04/11/16 – Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

 CURRENT EVENTS

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

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Folks, if you have never experienced live theater other than a school play, I urge you to give it a try.  It is an ancient art form and there is a reason it has been around for as long as the early Greek playwrights. 

I realize most of you don’t live in S.E. Michigan; but for those of you who do, I urge you to see this play performed at the Baldwin Theater in Royal Oak, MI.  I was at opening night and thought it was a terrific play, plus performed so well.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Folks, please don’t be like this dog.  Instead, try to get some exercise and eat properly.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

There once was a person who desperately needed to get to the other side of a river so that they could continue their journey.

They made a raft out of the materials at hand and floated across the river eventually reaching the other side.

Upon reaching the other side, they wondered what they should do with the raft.  Should they tie it to their back and carry it on their journey if they met another river?

Should they trudge around with the raft on their back forever more?

No, the raft had served its purpose and they had no need to be fettered to it any longer.

If you wish to be extraordinary, you must ask yourself if you are carrying around things that no longer serve any purpose on your journey through life.

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

The extraordinary person is always interested in learning about the beliefs of others, so to get you started on your journey of discovery I offer the following:  

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

The extraordinary person appreciates and protects nature.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

A Manual for Living

by Epictetus

At the top of the cover of this book are the words, A Little Book of Wisdom.  This book certainly lives up to that.  It is just 88 tiny pages, written by a former Roman slave, who describes the path to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility, no matter what the circumstances.

Epictetus

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If Horror Movies Were Realistic

Did you ever wonder what horror movies would be like, if they were realistic.  Well, Logan Paul gives us the answer.  Just click on the link below his photo.

Logan Paul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRWtgYnMpR0

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Keeping Your Mouth Shut

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If we were certain a close friend was making a huge mistake:

     61% of us would hint we had some doubts about their decision

     22% of us would clearly state they are making a huge mistake

     13% of us would support are friend’s decision, although we knew it was a huge mistake

     4% of us would say nothing about the decision

 When it comes to a close friend risking their friendship with you to keep you from making a serious mistake:

     67% of us have never had a friend do that for us

     28% of us have had a friend risk their friendship with us to keep us from making a serious mistake

     5% of us aren’t sure

Of those of use experiencing a close friend taking serious exception to a decision we were making:

     78% of us thanked the person for caring, but were not going to follow their advice

     12% thanked the person and followed their advice

     5% broke off the friendship but later forgave them

     5% simply broke off the friendship

THIS WEEK POLL – Your Favorite Type of Movie

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Come A Little Bit Closer

by Jay and the Americans

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I select this song because although it is a classic song, I thought this video by Balbuf was pretty cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d2b4XuAa80

ART OF THE WEEK

Statue of Done Quixote

Last week I showed you a statue that I came across while in Italy.  This week’s statue is one that I came across while in La Mancha region of Spain, where Don Quixote is from.  It appears to be a statue of the famous Don Quixote.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Miguel de Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes (29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616), is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and the world’s pre-eminent novelist.

His major work, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded among the best works of fiction ever written.

In 1569, Cervantes moved to Rome, where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. In 1571, he decided to join the Spanish fleet at the battle of Lepanto, a major clash between the Catholic states and the Ottomans for the control of the Mediterranean.

Following this, Cervantes pursued his military career, but it was cut short when he was captured by Ottoman pirates and taken to Algiers, which had become one of the main and most cosmopolitan cities of the Ottoman Empire, and was kept there in captivity between 1575 and 1580.

In 1580, he was released by his captors on payment of a ransom by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order, and he later returned to his family in Madrid.

He worked as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada, and later as a tax collector for the government. In 1597, discrepancies in his accounts of three years earlier landed him in the Crown Jail of Seville.

In 1605, he was in Valladolid when the immediate success of the first part of his Don Quixote, published in Madrid, signalled his return to the literary world.

