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How old are you really?

“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.”

Jules Renard


As you know I have often reported that my life has never been better even though I have had to depend on more medical intervention than I would have liked. The fuel for enjoying life at my age is the freedom to be yourself and to do what you want to do. Of course it requires that you invest in yourself by taking advantage of your freedom and not succumbing to the siren song of inactivity and the resulting stagnation.

What focused my thoughts on the joy of aging was this e-mail I got from a retired professor friend of mine that someone had sent to him. Read it and if you are not one of us really old guys keep what he says in mind as you look forward to the future. If you are one of us I hope I see you out there with the rest of us having fun.



I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake. Them’s the breaks. I’m just happy I can still hit that golf ball. I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors email list because it is so well written.


As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).



“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”

George Bernard Shaw


As she ages:

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees: Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees: Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty/Cheerleader, or if she is PMS’ing: sees: Pimples/UGLY (“Mom, I can’t go to school looking like this!”)

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees: “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” – but decides she’s going out anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees: “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” – but

decides she doesn’t have time to fix it so she’s going out anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees: “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” – but says, “At least, I’m clean” and goes out anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees I am” – and goes wherever she wants to.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. …goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability – goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a red hat and goes out to participate in the world.

Age 90: Can’t see and doesn’t worry about it!


GARBAGE: A collection of refuse items, the taking out of which Mom assigns to a different family member each week, then winds up doing herself.


A factory owner said to a store owner, “Thank you, Mr. Smith, for your patronage. I wish I had twenty customers like you.”

“Gosh, it’s nice to hear that, but I’m kind of surprised,” admitted Smith.

“You know that I argue every bill and always pay late.”

The factory owner said, “I’d still like twenty customers like you. The problem is, I have two hundred.”


I’m out of bed and dressed. What more do you want?


On Husband-and-Wife day at La Quinta in Palm Springs, a player drove straight down the 1st fairway. Taking over, his wife sliced the ball 100 yards into the rough. The husband gritted his teeth and made a magnificent recovery right onto the green. The wife blasted her putt past the pin into a deep trap. Delicately, the man lifted the ball back to the green-where it rolled into the cup. He turned to his wife. “We’ll have to do a bit better than that from now on, dear. The hole was bogey five.” “Don’t give me a hard time,” she snapped, “only two of those strokes were mine.”


A lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.


Retired professor Moriarty was brought before the country judge on charges. The judge said sternly, “This is not the first time you have been brought before this court on charges of being drunk and disorderly. Have you any reason why a stiff sentence should not be pronounced?”

The old drunk stood up and looked at the judge. “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourns.”

Then he turned and faced the courtroom. “I’m not as debased as Poe, as ungrateful as Keats, as intemperate as Burns, as timid as Tennyson, as vulgar as Shakespeare, as—”

The judge interrupted, “Shut up! That’ll be ninety days.” And he slammed down the gavel.

Then he said to the bailiff, “Take down that list of names and round them up. They’re as bad as he is!”


As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Yippee! Another opportunity

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.

Norman Vincent Peale


I am sometimes criticized for my having an excess of enthusiasm. I am not sure where it comes from but as long as I can remember I have talked each task with gusto to the point where others were concerned that we were moving too quickly. Often it came from the stimulus provided by a new challenge or a new opportunity but whatever it was I honestly it was the secret of my getting to live a life that went way beyond what I ever thought possible.

As I have gotten older I have not lost the sense of enthusiasm but sometimes find that I no longer have the energy that I once did so I find I am spending less time on the front lines and more time cheering others on. The good news is that my ability to often infect others with enthusiasm for something worthwhile has even increased. I am proud of the accomplishments of so many friends these days and feel fortunate that I have often been there at the starting line.

Sometime ago author Catherine Pulsifer shared her thoughts on enthusiasm that I like, here is what she wrote:


Having Enthusiasm

Having enthusiasm in performing any task gives you an abundance of energy. Harry Truman demonstrated his wisdom when he said, “I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.”

Showing enthusiasm also motivates others around you. People naturally want to be around people who are upbeat and have energy.

Those who demonstrate enthusiasm are far more likely to succeed because of their attitude towards the task at hand. Someone who lacks enthusiasm rarely succeeds, and the reason is because of the attitude that they have. When they face a problem they are more likely to give up.

An enthusiastic person believes in what they are doing. They are excited and look forward to the day to achieve the task at hand. They have self-confidence in themselves and will find solutions to any challenges that come along. Walter Chrysler once said, “The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Yes, more than enthusiasm, I would say excitement. I like to see men get excited. When they get excited they make a success of their lives.  The wisdom of his words still applies today.

