February 27

Look for the * for today’s advice.

BECOME A WRITER DAY

MIND

John Steinbeck 1902

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https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1962/steinbeck/biographical/

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.

http://ramblingsofadevotedbookworm.blogspot.com/2010/08/5-life-lessons-from-steinbecks-of-mice.html

http://www.steinbeck.org/

http://www.steinbeckinstitute.org/

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.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/218346

https://www.amazon.com/Mice-Men-John-Steinbeck/dp/0140177396

*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.

BODY

Tony Gonzalez 1976

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https://twitter.com/TonyGonzalez88?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

https://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/tony-gonzalez-vegan.html

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.

https://www.si.com/edge/2014/05/14/tony-gonzalez-retirement-staying-healthy-and-next-chapter

https://shadowbuddies.org/ttp-award/tony-gonzalez/

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

SOUL

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807

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https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/henry-wadsworth-longfellow

A Psalm of Life

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

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.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44644/a-psalm-of-life

*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.

MONEY

Elizabeth Taylor 1932

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http://elizabethtaylor.com/

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.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-elizabeth-taylor-understood-about-money-according-to-her-longtime-chief-of-staff-2018-04-07

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.

http://gawker.com/5786481/elizabeth-taylor-was-worth-more-money-than-you-imagined

https://elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org/

*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.

ENTERTAINMENT

Josh Groban 1981

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http://www.joshgroban.com/

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.”

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/josh-groban-journey-pearl-jam-bands-karaoke/story?id=56312236

http://www.joshgroban.com/foundation/mission

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

FOOD

Chilli Thomas 1971 – The Best Chili on Earth

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http://fitchilli.com/

http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2014/2/15/the-best-chili-on-earth.html

“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.”

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7792142/tlc-chilli-all-lives-matter

*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

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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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