09/12/16 – Let’s See Who Reads This

CURRENT EVENTS

Sorry, I just could not resist.

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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

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I ran my first race in my new 70-year-old plus bracket at the Detroit Zoo Run Wild event, held Sunday (9/11).  In the 5K race, there was 13 of us in the 70 and over category.  I came in 4th out of the males and females in that category and I was the 1200 finisher out of the 2,157 people finishing the race.

9 / 11

never-forget

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Moderation in all things, especially at the table.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Often we are our own worse enemy.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

The extraordinary person never forgets to show gratitude of even the smallest acts of kindness.

As for those generic thanks, such as, “You may have donated a million dollars, got your friends to give hundreds or dollars or merely wish me luck.  I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the gesture.” are a lazy person’s way of expressing gratitude, at least for the first two categories of donators.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Ladies, it is important for you to develop a few maintenance skills, so you will not always be dependent upon a guy.  And guys, very few things impress a woman more than a few handyman skills.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The 15-Minute Philosopher

By Anne Rooney

I don’t agree with everything I found in this book, but that is to be expected in a thought-provoking book. I liked the style of presenting much of the material as questions that thought-provoking people need to be asking themselves.

I would definitely recommend you read this easy to read book and allow it to challenge your beliefs.

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Leon & Lulu’s

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/

If you live around the Detroit area and like books, this is a great opportunity to meet and talk to authors, including me.  

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Tyrant

This three-year television series will give you a feeling of how complex the Middle East issues are and why it is so difficult to resolve matters to everyone’s satisfaction.

I had the opportunity to live in the middle east for over a year, most of that time in an apartment.  And even with that experience, I still feel I gained some sensitivities to the situation thanks to this excellent show.

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Beer for My Horses

By Toby Keith with Willie Nelson

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Alley Opp vs. Helikopter

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Voting was way down, so I am going to drop the music video challenge.  Nevertheless, here are the results:

50% – Preferred Ally Opp

37.5% – Preferred neither

12.5% – Preferred both

THIS WEEK’S POLL – What is your party preference?

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Since most everyone is talking or thinking politics, with the USA Presidential election so close, I thought it would be interesting to know the party affiliation of the readers of this blog.  I realize some of you live overseas, so just select the party you like best.  And as always, I don’t know who answers what.

ART OF THE WEEK

Versailles, France

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This photo goes back many years; here I am outside of famous French Place at Versailles.

It has been said that Versailles was built by Louis XIV, enjoyed by Louis VX, and paid for by Louis XVI (along with his wife Marie Antoinette).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Christopher Reeve

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Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, who actually became the motion picture version of the comic book superhero  he portrayed – Superman. 

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carolyn, Dave & Samantha, 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 Jordan, who started following my blog (Currently 84 followers) and Eli & Fiona, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 93 likes).

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 Adaku, Amber, Anni, Carol, Cheryl, Cynthia, Ginny Jean, Joanne, Kimmy, Lynn, Marian, Maureen, Nicole, Shelia, Shirley & Susan, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

09/05/16 – Music Challenge Voting

CURRENT EVENTS

Vote Odin

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I’m tired of career politicians and so here is another non-career politician seeking your vote.  As you can see, Odin delivers.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Drink responsibly or you may end up like these guys.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

I understand that the Marines say that if you aren’t 15 minutes early, you are late.

The Marines are an extraordinary group of people and we can’t all be Marines; but we can all be respectful of others’ time and show up on time.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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Ask yourself, what are you reading and who are your friends.

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

We don’t always want what is best for us.

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Frog and Toad Treasury

By Arnold Lobel

I’ve mentioned this book before, but it has been a while so here it is  again.  The suggested reading audience is ages 4 through 8.  However, I think people of any age will enjoy this book.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 I Lift Things Up and Put Them Down

I just absolutely love this commercial.

I wonder why I love this commercial so much 

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Alley Opp

By The Hollywood Argles

Helikopter

By Gebroeders Ko

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Term Limitations

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Regarding term limitations:

75% – were in favor of term limitations

15% – were undecided about term limitations

10% – were against term limitations

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Alley Opp vs. Helikopter

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If you have a music video that you would like to see go against this week’s winner, please leave a blog comment with your suggestion.

ART OF THE WEEK

Sagrada Famíla

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I took this photo while in Barcelona.  I found the Sagrada Famíla to be one of the most magical spots I have ever been in.  Note that the tops of the columns become tree like.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

J.K. Rowling

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WHAT’S TRUE: J.K. Rowling dropped off the Forbes billionaires list in 2012 due to a combination of factors, including the estimated $160 million she donated to charity and Britain’s high tax rates.

WHAT’S FALSE: J.K. Rowling wasn’t the first billionaire to fall off the Forbes list due to charitable donations.

(Source:  Snopes.com)

In 2004, welfare-mom-turned-bestselling-novelist J.K. Rowling became the first author to make the Forbes billionaires list, thanks to the film and marketing empire based on her seven-book Harry Potter series, the first volume of which launched in the UK in 1997.

She remained on the list for seven years, all the while building a reputation for her philanthropic endeavors, including contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Children’s High Level Group (now known as Lumos), the building of a regenerative neurology clinic in Scotland, and various other charitable causes through her philanthropic trust, Volant.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

Thanks to Carol 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 Harbans, LordsValleyMusic & Chris, who started following my blog (Currently 84 followers) and Laura, who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page (Currently 91 likes).

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 Annette, Cynthia, Dawn, Julietta, Kim & Tiana, for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you have read my book, please consider posting an evaluation of it on Amazon.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

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

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885