05/16/21 – Do The Best You Can

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Body  Book

By Cameron Diaz

This book came out in 2014, but I think what it says is still very valid and I believe it could inspire you to try to live a healthier, happier and longer life.

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Bookoffers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day. (Source: GoodReads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie again while on the treadmill and I still enjoy watching it every so often. A few years ago, I watched part of it in an auditorium inside the actual Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, where this movie was filmed.

Somewhere In Time

Warning

The following clip is 15 minutes long, so please don’t bother watching unless you are really into this film. Also, there may be two very short commercial interruptions. Since I have mentioned this film several times over the years, rather than simply show you the trailer again, I wanted to do something a bit different. If you like this film, I think you will find this clip rewarding.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About

Somewhere in Time

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Hey Baby

By Bruce Channel

Dancers: Nils and Bianca

ART OF THE WEEK

Artists 

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Police Officers

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Safety Tip for Older People

Just to be safe, you may want to have a bar installed in your shower.

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS

Government Spending

It seems our political leaders are very generous, giving out money to many in the USA and to world. Where does this money come from? I have heard there were two ultimate sources: taxes (e.g., income, sales, etc.) and simply printing money which results in inflation, which is said to be a tax on the poor and those on a fixed income or living off their savings.

LEARNING TRAITS

Science

At one time, people believed that the heavens revolved around the earth. They believed the world was flat. Bleeding was an acceptable medical procedure. I could go on and on, but I think you will either get the point I am trying to make or you will not.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you prefer a state that allows you to make your own decisions or do you prefer to let the government decide what is best for you?
I think I know what is best for me  76.92%  (20 votes) 
I think the government knows what is best for me  23.08%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 26
 
Regarding the film “Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”:
I’ve seen the film and liked it  38.1%  (8 votes)  
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  38.1%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  14.29%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  9.51%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you believe strength training is important for an active and healthy life in your later years?
Yes, extremely important  66.67%  (14 votes) 
Some, but not worth putting in too much effort  33.33%  (7 votes) 
No, not at all  0%  (0 votes) 
I’d rather just take a pill, injection or have my body parts replaced  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you appreciate the tips World Famous Chef Ronaldo has been offering us over the last couple of months?
Yes, I can understand why he is world famous  70.59%  (12 votes) 
No, he isn’t even a real chef  29.41%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Do you lift free weights?
Not now, but I used to lift free wights  44.44%  (8 votes) 
I lift little tiny weights  27.78%  (5 votes) 
Wow, weight are free–I’m in  11.11%  (2 votes) 
I lift heavy free weights  11.11%  (2 votes)  
No, I never have  5.56%  (1 votes)
Total Votes: 18
 
Have you ever been on a boat and waved to people on the shore or been on the shore and waved back to people on a boat?
Yes, I’ve done both  82.35%  (14 votes) 
I have done neither  11.76%  (2 votes) 
I have waved to people on shore from a boat  5.88%  (1 votes) 
I have been on shore and waved back to people on a boat  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Have you ever said or did something in anger that you later regretted?
Yes  100%  (17 votes) 
No  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17

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.

 

 

05/09/21 – Mask Mandates

CURRENT EVENTS

Mask Mandates

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Re-Stocking

Here I am in Tennessee, stocking up on books

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Breathless

By Jerry Lee Lewis

ART OF THE WEEK

Cataract Falls, Smoky Mountains National Park 

Nature is an artist

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

SUNDAY’S 2021 AWPC NATIONALS WINNERS

All of the people in the above picture came in first in various AAPF powerlifting categories. You will notice that they are both young and old. The reason there are only a couple of females in the photo is because the females were scheduled to lift on another day. 

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

If you are familiar with Star Trek, I think you will enjoy this.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s

Chef Ronaldo knows that many of you who are trying to lose weight, also love pizza. So, Chef Ronaldo came up with this idea of how you can cut the number of pizza slices you eat in half.

