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Archive for January, 2011

I hope you love change as much as I do

“We have a world to conquer…one person at a time…starting with ourselves.”

Nikki Giovanni

 

A friend told me the other day that she felt that Ray’s Daily has helped her and others change something in their lives for the better. I do not profess to have any magical skill that results in folks making their life a little bit better because of something I have done. What I am grateful for is that the Daily provides me the reason to think about my own world, my needs, my weaknesses and best of all discovering those things that give me so much pleasure resulting in my finding something to share with you that may have meaning.

For some I wish I could work magic or do more but just visiting with them via the Daily is rewarding to me in itself. I have some readers that only read the top half for to learn what I have discovered while others only read the bottom half which they say brighten their day. I even have a few readers who have saved every Daily for years and revisit the ones that they enjoyed the most whenever the need arises. A favorite friend who has responsibility for a major global public health effort and who is too busy read the Daily most days saves them all and then when things get her down she will pull up one or two which she said gets her going again.

But enough of that, the key thing for me was that my friend said the Daily can help us change lives. As I thought about it I realized just how right she was, we have the opportunity to enrich our lives everyday if only we are willing to change when opportunities present themselves. I don’t necessarily mean big things, in fact in my case it is often just me getting out of the rut that comes from too much routine. I honestly believe that the changes that age, career moves, changing cultures and children leaving the nest are what make life interesting. It is those who resist change and try to hold on to the past that are doomed to disappointment and unhappiness.

History marches on and we write our own everyday. We can’t change the past, we can however choose to enjoy the present and ride into the future with and open mind and a willingness to change and make adjustments that will allow us to enjoy what’s out there.

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When you are through changing, you are through.

Bruce Barton

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Itzic is dying in hospital. He asks for the Greek Orthodox priest to be called so that he can dictate his last will and testament.

The priest arrives and Itzic starts to dictate. “One third of my wealth is to go to the Jewish school for girls. A second third is for the Jewish school for boys.

The priest writes as asked.

“The last third I leave to the Rabbi to build a library,” Itzic continues.

The priest writes then asks, “As you are leaving your entire wealth to The Jewish community, why did you call me and not the Rabbi?”

“Are you crazy?!” screams Itzic. “The Rabbi in the contagious diseases ward?”

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It isn’t difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill – just add a little dirt.

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WE MUST STOP THIS SINISTER PLOT!

Have you ever noticed that as the years go by, everything seems uphill from where you are? Stairs are steeper, groceries are heavier, and everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was horrified to discover how long our street had become! I never noticed when I was younger that it’s been changing!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they’re red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also have a feeling that these people are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, something has been making people who used to be my own age so much older than I am.

I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t even recognize me. I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection…. and I noticed that even mirrors were not made the way they used to be!

Clothing manufacturers are part of the conspiracy too! Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?

Another thing, everyone drives so fast today! You’re risking life and limb if you just happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

The people who make bathroom scales are in on it as well. Do they think I actually believe the number I see on that dial? Hah! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they’re fooling?

I’d like to call up someone in authority to report what’s going on — but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they’ve printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!

All I can do is pass along this warning: Maturity is under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon *everyone* will have to suffer these awful indignities.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN GET THIS CONSPIRACY STOPPED!

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“The best way to get people to think out of the box is not to create the box in the first place.”

Martin Cooper

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For weeks a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house. One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.

The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, “Johnny, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?”

Johnny burst into tears and confessed, “I think Mommy ate it!”

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A woman always remembers where and when she got married; a man sometimes forgets why.

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Three sisters ages 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?”

The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know. I’ll come up and see.” She starts up the stairs and pauses “Was I going up the stairs or down?”

The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.” She then yells, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

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A couple is lying in bed. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.”

The woman says….. “I’ll miss you.”

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Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one’s eternal peril.

Laurens van der Post

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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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Let’s do it, only for today.

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.

Author Unknown

 

In a couple of days I will have completed three quarters of a century of life. I am at the age where my contemporaries really get interesting. Some get more set in their ways while others start to lose their way. If you overhear our conversations you might find as much discussion about aches and pains, medications and off the wall opinion as anything else.

