05/23/16 – Latest in Election Coverage

 CURRENT EVENTS

Election Coverage

Folks, without taking sides; here is my attempt to bring you the latest in election coverage.  

Michigan Weather

Cher Turned 70 Last Friday

One has to ask themselves, what will you look like when you turn 70 or 90?  And have you adopted the lifestyle that will get you to where you want to be?

70 Cher y 90 Mom

70 Year-Old Cher & 90 Year-Old Mom

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Know what you are eating by reading labels and asking questions.

Wk 22 Food

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

You need to figure out who you are and be that person, not who everyone wants you to be.

Wk 22 Your Identity

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Wk 22 Worth Getting Angry

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Chapter 42 of my book discusses goals, but this will save you the trouble of obtaining the book.

Wk 22 Various advice

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Here is something every mother should teach her daughter.  As for the guys, don’t be this dude.

Wk 22 Advice for the ladies

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Rome: An Empire’s Story 

by Greg Woolf

Normally, I recommend very easy to read books, but every so often if you wish to be extraordinary, you need to read a book on something that interests you, that may not happen to be an “easy read”.  For me, my interest is in Rome.

Wk 22 Rome book

The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa–and sometimes even further afield.

In Rome, historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects–a story spanning a millennium and a half of history.

The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West’s cultural lexicon, and Woolf provides brilliant retellings of each of these, from the war with Carthage to Octavian’s victory over Cleopatra, from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome’s ultimate collapse.

Throughout, Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome’s success possible and so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and religion. Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators, bringing into vivid relief the Empire’s most distinctive and enduring features.

As Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet Rome was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders, in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible.

Based on new research and compellingly told, this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empire. (Source: Oxford University Press)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Alligator Arms: It’s what You Do

(GEICO Commercial)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Clutter

Clutter closet

When it comes to clutter

27% have clothing in our closet that we will probably never wear

23% store things in our attic or basement that we will likely never use

 21% of us are going to start getting rid of clutter

17% of us have VHS or eight-track tapes stored

4% of us can’t park our car in the garage

4% of us know we are a packrat, but don’t care

4% of us are essentially clutter free

Last year I conducted this same poll and here were the results

31% have clothing in our closet that we will probably never wear

20% store things in our attic or basement that we will likely never use

20% of us are going to start getting rid of clutter

17% of us have VHS or eight-track tapes stored

5% of us know we are a packrat, but don’t care

5% of us are essentially clutter free

2% of us can’t park our car in the garage

THIS WEEK POLL – Voting

Voting box

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Walk Like an Egyptian

by The Bangles

Why can’t flying be like what it looks like in this music video

Now that you have seen the video, time to take a poll:

ART OF THE WEEK

American Gothic

Grant_Wood_-_American_Gothic_-_Google_Art_Project

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood’s inspiration came from what is now known as the American Gothic House, and his decision to paint the house along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.”

The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman. The figures were modeled by Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham and Graham’s dentist. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the man is holding a pitchfork. [ ]

It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art, and has been widely parodied in American popular culture. (Source:  Wikipedia)

Did someone say, “Widely Parodied”?

American Gothic in Chicago

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Imhotep

My guess is that you have not heard of this ancient Egyptian.  Why would you, Cleopatra was closer to our time today, than she was to Imhotep, pyramid builder.

imhotep museum20b-610x400

Imhotep was an Egyptian polymath who excelled in various fields of human activity, particularly architecture and engineering. He was the designer and architect of the astonishing Pyramid of Djoser, which was built in the 27th century BCE for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser.

During his lifetime, Imhotep earned many honors and titles of a social and religious character which no other commoner had attained before including Chancellor of the King of Egypt, First in Line after the King of Upper Egypt, High Priest of Heliopolis, and Administrator of the Great Palace. He was one of very few people in Egyptian history who achieved a divine status after his death though he was born a commoner. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wk 22 One Ticket Really

BLOG

Thanks to Tania, Sue & 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.

Thank you Amy, for bringing my total number of blog followers to 67.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 66.  

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 Keeta, Susan, Scot, Carol & Joanne, 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

05/16/16 – Tarzan

 CURRENT EVENTS

Something to Think About At Election Time

Con and Pro Congress

Michigan Weather

The following isn’t that much of an exaggeration.

May weather

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Exercise is so important to your later years.

No one runs

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Honesty is an important character trait, but anything carried to extremes can be harmful, as the following illustrates.

Honesty Interview

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Beliefs

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Last week I posted a tip on how to parallel park.  I understand that some of the fellows were saying that women can’t park.  Well, I completely disagree with that stereotype and here is some proof that women can park.

Women cant park

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

If we really want to be extraordinary, once in a great while we need to throw caution to the wind.

Caution to the Wind

SELF-HELP BOOKS

You Are A Badass

by Jen Sincero

This book is number 3 on the New York Times Book Review list of top ten “Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous” books and has been on the list for the last 16 weeks.

I first read it back in March 2014 and have reviewed it twice since I read it and I still find it an easy to read and worthwhile book.

You Are A Badass

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Tarzan Fights Over Directions: It’s what You Do

(GEICO Commercial)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life

When it comes to friends

71% thought that both parties made an equal effort to keep up the friendship

17% thought the other party made more of an effort to keep up the friendship

 12% thought they made more of an effort to keep up the friendship

THIS WEEK POLL – Clutter

Clutter closet

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Drunk on a Plane

by Dierks Bentley

Why can’t flying be like what it looks like in this music video

ART OF THE WEEK

Vincent van Gogh

There is a lot of humor here, if you know anything about this particular artist.

Van gogh

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Sherlock Holmes

Holmes Mouse Pad

The Sherlock Holmes mouse pad

Sherlock Holmes [ ] is known for a proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

First appearing in print in 1887, [ ] additional stories appeared from then to 1927, eventually totalling four novels and 56 short stories. All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian periods, taking place between about 1880 to 1914.

Most are narrated by the character of Holmes’s friend and biographer Dr. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of 221B Baker Street, London, where many of the stories begin.

Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most well-known, with Guinness World Records listing him as the “most portrayed movie character” in history.

Holmes’s popularity and fame are such that many have believed him to be not a fictional character but a real individual; numerous literary and fan societies have been founded that pretend to operate on this principle.

The stories and character have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture as a whole, with both the original tales as well as thousands written by authors other than Conan Doyle being adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Paying bills

BLOG

Thanks to Sue, Carol, Kathy, Gastradamus & Steph  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 Gastradamus, GoodAnimalPic, Steph & Jamie for bringing my total number of blog followers to 66.  

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 Willie, Grethe & Joanne, 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