August 31

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Maria Montessori 1870

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Always do what you have shown the child to do! Lead by example, carry jugs, bowls trays with two hands. Be quiet and graceful when placing objects on the table. Sit on the child’s dominant side. Move slowly.

*With your own children, or if you are around children today, lead by example with all of your actions.


Larry Fitzgerald 1983

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In addition to taking it up a level during the off-season, Lott integrated more running workouts, plyometrics, and horizontal jumping like box jumps into Fitzgerald’s in-season training routine. Fitzgerald admits he despises these conditioning techniques, but he can’t dispute their value.

*Try these despised conditioning techniques that keep Larry Fitzgerald one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.


Richard Gere 1949

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The 69-year-old actor looks set to become a father again, according to an Instagram post from his wife. Alejandra Silva, 35, posted a photo Sunday that appeared to show the Dalai Lama and her husband touching her baby bump.

When you are asked about Buddhism, are there certain themes you return to that you feel are helpful, such as compassion?

Richard Gere: Absolutely. I will probably discuss wisdom and compassion in some form, that there are two poles we are here to explore—expanding our minds and expanding our hearts. At some point hopefully being able to encompass the entire universe inside mind, and the same thing with heart, with compassion, hopefully both at the same time. Inseparable.

*Expand your mind and your heart. Look into Buddhism today.


William DeWitt Jr. 1941

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A big part of being a good owner is making good executive personnel decisions.  In hiring manager Tony LaRussa, it’s hard to see how DeWitt Jr. could have done any better.

  1. Look for Someone With a Commitment to Their Career
  2. Test for Excellent Learning and Analytical Skills
  3. Check Compatibility
  4. Keep Improving Your Hiring Process
  5. Don’t Forget to Hire Interns
  6. Get Social With the Candidates

*When you are running your own business, make good executive decisions – hire the right people.


Chris Tucker 1971 – watch Friday

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Because their laughter ruined takes, camera operators and other personnel were forced to take a break or avoid watching somehow.


“You can’t make a movie high,” Tucker told The AV Club. “Naw, I didn’t stay in character, but it was a good movie to do. We had a lot of fun.” In 2012, he told The Guardian that fans still regularly offer him pot. “They want to say they smoked with Smokey,” Tucker laughs. “I’m so glad I don’t smoke—I’d be high all the time.”


*Expand your mind and watch Friday, regardless of what day it is.


Itzhak Perlman 1945 – meatloaf

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Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates.

*Listen to Itzhak Perlman while making his favorite meatloaf. Enjoy it while watching Friday. Save the leftovers for meatloaf sandwich munchies

SNUB – Marcia Clark

Review –

  • Lead by example with your actions
  • Larry Fitzgerald workout
  • Look into Buddhism
  • Hire the right people
  • Watch Friday
  • Make Itzhak Perlman Meatloaf

August 30

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Ernest Rutherford 1871

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Ernest Rutherford (1871 – 1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist and recipient of the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is often called the “father of nuclear physics.”

*Learn nuclear physics in a nutshell from to celebrate the birthday of the “father of nuclear physics”.


Ted Williams 1918 – eye exam

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He DID in fact have 20/10 acuity, meaning he could see from 20 feet away what normal-sighted people could see from 10 feet away – but the other myths and legends were just that, myths and legends. Although as he entered the Marines as a pilot in World War 2, the ophthalmologist performing Williams’ entry examination said his vision was on the order of a “1 in 100,000 occurrence.”

*Get your eyes checked today. Do it every year on Ted Williams’ birthday. Go to the batting cages and bat at least .400.


Lewis Black 1948

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The usually foul-mouthed comedian — who abstained from cursing during this interview — says he finds a lot of similarities between comedy and religion.

“They both take place on the weekends, and both of them have a certain call and response. And I think laughter, in the end, provides a comfort for people,” he says.

*If you can’t use religion today, use laughter to soothe your soul. Lewis Black can help.


