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October 2013 Blog Posts (23)


Eat, drink and be scary.


They expect so much rain here today that they have moved Halloween Trick or Treat to tomorrow, we’ll see. It won’t make that much difference as far as I am concerned as I figure I am scary enough without a mask or costume. Also treats are not on my diet and my ability to do tricks is limited these…


Added by Ray on October 31, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Are we smarter now?

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.

Jerry Seinfeld


I had a full day yesterday doing pre-op tests and such at the hospital in preparation for my next surgical adventure. This morning I…


Added by Ray on October 30, 2013 at 3:24am — No Comments

Don't worry the best is yet to come

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

Dorothy Thompson



I have spent the last few days at the hospital and again have seen how debilitating the fear of the unknown can be. We often talk about…


Added by Ray on October 29, 2013 at 4:24am — No Comments

Be well to fare well

The greatest wealth is health.


I have a close friend who often joins us with his wife for an evening out. Over the last month or so he has been really down. He looked gray, had no energy and even had to cancel an evening at the theatre. When asked about doing something about his situation he said he had…


Added by Ray on October 28, 2013 at 2:31am — No Comments

Just be the best you

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

I am still moving a little slow but I am on the mend. In fact I am venturing out this morning for an early breakfast with a Salvation Army staffer who is also a good friend. As I was…


Added by Ray on October 25, 2013 at 2:34am — No Comments

Live a better life

To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead.

Og Mandino



It is one of those days where I was scheduled to attend four critical events and…


Added by Ray on October 24, 2013 at 2:29am — No Comments

We can do better

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

Oscar Ameringer



Hi everyone. I had a full day yesterday including a late night and I have my…


Added by Ray on October 23, 2013 at 4:32am — No Comments

I think you are great, do you?

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”

Gautama Buddha

I am often dismayed by people I meet who are much better than they realize they are. In truth no one is better than being you than you are. We do our jobs, we raise our…


Added by Ray on October 22, 2013 at 2:39am — No Comments

Slow down and live

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau/



I wish my body did not feel ten years older than I feel. Maybe next month’s operation will include youth restoration. The good news is that while I may be creaky and a little slow these…


Added by Ray on October 21, 2013 at 6:38am — No Comments

Are you the best you?

“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”

John Ruskin

If we have been communicating for anytime at all you have heard me say that “This is as good as I get.” While I always strive to do my best and sometimes even do better than I thought I could, in reality I…


Added by Ray on October 18, 2013 at 2:40am — No Comments

Be thankful

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.






Added by Ray on October 17, 2013 at 3:55am — No Comments

Reinvent yourself

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

Warren G. Bennis



We have often talked about the possibilities that…


Added by Ray on October 16, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments


"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."

Helen Keller



Yesterday I shared with you the pleasure I got from making a new friend. As I am sure you know, good friends may be the most important…


Added by Ray on October 15, 2013 at 4:14am — No Comments

I have a new friend

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



In spite of my body being especially creaky I had a pretty good weekend. One of my granddaughters flew in from…


Added by Ray on October 14, 2013 at 2:36am — No Comments

You Can!

“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”

Oscar Wilde



The speaker at my Kiwanis Club meeting yesterday was an old acquaintance of mine who has had…


Added by Ray on October 11, 2013 at 2:42am — No Comments

Give yourself a happiness makeover

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust



Yesterday I suggested some of us seem to avoid our chances to stay happy rather than working on remaining happy. I was surprised that the…


Added by Ray on October 10, 2013 at 2:39am — No Comments

Quit avoiding happiness

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon



I get concerned sometimes when people tell me they cannot find happiness, especially those of us who are aging in a world that is different than the one we once knew. Of…


Added by Ray on October 9, 2013 at 2:40am — No Comments

Don't stop planting acorns

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

Last week I shared with you how highly I regarded our cities leading philanthropist who had just passed away. I thought about him again today as I read all the positive comments on his life in the newspaper. If I had to…


Added by Ray on October 8, 2013 at 2:43am — No Comments

I had a heck of a weekend

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.




It has been a full weekend. I was out of town at one of my grandsons weddings for three days. Since I was away I was unable to attend the funeral of one of our cities leading…


Added by Ray on October 7, 2013 at 3:32am — No Comments

Gene and Marilyn have left, it is up to us now

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson



Yesterday I joined with…


Added by Ray on October 4, 2013 at 4:56am — No Comments

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