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Archive for January, 2010

They need us now!

"Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters. One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone to reach out and help."

Michael W. Hawkins




I am truly saddened by the devastation in Haiti. It seems like the poorest of the poor continue to suffer the most. I made a couple of quick stops to Haiti via cruise ships in recent years but the short stays were limited to a private enclave open only to tourists so I was unable to visit the real Haiti.

My real Haitian experiences were in the 50’s when I visited the island a few times. It was in the days of Papa Doc and the brutal oppression of the peasant population. Not withstanding the extreme poverty and hard times I found the people to some of the warmest and friendliest I have ever met.

As an example a few friends and I were coming down the side of one of the mountains when we stopped at a small village and went into a hut where there was an old jukebox, a soda cooler with beer and soda on ice and a number of locals sitting barefooted on the dirt floor. There were no chairs and so we stood until some of the patrons went and borrowed chairs from neighbors for us to sit on. We had a few beers and talked to some of the people who understood English. Beer was ten cents a can and my friends and I maybe had a total of eight. I wanted to pay but all I had was $5 US and at the time I did not have much money so that was more than I could afford. The owner said no problem and found a motorcycle cop who went down the mountain to Port-Au-Prince a number of miles away to get change; it took him about an hour and he refused let me give him something for his trouble.

While that happened a long time ago I have often thought about these good people who had nothing, not even shoes, but who smiled and laughed in spite of it all. The memories have often put my problems into perspective.


Let me share with you this letter that was forwarded to me by one of my Salvation Army friends this afternoon.


Dear Friends,

Many of you know Major Bob Poff from here in the Central Territory of The Salvation Army.  He and his wife are stationed in Port-au-Prince in Haiti.

Major Poff sent out the following letter a little while ago sharing his experiences during the earthquake and how The Salvation Army there is coping with the disaster. Also below is a link with TV interview with Major Bob Poff in Haiti.



Please keep the people of Haiti, our staff and volunteers in your prayers during this critical time of recovery from an earthquake that has left so much devastation.

For additional updates visit our Indiana Divisional website at http://www.salvationarmyindiana.org.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated!


Jo Ann Remender

Director of Planned Giving

The Salvation Army

Indiana Divisional Headquarters


Here is a copy of the letter from Major Poff


Devastation in Haiti

Words cannot begin to describe the devastation that has taken place in Port au Prince, Haiti.

I am the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Haiti, and I am from the United States. My wife and I have been in PAP since April, and have fallen deeply in love with the country and it’s people.

When the earthquake struck, I was driving down the mountain from Petionville. Our truck was being tossed to and fro like a toy, and when it stopped, I looked out the windows to see buildings "pancaking" down, like I have never witnessed before. Traffic, of course, came to a stand-still, while thousands of people poured out into the streets, crying, carrying bloody bodies, looking for anyone who could help them. We piled as many bodies into the back of our truck, and took them down the hill with us, hoping to find medical attention. All of them were older, scared, bleeding, and terrified. It took about 2 hours to go less than 1 mile. Traffic was horrible, devastation was everywhere, and suffering humanity was front and center.

When we could drive no further, we left the truck parked on the side of the street, and walked the remaining 2 miles to get back to the Army compound. What I found was very sad! All of the security walls were down. The Children’s Home itself seems pretty intact, but our quarters, which is attached, are destroyed. Unlivable. The walls and ceiling are still standing – but so badly compromised that I wouldn’t even think of trying to stay there. All of the children, and hundreds of neighbors, are sleeping in our playground area tonight. Occasionally, there is another tremor – another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity. And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.

As I am sitting outside now, with most people trying to get a little sleep, I can hear the moans and cries of the neighbors. One of our staff went to a home in the neighborhood, to try to be of assistance to the woman who lived there. But she was too late.

The scene will be repeated over and over again. Tomorrow, we will begin the process of assessing damage, learning about casualties, and preparing for the future.

God bless Haiti.

Major Bob Poff


If you want to join with me and make a donation to help the Salvation Army with their disaster relief efforts you can do so at http://salvationarmyindiana.org/category/haitian-earthquake/


There have only been a couple of occasions over the past ten years that I have published the Daily that I did not include some humor to brighten our day. Unfortunately this is another time that is too solemn for levity, you may want to instead spend a few minutes in prayer for the Haitian refuges.


Speaking of prayer here is one from Holly Lebowitz Rossi that touched me; I hope it touches you as well.


Prayer and I aren’t always on speaking terms, especially lately, but as the Haiti earthquake images and death tolls slowly sink into my brain, I feel that tug that is the human instinct to pray.

So here it is.  My prayer is for solid ground. 

May the earth that crumbled beneath feet and homes and schools once again become solid ground for walking and loving and learning.

May worried families and friends discover their loved ones safely spared waiting for them on solid ground.

May those who are trapped amid the rubble feel the solid power of love and healing that the world is sending their way.

May we who are so far away from the devastation find a way to share some of the solid ground of our full lives with those who have lost so much.

May the solid ground of this simple prayer become a foundation on which Haiti can rebuild.


