11/20/17 – Happy Thanksgiving

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Keep Your Thanksgiving Happy By Avoiding This Receipt for Disaster

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Chapter One of my book, discusses diet and the importance of eating healthy.  As we near Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the people who prepare our meals for us.  And especially, those who prepare things from scratch.  It is a lot of work to prepare something from scratch and few understand this as much as Carl Sagan.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the Universe.”

Source: Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 9 Powerlifting Contest

in Royal Oak, MI, USA

If you live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I am going to try to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • Federation: APF/AAPF
  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Royal Oak, MI
  • Events: Deadlift Only, Bench Only, Push-Pull
  • Divisions: Raw, Equipped Single-ply and Multiply
  • Records: State and National records may be set
  • Meet Director: Art Little

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

“Apologize”

by Andrea Guerra

In Chapter 22 of my book, I use a quote from Benjamin Franklin.

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse”

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

You can’t be sure of something, until you understand its context.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

A warning from Albert Einstein about

the pursuit of success & constant restlessness.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

If you are a Star Trek fan, like I am, I think you will love this autobiography, written in future tense.

The Autobiography of

Jean-Luc Picard

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court-martial, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise. (Source: Inside Cover)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Wild Target (2010)

The critics didn’t like it, but how can one not like a movie with Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett and Emily Blunt.  

A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans. (Source: IMDB)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Just saw this at the theater and I thought it was well worth watching and everyone did a great job, but with that said I still miss David Suchet, who played Poirot back in 2011.  If you have seen this current movie, please comment and let us know what you think.

Critics Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor’s illustrious head of steam. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

After seeing the 2017 version, I later streamed the 1974 version.  Both the 1974 and the 2017 versions have much to be said for them, but I still thought David Suchet, was the best Poirot.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

I liked this film, plus Lucy Liu and Aubrey Plaza appear in supporting roles, which just added to the film.  Aubrey’s character was a real trip.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager.  (Source: Film’s Official site)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

What A Wonderful World

By Louis Armstrong

LAST WEEK’S POLL – What is your opinion of the quote below?

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

Agree  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Don’t agree  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which of the following do you think is the best chocolate bar?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Cuzco & Machu Picchu

I thought you might enjoy these photos Carol took during our visit to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire.  We got up around 4:30 a.m. and took a 2-hour bus ride to a train station.  From there, we took a 2-hour train ride to Machu Picchu city.  From there, we took a half-hour bus ride to get to where we began our climb up and then down into the valley to experience Machu Picchu.  It rained almost the entire time, but was well worth it.  

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Worf, Son of Mogh

Worf, son of Mogh, of the House of Martok, (2340 – ), was one of the single most influential people in Klingon and Federation politics of the late 24th century.

Worf was directly responsible for the ascension of two Chancellors of the Klingon Empire, Gowron in 2367, and Martok in 2375. Worf was also responsible for the installation of Emperor Kahless in 2369.

The first Klingon in Starfleet, Worf served notable tours of duty aboard the USS Enterprise-D, the USS Defiant, IKS Rotarran, and Starbase Deep Space 9 before being appointed Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire in 2375. In 2379, Worf resigned from his ambassadorial post and returned to Starfleet, serving on the USS Enterprise-E. (Source: Fandom)

Worf Speak for Himself

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

Here is a handy guide to what explorers hope to find.

Source: Time, November 20, 2017

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Sheryll & Sofia for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carmen, Carol, Gayle, Jennie, Kevin, Patty, Marian, Michael, Shawn, Shirley & Susan  for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Dave, Katie, Luis, Maria, Matiuadex, Samantha & Sujata, started following my blog and to Bonnie, Faithful, KayLyn, Kimber, K.L, Pallav, Sabrina & Shannon for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

11/13/17 – It’s Not Christmas Yet!

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

This may come as a newsflash, especially to retailers.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

If you have never seen a powerlifting contest and live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I hope to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • Federation: APF/AAPF
  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Royal Oak, MI
  • Events: Deadlift Only, Bench Only, Push-Pull
  • Divisions: Raw, Equipped Single-ply and Multiply
  • Records: State and National records may be set
  • Meet Director: Art Little

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I realize a lot of women have given up on guys because a lot of guys are jerks.

I urge you ladies to please don’t give up on love, Annie Oakley didn’t.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

Source: Confucius

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

There is a lot of information packed in this little and easy to read book, with lots of drawings.  Since returning from Perú, I’ve developed an interest in visiting this island that is 2,350 west of Chile.  Not sure I will get there, but one never knows.

