12/25/17 – Christmas Trees

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

If some of you are wondering what happened to your Christmas tree, perhaps this security camera photo will help you (smile).

These security cameras have led to a number of arrests this Christmas Season

Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan

As part of our Christmas tradition, we spent a couple of days in Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA; where we visited the famous Bronner’s  Christmas store.  It is hard to explain what this huge Christmas store in like inside, but here is a photo I took.

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is a retail store in Frankenmuth, Michigan that promotes itself as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”.

Designed with an Alpine architecture and operating year-round, the building is 7.35 acres in size with landscaped grounds covering 27 acres . Inside, there are approximately 800 animated figurines at various locations throughout the store. 

Bronner’s parking lot can accommodate up to 1,080 cars and 50 buses. Some 100,000 lights illuminate Bronner’s half-mile long Christmas Lane in the evening. Bronner’s employs over 500 people during the holiday season. (Source: Wikipedia)

Father Billino

We had an unexpected surprise this Christmas, Father Billino from the Vatican, was in town.  Here is standing in front of a church with Carol.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

If you live in Michigan, this is probably what your garage gym will end up looking like this winter.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

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

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

I think you will find it worthwhile to know something of the various

Eastern philosophies  

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I think this book has something to say, but I expected more insights into the code of the samurai.

Code of the Samurai

by Inazo Nitobe

This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition. (Source: Publisher)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

If you like violence, a little more violence and perhaps a bit more violence; this is the film for you.

Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6.  She is definitely the Atomic Blonde.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Was there ever a more beautiful piece of music written.  Take a moment to listen to this and you will be transported to heaven.

Canon in D Major

By Johann Pachelbel

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child?

  

Yes  88.24%  (15 votes) 

No  11.76%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How are you done?

  

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Book binding as an art.

Traditional Chinese Bookbinding

The book below was produced using a method that was developed during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and remained in use until the adoption of Western binding techniques in the early 1900s.

In traditional Chinese binding, single sheets of paper are printed on one side only, and each sheet is folded in half, with the printed pages on the outside.  The book block is then sandwiched between two boards and sewn together through punched holes close to the cut edges of the folded sheets. (Source: Publisher)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

A recent movie described Charles Dickens as the man who invited Christmas.

Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Chris, Floating Gold & Melissa, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Annette, Carmen, Carol, Cindi, Cynthia, Donna, Gwendolyn, Jennifer, Sheryll, Shirley, Susan & Tammy, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to A, Christena,  Elia, Hollie, Jeff, Moonlight and Macaroons & Michelle, started following my blog and to Carol, Karen, Mathew, Mirian & Paula, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

12/18/17 – Merry Christmas

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Looking for that perfect gift for someone important to you,

I suggest you give them your time.

But, for those of you that didn’t receive the traditional 24 hours a day

On a lighter note, Carol and I visited the Meadow Brook Hall Christmas Walk.

Meadow Brook Hall is a 100 room mansion on the campus of Oakland University

  

Above photos taken by a gentleman who appeared out of nowhere and offered to take our photos.  When I asked him his name, he simply replied, “Santa Claus”.

  

    

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Friends are priceless

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

This is especially true during the Christmas shopping season

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I’ve always liked this song

Gambler

By Kenny Rogers

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

The Kirkus Review of this book said, “A touch on the dry side but a feast for classical scholars.”

Well, I am obviously not a classical scholar, but I did find this book a feast.

Rome’s Revolution

by Richard Alston

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

If you like detective stories, these are well worth watching.  I’ve mentioned the brilliant Belgian detective before and now I decided to watch the series from the beginning.  Plus, if you like art deco, you will see a lot of it since the series takes place in Europe during the 1930s.

Agatha Christie Poirot Series

Gone Girl (2014)

“Gone Girl” certainly isn’t a Christmas movie, but what a movie.  I saw it when it first came out and just watched it the other day and I still think it is an absolutely amazing film.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

A lot of people have sung this Christmas favorite and sang it very well, but none of the various versions of this song appeal to me as much as the Elvis version.

