Sunrise Viewings

How often do you get to (or have to) be awake for sunrise? Tell us about what happened the last time you were up so early (or late…).

I wake up usually now after 10 am on a weekday, except for Mondays because of my work shift. Sleeping at 4:30 am – 5 am means I wake up close to 11 am. On Sundays and Mondays I usually wake up between 8 and 9 am depending on how late I have slept the previous night. But it is usually no later than 9am. So waking up for the sunrise is not really a possibility for me unless I sleep late on a weekday or wake up early unexpectedly on Sunday or Monday.

I do usually love sunrises and even sunsets and the latter I do get to see quite more often. On some odd day when I either can’t sleep or wake up early I have on occasion gone to the balcony to view the sunrise and take in the glory of it. I think being awake at that time and being out with the fresh air blowing in your face and viewing the light changes in the sky is an awesome feeling and whether you are alone or with company, it doesn’t matter.

Prompt from The Daily Post at

RIP George Michael

Pop star George Michael has died at the age of 53 due to heart failure. The English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and on his own, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, on June 25, 1963, the son of a Greek Cypriot restaurateur and an English dancer. In 1979, he and a schoolmate, Andrew Ridgeley, played together for the first time in a ska band called the Executive. That didn’t last, but they continued to make music together — nearly all of it composed and sung by Mr. Michael — and began releasing singles as Wham!

Michael was one of pop’s reigning stars in the 1980s and ’90s — first as a handsome, smiling teen-pop idol making lighthearted singles like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” with Wham!, then arriving as a grown-up pop sex symbol with his 1987 album “Faith.” Michael wrote supple evergreen ballads, like “Careless Whisper” and “Father Figure,” as well as buoyant dance tracks like “Freedom ’90” and “I Want Your Sex.” For much of his career, including his best-selling albums “Faith” and “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,” he was also his own producer and studio backup band. Much of his music drew on R&B, old and new, but his melodic gift extended across genres. He won a Grammy Award in 1988 for “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),” a duet with Aretha Franklin, and “Faith” won the Grammy for album of the year. In Britain, he was showered with awards, and in 2004, Britain’s Radio Academy said he had been the most-played performer on British radio from 1984 to 2004.

In 1998, Mr. Michael came out as gay after being arrested on charges of lewd conduct in a men’s room in Beverly Hills, Calif. He had long lent his name and music to support AIDS prevention and gay rights. During interviews in later years, he described himself as bisexual, and said that hiding his sexuality had made him feel “fraudulent.” He also described long struggles with depression. During the 2000s, Mr. Michael’s output slowed; his last studio album of new songs was “Patience” in 2004. In later years he put out individual songs as free downloads, encouraging listeners to contribute to charity. But in 2006, 25 years into his career, he could still headline stadiums worldwide.