08/08/16 – Hank for President

CURRENT EVENTS

Hank for President

It seems like all the media attention at Philadelphia with to Hillary and Bernie and my friend Hank was completely overlooked by the media, as well as the delegates to the convention.  So it looks like Hank will have to run as a write-in candidate.

Since both the Democratic and Republican nominees has high disapproval rates, I can say that as long as I have known Hank; no one disapproves of him.  And as for being a “deal maker”, I don’t personally know anyone who is better at making a deal.

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Last post I mentioned I was going to be lifting in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.) category, if I could get my weight down.  This was a challenge, since I had always lifted in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category.  Well, somehow I did it.

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This was my last contest in the 65 to 69 age group, as I will be turning 70 soon.

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You may be interested to know there was a 76 year-old bench presser in the contest and a 73 year-old deadlifter. 

I hope you folks are giving some thought to what kind of physical shape you will be in when you are in your 70s.  I don’t think it is ever to late to start getting healthy.

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

Over and over I have mentioned the importance of goal setting.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

There are way too many women out there raising children without a husband.    Some of this is of course due to unfortunate circumstances, but a lot of this is due to women making bad decisions, like:

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How often have you heard the phrase nice guys finish last, and this phrase is never more true than in the area of romance.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Illustrated by Matt Pagett

I just cannot get enough of  graphic novels.  I think they are terrific.  Why not give one of them that I have mentioned over the last three weeks a try.  The are a great way to introduce young people to some classic literature.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Star Trek: The Next Generation

I just finished re-watching all seven seasons of Star Trek: TNG and it remains my favorite Star Trek series.  If you never seen it, consider checking it out.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

Regarding this blog:

40% – have voted in one of the polls

20% – have made a comment to a post

17% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

12% – passed this blog on to someone else

7% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

4% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

Here are the results to this same poll a year ago:

53% – have voted in one of the polls

19% – have made a comment to a post

15% – passed on a joke they saw on this blog

6% – bought or read a book because it was recommended in this blog

3% – watched a movie because it was recommended in this blog

3% – passed this blog on to someone else

THIS WEEK POLL – Your Level of Fitness

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I could see where one may think this song disrespectful to women, but in some ways it is very respectful since it encourages guys to look deeper than simply outward appearances.

If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest of Your Life

by Jimmy Soul

ART OF THE WEEK

Living Art – A Bonsai Pear Tree

at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Note the pears from this tiny living pear tree.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

You ever have someone make such a difference in your life, such a person is extraordinary.  

When I was little, this guy was the “Fonz” of our neighborhood, except like the “Fonz”, he was for real.

As time went on, we became the best of friends and I owe much of whatever I am today to his efforts.  And of course one of the things he got me into was lifting weights at the gym and going to powerlifting contests.

Tony (aka Freddy) Mangino

 Freddy

I’ve never gone to a powerlifting contest, without giving a moment to my buddy.

Fred's Marker

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Ron, Samantha, Tania & Kathy 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 Cvdoss who started following my blog (Currently 74 followers) and Amber, Andrena, Anni, Bethany, Betty, Elizabeth, Kristine, Linda, Lynn, Maegan, Marly, Michelle, Nathalie, Nicole, Paul, Tammy & Tracy who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 84 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, Joanne, John, Russ & Susan 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, so far only six of you have.  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

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

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08/01/16 – Yahoo

CURRENT EVENTS

25th Anniversary

Yahoo, today is the 25th Anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful wife, Carol.  I am very fortunate to have someone who can put up with me for 25 years.

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Speaking of  Yahoo

Verizon (VZ) buying Yahoo, the Internet company for a fraction of what it once was worth. Yet, CEO Marissa Mayer did very well for herself during her run.

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(Photo credit: Eric Risberg, AP)

The chief of the fallen Internet giant was paid $139.6 million over her four years of service at the Internet company. That doesn’t even include the estimated golden parachute payment of $54.9 million she would get if she steps down, something she says she doesn’t plan to do. Mayer’s total haul at the company was even higher – $162 million – when factoring in how much the stock options she was given are worth now, according to compensation firm Equilar. Equilar says her total windfall, including a current value of her severance if she leaves, is $218.9 million.

Seeing the size of Mayer’s payout could be painful for investors who saw the company’s revenue stagnate during her tenure. Yahoo went from making a profit of nearly $4 billion a year to losing $4.5 billion and paying billions for small companies that haven’t paid off or were largely written off.

Pain

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“Pain to investors”, more like pain to everyone who lives in the real world and continuously see these pay for bad performance buyouts.  Greed is destroying the USA.

