Ray's musings and humor

Do what I want or else……..

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us,

that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

Thomas Jefferson



I wonder sometimes if we have become too dependent on the use of power believing that it is the solution to every problem. I sure hope not because history has proven that the misuse of power never works over the long haul. The bully, whether a person, organization, business, or even a country can expect that retaliation will come one day.

Sadly those who are power centered feel no need to search for alternative solutions to the problems they face. Unfortunately when you shoot off your guns first and that doesn’t solve the problem there is not much left to do but raise the stakes which usually results in even more violent confrontations. In fact every time more pressure is applied the counter pressure grows and history has shown that there is no better way to unify an opponent than the use of force.

Sadly in this day and age it is the reaction to the use of force that is sometimes worse then the use itself. Who would of thought that a handful of terrorists could win so much by just one act. There action has triggered a war that has taken the lives of thousands and continues to do so. Everyday people have changed their behavior out of fear. Billions of dollars have been redirected away from human needs in an effort to protect ourselves from an invisible enemy and to fight what appears to be an unwinable war. I don’t have the answer but I am pretty sure further polarization of nations and cultures is not it.

The truly strong raise above the trap created by dependency on the use of power, in fact the wise retain power as deterrence and as a vehicle to bring both sides together. I wish someone with the power had the courage to say enough is enough and offer to search for more peaceful solutions. Unfortunately I doubt that will happen since everyone on all sides has decided that their advisories can never be trusted. I fear that the answers will never be found in our fighting each other but only by finding a way to search for answers together.

People don’t want to die! What has happened to humanity that we seem to have little interest in making all people safe so all could live? Maybe in the end it will turn out that the solution was up to all of us, including you and me.


“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


On the Upper West Side of NYC lived an assimilated Jewish man who was now a very militant atheist. But he sent his son Morris to Trinity School because, despite its denominational roots, it was a great school and completely secular.  

After a month, the boy came home and said casually, "By the way, Dad, I learned what Trinity means!  It means ‘The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.’"  

The father could barely control his rage. He seized his son by the shoulders and declared, "Morris, I’m going to tell you something now and I want you never to forget it. Forget this Trinity business. There is only one God…  and we don’t believe in him!"  


"Everything you can imagine is real."

Pablo Picasso



* IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who bought our Easy Sky Diving book, please make the following correction: on page 8, line 7, the words "state zip code" should have read "pull rip cord."  

* It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is T-shirt Appreciation Day. In fact, it is actually Teacher Appreciation Day.  

* There was a mistake in an item sent in two weeks ago which stated that Ed Burnham entertained a party at crap shooting. It should have been trap shooting.  

* There are two important corrections to the information in the update on our Deep Relaxation professional development program. First, the program will include meditation, not medication. Second, it is experiential, not experimental.  

* In the City Beat section of Friday’s paper, firefighter Dwight Brady was misidentified. His nickname in the department is "Dewey." Another firefighter is nicknamed "Weirdo." We apologize for our mistake.  

* Our newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagle is a defective on the police force. This was a typographical error. Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a detective on the police farce.  

* In a recent edition, we referred to the chairman of Chrysler Corporation as Lee Iacoocoo. His real name is Lee Iacacca. The Gazette regrets the error.  

* Apology: I originally wrote, "Woodrow Wilson’s wife grazed sheep on the front lawn of the White House." I’m sorry that typesetting inadvertently left out the word "sheep."  

* In one edition of today’s Food Section, an inaccurate number of jalapeno peppers was given for Jeanette Crowley’s Southwestern chicken salad recipe. The recipe should call for two, not 21, jalapeno peppers.  

* The marriage of Miss Freda vanAmburg and Willie Branton, which was announced in this paper a few weeks ago, was a mistake which we wish to correct.  


My Dad has a sure way to keep my Mom from buying an outfit… When she tries it on, he says, "I love that middle-aged look it gives you."


A soldier stationed in the South Pacific wrote to his wife in the States to please send him a harmonica to occupy his free time and keep his mind off of the local women. The wife complied and sent the best one she could find, along with several dozen lesson & music books.

Rotated back home, he rushed to their home and thru the front door.

"Oh darling" he gushed, "Come here… let me look at you… let me hold you ! Let’s have a fine dinner out, then make love all night. I’ve missed your lovin’ so much !"

The wife, keeping her distance, said, "All in good time lover. First, let’s hear you play that harmonica."


Sometimes you have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

Kobi Yamada


He said: At 5 P.M. one Halloween afternoon, my dental hygienist realized that she wouldn’t make it to the store in time to get snacks for trick-or-treaters. So she took home some free samples from the office supply cabinet. That night she handed out dozens of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.

The next year, although she had bags of chips and popcorn, not one child came knocking at her door.


The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.


She said: One morning I was called to pick up my son at the school nurse’s office. When I walked through the main entrance, I noticed a woman, curlers in her hair, wearing pajamas.  

"Why are you dressed like that?" I asked her.  

"I told my son," she explained, "that if he ever did anything to embarrass me, I would embarrass him back. He was caught cutting school. So now I’ve come to spend the day with him!" 


“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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