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To avoid any confusion I thought it appropriate to list the names (cyber) I go by.
My Names:
Mel Kaye-(my real name), MondayMorningPower,
MMP, Killeris-(Technorati name), Powerkis-(Wordpress name), SiFiBiBi-(Original Blogger name)
Site Names:
Attitude, The Ultimate Power-(Blog name)
MondayMorningPower-(Blog AKA)
It's All About Attitude-(Blog AKA)

My email address: info (at) MondayMorningPower dot Com

Why read Monday Morning Power?

You will find a consistency and a focus in all of my content that can change your attitude which can fuel a positive change in your life, if you want it to. If you are happy with your attitude and your life and see no reason for changing, then you either already have a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), or you are a victim and want to hold onto your misery. These postings will then serve to fortify the person with PMA, or, hopefully, convince the "victim" that there is a better way. This site will contain essays, poems, stories, humor and links, all with the same goal: The pursuit, capture, care and feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude. I have had readers tell me that they have spent hours on my site and feel great about themselves both during and after. I log onto my own site frequently to help fuel my attitude; I hope you will as well.

To My Fellow Bloggers.....

Please feel free to link my blog to yours. A dose of "Monday Morning Power" would bolster any blog, except for those that profess doom, destruction and the end of the world. If you want to use any of my content in your blog, please ask first via email or by comment. I will need to review your blog for appropriate content and then give you written permission as well as being sure that you link back.

Monday Morning Power

A dose of "Monday Morning Power" and a cup of coffee and you're ready for whatever awaits you. At a minimum you should read this blog on Monday Mornings. However, there will be new posts daily. Whenever you want to feel good, tune in and help yourself to some "Monday Morning Power." Please share this site with everyone you care about. I welcome your comments and suggestions

About Me

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My goal is to help my clients navigate the “residential investment property” market; make some money and have some fun in the process. This real estate market is ripe for the investor. In addition, I would like to help the home buyer and home seller. I am part of an 80,000+ agent network that spans all of North America. Being on the “inside” I can find you the “right” agent to handle your specific needs no matter where in North America you may reside. I have been in and arround the real estate market for most of my professional life and want to be your resource for making money in this market. I have been negotiating all of my life and want to negotiate great deals for you. Following is my contact information and my philosophies: Mel Kaye (Broker Associate) Keller Williams Realty Direct: PCH.MEL.KAYE (724.635.5293) Mobile: 805.300.1769 Fax: 888.371.1190 Email: Website: Skype: Mel.Kaye Lic #: 00742678 340 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 100 Westlake Village, CA 91362

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This Site is dedicated to the development of your ATTITUDE, which is your ULTIMATE POWER. The content includes: Essays, Articles, Poems, Links, Inspirational stories, Quotes, Research, Music, an original series called the "Process" and Laughter....all focused on the
Pursuit, Capture, Care and Feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Are You Prepared For Success? (Section III - Installment #1 "It's Not My Fault, I Used To Say” – Male & Female versions)

(If this is your first time on this site, you may want to begin with "Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])

Please read the Section II male version, or female version, of this poem first; then read this version.

It's Not My Fault, I Used To Say

It's not my fault, I used say
The reason I'm the person I am today.
It's not my fault, if I was abused.
It's in the past, I'm no longer confused.

The government's not taking away my rights.
Worrying about hate groups no longer keeps me up nights.
All those gangs roaming the streets, it is a crime.
My kids need my love, they need my time.

I will make time for me.
Oh, dear heaven, did you hear how I used to plea?
I'm in control, I no longer sing the blues.
I now choose not to watch the nightly news.

The use of drugs, was not the cause,
I've fixed my personality and all my flaws.
That's not the one. Japan's not to blame.
Playing the victim is no longer my game.

They closed down the factory; a temporary cloud,
Whatever my name, I will wear it proud.
Space aliens do not control my brain.
I'll do it, even it it's going to rain.

The radical left and the radical right
Have no control over whether or not I fight.
Go back to school? I'm never too old.
I will never again be left out in the cold.

