Ray's musings and humor


Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

Andre Gide



I told a friend recently that I had taken five pages of notes and when I opened the note pad a few days later I realized I could not read music. The sad part is that in reality I am often noting down thoughts, whims, and even sometimes facts in a little note book that I always carry only to find later I can’t decipher what I wrote. Just as I can’t read music I often can’t read my handwriting. My memory is so bad that I depend on my notes to trigger thoughts that can be developed into a Daily entry. That not withstanding here are a few random thoughts I culled today from one of my notebooks.


  • I recently attended a class where the instructor was discussing the differences between Western religion and Eastern religion. It triggered a note that read: “It appears that when Western religion is taught we are taught what is viewed as fact, what we know or think we know. In Eastern religion it seems that their teaching is more directed towards what we don’t know and our obligation to spend our lives searching for answers.”


  • Another time I wrote, “I wonder if we take ourselves for granted and then spend too much of our lives resting on our so-called laurels, rather than breaking away from our comfort zone so that we can reach new heights.”


  • Here is one that I wish I had realized long ago. “We are so busy defending our opinions as if they were incontrovertible fact bcause once we draw a conclusion we stop the verification process.” I have been proven wrong far too often to assume that I am even right most of the time. However my odds of being right improve dramatically if I listen to others and continue the search for answers.


  • I wrote in frustration, ““Everywhere I turn I hear one politician say that the American people want this and then hear another politician say that the American people want that. I guess we are expected to pick one of the many “American People” groups that they say represents us all. Well I am not going to do it; I’ll think for myself and strive to learn where I come down on any specific issue.”” In fact it seems to me that we really are not a uniform people, we are different, and that is good if we embrace our differences. Unfortunately there are too many have-not’s, too much vitriolic polarization and not much interest in solving our problems. I wonder sometimes if the lifeboat everyone shared during the great depression brought us together as a people and that the benefits that we received by being together are now withering away.


Enough is enough; it is not all gloom and doom, after all there is you.


Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

H. G. Wells


Heather and Marcy hadn’t seen each other in awhile, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Marcy confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life. Heather, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found. "He’s perfect. He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!"

"He said ‘will you marry me’?" Marcy asked.

Heather replied, "No, he said ‘put your money away’."


Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.

Woodrow Wilson


Joe’s wife likes to sing so she decided to join the church choir. From time to time she would practice while she was in the kitchen preparing dinner. Whenever she would start in on a song, Joe would head outside to the porch.

His wife, with hurt feelings, said, "What’s the matter, Joe? Don’t you like my singing?"

Joe replied, "Honey, I love your singing, but I just want to make sure the neighbors know I’m not beating you."


My dog saw a sign that said: "Wet Paint” so he did!


A Catholic Dictionary


The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.


Your receipt for attending Mass.


A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.


A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.


The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.


Holy Smoke!


When kids have kids of their own.


A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.


The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.


People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.


The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.


The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.


Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.


A young couple met with their Rabbi to set a date for their wedding. When he asked whether they preferred a contemporary or a traditional service, they opted for the contemporary.

On the big day, a major storm forced the groom to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The streets were flooded, so he rolled up his pants legs to keep his trousers dry.

When he finally reached the shul, his best man rushed him up the aisle and up to the altar, just as the ceremony was starting.

"Pull down your pants," whispered the Rabbi.

"Uh, Rebbe, I’ve changed my mind," the groom responded. "I think I would prefer the traditional service."


It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.

It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Mohandas K. Gandhi


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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