One could say I like it so much because my uncle, who was responsible for the shows at the Memphis Fair Grounds, knew Elvis; but, I say because Elvis is The King.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Which do you prefer?

  

Merry Christmas  65%  (13 votes) 

Happy Holidays  30%  (6 votes) 

Bah Humbug  5%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child?

  

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Film making is definitely an art and here is a little JibJab film that my friends Sue, Kristi and Kelly made for me when I retired in December 2009.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Ebenezer Scrooge

Thomas D. Hahard, Meadow Brook Theater

Although Scrooge’s name came to represent a miser or person who is reluctant to spend, sometimes to the point of forgoing even basic comforts and some necessities, in order to hoard money, he demonstrated in later years, perhaps through divine intervention, that people can change.

In later years, it was said that no person kept Christmas, better than Ebenezer Scrooge, who used his wealth to benefit others.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Carol, Darlene, Fair Chick, Judy, Nanette & Vera for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Chester, Christine, Cj, Cynthia, Dan, Darlene, Dave, Donna, Frank, Kris, Pamela, Peggy, Robert, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Empty Nest, Hiral, Karen, Just Me, Lexi, Lijo, Rosemary, Trudy & Vera, started following my blog and to Blake, Liliana, Michelle & Ron, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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

12/11/17 – Powerlifting Contest Results

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

For those that have followed this blog, you know I wanted to set new APF and AAPF National age/weight raw deadlift records.  

I did with my third final lift of 340 lbs

     

It would never have been possible without the help of one of the best powerlifting coach/trainers in the country – Art

Below is a photo of some of the members of Art’s Powerlifting Team that participated in the contest.

I received a number of well wishes, which I appreciate very much. And I want to add a special thank you Sue, Dan, Mary, Ken, Lisa, Tania and Harmony, as well as my wife Carol, who came out to the contest to support my efforts.

    

And to everyone at the Royal Oak Gym, who are so supportive of older lifters

Thank you, thank you very much

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

One really needs to appreciate one’s enemies, 

since they are only too happy to tell you of your flaws.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

I think a lot of young women need to pay attention to The Shirelles

I Met Him on A Sunday

By The Shirelles 

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Don’t you wish finding the meaning of life was this easy.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could respect the opinions of those who have opinions different from our own, without thinking and saying they are stupid, evil, mean-spirited and worse.

And if you can’t do that, perhaps you should reflect on the saying that when we describe others, we often are actually describing ourselves.

After all, we are all in the same boat.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I have never got the hang of visualization, although I believe it does help.  I’ve read almost half of this book and I am really impressed.  If you are struggling with visualization, you may want to check out this book.

Creative Visualization

by Shakti Gawain

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I’ve watched all of Seasons 4, 5 and 6 of this excellent mystery series.  If you like mysteries, these are good and well done.

Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It aired from 26 December 1984 to 27 December 1992. All 12 original Miss Marple Christie novels were dramatized.

Agatha Christie Miss Marple TV Series

Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in 12 of Agatha Christie’s crime novels and in 20 short stories. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur consulting detective. Alongside Hercule Poirot, she is one of the most loved and famous of Christie’s characters and has been portrayed numerous times on-screen.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

No one announces the arrival of Santa Claus better than Elvis.

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Elvis

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Which type of person are you?

I got this  50%  (7 votes) 

In-between the two options  35.71%  (5 votes) 

OMG, I need to fill up  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which do you prefer?

  

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Snow Art

It is surprising the things you can make out of snow.

Especially, if you are creative.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Gaius Marius

Elected as a consul 7 times beginning in 107 B.C. His military success and legacy had a profound impact on the life of his nephew…………… Julius Caesar.

Gaius Marius (157 BC – January 13, 86 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times during his career.

He was also noted for his important reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of landless citizens, and reorganizing the structure of the legions into separate cohorts (Cohort being roughly 500 men and 10 cohorts made up a Roman legion of 5,000 men or the equivalent of a modern military battalion).