If I'm in a dead-end job I'll just get out.
"I can help myself", I just want to shout.
I will get the things that I need.
I know the way to succeed.

Not everyone can be a super star.
I'll find a way to travel both near and far.
Off to see distant lands;
Anything's possible, I'll start making plans.

I'll find the people who really care,
Life does not have to be so unfair.
I no longer fear failure so I will succeed,
I'll follow no one when I can lead.

I do not feel shackled, imprisoned, condemned;
I don't need a savior and I'll find a friend.
‘But, it's not my fault’, I'll never again say;
I will deal with the way things are today.

This is how I feel, with complete control.
Being a victim can sure take its toll.
I won't feel drained at the end of the day.
Not being a victim is the only way.

What a nice feeling it is to be
Taking complete responsibility;
Not for what happens to me, but for the fact
That I can control the way I react.

I look at things differently, though;
I know the limits of what I control;
I understand that no one controls how I feel.
I will determine what's false and what's real.

(An Original Poem by Mel Kaye)

I strongly suggest that you write down your immediate reaction, after passionately reading this poem.
  • Refer back to the "Section (II)" "Comments" and write how you will never allow yourself to feel like a victim again.
    • How does this make you feel?

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Idiot Sightings

Be v-e-r-y careful.

The following are sightings by different people:

IDIOT SIGHTING: My husband and I had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a "large" enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, "Lady, you need a 1/4horsepower." I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, "NO,it's not. Four is larger than two." We haven't used Sears repair since.
IDIOT SIGHTING: I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: "Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore."
From Kingman , KS
IDIOT SIGHTING: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask."
Happened in Birmingham, Ala.
IDIOT SIGHTING: The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, "What on earth are blind people doing driving?!"
She was a probation officer in Wichita , KS
IDIOT SIGHTING: At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker: She was leaving the company due to "downsizing." Our manager commented cheerfully, "This is fun. We should do this more often." Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.
This was a bunch at Texas Instruments.
IDIOT SIGHTING: I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself, and for the sake of her own life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.
A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff's office, no less.
IDIOT SIGHTING: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it wasunlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "Its open!" His reply,"I know - I already got that side."
This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, Mississippi!

They walk among us. They REPRODUCE!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

7 Random/Weird Facts About me

Tagged by Diamondssaphire of Nonsense, fun, tears, happiness & anger all rolled into one! for 7 Random Facts and tagged by Petula of It's a Woman's World for 7 weird Things About Me. So I thought that I would combine the two into one.

  1. I went completely bald at age 25.
  2. My wife and I sleep with three Dachshunds in our bed
  3. I have three grown kids, 2 boys and a girl. We have three Dachshunds, 2 boys and a girl.....I know, we have issues.
  4. Blogging, to me is like living a fantasy. My wife is a teacher and I always envied her ability to shape lives. Now, with blogging I get to experience some of what she does. What I say is read by many and I am shaping some lives. With this comes a responsibility that I take very seriously. I am living my fantasy.
  5. My step dad is 91, blind in one eye and is on his second year of a 5 year driver's license, which scares me to death.
  6. I work at home, which I absolutely love.
  7. I believe that blogging, next to my family, is the most important thing that I do.
I will not be tagging anyone on this meme. However, if you would like to take this on, please do.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Technorati's Top 10,000

I feel kind of funny about this, but what the heck; a little self-congratulations never hurt anyone. I have been blogging for only 6 months and have made it to Technorati's top 10,000. It feels damn good and I am proud of it. This is a celebration of a goal reached.

I have many goals, the most important of which is reaching people with what I have to say. I feel that this Technorati achievement is a measure of sorts that I am reaching people.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Section III - Introduction

(If this is your first time on this site, please begin with "Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])

In "Section III" the poems have changed so that you will no longer be using second and third person words ("you", "your", "he", "she", "them"); you will be using first person words ("I" & "me"). The other major change is in the verb "can". You will now be using "will", a more definite action than "can." These are some of the subtle yet critical changes that will give you ownership of the positive messages.

