10/25/20 – Trick or Treat

CURRENT EVENTS

Trick or Treat

Or

Turned him into a glass of wine

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Check out these graphic novels, they are easy and fun to read with drawings illustrating everything. Plus, you get a good understanding of the story.

Graphic Novel Example

(The actual image in the book is much sharper)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

This is always one of the top scary movies of all time.

Night of the Living Dead

But for those of you looking for something a bit lighter, I strongly recommend Emily In Paris.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

By Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

I was amazed at how much Bobby Pickett could change his appearance.

ART OF THE WEEK

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)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Who else, given this is the week of Halloween

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson

May 2011

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I suspect for many of you, there will be far fewer children coming to your door this Halloween. You may want to take that into consideration when you purchase your Halloween treats to give out; otherwise, you may end up like our friend below.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

This is good advice any time of the year and given the political climate of the last four years, perhaps we can add less hatred and more tolerance for views different than our own.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Black Cats

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

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors

And I keep my cat “Bear” indoors for the protection of others

LEARNING TRAITS

It is always a good idea to have some options.

MISCELLANEOUS

Communication Is So Important

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Who are you voting to be president of the USA?

Joe Biden  45.83%  (11 votes) 

Donald Trump  41.67%  (10 votes) 

Rick Astley  4.17%  (1 votes)  

Other  4.17%  (1 votes) 

I’m not going to vote  4.16%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Regarding the film “The Seventh Seal”

I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I saw the film and I liked it  16.67%  (3 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  5.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you listen to your body?

Yes  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Sometimes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

What are your feelings about “Roundabouts”?

Invented by the devil  55%  (11 votes) 

I think they are wonderful  45%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Do you believe we meet people by accident or do we meet them because there is a reason behind why we are meeting them?

I believe there is a reason behind why we meet people  38.1%  (8 votes) 

We meet people by accident or for a reason, depending upon our own frame of mind  33.33%  (7 votes) 

I believe it is purely accidental  28.57%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

10/18/20 – Presidential Candidates

CURRENT EVENTS

Presidential Candidates

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Everyone should read some version of the Tao Te Ching at least once during their life.

The Illustrated Tao Te Ching

By Lao Tzu

Translated by Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer & Jay Ramsay

Calligraphy by Kwok-Lap Chan

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you can’t watch a film with English subtitles, than this film isn’t for you. In fact, it isn’t for everyone. It has probably been at least ten years since I’ve watched it and I just watched it again the other day. I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Seventh Seal

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry. (Source of film description: The Criterion Collection)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m sorry if I am turning any of you off with this presidential campaign speech, but since so many are posting political messages I thought why not.

Never Gonna Give You Up

By Rick Astley

ART OF THE WEEK

Designing trophies is an art form. Here are the awards we gave out for best Halloween costumes in various categories.

Hopefully, next year the Halloween parties will resume.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OR ANIMAL OF THE WEEK

SHARK

Nothing more needs to be said.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to go on a social media diet?

No  52.63%  (10 votes) 

Yes  47.37%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Were you aware of Buck Dancing before seeing this post?

No  55%  (11 votes) 

Yes  45%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Your 2020 New Year’s Resolution

I didn’t make one  80%  (16 votes) 

I did not accomplish my New Year’s Resolutions and I am giving up on it this year  10%  (2 votes) 

I did not accomplish my New Year’s Resolution, but the year is not yet over with  10%  (2 votes) 

I accomplished my New Year’s Resolution  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Have you ever regretted to responding to outrageous postings?

No, I just ignore the post  57.89%  (11 votes) 

Yes, I have regretted responding  31.58%  (6 votes) 

No, I have never regretted my response  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Do you think people actually hear what is being said?

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t  100%  (17 votes) 

Always  0%  (0 votes) 

Never  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

10/11/20 – Recent Archaeological Find

CURRENT EVENTS

Recent Archaeological Find

I have no idea why we aren’t hearing more about this recent extraordinary archaeological find, so I thought I should at least let the readers of this blog know about this discovery. (Thanks Carmen for bringing this to my attention).

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.

