11/14/16 – Let’s Come Together

CURRENT EVENTS

Political Posts

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World Powerlifting Congress

I was at the World Powerlifting Congress world competition last week in Baton Rouge, LA, USA.

Lifters from nations all over the world competed against one another but I heard just as much applause for all winners, whether they were from Muslim countries, France, Russia, USA, etc.

I can’t help believing that it is the media and government establishments that makes enemies of people and then when people do come together one on one, they know they are more alike than different.

Last year I was runner-up world champion in my age/weight/type of lift to a Russian

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And other than my USA teammates, the Russians were very supportive of my efforts.

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Although I feel I should have done more to prepare for this years contest, I still put forth a tremendous effort over the course of the last 12 months.  This year I was able to come in first in a lower weight class.   

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But I don’t believe anyone accomplishes anything without some help and to me coming in first in the world for my age/weight/type of lift, plus setting a new world record in that category was a big deal.  And yet it would never have happened without the support and encouragement of my friend Art.  By the way, Art not only took first place in his category, but also received a best lifter award.

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PLEASE CONSIDER

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Also, please consider passing it on to others. My thanks to Anita, Carol, Craig, Cynthia, Helene, Kimberly, Kristie, Kristen, Nicole, Patty, Shirley & Wendy for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Your clothing choices are a form of communicating who and what you are, so choose with a bit of care.

I always thought it was so sad when someone dressed differently from normal for an interview.  You should dress every day as if you are interviewing, you just may not realize it.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If it is important to you, don’t give up.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important to learn to think for yourself and to question things you are told.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Some of you may have a hard time deciding if you need another book, so below is a graph that will help you decide.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I selected this film because I think it says something about the majority of the media in the USA

Wag the Dog

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The film follows a Washington, D.C. spin doctor (De Niro) who, mere days before a presidential election, distracts the electorate from a sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood film producer (Hoffman) to construct a fake war with Albania.

Wag the Dog was released one month before the outbreak of the Lewinsky scandal and the subsequent bombing of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan by the Clinton administration, which prompted the media to draw comparisons between the film and reality. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Revolution

by The Beatles

LAST WEEK’S POLL – World Champions

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46% – I am friends with a world champion

16% – I have met a world champion

16% – I have never had any kind of contact with a world champion

7% – I am a world champion

7% – I have corresponded with a world champion

7% – I have seen a world champion in person

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Objectivity of USA News Media

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ART OF THE WEEK

Statute of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.

The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

George Washington

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Portrait by Gilbert Stuart, 1797

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) He was born into the provincial gentry of Colonial Virginia to a family of wealthy planters who owned tobacco plantations and slaves, which he inherited.

In his youth, he became a senior officer in the colonial militia during the first stages of the French and Indian War. In 1775, the Second Continental Congress commissioned Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution.

Washington, was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution and came to be known as the “father of his country” during his lifetime and to this day.

Washington was widely admired for his strong leadership qualities and was unanimously elected president by the Electoral College in the first two national elections. He oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, and won acceptance among Americans of all types.

Washington’s incumbency established many precedents still in use today, such as the cabinet system, the inaugural address, and the title Mr. President. His retirement from office after two terms established a tradition. The 22nd Amendment (1951) now limits the president to two elected terms.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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Blog & Facebook

My thanks to Chris, Kira, Patsy, Simona, Tenacity, Yeah Yummy, who started following my blog (Currently 105 followers) and Alicia, Chris, Kelly, Seema y Viswarupa, liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 154 likes).

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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11/07/16 – Reminders

CURRENT EVENTS

Veterans Day Nov. 11

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Fall Back

Sure, everyone reminds you to set your clocks back an hour, but how many reminded you to set your scales back 10 pounds to get ready for the Thanks Giving and the Christmas Holidays, not to mention those leftover Halloween treats.

We had 55 kids come to our door, I was prepared, having bought 150 bags of chips to give out.

