12/20/20 – Merry Christmas or Feliz Navidad

CURRENT EVENTS

Merry Christmas

Y para mis amigos de habla hispana, Feliz Navidad.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

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

If you are pressed for time, you may want instead to watch this two-minute version of the film that a friend of mine made.

It is my absolute favorite film and I hope you will take a quick look at it.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Some of you really enjoyed last week’s song by Snoop Dogg & Anna Kendrick, and so did I. So here it is again.

Pitch Perfect 2

Winter Wonderland / Here Come Santa Claus

By Snoop Dogg & Anna Kendrick

But I also want to provide a Christmas song/video that I found rather interesting and I hope you do also.

Merry Merry Christmas

By Ken’ Mo’

ART OF THE WEEK

The Christmas Tree

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

At this time of the year, who else would I name as extraordinary person of the week other than:

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.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Michigan currently does not permit indoor dining in restaurants.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

The best gift you can give someone is your time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Father Billino

Every year around this time, I can’t help but recall years ago the unexpected Christmas surprise, when Father Billino from the Vatican, was in town.  Here he is standing in front of a church with Carol.

I recall everyone liked to take confession with Father Billino, because he loved to say, “Go and sin some more.”

LAST WEEK’S POLL

Today, I can say I got this.
Yes  72%  (18 votes) 
Maybe  24%  (6 votes) 
No  4%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 25
 
Regarding any of “A Christmas Carol” films or plays
I’ve seen “A Christmas Carol” film or play  80%  (16 votes) 
I watch at least one every year  20%  (4 votes) 
I have never seen “A Christmas Carol”, but I plan to this year  0%  (0 votes) 
I have never seen “A Christmas Carol” film, nor do I wish to  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Are you going to put up outside Christmas decorations this year?
Yes  52.38%  (11 votes) 
No  38.1%  (8 votes) 
Bah humbug  9.52%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
 
Have you ever experienced a manager like Mr. Fezziwig?
Yes  53.33%  (8 votes) 
No  46.67%  (7 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
 
Did you plan to lose weight at the start of 2019?
No and I stayed the same  35%  (7 votes) 
Yes and I did  30%  (6 votes) 
No and I lost weight  15%  (3 votes)  
Yes, but I stayed the same  10%  (2 votes) 
Yes and I did not  5%  (1 votes) 
No and I gained weight  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
 
Do you believe that none of your plans, ideas, books you have studies, etc. matter unless you take action?
True, nothing matters unless I act  72.22%  (13 votes) 
It is important to know things even if one doesn’t act on them  27.78%  (5 votes)
Total Votes: 18
 
Are you a cat or dog person?
Dog  35%  (7 votes) 
Cat  30%  (6 votes)  
Both  20%  (4 votes) 
Neither  15%  (3 votes) 
Total Votes: 20

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.

 

 

12/13/20 – Today’s Mantra

CURRENT EVENTS

Today’s Mantra

The Christmas season is often stressful for many and that is probably even more true given 2020 is the year of the pandemic. 

Regardless of the  challenges you are facing, I hope you can say:

BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you are a fan of A Christmas Carol, you may want to check out this book.

Fezziwig: A Life

By Danny Kuhn

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

For a number of years,  I have gone to A Christmas Carol play with friends; but, due to the pandemic this year the performance was cancelled. However, we were able to watch separately one of my favorite versions of this classic film; The George C. Scott version. However, any version you choose to watch will likely put you in the Christmas spirit. 

A Christmas Carol (1984)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Pitch Perfect 2

Winter Wonderland / Here Come Santa Claus

By Snoop Dogg & Anna Kendrick

ART OF THE WEEK

Outside Christmas Decorations

This is my attempt at outside Christmas decorations so far this year.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

This week I chose one of the greatest managers of all time.  One that I tried to emulate myself, but never came close.

Mr. Fezziwig

Here is an exchange one of Mr. Fezziwig’s employees had to say about him in an exchange with a spirit at a Christmas Work Party.  I wish every employee could speak this way about their manager, but unfortunately many can’t.

Spirit, “A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.”

“Small!” echoed Scrooge.

Spirit replies, “Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four, perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?”

Scrooge, in defense of Mr. Fezziwig, “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light of burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

Teachers

On one level, I agree that everyone we come into contact with is our teacher.

