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Those Were The Days

Ray’s Daily

April 16, 2020


I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

Eartha Kitt

Old Radio

Today I feel like going back to the good old days, days I hope to see again one of these days.


Ray’s Daily first published on April 16, 2004

I don’t know if kids still listen to the radio through the night like I did during the 40’s. I was fortunate enough to live in Chicago were my favorite overnight disc jockey was Dave Garroway. His theme was a whistled version of Sentimental Journey the music he played was from the big bands and ballads from the singers of the day. He accompanied all this with soothing, intelligent patter. He also  announced for the NBC radio series The World’s Great Novels. The show featured dramatic readings of classic novels and later evolved into NBC University of the Air, which offered accredited radio-assisted degrees in literature. Life was simpler then, it was nice to be able to linger quietly and to explore together with this voice on the radio, the good things in life.

In 1949 he moved to TV, as the host of one of television’s earliest musical-variety shows. Garroway at Large was one of the two most important series to be made in Chicago, along with Kukla, Fran & Ollie, during the city’s brief period in the late 1940s as an important production center for network programs. Garroway at Large ran until 1951. Starting in 1952, Garroway became the longtime host of NBC’s Today show. It just seems to me there was more depth in the Garroway years, less sound bites and listeners with a longer attention span. I wish we had more than just public radio to find anything similar these days.


Carolyn sent me this, I figured I better share it with you.

To all my friends, thanks to you sending me chain letters in 2003:

I stopped drinking Coca Cola after I found out that it’s good for removing toilet stains.

I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS.

I smell like a dog since I stopped using deodorants because they cause cancer.

I don’t leave my car in the parking lot or any other place and sometimes I even have to walk about 7 blocks for fear that someone will drug me with a perfume sample and try to rob me.

I also stopped answering the phone for fear that they ask me to dial a stupid number and then I get a phone bill from hell with calls to Uganda, Singapore and Tokyo.

I stopped consuming several foods for fear that the estrogens they contain may turn me gay.

I also stopped eating chicken and hamburgers because they are nothing other than horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers that are bred in a lab so that places like McDonalds can sell their Big Macs.

I also stopped drinking anything out of a can for fear that I will get sick from the rat feces and urine.

I think I’m turning gay because when I go to parties, I don’t look at any girl no matter how hot she is, for fear that she will take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a  bathtub full of ice.

I also donated all my savings to the Amy Bruce account.  A sick girl that was about to die in the hospital about 7,000 times.  Funny that girl, she’s been 7 since 1993…

I went bankrupt from bounced checks that I made expecting the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL were supposed to send me when I participated in their special e-mail program.

My Erickson phone never arrived and neither did the passes for a paid vacation to Disneyland.

But I am positive that all this is the cause of a stinking chain that I broke or forgot to follow and I got a curse from hell.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you send this e-mail to at least 1200 people in the next 10 seconds, a bird will crap on you today at 7 pm.


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

Henny Youngman


Andy came to work one day, limping something awful. One of his co-workers, Josh, noticed and asked Andy what happened.

Andy replied, “Oh, nothing.  It’s just an old hockey injury that acts up once in a while.”

Josh, “Gee, I never knew you played hockey.”

Andy, “No I don’t. I hurt it last year when I lost $100 on the Stanley Cup play-offs. I put my foot through the television…”


Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

-Charlotte Whitton


Dear Sir,

Since taking your body building course, I now have a 44 inch chest, a 32 inch waist, 17 inch biceps and an 18 inch neck. I feel absolutely marvelous but at the same time, I do feel that my chances of marriage are spoiled.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Goldberg


There will always be a conflict between “good” and “good enough.”

Henry Martyn Leland


Morris had died.

His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Morris’ Last Will and Testament.

“To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 150 acres of land, and 1 million dollars.

To my son Barry, I leave my Big Lexus and the new Jaguar.

To my daughter Shirley, I leave my yacht and $250,000.

And to my brother-in-law Aaron, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my treadmill.”


Jewish curses

May you sell candles for a living and then may the sun never set.

May you be like a chandelier, hang by day and burn by night!


Did you know that Moses had to make a third trip up to the top of Mount Sinai?

Well, on this third trip, Moses arrived at the burning bush after much climbing, removed his sandals, kneeled and prayed to God.

“Oh mighty God, King of the Universe, your people have sent me back here to ask you a question about the Ten Commandments.”

“What question do they have for me?” roared the voice of God.

“They want to know whether the commandments are listed according to priority.”


Sign in restaurant: If you are over 80 and accompanied by your parents, we will cash your check.


He said: After enlisting in the 82nd Airborne Division, I eagerly asked my recruiter what I could expect from jump school.

“It’s three weeks long,” he said.

“What else?” I asked.

“The first week, they separate the men from the boys,” he said. “The second week, they separate the men from the fools.”

