6/18/18 – Bob Kleven

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Bob Kleven

Died June 16, 2018

For many years, we were the best of friends, we had a lot of adventures and later in life went our separate ways for decades. I am so grateful I got back in touch with Bob this year, although we never got around to actually meeting.  Here is a photo he sent me of some of the old gang

When I received the above photo, I sent him a photo (below) I had hanging on my office wall.

If for some reason you have lost touch with someone, who was an important part of a chapter in your life, I urge you to renew the friendship while you can.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

So many of us push ourselves too hard.  It could do you a lot of good if you just take a few minutes out of your busy day to relax.  Perhaps, the following may help you do that.

(Muchos de uso exigirnos demasiado. Se podría hacer un montón de buenas si se toma unos minutos de su ocupado día para relajarse. Quizás, lo siguiente puede ayudarle a hacerlo.)

59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

(Llevarse Bien con Otros)

Why would anyone ever be jealous of another person?

(¿Por qué habría alguien de cada ser celoso de otra persona?}

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

If you ever wondered what this famous mathematical formula means, here is the answer.

(Si alguna vez te preguntaste qué significa esta famosa fórmula matemática, aquí está la respuesta.)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I found this book well worth reading and it has information on some of the other famous Apache chiefs.  It is easy to read, interesting and has some worthwhile pictures.

(Encontré este libro bien digno lectura y tiene la información sobre algunos otros jefes apaches famosos. Es fácil a leer, interesante y tiene algunos cuadros que vale la pena.)

I Fought with Geronimo

By Jason Betzinez with Wilbur Sturtevant Nye

The cousin and lifelong associate of Geronimo, Jason Betzinez relived his years on the warpath with the Apache chief. He participates in Geronimo’s eventual surrender to the U.S. Army, goes to Florida as a prisoner of war, attends the Carlisle Indian school in Pennsylvania, and in 1900 joins his people at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where they had been moved by the government six years earlier.  (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I almost always enjoy an Agatha Christie mystery and this film was no exception.

(Yo casi siempre gozan de una Agatha Christie misterio y esta película no fue la excepción.)

Crooked House (2017)

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

 (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Keep on dancing (1965)

By The Gentrys

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Cosmetic Procedures

When it comes to elective cosmetic procedures, what do you think?
I prefer the natural look  38.89%  (7 votes) 
If they make me feel better about myself, why not.  33.33%  (6 votes) 
I believe they are an unnecessary risk  27.78%  (5 votes)
 Total Votes: 18

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Splitting Up California

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

I was at a 75 year-old lady’s birthday party and they had the most interesting table settings.  It was her picture taken at various stages in her life.  Here are two examples.

(Yo estaba en una fiesta de cumpleaños de una señora de 75 años y tenían los ajustes más interesantes de la mesa.  Fue aquí la foto tomada en varias etapas de su vida.  Aquí hay dos ejemplos.)

Birthday Table Settings

(Configuración de la Tabla de Cumpleaños)

Birthday Wine

(Vino de cumpleaños)

And how would you like to have your own brand of wine to celebrate your birthday?

¿Y cómo quisiera usted tener su propia marca de vino para celebrar su cumpleaños?

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

What an example that you can be different, and yet still do great things.  An inspiration to those who aren’t like the typical person.  Thank you Dennis.

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961)[2] is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. [Wikipedia needs to update to include “diplomat extraordinaire”]

Rodman earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history”. On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman’s No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year.

Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a “bad boy” and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

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

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Eva, Kitten & Vaishali, who started following my blog and to Helene, Maria & Nancy, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Barb, Carol, Colleen, Darlene, JoAnne, John, Phillip, NewVision, Sandy,  & Sheryll, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

6/11/18 – Phone Call Duration Study

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Phone Call Duration Study

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on the latest scientific studies, I found this information which you may find useful.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

You can tell a lot about a person by watching how they drink wine.  Some people just raise the glass and drink it down.  But to truly appreciate wine, you need to look at the wine in your glass closely, swirl it around and then sniff its fragrance.

Below is a gentleman who is properly drinking wine.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

(Llevarse Bien con Otros)

I think we would all be better off, the more we all followed this advice.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

This one is for all you young techies, who think old folks don’t know anything about technology.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Although I feel this book is written for the hardcore bike enthusiast, there is still a lot in this book for the average pleasure bike rider.

