Ray's musings and humor

I am glad you are here

Ray’s Daily

December 28, 2017


Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage.

Doe Zantamata


Soon it will be a New Year and it will be the eighteenth year for Ray’s Daily. I sent the first issues to a few friends in 2000. Never did I think it would continue this long or with so many readers. New ones join us almost weekly.

I am frequently asked by folks and even by myself what motivates me to continue. I have little pride of authorship, especially since so much of the content is from others. My answer usually is I do it because it is therapeutic, stopping to think five times a week about our world and our place in it is worth the effort. But as you can see from this note I just received from someone I have not seen in years, the daily helps to cement my friendships.

Dear Ray,

Thank you for helping me get started and get through my days this year.  Your Daily is very inspirational and appreciated.  I often forward to my friends and family.

I’m glad you had a nice Christmas with your family.  Family is the most important in life.  I’m glad you are my friend.


Gunta is a special lady who spends much of her time serving others, I am glad that we met so many years ago. Friends are what many of us depend on and I do appreciate each of you. Here is a poem that I like, I hope you will too.

A Friend

By Stephen Wayne Modawell

 Where do they come from

Ones who just appear in life

Some finer than rum

Others closer than man an’wife


They may not be old

without them, what was before

Their warmth, on days’ cold

Their presence we seek but more


How we want many

Yet we find so very few

treasured like a new penny

Their value great, one will do


When found, never let go

Too many years may pass, you see

Before God allows to flow

The gift of a friend like thee.


You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Bernard Meltzer


Since I won’t be with you for New Years I thought you might benefit from the following advice.

If you are sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:

I want to gain weight. Put on at least 30 pounds.

Stop exercising.

Read less.

Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.

Procrastinate more.

Spend more time at work.

Take a vacation to someplace important: like to see the largest ball of twine.


“My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married and I didn’t want him to.”

Rita Rudner


A woman and a man are involved in a car accident; it’s a bad one.  Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt.

After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, “So you’re a man, that’s interesting.  I’m a woman.

Wow, just look at our cars!  There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are unhurt.  This must be a sign that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The man replied, “I agree with you completely.  This must be a sign!”

The woman continued, “And look at this, here’s another miracle.  My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn’t break.  Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.”

Then she hands the bottle to the man.  The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.

The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, “Aren’t you having any?”

The woman replies, “No.  I think I’ll just wait for the police.”


Is it because light travels faster than sound why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?


Mr. Smythe was giving his second-grade students a short lesson in science. He explained about magnets and demonstrated how they pick up nails and other bits of iron. And now it was question time…

“Class,” said Mr. Smythe, “My name begins with the letter ‘M’ and I pick things up…. What am I?”

A little boy in the front row said, “You’re a mother!”


St. Peter and Satan were having an argument one day about baseball.  Satan proposed a game to be played on neutral grounds between a select team from the heavenly host and his own hand-picked boys.

“Very well,” said the gatekeeper of Heaven.  “But you realize, I hope, that we’ve got all the good players and the best coaches.”

“I know, and that’s all right,” Satan answered. Unperturbed, “We’ve got all the umpires.”


A careful study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.


A loaded minivan pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.

A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.”

The father replied, “I have a system; no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: