01/30/17 – Refreshing


Isn’t this refreshing



Honor Thy Temple

This is something to keep in mind when you are grocery shopping.



The Foundation for Being Extraordinary



Getting Along with Others

It is easier to get along with others if you don’t try to change them.  



Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Due dates usually work.  You may want to consider them for your own goals.  



The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary




by Jacques Meuris

This is not just a book of really cool paintings, it also has some inspiring thoughts sprinkled throughout.

For instance, Nougé  remarked, “it happens that sometimes a portrait tries to resemble its model.”  Magritte replied, “It would be a good thing if the model tried to resemble its portrait.”

Rene Magritte’s paintings are not dreamscapes, according to French art critic Meuris. With every painting, the Belgian surrealist, challenges his viewer’s intellect and assumptions about reality.

Observes Meuris in Magrittian fashion: “Magritte is not a painter, while yet being a great painter.” This illuminating, delightfully illustrated volume, reaffirms the artist’s stature as it traces the fine line he toes between reality and illusion. (Source: Publishers Weekly)



If you miss Downton Abby, this PBS series may be what you are looking for.


The first series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman, from her accession to the throne at the age of eighteen, to her intense friendship and infatuation with Lord Melbourne, to her courtship and early marriage to Prince Albert (played by Tom Hughes) and finally to the birth of their first child, Victoria.

The second series will follow Victoria’s struggles on managing her role as Queen with that of her duties to her husband and children. (Source: Wikipedia)


I thought I would try to lighten things up a bit and what better way than a silly song from the early 70s by a band called, “Middle of the Road”

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

by Middle of the Road




When you see someone with a tattoo, what is your impression?

59% – Depends upon the tattoo and its location

23% – Unfavorable

14% – Completely indifferent

4% – Favorable

Is your view of someone with a tattoo influence by their gender?

80%  – No

20% – Yes

Do you have a tattoo?

89% – No

11% – Yes

Do you have a friend or relative that has a tattoo?

100% – Yes

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Political Posts?



Mount Rushmore


Art on a grand scale and well worth the trouble to get there


Mount Rushmore symbolizing the ideals of freedom and democracy, is a tribute to four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and their invaluable contributions to the United States.  (Source: Mount Rushmore National Memorial)




Cindy is retiring at the end of this month and this is how I described her and her efforts over more than three decades.

You ever see a person; one that is standing so tall and so straight, you just can’t help but notice.

However, what you don’t see is what is supporting that person. You don’t see the backbone, which enables that person to stand so tall and so straight.

There have been a number of people over the years, who I could describe as the “Face of QA”, such as Mike, MaryAnn and Andrea.

I would describe Cindy, as the backbone of QA. Cindy and those like her, are the reason QA has stood tall and straight over the years.

As a Michigan citizen, covered by BCBS like half the people in this state, and as a former member of BCBSM, and as part of the QA family, I thank Cindy for her Distinguish Service to the People of Michigan, BCBSM and QA




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My thanks to Jo, Melissa & Samanthafor commenting on last week’s post. All you have to do is just click on “Comment”, scroll down to the “Leave a Comment” box.  Type in your comment and then click the “Post Comment” box.

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My thanks to Unexpected Common Hours, who started following my blog (Currently 149 followers) and the 218 People, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

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My Final Cover



13 thoughts on “01/30/17 – Refreshing

  1. I like the Successful vs Unsuccessful people image. I met a woman in class who leans towards the latter, but I suspect being blunt and not able to receive criticism is her way of disguising her insecurities.

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    • What a nice write up about Cindy , it’s not often that a former boss would take the time to acknowledge the performance and dedication of an employee😃


      • Cindy is definitely extraordinary. I can’t imagine what the area would be like without Cindy and a few others like her. Thank you so much for commenting. I always find comments so inspiring.


  2. Maybe you are right, but I’ve only met her once so maybe it is a way for her to disguise her own insecurities by showing off and criticising others. We’ll see 🙂

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  3. I like the idea of giving yourself due dates for things. I often make a to do list, but it might help if I’m more strict about when I want to get stuff done…otherwise I do all the easy stuff first and push off the hardest things. Another great post—and I’m glad it was nonpolitical. I’m getting a little tired of all these political rants popping up on my newsfeeds!

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    • Chris, thanks very much for commenting. I have to agree with you about the value of due dates. For instance, I should probably make a due date to finish another chapter of the book I’m writing by the end of February. Oh my gosh, I’m not writing a book. What was I thinking 🙂 Su amigo Bill

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    • Interesting question. To be honest, I can’t recall. Each week I watch, read and listen for something that strikes me as interesting. I’ve been doing it for around 35 years, when I first started sending out a thought for the week that evolved into this blog. The question regarding does gender influence you view of the person with the tattoo probably sprang from your blog.

      As for my preference about liking or disliking them, like most people it depends upon the tattoo and its location.

      Thank you very much for commenting and I enjoy your blog.


    • Yes, it will be interesting to see the answers. I usually don’t even look at the results until Sunday or the following Monday when I am providing the results of the prior week’s poll. Once in a while I comment on the results, but usually I just let the results speak for themselves. Thanks again for commenting, I find comments so encourging.


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