Ray's musings and humor

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.

Charles Richards


I am sometimes amazed by how interesting and rewarding my life has become in these my later years. It seems like I am as occupied as I have ever been, most days include enough activities to keep me busy and active. I also like the balance, some learning, some helping, some health building, some time for thought and on some time for the always pleasant nap. I only wish that some of my peers would get up more, out more and discovering more so that they would enjoy life as much as I do.

I have been fortunate that my previous careers provided me a wide range of experiences and many opportunities to see and do things I had never done before. I also found that after each of my retirements my level of activity did not change much only my level of income and how I used my time. What I discovered was that each task I was no longer obligated to fulfill provided me time to do other things and as often as not they were things I never thought I would do.

Sure I live in a community that has a multitude of opportunities to learn, enjoy, and even do some good, but most everyone can find similar activities wherever they live. I guess though the primary reason that my life is so rewarding is that I prefer to use what I do as an antidote for the stagnation that so often accompanies the aging process. What I find most disheartening of all is that there are so many who have chosen the path to stagnation before they have even started the physical aging process. I know you’re not that way, there is just too much to do for us to sit on the sidelines and watch others do it.

Again the future is up to us, how good it is depends on the choices we make. Here is a short article by Ralph Marston that suggests that we own more of our days and use the time we give ourselves to do those things that add to our personal enrichment.


Make time

Yes, of course you’re busy. Even so, make time for more than just being busy. This day will only be here once. Make the time, while you can, to do something unique and memorable and valuable with it.

Certainly there are many, many things you have to do. Make time, each day, to remember why. Being busy is not the point of life. Make the time and use the time to be purposeful.

Show your love to someone special, not merely with your words, but with your time. Instead of rushing right past life’s beauty, make time to truly enjoy the wonders with which this day is filled.

Make some time that has real and lasting meaning. Make some time, today and every day, to live and appreciate the miracle that you are.


Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin


An old lady tottered into a lawyer’s office and asked for help in arranging a divorce. “A divorce?” asked the unbelieving lawyer. “Tell me, how old are you?”

“I’m eighty-four,” answered the old lady.

“Eighty-four!  And how old is your husband?”

“My husband is eighty-seven.”

“My, my,” said the lawyer, “and how long have you been married?”

“Next September will be sixty-two years.”

“Married sixty-two years?!  Why would you want a divorce now?”

“Because,” the woman answered calmly, “enough is enough.”


“I’m a PBS person living in an MTV world.”


Resumes can have misleading information. This guide should help clear any confusion…

* Bright: Wears a lot of yellow and red – usually together.

* Intelligent: Got 3 gold stars for spelling in first grade.

* Computer Literate: Knows the difference between a mouse and a keyboard.

* Excellent Communication Skills: Knows everybody’s personal business.

* Detailed Oriented: Will spend eight hours perfecting a two-minute job.

* Prompt: First one out the door at quitting time.

* Friendly: Watch out for attractive members of your staff.

* Honest: King of Gossip!

* Dependable: Can depend on them to be the last one there in the morning.


“No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not.”

H.L. Mencken


Tom was so excited about his promotion to Vice President of the company and he kept bragging about it to his wife for weeks on end. Finally she couldn’t take it any longer, and told him, “Listen, it means nothing, they even have a vice president of peas at the grocery store!”.

“Really?” he said. Not sure if this was true or not, Tom decided to call the grocery store.

A clerk answers and Tom says “Can I please talk to the Vice President of peas?”

The clerk replies “Fresh, canned or frozen?”


I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.

English Professor, Ohio University


A flight attendant for a major airline, watched one day as a passenger overloaded with bags tried to stuff his belongings in the overhead bin of the plane. Finally, she informed him that he would have to check the oversized luggage.

“When I fly other airlines,” he said irritably, “I don’t have this problem.”

She smiled and replied, “When you fly other airlines, I don’t have this problem either.”


The cost of living hasn’t affected its popularity.


Every morning for years, at about 11:30, the telephone operator in a small Sierra-Nevada town received a call from a man asking the exact time. One day the operator summed up nerve enough to ask him why the regularity.

“I’m foreman of the local sawmill,” he explained. “Every day I have to blow the whistle at noon so I call you to get the exact time.”

The operator giggled, “That’s really funny,” she said. “All this time we’ve been setting our clock by your whistle.


When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”


Husband’s note on refrigerator to his wife: “Someone from the Guyna Colleges called. They said the Pabst beer is normal.  I didn’t know you liked beer.”


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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