June 19

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Blaise Pascal 1623

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Pascal argues that our failure to understand the principles of reality is due to both our impatience and a certain lack of moral imagination:

Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, for they would understand at first sight, and are not used to seek for principles. And others, on the contrary, who are accustomed to reason from principles, do not at all understand matters of feeling, seeking principles, and being unable to see at a glance.


*Be patient and have moral imagination today.


Dirk Nowitzki 1978

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Both men are quickly moving up the all-time scoring list.  Dirk currently sits sixth and LeBron is seventh.  Both men are likely to pass Wilt Chamberlain this season.



But all Nowitzki needs is a plain, old bicycle.


*Go for a nice leisurely bike ride today. Then play some basketball and dominate like Dirk. 


Lou Gehrig 1903

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Yet, Gehrig’s speech tells anyone who suffers that certain gifts come with the inevitable outcome. Whether in the throes of cancer, late-stage AIDS or any other fatal illness, a renewed outlook on one’s current plot can offer many a balance to the fear of the final act. It doesn’t make the terror go away. But it offers appreciation for the past joys and blessings, in whatever form they came.


*Appreciate your past joys and blessings today.


Macklemore 1983

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Freedom is More Important Than Money



*Listen to Macklemore’s “Make the Money” and understand that your freedom is more important than money. Then go shopping at your local thrift shop.


Kathleen Turner 1954 – watch Peggy Sue Got Married

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As Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner) is being crowned queen of the reunion, she passes out and awakens back in 1961 in her senior year of high school. It’s a most unique time travel film, as Peggy Sue’s mind travels back to her younger body, and she gets a chance to experience her youth over again, knowing what she knows as an adult.


*Think about the changes you would make, if you went back to high school, as you watch Kathleen Turner almost win an Oscar as Peggy Sue.


Zoe Saldana 1978 – red bean stew

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Diets don’t do squat.

“I don’t believe in cheat days because I don’t believe in diets. I try not to deprive my body of anything, because the moment I have just salads and protein for a few days, I crave carbs. But when I eat everything in balance, I think less about food and more about everything else. It’s about eating to live, not living to eat.”





*Enjoy Columbiana’s red bean stew as part of a balanced diet while watching Peggy Sue Got Married.

SNUB – Paula Abdul

Review –

  • Be patient and have moral imagination
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Appreciate your past joys and blessings
  • Freedom is more important than money
  • Watch Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Make red bean stew

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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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