05/09/16 – APF Raw Nationals

 CURRENT EVENTS

APF Raw Nationals Powerlifting Contest

APF Raw Nationals

I just returned from Lombard, IL; where I took first place in the deadlift for the 198 and under weight and Masters VI (Ages 65 to 69)

2016 Raw Nationals

This could not have done this without Freddy, who got be back in the gym years ago.

Freddy

Walter (fellow on left, holding three trophies he won that day) who got me into competitive powerlifting

Champs

And Art, who talked me into returning to the sport although I was in my late 60s.  By the way, Art set the “World Record” for his age and weight at this contest.

Art 2016 Raw Nationals

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

In recognition of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this one to all you moms out there.

Wk 20 Dinner Again

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I’ve long thought the value of living a good life is simply living a good life, and not based upon a reward or a punishment.

It seems one of Rome’s wisest emperors felt much the same way.

Wk 20 Marcius Arealous

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Think how well people would get along if we all just followed this advice.

Wk 20 Let them be wrong

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important to keep learning, regardless of how old we are.

So here is something you can learn about parking.

Wk 20 Parallel Parking

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I realize that some of you out there may believe the odds of you becoming extraordinary are about the same as finding a needle in a haystack.

Well, perhaps that isn’t as hard as you may think if you just give it a try.

Needle in Haystack

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli

The lessons are very brief and easy to read; however, very difficult to truly understand.  If you aren’t willing to question everything you believe, probably not the book for you.

For example first there was just the flat earth and the sky above.  As time went on, we learned the sun and stars revolved around a spherical Earth per Aristotle.

Later, thanks to Copernicus, we learned that the earth revolved around the sun.  Still later, we learned our sun was just a star like the one hundred billion other stars in our galaxy.

In the 1930s we learned that our galaxy was just a speck of dust in a vast cloud of galaxies.  What you will learn from this book gets much stranger in many other ways.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Me at the Nationals

I thought you may want to see this short clip of me at the National Raw Powerlifting Competition.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Nixon & Elvis

Nixon & Elvis foto

Here are the results of the three poll last week:

When it comes to Nixon

   43% Indifferent

   43% Disliked

   14% Liked

When it comes to Elvis

   71% Liked

   19% Indifferent

10% Disliked

Regarding your preference between Nixon and Elvis

   68% Liked Elvis better than Nixon

   16% Liked Nixon better than Elvis

   16% Were indifferent

THIS WEEK POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Gonna Fly Now

(Theme from “Rocky”)

by DeEtta Little

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuULcVaMTf0

“Gonna Fly Now”, also known as “Theme from Rocky”, is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little (the sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford. Released in February 1977 with the movie Rocky, the song became part of American popular culture after main character Rocky Balboa as part of his daily training regimen runs up the 72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia and raises his arms in a victory pose, while the song plays. (Source: Wikipedia)

ART OF THE WEEK

Giant Horse Statue

Here is a photo of the famous large horse at Meijer’s Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.  If you are ever in the Grand Rapids area, I urge you to visit these extraordinary gardens.

Me y grande horse

I probably should not have, but as you can see in the above photo the horse almost stepped on me.  So I tamed it.

Tamed that Horse

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you want to know that you are in a serious gym, there should be at least one photo of Arnold on the wall.

ArnoldRealTitlePic

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all times as well as its biggest icon. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 20 Terrifying animals

BLOG

Thanks to Judith, Kathy & Carol,  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.

Thank you Abbie & Lori for bringing my total number of blog followers to 62.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 65.  

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 Scot, Kim, Cheryl, Debbie, Carol & Marilyn, 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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

05/02/16 – Ken Shelton

 CURRENT EVENTS

Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton passed away last Thursday afternoon.  He was one of the most wonderful people you could ever meet.  I met him in 1981, when I joined BCBS of Michigan, and we soon became the best of friends.

When Ken retired in 2008, I placed this picture behind my office chair so that Ken could look over my shoulder. It was a reminder for me to  administer my area with as much kindness, dedication, and love for the team members as he exhibited daily.

Ken Shelton 

I was never able to match the standard Ken set, but I was better than I would have been otherwise.

My Office

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

You can tell yourself that what you wear doesn’t matter, but clothing is a form of communications.  You are telling others who you are.

Wk 19 Clothing choices

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

One of the best time savers you can use, is to learn to say “No” if you have even the slightest doubt about a request.  Plus, it is easier to change your mind later and say yes, then it is to later say no.  

How many times have you said yes and later regretted having said yes.  Saying “No” allows you to say yes to better causes.

Wk 19 Say no

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Wk 19 Therapists you can drink with

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

How long has it been since you have changed any of your opinions.

How long has it been since you have obtained your knowledge of the world from other sources than the ones you usually turn to?

How long has it been since you have even questioned your deepest beliefs?

Wk 19 Changing your Opinion

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Change is inevitable, so when it comes; treat it as an opportunity.

Wk 19 Every day

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Charlie Chaplin: The Art of Comedy

by David Robinson

This book came out in 1996 and I first read it in April 2004. I recently reviewed it and found it teaches a lot about film and life, plus contains many interesting photos.  I understand it is still available.

Charlie Chaplin The Art of Comedy

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Elvis & Nixon

I wish there was some way I could convince you to see this amusing film about the meeting of two larger than life characters.

Elvis & Nixon film

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Prince

Wk 18 Prince

Here are the results of the poll on how many times we have seen a live Prince performance:

   60% Never

   20% Never, but wish they had seen a live performance

   20% saw one live performance

THIS WEEK POLL – Nixon & Elvis

Nixon & Elvis foto

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Feelin’ Groovy

by Harpers Bizarre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anPuND37D_c

Wk 19 feelin_groovy_

ART OF THE WEEK

Academy Awards Statue

Most of us have watched the Academy Awards on TV and seen the Academy Awards statues given out.  However, few of us have had the opportunity to see one of these statues up close.

Well, here is your chance to see a close up photo of this famous statue.

Oscar Bill

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

If you met Ken, you know exactly why he is extraordinary.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 19 Women Personality

BLOG

Thanks to Spiritual Journey 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.

The total number of blog followers remains at 60.  

Thank you Jesse for bringing my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page  likes up to 65.  

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 Joanne, Carol, Adaku, Annette & Jennell 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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885