Ray's musings and humor

It is up to us

“To him who is determined it remains only to act.”

Italian Proverb


As you know I usually am at the YMCA every weekday morning at 5 AM when they open. Mondays and Wednesdays have been especially pleasant as Jonas, a part time employee who opened the center on those days and always with a pleasant greeting. He, like I am, is a frequent cruiser and we have sailed on many of the same ships so it has been fun sharing memories. He was in yesterday morning and we said farewell since he has left to take a new position working with high school kids. It is a worthy job that now will be done by one of the good guys. I will miss him and am glad I got to know him. He again reminded me how pleasing it is to have workers we meet who go out of their way to make others have a good day.


Yesterday I also attended a Leadership Council meeting for an organization that is helping our cities people participate in building a better future for all of us in Central Indiana. The meeting went well and outlined some of the things that we can do to bring people and organizations together for the betterment of all. At one point someone reported that there are many folks that just don’t care and someone else reminded us that there are others that are hungry, infirm or have other needs that are so overwhelming that they don’t have the capacity to do more than just survive. What they said was right but unfortunately we often spend so much time and energy trying to get people to change their behavior that little gets done. I believe that the secret is to make sure we reach all who do care and help them see what they can do as well as making sure those who have yet to care know there is a place for them. Too many of us waste our time and energy complaining about the status quo and letting everyone know that someone else should do something. We complain about congressional gridlock, failing educational systems, deteriorating infrastructure and much more and yet we don’t seem to realize that the only people who can solve the problems are us. If constituents don’t care enough to be heard and if people just sit back and don’t offer to help solve problems not much will be done. We are inundated with information and it makes it difficult to acquire the knowledge and to learn about opportunities that would help us make a difference. And you know what, if we only paid a little more attention and got a little more involved we can help make a big difference.

One Can Make A Difference


One seed can start a garden

One moment can change a life

One conversation,

Can start a friendship

One step can start a journey

One word can say so much

One smile can brighten a day

One small act of love,

can mean everything to someone

One person can make a difference,

And to me, that person is you.

Matt Windseth


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke


A woman whose fondness for the good life had taken its toll in added pounds – and girth – was being shown a Jeep by a salesman at an auto dealership. When the salesman’s pitch had run its course, he sought to close with the typical line, “Now what would it take to get you into one of these?” Looking at the Jeep’s high front seat, the woman replied, “Probably a crowbar.”


Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Anderson


Alan King was one of my all-time favorite comedians, he passed some time ago but his humor lives on.

  • On Banks: “Banks have a new image. Now you have ‘a friend,’ your friendly banker. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?”
  • On Jewish Mothers: “What’s the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother? Eventually the Rottweiler lets go.”
  • On his parent’s Russian roots: King took his mother, Minnie, to see “Fiddler on the Roof,” thinking the fictitious village of Anatevka might bring back memories of her own childhood village. “And when the show was over and we were back on the street,” Mr. King wrote in his autobiography ‘Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King’, “I said, ‘Ma, how did you enjoy it? Did it bring back memories?'” “‘It was wonderful,’ she said. ‘Only I don’t remember so much singing.’ “
  • On meeting royalty: Following a performance for the British Royal Family, he was introduced to Queen Elizabeth. “How do you do, Mr. King?” she is reported to have said. “How do you do, Mrs. Queen?” he is said to have replied.
  • On Love and Marriage: “If you want to read about love and marriage, you’ve got to buy two separate books”
  • On Gifts for the Wife: King told of a Jewish man asking his wife if she would like diamond jewelry, a new car or a trip for their anniversary. She responded that she wanted a divorce. “Oy vey,” the man replied. “I wasn’t planning on spending that much.”


I’ll drive you crazy, but you’re paying for gas.


Hanging in the hallway at the High School are the basketball team pictures from the past 40 years. A player in the center of the front row in each picture holds a basketball identifying the year — “62-63,” “63-64,” “64-65,” etc. One day I spotted a freshman looking curiously at the photos. Turning to me, he said, “Isn’t it strange how the teams always lost by one point?”


“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”

 Henry Youngman


When her late husband’s will was read, a widow learned he had left the bulk of his fortune to another woman. Enraged, she rushed to change the inscription on her spouse’s tombstone. “Sorry, lady,” said the stonecutter. “I inscribed ‘Rest in Peace’ on your orders. I can’t change it now.” “Very well,” she said grimly. “Just add, ‘Until We Meet Again.’ ”


“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

Margaret Mead


Stay well, do good work, and have fun

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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