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Ray’s Daily

February 18, 2021


“Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled by non-hatred – this is the law Eternal”


Ray’s Daily first published on February 18, 2010

I do want to express my concern about what seems to be the growing propensity to blame others for what is happening to the point that reason is being pushed out, replaced by irrational hatred. I truly feel sorry for the haters as they have become a victim of a poison that destroys people’s ability to enjoy life and withers their soul. I know progress is never made when the haters line up against each other unwilling to even try to understand anything other than their own view. I don’t think I really hate anything except maybe hate itself.

Maya Angelou shared her thoughts on hate sometime ago and I saved what she wrote, I think now is a good time to share it with you.


A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people to say the least.  Nothing is ever good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters… That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them!  Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have… The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We’ve all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:

a) Have a relationship with God

b) Light up a room when you walk in

c) Start your own business

d) Tell a man/woman to hit the curb (if he/she isn’t about the right thing)

e) You are a strong person and don’t let people run you over

f) You have a strong and loving marriage and they can’t get in-between spouses to spoil it

Haters can’t stand to see you happy. Haters will never want to see you succeed.

How do you handle your undercover haters? You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)

2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.

3. By remembering that what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams!  You only have one life to live…when it’s your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled my dreams, Now I’m ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at me…Look at who is in charge of me…


But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness — each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked — each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.

Herbert Butterfield


There was once a general store in central Kansas back around 1900. The owner was an elderly man who went to church for a long time. The store always had those two or three “older gentlemen” that you always see on the front porch talking about “the war” or how it used to be. Anyway, this certain storeowner had the habit of quoting Scripture every time he made a transaction, and it was always a different verse.

It got to where the old men on the porch came in every time a customer showed up just to hear what the verse was going to be. Well, one day, a Texan came in and inquired about the rug that was hanging on the wall. The man asked about the price of the rug, and the owner told him $400. But, the owner and the old men all knew that the true worth was about $200. So the Texan thought it over and said, “I’ll take it!”

He bought the rug and left the store.

The old men stared at the owner in anticipation of what possible Scripture could follow such a dishonest act. The owner said, “He was a stranger, and I took him in.”


I am becoming increasingly worried that there isn’t enough anxiety in my life.


Flying to Los Angeles from San Francisco the other day, a passenger noticed that the “Fasten Seat Belts” sign was kept lit during the whole journey, although the flight was a particularly smooth one.

Just before landing, he asked the flight attendant about it.

“Well,” she explained, “up front there are 17 University of California girls going to Los Angeles for the weekend. In back, there are 25 Coast Guard enlistees…..

So…..what would you do?”


In my day, we didn’t have water.  We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.


When my wife had to rush to the hospital unexpectedly, she asked me to bring her a few items from home. One item on her list was “comfortable underwear.” Worried I’d make the wrong choice, I asked, “How will I know which ones to pick?” “Hold them up and imagine them on me,” she answered. “If you smile, put them back.”


“Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.”

Evan Davis


A father is asked by his friend, “Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?”

“Yes, he wants to be a garbage collector,” replied the boy’s father.

His friend thought for a moment and responded, “That’s a rather strange ambition to have for a career.”

“Well,” said the boy’s father, “he thinks that garbage collectors only work on Tuesdays!”


Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness.

Friedrich Nietzsche


One beautiful Sunday morning, a priest announced to his congregation:

“My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons…a $100 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, and a $10 sermon that lasts a full hour. “Now, we’ll take the collection and see which one I’ll deliver.”


I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Our New Normal

Ray’s Daily

February 17, 2021


“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

This past year has been challenging for all of us. During our days of isolation we have had pleanty of opportunites for introspection. I think most of us realize rhat tomorrows normal will be different than what we experienced in the past.

I think each of us have the ability to help define what our tomorrows will be like, our new normal. But if we want to turn tomorrows challenges into opportunities we need decide what we want in the days ahead. Below is an abridged article that offers tips on how we work to create our new normal.

“Five Keys to Blazing Inspiration

by Kevin Eikenberry”

These keys will help you transform your spark into an exciting, lifelong, raging bonfire.

1. Passion – the Fuel for the Fire – Every fire requires fuel. The more fuel you have and the higher quality of that fuel, the bigger and more powerful your fire. If you want to create lasting inspiration you must be working and living from a place of passion. 

2. Purpose – the Big Why – Before you can make anything happen, you need to understand and clearly define your purpose. Why do you want to achieve? What is in it for you, your family and those around you? When you connect your passion to a purpose you get excited about, your fire is already roaring; the rest is channeling the flames in the proper direction.

3. Goals – the Direction of Your Dreams – Goals are an extremely important part of the inspiration equation, but they aren’t the start. Have you ever set a goal and become discouraged, or perhaps even despondent, when you weren’t making progress? This is much less likely to happen, when your goals are set in connection with your passion and spurred by your purpose.

4. Inspirational Inputs – the Oxygen for Your Inspiration – The first three components can be in place, and your inspirational flames can still smolder. Why? Because life happens! Things change, setbacks occur and we fall prey to our humanness. Just like a fire needs oxygen, we all need inputs that continue to breathe life into our inspiration. Maybe it is a seminar, workshop or time spent with the most positive person you know. Whatever your inspirational inputs are recognize that they are the oxygen for your fire.

5. Action – the Small Steps that Create Momentum – Want the ultimate cure for waning inspiration? Take action! Do something! Get off the couch and get going. Take a step. And then keep going. You will get there, and you will move further faster than you realize.

These five keys can give you a lifetime blazing fire of inspiration in your life.