CHARACTER TRAITS

There is a lot that can be learned in a gym.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Human Connections

LEARNING TRAITS

Who hasn’t said or did something in anger, that they later regretted.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you think the Oscars have become way too political?
Yes  95.24%  (20 votes
No  4.76%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you believe everyone has some good and some bad in them?
Some are predominantly good, while others are predominantly bad  50%  (11 votes
Yes  45.45%  (10 votes
No  4.55%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 22
 
Are you a work in progress?
Yes  95.24%  (20 votes
Maybe  4.76%  (1 votes
No  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 21
 
Are most people talk or action?
Talk  75%  (15 votes
An equal amount of talk and action  15%  (3 votes
Action  10%  (2 votes
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you in favor of forcing people to be vaccinated?
No  85.71%  (18 votes
Maybe  9.52%  (2 vote)
Yes  4.76%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 21

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.

 

 

05/02/21 – My AAPF Nationals Results

CURRENT EVENTS

AAPF Nationals

Sorry

It was my intent to set a new AWPC World’s raw deadlift record for my age and weight. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned as you can see below:

I plan to train harder and smarter to make this 385 lbs. lift at my next contest in mid-June.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Swoly Bible

By Dom Mazzetti

This is a humorous book with a sprinkling of good hardcore gym advice throughout. Even if you aren’t into hardcore weight lifting, you may still find this book funny and if you are into hardcore weight lifting I think you will love this book.

For years bros, meatheads, and gym rats around the world have posed pressing questions: What can you bench? Can I skip leg day? What goes in this protein shake? And, importantly, do you even lift, bro? At long last, answers to these questions and more can be found in one handy volume – The Swoly Bible, written by the Internet’s favorite gym expert/literary genius, Dom Mazzetti. (Source: Back cover of the book)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The video that goes along with this song, brings back a lot of memories for a person my age, who saw much of this via TV as it was happening

Wonderful World

By Sam Cooke

ART OF THE WEEK

Possible Revision to the Sistine Chapel 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Good People Do Some Bad Things

and

Bad People Do Some Good Things

Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 1931.

Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens. In fact, preceding the passage of the Social Security Act, “soup kitchens” like the one Al Capone founded, provided the only meals that some unemployed Americans had. 

Al Capone was a gangster who made a fortune during the prohibition though bootlegging. He had a bit of the Robin Hood mystique by being charitable from some of the money he made running his criminal enterprise. Being a bootlegger (made/distributed illegal alcohol) during Prohibition during the period in the USA from 1920-1933 when alcohol was illegal) was seen as an acceptable, glamorous, even brave thing to do by the public. But it’s well-known that he had brutal methods murdering enemies, extorting local businesses, bribing public officials, intimidating witnesses.

Al Capone’s intentions were an effort to clean up his image. “120 000 meals are served by Capone Free Soup Kitchen” the Chicago Tribune headlined on December 1931. Al Capone’s soup kitchen became one of the strangest sight Chicagoans had ever seen. An army of ragged, starving men assembled three times a day beside a storefront at 935 South State Street, feasting on the largesse of Al Capone. Toasting his health. Telling the newspapers that Capone was doing more for the poor than the entire U.S. government. He was even offering some of them jobs. Capone milked his good works for all the favorable publicity they were worth. He came down and walked among the men, the wretched of the earth, offering a handshake, a hearty smile, and words of encouragement from the great Al Capone. (Source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s

