April 3

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Washington Irving 1783

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“I have seen what is brightest and best in foreign lands,” he told readers of A Tour on the Prairies, “and I have found, in every nation, enough to love and honour; yet, with all these recollections living in my imagination and kindling in my heart, I look around with delightful exultation upon my native land, and feel that, after all my rambling about the world, I can be happiest at home.”


*Make plans to get and see your native land. If you can’t do it today, use today to make plans to see a special part of your home country. For me, this will be Hungary – where my grandfather was born.


Jared Allen 1982

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A three-time Pro Bowler, Allen says his high power production is the result of long hours in the gym ­doing compound lifts with heavy weights. His all-time best squat is 605.


*Go old school today with this Jared Allen #69 workout. Find out what your squat record is.


Jane Goodall 1934

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Do apes have souls, I ask. ‘I think that if we have souls, then they must have souls too,’ she says with a shrug. She acknowledges that she is herself a cultural Christian, but she prefers to talk in terms of ‘believing in some great spiritual path. I’ve felt it in the forests.’


Cultural Christianity is frequently an object of scorn in American evangelical Christianity. Though elsewhere even atheists claim to be culturally Christian (e.g., Richard Dawkins), in the United States the term usually refers to those who identify with the Christian religion yet base their Christian identity solely on their civil and familial heritage. They are Christians only because their family, community, and nation are Christian, and their religious practices are merely social practices.


*I think that I am a cultural Christian. I truly believe that by being a good person, I am on the right path to the afterlife. If not, at least I made the world around me the best that I could. Take today to think about your beliefs.


Alec Baldwin 1958

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Mr. Baldwin’s marital problems have convinced him that all engaged couples need prenuptial agreements, especially when they have significant amounts of money that can become the focus of conflict. He has added that rule to others he tries to follow when he considers his finances



*This is a touchy one. I would read the legal zoom article about prenuptials to have a good defense before even thinking about bringing this up.


Marlon Brando 1924 –watch On the Waterfront

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Those in working-class studies should reclaim On the Waterfront as one of the important texts for understanding what happened to American labor in the postwar period.


*All 3 Godfathers are suggested this year, so take today to watch Brando in On the Waterfront


Eddie Murphy 1961 – I’m making waffles!

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Alongside his acting chops, Murphy has an equal prowess in the bedroom. He has ten children, aged between 29 years and 2 months.


*Make these Shrek and Donkey manly waffles for you and all of your kids today.

SNUB – Leona Lewis

Review –

  • Make plans to visit your native land
  • #69 workout
  • What are your beliefs?
  • Tread lightly around the subject of a prenuptial
  • Watch On the Waterfront
  • Make Shrek and Donkey Waffles


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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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