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This Saturday, August 6, I will be in another power-lifting contest.  I have always competed in the 90 Kg. (198.2 lbs.) category, but I am hoping I have dropped enough of my weight to participate in the 82.5 Kg. (181.7 lbs.)  I have found it harder to drop a few pounds of my weight than it is to pick a bar loaded with weights.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Depending on who you ask, coffee is either good for you or bad.  If you think it is bad for you, then avoid it.  As for me, I feel it is beneficial to me, plus this:

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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

I find the following painful, but true.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Illustrated by Pete Katz

I just finished another one of these graphic novels and they are terrific.  You get the story in an easily digestible format.  I’ve listened to this book on tape, but I have never read the actual story, but thanks to this graphic novel–I may.

And I believe this is a good way to introduce literature to a child.

Frankenstein

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Wall Street

Gordon Gekko believes greed is good. Even if you think like Gordon, you have to admit that too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – USA Presidential Voting

Voting box

When it comes to the USA Presidential Election:

40% – would vote for Clinton

35% – would vote for Trump

5% – would vote for a third-party candidate

5% – will not vote

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Trump

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for Clinton

5% – aren’t eligible to vote, but would vote for a third-party candidate

THIS WEEK POLL – Have You Ever

Question Marks

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

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“99 Luftballons”

by Nina

ART OF THE WEEK

Paris Street, Rainy Day

by Gustave Caillebotte

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Here I am at the Art Institute of Chicago, with one of my favorite painting – Rainy Day in Paris.  I’ve been in Paris on a rainy day and this picture really brings back the feelings I had at that moment.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

It has been said that George Washington could have become King, if he had wished to do so; but instead, he just wanted to go home.  He was convinced to stay for a second term, before heading home.  

This is even more amazing given that Napoleon came on the scene in France later and made himself Emperor of the French.

Washington is a tough act for anyone to follow.

George Washington

 George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the “father of his country”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Kathy 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 Jen y Vrushali who started following my blog (Currently 75 followers) and Miriam. who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 67 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, Carol, Nancy, Ketta, Susan, Carol, Amber & Miriam 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, so far only six of you have.  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

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

10/26/15 – Willie, Leon & Lulu, Erik and Gandhi

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Sometimes things are just so terrible that it helps to find humor in them.  I’m hoping this is how everyone will take this short video.  However, you will have to stay with the video about 25 seconds to see where it is going.

[Warning: If this isn’t an actual broadcast, it should be]

https://www.facebook.com/serbevents/videos/10153731161177125/

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Tao of Willie is a fun book to read and provides a great deal of wisdom.  

Tao of Willie

CURRENT EVENTS

Michigan APF Fall Open

Michigan APF

Please don’t be too quick to allow your age to prevent you from doing something you want to do.  

I was the oldest lifter in the two day powerlifting contest in Grand Rapids last Friday and Saturday.  My lift is the deadlift and there were plenty of people there who deadlifted far more than me.  Still, I set two state records in the 90 Kg Masters 6 class and I will be representing the USA in world powerlifting competition in Portugal next month. 

Here I am lifting 303 pounds for a age group state record.

Books & Authors Event – Leon & Lulu

Leon & Lulu Oct 2015

If you didn’t make it to yesterday’s Books & Authors event at Leon & Lulu in Clawson, MI; you missed the opportunity to talk one-on-one with over 50 authors.  Plus, Leon & Lulu is a very cool store with many unique items.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Sunglasses

Never dim yourself for the comfort of others,

make them wear sunglasses

Source:  Unknown

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Night of the Living Dead

This 1968 movie is one of the most scary movies that I have ever seen, but if you read below you will learn that it is more than just a scary movie.

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[Night of the Living Dead] eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, as a film deemed, “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” (Source:  Wikipedia)


LAST WEEK POLL
– Your Favorite Alcoholic Beverage

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Twenty-nine of you voted for your favorite alocholic beverage.  Wine was the overwhelming favorite with 12 votes or 41%.  Beer came in second with 8 votes, followed by 5 votes for mixed drinks and only one of you preferred liquor.  Non-drinkers were only 3 or 10% of those who voted.

As for belief about whether alcohol preferences says something about a person, 60% thought no and 40% thought yes.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

Famous People

I think all of us have seen famous people, but I thought it would be interesting to hear how many of us have actually spoken with a famous person, even if it was a brief greeting.

Follow-up poll

SONG OF THE WEEK

Your Song

Erik Band

This week’s song is an Elton John classic, titled Your Song and it is performed by my friend Erik Loszewski.  I’m not sure what you will be doing October 31, but Erik and his buddies will be at Little Loraine’s in Mt Clemens from 9:30-1:30.

https://www.facebook.com/erik.loszewski/videos/10203989856018410/

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Gandhi

Gandhi

[Warning:  If the following isn’t a true story, it should be]

Rather than provide my usual brief bio of the person I have selected as the  extraordinary person of the week, I thought the following would tell you so much more about Gandhi than mere dates and events.

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him..

