Ray's musings and humor

Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you.

Mary Anne Radmacher


I had lunch with an old friend the other day. He is now the semi-retired CEO of a large corporation where he continues as the chairman of its board. He still stays active as a community leader and philanthropist and serves on a number of boards. He is younger than I am but we share the life-after-retirement experience and we both commented on how valuable being free to be ourselves has been. My friend is more of an adventurer than I am and enjoys the therapeutic value of being able to explore the back roads of the world. As I thought about our discussion it reminded me of the following article by Don Herold.

 I Would Pick More Daisies


When the late Nadine Stair of Louisville, Kentucky, was 85 years old, she was asked what she would do if she had her life to live over again.

“I’d make more mistakes next time,” she said. “I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

“You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, and a raincoat. If I had to do it over again, I would travel lighter than I have.

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies.”


I am again reminded that none of us have to wait to be young again.



“The most wonderful taste of serenity is found by the love you create for yourself, and those around you.”

Joseph Torres


The featured guest on a local radio talk show was a woman who owned a home-cleaning service. After she described what her clients could expect, the program’s telephone lines were opened to the audience. The first caller struck to the heart of every woman who had ever contemplated employing such a service. Her question: “How much cleaning do I have to do before your people come?”


TEACHER: I hope I didn’t see you looking at Don’s paper.

JOHN: I hope you didn’t either.


A teenager was always asking his father if he could borrow the family car. Pushed to the limit, the father asked his son why he thought “The Almighty” had given him two feet.  Without hesitation, the son replied, “That’s easy, one for the brake and one for the accelerator.”


The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.


A boss tells his new employee, “I’ll give you 18 bucks an hour starting today and in three months, I’ll raise it to 20 bucks an hour. So when would you like to start?”

The employee replies, “How’s 3 months from now?”


First a person should put his house together, then his town, then the world.

Rabbi Israel Salanter



Said: “Appointment”

Meant: “An opportunity to wait until the doctor feels like seeing you.”

Said: “A few more minutes.”

Meant: “You have time to read the entire National Geographic.”

Said: “Cutting edge procedure”

Meant: “Your insurance won’t cover it.”

Said: “Discomfort”

Meant: “Pain”

Said: “Procedure”

Meant: “Surgery”

Said: “Fairly Routine Procedure”

Meant: “Major Surgery”

Said: “Routine Procedure”

Meant: “Something experimental and dangerous.”

Said: “Latest medical research”

Meant: “This week’s guess.”

When they say, “We did all that we could under the circumstances with the knowledge that we had at the time,” what they really mean is, “We blew it”.


I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.

George Burns


I come from a large family, five sisters and three brothers. My sisters and I were looking through the family photo album one day. Picture after picture, we were all dressed in matching clothes. I asked my mother why she dressed us all alike, right down to the baby.

She explained, “When we had just four children, I dressed you alike so we wouldn’t lose any of you. Then,” she added, looking at the pictures in the album, “When the other four came along, I started dressing you alike so we won’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.”


“If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”

Johnny Carson


Two trucks loaded with a thousand copies of Roget’s Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied….


“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.”

Sam Levenson


A passenger train is creeping along, slowly. Finally it creaks to a halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. “What’s going on?” she yells out the window. “Cow on the track!” replies the conductor. Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walk again. She leans out the window and yells, “What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?”


When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.   Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Cherokee Expression


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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