08/08/16 – Hank for President

CURRENT EVENTS

Hank for President

It seems like all the media attention at Philadelphia with to Hillary and Bernie and my friend Hank was completely overlooked by the media, as well as the delegates to the convention.  So it looks like Hank will have to run as a write-in candidate.

Since both the Democratic and Republican nominees has high disapproval rates, I can say that as long as I have known Hank; no one disapproves of him.  And as for being a “deal maker”, I don’t personally know anyone who is better at making a deal.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Last post I mentioned I was going to be lifting in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.) category, if I could get my weight down.  This was a challenge, since I had always lifted in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category.  Well, somehow I did it.

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This was my last contest in the 65 to 69 age group, as I will be turning 70 soon.

Oct 2016

You may be interested to know there was a 76 year-old bench presser in the contest and a 73 year-old deadlifter. 

I hope you folks are giving some thought to what kind of physical shape you will be in when you are in your 70s.  I don’t think it is ever to late to start getting healthy.

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Over and over I have mentioned the importance of goal setting.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

There are way too many women out there raising children without a husband.    Some of this is of course due to unfortunate circumstances, but a lot of this is due to women making bad decisions, like:

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How often have you heard the phrase nice guys finish last, and this phrase is never more true than in the area of romance.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Illustrated by Matt Pagett

I just cannot get enough of  graphic novels.  I think they are terrific.  Why not give one of them that I have mentioned over the last three weeks a try.  The are a great way to introduce young people to some classic literature.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Star Trek: The Next Generation

I just finished re-watching all seven seasons of Star Trek: TNG and it remains my favorite Star Trek series.  If you never seen it, consider checking it out.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

Regarding this blog:

40% – have voted in one of the polls

20% – have made a comment to a post

17% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

12% – passed this blog on to someone else

7% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

4% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

Here are the results to this same poll a year ago:

53% – have voted in one of the polls

19% – have made a comment to a post

15% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

6% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

3% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

3% – passed this blog on to someone else

THIS WEEK POLL – Your Level of Fitness

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I could see where one may think this song disrespectful to women, but in some ways it is very respectful since it encourages guys to look deeper than simply outward appearances.

If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest of Your Life

by Jimmy Soul

ART OF THE WEEK

Living Art – A Bonsai Pear Tree

at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Note the pears from this tiny living pear tree.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

You ever have someone make such a difference in your life, such a person is extraordinary.  

When I was little, this guy was the “Fonz” of our neighborhood, except like the “Fonz”, he was for real.

As time went on, we became the best of friends and I owe much of whatever I am today to his efforts.  And of course one of the things he got me into was lifting weights at the gym and going to powerlifting contests.

Tony (aka Freddy) Mangino

 Freddy

I’ve never gone to a powerlifting contest, without giving a moment to my buddy.

Fred's Marker

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Ron, Samantha, Tania & Kathy for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Cvdoss who started following my blog (Currently 74 followers) and Amber, Andrena, Anni, Bethany, Betty, Elizabeth, Kristine, Linda, Lynn, Maegan, Marly, Michelle, Nathalie, Nicole, Paul, Tammy & Tracy who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 84 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Carol, Joanne, John, Russ & Susan for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

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08/01/16 – Yahoo

CURRENT EVENTS

25th Anniversary

Yahoo, today is the 25th Anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful wife, Carol.  I am very fortunate to have someone who can put up with me for 25 years.

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Speaking of  Yahoo

Verizon (VZ) buying Yahoo, the Internet company for a fraction of what it once was worth. Yet, CEO Marissa Mayer did very well for herself during her run.

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(Photo credit: Eric Risberg, AP)

The chief of the fallen Internet giant was paid $139.6 million over her four years of service at the Internet company. That doesn’t even include the estimated golden parachute payment of $54.9 million she would get if she steps down, something she says she doesn’t plan to do. Mayer’s total haul at the company was even higher – $162 million – when factoring in how much the stock options she was given are worth now, according to compensation firm Equilar. Equilar says her total windfall, including a current value of her severance if she leaves, is $218.9 million.

