03/21/16 – Astrological News

 CURRENT EVENTS

I’m not an astrophysicist, like Neal deGrasse Tyson, but I will try to keep you updated on various astrological events that come to my attention, like this extraordinary piece of information.

Moon visable

Happy Easter Everyone

Happy Easter

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

One of the components of fitness is flexibility.  As you can see below, yoga can help you stay flexible.  Here are some people practicing yoga immediately after St. Patrick’s Day last week.

Irish Yoga

Here is another piece of good advice that I found in the April 2016 edition of Runners World:

When something works, excuse-proof it

On the other hand:

When something stops working, stop [ ]

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

How many times do we all fail to take action to make our dreams come true and our lives extraordinary.  

It is time to cut that out.

I Can

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

Some people with a distorted view of their religion, have done  bad things to others in the name of religion.

Morals

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Just think how much our lives would improve if we could actually learn and apply the following:

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

If we aren’t careful, we can drive ourselves relentlessly  crazy trying to do things or acquire things–that isn’t being extraordinary.

Busy

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Star Trek: The Klingon Way

by Marc Okrand

If you are a fan of Star Trek, you may want to check out this easy read about Klingon virtues.

Klingon 2

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

If you have style, class and enjoy a movie with a bit of a story line, do yourself a favor and avoid Sisters.  I stopped it, but wish I had never seen any of it. I expected more out of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 

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Midnight in Paris

Instead, why don’t you check out Midnight in Paris.  It is a fun film and you will learn so much about art, without ever taking an art history course.  It is an amazing and witty film.  For instance, Hemingway asks Gil if he ever hunts.  Gill answers, “For bargains.”

Midnight in Paris

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange — yet familiar — revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age’s icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – When It Comes to Reading

Wk 12 Books

I am pleased that 40% of us read more than 24 books a year, and sorry to report that 18% of us read less than two books a year.

Twenty-0ne percent of us read more than 12 books a year and another 21% of us read 2 to 6 books a year

THIS WEEK POLL – Optimism

2016

At the start of this year, I asked how optimistic you felt about 2016.  Eighty-seven percent of you expected 2016 to be better than 2015.

Nine percent of you thought 2016 would be about the same as 2015 and four percent of you thought 2016 would be worse than 2015.

Practically 1/4 of this year is over and I thought it might be a good time to check and see how 2016 is going for you, so here is this week’s poll.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

What guy can’t relate to this song?

She’s So Cold

by The Rolling Stones

She's So Cold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo34VhfcetU

ART OF THE WEEK

Venus de Milo

Like the Stones said, “I’m so hot for her and she’s so cold.”

Venus

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans).

It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life-size at 6 ft. 8 in. high. The arms and original plinth were lost following its discovery. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered. (Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Neal deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson (Born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine, some of which were published in his book Death by Black Hole (2007). During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in Star Date magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name “Merlin”. Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin’s Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998).

Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA Science, now on PBS. Since 2009, he has hosted the weekly podcast Star Talk. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This joke is for those of you involved with health care claims.

ICD-10

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12/28/15 – It’s A Wonderful Life Revisited

 CURRENT EVENTS 

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and best wishes for an extraordinary 2016.

Bettles Christmas

Also, 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.  By the end of the year, if you apply yourself, you will be extraordinary or at least more extraordinary than you currently are–why not give it a try.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

I was in Barnes & Nobles the other day and couldn’t stop myself from purchasing a collectible version of this extraordinary self-help book which was first published on December 19, 1843 and have never been out of print.

A Christ Carol image for poll

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you’re not here any more.

Christmas Present Fine

Source: The Ghost of Christmas Present 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

It’s A Wonderful Life

This updated version of It’s A Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite.  Please check it out, it is only 1 minute and 33 seconds.  Please let me know via comments if you enjoy it.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Star Wars vs. Star Trek

A Star Wars    AA Star Trek

The result of last week’s poll is that 64% of you prefer Star Trek, whereas, 36% of you prefer Star Wars.

THIS WEEK POLL – Your Dreams

Since this week is a start of a new year, this week’s poll is again about your dreams and aspirations for the future.