Did I get your attention? I really didn’t enjoy watching this film. But like Uncle Tony used to say, “It’s like a lot of medicine, it may not taste good; but it is good for you.

I don’t buy into this whole The Social Dilemma thing, but the film does present things for one to consider. 

The Social Dilemma

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Dance of Lurch & Wednesday Addams

ART OF THE WEEK

Dancing is an art form and here is a form of dance that you may not be ware of and here is a video of three national champions.

Buck Dancing

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSONS OF THE WEEK

Boris Karloff

William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff), was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein(1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). He also appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).

For his contribution to film and television, Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Perceptions

Do we really hear what is being said?

Watch the short film and take the poll

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you believe the purchase of shampoo explains some of the differences between most men and women?

Yes  62.5%  (15 votes) 

Maybe  25%  (6 votes) 

No  12.5%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Regarding the Poirot episode “Cards on the Table”

I have not seen the episode, but would like to see it  50%  (10 votes) 

I have seen the episode and liked it  40%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen the episode, nor do I wish to see it  10%  (2 votes) 

I have seen the episode and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Are you “really” getting enough exercise?

No  50%  (11 votes) 

Maybe  27.27%  (6 votes) 

Yes, for certain  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Yes, I think so  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Most people will say they love people more than things, but when you observe the actions of people, what does their actions say?

About evenly divided between people and things  50%  (9 votes) 

They love things more than people  38.89%  (7 votes) 

They love people more than things  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Does worrying that your house isn’t clean prevent you from inviting friends over?

No  57.89%  (11 votes) 

Yes, at times  31.58%  (6 votes) 

Yes  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Which do you want?

Truth  73.68%  (14 votes) 

Reassurance what I believe in is true  26.32%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Are you putting off things you really want to do?

Just a few things  63.16%  (12 votes) 

Yes  26.32%  (5 votes) 

No  10.52%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

10/04/20 – Difference Between Men and Women

CURRENT EVENTS

Difference Between Men and Women

I believe the purchase of shampoo describes the difference between many men and women.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Although not the typical Halloween scary movie, it is still very interesting.

Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie Poirot, Series 10, Episode 2

The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London’s richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 ‘detectives’ to his opulent apartment.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

How about some Halloween dancing.

Nobody But Me

A Monster Groove

ART OF THE WEEK

Grey Fountains

I’ve been closing up my backyard fountains in preparation for winter. Here is another one that I just closed up.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSONS OF THE WEEK

Team Armageddon

December 2017

The fellow in the center is the team founder and trainer,

Art Little

I’m looking forward to Team Armageddon being back in action in 2021, stronger than ever. They may not look it, but there are a number of world record holders in that photo.

  WEEK’S JOKE

Fellows, if you aren’t having any luck with online dating sites.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you for or against Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice?

Against and I am an Independent  33.33%  (9 votes) 

For and I am a Republican  29.63%  (8 votes) 

For and I am an Independent  22.22%  (6 votes) 

Against and I am a Democrat  7.41%  (2 votes) 

For and I am a Democrat  3.7%  (1 votes) 

Against and I am a Republican  3.7%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

Are you mindful of the things you put in your body emotionally, spiritually and physically?

Yes  86.36%  (19 votes) 

No  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
What role do you think parents are responsible for children who turn out dysfunctional, on welfare, commit crimes, etc.

Primarily responsible  60.87%  (14 votes) 

Some responsibility  30.43%  (7 votes) 

Not responsible at all  8.7%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Do you think the Government and the media can get the American people to do anything?

Yes  30%  (6 votes) 

Maybe  30%  (6 votes) 

No, but almost  25%  (5 votes) 

No  15%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Mozart’s Paintings

I’ve never seen one  72.22%  (13 votes) 

I have seen pictures of Mozart’s paintings or copies of his paintings  16.67%  (3 votes) 

I have seen an actual painting by Mozart  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Last week, were you primarily?

Peaceful  66.67%  (12 votes) 

Anxious  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Depressed  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

09/27/20 – Coin Shortage

CURRENT EVENTS

Cause of The Coin Shortage Identified

Or

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book is expected to be available in early 2021.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

It will soon be October, so time to start watching some scary movies.This one was made by my friend Mike Kinnunen, in 2005 [Has it really been that long ago–does time fly].  I’m not sure how to obtain a copy of it; but if you contact me, I will pass your email or comment on to Mike.

