04/13/20 – Making The Best Out Of A Challenging Situation

CURRENT EVENTS

Easter Decorations

I hope that everyone had the best Easter possible, given the circumstances.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Essential Surrealists

By Tim Martin 

If you aren’t familiar with surrealist art, you may want to check out a book like this one that will expose you to this unique art form.

Rather than describe the above book, I thought it would be more helpful to provide you with some information on the Surrealist Movement.

Surrealism is a cultural movement that started in 1917, best known for its visual art work sand writings and the juxtaposition of uncommon imagery. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes, sometimes with photographic precision, creating strange creatures from everyday objects, and developing painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Its aim was, according to Breton, to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality”, or surreality. (Source: Wikipedia)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

This movie isn’t for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 American musical drama film based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name. The film, featuring a cast of Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, [and] Yvonne Elliman, centers on the conflict between Judas and Jesus during the week before the crucifixion of Jesus.

Neeley, Anderson and Elliman were nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1974 for their portrayals of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, respectively. Although it attracted criticism from some religious groups, reviews for the film were positive. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This music video is longer than I like to post, but the visuals are interesting.

Jokerman (Released 06/01/84)

By Bob Dylan

ART OF THE WEEK

Even Practical Items Can Be Art

Here is a bench made during the time of the Coronavirus

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I especially like it when I can name someone as extraordinary person of the week, who was born in the same city as I was–Detroit.

Ben Carson

Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American politician, public servant, author and retired neurosurgeon serving as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017. Prior to his cabinet position under the Trump Administration, Carson was a candidate for President of the United States in the Republican primaries in 2016, at times leading nationwide polls of Republicans.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances. He was portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. in a 2009 biographical television drama film.

Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. [He is a] pioneer in neurosurgery, [wiht many] achievements. He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. Carson has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, numerous national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.

In 2001, he was named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists, and was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on its 200th anniversary. In 2008, Carson was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. In 2010, he was elected into the National Academy of Medicine. He was Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

It is a good idea to know about the foods you are eating,

much can be learned from simply reading the labels. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

The Beatles Before The Coronavirus

The Beatles After Coronavirus

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding Diarmaid MacCulloch’s “A History of Christianity”:

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  60.87%  (14 votes)

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  30.43%  (7 votes)

I’ve seen it and I liked it  8.7%  (2 votes)

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

Total Votes: 23
Did you ever see a live performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar?”

Yes  48%  (12 votes)

No, but I would like to see a performance  28%  (7 votes)

No and I do not wish to see a performance  24%  (6 votes)

Total Votes: 25
Which is your preference?

Attending classes  84%  (21 votes)

Home schooling  16%  (4 votes)

Total Votes: 25
Since of coronavirus, the government has taken control over much of our lives, are you concerned?
I am a little concerned  37.14%  (13 votes)
I am not in the least concerned  31.43%  (11 votes) 
I am very concerned  31.43%  (11 votes
Total Votes: 35

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.

13 thoughts on “04/13/20 – Making The Best Out Of A Challenging Situation

  1. I like your Easter Bunnies. People don’t decorate outside much down here but I always put a couple things out for Easter in the house. Like most of Dylan’s songs. .I n ever heard this one before. I liked the french fry joke. Thank you for an entertaining page. You are so right. They have too much negativity and not enough faith in our President.

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