Quick Recipe for Banana Bread

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Regarding the film IL Postino (The Postman):
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  45%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it.  30%  (6 votes) 
I have seen the film and liked it  25%  (5 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you in too much of a hurry?
Yes, but I am going to slow down  40%  (8 votes) 
No  35%  (7 votes)  
Yes and it is going to stay that way  15%  (3 votes) 
I need to be more in a hurry  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Have you changed your usual lifestyle?
Yes, because of fear  45%  (9 votes) 
Yes, because of the dictates of government  30%  (6 votes) 
No, my lifestyle has not changed since the pandemic  25%  (5 votes)  
Yes, because of greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Yes, because of both fear and greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
When do you think we will stop being required to wear a mask?
By the end of 2021  42.11%  (8 votes) 
By the end of 2022  26.32%  (5 votes)  
By Fourth of July  15.79%  (3 votes) 
Never in many public places  15.78%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Based on the last 12+ months, how effective is wearing a mask?
Somewhat effective  55%  (11 votes) 
Very effective  20%  (4 votes) 
No effective for stopping the spread of a virus  20%  (4 votes) 
Only for keeping people from spitting on you  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
How controlling are you?
A little controlling  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I’m not controlling  31.58%  (6 votes) 
Too controlling  15.79%  (3 votes)  
I should be a little more controlling  5.26%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Do you think the majority of news outlets try to report the news in an unbiased fashion?
No  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Yes  15.79%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 19

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.

 

 

04/25/21 – How To Burn 1,000 Calories in 45 minutes

CURRENT EVENTS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo

Many  people don’t know it, but Chef Ronaldo is also very much into health. This week, Chef Ronaldo shows you how to burn 1,000 calories in just 45 minutes.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Re-reading Books

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

IL Postino (1994)

(The Postman)

If you don’t understand poetry, this entertaining movie should give you some insights. My copy of the movie is in Italian with English subtitles. If  you cannot watch a film with subtitles, you probably will not like this movie even if it were in English.

I understand the lead actor put off a heart operation to make this movie and died just before the movie was completed. Personally, I thought the actor made a wise decision, since through this movie he will live much longer.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m In A Hurry

By Alabama

ART OF THE WEEK

Mosaics

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Cpl. Pat Tillman, Jr.

I think it is helpful to learn about people like Cpl. Pat Tillman, Jr. He did not let money nor fear keep him from what he felt he needed to do.

Patrick Daniel Tillman Jr. (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequent death, were the subject of national attention .(Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Manipulated

LEARNING TRAITS

Cats Are Great Communicators

MISCELLANEOUS

Backyard Visitor

This deer has been visiting our backyard every week or two since December.

Polls

Do you want your corporations to weigh in on political issues or just make reasonably priced quality products?
I want corporations to stay out of politics and simply make reasonably prices quality products.  92.86%  (13 votes) 
I like corporations to promote political perspectives.  7.14%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Are there things in your life that you need to change?
Yes  100%  (16 votes) 
No  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
If there are things in your life that need changing, are you going to change them?
Yes  100%  (15 votes)  
No  0%  (0 votes) 
I’m going to try, but I doubt I will be successful  0%  (0 votes)
Total Votes: 15
 
What is your preferred economic system?
Capitalism  93.33%  (14 votes) 
Socialism  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Communism  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
During the last 12+ months, do you think fear has prevented a lot of things from happening?
Yes  87.5%  (14 votes) 
No  12.5%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 16

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.

 

 

04/18/21 – A Grilling Tip From Chef Ronaldo

CURRENT EVENTS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo

We are entering grilling season and World Famous Chef Ronaldo wants everyone to participate in grilling season, including those of you that don’t have a grill.

Here is Chef Ronaldo’s solution to grilling for those of you who don’t have a grill.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is a nice little book that might inspire you to live up to your true nature.

The Hero Code (2021)

By Admiral William H. McRaven

THE HERO CODE is Admiral McRaven’s ringing tribute to the real, everyday heroes he’s met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world. (Source: Book itself)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’m doing my best on this blog to try to be non-political, since I have no desire to offend half my audience, unlike a number of major US corporations that feel they can do nicely with half their customers. Let’s see how that works out for those corporations. 

I was unsuccessful watching a movie or show that I could recommend to you folks, so I would suggest that any show or podcast you can find with one or especially both these individuals will be well worth watching. They are funny and yet make a good deal of sense.

Tyrus & Kat

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Some good advice in this song, such as “It’s not having what you want, it’s having what you got.”

