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Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives
October-December, 2023


This page shows archived posts for Gary J. Wolff's blog from October-December, 2023.

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Gary


Dec. 26, 2023 - Duo Mosaico, Saci Perere, Christmas Eve 2023



Duo Mosaico, Saci Perere, Christmas Eve 2023
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0:00 White Christmas
2:52 Fato consumado
6:00 Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)
8:45 O sol nascerá - A voz do morro

These 2 delightful & talented ladies... Tomoko Nozawa (野沢知子) & Sachiko Yoshino (吉野幸子)... entertained the lunch crowd on Xmas Eve at Saci Perere, Tokyo's famous Brazilian restaurant founded in 1974 by the father of boss nova superstar Lisa Ono.

These are just 4 of the many wonderful songs they performed, all sung in Portuguese. More videos of the amazing Duo Mosaico can be found here.




Dec. 20, 2023 - 100 Best Things to Do in Japan


100 best things to do in Japan
100 Best Things To Do in Japan
(image courtesy: finex.co.jp)

"The multilingual free magazine att.JAPAN launched in the year 2001 and with this edition, proudly marks its 100th issue. Over the past 23 years, through firsthand reporting, we have brought the best of Japan to the world, from classic sightseeing spots to little known hidden gems, from food culture to festivals and performing arts.

att.JAPAN's editors know every corner of this country, and here have selected 100 experiences we hope every traveler to Japan can try. Have faith in these recommendations as everything here was directly experienced by members of our team at att. JAPAN. You're sure to uncover a new side to this island nation, and open the door to unforgettable experiences.

Whether you're a first-time traveler wondering where to start, or a seasoned, well-traveled fan of the country, read on to find the perfect something for you!" 

https://att-japan.net/en/articles/705
(Vol. 1 Hokkaido/Tohoku is the 1st of 6 volumes covering all 100 best things to do in Japan)




Dec. 8, 2023 - Today's humor! laughing icon


No one calls me a ho 3 times
No one calls me a ho 3 times


new roundabout traffic signaling
To avoid confusion, this city just installed new signaling for a roundabout


Photoshop, the best tool
Photoshop courses, the best tool to change your body


airlines cutting back on maintenance costs
Airlines cutting back on maintenance costs




Dec. 5, 2023 - Tens of thousands of illegal aliens invade Texas on Mexico's dangerous La Bestia "Death Train"

A recent video from the Center for Immigration Studies highlights the role the Mexican cargo train system, “La Bestia,” plays in transporting migrants from deep in Mexico to the Texas southern border. Tens of thousands of mostly Central Americans and Venezuelans travel on the “death train,” getting a free ride north and avoiding Mexico’s temporary visa requirement.

Todd Bensman, the Center’s senior national security fellow, narrates his video that starts with the migrants jumping the trains in Monterrey, Mexico, 250 miles from the Texas southern border. Past presidents, like President Obama, realized that U.S. border numbers are fueled in part by the large number of migrants riding "The Beast” and successfully worked to have the Mexican government crack down on the dangerous practice. President Biden met with the president of Mexico recently, but there was no public mention of stopping this popular illegal path to the Texas border.



Tens of thousands of illegal aliens invade Texas on Mexico's dangerous La Bestia "Death Train"
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Nov. 27, 2023 - "O Holy Night" by father-son opera singers Paul Hartfield Sr. & Robert Hartfield

My all-time favorite rendition of this sacred Christmas song by the best father-son opera duo ever. Raised in the East Texas city of Lufkin and a graduate of the famed Stephen F. Austin State University music school, international opera singer Paul Hartfield is in style and spirit a true Italian tenor.

Mr. Hartfield earned a number of America's most prestigious singing awards early in his career, and was very soon singing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Seattle Opera, Kansas City Opera, Utah Opera, Tampa Bay Opera, and San Diego Opera.

