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

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alchemydetroit.com%2F&h=FAQGg70Su

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

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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.

Bill y Ronald

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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Thanks to Sue and Samantha 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.

Niki, Eleanor & Kratiarora, thank you for following this blog and bringing the total number of blog followers to 59.  

My thanks to Nathalie & Ginny for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page and bring the total likes up to 64.  

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, Audrey & Patty 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

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08/31/15 – Advice for the Ladies

CURRENT EVENTS

FOOT RACE

The 18th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit.   In addition, there is also a 5K / 10K race associated with the event that starts Saturday morning, September 5.  For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.artsbeatseats.com/priority-health-5k-10k/

CHARACTER TRAITS

Character traits such as courage, self-worth, optimism, etc. are so much the foundation of being extraordinary, that I devoted 19 chapters in my book to various character traits.  These four people, as well as the President of France in the Center of the photo below, are truly extraordinary for the courage they displayed in standing up to terrorism.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…
These three Americans. On Friday, three Americans — two of them off-duty military service members — took down a heavily armed gunman on a train going from Amsterdam to Paris. The three men and a British passenger tackled the suspect – who was carrying an AK47 and lots of ammo – before he could do anything. The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan man. European officials think he may have terror ties. But yesterday, his lawyer said he was just trying to rob people on the train. Which made everything all better. (Source: The SKIMM)

NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

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Emmy’s Post is a new and extraordinary boutique store in Royal Oak, MI on 6th street between Main and Washington streets. The inside of the store is even more interesting than the picture above depicts.  Plus, it also has some cool clothes for girls of all ages at reasonable prices. If you would like to know more about the store, please clink on the link below:

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

SELF-HELP BOOKS:

Several weeks ago I did a running poll and 47% of you said that you have never entered a race, not even a one mile race. I have no way of knowing, but I would guess that a number of you in that 47% are younger than 50.

Anyway, there are so many people past the age of 50, who are still running races. Although this book is obviously for the over 50 market, I think much of the advice is good for people of any age. For instance, the human body improves with use, unlike machines that wear out with use. Surely, you have all heard of the phrase, “Use it or lose it.”

In chapter 2 of my book, I stress the importance of cardiovascular fitness and this book will help you.

Running Past 50

MOVIE OF THE WEEK 

Midnight in Paris is one of the best movies I have ever seen and if you know anything at all about the artists who were in Paris during the 1920s, you will enjoy this film all the more and you may want to visit this magnificent city.  Chapter 48 of my book talks about the importance of travel and about purchasing experiences rather things.

Midnight in Paris

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – As I mention in Chapter 24 of my book, people aren’t mind readers, politely ask for what you want, which the quote below that I found on the internet illustrates.

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LAST WEEK POLL – How lucky do you feel on a scale of 1 to 10

Here are the results of 23 people who voted:

10 – 3 votes

9 – 1 vote

8 – 7 votes

6 – 6 votes

5 – 2 votes

4, 3 & 2 – 0 votes

1 – 1 vote

The above poll was part of a research study where participants were asked how lucky they were on a scale of one to ten.  They were then given a fake newspaper and asked to count the photos inside.  Throughout the paper were headlines saying, “the answer is 37, collect $100.”  People who believe themselves to be lucky, generally stopped early and collected the extra $100.  Others, who considered themselves unlucky, diligently completed the task and eventually came up with the right answer.

The researches believed the results indicated that luck is more about being open to opportunities beyond how the task or situation is presented, than simply good fortune. (Source:  Tony Hsieh, NYT Best Selling Author of Delivering Happiness and he is CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.)

THIS WEEK’S POLL – In chapter 49 of my book, I talk about addictions, so here is a poll on addictions.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK – Check this out, it relates to the poll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATvu5f9vE

THIS WEEK’S JOKE – Chapter 50 of my book relates to Marriage/Life Partners, so I thought you ladies out there would find this bit of information helpful in retaining a great relationship.

