02/17/20 – Just In Case

CURRENT EVENTS

Just in Case

If Valentine’s Day was a little disappointing, 

perhaps this will help.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Mental Game

By George Allen

This book is about so much more than bowling, it is about the mental game of winning at life.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I thought this movie was excellent, plus there is some humor in it.

The Two Popes

Ford v Ferrari

I found this film to be ok.

Agatha And The Truth of Murder

I was surprised that how good this film was and if you like Agatha Christie mysteries, you will like this film although the story was not written by Agatha Christy.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Back In the USA

By Chuck Berry

ART OF THE WEEK

Political Art

I suspect the people who planted the explosives did not intend to make political art, but it is rare that I have come across any art this powerful. It is a far stronger statement than had the statute toppled into the sea.

The bust of the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos lies badly defaced Monday, Dec. 30, 2002 at Mt. Pugo, La Union province in northern Philippines, a day after it was ripped in a powerful explosion shortly after midnight Sunday. The explosion ripped off the eyes, nose, ears and most of the upper part of the bust but did not topple it from the top of a cliff overlooking the South China Sea, where it was erected in the 1970s, allegedly to immortalize the strongman who was toppled in a near bloodless “People Power” revolution in 1986. (AP Photo/Str)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I’ve known this guy for some time now and he truly is extraordinary

John with his belt

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Please don’t be like this cat.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

When you are flying around

and suddenly see someone you know.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “The Irishman”

I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  57.14%  (12 votes) 

I watched the film and I liked it.  23.81%  (5 votes) 

I watched the film and I did not like it  14.29%  (3 votes) 

I have not seen the film and do not wish to see it  4.76%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Did you watch at least once the TV show “Leave It To Beaver”

Yes  83.33%  (15 votes) 

No  16.67%  (3 votes)  

Total Votes: 18
Do you think you can exercise off bad food choices?

No  73.68%  (14 votes) 

Yes  26.32%  (5 votes) 

I did, but not now  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Can you communicate in English or Spanish?

English  94.74%  (18 votes) 

English and Spanish  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Spanish  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Is developing yourself in all ways your highest priority?

Yes  68.75%  (11 votes) 

No  31.25%  (5 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.

02/10/20 – The Meaning of Valentine’s Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Over the years I have presented information about the history and meaning of Valentine’s Day; however, nothing sums it up as well as this:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Motivated Mindset – Words of Wisdom

By Ryan J. Mathias

This book is easy to read and will place you on the path of self-motivation.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Yes, it is a bit long; but still worth watching.

The Irishman

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Soul Man

By Blues Brothers

ART OF THE WEEK

Giant Whale

Look what nature created

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Brigadier General Charles McGee is 103 years old when last week this picture below was taken. He is an inspiration to everyone.

Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee

Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee (born December 7, 1919) is a retired American fighter pilot and one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was a career officer in the United States Air Force for more than 30 years and flew a three-war total of 409 combat missions in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, one of the highest combat totals and longest active-duty careers by any Air Force fighter pilot in history.

For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal, among several other military honors. In 2007, as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, McGee received the Congressional Gold Medal. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and on February 4, 2020, received an honorary promotion from colonel to brigadier general. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

Leave It To Beaver was a TV show that ran from 1957 to 1963

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

I have seen the movie and liked it  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen the movie, but I would like to see it  47.06%  (8 votes) 

I have not seen the movie and I do not wish to see it  5.88%  (1 votes) 

I have seen the movie and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

Do you agree with what Dr. Allan Greenberg says?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

I don’t know  25%  (4 votes) 

No  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Have you tried to inspire anyone during the last

week  68.75%  (11 votes) 

month  12.5%  (2 votes) 

year  12.5%  (2 votes) 

decade  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

What is your opinion of the USA Congress?

Low Opinion  76.47%  (13 votes) 

I’m not sure  23.53%  (4 votes) 

High Opinion  0%  (0 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.

02/03/20 – Yesterday’s Outcomes

CURRENT EVENTS

This probably wasn’t the outcome you were wishing to hear about.

