08/22/16 – Woodward Dream Cruise

CURRENT EVENTS

Woodward Dream Cruise

I, like many others, remember cruising Woodward Avenue during the early 1960s and it is great that tradition is carried on annually by the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is [ ] the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people classic cars each year from around the globe — as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. (Source: Royal Oak Patch)

Here is an old car at the Dream Cruise this year that caught my attention.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Here is some good advice on how to stay healthy.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In chapter 10 of my book, I talk about the importance of staying optimistic.

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(Source: “Peanuts” by Charles Schultz

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Here is something to think about when it comes to your goals, your health and those you care about.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I constantly see postings of this nature on Facebook.  Things don’t work this way, you have to make an effort to get what you want.

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If you could acquire what you want merely by wanting it without making an effort, I suspect it would hold little value for you.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Undeniable

By Bill Nye

Hard to be extraordinary, if you are in denial.

And as they say, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt”.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

I’ve watched 7 episodes so far of this three season series and strongly recommend it.  The 1920s was every bit as exciting as our late 1960s/early 1970s, if not more so.

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Immerse yourself in the opulent world of Australia’s leading lady detective, Phryne Fisher. Scoffing at danger and decorum, Phryne is a glamorous, thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s whose cases take her to the underbelly of jazz-era Melbourne.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Breaking News

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When it comes to paying attention to the news:

62% – Pays some attention, but not a lot

24% – Pays a lot of attention

14% – Pays almost no attention

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Have you ever been to Montreal, Canada

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Last week I was in Montreal and for those of us in North America, it is a little like visiting Europe and a whole lot less trouble.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The Sound of Silence

by Simon and Garfunkel

I thought rather than post the usual music video of a song, instead I would just post the song’s lyrics.

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Ok, I know some of you really like the music videos, so this one is for you folks.

Helikopter

By Gebroeders Ko

I only understand one word of the song, but I think it is still pretty cool and it is sung with such enthusiasm.   

ART OF THE WEEK

Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica

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I was in Montreal last week and was struck by the beauty of this cathedral. 

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors.Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species.

By the 1870s, the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution.

In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Kathy & Samantha for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to All American Cooking, Amna, Dish Dessert, Genie, Needull, Thus Saith The Lord & Trina who started following my blog (Currently 82 followers) and Jen who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 89 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Cynthia, Dave, Dawn, Heidi, Elizabeth, Ginny, Jim, Joanne, Julietta, Karin, Kelly, Kim, Laura, Lidia, Lisa, Patty, Rocklyn, Russ, Susan & Timothy for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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08/15/16 – Breaking News

CURRENT EVENTS

Breaking News

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Here is Barbra Streisand at 74; per Sunday, August 7th New York Times.

This is what 74 can look like.  You can tell yourself, yeah, sure; she is a movie star.  Or you can tell yourself this is something I can work towards and come as close as I can to this goal.

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Most of you fellows will not want to work towards that goal, so here is a goal for the guys.

Most interesting

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Over and over, I have mention that everything changes, so keep this in mind.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

This is some of the best advice I know for getting along with people.  I’m still working on this one.  

Wk 34 Open your mind before your mouth

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

There are a lot of problems associated with burying your head in the sand, here is one more problem with doing that.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Winning by Losing

By Jillian Michaels

This book is a bit dated (Copyright 2005) and I can’t say I agree with everything in it, still it presents a lot of helpful advice.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Your Level of Fitness

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Considering your age, people thought their level of fitness was:

54% – Better than average

23% – Average

23% – Worse than average

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Your Attention to the News

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Dirty Laundry

by Don Henley

ART OF THE WEEK

Chicago Tribune Building

What a magnificent structure on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Chicago is a fantastic city.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Edward R. Murrow

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Edward R. Murrow  (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. 

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Amy, Carolyn, Jo & Samantha for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Kristina, Lynn, Spirit Pathways, The Poignant Pen,  Thus Saith The Lord & Trinawho started following my blog (Currently 77 followers) and AJ,  Gail, Kristina & Peggy who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 88 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Annette, Antoinette, Carol, Donna, Joanne, Kim, Norma, Sheila, Sheilha & Tracey for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

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08/08/16 – Hank for President

CURRENT EVENTS

Hank for President

It seems like all the media attention at Philadelphia with to Hillary and Bernie and my friend Hank was completely overlooked by the media, as well as the delegates to the convention.  So it looks like Hank will have to run as a write-in candidate.

