11/12/18 – Sunday Nov. 11 was USA Veterans Day

CURRENT EVENTS

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear The American Legion’s case regarding the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial in Prince George’s County, Md.

The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial was erected in 1925 by Gold Star mothers and an American Legion post to honor 49 Prince George’s County men who gave their lives during World War I.

The Gold Star mothers who designed the memorial in 1919 chose a cross shape to recall the cross-shaped grave markers standing over American graves in Europe. The memorial stood peacefully for almost 90 years until the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit in February 2014.

In 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled the memorial was constitutional, citing the use of crosses to mark the graves of fallen American servicemen overseas. Later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision, declaring the cross shape of the memorial violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The American Legion, represented by First Liberty Institute and the international law firm Jones Day, is asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeals ruling that could lead to the bulldozing of the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial. (Source: American Legion)

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you for or against Day Light Savings Time (adjusting the clocks)?

In favor of Day Light Savings Time  53.33%  (8 votes) 

Against Day Light Savings Time  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Regarding the book, “What Not to Say”?

I’m not interested in reading this book.  60%  (9 votes) 

I plan to read this book.  33.33%  (5 votes) 

I’ve read it and thought it was very funny.  6.67%  (1 votes) 

I’ve read it and didn’t think it was funny.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Regarding “Daylight Savings – Movie Trailer”?

This should be made into a movie  100%  (6 votes) 

This is a real movie and I have seen it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 6

When you retire, do you believe your health and fitness are you highest priority?

Yes, if I don’t take care of myself; I can’t take care of anyone else.  80%  (12 votes) 

No, a number of other things are a higher priority  20%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
How much does your thoughts dwell on the negative

Less than 10% of the things I recall are negative  52.94%  (9 votes) 

10% to 25% of the things I recall are negative  23.53%  (4 votes) 

25% to 50% of things I recall are negative  17.65%  (3 votes) 

More than half what I recall is negative  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you feel the majority of people around you are on the same mission as you are?

Yes  52.94%  (9 votes) 

No  29.41%  (5 votes) 

About fifty-fifty  17.65%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you believe we don’t see things as they are, but see them as we are?

Yes  77.78%  (14 votes) 

No  22.22%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

I can’t say I agree with everything in this book, nor do I want to be this intense; but, I still found the book useful.  

Men’s Health Maximus Body

By Bobby Maximus & Michael Easter

Men’s Health magazine’s #1 personal trainer delivers cutting-edge, high-intensity workouts to help you pack serious muscle and become unstoppably fit. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ll let this movie speak for itself.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Eve of Destruction

By Barry McGuire

ART OF THE WEEK

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE

Some impressive monuments to the service of America’s soldiers can also be found in other countries. France has a total of 11 cemeteries and monuments dedicated to the service of U.S. soldiers, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer is on a bluff overlooking one of the Normandy beaches that U.S. troops landed on during the Normandy invasion.

The 172.5-acre cemetery contains the graves of 9387 soldiers, many of whom lost their lives in the D-Day invasion. The memorial has a semicircular colonnade with a bronze statue in the center called the “Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves.” A garden to the east features inscriptions of the names of 1557 soldiers who lost their lives during the Normandy campaign but could not be found or identified.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

George Washington

General of Armies of the United States

The military career of George Washington spanned over forty years of service. Washington’s service can be broken into three periods (French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, and the Quasi-War with France) with service in three different armed forces (British provincial militia, the Continental Army, and the United States Army).

Because of Washington’s importance in the early history of the United States of America, he was granted a posthumous promotion to General of the Armies of the United States, legislatively defined to be the highest possible rank in the US Army, more than 175 years after his death.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Hey, it isn’t easy to find jokes that relate to Veterans Day, so please forgive me.  This was the best I could do.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

SOME RESULTS OF WPC 2018 World Powerlifting Championships

FIRST PLACE RAW BENCH PRESS & RAW DEADLIFT

70 TO 74 YEARS OLD

80 TO 84 YEARS OLD

TOM & BILL

RAW DEADLIFT WORLD’S RECORD

FEMALE 75 TO 79

LINDA

CHARACTER TRAITS

I have always thought Martina Navratilova was correct with her statement, “Whoever said, It’s not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost”.

However, I have always believed that you don’t have to win, you just have to fight.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

11/05/18 – Daylight Savings Time

CURRENT EVENTS

Daylight Savings Time

  

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Night of the Living Dead”

I’ve seen it and thought it was very scary.  47.37%  (9 votes) 

I haven’t seen the film and I am not interested in seeing it.  47.37%  (9 votes) 

I haven’t seen the film, but I would like to see it.  5.26%  (1 votes) 

I’ve seen it. but didn’t think it was that scary.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Regarding The Cramps’ “Mad Daddy”?