You can use the “Comments” section at the end of each post to write your feelings. You can identify yourself or you can remain anonymous. By doing it this way you may also help others. That decision is completely up to you.

Be sure to use the "Empowerment Triad" of PASSION, PLEASURE & REPETITION whenever you read the poems. This is what will drive the messages into your mind and help facilitate the desired changes.

You may want to re-read all of the poems in Section II (the number of time depends on how ready you are to adopt the messages), before you begin this Section. You may also want to reread each Section II poem before reading the section II poem. There will be a link back to the Section II poem in each post.

Negative attitudes are not allowed in "Section III". Your comments will reflect Positive attitudes only!

You need to continue being an active participant.

I must again emphasize that you use the appropriate version (male or female.) I will post each one in a separate post and label each one as Male or Female.

By Mel Kaye
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New Turkey Recipe

Your dinner will be the talk of the TOWN!!
You should try this!
Sure to bring smiles from your guests!
Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey.

1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. (see attached picture for details)
3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.
4. Watch your guests' faces...

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Cats in a CD Store

After my last post, I figured it was time for something on the lighter side:

Cat listening to Barry White
Cat listening to Bluegrass

Cat listening to Stevie Wonder

Cats listening to Heavy Metal

Cat listening to Rap

Cat listening to Techno (on ecstasy)

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

"Blogger Burn-Out"

Recently, I have seen a number of prominent bloggers take an extended break or even quit blogging altogether. Some of their comments are: “I just put so much pressure on myself to visit, read and comment on hundreds of blogs per day. I cannot do that anymore,” and “I am simply worn out and burnt out. I am not finding any joy in the process any longer. It has become a chore for me to even think about preparing a post. I am just tired.” I won't mention any names because I do not want to make this about them personally. However, I think that we all know someone who has taken this road.

A common theme seems to be a self imposed pressure to do too much; to reply to every comment, to visit every commenter’s blog, to have to give out every award we are presented as soon as it's presented, to complete every meme that we are tagged with, to feel like we are letting our readers down if we go a day without posting, to feel we have to visit every site that is on our blogroll every week, to feel guilty if we truly have nothing to say, and it goes on. The worst is the feeling that we are disappointing our friends.

Too much self-imposed pressure can do terrible things to us; it can rob us of our passion and steal way the fun. What makes blogging worthwhile is the passion and the fun.

One of the issues that we face, I believe, is that as a group we all have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) tendencies and blogging exacerbates these. We put far too much pressure on ourselves to perform (guys, does that sound familiar?) And what happens to performance when pressure enters the equation?

Sometimes it's OK to just say that "I have nothing to say today." We will understand. What I don't like to see is the "all or nothing" response to impending "Blogger burn-out." The "all" is the prelude to the "nothing." "All" meaning that we succumb to the pressure and try to do it "all" and that leads to the “burn-out” and possible "break down." "Nothing" meaning we quit; we give up. The end result is the same.

We try to please everybody, and in so doing we lose the sense of who we are. If the blogesphere is not the place to be ourselves, then we have no place.

Personally, I love getting awards. It must be my deprived childhood (LOL.) What I did not like was the pressure to have to turn around and give them out immediately upon acceptance. So I adopted a policy of graciously accepting them into an archived file with acknowledgment and of course a link back. At the end of the month I bring all of the awards for that month to a new post acknowledging that months "blessings." When I am ready, or it feels appropriate, I will give them out. This has alleviated a ton of pressure off of me. As my friends know, when I give out an award it comes from the heart, and not from the pressure.

When it comes to memes, I evaluate them on a case by case basis. If there is value in it, or if it is fun I will play along.

Fortunately, I have yet to run out of things to say or something to post.

I try, key word "try," to visit all my blog-mates once a month. The bogs that I like I visit more frequently. Just because I haven’t visited in a while does not mean that I do not like the author or the blog. Let's face it there are a lot of good blogs out there and it is physically impossible to visit them all.

These are some of my coping devices.

We each need to find our own healthy balance.

