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August 2011 Blog Posts (19)

Pity the faultless

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.

Shania Twain




Before I forget, my wife is taken me out for rest and relaxation tomorrow morning so I will be shutting down the office until…


Added by Ray on August 30, 2011 at 4:56am — No Comments

Good job!

You can't run away from trouble.  There ain't no place that far.

Uncle Remus




Recently we have seen our friends in the Eastern part of the United States go through some really tough times. Some have suffered the aftermath of an earthquake while millions of others…


Added by Ray on August 29, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

Pardon me, it is time for my nap

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mohandas K. Gandhi




It has been great to get out this past week, I have been full of reasonable pep up to almost 10 AM and then I hear the siren song of my bed calling me home to nap. Unfortunately this has…


Added by Ray on August 26, 2011 at 4:20am — No Comments

Eternal Youth

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Mark Twain




I mentioned yesterday that I had the good fortune to see Tony Bennett in concert the other day and to say the least I was amazed by the show. His daughter, also a singer was…


Added by Ray on August 25, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

Oh happy day

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Martin Luther




Sometimes it takes a little work to stay on the bright side. So far it looks like it might cost me almost $2000 not to cruise next month. Also to date it…


Added by Ray on August 24, 2011 at 5:02am — No Comments

I am glad I know you!

"To be a friend a man should go more than halfway with his fellow men; he should greet others first and not wait to be greeted."

Wilferd A. Peterson




During my recent period of medical challenges I realized the therapeutic value of many things we often take for…


Added by Ray on August 23, 2011 at 4:22am — No Comments

Watch out, I am out and about

"To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."

Gail Sheehy




Yippee, I got out over the weekend. Saturday I made the Farmers Market and bought a bag of sweet corn fresh from the field. I also picked up some farm made multigrain bread that…


Added by Ray on August 22, 2011 at 4:45am — No Comments

One more day

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Dolly Parton




Unfortunately my recovery is a little slower than expected so my return to the outside world will be delayed another day. The good news is that tomorrow is Saturday and I…


Added by Ray on August 19, 2011 at 5:28am — No Comments

I will escape tomorrow!

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."

George Patton




Today will be my last day of home confinement so tomorrow I’ll drive and break out at least for a while. My new phone should be delivered tomorrow…


Added by Ray on August 18, 2011 at 5:50am — No Comments

Shall we dance?

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tunes without the words

And never stops --at all.

Emily Dickinson




I am back after my cardiac catheterization exam yesterday.…


Added by Ray on August 17, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Fast today, hospital tomorrow

Patience is the greatest of all virtues.

Cato the Elder




Today is pre-op day (self-administered shot) and then off to the hospital early in the morning for my Cardiac Catheterization. I should only be in the hospital for the day baring any complications, after…


Added by Ray on August 15, 2011 at 4:45am — No Comments

I am truly grateful to the Chicken

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.

Swedish Proverb




I lucked out again! I was diagnosed as having some intestinal problems that require my staying in close proximity to bathrooms. Why is that good news you may ask. It is because I was already down with…


Added by Ray on August 12, 2011 at 4:31am — No Comments

Great! A new day and a fresh start.

Life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.

Lillian Dickson




Desiderata is a prose poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1927.  Its wise council has been guiding good folks ever since. Someone sent me a copy a few years ago where…


Added by Ray on August 11, 2011 at 5:23am — No Comments

One more time

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths."

Etty Hillesum





The results of my day of tests yesterday were inconclusive. Yep, I survived my Nuclear Stress Test at my favorite (well used…


Added by Ray on August 10, 2011 at 5:17am — No Comments

August to do list

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

Sam Keen




I had my tests last Friday and they ended up tweaking my Pacemaker and adding a new medication. They also scheduled me for a Nuclear Stress Test first thing tomorrow morning and since I’ll be at the…


Added by Ray on August 8, 2011 at 5:47am — No Comments

I hope you stopped

Don't hurry. Don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

Walter Hagen




I am off to see the docs early this morning for tests and hopefully some successful rejuvenation. Since I am not sure how long I’ll be I am…


Added by Ray on August 5, 2011 at 5:48am — No Comments

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner Colette       I am not totally sure why but these last few years have been the happiest in my lifetime. Possibly it is fading memory…

What a wonderful life I've had!

I only wish I'd realized it sooner





I am not totally sure why but these last few years have been the happiest in my lifetime. Possibly it is fading memory but I believe it is the result of choosing to…


Added by Ray on August 4, 2011 at 6:50am — No Comments

Enrich your life

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one”

 C.S. Lewis




Yesterday I mentioned how painful it can be when a strong personal relationship comes to an abrupt end. That got me thinking about our…


Added by Ray on August 3, 2011 at 5:01am — No Comments

Companionship can work

The reason we've been together, I think, is companionship, love, truth and honesty.

Keith Sargent




I made it back from North Carolina unscathed. Fortunately I experienced no shortness of breath or chest discomfort, possibly because my wife insisted on wheel…


Added by Ray on August 2, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

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