December 16

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Jane Austen 1775

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Karma will always come back to get you

Jane Austen and Justin Timberlake can agree on at least one thing: What goes around comes around. (Although, if her characters were based at all on real people, “Cry me a river,” is probably something she would’ve liked to say to a few of them.) If you’re going to be a jerk, you’re going to get what you deserve in the world of Austen. In Emma, superficial Mr. Elton wanted a rich and pretty wife, and he landed one, but, man, is she annoying. Spoiled Maria Bertram ran off with the aforementioned Mr. Crawford in Mansfield, bringing scandal to her affable and super-rich husband, and she ended up spending the rest of her life with her stingy and insufferable Aunt Norris. Caroline Bingley of P&P and Mary Crawford of Mansfield Park, though beautiful and cunning, don’t get what they’ve spent the whole novel scheming for and have to settle for something less. Sometimes the punishment is merely obscurity, but for some, that’s bad enough.

Could modern cognitive theories explain character development in one of Austen’s most famous heroines — Pride and Prejudice‘s Elizabeth Bennett? Phillips thinks Bennett’s distractibility was key to Austen’s characterization of her lively mind — and that Austen herself was drawing on the contemporary theories of cognition in her time.

  1. Pride and Prejudice– Oh dear, how could I rank Austen’s most popular novel at #3? Actually, lots of scholars would put it even lower. Austen herself speculated it was “too light and bright and sparkling” (hint: kidding). The pacing here is Austen’s best, and of course, to know Lizzy Bennet is to love her; the chemistry between her and Mr. Darcy is legendary for a good reason. P&P is Austen’s grown-up fairy tale. It’s all here — serious romantic tension, painful separations, surprise twists in the plot, triumph over the petty and the pompous, and a five-star happy ending.

*I’m a big believer in karma. Hopefully through improving your mind, body, and soul this year, you’ve become a better person. A person who need not fear bad karma ever again. Your last suggested reading of the year is Pride and Prejudice. You’ve only got 2 weeks to read it before the end of the year.


Benjamin Bratt 1963

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Benjamin Bratt’s diet strictly adheres to the principles of the 5-factor diet made by Celebrity Trainer, Harley Pasternak. The diet is said to be very effective that it can be made into a lifestyle rather than a diet plan or exercise routine. The diet involves eating 5 meals per day, prepared in just 5 minutes and with only 5 ingredients.

5 Factor Diet: Sample Menu

A sample menu from the fourth week of the diet plan includes:

  • Breakfast:Oatmeal berry pancakes
  • Snack:Apple-turkey rollups with relish and mustard
  • Lunch:Stuffed mushroom and greens
  • Snack:Chicken salad with apples
  • Dinner:Lobster and peas with tomato basil sauce and barley

5 Factor Diet: Exercise

The diet plan encourages five workouts per week, 25 minutes each including five minutes each of:

  • Cardio warm-up
  • Upper-body strength exercises
  • Lower-body strength exercises
  • Exercises to strengthen the core muscles
  • Cardio workout

*You’ve got your food and workout for the day, compliments of Benjamin Bratt and the 5 Factor Diet – maybe this will be your lifestyle going into next year.


Jyoti Amge 1993

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“I don’t let everyone pick me up. I only let myself be picked up by whomever I want to be picked up by,” she said. “I don’t like it if I am being held like a baby. If someone holds me normally, and I’m not being coddled, I feel much more comfortable.”

*Only 24 inches tall and she refuses to be coddled. If you are feeling down today, don’t let just anyone pick you up, make sure it’s someone who sincerely wants you to have a better day.


Billy Gibbons 1949

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons turned down $1 million dollars to shave off his beard

*Make sure that you have things in your life that aren’t for sale.


Philip K. Dick 1928 – watch The Man in the High Castle

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Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

*Start watching revisionist history at its finest – The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime.


William Perry 1962 – clean out the fridge soup

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William “The Refrigerator” Perry auctioning off his size 25 Super Bowl XX ring

Here’s a hint: if you have some past-prime veggies and/or some meat, soups and stews are great fridge-clearing options.

The 2-second non-recipe recipe for fridge-clearing soup/stew

*In honor of “The Refrigerator” Perry, clean out your fridge one last time this year and make this fridge-clearing soup. Listen to ZZ Top while making it.

SNUB – Krysten Ritter

Review –

  • Karma will always come back to get you
  • 5 Factor diet and exercises
  • Don’t let just anyone pick you up
  • Make sure you have something that is not for sale
  • Watch The Man in the High Castle
  • Make Clean Out the Fridge Soup