07/31/22 – Pushups

CURRENT EVENTS

Pushups

When it comes to exercise, are you a watcher or a doer?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I have read and reviewed this book many times over the years and if you are serious about being extraordinary, I would check it out.

It’s Not How Good You Are,

It’s How Good You Want To Be (2003)

By Paul Arden

This uplifting and humorous little book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom – all packed into easy-to-digest, bite-sized spreads. If you want to succeed in life or business, this book is a must. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Man From Toronto (Netflix 2022)

I thought this sort of mindless movie was very funny at times. I’m not showing the trailer because I don’t think the trailer did the film justice, nor did the reviews.

It is still at times an extraordinarily funny movie and worth watching once.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I was going to say this is one of the most beautiful things ever created by humans; but as I look around, I see and hear beauty everywhere. So, I will just say I hope you enjoy this music as much as I do.

Cannon in D Major  (Composed about 1680–90)

Johann Pachelbel

 

Johann Pachelbel (baptised 1 September 1653 – buried 9 March 1706) was a German composer, organist, and teacher.

He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Pachelbel’s music enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime. Today, Pachelbel is best known for the Canon in D.

ART OF THE WEEK

The Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

The term acropolis is generic and there are many other acropoleis in Greece. During ancient times the Acropolis of Athens was known also more properly as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the supposed first Athenian king.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495–429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the buildings.

The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians during the Morean War when gunpowder being stored in the Parthenon was hit by a Venetian bombardment and exploded. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

The Most Interesting Man in the World

JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Veggie  Bacon

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo

The famous chef knows how difficult it can be to eat with chop sticks.

So he is providing this tip for the next time you dine at a Chinese Restaurant

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

To those of you who look at this blog and especially to those of you who comment.

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

07/24/22 – Choices

CURRENT EVENTS

Choices

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I believe some of you will not like what this book says and these are the people who really need to read this book; however, I suspect they will not.

It is a short, easy to read, thought provoking book, consisting of 144 pages.

Life: A User’s Manual (1998)

Edited by John Miller with Eliza Finkelstein

Some of the excerpts included in this book will be familiar to many a reader. Most of the authors have instant name recognition.

What makes the book readable however is neither the familarity of the content nor the writer. It is the assemblage of thought brought together under five general [topics]: search, faith, love, meditation, death–all wonderfully provocative concepts that lend themselves to reflection. (Source: An unknown Thriftbooks.com User)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Persuasion (Netflix 2022)

Despite Dakota Johnson’s best efforts, the chaotically anachronistic Persuasion fails to convince as a worthwhile Austen adaptation. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus)

Okay, the critics didn’t like the film and I could understand why a Jane Austen purest would not like this film.

With all that said, I thought the film was enjoyable and some excellent acting here and there, such as Anne (Dakota Johnson), Anne’s father (Richard E. Grant), Mr. Elliot (Henry Golding), and Mrs. Musgrove (Eve Matheson).

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

How Well Do You Know Music History?

ART OF THE WEEK

Amsterdam Art

Although many people considered the work to be an indictment on technology and smartphone “addiction” in 2019, it wasn’t difficult to find vintage images of people in Amsterdam absorbed in newspapers. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Father Guido Sarducci

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Don’t Skip or Skimp on Breakfast 

There is no better way to start your day, 

than with a good healthy breakfast.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Do we listen to people that believe differently than we do?

LEARNING TRAITS

I Think Many of Us Find This Hard to Learn

MISCELLANEOUS

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

Source: Benjamin Franklin

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Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

07/17/22 – Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

CURRENT EVENTS

Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

BOOK OF THE WEEK

What a book, for 707 pages you are feeling as is you are standing next to Napoleon and he is sharing all his thoughts with you.

If this book was not so well written, I would never have finished it. 

Napoleon (1926)

By Emil Ludwig

Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

So far, I have only seen four episodes of this new Star Trek series, but if you are a Star Trek fan like me, you will probably want to check it out.

Star Trek: Next Generation with Captain Picard is still my favorite.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is an American television series created for the streaming service Paramount+.

It is the 11th Star Trek series and was launched in 2022 as part of Kurtzman’s expanded Star Trek Universe. A spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery, it follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the starship USS Enterprise as they explore new worlds throughout the galaxy during the decade before Star Trek: The Original Series.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Listening to Music Tip

ART OF THE WEEK

This is rather clever

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Nora

World Champion Powerlifter

and my

Team Armageddon Teammate

If you would like to know more about Nora, there is an article about Nora in the 21 May 2022 edition of The Guardian. Below is the article (too small to read, but below is a link to the article.

