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Archive for July, 2013

It’s never too late

“Everything comes too late for those who only wait.”

Elbert Hubbard

 It's not too late

Yesterday I shared with you that I need more quiet time in my life as well as more uncommitted time that can be used as I wish. Later as I thought about it I again realized how time is finite while our possible use of it is almost unlimited. The bottom line is our personal time management can be much more rewarding when we spend some of it putting things in perspective and then making the things that are important to us priorities. Unfortunately time can never be banked so it is a case of − use it wisely or lose the opportunity to do so.

In truth no matter how old you are there is still time left, time to set some priorities and reap some rewards. It really is up to you. Are all things that fill your moments really that important? Do you need all the information that would help you win a game that you can’t play more important than spending quality time with someone you care about?

Here is a piece written by nationally known ethicist Michael Josephson that helped me rethink the years ahead. I recommend it as something you might want to revisit every once in awhile.


What Will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


In a stationery store, I quickly picked out a card for my wife for our anniversary. The clerk was surprised by how little time it took me, and she began relating a story about another customer who spent a half-hour searching for the right anniversary greeting. Noticing the man lingering over one card after another, the clerk went to see if she could help.  “Is there a problem?” she asked.

“Yes, there is,” he replied ruefully.  “I can’t find one my wife will believe.”


“I bought some used paint. It was in the shape of a house.”

Steven Wright


The matchmaker said, “Mr. Cohen, don’t let it get too late. I have exactly the one you need. Just say to me, ok, and you’ll meet, and in no time, you’ll be married to this fine women”

“Don’t bother Sadie, I have two sisters at home that handle all my needs.”

“All well and good, Mr Cohen, but all the sisters in the world cannot fill the role of a wife.”

“But Sadie, I didn’t say they were my sisters.”


I have the world’s largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world… perhaps you’ve seen it….

Steven Wright


Two husbands, Bill and Bob, were discussing their married lives.

Although happily married, they admitted that there were arguments sometimes.

Then Bill said, “I’ve made one great discovery. I now know how to always have the last word.”

“Wow!” said Bob, “How do you manage that?”

“It’s easy,” replied Bill.

“My last words are always ‘Yes, Dear.'”


“The problem with the designated driver program, it’s not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.”

Jeff Foxworthy


“Be yourself. There is something that you can do better than any other. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey.


Consider the case of Frederick II, an 18th-century king of Prussia. Frederick fancied himself an enlightened monarch, and in some respects he was. On one occasion, he is supposed to have interested himself in the conditions of a Berlin prison. He was escorted through it so that he might speak to the prisoners.

One after the other, the prisoners fell to their knees before him, bewailing their lot and, predictably, protesting their utter innocence of all charges that had been brought against them.

Only one prisoner remained silent, and finally Frederick’s curiosity was aroused.

“You,” he called. “You, there!”

The prisoner looked up. “Yes, your majesty?”

“Why are you here?”

“Armed robbery, your majesty.”

“And are you guilty?”

“Entirely guilty, your majesty. I richly deserve my punishment.”

At this Frederick rapped his cane sharply on the ground and said, “Warden, release this guilty wretch at once. I will not have him here in jail where by example he will corrupt all the splendid innocent people who occupy it.”


Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

Benjamin Franklin


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Ah, quiet at last

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is quiet time with yourself. If you listen, the silence speaks volumes.


I realized recently that I am not reading as much as I use to and that my favorite periodicals are piling up waiting to be read. I have also noticed that since I got my new hearing aids that I am seldom in a quiet place.

Of course I can’t place all the blame on today’s vibrant culture for it seems that I have been conditioned to tolerate chaos to the point I am my own worst enemy. When I am home I think I am successfully multi-tasking when I am reading a newspaper or working on the internet with a tablet while trying to keep up with what’s on TV. The result is that most of my thinking time is in the few minutes that are the prelude to my naps or evenings sleep. I have made my retirement years less restful than when I was working and have become a little frustrated with my not having the self-discipline to allow myself more time for contemplation. So I am going to do better.

If you are like me and want more quiet time you may find these thoughts of life coach Janet Jacobsen to be worth your time.

Quiet time

(1) Being quiet allows you to access your heart’s wisdom. We all have incredible wisdom available to us, but we can’t access what we don’t take time to hear.

(2) Being quiet slows down your racing energy from the tasks of the day. We all need a rest, a break from the high intensity pace we move at during the day.

(3) Being quiet actually helps you solve the problems that are taking up so much of your energy. If we don’t listen to our inner wisdom, we can’t solve the problems of our lives.

(4) Allowing yourself time to be quiet slows down your reactivity… helps you be more measured when there are crisis situations. Wouldn’t it be nice to be less reactive in your life? Wouldn’t it be a relief to be more useful in a crisis situation?

(5) Taking time to be still and quiet gets your body’s rhythms back in sync… you’ll feel more calm, centered and strong. Stress from all parts of our lives creates tension and we tend to override the messages we should be paying attention to. Taking the time to be still and quiet slows this process down so you can feel more centered physically and emotionally.

(6) Taking time to be quiet and listen to your internal wisdom raises your vibration immediately.

