01/09/17 – Start Me Up


Last week’s post talked about new beginnings.


So it is time to get started on your new and extraordinary life and what better way to get started then with The Rolling Stones singing Start me Up.

Be Extraordinary in 2017

There is still time to start your new year off by making up your mind to be extraordinary in 2017 and this blog as well as this book can help you.  Please consider clicking on the “Follow Harmony Books & Films, LLC” box on the side bar to your right.



Honor Thy Temple

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The Foundation for Being Extraordinary



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The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary



What Would Machiavelli Do?

by Stanley Bing


Don’t feel like reading Machiavelli and understanding Machiavelli for yourself. Perhaps this book may be what you are looking for if you want to understand more about what goes on in the business world.



with Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx

It says on the DVD box that the hit man and the cab driver were never the same after the events that took place. Well, neither was I after watching this movie.


A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)


All American Boy

Bill Parsons

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Were you successful in making your dreams come true?

Another Dream Fine

Were you successful in making your dreams come true in 2016?

59% – Yes

41% – No

Will you be successful in making your dreams come true in 2017?

63% – Yes

31% – Maybe

6% – No

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your Zodiac Sign?



I saw a play yesterday afternoon that confirmed my opinion that you are really missing out on an experience, if you don’t see live theater every so often.  And I would be surprised to learn that there isn’t a live theater within reasonable distance, regardless of where you happen to live.  I thought this particular play had just the right touch of comedy and sentiment, and the two sisters in the play were absolutely charming.  If you do happen to live in southeastern Michigan, I hope you catch this play.

Mom’s Gift

By Phil Olsen (A Michigan Premier)

being performed at Meadow Brook Theater

January 4 – January 29, 2017 in Rochester, Michigan


In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.



Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard was born to Maurice and Yvette Picard in La Barre, France, on 13 July 2305.

The young Picard failed his first Starfleet Academy entrance exam, and, upon admission, met with many ethical/scholastic difficulties during his cadet career, but went on to flourish.

Deeply moral, highly logical, and intelligent, Picard is a master of diplomacy and debate who resolves seemingly intractable issues between multiple, sometimes implacable parties with a Solomon-like wisdom. Though such resolutions are usually peaceful, Picard is also shown using his remarkable tactical cunning in situations when it is required. (Source: Wikipedia)




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My Final Cover



8 thoughts on “01/09/17 – Start Me Up

  1. I love that image that labels all the dinner utensils, with no phone in sight. I am one of those people who thinks that phones should be banned during dinner so that people actually can focus on conversation! 🙂

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  2. I told the joke to my mother and she laughed, lol. Good post as always, Bill. And the picture about the year not needing to be better but you as a person: spot on. We tend to put responsibilities onto external factors. We make our lives, not the year we’re in. Have a good week!

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  3. The joke was especially funny! I guess the moral of the story is to never step on a freshly mopped floor if you don’t want to incur the deadly wrath of a disgruntled mopper. Even if you are a cop. 😛

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