01/25/16 – Take It Easy

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Glenn Frey

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Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for Eagles, died last Monday. He was 67.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band said in a statement. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

Frey wrote and provided vocals for many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Take It Easy.”

Source: Alex Stedman, News Editor, Variety.com

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Now is the Time

by Patrick Lindsay

This is another quick read, that I believe you will enjoy if you are interested in self-improvement.

Now is the Time

This collection of short reflections will remind you to live your passion, take time out, and expand your horizons. Each page suggests a way to be mindful of the here and now, helping you to recall the value of taking action in the present-and following through. (Source: Amazon)

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

As important and as necessary as exercise is to a healthy body and mind, we have to keep in mind the harm caused by excess weight.  Remember, what you eat typically trumps exercise.  You are highly unlikely to be able to exercise off poor food choices.

Frequent eating in restuarants is often a cause of excessive weight, so it is important of you to study the menu carefully and make good food choices.  However, many restaurants dare not tell you how many calories are in their dishes and some even tell you less about what they are serving.

Getting what you deserve

SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 30, I state that it is not possible to win an argument.  Even in the unlikely event the other party to the argument admits you won, you have probably only won the other party’s animosity towards you.

Aim of Argument

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Since the subject of the above Social Traits section is arguments, I thought I should provide a helpful quote for all you fellows out there.

arguments

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Not in this Weather

Many people in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are suffering from power outages and being stranded on the highways due to Winter Storm Jonas.  Weather reporting has been intensive and hopefully most people heeded the warnings to stock up on supplies and to stay off the roads.

Of course, as this short and clever commercial shows, some people simply will not stay off the roads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krhB_An8fT4

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questions About This Blog

Question Mark

The first question was have you ever passed this blog on to others.  My thanks to the 58% of you who have passed this blog on to others and I wish the remaining 42% would let me know why they haven’t.

The second question was have you ever read a book, watched a movie or listened to music that was recommended.  Five percent of you have never done any of the above.  However, 48% of you have watched a recommended movie, 29% of you have read a recommended book and 19% of you have listed to recommended music.

Regardless of your answers, I appreciate everyone who answered last week’s poll.

THIS WEEK POLL – Spanish or Español 

Canada has two official languages, English and French.  The vast majority of countries to the south of the USA, speak Spanish with Brazil being the major exceptions, so I thought it would be interesting to see where the readers of this poll stand with regard to the Spanish language.  Three polls follow and you can answer more than once to each of these three polls.  Muchas gracias.

      USA Mexico Spain

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I received many nice comments about last week’s music – Pachelbel’s Canon.  If you were one of those who liked it, than you really should think about obtaining this album.  It is the Canon performed by various artists in their own style.

Pachelbel's Greatest Hit

Take It Easy by The Eagles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhH3mRkKDX8

ART OF THE WEEK

I Keep Smelling Things To See If They Smell Like You

by Kurt Halsey Frederickson

smelling

I saw this painting years ago in the newspaper and went to the gallery where it was being displayed.  I never dreamed that it would be available for sale, but it was and I bought it.  

I’ve shown this painting to many people, but only one person ever made the  rather remarkable comment about something being contrary to reason.  I would enjoy hearing via a blog comment if you have any thoughts about what was that remarkable comment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel

BORN:

In Nuremberg, Germany, probably sometime in August 1653 (he was baptised on the 1st September).
DIED:
In Nuremberg, probably in early March 1706 (he was buried on the 9th March).

BURIED:
St Rochus Cemetery in Nuremberg.

TYPE OF MUSIC:
Classical music from the baroque period.

A FAMOUS PIECE:
Canon in D. 
THE SORT OF MUSIC HE WROTE:
Keyboard music (especially organ). 
Choral (sung) music for the church.
Chamber music (music for a small number of instruments).

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:
He was very popular when he was alive.
He is only really known for one piece of music today—the Canon in D. However this piece is verypopular. Even people who don’t know much classical music will often know this piece.
Most of his music was written for the church.
A lot of his music has been lost.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Trip to Enlightment

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking the following seven people for leaving a comment.  They are Carolyn, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Judith, Ron, Carole, and Tania.

Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.  I’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

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

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2 thoughts on “01/25/16 – Take It Easy

  1. Senor Bill, Lots of good things in this week’s blog. First off, why don’t we see commercials like this in the states?? Second, the young lady has no nose that is visible. Perhaps she can smell herself (as all parents have at one time or another accused their teenagers of doing) through an internal mechanism but she’ll never be able to smell anything else. Maybe that’s why she is on this quest…dreaming the impossible dream and all…

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    • Mucho gracias Carolyn. I wasn’t sure how that commercial was going to go over, but it seems it went over ok with you. And you have it, the young lady in the painting has no nose, so how can see be smelling things 🙂

      Thank you for commenting and glad you liked this week’s post.

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