06/01/20 – Ready For A History Lesson?

CURRENT EVENTS

Coronavirus and A History Lesson

The University of Iowa Library

The Black Death, was the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history, resulting in the deaths of up to 75–200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.  The plague created religious, social, and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history.

The Black Death most likely originated in Central Asia or East Asia.

The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population. In total, the plague may have reduced the world population from an estimated 475 million to 350–375 million in the 14th century. There were further outbreaks throughout the Late Middle Ages, and with other contributing factors it took until 1500 for the European population to regain the levels of 1300. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The First Five Pages

By Noah Lukeman

I first read this book in 2001 and I have just recently reviewed it again and I think it is still of great value. It is designed to help a writer stay out of a publisher’s rejection pile.

Well, you are still going to be rejected by a major publisher unless you are already famous.

Nevertheless, this book is helpful to the self-publisher or as some like to say, the independent publisher. Because, what turns off a reviewer for a major publishing house is what will also turn off a potential buyer/reader of your book.

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as
* A weak opening hook
* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs
* Flat or forced metaphors or similes
* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue
* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings
* Uneven pacing and lack of progression

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Once again, I have watched all seven seasons of Buffy and I enjoyed it just as much as ever. I think this is a wonderful series for young people to watch or older people who remain young at heart. There are a lot of life lessons here for the observant. 

Buffy

The Vampire Slayer

Despite the fact that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was almost entirely ignored by major award shows during its run, the series was nominated for the American Film Institute Award for Drama Series of the Year, Gellar was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her performance in the show, and the series was nominated five times for Television Critics Association Awards, winning once in 2003 for the Television Critics Association Heritage Award. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This song is dedicated to social distancing–old style.

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

By The Police

ART OF THE WEEK

There is a debate going on whether or not many of the masks being used are helpful or harmful. But lately, I have been hearing that masks are a symbolic show of support for the restrictions being placed upon all of us. I thought this particular drawing was thought provoking.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I used to watch The Lone Ranger show in the 1950s.

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, Silver and Tonto

The [  ] story line maintains that a patrol of six Texas Rangers is massacred, with only one member surviving. The “lone” survivor thereafter disguises himself with a black mask and travels with Tonto throughout Texas and the American West to assist those challenged by the lawless elements.

A silver mine supplies The Lone Ranger with the name of his horse as well as the funds required to finance his wandering lifestyle and the raw material for his signature bullets.

At the end of most episodes, after the Lone Ranger and Tonto leave, someone asks the sheriff or other person of authority who the masked man was. The person then responds that it was the Lone Ranger, who is then heard yelling “Hi-Yo Silver, away!” as he and Tonto ride away on their horses. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

The Difference Between Dogs and Cats

 

PHYSICAL TRAITS

The secret to getting fit is to consistently take little steps.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Murder in Minneapolis?

Watch the video and you decide for yourself. I don’t understand why it took three days and violent protests/riots before this officer was arrested.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you known anyone who participated in D-Day (Landing on Normandy beaches)

No, but I knew people who served during WWII  64.29%  (18 votes) 

Yes  21.43%  (6 votes) 

No one in WWII or Korea but did serve in Vietnam  7.14%  (2 votes) 

No one in WWII, but did serve in Korea  3.57%  (1 votes) 

No one in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam, but in other wars  3.57%  (1 votes) 

No one who served in a war  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 28

Have you read the novel “We”?

This is the first that I have heard of this book  82.61%  (19 votes) 

I have heard of this book, but have not read it  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Yes, I have read this book  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
Do you usually decorate for Memorial Day?

No  75%  (15 votes) 

Yes  25%  (5 votes) 

Yes, but not this year due to the Coronavirus  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Should gyms be allowed to open, with the same restrictions as your state applies to other businesses that are allowed to be open?

Yes and I do not have a gym membership  65.22%  (15 votes) 

Yes and I have a gym membership  17.39%  (4 votes) 

No and I have a gym membership  13.04%  (3 votes) 

No and I do not have a gym membership  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
During the lockdown, have you discovered that you have super powers you didn’t know about?