We all have a choice, we can decide to be enthusiastic or we can just put in the day. If you are working at a job that you are not enthusiastic about, then find work that excites you. If you need to improve your skills to get that job, then take courses and learn all you can. You will find your life is much happier if you are doing something that excites you rather than bores you.

Having enthusiasm for what you are doing does not mean you won’t face challenges or difficulties, but you will be able to overcome these difficulties as long as you keep your attitude positive.


The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.

Aldous Huxley


On their 50th wedding anniversary and during the banquet celebrating it, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration.

“Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?”

Tom responds, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, meekness, forbearance, self-restraint, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t have needed if you’d stayed single.”


Never raise your hand to your children – it leaves your mid-section unprotected.

Robert Orben


Sitting by the window in her convent, Sister Anne opened a letter from home and found a $10 bill inside.

As she read the letter she caught sight of a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against a lamppost below.

Quickly she wrote, “Don’t despair, Sister Anne” on a piece of paper, wrapped the $10 in it and dropped it out the window.

The stranger picked it up and, with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat, went off down the street.

The next day Sister Anne was told that a man was at the door, insisting on seeing her. She went down and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a roll of bills. “What’s this?” she asked.

“That’s the 60 bucks you have coming. Don’t Despair paid five to one.”


Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.

Rebecca Richards


A 4-year-old boy who was asked to return thanks before Christmas dinner.  The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip.

Then he paused, and everyone waited–and waited.  After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the broccoli, won’t he know that I’m lying?”


Carson’s Observation on Footwear:  If the shoe fits, buy the other one, too.


You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues? Did you ever notice there’s always like 18% that say “I don’t know”. It costs 90 cents to call up and vote…They’re voting “I don’t know.”

“Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone. (Into Phone) I DON’T KNOW!” (Hangs up looking proud.) “Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe you’re not sure about.”


“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Steve Maraboli


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Don’t wait

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”

Michael J. Fox


Last week two of my friends talked about how burdensome perfectionism can be. These are both talented people but like so many others I know feel guilty if what they do is not perfect in their mind. I wonder sometimes if some folks use perfectionism as a rationale for procrastination or the reason not to produce something they think others will not appreciate. Whatever the reason perfectionism mostly reinforces a feeling of inadequacy and failure that is seldom justified. I think to some extent it comes from believing that form is more important than substance. In reality almost nothing is perfect when measured only by form. So I have decided to redefine perfect to being something that is functional and published in time to be useful.

By my definition nothing is perfect that is too late to be used or never distributed. Something is also perfect in my eyes if it communicates to others what is important. I want us all to appreciate the fact that it is the message we send that is understood by others and is useful and is delivered in a timely manner that is perfect. I know of no museum where beautiful messages are displayed. So my friend if you got it out on time and it did what it was supposed to do, you’re perfect even if you don’t know you are.

Here are some edited tips to help if you have perfectionist leanings from an article written by Mark Tyrrell

1) Cut some slack for yourself — When you approach a staircase, you don’t leap the whole flight in one bound. Don’t then expect to win or succeed straightaway. Cut back on things that need to ‘be perfect’. Is it really vital to have every CD in your collection perfectly aligned or all your books spaced exactly evenly from one another?

2) Cut slack for others — Being a perfectionist and inflicting that on others is really a way of trying to control people. People don’t like feeling controlled or coerced all the time, even if you do ‘know best’. Remember people are who they are, regardless of how you feel they should be. What makes us human are our foibles and, yes, weaknesses. Don’t be an unintentional bully.

3) Learn to see life in all its shades — Learn to think in gradations: Do you really think anything less than 100% is zero? Over-simplified all-or-nothing thinking isn’t a perceptive, sophisticated, or accurate way to evaluate much of life. The brightest people can do the dumbest things sometimes; most things are relative. Save your black-or-white thinking for the really simplistic situations of. Recognize what’s good enough and move on.

4) Develop humor — Often, perfectionists fail to see the funny side. If you are a perfectionist, you may have even been accused of a sense-of-humor failure on occasion. A ready sense of humor depends on being able to shift perspective quickly, which is essential when things don’t work out exactly as you’d hoped. Hang out with and learn from funny, relaxed people. Who was it that said: “Life is too important to take seriously”?

5) Remember mistakes are not catastrophes. — Be brave and accept that mistakes happen and, let’s take it further, that they should happen. Not making mistakes means never having the opportunity to truly learn and develop. In some contexts, mistakes can even be encouraged so we can move beyond them more quickly.

