06/26/17 – Safe Bicycle Riding

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Safe Bicycle Riding

There are a lot of bicycles on the roads and sidewalks, so if you ride a bicycle or drive a car, this is some helpful information.

I like the advice about not riding your bike on a sidewalk faster than the pedestrians.  I don’t know how many times I have experienced some fool coming up 15 to 20 mph behind me, who screams “left”.  I don’t know if he means “my left” or “my other left”.  Most of us can’t tell our “left” from our “right”, without a bit of thought.

Anyway, I received this in the mail recently from Royal Oak’s excellent police department.  Our city is fortunate to have such an outstanding group of officers serving the community.  This is just one more thing they are doing to make Royal Oak, safe for bicycle riders. 

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

“To eat is a necessity,

but to eat intelligently is an art.”

Source: François de La Rochefoucauld

What a classy way to say avoid mindless eating.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

The above is true on a number of levels

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Want to know what a person values, watch how they use their time.

Oh, and remember we all get 24 hours each day.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In chapter 48 of my book I talk about the importance of travel and especially travel to places you have never been before, so that you look at things somewhat through the eyes of a child (i.e., for the first time)

While recently in Nova Scotia for the first time, both Carol and I were given membership in the Order of the Good Time.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

In my case, this is so true.

A number of people who know me, have asked me who is ghost writing this blog.  The answer is that there are a lot of people writing this blog each week.  My own role is a very small one.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Off The Floor

by David Dellanave

Guess who is getting ready for the AWPC (Amateur World Powerlifting Congress) world competition this September.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I watched this movie before Johnny Depp joked about killing the President of the USA; otherwise, I would have skipped it. I was alive when President Kennedy was murdered and President Reagan was shot.  I think celebrities have a responsibility to not incite the fools in our population to commit horrible acts.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Critics Consensus: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise’s murky bilge. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Revolutions

By The Beatles

LAST WEEK’S POLL –  Right Amount of Wrong

“Moderation in all things” is a famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraging people to avoid extremes.

Just the Right Amount of Wrong

Would Emerson approve of what appears in the Right Amount of Wrong video?

40% – Yes

30% – Never

30% – Maybe

Do you approve of what appears in the Right Amount of Wrong video?

73% – Yes

18% – No

 9% – Maybe

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Jokes About Killing a Sitting USA President

Kathy Griffin and Johnny Depp are two of the latest celebrities to joke about killing the President of the USA.  

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Halifax Citadel

I was so impressed with my tour of the Halifax Citadel that I thought I just wanted to share a bit of the experience with any of you that would be interested.  We did see the changing of the guard,  firing of the Noon Cannon, as was well as a rifle firing exhibition, great tour at no charge

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Captain 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”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

This actually works

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Christy & Georgia, for commenting on last week’s post. I find blog comments so encouraging, so I am especially appreciative when anyone takes the time to comment.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

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My thanks to America on Coffee, Courtney, Debadrita, E. Denise, अश्विनी कश्यप, George, Hati y Sjaura, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Daina, Janice, Rose & Teresa, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

06/19/17 – He Told You He Doesn’t Always Drink Beer

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

He Told You He Doesn’t Always Drink Beer

I remember watching this show.

Adam West, who played Batman in the original ’60s TV series, died at age 88 Friday. His family said in a statement posted on social media Saturday that the actor passed away peacefully after a “short but brave battle with leukemia.” (Source: Enews)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

If you must have some ice cream, please try to keep it to just one scoop.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

The more things you own, the more those things own you.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

I’m sure some of you guys can use a little dating advice

Dating Advice with Mr. T

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)

I just finished reading this book yesterday and I am so impressed with the advice DJ Khaled gives.  I strongly recommend you read this book.  

The Keys

by DJ Khaled

From Snapchat sensation, business mogul, and recording artist DJ Khaled, the book They don’t want you to read reveals his major keys to success. (Source: Amazon)

The Raw Westside Bundle

by Jacob Rothenberg

If there are any raw powerlifters reading this blog, I think you will find this helpful, but only if you are a raw powerlifter. 

