5/21/18 – Various Clips of the Royal Wedding

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

What if Prince Harry was Indian?

Here is Another Version of a Royal Wedding

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

If you’ve ever left a workout feeling on top of the world, you’re well aware that fitness can have some major mind-body perks. But now, a new study has found that one specific type of workout can have a big impact on depression.

The meta-analysis, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, reviewed 33 studies and determined that strength training is linked with a significant decrease in symptoms of depression. Specifically, weight lifting and strength training helped improve low mood, a loss of interest in activities, and feelings of unworthiness.

These major benefits were true for people no matter how old they were, their health status, what type of strength training they did (Source: Runner’s World)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
Is Malcolm X correct?

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Do you know how to apologize?

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

I think travel is so important and a great way to meet new and different people.  For instance, if you are walking down a street in Paris, who knows who you may see on the streets.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

Do you have habits you wish to develop?

Do you have habits you wish to drop?

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

These dark history books are easy to read, lots of pictures and you learn a lot.

A Dark History: Vikings

by Martin J. Dougherty

Marauders or explorers? Raiders or traders? We think we know who the Vikings were, but do we? A thousand years after their demise, traces of Viking civilization can be found as far apart as North America and the Middle East. They traded walruses with Inuits and sold slaves in Constantinople. They discovered America, settled in Newfoundland, and fought battles in Central Asia.
•Arranged thematically, Vikings examines Norse life from religion to raiding, from exploration to settlement to their legacy.
•Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and artworks, Vikings is an exciting history of a people who have long-held a place in popular imagination.

(Source: goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I watched all three episodes and thought it was very well done.

Little Women on Masterpiece Theater PBS (2017)

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss and the trials of growing up. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I understand this was the first song played at the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding reception.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Whitney Houston

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish you had tried to have a closer relationship with some key people in your life who are now gone?

I think about it sometimes  46.67%  (7 votes) 
I think my relationships with people now gone were just fine  26.67%  (4 votes) 
I find it incredibly painful  20%  (3 votes) 

I don’t think about it at all  6.66%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Royal Wedding

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

While in London, years ago I took this photo

of the Parliament Building and Big Ben

While in prison, I took this photo of the

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Place

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Henry VIII

I believe this is all you need to know about Henry VIII.

There are others who prefer this version of his life.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Betty, Carol, Darlene, Nanette & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Aspiring Librarian, Jay-Lyn, Richi & The Voice of Peace, who started following my blog and to DivinderPiper, Wendi & Wendy, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Barb, Carol, Darlene, Debra, Freya, Heather, Irene, Kathleen & Tammy, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

5/14/18 – Peace in the Middle East

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Peace in the Middle East

A woman was walking along the beach when she stumbled upon a Genie’s
lamp.  She picked it up and rubbed it and lo-and-behold, a Genie
appeared.

The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes.  The Genie said, “nope,
due to inflation, constant downsizing, low wages in third world
countries, and fierce global competition, I can only grant you one
wish.  So what’ll be?’.

The woman didn’t hesitate. She said “I want peace in the Middle East,
See this map?, I want these countries to stop fighting with each other”.

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, “Gadzooks lady! These
countries have been at war for thousands of years.  I’M good, but not
THAT good!, I don’t think it can be done.  Make another wish”.

The woman thought for a minute and said “Well, I’ve never been able to
find the right man.  You know, one that’s considerate and fun, likes to
cook and helps with the housecleaning, is good in bed and gets along
with my family, doesn’t watch sports all the time, and is faithful.
That’s what I wish for…….”A good mate.

The Genie let out a long sigh and said, “let me see that map again.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

And please don’t neglect your dental health, it is so important.

I know, sometimes you may be running short of cash, but still you ought to go.

A friend of mine, told me that although he only had a dollar, he still went to the dentist.

I was surprised to hear that and so I asked him what the dentist did for him.

He told me the dentist gave him “buck” teeth.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
It is important to tell the truth and if it isn’t the full truth, then it isn’t the truth.
However, telling the truth is not a license to hurt people.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

Space exploration is very important and the photos being taken are amazing, such as this photo of earth.

And here is a photo of the surface of Mars

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

This book is old, like me (Actually, I’m older than this book), but like me it still has some useful ideas.