Warren Buffett 1930

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Watch Small Expenses: Warren Buffett invests in businesses run by managers who obsess over the tiniest costs. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated (he was). He also admired a friend who painted only on the side of his office building that faced the road. Exercising vigilance over every expense can make your profits — and your paycheck — go much further.

*Exercise vigilance over every expense today. Check on your toilet paper too.


Cameron Diaz 1972 – watch There’s Something About Mary

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Diaz, who received a New York Film Critics Circle award for her work, was the key to the film’s success, the brothers said, because she perfectly captured Mary’s sweetness and kindness not only with the intellectually disabled Warren (W. Earl Brown), but the homeless and her eccentric, severely sunburned friend Magda (Lin Shaye)

*Watch There’s Something About Mary and get your hair styled afterwards.


Huey Long 1893 – pan fried kingfish with creamy mashed potatoes

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Long – who gave himself the nickname “The Kingfish”, rose from the extremely impoverished Winn Parish in Louisiana to the national political stage with zeal, towering ambition, and a charismatic knack for attracting followers and powerful devotees.

*Enjoy this pan fried kingfish while watching the movie Kingfish – starring John Goodman as Huey Long.

SNUB – Lisa Ling

Review –

  • Lear about nuclear physics
  • Get your eyes checked
  • Use laughter to soothe your soul
  • Exercise vigilance with every expense
  • Watch There’s Something About Mary
  • Make pan fried kingfish

August 29

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John Locke 1632

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Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas; how comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it, with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from experience: in that, all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself.

An abundance of psychology research has shown that experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions.

*What experiences are you going to add to your knowledge and happiness today?


Lea Michele 1986

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Besides hiking, Lea has a love affair with yoga — hot yoga, to be exact. Of the practice, she says, “#GoodForTheBody [and] #GoodForTheSoul.” We couldn’t agree more!

*Go hiking and take a Hot Yoga class today. Listen to Lea Michele’s music for motivation.


John McCain 1936

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In a family memoir, a campaign ad as well as a televised interview with megachurch pastor Rick Warren, he recalled a guard in his prisoner of war camp in Vietnam who shared his faith one Christmas.

“He stood there for a minute, and with his sandal on the dirt in the courtyard, he drew a cross and he stood there,” McCain told Warren at the Saddleback Civil Forum in August of that campaign year. “And a minute later, he rubbed it out, and walked away. For a minute there, there were just two Christians worshipping together.”

Asked by Warren what being a Christian means, McCain simply replied: “It means I’m saved and forgiven.”

*If John McCain can share a moment of worship with one of his Vietnam War POW guards, you can share your faith with anyone. Senator McCain passed away in the middle of me writing this. May he Rest In Peace.


Iris Apfel 1921

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Money doesn’t buy success

“If you’re happy, have found love, are surrounded by good people, doing what you like and giving back to others, that’s success. Selling your soul for a buck is not worth the real price you pay — not to me, anyways,” says Apfel.

*I’m sure that the MONEY part of 365DOLF has grown confusing to some. One day it may suggest that it’s all about making money and on another day there may be a suggestion on how to give it away. The bottom line is what Iris has suggested, if you’re happy, have found love, surrounded by good people, doing what you like, and giving back – that’s success.


Michael Jackson 1958

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Start with yourself

Man in the Mirror is introspective, and seems to tell of a personal experience Michael had, and encourages us to start with ourselves. It’s easy to look at the world and point out the injustices and deficiencies, but more challenging to sit down, soul search, and find ways to be better versions of ourselves.

*Soul search to be a better version of yourself today. Listen to the King of Pop all day. Don’t stop till you get enough.


Ingrid Bergman 1915 – Swedish Crayfish and Hot Fudge Sundae Party

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As a young actress in Stockholm she loved to eat crayfish, with a bib. When she first came to America from Sweden in 1939, she fell in love with American ice cream. ‘A hot fudge sundae was an unbelievable delight,’ she later recalled. ‘In New York City, where I liked the ice cream the best, I could eat four ice creams in a day.’

