May 27



Rachel Carson 1907

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

*Focus your attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around you.

What did you discover?


Lily-Rose Depp 1999

“I actually do love working out. It makes me feel happy – it releases endorphins and makes you feel good. I like to walk places as much as I can and keep active. I think if you’re having a bad day, go and run around or walk around! I think it makes you feel better.”

*Go and run around or walk around with your dad. It’ll make you feel better.

Where did you walk around or run around?


Andre 3000 1975

“I had a strict Christian upbringing; my parents and I were members of a southern Baptist church. But with age I got closer to God all while moving away from the church. Today, I have my faith without having to listen to those purveyors of nonsense.”

Reflect on your upbringing

How has it changed as you’ve aged?

Describe your faith today


Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794

With $100 borrowed from his parents, Cornelius Vanderbilt purchased a periauger (a flat-bottomed sailing barge) and began a ferry service between Staten Island and Manhattan.

At the time of his death in 1877, the Commodore was worth $105 million, a larger sum than in the United States Treasury at the time.

*If you haven’t started your business yet, take $100 (borrowed from your parents, if need be) and use it to start your business. Even if it is securing a domain name – anything to get the ship moving.

BONUS: Jim Koch 1949

“Two craft breweries open every day in this country. It is very competitive. But if it makes you happy, do it. You’re better off being happy than rich. Being rich is a booby prize for people who didn’t get what they really wanted.” 

*If it makes you happy, do it. Maybe the best advice all year. Drink a Samuel Adams and continue to work on your dream business.


Joseph Fiennes 1970 – watch The Handmaid’s Tale

*Watch Fiennes almost win a Primetime Emmy in The Handmaid’s Tale.


Jamie Oliver 1975 – beer bread

“Take beer bread, for example. All you need is 375g of flour, 3 teaspoons of sugar, and a 330ml bottle of fragrant beer. No yeast, no warm water, no kneading, no proving. The yeast and the air bubbles are in the beer already – you just mix it, bake it for 45 minutes, then eat it. Probably with a beer.”

*Listen to Outkast while making Jamie Oliver’s beer bread. Use Samuel Adams.

BONUS: Paul Bettany 1971 “The fact that in America bread lasts so long. You buy bread, and then it’s bread forever – it’s Forever Bread!”

SNUB – Vincent Price 1911 and Christopher Lee 1922 – two Draculas

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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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