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Stay Strong

Ray’s Daily

November 22, 2019


Life Shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin


It has been a busy couple of days with more to do toda6. So my friend I am going back fourteen years to see what my world looked likwe then.

Ray’s Daily first published November 22, 2005


I am constantly impressed by how so many people I meet are able to overcome adversity, their fears, and what would be roadblocks for others. Job loss, major illness, family problems, and many other things drive too many people to resignation or desperation. But in my experience, there are many who exhibit the courage needed to rise above the problems that life puts in their path.

I have many new friends who have to make a career change in their middle years. I get periodic medical treatments alongside patients who are getting chemo treatments for a grave disease. I know people who have lost everything they owned. Each of these events take way too many of us down. We either give up or lash out in anger, trying to find someone or something to blame. The magnificent people I am fortunate to meet who are facing great adversity reach down and find the strength to rise above their problems. As often as not they are the first to come to the aid of someone else. In my mind they are all champions.

Each of us are challenged sometime in our lives, often we are frightened and do not know how we will be able to cope, and yet we do. We may not get medals for our bravery, but it is our courage under fire that provides us the opportunity to get up and get back in the game. I continue to be inspired by the strength exhibited by so many people I meet. Sometimes they may need us to let them know they can do it. And when we are the ones that are suffering I hope we have the courage to do as well as these heroes.


It takes strength to be firm. It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to stand guard. It takes courage to let down your guard

It takes strength to conquer. It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain. It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in. It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain. It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pains. It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to endure abuse. It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone. It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love. It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive. It takes courage to live.

                             Author Unknown


A husband and wife both talked in their sleep. She loved going to auctions and his hobby was golf. One night, during a deep sleep, the man yells, “Fore!”

His wife yells back, “Four-fifty!”


Can you be frequent infrequently?



According to Movie Life magazine, Ann-Margaret would like to start having babies soon, but her husband wants her to wait a while. Why?   – PAUL LYNDE:  He’s out of town.

Dennis Weaver, Debbie Reynolds, and Shelley Winters star in the movie “What’s The Matter With Helen?”  Who plays Helen? CHARLEY WEAVER:  Dennis Weaver–that’s why they asked the question.

James Stewart did it over twenty years ago when he was forty-one years old. Now he says it was “one of the best things I ever did. What was it? – MARTY ALLEN:  Rhonda Fleming.

Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?   – CHARLEY WEAVER:  His feet.

Before a cow will give you any milk, she has to have something very important.  What?   – PAUL LYNDE:  An engagement ring.

According to Robert Mitchum, one thing has ruined more actors than drinking.  What?   – CHARLEY WEAVER:  Not drinking.

When the Lone Ranger finished with a case, he left something behind. What?   – PAUL LYNDE:  A masked baby.

If you’re going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?   – CHARLEY WEAVER:  Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Do female frogs croak? – PAUL LYNDE:  If you hold their little heads under water.

According to psychologists, when a child begins to get curious about sex, what is the one question he will most ask his mommy and daddy?   – PAUL LYNDE:  Where can I get some?

Why do the Hell’s Angels wear leather?   – PAUL LYNDE:  Because chiffon wrinkles so easily.


Don’t cry because it’s over: smile because it happened.


The stockbroker received notice from the IRS that he was being audited. He showed up at the appointed time and place with all his financial records, then sat for what seemed like hours as the accountant pored over them.

Finally the IRS agent looked up and commented, “You must have been a tremendous fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

“Why would you say that?” wondered the broker.

“Because you’ve made more brilliant deductions on your last three returns than Sherlock Holmes made in his entire career…”


“Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.”


A woman was on the witness stand, accused of poisoning her husband.

“After you put poison in the coffee, you sat at the breakfast table and  watched your husband drink it. Tell me, didn’t you feel the slightest bit of pity for him?” the defense attorney prompted.

“Yes,” she replied, “I think there was one moment when I felt sorry for him.”

“And when was that?”

“When he asked for his second cup.”


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff announced his plans to expel every illegal immigrant in this country.

This policy has a lot of illegal immigrants panicking.

Though not as much as Americans when they find out they have to clean their own houses, cut their own lawns and take care of their own kids. Then you’ll see panicking! –


“On our anniversary, I told my husband, “I know I married you for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m ready now for better and richer.”


Bernie took his wife Sadie to see a psychiatrist for a check up.

After examining her, the doctor took Bernie to one side and said, “I have some very bad news for you. There is nothing I can do to help your wife. Her mind has completely gone.”

“I’m not really surprised,” Bernie replied, “Sadie’s been giving me a piece of it every day for the last 50 years.”


History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

  • B. C. Forbes


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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