01/20/20 – Where am I?

CURRENT EVENTS

Where am I?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I just finished reading this book, I’m not exactly keen on it; but I did finish it and it has a lot of nice pictures.

Lost Civilizations

By Bill Price

Lost Civilizations takes us on a journey through time from the oldest civilization, the little-known Natufian culture of 12,500 years ago, to the mysterious disappearance of the colonists on Roanoke Island, in the United States, in the 16th century. (Source: Barnes & Nobles)

The Book of Leadership & Strategy

Translated by Thomas Cleary

This little book is packed with a lot of good advice like, “Asking for fire is not as good as getting the means to make fire.”

Another piece of advice I liked was, “No one stumbles over a mountain, but people do trip over ant hills.”  In other words, over looking small problems is often the reason for many regrets.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you enjoyed the series that was on PBS, I’m sure you will want to see the movie.  

Downton Abbey

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Conga

By Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

ART OF THE WEEK

I don’t smoke cigars, but the process of hand rolling cigars is considered an art form. I found the process interesting and perhaps you will also find it interesting.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Barbara Baer Capitman

Barbara Baer Capitman (April 29, 1920 – March 29, 1990) was a community activist and author who led the effort to preserve Miami Beach’s historic art deco district and helped create the Miami Design Preservation League.

In 1976, Capitman and a group of historic preservationists formed the Miami Design Preservation League. They began a fight to save the long-neglected art deco buildings in Miami Beach. She lobbied politicians and developers with her forceful personality.

She and her supporters held candlelight vigils, protest marches and stood in front of bulldozers that were about to demolish buildings. Several of the buildings the group sought to preserve were torn down including the Senator and New Yorker Hotels. However, many more were saved.

The group’s efforts were rewarded when Miami Beach’s Art Deco District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The renewed interest in the area led to an economic and cultural rebirth in the city with new investments in hotels, apartments and restaurants. It became a favorite destination of tourists, artists and moviemakers.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Those who quit eating two or three hours before bedtime are more successful losing weight and keeping it off than late night eaters.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Taking Ownership of Your Situation?

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Art Deco

Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. It combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern. From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism and the Vienna Secession; the bright colors of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe I and Louis XVI; and the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art. It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

When was the last time you drank gin?

A long time ago  40%  (8 votes) 

I have never drank gin  25%  (5 votes) 

During 2020  10%  (2 votes) 

During 2019  10%  (2 votes) 

Within the last ten years  10%  (2 votes) 

Within the last three years  5%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Regarding the TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”:

I have never seen an episode and do not wish to see one.  50%  (8 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it.  31.25%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it.  12.5%  (2 votes) 

I have never seen an episode, but would like to see one.  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
What is your opinion of the average American’s food choices?

A mix of good and bad choices for one’s health  81.25%  (13 votes) 

Mostly harmful to one’s health  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Mostly promotes one’s health  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you dislike people solely on political positions?

No  50%  (9 votes) 

Sometimes  44.44%  (8 votes) 

Yes  5.56%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you put enough trust in your instincts?

Yes  50%  (9 votes) 

I should trust my instincts more  38.89%  (7 votes) 

No  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I should trust my instincts less  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

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.

01/13/20 – Are You Searching for Something?

CURRENT EVENTS

The year 2020 has arrived, so let’s get started making 2020 great.

And if you are looking for ways to make 2020 great,

perhaps this will help.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Last week I read this very short  book. I only suggest you read it, if you really like gin.

Regarding gin, unlike years ago in the USA, today there are a lot of mid and high price gins that taste so much better. If you do have a drink once in a while, you may want to consider gin.

Gin and Bear It

By Summersdale Publishers Ltd.

Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

By Richard Brookhiser

I first read this book back in 1998 and I have reviewed it a couple of times since including last week and still find it a worthwhile read.