6) Don’t use perfectionism as a reason to procrastinate — Because making mistakes isn’t a mortal sin (in fact, some ancient cultures felt that perfection was a sin because it displayed hubris and challenged the gods), don’t fear mistakes or use the possibility of imperfection as an excuse not to start things. If a journey is worth making, then false starts and temporarily getting lost matter little if the final destination can still be achieved.

7) Stop over-applying negative outcomes — If you miss a shot in tennis, does that one mistake make you a total idiot? This is as silly as someone doing one nice thing and you proclaiming them to be a ‘total saint’. Psychologists call this ‘globalizing’ and it’s a hallmark of intolerance. People with low self-esteem, for example, are intolerant of themselves.


Ultimately, perfectionism produces a chronic fear of failure and this comes about from failure (yes, I get the irony) to see success as relative. Personally, I feel that a ‘perfect person’ would seem rather imperfect. As Goethe once proclaimed: “Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”


Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence.

Rosalynn Carter



1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

2.  I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

3.  I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4.  I shall meet all of my dead lines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

5.  I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

6.  I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time givin.

7.  I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.

8  If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.

9.  I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

10.  I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and /or write the first word, when I get around to it.

11.  I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more significant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.

12.  I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/wait/plan.

13.  I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

14.  I will become a member of the Ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinators Society) if they ever get it organized.


If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try to take a nap on a Saturday afternoon.


When Jack Benny’s daughter Joan was married for the first time, the L.A. Times had a headline, “Jack Benny’s Daughter Married in $25,000 Affair.”

The L.A. Examiner’s headline was “Benny Spends $50,000 on Daughter’s Wedding.”

Eddie Cantor woke him up with a phone call to say “Did you read either of the morning papers yet?”

Jack said no.

Cantor said, “Well, do yourself a favor and just read The Times.  You’ll save $25,000.”


TROUBLE: Area of nonspecific space a child can always be sure to be in.


“Dad,” said Little Johnny, “I’m late for football practice. Would you please do my homework for me?”

Little Johnny’s father said irately, “Son, it just wouldn’t be right.”

“That’s okay,” replied Little Johnny, “At least you could try, right?”


“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Promise yourself

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

William Somerset Maugham


The good news is that I’m over last week’s illness; the bad news is that I had a different internal plumbing problem yesterday that provided me little sleep. I am sure it is only a day or two event so I should be able to roll again tomorrow. I am going to wait a little bit before I decide if exercise is on today’s agenda. Since I have been drained of energy I am again sharing with you thoughts from the past.


Ray’s Daily first published on June 10, 2002

If you are like I am you find the problems of the world today spread a cloud across so much of what we do and see. We try to balance our search for security with our great love of personal freedom. We fear for the future of the children while we bask in the joy they give to us. We search for security during insecure times. For many there are only two choices, total self-centered ignorance that allows one to not see what’s around them, or unbridled pessimism that drags one into the depth of despair. For most of us there is a middle ground. What follows is something that was sent to me and I think if everyone would do what it suggests we will have made life better for others as well as ourselves.


Today let us promise ourselves….

To be so strong that nothing can disturb our peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person we meet.

To make all our friends feel that there is something special in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make our optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as we are about our own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature we meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of our self that we have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of ourselves and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as we are true to the best that is in us.


In an upscale pet-supply store, a customer wanted to buy a red sweater for her dog. The clerk suggested that she bring her dog in for a proper fit.

“I can’t do that!” she said.  “The sweater is going to be a surprise!”


The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mother? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She’s way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mom thinks about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.


Diner: I can’t eat such a rotten chicken. Call the manager!

Waiter: It’s no use. He won’t eat it either.


Every time a new Pope is elected, there’s a whole lot of rituals and ceremonies that have to be gone through, in accordance with tradition. Well there’s one tradition that very few people know about.

Shortly after the new Pope is enthroned, the Chief Rabbi seeks an audience. He is shown into the Pope’s presence, whereupon he presents him with a silver tray bearing a velvet cushion. On top of the cushion is an ancient, shriveled parchment envelope.

The Pope symbolically stretches out his arm in a gesture of rejection.

The Chief Rabbi then retires, taking the envelope with him and does not return until the next Pope is elected. John Paul II was intrigued by this ritual, whose origins were unknown to him. He instructed the best scholars of the Vatican to research it, but they came up with nothing. When the time came and the Chief Rabbi was shown into his presence, he faithfully enacted the ritual rejection but, as the Chief Rabbi turned to leave, he called him back.

“My brother,” the Holy Father whispered, “I must confess that we Catholics are ignorant of the meaning of this ritual enacted for centuries between us and you, the representative of the Jewish people.  I have to ask you, what is it all about?”

The Chief Rabbi shrugs and replies: “But we have no more idea than you do.  The origin of the ceremony is lost in the traditions of ancient history.”

