January 7


Zora Neale Hurston 1891

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There Is No One Way To Belong To A Race

Their Eyes Were Watching God was initially criticized for not being “serious.” In other words, it didn’t fit into the prescribed format for racial uplift literature of the time. But years later, it has gone down as one of the most important novels of all time — proving that a culturally accepted racial experience can never be all-inclusive.

Belonging to a cultural identity can be a wonderfully empowering feeling — but on the other hand, if you don’t feel it reflects you accurately, then it can be incredibly isolating. You are not obliged to define yourself and your racial experience through anyone else’s eyes.


*Realize that it’s OK to be proud of your race, but that doesn’t mean that you have to subscribe to the “norm” of your ethnicity.


Lauren Cohan 1982

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Never go the easy route. “I like a challenge. I get such a sense of satisfaction when I push myself beyond what I thought I could do. That’s what any HIIT or interval training does for me. If I sprint at 9.5 for two minutes, I feel really good.”



Pick a role model.

*After watching The Walking Dead yesterday, maybe you want to make Lauren Cohen (Maggie Greene) your role model.  Or possibly you’d like to be as fit as yesterday’s birthday boy Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon).  Try a HIIT workout and/or sprinting at 9.5 for 2 minutes, like you’re being chased by a zombie.  Cohen suggests having a role model but they don’t have to be famous. Choose someone to “be like” this year. Push yourself beyond what you think you can do and never go the easy route. This is the beauty of 365DOLF, you have a role model provided for you every day.


Katie Couric 1957

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Couric began with the exhilarating promise of technology and the potential for change in the world, but she ended with a warning to not lose your soul in the process.


Vatican warns mobile phones are bad for the soul

The Vatican has warned that our obsession with modern technology, such as the internet and mobile phones, is not leaving people enough time for spiritual pursuits.


*If you are not already, follow at least one uplifting handle as part of your social media intake. Start following a daily bible verse or daily prayer and actually stop to read it each day. Make enough time for your spiritual pursuits.


Christian Louboutin 1963

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But when customers seem willing to spend whatever it takes, it’s hard to imagine why any shoemaker would refrain from jacking up their prices.


*Take today to reevaluate the luxury items that you buy. Maybe having a pair of Louboutins is good for your soul, but how much is that affecting your money goals for this year? Do the head to toe check and see how much money you’re spending on clothes. Dress for success – yes, but don’t go broke in the process.


Nicolas Cage 1964 (Charles and Donald Kaufman) – watch Adaptation

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Do I have an original thought in my head? My bald head. Maybe if I were happier, my hair wouldn’t be falling out. Life is short. I need to make the most of it. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I’m a walking cliché. I really need to go to the doctor and have my leg checked. There’s something wrong. A bump. The dentist called again. I’m way overdue. If I stop putting things off, I would be happier. All I do is sit on my fat ass. If my ass wasn’t fat I would be happier. I wouldn’t have to wear these shirts with the tails out all the time. Like that’s fooling anyone. Fat ass. I should start jogging again. Five miles a day. Really do it this time. Maybe rock climbing. I need to turn my life around. What do I need to do? I need to fall in love. I need to have a girlfriend. I need to read more, improve myself. What if I learned Russian or something? Or took up an instrument? I could speak Chinese. I’d be the screenwriter who speaks Chinese and plays the oboe. That would be cool. I should get my hair cut short. Stop trying to fool myself and everyone else into thinking I have a full head of hair. How pathetic is that? Just be real. Confident. Isn’t that what women are attracted to? Men don’t have to be attractive. But that’s not true. Especially these days. Almost as much pressure on men as there is on women these days. Why should I be made to feel I have to apologize for my existence? Maybe it’s my brain chemistry. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with me. Bad chemistry. All my problems and anxiety can be reduced to a chemical imbalance or some kind of misfiring synapses. I need to get help for that. But I’ll still be ugly though. Nothing’s gonna change that.




*Just look how ridiculous the first lines of dialogue are.  It’s purposely crammed together to make your eyes cross while you’re reading it. Hopefully after watching Adaptation, you’ll see how ridiculous your self-doubt and self-loathing are too.


Millard Fillmore 1800 – ham with macaroni

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Beef stew, mock turtle soup, fish, ham with macaroni, duck, chicken, pigeon, and larded sweet breads were the favorite foods of the 13th president of the United States.  I bet that his wife taught him how to make this creamy ham and macaroni recipe.


While at New Hope Academy, Fillmore found a kindred spirit in Abigail Powers. Even though she was his teacher, she was only two years older than him. They both loved learning. However, they did not get married until three years after Fillmore joined the bar.


*Enjoy this creamy ham and macaroni in honor of our 13th and best named president – Millard Fillmore.

