Ray's musings and humor

Do you hear it?

Ray’s Daily

March 19, 2018


None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.

Matthew Henry


If you are like I am you are overloaded with information. E-mails, 24 by 7 news broadcasts, text messages and more keep our minds filled with clutter to the point that we sometimes miss what is important. It is especially disappointing when we miss the quiet things that have the capability of brightening our days.

It seems to me that many of us have created built in filters that only allow us to hear what we have been led to believe is important information when in reality it is not as important as the little things we miss, I like the following story as it reminds me that we control what we hear or remember.

What Do You Hear?

By Kay Heitsch

     You can learn something new every day if you listen.

     There’s a story about a Native American walking in New York City with a friend. The streets were filled with people and cars were honking.

     All of a sudden the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

     His friend responded, “Are you crazy? You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all this noise.”

     The Native American walked across the street to a bush and found the cricket.

     “That’s incredible,” his friend said. “You must have superhuman ears!”

     “No,” the Native American said. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

     He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. Even with all the noise of the city people’s heads turned to see if the money was theirs.

     What we hear depends on what’s important to us.

     Our Bible verse says, “Ears that hear and eyes that see—the LORD has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12.

     What do we hear? The LORD has given us ears and eyes. We can learn something new every day if we will look and listen.


If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message?

Robert Wilson


A man stops by a diner at noon, the busiest time of day, sits down at the counter and asks for a cup of coffee. The waitress, who is very busy, gives him his coffee and rushes off to help the numerous customers having lunch at the diner. The man, who uses both creamer and sugar in his coffee, notices that the container is empty.

As the waitress rushes by, he asks her to bring him cream and sugar for his coffee.

The waitress, busier than she can ever remember being before, rushes to the back to pick up more orders. As she passes the cabinet where the extra sugar and cream are kept, she sets a plate down and puts sugar cubes and creamer packets in her bosom because both her hands are full. After she has served the two plates she was holding, she returns to the man and asks him, “How many sugar cubes did you want in your coffee?”

The man says, “Two would be fine.”

She reaches into her bra, pulls out two sugar cubes and drops them into his cup. “And cream?” She asks.

The man looks at her, squarely in the eye and says, “I don’t think so!”


A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

John A. Shedd


Some Hollywood Squares quotes I don’t think I’ve seen before…

  1. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
  2. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
  3. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
  4. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes!
  5. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
  6. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
  7. What are “Do It,” “I Can Help,” and “I Can’t Get Enough”?
  8. George Gobel: I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.
  9. Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
  10. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries!
  11. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
  12. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.
  13. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
  14. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the Army.
  15. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
  16. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?
  17. Jackie Gleason reported that he firmly believes in them and has already seen them on at least 2 occasions.
  18. Charley Weaver: His feet.


“I recently went to the 30th reunion of my preschool. I didn’t want to go because I’ve put on, like, 100 pounds!”

Wendy Liebman


My colleagues and I recently received this email from the facilities department: “Due to construction, your office may be either cooler or warmer than usual on Tuesday. Please dress accordingly.”


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.



From the Northwest Florida Daily News comes this story of a Crestview couple who drove their car to Wal-Mart only to have their car break down in the parking lot.

The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car in the lot. The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection, she saw pair a of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones. Unable to stand the embarrassment, she dutifully step stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts and tucked everything back into place.

On regaining her feet, she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by.

The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his sewn into his forehead.


“There is always music in life. You just need to have the heart to hear it.”

Avijeet Das


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



We are in it together

Ray’s Daily

March 16, 2018


Hear me, four quarters of the world – a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.

Black Elk


My computer and me are quitting early today so we are sending you what we published twelve years ago.


Ray’s Daily first published on March 16, 2006

Globalization, immigration, melting ice caps, pandemics, natural disasters, genocide, trade deficits, famine, poverty, brain drain, the internet, instant news, terrorism, conflict, global collaboration, the list could on and on. Never in history have people like you and I been so much a part of a global community, the world has become the city in which we all live. And just like in the cities of the past we are too often segregated and tied to our local neighborhoods while we too easily miss what is happening on the other side of the tracks. Our global neighborhoods are constantly changing, there is new music to hear, new food to taste, and really interesting people to meet. Our new neighbors have different accents, they do much of the work that needs to be done, and they enrich our communities by bringing some of their culture into our lives. Just as it was in America at the turn of the century, people, cultures, ideas, and values are on the move. And just like it was then we can choose to isolate ourselves or enrich our lives by embracing the good things that are there for us when we team with our neighbors.