Women’s Five Secrets to a Great Relationship:

1. It is important to find a man who works around the
house,occasionally cooks and cleans, and who has a job.

2. It is important to find a man who makes you laugh.

3. It is important to find a man who is dependable and
doesn’t lie.

4. It is important to find a man who’s good in bed and
who loves to have sex with you.

5. It is very important that these four men never meet!!

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE – Alexander the Great

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Occupation: Military Commander and King of Ancient Greece
Born: July 20, 356 BC and Died: June 10, 323 BC at the age of 32
Best known for: Conquering much of Asia and Europe

(What is important is the life in your years and not the years in your life.)

Short Biography:

Alexander the Great was the king of Macedonia or Ancient Greece. He is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. (Note to all: His tactics are still studied, so it is not what you do that is important, but the excellence in which you do it.  I’m personally against war, but if you make war–do it well.)

Childhood of Alexander the Great:

Alexander’s father was King Philip the II, who had built up a strong and united empire in Ancient Greece, which Alexander inherited. (Note to children:  It is important to chose your parents wisely.)

Like most children in Athens, Alexander as a child, learned mathematics, reading, writing, and how to play the lyre. He also was instructed on how to fight, ride a horse, and hunt. When Alexander turned thirteen, his father Philip II, hired the great philosopher Aristotle. At school Alexander met many of his future generals and friends. He also enjoyed reading the works of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. (Note to Parents:  It is important to give you child a good education at a good school, where your child can meet other children of like minded parents).

Alexander’s Conquests

After securing the throne and getting all of Greece under his control, Alexander turned east to conquer more of the civilized world. He moved swiftly using his military genius to win battle after battle conquering many peoples and rapidly expanding the Greek empire.

First he moved through Asia Minor and what is today Turkey. He took over Syria defeating the Persian Army at Issus and then laying siege to Tyre. Next, he conquered Egypt and established Alexandria as the capital. After Egypt came Babylonia and Persia, including the city of Susa. Then he moved through Persia and began to prepare for a campaign in India. At this point Alexander had accumulated one of the largest empires in history. However, his soldiers were ready to revolt. They wanted to return home to see their wives and children. Alexander agreed and his army turned back. (Note to all:  Caution, the more you have the more you want, it may be better to simply want what you have.)

Death of Alexander

Alexander only made it back to Babylon where he became suddenly sick and died. No one is sure what he died from, but many suspect poison. Upon his death the great empire he had built was divided up amongst his generals.  (Note to all:  Nothing lasts)

Source:  Much of the above on Alexander is borrowed from http://www.ducksters.com/biography/alexander_the_great.php

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If you would like to leave a comment to this post, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post, “08/31/15 – Advice for the Ladies”.

And as always, either leave a comment or send me your suggestions for current events, jokes, thoughts, movies, book, extraordinary people, songs, or anything you believe may be interesting and thought provoking for the readers of this blog. My address:  mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

MY BOOK

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

 

08/24/15 – Fantastic Short Film and Insightful Poll

CURRENT EVENTS

The 18th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. Each year international, regional and local attractions at the festival make the City of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend.

In 2014, over 365,000 visitors attended the festival and over $360K was raised for local charities. Festival admission is $3 until 3pm and $5 after 3pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is free to enter until 5pm on Friday only.  For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.artsbeatseats.com/

There is also a 5K / 10K race associated with the event that starts Saturday morning, September 5.  For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.artsbeatseats.com/priority-health-5k-10k/

Here is an article I came across this week in USA Today.  I suspect with all the money Walter Palmer has to go big game hunting and pay his way out of sexual harassment lawsuits, he is more than just a dentist who worked in this dental practice.

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Anyway, the photo below sums up my feelings towards this “big game hunter”.

Lion killer

I understand Walter Palmer is in hiding.  I wonder why?

We are looking for a dentist

NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

Emmy’s Post is a new boutique store in Royal Oak, MI  on 6th street between Main and Washington streets.  It has some fantastic clothes for girls of all ages at very reasonable prices.  If you would like to know more about the store, please clink on the link below:

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

Here is my wife, Carol, checking out this wonderful store.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS:

Back in July I did a poll and only two of you said that you bought or read a book that was mentioned in this blog.  So, I think I will repeat a book that I believe contains fantastic advice and is probably a book that I have read and reviewed more than any other book.  It is written by David Brown, the husband of Helen Gurley Brown.  If you don’t know who Helen Gurley Brown is, well.

