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It starts tomorrow

"By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer."

Helen Hunt Jackson,




Wow, do you realize that tomorrow is September? I don’t know what is going on but I sometimes think I must be napping more since the days are flying by so fast. It is not that I don’t like September, I really do. I do better in cooler weather; September also kicks off learning series and other activities that I enjoy that have been on hold since the beginning of summer. 

I hope that starting tomorrow I can get my act back together and lose the weight that I added since my brief hospital stay. Having the excuse provided by my doctors to reduce my physical activities is not justification formy stuffing down excessive food. If I get too desperate I may have to start reporting my weight on the daily where the world could see me embarrass myself if I don’t do better.

Since I am now planning a behavior change I will also share with you what I feel are September highlights that I need to observe. For those of you outside the US, we have a tradition of declaring certain activities for observance each month, here are some that I am working on, it is:

    • Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month – I have not had any problem with the “more food” suggestion I just need to swap what it has been for fruits and veggies.
    • Healthy Aging Month – My mind is on board for this one, I just hope my body is as well.
    • Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month – While I don’t consider myself to be much of a writer and I am certainly a less than proficient editor I would appreciate your kindness.
    • Children’s Good Manners Month – Once the kids are on board I hope they can do something with the adults; we seem to have lost our way in recent years.
    • Ethnic Foods Month – I don’t know about you but this has been an ethnic food year for me and I plan on continuing to sample the world’s food right here in Indianapolis.
    • Honey Month – OK I am on board for this big time, does anyone know when it is sweetie month?
    • Marriage Health Month – I find the greatest way to sustain marriage health is through the use of the “Yes dear” method.
    • Self Awareness Month – when you get to my age you don’t have to worry about this one, your body keeps telling you.
    • School Success Month – Does anyone know what constitutes school success anymore? There just has to be more to life that just the three R’s.


“And the days dwindle down To a precious few, September, November – And these few precious days I’d spend with you, These golden days I’d spend with you”

Maxwell Anderson


Andy Rooney tells us that he has learned:

That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

That love, not time, heals all wounds.

That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.


I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done already.


In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:

Here lays Butch,

We planted him raw.

He was quick on the trigger,

But slow on the draw.


Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.


One Sunday a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"


If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.


Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers. "So," he said, "I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe."

Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. "You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000."

The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon.   "Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits!"


A couple are lying in bed. He said: "I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world."

She said: "I’m sure going to miss you!"


An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly.  Another flash.  He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed.  Same result.

"This guy must have screwed up the settings," the off-duty officer thought.   He planned to mention the problem to his supervisor when he got to work, but forgot.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!


"If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either."

Dick Cavett


In a small Texas town, a new bar/tavern started a building to open up their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work progressed, however right up till the week before opening, when a lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground. The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the buildings demise in its reply to the court. As the case made its way in to court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn’t.’


A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

Roald Dahl


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


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Don’t Give Up!

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau




I have been concerned lately with the number of people who come to see me who seem to have given up on themselves. Loss of job, economic stress, poor working conditions, family problems and other negative events seem to take people down more easily than in the past. I hope I am wrong and that I just see more than my share of those who seem to have surrendered to a colorless fate without making a strong effort to resist. To some extent I think that we have allowed society, tradition and others convince us of what constitutes a successful life and anything else is failure. How sad it is that some people focus so narrowly on a few of life’s elements as being the only key to happiness.

Thankfully it doesn’t have to be that way. The tough part is that far too many have not spent any time finding out enough about themselves to be able to understand the keys to their own happiness. The good news is that those who do see how the road ahead can be much better than the road behind and enthusiastically go for something better. These folks communicate their interests with enthusiasm and people react positively. I know it is not easy after being conditioned year after year to define success only by the definitions of others.

Today I am including a fairly long article written by Stephen Martile that is similar to the discussions I often have with friends looking for brighter alternatives. Don’t give up on you — let the real you emerge and you’ll be surprised how good life can be.


Finding purpose in life gives you direction and guidance. It channels inner forces and energy to overcome outer circumstances and conditions. It’s at the crux of leading your life, instead of having life lead you. Are you doing what you love? Are you living on purpose? Here are 4 ways to finding purpose in life:

1. Introspection.

Spend some time with yourself. Examine your life and get in touch with those thoughts and feelings that are important to you. Reflect on past experiences and ask yourself:

* When do I feel that my life is most meaningful?

* What do I enjoy doing the most?

* What activities bring me the most passion and energy?

* What are my true priorities?

* What is the deepest purpose I would like to express in my life?

Write down the answers to these questions. Just reading this is not going to cut it.

Find a quiet space and take 15-20 minutes to really answer these questions. Spend some time and really think about what brings you joy and happiness in your life. Reflect back on your life and write down the answers that come to you.

2. Environment.

You see, you occur to people a certain way. The way you see yourself may be different than the way others see you. The way you occur to others is a reflection of your inner self. The people in your life are reflective of your way of being. They see things that you don’t. The clues to finding purpose in life can be found in the people that are closest to you.

Consider 5 people in your life that are close to you: your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or other important friends or family members in your life. Sit down with them and ask them these questions:

* What do you think comes most naturally to me?

* What do you think are my special talents and gifts?

* What do you think I am really good at?

* What do you think is really important to me?

* When do you find that I’m the happiest and what am I doing?

Again, just reading this is not going to cut it. Write out the answers and review them. Compare the answers you received from the introspection method to the environment method, then look for patterns.

* What are the similarities?

* What patterns do you see?

* What qualities, character traits and values seem to be repeated over and over again?