Remember, that’s the name of the game — we want to find new ways to raise our vibration so the Universe “notices” that we are joyful and can interpret what we want.

(7) Being quiet allows you to be able to access your creative voice which is good for your business and personal life. I love being creative because it helps me personally and professionally. When I take the time to be quiet, I seem to “hear” better ideas, execute them more elegantly, and overall, feel more peaceful about my life.

(8) Being quiet helps you focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want. Sometimes in the busy day, we are more focused on what we are trying to fix rather than on what we want to manifest. Being quiet helps us remember what we do want.

(9) Allowing yourself time to be quiet gives you emotional relief from the daily static and stress of your life. Any time we are adding “relief” to our day, we are raising our vibration and allowing ourselves to manifest more abundance.

(10) Being quiet… is, well, quiet and restful, and being quiet and restful is good for all the systems in your body and your mind. When you take care of your immune system, your body/mind connection and the balance in your life, you will be more successful in every part of your life.


We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

Susan Taylor


I remember when. Do you?

..all soft drinks came in bottles and you could get a deposit back.

..cars had no air-conditioning.

..there was “free air” at all service stations.

..there were S&H green stamps.

..you could go as a child and buy your mom a pack of cigarettes.

..music was on vinyl records 45 rpm and albums were 78 rpm.

..there was one light (red) on top of police cars.

..there was only AM radio.

..everyone took the bus to town.

..gas was .26 a gal and ethel was way too high at .30.

..Typing Class was noisy.

..girls had big hair.

..most of the change in your pocket was pure silver.

..the Network News was only 15 minutes long.

..motor oil came in metal containers.

..toothpaste came in metal tubes.

..the balcony at the movie theatre had the best view.

..every one you knew had a Smallpox scar.

..every house had a tall outside TV antenna.

..you could call a Doctor and he would come to your house (the same day).

..men put on a suit, they also put on a hat.

..men carried metal lunch boxes to work.


Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.


Manny was almost 29 years old.  Most of his friends had already gotten married, and Manny just bounced from one relationship to the next. Finally a friend asked him,  “What’s the matter, are you looking for the perfect woman?  Are you THAT particular?  Can’t you find anyone who suits you?”

“No,” Manny replied.  “I meet a lot of nice girls, but as soon as I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn’t like them.  So I keep on looking!”

“Listen,” his friend suggested, “Why don’t you find a girl who’s just like your dear ole Mother?”

Many weeks past before Manny and his friend got together again.

“So Manny.  Did you find the perfect girl yet.  One that’s just like your Mother?”

Manny shrugged his shoulders, “Yes I found one just like Mom.

My mother loved her, they became great friends.”

“Excellent!!!  So,….  Are you and this girl engaged, yet?”

“I’m afraid not.  My Father can’t stand her!”


“Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.”

Harry Hepner


A couple is lying in bed. The man says, ‘I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.’

The woman replies,’ I’ll miss you………


It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.

K.T. Jong


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Can you say yes?

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

C. S. Lewis


I have been in conversation with a few different friends lately who seem to be reluctant to make any life or career changes because of their fear of what might be the results. Over the years I have found that always taking what appears to be the safest pass can lead you to a place that is almost impossible to get away from. I truly believe that the fear of failure is often a major factor in why people end up failing. I find it difficult sometimes to understand those who are not happy in their jobs or with what is going on in their lives and yet they just accept where they are as if fate gives them no choice.

Over the years and during many of my careers I often was unsure of my ability to handle what was offered but fortunately I most always accepted the challenge. I am glad that I have always found it easier to say yes and then move forward rather than saying no and ending up being stuck where I was.

Not long ago I was sent an piece by Liisa Kyle that I feel has merit. I hope those who would like something different in their careers or lives would consider her advice. While some may think it only applies to those who have marketable creative skills I would remind them that life itself is a creative exercise. Here are excerpts from her article.


Fear of Failure – Overcome Doubt, Self-Doubt & Creative Paralysis

Fear of failure. The words pierce the heart of any creative person. Everyone with talents has experienced doubt and self-doubt. Whether it takes the form of anxiety about the quality of your work — or terror at the state of your career, fear of failure comes in different flavors and burbles up at different points in the creative process. It can interfere with your creativity, block your progress and instigate creative paralysis.

Whatever nasty little voices are interfering with your creativity or clouding your perceptions of your career, it’s important to do whatever you can to silence them. This gets easier with practice…but even seasoned, successful artists harbor doubt, self-doubt and creative paralysis from time to time. So how to overcome them?

Ways to Overcome Creative Doubt and Self-Doubt

1. Ignore them. Pretend you can’t hear these doubt-filled inner voices and carry on. ‘Act as if’ you were full of confidence in your work.

2. Understand what’s really going on. Realize these messages are meant to protect you, not hurt you. Your psyche is a worry-wart and, left to its own devises, it expresses angst on your behalf. So don’t let it run rampant. When you hear doubts in your head, realize “Oh, there goes my brain, trying to save me heart-ache. Thanks, but no thanks, Brain. I really want to do this and you’re not helping.” Dig deeper. Whose voice is it really in your head? A parent or other relative trying to ‘spare’ you being ‘a starving artist’? A romantic partner jealous of your gifts? A frenemy who confided that you’d never amount to anything? Your fourth grade teacher who never really cared for your vocal stylings? Sometimes it’s helpful to realize that something that happened years ago is affecting you in the present.

