02/20/17 – Presidents’ Day

CURRENT EVENTS

I’m not sure everyone is aware of the original purpose of today’s USA holiday, so here is a little background.

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive.

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Please don’t let this happen to you.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It is nice to be with someone, but the person you are with the most is yourself.

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There are five frogs on a log. One decides to jump off.

How many are left?  

If you responded with four, you’re wrong.

The correct answer is five, because remember—deciding isn’t doing.  

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I don’t know if this is true or not; but if it isn’t true, it should be.   

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

There are many kinds of addictions.

You can never be extraordinary if you allow yourself to be controlled by something outside of yourself.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Accidental Buddhist

by Dinty W. Moore

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The Accidental Buddhist the funny, provocative story of how Dinty Moore went looking for the faith he’d lost in what might seem the most unlikely of places: the ancient Eastern tradition of Buddhism. Moore demystifies and explains the contradictions and concepts of this most mystic-seeming of religious traditions.

This plain-spoken, insightful look at the dharma in America will fascinate anyone curious about the wisdom of other cultures and other religions. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

The Girl on the Train

I was a bit disappointed in this movie, perhaps; because my expectations were too high having seen Gone Girl and being a fan of Emily Blunt.

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A recent divorcée (Emily Blunt) fantasizes about a couple (Luke Evans and Haley Bennett) whose house she passes each day on her commuter train ride. Soon, she becomes entangled in a mystery involving not only the couple, but her former husband (Justin Theroux) and his new family. A psychiatrist treats a most unusual patient, only to find that the doctor is the one who gains the most from their sessions … (Source: Fandango)

Sense and Sensibility

I watched this 1995 film again and I still enjoy it every time I watch it.

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In this costume drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost nothing after Mr. Dashwood’s death. They move into a cottage and sensible eldest daughter Elinor attempts to keep things running smoothly, in spite of her free-spirited sister’s efforts to the contrary. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Marilyn Monroe

LAST WEEK’S POLL – How will or did you spend Valentines Day?

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37.5% – Doing something special with someone

37.5% – Giving someone a Valentine card

15% – Giving someone a gift

15% – Doing nothing out of the ordinary

Last year I had a similar  poll regarding your Valentine Day plans.

That poll results were that 49% of us are doing something special with someone, 33% of us are giving someone a card, 11% of us are giving someone a gift and the remaining 7% are doing nothing out of the ordinary.

THIS WEEK’S POLL Do you trust the mainstream news media to report honestly and fairly? wk-8-breaking-news-pic

ART OF THE WEEK

Ever wonder what Mona Lisa looks like on a Monday morning?  The answer is below.

The Monday Lisa

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

George Washington

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by Gilbert Stuart

George Washington was unique among people, he willingly gave up power.

What many do not realize is that Napoleon, who came after Washington, took control of France and made himself Emperor of the French; whereas, earlier Washington stepped down from office.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

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02/13/17 – Love

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Valentines Day & this week’s post is devoted to love.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Most of us need to get 7 or 8 hours sleep to be at our best.

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

by Meat Loaf

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It is nice to be with someone, but the person you are with the most is yourself.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Love is a choice, but if you disagree with this advice, than love isn’t a choice for you and I hope it works out.   

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Much of communications is non-vocal

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Guys, the book you have waited for has arrived.  I urge you to rush out and pick up a copy and read as much as you can before Valentines Day.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Don Juan DeMarco

A psychiatrist treats a most unusual patient, only to find that the doctor is the one who gains the most from their sessions in this philosophical romantic comedy.

A young man in a mask and cape (played by Johnny Depp) is standing atop a billboard, threatening to jump. When the potential suicide is finally talked down, he’s brought to a psychiatric facility where after one doctor washes his hands of the case, he’s placed under the supervision of Dr. Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando), an aging psychiatrist soon to retire.

The patient informs Mickler that he is actually the great lover Don Juan, who has seduced over 1,500 women, but has fallen into a deep depression after being unable to win the hand of the woman of his dreams.

