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For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh…

St. Paul


One of my all-time favorite people is Gene Glick who is an old acquaintance of mine. Gene has been one of our countries most successful developers and in later years one of our cities leading philanthropists. I learned many things from Gene over the years but what I appreciate most was his suggesting more than thirty years ago that I listen to books on tape. Gene at the time listened while he shaved, listened as he helicoptered around the country visiting his developments and whenever he had free time.

I view his suggestion as one of the greatest gifts I have ever received for ever since I have been listening in my car, on the tread mill when I exercise, in airplanes and like Gene whenever I get the chance. First it was on tapes, later CD’s and now I carry an Ipod Nano that is always loaded with a number of unabridged books that I have downloaded from Audible.com. Many are mysteries which are a great form of escape and relaxation for me but some are more substantive. Right now I am listening to “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” written by Jonathan Haidt and I am really glad I am. The book has helped me to see that many of my life long perceptions needed to be reviewed and verified since I now have learned so much about we humans. What is especially rewarding is the feeling I have of greater understanding and tolerance of the people I have met and especially those I care about. Since it has had such an impact on me you might consider either getting the audio edition or the book to see if it does for you what it is doing for me. Here is a recent review that will tell you more.

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

“Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy”

The publisher’s title for and capsule summary of “The Happiness Hypothesis” doesn’t do full justice to the exceptional range of learning, research, and wisdom that combine in this book. It’s not pop psychology or a generic self-help book: Haidt is a professor in the Psychology Department at the U. of Virginia, and a leading researcher in the “moral emotions”. His working hypothesis is that human moral systems have underpinnings in evolutionary biology, but he’s as far from being a reductionist as possible. Instead he believes it’s impossible to understand morality, and by extension happiness, without examining their history in human cultures and religions.

Haidt covers a tremendous range of interwoven topics: the history of Western moral philosophy; ideas of virtue and the sacred in Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism; child development and parent-child bonding in relation to the moral emotions; modern neuroscience and the biological foundations of behavior; and the role of trauma and adversity in personal growth. He is especially gifted at explaining things in everyday language, avoiding jargon and carefully defining and illustrating new terminology.


The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it.

Marcus Aurelius


A 3rd-grade girl came home from school. She was very happy, and her Mom noticed

this.  Mom asked, “What makes you so happy today?”

The girl said, “Mom, we learned how to make babies in school today!”

Thinking that 3rd grade was a bit early for that, she asked her daughter to tell her how.

“It’s easy, Mom — you just drop the y, and add ies,” the daughter said.


You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut-up.



Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?

Does killing time damage eternity?

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

Why is it that night falls and day breaks?

Why is it that when you are driving and looking for an address, you turn down the radio?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Do pilots take crash courses?

How can there be self-help “groups”?


Why is it when you turn on the TV you see ads for telephone companies, and when you turn on the radio you hear ads for TV shows, and when you get put on hold on the phone you hear a radio station?


A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.  After explaining the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”


“Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?”

George Carlin


The bartender asks the guy sitting at the bar, “What’ll you have?” The guy answers, “A scotch, please.” The bartender hands him the drink, and says “That’ll be five dollars,” to which the guy replies, “What are you talking about?  I don’t owe you anything for this.”

A lawyer, sitting nearby and overhearing the conversation, then says to the bartender, “You know, he’s got you there.  In the original offer, which constitutes a binding contract upon acceptance, there was no stipulation of remuneration.”

The bartender was not impressed, but says to the guy, “Okay, you beat me for a drink.  But don’t ever let me catch you in here again.”

The next day, same guy walks into the bar.  Bartender says, “What the heck are you doing in here?  I can’t believe you’ve got the audacity to come back!”

The guy says, “What are you talking about?  I’ve never been in this place in my life!” The bartender replies, “I’m very sorry, but this is uncanny.  You must have a double.”

To which the guy replies, “Thank you.  Make it a scotch.”


Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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