“And the third week?” I asked.

“The third week, the fools jump.”


If you help a relative in need, he/she will remember you the next time they are in need.


While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin.

Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his Father always said: “Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn ….. and into the hole he gooooes.”


Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Jeremy Kitson


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 Works For Me

Ray’s Daily

April 15, 2020


Stay positive. Better days are on their way.

think positive

We are learning to live in our isolation. Years ago some one said that “In every adverse situation there is something to be learned.” I don’t know about you but I am finding things out about myself I did not realize.

For example I have found that the casual day to day encounters that I had with my fellow residents helped make my day’s pretty good. I again realize that how we do in life is pretty much up to us. I again have found that focusing on what is right while avoiding pessimism makes the days tolerable.

Here are excerpts from an article on how to stay positive:

3 Powerful Ways To Stay Positive

Travis Bradberry

Separate Fact From Fiction

The first step in learning to focus on the positive requires knowing how to stop negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that — thoughts, not facts.

When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things your inner voice says,

When it feels like something always or never happens, this is just your brain’s natural threat tendency inflating the perceived frequency or severity of an event. Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

Identify A Positive

Once you snap yourself out of self-defeating, negative thoughts, it’s time to help your brain learn what you want it to focus on — the positive.

This will come naturally after some practice, but first you have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Any positive thought will do to refocus your brain’s attention. When things are going well, and your mood is good, this is relatively easy. When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. In these moments, think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small. If you can’t think of something from the current day, reflect on the previous day or even the previous week. Or perhaps there is an exciting event you are looking forward to that you can focus your attention on.

The point here is you must have something positive that you’re ready to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative. Step one stripped the power from negative thoughts by separating fact from fiction. Step two is to replace the negative with a positive. Once you have identified a positive thought, draw your attention to that thought each time you find yourself dwelling on the negative. If that proves difficult, you can repeat the process of writing down the negative thoughts to discredit their validity, and then allow yourself to freely enjoy positive thoughts.

Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels.

You cultivate an attitude of gratitude by taking time out every day to focus on the positive. Any time you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and think about something positive. In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life.


“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou


Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide. The first old guy says to the second guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

The second old guy says, “That’s OK, It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.”

The first old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?”

The second old guy says, “Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, long legs, big busted, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?”

To which the first old guy says, “Doesn’t matter, — let’s look for yours.”


I’ve always wanted to spend money lavishly, but I certainly never thought it would be on gasoline, sugar, milk, bread, and mayonnaise


He said: I am a deputy sheriff assigned to courthouse security. As part of my job, I explain court procedures to visitors.  One day I was showing a group of ninth-graders around.  Court was in recess and only the clerk and a young man in custody wearing handcuffs were in the courtroom.

“This is where the judge sits,” I began, pointing to the bench. “The lawyers sit at these tables.  The court clerk sits over there.  The court recorder, or stenographer, sits over here. Near the judge is the witness stand and over there is where the jury sits.

“As you can see,” I finished, “there are a lot of people involved in making this system work.”

At that point, the prisoner raised his cuffed hands and said, “Yeah, but I’m the one who makes it all happen.”


Three frogs walked into a bar, the fourth frog ducked.


True Mother-in-Law

Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit. “This young lawyer agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.

“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.

And so they argued before the King until he called for silence.

“Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and I shall cut the young attorney in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”

“Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.

But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman’s daughter marry him.”

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “The attorney must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.

“But she was willing to cut him in two!” exclaimed the king’s advisor.

“Indeed,” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law.”


“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.”

Frederick William Faber


These two couples play golf together regularly at their club, and on the sixth hole, a par four, the second shot to the green must carry 80 yards over water.

One of the women, Mrs. Smith, for over a year, could never carry the water, and would always hit into it, totally psyched out by the presence of the water.

Her friend in the group suggested that she might want to see a hypnotherapist to overcome her anxiety near the water. So the woman went to a hypnotherapist for four sessions. In those sessions, the woman was hypnotized and the therapist would “plant suggestions” that when playing the second shot on the sixth hole, she would not see water, but rather a plush green fairway leading all the way up to the green.

About six months later, a woman at the club asked whatever happened to Mrs. Smith, that she hadn’t seen her playing golf at the club for almost four months now.

She was informed that five months earlier, Mrs. Smith had *drowned* at the first leg of the sixth hole!!


If you cannot hear a pin drop, you are a lousy bowler.


A child asks his mother, “Do all fairy tales begin with, ‘Once upon a time?’ ”

His mother answers, “No, dear. Once in a while they begin with ‘I’ll be working late at the office tonight.'”

“Does Daddy tell you fairy tales like that ?”

“He used to.”

“What made him stop ?”

“One day he told me he’d be working late, and I said, ‘Can I depend on that ?'”


Success, for some people, depends on becoming well known; for others, it depends on never being found out.


