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Ray’s Daily

October 11, 2019


“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama XIV


My wife missed lunch yesterday and my usual lunch partners were elsewhere so I ate with three pleasant ladies. They made my day These upbeat women are up in age but you would never know it.

One plays in a band, loves to dance and has more energy than most people I know. She misses the long bike rides she use to take. All she does these days is uses her energy to entertain others. She is the youngest 94-year-old I have ever met.

The other two are up in age too. One I think is a hundred years old. She and I often kid each other and I love her sense of humor.

The third spends her time appreciating what she has and shared why she enjoys living in our community. She brushes off her difficulties and concentrates on what is good about her life.

I have high regard for these spirited ladies and their optimism. They don’t need the tips from this abridged article but some of us do.

We can shift our mindset toward more optimism and happiness.


  1. Reframe stressors – Stress is unavoidable. We all experience daily hassles—like long lines, irritating coworkers, and endless to-do lists. While we can’t eliminate all stress, we can choose how we think about the challenges we face and adopt a new, more positive mindset around them.

If positive reframing doesn’t come naturally to you, start by trying to focus on what’s good about your daily life stressors instead of what’s bad about them.

  1. Practice self-compassion – Some people have a tendency to beat themselves up when things don’t go their way—which, not surprisingly, doesn’t make them feel better. To shift our mindset in a more positive direction, we can simply give ourselves a break and treat ourselves with kindness, the same way we’d treat a close friend who’s having a hard time.
  2. Let it go
 – Besides blaming themselves for setbacks, people can also fall into the trap of ruminating on bad events long after they’re over. Rather than accepting what’s happened and moving on, they get stuck in their negative feelings—then, to make matters worse, they beat themselves up for feeling bad!

People who criticize themselves for having negative thoughts and feelings have higher levels of depression and anxiety, and lower levels of psychological well-being and life satisfaction. That’s because when you blame yourself for your feelings, it creates a vicious cycle, where ruminating leads to bad feelings which lead to more ruminating.

  1. Avoid comparisons and practice gratitude instead – There’s a great poem by Kurt Vonnegut about his conversation with author Joseph Heller during a party hosted by a billionaire. When Vonnegut asks Heller how he feels knowing that this billionaire makes more money in a single day than Heller will ever earn from sales of his novel Catch-22, Heller responds that he has something that the billionaire will never have: the knowledge that he’s got enough.
  2. Find some (any) humor – In virtually any situation, it is possible to find some humor, and making an effort to do so can help you adopt a more positive mindset later on. Finding humor helps people cope with the small irritations of daily life, but it is particularly important in coping with serious life circumstances.

If this type of positive mindset doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t despair. Try to find someone who can help you cultivate this skill by being a role model.


Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.

Richard M. DeVos


By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.

~ George Burns ~


Here is a report from the retirement center.


17         tall, dark and handsome

25         tall, dark and handsome with money

35         tall, dark and handsome with money and a brain

48         a man with hair

66         a man


A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows the corners.


A large truck was tailing my son as he drove through town with a female classmate.  The truck matched them turn for turn, down every street.

My son’s concern grew to alarm when the menacing-looking driver pulled next to him at a light, leaned out his window, and glared into his car. After a long, hard stare, the man grinned and yelled to his co-worker, “That’s not my daughter.”


“Virus is a Latin word used by doctors to mean ‘your guess is as good as mine.'”

Bob Hope


A devout farmhand loses his favorite Bible while he is out mending fences on the dairy farm.

Three weeks later, a cow walks up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The farmhand can’t believe his eyes.

He takes his precious book out of the cow’s mouth, raises his eyes toward heaven, and exclaims with great joy, “It’s a miracle!”

“Not really,” says the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”


“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.”

– Kathleen Norris


“Procrastination is my sin.

It brings me naught but sorrow.

I know that I should stop it.

In fact, I will – tomorrow!”

        Gloria Pitzer


“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.

Bernard Beckett:


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.





