Ray's musings and humor

There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.

Robert Brault,

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Good morning, I am off early for more tests and hopefully today will include as much improvement in my health as there was yesterday. I do have a number of other things I need to do as well so I am going to take the easy way out and send another Daily reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on October 30, 2003

It is a big day tomorrow, besides Halloween; I will be leaving my Kiwanis job. As you all know the work of Kiwanis and UNICEF in support of children has been my passion for almost 10 years and I can assure you that will not stop. I know many of you have lent your support, both by your contributions and your work; I know we can count on your continuing to do all you can in the future. Kiwanis has a staff of great people who are dedicated to help Kiwanis serve the children of the world; I will miss being with them each day but know I will see them often.

Both Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis International Foundation will continue to focus their energy on helping to eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of mental and physical disabilities, Iodine Deficiency.

Tomorrow there is a good chance that many of us in the US will be given a chance to support the Kiwanis effort by making a contribution to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Kiwanis youth all over the country will use those famous UNICEF orange boxes as they collect to help children who are at risk of suffering from the debilitating effects of iodine deficiency. If you get the chance, please give generously.

As my health continues to improve I know that I will stay active. After all, I still have the responsibility for our daily get together. By the way, they assure me that there is no connection between Halloween and my departure, I will just pick up my broom and slowly fly into the sunset.


No matter our age or where we’ve been or what we’ve said and done, each sunrise is a reminder that we’ve only just begun.


Words of wisdom from Shirley

The evils of money

It can buy a House……………But not a Home

It can buy a Bed……………….But not Sleep

It can buy a Clock…………….But not Time

It can buy you a Book……….But not knowledge

It can buy you a Position……But not Respect

It can buy you Medicine…….But not Health

It can buy you Blood…………But not Life

It can buy you Sex…………..But not Love

So you see , money isn’t everything.

And it often causes pain and suffering.

I tell you all this because I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your pain and suffering………….. So send me all your money………. And I will suffer for you. CASH ONLY PLEASE!!!


One of the highlights of my long career at Sperry UNIVAC was the chance to meet Grace Hopper, one of the pioneers of the computer industry. She once said: “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” Just think how much would get done if we just followed her advice.


A friend of mine was a philosophy major during his first semester in college. One day in a seminar class, they spent a great deal of time debating whether the glass was half full or half empty.

After the class, my friend was feeling pretty good about himself and what he was learning at university, so when he went home, he tried to continue the discussion with his family.  With maximum drama, he took a 12 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured in 6 ounces of water.  Then took it into the dining room and placed it in the middle of the table.

He proudly asked his family, “Can anyone tell me whether this glass is half full or half empty.”

Without missing a beat, his grandmother replied, “Depends if you’re drinking or pouring.”


Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.

Old Eskimo proverb


Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Stan ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he’d been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.

That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired. He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position.

Stan wrote, “The climate didn’t agree with me.”


Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.

Faith Baldwin


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?”

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


“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut


** Difference Between Men and Women **

  1. A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t want.
  2. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
  3. A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
  4. To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot & love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot & not try to understand her at all.
  5. Married men live longer than single men – but married men are a lot more willing to die.
  6. Any married man should forget his mistakes – there’s no use in two people remembering the same thing.
  7. Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
  8. A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change & she does.
  9. A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
  10. There are 2 times when a man doesn’t understand a woman – before marriage & after marriage.


The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.

Henry Home


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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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