This is the first time I seen or heard of this song.  94.44%  (17 votes) 

I’ve seen this before  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Between “Cassandra Peterson” and “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”, who is more real to you?

Elvira  57.14%  (8 votes)

Cassandra  42.86%  (6 votes)

Total Votes: 14

How may bags of chips will Bill eat this Halloween?

Between 10 and 19 bags  33.33%  (6 votes)

All 70 and he will not turn on his porch light or answer the door on Halloween  27.78%  (5 votes)

At least 20 bags  16.67%  (3 votes)

Less than 3 bags  11.11%  (2 votes)

He will not eat any bags of chips  11.11%  (2 votes)

Total Votes: 18
For those of you interested, I only had four extra bags of chips that I did not give out and next year I am definitely buying more bags of chips.
Are you able to leave the past behind?

Yes  52.63%  (10 votes) 

No  47.37%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

When it comes to “Tricks” or “Treats”, which do you give out more?

I give out more treats  100%  (16 votes) 

I give out more tricks  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why are you here”?

Yes  93.75%  (15 votes) 

No  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

This book contains some humor and some good advice about what not to say in various.  

What Not To Say

By Knock Knock

Stay away from awkward exchanges and consult this clever compendium for things you should never, ever say. Learn what not to say at a job interview (“How strict is your sexual-harassment policy?”), what not to say to a cat lady (“Dogs are so much friendlier!”), and what not to say to anyone else you don’t want to offend (“Don’t take this personally, but . . .”).   Source: Knock Knock

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I don’t believe this is an actual movie, but I enjoyed the trailer so much I thought I would share it with all of you.

Daylight Saving – Movie Trailer (2014)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I just had to make this the music video of the week.  

If I Could Turn Back Time

By Cher

ART OF THE WEEK

Wooden Bicycle

Although these bicycles are made almost entirely of wood, they can be ridden.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON/BAND OF THE WEEK

Given the “Time” theme of this week’s post, I decided to use

Morris Day and The Time

The Time, also known as Morris Day and the Time, is an American musical group that was formed in Minneapolis in 1981. Their work has been a part of the formation of the Minneapolis sound, featuring a mix of soul music and dance music with funk, rock n roll, and more. Led by singer-songwriter Morris Day, the band members are known for having been close Prince associates, and are arguably the most successful artists who have worked with him, achieving particular popularity with R&B fans with tracks such as “Jerk Out” and “Jungle Love”. (Source: Wikipedia)

I’ve seen them perform a couple of times now and it is always an experience.  Perhaps, the video below will give you an idea of what they are like.

Jerk Out

By The Time

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

WPC 2018 World Powerlifting Championships

The contest will be going on all this week and powerlifters from over 23 countries will be participating.  I will be raw bench pressing and deadlifting Monday, Nov. 5.

On Nov. 5, there will be one female lifter in her 70s and nine male lifters in their 70s, one of which is 80 years old.

CHARACTER TRAITS

“You know that all you give attention to will grow.”

Thus, you pay little attention to the negative moments in your life

and put your energy in the positive things instead”

 Source: Random Paper Wisdom 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10/29/18 – Happy Halloween

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a particularly dangerous times for black cats.

  

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors around Halloween.

Well, I guess it is ok for my cat to be outside during Halloween

He is a rather large cat.

And I keep my cat “Bear” in for the protections of others

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding Stéphane Garnier’s “How to Think Like a Cat”

I haven’t read the book, but would like to  64.29%  (9 votes) 

I haven’t read the book and I am not interested in reading it.  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I’ve read the book and liked it  7.14%  (1 votes) 

I’ve read the book, but didn’t like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the film “Life of Crime”

I’m not interested in seeing it.  50%  (6 votes) 

I want to see it  33.33%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen it  16.67%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 12
How many “Yes” votes did you give “Stavros Flatly”?

Three  37.5%  (3 votes) 

Two  25%  (2 votes) 

Zero  25%  (2 votes) 

One  12.5%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 8

Before today, had you heard of Pericles?

Yes  50%  (6 votes)  

No  50%  (6 votes)  

Total Votes: 12
Did you know that sun light is used to light the Olympic Flame?

No  84.62%  (11 votes) 

Yes  15.38%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Who rules your life?

