Ray's musings and humor

Keep Laughing

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

Langston Hughes


I have been publish Ray’s Daily for almost fifteen years now. It has been the vehicle that has provided me real benefits. It has kept me in touch with thousands of people, required me to think about the world around me and kept humor in my daily thoughts. Many of you have commented that it is the jokes and sayings included “below the fold” each day that keeps you coming back’

For me starting the day with a laugh or too lightens my day and helps me from taking things too seriously. It is true that laughter is great medicine. Here are excerpts from an article written by Elizabeth Scott that help make your day’s as happy as mine usually are.

Maintain A Sense of Humor to Cope

Developing a sense of humor about life’s challenges is an effective coping technique that can actually lead to better overall health as well as simple stress management. That’s because, aside from the health benefits of laughter (which are numerous and significant), having a sense of humor about life’s difficulties can provide a way to bond with others, look at things in a different way, normalize your experience, and keep things from appearing too overwhelming or scary.

Start With a Smile.

Studies show that having a smile on your face can release endorphins, which make you feel better, and can lead you to actually feeling more happy (rather than just looking happier).

Take A Step Back.

When you’re in the middle of a difficult situation, it can seem overwhelming. If you try to see your situation as an observer would, it’s often easier to recognize what’s funny. Trying to see your current situation through a new lens is known as reframing, and it works!

Value The Extremes.

If your situation seems ridiculously frustrating, recognize the potential humor in just how ridiculously frustrating and annoying it is. In your imagination, take the situation to an extreme that becomes even more ridiculous until you find yourself amused.

Have A Funny Buddy.

Find a friend with whom you can laugh, and let the relationship work for you! You can each share your frustrations, and laugh about them in the process. Even when your friend isn’t there, you can lighten your mood in a dark situation by thinking about the retelling that will come later.

Getting your friends on board with laughter can be an excellent way to make the laughs come more easily. They can help you find the humor in life, and you can help them. Share your thoughts, share your jokes, and share this article–you’ll all be laughing in no time!


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

e. e. cummings


How about some golf quips…

Lee Trevino:  “You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives.  Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”

Hank Aaron:  “It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”

Lee Trevino:  “I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they’d come up sliced.”

Jimmy Demaret:  “Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.”

Gerald Ford:  “I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.”

P.G. Wodehouse:  “The least thing upsets him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows.”  

Tommy Bolt, toward the end of one of his infamous high-volume, temperamental, club-throwing rounds, asked his caddie for a club recommendation for a shot of about 155 yards. His caddie said:  “I’d say either a 3-iron or a wedge, sir.” “A 3- iron or a wedge?” asked Bolt. “What kind of stupid, #*!~%^* choice is that?” “Those are the only two clubs you have left in the your bag, sir.” said the caddie.


“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”

Forrest Tucker


She told me that her husband likes massages. She booked a masseuse to come to the house. Wasn’t that a good idea? She had thought, until the doorbell rang, and there was an eighteen-year-old gorgeous blonde girl standing there saying, “I’m here to give your husband, a massage.”

My friend said, “He’s dead.”


“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”

Charles, Count Talleyrand


An elderly parish priest was tending his garden near a convent when a passerby stopped to inquire after the priest’s much-loved roses.

“Not bad,” said the priest, “but they suffer from a disease peculiar to this area known as the black death.”

“What on earth is that?” asked the passerby, anxious to increase his garden knowledge.

“Nuns with scissors.”


A thief broke into my house last night.  He started searching for money, so I woke up and searched with him.


When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil.


“Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?”

George Price


One day, a gorilla escaped from the Bronx Zoo. They searched for him everywhere in every borough. They announced his disappearance on the radio and television as well as in the newspapers, but no one reported seeing it.

At last, the gorilla was discovered in the New York Public Library. Officials of the zoo and the animal handlers were summoned to the library where they found it sitting at a desk in the reading room with two books spread out in front of him. The gorilla was reading with great concentration. One book was the Bible and the other was Darwin’s “Origin of Species”.

The zookeepers asked the gorilla what he was doing.

The gorilla replied, “I’m trying to figure out whether I am my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.”


I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.

Audrey Hepburn


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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