Ray's musings and humor

Partial Indiana Flood Report


 Bridges: At least 63 bridges were closed or destroyed in Rush County.

Dams, levees: a levee in Daviess County broke; a levee in Jasonville (Greene County) failed; a dam burst at Prince’s Lakes in Johnson County.



Just think what it would be like to be an elderly widow watching your life long home being destroyed by flood waters. If you were like other folks your age you would have been comforted in your latter years by the memories triggered by the things around you. Things like your wedding pictures, a pair of your daughters baby shoes, your copy of your mothers favorite recipe, the photos of childhood friends, the blanket you quilted the year your were recovering from a major illness and all of your important papers and now nothing is left where your house once stood but rubble and all you have now is the clothes on your back. And to make things worse you are told that your insurance does not cover flood damage.

You are alone and now you must start your life all over again with nothing, could you do it? I don’t know if I could. Today there are thousands of people in my state that have lost so much and now must pick themselves up and start again. Fortunately they are not alone for the Salvation Army is doing what they can to provide something to drink, something to eat, a place to rest, a shoulder to cry on and hand to hold as they look ahead.

These victims of disaster are people just like you and me, people who never did anything wrong in their lives, people who never needed help until now. Unfortunately most of us cannot be there to personally help, but we can help by supporting the Salvation Army’s effort, making it possible for them to be our eyes and ears as they do what we cannot do. You can lend a hand by joining me and making a donation to our flood relief fund at http://salvationarmyindiana.org/kiwanis.html.


I have often told you how fortunate I am to have become connected to so many people through my Daily. While I have never met most of you I do think of you as friends and in that spirit I would like to share the following message that I received from a daily reader in California.



I made a donation just now. It is under another email addy so you might not recognize it as me. It was only $25 since I am a single mom on a very tight budget. I just had a recent $400 drop in my income, wish I could give more. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything. I am grateful for what I have so our family agreed to go without pizza night this month in order to help those kids who have nothing to eat at all. Good luck with your fundraising. May God Bless you and all the others who feel moved to help.


This lady is an inspiration, her and her children have extended their hand and offered their hearts to people they will never know who live thousands of miles away from where they live. She has demonstrated how though each of us may not be able to do a lot, together we can work miracles. So my friends if you have already joined with us and made a contribution, I am truly grateful. If you haven’t will you consider doing so now via our secure link at http://salvationarmyindiana.org/kiwanis.html I will be grateful for any help you can give.


“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

Mother Teresa


I considered leaving out the humor today but I don’t know about you but I need a smile or two so here goes.


Myrddin sees Jill on the road ahead of him in her little red convertible. He tries to edge his semi past her as she was obviously having difficulty deciding which lane she wanted to be in.  Finally, her mind made up, Jill veered into Myrddin’s lane and jammed on her brakes, which resulted in a slight collision.

Unhurt but obviously harried, Jill rushed over to the Myrddin and started to bawl him out, barking, "You saw I was Blonde and knew I was going to do something idiotic. Why didn’t you stop to wait and see what it was?"


After hearing two eyewitness accounts of the same accident, you begin to wonder about history.


Martin was a slow worker and found it difficult to hold down a job. After a visit to the job centre he was offered work at the local Zoo. When he arrived for his first day, the keeper aware of his reputation told him to take care of the tortoise section.

Later, the keeper dropped by to see how Martin was getting on and found him standing by an empty enclosure.

"Where are the tortoises?" he asked him.

"I can’t believe it" said Martin "I just opened the door and then…..Whooooosh!"


Happiness is too easy to lose – next time I find some, I’m going to hide it.


You know you are in trouble when:

The plumber floats by on your kitchen table.

Your pacemaker has only a thirty day guarantee.

There are two elephants, two giraffes, and two zebras in your yard and your next door neighbor is building an arc.

The pest exterminator crawls under your house and never comes out.

A copy of your birth certificate comes in the mail marked null and void.


"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Winston Churchill


In a high school science quiz, there was the question, "When water becomes ice, which of its physical properties increases?"

Everyone answered, "Its volume increases."  Except one wise guy who wrote, "When water becomes ice, its price increases."


It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember.


On my first day working at the gas station, I watched a senior co-worker measure the level of gasoline in the underground tanks by lowering a giant measuring stick down into them.

"What would happen if I threw a lit match into the hole?" I joked.

"It would go out," he replied very matter of factly.

"Really?" I asked, surprised to hear that. "Is there a lack of oxygen down there or some safety device that would extinguish it before the fumes ignited?"

"No," my co-worker continued. "The force from the explosion would blow out the match."


Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Lord Byron


No one is more cautious than a first time parent. After our daughter was big enough to ride on the back of my bicycle, I bought a special carrier with a seat belt and got her a little helmet.

The day of the first ride, I put her in the seat, double checked all the equipment, wheeled the bike to the end of the driveway, carefully looked both ways and, swinging my leg up over the crossbar, accidentally kicked her right in the chin.


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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