04/04/21 – Happy Easter and Other Current Events

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Easter

OTHER CURRENT NEWS

Freighter Stuck In The Suez Canal

Folks, maybe you heard about the freighter that was stuck in the Suez Canal and the harm it was causing. Here is a photo of the freighter being freed. 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There are a number of versions of this book available. My copy came out in 1989, but I think the next time I read this book, I will acquire a more recent version.

The Jefferson Bible

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

By Thomas Jefferson

In the early nineteenth century Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements.

To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus. This work was never published during Jefferson’s lifetime, but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early twentieth century.

The original bound manuscript, often referred to as “the Jefferson Bible,” is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This film isn’t for everyone, actually I think it is for very few people. I’ve seen it a few times and I still find it extremely interesting and worth trying to figure out what it is saying.

Surviving Desire (1992)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Jokerman (1984)

By Bob Dylan

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is some art with a powerful message.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Since it is Easter, why not.

Bugs Bunny

So far the “Cancel Culture” hasn’t come after Bugs Bunny, at least to the best of my knowledge.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Holy Water

In the past, the World Famous Chef Ronaldo taught us all how to make Holy Water. Given that it is Easter, I thought it might be helpful to bring this back.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I did some fact checking and found this to be true. I fact check everything on this blog. As for the things I really like but can’t find any factual support, I normally add, “If this isn’t true, it should be.” That phrase wasn’t necessary this time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Test Poll

I’ve been struggling with how to create a poll that would allow multiple answers. I am going to try again with this test poll.
 

Last Week’s Polls

Have you ever been to Stone Henge?
No, but I would like to see it  47.06%  (8 votes) 
Yes  29.41%  (5 votes) 
No, and I am not interested in seeing it  23.53%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Regarding the film “Mulholland Dr.”
I have seen the film and liked it  40%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  33.33%  (5 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  13.33%  (2 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  13.33%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you believe exercise is the world’s best medicine?
Yes  66.67%  (10 votes) 
It is helpful, but not the best  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I’d rather just take a pill or be injected with medicine  6.66%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
How do you feel about being one decision away from a totally different life?
Hopeful  50%  (6 votes) 
Scary  33.33%  (4 votes) 
I don’t believe it  16.67%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 12

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.

 

 

03/28/21 – Archaeological Discovery Near Stone Henge

CURRENT EVENTS

Archaeological Discovery Near Stone Henge

I continue to try to keep you up to data on recent discoveries. Here is a recent important archaeological discovery that I believe you should be aware of:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book was adapted by James Harris to be extremely easy to read. There is some good advice sprinkled throughout the book.

The Enchiridion: Epictetus

Adapted By James Harris

The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for “that which is held in the hand”) is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus.

This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This film isn’t for everyone; nevertheless, I have watched it a few times over the years and each time I have found it interesting. 

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Dr. is a 2001 surrealist neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Mulholland Drive is often regarded as one of Lynch’s finest works and was ranked 28th in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics’ poll of the best films ever made, and topped a 2016 poll by BBC Culture of the best films since 2000. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Opening Day is coming up.

Centerfield (1985)

By John Fogerty

ART OF THE WEEK

I thought this bridge spanning the falls is a work of art.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

William Shatner/Capt. James T. Kirk

William Shatner turned 90 years old last week (March 22, 1931). He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the TV series Star Trek.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

Here is a tip for the ladies

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Exercise, The World’s Best Medicine

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Here is something to think about

Now, think about it some more

LEARNING TRAITS

English Grammar Is Important

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t disagree with the following, I just find it rather scary. However, I suspect some must find it hopeful.

