12/11/17 – Powerlifting Contest Results


For those that have followed this blog, you know I wanted to set new APF and AAPF National age/weight raw deadlift records.  

I did with my third final lift of 340 lbs


It would never have been possible without the help of one of the best powerlifting coach/trainers in the country – Art

Below is a photo of some of the members of Art’s Powerlifting Team that participated in the contest.

I received a number of well wishes, which I appreciate very much. And I want to add a special thank you Sue, Dan, Mary, Ken, Lisa, Tania and Harmony, as well as my wife Carol, who came out to the contest to support my efforts.


And to everyone at the Royal Oak Gym, who are so supportive of older lifters

Thank you, thank you very much


Honor Thy Temple


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

One really needs to appreciate one’s enemies, 

since they are only too happy to tell you of your flaws.


I think a lot of young women need to pay attention to The Shirelles

I Met Him on A Sunday

By The Shirelles 



Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Don’t you wish finding the meaning of life was this easy.


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could respect the opinions of those who have opinions different from our own, without thinking and saying they are stupid, evil, mean-spirited and worse.

And if you can’t do that, perhaps you should reflect on the saying that when we describe others, we often are actually describing ourselves.

After all, we are all in the same boat.


I have never got the hang of visualization, although I believe it does help.  I’ve read almost half of this book and I am really impressed.  If you are struggling with visualization, you may want to check out this book.

Creative Visualization

by Shakti Gawain


I’ve watched all of Seasons 4, 5 and 6 of this excellent mystery series.  If you like mysteries, these are good and well done.

Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It aired from 26 December 1984 to 27 December 1992. All 12 original Miss Marple Christie novels were dramatized.

Agatha Christie Miss Marple TV Series

Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in 12 of Agatha Christie’s crime novels and in 20 short stories. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur consulting detective. Alongside Hercule Poirot, she is one of the most loved and famous of Christie’s characters and has been portrayed numerous times on-screen.


No one announces the arrival of Santa Claus better than Elvis.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Which type of person are you?

I got this  50%  (7 votes) 

In-between the two options  35.71%  (5 votes) 

OMG, I need to fill up  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which do you prefer?



Snow Art

It is surprising the things you can make out of snow.

Especially, if you are creative.



Gaius Marius

Elected as a consul 7 times beginning in 107 B.C. His military success and legacy had a profound impact on the life of his nephew…………… Julius Caesar.

Gaius Marius (157 BC – January 13, 86 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times during his career.

He was also noted for his important reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of landless citizens, and reorganizing the structure of the legions into separate cohorts (Cohort being roughly 500 men and 10 cohorts made up a Roman legion of 5,000 men or the equivalent of a modern military battalion).

Marius defeated the invading Germanic tribes (the Teutones, Ambrones, and the Cimbri), for which he was called “the third founder of Rome.” His life and career were significant in Rome’s transformation from Republic to Empire.



Thank you Bonnie, Kathie, Lashini & Darlene, for commenting on last week’s post. 


Thank you Annette, Carol, Danielle, Darlene, Diane, Donna, Jill, Julietta, Sheryll, Shirley & Susanfor sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Achayo, Aixa, Be Blogger, Bojana, Bonnie, Every Day Life Girl, Kitty, Lashini, Lass X, Lucy, Lulu, Medi, Mito-Rodriquez, Moira, Mollie, Rosa, Sands of Time, SW08 & Uncertainty, started following my blog and to Danielle, Haven & Janet, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.


Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover



18 thoughts on “12/11/17 – Powerlifting Contest Results

  1. Me gusta mucho leer tus comentarios y lamento no poder hablarte y verte frecuentemente. Me haces reir y a veces me haces pensar. Espero que Miguel y yo te encontremos en otro viaje or crucero algun dia. Entretanto, espero que Carol y tu tengan una navidad muy feliz y un prospero ano nuevo. Si vienes a la Florida vengan a vernos en Cape Coral. Con mucho carino, judy y miguel Van Dress

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    • Judy,estoy absolutamente encantado de saber de ustedes y conocer a ustedes dos acaba de hacer el viaje a Perú aún más agradable. Me alegro de que disfruten del blog. Voy a estar en Orlando en noviembre para los campeonatos del mundo de WPC.


      • Que gusto me da recibir tus comentarios…en espanol!! Muy buena suerte en Orlando. Y en cuanto a lo que dicen de nosotros, te digo de parte de nosotros, “Igualmente.” Ojala que nos volvamos a ver. Vivimos en Cape Coral que no esta muy cerca de Orlando. Feliz navidad y prospero ano nuevo! con mucho carino, Judy y Miguel

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    • Aquí en Michigan, no se habla mucho Español; pero poco a poco los Estados Unidos se está convirtiendo en BI-iingual, lo cual es bueno. Los mejores deseos para ti y Michael para una feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo.


      • Guillermo, Felicitaciones por tu triunfo en Orlando! Si vienes a Fort Myers o Cape Coral, debemos reunirnos por un almuerzo o simplemente una conversacion. Hoy en Cape Coral la temperatura esta en 81 grados (Fahrenheit.) No hay humedad, brilla el sol, y estamos gozando el buen tiempo en el lanai mientras leemos el periodico del domingo. Ojala que tu y Carolina estuvieran aqui.
        Yo pase dos anos en Lansing cuando tenia 20-21 anos. Hace mucho tiempo ya, pero me parece que hace frio en Michigan en diciembre, no?
        Cuando era profesora, yo insisti que mis alumnos aprendiera poesia en espanol de memoria. La primera era una rima sobre el tiempo. Es facil aprender y comprender. Te lo escribo aqui:
        En enero hace frio,
        En febrero tambien,
        En marzo hace viento,
        En abril esta bien.
        En mayo hay flores,
        En junio el amor,
        En julio vacaciones,
        En agosto el calor.
        En septiembre hay neblina
        En octubre el tronar,
        Noviembre tiene lluvia,
        y diciembre el nevar.

        Me encanta la poesia del gran poeta, Federico Garcia Lorca. Lo conoces? Con carino, Judy


      • Judy, sería genial volver a verlos. Planeo estar en la competencia mundial de WPC en Orlando en noviembre. Fort Myers es un poco lejos, pero uno nunca sabe. Y yo también podría estar en Orlando para otro concurso a principios de año.

        Diciembre en Michigan comienza no tan mal, pero ahora nieve en el suelo y debajo de congelar. Gracias por el poema inteligente. En cuanto a la poesía, creo que la mayoría de mis conocimientos de la película italiana, “Il Postino”

        Siempre una delicia Judy para escuchar de usted y vamos a mantenerse en contacto.



  2. Thanks Bill, again Congratulations on your weight lifting champion medal! Thanks for the video of the Shirelles and Elvis. Brought back good memories. I like Miss Marple. See her episodes on GPB. I also like Poldark by Masterpiece. That’s a great series. Love the giant snowman and snow feet. Is that Carol standing in front of the snowman?


    • Thank you Darlene. Monday I start seriously training again, not sure yet if I am doing a March or an April contest in Grand Rapids. Like I mentioned, no one announces the arrival of Santa better than Elvis. So far I have just watched Seasons 4 through 6 of the Miss Marple season. The first three seasons has a different actress, so I will get a chance to see how they compare. Yes, that is Carol. It seems everyone likes that two feet of snow 🙂 Thanks again Darlene for commenting.


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