01/25/16 – Take It Easy

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Glenn Frey

glenn-frey-dead

Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for Eagles, died last Monday. He was 67.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band said in a statement. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

Frey wrote and provided vocals for many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Take It Easy.”

Source: Alex Stedman, News Editor, Variety.com

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Now is the Time

by Patrick Lindsay

This is another quick read, that I believe you will enjoy if you are interested in self-improvement.

Now is the Time

This collection of short reflections will remind you to live your passion, take time out, and expand your horizons. Each page suggests a way to be mindful of the here and now, helping you to recall the value of taking action in the present-and following through. (Source: Amazon)

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

As important and as necessary as exercise is to a healthy body and mind, we have to keep in mind the harm caused by excess weight.  Remember, what you eat typically trumps exercise.  You are highly unlikely to be able to exercise off poor food choices.

Frequent eating in restuarants is often a cause of excessive weight, so it is important of you to study the menu carefully and make good food choices.  However, many restaurants dare not tell you how many calories are in their dishes and some even tell you less about what they are serving.

Getting what you deserve

SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 30, I state that it is not possible to win an argument.  Even in the unlikely event the other party to the argument admits you won, you have probably only won the other party’s animosity towards you.

Aim of Argument

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Since the subject of the above Social Traits section is arguments, I thought I should provide a helpful quote for all you fellows out there.

arguments

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Not in this Weather

Many people in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are suffering from power outages and being stranded on the highways due to Winter Storm Jonas.  Weather reporting has been intensive and hopefully most people heeded the warnings to stock up on supplies and to stay off the roads.

Of course, as this short and clever commercial shows, some people simply will not stay off the roads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krhB_An8fT4

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questions About This Blog

Question Mark

The first question was have you ever passed this blog on to others.  My thanks to the 58% of you who have passed this blog on to others and I wish the remaining 42% would let me know why they haven’t.

The second question was have you ever read a book, watched a movie or listened to music that was recommended.  Five percent of you have never done any of the above.  However, 48% of you have watched a recommended movie, 29% of you have read a recommended book and 19% of you have listed to recommended music.

Regardless of your answers, I appreciate everyone who answered last week’s poll.

THIS WEEK POLL – Spanish or Español 

Canada has two official languages, English and French.  The vast majority of countries to the south of the USA, speak Spanish with Brazil being the major exceptions, so I thought it would be interesting to see where the readers of this poll stand with regard to the Spanish language.  Three polls follow and you can answer more than once to each of these three polls.  Muchas gracias.

      USA Mexico Spain

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I received many nice comments about last week’s music – Pachelbel’s Canon.  If you were one of those who liked it, than you really should think about obtaining this album.  It is the Canon performed by various artists in their own style.

Pachelbel's Greatest Hit

Take It Easy by The Eagles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhH3mRkKDX8

ART OF THE WEEK

I Keep Smelling Things To See If They Smell Like You

by Kurt Halsey Frederickson

smelling

I saw this painting years ago in the newspaper and went to the gallery where it was being displayed.  I never dreamed that it would be available for sale, but it was and I bought it.  

I’ve shown this painting to many people, but only one person ever made the  rather remarkable comment about something being contrary to reason.  I would enjoy hearing via a blog comment if you have any thoughts about what was that remarkable comment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel

BORN:

In Nuremberg, Germany, probably sometime in August 1653 (he was baptised on the 1st September).
DIED:
In Nuremberg, probably in early March 1706 (he was buried on the 9th March).

BURIED:
St Rochus Cemetery in Nuremberg.

TYPE OF MUSIC:
Classical music from the baroque period.

A FAMOUS PIECE:
Canon in D. 
THE SORT OF MUSIC HE WROTE:
Keyboard music (especially organ). 
Choral (sung) music for the church.
Chamber music (music for a small number of instruments).

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:
He was very popular when he was alive.
He is only really known for one piece of music today—the Canon in D. However this piece is verypopular. Even people who don’t know much classical music will often know this piece.
Most of his music was written for the church.
A lot of his music has been lost.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Trip to Enlightment

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking the following seven people for leaving a comment.  They are Carolyn, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Judith, Ron, Carole, and Tania.

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’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

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

01/18/16 – Sometimes Not Winning is Better Than Winning

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Not Winning The P0werball Jackpot

All of us but three, didn’t win the big Powerball jackpot; but, maybe we are the real winners after viewing the picture below.

Winning Powerball

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Ultimate Gift

by Jim Stovall

This is another easy to read, self-help book that I am recommending.  On the cover it says, “What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion dollars?

Ultimate Gift

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I have consistently expressed my concern for your health and the importance of exercise.  You have to make some time for exercise–no excuses.  It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise, since you can receive the majority of benefits from exercise by simply walking.

To get you started walking for exercise, you may want to consider using an exercise block like the one below.

Walking

SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 28, I stress the importance of bringing more diversity into your life.  The next time you do something with a group of friends, look around at the people surrounding you.  Are they diverse in various ways.  If not, you are missing out.  

Click on the link below and ask yourself, would you want to miss out on this because you don’t have enough diversity in your life?

https://www.facebook.com/SilentDesi/videos/10203696555587230/?fref=nf

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

What do you value in your life and does the allocation of your time reflect those values?

Budda

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Exporting Raymond

I recently watched Exporting Raymond and found it a fun picture to watch.  When I decided to watch the film, I had no idea I was going to learn so much about Russia. What could be better, some fun entertainment, plus learning something.

Exporting_Raymond_FilmPoster

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Powerball

    powerball_ticket_cash_A1375930130009_697586_ver1.0_640_480

The vast majority of us will either buy one ticket (29%) or between two and five tickets (29%).

And 23% of us don’t plan to even buy at ticket; whereas, 18% of us will buy more than five tickets.

THIS WEEK POLL – Questions About This Blog

Every so often I like to get a reading on the impact if any, that this blog has on you.  I hope you will participate in this week’s poll and I encourage you to comment on what this blog is doing right or what it could do better.

      Question Mark

 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I want to introduce some variety into the weekly musical selections, so I thought maybe some classical music this week.  When I mentioned classical music, perhaps, some of you had the following in mind?

Throw the Stick

I really hope you give this piece of classical music a brief try.  I think it is nothing short of absolutely amazing.

Canon by Pachelbel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlprozGcs80

ART OF THE WEEK

aa250px-MLK_Memorial_NPS_photo

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

Covering four acres and including a statue of King by sculptor Lei Yixin, the memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than two decades of planning, fund-raising and construction.

Although this is not the first memorial to an African American in Washington, D.C., King is the first African American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way. The King Memorial is administered by the National Park Service (Source: Wikipedia).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

mlk-quote1-1

Who else would I select on today!  Plus, we also have some words of wisdom.  If we cannot do something great, at least we can do something in a great way.

Those words of wisdom, remind me of this Roman general; whom the Roman Senate feared was becoming too popular with the common people.  So, the Senate  took him from the battle field and placed him in charge of collecting Rome’s garbage.  The general said, “If the work will not bring honor to me, I will bring honor to the work.”  Needless to say, the general did such a good job cleaning up Rome’s garbage that he became even more popular with the common folk.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Born Yesterday

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking Carol, Rick, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Little Wolf, and Sue for leaving a comment.

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’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

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