Marius defeated the invading Germanic tribes (the Teutones, Ambrones, and the Cimbri), for which he was called “the third founder of Rome.” His life and career were significant in Rome’s transformation from Republic to Empire.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Bonnie, Kathie, Lashini & Darlene, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Annette, Carol, Danielle, Darlene, Diane, Donna, Jill, Julietta, Sheryll, Shirley & Susanfor sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Achayo, Aixa, Be Blogger, Bojana, Bonnie, Every Day Life Girl, Kitty, Lashini, Lass X, Lucy, Lulu, Medi, Mito-Rodriquez, Moira, Mollie, Rosa, Sands of Time, SW08 & Uncertainty, started following my blog and to Danielle, Haven & Janet, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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

12/04/17 – City of Rochester Christmas Lights Display

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Many cities have impressive Christmas light displays. The City of Rochester, a suburb of Detroit, has one of the most impressive Christmas light displays I have ever seen.  

Visiting the Christmas light displays of cities near you is another  way to get into the Christmas Spirit.

   

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Saturday, December 9 Powerlifting Contest

in Royal Oak, MI, USA

If you live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just south of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Phone Number: 248-543-7100
Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  
I’m not sure if this was my winning age/weight/type of lift at the AWPC World Competition outside of Chicago in September 2017, but it  was one of my three lifts that day.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

I’m just saying.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Often, this is so true.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of being selfish, with ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway
If you are successful, you may win false friends and trust enemies.
Succeed anyway
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank, anyway
If you spend years building, they may destroy it overnight.
Build anyway
If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway
If you do them good today, they may forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway
You see in the final analysis it’s between you and Divinity.
It never was between you and them…anyway.

Mother Theresa

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

I found this to be an interesting and very easy to read book.  And although much unfairness is described in the book, nobility can also be found here and there, as when Chief He Dog describes four rules to being a chief:

  • Be brave and out-spoken
  • Ambitious
  • Honest at all times
  • Kind to all creatures

If if you aren’t planning on being a chief, those are still some pretty good rules to live by.

The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse

In the year after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse and his half-starved followers finally surrendered to the U.S. Army near Camp Robinson, Nebraska.

In this book the killing of Crazy Horse is viewed from three widely different perspectives—that of Chief He Dog, the victim’s friend and lifelong companion; that of William Garnett, who was guide and interpreter for Lieutenant William P. Clark, on special assignment to General Crook; and that of Dr. Valentine McGillycuddy, the medical officer who attended Crazy Horse in his last hours.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

If you like mysteries and don’t mind going back a few years, you will probably enjoy this film.

Death on the Nile (1978)

Peter Ustinov plays the intrepid Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this star-studded  adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery tale.

On a trip down the Nile, a hateful and arrogant heiress is murdered and any one of a boatload of celebrity suspects, all with motive and something to hide, may have committed the deed.

Amongst the suspects are Angela Lansbury as a ditzy romance novelist; Bette Davis as a snobbish socialite with Maggie Smith in tow as her embittered friend; Jack Warden as a comic Swiss doctor with a music hall accent; and Jon Finch as a rabid Marxist. Also on hand to help out is David Niven as Poirot’s pal, Colonel Race. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

This 1967 songs brings back memories for me.  I was 20/21 and had just returned from U.S. Army tours in Iran and Vietnam.  I had left some unfamiliar worlds to return to the USA, which was now also unfamiliar to me.

59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) 1967

By Harpers Bizarre

But perhaps you would prefer something a bit more current.  You really should see the next video all the way to its end, there is a surprise waiting for you.

Don’t Take The Money (2017)

by the Bleachers

LAST WEEK’S POLL – How accurate is this photo of the Corporate world?

How accurate is the above photo of the Corporate World?
Surprisingly accurate  70.59%  (12 votes)
 
Some what accurate  17.65%  (3 votes)
 
Not at all accurate  11.76%  (2 votes) 
Total Votes: 17

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which type of person are you?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

René Magritte is my favorite painter and I have actually seen most of his works.  If you are ever in Chicago, stop in and see Time Transfixed.

