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Stay Optimistic

Ray’s Daily

February 4, 2022


I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life.

Dolores O’Riordan

I hope you have survived any weather issues you may fo had over the last few days. Fortunately I had no reason to leave my comfortable residence. The tough thing is that my wife is still in lockdown due to the residents testing positive for the virus in her special care unit. I still get to talk to her on the phone a couple of times a day but cannot walk over to see her.

I am sure things will be better and I need to stay optimistic. I think today is a good day to share the following.


  by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough

Without your woes. No path is wholly rough;

Look for the places that are smooth and clear,

And speak of those, to rest the weary ear

Of Earth, so hurt by one continuous strain

Of human discontent and grief and pain.

Talk faith. The world is better off without

Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.

If you have faith in God, or man, or self,

Say so. If not, push back upon the shelf

Of silence all your thoughts, till faith shall come;

No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.

Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale

Of mortal maladies is worn and stale.

You cannot charm, or interest, or please

By harping on that minor chord, disease.

Say you are well, or all is well with you,

And God shall hear your words and make them true.


Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

Noam Chomsky


Murphy’s Laws of Genealogy

1.  The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be his hanging.

2.  When at last after much hard work you have evolved the mystery that you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, “I could have told you that.”

3.  You search ten years for your grandmother’s maiden name to eventually find it on a letter in a box in the attic.

4.  You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.

5.  The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.

6.  Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.

7.  John, son of Thomas the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at the age of 10.

8.  Your great grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.

9.  Another genealogist has just insulted the keeper of the vital records you need.

10. The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.

11. The only record you find for your great grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff’s sale of insolvency.

12. The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead end line has been lost due to fire, flood, or war.

13. The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.

14. The spelling of your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.

15. None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo album have names written on them.

16. No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was named in a will.

17. You learn that your great aunt’s executor just sold her life’s collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “Somewhere in New York City.”

18. Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.

19. The 37 volume, 16,000 page history of your county of origin isn’t indexed.

20. You finally find your great grandparents’ wedding record and discover that the bride’s father was named John Smith.


My psychiatrist says I’m manic-depressive ……I have mixed feelings about that.


Joe, the Governor’s most trusted assistant, died in his sleep one night. The Governor had depended on Joe for advice on every subject, from pending bills to wardrobe decisions. In addition, Joe had been his closest friend.

So, it was understandable that the Governor didn’t take kindly to the droves of ambitious office seekers who wanted Joe’s job. “They don’t even have the decency to wait until the man is buried,” the Governor muttered.

At the funeral, one eager beaver made his way to the Governor’s side. “Governor,” the man said, “is there a chance that I could take Joe’s place?”

“Certainly,” the governor replied. “But you’d better hurry. I think the undertaker is almost finished.”


“Daddy. do all fairy tales begin with the words, “Once upon a time…”? the little girl asked. 

“No,” he replied.  “A whole lot of them begin with, “If I’m elected, I promise…”


She said:

It’s every airplane passenger’s nightmare:  Getting stuck near a crying baby.

I was manning the ticket counter at a busy airport when the sound of a sobbing infant filled the air.  As the next passenger stepped up to the desk, he glanced up to the tot and rolled his eyes.

“Don’t worry,” I said to him cheerfully.  “Chances are that baby won’t be on your flight.”

Head shaking, he grimly replied, “Oh, I bet he will. That’s my son.”


Before setting off on a business trip to Tulsa, I called the hotel to see if there was a gym.  The hotel operator’s sigh had a tinge of exasperation in it.  “We have over 300 guests at this facility.  Does this ‘Gym’ have a last name?”


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

Leo Aikman


The Reverend Billy Graham told of a time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon.

Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy for directions to the post office.

After being told the way by the lad, the Reverend Graham thanked him, adding:

“If you’ll come to the Central Baptist church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven.”

“No, I don’t think I’ll be there…” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”


Will you loan me $20.00 and only give me ten of it?

That way, you will owe me ten, and I’ll owe you ten, and we’ll be even!


Two Jewish ladies who were neighbors in New York met unexpectedly in Miami one winter.

“Why Shirley” one of them said, “I had no idea you were here”

“So listen Ruthie” said Shirley “now that we met I just must tell you, I am having an affair!”

“How wonderful” said Ruthie, “who is doing the catering?”


The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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

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