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Weathering the storm

Ray’s Daily

April 19, 2018


“Adversity quickens the mind, awakens the spirit and strength the soul.”

Lailah Gifty Akita,


I finally understand that the problems and disappointments of my youth helped me later in life. The years I spent in a boarding school for kids from broken homes where we went home one week a year taught me I could live with lonesomeness and survive with others. My being allowed to enter a technical engineering school at 15 with only second world war veteran classmates, while working as a dishwasher to pay for my tuition. The experience taught me I could survive and do well. I joined the navy reserve when I was 14 using a fake birth certificate which resulted in my being called to active duty when I was 16, the navy trained me on analog computers, sending me to school for a year which prepared me for a long career in the computer industry. I met my wife in New York on a blind date and we got married when I was 18. I sailed around the world on an aircraft carrier and participated in the Korean War.

I was discharged when I was 19 and went on to have a fantastic life. Most of it due to what I had learned growing up. I feel like I was the Oak tree in the following story.

Two Acorns

by: Neil Eskelin

If you want to understand adversity, take two identical acorns from the same oak tree and plant them in two different locations. Plant the first in the middle of a dense forest, and the other on a hill by itself.

 Here’s what will happen. The oak standing on a hillside is exposed to every storm and gale. As a result its roots plunge deep into the earth and spread in every direction, even wrapping themselves around giant boulders. At times it may seem the tree isn’t growing fast enough – but the growth is happening under ground. It’s as if the roots know they must protect the tree from the threatening elements.

 What about the acorn planted in the forest? It becomes a weak, frail sapling ­ having to compete with giant oaks for nutrients and space. And since it is protected by its neighbors, the little oak doesn’t sense the need to spread its roots for support.

 Don’t be afraid of adversity ­ welcome it! That’s your sure-fire route to ultimate success.


“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can?t build on it; It’s only for wallowing in.”

Katherine Mansfield


Helen and Kelly were discussing their busy schedules.

Helen said, “Kelly, I must ask you something.  Every day I feel incredibly run down and tired.  And yet, I see you looking as fresh as a rose.  I have to know: what’s your secret?”

“My secret?  Every morning, without fail, I wake up at six o’clock sharp.”

“You wake up at six o’clock?”

“Yes, and then I look at the clock, see what time it is, and go back to sleep for another four hours.”


Remember, half the people you know are below average.


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Miami Beach, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”

Abe says, “Do I care?”

A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”

Abe says, “Who cares?”

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”

Abe says, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.”


I never eat when I can dine.



From Ken


Ken: Can I buy you a drink?     SHE: Actually I’d rather have the money.

Ken: Hi. Didn’t we go on a date once? Or was it twice?     SHE: Must’ve been once. I never make the same mistake twice.

Ken: How did you get to be so beautiful?     SHE: I must’ve been given your share.

Ken: Your face must turn a few heads.  SHE: And your face must turn a few stomachs.

Ken: Go on, don’t be shy. Ask me out. SHE: Okay, get out.

Ken: I think I could make you very happy. SHE: Why? Are you leaving?

Ken: Where have you been all my life? SHE: Hiding from you.

Ken: Haven’t I seen you some place before?  SHE: Yes. That’s why I don’t go there anymore.

Ken: Is this seat empty?  SHE: Yes, and this one will be if you sit down.

Ken: So, what do you do for a living? SHE: I’m a female impersonator.


My wife can say more in a look than I can in a book.

Henny Youngman


“Once in the wilds of Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew and had to live on food and water for a number of weeks.”

W. C. Fields


An elderly gentleman wasn’t feeling well, and became irritated with his doctor because he wasn’t getting better after five visits.

“Look!” said the doctor. “I’m doing all I can to help you. I can’t make you younger!”

“I wasn’t interested in getting any younger,” said the man. “I just want to continue getting older.”


Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him.

Elie Wiesel


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.


Hang in there

Ray’s Daily

April 17, 2018


The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.

Audrey Hepburn


As I underwent medical tests yesterday one of the Doctors commented on the wide variety of my previous medical encounters and what appeared to by my resiliency. I am not sure resiliency is the right word. The operations and medications have generally worked and the life style modifications have not been that bad.

I actually think the experiences have taught me the value of going with what ever happens in life and the importance of patiently dealing with what needs to be done. I think the real key to aging is adaptability. Rather than focusing on what isn’t, it is better to concentrate on what can be and  to do what needs to be done.