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley


In order for the Italians not to be left out in naming their ships, they finally registered the following designation with NATO :

USA is USS which means “United States Ship”.

British is HMS which means “Her Majesty’s Ship”.

….and now Italy is AMB which means “Atsa My Boat!”


“I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There’s a knob called brightness, but it doesn’t work.”

Eugene P. Gallagher


– Hello, that’s you, Abe?

– Yes, dis is Abe…

– It doesn’t sount like Abe

– Vell, dis is Abe all right.

– You’re positive it’s Abe?

– Absolutely.

– Vell, listen Abie, dis is Moe. Can you lend me fifty dollars?

– Ven Abe comes in, I’ll tell him you called…


My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.


A member of the Country Club asked the lifeguard how he might go about teaching a young lady to swim.

“It takes considerable time and technique.” replied the guard. “First you must take her into the water, then place one arm about her waist, hold her tightly, then take her right arm and raise it very slowly…”

“This is certainly most helpful.” said the member. “I know that my sister will appreciate it.”

“Your sister?” said the lifeguard. “In that case, just push her into the deep end of the pool. She’ll learn in a hurry.”


Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.


An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly.  Another flash.  He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed.  Same result.

“This guy must have screwed up the settings,” the off-duty officer thought.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!


I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.


His son is a “high-energy” kid who never sits still and is always on the move.

He was surprised when his wife suggested that they buy him a bike for his birthday.

“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior ?” he asked.

“Well, no,” she admitted, “But it’ll spread it over a wider area.”


Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.

Kristin Armstrong


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.


Ray’s Daily

February 16, 2021


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

I have noticed that many of us seem to decide we have done enough. Those that do almost quit all activities. It does not have to be that way. There are always plenty of opportunites to stay engagedand energized.

I am surrounded by folks who never stop doing good work. Some are creative artists, others volunteers helping others, all are being rewarded by their staying active. I especially enjoy conversations with people who work on learnig all they can so they can sharpen not only their knowledge but also their skills.

Here is an article that has value for all of us not matter how old we are.

Creating Opportunity

An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.

To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It’s to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves . . . regardless of the economy.

A person with an enterprising attitude says, ‘Find out what you can before action is taken.’ Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what is to come.

Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities.

Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition. Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.

What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.

And lastly, being enterprising doesn’t just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future.

By doing so you will increase your confidence, your courage, your creativity, your self-worth and your enterprising nature.

Written by Jim Rohn


“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

Paulo Coelho


When Jill decided to improve her computer skills, she threw herself into it with enthusiasm. Every week she’d check out five or six instructional books from the library. After about a month the librarian commented, “Wow! You must really be getting knowledgeable by now.”

“Thanks,” Jill said. “How can you tell?”

The librarian explained, “Only two of the books you’re checking out this week have ‘For Dummies’ in their titles.”


“Never confuse movement with action.”

Ernest Hemingway


Before his daring escape from prison, an infamous criminal had been photographed from four different angles. The FBI sent copies of the pictures to police chiefs all across the land, with orders to notify Washington the moment an arrest was made.  

The next day, the Bureau received a faxed reply from the ambitious sheriff of a small Southern town: “PICTURES RECEIVED. ALL FOUR SHOT DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST.”  


God: “Whew!  I just created a 24 hour period of alternating light and darkness of Earth!”

Angel: “What are you going to do now?”

God: “Call it a day.”


On vacation, a man and his wife check into a hotel. The husband wants to have a snack at the restaurant, but his wife is extremely tired so she decides to go on up to their room to rest. She lies down on the bed… just then, a train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she’s thrown out of the bed. Thinking this must be a freak occurrence, she lies down once more. Again a train shakes the room so violently, she’s pitched to the floor. Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he’ll be right up. The manager is skeptical but the wife insists the story is true.

“Look… lie here on the bed — you’ll be thrown right to the floor!” So he lies down next to the wife. Just then the husband walks in. He yells, “Hey! What are you doing in here!?!”

The manager calmly replies, “Would you believe I’m waiting for a train?”


Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


I am well-versed in the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.

During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.

“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.”

Both were excused.


She’s been pressing 30 so long, it’s pleated.


Cessna:  Newark Tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot. I am out of fuel.

Tower:  Roger, Cessna 12345. Reduce speed to your best glide. Do you have the Newark Airfield in sight?”

Cessna:  “Uh, um….. Tower, I’m parked on the south ramp and was wondering where the fuel truck is.”


The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it.



A golfer asked his friend, “Why are you so late?”

The friend replied, It’s Sunday. I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf and it took 25 tosses to get it right!”


Money isn’t everything….there’s credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.


During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, “What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a large, sharp knife?”

The student replied, “Big ones!”


“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Napoleon Hill


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.


Ray’s Daily

February 15, 2021


To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.

Edgar Allan Poe

I don’t kmow about you but one of my greatest failings has been my difficulty  remembering names. It is especially true these days as there are so many different folks that I meet in my daily encounters.

It is not only my fellow residents in our Independent Living senior community, it is also the  housekeepers, food service workers, administrative staff, health care providers and others who go out of their way to make our lives as pleasant as possible.

I wish I had done better in the past, but I didn’t, I often failed to pay enough attention to those I have met. I am going to continue my effort to do better. Here are some excerpts from and article I saved years ago which helps me to remember that how well I remember is up to me.

Five Tools for Improving Your Memory

by Dr. Barry Gordon

Tool #1: Paying Attention – The first tool is paying attention – think of it as a flashlight that focuses on what you want to remember. The biggest problem in general that people have with their memory is not paying attention. Attention is the gateway to your memory.