Soak Up The Sun

By Sheryl Crow

ART OF THE WEEK

Shadow Art

Shadow art is a unique form of sculptural art where the 2D shadows cast by a 3D sculpture are essential for the artistic effect.

And you can add images to the shadow

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Detroit Police Chief Craig

and 

The Citizens of Detroit

Detroit has gone through some difficult times over the years and knows something about violence. I spent the entire 1967 riots a few blocks from Woodward and Grand Blvd at Pallister St.

Over the years it has been hard to believe one day Detroit would be the example of reason and responsibility, but I believe it is. The credit goes to Detroit Police Chief Craig and The Citizens of Detroit.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is responding to comments from US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) made in the wake of the Daunte Wright death at the hands of a white police officer in Brooklyn Center Minnesota.

“When you look at reckless comments made by those who sit … in elected seats of influence, and you make reckless, disgusting comments that do nothing but inflame tensions,” Craig said. “That’s not being responsible. That’s not leadership.” 

Craig minced no words addressing Tlaib’s original tweet calling for the end of policing and incarceration. Her remarks were in response to Officer Kim Potter’s shooting and killing of Wright, 20.

Tlaib’s original tweet on Monday said:

“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”

(Source: FOX 2 Detroit)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I didn’t think I was that well prepared for my last contest on March 14, so I added an extra day to my training (four days a week now) and spending two to three hours each training session.

AAPF NATIONALS

I’ll know May 2, if my hard work will get me to where I want to be for this contest. Regardless, it is going to be a great experience.

I strongly recommend strength training, regardless of your age–I’m 74.

Strength training not only adds life to your years, but years to your life.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Economic Systems

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Would you like to simplify your life?
Yes, because I am not spending enough time on what is really important  62.5%  (10 votes) 
No, my life is fine as it is  37.5%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Regarding the series “The Crown”:
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  41.18%  (7 votes) 
I’ve seen it and I liked it  35.29%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  17.65%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen it and did not like it  5.88%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Do you have a tendency to overeat?
Yes, but I am going to change  42.86%  (6 votes) 
No  35.71%  (5 votes) 
Yes  21.43%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Which of the following activities require a photo ID? Please check all that do. (If I had this poll to do over, I would say which of the following do not require a photo ID)
To open up a bank account  22.95%  (14 votes) 
To fly on a commercial airline’s plane  21.31%  (13 votes) 
To buy alcohol  19.67%  (12 votes) 
To rent a car  19.67%  (12 votes) 
To check into a hotel  16.39%  (10 votes) 
Total Votes: 61
 
Do you plan to avoid Coca-Cola products as much as possible?
Yes  66.67%  (10 votes) 
No  33.33%  (5 votes)
Total Votes: 15
 
When it comes to your children, which do you think is most important?
Teaching them things  100%  (15 votes) 
Buying them things  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
What do you think other people think it most important when it comes to their children?
More important to teach them things  57.14%  (8 votes) 
More important to buy them things  42.86%  (6 votes)
Total Votes: 14

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.

 

 

04/11/21 – How To Make Tea

CURRENT EVENTS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo

Last week for Easter, Chef Ronaldo taught us how to make holy water. This week Chef Ronaldo is going to share with us his recipe for making tea.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book is a bit dated in a few parts, but overall it presents some good ideas for achieving a life of peace and well-being by making your life more simple.

If this book is a bit too dated for you, no doubt you can find other more current books on this topic.

Living The Simple Life (1996)

By Elaine St. James

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Watching this entertaining series among other things is a good way to learn about Prince Phillip.

The Crown

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For your viewing pleasure, I have obtained some rare footage of Beethoven’s Second Fifth.

Beethoven’s Second Fifth

ART OF THE WEEK

Coffee Cups

I thought these coffee cups were interesting

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021) was a member of the British royal family as the husband of Elizabeth II.

Philip married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, following distinguished service in the Royal Navy during World War II. Together, they had four children — Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward — eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
 
When Elizabeth ascended the throne in February 1952, on the death of her father, George VI, Philip’s lifetime of service as royal consort began.
 
