August 13

Look to the * for today’s advice.




Lucy Stone 1818

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Stone lived in a time when wealthy, white men were the only predominant figures in society, and therefore, they were the only ones who could even possibly be considered heroes. However, at the same time, some women and slaves still may have considered Lucy a hero, because she fought for their rights.

*Be a hero and fight for the rights of people who need it most.


Fidel Castro 1926

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When Cuba was hit by food shortages, the average Cuban lost around 10 lbs in weight, causing deaths from heart disease to fall by a third.

*Have your own personal food shortage today. Don’t eat all day, until the Tuscan stew for dinner. Just water and maybe a Cuban cigar for lunch.


James Morrison 1984

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‘Because my childhood was impoverished I always felt I was this kid with no voice,’ he says. ‘Then, suddenly, I had a voice. A big voice. But overcoming my demons hasn’t been easy. Writing songs is my way of conquering them.’

*Listen to James Morrison and write your own song to conquer any demons.


Annie Oakley 1860

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Both lucky and extremely talented, Annie Oakley used her astonishing marksmanship to escape a poor childhood in Ohio and become the first female superstar in what had been a male-dominated profession.

*Use your astonishing talent to become an entrepreneurial superstar.


Alfred Hitchcock 1899 – watch Psycho

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When Hitchcock approached Paramount Pictures—where he was under contract—to put up the money to make Psycho, the studio balked at the salacious story. So Hitchcock financed the movie himself,

foregoing his normal salary in exchange for 60 percent ownership of the rights to the film; Paramount agreed to distribute the film. To cut costs even more, the filmmaker enlisted his relatively cheaper Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV crew and shot the film on less pricey black and white film. Hitch’s gamble worked: He reportedly personally earned $6 million from Psycho—about $50 million in today’s dollars.

*Take a nice long shower and then watch Psycho


Debi Mazar 1964 – Tuscan beef stew with polenta

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A little later, my mom turned into a hippie—I’d say that’s where I got my sportiness and my set of balls. I was born in 1964, and my mom kept us upstate until 1970 or 1972 But, you know, it was the Summer of Love, my mother was going to Woodstock to hang out in the rain and I was like, ‘See ya! Have fun!’

*You haven’t eaten all day, now enjoy this Tuscan stew while watching Psycho.

SNUB – John Slatterly

Review –

  • Fight for the rights of people
  • Don’t eat all day
  • Listen to James Morrison
  • Use your talent to become rich
  • Watch Psycho
  • Make Tuscan beef stew with polenta

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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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