Ray's musings and humor

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.




What is stress? Is it a state of mind, unfounded worry, fear, chemical imbalance or something else? Probably it is one or more of each of these. Many of us believe that stress is self imposed, but of course getting over it is easier said than done. Don’t you hate it when someone says to you to just chill out and get over it when you’re agonizing over something real or imagined. Of course manageable stress sometimes sharpens us for a difficult task, but most of the time we know it is just a useless waste of energy. In severe cases doctors will provide medication in pill form. I prefer the following as a much more pleasurable alternative treatment.


Watch a sunset             Go to the beach             Be positive

Sing a song                   Pet a dog                      Tell a joke

Listen to music              Blow bubbles                 Take a nap

Dance a jig                    Take a walk                   Write a letter

Have a cup of tea           Ask for help                   Smile

Take a break                 Do it now!                      Stretch

Keep a journal               Hum a tune                   Practice patience

Get up early                  Meditate                        Do Tai Chi

Play a drum                   Prioritize                       Give a hug

Throw a ball                   Play with a child                        See a movie

Plant a flower                 Say "No"                       Set Limits

Eat a snack                   Read a book                  Practice kindness

Light a candle                Laugh out loud               Lie in the sun

Walk in the rain             Run in the park              Talk to a friend

Take a bubble bath         Avoid negative people     Take a deep breath

Ask for what you need    Go to bed on time          Walk a labyrinth

Give a compliment         Clean a closet               Go barefoot

Give a blessing              Watch a sunrise                        Say a prayer


Take this medicine on a regular basis and people will no longer say “Are you OK, you look stressed out?” but they might say “You look great, what’s your secret”. You can tell them that you take regular doses of the good stuff and have little time for the bad stuff.


I have to run, I have a sunrise to watch, see ya.


The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.

Elbert Hubbard


Common Sailing Terms…

  • Amidships – condition of being surrounded by boats.  
  • Anchor – a device designed to bring up mud samples from the bottom at inopportune or unexpected times.  
  • Anchor Light – a small light used to discharge the battery before daylight.  
  • Beam Sea – A situation in which waves strike a boat from the side, causing it to roll unpleasantly. This is one of the four directions from which wave action tends to produce extreme physical discomfort. The other three are ‘bow sea’ (waves striking from the front), ‘following sea’ (waves striking from the rear), and ‘quarter sea’ (waves striking from any other direction).  
  • Berth – a little addition to the crew.  
  • Boat ownership – Standing fully-clothed under a cold shower, tearing up 100-dollar bills  
  • Boom – sometimes the result of a surprise jibe. Called boom for the sound that’s made when it hits crew in the head on its way across the boat.  
  • Calm – Sea condition characterized by the simultaneous disappearance of the wind and the last cold beverage.  
  • Chart – a type of map which tells you exactly where you are aground.  
  • Clew – an indication from the skipper as to what he might do next.  
  • Course – The direction in which a skipper wishes to steer his boat and from which the wind is blowing. Also, the language that results by not being able to.  
  • Crew – Heavy, stationary objects used on shipboard to hold down charts, anchor cushions in place and dampen sudden movements of the boom.  
  • Dead Reckoning – a course leading directly to a reef.  
  • Dinghy – the sound of the ship’s bell.  
  • Displacement – when you dock your boat and can’t find it later.  
  • Estimated Position – a place you have marked on the chart where you are sure you are not.  
  • Flashlight – Tubular metal container used on shipboard for storing dead batteries prior to their disposal.  
  • Gybe – A common way to get unruly guests off your boat.  
  • Headway – what you are making if you can’t get the toilet to work.  
  • Jack Lines – "Hey baby, want to go sailing?"  
  • Landlubber – anyone on board who wishes he were not.  
  • Latitude – the number of degrees off course allowed a guest.  
  • Mast – religious ritual used before setting sail.  
  • Mizzen – an object you can’t find.  
  • Motor Sailer – A sailboat that alternates between sail/rigging problems and engine problems, and with some booze in the cabin.  
  • Ram – an intricate docking maneuver sometimes used by experienced skippers.  
  • Sailing – The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense.  
  • Shroud – equipment used in connection with a wake.  
  • Starboard – special board used by skippers for navigation (usually with "Port" on the opposite side.)  
  • Tack – A maneuver the skipper uses when telling the crew what they did wrong without getting them mad.  
  • Yawl – A sailboat from Texas, with some good bourbon stored down yonder in the cabin  
  • Zephyr – Warm, pleasant breeze. Named after the mythical Greek god of wishful thinking, false hopes, and unreliable forecasts.  


If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.


A couple of Rednecks went on vacation in Colorado. They flew to Denver and rented a car to sight see. One of the sights was a bridge that was more than 1,000 feet above the river. Walking out onto the bridge, they noticed it swaying in the wind.  

"I don’t think I want to drive the car across this bridge," one said to the other.  

"What are you worried about?" the second replied. "It’s a rental.  


Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.

Libbie Fudim


"Wow, man," Timmy said. "God parted the Red Sea and let all His people through on dry ground!"

"Sorry," said the ‘biblical’ scholar. "But that wasn’t the Red Sea; it was the Reed Sea. And its water is only about one foot deep. No miracle was involved."

"Oh," said Timmy. Then, reading on a little more, he said, "Wow, man! What a miracle! God drowned all those Egyptians in one foot of water!"


Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B,

but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.

Douglas Pagels


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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