June 19



Blaise Pascal 1623

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Pascal argues that our failure to understand the principles of reality is due to both our impatience and a certain lack of moral imagination.

*Be patient and have moral imagination today.


Dirk Nowitzki 1978

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But all Nowitzki needs is a plain, old bicycle.


*Go for a nice leisurely bike ride today. Then play some basketball and dominate like Dirk. 


Lou Gehrig 1903

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Gehrig’s speech tells anyone who suffers that certain gifts come with the inevitable outcome. A renewed outlook on one’s current plot can offer many a balance to the fear of the final act. It doesn’t make the terror go away. But it offers appreciation for the past joys and blessings, in whatever form they came.

*Appreciate your past joys and blessings today. Think of donating to alsa.org 


Macklemore 1983

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Freedom is More Important Than Money

*Listen to Macklemore’s “Make the Money” and understand that your freedom is more important than money. Then go shopping at your local thrift shop.


Kathleen Turner 1954 – watch Peggy Sue Got Married

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*Think about the changes you would make, if you went back to high school, as you watch Kathleen Turner almost win an Oscar as Peggy Sue.


Zoe Saldana 1978 – Bacaloa a la Criolla with Tostones

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“I don’t believe in cheat days because I don’t believe in diets. I try not to deprive my body of anything, because the moment I have just salads and protein for a few days, I crave carbs. But when I eat everything in balance, I think less about food and more about everything else. It’s about eating to live, not living to eat.”

Zoe Saldana’s Bacaloa a la Criolla with Tostones

•2 lb. salted dried codfish (soaked for 12 to 24 hours; change the water at least twice to remove excess salt)
•1 lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
•2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•1/4 cup green olives, halved
•1 small red onion, thinly sliced •2 green peppers, diced
•1 tsp mashed garlic
•5 plum tomatoes, quartered
•2 tbsp tomato paste
•Salt to taste

1. Boil presoaked codfish and potatoes in 4 cups water until fish is tender and flakes easily, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a different pot, heat oil.
3. Sauté olives, onion, peppers, garlic and tomatoes.
4. Add 1 cup water. Let simmer for 3 minutes.
5. Stir in tomato paste, then add codfish, potatoes, and another cup of water.
6. Cook on low heat for an additional 5 minutes. The sauce will start to thicken.
7. Taste sauce and add salt to taste. (For more spice, add dash of red or black pepper?or hot sauce!)

*Enjoy Saldana’s bacaloas a la criolla with tostones as part of a balanced diet while watching Peggy Sue Got Married.

SNUB – Paula Abdul 1962

Review –

  • Be patient and have moral imagination
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Appreciate your past joys and blessings
  • Freedom is more important than money
  • Watch Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Make bacaloas a la criolla with tostones

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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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