In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington’s career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of American politics. (Source: Amazon)

Underworld

By Roman Martin

Switching gears, I finished almost 500 page book last week. Normally, I can’t make it through a book with this many pages, but this one was a bit of a treat to read. If you enjoyed The Godfather movies, The Sopranos, etc.; you might enjoy this book.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Last week I mentioned that I had finished watching Season 1 and I have now finished Season 2 and 3 of the Amazon Prime Video The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)

I’ve watch all seven seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer years ago. While on the treadmill, I started watching the series again and just finished Season 1. I found watching the show was just as interesting as years ago.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season 1)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Detroit Symphony Orchestras

William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

at

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

I attended a DSO concert last Thursday at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Among the music played was Georges Bizet’s Suite No. 1 from Carmen. If you think classical music is boring, listen to this. However, listening to it is nothing like seeing it performed live with Mei-Ann Chen conducting.

ART OF THE WEEK

I have no idea who this family is or where I even came across this photo, but I thought it was very clever.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Just Look In The Mirror

When I first wrote my book, I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?; I was shocked at how many people told me that they just wanted to be ordinary. But, I feel it is their right to that decision, plus for a few it could be a significant advancement.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to make 2020 a great year?

Yes  53.85%  (14 votes) 

Hell yeah  26.92%  (7 votes) 

Maybe  19.23%  (5 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Have you read the book “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine?

No, but I plan to read it.  35%  (7 votes) 

No, and I don’t plan to read it.  30%  (6 votes) 

Yes  25%  (5 votes) 

No, I don’t plan to read it and I have never heard of Thomas Paine.  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Regarding “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”:

I have not seen it, but would like to.  43.48%  (10 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and liked it.  30.43%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it and do not wish to see it.  21.74%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen an episode and did not like it.  4.35%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Did you get the Winslow, AZ photo?

Yes  40.91%  (9 votes) 

No  36.36%  (8 votes) 

Yes, but not at first  22.73%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Did you wake up today be be mediocre?

No  95.24%  (20 votes) 

Yes  4.76%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

01/06/20 – Let’s Get Started

CURRENT EVENTS

The year 2020 has arrived, so let’s get started making 2020 great.

And what better way to get started, then with

The Rolling Stones

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I recommended this book back in June of 2015 and this past week I reviewed it again and I suggest if you haven’t read it, you may want to consider reading it. 

As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I watched Season 1 and I am now on Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video. I thought it was better than many things available to watch.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Take It Easy

The Eagles

ART OF THE WEEK

I loved my motorcycles and considered them works of art, although, it may be hard to tell from these old photos. I needed two of them, since I wanted to always be on the road. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Thomas Paine

Portrait by
Laurent Dabos (c. 1792)

Thomas Paine (born Thomas Pain) (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary.

He authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain.  

Paine migrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), proportionally the all-time best-selling American title, which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis (1776–1783) was a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series.

Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. 

The British government of William Pitt the Younger, worried by the possibility that the French Revolution might spread to England, had begun suppressing works that espoused radical philosophies. Paine’s work, which advocated the right of the people to overthrow their government, was duly targeted, with a writ for his arrest issued in early 1792. Paine fled to France in September where, despite not being able to speak French, he was quickly elected to the French National Convention.

The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Maximilien Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy. In December 1793, he was arrested and was taken to Luxembourg Prison in Paris. While in prison, he continued to work on The Age of Reason (1793–1794). James Monroe, a future President of the United States, used his diplomatic connections to get Paine released in November 1794.

Paine became notorious because of his pamphlets. The Age of Reason, in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. He published the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1797), discussing the origins of property and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income through a one-time inheritance tax on landowners.

In 1802, he returned to the U.S. where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

If Santa can get in shape, you can too.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

People you know, like or love may be gone before you know it. 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

What are your feelings about what 2020 will bring to you?

More positive feelings  58.62%  (17 votes)

And equal distribution of positive and negative feelings  34.48%  (10 votes)

More negative feelings  6.9%  (2 votes)

Total Votes: 29

How many books do you plan to read during 2020?

