February 10

Find the * for today’s solid advice.



John Franklin Enders 1897

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John Franklin Enders (1897-1985) was born in Connecticut and graduated from Yale University in 1920. After beginning a career as a real estate agent, Enders decided that business was not for him. He enrolled at Harvard University, completing a master’s degree in English literature, but Enders abandoned his liberal arts studies in favor of medical research.



Despite receiving the Nobel Prize for his polio work, Enders maintained that developing the measles vaccine was more personally satisfying to him and more socially significant


*First of all, it would be nice to be as smart as Enders, but you can be this smart (kind of). Just like Enders, you can change the direction of your life. Selling real estate can be very lucrative but if it’s not your passion, it may be time to move on.


Mark Spitz 1950 – swim

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Everyday Health: What suggestions do you have for fellow potential high-cholesterol sufferers?

Mark Spitz: You can control your destiny by controlling your health. Get your cholesterol checked. Everyone else gets sick, but I don’t, was how I used to think. But high cholesterol doesn’t have any symptoms, so there’s no way to see it. It’s the silent killer.



*Get your cholesterol checked today or at least make an appointment to get it checked. Take a swim in an Olympic size pool, and eat some foods that lower cholesterol.

Foods that lower cholesterol

  • Barley and other whole grains. …
  • Eggplant and
  • Vegetable oils. …
  • Apples, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits.



Roberta Flack 1937

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Her gentle amalgamation of Soul, Gospel and folk, combined with a message of both empowerment and love, created an intelligent, thoughtful pathway for modern singers


*Listen to some Robert Flack to soothe your soul.


Walter A. Brown 1905

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Brown was able to accomplish all this despite lacking substantial financial means. He instead opted to rely on his own wits, creative talents and good character to keep the Celtics afloat even if this meant taking out a second mortgage on his house when the team looked like it was heading for bankruptcy in the late 1940s


*Rely on your own wits, creative talents, and good character to keep your business (or dreams of your business) afloat. In fact write out one example for each of those characteristics.

Your wits

Your Creative talents

Your Good character


Elizabeth Banks 1974 – watch Love and Mercy

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Two things that are exceedingly difficult to achieve in film are to bring the audience into the minds of geniuses and people with mental illness, and Love & Mercy is able to do both




*She got her start in 40 Year Old Virgin, but watch her most critical work in Love and Mercy.


Emma Roberts 1991 – chopped salad for lunch and salmon with teriyaki for dinner

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For meals, however, Roberts keeps things fairly healthy, opting for “a chopped salad with avocado, chicken, and tomatoes” for lunch, and a “turkey burger, or salmon with teriyaki or ponzu sauce, and brown rice with broccoli” for dinner.



*Use the above list of heart healthy foods along with Roberts’s meal plan to have 3 healthy meals today. 

SNUB – Chloe Grace Moretz

Review –

  • Change the direction of your life
  • Swim and get your cholesterol checked
  • Listen to Roberta Flack
  • Rely on your wits, creative talents, and good character
  • Watch Love and Mercy
  • Eat heart healthy foods all day

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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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