I wish I had the power to make things better for the Haitians and the others who suffer through no fault of their own. While I can note make miracles I can care, I can help in small ways, and I can help fund those who can do more than I can and for that I am grateful.

My Best Always,



Stay well and do good work.

Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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I wonder who that was!

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. 

Middle age is when you’re forced to.

Bill Vaughn




One of the things that I truly appreciate is how some of my generation has learned to age gracefully. I think their big secret is that they know you have to adapt or stagnate.

I have learned that you don’t move as quickly as you use to, almost everyone you meet looks familiar but you have forgotten so many names that you’re never sure if you know them or not, you find that the printed word is smaller and people don’t talk as loud as they once did, and life still goes on. But like I have said many times in the past, slower provides more time to see what’s going on, the smaller print and whispered talk makes you concentrate more and of course all of those familiar faces are either someone you really do know or someone you might want to know.

I think the greatest benefit I get from my age is that people forgive me for my mistakes and when they don’t I don’t mind for I have gone way beyond the time when I felt I needed to prove myself. What I now find most gratifying are the lessons I have learned from my failures and few successes that are etched in memory that many seem to value when we meet and share past experiences. The satisfaction that comes from someone reporting that something we talked about made a positive difference in their life is as good compensation as any I received in the past.

I will leave you with one thought, be kind to the old guys for most of them mean well and oh yes, thanks for you tolerance and understanding. Now that’s out of the way let me share with you what I just got from Ken, a guy older than even I am.


Observations on Growing Older

~Your kids are becoming you…and you don’t like them…but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good. Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"… they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount you paid full price. Now you get discounts on everything …movies, hotels, flights.

~You forget names … but it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything … especially golf.

~Your wife is counting on you to remember things you don’t remember.

~The things you cared to do, you don’t care to do, but you care that you don’t care to do them anymore.

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring then you do in bed. It’s called "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married … Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just  an "ON" and "OFF" switch.

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem …were unheard of and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

~You use more 4 letter words … "what?" … "when?"  ???

~Now that you can afford an expensive watch, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You have a night out with the guys but your home by 9:00 P.M … next week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you’ve read it.

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that you have retired … your wife would give anything if you found a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ….2 of which you will never wear.


But old is good in some things: old songs, old movies

And best of all OLD FRIENDS!!


If I could remember your name, I’d ask you where I left my keys.


After her 90th Birthday, Marie found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult, so she decided to send checks to everyone instead.  On each card she wrote, "Buy your own present," and she mailed them early. Marie enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities. Only after Christmas did she get around to clearing off her cluttered desk.  Under a stack of papers, she was horrified to find the gift checks which she had forgotten to enclose.


Save the world too often, it begins to expect it.


Some more things I have learned from long time Floridians:

** You don’t pull off the road to look at an alligator.

** You realize that the only reason for Georgia’s existence is to provide extra billboard space for advertising Florida.

** You wear a sweater when it gets below 70 degrees.

** You don’t even consider Miami a nice place to visit.

** You only eat Early Bird Specials.

** You know not to drive from Pensacola to the Keys in one day (or two).

** You can remember when there was no good reason to go to Orlando.

** Your definition of "waterfront property" doesn’t include condominium apartments on man-made canals 20 miles from the ocean.

** You can laugh when Northerners say that Florida doesn’t have a change of seasons, because you know the rates are much lower after Labor Day.


The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell


Linda, a college freshman brought home some friends with new opinions to share with her grandmother Esther. Arguing with great intensity the coeds discussed Darwin and the revisionists’ attack on the theory of evolution.

Finally, Esther spoke up. "Heredity…environment. Young girls thinking about such things? Feh."

"It’s very complicated issue, Grandma."

"Complicated-shomplicated!  Please. Even sixty years ago in Russia, we knew the answer, 1-2-3. If the baby looks like the father, that’s heredity. If he looks like the milkman, that’s environment."


Marriage changes passion …You get married and suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.


A kind-hearted motorist saw a man struggling to change a tire alongside the highway, and pulled over to see whether he could help. The man had a very red face, and a dark smear across it where he’d wiped off sweat with dirty hands. His tie was undone and his shirt collar askew, and it was clear he had also wiped his hands on his once-white shirt. Close to him stood an immaculately neat woman who was speaking in quick, agitated tones.

"Hello, there," said the motorist. "Say, I’ve changed a lot of tires. . . maybe I can help here."

"You sure can," the man with the flat tire replied wearily.  "My wife is an expert, too. If you will just do all the arguing with her about how this tire ought to be changed, I can concentrate on the dirty work and get the job done."


Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.

Marva Collins


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

WikiHow Wisdom

"I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."

Diane Ackerman




I hope it is my imagination but it seems that more and more folks are giving up on enjoying life. It is not just the parents I talked about the other day who advise their children to enjoy college and not to worry too much about learning since as soon as they graduate life will no longer be fun. It is also the discouraged who believe that things will never get better. I know times are really tough for millions but we can’t let our traditional optimism whither because things are currently difficult. I know in my case I have lived through a number of wars, food rationing, little money and not many material goods and yet most of the people I knew were able to find ways to make life more than just bearable.