No  81.82%  (18 votes) 

Maybe  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Yes  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

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

05/25/20 – Memorial Day

 

CURRENT EVENTS

D-Day Normandy

BOOK OF THE WEEK

We

By Yevgeny Zamyatin

Here is another dystopian book that I read some time ago. I suspect most of you have never heard of it, but maybe you will surprise me. Anyway, you have heard of it now.

Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand.

In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful ‘Benefactor’, the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity – until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.

Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, We is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction.

Clarence Brown’s brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years’ suppression.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

D-Day Invasion

By The History Channel

We owe a great deal to the American, British and Canadian soldiers 

who landed on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Star Spangled Banner

By Whitney Houston

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I was friends with American and Germans, who served in WWII, I knew a sailor who was on the battleship and saw Japan sign their surrender papers. And I actually got to see President Eisenhower once in person.

General Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight DavidIkeEisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969), was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

During World War II, he became a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I suspect most of the people who don’t want the gyms to open don’t go to a gym. But it should be a choice, if you would rather not go, then don’t go. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

During the lockdown, many of us are discovering that we have super powers.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

With top left photo being stage 1 and bottom right photo being stage 9, what stage are you in?

5  25.93%  (7 votes) 

8  18.52%  (5 votes) 

4  14.81%  (4 votes) 

7  14.81%  (4 votes) 

1  11.11%  (3 votes) 

9  7.41%  (2 votes) 

3  3.7%  (1 votes) 

6  3.7%  (1 votes) 

2  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 27

Have you ever read “Fahrenheit 451”?

I have read the book  48.15%  (13 votes) 

I have heard of the book, but I have not read it  29.63%  (8 votes) 

I have never heard of the book  22.22%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

Is science always right?

Not always  53.85%  (14 votes) 

Science is right at the moment; but as we learn, the answers provided by science changes  42.31%  (11 votes) 

Yes  3.84%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 26
Do you believe the media is trying to manipulate you?

Yes  88.89%  (24 votes) 

Maybe  11.11%  (3 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

Which motivates you more

Possibility  69.23%  (18 votes) 

Fear  30.77%  (8 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

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

05/18/20 – What Stage Are You In?

CURRENT EVENTS

What stage of the quarantine are you in?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Given out current situation, I hope you have read this book. If not, maybe you should or at least watch the movie.

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Last week I mentioned that some films are getting updated for the Coronavirus, such as The Breakfast Club.

Now I have learned that some states, like Michigan, are coming out with there very own versions of films

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

When governments are issuing stay-at-home orders, I thought this particular song was most appropriate.

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction (1965)

By Rolling Stones

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is a tip for young artists

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I remember watching the Ed Sullivan show when I was a kid and it was my first exposure to Elvis (1956) and the Beatles (1964).

Ed Sullivan

Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. “It was, by almost any measure, the last great TV show,” said television critic David Hinckley. 

Sullivan was a broadcasting pioneer at many levels during television’s infancy. As TV critic David Bianculli wrote, “Before MTV, Sullivan presented rock acts. Before Bravo, he presented jazz and classical music and theater. Before the Comedy Channel, even before there was the Tonight Show, Sullivan discovered, anointed and popularized young comedians. 

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you are feeling a little stressed out, you may want to try yoga.

CHARACTER TRAITS

This is an old Cherokee Tale

Sometimes Science Doesn’t Have All The Answers In Life

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Some of you have been trying to make your own hand sanitizer

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever read “Brave New World”?
I have heard of the book, but have never read it  40%  (10 votes) 
I have read the book  32%  (8 votes) 
I have never heard of the book  28%  (7 votes

 

Total Votes: 25
Do you waste time on Facebook?
No  47.83%  (11 votes) 
Yes  26.09%  (6 votes)
Maybe  17.39%  (4 votes) 
Yes, but I am going to stop  8.69%  (2 votes

 

Total Votes: 23

Book

I just noticed there is a Kindle promotion going on and there is no charge for my book (This statement added 05/20/20)

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

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

05/11/20 – The Architect of Rock n’ Roll

CURRENT EVENTS

Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname “The Architect of Rock and Roll”. (Source: Wikipedia)

I don’t think you will have any trouble finding thousands of words of tribute to Little Richard, but I think the following video (which of all things I included in last week’s post) sums up the greatness of Little Richard

What a loss.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

Like last week, it has also been years since I’ve read this book but it seems like an appropriate read given our current situation.

Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932.

Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story’s protagonist.

Huxley followed this book with a reassessment in essay form, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with his final novel, Island (1962), the utopian counterpart. The novel is often compared to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four(1949).

In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number 5 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. (Source: Wikipedia)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Some films are getting updated.

Here is an updated clip from The Breakfast Club

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Another trip down memory lane

Lucille (1957)

By Little Richard

ART OF THE WEEK

Lion at the Art Institute of Chicago

Before the Coronavirus

After the Coronavirus

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Little Richard

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Clothing choices are a form of communication, it is important to choose wisely, even in the time of the Coronavirus.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Fellows, during the time of the Coronavirus, we have to learn new ways of showing our appreciation to the ladies. The fellow below is a quick learner.

MISCELLANEOUS

I’m not even going to ask how many of you use your pet’s name as your password or part of your password. I’ll just say, you may want to consider updating your passwords.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever read George Orwell’s book “1984”?

Yes  55.56%  (15 votes) 

I have heard of that book, but I have never read it  37.04%  (10 votes) 

I have never heard of that book  7.4%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

What did you think of Perceptions?

I didn’t bother to watch  40%  (8 votes) 

Okay  30%  (6 votes) 

Good  30%  (6 votes) 

Bad  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Do you think there are times when you hear what you want to hear?

Sometimes  62.5%  (15 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (8 votes) 

No  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Are you drinking more while in lockdown?

Same  40%  (10 votes) 

I don’t drink  36%  (9 votes) 

More  12%  (3 votes) 

Less  12%  (3 votes)  

Total Votes: 25
Would you report to the police, store manager, etc. people who were not following the Coronavirus protocols established by your state governor?

No  45.83%  (11 votes) 

No, but it would bother me considerably  33.33%  (8 votes) 

Yes  16.67%  (4 votes) 

No, but I would say something to them  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Regarding toxic people

I prefer to distance myself from them  95.83%  (23 votes) 

I engage them, as a test of my own character  4.17%  (1 votes) 

I engage them, hoping to be an example to them  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

05/04/20 – Coronavirus Tip For The Fellows

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

1984

By George Orwell

It has been years since I’ve read this book.

1984 is George Orwell’s haunting prophesy of the future, which has held multiple generations of readers spellbound in its chilling and terrifying vision of life under a totalitarian regime. Powerful and unforgettable, this still-relevant novel explores the obliteration of truth, individuality and liberty in a world where the ruling power seeks to control everything, from information to thought and memory.(Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Perceptions

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I was fortunate to have seen Little Richard twice in my life, once when we were both young and once when we were both old.

During this time of social distancing, I thought his song was particularly appropriate .

Keep A-Knockin (1957)

By Little Richard

ART OF THE WEEK

The Sistine Chapel

Before the Coronavirus

After the Coronavirus

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson left us Wednesday, April 29. after a month-long battle with the Coronavirus and other complications.

I think he was one of the most noble and courageous persons I ever had the privilege of knowing. 

I took the above photo of Greg at one of my Happy Hour parties, when Ed (back to camera) was telling a joke to Greg and another one of my friends 

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Over the years I have encouraged people to travel, this year is a bit different.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Is it okay to be concerned about the deadly impacts of the Coronavirus, possible economic devastation and expansion of government authoritarian policies?

Yes to all three concerns  79.49%  (31 votes) 

Only the deadly impacts of the Coronavirus and the possible economic devastation.  15.38%  (6 votes) 

Only the deadly impacts of the Coronavirus.  2.56%  (1 votes) 

Only the deadly impacts of the Coronavirus and the expansion of government authoritarian policies  2.56%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 39

Are you willing to correct people who describe their political opposites in crude and vulgar terms?