The Dead Walk the Earth, Yet They Live and They Kill

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m dedicating this week’s song to the Corona Virus.

A Hard Day’s Night

By The Beatles

ART OF THE WEEK

Wizard

Carol made this Wizard back in 1988 and gave it to me. This resulted in us getting married a few years later. One can never underestimate the power of ART or the power of a WIZARD. I just took this photo this morning. Both the Wizard and Carol and still with me.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Amy Coney Barrett

(Photo byRobert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Amy Coney Barrett, age 48

– A judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017 and considered once before by Trump for a high court seat; her three-year judicial record shows a clear and consistent conservative bent.

– A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Rhodes College who has taught law at Notre Dame, worked for a Washington law firm and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

– A devout Catholic mother of seven and Louisiana native born in 1972, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed. (Source: AP)

  WEEK’S JOKE

You may not get this joke, unless you remember your Sunday School lessons.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

I don’t know if it is true or not, but I understand in some countries in the far east, parents are treated with the same respect or disrespect given to their grown children because they raised those children.

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What do you think of the peace agreements between Israel, UAR & Bahrain

This is wonderful news  82.35%  (14 votes) 

No big deal  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Regarding the film Triple XXX

I saw it and I liked it  53.85%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  23.08%  (3 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  23.07%  (3 votes) 

I saw it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Do you think the selection of a replacement on the Supreme Court for Ruth Bader Ginsburg should wait until after the presidential election

Yes and I am an independent  38.46%  (5 votes) 

No and I am a Republican  30.77%  (4 votes) 

Yes and I am a Democrat  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Yes and I am a Republican  7.69%  (1 votes) 

No and I am an independent  7.69%  (1 votes) 

No and I am a Democrat  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

09/20/20 – Steps Towards Peace in The Middle East

CURRENT EVENTS

Steps Towards Peace in The Middle East

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Anyone who wants to change something in their life, will likely benefit from this book.

Small Move, Big Change

By Caroline L. Arnold

Arguing that determination and willpower alone are insufficient to overcoming deeply ingrained habits, a guide to focusing one’s self-control on precise behavioral targets to enable meaningful change draws on the author’s own successes and failures as case-study examples of effective “microresolution” practices.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Triple X

I’m not a fan of action films and I cannot recommend you watch this film, unless you are a Vin Diesel fan. But I enjoyed this film when it came out and decided after watching it that I had to go to Prague. Well, I didn’t get to Prague until 2014, but Prague was certainly worth the trip.

I just watch this film again this week and I still enjoyed it.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I Saw The Light

Cover By: Hillary Klug

ART OF THE WEEK

Grey Fountain

I bought this fountain back in 1988 or 32 years ago on the advice of Uncle Tony. I was going to buy a one of a kind nymph fountain. Nymphs are nature goddesses, so they were au naturel or for those of you who don’t speak French, they were naked.

Uncle Tony cautioned me that when I have visitors (I was single at the time), it might give the ladies the wrong impression of me. So I bought the fountain in the video that Uncle Tony suggest.

Later that week, I stopped by Uncle Tony’s house and what did I see. He had gone back to the store and bought the Nymphs Fountain that he had talked me out of buying. Sorry I don’t have a picture of the Nymphs Fountain, but I try to keep this blog PG rated.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020), also known by her initials RBG, was an American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences in recent years:

They are far too political in their selections  88.89%  (16 votes) 

I like the direction they are going in  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Are you in too big of a hurry?

No  50%  (10 votes) 

Maybe  45%  (9 votes) 

Yes  5%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Is there any possibility that society could be over reacting to the Coronavirus?

Yes  57.69%  (15 votes)  

No  26.92%  (7 votes) 

Maybe  15.38%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Do you believe we are all on a spiritual journey?

Yes  45.45%  (10 votes) 

Maybe  36.36%  (8 votes) 

No  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Regarding the Chappelle’s Show – The Racial Draft video?