Unfortunately there are some who focus more on their infirmities and fear of the future than they do on today and all it has to offer. The other day a friend told me she reads about so many whose lives have ended at an age younger than she is that she sometimes worries that she will become a burden on others. I shared with her that I might end up a burden but I hoped I would not but I will not worry about whatever destiny may have in store for there is too much to do and too much fun to be had each day to worry about things I can’t control.

Today an old friend e-mailed me that he was now 78 years old and that he has lots of years left before he reaches his target age of 104. I think he has the right idea.

Everyday is a new day where we are given the opportunity to live it to its fullest, but that will only happen if we free ourselves from worry and make the best of what we have and hopefully even have some fun.

Years ago Pope John XXIII suggested how we could live a better life, day to day, here is what he wrote:

1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5. Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

So my friends how about joining with me only for today, and lets you and me make today all it can be. And you know what? tomorrow is another day that we can live to the fullest. In fact I am confident if we start to string each of these good days together we will find the best years of our lives are still ahead of us.

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You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

Douglas MacArthur

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At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. “Big breaths,” I instructed. “Yes, they used to be,” remorsed the patient.

Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Edward Gibbon

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A young man is playing golf with a priest. At a short hole the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole son?”

The young man says, “An eight iron, father. How about you?”

The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his eight iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7 iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, “I don’t know about you father, but in my church when we pray, we keep our head down.”

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If nobody measures up, check your yardstick.

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An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing. A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.

“All set back here, Captain,” came the reply, “except one lawyer who is still going around passing out business cards.”

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I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.

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A husband visited a marriage counselor and said, “When we were first married, I would come home from the office, my wife would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years it’s all different. I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking.”

“Why complain?” said the counselor, “You’re still getting the same service.”

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I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous!

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Mother had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to my father, “Just think, Fred, we are five dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand.”

“Good,” my dad quickly replied. “Wash it again!”

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The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.

Judith Regan

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Before Linda became engaged, she was quite the beauty, and didn’t mind letting her boyfriend know it, too.

“A lot of men are gonna be totally miserable when I marry,” she told him.

“Really?” asked the boyfriend, “And just how many men are you intending to marry?”

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Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

Chili Davis

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A man goes into a cinema with his dog to watch a film. It’s a romantic comedy and when there’s a funny scene the dog starts laughing. A little later on there’s a sad part and suddenly the dog starts crying.

This goes on throughout the entire film, laughing and crying at all the right places. A man sitting a few rows back has witnessed the entire thing and decides to follow the man out.

In the foyer, he approaches the dog owner and says, “That’s truly amazing!”

“It certainly is” The dog owner replied, “He hated the book!”

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Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.  With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Charles Dickens

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Did you see what I saw?

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,

for beauty is God’s handwriting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 I have a full agenda today a couple meetings and an NGO board luncheon. So here we go again another Daily from years past. It is hard to believe but this is now Ray’s Daily’s eleventh year.

By the way welcome you new subscribers and to those who have been around for awhile and who have written recently that you enjoy the Daily, thanks!

 

Ray’s Daily first published on January 27, 2004

I have an architect friend who not only designs excellent buildings and complexes, but who is also well known for his restoration of aging monuments, buildings, and those things that are part of our heritage. Years ago he showed, me and a few others, slides of what we missed as we walked between meetings in Downtown Indianapolis. He asked us to take a moment and look around once in awhile. His advice had amazing results, now when I am there I see beautiful things I never saw before. It may be the cornice of a building, a garden, or a small sculpture, things that are there all the time for us to enjoy, but only if we look. I think it is the same with the things around us in our lives, often we ignore so much that is worthwhile just because we don’t pause long enough to see them.

 

Recently someone sent me the following list of things that have the ability to give us pleasure, but only if we let them.

    a.. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

    b.. A hot shower.

    c.. A special glance.

    d.. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

    e.. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

    f.. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

    g.. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.

    h.. A good conversation.

    i.. The beach

    j.. Laughing at yourself.

    k.. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

    l.. Friends.

    m.. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

    n.. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

    o.. Playing with a new puppy.

    p.. Road trips with friends.

    q.. Making eye contact with a stranger.

    r.. Holding hands with someone you care about.

    s.. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

    t.. Watching the sunrise.

    u.. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

    v.. Getting a hug from someone.

    w.. Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

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You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.

