09/20/20 – Steps Towards Peace in The Middle East

CURRENT EVENTS

Steps Towards Peace in The Middle East

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Anyone who wants to change something in their life, will likely benefit from this book.

Small Move, Big Change

By Caroline L. Arnold

Arguing that determination and willpower alone are insufficient to overcoming deeply ingrained habits, a guide to focusing one’s self-control on precise behavioral targets to enable meaningful change draws on the author’s own successes and failures as case-study examples of effective “microresolution” practices.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Triple X

I’m not a fan of action films and I cannot recommend you watch this film, unless you are a Vin Diesel fan. But I enjoyed this film when it came out and decided after watching it that I had to go to Prague. Well, I didn’t get to Prague until 2014, but Prague was certainly worth the trip.

I just watch this film again this week and I still enjoyed it.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I Saw The Light

Cover By: Hillary Klug

ART OF THE WEEK

Grey Fountain

I bought this fountain back in 1988 or 32 years ago on the advice of Uncle Tony. I was going to buy a one of a kind nymph fountain. Nymphs are nature goddesses, so they were au naturel or for those of you who don’t speak French, they were naked.

Uncle Tony cautioned me that when I have visitors (I was single at the time), it might give the ladies the wrong impression of me. So I bought the fountain in the video that Uncle Tony suggest.

Later that week, I stopped by Uncle Tony’s house and what did I see. He had gone back to the store and bought the Nymphs Fountain that he had talked me out of buying. Sorry I don’t have a picture of the Nymphs Fountain, but I try to keep this blog PG rated.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020), also known by her initials RBG, was an American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences in recent years:

They are far too political in their selections  88.89%  (16 votes) 

I like the direction they are going in  11.11%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Are you in too big of a hurry?

No  50%  (10 votes) 

Maybe  45%  (9 votes) 

Yes  5%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Is there any possibility that society could be over reacting to the Coronavirus?

Yes  57.69%  (15 votes)  

No  26.92%  (7 votes) 

Maybe  15.38%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Do you believe we are all on a spiritual journey?

Yes  45.45%  (10 votes) 

Maybe  36.36%  (8 votes) 

No  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Regarding the Chappelle’s Show – The Racial Draft video?

I watched the entire video and found it both entertaining and it had something to say.  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I did not bother to watch it  29.41%  (5 votes) 

I watched a little and then stopped  17.65%  (3 votes) 

I watched the entire video, and found it entertaining  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I watched the entire video, but didn’t like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you believe Liberal and Conservative News Media are doing enough fact checking and identifying their sources?

No  83.33%  (15 votes) 

I have no idea  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you really want career politicians deciding your fate, whether Democrat or Republican?

No  63.16%  (12 votes) 

Yes, if they are doing a good job  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Yes, if there belong to the same party as I do  0%  (0 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.

09/13/20 – September

CURRENT EVENTS

Pulling Into September

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Sophocles said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” 

This book is one the easier and entertaining ways that I know of to examine your life.

The 15-Minute Philosopher

By Anne Rooney

The 15-Minute Philosopher introduces the reader to the main ideas of philosophy, showing how the subject has a clear practical purpose vital to our day-to-day lives and thinking. A fun introduction to the subject of philosophy…

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

OSCARS

For many years now The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences best picture award (Oscars) seems to be more interested in political correctness than entertaining and thought provoking films.

This year the Academy has gone a step further by announcing their  new standards of representation and inclusion that will gradually be put in place for the 94th (2022) and 95th (2023) Oscars but in full effect beginning with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m In A Hurry

By Alabama

My car will do 0 to 60 in 5.2

ART OF THE WEEK

Recycle Container

Even recycle containers can be art. I saw these in Machu Picchu City, Peru; back in 2017, and had to take a picture of them.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Thanks to school lunches in the 1950s, I could not stand the thought of eating vegetables.

All that changed, once I was introduced to Birdseye vegetables. 

We can thank Clarence Birdseye for 

Making Vegetables Great Again

Clarence Birdseye

1910 Photo

Clarence Frank Birdseye II (December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist, considered the founder of the modern frozen food industry.

  WEEK’S JOKE

Good thing Jesus wasn’t here in 2020

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

This is an over 7 minute long video. I think entertaining, but so many have lost their sense of humor, if they ever hand one. But more important than entertaining, I think this video has a lot to say about the great American Melting Pot.