This is a clue. Your patterns are an indication of what is unique and special about you.

3. Natural Ability, Not Skill..

When looking for answers, consider natural ability and not skills. Skills are those actions that you’ve perfected over time; they’re external and not necessarily unique to you. Skills are important to executing a well crafted life purpose but are secondary to natural ability.

Look for natural ability; this comes from the inside. Everyone’s got it – you’ve got it. Your natural ability is an act of creative contribution that ignites you. It’s natural to you because it’s part of who you really are. Look for natural ability when examining your life with the questions above.

4. You’re Inspired.

When you’re inspired, your “in spirit,” and spirit is who you really are. Inspiration is the act of expressing that which is within you. Again, your environment is a reflection of who you are. Consider the people, mentors, heroes and superstars in your life that are an inspiration. The reason they are inspiring to you is because you see some of yourself in these other people.

What is your purpose? Consider these questions:

* Who are some of your heroes and what is inspiring about them?

* Who are the teachers, coaches or mentors that inspire you the most?

* Which movie stars, musicians or performers are inspiring to you?

Again, it’s all about recognizing the patterns. Look for those areas in your life where you see a common thread. These are the clues to realizing and finding purpose in life.


“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”


A friend said: Our five-year-old son went to a church conference with my wife and me. He got restless, so my wife handed him a pad and pencil and suggested he mark down every time the speaker said the word "and." After a while, he grew bored, and I asked, "Would you like to listen for a different word?"

"Yes," he whispered.  "I’d like to listen for ‘Amen’."


My neighbor has a circular driveway. He can’t get out.

Steven Wright


A woman’s husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She thought for a moment and said, "This year I just want cold, hard cash for a change."

The following day her husband fulfilled her request. He put $40 in nickels, dimes and quarters into a quart jar, then filled it with water and placed it in the freezer.

On her birthday he handed his wife a solidly frozen bottle of change.


"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

Mark Twain


Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.

One deacon ducked down and said, "I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognize my pick-up."

The other replied indifferently, "What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts."

The first deacon countered, "But God won’t tell my wife."


My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her…or something like that.


A new man is brought into Prison Cell 102. Already there is a long-time resident who looks 100 years old. The new man looks at the old-timer inquiringly.

The old-timer says, "Look at me. I’m old and worn out. You’d never believe that I used to live the life of Riley. I wintered on the Riviera, had a boat, four fine cars, the most beautiful women, and I ate in all the best restaurants of France."

The new man asked, "What happened?"

"One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!"


"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Be the living expression of God’s kindness — kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."

Mother Teresa


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Oh no, it’s today again!

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

William James




As many of you know I have limited my activities this week by avoiding negative meetings, e-mails and the like. As I suspected this not only resulted in my staying in a positive frame of mind, it also provided more time to deal with the things that I have in backlog — mostly notes and other documents that clutter up my desk, the floor around me and the many shelves in my office den.

Great news, right? Wrong! I again found during my mini-sabbatical that my interests greatly exceed my ability to follow them all. My ability to procrastinate coupled with my failure to ruthlessly prioritize have left me with piles of things that have aged to the point of uselessness.

In my business life I had the good fortune of having colleagues that would join me as I attacked the stacks that had accumulated. They made sure I handled everything in the stacks of paper by throwing away things that I would never get to resulting in my ending up with a small pile of things I had to do soon and a slightly larger pile of things worth doing. Since these good people are long gone I plan on calling on my imaginary friend to sit with me and insist on my doing as I use to do, junk the unimportant, focus on what needs to be done and then rewarding myself with a manageable pile of things that should be done.

Besides thinking about my dilemma I decided to see what others offered as solutions. In the process I found this suggestion from author Tim Clark that I think has value.


Do First What You Want to Do Least

Ever have trouble deciding what to do first each day, and why?

Setting priorities — a cornerstone of achievement — had always been a struggle for me until I came up with a new policy a few years ago.  Do First What You Want to Do Least.

The logic is simple: What we most dread doing is usually the thing we should do soonest.

What do you want to do least today? Apologize to your spouse? Write that report? Make an appointment for that colonoscopy? Well, do it first thing in the morning, and watch your productivity soar.

For example, some years ago it became obvious that I needed to start exercising regularly if I wanted to maintain my health. I pushed through the dread and started going to a gym, but that meant time-consuming daytime commutes, two showers on gym days — and spending money.

About a year later, I realized that exercise, as the most crucial foundation of health besides diet, was, quite literally, the most important thing for me to do each day. So I switched to a daily, at-home regimen, instead of three-times-a-week at the gym.

Now I exercise first thing each weekday morning, in the comfort of home, while watching the news. It costs nothing, no travel’s needed, and I take only one shower a day. And the habit’s so ingrained now that I no longer dread it — though I love taking weekends off from my regimen.


Being one of the world’s greatest procrastinators I find it way too easy to put off things I don’t like to do. A prime example is balancing my personal checking account. Sometimes the statements sit for a month or two awaiting my attention. When the do finally reach the point where they are starting to crumble with age I deal with them. It usually only takes me a short time to do the job and I find that their resulting absence provides pleasure. So I really relate to Clark’s suggestion. If I reconcile my statements as soon as I get them I’ll have the dual reward of the satisfaction that they won’t haunt me day after day and that I can move on almost immediately from an unpleasant task to a pleasant on in a manner of minutes. I am so excited about my discovery that I am going to open my statements soon, well as soon as I get this other stuff out of the way. Oh no, there I go again.


Putting off an easy thing makes it hard.  Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.

