May 5

Check out the * for today’s advice.



Karl Marx 1818

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To put it nicely, Karl Marx did not like Capitalism. He believed it was exploitive, self-destructive and a “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie”, which would eventually be overthrown because of the inevitable internal conflicts between classes.

*Like it or not, you live in a capitalist nation. You can complain about it or become a capitalist yourself, make money, and create jobs.


John L. Leal 1858 – Drink water

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I think that promoting a water treatment process that saves millions of lives qualifies Leal to be known as a Hero of Public Health.

*Drink at least 8 glasses of water today, and every day going forward. (Ignore if in Mexico for Cinco De Mayo)


Brian Williams 1959

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When confronted with a copy of a document which he could not deny signing, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News broke down in tears and admitted he had sold his eternal soul to White House political strategist Karl Rove.

*I loved watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams every weeknight at 6:30. It was heartbreaking to learn that he had sold his eternal soul and would lose his job as a result. NOTHING is worth selling your soul for.


John Stetson 1830

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His aim “to do good work at fair prices” as well as his taking good care of his employees, their families and the factory neighborhood non-employees, separated this man form the usual manufacturers of the time.

*“Do good work at fair prices” is a pretty good business model. Take care of your employees and their families too. Wear a Stetson hat on this day, every year.


Adele 1988

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In a 377-word letter about the Hello singer – published in Time magazine – Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence revealed that as well as being a fantastic mother, and all round global icon, Adele is still as down to earth as ever.

*Hello. Listen to Adele all day.


James Beard 1903 – tacos al pastor

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The James Beard Foundation offers current culinary students the opportunity to work side by side with some of the best culinary minds in the world through our Kitchen Volunteer Program.

*Become one of the best culinary minds in the world and make these tacos on Cinco De Mayo from the one and only James Beard.

SNUB – Chris Brown

Review –

  • Be a capitalist
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Don’t sell your soul
  • Do good work at fair prices
  • Listen to Adele
  • Make tacos al pastor


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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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