11/22/20 – Happy Thanksgiving

CURRENT EVENTS

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone can be thankful for something this Thanksgiving.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There is an absolute wealth of advice in this little and easy to read book.

The Art of Living

By Epictetus

Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life’s inevitable losses and disappointments with grace. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I have watched the first three seasons of The Crown and Season 4 is now available. I’ve seen the first three of the ten Season 4 episodes. I’m glad to hear that in 2021 they plan to start filming Season 5 and the series will end with Season 6.

The Crown Season 4

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

YMCA

By Village People

ART OF THE WEEK

Surrealist Joke

Over the years, I’ve tried to explain as well as shown pictures of my favorite art style–surrealism. But it came to me that perhaps I can explain surrealism even better with a surrealist joke.

Question: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Answer: A rhinoceros

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

John Nelson

My friend and boss.

Obituary for John Adrian Nelson

John A. Nelson, 84, of Saginaw, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020. John was born in Berkley, Michigan.

He graduated from Berkley High School in 1952, where he met Joan F. Clark. They were married in Auburn, Indiana in 1955 and had four children: John Paul, Janet Pauline, JoAnne Paula and James Phillip. They were married for fifty-five years when Joan Fay passed in 2010. John remarried in 2011 to Sue (Chambers) Kucher in Puerto Rico.

John graduated from Kalamazoo College, and later in life from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

John worked for 38 years at General Motors, retiring in 1995 as General Auditor of General Motors. 

He was retired for eighteen months and decided that was not for him, so he joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as Vice President and General Auditor, again retiring in 1999.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I do my best to keep all of you up to date on the latest health and physical studies. Here is one that I thought would be of interest.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Reactions

This cannot be said often enough.

SOCIAL TRAITS

This is something you should keep in mind.

LEARNING TRAITS

When it comes to criticism, I can’t help thinking of a story my Uncle Tony told me. He was just about finished with a project when someone came up to him and said, “Mind if I give you some advice?”

Uncle Tony said, “Okay.”

The advisor said, “It’s worthless.”

Uncle Tony replied, “Let’s hear your advice anyway?”

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film Beowulf with Christopher Lambert
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  72.22%  (13 votes) 
I have seen the film and liked it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  11.11%  (2 votes)
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
Did you watch Dick Clark’s American Bandstand?
Yes  80%  (16 votes)
No  20%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Is there something you really want to do, but have not yet done it?
Yes  85%  (17 votes)
No  15%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 20
What is your opinion about the Covid data you are seeing?
All the data needs to be taken with some skepticism  50%  (10 votes)
Most of it is presented in a way that supports a certain agenda  35%  (7 votes)
Entirely accurate  15%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 20
Is this good advice?
Yes  50%  (9 votes)
Bad advice, but follow your heart and savor your favorite mistake  38.89%  (7 votes)
No  11.11%  (2 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.

My Final Cover

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

11/15/20 – Take Me To Your Leader

CURRENT EVENTS

Take Me To Your Leader

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Jail House Strong

The Successful Mindset Manual

By Josh Bryant & Adam benShea

This is a short (35 pages) guide to mental training that I read to help me with my powerlifting. At a certain point, lifting heavy weights moves from  physical strength to mental strength. As Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, either way you are going to be right.” That is so true when it comes to lifting heavy weights.

However, even if you aren’t a powerlifter (you probably aren’t), I believe a strong mindset can assist you with anything you want to accomplish.

CAUTION: Please note that I am only suggesting “Jail House Strong – The Successful Mindset Manual” and not “Jail House Strong” by the same authors

Bryant and benShea, share the blue print, explained in layman’s terms, for taking your mental game to the next level. The Successful Mindset is for the competitive athlete, the entrepreneur, or anyone that strives to get better and be the best. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I don’t know how good this movie is, but I have watched it twice now over the years. I think it is worth watching just to see how severe Christopher Lambert can be.

Beowulf (1999)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Boogie Woogie Country Girl

By Micke Muster

ART OF THE WEEK

Cup For The Photographer

I saw this being advertised and thought it was really cool.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Dick Clark

Dick Clark in 1990

Richard Wagstaff Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1956 to 1989. He also hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Iggy Pop, Ike & Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and Madonna.

Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a “youth culture”. Due to his perennially youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager” or “the world’s oldest teenager”.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

There is so much fake data being circulated that I thought I should provide you with an accurate pie chart.

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t know if this is good advice or not, I guess everyone has to decide for themselves.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film, “Dark Shadows”
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  37.5%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  33.33%  (8 votes) 
I have seen it and liked it  25%  (6 votes) 
I have seen it and did not like it  4.17%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 24
Are you disappointed in what MTV is today?
Indifferent  50%  (10 votes) 
Yes  40%  (8 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Regarding “legs up the wall”
I have never tried it, but believe I will  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I’ve tried it  42.11%  (8 votes) 
I have never tried it and never will  10.52%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Do you believe most of the problems in your life are your own fault?
Yes  78.95%  (15 votes) 
No  21.05%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Do you believe the vast majority of media is trying to manipulate you?
Yes  70%  (14 votes) 
Possibly  25%  (5 votes) 
No  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Whatever your definition of success, are you successful?
Yes  83.33%  (15 votes) 
No, because of my own bad decisions  16.67%  (3 votes)
No, because of forces outside of myself  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.

