February 28

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Benjamin Wadsworth 1670

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Parents & Children should love mutually, love one another; if they don’t, they’re without natural affections, which is mention’d among the worst crimes of Heathens and hypocrites. If Children duly consider, they’ll find they have abundant case to love their Parents, they are very base & vile if they neglect it. Unless they love their Parents, they can’t do other duties which they owe to them, as they should.


*Make time for your parents today. If possible, go see them and tell them how much they mean to you. I lost my dad on 5/21/18 and I miss him every day.


Bernadette Peters 1948

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So, wellness is mind first: meditating. Then body: exercising and being aware of what you’re eating. And a dog is good to have around.




This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chairor cushion.
  2. Close your eyes. We recommend using one of our Cooling Eye Masksor Restorative Eye Pillows if lying down.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.


*Meditate. Exercise. Eat well. Play with your dog. Don’t have a dog?…you know what to do.


Dean Smith 1931

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Act with honor and integrity.

“Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.”



Focusing on the process instead of the final result, which is often outside of one’s control, is good advice for all areas of life.


Carolina, in consultation with the Smith family and with their full support, created The Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund to honor the legacy of the legendary coach, who championed the cause of access to higher education and opportunity for all. This endowment fund will make college a reality for outstanding undergraduates from lower-income families and enable professionals in education and social work — two fields close to Coach Smith’s heart — to pursue advanced degrees. Students supported by the fund will exemplify Coach Smith’s qualities of leadership, service and excellence. Their presence on campus will immortalize the impact of his life for generations to come.


*Focus on the process of acting with honor and integrity today. Be genuinely happy for someone else’s success. Think of donating to the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund.


Mario Andretti 1940

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His designation as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, are also a testament to his post-racing life as an eclectic entrepreneur and investor—one who earns much more today than he ever did behind the wheel.


*The career you are in right now is not your last act. It’s never too early to start thinking about the next act of your life. Hopefully you can parlay the skills of your current job into a successful business.


Jason Aldean 1977

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As with Sandy Hook and Pulse before, and now Parkland, the Route 91 shooting has ignited calls for some to speak out about the gun lobby and tighter gun control. This is a tricky proposition with country music, which has had ties to the NRA, a portion of its fan base that leans conservative, and a cultural affiliation with firearms. Aldean, being a gun owner and a father, could potentially bring some nuance to the conversation, but he doesn’t see any upside to doing that. Instead, he’d rather see our elected leaders do their jobs.


*Jason Aldean was on stage in Las Vegas when the bullets started flying. As I type this, it is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Listen to Jason Aldean today and wonder why he won’t do more than rely on our elected leaders to do their job.


Cindy Wilson 1957 – grilled rock lobster tails

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We were at a party
His earlobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn’t a rock
It was a rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster
Rock lobster



*Listen to the song “Rock Lobster” while eating grilled rock lobster tails, while sitting in your love shack.

SNUB – Ali Larter

Review –

  • Make time for your parents
  • Meditate, exercise, eat well, play with your dog
  • Be happy for someone else’s success
  • Think about the next act of your life
  • Listen to Jason Aldean
  • Make grilled rock lobster tails

February 27

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John Steinbeck 1902

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If you have to make a difficult or life-changing decision, don’t let anyone else decide for you. It’s your life. Don’t let anyone “shoot your dog” for you.




Fear and confidence, questioning and hope are part of the paradox of life, of what is. “There are mysterious things which [can] not be explained if man is the final unit,” Steinbeck wrote more than seventy years ago to Carlton A. Sheffield. Perhaps there is both hope and fear in living with the awareness that “species, including our own, are only commas in a sentence.” Indeed, we are only a part of the bigger story we find ourselves in.



*Your next reading suggestion is another book you may have read in high school – Of Mice and Men. If you did, reread it as an adult and notice the change in your perspective. And remember that it’s your life. Don’t let anyone make life changing decisions for you.


Tony Gonzalez 1976

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How has your exercise routine changed now that you’re no longer in the NFL?

To play in the NFL you’ve got to lift weights. You’ve got to be strong. I went from working out with 120-130 pound dumbbells down to 70-pound dumbbells, and I won’t go up. I’ll just do more reps now. Higher reps, less weight. I think my body is reflecting that. I’m not as big, because I’m not as strong as I used to be.



*Do a dumbbell workout with higher reps and less weight. Bench, military press, curls, rows.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807

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A Psalm of Life


What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

Life is but an empty dream!

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.


Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.


Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each to-morrow

Find us farther than to-day.


Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still, like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.


In the world’s broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!


Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,— act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o’erhead!


Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.


Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.


*Live life to its fullest, find a purpose, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. A Psalm of Life is meant to encourage you to spend your life, however short it might be, in pursuit of meaningful, compassionate acts that will change the lives of others…. those living, and those to come.


Elizabeth Taylor 1932

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When it came to deciding what to buy, Taylor relied on a mix of gut feelings and expert advice. Before renovating her home, for example, she would bring in outside experts like realtors to analyze whether it would add value. When she wore jewelry, she chose it based on her taste.


Taylor reportedly owned $150 million in jewelry alone when she died, and all the gems will be auctioned off to raise money for the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS foundation and amfAR.



*Good advice on investing and after using that advice to become wealthy, don’t forget to pass that money on to a worthy cause to cement your legacy.


Josh Groban 1981

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Groban said his dog, Sweeney, who just celebrated his 14th birthday, was a big part of his music-making process.

“He is in the studio with me all the time. He is always in the vocal booth. And I swear if you were to isolate the vocal tracks you could hear him clip-clopping around,” the singer said. “He’s there all the time, curled up at my feet for probably the last four records, and so it’s always good luck to have him there.”



*Listen to Josh Groban with your dog by your side.


Chilli Thomas 1971 – The Best Chili on Earth

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“For me, all lives matter, because there’s a time when different groups are targeted for different things,” she explained. “Even with the police brutality against these young black boys and stuff like that, all of that kind of stuff is wrong. Even if it was a Caucasian teen kid this was happening to, it’s just not right.”


*Listen to Chilli Thomas the C in TLC while making The Best Chili on Earth. And don’t go chasing waterfalls today.

SNUB – Kate Mara

Review –

  • Don’t let anyone make life changing decisions for you
  • Dumbbell workout
  • Live life to its fullest
  • Use gut feelings and expert advice
  • Listen to Josh Groban
  • Make The Best Chili on Earth

February 26

The * is your source for daily advice.



Victor Hugo 1802

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Anyone can change their lifestyle.

Within the first three scenes, we see Jean Valjean’s need for transformation. The protagonist goes from lowly prisoner 24601 who stole a loaf of bread to feed his nephew to the factory owning mayor named Monsieur Madeleine. So if you wanna lose that extra weight or stop your smoking habit, look to Jean Valjean for inspo. If he can do it, so can you.



Justice is a very big issue in Les Misérables.  Javert is the character who represents justice, in its perfect form without regard to personal interest.  Yet, justice can contradict itself by placing its interest above its purpose.  In the end, Javert commits suicide.  Hugo focuses on society’s poor and weak in order to magnify the injustice of justice.  He thinks that justice punishes the Proletariat for being the lower class and serves the Bourgeoisie for being rich and powerful.



*Change your lifestyle today. Quit smoking. Stop gossiping. Read more books. Decide today that you are going to change the way that you live. After yesterday, maybe stop dinking? Use Jean Valjean as inspiration.


Leila Lopes 1986

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I’m not a “gym person” so when I have a competition or a photo shoot I just eat less. I don’t diet or stop eating because I love eating and I eat everything.


*Change your lifestyle by eating less today! Maybe you can become Miss Universe.


Michael Bolton 1953

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The Michael Bolton Charities serves as an instrument of compassion to give those less fortunate – those children and women who deserve a chance for a better life.

We support organizations that emphasize teaching children and women a way to escape, on their own, the patterns and consequences of abuse, poverty and ignorance.  We reach out to support groups whose programs provide a path to a safe future.  For over two decades, dedicated donors, volunteers and professionals have changed lives and saved lives.  The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed – with your help – to go the distance.


At the end of the ’70s, he was a struggling rock singer and married father of three who was facing eviction from his home.


*Listen to some Michael Bolton while donating (money or time) to his charity to help women and children escape from abusive situations.


Levi Strauss 1829

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Savings groups are more than a way to put money aside to meet unexpected financial emergencies or invest in long-term goals. They become spaces for people to strengthen social ties and improve their quality of life.


The groups base their work on meetings. At each meeting, members add savings, return loans, and request new ones. And they talk about their problems, explain the good news and even have dinner or a drink. A group is not a small bank. It is, above all, a group of people.


*Check out the winkomun website above for a really creative way to bank. It’s not for everyone, but it is an alternative to the normal banking system.


Johnny Cash 1932

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Through this interactive website, participants may draw their own portrait of Johnny Cash to be integrated into a collective whole. As people all over the world contribute, the project will continue to evolve and grow, one frame at a time.

