Ray's musings and humor

Ray’s Daily

May 2, 2018


It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

George Elliot


Yesterday I said I hoped we would enjoy Spring and plant the seeds for positive change in our lives. I was surprised by the number of supporting comments I received.

Over my many years I have found that the willingness to take a risk and begin a new venture have brought me the most pleasure. I think my early experiences of surviving even when I was in over my head helped me to try new things.

I think taking the first step coupled with perseverance can do wonders for folks. The key is to not quit, for happiness prevails for those who complete their journeys.


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure has turned about,

When they might have won had they stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow!

Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering one,

Often the struggler has given up

When they might have captured the victor’s cup.

And they learned too late, when the night slipped down,

How close they were to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint to the clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the task when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem the worst, that you must not quit!

Author Unknown

Thomas Edison said, Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  Attaining your goals can sometimes feel overwhelming and it can seem easier to just quit and do something else.  Well, you would be in good company, as most people try to reach their goals and most people quit. 


There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.

William Frederick Halsey, Jr.


She said, my husband is wonderful with our baby daughter, but often he turns to me for advice.  Recently, I was in the shower when he poked his head in to ask, “What should I feed Lily for lunch?”

“That’s up to you,” I replied.  “There’s all kinds of food. Why don’t you pretend I’m not at home?”

A few minutes later, my cell phone rang.  I answered it to hear my husband asking, “Yeah, hi, Honey.  Uh..what should I feed Lily for lunch?”


Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun a lot more work.


Saul Epstein Was Taking An Oral Exam Applying For His Citizenship Papers. He Was Asked To Spell “Cultivate” He Spelled It Correctly. He Was Then Asked To Use The Word In A Sentence.

He Brightened Up And Said, “Last Vinter On A Very Cold Day, I Vas Vaiting For A Bus, But It Vas Too Cultivate, So I Took The Subvay Home.”


Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?


One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.”

“Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 5000 hours of community service?”


I went to a restaurant that serves -breakfast at any time. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

Steven Wright


Think About This!

* Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper: It doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it makes thing more acceptable for awhile.

* Live as you wish your kids would.

* Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

* Love is like a rose. You have to see past the thorns to appreciate its beauty.

* Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

* Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

* No job is so simple that it can’t be messed up.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* Support bacteria–they’re the only culture some people have.

* The pessimist may be right in the long run, but the optimist has a better time during the trip.

* You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Harold Thurman


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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