The Pope said: “Let us retire to my private chambers and enjoy a glass of wine together, then, with your agreement, we shall open the envelope and discover at last the secret.”

The Chief Rabbi agreed.

Fortified in their resolve by the wine, they gingerly pried open the curling parchment envelope and with trembling fingers, the Chief Rabbi reached inside and extracted a folded sheet of similarly ancient paper.  As the Pope peered over his shoulder, he slowly opened it. They both gasped with shock. It was the check for the Last Supper.


TERRIBLE TWO’S: Having both kids at home all summer.


Family leaving Church after services:

Father; “That was the longest driest, least informative sermon I’ve ever heard.”

Mother; “The choir was terrible.  I never heard some of those hymns before, and they were singing them off key.”

Little Tommy; “I don’t know, all in all it wasn’t bad show.  Three of us for a buck.”


“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

Ingrid Bergman


On her way back from the concession stand, Sally asked a man at the end of the row, “Pardon me, but did I step on your foot before?”

Expecting an apology, the man said, “Indeed you did.”

The woman nodded. “Oh good. Then this is my row.”


“So,” Jane 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 Jane’s face.  “Aha!  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.”


“Are you saying that your wife is outspoken?”

“Not by anyone I know of.”


Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose.

Hsieh Tehyi


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Marc Inspires

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Henry Stanley Haskins

 enjoy life

Rather than me rambling this morning I want to offer something written by Marc Chernoff that I think is worth our time. The Daily is longer today because I wanted to share all of Marc’s thoughts.

9 Lessons from 9 Inspiring Quotes I Live By

Today I want to share nine inspiring quotes that changed my life.  I’ve listed them below along with supplementary lessons I’ve learned about each one over the years.  I hope they inspire you just as they have inspired me.


“At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.”  -Alan Alda

Your intuition is a gift.  It is your third eye – a way of seeing with your soul.  Pay attention to what it shows you.  More often than you realize, you have the answers you seek already inside you.  Your unconscious mind is the greatest source of your genius; you just have to pay attention.

Trusting your intuition is trusting your true self, and the more you trust your true self, the more control you have of making your goals and dreams come true.


“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

Don’t blame your parents, your friends, your teachers, your boss, or anyone else.  Blame yourself and then do something about it.  If something isn’t right and needs to change in your life, you’re the only one who can make that change.

The trajectory of your life is directly proportional to the strength of your choices.  To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of all the responsibility and control you have over your life, which is another way of saying, “I don’t care.  I give up.”


“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”  -Alexander Pope

As you get older you will find that life isn’t necessarily any easier or harder than you thought it was going to be; it’s just that the easy and the hard aren’t exactly the way you had anticipated, and don’t always occur when you expect them to.  This isn’t a bad thing; it makes life interesting.  With a positive attitude you will always be pleasantly surprised.

When you stop expecting things to be a certain way, you can appreciate them for what they are.  Ultimately you will realize that life’s greatest gifts are rarely wrapped the way you expected.

Small Steps

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  -Desmond Tutu

All the skills and understanding necessary for achievement will not be fully available to you when you first start a new endeavor.  But once you start, you will build the necessary skills and understanding as you need them.

Do not overwhelm yourself by thinking about the entire project.  Instead, focus on the one particular action step you can take right now.  Give your best to the task at hand.  Build what you can with what you have, and as you acquire additional resources, build upon what you have already built

Questions vs. Answers

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”  -Voltaire

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to ask enough of the right ones that ultimately leads you to an understanding of yourself and your purpose.

You can spend your life wallowing in sorrow by asking negative questions like, “Why me?”  Or you can be grateful that you survived – that you’re still strong enough to breathe, walk and think for yourself – and then ask, “Where do I want to go next?”


“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want.  No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”  -Paulo Coelho

Raindrops falling gently over a wide, sprawling area will always yield to the obstructions present in the landscape.  Yet when these raindrops are concentrated into the mighty force of a river, they have the power to cut through nearly any obstruction imaginable.

In the same way, when your thoughts, feelings and actions are concentrated on a clear and consistent purpose, nothing can hold you back.  The roadblocks standing in your way are no match for your focused, unwavering purpose.  Give your life a decided advantage over all the obstacles you encounter by living each moment in the service of a meaningful purpose.


“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”  -J.K. Rowling

When it comes to relationships, be careful not to continuously doubt the positives and ignore the negatives.  You likely do this more often than you think.  For instance, you will say to your partner dozens of times:  Do you really love me?  Are you sure?  And ask similar questions that doubt the existence of their love.  But you will rarely ask:  Does this upset you?  Are you sure?  And similar questions that have the potential to resolve conflict before it starts.