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Vote

Don’t forget to vote.

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PLEASE CONSIDER 

I always find comments so encouraging.  If you enjoy this blog, please consider commenting.  My thanks to Carol, Chris, Daal, Linda & Pam, for commenting on last week’s post. 

And also if you enjoy this blog, please consider passing it on to others. My thanks to Carol, Cynthia, Joanne, Joyce, Kate, Louise, Nicole, Nancy, Patty & Shirley, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

When it comes to purchasing food or other substances, this is always good advice.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It is so important that you believe in yourself.  No one holds us back more than ourselves.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

The extraordinary person tries to have empathy for others around them.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Every so often I like to provide you scientific information that will help keep you safe.  Here is something you may want to do, if you haven’t done it already.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

By Michael Pollan

This book is one of the easiest to read books I have come across and it is packed with good information.  I urge all of you to read this book if you care anything about what you are putting into your body.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

If I Could Turn Back Time

by Cher

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Exercise

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44% – Do cardio, weight-bearing and flexibility exercises

26% – Don’t exercise

17% – Do cardio exercises

10% – Do flexibility exercises

3% – Do weight-bearing exercises

THIS WEEK’S POLL – World Champions

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Please pick the one answer that best describes your contact with a world champion from being one yourself descending to never having had any contact with a world champion.  

ART OF THE WEEK

Venus de Milo

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Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture.

Created sometime between 130 and 100 BCE, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans).

It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life [ ]. Part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following its discovery.

From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles.

It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Robert Smalls

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If you don’t believe the above, please check him out on SNOPES.com

What an absolutely extraordinary person.  He demonstrated courage by taking over a confederate ship and eventually became a major-general.

He bought the house he was a slave in and showed extreme kindness and forgiveness by letting the wife of his former “owner” live in the house when she developed dementia.

He learned to read and write and he served 5 terms in congress.

What a role model for everyone by his courage, compassion, love of learning and public service.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Alana, Ananya, Aurora Jean, Fox Island, Gabriela, Ifatimafaye, Joanna, Pam, Roberta, Rose & Think Smart, who started following my blog (Currently 101 followers) and Betty, Cathy, Charlene, Laura, Nancy & Posie who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 138 likes).

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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10/31/16 – Halloween

CURRENT EVENTS

Halloween

Best wishes for a fun and safe Halloween to all of you.

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PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

I always find comments so encouraging.  If you enjoy this blog, please consider commenting.  My thanks to Carol, Carolyn, Dan, for commenting on last week’s post. 

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Folks, crash diets never work in the long-term, where small lifestyle changes will eventually pay off.  You are more likely to keep the pounds off if you just lose a couple of pounds each week.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Sometimes, when things are going bad we have to reexamine the decisions we have made and stop repeating those bad decisions.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I don’t know about you folks, but my mouth has got me into so much trouble over the years.  I could learn something from a cat.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

I suspect each day we are missing opportunities to use our creative abilities.  Perhaps, if we just slowed down a bit, we would see opportunity in even the most unlikely acts and situations.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

A Graphic Novel

Illustrated By Matt Pagett

I know I have mentioned this extremely easy and fun to read graphic novel before, but since it is Halloween today, I thought why not mention it again.

And if you never read a graphic novel, give it a chance.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Dracula (1931)

They don’t make scary movies very often that are as good as the old ones.  Take a look at the preview from the 1931 version of Dracula and let me know what you think.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Monster Mash

by Bobby Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

LAST WEEK’S POLL – How do you watch movies

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44% – Stream

22% – Cable

22% – DVD

11% – Movie Theater

0% – VHS Tape

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Exercise

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ART OF THE WEEK

Mona Lisa Posing

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Mona Lisa Relaxing

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr (born 9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor.

After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial film Ecstasy (1933), she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. 