August crayfish parties are one of the highlights of the Swedish calendar and appeal to people of all ages.

Do you know why it’s spelled “sundae”? Well, there used to be “Sunday Blue Laws” that prohibited soda water from being sold on Sundays. This resulted in no ice cream sodas, which was a popular treat at the time. People began making what is now known as a sundae instead! It is also noted that the spelling was changed from “Sunday” so that the ice cream treat would no longer be associated with only eating them on Sundays, and to not commercialize the word “Sunday” which was thought to be as sacred.

Whether you like banana splits or the traditional hot fudge sundae, there are endless options for creating a totally customized sundae. Why not create an ice cream sundae bar filled with toppings, your favorite syrups and a variety of ice cream flavors.

*With August coming to an end soon, throw a Swedish crayfish party (have bibs available) and show an Ingrid Bergman movie or two or three (she won 3 Oscars). Have hot fudge sundaes for dessert – enough so each guest can have four of them.

SNUB – Carla Gugino

Review –

  • Add an experience to your knowledge and happiness
  • Hiking and hot yoga
  • Share your faith with someone
  • Do what you like and give back to others
  • Listen to Michael Jackson
  • Throw a Swedish crayfish and hot fudge sundae party

August 28

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Leo Tolstoy 1828 (9/8 New Style)

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Shortly after turning fifty, Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia despite having a large estate, good health for his age, a wife who had born him fourteen children, and the promise of eternal literary fame. On the brink of suicide, he made one last grasp at light amidst the darkness of his existence, turning to the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions for answers to the age-old question regarding the meaning of life.

The True Meaning of Life: In One Word

No matter what job title you hold, how many zeroes you have in your paycheck or where you came from, I know the true meaning of life can be summed up in one word: service.

Service is the meaning of life and what will ultimately bring you joy.

*Hopefully Tolstoy figured out the meaning of life before it was too late. With all he had, all he had to do to be happy was to give it back.


LeAnn Rimes 1982

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Besides sculpting her body parts, boxing also relieves her from stress and boosts the flow of adrenaline in her body.

*Do another boxing workout today – to sculpt your body, relieve stress, and boost the flow of adrenaline through your body. Listen to LeAnn Rimes for motivation.


David Soul 1943

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I’ve got a better handle on family perspective today. In the days when I was – as they used to call me – “one of the biggest stars in television”, I got the balance wrong. The caring about what I looked like, what I sounded like, what I represented to other people was more important than being with my family. That was the sadness of that period but it doesn’t mean I don’t have time for other people now.

*Re-balance. Being with your family is more important than anything else today, and every day.


Armie Hammer 1986

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Oh, it just takes hard work? Why didn’t anybody tell me this? And someone probably did, but I didn’t listen because I was an idiot.

*Listen. Don’t be an idiot. It just takes hard work. Watch Hammer work hard in the movie Call me by Your Name for motivation.


Jack Black 1969 – watch The School of Rock

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An improviser down to his DNA, Black was constantly unpredictable, kicking over desks and flying around the room like a dervish. But that made for an even more rebellious mood on set. “All of the laughter that you see coming from us in the scenes was genuine, he’s just the funniest motherfucker,” Brown told me. Even Sarah Silverman, who played the shrewish girlfriend of Mike White’s diminutive Ned, would also hang around—even if she didn’t have many scenes with the kids. “She would mess with us and say shit… like ‘Okay, I’m the cutest one though, by the way, I’m still the cute one!’”

*Watch The School of Rock and listen to Jack Black’s rock band Tenacious D


Shania Twain 1965 – poutine

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Oven Fries

Shania, who worked at McDonald’s in high school, says French fries are her go-to junk food. Whether it’s this cheesy and mouth-watering recipe for poutine, or garlicky thick-cut oven fries, both are perfect for when a savory and salty craving strikes.

*Listen to a mix of Shania Twain and Tenacious D while making poutine (sorry), compliments of this Canadian country gal.