Nora is an inspiration to me and others who know her. She started out at 65 lifting a broomstick, she will soon be 80. 

I hope those of you who are reading this, take some action to improve your own health.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/may/20/experience-79-year-old-world-champion-powerlifter

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

More Tips From World Famous Chef Ronaldo 

Chef Ronaldo knows many of you are on diets, so here is a tip that you can use in your efforts to stay on your diet.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Ask yourself, are you too controlling?

SOCIAL TRAITS

When did you ever meet anyone after 10 p.m., 

that was good for you?

LEARNING TRAITS

Educational System

Just my opinion, but it appears to me that our educational systems (K through 12 and Universities) are failing young people. I leave it to you to form your own opinion.

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

07/10/22 – Don’t Wait Too Long

CURRENT EVENTS

Don’t Wait Too Long

BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you have an interest in the American Wild West, I strongly recommend this book. It is easy reading and loaded with pictures of interesting characters.

Gunfighters (2016)

By Al Cimino

In the remote parts of the West where law and order was unheard of, a man’s best friend and main hope for salvation was his gun. It was an integral part of his life, and most men who lived and died by the gun were a breed apart. In their own time, they were generally called gunfighters — part man, part myth. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Ireland: County by County

I’ve been to Ireland and really enjoyed it. However, I wish I had seen this series before I made the trip. 

It is hard to watch this engaging show without wanting to visit Ireland or make a return visit.


MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Soak Up The Sun

By Sheryl Crow

Song’s Background

Soak Up the Sun” is a song by American singer Sheryl Crow. She and her longtime co-worker Jeff Trott wrote the song following a conversation they had during a plane flight, when they discussed the changing weather as they flew to New York City from Portland, Oregon.

Crow was recovering from surgery at the time, inspiring her and Trott to write a happy song that would cheer her up.

In the song, Crow has no money to afford any luxuries or necessities, but she decides that wallowing in her sadness is not a productive activity, so she reflects on what she currently has and “puts on a happy face” that she plans to spread to others.

ART OF THE WEEK

An Artist with a Sense of Humor

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors (a term coined some 13 centuries later by Niccolò Machiavelli), and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire lasting from 27 BC to 180 AD. 

Meditations, the writings of “the philosopher” – as contemporary biographers called Marcus – are a significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. They have been praised by fellow writers, philosophers, monarchs, and politicians centuries after his death. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

As you become more aware, you will see that there are more illusions than just the red dot.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Learn to Save

One of the smartest things you can do is to put away 10% of everything you make. Later in life, your savings will work for you, instead of you working.

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

07/03/22 – Happy Fourth of July

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Fourth of July

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Folks, this little book makes statistics so easy to understand and is written in simple everyday language.

If you want to stop being fooled, at least by statistics. you owe it to yourself and society to wise up a bit about what you are so often being told with statistics, graphs, etc.

If ever there was a time for the average person to apply some critical thinking to what they are being told, it is now.

How To Lie With Statistics (1993)

By Darrell Huff

Illustrated by Irving Geis

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Morning Show

I’ve watch both seasons of this two season show (A third season has  been approved) and liked some episodes. The acting is very good. However, this show is definitely not a comedy.

The Morning Show is an American drama television series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, that premiered on Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019.

The series is inspired by Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

If You Have Ever Wondered.

ART OF THE WEEK

Vexillography

Vexillography is the art and practice of designing flags.

A person who designs flags is a vexillographer.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

He was previously the second vice president of the United States under John Adams and the first United States secretary of state under George Washington.

The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at state, national, and international levels.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

Which are you?

SOCIAL TRAITS

I’ve heard it said that where you stand on an issue depends upon where you happen to be sitting at the moment.

People who think differently than you, have their reasons. It is not because they are evil or stupid.

If you must say something controversial, please do it respectfully.

LEARNING TRAITS

More tips from World Famous Chef Ronaldo on keeping a clean kitchen. 

If dirty wine glasses are your problem, this will help.

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

06/26/22 – Summer Is Here

CURRENT EVENTS

First Day of Summer

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

BOOK OF THE WEEK

So many of us are always in a rush to do this or that or get here or there.

Perhaps, we should all consider slowing down a bit and maybe we will find that we start enjoying life more.

ThIs is a very short book with a lot of intriguing photos.

