Ray's musings and humor

Are you busy enough?

“You can be beautiful and young even as you get older. Keep an active life.”

Lailah Gifty Akita


Those of you who know me well have watched me limit my activities over the last year or so. I reluctantly have done so because some health problems often kept me from making some of my commitments so I was not as reliable as I needed to be. The result was my backing away from many of the positions I have held. In truth I also have not been yet able to restore my previous energy level.

So why am I telling you this? After I read the following article I realized how important it is that we don’t hibernate as we grow older. In my case I am fortunate that a number of friends and former colleagues keep me in the loop as we meet on occasion to discuss issues of interest. I often get a chance to brainstorm around the challenges faced by organizations I respect. I may not be in the trenches and longer but I am glad I still get to observe and comment from behind the lines.

This was on Time Magazines Blog today. It provides good advice for all ages.

Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This

Keeping a busy schedule may benefit the brain

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits.

In a survey of over 300 people participating in the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, study authors found that among adults over the age of 50, having a busy schedule was associated with better brain processing, improved memory, sharper reasoning and better vocabulary.

People in the study ranged from 50 to 89 years old, and the positive effect of busyness on the brain was consistent across age. This, the study authors conclude, suggests that keeping a busy lifestyle is important in middle age as well as old age.

It’s possible that staying busy increases people’s ability to learn new things, as they may be exposed to different situations, people, and information on a daily basis, the researchers suggest. But it’s also possible that people with higher cognitive abilities are also more likely to be busier. The study cannot definitively determine that busyness alone causes better brain health.

And what about the stress that can come from maintaining a tight schedule? “We certainly considered that being very busy could hurt cognition,” says study author Denise Park, director of research at the Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Basically, the data suggest that the benefits of busyness outweigh the downside.”

Park says her team plans to further study the effects of busyness on the brain to hopefully further untangle the factors that improve or hamper cognition later in life.


Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Henry David Thoreau


With only two tellers working at the bank, the line I was standing in was moving very slowly.  As I waited, I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date, I turned and asked the woman behind me. “It’s the fifth,” she replied. From the back of the line a man advised, “Don’t write it in yet!”


The teacher wrote “Like I ain’t had no fun in months” on the board and then she said, “Timmy, how should I correct that?”

Timmy replied, “Maybe get a new boyfriend ?”


“I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.”

Stephen Bishop


A congregant asked his Rabbi, “Rabbi, you’re a man of God. So why is it that you are always talking business when I, a businessman, am always talking about spiritual matters when I’m not at work?”

“You have discovered one of the principles of human nature,” the Rabbi replied.

“And what principle is that, Rabbi?”

“People like to discuss things they know nothing about.”


Discover wildlife!  Have kids!


Well Bill, how are you getting on with trying to date that new cocktail waitress?”

“Not so bad. I’m getting some encouragement now.”

“Really, is she beginning to smile sweetly at you or something?”

“Not exactly, but last night she said that she’s said ‘NO’ for the last time.”


Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.


My boss’ wife Sherry was exasperated with her younger sister, who bought an unreliable car and called for a ride every time it broke down. One day Sherry got yet another one of those calls. “What happened this time?” she asked. “My brakes went out,” her sister said. “Can you come to get me?” “Where are you?” Sherry asked. “I’m in the drugstore,” her sister responded. “And where’s the car?” “It’s in here with me.”


“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West


A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.  She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

Oscar Wilde


“How long have you been driving without a tail light?” asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car, and gave a long, painful groan.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

“Come on, now,” he said, “you don’t have to take it so hard.  It isn’t that serious.”

“It isn’t?” cried the motorist.  “Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?”


“To do what you love and feel that it matters…what could be more fun?”

Katharine Graham


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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