I watched the entire video and found it both entertaining and it had something to say.  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I did not bother to watch it  29.41%  (5 votes) 

I watched a little and then stopped  17.65%  (3 votes) 

I watched the entire video, and found it entertaining  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I watched the entire video, but didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you believe Liberal and Conservative News Media are doing enough fact checking and identifying their sources?

No  83.33%  (15 votes) 

I have no idea  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you really want career politicians deciding your fate, whether Democrat or Republican?

No  63.16%  (12 votes) 

Yes, if they are doing a good job  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes, if there belong to the same party as I do  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

09/13/20 – September

CURRENT EVENTS

Pulling Into September

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Sophocles said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” 

This book is one the easier and entertaining ways that I know of to examine your life.

The 15-Minute Philosopher

By Anne Rooney

The 15-Minute Philosopher introduces the reader to the main ideas of philosophy, showing how the subject has a clear practical purpose vital to our day-to-day lives and thinking. A fun introduction to the subject of philosophy…

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

OSCARS

For many years now The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences best picture award (Oscars) seems to be more interested in political correctness than entertaining and thought provoking films.

This year the Academy has gone a step further by announcing their  new standards of representation and inclusion that will gradually be put in place for the 94th (2022) and 95th (2023) Oscars but in full effect beginning with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m In A Hurry

By Alabama

My car will do 0 to 60 in 5.2

ART OF THE WEEK

Recycle Container

Even recycle containers can be art. I saw these in Machu Picchu City, Peru; back in 2017, and had to take a picture of them.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Thanks to school lunches in the 1950s, I could not stand the thought of eating vegetables.

All that changed, once I was introduced to Birdseye vegetables. 

We can thank Clarence Birdseye for 

Making Vegetables Great Again

Clarence Birdseye

1910 Photo

Clarence Frank Birdseye II (December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist, considered the founder of the modern frozen food industry.

  WEEK’S JOKE

Good thing Jesus wasn’t here in 2020

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

This is an over 7 minute long video. I think entertaining, but so many have lost their sense of humor, if they ever hand one. But more important than entertaining, I think this video has a lot to say about the great American Melting Pot.

Chappelle’s Show – The Racial Draft

Uncensored

LEARNING TRAITS

This is something that should be asked of everyone making political comments.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you really want career politicians deciding your fate, whether Democrat or Republican?

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Has differences of opinion caused harm to relationships that you care about?

On some rare occasions  38.89%  (7 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (6 votes)  

No  27.78%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Regarding the film “Collateral”

I saw the film and I liked it  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I did not see the film, but I would like to see it  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I did not see the film, nor do I want to see it  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Have you gained weight since Covid 19

Yes, I have gained weight  41.18%  (7 votes) 

No, I have stayed the same weight  35.29%  (6 votes) 

I have lost weight  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Have you ever posted anything controversial on Facebook?

No  64.71%  (11 votes) 

I don’t use Facebook  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Yes  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Yes, but not intentionally  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you trust your government to usually tell you the truth?

No  76.47%  (13 votes) 

I’m just not sure  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Yes  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

09/06/20 – Opinions

CURRENT EVENTS

Opinions

Many people are getting upset about differences of opinions, which is causing disharmony among friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.  

                                              Is it really worth it?

To help you put things in to perspective, here are photos of the earth before and after your opinion.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is an extremely readable a practical philosophy book and I think has helped me with my thinking. 

I recall Uncle Tony told me once that the only attribute the Lord distributed fairly was intelligence, not looks, strength, etc. I asked Uncle Tony why he would say that. Uncle Tony said, “Because intelligence in the only attribute that everyone thinks they received more than their fair share.”

Philosophy for Everyday Life

By Trevor Curnow

 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Collateral (2004)

I just watched this movie again, possibly my third or fourth time, and I found this movie just as intriguing as when I saw it the first time.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Maybellene

By Chuck Berry

Here I am in my V8 Ford trying to catch Maybellene in that Cadillac.

ART OF THE WEEK

This is the art of an internet friend of mine, Francisco Cabrera of Spain

Este es el arte de un amigo mío en internet, Francisco Cabrera de España.

