11/20/17 – Happy Thanksgiving


Keep Your Thanksgiving Happy By Avoiding This Receipt for Disaster


Honor Thy Temple

Chapter One of my book, discusses diet and the importance of eating healthy.  As we near Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the people who prepare our meals for us.  And especially, those who prepare things from scratch.  It is a lot of work to prepare something from scratch and few understand this as much as Carl Sagan.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the Universe.”

Source: Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 9 Powerlifting Contest

in Royal Oak, MI, USA

If you live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I am going to try to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • Federation: APF/AAPF
  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Royal Oak, MI
  • Events: Deadlift Only, Bench Only, Push-Pull
  • Divisions: Raw, Equipped Single-ply and Multiply
  • Records: State and National records may be set
  • Meet Director: Art Little


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary


Getting Along with Others


by Andrea Guerra

In Chapter 22 of my book, I use a quote from Benjamin Franklin.

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse”



Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

You can’t be sure of something, until you understand its context.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

A warning from Albert Einstein about

the pursuit of success & constant restlessness.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017


If you are a Star Trek fan, like I am, I think you will love this autobiography, written in future tense.

The Autobiography of

Jean-Luc Picard

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court-martial, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise. (Source: Inside Cover)


Wild Target (2010)

The critics didn’t like it, but how can one not like a movie with Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett and Emily Blunt.  

A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans. (Source: IMDB)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Just saw this at the theater and I thought it was well worth watching and everyone did a great job, but with that said I still miss David Suchet, who played Poirot back in 2011.  If you have seen this current movie, please comment and let us know what you think.

Critics Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor’s illustrious head of steam. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

After seeing the 2017 version, I later streamed the 1974 version.  Both the 1974 and the 2017 versions have much to be said for them, but I still thought David Suchet, was the best Poirot.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

I liked this film, plus Lucy Liu and Aubrey Plaza appear in supporting roles, which just added to the film.  Aubrey’s character was a real trip.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager.  (Source: Film’s Official site)


What A Wonderful World

By Louis Armstrong

LAST WEEK’S POLL – What is your opinion of the quote below?

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

Agree  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Don’t agree  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which of the following do you think is the best chocolate bar?


Cuzco & Machu Picchu

I thought you might enjoy these photos Carol took during our visit to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire.  We got up around 4:30 a.m. and took a 2-hour bus ride to a train station.  From there, we took a 2-hour train ride to Machu Picchu city.  From there, we took a half-hour bus ride to get to where we began our climb up and then down into the valley to experience Machu Picchu.  It rained almost the entire time, but was well worth it.  



Worf, Son of Mogh

Worf, son of Mogh, of the House of Martok, (2340 – ), was one of the single most influential people in Klingon and Federation politics of the late 24th century.

Worf was directly responsible for the ascension of two Chancellors of the Klingon Empire, Gowron in 2367, and Martok in 2375. Worf was also responsible for the installation of Emperor Kahless in 2369.

The first Klingon in Starfleet, Worf served notable tours of duty aboard the USS Enterprise-D, the USS Defiant, IKS Rotarran, and Starbase Deep Space 9 before being appointed Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire in 2375. In 2379, Worf resigned from his ambassadorial post and returned to Starfleet, serving on the USS Enterprise-E. (Source: Fandom)

Worf Speak for Himself


Here is a handy guide to what explorers hope to find.

Source: Time, November 20, 2017


Thank you Sheryll & Sofia for commenting on last week’s post. 


Thank you Carmen, Carol, Gayle, Jennie, Kevin, Patty, Marian, Michael, Shawn, Shirley & Susan  for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Dave, Katie, Luis, Maria, Matiuadex, Samantha & Sujata, started following my blog and to Bonnie, Faithful, KayLyn, Kimber, K.L, Pallav, Sabrina & Shannon for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.


My Final Cover



18 thoughts on “11/20/17 – Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Bill, Just a note to tell you that I enjoy your Blog so much! I look forward to it every week. I watched Playing it Cool and thought it was a fun, clever little movie. And this week’s music is one of the songs my ukulele group plays and sings. There are lots of intersections that I enjoy. Thank you, and best wishes to you and Carol.

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    • Kathie, thank you so much for commenting and your kind words about my blog. Hopefully, the Machu Picchu photos brought back a few quick memories of our Peru adventure. Happy Thanksgiving to you.


  2. Saw Murder on the Orient Express (2016) as well as the 1974 version. The new version was a B+. Good acting. The 1st 1/4 of the movie I really enjoyed how it was executed. The last 1/2 lacked something. My take was in how the deductions were obtained. It wasn’t suspenseful. If they took maybe 10 more minutes of screen time they could of developed the back half of the movie better. Also they are dealing with an audience that either read the book, saw the previous version (both in my case) so the story and ending was known from the start. On a side note,a movie i really enjoyed was “Gone Girl”, went into the movie w/o any pretext: did not read the book, didn’t see any movie trailers, ect. and really enjoyed it. Don’t know if I would feel the same if I had already read the book. But even if a book is read, doesn’t mean a movie can’t be great. Read the millennium series (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,…) and saw the Swedish movie version of the books (and the US version of the first book) and the movies we excellent. Sorry for the length but I don’t post too often.

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    • Thank you Michael for your excellent review. I just thought it was an excellent review. I think you are right on about most of the viewers having seen the earlier versions of “Murder on the Orient Express” or even having read the story.

      I saw “Gone Girl” as you, without having read the book or seen any trailers and I too really enjoyed the movie and could easily watch it again. In fact, just this moment I ordered it from Netflix.

      I saw the versions of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and enjoyed them also.

      Thank you so much for your excellent comments and do hope my next blog will contain something worthy of your fine comments.


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