SNUB – Aloe Blacc 1979

Review –

  • Don’t let your race define you
  • Do a HIIT workout, pick a role model
  • Follow an uplifting social media post
  • Do a head to toe check on spending
  • Watch Adaptation
  • Eat creamy ham and macaroni

January 6

Look for the * for my advice.



Joan of Arc 1412

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It is possible to dismiss Jeanne/Joan as a medieval fanatic. It is also possible to recognize in her the stirrings of belief in the individual conscience, one of the building blocks of western modernity.


When we talk about conscience, we often refer to reflection about ourselves as moral persons and about our moral conduct. Through conscience we examine ourselves, as if we were our own inner judge.


*Less than a week into the New Year and you know that you must be your own inner judge.  Be like Joan of Arc and recognize your inner conscience.  You know the difference between right and wrong and today is a reminder of that.


Ndamukongsu Suh 1987

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“He’s a tremendous force of nature,” Wake said. “He’s taking on double teams. He’s got four hands on him every play. Offenses are scheming to him trying to do whatever they can to stop him and still he’s successful, on top of playing every snap. You can’t find a way to negate how incredible that is.”

Suh credits his work over the spring and summer for being able to maintain this workload annually.


I wanted to get back into what I call my “sexy”—that means more “cut up.” There’s really nothing secretive about my training—I did a lot of squats, bench presses, 60-yard shuttle runs, and sprints.


*Get back into your “sexy”.  Go to the gym and do 3 sets of squats, bench press, and 60-yard sprints. Download the song “Sexy Back” and listen to it on repeat while working out. Be a “tremendous force of nature” like Suh. 


Eddie Redmayne 1982 – watch The Theory of Everything

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However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is Hope.

Despite all the perfections and/or imperfections, we fear and we give up. But we are good at something; something we were born with, something we learned as a kid, something we learned in school, something we learned from college, something we learned at work and something we learned being a son or a daughter, brother or a sister, husband or a wife, friend or an enemy. Yes, we all are capable of something and if we hold onto our beliefs then there is nothing stopping us from succeeding!



*Actor Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Stephen Hawking in the movie The Theory of Everything.  Watch the movie as inspiration to hold on to your beliefs. 


Nigella Lawson 1960

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She shares an estimated wealth of more than £110million with her husband, the marketing guru Charles Saatchi, and has a £7million London home.

However, Miss Lawson says she will leave none of it to her offspring.

Asked what she hoped the children would learn from her, the celebrity chef told the magazine My Weekly: “To know that I am working and that you have to work in order to earn money.

“I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money.


*Repeat after me: “I know that I have to work in order to earn money.”  I now use it as my mantra when that alarm goes off in the morning or when things aren’t going well at work.  This is something that I will pass on to my kids. Remember that you are only working to make money for your next move. Your project of passion.


Norman Reedus 1969 (Daryl Dixon) – watch The Walking Dead

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Your past doesn’t have to define you

A mother who burned to death in a fire caused by her own cigarette, an older brother who abandoned you to your abusive father, yep, Daryl had a pretty tough life, though somehow through all of that he still managed to come through it. If he’s taught us anything it’s that you can have everything in life working against you, and still manage to come out of it a good person.



*Watch the first season of The Walking Dead and see how valuable the redneck is during a zombie apocalypse.


Jameis Winston 1994 – stolen crab salad

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The former FSU quarterback made headlines in April 2014 when he was cited for stealing roughly $32 in crab legs and crawfish from Publix. But during ESPN Draft Academy segment that aired Tuesday night, Winston said he did not steal anything from the supermarket, insisting a store employee offered him the food free of charge.



*Try the following crab salad from the birthday girl Nigella Lawson, and in honor of the birthday boy Jameis Winston, use stolen crab legs.

Have a Joan of Arc to wash it down.

About the Joan of Arc

The Joan of Arc cocktail is a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail invented by Jack McGarry of The Dead Rabbit, one of New York City’s most renowned bars and winner of World’s Best Cocktail Bar at the 2015 Spirited Awards. It’s made with chamomile-infused Irish whiskey, a fresh combination of lemon juice and cucumber juice, honey syrup and a honey liqueur, and some champagne to top it all off.


SNUB – Ree Drummond 1969


  • Recognize your inner conscience
  • Get your sexy back
  • Watch The Theory of Everything
  • Memorize this “I know that I have to work in order to earn money.”
  • Watch The Walking Dead
  • Make stolen crab salad



January 5

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Chuck Noll 1932

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll loved collecting and drinking fine wines, a tip to the remarkable persona of one of the best coaches of all time. He was complex, sophisticated and classy, and like a fine wine, Noll aged one of the NFL’s greatest football dynasties in the 1970s.


No one wanted to say it, but they couldn’t help but notice. The man with the formidable intellect and voracious thirst for knowledge had slowed, he seemed less sharp, less focused, less mentally acquisitive.

