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February 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Dropping out is tempting, but no thanks!

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

I think I mentioned the other day that I was going to have to say more often. Not so much because I care any less it is just that there are so many challenges these days that we need everyone to do all they can and no one person by themselves can come close to doing what needs to be done. I also must admit that I… Continue

Added by Ray on February 26, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Obstacles create opportunities

“Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals - Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want”

Marsha Sinetar

I attended a seminar at Butler University last night, the discussion centered on the emerging global powers in relationship to the US. During the evening we viewed a number of charts that showed how India, China and Brazil as well as others would… Continue

Added by Ray on February 25, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

We can do it!

If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

Edward Everett Hale

If you are like I am you are finding the challenges we face these days to be somewhat daunting. I have watched my nest egg shrink, the value of my home drop and way too many friends and neighbors lose their jobs, income and/or savings. We face so many decisions as we must make life style adjustments about what… Continue

Added by Ray on February 24, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments

If you join some great things can happen!

"I can't do everything, but I can do something. If we all did something. We could conquer anything."

Robert L. Shimmel

A week or so ago I did a television interview where the moderator in an off the air discussion told me that her and her husband shared a dream. They wanted to mobilize caring volunteers from their area into an army of servers. I got excited about the possibilities of how such a group could make a real… Continue

Added by Ray on February 23, 2009 at 10:58am — No Comments

Have you had yours lately?

A hug is a handshake from the heart.

Here it is the middle of the afternoon and I am just starting to put together the Daily. It seems that I am brain dead, probably due in no small part to the fact I met very early with a fascinating friend that always challenges me mentally. And then if that wasn’t enough I lunched with a favorite and very smart old friend. So I went looking for something relevant from an old Daily and I found… Continue

Added by Ray on February 20, 2009 at 1:29pm — No Comments

I'll look for your comet!

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London

I have been somewhat concerned lately with how… Continue

Added by Ray on February 19, 2009 at 11:43am — No Comments


“Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.”

John C. Maxwell quotes

I am beginning to think I am again saying yes too often. My day yesterday ran from 6:30 AM until 9:00 PM. Between meetings and a seminar I was only able to squeeze in a few necessary tasks. And here it is another day and it is more of the same, off at 6:30 for an early meeting with an important friend, on to a class on the ethnic… Continue

Added by Ray on February 18, 2009 at 12:57pm — No Comments

How old did you say you were?

"The wise man doesn't expect to find life worth living; he makes it that way."

Ancient Greek Proverb

It is another one of those days, filled with wonder and excitement, well maybe that is going too far. It will though be productive and provide me some learning opportunities. First I am having breakfast with a favorite of mine who works at the Peyton Manning Childrens Hospital where we will discuss the possibility of a… Continue

Added by Ray on February 17, 2009 at 9:02am — No Comments

I feel great, how about you?

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

Ancient Persian Saying

The more time I spend with people the more I realize that the most powerful attribute of those who do well and who move forward making affirmative changes in their lives is a positive attitude. I don’t mean that they have unbridled optimism or an unrealistic view of their life, rather it is their capacity… Continue

Added by Ray on February 16, 2009 at 8:07am — No Comments

A gift to my new indiana friends...

Thanks for having me and as a gift i give you a link to (one of) our local bald eagles through a web cam at the norfolk, va, botantical gardens. She just laid her egg(s) earlier this week (021309), so she doesn't seem to be getting out much, but that makes it easier to catch her at home/nest, no? I get a real kick out of the link, and if the night is clear, sometimes you can see her then too :) enjoy.

sincerly, C.

Added by Chaz B. on February 13, 2009 at 3:06pm — 1 Comment

No thanks, not me?

“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”

Wayne Dyer

I spent a few hours this morning with a friend who was complaining about the epidemic spread of negativism. Her concern seemed to be one of catching what seems to be a contagious malady in today’s society. I suggested that there is no reason for us or most others to succumb to the disease.… Continue

Added by Ray on February 13, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments

I went that way!

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Albert Einstein

It is another one of those days. I have a Mayors’ briefing at my Kiwanis Club followed by one of those “What do I want to do with the rest of my life” brainstorming sessions with a new friend.

If that was not enough I also have a TV interview in the early afternoon to promote a Foreign Policy Association Great Decision… Continue

Added by Ray on February 12, 2009 at 9:13am — No Comments

Thanks 4 have'n me...

Thanks 4 have'n me aborad. Really cant say how I found here, but looks cool, quiet, and a great platform 4 refuge from the nonstop torential data downpour. posted thru my pet projects, my posted above FriendFeed, and another, which is a raving river of news bursting through the damn of my pc. Feel free to check it out, but Bwarn'd, it flows fast, lol {}. Then there comes tumblr, that place is just nuts, a whole basket… Continue

Added by Chaz B. on February 12, 2009 at 1:45am — No Comments

You can do it!

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

As you already know, one of things that makes my life so interesting is the people who offer me their time while sharing their hopes and their dreams. Sadly however I find that too many never take that first step towards their dreams because their minds are cluttered with so many options. I find that far too often people… Continue

Added by Ray on February 11, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Indy TweetUp on the 12th to Celebrate Twestival -- Whenever, wherever two tweeters meet, reflect and enjoy #twindy09 in a tweet.

It began on Feb 4th when I was tweavesdropping on a conversation between @nancymryland and @gregcooper . I asked if they would be interested in celebrating twestival with me on the 12th and they said yes!

I submitted my info to the twestival committee so that Indianapolis could be listed among the nearly 200 cities participating in this event to raise awareness and money for… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on February 10, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

I forgave myself, did you?

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

Wilfred Peterson

I hope you are like I am; hardly a day goes by that I can’t find some highlight to savor and remember. Last Sunday was… Continue

Added by Ray on February 10, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Be my neighbor?

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.

Lady Bird Johnson

One of our Daily readers sent me a message that I want to share with you. After you read the story you will understand the picture he attached as a way to thank some unknown good neighbors.


When we had… Continue

Added by Ray on February 9, 2009 at 9:12am — No Comments

WOW, what a deal!

Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now, and do it. Today is your lucky day.”

Will Durant


It has been another of those event filled days. It started with an exciting meeting with the head of charity that provides a unique program for pediatric cancer patients and a local Universities Dean of Nursing that resulted in their forming an affiliation to develop… Continue

Added by Ray on February 6, 2009 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Be well and you'll live well.

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I got e-mail from one of my friends who is a high energy sales executive; a smart person who is always working, always driving and who probably has more zeal than necessary. The e-mail said, “I am sorry I won’t be at the meeting tomorrow morning, I had hoped to be there but I am a little weak, I had a heart attack last Friday.” I was surprised since my friend… Continue

Added by Ray on February 5, 2009 at 12:44pm — No Comments

How is your zest?

“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”

Norman Vincent Peale

I spent some time with a friend recently discussing quality of life issues. I never can do that without reminiscing and looking back on my life. As has been the case most of the time lately I decided that my life, while having moments of pain has really been exciting and satisfying. I don’t think I… Continue

Added by Ray on February 4, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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