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.

08/30/20 – Be Brave

CURRENT EVENTS

Be Brave

For decades now the media and so many other people have been pushing fear. It has got so bad that people driving in a car by themselves are seen wearing a mask. 

The USA was the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we aren’t brave, how long do you think we will be free?

Try the above, you will be surprised to lear that it actually works.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I have found this book most helpful over the years in my quest to be a better person.

Living a Life That Matters

By Harold S. Kushner

Drawing on the stories of his own congregants, on literature, current events and, above all, on the Biblical story of Jacob (the worldly trickster who evolves into a man of God), Rabbi Harold S. Kushner addresses some of the most persistent dilemmas of the human condition:

Why do decent people so often violate their moral standards? How can we pursue justice without giving in to the lure of revenge? How can we turn our relationships with family and friends into genuine sources of meaning? Persuasive and sympathetic, filled with humanity and warmth, Living a Life That Matters is a deeply rewarding book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Series 4

I was having a hard time finding anything to watch that I liked, so I went back to Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. I am now into series 4 of the collection. 

If you like Sherlock Holmes, I think you will like Hercule Poirot.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Should’ve Been A Cowboy

By Toby Keith

I started out early in life as a cowboy, but unfortunately lost my way.

ART OF THE WEEK

Liberty Bell

Years ago, when I was in Philadelphia,

I saw the Liberty Bell and took this photo.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Detroit Police James Craig

Look around at our troubled cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York. Detroit is calm compared to those cities. Police Chief James Craig is one of the primary reasons for that. 

People tend to do what you allow them to do and Police Chief Craig isn’t allowing what is going on in many of our major cities. 

I think the people in the cities I mentioned made some very poor decisions when they voted and now they are suffering the consequences.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Diets

I suspect in the long-run, most diets don’t work. I believe you might be far better off with small lifestyle changes such as increasing your physical activity and cutting out a few things you are eating, which aren’t helping you reach your weight goals. Nothing drastic, just small little sustainable changes over time.

CHARACTER TRAITS

I hope this thought provides some small comfort to those of us who are suffering. And for those of us that are doing fine, I hope this helps remind us to be grateful for what we have and are experiencing.

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Social Distancing

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Term Limitations
I support term limitations  86.96%  (20 votes) 
I am against term limitations  13.04%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 23
Which do you value more?
Freedom  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Safety  15.79%  (3 votes

 

Total Votes: 19
Which is more important?
The Journey  58.82%  (10 votes) 
The Company  41.18%  (7 votes) 
The Destination  0%  (0 votes

 

Total Votes: 17
Do you question the Governor of Michigan’s decision making skills?
Yes, I believe people should be allowed to make their own decisions  87.5%  (14 votes) 
No, the government knows what is good for people  12.5%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 16

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.

08/23/20 – Term Limits

CURRENT EVENTS

Term Limits

I understand that the Chinese have a saying, white shirts and politicians are best when new.

If you look at how long so many of our key political leaders have held office, do you ever wonder if they are going to fix something, why didn’t they fix it decades ago.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I believe there are no people without flaws, Jefferson had great flaws but he also did great things. There is much more to Thomas Jefferson than you are likely to hear from the media or even today’s schools.

Jefferson

By Saul K. Padover

An abridged version of the classic biography of the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

This is a stirring portrait of an extraordinary American—Thomas Jefferson—third President of the United States, architect of freedom and democracy. He began his remarkable career as a lawyer, served in the Virginia House of Delegates and subsequently became Governor of Virginia, Ambassador to France, Secretary of State, and President.

He wrote his own epitaph, because he hoped to be remembered for three of his contributions to the American nation—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom—and Father of the University of Virginia. Yet, curiously enough, most of Jefferson’s life was a struggle between his desire for a quiet, scholarly life on his plantation at Monticello and the sacrifices he had to make in order to serve his county.

Here, Professor Samuel K. Padover deftly reveals the personality of Jefferson, the devoted husbabnd and father, the farmer and philosopher, as well as the crises and achievements of his brilliant career as a statesman, in this absorbing, highly readable book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Dancing With The Tsars

If you enjoy Dancing With The Stars, perhaps you will enjoy this show.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Beethoven

ART OF THE WEEK

Art From Peru’s Man-Made Floating Islands In Lake Titicaca

I bought this hanging decoration in 2017 from one of the Indians on the floating islands. They, like everyone I saw in Peru; absolutely refused to accept handouts. They want you to buy something from them, not give them something for nothing.