George Claude Lorimer


"Twas the night before school started,

When all through the town,

The parents were cheering,

It was a riotous sound.


By eight p.m. the kids were washed,

And snugly tucked into bed,

When memories of homework

Filled them with dread.


New pencils, new folders,

New notebooks too,

New teachers, new friends,

Their anxiety grew.


The parents recited comforting words

To ease their children’s fright,

Then calmly instructed the tiny tots,

"Get back to bed now, it’s a school night!"


"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."

Tom Clancy


Little Johnny came into the house with a new harmonica.

"Grandpa, do you mind if I play this in here?"

"Of course not, Johnny. I love music. In fact, when your grandma and I were young, music saved my life."

"What happened?" "Well, it was during the famous Johnstown flood. The dam broke and when the water hit out house it knocked it right off the foundation. Grandma got on the dining room table and floated out safely."

"How about you?"

"Me? I accompanied her on the piano!"


"Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter."

Samuel J. Hurwitt


A kind-hearted fellow was walking through Central Park in New York and was astonished to see an old man, fishing rod in hand, fishing over a beautiful bed of lilies.

"Tch, Tch!" said the passerby to himself. "What a sad sight. That poor old man is fishing over a bed of flowers. I’ll see if I can help."

So the kind fellow walked up to the old man and asked, "What are you doing, my friend?"

"Fishin’, sir."

"Fishin’, eh. Well how would you like to come have a drink with me?"

The old man stood up, put his rod away and followed the kind stranger to the corner bar. He ordered a large glass of beer and a fine cigar.

His host, the kind fellow, felt good about helping the old man, and he asked, "Tell me, old friend, how many did you catch this morning?"

The old fellow took a long drag on the cigar, blew a careful smoke ring and replied, "You are the 6th today, sir!"


"It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

Jerry Seinfeld


An unmarried girl who worked in a busy office arrived one morning and began passing out big cigars and candy, both tied with blue ribbons. When asked what the occasion was, she proudly displayed a new diamond solitaire ring on her third finger, left hand, and announced…"It’s a boy, six feet tall and 190 pounds!"


Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations win and preserve the heart.

Humphrey Davy


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Stay Positive!

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

Willie Nelson




I am enjoying my drop out week. I am not listening to the naysayers, opening hate mail, or being in places where arguments drown out reasoned discussion. Of course I know it is only one week and then I’ll again be in the mainstream. But this week again reminds me how important it is not to let negativism get to me. I have a friend whose career as a motivational speaker and life coach allows him to focus in on stamping out negativism. In fact many years ago he gave me a mug that had in its design the word negativism in a circle with a diagonal line through, it is one of my favorites and is a constant reminder to stay positive.

Some time ago I saved an article by Hale Dwoskin, author of the New York Times best seller "The Sedona Method," in which he suggests how we can avoid ever letting another negative person bring them down in our job, relationships or any aspect of life. Here is what he had to say:


An excellent resolution people can make — one that will serve them well emotionally for their entire life — is to not let others bring them down.

The negative person type is often characterized as those who complain about anything and everything, and have a knack for telling people exactly what’s wrong with them and their life.

People who exude negative energy such as this can be a major risk for other people’s well-being. If people are not careful, the negative individual’s pessimism may begin to rub off on them, or make them doubt their instincts or path in life.

At the most basic level, people can stop a negative person from bringing them down simply by not being around them. As soon as they start droning on about the bad things in life, they can just leave. Of course, this isn’t always an option, particularly if the negative person is someone they work with, live with or must see often. So a backup plan is necessary — one that will work every time, no matter what.

Positive people should make it a point to stay positive, and it is their right to stay that way. If someone begins to bring a person down, here’s how to circumvent it:

Step away from their negativity. One way to do this is to imagine taking a pair of scissors and cutting the cord linked to the negative person. Using this visualization technique, someone’s negative thoughts cannot interfere with another person’s positive ones.

People can also find something to love about the negative individual. Nothing squelches negativity faster than love, so they should find something positive about the individual, even in the midst of that individual’s complaining. When a person shares that positive something with the negative person, they may even see that negative person’s frown turned upside down.

Another tactic people can do is to make themselves open and transparent.

"Allow yourself to feel and be as transparent and as open as possible," says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. "What this means is if you are trying to protect yourself or prevent others from pulling you down, you are much more likely to be pulled down." "However, if you allow yourself to simply open and welcome whatever feelings are brought up while you are around others, you become more transparent and therefore create less ways for people to hook into you and pull you down," he continues. People need to remember that they can be positive no matter what.


“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours”

Swedish Proverb


A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.

Dorothea Kent


A man called the undertaker one afternoon and sobbed, "This is Mr. Magillicutty. I need you to bury my wife."

"Mr. Magillicutty? Sidney Magillicutty?"

"Yes, that’s right."

"Didn’t I bury your wife 10 years ago?" the undertaker asked.

"I got married again," the man sobbed.

"Oh," replied the undertaker. "Congratulations."


"Out of My Mind — Will Be Back Shortly"


Here are some actual comments made by NYC Teachers on student’s report cards. These comments were made as part of their final narratives.

All the Teachers were reprimanded, but they said it was worth it!

1. "Since my last report, your child has hit rock bottom and has started to dig."

2. "I would not allow your student to breed."

3. "Your child has delusions of adequacy."

4. "Your child is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."

5. "Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them."

6. "The student has a "full six pack" but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together."

7. "This child has been working with glue too much."

8. "When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell."

9. "The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train is not coming."

10. "If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week."

11. "It’s impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others."