      Another Dream Fine

SONG OF THE WEEK

Sorry folks, I seem to be stuck in the 50s.  

Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

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

But for those of you who aren’t into Chuck, well here is a version by Sheryl Crow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhce_LI9dgc

And here is a version by Steven Tyler and Brad Paisley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmCZfljt1Kw

Run Rudolph Run” is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie. The song was first recorded by Chuck Berry in 1958. It has since been covered by numerous other artists including Emily Osment, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sister Hazel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Five Easy Pieces, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Dave Edmunds, Hanson, Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Lulu, Click Five, The Grateful Dead, Keith Richards, Brinsley Schwarz, Jimmy Buffett, Foghat, Paul Brandt, Whitney Wolanin, Kelly Clarkson, The Tractors, Dwight Yoakam, Reverend Horton Heat, Hanoi Rocks, Billy Idol, Cee Lo Green, Luke Bryan, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Joe Perry, Los Lonely Boys, Jane Krakowski (Source:  Wikipedia)

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

Dogs Playing Poker refers collectively to a series of sixteen oil paintings by C. M. Coolidge, commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars.  The painting below is titled, A Friend in Need.

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While some send out family portraits as their holiday cards, photographer Ed Wheeler has been dressing up as Santa Claus for years and posing in hilarious compositions for his cards. It was in 2011, though, when the festive photographer decided to take his work a step further and incorporate jolly ol’ Saint Nick into classical masterpieces, such as the painting below by C.M. Coolidge.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Santa Claus

Santa Arrives @ Jann Lodge

Santa delivering gifts to children

Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.[5][6] He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole and saying “ho ho ho” often.(Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

This week’s joke illustrates the importance of context

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MY BOOK

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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.

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12/21/15 – Science Fiction

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Since the big news recently has been the release of another Star Wars film, I thought some of you would be interested in this rare photo of the wife of one of the key characters in the Star Wars series.

Ella Vader

Latest In Security Cameras

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and it seems the Italians have come up with outstanding security cameras.

Italian Security Cameras

SELF-HELP BOOKS

I have the 1988 edition of this book that I first read in 1990 and it changed my understanding of the universe and I believe it will do the same for you.  There are newer versions with updates available today and as with the vast majority of my recommendations, it is a relatively easy read.

ABriefHistory of Time

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.  (Source: Amazon)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”

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Source: Obi-Wan Kenobi 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I recall watching this TV series when I was a kid and found and still find it very thought provoking.  And I have listened to all the old Dimension X, and X Minus One radio shows.  Some of those old radio shows seem a bit corny today, but not all of them.  Everything builds on what came before it, so if you like Star Wars or Star Trek, maybe you will what to check out some of this 1950s stuff.  If you look closely at one the Twilight Zone episodes, you may even see Captain James T. Kirk.

The Twilight Zone

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1959 Series Logo

The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The program followed in the tradition of earlier shows such as Tales of Tomorrow (1951–53), which also dramatized the short story “What You Need”, and Science Fiction Theatre (1955–57), and radio programs such as The Weird Circle, Dimension X, and X Minus One, and the radio work of one of Serling’s inspirations, Norman Corwin.  In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #5 in its list of the 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. (Source: Wikipedia)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – My Weight

Weight

The results of last week’s poll are:

Almost 50% plan to lose weight by changing our diet & exercising more.

Another 20% plan to lose weight by exercising

Still another 10% plan to lose weight by changing their diet.

Amazingly, almost 20% of us are pleased with our current weight–hats off to that extraordinary 20%.

Finally, 2% of us want to gain weight.  How many of us would like to trade places with that 2%.

THIS WEEK POLL – Star Wars vs. Star Trek

With the release of the new Star Wars movie, this may be a bad time to ask; but which of the two series & spin offs do you prefer?

A Star Wars      AA Star Trek

SONG OF THE WEEK

Since this week’s theme is “Science Fiction”, what better song than this one.

One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx47qrH1GRs

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

Since this week’s post is focusing on science fiction, here is a work of art painted by the great surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.

