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Life Goes On

Ray;s Daily

September 29, 2020


“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

Mother Teresa

This has been an interesting and challenging week so far. Yesterday my smart and competent three children led the planning process as we prepared for my wifes move to a room in our facility for folks with failing memories. Even though I know she will be happier there and will be well cared for, the imminent permanent living separation has not been easy for me. I am glad that she will be close and we can spend lot’s of time together. I am grartefull to have a caring family and that I live in a community with a caring staff, many who have become my friend. Yes, these are not easy times. But Nancy and I are so much better off than most that I need to concentrate on that fact while being grateful for what we do have.

Here is apoem in that spirit. So my friends I wish you well and that we all do what we can to appreciate what we have.

    Reflecting on Life

Take time to stop today

Take time to stop a while

Reflect on how life changes

Then take the time to smile

Know that as the days go by

These things that challenge you

Will one day just be memories

Of times you have gone through

Look back now on yesterday

And all you have achieved

Recognize the strengths you’ve gained

The blessings you’ve received

One day in the future

You will think about today

You’ll see just how these challenges

Have helped you on your way

    Written by Michelle Tetley


“Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances.”



1. Slow people always walk side by side, even if they don’t know each other.

2. They drive side by side, too. If they can’t find another slow driver to pair up with, they drive in the fast lane.

3. Slow walkers never look back. When they drive, they never look in their rearview mirrors, either.

4. Slow people drift sideways so they’ll block the path of anyone trying to pass them. If two people or vehicles are trying to get around them at the same time, they drift into the path of the one that is moving at the highest speed.

5. Follow behind a slow person in the grocery store and you’ll wind up with soggy ice cream every time.


Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway


A scroungy looking fellow goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, “No way; I don’t think you can pay for it.” The guy shrugs, “You’re right. I don’t have any money, but if I show you something you haven’t seen before, will you give me a drink?”

The bartender says, “Only if what you show me ain’t risqué.”

“Done!” says the guy and reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a very large gerbil. He puts the gerbil on the bar and it scampers down the bar, across the room, up the piano, jumps on the keyboard and starts playing some wonderful Scott Joplin tunes.

The bartender says, “Truly Amazing! I’ve never seen anything like that before. And your furry friend is truly good on the piano.” The fellow grins, downs the drink and asks for another. “Cash, another miracle or else no drink,” says the bartender.

Undaunted, the fellow reaches into his coat again and pulls out a frog. He puts the frog on the bar, and the frog starts to sing. He has a marvelous baritone voice and great pitch. A fine singer. Another patron from the other end of the bar runs over to the guy and offers him $500 on the spot for the frog.

The guy says, “Done, sir.” He takes the five hundred and gives the stranger the frog. The stranger beats a hasty retreat out of the bar.

The bartender says to the guy, “What are you? Wacko? You sold a singing frog for just $500? That thing must be worth millions. You must be crazy.”

“Maybe not…,” says the guy, “Considering my friend the gerbil is also a ventriloquist.”


If evolution is true, how come mothers still have only two hands?


One day two cows were chatting over the fence between their two fields.

The first cow said, “I’m telling you, this mad cow disease is getting pretty scary! I’ve heard it’s spreading so fast that it’s already on Farmer Brown’s land just down the road!”

The second cow replied, “So what? It doesn’t affect us chickens!”


I am reading a very interesting book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.


One finds the most romantic people at home improvement centers.

My son was helping a couple purchase a new door for their home.  After he asked what size they needed, the stumped husband yelled clear across the store to his wife in home supplies, “Honey, c’mon over here and see which one of these doors you can fit through!”


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


A jeweler watched as a huge truck pulled up in front of his store. The back came down and an elephant walked out. It broke one of the windows with its tusk and then, using its trunk like a vacuum cleaner sucked up all of the jewelry. The elephant then got back in the truck and it disappeared out of sight.

When the jeweler finally regained his senses he called the police. The detectives came and he told them his story.

“Could you describe the elephant?” the cop asked.

“An elephant is an elephant,” he replied. “You’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. What do you mean ‘describe’ him?”

“Well,” said the policeman, “there are two types of elephants, African and Indian. The Indian elephant has smaller ears and is not as large as the African elephant.”

“I can’t help you out,” said the frustrated jeweler, “he had a stocking pulled over his head.”


Choose heaven for the climate & hell for the company.


“How was your blind date?” a college student asked her room-mate.

“Terrible!” the room-mate answered. “He showed up in his 1932 Rolls Royce.”

“Wow! That’s a very expensive car. What’s so bad about that?”

“He was the original owner!”


A nurse was showing some student nurses through the hospital. “This will be the most hazardous section in the hospital for you. The men on this floor are almost well.”


Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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