Tool #2: Organization – Organizing memories involves putting them into meaningful categories. What’s most meaningful will depend not just on what you’re trying to learn, but also how you intend to use what you’ve learned.

A really good organization system may also help pack memories together, so instead of many separate memories, you have just one bundle. This makes the set of memories much easier to remember, and much easier to move around inside of our heads. The process is called chunking.

Tool #3: Making Connections – The third tool is related to organization but has its own place in the toolbox. It’s making sure that there are the right connections or links between your memories.

Connections are useful for three major reasons. One is that they simply make memories much stronger and more permanent. Any single memory by itself can fade or get isolated, and be forgotten. But when that memory is linked with others, the whole network becomes very much stronger, and much easier to navigate.

Connections are critical for our ordinary memory for events, names or facts, because it’s the connections to tags that we put on these that help us to remember them.

Connections are even more critical for our everyday thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Connections are what allow us to connect the dots inside our heads, which is what we do when we think. The more we have, the better we can be at thinking.

Tool #4: Sharpening Your Intelligent Memory – The fourth memory tool is sharpening your Intelligent Memory, which is essential for smart, quick thinking.

Even though Intelligent Memory is largely unconscious, automatic, and fast, you can sharpen it by thinking through what you have to do slowly and deliberately. It’s just like learning how to drive or play a game like golf. If you work on getting each step right, you’ll be rewarded with skilled, rapid, automatic driving or playing.

Tool # 5: Having a Plan – The fifth tool is having a plan for how you’re going to use your memory. Think of it as a blueprint or map. You have to decide what you need to do with your memory in a situation, and you have to determine what tool or tools you need for that job.

We of course do this automatically to some extent. For most of us, visual memories are very strong, and our preferred way of remembering. For example, we may remember the name of a person that we hear by visualizing it as a printed word.

Sometimes the best way to remember something is not to have to remember it at all. If you can, write it down! The worst pen is still better than the best memory. Also, the simple act of writing something down helps engrave it in your memory, and having it written down will also boost your confidence. So when you write something down, you may find you remember it perfectly, and never have to look at your note!


No one can ever take your memories from you – each day is a new beginning, make good memories every day.

Catherine Pulsifer


Asked by his third-grade teacher to spell “straight.” The boy did so correctly.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

“Without water.”


A Faithful Woman

An elderly Muslim lady was well-known for her faith and for her confidence in talking about it. She would stand in front of her house and say “Allah be praised” to all those who passed by.

Next door to her lived an atheist who would get so angry at her proclamations he would shout, “There ain’t no Lord!!”

Hard times came upon the elderly lady, and she prayed for Allah to send her some assistance. She would pray out loud in her night prayer “Oh Allah! I need food!! I am having a hard time, please Lord, PLEASE LORD, SEND ME SOME GROCERIES!!”

One night the atheist happened to hear her as she was praying, and decided to play a prank on her. The next morning the lady went out on her porch and found a large bag of groceries. She raised her hands and shouted, “Allah be praised!.”

The neighbor jumped from behind a bush and said, “Aha! I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries, God didn’t.”

The old lady laughed and clapped her hands and said, “ALLAH BE PRAISED. He not only sent me groceries, but he made the devil pay for them!”


“Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all.”



Rabbi Bloom caught two of his rabbinical students gambling and drinking on Sabbath. Next day, Rabbi Bloom called them into his office and asked them what was going on. They immediately confessed to having given in to weakness and agreed that they deserved some form of punishment for their sin. Rabbi Bloom thought a lot about this and then came up with the answer. He bought two bags of dried peas from the delicatessen and told them,

“Put these in your shoes and walk on them for a week to remind yourselves how hard life can be when you turn away from God.”

A few days later, the two students met each other in the street.  One had a pronounced limp and had dark circles under his eyes.  He looked very tired and weary.  On the other hand, the other was the same as he had been before.

“Hey,” said the first.  “How is it that you are walking so easily? Didn’t you do as the Rabbi asked and put the peas in your shoes?”

“I did,” said the other.

“But I boiled mine first.”


We’ve all heard “Laughter is the best medicine.” 

Lately I’m not so sure. If that were really true, wouldn’t the medical profession have found a way by now to charge us for it?


A man decides to take the opportunity while his wife is away to paint the toilet seat. The wife comes home sooner than expected, sits, and gets the seat stuck to her rear. She is understandably distraught about this and asks her husband to drive her to the doctor. She puts on a large overcoat so as to cover the stuck seat, and they go. When they get to the doctor’s, the man lifts his wife’s coat to show their predicament. The man asks, “Doctor, have you ever seen anything like this before?” “Well, yes,” the doctor replies, “but not framed like that.”


Your memory is the glue that binds your life together; everything you are today is because of your amazing memory. You are a data collecting being, and your memory is where your life is lived.

Kevin Horsley


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Stay Stress Free

Ray’s Daily

February 12, 2021


“Calmness is the cradle of power.”

Josiah Gilbert Holland

Do these days seem as bad as any in the past? It sure seems that way. The pandemic, job losses, homelessness and politicsl turmoil really are stressful for many of us.

In my case I have lived through global depression, a number of wars and personal setbacks that have taught me that most stress does little for my well being. It helps to remember that most things that get us down are not a bad as we imagine.

These days I find that working to minimize stress is vital to staying as happy as possible. I have abridged the following article that offers useful tips on how to jettison stress.

