Ray's musings and humor

Ray got up!

Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.

Arabic Proverb




Hi my friends. I am back, not at full speed but at least I am not bed bound all day. The docs discovered I have been suffering with a powerful infection and now have me on what is said to be super antibiotics for the next seven days. The prognosis is that I should then return to semi-normalcy. That is if they don’t find anything more in the additional tests they made yesterday morning. So keep your fingers crossed that all this works. I have not been knocked down like this without a hospital stay before.

Unfortunately I have had to cancel a number of meetings and appointments, including a scheduled cardiac exam. I will be locked in at home at least until the middle of next week and that ought to add some psychological trauma to go along with my physical maladies.

Oh well I am glad my trusted computer kept you semi-informed. More importantly I want to thank all of you who sent me your prayers and good wishes. Like they say this too will pass and I’ll appreciate the world a little more when I recover.

I still am somewhat brain dead so I am going to pull a couple of saved quotes and share them with you and try to include why they are important to me.


One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I honestly believe that the most important part of keeping our lives vibrant as we age is to stay interested. Like Mrs. Roosevelt said it will lead you to something else which is often the secret to pulling us out of the mud created by hate and prejudice.


Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.


We spend so much time finding someone to blame for what we don’t have or for a pitfall that we encounter that cannot be changed that we miss the opportunity to enjoy what we do have and then move on. It bothers me that so many tell me about a negative event in their lives and why it should not have happened to them, something often from the distant past. It is truly the anchors that we choose to drop that hold us back, not the events we experience. I am sure you know we don’t have to bank our misery for when we do it stays with us always.

Bye for now and thanks for being here.



It is better to wear out than to rust out.

Bishop Richard Cumberland


I knew as early as our wedding what marriage to my wife would be like. The priest asked my wife, "Do you take this man to be your husband." And she said, "I do."

Then the priest asked me, "Do you take this woman to be your wife," and my wife said, "He does."


Someday, we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously and change the subject.


Sherlock Holmes was sent to heaven to find Adam and Eve.  He came back within a day and said he had found them.

Watson: "How did you find them so quickly?"

Sherlock:  "Elementary, my dear Watson, they were the only ones that didn’t have belly buttons!"


To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before.


Will Rogers said:

1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

2. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

3. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

4. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

5. You know you are getting old when every thing either dries up or leaks.

6. I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

7. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

8. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

9. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

10. Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.

And finally, If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.


"We’re all generous, but with different things, like time, money, talent—criticism."

Frank A. Clark


Many of us take better care of our cars then we do our mothers and yet we only expect our cars to last 5 or 6 years but we expect our mothers to last for a lifetime. Maybe we need a maintenance manual for mothers so we would know how to take care of them at least as well as we do our automobiles. Here are some items that might be included in such a manual.


A mother’s engine is one of the most dependable kinds you can find. She can reach top speed from a prone position at a single cry from a sleeping child. But regular breaks are needed to keep up that peak performance. Mothers need a hot bath and a nap every 100 miles, a baby-sitter and a night out every 1,000 miles, and a live-in baby-sitter with a one week vacation every 10,000 miles.


Mother’s batteries should be recharged regularly. Handmade items, notes, unexpected hugs and kisses, and frequent "I love you’s" will do very well! for a recharge.


When a mother’s carburetor floods it should be treated immediately with Kleenex and a soft shoulder.


See that she uses her brakes to slow down often and come to a full stop occasionally. (A squeaking sound indicates a need for a rest).


Most mothers can run indefinitely on coffee, leftovers and salads, but an occasional dinner for two at a nice restaurant will really add to her efficiency.


Mothers run best when their bodies are properly maintained. Regular exercise should be encouraged and provided for as necessary.  A change in hairdo or makeup in spring and fall are also helpful. If you notice the chassis begins to sag, immediately start a program of walking, jogging, swimming, or bike riding. These are most effective when done with fathers.


Mother need regular tune-ups. Compliments are both the cheapest and most effective way to keep a mother purring contentedly. Oh yes, and let’s not forget to speak to mother lovingly and respectfully, especially when she reminds you to drive carefully and have a good time.

If these instructions are followed consistently, this fantastic creation and gift from God, whom we call "MOTHER", should last a lifetime and give good service and constant love to those who need her most.


“You have many choices. You can choose forgiveness over revenge, joy over despair. You can choose action over apathy….”

Stephanie Marston


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.


This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


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