The Rules

By Velominati

  • Wickedly Funny – road riding guidelines
  • The Velominati embrace cycling as a way of life, as obsessed with style, heritage, authenticity, and wisdom as with performance. This is their bible.
  • Are you a rider or a poser? No matter – This book will be enjoyed by anyone with an ironic sense of humor
  • 95 Rules to help you be a better road biker
  • Hard Core Road Biking Rules to live by – see where you stand

 (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The first time I watched this film, I turned it off after about five minutes.  I thought the quality of the acting didn’t even come close to matching that of my own short films.

The Room (2003)

On a flight, I ended up watching The Disaster Artist and had forgotten all about The Room.  To my surprise, towards the end of The Disaster Artist, I learned at it was about the making of The Room.  I think The Disaster Artist was a great film and I went back and watched The Room, which was interesting this time because I knew the back story.

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Critics Consensus: The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

I saw Ocean’s 8 yesterday and thought it was very entertaining and well worth watching.

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 is a 2018 American heist comedy film spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy and features Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. The plot follows a group of women, led by Debbie Ocean, who plan on robbing the Met Gala. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

If you are young, you may not get all the references in this marvelous song, but you will probably still like it.  As for me, I think it is a great song.

Where Do You Go To My Lovely (1969)

By Peter Sarstedt

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Shania vs. Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer  53.85%  (7 votes) 
Shania  23.08%  (3 votes) 
I can’t decide  23.07%  (3 votes) 
I didn’t like either  0%  (0 votes)
 Total Votes: 13

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Cosmetic Procedures

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Art comes in so many forms, such as ponds with waterfalls.  Here is one such work of art made by my brother-in-laws Ron and Tim

Pond with Waterfall

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Holley, (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. (Source: Wikipedia)

But rather than use a lot to words to describe Buddy Holly, just glance at a couple of video recordings of him and his band.

Oh Boy

Buddy Holly & The Crickets

That’ll Be The Day

Buddy Holly & His Crickets

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you  Darlene, Rene, Samantha & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to DM, Laura Beth, Patsy & The Type-writer, who started following my blog and to Margaret, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Ballistic Kettlebell Fitness, Carmen, Carolyn, Cindi, Cynthia, Dale, Debra, Denise, Flavia, Gabrielle, Heather,  Helli, Kathleen, Kristie, Lenore, Lois, Olesya, Samantha, Sandy, Sheryll, Tammy & Victoria for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

6/04/18 – Envelope

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Look at the size of that envelope. I wouldn’t want to be a mail carrier in North Korea; although this carrier seems particularly well dressed.

President Trump met with the number two-man in North Korea, Kim Jong Chol, at the White House today in anticipation of a summit meeting with his boss Kim Jong-un in Singapore later this month.

Kim Jong Chol, the former North Korean head spy, brought along a letter from Kim Jong-un to hand deliver to Trump and the two posed for a publicity photo with the oversized envelope that the letter was sealed within. (Source: Washington Press)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

What we eat is so important to your health and well-being.

So this week, I am providing you with a cooking show.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I have read a lot of self-help books and this one is worth mentioning.  It takes a very light approach to the topic. I don’t agree with everything in the book, but overall I thought it was worthwhile.

Where’s My F**king Unicorn

By Michelle Gordon

Are your bookshelves filled with self-help books? Do you keep following paths to enlightenment that lead to the same dead ends? You’ve read the books, attended the seminars, and done the chanting, but you’re still waiting for your f**king unicorn to come along!

Michelle Gordon explains why, in spite of all your best efforts, your life still doesn’t live up to your vision of what it should be, and tells you exactly what you can do about it. Beautifully illustrated and delightfully different, Where’s My F**king Unicorn takes a light-hearted approach to a serious subject. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I saw parts of several movies this week, but they were so bad I didn’t want to mention them, so here is a play that I saw yesterday.  I thought the play was really funny.

For me, Jason Williams stole the show, although he wasn’t one of the lead actors. He was so funny.  Perhaps not the funniest thing he said during the performance, but it caught my attention.

He told this girl, “She reminded him of the last speeding ticket he received.”

She asked, “Why?”

He said, “Because you have “fine” written all over you.”

