Ray's musings and humor

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."

Mother Teresa



I have a friend named Jo Ann who spreads joy through her kindness wherever she goes. I think there is a very special place waiting for Jo Ann and those like her who practice kindness every day. I have had the good fortune, especially in recent years, to meet and work with the truly kind. These are people who care about others; they are never quick to judge, ridicule or demean anyone. I love the way that they have learned never to let anger take control of their emotions or actions. It seems that they go out of their way to express sincere interest in everyone they meet. They share your joy and feel your pain and always act unselfishly. What I especially envy is the delight they get from doing something for others without worrying about themselves.

You and I start each day anew, each morning we go through our get ready ritual. We shower, shave, eat, maybe have a cup of coffee and then get on with the day. Many of us will dress to cover our flaws, other to conform to current norms and still others of us will don special dress to prepare for the role they want to play that day. I believe we also can don an attitude of kindness and friendly demeanor as well. I find that when we do we thrive as players making the day a little better for all we meet.

There are no better days than those that include the gift of kindness to othersAnd oh yes, always remember it is often the small acts that make the greatest differences. Here is a case in point.


The Power of a Touch

The year was 1996. Mary walked into the hospital room carrying a large stuffed panda bear. She was there to visit my little friend Ben, her 7 year old bother, who was recovering from a head injury. For a long while Ben had shown little emotion. But now his eyes lit up as Mary said, "Hey little man, look what I’ve got for you!" Ben began to smile that day as he hugged his new panda and talked with his sister.

Ben’s parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles came. His school teacher and friends often visited him. Ben had much assurance that his friends and family loved him and wanted him to get well. Ben eventually made a full recovery. The kindness and caring of all the people in his life made an enormous positive difference.

When we take time to touch shoulders with another person, whether it’s with words or actions, it makes a difference. Our presence and appropriately caring words help others tremendously during times of loss, difficult transitions and healing.

Small acts of kindness speak in loud voices. They say "I care, I am concerned, I respect you as a person, and I want to share joy with you!" Today, give someone a smile with a small expression of kindness. You will create two smiles – one for the other person and one for you.



Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain


Bernie was unfortunate enough to be hit by a 10 ton truck and landed up in hospital in intensive care. His best friend Morris came to visit him. Bernie struggles to tell Morris, "My wife Sadie visits me three times a day. She’s so good to me. Every day, she reads to me at the bedside."

"What does she read?"

"My life insurance policy."


"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."

Mitch Ratliffe


With only two tellers working at the bank, the line I was standing in was moving very slowly.  As I waited, I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date, I turned and asked the woman behind me. "It’s the fifth," she replied. From the back of the line a man advised, "Don’t write it in yet!"


Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.


The teacher wrote "Like I ain’t had no fun in months" on the board and then she said, "Timmy, how should I correct that?”

Timmy replied, "Maybe get a new boyfriend ?"


Discover wildlife!  Have kids!


Well Bill, how are you getting on with trying to date that new cocktail waitress?"

"Not so bad. I’m getting some encouragement now."

"Really, is she beginning to smile sweetly at you or something?"

"Not exactly, but last night she said that she’s said ‘NO’ for the last time."


Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.


My boss’ wife Sherry was exasperated with her younger sister, who bought an unreliable car and called for a ride every time it broke down. One day Sherry got yet another one of those calls. "What happened this time?" she asked.

"My brakes went out," her sister said. "Can you come to get me?"

"Where are you?" Sherry asked. "I’m in the drugstore," her sister responded.

"And where’s the car?"

"It’s in here with me."


Murphy’s Technology Law #2:

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.


"How long have you been driving without a tail light?" asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car, and gave a long, painful groan.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

"Come on, now," he said, "you don’t have to take it so hard.  It isn’t that serious."

"It isn’t?" cried the motorist.  "Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?"


"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Mae West


A DC-10 had an exceedingly long rollout after landing with his approach speed a little high. San Jose Tower: "American 751 heavy, turn right at the end of the runway, if able.  If not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport."


"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

Oscar Wilde


A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.  She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.


The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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The editor is somewhat senile.


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