Submit your drawing to become a part of the new music video for the song “Ain’t No Grave”. Strung together and relayed in sequence your art, paired with Johnny’s haunting song, will become a living, moving, and ever changing portrait of the legendary Man in Black.


“Johnny Cash” is not his real name

It wasn’t until Johnny joined the Air Force in 1950 that he had to assign himself a name. The recruiter would not accept a candidate with a name comprised of initials, so J.R. become “John R. Cash.”


*“Hello – I’m Johnny Cash.” Wear all black today as you take time to listen to the last American legend – J.R. Cash.


Jackie Gleason 1916 – Diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper

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Christened “The Great One” by Orson Welles after a long and liquid night on the town, Jackie Gleason embraced all that the title implied.

His penchant for fine food, generously poured scotch and beautiful women; his ability to dominate a room, a stage or the screen; his taste for custom-made suits, monogrammed shirts and the ubiquitous red carnation; his appetite for the biggest, the best and just a dollar more than the other guy made, all became a part of the Gleason legend which began on Brooklyn’s Herkimer Street in 1916.




Diablo Sandwich


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, browned
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix ( follow directions as to adding water)
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn ( frozen or canned)
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • lettuce
  • sour cream
  • 4 burger type buns, toasted


  1. Combine all ingredients except lettuce and sour cream in a pan for 15 minutes to an hour, the longer the better.
  2. Lay out lettuce on bottom of toasted buns, scoop out even amounts of meat mixture onto buns, follow with a dollop of sour cream.
  3. Best served with fries and Dr. Pepper.

*Listen to a mix of Michael Bolton and Johnny Cash while making Buford T. Justice’s favorite roadside meal from Smokey and the Bandit. I know that the goal was to eat less today so skip the fries and drink Diet Dr. Pepper.

SNUB – Erykah Badu

Review –

  • Change your lifestyle
  • Eat less
  • Donate to Michael Bolton’s charity
  • Check out winkomun banking
  • Listen to Johnny Cash (wear all black)
  • Make a Diablo sandwich

February 25

Look for the * for today’s advice

** Go to the Cake Boss website and buy a cake for 3/3 **




Chelsea Handler 1975

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Call People Out On Their Shit

What I admire most about Handler is that she owns how she feels without hesitation. If someone says something she doesn’t agree with, they will know right away.

So, if someone says something that bothers you or hurts your feelings, tell them. Again, not easy, but you’ll be stronger for saying something.


*I don’t suggest doing this every day, but one time today, call someone out on something you don’t agree with.


Joakim Noah 1985

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“For conditioning we did a lot of jogging, sprinting, jump roping, and on-court basketball workouts. There are also hill workouts, sprinting with bands, and biking. The results were outstanding. Joakim gained 15 pounds of lean muscle and his strength increased dramatically.”


*Jog, sprint, jump rope, play basketball, sprint up hills, bicycle…that’s a full workout today.


George Harrison 1943

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To cultivate his deep devotion to Krishna (the Sanskrit name for God in human form), he would wake up early and perform yoga postures for half an hour or so. Then he’d sit quietly with prayer beads before an altar that he kept on the mantle over a large fireplace in his home in Friar Park, a few miles west of London. The altar contained small images of various deities and pictures of spiritual teachers whom he admired including Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. For someone who lived at the apex of superstardom, his humility before more advanced souls was stunning.



*Chant: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and be happy! 


Carrot Top 1965

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There’s a reason Carrot Top is worth $75 MILLION! 

His props are hilarious and his impressions are enough to make you wet your pants.


Carrot Top has so much money that he can donate 1 dollar to each citizen of Turkey.


*This falls into the finding your niche in life and making the most of it. Would you be willing to be a punchline for $75 million? Don’t hate the player, hate the game. There’s a reason why he’s worth $75 million. There’s a reason why I’m not – yet.


Sean Astin 1971 – watch The Goonies

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These guys are not the cool kids. They are not the rich kids. They are just kids, on an adventure, taking care of each other. They give each other a hard time, but you never doubt that underneath it all, they love each other and they would not give up on each other. They fight not just for themselves, but for their entire neighborhood. And they win.



*Watch the classic Goonies while dining on carrot tops, and boozing like the Nature Boy. Whooo!