Jason Williams

Burt & Me

In this romantic musical comedy, Joe and Lacey were high school sweethearts who drifted apart when they attended different colleges after graduation. Years later, their paths cross again as Joe devises a clever plan to win Lacey back… with the help of one Burt Bacharach.  With songs from the Bacharach and David songbook such as Wishin’ & Hopin’ , Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer, and many more.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Let’s Dance (1962)

By Chris Montez

LAST WEEK’S POLL – War?

A member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) served in a hostile fire zone  25.53%  (12 votes)
I was never in my country’s armed forces  25.53%  (12 votes) 
A member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) was in the military, but never served in a hostile fire zone  21.28%  (10 votes) 
No member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) served in my country’s armed forces  14.89%  (7 votes) 
I was in the military, but never served in a hostile fire zone  6.38%  (3 votes) 
I served in a hostile fire zone  4.26%  (2 votes) 
I or a member of my immediate family was injured in a hostile fire zone  2.13%  (1 votes) 
A member of my immediate family died in a hostile fire zone  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 47

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Shania vs. Robert Palmer

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Art comes in so many forms.

Topiaries at The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

William Shakespeare

I don’t know if Shakespeare actually said the above;

but, if he didn’t; he should have

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616), widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language, and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith.

Some time between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later.

Few records of Shakespeare’s private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his sexuality, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were.

Here are a couple of photos of Shakespeare’s house,

that I took when we visited Stratford on the Avon.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

This is a joke for math students

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

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

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Ashley, Floating Thoughts, Geet, Heidi & Rageshreewho started following my blog and to Céline, David, Jennifer, Tracey & Veronica, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you  Barb, Carmen, Cindi, Colleen, Darlene, Ernie, Gabrielle, Jamie, Jenni, Kelly, Nabila, Patty, Sandy, Sheryll & Tammy, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

5/28/18 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

We are staying at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island over the Memorial Day weekend so I just had to make this wonderful movie, filmed at the Grand Hotel, the Movie of the Week.

Someplace in Time (1980)

And if by some chance you haven’t yet seen this wonderful movie, you really ought to give it a try.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I just love this video and I hope you do too.

The Addams Family

Dancing Blitzkreig Bop by the Ramones

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Royal Wedding

How much interest did you take in the recent royal wedding?
Some interest  58.82%  (10 votes) 
No interest  35.29%  (6 votes) 
A lot of interest  5.88%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 17

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – War

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

This is the hotel we stayed at over the Memorial Day Weekend.  I took it out of the window of the boat we took to get to the island, hence all the water spray on the window.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island

The Grand Hotel is a historic hotel and coastal resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan, a small island, located  between the state’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. The hotel opened on July 10, 1887 and took a mere 93 days to complete.

Constructed in the late 19th century, the facility advertises itself as having the world’s largest porch. The Grand Hotel is well-known for a number of notable visitors, including five U.S. presidents, Russian presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain.

Mackinac Island does not permit motor vehicles (except for emergency vehicles and, in winter, snowmobiles), and transport to and from the dock to the hotel is via horse-drawn carriage. The only other motor vehicles allowed in recent history were cars brought over for the filming of Somewhere in Time. During the winter months, when ice prevents ferry transport from the mainland, the hotel is closed. The island also has a small airport (no fuel or services) for private aircraft. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

A great comedian and I really liked his film Back to School.

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield, (born Jacob Cohen November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter known for his self-deprecating humor and his catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme.

He began his career working as a stand-up comic in the Borscht Belt resorts of the Catskill Mountains north of New York City. His act grew in notoriety as he became a mainstay on late-night talk shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, eventually developing into a headlining act on the Las Vegas casino circuit.

His breakout film role came in 1980 as a boorish nouveau riche golfer in the ensemble comedy Caddyshack, which was followed by two more successful films, 1983’s Easy Money, and 1986’s Back to School. Additional film work kept him busy through the rest of his life, mostly in comedies. Health troubles curtailed his output through the early 2000s, before his death in 2004.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you  Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Vikram, who started following my blog and to Von, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you  Carol & Cindi,  for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

5/21/18 – Various Clips of the Royal Wedding

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

What if Prince Harry was Indian?

Here is Another Version of a Royal Wedding

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

If you’ve ever left a workout feeling on top of the world, you’re well aware that fitness can have some major mind-body perks. But now, a new study has found that one specific type of workout can have a big impact on depression.

