1/29/18 – Groundhog Day


Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) is this week.  

What better way to recognize the day, than to watch my favorite film. 


Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Strength training can slow, arrest or even reverse many of the degenerative effects of aging: loss of muscle and strength, brittle bones, floppy ligaments, dysfunctional joints, and the decline of mobility and balance. (Source: The Barbell Prescription – Strength training for Life After 40)

Strength training is for both males and females.  I know in the past, some thought girls were too delicate to lift weights.  Well, the world has changed.


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

You will never be extraordinary, if people can’t trust you.


Remembering people’s names is hard,

but you should still try your best.



Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

You really should think about what you are posting.  Is it something that would be of interest to others, is it really true or did you just see it and pass it on because you agree with it.


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

Since writing my book, I have been shocked at how many people have told me that they just want to be ordinary.



People tend to be as happy as they want to be; nevertheless, this book will give you something to think about.

The 100 Simple Secret of Happy People

by David Niven, Ph.D.



This is really well done, most enjoyable.

Victoria – Season 2

Victoria is a landmark account of the life of one of history’s greatest monarchs. With an ensemble cast of award-winning talent, Victoria draws on real-life events and the Queen’s own exhaustive diaries to paint a vivid portrait of her transformation from an impulsive 18-year-old to her early years as wife, mother, and head of a global empire.


The first time I saw this scene I was totally blown away.

I don’t think it has lost any of its magic.

Pulp Fiction Dance Scene

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Internet?

Do you think you would be better off with or without the internet?
Better off with the internet.  100%  (11 votes)
Better off without the internet.  0%  (0 votes)
What is the internet?  0%  (0 votes)
Total Votes: 11
Do you think you would be better off with Facebook or without Facebook?

Better off with Facebook  54.55%  (6 votes) 

Better off without Facebook  36.36%  (4 votes) 

What is Facebook?  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Strength Training


This is art on a grand scale. Below you will read that the Japanese signed the surrender papers on the deck of this battle ship.  I served in Viet Nam with a sailor, who was on that ship and saw the signing.

USS Missouri

USS Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

In World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the “Mothball Fleet”), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor. (Source: Wikipedia)



Marcus Antonius

Marcus Antonius (January 14, 83 BC – August 1, 30 BC), commonly known in English as Mark or Marc Antony, was a Roman politician and general.

Antony was a supporter of Julius Caesar, and served as one of his generals during the conquest of Gaul and the Civil War. Antony was appointed administrator of Italy while Caesar eliminated political opponents in Greece, North Africa, and Spain. After Caesar’s death in 44 BC, Antony joined forces with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, another of Caesar’s generals, and Octavian, Caesar’s great-nephew and adopted son, forming a three-man dictatorship known to historians as the Second Triumvirate. The Triumvirs defeated Caesar’s murderers, the Liberatores, at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, and divided the government of the Republic between themselves. Antony was assigned Rome’s eastern provinces, including the client kingdom of Egypt, then ruled by Cleopatra.

Relations among the triumvirs were strained as the various members sought greater political power. Civil war between Antony and Octavian was averted in 40 BC, when Antony married Octavian’s sister, Octavia. Despite this marriage, Antony carried on a love affair with Cleopatra, who bore him three children, further straining Antony’s relations with Octavian. Lepidus was expelled from the association in 36 BC, and in 33 BC disagreements between Antony and Octavian caused a split between the remaining Triumvirs. Their ongoing hostility erupted into civil war in 31 BC, as the Roman Senate, at Octavian’s direction, declared war on Cleopatra and proclaimed Antony a traitor. Later that year, Antony was defeated by Octavian’s forces at the Battle of Actium. Antony and Cleopatra fled to Egypt, where they committed suicide.



Thank you Bernice, Quirky Girl, Reocochran, Roijoyeux, for commenting on last week’s post. 


Thank you Carol, Donna, Jack, Sheryll, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Alicia, Ankita, Crystal, Ellen, Hayley, Living with Her, Rene Bird, Sanskriti, Steak & Cheese, Tapasi & Wild Sound Review, started following my blog and to Alex, Edith, Eva-Lisa, Gabrielle, Jen, Hessah, Joe, Judi, Kim, Lisa, Marilyn, Michele, Paola, Sandhya, Sophia, Terry & Tina, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.


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

My Final Cover

17 thoughts on “1/29/18 – Groundhog Day

    • Thank you very much Sunaina for the comments about my blog. I did check out your new post and I am in total agreement that yoga is a needed addition to strength training.


  1. Fun post!

    Groundhog’s Day is one of my favorite movies too (I watch it every G.D). Good old Ned Nyers..Hey Ned! *punch* lol. That movie was filmed in the small town my Dad grew up in (Woodstock, Ill).

    Funny picture of Xena, great point about women lifting weights and the bulk misconception. Everyone should have that mental myth dispelled by now.

    Definitely better off w/out F.B. 90% mindless drivel/self serving crap/overly political. Very little of value can be found within it.

    Informative history about the U.S.S. Missouri. I read the book “Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers,” amazing the sacrific made.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thought it was fun. If it isn’t fun, no one will ever get the message.

      I used to hold a Groundhog Day party every year, but Michigan weather finally convinced me it was a lost cause.

      I’m into Powerfliting and has that sport ever changed with the addition of all the young, fit women; who are strong–period. It is a most welcome change.

      I hear what you are saying about Facebook. It can be a huge irritating time sink hole; but like anything some value can be squeezed out of it.

      It has been over 50 years since I’ve seen that sailor, who was on the Missouri when Japan formally surrendered. It seems most of us were teenagers in Vietnam; but there were some WWII guys there and they were very cool–most impressive. I was a bit surprised when we came home we didn’t get a very nice reception from the WWII guys in the VFW; but perhaps there is a different perspective between guys who serve and guys who are career soldiers.

      Anyway, thanks very much for commenting–I enjoy your comments.

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  2. I really do not do any lifting of weights at all. I do ice-ometrics. (Not sure of the spelling) My dad taught me how to do it as a little girl and I have not stopped doing it all these years. You become your own machine in lifting weights. It is simple to do. I will have to show you sometime how it is done if you don’t know how to do it.


  3. I loved the John Travolta video! Did you put this on your e-mail? judy

    On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 5:04 AM, Harmony Books & Films, LLC wrote:

    > Wm. Allen posted: “CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS) Groundhog > Day (Feb. 2) is this week. What better way to recognize the day, than to > watch my favorite film. PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS) Honor Thy Temple > (Honra Tu Templo) Strength training can slo” >


  4. The movie Ground Hog was pretty funny. I liked it. The mini series Victoria. is good also. I’ve been watching it and can’t wait till it comes on again on Sunday evenings.


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