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A good decision

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Ray’s Daily

May 17, 2019


“Retire from work, but not from life.”

M.K. Soni


I have been asked recently about my senior living life. As some of you know my wife and me moved to the Forum at the Crossings (https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/communities/in/indianapolis/the-forum-at-the-crossing) here in Indianapolis late last year. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made.

We, like many others were unsure what our life would be like when we were no longer comfortable with where we lived. Our home was a large two-story townhouse with a garage for our two cars. It was not that easy to climb the stairs and both of us were losing our drivers licenses so it was time to move. Our kids researched various options and we visited a couple of Senior Living facilities including the Forum that has become our new home.

The Forum has provided us more than we thought we would have. New friends, great dining, lots of amenities and a warm and caring staff. They even provide free transportation to our appointments, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies. Our prescriptions are delivered to us when needed as are our packages. There is live entertainment weekly and even a cocktail party on Fridays. We have a well-stocked library and an onsite convince store. There are comfortable living spaces, free cable and much more. They even provide exercise equipment and physical fitness programs.

We had no buy in requirement and only pay a reasonable monthly rent. If you or a loved one needs a senior living alternative, I think you will find the Forum at the Crossings is worth considering.

Here is an excerpt from a Forbes article that remind me of our current life.

What do you need for a happy retirement?

First off, you can’t buy love and you can’t buy health. Taking care of yourself and feeling good will make it easier to have an active social life. Friends, family and fun are some of the bedrocks of a happy retirement. Study after study has shown that a strong social connection and a good amount of physical activity are crucial for maintaining health as you age. I recommend that all of my clients think long and hard about how they will fill their days once they aren’t stuck slaving away in an office every day.

A big net worth alone won’t likely ensure a joyous retirement. On the other hand, loneliness and boredom will increase your chances of a depressing retirement. When I talk to some of the retirees I know, they wear me out. The social schedules they keep would wear out the most outgoing among us.


“Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.”

Jonathan Clements


Recently, I was on a plane that had taken off and was approaching cruising altitude, when one of the flight attendants came on the public- address system.

She announced that she was sorry, but the plane’s restrooms were out of order.  The flight attendant went on to apologize to the passengers for any inconvenience. But then she finished cheerily with: “So, as compensation, free drinks will be served.”


The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Norman Vincent Peale


A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading: “GEORGE AND THE DRAGON”.

He knocked. The Innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window.

“Could ye spare some victuals?” he asked.

The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. “No!” she said rather sternly.

“Could I have a drink of water?”

“No!” she said again.

“Could I at least sleep in your stable then?”

“NO!”  By this time she was fairly shouting.

The vagabond still continued,  “Might I please…?”

“What *now*?” the woman interrupted impatiently.

“D’ye suppose,” he asked…”I might have a word with George?”


“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”

Langston Hughes


From British Newspapers

* Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.” (The Daily Telegraph)

* Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

* A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, “This sort of thing is all too common”. (The Times)

* At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard on the spot and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn’t have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)


“If you can’t find the time to do it right the first time, when will you find the time to do it over?”


An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.

“The front row, please,” she answered.

“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”

“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.

“No,” he said.

“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“No,” she said.

“Good,” he answered.


“Living each day as if it were your last doesn’t mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back.”

Jack Canfield


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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Comments on: "A good decision" (1)

  1. great advice

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