Mr. Hartfield's international engagements have included the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Opera de Monte Carlo, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Bel Canto Festival (France), Hong Kong Opera, and Cape Town Opera.

By all means, don't miss the finale beginning around the 4:08 mark which sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. A very Merry Christmas, everyone...



​​O Holy Night - Paul Hartfield Sr. & Robert Hartfield
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[I had the pleasure of meeting Paul back in his college days in Nacogdoches thru Ted Stewart, a mutual friend, who also studied opera at SFASU. I absolutely LOVE this beautiful song, "It is Well with My Soul," that Paul sang at Ted's funeral 15 years ago. By all means, don't miss the amazing crescendo in this song starting at the 4:20 mark where you can hear Paul's gifted operatic voice!]




Nov. 15, 2023 - Singing is good for you!

HOW SINGING AFFECTS OUR HEALTH:
  • Singing informs the body the "right" vibrations that increase our vitality;
  • During singing, special chemicals are produced in the human brain that help us feel peace and joy;
  • Singing improves blood circulation in the throat area, which has a beneficial effect on the vocal chords and numerous lymph nodes in the throat and therefore significantly increases local immunity (in other words, we less often get colds);
  • Improving the blood supply while singing leads to an increase in brain activity: it begins to work more intensively, memory improves, any information is easier to perceive;
  • Singing is very beneficial for lung diseases, as it works as a breathing gymnastics, which promotes chest development, proper breathing, and significantly reduces the number of acute lung conditions;
  • With regular singing, the levels of immunoglobulin and hydrocortizone, which are signs of good immunity, increase in the body;
  • Methods have been developed that treat hiccups through singing and help improve diction;
  • Singing is even used in the fight against obesity: sometimes it is available to overweight people when they feel hungry, instead of eating, they can just sing 2 or 3 songs.
Attention, girls! Singing improves blood supply to the head area and generally rejuvenates the body while skin condition improves.

This is why experts recommend singing at least 5 minutes a day, equating singing to physical exercise.


Singing is good for you!
Singing is good for you!




Nov. 6, 2023 - Propaganda Exposed! [UNCENSORED] docu-series

In my daily ongoing search for truth, an interesting news story crossed my radar the other day. If like me you are tired of fake news & all the lies we've been fed over the past several years, you may have an interest in the free 9-day (Nov. 1-9) Propaganda Exposed! [UNCENSORED] docu-series by Charlene & Ty Bollinger, founders of TheTruthAboutCancer.com.

If so, it's not too late to watch the trailer & sign up here: https://propaganda-exposed.com/ (Episode 5 is presently airing, as we speak.)

The video below is a sneak preview of the 1st part of the final Episode 9 which will air Nov. 9.



Propaganda Exposed! [UNCENSORED], Episode 9
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Nov. 2, 2023 - Murders, cartels, squalor: Colony Ridge just northeast of Houston, Texas is a haven for illegal aliens

Just 35 miles northeast of Houston lies Colony Ridge (“Terrenos Houston” in Spanish), a sprawl of homes, trailers and even tents, is home to as many as 75,000 people in an area at least 50 percent bigger than Manhattan.

One of the biggest housing developments in the country has become a no-go zone, a home to criminals and drug cartels, and a magnet for illegal immigration.

The 40-square-mile development on unincorporated land in Liberty County was launched 15 years ago & its latest and largest subdivision, when complete, will hold 30,000 lots.

The developers offer owner financing to prospective buyers, meaning undocumented migrants can bypass the credit rating and proof of residency required for traditional bank loans.

But once they put down a small down payment, buyers have to pay credit card-style interest rates of up to 15 percent as well as hefty fees for water and sewage hookup.

The owners are accused of preying on people, especially migrants, by advertising a 1950s-style fantasy of suburban home ownership that in reality is a vast, shoddily constructed, environmentally unsafe trailer park run on predatory lending practices.