Which Do You Prefer To Watch?

or

Which do you prefer to watch?
Groundhog Day  41.94%  (13 votes)
Super Bowl  38.71%  (12 votes)
Neither  12.9%  (4 votes)
Both  6.45%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 31
Yesterday (02-02-20) Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow, which means that we are in for an early spring.
If you missed the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, you really missed something–even if you aren’t a football fan. It was an amazing game and the KC Chiefs won, 31 to 20.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Defeat of Rome

By Gareth C. Sampson

This book is not an easy read, but if you are as fascinated by Roman history as I am, you will learn a lot about Crassus and the victory at Carrhae by the Parthians.

In 53 BC the Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 of his legionaries were crushed by the Parthians at Carrhae in what is now eastern Turkey. Crassus’ defeat and death and the 20,000 casualties his army suffered were an extraordinary disaster for Rome.

The event intensified the bitter, destructive struggle for power in the Roman republic, curtailed the empire’s eastward expansion and had a lasting impact on the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

It was also the first clash between two of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Yet this critical episode has often been neglected by writers on the period who have concentrated on the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. Gareth Sampson, reconstructs the Carrhae campaign in fine detail, reconsiders the policy of imperial expansion and gives a fascinating insight into the opponents the Romans confronted in the East – the Parthians. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I mentioned this movie back in July 2019 and watched it again last week. I enjoyed it and thought it was well worth watching, even a second time.

Here was the poll results from back in 2019:

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”
I have not seen the movie, but I want to see it.  68%  (17 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and liked it.  20%  (5 votes) 
I’ve seen the movie and did not like it.  8%  (2 votes) 
I have not seen the movie, nor do I wish to see it.  4%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 25

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (Source: IMDB)

Star Trek: Picard

Last week, I watched the second episode of this new Star Trek series and so far I’m a little disapointed. Nevertheless, I will continue to watch because it is good to see Jean-Luc Picard again.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’ve mentioned before, but thought I would again. I’ve seen Little Richard twice. Once when he was young (as was I) and once when he was old (as am I). I’m glad he is still around (And I am to still be around).

Long Tall Sally (1956)

By Little Richard

ART OF THE WEEK

Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake in Iceland

Known as the Eye of the World or Eye of Odin

The Norse god Odin is typically portrayed as having only one eye. The myths which explain this [was …] the result of his pursuit of knowledge, which led him to sacrifice his right eye to gain cosmic knowledge from the mythical well of Mimir.

The myth is mainly concerned with the price of wisdom, and what an individual will pay to gain what they desire. In drinking the waters of Mimir’s Well, Odin is able to see more with one eye than he did previously with two. It establishes Odin’s great desire for wisdom and knowledge, and also emphasizes that the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward. (Source: Wikipedia)

Located in southern Iceland, Kerid is unique among crater lakes in that its caldera likely didn’t form from an explosion as most do. The Kerid volcano is thought to have formed when the magma in the center simply depleted itself, and the empty chamber beneath caved in. Regardless of the geological minutia that led to the lake’s creation, its bright rainbow of colors look unearthly.

In addition to the bright, sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the caldera’s bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock. There is one, less-steep side of the slope that is covered in rich green moss. (Source: Atlas Obscura)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Darlene Shibley

If you have enjoyed Downton Abbey as well as other shows featured on PBS Masterpiece, Darlene Shibley deserves some thanks for her donations  to The Masterpiece Trust that makes these wonderful shows possible.

For decades as one of San Diego’s most high-profile and prolific philanthropists, Shiley — with her late husband, heart-valve inventor Donald Shiley — has given away upward of $100 million to science, educational and arts organizations.

But it’s been the one-time actress’ record-breaking gifts to the fundraising Masterpiece Trust, more than $5.2 million to date, that have made Shiley nearly as famous as a Crawley family member.

Darlene Shiley

Born: Aug. 23, 1946

Education: San Jose State University, theatre arts and humanities

Work experience: Acting, semiconductor industry, television public service director, accounting firm, public relations., President, Shiley Foundation

“Darlene is a wonderful ambassadress for the show. People recognize her everywhere and she handles it with such warmth and grace,” said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece and one of “Downton’s” executive producers. (Source: The San Diego Union – Tribune)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

If you have a cat, this may be helpful

MISCELLANEOUS

 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “JoJo Rabbit”

I did not see the film, but I would like to see it  36.84%  (7 votes) 

I saw the film and liked it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I did not see the film and I do not want to see it  31.58%  (6 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you think drug companies and their executives are too greedy?