Ric Flair 1949 – Drink 10 beers and 5 vodka martinis

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Wrestling legend Ric Flair had 15 drinks a day, slept with 10,000 women, documentary reveals


MASHUP -Contrary to popular belief, green carrot tops are indeed edible. I’ve long held onto the notion that carrot tops were poisonous and tossed these delicious and versatile greens for years. Who knew doing so was such a waste?! Here are three easy and completely brilliant ways to get the most out of your carrot tops, so you can both reduce food waste and introduce a unique green leaf vegetable to your diet. Enjoy!


Breakfast – carrot top green juice

Lunch – warm carrot top salad

Dinner – carrot top pesto over pasta

*Live off of these carrot top recipes and “The Nature Boy’s” daily intake of alcohol today. Of course this should not be done alone. Whoooooo!

BONUS: Use today to get a haircut. There’s some great birthday lettuce to inspire a new hairstyle. George Harrison, Joakim Noah, Carrot Top, and Ric Flair. Ask your stylist for a combination of all 4.

SNUB – Rashida Jones

Review –

  • Call people out on their shit
  • Jog, sprint, jump rope, play basketball
  • Chant
  • Find your niche in life
  • Watch The Goonies
  • Drink 10 beers and 5 vodka martinis while eating carrot top recipes
  • Get a haircut




February 24

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Steve Jobs 1955

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“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things–that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”

What Jobs described in that passage is readily identifiable as a specific type of meditation, usually called “mindfulness,” that’s taught in Zen Buddhism and its Chinese antecedent, Taoism. When Jobs was talking to Isaacson not long before he died, he had been practicing such meditation for many years.



$Use the above website to practice mindfulness, like Steve Jobs, today. This may be something that you find useful and want to continue to do every day.


Floyd Mayweather 1977

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Shadow boxing: Spars between 7 and 12 rounds (depending on how he feels):

Works the heavy bag for 20 or 30 minutes: Floor work: Pad work: Bodysuit work:

Speed bag: Neck work with weights: 200 sit-ups, pull-ups, dips, jump rope, double-end bag:

5-8 mile run:


$Boxing is one of the best workouts you can do. This won’t be the last time it is suggested. Most boxing gyms will give you a free trial membership and supply you with wraps and gloves. If you can’t get to a gym, you can still do most of “Money” Mayweather’s workout.


Honus Wagner 1874

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“Doing the easy thing and doing the right thing are not always the same,” says Paul Domencic, who’s taking on the role of Johannes Peter Wagner in the play “Honus & Me.”

During his career, baseball cards were packaged with tobacco, something he didn’t like.

“The card was discontinued on his insistence because he didn’t support tobacco,” Domencic says. “He was avidly against smoking.”

Because of Wagner’s decision, copies of his card were very limited, making them extremely valuable.

The most valuable baseball card in the world, the T-206 Honus Wagner card



Wagner’s easy-going nature was legendary. He never bothered to negotiate contracts with Dreyfuss, preferring instead to simply accept what the owner felt he was worth.


$When making decisions today, ask yourself – what is the easy answer and what is the right answer to the question. Go with the right answer and maybe one day your baseball card will be the most valuable in the world. And if you do smoke, quit today.


Phil Knight 1938

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Regardless, the now self-made billionaire didn’t let the naysayers deter him from launching his company. He refused to stop, and “that’s the precocious, prescient, urgent advice I managed to give myself, out of the blue, and somehow managed to take,” he writes.

“Half a century later, I believe it’s the best advice — maybe the only advice — any of us should ever give.”


$Refuse to stop. Whether it’s saving, investing, or trying to start your own business, be like Phil Knight and Just Do It! Invest in some good workout shoes.


Billy Zane 1966 – watch Titanic

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Twenty years later, Titanic was a big enough deal that we’re still talking about this stuff, so whether or not Cal got a bad rap, the good news for Billy Zane is that he got to be part of a movie that mattered so much during its release and that has continued to garner attention over the years. Bad rap or no, that’s not a bad place to be at all.


$Near, far, wherever you are… watch the epic movie Titanic today.


Kristin Davis 1965

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Fans have created many memes of Davis’ character in the iconic show which depict Charlotte having a fierce and witty comeback to the sexiest or backward lines that were uttered by some characters in the show.



$Use her Sample diet plan to fill in any gaps throughout the day – any day.

Kristin Davis Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Eggs
  • Lunch: Salad & chicken or salmon
  • Dinner: Spaghetti & meatballs
  • Snack: Ice cream sandwich


$This can be your fallback daily diet plan. Use this today and then any other day when the suggested recipe doesn’t work for you.