Since both the Democratic and Republican nominees has high disapproval rates, I can say that as long as I have known Hank; no one disapproves of him.  And as for being a “deal maker”, I don’t personally know anyone who is better at making a deal.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Last post I mentioned I was going to be lifting in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.) category, if I could get my weight down.  This was a challenge, since I had always lifted in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category.  Well, somehow I did it.

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This was my last contest in the 65 to 69 age group, as I will be turning 70 soon.

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You may be interested to know there was a 76 year-old bench presser in the contest and a 73 year-old deadlifter. 

I hope you folks are giving some thought to what kind of physical shape you will be in when you are in your 70s.  I don’t think it is ever to late to start getting healthy.

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Over and over I have mentioned the importance of goal setting.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

There are way too many women out there raising children without a husband.    Some of this is of course due to unfortunate circumstances, but a lot of this is due to women making bad decisions, like:

Wk 33 Gated Community

How often have you heard the phrase nice guys finish last, and this phrase is never more true than in the area of romance.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Illustrated by Matt Pagett

I just cannot get enough of  graphic novels.  I think they are terrific.  Why not give one of them that I have mentioned over the last three weeks a try.  The are a great way to introduce young people to some classic literature.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Star Trek: The Next Generation

I just finished re-watching all seven seasons of Star Trek: TNG and it remains my favorite Star Trek series.  If you never seen it, consider checking it out.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

Regarding this blog:

40% – have voted in one of the polls

20% – have made a comment to a post

17% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

12% – passed this blog on to someone else

7% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

4% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

Here are the results to this same poll a year ago:

53% – have voted in one of the polls

19% – have made a comment to a post

15% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

6% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

3% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

3% – passed this blog on to someone else

THIS WEEK POLL – Your Level of Fitness

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I could see where one may think this song disrespectful to women, but in some ways it is very respectful since it encourages guys to look deeper than simply outward appearances.

If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest of Your Life

by Jimmy Soul

ART OF THE WEEK

Living Art – A Bonsai Pear Tree

at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Note the pears from this tiny living pear tree.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

You ever have someone make such a difference in your life, such a person is extraordinary.  

When I was little, this guy was the “Fonz” of our neighborhood, except like the “Fonz”, he was for real.

As time went on, we became the best of friends and I owe much of whatever I am today to his efforts.  And of course one of the things he got me into was lifting weights at the gym and going to powerlifting contests.

Tony (aka Freddy) Mangino

 Freddy

I’ve never gone to a powerlifting contest, without giving a moment to my buddy.

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Ron, Samantha, Tania & Kathy for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Cvdoss who started following my blog (Currently 74 followers) and Amber, Andrena, Anni, Bethany, Betty, Elizabeth, Kristine, Linda, Lynn, Maegan, Marly, Michelle, Nathalie, Nicole, Paul, Tammy & Tracy who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 84 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Carol, Joanne, John, Russ & Susan for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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

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08/01/16 – Yahoo

CURRENT EVENTS

25th Anniversary

Yahoo, today is the 25th Anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful wife, Carol.  I am very fortunate to have someone who can put up with me for 25 years.

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Speaking of  Yahoo

Verizon (VZ) buying Yahoo, the Internet company for a fraction of what it once was worth. Yet, CEO Marissa Mayer did very well for herself during her run.

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(Photo credit: Eric Risberg, AP)

The chief of the fallen Internet giant was paid $139.6 million over her four years of service at the Internet company. That doesn’t even include the estimated golden parachute payment of $54.9 million she would get if she steps down, something she says she doesn’t plan to do. Mayer’s total haul at the company was even higher – $162 million – when factoring in how much the stock options she was given are worth now, according to compensation firm Equilar. Equilar says her total windfall, including a current value of her severance if she leaves, is $218.9 million.

Seeing the size of Mayer’s payout could be painful for investors who saw the company’s revenue stagnate during her tenure. Yahoo went from making a profit of nearly $4 billion a year to losing $4.5 billion and paying billions for small companies that haven’t paid off or were largely written off.

Pain

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“Pain to investors”, more like pain to everyone who lives in the real world and continuously see these pay for bad performance buyouts.  Greed is destroying the USA.