It is up to you

Ray’s Daily

October 10, 2019


A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal


I think what we see and how we feel is determined by our attitude. If you are always down in the dumps you will find little happiness. If you expect to see the weeds they will be there and will make seeing the flowers difficult if not impossible.

I don’t think that wearing rose colored glasses is the answer nor are blinders, but a positive attitude lets us see the best of our world. I am amazed by the good spirits of my aged friends, many who are near or past their century mark, what they all have in common is a belief that life can stay

good. Here is a story that reminds me of some of my friends.

Each day is a gift

A 92-year-old delicate but well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and his face shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

‘I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

‘Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.

‘Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.’ ‘Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.’

‘Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.’ ‘So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.’

Remember these five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred
  2. Free your mind from worries
  3. Live simply
  4. Give more
  5. Expect less


A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Wade Boggs


A nervous taxpayer watches with growing unhappiness as an IRS tax auditor goes over his records, making notations on a legal pad.

Finally, the auditor finishes his work. He turns to the taxpayer and says, “We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the United States. As a citizen, you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”

“Thank goodness,” the man says, a grin spreading from ear to ear. “I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash!”


Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Kelly


A couples happy married life almost went on the rocks because of the presence in the household of old Aunt Emma. For seventeen long years she lived with them, always crotchety, always demanding. Finally, the old girl died.

On the way back from the cemetery, the husband confessed to his wife, “Darling, if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I would have put up with having your Aunt Emma in the house all those years.”

His wife looked at him aghast. “My Aunt Emma!” she cried. “I thought she was ‘your’ Aunt Emma!”


“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Mark Twain


An older couple went on a cruise for their anniversary.

Their conversation with the other couples they met tended towards political and international events.

At one point, the husband asked, “Honey, what do you think about the Middle East position?”

She replied, “Oh, I don’t know, dear, you know I’m not into any of that kinky stuff.”


Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

Joel Osteen


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




You are special


Ray’s Daily

October 9, 2019


“Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself.”

Nathaniel Branden

love yourself

Someone I hold in high regard returned to work after recovering from surgery today. She has a leadership position where I reside and often brightens my day. I do like my fellow residents and our helpful staff they make life here a pleasant experience.

What bothers me is that some of these good people don’t seem to like themselves as much as I like them. So many warm and kind folks don’t give themselves credit for their going through life making people like me glad to know them.

I have met some famous people, over the years as well as leaders of all types they have not impressed me as much as the people less known who are filled with a basic goodness. They are the ones who should get credit for making so many others happy by their kindness.

I hope you like yourself as much as I like you. If you do not then read the following excerpts from an article written by Thomas Oppong.

Self-acceptance is the antidote to self-judgment

Mark Twain once said, “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” He couldn’t be more right. If you finally accept yourself and your vulnerabilities, your life will be much more liberating.

Self-acceptance is the ability to accept yourself as you are instead of how you wish you were, or how you wish others perceived you. It frees you from an overly high concern with what other people think about you.

Self-acceptance is the feeling of satisfaction with yourself despite your weaknesses and regardless of your past behaviors and choices. It’s necessary for good mental health.

When we’re self-accepting, we’re able to embrace all facets of ourselves — not just the positive parts. Self-acceptance could be the key to a happier life, yet it’s the happy habit many people practice the least.

For many people, self-acceptance is a daily struggle. They consistently doubt themselves. And with more doubt comes even more negative thoughts about themselves. And more negative thoughts can quickly become your reality.

Practicing self-acceptance requires that you develop more self-compassion. Self-loathing or poor self-acceptance doesn’t lead to a satisfying life. Life with self-acceptance is far better than a life of self-hatred. Fortunately, self-acceptance is something we can nurture. See it as a skill you can practice versus an innate trait you either have or don’t. Learning self-acceptance teaches you to focus your mind to provide self-pardon, rather than repeating fear-provoking habits self-judgment.


“What self-acceptance does is open up more possibilities of succeeding because you aren’t fighting yourself along the way.”

Shannon Ables


Radar: “Flight 1234, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees.”

Pilot: “Roger, but we are at 35,000 feet, how much noise can we make up here?”