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said, “Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table. Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. “Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?” Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don’t you think?” Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.. Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts and last week four of you were kind enough to live a comment.  Thank you very much.    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.

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

MY BOOK

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.

My Final Cover

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

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http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

10/19/15 – All Over the Place

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Chapter 31 of my book discusses the importance of expressing gratitude for even the small things that people do for you.  It seems so many people fail to perform this simple courtesy, as illustrated in the joke below.

Breakfast in bed

SELF-HELP BOOKS

My friend, Reza, tells me that although the title of his book says, “for Healthcare” that the concepts and tools mentioned in the book are applicable to any service, manufacturing or construction operation.

If you believe you and your organization may possibly benefit from this book; I would be glad to send it free of charge to you.  Just let me know at mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

reza's libro

CURRENT EVENTS

Michigan APF Fall Open

Michigan APF

In Chapter 2 of my book, I mention the importance of progressive resistance training with weights.  No doubt I have carried it to an extreme, as I will again be deadlifting in Grand Rapids this Friday in preparation for world competition in Portugal in November.  I’m certainly not recommending anyone take up competitive powerlifting; however, you really need to do some type of weight bearing exercise.

Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Race

2015 Free Press Race

The Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank race was yesterday and if any of you were in that race or similar races in the past, perhaps you will enjoy this:

Day after Marathon problems

I am also not advocating you run a marathon; however, I am recommending you do some type of cardiovascular exercise at least 30 minutes a day.  I know, some of you will say you don’t have time of exercise; well, no one does.  They make the time, because it is important.

Books & Authors Event – Leon & Lulu

Me @ Leon & Lulu

Folks, this coming Sunday, October 25, from 11 a.m until 5 p.m. I am going to be at Leon and Lulu in Clawson, MI.  Please stop by and visit me as well as this really cool store; plus you will get a chance to talk to some interesting authors.  For more information, just click on the link below.

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

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

best teachers

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Dead Walk the Earth, Yet They Live and They Kill

 Dead Walk the Earth

Chapter 20 of my book talks about the importance of celebrating not just your own successes, but even more so the successes of your friends.  Also, holidays are definitely a reason for celebrations and Halloween is one of the really just pure fun holidays.

Although in a prior poll, only 5% of you planned to watch a scary movie for Halloween, I still thought it appropriate to suggest a Halloween type film.  This one was made by my friend Mike Kinnunen, in 2005.  I’m not sure how to obtain a copy of it; but if you contact me, I will pass your email or comment on to Mike.


LAST WEEK POLL
– Your Favorite Music Decade

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I never understand why more of you don’t vote, since I always have at least 70 people check out this blog each week.  Anyway, 19 of you voted on your favorite music decade.

Every decade from 1901 through the 1980s received three votes.  The 1990s received 2 votes.  The earliest (1900 or earlier) and the latest (2000 or later) only received one vote each.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

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Given my comments about the importance of celebrating and since alcoholic beverages for so many are part of any celebrations, I thought it may be interesting to have a poll on one’s alcohol preferences.

Follow-up poll 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Daughter

Daughter

Since Halloween is about kids and adults who want to be kids again, I thought this song would be appropriate, plus I really like it.  I was fortunate a few years ago to see Loudon perform live in Ann Arbor at The Ark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4_oSGmhPAc

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Geronimo

Geronimo

Given the recent Columbus Day, I thought I would give some recognition to native Americans

Geronimo was born in eastern Arizona in the year 1829. At the time, his homeland was claimed by both the Mexican government and the Apache people. Geronimo’s family was part of the Bedonkohe band of the Apache.

At around the age of seventeen, Geronimo became an Apache warrior.

One day [ ] the Apache camp was attacked by the Mexicans. Geronimo’s wife, children, and mother were all killed. [ ] 

Geronimo then gathered the warriors of his village together and set off to get revenge against the Mexicans. Over the next several years, he led many raids into Mexico. He constantly harassed Mexican settlements, stealing their horses and killing their men.

Geronimo received his name sometime during the revenge battles with the Mexicans. No one is quite sure exactly how he got his name. Many say it was from the Mexican soldiers or from a Spanish officer who thought Geronimo reminded him of a character from a Spanish play.

After the Mexican-American war, the United States claimed control over the land where the Apache lived. Geronimo and the Apache began to fight with the American settlers. [ ]

The U.S. Army [ ] sent thousands of troops to search the hills of Arizona in order to stop him from raiding. In 1886, they finally caught up with him and he was forced to surrender.

Geronimo spent the rest of his life as a prisoner of war. Although he was eventually granted some freedom, he was never allowed to return to his homeland. He became a celebrity and even attended the 1904 World’s Fair.

Geronimo Died: February 17, 1909 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma

[For more information, see source: Biographies for Kids: Geronimo

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts.  I wish more of you would do so; since it is so very encouraging.   Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.

MY BOOK

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.

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