Ray's musings and humor

Goodwill is good

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

 ! Helping-Hand (1)

I was reinvigorated last Friday and Saturday by being able to spend time with my fellow volunteers as we registered call-in Salvation Army donations in response to a two day radio marathon. As has happened before the goodwill demonstrated by the folks who worked the phones and the warmth of the donors combined the make both days special for me.

It was wonderful to find so many people willing to provide funds to feed, clothe and often house those who seldom find kindness in their world. Our recent turmoil that has crated so much strife has reinforced my belief that the hope for the future rests not with our political leadership or some charismatic leader but rather by the hands offered by people like you and me to those less fortunate than ourselves.

I think the following describes how we all can lay the foundation for a better future.

 The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice.

The language is not Narn or Human or Centauri or Gaeyem or Minbari. It speaks in the language of hope. It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul.

And always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us. And the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. It is the small still voice that says we are One. No matter the blood. No matter the skin. No matter the world. No matter the star. We are One. No matter the pain. No matter the darkness. No matter the loss. No matter the fear. We are One.

Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize this singular truth and this singular rule that we must be kind to one another because each voice enriches us and ennobles us. And each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe. The soul of creation. The fire that will light the way to a better future.

We are One. We are One. We are One!



The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy …Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Computer Widow

To My Darling Husband,

I’m sending you this letter in a bogus software company envelope so you’ll be sure to read it.  Please forgive the deception, but I thought you should know what’s been going on since your computer entered our lives two years ago.

The children are doing well.  Tommy is 7 now and is a bright, Handsome boy.  He has developed quite an interest in the arts. He drew a family portrait for a school project.  All the figures were good but yours was excellent!

The chair and back of your head are very realistic.  You would be proud of him.  Little Jennifer turned 3 in September.  She looks a lot like you did at that age.  She is an attractive child and quite smart.  She still remembers that you spent the whole afternoon with us on her birthday.  What a grand day for Jen, despite the fact that it was stormy and the electricity was out.

I discovered that the household chores are much easier since I realized that you didn’t mind being vacuumed and that the feather duster made you sneeze. The house is in good shape.  I had the living room painted last spring. I’m not sure if you noticed it.  I asked the painters to cut air holes in the drop cloths so you wouldn’t be disturbed.

Well dear, I must be going.  The family is leaving on a ski trip and there is much packing to do.  I’ve hired a house-keeper to take care of things while we are away.  She’ll keep things in order, fill your coffee cup and bring your meals to the computer room just the way you like it.

I hope you and the computer have a lovely time while we are gone. Tommy, Jen and I think of you often.  Try to remember us while your disks are booting.

Love, Mary


A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.


An insurance agent was teaching his wife to drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill grade.

“I can’t stop!” she shrilled. “What should I do?”

“Brace yourself,” advised her husband, “and try to hit something cheap.”


A practical nurse is one who falls in love with a wealthy patient.


Two gals were driving through Louisiana.  As they were approaching the town of Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.

As they stood at the counter, one asked the manager, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us?  Would you please pronounce where we are,…very slowly?”

The manager leaned over the counter and said, “Burrrrrrrr-gerrrrrrr-Kiiiiing.”


The only thing wrong with a perfect drive to work is, that you end up at work.


The Jackson police were searching for a man they suspected of a string of burglaries.  They had six photographs of the man, all taken in different locations and from different angles.  They sent fax copies of these pictures to police departments all over the country.

Several days later, Jackson received a fax report from the police chief in a small town in Nebraska.  The memo read, “We immediately went to work on those six pictures you sent. We’ve arrested five of the suspects, and we have the sixth under observation right now.”


There are only two things that your child is absolutely willing to share: Communicable Diseases and their mother’s age.


An act of goodwill …its beauty inspires, its fragrance uplifts and its seeds are carried far and wide to propagate further acts of goodwill. The seeds are carried within our hearts. The fragrance perfumed is released with a loving act.

Denise St. Denis


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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