Polls

Why do you think dinosaurs became extinct?
Climate change  55%  (11 votes) 
They missed the boat  20%  (4 votes) 
Dinosaurs eggs were served in all the best restaurants  20%  (4 votes) 
Body too big, brain too small  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you open to learning about a philosophy/religion other than your own?
Yes  94.74%  (18 votes) 
No  5.26%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Regarding “Men in Kilts”
I have not seen an episode, but would like to see an episode  50%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen an episode, nor do I wish to see an episode  25%  (4 votes) 
I’ve seen an episode and liked it  18.75%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen an episode and did not like it  6.25%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Regarding the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  44.44%  (8 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and liked it  38.89%  (7 votes)  
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
Do you believe if you refuse to give up on your dreams, they will come true?
Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don’t  58.82%  (10 votes)  
Yes  35.29%  (6 votes) 
No  5.88%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Do you say or thing negative things about yourself?
Yes, but I am going to stop  47.06%  (8 votes) 
No  35.29%  (6 votes)  
Yes  17.65%  (3 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.

 

 

03/21/21 – Why Did The Dinosaurs Become Extinct

CURRENT EVENTS

Why Did The Dinosaurs Become Extinct

There are many theories of why the dinosaurs became extinct, such as climate changes that impacted their supply of food. Other theories were that other animals found dinosaur eggs to be a tasty treat. Still another theory suggests their bodies became too large for their small brains. I could go on and on, with all kinds of theories, but this is the one that most appeals to me:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’m not sure, but I tend to classify Buddhism as a philosophy, because it does not involve worshipping a supernatural entity. But, it really does not matter what you call it; it is what it is.

I found this a very easy to read and informative book about a philosophy/religon that goes back 2,500 years ago.

Essential Buddhism

By Jacky Sach

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you enjoyed Outlander, and even if you didn’t; I think you will enjoy watching these two exploring Scotland.

Men In Kilts

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I enjoyed the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so much and when I came across this classical 1964 song that was covered in 1965 by The McCoys, I just had to use it. If you have never seen the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I strongly recommend it.

By the way, the girl in the film clip below is Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell’s daughter.

Hang On Sloopy

By The McCoys

ART OF THE WEEK

I have no idea who came up with this, but I found it very creative.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Team Armageddon 

At of the above individuals came in first in their category at the recent 2021 Michigan APF/AAPF state powerlifting meet and one took best female lifter at the meet. Among the above are four world champions, whose ages are 78, 78. 74 and 65.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If you are wondering how my contest came out last week, I was very please to set a new APF State age/weight raw deadlift record with a lift of 167.5 Kg or 369.2 lbs. with this lift:

CHARACTER TRAITS

I feel bad for anyone who gives up on their dreams.

if you refuse to give up, they often come true.

SOCIAL TRAITS

I read in Austin Kleon’z book, Steal Like An Artistsomething I thought was interesting  and wanted to pass it on to you folks. It goes like this:

There’s an economic theory out there

that if you take the incomes of your five closet friends and average them,

the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.

LEARNING TRAITS

I lot of us are guilty of saying or thinking negative things about ourselves.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you consider yourself creative?
Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 
No, but I would like to be more creative  29.41%  (5 votes) 
No  17.65%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
What is the Ides of March most known for?
Month that Julius Caesar was assassinated  86.67%  (13 votes) 
The month at the Caesar Salad was created  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Month that Caesar Palace in Las Vegas first opened  6.66%  (1 votes) 
Month that the first Little Caesar pizza was sold  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Regarding the film “Hail, Caesar”
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  50%  (7 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  35.71%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and liked it  14.29%  (2 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Are you for or against the continuation of Daylight Savings Time
Against  56.25%  (9 votes) 
For  43.75%  (7 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Did you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day
No  73.33%  (11 votes) 
Yes  26.67%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Regarding people who have a different political perspective than you have:
I think they are well meaning, but mistaken in their beliefs  61.11%  (11 votes) 
I think if I was in their circumstances and had similar experiences, I would think as they do  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I hate them  0%  (0 votes) 
I think they are stupid  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
Like Proust, will you try to match the figures in a painting to people you actually know?
I can’t be bothered  69.23%  (9 votes) 
I’ll give it a try  30.77%  (4 votes)
Total Votes: 13

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.