On another level, I believe we have friends and we have enemies.

But keep in mind that sometimes friends become enemies and enemies become friends.

LEARNING TRAITS

One must know their limitations.

MISCELLANEOUS

Here is some interesting info on the intelligence of dogs and cats

LAST WEEK’S POLL

 
Sorry, no polls last week due to some technical difficulties on my part.

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.

 

 

12/06/20 – Friends

CURRENT EVENTS

Friends

True Friend

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I think you will find this book very interesting. You will learn something about one of the great comedians, the interesting people he associated with and there is a lot of Rodney Dangerfield humor spread throughout the book.

If you aren’t sure what Rodney Dangerfield humor is like, here is an example:

I told my landlord I wanted to live in a more expensive appartment.

He raised my rent.

It’s Not Easy Being‘ Me

By Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This continues to be one of my favorite films.

Back To School (1986)

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Burning Love

By Elvis

Burning Love

ART OF THE WEEK

If you have any interest in art or would like to acquire a bit of culture, this is a beautifully illustrated book is an excellent source. 

Art of the Western World

By Michael Wood, Bruce Cole and Adelheid Gealt

Art of the Western World

An illustrated survey of the history of Western art examines the societies, values, and ideals that shaped the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture, from ancient Greece to the present. (Source: Amazon)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Rodney Dangerfield

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Jack Roy (born Jacob Rodney Cohen; November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), popularly known by the stage name Rodney Dangerfield, was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, screenwriter, musician and author. He was known for his self-deprecating one-liner humor, his catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme.

He began his career working as a stand-up comic in the Borscht Belt resorts of the Catskill Mountains northwest of New York City. His act grew in popularity as he became a mainstay on late-night talk shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, eventually developing into a headlining act on the Las Vegas casino circuit.

His catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” came from an attempt to improve one of his stand-up jokes. “I played hide and seek; they wouldn’t even look for me.” He thought the joke would be stronger if it used the formulaic “I was so …” beginning (“I was so poor,” “He was so ugly,” “She was so stupid,” etc.). He tried “I get no respect,” and got a much better response with the audience; it became a permanent feature of his act and comedic persona.

  WEEK’S JOKE

I get such a kick out of this, perhaps it is because I spent so many years in the corporate world.

Wk 48 - 17 Corporate world

PHYSICAL TRAITS

This year, 2020, is the first year in some time that I have not be in a powerlifting contest, but if there is anyway possible, that is going to change in 2021. Next year will be my last year to compete in the 70 to 74 year category as I will be turning 75 in August of 2021.

I’m primarily a deadlifter (If you don’t know what that is, you can watch the short video below), but once in a while I also benchpress in a contest.

As you get older, maintaining your health is a full time job. Please remember it is never too late to improve your health.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Anger

Anger almost never helps resolve a situation – note that I said “almost”

Hulk

SOCIAL TRAITS

Actions

Want to know what a person values, watch how they use their time.

A Persons actions

LEARNING TRAITS

Happiness

If you seek happiness, you may want to try this approach.

Wk 51 - 18 Secret to happiness

MISCELLANEOUS

Wk 25 - 18 Great things begin from the insides

LAST WEEK’S POLL

The pandemic has made travel even more challenging, do you miss traveling?
Yes  80%  (12 votes) 
No, I don’t need to go anywhere  20%  (3 votes) 
No, I travel as much as I ever did  0%  (0 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.

 

11/29/20 – If You Miss Traveling

CURRENT EVENTS

Here is an idea if you miss traveling

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Here is another  little and easy to read book to help you understand people. It is well worth reading.

Maxims

By La Rochefoucauld

This is an analyses of the motives lying behind human conduct with merciless penetration. (Source: Back cover) 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just started watching a few of these old James Bond films this past week and here is one of a number of early Bond films I watched.

From Russia With Love (1963)

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Walk of Life

By Dire Straits

Walk of Live

ART OF THE WEEK

Surrealist Joke

I’m not sure how well my “How many surrealist does it take to screw in a light bulb” went over, so I thought I would try another.

Question: What did the surrealist butcher name his shop?

Answer: Salvador Deli

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  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Worf

Wk 48 - 18 Worf

Rather than try to describe Worf, I will just let him describe himself.

  WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 48 - 18 Valley of Death

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I’ve heard it said a number of times that people take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies. Please think about what you are putting into you body, as well as routine maintenance and occasional check-ups.

You really don’t have much, if you don’t have your health. As for you care givers, please take care of yourself first. Since if you don’t take care of yourself, in time you will not be able help others.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

Ask Yourself?

Do you really want to break-up friendships and family ties by pressing your opinion on the topics below or can you respect that different people have different opinions from you because of their own personal experiences.

Wk 47 - 17 Recipe for disaster

SOCIAL TRAITS

If you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift for someone, 

here is an idea.

Wk 48 - 18 Gift for One who has everything

LEARNING TRAITS

I think it must be really hard to think about the consequences of  the decisions one is making every day; otherwise, why else would so many people find themselves in such challenging situations. One can blame their parents, society, etc.; but, usually the truth is that they have made some bad decisions.

Wk 46 - 18 Best math to learn

MISCELLANEOUS

Wk 45 - 18 We see things as we are

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Compared to last year, how many people will be at your Thanksgiving dinner table?
Fewer than last year  65%  (13 votes)
Same as last year  35%  (7 votes)
More than last year  0%  (0 votes)
Total Votes: 20
Regarding the television series “The Crown”:
I’ve seen at least one episode and liked it  46.67%  (7 votes) 
I have never seen an episode, nor do I wish to see one  33.33%  (5 votes) 
I have never seen an episode, but would like to see one  20%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen at least one episode and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
Do you like your boss or the last boss you worked for if you are no longer working?
Yes  73.33%  (11 votes)  
Indifferent  13.33%  (2 votes) 
No  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Hell No  6.67%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 15
Is what you are doing today, getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?
Yes  50%  (7 votes)  
Maybe  42.86%  (6 votes) 
No  7.14%  (1 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.

11/22/20 – Happy Thanksgiving

CURRENT EVENTS

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone can be thankful for something this Thanksgiving.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

There is an absolute wealth of advice in this little and easy to read book.

The Art of Living

By Epictetus

Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life’s inevitable losses and disappointments with grace. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I have watched the first three seasons of The Crown and Season 4 is now available. I’ve seen the first three of the ten Season 4 episodes. I’m glad to hear that in 2021 they plan to start filming Season 5 and the series will end with Season 6.

The Crown Season 4

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

YMCA

By Village People

ART OF THE WEEK

Surrealist Joke

Over the years, I’ve tried to explain as well as shown pictures of my favorite art style–surrealism. But it came to me that perhaps I can explain surrealism even better with a surrealist joke.

Question: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Answer: A rhinoceros

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

John Nelson

My friend and boss.

Obituary for John Adrian Nelson

John A. Nelson, 84, of Saginaw, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020. John was born in Berkley, Michigan.

He graduated from Berkley High School in 1952, where he met Joan F. Clark. They were married in Auburn, Indiana in 1955 and had four children: John Paul, Janet Pauline, JoAnne Paula and James Phillip. They were married for fifty-five years when Joan Fay passed in 2010. John remarried in 2011 to Sue (Chambers) Kucher in Puerto Rico.

John graduated from Kalamazoo College, and later in life from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

John worked for 38 years at General Motors, retiring in 1995 as General Auditor of General Motors. 

He was retired for eighteen months and decided that was not for him, so he joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as Vice President and General Auditor, again retiring in 1999.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I do my best to keep all of you up to date on the latest health and physical studies. Here is one that I thought would be of interest.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Reactions

This cannot be said often enough.

SOCIAL TRAITS

This is something you should keep in mind.

LEARNING TRAITS

When it comes to criticism, I can’t help thinking of a story my Uncle Tony told me. He was just about finished with a project when someone came up to him and said, “Mind if I give you some advice?”

Uncle Tony said, “Okay.”

The advisor said, “It’s worthless.”

Uncle Tony replied, “Let’s hear your advice anyway?”

