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.

My Final Cover

4 thoughts on “9/17/18 -Kōan

  1. Zen. I’m reading Houston Smith’s “the religions of man” (and trying to ignore the 1950ish sexist pronouns) and was struck by what he says about Zen: “it’s like stepping through Alice’s looking glass into a topsy-turvy wonderland in which everything seems quite mad.” I guess if you are Zen that’s the point. But yeah!


    • The big question Georgia, is which direction was Smith heading? I would automatically assume he was headed into Wonderland, he may have made the comment when stepping out of Wonderland 🙂 And always, thank you for commenting Georgia, I love hearing your views.


  2. Entertaining post as always, Bill. The title of it reminds me of the joke with the monk in your book. Where he has to travel the world, count every strain of grass and so on, only to find out what’s behind that all important door… :p


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