Over the decades, Philip often accompanied the Queen on royal engagements, and conducted thousands of his own solo appearances. He once referred to himself as “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler,” while the Queen lauded him as her “constant strength and guide.”
 
Philip continued making public appearances well into his 90s, retiring only in August 2017. (Source: CNN)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Overeating

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Photo IDs

Georgia’s new voting law requires a drivers’ license or state ID number be listed to submit an absentee ballot to vote, among other new reforms. The state already required ID to vote in person. It had previously relied on signature matching to verify ballots.

Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO James Quincey issued a statement Wednesday night saying the company is “disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation.”

And yet Coca-Cola required a valid photo ID for admission to their shareholder meeting.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Regarding the film “Surviving Desire”
I would give the film a try  64.29%  (9 votes) 
No way would I try to watch this film  21.43%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen it and thought it was interesting  14.28%  (2 votes) 
I’ve seen it and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
How long are you going to put up with the “Cancel Culture”?
I think the “Cancel Culture” needs to be cancelled  88.24%  (15 votes) 
I approve of some things the “Cancel Culture” does and I disapprove of other things it does.  11.76%  (2 votes) 
I approve of the “Cancel Culture”  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Have you made 2021 a great year for yourself?
Not great, but at least better than last year  38.89%  (7 votes) 
Yes  33.33%  (6 votes) 
No, but I am still trying  27.78%  (5 votes) 
No  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
What percentage of things you worried about actually happened?
Less than 10%  50%  (7 votes) 
Less than 25%  35.71%  (5 votes) 
Between 50% and 75%  7.14%  (1 votes) 
Between 25% and 50%  7.14%  (1 votes) 
Between 75% and 100%  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Do you believe you fear and worry too much?
No  57.14%  (8 votes) 
Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Do you believe others fear and worry too much?
Yes  81.25%  (13 votes) 
No  18.75%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 16

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.

 

 

04/04/21 – Happy Easter and Other Current Events

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Easter

OTHER CURRENT NEWS

Freighter Stuck In The Suez Canal

Folks, maybe you heard about the freighter that was stuck in the Suez Canal and the harm it was causing. Here is a photo of the freighter being freed. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There are a number of versions of this book available. My copy came out in 1989, but I think the next time I read this book, I will acquire a more recent version.

The Jefferson Bible

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

By Thomas Jefferson

In the early nineteenth century Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements.

To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus. This work was never published during Jefferson’s lifetime, but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early twentieth century.

The original bound manuscript, often referred to as “the Jefferson Bible,” is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This film isn’t for everyone, actually I think it is for very few people. I’ve seen it a few times and I still find it extremely interesting and worth trying to figure out what it is saying.

Surviving Desire (1992)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Jokerman (1984)

By Bob Dylan

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is some art with a powerful message.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Since it is Easter, why not.

Bugs Bunny

So far the “Cancel Culture” hasn’t come after Bugs Bunny, at least to the best of my knowledge.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Holy Water

In the past, the World Famous Chef Ronaldo taught us all how to make Holy Water. Given that it is Easter, I thought it might be helpful to bring this back.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I did some fact checking and found this to be true. I fact check everything on this blog. As for the things I really like but can’t find any factual support, I normally add, “If this isn’t true, it should be.” That phrase wasn’t necessary this time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Test Poll

I’ve been struggling with how to create a poll that would allow multiple answers. I am going to try again with this test poll.
 