Where Is Easter Island?

By Megan Stine

Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere, has intrigued visitors since Europeans first arrived in the 1700s.

How did people first come to live there? How did they build the enormous statues and why? How were they placed around the island without carts or even wheels? Scientists have learned many of the answers, although some things still remain a mystery. Megan Stine reveals it all in a gripping narrative.

This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Playing It Cool (2015)

The critics didn’t like it, but I did.  

Plus, Aubrey Plaza was briefly in a number of scenes.

Netflix Description: Under pressure to produce a romantic comedy rather than action tales, a young screenwriter is hindered by his disdain for the very concept of love–until he meets a beautiful woman who’s engaged and unavailable.

Critics Consensus: Playing It Cool pits Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan’s easy chemistry against a screenplay that tries too hard to be quirky and clever, and the results are disappointingly lukewarm. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

There is a great story behind this video.  

My bowling buddy John has a brother-in-law in Tennessee that has a hot dog stand.  He always calls out $2 dollar hot dog, $1 dollar water.  As he was doing this one day, someone started playing along on a makeshift drum.  Well it caught on and Sony  bought the rights to it.  And this is what came out of it.

$2 Dollar Hot Dog $1 Dollar Water

LAST WEEK’S POLL – America’s Immigration Policy?

What do you think of America’s Immigration Policy?
Too easy.  75%  (9 votes) 
Just right  16.67%  (2 votes) 
Too hard  8.33%  (1 votes) 

 Total Votes: 12

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your opinion of the quote below?

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

 

It would be great to hear your comments about why you agree or don’t agree with the Bob Marley quote.  Please consider a public comment.

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard was born to Maurice and Yvette Picard in La Barre, France, on 13 July 2305.

The young Picard failed his first Starfleet Academy entrance exam, and, upon admission, met with numerous ethical/scholastic difficulties during his cadet career, but went on to flourish, developing a lifelong passion for archaeology, and he became the first freshman to win the Academy marathon. [Just shows one should never give up on a dream]

Deeply moral, highly logical, and intelligent, Picard is a master of diplomacy and debate who resolves seemingly intractable issues between multiple, sometimes implacable parties with a Solomon-like wisdom. Though such resolutions are usually peaceful, Picard is also shown using his remarkable tactical cunning in situations when it is required.

Picard has a fondness for detective stories, Shakespearean drama, and archeology. He is frequently shown drinking Earl Grey tea and issuing the order, “Make it so”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

I may have mentioned that I was recently in Michigan’s Upper Peninsular otherwise known as our U.P.

While driving there, I took a quick photo of one of the road signs I passed.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Darlene & Georgia for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carol, Cindi, Cynthia, Peggy, Sheryll  for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Anita, Based Indian, Brit, Healthy Lifestyle, Julie, KP Gym, Mintly, Ortensia, Poet Speaks, Pratibha, Rachael, Samantha, Severus, Shaheryar, Shana, Strong Lotus Yogi, Swati, Tia, Tink The Belle & Tiffany, started following my blog and to Arlene, Arron, Carrie, Cheri, Clare, Crystal, Gayle, Jennifer, Kathleen, Lua, Marian, Mary, Theresa, Tomasz, Trina, Tuanya & Virginia for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

11/06/17 – NYC

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

By now you should all know at NYC was subject to another terrorist attack.  

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against bike path attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of killing eight people and injuring a dozen more when he drove his car along a bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday. (Source: CBSN)

The suspect was identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, a Uzbekistan native who came to the US legally in 2010, authorities said. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Wednesday afternoon “that the individual identified in the New York City terror attack was admitted to the U.S. upon presentation of a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa.”

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.

The lottery is administered by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as amended by the Immigration Act of 1990. The lottery makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low rates of immigration in the five years prior. (Source: Wikipedia)    

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Shalene Flanagan

First American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years

   

An emotional and exuberant Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees.

Flanagan became the first American woman since Miki Gorman won the second of her back-to-back NYC marathons in 1977 to win the race, finishing in an unofficial time of 2:26:53.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Don’t be a jerk.

Jerk Out

The Time

Unless you are Morris Day,

then its cool.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

There are just so many people that are depressed, depended and just struggling.

Perhaps the advice The Silhouettes offer will not help all those people, but it sure will help many of them.

Get A Job

By The Silhouettes

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

If you like my weekly blog post, please share them with your friends.