Top Ten Habits that Help You Manage Your Stress

By Linda Dessau

Here are my favorite self-care habits for dealing with stress:

1. Get in the habit of noticing. – Take an inventory of all the things that just don’t feel right in your life or that you know are causing you stress. Once you have your list in place, look at what you can change yourself, and do it.

2. Get in the habit of asking for help. – For what you can’t change yourself, you need a team. Build a team of experts to handle your list. A coach, at the top of the list, will help with the big picture and will keep you honest about your efforts.

3. Get in the habit of bouncing back. – Think of Plan A as your basic self-care plan while stress is under control. Now imagine something happens and you are under stress. Instead of abandoning all self-care because you can’t do it all, have a Plan B ready beforehand.

4. Get in the habit of relaxing. – If you practice relaxation techniques (breathing, meditation, imagery, music) every day, then when stressful situations come up you’ll have the tools at your fingertips.

5. Get in the habit of gratitude. – Our attitude comes from our emotions and our emotions come from our thoughts. Thinking about what we’re grateful for and what we’re good at can keep things positive. It’s not about shying away from what’s challenging you; it’s about approaching life from a place of strength and not as a victim.

6. Get in the habit of creating. – Experiment with a new recipe in the kitchen, write a poem, bang a drum, do a craft, take a dance class or do something else that feels creative to you.

7. Get in the habit of putting your stuff away. – Physical clutter can really impact on mental, emotional and physical health. Get rid of things that don’t make you happy when you look at them.

8. Get in the habit of breathing. – This is the simplest and quickest way to relax yourself in a stressful situation. The minute you focus on your breathing it automatically gets slower and deeper.

9. Get in the habit of daydreaming. – Take yourself away on an imaginary holiday. Just close your eyes and go! Picture somewhere you’ve been or somewhere you’ve dreamed of.

 10. Get in the habit of giggling. – Laugh out loud every day. Don’t let your stress get the better of you!


“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”

James Carroll


An old Native Chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking a ceremonial pipe and eyeing two Government officials sent to interview him. “Chief Two Eagles” asked one Official, “you have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress and the damage he’s done.”  

The Chief nodded in agreement.  

The Official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”  

The Chief stared at the Government officials for over a minute and then calmly replied, “When white man found the land, Natives were running it. No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, women did all the work, Medicine Man free, Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing, and all night having sex.”  

Then the Chief leaned back and smiled, “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”


It worked… Now if I could only remember what I did.


She said: One evening, two girlfriends and I went to a nightclub, only to find the place packed with young people. At 40, we felt old, but before we could make a dignified exit, a tall, handsome man approached us.  

“Perhaps we were being a little hasty in leaving,” I thought.  

Then with a big smile, the man extended his hand to one of my friends and said, “Hello. Remember me? You were my third grade teacher.” 


Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.

Louis Nizer


Earthquakes can strike without warning, and being prepared for such a disaster can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones make it through a quake:

~ Those living in areas not prone to earthquakes can respond quickly to the plight of disaster victims in quake zones by complacently smirking and saying, “I told you so.”

~ To minimize loss and damage in a quake, try not to own things.

~ Practice your burrowing-out-from-under-40-tons-of-rubble skills ahead of time.

~ Look out your window often. If you see a large, zig-zag-shaped crevasse moving rapidly from the horizon toward your home, step either to the right or the left.

~ For those who fear earthquakes, it may comfort you to know that a majority of the damage during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake did not come from the tremors themselves. Instead, it was from the raging, out- of-control fires that consumed most of the city.

~ A doorway is the safest place to be during a quake. Eat, sleep, and work in doorways.

~ Be sure to mail your house-insurance payments a full five business days before a major earthquake strikes.

~ In the event of a quake, get under something heavy, such as a desk, a table, or your boss.

~ If you are caught in a major earthquake in Southern California and are part of the entertainment industry, take a moment or two to reflect on how grossly you’ve wasted your life.




A woman pregnant with her first child paid a visit to her obstetrician’s office. After the exam, she shyly said, “My husband wants me to ask you…”  

The doctor cut her off and reassured her, “I know, I know, I get the same question all the time. Sex is fine until late in the pregnancy.”  

“No, that’s not it,” the woman confessed. “He wants to know if I can still mow the lawn.”  


Abstinence should be practiced in moderation.


An Australian was in Ireland. On his way to Belfast, he stopped at a bar and asked one of the locals, “What’s the quickest way to Belfast?”

The Irishmen asked, “Are you walking or driving?”

The Australian replied, “I’m driving!”

The Irishman said, “Aye, that’d be the quickest way!”


“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”

James Allen


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Simplicity Pays

Ray’s Daily

February 11, 2021


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Clare Boothe Luce

I sometimes feel overwhelmed by what I have choosen to do. I have no job that includes required tasks, In effect I am my own boss and I should focus on improving the value of my efforts. I do understand that my life gets complicated because of the choices I make so it worth reviewing those choices. I want to decide to eliminate my less important activites and concentrate on those that have meaning and generate the mpst satisfaction.

I have excerpted below some thoughts from an article by Angel Chernoff that I think are worthy of our consideration.

