March 9

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Amerigo Vespucci 1454

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Vespucci knew the geographical works of Ptolemy and had spent years steeped in maps and geographical speculation. For him the coast of modern Venezuela and Brazil where his expedition landed had nothing in common with the zones described by explorers of the Orient. Instead this was something far more fascinating – an unimagined world.

*Challenge something that you don’t agree with today, and maybe 2 of the 7 continents will be named after you one day.


Clint Dempsey 1983

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You have to be careful not to burn yourself out. It is all about pacing yourself, especially for those of us lucky enough to go on and play in the World Cup finals. You always have to focus on your body, you take ice baths, and make sure you get enough rest as all those games take their toll.

*Play soccer and then take an ice bath today. Good luck


Aloysius Gonzaga 1568

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An Italian aristocrat who became a member of the Society of Jesus.

While still a student at the Roman College, he died at the age of 23 as a result of caring for the victims of an epidemic. He was beatified in 1605, and canonized in 1726.

You know that rich life experiences are indispensable. They’ve helped make up everything you are today. So just imagine how many valuable stories, lessons and experiences your elders can share with you. When you spend time volunteering with seniors, you’ll benefit just as much as they do—and you can learn a lot too!

*A way to donate time instead of money is to work with the sick and elderly. Check out


Leland Stanford 1824

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“Perhaps the greatest sum ever given by an individual for any purpose is the gift of Senator Stanford,” wrote Andrew Carnegie in 1889, “who undertakes to establish upon the Pacific coast, where he amassed his enormous fortune, a complete university, which is said to involve the expenditure of ten millions of dollars, and upon which he may be expected to bestow twenty millions of his surplus.” Impressed by Stanford’s philanthropy, Carnegie simply concluded: “He is to be envied.”

*Look into a business degree online. Stanford in particular today. Make your millions and give back.


Bobby Fischer 1943 – play chess

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*Play chess with a friend (soon to be enemy) today. If you are volunteering with the elderly, someone at a nursing home would love to play chess with you today. If you don’t know how to play chess, take today to learn how to play, from a friend or online. You can even download Bobby Fischer’s book and he will teach you how to be the best player in the world. You can even watch Chasing Bobby Fischer – the movie.


Oscar Issac 1979 – fire roasted porg

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In a new interview with The New York Times about character relationships and working with director Rian Johnson, Isaac couldn’t help but jump in with a few cooking tips. “Porgs with roasted turnips. Glazed Porg,” Isaac offered — and when the interviewer attempted to move on, Isaac protested that he “was still talking about Porg recipes.” This seemed to be the norm, as his co-star Laura Dern commented that though she loved the puffin-thing’s E.T.-like eyes, “Oscar only continued to talk about different recipes.”

Roast Porg

Just because Chewbacca is a big softie doesn’t mean you need to be. Chewie’s preparation—plucked and roasted over an open fire—looked pretty delicious to me. This technique for porg-cooking will result in a bird not entirely dissimilar to the rotisserie chickens you can see simmering in their own lukewarm sweat at your local grocery store. It’s not clear which spices are native to Luke’s little Jedi island, but any standard rub—say, paprika, thyme, onion powder, salt, and pepper—should add flavor. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can brine in some of that native saltwater overnight.

*All of the Star Wars movies will be suggested this year. Well, at least Episodes 4-9. Try making this Roast Porg recipe to help satisfy the birthday boy – Oscar Issac aka Poe Dameron. To be safe, just get some rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store.

In honor of America’s namesake – Amerigo – wash down your porg with America’s favorite drink – water

That’s right, the most popular drink in America is good old fashioned H20.

SNUB – Bow Wow

Review –

  • Challenge something you don’t agree with
  • Soccer and an ice bath
  • Check out
  • Stanford business degree online
  • Play chess
  • Make fire roasted porg