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There is so much good advice in this easy to read, inexpensive book.  Of course, if you prefer to remain ordinary; well that is your choice.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK – This week I selected what I think is a fantastic short film (less than six minutes) by Control Alt Delete that is titled “Fin”. It was awarded Best Film at the 2014 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project and was also awarded Best in the categories of Costumes and Writing, plus was an Audience Award Winner.  I think after viewing this short film, it will be easy to understand what it did so well.

A relative of mine, Cory Oyama, was on the creative and sound teams that created this wonderful little film–I just really like it and want you to see it.

http://www.48hourfilm.com/films/3603

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK – I feel so strongly about Detachment, that I devoted one chapter of my book to it.

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LAST WEEK POLL – Participating in a foot race.

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The majority (47%) of you say that you have never entered a race–you have no idea what you are missing.

At least 12% of you have completed a one-mile walk/run–anyone should be able to do that.  Majority (47%), are you listening?

An impressive 29% have completed a 5K (3.1 mile) race–well done.

And an amazing 12% of you have done the extraordinary by completing a 26.2 mile race.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Want to learn something about yourself, than participate in this week’s poll.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE – I understand that so many women want to be appreciate for more than just their looks, so this week’s joke is for those ladies.

Women Personality

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLECleopatra

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Cleopatra [  ]; (69 – August 12, 30 BC), [   ] was the last active pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. After her reign, Egypt became a province of the then-recently established Roman Empire.

Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Macedonian Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death. [  ] The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to speak Egyptian.[  ] By contrast, Cleopatra did learn to speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.

Cleopatra [  ] eventually she became sole ruler. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesar that solidified her grip on the throne. She later elevated her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to co-ruler in name.

After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar’s legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (later known as Augustus). With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus [  ]. After losing the Battle of Actium to Octavian’s forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit, according to tradition killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12, 30 BC. She was briefly outlived by Caesarion, who was declared pharaoh by his supporters but soon killed on Octavian’s orders. Egypt became the Roman province of Aegyptus.

To this day, Cleopatra remains a popular figure in Western culture. Her legacy survives in numerous works of art and the many dramatizations of her story in literature and other media, including William Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra, [  ] and the 1963 film Cleopatra. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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And as I mentioned the last week, I now have a box at the bottom of the post where you can type in a reply or comment on something.  I’m feeling a bit lonely, without any comments.

And as always, please leave a comment or send me your suggestions for current events, jokes, thoughts, movies, book, extraordinary people or even songs, or anything you believe may be interesting and thought provoking for the readers of this blog. My address:  mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

MY BOOK

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

 

08/17/15 – First Time Ever on the Net (Inside World)

CURRENT EVENTS

Well, did any of you go to The Woodward Dream Cruise?   If so; let us know what you think of it.  I can recall cruising Woodward, when I was in high school.  The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s most popular car cruise and largest one-day automotive event.  It is held annually the 3rd Saturday of August on Woodward Avenue and about  one million people attend this event each year.

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NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

Emmy’s Post is a new boutique store in Royal Oak, MI  on 6th street between Main and Washington streets.  It has some fantastic clothes for girls of all ages at very reasonable prices.  If you would like to know more about the store, please clink on the link below:

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

Here is a friend of mine, Judy, who is also one of the owners of this wonderful store.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS:

Cindy Glovinsky in her wonderful book, One Thing at a Time, says “… the best things in life aren’t Things”.  

If you want to reduce the clutter in your life, I strongly recommend this book.

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I feel reducing clutter in your life is so important, that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the topic.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK – I made this movie in 2007 and if I had it to do over, it would be different; but here it is for the first time on the internet.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Running

LAST WEEK POLL – What would you do if you were certain that a good friend was making a serious mistake.

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The majority (67%) of those voting this week said they would gently hint to their friend that what their friend planned to do was a bad idea and be there two pick up the pieces.  And additional 7% would say nothing, since their friend’s choices are none of their business.

