12/24/18 – Did You Become A Better Person?


Another year is coming to a close and I always like to ask myself this question.  Unfortunately, I don’t always like the answer, but I did try.


“Reading is your first line of defense against an empty head. … like an athlete in training, the more you read, the more mentally fit you feel.”

“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”

Source: Twyla Tharp


I have been watching updated versions of A Christmas Carol and I can’t recommend any of them; other than, Bill Murray’s Scrooged. I believe it is still the best updated version of A Christmas Carol.

Scrooged (1988)


The Christmas season in always a bit stressful.  

This song has a great message.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

By The Ramones


I didn’t visit Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier in Chicago this year, but I have been there many years in the past and it has something for everyone in the family.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier, Chicago

There are a number of cool rides for kids

There is the huge Christmas Tree

And Christmas displays from all over the world, here are just a few.







Ebenezer Scrooge

George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge

The extraordinary person of the week is Ebenezer Scrooge. Unfortunately, his last name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness.

I say unfortunately because Ebenezer Scrooge is proof that regardless of how old a person is and how mean-spirited that person may be, redemption is still possible.

Although his name today is a byword for miserliness, in his time it was always said of him that, “he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”



Exercise is considered by many medical scientists to be the magic bullet for good health.  This time of the year, many people make New Years Resolutions to get healthy by exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and trying to reduce stress in their lives.

According to James P. Owen, author of Just Move, 75% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will stick to them no longer than one week. 


I know this is a stressful time of the year and we may have a tendency to want to bark at other drivers,  but instead we should still try to be considerate and understanding to other drivers. 


This time of the year many people are spending more than they can really afford on presents or stressing themselves out with gift buying.

Perhaps, you should consider giving more of your “presence” and less “presents”.  Your time is worth more than any gift you could give.


Visit the USA

The following is the best description I can come up with for describing what it is like to visit the USA.

A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it.

In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said “This being is like a thick snake”.

For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan.

As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk.

The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said, “elephant is a wall”.

Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope.

The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.



Do you feel it is incorrect to publicly say “Merry Christmas” or describe events as “Christmas” parade, party etc.?

No  86.96%  (20 votes) 

Yes  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

How much do you know about Russia?

Something of its history  70.59%  (12 votes) 

Nothing other than what I hear from the USA Media  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Considerable knowledge of Russia  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I’ve visited Russia  0%  (0 votes) 

I have considerable knowledge of Russia and I have visited Russia  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
What do you think of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” controversy?

It is absolutely ridiculous  93.75%  (15 votes) 

It is a legitimate concern  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

How many birthdays have you had?

71 to 80  42.86%  (6 votes) 

51 to 60  28.57%  (4 votes) 

41 to 50  14.29%  (2 votes) 

31 to 40  7.14%  (1 votes) 

More than 80  7.14%  (1 votes) 

20 or less  0%  (0 votes) 

21 to 30  0%  (0 votes) 

61 to 70  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions or set goals for the new year?

No  53.33%  (8 votes) 

Yes  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

What is your opinion of “picky” eaters?

Generally negative  71.43%  (10 votes) 

Generally positive  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you consider yourself a picky eater?

Yes  53.33%  (8 votes) 

No  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15


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

My Final Cover

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