07/04/21 – Happy Fourth of July

CURRENT EVENTS

Happy 4th of July

 BOOK OF THE WEEK

This book came out in 1994 and I first read it in early 1995 and have reviewed it a number of times since, including just last week. I think it is still an interesting read and it is still disturbing, perhaps even more so than I thought it was in 1995. It is only 112 pages readable pages. 

Creating A New Civilization

By Alvin and Heidi Toffler

The book describes society in terms of three waves of the change, and the impact those waves had on the existing social structure. The first wave being the agricultural age, which took thousands of years to play out. The second wave of social change is the industrial age, which is lasting around 300 years and now a third wave has arrived–information age. 

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

I’ve been watching Season 5 (The first season in color) of The Avengers and find it pretty entertaining. The show is typical of the production values of mid-60s.

The Avengers – Season 5 (1967)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Good Morning Vietnam

By Creedence Clearwater Revival

ART OF THE WEEK

American Flag Baseball Bats

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Signers of the Constitution of the USA

Jonathan Dayton, aged 26, was the youngest to sign the Constitution, while Benjamin Franklin, aged 81, was the oldest. Franklin was also the first signer to die, in April 1790, while James Madison was the last, dying in June 1836.

Virtually every signer had taken part in the Revolution; at least 29 had served in the Continental forces, most of them in positions of command. All but seven were native to the thirteen colonies: Pierce Butler, Thomas Fitzsimons, James McHenry, and William Paterson were born in Ireland, Robert Morris in England, James Wilson in Scotland, and Alexander Hamilton in the West Indies.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Covid Shots

CHARACTER TRAITS 

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

You should subject your educational decisions to cost benefit analysis, rather than hoping the government will tax some one working in a factory to pay for your education so that later you can become their boss, if you are fortunate enough to even get a job.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you check on elderly family members and friends?
Yes  54.55%  (12 votes) 
Yes, but not enough  31.82%  (7 votes)  
No  13.63%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 22
 
How hard to you try to avoid criticism?
A little  50%  (7 votes) 
Too much  42.86%  (6 votes) 
Not at all  7.14%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
How is 2021 going?
As expected  46.67%  (7 votes) 
Better than expected  33.33%  (5 votes) 
Worse than expected  20%  (3 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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

06/27/21 – Checking On The Elderly

CURRENT EVENTS

Checking on the Elderly

It is so important for you to check on your elderly family members and friends. As for me, 

 BOOK OF THE WEEK

I think you will find a lot of wisdom in this book, and little yoga.

Living Your Yoga

By Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, [this book] serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you. (Source: Book’s back cover)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

This is definitely not a comedy, but I think it is well worth watching.

Everything Must Go (2010)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

As If

By Sara Evans

ART OF THE WEEK

Acropolis of Athens

October 2018

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

The term acropolis is generic and there are many other acropoleis in Greece. During ancient times it was known also more properly as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the supposed first Athenian king.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495–429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the buildings whose present remains are the site’s most important ones, including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.

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

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Emma Peel

Emma Peel is a [British] spy. She was born Emma Knight, the daughter of an industrialist, Sir John Knight. She is the crime-fighting partner of John Steed.

Peel is a strong heroine; she is rarely defeated in fights and is capable of rescuing Steed if he is in trouble. She is a master of martial arts and a formidable fencer. A certified genius, she specialises in chemistry and other sciences. She is often seen engaging in artistic hobbies and had success in industry at the helm of the company of her late father, Sir John Knight.

Her husband, Peter Peel, was a pilot whose plane had disappeared over the Amazonian forest. He was presumed dead for many years, and Peel went on to work with Steed.

She drove a convertible Lotus Elan at high speeds, and convincingly portrayed any series of undercover roles, from nurse to nanny. Her favourite guise was that of a women’s magazine reporter, trying to interview big business tycoons and rich playboys. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This Is Silly

But it does make the point that many of us believe what we are told unquestionably.

It is just my own opinion, but I think many of the restrictions did far more harm than good. But, I leave it up to you to form your own opinions about all the restrictions that government decided to impose on you rather than letting you decide what is in your own best interests. Please remember that one size rarely fits all.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

How Is 2021 Going?