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film Beowulf with Christopher Lambert
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  72.22%  (13 votes) 
I have seen the film and liked it  16.67%  (3 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  11.11%  (2 votes)
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
Did you watch Dick Clark’s American Bandstand?
Yes  80%  (16 votes)
No  20%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Is there something you really want to do, but have not yet done it?
Yes  85%  (17 votes)
No  15%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 20
What is your opinion about the Covid data you are seeing?
All the data needs to be taken with some skepticism  50%  (10 votes)
Most of it is presented in a way that supports a certain agenda  35%  (7 votes)
Entirely accurate  15%  (3 votes
Total Votes: 20
Is this good advice?
Yes  50%  (9 votes)
Bad advice, but follow your heart and savor your favorite mistake  38.89%  (7 votes)
No  11.11%  (2 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.

My Final Cover

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

11/15/20 – Take Me To Your Leader

CURRENT EVENTS

Take Me To Your Leader

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Jail House Strong

The Successful Mindset Manual

By Josh Bryant & Adam benShea

This is a short (35 pages) guide to mental training that I read to help me with my powerlifting. At a certain point, lifting heavy weights moves from  physical strength to mental strength. As Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, either way you are going to be right.” That is so true when it comes to lifting heavy weights.

However, even if you aren’t a powerlifter (you probably aren’t), I believe a strong mindset can assist you with anything you want to accomplish.

CAUTION: Please note that I am only suggesting “Jail House Strong – The Successful Mindset Manual” and not “Jail House Strong” by the same authors

Bryant and benShea, share the blue print, explained in layman’s terms, for taking your mental game to the next level. The Successful Mindset is for the competitive athlete, the entrepreneur, or anyone that strives to get better and be the best. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I don’t know how good this movie is, but I have watched it twice now over the years. I think it is worth watching just to see how severe Christopher Lambert can be.

Beowulf (1999)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Boogie Woogie Country Girl

By Micke Muster

ART OF THE WEEK

Cup For The Photographer

I saw this being advertised and thought it was really cool.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Dick Clark

Dick Clark in 1990

Richard Wagstaff Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1956 to 1989. He also hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Iggy Pop, Ike & Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and Madonna.

Episodes he hosted were among the first in which blacks and whites performed on the same stage, and likewise among the first in which the live studio audience sat without racial segregation. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a “youth culture”. Due to his perennially youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager” or “the world’s oldest teenager”.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

There is so much fake data being circulated that I thought I should provide you with an accurate pie chart.

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t know if this is good advice or not, I guess everyone has to decide for themselves.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film, “Dark Shadows”
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  37.5%  (9 votes) 
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  33.33%  (8 votes) 
I have seen it and liked it  25%  (6 votes) 
I have seen it and did not like it  4.17%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 24
Are you disappointed in what MTV is today?
Indifferent  50%  (10 votes) 
Yes  40%  (8 votes) 
No  10%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Regarding “legs up the wall”
I have never tried it, but believe I will  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I’ve tried it  42.11%  (8 votes) 
I have never tried it and never will  10.52%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Do you believe most of the problems in your life are your own fault?
Yes  78.95%  (15 votes) 
No  21.05%  (4 votes) 
Total Votes: 19
Do you believe the vast majority of media is trying to manipulate you?
Yes  70%  (14 votes) 
Possibly  25%  (5 votes) 
No  5%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 20
Whatever your definition of success, are you successful?
Yes  83.33%  (15 votes) 
No, because of my own bad decisions  16.67%  (3 votes)
No, because of forces outside of myself  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.

My Final Cover

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

11/08/20 – America

CURRENT EVENTS

America

BOOK OF THE WEEK

This is a humorous book with a sprinkling of good hardcore gym advice throughout. However, I’m not sure you can appreciate this book unless you have gone to a hardcore gym or plan to go to a hardcore gym.

What is a hardcore gym? For starters there must be at least one picture of Arnold, preferably more. And there must be deadlift platforms.

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

We watched this film Halloween night and found it entertaining and far from being super scary, plus Alice Cooper appears in the film.

Dark Shadows (2012)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

On August 1, 1981, MTV: Music Television goes on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially was available only to households in parts of New Jersey. (Source: http://www.history.com)

Video Killed The Radio Star (1979)

By the Buggles

ART OF THE WEEK

Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula Flowers

I was in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula a few weeks back and had to stop to take a photo of these unusual flowers. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

I once sat second row ringside and saw George Foreman box and I also saw the great Archie Moore, who was in George’s corner during this particular fight in the Detroit area.