I found the character of the Peruvians more impressive than so many in the USA, who want something for nothing. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Inspector Harry Callahan

(aka Dirty Harry)

Inspector Harold Callahan, also known as Dirty Harry, was portrayed in the Dirty Harry film series, which consists of Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). 

From his debut, Callahan became the template for a new kind of cop: an antihero who does not hesitate to cross professional boundaries in pursuit of his own vision of justice, especially when the law is poorly served by an inept, incompetent bureaucracy.

All of the Dirty Harry films feature Callahan killing criminals, mostly in gunfights. Phrases he utters in armed stand-offs, “Go ahead, make my day” and “[…] you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” have become iconic. 

Dirty Harry in Action

  WEEK’S JOKE

This Week’s Joke Compliments of the BBC

I was told the BBC was trying to be sarcastic.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Quarantine Coffee

This is for those of you who like to try different kinds of coffees or those of you who don’t like coffee at all.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Adapt

It seems everyone has to adapt to our new environment.

MISCELLANEOUS

Gyms have been closed since mid-March and yet Michigan’s governor has now permitted Detroit’s casinos to be open. I have to wonder about the governor’s motivations, not to mention encouraging nursing homes to take in Coronavirus patients.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie “Bubba Ho-Tep”
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  46.67%  (7 votes) 
I have seen it and I liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I have not see it, nor do I wish to see it  26.66%  (4 votes) 
I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
Which do you favor?
Decentralized control  80%  (8 votes) 
Centralized control  20%  (2 votes) 
I’m not going to vote.  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 10

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.

08/16/20 – Elvis

CURRENT EVENTS

Elvis

(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Tao of Elvis

By David Rosen

This little book is well worth reading.

Elvis Presley was an intensely spiritual man. Gospel was his music of choice, and his life–from innocence to addiction, from obscurity to fame–was one long quest to balance opposites.

The Tao of Elvis is the first attempt to illustrate Elvis’s Taoist nature and interpret his never-ending search for purpose and meaning. Highlighting Elvis’s journey from light into dark, Jungian expert and Elvis scholar David Rosen explores and examines his life through the structure of the Tao Te Ching.

In reflections on forty-two Taoist concepts–one for each year of Elvis’s life–Rosen reveals how the Tao, a mysterious force, was and is operating through America’s king. Like the Tao, Elvis is everywhere.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Unless you really love all things Elvis, you may want to skip this film. (Updated 08/17/20)

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Elvis

Mr. singh (The Sikh Elvis)

ART OF THE WEEK

This is my Elvis hanging tree decoration.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Elvis

(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

Rather than a lot of words about Elvis, the think this Bobby Bare song, The All American Boy covers the life of Elvis very well.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, called for a nationwide mask mandate on Thursday, drawing a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who rarely wears a mask himself and opposes such mandates. 

“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said at a press appearance in Wilmington, Delaware. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing.

Three months minimum, is that like just wear a mask until we flatten the curve?

There is a saying that one rule for both the horse and the cow is unfair for both. Generally speaking, if you are a liberal you favor centralize control and if you are a conservative, you favor decentralized control. In November you are going to have to make a choice or not vote.

LEARNING TRAITS

Home Schooling

MISCELLANEOUS

Replacing Police

There has been considerable talk about replacing police officers in some situations with other qualified professionals. Normally, I’m against this idea, but in some instances this could possibly work.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you think there is too much hatred in the world?

Yes, there is too much hatred  82.61%  (19 votes) 

I think ordering pizza is the answer to getting rid of hatred  13.04%  (3 votes) 

No, we have just the right amount of hatred  4.35%  (1 votes) 

We could use more hatred  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Regarding the film “Kindergarten Cop”

I’ve seen it and I liked it  78.26%  (18 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  8.7%  (2 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  8.7%  (2 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  4.34%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
Do you feel the concept “That every child is a winner” is helping kids to become successful adults

No, children need a more realistic orientation to be successful adults  89.47%  (17 votes) 

Yes, it builds their self-esteem, which will help them as adults  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you feel like you are under too much stress?

Maybe  47.37%  (9 votes) 

Yes  26.32%  (5 votes) 

No  26.31%  (5 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.

08/09/20 – It Is Important To Be Positive

CURRENT EVENTS

It Is Important To Be Positive

There is absolutely way too much negativity in the world and it seems to be growing worse. In some ways, I’m glad I don’t have that many years remaining to see where all this hate takes us.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Rules For A Knight

By Ethan Hawke

This little book is well worth reading.