I am really not as resilient as I am grateful for the ability to move on. You learn a lot as the years go by, it is what you do with what you learn that makes a difference.


Instructions For Life – Jr. H. Jackson Brown

Excerpts from his book Life’s Little Instruction Book

  1. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2.Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.

3.Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

4.When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

5.Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

6.Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

7.Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

8.In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

  1. Remember that your character is your destiny.

10.When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

11.Spend some time alone every day.

12.Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.

13.Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.

  1. At least once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  2. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

16.Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

17.Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  1. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.


Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw


You are one of us if:

-Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

-The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.

-You feel like the morning after, and you haven’t been anywhere.

-Your children begin to look middle aged.

-You decide to procrastinate but then never get around to it.

-A dripping faucet causes an uncontrollable bladder urge.

-You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.

-You look forward to a dull evening.

-Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.

-After painting the town red, you have to take a long rest before applying a second coat.

-You just can’t stand people who are intolerant.

-You burn the midnight oil after 9 p.m..

-The little gray haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.

-You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.


Did you hear about the $3,000,000 Tennessee State Lottery? The winner gets $3 a year for a million years.


For the first time in many years, an old man traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie. After buying his ticket, he stopped at the concession stand to purchase some popcorn. Handing the attendant $7.50, he couldn’t help but comment, “The last time I came to the movies, popcorn was only 15 cents.”

“Well, sir,” the attendant replied with a grin, “You’re really going to enjoy yourself. We have sound now.”


YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.


Andy Rooney On Phone-In-Polls: You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues? Did you ever notice there’s always like 18% that say “I don’t know.” It costs 90 cents to call up and vote and they’re voting “I don’t know.” Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone. (Says into phone) “I DON’T KNOW!” (Hangs up looking proud.) Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe you’re not sure about.” This guy probably calls up phone sex girls for $2.95 to say, “I’m not in the mood.”


I have a switch in my apartment that doesn’t do anything. Every once in a while I turn it on and off. One day I got a call from a woman in France who said, -Cut it out!

Steven Wright


Mary and Sue were best of friends and tried to do everything together. Mary announced that she was going to start a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently.

“Great,” Sue exclaimed. “I’m ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. And when I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I’ll call you first.”

“Wonderful,” Mary replied. “I’ll go with you.”


ENERGY: Element of vitality kids always have an oversupply of until asked to do something.


At a pharmacy, a blonde woman asked to use the infant scale to weigh the baby she held in her arms. The clerk explained that the device was out for repairs, but said that she would figure the infant’s weight by weighing the woman and baby together on the adult scale, then weighing the mother alone and subtracting the second amount from the first.

“It won’t work,” countered the woman. “I’m not the mother, I’m the aunt.”


When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.    

Alexander Graham Bell


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.




Ray’s Daily

April 17, 2018


He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.

Henry David Thoreau


I am off this morning to the hear Doctor where I will also get a cardic echo check on my leaky heart valve. Since I am running behind I am sending you another reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on April 17, 2008

It is another of those runaway days. With Kiwanis, a Salvation Army volunteer appreciation luncheon, an Arthritis seminar and a Immigration seminar there are only a few hours left. I am in the process of reducing the daily level of activity but these commitments where made some time ago and have to be honored. So what I am going to do is give you something I saved some time ago. I decided to send it to you because one of my friends has been carrying too heavy a load and when I said she should take a vacation she told me all the reasons why she could not. I disagreed with her but could not convince her so I am dedicating the following to her and all the rest of you who just can’t stop.

Work, Rest and Play!

According to the world ethic, happiness is not natural – happiness is a pay-packet you earn for putting in the hours. There are, in particular, four erroneous, fearful beliefs about happiness that help make up the work ethic, and they are,

Happiness has to be deserved

Happiness has to be worked for

Happiness has to be earned

Happiness has to be paid for

The work ethic is all about labor: birth is labor, life is labor, love is labor, happiness is labor, work is labor, death is rest. We labor, not for the joy of it, but because we have learned to believe we must. The purpose of the work ethic is to work hard so as to atone for your guilt and unworthiness and thereby “deserve happiness” once more.

“Workaholism” is endemic, and for many of us our life is governed entirely by work. Once upon a time, we worked to live; now, we live to work. Any “life” we do have is merely recovery from work. We work, recover from work, and then work again. We go to the office to work.

