08/16/20 – Elvis

CURRENT EVENTS

Elvis

(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Tao of Elvis

By David Rosen

This little book is well worth reading.

Elvis Presley was an intensely spiritual man. Gospel was his music of choice, and his life–from innocence to addiction, from obscurity to fame–was one long quest to balance opposites.

The Tao of Elvis is the first attempt to illustrate Elvis’s Taoist nature and interpret his never-ending search for purpose and meaning. Highlighting Elvis’s journey from light into dark, Jungian expert and Elvis scholar David Rosen explores and examines his life through the structure of the Tao Te Ching.

In reflections on forty-two Taoist concepts–one for each year of Elvis’s life–Rosen reveals how the Tao, a mysterious force, was and is operating through America’s king. Like the Tao, Elvis is everywhere.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Unless you really love all things Elvis, you may want to skip this film. (Updated 08/17/20)

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Elvis

Mr. singh (The Sikh Elvis)

ART OF THE WEEK

This is my Elvis hanging tree decoration.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Elvis

(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

Rather than a lot of words about Elvis, the think this Bobby Bare song, The All American Boy covers the life of Elvis very well.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, called for a nationwide mask mandate on Thursday, drawing a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who rarely wears a mask himself and opposes such mandates. 

“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said at a press appearance in Wilmington, Delaware. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing.

Three months minimum, is that like just wear a mask until we flatten the curve?

There is a saying that one rule for both the horse and the cow is unfair for both. Generally speaking, if you are a liberal you favor centralize control and if you are a conservative, you favor decentralized control. In November you are going to have to make a choice or not vote.

LEARNING TRAITS

Home Schooling

MISCELLANEOUS

Replacing Police

There has been considerable talk about replacing police officers in some situations with other qualified professionals. Normally, I’m against this idea, but in some instances this could possibly work.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you think there is too much hatred in the world?

Yes, there is too much hatred  82.61%  (19 votes) 

I think ordering pizza is the answer to getting rid of hatred  13.04%  (3 votes) 

No, we have just the right amount of hatred  4.35%  (1 votes) 

We could use more hatred  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Regarding the film “Kindergarten Cop”

I’ve seen it and I liked it  78.26%  (18 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  8.7%  (2 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  8.7%  (2 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  4.34%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
Do you feel the concept “That every child is a winner” is helping kids to become successful adults

No, children need a more realistic orientation to be successful adults  89.47%  (17 votes) 

Yes, it builds their self-esteem, which will help them as adults  10.53%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you feel like you are under too much stress?

Maybe  47.37%  (9 votes) 

Yes  26.32%  (5 votes) 

No  26.31%  (5 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.

08/09/20 – It Is Important To Be Positive

CURRENT EVENTS

It Is Important To Be Positive

There is absolutely way too much negativity in the world and it seems to be growing worse. In some ways, I’m glad I don’t have that many years remaining to see where all this hate takes us.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Rules For A Knight

By Ethan Hawke

This little book is well worth reading.

A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty. 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie again because I heard that the Cancel Culture convinced  the Northwest Film Center (NWFC) in Portland, Oregon to pull this 1990 action comedy from its summer drive-in series. 

I think the concern of the Cancel Culture was that they did not like police officers in schools. 

It is just my own view, but if anything needs cancelling, it is the Cancel Culture.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (1990)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Garden Party

By Rick Nelson

ART OF THE WEEK

Here is a drawing by one of my favorite artists, Kurk Hasley Frederickson. I have three of his originals, but this drawing I grabbed off the internet. I liked the message.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Michelangelo

Portrait of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra

Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

His artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine, Leonardo da Vinci. Several scholars have described Michelangelo as the greatest artist of his age and even as the greatest artist of all time.

A number of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. (Source: Wikipedia)

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Probably some of you like me, have been struggling with healthy eating vs. eating bacon. I hope this chart will help you with your decision.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

Stress can age you, as the science of carbon dating shows

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Before you seeing this post, did you have any idea how to make holy water?

