Ray's musings and humor

NOTE: Ray’s Daily publication will be suspended for a day or so while Ray goes to the hospital for his heart catheter exam.


A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal




Neal is right and I’ll tell you a positive attitude is a lot cheaper than today’s medications. I also find that others respond well when you avoid complaint and worry, this has been especially true during my many medical adventures. If you can stay in relative good humor while dealing with what ever comes in a positive manner those around you are glad to be with you and go out of their way to help you.

Maybe I am more fortunate than others since I have had so much experience with situations that might have been much worse then they were. I have learned that worry is just not worth it, in fact excessive worry can actually create real problems. I know it is not often easy to avoid worry but I find that if I concentrate on the world around me, the people I meet and how I might make their lives a little easier I don’t have too much time to be concerned about myself.

I don’t mean to be harsh but I sometimes feel we would all be better off with a lot more selflessness and a lot less selfishness. So I am ready for my next opportunity to stimulate the economy by participating in more of the health industries high tech offerings. Oh and by the way, before I forget, I hope they find something to bring my energy back without requiring some painful remedy, but what ever will be will be and I’ll make the best of it.

Here is a poem that has real meaning, I hope you enjoy its message.



If the day looks kinder gloomy

And your chances kinder slim,

If the situation’s puzzlin’

And the prospect’s awful grim,

If perplexities keep pressin’

Till hope is nearly gone,

Just bristle up and grit your teeth

And keep on keepin’ on.


Frettin’ never wins a fight

And fumin’ never pays;

There ain’t no use in broodin’

In these pessimistic ways;

Smile just kinder cheerfully

Though hope is nearly gone,

And bristle up and grit your teeth

And keep on keepin’ on.


There ain’t no use in growlin’

And grumblin’ all the time,

When music’s ringin’ everywhere

And everything’s a rhyme.

Just keep on smilin’ cheerfully

If hope is nearly gone,

And bristle up and grit your teeth

And keep on keepin’ on.

Author Unkown


It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.

Greek Proverb



Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "Thank you" though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on-stage singing, some are in the audience as critics, some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.

The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "I apologize" and "You are right".

When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm

I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.

Never under estimate the kindness of your fellow man.

And finally… Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.


Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.


George loves the race track. One day he was there betting on the ponies and nearly losing his shirt when he noticed this priest who stepped out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race. Lo and behold, this horse – a very long shot – won the race. George was most interested to see what the priest did the next race. Sure enough, he watched the priest step out onto the track as the 5th race horses lined up, and placed his blessing on the forehead of one of the horses. George made a beeline for the window and placed a small bet on the horse. Again, even though another long shot, the horse the priest had blessed won the race. George collected his winnings and anxiously waited to see which horse the priest bestowed his blessing on for the 6th race. The priest showed, blessed a horse, George bet on it, and won! George was elated.

As the day went on, the priest continued blessing one of the horses, and it always came in first. George began to pull in some serious money, and by the last race, he knew his wildest dreams were going to come true.

He made a quick stop at the ATM and withdrew every penny he owned, and awaited the priest’s blessing that would tell him which horse to place the bet on.

True to his pattern, the priest stepped out onto the track before the last race and blessed the forehead, eyes, ears and hooves of one of the horses. George placed his bet – every cent he owned – and watched the horse come in dead last. George was dumbfounded. He made his way to the track, and when he found the priest, he demanded, "What happened, Father? All day you blessed horses and they won. The last race, you bless a horse and he loses. Now I’ve lost my life savings, thanks to you!!"

The priest nodded wisely and said, "That’s the problem with you Protestants…you can’t tell the difference between a simple blessing and the Last Rites!"


She said: If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.


Adam was talking to God one day and he said, God, why did you make Eve so beautiful with nice long blonde hair?

God replied, Adam, I made like that so you would love her.

Adam asked, god, why did you make Eve so beautiful we such a nice curvy body?

God replied, Adam, I made Eve like that so you would love her.

Adam then asked, god, why did you make Eve so stupid?

God said Adam I made Eve like that so she’d love you!!


When you learn to distinguish between the container and the contents, you will have attained wisdom.

Idries Shah


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


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