanterns. Frights and Scares. Horror Movies. Then into Thanksgiving… Turkey. Cranberry Sauce. Pies. Apple Picking. Cider. Hayrides. Haunted Houses. It’s the best time of year for me!

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And lastly, my dog, Ryder has orange fur… thought he’s called red or red sesame, he looks orange to me… especially when he’s sleeping on a red carpet.

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How do you feel about the color orange? Did I miss any famous “orange” things or phrases and names with the word “orange” in them. I know I did… but I can’t seem to remember right now.

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 98 – Purple (Color)

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Purple: of a color intermediate between red and blue

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m going with colors that are important to who we are. For these five Sundays, I will select a color that has some significance to my life and explore it in my post. I am ignoring black and white, as those are both obvious and also not considered colors by some!

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Color: Purple. I love this color, but it has no place in my wardrobe except for a couple of dress shirts and ties. Otherwise, I don’t any purple shorts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, or shirts. For a color I seem to prefer, I wonder why? Too flashy? Too feminine? I’m not sure, but I think that’s a summer goal: to introduce more purple into my wardrobe. So if I don’t often wear it, why is it so important to me? Well, it surround me so often between the foods I eat and the flowers I grow. It makes me smile. I feel happy. It’s the color of royalty. It can stand out or it can blend in.

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It seems to be such a non-basic color that it’s powerful when introduced in the right setting. And so while I have very little of it, perhaps I reserve it for true important circumstances. If I’m playing a board game, and there is a purple piece, I always go for it. When I plant flowers, I tend to look first for purple colors. Of all the flavors besides chocolate in candy or drinks, I go toward grape and purple-colored items. Taffy. Soda. Pop Tarts. Kool-Aid. Jelly. It’s amazing what this seemingly non-natural color shows up in all across the board.

Let’s chat about famous examples of the color purple… And yes, there are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind or I have familiarity with:

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  • Purple People Eater (what a song!)
  • Purple Nurple (love saying this, but how many people know what it is???)
  • Harold’s Purple Crayon
  • Barney
  • The Color Purple
  • So many flowers, fruits and vegetables
    • plum
    • eggplant (nasty!)
    • figs
    • lilac
    • heather
    • lavender
    • potatoes
    • kohlrabi
    • cabbage
    • peppers
  • Willy Wonka
  • Grape(s)
  • Ursula the Sea Witch
  • Cheshire Cat
  • Color of a bruise
  • Dino from the Flintstones
  • Maleficent
  • The Joker
  • African Violets
  • ROY G. BIV (Violet = Purple)
  • Purple Rain

 

It’s also the color of Easter. Some may argue that pink might be more appropriate, but I lean towards purple, especially when you think about the colors of lent. I believe purple is one of them for us Catholics. Think about the Easter egg dyes… always some share of purple shows up. And the grass in baskets. The wrappers on the candy. Almost like a renewal or new beginning. It’s a theme!

From a quick InterWebs search, descriptions of the color: “Purple is associated spirituality, the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe. Different shades, tints, and hues of purple have different meanings. Light purple hues represent feminine energy and delicacy, as well as romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty.”

You can read more at: http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-purple/

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How do you feel about the color purple? Did I miss any famous “purple” things or phrases and names with the word “purple” in them? Do share…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 91 – Brown (Color)

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Brown: of a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue, as of dark wood or rich soil

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m going with colors that are important to who we are. For these five Sundays, I will select a color that has some significance to my life and explore it in my post.

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Color: Brown. A very controversial color. Sometimes it’s used in a derogatory manner; and to those people, I say, “You’re awful.” Sometimes it’s meant as a very boring and blah color; and to those people, I say, “You’re awful — dull and useless, too. Ha!” Because to me… brown is one of the most beautiful colors in the entire spectrum. It is found in nature just like green and blue; therefore it’s a natural element. Brown can be paired with almost any other color and still look amazing. It has wonderful light shades we paint our walls with and it has intense dark hues we can stare at for hours, getting lost in its depth. My hair is brown. My eyes are hazel with a brown tone. I love all different kinds of wood, which tend to be brown. It’s just a wonderful color to use as a base in anything you build, buy or design. I am also jealous of brown tones. When I am in the sun, I go from being very pale to very red. There is never any in-between nicely tanned color from absorbing rays at the beach or the tanning salon. Ghost to Lobster. That’s Me!

Oh, and I forgot, I love my coffee, which comes in all different shades of brown.

Brown represents a starting place for me. When I don’t know what to do in a room, I think about what color will look best in it alongside brown, as everyone has brown in every room of the house. (Yes, I’m sure there are exceptions…) If you have wood tables or floors, there’s a strong chance you have the color brown. Beige falls under brown, and that’s a common color for walls (other than white), so there’s a high chance you have it there. I just did a quick sweep of the apartment, while pouring another cup of coffee (that doesn’t talk back to me) and I have brown everywhere: Both bathrooms have light brown tiles. The kitchen, although it has yellow walls and white cabinets, has brown paintings. The bedroom is brown and blue. The dining room table is brown. And my living room tables and bookcases are brown. Even the hallway floors are all brown wood.

