04/25/16 – Election Outcome

 CURRENT EVENTS

Regarding Election Outcomes

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Another Bathroom Controversy 

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Please don’t let this be you.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If you are sure your goal is worthy, don’t give up on it.

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However, if your goals are not noble, then perhaps

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Work is a very important part of an extraordinary person’s life.  

When applying for a job, you should always be who you are, since if you convince a future employer you are someone you are not, two things will happen.  You will be living a lie and eventually your true self’ will appear and disappoint your employer.

With that said, please think about how you present yourself on social media.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

The person you choose for a spouse or life partner will have a significant impact upon your life.  They likely will either uplift you or drag you down to their level.

Wk 18 Follow Your Heart

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Up the Organization

by Robert Townsend

This book came out in 1970 and I first read it back in September 1976. I’ve reviewed it a couple of times since, the most recent time being last week.  So much of the advice in this very easy to read book is still relevant today and I wish I had adopted more of its recommendations back in 1976

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Bulworth

Here is a 1998 film about an interesting election.  You tell me if this election film is or is not more outrageous than our current presidential contest.  Below, is part of a brief description of this film via Wikipedia.

Turning up in California for his campaign extremely drunk, Bulworth begins speaking his mind freely at public events and in the presence of the C-SPAN film crew following his campaign. After dancing all night in an underground club and smoking marijuana, he even starts rapping in public. His frank, potentially offensive remarks make him an instant media darling and re-energize his campaign. (Source: Wikipedia)

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Self-Defense Training

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Here is the types of self-defense training we have received:

   35% Firearms

   35% Hand to hand

   15% Other types of defense such as pepper sprays

   10% Knife, sword, etc

   5% Boxing

THIS WEEK POLL – Prince

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Raspberry Beret

by Prince & The Revolution

There are just so many songs to pick from when attempting to honor Prince and I am sure most would select one other than this one, but this was the one I selected.

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ART OF THE WEEK

Possible Cleopatra Statue 

There are many depictions of Cleopatra, from ancient coins and Roman statues; however, many of these depictions do not look at all alike.

I must admit I tend to question this depiction of Cleopatra, that I came across while traveling in Mexico, still I thought I would present it to you for your consideration.

Caliente

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Prince

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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known simply as Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.

He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. [ ] (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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

Hemangini, thank you for following this blog and bringing the total number of blog followers to 60.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page and bring the total likes up to 64.  

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

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03/14/16 – Ides of March

 CURRENT EVENTS

Ides of March

You have probably heard of this phrase many times over the years, most notably in reference to the assassination of Julius Caesar.  Here is a portion of the Wikipedia definition.

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

The Most Interesting Man in the World

And now we are confronting another transition of historical proportion.  Dos Equis beer is sending The Most Interesting Man in the World on a one-way mission to Mars on Cinco de Mayo.

Leaving for mars

Back in 2009, the Most Interesting Man in the World appeared on the world stage, setting the male standard for being extraordinary.  With his departure, wouldn’t it be amazing if The Most Interesting Woman in the World would come forward.  I know she is out there.

St. Patrick’s Day (Thur., Mar. 17)

And as if you didn’t already know, this Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day.  Please don’t drink and drive.

Shamrock

Spring Forward

Speaking of things you already know, and if you didn’t; I’m guessing you were late to work today.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

In Chapter 1 of my book, I stress the importance of diet in achieving an extraordinary life style.  So when in a restaurant, please be careful about what you order, as well as how you pronounce your order.

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On another note, there is a lot of diet advice out there, much of it offering a quick fix.  I think you will find that anything that offers you a loss of more than a couple of pounds a week is not good for you in the long run.

When it comes to body image, I’ve always thought there is no one fix for everyone; and so does the April 2016 edition of Runners World, which said the following:

You are an experiment of one

No one else has to live your precise life, with your specific challenges, biochemistry, anatomy, injury history, calendar, boss, or family.