I often wonder if we have forgotten how to have fun and enjoyment. I watch young people who spend hours with their games and toys with little time for human interaction other than through text messages and the like. I also think that far too many of us have substituted feeling good about a new big car, a wall sized flat screen TV, hundred dollar dinners, expensive wines and such that we feel deprived when we can’t have it all, all the time. If we become conditioned to believe that imamate objects equate to happiness we may loose the very foundation of human satisfaction, human interaction.

I know I ramble and probably write more than I should about my concerns for the people in our world. I also know that many if not most of you have not lost touch with life itself. However I won’t apologize for advocating whenever I can people taking control of their destiny and just having some fun!!


I pulled the following off of WickiHow, it represents the collected wisdom of some people who care. So if you want to find some happiness consider:


Learning to be positive! If you keep moaning about your life, other people will only notice the bad aspects of your character and categorize you as a person who is ‘Boring’ – or worse! Who wants to spend time with a wet blanket! Go to places where people are positive and support you with positive thoughts.

Becoming generous. A little generosity goes a long way. Give and people return the favor to you and you will be known as a generous person.

Listing all the things you want to do and then do them! If you’ve always wanted to audition for theater, then go ahead and do it! This will help to reduce ‘hanging around’ and wishing.

Keep trying. One of the key things that you need to remember is to never be discouraged; failure is a part of life, and it happens naturally. If you are so disillusioned that you never want to try again, at least be comforted by the fact that you made an attempt.

Quit doing things that you do not enjoy. Make a list of the things that you are doing that you don’t enjoy, and try to stop doing them. Naturally, this shouldn’t mean that you should drop out of school if you don’t like studying, but you might consider working for a new company if you are constantly stressed and pressured by your job. If it’s not possible to stop, try to see the positive side of those things and find ways to make them entertaining.

Finding a hobby. You might take up collecting stamps or coins, or you might learn more about photography or art. You don’t have to spend your entire life doing it; the whole purpose of the hobby is to vary your routine and do something worthwhile.

Limiting the amount of time you spend in front of the TV. Watching TV is passive entertainment and enjoyment in life comes from trying and doing things yourself instead of watching other people do things. This is pretty obvious but still many people prefer second hand experiences to living life to the full. The same goes for playing TV or computer games for hours on end. Go out and do something. You will feel healthier too.

Taking pride in yourself. If you’re proud of something be it: an essay, a new deck you built, a promotion, or a song you composed hold on to it for dear life because there’s nothing more important than your pride. Do not let anybody take it by demanding more.

Staying healthy. Make part of your life eating right and exercising because it helps keep the body running at the top of its game.

Being open to change. Changes in your job, friends, and the government. With practice you will be able to anticipate it.


Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen


Recently in Traffic Court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there. The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.

The Judge then said, "Good.  When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $57. Next…"


I love giving homemade gifts. Which of my children would you like?


The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Mexicans east a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty food and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or            Americans

Conclusion:  Eat, drink and be merry.  Speaking English is what kills


Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.

Father1:  Whew! It’s getting rather warm in here, isn’t it?

Father2:  Shall I open the window?

Father1:  No, that’s alright. I’ll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.

Father2:  Hey, that’s a good idea. Why don’t we include that in the constitution?

Father1:  What? That we’re allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?

Father2:  Yeah, but that doesn’t sound very smooth. How about "Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?"


She said: If the shoe fits……buy a pair in every color.


He said, as a high school football coach, I’m aware that student athletes tend to focus too much on sports.  Bob, a fellow coach, was talking about one such player, who called him at home one night. When his wife informed the kid that Bob wasn’t home, he became frantic and said he had to speak to the coach right away.

"Just calm down, and I’ll have him call you as soon as he gets home," the coach’s wife told him.  "What’s your number?"

The flustered kid replied, "Three."


The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Nelson Mandela


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

A gift more valuable than a jewel

I have a full day and a full week ahead of me so today I am sending a Daily from a few years back. But before I do that I am pleased to report that my first week on the road from portly to semi-slimness has resulted in a six pound weight loss. Fortunately I did it without the loss of any body parts. If you don’t get another report from me in a week or so it will be because I am too embarrassed and guilt ridden to document my lack of progress.

I am hoping that the last comment will provide me additional motivation to abandon my gluttony. 


If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

Alex Noble:




Ray’s Daily first published on January 11, 2005

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

"I’ve been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."

The Wise Woman’s Stone," Author Unknown


I think “Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone,” is the kind of question we should stop and ask more often. Some of us don’t even notice the good works of others, many take them for granted, and there are even some who ridicule those that don’t put themselves above everyone else. Just think how great it must be to be able to unselfishly give to others without thought. Especially when we have so much we can give. We can give our time, we can give our friendship, we can give our understanding, and we can give our hearts. It is those who are open to others without malice, self-interest, or hidden agendas that go through life reaping the rewards that come from caring for others no matter who they might be. Most will never know about your kindnesses, but you will. In my estimation it is not wealth, title or prestige that is the true measure of man or woman, it is ones kindness and unselfish caring for others that matters.


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

–Og Mandino


There was a feud between the Pastor and the Choir Director of The Hicksville Southern Baptist Church.

