Ray's musings and humor


“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Carlos Castenada

! Back Paini

I am still home bound with spinal pain. It is more tolerable but I am finishing the steroid pills and still need the pain pills. I am hoping to get in to see the spinal pain specialist soon so I can get back out and about.

Living on soup and old movies does help pass the time but I will be glad when it is over. I have to be prepared for further episodes in the future but I am hoping the Pain Witch Doctor will be able to magically minimize the impact on my body.

I have decided to remove hibernation from my bucket list. It has been pretty good when I am in drug induced sleep but waking up and getting up is no fun at all. So my friends I will be with you in spirit for a while but would much prefer being there in person.

It looks like I will have to cancel my one day Octoberfest river cruise next Saturday; I am pretty sure there is no November fest but if there is I am not going, too cold in November.

Here are excerpts from an article on the internet that help me once I get past this incident.

Ways to Avoid Back Pain

Get more exercise. If your back is hurting, you may think the best way to get relief is to limit exercise and to rest. A day or two of rest may help, but more than that may not help the pain. Experts now know that regular physical activity can help ease inflammation and muscle tension.

Watch your weight. Extra pounds, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting strain on your lower back.

Sleeping position. If you’re prone to back pain, talk with your doctor about the best sleeping position. Sleeping on your side with your knees pulled up slightly toward your chest is sometimes suggested.

Pay attention to your posture. The best chair for preventing back pain is one with a straight back or low-back support. Keep your knees a bit higher than your hips while seated. Prop your feet on a stool if you need to.

Be careful how you lift. Don’t bend over from the waist to lift heavy objects. Bend your knees and squat, pulling in your stomach muscles and holding the object close to your body as you stand up.


Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Joseph Campbell


Ten Things a Mom Doesn’t Want to Hear*

  1. I swallowed a goldfish!
  2. Did you know your lipstick works better than my crayons?
  3. Does grape juice leave a stain??
  4. The principal called…..
  5. But DAD says that word all the time.
  6. What’s it cost to fix a window nowadays?
  7. Has anyone seen my earthworms?
  8. I painted your shoes pretty, huh, Mommy?
  9. Well, the dog sure doesn’t like dressing up in your clothes.
  10. I’m moving out. (Well, maybe some days.)


Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir


With most of my grandchildren playing soccer we have had to learn the ropes. Now we are so well versed we even know what the following means.

Stupid Things Actually Said By Commentators In The World Of Soccer

  1. Well, it’s Liverpool two, Ipswich nil, and if the score stays this way, I’ve got to fancy Liverpool for the win.
  2. He had an eternity to play that ball, but took too long.
  3. And so they have not been able to improve on their 100% record.
  4. With the last kick of the game, he scored with a header.
  5. Well, it’s a fabulous kaleidoscope of color: almost all the Brazilians are wearing yellow shirts.
  6. If that had gone on, it would definitely have been a goal.
  7. Their manager, Howard Wilkinson, isn’t here today, which strongly suggests that he may be elsewhere.
  8. I am a firm believer that if one team scores a goal, the other need to score two to win.
  9. If a team scores early on, it often takes an early lead.
  10. You cannot possibly have counted the number of passes made, but there were eight.


“If there was a loser in town, I’d find him and date him and fall in love — and be devastated when it didn’t work out.”

Halle Berry


A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterward the pastor asked the man where he had gone. “I went to get a haircut,” was the reply.

“But,” said the pastor, “why didn’t you do that before the service started?”

“Because,” the gentleman said, “I didn’t need one then.”


“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Amy Carmichael


There was this fellow from Tennessee who had a flat tire.  He pulled off on the side of the road, jumped out of his car, walked down the hillside and picked a bunch of wildflowers, and proceeded to put one bouquet of the flowers in front of the car and one behind it.  Then he got back in the car to wait.

A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back.  He asked the fellow what the problem was.  The man replied, “I have a flat tarr.”

In response the passerby asked, “But what’s with the flowers?

The man responded, “When you break down the State of Tennessee tells you to put flares in the front and flares in the back!  I never did understand it neither cause the damn tarr is still flat.”


If you don’t run your own life, somebody else will.


He said: My wife, Diane, was chatting with her brother, Charles, a business executive who had retired last year. While discussing the joys of his new leisure time, Charles remarked that he had been compelled to give up skiing, a sport he had enjoyed for many years.

“Afraid of injuries?” Diane asked.

“Well, now I am,” he responded. “Before I could drag a cast into work and still do my job, but now I’d be messing up my golf game.”


Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.

Walter Anderson


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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