December 13

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Mary Todd Lincoln 1818

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Today, we might see her erratic behavior as evidence of her possible bipolar disorder or as a sign of the trauma and loneliness she experienced during the chaotic days following her husband’s murder at the hands of actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. But at the time, Mary’s behavior was seen as evidence that she was an improper woman.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

*Both in 1865 and today, mental illness is misunderstood. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of mental illness, don’t hesitate to seek help.


Rickie Fowler 1988

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“As much as I don’t want to say it, sprints really help me stay fit and strong,”

*Do Rickie Fowler’s sprint workout and then go to a Top Golf for some fun with friends.


Steve Buscemi 1957

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Although he had long since left the FDNY and established himself as a leading actor by then, immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York in September 2001 Buscemi returned to Engine Co. 55 and spent several days working lengthy shifts with other FDNY firefighters (without publicity), helping to sift through the rubble of the destroyed World Trade Center

UFA Widows and Childrens Fund

‘Always Remember… Never Forget’

The funds are deposited directly into the Widows and Childrens Fund account and distributed directly to the families of our Fallen Firefighters.

You can donate to The UFA Widows and Childrens Fund in the following ways:

*Just a feel-good story from a tragic event. Think of donating to the UFA Widows and Children Fund


Taylor Swift 1989

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Create a College Fund for Your Kids

Recently, Swift said she was already saving for her children’s college tuition, even before having her first child! She has started setting aside money in a savings account so that her future kids will have enough money to pay for their higher education costs.

What is a 529 plan?

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and education savings plans. All fifty states and the District of Columbia sponsor at least one type of 529 plan. In addition, a group of private colleges and universities sponsor a prepaid tuition plan.

*Whether you have children or not, take today to start a college fund. You can be just like T-Swift (hopefully as much money). Listen to her award winning music for motivation.


Jaime Foxx 1967 – watch Ray

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When Foxx started performing at open mic nights in 1989, female comedians were routinely called to the stage ahead of the male comics — and Foxx didn’t want to wait that long. He chose “Jamie” because of its gender ambiguity. “Foxx” was his way of paying tribute to one of his favorite performers, Redd Foxx — whose moniker was also a stage name. (Redd Foxx, best known for his role in ’70s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” was born John Elroy Sanford.)

*Watch Jamie Foxx win an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in the movie Ray. His music is pretty good too.


Ted Nugent 1948 – venison stroganoff

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The crazy-haired, teetotal, speed guitarist who spent his off days in a deer stand has emerged as a conservative icon who boasts of having lots of children by lots of women and speaks with the bathroom vocabulary of a Mafioso enforcer.

*Listen to a mix of Ted Nugent, Taylor Swift, and Jamie Foxx while making this venison stroganoff. Enjoy eating it while watching Ray.

SNUB – Dick Van Dyke – member of the Name Game Hall of Fame

Review –

  • Recognize mental illness
  • Sprinting
  • Think of donating to the UFA Widows and Children Fund
  • Start a 529 plan
  • Watch Ray
  • Make venison stroganoff

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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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