No, I don’t want to get involved  68%  (17 votes) 

Yes, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they are on  32%  (8 votes) 

It is okay for them to use crude and vulgar terms if they are on the same side of the political spectrum as I am on  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25
How has the self-quarantine affected how you feel about your significant other?

Appreciate them more  55%  (11 votes) 

No difference  35%  (7 votes) 

I tend to find them annoying  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Some talk to you in their free time and some free up time to talk to you, do you know the difference?

I know the difference and I act accordingly  72.73%  (16 votes)  

I know the difference, but choose to ignore it.  13.64%  (3 votes) 

I’ve never noticed  13.63%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
What do you think of expressing your true feelings?

Only if they will make a difference for the better  77.78%  (14 votes) 

I think it is important to let people know how I feel regardless  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

04/27/20 – Is It okay To Be All Three?

CURRENT EVENTS

What do you think?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Choosing Civility

By P. M. Forni 

When I see how some people on both sides of the political spectrum talk about the other side, it is just plain painful and it needs to stop. Remember, when you describe others, you are really describing yourself. Choose civility.

Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well…civilized language, Forni covers topics that include: (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I think the stories in this Star Trek series have become better and better. I’m glad I finally found the time to watch it and I am now into season five of seven seasons.

Star Trek Voyager – Season Five 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here is a group from the Netherlands performing in home isolation. I thought it was so appropriate given the home isolation people everywhere are experiencing.

Kinda Wanna

By OG3NE

ART OF THE WEEK

Art From Common Tools

I thought this was very clever,

a mother bird feeding its young.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Seven of Nine

Seven of Nine is a former Borg drone who joins the crew of the Federation starship Voyager. Her real name was known to her crewmates, but after joining the Voyager crew she chose to continue to be called Seven of Nine, though she allowed “Seven” to be used informally.

Seven of Nine [is] a foil to Captain Kathryn Janeway, similarly to how Spock [is] to Captain Kirk.

Earlier life [she was] Annika Hansen before she was assimilated by the Borg.  (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

During this time of the Coronavirus, I thought this might help.

The list was developed by Sarah Best of England and I thought it was very comprehensive.

THINGS THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
Natural whole foods
Organic fruits and vegetables
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Zinc
Astralagus
Exercise
Sunlight
Fresh air
Being in nature
Joy
Love
Gratitude
Hugs
Orgasms
Deep breathing
Certain essential oils, including frankincense + oregano
Showing up as your authentic self in every situation!

THINGS THAT IMPAIR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
🙅‍♀️ Fear
🙅‍♀️ Junk foods (including GMO foods)
🙅‍♀️ Refined sugar
🙅‍♀️ Trans fats
🙅‍♀️ Alcohol
🙅‍♀️ Nicotine
🙅‍♀️ Absence of fresh air/sunlight
🙅‍♀️ Obesity
🙅‍♀️ Not exercising, or over-exercising
🙅‍♀️ Excess EMF exposure
🙅‍♀️ Pesticides
🙅‍♀️ Stress
🙅‍♀️ Loneliness
🙅‍♀️ Resentment
🙅‍♀️ Toxic people/relationships
🙅‍♀️ Not being your authentic self

CHARACTER TRAITS

This little video was passed over to me by a friend. I hope you find it helpful and entertaining.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

With just a little bit of technical ability, there is a world of information at your finger tips. For instance, I Googled marine animals.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Will the Coronavirus make lasting changes to society?

Yes  69.44%  (25 votes) 

Maybe  27.78%  (10 votes) 

No  2.78%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 36

If the Coronavirus makes lasting changes to society, will they result in positive or negative changes?

About an equal mix of positive and negative changes  51.35%  (19 votes) 

Primarily positive changes  29.73%  (11 votes) 

Primarily negative changes  18.92%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 37
Regarding meditation:

I’ve tried, but never got the hang of it  36.36%  (12 votes) 

I meditate often  24.24%  (8 votes) 

I’ve always wanted to give it a try  21.21%  (7 votes) 

I’m not interested in mediation  18.18%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 33

Regarding the TV series “Belgravia”:

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  60.71%  (17 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  28.57%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it  10.71%  (3 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 28
Do you talk a lot about your ailments?