Charles Bixton

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A traveling evangelist always put on a grand finale at his revival meetings, when he was to preach at a church, he would secretly hire a small boy to sit in the ceiling rafters with a dove in a cage. Toward the end of his sermon, the preacher would shout for the Holy Spirit to come down, and the boy in the rafters would dutifully release the dove. At one revival meeting, however, nothing happened when the preacher called for the Holy Spirit to descend. He again raised his arms and exclaimed: “Come down, Holy Spirit!” Still no sign of the dove.

The preacher then heard the anxious voice of a small boy call down from the rafters:

“Sir, a yellow cat just ate the Holy Spirit. Shall I throw down the yellow cat?”

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What we see depends on mainly what we look for.

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A life-long city man, tired of the rat race, decided that he was going to give up the city life, move to the country, and become a chicken farmer. He found a nice, used chicken farm, which he bought. It turns out that his next-door neighbor was also a chicken farmer. The neighbor came for a visit one day and said, “Chicken farming isn’t easy. Tell you what. To help you get started, I’ll give you 100 chickens.”

The new chicken farmer was thrilled. Two weeks later, the new neighbor stopped by to see how things were going. The new farmer said, “Not too good. All 100 chickens died.”

The neighbor said, “Oh, I can’t believe that. I’ve never had any trouble with my chickens. I’ll give you 100 more.”

Another two weeks went by, and the neighbor stopped in again. The new farmer said, “You’re not going to believe this, but the second 100 chickens died too.”

Astounded, the neighbor asked, “What did you do to them? What went wrong?” “Well,” said the new farmer, “I’m not sure. But I think I’m not planting them far enough apart.”

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All general statements are false, except this one.

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Scott and Glenn were walking down the street, when Glenn turned to Scott and said, “Scott, if you had two of those top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz cars with all the gear, electric windows, CD player and all that, would you give me one?”

Scott replied, “Glenn, how long do we go back? Thirty years? We’ve been best friends since school, and if I had two of those Mercedes, top-of-the-line cars with all the trimmings, yeah, I would give one to you.”

They continued walking. After a couple of minutes, Scott turns to Glenn and asked, “Glenn, if you had two of those luxury, playboy-type yachts—you know, with all the modern conveniences—would you give one to me?”

Glenn replied, “Scott, you and me are like brothers. You were best man at my wedding. If I had two of those luxury playboy yachts with all the modern conveniences, then yeah, Scott, I really would give one to you.”

They kept walking. A couple of minutes later, Glenn turns to Scott and says, “Scott, if you had two chickens…”

“Now hold on there! Glenn, you know I’ve got two chickens!”

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“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

George Bernard Shaw

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New Testament:  Many are called, but few are chosen.

Marie Dolan:  Many are called, but most are e-mailed.

Ron Morse:  Many are called, but few actually switch long-distance carriers.

Ed Wintermantel:  Many are called, but they face another wait in the examining room.

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I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

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The trooper said that this excuse is the most effective because it’s believable and any officer can relate: When you get pulled over and the officer comes up to the driver’s window, look at them with desperation in your face and say, “I’m sorry. I know I was speeding but I have to go to the bathroom sooooo badly that I’m about to explode!” You could also add, “Do you know of a restroom really close by that I can get to in the next 60 seconds?”

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Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he’ll never move.

Paulo Coelho

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I like you, I hope you like you too!

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

Author Unknown

 

 

 

One of my great concerns during these difficult times has been the effect that it has had on the self-confidence of so many people. Job loss and money shortages can destroy us if we let them knock us off our game. In reality confidence has always been an important precursor to success and without it opportunities are often lost.

 Fortunately the lack of confidence can be cured. Here is an edited list of traits from The Confidence to be Yourself: How to Boost Your Self-Esteem written by Dr. Brian Roet.

These aren’t just traits of self-confident people; they’re actually ways to build confidence and boost self-esteem.

 

Traits of Self-Confident People:

Taking on these traits of confident people will boost your self-esteem automatically. It’s the classic “act as if you’re confident and you’ll feel more self-confident” scenario.