 

 

03/14/21 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2021)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This extremely easy to read book is worth the little cost and time it takes to acquire and read.  You will not be sorry, even if you already think you are very creative.  And if you don’t think you are creative, you may after reading this book.

Steal Like An Artist

By Austin Kleon

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Ides of March Quiz

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Clocks Spring Forward Sunday, March 14, 2021

Whip It

By Devo 

ART OF THE WEEK

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Words of Wisdom From Arnold 

“One thing that has always bothered me about politics is that some people refuse to even sit down and talk with people from the other party. It’s absurd. But political parties are in the business of villainizing the other side. That’s how they make money – the more they make you hate or fear the enemy, the more donations come in. I’ve had it.”

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

This is what I also do.

Nevertheless, I think this commercial is very funny.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This Sunday I will be in a state powerlifting contest.

I’ll update this post Monday for the results

I’m running so far behind, I decided I will just provide the update with next Sunday’s post.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I read in Alain de Botton’s book, How Proust Can Change Your Life, something I thought was worth trying and wanted to pass it on to you folks. It goes like this:

Whenever he looked at paintings,

Proust had a habit of trying to match the figures depicted on the canvases

with the people he knew from his own life.

LEARNING TRAITS

I think if we all learned this and accepted it in our daily lives, we would all be much happier.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you support the decision of Texas to drop all pandemic restrictions and let everyone decide for themselves what precautions they want to take?
No and I am an independent  30.43%  (7 votes) 
Yes and I am an independent  26.09%  (6 votes) 
Yes and I am a conservative  21.74%  (5 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  13.04%  (3 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  4.35%  (1 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  4.35%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 23
 
Davy Crockett risked his life for freedom. Would you?
Yes, after a critical point  100%  (17 votes) 
No, not under any circumstances  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Are you going to be a better person today than you were yesterday?
Yes  50%  (10 votes) 
Maybe  40%  (8 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you spending enough time with those who are important to you?
Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 
No, but I am gong to do better  35.29%  (6 votes) 
No  11.76%  (2 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.

 

 

03/07/21 – Texas

CURRENT EVENTS

God Blessed Texas

By Little Texas

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There have been a lot of movies protraying  Davy Crockett. If you would like to know as close as we can come to the real story of this American hero, this book produced by The University of Tennessee Press is as close as it gets.

I found it a very interesting book to read.

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett

of the State of Tennessee

By David Crockett

Davy Crockett buffs, Tennessee bibliophiles, genealogists, folklorists, historians, and the general reader should find this carefully researched and authoritative edition, which extricates the man from the myth, a valuable addition to the frontier history, biography, and literature of Tennessee and America.”
–Robert E. Dalton, Tennessee Historical Quarterly.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This film is a love story set in a time of a zombie pandemic. It seemed all one needed to do in order to stop a pandemic was to not be fearful of other people and to practice a little love for other people. But, like the “Boneys”, some of you may be too far gone.

Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm Bodies is a 2013 American paranormal romantic zombie comedy film based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, which in turn is inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, and John Malkovich.

The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie (Palmer), a young woman, and “R” (Hoult), a zombie, and how their eventual romance develops, causing R to slowly return to human form. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombie’s perspective.

Normally, this is the point where I ask if you have seen the movie and if you liked it. I’m not going to do this, because this movie isn’t for everyone. But if you are a romantic with a sense of humor and can tolerate zombies, you might like it. I myself, was once a zombie, as you can see below (that is me with the tie).

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Tuff Enuff

By Fabulous Thunderbirds 

ART OF THE WEEK

Shredded Angel

I saw this on a FB friend’s page. They didn’t recall where it came from or who is the artist. I gave it a name, “Shredded Angel”. If you know anything about this image, please let us know via the comment section.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Yevgeniy Khudoleev 

Yevgeniy Khudoleev currently holds the WPC World’s Raw Deadlift in the 90 Kg (198.2 lbs.) Masters  7 (Age 70 to 74) category with a deadlift of 200 Kg (440.7 lbs.).