Radar: “Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 727 makes when it hits a 747?”


“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!”

Tom Lehrer


She married him because he was such a “strong man” She divorced him because he was such a “dominating male.”

He married her because she was so “fragile and petite.” He divorced her because she was so “weak and helpless.”

She married him because “he knows how to provide a good living.” She divorced him because “all he thinks about is business.”

He married her because “she reminds me of my mother.” He divorced her because “she’s getting more like her mother every day.”

She married him because he was “happy and romantic.” She divorced him because he was “shiftless and fun-loving.”

He married her because she was “steady and sensible.” He divorced her because she was “boring and dull.”

She married him because he was “the life of the party.” She divorced him because “he never wants to come home from a party.”


My wife tends to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately, things are rarely well enough.


The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior’s bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more. Before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.

“Mother,” the nuns asked with earnest, “Please give us some wisdom before you die.”

She raised herself up in bed with a pious look on her face and said, “Don’t sell that cow.”


It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.


A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side committal service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns.

He arrived a half-hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place.  Taking out his book, he read the service.

As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: “Think we should tell him it’s a septic tank?”


“A child of five would understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five.”

Groucho Marx


On a trip to the zoo, I made a casual stroll by the cage of a laughing hyena.  A young man was leaning over the bar at the edge of the cage, whispering something in the animal’s direction.  As I stepped closer, I heard him say, “Did you hear the one about…”


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because once one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

Lao Tzu


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




You can do it

Ray’s Daily

October 8, 2019


“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

Benjamin Franklin

Nay Sayers

It seems that wherever you go there are good people who have stopped achieving because someone told them they would fail. Too many of us let negative comments keep us from doing more. While there are negative thinkers telling us all the reasons nothing can be done there are folks doing it.

While I listen to the critics, I don’t let them keep me from trying to do what I can. In fact I am at the age where I don’t pay too much attention to the chronic complainers. My life has been filled with experiences where I accomplished more than I thought possible.

The other day I got something written by Jon Gordon that I want to share with you. I have edited some but kept the main points,


Anyone who has ever pursued a goal or dream, attempted to start a new business, worked on an innovative project, shared a new idea, strived to be a champion or tried to change the world has faced naysayers along the way.

I want to share 7 Ways to Deal with Naysayers to help you create your future.

  1. Ignore them – Simply ignore what they are saying. Tune them out. Of course, you want to receive feedback that will make you better but you want to ignore people and words that seek to derail you from your goal.
  2. Hear them and know their words have no power over you – The power inside you is much greater than the words of a naysayer.
  3. Remember Gandhi’s advice “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
  4. Remind yourself that history doesn’t remember the critic. History remembers the one who withstood criticism to accomplish something great. Critics write words but they don’t write the future. You do with your faith, belief and actions.
  5. Your faith and belief must be greater than all the negativity and doubt – You must expect criticism but have an even greater expectation that you will overcome it. Your positivity must be greater than all the negativity. It may sound cliché but you must stay positive each day as you work to improve and create your future.
  6. Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their DIRTY TWEET – Don’t let praise go to your head or let critics in your head.
  7. Decide to work harder and get better. – We can allow negative comments to weaken us or fuel us. I don’t believe in trying to prove people wrong. But I do believe in working hard to become the best you can be. So consider each negative comment as a nudge to work harder and get better.


“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”



Woman phones up her husband at work for a chat.

Husband: “I’m sorry dear, but I’m up to my neck in work today.”

Wife: “But I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, dear.”

Husband: “Okay, darling, but as I’ve got very little time now, so just give me the good news.”

Wife: “Well, the air bag works.”


Familiarity breeds children.


The insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife to take out a life insurance policy.  “Now supposing your husband were to die,” he said, “what would you get?”

“Oh, a Labrador, I think,” replied the housewife.  “They’re always good company!”

“Oh, No!” he gasped as he surveyed the disaster before him. Never in his 40 years of life had he seen anything like it. How anyone could have survived he did not know.

