10/12/15 – Johnny B. Goode

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I devoted the first section of my book to fitness; since if you don’t have your health,  nothing else much matters.

Your not fat

 

SELF-HELP BOOKS

A very good friend of mine, Reza Ziaee, along with James Bologna, wrote the book below.  I bought a copy of it because I like to support the creative efforts of my friends.  However, I have been retired for almost six years now, so this book will likely do you far more good than me.

If you are in healthcare and believe you and your organization may possibly benefit from this book; I would be glad to give it to you.  Just let me know at mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

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CURRENT EVENTS

CNN Democratic Primary Debate

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
9pm ET (8pm CT, 6pm PT)
Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Sponsors: CNN, Nevada Democratic Party
Moderator: Anderson Cooper
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, Chafee

Democratic Debate

Regardless of your party affiliation or lack of an affiliation, to be an informed voter; you should watch this debate.

Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Race

2015 Free Press Race

This coming Sunday is the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank race and how many races are there where you actually run in two different countries, at least for the marathon and international half-marathon.  I’ve ran the full marathon three times and the international half-marathon four times and I can say one of the greatest thrills of my life is entering the Detroit Windsor tunnel, running through the tunnel and coming out on Woodward Avenue to the roar of the Detroit crowd–it is an experience one never forgets.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

“One of these days, you will not be able to do this.

Today isn’t that day.” 

Source:  Sign in the crowd at the 2011 Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Back to the Future (1985)

This is a fun movie and I believe it still stands up to the test of time; plus it relates to my song of the week.

Back to the Future

A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (Source:  IMDB)

The Intern

I saw this film last week and I thought it was great and I want to encourage people to see it.  Perhaps, I liked the film because I so easily relate to the character Ben Whittaker in the film.

The Intern

Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.


LAST WEEK POLL
– Your Favorite Season of the Year

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No real surprises from this poll.  Nine out of 18 or 50% of you preferred Summer.  Fall came in second with six votes and Spring came in third with three votes.  And not surprisingly, no one voted for winter.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

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Since I started posting a song of the week, I’ve had a few discussions about music and thought a poll related to music may be interesting to some of you.  I realize I may have bias the poll with some of my recent selections for song of the week, but hopefully that will not distort the results too much.  Again,  you may only vote for one decade.

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Johnny B Goode

Michael J. Fox does a great job of this song in the video below from the 1985 movie Back to the Future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1i5coU-0_Q

I think it will be fun for you to compare Fox’s performance to the real deal, Chuck Berry.  Stay with this video for 1958 a bit and you will see some fantastic entertaining.  Chuck didn’t need fireworks, costumes or anything to keep your attention.  He is just absolutely extraordinary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ROwVrF0Ceg

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Leonardo da Vinci

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[ ] Leonardo da Vinci, [ ] (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) [ ] areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. [ ]

Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as a great exemplar of the “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”.[ ] According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”.[ ] 

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait[ ] and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time [ ]

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine,[] and the double hull, also outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime[ ] 

Today, Leonardo is widely recognised as one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived in the world.[] (Source:  Wikipedia)

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07/06/15 – DISCULPARSE

THIS WEEK’S THEME: DISCULPARSE

I used the Spanish word for apologize because I know so many are apology challenged and I didn’t want to scare those of you that are nonapologists  away from my blog.

I read an interesting article in the Sunday, June 28, 2015 New York Times by Laura Zigman.  The article was titled, Sorry – A Nonapologist’s Apology.

The article made some interesting points about people with fragile self-esteem preferring to offer explanations (aka excuses) to admitting they were  wrong and offering a sincere apology without an excuse.

I cover the topic of apologizing in Chapter 32 of my book, Apologize–Without Being Asked, and Never Ask for an Apology.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week’s recommendation is a book that I have possessed for over 20 years.  It is George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.  It doesn’t really address the need to apologize; but given that the Fourth of July weekend just ended and it was written by George Washington when he was 14 years old, I think it says a lot more than what it actually says.

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Copied out by hand as a young man aspiring to the status of Gentleman, the 110 precepts which make up this work were based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. The first English edition of these rules was available in Francis Hawkins’ Youths Behavior, or Decency in Conversation Amongst Men, which appeared in 1640, and it is from this work that George Washington seems to have copied. However much he may have simplified them, these precepts had a strong influence on Washington, who aimed to always live by them. The rules focus on self-respect and respect for others through details of etiquette and offer pointers on such issues as how to dress, walk, eat in public, and address one’s superiors. (Source: Amazon / Barnes & Nobles)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I found some great “apology” scenes, but I just didn’t feel the scene was worth the viewing of the entire movie, so instead I am going to apologize and recommend you watch one of the four Pirates of the Caribbean films.  Surely, there are some apologies somewhere in these films.  My favorite still being the first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl.  I understand a fifth film is to be released July 7, 2017; titled Dead Men Tell No Tails.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

Source: Benjamin Franklin

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THIS WEEK’S POLL 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON USA RELATIONS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES

Over 50% of you believe the USA tries to be fair in its dealings with other countries, but makes many mistakes.  However, there is a sizable number of you (35%) that believe the USA is more interested in advancing its own interests than letting other countries follow their own course.

THIS WEEK’S JOKES

 

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CONCLUSION

Since we are wrapping up the Fourth of July weekend here in the USA, I thought I would post a video of this year’s International Freedom Festival fireworks display on the Detroit River between Canada and the USA.

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06/29/15 – Día de la Independencia

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Día de la Independencia

Since 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States, I thought it would be a good theme for this week’s post.  Although this is a United States holiday, I wish more people in the world would think of it as their holiday also.  Back in the 18th Century, many expected the United States to be a beacon of freedom and also to welcome all in search of a better life to our shores. 

I feel at times like we have lost our way, but then something happens to reassure me we are on the right course.  I guess it is a couple of steps forward and a step backwards, before we advance again.

I believe the more we can do to eliminate ignorance, the fewer backwards steps will be taken.  I devoted Chapter 44 of my book to the importance of taking time to study and to become more open to considering new approaches to every thing we encounter.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week’s recommendation is the book Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.  I really like the Editor’s Introduction in the Penguin Classics edition of the book, since it tells the history of Thomas Paine, one of founders of the United States of America.

As for the importance of this book, John Adams, our second president, says it far better than I can. John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

 Common Sense

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I just had to recommend Independence Day.

Independence Day

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (Description Source:  IMDB)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

I know the quote below is generally taken out of context and a couple of words are missing, but I believe Ben would have approved.

Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

Source: Benjamin Franklin

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THIS WEEK’S POLL 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL – No poll last week

THIS WEEK’S JOKES

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!
From Eloise, age 9, Charlottesville, VA

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”
From Christy, age 14, Denver, CO

What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
From Scott, age 11, Colorado

Source: Jokes by Kids

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