Ray's musings and humor

It is a special day

Good times become better and bad times become tolerable when shared with a life partner like you.


It is a big day today, it is my wife’s birthday. We will be dining with family tonight and will be joined our favorite grandnephew who flew in from North Carolina just to be with us. I still have a lot to do so I am going back to one of her past birthdays.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 16, 2005

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury;

And refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable;

And wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.”

William Ellery Channing


Today is my wife Nancy’s birthday. I would like to dedicate the above to her and our marriage of many years. Especially the part that deals with small means, lack of luxury and so on. I want you to know I have taken the guidance provided by Channing to heart by offering her both elegance and refinement; I hope she will be pleased that I have again avoided the temptation to buy her something of value.

Actually we are at the point in our lives where there is not much we really need that we don’t have. We made a pact some time ago that our cruises and our vacations will be our primary gift to each other. Of course I will be buying her something so that she knows I have not forgotten, even though she may want to forget.

Someone asked me not long ago the secret of a long and mostly happy marriage. I responded with a few words; compatibility, mutual concern, trust, and understanding. I am not sure we ever were able to run through the daisies in slow motion, but we sure did learn to live with each other without regret, and that’s not bad.


Chains do not hold a marriage together.

It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

Simone Signoret


Rabbi Cohen tells us, “After a Shabbat service at the Temple in Owensboro, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Rabbi Cohen is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!’

It worked.”


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt


After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn’t care one way or the other.


“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”

Jeff Valdez


You know you’re from Florida if:

  1. You measure distance in minutes.
  2. You’ve ever had to switch from heat to air conditioning in the same day.
  3. You see a car running in a store parking lot with no one in it no matter what time of the year.
  4. You use “fix” as a verb. Example: I am fixinto go to the store.
  5. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
  6. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  7. You carry jumper cables in your car … for your OWN car.
  8. You know what “cow tipping” is.
  9. You only own four spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete and catsup.
  10. The local papers cover national and international news on one page and six pages for local gossip and sports.
  11. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit “a little warm.”
  12. You know all four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.
  13. Going to Walmart is a favorite past time known as “Goin’ wal-martin” or “Off to ‘Wally World.'”
  14. A carbonated soft drink isn’t a soda, cola, or pop…it’s a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: “What kinna coke you want?”
  15. Fried Catfish is the other white meat.
  16. You understand these and forward them to your friends from Florida (and those who just wish they were).


Show me a good loser…. and I’ll show you a fellow playing golf with his boss.


A woman went to a computer dating service and said she didn’t care about looks, income or background. All she wanted was a man of upright character.

Then a man came in and told them the only thing he was seeking in a woman was intelligence.

The service matched them together at once because they had one thing in common — they were both pathological liars.


“Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.”

Honduran Proverb


Two gentlemen were discussing the prospects of looming retirement. While one guy had lots of hobbies, the other fellow had no hobbies, and was rather concerned about being set loose with nothing to do.

The first guy suggested his friend go visit his kids.  The man said, “Well, I only have two kids, but I could buy a motor home and go visit my brothers and sisters, that would take about a year.”

The first guy looked a bit puzzled, so his friend said, “I’m one of eighteen kids in my family.”

The first fellow’s eyes got rather large, contemplating eighteen children, so the man volunteered to explain.  “The problem was, my mother was hard of hearing.”


Smile.  “My Mom & Dad would go to bed at night, and my Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep, or what?’ and my Mom would say, ‘What?'”


A person that learns from their mistakes is smart.

A person that learns from other people’s mistakes is smarter.


The cruise director of a cruise ship was demonstrating to a group of young passengers how the ship manages to stay level at sea.

“Do you know what level means?” he asked the group of six to eight year-olds.

One boy replied immediately. “A level is something you need to pass to get to a harder screen in a video game.”


The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius


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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