At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Mirror and Soul & WanderLustSuperstars, who started following my blog (Currently 92 followers) and Maria, Ilene Sophia & Stephanie, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 123 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, Debra, Joanne, Kelly, Kristie, Patricia, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

10/24/16 – How It Should Have Been

CURRENT EVENTS

Last Presidential Debate

I wish the last presidential debate had been like this.

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Thank you to Carol, Dan, Dean, Harmony, JoAnn, Lindsey, Ruth, Sue & Tania; who stopped by yesterday at Leon & Lulu’s Books & Authors Event, to say hello to me.  I very much appreciate the support.

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to 200 Saturdays Until Paris, Chris, Renxkyoko, Samantha & Spiritual Journey, for commenting on last week’s post. Surely, more of you can find something to add to the material presented.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

We have two ears and one mouth, it is important to listen

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Here is Bob Probert of the Red Wings showing us how he got along with the hockey players from opposing teams.  It was always exciting, when he was on the ice and I was fortunate to see him a number of times.

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Every so often I like to post important scientific discoveries that I think we should all be aware of and below is one of those discoveries.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The 80/20 Principle

By Richard Koch

If you want more time in your life to accomplish more, I suggest this book or any other book on the 80/20 principle, which says that 80 of the value we receive comes from 20% of our efforts.  

Think about your clothes, don’t you more or less tend to wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.  I think you will find that this principle applies to many other aspects of your life.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Rome

Here is an excellent two seasons series on Rome, which I thought was rather good.

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Every city has its secrets. HBO presents Season One of this epic series about generals and soldiers, masters and slaves and husbands and wives, all entwined in the furious historical events that saw the birth of the Roman Empire.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Allentown

by Billy Joel

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Is about satisfaction.

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Do you think Mick Jagger has found satisfaction by now?

50% – Didn’t care if he did or if he didn’t

43% – Thought he has found satisfaction

7% – Didn’t think he has found satisfaction

Rumor had it that those 7% personally heard Mick recently sing on stage that he can’t get no satisfaction

As to whether you have found satisfaction:

50% – said they were satisfied

50% – said some days yes and some days no

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How do you watch movies

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ART OF THE WEEK

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa [ ] is known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. (Source: Wikipedia)

We are all familiar with the above picture of the tower, but did you ever wonder what the other side looks like.  Well, I took this photo some years back.

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And if not for those weights in the above photo, the tower may look like this:

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Colonel Sanders

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Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) and later acting as the company’s brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company. 

After being recommissioned as a Kentucky colonel in 1950 by Governor Lawrence Wetherby, Sanders began to dress the part, growing a goatee and wearing a black frock coat (later switching to a white suit), a string tie, and referring to himself as “Colonel.” His associates went along with the title change, “jokingly at first and then in earnest,” according to biographer Josh Ozersky.

He never wore anything else in public during the last 20 years of his life, using a heavy wool suit in the winter and a light cotton suit in the summer. He bleached his mustache and goatee to match his white hair.(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Allison, Cute Baby Pets & Nurse Kelly, who started following my blog (Currently 90 followers) and Archana, Kristie & Paula & Zeinab, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 116 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, Darlene, Delores, Joanne, Nicole, Shelley & Shirley, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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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10/17/16 – If You Live in the Detroit Area

CURRENT EVENTS

Leon & Lulu’s

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If you live in the Detroit area, I will hope you stop by Leon & Lulu’s this Sunday, October 23 to meet and talk with local authors.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

I would love to have the opportunity to talk to readers of this blog, plus I usually tell a few jokes throughout the day at scheduled times.

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Our last Presidential Debate is this Wednesday–thank heavens. If you have not made up your mind or you are having doubts about your initial choice, you may want to watch this debate.  Otherwise, you may be making your decision on who to vote for based upon what the media tells you.

And for those of you who can’t stand our political situation, you may watch simply for the entertainment value.  Who knows, maybe there will be a limbo bar on the debate stage to see how low the candidates can go.