Although one of the best boxers of all time, he was so much more than just a boxer. Foreman stopped fighting and became an ordained minister, initially preaching on street corners before becoming the reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston, and devoting himself to his family and his congregation. He also opened a youth center that bears his name.

Rev. George Foreman

Foreman as reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1994

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

When I was taking yoga classes before the pandemic hit, we did this towards the end of every session. 

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

This seems like a good approach.

MISCELLANEOUS

I don’t think anyone should have a billion dollars, because it is way too much unchecked power. However, the vast majority of people who are successful have worked very hard and made great sacrifices to achieve that success. 

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

No  50%  (9 votes)

Yes and my book is published and available  22.22%  (4 votes)

Yes and I have finished writing it but I have not had it published  16.67%  (3 votes)

Yes, but I have not started  5.56%  (1 votes)

Yes, I have started writing a book but I have not finished writing it  5.55%  (1 votes)

I have had several books published  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 18
Regarding the film “Before Sunrise”
I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  50%  (8 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor would I like to see it  31.25%  (5 votes)  
I’ve seen the film and liked it  18.75%  (3 votes) 
I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
Are you for or against continuing Daylight Savings Time?
Against  76.47%  (13 votes) 
For  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.

My Final Cover

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

11/01/20 – Election Yard Sign Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

Election Yard Sign Warning

Please don’t let this happen to you.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

If you ever decided to write a book, you may want to check out a book similar to this one.

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook is the first step-by-step guide to the legal issues of self-publishing. Attorney and published author Helen Sedwick uses 30 years of legal experience to cut through the legalese and show writers how to stay out of court and at their desks. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

This is the first of a three film series, with the second film coming out nine years later or in 2004. The third film came out another nine years later or in 2013.

Before Sunrise (1995)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Daylight Savings Time

If I Could Turn Back Time

By Cher

ART OF THE WEEK

Dance Is A Performing Art Form

There is a new dance craze called “The Trump Dance”. This craze may only last a couple more days or it may last four more years. 

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON & PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

Francisco Bravo Cabrera

And

Police Officers Everywhere

I believe my friend’s poem says it all.

I was a cop…

In a city where the violence was brewing,

where I knew so well the job that I was doing

that I spent some thirty years without a thought.

But I did see such brutality around me,

people changing,

people growing wild around me,

without a care

for those who dare to put a uniform and risk their lives

facing those whose only mantra is “I’ll fight”,

and caring nothing for the lives in deep despair,

found anywhere.

I am a cop and my life matters,

this is the job I do

so you can live in peace among those who would threaten you.

And all lives matter to me,

but it’s not my brothers that wear a uniform like me who are the problem.

It’s the vulgar, disrespectful that surround you…

I fought battles way before I was a cop,

but once I took that oath and swore,

I fought no more,

for those I serve are not my enemy,

they are instead those who need folks that serve like me.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 17 OCT 2020, Valencia, Spain 🇪🇸

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

 

SOCIAL TRAITS

James Bond (Agent 007)

(25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020)

(aka Sir Thomas Sean Connery)

What a loss to society.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the series “Emily in Paris”
I have not seen it, but would like to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it.  38.89%  (7 votes) 
I saw some episodes and liked it  22.22%  (4 votes) 
I saw some episodes and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 18
Would you like to visit Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle)?
Yes  71.43%  (15 votes)

No  28.57%  (6 votes)

Total Votes: 21
Do you plan to give out Halloween treats this year?
No  56.52%  (13 votes)
Yes  39.13%  (9 votes) 
Still undecided if I am or am not and who I am going to vote for this year  4.35%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 23
Do you think that regardless of the outcome of the USA Presidential election, the American people will unite behind whoever is elected
No and I am an independent  45%  (9 votes) 
No and I am a conservative  30%  (6 votes) 
Yes and I am a conservative  10%  (2 votes) 
No and I am a liberal  10%  (2 votes) 
Yes and I am a liberal  5%  (1 votes) 
Yes and I am an independent  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 20

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.

10/25/20 – Trick or Treat

CURRENT EVENTS

Trick or Treat

Or

Turned him into a glass of wine

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Check out these graphic novels, they are easy and fun to read with drawings illustrating everything. Plus, you get a good understanding of the story.