She took his hands in hers and delivered the news: “The doctor says you have Alzheimer’s disease.”

Chuck looked back at her. There was a long moment of silence. And she could see him weighing the reality, and the implications, and a life-time of things that had been left unsaid.

Then he squeezed her hands tightly and looked back into Marianne’s eyes, with the steady, determined gaze she’s seen so many times before. He had just one thing he had to tell her.

“I will . . . never . . . forget who you are,” he said. Then they embraced and dissolved into tears.


Help is available

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association is the trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.

Call our 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
Locate a chapter in your community
Use our Virtual Library
Go to Alzheimer’s Navigator to create customized action plans and connect with local support services


*Like Coach Noll would do, go to the store and buy some fine wine (The Keaton). Share it with your special someone and let them know that you will never forget who they are. Go Steelers!


January Jones 1978

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January Jones is famous for her portrayal of Betty Draper in Mad Men but is also in the X-Men film, First Class, in which she plays Emma Frost (aka White Queen), the mutant that has strong telepathic powers and super strength too in her diamond form.

In 2009 January Jones was criticized for being too thin. However, she defended her figure then, and confirmed that she eats well;

“I’m from South Dakota, so meat, potatoes, carbs.”

January did do some limited weight training and bodyweight exercises for the role once filming started, just to give a little more muscle tone in the upper body. Typical exercises included pushups on a stability ball, dumbbell curls and rows.




*Like the Emma Frost version of January Jones, do 3 sets of push ups on a stability ball, dumbbell curls, and rows. Then go home and watch an episode of Mad Men to unwind.


Francisco Suarez 1548

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During the seventeenth century the Iberian Jesuit Francisco Suárez was considered one of the greatest philosophers of the age. He was the last great Scholastic thinker and profoundly influenced the thought of his contemporaries within both Catholic and Protestant circles.


“The church’s object is the health of each individual soul and its spiritual salvation, as opposed to the state whose jurisdiction is solely temporal, concerned with the common good in secular life.”


*Regardless of your thoughts on religion, Use the church as a safe haven from the ugliness of politics.  Attend church with an open heart and clear mind, and as an escape for a few hours each week. 


King C. Gillette 1855

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The Gillette disposable razor was a unique invention that revolutionized more than the shaving industry. A salesman, King Gillette, invented the disposable razor and formed a company to sell those razors. His invention and marketing techniques created business concepts that are still used today.

Some of the lessons learned from Gillette’s life include:

  • Sometimes youthful ideas are incorrect
  • Keep your eyes open for opportunities
  • Good ideas come from common problems
  • Don’t give up on your idea
  • Spend money to get the market


*I love bookstores. Sometimes I spend hours just strolling around a Barnes and Nobles. I have never seen a book like 365DOLF. There are self-help books and workout journals. There are daily prayer journals. But I honestly think that 365DOLF is truly unique and will be a best seller hardcover book with a daily workbook/journal to go along with it. The disposable razor of a game plan for life.

Any time that you have a problem this year, ask yourself how you could make money off of fixing that problem.

A common problem for me as a teacher is writing passes for students. I want to create an app that students can use as a pass. All of my students have smart phones and this would be a way to use them for good – not porn.


Diane Keaton 1946 – (Kay Adams)

Robert Duvall 1931 – (Tom Hagen) – watch The Godfather

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“Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he’s refused the first, understood?”

Life Lesson: It’s not easy for many people to ask for help, so when someone does you should do your best to accommodate them. And not just because you could wake up next to a horse’s head.



*As Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall share a birthday, they also share some scenes in The Godfather. Ironically, Talia Shire and Al Pacino share a birthday on 4/25. Watch The Godfather today and part 2 on April 25.


Bradley Cooper 1975 – Herdwick Lamb

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He seduced Michelin-starred British chef Marcus Wareing with his perfect plating technique while decking out a Herdwick Lamb dish.

“When he dressed that plate of lamb, that was my culinary orgasm with Bradley Cooper,” says Wareing, who trained Cooper in the kitchen for his latest film.







*Work on your cooking skills today. After watching Bradley Cooper in Burnt, try making herdwick lamb just like he did. Be careful when dressing the plate. You have a lot of options of Bradley Cooper movies to watch while enjoying it – Wedding Crashers, The Hangover, and A Star is Born just to name a few.

Wash it down with a glass of “The Keaton”

Hollywood actress Diane Keaton has launched a wine range “as unpretentious as she is” intended to be served over ice – a drink affectionately nicknamed “The Keaton” 


SNUB – Carrie Ann Inaba 1968


  • Be proactive with Alzheimer’s
  • Emma Frost Workout
  • Use church as an escape
  • Solve a common problem
  • Watch The Godfather
  • Make herdwick lamb

January 4

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Sir Isaac Newton 1643

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Newton grew up with a vulnerable and eccentric character besides having a low self-esteem, and he was someone who only uncommonly developed any close relationships. On review it is argued that his distrust and suspicions of others, and the fear that he might be harmed by criticism and his discoveries stolen, followed from his mother’s separation from him in childhood and not, as has been claimed, from the developmental disorder of Asperger’s syndrome.


