04/18/16 – Logical Choice

 CURRENT EVENTS

More Possible Presidential Candidates

Kirk and Spock 

I believe Kirk and Spock’s campaign slogan is, “The Logical Choice”.

And speaking of choices

Bathroom Controversy 

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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In addition, under this heading I have stressed the impact of clothing choices on our self-image.  If Women’s Fashion is of interest to you, I suggest you check out this site

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And while you are at it, you may as well check out my favorite Royal Oak store Emmy’s Post, where of all things you can even buy a copy of my book.

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

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’ve said it several times, please be sure you are seeing and hearing what is there and not what you want was there.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I know it is challenging, trying to be extraordinary; which is probably why so many people don’t even try.  You just have to learn to forget yesterdays mistakes, undone tasks, etc. and begin the day as a fresh opportunity.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine

This little book applies to a lot of things if you read it and think deeply about what it says.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Michael

If you are having trouble appreciating the little things in life, I strongly suggest you watch this wonderful and entertaining film.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Your Favorite Type of Movie

Clap Board

Here is how you voted:

23%  Action/Adventure

23% Romantic Comedy

12% Comedy

12% Suspense

12% Drama

7%   Science Fiction

4%   Kids & Family

4%   Romance

3%   Art House/Indie

 Below is a Nielsen 2012 favorite movie genres poll results to compare with how we did.

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THIS WEEK POLL – Self-Defense Training

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Kung Fu Fighting

by Carl Douglas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhUkGIsKvn0

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ART OF THE WEEK

Another Roman Statue 

I was going through my photos and found another statue from one of my visits to Rome.  I’m not sure exactly which emperor this is a statue of, since some of the later emperors during Rome’s decline weren’t much more than clowns.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, [ ], and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. [ ]

Born in Thetford, England [ ], Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776). Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics.  In 1792, despite not being able to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention. 

In December 1793, he was arrested and was taken to Luxembourg Prison in Paris. While in prison, he continued to work on The Age of Reason (1793–94). Paine’s imprisonment in France caused a general uproar in America, and future President James Monroe used all of his diplomatic connections to get Paine released in November 1794. He became notorious because of his pamphlets The Age of Reason, in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalized religion in general [ ] (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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06/29/15 – Día de la Independencia

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Día de la Independencia

Since 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States, I thought it would be a good theme for this week’s post.  Although this is a United States holiday, I wish more people in the world would think of it as their holiday also.  Back in the 18th Century, many expected the United States to be a beacon of freedom and also to welcome all in search of a better life to our shores. 

I feel at times like we have lost our way, but then something happens to reassure me we are on the right course.  I guess it is a couple of steps forward and a step backwards, before we advance again.

I believe the more we can do to eliminate ignorance, the fewer backwards steps will be taken.  I devoted Chapter 44 of my book to the importance of taking time to study and to become more open to considering new approaches to every thing we encounter.

My Final Cover

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week’s recommendation is the book Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.  I really like the Editor’s Introduction in the Penguin Classics edition of the book, since it tells the history of Thomas Paine, one of founders of the United States of America.

As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

 Common Sense

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just had to recommend Independence Day.

Independence Day

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (Description Source:  IMDB)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

I know the quote below is generally taken out of context and a couple of words are missing, but I believe Ben would have approved.

Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

Source: Benjamin Franklin

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THIS WEEK’S POLL 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL – No poll last week

THIS WEEK’S JOKES

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!
From Eloise, age 9, Charlottesville, VA

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”
From Christy, age 14, Denver, CO

What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
From Scott, age 11, Colorado

Source: Jokes by Kids

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