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NBC Casting for 'Food Fighters,' 'Food Network Star' Lineup Announced

NBC Casting for 'Food Fighters,' 'Food Network Star' Lineup Announced

Today in food television news, people are trying to get famous

New contestants line up for 'Food Network Star' in season 8 of the show.

Despite Tom Colicchio's advice to young chefs (don't go the food television route), there is no shortage of wannabe celebrity chefs and hopeful cheftestants. And now, we can probably add "cooktestants" as a category, as home cooks are making their way to the food television sphere.

NBC is now casting for Food Fighters, looking for contestants who are "bold, confident, and have the skills and tenacity to take on the professionals!" The concept, which stacks up home cooks against professional chefs, sounds humiliating for the chefs, but they're hoping cooks will email [email protected] for a chance to be on television.

Food Network, in the meantime, has announced the lineup for the next season of Food Network Star, including Nikki Dinki, a food blogger and voice-over actress; Viet Pham, a chef at Forage Restaurant; and Damaris Phillips, a beer writer for LouisvilleBeer.com. Check out the promo below and the full lineup over on Eater.


NBC Casting for 'Food Fighters,' 'Food Network Star' Lineup Announced - Recipes

What's better than eating good food? Eating good food for a cause!

Tomorrow from 11:30 am-2 pm, the local all-star food truck lineup will be in one place for the first time! Maddy’s Food Truck, Melt Mobile, The Local Meatball, LobsterCraft will all be in the circle in front of The Beer Garden at Harbor Point, and each truck will donate a portion of their proceeds to The Food Bank Of Lower Fairfield County. Maddy’s and The Local Meatball will be donating 10%, and if their sales are over $500 they will donate 20%! Melt Mobile & LobsterCraft will be donating 10%.

To recap:
Step 1: Eat awesome food.
Step 2: Help the Food Bank.
Step 3: Return to work, sleep off food coma under desk.


Carl Ruiz: Food Network Star’s Cause of Death Revealed

Now, the Maryland Department of Health has confirmed that the celebrity chef star died in his sleep last month after succumbing to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

E! News describes the disease as "a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in the arteries and restricts blood flow."

In addition to revealing the cause of death, this week's Department of Health report listed Ruiz's death as natural and ruled out any foul play.

In addition to his work as a beloved television personality, Ruiz was a highly regarded restaurant owner, whose La Cubana has become a sought-after NYC hotspot in recent years.

Throughout his career, Ruis worked closely with the Food Network's best-known star, Guy Fieri.

In addition to his work on Guy's Grocery Games, Ruiz made regular appearances on Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

"I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone," Fieri tweeted after receiving news of Ruiz's passing.

"I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef."

"This man was somehow fatherly, comforting, wise, reckless, brilliant, wickedly funny & unique all in 1," added fellow Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli.

"My life will be lonelier without him. Love you Carl. I'll make sure no one puts pineapple on pizza best I can without you here. #rip @carlruiz."

"Good buddy of mine is gone. He made people laugh who'd forgotten how to laugh," celebrity chef Troy Johnson echoed.

"He set rooms on fire. He was the match and the kerosene. The smartest and lovable-ist asshole I knew. This one gutted me. Goodnight, @carlruiz."

Following the iconic chef's death, his restaurant announced the foundation of the Carl Ruiz Scholarship, dedicated to the financial support of aspiring chefs attending culinary school.


The Early Days

After that divine encounter, the duo kept in touch through phone calls and texts as they pursued their respective careers. In a lengthy cover feature with Vanity Fair, Chrissy recalled doing her due diligence online before she decided to give it a shot with John:

“He was kind of known at the time for either being in the closet or a modelizer. I used to go on the websites and it was always either how I was his beard, or how he paid his past serious girlfriends, or how he was with some new model. Oh my god, I would read everything.”

The singer-songwriter noted how witty and fresh the Sports Illustrated star kept their conversation even when they were miles apart:

“It got serious pretty quickly. She just entertained the hell out of me, texting me. What people respond to in her tweets today was the same energy in those texts. I didn’t know that I wanted someone funny until I was actually with someone funny.”

