“Find your good, and do it.”
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Grammy-awarding winning rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who built the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ, a farm-to-table community restaurant which relies primarily on donated food sand services. It serves both paying and in-need customers unable to pay the requested $20 donation fee.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
Pres. Kennedy issued his last Thanksgiving Day proclamation Nov. 4 1963, continuing an annual tradition that started 200 years earlier after Pres. Lincoln officially made Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863. Kennedy was assassinated shortly after on Nov. 22 1963.
“I have been shown in darkness, light and have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.”
- 2009: Graduated from college in her home state of Arizona. Started traveling the world, from Israel to India, to help those in need.
- 2013: Kidnapped by ISIS in Syria. Held for about 18 months (about 547 days). Fellow captives say she was raped & tortured by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- 2015: Reportedly killed at age 26. Her body was never recovered.
“I have come to a place in this experience, where in every sense of the word, I have surrendered to our creator, because literally there was no one else…and by God and by your prayers, I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”
“One of the things that (Gen.) Milley did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered.”
After hearing of al-Baghdadi's death, Kayla's mother, Martha, said, "I still want to know, 'Where is Kayla?' and what truly happened to her and what aren't we being told."
“It’s an honor I’ve gotten to compete so many times for the country.”
Simone Biles continued her domination as world's best gymnast, earning additional medals at this years world championship, bringing her total to 25, the most for any man or woman in the sport.
“generalities are always dangerous.”
75 years ago, on her birthday, Oct 11th, the first lady wrote this in a syndicated column she wrote for years to communicate directly with the American people. You can read them all in the link in the bio.
“Your strength of mind and determination can help you to achieve whatever it is that you truly want from your life. Most of all, never give up!”
Glowacka set a Guinness World Record for holding an abdominal plank 4 hrs 19 mins 55 secs, breaking the previous women's record by more than 45 mins. She was inspired by her son Ralph, who read about the record and told her she could break it.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
Democrat presidential candidate & author Marianne Williamson was the most searched candidate on Google during the first Democrat debate this week. She wrote this popular quote in her 1992 book "A Return To Love" though its often mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela.
“Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I don’t understand’ – no question is a dumb question.”
#OTD 50 years ago the Apollo 11 mission launched. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton lead the team that wrote the software for the Apollo 11 mission, earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to the first successful moon landing.
“I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most.”
Tennis player Novak Djokovic beat crowd-favorite Roger Federer Sunday in the longest Wimbledon singles final in history - it lasted nearly 5 hours. Djokovic called it the "most demanding match" of his career.
“…the Bible is better than Pinterest.”
West's advice to his creative friends about looking to history and faith as a source of inspiration. Forbes.com says West's billion dollar Yeezy shoe line is the closest in a generation to the iconic Air Jordan, but unlike Michael Jordan, West owns 100% of his brand Yeezy.
“Some leaders are born women.”
#OTD in 1984 fmr. VP Walter Mondale announced Ferraro as his presidential running mate. The three-term congresswoman was the first woman nominated for VP by a major political party. Today, six women seek the Democratic nomination for president.
“The spirit of a character is what really matters.”
Benson, who provided the voice for Ariel, the red-headed lead character of Disney's animated "The Little Mermaid," responding to the debate sparked after Disney announced African-American actress/singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel in an upcoming film version of the story.