If nothing else, there is a page with some excellent tips on wine drinking. 

The Art of Doing Nothing (1998)

By Véronique  Vienne

with photographs by Erica Lennard

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Elvis (2022)

I saw this film last Friday and although I am an Elvis fan, I found the film’s portrayal of Elvis disappointing. The acting was very good, and not just the main characters. The Vernon and Priscilla Presley acting was spot on. The Little Richard in the movie was fantastic. But again, the story line was disappointing.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Since I start this week’s post with an Eddie Cochran Summer Time Blues (1958) song, I thought I would include something short and entertaining here.

Beethoven

By John Bulushi

ART OF THE WEEK

Rhymes

A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds [ ] in the final stressed syllables and any following syllables of two or more words. Most often, this kind of perfect rhyming is consciously used for a musical or aesthetic effect in the final position of lines within poems or songs.

More broadly, a rhyme may also variously refer to other types of similar sounds near the ends of two or more words. [ ] (Source: Wikipedia)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Eddie Cochran

Ray Edward Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American rock and roll musician. Cochran’s songs, such as “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Summertime Blues”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Somethin’ Else”, captured teenage frustration and desire in the mid-1950s and early 1960s.

He played the guitar, piano, bass, and drums. His image as a sharply dressed and attractive young man with a rebellious attitude epitomized the stance of the 1950s rocker, and in death he achieved iconic status.

Cochran died at age 21 in St Martin’s Hospital, Bath, Somerset, after a road accident in Chippenham, Wiltshire, at the end of his British tour in April 1960.

In 1987, Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by a wide variety of recording artists. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine

and medicine be they food.”

CHARACTER TRAITS

Here is something worth reflecting on:

“Master, how will I know if I’m making any progress?”

“You know it when: what once made you mad,

now makes you laugh.“

Source Unknown, I found it on “MisaeMich” blog post

of  June 22, 2022

SOCIAL TRAITS

Cutting Down Too Many Trees Has Consequences

LEARNING TRAITS

It has been a while since world famous Chef Ronaldo has shared a tip with us. 

This week he is back to tell you how to keep a clean kitchen.

MISCELLANEOUS

Let’s just say usually.

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

06/19/22 – Results of APF/AAPF Push/Pull Meet in Kalamazoo, MI

CURRENT EVENTS

Results of APF/AAPF Push/Pull Meet

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let’s just say I had a good day.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

After reading about Lafayette and the role he played in the French Revolution, I wanted to know more about Talleyrand who played such an influential role during this era.

This book is 375 pages long without the bibliography. I am currently on page 306.

Talleyrand: A Biography (1932)

By Duff Cooper

Unique in his own age and a phenomenon in any, Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, was a statesman of outstanding ability and extraordinary contradictions.

He was a world-class rogue who held high office in five successive regimes. A well-known opportunist and a notorious bribe taker, Talleyrand’s gifts to France arguably outvalued the vast personal fortune he amassed in her service.

Once a supporter of the Revolution, after the fall of the monarchy, he fled to England and then to the United States. Talleyrand returned to France two years later and served under Napoleon, and represented France at the Congress of Vienna. Duff Cooper’s classic biography contains all the vigor, elegance, and intellect of its remarkable subject.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I didn’t watch anything this week that I thought was worth mentioning, so instead here is some movie trivia.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I like this video because it promotes a healthy lifestyle 

and

Encourages people to make something of themselves.

Light Switch (January 20, 2022)

By Charlie Puth

Background

“I created the concept for this music video based on an idea I had and shared with the incredible director, Christian Breslauer. I wanted to humorously portray all the things we sometimes try to change about ourselves in order to capture that unrequited love, when deep down we should be changing our lives only to benefit ourselves and no one else.” (Source: Charlie Puth)

ART OF THE WEEK

People Haven’t Changed That Much

As this ancient (1895 BC to 539 BC) Babylonian statute shows, people back then were dealing with the same everyday problems that many of us face today.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Talleyrand

Portrait by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1817)

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (2 February 1754 – 17 May 1838), 1st Prince of Benevento, then Prince of Talleyrand, was a French clergyman and leading diplomat.

He worked at the highest levels of successive French governments, most commonly as foreign minister or in some other diplomatic capacity. His career spanned the regimes of Louis XVI, the years of the French Revolution, Napoleon, Louis XVIII, and Louis-Philippe. Those Talleyrand served often distrusted him but, like Napoleon, found him extremely useful. The name “Talleyrand” has become a byword for crafty, cynical diplomacy.

