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Ray’s Daily

July 18, 2022


“There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.”

Henry Ford

One of the best ways to assure happy aging is to ask people you meet to become your friend. As time goes by it is important that we stay socially active otherwise we will wither. I know it is the new friends that I have made that make my life interesting. So thank you my friends, I am glad to know you.

I got the following edited article from the net.

Ways Friendship Improves Our Health

Friendships are one of the most important facets of life. Friends can enhance and help us celebrate the best times—from weddings to graduations and new careers—as well as help us get through the worst of times (i.e., divorces, deaths, and layoffs).

That’s why friendships are so crucial to helping maintain our mental and physical health. Simply put, it’s incredibly important that people have a dependable social network in place to help them weather the storm of life.  So, in a specific way, let’s examine how friendship affects our health and wellness?

Having Friends Extends Our lives

Experts believe that having strong and stable friendships can help us to manage stress, which can have a dramatically impact on our physical health. If you know that you’ll have people by your side in times of worry, it can make a huge difference when trying to manage the situation.

Friendships Keep the Mind Sharp

Having great friends can make every day a little bit better. But that’s not all! Friends can also help us keep the mind sharp and focused by engaging us in conversation.

In fact, studies have shown that people with larger social networks were far less likely to develop dementia in old age compared to those people with fewer friends. This is because regularly conversation with others can help maintain many different parts of the brain, keeping us thinking more clearly.

Friends Help Us Make Better Decisions

How many times have you turned to a close friend for advice? Probably hundreds or even thousands of times. The right friends can help us make wise decisions, help steer us away from trouble and keep us on the track to success.

Friends Help Us Get Through Difficult Moments

There’s no denying that having supportive friends around us can help us get through the hardest times in life. Imagine going through a messy divorce or the death of a loved one without the support of a close friend. It would be very difficult, lonely, and painful.

Emily Lockhart


“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”

Misty Copeland


The following are actual comments from MIT’s Course Evaluation Guide:

“The class is worthwhile because I need it for the degree.”

“His blackboard technique puts Rembrandt to shame.”

“Textbook is confusing… someone with a knowledge of English should proofread it.”

“This class was a religious experience for me… I had to take it all on faith.”

“The instructor would make a good parking lot attendant.  He tries to tell you where to go, but you can never understand him.”

“TA steadily improved throughout the course.  I think he started drinking and it really loosened him up.”

“The course was very thorough.  What wasn’t covered in class was covered on the final exam.”

“He is one of the best teachers I have had. He is well organized, presents good lectures, and creates interest in the subject.  I hope my comments don’t hurt his chances of getting tenure.”


Two women were discussing reincarnation. 

One asked the other if her husband believed in it. 

The second woman said, “Does my husband believe in life after death?  My husband doesn’t even believe in life after dinner!”


Didn’t get the job? Try this.

Dear [Interviewer’s Name]:

Thank you for your letter of [Date of Interview].  After careful consideration I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me employment with your firm.  This year I have had been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters.  With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite [Firm’s Name]’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet with my needs at this time.  Therefore, I will initiate employment with your firm immediately following graduation.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future candidates.


[Your Name]


Nonconformists are all alike.


One day a man approached Groucho Marx and he said, “Please insult my wife. My wife loves your work. It would really give her a thrill if you insulted her.”

Groucho turned to the man and said, “Sir, you should be ashamed of yourself: To be married to a woman like that and not be able to think up your own insults!”


The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.

David Brinkley


If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat-race…you’re a male chauvinist

If you stay home and do the housework…you’re a pansy.

If you work too hard…there is never any time for her.

If you don’t work enough…you’re a good-for-nothing bum.

If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay…this is exploitation.

If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay…..you should get off your ass and find something better.

If you get a promotion ahead of her…..that is favoritism.

If she gets a job ahead of you……it’s equal opportunity.

If you mention how nice she looks……it’s sexual harassment.

If you keep quiet……….it’s male indifference.

If you cry…………you’re a wimp.

If you don’t………………..you’re an insensitive bastard.

If you make a decision without consulting her………you’re a chauvinist.

If she makes a decision without consulting you……she’s a liberated woman.

If you ask her to do something she doesn’t enjoy……. that’s domination.

If SHE asks you………it’s a favor.

If you appreciate the female form and frilly underwear……you’re a pervert.

If you don’t…………..you’re gay.

If you like a woman to shave her legs and keep herself in shape……..you’re sexist.

If you don’t……………..you’re unromantic.

If you try to keep yourself in shape……….you’re vain.

If you don’t…………….you’re a slob.

If you buy her flowers………….you’re after something.

If you don’t………………..you’re not thoughtful.

If you’re proud of your achievements……..you’re full of yourself.

If you don’t………………..you’re not ambitious.

If she has a headache…………she’s tired.

If you have a headache………….you don’t love her anymore.

If you want it too often………you’re over sexed.

If you don’t…………….there must be someone else.

Now you know why we are afraid to do anything.


Think about this….. No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning.


A young Scottish lad and lassie were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, and just gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently, then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’. . .perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.”

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed.

Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.

” The young man knit his brow. “Well, now,” he said, “my thoughts are a bit more serious this time.”

“Really?” said the girl in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

“Aye,” said the lad. “Din’na ye think it’s aboot time ye paid me that first penny?”


“And what is a friend? More than a father, more than a brother: a traveling companion, with him, you can conquer the impossible, even if you must lose it later. Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”

Elie Wiesel


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

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