In 1607, he settled in Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death. During the last nine years of his life, Cervantes solidified his reputation as a writer; he published [ ]  the second part of Don Quixote in 1615. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carolyn, Carol, Purpleanais, and Samantha for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging, I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

Carisa, thank you for following this blog and bringing the total number of blog followers to 55.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page up to 62 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 Joanne, Carol, Cheryl, Glenda, Elizabeth, Rose, Octavia, Terry, Theresa, Toni and Carla for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

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04/04/16 – Presidential Candidates

 CURRENT EVENTS

Possible Presidential Candidate

Never-Gonna-Give-you-Up

Given all the chaos with this year’s USA presidential nominating process, I have heard some talk about Rick Astley, who promises among other things to “never let you down. Before making up your mind, you should click on the link below for one of Rick Astley’s campaign speeches.  And of course please feel free via the comment section to suggest other potential candidates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Walking is a great exercise for both physical and mental benefits.

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Also you should put a lot of thought into your clothing choices, since how you dress reflects your self-image and people do judge you by your clothing choices.  If you wish to be extraordinary, the gentleman below provides a good example of how you want your clothing choices to make you feel.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Please don’t be one of those people who brightens up a room by leaving it.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, the only difference between people is what they do with those 24 hours.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Extraordinary people see and hear what is there, and not what they want to see and hear.  

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

It is possible to be addicted to anything, not just drugs and alcohol.  People slowly kill themselves by being addicted to nicotine, sugar and white flour.  Others, destroy themselves by being addicted to money, power, sex, fame and all sorts of other things.

You can never me extraordinary if you are addicted to anything. 

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Wildly Sophisticated

by Nicole Williams

Wildly Sophisticated came out in 2004, I have read it and reviewed it several times over the years and I think it is still relevant and provides some common sense ideas in an interesting way.  Although it is written for women, the advice is useful for anyone.

Or if you want something fresher from Nicole Williams, she has since written several other books.  I have not got around to them, but I suspect they too contain good advice presented in an interesting style.

Wildly Sophisticated

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Our Brand Is Crisis

Given that we are in the presidential nomination season here in the USA, I thought this film is relevant; but, in any case, it is a rather superb film to watch.

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Failing badly in the polls, a Bolivian presidential candidate enlists the services of an American management team for help. The main star is “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant strategist who comes out of self-imposed retirement for a chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy. With Candy working for the opposition, it becomes a down-and-dirty, all-out battle between political consultants, where nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – You

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When it comes to gender, 55% of us are female, 45% male and the rest are other.

Regarding our ages:

     35% are 60 to 69

     30% are 50 to 59

     15% are 70 to 79

     10% are 40 to 49

     5% are 30 to 39

     5% are 80 or older

Regarding our level of education:

     55% are college graduates

     30% have masters degrees

     10% are high school graduates

     5% are community college graduates

As to how you know about this blog posting:

     79% received an email from me

     16% were notified via Facebook

     5% were notified via WordPress

THIS WEEK POLL – Keeping Your Mouth Shut

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Music Changes you

by Logan Paul

Folks, tell me via a comment, if you don’t believe music can change you after watch Logan Paul.

Logan Paul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-1TOW_grPw

ART OF THE WEEK

Miscellaneous Statute in Rome

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In my travels throughout the world, I have seen a lot of art. Some of that art is well-known and instantly recognizable.  As for other art, all information about  the work is lost in antiquity.  For example, above is a photo of a statue I saw in Rome that caught my eye.  Unfortunately, there are no details about who the statute represents or who created the statute.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Benjamin Franklin

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Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and map making. A printer and writer known for his wit and wisdom, Franklin was a polymath who published Poor Richard’s Almanack, invented bifocal glasses and organized the first successful American lending library. (Source: http://www.biography.com/people/benjamin-franklin-9301234#synopsis)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Something to remember when asked about your political party affiliation.

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BLOG

Thanks to SueSamantha and Phil for commenting on last week’s post.  Comments are so encouraging.

LT Garvin, Marissa and Isolated  thank you for following this blog and bringing the total number of blog followers to 54.  

Thank you MJayde for bringing my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page up to 62 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 Carol, Charlene and Annette for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

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