11/11/19 – Recent Scientific Discovery

CURRENT EVENTS

Scientific Discovery

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Ben Franklin is one of the most interesting people in history and I believe he remains an inspiration to anyone today who knows about his life. This particular book is one of the best ways I know of to learn about Franklin.

Reading this book will be an investment, as it is over 400 pages; however, I believe you will receive a good return on your investment.

Franklin of Philadelphia

By Esmond Wright

The most original and most delightful of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin was publisher and printer, essayist and author, businessman and “general,” scientist and philologist, politician and diplomat, moralist and sage―and a thoroughly rational patriot who was a major force in winning his country’s independence and securing its life in the Constitution.

Born poor in Cotton Mather’s Boston, he was soon at ease in Quaker Philadelphia, and later in royal London, and in elegant Paris. Born with no advantages, he died wealthy and esteemed. He was the quintessential American, almost totally free of the limits of his environment, ready to accept any challenge, to speculate, experiment, and question. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve been watching old Twilight episodes and came across this one, that I saw back when it was first aired. It really has something to say.

A Game of Pool 

Twilight Zone (Oct. 13, 1961)

A game of life or death. Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) attempts
to teach young pool shark Jesse Cardiff (Jack Klugman)
about the price of being the best.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Last week’s poll indicated that two-thirds of us often feel we are in too much of a hurry and need to slow down. I hope this song helps.

I’m in a Hurry

By Alabama

ART OF THE WEEK

I was in Scotland back in 2014 to run a half-marathon in Edinburg. Afterwards, I visited a few other areas of Scotland, but so disappointed I miss seeing this. I will have to return to Scotland. 

The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high (almost 30 yards) horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits).

The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.

The sculptures were opened to the public in October 2013 . As part of the project, they will have their own visitor centre, and sit beside a newly developed canal turning pool and extension. This canal extension reconnects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth. (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I actually saw him in person, once when I was rather young. 

Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful Invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I had to replace my initial video of the cat, with this one (11/11/19 @ 9:00 a.m.)

Will The Cowboys Sign This Cat

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which version of Kung Fu Fighting did you like best?

Kung Fu Panda Video  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Carl Douglas  38.46%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Do you feel you are often in too much a hurry and that you need to slow down?

Yes  63.16%  (12 votes) 

No  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Are you for or against term limits for all political offices?

For term limitations  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Against limitation  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Which best represents your life?

Do stuff  90%  (18 votes) 

Have stuff  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

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.

11/04/19 – An American Hero

CURRENT EVENTS

Conan

The heroic dog who helped chase down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi goes by the name Conan and he is a Belgian Malinois. He will be leaving the Middle East soon to make an appearance at the White House. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I read this book a number of year ago and have mentioned it in the past. I just finished reviewing it again and it is about a lot more than just running.

Running & Being

By Dr. George Sheehan

Tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. This title provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OR PLAY OF THE WEEK

I believe the horror films have given us a mistaken view of this very moving story.  I was fortunate to have some front row seats for this play two Sundays ago. You may not be able to find the play near you, especially now that we are in November, but the actual story by Mary Shelly is well worth reading.

Frankenstein (A play)

Playwright A. S. Peterson

Baldwin Theater Cast 2019

Brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein unlocks the mysteries of life itself and creates a monster that he cannot control. A mesmerizing gothic tale of horror and humanity, this exciting new adaptation was written in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and holds true to the author’s original vision. One of the most enduring monster stories of all time, Frankenstein explores what it means to be human, what it means to belong, and how we are shaped by our scars.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Kung Fu Panda Music Video

I thought you might find the above Kung Fu Panda Music Video more entertaining to look at; but in all fairness, I wanted to present Carl Douglas performing his song.

Kung Fu Fighting

By Carl Douglas

ART OF THE WEEK

Decorating one’s home for holidays is an art from. Here is our house decorated last year for Halloween.

Due to porch construction, our Halloween decorating had deteriorated, but we still managed to give out treats during the cold and rainy weather.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

It is wonderful to see women pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

Laura Smith

I was there at the AWPC World Competition in Orlando, Florida this August and saw Laura receive her recognition as Outstanding Lifter.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

I do not share anything that I have not tried to verify. I found that a generic version of Sovaldi sells in India for $4.00. I also heard that there is no generic version of Sovaldi. Regardless, if it is generic or actual Sovaldi, the going price in India is $4.00. I confirmed to the best of my ability that the price of Sovaldi in the USA is $1,000.

I don’t think it is any secret that drug companies price their products on ability to pay. The is a cliché saying politicians and white shirts are both best when new. The establishment doesn’t like term limits because they value the experience of long-time legislators. I guess they feel the USA has the best politicians money can buy.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie, “Night of the Living Dead”

I’ve seen it and thought it was very scary  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen it.  38.1%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen it, but did not think it was scary  23.8%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Of the two versions of the Monster Mash, which do you like best?

The first one with film clips  53.33%  (8 votes) 

The second one with Bobby Pickett  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Are you proud of the life you have led?

Yes  55%  (11 votes) 

Could have been better and I am going to try to make it better  35%  (7 votes) 

Could have been better  10%  (2 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

No, but I am going to try to make it better  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Do you feel your management appreciates you?

Sometimes  61.54%  (8 votes) 

Yes  30.77%  (4 votes) 

No  7.69%  (1 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.