SNUB – Jennifer Coolidge (The Original MILF)

Review –

  • The meaning of life – service
  • Boxing workout
  • Re-balance
  • It just takes hard work
  • Watch The School of Rock
  • Make poutine

August 27

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Lyndon B. Johnson 1908

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Finally, and somewhat surreptitiously he came to his surprise withdrawal from the presidential race. Asserting that the country’s “ultimate strength” lies in “the unity of our people,” he acknowledged that “there is division in the American house now. There is divisiveness among us all tonight. And holding the trust that is mine, as President of all the people, I cannot disregard the peril to the progress of the American people and the hope and prospect of peace for all people…. With America’s sons in the fields faraway, with America’s future under challenge right here at home … I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes…. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”

*How many politicians would walk away because of division on their watch? Today is the day for you to step aside if you don’t think you are doing a good job. Let someone else do your job as you find something more suited for you.


Tom Ford 1961

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Live by the Rule of 4

Four hours of sleep and four baths a day are the trick to being of sound mind and body, according to a recap of 24-hours with the designer.

*Sleep for 4 hours and take 4 baths today.


Cesar Millan 1969

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Just like the dogs on the show, my life tends to become filled with anxiety when I am scurrying around working feverishly in my own strength, or barking loudly to get my own way, rather than following my Leader. If I were to stop, attain a “calm and surrendered state” through prayer, and wait patiently for God to show me the next step, things would go much more smoothly.

*Stop. Attain a calm and surrendered state through prayer. Wait for God to show you the next step. Afterwards, play with your dog – it’s good for both of your souls.


Charles Rolls 1877

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To own a Rolls-Royce is universally recognized as “the ultimate expression that you have made it.”

*Write down what you will buy one day and at that point, you will say – “I’ve made it.” Now go after it.


Aaron Paul 1979 – watch Breaking Bad

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Education is Important

“Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!” – Jesse Pinkman

If Jesse Pinkman taught you nothing else, he taught you that education is important. As someone who didn’t do well in school, something he remembered from his high school Chemistry class (with a little bit of help) helped him create and maintain a business that he never imagined he could be a part of.

*Start at the beginning and binge watch Breaking Bad


Paul Reubens 1952 – Reuben sandwich

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”Wow,” says Pee-wee in genuine awe, “I’m the luckiest boy in the world!”

He might still be, if Reubens hadn’t walked into that adult movie theater on the evening of Friday, July 26. Nothing brings a star crashing to earth like the words sex scandal, and this particular scandal — a kid-show host charged with exposing himself in a porno theater

The main things to remember for a great Reuben are to keep the filling under control and in balance, so when you bite into it you get a harmonious and succulent mouthful; and to grill the sandwich slowly and under some pressure, so the bread gets toasty brown and buttery crisp, the meat gets warmed through, and the cheese is just melted enough to be oozy.

*Enjoy this Reuben (go easy on that Russian dressing) sandwich while watching Paul Reubens as Pee Wee Herman. Wash it down with a Pee Wee Herman cocktail.

SNUB – Savannah James

Review –

  • Step aside for someone to do a better job
  • 4 hours of sleep and 4 baths
  • Wait for God to show you the next step
  • When will you “have made it”?
  • Watch Breaking Bad
  • Make a Reuben and Pee Wee Herman cocktail

August 26

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Antoine Lavoisier 1743

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Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier forever changed the practice and concepts of chemistry by forging a new series of laboratory analyses that would bring order to the chaotic centuries of Greek philosophy and medieval alchemy. Lavoisier’s work in framing the principles of modern chemistry led future generations to regard him as a founder of the science.

*Yesterday was Crash Course and today, take this Khan Academy course to learn about chemistry on the birthday of the founder of it. I wish I would have had both of these when I was in school.


Melissa McCarthy 1970

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Melissa said she is not a treadmill kind of girl, and told her trainer that she did not want to feel like a fat hamster on a wheel to lose weight. She said even if it took her longer she wanted to do activities that she actually enjoyed.