Chappelle’s Show – The Racial Draft

Uncensored

LEARNING TRAITS

This is something that should be asked of everyone making political comments.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you really want career politicians deciding your fate, whether Democrat or Republican?

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Has differences of opinion caused harm to relationships that you care about?

On some rare occasions  38.89%  (7 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (6 votes)  

No  27.78%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Regarding the film “Collateral”

I saw the film and I liked it  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I did not see the film, but I would like to see it  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I did not see the film, nor do I want to see it  28.57%  (4 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 14
Have you gained weight since Covid 19

Yes, I have gained weight  41.18%  (7 votes) 

No, I have stayed the same weight  35.29%  (6 votes) 

I have lost weight  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Have you ever posted anything controversial on Facebook?

No  64.71%  (11 votes) 

I don’t use Facebook  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Yes  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Yes, but not intentionally  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you trust your government to usually tell you the truth?

No  76.47%  (13 votes) 

I’m just not sure  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Yes  5.88%  (1 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.

My Final Cover

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

09/06/20 – Opinions

CURRENT EVENTS

Opinions

Many people are getting upset about differences of opinions, which is causing disharmony among friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.  

                                              Is it really worth it?

To help you put things in to perspective, here are photos of the earth before and after your opinion.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is an extremely readable a practical philosophy book and I think has helped me with my thinking. 

I recall Uncle Tony told me once that the only attribute the Lord distributed fairly was intelligence, not looks, strength, etc. I asked Uncle Tony why he would say that. Uncle Tony said, “Because intelligence in the only attribute that everyone thinks they received more than their fair share.”

Philosophy for Everyday Life

By Trevor Curnow

 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Collateral (2004)

I just watched this movie again, possibly my third or fourth time, and I found this movie just as intriguing as when I saw it the first time.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Maybellene

By Chuck Berry

Here I am in my V8 Ford trying to catch Maybellene in that Cadillac.

ART OF THE WEEK

This is the art of an internet friend of mine, Francisco Cabrera of Spain

Este es el arte de un amigo mío en internet, Francisco Cabrera de España.

THE ART OF FRANCISCO BRAVO CABRERA

Francisco Bravo Cabrera, is an international artist based in Spain. His work has been exhibited (and collected) in Europe, Asia and North America. He has just celebrated his 20th year as a professional artist.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I was fortunate to know Greg for a number of decades and I believe the world is in need of people like Greg.

Gregory W. Anderson

September 26, 1948 – April 30, 2020

Greg joined the Michigan State Police in 1970. During his time with the MSP, he had a successful career in the Narcotics Division eventually retiring as Detective Sargent. 

Greg served on the Crime Prevention Advisory board of Farmington Hills, Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association, Crime Stoppers and the Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police Association. He was also a certified fraud examiner with the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and was on National Anti-Fraud Boards.  Greg had been a lecturer for numerous organizations, including the FBI and provided testimony in state and federal cases. Greg appeared on NBC Nightly News, Geraldo, American Greed and Focus Detroit.  Greg was the recipient of the Guiding Light Award and was a Distinguished Clown for the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade for 25 years. 

Greg had many passions, but the one closest to his heart was being a part of The Rainbow Connection for 35 years. As a past President and Board Member, he had the opportunity to be involved in making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threating illnesses. He was so proud to be part of such an amazing group of people dedicated to working tirelessly to grant wishes for terminally ill children and supporting their families. 

Greg retired in 2016 as the Vice President of Corporate and Financial Investigations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan after 35 years of service. His department was the first of its kind in the United States to aggressively pursue and help prosecute perpetrators of fraud and was recognized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid as “one of the best, if not the best healthcare fraud Special Investigative units in the United States”. 

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot film series:

I have seen some episodes and overall liked them  64%  (16 votes) 

I have not seen any episodes, but would like to see some  28%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen any episodes, nor do I wish to see any episodes  8%  (2 votes) 

I have seen some episodes and overall did not like them  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

Have you ever seen the Liberty Bell?
Yes  48%  (12 votes)

Only in pictures or movies  32%  (8 votes) 

No  20%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 25
Do you think women are realistic when they select a spouse?

Yes and I am married  38.1%  (8 votes) 

No and I am married  23.81%  (5 votes) 

Yes and I am currently single  19.05%  (4 votes) 

No and I am currently single  19.04%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Are you left handed”

No  77.27%  (17 votes) 

Yes  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Ambidextrous  4.55%  (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.