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Ben was right

Ray’s Daily

August 17, 2020


As this world was not intended to be a state of any great satisfaction or high enjoyment, so neither was it intended to be a mere scene of unhappiness and sorrow.

Joseph Butler


My wife was trabsported from the hospital to our rehsb facility. She is currently guaranteed so I will not be able to visit her until her covid teast results come back. In the meantime here is a ten year old Daily.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 17, 2010


I got good news the other day, the Medic Alert Foundation notified me that there would be no room on my Medic Alert bracelet for another malady, between the heart, brain and internal stuff that was already on there the space was all taken. I was glad to learn that I will not be able to incur any further medical complications.

People often ask if I am doing OK and if the truth be known I really am other than an occasional interruption in my health status. I really don’t have any reason to worry as so many others worry for me and in any case worry is generally just a waste of time. In my view there are two ways to look at our world, one is to let the challenges we face take us down and the other is to see them as only temporary stumbling blocks and I choose the later.

Ralph Marston wrote the following today that triggered my thinking about the control we have over how we face life, here is what he wrote:

Life is all in how you look at it. Through the way you choose to look at it, you can make your life into anything you wish.

What if you could transform your resentment for having to do something into enthusiasm for getting it done? The powerful and amazing thing is, you can.

Instead of being angry about something that’s happened, you can be determined to make it right. Instead of being disappointed by the setbacks, you can be motivated by the new possibilities they’ve created.

What are you looking at, that looks difficult or painful or annoying or just plain impossible? What if you looked at it differently?

You can choose your perspective, you can choose your feelings, you can choose your thoughts, your words and your actions. No matter what life sends your way, you can choose how to look at it and what to do with it.

Get in the habit of looking at life with love and gratitude, and with enthusiasm for the positive possibilities. When you look, see the life you wish to live, for you have what it takes to make it be.

There is no reason to waste time on what we don’t have or can’t do when we have more than enough to build on and enjoy.


“Enjoy what you can, endure what you must.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Who reads what?

1.The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2.The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.

3.The Washington Post is read by people who think they ought to run the country.

4.USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t understand the Washington Post.

5.The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could spare the time.

6.The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

7.The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country.

8.The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country, as long as they do something scandalous.

9.The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.

10.The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country.


Wisdom is not in words. Wisdom is meaning within words.

Khalil Gibran


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.”


Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist.


The European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility.  As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase in plan that would be known as “EuroEnglish”:

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”– Sertainly this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.  The hard “c” will be dropped in favor of the “k”.  This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” wil be replaced with the “f”.  This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to akurate speling.  Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e”‘s in the language is disgraceful, and they should go away.

By the 4th yar peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.  During ze fifz yar, ze unesesary “o”  kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.  After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl.  Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.



She said: Question authority, but not mine.


I noticed the neighbor down the street was home every day, so after a few weeks I asked him what was going on.

He replied, “I left my job because of illness and fatigue.”

A few weeks later, his wife gave me the real truth of what happened. Turns out my neighbor’s boss got sick and tired of him.


When my generation was your age, we took crazy risks.

The wildest thing was—prepare to be shocked—we deliberately ingested carbohydrates!

Dave Barry


When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol.  He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.  I was not so pleased.

I turned to Mom and said, “I’m surprised at you.  Don’t you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?”

Mom smiled and then replied…..”Oh……I remember!”


“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

Ben Hogan


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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