*Do an activity that you actually enjoy today. Hiking, hopscotch, hula hooping – whatever gets you moving. Check out McCarthy in a unique role in the movie The Nines


Mother Teresa 1910

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“God had not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.”

Wealth, fame, a big house, designer clothes. To the world, this could seem like evidence of a successful life. But, success doesn’t make you who you are. What do you do when the trial mounts and the road is steep? Be faithful in the highs and lows of life.

*Success doesn’t make who you are. Be faithful today.


Albert Sabin 1906

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It’s not an exaggeration to say Sabin’s vaccine changed the world, and he never patented it or took a dime for it

*If you could change the world but not make any money off of it, would you?


Chris Pine 1980 – watch Star Trek (2009)

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“Princess Diaries” may have introduced us to Pine, but playing Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot made him a star. Pine’s Kirk had, if possible, more swagger than William Shatner’s original, smirking his way through an adventure on the U.S.S. Enterprise alongside Zachary Quinto as Spock and Zoe Saldana as Uhura.

*Watch the swagger of Chris Pine in the Star Trek trilogy.


Macaulay Culkin 1980 – cheese pizza

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A fun prank is to give a pizza delivery guy a terrible tip and then make him think you’re a psychopath who’s trying to murder him. Don’t worry though, he won’t call the police or report the incident to a supervisor.

*Order a Cheese Pizza. Pay in too much cash and utter this – “Keep the change, you filthy animal.” Enjoy the pizza while watching a Home Alone and Star Trek marathon.

SNUB – James Harden

Review –

  • Learn Chemistry
  • Do an activity that you actually enjoy
  • Faithful is successful
  • Would you change the world for free?
  • Watch Star Trek (2009)
  • Order a cheese pizza

August 25

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Tim Burton 1958

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Don’t bear a grudge

Despite his rather Gothic image, Burton actually started out in the cartoonish, fluffy world of Walt Disney, working as an animator on such feel-good fare as The Fox and The Hound and The Black Cauldron. Eventually he was fired from the studio after making the short film Frankenweenie, which his bosses felt was too dark for kids and a waste of money. Nearly 30 years later he returned to Disney to make a full-length, critically acclaimed version of the film. “There is a twisted humour about it,” he has said about the situation.

*Think about someone who has hurt you or maybe even fired you. Let them know that you are thinking of them today and that you do not hold a grudge. See what happens next.


Blake Lively 1987

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Day 3: Pool day

This is definitely not pool play time (AKA no on-trend unicorn floats in sight). Lively did interval work in the water—and mixed it up by treading water or doing long-distance swimming for about 30 minutes a day.

*This comes from a great website, and is the Day 3 of Blake Lively’s workout week that stresses intensity. Tread water and do long-distance swimming today. Watch her in The Shallows for motivation to swim faster – think Castaway meets Jaws meets Baywatch.


Marie-Eugenie de Jesus 1817

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Her story is that of a woman who, springing from an irreligious background, came to understand that each one of us is called by God to a unique way of service, and that hers was to inspire countless others to strive for the building of the Kingdom of God through education. Her life is marked by her three great loves – for Jesus Christ, for Mary the Mother of Jesus and our mother and for the Church.

*God is calling you to a unique way of service. If you don’t know what that is, take today to pray and reflect on what God wants you to do.


Gene Simmons 1949

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“Life is business, and I approach life the way sharks approach life – they must keep moving or else they will drown.

“I’ll never stop hunting more money, I’ll never have enough.”

*Keep moving today and never stop hunting more money. Listen to KISS for motivation.


Sean Connery 1930 – watch The Untouchables

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“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?”

Thank you for visiting the Official Home of Sean Connery Day. Sean Connery Day is an annual celebration of all things Connery held on August 25th which is the birthday of Sir Sean Connery. On that day everyone is encouraged to “Talk Like Sean Connery” too!

*Watch The Untouchables and talk like Sean Connery on Sean Connery Day.