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In chapter 19 of my book, I urge you to embrace change for all the opportunities change can offer.  Still many of you fear change.  I think this basket I saw on the counter of a coffee shop could help those of you who fear change.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

In Chapter 25, I talk about the impossibility of winning an argument, even if you win.  And in Chapter 36, I discuss of power of a smile.  The following sums up those two chapters.  

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 46, I discuss reading as an opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in recorded history.  Plus, if you have a book with you; you will never be alone.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Fall of the Roman Republic

by Plutarch

Warning: This is not an easy to read book, but it has a lot of insights on six personalities associated with this period in history, told in a readable style. 

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The book consists of biographies of the following six people:

Marius
Sulla
Crassus
Pompey
Caesar
Cicero

And this books tells about their interactions with others such as Spartacus, Cleopatra, etc.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Cleopatra

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This film came out in 1963 and I believe I saw it in 1965, when I was assistant manager of a U.S. Armed Forces theater in Tehran, Iran.

It has been a long time since I’ve watched this film; but given the Ides of March theme of this week’s post, I think I will watch it again.

(Source: Wikipedia) It received mixed reviews from critics, although critics and audiences alike generally liked Taylor and Burton’s performances. It was the highest grossing film of 1963, yet lost money due to production and marketing costs, making it the only film ever to be the highest grossing film of the year yet still lose money. Cleopatra later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture

LAST WEEK’S POLL – St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock

Last week’s poll, asked about your St. Patrick’s Day plans.

The majority of us, 67%, plan to do nothing out of the ordinary; where, 28% of us plan to do something special related to St. Patrick’s Day. The remaining 5% of us said they were going to celebrate with friends.

No one plans to drink green beer and fortunately none of us plan on being arrested for drunk driving.

THIS WEEK POLL – When It Comes To Reading

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I think this is worth putting up with the brief commercial on this Hulu site to see this clip of Steve Martin performing King Tut on Saturday Night Live.

King Tut

by Steve Martin

more Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live and 1,000,000 pictures at www.morethings.com/pictures

http://www.hulu.com/watch/55342

ART OF THE WEEK

The Rosetta Stone

Here is a photo I took of the Rosetta Stone, while I was at the British Museum in London, England.  The Rosetta Stone is famous for providing the key to understand Egyptian Hyrpographics. 

Rosetta Stone London

The Rosetta Stone is a text written by a group of priests in Egypt to honour the Egyptian pharaoh, Ptolemy V. It lists all of the things he did, which were good for the priests and the people of Egypt. The Rosetta Stone was written in three scripts, so that the priests, government officials and rulers of Egypt could read what it said.

The first was hieroglyphic which was the script used for important or religious documents. The second was demotic which was the common script of Egypt. The third was Greek which was the language of the rulers of Egypt at that time.

The Rosetta Stone was carved in 196 B.C. and was found in 1799 by Napoleon’s soldiers, who were rebuilding a fort in Egypt. It is called the Rosetta Stone because it was discovered in a town called Rosetta (Rashid).

(Combination of Sources: http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/writing/rosetta.html and Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Julius Caesar

The Tusculum portrait, perhaps the only surviving statue created during Caesar’s Lifetime

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Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman statesman, general and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Caesar’s victories in the Gallic Wars, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome’s territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both when he built a bridge across the Rhine and conducted the first invasion of Britain.

These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to step down from his military command and return to Rome. Caesar refused the order, and instead marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with a legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman Italy under arms. Civil war resulted, and Caesar’s victory in the war put him in an unrivaled position of power and influence.

After assuming control of government, Caesar began a programme of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed “dictator in perpetuity”, giving him additional authority. But the underlying political conflicts had not been resolved, and on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus. A new series of civil wars broke out, and the constitutional government of the Republic was never fully restored. Caesar’s adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power after defeating his opponents in the civil war. Octavian set about solidifying his power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.

(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  Thank you Carolyn for commenting on last week’s post.

