4/23/18 – Barbara Bush

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Barbara Bush

June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018

You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you’re not going to change each other’s minds.

I hate the fact that people think ‘compromise’ is a dirty word.

Future of this nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Desiree Linden

Over the past 11 years, Desiree Linden has started 15 marathons, finished 14 of them, and come in second three times. But until today, she had never broken the tape.

That’s despite some close calls, most notably at the Boston Marathon in 2011, when she came within 2 seconds of taking the crown. With each near miss, her desire to win only grew, as did her legions of fans, who commiserated with her struggle every time she came close again.

It all changed today. On one of the worst weather days in Boston Marathon history—freakish driving rain, headwinds gusting to 30 miles per hour, and temperatures in the 30s, it was the 5-foot-1, 96-pound Linden who stood up to the conditions and prevailed down Boylston Street. Only as she celebrated did she take off the long-sleeved wind jacket she wore for the entire 26.2 miles, bib number pinned vertically along one side. (Source: Runner’s World)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
We should all try to be like the sunrise.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

If we keep things in perspective, it may help us to get along with one another.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

The enemy of the best idea or act, isn’t a bad idea.

Strangely enough, it is the good idea or act.

Give the following some thought, if it isn’t readily apparent.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

If you are part Celt, as am I; you will love this book.  Lots and lots of photos too.

A Dark History: Celts

by Martin J. Dougherty

Barbarians or civilized peoples? Uncultured savages or fearsome warriors? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous interest, speculation, and misunderstanding. Before the Vikings, before the Anglo-Saxons, before the Roman Empire, the Celts dominated central and western Europe, but who exactly were the Celts and how have our perceptions of them changed throughout history? (Source: Amazon)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

I regret just recently watching this film, although I knew about it when it first came out.  It stars one of my favorite Mexican actors, Gael Garcia Bernal.  It is in Spanish, with English subtitles.  I don’t think the film would be anywhere near as meaningful, if the actors spoke English–actually, it would be a bit of a joke if they did.  I did watch a minute or two of the actors speaking French and that was just sad.

I found it interesting that the trip took them through a number of places in Perú that Carol and I had visited.

Critics Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto “Che” Guerva into a famous revolutionary. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Ben-Hur (2016)

I thought this version of Ben-Hur wasn’t as good as the beginning of the original film, but was better than the end of the original film.  For two films based upon the same book, they are very different.

Critics Consensus: How do you fight an idea? By filming a remake that has too few of its own, and tries to cover it up with choppy editing and CGI. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I can recall all the events pictured in the video that goes with this marvelous song by the great Sam Cooke.

What a Wonderful World

By Sam Cooke

LAST WEEK’S POLL How to cut toast?

1  53.33%  (8 votes) 

2  40%  (6 votes) 

3  6.67%  (1 votes)   

Total Votes: 15

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Modern Slave?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here are some amazing wind sculptures

from the Wiford Gallery, Santa Fe

wilfordgallery.com

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

This week, I just could not decide who should be the most extraordinary person, so I did some searches on cool people. Well, when you do a search like that, you get some strange results.  I finally went with this guy, because the site listed out why they thought he was so cool and I found the reasons interesting.

Benjamin Franklin

  • Revolutionary
  • Co-signer and contributor to the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and The Treaty of Paris.
  • inventor
  • Scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Statesman
  • Journalist
  • Humorist
  • Babe Magnet
  • Self-taught intellectual
  • Philanthropist
  • International  celebrity–or least the late 1700’s version of it
  • Master marketer – his coonskin hat was a marketing ploy
  • Abolitionist and first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
  • Early spy master
  • Disney star

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

This is only funny, if you know cats.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you America on Coffee, Coach Jo, Melissa & Penney, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Anushka, John, Missteriouso, Nicole, Priya, Thought for Change & Ushma, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Camelia, Lynn & Terry for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Brian, Carol, Debra, Deborah, Denise, Donna, Doug, Qaz, Sandy, Stephen, Tammy & Tim, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

7 thoughts on “4/23/18 – Barbara Bush

  1. I love the video and the cartoon following it. A friend of mine from university ran the Boston Marathon this year. (I don’t know what her place was, but she finished the race–a huge accomplishment!) I’m glad Des Linden won. She worked hard for her victory.

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    • Thank you for commenting Nanette. When I saw the Sam Cooke cartoon, I just knew I had to include his video. You have to qualify to even enter the Boston Marathon, so regardless of where your friend placed; just getting into the Boston Marathon makes one a winner. I’ve ran 3 marathons and never even came close to a qualifying time. Actually, more like I survived 3 marathons than ran 3 marathons 🙂

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  2. Great choice for the music!

    Winning a marathon… just completing one, I think, is a huge achievement. I ran 6k yesterday, that was my marathon, haha!

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    • When I saw Sam Cooke’s report card, I just knew I had to use that music video–glad you liked it Samantha. My marathon days are long behind me. I’m going to have to struggle to do a 5K this year, so you are doing well with your 6K yesterday.

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