SNUB – Abe Vigoda

Review –

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Money Mayweather workout
  • What is the right answer?
  • Refuse to stop
  • Watch Titanic
  • The Kristin Davis Daily Diet Plan

February 23

Follow the * for today’s advice.



W.E.B DuBois 1868

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The tools needed to address the challenges before the country must be interdisciplinary and globally informed. Du Bois is a role model for today’s generation of activists. He examined the American and global injustices of his age through the lens of sociology, economics, literature, poetry, policy, and politics. It is hard to think of a tool available to him that he did not use during his long life. The diversity of Du Bois’s advocacy suggests not only the breadth of his brilliance as one activist but also the variety of reform opportunities for today’s activists.


When he talked about double consciousness, Du Bois was using a term that set up a variety of connotations for the educated reader, thus making an effort to give Iris readers a reference point on the basis of which to understand the tragedy of racism, especially for the self-conscious individual, and also to appreciate his own program for a new definition of what it meant to be black in America.


*If you are going to be an activist, use every tool available to help shape your opinions. Don’t just read Twitter headlines. Remember it is a big world and we are all in this together.


Emily Blunt 1983

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1) Nutrition
Stick to unprocessed food
2) Exercise
Yes Emily Blunt trained 6 days a week, 2 and the half hours a day but not all of us have that luxury, so dedicate 20 minute everyday

3) Increase of activity 
Make every minute you have active, if you are not rushing, take the longer route, take the stairs, walk your dog, play sports with your friends or when you go shopping, try to increase your walking speed.



John Krasinski Says He Propositioned Wife Emily Blunt By Asking If She’d Like to Have Sex


*These are all excellent suggestions. Try them all out today. Except asking Emily Blunt if she’d like to have sex. #metoo


Charles Tillman 1981

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In honor of National Heart Month, I salute Charles Tillman for all that he does to raise awareness of pediatric cardiomyopathy. He is a heart hero to me and to countless other families battling this chronic and life-threatening heart disease.


*Make a donation to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. He is trying to keep families out of homelessness and hopelessness due to medical bills.


Michael Dell 1965

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Inside of you, there is bank vault of stored experiences. I don’t know if you are 19 or 99 years old, but it doesn’t matter. You have been breathing and living during all that time. By the course of nature, you have been collecting experiences, insights, skills, and talents.

And just like Michael Dell, those experiences can be worth millions to you. Why? Because other human beings are living and having similar experiences … and they demand to live life better. People don’t just want to live, they demand to thrive.

What skills, experiences, talents, and wisdom do you have locked inside of you that have a really high probability of creating rapid wealth in your life?

Another way to pose the question is this: What skills, experiences, and talents do you already possess that could benefit, bless, and enhance the life of another human being?



He was only 23 when his company had its IPO in 1988, and soon he was a billionaire.

Dell lives the extravagant life of a successful businessman as well, complete with all of the private planes, summer homes, and sweet rides you’d expect from a billionaire.


*365DOLF is what I have found to help people thrive. I have used my experience as a U.S. history teacher to research “Today in History” and famous birthdays to hopefully help people live their best lives.

What skills, experiences, and talents do you have that could benefit, bless, and enhance the lives of people while making you wealthy along the way?


Dakota Fanning 1994 – watch I am Sam

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The bottom line to the story of Sam and Lucy is that no loving parent and child should be separated because social services are not available.

“Everyone needs to understand that persons with disabilities have needs and desires just like everyone else,” the parent with a disability explained. “They need to take care of someone and love someone else.”

Her words seem obvious. But how many of us thought about parents with special needs before seeing “I Am Sam”? Hollywood thought about it. And Hollywood gets it.



*Watch I am Sam and realize that children should not be separated from loving and caring parents.


Aziz Ansari 1983 – tortellini carbonara

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Relationships come and go, but pasta is forever.

In the final episode — spoiler alert! — Dev hops on a flight to Italy to learn pasta-making instead of following Rachel to Tokyo. The true meaning behind this is, of course, that you should always choose pasta over love; pasta will never leave you. (Kidding! Sort of.)

On a more serious note, this scene touches upon the notion that we owe it to ourselves to act on our interests and passions. Pursuing the things that make us happy might require sacrifices up front, but will (hopefully) pan out later on.


*Remember that pasta is forever, as you become a Master of Carbonara by making tortellini carbonara just like Aziz Ansari in Master of None.