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I just returned from Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I visited the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.  The house is now a tourist attraction ran by relatives of L M Montgomery.

I’ve seen several versions of this movie, all of which were reasonably good, but my favorite is the one staring Megan Fellows in the role of Anne Shirley.  The way Anne looks at the world and her unique apologies captivated me.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. 

Since its publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Montgomery wrote numerous sequels, and since her death, another sequel has been published, as well as an authorized prequel. The original book is taught to students around the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I’m not always stuck in the 50s.

Friday

By Rebecca Black

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Sometimes, I’m stuck in the 60s

She’s So Cold

By The Rolling Stones

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Travel to Europe

Is terrorism impacting your decision to travel to Europe?

41% – Said they plan to go to Europe anyway

35% – Said terrorism stopped them from going to some parts of Europe

18% – Said terrorism stopped them from going to Europe

 6% – Said they were never going to Europe anyway

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Right Amount of Wrong

“Moderation in all things” is a famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraging people to avoid extremes.

Just the Right Amount of Wrong

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Statutes on Prince Edward Island

I’m guessing that most of you have never been to Prince Edward Island (Canada), so I thought I would show you a couple of the marvelous statutes that can be found on this Island.   

    

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Bill Rogers

Photo By Suyk, Koen 

William Henry “Bill” Rodgers (born December 23, 1947) is an American runner and former American record holder in the marathon who is best known for his four victories in the Boston Marathon, including three straight 1978-1980 and the New York City Marathon between 1976 and 1980. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

I Don’t Always Bark at Night

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

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My thanks to Christy, Darlene, Georgia, René & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

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My thanks to Hart to Soul, Heartbroken Quill, Jerry, Julia, Michnavs, & Waking on the Wrong Side of 50, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Alicia, Dionne, Gerry & Kristi, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

06/12/17 – Newspapers

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed.

If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

Source:  Mark Twain

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Here is an excellent exercise for those of us over 60.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If you wish to be extraordinary, don’t be jealous of anyone.


SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Be extraordinary by helping your friends without them having to ask.

With a Little Help From My Friends

by The Beatles

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Halifax Citadel

Travel and seeing things you have never seen before is a bit like seeing things as a child, because it is all new to you.  Last Saturday, I was at the Halifax Citadel.  

My pictures do not begin to depict what a military fortification the Citadel was in its day.  The British was so proud of it that they even gave tours of the Citadel, while it was actively being used as a fort.

The Citadel was never attacked, since it was obvious that doing so would be a lost cause.  I guess it was an 1850s version of “Peace Through Strength”.

   

The present Citadel, completed in 1856, is officially called Fort George, named after Britain’s King George II, and is actually the fourth in a series of forts to sit atop what is now known as Citadel Hill.

Its distinctive star shape is typical of many 19th century forts built by the British military and gave the garrison sweeping arcs of fire. From its deep defensive ditch, soldiers pointed muskets from every angle of its stout walls and large cannons lined its ramparts.

It’s easy to see why no enemy force ever dared to attack the Halifax Citadel. (Source: http://www.novascotia.com)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Yes, this book is for runners; but I think you can find much here that would apply to many of your endeavors.

Runner’s World

The Runner’s Brain 

by Dr. Jeff Brown with Liz Neporent

As a runner, your biggest asset (or sometimes your greatest enemy) is your brain. What you think and feel on and off the road also has a huge influence over how you perform once you lace up. (Source: Amazon)

What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know

I found this to be an extremely helpful pamphlet for anyone riding a bicycle in Michigan.  Hopefully, the area where you live will have a bicycle organization that makes available a similar type pamphlet.

This handy booklet is designed for bicyclists and is an excellent resource for anyone riding a bicycle in Michigan. (Source: League of Michigan Bicyclists)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I enjoyed this film with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, maybe you will too; if you haven’t already seen it.  It came out some time ago.

