July 6, 2021
“Awareness allows us to get outside of our mind and observe it in action.”
Ray’s Daily first published on July 7, 2004
Yesterday I expressed my concern about our ability to get the information we need to really understand world events. I told you that a friend of mine felt that we do not need to limit ourselves to the media at hand. He said we have libraries, the internet, alternate publications, and other sources that we could use if we really wanted to.
What I wrote resulted in the following response from a respected friend who now lives in the United States. She said, “While it’s a valid point, I would have to argue that this society makes it more difficult for us. I come from Ireland, where there is often in-depth news programming, especially on politics, during prime time, with the main network news bulletin at 9pm. Here, we have a world of so-called “reality TV” during prime time spots, and there is rarely good in-depth news programming, especially on the networks. And to take their knowledge a stage further, people firstly have to realize that the network news is not the end of the story. They have to be media literate. Even as an ex-national news reporter in Ireland, it took me a while here to figure out where to go for real information. So it’s not that simple, really.”
The bottom line is that it is up to us to decide how important we think it is for us to understand what is going on around us. If we do think it is important we will need to do a little workand in my view we are to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens we need to do some work.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
In our country there really are differences in different regions, the cultures are different, the behavior is different, and this just makes our people more interesting. Unfortunately speedy communications, pop culture, and the popular media are making us more like each other every day. When we all become the same we will no longer be interesting. But before that happens let me tell you about American girls from the south.
Southern girls know bad manners when they see them:
1. Drinking straight out of a can.
2. Not sending thank you notes.
3. Velvet after February.
4. White shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day
Southern girls always say:
1. “Yes, ma’am.”
2. “Yes, sir.”
Southern girls have a distinct way with fond expressions:
1. “Y’all come back now ya heaah?”
2. “Well, bless your heart.”
3. “Drop by when you can.”
4. “How’s your mother?”
5. “Love your hair.”
Southern girls know their three R’s:
Southern girls know everybody’s first name:
Southern girls know the three deadly sins:
1. Bad hair
2. Bad manners
3. Bad blind dates
Can you sentence a homeless man to house arrest?
“How’s your mother,” a friend asked.
“Not good,” I answered. “She’s got chronic frontal sinusitis.”
“My goodness,” the friend said. “Where did she get that?”
“Reader’s Digest. Last month’s issue.”
Practice makes perfect, but if nobody’s perfect, why practice?
She said: The bank where I work had just installed its first 24- hour cash machine. I encouraged an elderly gentleman to take an application for the new plastic identification cards, explaining that he would be able to get cash any time of day or night.
He declined, saying, “Lady, anything I’d need money for that late at night I shouldn’t be doing.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
I wonder if he means we work hard to be just like everyone else instead of being ourselves. Ray
One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.
The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”
God listened patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well! How about this? Let’s have a man making contest.”
To which the man replied, “OK, great!”
But God added, “Now we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”
The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”
My computer is so fast. Before yours can boot up, mine has already crashed three times.
When the employees of a restaurant attended a fire safety seminar, they watched a fire official demonstrate the proper way to operate an extinguisher.
“Pull the pin like a hand grenade,” he explained, “then depress the trigger to release the foam.”
Later an employee was selected to extinguish a controlled fire in the parking lot. In her nervousness, she forgot to pull the pin.
The instructor hinted, “Like a hand grenade, remember?”
In a burst of confidence she pulled the pin …. and hurled the extinguisher at the blaze.
Judge: Was the child born out of wedlock?
Mother: No, Sir, just outside of Louisville.
My mom had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned by Stein’s Laundry she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to my father, “Just think, Sam, we are five dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand.”
“Good,” my dad quickly replied. “Wash it again!”
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
The day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to the section that wanted to know:
Single__, Married__, Divorced__.
I marked single. Glancing at the man next to me, who was filling out the same form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks. Instead he’d written, “Yes, in that order.”
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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