"Growing Old Is Mandatory — Growing Up Is Optional"


The little boy greeted his grandmother with a hug and said, "I’m so happy to see you, Grandma. Now maybe Daddy will do the trick he has been promising us."

The grandmother was curious. "What trick is that, dear?" she asked.

The little boy replied, "I heard Daddy tell Mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again!"


"It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers."

James Thurber


An elderly man was driving down the freeway, and the car phone rings. Answering, he found it was his son’s voice urgently warning, "I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on I-285.  Please! Be careful!"

"Hey!" said the senior citizen, "It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!"


The school of agriculture’s dean of admissions was interviewing a prospective student, "Why have you chosen this career?" he asked.

"I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father," the student replied.

"Your father made a million dollars in farming?" echoed the dean much impressed.

"No," replied the applicant. "But he always dreamed of it."


"Statistics Means Never Having to Say you’re Certain"


Barbara said, I returned to my parents’ home to attend a funeral. At the funeral my mother led me to a man who looked vaguely familiar.  "Barbara, remember Rabbi Green?" she asked as she left me in his company.

I frantically tried to place him, and suddenly it came to me. He must be the kind man who, five years earlier, had officiated at my grandmother’s funeral. "It’s good to see you again, Rabbi," I said. "Though I wish it weren’t always under such tragic circumstances.  "The rabbi looked perplexed but uttered some words of consolation before he was called away. A few minutes later, I rejoined my mother.

"Imagine," she whispered, "after all this time, to run into the rabbi who performed your wedding!"


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Nancye is worth listening to

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Joseph Addison




One of the great things about my week away from negativism and the strident arguments going on these days is that it lets me spend time in the minds of others who offer suggestions on how we might find the path to some level of reasonable serenity. As an example here is an offering by Nancye Simms that I really like.

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future by living your life one day at a time.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less then perfect. It is a fragile thread that binds each of us to each other.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don’t dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.


I honestly believe that following her advice can make a magical difference in ones life. Each entry should be read, thought about, understood and then implemented. In fact I am not sure that doing one a day and then doing some in depth thinking about how the suggestion applies to me and then building on what I discover would result in actions that would lead to an even greater degree of personal satisfaction. Do me a favor, stop and read what she says again this time slowly, it will be time well spent.


A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.

Earl Nightingale


Sam Cohen, father of 3 and faithful husband for over 40 years, unexpectedly drops dead one day. His lawyer informs his widow that Stu Schwartz, Sam’s best friend since childhood, is to be executor of the will. The day comes to divide Sam’s earthly possessions, over a million dollars’ worth. In front of Sam’s family, Stu reads the will:

"Stu, if you’re reading this, then I must be dead. You’ve were such a good friend for so long, how can I ignore you in this will? On the other hand, there are my beloved Sophie and my children to be looked after. Stu, I know you can make sure my family is taken care of properly. So Stu, give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself." Stu then looks at the survivors and tells them that, in accordance with Sam’s instructions, Stu will give fifty thousand dollars to Sam’s widow. The rest he is retaining for himself.

The family is beside itself. "This is impossible! Forty years of marriage and then *this*?!  It can’t be!" So the family sues. Their day in court arrives, and after testimony from both sides, the judge gives his verdict: "To Stuart Schwartz, I award fifty thousand dollars of the contested money. The remainder shall go to Sophie Cohen, widow of the deceased."

Needless to say, the family is elated, but Stu is dumbfound. "Your honor, how can you do this? The will made Sam’s wishes quite clear: ‘Give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself!’  I wanted the lion’s share! What gives?"

The judge answered back, "Mr. Schwartz, Sam Cohen knew you his whole life. He wanted to give you something in gratitude. He also wanted to see his family taken care of. So he drew up his will accordingly. But you misread his instructions. You see, Sam knew just what kind of a person you are, so with his family’s interest in mind, he didn’t say, "Give what you want to her and keep the rest for yourself.’  No. What Sam said was, "Give what YOU want to HER; and keep the rest for yourself."


Q: What do you instantly know when you see a well-dressed husband?

A: His wife is good at choosing his clothes.


Stan was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents. When she rang the bell, Stan answered.

"I’d like to talk to your mother or father," she said.

"Sorry, but they ain’t here."

"Stan!" she said, "what is it with your grammar?"

"Beats me," he replied, "but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again!"


When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing : either the car or his wife is new.


Hi Mom. Can I leave the kids with you tonight?

You’re going out?


With whom?

With a friend.

I don’t know why you left your husband. He is such a good man.

I didn’t leave him. He left me!

You let him leave you, and now you go out with anybody and nobody.

I do not go out with anybody. Can I bring over the kids?

I never left you to go out with anybody except your father.

There are lots of things that you did and I don’t.

What are you hinting at?

Nothing. I just want to know if I can bring the kids over tonight.

You’re going to stay the night with him? What will your husband say if he finds out?

My EX husband. I don’t think he would be bothered.  From the day he left me, he probably never slept alone!

So you’re going to sleep over at this loser’s place?

He’s not a loser.

A man who goes out with a divorced woman with children is a loser and a parasite.

I don’t want to argue. Should I bring over the kids or not?

Poor children with such a mother.

Such as what?

With no stability. No wonder your husband left you.


Don’t scream at me. You probably scream at this loser too!

Now you’re worried about the loser?

Ah, so you see he’s a loser. I spotted him immediately.

Goodbye, mother.

Wait! Don’t hang up! When are you bringing them over?

I’m not bringing them over! I’m not going out!

If you never go out, how do you expect to meet anyone?


For the man sound of body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather;

every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.