3. Dispute the message. Regardless of the intentions of people in your past — or your own protective psyche — these doubt-inducing messages are not true — they are simply unhelpful beliefs. What evidence do you have to support these horrible statements? What evidence to you have to refute them? (“You know what, come to think of it, Mrs. Crabgrass wasn’t exactly a musical genius, so who was she to say my singing sucked?”)

4. Suspend judgment and keep going. Be like Scarlet O’Hara and vow to ‘think about it tomorrow’, while you take action today. Realize that you can’t create and evaluate at the same time. No writer or visual artist or dancer or sculptor can accurately assess the quality of their work at the moment they create it. You must suspend judgment while you are creating. Delay or defer your assessment of the work. Tell yourself, ‘Hoo boy does this seem like a stinker but I’m going to keep going anyway.”


Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

William Shakespeare


While on maternity leave, a woman from our office brought in her new bundle of joy. She also had her seven-year- old son with her. Everyone gathered around the baby, and the little boy asked, “Mommy, can I have some money to buy a soda?”

“What do you say?” she asked.

Respectfully, the boy replied, “You’re thin and beautiful.”

The woman reached in her purse and gave her son the money.


Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~


Three people were trying to get into heaven. Peter asked the first, “Who’s there?” “It’s me, Albert Jones,” the voice replied. St. Peter let him in.

Then St. Peter asked the second one the second same question, “Who’s there?” “It’s me, Charlie Jones.” And St. Peter let him in.

Finally he turns to the third, asking the same question, “Who’s there?” “It is I, Verla Chapman,” answered the third. “Oh, great,” muttered St. Peter. “Another one of those English teachers.”


A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change. Lester C. Thurow


A couple just started their Lamaze class and they were given an activity requiring the husband to wear a bag of sand – to give him an idea of what it feels like to be pregnant.

The husband stood up and shrugged, saying, “This doesn’t feel so bad.”

The Lamaze teacher then dropped a pen and asked the husband to pick it up.

“You want me to pick up the pen as if I were pregnant, the way my wife would do it?” the husband asked.

“Exactly,” replied the instructor.

To the delight of the other husbands, he turned to his wife and said, “Honey, pick up that pen for me.”


“When I turned two I was really anxious, because I’d doubled my age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I’m six I’ll be ninety.”

Steven Wright


A man was having trouble getting his neighbor to keep his chickens fenced in. The neighbor kept talking about chickens being great creatures, and as such they had the right to go where they wanted. The man was having no luck keeping the chickens out of his flowerbeds, and he had tried everything. Two weeks later, on a visit a friend noticed his flowerbeds were doing great. The flowers were beginning to bloom.

So the friend asked him — “How did you make your neighbor keep his hens in his own yard?”

“One night I hid half a dozen eggs under a bush by my flower bed, and the next day I let my neighbor see me gather them. I wasn’t bothered after that.”


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


We need to keep up!

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.

M. Scott Peck


Welcome to all our new readers; I appreciate your spending time with us each day. I especially appreciate those who have been referred by a friend or relative and those of you from other parts of the world who stumbled across the Daily on one of the many places it is posted. It is hard for me to believe that this is Ray’s Daily’s 13th year. Today you will see something that I do on occasion when my day is full or my mind is empty, I send out a reprint from the past. Having a couple of thousand past editions in the archive is a blessing on a day like today. So here we go a Daily from yesteryear.


Ray’s Daily first published on July 12, 2006


I watched the Washington Week in Review that was broadcast from the Aspen Institute last Friday. During a discussion on how people like us get our news and form our opinions on the show one of the panelists stated that keeping up objectively on what is going on in our world is hard work. I find that there is so much information out there that it is too easy to find a single source or two that always reports with the same slant. It is easier when someone picks one commentator to tell them what to think so they don’t have to think at all. Fortunately most of us are willing to invest in learning all we can from a variety of sources so we can make the most intelligent decisions.

Life is filled with the opportunity to learn not just facts, but also how to live. I think Ralph Marston had it right when he wrote:


Life has important lessons to teach you today. Some of those lessons will be enjoyable, many of them will be a bit painful, and when the day is over you’ll be wiser for them all.

Each person you meet today has something to teach you. Though they may make you somewhat angry, impatient, uncomfortable or frustrated at the time, those lessons are sure to be of much value.

Every situation in which you find yourself has something to teach you. Keep that in mind as you work your way through them all, and look for the positive value that you can retain.

Life becomes increasingly fulfilling when you choose to learn each lesson it has to teach. As you grow in wisdom, the difficulties will become less difficult to live through, and the joys will become more profound.

In triumph, in tragedy, in joy and in disappointment there are always valuable, positive lessons you can learn. As you learn more of what life has to teach, many of the things that once held you back will lose their power to do so.

Choose to respond to each encounter, each situation, and each challenge of this day in a way that will enable you to learn something new. Accept the lessons that life offers, and you’ll quickly find them to be of great value.