This imbalance creates tension on both sides of the equation.  The positive things become more burdensome while the negatives fester in the background, unresolved.  Bottom line:  Have faith in the positives as you work on turning the negatives around.  Read The 5 Love Languages.


“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”  -Michel de Montaigne

If you become impressed with your own importance, you will cease to be impressive regardless of how successful you are.  Anyone who must announce that they are great rarely is.

True greatness and admiration is earned when you spend your time listening and learning rather than boasting and preening.  Let go of the need to be better than anyone else.  Humility is a virtue that will carry you far.  When you free yourself from the crushing demands of your ego, you free yourself to be your very best.

Life Experience

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”  -Rita Mae Brown

Experience is what you get when your plans don’t go as planned, and experience is the most valuable commodity you own – it builds your strength.

You have the power to turn your wounds and worries into wisdom; you just have to do something about them.  You have to accept what has happened and use what you’ve learned to step forward.  Everything you’ve experienced has given you the upper hand for dealing with everything you have yet to experience.  Realize this and set yourself free.


“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

Robert Frost


One employee to another, “And when the boss’ son starts work here next week remember that he’s not supposed to have any special privileges or authority. Treat him just like you would anyone who is due to take over the whole company in a year or two.”


If you’re “not yourself today”, enjoy it while ya can


My Parents had not been out together in quite some time.

One Saturday, as Mom was finishing the dinner dishes, my father stepped up behind her. “Would you like to go out, girl?” he asked.

Not even turning around, my mother quickly replied, “Oh, yes, I’d love to!”

They had a wonderful evening, and it wasn’t until the end of the evening that Dad finally confessed that his question had actually been directed to the family dog, laying near Mom’s feet on the kitchen floor.


I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums.

Steven Wright


A mother was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist.

“Right,” said the shrink, “We’ll just try a few simple tests.” To the boy, he said “Say a few words – anything that comes into your mind.”

The boy turned to his mother and asked, “Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words?”


“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

Charles R. Swindoll


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It’s not that bad

Don’t let one bad day ruin everything for you. Tomorrow is a new day.

 Bad Day

Good morning, It will be especially good for me for I have improved to the point I will be adventuring out to attend a Salvation Army Donut Day event. So hopefully my recent semi-bad days are behind me. I still have a little mending to do but I am sure I am but days away from my normal health status and I can again do what I want to do.

I, like everybody else have a bad day every once in a while, even a series of them like these last few days. But in truth they really are not that bad, I have had a few really close calls in my life that help me to keep things in perspective. So rather than call these past few days bad days they are more like an inconvenience that only kept me grounded. The problem some of us seem to have is we let a day build into a truly bad day when all it might have been is a minor setback. If you’re one of those who allows a bad day to grow you might try the following suggestions from Dani Dipirro:



Preventing a bad day from spiraling out of control in your mind can be difficult. When things are bad, everything starts to seem bad. But here are five ways you can stop a bad day from impacting the love you have for yourself.

1. Remember your good qualities. — When you’re battling a bad day, it can be hard to remember all the things you’re really good at and all of the wonderful qualities you possess. When things are going bad, take a time out from whatever you’re doing and list out the things you’re good at. Remind yourself of all the ways you’re completely and utterly awesome.

2. Talk it out with someone you trust. —  An outside perspective is always helpful on a bad day. When you talk with someone you trust (and preferably someone who knows just how awesome you are), you’ll see the day in a new light. Just talking about what’s troubling you can help you feel better — and you never know what kinds of insights someone else might have.

3. Keep it in perspective. —  Easier said than done when you’re in the midst of a terrible day, but it’s important to keep the bad day in perspective. One bad day (or even a lot of bad days!) doesn’t mean everything is bad — or will continue to be bad. Things will get better and it’s important not to lose sight of that very essential truth.

4. Make a (or review your) gratitude list. —  If you have a gratitude list, pull it out on a bad day and review all of the things you have to be grateful for. If you don’t have a list, make one. Write down everything you’re thankful for. Once you do this, you’ll start to realize that, even though some things are bad, there are a lot of things to be grateful for.

5. Ask others to help you out. —  Sometimes we’re so overwhelmed by what’s going wrong that we forget we can ask for help. When you’re having a tough time, ask for help. Doing so doesn’t mean you’re any less strong or capable. It means you’re smart. You’re smart enough to know you can’t do it all. Just asking someone else to lend a hand can be a great act of self-love.


The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton


More headlines you may have missed:

Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter


Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.


She said: My sister and I are close, and that allows us to be honest with each other.  One evening as I prepared for a date, I remarked, “I’m fat.”