Oh yes, and one more thing, inadvertently we put pressure on our friends to respond to our posts, to respond to our comments and comply with our tags. We need to ease up on the expectation. I know that I am as guilty of this as anyone.

I have probably made more blunders and errors than most. It was the kind guidance of my friends that has kept me blogging. For me blogging is unlike anything that I have ever experienced. The passion and fun grow day by day.

There is no easy answer or a right or wrong answer. This is just something that we all have to be aware of.

I would like to get some feedback on this. I believe that we all, at some point in our blogging lives, are hit with potential "burn out." How do you handle it? What pressures do you feel in regards to blogging? How do you cope?

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Thanksgiving "Thank You"

It is getting very close to Thanksgiving here in the USA. This is a day for giving thanks for the blessings that we have received over the past year. Well, this year I have something very special to be thankful for.

I didn’t start blogging until May of this year. As you may know, the reason I started blogging was to have a vehicle to put out my “Empowerment Process,” which I have been posting in installments. However, what I got was a home for friendships that I feel are as real as the ones in my “real” life. For this I am more thankful than words can express.

There is something very special and unique about blogging friendships. In “real” life we all have to first get by the physical and superficial aspects of each other before we can get into who we are, really. In “real” life there is so much bull shit that we have to put up with, that sometimes developing true friends becomes very difficult. I feel that with blogging friendships there are no superficial aspects to it; the barriers do not exist. We open up in our writings as to who we really are. We bare ourselves and say “this is me.” For many of us this is the only way that we can truly express ourselves, our opinions, our strengths and our fears. I have also discovered a level of INTEGRITY amongst bloggers that I have not found in “real” life.

I feel that I have made true friends all over the worlds; here in the US, in the UK, in Finland, in Portugal, in Australia, in Malaysia, in New Zealand, in India, in the Philippines, in Singapore, and in every corner of the world. I believe that if I ever get the chance to visit these distant places that I have friends that I can actually visit and say, in person, “Thank You for being my friend.” For this I am so thankful. I never expected to feel this way when I began blogging. I truly love you all!!

For this occasion I have created a new award. This one has nothing imbedded in it. It is a sincere and heartfelt appreciation for all of my friends. Feel free to pass this around. This one is truly for giving.

I present this token of my appreciation to:

If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize. For the friends I have yet to make, please accept this award in anticipation of a future friendship.

Making friends is not something that stops at an arbitrary date in time. Therefore, as I make new friends I will continue to give out this token of my friendship. To that end, I am presenting this award to:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Best "Out of office" automated replies

1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.

2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

3. Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

6. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.

(The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over . . )

7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.

9. I've run away to join a different circus.

10. I will be out of the
office for the! next 2 weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Lucille' instead of Jim.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Section II - (Installment #35 "The Conclusion of Section II")

(If this is your first time on this site, you may want to begin with "Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])

If you have been reading along with each installment, then “Congratulations;” you have reached the end of "Section II". If you have not read Section I or Section II, I strongly recommend that you go back and begin at the beginning.

Remember, you need to fully digest, understand and accept the messages in "Section II" before you start with "Section III". Re-read "Section II" many times before you go on to "Section III". Re-read each rhyme and answer the questions posed at the end of each installment. It is very important that you become active in the process. It is also important that you are completely honest with yourself. If you are not honest with yourself, you cannot facilitate the desired change. Whether or not you share your answers with someone else is completely up to you; it will not affect the outcome of the ”Process”, as long as you are honest with yourself

"Section III", when you are ready, will enable your conscious, as well as your subconscious mind to take ownership of the positive messages replacing the negative ones. But this will only happen if you understand and accept the positive messages related in the "Section I" quotes and the "Section II" poems.

For those who already possess a "Positive Mental Attitude," Section III will help fortify and enhance you existing attitudes. There is really no need to go back through Sections "I" & "II"; just enjoy Section III as it is posted.

For those struggling with self worth and defeatist attitudes; when you completely understand "Section I"...when you accept the truths of the "Section I" quotes...when you desperately want to adopt the attitudes reflected by the "Section II" poems as your own...when you have written about, and let out, your deepest, darkest, secrets (when you have cleansed yourself) will then be ready to go on to "Section III"; this will be when you are ready to take the reigns and take control of your life.