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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

The well-known surrealist piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of “softness” and “hardness”, which was central to his thinking at the time. As Dawn Ades wrote, “The soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order”. This interpretation suggests that Dalí was incorporating an understanding of the world introduced by Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Asked by Ilya Prigogine whether this was in fact the case, Dalí replied that the soft watches were not inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a Camembert melting in the sun.

The orange clock at the bottom left of the painting is covered in ants. Dalí often used ants in his paintings as a symbol of decay.

The Persistence of Memory employs “the exactitude of realist painting techniques” to depict imagery more likely to be found in dreams than in waking consciousness.[Source: Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Since this week’s topic is science fiction, who else but Captain James T. Kirk.

James T. Kirk

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James Tiberius Kirk was born on March 22, 2233, in Riverside, Iowa. Although born on Earth, Kirk for a time lived on Tarsus IV, where he was one of nine surviving witnesses to the massacre of 4,000 colonists by Kodos the Executioner.

At Starfleet Academy, Kirk became the only student to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, garnering a commendation for original thinking by reprogramming the computer to make the “no-win scenario” winnable.

Kirk became Starfleet’s youngest captain when he received command of the USS Enterprise for a five-year mission. Kirk’s most significant relationships are with first officer Spock and chief medical officer Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy.

Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence’s The Myth of the American Superhero describes Kirk as “a hard-driving leader who pushes himself and his crew beyond human limits”. Terry J. Erdman and Paula M. Block, in their Star Trek 101 primer, note that while “cunning, courageous and confident”, Kirk also has a “tendency to ignore Starfleet regulations when he feels the end justifies the means”; he is “the quintessential officer, a man among men and a hero for the ages”.

Although Kirk becomes romantically involved with various women, when confronted with a choice between a woman and the Enterprise, “his ship always won”. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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A neutron walks into a bar and asks “how much for a beer?”

Bartender responds “For you? no charge.”

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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.

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03/09/15 RETIREMENT

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON STAR TREK

What a surprise, it seems that 70% of you watched the show when it was originally aired.  Also, I understand some of you got a kick out of my putting the book, Baby and Child Care as an option.

And again, if you are looking for a fun and easy to read self-help book, I strongly suggest Dave Marinaccio’s book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek

 

THIS WEEK’S THEME: RETIREMENT

I was reading an article in USA Today (3/4/15) and was shocked to read that one in four retired Americans have no source of income beyond Social Security.  It is unlikely you are going to be extraordinary in your retirement years if all you have to live on is social security.  In fact, you will be lucky to be ordinary.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

A young man asked an elderly rich man how he made his money.

The elderly man said, “Well, son, it was 1932, the depth of the Great Depression and I was down to my last nickel.”

“I invested that nickel in an apple and spent the entire day polishing the apple. At the end of the day, I sold that apple for ten cents.”

“The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold for 20 cents.”

“I did this for a month and accumulated a $1.37.”

“Then my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars.”

 

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WEEK 10: MONEY – SAVE 10% OF WHAT YOU EARN

I once tried to encourage a friend to stop smoking.  He held up his package of cigarettes and said, “This is a poor man’s retirement package.”

There are two avenues to a comfortable, if not extraordinary retirement.  One is to earn a lot of money, the second and most certain way is to save and live below your means.

There are many good reasons why you can’t save right now–SAVE REGARDLESS.   There are also many noble reasons why you must tap into your savings–DON’T DO THAT.

As I mentioned in my book, I came across the following very early in life and it made such an impression on me, that I have retained it all these years.  Hopefully, it will also make an impression on you.

Out of one hundred young people of 25 years of age, at 65:

36 have died

1 is rich

4 are independent

5 are working

54 are dependent

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

My book is again available on Amazon as work continues turning it into an ebook.  I expect the eBook version will be available in about two weeks.

The book I am recommending this week, I read a long time ago and have given it to a few people I wanted to help.  It can be obtained from Amazon for practically nothing.  Below is a Wikipedia description of the book.

The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason, which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. Originally, a series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form in 1926. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Richest Man in Babylon

http://www.amazon.com/Richest-Man-Babylon-George-Clason/dp/0451205367/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Since this week’s theme is retirement, I thought a movie about a recently retired guy would be appropriate.