The Brand You 50(1999)

by Tom Peters

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you need to become a distinct brand;
  • Fifty specific ways to become “Brand You”; and
  • Fifty actions you should take to make your brand real.

(Source: getabstract)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

If you are as much of a fan of Aubrey Plaza as I am, you will like this movie.  Aubrey not only stars in the movie but was also one of its producers.

The Little Hours (2017 – Rated R)

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf-mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Cleopatra (1963)

I first saw this film when I was an Assistant Theater Manager of a military theater in Tehran, Iran.  I’ve seen it since and I just finished watching it again last week.  I found for a movie, it was surprisingly accurate other than describing Caesar’s desire to be an emperor (I don’t think so) and Anthony’s final defeats. It did take me two days to watch this 4+ hours epic.

Critics Consensus: Cleopatra is a lush, ostentatious, endlessly eye-popping epic that collapses from a (and how could it not?) four-hour runtime. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Life of the Party (2018)

I really thought this would be funnier.  I did really enjoy the few times the Mom’s roommate, Lenore, was on camera–what a trip she was.  And “Comma Girl” was also a delight.

Critics Consensus: Life of the Party‘s good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren’t enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I attended a concert last Thursday. Some thought it was amazing that at woman, Speranza Scappucci, was the conductor. It never occurred to me that a woman conductor was something out of the ordinary.

All the music was exciting, but I especially liked the William Tell Overture and wanted to share with you the part most of you know well.

William Tell Overture

(The Ride of William Tell and the Swiss Army)

(or better known as Lone Ranger & Tonto)

By Gioachino Rossini (2-29-1792 to 11-13-1868)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?

Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?
Yes  90%  (18 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Is losing touch with a couple of people you used to be a good thing or a bad thing?
More a good thing  42.11%  (8 votes) 
About even  31.58%  (6 votes) 
More a bad thing  26.31%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 19

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish you had tried to have a closer relationship with some key people in your life who are now gone?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

I thought Black Swan was just the name of a movie,

I didn’t know that Black Swans actually existed.

Nature is a fantastic artist.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I select as most extraordinary people my mother-in-law, Delores Perkey.  Here she is with her bags packed for her trip to heaven.

The other person I selected was my last living relative, my mother, Alice Allen.

My mom wanted me to drive her in a convertible up to the Pearly Gates.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Coach Jo & Tania, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And thank you Brigid, Carmen, Carol, Cathy, Eddie, Kelly, Laurie, Leroy, Marilyn, Morgana, Ray, Terrence & Tom, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

5/07/18 – 2018 APF Raw Nationals

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

2018 APF Raw Nationals

I attended the 2018 American Powerlifting Federation Raw Nationals last week and won a spot on Team USA for the World Powerlifting Congress world championships in November 2018.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Are you eating healthy foods, controlling your weight and getting enough exercise and sleep?

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

I’m an advocate for traveling and this past week I went on a safari, well at least close to a safari, I was on a pizzafari.

As you can see below, I encountered a dangerous animal while I was on my pizzafari.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I really like Neil deGrasse Tyson and this book is not that hard to read; but it is  hard to understand.  A lot of it is very hard to understand, but there is enough that I understood to make me glad I read it.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The week before, I tried to watch a move called, The Room; but I thought it was so bad and so amateurish that I did not want to mention it in this blog.  Well this past week, I saw The Disaster Artist, which is about the making of The Room.

I just thought it was an absolutely amazing movie and I am going to watch it again.  Perhaps, I saw a bit of myself in this film, as I have made several short films myself.

But I think I really liked the movie because it was about not giving up on your dreams and to keep trying no matter how many disappointments.  And it the end, well maybe your dream will come true, even if not in the way you intended it.

Please watch this movie and if you do, please say something in the comments about it. 

The Disaster Artist

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. (Source: IMDB)

Critics Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

The real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as “The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies,” The Room, is brought to life, chronicling the odd film’s troubled development and eventual cult success.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Just curious, do you think today’s groups have it anything over these guys?

Do You Love Me (1962)

By The Contours

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Can you read this?

Yes  100%  (16 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
 
 
Results sort of indicate spelling isn’t that important when it comes to what is being said, doesn’t it?

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Have you lost touch with a couple of people that you used to be?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

One can make some interesting art with Tinker Toys

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Born in Chicago in 1901. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy.

Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo(1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of animated film. New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella(1950) and Mary Poppins (1964), the latter of which received five Academy Awards.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney’s Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club. 

In 1965, he began development of another theme park, Disney World, the heart of which was to be a new type of city, the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT).

Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Bernice, Jennifer, Nanette & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to higginbothampublications Isabelle & Shreya, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Barb, Carmen, Debra, Laurie & Valerie, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

4/30/18 – Peace on the Korean Peninsula?

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Peace on the Korean Peninsula?

Let’s hope so.

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to pursue a permanent peace treaty and the complete denuclearization of their divided peninsula at a historic summit laden with symbolism.

The North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in embraced after signing what they called the Panmunjom Declaration, following a day that began with an emotional handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries.

The pair issued a statement confirming their “common goal of realising, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula”.

They agreed they would seek a permanent end to the Korean War this year, 65 years after hostilities ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

(Source: Sunghee Hwang, APF)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

APF Raw Powerlifting Nationals

in Orlando, FL

I’m headed to Orlando this week to see if I can become a member of Team USA and represent the USA in the November World Powerlifting Congress world contest.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
For me, this is probably people, ideas, habits and various inanimate objects.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I recently read this book and it is in my opinion so much more than just than just a yoga book.  I think this book definitely lives up to the words on the cover, “Stretching your yoga from your mat to your life.”

Whether you are into yoga, or just thinking about taking a yoga class, you really should pick up a copy of this book.

The book is as wonderful as Andrea Marcum is wonderful.

Close to Om

by Andrea Marcum

Andrea Marcum’s Close to Om is a beautifully illustrated, practical and philosophical, yoga book that promotes and teaches mindfulness in both your yoga practice and your everyday life. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Who doesn’t like movies, still I like to encourage folks to give plays a chance, just to see if you like them.  I thought this one was a very good and fast-moving musical.

All Night Strut!

Meadow Brook Theater, Rochester, MI

The All Night Strut! moves through the Depression, WWII and the post-war boom in a two-act musical celebration of the 1930s and ‘40s, filled with jazz, blues, and American songbook standards.

 

And the play was even better because we had the opportunity to see it with our good friends Sharon and Freddy.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Shake It Up

By The Cars

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Modern Slave?

For most people the “Modern Slave” picture is
True  66.67%  (6 votes) 
Can’t Decide  22.22%  (2 votes) 
Not True  11.11%  (1 votes) 

 Total Votes: 9

For me, the “Modern Slave” picture is
Not True  71.43%  (5 votes) 
True  14.29%  (1 votes) 

Can’t Decide  14.28%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 7

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Can you read this?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Ken Shelton

Ken died two years ago on April 28.  If you ever met him, you would know why I consider him one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met.  I met him in 1981 and we became friends immediately.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

This is only funny, if you know something about math.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Angela, Nanette & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Jazmin, Raymond, Tintins, Write to Tell magazine & Yanibel, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Kimberly & Sandi, for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Barb, Kelly & Kristie, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

4/23/18 – Barbara Bush

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Barbara Bush

June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018

You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you’re not going to change each other’s minds.

I hate the fact that people think ‘compromise’ is a dirty word.

Future of this nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Desiree Linden

Over the past 11 years, Desiree Linden has started 15 marathons, finished 14 of them, and come in second three times. But until today, she had never broken the tape.

That’s despite some close calls, most notably at the Boston Marathon in 2011, when she came within 2 seconds of taking the crown. With each near miss, her desire to win only grew, as did her legions of fans, who commiserated with her struggle every time she came close again.

It all changed today. On one of the worst weather days in Boston Marathon history—freakish driving rain, headwinds gusting to 30 miles per hour, and temperatures in the 30s, it was the 5-foot-1, 96-pound Linden who stood up to the conditions and prevailed down Boylston Street. Only as she celebrated did she take off the long-sleeved wind jacket she wore for the entire 26.2 miles, bib number pinned vertically along one side. (Source: Runner’s World)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
We should all try to be like the sunrise.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

If we keep things in perspective, it may help us to get along with one another.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

The enemy of the best idea or act, isn’t a bad idea.

Strangely enough, it is the good idea or act.

Give the following some thought, if it isn’t readily apparent.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

If you are part Celt, as am I; you will love this book.  Lots and lots of photos too.