Once they found a decent break in their busy lifestyles, which included Legend’s demanding tour schedule, a long-lasting bond truly began to blossom. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in 2016, he explained:

“I think that’s when I really started to know that this was the kind of person I wanted to be around a lot. Once we started spending more time together between tour stops and all this other stuff, we realized we had such a connection—and then it blossomed into a marriage and a baby.”

Wait a minute, we’re not quite at the making babies part yet! There were a few “bumps” along away on that journey…


The Bachelor Spoilers: Do Matt and Rachael Get Back Together??

Well, folks, Matt James has already made history.

But to whom will he make love on The Bachelor &#ff7dee and to whom will be bequeath that coveted final rose?

This is the question viewers around the nation have, as they head into a brand new year, and season of this beloved TV franchise.

Well, we now answers. More of them each day.

Based on a number of sources and reports, we&#ff7de8ve got The Bachelor spoilers for you for the still-unfolding 2021 campaign.

Gotta love it. Bachelor spoilers make things more fun, after all, especially as the episodes fly by and pieces fall into place.

There are still gaps to fill in, but the top three are set &#ff7dee and the top two and winner herself have been named by Reality Steve.

The man is just plain good at what he does.

He&#ff7de8s been on top of this all along, though even the Oracle of Bachelor Spoilers could not have seen some of this coming.

Questions remain after a tumultuous few months: Will Matt&#ff7de8s journey end in a proposal? And perhaps more significantly:

Will his season be salvaged after the Rachael Kirkconnell racism scandal that has rocked the franchise to the core?

Chris Harrison has stepped away from the franchise following his tone deaf defense of Rachael, and it&#ff7de8s unclear if he&#ff7de8ll return.

Or what will be left of the show when/if he does.

Time will tell re: some of those historical topics, but as far as the spoilers go, we&#ff7de8ve got you. Scroll down to find out who wins &#ff7ded and what sort of drama has transpired in the weeks since Matt handed out his final rose!


NBC Casting for 'Food Fighters,' 'Food Network Star' Lineup Announced - Recipes

A new show called Food Chain is currently casting executive chefs/restaurant owners with "sterling reputations to defeat the industry elite." It is another competition series with chefs competing head-to-head with a final showdown against a "renowned celebrity chef " for a chance to win $50,000.

Here are details posted on the Facebook page of the casting company:

"FOOD NETWORK is excited to bring you the culinary challenge of a lifetime. FOOD CHAIN, a groundbreaking new series, is sure to push even the most acclaimed professional chefs to the limit.

We’re seeking extraordinary executive chefs/restaurant owners with sterling reputations and the cutting-edge culinary knowledge, technique and creativity to defeat the industry elite.

If selected to compete, you will face increasing levels of difficulty as you battle head-to-head with the best-of-the-best. As the stakes rise so do the rewards. Make it through to the end and earn yourself a spot in the final showdown – a face-off against a renowned celebrity chef and the chance to win $50,000. It’s go big or go home.

From RELATIVITY TELEVISION, and the producers who brought you THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE and GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, Food Chain requires expert knowledge, adaptability, and unwavering confidence. If you are an EXECUTIVE CHEF and think you have what it takes to rise to the top of the Food Chain, then contact us ASAP.

TO APPLY:
EMAIL US with your name, occupation, career highlights, resume, a photo of you and photos of 4 signature dishes. Please put your CITY/STATE in the subject line."

This show was not on the original list of new shows set to appear on the network this year, and it is also not known yet who the celebrity chef(s) will be. When more details become available, there will be an update here.

Paula Deen was shopping this show back in 2012, and she was supposed to host it. She was teamed with Zodiac production company, and now it appears that Relativity Television is producing it, so this might have changed hands after Paula Deen's racism scandal.


Lawrence O’Donnell Draws Unwanted Spotlight to MSNBC

Lawrence O’Donnell has won distinction during his time at MSNBC for the verbal flourishes and deft monologues he brings to the segments of his 10 p.m. program. On Wednesday night, he had to use his powers of speech to ward off some of the scrutiny he has drawn.

