Ray's musings and humor

Good Bye Dear Friend

Ray’s Daily

June 28. 2017



Nothing will ever take away our memories. May your memories be ones that give you comfort and reminders of happier times.

Catherine Pulsifer

Yesterday I shared with you how important I think it is to acquire and sustain friendships. I honestly believe that good friends are the foundation for living a happy life. I also suggested how important I think it is that we let our friends know how much we appreciate them while we can,

My thoughts were reinforced when not long after I put together the Daily I learned that one of my oldest and dearest friends had passed away. He was my brother-in-law and close friend for more than a half a century. He and his late wife were with us during many good times and a few bad times. They lived in Florida while we lived in the north but we still remained close.

Our children grew up together and have remained close, The family vacations we shared were usually the highlights of our year. When my job kept me away from home for months at a time my wife packed up our kids and went to Florida to stay with her sister’s family.

In our later years we cruised together to many parts of the world. On our cruises, my brother-in-law participated in everything, He was gregarious and happy go lucky all his life. Times had not been easy for him since the passing of his dear wife a few years ago and now his struggles are over and he can rest,

Many years ago he had a job that required him to get up very early in the morning and when we would stay with his family he would say not long after dinner, “I will say goodnight now.” So my old friend let me say good night, rest well and thank you for providing my family and me fond memories that will last us forever.

Death is the heartache no one can heal,

Memories are keepsakes no one can steal.

Beautiful memories are all we have left,

Of the ones we loved and will never forget.

Softly the leaves of memory fall,

Gently we gather and cherish them all.

Planted deep in memory’s garden

And watered daily with tears,

Memory has a magical way

Of keeping loved ones near.

Author unknown,


When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.


While I was tempted to skip today’s humor I realized that my brother-in-law would rather I did not so here we go again.

 There was this hunter who was proud of his retriever because the dog could walk on top of the lake water. No one believed it was true, however, so he invited a friend to witness the dog’s ability. They get into the hunter’s boat and head out on the lake. As the hunter shot a duck over the lake, the retriever jumped out of the boat, walked over the water, and brought the duck back. The friend observed this, but said nothing.

A little later on, the hunter shoots down a second duck, and just like the first time, the dog jumps out of the boat, walks on top of the water, and brings the duck back to the boat. The friend still doesn’t comment.

After he shoots down a third duck and the same performance is repeated by the retriever, the hunter becomes quite annoyed over his friend’s sillence. So he asks,

“Didn’t you notice anything when I shot down those ducks?”

His friend says, “Yeah. That fool dog of your’s can’t swim!”


I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.

Rodney Dangerfield


On a NW Airways flight from Atlanta, GA. a middle-aged, well-off lady has found herself sitting next to a Jewish man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.

“What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant.

“You’ve sat me next to a Jew!! I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”

“Please calm down Madam.” the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.”

The woman shoots a snooty look at the snubbed Jewish man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers).

A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin.

“Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class.”

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues…”It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone should be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.”

With which, she turned to the Jewish man sitting next to her, and said: “So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you…”

At this point, the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the Jewish man walks up to the front of the plane.


“It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.”

Pierre Beaumarchais


A young couple came into the church office to fill out a pre-marriage questionnaire form. The young man, who had never talked to a pastor before, was quite nervous and the pastor tried to put him at ease. When they came to the question, “Are you entering this marriage of your own free will?” there was a long pause. Finally, the girl looked over at the apprehensive young man and said, “Put down yes.”


“Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff?”

Steven Wright


“Farewell is said by the living, in life, every day. It is said with love and friendship, with the affirmation that the memories are lasting if the flesh is not.”

R.A. Salvatore,


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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