The meta-analysis, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, reviewed 33 studies and determined that strength training is linked with a significant decrease in symptoms of depression. Specifically, weight lifting and strength training helped improve low mood, a loss of interest in activities, and feelings of unworthiness.

These major benefits were true for people no matter how old they were, their health status, what type of strength training they did (Source: Runner’s World)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
Is Malcolm X correct?

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Do you know how to apologize?

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

I think travel is so important and a great way to meet new and different people.  For instance, if you are walking down a street in Paris, who knows who you may see on the streets.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

Do you have habits you wish to develop?

Do you have habits you wish to drop?

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

These dark history books are easy to read, lots of pictures and you learn a lot.

A Dark History: Vikings

by Martin J. Dougherty

Marauders or explorers? Raiders or traders? We think we know who the Vikings were, but do we? A thousand years after their demise, traces of Viking civilization can be found as far apart as North America and the Middle East. They traded walruses with Inuits and sold slaves in Constantinople. They discovered America, settled in Newfoundland, and fought battles in Central Asia.
•Arranged thematically, Vikings examines Norse life from religion to raiding, from exploration to settlement to their legacy.
•Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and artworks, Vikings is an exciting history of a people who have long-held a place in popular imagination.

(Source: goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I watched all three episodes and thought it was very well done.

Little Women on Masterpiece Theater PBS (2017)

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss and the trials of growing up. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I understand this was the first song played at the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding reception.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Whitney Houston

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish you had tried to have a closer relationship with some key people in your life who are now gone?

I think about it sometimes  46.67%  (7 votes) 
I think my relationships with people now gone were just fine  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I find it incredibly painful  20%  (3 votes) 

I don’t think about it at all  6.66%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Royal Wedding

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

While in London, years ago I took this photo

of the Parliament Building and Big Ben

While in prison, I took this photo of the

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Place

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Henry VIII

I believe this is all you need to know about Henry VIII.

There are others who prefer this version of his life.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

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

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Aspiring Librarian, Jay-Lyn, Richi & The Voice of Peace, who started following my blog and to DivinderPiper, Wendi & Wendy, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Barb, Carol, Darlene, Debra, Freya, Heather, Irene, Kathleen & Tammy, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

5/14/18 – Peace in the Middle East

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Peace in the Middle East

A woman was walking along the beach when she stumbled upon a Genie’s
lamp.  She picked it up and rubbed it and lo-and-behold, a Genie
appeared.

The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes.  The Genie said, “nope,
due to inflation, constant downsizing, low wages in third world
countries, and fierce global competition, I can only grant you one
wish.  So what’ll be?’.

The woman didn’t hesitate. She said “I want peace in the Middle East,
See this map?, I want these countries to stop fighting with each other”.

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, “Gadzooks lady! These
countries have been at war for thousands of years.  I’M good, but not
THAT good!, I don’t think it can be done.  Make another wish”.

The woman thought for a minute and said “Well, I’ve never been able to
find the right man.  You know, one that’s considerate and fun, likes to
cook and helps with the housecleaning, is good in bed and gets along
with my family, doesn’t watch sports all the time, and is faithful.
That’s what I wish for…….”A good mate.

The Genie let out a long sigh and said, “let me see that map again.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

And please don’t neglect your dental health, it is so important.

I know, sometimes you may be running short of cash, but still you ought to go.

A friend of mine, told me that although he only had a dollar, he still went to the dentist.

I was surprised to hear that and so I asked him what the dentist did for him.

He told me the dentist gave him “buck” teeth.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
It is important to tell the truth and if it isn’t the full truth, then it isn’t the truth.
However, telling the truth is not a license to hurt people.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

Space exploration is very important and the photos being taken are amazing, such as this photo of earth.

And here is a photo of the surface of Mars

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

This book is old, like me (Actually, I’m older than this book), but like me it still has some useful ideas.

The Brand You 50(1999)

by Tom Peters

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you need to become a distinct brand;
  • Fifty specific ways to become “Brand You”; and
  • Fifty actions you should take to make your brand real.

(Source: getabstract)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

If you are as much of a fan of Aubrey Plaza as I am, you will like this movie.  Aubrey not only stars in the movie but was also one of its producers.

