Ray's musings and humor

It won’t be long now

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,

With never a thought of sorrow;

The old goes out, but the glad young year

Comes merrily in tomorrow

Emily Miller

Here we go again, tomorrow we will be saying good bye to 2011 and get ready to welcome 2012. This year has included its share of problems, periods of sadness and probably more challenges then we needed. I lost some dear friends as well as a few neighbors and acquaintances. I would have preferred my having less medical incidents with time passing a little slower than it did.

But you know what, in spite of it all it was a good year. Our savings shrunk a little but we have enough and much more than most people around the world. My health suffered some setbacks but the recuperation and recovery has left me better off than I was last January. All in all the new friends I have made, the new things I have been allowed to do and the new things I have experienced have helped me to realize that my life is really very good.

I do miss those who have passed on, especially my friend Peter, but I have reserved a special place in my heart where I store their memory. I occasionally visit them there and I am warmed by what I find. I am fortunate though that while their chairs may now be empty there have been many new friends to keep my life vibrant and full.

It was a little more than eleven years ago when I sent out my first Daily to just a few friends never dreaming it would ever get the readership it now has. As I have told you in the past, doing the Daily requires me to think and take stock of my life almost every day and that has been a blessing. It was not until recently that I realized that retaining all the Dailies since the beginning is like having a journal that I can look back on and savor at another time.

So tomorrow at midnight, if I haven’t fallen asleep I will put the bad memories of last year to rest and the build on the good memories as 2012 opens to let me into what I plan to be another really good year. Before we go today I want to wish you the happiest of New Years and I look forward to all we are going to do in 2012.

Here is a Happy New Year piece I would like to offer you. I did not write it, I don’t know who did, but it is my wish for you.


May the stars carry shine upon you,

May the flowers fill your heart with beauty

May hope forever wipe away your tears,

I wish you the very best with a year full of happiness

May you achieve all that u wish for…

Wishing you many wishes for the New Year

Have a great 2012 ahead

Happy New Year 2012


What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.

Vern McLellan


A Jewish Prayer for the New Year

May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.

May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight and our mortgage interest rates not rise.

May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when we get there, may we find a parking space.

May we all relax about the third millennium of the common era, and realize that we still have 239 years until the down of the sixth millennium of the Hebrew calendar by which time the computer will be long since obsolete and so will we.

May we be awestruck by God’s sense of humor as we realize that a professional wrestler could have become president of the United States and that an Orthodox Jew has risen to prominence in American politics while remaining true to his Jewish roots. It is my belief that God’s joyous humor is the reason he really does not want us to touch our toes while exercising or he would have put them further up our bodies; and, the reason so many of us take up jogging is to hear heavy breathing again.

May what we see in the mirror delight us and what others see in us, delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our faults, be blind to our blemishes and tell the world about our virtues.

May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our checkbooks and budgets balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.

May we remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.

And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God’s love in every sunset, flower, baby’s smile, lover’s kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart. May we smile and laugh throughout the year.


‘Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house

Not a garment would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibble, the eggnog I’d taste

At those holiday parties went straight to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!

I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber)

And thought of the marvelous meals I’d prepared;

The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese

And the way that I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

When I put on my extra-large husband’s old shirt

And prepared once again to do battle with dirt–

I said to myself, as only I can,

“You can’t spend the winter disguised as a man!”

So–away with the last of the sour cream dip!

Go, fruitcake! Go, cookies! Go, cracker and chip!

Each last bit of food that I like must be banished

‘Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have that ice cream, not even a lick;

I’ll chew only on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits, or cornbread, or pie;

I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore–

But isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,

Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!


“Let us leave behind sadness, regrets and painful moments and have a new start full of joy this new year”

Shelly Panika


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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