12/10/18 – Baby It’s Cold Outside

CURRENT EVENTS

Please scroll down to the “Music of the Week” section for this week’s topic – “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

How do you find Christmas & New Years Holidays?

Same as any other time of the year  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Stressful  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I use Goggle Maps to find the Christmas and New Years holidays  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the movie, “Roman Holiday”

I’ve seen the movie and I enjoyed the movie  86.67%  (13 votes) 

I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t want to see it.  6.67%  (1 votes) 

I’ve seen the movie and I did not enjoy the movie  6.66%  (1 votes) 

I haven’t seen the movie but would like to  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you believe your body talks to you, when you are harming it?

Yes, and when I ignore it; my body speaks louder  100%  (13 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you do anything to remember family and friends who have passed on?

Visit or decorate graves of family members  38.89%  (7 votes) 

No  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Once in a while  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Visit or decorate graves of friends  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Ladies, do you think your husband could be better?

A little  44.44%  (4 votes) 

No, perfect as he is  33.33%  (3 votes) 

A lot  22.22%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

Have you ever not done something and seen other people less qualified than you do that same thing?

Yes  75%  (9 votes)

No  25%  (3 votes)

Total Votes: 12
The majority of people you have contact with are:

Assertive  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Passive  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Aggressive  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

The majority of drivers are:

Assertive  50%  (6 votes) 

Aggressive  41.67%  (5 votes) 

Passive  8.33%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

There are many excellent film versions of this movie; however, this is one of my favorites.

A Christmas Carol (1984)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Things need to be taken into context.  I saw the original 1949 movie version of this song and by today’s sensitivities, I was uncomfortable watching it.  But in 1949 the film was classified as a musical comedy.

I have heard it said may times that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. I suspect the problem isn’t the song itself, but how we view it.

Below is a modern-day interpretation of this song.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

By Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

ART OF THE WEEK

The Creation of Adam

The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted c. 1508–1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam, the first man. The fresco is part of a series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis.

The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity. The painting has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies. Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is one of the most replicated religious paintings of all time. (Source: Wikipedia)

I have been to the Sistine Chapel and I have seen this painting.  However, I remember it looking much different.  Perhaps, it has been touched up a bit since I’ve seen it; but here is how I remember this painting.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I chose Santa Claus as the extraordinary person of the week, frankly because I have no desire to receive a lump of coal from him on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved (“good” or “nice”) children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December).

The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas (a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver), the British figure of Father Christmas and the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas (himself also based on Saint Nicholas). Some maintain Santa Claus also absorbed elements of the Germanic god Wodan, who was associated with the pagan midwinter event of Yule.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, a red hat with white fur and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Have You Experienced This

You go into a restaurant bathroom.

There’s a sign on the mirror that says employees must wash hands.

Have you wasted hours waiting for somebody to come in and wash your hands for you.

You probably ended up washing your own hands.

Besides, if someone does come in and washes your hands, what kind of tip are you supposed to give them?

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Every Year

I’ve spent a lot of years in gyms and this happens every year.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Don’t let anything stand between you and your dreams, not even the laundry.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Most people feel they are just too busy to spend even a bit of time with individual family members, good friends and even pets.  Besides, they tell themselves that there is always tomorrow, next week, next month or the usual next time.  Well, there isn’t always a next time.

LEARNING TRAITS

One must know their limitations.

MISCELLANEOUS 

I frequently recommend traveling, but no matter where one goes; there is no better places than these:

BOOK 

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

My Final Cover

12/03/18 – George Bush, 41st President, Dies at 94

CURRENT EVENTS

41st President, Dies at 94

Former President George H.W. Bush (L) and former first lady Barbara Bush

Mr. Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993, capping a career of more than 40 years in public service. A decorated Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, he was the last of the World War II generation to occupy the Oval Office.

Mr. Bush was a skilled bureaucratic and diplomatic player who, as president, helped end four decades of Cold War and the threat of nuclear engagement with a nuanced handling of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Eastern Europe.