It seems the first hint of trouble came when the Pastor preached on "dedicating yourselves to service" and the Choir Director chose to sing: "I Shall Not Be Moved."

Trying to believe it was a coincidence, the Pastor put the incident behind him. The next Sunday he preached on "giving."  Afterwards, the choir squirmed as the director led them in the hymn: "Jesus Paid It All."

By this time, the Pastor was losing his temper. Sunday Morning attendance swelled as the tension between the two built. A large crowd showed up the next week to hear his sermon on "The sins of Gossiping." Would you believe the Choir Director selected: "I Love To Tell The Story?"

There was no turning back. The following Sunday the Pastor told the congregation that unless something changed, he was considering resignation. The entire church gasped when the Choir Director led them in: "Why Not Tonight?"

Truthfully, no one was surprised when the Pastor resigned a week later, explaining that Jesus had led him there and Jesus was leading him away. The Choir Director could not resist: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."


"Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination."

Roy M. Goodman


The School for the Deaf had just graduated it’s newest class of 21 year-olds.  As a celebration, they all went out to a bar for drinks. They all sat down at the bar and began to sign their orders to the bartender, who was looking at them puzzled.  He looked at the teacher and said, "I don’t know sign language!  What are they askin’ for?"

The teacher replied, "Just give em what you think is good.  Don’t give em too much, because this is the first time they’ve ever been drinking. Just use your judgment."  The teacher got a drink and went downstairs with the other teacher, leaving the students at the bar.

An hour later, the teachers come upstairs, running to the screams of the bartender.  He was backed against the wall pointing at the students and screaming.  The students were moaning loudly and waving their arms all over the place.  "What the hell are they doing now???" the bartender asked.

The teacher observed for a moment.  "Ach! I told you not to give them too much to drink!!  You got them drunk, and now they’re singing!"


She said: Men are like animals messy, insensitive and potentially violent, but occasionally make great pets. She also said: If a man appears sexy, caring and smart give him a day or two, He’ll be back to his usual self.


Her "Helpful Tips To Make Life Simpler"

Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don’t know.

Fool other drivers into thinking you have an expensive car phone by holding an old TV or video remote control up to your ear and occasionally swerving across the road and mounting the curb.

Lose weight quickly by eating raw pork and rancid tuna. I found that the subsequent food poisoning/diarrhea enabled me to lose 12 pounds in only 2 days.

Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.

No time for a bath? Wrap yourself in masking tape and remove the dirt by simply peeling it off.

Apply red nail polish to your nails before clipping them. The red nails will be much easier to spot on your bathroom carpet. (Unless you have a red carpet, in which case a contrasting polish should be selected).

If a person is choking on an ice cube, don’t panic. Simply pour a jug of boiling water down their throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed.

Save on booze by drinking cold tea instead of whiskey. The following morning you can create the effects of hangover by drinking a thimble full of dish washing liquid and banging your head repeatedly on the wall.


I told my wife I feel old, fat, bald, useless, and stupid. She said, "Don’t be silly you’re not old."


Young Larry stopped by the corner grocery store and read the following list to the clerk: 10 pounds sugar at $1.25 a pound 4 pounds coffee at $1.50 a pound 2 pounds butter at $1.10 a pound 2 bars soap at $.83 each "How much does that come to?" asked Larry. "Twenty-two dollars and thirty-six cents." "If I gave you three ten dollar bills, how much change would I get?" said the boy. "Seven dollars and sixty-four cents," stated the clerk who appeared to be irritated by all the questions.

Larry said, as he disappeared through the door, "I don’t want to buy anything…that’s our arithmetic lesson for tomorrow, and I needed some help with it."


Want a little peace and quiet around your house??? Buy a phoneless cord.


After harvesting the usual bumper crop of squash last year, I took a half-dozen to the office.  I piled them on the table in the break room and posted a sign advertising them as free.

The next day I noticed an addition to my sign.  Below "Free Zucchini," someone had written, "Save the whales."


If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.

Loretta Girzartis


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It’s only three but it’s a start

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets. 




I mentioned the other day that I was going to start a new lifestyle for the new decade. There are many things I should do or as my Doctors and wife say, I must do. But as I said, rather then trying everything at once I have started with weight loss. I had let myself go over the last six months using the excuse that I was recovering from my hospital stays. Well no more. In the last four days I have lost three pounds and only have XX pounds to go. I am doing it primarily by weighing myself every morning and then adjusting what I eat for the balance of the day. Now I know none of you are overweight so what I have added below won’t have any meaning for you, I just wanted you to see what I am considering.

First Steps for Getting Healthy This Year

by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips

1. FOOD: Out with the old, in with the new

Clean out your pantry, fridge and freezer. Banish fatty junk foods from the house (if they aren’t there, you won’t eat them). Don’t use the excuse that other people in the house want those foods; you are all better off without them.

Restock with healthy and fresh foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, eggs, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. There is still room for snack foods and sweet treats — just go for 100 to 150 calorie portions of tortilla chips, whole grain crackers, pretzels, frozen yogurt and dark chocolate. Compliment these snacks with fresh fruits and veggies.

