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New Year Ahead

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Hi everyone, I hope you had a great Christmas holiday I know we did. We dined on Christmas Eve with another family at a private club, this is a tradition for our two families that goes back about 40 years. Our young children in those days have all become adults and have enlarged the group by adding their children.

On Christmas Day we joined our three kids and their families at my son’s home. My granddaughter who is attending Brown University was there as were my three grandsons who attend Clemson, Butler and DePauw University. My Granddaughter who works in the media, my grandson who is a computer specialist and my grandson who is a professional writer and his wife and son rounded out the group.

My great grandson who is nine months old stole the show as he demonstrated his crawling skills, his ability to laugh and smile. Unfortunately none of us could speak gurgle so we don’t know what he was saying but I am sure it was profound.

So now we are on the threshold of a new year, one that will bring changes for my wife and I as aging continues to weigh in. Most of our efforts will probably be put into a more modest lifestyle that we can enjoy.

Here are some guidelines that I think will help me as a make my resolutions.

Recipe for a Happy New Year


    Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

    Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.


Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

Goran Persson


Sam Levenson said:

  • Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.
  • Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
  • It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
  • The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
  • The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
  • You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.


Don’t argue with an idiot, people watching may not be able to tell the difference.


Yesterday my son came home and said, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is – I got 18 out of 20 on my driver’s test.”

I said, “Great! Now what’s the bad news?”

He said, “They were pedestrians.”


“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

Margaret Thatcher


She said, I was very pregnant, and it was rotten luck when, several days before my due date, my husband fell from the porch roof, sprained both ankles and was restricted to crutches.

So when I went into labor and he couldn’t drive, I took the wheel, stopping every time I had a contraction. Finally, we got to the hospital. I dropped him at the maternity entrance, and he hobbled off to the admitting desk, where the nurse told him to go to the emergency room.

No, it’s my wife,” he told her. “She’s in labor.”

“Well, where is she then?” the nurse asked.

“Er…she’s, ah…. parking the car and bringing in the bags,” he replied sheepishly.


I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place!


     A big Texan Fellah is walking down the main street of Ballinclashett and encounters Liam standing on the pavement beside a big strong horse. This prompts the Texan to attempt to realize a lifelong dream and he says to Liam, Say Boy, that’s a fine-lookin horse you got there, and I’d like to tour this beautiful country on horseback so’s I can see the sights and hear the sounds of the countryside like they did in the old days. I’ll buy that horse off of ya, how much ya want.

Liam says, O sure and you don’t want to be messin with this horse he don’t look too good these days.

Hey, Boy, says the Texan, Don’t you try to tell me what’s a good lookin’ horse an what isn’t. I been tradin’ horses all my life long and there ain’t nothin a young country boy like you can tell me about em. Now you jes name yer price and we’ll get along fine.

I’m sayin’ to ye that this horse is not a good lookin horse mister and ye don’t want any part of ‘im, says Liam.

The Texan is getting angry now. Listen up Boy, he says, you leave me be the judge of what’s good lookin and what’s not and jes give me the price and I ll pay cash right here and now.

Oh well, says Liam, $2000.00US.

Deal! Says the Texan and he hands over the money, Liam unties the horse and the Texan leads him off.

The horse walks smack into the first lampost in the way, and the Texan turns to Liam and says, Hey, Boy, you a damn swindler, you didn’ tell me this here horse was blind!

I keep tellin’ you he don’t look too good, says Liam, and you kept saying that’s none of my business, so in the end I gave up.


“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

Ellen Goodman


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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