10/17/16 – If You Live in the Detroit Area

CURRENT EVENTS

Leon & Lulu’s

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If you live in the Detroit area, I will hope you stop by Leon & Lulu’s this Sunday, October 23 to meet and talk with local authors.  For more info, including the authors that will be there, click on the link below.

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

I would love to have the opportunity to talk to readers of this blog, plus I usually tell a few jokes throughout the day at scheduled times.

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Our last Presidential Debate is this Wednesday–thank heavens. If you have not made up your mind or you are having doubts about your initial choice, you may want to watch this debate.  Otherwise, you may be making your decision on who to vote for based upon what the media tells you.

And for those of you who can’t stand our political situation, you may watch simply for the entertainment value.  Who knows, maybe there will be a limbo bar on the debate stage to see how low the candidates can go.

PLEASE CONSIDER COMMENTING

My thanks to Dave & Renxkyoko,  for commenting on last week’s post. Surely, more of you can find something to add to the material presented.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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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

For those of you who think you are too old to deal with technology, please study the instructions below on “Fixing the router”.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Romans

By R.H. Barrow

I do not recommend this book, unless you enjoy sitting in a college lecture hall listening to a professor talk about Roman civilization.

However, you should take it upon yourself to learn something of Roman history and civilization, since it is the basis for the western civilization.  Many famous European cities were originally founded by the Romans and English Common Law has its basis in Roman Law.

There are more readable books than this one available, as well as recordings and there are some films that are both entertaining and informative. 

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I, Claudius

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I, Claudius follows the history of the early Roman Empire, narrated by the elderly Emperor Claudius.

The series opens with Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, attempting to find an heir, and his wife, Livia, plotting to elevate her own son Tiberius to this position, through the covert assassination and betrayal of any rivals.

The plotting and double-crossing continue for many decades, through the reign of Tiberius, the political conspiracy of his Praetorian Prefect Sejanus and the rule of the lunatic emperor Caligula, culminating in the accidental rise to power of his uncle Claudius.

Claudius’ enlightened reign is marred by the betrayals of his adulterous wife Messalina and his boyhood friend Herod Agrippa. Eventually, Claudius comes to accept the inevitability of his own assassination and consents to marrying his scheming niece, Agrippina the Younger, clearing the way for the ascension of his mad stepson, Nero. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

by Rolling Stones

LAST WEEK’S POLL  What was or do you think will be the best decade of your life?

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The results:

23% – 60 through 69

21% – 40 through 49

16% – 30 through 39

13% – 20 through 29

11% – 50 through 59

 8% – 70 through 79

 5% – 80 through 89

 3% – 90 through 99

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Is about satisfaction.

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ART OF THE WEEK

Somedays

by Kurt Halsey

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Mick Jagger

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Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger, (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Jagger’s career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of Rock & Roll”.

Jagger’s distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band.

In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

My thanks to Clark & Louise who started following my blog (Currently 88 followers) and Jacqueline, Louise, Marian & Ruth who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 113 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, Barbara, Carol, Carrie, Cynthia, Kim, Linda, Lisa, Marian, Paula, Ruth, Shirley, Tude Vox & Victoria, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you enjoyed my book, why not say a couple of words about it in an Amazon evaluation.

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

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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