The differences in the rhymes between "Section II" and "Section III" are subtle, but critical to the desired outcome.

Go back many times before you go on. Remember, "Never, ever, ever quit."

Remember to use the "Empowerment Triad" of PASSION, PLEASURE & REPETITION.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No Words Needed

I got this wonderful picture from Stacy. Thank you Stacy.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Timing is often everything

Upon arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife.

Tearfully, she explained, "It's the druggist. He insulted me terribly this morning on the phone. I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone."

Immediately, the husband drove downtown to confront the druggist and demand an apology.

Before he could say more than a word or two, the druggist told him, "Now, just a minute, listen to my side of it. This morning, the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up. I went without breakfast and hurried out to the car, just to realize that I'd locked the house with both house and car keys inside and had to break a window to get my keys.

"Then, driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. Later, when I was about three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire."

"When I finally got to the store, a bunch of people were waiting for me to open up. I got the store opened and started waiting on these people.

All the time, the darn phone was ringing off the hook."

He continued, "Then, I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor. I had to get down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels, and the phone was still ringing.

When I came up, I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it. Half of them hit the floor and broke."

"Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got back to answer it. It was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer.

And believe me mister, as God is my witness, all I did was tell her.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My Mother Taught Me.....

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, ! that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Winning Attitude Award

I have always wanted to create and give out my own award. So after much thought I have decided to create the "WINNING ATTITUDE AWARD." This award seems like a natural given what my site is all about. This award is based on positive thinking and is meant for those blogs who base their existence, in part or in whole, on Positive Winning Attitudes.

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I am very please to announce that the first winners of this award are:
On an ongoing bases I will be presenting this award to other sites that fit the requirements for earning this award. I will list them with the date of presentation:

There are millions of blogs out there and I can't get to all of them. I encourage the recipients of this award to pass this along to those sites that exhibit a Positive Winning Attitude.

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38 Things About Me

I have been tagged by my really good friend Max, so hear goes.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? - my wife
2. What were you doing at 0800? - It's saturday, I was at my computer blogging.
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? - Oh this is sad, blogging
4. What happened to you in 2006? - I can't remember back that far....Oh yes, I was worrying about my son who was in Afghanastan (BTW, He's home and fine, although going to Iraq in April of 2008)
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? - To my dogs "let's go poop"
6. How many beverages did you have today? - So far none
7. What color is your hairbrush? - ???? my head is shaved
8. What was the last thing you paid for? - Dinner last night at a great deli, it was my wife's birthday
9. Where were you last night? - See #8
10. What color is your front door? - light brown.
11. Where do you keep your change? - In my drawer
12. What's the weather like today? - Overcast and cool
13. What's the best ice-cream flavor? - Cookie dough
14. What excites you? - My new found creativity thanks to blogging
15. Do you want to cut your hair? - see #7
16. Are you over the age of 25? - oh yeh........
17. Do you talk a lot? - if there's a debate, yes, I talk a lot. (This was Max's response. It is also mine)
18. Do you watch the O.C.? - WHat a total waste of time (as is most of television.)
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? - Nope
20. Do you make up your own words? - SOmetimes
21. Are you a jealous person? - I used to be, not any more
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter 'A' – Andrea
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter 'K' – Kevin
24. Who's the first person on your received call list? - My daughter
25. What does the last text message you received say? - I have just landed - My sone came in from WA
26. Do you chew on your straw? - No.
27. Do you have curly hair? - See #7
28. Where's the next place you’re going to? - The Mall for part 2 of my wife's birthday
29. Who's the rudest person in your life? - I don't tolerate truly rude people.
30. What was the last thing you ate? - "Sky High corn beef sandwich
31. Will you get married in the future? - Been married for 29 years
32. What's the best movie you've seen in the past 2 weeks? - Life Boat
33. Is there anyone you like right now? - My family (Wife and 3 grown kids)
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? - Yesterday
35. Are you currently depressed? - No..."Personal choice" and why would anyone choose depression. (Chemical in balance would be an exception.)
36. Did you cry today? - No.
37. Why did you answer and post this? - Because I would do most anything for Max
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey. - Baba, Midget Man of Steel, Jackie, Judy, Mauro.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Are You Prepared For Success? (Section II - Installment #34 "Once the Goal is Reached…” – Male & Female versions)