Mickler has ten days to work with “Don Juan,” after which he will either be released on medication or committed to a long-term stay in a mental hospital. As Mickler talks with the young man, who speaks rapturously of the art of love, the doctor finds that his philosophies are helping to kick-start his failing relationship with his wife (Faye Dunaway), and he slowly becomes convinced that his patient might really be Don Juan after all. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Burning Love

Elvis

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Who were you rooting for during Superbowl 2017?

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33% – Falcons

27% – Patriots

20% – Commercials

20% – What game

THIS WEEK’S POLL How will or did you spend Valentines Day?

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ART OF THE WEEK

It has been said that “Love is Blind”, it certainly is in the case of these two people

The Lovers

by Rene Magritte

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Casanova

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Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice.

He has become so famous for his often complicated and elaborate affairs with women that his name is now synonymous with “womanizer”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Ok, this doesn’t have anything to do with Valentine Day or Love, but it is funny.

PLEASE CONSIDER 

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

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02/06/17 – Cold Weather Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Walking is one of the best exercises

Walk Like an Egyptian

by The Bangles

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Take some meaningful action daily to make your dreams come true.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Those convinced against their will, remain unconvinced still.  

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is great to learn to do things yourself, but make sure you are up to the task.  

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Keep a positive self-image by never saying or thinking anything negative about yourself, but don’t use this to keep you from constant self-improvement

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Coffee Is Good for You

by Robert J. Davis, Ph.D.

If you know me, I like books that say coffee is good for you. This book doesn’t say coffee is good for you, it just says there is little evidence that is it harmful.

As for diet soda making you fat, the research is inconclusive.  Here is another one, green tea promotes weight loss.  The research shows that is half-true.  Or how about eggs being bad for your heart.  The research shows they are not.

The book goes on and on telling you what the research shows about various diet claims.  I found this book very interesting 

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Equity

Lots of suspense and Wall Street from a different vantage point.

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While veteran investment banker Naomi Bishop has thrived in the cutthroat, male-dominated financial world, her leadership of a technology company’s initial public offering exposes her to intense pressure from colleagues — and a prosecutor. (Source: Netflix)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I know this guy and he is a great guy, plus a great singer and musician.  Please check out his song.

Old Country Folk O’ Mine – 2

by Erik James Rose

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Political Posts?

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What are your feelings about political posts, now that the USA Presidential election is over?

57% – Irritating

29% – Necessary

14% -Indifferent

Are political posts effective in changing opinions?

70% – No

26% – Maybe

4% – Yes

Have you ever unfriended someone because of a political post?

74%  – No

26% – Yes

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Who were you rooting for during Superbowl 2017?

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ART OF THE WEEK

If you have ever taken a cruise, you may recognize this art form

Cruise Ship Towel Art

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Sir Isaac Newton

BARLOW, Thomas Oldham (1824-1895).
by Thomas Oldham Barlow(1824-1895).

Sir Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, and natural philosopher, who is generally regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential scientists in history.

His law of universal gravitation and three laws of motion laid the groundwork for classical mechanics, which held sway in the physical sciences until the advent of quantum mechanics around the beginning of the twentieth century.

He was the first to show that the motions of bodies on Earth and celestial bodies are governed by the same set of natural laws. 

Among other scientific work, Newton realized that white light is composed of a spectrum of colors and further argued that light consists of particles. 

Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz share the credit for playing major roles in the development of calculus in the Western world. This area of mathematics has since proved of enormous value for the advancement of science and technology. (Source: New World Encyclopedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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PLEASE CONSIDER 

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

My thanks to Alysha, Aubrey, Indira, Ipuna, Marlinalicea & Sonyo, who started following my blog (Currently 154 followers) and the 218 People, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you are enjoying this blog and find it useful, please click on follow and also please pass it on to your friends.

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01/30/17 – Refreshing

CURRENT EVENTS

Isn’t this refreshing

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

This is something to keep in mind when you are grocery shopping.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

It is easier to get along with others if you don’t try to change them.  