2. Make a pact with yourself

Using a contract to set goals is empowering! Seeing your promise in writing makes it real. Goals such as “I want to lose 30 pounds” or “I’m giving up all sugar” don’t work as well as small goals that help you reach your ultimate destination. Try one of these short-term goals:

No soda or other high-calorie drinks

Snack on more fruits and vegetables

No more fried foods

Drink eight glasses of water daily

Cook dinner three nights this week, this is no problem I cook dinner every night.

Create your contract and post it on the fridge. I keep a written log of my weight

3. Cook more, eat less

Think about it — when you eat in restaurants or load up on take-out and processed foods, you almost always eat more calories, fat and sodium. Portions are larger; it’s impossible to know exactly what you are eating; plus, you’re paying a premium and want your money’s worth. Start planning your dinners in advance — that way you can create a grocery list you can stick to (it gets easier with practice). Keep it simple. Meal ideas and recipes should be quick and easy to fit in your lifestyle.

4. Secret Weapon = Exercise

You’ve heard it before, and that’s because it’s true. Healthy living and weight loss come from a combination of diet and exercise — what you eat and how much you move.

Multi-task! Do sets of push ups and crunches while watching a favorite TV show, and 30 minutes of exercise will fly by. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

5. Stay positive

Keeping up with diet and exercise goals takes work — hard work! Having a positive attitude makes those road bumps a little smoother.

Nobody is perfect, so be forgiving when you slip up. It’s also important to reward yourself once you accomplish a goal. Remember, being in a positive state can help you and those around you stay motivated and on track.

Did you notice I said these are things I am considering, I must admit I did edit her suggestions just so they’d fit the Daily. In truth the only deferred piece is exercise and that is in my 2010 plan but not until after the doctors have their say.


Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.

English Proverb


A porter loaded down with suitcases followed the couple to the airline check-in counter.

As they approached the line, the husband glanced at the pile of luggage and said to the wife, "Why didn’t you bring the piano, too?"

"Are you trying to be funny?" she replied.

"No," he sighed forlornly. "I left the tickets on it."


"No man is happy who does not think himself so."

Publilius Syrus


Mary:  My last ex mastered the art of having the last word in an argument.

Jill:  You’re kidding!

Mary:  I’m not!  He learned to say, "I’m sorry!"


I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say,’ Have you got anything I’d like?’ Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, ‘ Extra medium.’

Steven Wright


Mrs. Goldberg was shopping at a produce stand in her neighborhood.  She approached the vendor and asked, "How much are these oranges?"

"Two for a quarter," answered the vendor.

"How much is just one?" she asked.

"Fifteen cents," answered the vendor.

"Then I’ll take the other one," said Mrs. Goldberg.


He said: As we grow older, do we tend to gesture more or less with our hands while talking?

She said: Ask me one more growing old riddle and I’ll give you a gesture you won’t forget in a hurry.


You Know You’re Getting Old When

  • you find yourself standing next to your car with your keys in your hand, but you can’t remember whether you’re going somewhere, or you just got back. ..
  • you walk out to the parking lot of the mall, and not only did you forget where you parked, but you forgot what car you were driving.
  • your daughter takes you out to dinner, and the cashier takes one look and gives you both Senior discounts.
  • everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
  • you reach down to pull up your wrinkled stockings and realize you don’t have any on.
  • when you raise your arm, and you find your "muscle" is now on the bottom side.
  • when you have as students the grandchildren of your former students.
  • when you sit down to the breakfast table, and the snap, crackle, pop you hear isn’t your breakfast cereal.
  • when you bend over to tie your shoes and ask yourself, "Is there anything else I need to do while I’m down here?"


You know you’re getting old when you order stewed prunes and the waiter say, "excellent choice!"


I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month old nephew. I said, "What do I do if he cries?"

She said, "Give him some vegetables."

It turns out that jalapeno is not his favorite.


You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.

David Viscott


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Do you really know yourself?

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family”

Virginia Satir





Yesterday I suggested that we not communicate a negative view on life to today’s young people. I wondered if people from my generation and the one following ours have developed a pessimistic outlook on life by either letting today’s difficult economic conditions beat them down or by giving up on their dreams. I don’t know the answer but I do know that most people don’t realize how good they are and how good they can be.

I have spent a lot of time in recent years with folks who have struggled with the question “is this all there is” as it related to their lives, As I have often said it is not the medal we won or the mountain we climbed or some other notable event that defines us, it is what we do everyday that makes us special. The parent, the volunteer, the mentor, the highly dependable, the caring, the dedicated, the friendly, the good neighbor are the true heroes . We are like a mosaic made up of of behaviors and attitudes that  display who we really are if we care enough to look. The tough part is we often don’t give ourselves enough credit nor do we place adequate value on what we do.


Trust me, a line in the newspaper, the receipt of a big title or making more money than the next guy pales by comparison to the memory that a loving child has of our time together as an example. Participation in a high profile event is of questionable value if it keeps us from viewing the sunsets while holding the hand of a loved one.


About three years ago Tina, one of the Daily readers sent me the following. Read it for places real value on the important things we often overlook in our rush to accomplish things that may not be very important at all.


