Ray's musings and humor

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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I have found over the last few years that the most prevalent malady experienced by many folks who are up in years is not medical or physical but loneliness. Friends and neighbors move on, children not only have flown the nest they have migrated to a distant place. Some have lost their spouse and others no longer benefit from workplace friends or the socialization that accompanies the active lives of the young.

This lonesomeness often leads to depression taking the joy out of later lives. What saddens me is most of these folks are really good people and can be a great friend. I think of the people I meet as latent friends, people I would enjoy knowing and many turn out to be just that. I wish there was a magic matchmaker that would just go around introducing lonely folks to each other for there really is no need to stay lonely.

Far too many times people are not confident that they have much to offer someone else when in fact just caring is more than enough. I suspect that taking an interest in another person is one of the most rewarding things we can do. I know my friendships and acquaintances make a positive difference in my life.

Do me a favor, let people get to know you; many would love to be your friend. If you are a little shy, read these tips I got from I got from E How:

How to Make Friends

Do you have a hard time making friends? It sometimes can be difficult, but this is not a skill that we cannot improve. In fact, once you start making friends, it actually is addictive and a lot of fun. The key thing to making friends is being a friend yourself and being genuine. Remember, the more practice you get, the better you become

  • It’s contagious!
  • Address the person you’d like to make friends with by his or her name. This shows that you are interested in getting to know them.
  • Be genuine. People are naturally attracted to someone who is sincere and genuinely interested in them.
  • Be yourself.
  • Ask questions that will help them start talking. Don’t ask questions that are too personal in nature.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Build on common ground, such as interests or hobbies.
  • Respect differences of opinion; that’s what makes friendship exciting. Be objective and open-minded.
  • Give compliments when called for. People always appreciate positive feedback.
  • Keep in touch by inviting them to do something fun together.
  • Follow up with them after that.

Enjoy your friendship.


Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

C.S. Lewis


Mistakes Re-Defined

If an engineer makes a mistake, it is a new venture!

If a scientist makes a mistake, it is a new invention!

If an explorer makes a mistake, it’s a new discovery!

If a professor makes a mistake, it is a new theory!

If a hairstylist makes a mistake, it’s a new style!

If a tailor makes a mistake, it is a new fashion!

If the boss makes a mistake, it is our mistake!

If an employee makes a mistake,

Now, *that* is a “MISTAKE!”


“A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials.”

Ronald Knox.


“Grandma, when you and Grandpa had your first baby, did Grandpa ever handle the middle-of-the-night feeding?”

“No. I always did that.”

“That must have been before you had women’s liberation.”

“No, it was before we had baby bottles.”


A cat is there when you call her – if she doesn’t have something better to do.

Bill Adler


Customer at a counter of a lawn ornament shop: “Give me four of those pinwheels, two of those pink flamingos, two of the sunflowers, and one of those bent-over grandma in bloomers.”

Cashier reply’s: “That’ll be eight dollars for the pinwheels, ten dollars for the flamingos, six dollars for the sunflowers, and an apology to my wife!”


You know the kids are growing up when your daughter begins to put on lipstick and your son starts to wipe it off.


The Procrastinator’s Creed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two- Headed Turtles  (the Procrastinator’s Society) if they ever get it organized.


Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there.


A young honeymoon couple were touring southern Florida and happened to stop at one of the rattlesnake farms along the road. After seeing the sights, they engaged in small talk with the man that handled the snakes.

“Gosh!” exclaimed the new bride. “You certainly have a dangerous job. Don’t you ever get bitten by the snakes?” “Yes, upon rare occasions,” answered the handler. “Well,” she continued, “just what do you do when you’re bitten by a snake?” “I always carry a razor-sharp knife in my pocket, and as soon as I am bitten, I make deep criss-cross marks across the fang entry and then suck the poison from the wound.”

“What, uh… what would happen if you were to accidentally *sit* on a rattler?” persisted the woman.

“Ma’am,” answered the snake handler, “that will be the day I learn who my real friends are.”


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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