08/03/15 – Cecil, 20 Minutes to Health, Thinking About Writing a Book, Validation, Advice for Husbands & Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

MY BOOK & BLOG

A big thank you to Detroit’s Premier Auditor, John Quaine, for his very kind review of my book and me on Amazon.  Thank you very much John.

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

I’m also pleased to announce that for last week’s posting, I had 88 views.  To all of you, thank you very much for checking out my blog and as always; please send me your jokes, thoughts, movie & book suggestions.

CURRENT EVENTS

By now you have all heard of the cowardly act of the Minnesota dentist, Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, MN; who murdered Cecil by luring Cecil out of the Hwange National Park to an unprotected area by strapping a dead animal to their vehicle.  Once off national park land, a light was shined on Cecil and he was shot with an arrow.  Wounded Cecil was tracked for 40 hours and then shot, beheaded and skinned.

Here is what Arnold Schwarzenegger had to say: Stop killing big cats. Killing a lion isn’t ballsy. Going into the octagon or joining the military – that’s ballsy. Try that before you kill a lion. Protecting big cats is also ballsy.

Arnold

 

We are looking for a dentist

The Highlander Games were held this weekend in Livonia and it is a great place to watch some tests of strength as well as Celtic music, dancing & beer.  Below is a clip of an event called, The Farmers Walk, where you hold 200 lbs. in each hand and see how far you can walk.

And today through August 9, if you want to see terrific modern versions of two of Shakespeare’s plays, check out:

http://shakespeareroyaloak.com/

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

This week I finished reading The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds.  I had to skim a little here and there; but overall the book delivered the latest findings regarding exercise.  

Life expectancy in the U.S. and in Europe is expected to drop because too many of us smoke, eat too much and exercise too little.  For instance, the book recommends you should walk or work out lightly for 150 minutes a week, and that most of the benefits come in the first 20 minutes of exercise.  Are you willing to invest 20 or so minutes a day into staying healthy?

 First 20 Minutes

Over the years, I have heard many people talk about wanting to write; well in this time of limited attention spans, I think this book can help you.  I must admit I did a lot of skimming this week to finish this book, but I think you can find some helpful tips in the book for writing in today’s world.

How to Write Short

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I really hoped you took at least a quick glance at last week’s recommend film, called, “Validation“.  I think if you just watch the first 20 seconds, you will want to watch the entire 16 minutes.  Just click on  on the link below to view last week’s film.

http://crackyouregg.com/heartfelt-video/

My friend Mary Ellen sent me a link to this video.  It is great advice for husbands as well as an extremely funny four minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyduncFpzl4

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Angry woman

LAST WEEK POLL

Of the 25 votes (you could vote more than once), the poll is the most popular feature of this blog.  I’ve had a number of you that tell me you like to see how your choices compare to those of others.

Five of you indicated that you have passed on jokes that you first saw on this blog.  Thank you, I try to find funny stuff that also sometimes has a moral.

Three of you indicated you have commented on a posting.  I’ve had so many people mention they don’t know how to comment.  If you want to leave a comment, all you have to do is click on the last line of the weekly post, where it says, “Leave a comment”.  There isn’t anything more to it; if you are still having trouble; drop me an email at:  mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

Two of you mentioned that you bought or read a book recommended on this blog.  I hope the books were everything you expected.  Most of the books I suggest are very easy reads and if not, I say so.

Only one of you indicated you watched a movie because it was recommended on this blog (I assume that doesn’t include the short videos).  I hope that is because you have already watched these terrific movies, if not; you may want to rethink that via Netflix or Amazon streaming.

Also, only one of you have indicated that you have passed my blog on to someone else.  If you enjoy this blog, I wish you would tell others.  And if you don’t like it that much, please tell me what I can do to make it better.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Folks, in answer to the age old question of why did the chicken cross the road, I offer the following: 

Chicken Crossing the Road

 

 

07/27/15 – Sad News, Attila the Hun, Validation, Steve Jobs, Religion & Barnes & Nobles

 

My Final Cover

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

SAD NEWS: Christy Arboscello 

Christy y Family

It is always sad to report a death and especially when the person is so young herself and leaving behind two very young children and her husband, Angelo.  

Some of you who attended my summer happy hour parties may remember Christy and her young son Dorian.

Christy y Dorian

If you are interesting in knowing more about the life of this extraordinary young woman, please click on the link below.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/obituary/2015/07/20/ex-free-press-reporter-christy-arboscello-dies/30443639/

Free Press Christy

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

I just finished reviewing my recommended book for this week, “Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun” by Wess Roberts, Ph.D. and it is every bit the meaningful and easy to read book that it was in 2007, when I first read the book.

Although it was written in 1993, the advice it gives out stands up to the test of time in this very easy to read book.

 Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This week’s movie is an extraordinary film that was recommended to me by Judith, an extraordinary woman herself.  The film is called, “Validation” and it is 16 minutes long.  

I am just asking that you watch just 20 seconds of the film and let me know if you are able to stop watching it.  I honestly believe this film is a good investment of 16 minutes of your life.  

