Ides of March
You have probably heard of this phrase many times over the years, most notably in reference to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Here is a portion of the Wikipedia definition.
The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
The Most Interesting Man in the World
And now we are confronting another transition of historical proportion. Dos Equis beer is sending The Most Interesting Man in the World on a one-way mission to Mars on Cinco de Mayo.
Back in 2009, the Most Interesting Man in the World appeared on the world stage, setting the male standard for being extraordinary. With his departure, wouldn’t it be amazing if The Most Interesting Woman in the World would come forward. I know she is out there.
St. Patrick’s Day (Thur., Mar. 17)
And as if you didn’t already know, this Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. Please don’t drink and drive.
Speaking of things you already know, and if you didn’t; I’m guessing you were late to work today.
Honor Thy Temple
In Chapter 1 of my book, I stress the importance of diet in achieving an extraordinary life style. So when in a restaurant, please be careful about what you order, as well as how you pronounce your order.
On another note, there is a lot of diet advice out there, much of it offering a quick fix. I think you will find that anything that offers you a loss of more than a couple of pounds a week is not good for you in the long run.
When it comes to body image, I’ve always thought there is no one fix for everyone; and so does the April 2016 edition of Runners World, which said the following:
You are an experiment of one
No one else has to live your precise life, with your specific challenges, biochemistry, anatomy, injury history, calendar, boss, or family.
The Foundation for Being Extraordinary
In chapter 19 of my book, I urge you to embrace change for all the opportunities change can offer. Still many of you fear change. I think this basket I saw on the counter of a coffee shop could help those of you who fear change.
Getting Along with Others
In Chapter 25, I talk about the impossibility of winning an argument, even if you win. And in Chapter 36, I discuss of power of a smile. The following sums up those two chapters.
Growth Keeps You Extraordinary
In Chapter 46, I discuss reading as an opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in recorded history. Plus, if you have a book with you; you will never be alone.
The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary
Fall of the Roman Republic
Warning: This is not an easy to read book, but it has a lot of insights on six personalities associated with this period in history, told in a readable style.
The book consists of biographies of the following six people:
And this books tells about their interactions with others such as Spartacus, Cleopatra, etc.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
This film came out in 1963 and I believe I saw it in 1965, when I was assistant manager of a U.S. Armed Forces theater in Tehran, Iran.
It has been a long time since I’ve watched this film; but given the Ides of March theme of this week’s post, I think I will watch it again.
(Source: Wikipedia) It received mixed reviews from critics, although critics and audiences alike generally liked Taylor and Burton’s performances. It was the highest grossing film of 1963, yet lost money due to production and marketing costs, making it the only film ever to be the highest grossing film of the year yet still lose money. Cleopatra later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture
LAST WEEK’S POLL – St. Patrick’s Day
Last week’s poll, asked about your St. Patrick’s Day plans.
The majority of us, 67%, plan to do nothing out of the ordinary; where, 28% of us plan to do something special related to St. Patrick’s Day. The remaining 5% of us said they were going to celebrate with friends.
No one plans to drink green beer and fortunately none of us plan on being arrested for drunk driving.
THIS WEEK POLL – When It Comes To Reading
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
I think this is worth putting up with the brief commercial on this Hulu site to see this clip of Steve Martin performing King Tut on Saturday Night Live.
by Steve Martin
ART OF THE WEEK
The Rosetta Stone
Here is a photo I took of the Rosetta Stone, while I was at the British Museum in London, England. The Rosetta Stone is famous for providing the key to understand Egyptian Hyrpographics.
The Rosetta Stone is a text written by a group of priests in Egypt to honour the Egyptian pharaoh, Ptolemy V. It lists all of the things he did, which were good for the priests and the people of Egypt. The Rosetta Stone was written in three scripts, so that the priests, government officials and rulers of Egypt could read what it said.
The first was hieroglyphic which was the script used for important or religious documents. The second was demotic which was the common script of Egypt. The third was Greek which was the language of the rulers of Egypt at that time.
The Rosetta Stone was carved in 196 B.C. and was found in 1799 by Napoleon’s soldiers, who were rebuilding a fort in Egypt. It is called the Rosetta Stone because it was discovered in a town called Rosetta (Rashid).
(Combination of Sources: http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/writing/rosetta.html and Wikipedia)
The Tusculum portrait, perhaps the only surviving statue created during Caesar’s Lifetime
Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman statesman, general and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
Caesar’s victories in the Gallic Wars, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome’s territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both when he built a bridge across the Rhine and conducted the first invasion of Britain.
These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to step down from his military command and return to Rome. Caesar refused the order, and instead marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with a legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman Italy under arms. Civil war resulted, and Caesar’s victory in the war put him in an unrivaled position of power and influence.
After assuming control of government, Caesar began a programme of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed “dictator in perpetuity”, giving him additional authority. But the underlying political conflicts had not been resolved, and on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus. A new series of civil wars broke out, and the constitutional government of the Republic was never fully restored. Caesar’s adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power after defeating his opponents in the civil war. Octavian set about solidifying his power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
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