He could only hope that somewhere amid the overwhelming destruction he would find his 16-year-old son. Only the slim hope of finding Danny kept him from turning and fleeing the scene. He took a deep breath and proceeded.

Walking was virtually impossible with so many things strewn across his path. He moved ahead slowly.

“Danny! Danny!” he whispered to himself. He tripped and almost fell several times. He heard someone, or something, move. At least he thought he did. Perhaps, he was just hoping he did. He shook his head and felt his gut tighten.

He couldn’t understand how this could have happened. There was some light but not enough to see very much. Something cold and wet brushed against his hand. He jerked it away.

In desperation, he took another step then cried out, “Danny!”

From a nearby pile of unidentified material, he heard his son. “Yes, Dad,” he said, in a voice so weak it could hardly be heard.

“It’s time to get up and get ready for school,” the man sighed, “and, for heaven’s sake, clean up this room.”


When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed Send.

His mother answered and I told her what happened.

“Don’t worry,” she said. “I’ll take care of it.”

A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.”

“Martin,” she said. “You left your cell phone at the convenience store.”


It’s bad luck to be superstitious.


My broker called me this morning and said, “Remember that stock we bought and I said you’d be able to retire at age 65?”

“Yes, I remember,” I said.

“Well,” my broker continued, “your retirement age is now 108.”


“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

Neil Gaiman


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




From the past

Ray’s Daily

October 7, 2019


It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.


I am again falling behind so here is a Daily from yesteryear first sent six years ago.


It has been a full weekend. I was out of town at one of my grandsons weddings for three days. Since I was away I was unable to attend the funeral of one of our cities leading citizens, Gene Glick, but his daughter graciously read a piece I wrote about my regards for the great man during the service. My friend and fitness coach Julia had surgery that is going to keep her out of circulation for a while and I’ll miss her. Our home town US football team, the Indianapolis Colts pulled off another upset win. And now I have to deal with a large backlog of e-mail so instead of sending you an October 7, 2013 Daily I am sending one from October 07, 2009.

Ray’s Daily

In a conversation with a friend the other day we talked about Indianapolis, the city in which I live. As our talk continued we examined our view of what our city is and what it has to offer. Naturally there were comparisons made with other cities, their attributes versus ours. Some of our focus was on institutions like museums, recreational areas, theatre, restaurants and the like. In my case I sang the praises of the Art Institute in Chicago, Theatre in New York, Shows in Las Vegas, Gulf Coast beaches, Southern Barbecue and the like, all good stuff.

I really enjoy partaking what others have to offer but I truly like what we have, we don’t draw from a diverse population of millions but we do have our own special gifts. Our Art Museum is excellent and is always rewarding, of course our Indianapolis Colts Football time is world renowned, while none of our restaurants will ever be rated as 4 star in the Michelin Guide they do offer a wide variety of great experiences. We do benefit from major visiting Musical road shows, concerts and so on but to be honest not as many as we would find elsewhere and for that I am grateful for the result is a wide variety of modestly priced theatrical and dance organizations that bring a special brand of theatre to us. The intimacy that comes from the bond between performers and their audiences is really special.

I love our easy access to so many great things, all close by, all special in their own way. We get some great experiences without the hassle or the expense found elsewhere. For me I am not interested in us aspiring to be the biggest, loudest, or gaudiest, what I want us to do is appreciate what we have and always do what we can to be the best of what we are, a great place to live. Life is grand if you appreciate what you have and don’t long for what you don’t have.

Here is a story about a child that understands what I mean:

One day . . . a wealthy family man took his son on a trip to the country, so he could have his son see how poor country people live. They stayed one day and one night in the home of a very humble farmer.   At the end of the trip, and when they were back home, the father asked his son, “What did you think of the trip?”

The son replied, “Very nice dad.”

Then the father asked his son, “Did you notice how poor they were?”

The son replied, “Yes.”

The father continued asking, “What did you learn?”

The son responded, “I learned that we have one dog in our house, and they have four. 

Also, we have a fountain in our garden, but they have a stream that has no end. 

