Ray's musings and humor

I better get started soon!

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.

Otto von Bismarck


I cannot believe that today is October 19 and there are only 73 days remaining until the end of the year. Either the world is turning faster and the days are going by at a higher rate of speed or I am napping so much that I am missing more than usual.

Right now I can predict what tomorrows history will include it will be, “On October 19th, 2011 Ray joined a forum on Public Education, participated in a discussion with the President of a leading theological seminary on the role his institution can play in today’s world and attended a lecture on global finance.” Unfortunately I don’t think those events are going to win me any notoriety so I will have to look for other opportunities or make up something believable to write down for the future.

So I better up and do something memorable if my kids are going to be able to say, “Remember back in 2011 when dad did……” Just to get some ideas I went back and checked some of the past events on this day and have listed them below.


October 19 Events

2006     Dow closes above 12,000 for the first time

2005     Saddam Hussein’s trial begins in Iraq

1988     Senate passes bill curbing ads during children’s TV shows

1987     “Black Monday”-Dow Jones down 508.32, 4 times previous record

1977     Supersonic Concorde jet’s 1st landing in New York City

1975     “Chorus Line” opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 6137 performances

1971     Last issue of “Look” magazine is published

1963     Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

1960     Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in

1960     U.S. imposes embargo on exports to Cuba

1958     U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1957     Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Mont, became 1st NHLer to score 500 goals

1953     1st jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service

1951     Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women’s Golf Open

1951     President Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany

1950     U.N. forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea

1949     A’s trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton

1944     U.S. forces land in Philippines

1935     Mao Tse Tung’s army reaches Shanxi (Notice that they did not include that I was soon to be one year old).

I only included highlights that I remember, all except the last one. Now if I could only remember last week I would feel better. While most of what we do will not be noted or long remembered, we are writing our own history every day, we can only hope it includes something we can be proud of.


History is a novel for which the people is the author.

Alfred de Vigny


Ten Things a Mom Doesn’t Want to Hear*

1.  I swallowed a goldfish!

2.  Did you know your lipstick works better than my crayons?

3.  Does grape juice leave a stain??

4.  The principal called…..

5.  But DAD says that word all the time.

6.  What’s it cost to fix a window nowadays?

7.  Has anyone seen my earthworms?

8.  I painted your shoes pretty, huh, Mommy?

9.  Well, the dog sure doesn’t like dressing up in your clothes.

10.  I’m moving out.  (Well, maybe some days.)


Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir


Poor Johnson had spent his life making wrong decisions. If he bet on a horse, it would lose; if he chose one elevator rather than another, it was the one he chose that stalled between floors; the line he picked before the bank teller’s cage never moved; the lane he chose in traffic crawled; the day he picked the picnic was the day of a cloudburst; and so it went, day after day, year after year.

Then, once, it became necessary for Johnson to travel to some city a thousand miles away and do it quickly. A plane was the only possible conveyance that would get him there in time, and it turned out that only one company supplied only one flight that would do. His heart bounded. There was no choice to make! And if he made no choice, surely he could come to no grief. He took the plane.

Imagine his horror when, midway in the flight, the plane’s engines caught fire and it became obvious the plane would crash in moments. Johnson broke into fervent prayer to his favorite saint , Saint Francis. He pleaded, “I have never in my life made the right choice. Why this should be, I don’t know, but I have borne my cross and have not complained. On this occasion, however, I did not make a choice; this was the only plane I could take and I had to take it. Why, then, am I being punished?”

He had no sooner finished when a giant hand swooped down out of the clouds and somehow snatched him from the plane. There he was, miraculously suspended two miles above the earth’s surface, while the plane spiraled downward far below. A heavenly voice came down from the clouds. “My son, I can save you, if you have in truth called upon me.”

“Yes, I called on you,” cried Johnson. “I called on you, Saint Francis!”

“Ah,” said the heavenly voice, “Saint Francis Xavier or Saint Francis of Assisi. Which?”


“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

William James


A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service.

Afterward the pastor asked the man where he had gone.

“I went to get a haircut,” was the reply.

“But,” said the pastor, “why didn’t you do that before the service started?”

“Because,” the gentleman said, “I didn’t need one then.”


“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Amy Carmichael


He said: My wife, Diane, was chatting with her brother, Charles, a business executive who had retired last year. While discussing the joys of his new leisure time, Charles remarked that he had been compelled to give up skiing, a sport he had enjoyed for many years.

“Afraid of injuries?” Diane asked.

“Well, now I am,” he responded. “Before I could drag a cast into work and still do my job, but now I’d be messing up my golf game.”


Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

Audre Lorde


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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