SNUB – Andrew Wiggins

Review –

  • Be an activist
  • Nutrition, Exercise, Increase your activity
  • Donate to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
  • How can you make money while enhancing the lives of others
  • Watch I am Sam
  • Make tortellini carbonara


February 22

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George Washington 1732

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Sometime before the age of 16 he wrote down his 110 Rules of Civility and he remained impressively consistent with these rules throughout his life.



Washington lived and worked with brilliant philosophers, thinkers, writers, orators and organizers, such as Franklin, Mason, John and Sam Adams, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Hamilton, Madison, Dickinson, the Randolphs and the Lees, almost all of whom were far better educated than he. Yet at the three major junctions in the founding of the nation, the Revolution, the Constitutional Convention and the selection of the first President, for each position the leader chosen was George Washington. In his own day he was seen as the indispensable man, the American Moses, The Father of the Country.


*What is your code? What are some rules that you live by? Write them down and stick to them. Maybe not 110 of them, but how about a top 10? Also, surround yourself with brilliant people, but you be the indispensable one of the group.


Robert Wadlow 1918

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Wadlow was a quiet and mild-mannered young man, which led to him be called a “gentle giant.” He enjoyed photography and playing guitar — until his hands grew too large to do either. A hyperactive pituitary gland fueled his extraordinary growth.  Wadlow broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached 8 feet, 4 inches in 1937.


*Appreciate the body that you have. Enjoy an activity today that you may not be able to in the future. I want to run a 5k on the treadmill today because I know that my knees aren’t going to hold up to run many more of them.


Ted Kennedy 1932

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Edward M. Kennedy, who used his privileged life to give consistent, passionate voice to the underprivileged for nearly a half-century as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He was the only one of four fabled Kennedy brothers to reach late adulthood, and he was remembered for making the most of it.


*Regardless of your financial situation, you can always help the underprivileged.


*Go to the above website and experience what it would be like to be a U.S. Senator and experience democracy.


Steve Irwin 1962

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Steve Irwin made me wish that all of us could live our lives as he did. I don’t mean wrestling crocodiles, although corporate America can feel like a jungle at times. What I mean is that we should all strive to do what we love and do it with passion.


*Strive to do what you love and do it with passion…even if it kills you.       


James Blunt 1974

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“Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up,” said Blunt, bluntly.

The singer said, “You get labeled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’ Well, fuck that. No, I’m not. ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.”


*Listen to James Blunt today and do NOT label him just a soft romantic.


Drew Barrymore 1975 – Halibut Milanese

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“I drink, I enjoy my life and get out of my own head,” she explained. “It’s not that I’m this militant person of clarity and presence but [cocaine] literally seems like my worst nightmare right now.”




*Watch Barrymore in Grey Gardens while enjoying her Halibut Milanese. No cocaine though.

SNUB – Khalil Mack

Review –

  • Live by a code
  • Appreciate your body
  • Help the underprivileged
  • Do what you love and with passion
  • Listen to James Blunt
  • Make Halibut Milanese

February 21

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John Lewis 1940

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During a Congressional Black Caucus press conference less than one day after 12 police officers were shot in Dallas and after the controversial deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castillo, by white law enforcement, Lewis called for unity and nonviolence.

“The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in American society,” Lewis said. “We cannot sweep it under the rug in some dark corner. We have to deal with it, all of us.”



In the wake of the mass shooting that took place on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, Lewis led a sit-in comprised of approximately 40 House Democrats on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 22nd in an attempt to bring attention and force Congress to address gun violence by taking definitive legislative action. “We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time.”


*There are radicals for most political topics, but none like guns. John Lewis marched with Dr. King in the 1960s and he continues to strive for a non-violent approach to a better America.

I once asked a student of mine from Germany what he thinks of America. He said, “Fat people and guns.” I think it is something that will never be resolved in my lifetime. Lewis has to be happy with how far we’ve come with civil rights but when it comes to guns, he won’t see much of a change.

*How would you solve mass shootings in the USA?

As I am editing this, another mass shooting took place yesterday morning at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh.


Jennifer Love Hewitt 1979

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“Last summer we were in Monaco. Every morning we ran for 40 minutes through the streets of Monte Carlo. It was an amazing way to see the city. Now when we travel, we try to explore the places by running.”



She recommends not to leave your day meal, i.e. the lunch. Jennifer herself is a foodie and can’t stop her from binge eating. She believes that gone are those days when women with curves like Marilyn Monroe were given preference and liked by everyone. Now, most of the girls skip their diet to stay in shape.


*Run around whatever city you are in for 40 minutes today. It’s probably where you live, but use today to get out and see your city – explore. And then eat lunch.