*One of the greatest minds in world history was warped by his mother, so don’t stress if your mother has you in therapy.  If you’re not in therapy because of your mother, look into it.


Kris Bryant 1992

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Kris Bryant left no doubt about who should be the National League’s Rookie of the Year, unanimously winning the award after proving he’s a franchise player for the Cubs.


Hardest workout you’ve ever done:
In college, my team did the CrossFit WOD Murph. It was ridiculously hard, but it definitely got me in shape.


For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.


*Try doing the “Murph” today. Any parts that you can’t do, focus on improving those areas this year.


Louis Braille 1809

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Louis was excited about this new way to read. He spent most of his free time learning the system. He knew it would have to be made simpler. He also had to find a way to include numbers and punctuation. So in his spare time and late at night, Louis worked hard to improve the captain’s system. With a pointed instrument called a stylus and a wooden writing board with paper, Louis continued working on it. After two years of work, when Louis was 15, he finally created a new code. It was easier to learn and quicker to read.


Volunteers are a critical part of the Learning Ally team.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers nationwide, both in studios and virtually, we can continue to grow our extensive library of nearly 80,000 audio books and help improve the lives of families all across the country.


*In honor of Louis Braille’s birthday, volunteer at learningally.org to help produce audio books for the blind. A way to donate time instead of money.


Don Shula 1930

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The Shulas explain their success with coachspeak: Find great people, then focus on the fundamentals.


Founded by Miami Dolphins football coaching legend Don Shula – the winningest coach in NFL history with 347 career wins, Shula’s opened its first steak house in 1989, and today encompasses a family of fine restaurant brands with nearly 30 locations throughout the country.  For almost three decades, Shula’s has had a polished history of delivering consistently high quality cuisine paired with award-winning wine lists and craft cocktails served by expert staff.


*I am a former high school basketball coach. It controlled my life for over a decade. If I were to ever put the time and passion behind starting a business that I did into coaching, there is no way that business could fail. 365DOLF is my new passion.

Find your passion this year. Find great people to help and focus on the fundamentals.


Michael Stipe 1960 – listen to R.E.M

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R.E.M. founding members Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe played their first show on April 5, 1980, at a friend’s birthday party in an abandoned church in Athens, Georgia. From that point forward until 2011 when they decided to call it a day, the band released fifteen albums, toured the world, won multiple Grammys, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have left a lasting legacy of great songs that defined an era.


*Listen to R.E.M right before you enter a deep sleep tonight.


Graham Elliot 1977 – butternut squash soup

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What’s your favorite dish you’ve ever made?
I don’t really have a signature dish per se because I don’t really like to be locked into something like that, but I really enjoy making soups because I really feel that they are heartwarming and soulful. And you can do fun things — like we’ll be able to do a butternut squash bisque, but instead it’s like clarified and clear, with a cinnamon marshmallow that you pour the soup on top of and it dissolves. So, fun things like that. I like to just have whimsy.



At age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004. In May of 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars.


*Listen to R.E.M while making Graham Elliot’s butternut squash soup.

SNUB – Dyan Cannon 1937


  • Think of some mommy therapy
  • Do the Murph
  • Volunteer at Learning Ally
  • Find your passion
  • Listen to R.E.M
  • Make butternut squash soup

January 3

Look for the * to follow my daily advice.


*Go online and order some Carnegie Deli for 1/10



Mel Gibson 1956

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He has been penitent in his life as well his art. After his anti-Semitic outburst, he met Jewish community leaders. After his homophobic outburst, he appeared at an event organized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He has also donated millions of dollars to charity, gone to Alcoholics Anonymous, and apologized on chat shows to everyone from Diane Sawyer to Stephen Colbert.


*Use the start of the New Year to be contrite in your life.  Think about the mistakes you have made and seek out ways of correcting them.


Eli Manning 1981

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“After football I went right into basketball, (and) I thought playing basketball made me a better football player,” said Manning. “I’m doing more jumping, more running and it’s a totally different type of conditioning. Same with baseball. It’s a different throwing motion.”



*Try a sport that you normally wouldn’t play. Sign up for a league at the local YMCA. For today, play catch in the yard with your dad and brother.


Lucretia Mott 1793

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She was deeply impressed by minister Elias Hicks and embraced his ideas that it was wrong to voluntarily participate in slavery and to partake of goods produced by unpaid labour.


