Ray's musings and humor

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

Thomas Campbell


There was no Daily yesterday as I joined my fellow citizens participating in our countries Memorial Day activities. It is a time when we get to honor those no longer with us. While it is focused primarily on those who died in military service it is a time when I get to bring back the memories of some people that have made a difference in my life who have passed on.

Yesterday I got a notice that someone else was added to my list memorable people. This was a lady I never met but thought of as a good friend. Some years ago Wendy signed up for Ray’s Daily and started to occasionally send me her thoughts as well as humorous stories that she thought I would enjoy. A year or so ago she shared with me that she was a cancer victim. As the months have gone by she would let me know about her treatments and progress. She maintained a positive attitude throughout the ordeal only asking for prayers of hope. Sadly her husband e-mailed me yesterday that my friend had lost her battle and died a few days ago. I am glad she is at peace but I will miss her.


Yesterday I also received the following e-mail from a friend who lives in the Caribbean which helped to boost my spirits.


Hello Ray,

Just so you know, I still read your Daily every day (or if I must skip some days, I go back and make sure I read them all) because I am guaranteed to get an uplift!  I truly appreciate your spirit and dedication to continuing to serve the community in this way and all the other things you do.  Please keep on chiding me and your other readers to be positive in our mindset and to believe that important things are possible to achieve.


I do appreciate all of you that have allowed me to be your friend and I want to say to Wendy and the others no longer with us, thanks for the memories.


“…we should be remembered for the things we do. The things we do are the most important things of all. They are more important than what we say or what we look like. The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honour heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honour the Pharaohs. Only instead of being made out of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you. That’s why your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of with stone.”

R.J. Palacio


A film crew was on location deep in the desert. One day an old Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow rain.” The next day it rained. A week later, the Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow storm.”

The next day there was a hailstorm. “This Indian is incredible,” said the director. He told his secretary to hire the Indian to predict the weather for the remaining of the shoot. However, after several successful predictions, the old Indian didn’t show up for two weeks.

Finally the director sent for him. “I have to shoot a big scene tomorrow,” said the director, “and I’m depending on you. What will the weather be like?”

The Indian shrugged his shoulders. “Don’t know,” he said, “My radio is broken.”


“I bought some used paint. It was in the shape of a house.”

Steven Wright


I pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever had fresh air. She was stretched out on the back seat, and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, “Now you stay. Do you hear me?  Stay!”

The driver of a nearby car gave me a strange look and said.  “Why don’t you just put it in park?”


I doubt, therefore I might be.


He said: The other day I had the opportunity to drop by my department head’s office. He’s a friendly guy and on the rare opportunities that I have to pay him a visit, we have had enjoyable conversations. While I was in his office yesterday I asked him “Sir, What is the secret of your success?”

He said “Two words.”

“What are they?”

“Right decisions.”

“But how do you make right decisions?”

“One word.” he responded.

“What is that?”


“And how do you get Experience?”

“Two words”

“What are they?”

“Wrong decisions”


Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.

Sudie Back


She said: I was scheduled to fly from Michigan to Germany, where my husband was stationed in the military. As I checked in at the airport, the ticket agent asked me some standard security questions. “Has anyone given you any packages that you didn’t pack yourself?” he asked.

I told him that my mother-in-law had given me a parcel to take to her son. He looked at me very carefully and asked:

“Does she like you?”


“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.”

Franklin P. Jones


When Brandon’s mother found out she was pregnant, she told the good news to anyone who would listen. But Little Brandon overheard some of his parents’ private conversations. One day, when Brandon and his mother were shopping, a woman asked the little boy if he was excited about the new baby.

“Yes!” Brandon answered, “and I know what we’re gonna name it, too. If it’s a girl, we’re going to call her Christina, and if it’s another boy we’re going to call it quits!”


“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”

Michael Bassey Johnson


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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