06/28/20 – Had Enough?

CURRENT EVENTS

I believe America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave, not because of what I see in the media and on Facebook, but what I see first hand.

I suspect the divisive racists, media, career politicians, career activists, Antifa and other anti-American organizations that are trying to bring America down are going to get a big surprise when the American people have had enough.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve read both of these books.

Common Sense

By Patrick Henry

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.”

The Communist Manifesto

By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles

The Communist Manifesto (officially Manifesto of the Communist Party) presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of Communism’s potential future forms. It also briefly features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism, and then finally Communism.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve watched this film a number of times and just watched it again. It is absolutely wonderful and even more so if you know of some of the famous people  on the Paris scene during the 1920s.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“I Won’t Back Down

By Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Ben Carson

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

It is important to know the function of your various body parts. This week, we are presenting the function of the little toe.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I believe there were good police in Minneapolis who knew the cop that killed George Floyd was bad news, but just minded their own business.

I believe there are medical professionals that are aware of unethical doctors and yet they do nothing about it.

I believe there were people in the Catholic Church who knew about those child molesting priests, and yet did nothing.

As career politicians, I believe there are people who know that the only way to get rid of them is term limitations.

LEARNING TRAITS

Since so many people are embracing socialism, which is the pathway to communism, I thought this sketch might be enjoyable.

Monty Python Communist Quiz sketch

MISCELLANEOUS

Please stay alert

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you deleted Facebook friends and/or started spending less time on Facebook?

Yes  84.21%  (16 votes) 

No  15.79%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Regarding the film Bedazzled (2000):

I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  46.67%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen the film and liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  26.66%  (4 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 15
Do you think the whole world has gone crazy?

Yes  60%  (9 votes) 

No  20%  (3 votes) 

Maybe  20%  (3 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.

My Final Cover

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06/21/20 – Guidelines For Posting

CURRENT EVENTS

I have had to put myself on a strict Facebook diet as I cannot look at the horrible words and shaming I see posted so frequently on FB. When you share something on Facebook or write something, perhaps you should consider these rules.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Tao of Willie

By Willie Nelson with Turk Pipkin

Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. The Tao of Willie captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.

Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of “Willie wisdom”. (Source: The Book Itself) 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film a number of times and just watched it again. It never fails to be enjoyable and it has a little lesson in it.

Bedazzled (2000)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“I Want To Dance” Scene from Pulp Fiction

Uma Thurman and John Travolta 

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute Removal

Since some people are into removing statutes, I thought I would add my suggestion for a statute that I would like removed.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

It not my place nor desire to be involved in the great pancake syrup controversy. But, I did benefit from the controversy because I learned of this incredible  woman who demonstrated that anyone can achieve the American dream of upward mobility regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

Nancy Green

Nancy Green (March 4, 1834 – August 30, 1923) was a storyteller, cook, activist, and hired to promote a corporate trademark as “Aunt Jemima”.

Green was born into slavery on March 4, 1834, near in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was hired in 1890 by the R.T. Davis Milling Company to represent “Aunt Jemima”

In 1893 Green was introduced as Aunt Jemima at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, where it was her job to operate a pancake-cooking display. Her amicable personality and talent as a cook helped establish a successful showing of the product, for which she received a medal and certificate from the Expo officials.

After the Expo, Green was offered a lifetime contract to adopt the Aunt Jemima moniker and promote the pancake mix. This marked the beginning of a major promotional push by the company that included thousands of personal appearances and Aunt Jemima merchandising.

Nancy Green maintained her job with Davis Milling (which was renamed Aunt Jemima Mills Company in 1914) until her death in 1923; she was still working as Aunt Jemima at the time.

Green was one of the organizers of the Olivet Baptist Church. Her career allowed Green the financial freedom to become an activist and engage in antipoverty programs. She was one of the first African-American missionary workers. She used her stature as a spokesperson to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for individuals in Chicago.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Since I live in Michigan, I have not been permitted to go to the gym or get a hair cut for the last three months until Monday, June 15. I did both that day and under the protocols I experienced, I know of no reason these two types of businesses had to be kept closed. I feel it was an arbitrary decision by our controlling governor and I understand in the case of gyms, a federal court feels the same way.

The above is a perfectly understandable mistake.

It is very difficult to tell the two apart.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Is it really necessary to shame everyone who sees the world different from you?