The Tourist

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

One of my favorite country music singer and I was lucky enough to see her once.

Suds In The Bucket

By Sarah Evans

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Threat

What do you consider the greatest threat to the world?

50% – Islamic Extremists

35% – Global Warming

10% – Other

 5% – North Korea

 0% – Poor Economy

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Travel to Europe

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick Canada

When it  comes to outstanding sculptors; it is hard to do better than Mother Nature.  

Carol and I walked through the opening in this rock yesterday, but we couldn’t stay there long.

When the tides come in, almost that entire opening is covered.  The Fundy Tides are the highest in the world and can rise and fall an astounding 50 feet.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks (c.1723—March 5, 1770) was the first person killed in the Boston massacre, and is widely considered to be the first American casualty in the American Revolutionary War. Aside from the event of his death, little is known for certain about Attucks.

He was probably a Native American slave or freeman, merchant seaman and dockworker of Wampanoag and African descent. Circumstantial evidence suggests his father may have been Prince Yonger, an African-born slave and his mother, Nanny Peterattucks, a Natick Native American.

Historians disagree on whether Crispus Attucks was a free man or an escaped slave, but most agree that he was of Wampanoag and African descent. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

¡Cats!

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Carol, Coach Jo, Christy, Georgia, Samantha & Rene, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

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My thanks to Dan, Darque, Part Time Traveller, Pooja, Rhonda, Shehannemoore, Tajwar & Urban Mile, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Katie, Kenny, Laura & Martha, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

06/05/17 – Now London!

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Now London is the victim of an Islamic Terrorist attack.

 

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

When it comes to your health goals, please keep this in mind.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If you wish to be extraordinary, it is important to keep your promises.  And  remember what Napoleon said, “The best way to keep a promise is to not make one.”

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

I think learning another language is very important.  Spanish, I believe is the second most spoken language in the world, so I thought I should encourage your knowledge of this language with a word for the day.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I know most of you aren’t into powerlifting, but there are also a lot of good health and life tips in Ernie’s book.

Ernie Frantz’s Ten Commandments 

of Powerlifting

by Ernie Frantz

 

And here is a photo of Ernie signing a copy of his book for me.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Jesus Christ Superstar

I recently saw this play again and enjoyed it even more.  I realize that most of you don’t live in the Royal Oak, MI, USA area where I live, but I am guessing that you probably don’t live that far from live theater.  If you haven’t already done so, you should check out the plays happening in your area.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

It is easy for me to be stuck in the 50s; here is a song my younger friend Samantha posted on her blog last week.

Pack Up

By Eliza Doolittle

Wonder why I’m stuck in the 50s, well just take a quick look

Long Tall Sally

By Little Richard

I was fortunate to see Little Richard twice, once when we were both very young and again when we were both very old.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Health

In terms of your health, how do you feel about the average person 15 years younger than you?

43% – I’m as healthy

33% – I’m healthier

24% – I’m not as healthy

How do you believe financially you compared on average to those 15 years younger than yourself? 

80% – I’m better off financially

20% – I’m the same

0%  – I’m worse off financially

Well, these two polls says a lot about the younger generation.

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Threat

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Art

Over the years I have shown you what I thought was some very impressive art, but this is the most impressive art I have ever come across.  He is the founder and coach of one of the best powerlifting teams, “Armageddon” in the world and he has coached many world champions, as well as being a world champion himself.  

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Isabella I

Isabella I (22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504) was Queen of Castile. She was married to Ferdinand II of Aragon. Their marriage became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms.

Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects in the Spanish Inquisition, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World and to the establishment of Spain as the first global power which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century.

