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.
Honor Thy Temple
Please don’t let this happen to you.
The Foundation for Being Extraordinary
It is nice to be with someone, but the person you are with the most is yourself.
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.
Getting Along with Others
I don’t know if this is true or not; but if it isn’t true, it should be.
Growth Keeps You Extraordinary
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.
The Accidental Buddhist
by Dinty W. Moore
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.
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.
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
LAST WEEK’S POLL – How will or did you spend Valentines Day?
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.
ART OF THE WEEK
Ever wonder what Mona Lisa looks like on a Monday morning? The answer is below.
The Monday Lisa
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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