John Henry Newman 1801

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Although Newman was not always understood or appreciated, he steadfastly preached the Good News by word and example.


But there is another reason why God alone is the happiness of our souls, to which I wish rather to direct attention:—the contemplation of Him, and nothing but it, is able fully to open and relieve the mind, to unlock, occupy, and fix our affections.


*Share Good News by word and example today. Know that God is the happiness of your soul and thinking of him can open and relieve your mind and fix your affections today.


David Geffen 1943

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Billionaire, philanthropist, and noted Instagram user David Geffen has resparked the age old rivalry between West Coast and East Coast money. This time, however, it’s centered around support for the arts — or, according to Geffen, lack thereof. The Los Angeles-based media mogul, who founded Geffen Records and co-founded Dreamworks along with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, has taken to task New Yorkers for not donating enough to make the renovation of David Geffen Hall, a home for the New York Philharmonic, at the Lincoln Center possible.





*Research and find a local artist. Buy some of their art as an investment for you, them, and your community.


Jordan Peele 1979 – Get Out

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Beyond the clever scares, excellent plotting, and timely message, watching ‘Get Out’ was, for me and, I imagine, most of its audience, a lesson in seeing clearly.



*See clearly today and watch Get Out. Have some hot tea while watching.


Lidia Bastianich 1947 – braised pork chops with apples, onion, and dried cherries

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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.


*Listen to some local music while making Lidia Bastianich’s braised pork chops. Enjoy it while watching Get Out.

SNUB – Alan Rickman

Review –

  • Solve the gun issue in America
  • Run around the town you are in
  • Think of God to relieve your mind
  • Support a local musician
  • Watch Get Out
  • Make braised pork chops with apples, onion, and dried cherries

February 20

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Sidney Poitier 1927

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Poitier is hardly dogmatic and subscribes to no particular faith; his views are informed by Christianity, but also by other influences, including the Caribbean voodoo practiced by his Bahamian mother and thinkers such as Carl Sagan. Without saying it explicitly, Poitier worries that the world his great-granddaughter inherits will be continually threatened by religious conflicts. God, he pleads, “is for all of us. It is not a God for one culture, or one religion, or one planet.”



With his unique career, a career he forged without any precedent or model, Sidney Poitier helped change many stubborn racial attitudes that had persisted in this country for centuries. He has built the bridges and opened the doors for countless artists in succeeding generations. He is an actor who stood for hope, for excellence, and who has given happiness to millions of people around the world.


*If we could all think like Poitier, the world would be a much better place – “It is not a God for one culture, or one religion, or one planet.”


Charles Barkley 1963

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“When I got to Philadelphia, Dr. J., Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, they never practiced,” Barkley said. “They’d sit on the side or on the stationary bike eating McDonald’s. Once I had been in the league X amount of years, I adopted that philosophy.”


*Go to McDonald’s. Buy one cheeseburger. Then drive to the gym and eat said cheeseburger while riding a stationary bike. If anyone asks, just simply say that it’s Charles Barkley’s birthday. Keep pedaling until you’ve burned off all 300 calories and then move on to your favorite workout.


Angelina Grimke 1805

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Her challenge to the slave system had expanded to a challenge to the many established customs and laws restricting women and African Americans. Her urgency was no longer fueled by fears of a heavenly intervention and reckoning, but by an awareness of the continuing suffering inflicted by human society on its own members.



Drawing her views from natural rights theory (as set forth in the Declaration of Independence), the Constitution, Christian beliefs in the Bible, and her own experience of slavery and racism in the South,


*One thing that I will never understand are Christians who hate. The church I grew up in always had a disturbing undertone of racism, sexism, and homophobia. This is what has always turned me off about set religions. I would much rather go through life being kind to everyone than relying on a church to get me into heaven.


Rihanna 1988 – Better Have My Money

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This is one reason you should keep your BOOKKEEPER separate from your ACCOUNTANT. The professions are distinct, and they serve as a check and balance system to make sure each is doing their job.


*I wouldn’t argue with Rihanna. If possible have a separate bookkeeper and accountant. If married, maybe each could have a separate role in the family finances. And please don’t stop the music.


Kurt Cobain 1967 – listen to Nirvana (and some of his solo acoustic stuff too)

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Be empathetic toward others.

Even when it didn’t seem like it, Kurt cared for others on a deep level. He would always listen to his fans, no matter what. He liked to receive fan mail because he wanted to hear from the fans, whether it be about how his music impacted them or how they interpreted the lyrics. He was interested in the well-being of others, something that we should carry on, as well.