Polls

Does the increase in the price of gas bother you?
Yes  46.67%  (7 votes)
No  26.67%  (4 votes)
Not yet, it depends upon how high it goes  26.66%  (4 votes)
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you believe greed is destroying the USA?
Yes  69.23%  (9 votes)
No (Landlords are simply asking for what their property is worth)  30.77%  (4 votes)
Total Votes: 13
 
Do you still seek a victory?
Yes  84.62%  (11 votes)
No  15.38%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 13
 
Is fear a virtue?
Hell no  80%  (8 votes)
I don’t want to say it is a virtue, but within the last year or so I have done things I would not normally do out of fear.  20%  (2 votes)
Yes  0%  (0 votes)
Total Votes: 10
 
Do you believe writing down your dreams increases the odds of them coming true?
Yes  80%  (8 votes)
No  20%  (2 votes)
Total Votes: 10

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

06/20/21 – Expensive Trips

CURRENT EVENTS

Expensive Trips

 BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you wish to live well, I suggest you check out this short  and easy to read book, which provides some insights you may be able to use.

Live Well

By Dr. Trisha Macnair

A medical journalist provides practical tips on all aspects of living a healthy lifestyle, so as you grow older, you can grow better, too. This handy book covers physical, emotional, and environmental wellness, and includes advice on coping with symptoms of illness and avoiding risk factors by making positive choices. Based on the latest scientific research, Live Well will motivate you to take control of your health.

Get tips on:

  • Spending time in nature
  • Finding your community
  • Carry on learning
  • Get sporty—safely
  • Eat magic minerals
  • Have a staycation
  • Love like a Buddha
  • Welcome new challenges
  • Develop positive self-esteem
  • Purify with plants
  • Keep your brain active

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

Main Art Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan

For many years now it has been rough for small independent theaters to stay in business and the pandemic sure hasn’t helped. However, in Royal Oak, landlords have made their contributions to businesses going out such as my friend Ester’s  small independent gym–Fitness Unlimited. I believe her rent was more than doubled.

Even the large book stores like Barnes & Nobles in Main Street in Royal Oak got pushed out in favor of mega-bars that could pay more rent.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

My Boy Lollipop

By Millie Small

ART OF THE WEEK

Beach Art

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Chuck Berry

Charles “Chuck” Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

Nicknamed the “Father of Rock and Roll”, he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958).

Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music. (Source: Wikipedia)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

APF Wolverine Open Results

This was my last contest in the Masters 7 (70 to 74 year-old) category. I wish I could say I finish strong, but I did show up. I’m excited about moving into the Masters 8 (75 to 79) category.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I’m not sure if anyone born after the 1950s, understand how fear rules practically everything today in a large segment of today’s population.

Fortunately there are still large segments of the USA that do not believe fear is a virtue. 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

You Can Always Find An Excuse Not To Do Something

You Should Do

Polls

Do you like the USA
Yes and I am a conservative  56.25%  (9 votes) 
Yes and I am not a USA citizen  18.75%  (3 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  18.75%  (3 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  6.25%  (1 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  0%  (0 votes) 
No and I am not a USA citizen  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
A smart person knows what to say, a wise person knows whether or not to say it.
True  71.43%  (10 votes) 
I’m not saying  28.57%  (4 votes) 
False  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Do your think George Orwell’s book should have been named 2021?
Yes  53.85%  (7 votes) 
No  46.15%  (6 votes) 
I have no idea what this question is about  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 13

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

06/13/21 – The USA

CURRENT EVENTS

Back In the USA

By Chuck Berry

 BOOK OF THE WEEK

This small and easy to read book contains many insights that you may find helpful. For instance, “They are wise who can see what is good in what they dislike and can see what is bad in what they like.”

The Human Element

By Thomas Cleary

Insightful lessons from the great traditions of Asian thought on:

   •  The essentials of wise leadership
   •  Decision-making without prejudice
   •  Inspiring loyalty and maintaining authority
   •  Determining an individual’s true character
   •  Encouraging the best in people
   •  Achieving success without sacrificing happiness

MOVIES OF THE WEEK

I was in Shield’s Restaurant Bar Pizzeria in Troy, MI and saw this hockey jersey autographed by the Hanson Brothers hanging on the wall.

So this week’s films are:

Slap Shot (1977)

This film is so good.