I had no idea how holy water is made  64%  (16 votes) 

I knew how holy water was made, but Chef Ronaldo’s method is easier  32%  (8 votes) 

Yes  4%  (1 votes)  

Total Votes: 25

Regarding the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

I’ve seen it and I liked it  45.45%  (10 votes) 

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  27.27%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  18.18%  (4 votes)  

I’ve seen it and I did not like it  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22
How long has it been since you have had some bacon?

Within the last month  26.09%  (6 votes) 

Within the last two weeks  21.74%  (5 votes) 

Within the last year  21.74%  (5 votes) 

Within the last week  17.39%  (4 votes) 

I don’t eat bacon  13.04%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

Have you really changed over the years?

Yes, a little  47.83%  (11 votes) 

Yes, a whole lot  34.78%  (8 votes) 

Not really  17.39%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 23

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.

08/02/20 – Chef Ronaldo’s Cooking Seminar

CURRENT EVENTS

Chef Ronaldo’s Cooking Seminar

Saturday, I was fortunate to attend a cooking seminar put on by the world famous Chef Ronaldo. He taught us how to make holy water in your own home kitchen.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Since my movie of the week is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which makes fun of Bruce Lee, I thought it only fair that I present another side to Bruce Lee. I found this book well worth reading and have reviewed my highlights and notes I made in this book a number of times.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film three times now and I still enjoy it. However, to all you Bruce Lee fans, I apologize for making this film again my movie of the week.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

Brimful of Asha” is a single by British alternative rock band Cornershop from their album When I Was Born for the 7th Time. The recording originally reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart in 1997. After a remixed version by Norman Cook became a radio success, the song was re-released and reached number one on the UK chart and number 16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

This song is based on the history of film culture in India. Since their beginnings, Indian films have relied heavily on song-and-dance numbers. The singing is almost always performed by background singers while the actors and actresses lip sync. Asha Bhosle is a playback singer who has sung over 12,000 songs. (Source: Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Most people take photos when they travel. Here are some of the most popular travel photos of 2020.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Herman Cain

I first became aware of Herman Cain during the Republican Presidential Debates of 2012 (I also watch the Democratic debates). I didn’t know what to think of him, when I first saw him. But as time went on, I thought that I would like to vote for this guy. Unfortunately, I never got the chance.

Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 – July 30, 2020) was an American business executive and syndicated columnist.

Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He then graduated with a master’s degree in computer science at Purdue University, while also working full-time for the U.S. Department of the Navy. In 1977, he joined the Pillsbury Company where he later became vice president. During the 1980s, Cain’s success as a business executive at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him as chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, in which capacity he served from 1986 to 1996.

Cain was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and then chairman until 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. From 1996 to 1999, Cain served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

In May 2011, Cain announced his 2012 presidential candidacy. By the fall, his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

So many people say they want to make a difference.

Here is a method that works every time.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

Spelling at times, is so important.

For instance, this should have read swallow “whole”

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Do you believe America is out of common sense?

Yes  75.86%  (22 votes) 

Maybe  17.24%  (5 votes) 

No  6.9%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 29

The Incredible Hulk reads books, do you?

A least one book every 2 weeks  44.44%  (12 votes) 

A least one book a quarter  22.22%  (6 votes) 

A least one book a month  14.81%  (4 votes) 

A least one book a year  11.11%  (3 votes) 

I haven’t read a book in a long time  7.41%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 27
Regarding the film “The Darjeeling Limited”

I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  52%  (13 votes) 

I have seen it and I liked it  28%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  20%  (5 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 25

What do you think of the violence going on in Portland, Chicago and NYC?

I think there needs to be a change in the leadership of these cities.  58.33%  (14 votes) 

I thing the mayors of these cities are addressing it in a most appropriate way.  37.5%  (9 votes)  

I’m not aware of anything out of the ordinary going on in these cities.  4.17%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 24

Would you like you, if you met you?

Yes  73.91%  (17 votes) 

Maybe  26.09%  (6 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 23
When it comes to life, I’m generally more

positive than negative  95.45%  (21 votes)

negative than positive  4.55%  (1 votes)

Total Votes: 22

Do you consider yourself a good role model?

