07/18/16 – When Will It Stop

CURRENT EVENTS

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People left flowers, candles and other tributes in Nice, France, on Saturday in memory of those killed in Thursday’s terror attack in the coastal city.

I thought last week called for an inspirational quote, which would serve all of us well, not just for today, but for every day.

Wk 30 Don't be an ass

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Portion control is important in maintaining an appropriate weight, please don’t let what happened to David, happen to you.

David after 3 years in USA

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Wk 30 Who wants to change

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Wk 30 Eye sight

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

In Chapter 41 of my book, I talk about the importance of analyzing your day in a journal and looking back a year later at what you wrote.  Very few do this, but if you wish to be extraordinary, you will adopt the practice.

“Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 40 Key to success

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Code of the Samurai

Translated by Thomas Cleary

This easy to read book provides some excellent rules to live by, which are still relevant today.  I’ve read and reviewed it many times of the years and it never fails to inspire me.

Code of the Samurai

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Outlander

I’ve watched two seasons of this Starz TV series and most of it has been good to very good, now that they have left their sadism behind.  For a while, I could not stand to watch some of it and had to fast forwarded through the sadistic crap, but the show got back on track was excellent.

Outlander

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

The show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

The second season, consisting of 13 episodes and based on Dragonfly in Amber, premiered on April 9, 2016.

On June 1, 2016, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which will adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Racist Comments

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If someone makes a racist comment in front of you:

69% – Said they would tell the person that the comment was inappropriate

31% – Said they would say nothing

THIS WEEK POLL – Questioning

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Please check all that apply

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“Peace Train”

by Cat Stevens

ART OF THE WEEK

All this craziness is taking a toll on the World’s Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel     Older Gardian Angel

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Wk 30 Extraordinary

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we could all transcend our egos.

Wk 40 Trump

BLOG

Thanks to Sue & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to my 73 followers and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

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, Susan, Joanne, Lisa & Liz for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

There are around 150 copies of my book floating around.  If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

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01/18/16 – Sometimes Not Winning is Better Than Winning

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Not Winning The P0werball Jackpot

All of us but three, didn’t win the big Powerball jackpot; but, maybe we are the real winners after viewing the picture below.

Winning Powerball

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Ultimate Gift

by Jim Stovall

This is another easy to read, self-help book that I am recommending.  On the cover it says, “What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion dollars?

Ultimate Gift

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I have consistently expressed my concern for your health and the importance of exercise.  You have to make some time for exercise–no excuses.  It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise, since you can receive the majority of benefits from exercise by simply walking.

To get you started walking for exercise, you may want to consider using an exercise block like the one below.

Walking

SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 28, I stress the importance of bringing more diversity into your life.  The next time you do something with a group of friends, look around at the people surrounding you.  Are they diverse in various ways.  If not, you are missing out.  

Click on the link below and ask yourself, would you want to miss out on this because you don’t have enough diversity in your life?

https://www.facebook.com/SilentDesi/videos/10203696555587230/?fref=nf

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

What do you value in your life and does the allocation of your time reflect those values?

Budda

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Exporting Raymond

I recently watched Exporting Raymond and found it a fun picture to watch.  When I decided to watch the film, I had no idea I was going to learn so much about Russia. What could be better, some fun entertainment, plus learning something.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Powerball

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The vast majority of us will either buy one ticket (29%) or between two and five tickets (29%).

And 23% of us don’t plan to even buy at ticket; whereas, 18% of us will buy more than five tickets.

THIS WEEK POLL – Questions About This Blog

Every so often I like to get a reading on the impact if any, that this blog has on you.  I hope you will participate in this week’s poll and I encourage you to comment on what this blog is doing right or what it could do better.

      Question Mark

 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I want to introduce some variety into the weekly musical selections, so I thought maybe some classical music this week.  When I mentioned classical music, perhaps, some of you had the following in mind?

Throw the Stick

I really hope you give this piece of classical music a brief try.  I think it is nothing short of absolutely amazing.

Canon by Pachelbel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlprozGcs80

ART OF THE WEEK

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

Covering four acres and including a statue of King by sculptor Lei Yixin, the memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than two decades of planning, fund-raising and construction.

Although this is not the first memorial to an African American in Washington, D.C., King is the first African American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way. The King Memorial is administered by the National Park Service (Source: Wikipedia).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Who else would I select on today!  Plus, we also have some words of wisdom.  If we cannot do something great, at least we can do something in a great way.

Those words of wisdom, remind me of this Roman general; whom the Roman Senate feared was becoming too popular with the common people.  So, the Senate  took him from the battle field and placed him in charge of collecting Rome’s garbage.  The general said, “If the work will not bring honor to me, I will bring honor to the work.”  Needless to say, the general did such a good job cleaning up Rome’s garbage that he became even more popular with the common folk.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Born Yesterday

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 Carol, Rick, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Little Wolf, and Sue 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’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

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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

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Week 8: Action

How extraordinary is it that as I write this blog today about Week 8: Action–Take Some Meaningful Action Daily to Make Your Dreams Come True that it is Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday here in the USA

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering “I Have a Dream” at the 1963 Washington D.C. Civil Rights March. [Source: Wikipedia]

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL

I’m delighted to report that half of you responded that you believe your level of self-esteem is above that of the average person.  You folks are on your way to being extraordinary, if you aren’t already.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

After every flight, pilots fill out a form requesting action on mechanical problems they encountered during the flight. Mechanics take action and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form what action they took.

(P = problem logged by the pilot.)
(A = action taken by mechanics.)

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
A: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
A: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
A: That’s what they’re there for.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
A: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
A: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
A: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
A: Cat installed.

 

WEEK 8: ACTION–TAKE SOME MEANINGFUL ACTION DAILY TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. [Source: Wikipedia]

What actions are you taking to make your dreams come true?

 

THIS WEEK’S POLL

 

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic,

it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Source: Colin Powell

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

If you want to read about the life of a person who made is dreams come true through courage, risk taking, handwork, generosity, forgiveness, etc.; check out this book below.

Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman

More than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history. He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for “emperor” — not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia. He is best known as the general who defeated the Gauls and doubled the size of Rome’s territories. But, as Philip Freeman describes in this fascinating new biography, Caesar was also a brilliant orator, an accomplished writer, a skilled politician, and much more.

[Source: Amazon]

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Can't Hardly Wait

This film is a bit old, 1998, but if you like romantic comedies, you might enjoy this film about a geeky high school kid trying to find the courage to act on his feelings for the prom queen.  Perhaps, it will inspire you to act on your feelings to make your dream come true.

 

CONCLUSION

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