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Ray’s Daily

October 19, 2020


“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie

Sorry for the interruption in Daily deliveries.I had another severe case of the Gout and could not use my righthand.


We had bad news. One of the residents in our senior community was found to be infected with the Covid virus. So now our residence has been forced to quarantine and we no longer can leave our apartments. 

So I cannot make my daily visit to my wife at the skilled nursing facility in our complex. It also means that there is no chance to interact with others. I especially miss seeing my wifebeing only able to speak on the phone. I do miss the companionship we have had for our long marriage.

It will not be easy but we must make the best of what it is. Here a few tips I extracted from How to Cope With Quarantine Fatigue written by Sara Lindberg

Explore Your Wants – Once your foundational needs are met, beg.

in to explore your wants. Ask yourself: “What would I like to accomplish?” Are there podcasts or books you’d like to flex your intellectual muscles on or different skill sets you would like to cultivate.

Maintain a Routine – While this tip may seem obvious, we can all use a gentle reminder that sticking to a routine is important when life is uncertain. Dr. Alexa Mieses, MD, a family physician, says going to sleep and waking at the same hour each day, eating nutritious food, and incorporating physical activity are all healthy ways to fight quarantine fatigue.

Acknowledge and Validate Negative Feelings

In order to harness these feelings and direct them in productive and adaptive ways, we must acknowledge them to ourselves. Not only can this provide relief, but it also reduces the power these feelings may have over you.

Seek Short-Term Rewards by Setting Manageable Goals – When you set small, manageable goals, you can benefit from short-term rewards, which may help us deal with so many unknowns. Identify something within your control that provides an immediate sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Practice New Forms of Self Care – We all have our “go-to” forms of self-care that are easy to access and typically results in a feeling of satisfaction. But with extra time, and more unstructured time, and an emphasis on health.


“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”

Angelina Jolie


All I really need to know about Life, I learned from Noah’s Ark:

1. Don’t miss the boat.

2. Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead-it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

4. Stay fit-when you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big.

5. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.

6. For safety’s sake travel in pairs.

7. Two heads are better than one.

8. Build your future on high ground.

9. Speed isn’t always an advantage, after all, the snails were on the same ark with the cheetahs.

10. When you’re stressed, float awhile.

11. Remember the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals.

12. Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm outside.


“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.”

Arthur Brisbane


An elderly gentleman was reading his recovery-room record at the hospital where I work. He looked quite concerned at one notation. “I know I was in a bit of a muddle, but I didn’t realize I was that bad,” he said to me apologetically. “I hope I didn’t offend anyone.” He was greatly relieved when I explained the acronym in question meant “short of breath” and not what he thought.


Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.


SIX stages of married life:

1: Tri-weekly

2: Try weekly

3: Try weakly

4. Try oysters

5: Try anything

6: Try to remember


I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.

Carl Sandburg


Little Johnny’s teacher was having trouble with him disrupting the class by always telling lies and making up stories. So she went to the principal about this and he told her the next time this happened to send little Johnny to his office. Sure enough here came little Johnny and the principal was ready to teach him a lesson.

He told Johnny to take a seat, he wanted to tell him a story. He said, “Johnny, the other day I decided to go duck hunting but I only had two shots. So, I fired my first shot and killed two ducks. They were falling out of the sky and fell into a tree, where they hit four squirrels and killed them. So, the two ducks and four squirrels came falling to the ground where they hit two rabbits and killed them. Just as I was going to gather up my animals, a bear came out and started to get them.

“Then the weirdest thing happened. A little dog showed up out of nowhere and attacked the bear, so I was able to get all the animals I had killed. Now, little Johnny, you believe that story don’t you?”

Little Johnny said, “Sure I do. That was my dog and that’s the third bear he’s got this year!”


Happiness: The result of being too busy to be miserable.


A doctor examined a woman and took her husband aside. “I don’t want to alarm you,” he said, “but I don’t like the way your wife looks at all.”

“Me neither, Doc.” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and real good with the kids.”


“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God…. I could be eating a slow learner.”

Lynda Montgomery


A high-school geometry teacher, started one lesson on triangles by reading a theorem. “If an angle is an exterior angle of a triangle, then its measure is greater than the measure of either of its corresponding remote interior angles.” He noticed that one student wasn’t taking notes and asked him why.

“Well,” he replied sincerely, “I’m waiting until you start speaking English.”


When you can’t go outside, how about exploring the inner universe, it has far more potential than the external world can ever offer.”

Prem Jagyasi


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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