THE ART OF FRANCISCO BRAVO CABRERA

Francisco Bravo Cabrera, is an international artist based in Spain. His work has been exhibited (and collected) in Europe, Asia and North America. He has just celebrated his 20th year as a professional artist.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I was fortunate to know Greg for a number of decades and I believe the world is in need of people like Greg.

Gregory W. Anderson

September 26, 1948 – April 30, 2020

Greg joined the Michigan State Police in 1970. During his time with the MSP, he had a successful career in the Narcotics Division eventually retiring as Detective Sargent. 

Greg served on the Crime Prevention Advisory board of Farmington Hills, Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association, Crime Stoppers and the Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police Association. He was also a certified fraud examiner with the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and was on National Anti-Fraud Boards.  Greg had been a lecturer for numerous organizations, including the FBI and provided testimony in state and federal cases. Greg appeared on NBC Nightly News, Geraldo, American Greed and Focus Detroit.  Greg was the recipient of the Guiding Light Award and was a Distinguished Clown for the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade for 25 years. 

Greg had many passions, but the one closest to his heart was being a part of The Rainbow Connection for 35 years. As a past President and Board Member, he had the opportunity to be involved in making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threating illnesses. He was so proud to be part of such an amazing group of people dedicated to working tirelessly to grant wishes for terminally ill children and supporting their families. 

Greg retired in 2016 as the Vice President of Corporate and Financial Investigations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan after 35 years of service. His department was the first of its kind in the United States to aggressively pursue and help prosecute perpetrators of fraud and was recognized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid as “one of the best, if not the best healthcare fraud Special Investigative units in the United States”. 

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot film series:

I have seen some episodes and overall liked them  64%  (16 votes) 

I have not seen any episodes, but would like to see some  28%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen any episodes, nor do I wish to see any episodes  8%  (2 votes) 

I have seen some episodes and overall did not like them  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

Have you ever seen the Liberty Bell?
Yes  48%  (12 votes)

Only in pictures or movies  32%  (8 votes) 

No  20%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 25
Do you think women are realistic when they select a spouse?

Yes and I am married  38.1%  (8 votes) 

No and I am married  23.81%  (5 votes) 

Yes and I am currently single  19.05%  (4 votes) 

No and I am currently single  19.04%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Are you left handed”

No  77.27%  (17 votes) 

Yes  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Ambidextrous  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

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08/30/20 – Be Brave

CURRENT EVENTS

Be Brave

For decades now the media and so many other people have been pushing fear. It has got so bad that people driving in a car by themselves are seen wearing a mask. 

The USA was the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we aren’t brave, how long do you think we will be free?

Try the above, you will be surprised to lear that it actually works.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I have found this book most helpful over the years in my quest to be a better person.

Living a Life That Matters

By Harold S. Kushner

Drawing on the stories of his own congregants, on literature, current events and, above all, on the Biblical story of Jacob (the worldly trickster who evolves into a man of God), Rabbi Harold S. Kushner addresses some of the most persistent dilemmas of the human condition:

Why do decent people so often violate their moral standards? How can we pursue justice without giving in to the lure of revenge? How can we turn our relationships with family and friends into genuine sources of meaning? Persuasive and sympathetic, filled with humanity and warmth, Living a Life That Matters is a deeply rewarding book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Series 4

I was having a hard time finding anything to watch that I liked, so I went back to Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. I am now into series 4 of the collection. 

If you like Sherlock Holmes, I think you will like Hercule Poirot.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Should’ve Been A Cowboy

By Toby Keith

I started out early in life as a cowboy, but unfortunately lost my way.

ART OF THE WEEK

Liberty Bell

Years ago, when I was in Philadelphia,

I saw the Liberty Bell and took this photo.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Detroit Police James Craig

Look around at our troubled cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York. Detroit is calm compared to those cities. Police Chief James Craig is one of the primary reasons for that. 

People tend to do what you allow them to do and Police Chief Craig isn’t allowing what is going on in many of our major cities. 

I think the people in the cities I mentioned made some very poor decisions when they voted and now they are suffering the consequences.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Diets

I suspect in the long-run, most diets don’t work. I believe you might be far better off with small lifestyle changes such as increasing your physical activity and cutting out a few things you are eating, which aren’t helping you reach your weight goals. Nothing drastic, just small little sustainable changes over time.