Isabella was granted the title Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 1974. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

Your Uber driver has arrived

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Carolyn, Chris, Christy, Darlene, Dave, Georgia, Samantha & Rene, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Also, please consider passing this blog on to others. My thanks to CindiCynthia Josie, Martha & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

My thanks to Carolyn, D. Wallace, James, Shraddha & Supposed to be Forever, who started following my blog and my thanks to  everyone who has liked  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

05/29/17 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

I can’t speak for other countries, but in the USA there has just been too much talk of fear, fear and more fear.  This great country has been founded by people who were brave and is maintained by people who are brave, such as our military, police, first responders and just ordinary people who face all kinds of challenges everyday.  America, land of the free and home of the brave, let’s keep it that way and stamp out fear in all its many forms.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

It is important to make good clothing choices

In case any of you are wondering how I did at last week’s AAPF National Contest, I won my age/weight/type of lift and set a National Record.  

Here I am accepting my award from the Godfather of Powerlifting and the founder of the World Powerlifting Congress Ernie Frantz.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

No one accomplishes anything without help along the way and there have been so many people who have helped me and many still are helping me.  It is important to express some gratitude to these people.  Although I have been lifting weights since I was 15, Walter was the one that got be started in powerlifting contests.  I am never at a contest that I don’t miss him.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Here is an interesting picture taken by Carol Allen yesterday.  Do you have any idea what these four people have in common?

Well, they have all set world powerlifting records and one of them did so again yesterday.  Oh, it wasn’t me, but I did set an AAPF National record yesterday.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

This is worth learning

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I know I have mentioned this book before, but this week it seemed especially appropriate to remind people that as you grow older, with some luck and a lot of hard work, you can keep your strength.

Powerlifting Over 50

by Richard Schuller

 

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

How to Be a Latin Lover

This movie is sort of silly, but has some nice messages here and there, such as; “You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.”

Baywatch

There is a lot of very off-color humor (that may be an understatement) in this film, but The Rock is in it so I had to watch.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Born in the USA

By Bruce Springsteen

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Intelligent Life

Do you believe there is intelligent life in other areas of the cosmos, besides Earth?

74% – Yes

16% – Maybe

10% – No

Other than yourself, do you believe there is intelligent life on Earth?

78% – Yes

22% – Some but not much

0%  – No

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Health

In addition to savings, I hope you are also investing in your health; so that you will be both financially and physically independent.  

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Vietnam War Memorial

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Ernie Frantz

I could say a thousand words about why I think Ernie is extraordinary, but instead I will just show you a video.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

Like most things, the key is to just start.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Georgia, Lynn, Samantha, Sue & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Also, please consider passing this blog on to others. My thanks to Bob, Cynthia Darlene, Martha,  Nandini, Sheryll, Shirley, Susan & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

My thanks to Just Me, Nikesh, Shaniamatanji & Wisdom, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Carol, Kelsey & Rita, who liked  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

05/22/17 – 2017 AAPF Nationals

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

I’ll be there this weekend tying to be the AAPF USA Champion

for my age/weight/type of lift

2017 AAPF Nationals – May 26-28, 2017

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Add if you can’t jog, at least start walking and stop parking your car as close to the store entrance as possible.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Until the sun comes out again for you,

my umbrella is big enough for two.

Is your umbrella big enough for two?

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)

I just finished reading this book again and found it fun to read and has a lot of good advice.

I hope you check out this book.

The Rest of Your Life is The Best of Your Life

by David Brown

 

By the way, David Brown was the husband of the famous Helen Gurley Brown of Cosmopolitan fame.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Humans

You may not want to watch this if you don’t have an open mind regarding the place of humans in the cosmos. 

Humans (stylised as HUM∀NS) is a science fiction television series that debuted on 14 June 2015 on. Written by the British team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans, the series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called “synths”. (Source Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I think Pachelbel’s Cannon was the greatest music ever written.  You may not want to spend the 6 minutes and 18 seconds listening to it, but if you do it will transport you to heaven.

Cannon

By Pachelbel

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Friends

Do you support the efforts of your friends? 

73% – Yes

27% – No

How do you support the efforts of your friends?

