June 3

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Allen Ginsberg 1926

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Depending on who you ask, Allen Ginsberg was a songwriter, a photographer, a political gadfly, a gay rights advocate, or the founding poet of the Beat Generation. He was also one of the most divisive figures of the 1960s, described as either an “ambassador for tolerance” or, as his FBI file reads, a “politically dangerous subversive.” But whether you see him as a force for good or evil, he was unequivocally—a force that changed American literature forever.



*Whether you are a force for good or evil, be a force for change.


Rafael Nadal 1986

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During the off-season Nadal trains six days a week for six-and-a-half hours every day – four
on court and the rest in the gym or the pool.


*Play tennis, hit the gym, and go swimming today.


Curtis Mayfield 1942

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Deploying sweet soul and blistering funk – and pouring his gorgeous, honeyed falsetto over it all – Curtis Mayfield veered between breezy optimism and hard-edged political commentary


*Listen to Curtis Mayfield and listen for both optimism and political commentary.


Anderson Cooper 1967

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But Cooper is okay with not receiving an inheritance, telling Stern, “I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.”


*I love this attitude by Anderson Cooper, but it’s got to be easier said than done. Avoid “initiative suckers” in your life, and make your own money.


Tony Curtis 1925 – watch The Defiant Ones

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Though Marlon Brando was reportedly Kramer’s original choice for John “Joker” Johnson, Tony Curtis diligently proved himself the better choice in the role. In his autobiography, Curtis recalled, ” At first they said I was too good-looking for the part; I didn’t look enough like the a**hole “n*gger-hater” I was supposed to play. So I wore a false nose and made myself look uglier.


*Watch Tony Curtis win an Oscar in The Defiant Ones.


Jefferson Davis 1808 – Jefferson Davis Pie

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Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, was a planter, politician and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. Davis was the tenth and youngest child of Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Davis and his wife Jane Cook Davis (Finis in Latin means final—the couple wanted no more children after Jefferson).



*Enjoy this Jefferson Davis Pie while watching the racial-prejudice themed film – The Defiant Ones.

SNUB – Josephine Baker

Review –

  • Be a force for change
  • Play tennis
  • Listen to Curtis Mayfield
  • Avoid “initiative suckers”
  • Watch The Defiant Ones
  • make Jefferson Davis Pie

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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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