Lifelong learning is an essential part of living. Therefore if you’re not learning, you’re not living. If you’re not living, then you’re probably dead. And if you’re dead, then you’ve lost a very important, part of your life. Thusly, if you’re dead, you don’t learn, and so… Oh, nevermind.

Sir Gordon Thompson



“Medicine only works if it’s cherry flavored.” — Elissa, 9

“Good food always comes with a toy.” — Ryan, 6

“Just because your dog drinks from the toilet, doesn’t mean you should.” — Juaquim, 7

“Don’t dry the dog in the microwave.” — Brittany, 5

“If mommy says no, then you should ask daddy.” — Daniel, 7

“You can’t eat soup with a fork.” — Mel, 4

“Never ask mom when she’s going to go on a diet.” –Bob, 11


Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.


Two guys were discussing life in general over drinks one night. “My grandfather lived to be 96.”

“Ninety-six? What finally got him???”

“Liquor and women.”

“Well, that just goes to show ya,” snickered the one guy, “both will get you in the end.”

“Well actually, no, it’s not what ya think. Towards the end, Grandpa couldn’t get either one, so he just laid down and died.”


Good judgment comes from bad experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.


Traveling through New England a motorist stopped for gas in a tiny village. “What’s this place called?” he asked the station attendant.

“All depends,” the native drawled. “Do you mean by them that has to live in this dad-blamed, moth-eaten, dust-covered dump, or by them that’s merely enjoying its quaint and picturesque rustic charms for a short spell.”


The Levi’s company announced they will make a line of blue jeans that have built-in docking station for an iPod music player. The built-in docking station is called a “pocket.”

Conan O’Brien


Hospital Chart Bloopers

1. The patient refused autopsy.

2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.

7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12. She is numb from her toes down.

13. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

14. The skin was moist and dry.

15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23. Skin: somewhat pale but present.

24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.


Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished:

If you’re alive, it isn’t.

Richard Bach


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Do what you love!

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.

Wayne Dyer

 do what you love

Over the last few days I have suggested that it is never too late to start finding more enjoyment in life. Please don’t be like those who will wait until tomorrow only to find when there is no more tomorrows there is no way to hold up the coffin lid and holler that you haven’t started to enjoy your life yet.

I have some regrets and most of them are because I did not start my current life until half of it was gone. I was wrong about so many things. I knew that I did not like fish and when I ate some I loved it. I knew I had to focus on myself to be rewarded until I realized how much reward there is in appreciating others success. I knew I did not have time to do much for others because I was so busy doing so much for myself until I started to reap the rewards that come from working with good people doing what they can for others. Thankfully I learned early enough allowing me decades of fun and fulfillment.

I received an article written by Marc Chernoff entitled Conversations You Need To Have With Yourself that I like. I have included some of his thoughts below. You may benefit from his advice.


What you love.

When it comes to lifelong labors and dreams, lukewarm is no good.  Hot is no good either.  White hot and passionate is the only way to work and live.

Invest your thoughts and time in the things you love.  Don’t wait around for too long to get involved in something that moves you.  Realize how important it is to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, explore it.  Get up and go after it.  Embrace it, hug it, love it, and above all, let your passion flow freely.

The most important decision you will ever make is what you do with the limited time that has been given to you.  Before you know it you’ll be asking, “How did it get so late so soon?”  So put your thoughts and time to good use, and let yourself be drawn to the strange pull of what you love – doing so will not lead you astray.  Live your life so that when you’re old, you never have to let the person you became fantasize about the person you were capable of being.

Your own inner truth.

Why worry about what others think of you?  Should you have more confidence in their opinions than you do your own?

When you choose to stay true to YOU, some people might refuse to accept you for who you are.  Forget them.  Rather than being fake and incurring the pain and confusion of trying to be someone you’re not, choose to stand strong, even at the risk of incurring ridicule.  When you are comfortable in your skin, not everyone in this world will like you, and that’s perfectly OK.

The immediate reality of your own happiness.

Right now, you have more than enough to be happy. Right now, you have the full capacity to find something small to celebrate. Right now, you have a choice to make.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make you happy.  True happiness comes from within, when you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions, and when you choose to focus on what you have, not what you haven’t.

One of the great secrets to happiness is to pay more attention to the beginnings than the endings.  So many people say they want a new life, but then they take the new one they get every morning for granted.  Don’t do this.  Don’t wait until your life is almost over to realize how great it has been.  A great life begins right now, when you stop wanting a better one.


“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”



She said that now that they are retired, my mother and father are discussing all aspects of their future.

“What will you do if I die before you do?” Dad asked Mom. After some thought, she said that she’d probably look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age.

Then Mom asked Dad, “What will you do if I die first?”

He replied, “Probably the same thing.”


Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can’t find them.


Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the nuns had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples.  Beside the bowl, she placed a note which read, “Take only one.  Remember, God is watching.”

At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven. Beside the bowl, a little note scrawled in a child’s handwriting which read, “Take all you want.  God’s watching the apples.”


BATHROOM: a room used by the entire family, believed by all (except Mom) to be self-cleaning.


“Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas,” little Joshua said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays. “It’s the best Christmas present I ever got.”

“That’s great,” said his uncle. “Do you know how to play it?”

