Ray's musings and humor


“Accept fate, and move on.

Don’t yield to the seductive pull of self-pity.

Acting like a victim threatens your future.”


I used this Teddy Roosevelt quote yesterday. “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” I know about Teddy Roosevelt and I am no Teddy Roosevelt. I have learned to live without glorious triumphs but I do enjoy many personal triumphs.

Here is one dictionary definition of triumph: the happiness, pride, or feeling of elation that comes from winning, being victorious, or overcoming something.

For many of us satisfaction and joy comes just from getting in the game. Sadly too many others just sit on the sidelines held back by fear or just plain laziness. Of course it is always a personal choice, but I have real problems with people who find excuses to just sit and let the world pass them by.

How often have you procrastinated, and delayed, and then delayed again, only to put your toe in the water and find that there were no grounds for your fear. I know when that happens to me and when it does I regret that I missed things I might have had.

Sure we get hurt once in awhile, we often even look foolish, but so what! I would much rather stand up and enjoy the laughter than to wallow in self pity or run and hide. We get the chance everyday to do something special, but only if we start. Want to see a play? Don’t talk about it, go see one. Lonesome? Volunteer somewhere and say hi to all you see. Just don’t crawl up in a ball and hide in the corner, but if that is your choice so be it, I don’t know about everybody else but I’ll miss you but I won’t hang around.

So put your toe in the water and lo and behold you will find that your body won’t be far behind. Like Teddy said “it is far better to dare than to live in the grey twilight.”


"To be what you want to be, be like a bee. If the bee wasted its time comparing it’s big body with it’s small light wings, it would not be flying today."

S. Zondo



1. Kitchen closed – – this chick has had it!

2. Martha Stewart doesn’t live here!!

3. I’m creative; you can’t expect me to be neat too!

4. So this isn’t Home Sweet Home… Adjust!

5. Ring Bell for Maid Service…If no answer do it yourself!

6. I clean house every other day…. Today is the other day!

7. If you write in the dust, please don’t date it!

8. I would cook dinner but I can’t find the can opener!

9. My house was clean last week, too bad you missed it!

10. A clean kitchen is the sign of a wasted life.


12. I came, I saw, I decided to order take out.

13. If you don’t like my standards of cooking … lower your standards.

14. You may touch the dust in this house … but please don’t write in it!

15. Apology … Although you’ll find our house a mess, Come in, sit down, converse. It doesn’t always look like this: Some days it’s even worse.

16. A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious.

17. If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast, and cheap.

18. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

19. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

20. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

21. A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.

22. Help keep the kitchen clean – eat out.

23. Countless number of people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to lead normal lives.

24. My next house will have no kitchen — just vending machines.

25. Gardening forever . . . Housework, never!

26. Dull women have immaculate houses.


Q: What’s the Indian word for "lousy hunter"?

A: Vegetarian.


She said: I sat with my infant son in front of the TV, hostage to my husband’s channel-surfing. He eventually settled on an R-rated movie in which the actress was soon topless.  

"Honey, change the channel," I said, shielding my son’s eyes. "He shouldn’t see this."  

"It’s okay." my husband replied. "He probably thinks it’s the Food Network."  


Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.

Cynthia Nelms


A child asks his mother, "Do all fairy tales begin with, ‘Once upon a time?’"

His mother answers, "No, dear. Once in a while they begin with ‘I’ll be working late at the office tonight.’"

"Does Daddy tell you fairy tales like that?"

"He used to."

"What made him stop?"

"One day he told me he’d be working late, and I said, ‘Can I depend on that?’"


No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.

Charles Kettering


How to install a wireless security system:

Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men’s used work boots, a really big pair.

Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine. Put a dog dish beside it, a really big dish. Leave a note on your front door that says something like "Bubba, Big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition – back in 1/2 an hr. Don’t disturb the pit bulls. They’ve just been wormed and they are a little edgy."


There are more men than women in mental hospitals – which just goes to show who’s driving who crazy.


She said: If you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

If you’re a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you are sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling and he EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup…… I want to be a bear!


Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Gustav Jung


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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The editor is somewhat senile.

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