There was never a time when we were needed more nor when the tasks appear more daunting. Unfortunately, some people have locked themselves away, often due to their fear of the unknown. Others are so centered on instant self-gratification that they are blind to the investments we must make if we are to avoid the disaster that may befall us in the future only because we did not care enough. However, I sincerely believe that the majority of our neighbors are good people, just like you and I, and that their lack of involvement is because they are overwhelmed by it all and don’t know where to find out how they might do more.

Fortunately there are those trying to do something about the problem. As an example, I recently had the good fortune to sit in on a meeting of leaders from various organizations that are dedicated to building bridges between Central Indiana and the rest of the world. Our discussions gravitated to those fellow citizens who want to learn and do, but just don’t know how to get started. The group decided they would establish an on-line clearing house to match those that want to do something with those who have something to do. It will be like an internet based employment agency for volunteers or a dating service for those that want to bring some adventure into their lives by becoming involved in the world around us. I was glad I had the opportunity to meet with a group of leaders who are doing something, rather than meeting with people who just sit back observing our problems while missing our opportunities.

I never know what I am going to write when I sit down at my computer each day to put the daily together for its midnight trip around the world. As you often see, I am a champion typo generator, I use bad grammar, and am prone to disjointed thoughts. Often my passion for the subject at hand takes hold and results in lengthy pieces, today is one of those days.


We have some great neighbors, do yourself a favor and go out and meet some of them. I know you will be glad you did.



As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?” One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.”

“Good,” said the captain, “You pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets. We’re one short.”


At times I was asked to provide references for former employees by companies considering hiring them.  On one firm’s form was the question: “Was this person a steady worker?”

Since the guy was a well known do-nothing, I entered “Not just steady, but motionless” in the space provided.


She said: My daughter Glenda was watching me prepare for bed. I had washed my face and was applying face cream. Glenda asked why I was putting that stuff on. I told her it was to make Momma beautiful. She immediately informed me, “They lied to you, Momma”!


One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese proverb


Security experts and federal government authorities warn that offspring of the dangerous “I love you” e-mail virus are now on the loose. As a public service, Mombeau presents the following list of “I Love You” mutations and how to recognize them:

The “I Love You, But I’m Shy” virus never actually invades your computer, but collects data about it worshipfully from afar.

The “Love The One You’re With” virus hangs around your computer, but the whole thing is just temporary until it can find the computer that it really wants to invade.

The “Happily Married” virus invades only one computer and stays with it for life.

The “Unhappily Married” virus spends a long time negotiating with a computer, finally invades it, and then strays to other computers from time to time.

The “I Want A Divorce” virus sends repeated, hard-to-read messages that your computer isn’t working and takes half of your computer’s best data in an ugly network session.

The “Stalker” virus spends unnatural amounts of time monitoring your computer, collecting data your computer has thrown away and tries to record all of its functions. And it writes rude messages to any other computer with which yours connects on any regular basis.

The “Forever Single” virus causes your computer to focus solely on other computers with which it is totally incompatible or prove generally unavailable.

The “Deadbeat Dad” virus invades your computer, spawns an entirely new database, then refuses to help update it as it grows.


Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news: the good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.


One evening, Jenny arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of clothes in the washer and another in the dryer, dinner on the stove, and the table set. She was astonished – something’ was up.

It turns out that John had read an article that said wives who worked full-time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex.

The night went well and the next day, she told her office friends all about it.

“We had a great dinner. John even cleaned up. He helped the kids do their homework, folded all the laundry and put everything away. I really enjoyed the evening.”

“But what about afterward?” asked her friends.

“Oh, that was perfect too. John was too tired…”


Are you humbly grateful? Or grumbly hateful?

Pastor Roland Smith


A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.

“Nothing easier,” Twain replied. “No man can serve two masters.”


The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Some years ago, Michael J. Flanagan, a successful New York contractor, was standing on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry when a car got loose and sent him into the river where he drowned.

The following Sunday his widow, all decked out in deepest black, was standing on the church steps after Mass, receiving condolences, when an old friend of the contractor came up.

“I’m sorry, Mary, for your trouble,” offered the friend. “Did Mike leave you well fixed?”

