Archive for November, 2010

Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished…

November 30, 2010

Leslie Nielson

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian–American actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to Neighborhood Playhouse. Beginning with a television role in 1948, he quickly expanded to over 50 television appearances two years later. Nielsen appeared in his first films in 1956 and began collecting roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films. Nielsen’s lead roles in the films Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) received positive reviews as a serious actor.

Although Nielsen’s acting career crossed a variety of genres in both television and films, his deadpan delivery as a doctor in Airplane! (1980) marked a turning point in his career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, “the Olivier of spoofs.” Nielsen enjoyed further success with The Naked Gun film series, based on a short-lived television series Police Squad! he starred in. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gave him a reputation as a comedian. In the final two decades of his career, Nielsen appeared in multiple spoof and parody films, many of which were met poorly by critics but performed well in box office and home media releases. He was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career and was inducted into both the Canada and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nielsen married four times and had two daughters from his second marriage.

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe. ..

November 29, 2010

Claudia Black

Claudia Black (not the sci-fi, Farscape actress) is a renowned addiction author, speaker and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders.

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of…

November 28, 2010

Charles Richards

Charles Richards, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Encinitas, California. He specializes in Soul Journeys Therapy, a process he developed and refined which allows clients to recall and heal the invisible emotional wounds of present and past-lives, pre-birth, and the birth experience. He also specializes in facilitating between-life experiences and karmic analysis, a method of learning the present and past-life karmic influences in your current life and relationships.

It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness…

November 27, 2010

James M. Barrie

James M. Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish author and dramatist, best known for his character Peter Pan. The play Peter Pan or, The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up was first performed in 1904 and published in 1928.

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson…

November 26, 2010

Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett was born a middle class baby boomer among the corn and cows of the Midwest, and raised in the small town factory culture of Sturgis, Michigan. He learned to write terrible poetry at a young age and attended Michigan State University just long enough to produce several empty -headed short stories. Before fleeing to Western skies for something even remotely interesting to write about he sold his books, records, and his 1955 Pontiac StarChief with the Hydra-matic transmission, and stuck a thumb toward the Pacific Ocean.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

November 25, 2010

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.
Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.
Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.
He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.
He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America’s largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.
Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.
He has traveled and worked in over 80 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. Brian is happily married and has four children. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California.

You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.

November 24, 2010

Viki King

Viki King is the author of “How To Write A Movie In 21 Days – The Inner Movie Method”; the creator of a series of tapes on issues of health, grief and money, and a workshop leader. From her Malibu home she consults a wide range of clients, helping them work out blocks in creativity, and challenges with relationships and other issues.

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.

November 23, 2010

Thomas S. Monson

 Thomas Spencer Monson (born August 21, 1927) is the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president of the church, Monson is considered by adherents to be a prophet, seer, and revelator of God’s will on earth. A printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and in public service. Appointed by Ronald Reagan to the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives, Monson is also a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Buffalo and the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s Bronze Wolf—both awards the highest given in each organization. Monson has received three honorary doctorates and serves as Chairman of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System.

Monson was ordained an apostle at age 36 and served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from March 12, 1995 until he became President of the Church. He succeeded Gordon B. Hinckley as church president on February 3, 2008.

Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue…

November 22, 2010

Roger C. Anderson

Roger C. Anderson, associate professor emeritus of political science at Bowling Green State University , received his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and his master’s and doctorate at the University of Wisconsin . He joined the BGSU faculty in 1967, where his fields of specialization were comparative and international politics, particularly Latin American and European politics; environmental politics and policy; and state and local government.

Dr. Anderson retired in 1998 but has continued his involvement with the BGSU community by teaching in the Political Science Department and by serving on the Family Campaign cabinet, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union dedication committee and the BGSU Retirees Association. An avid international traveler, Dr. Anderson frequently journeys to Europe , Asia and Latin America .

Dr. Anderson established this award so that undergraduate students would have an opportunity to enrich their studies and to increase their awareness of other cultures through study abroad.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

November 20, 2010

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Portrait of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe with Decorations (1749-1832)by Heinrich Cristoph

THE boy, Goethe, was a precocious youngster. At the early age of eight he had already acquired some knowledge of Greek, Latin, French and Italian. He had likewise acquired from his mother the knack of story telling; and from a toy puppet show in his nursery his first interest in the stage.

Goethe’s early education was somewhat irregular and informal, and already he was marked by that apparent feeling of superiority that stayed by him throughout his life. When he was about 16 he was sent to Leipzig, ostensibly to study law. He apparently studied more life than law and put in his time expressing his reactions through some form of writing. On at least two occasions, this form was dramatic.

Finally, in 1770 Goethe went to Strassburg, this time really intent on passing his preliminary examinations in law, and with the somewhat more frivolous ambition of learning to dance. Along with his study of law, he studied art, music, anatomy and chemistry. A strong friendship with the writer, Herder, was likewise no part of Goethe’s experience at this time, a contact which was of considerable importance in these formative years.

In 1771 Goethe returned to Frankfurt, nominally to practice law, but he was soon deep in work on what was to be his first dramatic success, Götz von Berlichingen. While this was actually the story of a robber baron of the 16th century it really represented Goethe’s youthful protest against the established order and his demand for intellectual freedom. Its success made its hitherto unknown author the literary leader of Germany.

Goethe’s invitation in 1775 to the court of Duke Karl August at Weimar was a turning point in the literary life of Germany. He became manager of the Court Theater, and interested himself in various other activities, so that for a period of some ten years not much actual writing was done.

The writing of Faust, however, that best known of Goethe’s works, extended over practically the whole of Goethe’s literary life, a period of 57 years. It was finally finished when Goethe was 81. Faust is in reality a dramatic poem rather than a piece for the stage. While based on the same legend as Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, it far transcends both its legendary source and the English play. The latter is little more than a Morality illustrating the punishment of sin; Goethe’s work is a drama of redemption.

Others of Goethe’s works which have stood the test of time include: Clavigo, Egmont, Stella, Iphigenia in Tauris and Torquato Tasso.

†This article was originally published in Minute History of the Drama. ed. Alice B. Fort & Herbert S. Kates. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1935. p. 70.