No  64.29%  (18 votes) 

Maybe  25%  (7 votes) 

Yes  10.71%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 28

When the Coronavirus is behind us, will your life be:

About the same  55.56%  (15 votes) 

More busy  37.04%  (10 votes) 

Less busy  7.4%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 27

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

04/20/20 – You Can Learn A Lot From A Movie Marquee

CURRENT EVENTS

Movie Marquee

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Just Sit

By Sukey & Elizabeth Novogratz 

If you ever wanted to give meditation a try, you should check out this book.

Written for the many people whose schedule or skepticism has kept them from trying meditation, Just Sit is an approachable and visually engaging beginner’s guide. Answering questions, and providing real-world information to demystify the process, Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz provide a hands-on look at what meditation really is, what is does, and how to do it. The authors make clear that meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or follow a specific protocol. The most important part, to “just sit,” can lead to a lifelong practice, tailored to anyone’s lifestyle. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Belgravia, is written by Julian Fellows of Downton Abby fame. You may want to give this six-episode TV series a try.

Belgravia (2020)

Belgravia is a historical drama television series based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes—both named after Belgravia, an affluent district of London. 

The series premiered first in the UK on ITV on 15 March 2020 and premiered in the U.S. on 12 April 2020 on Epix. Belgravia begins at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball (night of 15/16 June 1815), which was held in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington on the eve of the Battle of Quatre Bras, two days before the Battle of Waterloo.

Among the guests are James and Anne Trenchard, who are living on the profits of newfound trading success. Their young daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of the richest and most prominent families in England. Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia, the events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Given the Coronavirus stay home orders, the streets remind me of the 1950s when there were less cars on the roads. For those of you far younger than I am, I hope you don’t think the 50s were dull. There was Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Jerry Lee, but there was also Wanda Jackson.

Hard Headed Woman (Performed 1958)

By Wanda Jackson

Rolling Stone magazine referred to her as the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly Music

Let’s Have A Party (Performed 1958)

By Wanda Jackson

ART OF THE WEEK

Cake Art

I’ve heard it said, that there is a time and place for everything,

perhaps this is the time for a cake like this.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

You might have to be from Detroit to understand just how important Al Kaline was to all of us. I saw him play baseball many times at Briggs Stadium. 

Al Kaline

1957

Albert William Kaline (December 19, 1934 – April 6, 2020), nicknamed “Mr. Tiger“, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers.

For most of his career, Kaline played in the outfield, mainly as a right fielder where he won ten Gold Glove Awards. He was selected to 18 All-Star Games, including selections each year between 1955 and 1967. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

Now that most of us are spending more time at home, 

we should pay particular attention to one another’s privacy.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you noticed young people or healthy people tending to avoid you;

perhaps, you should reflect on your conversation.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Ever wonder if spiritual people ever argue, and if they do; how do they argue. Perhaps, the following will enlighten you.

How Spiritual People Argue

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Social distancing is being encouraged.

However, please avoid this type of social distancing.

LEARNING TRAITS

Because of the Coronavirus, many of us are now living less busy lives.

MISCELLANEOUS

Here in Michigan, many stores are prohibited from selling seeds, soils, plants and other gardening supplies. If you are a little creative, you can start a very practical garden with things you find around your home.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Did you put up Easter decorations?

No, I never do  50%  (17 votes) 

Yes  26.47%  (9 votes) 

No, since I had no visitors due to the Coronavirus  23.53%  (8 votes) 

Total Votes: 34

What do you think of surrealist art?

I’m not familiar with surrealist art  46.15%  (12 votes) 

I like it  38.46%  (10 votes) 

I don’t like it  15.38%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 26
Do you primarily view yourself as an encourager or as a critic?

Encourager  92.31%  (24 votes) 

Critic  7.69%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Book

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

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

only you can do that.