I’m going to keep posting, but a larger audience would be nice.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

The Way of Life

Lao Tuz

Translated By R. B. Blakney

Below is a review I found on Amazon that pretty much sums up my view of this book.  I first read it in 1993 and every so often I go through what I highlighted.

81 short poems – that will change your life…
This is my favorite translation – very poetic
thought provoking
enjoyable short read
written in the 4th century BC
It nails it on the head…
The Tao Te Ching = The Way of Life
You can still get this book for `no money’ [Actually, $3.10 or no money]
even though its been out of print for 53 years!
Buy It………

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

I’ve seen this film several times and I always enjoy it.  I guess it is my kind of film (Science Fiction with a little romance), plus Emily Blunt is in it and for you ladies–Matt Damon.

The Adjustment Bureau is a 2011 American science fiction thriller film loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, “Adjustment Team”. The film stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

The film tells the story of a young man who discovers that what appear to be chance events in his life are controlled by a technologically advanced intelligence network. After an event not planned by these controllers occurs – a romantic encounter with a young dancer – he struggles against their manipulation despite their promise of a great future for him.

The film premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre on February 14, 2011, and received positive reviews from critics, who praised Damon’s performance and his chemistry with Blunt. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

This song is dedicated to a very good friend of mine who, shall we say, “Left the Party”.  However, if anyone could return, this would be the guy.

Along Came Jones

by Coasters

LAST WEEK’S POLL – What do you think of Black Cats?

When it comes to black cats,
I like black cats  85%  (17 votes)
 
I don’t like cats in general  15%  (3 votes)
 
they scare me.  0%  (0 votes)
 
 I like cats; but not black ones  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20

THIS WEEK’S POLL – America’s Immigration Policy?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

As I have mentioned, anything can be art.

Here is a “Black Cat” sculpture in soap.  

Only problem, is that it is too cool to actually use.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.

He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story.

Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

I had a Halloween joke left over and did not want to wait until next year to post it.

If you have a GPS, you will probably appreciate this joke

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Darlene, Georgia & Nanette, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carol, Carole, Darlene &Deborah, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Kristina, Laura, Pajahma, Ritu, The Heart Broken Writer, Weedjee & Yoly, started following my blog and to Agniezka, Amandeep, Dara, Debra, DéMarcus, Gudrun, Pat, Patrizia, Serena & Sunny, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

10/30/17 – Happy Halloween to All of You

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

This was a unique way to celebrate Halloween.

I didn’t do too bad, given I’m 71

          

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Last year I bought 150 bags of potato chips to give out to 60 to 70 kids.

Well, you can guess how that turned out.

This year I just bought 100 bags of chips to give out (smile)

   

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Halloween is a particularly dangerous times for cats, especially black cats

  

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors

Well, I guess it is ok for my cat to be outside during Halloween

He is a rather large cat.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

When you come to think about it, less tricks and more treats is good advice for getting along with others at any time during the year.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 48 of my book, I talk about the value that comes from travel.  So perhaps you may want to put Romania on your bucket list of travel locations.  And if you are in Romania, of course you will want to see Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle). 

Bran Castle – which perches on a dramatic hilltop near Brasov in central Romania – has long been linked to the toothsome vampire. Constructed in the early 14th century, it is open to the public, who are able to peer into its creaky rooms and dark passageways. 

Sharp-eyed tourists will point out that Dracula did not exist.

And they would – rather obviously – be correct. The most famous vampire of all was, of course, created by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker in his iconic Gothic novel Dracula, published in 1897. (Source: DailyMail.com)

Over half a million visitors a year pass through these dark corridors.

Perhaps, while on your tour you may become tired and wish to take a nap.

Please do so at your own risk (smile)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

It is always wise to have some options

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I mentioned this graphic novel before, it is fun book to read and so much easier to read than the actual book by Bram Stroker.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

A Graphic Novel

Illustrated By Matt Pagett

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The Mummy (2017)

I was looking for scary movies to watch and thought I would try a recent one of the famous classic horror movie “The Mummy”.  Well, it was ok; not as bad as the critics say, but it sure helps if you like Tom Cruise.

Critics Consensus: Lacking the campy fun of the franchise’s most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Here is a Halloween musical classic for your enjoyment

Ghostbusters Music Video

by Ray Parker, Jr.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – If you could choose any age for the rest of your life?