“No, you’re not,” she scolded.

“My hair is awful,” I said.

“It’s lovely,” she encouraged.

“I’ve never looked worse,” I whined.

And she said, “Yes, you have.”


SOAP: A cleaning agent Mom puts on the sink on the off-chance one of her kids will accidentally grab it while reaching for the towel.


Women believe if a pet cat strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a pet dog strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a woman strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a man strays, it’s because men are scum.


“According to the American Medical Association, sleeping less has been linked to big guts on men.  They say getting more quality sleep creates lean tissue.  So women, next time you see your man sprawled on the couch over the weekend, he’s working out.”

Jay Leno


She said, my husband went on a sudden business trip, and I accompanied him. It soon became apparent that he could not wrap things up in one day, so his employer put us up for the night in a luxury hotel. We found a convenience store and purchased toothbrushes, a razor and other necessary items.

Finally we entered the lobby of the hotel, each of us toting a brown paper bag filled with supplies. The hotel manager looked us over.

Raising an eyebrow, he intoned haughtily, “Matched luggage?”


“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s. She changes it more often.”

Oliver Herford


Nina and Rosey shared the chores and on this day Nina went to the grocery store. In addition to the healthful items on their carefully prepared shopping list, she returned with a box of sugar-laden cookies.

Nina noticed Rosey’s glare and said, “This box of cookies has one-third fewer calories than usual.”

“Oh really?? Why is that?” Rosey asked.

“I ate a third of the cookies on the way home,” Nina replied.


“According to a recent survey, men say the first thing they notice about a women are their eyes. And women say the first thing they notice about men is they’re a bunch of liars.”


“I think these difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”

Isak Dinesen


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

The world’s best medicine

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

Bill Cosby


I am still in recovery mode but have medicines that seem to be kicking in and while I am still not ready to go back to the gym I am using my favorite therapy for the prevention of cabin fever and melancholy. I have found over the years that the best medicine is often a good laugh and so I always pursue the opportunity to search for humor in my life. I find laughter not only in my sometimes lack of suaveness but in what is around us every day.

A friend asked me the other day why I have kept the Daily going for the last twelve years and I responded as I often do that I find the requirement to think and reflect on the world around us every day is a healthy habit. But I did not say that finding humor and quotes to send to you each weekday morning assures that I will begin the day with a smile.

One of my favorite magazines years ago was the Saturday Review edited by Norman Cousins. Cousins was someone I respected and admired. Here is a story about his self-induced miracle.


Many years ago, Norman Cousins was diagnosed as “terminally ill.” He was given six months to live. His chance for recovery was one in 500. He could see the worry, depression and anger in his life contributed to, and perhaps helped cause, his disease. He wondered, “If illness can be caused by negativity, can wellness be created by positivity?” He decided to make an experiment of himself.

Laughing was one of the most positive activities he knew. He rented all the funny movies he could find – Keaton, Chaplin, Fields, the Marx Brothers. (This was before VCRs, so he had to rent the actual films.) He read funny stories. He asked his friends to call him whenever they said, heard or did something funny.

His pain was so great he could not sleep. Laughing for 10 solid minutes, he found, relieved the pain for several hours so he could sleep. He fully recovered from his illness and lived another 20 happy, healthy and productive years. He credits visualization, the love of his family and friends, and laughing for his recovery.

Some people think laughing is a waste of time. It is a luxury, they say, a frivolity, something to indulge in only every so often. Nothing could be further from the truth. Laughing is essential to our equilibrium, to our well-being, to our aliveness. If we’re not well, laughing helps us get well; if we are well, laughing helps us stay that way.

Since Cousins’ ground-breaking subjective work, scientific studies have shown that laughter has a curative effect on the body, the mind and the emotions. So, if you like laughing, consider it sound medical advice to indulge in it as often as you can. If you don’t like laughter, then take your medicine – laugh anyway.

Use whatever makes you laugh – movies, sitcoms, Monty Python, records, books, New Yorker cartoons, jokes, friends.

Give yourself permission to laugh – long and loud and out loud – whenever anything strikes you as funny. The people around you may think you’re strange, but sooner or later they’ll join in even if they don’t know what you’re laughing about.

Some diseases may be contagious, but none is as contagious as the cure. . . laughter.


A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

Hugh Sidey


This little girl, was told to draw her conception of the Hebrews flight from Egypt. She came home with a picture of an airplane, the passengers all with halos and one person up front without one. When asked about it, she explained, “Oh, that’s Pontius, the pilot.”


“I think that’s how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.'”

