Ray's musings and humor

Don’t forget to weed

Ray’s Daily

December 4, 2019


Every flower must grow through dirt.



I was thinking about all the small annoyances we run into in our lives. I think the secret to a happy life is not letting the irritations pile up and grow into something that takes us down. Things and people can only annoy us if we let them. I don’t know about you but I am too busy working on enjoying my life to let the small stuff hold me back

These thoughts were triggered by reading the following. It helped me to realize I cannot just ignore the irratations, I need to remove them.

The Weeds in Our Lives

Isn’t it amazing how you never have to water your weeds or nurture them and they still give you an unwanted crop?

I can remember as a young boy growing up in Santa Cruz, California my grandfather showed me how to dig up this pesky weed called Bermuda grass. It was terrible stuff and it would really spread if you didn’t get it out by the roots.

That was then. But more recently when my wife and I bought our first home about 8 years ago; guess what I had to deal with? If you said weeds, you are correct. There was this certain patch of weeds that was similar to the Bermuda grass. In other words, just as invasive.

After getting the inside of our home settled, it was time to work on the outside. On my hands and knees I vigorously attacked the weeds with a small hand trowel getting each one out by the roots. Spring after, spring that was my ritual.

Just this Spring I realized that one particular weed was no longer prevalent but another one was in full force. So again, I got down on my hands and knees and got to work ridding them from my yard. When I was finished, my yard was better off.

What hidden message is this true story purveying? Sometimes our life can be oh so similar. Yes, we all have weeds in our life. These weeds can be challenges, setbacks, negative beliefs, or naysayers, and the list can go on and on.

The solution is when dealing with these weeds of life is to get to the root of it and remove them one by one and eventually you will conquer this round. And when another crop of weeds shows up, deal with them directly before they spread, because now that you know what to do with them by getting to the root of it, it will give you more courage and wisdom the next time a problem crops up.

You could say we all need weeds in our life to challenge us to grow. Once you know how to handle the weeds in your yard to make it beautiful – so too will your life be.

Written by Tony Masiello


The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.

Max Lerner


A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral proper back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.

“Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
“Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the U.S. from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the then reigning monarch, Isabella. The good queen, being a pious woman and careful about titles, almost as much as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to fund Columbus’ expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that He also made that part of the world called Louisiana. He, therefore, would be the owner of origin. I hope to you find His original claim to be satisfactory.

Now, may we have the lousy loan?


An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

Speaking of air travel here are the Dept. of the Ary Regulations for Operation of Aircraft Commencing January 1920

  1. Don’t take the machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.
    2. Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.
    3. Don’t turn sharply when taxiing. Instead of turning sharp, have someone lift the tail around.
    4. In taking off, look at the ground and the air.
    5. Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.
    6. Pilots should carry hankies in a handy place to wipe off goggles.
    7. Riding on the steps, wings, or rail of the machine is prohibited.
    8. In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.
    9. No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.
    10. Never run motor so that blast will blow on other machines.
    11. Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.
    12. If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.
    13. No two cadets should ever ride together in the same machine.
    14. Do not trust altitude instruments.
    15. Before you begin a landing glide, see that no machines are under you.
    16. Hedge-hopping will not be tolerated.
    17. No spins on back or tail sides will be indulged in as they unnecessarily strain the machines.
    18. If flying against the wind and you wish to fly with the wind, don’t make a sharp turn near the ground. You may crash.
  2. Motors have been known to stop during a long glide. If pilot wishes to use motor for landing, he should open the throttle.
  3. Don’t attempt to force the machine onto the ground with more than flying speed. The result is bounding and ricocheting.
  4. Pilots will not wear spurs while flying.
    22. Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars or motorcycles.
    23. You must not take off or land closer than 50 feet to the hanger.
    24. Never take a machine into the air until you are familiar with it’s controls and instruments.
    25. If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as possible.


She said, “a husband is someone who after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.”

It was mealtime on a small airline and the flight attendant asked the passenger if he would like dinner.
“What are my choices?” he asked.
She replied, “Yes or No.”


“The brain is a wonderful thing….it starts working the minute you get up and never quits until your boss asks you a question at work…


This old guy comes into a pub with a dog, and a cat which he placed on top of the piano. The dog climbed up on the piano seat and began to play the piano while the cat sang a number of popular songs.

The drinkers in the pub were amazed and the publican rewarded the old man with a double scotch and said, “That’s a great act.  Have you thought of taking them professional?”

“They are not as good as you think” confessed the old man. “The cat is tone deaf and can’t sing
a note. The dog is a ventriloquist.”


Remember that setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Look at them as lessons don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just get back on track and focus on what you want. It’s up to you, and you will do it!    

Jorge Cruise


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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