31 to 40  27.78%  (5 votes) 

21 to 30  22.22%  (4 votes) 

51 to 60  16.67%  (3 votes) 

41 to 50  11.11%  (2 votes) 

71 to 80  11.11%  (2 votes) 

81 to 90  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Over 100  5.55%  (1 votes) 

0 to 10  0%  (0 votes) 

11 to 20  0%  (0 votes) 

61 to 70  0%  (0 votes)  

91 to 100  0%  (0 votes) 

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What do you think of Black Cats?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Decorating for Halloween can also be an art form.  I have no idea whose house this is, since I found the photo on the internet, but I’ve seen a lot of extravagantly decorated houses in my city of Royal Oak, MI, USA

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Fats Domino

Antoine DominiqueFatsDomino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits. (Source: Wikipedia)

If you aren’t already aware of this truly great man, now is your chance.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Carol, Darlene, Nanette & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Cynthia, Darlene, Deborah, Donna, Heather, Nicole, Peggy & Shirley for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to AJ, Becka, Bhavana, Celestial, Emily, Jeanie, Kimaya, Lost Girl, Moisy, Morgan, Nanette, Rasma, RJ, Rukhsar & Shalini, started following my blog and to Екатерина, Emily, Felita, Hiran, John, Julie, Lynda, Lynne, Marybeth, Maiki, Mandi, Sharon, Tina & Willie   for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

10/23/17 – Don’t Get Hacked

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

I sure hope this isn’t how you do your cardio.

   

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It is important to have a good self-image.

  

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Do your best to make everyone feel important and valued.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

You will likely be told at times that you need to have an open mind.

That fine, just remember this: 

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I found this an easy and worthwhile book to read.

Budo Secrets

By John Stevens

Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo’s greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they’re for anyone who wants to live life more. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Somewhere in Time

This “classic” movie was filmed at The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.  Since I am going to be staying at The Grand Hotel next week, I thought I should watch it again.

The film stars Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes obsessed with a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna, portrayed by Seymour. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Here is a Halloween musical classic for your enjoyment

The Monster Mash

by bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers

LAST WEEK’S POLL – How do you most often watch movies?

44% – Stream

37% – Cable

19% – Movie Theater

 0% – DVD

 0% – VHS Tape

Similar poll in 2016

45% – Stream

22% – Cable

22% – DVD

11% – Movie Theater

 0% – VHS Tape

THIS WEEK’S POLL – If you could choose any age for the rest of your life?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Mackinac Bridge

Photo of Carol in front of the Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan.

Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot (4.995 mi) bridge is the world’s 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.  The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.

Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction. However the preliminary plans for the bridge were done by an engineer at the firm, Abul Hasnat.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Those of you who follow this blog regularly probably know that I appeared at Leon & Lulu’s yesterday for their Books and Authors event.  Well, one is always likely to meet some extraordinary people at such an event and this event was no exception. Although I was fortunate to meet a number of extraordinary people, this one person really stood out from the rest.  He was what one may call “A Good Egg”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Dani, Darlene, Ritu & Roijoyeux , for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you  Brenda, Carol, Cynthia, Cindi, Darlene, Heather,  Paula, Sandy, Sheryll, Shirley, Susan & Willie for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to AndreeaBrinda, Carrie, Dani, Dave, Didi, Genie, Jayshree, Kurian, M & Roijoyeux, Shalini, started following my blog and to Lisa, Pavita & Rene, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

10/16/17 – Books and Authors

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Leon & Lulu’s

For more info, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

The next Books & Authors will be on

Sunday, October 22, 2017 11-5 pm

If you happen to live anywhere near the Clawson, MI area (near 14 mile & Main Street), I hope you will stop by and say hello to me.  Plus, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of authors.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

When you say you drink responsibly, I hope this isn’t what you are implying.

   

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

One should celebrate holidays, special occasions, the accomplishments of their friends, as well as their own accomplishments.

Here are several photos from my 2017 Halloween Happy Hour.

  

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is said that those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it.

One can learn much for history, that is especially helpful when a nation is divided, for instance: 

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

This books says so much in so few words.

How to Be Happy, dammit


Guaranteed to perk up even the most cynical spirit, HOW TO BE HAPPY, DAMMIT is the first and only self-help book that merges psychology, biology, eastern and western philosophies, quantum physics, and the Zen of Bazooka Joe. (Source: Back cover of book)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Something to Think About Before Going to the Movies

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

The Devil Went Down To Georgia

by The Charlie Daniel’s Band

LAST WEEK’S POLL – How do you plan to celebrate Halloween in 2017?