George Robert Gissing


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


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I have decided that I am going to have a good week. No one is going to make me unhappy or get me angry. If you want to argue, wait for a week, if you want to share some joy let’s do it. There is too much to enjoy to let others or events take us down.

Ray Mitchell


August 23, 2009




Yep I am going to focus on what is right. So:

  • If I won the Irish Sweepstakes, have money in a secret account from an African banker, or some other such windfall, give it to somebody else.
  • If you are planning on sending me hate mail, don’t, I find haters to be hateful and they can take me off their list.
  • If you want to argue forget it, I don’t know what happened to reasoned debate but it seems to have gotten lost somewhere.
  • If you want to tell me why you are unhappy and that you want me to be unhappy too don’t bother. I am not one who seems to only be satisfied when they are miserable and go out of their way prove they have every right to be.
  • I don’t need to hear about all the people you blame for where you are today if you are perfect and faultless.
  • I do want to hear about what’s right in your life.
  • I would love to share in a moment that made you happy.
  • I would love for you to join me in having a really good week. And for god’s sake don’t let anybody try to convince you that things are lousy and that the whole world has gone bad.


“One day at a time–this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”

Author Unknown


Two older women, Judy and Monica, who were rivals in a social circle met at a party.

"My dear," said Monica, "Are those real pearls?"

"They are," replied Judy.

"Of course, the only way I could tell would be for me to bite them," smiled Monica.

Judy responded, "Yes, but for that you would need real teeth."


"The thing you have to be prepared for is that other people don’t always dream your dream."

Linda Ronstadt


The Association of Southern Schools has decided to pursue some of the seemingly endless taxpayer dollar pipeline through Washington designating Southern slang, or y’allbonics, as a language to be taught in all Southern schools. The following are xamples excerpts from the Y’allbonics/English dictionary:

RETARD – (verb) – To stop working. Usage "My grampaw retard at age 65."

FAT – (noun), (verb) – a battle or combat; to engage in battle or combat. Usage "You younguns keep fat’n, n’ ah’m gonna whup y’uh."

RATS – (noun) – Entitled power or privilege. Usage "We Southerners are willin’ to fat for are rats."


"I think a really funny joke would be for NASA to send up rockets and push a bunch of planets out of alignment. Then they could sit back and laugh when everyone realizes that their horoscopes aren’t coming true."

Eric Presbrey


There was a business man driving down this country road when he spotted a little boy that had a lemonade stand– it being hot and him being thirsty– he decided to stop. once he got up to the little boy’s stand, he noticed a sign that said "All you can drink 10 cents", well, he thought that it was an awful small glass, but since it was only 10 cents for all you can drink, he decided to get some anyway. Well, he gave the boy a dime, and shot down the whole glass in one swig. so he slapped it back onto the table and says, "fill ‘er up." and the kid says, "sure thing, that’ll be 10 cents."

To this the business man says, "but your sign says all you can drink for a dime." "It is," the little boy replies, "that’s all you can drink for a dime.


Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease.

Colin Greene



1. You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.

2. Your husband jokes that instead of buying a wood stove, he is using you heat the family room this winter. Rather than just saying you are not amused, you shoot him.

3. You have to write post-it notes with your kids’ names on them.

4. You change your underwear after a sneeze.

5. You’re on so much estrogen that you take your Brownie troop on a field trip to Chippendales.


Give me ambiguity or give me something else.


"It’s no good, sir," said the hopeless pupil to his English teacher. "I try to learn, but everything you say goes in both ears and out the other."

"Goes in both ears and out the other?" asked the puzzled teacher. "But you only have two ears, boy."

"You see, sir? I’m no good at math, either!"


“When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"”

Sydney J. Harris


"Hello, help desk."

"Yes, this is Mrs. Duffy on the sixth floor. I want to report a violation of company policy."

"What seems to be the trouble, Mrs. Duffy?"

"I have found some of the computers in the office here are being used to look at orgies."

"We have filtering software on the network that prevents sites like that from being displayed."

"Well, I just sat down at one of the computers and clicked on the bookmarks."

"And there’s a list of pornographic sites?"

"I should say so. Quite a few."

"They should be blocked by the filter. Did you click on them?"

"I didn’t have to. They say dot O-R-G and I’ve been around long enough to know what that means."


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi


When a grandmother was in her late eighties, she decided to move to Israel.  As part of the preparations, she went to see her doctor and get all her charts.  The doctor asked her how she was doing, so she gave him the litany of complaints – this hurts, that’s stiff, I’m tired and slower, etc.

He responded with, "Mrs. Siegel, you have to expect things to start deteriorating.  After all, who wants to live to 100?"

The grandmother looked him straight in the eye and replied, "Anyone who’s 99."


We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.

William Arthur Ward


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

The greatest gift

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.

Some people move our souls to dance.

They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.

Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.

They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."

Flavia Weedn




As time goes by I find it more and more worthwhile to stop and inventory what is good in my life. Lately I have found that others do too, in fact a valued acquaintance told me the other day that the greatest antidote for depression caused by a bad day was to review the day and look for what was good while ignoring the bad. For me the good may only be that I kept breathing, was accident free, and didn’t hurt anybody but most days it is much more. On some of the best days it was a smile from someone brightened the day enough to banish any darkness that might have otherwise surfaced.

Lately I find that my inventory’s most prized possessions and experiences are my friendships. I have reason to be truly grateful for all of those who have allowed me be part of their lives. I thrill at their successes and grieve their losses. I appreciate the solace they offer when I encounter a glitch in my health or experience a loss. Through it all I have learned that they greatest human attribute is caring. It is so easy to focus only on ourselves and ignore the joy that can come from others if only we open our hearts.