  • Self-confident people believe in themselves and what they do. Self-confident people believe that they are in control of their life (boosting self-esteem is trusting yourself).
  • Self-confident people accept responsibility for their actions. You can boost your self-esteem by taking ownership of your life.
  • Self-confident people have flexibility towards people and situations they encounter. Boosting self-esteem is not about being rigid.
  • Self-confident people aren’t governed by ‘shoulds, musts, and ought tos’. Improving self-confidence involves impulsivity and flow.
  • Self-confident people are able to evaluate themselves realistically.
  • Self-confident people are ‘straight’ with their opinions and discussions. Boost self-esteem by being honest.
  • Self-confident people have nothing to hide about their personal beliefs. Improving self-confidence is about being open.
  • Self-confident people don’t need to be critical and judgmental to boost their ego. Improving self-confidence involves being supportive.
  • Self-confident people are good listeners and not overly concerned about what others think of them. Improving self-confidence is about being authentic.
  • Self-confident people say ‘why not?’ when offered an opportunity – not ‘why?’
  • Self-confident people accept change as a normal part of life. Improving self-confidence involves rolling with the punches.
  • Self-confident people make eye contact when speaking or listening to other people.

Can you see how the above traits of self-confident people also boost your self-esteem? Pick a few traits, practice being self-confident, and your self-esteem will rise.

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I have learned to accept who I am. I do the best I can and avoid pretending to be something I’m not. I also know that there is no one else better at being me than I am. I have learned over the years that when you take control of your life and develop confidence in yourself magic things happen. And you know what? if you do too you’ll find that living with yourself is much more fun.

Ray

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Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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A couple from Minneapolis decided to go to Florida for a long weekend to thaw out during one particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years before. Because both had jobs they found it difficult to coordinate their travel schedules, so it was decided that the husband would fly to Florida on a Thursday, and his wife would follow him the next day. Upon arriving as planned, the husband checked into the hotel. In his Room there was a computer so he decided to send his wife an e-mail back in Minneapolis. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her address and sent the e-mail without realizing his error.

In Houston, a widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral. The dearly departed was a minister who had been called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow checked her e-mail, Expecting messages from relatives and friends. Upon reading the first message, she fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I’ve Arrived

You’re probably surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. Sure is hot down here!

Dick

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Teacher: “Why couldn’t your brother spell ‘Mississippi’ when I asked him this afternoon in class?”

Boy: “Because he didn’t know if you meant the river or the state!”

~~~

In Mississippi, a guy sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

“Yep,” the mutt replies.

“So, what’s your story?”

The mutt looks up and says, “Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running. The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had 18 wives, too many puppies to remember, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

The owner says, “Ten dollars.”

The guy says, “This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him, so cheap?”

The owner replies, “He’s just a big liar. He didn’t do any of that stuff.”

~~~

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Charlotte Bronte

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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 inmate asked, “What happened?”

“One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!”

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People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Thanks Ralph

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.”

Mortimer Adler

 

If you have been reading the Daily for any length of time you know I often share the thoughts of Ralph Marston when they compliment that day’s theme. I have been getting e-mail from him for a few years now and I am grateful for that. It is not just that he offers wisdom that is often worth following, it is that he also triggers me to think and to often see things in a new light.

His is another gift that helps keep my life interesting. As we age it is far too easy to just put on our slippers, sit in the recliner and watch the world go by. Far too often we stop while the world keeps moving and we end up seeing it all through old eyes when some new knowledge might allow us to see more clearly. We buy stronger reading glasses, acquire things to help us overcome our physical limitations and yet many of us are reluctant to acquire mental aids and get to the point where the old adage of use it or lose it takes its toll. Lately I have noticed that it does not require a person to be elderly to start the brain withering process all it takes is to stop challenging oneself to learn.

I know for myself some of the best moments of my golden years have been not only what I have learned but also the process of learning. It is amazing how many seniors I have met who have added new knowledge to their accumulated wisdom resulting in their making some terrific contributions to the effort of solving today’s problems.

This latest personal realization was triggered by my reading this piece from Marston today.

Go get more

You do not grow old simply by living a certain number of years. You grow old only when you stop filling those years with new substance and value.

Don’t spend all your time and energy merely confirming again and again what you already know. That will make you too old too soon.

Instead, put your effort and energy into learning, discovering and experiencing what you do not yet know. That will keep your life young, fresh and vibrant, even as the years continue to progress.