An absent-minded husband thought he had conquered his problem of trying to remember his wife’s birthday and their anniversary. He opened an account with a florist, provided that florist with the dates and instructions to send flowers to his wife on these dates along with an appropriate note signed,

Your loving husband.”

His wife was thrilled by this new display of attention and all went well until next year, on their anniversary, when he came home, kissed his wife and said off-handedly, “Nice flowers, honey.  Where’d you get them?”


“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Jack Layton


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.




Life Goes On

Ray’s Daily

April 14, 2020


”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”

Brian Tracy


Our current international health crisis continues and it is up to us how we handle the challenges. I learned long ago that trying to change what I cannot change is fruitless. I need to focus on what I can do, and right now it is to make the best of my self-isolation.

By keeping busy and focusing on what I can do for myself and others turns a bad day to a better day. These are not easy times but if we don’t let them take us down, we will be Ok, in fact we may be even better.

Here are some quotes that I like for these times.

Inspirational Quotes

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

Wayne Dyer

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”

Flavia Weedn

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Keonig

“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

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

John Wooden


“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Groucho Marx


A church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money for a special trip to Bethlehem.

They made a large sign that read: CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP. On the scheduled Saturday, business was very good. But, by two o’clock the sky clouded, the rain poured, and there were hardly any customers.

Finally, one of the soprano singers had an idea. She printed a very large poster with the words: WE WASH. GOD RINSES. (Next to the words was an arrow pointing skyward.) Business boomed!


“Always be sincere, even when you don’t mean it.”

Irene Peter


Doctors are used to getting calls at any hour. One night a man phoned his doctor, waking him up.

“I’m really sorry to bother you so late,” he said, “but I think my wife has appendicitis.”

Still half asleep, the doctor reminded him that he had removed hs wife’s inflamed appendix a couple of years before.

“Whoever heard of a second appendix?” the doctor asked.

“You may not have heard of a second appendix, doc,” the man replied, “but surely you’ve heard of a second wife!”


I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Arthur Rubenstein


A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.

After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation.

For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married.

“Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?” he requested.

Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.


The new employee is so bright the boss calls him son.


There was a little old cleaning woman that went to the local church. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. The pastor listened as she told him how she had accepted Jesus and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church. The pastor thought to himself, “Oh my, she is so unkempt, even smells a little, and her fingernails are not clean. She picks up garbage, cleans toilets – what would the members think of her.” He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it and then decide.

The following week, here she came again. She told the pastor that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. “I have passed this church for so long. It is so beautiful, and I truly want to become a member.”

Again the pastor told her to go home and pray some more. A few weeks later while out eating at the restaurant, the pastor saw the little old lady. He did not want her to think that he was ignoring her so he approached her and said, “I have not seen you for a while. Is everything all right?”

“Oh, yes,” she said. “I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church.”

“He did?” said the pastor.

“Oh, yes,” she replied. “He said even He hasn’t been able to get into your church yet, and He’s been trying for years.”


“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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 Have No Time For Worry

Ray’s Daily

April 13, 2020


“Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


As we all do what we can during these trying times it is not the easiest thing to do. Nancy and my wedding anniversary as well as the Easter celebration was this past weekend, and it was the first time we ever spent the time alone.

I find that living in isolation is not easy. Focusing on one day at a time and that we continue to be virus free helps. My day is also occupied with things I thought I would never do again. Yesterday I:

  • Collected trash
  • Ordered our upcoming meals
  • Communicated with family and friends
  • Sorted and stored laundry’
  • Helped my wife with medicines and more.

And you know what, when I was done I was too tired to worry. Bottom line we are doing OK, we hope you are too. Don’t let this all get you down. Here are some tipes to help you minimize worry.

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health

New problems may arise as the pandemic progresses

by Michelle Crouch, AARP

As it upends normal life, COVID-19 is causing people to feel anxious, angry, frightened, frustrated and sad. All these feelings are normal during this pandemic, mental health experts say.

But as the crisis stretches on, the prolonged isolation, financial uncertainty and fears about the coronavirus will almost inevitably trigger a spike in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and substance abuse.

Notably, nearly half of Americans said the COVID-19 pandemic is already harming their mental health, in a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And almost 1 in 5 said it has had a “major impact” on their mental health.

To boost your overall outlook, psychologists recommend getting plenty of sleep, eating balanced meals, going outside if you can and staying physically active. Self-compassion is also important; acknowledging your feelings can help you cope in a healthy way.

AARP asked psychologists for tips on how to handle specific mental health challenges during this stressful time.

If anxiety about the virus is dominating your thoughts, your first step is to reduce your exposure to news and social media. Psychologists agree that a constant cycle of negative headlines is linked to anxiety and stress. “News puts your brain on alert, even if you don’t realize it,” says Jameca Woody Falconer, a licensed psychologist and faculty member at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. “I have patients who watch the news around the clock, flipping from channel to channel, and it just amps up their cortisol levels.”

