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Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Helen Keller




Here we are the end of another week, I hope yours was as good as mine has been. My health continues to improve and I am sure grateful for that. I participated in a number of meetings that resulted in strengthening relationships that are going form the foundation for some great initiatives that will make life more pleasant for hundreds of people. Today I also booked a September cruise on one of the world’s largest ships that has been rated as the most favored ship afloat by experienced cruisers. I am really looking forward to the experience, especially because we got a great deal on the cost. If you might be interested in the cruise let me know and I’ll send you the information.

This morning I have an early appointment with my eye doctor as he wants to make sure my previous eye problems have been cured, and they have. After that my wife and I will join friends and leave town to search for fame and fortune at a nearby casino. And I fully expect the weekend will be as good and maybe better.

I think I may have made a few mistakes and stubbed my two once or twice as the week went on, but I don’t remember what happened, I much prefer to concentrate on the joy that resulted from the good stuff. How about you? If you don’t remember too well your positive events why not stop and jot down one or more things that you might have overlooked. you might even want to follow my lead and bury the bothersome, identify the positive experiences and then use them to leverage into a hell of a good weekend.

You know joy is great medicine but sometimes you have to remember to see it and accept it. Here is a piece from Ralph Marston that you might find helpful.


Filled with joy

How do you keep yourself filled with joy? Give it away every chance you get.

Every encounter is an opportunity to add richness to your own life and to someone else's life. Make the most of those opportunities.

When you don't feel like being joyful, that's when it will make the biggest difference. When you don't feel like smiling, that's when a smile will feel the best.

Joy is always there to experience and to share, when you simply let it come. Go ahead, let it come now, and again, and again.

The better you feel, the more effective you'll be at everything you do. Feel how good it feels to let the joy inside flow out from you.

Feel the goodness as that joy fills your world.


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln


Some of you will remember 30 years ago today?

It was the day in 1981 when the Mariners beat the Orioles 8-2 at the Kingdome and then the players went on strike. Ronald Regan was still President. We were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbitt, and Dolly Parton's 9 to 5. We were watching M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, and WKRP in Cincinnati.

Bread was $0.53 a loaf, Milk was $1.69 per gallon, the average price of a new car was $8,910, gas was going for $1.35 a gallon, and you could mail a letter for 18 cents. Guess what....the Dow average was 875. Of course the average annual US income was $25,838 per year.


"I was out on a date recently and the guy took me horseback riding. That was kind of fun, until we ran out of quarters."

Susie Loucks


A counselor was helping his kids put their stuff away on their first morning in Summer Camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella. The counselor asked, "Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?" 

The kid answered, "Did you ever have a mother?" 


If you have trouble getting your children's attention, just sit down and look comfortable.


A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense's closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, decided to try a trick:

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom!"

He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked, eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally, the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."

With that, the jury retired to deliberate. But after only a few minutes, they came back and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

"But how?" the lawyer asked. "You must have had some doubt, I saw all of you stare at the door."

"Oh, yes," the jury foreman replied: "We all looked -- but your client didn't!"


The majority of HMO plans I've seen can be likened to hospital gowns; you only think you're covered.


The trendy dresser fancied himself quite a lady-killer, and was delighted to find a note pinned inside a new shirt.  It contained a girl's name and address, and asked the recipient to send a photograph.  How romantic, he thought to himself, very taken with the idea of this mystery woman so eager to meet him, and promptly mailed off a note and a photo.

Heart aflutter, he opened her response.  It read, "Thanks for writing. I was just curious to see what kind of guy would buy such a goofy shirt."


Middle age is when you have two temptations - and choose the one that will get you home earlier.


A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen. He asked her about it.

"This is the Klopman diamond," she said. "It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes with it."

"What's the curse?" the man asked.

"Mr. Klopman." answered the woman.


My Wild Oats Have Turned To Shredded Wheat


"New Rules To Clean Up NYC"

Fake Rolex salesmen must offer fake warranty information.

Only 7 Starbucks per block are allowed.

Change meaning of middle finger gesture to: "lookin' good, neighbor."

Women's Rights Groups have won a court action to rename the famous street "Broadway" to "His and Her Way."


The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it.

Andrew Matthews


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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