11 Easy Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life

Truth be told, the average day is actually pretty simple, but we insist on making it complicated.  Let’s break the cycle!  Here are a few easy ways to gradually uncomplicate your life — and yes, it’s a GRADUAL process, because it’s easy to change your life one tiny step at a time:

  • Learn from the past, and then get the heck out of there! –Never regret.  If it’s good, it’s wonderful.  If it’s bad, it’s experience. 
  • Focus on what’s truly important. – Identify what’s most important to you.  Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else.  No wasted time, no fluff, no regrets.
  • Focus on being productive, not being busy. – Don’t just get things done; get the right things done.  Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them.
  • Give what you want to receive. – You get the best out of most people and situations when you give the best of yourself.  Start practicing the golden rule.  If you want love, give love.  If you want friends, be friendly.
  • Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Don’t try to be friends with everyone.  Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.  Start focusing on being everything to someone.  Helping or pleasing everyone is impossible.
  • Do what you know in your heart is right. – Stop doing immoral things simply because you can.  Start being honest with yourself and everyone else.  Don’t cheat.  Be faithful.  Be kind.  Do the right thing!  Keep life simple and enjoyable by doing what you know in your heart is right.
  • Organize your space. – Start clearing clutter.  Get rid of stuff you don’t use and then organize what’s left
  • Be efficient. – Stop being inefficient simply because you’ve always done it that way.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Instead, streamline your life by finding better ways of handling common tasks.
  • Let things be less than perfect. – Smile every chance you get; not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have, and all the problems you know you don’t have.
  • Let go of needless drama and those who create it. – Never create unnecessary drama, and don’t surround yourself with those who do.
  • Forget what everyone else thinks and wants for you. – One of the greatest freedoms is simply not caring what everyone else thinks of you.  The best thing you can do in moments of indecision is to simply follow your heart.  Don’t just accept the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what others will think, or afraid of what might happen.  If you do, nothing will ever happen. 


“I have three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

Lao Tzu


This comes from a Catholic elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., incorrect spelling has been left in.)

1. In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.

2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.

3. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.

4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.

5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.

6. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.

7. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.

8. The seventh amendment is “Thou shalt not admit adultery.”

9. Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

10. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him. 11. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

12. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

13. When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

14. When the three wise guys from the East side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.

15. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

16. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, “a man doth not live by sweat alone.”

17. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

18. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.

19. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

20. One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.

21. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

22. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.


Help beautify our dumps. Throw away something pretty.


An elderly man went to the doctor for a visit.  “Doc,” he says,” I am so stricken. I have chest pains, headaches, back pains, nausea, arthritis, constipation, stomach cramps, earaches, burning in the eyes, congested lungs…..”

“Sir,” says the doctor,” you complain you have so many things…what DON’T you have?”

The man answers, “Teeth.”


I can resist anything but temptation.


News from the British papers:

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, “This sort of thing is all too common”. (The Times)


“I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”

e. e. cummings


After meeting with the boss, the head salesperson mustered the troops.

“People,” he said, “I’ve just been informed that we’re going to be having a fire sale.”

“A fire sale?” spoke up one agent.  “But we sell insurance.”

“I said a fire sale, and I meant it,” he replied rather coldly. “Anyone who doesn’t make a sale gets fired….”


“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Steve Jobs


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

We Need Each Other

Ray’s Daily

February 10, 2021


“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” “No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”

George Eliot

Ray’s Daily first published onFebruary 10, 2006

I may have mentioned before that I worry about the desocialization that I think is gaining ground in our society. Coming from an earlier generation I miss the things we use to do together. As we have become more specialized, geographically separated, and for some almost transient workers, a feeling of isolation can grow and fester.

Fortunately some of the gap is filled by the electro-socialization that takes place by our remote communication with others. In the old days we might call them pen pals but I think for many of us they are more than that. They are often people we can lean on, someone with whom we can share our secrets, our joys and our sorrows. I guess for many of the people we connect with electronically they become acquaintances.

For me the relationship is more than casual even though we may be separated by thousands of miles, gender, age, nationality or religion. I wonder if we need a new word for these relationships. What can I call the people who send me messages like:



  • Your posts are all very heartfelt. I enjoy reading them very much. Thanks for adding me a friend I will visit often for inspiration.

Richard – Florida

  • I just had to share “I will be there” with my brother. We can be there to lighten someone else’s load; I want my friends to know I am there for them whenever needed… to listen.

Blessings, Kathie – Bogalusa, Louisiana

 When you think about it we really don’t need a new word for these people, for they are friends just as if we could see and touch them everyday. These friends and all of you that stay in touch are my confidants, you provide comfort and support, and fortunately there is always one or more of you there. It is when we share our feelings and care for each other that we become friends.

Of course this only works if we let it. We need to be grateful to those who care enough to take an interest in us, people often know us as well as almost anyone else. And Paula, Richard, Kathie and all the rest of you, thanks, I am glad we have met and become friends.



“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?”

Henry David Thoreau


Jack has died. His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Jack’s last will and testament.

“To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 50 acres of land, and one million dollars. To my son Barry, I leave my big Lexus and the Jaguar. To my daughter Suzy, I leave my yacht and $250,000. And to my brother-in-law Jeff, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my sun lamp.”


Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.


A young man from the city went to visit his farmer uncle. For the first few days, the uncle showed him the usual things – chickens, cows, crops, etc. After three days, however, it was obvious that the nephew was getting bored, and the uncle was running out of things to amuse him with.

Finally, the uncle had an idea. “Why don’t you grab a gun, take the dogs, and go shooting?”

This seemed to cheer the nephew up, and with enthusiasm, off he went, dogs in trail.

After a few hours, the nephew returned.

“How did you enjoy that?” asked the uncle.

“It was great!” exclaimed the nephew. “Got any more dogs?”


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:2


A rabbi, burdened by the importance of his work, went into the synagogue to pray. Falling to his knees, he lamented, “Oh, Lord, I am nothing! I am nothing!”  

