September 25

Look for the * for today’s advice.

SKYWALKER AND SUPERMAN DAY

MIND

William Faulkner 1897

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https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1949/faulkner/biographical/

Life is not interested in good and evil. Since people exist only in life, they must devote their time simply to being alive. Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/09/25/william-faulkner-paris-review-interview-writing/

In his classic introduction to The Portable Faulkner, Malcolm Cowley writes, “Faulkner’s novels have the quality of being lived, absorbed, remembered rather than merely observed. And they have what is rare in the novels of our time, a warmth of family affection, brother for brother and sister, the father for his children—a love so warm and proud that it tries to shut out the rest of the world.” That familial glow is one we can all bask in as we strive to fulfill the rigors of the life.

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner’s self-proclaimed masterpiece, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, is a fascinating exploration of the many voices found in a Southern family and community.

https://edsitement.neh.gov/blog/2013/09/29/faulkner-classroom

*Be around your family today. Bask in your family’s glow to help you strive to fulfill the rigors of life. Start reading As I Lay Dying today.

BODY

Mark Hamill 1951

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https://twitter.com/HamillHimself?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

“Mark was on my couch with a Heineken in one hand and a slab of cold pizza in the other. So, I said, ‘Mark, I think you might be right for this Luke Skywalker’. He got on the phone and the rest was history.”

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/sep/17/star-wars-mark-hamill-gym-fit

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-star-wars-workout-jedi-training-101/

https://www.inverse.com/article/3942-why-finding-the-original-1977-star-wars-verges-on-the-impossible

*Put down the beer and cold pizza and do this Jedi workout.

SOUL

Christopher Reeve 1952

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https://www.christopherreeve.org/

On their fourth wedding anniversary in April of 1996, just eleven months after the riding accident that saw him paralyzed from the neck down, Christopher Reeve‘s wife, Dana, gave him the following letter. They remained married until his death in 2004, by which point the Superman actor had lent his name to the American Paralysis Foundation and worked tirelessly to promote their cause. In 2006, Dana passed away after succumbing to lung cancer.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/03/with-all-my-heart-and-soul.html

Welcome to Team Reeve

Whether you want to host a wine tasting or plan a school fundraiser for Team Reeve®, you can make a difference for the millions of individuals living with paralysis.

Starting your fundraiser is easy with Team Reeve, and we are here to help make your event a success.

https://www.christopherreeve.org/get-involved/fundraise-with-team-reeve/how-to-start-your-own-fundraiser

https://archive.org/details/Superman1978

*Join Team Reeve today and plan a fundraiser to make a difference for people living with paralysis.

MONEY

Michael Douglas 1944

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https://www.facebook.com/MichaelDouglasOfficial/

Money Never Sleeps

Quote: “Money never sleeps pal. I just made $800,000 in Hong Kong gold. It’s been wired to you–play with it. You done good, but you gotta keep doing good. I showed you how the game works, now school’s out.”

Lesson: This line was first uttered by Gekko in the original Wall Street when teaching his protege, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), how to become rich.

It’s true, though. Money never sleeps. While you go to bed every night, your money is working either for you in an investment or against you on a loan earning interest or some kind of return.

http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/personal-finance-lessons-wall-street-money-never-sleeps/

https://www.amazon.com/Wall-Street-Charlie-Sheen/dp/B00003CXDB

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/wall-street-30th-anniversary

*As you go to bed tonight, is your money working for you or against you? Watch Wall Street for motivation.

ENTERTAINMENT

Will Smith 1968 – watch The Pursuit of Happyness

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http://www.willsmith.com

In trouble and hopeless, his then-girlfriend suggested Smith just hang around Paramount near the The Arsenio Hall Show studio in hopes of meeting someone influential.

It worked.

Before he knew it, Smith was at the home of Quincy Jones, spitballing what would become The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Doing an impromptu audition at Jones’ home in front of NBC’s Brandon Tartikoff, Smith was able to land the lead role in the show that would help make him a superstar.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/television/8455724/will-smith-fresh-prince-of-bel-air-broke-irs-video

Life will sometimes be tough. If you are rich, maybe you will never taste of necessity. But for most of us, at one point life was or is tough. Chris loses his house, goes to a motel, and eventually he ends up living in a homeless shelter. He and his son even spend a night in a subway station restroom. Life humiliates him. He tastes bitterness and then tastes happiness.

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thepursuitofhappyness/

https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Prince-Bel-Air-Seasons-Pack/dp/B004SGWYYC

*If you don’t mind crying, watch The Pursuit of Happyness (it actual has a poignant ending). If you want something lighter, watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or listen to Will Smith’s music.

FOOD

Catherine Zeta Jones 1969 – Roast Quail with White Truffle Sauce and Wild Mushrooms

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http://catherinezetajones.com/

In the opening scenes of the movie, master chef Kate (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) is talking with her therapist about the magnificent pairing of quail and truffle sauce, one of her signature dishes.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/recipes-no-reservations-article-1.268677

https://www.netflix.com/title/70058017

https://www.instagram.com/catherinezetajones/?hl=en

*Listen to some Will Smith music while making this dish and then watch the movie No Reservations, while enjoying it.

What a day!

Luke Skywalker and Superman

Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta Jones (just 25 years apart)

AND The Fresh Prince

SNUB – Donald Glover

Review –

  • Bask in your family’s glow
  • Jedi workout
  • Join Team Reeve
  • Money never sleeps
  • Watch The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Make a roast quail with white truffle sauce and wild mushrooms

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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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