Ray's musings and humor

Thank You Maya

Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!

Maya Angelou


I hope you are going to have a great day today. I have an early dentist appointment and am then scheduled to attend a couple of lectures. I may end up substituting a nap for one of them though in order to be alert enough to understand the one I do attend. But whatever I end up doing I plan on making my day a good one.

Sharing my thoughts with you each day just fuels my positive outlook on how we can enjoy our lives. I find that I benefit from the wisdom of others and like to share what I find with you. Today I would like to offer you some of the thoughts of Maya Angelou. She is a personal favorite of mine.

I’ve learned…

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.


My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

Maya Angelou


Our family held a reunion when my mother was 88 years old, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending. The talk turned to honeymoons, and my three daughters began to tell about their trips to Las Vegas, Chicago and Niagara Falls.

One of my daughters turned to my mother. “Gramma, where did you go on your honeymoon?” she asked.

Mother never hesitated. “Upstairs!” she said.


She said: I have the most marvelous recipe for meat loaf!

All I have to do is mention it to my husband and he says, “Let’s eat out!”


“Things That Make Me Crazy”

I found myself nodding my head at more than one of the things on this list…

* You have to try on a pair of sunglasses with that stupid little plastic thing in the middle of them.

* The elevator stops on every floor and nobody gets on or off.

* There’s always a car riding your tail when you’re slowing down to find an address.

* The tiny red string on the Band-Aid wrapper never works for you.

* You can never put anything back in a box the way it came.

* You wash a garment with a tissue in the pocket and your entire laundry comes out covered with lint.

* You set the alarm on your digital clock for 7pm instead of 7am.

* The radio station doesn’t tell you who sang that song.

* You rub on hand cream and can’t turn the bathroom doorknob to get out.

* You can’t look up the correct spelling of a word in the dictionary because you don’t know how to spell it.

* You had that pen in your hand only a second ago and now you can’t find it.

* You reach under the table to pick something off the floor and smash your head on the way up.


It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps.

American proverb


I pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador retriever had fresh air.

She was stretched out on the back seat, and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there.

I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, “Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay!”

The driver of a nearby car gave me a startled look.

“I don’t know about you,” he said incredulously. “But I usually just put my car in park.”


Practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s perfect, why practice?


Derek was walking through the woods when he came to a river. He walked long the bank for a while looking for a way to get across.

After a while he spotted someone else on the opposite bank, so he called out, “How do I get to the other side?”

The other person yelled back, “You ARE on the other side!”


You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.


She said: The bank where I work had just installed its first 24- hour cash machine. I encouraged an elderly gentleman to take an application for the new plastic identification cards, explaining that he would be able to get cash any time of day or night.

He declined, saying, “Lady, anything I’d need money for that late at night I shouldn’t be doing.”


“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”

Henny Youngman



— Glow in the dark sunglasses

— A book on how to read.

— Inflatable dart boards

— A dictionary index.

— Powdered water

— Waterproof tea bags

— Zero proof alcohol

— Reuseable ice cubes

— Skinless bananas

— Do-it-yourself road map

— An all white flag

— Rolls Royce pickup truck


I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

Maya Angelou


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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