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which percent are you?
5% who are trying to wake up others  87.5%  (14 votes) 
90% who are asleep  12.5%  (2 votes) 
1% who control the world  0%  (0 votes) 
4% sell outs  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
Regarding the film, “Meet Joe Black”?
I have seen the film and liked it  57.89%  (11 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  26.32%  (5 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  15.79%  (3 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 19
Regarding the government’s position on social distancing among healthy people?
I believe the government was initially right, but it has gone on way to long  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I believe the government is right  36.84%  (7 votes) 
I never thought healthy people needed to social distance  15.79%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 19

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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

06/14/20 – Critical Thinking

CURRENT EVENTS

Please try to question what you have been told. Does it conform to what you have directly experience? This is called critical thinking.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I wrote this book six years ago and  somewhere in those six years, I lost my way. I’m going to re-read the book page by page.

This book will not change your life–only you can do that.

I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?

By Wm. Allen

There are five frogs on a log. One decides to jump off. How many are left?

If you responded with four, you’re wrong. The correct answer is five, because remember—deciding isn’t doing.

If you are tired of being ordinary, it’s time to stop thinking about changing your life and start actively pursuing a changed life. And this is just the guide to get you moving. Comprised of fifty-two weekly lessons that all open with a joke or riddle and close with a movie suggestion, this book makes the difficult journey of becoming extraordinary a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. (Source: The book itself)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Michigan’s gyms will now be allowed to open on Monday, June 15. So here is another DVD I had around the house to watch while I’m on the treadmill waiting for Michigan gyms to be permitted to reopen.

Meet Joe Black

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For those of you a little disappointed in the world, perhaps this video will cheer you up for a few minutes.

Michael 1996 John Travolta Dance Scene

ART OF THE WEEK

Door Art

Our door is a reflection of our many travels.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

These are very stressful times and stress can kill you. So, perhaps some of these tips may help you reduce the stress in your life.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

If you watch the unfolding of events in the last week or so, you may want to question the concept social distancing among people without any symptoms.

MISCELLANEOUS

I understand in Michigan we are finally going to be able to return our bottles on June 15, 2020.

Personally, I think there were getting to be a health hazard.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you experienced the frustration associated with those plastic bags in the produce sections of supermarkets?

Yes  89.66%  (26 votes)

No  10.34%  (3 votes)

Total Votes: 29

What is your feeling about this week’s “Learning Trait”?

Positive  63.64%  (14 votes) 

Neutral  22.73%  (5 votes) 

Negative  13.63%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Are you in favor of term limitations?

Yes  90.91%  (20 votes) 

No  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

06/08/20 – Tensions Are High

CURRENT EVENTS

It seems everything is so divisive, the media, celebrities, politicians, Facebook political postings, etc.; so I tried to find something that we can all agree upon.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Benjamin Franklin’s The Art of Virtue

Edited By George L. Rogers

I first read this book 30 years ago in 1990. I wish I had been more diligent in applying its principles.

Benjamin Franklin’s The Art of Virtue consists of a collection of Franklin’s writings organized around his timeless philosophy on such topics as: goal setting and personal achievement, obtaining wealth and preserving health, human relations and family living, religion and morality, aging and dying, and much, much more. Full of profound insights, delightful humor, quotable quotes, and plenty of common sense; The Art of Virtue provides wonderful reading for both young and old alike. (Source: The book itself)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Since I live in Michigan and am not permitted to go to a gym, I’ve been watching some old DVDs that I have while on the treadmill. 

The Ninth Gate

Lost in Translation

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

If you watch the video you will see just how interesting things were during the mid-1060s. I graduated from high school in 1964, was with the U.S. Army in Iran (1965 – 66) and Vietnam (1966-67) and returned home to civilian life in 1967 for the Detroit riots, where I spent a week on Woodward north of Grand Blvd.

Eve of Destruction (1965)

By Barry McGuire

ART OF THE WEEK

I can’t even begin to estimate the cost of a dress like this.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I once read that Cleopatra was closer to our time today, then she was to when the great pyramids were built. Along those lines, I could say that when I was born, I was closer to the date this photo of Red Cloud was taken (1880) than I am to 2020. 

Red Cloud

Red Cloud in 1880

Red Cloud (1822 – December 10, 1909) was one of the most important leaders of the Oglala Lakota from 1868 to 1909.

He was one of the most capable Native American opponents that the United States Army faced in its mission to occupy the western territories, defeating the United States during Red Cloud’s War, which was a fight over control of the Powder River Country in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana.

The largest action of the war was the Fetterman Fight, with 81 U.S soldiers killed, and was the worst military defeat suffered by the United States Army on the Great Plains until the Battle of the Little Bighorn ten years later.

After signing the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), Red Cloud led his people in the important transition to reservation life. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Exercise is a close as one is going to come to the fountain of youth.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Actually, in a long life I have regretted my silence on at least one occasion for certain and probably a few other times; but, overall the point is well taken.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Be More Like Labs

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you want to write a book?

No  44%  (11 votes) 

Yes, but I have not started writing a book  20%  (5 votes) 

Yes and I have finished written my book  16%  (4 votes) 

My book has been published  12%  (3 votes) 

Yes, and I have started writing a book  8%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

How much longer are you willing to wear a mask?