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Dave & Renxkyoko,  for commenting on last week’s post. Surely, more of you can find something to add to the material presented.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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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

For those of you who think you are too old to deal with technology, please study the instructions below on “Fixing the router”.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Romans

By R.H. Barrow

I do not recommend this book, unless you enjoy sitting in a college lecture hall listening to a professor talk about Roman civilization.

However, you should take it upon yourself to learn something of Roman history and civilization, since it is the basis for the western civilization.  Many famous European cities were originally founded by the Romans and English Common Law has its basis in Roman Law.

There are more readable books than this one available, as well as recordings and there are some films that are both entertaining and informative. 

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I, Claudius

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I, Claudius follows the history of the early Roman Empire, narrated by the elderly Emperor Claudius.

The series opens with Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, attempting to find an heir, and his wife, Livia, plotting to elevate her own son Tiberius to this position, through the covert assassination and betrayal of any rivals.

The plotting and double-crossing continue for many decades, through the reign of Tiberius, the political conspiracy of his Praetorian Prefect Sejanus and the rule of the lunatic emperor Caligula, culminating in the accidental rise to power of his uncle Claudius.

Claudius’ enlightened reign is marred by the betrayals of his adulterous wife Messalina and his boyhood friend Herod Agrippa. Eventually, Claudius comes to accept the inevitability of his own assassination and consents to marrying his scheming niece, Agrippina the Younger, clearing the way for the ascension of his mad stepson, Nero. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

by Rolling Stones

LAST WEEK’S POLL  What was or do you think will be the best decade of your life?

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The results:

23% – 60 through 69

21% – 40 through 49

16% – 30 through 39

13% – 20 through 29

11% – 50 through 59

 8% – 70 through 79

 5% – 80 through 89

 3% – 90 through 99

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Is about satisfaction.

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ART OF THE WEEK

Somedays

by Kurt Halsey

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Mick Jagger

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Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger, (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Jagger’s career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of Rock & Roll”.

Jagger’s distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band.

In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Clark & Louise who started following my blog (Currently 88 followers) and Jacqueline, Louise, Marian & Ruth who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 113 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, Barbara, Carol, Carrie, Cynthia, Kim, Linda, Lisa, Marian, Paula, Ruth, Shirley, Tude Vox & Victoria, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

10/10/16 – War

CURRENT EVENTS

Folks, I was unable to fact check this to my satisfaction and I suspect unofficially declared wars may be included.  But what I do know, is that in my 70 years, it seems true. 

I suspect one reason today that we (i.e. The USA) are always in a war is because we have eliminated the draft.  Today, only warriors and those with limited options fight in our wars and not the children of the majority of our decision makers.

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PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Renxkyoko, Ron, Samantha & Spiritual Journey, for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  I believe we would all find interesting what you have to say on various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

I try never to miss taking my flu shot

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Last Friday, I believe I set two raw National deadlift records in my new age (70 – 74) and weight (Under 181.7 lbs.) categories

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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 hope this is true for all of us looking at this blog.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Everyday Serenity

By David Kundtz

This book is for people who do too much.  I first read it back in 2002 and have reviewed it a number of times over the years. 

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Actually, this is a play that I saw yesterday at Meadow Brook Theater in Rochester, Michigan, USA.  I’ve seen many movies and TV shows involving the character Sherlock Holmes, but a play is another way of seeing the great detective.  This play is a comedy, but stays reasonably true to the story given it is a comedy.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Time to get in the mood for Halloween.

Ghostbusters

by Ray Parker Jr.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  How will you celebrate Halloween?

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The results:

45% – will be giving out treats on Halloween

17% – don’t celebrate Halloween

17% – will host or go to a Halloween party

17% – will wear a costume

4% – will go trick or treating

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What was or do you think will be the best decade of your life.

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ART OF THE WEEK

Here is something I saw last week at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI, USA that caught my eye.

