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Sorry for the delay. My wife was taken to the hospital last night and is recovering there now.

August 13, 2020


Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

attributed to Theodore Roosevelt


These difficult times have brought out the best in lots of folks. They got out of there way each day as they care for others. Some are caregivers, more are polite and outgoing to all they meet. These are the prople we really need in our lives, I know I do.

Here is a poem that reminds me of the good people I know.



 Poem by David Harris

When I’m in need of encouragement,

On you I can always rely.

I merely need to seek your help

And you are willing and standing by.


You help to fortify my ambitions

When the burdens of life take their toll,

And my mental state make it difficult

To keep my teary eyes in control.


You instill in me an optimistic view of life

When opportunities have slipped away.

You inspire me with your comforting words,

Enlightening my weary heart along the way.


I’m thankful for your sincere intervention,

Though your advice was worthy and tough,

But most of all in retrospect, I’m truly thankful

For your true friendship and unselfish love.


The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.

Carson McCullers


There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day.

The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing.

He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”

The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”


Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery,

Today is a gift.

That’s why it is called the present.



3 geezers are sitting on a porch in Miami Beach. Suddenly the first sighs and says, “Gentlemen, isn’t life horrible. Here I am at an age that I can afford the best steaks and what? Bad teeth and gums. I have to eat ground or soft foods.”

The second answers, “Yeah, life is a real bummer. Why here I am at an age where I can buy the finest wines, champagne but what? Ulcers, I have to drink milk.”

The third sighs loudly and adds, “Gentlemen, I know exactly what you mean. Last night at 2 am I nudged my wife and asked her if she’s interested. She screams at me, “What is wrong with you Sam?  We just got finished doing it for the second time tonight!”

After a long pause the first man says, “So what is your problem?”

The third one grunts and says, “Can’t you see?  My memory is going.”


Middle age starts when you become more interested in how long your car will last rather than how fast it’ll go.


A guy was visiting his friend in the hospital who was “all torn up.”

“What happened?” he asked.

“Well, we were hunting the Mumba snake. It has yellow and black stripes, and likes to sun itself lying across a pathway in the jungle. You catch it by grabbing the tip of it’s tail with one hand and quickly running your other hand up the length of it’s body so you can grab it behind the neck.”

“Go on,” the friend urged.

“Well, I stealthily sneaked up to the tail laying across the jungle path, grabbed it by the end and rapidly moved my other hand upward …just as the procedure goes.”

“So why are you so banged up?” the friend asked.

“Have you ever goosed a tiger?”


It is wise to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.


While I am not Jewish I love their humor and enjoy sharing some of it with you.

Jews give gifts for every occasion. Occasions are not only birthdays and weddings, but also college acceptances, weight loss and the like. Sometimes we ask others’ opinions on whether to bring a gift, but we always do, no matter what the advice was.

Some pointers on giving and receiving:

  1. Every gift you get will have strings attached. You will never understand what those are.
  2. Your new relative would never be so insensitive as to give you a gift certificate. That would deprive you of the joy of criticizing the gift, agonizing over how to say you’re exchanging it, schlepping it to the store, and arguing about the store’s return policy.
  3. Select gifts for your new family with great care.

They won’t like anything, but that’s no excuse not to drive yourself insane hunting down a better present than anyone else will give.


Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”


One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben Franklin’s book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, “That book is one dollar, sir.” The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Ben Franklin directly.

Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, “What is the price of this book?” Franklin answered, “One dollar and a quarter.” The gentleman was confused and replied, “Your clerk just said it was a dollar.” Franklin looked at the book again and answered, “Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting my time.”


The latest employment report shows that the number of people hired last month was only half what economists expected. It’s not that there aren’t any new jobs out there, it’s just that no one can afford to fill their gas tank and get to an interview.

Jake Novak


I was sitting behind an enthusiastic mom at my son’s Little League game. Her boy was pitching for the opposing team, and she cheered as he threw wild pitch after wild pitch. The poor kid walked every batter. It was only the first inning, and the score was 14 – 0. Then one batter finally smacked the ball. “Oh, no!” the mom wailed. “There goes his no-hitter!”


They say not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’ll be darned if I am going to roll 12 shopping carts out of the grocery store!


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "Caring" (2)

  1. I hope your wife is feeling better soon, that’s so scary

  2. Jean Tracy said:

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your wife during her hospitalization!

    Sincerely, Jeannie

    Sent from my iPad


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