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Celebrate the wonderful and great days that you have and the occasional bad days will reduce.


Here we go again, a fresh week and an opportunity for a fresh start. I know I am looking forward to what it will be for me. Last week left a lot to be desired; I missed some things I wanted to attend and had some health issues that slowed me down. Rather than dwell on the disappointment I prefer to think that it laid the foundation for a better week starting right now.

Yep, today is a new day beginning a new week and it will be great, I don’t know how yet but you can bet I will recognize the elements as time goes by. Oh, yes and if it turns out not to be stupendous it will still be OK. There is something to be said for starting at the top of the mountain with the world in front of your eyes instead of in the depths of the valley where you are lucky to get even some sun.

Saturday I had a long conversation with a local small claims judge acquaintance who often sees folks who have lost their income and their self-confidence. He is one of the good guys and does what he can for these folks through referrals to those who can help. We had a chance to talk about folks that get so down that they no longer see some of the things that might brighten their lives. I shared with my friend that one of my passions was to work to see what was around that I so often missed in the past. As an example I don’t know many things that can compare to a bright fall day, with clean air to breathe and even a brisk wind to make a walk a little easier.

Here is a poem that provides insight in to our opportunities for this day:


A Simple Day

by Fion Lim

To wake up in the morning, knowing you’re still alive,

To know you have a choice each day, starting afresh,

To find joy in everyday, acknowledging simple pleasures,

To live in the present moment, engaging your awareness,

To count the blessings in life, believing abundance abounds,

To enjoy the work you do, following your passion,

To make a little difference, adding to the universe,

To be what you are, listening to your inner being,

To give away love, rejoicing in the chance to give,

To receive love with gratitude, feeling good about it,

To smile at strangers, seeing how infectious it can be,

To speak words of kindness, spreading a little warmth,

To understand with compassion, opening up your mind,

To play with children, nurturing your inner child,

To appreciate the nature, soaking up all the beauty,

To feel the warmth of the sun, glowing upon your skin,

To listen to the falling rain, pattering on the grounds

To taste the richness of food, sliding down your throat,

To smell the freshness of air, filling up your lungs,

To see the falling night, concluding a well-lived day,

That’s life, that’s living,

That’s the core of what really matters…

And if I’ve missed out anything,

Please let love make up for all of it.


As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.

Zachary Scott


I was sitting behind an enthusiastic mom at my son’s Little League game. Her boy was pitching for the opposing team, and she cheered as he threw wild pitch after wild pitch.  The poor kid walked every batter.  It was only the first inning, and the score was 14 – 0.  Then one batter finally smacked the ball.

“Oh, no!” the mom wailed.  “There goes his no-hitter!”


I dreamt I was asleep, I woke up and I was still sleeping.

~~~ ~~~

Another oldie: “..if THEY Had A Jewish Mother”

MONA LISA’S MOTHER: “After all that money your father and I spent on braces, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”

COLUMBUS’ MOTHER: “I don’t care what you’ve discovered, you still could have written!”

MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: “Can’t you paint on walls like other children?  Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?”

NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “All right, if you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S MOTHER: “Again with the stovepipe hat? Can’t you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?”

MARY’S MOTHER: “I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN’S MOTHER: “But it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something…?”

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOTHER: “The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!”

JONAH’S MOTHER: “That’s a nice story. Now tell me where you’ve really been for the last forty years.”

THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: “Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!”

PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER: “I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is past your curfew.”

WALT DISNEY’S MOTHER: “With the mouse; with the duck; now with dwarfs…Why don’t you become a CPA like your cousin Morris?”


When I woke up this morning my wife asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said, “No, I made a few mistakes.”


A famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and he does a double take. He knows that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable, so he walks casually over to the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars.

The storeowner replies, “I’m sorry, but the cat isn’t for sale.”

The collector says, “Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I’ll pay you twenty dollars for that cat.”

The owner says, “Sold,” and hands over the cat.

The collector continues, “Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat’s used to it and it’ll save me from having to get a dish.”

The owner says, “Sorry buddy, but that’s my lucky saucer. So far this week I’ve sold sixty-eight cats.”


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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