05/09/16 – APF Raw Nationals


APF Raw Nationals Powerlifting Contest

APF Raw Nationals

I just returned from Lombard, IL; where I took first place in the deadlift for the 198 and under weight and Masters VI (Ages 65 to 69)

2016 Raw Nationals

This could not have done this without Freddy, who got be back in the gym years ago.


Walter (fellow on left, holding three trophies he won that day) who got me into competitive powerlifting


And Art, who talked me into returning to the sport although I was in my late 60s.  By the way, Art set the “World Record” for his age and weight at this contest.

Art 2016 Raw Nationals


Honor Thy Temple

In recognition of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this one to all you moms out there.

Wk 20 Dinner Again


The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I’ve long thought the value of living a good life is simply living a good life, and not based upon a reward or a punishment.

It seems one of Rome’s wisest emperors felt much the same way.

Wk 20 Marcius Arealous


Getting Along with Others

Think how well people would get along if we all just followed this advice.

Wk 20 Let them be wrong


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

It is important to keep learning, regardless of how old we are.

So here is something you can learn about parking.

Wk 20 Parallel Parking


The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

I realize that some of you out there may believe the odds of you becoming extraordinary are about the same as finding a needle in a haystack.

Well, perhaps that isn’t as hard as you may think if you just give it a try.

Needle in Haystack


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli

The lessons are very brief and easy to read; however, very difficult to truly understand.  If you aren’t willing to question everything you believe, probably not the book for you.

For example first there was just the flat earth and the sky above.  As time went on, we learned the sun and stars revolved around a spherical Earth per Aristotle.

Later, thanks to Copernicus, we learned that the earth revolved around the sun.  Still later, we learned our sun was just a star like the one hundred billion other stars in our galaxy.

In the 1930s we learned that our galaxy was just a speck of dust in a vast cloud of galaxies.  What you will learn from this book gets much stranger in many other ways.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics


Me at the Nationals

I thought you may want to see this short clip of me at the National Raw Powerlifting Competition.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Nixon & Elvis

Nixon & Elvis foto

Here are the results of the three poll last week:

When it comes to Nixon

   43% Indifferent

   43% Disliked

   14% Liked

When it comes to Elvis

   71% Liked

   19% Indifferent

10% Disliked

Regarding your preference between Nixon and Elvis

   68% Liked Elvis better than Nixon

   16% Liked Nixon better than Elvis

   16% Were indifferent

THIS WEEK POLL – Friendships

People in Your Life


Gonna Fly Now

(Theme from “Rocky”)

by DeEtta Little


“Gonna Fly Now”, also known as “Theme from Rocky”, is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little (the sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford. Released in February 1977 with the movie Rocky, the song became part of American popular culture after main character Rocky Balboa as part of his daily training regimen runs up the 72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia and raises his arms in a victory pose, while the song plays. (Source: Wikipedia)


Giant Horse Statue

Here is a photo of the famous large horse at Meijer’s Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.  If you are ever in the Grand Rapids area, I urge you to visit these extraordinary gardens.

Me y grande horse

I probably should not have, but as you can see in the above photo the horse almost stepped on me.  So I tamed it.

Tamed that Horse


Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you want to know that you are in a serious gym, there should be at least one photo of Arnold on the wall.


Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all times as well as its biggest icon. (Source: Wikipedia)


Wk 20 Terrifying animals


Thanks to Judith, Kathy & Carol,  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.

Thank you Abbie & Lori for bringing my total number of blog followers to 62.  

My Harmony Books & Films Facebook page likes remains at 65.  

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 Scot, Kim, Cheryl, Debbie, Carol & Marilyn, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.


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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01/11/16 – $1.3 Billion Powerball



This Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is now up to $1.3 billion, so I thought I would present something that shows you how to read your Powerball ticket. 

Powerball ticket


Compelling People

by John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut

In your quest to become extraordinary, it will be beneficial if you understand personal magnetism.  Compelling People provides a lot of information about what makes a person engaging and what makes a person forgettable.  This is information you can use to assess yourself and eliminate any of your traits that may be turning people off as well as develop traits that my attract people to you.

Compelling People


I, like many of you, made a New Years resolution to lose weight this year.  You just have to look around many places in the USA to see people are killing themselves with their food choices.  Two of the worse food choices are white flour and sugar.

Many of us when setting a weight goal, turn to height weight charts, so I thought I would provide you some information on how to interpert these charts.

height weight charts


In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 30, I stress that there is never anything to be gained from arguing with someone.  Many arguments are simply over opinions and people have all sorts of opinions and they are entitled to those opinions, even if mistaken.  Perhaps, the following will help you remember that.

perspective vs Truth


Chapter 18 of my book talks about detachment to both objects and relationships.  The C. S. Lewis quote below illustrates the point I was making.

Good advice monkey bars


POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Some of my friends who knew me in my younger days used to say I sold out when I went to work for a large corporation.  I replied, “Yes, but I got a good price.”  I think you will get a kick out of this film about selling out or is it buying in?

Greatest Movie Ever Sold

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (commonly shortened to The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) is a 2011 documentary film about product placement, marketing and advertising directed by Morgan Spurlock. The premise behind the production is that the documentary itself would be entirely paid for by sponsors, thus being a form of metafilm. The film’s slogan is “He’s not selling out, he’s buying in”. (Source: Wikipedia)



The vast majority of you (84%) believe 2016 will be a better year than 2015.

A much smaller number of you (11%) believe 2016 will be about the same as last year.

And an even smaller number of you (5%) believe 2016 will be worse than 2015.

THIS WEEK POLL – Powerball

I came up with 1.3 billion reasons to make Powerball the subject of this week’s poll.



Let’s Dancing by David Bowie

In recognition of the recent passing of David Bowie.



I conducted a poll of last week’s painting and 72% of you initially saw a young woman, whereas, 28% of you initially saw an old woman.  Hopefully, eventually you saw both women in that picture.  I hope this little exercise helps you appreciate that two people can view the identical thing or situation and yet come away with completely opposite understandings of what they just viewed.

I’ve often heard it said, that we see things not as they are, but as we are. 

oldyoung fine

The Red Model by Rene Magritte


The uncanny affinity between the feet and the shoes drives our curiosity and undermines our habitual conceptual polarity: feet/shoe, human/non-human, civilization/wilderness, inside/outside. If you want to know more, check out:



Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aur

Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

Marcus Aurelius’ Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration. (Source: Wikipedia)


I am using the following joke as an introduction to a more serious discussion of stereotypes:


In heaven, the lovers are French, the cops are British, the food is Italian, the cars are German, and the whole thing is run by the swiss

Hell 2 fine

In hell, the lovers are Swiss, the cops are German, the food is British, the cars are French, and the whole thing is run by the Italians.

The definition of a stereotype that I like best is that of a vastly oversimplified image or idea about something.  One needs to exhibit a great amount of caution when it comes to any stereotyping as the following so elegantly demonstrates:



I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking Tania, Terri, Carole & John for leaving a comment. 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 really hope more of you start leaving comments as it could lead to some insightful discussions.

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


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.

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