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Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.


I reported to you last week that I was getting a brain scan to see if any changes in my brain aneurism would create the need to undertake risky surgery. The good news it will not, at least not at this time. In fact another scan is not scheduled until next year.

Now I am off to see my dentist who will have me for a few hours of dreaded root removal and bridge building, if only it was trees and roads rather than my mouth. I don’t have time for another Daily creation so it is once again back to the days of yesteryear and a look at life back in the day.

Ray’s Daily published on June 2, 2004

Yesterday I had coffee with a close friend and our discussion centered on just how interdependent we are in our neighborhoods, communities, and cities. The truth is we live in a democracy that is driven by the majority. If we don't worry about the well being and education of others we could very well pay a heavy price later. We must do all we can to develop the citizens of tomorrow if we are to enjoy the years ahead. Just as the following story implies we need to practice the golden rule for if we don't we may live to regret it later.


James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1994) relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. "How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves. So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.


You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn


A Jewish friend sent me this in order for me to better understand the Hebrew language.


Question: "What time is it?"

English answer: "Sorry, I don't know."

Hebonic answer: "What am I, a clock?"

Remark: "I hope things turn out okay."

English response: "Thanks."

Hebonic response: "I should BE so lucky!"

Remark: "Hurry up. Dinner's ready."

English response: "Be right there."

Hebonic response: "All right already, I'm coming. What's with the 'hurry' business? Is there a fire?"

Remark: "I like the tie you gave me; wear it all the time."

English response: "Glad you like it."

Hebonic response: "So what's the matter; you don't like the other ties I gave you?

Remark: "Sarah and I are engaged."

English response: "Congratulations!"

Hebonic response: "She could stand to gain a few pounds."

Question: "Would you like to go riding with us?"

English answer: "Just say when."

Hebonic answer: "Riding, shmiding! Do I look like a cowboy

To guest of honour at his birthday party:

English remark: "Happy birthday."

Hebonic remark: "A year smarter you should become."

Remark: "A beautiful day."

English response: "Sure is."

Hebonic response: "So the sun is out...what else is new?"

Answering a phone call from son:

English remark: "It's been a long time since you called."

Hebonic remark: "You didn't wonder if I'm dead yet?"


I'd give you a piece of my mind, but I'm on the last one!


For his final project in a statistics class, a student decided to conduct a survey. So it wouldn't be a boring project, he chose to find out peoples' favorite pastimes. The teacher required that he sample at least 100 people, so he started out his project visiting a fairly large apartment building near the university. He knocked on the first door and a man answered.

"Sir, what is your name?” asked the student


"Sir, I'm doing a school study and would like to know what is your favorite pastime?"

"Watching bubbles in bath," Came the reply.

He liked the esoteric answer and continued down the hall, until he came to the next door, when he asked again.

"Sir, what is your name?"


"Sir, Would you please tell me your favorite pastime ?"

"Watching bubbles in bath," was the answer.

Quite amused and confused he went on to ask a good number of people in the building and all of them had the same pastime "watching bubbles in bath".

He left the building and walked across the street where there were several row houses to continue the survey.

At the first house, he knocks and an attractive college girl opens the door.

Our surveyor starts again - "What is your name?"

"Bubbles !"


Greg: I used to hunt grizzly bears with a club.

Ed: I don't believe that.

Greg: Why not?

Ed: Because it's too dangerous, hunting grizzly bears with a club.

Greg: Well, I don't do it anymore, anyway.

Ed: Why not?

Greg: The membership fees got too high.


Accomplishing the impossible only means the boss will add it to your regular duties.


I have found there are eight reasons why a woman buys something: Because her husband says she shouldn't, it will make her look thin, it's exotic, the neighbors can't afford it, nobody has one, everybody has one, it's different, and because.


There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life happiness, freedom and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Peyton Conway March


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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