There are all kinds of new things you can learn today. There are all sorts of great ways to challenge your assumptions and increase your wisdom.

If you think you know it all, you’re cheating yourself out of the opportunity to continually build upon your knowledge. If you refuse to challenge your beliefs, those beliefs will begin to imprison you rather than support you.

Treasure the knowledge you possess and all the rich experiences you’ve had. Then get up, get out there and get a whole lot more.

All I can say to that is, “Right on Ralph, thanks.”

Ray

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“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

Sarah Caldwell

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Two rednecks go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment – the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the rednecks finally catches a fish.

As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred bucks?”

The other guy says, “Wow! Then it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”

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If my computer performs one more illegal operation, I’m going to report it to the authorities.

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“NOW EVERYONE SAY IT WITH ME”:

I won’t get bad luck, lose my friends, lose my mailing lists, hear any music or see a cool pop up screen if I don’t forward this. Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money, Victoria’s Secret doesn’t know anything about a gift certificate they’re supposed to send me and Ford will not give me a 50% percent discount even if I HAVE forwarded my e-mail to more than 50 people.

I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons or freebies from Coke Cola, Cracker Barrel, or Old Navy if I send this to10 people who don’t know who I am anyway.

My phone will not MYSTERIOUSLY ring after I forward this. There is NO SUCH THING as an E-mail tracker, and I am not STUPID enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding this to 10 or more people.

There is no kid with cancer through the Make a Wish program in England collecting anything. He did when he was 7 years old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN’T WANT ANYMORE POSTCARDS, CALLING CARDS OR GET WELL CARDS!

The government does not have a bill in congress called 901B (or whatever they named it this week) that if passed will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every sent e-mail. There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colorful flower, character, or program I will receive immediately after I forward this. People are just trying to talk me into doing it to make me look like a fool.

The American Red Cross will not donate 50 cents to a certain individual dying of some never heard of before disease for every e-mail address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations, they don’t donate!

And finally, I WILL NOT let others guilt me into sending things on to my friends for fear they will think I am not their friend…or by telling me I have no conscious or don’t believe in JESUS CHRIST.

If God wants to send me a message, I believe the bushes in my yard will burn before He picks up a PC to pass it along…but even if it does come by e-mail, I’m sure He will care enough to delete all those annoying forward’s in it!

Now, repeat this 4 times to yourself until you’ve memorized it and then send it along to at least 5 of your friends before the next full moon or you will be constipated for the next 3 months.

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

Chinese proverb

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According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated, “Wash. Biol. Surv.” until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:

“Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you it was horrible.”

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The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

Bill Watterson

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While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”

“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”

“Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”

“We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said.

“The sharks got ’em.”

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It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

Epictetus

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Resiliency Pays

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

  

I went to a Council on World Affairs dinner the other night where we received a report from a highly regarded seismologist on the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. He was down there shortly after the quake to do an assessment. He shared a lot of information as to why there was so much devastation and so much loss of life. But he also commented on the resiliency of the Haitian people especially the children.

He showed a video that he made while living in one of the tent cities a few days after the disaster that showed laughing children. While it has been many years since I visited Port Au Prince and surroundings I have always remembered how so many of the people I met demonstrated a capacity for joy even though they had almost nothing, few even had shoes.

As I have thought about it I have come to believe that the adversity thrust upon people during their lifetime conditions them to deal with whatever comes their way. I don’t mean it is easy, far from it, but it does have a way of bringing focus to what is important and what is not. I never really believed it when people told me that the poor have the capacity to be happy while the rich often do not, but now I think there is some truth to the belief.

As I think back to my childhood when my brother and I were sent away to a farm school for kids from broken homes where we were only allowed to go home once a year between Christmas and New Years and then later how I washed dishes to earn enough money to pay a weekly tuition to a private institution when I was 15 years old I now realize how the experience made me appreciate the little important things in life more than I would have otherwise. Of course I wish I had not felt the pain that accompanied the loss of friends and loved ones over the years. And while it would have been easier if I had not made as many mistakes or had behaved a little bit better in the early years I now know that my life would not be as good as it is today without those experiences. It is almost as if life’s challenges leave one with something like the oxidation on a fine piece of sculpture that results in a patina that adds depth and luster to the piece making it even more beautiful.