A recent investigative report by The Guardian found a massive slavery problem in the global prawn (or shrimp) industry. To make a long story short, they found problems with a major prawn farmer based in Thailand known as CP Foods. CP Foods supplies prawns to several huge companies all over the world, including our old friend Walmart.


*Research the products that you use. Are any of them made by slave or sweatshop labor? Are any of them tested on animals? Use Lucretia Mott’s example to not spend money on these products. Find out where your shrimp comes from.


J.R.R Tolkien 1892

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“I never expected a money success,” said Tolkien, pacing the room, as he does constantly when he speaks. “In fact, I never even thought of commercial publication when I wrote The Hobbit back in the Thirties.


*I have just been fascinated by “Today in History” and birthdays, since I started teaching.  I actually enjoy typing this right now! If I can make money off of this, that would be outstanding – Hobbit money would be even better. Do what you love and the money will come.


Thomas Bangalter 1975 – listen to Daft Punk

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“We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored,” Thomas Bangalter told Rolling Stone last month about the new album. “Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch.”


*Daft Punk will always have a special place in my heart. “Get Lucky” is one of the first songs that I ever spun my wife to, at Casey’s. Spin your special someone to Daft Punk in the kitchen tonight.


Grace Coolidge 1879 – Icebox Cookies

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When Calvin Coolidge became Vice President in 1920, the prim and New England-ish, couple absolutely enchanted Washington. They were the most popular diners-out in town; everybody wanted them as their guests of honor. Washingtonians were delighted with his acerbic sense of humor, all the funnier since it was so unexpected. And they adored the personable Grace Coolidge who could talk about baseball as well as any man in the room. The Coolidges were happy to accept the invitations. “Gotta eat somewhere,”

*You also “Gotta eat something” why not try these Grace Coolidge Icebox Cookies


*Listen to Daft Punk while making these icebox cookies and then invite your most enchanting friends over to enjoy eating them, compliments of the first lady to our 30th president.

SNUB – Michael Schumacker 1969


  • Be contrite and ask for forgiveness
  • Join a team sport league
  • Don’t use slave labor products
  • Do what you enjoy – the money will come
  • Listen to Daft Punk
  • Make ice box cookies

January 2

Remember to look for the * for my daily advice, with a review of the day at the bottom.



Isaac Asimov 1920

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“Whereas the second week in April each year is designated as ‘National Robotics Week’, recognizing the accomplishments of Isaac Asimov, who immigrated to America, taught science, wrote science books for children and adults, first used the term robotics, developed the Three Laws of Robotics, and died in April, 1992: Now, therefore, be it resolved…”



*Now that you know about Isaac Asimov, research and take some of the above SUPER QUIZZES to stimulate your mind even more.


Karina Smirnoff 1978

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  • Never do the same workout twice. Mix it up so your body doesn’t plateau.
  • Look for workouts where your heart rate changes.
  • Target the areas in your body that you are most conscious about.
  • Eat watermelon and asparagus as diuretics. They are great for the body because they help get toxins out.
  • Eat spinach because it’s a great source of fiber and keeps you full.
  • Reduce salt. Karina has trained herself to not eat salt.
  • Listen to your body. Your body will tell you what you can and cannot eat.


*Lots of good advice from Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff.  It’s the top one that is fitting for 365DOLF.  “Never” is a strong word for the entire year, but try and avoid constantly doing the same workout.  This is also a good example of daily advice for both working out and eating right.


Therese of Lisieux 1873

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For me, prayer is an upward leap of the heart, an untroubled glance towards heaven, a cry of gratitude and love which I utter from the depths of sorrow as well as from the heights of joy. It has a supernatural grandeur which expands the soul and unites it with God. I say an Our Father or a Hail Mary when I feel so spiritually barren that I cannot summon up a single worthwhile thought. These two prayers fill me with rapture and feed and satisfy my soul.



*Find a prayer that feeds and satisfies your soul, especially when you cannot summon a single positive thought.

My Daily Prayer will be:

Short Prayer for Growing Faith

Dear Lord, help me – every single morning – to find faith in the midst of the chaos. Give me the desire and ability to see You, hear You, talk to You, and give thanks to You. 


Cuba Gooding Jr. 1968

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“Show me the money!”

Show Me the Money: Tips On Saving

The Five Dollar Challenge: Anytime you come across a $5 bill, put it away in an envelope, jar, piggy bank, whatever. At the end of the year, use that money towards a fun big purchase, or put it towards your savings account.


*You actually don’t have to wait the entire year.  Tom Cruise’s birthday is July 3 (literally almost born on the 4th of July), watch Jerry Maguire on that day and when Cuba Gooding Jr. says his famous line, brake open that piggy bank and count all of those $5 bills, while saying “show me the money!”


Kate Bosworth 1983 – watch The Domestics

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Kate Bosworth does the movie’s emotional heavy-lifting and manages to plausibly depict both an emotionally damaged woman in denial and a steely action heroine.


