Ray's musings and humor

Thank you Carl

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.

Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.

Flavia Weedn


It has been a whirlwind week so far and today will be no exception I have a very early Kiwanis meeting followed by an important mid-day meeting of the board of one of my cities best performing multi-service community centers. Since I am a recently elected board member I want to make sure I learn all I can. There are a few other balls in the air as well so I am going to once again excuse myself from trying to come up with a meaningful Daily and fall back on one from this day in the past.

Ray’s Daily first published February 24, 2003

I was saddened last Friday to learn of the death of Carl Dortch the former president of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Carl held the presidency during the sixties and seventies, a critical time for both Indianapolis and the country. Carl was a leader in the effort for racial harmony during the turbulent sixties. He was one of a handful of leaders that designed and then got legislated a new form of county wide government that has been one of the secrets of our city’s phenomenal success. When I arrived in 1969, Indianapolis almost deserved its reputation as Indiana no place, under Carl’s leadership the changes were made that has resulted in the vibrant cosmopolitan city that Indianapolis has become today.

For me it is a special loss. Carl was my friend and mentor from the beginning of my residency in Indianapolis. I was not tied to a major Indianapolis corporation, did not come from an established Indianapolis family, yet Carl sponsored me for a position in the first group of emerging leaders trained as part of the prestigious Stanly K. Lacy leadership program. It was Carl who had Senator, then Mayor, Dick Lugar, give me my first appointment to a government advisory committee. As time went on I was appointed to numerous other state and local committees and commissions. Carl nominated me as the Chambers representative to a highly regarded week-long national symposium on public interest that was held at Cornell University. The list could go on and on. Suffice it to say that Carl changed my life; I doubt that I would still be living in Indianapolis if Carl had not gotten me involved. I know I would not have had the opportunities I have had to work in the interest of others without his interest in me as well as his humility and humanity.

Carl, you did well, you will be missed. 

In yesterdays Daily I suggested that the gifts we are given by others live on in us even after the gift giver, in this case Mr. Dortch, pass from the scene. This has never been truer than the results of what Carl did for me. I hope that I have lived up to his expectations and to this day I still find myself sometimes asking “What would Carl do in this situation.”

Ray 2-24-2011


Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.

George Eliot


Boy is this right on!

You Live in California when…

1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.

2. The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.

3. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.

4. You know how to eat an artichoke.

5. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.

6. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.

You Live in New York City when…

1. You say “the city” and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.

2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

3. You can get into a 4-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.

4. You think Central Park is “nature,”

5. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.

6. You’ve worn out your car horn.

7. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You Live in the Deep South when…

1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.

2.”Ya’ll” is singular and “all ya’ll” is plural.

3. After 5 years you still hear, “You ain’t from ’round here, are Ya?”

4. “He needed killin’” is a valid defense.

5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, etc.

You live in the Midwest when…

1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.

2. Your idea of a traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a tractor.

3. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.

4. You end sentences with a preposition: “Where’s my coat at?”

5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, “It was different!”

You live in Florida when…

1.  You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.

2.  All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.

3.  Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.

4.  Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.

5.  Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.


The small choices and decisions we make a hundred times a day add up to determining the kind of world we live in.

Harold S. Kushner Rabbi


“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”

Alfred Hitchcock


Little Nancy wailed over her doll, crushed by car tires when her mother had backed over it. Finally, her mother had heard enough, “Don’t come crying to me. I told you not to leave it on the porch!”


“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Paul Boese


A farmer purchases an old, run-down, abandoned farm with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise. The fields are grown over with weeds, the farmhouse is falling apart, and the fences are collapsing all around. During his first day of work, the town preacher stops by to bless the man’s work, saying, “May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!”

A few months later, the preacher stops by again to call on the farmer. Lo and behold, it’s like a completely different place–the farm house is completely rebuilt and in excellent condition, there is plenty of cattle and other livestock happily munching on feed in well-fenced pens, and the fields are filled with crops planted in neat rows. “Amazing!” the preacher says. “Look what God and you have accomplished together!”

“Yes, reverend,” says the farmer, “but remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”


I saw a movie with a happy ending.  Everyone was glad it was over.


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”

“And why not, darling?”

“You know that it always gives you a headache next morning.”


Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train Americans to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?


We get through to people to the extent that we have unconditional regard for them as human beings.

Carl Rodgers


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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