07/18/16 – When Will It Stop

CURRENT EVENTS

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People left flowers, candles and other tributes in Nice, France, on Saturday in memory of those killed in Thursday’s terror attack in the coastal city.

I thought last week called for an inspirational quote, which would serve all of us well, not just for today, but for every day.

Wk 30 Don't be an ass

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Portion control is important in maintaining an appropriate weight, please don’t let what happened to David, happen to you.

David after 3 years in USA

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Wk 30 Who wants to change

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Wk 30 Eye sight

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 41 of my book, I talk about the importance of analyzing your day in a journal and looking back a year later at what you wrote.  Very few do this, but if you wish to be extraordinary, you will adopt the practice.

“Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 40 Key to success

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Code of the Samurai

Translated by Thomas Cleary

This easy to read book provides some excellent rules to live by, which are still relevant today.  I’ve read and reviewed it many times of the years and it never fails to inspire me.

Code of the Samurai

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Outlander

I’ve watched two seasons of this Starz TV series and most of it has been good to very good, now that they have left their sadism behind.  For a while, I could not stand to watch some of it and had to fast forwarded through the sadistic crap, but the show got back on track was excellent.

Outlander

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

The show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

The second season, consisting of 13 episodes and based on Dragonfly in Amber, premiered on April 9, 2016.

On June 1, 2016, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which will adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Racist Comments

Wk 29 All

If someone makes a racist comment in front of you:

69% – Said they would tell the person that the comment was inappropriate

31% – Said they would say nothing

THIS WEEK POLL – Questioning

Holmes Mouse Pad

Please check all that apply

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Peace Train”

by Cat Stevens

ART OF THE WEEK

All this craziness is taking a toll on the World’s Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel     Older Gardian Angel

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Wk 30 Extraordinary

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we could all transcend our egos.

Wk 40 Trump

BLOG

Thanks to Sue & 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 my 73 followers and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

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

MY BOOK

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

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

My Final Cover

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05/30/16 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Memorial Day

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The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The holiday, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.

Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course”.  Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. 

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Wk 23 Rules for living

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

This one is for all you teachers out there, but it may do some parents good to think about this.

Wk 23 Bad grades

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

If you want to change your life, you need to surround yourself with people who support your dreams.  To attract these kinds of people, you need to support their dreams.  Avoid those who are jealous of your efforts and successes.

Wk 23 Surround Yourself with People

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Wk 23 Reading

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

For all you ladies out there, it is ok to go with you heart, but please take your head along for the journey

Wk 23 Love bad boys

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Code of the Samurai

Translated by Thomas Cleary

Wk 23 Code of the Samurai

Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. 

The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, is one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to give 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.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Patton

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Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The opening monologue, delivered by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film.

The film was successful, and in 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Voting

Voting box

Planning to vote in this year’s USA presidential election:

95% yes

5% not eligible to vote in USA elections

THIS WEEK POLL – War

Please check all that apply

Wk 23 War Peace

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Last Week’s Music Poll

After watching last week’s video, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, I asked if you can walk like an Egyptian and the replies were:

33% no

25% yes

25% maybe

17% can’t, but wish they could.

Strangely enough, I did an internet search and found a similar poll conducted in Egypt yielded about the same results.

Wk 23 Abe Lincoln & internet

“War”

by Edwin Starr

ART OF THE WEEK

Iwo Jima Memorial

Wk 23 Iwo Jima Memorial

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national monument in Arlington, Virginia, United States. The war memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775.

The memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six servicemen raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Upon first seeing the photograph, sculptor Felix de Weldon created a maquette for a sculpture based on it in a single weekend. He and architect Horace W. Peaslee designed the memorial. Their proposal was presented to Congress. In 1947, a federal foundation was established to raise funds for the memorial. (Source:  Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

General Eisenhower

I was fortunate to see President Eisenhower, when he came to Detroit years ago.

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Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.

He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 23 Medical School Gowns

BLOG

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

Thank you Carolyn, Nikhil, Karen & Cats That Post for following my blog.

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 66.  

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 Willie, John, Rocklyn, Carol, Annette, Sharil, Laura, Sandra, Julie, Kurt, Susan & Joanne, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

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

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

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

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

My Final Cover

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

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

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