Ray's musings and humor

“Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.”

Victor Hugo

I think Steve Brunkhorst understands better than I do what I have been trying to say over the last few days. He knows the importance of individual action in time of need and he knows that even the most modest act is important and that we should never pass up an opportunity to help only because we feel our contribution won’t make that much difference.

This is what I received from Steve this morning and his timing could not be better as storms, floods, and other disasters run rampant across our nation. There are thousands of people just like you and me who need as much help as we can give them. So thanks again Steve for sharing your wisdom.

The Simplest Importance

The simplest actions are often the most important actions.

One of the simplest – yet most important – encouragements echoes through my memory to this day. When something became extremely difficult, my dad would say, “Don’t ever give up!” This philosophy was easy to believe and adopt, because I would see him apply it in his life repeatedly. He would solve seemingly impossible problems by sticking with them as long as necessary.

Today, we are watching heroic efforts of volunteers and emergency workers who are working to help tornado victims across the country. To see victims who have lost their homes relentlessly helping others is awe-inspiring.

It often seems that one individual can do so little, when so much needs to be done in our world. However, each of us, individually and in teams, doing what we can do – sharing our time and talents in ways we are best suited – is precisely how positive changes occur. We cannot build or rebuild our world to accommodate all of us, without each of us in participation.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) said, “Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it.” None of us is insignificant; every action, regardless how small it appears, is important: a helping hand, a word of encouragement, a simple gift of kindness when someone’s hopes have dimmed.

All of us can be the simplest importance in someone’s life today.

So my friends thanks for caring and thanks for doing. It seems these days that many have given up on our world and we can’t let that happen. It is up to us and like Steve’s dad told him, “Don’t ever give up!” for if we do who will be there in our time of need?”


“Sometimes it is the simplest, seemingly most inane, most practical stuff that matters the most to someone.”

Patty Duke


“Mommy, my turtle is dead,” Wally told his mother, holding the turtle out to her in his hand.

The mother kissed him on the head, then said, “That’s all right. We’ll wrap him in tissue paper, put him in a little box, then have a nice burial ceremony in the back yard. After that, we’ll go out for an ice cream soda, and then get you a new pet. I don’t want you….”

Her voice trailed off as she noticed the turtle move. “Wally, your turtle isn’t dead after all.”

“Oh,” the disappointed boy, wanting ice cream and a new pet, asked. “Can I kill it then?”


“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

Søren Kierkegaard


When women retire as homemakers they tend to get a little testy. Here is what husbands have to look forward to.

Kitchen closed – – this chick has had it!

Martha Stewart doesn’t live here!!

I’m creative; you can’t expect me to be neat too!

So this isn’t Home Sweet Home… Adjust!

Ring Bell for Maid Service…If no answer do it yourself!

I clean house every other day…. Today is the other day!

If you write in the dust, please don’t date it!

Our house was clean last week, too bad you missed it!

I came, I saw, I decided to order take out.

If you don’t like my standards of cooking … lower your standards.

Apology … Although you’ll find our house a mess, Come in, sit down, converse. It doesn’t always look like this: Some days it’s even worse.

A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious.

A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.

Help keep the kitchen clean – eat out.

Gardening forever . . . Housework, never!

Dull women have immaculate houses.


As long as we have memories, yesterday remains; as long as we have hope, tomorrow awaits.

As long as we have Friendship, each day is never a waste.


A bricklayer at a construction job routinely complained about the contents of his lunch box. “I’m sick and tired of getting the same old thing!” he shouted one day. “Tonight, I’ll set my wife straight.”

The next day, the men could hardly wait until lunchtime to hear what happened. “You bet I told her off,” the bricklayer boasted. “I said, ‘No more of the same old stuff. Be creative!’ We had one heck of a fight, but I got my point across.”

He had indeed. In front of an admiring audience, he opened his lunch box to find that his wife had packed a coconut and a hammer.


“A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.”

H.L. Mencken


A husband said to his wife, “You know, dear, it may be time for you to consider getting a hearing aid.”

“How much do they cost?”

“They’re usually about $3,000.”

“Okay, I’ll get one. As soon as you say something that’s worth $3,000.”


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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