May 20

The * will provide today’s advice.



Dolley Madison 1768

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The New Dolly (many companies ignored the “e,” although she spelled her name “Dolley”) was a safer, less complex version of the old. She appeared on china plates, in doll form, on cigar wrappers, and, later, on packaging for cakes, ice cream, and dairy products. Her name was used to sell wine, silver and dinnerware patterns, bedspreads, stockings, hats, and even watches. To Americans, “Dolly Madison” implied grace, elegance, and a national pride.

*What does your name imply?


Cher 1946

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And her revelation at the Billboard Music Awards that she can hold the plank position for more than five minutes has further cemented her icon status.

*Turn back time and see how long you can hold the plank position while listening to Cher for motivation.


Mary Pope Osborne 1949

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Mary has donated over 450,000 books to underserved children across the country through her Gift of Books program.

You can donate books at a variety of locations in your community, including:

  1. The Salvation Army
  2. Goodwill
  3. Libraries
  4. Local Thrift Stores

*Donate books to those who need them most.


Dietrich Mateschitz 1944

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Before launching, Mateschitz hired a market research firm to test Red Bull’s acceptance. The result was a catastrophe. “People didn’t believe the taste, the logo, the brand name,” he recalls now with a smile. “I’d never before experienced such a disaster.”

He ignored the recommendations, and went on with his project.

*Ignore the recommendations and go with your gut – especially when it’s your dream. Drink a Red Bull for motivation.


James Stewart 1908 – watch The Philadelphia Story

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The beloved actor had been nominated for Best Actor the year before, for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and would be nominated another three times after this. But The Philadelphia Story was his only lifetime win, surprising those (including himself) who thought Henry Fonda deserved it for The Grapes of Wrath. (Some observers felt it was Stewart’s compensation for not getting the Mr. Smith win.) In 1995, Stewart won an Honorary Oscar.

*Watch Jimmy Stewart win an Oscar in The Philadelphia Story.


Ted Allen 1965 – spinach, olives, and leeks brunch tart

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Ted was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series “Queer Eye,” which was nominated twice for an Emmy Award and took the prize in 2004. He is author of “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes” (Clarkson-Potter), a collection of vibrant, all-natural dishes, and co-wrote the New York Times Best Seller “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.”

*Look better, cook better, live better and make this brunch tart – don’t get chopped.

SNUB – Busta Rhymes

Review –

  • What does your name imply?
  • Plank
  • Go with your gut
  • Watch The Philadelphia Story
  • Make a spinach, olives, and leeks brunch tart

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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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