Ray's musings and humor

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”



I had a great lunch meeting yesterday with the head of an organization whose members have the potential to lead our city and environs into a brilliant future through their ability to turn promise into reality. While so many of us limit ourselves to seeing only today’s world my friend is a visionary who is creating a vision of our community as it can exist in the future. The great thing she is that she sees the future based on what might be rather than on a continuance of the status quo.

The dream she is formulating requires an understanding of what it will take to assure the best for all of us. She is special because she is not only skilled at defining what we might aspire to become but because she also has the leadership and implementation skills that make me confident that she will develop the vision and acquire the leaders needed to take us to a bright tomorrow.

What excites me about her effort is that she sees our lives being enriched not only by our jobs and our environment but by having lives that include a vibrant social community that provides us all a lifelong access to the arts, learning experiences, volunteer opportunities and a place where we all have a chance to participate.

My friend brings to the table an unwillingness to be dissuaded by the naysayers. She has the optimism, tactical skills and experience that allow me to believe that she and others like her will prevail. But they will need help, help from people like you and me, for the future can be bright but only if we invest in what it can be. It means that we must learn to civilly work together for our common good and not slip into to the corrosive and destructive behavior we see from our elected representatives, for all that does is assure that nothing will be done with the result that the legacy we leave for our children is only a dream that we allowed to slip away.

Please don’t turn tomorrow over to others. Share the dream and then let’s all pitch in and lay the foundation upon which we can construct a glorious legacy for all to enjoy.


“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”

Ralph Lauren


A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer and a sandwich.

The bartender looks at him and says, “But you’re a duck.”

“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.

“And you talk!” exclaims the bartender.

“I see your ears are working,” says the duck, “Now can I have my beer and my sandwich, please?”

“Certainly,” says the bartender, “sorry about that, it’s just we don’t get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing round this way?”

“I’m working on the building site across the road,” explains the duck.

So the duck drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, pays and leaves. This continues for 2 weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringleader of the circus comes into the pub and the bartender tells him about the incredible talking duck.

“Marvelous!” says the ringleader, “get him to come see me.”

So the next day, the duck comes into the pub. The bartender says, “Hey, Mr Duck, I lined you up with a top job paying really good money!”

“Yeah?” says the duck, “Sounds great, where is it?”

“At the circus” says the bartender.

“The circus?” the duck enquires.

“That’s right,” replies the bartender.

“The circus? That place with the big tent? With all the animals? With the big canvas roof with the hole in the middle?” asks the duck.

“That’s right!” says the bartender.

The duck looks confused and asks: “What do they want with a plasterer?”


Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.


Recently in Traffic Court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there.

The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.

The Judge then said, “Good.  When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $57. Next…”


I love giving homemade gifts. Which of my children would you like?


The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Mexicans east a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty food and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or            Americans

Conclusion:  Eat, drink and be merry.  Speaking English is what kills


Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.


“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

Jack Handy


Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.

Father1:  Whew! It’s getting rather warm in here, isn’t it?

Father2:  Shall I open the window?

Father1:  No, that’s alright. I’ll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.

Father2:  Hey, that’s a good idea. Why don’t we include that in the constitution?

Father1:  What? That we’re allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?

Father2:  Yeah, but that doesn’t sound very smooth. How about “Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?”


“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”

James Allen


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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