I have half jested over the years when I told folks that the challenges that we face are character builders, now I think I understand that they really are. It is not easy to pull ourselves up after a disaster but when we do we become a better person than we were. The adversities that we face teach us to appreciate what is really important and to understand that everything won’t be as we want it to be but we have the ability to make the best of what we have.

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I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

Dr. Seuss

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A rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy: “So your mother says your prayers for you each night? Very commendable. What does she say?”

The little boy replied, “Thank God he’s in bed!”

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Daddy, where did I come from?” the seven-year-old asked.

It was a moment for which her parents had carefully prepared. They took her into the living room, got out the encyclopedia and several other books, and explained all they thought she should know about sexual attraction, affection, love, and reproductions. Then they both sat back and smiled contentedly.

“Does that answer your question?” her father asked.

“Not really,” the little girl said. “Marcia said she came from Detroit. I want to know where I came from.”

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

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Dear Mom and Dad,

I feel miserable because I have to keep writing for money. I feel ashamed and unhappy. I have to ask for another hundred, but every cell in my body rebels. I beg on bended knee that you forgive me.

Your son, Marvin.

P.S. I felt so terrible, I ran after the mailman who picked this up in the box at the corner. I wanted to take this letter and burn it. I prayed that I could get it back. But it was too late.”

A few days later he received a letter from his father. It said,

“Your prayers were answered.

Your letter never came!”

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“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

Groucho Marx

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Two guys are driving through Texas when they get pulled over by a state trooper. The trooper walks up, taps on the window with his nightstick, the driver rolls down the window, and the trooper smacks him in the head with the stick.

The driver says, “Why’d you do that?

The trooper says, “You’re in Texas, son. When I pull you over, you’ll have your license ready.”

Driver says, “I’m sorry, officer, I’m not from around here.”

The trooper runs a check on the guy’s license, and he’s clean. He gives the guy his license back and walks around to the passenger side and taps on the window. The passenger rolls his window down, and the trooper smacks him with the nightstick.

The passenger says, “What’d you do that for?”

The cop says, “Just making your wishes come true.”

The passenger says, “Huh?”

The cop says, “I know that two miles down the road you’re gonna say, ‘I wish that guy would’ve tried that crap with me!'”

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Brain cells come and go but fat cells live forever.

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“My girlfriend came up to me the other day and introduced me to one of her male friends, and at first I didn’t mind, since I’m not the jealous type. I just wish she hadn’t started calling him “Sweetie” and living with him and having his kids and marrying him and stuff.  It’s really starting to make me wonder if she wants a future with me or not.”

Derek Maness

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Love your enemies.  It makes them so damned mad.

P.D. East

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The priest was at the side of a dying man. Whispering firmly, the priest said, “Denounce the devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil!”

The dying man said nothing.

The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing. The priest asked, “Why do you refuse to denounce the devil and his evil?”

The dying man said, “Well, if you really want the truth, until I know where I’m going, I don’t think I should make him mad!”

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You are fortunate if you have learned the difference between temporary defeat and failure, more fortunate still if you have learned the truth that the very seed of success is dormant in every defeat that you experience.

Napoleon Hill

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Let’s relax this weekend

“Be mindful of how you approach time. Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise.”

Sophia Bedford-Pierce

 

Yesterday I talked about my friend that is often stressed out because of task overload. I suggested he put a priority on taking a break each day in order to recharge. I also thought it was worth the effort to only take on those things he can do well and complete as promised. Of course I know for some of us that is a lot easier said than done, I, like many of you often have found myself with so many balls in the air that I had to franticly run around just to keep from losing them. I am also someone who finds himself unconsciously doing more than one thing at a time, some call that multitasking, in my case it is more like undisciplined chaos.

So what do we do? I am not glib or smart enough to know the answers but I stumbled across an article on WikiHow on How to be Laid Back that I think makes a lot of sense. So with a weekend coming up won’t you join me in laying back and taking things a little easy? Here is what the article suggests we do.

How to be Laid Back

Whether you’re a worrywart, a perfectionist, an overachiever, or a workaholic, you probably envy people who seem to float through life gracefully, never concerned (like you are) about what might happen if they don’t do this or don’t do that. Perhaps they’re not the most motivated or accomplished people you’ve met, but they always seem content. If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum–always doing, never satisfied–here’s how to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride that is your life.

