01/25/16 – Take It Easy

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Glenn Frey

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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.

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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

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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

12/14/15 – Media Coverage

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Next Republican Debate

Tuesday, December 15

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Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz during a previous Republican primary debate. | AP Photo

It never fails to amaze me as to how much time many people spend watching sports and yet will devote little time to understanding our political process.  If you don’t want to learn about what is going on in the political arena, this will probably still be worth watching than for no other reason but entertainment.

The criteria for CNN’s Dec. 15 presidential debate include a new way for candidates to make the stage: early-state polling strength.
Candidates can qualify for the debate through one of three ways: polling averages nationally, in Iowa, and in New Hampshire.

According to CNN, nine candidates would currently make the cut: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie.

The undercard debate will also live on, despite some calls among Republicans to begin phasing this out. Candidates who reach at least 1 percent in four separate Iowa, New Hampshire or national polls will make the earlier debate.
As of Friday, that stage will be made up of Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and two candidates who missed the last GOP debate entirely, Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Gov. George Pataki. As of Friday, Gov. Jim Gilmore did not qualify for either stage.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/cnn-gop-debate-criteria-las-vegas-216106#ixzz3twSj6PMh

Media Coverage

I did not believe this memorial would not receive some press coverage and I take the Sunday NY Times, USA Today, Detroit News home delivery, Time magazine and I watch the CNN practically daily. So I checked it out on Snopes.Com and it came up as true.

Tear Drop Memorial

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Is this a self-help book or not–how about you telling me via a comment.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949.[1][2] The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrime”. (Source: Wikipedia)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Source:  Groucho Marx

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman

Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the ’70s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (Source: IMDB)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Drinking

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The results of last week’s poll are:

43% of you have one or two drinks now and then

21% of you routinely have one or two drinks daily

14% of you don’t drink for health reasons

10% of you every so often have more than two drinks daily

7% of you consistently have more than two drinks daily

5% of you don’t drink for religious reasons

I used this same poll last year about this time and found 25% of us have one or two drinks daily and on the other end of the spectrum, about 12% of us abstain from drinking for religious or health reasons.  I see there isn’t much change from last year.

THIS WEEK POLL – My Weight

Weight

Most people put on extra weight starting from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and so one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is I’m going to lose some weight this year. It is also one of the most commonly unfulfilled resolutions.  So, before we start making any resolutions, I thought it might be nice to do a quick self-assessment via this poll.

Remember, you are what you eat. I recall saying that to a friend  and she replied, “In that case I am coffee and wine.”

SONG OF THE WEEK

Since the theme of this week’s post is the media, I thought you might enjoy this song.

Dirty Laundry by the Eagles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

I’ve seen this painting at the National Gallery in Washington DC.  It was painted by my favorite surrealist artist, Rene Magritte.  Magritte was a philosopher, who just happened to communicate via painting rather than words.  In this painting, I believe he says that everything you see hides something behind what you are seeing–that is something worth thinking about isn’t it?

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The Human Condition by Rene Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The other was completed in 1935 and is part of the Simon Spierer Collection in Geneva, Switzerland. A number of drawings of the same name exist as well, including one at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
One of Magritte’s most common artistic devices was the use of objects to hide what lies behind them. [Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

A newsperson and not an entertainer.

Edward R. Murrow

Edward R Murrow

Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of The Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. During the war he assembled a team of foreign correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys.

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Funeral Director

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  Thank you Judy, Melissa, Carol, Carolyn, Rick and Coach Jo.  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.

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

 

MY BOOK

I donated two copies of my book to Angel Kisses for auction/raffle prizes for their 7th Annual Fundraiser on February, 20, 2016 at Woody’s Diner in Royal Oak, MI from 2 to 8 p.m.  For more information about this organization and their efforts to improve bereavement care for pregnancy loss, please click on the link below.

http://angelkisses.org/

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