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This Saturday, August 6, I will be in another power-lifting contest.  I have always competed in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category, but I am hoping I have dropped enough of my weight to participate in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.)  I have found it harder to drop a few pounds of my weight than it is to pick a bar loaded with weights.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Depending on who you ask, coffee is either good for you or bad.  If you think it is bad for you, then avoid it.  As for me, I feel it is beneficial to me, plus this:

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

I find the following painful, but true.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Illustrated by Pete Katz

I just finished another one of these graphic novels and they are terrific.  You get the story in an easily digestible format.  I’ve listened to this book on tape, but I have never read the actual story, but thanks to this graphic novel–I may.

And I believe this is a good way to introduce literature to a child.

Frankenstein

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Wall Street

Gordon Gekko believes greed is good. Even if you think like Gordon, you have to admit that too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – USA Presidential Voting

Voting box

When it comes to the USA Presidential Election:

40% – would vote for Clinton

35% – would vote for Trump

5% – would vote for a third-party candidate

5% – will not vote

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Trump

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Clinton

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for a third-party candidate

THIS WEEK POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

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“99 Luftballons”

by Nina

ART OF THE WEEK

Paris Street, Rainy Day

by Gustave Caillebotte

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Here I am at the Art Institute of Chicago, with one of my favorite painting – Rainy Day in Paris.  I’ve been in Paris on a rainy day and this picture really brings back the feelings I had at that moment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

It has been said that George Washington could have become King, if he had wished to do so; but instead, he just wanted to go home.  He was convinced to stay for a second term, before heading home.  

This is even more amazing given that Napoleon came on the scene in France later and made himself Emperor of the French.

Washington is a tough act for anyone to follow.

George Washington

 George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the “father of his country”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Kathy for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Jen y Vrushali who started following my blog (Currently 75 followers) and Miriam. who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 67 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Annette, Carol, Nancy, Ketta, Susan, Carol, Amber & Miriam for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

07/25/16 – Taking Some Positions

CURRENT EVENTS

Presidential Endorsement

I’ve been told readership of this blog might increase, if I would start taking positions on topics that are of interest to people.  People are interested in endorsements for who should be President of the United States.

So, I am endorsing Trump.

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Probably not the Trump you had in mind nor for the particular Presidential Election that you had in mind.  

Divided Nation

If you listen to and watch the media, you might think the USA is a divided nation.  Instead, just look around you and you will see acts like the ones below, going on every day, showing that we do care for one another.  If you don’t see this occurring, perhaps you should consider breaking out of your isolation. 

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Looking for a good doctor, well here are seven of them.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 42 of my book, I talk about the importance of setting goals, making plans to meet those goals, and monitoring your progress to ensure success.

Our time here is not unlimited, so please don’t act as if it is unlimited.  Think about what you want to do and be remembered for; and I hope it is something more than what follows below.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Illustrated by Robert Smith

The book above is a graphic novel.  It reminds me of the Classics Illustrated comics I read as a child, only a bit longer and a little better reflection of the real book.

If you don’t have time to read the original or if you want to introduce literature to a child, I think this book would be excellent.  I really enjoyed it and it was a very quick and easy to read book–my favorite kind of book

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Bulworth

Given the unusual nature of Presidential Politics this year, I thought of this 1998 film.

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Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), a financially ruined senator, is now disillusioned with politics.

The forlorn statesman orders a contract killing — the target himself — so his family will be able to collect a fortune from his insurance policy.

Facing imminent death, a devil-may-care Bulworth speaks his mind in public, forsaking platitudes for honest but controversial observations.

But when he falls in love with a hip young woman (Halle Berry), Bulworth urgently rethinks his impending murder.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questioning

Holmes Mouse Pad

When it comes to seeing and hearing:

33% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

28% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

21% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

14% – Sometimes question reality

3% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

I did this same poll about a year ago with only half as many voters and here were the results:

38% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

31% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

14% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

12% – Sometimes question reality

5% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

THIS WEEK POLL – USA Presidential Voting

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Here Comes the Sun”

by The Beatles

ART OF THE WEEK

Embracing Peace

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A 25-foot-tall sculpture based on a famed photograph of a kiss in Times Square in New York City at the end of World War II is visiting Royal Oak as part of efforts to raise money for a war memorial.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson was installed Memorial Park at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, near the future site of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. It is one of several “Embracing Peace” sculptures on display in the U.S. and Europe.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

If you think the USA is not united today, perhaps you think about what the USA was like while this man was president.

Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This has to be a joke, who would believe someone was actually looking a the world around them, rather than their phone.