Slap Shot 2 (2002)

Not even close to being as good as the first Slap Shot, but you get to see a little of the Hanson Brothers in action.

Slap Shot 3 (2008)

With all respect for the Hanson Brothers, this film is not worth watching.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

She Say (Oom Dooby Doom) (1959)

By The Diamonds

Some of you may be wondering how did these guys do in the music industry. Well, according to Wikipedia: The Diamonds are a Canadian vocal quartet that rose to prominence in the 1950s and early 1960s with 16 Billboard hit records. In a strange way, I think they are pretty cool.

ART OF THE WEEK

Many have not asked how did World Famous Chef Ronaldo got his start. Well, I’m going to tell you anyway.

You may be surprised that Chef Ronaldo did not start out as a chef. He originally started working as a house painter. When he finished his first touch up job on a ceiling, his employer suggested he wasn’t really cut out to be a house painter and that perhaps he should try cooking. 

Well the employer was right and the rest is history. After much effort, I have located a photo of the celling Chef Ronaldo worked on and I thought you folks might be interested in seeing it.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

The Hanson Brothers

The Hanson Brothers are best remembered for:

  • starting fights
  • interrupting the coach in the locker room during pre-game speeches with overzealous shouting
  • wearing extremely thick nerd glasses
  • childishly playing with toy cars and trucks in their hotel room, although the brothers range in age from 18 to 20

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

APF Wolverine Open

This will be my last contest in the Masters 7 (70 to 74 year-old) category. I wish I could say I was going to finish strong, but I’m not back to where I was at for the AAPF Nationals in May. However, I want to support local powerlifting contests so I’m in it.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Here is an interesting perspective.

I hope it helps you make minor irritations more bearable.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Comparing

LEARNING TRAITS

Smart vs. Wise

MISCELLANEOUS

George Orwell

Polls

Regarding the TV series “The Good Place”:
I have seen it and I liked it  40%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  40%  (6 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  13.33%  (2 votes) 
I have seen it and I did not like it  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you need to be more disciplined?
Yes and I am going to try to be more disciplined  71.43%  (10 votes) 
No  21.43%  (3 votes) 
I can resist anything but temptation  7.14%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Have you tried an on-line dating site?
No and I do not intend to try one  80%  (12 votes) 
Yes, and I was very pleased with the results  13.33%  (2 votes) 
Yes, but it did not work for me  6.67%  (1 votes) 
No, but I am going to try one  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you believe the road to hell is paved with good intentions?
Maybe  60%  (9 votes) 
Yes  33.33%  (5 votes)  
No  6.67%  (1 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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

06/06/21 – Desiderata

CURRENT EVENTS

I was hoping the presidential election would put an end to all the divisiveness, but I think the media, politicians and others have too much to gain from encouraging people to hate one another.

This is for those of you who say no to hate, no to fear and no to separating us from one another.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Source: Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

 BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’m in the process of making the final corrections to this manuscript, so I really haven’t done much reading this week.

Uncle Tony’s Tips for Middle Management

By Wm. Allen

I expect to have it published before the end of this year.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’m now on episode 2 of Season 2 of The Good Place and this is one of the consistently funny series I have ever watched. However, I do like Season 1 a bit better than Season 2; nevertheless, I am still enjoying the series.

The Good Place (Season 1)

Follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place (which is definitely where she belongs). While hiding in plain sight from Good Place Architect Michael (Ted Danson — “Cheers,” “CSI” — in an Emmy Award-nominated performance), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and earn her spot.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Now that summer has arrived,

this seemed like a good choice for this week.

Summer Time Blues (1958)

By Eddie Cochran

ART OF THE WEEK

Time to start getting my fountains in working order. Here is my grey fountain, which stands in the middle of my mushroom garden.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Disciplined People

For decades and decades we have been trying to help the less fortunate by throwing money at them. It seems to me after all this time, we have as many dependent people as ever, if not more.

It takes discipline to eat healthy and exercise.

It takes discipline to not quit your job when you work for a jerk, until you find a better job.

It takes discipline to control your addictive tendencies

It takes discipline to save money and not spend everything you have or worse spend more money than you have.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

Food Philosophy

Another reason why Chef Ronaldo is world famous is because he invented “Food Philosophy”.

