August 31



Maria Montessori 1870

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“Always do what you have shown the child to do! Lead by example, carry jugs, bowls trays with two hands. Be quiet and graceful when placing objects on the table. Sit on the child’s dominant side. Move slowly.”

*With your own children, or if you are around children today, lead by example with all of your actions.


Larry Fitzgerald 1983

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Running workouts, plyometrics, and horizontal jumping like box jumps – Fitzgerald admits he despises these conditioning techniques, but he can’t dispute their value.

*Try these despised conditioning techniques that keep Larry Fitzgerald one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.


Richard Gere 1949

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When you are asked about Buddhism, are there certain themes you return to that you feel are helpful, such as compassion?

“Absolutely. I will probably discuss wisdom and compassion in some form, that there are two poles we are here to explore—expanding our minds and expanding our hearts. At some point hopefully being able to encompass the entire universe inside mind, and the same thing with heart, with compassion, hopefully both at the same time. Inseparable.”

*Expand your mind and your heart. Look into Buddhism today.


Marcia Clark 1953

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Viking paid her $4.2 million for the rights to her story – “the highest price yet for a trial-related book and one of the largest sums ever paid for a nonfiction book.”

“This was the only book related to the trial that even remotely interested us,” said Pamela Dorman, Viking’s executive editor at the time. “Marcia is the person who emerged as the real winner.”

*Marcia Clark lost the “Trial of the Century” but emerged as the real winner (financially). Think of your most recent “loss” – how can you emerge a winner?


Chris Tucker 1971 – watch Friday

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Fans often offer him pot. “They want to say they smoked with Smokey,”

“I’m so glad I don’t smoke—I’d be high all the time.”

*Expand your mind and watch Friday, regardless of what day it is.


Itzhak Perlman 1945 – meatloaf

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*Listen to Itzhak Perlman while making his favorite meatloaf. Enjoy it while watching Friday. Save the leftovers for meatloaf sandwich munchies

SNUB – Deborah Gibson 1970

Review –

  • Lead by example with your actions
  • Larry Fitzgerald workout
  • Look into Buddhism
  • Emerge as the real winner
  • Watch Friday
  • Make Itzhak Perlman Meatloaf

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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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