December 16



Jane Austen 1775

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“How clever you are, to know something of which you are ignorant.”

Pride and Prejudice– serious romantic tension, painful separations, surprise twists in the plot, triumph over the petty and the pompous, and a five-star happy ending.

*Be clever today – learn about something for which you are ignorant. 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. It 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,”

“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 – 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 historic fiction 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

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 1981

Review –

  • Be clever
  • 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

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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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