10/10/16 – War

CURRENT EVENTS

Folks, I was unable to fact check this to my satisfaction and I suspect unofficially declared wars may be included.  But what I do know, is that in my 70 years, it seems true. 

I suspect one reason today that we (i.e. The USA) are always in a war is because we have eliminated the draft.  Today, only warriors and those with limited options fight in our wars and not the children of the majority of our decision makers.

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PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Renxkyoko, Ron, Samantha & Spiritual Journey, for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  I believe we would all find interesting what you have to say on various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

I try never to miss taking my flu shot

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Last Friday, I believe I set two raw National deadlift records in my new age (70 – 74) and weight (Under 181.7 lbs.) categories

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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

I hope this is true for all of us looking at this blog.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Everyday Serenity

By David Kundtz

This book is for people who do too much.  I first read it back in 2002 and have reviewed it a number of times over the years. 

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Actually, this is a play that I saw yesterday at Meadow Brook Theater in Rochester, Michigan, USA.  I’ve seen many movies and TV shows involving the character Sherlock Holmes, but a play is another way of seeing the great detective.  This play is a comedy, but stays reasonably true to the story given it is a comedy.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Time to get in the mood for Halloween.

Ghostbusters

by Ray Parker Jr.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  How will you celebrate Halloween?

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The results:

45% – will be giving out treats on Halloween

17% – don’t celebrate Halloween

17% – will host or go to a Halloween party

17% – will wear a costume

4% – will go trick or treating

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What was or do you think will be the best decade of your life.

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ART OF THE WEEK

Here is something I saw last week at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI, USA that caught my eye.

Blosson Among Dragons

by Alan Brown

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Oscar Wilde

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I thought I would just let the extraordinary Oscar Wilde speak for himself.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to 200 Saturdays Until Paris, Quirky Girl & Happy of Life, who started following my blog (Currently 89 followers) and Holly, Julietta, Kimmy, Lisa, Susan & Zeenab who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 109 likes).

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 Anni, Carol, Cynthia, Joanne, Mansoor, Susan & Willie, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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

10/03/16 – Breaking News

CURRENT EVENTS

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PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Michael, Samantha & Sue,  for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  It would be interesting to me and everyone to know what you think about the various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

We work so hard to maintain our health, please don’t offset that effort with dangerous driving habits.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In Chapter 6 of my book, I talk about courage.  It takes a lot of courage to follow your own path as Steve Jobs says below.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Source: Steve Jobs

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In chapter 40 of my book, I talk about seeing and hearing what is there, and not what you want to be there.

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I believe cooking tips should fall under this category, so here is a cooking tip that you may find useful.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Creative Habit

By Twyla Tharp

If you want to keep your creativity fine-tuned, you may want to check this book out. 

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Elementary

This TV series has just started its 5th season and if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, as am I, you really need to watch this show.  Nigel Bruce was a great Dr. Watson, but Lucy Liu brings a new dimension to the character of Dr. Watson.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Time to get in the mood for Halloween.

Monster Mash

by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish to be extraordinary?

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The results:

37% – thought they were already extraordinary

32% – wanted to be like the two guys pictured above

21% – Wanted to try to be extraordinary so that they would at least become more than they were.

10% – Didn’t want to be extraordinary.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – How will you celebrate Halloween?

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ART OF THE WEEK

Bird Girl

Sculpted in 1936, by Sylvia Shaw

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Sculpted in 1936, “Bird Girl” by Sylvia Shaw Judson stood in obscurity for decades in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, where it was named “Little Wendy” by the family that paid for it.

That ended in 1994, when a photo of the statue appeared on the cover of the bestselling “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” book cover and acquired its new Bird Girl name.

Fans flocked to the cemetery. Some began chipping off pieces of the statue’s base for souvenirs. The family grabbed their statue and moved it into Savannah’s fancy Telfair Museum of Art, where no chipping or photos are allowed. There’s already one on the book cover….

Sylvia Shaw Judson was dead long before the book was published. She had made several exact duplicates of her statue, so there are a handful of Bird Girls floating around out there, but the one in Savannah is the famous one. (Source: http://www.roadsideamerica.com)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Tony Bennett

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Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926, which makes him 90 years old), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.

He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.

He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951.

In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era.

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact.

He has won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Michael & Sierramarks, who started following my blog (Currently 86 followers) and Samantha, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 101 likes).

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 Cynthia, Elizabeth & Joanne, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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

09/26/16 – Presidential Debate Night

CURRENT EVENTS

Greed is destroying our country. Mylan CEO’s Pay Rose Over 600 Percent as EpiPen Price Rose 400 Percent per NBC News. Wells Fargo CEO.  Now we have Wells Fargo CEO John  enriching himself at the expense of the people.

First Presidential Debate

Don’t forget to watch, this is important

Monday, September 26, 2016 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News

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Source: Thos. Robinson/ Getty Images

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Carol and Samantha for commenting on last week’s post. For the rest of you looking at this blog, please consider leaving a comment.  It would be interesting to me and everyone to know what you think about the various items in this week’s post.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Having trouble controlling your diet or following your exercise program, well today is the start of a new week.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

In chapter 17 of my book I talk about the importance of being honest.  Below is an example of honesty.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Try very hard to never pass up the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  They will not always be there, when you finally get around to making time for them.  Here is a “Cousins Dinner” last Friday that I was fortunate to get to attend as a spouse of a cousin.  I am no relatives of my own, that I know of so I don’t take such events for granted. 