A Dark History: Celts

by Martin J. Dougherty

Barbarians or civilized peoples? Uncultured savages or fearsome warriors? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous interest, speculation, and misunderstanding. Before the Vikings, before the Anglo-Saxons, before the Roman Empire, the Celts dominated central and western Europe, but who exactly were the Celts and how have our perceptions of them changed throughout history? (Source: Amazon)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

I regret just recently watching this film, although I knew about it when it first came out.  It stars one of my favorite Mexican actors, Gael Garcia Bernal.  It is in Spanish, with English subtitles.  I don’t think the film would be anywhere near as meaningful, if the actors spoke English–actually, it would be a bit of a joke if they did.  I did watch a minute or two of the actors speaking French and that was just sad.

I found it interesting that the trip took them through a number of places in Perú that Carol and I had visited.

Critics Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto “Che” Guerva into a famous revolutionary. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Ben-Hur (2016)

I thought this version of Ben-Hur wasn’t as good as the beginning of the original film, but was better than the end of the original film.  For two films based upon the same book, they are very different.

Critics Consensus: How do you fight an idea? By filming a remake that has too few of its own, and tries to cover it up with choppy editing and CGI. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

I can recall all the events pictured in the video that goes with this marvelous song by the great Sam Cooke.

What a Wonderful World

By Sam Cooke

LAST WEEK’S POLL How to cut toast?

1  53.33%  (8 votes) 

2  40%  (6 votes) 

3  6.67%  (1 votes)   

Total Votes: 15

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Modern Slave?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here are some amazing wind sculptures

from the Wiford Gallery, Santa Fe

wilfordgallery.com

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

This week, I just could not decide who should be the most extraordinary person, so I did some searches on cool people. Well, when you do a search like that, you get some strange results.  I finally went with this guy, because the site listed out why they thought he was so cool and I found the reasons interesting.

Benjamin Franklin

  • Revolutionary
  • Co-signer and contributor to the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and The Treaty of Paris.
  • inventor
  • Scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Statesman
  • Journalist
  • Humorist
  • Babe Magnet
  • Self-taught intellectual
  • Philanthropist
  • International  celebrity–or least the late 1700’s version of it
  • Master marketer – his coonskin hat was a marketing ploy
  • Abolitionist and first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
  • Early spy master
  • Disney star

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

This is only funny, if you know cats.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you America on Coffee, Coach Jo, Melissa & Penney, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Anushka, John, Missteriouso, Nicole, Priya, Thought for Change & Ushma, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Camelia, Lynn & Terry for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Brian, Carol, Debra, Deborah, Denise, Donna, Doug, Qaz, Sandy, Stephen, Tammy & Tim, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

4/16/18 – La Fonda

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

La Fonda

No, not this Fonda

But this Fonda

La Fonda on the Plaza is a historical luxury hotel, at 100 E. San Francisco Street and Old Santa Fe Trail in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico next to the Plaza. La Fondasimply means “the inn” in Spanish, but the hotel has been described as “the grand dame of Santa Fe’s hotels.” (Source: Wikipedia)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

It is important to visit new places.

Here I am driving around in Santa Fe, New Mexico

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I was touring the Governors Place in Santa Fe and was surprised to learn that a book I read many years ago, Ben Hur, was written there at the Governors Place.

It is a rather long book, so you may want to watch the movie before or instead of trying to read the book.

Ben Hur

by Lew Wallace

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Ben Hur (1959)

I saw this film so long ago, I can’t recall much about it.  Perhaps,  it may be worth taking another look at it; at least before you attempt to tackle the book.

Critics Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood’s finest examples of pure entertainment. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

The Middle

By Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

LAST WEEK’S POLL Truth?

Do you believe Thomas Sowell’s statement about truth is

Correct  62.5%  (10 votes)
 
Maybe correct and maybe mistaken  25%  (4 votes)
 
Mistaken  12.5%  (2 votes) 
 
Total Votes: 16

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – How to cut toast?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Anything can be art, even bread.

  

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Buffalo Soldiers

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you America on Coffee, Bernice, Darlene, Judy & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to Poonam & RCK25, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Angela, Barbara, David & Linda, for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Aaron, Debra, Erika, Gabrielle, Lana, Lisa & Nalomy, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover

4/09/18 – Another Story

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

This Story May or May Not Be True

The Apollo 11 astronauts, who were training in one of the remote deserts of the western USA, came across a Native American.

