Ray's musings and humor

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.

Anne Wilson Schaef

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People have commented lately that I appear to be moving a little slow and look like I have regained some of the weight I had lost, unfortunately they are right. It has taken me much longer than it should for me to get back to where I was before this year’s medical adventures. Sadly it is mostly due to my not getting my act back together, it is has been too easy to eat too much and to miss my full exercise routines.

I know what I need to do and I need to start doing it. Yesterday I did lengthen my workout and that is a small start. I lost my diet partner that I use to e-mail my weight daily so I decided I will be my own weight loss partner. That also means I need to again start documenting my progress on My Fitness Pal.

At any age it is wise to treat your body well. I know from past experiences that when my weight is down I feel much better so here we go again, frugal healthy food habits combined with more exercise. It will be my summer gift to myself.

I recently ran across an article on the Building 25 blog entitled Gifts To Give To Your Body that we should all heed. Here in part is what I found.

With so much coming at us from all angles every day, it may slip our minds that the most effective of healers are with us at all times: our very own bodies. I was recently talking to my friend about just that, and she said something that really stuck with me. The sole purpose of the body is to keep itself alive. If we each give our body even the slightest bit of what it needs, it will gladly accept that positive gift – in fact, it will take that gift and run with it.

  • Sleep is one of the easiest gifts to give to our bodies – even if we fight it, it’ll eventually happen on its own. But for some reason, we fight and fight and fight, trying to convince ourselves that whatever else is going on in our crazy lives is more important than sleep. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sleep is the body’s prime time to heal itself and get back on track for whatever it will endure the following day. And if you’re well-rested, you’ll find that it’s much easier to be productive – you’ll feel much more rewarded come the end of the day. Try your hardest to make ample time for sleep. Cut out an hour that may have been spent on social media and shut your beautiful eyes. When you wake up feeling well-rested and ready for what’s to come – quite possibly for the first time in years – you may find that sleep will make its way back to the top of your priority list.
  • A good stretch is something our bodies crave – fulfill the urge! Stretching feels incredibly good, and has tons of benefits for you to enjoy. A little bit of stretching every morning can help reduce stress, increase circulation, make you more flexible, and prevent injury, just to name a few. Stretching brings me to my next point: physical activity – our bodies are wired for it!
  • Make it a priority to be physical in some way every day – even if that just means a brisk 20-minute walk. Just do it. It’s easy to make excuses – I do it, too – but, when you really think about it… what’s the point?
  • Nutrients – the good kind. Hunger is an urge we all make a point to fulfill – whether we do so in the best ways, though, is a different story. Make a resolution to take in more of the good and less of the bad. Eat whole foods that come straight from the earth. The more processed it is, the more you may want to stay away. Expand your diet by trying new things; make healthy substitutions; experiment with your own creations.
  • Water makes up over two thirds of a person’s body weight. It’s essential for our survival, yet so many of us are moving through our lives in a constant state of dehydration. Let’s change that. Sip clean, sip often. It’s simple, it’s refreshing, and its benefits are plentiful.


The greatest wealth is health.



A teacher was taking her first golf lesson.

“Is the word spelled ‘put’ or ‘putt’?” she asked the instructor.

“‘Putt’ is correct,” he replied. “‘Put’ means to place a thing where you want it. ‘Putt’ means a vain attempt to do the same thing.”


When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.


Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, our friend received a jury-duty notice.  She called to remind the people at the clerk’s office that she was exempt because of her age.

“You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” they said.

“I’ve already done that,” she replied.  “I did it last year.”

“You have to do it every year,” she was told.

“Why?” came the response.  “Do you think I’m going to suddenly get younger?”


“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.”

Carl Sandburg


Signs You’re the Reincarnation of Someone Famous…

-During a thunderstorm, you build a giant boat and start stealing your neighbor’s pets.

-Not only do you consider Yoko an artistic genius, you think she’s beautiful and has a lovely singing voice.

-While working under the sink, you get this insatiable urge to paint a church ceiling.

-You’re found writing down rules of the office on giant stone tablets.


Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.


She said: After years of using the same perfumes, I decided to try something different and settled on a light, citrusy fragrance. The next day I was surprised when it was my little boy, not my husband, who first noticed the change.  As he put his arms around me, he declared, “Wow, Mom, you smell just like Froot Loops!”


“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

George Bernard Shaw



You have just received the Amish Virus. Since we do not have electricity nor computers, you are on the honor system. Please delete all of your files.

Thank thee.


Your children may leave home, but their stuff will be in your attic and basement forever.


Sitting by the window of her convent, Sister Barbara opened a letter from home one evening.

Inside the letter was a $100 bill her parents had sent. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture.  As she read the letter by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below.

Quickly, she wrote, “Don’t despair.  Sister Barbara,” on a piece of paper, wrapped the $100 bill in it, got the man’s attention and tossed it out the window to him.  The stranger picked it up, and with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat, went off down the street.

The next day, Sister Barbara was told that a man was at her door, insisting on seeing her.  She went down, and found the stranger waiting.  Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills.

“What’s this?” she asked.  “That’s the $8,000 you have coming Sister,” he replied.  “Don’t Despair paid 80-to-1.”


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Jim Rohn


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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