A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty. 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie again because I heard that the Cancel Culture convinced  the Northwest Film Center (NWFC) in Portland, Oregon to pull this 1990 action comedy from its summer drive-in series. 

I think the concern of the Cancel Culture was that they did not like police officers in schools. 

It is just my own view, but if anything needs cancelling, it is the Cancel Culture.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (1990)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Garden Party

By Rick Nelson

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is a drawing by one of my favorite artists, Kurk Hasley Frederickson. I have three of his originals, but this drawing I grabbed off the internet. I liked the message.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Michelangelo

Portrait of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra

Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

His artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine, Leonardo da Vinci. Several scholars have described Michelangelo as the greatest artist of his age and even as the greatest artist of all time.

A number of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Probably some of you like me, have been struggling with healthy eating vs. eating bacon. I hope this chart will help you with your decision.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Stress can age you, as the science of carbon dating shows

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Before you seeing this post, did you have any idea how to make holy water?

I had no idea how holy water is made  64%  (16 votes) 

I knew how holy water was made, but Chef Ronaldo’s method is easier  32%  (8 votes) 

Yes  4%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 25

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

I’ve seen it and I liked it  45.45%  (10 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  27.27%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  18.18%  (4 votes)  

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
How long has it been since you have had some bacon?

Within the last month  26.09%  (6 votes) 

Within the last two weeks  21.74%  (5 votes) 

Within the last year  21.74%  (5 votes) 

Within the last week  17.39%  (4 votes) 

I don’t eat bacon  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Have you really changed over the years?

Yes, a little  47.83%  (11 votes) 

Yes, a whole lot  34.78%  (8 votes) 

Not really  17.39%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

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08/02/20 – Chef Ronaldo’s Cooking Seminar

CURRENT EVENTS

Chef Ronaldo’s Cooking Seminar

Saturday, I was fortunate to attend a cooking seminar put on by the world famous Chef Ronaldo. He taught us how to make holy water in your own home kitchen.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Since my movie of the week is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which makes fun of Bruce Lee, I thought it only fair that I present another side to Bruce Lee. I found this book well worth reading and have reviewed my highlights and notes I made in this book a number of times.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film three times now and I still enjoy it. However, to all you Bruce Lee fans, I apologize for making this film again my movie of the week.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

Brimful of Asha” is a single by British alternative rock band Cornershop from their album When I Was Born for the 7th Time. The recording originally reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart in 1997. After a remixed version by Norman Cook became a radio success, the song was re-released and reached number one on the UK chart and number 16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

This song is based on the history of film culture in India. Since their beginnings, Indian films have relied heavily on song-and-dance numbers. The singing is almost always performed by background singers while the actors and actresses lip sync. Asha Bhosle is a playback singer who has sung over 12,000 songs. (Source: Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Most people take photos when they travel. Here are some of the most popular travel photos of 2020.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Herman Cain

I first became aware of Herman Cain during the Republican Presidential Debates of 2012 (I also watch the Democratic debates). I didn’t know what to think of him, when I first saw him. But as time went on, I thought that I would like to vote for this guy. Unfortunately, I never got the chance.

Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 – July 30, 2020) was an American business executive and syndicated columnist.

Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He then graduated with a master’s degree in computer science at Purdue University, while also working full-time for the U.S. Department of the Navy. In 1977, he joined the Pillsbury Company where he later became vice president. During the 1980s, Cain’s success as a business executive at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him as chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, in which capacity he served from 1986 to 1996.

Cain was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and then chairman until 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. From 1996 to 1999, Cain served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

In May 2011, Cain announced his 2012 presidential candidacy. By the fall, his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

So many people say they want to make a difference.

Here is a method that works every time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Spelling at times, is so important.

For instance, this should have read swallow “whole”

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you believe America is out of common sense?

Yes  75.86%  (22 votes) 

Maybe  17.24%  (5 votes) 

No  6.9%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 29

The Incredible Hulk reads books, do you?

A least one book every 2 weeks  44.44%  (12 votes) 

A least one book a quarter  22.22%  (6 votes) 

A least one book a month  14.81%  (4 votes) 

A least one book a year  11.11%  (3 votes) 

I haven’t read a book in a long time  7.41%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 27
Regarding the film “The Darjeeling Limited”

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  52%  (13 votes) 

I have seen it and I liked it  28%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  20%  (5 votes) 

I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

What do you think of the violence going on in Portland, Chicago and NYC?