The former “West Wing” writer and Congressional aide put MSNBC and its corporate sibling, NBC News, in a tight spot by tantalizing viewers with a tidbit on Tuesday night’s program that he suggested showed corruption at the highest levels of the U.S. government. On Tuesday, before taking to the desk on his “Last Word” program on MSNBC, O’Donnell posted on Twitter that “a source close to Deutsche Bank” told him “Trump’s tax returns show he pays very little income tax and, more importantly, that his loans have Russian co-signers. If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin.” The bank revealed Tuesday that it possessed tax documents that were of interest in an ongoing inquiry by Congress into President Trump’s’ finances. O’Donnell discussed the information with viewers on his show last night.

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By Wednesday, however, the anchor found himself in the sticky position of telling viewers he should never have broached the topic. “Tonight, we are retracting the story,” he said in the opening minutes of Wednesday night’s broadcast. “I should not have said it on air or posted it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so,” he said, adding: “We don’t know whether the information is inaccurate, but the fact is we do know it wasn’t ready for broadcast, and for that I apologize.” He noted that NBC News had not verified the information from his unnamed source before he made it public.

A spokeswoman for MSNBC declined to specify what action, if any, might be taken by the network or NBC News as a result of O’Donnell’s gaffe.

O’Donnell’s quick pivot spotlights the tricky footwork all of the cable-news networks are doing in an era when merely reporting the news is no longer enough to satisfy viewers. MSNBC and its rival, Fox News Channel, regularly feature opinion hosts in their primetime hours who are more free to expand upon the day’s headlines and offer analysis and gut reaction. Even CNN, which has for decades kept to a middle-of-the-road positioning, has amped up its primetime discourse in recent years, installing two anchors in the time slot – Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon – who tend to be more aggressive questioners of the day’s headlines. “This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist,” Lemon said while opening his 10 p.m. hour on CNN in January of last year. “A lot of us already knew that.”

There’s reason why the news outlets have grown warm to hot takes. They bring in bigger ratings, and with them, copious amounts of revenue from advertisers and cable and satellite distributors. Fox News’ primetime lineup – Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham – combined to deliver an average of 8.99 million viewers for the month of August, according to Nielsen. NBCUniversal saw advertising commitments for MSNBC swell 30% in 2018 and 6% in this year’s recent “upfront” market – much of it driven by primetime audiences. Since joining CNN’s primetime lineup in mid-2018, Chris Cuomo’s “Cuomo Prime Time” has become the AT&T-owned network’s most-watched program.

But with those sizable audiences, the anchors also draw more intense study. Nearly every word that comes from the Fox News hosts’ lips is parsed and analyzed by Media Matters, an advocacy organization that has often called for advertisers to abandon the network. Hannity sparked controversy in 2017 by promoting a debunked theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, then told his viewers he would “cease” to discuss the conspiracy theory out of respect for the man’s family. Cuomo found himself in an embarrassing altercation earlier this month when a conservative provocateur drew him out while he was on vacation by taunting him with the word “Fredo,” a name from a character in the 1972 film “The Godfather” that Cuomo took as a cultural slur.

Some of O’Donnell’s actions were likely driven by a letter sent to NBC News and its parent company, NBCUniversal, by Charles Harder, an attorney for President Trump earlier Wednesday. The missive demanded that the company “immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.” O’Donnell on Wednesday night’s broadcast acknowledged the missive on air and said the network was in fact pulling back its support of his information about Deutsche Bank.

In a different era, the cable-news primetime landscape was calmer, stocked with celebrity interviews conducted by Larry King a spirited back-and-forth between Hannity and liberal foil Alan Colmes or “The News,” a Brian Williams-hosted primetime news wrap for viewers who missed the traditional evening-news broadcast.

Those concepts now seem quaint. Modern cable-news viewers grew accustomed – perhaps inured? – to sharp monologues from Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly, or the steely takedown of a politician by Megyn Kelly. On some nights, the cable-news hosts target each other. Olbermann and O’Reilly did it famously in 2009. On Wednesday, O’Donnell’s imbroglio spurred Fox News’ Hannity to question not only MSNBC and NBC News, but CNN as well.