Rachel Ray 1968 – dirty martini deviled eggs

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-Have sex in the morning: morning testosterone is highest within the first hour or two of waking, and sexual desire is strongest. It’ll also give you a dose of oxytocin, making you peaceful and calm as you start the day.
-Exercise in the morning: Dr. Breus says to elevate your heart rate immediately upon waking. If you wait too long, you may talk yourself out of it. If you can exercise outside, the exposure to sunlight will help wake you up.
-Eat dinner at night: you should eat dinner on the later side, between 7:30 and 9PM. This will help you avoid late-night binging.
-What to eat for dinner: you should eat your largest meal in the morning, and lunch should be half that size with dinner being your smallest meal of the day. Choose something filling like soup or stew with a side salad.

*Go to Rachel Ray’s website and take the quiz to figure out the best time of day to have sex, sleep, exercise, and eat for your personality type.

I’m a Bear! What are you? Use this to guide you for the rest of the year.


Each year on August 25, people across the United States observe National Whiskey Sour Day.

*In honor of Sean Connery (James Bond), enjoy these shaken not stirred, dirty martini deviled eggs. Wash them down with Rachel Ray’s scotch sour on National Whiskey Sour Day

SNUB – Claudia Schiffer

Review –

  • Don’t bear a grudge
  • Pool day
  • God is calling you to a unique way of service
  • Never stop hunting more money
  • Watch The Untouchables
  • Make dirty martini deviled eggs and a scotch sour

August 24

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John Green 1977

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One user asked how he deals with his anxiety while appearing at press events for the screen adaptation of his novel Paper Towns. 

In a word: Poorly,” Green wrote. “I’ve known that I have this mental illness for a long time, and I’ve had a lot of therapy and learned a lot of strategies for dealing with my illness. I know the benefits of exercise and meditation and medication and CBT strategies and etc.”

You may wake up in the morning and wonder, “What’s the point of trying?” With CBT, you learn to tell yourself, “That’s not a helpful thought. Making an effort has lots of rewards. I’ll start by getting out of bed.”

*See a therapist today and ask about CBT strategies that you can use to help with anxiety. Of course you will exercise today and throw in some meditation too. Watch some of John Green’s Crash Course videos to learn something new today. As a U.S. History teacher, I would like to use these videos instead of actually teaching each subject.


Cal Ripken Jr. 1960

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On the night before the start of the season in which he would break one of the most prestigious records in baseball history, Ripken played two-on-two wearing loafers, because there was a hoop and there were players. Did his team win? “We crushed,” he said.

*If you can’t get 18 guys and umpires together to play a game of baseball, at least get 4 to play some 2 on 2 hoops and crush your opponent.

No matter what, do not miss work today. Keep the streak alive.


Howard Zinn 1922

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That was the spirit of Howard: think for yourself, act for yourself, challenge and question authority. But do it with others. As he writes in Marx in Soho, “If you are going to break the law, do it with two thousand people … and Mozart.”

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*Think for yourself, act for yourself, and question authority today. Consider donating to Teaching for Change and start reading A People’s History of the United States. As a U.S. History teacher, I would like to use nothing but Zinn’s books and website.


Vince McMahon 1945

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Keep It Exciting and Fun

You have to begin with passion and then keep that passion burning. That may mean never being fully satisfied, but if you’re having fun along the way, you’ll stay motivated and happy. McMahon says, “I have a voracious appetite, for life and everything in it.”

*As you are creating your dream job/business, remember to keep it exciting and fun – it will keep you motivated and happy.


Dave Chappelle 1973 – watch Chappelle’s Show

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It’s not just a show — it’s a social phenomenon. Dave Chappelle’s singular point of view is unleashed through a combination of stand-up bits and street-smart sketches. Hailed by critics and beloved by fans, Chappelle’s Show brings the funk and the noise — and some of the funniest comedy on television.

*Take a break from reality and enter the world of Dave Chappelle.