“Oh, I don’t play it,” the little fellow said. “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.”


“Hope for the best, expect the worst.

Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.”

Mel Brooks


He said: My tennis partner, Peter, is responsible for alumni relations at his high-school alma mater.

Last fall, a member of the Class of 1986 returned the standard alumni questionnaire with this response:

Marital Status – Not good

Wife’s Name – Plaintiff


“I’d like two pork chops,” said the patron to her butcher, “and make them lean.”

“Yes ma’am,” said the obliging butcher, standing them on end. “Which way?”


While driving through South Carolina, I kept having to slow down for road repair crews. To keep the workers safe, the highway department posted a series of signs that read, “Let ’em work. Let ’em live.”

On one of the signs, an exasperated motorist had added, “Let ’em finish!”


“Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me.  No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity.  I can do nothing about the past.  My future is immediate.  I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet.  When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act!  I seize this moment.  I choose now.”

Andy Andrews


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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Oh the heck with it!

“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.”

Dr. Seuss


Yesterday I wrote that it is fun deciding to live life backwards, thinking younger everyday makes a whole lot of sense. One of the best ways to do that in my mind is to quit worrying too much about convention, what others might think and the like. I think part of many of the problems that unhappy people have is trying to live in the mold others have put them in.

Want to have some fun? Whenever you are about to do something you have always done the same way you always have, don’t do it that way. We all have the ability to add spice to our lives if we just step off the beaten path once in a while. One of the great things that comes with age is that eccentric becomes more acceptable. So do something silly now and then and when someone close hollers “What are you doing?” just grin and enjoy the moment.

Here is something written years ago by Emily Myrick that is right on. Follow her advice, break out the balloons and let go, you’ll be glad you did.


The other day my friend told me to let go…. he told me not to be so worried about what I’m doing, or what I look like, but to just let myself go once in awhile. This really got me thinking. Maybe I should let go. Maybe I should do something crazy, just so I can say I did. I’ve got many long years ahead of me, and plenty of time to live a fun and happy life.

Sometimes, an opportunity only knocks at the door once, and if you don’t answer it at that particular moment, then you’ll never get another chance. Life is tough, and most of the time we spend our days wondering why things go the way they do.

After thinking for awhile I’m finally realizing that maybe thinking about this so much, is wasting the time in which we could be going out and making the days go better. We’re wasting the time we have here on Earth. By attempting to figure out why life goes the way it does, we lose time when we could be having fun, and living our lives to the fullest.

We are only here for a short amount of time. An average of 70-100 years seems long, but it goes faster then we realize. It’s so incredibly important to live every day to it’s fullest potential. When you’re 87 years old and laying on your death bed, do you want to look back and think of things that you wished you had done?

I don’t know about you but I want to look back and remember all the times when I let myself go, and had fun. I want to remember the times when I actually let myself be open to try new things, and open the door to wonderful opportunities.

Life is only wonderful if you leave yourself open to be part of it. Think about it.


You can be childlike without being childish. A child always wants to have fun. Ask yourself, ‘Am I having fun?’

Christopher Meloni


The homeowner got into his grubbiest clothes on Saturday morning and set about all the chores he’d been putting off for weeks.

He’d cleaned the garage, pruned the hedge, and was halfway through mowing the lawn when a woman pulled up in the driveway and yelled out her window, “Say, what do you get for yard work?”

The fellow thought for a minute, then answered, “The lady who lives here lets me sleep with her.”


“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

David Brinkley


Little Debbie came running into the house after school one day, shouting, “Daddy!  Daddy!  I got a 100 in school today!” “That’s great, Sweetheart,” said her daddy.  “Come in the living room and tell me about it.” “Well,” began the confession, “I got 50 in spelling, 30 in math, and 20 in science…”


The reason computers can do more work is they don’t have to stop and answer the phone.


A 16-year-old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini.  Very proud she came home and put it on. She then showed her mother how she looked in it.

“What do you think mom?” she asked.

Her mother replied: “If I wore that when I was your age, you would have been 5 years older.”


“I’m just a poor preacher.”

“I know. I’ve heard your sermons.”



Who had a little curl,

Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad,

She got a fur coat, jewels,

Waterfront condo, and a sports car.


Having a green thumb doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good gardener; you could simply be a lousy painter.


A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin.  “Listen to this,” he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. “It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband.”

“Yeah,” his wife nodded, “and it has your weight wrong, too.”


You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you’re rehired and your lost dog comes home.


When Nancy and I went up to New England a couple of years ago we decided to stay in one of those quaint little inns. The clerk at the inn asked me if we wanted a room with a shower or a tub.

“What’s the difference?” I asked.

“Well, sir, in a tub, you can sit down.”


“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”

A.A. Milne


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Youth therapy

I do think about aging. I have those moments of panic and vanity, but life keeps getting better, so you can’t worry about it too much.

Jennifer Garner

woo hoo

Over the last week or so I found myself in a wide variety of settings from a sedate church service, various medical facility waiting rooms, a wedding that went from sedate to raucous, a class filled with folks around my age and the many day to day locations we all visit. I was again amazed at how young some so-called old folks are and how old some young people seem to be. I find myself somewhere in the middle lately as my body seems reluctant to follow my mental sense of adventure, but we are working on restoration that will bring me back into more activity. In fact yesterday morning I restarted my workouts and will increase the effort until I am back to where I was.

