06/13/16 – Ireland Journey Continues



The visit to Ireland crossed over into this week.  We went by train from Dublin to Cork and while in Cork took a day trip to Blarney Castle, home of the famous Blarney Stone.  No we did not kiss the Blarney Stone.  This castle was the real deal, it was hard to tell the Lord of the Castle’s bedroom from the castle’s dungeon.

me @ Blarney Castle

From Cork, we went by bus to Kilkenny–do not do that.  It took us three buses to reach Kilkenny, but I liked Kilkenny so much I thought it worth enduring all the bus changes. Here is Carol and I at the Kilkenny Castle

Carol y Yo at Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny is home of Smithwick’s Brewery and it was the best brewery or distillery tour I was on while in Ireland.  When I got home, I bought a six-pack of Smithwick’s.

Me at Smithwick's

From Kilkenny, we went back to Dublin by bus–a very nice ride.  Here Carol and I are doing a whiskey taste test at the Jameson Distillery.  I’m not a liquor drinker, but the tour was a lot of fun.

Carol y yo at Jameson Distillery


Honor Thy Temple

Extraordinary people make it a point to know which foods are good for them and which foods are bad for them.

Wk 25 Cannot eat due to nuts


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Wk 25 Looking vs making


Getting Along with Others

When extraordinary people find themselves in a hole, they stop digging.

Wk 25 Stupid Talk


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Extraordinary people realize how precious time is and they always try to make the most of their time.

Wk 25 Time is precisou


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 25 Want to be happy



By Voltaire

I just finished reading this book and I regret to say that I was reading it for the first time. I cannot believe I waited this long in my life to read this book.  Although written in 1759, I found the book to be fresh and so easy to read.  This particular book is available at Barnes & Nobles for $7.95

Wk 25 Candide

One of the finest satires ever written, Voltaire’s Candide savagely skewers this very “optimistic” approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that—contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss—all is perhaps not always for the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply “to cultivate one’s garden,” a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.

Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide is relentless and unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy—in religion, government, philosophy, science, and even romance. Ultimately, this celebrated work says that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life. (Source: Back cover of book)


 How To Be Single

This is not a particularly meaningful movie and it is likely many of you would not care for it.  It is silly, but I thought a fun diversion from life’s seriousness; especially if you are on a plane flying across the Atlantic.

Wk 25 How to be Single

After four years of college, young Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides she needs a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. Excited and ready for new challenges, the eager grad moves to New York to take a job as a paralegal.

Helping her navigate her way through an unfamiliar city is Robin (Rebel Wilson), a fun-loving, wild co-worker who enjoys partying and one-night stands. With Robin as her freewheeling guide, Alice can now learn how to get free drinks, meet men and enjoy the single lifestyle.


Wk 24 Boxing

The first question was about seeing a professional boxing match:

55% – Saw a boxing match on TV

24% – Have never seen a boxing match

17% – Saw a boxing match in person

4% – Saw a boxing match on a theater large screen

The second question was about your feelings towards boxing:

46% – Are indifferent towards boxing 

29% – Thought boxing should be banned

25% – were fine with boxing

THIS WEEK POLL – Resetting Your Life

Wk 25 Reset


Although self-improvement is a never-ending process, it is important to always have a positive opinion of yourself as this song so aptly illustrates.

“Me Too”

by Meghan Trainor


If you wish to be extraordinary, you need to know something about “Art”, or at least sound like you do.

Wk 25 Art not speaking to you


Gordie Howe

Last post, Muhammad Ali,one of the greatest, if not the greatest boxer, to ever live, died.

This post, Gordie Howe, one of the greatest, if not the greatest hockey player to ever live, died.

 Gordie Howe obituary_candle_howe


Wk 25 Love shack


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My Final Cover




05/18/15 – MR. HOCKEY


The big news in the Detroit/Windsor area is that the new Detroit-Windsor crossing will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Gordy Howe

Gordie Howe, known as Mr. Hockey, is one of hockey’s greatest players. He is a Canadian, who led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup victories during a 25 year career with the Detroit Red Wings.

To last 25-years in the National Hockey League takes endurance, so this week’s theme is chapter 12 of my book–Endurance.  A trait that clearly separates ordinary people from the extraordinary is endurance.  If you want to be extraordinary, please don’t give up on your goals.

My Final Cover



Road running, not sprinting, is an endurance sport.  Typical runs are 5K, 10K, half-marathons (13.1 miles) and marathons (26.2 miles).  I’ve read Richard Benyo’s book, Running Past 50 and found it to be a wealth of information.

Please don’t let age keep you from considering this fun and healthy activity.  I’m well over 50, 68 to be exact and just a couple of weeks ago I came in first in my age group in a local 5K race.  And more interesting, I came in 408 out of 1250 runners who crossed the finish line.  I’m only mentioning this because a runner 71 years old was 14 minutes faster than me and another runner 73 years old was five minutes faster.

Running Past 50


Since the title of this week’s posting is Mr. Hockey; what better movie could I recommend than Slap Shot.  I think this is one of the best hockey movies and also one of the funniest movies ever made.




There is no failure

except in no longer trying.

Source: Elbert Hubbard


Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. [Source:  Wikipedia]



There was a tie for the top three categories:

You set priorities and have enough time for the important things.

You wish you had more time.

You always have time for a good time.

Each of the above received about 30% of the votes.


Dear Abby,

I really need your advice.

I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs; phone rings, I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with “the girls” a lot recently although when I ask their names, she always says, “just some friends from work, you don’t know them”.

I think deep down I just did not want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to hide in the garage behind my hockey equipment so I could get a good view of the whole street when she arrived home from a night out with the girls.

When she got out of the car she was buttoning up her blouse, and she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them on.

It was at that moment, crouching behind my hockey gear, that I noticed a hairline crack where the blade meets the graphite shaft on my new one piece hockey stick.

Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the pro-shop where I bought it?


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