The Little Hours (2017 – Rated R)

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf-mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Cleopatra (1963)

I first saw this film when I was an Assistant Theater Manager of a military theater in Tehran, Iran.  I’ve seen it since and I just finished watching it again last week.  I found for a movie, it was surprisingly accurate other than describing Caesar’s desire to be an emperor (I don’t think so) and Anthony’s final defeats. It did take me two days to watch this 4+ hours epic.

Critics Consensus: Cleopatra is a lush, ostentatious, endlessly eye-popping epic that collapses from a (and how could it not?) four-hour runtime. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Life of the Party (2018)

I really thought this would be funnier.  I did really enjoy the few times the Mom’s roommate, Lenore, was on camera–what a trip she was.  And “Comma Girl” was also a delight.

Critics Consensus: Life of the Party‘s good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren’t enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I attended a concert last Thursday. Some thought it was amazing that at woman, Speranza Scappucci, was the conductor. It never occurred to me that a woman conductor was something out of the ordinary.

All the music was exciting, but I especially liked the William Tell Overture and wanted to share with you the part most of you know well.

William Tell Overture

(The Ride of William Tell and the Swiss Army)

(or better known as Lone Ranger & Tonto)

By Gioachino Rossini (2-29-1792 to 11-13-1868)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?

Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?
Yes  90%  (18 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Is losing touch with a couple of people you used to be a good thing or a bad thing?
More a good thing  42.11%  (8 votes) 
About even  31.58%  (6 votes) 
More a bad thing  26.31%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 19

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish you had tried to have a closer relationship with some key people in your life who are now gone?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

I thought Black Swan was just the name of a movie,

I didn’t know that Black Swans actually existed.

Nature is a fantastic artist.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I select as most extraordinary people my mother-in-law, Delores Perkey.  Here she is with her bags packed for her trip to heaven.

The other person I selected was my last living relative, my mother, Alice Allen.

My mom wanted me to drive her in a convertible up to the Pearly Gates.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Coach Jo & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And thank you Brigid, Carmen, Carol, Cathy, Eddie, Kelly, Laurie, Leroy, Marilyn, Morgana, Ray, Terrence & Tom, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

5/07/18 – 2018 APF Raw Nationals

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

2018 APF Raw Nationals

I attended the 2018 American Powerlifting Federation Raw Nationals last week and won a spot on Team USA for the World Powerlifting Congress world championships in November 2018.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Are you eating healthy foods, controlling your weight and getting enough exercise and sleep?

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

I’m an advocate for traveling and this past week I went on a safari, well at least close to a safari, I was on a pizzafari.

As you can see below, I encountered a dangerous animal while I was on my pizzafari.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I really like Neil deGrasse Tyson and this book is not that hard to read; but it is  hard to understand.  A lot of it is very hard to understand, but there is enough that I understood to make me glad I read it.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The week before, I tried to watch a move called, The Room; but I thought it was so bad and so amateurish that I did not want to mention it in this blog.  Well this past week, I saw The Disaster Artist, which is about the making of The Room.

I just thought it was an absolutely amazing movie and I am going to watch it again.  Perhaps, I saw a bit of myself in this film, as I have made several short films myself.

But I think I really liked the movie because it was about not giving up on your dreams and to keep trying no matter how many disappointments.  And it the end, well maybe your dream will come true, even if not in the way you intended it.

Please watch this movie and if you do, please say something in the comments about it. 

The Disaster Artist

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

The real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as “The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies,” The Room, is brought to life, chronicling the odd film’s troubled development and eventual cult success.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Just curious, do you think today’s groups have it anything over these guys?

Do You Love Me (1962)

By The Contours

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Can you read this?

Yes  100%  (16 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
 
 
Results sort of indicate spelling isn’t that important when it comes to what is being said, doesn’t it?

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

One can make some interesting art with Tinker Toys

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Born in Chicago in 1901. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy.

Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo(1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of animated film. New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella(1950) and Mary Poppins (1964), the latter of which received five Academy Awards.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney’s Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club. 

In 1965, he began development of another theme park, Disney World, the heart of which was to be a new type of city, the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT).

Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Bernice, Jennifer, Nanette & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to higginbothampublications Isabelle & Shreya, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Barb, Carmen, Debra, Laurie & Valerie, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover