June 3



Allen Ginsberg 1926

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Whether you see him as a force for good or evil, he was unequivocally—a force that changed American literature forever.

*Whether you are a force for good or evil, be a force for change. Read some of Ginsberg’s poetry for motivation.


Rafael Nadal 1986

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During the off-season Nadal trains six days a week for six-and-a-half hours every day – four on court and the rest in the gym or the pool.

*Play tennis, hit the gym, and go swimming today.


Curtis Mayfield 1942

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Deploying sweet soul and blistering funk – Curtis Mayfield veered between breezy optimism and hard-edged political commentary.

*Listen to Curtis Mayfield and listen for both optimism and political commentary.


Anderson Cooper 1967

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“I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.”

*I love this attitude by Anderson Cooper, but it’s got to be easier said than done. Avoid “initiative suckers” in your life, and make your own money.


Tony Curtis 1925 – watch The Defiant Ones

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At first they said I was too good-looking for the part; I didn’t look enough like the a**hole “n*gger-hater” I was supposed to play. So I wore a false nose and made myself look uglier.

*Watch Tony Curtis win an Oscar in The Defiant Ones.


Josephine Baker 1906 – spaghetti bolognese

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In 1991, HBO released The Josephine Baker Story. It won 5 Emmy Awards.

Josephine Baker’s Spaghetti Bolognese

BONUS: Jefferson Davis 1808 – Jefferson Davis Pie

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Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America


*Enjoy Josephine Baker’s spaghetti bolognese and this Jefferson Davis Pie while watching the racial-prejudice themed film – The Defiant Ones.

SNUB – Imogen Poots 1989

Review –

  • Be a force for change
  • Play tennis
  • Listen to Curtis Mayfield
  • Avoid “initiative suckers”
  • Watch The Defiant Ones
  • make spaghetti bolognese and Jefferson Davis Pie

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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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