13 to 51  30.77%  (8 votes)

52 or one a week  19.23%  (5 votes)

12 or one a month  15.38%  (4 votes)

4 or one a quarter  15.38%  (4 votes)

1 to 3  11.54%  (3 votes)

5 to 11  3.85%  (1 votes)

I don’t plan to read any books  3.85%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 26
Regarding the Jumanji films:

I’ve seen at least one and liked it.  40%  (10 votes) 

I haven’t seen any, but I would like to see one.  40%  (10 votes) 

I haven’t seen any nor to I wish to see one.  20%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen at least one and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 25

Do you believe people think you are overweight?

No  69.23%  (18 votes) 

Yes, there is no doubt  19.23%  (5 votes) 

Yes, somewhat  11.54%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 26
How many of these 12 steps to self care do you believe will be part of your behavior this coming week?

All 12  41.67%  (10 votes) 

8  12.5%  (3 votes) 

6  12.5%  (3 votes) 

11  8.33%  (2 votes) 

7  8.33%  (2 votes) 

5  8.33%  (2 votes) 

10  4.17%  (1 votes) 

9  4.17%  (1 votes) 

4  0%  (0 votes) 

3  0%  (0 votes) 

2  0%  (0 votes) 

1  0%  (0 votes) 

None  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Are you going to do your best to make sure your friends don’t drive and drive on New Years Eve?

Yes  88.24%  (15 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
And also are you going to do your best to make sure your friends don’t drink and drive on New Years Eve?

Yes  86.67%  (13 votes) 

No  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

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.

12/30/19 – What 2020 Will Bring To You?

CURRENT EVENTS

Are you wondering what the year 2020 will bring to you. Well, here is the answer.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Here is a movie I saw last week that I thought was pretty good.

Jumanji: Next Level

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I just finished watching all four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise and I really liked the theme song and the visuals that went along with it.

Faith of the Heart

Star Trek: Enterprise

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Father Time

Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man […], dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (which represents time’s constant one-way movement).

Around New Year’s Eve, the media uses Father Time as the personification of the previous year (or “the Old Year”) who typically “hands over” the duties of time to the equally allegorical Baby New Year (or “the New Year”).

I like the above versions of Father Time; however, my favorite is still 

Father Time-and-a-Half

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This isn’t about your appearance, it is about your health.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A decade from now, roughly half of U.S. adults will be obese — with nearly one-quarter severely so, a new study projects.

The predictions by researchers at Harvard University paint a grim picture: By 2030, the prevalence of adult obesity will be at least 35% in every U.S. state, and in 29 states, the figure will top 50%.

CHARACTER TRAITS

There is an old saying that “those convinced against their will, remain unconvinced still.” Sometimes, rather than argue; it is better to just step away.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

I messed up the first poll

So here is a revised poll

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to read more books in 2020 than you did in 2019?
Yes, I am going to read more books than I did in 2019  58.82%  (10 votes) 
I am going to read the same amount of books that I read in 2019  29.41%  (5 votes) 
I don’t read books  11.76%  (2 votes) 
No, I am going to read less books than I did in 2019  0%  (0 votes

 

Total Votes: 17
Regarding the movie “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
I do not plan on seeing the movie  55.56%  (10 votes) 
I plan on seeing the movie  22.22%  (4 votes) 
I saw the movie and liked it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I saw the movie and did not like it  5.55%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
Are you going to get in better shape during 2020?
Yes  77.78%  (14 votes)
No  22.22%  (4 votes) 

 Total Votes: 18

Are you spending enough time with the people you care about?
Yes  47.06%  (8 votes) 
Maybe  29.41%  (5 votes) 
No  23.53%  (4 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.

12/23/19 – Two-Minute Version of It’s A Wonderful Life

CURRENT EVENTS

No doubt many of you have seen this marvelous movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, which came out in 1946.

For those of you that don’t have time to watch this film again or have never watched this film, a friend of mine made this less than two-minute version of the film that I think you will enjoy.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Even Santa reads.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

If you are a devoted Star Wars fan, you may like this film or if you are an action film junkie. As for the rest of us, I would avoid it. It was just action, and more action; much of the action totally unbelievable regardless of how much you suspend disbelief. 