But I also have seen that physical limitations should not be the measurement of a youthful existence, rather I find that real youth is found in ones zest for life. I love the inquiring minds of so many of my friends who are well beyond retirement. These smart and wonderful people tend to be optimists with a keen sense of humor. While it make take longer sometimes to get from here to there when you do get there they are right there with you. People have joked for years about the elderly experiencing a second childhood, I wonder if that is because they themselves have grown too old mentally to let themselves have fun. If one believes that the best is always yet to come then you don’t have time to waste wondering if this is all there is.

A friend I have never met but who is a reader of the daily sent me the following and that got me thinking about how much fun there can be aging backwards. So no matter how many years you have lived come join me and get wet at the mythical fountain of youth.



1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!”

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever… Never let the brain get idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM /HER.

6.. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next city, state, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance.


“There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look for it.  For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.”



My dog had suddenly developed a bad habit of loud barking about 4am each morning. He was disturbing the entire neighborhood, and several people had complained. One morning he started howling, and when I looked out the window – I saw that someone was throwing something at him. I quietly went out the back door and snuck around to the front to catch the culprit. To my surprise, I found my next-door neighbor throwing rocks into my yard, and just missing the dog. Of course, I demanded an explanation. “I’m not trying to hit your dog,” he said. “My mother in law is visiting, and she says if she loses another night of her beauty sleep – she’ll leave!”


There is a guaranteed way to get what you want: want less.


A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church. “Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,” she told the girl.

When they were coming out of the church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given.

“Well,” said the little girl, “I was going to give the dollar, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I’d be a lot more cheerful if I gave the quarter, so I did.”


I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.


Moshe was taking to his psychiatrist. “I had a weird dream recently,” he says. “I saw my mother but then I noticed she had your face. I found this so worrying that I immediately awoke and couldn’t get back to sleep. I just stayed there thinking about it until 7am. I got up, made myself a slice of toast and some coffee and came straight here. Can you please help me explain the meaning of my dream?”

The psychiatrist kept silent for some time, then said, “One slice of toast and coffee? Do you call that a breakfast?”


On the sixth day, God created the platypus. And God said: Let’s see the evolutionists try and figure this one out.


“Doctor, I’d like you to evaluate my 13 year-old son.”

“He’s suffering from a transient psychosis with an intermittent rage disorder, punctuated by episodic radical mood swings, but his prognosis is good for full recovery.”

“How can you say all that without even meeting him?”

“Didn’t you say he was 13?”


I am aging gracefully. I embrace great friendships, weed out the ones that no longer work and feel no guilt because a bad friendship is like trying to walk around in a size 6 shoe when your foot is an 8. I let go of past hurts and grudges, because those take up room in my heart, and I would rather it burst from joy than ache with sorrow.

Author unknown


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I had a great week

It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”

Kenny Chesney

 cameron wedding

Now that my summer’s biggest week is over I hope to get back to a semi-normal routine. My Grandson’s wedding Saturday was wonderful, a beautiful bride, a handsome groom and a throwback to weddings of old. Not only is the bride a great gift from my grandson to our family she also brings along a warm and wonderful family.

My brother-in-law who has significant limitations due to health problems and the recent loss of his wife came up from North Carolina with his daughter and fortunately had some of the best days he has had for some time. I am glad we were able to share some of our happiness with him.

There is even more good news; it looks like my recent surgery will allow me to delay more plumbing surgical activity for a year or more. While today begins my Hematologist week she does not cut, she just pumps Iron solution into my veins recharging my body with energy.

This morning I am off to the gym to see what I need to do after a week’s layoff. I am looking forward to getting back into the daily routine.

I am planning on enjoying the weeks ahead and I hope you will also have some fun over the rest of the summer. Need ideas? If you live in the northern hemisphere and are far enough away from the equator to have seasons here are some things that you can do to enjoy the days ahead.


Ten Ways to Enjoy Summer

By Monica Resinger

1. Brew a pot of sun tea. Put desired amount of tea bags in a sun tea jar or other glass jar, fill with water and set in the sun. Add fresh herbs at this point if you wish. Let sit in the sun until tea has reached color you desire. Sweeten to taste, chill and serve over ice.

2. Cook on the grill whenever possible. Not only is this a pleasant way to cook but you don’t heat up your kitchen and the food is delicious.

3. Lay in the sun and read a good book. Be sure to put your sunscreen on!

4. Take a drive to the country, the mountains, the ocean, the desert or other place of nature. Pack a picnic if you wish or stop to get hamburgers at a small-town hamburger shop. The burgers are much better than city fast food!

5. Take a bike ride around your neighborhood. Look for ideas people have used to decorate their yards and use them yourself. Enjoy the blooming flowers and nature.

6. Play outdoor games. Frisbee and badminton are great if it’s just your family. If you can get a group together, try volleyball or baseball.

7. Pack a picnic and go fishing. This is fun with or without a boat. Be sure to bring sunscreen.

8. Go yard saleing. What a great way to have fun and find many bargains! A lot of local and freebie papers have yard sale directories to help you map out a plan of action.