The Native American asked the astronauts what they were doing and they replied that they were training for a mission to go to the moon.

The Native American asked the astronauts if they would do him a favor.  He said his people believed that holy spirits lived on the moon and would the astronauts pass on a message from his people in their native language to the holy spirits that lived on the moon.

The astronauts memorized the Native American’s words, but the Indian would not tell them what the words meant, when they asked him. 

When the astronauts returned to their base, they found a translator who could tell them the meaning of the words they had memorized.  The translator said the memorized words were.

Don’t believe a single word these people are telling you.

They have come to steal your land.

(Source: Sapiens – A Brief History of Mankind)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Learn to accept your flaws, they make you unique.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
Don’t give up.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

Don’t believe everything you read.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Bill Gates suggested to me and 1 million of his other closes friends, that I read this book.  I’m not going to suggest you read or not read this book.  But you should know first off, it isn’t brief.  Also, I believe regardless of what your positions are, you may find some of the author’s assessments and predictions disturbing.  I did really enjoy reading the early part of the book about pre-history, but as time went on the author and I had to part ways.  Still, the book has many important things to say, so if you do try to tackle this book, you may want to read some of it and skim some of it.

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Human history has been shaped by three major revolutions: the Cognitive Revolution (70,000 years ago), the Agricultural Revolution (10,000 years ago), and the Scientific Revolution (500 years ago). These revolutions have empowered humans to do something no other form of life has done, which is to create and connect around ideas that do not physically exist (think religion, capitalism, and politics). These shared “myths” have enabled humans to take over the globe and have put humankind on the verge of overcoming the forces of natural selection. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Surviving Desire

This film is way cooler than the reviews make it appear.  In fact, it is so cool that I cannot even describe it, so I will show you a clip.  Of course, most of you will not like it.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Walk Like an Egyptian

By The Bangles

But when it comes to walking like an Egyptian, check this out

King Tut

By SNL – Steve Martin

LAST WEEK’S POLL What do you do at parties?

How many invitations to parties do you receive in a year?

Five or less  47.06%  (8 votes) 

Six to ten  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Eleven to fifteen  11.76%  (2 votes) 

More than 15  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Of the invitations to parties that you receive, what percentage of them do you attend?

More than 50% to 75%  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Less than 25%  31.25%  (5 votes) 

More than 75%  31.25%  (5 votes) 

From 25% to 50%  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Of the parties you are invited to, how often is a gift expected?

More than 50% to 75%  43.75%  (7 votes) 

More than 75%  25%  (4 votes) 

From 25% to 50%  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Less than 25%  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Truth?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here is something to think about.

I found this in Part One – The Cognitive Revolutions

of 

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Cleopatra

Actually, the above picture is Elizabeth Taylor, portraying Cleopatra 

Cleopatra VII (69 – August 10 or 12, 30 BC) was a queen and last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. She was also a diplomat, naval commander, administrator, linguist, and medical author.

As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.

After the death of Cleopatra, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire, marking the end of the Hellenistic period that had lasted since the reign of Alexander (336–323 BC). (Source: Wikipedia)

On September 2, 31 B.C., Octavian’s forces soundly defeated those of Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium.  Later, with Alexandria under attack from Octavian’s forces, Antony heard a rumor that Cleopatra had committed suicide. He fell on his sword, and died just as news arrived that the rumor had been false.

On August 12, 30 B.C., after burying Antony and meeting with the victorious Octavian, Cleopatra closed herself in her chamber with two of her female servants. The means of her death is uncertain, but Plutarch and other writers advanced the theory that she used a poisonous snake known as the asp, a symbol of divine royalty. According to her wishes, Cleopatra’s body was buried with Antony’s. (Source: History.com)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Carol, Darlene, Poetic Bells, Reocochran & Roijoyeux, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to LA Feedback Film Festival, Melissa, Nanette, Nick, Nidhi, Poetic Bells, Reocochran & Shreya, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Amy, Barbie, Michelle & Taylor, for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Carol, Cindi, Colleen, Darlene, Donna, Kristie, Patty, Richard & Trina, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

My Final Cover