There is no greater force than the force of a man determined

(If this is your first time on this site, you may want to begin with
"Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])

Once the Goal is Reached…

Once the lesson is learned and the goal is achieved,
Its easy to slip back to what you once believed,
But remember the effort that got you here;
What it took and what you did to overcome your fear.

The temptation to revert to what you once knew
May be strong, but know that it’s no longer you.
The battle for control between you and your past
Must be won day by day for the progress to last.

The process of growth is a journey, my friend.
Nobody, in fact, ever reaches the end.
If you continue to learn and continue to grow,
Then happiness and success is what you will know.

Be strong, don't look back at failures and fears.
Be assured, it gets easier as you go through the years.
The lessons you've learned must be renewed every day.
Believe in yourself so you don't lose your way.

Be firm of conviction, be confident and strong
You will know what to do, you will know if it’s wrong.
You are your own cornerstone, you know how to win.
Never give up and never give in.

Life is worth living, so give it your all.
Believe in yourself, be proud and stand tall.
Have faith and know that the answer's in you.
Go forth and don't hesitate, live life anew.

(An Original Poem by Mel Kaye)

I strongly suggest that you write down your immediate reaction, after passionately reading this poem.
  • What do you plan on doing to maintain the attitude changes, once they are achieved?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Smarter than a first grader?

A first grade school teacher in Virginia had 25 students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known Proverb and asked it to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1. Don't change horses....................until they stop running.

2. Strike while the................................bug is close.

3. It's always darkest before...................Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of........termites.

5. You can lead a horse to water

6. Don't bite the hand that....................looks dirty.

7. No news is......................................impossible.

8. A miss is as good as a .......................Mr.

9. You can't teach an old dog new ...............math

10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll........stink in the morning.

11. Love all,

12. The pen is mightier than the..............pigs.

13. An idle mind is..................the best way to relax.

14. Where there's smoke there's..............pollution.

15. Happy is the bride who.....................gets all the presents.

16. A penny saved is............................not much.

17. Two's company, three's ................the Musketeers.

18. Don't put off till tomorrow put on to go to bed.

19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and ... you have t o blow your nose.

20. There are none so blind as.................Stevie Wonder.

21. Children should be seen and not..........spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don't succeed.............get new batteries.

23. You get out of something only what you ... see in the picture on the box.

24. When the blind lead the blind..............get out of the way.

And the WINNER and last one!

25. Better late than.............................. pregnant.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Spread the Word - Round two

About three weeks ago I began a meme that was intended to give bloggers a voice and a way to spread their message across the blogesphere. I created a directory of blogs that would travel from site to site. Well this list has eclipsed 100 sites and is still growing. I want to keep this list alive and continue it's growth. That means that I need your help.

This meme is viral in nature, meaning that every one who participates gets tremendous value. The rules are simple and the results are are very rewarding.

If you have already joined the directory, please repost. If you have not joined, please do so. Just follow the rules.

The rules are easy, see below.

**Start Copy Here**

We have a voice;
We must be heard;
Therefore we blog;
Now spread the word!

This directory is based on a recent post that was conducted asking the question “Why do you Blog?” and the rewrite “Why do you Blog? - Reworked.” The purpose of this directory is to tell our tales by spreading the reasons that we blog to as many sites as possible. We get to explain ourselves, direct traffic to our site and highlight our most important, most representative or most relevant post in an SEO favorable format. This will be a positive experience for everyone who wants to get involved. This will enable you to create a short advertisement for your site that will be spread across the blogesphere; a growing directory of blogs.

