07/25/16 – Taking Some Positions

CURRENT EVENTS

Presidential Endorsement

I’ve been told readership of this blog might increase, if I would start taking positions on topics that are of interest to people.  People are interested in endorsements for who should be President of the United States.

So, I am endorsing Trump.

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Probably not the Trump you had in mind nor for the particular Presidential Election that you had in mind.  

Divided Nation

If you listen to and watch the media, you might think the USA is a divided nation.  Instead, just look around you and you will see acts like the ones below, going on every day, showing that we do care for one another.  If you don’t see this occurring, perhaps you should consider breaking out of your isolation. 

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Looking for a good doctor, well here are seven of them.

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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

In Chapter 42 of my book, I talk about the importance of setting goals, making plans to meet those goals, and monitoring your progress to ensure success.

Our time here is not unlimited, so please don’t act as if it is unlimited.  Think about what you want to do and be remembered for; and I hope it is something more than what follows below.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Illustrated by Robert Smith

The book above is a graphic novel.  It reminds me of the Classics Illustrated comics I read as a child, only a bit longer and a little better reflection of the real book.

If you don’t have time to read the original or if you want to introduce literature to a child, I think this book would be excellent.  I really enjoyed it and it was a very quick and easy to read book–my favorite kind of book

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Bulworth

Given the unusual nature of Presidential Politics this year, I thought of this 1998 film.

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Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), a financially ruined senator, is now disillusioned with politics.

The forlorn statesman orders a contract killing — the target himself — so his family will be able to collect a fortune from his insurance policy.

Facing imminent death, a devil-may-care Bulworth speaks his mind in public, forsaking platitudes for honest but controversial observations.

But when he falls in love with a hip young woman (Halle Berry), Bulworth urgently rethinks his impending murder.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questioning

Holmes Mouse Pad

When it comes to seeing and hearing:

33% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

28% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

21% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

14% – Sometimes question reality

3% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

I did this same poll about a year ago with only half as many voters and here were the results:

38% – Believe media does not report on some items because it would contradict the message they want to send

31% – Question in our minds what we are told by people in authority

14% – Believe the media report things they know aren’t true.

12% – Sometimes question reality

5% – Generally believe what they see and are told.

THIS WEEK POLL – USA Presidential Voting

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Here Comes the Sun”

by The Beatles

ART OF THE WEEK

Embracing Peace

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A 25-foot-tall sculpture based on a famed photograph of a kiss in Times Square in New York City at the end of World War II is visiting Royal Oak as part of efforts to raise money for a war memorial.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson was installed Memorial Park at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, near the future site of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. It is one of several “Embracing Peace” sculptures on display in the U.S. and Europe.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

If you think the USA is not united today, perhaps you think about what the USA was like while this man was president.

Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This has to be a joke, who would believe someone was actually looking a the world around them, rather than their phone.

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BLOG

Thanks to Hemangini 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 Kev & Dr. Joseph, who started following my blog (Currently 75 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 Annette, Nandini, Joanne, Lisa, Nancy, Sarah Jane, Melissa, Kelle, Anibal, Antoinette, Rick, Jennifer & Brenda 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, so far only six of you have.  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

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

06/27/16 – What’s Cooking

CURRENT EVENTS

Worlds Best Cook

Valda Trophy

It was my honor last Friday to be able to present this year’s, World’s Best Cook award to Chef Valda.  Chef Valda was selected as the World’s Best Cook by a panel of culinary experts, many of whom attended the ceremony and gave testimony as to the pleasure of Chef Valda’s skills. 

Me y Valda with Trophy

Embracing Peace

“Embracing Peace,” a sculpture by Seward Johnson, was installed Monday in Memorial Park in Royal Oak, MI, USA.

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A 25-foot-tall sculpture based on a famed photograph of a kiss in Times Square in New York City at the end of World War II is visiting Royal Oak as part of efforts to raise money for a war memorial.

It is one of several “Embracing Peace” sculptures on display in the U.S. and Europe. (Source: Crain’s Detroit)

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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Remember, it is just a dream.

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

If there is one character trait that could help you live an extraordinary life, this could be it.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

If you want to get along with others, keep this in mind.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Every so often I like to share scientific  information.  Perhaps, this is some scientific information that will really make your day.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

How Proust Can Change Your Life

By Alain de Botton

This isn’t a new book, it was written in 1997, but I’ve read and reviewed it a number of times and have found it helpful and interesting.

Helpful by reminding us if we think and act like we are going to live forever, a lot of things important to us will be missed.

It has some interesting ideas such as characters we see in paintings (I will add to that movies and TV), we should imagine people we know in those roles.

There is also insight into human nature, such as when people part, it is the one not in love that makes the tender speeches.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Love and Friendship

This movie is not laugh out loud funny, but it has some very clever dialogue.

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Love & Friendship is a 2016 romantic comedy. It is based on Jane Austen’s  novel Lady Susan, first published in 1871. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.

Although it was adapted from Austen’s novel Lady Susan, the film was produced under the borrowed title of her juvenile story, Love and Friendship. Love & Friendship received critical acclaim and has been a box office success in North America.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Tolerance

Tolerance

When it comes to tolerance:

67% – thought they were more tolerant than others

28% – thought they were about as tolerant as others

5% – thought they were less tolerant than others

How tolerance do you believe most people are:

59% – thought most people were ok, but could improve their level of tolerance

23% – thought most people were not very tolerant

18% – thought people were very tolerant

THIS WEEK POLL – Brexit

UK

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”

by Billy Joel

ART OF THE WEEK

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Here I am by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but I must admit that it looks a bit different from I had envisioned and as seen in history books.

Accident

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partly corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Captain James T. Kirk

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James Tiberius Kirk was born in Riverside, Iowa, Earth on March 22, 2233 and graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2254.  He was captain of the United Federation of Planet’s Constitution-class starships Enterprise (NCC-1701) and Enterprise (NCC-1701A).  

James Kirk never married, as his strongest passion was for his career and his command, ship and crew. He was renowned for many relationships with women, human and otherwise.

Kirk is best known for his independence and unorthodox problem solving. Kirk violated the Prime Directive a few times during his various commands, such as the renegade Enterprise crew’s voyage into 1986 in a mission to take a pair of humpback whales into the 23rd century.

He joined 24th century starship captain Jean-Luc Picard [Please don’t ask me how he did that] to prevent El-Aurian scientist Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian star system. Unfortunately he died in the fight with Soran. Picard buried Kirk on Veridian III.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Tania & 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 Raul for  following my blog (Now 71 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, Joyce, Joanne, Cindy, Russ & Karen 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