Let’s chat about famous examples of the color brown… And yes, there are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind or I have familiarity with:

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  • Brown Bear
  • Brown University
  • Brown Bag
  • Brown Out
  • Brownie
  • Brown Sugar
  • Brownstone
  • The Browns
  • Brown Nose
  • Brown Derby
  • Charlie Brown

From a quick InterWebs search, descriptions of the color brown, in regard to a person’s thoughts and feelings, confirm the following:

Brown is believed to help create a wholesome feeling, a connection with the earth, and a sense of orderliness and convention. Brown is a stable and grounded color that is believed to help you feel like you fit in and belong.”

I couldn’t agree more. Our planet is built on browns, blues and greens. Whenever I want to feel calm, I search for the dirt. To see flowers grow out of it. To find creatures who live within it. To touch something that enables life. Brown feels like the color of life to me. You can read more at: http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-brown/

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The other reason I love brown is that’s the color of my favorite drink — Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale. (Or even JD on its own!). The smell of that combination actually calms me down. It’s sweet yet dark. It’s light yet has depth. You can drink it with ice to feel like you’re having a cocktail or on its own, almost like a shot. It’s a perfect before dinner drink, goes well with so many meals and helps settle your stomach after dessert. Oh… how I love my whiskey and ginger ale. But too many can put a little too much extra weight around the waist if you’re not careful.

 

How do you feel about the color brown? Did I miss any famous “brown” things or phrases and names with the word “brown” in them. Perhaps I was thinking about that last one too much…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 84 – Blue (Color)

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Blue: (a) of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day, or (b) melancholy, sad, and depressed

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m going with colors that are important to who we are. For the next five Sundays, I will select a color that has some significance to my life and explore it in my post.

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Color: Blue. When I was born, blue went into a boy’s bedroom and pink went into a girl’s bedroom. Maybe that’s why I love the color blue. Cause I’m a boy. Oh please… Pick whatever color you want — why make it such a big deal! At least that’s how I feel… and since that is a very common, though antiquated, interpretation, I couldn’t go the whole post without mentioning it, but also saying I don’t feel it’s important. That said, I did grow up on the color blue and I do like it very much. But the reason I chose it as one of the 5 colors that represent me well is more because of its alternative definitions — not necessarily depressed or sad, but calm. It generally has a very muted, low-key and relaxed feeling to it (obviously not all bright or bold blue colors), and people turn to the sky or the ocean, the two biggest representations of the color blue, when they need a sense of peace. {Aside: BTW, the links in this post take you to previous 365 posts where the characteristic was something I blogged about.}

I’m not too fond of the ocean, simply because I don’t really know how to swim. My grandmother taught me when I was young, but I never felt comfortable in the water. Having poor eyesight meant when I was in the water, I either went without glasses and couldn’t see well, or I wore them and constantly had to dry off the lenses to be able to see. I could never swim underwater as it bothered my eyes, drying them out quickly. So I avoid the water for those reasons, but also because it’s generally too cold for me. I like water around 90 degrees, which it rarely gets to unless I’m in a heated pool. Swimming in the Mediterranean in Barcelona was the only time I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Even in Hawaii, it was too cold; although I did jump into a waterfall one day… I’ve got the pictures to prove it, but I can’t share them, as I was wearing very little or nothing in those photos for that impromptu experience (wild side comes out sometimes). Instead, I’ll show a photo of beautiful blue rose!

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Let’s chat about famous examples of the color blue… And yes, there are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind or I have familiarity with:

  • Blue Whale
  • Blue Man Group
  • The Blues
  • Blue Ribbon
  • True Blue
  • Blue Balls (Please! I can’t ignore this one…)
  • Blue Blood
  • Blueberries
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Blue Jeans
  • Bluebird
  • Turned up out of the blue
  • Blue Sky
  • “Little Blue Pill” — for the life of me, I can’t remember what it is…
  • Ocean Water
  • Cookie Monster — this is totally me with any package of cookies

From a quick InterWebs search, descriptions of the color blue, in regard to a person’s thoughts and feelings, confirm the following:

“Blue is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity… as the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility.”

You can read more at: http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-blue/

The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies. It combines humor, art, history, revenge, secrets and the future. What does it have to do with the color blue? If you’ve seen it, do you remember this woman singing? How cool was her voice and the action in that seen!

 

The color blue has always been in at least one room in my home, no matter where I lived. In my current pad, it’s one of two primary colors in bedroom (the other is grey).  A quick photo (about a year old) — too lazy to get the latest ones with all the pictures on the walls and more pillows (orange, as it needed a splash of color).

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As a kid, I hated blue jeans. I couldn’t wear them — they were too itchy. And since I wasn’t allowed out of the house in sweats or gym-type clothing, I had to wear khakis all the time. I went to public school – none of that fancy private stuff for me!!! – and of course, I always got some comments for dressing “well” when everyone else wore jeans.  At 18, I gave jeans a try again, and finally… I could wear them. Now I live in them… or sweats… or shorts because I’m always hot. But the funny thing is… of the 8 pairs of jeans I currently own, only two are blue. I also don’t own a blue suit. I have one pair of blue corduroys, but blue mostly comes into my wardrobe either in dress shirts or casual every day shirts. And even in the latest picture of me (from last night), even though the sun is toning it down a bit, I was wearing blue. I had a few too many drinks right before dinner and needed a bit of a nap on the terrace, hence the slightly dazed look in my eyes.

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How do you feel about the color blue? Did I miss any famous “blue” things or phrases and names with the word “blue” in them. I know I did… but I can’t seem to remember right now.

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.