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January 9, 2018


A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~

a new day

I thought the weather had improved but the ice has returned and I am again home bound at least for a few hours. If it clears up this will be my first day back at the gym this year. I will even get to run some delayed errands and hopefully more.

I did not accomplish much while hibernating other that failing to show up for lunch with a valued friend.

As I was looking back on some of the things I have saved over the years I ran across a long list of discoveries prepared by a gentleman who apparently had lived a full life. I could not include his whole list but I have included below some that resonated with me.

I have learned in Life

  • that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.
  • that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
  • that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.
  • that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.
  • that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
  • that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
  • that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  • that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
  • that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
  • that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.
  • that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
  • that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
  • that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.
  • that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
  • that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  • that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

By Omer B. Washington


If you do what you need, you’re surviving. If you do what you want, you’re living.


This speaks a lot about the quality of Japanese products and their standards:

They’re still laughing about this at IBM.  Apparently the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project.  In the specifications, they stated that they will only accept three defective parts per 10,000.

When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter.  It said, “We Japanese had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment.  Hope this pleases you.”


Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.


Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city. One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?”

“Two days ago.”

“Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over. In May, he’ll be an engineer.” “What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”

“At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”

“No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”

“He’s taking every penny I make.”

“Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”

“He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”

“Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”

“Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”


Don’t borrow trouble.  Be patient and you’ll soon have some of your own.


An airplane pilot dies at the controls. He goes to Hell. The devil takes him to the ‘newly arrived’ area. There are three doors, marked 1, 2, and 3. The devil tells the pilot that he is going to get to choose his own hell, but first, the devil has to take care of something first, and disappears.

The curious pilot looks behind door number one. He sees a pilot going through flight checks for all eternity. He looks behind door number two, and he sees a pilot that forever finds himself trying to resolve emergency situations. He looks behind the last door, and sees a Captain being waited on hand and foot by scantily-clad stewardesses.

The devil returns just as the pilot gets back to his waiting position. He offers the pilot a choice of door number one or two.

The pilot says, “I wanted door number three!”

“Sorry,” replies the devil, “that’s ‘flight attendant’s hell’.”


The great thing about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.


A magician calls a man up on stage, hands him a mallet, and instructs the guy to hit him as hard as possible on the head.

The magician then proceeds to put his head down on a wooden block.

The man shrugs his shoulders and pounds him hard.

Three years later, the magician wakes up from a coma in the hospital and goes…. “Taa-Daa!”


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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