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Due dates usually work.  You may want to consider them for your own goals.  

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Magritte

by Jacques Meuris

This is not just a book of really cool paintings, it also has some inspiring thoughts sprinkled throughout.

For instance, Nougé  remarked, “it happens that sometimes a portrait tries to resemble its model.”  Magritte replied, “It would be a good thing if the model tried to resemble its portrait.”

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Rene Magritte’s paintings are not dreamscapes, according to French art critic Meuris. With every painting, the Belgian surrealist, challenges his viewer’s intellect and assumptions about reality.

Observes Meuris in Magrittian fashion: “Magritte is not a painter, while yet being a great painter.” This illuminating, delightfully illustrated volume, reaffirms the artist’s stature as it traces the fine line he toes between reality and illusion. (Source: Publishers Weekly)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Victoria

If you miss Downton Abby, this PBS series may be what you are looking for.

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The first series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman, from her accession to the throne at the age of eighteen, to her intense friendship and infatuation with Lord Melbourne, to her courtship and early marriage to Prince Albert (played by Tom Hughes) and finally to the birth of their first child, Victoria.

The second series will follow Victoria’s struggles on managing her role as Queen with that of her duties to her husband and children. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I thought I would try to lighten things up a bit and what better way than a silly song from the early 70s by a band called, “Middle of the Road”

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

by Middle of the Road

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Tattoos?

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When you see someone with a tattoo, what is your impression?

59% – Depends upon the tattoo and its location

23% – Unfavorable

14% – Completely indifferent

4% – Favorable

Is your view of someone with a tattoo influence by their gender?

80%  – No

20% – Yes

Do you have a tattoo?

89% – No

11% – Yes

Do you have a friend or relative that has a tattoo?

100% – Yes

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Political Posts?

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ART OF THE WEEK

Mount Rushmore

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Art on a grand scale and well worth the trouble to get there

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Mount Rushmore symbolizing the ideals of freedom and democracy, is a tribute to four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and their invaluable contributions to the United States.  (Source: Mount Rushmore National Memorial)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Cindy

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Cindy is retiring at the end of this month and this is how I described her and her efforts over more than three decades.

You ever see a person; one that is standing so tall and so straight, you just can’t help but notice.

However, what you don’t see is what is supporting that person. You don’t see the backbone, which enables that person to stand so tall and so straight.

There have been a number of people over the years, who I could describe as the “Face of QA”, such as Mike, MaryAnn and Andrea.

I would describe Cindy, as the backbone of QA. Cindy and those like her, are the reason QA has stood tall and straight over the years.

As a Michigan citizen, covered by BCBS like half the people in this state, and as a former member of BCBSM, and as part of the QA family, I thank Cindy for her Distinguish Service to the People of Michigan, BCBSM and QA

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

My thanks to Unexpected Common Hours, who started following my blog (Currently 149 followers) and the 218 People, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you are enjoying this blog and find it useful, please click on follow and also please pass it on to your friends.

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01/23/17 – Letting Go

CURRENT EVENTS

If you are feeling troubled

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Perhaps this will also help

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

This is for anyone who is feeling less than positive about their body image.  Just try to be as healthy as possible and sing this song to yourself any time you aren’t feeling good about yourself.

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Before you play, you should ask yourself if you have made any progress on your  priorities.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

To me, books are a way of learning directly from someone, who you may never have the opportunity to meet.

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And of course, some read simply for the pure enjoyment of reading

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I have no idea what the woman above is reading, but she does seem to be enjoying her book.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

La La Land

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La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film’s title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality (Source: Wikipedia)

I enjoyed the film from an entertainment perspective, but I’m not sure it will hold up as well as the other musical comedy that I saw last week.

A Hard Days Night

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A Hard Day’s Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.

The film was a financial and critical success. Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films. British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a “comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book” and awarded it a full four stars.

The film is credited as being one of the most influential musical films of all time, inspiring many spy films, the Monkees’ television show and pop music videos.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Downtown

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Easy Way or the Hard Way?

