02/20/22 – Do You Believe What You Are Being Told?


Do you believe what you are being told?


Hercule Poirot

The Complete Short Stories

By Agatha Christie

I started reading these stories back in January 2019 and only recently finished this 850+ page book. Obviously, I took some reading breaks. If you like short detective stories, check this book out.

At last, a single volume that gathers together all of the short stories featuring Agatha Christie’s most famous creation, Hercule Poirot. The dapper, mustache-twirling little Belgian with the egg-shaped head and curious mannerisms has solved some of the most puzzling crimes of the century—and, in his own humble opinion, is “probably the greatest detective in the world.”

In this complete collection of more than 50 stories, ranging from short tales to novellas, Poirot faces violent murders, poisonings, kidnappings, and thefts—all solved with his characteristic panache. Only Agatha Christie could have devised cases worthy of Hercule Poirot’s skill and “little gray cells.” (Source: Amazon)


I found this nine episode Netflix series interesting; although, I have heard others say they didn’t care for it. So, like most things; it isn’t for everyone.

Inventing Anna 

Inventing Anna is an American drama streaming television miniseries created and produced by Shonda Rhimes, inspired by the story of Anna Sorokin and the article in New York titled “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler. The series was released on Netflix on February 11, 2022. Julia Garner stars as Anna Sorokin, the title character.


This song came out in April 1967 and I came home from Vietnam May 10, 1967. It was a great time to be young and alive. If not this time, I would have wanted to spend my youth in the “Roaring 20s”.

59th Street Bridge Sone (Feeling Groovy)

By Harpers Bizarre


I can’t recall when I took this photo, but I thought the art work was more interesting than the traditional snowman. 



Painting of Mata Hari by Isaac Israëls, 1916

Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I

On 13 February 1917, Mata Hari was arrested in her room at the Hotel Elysée Palace on the Champs Elysées in Paris. She was put on trial on 24 July, accused of spying for Germany, and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers. Although the French and British intelligence suspected her of spying for Germany, neither could produce definite evidence against her.

Zelle was executed by a firing squad of 12 French soldiers just before dawn on 15 October 1917. She was 41. According to an eyewitness account by British reporter Henry Wales, she was not bound and refused a blindfold. She defiantly blew a kiss to the firing squad. (Source: Wikipedia) 

I’m not sure how true the following is,

but if it isn’t true, it should be.

At her execution [ ], Mata Hari, dressed to the nines, blew a kiss at her firing squad and smiled, causing one soldier to faint and another to marvel, “Sacre bleu, this lady knows how to die.” (Source: Simply Irresistible by Ellen T. White)



Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned






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 $4.81 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.



28 thoughts on “02/20/22 – Do You Believe What You Are Being Told?

  1. I always love all the things I learn in your posts, Bill! It’s evident how much research and thought you put into each one. It’s a great assortment of laughs and somber truths~all mixed with hope! The piece on Mata Hari really interested me in her even more! I tried the Netflix show you watched~only got through two episodes~I was having difficulty with the lead actress. She is so amazing in Ozark! This role~I just couldn’t go with it. Oh well! I love the memes!

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    • Thank you Karla for commenting and for your kind words about the blog. As for Mata Hari. whether or not she was guilty (some debate about that), she certainly knew how to die. Had I been part of that firing squad, I would never have fired on one who was about to die so nobly.

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  2. This post is really good sir.. But at last i just got curious the book ‘i am tired of being ordinary are you’ like i have heard about this book so much though i didn’t got a chance to read and didn’t searched much about it… But is it like sir written by you? I am really sorry the way i am asking it but i was like really surprised you know this is amazing

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      • Ohh is it… Aah i will really try to read it fast.. So great to be your friend sir.. Anyways have you written any more? Ohh really thanku i wish i could.. I will.
        Thanku so much

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      • It is an easy read Ankita, short and to the point, with humor. I wrote it back in 2014, so some of the suggested films would not be ones I would choose today. I did write a second book, which I believe is much better than the first. Thanks for asking, you inspire me to go about getting it published. And I look forward to reading your book Ankita. I can tell from your posts that you have a lot to say.

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      • Yaa okay.. I am gonna read it for sure will tell you my views after reading.. Isn’t it great that i am gonna read a book of someone whom i actually know.. Its really amazing ya and sir i believe you are really creative and you come up with very good ideas you should publish it.. And thank you so much for inspiring me too.. Yeah i want to write one i am not even sure how would i do it and all the steps.. I have really thought about it i search about writing a book and will take a good knowledge about all these and then later soon i will try to..
        Thanku.. ✨🤍😊

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      • Yes Ankita, I would love to hear what you thought of the book. If it is easier for you, you can send your thoughts about to book to me via email. I have no doubts Ankita, you “will” write a book, perhaps many of them.

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