Time Transfixed

By René Magritte

Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée) is an oil on canvas painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. It is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and is usually on display in the museum’s new Modern Wing (Source: Wikipedia)

I understand his The False Mirror was the basis for the CBS logo

And next time you put on a pair of boots, think about his The Red Model

And here is one for weight lifters like myself, but I’m not sure his Perpetual Motion is very flattering to us.

And his Heart Strings is one of my favorites

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

I think this guy is extraordinary

Defecting North Korean Soldier

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Barbara, Bernice & Nanette, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carmen, Carol, CJ, Darlene, Dani, Dave, Donna, Ellen, Fabiana, Jenny, Lori, Posie, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Kally, Kriti, Rupple & Shardae, started following my blog and to Melissa & Michelle, for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

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

11/27/17 – Christmas Spirit

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

I guess this is one way to get into the Christmas Spirit.

But another way is to go see a live performance of A Christmas Carol.

That is what we did with some close friends and it was a wonderful experience.

Perhaps, you may want to start a Christmas tradition by getting a group of your friends to go see this play.

If you are fortunate to live near a zoo that puts on a Christmas light show, that would be another possible Christmas tradition.

We live near The Detroit Zoo, that has a fantastic Christmas light show and it is always more fun to go with friends.  I’m so glad that Dean & Linda could join us this year.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

There is a tendency at this time of the year to drink and drive because of the many Christmas and New Years Eve parties.  If you drink, please consider a cab, Uber, Lift or some other way of getting around without getting behind the wheel.

On a lighter note, I thought you might enjoy the following.

Saturday, December 9 Powerlifting Contest

in Royal Oak, MI, USA

If you live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I am going to try to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Phone Number: 248-543-7100

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

Here is a tip many of us could use to better get along with others.

Arguments are Respectful”

by Candace N. Bisram & Jiji Tharayil

Two different individuals [ ] are bound to have differences once a while. However, these differences are discussed with maturity and understanding. Respect for each other is maintained during a disagreement, and the focus is often on finding common ground or reaching a solution, rather than playing the blame game or fighting to win.

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important that you stay up on the latest scientific discoveries.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

If you want a more peaceful life, please keep this in mind.

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

What better time is there to read or re-read this classic.

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

I decided to give this film a try and really enjoyed it.  Here is a brief clip to see if you might also get a kick out of this film.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014)

 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

There is so much disharmony in the world and especially in the USA,

wouldn’t it be nice if everyone just stopped fighting.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

By The Ramones

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Which of the following do you think is the best chocolate bar?

Hershey’s  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Snickers  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Mounds  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Reese’s  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Almond Joy  6.25%  (1 votes) 

3 Musketeers  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Kit Kat  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Mr. Goodbar  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Heath  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Baby Ruth  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How accurate is this photo of the Corporate world?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Christmas Trees at Navy Pier in Chicago

I have been to Navy Pier in Chicago during Christmas many times  and it is always a thrill to see the Christmas Trees and Santa Clauses from various lands on display at Navy Pier.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Santa Claus

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved (“good” or “nice”) children.  Below is a photo of Santa doing that.

The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver, the British figure of Father Christmas and the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas ( 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.

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

A gift giving tip

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Bernice, Judith, Kathie, Michael, Nanette, Roijoyeux, Samantha & Turning 20 for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Alice, Carmen, Carol, Carole, Darlene, Deborah, Debra, Julietta & Maxime, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Barbara, Christianna, Dhanya, Egyptian, Judy, Julie, Shadow, Shannon & Sree, started following my blog and to Alison, Cora, Elise, Katie, Lidia, Monika, Pallav, Pamela & Sherryl for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

11/20/17 – Happy Thanksgiving

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

Keep Your Thanksgiving Happy By Avoiding This Receipt for Disaster

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

Chapter One of my book, discusses diet and the importance of eating healthy.  As we near Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the people who prepare our meals for us.  And especially, those who prepare things from scratch.  It is a lot of work to prepare something from scratch and few understand this as much as Carl Sagan.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the Universe.”