And we have imported lamps in our garden . . . where they have the stars! 

And our garden goes to the edge of our property.   But they have the entire horizon as their back yard!”

At the end of the son’s reply the father was speechless. 

His son then said, “Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are.”

Isn’t it true that all depends on the lens you use to see life? One can ask himself what would happen if we give thanks for what we have instead of always asking for more.

Learn to appreciate what you have. Wealth is all in one’s point of view.

Author unknown


“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”


Mama goes shopping and scrutinizes everything. Here is how her shopping went..

Mama: “I don’t like the looks of this whitefish.”

Merchant: “Lady, for looks you don’t buy whitefish; you buy goldfish.”

Mama: “Oy, and this chicken, it has a broken leg.”

Merchant: “Look lady, you gonna eat it or dance with it?”

Mama: “And before you weigh the meat, take out the bones.”

Merchant: “Lady, I buy with bones; you’ll buy with bones.”

Mama: “I don’t pay with bones.”

Merchant: “All right, no bones.”

Mama: “Thank you, you are a gentleman. Now put the bones in a separate bag for soup. And never mind the meat. I don’t like your meat anyhow.”


“I Wish the Buck Stopped Here — I Could Use a Few”


A fellow in a bar notices a woman, always alone, who comes in on a fairly regular basis.

After the second week, he made his move. “No thank you,” she said politely.”

“This may sound rather odd in this day and age, but I’m keeping myself pure until I meet the man I love.”

“That must be rather difficult,” the man replied.

“Oh, I don’t mind too much,” she said. “But, it has my husband pretty upset.”


“I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.”

Victor Borge


Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

The man said, “I do Father.”

The priest said, “Then leave this pub right now!” and approached a second man. “Do you want to got to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then leave this den of Satan,” said the priest, as he walked up to O’Toole. “Do you want to go to heaven?”

“No, I don’t Father,” O’Toole replied.

The priest looked him right in the eye, and said, “You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole smiled, “Oh, when I die, yes, Father. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”


“The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.”

Will Rogers


So there’s this soldier who is all excited about joining the army. He heads for the local recruiter’s office and says he’s psyched to join. The recruiter says “Hey, great! Here’s your gun,” and hands the new soldier a broomstick.

The new dude says, “Hang on, what kind of a gun is this? It doesn’t even have a bayonet!” The Sarge ties a piece of string on the end, and says “You’re all set now, just head out to the battle front, point your gun, and say ‘Bangity-Bangity-Bang’ and the gun will work fine. Swing it around, and say ‘Stabity-Stabity-Stab’ and the bayonet will do its thing.” The soldier is a skeptic, but he’s also not the brightest guy, so he believes the Sarge and heads for the battle front.

There he is, in the middle of all the fighting, with a crazed look in his eye. He picks up his trusty broomstick, and waves it around at the enemy, saying “Bangity-Bangity-Bang!, Stabity-Stabity-Stab!, Bangity-Bangity-Bang!, Stabity-Stabity-Stab!” To his amazement, everyone on the field is completely wiped out. Everyone, that is, except for one fighter, who is advancing very slowly and steadily toward our hero.

The soldier thinks, “Hey, no sweat,” and aims his broomstick. “Bangity-Bangity-Bang!” No difference — the enemy soldier keeps advancing, slowly and steadily. Our man waves his weapon threateningly and says “Stabity-Stabity-Stab!” Still nothing. The enemy advances steadily toward the soldier. He bumps into the soldier, knocks him down, advances up over his legs, stomach, chest, and face and continues over the other side — slow and steady.

As the enemy moves away, the soldier hears him saying “Tankity-Tankity-Tank.”


Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.







Ray’s Daily

October 4, 2019


“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”

Tia Walker


I am trying to do what I can for my wife as she suffers from weakness and memory loss. I find it is not easy but I am glad I can do what I can. I have learned:

  • Not to concentrate on my distress but focus on her needs.
  • That it is OK to be wrong, there is no need to try to correct what is of no importance.
  • To not expect more than is possible.
  • To understand and not become angry.
  • That it is alright to ask for help from family and others.
  • To accept my own weakness and avoid trying to do what I can no longer do.
  • To appreciate what we do have while remembering all we have had.
  • To quit unnecessary activities while saving some time for myself.
  • To hold hands often.

