Ray's musings and humor

I am proud of her

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou


It has been a good week for me  so far. As an example there are new subscribers to the Daily from Asia, the Middle East, India and the UK. Best of all has been two new subscribers from my favorite Indiana farm family.

But the highlight has been my learning that one of my granddaughters has qualified to compete in the US Gymnastics National Championship meet in Minnesota next month. All of my grandchildren are special in their own right but this kid has gone the extra mile over the years, overcoming adversity with a combination of attitude and perseverance. She had been a highly ranked gymnast until a couple of years ago when she popped a knee. It looked like her competition days would be over but she wanted to do whatever she could not to end her career so they grew new cartilage in a lab and reinserted it in her knee. She went through grueling months of rehab and eventually restarted her heavy daily workouts. She was unable to compete for almost two whole seasons and yet she kept on with her daily grind while at the same time sustaining her high academic standing. And now she has reached the pinnacle, the ability to compete in America’s most prestigious gymnastic event.

I have been in awe of her dedication for years, she maintained a schedule that few of us ever would, and she is the best time manager I have ever met. Next year she will be competing at Brown University while continuing to build on her academic achievements and you know what is best of all she has done all this with a smile. I am truly lucky to have seven grandchildren who provide me with a sense of pride for all they have accomplished. So you go get ‘em Jorden, we’ll be cheering for you and will be glued to the TV as the competition continues.


“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

Randy Pausch


A family was having dinner on Mother’s Day.  For some reason the mother was unusually quiet.  Finally the husband asked what was wrong.

“Nothing,” said the woman.

Not buying it, he asked again.  “Seriously, what’s wrong?”

“Do you really want to know?  Well, I’ll tell you.  I have cooked and cleaned and fed the kids for 15 years and on Mother’s Day, you don’t even tell me so much as “Thank you.”

“Why should I?” he said.  “Not once in 15 years have I gotten a Father’s Day gift.”

“Yes,” she said, “but I’m their real mother.”


It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there’s shipping and handling, too.


For the first time in many years, an old man traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie. After buying his ticket, he stopped at the concession stand to purchase some popcorn. Handing the attendant $4.50, he couldn’t help but comment, “The last time I came to the movies, popcorn was only 15 cents.”

“Well, sir,” the attendant replied with a grin, “You’re really going to enjoy yourself. We have sound now.”


“Weiler’s Law” Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.


“My uncle in Detroit tried to make a new kind of car. He took the engine from a Ford, the transmission from an Oldsmobile, the tires from a Cadillac, and the exhaust system from a Plymouth.”

“Really? What did he get?”

“Fifteen years in jail.”


YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.


In bygone days, a thin man insulted a fat man. The fat man challenged his tormentor to a duel with pistols. On the day of the duel a debate ensued about the unfair advantage held by the thin man because he was a much smaller target. Finally the thin man came up with a solution. “Let the outline of my figure be chalked upon your body,” he said to his opponent, “and any shots of mine that hit outside the chalk lines, we won’t count.”


I move on feeling and have learned to distrust those who don’t.

Nikki Giovanni


Andy Rooney On Phone-In-Polls: You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues? Did you ever notice there’s always like 18% that say “I don’t know.” It costs 90 cents to call up and vote and they’re voting “I don’t know.” Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone. (Says into phone) “I DON’T KNOW!” (Hangs up looking proud.) Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe you’re not sure about.” This guy probably calls up phone sex girls for $2.95 to say, “I’m not in the mood.”


I have a switch in my apartment that doesn’t do anything. Every once in a while I turn it on and off. One day I got a call from a woman in France who said, -Cut it out!

Steven Wright


Mary and Sue were best of friends and tried to do everything together. Mary announced that she was going to start a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently.

“Great,” Sue exclaimed. “I’m ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. And when I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I’ll call you first.”

“Wonderful,” Mary replied. “I’ll go with you.”


ENERGY: Element of vitality kids always have an oversupply of until asked to do something.


At a pharmacy, a blonde woman asked to use the infant scale to weigh the baby she held in her arms. The clerk explained that the device was out for repairs, but said that she would figure the infant’s weight by weighing the woman and baby together on the adult scale, then weighing the mother alone and subtracting the second amount from the first.

“It won’t work,” countered the woman. “I’m not the mother, I’m the aunt.”


I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

John D. Rockefeller


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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