I don’t want to wear a mask  31.82%  (7 votes) 

Until the end of 2020  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Sometime in 2021  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Forever  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Three months  13.64%  (3 votes) 

A month  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Who wore a mask better?

The Lone Ranger  90%  (18 votes) 

Americans in 2020  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

If you were caught on film doing what the officer did to George Flood, how long do you think it would take for you to be arrested?

Immediately, as soon as the police could find me.  95.65%  (22 votes) 

The same three days that it took to arrest the officer  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

06/01/20 – Ready For A History Lesson?

CURRENT EVENTS

Coronavirus and A History Lesson

The University of Iowa Library

The Black Death, was the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history, resulting in the deaths of up to 75–200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.  The plague created religious, social, and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history.

The Black Death most likely originated in Central Asia or East Asia.

The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population. In total, the plague may have reduced the world population from an estimated 475 million to 350–375 million in the 14th century. There were further outbreaks throughout the Late Middle Ages, and with other contributing factors it took until 1500 for the European population to regain the levels of 1300. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The First Five Pages

By Noah Lukeman

I first read this book in 2001 and I have just recently reviewed it again and I think it is still of great value. It is designed to help a writer stay out of a publisher’s rejection pile.

Well, you are still going to be rejected by a major publisher unless you are already famous.

Nevertheless, this book is helpful to the self-publisher or as some like to say, the independent publisher. Because, what turns off a reviewer for a major publishing house is what will also turn off a potential buyer/reader of your book.

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as
* A weak opening hook
* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs
* Flat or forced metaphors or similes
* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue
* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings
* Uneven pacing and lack of progression

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Once again, I have watched all seven seasons of Buffy and I enjoyed it just as much as ever. I think this is a wonderful series for young people to watch or older people who remain young at heart. There are a lot of life lessons here for the observant. 

Buffy

The Vampire Slayer

Despite the fact that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was almost entirely ignored by major award shows during its run, the series was nominated for the American Film Institute Award for Drama Series of the Year, Gellar was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her performance in the show, and the series was nominated five times for Television Critics Association Awards, winning once in 2003 for the Television Critics Association Heritage Award. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This song is dedicated to social distancing–old style.

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

By The Police

ART OF THE WEEK

There is a debate going on whether or not many of the masks being used are helpful or harmful. But lately, I have been hearing that masks are a symbolic show of support for the restrictions being placed upon all of us. I thought this particular drawing was thought provoking.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I used to watch The Lone Ranger show in the 1950s.

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, Silver and Tonto

The [  ] story line maintains that a patrol of six Texas Rangers is massacred, with only one member surviving. The “lone” survivor thereafter disguises himself with a black mask and travels with Tonto throughout Texas and the American West to assist those challenged by the lawless elements.

A silver mine supplies The Lone Ranger with the name of his horse as well as the funds required to finance his wandering lifestyle and the raw material for his signature bullets.

At the end of most episodes, after the Lone Ranger and Tonto leave, someone asks the sheriff or other person of authority who the masked man was. The person then responds that it was the Lone Ranger, who is then heard yelling “Hi-Yo Silver, away!” as he and Tonto ride away on their horses. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

The Difference Between Dogs and Cats

 

PHYSICAL TRAITS

The secret to getting fit is to consistently take little steps.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Murder in Minneapolis?

Watch the video and you decide for yourself. I don’t understand why it took three days and violent protests/riots before this officer was arrested.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you known anyone who participated in D-Day (Landing on Normandy beaches)

No, but I knew people who served during WWII  64.29%  (18 votes) 

Yes  21.43%  (6 votes) 

No one in WWII or Korea but did serve in Vietnam  7.14%  (2 votes) 

No one in WWII, but did serve in Korea  3.57%  (1 votes) 

No one in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam, but in other wars  3.57%  (1 votes) 

No one who served in a war  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 28

Have you read the novel “We”?

This is the first that I have heard of this book  82.61%  (19 votes) 

I have heard of this book, but have not read it  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Yes, I have read this book  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
Do you usually decorate for Memorial Day?

No  75%  (15 votes) 

Yes  25%  (5 votes) 

Yes, but not this year due to the Coronavirus  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Should gyms be allowed to open, with the same restrictions as your state applies to other businesses that are allowed to be open?

Yes and I do not have a gym membership  65.22%  (15 votes) 

Yes and I have a gym membership  17.39%  (4 votes) 

No and I have a gym membership  13.04%  (3 votes) 

No and I do not have a gym membership  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
During the lockdown, have you discovered that you have super powers you didn’t know about?

No  81.82%  (18 votes) 

Maybe  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Yes  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.