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Meet my special friend

The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others.

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Yesterday I had breakfast with a truly special friend. My friend is the kindest person I have ever met. She has that special glow about her that you sometimes hear about but seldom see. My friend has devoted her whole life to others through her work for the Salvation Army and by helping the friends she has made. She has provided solace to the grieving who visited the Twin Towers morgue after the 9/11 disaster when she worked there as a chaplain. She has been a key worker at disaster sites. She often comforts those in need, helps feed the hungry and clothe the poor while befriending people like me.

But what impresses me the most about my friend is the warmth she exudes whenever I get to meet with her. Her goodness is infectious and always leaves me with a feeling of joy. I have never heard anyone ever speak ill of her and as you can guess I have never heard her speak ill of anyone.

With my friend what you see is what you get; she is who she is 24 by 7. Our world would be a better place if more of us were like her. Here is a story that reminds me of her while providing a good message for us all.

Strength of a Man

Bill Greer, Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul


The strength of a man isn’t seen in the width of his shoulders.

It is seen in the width of his arms that encircle you.

The strength of a man isn’t in the deep tone of his voice.

It is in the gentle words he whispers.


The strength of a man isn’t how many buddies he has.

It is how good a buddy he is with his kids.

The strength of a man isn’t in how respected he is at work.

It is in how respected he is at home.


The strength of a man isn’t in how hard he hits.

It is in how tender he touches.

The strength of a man isn’t in the hair on his chest.

It is in his Heart that lies within his chest.


The strength of a man isn’t how many women he’s Loved.

It is in can he be true to one woman.

The strength of a man isn’t in the weight he can lift.

It is in the burdens he can understand and overcome.


People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou


The kids tell us:


“One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” (Ava, 8)


“Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” (Del, 6)

“One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” (Bart, 9)


“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s in love.” (John, 9)

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food.” (Brad, 8)


The Doctor says “You’ll live to be 60!”

“I AM 60!”

“See, what did I tell you?”

Henny Youngman


A psychiatrist was trying to comfort a new patient who was terribly upset. “You see, Doc,” the patient explained, “my problem is that I like shoes much better than I like boots.”

“Why, that’s no problem,” answered the doctor. “Most people like shoes better than boots.”

The patient was elated, “That’s neat, Doc. How do you like them, fried or scrambled?”


The Face Is Familiar but I Can’t Quite Remember My Name


The British Military writes officer fitness reports. The form used for Royal Navy and Marines fitness reports is the S206. The following are ACTUAL EXCERPTS taken from people’s “206’s”….

– His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.

– This Officer is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely won’t-be.

– This young lady has delusions of adequacy.

– Since my last report he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig.

– She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.

– This Officer should go far – and the sooner he starts, the better.

– This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.


You’re Just Jealous Because The Voices Are Talking To Me


A busy mother sometimes accidentally left pots and pans on the stove with the burners on, so she resorted to posting this reminder on the kitchen door: “STOVE?”

Her daughter, back from college, noticed Mother’s sign. Beneath it she taped her reply: “No — DOOR! Trust me. I went to college.”


The Earth Is Full – Go Home


A couple of young fellers were fishing at their special pond off the beaten track when out of the bushes jumped the Game Warden.

Immediately, one of the boys threw his rod down and started running through the woods like everything, and hot on his heels came the Game Warden.

After about a half mile the fella stopped and stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath and the Game Warden finally caught up to him…

“Lets see yer fishin’ license, Boy!!” the Warden gasped.

With that, the fella pulled out his wallet and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing license.

“Well, son,” said the Game Warden, “you must be about as dumb as a box of rocks! You don’t have to run from me if you have a valid license!”

“Yes, sir,” replied the young feller, “But my friend back there, well, he don’t have one…”


I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

William Penn


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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