February 3

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Amal Clooney 1978

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Stand up for what you believe in

Amal has made a career out of standing up for other people who have been treated unfairly. She is a barrister who specializes in International criminal law and human rights. Like Amal, if you believe in something, don’t be afraid to stand up for it.


The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in late 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world.

We believe that justice means fighting for the rights of individuals unfairly targeted by oppressive governments through the courts. But justice is more than what is meted out in courts, it is litigated in communities as well. Advancing the cause of justice also means advancing justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate; justice for displaced children deprived of opportunities to learn; justice for refugees seeking to rebuild their lives abroad.


*Use today to stand up for something you believe in. Donate time to that cause or start your own charity to help those who can’t help themselves.


Warwick Davis 1970

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What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I have a positive outlook. Sometimes I feel my face carries too much weight. When I notice it around my jawline, I watch what I eat.


The Harry Potter and Star Wars star was caught on the receiving end of a cruel jibe after a Twitter user posted an offensive tweet on Sunday about the actor’s family, who were all born with forms of dwarfism. However, the 47-year-old actor wasted no time in drawing attention to the nasty tweeter – who referred to his family as ‘midgets’, which is an incredibly derogatory term for those who are of small stature – and was greeted by hordes of fans who came to his defense.


Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism.



*Appreciate the body that you have and if your face is carrying too much weight, watch what you eat.


Elizabeth Blackwell 1821

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Let’s celebrate this upcoming February 3. It is the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive an M.D. from an American medical school in 1849. She is best known for her tireless support of medical education for women and her public reform work. It is also the day that the Physicians Mom Group (PMG), a non-profit organization of almost 50,000 women, is declaring National Women Physicians Day. This day would celebrate all the significant contributions that women physicians make daily, none of which would have been possible without Elizabeth Blackwell.

Blackwell embodied the ABC characteristics of extraordinary women physicians.

  1. Attentive
  2. Brave
  3. Compassionate

Blackwell was inspired to become a physician after a close friend who was dying suggested that she would have suffered less if her physician had been a woman. As a physician, she had an uncanny ability to show concern and kindness not only to her patients, but also to others in general. She advocated for public reform as she espoused that medical issues were often caused by societal problems such as poverty and lack of education.


*Elizabeth Blackwell’s compassion and take on reform in medicine needs to be revisited almost 200 years after her birth. Medical malpractice led to the severity of my father’s stroke and then I watched as my parents had to go on Medicaid to pay the bills for a litany of nurses, doctors, and administrators with little to no compassion at all. Sorry for the rant – but it was good for my soul.


Norman Rockwell 1894

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In 1973, Rockwell established a trust to preserve his artistic legacy by placing his works in the custodianship of the Old Corner House Stockbridge Historical Society, later to become Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge. The trust now forms the core of the Museum’s permanent collections. In 1976, in failing health, Rockwell became concerned about the future of his studio. He arranged to have his studio and its contents added to the trust. In 1977, Rockwell received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Setting Up a Trust

Maybe you’re thinking about how to better manage your property, or you want to make sure your family will be taken care of after you’re gone. If you’re having these thoughts, you might want to think about setting up a trust. A trust is basically a transfer of legal title from the owner (the grantor, trustor, or settlor) to an institution or person (a trustee). The trustee then administers the trust according to the trust terms for the benefit of a beneficiary. There are various factors to consider when setting up a trust. These factors include the size of the estate, the age, and marital status of the grantor. FindLaw’s Setting Up a Trust section provides information and tips to help you set up a trust.


*Take today to establish a trust to preserve your legacy.


Isla Fisher 1976 – watch Wedding Crashers

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It helped her think about how to make someone “really psycho and funny and aggressive and sexual, but also make her sweet enough that you still like her and think that she’s endearing in some way.” She also used a friend’s “crazy eye” and a “really bad” laugh to get the gig.



“I’m not perfect, but who are we kidding, neither are you.” Hey, let’s get one thing straight, if someone tells you that you have flaws, accept it. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about being human. Jeremy always felt like he could never belong. During the game of touch football he was seriously athletically challenged and kept getting hurt. But in the movie he finds a girl who celebrates and even loves his flaws and that is what life is about. If we don’t expect the fact that us humans can make irrational mistakes, we will never be able to overcome failures and celebrate our triumphs.


*Watch Wedding Crashers and see why Jeremy and Gloria are perfect for each other.


Nathan Lane 1956 – beef tenderloin with mushroom and thyme

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In Angels in America, the definitive musical-comedy star is playing the darkest character imaginable. He’s never been sunnier.


Actor Nathan Lane joins Martha to make beef tenderloin with mushrooms and thyme.


*Enjoy this beef tenderloin while watching Wedding Crashers.

SNUB – Maura Tierney

Review –

  • Stand up for something you believe in
  • Appreciate your body
  • ABC characteristics
  • Establish a trust
  • Watch Wedding Crashers
  • Make beef tenderloin

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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