03/18/19 – Congress

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I debated with myself all week-long as to whether I should mention this book or not. Frankly, it contains a lot of X rated comments and I have tried to keep this blog PG. Another reason I hesitated to mention this book is because he believes 80% of white people are devils. 

However, on the plus side Charlamagne is willing to consider all white people he encounters are in the 20%, until they prove otherwise. I think this is a good approach for all you folks out there that have it in for one group or another, and if you think 100% of any group are devils, I don’t think there is any hope for you. Also, Charlamagne presents some excellent advice that I found very compelling.

What I like about books is that they allow you to learn from and about people who you will never have any contact with because they are either from the past, the future some distant land, or from a circle you don’t travel in, yet you can still get to know them through their writings.

In Black Privilege, Charlamagne presents his often controversial and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. This journey to truth begins in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and leads to New York and headline-grabbing interviews and insights from celebrities like Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton.

Black Privilege lays out all the great wisdom Charlamagne’s been given from many mentors, and tells the uncensored story of how he turned around his troubled early life by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. These life-learned principles include:

-There are no losses in life, only lessons
-Give people the credit they deserve for being stupid—starting with yourself
-It’s not the size of the pond but the hustle in the fish
-When you live your truth, no one can use it against you
-We all have privilege, we just need to access it (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

All this week I have just been watching the TV shows or movies that I have mentioned. If you found a movie or TV show that you found particularly interesting, why not mention it in the comments session so that we can all check it out.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

By The Rolling Stones

ART OF THE WEEK

I understand that on the planet Vulcan, they have a painting very much like the Mona Lisa that is in Paris.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

William Harvey Carney

William Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840 – December 9, 1908) was an African-American soldier during the American Civil War. Born as a slave, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900 for his gallantry in saving the regimental colors (American Flag) during the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863. Because his actions preceded those of other medal honorees, he is considered to be the first African-American to be granted the Medal of Honor.

Carney joined the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in March 1863 as a sergeant. He took part in the July 18, 1863, assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. His actions there ultimately earned him the Medal of Honor.

When the color guard was killed, Carney retrieved the U.S. flag and marched forward with it, despite multiple serious wounds. When the Union troops were forced to retreat under fire, he struggled back across the battlefield, eventually returning to his own lines and turning over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, saying, “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!” He received an honorable discharge due to disability from his wounds in June 1864. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Escalators vs. Stairs

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Just in case you are having a hard time getting someone to go camping with you, perhaps here is an idea that will help.

LEARNING TRAITS

Some support of evolution

MISCELLANEOUS

I think this is so absolutely clever

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you reflect on how you have spent the time given you so far during your life?

Yes, and I am overall pleased by how I have spent my time.  50%  (9 votes) 

Yes, and I am sadden by how I have spent my time.  38.89%  (7 votes) 

No  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever watched a Samantha Brown travel show?

Yes and I liked the show  41.67%  (5 votes) 

No, but I would like to watch such a show  41.67%  (5 votes) 

No and I don’t want to watch such a show  16.66%  (2 votes) 

Yes and I did not care for the show  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 12
Did you find the music of The Woodwork band interesting?

Yes  58.33%  (7 votes) 

No  41.67%  (5 votes) 

Maybe  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

03/11/19 – Time

CURRENT EVENTS

Yesterday was spring forward and it got me thinking about time. I find it painful to reflect on how much time I have wasted in my life.

St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday, Mar. 17)

This coming Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day.  Please don’t drink and drive.

Shamrock

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you like to travel, you may want to check out this TV show that is on PBS.

Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here is a band that appeared in Samantha Brown’s travel video of “Naples, Florida.” I thought the band had an unusual sound and wanted to share it with you folks.

Care Less

By The Woodwork

(Source: The Woodwork, a folk and jazz-infused indie band, performs in the Naples Daily News studio on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Nicole Raucheisen)

ART OF THE WEEK

I know nothing about this, but it seemed very surrealistic to me, so I thought I would share it with you folks.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSONS OF THE WEEK

St. Patrick

Stained glass window of St. Patrick from Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Junction City, Ohio

Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland [and ] is the primary patron saint of Ireland.

Early medieval tradition credits him [ ] as the founder of Christianity in Ireland, converting a society practicing a form of Celtic polytheism. He has been generally so regarded ever since, despite evidence of some earlier Christian presence in Ireland.

According to Patrick’s autobiographical account, known as the Confessio, when he was about sixteen years old, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals; by his account, he lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family in Britain, where he became a cleric.

Patrick eventually returned to Ireland, probably settling in the west of the island, where, in later life, he became a bishop and ordained subordinate clerics.

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you are into quick fixes, this one actually works.

However, if you want real change, you are going to have to work for it, there is no easy way. However, the results will be well worth your efforts.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Ides of March

During the coming week, some of you may hear the phrase “Ides of March”, so if you aren’t already aware of this reference, this may help you to understand the phrase.

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. (Source: Wikipedia)

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever seen the film “Michael”?

Yes and I enjoyed it  37.5%  (6 votes) 

No, but just from that dance scene, I want to see it.  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Yes and I did not enjoy it  12.5%  (2 votes) 

No and I am not interested in seeing it  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Have you ever seen Dick The Bruiser wrestle?

No  66.67%  (12 votes) 

Yes, on TV  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Yes, on TV and live  16.66%  (3 votes) 

Yes, live  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you know who Geordi La Forge is?

No  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Yes  35.29%  (6 votes)  

Total Votes: 17

Do you believe we grow old because we stop exercising?

Yes  66.67%  (12 votes) 

No  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

03/04/19 – Spring Is Just Around The Corner

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I just could not put this book down, once I started reading Thoreau’s Wound. This is the second book by Danny Kuhn that I have read, the other being Fezziwig.

