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Good morning

The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.

Terri Guillemets

 ! great morning

Good morning one and all. If you are like I am you find that getting up and about early in the morning allows you to have a pleasant and productive beginning each day. Mine starts very early local time, I like to tell people I am living on London time but still most think I am a little crazy. I get up well before the sunrise, check my e-mail and then send out that days edition of Ray’s Daily. Once the in-house stuff is done I shower, shave and put on workout clothes for my 4:40 AM trip to the gym. I am usually out of the gym by six and home to change, still ahead of most folks. If I have an early meeting, and I have many, I like to arrive at least a half hour early so I can catch up on the day’s news on my Kindle.

Of course since I am living somewhat on London time I do go to bed earlier than most and please don’t tell anyone, I sneak a nap or two in during the day. I have been an early riser most of my life and it has worked well for me. I find the unencumbered time to be often the best part of the day. Sure I know many think I am a little crazy, but I already was so it has nothing to do with my sleeping habits. Even just 15 minutes more found at the beginning of the day can be great.

Recently author Lorene Collier offered suggestions on how you too can benefit by becoming an early bird, here is what she wrote:


Many people benefit from rising early and following a set routine every morning. While this won’t benefit everyone, it might be just what you need to feel more in control of your daily life! Consider these ideas when developing a morning routine:

1. Avoid making any drastic changes. Begin this process slowly. Start by waking up just 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Allow yourself to get used to this over a few days to a week before waking even earlier. Continue this gradually until your goal wake-up time is met.

2. Allow yourself to go to sleep earlier. Staying up too late when you’re trying to get up earlier will have negative consequences. Early rising will allow you to go to sleep more easily earlier in the evening so you can work on getting up earlier.

3. Keep your alarm clock away from your bed. If you keep your alarm clock close to your bed, you’ll hit the snooze button and destroy your chances of improving your morning routine. Keep your alarm clock at a distance so you must get out of bed to deal with it and resolve not to climb back under the covers.

4. Leave the bedroom as soon as your alarm wakes you. Avoid rationalizing going back to bed. Make yourself leave the room. Create a habit, such as to use the restroom as soon as you get up, so you don’t convince yourself to go back to sleep.  By the time you’ve used the restroom or otherwise distracted yourself, you’ll no longer be thinking about going back to bed, so you can proceed with your daily routine.

5. Have your routine mapped out ahead of time. Plan something important to do first thing in the morning. If you have a specific task at hand early in the morning, then this will motivate you to wake up and get out of bed. It’s important to have a good reason to wake up in the morning. If you have a plan for your morning, you can slip out of bed and right into your routine.

6. Follow the same basic routine daily. If you practice the same basic steps every day, you’ll be able to automate many of your early morning tasks to make them easier.

7. Take advantage of your extra time. Don’t wake up earlier than usual just so you can lounge around and read Facebook updates. Avoid wasting the extra time that you’ve created in your schedule. Instead, get a jump on your day, doing tasks that are best done in the early morning, such as reading, writing, and planning for the day.


The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours.  No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen.

Monica Baldwin


“I’m so upset,” said Hershberg to his Rabbi. “I took my son-in-law into my clothing business and yesterday I caught him kissing one of the models!”

“Have a little patience!” advised the Rabbi. “After all, guys will be guys. So he kissed one of the models, it’s not so terrible.”

“But you don’t understand,” said Hershberg. “I make men’s clothes!”


“The worst thing about him is that, when he is not drunk, he’s sober.”

W. B. Yeats


The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when Little Johnny interrupted. “My Mummy looked back once while she was DRIVING,” he announced triumphantly, “and she turned into a telephone pole!”


Psychiatrist to male patient: “Did this feeling of being an insignificant pipsqueak come on suddenly, or did it develop normally with marriage and parenthood?”


I got the strangest recording when I called the phone company the other day. It said, “You have been connected to the correct department on the first try. This is against company policy. Please hang up and redial.”


“Never judge a book by its movie”

J.W. Eagan


Jack has died. His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Jack’s Last Will and Testament.

“To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 50 acres of land, and 1 million dollars.

To my son Barry, I leave my Big Lexus and the Jaguar.

To my daughter Suzy, I leave my yacht and $250,000.

And to my brother-in-law Jeff, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my sun lamp.”


Good character…is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece–by thought, choice, courage, and determination.

John Luther


A fellow got up one Saturday morning with the odd feeling that something about this day was to be different. Something unusual was about to happen.  He glanced out the window at the thermometer: 33 degrees.  He went downstairs – the clock had stopped at 3 o’clock.  He picked up the newspaper and read the date: the 3rd of the month.

Threes – that was it!  He grabbed the paper and flipped it open to the racing section.  Sure enough in the 3rd race, there was a horse named Trio!  The fellow hurried to the bank, drew out his life savings and bet it all on the horse to win.

The horse ran third.


It is in the early morning hour that the unseen is seen, and that the far-off beauty and glory, vanquishing all their vagueness, move down upon us till they stand clear as crystal close over against the soul.

Sarah Smiley


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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