Source: New York Post



Murders, cartels, squalor: Colony Ridge just northeast of Houston, Texas is a haven for illegal aliens
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)


Location and size of Colony Ridge
Location and size of Colony Ridge
(image courtesy New York Post)




Oct. 27, 2023 - U.S. government is warning Americans not to travel to these countries right now

After the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas that has increased tensions across the Middle East, the U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide caution alert on Oct. 20 for Americans traveling abroad.

The State Department issues travel advisory levels for more than 200 countries, with advisories ranging from Level 1 to Level 4. Generally, Level 4 (Do Not Travel) countries (marked in red in the map below) have a high risk of unrest, terrorism, or conflict, which means that people likely shouldn't travel there.

At least 21 countries around the world have a Level 4 advisory; they include Haiti, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Belarus, Venezuela, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Israel, among others.

Source: ZeroHedge

Travel Advisories for all countries, U.S. State Dept.


Americans should not travel to these countries
Countries marked in red are places where Americans should not travel.
(U.S. State Department/screenshot via The Epoch Times)




Oct. 18, 2023 - A Christmas Gift - 20th Year

"Finally, after 4 years of waiting, we can hold 'A Christmas Gift - 20th Year'! We are excited to celebrate this year's event with a wonderful group of talented artists. Please mark your calendars and join us on this very special day!!"

Franciscan Chapel Center, Roppongi, Tokyo
Fri. Dec. 15, 2023, 7 pm
Presented by The Voice Music project, and organized & led by Ms. Charito Vergara

One of the most prominent jazz vocalists in Japan, Charito has achieved global recognition with her ​voice,​ expression, and musical artistry.​ Aside from her professional and successful music career, Charito acts as the founder of the nonprofit group "Because We ​Care" that is dedicated to spearheading and supporting various charity works focused on creating a better future for children in need in both Japan and the Philippines.

Christmas Gift 2023 flyer
A Christmas Gift - 20th Year
(a larger image of the poster above can be viewed here: The Voice Music




Oct. 10, 2023 - New “Ain’t No Rock and Roll” song calls out rock stars who pushed compliance with Covid-19 & vaccine mandates

Brad Skistimas of Five Times August in his new music video “Ain’t No Rock and Roll” calls out legendary rock stars who sold out during the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in the needless deaths of millions across the globe.

The music video below features images, previous headlines, and quotes of legacy rock stars including Neil Young, Gene Simmons of KISS, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters among others (*) who threw their support behind government mandates, performed shows exclusively for the vaccinated, and shunned fans who questioned government mandates.

(*) Lady Gaga, John Legend, Elton John, Pink, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Brian May, Dead & Company, & Green Day



“Ain’t No Rock and Roll” by Five Times August
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Oct. 7, 2023 - Triple Trouble band at What the Dickens in Tokyo

Great classic rock tunes Friday night by the Triple Trouble band led by a couple of extremely talented Canadian guys. Don't miss all the wild dancing & stunning electric guitar solo in the "Move It On Over" song.



Triple Trouble, What the Dickens, Tokyo, Oct. 6, 2023
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0:00 Dead Flowers, The Rolling Stones
3:52 Two Dollar Bill, old bluegrass classic
8:28 Stay Home Blues, Damian MacIntosh
12:57 Paint It Black, The Rolling Stones
17:29 I'd Love to Change the World, Ten Years After
20:54 Crossroads, Cream
25:44 Move It On Over, Hank Williams
29:50 Lucky Man, Emerson, Lake & Palmer




Oct. 5, 2023 - You were right...

...People don't land on their feet! laughing icon


You were right...
You were right... People don't land on their feet! smiley




Oct. 3, 2023 - Aurora, Ontario in Canada says NO to 15-minute cities!



Aurora, Ontario in Canada says NO to 15-minute cities!
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15-Minute City: This Statement Should Be Read At Every City Council Meeting In America
(transcript of Joel Sussman statement at the Aurora, Ontario City Council meeting on Sept. 21, 2023)


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