*Be interested in the well-being of others as you listen to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s acoustic songs too.


Cindy Crawford 1966

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Cindy Crawford’s Favorite Mint Cacao Morning Shake

“Life goes by quickly, and I’ve learned that decisions made from a place of confidence—rather than one of fear—are the ones that get me to the place I want to be.”


*Start your day off from a place of confidence and with Cindy Crawford’s mint cacao morning shake. If you like this recipe, use it as much as you like, as there aren’t very many breakfast recipes in 365DOLF.

SNUB – Justin Verlander

Review –

  • It is not a God for one religion
  • Eat a cheeseburger while riding a stationary bike
  • Be kind to people
  • Have a separate bookkeeper and accountant
  • Listen to Nirvana
  • Make a mint cacao morning shake

February 19

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Nicolaus Copernicus 1473

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Most of us attach special importance and greater weight to ourselves. It has been so since the beginning of time, and will likely be thus in the foreseeable future. But this prevents us from viewing things from different perspectives and can be costly in both our personal and professional lives.

In this regard, we have much to learn from Copernicus. While his hypothesis was literal, we would do well to remember its figurative interpretation and be reminded constantly.

We are not at the centre of the universe; the world does not revolve around us.


As I understand it, there is an underlying principle to Copernican astronomy, and that is that we are not as special as we thought we were in ancient times (if we disregard those Greek philosophers who, before Plato and Aristotle laid down the law, proposed not only atoms but a heliocentric system). Later, astronomers worked out the possible, or probable, number of Earth-like planets in the universe, and concluded that it was extremely unlikely that we were the only sentient species out there.


*Think beyond yourself. Beyond your life. Beyond your job. Beyond your country. Beyond your religion. There is a whole world out there.


Marta 1986

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Push hard, rest smart. “What matters to me is the fact that I’m going to have to be the first one at the ball,” says Marta. “I give 100% of myself to the game and to my training. I’m very determined and really eager to always be great at what I do. I’ve always been motivated to go further and further and just accomplish more and more.” But knowing your limits is as important as pushing them. If you’re in a game and start to tire, don’t be afraid to ask your coach for a break—that’s what subs are for. You won’t be much good to your team if you’re lagging behind the action. Sometimes doing your best is knowing when to rest.


*If you’ve been pushing hard lately, take today to rest smart. If not, play soccer with friends.


Seal 1963

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If there’s an overriding message to Seal’s multilayer lyrics and ornate orchestrations, it’s an insistence on the innate human capacity to heal. With his rags-to-riches professional success and forlorn, forbidding childhood, he happens to know all about that. Abandonment, brutality and death were childhood leitmotifs for Seal, and when lupus left its calling card in the form of a spray of scars across his face at 23, the specter of an incurable disease joined that list.


*Look at a picture of Seal as you listen to his music. Think how easy it would have been for him to not want his face to be seen. Get out there and be seen today.


Jeff Kinney 1971

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“My books wouldn’t have existed without the upbringing I had or without the family that I have,” concedes Kinney


Eight years ago, Kinney was a self-described “failed newspaper cartoonist,” playing too much Doom and struggling to come up with an idea that would jump-start his career. Today, Kinney is the No. 1 best-selling kids author in America and chief architect of the $500 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise that has captured the playground with its irreverent attitude, playful drawings and spot-on understanding of a kid’s frustrations.


*Don’t be afraid to use what you know and who you are to help guide your future. Don’t be a wimp – start making your dream business today.


Jeff Daniels 1955 – watch Dumb and Dumber

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Dumb & Dumber is the kind of film you can bond with strangers over.


*This is one of my guilty pleasures. If Dumb and Dumber is on, I watch it. I also use quotes from it all of the time. Watch it today and see how it helps you bond with strangers. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance”


Haylie Duff 1985 – stuffed shells with three cheese stuffing

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You may know Haylie Duff as an actress/singer/songwriter…but she is most at home in the kitchen.

“I started cooking for my friends and family and realized people loved my recipes! So, I decided to share them and started The Real Girl’s Kitchen blog.”


*Listen to Seal while making Haylie Duff’s stuffed shells and enjoy them while watching Dumb and Dumber. “I like it a lot”

SNUB – Benicio del Toro

Review –

  • Think beyond yourself
  • Push hard, rest smart
  • Be seen
  • Don’t be a wimp
  • Watch Dumb and Dumber
  • Make stuffed shells with 3 cheese stuffing