Ray's musings and humor

Yes, there are good people!

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

Marcus Aurelius




To my Yahoo 360 readers. I will continue to post the Blog on 360. The only reason I have added it to Multiply is for backup and for those readers who are now only using Multiply. I still prefer 360.



The other day I told you some guy is walking around Indianapolis looking better because of his great black leather jacket. I must report that that is not the case. The guy walking around in the jacket looks no better than I ever did, because it is me. Some really good person returned the jacket to the mall’s lost and found yesterday; they must have kept it warm in their place of business over the weekend. I am very happy!


I wish I knew who returned my jacket so I could thank them, it would have cost $400 or more to replicate what I had lost. I am glad that most people are good people and go out of their way to do the right thing. I just can’t imagine what it must be like spending time trying to get an advantage over someone else. When I find something of value I think of it as an opportunity to make a new friend. My windfall is having the opportunity to return what I have found rather than getting something that belongs to someone else. Sadly I think there are far too many people who view someone making a mistake in their favor in as good fortune instead of a test of character. I much rather subscribe to what’s in it for us rather than to selfishly spend my time on what is in it for me.


Take it easy

It’s easier to be sincere, than to pretend. It’s easier to be truthful, than to maintain deception. It’s easier to take action, than to live with regret. It’s easier to do it right, than to go back and fix it.

It’s easier to plan ahead, than to play catch up. It’s easier to achieve excellence, than to endure mediocrity. It is easier to live with purpose and direction, than it is to have others control your life.

It is easier to get the job finished now, than to come back to it later. It’s easier to work with cooperation and respect, than to scheme and fight.

It is easier to speak up, than to live with injustice. It is easier to ask and learn, than to live in ignorance.

After all is said and done, life is easier when we live it as it was meant to be lived — with purpose, honesty, effort, respect and focus.

Ralph Marston


A driver pulled up beside a rundown farmhouse. He got out and knocked at the door. An elderly woman answered the door, and he asked her for directions to Des Moines.

"Don’t know," the woman said.

He got back in his car and pulled away. Then he heard voices. He looked in his rear view mirror and saw the woman and an equally old man waving for him to come back. So he made a U-turn and drove up to them.

"This is my husband," the old woman said. "He doesn’t know how to get to Des Moines either!"


Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.

Pearl Bailey


Two paramedics are sent to check on a 92-year-old man who has become disoriented. They decide to take him to the hospital for evaluation.

While the paramedics are rushing him to the hospital with sirens blaring, one of them talks to the man to determine how aware he is.

Leaning close, the paramedic asks, "Sir, do you know what we’re doing right now?"

The old fellow slowly looks up at him, then gazes out the ambulance window.

"Oh," he replies, "I’d say about 50, maybe 55."


Take my advice, I don’t use it anyway.


A little boy is roughhousing with his dog. His mother says to him, "Now, I know you love your pup, but you’re loving him too much. How would you feel if someone huge picked you up and squeezed you so hard you couldn’t breathe?"

The boy thinks a moment. Then he says brightly, "I guess I’d feel like it was my birthday and Aunt Doreen was here."


"Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth."

Portuguese Proverb


Mary was married to a male chauvinist. They both worked full time, but he never did anything around the house and certainly not any housework. That, he declared, was woman’s work.

One evening Mary arrived home from work to find the children bathed, a load of wash in the washing machine and another in the dryer, dinner on the stove and a beautifully set table, complete with flowers. She was astonished, and she immediately wanted to know what was going on. It turned out that Charley, her husband, had read a magazine article that suggested working wives would be more romantically inclined if they weren’t so tired from having to do all the housework in addition to holding down a full-time job.

The next day, she couldn’t wait to tell her friends in the office. "How did it work out?" they asked. "Well, it was a great dinner," Mary said. "Charley even cleaned up, helped the kids with their homework, folded the laundry and put everything away."

"But what about afterward?" her friends wanted to know. "It didn’t work out," Mary said. "Charley was too tired."


"You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there."

George Burns


An American attorney had just finished a guest lecture at a law school in Italy when an Italian lawyer approached him and asked, "Is it true that a person can fall down on a sidewalk in your country and then sue the landowners for lots of money?"

Told that it was true, the lawyer turned to his partner and started speaking rapidly in Italian. When they stopped, the American attorney asked if they wanted to go to America to practice law.

"No, no," one replied. "We want to go to America and fall down on sidewalks."


"The longest word in the English language is the one that follows the phrase, ‘And now a word from our sponsor’."

Hal Eaton


He loved living in Staten Island, but he wasn’t crazy about the ferry. Miss a ferry late at night, and you have to spend the next hour or so wandering the deserted streets of lower Manhattan.

So when he spotted a ferry no more than fifteen feet from the dock, he decided he wouldn’t subject himself to an hour’s wait.  He made a running leap and landed on his hands and knees, a little bruised maybe, but safe on deck.

He got up, brushed himself off, and announced proudly to a bystander, "Well, I made that one, didn’t I?"

"Sure did," the bystander said. "But you should have waited a minute or two.  The ferry is just about to dock."


If you want the last word in an argument, say, "You’re right."


Chris: I’m turning over a new leaf. I just finished reading a book called "One Hundred And One Easy Ways to Make Money."

Brian: Sounds good, then maybe people won’t think of you as being so lazy.

Chris: Right. You’re looking at a new man. I’m on my way to the top. Say, could you loan me ten dollars?

Brian: What? You just finished a book called "One Hundred And One Easy Ways to Make Money" and now you want to borrow ten dollars?

Chris: Yeah. That’s one of the easiest ways.


Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.

J.C. Watts


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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