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January 2009 Blog Posts (20)

I am amazed!

“When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.”

Groucho Marx

Unlike Groucho I am still amazed; not about the fact that I have more time than I thought possible when I was younger but rather amazed at how full life can be. Tomorrow is my… Continue

Added by Ray on January 30, 2009 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Some days are better than others!

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.

Robert Fulghum

Hi all, I did get out today after the snow dump of the previous two days. We had the biggest snow fall in more than ten years. While plows and salt trucks have been working around the clock we still are semi-snowbound in a number of areas. Unfortunately much of my day… Continue

Added by Ray on January 29, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

I wonder......

“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I'd just been myself.”

Brittany Renée

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Maybe not to Poe’s extreme but I did get up… Continue

Added by Ray on January 28, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments

#Indiana hashtag guidelines--How to affect Indiana's future by donating 3 minutes and 8 keystrokes.

Twitter is the preeminent emerging-technology used by social media advocates, architects and early adapters on every continent. It is a platform on which digital grassroots conversations occur in real time.

While being interviewed by Joe Dager - @business901 - for a podcast, I likened the twitter platform to a huge pick-up bar/dance-club, where you can walk over and chat with anyone. The person you approach has the option of interacting with you in 140 characters, or ignoring you.… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

I chose happiness, did you?

Since time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yesterday I wrote about the value of being satisfied with less, especially during troubled times. I also suggested that often the lighter load opens up new vistas for enjoyment. That means when we give up many of the unnecessary material things and be a little more… Continue

Added by Ray on January 27, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

Ah, the simple life!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Charles Darwin

The news here in the US continues to be filled with announcements of record job loss. It hit home for me again this morning when I attended a meeting of business and professional people who are out of a job, most for the first time in their lives. In my experience… Continue

Added by Ray on January 26, 2009 at 1:35pm — No Comments

The World Awaits

I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.

A. E. Hotchner

It is mid-afternoon and I just got home from a day of meetings, etc. that started at 6:30 this morning. So I am not only tired, I am brain dead. Since I get hollered at when I miss a Daily I went down to the archives blew the dust off a box of old Dailies to find one I could send… Continue

Added by Ray on January 23, 2009 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Enjoy life - NOW!

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

I was going through some Dailies I had done years ago and I ran across this piece and unfortunately I don’t know who wrote it or sent it to me. Yet I think it is worth rereading since so many of us regret what we might of done while passing up what we can do if we just quit finding reasons not to. So stop listen and learn from… Continue

Added by Ray on January 22, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

7 Things About Me!

I received this last night on Smaller Indiana and completed it. Then I thought that it would be a great thing for everyone on Stark Reality to complete as well. Why not let everyone know 7 things about you that they may not already know!

So here goes. . . I will start.

1. First and foremost, I love my family! I am married to a wonderful husband (Mark) and have two great kids, Nathan (almost 6 yrs old) and Lisa (3 yrs. old). I have an awesome younger sister (Angie) and… Continue

Added by Kristie Bradford on January 21, 2009 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

I appreciate all you do!

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”


I had breakfast with a friend the other day who heads a major arts organization. He, like others with similar responsibilities has the job of leading and motivating a group of artists on the performing side and administrators on the business side. Each group is dependent on the other for the organization to succeed… Continue

Added by Ray on January 21, 2009 at 10:02am — No Comments

Are you a satisficer?

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.

John Henry Newman

Today is a historical day in my country. We will inaugurate a new president who has captured the imagination and raised the hopes of millions of my fellow citizens. We do have a chance, if we learn how to come together, to pull our selves out of the economic and international problems we face. I would also hope… Continue

Added by Ray on January 20, 2009 at 8:38am — No Comments

What if Martin Luther King, Jr used twitter to spread the message of his dream?

While reviewing Direct Messages (DMs) and @replies early Sunday morning, I noticed that RicRaftis began following me on twitter. As with every new follower, I carefully reviewed his BIO to learn about his dreams and aspirations. Was he a twitter purist who wanted to authentically share his wisdom, or a Social Media Monger?

Upon inspection, @RicRaftis’s twitter stats contained a decent FFU… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 19, 2009 at 3:36pm — 4 Comments

This is the winter of our content.

“Those who don't pick roses in summer won't pick them in winter either”

German Proverb

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Here in Indianapolis we continue to experience unusually frigid weather. We get to decide each day how we are going to react, hibernate or bundle up and adventure out into the frosty weather. In a way it somewhat symbolizes the choices we have in life.

Recently I received an e-mail from a… Continue

Added by Ray on January 19, 2009 at 11:35am — No Comments

Was that Ray that just ran by?

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”

Georgia O'Keeffe

I strongly agree with O’Keeffe’s quote, except I can’t today I am too rushed. Plus I am trying to overcome the temperature contrast, 80’s… Continue

Added by Ray on January 16, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

We better get started!

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you realize that it is already the middle of January? With my trips, the New Year and getting caught up it almost got away from me. Fortunately it is not too late to fulfill January obligations, you know the ones we in the U.S. are expected to deal with each January.

So I’ll step away for a moment and do some research and let you know… Continue

Added by Ray on January 15, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

My next cruise will be in Indianapolis

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


While I was away visiting other countries last week I rediscovered the value of just taking it easy while looking around at my leisure. Of course I also found that having no scheduled obligations allowed me to nap more, read more, think more and best of all acquire… Continue

Added by Ray on January 14, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ray's back

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Nelson Henderson

As you can tell I made it back. During the time we were away we made quick stops in Haiti, Panama, Columbia, and the Cayman Islands. Since we are now limiting ourselves to more frugal activities we did not take any of the traditional tours, rather we walked around the areas we visited and saw that the… Continue

Added by Ray on January 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Indy Tweet Up was so wonderful -- Nine really interesting people sharing ideas, experience and a decent cup of joe.

I posted this blog initially on the comment board of the Group IP on Everything. That was the first group I created on Smaller Indiana.

Wow.. We're up to 24 members! WooHoo! I am sorry that I didn't specifically invite this group to the Indy tweetup. Every time I meet-up with people I've grown to know over a virtual platform--like Smaller Indiana or twitter--I have a wonderful time and learn so much.

All attendees had a few… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 10, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

This is Hilarious. I am going to make my 13 yr old watch it. She will laugh AND learn an important lesson.

I discovered it first on In the video section. Thanks to

This is hilarious - "Facebook in ReAlity : If Facebook was a real place" 1.7 million You Tube views. Do I smell a… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 7, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

On NewYear’s Eve I participated in a twitter Rave – Social Media advocates could learn much from #nyetwarty and #happy09.

Have you ever dropped food into a pond and then hundreds of fish swarmed to the surface? How abut throwing potato chips up in the air at a beach filled with sea-gulls? (I don’t recommend that beach thing—it’s scary). On New Year’s Eve, while sitting alone in front of my computer, I experienced this swarm phenomenon -- virtually. I referred to it as a “happening” that night, but Princeton’s definition of… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 6, 2009 at 6:50pm — No Comments

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