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Enjoy Life

Ray’s Daily

September 17, 2021

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

Here we go again, another weekend. What I like is I will have few mandatory things to do so I can concentrate on things that make me happy. Just spending some time appreciating what I have is great but it never hurts to invest time rewarding yourself. Here is an edited article I picked up about what we can do to maximise our happiness.

15 Ways to Enjoy Life More

By Z. Hereford

1. Savor each moment. We typically do not know when a particular moment will be our last. In order to make the most of each one, we can learn to savor and be mindful of every aspect it offers.

2. Be whimsical; think like a child. Remind yourself of the things that made you happy when you were young, such as running through the rain, smelling fresh flowers, playing fun games, and being carefree.

3. Engage in a physical activity. Exercise releases not only happy chemicals known as endorphins; it releases natural pain-relieving and stress-relieving chemicals as well.

4. Laugh more. To paraphrase Harry Ward Beecher “Laughter is the best medicine.”

5. Experience a new activity. Enrichment in experience contributes to the enjoyment of life and there is nothing like trying something totally new. Go for it!

6. Start a gratitude journal. Writing about and recording those experiences which make you happy and grateful serves as a continuous reminder of those special moments.

7. De-clutter. You would be surprised how liberating and satisfying de-cluttering can be. You will feel lighter, fresher and ultimately more joyful.

8. Keep learning new things. Learning new things not only gives you a new lease on life, it keeps your brain/body connection young and active.

9. Give back. There are many ways you can give back to your family, community and workplace. It doesn’t have to be something colossal. It can be a small kindness in the form of opening a door for someone, helping someone with a heavy parcel, or helping a new team member at work.

10. Plan for the future, but live in the present. Quite often we get so caught up in planning and preparing for the future that we neglect to live in and enjoy the present.

11. Celebrate your successes. Succeeding is a great way to further boost morale and well being! So, no matter how seemingly small, be sure to enjoy the successes in your life.

12. Take time to appreciate nature. Life can be a joy when you make the most of all that nature has to offer.

13. Appreciate what you have. Quite often we don’t remind ourselves of the freedom and privileges we benefit from. If we stop to reflect upon all we have, we would indeed enjoy life that much more.

14. Appreciate your friends and family. It’s easy to take our loved ones for granted, however, when times are tough and life deals us some unexpected challenges, it is our dear friends and family to whom we turn for support and encouragement.

15. Know that you deserve to enjoy life more! Remember that life is short and that we deserve to enjoy and reap all the rewards it offers. It is up to each of us to take the time to appreciate and enjoy life more.

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To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell

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She said: My husband and I were at a restaurant with his boss, a rather stern older man. When my husband began a story, which I was sure he had told before, I gave him a kick under the table.

There was no response, so I gave him another poke. Still the story went on. Suddenly, he stopped, grinned and said, “Oh, but I’ve told you this one before, haven’t I?”

We all chuckled and changed the subject. Later, on the dance floor, I asked my husband why it had taken him so long to get my message.

“What do you mean?” he replied. “I cut the story off as soon as you kicked me.”

“But I kicked you twice and it still took you awhile to stop!”

Suddenly, we realized what had happened. Sheepishly, we returned to our table. His boss smiled and said, “Don’t worry. After the second one, I figured it wasn’t for me, so I passed it along.”

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There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.

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A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo Theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy, “Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”

The cowboy groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became more impatient: “Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”

Once again, the cowboy just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but with no success.

Finally they summoned the police. The Texas Ranger surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “All right buddy what’s your name?”

“Fred,” the cowboy moaned.

“Where ya from, Fred?” asked the Ranger.

With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Fred replied,

“…the balcony…”

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It’s when you run away that you’re most liable to stumble.

Casey Robinson

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A READER’S GUIDE

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country – if they could find the time, and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

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Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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A sales representative stops at a small manufacturing plant in the Midwest. He presents a box of cigars to the manager as a gift.

“No, thanks,” says the manager. “I tried smoking a cigar once and I didn’t like it.”

The sales rep shows his display case and then, hoping to clinch a sale, offers to take the manager out for martinis.

“No, thanks,” the plant manager replies. “I tried alcohol once, but didn’t like it.”

Then the salesman glances out the office window and sees a golf course. “I suppose you play golf,” says the salesman. “I’d like to invite you to be a guest at my club.”

“No, thanks,” the manager says. “I played golf once, but I didn’t like it.” Just then a young man enters the office. “Let me introduce my son, Bill,” says the plant manager.

“Let me guess,” the salesman replies. “An only child?”

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It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

Dale Carnegie

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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.

Perservere

Ray’s Daily

September 16, 2021

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“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.”

John C. Maxwell

I am afraid too many of us give up doing the things we could do to make us happy. I know that many times the brightest days lay just over the hill but we will not bask in the sunshine unless we climb the hill. I know in my case I often got bogged down in my efforts, often not knowing what to do next but perserverance led to success.

If we don’t quit great things can happen. Here are some thoughts I took from a recent article written by Jon Gordon for you to consider.

DON’T QUIT!

5 WAYS TO KEEP GOING

1) Keep your Vision Alive: It’s so important to keep looking forward and seeing the future you want to create. If you can see it you’ll keep moving towards it.

