02/10/20 – The Meaning of Valentine’s Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Over the years I have presented information about the history and meaning of Valentine’s Day; however, nothing sums it up as well as this:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Motivated Mindset – Words of Wisdom

By Ryan J. Mathias

This book is easy to read and will place you on the path of self-motivation.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Yes, it is a bit long; but still worth watching.

The Irishman

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Soul Man

By Blues Brothers

ART OF THE WEEK

Giant Whale

Look what nature created

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Brigadier General Charles McGee is 103 years old when last week this picture below was taken. He is an inspiration to everyone.

Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee

Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee (born December 7, 1919) is a retired American fighter pilot and one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was a career officer in the United States Air Force for more than 30 years and flew a three-war total of 409 combat missions in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, one of the highest combat totals and longest active-duty careers by any Air Force fighter pilot in history.

For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal, among several other military honors. In 2007, as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, McGee received the Congressional Gold Medal. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and on February 4, 2020, received an honorary promotion from colonel to brigadier general. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

Leave It To Beaver was a TV show that ran from 1957 to 1963

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

I have seen the movie and liked it  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen the movie, but I would like to see it  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen the movie and I do not wish to see it  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I have seen the movie and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you agree with what Dr. Allan Greenberg says?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

I don’t know  25%  (4 votes) 

No  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Have you tried to inspire anyone during the last

week  68.75%  (11 votes) 

month  12.5%  (2 votes) 

year  12.5%  (2 votes) 

decade  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

What is your opinion of the USA Congress?

Low Opinion  76.47%  (13 votes) 

I’m not sure  23.53%  (4 votes) 

High Opinion  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

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.

02/03/20 – Yesterday’s Outcomes

CURRENT EVENTS

This probably wasn’t the outcome you were wishing to hear about.

Which Do You Prefer To Watch?

or

Which do you prefer to watch?
Groundhog Day  41.94%  (13 votes)
Super Bowl  38.71%  (12 votes)
Neither  12.9%  (4 votes)
Both  6.45%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 31
Yesterday (02-02-20) Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow, which means that we are in for an early spring.
If you missed the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, you really missed something–even if you aren’t a football fan. It was an amazing game and the KC Chiefs won, 31 to 20.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Defeat of Rome

By Gareth C. Sampson

This book is not an easy read, but if you are as fascinated by Roman history as I am, you will learn a lot about Crassus and the victory at Carrhae by the Parthians.

In 53 BC the Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 of his legionaries were crushed by the Parthians at Carrhae in what is now eastern Turkey. Crassus’ defeat and death and the 20,000 casualties his army suffered were an extraordinary disaster for Rome.

The event intensified the bitter, destructive struggle for power in the Roman republic, curtailed the empire’s eastward expansion and had a lasting impact on the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

It was also the first clash between two of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Yet this critical episode has often been neglected by writers on the period who have concentrated on the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. Gareth Sampson, reconstructs the Carrhae campaign in fine detail, reconsiders the policy of imperial expansion and gives a fascinating insight into the opponents the Romans confronted in the East – the Parthians. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I mentioned this movie back in July 2019 and watched it again last week. I enjoyed it and thought it was well worth watching, even a second time.

Here was the poll results from back in 2019:

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”
I have not seen the movie, but I want to see it.  68%  (17 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and liked it.  20%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and did not like it.  8%  (2 votes) 
I have not seen the movie, nor do I wish to see it.  4%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 25

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (Source: IMDB)

Star Trek: Picard

Last week, I watched the second episode of this new Star Trek series and so far I’m a little disapointed. Nevertheless, I will continue to watch because it is good to see Jean-Luc Picard again.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’ve mentioned before, but thought I would again. I’ve seen Little Richard twice. Once when he was young (as was I) and once when he was old (as am I). I’m glad he is still around (And I am to still be around).

Long Tall Sally (1956)

By Little Richard

ART OF THE WEEK

Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake in Iceland

Known as the Eye of the World or Eye of Odin

The Norse god Odin is typically portrayed as having only one eye. The myths which explain this [was …] the result of his pursuit of knowledge, which led him to sacrifice his right eye to gain cosmic knowledge from the mythical well of Mimir.

The myth is mainly concerned with the price of wisdom, and what an individual will pay to gain what they desire. In drinking the waters of Mimir’s Well, Odin is able to see more with one eye than he did previously with two. It establishes Odin’s great desire for wisdom and knowledge, and also emphasizes that the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward. (Source: Wikipedia)

Located in southern Iceland, Kerid is unique among crater lakes in that its caldera likely didn’t form from an explosion as most do. The Kerid volcano is thought to have formed when the magma in the center simply depleted itself, and the empty chamber beneath caved in. Regardless of the geological minutia that led to the lake’s creation, its bright rainbow of colors look unearthly.

In addition to the bright, sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the caldera’s bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock. There is one, less-steep side of the slope that is covered in rich green moss. (Source: Atlas Obscura)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Darlene Shibley

If you have enjoyed Downton Abbey as well as other shows featured on PBS Masterpiece, Darlene Shibley deserves some thanks for her donations  to The Masterpiece Trust that makes these wonderful shows possible.

For decades as one of San Diego’s most high-profile and prolific philanthropists, Shiley — with her late husband, heart-valve inventor Donald Shiley — has given away upward of $100 million to science, educational and arts organizations.

But it’s been the one-time actress’ record-breaking gifts to the fundraising Masterpiece Trust, more than $5.2 million to date, that have made Shiley nearly as famous as a Crawley family member.

Darlene Shiley

Born: Aug. 23, 1946

Education: San Jose State University, theatre arts and humanities

Work experience: Acting, semiconductor industry, television public service director, accounting firm, public relations., President, Shiley Foundation

“Darlene is a wonderful ambassadress for the show. People recognize her everywhere and she handles it with such warmth and grace,” said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece and one of “Downton’s” executive producers. (Source: The San Diego Union – Tribune)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

If you have a cat, this may be helpful

MISCELLANEOUS

 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “JoJo Rabbit”

I did not see the film, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I saw the film and liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I did not see the film and I do not want to see it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you think drug companies and their executives are too greedy?

Yes  95.45%  (21 votes) 

No  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
When someone wants to argue with you about something?

Some of both  81.82%  (18 votes) 

Do you usually let them continue with a belief that you think is mistaken  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Do you usually insist upon trying to win the argument  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

More yes than no  50%  (11 votes) 

More no than yes  50%  (11 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Can you name the three rocks in the above photo?

Yes, all three  52.38%  (11 votes) 

Two of the three  19.05%  (4 votes) 

None of the rocks  19.05%  (4 votes) 

One of the three  9.52%  (2 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.