To view the film, just click on the link below.

http://crackyouregg.com/heartfelt-video/

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK 

Steve Jobs quote

LAST WEEK POLL

The vast majority of you like the new format better than when I stuck to a single trait so I will continue trying to keep the blog current and covering a number of traits that I hope will be helpful to you as well as to me.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Folks, I have been cautioned to be careful of making political jokes because they can unintentionally start arguments.  Therefore, I thought I would switch to a safer topic. 

Four truths

 

CONCLUSION

Although I mention many times that my book is available on Amazon, I should let you know that my book is also available on the Barnes & Nobles website.  Just click on:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

For those of you that have supported me by purchasing a copy of my book,  please do me another favor and let others know what you thought of it at Amazon.  Currently, I have over 100 copies of my book floating around out there somewhere and I have five reviews–any chance of making it six reviews?

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

Thanks to a very nice lady, Annette Foster, my Facebook page Harmony Books & Films, LLC now has 52 likes.  Any chance we could make it 53 Facebook page likes this week?

I think comments make this blog so much more interesting and helpful, so why not start a conversation?  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”.

And finally, please send me any of your suggestions for books, films, quotes, jokes, polls or anything else you think will make this blog more interesting and helpful to people.  Thank you. 

07/20/15 – Change, Emmy’s Post, Detroit Free Press, Iran, Caesars, Terminator, Drug Lord, the Skimm, Poll, a Bear & a Short Video

 

My Final Cover

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

THIS WEEK’S THEME: 

I’m changing my weekly post by including more current events, in hopes they will be more interesting to you.

Also, I am asking you to submit quotes, movies, self-help books, short film clips you took yourself, current news items or anything else you come across that is entertaining and better yet if it can help a person improve themselves.  You can let me know via comments or send to:

mailto:harmonybooksfilmsllc@comcast.net

NEW STORE IN ROYAL OAK

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I’m delighted to announce that a new teen boutique is now in Royal Oak on 210 W. Sixth Street, called Emmy’s Post.  I just love the store’s philosophy.  Judy Lewis, one of the store’s owners said, “It has to be positive, and it has to be outward focused.  It can’t just be about making money.  It has to be about helping people.”  I really hope if you are around Royal Oak, you will stop in at this store.  It is really a cool store.  If you told them that you heard about the store from Bill, that would be nice; but not necessary 🙂

INSPIRING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

If you don’t believe the American Dream still exists, you may want to read this inspiring Detroit Free Press article by Susan Selasky about the National Coney Island restaurants, celebrating 50 years.

http://www.freep.com/story/life/food/2015/07/16/national-coney-island-fiftieth/30132533/

IRAN

I was in the U.S. Army, I lived in Iranian hotels and apartments for well over a year.

Persian Knights

The vast majority of Iranians I met were very nice to me and some went out of their way to help me get along in this very different world.  Of course, I was there during the time of the Shah, so our two countries were not at odds with one another.  It was just people relating to people.

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I tend to think that maybe it is the governments and the media that gets people to hate one another.  For instance, I believe the average Russian would be reasonably friendly with any Americans they encountered; and wouldn’t most of you be helpful to a Russian tourtist trying to find his way in our city.

I believe the more diversity we have in our lives, the more sensitive we will be to the needs and concerns of people different from ourselves.  I suspect diversity is a pathway to peace both inside and outside our borders.

SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

Surprise, I don’t always read self-help books, but any reasonably well written book can enhance your perspective.  I just finishing reading The Twelve Caesars by Matthew Dennison.  I’m not suggesting you read this book, but I am suggesting you read a book if you are serious about improving yourself.

 The Twelve Caesars

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I saw Terminator Genisys in 3D.  Sure, Arnold is older than when he made the first Terminator movie back in 1984; but as he says many times throughout the movie about himself, “Old, but not obsolete”.  

Terminator Genisys

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK (Obtained from the Skimm)

If you want to be extraordinary, you cannot constantly play it safe.  As for advice, I would be less concerned about the quality of the advice giver and more concerned about the quality of the advice.

“In this life, he who risks nothing cannot win”

Source:The son of El Chapo — aka the escaped Mexican drug lord — getting philosophical about his dad’s prison break.

El Chapo

Quote from: http://www.theskimm.com/

The Skimm is a very cool website that gives you the latest news updates Monday through Friday and is very brief.  Check it out and see if you don’t like it as much as I do.

THIS WEEK’S POLL 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I found this on the internet and I think it was intended as a joke.  But I thought about it and decided that this was a very wise bear because this bear focuses on the similarities among people; rather than their differences. 

Smart Bear

SHORT VIDEO – THE DEADLIFT

CONCLUSION

For those of you that have supported me by purchasing a copy of my book,  please do me another favor and let others know what you thought of it at Amazon.  Currently, I have over 100 copies of my book floating around out there somewhere and I have five reviews–any chance of making it six reviews?

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

Also, if you enjoy this blog, why not pass it on to your friends as well as consider liking my Facebook page Harmony Books & Films, LLC.  So far, 51 of you have been kind enough to like my Facebook page.

I think comments make this blog so much more interesting and helpful, so why not start a conversation?  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”.