Ray's musings and humor


"If one could only learn to appreciate the little things…

A song that takes you away, for there are those who cannot hear.

The beauty of a sunset, for there are those who cannot see.

The warmth and safety of your home, for there are those who are homeless.

Time spent with good friends for there are those who are lonely.

A walk along the beach for there are those who cannot walk.

The little things are what life is all about,

Search your soul and learn to appreciate."

Shadi Souferian



It has been great to feel as good as I have over the last two days. I hope it is the permanent result of my recent operation. It has been a long time since I have felt as well and I am looking forward to the days ahead. I am starting to get out and about, have lost 7 pounds and plan on getting back on my treadmill next week. I hope your weekend will be as good as I think mine will be.


I feel truly fortunate that I will have a chance to start yet again. The years ahead are filled with opportunity and it is time for me to again reset my priorities and make choices. I plan on trying to stay within my capacity to do what I am asked to do and too continue to put more value on the rewarding moments each of has to be with good people doing good things than those things that provide recognition. I also know I have much more to learn so I plan on making sure I set aside time to expand my knowledge every week. And most of all I will protect enough time to be with my friends so I can enjoy hearing about how well they are doing and what is giving them pleasure.


Here is something that I plan to use as a teat of the quality of my plan, you may want to consider it as well.

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony."

William Ellery Channing


Thanks for being my friend!

Ray Mitchell

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You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.


"George is so forgetful," the sales manager complained to his secretary. "It’s a wonder he can sell anything. I asked him to pick me up some sandwiches on his way back from lunch and I’m not sure he’ll even remember to come back."

Just then, the door flew open and in bounced George.

"You’ll never guess what happened!" he shouted. "While I was at lunch, I met old man Brown, who hasn’t bought anything from us for five years. Well, we got to talking and he gave me this half-million dollar order!"

"See," sighed the sales manager to his secretary. "I told you he’d forget the sandwiches."


If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson


Remember Life’s "Laws"

1. The most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.  

2. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.  

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live with.  

4. Deja moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.  

5. Psychiatrists say that 1 of 4 people is mentally ill. Check three friends. If they’re okay, you’re it.  

6. Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad    check.  

7. It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.  

8. The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.  

9. It may be your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.  

10. The average woman would rather have beauty than brains because the average man can see better than he can think.  


It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority.

By definition, there are already enough people to do that.

G.H. Hardy


An Australian travel writer, touring Canada, was checking-out of the Hilton. As he paid his bill, he asked the manager, "By the way, what’s with the Indian chief sitting in the lobby? He’s been there ever since I arrived."

"Oh! That’s ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’," said the manager. "The hotel is built on an Indian reservation and part of the agreement is to allow the chief free use of the premises for the rest of his life. He’s known as ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’ because of his phenomenal memory. He is 92 and can remember even the slightest detail of his life."

The travel writer took this in and as he was waiting for his cab decided to put the chief’s memory to the test. "G’day mate!" said the Aussie, receiving only a slight nod in return. "What did you have for breakfast on your 21st birthday?"

"Eggs," was the chief’s instant reply, without even looking up and indeed the Aussie was impressed. He went off on his travel writing itinerary, right across to the east coast and back, telling others of ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’s’ great memory.

On his return to the Hilton six months later, he was surprised to see ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’ still sitting in the lobby, fully occupied with whittling away on a stick.

Remembering that one local had informed him that ‘How’ was a more appropriate greeting for an Indian chief rather than ‘G’day’, the Aussie greets him with, "How?"

"Scrambled," replied the Chief.


Know what I hate? I hate rhetorical questions!


A guy walks over to a beautiful woman and asks, "Would you mind if I sat here with you?"

She responds by yelling, "No, I won’t sleep with you tonight!"

Everyone in the bar is now staring at them and the guy is completely embarrassed. After a few minutes, the woman feels guilty, walks over to the guy and says, "I’m sorry if I embarrassed you."

The guy looks at her and shouts, "What do you mean, $200?"


Snowflakes are some of nature’s most fragile things but look what happens when they stick together.


A blonde called in a repairman to fix her electric clock.

He examined it and told her, "There’s nothing wrong with the clock. You didn’t have it plugged in."

She replied, "I don’t want to waste electricity, so I only plug it in when I want to know what time it is."


"After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

Cato the Elder


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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