Last Week’s Polls

Have you ever been to Stone Henge?
No, but I would like to see it  47.06%  (8 votes) 
Yes  29.41%  (5 votes) 
No, and I am not interested in seeing it  23.53%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Regarding the film “Mulholland Dr.”
I have seen the film and liked it  40%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  33.33%  (5 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  13.33%  (2 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  13.33%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you believe exercise is the world’s best medicine?
Yes  66.67%  (10 votes) 
It is helpful, but not the best  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I’d rather just take a pill or be injected with medicine  6.66%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
How do you feel about being one decision away from a totally different life?
Hopeful  50%  (6 votes) 
Scary  33.33%  (4 votes) 
I don’t believe it  16.67%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 12

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03/28/21 – Archaeological Discovery Near Stone Henge

CURRENT EVENTS

Archaeological Discovery Near Stone Henge

I continue to try to keep you up to data on recent discoveries. Here is a recent important archaeological discovery that I believe you should be aware of:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book was adapted by James Harris to be extremely easy to read. There is some good advice sprinkled throughout the book.

The Enchiridion: Epictetus

Adapted By James Harris

The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for “that which is held in the hand”) is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus.

This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This film isn’t for everyone; nevertheless, I have watched it a few times over the years and each time I have found it interesting. 

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Dr. is a 2001 surrealist neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Mulholland Drive is often regarded as one of Lynch’s finest works and was ranked 28th in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics’ poll of the best films ever made, and topped a 2016 poll by BBC Culture of the best films since 2000. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Opening Day is coming up.

Centerfield (1985)

By John Fogerty

ART OF THE WEEK

I thought this bridge spanning the falls is a work of art.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

William Shatner/Capt. James T. Kirk

William Shatner turned 90 years old last week (March 22, 1931). He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the TV series Star Trek.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

Here is a tip for the ladies

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Exercise, The World’s Best Medicine

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Here is something to think about

Now, think about it some more

LEARNING TRAITS

English Grammar Is Important

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t disagree with the following, I just find it rather scary. However, I suspect some must find it hopeful.

Polls

Why do you think dinosaurs became extinct?
Climate change  55%  (11 votes) 
They missed the boat  20%  (4 votes) 
Dinosaurs eggs were served in all the best restaurants  20%  (4 votes) 
Body too big, brain too small  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you open to learning about a philosophy/religion other than your own?
Yes  94.74%  (18 votes) 
No  5.26%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Regarding “Men in Kilts”
I have not seen an episode, but would like to see an episode  50%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen an episode, nor do I wish to see an episode  25%  (4 votes) 
I’ve seen an episode and liked it  18.75%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen an episode and did not like it  6.25%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Regarding the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  44.44%  (8 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and liked it  38.89%  (7 votes)  
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
Do you believe if you refuse to give up on your dreams, they will come true?
Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don’t  58.82%  (10 votes)  
Yes  35.29%  (6 votes) 
No  5.88%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Do you say or thing negative things about yourself?
Yes, but I am going to stop  47.06%  (8 votes) 
No  35.29%  (6 votes)  
Yes  17.65%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 17

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.

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03/21/21 – Why Did The Dinosaurs Become Extinct

CURRENT EVENTS

Why Did The Dinosaurs Become Extinct

There are many theories of why the dinosaurs became extinct, such as climate changes that impacted their supply of food. Other theories were that other animals found dinosaur eggs to be a tasty treat. Still another theory suggests their bodies became too large for their small brains. I could go on and on, with all kinds of theories, but this is the one that most appeals to me:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’m not sure, but I tend to classify Buddhism as a philosophy, because it does not involve worshipping a supernatural entity. But, it really does not matter what you call it; it is what it is.

I found this a very easy to read and informative book about a philosophy/religon that goes back 2,500 years ago.

Essential Buddhism

By Jacky Sach

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you enjoyed Outlander, and even if you didn’t; I think you will enjoy watching these two exploring Scotland.

Men In Kilts

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I enjoyed the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so much and when I came across this classical 1964 song that was covered in 1965 by The McCoys, I just had to use it. If you have never seen the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I strongly recommend it.

By the way, the girl in the film clip below is Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell’s daughter.

