Ray's musings and humor

Never give up

"It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity."

Francis Bacon, Sr.



Over the years I have found that we should never stop learning, experimenting and expanding our horizons. I have been amazed hundreds of times by where I have been and what I was allowed to do. Some of it was luck, some serendipity but most often it was due to being ready. Even today as I am about to embark on another quarter century I find myself anxious to find some new ground to explore. I am slower than I was and often forget more than I should but that is no reason to give up and only live in memories.

Each of us, no matter our age or status, can benefit if we commit ourselves to constant learning and discovery. The rewards are great and the journeys not as difficult as they may seem. Here is what Life Coach Steve Brunkhorst suggests we do to make the effort worthwhile.


Eight Key Actions for Authentic Growth

1. Make a personal commitment to growth and excellence in all that you do.

2. Surround yourself with people who believe in your purpose, dreams, goals, and the development of your potential.

3. Stay organized by developing a plan to help you work efficiently. Continually evaluate your needs and set up a schedule of priorities. Consider working with a professional organizer to help you develop an organizational system that is right for you.

4. Strengthen your faith and determination with focus. Aim high. Envision what you would like to achieve in detail. Focus on your vision intensely for brief periods each day, expressing gratitude for your future achievement.

5. Work pro-actively, not reactively. Engage in continual education and training in your area of interest. Take ultimate responsibility for your results, and learn from every event. Hold yourself accountable for your physical, mental, and spiritual development.

6. Continual growth depends on adequate rest and relaxation as well as activity. Doing something enjoyable each day builds a storehouse of energy. When it appears that you have reached a plateau, step back, take a break, and reevaluate. Then move ahead.

7. No one succeeds alone. Seek help when needed, involve team members in important decisions, and give credit to others for the contributions they make to your success.

8. Obstacles often appear toward the end of great undertakings. Prepare for challenges, work through them with the help of experienced counseling, and turn them to your advantage. Then, move forward. Never quit.


"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work."

Calvin Coolidge



To: All EMS Personnel

From: Chief of Operations

Subject: Proper Narrative Descriptions

It has come to our attention from several emergency rooms that many EMS narratives have taken a decidedly creative direction lately. Effective immediately, all members are to refrain from using slang and abbreviations to describe patients, such as the following.

1) Cardiac patients should not be referred to as suffering from MUH (messed up heart), PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking) or HIBGIA (had it before, got it again).

2) Stroke patients are NOT "Charlie Carrots." Nor are rescuers to use CCFCCP(Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs) to describe their mental state.

3) Trauma patients are not CATS (cut all to sh*t), FDGB (fall down, go boom), TBC (total body crunch) or "hamburger helper." Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to include phrases like "negative vehicle to vehicle interface" or "terminal deceleration syndrome."

4) HAZMAT teams are highly trained professionals, not "glow worms."

5) Persons with altered mental states as a result of drug use are not considered "pharmaceutically gifted."

6) Gunshot wounds to the head are not "trans-occipital implants."

7) The homeless are not "urban outdoorsmen," nor is endotracheal intubation referred to as a "PVC Challenge."

8) And finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being "paws up," ART (assuming room temperature), CC (Cancel Christmas), CTD (circling the drain), DRT (dead right there) or NLPR (no long playing records).

I know you will all join me in respecting the cultural diversity of our patients to include their medical orientations in creating proper narratives and log entries.


Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups.


Inappropriate Gifts for Children…

The Duncan Yo  — Goes down, never comes back. Teaches children about warranties.

5,200 Pick Up — a jumbo deck of cards that lets kids play a larger version of their favorite game.

The Laff-O-Minit Spellin’ Tootor.

Doggie Dentist — Kids learn about dentistry on the family pooch.

Cuisine-Art — Turns mommy’s food processor into a spinning paint tool.


"Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but guilt is simply God’s way of letting you know that you’re having too good a time."

Dennis Miller


This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.


Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call!


"Beauty is silent eloquence."

French Proverb


My first grade daughter and her friend both needed new boots as winter approached. The friend got in the car one morning and finally had gotten her boots.

"Tina," I commented, "I see you got new boots! Where did you get them?"

"At the store," she answered.

"Which one?" I asked.

She began looking at her new boots and after a pause said, "Both of them!"


True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

Kurt Vonnegut


My sister brought her daughter a really nice Spinet Piano for her birthday.

A few weeks later, I asked my sister how her daughter was doing.

"Oh," she said, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."

"How come?" I asked.

"Well," my sister answered, "because with a clarinet, she can’t sing…."


"Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them."

Albert Schweitzer


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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The editor is somewhat senile.


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