Talleyrand polarizes scholarly opinion. Some regard him as one of the most versatile, skilled and influential diplomats in European history, and some believe that he was a traitor, betraying in turn the Ancien Régime, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Restoration.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

I thought this was funny, but perhaps many will not get it right away.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Vegetables are so important for good health.

I often have a serving or two of vegetables

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Toxic Relationships

I’m not a fan of poetry, but here is something I found on the June 16, 2022 Philosophy Through Photography blog.

I thought it was rather thought provoking and perhaps it may give some of you something to reflect on.

MOTH: I GAVE YOU MY LIFE.

FLAME: I ALLOWED YOU TO KISS ME

By HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

LEARNING TRAITS

Some of you may not have known this.

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

06/12/22 – Helping Others

CURRENT EVENTS

Helping Others

I’m afraid it also works that way with people.

Give people a hand, not a handout.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This 400 page book certainly isn’t for most people, but if you enjoy reading about the lives of those involved in the American Revolution or the French Revolution, as I do, you will learn so much about this person.

The story and writing is fantastic.

Lafayette: A Life (Jan. 1, 1936)

By Andreas Latzko

Thank you very much Helen Lawlor (where ever you may be) and I can only hope that one day I can pass this book on to someone who appreciates the book as much as I do.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I really did not care that much for the first few episodes of Season 2 of Picard. However, I stayed with is out of the desire to see some old friends and I am glad I did. the Season got better and better.

In early 2023 there will be a Season 3 of Picard. I understand that this will be the final season.

Picard: Season 2

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Twist and Shout (March 2, 1964 USA Release)

By The Beatles

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is a film that some friends and I made back in 2010. 

Perceptions

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

I find it hard not to like this guy. I was rather disappointed that he didn’t appear in the Picard series.

Worf

Worf, son of Mogh [ ] appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and seasons four through seven of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(DS9) as well as the feature films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Worf is the first Klingon main character to appear in Star Trek, and in 11 seasons as a regular character on TNG and then DS9, has appeared in more Star Trek franchise episodes than any other character.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This coming Saturday I will be in Kalamazoo, MI participating in the Michigan APF/AAPF Plate Up Push/Pull meet.

For those who don’t know, a Push/Pull meeting is both a bench press and a deadlift competition. Each lifter gets three attempts at bench pressing and three attempts at deadlifting. A lifter’s best bench and best deadlift are added together to determine who has won.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

It is important to always say “Thank You”.

However, the above may be a bit extreme.

LEARNING TRAITS

Entertainment is vastly overrated!

You may have a better time at home and you can also always invite some friends over. If nothing else, it will be easier and less expensive.

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.

 

 

06/05/22 – Two Schools of Thought

CURRENT EVENTS

Two Schools of Thought

Or

“Keep the dream alive: Hit the snooze button”

Punit Ghadge from the “Philosophy Through Photography” blog

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There is a lot of everyday wisdom in this little and easy to read book.

Dojo Wisdom

By Jennifer Later

A martial arts expert draws on the principles and practices of her training to present a series of one hundred life lessons to help readers [ ] apply the teachings to everyday life. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I really enjoyed watching this film.

Top Gun: Maverick

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Dancing With Myself (March 1981)

By Billy Idol

Song’s Background

The inspiration for the song occurred during a tour of Japan by the English post-punk band Generation X in mid-1979, when its vocalist/frontman Billy Idol and its bassist Tony James were struck by the sight of the young crowd in a Tokyo discotheque dancing with their own reflections in walled mirrors rather than with one another.

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is a film that some friends and I made back in 2007. Oh my gosh, those 15 years have gone by so fast.

Inside World

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II in 2015

Significant events have included Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, Diamond and Platinum jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012, and 2022 respectively.

Elizabeth is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, the longest-serving female head of state, the oldest living and longest-reigning current monarch, and the oldest and longest-serving incumbent head of state.

Support for the monarchy in the United Kingdom has been and remains consistently high, as does her personal popularity. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

I know a lot of kind and well-meaning folks would add some things to the above list, but the reality is that that someone had to work hard to provide those benefits you are adding to this list.

However, I would add the Preamble to the Decoration of Independence, which boldly states the “self-evident” rights of every individual as “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

SOCIAL TRAITS

Make Someone Happy

LEARNING TRAITS

Is what you believe true?

MISCELLANEOUS

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book is free, and the paperback version is $10

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.