Please don’t be afraid to care, sure there is pain every once in awhile but there is also shared joy. I have found that the interchange with friends enriches both the mind and the soul. I am fortunate that I have learned that everyone I meet is a potential friend and that most often they are ready to become one. I know I can live without my possessions but I would hate to think what life would be like without so many of you my friends and family.


"When you ask God for a gift,

Be thankful if he sends,

Not diamonds, pearls or riches,

but the love of real true friends."

Helen Steiner Rice


Old Abraham was a poor tailor whose shop was next door to a very upscale French restaurant. Every day at lunch time, Abraham would go out the back of his shop and eat his black bread and herring while smelling the wonderful odors coming from the restaurant’s kitchen. But one day, Abraham was surprised to receive an invoice from the restaurant for ‘enjoyment of food’. So he went to the restaurant to point out that he had not bought anything from them.

The manager said, "You’re enjoying our food, so you should pay us for it."

Abraham refused to pay and the restaurant sued him.

At the hearing, the judge asked the restaurant to present their side of the case.

The manager said, "Every day, this man comes and sits outside our kitchen and smells our food while eating his. It is clear that we are providing added value to his poor food and we deserve to be compensated for it."

The judge turns to Abraham and said, "What do you have to say to that?"

Abraham didn’t say anything but stuck his hand in his pocket and rattled the few coins he had inside.

The judge asked him, "What is the meaning of that?"

Abraham replied, "I’m paying for the smell of his food with the sound of my money."


There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.



Mrs. Crumps was called to serve for jury duty, but asked to be excused because she didn’t believe in capital punishment and didn’t want her personal thoughts to prevent the trial from running its proper course.

But the public defender liked her thoughtfulness and quiet calm, and tried to convince her that she was appropriate to serve on the jury.

"Madam," he explained, "This is not a murder trial! It’s a simple civil lawsuit. A wife is bringing this case against her husband because he gambled away the $12,000 he had promised to use to remodel the kitchen for her birthday."

"Well, okay," agreed Mrs. Crumps, "I’ll serve. I guess I could be wrong about capital punishment after all."


Hope is like a road in the country;

there wasn’t ever a road,

but when many people walk on it,

the road comes into existence.

Lin Yutang


"University of Minnesota researchers said that the drug Naltrexone could be used to curb a kleptomaniac’s impulse to steal. Although the drug is not covered by most HMO’s, doctors say kleptomaniacs should have no problem obtaining it."

Tina Fey


"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."

William Arthur Ward


A psychiatrist was trying to comfort a new patient who was terribly upset. "You see, Doc," the patient explained, "my problem is that I like shoes much better than I like boots." "Why, that’s not even a problem," answered the doctor. "MOST people like shoes better than boots. Even I prefer shoes to boots." The patient was elated, "That’s neat, Doc. How do you like them, fried or scrambled?"


"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do."

Andrew Carnegie


Uncle Rusty is a wise man. A while back he retired and purchased a modest home near a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and quiet, puttering around his work shop.

That is of course until the school year began. On the first day of school three young boys, full of pent up energy from a full day of school, came down his street. As they walked down the street they beat rhythmically on every trash can they past. Day after day, it was the same thing. Beating, clanging and pounding out a rhythm on the cans as they walked down the street. Poor Uncle Rusty just couldn’t take it any more.

The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young musicians. As they worked their way down the street, pounding out a tune on the cans, Rusty stopped them and said, "You kids sure are having a lot of fun. I like seeing young people like you, express themselves. In fact, I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I’ll give you each a dollar if you’ll promise to come around every day and do your thing." The kids were elated and continued to do a bang up job on the trash cans.

After two days, Uncle Rusty greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad _expression on his face. "This recession’s really putting a big dent in my income," he told them. "From now on, I’ll only be able to pay you 50 cents to beat on the cans."

The boys were not pleased, but they did accept his offer and continued their afternoon concert. A couple of days later, Sly Uncle Rusty approached them again as they drummed their way down the street.

With words that would ensure he would have peace and quiet from that day forward he said "Look, my Social Security check just isn’t stretching as far with the expenses. So I’m not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents a day. Will that be okay?"

"What?! Just a crummy quarter?" the boys exclaimed. "If you think we’re going to waste our time, beating these cans around for a quarter, you’re nuts! No way, mister. We quit!"


Remember that a little love goes a long way. 

Remember that a lot… goes forever. 

Remember that friendship is a wise investment. 

Life’s treasures are people… together. 

Realize that it’s never too late. 

Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. 

Have health and hope and happiness. 

Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don’t ever forget… for even a day… 

How very special you are.

Douglas Pagels


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Sail On

"The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart.

For the traveler who knows his direction, there is always a favorable wind."

Stuart Avery Gold




Ray is away all day today and had nothing to say so here is something from a different day.

Ray’s computer.


August 20, 2002

It was only 10 (now 17) years ago today that some of us in the US were watching, Married With Children, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Northern Exposure, The Golden Girls, L.A. Law, Cheers, Twin Peaks, Mad About You, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Night Court and The Cosby Show on television. It is hard to believe that it was that long ago and that all the shows are gone. I don’t watch many these days, with the exception of The West Wing and Law and Order, but I did enjoy many of these old shows.


If you are like I am you have been concerned about the investments you have made as part of your long term retirement plans. I bemoan the fact that the Dow has fallen into the $9 thousand range, I guess I need to remember that the Dow average was only $3,301 just 10 years ago.


"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."

Brendan Gill


My wife and I got married in New York years ago, believe me these are true.