38% – Will be giving on treats on Halloween

21% – Don’t celebrate Halloween

14% – Will host or go to a Halloween party

14% – Will watch some scary movies

10% – Will wear a costume

3% – Will go trick or treating

Similar poll in 2016

45% – Will be giving out treats on Halloween

17% – Don’t celebrate Halloween

17% – Will host or go to a Halloween party

17% – Will wear a costume

 4% – Will go trick or treating

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How do you most often watch movies?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Windsor, Canada Hockey Hall of Fame

It isn’t publicized; however, Windsor has an excellent Hockey Hall of Fame.  I was fortunate to be one of a select group of individuals given a tour of the museum last Saturday.  It was a rare treat and my video in no way captures the magnificence of this fine collection of hockey mementos collected over a life time.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Who else, since it is close to Halloween, but:

Bela Lugosi (aka Count Dracula)

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.

He had been playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary before making his first film in 1917,… He had roles in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship.

In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. He later appeared in the classic 1931 film Dracula by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in popular horror films, with their East European setting … (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Chrystal, Georgia, Kathie & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you  Aline, Carol, Cynthia, Daggi, Ellen, Heather, Jess, Justin, Pamela, Stephanie, Teresa & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to K’s Kitchen Chronicles & Middle Class Girl, who started following my blog and to Dana, Holly, Lara, Laurie & Melissa, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

10/09/17 – Posting Telepathically

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Posting Telepathically

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

    

While in Peru, I had some difficulty dealing with the high altitudes.

I was told that some coca tea would help.  I don’t believe it helped, but I was ready to try anything and it tasted rather good.  Eventually I turned to IBUPROFEN 800 MG, which did the trick.

I thought I would go online and order some more tea and to my surprise, I learned 

Legal status

Coca tea is legal in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Chile. ]However, its use is being discouraged in part by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Coca tea is illegal in the United States unless it is decocainized.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Sometimes, it seems like this is where we are at with regard to tolerance.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

As for me, I’m grateful for all the wonderful people we met during our tour of Perú.

Here are just a few

And our guide Victor, who is not just a good guide but a really good person

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Leon & Lulu’s

For more info, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

The next Books & Authors will be on

Sunday, October 22, 2017 11-5 pm

If you happen to live anywhere near the Clawson, MI area (near 14 mile & Main Street), I hope you will stop by and say hello to me.  Plus, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of authors.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Bendito Infierno (Don’t Tempt Me)

October is Halloween, so why not watch a movie that has a devil in it. He is a cool devil, but he would not allow his staff air conditioning, since he thought it would make them look bad if word ever got out.

I have watched this movie many times and I still enjoy it. The original dialogue is a combination of  Spanish, English and French, but you can also I watched this movie with English Subtitles.  I think it is thought-provoking.

In Heaven, the last ten years have been tough—Hell has been winning the battle between Good and Evil. The managers of Heaven receive a request by a mother to save her son’s soul and see the possibility of winning the soul of a boxer named Manny as an opportunity to shift the balance of power.

Although Manny is severely in debt and is even thinking of suicide, Lola (Victoria Abril), an angel, is sent to Earth to take over the role of the boxer’s wife. To counter this, Hell’s manager Jack Davenport decides to send one of his more troublesome agents, Carmen (Penélope Cruz), to fight back by impersonating Manny’s cousin.  (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I’m really sorry to learn of Tom Petty’s departure for the great unknown.

Stand My Ground

by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have you ever been to South America?

50% – Yes

29% – No, but I would like to go

21% – No

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How do you plan to celebrate Halloween in 2017

Click on all the boxes that apply to you.

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Machu Picchu, Perú.

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 7,970 ft above sea level. It is in the Cusco Region in Peru, above the Sacred Valley, which is 50 mi northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.

Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu was built-in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Michael

Michael is 87 years old and is in absolutely fantastic shape.  He did a part of the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu, almost all of it in the rain.  I have no idea what his diet is that keeps him in such great shape.  But I am sure his positive outlook also has something to do with it.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Bernice, Dave, Georgia, Quirky Girl & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you  Anni, Bernice, Brenda,  Carmen, Chrystal, Cynthia, Fit For Life, Kristian, Mark, Shirley, Stephen, Susan & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Enlightenment Angels,  Kate & Kiki, who started following my blog and to Alison, Andrea, Bri, Jane, Jess, Leanne, Mamen, Marilyn, Nikki & Rose-Anne for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692