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I am sitting enjoying a cup of peppermint tea with my friend Holly, doing a quick catch up.  We are “multi-chatting”, lots of unfinished conversations as we try to get it all in. While I am chatting away, she gets a text.  She needs to respond but multitasking is not her thing (multi-chatting is).  So everything halts as she stops to focus.  Who isn’t multitasking today?  Maybe Holly actually got it right.

Multi-tasking:  The act of juggling multiple projects or tasks simultaneously.   We all do it, but research shows that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40%.  The brain cannot completely focus on the task at hand if trying to do multiple things.   It’s the switching between tasks that causes the brain to have a stop and start reaction, which ultimately slows you down, leaving more room for errors.

Effects on your brain. Check it out, it will intrigue you.

The question is, can you afford not to multi-task?  Would you be more productive if you didn’t?

We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Here I am on another Tuesday morning enjoying a cup of  PG Tips tea with my lovely friend Gillian listening to Jazz on WBGO. We are having a discussion about Black History Month and how important it is that our kids recognize and appreciate the history of different cultures. A great reminder as we listen to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald calmly sing “They Can’t take that away from me”, recorded in 1956. This song has been sung by many artists, but this version is one of my favorites, what a dynamic duo. It was written by George and Ira Gershwin and first sung by Fred Astaire in 1937 in the film “Shall We Dance”.
Video – “They Can’t take that away from me”

The way you wear your hat,
The way you sip your tea,
The memory of all that,
No, no they can’t take that away from me…
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Ella Fitzgerald, an American Jazz Artist known as the “Queen of Jazz” and “First Lady of Song” was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She took the music world by storm and was in the business for 59 years, winning 13 Grammys and selling over 40 million albums.  She had a mellow smooth sound with clear diction.  She was a master at scat singing, improvising making rhythms sound like honey.

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo”, had the ability to transcend race in a time when it was difficult. A world renowned American Jazz Trumpeter, composer and also recognized for his very distinctive voice and scat singing. He had the ability to improvise easily with unbelievable charisma and stage presence. He is a legend and household name, well recognized beyond the world of Jazz.

Louis Amstrong – 1901-1971 (Born in New Orleans, Louisana)

This is as good as it gets,  again I am reminded how social and simple a cup of tea can be.

How are you educating yourself and your kids on different cultures and experiences? What are you doing to celebrate and learn more about Black History Month? Share your thoughts…..

It’s the winter and the cold days can really make you feel dreary.  You sit longing for the days of summer drinking cool fruity drinks and doing much of nothing.   Well you can get your groove back now without much effort.  Tea has the effects of being mood changers and you can do it naturally.

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