Seeing the size of Mayer’s payout could be painful for investors who saw the company’s revenue stagnate during her tenure. Yahoo went from making a profit of nearly $4 billion a year to losing $4.5 billion and paying billions for small companies that haven’t paid off or were largely written off.

Pain

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“Pain to investors”, more like pain to everyone who lives in the real world and continuously see these pay for bad performance buyouts.  Greed is destroying the USA.

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This Saturday, August 6, I will be in another power-lifting contest.  I have always competed in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category, but I am hoping I have dropped enough of my weight to participate in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.)  I have found it harder to drop a few pounds of my weight than it is to pick a bar loaded with weights.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Depending on who you ask, coffee is either good for you or bad.  If you think it is bad for you, then avoid it.  As for me, I feel it is beneficial to me, plus this:

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

I find the following painful, but true.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Illustrated by Pete Katz

I just finished another one of these graphic novels and they are terrific.  You get the story in an easily digestible format.  I’ve listened to this book on tape, but I have never read the actual story, but thanks to this graphic novel–I may.

And I believe this is a good way to introduce literature to a child.

Frankenstein

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Wall Street

Gordon Gekko believes greed is good. Even if you think like Gordon, you have to admit that too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – USA Presidential Voting

Voting box

When it comes to the USA Presidential Election:

40% – would vote for Clinton

35% – would vote for Trump

5% – would vote for a third-party candidate

5% – will not vote

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Trump

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Clinton

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for a third-party candidate

THIS WEEK POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

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“99 Luftballons”

by Nina

ART OF THE WEEK

Paris Street, Rainy Day

by Gustave Caillebotte

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Here I am at the Art Institute of Chicago, with one of my favorite painting – Rainy Day in Paris.  I’ve been in Paris on a rainy day and this picture really brings back the feelings I had at that moment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

It has been said that George Washington could have become King, if he had wished to do so; but instead, he just wanted to go home.  He was convinced to stay for a second term, before heading home.  

This is even more amazing given that Napoleon came on the scene in France later and made himself Emperor of the French.

Washington is a tough act for anyone to follow.

George Washington

 George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the “father of his country”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Kathy for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Jen y Vrushali who started following my blog (Currently 75 followers) and Miriam. who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 67 likes).

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Annette, Carol, Nancy, Ketta, Susan, Carol, Amber & Miriam for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

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07/25/16 – Taking Some Positions

CURRENT EVENTS

Presidential Endorsement

I’ve been told readership of this blog might increase, if I would start taking positions on topics that are of interest to people.  People are interested in endorsements for who should be President of the United States.

So, I am endorsing Trump.

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Probably not the Trump you had in mind nor for the particular Presidential Election that you had in mind.  

Divided Nation

If you listen to and watch the media, you might think the USA is a divided nation.  Instead, just look around you and you will see acts like the ones below, going on every day, showing that we do care for one another.  If you don’t see this occurring, perhaps you should consider breaking out of your isolation. 

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Looking for a good doctor, well here are seven of them.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 42 of my book, I talk about the importance of setting goals, making plans to meet those goals, and monitoring your progress to ensure success.

Our time here is not unlimited, so please don’t act as if it is unlimited.  Think about what you want to do and be remembered for; and I hope it is something more than what follows below.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Illustrated by Robert Smith

The book above is a graphic novel.  It reminds me of the Classics Illustrated comics I read as a child, only a bit longer and a little better reflection of the real book.

If you don’t have time to read the original or if you want to introduce literature to a child, I think this book would be excellent.  I really enjoyed it and it was a very quick and easy to read book–my favorite kind of book

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Bulworth

Given the unusual nature of Presidential Politics this year, I thought of this 1998 film.

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Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), a financially ruined senator, is now disillusioned with politics.

The forlorn statesman orders a contract killing — the target himself — so his family will be able to collect a fortune from his insurance policy.

Facing imminent death, a devil-may-care Bulworth speaks his mind in public, forsaking platitudes for honest but controversial observations.