And yet, all the primetime hosts are tethered to traditional news organizations that try to maintain newsgathering standards and practices. Doing so has become significantly more difficult at a time when headlines sprout on social media and via email alerts before a single word of text can be written about the latest development in politics or business.

As O’Donnell illustrated Wednesday night, there’s still a good reason to stay close to the rules – no matter how much money and attention might be gained from bending them.


The Adrienne Gale Experience

Rachael Ray is very busy these days. In addition to several shows on the Food Network, she’s also entered into a partnership with Ziploc®, has a new book coming out in June, and is taping some exciting episodes for her Emmy-winning daytime show.

TheCelebrityCafe.com had a chance to speak with Rachael about her burger obsession, her love of cooking, and inspiring kids to eat healthier.

TheCelebrityCafe: What’s coming up on your show that you’re really excited about?
Rachael Ray: For the big May sweeps, I think I’m most excited about a game show week we’re planning. I love games and I get to play cash cow. So I’m kind of really looking forward to that.
I’m going to go shark diving with my friend Bert the Conqueror. He and I challenge each other all the time. I threw him out of an airplane. He threw me down a golf course inside a big golf ball. We threw each other off a mountain and repelled down fifteen stories in Mexico. So our next challenge is swimming with sharks outside a cage.

TheCelebrityCafe: Your going to be outside of a cage?
Rachael Ray: Yes, and I’m really scared about that, but I’m really looking forward to it too in a sort of a weird way.
And we are going to be the first daytime show ever to have a house band train [on the show]. It’s going to be our house band for a whole week.
I just taped with 50 Cent , and I’m such a huge fan of his. And we were just together down at South by Southwest (SXSW), so that was a really fun show and exciting for us.
Every single day that I go to work is such an adventure and a lot of our shows that I really love sometimes don’t involve celebrities at all. Like I love our tip off shows where our viewers come on and offer their double duty tips for things around the house. We have all of our friends come on and try and out tip each other with clever solutions for fashion and food and home. That’s what I love about our show is that every day is so different and it’s not always celebrity oriented.
A lot of our programming includes and comes from our viewers. I don’t really have one show that I look forward to more than the next. Each one of them is so different and really is just hanging out as a big block party. We shoot up to three episodes a day because I spend my hiatus from the daytime show making my food network and cooking-channel shows. We have really long, 10/12 hours worth of bringing audiences in and out and making television a day. So one day can have literally three shows worth of acts in it, with twenty-five different acts of television going on.

TheCelebrityCafe: Where did your love of cooking come from and how did it lead to your own show?
Rachael Ray: I was always a person on my mother’s hip in the kitchen. My mom really wanted her kids at her side as much as possible, and she worked in restaurants for over fifty years. And my grandfather had ten children, and he grew and prepared most of the food. My grandmother, on my mother’s side, was the family seamstress and the baker. So my mom, the eldest child, was always in the kitchen with my grandpa and I was always in the production and restaurant kitchens and our own kitchen with my mom. And it’s just something that has always spoken to me.
I literally started 30 Minute Meals to sell more groceries in a market that I was working at. The prepared foods were moving really well, but I couldn’t get my customers to buy any of the great ingredients and I was the store buyer. So my boss said why don’t you just teach a cooking class. And I said because I’m not a chef and she said well everybody loves your food. They pay for it in the prepared food case. Let’s teach them to make what you know how to make. So, I started a class called 30-30 Minute Meals and it ended up on the local news. And two years later it ended up on the Food Network and it just sort of happened. I was just trying to teach people how to make dinner so I could sell more groceries to them.

TheCelebrityCafe: Who have been some of your most favorite guests?
Rachael Ray : President Clinton was there the day we launched our Yum-O!initiative. That was a huge day in my life, and he remains a terrific partner of ours.
Michael J. Fox is a person that really inspires me. And the first time he joined us was to surprise a young lady who had raised sixty-four thousand dollars for Parkinson’s selling pancakes. It was really special and we danced and he sang that song that was playing when he danced with Tracy on his TV show . So Michael J. Fox singing in your ear and dancing cheek to cheek was pretty good.
My first crush was Tom Jones when I was three years old. So when Tom Jones came on, I was pretty excited.
But every day is such an adventure and I’m just so grateful to I have the job I have.
And then there are the people that just crack you up like Dennis Leary, Chris Rock, and Russell Brand .

TheCelebrityCafe: Can you tell me about your new partnership with Ziploc®?
Rachael Ray: I’m lucky enough to be on television and do what I love and work with food. I’m asked by lots of people, and I find it very flattering of course, to pair up and lend my name to this or that project. The reason I made time for this one is because it was about so much more than just the Ziploc® brand. I use a ton of Ziploc®. I’m sort of Ziploc® obsessed. My favorite Ziploc® tip I think was year’s ago working at Food Network, I walked into the production kitchen and I saw all these giant plastic bags over basil, and I’m like what’s up with that? Well, we never put our basil in fridge. And I said I don’t really either. I keep it on the counter in water like fresh cut flowers. But they said if you put the baggie over the top it makes a green house and it lasts for weeks. And I’m like, oh my God, that’s amazing.
So I said, ‘I will sit down and listen to Ziploc® because I love Ziploc®.’ Fine. But the campaign really excited me a paragraph or two in, once we were all chatting, because it is exactly the messaging of our Yum-O! organization. It is identical to our brand. The [Ziploc®] Freshover is a challenge to American families kids, moms, dads, to get what their survey proves they want – more fruits and vegetables and fresh foods into their diet. So, the Ziploc® Facebook fan page is a place to go, a destination , to get recipes, to get information, to get tips, to get coupons and savings.
There is a five-mom mom blog attached to it so that it can be an ongoing conversation once you start using the recipes and developing some of your own. If you want, you can give your own money saving tips about how you incorporate fruits, vegetables, and better foods for less money into your family’s diet. It’s a destination, and one that offer families all of the messaging and everything I care about. So I committed my recipes, my videos – I made a whole bunch of video content with tips, because it was so on point with everything I try and teach and share with our own organization.
And they love what we’re doing at Yum-O! It’s a partnership. They didn’t just say ‘hey, will you be the face of this or talk about this.’ They offered a true partnership with us. Allowing us to give them information and share what we know and have learned about child nutrition with the lobbying we’ve done in Washington and the work we do in school systems. So we were happy, and I mean we because I have a huge team of people that run our charitable organization and work behind the scenes of our show, and work on our magazines. They offered a real family partnership. They let us become a part of this community, so that is why I was proud to do it.

TheCelebrityCafe: With the high rates of obesity and diabetes in this country, how do you feel celebrity chefs can make a difference?
Rachael Ray: Well, Mrs. Obama put out a challenge for all the chefs across the country to get into their local school systems and donate some of their time. Either to plant a garden, or to go into classrooms and do a little demonstration for moms and kids and teachers about easy affordable recipes, and eating in a more healthful way. But I think that’s a great tool for moms and dads and families that do a lot of cooking or know how to plant a garden. All of our schools are an even playing ground. It’s the even field that we can reach all of our kids nationwide. That’s where we can insure they are getting good nutrition and good messaging about the foods they eat. So you can donate a little bit of time, or build a window box for a classroom, so a child can learn where food grows. Or offer to teach a course about healthy snacks or about fruits you love. You know a lot of the children in classrooms that I’ve been in, up to even second grade, some kids don’t even know how to identify certain vegetables – like what a cucumber actually looks like. Everybody can get involved and it can be as easy as just having that conversation with your own child, or with your child and their friends in your home, or in your local school. And I think once you empower kids with getting them involved in choosing the color of the vegetable their going to eat tonight, or bringing them grocery shopping with you, and allowing them in the kitchen during the preparation of mealtime, it becomes a self-esteem issue for them. Then they want to try that food because they were a part of making it and bringing it to the table.

TheCelebrityCafe: Your have a new book coming out in June. Can you tell me more about it?

Rachael Ray: I am burger obsessed and I love playing with the idea of what a burger can be for people. I make burgers out of everything from grains to seafood to, of course, browned meats of every kind. What I love about the burger is it makes food accessible and fun for everyone. Several years ago I challenged all of the great chefs that are invited to the wonderful South Beach Food and Wine Festival to come in and put their skills into making burgers. So I have a collection in my next book The Book of Burger of all of my favorite recipes over the last ten years. I have hundreds and hundreds of them never before published in my book of my burgers, but then I also have a bonus section of all of our award-winning chef burgers from our burger bash. And I invited all of my cheffy friends that are equally burger obsessed to do burger essays and odes to burgers. It’s a smart book. There’s lots of coding throughout the book so you can watch videos. There’s a code at the back of the book so I can keep uploading new burger recipes that I come up with so that you can get even more recipes than you get in the printed form.
I am also working simultaneously on our holiday book this year. It’s my first co-authored book. My husband is the co-author and it’s My Year in Meals and my husband John Cusimano’s year in cocktails. So we’ve taken pictures and journaled of every single thing we’ve made in our home and every cocktail we’ve made at home for the last two years.

TheCelebrityCafe:What is your absolute favorite meal? Is it something you make yourself, or someone else’s specialty?

Rachael Ray: I don’t know that I have a favorite meal. When I’m cooking I’m thinking about the person I’m feeding and I want to make them whatever they want. My husband’s favorite meal is carbonara. I guess my favorite food is anything my mom makes. Because like anybody who loves their mother’s cooking, if you try and make your mom’s recipes, they never taste quite the same. And I don’t know if that’s because she’s lying about what she’s putting in there and just not telling me. Like when I turn my back, she’s sneaking something in there. It just never seems to taste the same.

TheCelebrityCafe: What are some of your favorite restaurants outside the U.S.?
Rachael Ray: I was married in Italy and my husband’s first word was “more” and my first word was “vino” so we thought – more wine – lets get married in the vineyard. And my favorite family restaurant in Florence is Il Latini and it’s owned by this wonderful character named is Torello, which means the bull. He looks like a bull. He’s big and strong, but he’s actually a big teddy bear. It’s just a wonderful family place. We go there and put our elbows on the table and Torello just brings us plates and platters of all of the local favorites like the warm chicken livers on crispy crostini and foto salads and pomodoro. We just can’t even move by the time we leave.

TheCelebrityCafe: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Rachael Ray: Patience – I would give myself more patience. I’m a very impatient person.

TheCelebrityCafe: How would you like to be remembered?
Rachael Ray: Ew creepy. I guess I want to be remembered for not taking life too seriously, and that I tried to help kids go to school with our scholarship program, and I tried to help families eat a little healthier. I hope that I did more good than bad in my lifetime and that I made people laugh.

For great recipes and cooking tips visit Rachael Ray online. Learn more about The Great American Freshover project and Rachael Ray’s partnership with Ziploc® here.


Fun Gang

Edwards' family gathered around her at the family's Chatham County, N.C., home. Her estranged husband, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, reportedly moved back in to help care for Elizabeth and their two young children.

In recent years, Elizabeth Edwards tried to live a normal life. She became a businesswoman, opening a store in Chapel Hill. She also took children Jack and Emma Claire on family outings.

Elizabeth Anania met John Edwards while they were both law students. They married right after graduation.

Her cancer battle begins

In 2004, John Kerry conceded defeat in the race for president against George W. Bush John Edwards was Kerry's running mate. Elizabeth Edwards, meanwhile, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Elizabeth and John Edwards are the parents of four children. Wade Edwards died in 1996, while he was still a high school student. How old was Elizabeth Edwards when she had Emma Claire?

She began treatment soon after the presidential election was settled, though she reportedly was in constant pain. What else did she say in her 2006 memoir about being injected with anti-cancer drugs?

John Edwards' presidential campaign

Elizabeth Edwards had appeared the supportive wife during her husband's vice-presidential bid, and she took a similar role in his 2008 presidential campaign. She was also considered one of his closest advisors.

John Edwards reportedly admitted his affair with Rielle Hunter to his wife not long after he announced his presidential bid Why did she reportedly counsel him to quit the race? Here's how reports of the affair surfaced.


January 12

Follow the * for today’s advice.

Jack London was a prolific writer over the period from 1899 until his death in 1916, he wrote 50 books and over 1,000 articles. Though he was made most famous by his stories of the Klondike, he wrote on subjects ranging from boxing to romance, from survival in the Arctic to labour strife in Australia. He led a harsh, erratic life born illegitimate, raised as a poor “work beast”, constantly questing after every adventure and all the knowledge the world might offer, he died young as a result. The fact that his gift for writing was ever realized came to be used as an example of “The American Dream”

*You are never a victim and that despite your emotional ups and downs as external and internal factors impact you, you control your life rather than having your life control you. Your function is to live, not exist. Start reading The Call of the Wild

JOE FRAZIER is a country boy who lived by the old country adage that: “when you go to the big party, you dance with the one who brung ya.” In Frazier’s case it was a left hook. But to classify Frazier as merely a “left hooker” would be like saying Marilyn Monroe was a blonde.

First thing, he suggests you get into decent shape before going to the gym by doing Push Ups, Sit Ups, and Jogging every day.

*You’ve already discovered a local boxing gym. So, make sure that you are in decent shape before a strenuous boxing workout. Start today with 3 sets of 10 push-ups and sit-ups, then jog around your neighborhood.

Swami Vivekananda accomplished another important task of his mission on earth. He founded on 1 May 1897 a unique type of organization known as Ramakrishna Mission, in which monks and lay people would jointly undertake propagation of Practical Vedanta, and various forms of social service, such as running hospitals, schools, colleges, hostels, rural development centres etc, and conducting massive relief and rehabilitation work for victims of earthquakes, cyclones and other calamities, in different parts of India and other countries.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are twin organizations which form the core of a worldwide spiritual movement (known as Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement), which aims at the harmony of religions, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality.

The proposed Centre, christened “Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences”, will be a humble attempt to actualize the great vision of Swami Vivekananda by creating the machinery by which the excellences inherent in a human being, the Perfection and Divinity already present in man, become fully manifest and flow out as a torrent for the welfare of the world.

*Service to men is service to God. Let the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted be your God. Know that service to these alone is the highest religion and send a donation to Ramakrishna Mission.

Amazon was started in 1994 as an online books retailer. But books were only chosen because Bezos could see they were a relatively easy way into online retailing. They come in standard sizes, you don’t need to try them on, they fit easily into parcels, and there was plenty of space to compete on choice and price. But its ambitions always went way beyond that. As it moved into CDs, DVDs, and then just about everything, it became clear that Bezos wanted Amazon to be the biggest retailer in the world. He was thinking big right from the beginning – and working out the best starting place to get to his ultimate destination.

*If you haven’t done so yet, become a member of Amazon Prime so you can have food, books, and movies delivered to you ASAP.

**Whatever your vision is for making money (hopefully starting your own business), find the relatively easy way in with a bigger vision in mind. You are reading this as a blog, but eventually you’ll be able to use the 365DOLF website, read it as a book with a journal, download it as an app, and listen to it on satellite radio. Think Big!

Howard Stern 1954 – Watch Private Parts

Stay true to your vision. Howard is above all a student of his industry. He learned the “rules,” studied the players, and realized he would never compete by fitting in. Instead he created a new form of radio and stayed his course through multiple firings and millions of dollars in fines. Howard didn’t think outside the box. He created a new box. If your business is like every other business you will only achieve similar results at best.

*Realize that Howard Stern has achieved popularity beyond his wildest dreams while doing exactly what he has wanted to do since he was 9 years old. Unfortunately, he often speaks of how unhappy he is. Old expressions are old for a reason – money can’t buy happiness. Watch the movie Private Parts to see how he created a new box for shock jocks. What can you create a new box for? – And be happy doing it.

Kirstie Alley 1951 – tortilla soup

After years of harmful yo-yo dieting, Kirstie Alley has finally lost the weight and is sharing her secret recipes for staying skinny and satisfied. Make this delicious, low-calorie tortilla soup for lunch and you won’t be tempted to overeat in the afternoon.

*Enjoy this tortilla soup while watching Private Parts. “Fart Man” will make you want to continue eating healthy.


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