Just then a Jewish judge passed by and overhearing the prayer was moved to join the rabbi on his knees. Shortly, he too, was crying aloud, “Oh, Lord, I too am nothing! I am nothing!”  

The janitor of the temple, awed by the sight of the two men praying joined them, crying, “Oh, Lord, I also am nothing! I am nothing!”  

At this the judge nudged the rabbi and said, “Look who thinks he’s nothing.”  


No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.


My first stop on my vacation was my sister’s house in Montana.  She’s extremely organized.  Before she leaves on a trip, she always types up address labels for her postcards.  This time, I figured I’d done her one better. 

I boasted, “You’ll be impressed. I’ve already written thank-you notes to everyone with whom I’ll be staying.  They’re all stamped and ready to go.”

My sister was silent for a moment, and then she said, “You mean those little envelopes I saw in your room and mailed this morning?” 


“I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.”

Steven Pearl


Molly was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist.

“Right,” said the shrink, “We’ll just try a few simple tests.” To Morris the boy, he said “Say a few words – anything that comes into your mind.”

The boy turned to his mother and asked, “Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words without any split infinitives?”


“A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.”

Edward R. Murrow


The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces and laid it upon the altar.

And then Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this four times. “Now, said the teacher, “can anyone in the class tell me why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the altar?”

A little girl in the back of the room raised her hand with great enthusiasm. “To make the gravy,” came her enthusiastic reply.


“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Samuel Johnson


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Ray’s Daily

February 9, 2021


The easiest and simplest way to deal with sorrow is to remember that nothing is permanent.


One of the realities of aging is the continued losses we have to live with. As friends and family pass on we must learn to handle our grief in a manner that focuses on the good memories from days gone by with out letting the loss debilitate us. In my current community we have many neighbors who are 95 years old and some well into their hundreds. They become friends and inspirations. And each month some fall ill our pass.

I appreciate the time we have shared experiences while learning about their past life. I cannot overestimate the value of listening and learning from my elders, yes even now when I am 86 years old. Interpersonal relationships among the aged is a great way to combat one of the great illnesses of old age, loneliness.

I have learned to live with my sorrows avoiding lingering sadness. I think there is truth in the following story.

Getting rid of sorrows

A wise and knowledgeable man held a seminar to teach people how to get rid of sorrows in their life. Many people gathered to hear the wise man’s words. The man entered the room and to start his seminar he told a very funny joke and everyone roared with laughter.

After a couple of minutes he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled or laughed and when he told the same joke for the third time no one smiled or laughed.

The wise man smiled and said . . . ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why do you cry over the same problem over and over?’

Author Unknown


Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.



A grammar school teacher from Miami, remembers this Oscar-worthy birth tableau from one of her students. I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two children myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own first-grade classroom a few years back. When I was a child, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and experience a little public speaking. And it gives me a break and some guaranteed entertainment.

Usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Children bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Anna, a very bright, very outgoing child, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant and says, “This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday. First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord. “She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The children are watching her in amazement. “Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going Oh, oh, oh!”

Anna puts a hand behind her back and groans. “She walked around the house for, like an hour, Oh, oh, oh!” Now the child is doing this hysterical duck walk; holding her back and groaning. “My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.” Anna lies down with her back against the wall. “And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!”

This child is sitting on the floor with her little hands miming water flowing away. “Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push, and breathe, breathe. “They started counting, but never even got past ten.” “Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff. They said it was from Mom’s play-center, so there must be a lot of stuff inside there for him to do.”

Then Anna stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I’m sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, if it’s show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another Anna comes along!


Someday they’ll invent a pill that is so powerful that you’ll have to be in perfect health to take it.

Herb Shriner


The late great Johnny Carson was the master joke teller as you can see below.

“I was so naïve as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”

“According to statistics, it’s a lot easier to get hit by lightning than to win a Lotto jackpot. The good side: You don’t hear from your relatives.”

“For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.”

“Happiness is seeing the muscular lifeguard all the girls were admiring leave the beach hand in hand with another muscular lifeguard.”

“If God didn’t want man to hunt, He wouldn’t have given us plaid shirts.”

“The difference between divorce and legal separation is that a legal separation gives a husband time to hide his money.”

“The Surgeon General announced today the ultimate safe-sex product. It’s called a Rubik’s condom: By the time you’ve figured out how to use it, you’ve lost the urge.”

“When turkeys mate they think of swans.”

“What’s all this fuss about plutonium? How could something named after a Disney character be dangerous?”

“The Oscars are two hours of sparkling entertainment spread over four hours.”

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”


She said:

When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied “I’m not sure.”

“Look in your underwear, Grandma,” he advised.  “Mine says I’m four.”


She said:

Our family owned restaurant is the setting for many of our discussions about how to handle the customer who asks, “What’s good tonight?”

Obviously, we would never serve anything we didn’t think was good.  I braced myself one Saturday night when I heard the dreaded question posed to my husband.

He calmly replied, “Anything over $13.95.”


Have you noticed how living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Mardi Gras.


While shopping in a supermarket in Florida, I heard over the PA system:

“A wallet containing a large sum of money was found, but it contains no ID.  Will those laying claim to it please form a double line at the customer service counter?”


All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.


A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.

They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted,

“Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbor’s wife.”


Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.


Jill:  Look, Mary!  That couple at the corner table’s getting engaged.  He just gave her a ring.  How did your ex propose to you?

Mary:  Well, he said, “If you get pregnant, I’ll marry you.”


There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and to have recovered hope.



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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

What to do next?

