9/24/18 – Ups and Downs of Life


Ups and Downs of Life

For any of you out there who are currently struggling, please try to keep this in mind.


Have you ever had doubts about your strongest beliefs?

Yes, and my beliefs changed  61.11%  (11 votes) 

Yes, but my beliefs did not change  33.33%  (6 votes) 

No  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Regarding the movie “A Simple Favor”?

I don’t want to see it.  50%  (7 votes) 

I plan to watch it.  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it.  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions?

Am I right or am I wrong?  25%  (15 votes) 

How do I work this?  20%  (12 votes) 

My God! What have I done?  18.33%  (11 votes) 

How did I get here?  16.67%  (10 votes) 

Where does that highway go?  13.33%  (8 votes) 

What is that beautiful house?  5%  (3 votes) 

Where is that large automobile?  1.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 60
As a kid, did you ever knock on people’s doors and run away before they answered?

Yes  50%  (8 votes) 

No  50%  (8 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you agree with Thomas Sowell, when it comes to career politicians?

Yes  66.67%  (6 votes) 

No  33.33%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 9


I first read this book back in 2008 and have reviewed this book several times since, and it contains ideas that I think we could all use.

The Secrets to a Soulful Life

By Patricia Wayant


Through soulful living, this book invites readers to take a slower pace, enjoy life’s little pleasures, and be thankful for meaningful relationships. With emphasis on connecting with nature, relaxing, and finding inner peace, it offers simple steps that can be taken to bring greater happiness and awareness to life. (Source: Goodreads)


I just watched this film again and I just think it is fantastic and I never tire of watching it, although I have no idea how many times I have seen this film.  It is one of the best.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, among others. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)


Hard Headed Woman (1958)

By Wanda Jackson


Landscaping Lights

The transformer on my old landscaping lights died and a number of my incandescent bulbs had burned out, so we replaced the transformer with a digital transform and replaced the old incandescent lights with new LED lights.


Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutrition expert and motivational speaker. 

During his career, he came to believe that the country’s overall health depended on the health of its population, and referred to physical culture and nutrition as “the salvation of America”.

Decades before health and fitness began being promoted by celebrities like Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons, LaLanne was already widely recognized for publicly preaching the health benefits of regular exercise and a good diet.

He published numerous books on fitness and hosted the fitness television program The Jack LaLanne Show between 1953 and 1985. One of his 1950s television exercise programs was aimed toward women, whom he also encouraged to join his health clubs. Besides producing his own series of videos, he coached the elderly and disabled not to forgo exercise, believing it would enable them to enhance their strength. (Source: Wikipedia)



The Six-Pack

The six-pack is the absolute gold standard when it comes to fitness.  As the picture below clearly demonstrates, everyone looks better with a six-pack.



Please don’t make the mistake I made when starting out in a new relationship.




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

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9/17/18 -Kōan



A kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement which is used in Zen practice to provoke the “great doubt” and test a student’s progress in Zen practice.



Regarding the movie, “Smokey and the Bandit”,

I’ve seen it  76.47%  (13 votes) 

I plan to watch it  23.53%  (4 votes) 

I don’t want to see it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Of the two paintings, which do you like better?

Mona Lisa  69.23%  (9 votes) 

Ginevra dé Benci  30.77%  (4 votes) 

Neither  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Which is your favorite Supremes

Motown Supremes  90.91%  (10 votes) 

USA Supreme Court  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 11
Guys, do you feel you are primarily a sharp dressed man?

No  85.71%  (6 votes) 

Yes  14.29%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 7
Ladies, do you feel most guys are primarily sharp dressers?

No  100%  (7 votes)

Yes  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 7
Check all of the following that apply to you:

I read books  14.47%  (11 votes) 

I am basically happy  13.16%  (10 votes) 

I try to eat healthy rather than whatever appeals to me.  11.84%  (9 votes) 

I seek out an adventure every so often  11.84%  (9 votes) 

I eat some fruit every day  10.53%  (8 votes) 

I get at least 7 hours of sleep  9.21%  (7 votes) 

I listen more than I talk  7.89%  (6 votes) 

I do squats  6.58%  (5 votes) 

I start my day with a good healthy breakfast  6.58%  (5 votes) 

I drink 8 glasses of water a day  6.58%  (5 votes) 

I run several times a week  1.32%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 76


I have read and reviewed this book many times over the years and if you are serious about being extraordinary, I would check it out.