After work, we bring home some work with us. For rest, we go to the gym for a work-out. Totally exhausted, we go to therapy to work through our problems – “I’ve done a lot of work on myself,” we say. After all that, there’s the house-work! Finally, we hit the sack, too tired to be happy, but our mind is still working and we cannot sleep. No problem! Insomnia is a wonderful chance to get more work done!

The work ethic is motivated by the belief that anything worthwhile requires great work, effort and labour. According to the work ethic: creativity is not inspiration; it’s perspiration; love is a labour, not a joy; success is a fight, it never comes easily; health is about a “no pain, no gain” attitude; salvation is hardest of all – it is a wrestling match with the angels – just ask Jacob. Nothing comes easily according to the work ethic.

We are too busy working to be happy, to be happy. In the last ten years, the average working week has increased by over ten hours to nearly 50 hours a week; the lunch break faces extinction; 6 out of 10 men and 4 out of 10 women work Saturdays; Sundays are now a workday for many. To cap it all, when we dare leave the office at 5pm, there is always one sad, brainless colleague who shouts out, “Part timer”, or, “Only doing a half day?” Guilt ensues.

As a society we spend more and more time as a human doing and less and less time as a human being. Indeed, the work ethic despises rest and play. We hardly ever go out to play anymore; instead we go for cardiovascular workouts, business lunches and corporate away days. According to the work ethic, rest is “downtime” – nothing useful is happening. Too much rest and you lose your edge!

Kick the work ethic into touch! When you are relaxed and happy, you perform brilliantly. Remember the old saying: “you do not stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing”. Work is an attitude. So too is play. Go out to play!

Extracted from Happiness NOW , article by Robert Holden


If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.

Logan P. Smith



If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,

And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,

And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,

Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!


If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,

And the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,

And your data is corrupted ’cause the index doesn’t hash,

Then your situation’s hopeless, and your system’s gonna crash!


If the label on the cable on the table at your house,

Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,

But your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,

That’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall.


And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss

So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,

Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,

‘Cause as sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang!


When the copy of your floppy’s getting sloppy on the disk,

And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk,

Then you have to flash your memory

and you’ll want to RAM your ROM.

Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom!


Take interest in your future. It’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life.


A 50-ish man is driving on a slow highway in the middle of the night. He has a flat tire. He gets out of his car and is changing his tire, when out of the blue, another car pulls up behind him.

He thinks “That’s nice. Someone is stopping to help me.”

The guy gets out of his car, walks to the front of the other car and lifts the hood.

The owner says: “What the hell are you doing?”

The other guy replies: “Well, I see you’re stealing the tires, so I’m taking the damn battery!”


“If you don’t make mistakes it means you’re not really trying… and you’re probably boring too.”


Pastor Dave Charlton tells us, “After a worship service at First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!’ It worked.”


Friendship is what binds the world together in peace, may we all become friends.


“I was walking the streets of Glasgow the other week and I saw this sign: ‘This door is alarmed.’ I said to myself: ‘How do you think I feel?'”

Arnold Brown


Come, gentle Spring; ethereal Mildness, come!

James Thomson


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.


We’re OK

Ray’s Daily

April 16, 2018


To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Don't find fault

Here we go, a new week. Hopefully we will end the week with more traditional Spring weather. Lately it seems like we go through all four seasons every week.

These days I find we need to be ready to deal with our ever-changing reality. The good news is that my wife and I seem to be able to handle what comes with out agonizing over our difficulties, rather each challenge is viewed as just another step in our aging journey. Bemoaning what happens has no value at all so we just celebrate that we made it through another day.

The following is a little like the way we see life.

If You Bring Love

Joseph Campbell

At a certain moment in Nietzsche’s life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.

If you bring love to that moment – not discouragement – you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true.

Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.


Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.

Jean Chatzky



Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.

Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.


“When I have a kid, I wanna put him in one of those strollers for twins, then run around the mall looking frantic.”

Steven Wright


The stages of marriage:

Stage 1: Sugar dumpling, I’ve really been worried about my baby girl. That’s a bad sniffle and there’s no telling about these things with all the strep that’s going around.  I’m going to put you in the hospital for a general check-up and a good rest. I know the food’s terrible, but I’m going to bring you dinner every night from Rosini’s.  I’ve got it all arranged with the floor supervisor.

Stage 2: Listen, darling, I don’t like the sound of that cough.  I’m going to call Doc Miller to rush over here.  Now you go to bed like a good girl just for papa.

