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

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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

01/25/16 – Take It Easy

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Glenn Frey

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Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for Eagles, died last Monday. He was 67.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band said in a statement. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

Frey wrote and provided vocals for many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Take It Easy.”

Source: Alex Stedman, News Editor, Variety.com

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Now is the Time

by Patrick Lindsay

This is another quick read, that I believe you will enjoy if you are interested in self-improvement.

Now is the Time

This collection of short reflections will remind you to live your passion, take time out, and expand your horizons. Each page suggests a way to be mindful of the here and now, helping you to recall the value of taking action in the present-and following through. (Source: Amazon)

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

As important and as necessary as exercise is to a healthy body and mind, we have to keep in mind the harm caused by excess weight.  Remember, what you eat typically trumps exercise.  You are highly unlikely to be able to exercise off poor food choices.

Frequent eating in restuarants is often a cause of excessive weight, so it is important of you to study the menu carefully and make good food choices.  However, many restaurants dare not tell you how many calories are in their dishes and some even tell you less about what they are serving.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 30, I state that it is not possible to win an argument.  Even in the unlikely event the other party to the argument admits you won, you have probably only won the other party’s animosity towards you.

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Since the subject of the above Social Traits section is arguments, I thought I should provide a helpful quote for all you fellows out there.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Not in this Weather

Many people in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are suffering from power outages and being stranded on the highways due to Winter Storm Jonas.  Weather reporting has been intensive and hopefully most people heeded the warnings to stock up on supplies and to stay off the roads.

Of course, as this short and clever commercial shows, some people simply will not stay off the roads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krhB_An8fT4

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Questions About This Blog

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The first question was have you ever passed this blog on to others.  My thanks to the 58% of you who have passed this blog on to others and I wish the remaining 42% would let me know why they haven’t.

The second question was have you ever read a book, watched a movie or listened to music that was recommended.  Five percent of you have never done any of the above.  However, 48% of you have watched a recommended movie, 29% of you have read a recommended book and 19% of you have listed to recommended music.

Regardless of your answers, I appreciate everyone who answered last week’s poll.

THIS WEEK POLL – Spanish or Español 

Canada has two official languages, English and French.  The vast majority of countries to the south of the USA, speak Spanish with Brazil being the major exceptions, so I thought it would be interesting to see where the readers of this poll stand with regard to the Spanish language.  Three polls follow and you can answer more than once to each of these three polls.  Muchas gracias.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I received many nice comments about last week’s music – Pachelbel’s Canon.  If you were one of those who liked it, than you really should think about obtaining this album.  It is the Canon performed by various artists in their own style.

Pachelbel's Greatest Hit

Take It Easy by The Eagles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhH3mRkKDX8

ART OF THE WEEK

I Keep Smelling Things To See If They Smell Like You

by Kurt Halsey Frederickson

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I saw this painting years ago in the newspaper and went to the gallery where it was being displayed.  I never dreamed that it would be available for sale, but it was and I bought it.  

I’ve shown this painting to many people, but only one person ever made the  rather remarkable comment about something being contrary to reason.  I would enjoy hearing via a blog comment if you have any thoughts about what was that remarkable comment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel

BORN:

In Nuremberg, Germany, probably sometime in August 1653 (he was baptised on the 1st September).
DIED:
In Nuremberg, probably in early March 1706 (he was buried on the 9th March).

BURIED:
St Rochus Cemetery in Nuremberg.

TYPE OF MUSIC:
Classical music from the baroque period.

A FAMOUS PIECE:
Canon in D. 
THE SORT OF MUSIC HE WROTE:
Keyboard music (especially organ). 
Choral (sung) music for the church.
Chamber music (music for a small number of instruments).

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:
He was very popular when he was alive.
He is only really known for one piece of music today—the Canon in D. However this piece is verypopular. Even people who don’t know much classical music will often know this piece.
Most of his music was written for the church.
A lot of his music has been lost.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Trip to Enlightment

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking the following seven people for leaving a comment.  They are Carolyn, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Judith, Ron, Carole, and Tania.

Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.  I’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  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