*Watch Kate Bosworth in this apocalyptic thriller.


Nathanial Bacon 1647

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Turn the clock back to 1676, exactly 100 years before the American Revolution. A dashing, well-heeled young Englishman, Nathaniel Bacon, recently arrived from England — leads a rebellion against Virginia’s established order. The colony’s government is led by Bacon’s cousin-by-marriage — 70-year-old Gov. William Berkeley, who has held the post for 40 years. Within months “Bacon’s Rebellion” is quelled, Bacon is dead. His co-conspirators are swinging from the gibbet, a commission of enquiry arrives from England with instructions to find out “the truth” and Berkeley is recalled to London where he dies only months later.


In honor of Nathanial Bacon’s birthday, make some bacon butter to use (sparingly) until it’s all gone.

Bacon Butter: Cook 2 slices bacon in a skillet; drain and chop. Blend 1 stick softened butter with the drippings and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Stir in the chopped bacon.


CROSSOVER: *As far as meals are concerned, take some more advice from Katrina Smirnoff and work some watermelon, asparagus, and spinach into your diet, all while trying to reduce salt (not easy with a fresh batch of bacon butter).  Also in her honor, have a Smirnoff on ice to wind down for the day.

WHO GOT SNUBBED? – Dax Shepard 1975


  • Take Super Quizzes
  • Rarely do the same workout twice
  • Have a daily prayer
  • Start the $5 challenge
  • Watch The Domestics
  • Make bacon butter – but eat watermelon, asparagus, and spinach

January 1

Look for the * for my daily advice. Everything else is background information. There will be a review for each day at the bottom.



JD Salinger 1919

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*Today I start reading The Catcher in the Rye. I probably should have read this book by now, but now I will make it the first of what will be 12 books that I read this year.


You’d think that the Facebook / Twitter / reality TV generation would be more receptive to the ramblings of a confused 17-year-old, but many of today’s readers seem less impressed with The Catcher in the Rye than ever. Is Holden getting harder to relate to? Have our attention spans been ruined by incessant texting and? Are we so caught up in telling our own stories nowadays that we’ve forgotten how to listen to anyone else’s?


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*Find a copy or download The Catcher in the Rye.  If you’ve already read it (probably as a teenager), read it again and see if your perspective has changed. This is the first suggested book, with lots more to go.


Paul Revere 1735

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Paul Revere’s ride took him from Boston to Lexington. He first crossed the Charles River, and then passed through the cities of Somerville, Medford and Arlington. If his ride started at the Old North Church in Boston (where the famous lanterns were hung), then the approximate distance from Boston to Lexington by this route is 10.9 miles.

However, once Revere arrived in Lexington, he met up with the other midnight rider, William Dawes, and they headed toward Concord, where the Sons of the Liberty had a large cache of weapons. They only made it to Lincoln (about 5.4 miles from Lexington) before being surprised by a British patrol. Dawes escaped, but Revere was escorted at gunpoint back to Lexington. When they arrived back (a round trip of 10.8 miles), Revere’s horse was confiscated. So, assuming the end of this particular trip was Lexington, Revere road approximately 21.7 miles that night.


*Depending on your fitness level (and your condition on New Year’s Day), chose any means to complete one leg of Paul Revere’s famous ride. I am going to take a stationary bike ride of 5.4 miles to start the New Year? And yes, I will be yelling, “The British are coming!”


John Smith 1580 and Pocahontas 1595

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In Disney’s version of the Pocahontas story, as in countless other iterations, John Smith appears as a dashing romantic hero, smitten by an Indian “princess.” Their relationship symbolizes the bridging of two cultures and, more particularly, shows how Indians could enlighten Europeans to the wisdom of the natural world. It’s a fantasy that obscures an ugly truth: The relationship between Smith and Pocahontas, and more broadly between the Jamestown colonists and Pocahontas’s people, was one of betrayal and dashed hopes.


*Yes they share a birthday, but their people could not overcome their differences.  Use this year to recognize the differences in the people around you and embrace what makes them different from you.


Betsy Ross 1752

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Being a widowed upholsterer wasn’t easy. She was struggling to make ends meet as the war continued on, so she looked to make money in any way possible. Ross contracted with the Continental Army eventually to repair uniforms and tents. When she needed some extra spare cash, it is said that she even stuffed musket balls. It was enough to help her business survive throughout her professional life.


*HER BUSINESS are the key words. Yes she worked hard for others, but it was to keep her upholstery business alive.  By the end of this year, hopefully you will realize how important it is to strive for your own business – not to make someone else rich.


Verne Troyer 1969 – watch Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

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There is an ongoing debate about the whole idea of “mini-me”: the idea that performers with dwarfism are just being demeaningly represented as comic or horrific miniatures. But Troyer at any rate tackled and subverted that idea — with confidence, with comic gusto and with charm.



