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Ray’s Daily

August 5, 2020


The great and the little have need of each other.

Thomas Fuller


I am off early to a medical appointment so here is another Daily from yesteryear.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 5,2005

Yesterday I suggested that there is joy in all of us if only we let it out. Let’s face it; sometimes the burdens we carry are so heavy that even our inherent joy cannot overcome them. I am thinking not only of the sick, but also of their caregivers, those who day after day, week after week, give of themselves to someone else. For many caregivers it just never stops, they get little relief and hardly any time to rest. The caregivers are not the only ones; we all have friends who have needed to repair a broken heart due to a shattered relationship or some other personal tragedy. Far too often they face their troubles alone while judgmental people tell them that they are foolish and that they should not feel the way they do. I sometimes wonder how some people have lost so much empathy for others.

I suppose that life might be easier if we were not human, if we didn’t get sick, or couldn’t be hurt. But if we we’re not we would never find joy, love, or a zest for life.

They say that time heals all wounds, but unfortunately time often needs help. It is when someone we care about find their lives to be almost unbearable that we are needed the most. Luckily for us we can help. We can share the caregiver’s burden, provide them some relief, and do all in our power to brighten their day. We can share the hurt felt by those we care about, we can hold a hand, brush away a tear, and let them know how important they are to us. All there is in it for us is our humanity and the chance to love those we care about. And you know what? With our help joy can again be part of their lives and their joy will spill over on us.



Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

Marcus Aurelius



~ If it was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!

~ Shouting to make your children obey is like using the horn to steer your car, and you get about the same results.

~ The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.

~ Avenge yourself — live long enough to be a problem to your children.

~ The best way to keep kids at home is to give it a loving atmosphere — and hide the keys to the car.

~ Parents:  People who bare infants, bore teenagers, and board newlyweds.

~ The joy of motherhood: What a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed.

~ Life’s golden age is when the kids are too old to need babysitters and too young to borrow the family car.

~ Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

~ Grandparents are similar to a piece of string ~ handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of grandchildren.

~ There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your children to do it.

~ Adolescence is the age when children try to bring up their parents.

~ Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like trying to shovel the driveway during a snowstorm.

~ Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.

~ There are only two things a child will share willingly:  communicable diseases and his mother’s age.

~ Adolescence is the age at which children stop asking questions because they know all the answers.

~ An alarm clock is a device for awakening people who don’t have small children.


“A new study shows that large doses of Vitamin E do not protect against heart attacks and cancer, and might actually raise the risk of heart failure. The study was published in this month’s Journal of Things that Scientists Told You to Do Last Month That Turned Out to Be Harmful This Month.”

Dennis Miller


She said:

I’d always been apprehensive about joining a chat room for fear I’d do something wrong.  One day after my son, Sean, had gotten off the computer, I logged on to the Internet to play a game.  Suddenly a screen popped up saying, “Your friend is online.”  Apparently Sean had forgotten to sign off, and I took the opportunity to chat with someone I probably knew.  Sean’s friend assumed he was still chatting with Sean, and I was having fun with the situation.  After a few minutes, however, Sean’s friend typed:

“Who is this?”

“Why do you ask that?” I responded.

The reply came across the screen: “Because Sean doesn’t spell that good.”


She said I’m an escaped mom: Don’t tell anyone you saw me.’


There she stood in the line at the post office, a line that wound its way almost out the front door. A fellow customer spoke to the elderly lady waiting to buy some stamps.

“Ma’am, you must be very tired. Did you know there’s a stamp machine over there in the corner?” He pointed to the machine built into the wall.

“Why yes, thank you,” the lady replied, “but I’ll just wait here a little while longer. I’m getting close to the window.”

The customer became insistent.

“But it would be so much easier for you to avoid this long line and buy your stamps from the machine.”

The woman patted him on the arm and answered,

“Oh, I know. But that old machine would never ask me how my grandchildren are doing.”


Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he’ll never move.

Paulo Coelho


During a training cruise, a destroyer was weaving its way through a myriad of islands and small fishing boats.  Although it was a clear day, the radar was in operation to train the reservists.

A report came from the radar room to the bridge, “Target bearing 230 degrees, believe it to be a log.”

Unimpressed by this superb job of radar interpretation, the young Officer of the Deck scanned the water with his powerful glasses.

Perceiving a pair of sea gulls on top of the accurately reported log, he barked, “Radar, this is the bridge.  Regarding your last reported target, there are two sea gulls on that log which you failed to report!”

There was a long silence as the radar antenna was swung about and pointed in the direction of the log.  Then the voice of the chief radarman was heard, “Regarding the last sighting, we have a correction to make, sir. There ARE two sea gulls on that log — one male, the other female!”


“I used to be an airline pilot.  I got fired because I kept locking the keys in the plane.  They caught me on a 20-foot extension ladder with a coat hanger.”

Steven Wright


Mary:  Work is a magic word around our house.

Helen:  What do mean?

Mary:  When I say ‘work’ my husband disappears.


“True friends are the people that are there for you unconditionally. They are the people that never question you and support you no matter what the circumstances are. They are the people worth living for.”

Author unknown


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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