January 18

The * provides today’s advice.



Jason Segel 1980

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Cut yourself some slack.

He’ll try anything, but Segel said he’s only embarrassed when he’s “unprepared.”

“You know what I learned as I got older? To give myself a break,” he said. “As long as I’m trying as hard as I can … you’re going to mess up and you’re not going to be perfect. It’s OK. … Everything’s OK.”



*Cut yourself some slack today. Everything’s OK. Be prepared and if you need a good laugh, watch the birthday boy Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Dave Bautista 1969

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He holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days, and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena)


Batista does not care about his carbohydrates or calorie intake due to his highly intensive training. He follows a low fat high protein diet and avoids bread.



*Avoid bread today – see if you can go the entire day without eating any. Have a Monster Energy drink and then try his workout. And if you want some sci-fi action watch the birthday boy Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy


Daniel Webster 1782

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As an orator, Webster had no equal among his American contemporaries. With the magic of the spoken word he moved judges and juries, visitors and colleagues in Congress, and vast audiences gathered for special occasions. His great occasional addresses, commemorating such historic events as the landing of the Pilgrims and the Battle of Bunker Hill, gave dramatic expression to his nationalism and conservatism. He reached the height of his eloquence in his reply to the nullificationist Robert Y. Hayne, a reply that concluded with the words ‘Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!’


One time, it is told, he was asked what he regarded as the greatest thought that ever occupied his mind. He replied: “The sense of my individual responsibility to God.”


*Think about what your individual responsibility to God is. When times get tough, use this as your mantra: “God and I, now and forever, one and inseparable.”


Ted DiBiase 1954

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Claiming “Everybody has a price,” The Million Dollar Man was a villainous character fans loved to hate.


*If there exists a person who has lived his life to the fullest and reached a state of contentment then perhaps he has reached a conclusion that there is nothing more to gain. He has no need to gain more. He may want to leave this life with a legacy as someone who gives, not someone who takes. Such a person cannot be bought. Become this person.


Kevin Costner 1955 – watch Dances with Wolves

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This is a story about a civil war lieutenant who learns to co-exist with a Native American tribe. But the real inspiring story is the one that propelled the author to write. He believed in himself and his talents, and when everyone else told him he wasn’t going to cut it, he still believed anyway. He was washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant. Most people would lose hope by that point. But Michael Blake knew he was destined for something better and looked beyond his current situation and created a better world for himself (and an Oscar for his old friend, Kevin, too). Persistence, work-ethic, and a brilliant story; now that’s a lesson we all can learn from.



Over the course of six months in wide release, Dances with Wolves took in $184 million domestically, rocketing it past Young GunsSilverado, and other Westerns to become the highest grossing film in the genre. Twenty-five years later, it’s still at the top of the chart, just ahead of 2010’s True Grit. Interestingly, in all its weeks in theaters, Dances With Wolves never topped the box office charts.


*As an American History teacher, I suggest that an entire course could be taught with nothing but Kevin Costner movies. Watch his shining jewel today and know that you are destined for something better in life.


Julius Peppers 1980 – stuffed bell peppers

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Just as the descriptors “monster” or “freak” have often been used for the 6’ 7″, 295-pound nine-time Pro Bowler, so too have “quiet” and “guarded.” This is how a guy can wreck the NFL for nearly two decades, and still fly under the radar everywhere but on the scouting report. Peppers has at least seven sacks in 15 of his 16 seasons; he’s the most feared pass rusher this century. And yet there’s a good chance you’ve never heard the guy say a word.


*Enjoy these stuffed bell peppers in honor of the most feared pass rusher this century, Julius Peppers.

Wash them down with a Million Dollar Cocktail in honor of Ted DiBiase’s birthday.


Louis Eppinger, a German-born bartender known for creating the Bamboo cocktail at the Yokohama Grand Hotel in the late 1800s. Eppinger is also credited with devising the recipe for the Million Dollar Cocktail, a frothy blend of gin, sweet vermouth, pineapple and egg white that Kaiho says is still considered a classic among bartenders in Tokyo. This is Kaiho’s take on the drink, featuring genever and Cherry Heering.

1½ oz. Bols Genever
½ oz. Cherry Heering
2 oz. pineapple juice
Egg white (pasteurized if you like)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: pineapple leaf


SNUB – Cary Grant 1904

Review –

  • Cut yourself some slack
  • Bautista workout
  • Individual responsibility to God
  • Be a giver not a taker
  • Watch Dances with Wolves
  • Make stuffed bell Peppers