01/04/16 – Seeing and Hearing

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Generosity

Last week, I witnessed a little girl giving her birthday money to an animal shelter.  I devoted an entire chapter of my book to generosity and all I said didn’t come close to communicating the spirit of generosity, viewing this single act of kindness by a child conveyed.

Harmony y Lindsey at Shelter

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Mental Game – The Inner Game of Bowling

by George Allen

I believe the typical reader will see this as a book about bowling, which no doubt is true.  But I also believe the extraordinary reader will see this as a book about life.  The very last sentence of the book supports my theory.  It says, “And, if you are going to put your fate in someone’s hands, why not make them your own?”

The Mental Game

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I am very concerned about those of you who are neglecting your health.  Hey, if you don’t take care of your own health, you will not be able to do anything for anyone and may even become a burden to those who care about you.  So I am permanently adding this section to my weekly posts.  For you men out there, below is the results of a recent study that will help you have a longer life.

Recent studdy

SOCIAL TRAITS

I think the more we are exposed to other cultures, the more we start to understand that we are more alike than we are different.  For instance, please check out this brief advertisement from India.  

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

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Chapter 40 of my book talks about seeing and hearing what is there, rather than what you want to be there.  Perhaps, the quote below may help you see a bit more clearly.

Making Time

And talk about seeing and hearing what you want to hear, I saw on Facebook way too many posts about Mark Zuckerberg giving away money for just posting something on Facebook.  True, Mark Zuckerberg is giving away a lot of money, but for worthy causes and not just for someone who expects money for doing something so trivial as a Facebook post.  So, this is for the naive:

Zuckerberg

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Sexy Window Cleaner

Ladies, I have a hunch I know what you are thinking, but things aren’t always as you wish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2RrnjSt5ck

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Your Dreams

    Another Dream Fine

Last year I conducted this same poll and 26 of you voted.  Last years results were that 19 or 73% of you thought achieving your goals were within your own power and 7 or 27% of you thought achieving your goals were either unlikely or  dependent upon forces outside of yourself.

I’m delighted to say that this year 38 of you voted.  The results were that 35 or 92% of you thought achieving your goals were within your own power and 3 or 8% of you thought accomplishing your goals were either unlikely or depended upon forces outside of yourself.

THIS WEEK POLL – 2016

Chapter 10 of my book is devoted to “Optimism”.  Unfortunately, I can appreciate that some of you may be facing circumstances where you have little to be optimistic about.  But for most of us, I feel even if we are facing challenges, we can still be optimistic.  So this week’s poll is on how optimistic you feel about 2016.

      2016

SONG OF THE WEEK

Keep on Dancing

If you want to hear some good music and see a fantastic video that goes with that  music, just click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEs6e0FdwU&feature=youtu.be

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

I think it is a difficult concept to accept, but it is possible for honest and well intentioned people to be exposed to the same set of circumstances and come up with vastly different views.  

oldyoung fine

Tell us what you first see via the poll

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund_Freud_LIFE

Sigmund Freud was one of the trailblazers of modern-day psychology. As the originator of Psychoanalysis, Freud distinguished himself as an intellectual giant. He pioneered new techniques for understanding human behavior, and his efforts resulted in the most comprehensive theory of personality and psychotherapy ever developed. (Source: Compiled by Himmat Rana, May 1997)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Sigmund Freud was giving one of his famous Clark University lectures. Freud had been describing the latent sexual meaning and significance of dream symbols, when someone asked, “You seem to smoke a lot of cigars, what does *that* symbolize?”

Fraud then issued his famous but apparently unsubstantiated reply.

Cigar fine

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

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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.

FrontCover

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.

a_friend_in_need

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.

Santa y dogs

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

Dam joke

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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.”

Ben_Kenobi

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

TheTwilightZoneLogo

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

James T Kirk

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

Atom 2

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

Bartender responds “For you? no charge.”

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