“39 ways to tell your a New Yorker”

1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.

2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

3. You can get into a four-hour argument about "the best" way to get from

Columbus Circle to Battery Park at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.

4. You never pronounce the letter "R."

5. The subway makes sense.

6. The subway should never be called anything prissy, like the Metro.

7. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multilingual.

8. You’ve considered stabbing someone just for saying "The Big Apple."

9. Your door has more than three locks.

10. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

11. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

12. You call an 8-by-10-foot plot of patchy grass a yard.

13. You cried the day Ed Koch took over for Wapner.

14. You think Central Park is "nature."

15. You see nothing odd about the speed of an auctioneer’s speaking.

16. You’re paying $1,200 for a studio the size of a walk-in closet and you think it’s a "steal."

17. You’ve been to New Jersey twice and got hopelessly lost both times.

18. You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the U.S. pay in rent.

19. You haven’t seen more than 12 stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.

20. You go to dinner at 9pm and head out to the clubs when most Americans are heading to bed.

21. Your closet is filled with black clothes.

22. You haven’t heard the sound of true absolute silence since 1977, and when you did it terrified you.

23. You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.

24. You take fashion seriously.

25. Being truly alone makes you nervous.

26. You have 27 different menus next to your telephone.

27. Going to Brooklyn is considered a "road trip."

28. America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.

29. You have jaywalking down to an art form.

30. You’re suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.

31. You haven’t cooked a meal since helping mom last Thanksgiving.

32. You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.

33. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.

34. $50 worth of groceries fits in one paper bag.

35. You have a minimum of five "worst cab ride ever" stories.

36. You don’t hear sirens anymore.

37. You’ve mentally blocked out all thoughts of the city’s air quality and what it’s doing to your lungs.

38. You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.

39. Your doorman is Russian, your grocer is Korean, your deli man is Israeli, your building super is Italian, your laundry guy is Chinese, your favorite bartender is Irish, your favorite diner owner is Greek, the watch-seller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was Pakistani, your newsstand guy is Indian, and your favorite falafel guy is Egyptian.


If the computer is so smart, how come it gets blamed for our mistakes?


A concerned Father asked his daughter if her latest beau was serious about their relationship.

"I’ll say he is Daddy," she replied. "Why just last night he asked me how much you make, what kind of meals Mom serves, and if you guys are easy to get along with.


"You are not responsible for the face you are given, but you are responsible for the expression on it."



Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish Texan is sitting between them. The first Texan says, “My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1000 head of cattle and they call my place The Jolly Roger"

The second Texan says, ‘ My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have 5000 head of cattle and they call my place Big Johns’.

They both look down at the Jewish man who says, ‘ My name is Irving and I own 300 acres ‘ .  Roger looks down at him and say, ‘ 300 Acres ? What do you raise ? ‘ ‘Notink’ Irving says. Well then, what do you call it?’ Asked John.

‘Downtown Dallas.’


Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, "Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?"

"Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife."


"I Know About Stressed — It’s Desserts Spelled Backwards"


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Boca Raton, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, "Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?"

Abe says, "Do I care?"

A few minutes later Shirley says, "Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?"

Abe says, "Who cares?"

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, "Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?"

Abe says, "Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.


"If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them. Negative people can sap your energy so fast, and they can take your dreams from you, too."

Earvin "Magic" Johnson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Visit someday, you’ll be glad you did!

“Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.”

 Bobby Unser (American Automobile Racer who won the Indianapolis 500 race three times (1968, 1975, 1981).




As most of you know I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana USA on a semi-temporary assignment forty years ago. It changed to a permanent non-temporary some years later when I refused to leave. I needed to let you know when I arrived since I did not want anyone to think I was here for the first running of cars at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway one hundred years ago. In case you weren’t there either here is more information about the Speedway.


August 19, 1909

First race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On this day in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500. Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed "The Brickyard," the speedway reopened in December 1909. In 1911, low attendance led the track’s owners to make a crucial decision: Instead of shorter races, they resolved to focus on a single, longer event each year, for a much larger prize. That May 30 marked the debut of the Indy 500–a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Driver Ray Haroun won the purse of $14,250, with an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.

As you probably know the speeds these days are well over 200 miles per hour. If you ever get a chance to come and see a race I think you’ll be glad you did for the size of the track, the hundreds of thousands of spectators and the spectacle itself must be experienced since words do not do the experience justice.


"Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for."

Al Unser


TEACHER: Why are you late?

WEBSTER: Because of the sign.

TEACHER: What sign?

WEBSTER: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."


"An old timer is a man who’s had a lot of interesting experiences — some of them true."


When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, "High blood pressure, Doc.  It comes from my family."

"Your mother’s side or your father’s?" the doctor asked.

"Neither," he replied.  "It’s from my wife’s family."

"Oh, come now," the doctor said.  "How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?"

He sighed.  "You oughta meet ’em sometime, Doc!"


"Any husband who says, ‘My wife and I are completely equal partners,’  is talking about either a law firm or a hand of bridge."


Bill Cosby


A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody- or-other had printed it.

"Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector.

"Yes, that was it!"

"You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!"

"Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther."


"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with."

-W. C. Fields


A guy walked into his friend’s office, he found him sitting at his desk, looking very depressed.

"Hey, what’s up with you?" he asks.

"Oh, its my wife," replied the man sadly. "She’s hired a new secretary for me."

"Well, nothing wrong in that. Is she blonde or brunette?"

"Neither, He’s bald."


A computer expert is someone who can tell you logically why he doesn’t know what to do about your problem.


