August 24

Look to the * for today’s advice.



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