“Oh, he did!” she said. “He left me almost a half million dollars.”

“Well now, that’s not bad for a man who couldn’t read or write.”

“Nor swim either,” added the widow.


The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

Frederick Buechner


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Make it a good one

Ray’s Daily

March 15, 2018


Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.


Enjoy your day

I got some needed work done yesterday and now have time to enjoy today, including lunch with a favorite performer. The weather is pretty good and spring is but a few days away. Now if Washington would get its act together I could do what I like to do and that is enjoy my leisure.

It is not always easy to avoid excessive seriousness but the alternative stinks. So I will continue avoid letting the turmoil cloud my vision and focus on the good stuff.

Here are some thoughts I picked up along the way for you to think about. Oh, and by the way enjoy your day as much as I will mine.

Some Wisdom…

  • Count your blessings at the end of every day – don’t focus on the problems you’ve faced that day; rather, think of all the good things that happened and the happiness they gave you.
  • Don’t allow your mind to remain idle – it may be clichéd, but it’s also true that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. So stay busy and keep doing something or the other to prevent negative thoughts from creeping in.
  • Stop negative thoughts before they form completely – if you find yourself becoming depressed because your mind is taking a negative bent, stop those thoughts in their tracks and start consciously thinking of positive things.
  • Spend time with people who love you and make you feel good about yourself– quality relationships make life worth living.
  • Anytime you feel that the weight of your burden is hard to bear, talk to a friend or someone with a sympathetic ear – even if they cannot do anything to help you out, just the fact that you have someone on your side is uplifting enough.
  • And finally, look around you before you start to feel sorry for yourself – there are people in situations that are a hundred times worse than yours, yet they manage to get through each day.


You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

John Mason


These are actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system.  All teachers were reprimanded…but boy, are these funny!!!

  1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
  2. Your child has delusions of adequacy.
  3. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
  4. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
  5. The student has a “full six-pack”; but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
  6. This child has been working with glue too much.
  7. When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
  8. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.
  9. If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.


We have to believe in free will.  We have no choice.


I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, -Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours – He said, -Yes, but not in a row.-

Steven Wright


Benefits of Growing Older

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.

Things you buy now won’t wear out.

You can eat dinner at 4:00.

You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.

You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

Your eyes won’t get much worse.

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.


The 50-50-90 rule: Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.


“I never would have married you if I knew how stupid you were!” Shouted the woman to her husband!

The husband replied, “You should’ve known how stupid I was the minute I asked you to marry me!”


A wife, one evening, drew her husband’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple?  How devoted they are?  He kisses her every time they meet. Why don’t you do that?”

I would love to,” replied the husband, “but I don’t know her well enough.”


There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Clement Stone


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Ray’s Daily

March 14, 2018


“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

Robert A. Heinlein

Be so happy

The good news is that I am grateful that so many of you are friends. The bad news is that there are so many of you that I seldom, if ever see. Even though that is the case I regard you all and wish I had a way to be closer.

When I recently read the following article, I thought about us and how I hope the Daily sometimes brightens your day. Each of us has opportunities we should not miss to bring a little happiness into someone’s life.

10 Small Yet Big Ways to Brighten Someone’s World

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Our actions matter. Even the smallest acts can have significant impact, because we have an incredible power that we often forget about: We have the power to brighten someone’s world, in big and small ways. A kind gesture can do everything from make someone smile to soothe their sorrow to restore their faith in humanity. This might sound dramatic, but it’s true.

As illustrator Emily Coxhead writes in Make Someone Happy: A Creative Journal for Brightening the World Around You, “You are one in over 7.4 billion humans on this planet and although you may not be able to change the whole world, you can make a few of those worlds a tiny bit brighter.”

Below are 10 ideas from Coxhead’s journal to try this week.

Write a letter to your best friend on their very worst day.

Write a letter to anyone starting with: “Dear ___________. Thank you so much for making the world a whole lot happier…”

List several ways you can make the world or somebody’s world a little happier.

Write a letter to your train conductor/pilot/taxi or bus driver, and leave it for them to find. You might start with: “Thank you for getting me home safely…”

Give someone your full, undivided attention—without being distracted by your phone or anything else. Reflect on what you learned.

Write a letter (or email) to a schoolteacher who helped or inspired you.

Thank someone today for simply being who they are, for something they did, for what they do, or for something they said.

Jot down five kind messages to any five people.