40% – Encouragement

30% – Show up for events

18%  – Donations or purchases

12% – Other ways

Are you sometimes jealous of the successes and purchases of your friends?

59% – Never

35% – Sometimes

6% – Yes

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Intelligent Life

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Stonehenge

Photo by Wm. Allen

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 ft. high, 6 ft. 11 in. wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC.

One of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another five hundred years. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, New York City, 1963

Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012) was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.

At the age of 90, Brown died at the McKeen Pavilion at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a brief hospitalization.

Hearst Publications said, “Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism – and beyond.”

Entertainment Weekly said that “Gurley Brown will be remembered for her impact on the publishing industry, her contributions to the culture at large, and sly quips like her famous line: ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.'”

Then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement said, “Today New York City lost a pioneer who reshaped not only the entire media industry, but the nation’s culture. She was a role model for the millions of women whose private thoughts, wonders and dreams she addressed so brilliantly in print.”

Brown, and her husband David, who died in 2010, were buried in late November 2012 in adjacent graves at Sisco Cemetery, her maternal family cemetery, in Carroll County, Arkansas. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Darlene & Georgia, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Also, please consider passing this blog on to others. My thanks to Carol, Darlene, Debra & Jeffery, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

My thanks to Ogden & Rhapsody Boheme & The Godly Chic Diaries, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Eva, Mary Ann & Yvonne, who liked  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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

05/15/17 – Roadside Assistance for Bicycles

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

My insurance company has added bicycle service to its roadside assistance program at no extra cost.  This was certainly news to me and perhaps your roadside assistance company may be doing the same for you.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

I sometimes wonder if the people who design or approve voice response units ever have to make use of them.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

When you keep things in your space that don’t work [or are broken], 

you are encouraging your life to reflect that brokenness .

Source: Loren Slocum

Of course there is an exception to every rule, such as the statue of Venus de Milo.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

We tend to receive from the world what we send out.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Life is like riding a bicycle.

To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Source: Albert Einstein

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I found this book fun to read and full of good advice that you usually don’t hear.

Just Ride

by Grant Petersen

 

“A wonderfully sane, down-to-earth, and frequently funny guide to riding, maintaining, fixing and enjoying your bicycle.” (Source: Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The White Princess

If you watched The White Queen, you are probably already watching The White Princess.  I think you will enjoy both series.

The White Princess is a British-American historical fiction television series for Starz, based on Philippa Gregory’s 2013 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to The White Queen, a 2013 BBC-produced miniseries adapting three of Gregory’s previous novels.

In the eight episode series, the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York effectively ends the Wars of the Roses by uniting houses of Lancaster and York. However, their mutual enmity and distrust—as well as the political plots of their mothers—threaten to tear both the marriage and the kingdom apart. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

When it comes to royalty, there are many kings and even emperors,

but there is only one Duke of Earl.

The Duke of Earl

By Gene Chandler

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Mother’s Day

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day? 

79% – Yes

21% – No

If you do celebrate Mother’s Day, you celebrate your

53% – Mother

41% – Other

6%  – Mother-in-Law

If you celebrate Mother’s Day how do you do it?

30% – Ways other than those mentioned in this poll

25% – Gift

13% – Restaurant

13% – Flowers

13% – Card

 6% – Party

THIS WEEK’S POLL –  Friends

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Ancient Statute

The photo above is of an ancient statue.

Behind the ancient statue is Venus de Milo

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

You

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

To leave a comment, just click on the box in the side bar which will take you directly to the comment box.

My thanks to Georgia & Spiritual Journey, for commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Also, please consider passing this blog on to others. My thanks to Anna, Annette, Athena, Cassandra, Cindi, Cynthia, Darlene, Donna, Giuliana, Jeanne, Kimberly, Paula, Priti, Renee, Sherry, Susan, The Om Project & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

My thanks to Grace, Flow Art Station & Victoria, who started following my blog and my thanks to  Eva & Yvonne, who liked  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

The basis of this blog sprung from my book, which is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  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