01/20/20 – Where am I?

CURRENT EVENTS

Where am I?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I just finished reading this book, I’m not exactly keen on it; but I did finish it and it has a lot of nice pictures.

Lost Civilizations

By Bill Price

Lost Civilizations takes us on a journey through time from the oldest civilization, the little-known Natufian culture of 12,500 years ago, to the mysterious disappearance of the colonists on Roanoke Island, in the United States, in the 16th century. (Source: Barnes & Nobles)

The Book of Leadership & Strategy

Translated by Thomas Cleary

This little book is packed with a lot of good advice like, “Asking for fire is not as good as getting the means to make fire.”

Another piece of advice I liked was, “No one stumbles over a mountain, but people do trip over ant hills.”  In other words, over looking small problems is often the reason for many regrets.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you enjoyed the series that was on PBS, I’m sure you will want to see the movie.  

Downton Abbey

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Conga

By Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

ART OF THE WEEK

I don’t smoke cigars, but the process of hand rolling cigars is considered an art form. I found the process interesting and perhaps you will also find it interesting.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Barbara Baer Capitman

Barbara Baer Capitman (April 29, 1920 – March 29, 1990) was a community activist and author who led the effort to preserve Miami Beach’s historic art deco district and helped create the Miami Design Preservation League.

In 1976, Capitman and a group of historic preservationists formed the Miami Design Preservation League. They began a fight to save the long-neglected art deco buildings in Miami Beach. She lobbied politicians and developers with her forceful personality.

She and her supporters held candlelight vigils, protest marches and stood in front of bulldozers that were about to demolish buildings. Several of the buildings the group sought to preserve were torn down including the Senator and New Yorker Hotels. However, many more were saved.

The group’s efforts were rewarded when Miami Beach’s Art Deco District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The renewed interest in the area led to an economic and cultural rebirth in the city with new investments in hotels, apartments and restaurants. It became a favorite destination of tourists, artists and moviemakers.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Those who quit eating two or three hours before bedtime are more successful losing weight and keeping it off than late night eaters.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Taking Ownership of Your Situation?

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Art Deco

Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. It combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern. From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism and the Vienna Secession; the bright colors of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe I and Louis XVI; and the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art. It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

When was the last time you drank gin?

A long time ago  40%  (8 votes) 

I have never drank gin  25%  (5 votes) 

During 2020  10%  (2 votes) 

During 2019  10%  (2 votes) 

Within the last ten years  10%  (2 votes) 

Within the last three years  5%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Regarding the TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”:

I have never seen an episode and do not wish to see one.  50%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it.  31.25%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it.  12.5%  (2 votes) 

I have never seen an episode, but would like to see one.  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
What is your opinion of the average American’s food choices?

A mix of good and bad choices for one’s health  81.25%  (13 votes) 

Mostly harmful to one’s health  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Mostly promotes one’s health  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you dislike people solely on political positions?

No  50%  (9 votes) 

Sometimes  44.44%  (8 votes) 

Yes  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you put enough trust in your instincts?

Yes  50%  (9 votes) 

I should trust my instincts more  38.89%  (7 votes) 

No  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I should trust my instincts less  0%  (0 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.

01/13/20 – Are You Searching for Something?

CURRENT EVENTS

The year 2020 has arrived, so let’s get started making 2020 great.

And if you are looking for ways to make 2020 great,

perhaps this will help.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Last week I read this very short  book. I only suggest you read it, if you really like gin.

Regarding gin, unlike years ago in the USA, today there are a lot of mid and high price gins that taste so much better. If you do have a drink once in a while, you may want to consider gin.

Gin and Bear It

By Summersdale Publishers Ltd.

Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

By Richard Brookhiser

I first read this book back in 1998 and I have reviewed it a couple of times since including last week and still find it a worthwhile read.

In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington’s career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of American politics. (Source: Amazon)

Underworld

By Roman Martin

Switching gears, I finished almost 500 page book last week. Normally, I can’t make it through a book with this many pages, but this one was a bit of a treat to read. If you enjoyed The Godfather movies, The Sopranos, etc.; you might enjoy this book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Last week I mentioned that I had finished watching Season 1 and I have now finished Season 2 and 3 of the Amazon Prime Video The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)

I’ve watch all seven seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer years ago. While on the treadmill, I started watching the series again and just finished Season 1. I found watching the show was just as interesting as years ago.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season 1)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Detroit Symphony Orchestras

William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

at

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

I attended a DSO concert last Thursday at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Among the music played was Georges Bizet’s Suite No. 1 from Carmen. If you think classical music is boring, listen to this. However, listening to it is nothing like seeing it performed live with Mei-Ann Chen conducting.