But when he falls in love with a hip young woman (Halle Berry), Bulworth urgently rethinks his impending murder.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questioning

Holmes Mouse Pad

When it comes to seeing and hearing:

33% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

28% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

21% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

14% – Sometimes question reality

3% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

I did this same poll about a year ago with only half as many voters and here were the results:

38% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

31% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

14% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

12% – Sometimes question reality

5% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

THIS WEEK POLL – USA Presidential Voting

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Here Comes the Sun”

by The Beatles

ART OF THE WEEK

Embracing Peace

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A 25-foot-tall sculpture based on a famed photograph of a kiss in Times Square in New York City at the end of World War II is visiting Royal Oak as part of efforts to raise money for a war memorial.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson was installed Memorial Park at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, near the future site of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. It is one of several “Embracing Peace” sculptures on display in the U.S. and Europe.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

If you think the USA is not united today, perhaps you think about what the USA was like while this man was president.

Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This has to be a joke, who would believe someone was actually looking a the world around them, rather than their phone.

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BLOG

Thanks to Hemangini for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Kev & Dr. Joseph, who started following my blog (Currently 75 followers and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Annette, Nandini, Joanne, Lisa, Nancy, Sarah Jane, Melissa, Kelle, Anibal, Antoinette, Rick, Jennifer & Brenda for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon, so far only six of you have.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

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03/07/16 – Death & Dance

 CURRENT EVENTS

Death of Nancy Reagan

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(Source: CNN) Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who joined her husband on a storybook journey from Hollywood to the White House, died Sunday.

She was 94 [and] died at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure [ ].

“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. [ ]

As first lady during Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House, she was known as the “Just say no” spokeswoman of anti-drug campaigns, and as a fierce protector of her husband, both personally and politically. When Ronald Reagan was shot in a 1981 assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan never left the hospital where the president was treated until he was released [ ].

After she and her husband left Washington, she became his protector again as he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease until his death in 2004. After his death, she remained a staunch guardian of his image and legacy.

Tues., Mar. 1, Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance

Folks, this was the third time over the last 20 years, that I saw Lord of the Dance and it has changed to reflect today’s technology, but it remains a great show and I urge you to see it, even if you have seen it before.  

However, if you can’t see Lord of the Dance, I suggest you do what Carol did and see the less expensive Ord of the Dance.

Carol at Lord of Dance

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

In Chapter 1 of my book, I stress the importance of diet in achieving an extraordinary life style.  So please give some thought to what you are eating.

Fear the wurst

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In chapter 17 of my book, I mention you should be meticulous in telling the truth, but to not use that as authorization to be cruel.

Lincoln Quote

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

The focus of Chapter 25 of my book is on being trustworthy and trusting others, at least until they prove themselves untrustworthy.  

Dancing and Alcohol

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 37 I discuss how extraordinary people use their time wisely. We all receive the same twenty-four hours each day, but some make so much of that time and others make so little of it.

Time

Miscellaneous 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

In Chapter 29 of my book, I warn about addictions.  There are all kinds of additions.  

Happiness

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Warrior Within

by John Little

I believe this book lives up to what it says on the cover, “The philosophies of Bruce Lee to better understand the world around you and achieve a rewarding life.”

Here is a taste from the book to whet your appetite.  “On the one hand, there is natural instinct and on the other is control. You are to combine the two in harmony.  For if you cultivate only one dimension, say natural instinct, you will be very unscientific.  If you have the other to the extreme, you become all of a sudden a mechanical man, no longer a human being.

Warrior

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

IL POSTINO

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How good is this movie.  Well, the lead actor put off a heart operation to be in this film.  He died before filming was over.  I saw the film and thought the lead actor made a good decision.

If you ever wondered what was the deal with poetry, this film will show you in an entertaining way.

Warning, the version I saw was in Italian with English subtitles.  That will turn some of you off.  Please don’t feel bad if you decide not to watch this film  because of the subtitles, since you probably wouldn’t like it anyway.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Encouragement

Helping others

The first of last week’s two polls asked about you encouraging others.

And outstanding 76% of you have encouraged someone in the last week.  That is absolutely fantastic.  Another 19% of you have encouraged someone in the last two weeks and the remaining 5% have encouraged someone in the last month.

The second of last week’s two polls asked about you receiving encouragement.

