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September 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Ray's good news

"I had found a kind of serenity, a new maturity... I didn't feel better or stronger than anyone else, but it seemed no longer important whether everyone loved me or not--more important now was for me to love them. Feeling that way turns your whole life around; living becomes the act of giving."

Beverly Sills

Good news, my tests went well yesterday they found no blockage so no heart surgery is required. So the mystery… Continue

Added by Ray on September 30, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Ray's Daily is suspended once again

NOTE: Ray’s Daily publication will be suspended for a day or so while Ray goes to the hospital for his heart catheter exam.

A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

Neal is right and I’ll tell you a positive attitude is a lot cheaper than today’s medications. I also find that others respond well when you avoid complaint and worry, this has been… Continue

Added by Ray on September 28, 2009 at 10:05am — No Comments

Ray is with the vampires!

"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help."

Judith Martin

My week continues to be dominated by visits to health facilities, this morning I had a blood draw and I will have another tomorrow morning as part of the do it yourself pre-op procedures leading up to next week's hospital adventure. The blood tests are to determine my Lovenox shot requirements before my Cardiac… Continue

Added by Ray on September 25, 2009 at 12:59pm — No Comments

I am back for a few days

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

Og Mandingo

I had my Nuclear Stress Test as scheduled yesterday and the results were inconclusive so we move on to the next step which is one of my least favorite things, a Cardiac Catheter exam of the inside of my heart and its tributaries. It is scheduled for next Tuesday since it takes a few days to clear… Continue

Added by Ray on September 24, 2009 at 10:12am — No Comments

Ray's return has been delayed

If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease.

Robert Ingersoll

NOTE: Ray’s return will be delayed. He returned from his assignment a little worse for wear. They have him going to the hospital early Wednesday for a Nuclear Stress Test to see what can be done to get his energy back. He will be fasting with no caffeine tomorrow (the problem is fasting seems to go really slow) which is the reason for the… Continue

Added by Ray on September 21, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

It really is up to you!

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J K Rowling

NOTE: Ray will be on special assignment for the balance of the week. He is expected to return on Monday the 21st so the Daily will suspend publication until then.


As many of you know I spend a lot of my time with other folks assisting them as they explore the ways they can brighten their future and enrich… Continue

Added by Ray on September 14, 2009 at 7:44am — No Comments

They are gone, it is up to us now!

“Men are respectable only as they respect”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eight years ago today we shared in the horror of the loss of thousands of lives as terror descended on our nation in the form of violent action without regard to the innocence of the victims. The horror brought our country together and most of the rest of the world like never before. People in all walks of life shared in the pain of the loss of so many… Continue

Added by Ray on September 11, 2009 at 6:21am — No Comments

Bring Back Reason!

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.

Blaise Pascal

I got the following message yesterday from one of my favorite friends who currently is in Uganda:

Hi Ray

You won't believe what I did yesterday. I started helping a 15 year old with breathing techniques while in labor. Yoga and having two children made me qualified. She ended up having C section and I went… Continue

Added by Ray on September 10, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

In vest in the kids!

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life."


It has been another one of those non-stop days, primarily filled with my stimulating the medical industry via a pacemaker check, a cardiology visit and more. I have yet to complete the scheduling and rescheduling of my Stress Test in November, my Colonoscopy in October, my… Continue

Added by Ray on September 9, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The world's best medicine!

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

I have come to believe that the thread that enriches the tapestry that we weave as our life goes on is the friendships we make. Yesterday I visited a friend and former colleague who has endured an extended hospital ordeal encompassing weeks of multiple surgeries complicated by an infection that ravaged his body… Continue

Added by Ray on September 8, 2009 at 7:06am — No Comments

Help Wanted

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.

Christina Rossetti

Here we are my friends about to officially change from the laid back summer months to the work ahead that follows our observance of Labor Day in the U.S. Our Labor Day holiday is always the first Monday in September allowing most of my fellow Americans three days away from their formal work.

For some of the… Continue

Added by Ray on September 4, 2009 at 7:23am — No Comments


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

e.e. cummings

It is going to be a full day today leaving little time to write a new daily so here is another from years ago.

September 3, 2003

With all the turmoil in the world today we should be thankful that we are not caring the burdens of so many others. With what we have it is appropriate that we do what we can for others.

If… Continue

Added by Ray on September 3, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Thanks but no thanks

“Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.”

Aesop quotes

For some time now one of my challenges is being asked to be somewhere that provides little return on the time investment. Going to a party and then listening to folks who have more opinions than knowledge is just not for me. Making appearances at organization events, dinners and the like… Continue

Added by Ray on September 1, 2009 at 7:57am — No Comments

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