Here is a sample of his “Food Philosophy” work.

SOCIAL TRAITS

On-Line Dating

On-line dating may not work out for everyone, but it did for this couple.

LEARNING TRAITS

I’m going to try to force myself to believe that the people who want to defund the police have good intentions; however, I feel they don’t foresee the outcome of their actions.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you think many Americans during the pandemic gave up their freedoms (e.g.; attending church, visiting loved ones in hospitals, etc.) too easily?
No, they took sensible precautions  50%  (7 votes
Not initially, but they gave up their freedoms for way too long  28.57%  (4 votes
Yes  21.43%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 14
 
Regarding the film “French Exit”
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  50%  (5 votes
I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  30%  (3 votes
I have seen it and I liked it  20%  (2 votes
I have seen it and did not like it  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 10
 
Did you serve in Vietnam during the war?
No  45.45%  (5 votes
No, but I am friends with someone who did  27.27%  (3 votes
No, but a family member did  18.18%  (2 votes
Yes  9.09%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 11
 
If you have something physically or mentally that is making you ill, are you willing to give it up?
Yes  75%  (6 votes
No  25%  (2 votes
Total Votes: 8
 
What do you think of people who wear a mask while they are alone in a car?
I assume they simple forgot to remove their mask  44.44%  (4 votes
Really stupid  33.33%  (3 votes
Stupid  22.22%  (2 votes
Smart  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 9
 
Do you believe you are your own worse enemy?
Maybe  50%  (5 votes
Yes  40%  (4 votes
No  10%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 10

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

05/30/21 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

By Jakob Walter

The life of a soldier in an army at war is rather harsh from the stories I have heard first hand from those that fought in WWII. This diary seems very real from what I have heard and it gives you in my opinion a good idea of what being in war can be like. I’m not sure if it is any better today and in my time the Vietnam War experience was horrible for so many.

If you are curious what war time soldiers go through, I think this book will give you an idea.

Eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter served in the Grand Army of Napoleon between 1806 and 1813. His diary intimately records his trials: the long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland, the disastrous Russian campaign, and the demoralizing defeat in a war few supported or understood. It is at once a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence and an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of all wars on the men who fight them.

“Vivid and gruesome … but also a story of human fortitude. … It reminds us that the troops Napoleon drove so mercilessly were actually more victims than victors—a side of Napoleon that should not be forgotten.”

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you like quirky films, this is a good one. The only thing that could have made this film better would be a cameo appearance by Bill Murray. If you understand what I meant by the Bill Murray comment, you will really like this film. If not, you may not like the film. 

French Exit

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

In 1967, there were 486,000 American troops in Vietnam, I was one of those 486,000.

Fortunate Son

By Creedence Clearwater Revival

ART OF THE WEEK

We all know World Famous Chef Ronaldo is an artist when it comes to cooking up exotic dishes for the wealthy and famous.

However, I had no idea Chef Ronaldo could create something like this.

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

The military personnel who have died

in the performance of their military duties while serving in

the United States Armed Forces.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

Will return next week

PHYSICAL TRAITS

For instances, many health issues are caused by excessive weight, many mental problems are caused by addiction. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

Sarcasm Doesn’t Get You Anywhere

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Have you read Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography?
No, but I would like to read it  68.75%  (11 votes) 
No, and I am not interested in reading it  18.75%  (3 votes) 
Yes  12.5%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Do you have faith in the news?
No  42.86%  (6 votes) 
More like “Hell” No  35.71%  (5 votes) 
Other:  21.43%  (3 votes) 
Yes  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 14
 
Regarding your voting in presidential elections:
I’ve voted for presidential candidates from more than one party  81.25%  (13 votes) 
I’ve only voted for Democratic candidates  6.25%  (1 votes)  
I’ve only voted for Republican candidates  6.25%  (1 votes)  
Other:  6.25%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
 
Do you worry about things that are outside of your control?
No  33.33%  (5 votes) 
Yes  26.67%  (4 votes) 
Yes, but I am going to stop  20%  (3 votes) 
Other:  20%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Are you the person you want to be?
No, but I am trying to change  71.43%  (10 votes) 
Yes  21.43%  (3 votes) 
Other:  7.14%  (1 votes)  
No, but I’m not changing  0%  (0 votes)  
Total Votes: 14

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

05/23/21 – This May Help You Lose Weight

CURRENT EVENTS

Losing weight and keeping it off is one of the hardest things I know of to accomplish. And yet being over-weight is believed to be related to heart attacks, need for joint replacements and increased likelihood of harm from diseases such as the Coronavirus.

