Ray's musings and humor

Hope for better days

Ray’s Daily

August 14, 2020


My wife is still in the hospital and I am not allowed to visit her there. Hopefully she will be released to our reisence rehad facility today. It will be her birthday Sunday and I want to be with her then. Meanwhile here is another Daily from the past.

 The only real security is not insurance or money or a job, not a house and furniture paid for, or a retirement fund, and never is it another person. It is the skill and humor and courage within, the ability to build your own fires and find your own peace.

Audrey Sutherland


Ray’s Daily first published on August 14, 2008

Today’s quote is especially meaningful at the moment. We just had a refrigerator freezer breakdown and will need to buy a new one. We also received a statement showing the current value of our retirement savings account and found that last month it lost some substantial value. This morning I went to my friendly dentist and as kindly as possible he informed me that I will require dental work that will cost me more than my next cruise.

So I am following Audrey’s advice and falling back on my small amount of skill while mustering up my courage and smiling, honest that is a smile and not a grimace. It is too hot to build a fire but I know that I have not lost my ability to nap and boy is that peaceful.

Of course I know that my little bit of adversity is nothing compared to what so many others are feeling these days. I attended a meeting this morning where a food bank executive told of older folks that have to choose between food and medicine since they don’t have enough money for both. He shared with us the plight of the almost 70,000 children in our state that go to bed without adequate food each day. My problems pale by comparison to those of millions around the world. I have a refrigerator freezer to break while others don’t have food to eat much less store. The money left in my retirement account is more than some families in other parts of the world will earn in a lifetime. I will be able to get the dental work done that will allow me to keep my teeth while many in our world have lost all of theirs.

It is like you and I have discussed so many times before, we should count our blessings along with our problems. I know when I do I always realize how lucky I am to have so much while suffering so little. So my friend today could have been somewhat better but also a lot worse. Maybe the obstacles that are put in our path are put there to remind us that we have the capacity to move on rather than to provide us a reason to agonize or even just give up.

As you know I never know what I’ll write when I sit down to drop you a note but as often happens I was glad I did today. I was a little down when I started but I am back with an honest smile, ready for a better day tomorrow.


“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some”

Charles Dickens


“Grandpa, grownups don’t pay any attention to me,” said little Jimmy. Grandpa replied, “They don’t pay any attention to me too.”

“Grandpa, sometimes grownups make fun of me. Do they make fun of you too?”

Grandpa said, “Yes, Son… me too.”

“Grandpa, some days I get tired and have to rest in the afternoon.”

“I know, Jimmy… I do too,” said Grandpa.

“I love you, Grandpa,” said little Jimmy.

“I love you too, Jimmy,” said Grandpa.

“I wish more people told me that,” said Jimmy.

“Me too,” answered Grandpa.


Any married man should forget his mistakes; there’s no use in two people remembering the same thing.


She said:

  1. The Female always makes THE RULES.
  2. THE RULES are subject to change at any time without prior notification.
  3. No Male can possibly know all THE RULES.
  4. If the Female suspects the Male knows all THE RULES she must immediately change some or all of THE RULES.
  5. The Female is never wrong.
  6. If the Female is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding that was a direct result of something the Male did or said wrong.
  7. The Male must apologize immediately for causing said misunderstanding.
  8. The Female may change her mind at any time.
  9. The Male must never change his mind without the express written consent of the Female.
  10. The Female has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
  11. The Male must remain calm at all times unless the Female wants him to be angry and/or upset.
  12. The Female must under no circumstances let the Male know whether she wants him to be angry and/or upset.
  13. The Male is expected to be adept at mind reading.
  14. The Female is ready when she is ready.
  15. The Male must be ready at all times.
  16. Any attempt to document THE RULES could result in bodily harm to the Male.
  17. The Male who doesn’t abide by THE RULES can’t take the heat, lacks backbone and is a wimp.
  18. THE RULES are no joke.


“Osborne’s Law”

Variables won’t; constants aren’t.


Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm — Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.

He calls up and says, “Is Mr. Schwartz in?”

The man says, “No, he’s out playing golf.”

Morris says, “All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz.”

“He’s not with the firm any more, he’s retired.”

“Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz.”

“He’s away in Boston, won’t be back for a month.”

“Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz.”

He says, “Speaking!”


Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.


The kid said don’t get me sick:

When you go home, you have to stay all alone.

You have to stay in bed and not get fed.

You miss out on all the fun that’s it, you’re done.

So when you sneeze cover your mouth please!!!

Madison F. age 9



Husband’s note to his wife…”Doctor’s office called: Said Pabst beer is normal.”


An English professor announced to the class; “There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool.”

From the back of the room a voice called out, “So, what are the words?


“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. ”

Eleanor Roosevelt


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 twenty 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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