Tequila and Salt

This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where one could read it every day. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.


Success:  To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded!

Ralph Waldo Emerson


A disappointed salesman of Coca-Cola returns from his Middle East assignment. A friend asked, "Why weren’t you successful with the Arabs ?"

The salesman explained, "When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I will makes a good sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn’t know to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through 3 posters…First poster, a man crawling through the hot desert sand… totally exhausted and panting. Second, the man is drinking our Cola and Third, our man is now totally refreshed. Then these posters were pasted all over the place"

"That should have worked," said the friend.

The salesman replied, "Well, not only did I not speak Arabic, I also didn’t realize that Arabs read from right to left…"


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas A. Edison


A harried driving instructor came home from work, kicked off his shoes, and fell into a chair. "I’m thinking of taking six or seven of my students to England," he said.

"What on earth for?" his wife asked.

"It might make them feel good to see what it’s like to drive on the left side of the road-legally."


Failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am.

John Killinger Author


It was election time and a politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote. 

They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear his speech.  The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited. 

"I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!"

The crowd went wild, shouting "Hoya!  Hoya!"

The politician was a bit puzzled by this native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. So he continued on.

"I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!"

"Hoya!  Hoya!" cried the crowd, stomping their feet.

"I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!"

The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting "Hoya! Hoya!  Hoya!"

After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle.  Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.

"Oh, sure…" the Chief said, "but just be careful not to step in the hoya."


The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.

Don Herold


Becky is having lunch with Hannah.

Becky says, "My Morris is just impossible. Absolutely nothing pleases him. Tell me, Hannah, is your Harold hard to please?"

Hannah shrugs and replies, "I wouldn’t know. I’ve never tried."


Sign outside the Red Horse Saloon:  Cheap T-Bone Steaks, 99 cents….w/meat, $10.99.


"Mollie, how is your sister?  I heard she is very ill."

"Sadie, my sister is impossible.  I never told you but we have been on the outs for as far as I can remember.  Last Tuesday, my son begged me to see her.  So, let me tell you.  When I stood next to her bed, she had the nerve to say, "Mollie, I just want to let you know that if I die you’re forgiven for all you’ve done to me.  But, if I get well, things remain the same!"


There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Christopher Morley


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Don’t tell them to give up on life

“We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.”





I met with a college student recently who expressed concern that he and too many of his friends where being told by their parents and others that they should enjoy college because once they graduated the fun will stop. Fortunately my young friend said he at least was not buying it, while he was unsure of the future he was putting together an education that he would use as a platform to build a life that had meaning and enjoyment. It would be too easy to put his thoughts aside as being those of a youthful unrealistic idealist. Rather I see him as someone who has the right idea, the setting of goals that include living a full and enriched life.

As I thought about our conversation I wondered about the parents he told me about, not just his own but also those of his friends. Have they become pessimistic because of the current trying times or had they given up on their dreams some time ago resulting in their lives loosing color and vibrancy. Have these folks decided that what happened to them is destined to happen to their offspring as well? I hope not for I have the privilege of knowing people of all ages that regularly contribute to their own happiness and the happiness of others. I honestly feel one of the worst things we can possibly do is to talk the citizens of tomorrow out of their dreams.

In fact rather than spending our time trying to dissuade others from their dreams why not just renew our own and what better time is there to do that than the beginning of a new decade. If youre ready to start on the road to renewal you can begin with these tips from life coach Jon Gordon.


20 Tips for a Positive New Year

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: My purpose is_______________________.

3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are think optimistically about where you are going.

5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

6. Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your enemy but your friend. In the challenge discover the opportunity.

7. Make a difference in the lives of others.

8. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

11. Live with the 3 E’s. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

12. Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.

13. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

14. Instead of complaining focus on solutions. It’s the key to innovation.

15. Read more books than you did in 2009.

16. Learn from mistakes and let them teach you to make positive changes.

17. Focus on Get to vs Have to. Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

– I am thankful for __________.

– Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Dr Wayne Dyer


An elderly woman from Brooklyn decided to prepare her will and make her final requests.

She told her rabbi she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Bloomingdales.

"Bloomingdales!" the rabbi exclaimed. "Why Bloomingdales?"

"Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week."


If you find in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Maya Angelou


A few years ago readers of the late William Safire’s "On Language" column in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE were asked to give sports-related definitions for common words:

Superficial:  A really good referee

Beleaguered:  Stuck in the semi pros

Hermit:  Girl’s baseball glove

Saturnine:  Baseball team that plays on weekends

Truncate:  Tailgate party given by a compact-car owner

Wrinkle:  A small hockey arena

Haiku:  Signal to center from a Japanese quarterback 


One discovers a friend by chance, and cannot but feel regret that 20 or 30 years of life may have been spent without the least knowledge of him.

Charles Dudley Warner


Jane says that there are seven stages to the married cold

Stage 1: Sugar Dumpling, I’ve really been worried about my baby girl. That’s a bad sniffle, and there’s no telling about these things with all the strep that’s going around. I’m going to put you in the hospital for a general check-up and a good rest. I know the food’s terrible, but I’m going to bring you dinner every night from Rosini’s. I have it all arranged with the floor supervisor.