Blosson Among Dragons

by Alan Brown

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Oscar Wilde

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I thought I would just let the extraordinary Oscar Wilde speak for himself.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to 200 Saturdays Until Paris, Quirky Girl & Happy of Life, who started following my blog (Currently 89 followers) and Holly, Julietta, Kimmy, Lisa, Susan & Zeenab who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 109 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 Anni, Carol, Cynthia, Joanne, Mansoor, Susan & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

10/03/16 – Breaking News

CURRENT EVENTS

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PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Michael, Samantha & Sue,  for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  It would be interesting to me and everyone to know what you think about the various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

We work so hard to maintain our health, please don’t offset that effort with dangerous driving habits.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In Chapter 6 of my book, I talk about courage.  It takes a lot of courage to follow your own path as Steve Jobs says below.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Source: Steve Jobs

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In chapter 40 of my book, I talk about seeing and hearing what is there, and not what you want to be there.

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I believe cooking tips should fall under this category, so here is a cooking tip that you may find useful.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Creative Habit

By Twyla Tharp

If you want to keep your creativity fine-tuned, you may want to check this book out. 

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Elementary

This TV series has just started its 5th season and if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, as am I, you really need to watch this show.  Nigel Bruce was a great Dr. Watson, but Lucy Liu brings a new dimension to the character of Dr. Watson.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Time to get in the mood for Halloween.

Monster Mash

by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish to be extraordinary?

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The results:

37% – thought they were already extraordinary

32% – wanted to be like the two guys pictured above

21% – Wanted to try to be extraordinary so that they would at least become more than they were.

10% – Didn’t want to be extraordinary.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How will you celebrate Halloween?

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ART OF THE WEEK

Bird Girl

Sculpted in 1936, by Sylvia Shaw

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Sculpted in 1936, “Bird Girl” by Sylvia Shaw Judson stood in obscurity for decades in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, where it was named “Little Wendy” by the family that paid for it.

That ended in 1994, when a photo of the statue appeared on the cover of the bestselling “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” book cover and acquired its new Bird Girl name.

Fans flocked to the cemetery. Some began chipping off pieces of the statue’s base for souvenirs. The family grabbed their statue and moved it into Savannah’s fancy Telfair Museum of Art, where no chipping or photos are allowed. There’s already one on the book cover….

Sylvia Shaw Judson was dead long before the book was published. She had made several exact duplicates of her statue, so there are a handful of Bird Girls floating around out there, but the one in Savannah is the famous one. (Source: http://www.roadsideamerica.com)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Tony Bennett

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Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926, which makes him 90 years old), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.

He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.

He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951.

In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era.

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact.

He has won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Michael & Sierramarks, who started following my blog (Currently 86 followers) and Samantha, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 101 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 Cynthia, Elizabeth & Joanne, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

09/26/16 – Presidential Debate Night

CURRENT EVENTS

Greed is destroying our country. Mylan CEO’s Pay Rose Over 600 Percent as EpiPen Price Rose 400 Percent per NBC News. Wells Fargo CEO.  Now we have Wells Fargo CEO John  enriching himself at the expense of the people.

First Presidential Debate

Don’t forget to watch, this is important

Monday, September 26, 2016 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News

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Source: Thos. Robinson/ Getty Images

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Carol and Samantha for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  It would be interesting to me and everyone to know what you think about the various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Having trouble controlling your diet or following your exercise program, well today is the start of a new week.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In chapter 17 of my book I talk about the importance of being honest.  Below is an example of honesty.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Try very hard to never pass up the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  They will not always be there, when you finally get around to making time for them.  Here is a “Cousins Dinner” last Friday that I was fortunate to get to attend as a spouse of a cousin.  I am no relatives of my own, that I know of so I don’t take such events for granted. 

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

As you can see, I have developed my woodworking skills and I am making use of those skills.  

No doubt you too have skills you can develop and use.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Give It Some Thought

By Bret Nicholaus & Paul Lowrie

If you like short little books of motivational thought, here is one that is ok.