Consider limiting yourself to 30 minutes a day or just checking the news once in the morning and once in the evening.

Falconer also recommends connecting regularly with friends and family members by video chat or phone. “When you’re alone with your thoughts, your anxiety can spiral,” she says.

If your anxiety is interrupting your ability to function or to perform ordinary activities like paying bills or showering, that’s a sign it’s time to consider professional help.

Most therapists across the country are offering virtual sessions, and Medicare and many private insurers have expanded their coverage to include teletherapy. Ask your primary care provider for a referral, or use the national Crisis Text Line. Texting HOME to 741741 connects you to trained volunteer crisis counselors who reply quickly and are available 24/7.


Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

Arthur Somers Roche


These are the laws of the natural universe:

Law of Mechanical Repair:  After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.  AMEN .

Law of the Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.  (NOT TRUE:  If you get a busy signal, then how can you ascertain if it is the right or wrong number?) .

Law of the Alibi:  If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law: If you change lines, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

Bath Theorem: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result:  When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

Law of Bio mechanics:  The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Theater Rule:  At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.

Law of Coffee:  As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy’s Law of Lockers:  If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets:  The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich of landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Law of Location:  No matter where you go, there you are.

Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

Brown’s Law:  If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.


Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun a lot more work.


An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing.

A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.

“All set back here, Captain,” came the reply. “Except the lawyers are still going around passing out business cards.”


The difference between involvement and commitment is a ham and eggs breakfast.

The hen was involved, the pig was committed.


Here is a little sign mom might want to print out and hang up on the bathroom door.

Attention Children: The Bathroom Door is Closed.

Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions.  Wait until I get out.

Yes, it is locked.  I want it that way.  It is not broken, I am not trapped. I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in here, but it’s been 10 years and I want some PRIVACY.

Do not ask me how long I will be.  I will come out when I am done.

Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.

Do not go running back to the phone yelling, “She’s in the BATHROOM!”

Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.

Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them.  This was funny when you were two, but not now.

Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door.  Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.

If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away, and wait for me in another room.  I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.

And yes, I still love you.




Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


A Texan farmer went to Australia for a vacation. There, he met an Aussie farmer. The Aussie showed off his big wheat field and the Texan said, “Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large.”

After walking around the ranch a little, the Aussie pointed out his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately said, “We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows.”

When the Texan saw a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field, he asked, “And what are those?”

The Aussie, fed up with the Texan’s bragging replies with an incredulous look, “What, don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?”


“Worry is not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case, it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God’s providence.”

Hugh Blair


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.




Thank You, Nancy

Ray’s Daily

April 10, 2020


“GRATITUDE unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie


It is good Friday today, Nancy’s and my sixty-seventh wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and it will be Easter this Sunday. Nancy and I will be alone but we will be together, as we have been since I was eighteen years old. I am grateful to my life-long companion, we have never been closer or liked each other more, and for that I am grateful.

Take care of yourself, I hope you are OK with another reprint.

Ray’s Daily First published on April 10, 2009

It is Easter weekend for most of the world’s Christians and for us in the Northern Hemisphere it signals a new beginning as our flowers start their journey towards full bloom, food crop seeds germinate and life’s bounties will soon again be visible to those who are willing to see and appreciate what we have. Unfortunately there are those who don’t see the gifts they have received and unfortunately many others who don’t have access to what we see.

I doubt that there are any of our readers who don’t have reasons to be grateful for what they have. Sure many of us have had to do with less because of the global economy but that what we call less is so much more than what almost anyone else in the world has that we have every reason to be extremely grateful. No matter our religion or our station in life I feel we are obligated to do periodic self assessments and inventory what we have, friends, family, shelter, food on our table and so much more. Once we have reviewed what we have we will know why we should be grateful for the benefits we receive.

My hope is that most will not limit their expression of gratitude to only thanking their god or their lucky stars but rather showing their gratitude by doing something for someone less fortunate. In my experience the gift we give to others soon becomes so important to us that it nears the top of our gratitude list as we realize that our ability to give is truly a treasure life provides to all who wish to receive it.


Let me arise and open the gate,

to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,

And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,

And anger at living and scorn of Fate,

To let in Life, and to let out Death.

Violet Fane


The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.


A road sign from my youth:





***Burma Shave***


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


How many women with PMS does it take to screw in a light bulb?


ONE!! And do you know WHY it only takes ONE? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb. They don’t even know the bulb is BURNED OUT. They would sit in this house in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it OUT. And once they figured it out they wouldn’t be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they’ve been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past SEVENTEEN YEARS. But if they did, by some miracle, find the light bulbs, TWO DAYS LATER the chair that they dragged from two rooms over to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE CRUMPLED WRAPPER THE STUPID #)#(*(*^*&% LIGHT BULBS CAME IN. WHY??? BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT’S A WONDER WE HAVEN’T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE 12 FEET DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE. THE HOUSE!! THE HOUSE!!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS…….

