So many horrible things have happened this week in the USA, with police killing citizens and citizens killing police. It will take the efforts of all of us to stop this. It will never stop if we just sit it out and wait for someone else to step forward.
Good police need to see that bad police are removed from the police force. The time to straighten out white and black thugs are when they are young. White and black racists need to know their behavior is not acceptable and nor will be tolerated.
This week I drove up to Bay City, MI for a wedding, so naturally I paid attention to the traffic reports; especially this one.
Honor Thy Temple
Week 1 of my book talks about the importance of diet and eating healthy, and not overeating. I see so many people eating themselves into an early grave. If these words upset you, well there is a good chance that is what you are doing to yourself.
The Foundation for Being Extraordinary
Week 13 of my book talks about anger and the importance of remaining calm. Fighters know the surest way to beat their opponents is to make them angry.
Getting Along with Others
Week 29 of my book talks about the importance of smiling to make everyone feel better about coming into contact with you as well as making yourself feel better. Also, it is good to smile in the face of adversity, as the photo below shows.
Growth Keeps You Extraordinary
Here is a handy trick that will fix many things.
The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary
By Gail Carson Levine
This book is some easy reading entertainment. Towards the end of the book, we learn about “Gnomish Justice”, which is different from human justice. Its focus is more on outcomes than on punishment.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
This film has something to say, but it is raw and upsetting.
Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11.
Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).
LAST WEEK’S POLL – USA
How do you believe the USA of today compares with the USA of 1961:
56% – Better
39% – Worse
5% – Same
Regarding the future of the USA:
81% – Optimistic
19% – Pessimistic
THIS WEEK POLL – Racist Comments
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
“You Might Think”
by The Cars
ART OF THE WEEK
By Michael Murphy
I took a photo of this at the 2014 Art Prize, held in Grand Rapids, MI.
I feel like America’s Guardian Angel looks like this after last week.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
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