12/07/15 – Mother-in-Laws

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Delores Perkey

Mother-in-Laws are often the butt of many jokes and overall I think they get a bad rap.  My mother-in-law died last week.  I don’t think I’m that unusual in being able to say, “I had an absolutely fantastic mother-in-law.”  Here she is, with her bags packed, and on her way to heaven.

Delores Leaving

I’m so glad that last Christmas I had a trophy made up for her saying “Delores Perkey, World’s Best Mother-in-Law”.  If you also have a fantastic mother-in-law, why not present her with a trophy saying so.  I’m sure it will be something that she will treasure.

Travel

Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear travel tips directly from Rick Steves, who was speaking at the Music Hall in Detroit.

Rick Steves

His travel videos are available from a number of sources and are very entertaining and informative to watch.  If you want to be extraordinary, it helps to go out and see the world.  It is easier than you might think.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I have no idea how long I have been reading Frog & Toad, nor how many times I have read these books, or even how many copies I’ve given to parents for their children.  They say the book is designed for children 4 to 8; but in some ways we are all a child at heart.  If you are looking for a gift for a child, I strongly recommend a Frog and Toad book.  It contains a lot of wisdom in an easily digestible style.

Frog and Toad Treasury

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Life by George Carlin

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I suspect not many of you have ever been to a weight lifting competition, so here is a very short clip to give you an idea of what it is like.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Goals/Resolutions for 2016

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The results of last week’s poll are:

25% of you have wishes, but nothing specific

22% of you set goals that are specifically measurable

19% of you monitor via action plans your goal accomplishment progress

17% of you don’t bother with goals and another 17% set specific goals and develop action plans.

Interestingly enough, I used this same poll last year about this time and these were the results:

25% have wishes, but nothing specific

15% don’t bother with setting goals

60% set specific goals that are objectively measureable. In addition some of you in that 60% category also develop action plans to accomplish those specific goals and others even go so far as to monitor progress.

THIS WEEK POLL – Drinking

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Folks, during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve Holidays, there is a lot of drinking going on, so I thought bringing back a poll on drinking may be relevant, plus it gives me a chance to say, “If you drink, drink responsibly and be very careful with driving so that we all have a safe holiday.

SONG OF THE WEEK

Given the theme of this post, what else could be song of the week other than Ernie K. Doe’s 1961 Number one hit, Mother-In-Law.  Just click on the link below to hear this classic.

Ernie K. Doe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcFkUHvlf5A

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

Whistler's Mother

Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, best known under its colloquial name Whistler’s Mother, is a painting in oils on canvas created by the American-born painter James McNeill Whistler in 1871. The painting is 56.81 by 63.94 inches [ ], displayed in a frame of Whistler’s own design. It is exhibited in and held by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, having been bought by the French state in 1891. It is one of the most famous works by an American artist outside the United States. It has been variously described as an American icon and a Victorian Mona Lisa. [Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Not happy with your mother-in-law, well Catherine de’ Medici could always be your mother-in-law.

Catherine de’ Medici

Catherine De Medci

An Italian noblewoman who married King Henri II of France, Catherine de’ Medici became a political force to be reckoned with during the successive reigns of her three sons. Hoping to consolidate her family’s power, she forced her daughter Marguerite to marry Henri de Bourbon, whose faith—Protestantism—and doting mother—Jeanne d’Albret—Catherine loathed. Jeanne fell ill and died shortly after arriving at court with her reluctant son, leading some to accuse Catherine of murdering her with poisoned gloves. After the wedding in 1572, Catholic mobs unleashed a wave of targeted killings on the Protestants who had gathered in Paris for the festivities. Historians think Catherine authorized or at least knew of the carnage, which her new son-in-law barely escaped. Catherine’s relationship with her daughter-in-law Mary Stuart was also strained. When the young queen’s husband Francis II died, Catherine ordered his grieving widow to return the crown jewels and head home to Scotland immediately. [Source: History Lists)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

'Of course he'll pick you up at the airport, mother. He's got a season ticket so he can go to football any time.'

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11/30/15 – Dave Miller

 CURRENT EVENTS

Dave Miller

It is with shock and sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of my brother David Miller while he was vacationing in Costa Rica yesterday.
Dave was a great guy and loved by many. He was 61 years old.
Please pray for his newly departed soul and for his widow Gail Miller.
There are no plans for services at this time.

Source:  Cheryl Miller, Dave’s sister

Dave was a long-time friend of mine and my euchre partner at the San Marino Club, where one year we actually won this ten-week tournament.

Euchre Winners

I believe a number of you have attended my numerous happy hour parties and know Dave and his wife Gail, who were frequent attendees.

DaveAndGailSM

Police Unions

Apprehended

I’m starting to wonder why there seems to be so many rogue police officers.  I think back to my union days and I recall there were a number of workers that really should have lost their jobs, but the union kept management from firing them.  

Perhaps, the same is true of the police officers unions.  I can’t believe that the other seven (I believe that was the number) officers who was on the scene didn’t know this officer who jumped out of his car and fired 16 shots into this teenager didn’t know they had a rogue cop in their ranks.  

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I bought Rules for a Knight on the 20th of this month and finished it by the 24th of this month.  It is definitely as easy read, but it is also a great guide for your journey though life.

Rules for a Knight

From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father’s journey and a timeless guide to life’s many questions. (Source: Amazon.com)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Remember details

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Meet Joe Black

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide’s daughter. (Source: IMDB)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Thanksgiving

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Probably no surprise that the vast majority of you (76%) were either having Thanksgiving at home or at a friends or relatives house.  The remaining 24% may be of interest to you, if you want to check the results of last week’s poll.

THIS WEEK POLL – Goals/Resolutions for 2016

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As we move into the last month of the year, many of us will start thinking about goals and resolutions for 2016, so this week’s poll is about your goals/resolutions plans for the coming year.

SONG OF THE WEEK

I had the privilege of seeing a live performance of MC Hammer a few years ago and Hammer is right, “U Can’t Touch This”.  

MC Hammer 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

Liberity Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix

Delacroix depicted Liberty as both an allegorical goddess-figure and a robust woman of the people. The mound of corpses acts as a kind of pedestal from which Liberty strides, barefoot and bare-breasted, out of the canvas and into the space of the viewer. The Phrygian cap she wears had come to symbolize liberty during the first French Revolution, of 1789–94. The painting has been seen as a marker to the end of the Age of Enlightenment, as many scholars see the end of the French Revolution as the start of the romantic era.

The fighters are from a mixture of social classes, ranging from the bourgeoisie represented by the young man in a top hat, a student from the prestigious École Polytechnique wearing the traditional bicorne, to the revolutionary urban worker, as exemplified by the boy holding pistols. What they have in common is the fierceness and determination in their eyes. Aside from the flag held by Liberty, a second, minute tricolore can be discerned in the distance flying from the towers of Notre Dame. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Captain Jack Sparrow

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[Captain Jack] Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than by force, opting to flee most dangerous situations and to fight only when necessary.  (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Cat racing

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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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