I met him back in 2015 in Maia, Portugal, where I came in second to him. He is a very cool guy and I found him to be an inspiration.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Next Sunday I will be in a state powerlifting contest.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Is your “but” too big?
Maybe  41.67%  (10 votes
No  33.33%  (8 votes)
Yes  25%  (6 votes)
Total Votes: 24
 
Regarding the BBC 2008 Sense & Sensibility:
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  38.1%  (8 votes)  
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  33.33%  (7 votes) 
I’ve seen it and I liked it  23.81%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen it and I did not like it  4.76%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you want to leave your mark on the world so that someday in the future people will know you were here?
Yes  63.64%  (14 votes)  
No  36.36%  (8 votes) 
Total Votes: 22
 
Check all the Jane Austen books you have read or movies you have seen. (I’m sorry the multiple choice option did not work)
Pride and Prejudice  66.67%  (10 votes) 
Sense and Sensibility  26.67%  (4 votes) 
Emma  6.66%  (1 votes) 
Mansfield Park  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
On average how many hours a week do you spend exercising?
3 or less  43.48%  (10 votes)
More than 3, but less than 7  34.78%  (8 votes)
10 or more  13.04%  (3 votes)
7 or more  8.7%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 23
 
What type of person are you primarily?
An even mix of movement and stillness  66.67%  (14 votes)  
A person of stillness  19.05%  (4 votes) 
A person of movement  14.28%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Have you had friends who treated your successes like they were a betrayal?
No  38.1%  (8 votes)  
Yes  33.33%  (7 votes) 
Maybe  28.57%  (6 votes)
Total Votes: 21
 
Have you been putting off something that you have wanted to do?
Yes, and I am going to continue putting it off  47.62%  (10 votes) 
No  28.57%  (6 votes)  
Yes, but I am going to start right now making it happen  23.81%  (5 votes)
Total Votes: 21
 
Check all that apply (Again, I’m sorry the multiple choice option did not work)
You have a passion for something  42.11%  (8 votes) 
You try to better yourself  36.84%  (7 votes) 
You have a positive outlook  21.05%  (4 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.

 

 

02/28/21 – Is Your “But” Too Big

CURRENT EVENTS

Your “But”

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I first read this book in March 2014 and have reviewed it three times since I first read it.

I still find it an easy to read and worthwhile book.

You Are A Badass

By Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want. (Source: Back cover)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I found this three-part mini series entertaining and well done..

Sense & Sensibility (BBC 2008)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Let’s Hear It for the Boy

By Deniece Williams

ART OF THE WEEK

I Was Here

I think many of us want to leave our mark on the world, so that someday someone in the future will know we were here. That is true today and apparently it was true 30,000 years ago, when someone left their handprint on the wall of a cave.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Jane Austen

The only authenticated picture of Jane Austen is this small pencil and watercolor sketch made by her sister, Cassandra, on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. 

With the publication of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818.  Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

I’m not sure buying this cake from Ikea was a good idea.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Unfortunately, as you start doing better and better in life (however you wish to define that), some of your friends are going to be envious. They may discourage you or definitely not feel glad for you. You can try to hang on to these “so called” friends, but it is never going to be as it once was. Our success to them is a betrayal. 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you believe age is just a number?
Yes, and I will not let just age prevent me from doing something I want to do  80.65%  (25 votes) 
I believe my age prevents me from doing something I would like to do  19.35%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 31
 
If you are trying to loss fat, but aren’t yet successful, what do you think is the reason you aren’t losing fat?
I’m eating too many calories  40%  (8 votes) 
Maybe I am eating too many calories  25%  (5 votes) 
Calories don’t count  25%  (5 votes) 
My eating too many calories could be a factor  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Which are you more of?
Optimist  76.92%  (20 votes) 
Pessimist  23.08%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 26
 
Do you believe the mainstream media can get people to believe anything they want them to believe?
Yes  56%  (14 votes) 
Maybe  32%  (8 votes) 
No  12%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 25

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.

