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December 2008 Blog Posts (23)

As I leave I wish you happiness

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

Edward Payson Powell

Things are pretty hectic here at the 27th floor of the Ray’s Daily building. The staff is rushing to get everything put away and prepared for the employee annual holiday break. They have even been in my office… Continue

Added by Ray on December 26, 2008 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Joy to the World!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling: 'How could it be so?'

It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes or bags!

And he puzzled three hours, 'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a… Continue

Added by Ray on December 24, 2008 at 9:44am — No Comments

Back to the drawing bgoard

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”

Bernice Johnson Reagon

The next few days will be a good time to bask in the holiday spirit and be grateful for what we have, especially our friends and our families. Now is a time in our history that we risk falling into to the depths of despair due to the economic conditions and the challenges that life often lays upon… Continue

Added by Ray on December 23, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Holiday Traditions and Mary's Freudian Slip

I was Christmas shopping with Mary, my mom, and sisters ten years ago at the Mole Hole in The Fashion Mall. It was a groovy little store with expensive knick-knacks and lots of fake trees dripping with ornaments for purchase. During one of those eerily quiet moments when everyone stops talking all at once, Mary said something that has been recounted several times throughout the last decade. She was reminiscing about growing up in Des Moines and the… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on December 23, 2008 at 9:31am — 7 Comments

'Tis the season....

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Malayan Proverb

Here we are, the second day of Chanukah, the second day of winter and three days away from Christmas and all is well (I hope). In my hometown it is feezing, also everyone in the city was on the road trying to get into shopping centers as I was trying to get home from a lunch meeting and I have yet to figure out what I am… Continue

Added by Ray on December 22, 2008 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Words from the past

Happiness is anyone and anything that's loved by you.

Charlie Brown

I just got home from morning meetings and a quick lunch and soon I am off for my last Bell Ringing assignment for 2008 so I am going to see what I wrote over the years on December 19th. Hopefully I’ll find something that at least makes a little sense.


December 19, 2000

Inspirational writer Earl Nightingale… Continue

Added by Ray on December 19, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Have you signed up yet?

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Dr. Seuss

Some recent events got me thinking about what we can do during the current worldwide economic crisis.

The first event took place this past weekend when I participated in a Salvation Army three day fund-raising effort where I worried about our ability to reach our goal and was pleasantly surprised when we… Continue

Added by Ray on December 18, 2008 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Younger today than yesterday!

“It takes a long time to grow young.”

Pablo Picasso

It is another of those days. Blood test, followed by Dentist, followed by a family event, followed by an evening celebrating Christmas at the Symphony and if that wasn’t enough it is my son’s birthday. Write the Daily? Sorry not today, so let me go back and see what I can find from another day.

First sent December 17, 2001

Today is my son’s… Continue

Added by Ray on December 17, 2008 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Stark Family Dog Calendar 2009-- 20th Anniversary Edition

If you love dogs, peruse the photo section of Stark ReAlity.

I used a few photos from flickr and other Internet sources--e.g. the ashamed beagle puppy above can be found at .

All other dogs are Stark Dogs… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on December 17, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ain't it the truth!

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

Cindy Lew

Lately as I have re-inventoried those things that have made my life better each year I realize that most of the good things I have experienced are the result of the people I know. Someone asked me recently if I had any hobbies and I told them that I did, I collected friends. Sure I have enjoyed my travels… Continue

Added by Ray on December 16, 2008 at 11:57am — No Comments

Thanks Everyone

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Anne Frank

Here we are, Monday again. For me it is a day of rest after three days of working at our local Salvation Army’s annual Radiothon. It is always a great experience since I get to talk on the phone to so many good people who are calling in to make a donation so that someone else may have a better Christmas. I will admit though that getting up at 4:30 AM three days in a… Continue

Added by Ray on December 15, 2008 at 10:01am — No Comments


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault

The day has really gotten away from me. Besides my regular Thursday meetings I got e-mail telling me that my flight back to Indianapolis in January had been cancelled. I spent a major part of the morning on hold only to discover that they had no workable alternatives, fortunately I was able to get a full… Continue

Added by Ray on December 11, 2008 at 11:56am — No Comments

Thanks for the memories

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

From the television show The Wonder Years

Before I forget I need to let you know there will be no Daily on Friday. I’ll be getting up about 4:30 AM to get ready to go to one of our leading radio stations where I’ll be taking phone donations for the Salvation Army’s annual Radiothon. Later that afternoon I’ll be… Continue

Added by Ray on December 10, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Will people donate five minutes to a worthy cause they know nothing about?

A few weeks ago, I heard Larry Welke give a speech at a BPE meeting about his passion for the 501(c)(3) Children Without Limits --Video Storytelling Project. Since then, I had the pleasure of meeting him face to face on two separate occasions to learn more about this worthy cause.

As a social media advocate, I spent quite a bit of our face -to-face time discussing the communication paradigm shift, and how Social Media is changing the way… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on December 9, 2008 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Is your life plan current?

“Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today. So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.”

Lately I have spent a lot of time thinking about how people can find their own happiness. As many of you know I spend hours with lots of folks who are not sure what they want or what would make… Continue

Added by Ray on December 9, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

I wish you could have been there!

“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.”

William Allen White

One of the benefits I get from my Kiwanis Club membership is the opportunity it provides to better understand humanity. The service that my club provides allows me to see people as they… Continue

Added by Ray on December 8, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Twitter Soc Net & etc.

Thanks for your kind remarks and attention at lunch! We have much more to talk about and I hope we can do that again soon.

I created a Twitter acct: kjbrand, so I could participate in the Startup Weekend buzz. You can search for #SWI to catch the stream.

There is so much I don't understand/appreciate about this whole Soc Net thing. Conflicted may be another appropriate description. So much Attention Deficit pandering! The whole 'follow me' puts even more pressure on a… Continue

Added by Kim Brand on December 6, 2008 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

He's sleeping!

“Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Me: OK, where have you been, the Daily should have gone out already.

Ray: I had an early meeting with a Medical School professor friend and left about 6:30 AM.

Me: Why was that so important?

Ray: We had to solve the world’s medical… Continue

Added by Ray on December 5, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

I hope I wake up soon!

"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."

I am beginning to think I am living in wonderland, like in “Alice in Wonderland.” I regularly hear from people who would rather we continue to suffer from a broken economy and a world in strife than to see the current congress and administration get credit for solving our problems. Still others seem to be dedicated to do what ever they can to make… Continue

Added by Ray on December 4, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Contented Living

“There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of… Continue

Added by Ray on December 3, 2008 at 9:33am — No Comments

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