May 13



Stephen Colbert 1964

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“Accept suffering. Learn to love loss and pain.” 

*Accept suffering. Love pain. Show loss who is boss and grow as a person.

BONUS: Darius Rucker 1966

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In “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” Rucker reminds us all of the importance of perseverance and courage.

“It won’t be like this for long. One day soon we’ll look back laughing.”

*Listen to Darius Rucker music to help out with the above quotes.


Dennis Rodman 1961

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He took the science and psychology and applied one of the toughest bodies to ever play the game to turn rebounding into an art.

*Rebound for a friend today. Try to not let the ball hit the floor, as your friend shoots baskets. Whether it’s a make or a miss REBOUND that ball and don’t let it hit the floor.


Stevie Wonder 1950

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To this day, faith plays strongly into Wonder’s life. You can hear it in his music, such as in the song “Have a Talk With God,” where he repeatedly sings: “When you feel your life’s too hard, just go have a talk with God.”

*Have a talk with God today. Listen to Stevie Wonder for inspiration.


Joe Louis 1914

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Louis spent money like it might rot shortly after going into his pockets.

*Money is not evil. Money is not dirty. Don’t be afraid to hold on to your money. Joe Louis had several rainy days after his boxing career was over, unfortunately he had not saved for a rainy day.


Harvey Keitel 1939 – watch Bugsy

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Watch Harvey Keitel almost win an Oscar in Bugsy.


Ritchie Valens 1941 – La Bamba Casserole

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The news of the crash shocked the country. Ritchie was only 17 years old when he died. Even in his short career, Ritchie recorded numerous hits and would leave an indelible mark on music for years to come. In 1971, Don McLean penned the song “American Pie,” which immortalized the crash as “the day the music died.”

*You should have some American Pie left from yesterday for dessert today, after eating this La Bamba casserole.

You did only EAT the pie, right?

BONUS: Bea Arthur 1922 –*wash it all down with Bea Arthur’s Underpants

SNUB – P.K. Subban 1989

Review –

  • Accept suffering – it won’t be like this for long
  • Rebound like Rodman
  • Have a talk with God
  • Hold on to your money
  • Watch Bugsy
  • La Bamba casserole

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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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