A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected (Source: IMDB)

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http://www.amazon.com/About-Schmidt-Jack-Nicholson/dp/B00005JLSK/

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Retirement is a great opportunity to become the person you have always wanted to be—but have never been.

Source: Dave Erhard

THIS WEEK’S POLL

CONCLUSION

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03/02/15 Live Long and Prosper

By now, you as well as every one else, in all the various universes have heard of the death of Spock (Here on Earth, sometimes referred to as Leonard Nimoy).  Spock was without doubt one of the most extraordinary persons to have ever existed.

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Rather than say anything about Spock myself, I will let another extraordinary individual sum up what Spock was about:

Star Trek actor George Takei (Better known as Mr. Sulu, Helmsman on the Starship Enterprise, who I was fortunate to meet back on May 20, 1965), said to CNN:

“Leonard was a very dear friend. One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek was going to be done as an animated series, they cast Leonard, Bill Shatner, Majel Barrett and Jimmy Doohan only for the voice acting on that. And when he discovered that Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig and I were not cast because of budgetary considerations, he said, Star Trek is about diversity, and if the two people that represent diversity to most, Nichelle and George, then I’m not interested in doing it. … That was an extraordinary thing for an actor, to give up a gig on behalf of other actors. And because Leonard was so necessary to the project, they cast Nichelle and me and offered Walter an opportunity to write a script. He was really an amazing man.”

It has been 20 years since I first acquired I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy on cassette tapes and I listened to it again in 2006 and finished listening to it again today.  It is a 4-hour journey into the life of Leonard Nimoy and Spock.  I thought listening to Leonard Nimoy read the book, I Am Spock was a great way to honor these two extraordinary individuals.  If you read the book or listen to the tapes, you will know why I refer to them in the plural.

I Am Spock

http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Spock-Leonard-Nimoy/dp/0786861827/

 

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON EXERCISING

I think it is wonderful that 75% of you engage in some type of exercise, but on the other hand I am worried to think that 25% of you don’t really exercise.  I wish I knew how to convince you that just a small investment in your health would add years to your life and life to your years.

 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Question:

How many Vulcans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer:

Approximately 1.00000000000000000000000000000000

THIS WEEK’S POLL

 

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

A life is like a garden.

Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved,

except in memory.

Source: Leonard Nimoy’s Final Tweet

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WEEK 51: DEATH – CONSIDER DEATH EVERY DAY SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY DAY

Start the day mindful that this could be your last day and act accordingly.

Also be mindful that today could be the last day of someone you come in contact with so again act accordingly.

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

You will find for the moment, my book is listed as out of print on Amazon.  That is because I am in the process of turning it into an ebook.  I hope to have my book as well as the ebook available soon.  I have copies of the book, if you would like to purchase one and don’t want to wait until it again becomes available on Amazon.

I was in the University of Chicago’s Book Store back in 1994, when the book below caught my eye.  It is a 128 page easy read, but contains so many insights that I believe will be beneficial to you in your quest to become extraordinary.  I have read and reviewed it so many times over the years.  Those of you who know me, may wonder if the book is so good, why am I like I am.  I think Oscar Wilde can explain, when he said, “I always pass on good advice.  It is the only thing to do with it.  It is never of any use to oneself.”

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek

http://www.amazon.com/Marinaccio-Learned-Watching-Reprint-Paperback/dp/B00RWRKCE8/

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

There are many who think Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan was the best of the Star Trek movies.  And if you are old enough to like fine “corinthian leather“, this movie stars Ricardo Montalban.

Wrath of Khan Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-II-Wrath-Khan/dp/B000I3SYEI/

CONCLUSION

Each week I keep trying to make this blog better in hopes that you will like it enough to pass it on your friends.  Also, if you like this blog, please show you do by liking my Facebook page Harmony Books & Films, LLC.  And for those of you who have read my book, it you would care to comment about the book on Amazon that would be most welcomed.

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

Also, I continue donating to anyone putting on a charitable fundraiser two copies of my book to auction off or raffle as a door prize.  So 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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