October 16

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Oscar Wilde 1854

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No name is more inextricably bound to the aesthetic movement of the 1880s and 1890s in England than that of Oscar Wilde. This connection results as much from the lurid details of his life as from his considerable contributions to English literature.


You only need to strike gold once

Wilde only completed one novel – but The Picture Of Dorian Gray is one of the best ever. Drawing together many of his ideas on aesthetics and decadence, it’s also creepy as anything – and contains many then-shocking coded hints at gay sexuality edgy enough for WH Smith to refuse to stock it.



*This could obviously be the MONEY today, but it could also refer to meeting your significant other, or finding the right religion – you only need to strike gold once. Start reading The Picture of Dorian Gray today.


Bryce Harper 1992

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I don’t doubt Harper will wind up with the richest contract in baseball history, though it may be with the Phillies or White Sox, two teams that haven’t fielded a winning team in half a dozen years. There is little to no buzz from the Yankees, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants and Cubs. When I asked Boras if a team could get him signed for three or four years with a high average annual value, he practically dismissed it and focused on Harper wanting a long-term relationship with ownership that wants to win.


The Washington Nationals outfielder is getting ready for spring training with some work in the batting cage, but he’s been working so much, his hands are full of cuts and blisters.


*Go to a local batting cage and swing away like Bryce Harper.


Noah Webster 1758

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A mind that is intent upon developing a thorough and inclusive Biblical worldview, having a learner’s heart will be one that is full of grace and truth, and for the restoration of the individual and the nation.


*Have a learner’s heart with a Biblical worldview as you strive to nourish your soul. Find the religion that is best for you – you only have to strike gold once.


Charles Dolan 1926

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  • After dropping out of John Carroll University, the Cleveland native got his start creating sports newsreels for TV stations from his home.



as of 9/9/19


In 1995, Charles Dolan handed the reins of the company to James, an unabashedly brash corporate executive, occasional rock singer and avid sailor.


*Don’t be afraid to drop out of college to create a business that you would proudly hand down to your children one day.


John Mayer 1977

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John Mayer wants to can the idea that men must be alpha males and take what they want — including women — and replace it with a new doctrine focused on respect and sensitivity.


*You and your equal partner listen to the soulful John Mayer today.


Tim Robbins 1958 – oven-fried snapper fillets

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Robbins has won numerous awards for his acting including an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River, Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe for Best Actor for The Player, and a Golden Globe as a member of the ensemble in Short Cuts. He was nominated by the Golden Globes for Best Actor for Bob Roberts and by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption. He was most recently nominated for A Perfect Day as Best Supporting Actor at Spain’s Goya Awards in 2015 and in 2014 at the Golden Globes.for his performance in HBO’s Cinema Verite.


*Pick any of the above Tim Robbins movies to watch while enjoying his snapper fillets. Wash them down with an Oscar Wilde


Shake first four ingredients without ice. Add ice and shake again. Strain into white-wine glass. Top with Champagne. Sprinkle with nutmeg and add orange twist. Serve in a White-Wine Glass.

SNUB – Naomi Osaka

Review –

  • You only need to strike gold once
  • Batting cages
  • Have a learner’s heart with a biblical worldview
  • Drop out to create your own business
  • Listen to John Mayer
  • Make snapper fillets


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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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