December 5



Martin Van Buren 1782

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“OK” came out of the 1840 reelection campaign of President Martin Van Buren. Born in Kinderhook, N.Y., Van Buren had the nickname “Old Kinderhook.” Supporters used the shortened “OK” in rallies, and it took off from there.

*Any time you hear someone say “ok” today, tell them that it’s Martin Van Buren’s birthday and explain how “ok” came to be. 


Christian Yelich 1991

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“We’ve got a rock out there we call Barf Boulder,” Carpetta said. “Yelich is out there puking just like all the rest of the guys.”

*Find your own “Barf Boulder” today and work out until you’re puking like MLB MVP Christian Yelich.


Andrew Yeom Soo-jung 1943

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Andrew Yeom Soo-jung has prayed for reunification with the North so that, “through trust and reconciliation, may we become one big family again”.

*Today is the day to reunite with someone. A friend or family member that you’ve had a falling out with. You be the one to reach out to them. If North and South Korea can make an effort, so can you.


Walt Disney 1901

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“Some people forget that you can still do good work even though you work with dollar bills.”

*You’ve worked hard all year on your financial goals. Be proud of it. You can do good work with it.


Little Richard 1932

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*Listen to the man who some credit as the creator of Rock n’ Roll.


Margaret Cho 1968 – beer can chicken

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“I think the most beautiful, simple, poetic thing to make is a roasted whole chicken. Just rub the thing with cut lemons and good oil AND butter, stuff the cavity with the same lemons, stick in a hot oven – make sure to cover the top of chicken loosely with foil for the first 30 min so it doesn’t burn. It’s easy and really delicious and satisfying. Put a half empty beer can inside the chicken too! That’s a fantastic trick! It flavors and moistens the meat as well as cooking it faster from the inside!”

*Enjoy making this beer can chicken while listening to Little Richard. Enjoy eating it while watching a Disney movie of your choice.

Get some Tutti Fruiti ice cream for dessert.

SNUB – George Armstrong Custer 1839

Review –

  • Impress people with your knowledge of Martin Van Buren
  • Puke on your Barf Boulder
  • Reunite with someone
  • Be proud of your money
  • Listen to Little Richard
  • Make beer can chicken

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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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