Here are tips on memory caregiving I picked up from The Family Caregivers Alliance. My wife is only in the early stages of dementia but I want to do all I can so I appreciate what is offered.

Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

Set a positive mood for interaction. Your attitude and body language communicate your feelings and thoughts more strongly than your words do. Set a positive mood by speaking to your loved one in a pleasant and respectful manner.

Get the person’s attention. Limit distractions and noise—turn off the radio or TV, close the curtains or shut the door, or move to quieter surroundings.

State your message clearly. Use simple words and sentences. Speak slowly, distinctly, and in a reassuring tone. Refrain from raising your voice higher or louder; instead, pitch your voice lower.

Ask simple, answerable questions. Ask one question at a time; those with yes or no answers work best. Refrain from asking open-ended questions or giving too many choices.

Listen with your ears, eyes, and heart. Be patient in waiting for your loved one’s reply. If she is struggling for an answer, it’s okay to suggest words.

Break down activities into a series of steps. This makes many tasks much more manageable. You can encourage your loved one to do what he can, gently remind him of steps he tends to forget, and assist with steps he’s no longer able to accomplish on his own.

When the going gets tough, distract and redirect. If your loved one becomes upset or agitated, try changing the subject or the environment.”

Respond with affection and reassurance. People with dementia often feel confused, anxious, and unsure of themselves. Further, they often get reality confused and may recall things that never really occurred. Avoid trying to convince them they are wrong. Stay focused on the feelings they are demonstrating (which are real) and respond with verbal and physical expressions of comfort, support, and reassurance. Sometimes holding hands, touching, hugging, and praise will get the person to respond when all else fails.

Remember the good old days. Remembering the past is often a soothing and affirming activity. Many people with dementia may not remember what happened 45 minutes ago, but they can clearly recall their lives 45 years earlier.

Maintain your sense of humor. Use humor whenever possible, though not at the person’s expense. People with dementia tend to retain their social skills and are usually delighted to laugh along with you.


“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

Carson McCullers,



1) If it rings, put it on hold.
2) If it clunks, call the repairman.
3) If it whistles, ignore it.
4) If it’s a friend, stop work and chat.
5) If it’s the Boss, look busy.
6) If it talks, take notes.
7) If it’s handwritten, type it.
8) If it’s typed, copy it.
9) If it’s copied, file it.
10) If it’s Friday, FORGET IT!!!


“I want to know what good is a web search engine that returns 324,909,188 ‘matches’ to my key word. That’s like saying, “Good news, we’ve located the product you’re looking for. It’s on Earth.”

Bruce Cameron


The doctor finished his examination and asked the patient to step into his office. “Sit down, Mr. Kaysen. After looking at these test results,

I recommend that you have an operation immediately.” The man thought for a moment, “How will this affect my hobby, Doctor?”

“What’s your hobby?”

“Saving money!”


“Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company.”
Scott Adams


She said: I was at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up.

“Oh, we’ll never need that. My husband and I have a great relationship,” the I explained. “He was a communications major in college and I majored in theater arts.

He communicates real well and I just act like I’m listening.”


“Oh, I was an ugly kid. My old man took me to the zoo. They thanked him for returning me.”
Rodney Dangerfield


Real Signs On Church Property

It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin.

Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church.

If you don’t like the way you were born, try being born again.

Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon.

Forbidden fruit creates many jams.

In the dark? Follow the Son.

Running low on faith? Stop in for a fill-up.

If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.


“And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

Robert Fulghum


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




Stay on the bright side

Ray’s Daily

October 3, 2019


“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects.”

Norman Cousins

bright side

As I have been a little depressed watching my wife struggle with her health problems I have benefited from the positive support from family and friends. Their efforts have helped me to refocus on doing what I can to make her situation as good as possible.