An airline customer-service agent got a call from a woman who wanted to know if she could take her dog on board.

He told her the dog was welcome, as long as she paid a $50 charge and provided her own kennel. He further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around and roll over.

"I’ll never be able to teach him all that by tomorrow!" she said, and hung up.


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


This lady went with her daughter to visit a prestigious university, and the student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library and state-of-the-art science facilities. She told them that the professors were the best in the world, and she recommended the daughter apply early to improve her chances for admission. "We get so many applicants," she boasted, "because of the stature of the school."

After the tour the mother asked our guide, "So, why did you choose this school?"

"Oh," she replied, "my boyfriend works at the McDonald’s across the parking lot."


"To finish first, you must first finish."

Rick Mears


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


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Come on out, you’ll be glad you did!

"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity…. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."

John Schaar




As the years go by I have learned that life is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Economic conditions change requiring adjustments in purchasing plans, vacations, and expensive entertainments. Health issues arise that limit our ability to perform as well as we had in the past. Life partners require more attention and in some cases pass on. Job loss, moves, children leaving the nest and so much more can throw us off stride. When we encounter roadblocks and detours some of us just stop and wait for the road to reopen which most times is a futile exercise, others find a different road and move on.

I often spend time with friends who are locked down allowing memories of past accomplishments that can no longer be replicated to block them from moving forward. They often sit in pain believing that their only hope is a miracle that will restore them to what they once were. What concerns me is that they miss so much that they could be doing that often would give them as much pleasure as other activities did in the past. One of the great gifts that life gives us is a lot more things to see, do and learn about than we could absorb in a hundred life times much less one.

I have had enough health and professional challenges to learn that taking a path I have never walked before provides exciting new opportunities, new friendships and added experiences that add to my capabilities. My heroes are the people who remember the good from the past, work to understand what they might do and then expand their horizons. I told a friend the other day that the limits his health has placed on his ability to perform athletically has freed up hours that I would love to have since I could use them to follow other pursuits that would add new meaning to my life.

I actually believe the blind can see; they see through the eyes of others who have left them great novels, reports of the wonders of the world and a wealth of knowledge. They have learned that their limitations open alternative ways to cope that can make up for what was missed. In fact in some respect the sightless see more than those who have isolated themselves within the walls of doing the same thing day, after day, after day…..

Bottom line some of us allow ourselves to be pushed into a rut by events and others of us just live in a rut all the time. Here is something that Michael Bungay Stanier wrote that may help if you if you would like to join with those of us who have decided to follow the yellow brick road to new adventures.


4 steps to find a new groove

Too often our ‘revealed preferences’ reveal a life that’s less than we imagine for ourselves. Follow this exercise and see if you can find a new groove.

1. Scan your life and pick a general area where you feel you’ve got into a comfortable rut. There’s plenty of places to look: your role at work; a regular commitment you have to perform; your relationship with your partner, your boss, your kids, your parents; your idea of fun; how you maintain your heath; what you eat; your physical environment. Yep, it’s the whole life, full enchilada scan.

2. Now that you’ve picked one of those areas, dig a little deeper.  First step is to pick out what you really like, the things you don’t want to change. You might consider not changing: parts of your behavior; the people involved; the location; the ‘things’ – whatever ‘stuff’ is involved.

3. Now you’re clear on what you want to keep the same, can you see one thing that you’d like to change? One person, one behavior, one element of the mix that you’d like to be new?

4. Pick an action: get rid of it entirely; add something to it; remove something; rearrange it to a different position; do it in a different order; bring in something new; break the rules.

I’m not really asking you to rearrange your entire world here.  But perhaps it’s time to step out onto a new path.


"Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders."

Rabindranath Tagore


A young boy came to Sunday School late.  His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong.

The boy replied no, that he was going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

To which the boy replied, yes he did, dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.


See no evil, hear no evil, date no evil.



"I finished the Oreos."

"Not to imply anything, but I  don’t think the kid weighs forty pounds."

"Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby."

"I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay like that!"

"Well, couldn’t they induce labour? The 25th is the Super Bowl."

"Are your ankles supposed to look like that?"

"Get your own ice cream."


"In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on."

Robert Frost


Jolene had been wanting new kitchen cabinets for a long time, but her husband insisted they were an extravagance. She went to visit her Mother for two weeks, and when she returned, she was overjoyed to find that beautiful new cabinets had been installed.

A few days later a neighbor came over to visit and after admiring the new cabinets, the neighbor added, "All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the kitchen."


True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan


"So," the woman asked the detective she had hired, "did you trail my husband?"

"Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out of the way restaurant and then to an apartment."

A big smile crossed the woman’s face, "Aha!! Then I’ve got him!" she said, gloating." Is there any doubt what he was doing?"

"No ma’am." replied the sleuth, "It’s pretty clear that he was following you!"


"Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door."

Saul Bellow


Early in their marriage, the old professor did something really stupid. Doesn’t matter what it was, for the sake of this story, just trust me… it was stupid.

Mrs. Perfesser chewed him out for it. Knowing it was really dumb, he sensibly apologized, and they made up. However, from time to time, Mrs. Professor reminds him what a dolt he had been on that occasion.

"Honey," the old professor finally said one day, "why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget’?"

"It is," said Mrs. Professor. "I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten."


You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.

John Greier


Miss Figpot was quizzing her third-grade students on their spelling words.  She asked Little Johnny to spell "straight."  Johnny did so without error.

"Now," said the teacher, "what does it mean?"

Johnny replied, "Without water."


It is not a lucky word, this "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouth.

Thomas Carlyle


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.


This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

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