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Murdoch Mysteries

I’ve watched two seasons of this 9 season murder mystery series and it seems to get better with each passing episode, bringing in all sorts of famous people for that era, such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Buffalo Bill, Harry Houdini and H.G. Wells, just to name a few.

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In Victorian-era Toronto, Inspector William Murdoch uses unconventional scientific methods to crack complex murder cases.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Sorry folks for this week’s selection, but I just could not resist.

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Jessie’s Girl

by Rick Springfield

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Should a photo ID be required to vote?

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The results:

78% – thought a photo ID should be required to vote

18% – did not think a photo ID should be required to vote

4% – were undecided

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish to be extraordinary?

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ART OF THE WEEK

I Keep Smelling Things to See If They Smell Like You

by Kurt Halsey Fredrickson

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I bought the original of this years ago and still enjoy it every day.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Twyla Tharp

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Twyla Tharp (Born July 1, 1941) is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often uses classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music.

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Cuteness for Days, who started following my blog (Currently 85 followers) and Theresa, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 100 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 Andrena, Carol, Cynthia, Joanne & Nandini, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

09/12/16 – Let’s See Who Reads This

CURRENT EVENTS

Sorry, I just could not resist.

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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

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I ran my first race in my new 70-year-old plus bracket at the Detroit Zoo Run Wild event, held Sunday (9/11).  In the 5K race, there was 13 of us in the 70 and over category.  I came in 4th out of the males and females in that category and I was the 1200 finisher out of the 2,157 people finishing the race.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Moderation in all things, especially at the table.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Often we are our own worse enemy.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

The extraordinary person never forgets to show gratitude of even the smallest acts of kindness.

As for those generic thanks, such as, “You may have donated a million dollars, got your friends to give hundreds or dollars or merely wish me luck.  I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the gesture.” are a lazy person’s way of expressing gratitude, at least for the first two categories of donators.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Ladies, it is important for you to develop a few maintenance skills, so you will not always be dependent upon a guy.  And guys, very few things impress a woman more than a few handyman skills.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The 15-Minute Philosopher

By Anne Rooney

I don’t agree with everything I found in this book, but that is to be expected in a thought-provoking book. I liked the style of presenting much of the material as questions that thought-provoking people need to be asking themselves.

I would definitely recommend you read this easy to read book and allow it to challenge your beliefs.

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

If you live around the Detroit area and like books, this is a great opportunity to meet and talk to authors, including me.  

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Tyrant

This three-year television series will give you a feeling of how complex the Middle East issues are and why it is so difficult to resolve matters to everyone’s satisfaction.

I had the opportunity to live in the middle east for over a year, most of that time in an apartment.  And even with that experience, I still feel I gained some sensitivities to the situation thanks to this excellent show.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Beer for My Horses

By Toby Keith with Willie Nelson

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Alley Opp vs. Helikopter

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Voting was way down, so I am going to drop the music video challenge.  Nevertheless, here are the results:

50% – Preferred Ally Opp

37.5% – Preferred neither

12.5% – Preferred both

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your party preference?

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Since most everyone is talking or thinking politics, with the USA Presidential election so close, I thought it would be interesting to know the party affiliation of the readers of this blog.  I realize some of you live overseas, so just select the party you like best.  And as always, I don’t know who answers what.

ART OF THE WEEK

Versailles, France

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This photo goes back many years; here I am outside of famous French Place at Versailles.

It has been said that Versailles was built by Louis XIV, enjoyed by Louis VX, and paid for by Louis XVI (along with his wife Marie Antoinette).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Christopher Reeve

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Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, who actually became the motion picture version of the comic book superhero  he portrayed – Superman. 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carolyn, Dave & Samantha, 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 Jordan, who started following my blog (Currently 84 followers) and Eli & Fiona, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 93 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 Adaku, Amber, Anni, Carol, Cheryl, Cynthia, Ginny Jean, Joanne, Kimmy, Lynn, Marian, Maureen, Nicole, Shelia, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885