That’s how many.


“The best is yet to be.”

Robert Browning


A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother.

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”


I’ve learned the great value of the three F’s:

forgive, forget and forge ahead.


She said I am a very nervous flyer.  During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems.  Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant.  “I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out.  Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.

A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”


Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars.

Henry Van Dyke


A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out.

All from the same person.


Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

–  Chinese proverb


Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life, into joining the Temple.

“Tell me Rabbi,” the old lady asked, “Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?”

“Yes I do. I’m positive of it. You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory.”

“Really Rabbi?”, the old lady replied thoughtfully. “I sure do wish I’d known that fifty years ago.”


The comfortable and comforting people are those who look upon the bright side of life; gathering its roses and sunshine and making the most that happens seem the best.

Dorothy Dix


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 is better than it seems

Ray’s Daily

April 9, 2020


“‘Enough’ is a feast.”

Buddhist Proverb

Be Grateful

It is another day of isolation as we stay in our apartment in order to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus. It is not as easy as I thought it was going to be.

I miss my being able to visit with our family. My hair has grown and there is no place to get it cut. Our housekeeper can’t help us clean our apartment since she is also staying home. We can’t socialize with our neighbors and friends. In other words, being kept from our normal life stinks. But:

  • We have adequate food to eat, while others don’t.
  • We have a comfortable place to live, while others have no place to go.
  • We have income from our pensions, while others have no income.
  • We are sickness free, while thousands are hospitalized.
  • We have each other while many have nobody.

So in reality we are doing so much better than we realize.

Count Your Blessings

   by Kelly Johnston

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.


Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.


Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.


Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.


Count your health instead of your wealth;

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.


“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie


Bernie had a fight with Rachel, his wife, and went to the movies to cool off. Later that evening, he decided to phone home to see what the situation was and maybe even apologize.

“Hello, darling,” he said, “what are you making for dinner?”

“What am I making for dinner? After all the horrible things you said to me earlier, you want to know what I am making for dinner?? Poison, that’s what I’m making, poison.”

Bernie replies, “Okay then, just make one portion, I’m not coming home.”


How can you add one to infinity?


There was a knock at the door.  It was a small boy, about five years old.  Something of his had found its way into my garage, he said, and he wanted it back. Upon opening the garage door, I noticed two additions: a baseball and a broken window sporting a baseball-sized hole.

“How do you suppose this ball got in here?” I asked the boy.

Taking one look at the ball, one look at the window, and one look at me, the boy exclaimed, “Wow!  I must have thrown it right through that hole!”


Learn to disagree without being disagreeable.


Dear Cats and Dogs,

When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two of you in the way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note – placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help, because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything larger than a king-sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Look at videos of dogs and cats sleeping. They can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit trough the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using bathrooms for years; canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.

The proper order is to kiss me, then go smell the other dog’s or cat’s behind. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you.

Thank you.

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” Mary Bly

Cat’s motto: No matter what you’ve done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it.


I didn’t believe in reincarnation the last time, either.


A big-city counterfeiter decided the best place to pass off his phony $18 bills would be in some small hick Texas town. So, he got into his new wheels and off he went.

He found a tiny town with a single store. He entered the store and handed one of the bogus bills to the man behind the counter. “Can you change this for me, please?” he said.

The store clerk looked at the $18 bill a short time, then smiled  and told the man, “Ah reckon so, Mister. Ya want 2 nines or 3 sixes?”


If you really want the last word in an argument, try saying, “I guess you’re right.”


She said: We’ve been letting our six-year-old go to sleep listening to the radio, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s a good idea. Last night he said his prayers and wound up with: And God bless Mommy and Daddy and Sister. Amen and FM!


I don’t have a solution but I really admire the problem.


“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”



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.




Take Care of Yourself

Ray’s Daily

April 8, 2020


“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller

this too will pass

The quarantine rules we we live have gotten even more stringent. While it is for our own protection it results in even further isolation. Fortunately, our basic needs are taken care of.

It is not easy to stand by watching this epidemic sweep the world. All we can do is isolate ourselves, to both protect us and others. What we are trying to do is do the best we can to make our current living conditions both safe and tolerable. Our greatest belief is that one day this too will pass and we pray that all our friends and family will be OK’

I recently got a message from Gretchen Rubin that included the following thoughts that I think we all should understand.

Now, at a time like this, it’s not possible to be happy. It’s a terrible time of global catastrophe. That’s the reality. But we can all take steps, within our own situation, to be as happy, and calm, and energetic, as we can be, under our own circumstances.

And by doing so, we help ourselves to weather this crisis more effectively, and we also strengthen ourselves to be more helpful to others and our community—now, and in the days to come.