Fifty percent of you have received encouragement from someone in the last week.  Another 22% of us , I am sorry to say have not received encouragement in a while.  While still another 17% of you have received encouragement within the last two weeks.  The remaining 11% of you have received encouragement in the last month.

THIS WEEK POLL – St. Patrick’s Day

 This weeks poll is on your St. Patrick’s Day plans.

Shamrock

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

This week I started to show a February 1958 video of a dance called the Stroll.  I recall watching it on American Bandstand after I got home from school each week day.  I thought it was so cool, but then I recall in the 70s how much I enjoyed watching an updated version of the Stroll on Soul Train.  I did a search to find that version. To my surprise, I found someone had already put these two versions of the Stroll together.  I hope you get half as much of a kick out of this stroll down memory lane as I did.

Soul train vs. The Stroll

Stroll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wwlz1FGNu8

ART OF THE WEEK

La Chateau des Pyrenees (translation: The Castle of the Pyrenees)

by René Magritte

René Magritte is my favorite artist, although I believe he considered himself a philosopher, who just happen to communicate via painting rather than words.  I have had a copy of this painting hanging in my home for decades.

Castle Rock

La Chateau des Pyrenees [ ] is truly a surreal painting. The Chateau (castle) sits perched on top of a large mountain floating above a large body of water. [ ]

The levitation of such a large rock literally defies gravity. There are some points to consider here. By the fact that the mountain is in the air, it has no foundation. It was once part of the Earth yet it is now separate. How does one enter such a castle? There is no path up the mountain. It is unreachable by land and by sea. It can only be reached by air and by the imagination.

It is always important to consider the title of any painting, in this case, La Chateau des Pyrenees. Something can always be learned from a painting’s title. The Pyrenees are a range of mountains in southwest Europe that form a natural border between France and Spain. Etymology: According to Greek mythology the Pyrenees are named after Pyrene (fire in Greek) the daughter of Bebryx, who was raped by Hercules. She got pregnant and, the next morning, Hercules was drunk in a slumber. She then stabbed him, and went into hiding. Bebryx, thinking her dead and not knowing exactly where she was, built a great tomb for her; the Pyrenees. [ ]

The concept of a floating city appears repeatedly in science fiction literature and drama. In the Star Trek episode, “The Cloud Minders (1969),” Stratos is a fictional floating city on the planet Ardana and ruled by High Advisor Plasus. And the Cloud City is a floating city on Bespin, a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe managed by Lando Calrissian (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; 1980).

(Source: http://rene-magritte-paintings.blogspot.com/2009/11/la-chateau-des-pyrenees.html )

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Bill Murray

Can there be any doubt that the fellow who was in two of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day and Scrooged is an extraordinary person.

I did a number of internet searches and the story below about Bill Murray appears to me to be true and his actions do not surprise me.  

Would not the world be a wonderful place if we all did acts like this.

Bill Murray

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Warning & Disclaimer – Guys, this blog is not a substitute for advice from qualified professions and I expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects, damages, or other negative consequences arising from the following advice 🙂

Overreacting

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  Thank you Spiritual Journey, Carol, Judith, Elizabeth and Glenda for commenting on last week’s post.

Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.  

I now have two more people or 40 in all, who are following this blog, thanks to Elizabeth & Glenda, who started following this blog last week.  It is easy to follow, just click in the side bar area where it says “Follow Harmony Books & Films, LLC”.

I also have 61 people who have liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.  Again, it is easy enough to like my Facebook page, just click in the side bar area where there is a little photo of the cover of my book.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Thank you Joanne and Pat for sharing last week’s post on Facebook.   Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others.

And I am please to report that for the month of February 2015 this blog had 153 views and for February 2016 we had 579 views or well over three times the amount of views.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

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09/14/15 – The First Time on the Internet: Perceptions

CURRENT EVENTS

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY DEBATE

Folks, regardless of your party affiliation, you should watch this to either be informed or just for the sake of entertainment.

