04/29/19 – Sliding Through Life

CURRENT EVENTS

Since my last day of work, December 31, 2009,  I have just been sliding through life as you can see.

It is my hope that this blog will in some small way, help you also slide through life.

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

When Paris Sizzled

By Mary McAuliffe

Overall, this is not an easy book to read. Unless you are familiar with many of the people below, I think you would be better served by watching the film Midnight in Paris. However, if you are familiar with the majority of people mention in this book, you may find after reading this book you will know much more about this period in history.

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.

Major figures on the Paris scene—such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust—continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence—including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as André Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

At times a touching film, but with enough comedy to keep it from being a real tear jerker.

Instant Family (2018)

Adopting three foster children at once thinking that it’s a perfect way to start a family, Pete and Ellie fail to consider that their new charges may be hellions — which they are. Not only do the kids flout the rules, they see no reason for parents.

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

I have no idea how many times I have watched this film, but it is still one of the funniest films I have ever seen.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Love Shack

By The B-52’s

ART OF THE WEEK

Family photos are a common tradition and I believe practically all of you have had one or more of them taken over the years. My family certainly isn’t large, but I think the artist, Lindsey; has done an excellent job of capturing our inner uniqueness far more than any photographer could.  Below is me, Bear and Carol.

Thank you Lindsey

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Mike

Mike was one of the most fun people I have ever encountered. We were friends in high school. I went into the Army after high school and Mike went into the Navy. The world was a much different place when we got out of the service and we hung out together in the late 1960 and early 1970s. It was an interesting time and we did a lot of interesting things.

I think the character Steve Martin played in the film My Blue Heaven captures Mike’s fun-loving personality. After I watched this film, I telephoned Mike and told him that I had just seen him in this film.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Every woman should learn to iron.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

I believe many of you have had a hard time trying to figure out how to fold a fitted sheet. I hope this helps.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding “The Man From Earth” film:

I have not seen it and I do not want to see it  45.45%  (5 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  36.36%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  18.18%  (2 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

What did you think of the Mogul music by The HU?

I have heard Mogul music before and liked it  36.36%  (4 votes) 

My first time listening to Mogul music and I thought it was interesting  27.27%  (3 votes) 

My first time listening to Mogul music and I did not care for it.  18.18%  (2 votes) 

I have heard Mogul music before and did not care for it  18.18%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 11
Have you permitted yourself to become fat?

No  38.46%  (5 votes) 

A little  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Yes  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you have trouble making a decision?

Yes  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I can’t decide if I have trouble making a decision  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you think President Harry S. Truman is more right than wrong, when he says “You can’t get rich in politics, unless you’re a crook.”

Right  100%  (16 votes) 

Wrong  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you think the majority of news outlets try to promote their own agenda more so than deliver unbiased news?

I think the majority of news outlets are pushing their own agenda  84.62%  (11 votes) 

I think the majority of news outlets try to deliver unbiased news  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

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.

16 thoughts on “04/29/19 – Sliding Through Life

  1. Great post, Bill. I loved the video of you on the slide! And the quote about making time to live the life you want. If these headaches have done anything, it’s made me realize how I need to devote more time to the things I love and actually want to do, otherwise life is just going to pass by and I’ll regret never having done them.

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    • Thank you very much Chris. Yes, time certainly goes by so much faster than one would ever think possible. And given that time is relative per Einstein; I can say with confidence that as the years go by time actually speeds up.

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  2. I really want to see that foster parent film. (And a friend of mine doing volunteer work w/kids who are in the system can get educational credit for watching it.) Sounds like a good and educational film.

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    • Decades ago, when I used to teach at a local university, I had my students do term papers on movies, so I applaud the idea of using film in education, just that I would expect them to describe what they learned from the film. I definitely think the foster film was worth watching, but I hope you have also seen My Cousin Vinny.

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