So it’s not selfish to ask ourselves, “What can I do to get better sleep? How can I get some exercise when I’m safe at home for weeks? What activities will help me calm down when I feel frantic about paying the bills? How do I focus on my work when I’m so worried?”

By taking steps—what’s within our own power—to take care of our bodies, connect with other people, give ourselves mental breaks from the worries of the day, and so on, we help ourselves stay strong to deal with what’s coming—and by doing so, we help ourselves stay strong to take care of other people.

This situation is going to continue for a long time. So much is unknown. We need to have the stamina to meet the challenges that lie ahead.


“If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair.  Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.  Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”

Samuel Johnson


These are from the days when game show responses were spontaneous and not scripted like they are now.

Q: If you’re going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?

A: Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q: True or false…a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

A: George Gobel: Boy it sure seems that way sometimes…

Q: You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

A: Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.

Q: According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think he’s really attractive, is it okay to come out directly and ask him if he’s married?

A: Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.

Q: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

A: Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q: What are “Do It”, “I Can Help” and “Can’t Get Enough”?

A: George Gobel: I don’t know but it’s coming from the next apartment.

Q: Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during your first year?

A: Charley Weaver: Of course not, Peter. I’m too busy growing strawberries!

Q: It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics. What is the other?

A: Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q: Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

A: Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q: When you pat a dog on its head he will usually wag his tail. What will a goose do?

A: Paul Lynde: Make him bark.

Q: According to Ann Landers, is their anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

A: Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army!

Q: While visiting China, your tour guide starts shouting “Poo! Poo! Poo!” What does that mean?

A: George Goebel: Cattle crossing.

Q: Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

A: Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q: When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for it’s sex?

A: Charley Weaver: I’ll lend him the car. The rest is up to him.

Q: Do female frogs croak?

A: Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q: Imagine you are a child in your mother’s womb, can you detect light?

A: Paul Lynde: Only during ballet practice.


“Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.”

Jawaharlal Nehru


I sat there waiting for my doctor’s partner to make her way through the file that contained my very extensive medical history. After she finished all 17 pages, she looked at me and said, “You look better in person than you do on paper.”


There are no more hours in a bad day than in a good one!


Even though I was an engineering student, chemistry was a required course in my day. The Professor, on the first day of class, asked everyone to name the most outstanding contribution chemistry had made to society. When my turn came, I answered, “Blondes!”


You can stand tall without standing on someone.

You can be a victor without having victims.

Harriet Woods


My nursing colleague was preparing an intravenous line for a 15-year-old male patient. The bedside phone rang, and the boy’s mother reached over to pick it up. After talking for a few minutes, the mother held the phone aside and said, “Your father wants to know if you have any cute nurses.” The boy gazed at the nurse, who had the needle poised above his arm, ready for insertion. “Tell him,” he replied, “they’ are absolutely gorgeous.”


“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”

Joan Rivers


“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

Bob Moawad


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 Can Do This

Ray’s Daily

April 7, 2020


“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”

― Jodi Picoult


If you are like I am you are finding that having little to do is just as hard as having too much to do. These are difficult and worrisome times for as all. How well we cope w is on is up to us.

I have to avoid letting negative thoughts creep in, I do that by recalling positive memories and spending time on feel good activities. I have turned my backlog of wanted to watch movies and wanted to read books into welcome diversions.

I hope you are not letting these trying times take you down. Here are some of Marc Chernoff’s thoghts that I appreciate.

Together as We Distance Ourselves From COVID-19

Never forget that, even through the toughest of times, you are incredible. You really are.

So smile more often. You have so many reasons to. Time and again, our reason is you.

You won’t always be perfect or act perfect. Neither will we. Because nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You will never know exactly what we’re going through. And we will never know exactly what you’re going through. We are all fighting our own unique war right now.

But we are fighting through it simultaneously, together.

Remember, our courage doesn’t always roar aloud. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, “I will try my best again tomorrow.” So stand strong. Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

And we are committed to making the best of it along with you.

Tuning Out the Noise

As we acclimate to a world with COVID-19, let’s not just think outside the box. Let’s think like there is no box at all.

Let’s ease our worried minds by tuning out the excess noise in our heads for a little while every day. It’s a perfect time to slow down after all. There’s no reason not to take our minds off (the wrong) things and find some much-needed inner peace.

You know how we typically turn down the volume on the radio or TV when we need to a moment to think clearly? The same is true for all aspects of our lives in general. The noise we need to cut out first? That’s the mental noise we hear all too often—the worried thoughts screaming over our collective sanity.

Turning down the radio or TV volume refocuses our minds and offers us a moment of peace and clarity when we need it most. We don’t really think about how or why this makes such a huge difference, we just know it does.

