November 6

Look for the * for today’s advice.



James Naismith 1861

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The ebbs and flows of Naismith’s life, early on, lead him to develop a very strong belief in the importance of nurturing the body, mind and spirit in balance. Throughout his youth and early adult-hood, the realization of not only the importance but the clear interconnectedness of the principles of nurturing the body, mind and spirit were developed through his various hardships and how he lived his day to day life.

During a rugby game in his senior year in seminary, a player on Jim’s team uttered some profanity, then apologized to Jim explaining “I forgot you were there”. These words changed the course of James’ life. From this remark he began to play with the idea of helping men through athletics and the ministry.

*Live your life, day to day, nurturing your body, mind, and spirit. Go to the YMCA today and play basketball and use it as an opportunity to expand your mind and spirit as well.


Rebecca Romijn 1972

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Q: When do you feel your absolute best and healthiest? 
A: Either after a 90-minute Bikram yoga session or after swimming. It’s because of the deep breathing. When I breathe deeply is when I feel best.

*Try a 90 minute Bikram yoga session or go swimming at the YMCA.


Pat Tillman 1976

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As the news had brought such attention to this man who left a multi-million-dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to fight for his country, his death was a project for careful PR. Military publicity transformed this already principled and courageous figure into a hero–and they did this by rewriting the details of his death.

While the story of Pat’s death may have been the most publicized in the War on Terror, it is Pat’s life, principles and service that are his true legacy. Pat’s family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.

Prior to joining the Army, Pat would often ride his bike to Rúla Búla in Tempe during the day, sit in the dining room to relax and study his Cardinals playbook over a pint of Guinness.

One day, Pat showed up to Rúla Búla with his own drinking vessel: an Imperial 20-oz. Guinness pint glass engraved with his ASU football #42. He asked the bartender to keep the glass on the top shelf behind the bar so it could easily be located whenever he stopped by.

Shortly after 9/11, Pat made the decision to leave behind his football career and join the Army Rangers. After his last visit to Rúla Búla, he left his #42 glass with the bartender, along with a promise to return. Pat’s pint glass remains on the shelf of Rúla Búla’s back bar today.


Check back soon for more info on the 12th Annual Pints for Pat: Tempe held at Rúla Búla in March 2019

*Make plans to attend the 13th Annual Pints for Pat, where it all started, at Rula Bula in Tempe, AZ in March. This is just a small way that you can help the Pat Tillman Foundation.


Ethan Hawke 1970

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After watching Top Gun as a youngster, Hawke knew he wanted to be an actor. “I knew that I wanted to be involved in the arts, and it didn’t feel far-fetched to me. I meet some young people and it just feels so far-fetched to them. I sometimes wish I could just give them the DNA, the gene that says, ‘Nobody else knows what they’re doing either. Don’t worry.’”

*You know what you want to do with your life. Don’t view it as far-fetched. Nobody else knows what they are doing either, don’t worry – just go after it. Watch the “Before” trilogy to see Ethan Hawke being an actor.


Sally Field 1946 – watch Places in the Heart

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Even if you’ve never seen the 1984 film Places in the Heart, in which actress Sally Field portrayed a 1930s southern widow trying to keep her farm out of foreclosure, you no doubt are familiar with Field’s acceptance speech for the Academy Award the role won her. “You like me,” she declared. “You really like me.” With the strong emphasis on the word really, it’s a classic example of the adulation that actors crave.

There are two errors in the previous paragraph, one more important than the other. The minor error: Sally Field did not actually say this line in her acceptance speech. The real line in her speech was, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.” We probably misremember the quote because of the other, more important error. It isn’t just actors who are primarily motivated by being liked; we all are. The misquote is so sticky because it exemplifies a central human need.

We all have a need to belong.

*Feel the need to belong and watch Sally Field win an Oscar in Places in the Heart


Emma Stone 1988 – Home Economics Tiramisu

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Seth: I joined this class because I thought I was going to be cooking with a partner. But she’s never here, and I don’t get twice the grades for doing all the work.
Teacher: I didn’t invent odd numbers, Seth.
Seth: I know, but look at Evan. Just look at him.
Evan: [His partner is tying on his apron] Hey, don’t keep me waiting much longer, I’m getting impatient up here.
Seth: I’m over here in my unit, isolated and alone, eating my terrible tasting food, and I have to look over at that. That looks like the most fun I’ve ever seen in my entire life, and it’s B.S. – excuse my language. I’m just saying that I wash and dry; I’m like a single mother. Look, we all know home-ec is a joke – no offense – it’s just that everyone takes this class to get an A, and it’s bullshit – and I’m sorry. I’m not putting down your profession, but it’s just the way I feel. I don’t want to sit here, all by myself, cooking this shitty food – no offense – and I just think that I don’t need to cook tiramisu. Am I going to be a chef? No. There’s three weeks left of school, give me a ****in’ break!…I’m sorry for cursing.
[Teacher is in disbelief of Seth’s speech]
Teacher: All right, Jules’ partner isn’t here either, pair up with her, station four.
Seth: Jules? Alright I’ll give it another shot – give home-ec another shot.

*Partner up with Jules (Emma Stone) and make this Superbad Tiramisu.

Wash it down with a “Pint for Pat”

SNUB – Thandie Newton

Review –

  • Nurture your body, mind, and spirit
  • 90-minute Bikram Yoga session
  • Help the Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Nobody else knows what they’re doing – go for your dream
  • Watch Places in the Heart
  • Make Home Ec. Tiramisu


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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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