9. Have a yard sale. Get rid of clutter and earn some cash. Fill a cooler with pop and sell individual cans or have the kids sell lemonade.

10. Play in the water at the local pool, waterpark or lake.


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

James Dent


Jack couldn’t get his girlfriend to agree to marry him, until one day his grandfather died, leaving him $10 million.  Oddly enough, the next week, his girlfriend, Diane agreed to marry him.

After three months of married life, Jack noticed that his beautiful new wife was ignoring him more and more. On the rare occasion that she would go to bed with him she would be indifferent, or even worse, called out other men’s names!

Whenever they went out in public, she ignored him and flirted with other men. Finally, he decided to confront her.

“Diane,” he said, “the only reason you married me was because my grandfather left me $10 million when he died!”

“Don’t be ridiculous,” she replied, “I don’t care who gave you the money!”


I saw my mom carrying 10 shopping bags from Bloomingdales the other day. I said what are you doing? She said, exercising.


Two Rabbis were discussing the decline in morals in the modern world.

“I didn’t sleep with my wife before I was married,” said one of them self-righteously. “Did you?”

“I don’t know,” said the other. “What was her maiden name?”


There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.


A nurse at my hospital received a call from an anxious woman. “I’m diabetic and I’m afraid I’ve had too much sugar today,” she said.

“Are you light-headed?” my colleague asked.

“No, I’m a brunette.”


Why is it that when you eat too much for lunch, you feel drowsy all afternoon, but when you eat a big meal in the evening, you stay awake all night?


Two sons were left a large piece of property by their father.  For months they fought over how the land should be divided.  Finally, they brought their problem to their rabbi and asked him to solve it.

“Come back tomorrow,” said the rabbi, “and we’ll talk.”

The next day the sons returned and the rabbi gave them his solution.

“Toss a coin,” he said to one of the brothers. “You call it, heads or tails,” he said to the other. “The one who wins the toss, divides the land.”

“That’s no solution,” said one of the brothers. “We’re right back where we started from.”

“Not so,” said the rabbi.  “The one who wins the toss divides the land; but the other gets first choice.”


“I’ll believe in reincarnation in my next life.”


An English teacher at Iowa State University spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors in her students’ written work. She wasn’t sure how much impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, “What’s the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?”

“Tense,” she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again… “What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter…”


“Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.”

Mark Twain


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Yep, it’s me

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”

Erich Fromm

forget the past

Surprise! I am back sooner than I thought I would be. While I still am wearing temporary accoutrements at least I am mobile and only have minor discomfort from my kidney stone removal. Hopefully today they will remove the temporary internal plumbing which will allow me to venture out with my Brother-in-law when he arrives from North Carolina this afternoon. I am a little woozy but I did want to thank all of the well-wishers who sent me their thoughts and prayers, I am sure that was the therapy that made things go so well.

Not wanting to take a composition test quite so soon I am going back to an earlier July 3rd Daily and see what I can find.


Ray’s Daily first published on July 3, 2006

I have a friend in the UK who displays the brightest of outlooks, always sharing words of inspiration for others; she is loved by many. Sadly her world is not as bright as the one she offers to others. Her problems, concerns and fears of the future have taken their toll. But like you and me, she will face a new day tomorrow; one that may be challenging but that also provides the opportunity to move on. I truly feel for my friend and I wish I could send her a dose of amnesia so she could shed her past demons and start afresh, sadly I can’t do that.

In reality most of us can set our burdens aside as they serve no purpose other than to impede our journey towards happiness. Of course there are some burdens we must carry, it is then we get to chose if we are going to concentrate on the burden or on the journey. It is never easy but the first step is always there for us to take if only we are willing to take it. The journey is filled with too much promise to let a few burdens keep us from taking it. Maybe if we all concentrate hard enough my friend will find the courage to move on.


When your dreams start to seem so impossible,

When roadblocks are all you can see —

Look beyond all the problems that face you



Don’t limit your thoughts to the present

Or solutions you have learned from the past;

Remember to keep looking forward —

You may find the answer at last.


It is YOU who determines your future —

How your journey through tomorrow will be;

To fill all your days with adventure,

Dare to see what no one else dares to see.


So never let obstacles stop you —

Or keep you from doing your part;

Have faith that your dreams are all possible

If you truly believe in your heart.


“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

Ray Goforth


Zen type thoughts for the day

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaking tire.

Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

Always remember you’re unique…Just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is just not for you.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.

Good judgment comes from bad experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.


Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus


The blonde had been married about a year when one day she came running up to her husband jumping for joy. Not knowing how to react, the husband started jumping up and down along with her.

“Why are we so happy?” he asked.

“Honey, I have some really great news for you!” She said. “Great!” he said, “Tell me what you’re so happy about.”

She stopped jumping and was breathless from all the jumping up and down. “I’m pregnant!” she gasped.

The husband was ecstatic as they had been trying for awhile.

He grabbed her, kissed her, and started telling her how wonderful itw as, and that he couldn’t be happier.

Then she said “Oh, honey there’s more!”

“What do you mean more?” he asked.

“Well we are not having just one baby, we are going to have TWINS!”