This is an open directory. You do not have to be tagged to join in. All you have to do is follow the rules.

Please let me know when you have added your site by leaving a comment on “Master List” with a link to your post. This will insure an up-to-date list, giving you even greater distribution. You then need to copy the growing list back to your site on a regular bases.


  1. Copy the archived directory from *Begin Directory* to *End Directory* and place it in your archives (back date it so that it does not appear on your front page. This list is too long for your front page.) Title this post "Spread The Word" Directory
  2. Copy from "**Start Copy Here**" through "**End Copy Here**" on this post
  3. Paste into a new post
  4. Create an inventive post title
  5. Write a brief introduction to the post.
  6. Before “**End copy here**”, In place of my paragraph, please add your name, site name (with link), a very brief description (2-3 sentences) of why you blog, and your most important, most representative, or most relevant post (with link.)
  7. Make sure that the link at the end of your post links to your archived directory, not mine.
  8. Tag others to participate. This is a request, not a requirement.
  9. Leave a comment and a link to your post on “Master List.” That way I can grab your addition and add it to this growing list.
  10. Schedule regular visits to the "Master List" so you can copy/paste into your archive, keeping your list current.

My name is Mel and I am the author of Attitude, the Ultimate Power, aka Monday Morning Power. I blog because I am passionate about happiness and living in the moment. I want to spread the concept that we are in control of our own lives and can choose how we act and react. My site is focused on the Pursuit, Capture, Care and Feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude. One of my most representative posts is “Happiness Vs. Human Nature.” I am also the author of a new site called "So You Want To Complain." This site allows anybody to complain on any subject, anywhere in the world. The complaint is posted and anyone can comment on it. It is like an open forum to vent.

Click here for complete directory

**End Copy Here**

To participate in Round two I am tagging the following sites:

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Are You Prepared For Success? (Section II - Installment #33 "What to Do Next” – Male & Female versions)

(If this is your first time on this site, you may want to begin with "Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])

What to Do Next

The introspection is through, the mask is gone.
You now know who you are.
The facts are in, the analysis complete;
What you desire doesn't seem that far.

The goals are set the plan is made;
You know what needs to be done.
No more excuses, no more reasons why;
It's time to act as if you've won.

Stop hiding now, and take that risk;
Know that you will not fail. get up again,
And into success you will sail.

You know how to deal with obstacles and fears;
Most of them you've already met.
You have the tools to accomplish your goals,
And what you don't have you know how to get.

All that's left for you to do,
Now that the fire's been lit,
And you know you'll win, there is no doubt,
Is to go out there and "do it!"

(An Original Poem by Mel Kaye)

I strongly suggest that you write down your immediate reaction, after passionately reading this poem.
  • Is there anything that is stopping you from "doing it"?
    • What is stopping you? (Be specific.)
      • What will you do about it?

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

October Blessings

It's time to acknowledge my October gifts. I am Honored by each and every one. "Thank you" to all my friends!! It is you who are my true gifts.

I am honored to have received the first ever "Way Cool " award from Baba Doodlius of
The Thoughts and Saying of Baba Doodlius on 10/31/07

Given by The Little Aussie Cynic for creativity on 10/30/07
Awarded to me by Jackie of The Painted Veil on 10/28/07
Awarded to me by Amelia of "Amel's Realm" on 10/26/07

Awarded to me by Sandee of "Comedy Plus" on 10/24/07
Given to me by Sandee of "Comedy Plus" on 10/24/07

Presented to me by Ann of "A Nice Place in the Sun" on 10/23/07

Presented to me by Ann of "A Nice Place in the Sun" on 10/23/07

Awarded to me by Amelia of "Amel's Realm" on 10/18/07
Presented to me by Ann of "A Nice Place in the Sun" on 10/16/07

Presented to me by Sandee of "Comedy Plus" on 10/16/07

Presented to my by The Oswegan on 10/5/07
Awarded to me by "Kissing The Dogwood" on 10/1/07

Friday, November 2, 2007

Dangerous Virus Warning!!!!

There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely.

If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer- Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

Please pass this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

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