06/06/16 – Ireland

CURRENT EVENTS

Ireland

This week’s post is coming to you from Ireland.  Here I am at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, having a pint of Guinness.

At Guiness

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Wk 24 anxiety drugs and antidepressants

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

A parent fails to watch their child at a zoo and preventing her 3-year old from crawling into a gorilla exhibit and the Cincinnati Zoo fails to create a barrier that can prevent a 3-year old from getting into that exhibit.  

Extraordinary people are responsible, be responsible.

Wk 24 Gorilla

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I thought it was wonderful that Elena and Steve, went out of their way to find some time to meet with Carol and I, while we were in Dublin.

Elena y Steve

Find Time

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Plato, in his “Republic”; recommended his “philosopher kings”, do nothing but study math for ten years to improve their thinking.  Most of us don’t want to be “philosopher kings”, especially if we have to study math for ten years.  However, that does not excuse you from developing some math skills.

Wk 24 Count to ten

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 24 Do something tu have never done

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Rules for Aging

By Roger Rosenblatt

Wk 24 Rules for Aging

I first read this book 15 years ago and I continue to review it every so often.  It has a lot of good and easy to digest advice, regardless of your age.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 King Kong

Wk 24 King Kong 1933

Given what happened at the Cincinnati Zoo last week, I thought I would select the 1933 version of King Kong for this week’s film.  I saw it years ago when I was very young and the last time I saw it about ten years ago on a big screen.  You may want to keep it in mind for your Halloween viewing.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – War

Wk 23 War Peace

How close to home has war touched you poll results:

28% – I was never in my country’s armed forces

24% – A member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) served in a hostile fire zone

20% – No member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) served in my country’s armed forces

16% – A member of my immediate family (Spouse, parent, sibling or child) was in the military, but never served in a hostile fire zone

4% – I served in a hostile fire zone 

4% – I was in the military, but never served in a hostile fire zone

4% I or a member of my immediate family was injured in a hostile fire zone

0% – A member of my immediate family died in a hostile fire zone

THIS WEEK POLL – Boxing

Wk 24 Boxing

For the first poll, please check all that applies

Check just one for the poll below

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“The Skye Boat Song”

(AKA Outlander Theme Song)

by Kathryn Jones & Raya Yarbrough

ART OF THE WEEK

Spire of Dublin

Wk 24 Dublin Needle

The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, who sought an “Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology”

The first section was installed on 18 December 2002. Five more 20 m (66 ft) sections were added with the last one installed on 21 January 2003. The spire is an elongated cone of diameter 3 m (9.8 ft) at the base, narrowing to 15 cm (5.9 in) at the top.

Construction of the world’s tallest sculpture was delayed because of difficulty in obtaining planning permission and environmental regulations. It is constructed from eight hollow tubes of stainless steel and features a tuned mass damper, designed by engineers Arup, to counteract sway. The steel underwent shot peening to alter the quality of light reflected from it.

The pattern around the base of the Spire is based on a core sample of earth and rock formation taken from the ground where the spire stands. The pattern was applied by bead blasting the steel through rubber stencil masks whose patterns were created by water jet cutting based on core sample drawings supplied by the contractor.(Source:  Wikipedia)

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Muhammad Ali

Wk 24 Muhammad Ali

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I learned this joke last week in Dublin.

What is the difference between God and Bono?

God doesn’t think he is Bono.

BLOG

Thanks to Judith & George, 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 the 68 people who are  following my blog 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 Toni, Cindy, Mary Ann, Nadini, Victoria, Carol, Barbara, Phillip, Sandra, Norma, Susan, Claire, Susan, Carolyn, John & Joanne, 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

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05/11/15 – TIME

THIS WEEK’S THEME: TIME

I was reading the May 3rd Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times and came across an article about some stars that are not letting age stand in the way of their successful movie careers as action heros and desirable leading men and leading ladies. The following were mentioned: Samuel L. Jackson, 66; Meryl Streep, 65; Denzel Washington, 60; Helen Mirren, 69; and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 67.

As I mention in my book (Week 37: Time) all of us are getting older, but extraordinary people do not let age prevent them from doing exciting things and taking on projects that could take years to finish, because time is going to pass whether you are active and engaged or just sitting around wasting your time.

Be extraordinary by trying to not let go of activities simply because you are getting older and the activities are harder for you to do.

My Final Cover

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

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

I’ve read and reviewed Roger Rosenblatt’s book, Rules for Aging and found it to be a helpful guide to aging as well as an entertaining and easy to read book.

Rules for Aging

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This is an old movie that came out in 1980 and if you haven’t seen it; you really must.  And if you have seen it some time ago, I think you will enjoy watching it again.  This film stands the test of time.

Somewhere in Time

 

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Time is what we want most,

but what we use worst.

Source: William Penn

William Penn

William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was a Quaker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The democratic and libertarian principles that he set forth served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution. [Source:  Wikiquotes]

THIS WEEK’S POLL

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON DISCARDING

About 4% of you are cutter free–congratulations, well done.

About 30% of you have clothing in your closet that you will probably never wear.

Over 20% of you have things in your basement or attic that you will likely never use.

Over 20% of you are going to start getting rid of your clutter; good for you folks,

And I’m sad to say that over 5% of you are packrats and don’t care–it is the not caring that is troubling.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

An old Italian Mafia Don is dying and calls his grandson to his bed, saying; “Lissin-a me.  I wanna for you to take my chrome plated 38 revolver so you  remember me.

“But grandfather, I don’t like guns.  Maybe you would leave me your Rolex watch instead?”, says the grandson.

“Shuddup an lissin.  Somma day you gonna runna da business.  You gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, biga home, some bambinos.”

“Somma day you gonna comma home and find you wife inna bed with another man.  What you gonna do then–pointa to your watch and say Times Up?”

CONCLUSION

If you like what I am doing, pIease let me know by liking my Facebook page Harmony Books & Films, LLC.  And I especially appreciate the few of you that have left a comment.

All you have to do to leave a comment is to click on the last line of the weekly post, where it says, “Leave a comment”.  If you check last week’s post, you see that Mary Ellen again left a reply.  Thank you Mary Ellen.  

And for those of you who have read my book, please let others know what you thought of it on Amazon at:

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I want to thank my friends, Judith, Betty Carolyn & Ron, along with PeterPicker (I’m not sure who this is) for leaving their reviews on Amazon.  I very much appreciate those reviews. 

DONATIONS

I continue being willing to donate to anyone putting on a charitable fundraiser two copies of my book to auction off or raffle as a door prize.  

If you know anyone that is holding a charitable fundraiser and could use a couple copies of my book, please tell them about me.  I can be reached at:

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