There are so many approaches to losing weight, many of which are so complicated that most of you will tire of the approach and regain the weight you initially lost, if not gain even more weight than when you started.

This approach by Adam Thrall is rather simple and just may work.

Five Tips for Losing Weight

By Adam Thrall

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Autobiography and Other Writings

By Benjamin Franklin

This is the particular copy of the Franklin autobiography that I have; but, I suspect any Franklin autobiography would be well worth reading whether or not it contained other writings.

There is an incredible amount of good advice in this autobiography that will benefit you and society if you will act upon it.

A fascinating and unconventionally educated man, Benjamin Franklin imparts—in his own words—wisdom and remarkable life lessons on the art of living with great personal integrity (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just finished watching all 43 episodes of this revival of Rod Serling’s classic show. There are some good episodes in the collection, but I thought many were rather pedestrian.  My favorite was “Memphis”, about a law clerk with six months left to live due to an inoperable brain tumor finds himself transported back in time to Memphis, Tennessee on the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

The show was cancelled after its first season and to be honest I was rather glad when I made it through the very last episode. 

The Twilight Zone

Narrated by Forest Whitaker

The Twilight Zone is the second of three revivals of Rod Serling’s original 1959–64 television series. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling’s role as narrator and on-screen host. It premiered on September 18, 2002, and aired its final episode on May 21, 2003. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I  Want A New Drug

By Huey Lewis and The News

(Ed Sullivan Show – Oct. 28, 1956)

ART OF THE WEEK

We Are All Works of Art

The only question is how good of an artist do you wish to be.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Chef Ronaldo

There is a lot more to being a world famous chef like Chef Ronaldo than many may think. Most people think it is just about hanging out with celebrities and whipping up a few exotic dishes once in a while. Well, yes that is true.

But there is a lot of other more mundane things to being a world class chef such as interviewing people to staff your world-class restaurants. Here is a photo of Chef Ronaldo conducting an interview.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Gyms

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Presidential Candidates

If you have been around very long, you know that politicians and political parties change over time. As these politicians and political parties change, perhaps your allegiance to them should be reconsidered to see if they continue to serve your best interests.

LEARNING TRAITS

In and Out of Your Control

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Are you doing the best you can?
I can do better  68.42%  (13 votes) 
Yes  31.58%  (6 votes) 
No  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Do you support our police?
Yes and I am an independent  64.71%  (11 votes) 
Yes and I am a conservative  35.29%  (6 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  0%  (0 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  0%  (0 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  0%  (0 votes) 
No and I am an independent  0%  (0 votes)
Total Votes: 17
 
What do you believe is the source of your freedom?
The creator (whatever you conceive that to be) and I am an independent  47.06%  (8 votes)  
The creator (whatever you conceive that to be) and I am a conservative  29.41%  (5 votes)  
Government and I am an independent  17.65%  (3 votes)  
Government and I am a conservative  5.88%  (1 votes)  
Government and I am a liberal  0%  (0 votes)  
The creator (whatever you conceive that to be) and I am a liberal  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Regarding taxes and government benefits?
I pay more in taxes than benefits I receive  73.33%  (11 votes) 
My payments and benefits are about equal  20%  (3 votes) 
I receive more benefits than I pay in taxes  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Do you believe science is a collection of firmly established truths or simply our current best explanation of something?
Our current best explanation of something  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Science is a collection of firmly established truths  15.79%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 19

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

05/16/21 – Do The Best You Can

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Body  Book

By Cameron Diaz

This book came out in 2014, but I think what it says is still very valid and I believe it could inspire you to try to live a healthier, happier and longer life.

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Bookoffers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day. (Source: GoodReads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie again while on the treadmill and I still enjoy watching it every so often. A few years ago, I watched part of it in an auditorium inside the actual Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, where this movie was filmed.