Source: Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 9 Powerlifting Contest

in Royal Oak, MI, USA

If you live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I am going to try to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • Federation: APF/AAPF
  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Royal Oak, MI
  • Events: Deadlift Only, Bench Only, Push-Pull
  • Divisions: Raw, Equipped Single-ply and Multiply
  • Records: State and National records may be set
  • Meet Director: Art Little

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

“Apologize”

by Andrea Guerra

In Chapter 22 of my book, I use a quote from Benjamin Franklin.

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse”

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

You can’t be sure of something, until you understand its context.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

A warning from Albert Einstein about

the pursuit of success & constant restlessness.

Source: Time, November 6, 2017

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

If you are a Star Trek fan, like I am, I think you will love this autobiography, written in future tense.

The Autobiography of

Jean-Luc Picard

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court-martial, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise. (Source: Inside Cover)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Wild Target (2010)

The critics didn’t like it, but how can one not like a movie with Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett and Emily Blunt.  

A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans. (Source: IMDB)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Just saw this at the theater and I thought it was well worth watching and everyone did a great job, but with that said I still miss David Suchet, who played Poirot back in 2011.  If you have seen this current movie, please comment and let us know what you think.

Critics Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor’s illustrious head of steam. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

After seeing the 2017 version, I later streamed the 1974 version.  Both the 1974 and the 2017 versions have much to be said for them, but I still thought David Suchet, was the best Poirot.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

I liked this film, plus Lucy Liu and Aubrey Plaza appear in supporting roles, which just added to the film.  Aubrey’s character was a real trip.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager.  (Source: Film’s Official site)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

What A Wonderful World

By Louis Armstrong

LAST WEEK’S POLL – What is your opinion of the quote below?

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

Agree  58.82%  (10 votes) 

Don’t agree  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 17

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Which of the following do you think is the best chocolate bar?

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Cuzco & Machu Picchu

I thought you might enjoy these photos Carol took during our visit to Machu Picchu.

Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire.  We got up around 4:30 a.m. and took a 2-hour bus ride to a train station.  From there, we took a 2-hour train ride to Machu Picchu city.  From there, we took a half-hour bus ride to get to where we began our climb up and then down into the valley to experience Machu Picchu.  It rained almost the entire time, but was well worth it.  

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Worf, Son of Mogh

Worf, son of Mogh, of the House of Martok, (2340 – ), was one of the single most influential people in Klingon and Federation politics of the late 24th century.

Worf was directly responsible for the ascension of two Chancellors of the Klingon Empire, Gowron in 2367, and Martok in 2375. Worf was also responsible for the installation of Emperor Kahless in 2369.

The first Klingon in Starfleet, Worf served notable tours of duty aboard the USS Enterprise-D, the USS Defiant, IKS Rotarran, and Starbase Deep Space 9 before being appointed Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire in 2375. In 2379, Worf resigned from his ambassadorial post and returned to Starfleet, serving on the USS Enterprise-E. (Source: Fandom)

Worf Speak for Himself

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

Here is a handy guide to what explorers hope to find.

Source: Time, November 20, 2017

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Sheryll & Sofia for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carmen, Carol, Gayle, Jennie, Kevin, Patty, Marian, Michael, Shawn, Shirley & Susan  for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Dave, Katie, Luis, Maria, Matiuadex, Samantha & Sujata, started following my blog and to Bonnie, Faithful, KayLyn, Kimber, K.L, Pallav, Sabrina & Shannon for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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

11/13/17 – It’s Not Christmas Yet!

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

This may come as a newsflash, especially to retailers.

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple

If you have never seen a powerlifting contest and live in the Michigan tri-county area, here is an opportunity to see male and female bench and deadlifters of all ages.  I think you will be surprised, if you haven’t seen one of these contests or haven’t seen one in a long time.  

Plus, I believe you will see some national records broken.  I hope to break two national age/weight/type of lift records myself.