Steps you can take

Do one thing at a time. The world’s greatest achievements were made by people who gave the task in front of them their undivided attention. Tackling multiple activities at once might feel efficient, but is it really productive? Is giving each task 30% of your attention for three hours as effective as giving each task 100% of your attention for one hour each? If something doesn’t deserve your undivided attention, maybe it’s not worth doing at all.

Slow down. Why the rush? If what you’re doing is important enough to warrant your time, you might as well enjoy it. Cleaning the house for an hour with your favourite music playing and your bottom shaking is better than cleaning the house in half that time but in a frantic state of mind. Don’t just “get it over with”–find a way to make every activity something that you look forward to doing.

Stop being a perfectionist. High standards have their place–when performing surgery, for example–but when applied to other areas of your life (your appearance, your home’s appearance, your hobbies, your handwriting, whatever) you’re practically inviting anxiety into your life. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any standards at all; it’s when you start stressing out about the details that you need to ask yourself: “Will doing this right now make me truly happy? Will it make me a better person? Will it make the world a better place?” Usually, the answer is no.

Step aside. When you close your eyes and imagine your role in the world, do you see yourself as Atlas, the mythological Titan, holding the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel like you want to relax, but worry that if you do, everything will fall apart? If so, you need to delegate some responsibility. You might think other people won’t do as good a job, but that’s the thing: they’ll never do it just like you do. So give them responsibility, give them advice, and pass the reins.

Remember that it’s not the end of the world. Many people spend their entire lives trying to prevent bad things from happening. But guess what? They happen anyway. And life goes on. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take any kinds of precautions in life, but if the majority of your thoughts are consumed in contingency planning, you’re not enjoying life. You’re preventing it.

Focus on what you have, not what you have to do. Sometimes we trick ourselves into thinking “I have to straighten this up…I have to correct him…I have to stop her…” but truthfully, we don’t have to do anything. You can walk away from any task, at any time. Try replacing every “have to” with a “want to” and see if the statement still holds. Meaning, is it something that you’ll look back on when you’re in your deathbed and be happy you did? Most likely not. So appreciate what you have, while you have it.

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Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?

Carrie Latet

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As he lay on his deathbed he spoke, “Sara, I want you should know before I die that Ginsburg the tailor owes  me $200, and Morris the butcher owes me $50, and Klein next door owes me $300.”

His wife turned to the children and said, “What a wonderful man your father is. Even when he’s dying he’s got the brains to realize who owes him money.”

The old man continued, “And Sara I want you to also know that I owe the landlord a hundred dollars.”

To which his wife cried, “Oh oh, now he’s getting delirious!”

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If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

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Bidding at a local auction was proceeding furiously when the auctioneer suddenly announced, “A gentleman in this room has lost a wallet containing $10,000. If it is returned, he will pay a reward of $2,000.”

There was a moment’s silence, and then from the back of the room came the cry, “Two thousand five hundred!”

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“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, “My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!”

Dave Barry.

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A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. “How do they feel?” asks the sales clerk.

“Well … they feel a bit tight.” replies the man.

The assistant promptly bends down and has a look at the shoes and the mans feet. “Try pulling up on the tongue.” offers the clerk.

“Nath theyth sthill feelth a bith tighth.” He says.

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“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Victor Borge

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If you have to write a letter of recommendation for a fired employee, here are a few suggested phrases:

  • For the chronically absent: “A man like him is hard to find.” “It seemed her career was just taking off.”
  • For the office drunk: “I feel his real talent is wasted here.” “We generally found him loaded with work to do.” “Every hour with him was a happy hour.”
  • For an employee with no ambition: “He could not care less about the number of hours he had to put in.” “You would indeed be fortunate to get this person to work for you.”
  • For an employee who is so unproductive that the job is better left unfilled: “I can assure you that no person would be better for the job.”
  • For an employee who is not worth further consideration as a job candidate: “I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment.” “All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this candidate or recommend him too highly.”
  • For a stupid employee: “There is nothing you can teach a man like him.” “I most enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever.”
  • For a dishonest employee: “Her true ability was deceiving.” “He’s an unbelievable worker.”

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The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.

Elbert Hubbard

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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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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