I think too often we put so much importance on how we feel that it dilutes our ability to do what we can for others. Even on bad days there is so much more to appreciate than just dealing with what is getting us down. So I am looking at our situation from the bright side which allows me to concentrate on what I can do rather than worrying about what I can’t control.

Here is a story I like as it reminds me that woe is never the answer.

Jonna S

My hero is my grandmother. She has always made it a point to value what you have. To value the fact that we are blessed–we may not be “rich” but yet we are–we have family and good friends plus things many do not. She taught us that hate is pointless, there is no time in life for it. She has always made a point of being grateful, because you shouldn’t have a complaint as long as you have “a roof over your head, food in your stomach, clothes on your back, people that love you, and people to love.”

There are many things to value in life but the most important thing is to realize that in some way you are blessed, because somewhere out there is someone (unfortunately) doing worse then you and that you could always be doing worse. That whatever hardships you go through, you must turn them into fuel to exceed. That you must surpass the bad and carry on to a better, brighter future! That as long as you do the best you can, that’s all that will ever matter!

I guess to sum it up the best that I can: I have learned to value life and all that it can bring, because it is so precious and at times so short. I have also realized that every small thing counts because together they make something grand.


“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Helen Keller


Jacob, 92, and Rebecca, 95, were very excited about their decision to get married. They went for a stroll to discuss the wedding. Soon, they came upon a drugstore. They went in and Jacob addressed the man behind the counter: “Are you in charge?” The pharmacist answered “Yes.”

Jacob asked, “Do you sell heart medication?” The pharmacist replied, “Of course we do.”

Jacob asked, “How about medicine for circulation?” The Pharmacist replied, “All kinds.”

Jacob continued his questioning. “Medicine for rheumatism?” The pharmacist said, “Definitely.”

Jacob said: “How about Viagra?” The Pharmacist said, “Of course.”

Jacob asked, “Medicine for memory?” the pharmacist asked, “Yes, a large variety.” Jacob asked, “What about vitamins and sleeping pills?” the pharmacist said, “Absolutely,” Jacob turned to Rebecca: “OK Sweetheart, we might as well register our wedding gift list here.”


“If the world were indeed a logical place, men and women would both ride side-saddle.”

Rita Mae Brown


Max can’t find a job. He finally applies for a job as a janitor at the Catholic Church. They decide to give him a trial run and see what it is like for a Jewish man to work there. After a week, he is told, “Max, things are working out fine. I just have a few corrections. First, when you wash your hands, use the bathroom, don’t use the holy water. Second, when you hang your coat up, use the cloakroom, do not hang it on the cross. Third, my name is Mother Superior, not Mother Shapiro!”


The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right traveling companion.


Herman the hypochondriac began sobbing before a doctor. “I’m sure I’ve got a liver disease, and I’m gonna die from it.” “Ridiculous,” said the doctor. “you’d never know if you had the disease or not. With that ailment there’s no discomfort of any kind.”

“Right,” said Herman, “those are my exact symptoms.”


Often the search proves more profitable than the goal.

L. Konigsburg


An 18th-century vagabond in England, exhausted and famished, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading: “George and the Dragon.” He knocked.

The Innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Could ye spare some victuals?” he asked.

The woman glanced at his shabby, dirty clothes. “No!” she shouted.

“Could I have a pint of ale?”

“No!” she shouted.

“Could I at least sleep in your stable?”

“No!” she shouted again.

The vagabond said, “Might I please…?”

“What now?” the woman screeched, not allowing him to finish.

“D’ye suppose,” he asked, “that I might have a word with George?”


Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.

Joel A. Barker


She said that when her three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother and found a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. she was not so pleased.

She turned to her Mom and said, “I’m surprised at you. Don’t you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?”

Her mom smiled and then replied, “I remember.”


Miranda likes to sing, and whenever she begins, her husband heads outside.

Hurt, she asked him, “Don’t you like my singing?”

“Of course, Dear,” he replied. “I just want to make sure the neighbors know I’m not beating you.”


“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

John Wooden


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




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