*The last and best of the Austin Powers trilogy.  Maybe start a New Year’s Day tradition of watching all three.  Use Verne Troyer’s character “Mini Me” as inspiration to start the New Year.


Morris Chestnut 1969 – wine-braised pork and chestnuts with sauerkraut

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Morris Chestnut, who plays the smoldering, crime-solving pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, puts his washboard abs on full display in the promo, dripping sweat as he takes a shirtless jog in the Miami heat. And the Internet responded with gratitude.

If Chestnut had it his way, scenes like that wouldn’t happen all the time. “I actually had to talk to the writers because it was like every episode I was taking my shirt off,” says the actor, 46, with a laugh. “I was like, ‘If you do it every episode, it doesn’t have the impact.’ And I want to eat some doughnuts every now and again!”

“When I do get time, I’m either with family or devoted to watching my sports teams,” he says. “I used to wake up Sunday morning, go to the gym and then from 10 a.m. to 9 at night, I’d sit in front of the TV watching football.”



*January 1, 2019 is a Tuesday, but wake up and go to the gym for the Paul Revere workout. Then from 10am to 9 at night, watch college football bowl games. Take a break at some point to make this wine-braised pork and chestnuts recipe (add sauerkraut). Eat some doughnuts for dessert.

It has always been a tradition in my family to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day – for good luck all year. You’ll need to add your own sauerkraut.

SIDE NOTE – I too am 46 and do NOT have washboard abs… hopefully by 1/1/2020, I will.

WHO GOT SNUBBED? J. Edgar Hoover 1895

To review –

  • Start reading The Catcher in the Rye. There will be several suggestions for books to read, try to read 1 a month equaling 12 total books read this year.
  • Do a Paul Revere’s Ride workout
  • Embrace the differences in people
  • Your current job is a way to make money for your future business
  • Watch Goldmember
  • Make pork and chestnuts with sauerkraut for a lucky new year.


I can’t wait for tomorrow! 365DOLF starts today. If you don’t want to start Living Famously today, use this as a preview for 12/31/19.

Look for the * for my suggestions. Happy New Year!

DECEMBER 31 – New Years Eve


General George Meade 1815

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During the battle of Gettysburg, although still new to the command of his army, and suffering great losses of such leaders as John Reynolds, Meade was able to both hold off Lee’s attacks and finally smash the Confederate army on the third day.  After the battle, Lee was able to retreat back into Virginia, and Meade received harsh criticism from President Abraham Lincoln for not finishing off the Army of Northern Virginia in its weakened state.


*You’ve held off the attacks, now finish off this year!


Gabby Douglas 1995

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“When I stood on the podium at the 2012 Games and lowered my head so the gold medal could be placed around my neck, I reflected on many things,” Gabby told us. “I thought about all the sacrifices that had to be made, all the obstacles, and all of the time spent in order for me to achieve my dream. I thought to myself, ‘It was all worth it.’ It was also in that moment that I knew my goal of making it on the 2016 Rio Olympics team was possible.”

  • I wake up at 7 a.m. every day.
  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. — This is what we refer to as morning training.
  • It’s noon; that means it’s time for my two-hour lunch break.
  • The afternoon training is two and a half hours.
  • I head home around 4:30 p.m.
  • I like to catch up with my family before dinner.
  • I enjoy getting into bed early.


*Think about all the sacrifices you made this year, all the obstacles to becoming the best person you can be. It was worth it. Think about incorporating Gabby’s training schedule next year, when applicable.


Ben Kingsley 1943

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In his quest for authenticity, Mr. Kingsley not only shaved his head and lost 20 pounds on Gandhi’s vegetarian diet, but he also studied yoga, began to meditate and learned to spin cotton thread on a wooden wheel, as Gandhi had done while holding conversations.


*Weight loss, yoga, and meditation – all things you’ve done this year and all good for your soul.


CROSSOVER: *Watch Gandhi and get your soul right for the new year.


Nicholas Sparks 1965

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Within a few months, Sparks, 43, had donated nearly $900,000 toward a state-of-the-art track. Soon after, Sparks—a former 800-meter standout at Notre Dame—signed on as a volunteer assistant coach for the high school team and the club, most of whose runners come from low-income and at-risk families.


*With all of the money that you’ve saved this year, how much could you give back to kids from low-income and at-risk families? If not money, how about time?



CROSSOVER: *If you are a hopeless romantic, you can turn the last day of the year into a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon.


Anthony Hopkins 1937 – watch Silence of the Lambs

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People taking MAOIs are given a long list of high-tyramine foods and beverages to avoid or limit. On that list: liver, fava beans, and red wine.




*You now have a NYE tradition of watching Silence of the Lambs before (or part of) your NYE festivities.

CROSSOVER: *Serve liver, fava beans, and a nice chianti to your dinner guests or bring this combination to a party and let the guests know that it’s Anthony Hopkins’ birthday.


John Denver 1943 – Denver Omelet

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John Denver’s music clearly reflects the conscience of a concerned citizen, a man working for the improvement of the quality of life for all people environmentally, socially and politically.


*Enjoy a nice Denver Omelet to start the last day of the year, while of course listening to some John Denver.

Your New Years Resolution is to follow 365DOLF again.

WHO GOT SNUBBED? Val Kilmer 1959


  • Finish this year off
  • Fallow Gabby’s daily schedule
  • Continue to practice Yoga and Meditation
  • Donate time and/or money to at-risk kids
  • Watch Silence of the Lambs
  • Start your day with a Denver omelette

Prelude to 365DOLF

Just 2 more days and 1/1/2019

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

Get started on January 1.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Your goal is to be a better person on December 31 than you were on January 1.

“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” – JFK

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365DOLF is a game plan for life. With it you will always have something to do, to better yourself.

“1995. $7 Bucks In My Pocket. I Knew Two Things: I’m Broke As Hell and One Day I Won’t Be” – The Rock

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Make this year the year that you change your life forever.

“I’ve made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good.” – Tom Hanks

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If you’ve had a bad day, you’ve got 364 more.

“Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” ― Oprah Winfrey

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By the end of this year, you will know your calling and who you were meant to be.

How to Use 365DOLF

For the best results, make sure you have the 365DOLF workbook (starting in 2020) to go along with each famous suggestion, each day.

Use all 6 birthdays to expand your mind each day by learning about each individual with general or unique information about them. All of the birthdays serve as conversation starters throughout the day.  However, the MIND birthday focuses more on improving your life by expanding your mind. This is where having journal can be most useful.

Image result for madame curieMadame Curie 11/7/1867

Use the BODY birthday for a specific workout each day. This keeps you from getting in a rut at the gym, or not knowing what to do. If there is not a suggested workout, there will be advice offered on health and nutrition. Use the days with no workouts as rest days or perform a workout that you’ve liked from the past. It is best to have a gym membership, and in a perfect world – a personal trainer.

Image result for jillian michaelsJillian Michaels 2/18/1974

Use the SOUL birthday to become more spiritual and enlightened. Some of the advice may not coincide with your set religion, but look at it as a way to expand your mind and your soul towards becoming the best person you can be. Some days you can just sit back and listen to soul music. You will also have several opportunities to donate to charities. Pick the ones that speak to your soul and contribute money or time and energy.

Image result for king of soul james brownJames Brown 3/3/1933

The MONEY birthday can be used in a variety of ways. Depending on that day’s birthday, you will get advice on saving, investing, and personal finances. Some of the MONEY birthdays however, will focus on starting and running your own business. Hopefully by 2021 you will feel like I do, and no longer want to make money for someone else.

Image result for jeff bezos #1Jeff Bezos 1/12/1964

Use the ENTERTAINMENT birthday for what it is – a daily escape from reality. Using the internet, find free music to listen to throughout your day, and especially when making dinner. Using services like Netflix, watch the suggested movie or TV show as a nightcap on your day. Other forms of entertainment include reading, board games, video games, and chess. As with all birthdays, don’t be afraid to adapt as you see fit.

Image result for justin timberlakeJustin Timberlake 1/31/1981

Finally, use the FOOD birthday has a suggestion for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Most birthdays come with a suggested recipe but sometimes a restaurant is suggested. There are even some days that map out all of your meals for that day. The good thing about famous people is that they usually eat pretty well, so most of the recipes are heart (and waistline) healthy. But don’t worry, there are some epic cheat days. Some days even have a bonus cocktail to wash it all down. If your goal this year is to lose weight, eat accordingly – but gone are the days of not being able to answer, “What’s for dinner?”

Image result for bobby flayBobby Flay 12/10/1964

A side goal is to have 6 new daily habits by the end of the year. By 12/31, you may be doing the following on a daily basis…

MIND – meditating every day

BODY – doing squats as you brush your teeth every day

SOUL – saying your daily prayer that you have memorized

MONEY – spending time each day on your business plans – not just someone else’s

ENTERTAINMENT – escape from reality every day

FOOD – eating 5 small meals a day

Built into 365DOLF are things that should be done that we sometimes forget about or put off for another year. Things like going to the dentist at 2:30 (tooth hurty) on 2/13 (tooth hurtin). Getting a heart checkup, cholesterol levels checked, and cancer screenings – to name a few.

There are also built in reminders to call your mom, play catch with your kids, chase your dog around, and dance with your partner.

Whatever you do, don’t take any of this too seriously. Have fun and get out of this book what YOU need to Live Famously.