Critics Consensus (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

By Dean Martin

ART OF THE WEEK

Many malls decorate for Christmas. Somerset Mall in Troy, MI; has a display where children can visit Santa.

Here are some big kids waiting to visit Santa.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Although I often name Santa Claus as the person of the week, I thought I would like to include some details about Santa this week.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve (24 December) or during the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December). 

The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas (a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra), the British figure of Father Christmas, and the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas (himself also based on Saint Nicholas). Some maintain Santa Claus also absorbed elements of the Germanic god Wodan, who was associated with the pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, red hat with white fur, and black leather belt and boots and carrying a bag full of gifts for children. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books, films, and advertising.

Santa Claus is said to make lists of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior, and to deliver presents, including toys and candy, to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and coal to all the misbehaving children, on the night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of his elves, who make the toys in his workshop at the North Pole, and his flying reindeer, who pull his sleigh. He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole, and laughing in a way that sounds like “ho ho ho”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Santa spent most of 2019 at the gym.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

The best gift you can give someone is your time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Y para mis amigos de habla hispana, Feliz Navidad.

און צו מיין אידישע פרענדז איך ווינטשן איר אַ גליקלעך חנוכה

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you live in a country other than the top ten with the most viewers of this blog?
The country I live in is in the top ten list  100%  (26 votes) 
The country I live in is not in the top ten list  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 26
Do you have a Christmas Tree?
Yes  75%  (15 votes) 
No  25%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Do you like fruit cake?
No  57.89%  (11 votes) 
Yes  42.11%  (8 votes

 

Total Votes: 19
Have you ever participated in a fun run?
No and I don’t ever plan to do so  44.44%  (8 votes) 
Yes, within the last five years  22.22%  (4 votes) 
No, but I would like to do so  22.22%  (4 votes) 
Yes, but it has been more than five years  11.11%  (2 votes

 

Total Votes: 18
In 2019 were you naughty, nice or made an attempt?
Nice  50%  (10 votes) 
Made an attempt to be nice  45%  (9 votes) 
Naughty  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Have you left a knife on the edge of the sink because you weren’t sure you would have seconds?
Yes  70.59%  (12 votes) 
No  29.41%  (5 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.

12/16/19 – Who?

CURRENT EVENTS

Who is looking at this blog, we don’t know unless they click “Like” or make a comment. However, I thought it would be interesting to find out from what countries over the last year that the viewers of this blog are from. Here is a list of those top ten countries.

If this is difficult to see, just click on the chart below and it will become larger.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Be Cool – Read

 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Star Trek: enterprise

It has taken me a long time to get around to watching this particular Star Trek series, although I consider myself a Star Trek fan. It just never appealed to me. I am just about finished viewing season three of this four season or 98 episodes series that was aired from 2001 to 2005.

Although I am not really thrilled with the series, Dr. Phlox helps makes it more interesting to watch.

Dr. Phlox

Dr. Phlox is my favorite on the show, perhaps the clip below will help you understand why.

And Vulcan T’Pol adds logic for watching the show.

T’Pol

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Sorry I couldn’t find a video of Chuck performing this song live.

Run Rudolph Run

By Chuck Berry

ART OF THE WEEK

Christmas Trees Everywhere

Big, small, natural, artificial, whatever; they are the best form of art at this time of the year.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Who else this week, but

Santa Claus

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

There are a lot of jokes about fruit cake, but do people really like fruit cake. Let’s find out.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I participated in the Shelby Township Jingle Bell Run yesterday with my friend Scott.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

If you are a female, don’t be like this and if you are a male–shame on you.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Did you become a better person this year?

Yes  50%  (11 votes) 

Maybe  31.82%  (7 votes) 

No  18.18%  (4 votes) 

No, but I will next year  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Have you ever watched Murdock Mysteries?

No, but I would like to watch it  50%  (9 votes) 

Yes and I liked it  33.33%  (6 votes) 

No and I don’t wish to watch it  16.67%  (3 votes) 

Yes, but I did not enjoy it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Were you aware of Rene Magritte before today?