Richard Jeni


At a catholic gathering, Mother superior stacked a pile of apples on one end of a table with a sign saying, “take only one apple please-God is watching.”  On the other end of the table was a pile of cookies which a student had placed a sign on saying, “take all the cookies you want-God is watching the apples.


Here’s something that will really make you feel grown up,” said a father to his teenage daughter, “Your very own phone bill.”


Farmer Roscoe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court. In court the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Roscoe. “Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?” said the lawyer.

Farmer Roscoe responded, “Well I’ll tell you what happened.  I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the….”

“I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted, “just answer the question.” “Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine!”

Farmer Roscoe said, “Well I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road….”

The lawyer interrupted again and said, “Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine.  Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client.  I believe he is a fraud.  Please tell him to simply answer the question.”

By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Roscoe’s answer and said to the lawyer, “I’d like to hear that he has to say about his favorite mule Bessie.”

Roscoe thanked the Judge and proceeded, “Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side.  I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other.  I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning.  I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans.

Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene.  He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her.  After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.  Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me.  He said, “Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her.  How are you feeling?”


I will follow the upward road today; I will keep my face to the light. I will think high thoughts as I go my way; I will do what I know is right. I will look for the flowers by the side of the road; I will laugh and love and be strong. I will try to lighten another’s load this day as I fare along.

Mary S. Edgar


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Let us be friends

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s greatest gifts.  

Thomas Hughes

let us be friends

I woke up last night and for some reason found myself thinking of the people I have met over the years that had a great capacity to care with few opportunities to do so. These are folks whose hearts are filled with love but little opportunity to share it. I think one of the toughest things in life is the burden of carrying the need to love without the chance to do so. For me it is not only the persons lack of happiness that concerns me it is also that we miss the gift that these people have to offer.

Trust me, you can be part of the solution, just be open to making new friends. Often you will meet someone who is shy, maybe even scared and always reticent. Many of them often wonder if others even care. I know you have heard me say it before but I am going to say it again, treat everyone you meet as a possible new friend. Stop long enough to listen to them, take a real interest in them and let them know you really care about them. I am so fortunate that others have opened up and shared themselves with me over the years, many who are people I appreciate and truly like.

It is you and I who benefit when we help someone learn that we care about them become their friend. Here are some tips I took from the Better Health Channel that may help you reap the rewards that come from building new friendships.


Priming yourself for friendship

You may want friendship, but what kind of friend would you make? Factors to consider include:

Attitudes to others – we can drive potential friends away by demanding they share our attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. If you accept that other people have a right to be different from you, then you open yourself up to the possibility of experiencing relationships that bring a fresh perspective to your life.

Treatment of other people – think about how you like to be treated, then offer the same to the people in your life.

Curb the urge to criticize – constantly griping about the failures and weaknesses of other people can make your listener feel wary of you. How do they know you aren’t complaining about their flaws to other friends?

Don’t compromise yourself – each one of us has standards of morality and behavior. Don’t allow yourself to compromise yourself for the sake of ‘fitting in’ with a group.

Keeping friendships

Appreciate your friends – don’t take your friends for granted. Take the time to thank your friends for enhancing your life, in whichever way suits best – for example, inviting them over for dinner for no other reason than to have fun together.

Offer time and attention – friendships need to be nurtured. If you are consistently too busy to give time to your friends, they will one day move on without you. Ensure you make friendship an important priority. Actively listen to your friends, and show your interest and enthusiasm in their lives.

Be compassionate – people make mistakes. Sometimes, a friend may do something of which you don’t approve. Put yourself in their shoes – would you want condemnation or forgiveness from those who are supposed to love and care for you?

Don’t abuse trust – for example, if a friend tells you a secret, keep it to yourself. You might think you’re building relationships with others by sharing gossip, but you’re actually ensuring that others won’t trust you enough to tell you anything. And if your friend finds out you abused their trust, your relationship with them is as good as over.

Control jealousy – you may want your best friend to be ‘faithful’ to you, which means you experience jealousy if they have other close relationships. Learn to appreciate that love for friends – like love for one’s children – can be limitless.


The happiest business in all the world is that of making friends, And no investment on the street pays larger dividends, For life is more than stocks and bonds, and love than rate percent, And he who gives in friendship’s name shall reap what he has.

Bill Gates


The CEO was scheduled to speak at an important convention, so he asked one of his employees to write him a punchy, 20-minute speech. When the CEO returned from the big event, he was furious.

“What’s the idea of writing me an hour-long speech?” he demanded to know. “Half the audience walked out before I finished.”

The employee was baffled. “I wrote you a 20-minute speech,” he replied. “I also gave you the two extra copies you asked for.”


A cynic smells the flowers and then looks for the casket.



* You automatically double-knot everything you tie.