ART OF THE WEEK

I have no idea who this family is or where I even came across this photo, but I thought it was very clever.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Just Look In The Mirror

When I first wrote my book, I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?; I was shocked at how many people told me that they just wanted to be ordinary. But, I feel it is their right to that decision, plus for a few it could be a significant advancement.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to make 2020 a great year?

Yes  53.85%  (14 votes) 

Hell yeah  26.92%  (7 votes) 

Maybe  19.23%  (5 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Have you read the book “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine?

No, but I plan to read it.  35%  (7 votes) 

No, and I don’t plan to read it.  30%  (6 votes) 

Yes  25%  (5 votes) 

No, I don’t plan to read it and I have never heard of Thomas Paine.  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Regarding “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”:

I have not seen it, but would like to.  43.48%  (10 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it.  30.43%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it and do not wish to see it.  21.74%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it.  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Did you get the Winslow, AZ photo?

Yes  40.91%  (9 votes) 

No  36.36%  (8 votes) 

Yes, but not at first  22.73%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Did you wake up today be be mediocre?

No  95.24%  (20 votes) 

Yes  4.76%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

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.

01/06/20 – Let’s Get Started

CURRENT EVENTS

The year 2020 has arrived, so let’s get started making 2020 great.

And what better way to get started, then with

The Rolling Stones

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I recommended this book back in June of 2015 and this past week I reviewed it again and I suggest if you haven’t read it, you may want to consider reading it. 

As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I watched Season 1 and I am now on Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video. I thought it was better than many things available to watch.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Take It Easy

The Eagles

ART OF THE WEEK

I loved my motorcycles and considered them works of art, although, it may be hard to tell from these old photos. I needed two of them, since I wanted to always be on the road. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Thomas Paine

Portrait by
Laurent Dabos (c. 1792)

Thomas Paine (born Thomas Pain) (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary.

He authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain.  

Paine migrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), proportionally the all-time best-selling American title, which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis (1776–1783) was a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series.

Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. 

The British government of William Pitt the Younger, worried by the possibility that the French Revolution might spread to England, had begun suppressing works that espoused radical philosophies. Paine’s work, which advocated the right of the people to overthrow their government, was duly targeted, with a writ for his arrest issued in early 1792. Paine fled to France in September where, despite not being able to speak French, he was quickly elected to the French National Convention.

The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Maximilien Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy. In December 1793, he was arrested and was taken to Luxembourg Prison in Paris. While in prison, he continued to work on The Age of Reason (1793–1794). James Monroe, a future President of the United States, used his diplomatic connections to get Paine released in November 1794.

Paine became notorious because of his pamphlets. The Age of Reason, in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. He published the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1797), discussing the origins of property and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income through a one-time inheritance tax on landowners.

In 1802, he returned to the U.S. where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If Santa can get in shape, you can too.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

People you know, like or love may be gone before you know it. 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What are your feelings about what 2020 will bring to you?

More positive feelings  58.62%  (17 votes)

And equal distribution of positive and negative feelings  34.48%  (10 votes)

More negative feelings  6.9%  (2 votes)

Total Votes: 29

How many books do you plan to read during 2020?

13 to 51  30.77%  (8 votes)

52 or one a week  19.23%  (5 votes)

12 or one a month  15.38%  (4 votes)

4 or one a quarter  15.38%  (4 votes)

1 to 3  11.54%  (3 votes)

5 to 11  3.85%  (1 votes)

I don’t plan to read any books  3.85%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 26
Regarding the Jumanji films:

I’ve seen at least one and liked it.  40%  (10 votes) 

I haven’t seen any, but I would like to see one.  40%  (10 votes) 

I haven’t seen any nor to I wish to see one.  20%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen at least one and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

Do you believe people think you are overweight?

No  69.23%  (18 votes) 

Yes, there is no doubt  19.23%  (5 votes) 

Yes, somewhat  11.54%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 26
How many of these 12 steps to self care do you believe will be part of your behavior this coming week?

All 12  41.67%  (10 votes) 

8  12.5%  (3 votes) 

6  12.5%  (3 votes) 

11  8.33%  (2 votes) 

7  8.33%  (2 votes) 

5  8.33%  (2 votes) 

10  4.17%  (1 votes) 

9  4.17%  (1 votes) 

4  0%  (0 votes) 

3  0%  (0 votes) 

2  0%  (0 votes) 

1  0%  (0 votes) 

None  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Are you going to do your best to make sure your friends don’t drive and drive on New Years Eve?

Yes  88.24%  (15 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
And also are you going to do your best to make sure your friends don’t drink and drive on New Years Eve?

Yes  86.67%  (13 votes) 

No  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

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.