So, now it’s time to apply this same strategy to all the other noise in our present lives, starting with the noise in our collective consciousness. And although it’s not quite as easy as spinning the radio’s or TV’s volume dial, the good news is we can quiet our minds and train ourselves to think more peacefully and rationally simply by reminding ourselves to do so every day.


“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf


A new employee calls the Help Desk to complain that there’s something wrong with her password.

“The problem is that whenever I type the password, it just shows stars,” she says.

“Those asterisks are to protect you,” the Help Desk technician explains, “so if someone were standing behind you, they wouldn’t be able to read your pass- word.”

“Yeah,” she says, “but they show up even when there is no one standing behind me.”


“View every problem as an opportunity.”

Joseph Sugarman


Morris had proposed to young Sherry, and was being interviewed by Sam, his prospective father-in-law.

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked Morris the suitor.

“Yes, sir,” replied Morris, “I’m sure that I am.”

“Think long and carefully now,” said Sherry’s father. “There are twelve of us…including uncle Izzy”


You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.


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!

Jay Leno


She said, “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.”


Things You Wish You Would Hear

Try to gain a few pounds.

You’re flossing too much.

It was only a loose wire; there’s no charge.

You can retire right now.

I think you need a smaller size, Ma’am.

Let’s go to lunch.  I’ll treat.

I found this hundred-dollar bill right at your feet. It must be yours.

No, Sir, I’m not a telemarketer.  I’m with the prize division, and you’ve just won a new car.

No, I don’t think we should get married.  In fact, let’s keep separate residences.  I’ll pay all the bills for both of them.

No, Honey, you control the remote tonight.  It’s too big a burden on me.

I’m with the IRS.  We found an error on your return. It seems we owe you a lot of money.

No, your check didn’t bounce.  In fact, you have plenty of money in your account.

I know we just met, but would you consider going to the Bahamas with me for two weeks?

You’ve lost weight!

Your house sold for twice what you thought it would!


“Strange things happen when you’re in debt. Two weeks ago my car broke down and my phone got disconnected. I was one electric bill away from being Amish.

Tom Ryan


“Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did.”



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.




While We Wait

Ray’s Daily

April 6, 2020


Take a long pause …breathe and know that things are happening for you not to you.

Ashton Kutcher


As we begin another week of isolation it would be easy to lose sight of who we are and our role in the world. In my case, I am still a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I am a member of a senior community made up of many friends as well as appreciated staff.

While I miss my ability to personally be with my friends and family I can still communicate with them, in fact in some ways we are closer. I have learned to appreciate so much that I often took for granted in the past. Of course, we need do all we can to stay healthy and to help others stay well.

Maybe we can benefit from a pause in our life as we have known it. Here is an excerpt from an article that gives her thoughts on what changes are happening in the world as we wait for better days.

Maybe This Forced Pause Is Actually Good for the Planet

By Carrie Ciula

In some ways, these current moments in our world feel like one huge rainstorm—one that, instead of only a few miles, spans the entirety of our planet. And while there are moments that feel scary, as we all navigate uncertainty and unchartered territory, there are others during which glimmers of hope and magic seem to be surfacing.

Among the many posts about ways we can all take action to help keep our families and communities safe, there are also statistics emerging about reductions in gases relating to energy and transport, as well as photos of things like clearer canal water and satellite images showing dramatic declines in pollution levels.

While we’re all taking a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines—with all of our consumer-based ways in tow—maybe the Earth will have time and space to reset a little, to find a better balance, to heal.

Maybe we’ll have time and space to think more about the things we want and the things we need, and how our lives and our daily activities and patterns affect the world around us.

Maybe the Earth will surprise us with the ways that it is able to make quick changes during only a brief pause in the output of our everyday industry and pollution.

And maybe we all will notice these changes and they will inspire us to make our own.


It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.

Kristin Armstrong


Mrs. Johnson the elementary school math teacher was having children do problems on the blackboard that day.

“Who would like to do the first problem, addition?”

No one raised their hand. She called on Tommy, and with some help he finally got it right.

“Who would like to do the second problem, subtraction?”

Students hid their faces. She called on Mark, who got the problem but there was some suspicion his girlfriend Lisa whispered it to him.

“Who would like to do the third problem, division?”

Now a low collective groan could be heard as everyone looked at nothing in particular. The teacher called on Suzy, who got it right

“Who would like to do the last problem, multiplication?”

Johnny’s hand shot up, surprising everyone in the room. Mrs. Johnson finally gained her composure in the stunned silence.

“Why the enthusiasm, Johnny?”

“The Bible says to go forth and multiply!”


I’ll believe psychics when one phones me, just in the nick of time, yelling, “Duck!”


Deep thoughts

* A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where train stops. On my desk, I have a work station…

* If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with “Quit while you’re ahead?”

* I thought about how mothers feed their babies with little tiny spoons and forks, so I wonder what Chinese mothers use…toothpicks?

* If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the OTHERS here for?