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

As you can see, I have developed my woodworking skills and I am making use of those skills.  

No doubt you too have skills you can develop and use.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Give It Some Thought

By Bret Nicholaus & Paul Lowrie

If you like short little books of motivational thought, here is one that is ok.

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Please don’t forget that Sunday, October 23 at Leon & Lulu, you will have the opportunity to speak with many authors, including myself.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Murdoch Mysteries

I’ve watched two seasons of this 9 season murder mystery series and it seems to get better with each passing episode, bringing in all sorts of famous people for that era, such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Buffalo Bill, Harry Houdini and H.G. Wells, just to name a few.

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In Victorian-era Toronto, Inspector William Murdoch uses unconventional scientific methods to crack complex murder cases.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Sorry folks for this week’s selection, but I just could not resist.

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Jessie’s Girl

by Rick Springfield

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Should a photo ID be required to vote?

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The results:

78% – thought a photo ID should be required to vote

18% – did not think a photo ID should be required to vote

4% – were undecided

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Do you wish to be extraordinary?

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ART OF THE WEEK

I Keep Smelling Things to See If They Smell Like You

by Kurt Halsey Fredrickson

 somedays

I bought the original of this years ago and still enjoy it every day.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Twyla Tharp

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Twyla Tharp (Born July 1, 1941) is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often uses classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music.

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Cuteness for Days, who started following my blog (Currently 85 followers) and Theresa, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 100 likes).

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 Andrena, Carol, Cynthia, Joanne & Nandini, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you are one of the 100 to 150 people who have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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

09/12/16 – Let’s See Who Reads This

CURRENT EVENTS

Sorry, I just could not resist.

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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

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I ran my first race in my new 70-year-old plus bracket at the Detroit Zoo Run Wild event, held Sunday (9/11).  In the 5K race, there was 13 of us in the 70 and over category.  I came in 4th out of the males and females in that category and I was the 1200 finisher out of the 2,157 people finishing the race.

9 / 11

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Moderation in all things, especially at the table.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Often we are our own worse enemy.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

The extraordinary person never forgets to show gratitude of even the smallest acts of kindness.

As for those generic thanks, such as, “You may have donated a million dollars, got your friends to give hundreds or dollars or merely wish me luck.  I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the gesture.” are a lazy person’s way of expressing gratitude, at least for the first two categories of donators.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Ladies, it is important for you to develop a few maintenance skills, so you will not always be dependent upon a guy.  And guys, very few things impress a woman more than a few handyman skills.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The 15-Minute Philosopher

By Anne Rooney

I don’t agree with everything I found in this book, but that is to be expected in a thought-provoking book. I liked the style of presenting much of the material as questions that thought-provoking people need to be asking themselves.

I would definitely recommend you read this easy to read book and allow it to challenge your beliefs.

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

If you live around the Detroit area and like books, this is a great opportunity to meet and talk to authors, including me.  

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Tyrant

This three-year television series will give you a feeling of how complex the Middle East issues are and why it is so difficult to resolve matters to everyone’s satisfaction.

I had the opportunity to live in the middle east for over a year, most of that time in an apartment.  And even with that experience, I still feel I gained some sensitivities to the situation thanks to this excellent show.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Beer for My Horses

By Toby Keith with Willie Nelson

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Alley Opp vs. Helikopter

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Voting was way down, so I am going to drop the music video challenge.  Nevertheless, here are the results:

50% – Preferred Ally Opp

37.5% – Preferred neither

12.5% – Preferred both

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your party preference?

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Since most everyone is talking or thinking politics, with the USA Presidential election so close, I thought it would be interesting to know the party affiliation of the readers of this blog.  I realize some of you live overseas, so just select the party you like best.  And as always, I don’t know who answers what.

ART OF THE WEEK

Versailles, France

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This photo goes back many years; here I am outside of famous French Place at Versailles.

It has been said that Versailles was built by Louis XIV, enjoyed by Louis VX, and paid for by Louis XVI (along with his wife Marie Antoinette).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Christopher Reeve

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Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, who actually became the motion picture version of the comic book superhero  he portrayed – Superman. 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carolyn, Dave & 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 Jordan, who started following my blog (Currently 84 followers) and Eli & Fiona, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 93 likes).

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 Adaku, Amber, Anni, Carol, Cheryl, Cynthia, Ginny Jean, Joanne, Kimmy, Lynn, Marian, Maureen, Nicole, Shelia, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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

09/05/16 – Music Challenge Voting

CURRENT EVENTS

Vote Odin

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I’m tired of career politicians and so here is another non-career politician seeking your vote.  As you can see, Odin delivers.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Drink responsibly or you may end up like these guys.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I understand that the Marines say that if you aren’t 15 minutes early, you are late.

