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December 7

Ray’s Daily

December 7, 2022


“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I have another busy do so here is a reprint of Ray’s Daily from December 7, 2000

On this day in 1941 I was at a cousins house in Wayne, Illinois when the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor came over the radio. My Uncle was an army officer and immediately left to report. Us kids all thought that the US would be bombed next, it was not a good day for anyone.

More things we have learned, at least I hope we have:

You can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

It takes me a long time to become the person we want to be.

You can keep going long after you can’t.

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.


Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?


  • Martha Stewart’s Holiday Calendar
    December 1
    Blanch carcass from Thanksgiving turkey. Spray paint gold, turn upside down and use as a sleigh to hold Christmas Cards.
    December 2
    Have Mormon Tabernacle Choir record outgoing Christmas message for answering machine.
    December 3
    Using candlewick and hand-gilded miniature pinecones, fashion cat-o-nine-tails. Flog Gardener.
    December 4
    Repaint Sistine Chapel ceiling in ecru, with mocha trim.
    December 5
    Get new eyeglasses. Grind lenses myself.
    December 6
    Fax family Christmas newsletter to Pulitzer committee for consideration.
    December 7
    Debug Windows NT 5
    December 10
    Align carpets to adjust for curvature of Earth.
    December 11
    Lay Faberge egg.
    December 12
    Take Dog apart. Disinfect. Reassemble.
    December 13
    Collect Dentures. They make excellent pastry cutters, particularly for decorative pie crusts.
    December 14
    Install plumbing in gingerbread house.
    December 15
    Replace air in SUV tires with Glade “holiday scents” in case tires are shot out at mall.
    December 17
    Childproof the Christmas tree with garland of razor wire.
    December 19
    Adjust legs of chairs so each Christmas dinner guest will be same height when sitting at his or her assigned seat.
    December 20
    Dip sheep and cows in egg whites and roll in confectioner’s sugar to add a festive sparkle to the pasture.
    December 21
    Drain city reservoir; refill with mulled cider, orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
    December 22
    Float votive candles in toilet tank.
    December 23
    Seed clouds for white Christmas.
    December 24
    Do my annual good deed. Go to several stores. Be seen engaged in last minute Christmas shopping, thus making many people feel less inadequate than they really are.
    December 25
    Bear son. Swaddle. Lay in color coordinated manger scented with homemade potpourri.
    December 26
    Organize spice racks by genus and phylum.
    December 27
    Build snowman in exact likeness of God.
    December 31
    New Year’s Eve! Give staff their resolutions. Call a friend in each time zone of the world as the clock strikes midnight in that country.


My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. 

Erma Bombeck


A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the Caribbean. The lawyer said, “I’m here because my house burned down, and everything I owned was destroyed by the fire. The insurance company paid for everything.”
“That’s quite a coincidence,” said the engineer. “I’m here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything.”
The lawyer looked somewhat confused. “Hmm… How do you start a flood?” he asked.


Behind every successful woman…is a substantial amount of coffee. 

Stephanie Piro


A police officer pulls over this guy who had been weaving in and out of the lanes. He goes up to the guy’s window and says, “Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyzer tube.”

The man says, “Sorry officer I can’t do that. I am an asthmatic. If I do that I’ll have a really bad asthma attack.”

“Okay, fine. I need you to come down to the station to give a blood sample.”

I can’t do that either. I am a hemophiliac. If I do that, I’ll bleed to death.”

“Well, then we need a urine sample.”

“I’m sorry officer I can’t do that either. I am also a diabetic. If I do that I’ll get really low blood sugar.”

“Alright then I need you to come out here and walk this white line.”

“I can’t do that, officer.”

“Why not?”

“Because I’m drunk.”


There is logic in this; he is unbiased– he hates all creative people equally.


“New State Slogans For Florida”
FLORIDA: If you think we can’t vote, wait till you see us drive.
FLORIDA: We count more than you do.
FLORIDA: If you don’t like the way we count then take I-95 and visit one of the other 56 states.
FLORIDA: Relax…Retire…ReVote.
FLORIDA: Viagra voters do it again! …and again…and again…
FLORIDA: What comes after 17,311?
FLORIDA: Where your vote counts…and counts…and counts…
FLORIDA: This is what you get for taking Elian away from us.
FLORIDA: We don’t just cheat in football.
FLORIDA: We’re number one! Wait! Recount!


Repeat after me, “We are all individuals!”


Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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

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