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September 1, 2017


Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

Jack Ma

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These are trying times. The Texas disaster will be the most difficult time millions of our fellow citizens will ever face. Recovery is going to take all their strength and perseverance. The temptation to just give up and succumb to despair will require courage and stamina.

The months and years ahead will be a test of the resiliency of folks just like you and me. I am confident most will hang in there and successfully start their new lives. I wish them well and sincerely hope that we who have suffered no loss don’t abandon them in their time of need.

The following piece I found on the internet seems appropriate, not only for the flood victims but also for my wife as she works her way back to health.

                       Never Give Up

Life can make you feel powerless, but never give up

People can make you feel worthless, but never give up

Friends can make you feel hopeless, but never give up

Family can make you feel hapless, but never give up

Life can be very vicious, but never give

People can be very capricious, but never give up

Friends can be very ungracious, but never give up

Family can be very malicious, but never give up

Life can be very tiring, but never give up

People can be all uninspiring, but never give up

Friends can be all conspiring, but never give up

Family can be uncompromising, but never give

Never give up, trying to live a happy life

Never give up, trying to connect with good people

Never give up, trying to form good friendships

Never give up, trying to start a great family

Never give up, on the miracle that is life

Never give up on the beauty of humanity

Never give up on the joyfulness of friendship

Never give up on the blessedness that is family

Never give up on your dreams

Never give up on your story

Never give up on your life Never give up on your glory


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie


There was this city-girl who was out driving and found herself in a rural area. She noted a farm animal standing next to a farmer and stopped the car to ask the farmer a question.

“Sir,” she inquired, “Why doesn’t this cow have any horns?”

The farmer cocked his head for a moment, then began in a patient tone. “Well, ma’am, cattle can do a powerful lot of damage with horns. Sometimes we keep’em trimmed down with a hacksaw. Other times we can fix up the young ‘uns by puttin’ a couple drops of acid where their horns would grow in, and that stops ’em cold. Still, there are some breeds of cattle that never grow horns. But the reason this cow don’t have no horns, ma’am, is ’cause it’s a horse.”


Jacob and Rifka had been married for 65 years. When they were asked whether, in all those years, they had ever thought of divorce, they replied, “No. Murder yes, but divorce never.”


While visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral on a tour of New York City, my daughter and her children were awed by the sight.

The kids were especially curious about the votive candles, so my daughter asked if they’d each like to light one.  She explained that is it customary to say a prayer of petition or thanks, and she was careful to tell them that these are not like birthday candles.  “Do you have any questions?” she asked.

“No,” said the five-year-old, “but if there’s a pony outside, it’s mine.”


“The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.”

Laurence J. Peter


First thing – every single morning – one of the secretaries in our office opened the newspaper and read everyone’s horoscope aloud.

“Gwen,” said our boss finally, “you seem to be a normal, levelheaded person. Do you really believe in astrology?”

“Of course not,” Gwen answered. “You know how skeptical we Capricorns are.”


Marriage is the process of finding out what kind of man your wife would have preferred.


Sarah Kay was studying the origins of foods in kindergarten.  One day, she and her mother were walking through the grocery store discussing what ingredients went into various products.  Sarah Kay said, “Pork comes from pigs and beef comes from cows.”  Then she asked, “How DO they get the pork from the pig, Mommy?”  Her mother felt that the truth was the only way to go, so she explained that they kill the animal to eat its meat.  Horrified, Sarah Kay went past shelves staring at the meat and saying, “They KILLED a cow to get THIS?”  She could not believe it, and her little heart was broken. Then, they went to the bakery where Sarah Kay began to check out the various donuts and goodies.  She noticed a beautiful white cake and asked, “Mommy, what is this cake called?”  Her mother replied, “It’s an angelfood cake, honey.” Immediately Sarah Kay’s eyes filled with big tears and she wailed, “You mean they KILLED an ANGEL to make this?”


“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”

Marty Feldman


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Miami Beach, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”

Abe says, “Do I care?”

A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”

Abe says, “So, who cares?”

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”

Abe replies, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t get moving, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.”


When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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