CHARACTER TRAITS

I hope this thought provides some small comfort to those of us who are suffering. And for those of us that are doing fine, I hope this helps remind us to be grateful for what we have and are experiencing.

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Social Distancing

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Term Limitations
I support term limitations  86.96%  (20 votes) 
I am against term limitations  13.04%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 23
Which do you value more?
Freedom  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Safety  15.79%  (3 votes

 

Total Votes: 19
Which is more important?
The Journey  58.82%  (10 votes) 
The Company  41.18%  (7 votes) 
The Destination  0%  (0 votes

 

Total Votes: 17
Do you question the Governor of Michigan’s decision making skills?
Yes, I believe people should be allowed to make their own decisions  87.5%  (14 votes) 
No, the government knows what is good for people  12.5%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

08/23/20 – Term Limits

CURRENT EVENTS

Term Limits

I understand that the Chinese have a saying, white shirts and politicians are best when new.

If you look at how long so many of our key political leaders have held office, do you ever wonder if they are going to fix something, why didn’t they fix it decades ago.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I believe there are no people without flaws, Jefferson had great flaws but he also did great things. There is much more to Thomas Jefferson than you are likely to hear from the media or even today’s schools.

Jefferson

By Saul K. Padover

An abridged version of the classic biography of the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

This is a stirring portrait of an extraordinary American—Thomas Jefferson—third President of the United States, architect of freedom and democracy. He began his remarkable career as a lawyer, served in the Virginia House of Delegates and subsequently became Governor of Virginia, Ambassador to France, Secretary of State, and President.

He wrote his own epitaph, because he hoped to be remembered for three of his contributions to the American nation—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom—and Father of the University of Virginia. Yet, curiously enough, most of Jefferson’s life was a struggle between his desire for a quiet, scholarly life on his plantation at Monticello and the sacrifices he had to make in order to serve his county.

Here, Professor Samuel K. Padover deftly reveals the personality of Jefferson, the devoted husbabnd and father, the farmer and philosopher, as well as the crises and achievements of his brilliant career as a statesman, in this absorbing, highly readable book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Dancing With The Tsars

If you enjoy Dancing With The Stars, perhaps you will enjoy this show.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Beethoven

ART OF THE WEEK

Art From Peru’s Man-Made Floating Islands In Lake Titicaca

I bought this hanging decoration in 2017 from one of the Indians on the floating islands. They, like everyone I saw in Peru; absolutely refused to accept handouts. They want you to buy something from them, not give them something for nothing.

I found the character of the Peruvians more impressive than so many in the USA, who want something for nothing. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Inspector Harry Callahan

(aka Dirty Harry)

Inspector Harold Callahan, also known as Dirty Harry, was portrayed in the Dirty Harry film series, which consists of Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). 

From his debut, Callahan became the template for a new kind of cop: an antihero who does not hesitate to cross professional boundaries in pursuit of his own vision of justice, especially when the law is poorly served by an inept, incompetent bureaucracy.

All of the Dirty Harry films feature Callahan killing criminals, mostly in gunfights. Phrases he utters in armed stand-offs, “Go ahead, make my day” and “[…] you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” have become iconic. 

Dirty Harry in Action

  WEEK’S JOKE

This Week’s Joke Compliments of the BBC

I was told the BBC was trying to be sarcastic.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Quarantine Coffee

This is for those of you who like to try different kinds of coffees or those of you who don’t like coffee at all.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Adapt

It seems everyone has to adapt to our new environment.

MISCELLANEOUS

Gyms have been closed since mid-March and yet Michigan’s governor has now permitted Detroit’s casinos to be open. I have to wonder about the governor’s motivations, not to mention encouraging nursing homes to take in Coronavirus patients.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie “Bubba Ho-Tep”
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  46.67%  (7 votes) 
I have seen it and I liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I have not see it, nor do I wish to see it  26.66%  (4 votes) 
I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
Which do you favor?
Decentralized control  80%  (8 votes) 
Centralized control  20%  (2 votes) 
I’m not going to vote.  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 10

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.