Somewhere In Time

Warning

The following clip is 15 minutes long, so please don’t bother watching unless you are really into this film. Also, there may be two very short commercial interruptions. Since I have mentioned this film several times over the years, rather than simply show you the trailer again, I wanted to do something a bit different. If you like this film, I think you will find this clip rewarding.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About

Somewhere in Time

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Hey Baby

By Bruce Channel

Dancers: Nils and Bianca

ART OF THE WEEK

Artists 

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

Police Officers

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Safety Tip for Older People

Just to be safe, you may want to have a bar installed in your shower.

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS

Government Spending

It seems our political leaders are very generous, giving out money to many in the USA and to world. Where does this money come from? I have heard there were two ultimate sources: taxes (e.g., income, sales, etc.) and simply printing money which results in inflation, which is said to be a tax on the poor and those on a fixed income or living off their savings.

LEARNING TRAITS

Science

At one time, people believed that the heavens revolved around the earth. They believed the world was flat. Bleeding was an acceptable medical procedure. I could go on and on, but I think you will either get the point I am trying to make or you will not.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you prefer a state that allows you to make your own decisions or do you prefer to let the government decide what is best for you?
I think I know what is best for me  76.92%  (20 votes) 
I think the government knows what is best for me  23.08%  (6 votes) 
Total Votes: 26
 
Regarding the film “Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”:
I’ve seen the film and liked it  38.1%  (8 votes)  
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  38.1%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  14.29%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  9.51%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you believe strength training is important for an active and healthy life in your later years?
Yes, extremely important  66.67%  (14 votes) 
Some, but not worth putting in too much effort  33.33%  (7 votes) 
No, not at all  0%  (0 votes) 
I’d rather just take a pill, injection or have my body parts replaced  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you appreciate the tips World Famous Chef Ronaldo has been offering us over the last couple of months?
Yes, I can understand why he is world famous  70.59%  (12 votes) 
No, he isn’t even a real chef  29.41%  (5 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Do you lift free weights?
Not now, but I used to lift free wights  44.44%  (8 votes) 
I lift little tiny weights  27.78%  (5 votes) 
Wow, weight are free–I’m in  11.11%  (2 votes) 
I lift heavy free weights  11.11%  (2 votes)  
No, I never have  5.56%  (1 votes)
Total Votes: 18
 
Have you ever been on a boat and waved to people on the shore or been on the shore and waved back to people on a boat?
Yes, I’ve done both  82.35%  (14 votes) 
I have done neither  11.76%  (2 votes) 
I have waved to people on shore from a boat  5.88%  (1 votes) 
I have been on shore and waved back to people on a boat  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 17
 
Have you ever said or did something in anger that you later regretted?
Yes  100%  (17 votes) 
No  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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

05/09/21 – Mask Mandates

CURRENT EVENTS

Mask Mandates

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Re-Stocking

Here I am in Tennessee, stocking up on books

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Breathless

By Jerry Lee Lewis

ART OF THE WEEK

Cataract Falls, Smoky Mountains National Park 

Nature is an artist

  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  OF THE WEEK

SUNDAY’S 2021 AWPC NATIONALS WINNERS

All of the people in the above picture came in first in various AAPF powerlifting categories. You will notice that they are both young and old. The reason there are only a couple of females in the photo is because the females were scheduled to lift on another day. 

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

If you are familiar with Star Trek, I think you will enjoy this.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s

Chef Ronaldo knows that many of you who are trying to lose weight, also love pizza. So, Chef Ronaldo came up with this idea of how you can cut the number of pizza slices you eat in half.

CHARACTER TRAITS

There is a lot that can be learned in a gym.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Human Connections

LEARNING TRAITS

Who hasn’t said or did something in anger, that they later regretted.