Send a postcard to a loved one the next time you think of them or are reminded of them. Use this template: “Hello ______.  I just wanted to let you know I thought of you on ________. ____________ reminded me of you and it made me happy because ____________. Love from __________.”

Kindness doesn’t necessarily reside in sweeping, must-make-a-sacrifice gestures. Kindness resides in how we listen to someone, holding space for them to share whatever they need to share, without judging or fixing or even reassuring them. Kindness resides in sitting with someone’s pain instead of pretending it doesn’t exist. Kindness resides in letters that express love and support. Kindness resides in showing someone that they are appreciated and important; that they are seen.


“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”



Some guys in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of them walked into the office and said, “We need some four-by-twos.”

“You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?” asked the clerk. The fellow replied, “Um, I’ll have to check with the rest of the boys.”  He went out to his truck and within a few minutes returned to the clerk stating, “Yep, I meant two-by-fours.”

“Alright,” replied the clerk. “How long do you need them?”

He stood there scratching his head while pondering this question and replied, “Well, um, a long time.  We’re gonna build a house.”


Minds are like parachutes–they work best when open.

Thomas R. Dewar


Some newly married friends were visiting us when the topic of children came up. The bride said she wanted three children, while the young husband said two would be enough for him. They discussed this discrepancy for a few minutes until the husband thought he’d put an end to things by saying boldly, “After our second child, I’ll just have a vasectomy.”

Without a moment’s hesitation, the bride retorted, “Well, I hope you’ll love the third one as if it’s your own.”


Sally told her friend, “I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.”


A faith healer asked Moshe how his family was getting along. “They ‘re all fine,” Moshe said, “except my uncle. He’s very sick.”

“Your uncle is not sick,” the faith healer said. “He THINKS he’s sick.”

Two weeks later, the faith healer ran into Moshe on the street. “How is your uncle getting along?” he asked.

Moshe shrugged, “He THINKS he’s dead.”


A very wise mute once said:


If school kids hiding under their desks in 1950 were protected from atomic bombs, is there any reason not to believe duct tape and plastic sheeting will not protect against nuclear, chemical, and biological terrorist attacks?

Lawrence Brotherton


“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”

Mary Stuart


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Stop Waiting

Ray’s Daily

March 13, 2018


Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

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I edited the following article that I read yesterday so I could share it with you. It reminded me of how often really good things happened in my life because I did not wait for a better time. It also reminded me of what I may have missed because I let an opportunity go by.

Too many of us seem to feel that if we hesitate good fortune will find us when there is little chance that it will unless we are willing do more than just wait. While we just lazily let the days go by we continue to leave potential joy go by. Don’t be like so many folks who have grown old with much of their time spent thinking about what might have been.

Hear The Music

Author Unknown

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches… We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to,” “I plan on,” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

Now… go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to do… not something on your ‘SHOULD DO’ list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask “How are you?” Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow.” And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say “Hi”?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift… Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.


If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Lemony Snicket


One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family.

“You aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman, “you should be working rather than lying on the beach!”

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?”

“Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!” was the businessman’s answer.

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman, still smiling.

The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!”

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again.

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman.

The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!”

Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?”

The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman


A comely redhead was thrilled to have obtained a divorce and dazzled by the skill and virtuosity of her lawyer, not to mention his healthy income and good looks. In fact, she realized, she had fallen head over heals in love with him, even though he was a married man.

“Oh, Sam,” she sobbed at the conclusion of the trial, “isn’t there some way we can be together, the way we were meant to be?”

Taking her by the shoulders, Sam proceeded to scold her, “Snatched drinks in grimy bars on the edge of town, lying on the phone, hurried meetings in sordid motels rooms – is that really what you want for us?”

“No, no…” she sobbed, heartsick.

“Oh,” said the lawyer. “Well, it was only a suggestion.”


What did the waiter ask the group of dining Jewish mothers?

“Is anything all right?”


At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. “Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”

The witness stared out the window, as though he hadn’t hear the question.

“Isn’t it true that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated.

The witness still did not respond.

Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.”

“Oh,” the startled witness said, “I thought he was talking to you.”


The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals


Nancy:  Clancy, you worry waaay too much. Why, most of the things you worry about never even happen!

Clancy: Well, there you go…see how well it works?


Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


I think you said

Ray’s Daily

March 12, 2018


One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill


I think many of us have lost our ability to listen. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding because so many hear what they want to hear instead of what is being said. Others are so busy thinking about what they want to say that they miss others comments.