However, 26% said they would strongly say their friend’s idea was a bad one and risk the friendship.

So, which kind of friend do you wish you had?

THIS WEEK’S POLL – I know you can come up with all sorts of reasons, some even legitimate; but if you go to a race you will see all ages and sizes participating.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE – I was going to post a political joke, but was told that the recent Republican debate beat me to it and others warned me that people are sensitive to political jokes and that I should be careful as to not offend anyone.  Therefore, I thought I would move to a safer topic for this week’s joke.

 

Shit Happens

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLETHOMAS SOWELL

For as long as I can remember, I have always thought Thomas Sowell was an inspiring individual; but it wasn’t until just the other day I learned that he was a high school drop-out; but that didn’t prevent him from making something of himself, not to mention all the other challenges he must have faced.

Few of us will ever reach the heights of Thomas Sowell, but he is an example that is possible to become all you can be and it is likely most of us face fewer challenges than he faced.

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Thomas Sowell (/soʊl/; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author.

He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor’s degree, graduating magna cum laude[3] from Harvard University in 1958 and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a conservative and classical liberal perspective, advocating free market economics, and has written more than thirty books. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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This week I added an “About” page to the blog, which tells a little about what I am trying to accomplish with this blog, a couple of pictures and an email address where you can reach me.

And as I mentioned last week, I now have a box at the bottom of the post where you can type in a reply or comment on something.

As always, please send me your jokes, thoughts, movie & book suggestions as well as anything you believe may be interesting and thought provoking for the readers of this blog. My address:  harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

MY BOOK

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

 

08/09/15 – Format, Debates, Dream Cruise, Emmy’s Post, Career Warfare, Holmes & Riki + Jokes

MY BLOG

I changed the format this week to add a side bar with an archive of past posts so it will be easier for you to see old posts.  And to make it easier to comment on these posts, I now have a box at the bottom of the post where you can type in a reply.

As always, please send me your jokes, thoughts, movie & book suggestions as well as anything you believe may be interesting and thought provoking for the readers of this blog, to this address:  harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

CURRENT EVENTS

Regardless of your political orientation, I think the first night of the 2015 Republican Debates was a good way to learn a little about the people, who want to be the leader of the U.S.A.; besides, it was very entertaining.  Your chance to see the next round of these debates will be September 16.

Early first debate

Prime Time Debate

Source of above photos: Getty Images

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The Woodward Dream Cruise is proud to present the fourth annual Cruise In Shoes™ 5K Fun Run/Walk presented by PNC Bank. The run/walk will take place the morning of August 15, 2015, the same day as the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The run/walk will begin at 7:30 am on Yorba Linda Blvd, continue with a rare opportunity to run on historic Woodward Avenue, wind through several Royal Oak neighborhood streets and finish at Shrine High School.

Anyone interested in participating in the Cruise In Shoes™ can register online by going to   http://www.cruiseinshoes.com/registration until August 12. Participants can also sign up for the event the day of the run at Royal Oak Shrine High School.

NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

There is a new boutique store in Royal Oak, MI  on 6th street between Main and Washington streets.  It has some fantastic clothes for girls of all ages at very reasonable prices.  If you would like to know more about the store, please clink on the link below to see an article in the Royal Oak Review about the store.

http://www.candgnews.com/news/new-boutique-focuses-power-positivity-84690

Here are two of my friends, Tania and Lindsey, who are visiting the store.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS:

I just reviewed a book that I read back in 2004 and oh my gosh was it painful to hear all the advice I should have heeded, but didn’t.  If you still have hopes of building a career, I recommend you take a look at this book.  It has so much good advice and is very readable.  Although my corporate career is over; I’m embarking on a new career as an author, speaker and blogger; and this time I’m going to pay closer attention to the advice in this book.

 Career Warfare

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Since I am a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes, I had to see the recent movie, “Mr. Holmes”.  I found the story ok, but not up to the Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett productions, but still the acting was amazing.

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And this story didn’t do much for me; but Meryl Streep was absolutely amazing.