Stage 3: Maybe you’d better lie down, honey. Nothing like little rest when you feel lousy. I’ll bring you something.  Have we got any canned soup?

Stage 4: Now look, dear, be sensible. After you’ve fed the kids and gotten the dishes done and the floor mopped, you’d better lie down for a while.

Stage 5: Why don’t you take a couple of aspirins?

Stage 6: Why you’d just gargle or something instead of sitting around barking like a seal all evening!


It may be possible to bypass all of America when the Federal Interstate Highway System is completed.


A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.

Every hand went up.

The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”


Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Karl Barth


Morris telephoned his wife Sadie. “Sadie, darling, I’ve got some good news. You know that Broadway musical you’ve been dying to see?”


“Well, I’ve just bought us two tickets to see it.”

“Oh Morris, that’s wonderful. I’ll start dressing immediately.”

“Sadie, that’s just what I wanted to hear you say. The tickets are for tomorrow night’s performance.”


One day a little girl came home from school, and said to her mother, “Mommy, today in school I was punished for something that I didn’t do.”

The mother exclaimed, “But that’s terrible! I’m going to have a talk with your teacher about this! By the way, what was it that you didn’t do?”

The little girl replied, “My homework.”


We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

John Newton


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.



It really is

Ray’s Daily

April 13, 2018


“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

Frank Tyger


This gas been a good week for me so far. Besides all the activities associated with my anniversary I geard from folks that I have not seen or heard from for years.

It was a p;easent surprise when a retired top executive from Morton Salt called to reminisce about the time when Morton Salt partnered with Kiwanis Internationals first worldwide service project. Then I was invited to have breakfast yesterday with the head of the Kennedy Foundation. He, with the leadership provided by Eunice Shriver, helped our global project to succeed. They brought back great memories and reminded me that I have a lot to be thankful for. I am happy, I hope you are too, if not this may help.

10 Best Tips To Improve Your Mental Health And Happiness

1) Stop Worrying About Everything

If we added up all the hours we spent worrying about what could happen in our lives, we would never leave our house.

2) Find What Really Makes You Angry

Dr. Max recounts a story of a patient who was mad at her husband because he’d never wash the dishes. They had several arguments about that. Dr. Max suggested to the patient that she buys a dishwasher. She then replied that she and her husband would just fight about something else. Of course, it became clear that not doing the dishes represented the woman’s fear related to her husband’s lack of affection towards her.

3) Be Nice to Yourself

Being kind to yourself does not take any more energy than being mean. Therefore, why not try being nice to yourself just for once?

4) Be Nice to Others

You know the old saying, “if you can’t beat them, join them”? That’s the truest thing about life. Don’t worry about what others are doing, saying, or wearing, and stop judging them.

Instead, try swapping out these negative thoughts to positive feelings about that person, and you’ll see your mood improve. Being nice isn’t that hard.

5) Get Another Job

For some people, their job is everything. Unfortunately, it can also be what kills them slowly.

We all have to work to make a living, but we don’t need to work ourselves to death.

6) Accept People or Move On

We tend to spend a great deal of our energy in trying to change others. The silliest things can make us get angry or upset about other people. Unless you can accept someone for who they are, then you need to move on with your life so that those emotions don’t consume you.

7) Stop Saying You’re Fine

If you’re sad, say it. If things are bad, say they’re bad. Stop hiding from others by saying you are fine. People who care about you know what fine really means, and they’re willing to listen, more often than you imagine. Don’t keep things bottled in if you really have something to say.

8) Say No

It’s simple. Try it out. See how it feels. Do not recount it when you do. Saying no gives you the freedom to do what you want to do in life, and helps you to stop feeling so indebted to others.

9) Talk it Out

Everyone needs at least one person in their lives with whom they can share their thoughts and feelings.

10) Tell Others You Love Them

You may not wake up tomorrow. It’s scary, but it’s true. Don’t leave anything left unsaid. Take the chance to tell people you care while you can.


“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.”

Peter Hagerty


Were you a kid in the Fifties or earlier? Everybody makes fun of our childhood! Comedians joke. Grandkids snicker. Twenty-something’s shudder and say “Eeeew!” But was our childhood really all that bad? Judge for yourself:

In 1953 The US population was less than 150 million… Yet you knew more people then, and knew them better… And that was good.

The average annual salary was under $3,000… Yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day and still live a decent life… And that was good

A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents… But it was safe for a five-year-old to skate to the store and buy one… And that was good.

Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet, Gunsmoke and Lassie… So nobody ever heard of ratings or filters… And that was good.

We didn’t have air-conditioning… So the windows stayed up and half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike… And that was good.

Your teacher was either Miss Matthews or Mrs. Logan or Mr. Adkins… But not Ms Becky or Mr. Dan… And that was good.

The only hazardous material you knew about… was a patch of grassburrs around the light pole at the corner. And that was good.

You loved to climb into a fresh bed… Because sheets were dried on the clothesline… And that was good.

People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives.. So “child care” meant grandparents or aunts and uncles… And that was good.

Parents were respected and their rules were law…. Children did not talk back….. and that was good.

TV was in black-and-white… But all outdoors was in glorious color….And that was certainly good.

Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody’s carburetor.. And the Dad next door knew how to adjust all the TV knobs.. And that was very good.


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

Alice Roosevelt Longworth


The new army recruit was given guard duty at 2 a.m. He did his best for a while, but at about 4 a.m. he went to sleep. He awakened to find the officer of the day standing before him.

Remembering the heavy penalty for being asleep on guard duty, this smart young man kept his head bowed for another moment and looked upward and reverently said, “A-a-a-men!”


“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia Loren


My buddy applied for a job as an insurance salesman. Where the form requested “prior experience,” he wrote “lifeguard.”  That was it. Nothing else.

“We’re looking for someone who can not only sell insurance, but who can sell himself as well,” said the hiring manager. “How does working as a lifeguard pertain to salesmanship?”

My pal replied, “I couldn’t swim.”  He got the job.


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley


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.


I am grateful

Ray’s Daily

April 12, 2018


Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Jean Baptiste Massieu


We had a full day yesterday that started with a morning celebration of our 65th wedding anniversary by a group of friends. We also received a multitude of cards, flowers. E-mails and phone calls. We even stayed out later than unusual dinning with family.

My wife’s and my being able to share memories with friends and family made the day special, especially because we did it together. She even laughed when I told her I went to Victoria’s secret to buy her an anniversary gift but when I had asked what they had for an 85-year-old lady they told me “Directions to Walmart.”

Yesterday reminded me just how grateful I am for my life partner’s tolerance and support. The following is in that spirit.


People will probably forget what you said and they will possibly forget what you did . . . but they will never forget how you made them feel!

Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while – but how they made you feel in what they said – will stay with you forever!!! Of course there’s two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) – both equally important!!!

One aspect is the negative, destructive one.   If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) – even when we remove them – the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever!!!   Please stay aware of that – without focusing on it.

The other aspect of this principle – the one we really should focus on – is the power of encouragement !!!

The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual – or group of people – is almost impossible to measure – but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently !!!

My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis – and if you’re not particularly good at it – then try it for just one week and see how it feels – and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you – they will be incredible ….. once they’re over the shock 🙂   One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life – because it will become a great habit!!!

Sure – it’s easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) – but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement !!!   It may not even be achievement just yet – they may only be ‘trying’ to do something – but just not quite getting there (?). 

Written by Phil Evans


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder


A man goes into a bar and seats himself on a stool. The bartender looks at him and says, “What’ll it be buddy?”

The man says, “Set me up with seven whiskey shots and make them doubles.” The bartender does this and watches the man slug one down, then the next, then the next, and so on until all seven are gone almost as quickly as they were served. Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks why he’s doing all this drinking.

“You’d drink them this fast too if you had what I have.”

The bartender hastily asks, “What do you have pal?”

The man quickly replies, “I have a dollar.”


HE SAID : May I hold your hand?

SHE SAID: No thanks, it isn’t heavy.


The little young lady of the house, by way of punishment for some minor misdemeanor, was compelled to eat her dinner alone at a little table in a corner of the dining room.

The rest of the family paid no attention to her presence until they heard her audibly praying over her repast with the words, “I thank thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”



(Get your manager’s permission before attending)


While my friend was working as a receptionist for an eye surgeon, a very angry woman stormed up to her desk..  “Someone stole my wig while I was having surgery yesterday,” she complained.

The doctor came out and tried to calm her down.  “I assure you that no one on my staff would have done such a thing,” he said.  “Why do you think it was taken here?”

“After the operation, I noticed the wig I was wearing was cheap-looking and ugly.”

“I think” explained the surgeon gently, “that means your cataract operation was a success.”


Once over the hill, you pick up speed.