Republican CNN Debate

CNN Republican Primary Debate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6pm ET / 3pm PT – First round debate
8pm ET / 5pm PT – Second round primetime debate
Aired On: CNN
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group
Moderator(s): Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt
Rules: Split field into Segment B (primetime) and Segment A (remaining candidates getting at least 1% in polls)
Candidates 6pm: Santorum, Jindal, Pataki, Graham
Candidates 8pm: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Kasich, Fiorina

SKELETONS

I was reading the Thursday, September 10, 2015 issue of USA Today and came across an article on page 5A about the discovery of some skeleton remains that could be more than 2.5 million years old.  Although I found the article interesting, what interests me more are current skeletons.  When you look at the skeletons below, you will see that underneath the skin and superficial differences, we are all the same.

Skeltons

Well at least all of us, except for pirates.

FOOT RACES

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I did another 5K race Sunday at the Detroit Zoo.  Although I was a little faster (34 minutes & 6 seconds) than last week, I came in 5th out of the ten guys in my 65 to 69 age bracket.  But the interesting thing is that the guy who came in first in my age bracket did the 5K in 24 minutes and 10 seconds.  However, 71 year-old Monte Piliawksy ran the 5K in 23 minutes and 42 seconds.  Actually, there was four guys in the over 70 bracket and they all ran the 5K in less than 30 minutes.  Although the over 70 ladies were not as fast, four of them did complete the race.  There were 13 women in my age bracket and the winning woman did the 5K in 23 minutes and 28 seconds.

You really need to ask yourself, what are you doing today that will help ensure your physical well being in the years to come.  And remember it is never too soon or too late to start doing something to be healthier–please.

SELF-HELP BOOKS:

I don’t agree with everything in this book and most likely neither will you; but still it is well worth reading for the many thought provoking ideas that it provides.  I’ve read and reviewed it many times over the years.

Living a Life That Matters 2

Most of us need to feel that we matter in some way; perhaps this explains the high value placed on titles, corner offices, and even fleeting celebrity. But most of us also need to feel that we are good people. In this luminous yet practical book of spiritual advice, Harold Kushner bridges the gap between these seemingly irreconcilable needs, showing us how even our smallest daily actions can become stepping stones toward integrity. (Source:  Amazon)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK 

Here is a short film (Five minutes) that I made back in 2010, called Perceptions.  It is a “tongue-in-cheek” view of how people perceive the world around them.  There are better films out there, but I made this one with my friends and so I love the film even with all it’s flaws.  

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – Chapter 40 of my book talks about seeing and hearing what is there, rather than what you want to be there.  As Abraham Lincoln advises below, you may want to fact check some of the things you see on the internet.

Lincoln Quote

LAST WEEK POLL – How well do you use your time.

This week only 19 people voted in the poll.  I can never understand why more people don’t vote.  I personally find the results interesting.

Anyway, here are the results of the 19 people who voted:

12 felt they used there time better than most people

4 felt they used their time the same as most people

3 felt they used their time worse than most people

THIS WEEK’S POLL – I devoted the first section of my book to good physical traits, since if you aren’t healthy, nothing else really matters, does it?  Below is a poll, where you may answer multiple times.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK – Last week my good friend Carolyn expressed here dissatisfaction with one of the male dancers in last week’s Shania Twain video. I think you will find some extraordinary dancing in this week’s music video – Please check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMZwZiU0kKs

THIS WEEK’S JOKE – Batman can obviously see what is there, rather than what he wishes were there.  

Cat Woman

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE – Anwar Sadat (25 Dec 1918 – 6 Oct 1981)

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[  ] As President, he led Egypt in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to regain Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had occupied since the Six-Day War of 1967, making him a hero in Egypt and, for a time, the wider Arab World. Afterwards, he engaged in negotiations with Israel, culminating in the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty; this won him and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin the Nobel Peace Prize, making Sadat the first Muslim Nobel laureate. Though reaction to the treaty—which resulted in the return of Sinai to Egypt—was generally favorable among Egyptians, it was rejected by the country’s Muslim Brotherhood and leftists in particular, who felt Sadat had abandoned efforts to ensure a Palestinian state. With the exception of Sudan, the Arab world and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly opposed Sadat’s efforts to make a separate peace with Israel without prior consultations with the Arab states. His refusal to reconcile with them over the Palestinian issue resulted in Egypt being suspended from the Arab League from 1979 to 1989. The peace treaty was also one of the primary factors that led to his assassination. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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