Marlee Matlin 1965 – noodle kugel

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When her father had a “Deaf Child” sign installed on her street, Marlee learned to see it as an opportunity. “At first I wasn’t crazy about the sign. Instead of helping to protect me, I thought of it as telling everyone I was different, that I needed to have ‘help.’ But it was my mom and dad who told me I should look at the sign a different way. That sign said, ‘I’m Marlee! Want to stop by and say HI? I’ll be your best friend!’ None of the other kids had a sign of their own in the neighborhood! And they were right. What a feeling of validation that was!”

*Watch Marlee Matlin become the youngest to win an Oscar’s Best Actor award in Children of a Lesser God while enjoying her traditional Passover Kugel

SNUB – Reggie Miller

Review –

  • See a therapist
  • Play some 2 on 2 hoops
  • Question authority
  • Keep it exciting and fun
  • Watch Chapelle’s Show
  • Make noodle kugel

August 23

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Jeremy Lin 1988

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Believe in yourself when no one else does. Lin’s only the 4th graduate from Harvard to make it to the NBA.  He’s also one of only a handful of Asian-Americans to make it. He was sent by the Knicks to play for their D-League team 3 weeks ago in Erie, PA.  He’d already been cut by two other NBA teams before joining the Knicks this year.  You’ve got to believe in yourself, even when no one else does.

*Believe in yourself. If an Asian-American Harvard graduate can cause Linsanity in the NBA, you can do anything today.


Barbara Eden 1931

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‘I spin three times a week. Then I work with a trainer for half an hour with weights. It’s important to lift weights for your bones.’


Jeannie’s skimpy pink-and-red harem costume was an instant iconic look for the show, but aside from the fall 1965 pilot, titled “The Lady in the Bottle,” Eden was significantly covered up for the first 10 episodes of the series.

*Take a spin class today and work with your trainer for half an hour with weights – for your bones. Watch I Dream of Jeannie for motivation.


River Phoenix 1970

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River’s sister Rain described how the three eldest children decided to turn vegan. They were on a ship to Florida when they witnessed how a group of fishermen were slamming live fish against nails sticking out of the side of the boat. This disturbed the children greatly, and they told their parents that they would no longer eat any animal products.

*Think of going vegan today. Animals have souls too. This means you’ll have to ignore the FOOD section today.


Harry Frank Guggenheim 1890

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The Guggenheim Family has created a legacy by funding the development of foundations, schools, the creation of museums, art collections, acts of individual creation, innovations in science, aeronautics, and the advancement of critical thought.

The case of the Guggenheim family demonstrates how donors who have strong ideologies behind their philanthropic activities and continue to be an active part of their foundations create lasting grounded organizations

*Now that you are making, saving, and investing money, develop a strong ideology behind your philanthropy. If nothing else, take today to think about donating to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation or the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation


Rick Springfield 1949

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“When you get depressed you look in and ask what’s going on. Introspection is a great tool for an artist,” he says. “It does help in a weird way.”

*Look in as you listen to Rick Springfield today. Today is also the day to let your friend know that you are in love his girlfriend.


Kobe Bryant 1978 – griddle seared Kobe

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In a 1998 interview with Sports Illustrated, Joe Bryant told the magazine that Kobe was in fact named after a restaurant in Philadelphia. “I don’t know if I should say that, they might want the rights to the name,” said the father of the then-rising star. Ironically, owners of Kobe temporarily renamed the restaurant “The Answer” before the 2001 NBA finals where Allen Iverson’s 76ers squared off against Kobe (and Shaq’s) Lakers. The Lake Show won the series 4-1 and The Answer Japanese Steakhouse became Kobe once again. Unfortunately, the restaurant has since closed. Sorry Kobe fans, no pilgrimage for you.

*Enjoy this Kobe steak and don’t share it with anyone. Wash it down with a Black Mamba punch – in fact, turn the drink into a round of shots, and you take all the shots. This means you’ll have to ignore the SOUL section today.