Mostly yes  63.64%  (14 votes)

Yes  31.82%  (7 votes)

No  4.54%  (1 votes)

Mostly no  0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 22

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.

07/27/20 – The Coin Shortage

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Another older film, but I think as good as many of today’s films.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here is a song from a different time.

“Where Do You Go To My Lovely”

By Peter Sarstedt

ART OF THE WEEK

Last week, I showed a carved wooden eagle that I bought years ago. On that very same day, I also bought a carved wooded owl that stayed on my front porch until last year. Insects and woodpeckers have taken their toll on the owl, which has now been retired to the back yard.

For holidays, the owl always got into costume. Here he is for Halloween.

And here he is for St. Patrick’s Day

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Our Police Officers

  WEEK’S JOKE

I’m going to have to plead guilty of having done this.

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film “Café”
I have not seen it, but I would like to see it  66.67%  (14 votes) 
I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  19.05%  (4 votes) 
I saw it and I like it  14.28%  (3 votes) 
I saw it and I did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
Do you support defunding police departments?
No  66.67%  (14 votes) 
I support reallocation of some police funds to social workers  28.57%  (6 votes)
Yes  4.76%  (1 votes) 
Total Votes: 21
When you hear something reported by the media, do you?
Evaluate whether or not it seems reasonable, regardless of your political feelings  100%  (21 votes) 
Automatically accept or reject, depending upon how it conforms to your political feelings  0%  (0 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.

07/19/20 – I Like It, Do You?

CURRENT EVENTS

I don’t know who wrote this, but I like it.

I’m sick of covid-19.
I’m sick of black vs. white.
I’m sick of Democrats vs. Republicans.
I’m sick of gay vs. straight.
I’m REALLY sick of the media.
I’m sick of the language being used and plastered all over the media…
I’m sick of no one being allowed to think what they want & feel what they do without offending someone.
I am sick of the people who are out there jumping on the bandwagon to protest just to cause mass confusion and more hatred and to riot, loot, and destroy…
I am sick of blaming the world for the sins of a few.

We’re one race—the human race. WE ALL MATTER!!

You want to support President Trump? You do it! It’s your choice.
You want to support Biden? Fine… also your choice!
You want to believe in God? Okay, believe in God.
You want to believe in magical creatures that fly around & sprinkle fairy dust to make life better? Awesome… you do it!!

BUT how about being mature enough to be able to deal with the fact that everyone doesn’t have the same exact mind-set as you. Having our own minds is what makes us all individuals and beautiful. If you can’t handle that fact….I’m sorry!! I don’t have to agree with everything you believe in.

So be a decent human being.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I thought this was a very thought provoking independent film.

It is much more than a simple love story.

Café (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Shake Your Tail Feathers”

By The Blues Brothers & Ray Charles

ART OF THE WEEK

This is a carved wooden eagle that I bought and had in my back yard for years.  But unfortunately, like many things in Michigan made of wood it is no more.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

I’ve been hosting various happy hour parties for a decade now and it seems like I have lost so many attendees. Elaine was a frequent attendee.

Elaine Belich

Elaine came in first place at my last Halloween Happy Hour

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

There is a school of thought that physical pain is just a manifestation of some psychological trauma.

You can do that.

I recall reading that David Brown said that, “Psychoanalysis isn’t for everyone, certainly not for the financially strapped.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Regarding the film, “The Big Lebowski”

I have seen it and I liked it  55.56%  (10 votes) 

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  22.22%  (4 votes)  

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  22.22%  (4 votes) 

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

Total Votes: 18

What do you think of people who turn in neighbors and local businesses for violation of Coronavirus executive orders issued by state governors?

I think they did the Reich thing  53.33%  (8 votes) 

I think they did the right thing  46.67%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
In the age of political correctness, do you think the news media and university professors try to rewrite history?

Yes  50%  (8 votes) 

Sometimes  50%  (8 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe people are too easily offended today?

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.