It’s Not How Good You Are,

It’s How Good You Want To Be

By Paul Arden


This uplifting and humorous little book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom – all packed into easy-to-digest, bite-sized spreads. If you want to succeed in life or business, this book is a must. (Source: Goodreads)


I just saw this film and thought it was really good, it reminded me of Gone Girl.  So if you liked Gone Girl, you are going to like this film.  If you haven’t seen Gone Girl, perhaps you should check out that film too.

A Simple Favor (2018)


Once in a Lifetime

By Talking Heads


Constructing a High Rise

Perhaps you have never looked at construction workers as artists; but if you think about it, they are artist and they create art on a grand scale.

I was taken by the way cement floors are being created in the high-rise outside my hotel window in Halifax.


AJAX The Great

In Homer’s Iliad he is described as of great stature, colossal frame and strongest of all the Achaeans. Known as the “bulwark of the Achaeans”, he would later die of an accidental wound inflicted by Heracles, whom he was at the time training.

He was described as fearless, strong and powerful but also with a very high level of combat intelligence. Most notably, Ajax is not wounded in any of the battles described in the Iliad, and he is the only principal character on either side who does not receive substantial assistance from any of the gods (except for Agamemnon) who takes part in the battles, although, in book 13, Poseidon strikes Ajax with his staff, renewing his strength.

Unlike Diomedes, Agamemnon, and Achilles, Ajax appears as a mainly defensive warrior, instrumental in the defence of the Greek camp and ships.

Ajax battling Hektor. Engraving by John Flaxman, 1795.



Food is Medicine



Seems Like Everyone Is Online



There is a lot of talk about the 1% in the USA, so I thought you might find this data interesting. (Source: Jessica Strachan, Patch Staff, 

Here are the top 10 states where 1 percenters have the highest average annual income:

  1. Connecticut ($2,522,806)
  2. New York ($2,202,480)
  3. Massachusetts ($1,904,805)
  4. Wyoming ($1,900,659)
  5. Washington D.C. ($1,858,878)
  6. California ($1,693,094)
  7. New Jersey ($1,581,829)
  8. Florida ($1,543,124)
  9. Illinois ($1,412,024)
  10. Washington ($1,383,223)

The data comes from the Economic Policy Institute, which released a report on income equality in the U.S. in July.

I live in Michigan and a number of you are also from Michigan so:

The top 1 percent in Michigan earns an average annual income of $917,700 according to the cost information website, How Much.

If you are from Michigan and wonder how much you need to earn each year, to be part of the 1 percent in the mitten, you’d have to earn an annual income of $328,649 according to the website.

Please note, I think these figures are individual and not married couples or families.


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

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9/10/18 – Burt Reynolds and Clim Seals


Burt Reynolds

(2/11/1936 – 9/6/2018)

I think entertainers touch the lives of all of us and it is always sad to see them go.

Clim Seals

However, “sad” does not even come close to describing the loss of a long time friend.

I first met Clim when I was a student (I was 30 when I graduated) at Wayne State University (WSU) and he came to talk to the students about a profession known as Internal Auditing.

I spent most of my life as an internal auditor at various corporations and Clim and I visited various colleges and high schools talking about internal auditing.  It was always a treat for me to return to WSU and tell the students how I was sitting in those same seats listening to Clim talk about internal auditing.  There was never that much difference in our ages, since I was 30 when I graduated.  Anyway, I got a kick out of Clim telling me one day as my hair turned grey, that I could retire that story.

He was a great guy and always a gentleman.


Do you try to make your dwelling a work of art that reflects your personality and tastes?

Yes, I try to make it a work of art  37.5%  (6 votes) 

It reflects my tastes, but far from a work of art  37.5%  (6 votes) 

No  25%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you think unions are still needed?

Yes  76.47%  (13 votes) 

No  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Would you wear white after Labor Day?

Yes  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Maybe  23.53%  (4 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you believe there is a time when you are too old to set another goal or dream another dream?

No  94.12%  (16 votes) 

Yes, and that age begins at 60  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Yes, and that age begins at 40  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes, and that age begins at 50  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes, and that age begins at 70  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes and that age begins at 80  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Have you ever declined an offered opportunity because you felt you weren’t ready?

Yes, a few times  53.33%  (8 votes) 

No  40%  (6 votes) 

Yes, a number of times  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Very rarely  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15


I’m half way through this book and find it so captivating. Not only will you learn about Alexander the Great, but you will learn a lot about human nature.  