My Final Cover

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

11/08/20 – America

CURRENT EVENTS

America

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is a humorous book with a sprinkling of good hardcore gym advice throughout. However, I’m not sure you can appreciate this book unless you have gone to a hardcore gym or plan to go to a hardcore gym.

What is a hardcore gym? For starters there must be at least one picture of Arnold, preferably more. And there must be deadlift platforms.

For years bros, meatheads, and gym rats around the world have posed pressing questions: What can you bench? Can I skip leg day? What goes in this protein shake? And, importantly, do you even lift, bro? At long last, answers to these questions and more can be found in one handy volume – The Swoly Bible, written by the Internet’s favorite gym expert/literary genius, Dom Mazzetti. (Source: Back cover of the book)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

We watched this film Halloween night and found it entertaining and far from being super scary, plus Alice Cooper appears in the film.

Dark Shadows (2012)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

On August 1, 1981, MTV: Music Television goes on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially was available only to households in parts of New Jersey. (Source: http://www.history.com)

Video Killed The Radio Star (1979)

By the Buggles

ART OF THE WEEK

Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula Flowers

I was in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula a few weeks back and had to stop to take a photo of these unusual flowers. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

I once sat second row ringside and saw George Foreman box and I also saw the great Archie Moore, who was in George’s corner during this particular fight in the Detroit area.

Although one of the best boxers of all time, he was so much more than just a boxer. Foreman stopped fighting and became an ordained minister, initially preaching on street corners before becoming the reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston, and devoting himself to his family and his congregation. He also opened a youth center that bears his name.

Rev. George Foreman

Foreman as reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1994

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

When I was taking yoga classes before the pandemic hit, we did this towards the end of every session. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

This seems like a good approach.

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t think anyone should have a billion dollars, because it is way too much unchecked power. However, the vast majority of people who are successful have worked very hard and made great sacrifices to achieve that success. 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

No  50%  (9 votes)

Yes and my book is published and available  22.22%  (4 votes)

Yes and I have finished writing it but I have not had it published  16.67%  (3 votes)

Yes, but I have not started  5.56%  (1 votes)

Yes, I have started writing a book but I have not finished writing it  5.55%  (1 votes)

I have had several books published  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 18
Regarding the film “Before Sunrise”
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  50%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor would I like to see it  31.25%  (5 votes)  
I’ve seen the film and liked it  18.75%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
Are you for or against continuing Daylight Savings Time?
Against  76.47%  (13 votes) 
For  23.53%  (4 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.

11/01/20 – Election Yard Sign Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

Election Yard Sign Warning

Please don’t let this happen to you.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you ever decided to write a book, you may want to check out a book similar to this one.

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook is the first step-by-step guide to the legal issues of self-publishing. Attorney and published author Helen Sedwick uses 30 years of legal experience to cut through the legalese and show writers how to stay out of court and at their desks. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

This is the first of a three film series, with the second film coming out nine years later or in 2004. The third film came out another nine years later or in 2013.

Before Sunrise (1995)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Daylight Savings Time

If I Could Turn Back Time

By Cher

ART OF THE WEEK

Dance Is A Performing Art Form

There is a new dance craze called “The Trump Dance”. This craze may only last a couple more days or it may last four more years. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON & PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

Francisco Bravo Cabrera

And

Police Officers Everywhere

I believe my friend’s poem says it all.

I was a cop…

In a city where the violence was brewing,

where I knew so well the job that I was doing

that I spent some thirty years without a thought.

But I did see such brutality around me,

people changing,

people growing wild around me,

without a care

for those who dare to put a uniform and risk their lives

facing those whose only mantra is “I’ll fight”,

and caring nothing for the lives in deep despair,

found anywhere.

I am a cop and my life matters,

this is the job I do

so you can live in peace among those who would threaten you.

And all lives matter to me,

but it’s not my brothers that wear a uniform like me who are the problem.

It’s the vulgar, disrespectful that surround you…

I fought battles way before I was a cop,

but once I took that oath and swore,

I fought no more,

for those I serve are not my enemy,

they are instead those who need folks that serve like me.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 17 OCT 2020, Valencia, Spain 🇪🇸

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS

James Bond (Agent 007)

(25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020)

(aka Sir Thomas Sean Connery)

What a loss to society.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the series “Emily in Paris”
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it.  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I saw some episodes and liked it  22.22%  (4 votes) 
I saw some episodes and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
Would you like to visit Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle)?
Yes  71.43%  (15 votes)

No  28.57%  (6 votes)

Total Votes: 21
Do you plan to give out Halloween treats this year?
No  56.52%  (13 votes)
Yes  39.13%  (9 votes) 
Still undecided if I am or am not and who I am going to vote for this year  4.35%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 23
Do you think that regardless of the outcome of the USA Presidential election, the American people will unite behind whoever is elected
No and I am an independent  45%  (9 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  30%  (6 votes) 
Yes and I am a conservative  10%  (2 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  10%  (2 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  5%  (1 votes) 
Yes and I am an independent  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20

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.