Hang On Sloopy

By The McCoys

ART OF THE WEEK

I have no idea who came up with this, but I found it very creative.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Team Armageddon 

At of the above individuals came in first in their category at the recent 2021 Michigan APF/AAPF state powerlifting meet and one took best female lifter at the meet. Among the above are four world champions, whose ages are 78, 78. 74 and 65.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you are wondering how my contest came out last week, I was very please to set a new APF State age/weight raw deadlift record with a lift of 167.5 Kg or 369.2 lbs. with this lift:

CHARACTER TRAITS

I feel bad for anyone who gives up on their dreams.

if you refuse to give up, they often come true.

SOCIAL TRAITS

I read in Austin Kleon’z book, Steal Like An Artistsomething I thought was interesting  and wanted to pass it on to you folks. It goes like this:

There’s an economic theory out there

that if you take the incomes of your five closet friends and average them,

the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.

LEARNING TRAITS

I lot of us are guilty of saying or thinking negative things about ourselves.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you consider yourself creative?
Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 
No, but I would like to be more creative  29.41%  (5 votes) 
No  17.65%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
What is the Ides of March most known for?
Month that Julius Caesar was assassinated  86.67%  (13 votes) 
The month at the Caesar Salad was created  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Month that Caesar Palace in Las Vegas first opened  6.66%  (1 votes) 
Month that the first Little Caesar pizza was sold  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Regarding the film “Hail, Caesar”
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  50%  (7 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  35.71%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and liked it  14.29%  (2 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Are you for or against the continuation of Daylight Savings Time
Against  56.25%  (9 votes) 
For  43.75%  (7 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Did you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day
No  73.33%  (11 votes) 
Yes  26.67%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Regarding people who have a different political perspective than you have:
I think they are well meaning, but mistaken in their beliefs  61.11%  (11 votes) 
I think if I was in their circumstances and had similar experiences, I would think as they do  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I hate them  0%  (0 votes) 
I think they are stupid  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
Like Proust, will you try to match the figures in a painting to people you actually know?
I can’t be bothered  69.23%  (9 votes) 
I’ll give it a try  30.77%  (4 votes)
Total Votes: 13

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

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03/14/21 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2021)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This extremely easy to read book is worth the little cost and time it takes to acquire and read.  You will not be sorry, even if you already think you are very creative.  And if you don’t think you are creative, you may after reading this book.

Steal Like An Artist

By Austin Kleon

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Ides of March Quiz

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Clocks Spring Forward Sunday, March 14, 2021

Whip It

By Devo 

ART OF THE WEEK

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Words of Wisdom From Arnold 

“One thing that has always bothered me about politics is that some people refuse to even sit down and talk with people from the other party. It’s absurd. But political parties are in the business of villainizing the other side. That’s how they make money – the more they make you hate or fear the enemy, the more donations come in. I’ve had it.”

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

This is what I also do.

Nevertheless, I think this commercial is very funny.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This Sunday I will be in a state powerlifting contest.

I’ll update this post Monday for the results

I’m running so far behind, I decided I will just provide the update with next Sunday’s post.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I read in Alain de Botton’s book, How Proust Can Change Your Life, something I thought was worth trying and wanted to pass it on to you folks. It goes like this:

Whenever he looked at paintings,

Proust had a habit of trying to match the figures depicted on the canvases

with the people he knew from his own life.

LEARNING TRAITS

I think if we all learned this and accepted it in our daily lives, we would all be much happier.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you support the decision of Texas to drop all pandemic restrictions and let everyone decide for themselves what precautions they want to take?
No and I am an independent  30.43%  (7 votes) 
Yes and I am an independent  26.09%  (6 votes) 
Yes and I am a conservative  21.74%  (5 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  13.04%  (3 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  4.35%  (1 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  4.35%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 23
 
Davy Crockett risked his life for freedom. Would you?
Yes, after a critical point  100%  (17 votes) 
No, not under any circumstances  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Are you going to be a better person today than you were yesterday?
Yes  50%  (10 votes) 
Maybe  40%  (8 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you spending enough time with those who are important to you?
Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 
No, but I am gong to do better  35.29%  (6 votes) 
No  11.76%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 17

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.