The Marines are an extraordinary group of people and we can’t all be Marines; but we can all be respectful of others’ time and show up on time.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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Ask yourself, what are you reading and who are your friends.

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

We don’t always want what is best for us.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Frog and Toad Treasury

By Arnold Lobel

I’ve mentioned this book before, but it has been a while so here it is  again.  The suggested reading audience is ages 4 through 8.  However, I think people of any age will enjoy this book.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 I Lift Things Up and Put Them Down

I just absolutely love this commercial.

I wonder why I love this commercial so much 

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Alley Opp

By The Hollywood Argles

Helikopter

By Gebroeders Ko

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Term Limitations

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Regarding term limitations:

75% – were in favor of term limitations

15% – were undecided about term limitations

10% – were against term limitations

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Alley Opp vs. Helikopter

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If you have a music video that you would like to see go against this week’s winner, please leave a blog comment with your suggestion.

ART OF THE WEEK

Sagrada Famíla

  Trees inside Sagrada Famila

I took this photo while in Barcelona.  I found the Sagrada Famíla to be one of the most magical spots I have ever been in.  Note that the tops of the columns become tree like.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

J.K. Rowling

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WHAT’S TRUE: J.K. Rowling dropped off the Forbes billionaires list in 2012 due to a combination of factors, including the estimated $160 million she donated to charity and Britain’s high tax rates.

WHAT’S FALSE: J.K. Rowling wasn’t the first billionaire to fall off the Forbes list due to charitable donations.

(Source:  Snopes.com)

In 2004, welfare-mom-turned-bestselling-novelist J.K. Rowling became the first author to make the Forbes billionaires list, thanks to the film and marketing empire based on her seven-book Harry Potter series, the first volume of which launched in the UK in 1997.

She remained on the list for seven years, all the while building a reputation for her philanthropic endeavors, including contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Children’s High Level Group (now known as Lumos), the building of a regenerative neurology clinic in Scotland, and various other charitable causes through her philanthropic trust, Volant.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carol 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 Harbans, LordsValleyMusic & Chris, who started following my blog (Currently 84 followers) and Laura, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 91 likes).

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, Cynthia, Dawn, Julietta, Kim & Tiana, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  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

08/29/16 – Greed and Politics

CURRENT EVENTS

EpiPen

Mylan CEO’s Pay Rose Over 600 Percent as EpiPen Price Rose 400 Percent per NBC News. 

In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price.

After Mylan acquired EpiPen, the company also amped up its lobbying efforts. In 2008, its reported spending on lobbying went from $270,000 to $1.2 million, according to opensecrets.org.

Legislation that enhanced its bottom line followed, with the FDA changing its recommendations in 2010 that two EpiPens be sold in a package instead of one and that they be prescribed for at-risk patients, not just those with confirmed allergies. And in 2013 the government passed a law to give block grants to states that required they be stocked in public schools. (Source:  NBC News)

Vote for Change

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I hope the increase in Lobbying efforts and the increase in product cost and executive compensation wasn’t lost on any of you.  It seems more and more of our elected career politicians are influenced by big donors.

Vote for Pedro

(Vota por Pedro)

During this USA Presidential Election season, I have suggested a number of non-career political candidates for your consideration.   Here is another non-career political candidate that I suggest to you.  After all, who wouldn’t want all their wildest dreams to come true.

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And can you ever receive a better endorsement than this:

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Many of us are concerned with aging.  Well, here is something I came across that can help you determine how old you will be five years from now.  I’ve tested this and it really works.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

It isn’t that difficult to understand.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I’m shocked at some of the crude things that appear on Facebook news feeds.  What I see says more about the person saying it than the person being described.

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You may want to think about what you post, share and like on Facebook.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Learn to think for yourself.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Young People’s Story of the

Medieval World

By V.M. Hillyer & E.G. Huey

I read this book last week, written in 1966, and learned a few things I didn’t know about the Medieval World.  It is amazing what you can learn from a well written children’s book.  It doesn’t have to be this particular book.

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You may want to look through your child’s library and see what jewels are there.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Napoleon Dynamite 

Surely, you have seen this movie and may want to watch it again.  If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely must.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL  Have you ever been to Montreal, Canada

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The question was have you ever been to Montreal, Canada:

75% – Have been to Montreal

12.5% – No, but plan to go

12.5% – No, and have no plans to go

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Term Limitations

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For those of you around when this song came out, what do you think this time, are the times they are a-changing?

The Times They Are A-Changin

By Bob Dylan

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute of Liberty in New York Harbor

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) was the first democratically elected President in 1990.

Mikhail Gorbachev played a key role in dismantling the Communist grip on power in both the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His aspirations for democracy and reform opened up the way for the end of the Cold War and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall.

Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1990 and was removed from Presidential office in 1991, during a failed coup attempt.

Gorbachev was born in March 1931 in Stavropol, the North Caucuses to a poor peasant family. At the age of 11, the district was occupied by the Germans for three years.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to 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 Mahevash, who started following my blog (Currently 82 followers) and Lynn who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 90 likes).

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 Anne, Annette, Brenda, Carol, Joanne, Linda, Lucinda  Marti, Nandini & Nicole, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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

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