I think there needs to be a change in the leadership of these cities.  58.33%  (14 votes) 

I thing the mayors of these cities are addressing it in a most appropriate way.  37.5%  (9 votes)  

I’m not aware of anything out of the ordinary going on in these cities.  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Would you like you, if you met you?

Yes  73.91%  (17 votes) 

Maybe  26.09%  (6 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
When it comes to life, I’m generally more

positive than negative  95.45%  (21 votes)

negative than positive  4.55%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 22

Do you consider yourself a good role model?

Mostly yes  63.64%  (14 votes)

Yes  31.82%  (7 votes)

No  4.54%  (1 votes)

Mostly no  0%  (0 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, 

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My Final Cover

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07/27/20 – The Coin Shortage

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Another older film, but I think as good as many of today’s films.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here is a song from a different time.

“Where Do You Go To My Lovely”

By Peter Sarstedt

ART OF THE WEEK

Last week, I showed a carved wooden eagle that I bought years ago. On that very same day, I also bought a carved wooded owl that stayed on my front porch until last year. Insects and woodpeckers have taken their toll on the owl, which has now been retired to the back yard.

For holidays, the owl always got into costume. Here he is for Halloween.

And here he is for St. Patrick’s Day

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Our Police Officers

  WEEK’S JOKE

I’m going to have to plead guilty of having done this.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Café”
I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  66.67%  (14 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  19.05%  (4 votes) 
I saw it and I like it  14.28%  (3 votes) 
I saw it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
Do you support defunding police departments?
No  66.67%  (14 votes) 
I support reallocation of some police funds to social workers  28.57%  (6 votes)
Yes  4.76%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
When you hear something reported by the media, do you?
Evaluate whether or not it seems reasonable, regardless of your political feelings  100%  (21 votes) 
Automatically accept or reject, depending upon how it conforms to your political feelings  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 21

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.

07/19/20 – I Like It, Do You?

CURRENT EVENTS

I don’t know who wrote this, but I like it.

I’m sick of covid-19.
I’m sick of black vs. white.
I’m sick of Democrats vs. Republicans.
I’m sick of gay vs. straight.
I’m REALLY sick of the media.
I’m sick of the language being used and plastered all over the media…
I’m sick of no one being allowed to think what they want & feel what they do without offending someone.
I am sick of the people who are out there jumping on the bandwagon to protest just to cause mass confusion and more hatred and to riot, loot, and destroy…
I am sick of blaming the world for the sins of a few.

We’re one race—the human race. WE ALL MATTER!!

You want to support President Trump? You do it! It’s your choice.
You want to support Biden? Fine… also your choice!
You want to believe in God? Okay, believe in God.
You want to believe in magical creatures that fly around & sprinkle fairy dust to make life better? Awesome… you do it!!

BUT how about being mature enough to be able to deal with the fact that everyone doesn’t have the same exact mind-set as you. Having our own minds is what makes us all individuals and beautiful. If you can’t handle that fact….I’m sorry!! I don’t have to agree with everything you believe in.

So be a decent human being.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I thought this was a very thought provoking independent film.

It is much more than a simple love story.

Café (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Shake Your Tail Feathers”

By The Blues Brothers & Ray Charles

ART OF THE WEEK

This is a carved wooden eagle that I bought and had in my back yard for years.  But unfortunately, like many things in Michigan made of wood it is no more.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I’ve been hosting various happy hour parties for a decade now and it seems like I have lost so many attendees. Elaine was a frequent attendee.

Elaine Belich

Elaine came in first place at my last Halloween Happy Hour

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

There is a school of thought that physical pain is just a manifestation of some psychological trauma.

You can do that.

I recall reading that David Brown said that, “Psychoanalysis isn’t for everyone, certainly not for the financially strapped.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film, “The Big Lebowski”

I have seen it and I liked it  55.56%  (10 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  22.22%  (4 votes)  

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  22.22%  (4 votes) 

I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

What do you think of people who turn in neighbors and local businesses for violation of Coronavirus executive orders issued by state governors?

I think they did the Reich thing  53.33%  (8 votes) 

I think they did the right thing  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
In the age of political correctness, do you think the news media and university professors try to rewrite history?

Yes  50%  (8 votes) 

Sometimes  50%  (8 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe people are too easily offended today?

Yes  100%  (17 votes) 

No  0%  (0 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.