I know I have made it a practice over the years to feed back what I think has been said. I often say “If I heard you correctly you said…” and often found that I either didn’t understand what I said or that the speaker wanted to clarify what I thought was their point.

If we all paid more attention we might have less conflicts or misunderstandings, Recently Matthew Jones wrote an article titled 10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Listening (and Networking) Skills that tells how we can become better listeners. Here in part is what he wrote:

Read the list below to discover how to become a better listener, and in doing so, become better at navigating relationships and networking opportunities.

  1. Avoid internal and external distractions.

Focus on what they’re saying. Don’t allow other thoughts or sounds to sway your concentration.

  1. Listen to the content of their speech.

Focus on the specific words they’re using. Each phrase and word choice is something interesting that you should be taking in.

  1. Listen to the context of their speech.

What are the over-arching stories and circumstances they are discussing? Are there common themes? What are the unique situations this person finds themselves in and how does that relate to what they’re telling you?

  1. Listen to tone of their voice.

Vocal tones convey a lot about what a person might be feeling. Think about what their vocal tone implies about their feelings. All feelings have a story–learn theirs.

  1. Listen for the emotions the speaker is likely experiencing.

The more that you follow and amplify the person’s emotions, the more likely they are to feel understood. With so many people uncomfortable about sharing their feelings, moments of vulnerability can quickly build a deeper connection.

  1. Pay attention to their body language and make appropriate eye contact.

With much of communication being non-verbal, it’s incredibly important that you soak in as much information as possible while also showing them–physically–that you are sharing in their experience.

  1. Provide small verbal encouragements and don’t fight silences.

Saying small things like, “yes,” “right,” “that makes sense,” and allowing natural silences to occur without filling them due to your own discomfort go a long way in building rapport.

  1. Ask open-ended questions to encourage elaboration.

There’s no substitute for a good question–try to get lengthy responses to understand the big-picture.

  1. If you need them to slow down or want specific info, ask close-ended questions.

Questions that can be answered in yes or no slow down the pace when you’re feeling overwhelmed and also allow you to gather important details that you missed earlier.

  1. Offer affirmations that the person has made valuable and important choices.

Affirmations are like compliments–everyone likes them. Instead of saying, “I’m proud of you,” like a compliment, an affirmation focuses on the other person, “You should be proud of your hard work.”


Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking. Bernard Baruch


While leading a tour of Kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one little girl and an X-ray technician. “Have you ever broken a bone”? he asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied.

“Did it hurt”?


“Really? Which bone did you break”?

“My sister’s arm.”


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker


A man walks into an insurance office and asks for a job. “Sorry, we don’t need anyone…” the manager at the office replied.

“You can’t afford not to hire me. I can sell anyone, anything, anytime!”

“Well, we have two prospects that no one has been able to sell. If you can sell just one, then you have a job.”

He was gone about two hours and when he returned, he handed them two checks, one for $25,000 and another for $50,000.

“How in the world did you do that?” the manager asked.

“I told you, I’m the world’s best salesman, I can sell anyone, anything, anytime!”

“Did you get a urine sample?” the manager asked him.

“What’s that?” he asked.

“Well, if you sell a policy over $20,000, the company requires a urine sample. Now take these two bottles and go back and get urine samples.”

He was gone about eight hours and the office was about to close, when in he walks with two five-gallon buckets, one in each hand. He put the buckets down, reached in his shirt pocket, took out two bottles of urine, set them on the desk and said, “Here’s Mr. Jones’ and this one is Mrs. Johnson’s.”

“That’s good,” the manager said, “but what’s in those two buckets?”

“Well, I passed by the school house and they were having a state teachers’ convention, so I stopped and sold them a group policy!”


“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

Rita Mae Brown


Mary:  I signed up for a refresher CPR course.

Shirley:  Is it hard to learn?

Mary:  Not at all. Basically you’re asked to breathe life into a dummy. I don’t expect to have any problem. I did that for 12 years.


“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

Ralph Nichols


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Never Better

Ray’s Daily

March 9, 2018


If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou


As you know my life has been changing. I am not as involved in many of my previous activities. My wife provides me much of the pleasure I get these days. Her inability to drive and the need to help her consumes much of my time.