07/12/20 – Outsiders Agitators

CURRENT EVENTS

Friday, July 10, 2020 demonstrated that there are a lot of outside (people who don’t live in Detroit) agitators trying to destroy Detroit’s comeback. Perhaps, they would have succeeded, were it not for the professionalism of the Detroit Police Force, led by what I believe is the absolute best Police Chief one could ever hope to have leading a major municipal police department with all the challenges such a position faces.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig

This guy is a role model for everyone.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

From what I can tell from Facebook, this has to be one of the most popular books ever.

I’m Right and You’re Wrong

By Everybody on the Internet

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I just watched this movie again and it is so funny.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This song contains some good advice.

“Soak Up The Sun”

By Sheryl Crow

ART OF THE WEEK

Here are a couple of trees hugging

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Charlie Daniels

Oct. 28, 1936 – Jul. 6, 2020

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

One of the key benefits of meditation is stress reduction.

Give it a try by starting with one minute a day.

You can do that.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

The news media, university professors, etc are rewriting history. The thing about being in my 70s is that I personally experienced a number of things that those providing the misinformation are too young to have witness.  Sure, eyewitness accounts vary on details, but on the big things they confirm. For instances, eye witnesses may disagree on who is at fault in a car accident, but they agree that there was a car collision. 

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

I’m a liberal and feel I have been attacked for my political beliefs

No  72.73%  (8 votes) 

Yes  27.27%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

I’m a conservative and I feel I have been attacked for my political beliefs

Yes  53.85%  (7 votes) 

No  46.15%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
I’m an independent and I feel I have been attacked for my political beliefs

No  60%  (6 votes) 

Yes  40%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

Regarding the film “My Blue Heaven”:

I have not seen the film, but I would like to see it  64.71%  (11 votes) 

I have seen the film and liked it  35.29%  (6 votes) 

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

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  0%  (0 votes) 

 Total Votes: 17

Do you think the USA would be involved in less wars if we had a draft with no deferments?

Yes  73.68%  (14 votes) 

No  26.32%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Do you have time to exercise?

Yes  100%  (19 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Do you exercise on a regular basis?

Yes  63.16%  (12 votes) 

No  36.84%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Generally what percentage of the things you have worried about actually happened?

25%  68.75%  (11 votes) 

75%  12.5%  (2 votes)  

100%  12.5%  (2 votes) 

 50%  6.25%  (1 votes) 

0%  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Do you think Albert Einstein got it right that stupidity, fear and greed rule the world?

Yes  100%  (16 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you believe the USA government’s statistics for Covid-19?

The statistic are inflated  42.11%  (8 votes) 

The statistics are lower than actual  36.84%  (7 votes) 

The statistics are close enough  21.05%  (4 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.

07/05/20 – Under Attack

CURRENT EVENTS

Under Attack

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Everything is so grim and politically correct, I can hardly stand it. I’ve suggested this funny and easy to read self-help book before and thought I would just mention it again.

A Goomba’s Guide to Life

By Steven R. Schirripa

Attention would-be paesans:  Not sure how to properly accessorize your track suit with gold chains?  Now The Sopranos’ own Bobby Bacala, exposes the inner mysteries of this unique Italian-American hybrid in A Goomba’s Guide to Life so that anyone can walk, talk, and live like a guy “from the neighborhood.” (Source: goodreads)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I saw a lot of great movies this week and it was so hard to just pick one, but even if this movie is 30 years old, I found it still worth watching. Not to mention the lead character in this film, Vinnie Antonelli, always reminded me of my departed friend Mike.

My Blue Heaven (1990)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Fortunate Son”

By Creedence Clearwater Revival

The lyrics to the 1969 song reference rich people who orchestrate wars and then draft the poor to fight in them. (Source: John Fogerty)

The well-to-do protected their sons via college deferments. Then they decided to go one better and simply get rid of the draft leaving our military to the poor and those who wish to be warriors, rather than sharing the burden throughout society.

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

The American Indian

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Some people feel they don’t have time to exercise.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

There has been some debate about the accuracy of the Covid-19 statistics,

which is basically true for every government statistic.

