Ray's musings and humor


To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

William Hazlitt



I sent the following note to many of my friends yesterday:

Hi all,

I hope you have had a great Thanksgiving, I did. The rest of my family is now going into pre-Christmas mode while I lay back and watch from afar.

Unfortunately my successful operation turned out to be what looks like a rehearsal. I had four days of fantastic results and then went to the docs just as I was again displaying the previous symptoms. It appears that the scaring they did to disable the extraneous electrical pulses have unexpectedly healed to the point that they are again causing problems. The plan now is to heal for six weeks and then do it all over again, 6 plus hour operation, a couple of days in the hospital, self administered shots, etc.

Needless to say I have not been thrilled. It does make some of my previous ills seem to be not all that bad. Baring a miracle I get to be a good trooper once again in January. I was hoping to be robust on my visit to Bramsom, Missouri next week and on my New Year’s 10 day cruise but I’ll just have to do it the same way I have the last few years, slow and easy.

Keep smiling and keep in touch.



As I think I have said before there is usually something positive even in the most negative situation. That sure was the result of this note, somehow the word got out even to people who I had lost contact many years ago. I even heard from a guy that I had worked with 35 or so years ago and who I had not heard from in decades. I also received good wishes from an African Nun, good friends in Iceland, a cardiologist friend, and many others. It always gives me great pleasure to reconnect with old acquaintances, not only because of the message at hand but for the memories they trigger when we again touch.

I think the happiest people I know are those who are compulsive friend collectors, unlike more material collections our mental memories of shared experiences are with us always. So while I have been disappointed with my medical setback the let down has been more than offset by the words of old friends. Thank you all.


We come into this world alone, and alone we leave it.

And between the entrance and the exit, we spend our time looking for companionship

E.M. Dooling



Amnesia            What did you just ask me?

Apathy             I don’t care.

Bigotry            I’m not going to tell someone like you.

Damnation          Go to hell!

Dyslexia           Beeing Sackwards

Egotistical        I’m the best person to answer that question.

Evasive            Go do your homework.

Hostility          If you ask me just one more question, I’ll kill you!

Ignorance          I don’t know.

Indifference       It doesn’t matter.

Influenza          You’ve got to be sick to ask me that question.

Insomnia           I stayed awake all last night thinking of the answer.

Irreverent         I swear to God, you ask too many questions!

Narcissism         Before I answer, tell me, don’t I look great?

Over-Protective    I don’t know if you’re ready for the answer.

Paranoid           You probably think I don’t know the answer, do you?

Procrastination    I’ll tell you tomorrow.

Repetitive         I already told you the answer once before.

Self-Centered      Well, I know the answer, that’s all that matters.

Suspicious         Why are you asking me all these questions?


A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Some friends were on vacation in Maine, and while watching fireworks heard their small son say, "Oh, God!" The father quickly cautioned his son, "Please don’t speak the Lord’s name in vain." The boy nodded but obviously misheard, because he asked quietly, "Is it OK if I speak his name back in Minnesota?"


Diner: I can’t eat such a rotten chicken. Call the manager!

Waiter: It’s no use. He won’t eat it either.


Four Catholic ladies are having coffee together, discussing how important their children are.

The first one tells her friends, "My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’."

The second Catholic woman chirps, "Well, my son is a bishop. Whenever he walks into a room,

people say, ‘Your Grace’."

The third Catholic woman says smugly, "Well, not to put you down, but my son is a cardinal. Whenever he walks into a room, people say "Your Eminence."

The fourth Catholic woman sips her coffee in silence. The first three women give her this subtle "Well…?"

She replies, "My son is a gorgeous, 6′ 2", hard bodied, well-hung, male stripper. Whenever he walks into a room, women say, "My God…."


I hate mornings. They’re so early


He said: Having been married ten years and still living in an apartment, the wife would often complain about anything, as she was tired of saving every penny to buy a "dream home."

Trying to placate her, the husband found a new apartment, within their budget. However, after the first week, she began complaining again.

"Honey," she said, "I don’t like this place at all.  There are no curtains in the bathroom.  The neighbors can see me every time I take a bath!"

"Don’t worry," replied her husband.  "If the neighbors DO see you, they’ll buy curtains.  Maybe for us, too!"


Why can’t life’s problems hit us when we’re seventeen and know everything?

A.C. Jolly


Coming home from his Little League game, Billy swung open the front door very excited.

Unable to attend the game, his father immediately wanted to know what happened. "So, how did you do son?" he asked.

"You’ll never believe it!" Billy said, "I was responsible for the winning run!"

"Really? How’d you do that?"

"I dropped the ball."


Be thankful that you don’t have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times…for during those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, for they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, for it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes, for they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. Be thankful for everything you are.

– Author Unknown


Please take a moment and visit my Salvation Army Page.


It is going well but I still need $125 to reach my online goal. Please help if you can, even just $5 will help someone.


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

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