Yet for all his success in the international arena, his presidency faltered as voters seemed to perceive him as detached from their everyday lives. In an election that turned on the economy, they [ ] chose a relatively little-known Democratic governor from Arkansas, Bill Clinton, a baby boomer, ushering in a generational shift in American leadership. (Source: NY Times)

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What do you primarily see?

The Good  100%  (15 votes) 

The Bad  0%  (0 votes) 

The Ugly (Sorry I could not resist, it is Clint Eastwood’s Movie, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Who was the best Sherlock Holmes?

Jermey Brett  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Robert Downey Jr.  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Basil Rathbone  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Benedict Cumberbatch  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Jonny Lee Miller  0%  (0 votes) 

Other  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Do you plan to see “A Christmas Carol”?

No  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Yes, both the play and a movie  33.33%  (5 votes) 

Yes, a movie  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Yes, a play  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Do you do any type of strength training on a regular basis?

No  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Yes  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No, but I plan to start  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Regarding the above three Christmas rules of behavior, which do you agree with?

All three rules  53.85%  (7 votes) 

Only rule 1 & 2  46.15%  (6 votes) 

Only rule 1  0%  (0 votes) 

Only rule 2  0%  (0 votes) 

 Only rule 3  0%  (0 votes) 

Only rule 1 & 3  0%  (0 votes) 

Only rule 2 & 3  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Are you a procrastinator?

No  41.67%  (5 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (4 votes) 

I’ll answer later  25%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Christmas and New Years Holidays are a very hectic time for most, so perhaps this extremely easy to read book might help.

How To Be Calm

by Anna Barnes

With a bit of help, the methods of truly relaxing your mind and body, and letting go of stresses and strains, can be learned, practiced and perfected. Bursting with tips, centering statements and soothing activities, How to Be Calm will help you to feel more at ease in the world and better equipped to deal with the things that really matter. (Source: BarnesandNobles.com)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This movie was filmed in Italy and if you have ever been to Rome, you will enjoy seeing in the film many of the sites you saw in Rome.

Roman Holiday (1953)

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Although I am a fan of Christopher Walken, Dean Martin does this song much better.

Walking in A Winter Wonderland

By Dean Martin

ART OF THE WEEK

Meadow Brook Hall is a work of art in and of itself; however, at this particular time, it is even more so as it is all decked out in Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations.

Meadow Brook Hall

Christmas Walk

Meadow Brook Hall is a Tudor revival style mansion located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was built between 1926 and 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson (the widow of auto pioneer John Francis Dodge) and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson. In 1957, the mansion and the surrounding property and buildings were donated to the State of Michigan in order to fund Michigan State University–Oakland, now known as Oakland University. I

Covering 88,000 square feet (8,200 m2) and with 110 rooms, the mansion is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. It was designed by William Kapp in a Tudor-revival style. The building features stonework and a plaster dining room ceiling created by Corrado Parducci. Much of the original artwork collected by the Wilsons is still found at Meadow Brook, as well as Tiffany glass. (Source: Wikipedia)

There was a Christmas tree in each room that I viewed.  I took a couple of pictures of the trees.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Given the role that the story, “A Christmas Carol” plays in our society at this time of the year, I thought it was appropriate to again make Charles Dickens the extraordinary person of the week.

Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.

His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Some of you many be wondering when you should retire; perhaps, this will help you in making that decision.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Illnesses

CHARACTER TRAITS

As I was decorating some graves last week, I was struck my the devotion of this family for their 18-year-old son, who died in 2015.  Although it has been 3 years, look at how he is being remembered.  The picture doesn’t do justice to the remembrance since you can’t see the solar lights or the marker below of their son in various stages of his life.  I don’t know the family, I was just a visitor passing by, but the family’s devotion struck a chord with me.

Please check all that apply

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Last week I provided a suggested for a gift for someone who has everything.  This week I received an idea from Susan for you ladies out there looking for something to give to your husband.

LEARNING TRAITS

Sometimes, we are our own worse enemy 

MISCELLANEOUS 

To be passive is to let others decide for you.

To be aggressive is to decide for others.

To be assertive is to decide for yourself

Source: Edith Eva Eger

BOOK 

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

My Final Cover