Stage 2: Listen, Darling, I don’t like the sound of that cough. I’m going to call Doc Miller to rush over here. Now you go to bed like a good girl just for Papa.

Stage 3: Maybe you’d better lie down, Honey. Nothing like a little rest when you feel lousy. I’ll bring you something. Do we have any canned soup?

Stage 4: Now look, Dear, be sensible. After you’ve fed the kids, and gotten the dishes done, and the floor mopped, you’d better lie down for a while.

Stage 5: Why don’t you take a couple of aspirins?

Stage 6: Why don’t you just gargle or something instead of sitting around barking like a seal all evening?

Stage 7: Would you stop coughing on me? Are you trying to give me pneumonia?


The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

Chinese proverb


The first car load of Boy Scouts had left my house minutes earlier, bound for our three day wilderness trip. As I backed my own van load of Scouts out of my garage, I noticed a pair of hiking boots on the back steps, so I stopped to retrieve them.

An hour later, we caught up with the first car, which was parked at a highway rest stop. Seeing me pull up, my assistant Scout leader rolled down his window. "Your wife just called on my cell phone," he said. "She asked if you knew anything about the plumber’s boots that were on your back steps."


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

Rachel Carson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Come on, let’s go

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

Henry David Thoreau




If you are like I am you find that enthusiasm is contagious. I get invigorated when I am with folks who sustain their enthusiasm in everything they do. I am not talking about those you meet who are blindly enthusiastic, rather those who harness their enthusiasm by objectively viewing their options. These are people who sustain their enthusiasm through the productive outcomes of their efforts. They often will take on apparently insurmountable tasks and win because of the combination of their enthusiastic energy, perseverance, and experience. You don’t see too many of them wasting time tilting windmills.

I sometimes find it difficult to sustain my own enthusiasm and when that happens I remember what Dale Carnegie said, “Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.” Fortunately I seldom need to follow the advice for I find each day filled with things I can be enthusiastic about, not the least of which is communicating with each of you. I just can’t imagine what life must be for those who lack enthusiasm and spend their days in a drab grey world just getting by. I am glad you’re not one of those but if you do find yourself in the doldrums one of these days you might want to follow Ralph Marston’s advice and find your enthusiasm. Here is what he offers us.


What is it that excites you, and gets you fired up in a positive way, and makes it impossible for you to sit still? Whatever it is, fill your awareness with it.

Bright, sparkling, delicious enthusiasm will get you going in a powerful, purposeful direction. Enthusiasm will keep you going strong even when nothing seems to be going your way.

There’s something, some goal, some dream, some intrinsic purpose that will put you in a state of irrepressible enthusiasm. Get busy, find it and connect with it because when you do your effectiveness will skyrocket.

Let yourself dream your biggest, most wonderful and fulfilling dreams. Then reach in, grab the very essence of those dreams and you’ll have a handful of priceless enthusiasm.

The best that you can imagine is already within you. So bring it to the surface and let it positively infect your whole world.

Find your own unique, joyful and powerful enthusiasm. And let it carry you to magnificent places.


Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.

Norman Vincent Peale


A Western Buddhist woman was in India, studying with her teacher. She was riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw-like carriage, when they were attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and told her teacher so. She asked him what she should have done – what would have been the appropriate, Buddhist response.

The teacher said very simply, "You should have very mindfully and with great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella."


Stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.


Excerpted from her Diary… For my birthday present this year, Phil (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me. Although I am still in great shape since playing on my high school softball team (let’s say over 30 years ago and leave it at that), I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer I’ll call Bruce, who identified himself as a 26 year old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear. Phil seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started. The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.

Monday: Started my day at 6:00am. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Bruce waiting for me. He is something of a Greek God – with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Bruce gave me a tour and showed me the machines. He took my pulse after five minutes on the treadmill. He was alarmed that my pulse was so fast, but I attribute it to standing next to him in his Lycra aerobic outfit. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring. Bruce was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!

Tuesday: I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Bruce made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air –then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. Bruce’s rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT!! It’s a whole new life for me.

Wednesday: The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying on the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot. Bruce was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Bruce put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Bruce told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.

Thursday: Bruce was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes. Bruce took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the men’s room. He sent Lars to find me, then, as punishment, put me on the rowing machine — which I sank.

Friday: I hate that bastard Bruce more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Bruce wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the *@*#$ barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. (Which I am sure you learned in the sadist school you attended and graduated magna cum laude from.) The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Saturday: Bruce left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the *$@# Weather Channel.

Sunday: I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year Phil (the Beast) will choose a gift for me that is fun — like a root canal or a hysterectomy.


Getting people to like you is the other side of liking them.

Norman Vincent Peale


A friend and I were lunching at a sidewalk cafe in Huntington Beach, CA. Our waitress looked like a real surfer girl: athletic with a great tan and blond hair. Mulling over the menu, my friend asked her if the roast beef was rare.

The waitress gave us a long blank look, and then replied, "Well, no.  We have it, like, just about every day."