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Do you believe things of value usually or mostly can only be obtained by hard work & effort?

87.5% – Believe it takes effort

12.5% – Believe you just need to be open to letting things of value come into your life

Whatever your definition of success, how successful do you feel compared to others?

56% feel they are more successful than others

44% feel they are less successful than others

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Tattoos?

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ART OF THE WEEK

In The ****Heights

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Baldwin Theater in Royal Oak, MI, USA

January 26-29, February 2-5, 10-12, 2017

New York City’s Washington Heights is a vibrant neighborhood on the brink of change where dreams are big, ambition is strong, and money is hard to come by. A winning lottery ticket could potentially change the livelihood of the community forever. This exhilarating bi-lingual sensation pulsates with Latin rhythms and hip-hop, and electrifies with exuberant street-dance thus deserving of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. (Source: Program)

Mom’s Gift

Meadow Brook Theater, Rochester, MI, USA

Through January 29, 2017 

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In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. (Source: Program)

These are a couple of S.E. Michigan plays, which I have seen, that are still running.  

There are a number of other plays going on in S.E. Michigan and if you live elsewhere, it is likely that there is a play within driving distance.  

If you haven’t seen live theater you should experience it.  

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Richard Chacon

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I met Chacon back in 1981 and I thought he was one of the most extraordinary people I have come across, an artist and a philosopher.  He died a number of years ago, but I still remember him.

I have no idea who is in the above picture with my friend Chacon.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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PLEASE CONSIDER 

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

My thanks to Angela, Anna Rose, Denzil, Hjmhbo, Linda, Simple Insights, Smit & Unexpected Common Hours, who started following my blog (Currently 149 followers) and Kelly, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 216 people)

MY BOOK

If you are enjoying this book and find it useful, perhaps you will find that is also true for “I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?”

And if you have read this book, please say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

The book is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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01/16/17 – What Will 2017 Bring

CURRENT EVENTS

2017

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Some of you believe you can make this a wonderful year for yourself and others of you believe you can’t. Its like the old saying, “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, either way, you are going to be right.

I hope this blog as well help you make 2017 a wonderful year for yourself. Please consider clicking on the “Follow Harmony Books & Films, LLC” box on the side bar to your right.

And you may want to consider encouraging others to check out this blog.  I only update it once a week, on Mondays; and it doesn’t take long to go through it.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

When it comes to quick fix diets, this is the only one that works.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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It was rightfully pointed to be that the above place setting was out of date.

Perhaps, this is a bit more straightforward version of the above.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Mind Gym

by Gary Mack with David Casstevens

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This book provides useful insights on the mental game, which can be applied to situations outside of sports.  

For instance, if you are a perfectionist; you may find this helpful.

“Do you know how gemologists tell a fake emerald from a real one?  The fakes are perfect. Real emeralds have flaws.”

Real people have flaws.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Being There

with Peter Sellers & Shirley MacLaine

This movie is worth seeing and if you have seen it before, see it again.  I have no idea how many times I have watched it and always found it both entertaining as well as a learning experience.

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Hailed as a genius for his simplistic approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident, into the game of politics. The man is soon presented as a possible Presidential candidate although no one knows his true background. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

It Don’t Come Easy

Ringo Starr

LAST WEEK’S POLL -What is your Zodiac Sign?

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My Zodiac sign

33% – Libra

22% – Scorpio

11% Gemini

11% Cancer

11% Leo

6% Aquarius

6% Virgo

I check my horoscope

76% – Rarely if ever

12% – Frequently

12% – Every so often

The reason I check my horoscope

84% – Fun

8% – Guidance

8% – Other reasons

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Easy Way or the Hard Way?

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ART OF THE WEEK

I thought this is  worth repeating, since there is still time for those of you in S.E. Michigan to see this play.  And if you live elsewhere, I still urge you to see a live play.

I think you are missing out on an experience, if you don’t see live theater every so often.  