* Go ahead and take risks….just be sure that everything will turn out OK.

* Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?

* Light travels faster than sound. Maybe that’s why some people appear bright until you hear them talk….

* If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?


Sign on my door: “Go ahead and knock, I’m already disturbed!”


“I see you were last employed by a psychiatrist,” said the employer to the applicant. “Why did you leave?

“Well,” she replied, “I just couldn’t win. If I was late to work, I was hostile. If I was early, I had an anxiety complex. If I was on time, I was compulsive.


The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


In the Midwest, tornadoes often hit with sudden devastation, and without warning.

In one case, a house was completely whisked away, leaving only the foundation and first floor. A silver-haired farm lady was seen sitting dazed, in a bathtub, the only remaining part of the house left above the floor.

The rescue squad rushed to her aid and found her dazed, but unhurt. She was just sitting there in the tub, talking to herself.

“It was the darndest thing. It was the darndest thing,” she kept repeating.

“What was the darndest thing, Ma’am?” asked one of the rescuers.

“I was visiting my daughter here, taking a bath, and all I did was pull the plug, and the whole darned house suddenly just drained away.”


Through the sacred art of pausing, we develop the capacity to stop hiding, to stop running away from our experience. We begin to trust in our natural intelligence, in our naturally wise heart, in our capacity to open to whatever arises.    

Tara Brach


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 Helped Make The World a Better Place

Ray’s Daily

April 4, 2020


The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.

Henry Home


I am still adjusting to my life as a hermit. Unfortunately I don’t have a Walden Pond to sit by like Henry David Thoreau had many years ago. But since I am meditating this morning, I am sending you a past daily.

Ray’s Daily first published on April 4, 2003

It will be a working weekend for many of us in Indianapolis this weekend as we attend a gathering of UNICEF, US Committee for UNICEF, and Kiwanis leaders to develop a program that will make a difference in the health and welfare of millions of kids in the years ahead. I know I have told you before how fortunate I am for having a chance to participate in something as significant as our work to eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of mental deficincy, iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).

We have been told each $1 million we contribute to country projects results in protecting millions of people from IDD. I heard the other day that some of the smart bombs being used in the current war cost about $1 million each. It really brings home to me how much we could do if we could eliminate global conflict. Just think $1 million could help millions of kids or could be used to buy a bomb that destroys one building or kills a handful of the enemy.

For those of you that have helped us in the past, I thank you. Together we may not be able to raise enough money to buy a bomb or two, but we can raise enough to change the world forever as we protect children from death and disability.


God, grant me the Senility

To forget the people

I never liked anyway,

The good fortune

To run into the ones I do,

And the eyesight

To tell the difference.


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”


She said:

Mid-life is when you go to the doctor and you realize you are now so old, you have to pay someone to look at you naked.

Mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans…we are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

Mid-life has hit you when you stand naked in front of a mirror and can see your rear end without turning around.

Mid-life brings the wisdom that life throws you curves…and that you’re now sitting on your biggest ones.

Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely in a tube top and scream, “Listen, honey, even the Roman Empire fell, and those things will too!

Mid-life is when you start to repeat yourself…and your chins follow suit.

You become more reflective in mid-life.  You start pondering the “big” questions — what is life, why am I here…how much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it’s no longer a healthy choice?


I’m planning to retire and live off my savings. What I’ll do the second day, I have no idea.


“Zen Judaism”

Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health or a life without problems. What would you talk about?

Let go of pride, ego, and opinions. Admit your errors and forgive those of others. Relinquishment will lead to calm and healing in your relationships. If that doesn’t work, try small-claims court.

The Torah says, “Love they neighbor as thyself.” The Buddha says there is no “self.” So maybe you’re off the hook.

There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?

Though only your skin, sinews, and bones remain, though your blood and flesh dry up and wither away, yet shall you meditate and not stir until you have attained full Enlightenment. But first, a little nosh.

Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?

If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.


A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out acting like teenagers.


“Headlines for 2043”

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, California.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops & livestock.

Baby conceived naturally…. Scientists stumped.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2044.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesday only.

35 year study: diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Upcoming NFL draft likely to focus on use of mutants.

Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.

Microsoft announces it has perfected its newest version of Windows so it crashes BEFORE installation is completed.

Congress authorizes direct deposit of illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.


An Arkansas State trooper pulls over a pickup truck on I-40 and says to the driver, “Got any ID?” The driver says, “‘Bout what?”


You’re not a kid anymore when …

The only reason you’re awake at 4 a.m. is indigestion.

You are proud of your lawnmower.

8 a.m. is your idea of “sleeping in.”

People call you at 8 p.m. and ask: “Did I wake you?”

Your high school diploma is the color of buttermilk.

Nobody ever tells you to slow down.

You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.


“Live so that you wouldn’t mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip.”

Will Rogers


Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might have been.

William Hazlitt


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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