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

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

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

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

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08/24/15 – Fantastic Short Film and Insightful Poll

CURRENT EVENTS

The 18th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. Each year international, regional and local attractions at the festival make the City of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend.

In 2014, over 365,000 visitors attended the festival and over $360K was raised for local charities. Festival admission is $3 until 3pm and $5 after 3pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is free to enter until 5pm on Friday only.  For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.artsbeatseats.com/

There is also a 5K / 10K race associated with the event that starts Saturday morning, September 5.  For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.artsbeatseats.com/priority-health-5k-10k/

Here is an article I came across this week in USA Today.  I suspect with all the money Walter Palmer has to go big game hunting and pay his way out of sexual harassment lawsuits, he is more than just a dentist who worked in this dental practice.

Dentist Office

Anyway, the photo below sums up my feelings towards this “big game hunter”.

Lion killer

I understand Walter Palmer is in hiding.  I wonder why?

We are looking for a dentist

NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

Emmy’s Post is a new boutique store in Royal Oak, MI  on 6th street between Main and Washington streets.  It has some fantastic clothes for girls of all ages at very reasonable prices.  If you would like to know more about the store, please clink on the link below:

http://www.emmyspost.com/about-us/

Here is my wife, Carol, checking out this wonderful store.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS:

Back in July I did a poll and only two of you said that you bought or read a book that was mentioned in this blog.  So, I think I will repeat a book that I believe contains fantastic advice and is probably a book that I have read and reviewed more than any other book.  It is written by David Brown, the husband of Helen Gurley Brown.  If you don’t know who Helen Gurley Brown is, well.

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There is so much good advice in this easy to read, inexpensive book.  Of course, if you prefer to remain ordinary; well that is your choice.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK – This week I selected what I think is a fantastic short film (less than six minutes) by Control Alt Delete that is titled “Fin”. It was awarded Best Film at the 2014 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project and was also awarded Best in the categories of Costumes and Writing, plus was an Audience Award Winner.  I think after viewing this short film, it will be easy to understand what it did so well.

A relative of mine, Cory Oyama, was on the creative and sound teams that created this wonderful little film–I just really like it and want you to see it.

http://www.48hourfilm.com/films/3603

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – I feel so strongly about Detachment, that I devoted one chapter of my book to it.

Detactment

LAST WEEK POLL – Participating in a foot race.

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The majority (47%) of you say that you have never entered a race–you have no idea what you are missing.

At least 12% of you have completed a one-mile walk/run–anyone should be able to do that.  Majority (47%), are you listening?

An impressive 29% have completed a 5K (3.1 mile) race–well done.

And an amazing 12% of you have done the extraordinary by completing a 26.2 mile race.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Want to learn something about yourself, than participate in this week’s poll.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE – I understand that so many women want to be appreciate for more than just their looks, so this week’s joke is for those ladies.

Women Personality

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLECleopatra

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Cleopatra [  ]; (69 – August 12, 30 BC), [   ] was the last active pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. After her reign, Egypt became a province of the then-recently established Roman Empire.

Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Macedonian Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death. [  ] The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to speak Egyptian.[  ] By contrast, Cleopatra did learn to speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.

Cleopatra [  ] eventually she became sole ruler. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesar that solidified her grip on the throne. She later elevated her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to co-ruler in name.

After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar’s legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (later known as Augustus). With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus [  ]. After losing the Battle of Actium to Octavian’s forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit, according to tradition killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12, 30 BC. She was briefly outlived by Caesarion, who was declared pharaoh by his supporters but soon killed on Octavian’s orders. Egypt became the Roman province of Aegyptus.

To this day, Cleopatra remains a popular figure in Western culture. Her legacy survives in numerous works of art and the many dramatizations of her story in literature and other media, including William Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra, [  ] and the 1963 film Cleopatra. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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And as always, please leave a comment or send me your suggestions for current events, jokes, thoughts, movies, book, extraordinary people or even songs, or anything you believe may be interesting and thought provoking for the readers of this blog. My address:  mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

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