 

 

02/21/21 – Age Is Just A Number (Nora Langdon)

CURRENT EVENTS

Age Is Just A Number – Nora Langdon

If you believe it is to late to accomplish you dreams, please take a look at this 3 1/2 minute video.

My friend, Nora Langdon, who I see several times a week at the Royal Oak Gym, where we train, is featured in this clip from the Australian morning talk show Studio 10

Nora and I are both trained by Art Little (in the video spotting Nora) and lift on Art’s team Armageddon.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Just in case any of you are inspired by Nora to become powerlifters,

I think you will find this book most helpful

Powerlifting Over 50

By Richard Schuller

Per Richard Schuller, “The cool thing about the sport of powerlifting is that you can do it at a very high level for an incredibly long time.”

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Some friends of mine made this video for my retirement party in 2009.

Retirement Video

An Actual Lift

Just in case you want to see one of my actual lifts

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The Temptations and Diana Ross & The Supremes

“Hits Medley” on The Ed Sullivan Show

ART OF THE WEEK

Art Little

Art is a world champion powerlifter, trainer of world champions, founder of Team Armageddon and head trainer at the Royal Oak Gym in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Nora Langdon

Who else, but my friend Nora. 

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

How will or did you spend Valentine’s Day? 
Doing nothing out of the ordinary  41.67%  (10 votes) 
Giving someone a Valentine’s card  33.33%  (8 votes) 
Doing something special with someone  20.83%  (5 votes) 
Giving someone a gift  4.17%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 24
 
Regarding the film “Love Actually”
I have seen it and I liked it  50%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  33.33%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I have seen it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
 
Which video do you prefer?
Addicted to Love  73.68%  (14 votes) 
Man I Feel Like A Woman  26.32%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Did you decorate for Valentine’s Day
No  68%  (17 votes) 
Yes  32%  (8 votes) 
Total Votes: 25
 
Have you ever been to Paris, France?
Yes  50%  (12 votes) 
No, but I would like to visit Paris  41.67%  (10 votes)  
No and I have no interesting in doing so  8.33%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 24

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.

 

 

02/14/21 – Happy Valentine’s Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Valentine’s Day

BOOK OF THE WEEK

To be honest, I’m not sure if I would recommend this book if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day.

Historical Heartthrobs

By Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd

This book compiles photos and life stories of fifty of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them?

Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life―and a sizable impact on their admirers as well.

Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).(Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Although this is somewhat of a Christmas movie, its theme is love. Therefore, I thought it is an appropriate movie for this week’s post. It really is a very good movie with its share of humor.

Love Actually

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Addicted To Love

By Robert Palmer

 

Some equal time

 

 

Man I Feel Like A Woman

By Shania Twain

ART OF THE WEEK

I decorated for Valentine’s Day

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Patrick Mahomes

Why do I think the quarterback who lost the Super Bowl game is the week’s most outstanding person.

Patrick Mahomes was among the first players to congratulate Tom Brady on Super Bowl win.

What an example to everyone about everything!

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

It is nice to be with someone, but the person you are with the most is yourself.

wk-7-be-in-harmony-con-yourself

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

I can appreciate what the above it trying to say, but I think maybe it depends upon your years. I like to see a young person with a heart and an older person with a brain when it comes to love.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Only around 10% of you who view this block take part in the polls. However, I have heard from many of those in that 10% and so I just had to bring back the polls since you like them so much.

For the other 90% of you, I think we would all like to know what you think. You cannot be identified, so please feel free to express yourself.

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.

 

 

02/08/21 – Dreams

CURRENT EVENTS

Dreams

Everyone should have dreams. However, you really need to make a plan for achieving those dreams, with milestones letting you know if you are or are not on target, so that you can take corrective action. Otherwise, your dreams are merely a wish.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is an interesting and very easy to read book which will give you a different perspective on your everyday activities.