Riki

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Ways to win an argument with a woman

LAST WEEK POLL

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Only 12 people voted in last week’s poll.  Four of you thought about writing a book and another four of your started writing a book, but never finished.  So 2/3s of us wanted to write a book but didn’t.

Of the remaining four, 1 never wanted to write a book, two wrote and published a book; but the book did not sell over 100 copies.  And congratulations to the one of us who wrote, published and sold more than 100 copies of their book.  Well done. My understanding is that 93% of all books published, sell less than 100 copies so this is an extraordinary accomplishment.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

If you work for an organization where it is difficult for you to take a day off from work because you don’t feel well; perhaps, this joke will cheer you up.

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And if you think you have a bad job; well look below and perhaps you will reconsider.

Worse Job

MY BOOK

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

 

07/20/15 – Change, Emmy’s Post, Detroit Free Press, Iran, Caesars, Terminator, Drug Lord, the Skimm, Poll, a Bear & a Short Video

 

My Final Cover

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

THIS WEEK’S THEME: 

I’m changing my weekly post by including more current events, in hopes they will be more interesting to you.

Also, I am asking you to submit quotes, movies, self-help books, short film clips you took yourself, current news items or anything else you come across that is entertaining and better yet if it can help a person improve themselves.  You can let me know via comments or send to:

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NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

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I’m delighted to announce that a new teen boutique is now in Royal Oak on 210 W. Sixth Street, called Emmy’s Post.  I just love the store’s philosophy.  Judy Lewis, one of the store’s owners said, “It has to be positive, and it has to be outward focused.  It can’t just be about making money.  It has to be about helping people.”  I really hope if you are around Royal Oak, you will stop in at this store.  It is really a cool store.  If you told them that you heard about the store from Bill, that would be nice; but not necessary 🙂

INSPIRING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

If you don’t believe the American Dream still exists, you may want to read this inspiring Detroit Free Press article by Susan Selasky about the National Coney Island restaurants, celebrating 50 years.

http://www.freep.com/story/life/food/2015/07/16/national-coney-island-fiftieth/30132533/

IRAN

I was in the U.S. Army, I lived in Iranian hotels and apartments for well over a year.

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The vast majority of Iranians I met were very nice to me and some went out of their way to help me get along in this very different world.  Of course, I was there during the time of the Shah, so our two countries were not at odds with one another.  It was just people relating to people.

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I tend to think that maybe it is the governments and the media that gets people to hate one another.  For instance, I believe the average Russian would be reasonably friendly with any Americans they encountered; and wouldn’t most of you be helpful to a Russian tourtist trying to find his way in our city.

I believe the more diversity we have in our lives, the more sensitive we will be to the needs and concerns of people different from ourselves.  I suspect diversity is a pathway to peace both inside and outside our borders.

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

Surprise, I don’t always read self-help books, but any reasonably well written book can enhance your perspective.  I just finishing reading The Twelve Caesars by Matthew Dennison.  I’m not suggesting you read this book, but I am suggesting you read a book if you are serious about improving yourself.

 The Twelve Caesars

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I saw Terminator Genisys in 3D.  Sure, Arnold is older than when he made the first Terminator movie back in 1984; but as he says many times throughout the movie about himself, “Old, but not obsolete”.  

Terminator Genisys

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK (Obtained from the Skimm)

If you want to be extraordinary, you cannot constantly play it safe.  As for advice, I would be less concerned about the quality of the advice giver and more concerned about the quality of the advice.

“In this life, he who risks nothing cannot win”

Source:The son of El Chapo — aka the escaped Mexican drug lord — getting philosophical about his dad’s prison break.

El Chapo

Quote from: http://www.theskimm.com/

The Skimm is a very cool website that gives you the latest news updates Monday through Friday and is very brief.  Check it out and see if you don’t like it as much as I do.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I found this on the internet and I think it was intended as a joke.  But I thought about it and decided that this was a very wise bear because this bear focuses on the similarities among people; rather than their differences. 

Smart Bear

SHORT VIDEO – THE DEADLIFT

CONCLUSION

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