Black Mamba

Austin bartender Stephanie Teslar loves mulled wine; she also believes that wine is an underused cocktail ingredient. So, in her punch-like Black Mamba, she combines rich house-mulled wine with gin and applejack. It all gets a lift from lemon, Fernet Branca and mint, giving the unexpected combination a pleasantly odd cooling quality. The result is a dark purple drink with an edge. Or a bite, you might say.

SNUB – Shelley Long

Review –

  • Believe in yourself
  • Take a spin class
  • Think of going vegan
  • Develop a strong ideology for your philanthropy
  • Listen to Rick Springfield
  • Make a Kobe steak and a round of Black Mamba shots

August 22

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Ray Bradbury 1920

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Society Dies if We Do Not Think

The idea that dependence on technology is a direct route to a dehumanised society is prevalent across Ray Bradbury’s body of work. From the colonisers of The Martian Chronicles blindly refusing to learn from past mistakes, to the husbands of “Marionettes, Inc” (in The Illustrated Man) being driven from their own homes by the companion robots they bought for their wives, the loss of humanity due to an unquestioning dependence on technology is the downfall for many Bradbury characters. In no book is the importance of “a life of the mind” so central to the story as in his best-known work, Fahrenheit 451.

*Society is dying. I teach teenagers and they are addicted to their phones and cannot verbally communicate with other human beings. Read Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – he warned us.


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 1967

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We lived in the gym! Really, it was like a regimen. We had four weeks’ training before principal photography, which consisted of two hours of fight training with swordsmanship and weaponry, and fight choreography, which is quite grueling, and then an hour of weight training and then an hour of cardio. So we did about four hours a day of working out for about four weeks.

*Work out for 4 hours today. Combine weight training, cardio, and boxing. Watch the movie Pompeii for motivation


Bill McCartney 1940

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The mission of Promise Keepers is to issue a catalytic clarion call to the Body of Christ, to hear and obey the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.

He is also the founder of The Road to Jerusalem ministry. The organization’s mission is to encourage Gentile believers in Jesus Christ to embrace the Messianic Jewish community.

*Hear and obey the word of God today, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Take today to embrace another religion.


Ty Burrell 1967

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I think I’m not really willing to travel very much anymore, or miss too many dinners away from my kids,” says Burrell, who shares daughters Frances, 7, and Greta, 5, with wife Holly. “[So] there’s a possibility that I may step away from performing altogether when the show is over.

*Get yourself to a point where you can walk away from your job to spend more time with your family. Watch some Modern Family to get a good look at Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy aka Best Dad Ever!


Kristin Wiig 1973 – watch Bridesmaids

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No one wants to be around the person who spends all their time feeling sorry for themselves.

Melissa McCarthy put it best: You have to fight for your shitty life. Almost everyone has gone through something (or is going through it right now), and we’re great at making excuses for ourselves. Sometimes it’s just easier to sit on your couch, eat yourself to death and watch Cast Away than to get up and do something about it. We feel powerless, scared and alone. But you’re only as powerless as you let yourself feel. Only you have the ability to change your life, which entails that you stop moping, get up and do something about it.

*Fight for your shitty life and watch Bridesmaids today.


Giada De Laurentiis 1970 – peach and bacon frittata

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Aside from being bullied for her command of the English language, she was also saddled with an awful nickname as a child. De Laurentiis told The Chew hosts that she was called Jabba the Hutt — not because of her looks, but because Star Wars had just come out, and “Jabba” and “Giada” sound too similar for kids to resist. Who’s laughing now, kids?

National Eat a Peach Day

August 22 is the National Eat a Peach Day in the United States. This date was chosen because peaches are harvested between June and August.

*Enjoy Jabba aka Giada’s peach and bacon frittata on National Eat a Peach Day.

SNUB – James Corden

Review –

  • Start reading Fahrenheit 451
  • 2 hours of fight training, 1 hour of weights, 1 hour of cardio
  • Embrace another religion
  • Be prepared to walk away from your job
  • Watch Bridesmaids
  • Make peach and bacon frittata