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Things to do

Ray’s Daily

August 17, 2022


“Sometimes being an adult means doing the right thing, even if it’s not what you want.”

Laurie Halse Anderson

Some of us who have retired often find we have done everything that was on our things to do list and wonder what to do next. Fortunately as you know there is always plenty we can do, so the secret is to keep doing them. Here is a list of things we can select for our new to-do list.

On this Day

•    Search out a forgotten friend

•    Mend a quarrel

•    Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust

•    Share something you treasure with another

•    Call or contact someone you haven’t spoken to a while

•    Give a soft and caring answer to a question

•    Encourage youth

•    Manifest your loyalty in your words and deeds

•    Keep a promise to someone

•    Find the time for others

•    Forego a grudge

•    Forgive an enemy or someone who has wronged you

•    Listen more and speak less

•    Strive to understand what others say to you

•    Apologize if you know you were wrong

•    Reconsider the intensity of your demands on others

•    Think first of someone else

•    Appreciate, be kind and be gentle in all that you do

•    Smile and laugh at every opportunity

•    Have confidence in yourself and all that you do

•    Take up arms against malice

•    Decry apathy or complacency

•    Express your gratitude

•    Gladden the heart of a child

•    Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of all that surrounds you

Author Unknown


“Life is too short to try and please everyone. Take charge and do what’s right — not what’s popular.”

Farshad Asl


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.


It was a large wedding party, and afterwards the photographer took a long time getting family groups together for pictures. The groom sat by me, waiting with barely concealed impatience. “Now I’d like to get the bride alone,” the photographer finally announced.

Leaning towards me, the groom whispered, “So would I!”


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!”


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.”

Theodore Roosevelt


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

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