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Ray’s Daily

August 16, 2019


“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing.”


Today is my wife and best friend’s birthday we have been together as husband and wife for more than 66 years and we have never been closer. Not only is it Nancy’s birthday but we have also been gifted this week with a new beautiful great granddaughter. We now begin a round of celebrations with family and friends, folks who enrich our lives.

I have come to believe that the best families are those that thrive as time goes on. It is not limited to only our blood relatives but also includes friends that care for us’ Children move away, loved ones pass on and often it is that good friend who helps us get through the bad times and who provide so many good times. We are blessed to have those who give so much of what is best in our lives,

Here is an excerpt from an article on families that I think is right on.

The Family

Though the classic family structure has been defined by social norms, it means different things to different people and at different points in time. In this sense, any group with which an individual identifies himself, or feels that he belongs there, may become his family.

This group may not essentially comprise his parents, siblings, children or spouse. On the contrary, it may consist his close friends and acquaintances, or can be one’s foster family as well.

The bottom-line of every healthy family is nurturing relationships with utmost compassion, love and care, and supporting its members during phases of hardships and troubles. A family that manages to fulfill these basic emotional and social needs becomes a stable unit and is termed as a ‘happy family’.


“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”

Anthony Brandt


A young boy came to Sunday School late.  His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong. The boy replied no, that he was going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

To which the boy replied, yes he did, dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.


See no evil, hear no evil, date no evil.



“I finished the Oreos.”

“Not to imply anything, but I don’t think the kid weighs forty pounds.”

“Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby.”

“I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay like that!”

“Well, couldn’t they induce labour? The 25th is the Super Bowl.”

“Are your ankles supposed to look like that?”

“Get your own ice cream.”


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost


Jolene had been wanting new kitchen cabinets for a long time, but her husband insisted they were an extravagance.  She went to visit her Mother for two weeks, and when she returned, she was overjoyed to find that beautiful new cabinets had been installed.

A few days later a neighbor came over to visit and after admiring the new cabinets, the neighbor added, “All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the kitchen.”


True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan


“So,” the woman asked the detective she had hired, “did you trail my husband?”

“Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out of the way restaurant and then to an apartment.”

A big smile crossed the woman’s face, “Aha!! Then I’ve got him!” she said, gloating.” Is there any doubt what he was doing?”

“No ma’am.” replied the sleuth, ” It’s pretty clear that he was following you!”


“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”

Saul Bellow


Miss Figpot was quizzing her third-grade students on their spelling words.  She asked Little Johnny to spell “straight.”  Johnny did so without error.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

Johnny replied, “Without water.”


“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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