Yes  95.45%  (21 votes) 

No  4.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
When someone wants to argue with you about something?

Some of both  81.82%  (18 votes) 

Do you usually let them continue with a belief that you think is mistaken  13.64%  (3 votes) 

Do you usually insist upon trying to win the argument  4.54%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

More yes than no  50%  (11 votes) 

More no than yes  50%  (11 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
Can you name the three rocks in the above photo?

Yes, all three  52.38%  (11 votes) 

Two of the three  19.05%  (4 votes) 

None of the rocks  19.05%  (4 votes) 

One of the three  9.52%  (2 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.

01/27/20 – Which do you prefer?

CURRENT EVENTS

Which Do You Prefer To Watch?

or

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Rest of Your Life is The Best of Your Life

By David  Brown

This book by David Brown (spouse of Helen Gurley Brown) is about 30 years old, but it contains some excellent advice if you turning grey or even if you aren’t.

David and Goliath

By Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has written a number of books. I think this is one of his better ones.

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I thought this was a really interesting and entertaining film.  

JoJo RabbitI

Star Trek: Picard

I saw the first episode of this new Star Trek series and it was a delight to again see Jean-Luc Picard plus Data in a couple of dream sequences. 

Star Trek: Picard is an American web television series created for CBS All Access. It is the eighth series in the Star Trek franchise and centers on the character Jean-Luc Picard. Set at the end of the 24th century, 18 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the storyline revisits the death of Commander Data, which occurred in the climax of that film, as well as the destruction of the planet Romulus, which occurred in the 2009 film Star Trek.

Patrick Stewart is the executive producer of the series and stars as Picard. Several actors from previous Star Trek series also reprise their roles, including Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.

Star Trek: Picard premiered on January 23, 2020, and its first season will consist of ten episodes. Ahead of the premiere, CBS All Access renewed Star Trek: Picard for a 10-episode second season. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Rain

By Hanne Kat

ART OF THE WEEK

Magritte

By David Sylvester

I’ve read a lot of books on the surrealist painter (Perhaps a philosopher that communicates with paintings rather than words) and this is one of the best, plus the many images are amazing to say the least.

The artist’s most unforgettable images come together in an exquisite study of his life and work. This comprehensive and provocative monograph traces the influences on Magritte’s art while 400 illustrations show the full range of his work. Not only the well-known paintings but also lesser-known murals, photographs, sculptures, and commercial works are represented. 400 illustrations, 110 in full-color. (Source: Amazon)

Here are some of the less provocative images in the book.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant dead in California helicopter crash Sunday (1/26/20)

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.

According to Forbes, Bryant’s net worth was estimated at $350 million in 2016. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Based upon the photo, I think you are in:

Little Havana  60.42%  (29 votes) 

Cuba  31.25%  (15 votes) 

South America  4.17%  (2 votes) 

Standing next to the south pole  2.08%  (1 votes) 

Standing next to a barber shop pole  2.08%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 48

Regarding the movie “Downton Abby”:

I have not seen the movie and do not want to see it.  35.71%  (10 votes) 

I have not seen the movie, but I want to see it  28.57%  (8 votes) 

I saw the movie and liked it, but not as much as the TV series  21.43%  (6 votes) 

I saw the movie and like it as much as the TV series  14.29%  (4 votes) 

I saw the movie and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 28
Do you stop eating two or three hours before bedtime?

Yes  40.63%  (13 votes) 

Sometimes  40.63%  (13 votes) 

No  18.74%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 32

Who is primarily responsible for the situation you find yourself in?

I am  96.77%  (30 votes) 

A higher power  3.23%  (1 votes) 

My parents  0%  (0 votes) 

Society  0%  (0 votes) 

Luck  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 31
Have you been involved in Facebook drama?

No  86.67%  (26 votes) 

Yes, but now avoid  13.33%  (4 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 30

How much did you know about Art Deco before reading this post?

A little  50%  (14 votes) 

Nothing  28.57%  (8 votes) 

A lot  21.43%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 28
Do you have too much stuff?

Yes  72.41%  (21 votes) 

No  17.24%  (5 votes) 

Maybe  10.34%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 29

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.

01/20/20 – 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.