February 21

Look to the * for today’s advice.



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