Amazed at how she could know so soon after getting pregnant, he asked her how she knew.

“It was easy” she said, “I went to the pharmacy and bought the 2-pack home pregnancy test kit and both tests came out positive!”


“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping”

Chinese Proverbs


“Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s something I can’t figure out.”

“What’s that, Joey?” asked Goldblatt.

“Well, according to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”

“Right.” “And the Children of Israel beat up the Phillistines, right?”

“Er, right.”

“And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”

“Again you’re right.”

“And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?”

“All that is right, too,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”

“What were all the grown-ups doing?”


I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder


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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Big week ahead

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln


Hi everybody. Can you believe that our year is half over, I just hope the world finds answers to all the challenges we face these days in the second half. Today also marks the beginning of what may be my most interesting and challenging week in 2013. The days ahead will provide me with a variety of activities and the emotions that I am sure will accompany each unique day.

I start off today with many of my normal activities that will be followed by eight hours of fasting in preparation for tomorrows medical procedures. I will be at the surgery center before the sun is up tomorrow where I am assured a restful morning as they put me under and do their magic removal of my kidney stones. I have learned long ago that there is no use worrying about things you can’t change so I am only looking forward to a short recovery and my new normal.

On Wednesday my brother-in-law and his daughter will arrive from North Carolina. He does not get around much these days due to a past stroke. His visit will be especially poignant since it has not been that long ago that his wife, who was one of my dearest friends, passed away. We are at the age where we must replace regrets with fond memories, which we will do.

Then on Thursday we will join our family at my son’s lake house and spend our nation’s Independence Day together. As our family has matured, four in colleges around the nation as an example, we do not get many chances to spend time together so this will be a special treat.

My week will end with the marriage of my grandson who is the first of my seven grandchildren to wed. It is further evidence that the children that we have enjoyed for so many years are now adults. My grandson is  special to me; he is a published poet and is bringing a wonderful woman into our family, a person who brightens up my day whenever she visits.

What won’t happen for the rest of the week will be my daily workout at the gym nor will there be a daily tomorrow and possibly the rest of the week. Hopefully I will be able to put something together by Friday, if I don’t, have a great week and I’ll be back with you next Monday.

Now I hope you will bear with me as I share something with you that I wrote on Independence Day a number of years ago. I worry sometimes that too many of us forget the meaning of the day. Here is what I published.

We must not forget

“We celebrate that our Declaration of Independence was signed and published on this day in 1776. The Declaration laid the foundation for what has now become the United States. It stated in part that:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” These words have served us well ever since that day so may years ago. Unfortunately from time to time we start to drift away from these basic principles, we start to behave as if some men are created equal, not all men. We behave as if those who have the most are the chosen and these basic truths do not apply to everyone.

Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of the good things that have been done by many in each of our home nations. I especially have great regard for friends that are making huge personal sacrifices in an effort help provide the foundation for better lives for others. Unfortunately I sometimes think that many of us withhold our support for these principles until we have personally made sure we are more equal, have more of everything than we really need, and because we believe the protection of the rights of others is the responsibility of someone else. Some of us do what we can as long as it does not require any sacrifice on our part.

It was not the words of the Declaration that laid the foundation for liberty and justice; it was the commitment of the people and their willingness to sacrifice. Each of us has the ability to make our own investments in the principles of the Declaration; all it takes is our willingness to do so.”

Today I worry that too many of us view freedom as only our being free of oppression or terror, it is times like these when it becomes more important than ever that we also understand that our founding fathers embraced the concept of freedom to be ourselves. In effect they obligated us to defend the right of others to disagree with us as well as their right to be different than we are, as long as they don’t infringe on our rights. If we don’t defend the rights of others, who will be left to defend our rights?

We are often asked to put more power into the hands of leaders we trust, but we sometimes forget that what we do will linger past the time of our trusted leaders and could very well end up in the hands of new leaders that exercise the power to oppress even us.

Please, fellow citizens, embrace our independence day and remember why we declared our independence so many years ago.



He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition;

For if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.

Thomas Paine


A woman’s guide to understanding men…

1. A good place to meet a man is at the dry cleaner. These men usually have jobs and bathe.

2. All men hate to hear, “We need to talk about our relationship.” These seven words strike fear in the heart of even retired General Schwartzkopf.

3. Men like phones with lots of buttons. It makes them feel important.

4. Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.

5. Most men hate to shop. That’s why the men’s department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.

6. Men forget everything; women remember everything. Think about it! How many women’s sports use something called an “instant replay?”

7. Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with super-heroes. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie.

8. No man is charming all of the time. Even Cary Grant was on record saying he wished he could be Cary Grant.

9. Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say, “Oh no, I’m so embarrassed; I’ve got to get out of here. There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”

10. Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.


The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?

Eugene Kennedy


A College Dean was berating a veteran economics professor for having used the same tests for the past 35 years. “Don’t you realize, professor, that the students have been sharing these tests for decades and that all of your students know EXACTLY what’s on the test before they sit for it?”

“Doesn’t matter,” replied the professor. “You must realize that the subject is economics. The answers are different each year!”


Here is my advice.  First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs.  Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.  And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.

Gerard K. O’Neill


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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