01/16/22 – Ten Year Challenge: Winner and Runner-up

CURRENT EVENTS

Ten Year Challenge

Runner Up

Winner

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

There are many books on developing a healthy lifestyle and there is some merit to most all them. Please just keep in mind that what works for one person, may not work for everyone. You are your own best coach, no one knows you like you know you; if you will listen to your body.

The Body  Book

By Cameron Diaz

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day. (Source: GoodReads)

The Longevity Book

by Cameron Diaz

(Although this book was written for women, I think anyone can find useful ideas in this book.)

Cameron Diaz wrote The Longevity Book to help educate young women about how their bodies function, empowering them to make better-informed choices about their health and encouraging them to look beyond the latest health trends to understand their bodies at the cellular level. She interviewed doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and a host of other experts, and shared what she’d learned—and what she wished she’d known twenty years earlier. (Source: Harper Collins Publishers)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This is a most enjoyable show. I look forward to a Season 3

Emily in Paris (Season 2)

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Well, the joke is music related.

ART OF THE WEEK

Any time we see unrelated objects put together in a manner that we don’t normally expect, it is a bit of a shock. The shock caused by the painting below is a bit different, since this time the cage and the egg are related, since they are both objects that contain a bird, although one contains a bird  embryo and the other is made to contain a bird. 

Elective Affinities (1933)

By Rene Magritte

Perhaps, Magritte better explains what I tried to say in the above about this work:

One night, I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A magnificent error caused me to see an egg in the cage, instead of the vanished bird. I then grasped a new and astonishing poetic secret, for the shock which I experienced had been provoked precisely by the affinity of two objects—the cage and the egg—to each other, whereas previously this shock had been caused by my bringing together two objects that were unrelated.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Those Who Help Themselves

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Your Next Job After Retirement?

Clue: It’s  Full Time

At the start of each year many people will think about retiring sometime during the year. I hope they realize that they are retiring from one job only to start another job.

That new job is not being a babysitter for your grandchildren. It is not preparing more cakes and pastries than a bakery. It is not to watch every sporting event 24/7 or simply to view mindless television.

Your new job is  maintaining your health,  or regaining your health, or even to becoming more physical than ever. This is a full time job, not a part-time job. This job calls for a serious exercise program, proper diet to manage your weight and rest to recover from a day of physical exertion. Well, most people are pretty good with the rest, it is the other two things that is their challenge.

Old people can be strong, they don’t have to be frail and weak

Ignore this advice and there will likely come a day when you will regret it.

CHARACTER TRAITS

I fear the only people who will give this some thought,

are those who aren’t busy.

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

You may want to consider living your life with a sense of urgency.

MISCELLANEOUS

Klingon Gods

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 $6.34 with Prime Membership

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.

 

 

01/09/22 – West Side Stories

CURRENT EVENTS

West Side Stories

First we have the 1961 West Side Story 

Now we have the 2021 West Side Story

My favorite of the above two films is the 1961 film. However, if you are looking for a different take on this story, check out:

West Bank Story (2005)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I tend to favor short easy to read books, but not always. This is a very interesting book, but had I to do it over I would have simply read Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary. 

His dictionary contains so many interesting ideas such as, “Faith consists in believing not what seems to be true, but what seems to be false to our understanding.”

The Portable Voltaire

Edited By Ben Ray Redman

This encyclopedic anthology acquaints us with Voltaire’s mercurial range of expression as well as with the steadfastness of his vision, which might be called the religion of reason. It includes his sardonic comedies Candide and Zadig; the tales “Micromegas” and ‘Story of a Good Brahmin”; more than seventy articles from the Philosophical Dictionary that offer heretical definitions of subjects from Adultery to Tyranny;  and letters written to such correspondents as Frederick the Great and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This week’s films are under Current Events.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

No disrespect towards the Amish, as I look around at today’s world, I appreciate their point of view.

Nevertheless, I found some humor in the following.

Amish Paradise

By “Weird Al” Yankovic

ART OF THE WEEK

Photography is an art form. Below is a rather interesting photo if you look “closely”.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Voltaire

Portrait by Nicolas de Largillière, c. 1724

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known as Voltaire

Satirist, novelist, poet, dramatist, historian, moralist, critic, courtier and correspondent, champion of reason and fanatical adversary of fanaticism, a darling of kings with the unfortunate habit of turning them into enemies, François Arouet de Voltaire is one of the few writers to have imposed his name on an entire epoch. It is entirely appropriate that the French Enlightenment is also known as “the age of Voltaire.” And if that age ended with a revolution, Voltaire was nothing if not a subversive. His abiding motto was “Écrasez l’infame”: “Crush infamy.” (Source: Goodreads)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

This one is for Star Trek fans

PHYSICAL TRAITS

The Corona Virus Continues to Mutate

CHARACTER TRAITS

Tips On How To Avoid Criticism

SOCIAL TRAITS

This could help one get along better with people in 2022.

LEARNING TRAITS

Some of you may find this helpful.

MISCELLANEOUS

You may want to think about this before

taking down your Christmas decorations.

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 $6.34 with Prime Membership

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.

 

 

01/02/22 – 2021 Views by Country

CURRENT EVENTS

2021 Views by Top Ten Countries

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I first read this book in 1986 and have reviewed it a number of times over the years as well as just this past week.

It works, if you apply yourself to its teachings. However, where it speaks of wealth or money, I would suggest replacing those words with whatever you really want.

Money in my view, should be an enabler and not the end goal.

Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” 

Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I thought it was an interesting film, worth watching. I do wish it had been in chronological order, since some of the flashbacks made the film a bit confusing.

 Being The Ricardos (2021)

“A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom I Love Lucy.” (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The reason I selected this song is because I was briefly watching a New Year’s Eve show from Nashville, Tennessee. There was a comedian on the show talking about how scared people are and he went on to say something like, “In Nashville, the only thing these folks are afraid of, is running out of beer.”

Ballad of Davy Crockett

By Fess Parker

ART OF THE WEEK

Every year brings the loss of friends and family members; however, every year also brings forth new friends and new family members. Stay positive.

Melancholy

It is called Melancolie. And it is heartbreakingly beautiful.

The artwork created by Albert György (living in Switzerland, but born in Romania) can be found in Geneva in a small park on the promenade (Quai du Mont Blanc) along the shore of Lake Geneva.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Scotty

I did some research and apparently this story is true.

But, even if it weren’t true, it should be.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Clothing Choices

CHARACTER TRAITS

Some people think it is fine for people to loose their livelihood because for various reasons they don’t think a Covid shot or shots are in their best interests. 

Others think it is fine to prevent people from traveling or going into restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, etc., unless fully vaccinated.

One can always find a reason to discriminate against any group. Perhaps, your group (aged, overweight, disabled, too many kids, etc.) may be the next group to be discriminated against and who will stand up for you?

SOCIAL TRAITS

This could help one get along better with people in 2022.

LEARNING TRAITS

It is important to stay current with technology.

MISCELLANEOUS

This Cannot Be Said Enough Times

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 $6.34 with Prime Membership

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.