She worries that I am being limited because of her needs. Friends and family warn me against isolation. In truth I am truly happy spending more time with my wife, I choose to do it and I am glad I can. We will be married 65 years next month but we have never been closer than we are now and  I am so glad we are.

I do get to spend some time with friends and that enriches my days. I recently read an article written by Natashia Larkin titled Things a Wise Man Taught Me About Making the Most of This Short Life that I like, especially at this point in my life. Here in part is was she wrote:

Always make time for people.

Life can be busy. Okay, so life is busy. But it will pass you by if you let it. Sometimes it’s worth taking that extra five minutes to stop and talk to someone. Take time to get to know them. Making time for other people is such a satisfying feeling.

You never know whom you’re going to meet. You never know how people are going to affect or influence your life. But not only that, you have no idea how you could influence or change someone else’s life, even with just one conversation.

One thing that gets me down, and something I try not to do too much these days, is reading the news. Reading about how people treat one another, especially given everything that’s going on at the moment. Just making time for people you don’t usually speak to, or getting to know someone new can do wonders for restoring your faith in humanity. There are some incredible people out there!

Always be yourself.

This is something that really resonates with me. I know I worry too much. Sometimes I worry too much about what people think of me. Not always. But I know I let other people’s opinions affect my actions and mood from time to time.

Most of us need to work at being ourselves more often. There are many people out there, just like me, who know that they can sometimes be held back by the opinion of others. But we are all one of a kind, and I truly believe that people love you more for just being you. And okay, you’re never going to get on with everyone, but you’ll make more genuine connections (and you’ll definitely have more fun) by being your authentic self.

Life really is too short not to make the most of it—so seize the moment.

Perhaps this is an overused phrase, but it is something I now believe to be totally true: You really should live every day as if it were your last.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can often find myself becoming frustrated or worried about things I shouldn’t be. I am trying to teach myself to let go. And if there is one thing I wish you to take from this, it’s that life is way too short to worry about what other people think of you.

Always be thankful for the small things, because one day they may be the big things. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones, and don’t hold grudges, because what’s the point? Cherish every hug, accept every compliment, and seize every opportunity you can to make someone else smile.


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


“Why are you so upset?”

“My wife introduced me to her psychiatrist this morning.”

“So what?”

“So she said to him, ‘Doctor, this is my husband. You know, one of the men I’ve been telling you about’.”


A seminar on Time Travel will be held 2 weeks ago.


“What happened?” asked the hospital visitor of the heavily bandaged man sitting up in bed.

“Well, I went down to Six Flags over the weekend and decided to take a ride on one of the roller coasters. As we came up to the top of the highest loop, I noticed a little sign by the side of the track. I tried to read it but it was very small and I couldn’t make it out. I was so curious that I decided to go round again, but we went by so quickly that I couldn’t see what the sign said. By now, I was determined to read that sign so I went round a third time. As we reached the top, I stood up in the car to get a better view.”

“And did you manage to see what the sign said this time?” asked the visitor.


“What did it say?”

“Don’t stand up in the car!”


“There are two types of people–those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.'”

Frederick Collins


These four rabbis had a series of theological arguments, and three were always in accord against the fourth. One day, the odd rabbi out, after the usual “3 to 1, majority rules” statement that signified that he had lost again, decided to appeal to a higher authority.

“Oh, God!” he cried. “I know in my heart that I am right and they are wrong! Please give me a sign to prove it to them!”

It was a beautiful, sunny day. As soon as the rabbi finished his prayer, a storm cloud moved across the sky above the four. It rumbled once and dissolved. “A sign from God! See, I’m right, I knew it!” But the other three disagreed, pointing out that storm clouds form on hot days.

So the rabbi prayed again: “Oh, God, I need a bigger sign to show that I am right and they are wrong. So please, God, a bigger sign!” This time four storm clouds appeared, rushed toward each other to form one big cloud, and a bolt of lightning slammed into a tree on a nearby hill.

“I told you I was right!” cried the rabbi, but his friends insisted that nothing had happened that could not be explained by natural causes.

The rabbi was getting ready to ask for a VERY big sign, but just as he said, “Oh God…,” the sky turned pitch black, the earth shook, and a deep, booming voice intoned, “HEEEEEEEE’S RIIIIIIIGHT!”

The rabbi put his hands on his hips, turned to the other three, and said, “Well?”

“So,” shrugged one of the other rabbis, “now it’s 3 to 2.”


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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