MISCELLANEOUS

If life is getting you down,

maybe this will help.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Does your life essentially mirror what you see and read in the media?

No  100%  (21 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 21

Which book do you believe more closely represents your views?

Common Sense  100%  (15 votes) 

The Communist Manifesto  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Regarding the film “Midnight in Paris”:

I have not seen it, but would like to see it  50%  (9 votes) 

I’ve seen it and I liked it  38.89%  (7 votes) 

I have not seen it, nor do I wish to see it  11.11%  (2 votes) 

I’ve seen it and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Do you agree with Ben Carson that the American people are not each others enemies. The enemy are the people behind the scenes trying to divide us.

Agree with Ben Carson  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Disagree with Ben Carson  5.26%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Are you going to try to make someone look forward to tomorrow?

Yes  93.33%  (14 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.

06/28/20 – Had Enough?

CURRENT EVENTS

I believe America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave, not because of what I see in the media and on Facebook, but what I see first hand.

I suspect the divisive racists, media, career politicians, career activists, Antifa and other anti-American organizations that are trying to bring America down are going to get a big surprise when the American people have had enough.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I’ve read both of these books.

Common Sense

By Patrick Henry

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.”

The Communist Manifesto

By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles

The Communist Manifesto (officially Manifesto of the Communist Party) presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of Communism’s potential future forms. It also briefly features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism, and then finally Communism.

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve watched this film a number of times and just watched it again. It is absolutely wonderful and even more so if you know of some of the famous people  on the Paris scene during the 1920s.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“I Won’t Back Down

By Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

ART OF THE WEEK

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Ben Carson

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

It is important to know the function of your various body parts. This week, we are presenting the function of the little toe.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

I believe there were good police in Minneapolis who knew the cop that killed George Floyd was bad news, but just minded their own business.

I believe there are medical professionals that are aware of unethical doctors and yet they do nothing about it.

I believe there were people in the Catholic Church who knew about those child molesting priests, and yet did nothing.

As career politicians, I believe there are people who know that the only way to get rid of them is term limitations.

LEARNING TRAITS

Since so many people are embracing socialism, which is the pathway to communism, I thought this sketch might be enjoyable.

Monty Python Communist Quiz sketch

MISCELLANEOUS

Please stay alert

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you deleted Facebook friends and/or started spending less time on Facebook?

Yes  84.21%  (16 votes) 

No  15.79%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Regarding the film Bedazzled (2000):

I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  46.67%  (7 votes) 

I’ve seen the film and liked it  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  26.66%  (4 votes) 

I’ve seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Do you think the whole world has gone crazy?

Yes  60%  (9 votes) 

No  20%  (3 votes) 

Maybe  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.

06/21/20 – Guidelines For Posting

CURRENT EVENTS

I have had to put myself on a strict Facebook diet as I cannot look at the horrible words and shaming I see posted so frequently on FB. When you share something on Facebook or write something, perhaps you should consider these rules.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Tao of Willie

By Willie Nelson with Turk Pipkin

Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. The Tao of Willie captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.

Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of “Willie wisdom”. (Source: The Book Itself) 

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this film a number of times and just watched it again. It never fails to be enjoyable and it has a little lesson in it.

Bedazzled (2000)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“I Want To Dance” Scene from Pulp Fiction

Uma Thurman and John Travolta 

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute Removal

Since some people are into removing statutes, I thought I would add my suggestion for a statute that I would like removed.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

It not my place nor desire to be involved in the great pancake syrup controversy. But, I did benefit from the controversy because I learned of this incredible  woman who demonstrated that anyone can achieve the American dream of upward mobility regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

Nancy Green

Nancy Green (March 4, 1834 – August 30, 1923) was a storyteller, cook, activist, and hired to promote a corporate trademark as “Aunt Jemima”.

Green was born into slavery on March 4, 1834, near in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was hired in 1890 by the R.T. Davis Milling Company to represent “Aunt Jemima”

In 1893 Green was introduced as Aunt Jemima at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, where it was her job to operate a pancake-cooking display. Her amicable personality and talent as a cook helped establish a successful showing of the product, for which she received a medal and certificate from the Expo officials.

