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Ray’s Daily

July 3, 2020


Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

Richard Bach

Josefina Monasterio.

When I was a kid in the forties people in their sixties were considered to be old people. Most of the elderly women I knew were matronly homemakers usually clothed in wash dresses. My grandfather spent most of his post retirement days reading mysteries or listening to the radio. My other experience with older men was limited and those I did know were somewhat infirm.

Things have sure changed, most folks I know in their sixties, including my daughters are as vibrant and active as ever, if not more so. My elderly neighbors generally have not let their age get them down.

What inspires me that some begin anew if their sixties and seventies, Recently I read an AARP article about a champion body builder that started in her sixties and now is a constant trophy winner. I have taken the liberty to take highlights from the article to share with you today. I think her positive attitude is inspiring.

 10 Tips on Thriving at Any Age from ‘America’s Got Talent’ Bodybuilder Josefina Monasterio

The 74-year-old grandmother’s never-say-never attitude keeps her trying new things

by Gayle Jo Carter, AARP

The America’s Got Talent judges might have sent 74-year-old bodybuilder Josefina Monasterio packing last week, but that doesn’t mean the trophy-winning grandmother will stop trying new things. Monasterio’s never-say-never attitude is just one of the secrets to her success.

  1. Age is just a number.
  2. Say yes to life.
  3. Be your biggest fan. – I believe in potential, that you have a divine destiny to be productive, to be healthy, to be successful. It’s the definition of life. The other side is death.
  4. You are what you eat. – A lot of [aging] is prevention, so continue to take care of your body, your muscles. What I don’t eat is junk, processed food.
  5. Lift weights. – What I do now is walk and lift weights. I also do yoga, which is the reason I don’t get injuries. I stay flexible.
  6. Be a role model
  7. Just do it. – I don’t believe that because you’re 70, now you’re supposed to stop work, now you’re retired. I think, What can I do now? I got my doctorate in my 50s. I became a bodybuilder in my 60s, a writer in my 70s. I’m going to continue in my 80s, 90s and 100s. The older I get, the better I look and feel.
  8. Avoid naysayers.
  9. Inspire people to inspire yourself. – I’ve been blown away by all the people who got inspired or changed their lifestyles because of me.
  10. When one door closes, another one opens. – I’m not sorry [the America’s Got Talent judges didn’t send her through]. I was wondering “What am I doing here?” But the message got out. I didn’t win in the sense that we understand, but I won by helping people change their minds, to see other ways, to change their paradigm. Sometimes people learn this very late, you don’t have anything to lose by going for something. Think anything is possible.


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

Ralph Marston


Flying to Los Angeles from San Francisco the other day, a passenger noticed that the “Fasten Seat Belts” sign was kept lit during the whole journey although the flight was a particularly smooth one.

Just before landing, he asked the stewardess about it. “Well,” she explained, “up front there are 17 University of California girls going to Los Angeles for the weekend. In back, there are 25 Coast Guard enlistees.


Poverty: Having too much month left at the end of the money.


All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Continental Flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

On landing the stewardess said, “Please be sure to take all your belongings. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”

“There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.”

“Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”

In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child… pick your favorite.

Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines.”

Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of US Airways.”


I get enough exercise just pushing my luck!


There was an old man named Bill, and one of the things he most enjoyed was playing golf with his old buddy Fred. Bill’s wife always commented on how happy he looked after a game.

But one day he came home from their weekly game looking terrible and very tired. His wife asked, “What’s the matter, Bill? You always seem so happy after golf and you look miserable right now.”

Bill said, “Well, something terrible happened. Fred had a heart attack on the first hole.”

“My God, honey!” said the wife, rushing to comfort him. “That must’ve been terrible!”

“It was,” he said. “All day long it was: hit the ball, drag Fred to the ball, and then hit it again…”


There are three signs of old age. The first is your loss of memory, the other two I forget.


As I was checking on my shrinking 401 K accounts, I learned the following:

STOCK: A magical piece of paper that is worth $33.75 until the moment you buy it. It will then be worth $8.50.

BROKER: The person you trust to help you make major financial decisions. Please note the first five letters of this word spell “Broke”.

BEAR: What your trade account and wallet will be when you take a flyer on that hot stock tip your secretary gave you.

BULL: What your broker uses to explain why your mutual funds tanked during the last quarter.

MARGIN: Where you scribble the latest quotes when you’re supposed to be listening to your manager’s presentation.

SHORT POSITION: A type of trade where, in theory, a person sells stocks he doesn’t actually own. Since this also only ever works in theory, a short position is what a person usually ends up being in (i.e. “The rent, sir?” “Hahaha, well, I’m a little short this month.”).

COMMISSION: The only reliable way to make money on the stock market, which is why your broker charges you one.


Her mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on jury duty…

They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.


A man hasn’t been feeling well, so he goes to his doctor for a complete checkup. Afterward, the doctor comes out with the results.

“I’m afraid I have some very bad news,” the doctor says. “You’re dying, and you don’t have much time left.”

“Oh, that’s terrible!” says the man. “Give it to me straight, Doc. How long have I got?”

“Ten,” the doctor says sadly.

“Ten?” the man asks. “Ten what? Months? Weeks? What?!”



Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Kahlil Gibran


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "Amazing" (1)

  1. so inspirational and true. I love the list of 10

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