Things I MUST remember by THE DOG

  1. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
  2. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.
  3. I will not roll my toys behind the ‘fridge or sofa or under the bed.
  4. I must shake the rainwater off of my coat before entering the house.
  5. I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
  6. I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.
  7. I will not throw up in the car.
  8. I will not roll on dead or decaying mammals, fish or fowl just because I like the way they smell.
  9. “Kitty box crunches,” although they are tasty, are not food.
  10. I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.
  11. The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
  12. I will not chew my human’s toothbrush and not tell them.
  13. I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my owners will think I am hemorrhaging.
  14. When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it’s raining outside.
  15. Even though we have a door bell, I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
  16. I will not steal my mom’s underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.
  17. The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom & Dad’s lap.
  18. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
  19. I will not bite the Trooper’s hand when he reaches in for Dad’s driver’s license and car registration.
  20. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet.
  21. To avoid having a string hanging out of my butt, I will not eat mint-flavored dental floss out of the bathroom garbage.
  22. I will not “roll around in the dirt” after getting a bath.
  23. I will not fart, belch, or sneeze at my owner while sleeping in their bed.
  24. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.
  25. The toilet bowl is not a never-ending water supply and, just because the water is blue, it doesn’t mean it is cleaner.


The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

Henry Ward Beecher


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.



Big Day

Ray’s Daily

April 11, 2018


May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.

Robert A. Heinlein


Today is our 65th wedding anniversary. We, like so many other couples have had our ups and downs over the years. We have grown together and learned together. Our children continue to bring us happiness as do our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

We have been blessed by the gift of many friends that stood with us during good times and even not so good times. We started with very little but together we did ok.

While we enjoy our memories, it is our time together that continues to add luster to our lives. We walk slower, we can’t do everything we use to do, but we can still walk hand in hand and that is enough.

I hope  that your life will be as good as ours has been.

The Art of Marriage

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created.

In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;

The courtship should not end with the honeymoon,

it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude

of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation

and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience,

understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,

dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.


Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.

Simone Signoret


A middle-aged man wasn’t feeling well, so he went to the doctor for a check up.  After a thorough examination, the doctor said, “Well, based on my examination, the best thing for you is to cut out all sweets and fatty foods, give up alcohol, and stop smoking.”

The man said, “Well, to be honest with you Doc, I don’t deserve the best. What’s the second best?”


Isn’t the only time a woman wishes she were a year older be when she is expecting a baby?


A father comes home from a long business trip to find his son riding a new, 21-speed mountain bike. “Where did you get the money for the bike?” the father asks. “It must have cost $300!”

“Easy, Dad,” the boy replies. “I earned it hiking.”

“Come on, son,” the father says. “Tell me the truth.”

“That is the truth,” Johnny replies. “Every night you were gone, Sis’ boyfriend would come over to see Sis. He’d give me a $20 bill and tell me to take a hike.”


Beauty is only skin deep but stupid goes right to the bone.


An elderly lady was known for her faith and her boldness in talking about it. She would stand on her front porch and shout “Praise the Lord!”

Next door to her lived an atheist who would get angry at her proclamations and he would shout, “There ain’t no Lord!”

Hard times set in on the elderly lady and she prayed to God to send her some assistance… She stood on her front porch and shouted, “Praise the Lord…God I need food!! I am having a hard time. Please, Lord, send me some groceries.”

The next morning the lady went out on her porch, noted a large bag of groceries and she shouted, “Praise the Lord.”

The neighbor jumped up from behind a bush and said, “Ha ha.. I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries. God didn’t.”

The lady started jumping up and down and clapping her hands and saying, “Praise the Lord. He not only sent me groceries but He made the devil pay for them. PRAISE THE LORD.”


In my day, we didn’t have virtual reality. If a one-eyed, razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.


A wife angrily calls the airline that serves her small community. “What terrible service you provide!” she told the clerk.

“What do you mean, ma’am?” the clerk asked.

“Well,” she said, incensed, “my husband just returned from his college reunion in Milwaukee. But when he came into the house, I noticed his baggage had tags from Cancun!”


“This is a new dress. Do you like it? It’s from my favorite designer, On Sale.”

Rita Rudner


The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The owner proudly led him into the kitchen and introduced him to the chef.

“Your veal parmigiana was superb,” the customer said. “I just spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I ever had over there.”

“Naturally,” the chef said. “Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported.”


A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

Paul Sweeney


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.



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