Your mind  66.67%  (8 votes) 

Your emotions  33.33%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 12
Are you a hugger?

Yes  71.43%  (10 votes) 

No  28.57%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Given that it is Halloween, I thought I would once again mention some graphic novels that are fun to read and tells the stories through pictures such as the one below:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Robert Louis Steven’s 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

& The Body Snatcher

Edgar Allan Poe’s

The Raven & Other Tails

I happen to buy theses four books at Barnes & Nobles, but I suspect they are available elsewhere. 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This is one of the scariest movies that I have ever seen.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Below is my favorite Halloween film because a friend of mine made it and a number of my friends appeared in it.

The Dead Walk The Earth

Yet They Live

And They Kill

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

There are a lot of Halloween music available and no doubt you have heard them, so I thought I would try to find something that most of you haven’t heard before.  

Mad Daddy

The Cramps

ART OF THE WEEK

Halloween Costumes

This is definitely an art form.

Check out Darth Vader below

This Priest is one of my favorites

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson, May 2011

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Elvira is an “other worldly” entity who goes about our world by portraying American actress Cassandra Peterson, who of all things, portrays a make-believe  character, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

In 2016 I bought 150 bags of potato chips to give out and ended up eating a lot of those bags myself.

In 2017, I bought 100 bags of potato chips and ended up eating many of those bags myself.

This year, I bought 70 bags to chips to give out, let’s see what happens.

CHARACTER TRAITS 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10/22/18 – Meeting People

CURRENT EVENTS

One of the best parts of traveling is meeting people from the countries you are visiting.  Here are a few Greeks, that I met on my travels.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the Acropolis in Athens,

I expect to be there one day  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I’ve been there  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I would like to be there, but probably will never get there  28.57%  (4 votes) 

I’m not interested in going there  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding Roger Rosenblatt’s “Rules for Aging”

I haven’t read the book, but I am interested in reading it  71.43%  (10 votes) 

I haven’t read the book and I am not interested in reading it  21.43%  (3 votes) 

I have read the book  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the film, “Central Intelligence”

I’m not interested in this film  57.14%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen it  21.43%  (3 votes) 

I want to see it  21.43%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
How flexibility are you?

Very  69.23%  (9 votes) 

Not very  30.77%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

How flexible do you find most people?

Not very  76.92%  (10 votes) 

Very  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

BOOK OF THE WEEK

How to Think Like a Cat

By Stéphane Garnier

I found this to be a very insightful book.  Plus, after reading you will want to answer the forty questions, each on a 1 to 5 scale, to assess your cat quotient and learn what areas you need to work on.

 

Do cats worry about retirement? Nope. Do cats do things they don’t want to do? Definitely not. Do cats rush around at all hours of the day when they’d rather be licking their paws and looking out a window?  Calm, free, charismatic, wise, elegant, self-assured–our beloved feline pets strut those traits that we humans spend a lifetime aspiring to. No wonder everybody wants to be more like a cat.

Whether at work, at home, or in your social life, your cat can teach you how to manage stress, cultivate independence, and live life on your terms.  How to Think Like a Cat is an inspiring, humorous, and remarkably insightful guide to the subtle art of living like a feline. (Source: Book’s Overview)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I really liked the demeanor of both of the kidnappers and Jennifer Aniston always turns in a fine performance. 

This is an Elmore Leonard story and I recall once seeing him at the Borders Book store in Birmingham, MI a few years ago.

Life of Crime (2014)

Critics Consensus: It may not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best Elmore Leonard adaptations, but Life of Crime has enough ambling charm — and a sharp enough cast — to get by. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

It starts a bit slow, but stay with it and you may get a kick out of it.  

Greek Dancing Performed by 

Stavros Flatly

ART OF THE WEEK

Chocolates

While on the way to Greece, I saw these chocolates in the Amsterdam Airport, wrapped in what looked like Euros. I just had to buy a them to bring home to share with my friends.  Packaging is an art.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Pericles (495 to 429 BC)

Bust of Pericles bearing the inscription “Pericles, son of Xanthippus, Athenian”. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek original from c. 430 BC, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican Museums

Pericles (495 – 429 BC) was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age. 

Pericles had such a profound influence on Athenian society that Thucydides, a contemporary historian, acclaimed him as “the first citizen of Athens”. Pericles  led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. The period during which he led Athens, roughly from 461 to 429 BC, is sometimes known as the “Age of Pericles”.

Pericles promoted the arts and literature; it is principally through his efforts that Athens holds the reputation of being the educational and cultural center of the ancient Greek world. He started an ambitious project that generated most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis (including the Parthenon). This project beautified and protected the city, exhibited its glory, and gave work to the people. Pericles also fostered Athenian democracy to such an extent that critics call him a populist. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I was recently in Olympia, which was the site of the original olympic games.  Hera’s Altar (picture below) is the site where every four years, even now, the Olympic Flame is lit.

The Olympic fire is ignited several months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece.

Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, perform a celebration at the Temple of Hera in which the first torch of the Olympic Torch Relay is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror. (Source: Wikipedia)

CHARACTER TRAITS 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Day Cruise to the Greek Islands of Hydra, Poros & Aegina

It is alway good to go to some place you have never been to before.  Everything in Greece was new to us, but I am glad I added this day trip to these Greek Islands.  The picture below is of the ship we traveled in to the islands.

MISCELLANEOUS 

Delphi

Perhaps you have heard of the Delphi Oracle, for me it was a thrill to be at this ancient site, that had been visited by ancient kings to seek guidance.  

And the pathway used by these ancient kings is still being used this very day by tourists.

And the things on display at the Delphi Museum were just amazing.

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10/15/18 – Acropolis of Athens

CURRENT EVENTS

Acropolis of Athens

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

Although the term acropolis is generic and there are many other Acropolis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without qualification.

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 site’s most important present remains including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.

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

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you consider yourself to be a reader of books?

Yes and I have a library  50%  (11 votes) 

Yes  31.82%  (7 votes) 

No  18.18%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Regarding the play, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, have you seen or would you consider watching the play

I want to see the play  33.33%  (6 votes) 

I’ve seen the play  27.78%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen the play and want to see it again  27.78%  (5 votes) 

I’m not interested in seeing this particular play  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I’m not interesting in seeing this or any play  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you believe music has the power to change you?

Yes  87.5%  (14 votes) 

No  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Does your city

have bike lanes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Currently hasn’t done or said anything about bike lanes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Is in the process of creating bike lanes  29.41%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Ever wonder what you are doing with your life?

Yes  76.47%  (13 votes) 

No  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Last week did you send any FB messages saying not to accept friend requests from you if you are already friends with that person?

No  93.75%  (15 votes) 

I sent messages  6.25%  (1 votes) 

I posted a warning  0%  (0 votes) 

I received a number of such FB messages  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I mentioned this book around the middle of 2016, but as I was reviewing the notes I made in this book; I thought it was worth mentioning again.  And as with most of the books I recommend, it is an easy read.

 

More and more in the news today, we are hearing about phenomenal advances in the “fight against aging.” But what Rosenblatt suggests to combat age is far more valuable than any scientific breakthrough-he breaks down the hardest part of aging, the mental anguish of growing older with fifty-four gems of funny, brilliant, wise, indispensable advice. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this movie in the past, but decided to watch it again on the plane to Greece and I found it so funny that I just had to make it the Movie of the Week.

Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as two old high school friends who go on the run after one of them joins the CIA in order to save the world from a terrorist who has an intention to sell satellite codes. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Although the Acropolis was built in ancient times, the theater there is still being used by performers today.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

By Sting at the Acropolis

ART OF THE WEEK

Lego Representation of the Acropolis

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Aristotle (384 to 322 BC)

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in Classical Greece. Along with Plato, Aristotle is considered the “Father of Western Philosophy”.

At seventeen or eighteen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven. His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy.

Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip II of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great. Teaching Alexander gave Aristotle many opportunities. He established a library in the Lyceum which helped him to produce many of his hundreds of books, which were papyrus scrolls.

Aristotle’s views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, studied by medieval scholars.

Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Islamic thought during the Middle Ages, as well as Christian theology, especially the Neoplatonism of the Early Church and the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. Aristotle was revered among medieval Muslim scholars as “The First Teacher”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This joke is dedicated to all the students out there.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Here are some signs of a bad conversationalist.


1. Have respect for the other speaker and don’t cut them off with words like, “yes I know it already”. 

2. Speak a lot (or only) about yourself. 

3. Interrupt without listening to the end. T

4. Arrogance, in that you feel you are above the other person in position or experience. 

5. Superficial communication by inserting something your own, often not even on the subject, but just  a “thought jumped out”. 

6. Pretend to be listening, but really thinking of what you are going to say in return. 

7. Too short answers in response to questions like,  “What’s new with you?”  The other party may think you just aren’t interesting in having a conversation.

(Source: Julia, paraphrased by me)

LEARNING TRAITS

Do You Remember Those Story Problems!

