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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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I am off to the hospital again this morning for a planned cardiac procedure that is not that big a deal. I will be there just for the day and should publish the Daily again tomorrow unless I sleep in.

In the meantime you can do me a favor, I would appreciate your telling everyone to behave more cordially to others and spend less time complaining. What bothers me is that most of the people I know are like you, they are really good men and women who behave well and appreciate others. The difficulty is they are too quiet, they sit and let the complainers have the floor and as such all that is heard is negative.

Through all of history the haters have had the loudest voices. Sadly those that are looking for a purpose in their lives often only hear the siren song of the muckrakers and end up helping to make things even worse. In truth most people are good people I just wish they would speak up for tolerance and civility.

Here is an essay written by Wilferd A. Peterson that has a message I wish everyone understood.

We Are the Decent People

We are the decent people of the world. We are in the majority, for men and women are essentially decent. We live in all nations, we live under all the flags that fly.

Decency is not determined by our economic status, our religion, the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the ideology under which we live. Human decency is a universal quality.

We, the decent people of the world, often have our voices drowned out by the shouts of leaders who misrepresent the things for which we stand. We the decent people carry enough weight to tip the scale for decency if we will make ourselves heard…

We believe that war is the great indecency, that it kills and destroys all the higher sensibilities of man and leaves only death, suffering, and destruction in its wake.

We believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.

We believe that there is only one war to be waged in the name of human decency, and that is the war against all the common enemies of man… hunger, disease, poverty, ignorance, crime and failure.

We believe that every child should have the chance to grow up in an atmosphere of faith, not of fear.

We believe that the ultimate decency is to help men and never harm men, to lift men and not degrade men, and to respect the dignity of all men as individual human beings.

We the decent people of the world stand for the kind of life that will be good for all of the people, all of the time, everywhere.”


What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.

Henry Van Dyke


Tired of having to balance his wife Cindy’s checkbook, Mike made a deal with her; he would look at it, but only after she had spent a few hours trying to wrestle it into shape. The following night, after spending hours poring over stubs and figures, Cindy said proudly, “I’ve done it! I made it balance!”

Impressed, Mike came over to take a look. “Let’s see… mortgage 550.00, electricity 70.50, phone 35.00.” His brow wrinkled as he read the last entry. “It says here ESP, $615. What the heck is that?”

“Oh,” she said, “That means, Error Some Place!”


“I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn’t work. I felt pretty good for a while, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality.”

Mitch Hedberg


A Catholic Priest, a Protestant Minister and a Rabbi are discussing the question of when does life begin.  “Without any doubt,” says the Priest, “life begins at the moment of conception, when the sperm meets the egg.”

“No, no!” says the Protestant Minister. “Life begins at the moment of birth, when the baby emerges.”

“No way,” says the Rabbi. “Life begins when the last kids are out of college, and the dog dies.”


A young man was walking past an old woman on a street corner, when she said, “Son, if it is not too much trouble, can you see me across the street.”

The young man said, “Just a minute.”  Then he walked across the street, looked back and yelled, “Yes, I can see you!”


This is certain, that a man that studies revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Sir Francis Bacon


“Did you hear what happened?” Jim asked when he saw me walking down the hallway at work.

“Hear what” I asked, my curiosity peaked.

“The regional vice president died this morning!”

“What?!” I asked, totally stunned. “What happened?”

“He was working through lunch when he had a heart attack” Jim began explaining. “Everyone was gone except his secretary. You know the one.”

“Boy do I. She’s that young blonde babe.”

“Yeah that’s the one. Turns out she isn’t too smart, though.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“He kept yelling at her to ‘call 9 1 1’. She just stood there waiting for him to give her the rest of the phone number.”


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.

Laurie Kuslansky-


Two lawyers, Chuck and Larry, were having a heated exchange during a trial. The judge asked both lawyers to approach the bench. “Your Honor,” said Chuck, “I objected because my distinguished colleague Larry, was badgering the witness. It is obvious he has never heard of the Bill of Rights.”

“Rubbish!” snapped Larry. “I happen to know them by heart.”

Chuck rolled his eyes in disbelief. “Do you now? Well, Larry, I have a hundred dollars that says you can’t even tell me the first few words.”

Larry smirked and accepted the challenge and began, “I pledge allegiance to the flag…”

“Darn,” Chuck interrupted, fishing the money from his pocket, “I didn’t think you’d know it.”


Have you noticed that the gifts you buy your spouse are never as good and apropos as the gifts your neighbor buys their spouse.


A guy bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for her birthday.

A friend of his said, “I thought she wanted one of those sporty 4-Wheel drive vehicles.”

“She did,” he replied. “But where in the heck was I gonna find a fake Jeep?”


The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. 

Lloyd Jones


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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