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“The year you were born marks only your entry into the world. Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.”

Jarod Kintz

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One of the gifts life gives us is the ability to get vicarious pleasure out of the good things that happen to others. I got the article below in an e-mail yesterday and it triggered one of those moments.


Mar 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Brown University gymnastics junior Diana Walters and sophomore Jorden Mitchell have qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships as individual all-around performers, the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.

The duo will head to Morgantown, W. Va., to take part in the Morgantown Regional hosted by West Virginia University at the WVU Coliseum on April 4. Both reached the regional as one of the top five competitors in the region not on a qualifying team.

Mitchell, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., reached the regionals for the first time, standing as the No. 11-ranked all-around gymnast in the North East with an RQS of 38.605.

Mitchell has enjoyed a breakout second-year campaign, earning the Ivy Classic All-Around title. She gained All-ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) accolades on vault, floor, and the all-around to go with All-Ivy Classic plaudits on vault. She has scored season highs of 38.725 (career high) in the all-around, 9.800 (career high) on vault, 9.700 on bars, 9.775 (career high) on beam, and 9.875 (career high) on floor.

As many of you already know Jorden is one of my granddaughters and to me she is more than that, besides being an accomplished athlete she is also an outstanding student. Her ability over the years to accomplish much even during adversity has been inspiring. I have watched her do well since she was very young and I believe it is her combination of attitude, commitment and perseverance that has made her so successful. She is one of my role models. I have great regard for all of my grandchildren and their accomplishments, they add luster to my life.

If that was not enough I also got the following message from a dear UNICEF Public Health friend who is based in Senegal. “Your ability to be positive is inspirational. I read your dailies without fail. Sometimes share with friends and kids”.

And then I got a positive message from an old friend who has retired from the US Agency of International Development who I had the good fortune to meet years ago when we worked on funding international humanitarian projects. Yes, life is good due in no small part to the fact we can cheer on others as they do worthy things.


“Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.”

Mia Hamm


You’ll Know Yours Is A Redneck Church If:

The finance committee refuses to provide funds for the purchase of a chandelier because none of the members knows how to play one.

People ask, when they learn that Jesus fed the 5000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish, and what bait was used to catch ’em.

Opening day of deer season is recognized as an official church holiday.

Boone’s Farm “Tickle Pink” is the favorite wine for communion.

High notes on the organ set the dogs on the floor to howling.

People think “rapture” is what you get when you lift something too heavy.


INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.


The Smiths were dining out when his wife noticed her ex-husband at the bar. “Honey,” she said as she pointed the guy out, “that guy at the bar has been drinking like that since I left him seven years ago.”

Her husband said, “That’s silly, no one celebrates that much.”


The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.


Perks of Being Over 70

  1. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
  2. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
  3. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
  4. People call at 9 PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”
  5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
  6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  7. Things you buy now won’t wear out.
  8. You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.
  9. You can live without sex but not without glasses.
  10. You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.
  11. You get into heated arguments about pension plans and politicians.
  12. You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.
  13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
  14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
  15. You sing along with the music piped into the Mall.
  16. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
  17. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
  18. Your ankles swell and you can’t feel them either.
  19. You have lost your sense of smell.
  20. Your taste buds only sense the alcohol in medicines. and worst of all…… You can’t remember who sent you this darn list.


Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?


The new Librarian decided that instead of checking out children’s books by writing the names of borrowers on the book cards herself, she would have the youngsters sign their own names.   She would then tell them they were signing a “Contract” for returning the books on time.

Her first customer was a second grader, who looked surprised to see a new Librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to the Librarian, giving her his name as he did so.

The Librarian pushed the books back and told him to sign them out.  The boy laboriously printed his name on each book card and then handed them to her with a look of utter disgust. Before the Librarian could even start her speech he said, scornfully, “That other Librarian we had could write.”


Ever notice that you have to get to church pretty early to find a seat in the back row?


A young minister, sitting down to dinner was about to say grace when he opened the casserole dish that his thrifty bride had prepared from countless refrigerator leftovers.

“I don’t know,” he said dubiously. “It seems to me that we’ve blessed all this stuff before.”


“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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