Ray’s Daily

February 8, 2021


All I can be is me- whoever that is.

Bob Dylan

I am at an interesting point in my life. I find there is little left on my things to do list. My daughters and the housekeepers have made my residents very liveable. I purchased a new internet radio that allows me to connect with radio stations and learning sources around the world. I have received my two vaccinations to help me avoid Covid infections. I have started regular Covid tests that allow me to now make regular visits to see my wife in her memory care facility. The mandatory lock down at my independent living facility has loosend up so I can again see my fellow residents.

So I am at the point where I need to answer the question “now what?.” I know spending my days sitting in my recliner all day will do me no good. Of course writing the Daily and visiting my wife will fill some of my time. I also read books on my Amazon tablet but my failing eyesight sometimes makes that difficult. But I am required by the curret regulations to only venture out for doctors appointments. So I shall explore alternatives to stagnation and decide what to do next.

Here is what one author has decided he is going to do, his ideas are helpful to those of us working on our own lists.

The Top 10 Most Important Things to do Today

by Michael E. Angier

This is my list. They’re the ones I’ve selected for my life at present. Consider them suggestions for yourself–ideas to help you generate your own top ten list. By getting clear on and acting upon YOUR most important steps, you’ll be moving toward and experiencing your highest and best.

1. Practice gratefulness. Reflect upon the things in my life for which I’m grateful. If I appreciate more of what I have, I will have even more to appreciate.

2. Write out my three most important goals and visualize how my life will be when I have achieved them. FEEL it. EXPERIENCE it in as much sensory detail as I can possibly imagine.

3. Take some action steps toward each of the three goals.

4. Exercise my body and monitor carefully what I eat and drink. Reduce fat and caloric intake while expending more calories. Eat only small amounts at one time.

5. Read something educational, inspirational or entertaining–preferably all three.

6. Meditate. Empty my conscious mind and listen to the Super-conscious.

7. Have fun doing something I love to do. Experience joy.

8. Write something–anything. If not an article or part of my book, then write in my journal.

9. Perform some act of kindness. Do a thoughtful, magnanimous thing–anonymously if possible.

10. Finish something. Do something I can call complete.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot


At an all-girls’ college, dates were permitted only on Saturday nights. One young man showed up on a Tuesday evening, however, explaining to an older woman at a desk in the lobby of the dorm, that it was imperative he see a certain young lady.

“I want to surprise her. You see, I’m her brother.”

“Oh, she’ll be *real* surprised all right,” replied the woman. “In fact, even I’m surprised… I’m her mother.”


“The honeymoon is over when he phones to say he’ll be late for supper and she’s already left a note that it’s in the refrigerator.”

Bill Lawrence


A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “The light was on…”


“The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.”

Kin Hubbard


The fellow had recently succumbed to promotions for satellite TV, which advertised non-stop sport day and night.  It was to be expected, however, that his wife did not share his enthusiasm.

One evening she could take it no longer and confronted her husband:

“It’s like this every day,” said she.  “It’s true–you love football more than you love me.”

Such a cosmic question was new to the man, and several moments’ reflection was in order.

“Why, yes, I do,” said he.  “But I can sincerely say,” he continued thoughtfully, “that I love you more than baseball …”


She wouldn’t try so hard to conceal her age if her husband would act his.


Press Bloopers

He left for a vacation at his lodge, taking his favorite two great dames with him.  

Rev. Hammond was congratulated on being able to get his parish plastered.  

His left thumb, which was shot away, is doing nicely.  

We’ve got fifty yankettes married into English nobility right now. Some of them are duchesses. Some are countesses. Eleven are baronesses. Only one is a lady.  

The font so generously presented by Mrs. Smith will be set in position at the east end of the Church. Babies may now be baptized at both ends.  

The church is now forming a Little Mothers Club. All women desiring to become Little Mothers are asked to meet with the pastor in his study after services.  

Dr. Gilbert Murray, O.M., will celebrate his ninetieth birthday quietly at his home at Boars Hill, near Oxford, tomorrow, with his wife, Lady Mary Murray. They have been married 66 years. This evening he is to broadcast in the BBC Home Service a talk called “Unfinished Battle.”  

A loudspeaker system has been installed in the church. It was given by one of the members in memory of his wife.  


Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.


One of my students could not take my college seminar final exam because of a funeral. “No problem,” I told him. “Make it up the following week.”

That week came, and again he couldn’t take the test due to another funeral.

“You’ll have to take the test early next week,” I insisted. “I can’t keep postponing it.” “I’ll take the test next week if no one dies,” he told me.

By now I was suspicious. “How can you have so many people you know pass away in three weeks?” I asked. “I don’t know any of these people,” he said. “I’m the only gravedigger in town.”


The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.

Aiden Nowlan


We telemarketers know we’re universally loathed.  Still, some people are quite pleasant on the phone.  One day I called a number and asked to speak with Mr. Morgan.  The woman who answered explained that he no longer lived at that address, but she did have a number where he could be reached.

I thanked her, rang that number, and was greeted with, “Good morning, Highland View Cemetery.”


You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou


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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

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Ray’s Daily

February 5, 2021


“People should find happiness in the little things, like family.”

Amanda Bynes

Here it is the end of another week. In my case it was good week. I have been able to spend time with my wife in her memory care residence as well as visit with a couple of family members.

One thing that has happened to me during this pandemic period of isolation is learning to appreciate the little things in life that we so often take for granted. I know in my case it has allowed me to stay pretty happy. Sure I wish things were different but I can’t change what they are, but I can focus on the good and not waste time on the bad. Happiness is always better than sadness.

