November 24

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Zachary Taylor 1784

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Zachary Taylor’s sudden death shocked the nation. After attending Fourth of July orations for most of the day, Taylor walked along the Potomac River before returning to the White House. Hot and tired, he drank iced water and consumed large quantities of cherries and other fruits. The President suffered severe stomach pains for the next five days. Diagnosed as suffering from “cholera morbus” by his physicians, Taylor ate slivers of ice for relief until his body began rejecting fluids. At about ten in the morning on July 9, 1850, Taylor called his wife to him and asked her not to weep, saying: “I have always done my duty, I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.”

So Ol’ Rough and Ready was re-interred to rest in peace with the knowledge that, whatever we conclude about life, death is like a bowl of cherries.

*Do your duty in life. Be ready to die. Make it so your only regret is for the friends that you leave behind. Earn the nickname “Ol’ Rough and Ready.”


Oscar Robertson 1938

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Long before there were Michael and Magic, there was “The Big O.” Before Jordan and Johnson redefined the role of a guard, Oscar Robertson defined it.

Long before they knew what to call a triple-double, Robertson averaged it over an entire season.

What is the best exercise for increasing jumping ability? —

Leg presses are one answer. Or any form of exercise that makes your legs push more than your body weight. I would not have younger players lift free weights because their joints and connective tissue are not yet fully formed. One of the best ways to develop jumping ability is simply to jump a lot. Vertical leap is important, but not as important in rebounding or shooting as timing and the quickness necessary to get good position or get open for shots.

*Legs workout today with a focus on the leg press. Play basketball – get a triple double.


William F. Buckley Jr. 1925

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He was reluctant to provide a final definition of conservatism, but he offered himself as a definition, admitting he was dependent on human freedom, not as an end, but as a means — to “live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.”

*You have the freedom as a means to live your life as an obedient man – obedient to God.


Dale Carnegie 1888

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Course Overview

Strategic planning is more than just a list of short-term deliverables and activities; it aligns short-term objectives to long-term success, and challenges our day-to-day way of thinking.

Dale Carnegie was the author of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,’ one of the best-selling self-help books of all time.

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Scott Joplin 1868

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Joplin’s life spanned the unsettled post-Civil War years through much of World War I. His music embraced aspects of African-American popular heritage that thrived during that critical period; however, it also embraces elements from his formal musical training.

There is no question as to Joplin’s greatness, his talent, his importance in the history of ragtime and American music overall.

*Listen to the “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin’s music today.


Katherine Heigl 1978 – brie tomato pasta

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“Bride of Chucky” was the better received, both critically and commercially. Playing opposite Brad Dourif as the infamous plastic doll Chucky and his girlfriend Tiffany played by Jennifer Tilly, Heigl’s teenage newlywed character soon becomes an unwitting accomplice to the evil duo’s plans to regain human form.

*Listen to Scott Joplin while making Katherine Heigl’s brie tomato pasta. Enjoy eating it while watching her in Knocked Up – just don’t have a mouth full during the delivery scene.

SNUB – Ted Bundy

Review –

  • Do your duty in life
  • Leg workout
  • Live your life obedient to God
  • Take a financial online course
  • Listen to Scott Joplin
  • Make brie tomato pasta

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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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