"I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with ‘Guess’ on it.  I said, ‘Thyroid problem?’"


A little boy took his dog on a "take your pet to school" day. There were prizes for the smallest, the prettiest, the cutest, and the smartest pet. Determined that his dog win a prize, the boy put his pet through a whole series of tricks.

Finally the boy turned to the dog and asked, "Mindy, how much is two plus two minus four?"

The dog sat quietly, making no sound, remaining still and silent.

"Right!" exclaimed the boy.

His dog won first prize.


Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.

Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.

Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Find the one that makes your heart smile.



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell


Indianapolis, Indiana


Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Maria Robinson




Here we go again, a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year and a new decade. I have decided that I need to make some changes and do better than I have lately. I have let health events and other distractions provide me a rational to do less, eat more, become less active and not find as many rewarding activities as I enjoyed in the past. I am not going to be so foolhardy as to set my self up for disappointment so I plan on concentrating on a few changes each month rather that trying to reinvent myself all at once. It may help that many of my doctors will be providing me lifestyle advice and possible health improvement procedure recommendations this month. I will be especially interested in my brain doc’s suggestions as well as my heart guy’s thoughts.

To start I plan on going back to weight reduction. This time I’ll be on my own and my former weight loss challenger will not be there to monitor my progress so I am on my own. My success will lay the foundation for similar activity in other areas. So starting tomorrow it will be daily weigh in and more frugal eating habits.

Of course this does not mean that I will stop trying to meet the requirements established both Nationally and Internationally for me to participate in the proscribed activities. These are the ones I will work on in January.

  • National Blood Donor Month – While I can’t give blood because of many of the medications I take, I can honor those that do. The transfusions I got in November saved my life, for that I am grateful, I hope you are too.
  • National Soup Month – OK I’ll leave soup in my dietary plans, but only light soup.
  • National Staying Healthy Month – I am planning on it carrying over to the whole year.
  • National Thank You Month – OK, thanks!
  • National California Dried Plum Digestive Month – Is this before or after it becomes a prune?
  • National Celebration of Life Month – I do this everyday, I hope you do too.
  • International Change your Stars Month – Sadly I seem to have lost mine so I guess I’ll get a new one, tell me which one is yours so I don’t take it too.
  • International Creativity Month – I hope that those who foment chaos and the like do not participate. I think I’ll use it to create new friendships.
  • International Wayfinding Month – Those of us who have lost our way now have another chance.
  • National Be on Purpose Month – I think too many of us just go with the flow and let daily opportunity for purposeful change to pass us by. I am going to embrace this one, so if you see me you’ll know I am there on purpose.
  • National Shape Up Month – OK I said I’ll weigh myself every day and diet, satisfied?


"Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory."

Les Brown


Teacher to class: "Give me a sentence with a direct object."

Student: "Everybody thinks our teacher is beautiful."

Teacher: "Why, thank you. But what is the direct object?"

Student: "A good report card."


Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum


Best ‘Out of Office’ Automatic Email Replies:

1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.

2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn’t have received anything at all.

3. Sorry to have missed you, but I’m at the doctor’s having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

6. The email server is unable to verify your server connection. Your message has not been delivered. Please restart your computer and try sending again. (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see who did this over and over and over…)

7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

8. Hi, I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.

9. I’ve run away to join a different circus.

10. I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as ‘Lucille’ instead of Steve.


My friend has a baby. I’m recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant.

Steven Wright


"Mr. Chilton," the analyst said, "I think this will be your last visit."

"Does that mean I’m cured?" he asked.

"For all practical purposes, yes," she said. "I think we can safely say that your kleptomania is now under control. You haven’t stolen anything in two years, and you seem to know where the kleptomania came from."

"Well, that’s terrific, Doctor. Before I go, I’d like to tell you something. Although our relationship is strictly professional, it’s been one of the most rewarding of my life. I wish I could do something to repay you for helping me."

"You’ve paid my fee," the doctor said. "That’s the only responsibility you have."

"I know," Chilton said. "But isn’t there some personal favor I could do for you?"

"Well," the doctor said, "I’ll tell you what. If you ever suffer a relapse, my son could use a nice portable color television."


Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.


As the passengers settled in on a West Coast commuter flight a flight attendant announced, "We’d like you folks to help us welcome our new co-pilot. He’ll be performing his first commercial landing for us today, so be sure to give him a big round of applause when we come to a stop."

The plane made an extremely bumpy landing, bouncing hard two or three times before taxiing to a stop. Still, the passengers applauded. Then the attendant’s voice came over the intercom, "Thanks for flying with us. And don’t forget to let our co-pilot know which landing you liked best."


Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.

Tyron Edwards


The tourist in London climbed into a cab and noticed by the license that his cab driver’s name was Winston Churchill. Trying to make conversation, he said, "I see your name is Winston Churchill."

The driver simply said, "Yep. That’s my moniker."

The passenger, not willing to give up yet on some banter, said, "That’s a pretty famous name."

The driver responded with, "As well it should be too. I’ve been driving a cab here for over forty years!"


Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear; too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who live, time is eternity; hours fly, flowers die, new days, new ways pass by, Love stays.

Henry Van Dyke


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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