Ray's musings and humor

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.

Rosalynn Carter



I told you about my friend Charlie’s up coming trip to the Middle East trip the other day. Since I had agreed to give the invocation at a meeting this morning I decided to use what my friend was doing as an example of what we all might do. Here is what I offered:


I had lunch with my friend Charlie the other day. You may remember Charlie from when he spoke to our club. We discussed Charlie’s upcoming trip to Syria and Jordan where he will lead a team working to help the Iraqi refugees who are suffering great hardship in the camps where they are forced to live. Charlie believes that while he can’t help everyone he can help someone and he and his friends don’t want to wait to do what they can.

Later I discovered this prayer that reminded me of Charlie and his commitment to humanity.

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.

Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.

Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Charlie is right, we can’t make the world a better place for everyone but we can for someone and just think if everyone decided they could do something for someone how much better our world would be.


I am fortunate that I am provided the opportunity to do something for someone by the Salvation Army, Kiwanis International, and other organizations. My life would not be as full if I withdrew and lived in isolation. What about you?


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"




"Wear a hat when feeding seagulls."

– Rocky, age 9

"Sleep in your clothes so you’ll be dressed in the morning."

– Stephanie, age 8

"Don’t flush the john when your dad’s in the shower."

– Lamar, age 10

"Never ask for anything that costs more than $5 when your parents are doing taxes."

– Carrol, age 9

"Never bug a pregnant mom." – Nicholas, age 11

"Don’t ever be too full for dessert." – Kelly, age 10

"When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer him." – Heather, age 16

"Never tell your mom her diet’s not working."

– Michael, age 14

"Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat." – Joel, age 12

"When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone."

– Alyesha, age 13

"Never try to baptize a cat." – Laura, age 13

"Never spit when on a roller coaster." – Scott, age 11

"Never do pranks at a police station." – Sam, age 10

"Beware of cafeteria food when it looks like it’s moving."

– Rob, age 10

"Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to do what your mom told you to do."

– Hank, age 12

"Remember you’re never too old to hold your father’s hand."

– Molly, age 11

"Listen to your brain. It has lots of information."

– Chelsey, age 7

"Stay away from prunes." – Randy, age 9

"Never dare your little brother to paint the family car."

– Phillip, age 13

"Forget the cake, go for the icing." – Cynthia, age 8

"Remember the two places you are always welcome – church and Grandma’s house."

– Joanne, age 11

"When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents."

– Matthew, age 12


"Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow inhabitants of this planet."

Wallace Campbell


A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack.

The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjacks’ door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.

"Just give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man.

"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said the lumberjack. "Take your axe and go cut it down."

The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack’s door. "I cut the tree down," said the man.

The lumberjack couldn’t believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?"

"In the Sahara Forest," replied the puny man.

"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.

The little man laughed and answered back, "Oh sure, that’s what they call it now!"


Husband: Darling, will you love me when I’m old and feeble?

Spouse:  You bet I do.


A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn’t know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said,

"Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"


I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson


She told me that working as a court reporter, she hears a lot of testimony you will never hear on the TV show, Law and Order, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: "Was the child born out of wedlock?"

Mother: "No, sir. Just outside of Louisville."


When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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