* You can never go to the bathroom alone without someone screaming outside the door.

* You start to like the smell of strained carrots mixed with applesauce.

* You spend a half hour searching for your sunglasses only to have your teenager say, “Mom, why don’t you wear the ones you pushed up on top of your head?”

* You are out for a nice romantic meal with your husband, enjoying some real adult conversation, when suddenly you realize that you’ve reached over and started to cut up his steak.


For fast acting relief, try slowing down.

Lily Tomlin


The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn’t paying attention in class. She called on him and said, “Johnny!  What are 4, 2, 28 and 44?”

Little Johnny quickly replied, “NBC, CBS, HBO, and the CartoonNetwork!”


The best cure for insomnia is plenty of sleep.

W. C. Fields


Did you know?

  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today as the honeymoon.
  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”
  • Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.
  • In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden … and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I’ll be there as soon as I can

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile.

George Bernard Shaw


Monday already, time seems to be rushing by. Although I must say I had a heck of a week last week. The best part was that my two daughters who were born a little less than a year apart celebrated their birthdays. The family also threw a shower for one of my grandson’s future wife. I likewise enjoyed one of my favorite TV personalities visit to my Kiwanis meeting on Thursday and getting a chance to chat with her. Another highlight was seeing a valued sorority sister of my oldest daughter for the first time in years; her visit gave me a chance to reminisce and to thank her for the annual check see sends for my clubs Christmas Clothe-a-Child project.

The bad news was that starting at mid-week my energy started to go down and my trips to the bathroom started to increase. Saturday we discovered that I have a severe infection so they have put me on a heavy Don’t medication, I have been instructed to don’t:

  • Go out in the sun
  • Drink coffee
  • Take my regular doses of blood thinner
  • Drive if woozy
  • Exercise

I am now trying to discover how I might of sinned to deserve so much penance. I am addicted to coffee, love my daily exercise routine and I am not sure if I can tell the difference between woozy and my normal state.

But it could have been much worse. I like many people moan a little when they find I have some malady but it does not take long for me to realize that not finding something wrong would be much worse. The prognosis is that unless they find something in the cultures they are looking at I will be back to normal within two weeks. I also expect that driving will end up not being a problem and if I don’t experience any joint or tendon discomfort in a few days I will be able go back to exercising. Tomorrow I will be advised by my blood thinner team what dosage changes I have to make in order to keep my blood in check.

So my contributions to the medical economy continue and my opportunities to again deal with variety in my life remain. If I wasn’t having a few minor problems I would not have the ability to look forward to getting better.


A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.



What’s the definition of an accountant?

Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

What’s the definition of a good tax accountant? Someone who has a loophole named after him.

What’s an auditor? Someone who arrives after the battle and bayonets all the wounded.

How do you drive an accountant completely insane? Tie him to a chair, stand in front of him and fold up a road map the wrong way.


Of course I’m against sin; I’m against anything that I’m too old to enjoy.


When Little Johnny’s family moved into their new house, a visiting relative asked him how he liked the new place.

“It’s terrific,” he said. “I have my own room, Billy has his own room, and my sister has her own room. But poor mom is still in with dad.”


“According to a new study, most couples report that sex is better while on vacation. I’ll bet that’s why dad never wanted to stop the car on our way down to the shore. I remember, dad was always in a hurry to get there, no bathroom breaks, no food, let’s just get to the shore.”

Jay Leno


Respect costs nothing.


A small, uncertain, and nervous witness was being cross- examined.

The lawyer thundered, “Have you ever been married?”

“Yes, sir,” said the witness in a low voice. “Once.”

“Whom did you marry?”

“Well, a woman.”

The lawyer said angrily, “Of course you married a woman. Did you ever hear of anyone marrying a man?”

And the witness said meekly, “My sister did.”


Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.

Don Marquis


We were listening to a lecture on psychic phenomena in our Comparative Religions course.  Our instructor told us about a woman who contacted police working on a missing-persons case.  “She gave eerily detailed instructions on where to find the body,” the teacher said.  “In fact, the detectives did find the body just as she had described.  Now what would you call that kind of person?”

While the rest of us pondered the question, a sheriff’s officer taking the course raised his hand and replied, “A suspect.”


How come we choose from just two people for president and 50 for Miss America?


Ad found among the miscellaneous listing in the Stanwood/Camano, Wash., News:

“Caution, homeowners between Warm Beach and Stanwood *

Daughter will be learning how to drive. Use caution after leaving garage or porch. Farmers advised to place hay bales around barns, farm equipment and slow-moving livestock. She will be driving white sedan with frightened father aboard.”


For every ailment under the sun, There is a remedy, or there is none, If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it.

Mother Goose


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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