Thoreau’s Wound

WRITTEN BY DANNY KUHN
REVIEW BY EILEEN CHARBONNEAU

Laconic Irishman Finbar Laverty is the unlikely hero of this rollicking, picturesque novel set in Ireland, London and New England from the Tithe Wars of the 1830s to after the American Civil War. A mix of iconic figures, both historic and fictional, ranging from Jacob Marley just as he’s about to become Marley’s Ghost, to antecedents of Oscar Wilde and Walt Disney, to the titular Henry David Thoreau, join Finn for the journey.

After Ireland’s troubles and family treachery, the teenaged Finn, his wife Maggie, and their lame son flee to inherited land in New Hampshire. But Maggie longs for her Celtic religion and spirit-infused homeland and is eaten by her secrets. She disappears until evidence of her body is found. The mystery surrounding her death spur anti-Irish, Know-Nothing sentiments that put Finn and his son in danger. They seek more tolerant pastures among the Transcendentalists in Concord, Massachusetts, who introduce them to Abolitionist activism and open a world of learning for young Colman. But old country family enmity continues to plague them until secrets are revealed and debts are paid.

Written with verve and power, this wild ride of a novel clips along, guided by the deft hand of author Kuhn, who does for A Christmas Carol what Tom Stoppard did for Hamlet… a wild dance around and through history and literature. Enjoy!

(Source: Historical Novel Society)

MOVIE OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Sherlock Holmes

Starring Basil Rathbone

Although I have enjoyed the Jeremy Brett’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, it is hard to beat Basil Rathbone’s performances as Sherlock Holmes. 

This one-of-a-kind collection features the dozen Holmes movies digitally restored and remastered by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

South African-born British actor Basil Rathbone [ achieved] screen immortality playing Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant Holmes, beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939. Those instant hits led to 12 more mind-bending mysteries over the next seven years, each also starring Nigel Bruce [ ] as Holmes loyal, if often befuddled, friend Dr. Watson.

While several of the Rathbone movies were based on Conan Doyle’s original stories, others pitted Holmes against contemporary villains, including the Nazis. But Rathbone’s personification of literatures most famous crime solver remained a constant source of wonder and delight throughout the series. (Source: Amazon)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

No matter how may times I have seen this scene, I still enjoy it and hope you do also.

John Travolta Dance Scene

From the 1996 Film “Michael

ART OF THE WEEK

The Topiary Cat

A tribute of British artist and photographer Richard Saunders to his grey cat Tolly. After Tolly’s death, Richard decided to pay tribute to him with a series of fantastic Photoshop collages featuring the cat silhouette onto topiaries in his favourite landscapes.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSONS OF THE WEEK

Dick The Bruiser

I took the above photo myself

William Fritz Afflis (June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler and football player, better known by his ring name, Dick the Bruiser.

Afflis started wrestling in Chicago in 1955 under the Bruiser moniker where he faced Verne Gagne and Lou Thesz. Gagne had trained him to become a professional wrestler.

From then into the late 1950s, Dick the Bruiser wrestled live every Thursday on TV in the Detroit area. His typical opponent was “an up and coming young (unknown) wrestler” who would be pulverized by the Bruiser. His matches and interviews were so effective he became a household name in the Detroit area. A real bar fight with football player Alex Karras gained Afflis attention, which resulted in several more fights.

On November 19, 1957, Dick the Bruiser and Dr. Jerry Graham engaged in a tag team match at Madison Square Garden in New York City before a crowd reported as 12,987 fans. Their opponents were Antonino Rocca and Édouard Carpentier. After the match ended, fighting among the wrestlers continued, and a large number of fans joined in, leading to a riot. Two policemen were injured, two fans were arrested and over 60 policemen had difficulty dispersing the angry crowd. The floor of the arena was littered with hundreds of broken chairs As a result, Dick the Bruiser was banned for life by the New York State Athletic Commission. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

In case you feel people are putting too much pressure on you, here is something that may help.

LEARNING TRAITS

Since there is so much debate about “Pro Life” and “Pro Choice”, I thought it was important to see this actual footage of a Canadian being born.

MISCELLANEOUS 

Today’s smart phones, social media, etc. are not necessarily bad, it is how you use them that determines whether they are good or bad.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Who was the better Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone or Jermey Brett?

I can’t decide  30%  (3 votes) 

I have seen neither performances  30%  (3 votes) 

Basil Rathbone  20%  (2 votes) 

Jermey Brett  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

Were you a fan of “The Monkees”?

Yes  70%  (7 votes) 

No  30%  (3 votes) 

I will answer in the comments section  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Do you like the name “Tired Buddha” that I gave to that work of art?

Yes  77.78%  (7 votes) 

No  11.11%  (1 votes) 

I will say something in the comment section  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

Have you heard of “Cab Calloway” before this post?

Yes  70%  (7 votes) 

No  30%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Have you heard of the “Nicholas Brothers” before this post?

No  90.91%  (10 votes) 

Yes  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

I’ve been at school sporting events and have heard some parents say all the kids are winners. Are those parent’s right or wrong?

Wrong  50%  (5 votes) 

Right  40%  (4 votes) 

I think those parents are right, but then I have never been asked to judge a sporting contest.  10%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Are you going to make today count, or is this just going to be another ordinary day for you?

I’m going to make it count  80%  (8 votes) 

It is just going to be an ordinary day for me  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

When you hear of or encounter someone successful, what is you initial impression?

It depends upon the particular person  77.78%  (7 votes) 

They earned it  22.22%  (2 votes) 

They are privileged  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
Have you ever passed on a message encouraging people to forward it with the expectation that something good will happen if they do so?

No  80%  (8 votes) 

Yes  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

If you have passed on such a message, did it result in the promised outcome?

No  100%  (2 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 2

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.