Zen 24/7

By Philip Toshio Sudo

If you’re searching for revelation and contentment, look no further than a handshake, a cup of coffee — even your laundry pile. The most mundane details of life contain zen’s profound truths, if you’re of the mind to look for them. (Source: Back cover)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you like or know who Wes Anderson is, you have probably already seen this film. If you are into action films, you want to avoid this film. I’ve seen it a couple of times now.

The Royal Tenenbaums

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Dennis Quaid did a fantastic job of protraying Jerry Lee Lewis in the film 

Great Balls of Fire

Dennis Quaid from the Jerry Lee Lewis Film

Now Here Is The Real Deal – Jerry Lee

On The Steve Allen Show in 1957

ART OF THE WEEK

An ancient olive tree in Puglia, Italy called “The Thinking Tree”

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator.

Tyson studied at Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University. In 1994, he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. In 1996, he became director of the planetarium and oversaw its $210 million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000.

From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine, some of which were later published in his books Death by Black Hole (2007) and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017).  

In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

I’ve used it before, but I thought it is still pretty funny. I hope you enjoy it.

When Your Resume Says You Speak Seven Languages

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Life Changes = Shape Changes

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Cats were once considered gods by some.  And I have heard that cats have never forgotten that.  So, perhaps it is worth considering advice from a cat.

LAST WEEK’S POLL

End of Polls

None of the polls worked last week. I did some investigating and it seems I need to pay $180.00 a year to continue with the polls. It didn’t see worth doing, since usually only 20 or less people participate in the polls, plus I already pay $99.00 a year to keep ads off of this blog.

My apologies to those of you who did enjoy participating in the polls.

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.

 

 

01/31/21 – Ground Hog Day

CURRENT EVENTS

I’ve been a fan of Groundhog Day ever since I saw the film, which I will mention in the Movie of the Week section of this post. I even went so far as to start the Royal Oak Groundhog Club. Alas, BlackFinn in Royal Oak is no more and the Royal Oak Groundhog Club has been dormant for years.

I think after this pandemic is behind us, I’m going to see if I can’t give the Royal Oak Groundhog Club some CPR.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This little book (Literally 4 1/4″ X 5″) of less than 100 pages is a treasury of good advice on how to live. If you have any interest in becoming a better person, you should check this book out.

A Manual for Living

By Epictetus

The West’s first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy. (Source: Back cover)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I think this is my favorite movie because it is about a person who lives the same day over and over until he finally gets it right.  Isn’t that what we all should be trying to do!

Groundhog Day

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Lately, I have been trying to bring you something unusual and entertaining.

I think you may like this. 

Something in the Walter

By Pokey LaFarge

ART OF THE WEEK

If you like the idea of building a snowman; but don’t feel like making the effort,

you may want to give this a try.

Easy To Build Snowman

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Don’t allow other people’s expectations determine how you life your life.

Punxsutawney Phil

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

The Pharmaceutical Industry

Some medications are necessary without a doubt. But, so many are unnecessary without a doubt, if people were willing to make lifestyle changes.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Assembly Instructions

It is common to buy items that call for assembling before using.  The manufacturer of these items include instructions for putting the item together.  It is important for you to study these instructions before you try to put the item together.  For almost every item I have ever tried to put together, I found I needed a screwdriver.

MISCELLANEOUS

One month down and eleven more months to go.

LAST WEEK’S POLL

Did you pass the bathtub test?
No  60%  (6 votes
Yes  40%  (4 votes
Total Votes: 10
 
Regarding the movie “Michael”:
I have seen it and I liked it  55.56%  (5 votes
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  33.33%  (3 votes
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  11.11%  (1 votes
I have seen it and did not like it  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 9
 
Have you ever been to a powerlifting meet?
No  50%  (4 votes
Yes  25%  (2 votes
No, but I would like to see one  25%  (2 votes
No, and I don’t wish to see one  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 8
 
Are you going to make today count?
Yes  87.5%  (7 votes
Maybe  12.5%  (1 votes
No  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 8

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.