Graphic Novel Example

(The actual image in the book is much sharper)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

This is always one of the top scary movies of all time.

Night of the Living Dead

But for those of you looking for something a bit lighter, I strongly recommend Emily In Paris.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

By Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

I was amazed at how much Bobby Pickett could change his appearance.

ART OF THE WEEK

Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle)

Bran Castle – which perches on a dramatic hilltop near Brasov in central Romania – has long been linked to the toothsome vampire. Constructed in the early 14th century, it is open to the public, who are able to peer into its creaky rooms and dark passageways. 

Sharp-eyed tourists will point out that Dracula did not exist.

And they would – rather obviously – be correct. The most famous vampire of all was, of course, created by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker in his iconic Gothic novel Dracula, published in 1897. (Source: DailyMail.com)

Over half a million visitors a year pass through these dark corridors.

Perhaps, while on your tour you may become tired and wish to take a nap.

Please do so at your own risk (smile)

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Who else, given this is the week of Halloween

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson

May 2011

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

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I suspect for many of you, there will be far fewer children coming to your door this Halloween. You may want to take that into consideration when you purchase your Halloween treats to give out; otherwise, you may end up like our friend below.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

This is good advice any time of the year and given the political climate of the last four years, perhaps we can add less hatred and more tolerance for views different than our own.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Black Cats

Halloween is a particularly dangerous times for cats, especially black cats

Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cat indoors

And I keep my cat “Bear” indoors for the protection of others

LEARNING TRAITS

It is always a good idea to have some options.

MISCELLANEOUS

Communication Is So Important

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Who are you voting to be president of the USA?

Joe Biden  45.83%  (11 votes) 

Donald Trump  41.67%  (10 votes) 

Rick Astley  4.17%  (1 votes)  

Other  4.17%  (1 votes) 

I’m not going to vote  4.16%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Regarding the film “The Seventh Seal”

I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I saw the film and I liked it  16.67%  (3 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it  5.55%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 18
Do you listen to your body?

Yes  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Sometimes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

What are your feelings about “Roundabouts”?

Invented by the devil  55%  (11 votes) 

I think they are wonderful  45%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Do you believe we meet people by accident or do we meet them because there is a reason behind why we are meeting them?

I believe there is a reason behind why we meet people  38.1%  (8 votes) 

We meet people by accident or for a reason, depending upon our own frame of mind  33.33%  (7 votes) 

I believe it is purely accidental  28.57%  (6 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.

10/18/20 – Presidential Candidates

CURRENT EVENTS

Presidential Candidates

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Everyone should read some version of the Tao Te Ching at least once during their life.

The Illustrated Tao Te Ching

By Lao Tzu

Translated by Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer & Jay Ramsay

Calligraphy by Kwok-Lap Chan

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

If you can’t watch a film with English subtitles, than this film isn’t for you. In fact, it isn’t for everyone. It has probably been at least ten years since I’ve watched it and I just watched it again the other day. I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Seventh Seal

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry. (Source of film description: The Criterion Collection)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I’m sorry if I am turning any of you off with this presidential campaign speech, but since so many are posting political messages I thought why not.

Never Gonna Give You Up

By Rick Astley

ART OF THE WEEK

Designing trophies is an art form. Here are the awards we gave out for best Halloween costumes in various categories.

Hopefully, next year the Halloween parties will resume.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OR ANIMAL OF THE WEEK

SHARK

Nothing more needs to be said.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you going to go on a social media diet?

No  52.63%  (10 votes) 

Yes  47.37%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Were you aware of Buck Dancing before seeing this post?

No  55%  (11 votes) 

Yes  45%  (9 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Your 2020 New Year’s Resolution

I didn’t make one  80%  (16 votes) 

I did not accomplish my New Year’s Resolutions and I am giving up on it this year  10%  (2 votes) 

I did not accomplish my New Year’s Resolution, but the year is not yet over with  10%  (2 votes) 

I accomplished my New Year’s Resolution  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

Have you ever regretted to responding to outrageous postings?

No, I just ignore the post  57.89%  (11 votes) 

Yes, I have regretted responding  31.58%  (6 votes) 

No, I have never regretted my response  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Do you think people actually hear what is being said?

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t  100%  (17 votes) 

Always  0%  (0 votes) 

Never  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.