Ray's musings and humor

“‎Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Wow, I have lost seven pounds so far and that in only three days. But to tell you the truth I would not recommend the diet to you. I fasted, limited to only clear liquids for two days and today they are letting me go a little further, I can have soup and other liquids that have a little more substance. And then for the next five days I am on a soft food diet. I also get to give myself injections to hold down blood clots until my blood thinners kick back in. This was sure not what I had planned but my surgery was a little more complicated than expected and requires a substantially more ridged post operation regimen. I can do more today but cannot restart exercise until next week.

They did remove a giant polyp and then added metal clamps to hopefully keep it from opening and putting me back in the hospital like it did two years ago. Since I am pretty much homebound I won’t be passing through metal detectors so that will be no problem. They did tell me that after I do some healing the metal clamps will fall off and I will pass them out of my body; I don’t think they pass out by magic but rather via my normal body functions. yuk! They expect the biopsy to be negative and that all will be well, at least until they do it all over again in four months when they are going back in to make sure they got it all this time. So I will have another round of fasting, self-administered shots and baring my body for a multitude of health workers who will again promise not to laugh.

So I have lost some needed pounds and expect to lose a few more which is good since I had gained some on my recent cruise to Alaska. It also looks like I avoided the need to remove part of my insides and that is good too. I suppose getting some more forced leisure should also be good and might be if I don’t go stir crazy. All in all I have a lot to be thankful for and soon I will be able to get back in action, yippee!

It is true our life is mostly what we make it. While I do have an occasional interruption mine is great, maybe even magnificent because I see it that way. Here is what Ralph Marston offers for all of us to consider as we live on.

Make life magnificent

Don’t merely seek to do it. Get busy working on it.

Don’t just think about it, or talk about it, or plan for it, or wish you could have it done. Make the effort right now to make it happen.

Are you unsure about how to get started or what the next step should be? The fact is that you can never be sure, so go ahead and do what your heart tells you to do.

Are you worried about making mistakes or looking foolish or wasting your time? Just remember that the biggest waste of time, the most foolish looking mistake, is to sit around worrying and doing nothing.

There is immense value in the unique person you are. Every moment of every day is an opportunity for you to live and express that value in ways that will astound the world and fulfill your spirit.

So what are you waiting for? Get motivated, get focused, get serious, get up, get going, get out there and make life as magnificent as you know it can be.


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London


In the spirit of keeping you abreast of the world news we have included some headlines you may have missed:

War Dims Hope for Peace

If Strike isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While

Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge


A fool and his money are soon partying.


Manager: Sorry, but I can’t give you a job. I don’t need much help.

Job Applicant: That’s all right. In fact I’m just the right person in this case. You see, I won’t be of much help anyway!!


Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?


A factory owner said to a store owner, “Thank you, Mr. Smith, for your patronage. I wish I had twenty customers like you.”

“Gosh, it’s nice to hear that, but I’m kind of surprised,” admitted Smith.

“You know that I argue every bill and always pay late.”

The factory owner said, “I’d still like twenty customers like you. The problem is, I have two hundred.”


I’m out of bed and dressed. What more do you want?


On Husband-and-Wife day at La Quinta in Palm Springs, a player drove straight down the 1st fairway. Taking over, his wife sliced the ball 100 yards into the rough. The husband gritted his teeth and made a magnificent recovery right onto the green. The wife blasted her putt past the pin into a deep trap. Delicately, the man lifted the ball back to the green-where it rolled into the cup. He turned to his wife. “We’ll have to do a bit better than that from now on, dear. The hole was bogey five.” “Don’t give me a hard time,” she snapped, “only two of those strokes were mine.”


A lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.


Retired professor Moriarty was brought before the country judge on charges. The judge said sternly, “This is not the first time you have been brought before this court on charges of being drunk and disorderly. Have you any reason why a stiff sentence should not be pronounced?”

The old drunk stood up and looked at the judge. “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourns.” Then he turned and faced the courtroom. “I’m not as debased as Poe, as ungrateful as Keats, as intemperate as Burns, as timid as Tennyson, as vulgar as Shakespeare, as—”

The judge interrupted, “Shut up! That’ll be ninety days.” And he slammed down the gavel.

Then he said to the bailiff, “Take down that list of names and round them up. They’re as bad as he is!”


Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.

Drew Barrymore


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.

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