Ray's musings and humor

We need both old and new

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Donna Roberts

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The other day I shared with you that I recently learned just how important the friends I had around me over the years were to the quality of my life. When I look back over my past I realize that my successes were often gifts bestowed upon me because of the support of friends and colleagues. I think I said we should honor our supporting actors and let them know how important they are to our wellbeing.

Sadly the ageing process often is accompanied by the loss of friends, acquaintances and even family. People move, retire or pass on and leave many of us in a vacuum where most of what we hear is the echo of our own thoughts instead of the shared wisdom of others. I have found that it does not have to be that way. You see I have met lots of people like myself who were ready to fill the empty chairs with new friends. The other thing I have noticed is that shyness and isolation is not limited to only the old. When we make the effort we can make new friendships that will enrich our lives.

The reality is that your latent friends will never find you if you are always hiding in the bushes. Trust me there are folks waiting to meet you if you offer them the chance and as always a pleasant demeanor helps. Here is some thoughts from the Inspire 21 blog that can help those who are ready to restock their friends larder.

 Make New Friends

Need to know how to make new friends? Having trouble making new friends?

Well these little bits of advice I got off a friendship card will certainly give you a few tips on making new friends. Keep these in mind as you go out and soon you will lots of new TRUE friends. Good Luck!

  1. Don’t worry about knowing people, just make yourself worth knowing.
  2. Be friendly with the folks you know. If it weren’t for them you would be a total stranger.
  3. Friends are those who speak to you after others don’t.
  4. The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.
  5. The way to have friends is to be willing to lose some arguments.
  6. Deal with other’s faults as gently as if they were your own.
  7. A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.
  8. You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults.
  9. You can make more friends by being interested in them than trying to have them be interested in you.
  10. A real friend is a person who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, lets you forget it.
  11. A friend is a person who listens attentively while you say nothing.
  12. A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg even though you’re slightly cracked.

… and most important… A FRIEND IS A TREASURE!


In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer


Lerman’s Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money.

Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.


He said: My wife got mad at me the other day and went shopping to relieve her irritation.  When she returned home she informed me that she had purchased ten new dresses. I asked “Ten!”, “What could any woman want with ten new dresses??” She calmly replied, “Ten new pairs of shoes.”


“Let me listen to me and not to them.”

Gertrude Stein


A group of foreign dignitaries are visiting Israel. At the end of the tour, they are taken to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They look at the tomb and read the following inscription:


BORN 5694

DIED 5733


The visitors are incredulous. They ask the guide, “How can this be an unknown soldier if the grave has his name?”

Their host responds, “Sure, as a soldier he was unknown, but as a furrier — he was the best!”


My Mind Works Like Lightning — One Brilliant Flash and It’s Gone


Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing the sick-leave provisions set out by their contract. One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday!”

There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. A union negotiator broke the silence in the room.

“Wow!” he said. “Just think of the score he could have had if he wasn’t sick!”


I’m still hot. It just comes in flashes now.


It was their first date, and she’d shown the patience of a saint as he babbled on and on about his hobbies, his pet peeves, his driving techniques, and even the standards he used to choose his barber.

Finally, he came up for air and said, “But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.”  She breathed a sigh of relief. He went on, “What do you think about me?”


“I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays.”

Henny Youngman


The old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tight so that it would not blow off in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said, “Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to be forward, but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?”

“Yes, I know,” said the lady, “I need both hands to hold onto this hat.”

“But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!” said the gentleman in earnest.

The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, “Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!”


If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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