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Do you think the Oscars have become way too political?
Yes  95.24%  (20 votes
No  4.76%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 21
 
Do you believe everyone has some good and some bad in them?
Some are predominantly good, while others are predominantly bad  50%  (11 votes
Yes  45.45%  (10 votes
No  4.55%  (1 votes
Total Votes: 22
 
Are you a work in progress?
Yes  95.24%  (20 votes
Maybe  4.76%  (1 votes
No  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 21
 
Are most people talk or action?
Talk  75%  (15 votes
An equal amount of talk and action  15%  (3 votes
Action  10%  (2 votes
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you in favor of forcing people to be vaccinated?
No  85.71%  (18 votes
Maybe  9.52%  (2 vote)
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.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

05/02/21 – My AAPF Nationals Results

CURRENT EVENTS

AAPF Nationals

Sorry

It was my intent to set a new AWPC World’s raw deadlift record for my age and weight. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned as you can see below:

I plan to train harder and smarter to make this 385 lbs. lift at my next contest in mid-June.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Swoly Bible

By Dom Mazzetti

This is a humorous book with a sprinkling of good hardcore gym advice throughout. Even if you aren’t into hardcore weight lifting, you may still find this book funny and if you are into hardcore weight lifting I think you will love this book.

For years bros, meatheads, and gym rats around the world have posed pressing questions: What can you bench? Can I skip leg day? What goes in this protein shake? And, importantly, do you even lift, bro? At long last, answers to these questions and more can be found in one handy volume – The Swoly Bible, written by the Internet’s favorite gym expert/literary genius, Dom Mazzetti. (Source: Back cover of the book)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

The video that goes along with this song, brings back a lot of memories for a person my age, who saw much of this via TV as it was happening

Wonderful World

By Sam Cooke

ART OF THE WEEK

Possible Revision to the Sistine Chapel 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Good People Do Some Bad Things

and

Bad People Do Some Good Things

Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 1931.

Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens. In fact, preceding the passage of the Social Security Act, “soup kitchens” like the one Al Capone founded, provided the only meals that some unemployed Americans had. 

Al Capone was a gangster who made a fortune during the prohibition though bootlegging. He had a bit of the Robin Hood mystique by being charitable from some of the money he made running his criminal enterprise. Being a bootlegger (made/distributed illegal alcohol) during Prohibition during the period in the USA from 1920-1933 when alcohol was illegal) was seen as an acceptable, glamorous, even brave thing to do by the public. But it’s well-known that he had brutal methods murdering enemies, extorting local businesses, bribing public officials, intimidating witnesses.

Al Capone’s intentions were an effort to clean up his image. “120 000 meals are served by Capone Free Soup Kitchen” the Chicago Tribune headlined on December 1931. Al Capone’s soup kitchen became one of the strangest sight Chicagoans had ever seen. An army of ragged, starving men assembled three times a day beside a storefront at 935 South State Street, feasting on the largesse of Al Capone. Toasting his health. Telling the newspapers that Capone was doing more for the poor than the entire U.S. government. He was even offering some of them jobs. Capone milked his good works for all the favorable publicity they were worth. He came down and walked among the men, the wretched of the earth, offering a handshake, a hearty smile, and words of encouragement from the great Al Capone. (Source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s

Quick Recipe for Banana Bread

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Polls

Regarding the film IL Postino (The Postman):
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  45%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it.  30%  (6 votes) 
I have seen the film and liked it  25%  (5 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you in too much of a hurry?
Yes, but I am going to slow down  40%  (8 votes) 
No  35%  (7 votes)  
Yes and it is going to stay that way  15%  (3 votes) 
I need to be more in a hurry  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Have you changed your usual lifestyle?
Yes, because of fear  45%  (9 votes) 
Yes, because of the dictates of government  30%  (6 votes) 
No, my lifestyle has not changed since the pandemic  25%  (5 votes)  
Yes, because of greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Yes, because of both fear and greed  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
When do you think we will stop being required to wear a mask?
By the end of 2021  42.11%  (8 votes) 
By the end of 2022  26.32%  (5 votes)  
By Fourth of July  15.79%  (3 votes) 
Never in many public places  15.78%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Based on the last 12+ months, how effective is wearing a mask?
Somewhat effective  55%  (11 votes) 
Very effective  20%  (4 votes) 
No effective for stopping the spread of a virus  20%  (4 votes) 
Only for keeping people from spitting on you  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
How controlling are you?
A little controlling  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I’m not controlling  31.58%  (6 votes) 
Too controlling  15.79%  (3 votes)  
I should be a little more controlling  5.26%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
 
Do you think the majority of news outlets try to report the news in an unbiased fashion?
No  84.21%  (16 votes) 
Yes  15.79%  (3 votes)
Total Votes: 19

Book

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

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

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.