1600 N. Stephenson Hwy. (Just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • Federation: APF/AAPF
  • Date: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Royal Oak, MI
  • Events: Deadlift Only, Bench Only, Push-Pull
  • Divisions: Raw, Equipped Single-ply and Multiply
  • Records: State and National records may be set
  • Meet Director: Art Little

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I realize a lot of women have given up on guys because a lot of guys are jerks.

I urge you ladies to please don’t give up on love, Annie Oakley didn’t.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

Getting Along with Others

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

Source: Confucius

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

There is a lot of information packed in this little and easy to read book, with lots of drawings.  Since returning from Perú, I’ve developed an interest in visiting this island that is 2,350 west of Chile.  Not sure I will get there, but one never knows.

Where Is Easter Island?

By Megan Stine

Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere, has intrigued visitors since Europeans first arrived in the 1700s.

How did people first come to live there? How did they build the enormous statues and why? How were they placed around the island without carts or even wheels? Scientists have learned many of the answers, although some things still remain a mystery. Megan Stine reveals it all in a gripping narrative.

This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Playing It Cool (2015)

The critics didn’t like it, but I did.  

Plus, Aubrey Plaza was briefly in a number of scenes.

Netflix Description: Under pressure to produce a romantic comedy rather than action tales, a young screenwriter is hindered by his disdain for the very concept of love–until he meets a beautiful woman who’s engaged and unavailable.

Critics Consensus: Playing It Cool pits Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan’s easy chemistry against a screenplay that tries too hard to be quirky and clever, and the results are disappointingly lukewarm. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

There is a great story behind this video.  

My bowling buddy John has a brother-in-law in Tennessee that has a hot dog stand.  He always calls out $2 dollar hot dog, $1 dollar water.  As he was doing this one day, someone started playing along on a makeshift drum.  Well it caught on and Sony  bought the rights to it.  And this is what came out of it.

$2 Dollar Hot Dog $1 Dollar Water

LAST WEEK’S POLL – America’s Immigration Policy?

What do you think of America’s Immigration Policy?
Too easy.  75%  (9 votes) 
Just right  16.67%  (2 votes) 
Too hard  8.33%  (1 votes) 

 Total Votes: 12

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your opinion of the quote below?

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you.

You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Source: Bob Marley

 

It would be great to hear your comments about why you agree or don’t agree with the Bob Marley quote.  Please consider a public comment.

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard was born to Maurice and Yvette Picard in La Barre, France, on 13 July 2305.

The young Picard failed his first Starfleet Academy entrance exam, and, upon admission, met with numerous ethical/scholastic difficulties during his cadet career, but went on to flourish, developing a lifelong passion for archaeology, and he became the first freshman to win the Academy marathon. [Just shows one should never give up on a dream]

Deeply moral, highly logical, and intelligent, Picard is a master of diplomacy and debate who resolves seemingly intractable issues between multiple, sometimes implacable parties with a Solomon-like wisdom. Though such resolutions are usually peaceful, Picard is also shown using his remarkable tactical cunning in situations when it is required.

Picard has a fondness for detective stories, Shakespearean drama, and archeology. He is frequently shown drinking Earl Grey tea and issuing the order, “Make it so”.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

I may have mentioned that I was recently in Michigan’s Upper Peninsular otherwise known as our U.P.

While driving there, I took a quick photo of one of the road signs I passed.

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Darlene & Georgia for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

Thank you Carol, Cindi, Cynthia, Peggy, Sheryll  for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

And my thanks to Anita, Based Indian, Brit, Healthy Lifestyle, Julie, KP Gym, Mintly, Ortensia, Poet Speaks, Pratibha, Rachael, Samantha, Severus, Shaheryar, Shana, Strong Lotus Yogi, Swati, Tia, Tink The Belle & Tiffany, started following my blog and to Arlene, Arron, Carrie, Cheri, Clare, Crystal, Gayle, Jennifer, Kathleen, Lua, Marian, Mary, Theresa, Tomasz, Trina, Tuanya & Virginia for liking  my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

BOOK (LIBRO)

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