Regarding this particular play, I thought it had just the right touch of comedy and sentiment, and the two sisters in the play were absolutely charming.  If you do happen to live in southeastern Michigan, I hope you catch this play.

Mom’s Gift

By Phil Olsen (A Michigan Premier)

being performed at Meadow Brook Theater

January 4 – January 29, 2017 in Rochester, Michigan

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In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes in a 1904 illustration by Sidney Paget.

Known as a “consulting detective” in the stories, Holmes is known for a skill with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

The Guinness World Records lists him as the “most portrayed movie character” in history. (Source: Wikipedia)

If you would like to know more about Sherlock Holmes, this book covers the territory, but I would not call it an easy read.

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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PLEASE CONSIDER 

If you reached this point, you must have seen something you wish to comment on; please do so.

My thanks to Chris, Daal, Samantha & Quirky Girl, 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.

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

BLOG & FACEBOOK

My thanks to Aanchal, Abi, Alisa, Lily, Maggie & Sam, who started following my blog (Currently 142 followers) and Daniela, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 214 people)

MY BOOK

If you are enjoying this book and find it useful, perhaps you will find that is also true for “I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?”

And if you have read this book, please say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

The book 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

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01/09/17 – Start Me Up

CURRENT EVENTS

Last week’s post talked about new beginnings.

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So it is time to get started on your new and extraordinary life and what better way to get started then with The Rolling Stones singing Start me Up.

Be Extraordinary in 2017

There is still time to start your new year off by making up your mind to be extraordinary in 2017 and this blog as well as this book can help you.  Please consider clicking on the “Follow Harmony Books & Films, LLC” box on the side bar to your right.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Feeling stressed?

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There are many ways to reduce stress and here are four ways that will work for about everyone.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

What Would Machiavelli Do?

by Stanley Bing

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Don’t feel like reading Machiavelli and understanding Machiavelli for yourself. Perhaps this book may be what you are looking for if you want to understand more about what goes on in the business world.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Collateral

with Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx

It says on the DVD box that the hit man and the cab driver were never the same after the events that took place. Well, neither was I after watching this movie.

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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

All American Boy

Bill Parsons

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Were you successful in making your dreams come true?

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Were you successful in making your dreams come true in 2016?

59% – Yes

41% – No

Will you be successful in making your dreams come true in 2017?

63% – Yes

31% – Maybe

6% – No

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your Zodiac Sign?

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ART OF THE WEEK

I saw a play yesterday afternoon that confirmed my opinion that you are really missing out on an experience, if you don’t see live theater every so often.  And I would be surprised to learn that there isn’t a live theater within reasonable distance, regardless of where you happen to live.  I thought this particular play had just the right touch of comedy and sentiment, and the two sisters in the play were absolutely charming.  If you do happen to live in southeastern Michigan, I hope you catch this play.

Mom’s Gift

By Phil Olsen (A Michigan Premier)

being performed at Meadow Brook Theater

January 4 – January 29, 2017 in Rochester, Michigan

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In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

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Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard was born to Maurice and Yvette Picard in La Barre, France, on 13 July 2305.

The young Picard failed his first Starfleet Academy entrance exam, and, upon admission, met with many ethical/scholastic difficulties during his cadet career, but went on to flourish.

Deeply moral, highly logical, and intelligent, 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. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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PLEASE CONSIDER 

Surely, if you have gotten this far on this blog, you must have seen something you wish to comment on; please do so.

My thanks to Chris, Renxkyoko, Samantha, Spiritual Journey & Tony, 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.

Also, please consider passing this blog on to others. My thanks to Annette, Antoinette, Carol, Charlene, Debra, Dee, Donna, Kelly, Kim, Linda, Marilyn, Nicole, Norma, Shirley & Tammy for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

BLOG & FACEBOOK

My thanks to Abi, CurryNCode & Lacie, who started following my blog (Currently 138 followers) and the 212 people, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page 

MY BOOK

Looking to change your life, perhaps you will consider “I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?

If you enjoyed the book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

The book 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