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10/08/18 – A Story About Two Friends – Maybe You Can Relate

CURRENT EVENTS

A Story

Two friends were walking through the desert.  During some point of the journey they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: 

“Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.  The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: 

“Today my best friend saved my life.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone.  Why?”

The other friend replied,

“When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.  But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you watched or would you consider watching “Lucky Them” or “Some Kind of Beautiful”?

I have or would watch both  88.89%  (8 votes)

I have watched or would watch “Lucky Them”.  11.11%  (1 votes)

I have watched or would watch “Some Kind of Beautiful”.  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 9

Did you enjoy this Japanese music video?

Yes  57.14%  (8 votes) 

No  35.71%  (5 votes) 

I didn’t not like it  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Have you ever been to an art museum and seen things that you could have done as well, if not better?

No  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Yes  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Who taught who?

Socrates, Plato & Aristotle  44.44%  (4 votes) 

Socrates, Aristotle & Plato  22.22%  (2 votes) 

Plato, Socrates & Aristotle  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Aristotle, Socrates & Plato  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Aristotle, Plato & Socrates  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Plato, Aristotle & Socrates  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
What do you think of having plastic surgery to enhance a normal looking appearance?

No  75%  (12 votes) 

Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 

No opinion  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe fun should be part of every job?

Yes  100%  (16 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Have you ever asked people of Facebook to:
Most people won’t copy
Like and share if
Type Yes ifType Amen if
Sorry folks, I forgot to include a “No”, so I couldn’t get the results.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

PLAY OF THE WEEK

I saw this play yesterday and thought it was so funny.

Arsenic & Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. The play is a comedy revolving around the Brewster family,  now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide.

A brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims.

And a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff). (Reference: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Many people believe music has the power to change you.  Will it certainly did change these three guys.

Music Changes You

By Logan Paul

ART OF THE WEEK

I thought for a change, you might enjoy some poetry this week.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Plato (428 – 423 BC to 347 BC)

Roman copy of a portrait bust by Silanion for the Academia in Athens (c. 370 BC)

Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years.

Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

My City Is Creating Bike Lanes

CHARACTER TRAITS 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

This past week, Facebook has gone crazy with so many people passing on several versions of the exact warning

Please select all that apply

LEARNING TRAITS

It’s science!

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10/01/18 – Letting Go

CURRENT EVENTS

Letting Go

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you struggling with some challenge?

Yes  80%  (12 votes) 

No  20%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

If you are struggling, do you believe things will get better?

Yes  100%  (14 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Regarding the movie “Midnight In Paris”?

I don’t want to see it  38.46%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen it  38.46%  (5 votes) 

I plan to watch it  23.08%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Have you ever heard of Wanda Jackson before today?

No  73.33%  (11 votes) 

Yes  26.67%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
If you have landscaping lights, are they?
Solar  50%  (5 votes) 
Led  30%  (3 votes) 
Incandescent  20%  (2 votes)
 Total Votes: 10
Did you ever watch Jack LaLanne’s TV show?
Yes  68.75%  (11 votes) 
No  31.25%  (5 votes)
Total Votes: 16
Do you believe that many of your problems are your own fault?
Yes  76.92%  (10 votes) 
Some are, but most are caused by society  15.38%  (2 votes) 
No  7.69%  (1 votes) 
Some are, but the cards were simply stacked against me.  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 13
Do you believe that usually a girl is mad, when she starts out saying, “I just find it funny how”
Yes  80%  (8 votes) 
No  20%  (2 votes)
 Total Votes: 10

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I found a lot of wisdom in this easy to read little book.

Dojo Wisdom

By Jennifer Lawler

 

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 find their inner warriors, accompanied by brief exercises that demonstrate how to apply the teachings to everyday life. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I thought this was entertaining, with some great lines my the character Charlie.  Plus, Johnny Depp does a cameo towards the end of this film.

Lucky Them (2013)

Critics Consensus: Lucky Them may not quite live up to Toni Collette’s bravura starring performance, but it’s certainly elevated by it.(Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)

I found this to be an entertaining film.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

How about something a little different this week.

Traditional Japanese Modern Music Shamisen Epic

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Socrates (470 BC to 399 BC)

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Plastic Surgery

Certain unfortunate circumstances dictate the need for plastic surgery, but simple vanity to enhance an already normal appearance should never be a reason to incur this risk.

CHARACTER TRAITS 

One spends absolutely too much time working to not find a little fun in the job for you and for those around you.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Please check as many as apply to you.

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover