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Four Day Week

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." 



Sorry gang, I am running way behind today and will be gone tomorrow so I am sending you something from the past as the lead and a little more for the balance of the daily. I am off to find fame and fortune tomorrow; I will tell you the result if I am successful. I will be back to you in a couple of days.


Recently I shared with you my concern with University education becoming vocational education and the implications of this on the future, I said I wanted to ponder the issue, well no need, I wrote the following five years ago.


At the summit, university presidents and others made a significant number of comments about the dramatic shift away from the liberal arts and social sciences to career oriented university education. Some course offerings in the humanities have even been eliminated due to lack of student interest. While I am not as close to our K-12 system that I was years ago I would not be surprised that the back to basics movement coupled with severe budget cuts has resulted in a similar change in our primary and secondary schools. I also wonder about latchkey kids who spend all their free time with computer games that emphasize winning by making sure your opponent looses. I worry about kids who are so computer bound that their best friend is an unknown person out in cyberspace, someone that their parents will never meet or even know exists. I am concerned about children who will never have the opportunity to discover those things that have given life meaning to so many of us over the centuries. Children who are at risk because they have never developed the ability to critique the ideas that are thrust upon them by peers and total strangers.


Today we face an ever-changing world, things will never be the same, and globalization is here to stay. We also are faced with a population that may behave completely different than any time in the past, because of current events. What bothers me is that we have one or more generations who may not cope well with today’s reality, they have only known relative prosperity. Our safety nets and social infrastructures have been built in the belief that everything would go on as before, forever, and now may be stretched to the breaking point. It appears that we may have built a materialistic society where individuals keep score only by the income they make–more is always better.


If this is today’s reality then I feel we have left many of our children and their children unprepared. Our ability to see and enjoy the beauty around us and our ability to hear and be moved by music, literature and the theatre have made life meaningful for millions during the difficult periods in our past. My generation has been tested by war, epidemics, economic crisis, and other events and we know that the world is not always as we would like it to be. We know that often we can be at our best when we must sacrifice. We know that there is much to enjoy in our world that does not require a large income or expensive toys. Have we become so focused on playing today’s games that we have let our children down? Have we been so shortsighted that we have turned our educational system into an almost exclusively vocational education system? Is it time for us to devote some of our time and energy to help others find those things that will help them add meaning to their lives as they face the difficult days ahead? We may have been part of the problem, but I know we can be part of the solution.


The tough part for an optimist like me is that I have more concerns, but I will save them for another day.


Sadly I still feel this is what is going on today, if anything it might even be worse. I wish that when I revisited past thoughts like these that I learned that what I wrote was wrong, unfortunately I don’t that is the case this time.


"But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy:

that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly."



Retirees: The Whole Truth, Nothing But…

Question: How many days in a week?

Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree’s bedtime?

Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?

Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.

Question: What’s the biggest gripe of retirees?

Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors?

Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?

Answer: Tied shoes.

Question: Why do retirees count pennies?

Answers: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?

Answer: NUTS!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?

Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?

Answer: Normal.

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?

Answers: The never ending Coffee Break.

Question: What’s the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?

Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.

Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn’t miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?

Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

Share this one with all the retirees that you know. I’m sure they can relate to some of them!

AND, If you have not yet retired, look what you have to look forward too….


Lead me not into temptation. I know my way.


To impress his date, the young man took her to a very chic Italian restaurant.

After sipping some fine wine, he picked up the menu and studied it with an appraising eye.

"We’ll have the Giuseppe Spomdalucci," he said finally.

"Sorry, sir," said the waiter. "That’s the owner."


We are not Human Beings having a spiritual experience.

We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


Every morning for years, at about 11:30, the telephone operator in a small Sierra-Nevada town received a call from a man asking the exact time. One day the operator summed up nerve enough to ask him why the regularity. "I’m foreman of the local sawmill," he explained. "Every day I have to blow the whistle at noon so I call you to get the exact time." The operator giggled, "That’s really funny," she said. "All this time we’ve been setting our clock by your whistle.


An American lawyer asked, "Paddy, why is it that whenever you askan Irishman a question, he answers with another question?"

"Who told you that?" asked Paddy.


Procrastinators Unite… Tomorrow!


Last month, after much deliberation, I bought a magnolia tree from our local nursery.  After only a few weeks I noticed that the leaves had started to shrivel and the tree appeared to be on its last legs in spite of my tender care. So I took some leaf samples and marched back to the nursery to demand an explanation or get my money back.

"I know exactly what’s wrong with your magnolia," said the manager.

"Good!" I exclaimed. "What’s it suffering from?"

You can imagine how stupid I felt when he simply said, "autumn."


"If we are to reach real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children."

Mohandas Gandhi


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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The editor is somewhat senile.

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