After the Expo, Green was offered a lifetime contract to adopt the Aunt Jemima moniker and promote the pancake mix. This marked the beginning of a major promotional push by the company that included thousands of personal appearances and Aunt Jemima merchandising.

Nancy Green maintained her job with Davis Milling (which was renamed Aunt Jemima Mills Company in 1914) until her death in 1923; she was still working as Aunt Jemima at the time.

Green was one of the organizers of the Olivet Baptist Church. Her career allowed Green the financial freedom to become an activist and engage in antipoverty programs. She was one of the first African-American missionary workers. She used her stature as a spokesperson to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for individuals in Chicago.

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Since I live in Michigan, I have not been permitted to go to the gym or get a hair cut for the last three months until Monday, June 15. I did both that day and under the protocols I experienced, I know of no reason these two types of businesses had to be kept closed. I feel it was an arbitrary decision by our controlling governor and I understand in the case of gyms, a federal court feels the same way.

The above is a perfectly understandable mistake.

It is very difficult to tell the two apart.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Is it really necessary to shame everyone who sees the world different from you?

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Which percent are you?
5% who are trying to wake up others  87.5%  (14 votes) 
90% who are asleep  12.5%  (2 votes) 
1% who control the world  0%  (0 votes) 
4% sell outs  0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 16
Regarding the film, “Meet Joe Black”?
I have seen the film and liked it  57.89%  (11 votes) 
I have not seen the film, but would like to see it  26.32%  (5 votes) 
I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it  15.79%  (3 votes) 
I have seen the film and did not like it  0%  (0 votes
Total Votes: 19
Regarding the government’s position on social distancing among healthy people?
I believe the government was initially right, but it has gone on way to long  47.37%  (9 votes) 
I believe the government is right  36.84%  (7 votes) 
I never thought healthy people needed to social distance  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.

06/14/20 – Critical Thinking

CURRENT EVENTS

Please try to question what you have been told. Does it conform to what you have directly experience? This is called critical thinking.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I wrote this book six years ago and  somewhere in those six years, I lost my way. I’m going to re-read the book page by page.

This book will not change your life–only you can do that.

I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You?

By Wm. Allen

There are five frogs on a log. One decides to jump off. How many are left?

If you responded with four, you’re wrong. The correct answer is five, because remember—deciding isn’t doing.

If you are tired of being ordinary, it’s time to stop thinking about changing your life and start actively pursuing a changed life. And this is just the guide to get you moving. Comprised of fifty-two weekly lessons that all open with a joke or riddle and close with a movie suggestion, this book makes the difficult journey of becoming extraordinary a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. (Source: The book itself)

MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

Michigan’s gyms will now be allowed to open on Monday, June 15. So here is another DVD I had around the house to watch while I’m on the treadmill waiting for Michigan gyms to be permitted to reopen.

Meet Joe Black

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For those of you a little disappointed in the world, perhaps this video will cheer you up for a few minutes.

Michael 1996 John Travolta Dance Scene

ART OF THE WEEK

Door Art

Our door is a reflection of our many travels.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

  WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

These are very stressful times and stress can kill you. So, perhaps some of these tips may help you reduce the stress in your life.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

LEARNING TRAITS

If you watch the unfolding of events in the last week or so, you may want to question the concept social distancing among people without any symptoms.

MISCELLANEOUS

I understand in Michigan we are finally going to be able to return our bottles on June 15, 2020.

Personally, I think there were getting to be a health hazard.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you experienced the frustration associated with those plastic bags in the produce sections of supermarkets?

Yes  89.66%  (26 votes)

No  10.34%  (3 votes)

Total Votes: 29

What is your feeling about this week’s “Learning Trait”?

Positive  63.64%  (14 votes) 

Neutral  22.73%  (5 votes) 

Negative  13.63%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

Are you in favor of term limitations?

Yes  90.91%  (20 votes) 

No  9.09%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 22

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.