I agree with the following article. I hope you will too.

What makes us happy?

There is an ever-growing body of knowledge about the nature and causes of happiness. For one thing, it’s clear that happiness is a feeling, not a circumstance. Happiness is more than just fun or pleasure. It’s a more durable sense of well being.

Our happiness depends not on what happens to us, but what happens in us. In other words, it’s the way we choose to think about our lives. Abe Lincoln said, ‘People are generally about as happy as they’re willing to be.’ A Buddhist proverb tells us that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

So, what are the most common attributes of happy people? Well, it’s not money, fame, or good looks. It’s not even intelligence or talent. No, the two most important factors are gratitude and rewarding personal relationships.

The formula is simple: count your blessings and enjoy your family and friends. Sadly, simple is not always easy.

People whose natural instincts produce a gloomy outlook and pessimism need to re-train their minds. It’s one thing to say happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you get; it’s quite another to really be satisfied with what we have. For many people, it takes discipline and practice to think positively.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of changing one’s perspective, choosing to see and appreciate the silver lining, the half full glass. In other cases, what’s required is refusing to dwell on pain, disappointment, or envy, and instead force one’s mind toward good thoughts, including all the things we should be grateful for.

Interestingly, the ability to maintain a positive attitude is also important in forming and sustaining meaningful relationships  -seeing and bringing out the best.

Written by Michael Josephson


“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

William Morris



If you are travelin soon, consider Lutran (Lutheran) Air, da no-frills airline. You’re all in da same boat on Lutran Air, where flyin is a upliftin experience. Dere is no first class on any Lutran Air flight.

Meals are potluck. Rows 1-6, bring rolls; 7-15, bring a salad; 16-21, a main dish, and 22-30, a dessert. Basses and tenors please sit in da rear of da aircraft.

Everyone is responsible for his or her own baggage. All fares are by free will offering and da plane will not land ’til da budget is met.

Pay attention to your flight attendant, who will acquaint you wit da safety system aboard dis Lutran Air 599.

Okay den, listen up. I’m only gonna say dis vonce. In da event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, I am frankly going to be real surprised and so vill Captain Olson, because we fly right around two tousand feet, so loss of cabin pressure would probably mean da Second Coming or someting of dat nature, and I wouldn’t bodar with doze liddle masks on da rubber tubes.

You’re gonna have bigger tings to worry about den dat. Just stuff doze back up in dair little holes. Probably da masks fell out because of turbulence which, to be honest wit you, we’re going to have quite a bit of at two tousand feet, sort a like driving across a plowed field, but after a while you get used to it.

In da event of a water landing, I’d say forget it. Start saying da Lord’s Prayer and just hope you get to da part about forgive us our sins as we forgive doze who sin against us, which some people say “trespass against us,” which isn’t right, but what can you do?

Da use of cell phones on da plane is strictly forbidden, not because day may confuse da plane’s navigation system, which is seat of da pants all da way. No, it’s because cell phones are a pain in da wazoo, and if God meant you to use a cell phone, He would have put your mout on da side of your head.

We start lunch right about noon and it’s buffet style with da coffee pot up front. Den we’ll have da hymn sing; hymnals are in da seat pocket in front of you. Don’t take yours wit you when you go or I am going to be real upset and I am not kiddin!

Right now I’ll say Grace. “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let deze gifts to us be blessed. Fadar, Son, and Holy Ghost, may we land in Dulut or pretty close. Amen!


According to Redbook magazine, 1 in 4 adults say that honesty about money is more important than honesty about fidelity. The other 3 adults were women!


A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a Sheriff’s Deputy. He thinks that he is smarter than the Deputy because he is sure that he has a better education. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the deputy’s expense…Deputy says, “License and registration, please.” Lawyer says, “What for?” Deputy says, “You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign ..” Lawyer says, “I slowed down, and no one was coming.” Deputy says, “You still didn’t come to a complete stop.

License and registration, please.” Lawyer says, “What’s the difference?”

Deputy says, “The difference is, you have to come to a complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!” Lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket, if not you let me go and no ticket.” Deputy says, “Exit your vehicle, sir.” At this point, the deputy takes out his nightstick and starts beating the ever-loving crap out of the lawyer and says: “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”


Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.

Landrum Bolling


I was at a party this weekend and a jokester, stifling a laugh said, “Listen to this: One day, Moskowitz and Finkelstein were going to…”

At this, my Jewish friend, Al Cohen said, “Moskowitz and Finkelstein; Moskowitz and Finkelstein; always two Jews. Why do they have to be Jewish? Can’t you tell the joke with other nationalities involved? Why don’t you make them Chinese for a change?”

The jokester, sobered and embarrassed, said, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend. Here’s the joke: One day, Hong-lee Yang and Mao-chen Foo were going to the synagogue to attend the bar mitzvah of Hong-lee Yang’s nephew…”


“I think the pilot on my last trip was pretty new to his job. I base that on his pre-flight announcement, ‘We’re going to be taking off in a few… Whoa, here we go!'”


A woman went to a computer dating service and said she didn’t care about looks, income or background. All she wanted was a man of upright character. Then a man came in and told them the only thing he was seeking in a woman was intelligence. The service matched them together at once because they had one thing in common — they were both pathological liars.


Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.


According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.  

“Please disrobe,” he told her.  

“With him in the room??” she yelled, pointing to my father.  

Turning to Dad, the doctor said, “Captain, I think I found the problem.”  


“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”



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 twenty 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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

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