CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)
Last Thursday (Jan. 11), we had the opportunity to attend one of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood concerns. If all you have been to are rock concerts, you should check out classical music at least once.
The concert was held in the beautiful Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
located in Southfield, MI, USA.
And if you have never seen live theater, you also should give that a try. Yesterday, with our friends, Ken and Mary, and saw a hilarious play at Meadow Brook Theater, in Rochester, MI, USA. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect and then it quickly took off to be very funny and engaging–you can’t help but laugh at the goings on.
Nana’s Naughty Knickers (Jan 10 – Feb 4, 2018)
By Katherine DiSavino
Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget.
PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)
Honor Thy Temple
CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)
The Foundation for Being Extraordinary
Have you ever heard the saying, “Still waters run deep, shallow brooks are noisy”?
SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)
(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)
Growth Keeps You Extraordinary
Searching for the secret to success, well here is a possible answer
The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary
If you are ever tired of people asking you questions, try this.
BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)
This is “not” an easy read (about 500 pages). But if you want to know something about humans, this book will take you on an unforgettable journey from pre-human times to the French Revolution.
The Origins of Political Order
by Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.
Drawing on a vast body of knowledge―history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics―Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents (Source: Amazon)
MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)
I’m now just wrapping up binge watching Season 6 of the famous Belgium detective.
An obvious influence on the early Poirot stories is that of Arthur Conan Doyle. In An Autobiography, Christie states, “I was still writing in the Sherlock Holmes tradition – eccentric detective, assistant, with a Lestrade-type Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Japp”.
For his part, Conan Doyle acknowledged basing his detective stories on the model of Edgar Allan Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin and his anonymous narrator, and basing his character Sherlock Holmes on Joseph Bell, who in his use of “logic” prefigured Poirot’s reliance on his “little grey cells”.
Unlike the models mentioned above, Christie’s Poirot was clearly the result of her early development of the detective in her first book, written in 1916 and published in 1920. His Belgian nationality was interesting because of Belgium’s occupation by Germany, which also provided a plausible explanation of why such a skilled detective would be out of work and available to solve mysteries at an English country house. At the time of Christie’s writing, it was considered patriotic to express sympathy towards the Belgians, since the invasion of their country had constituted Britain’s cause for entering World War I. (Source: Wikipedia)
MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)
Here is a video of a great classical musician, mentioning another great classical musician in his song.
I predict these two great musicians will never be forgotten as long as there is still music.
Roll Over Beethoven
By Chuck Berry
LAST WEEK’S POLL – What Country are you from?
The following in order, are the top ten countries where most of the readers of this blog live since the start of this blog back in November 2014:
USA 81.48% (22 votes)
Canada 3.7% (1 votes)
India 3.7% (1 votes)
Denmark 3.7% (1 votes)
Germany 3.7% (1 votes)
Total Votes: 27
THIS WEEK’S POLL – Of all the people you’ve ever known, how many of them are still in your life in any way?
ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
The congregation’s present, Southfield building was designed by Percival Goodman and has been described as Goodman’s work at the peak of his career.
The San Francisco Examiner named the building one of the “top 10 breathtaking places of worship” in the United States. Jamie Sperti, a writer on The Examiner website called the congregation’s dramatic concrete building a “phenomenal example of 1960’s futuristic architecture” in her survey of The United States’ top 10 breathtaking places of worship published April 9, 2009. (Source: Wikipedia)
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK
(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)
Harmony Zhu (12 Years Old
And here she is autographing the above program
Harmony Zhu is a musical and chess prodigy. She has been featured on the CBC News, MPR’s From the Top and three times on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)
TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)
Thank you Bernice, Geary, Judy, Nanette, Nick & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post.
BLOG & FACEBOOK
Thank you Carol, Cindi, Cynthia, Darlene, Maureen, Shawn, Sheryll, Susan & Vaughn for sharing my post last week on Facebook.
And my thanks to Compliance 4 All, Imaginary Coffee, Journal 360, Nick, Sharon, The Comic Vault, The Movie Geek, The Quiet Happy & Vesna, started following my blog and to John, Maria, Mary, Nancy, Pamela & Rio, for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.
Warning: This book will not change your life, only you can do that.