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

Happy-Thanksgiving-Turkey-02

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

funny-new-years-resolutions-quotes

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

Jack_Sparrow_In_Pirates_of_the_Caribbean-_At_World's_End

[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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11/23/15 – A Disturbing World

 CURRENT EVENTS

Viva la France!

France

Normally, I post something different each week; but I’m going to stay with Viva la France again this week.

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Keep Calm and Carry On is a little book of motivational quotes.  The title coming from a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War.  The book came out in 2009 and I first read it in 2010.  It doesn’t take long to read it, since it is just quotes.  But the title appealed to me during these troubled times.

Keep Calm and Carry On

You can read more about the history of the motivational quote used as the title for this book on Wikipedia.  Just click on:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

good and obedient wives

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Coffee y Wine

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Sometimes the world is so disturbing, that one alternative to depression is to dance.  I think I’m going to dance now.

LAST WEEK POLL – A Christmas Carol

A Christ Carol image for poll

It seems like many of us have seen a movie based up the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  And I thought a surprising number of us have seen a play based upon the story.  And a good number of us have even read the story.

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Thanksgiving

SONG OF THE WEEK

I guess I’m not the only one feeling the need to dance.  Click on the link below and scroll down a little past the history and you will see some performers from the past dancing to Uptown Funk.  

Uptown Funk

http://www.littlethings.com/uptown-funk-dance-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-vts/?utm_source=LTts&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=performances

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Napoléon Bonaparte

Napoleon

Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution [ ]

Napoleon dominated European affairs for over a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly gaining control of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history.

In civil affairs, Napoleon had a major long-term impact by bringing liberal reforms to the countries that he conquered, especially the Low Countries, Switzerland, Italy, and large parts of Germany. He implemented fundamental liberal policies in France and throughout Western Europe. His lasting legal achievement was the Napoleonic Code, which has been adopted in various forms by a quarter of the world’s legal systems, from Japan to Quebec. (Source:  Wikipedia)

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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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