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BLOG

Thanks to Hemangini for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Kev & Dr. Joseph, who started following my blog (Currently 75 followers and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Annette, Nandini, Joanne, Lisa, Nancy, Sarah Jane, Melissa, Kelle, Anibal, Antoinette, Rick, Jennifer & Brenda for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

07/18/16 – When Will It Stop

CURRENT EVENTS

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People left flowers, candles and other tributes in Nice, France, on Saturday in memory of those killed in Thursday’s terror attack in the coastal city.

I thought last week called for an inspirational quote, which would serve all of us well, not just for today, but for every day.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Portion control is important in maintaining an appropriate weight, please don’t let what happened to David, happen to you.

David after 3 years in USA

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 41 of my book, I talk about the importance of analyzing your day in a journal and looking back a year later at what you wrote.  Very few do this, but if you wish to be extraordinary, you will adopt the practice.

“Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 40 Key to success

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Code of the Samurai

Translated by Thomas Cleary

This easy to read book provides some excellent rules to live by, which are still relevant today.  I’ve read and reviewed it many times of the years and it never fails to inspire me.

Code of the Samurai

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Outlander

I’ve watched two seasons of this Starz TV series and most of it has been good to very good, now that they have left their sadism behind.  For a while, I could not stand to watch some of it and had to fast forwarded through the sadistic crap, but the show got back on track was excellent.

Outlander

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

The show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

The second season, consisting of 13 episodes and based on Dragonfly in Amber, premiered on April 9, 2016.

On June 1, 2016, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which will adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Racist Comments

Wk 29 All

If someone makes a racist comment in front of you:

69% – Said they would tell the person that the comment was inappropriate

31% – Said they would say nothing

THIS WEEK POLL – Questioning

Holmes Mouse Pad

Please check all that apply

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Peace Train”

by Cat Stevens

ART OF THE WEEK

All this craziness is taking a toll on the World’s Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel     Older Gardian Angel

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Wk 30 Extraordinary

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we could all transcend our egos.

Wk 40 Trump

BLOG

Thanks to Sue & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to my 73 followers and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Carol, Susan, Joanne, Lisa & Liz for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

07/11/16 – Sad, Just Sad

CURRENT EVENTS

So many horrible things have happened this week in the USA, with police killing citizens and citizens killing police.  It will take the efforts of all of us to stop this.  It will never stop if we just sit it out and wait for someone else to step forward.

Wk 29 All

Good police need to see that bad police are removed from the police force.  The time to straighten out white and black thugs are when they are young.  White and black racists need to know their behavior is not acceptable and nor will be tolerated.

Traffic Reports

This week I drove up to Bay City, MI for a wedding, so naturally I paid attention to the traffic reports; especially this one.

Wk 29 Road runner

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Week 1 of my book talks about the importance of diet and eating healthy, and not overeating.  I see so many people eating themselves into an early grave.  If these words upset you, well there is a good chance that is what you are doing to yourself.

Wk 29 What would you like to eat

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Week 13 of my book talks about anger and the importance of remaining calm.  Fighters know the surest way to beat their opponents is to make them angry.

Wk 29 Remaining calm

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Week 29 of my book talks about the importance of smiling to make everyone feel better about coming into contact with you as well as making yourself feel better.  Also, it is good to smile in the face of adversity, as the photo below shows.

Wk 29 Smile

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Here is a handy trick that will fix many things.

Wk 29 Unplug

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 29 Winning at life

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Fairest

By Gail Carson Levine

This book is some easy reading entertainment. Towards the end of the book, we learn about “Gnomish Justice”, which is different from human justice.  Its focus is more on outcomes than on punishment.

Fair by Gail Carson Levine

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Crash

This film has something to say, but it is raw and upsetting.

Crash

Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11.

Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).

LAST WEEK’S POLL  USA

USA

How do you believe the USA of today compares with the USA of 1961:

56% – Better

39% – Worse

5% – Same

Regarding the future of the USA:

81% – Optimistic

19% – Pessimistic

THIS WEEK POLL – Racist Comments

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“You Might Think”

by The Cars

ART OF THE WEEK

Gun Country

By Michael Murphy

I took a photo of this at the 2014 Art Prize, held in Grand Rapids, MI.

ggun map

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Guardian Angel

 Guardian Angel

I feel like America’s Guardian Angel looks like this after last week.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Speed checked by radar

BLOG

Thanks to Tania, Carol, Carolyn, Judith, Kathy & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Rozeller, William & Wander Lust Explored for  following my blog (Now 73 Followers) and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Carol, Jean, Joanne & Annette for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885