Alexander The Great

By Philip Freeman

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror.

The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between.

He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded. (Source: Goodreads)


Smokey and the Bandit (1977)


Blueberry Hill

By Vladimir Putin

Blueberry Hill

By Fats Domino

I’m not going to waste everyone’s time with a poll asking who did the song better, since that is obvious.  But I will give Vladimir credit for even attempting this song.


Ginevra dé Benci

Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting by Leonardo da Vinci of the 15th-century Florentine aristocrat Ginevra de’ Benci (born c.  1458). The oil-on-wood portrait was acquired by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1967. The sum of US$5 million—an absolute record price at the time—came from the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund and was paid to the Princely House of Liechtenstein. It is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Americas. (Source: Wikipedia)

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”. The Mona Lisa is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at $100 million in 1962, which is worth nearly $800 million in 2017.


USA Supreme Court

Motown Supremes



Some clothing advice for the guys





Here is something every guy needs to learn.



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

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9/03/18 – Happy Labor Day


Happy Labor Day

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend

And for those of you that have to work over the Labor Day Holiday, Thank You


How fit will you be in your sixties or seventies?

Just about as fit as ever  93.33%  (14 votes) 

I will have a trouble doing every day tasks  6.67%  (1 votes) 

I will not be able to walk very far (less than a mile)  0%  (0 votes) 

I will not make it to my 60s or 70s  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Regarding the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”?

I don’t want to see it  50%  (8 votes) 

I plan to watch it  37.5%  (6 votes) 

I’ve seen it  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Is that keyboard player in the “Israelites” video super cool?

Yes  54.55%  (6 votes) 

No  45.45%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 11
Do you believe that in America, you can become anyone you want to be, if you will work at it?

Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 

Maybe  35.29%  (6 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
The people around you are mostly?

Positive  57.14%  (8 votes)

Mixture of positive and negative people  42.86%  (6 votes)

Negative  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 14
If you could only chose one reaction to foreign aid?

We need to fix our own infrastructure & help our own people  46.67%  (7 votes) 

We should help our friends, but not our enemies  26.67%  (4 votes) 

We should aid any country that suffers a true disaster  26.66%  (4 votes) 

It is a moral obligation to help all other countries, even our enemies  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15


This is an excellent book and the author, Karen, is particularly interested in helping young girls become more self-confident, develop a strong body image, develop and practice healthy lifestyle habits and successfully manage times of transition.

With that said, I think anyone would benefit from this book.

Strong Beauty – Power Up The Champion Within

By Karen Furneaux

Karen Furneaux, world champion, Sports Hall-of-Famer and international speaker, shares her deepest insights and the golden nuggets that it takes to succeed at your goals.

Karen’s actionable P.O.W.E.R. tools help you to find your unique strengths and bring your best to the world. Building confidence and conviction to energize your life and overcome challenges when you get stuck.

By understanding the energy of emotion and intention, you too can activate your authentic voice and generate the power to succeed through any transition in life.

This is an inspiring resource to have or share with those who have big goals!

Whether you are designing your life, developing your leadership skills or taking on a new opportunity, Strong Beauty gives you the step-by-step tools to POWER UP your inner winner.


Perceptions (2010)

Here is a short film (Five minutes) that I made back in 2010, called Perceptions.  It is a “tongue-in-cheek” view of how people perceive the world around them.  There are better films out there, but I made this one with my friends and so I love the film even with all it’s flaws.

My good friend Bryant died a few years ago.

What a terrible loss, he was a wonderful person.


Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher (1967)

By Jackie Wilson

The video that goes along with the music features Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth from the 1942 film “You Were Never Lovelier

Jackie Wilson



Houses have often been works to art.  I was really taken by the aerial walkway to this house, that I recently saw on Young Avenue in Halifax.


Working Men & Women Everywhere in the World

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. It became an official federal holiday in 1894.

Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.

(Source: Wikipedia)



There are few greater sartorial power moves than wearing white after Labor Day. Doing so not only bucks the age-old dictate that warns against all shades of ivory after the start of September, but it also establishes the wearer as someone impervious to the grime of daily life. (Source: Vogue)



It is alway a good idea to think, before you speak.


Oh my gosh, how many of us talk ourselves out of doing something, while someone less appropriate for the task does it.

Some of the best advice I received when I was starting out in my professional career was, “Never let the lack of ability stand in my way.”  Of course, at the time I was told this, I did wonder why is someone saying this to me (smile)



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

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