No  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Yes  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Have you ever seen an episode of “Have Gun Will Travel”?

Yes  80%  (12 votes) 

No, but I would like to see an episode  13.33%  (2 votes) 

No and I do not wish to see an episode  6.67%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Are you waiting to do something with your life?

No, I am currently trying to make more out of my life  85.71%  (12 votes) 

I’m fine as I am, I have no intention of trying to make more out of my lifesel  7.14%  (1 votes) 

I’ll start tomorrow  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Have you sacrificed your health and wealth to take care of someone?

No  56.25%  (9 votes) 

Yes  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

12/09/19 – Time is Running Out

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

These “Classic Starts” books are a great way to get young people into reading the classics. I found this book to be an easy and entertaining read.

Classic Starts: The Odyssey

Retold From The Original Homer

Homer’s epic tale of the warrior Odysseus’s decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus’s adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs; and the angry sea god Poseidon. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I really enjoy this Canadian Show that has been running for 13 seasons. The last few years around this time, I make it a point to watch this episode.

Once Upon A Murdock Christmas

At a Christmas charity gala for sick children, the host, dressed as Santa Claus, is found with a broken neck and all the presents are stolen. When witnesses report hearing a wild animal near the scene, Crabtree suspects the legendary creature Krampus.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Listen to this song and you will understand why Elvis is the King.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

ART OF THE WEEK

Rene Magritte Exhibitions

I’ve been a long-time fan of the surrealistic paintings of Rene Magritte. The above photo was when I attended the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) exhibition in the early 1990s.

A few years ago, another exhibition of his work was put together and I saw it at the Chicago Institute of Art.

I believe Magritte considered himself a philosopher who communicated through paintings. Below are a few examples of his work.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Paladin

Paladin prefers to settle the difficulties clients bring his way without violence, but this rarely happens. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs. He was a dueling champion of some renown. Paladin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the American Civil War, in which he served as a Union cavalry officer.
His permanent place of residence is the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, where he lives the life of a successful businessman and bon vivant, wearing elegant custom-made suits, consuming fine wine, playing the piano, and attending the opera and other cultural events. He is an expert chess player, poker player, and swordsman. He is skilled in Chinese martial arts. He is highly educated, able to quote classic literature, philosophy, and case law, and speaks several languages. He is also president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club.
When out working, Paladin changes into all-black Western-style clothing. His primary weapon is a custom-made, first-generation .45 caliber Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolver with an unusual rifled barrel, carried in a black leather holster (with a platinum chess knight symbol facing the rear), hanging from a black leather gunbelt. He also carries a lever action Marlin rifle strapped to his saddle, and a Remington derringer concealed under his belt.
Paladin gives out a business card imprinted with “Have Gun Will Travel” and an engraving of a white knight chess piece, which evokes the proverbial white knight and the knight in shining armor. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

Some people are so quick to sacrifice their health and their wealth for others. They just can’t seem to understand that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will as time goes on not be able to help others and you will likely become a burden to someone else.

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Did you know that Thanksgiving was celebrated outside of the USA?

Yes  68.18%  (15 votes) 

No  31.82%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Regarding the film “Murder Mystery”

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it nor do I wish to see it  26.32%  (5 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Should I continue each year making The Ramones “Mary Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) a song of the week?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Did you watch American Bandstand?

Yes  86.96%  (20 votes) 

No  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
If you are retired, are you financially and physically independent?

I am financially and physically independent  66.67%  (8 votes) 

I am physically independent but not financially independent  16.67%  (2 votes) 

I am financially independent but not physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

I am neither financially independent nor physically independent  8.33%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

When I do retire, I expect to be

Financially and physically independent  66.67%  (6 votes) 

Neither financially nor physically independent  22.22%  (2 votes) 

Financially independent, but not physically independent  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Physically independent, but not financially independent  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
When it comes to situations, what do you do?

I may accept the situation as it is or I may look at it like I want it to be  68.75%  (11 votes) 

 Accept the situation as it is  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Try to make the situation into what I want it to be  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.