2) Fuel up with Purpose: There will be many times you want to give up but always remember that your purpose is greater than your challenges. It is the ultimate fuel for a meaningful journey. It gives you meaning and mission which helps you overcome adversity and avoid burnout.

3) Believe the Best is Yet to Come: We don’t give up because it’s hard. We give up because we get discouraged. No matter what challenges you face along the way keep encouraging yourself. Maintain hope. Believe the best is yet to come. If you believe in what you are doing and know that this is what you truly want, then keep believing it will happen.

4) Focus on the Process, not the Outcome: There will be many times where the outcome is not looking good. You may not be hitting the numbers you want or getting the results you desire. The key is to focus on the process and just work to get better each day.

5) Trust in a Bigger Plan: Sometimes when all hope seems lost and you feel like there is nothing more you can do; I believe you can do something that will help everything. You can pray and trust in a bigger plan for your life.

So don’t give up! Keep going! Because, you’ll be better for it and so will the people you impact along the way. I’m rooting for you!

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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

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“You Know You Work In Corporate America If:”

You’ve sat at the same desk for 4 years and worked for three different companies.

Your resume is on a diskette in your pocket.

The company logo on your badge is drawn on a post-it note.

When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.

You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.

You learn about your layoff on CNN.

Your biggest loss from a system crash is that you lose your best jokes.

You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.

You think lunch is just a meeting to which you drive.

It’s dark when you drive to and from work.

“Communication” is something your group is having problems with.

You see a good looking person and know it is a visitor.

Free food left over from meetings is your main staple.

Weekends are those days your spouse makes you stay home from work.

Being sick is defined as can’t walk or you’re in the hospital.

You’re already late on the assignment you just got.

Dilbert cartoons hang outside every cube.

Your boss’ favorite lines are “when you get a few minutes,” “in your spare time,” “when you’re freed up,” and “I have an opportunity for you.”

Vacation is something you roll over to next year or a check you get every January.

Your relatives and family describe your job as “works with computers.”

Change is the norm.

The only reason you recognize your kids is because their pictures are hanging in your cube.

You only have makeup for fluorescent lighting.

You read this entire list and understood it.

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The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

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While in Atlanta on vacation, Little Johnny’s Daddy took one afternoon to see historic sites downtown.

Two young families were also in line to the see the sites. Little Johnny struck up a conversation with one of the boys in line.

“My name is Kilroy. What’s yours?” asked the first boy.

“Johnny”.

“My Daddy’s an accountant. What does your Pop do for a living?” asked.

Little Johnny replied, “My Daddy’s a lawyer.”

“Honest?” asked Kilroy.

Johnny replied, “No, just the regular kind.”

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Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.

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Moshe and Miriam, a young orthodox married couple, were expecting their first baby. Unfortunately, Miriam’s water broke on Shabbos and they had no choice but to call for a taxi to take them to the hospital’s maternity ward. Because Moshe wanted to try and minimize the Shabbos violation, he told the dispatcher that he must send them only a non-Jewish driver. The taxi quickly arrived, but when Moshe and Miriam were getting in, they overheard the dispatcher on the two-way radio ask the driver, “Have you picked up the anti-semites yet?”

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Why are you “in” a movie, but you’re “on” TV?

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A father in a hurry taking his 8-year-old son to school, makes a turn at a red light where it isn’t allowed.

“Uh-oh, I just made an illegal turn!” the man said.

“That’s OK Dad,” the son says, “The police car right behind us did the same thing.”

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“People will forget what you say, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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A widower who never paid any attention to his wife while she was alive now found himself missing her desperately.  He went to a psychic to see if he could contact his late wife.

The psychic went into a trance.  A strange breeze wafted through the darkened room, and suddenly, the man heard the unmistakable voice of his dearly departed wife.

“Honey!” he cried. “Is that you?”

“Yes, my husband.”

“Are you happy?”

“Yes, my husband.”

“Happier than you were with me?”

“Yes, my husband.”

“Then Heaven must be an amazing place!”

“I’m not in Heaven, dear.”

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

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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.

Traveling

Ray’s Daily

September 15, 2021

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The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.

The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.”

Daniel J. Boorstin

Ray’s Daily first published on September 15, 2005

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There is a lot of wisdom in the above quote. Seldom have I ever had the opportunity to both travel and tour at the same time. A friend and I discussed this a few days ago over breakfast. We both shared stories of our trips to other lands. We talked about people we met and how much pleasure we had we stopped long enough to enjoy the neighborhoods and the people we met.

I am sorry that I seldom travel any more, I mostly tour. When I traveled with Kiwanis and UNICEF we often experienced great things as we visited remote villages, ate exotic foods, and enjoyed a wide variety of wonderful people.

You can go to Paris and visit the Eiffel Tower; it really is worth seeing, but please don’t miss spending a few hours sitting at a Café in Montmartre, stroll by the artists who are displaying their work, and breathe the air. Or even better find a restaurant that is off the beaten path and savoir the food, the people and the atmosphere. And please, please don’t behave like the American tourist stereotype when you are there. In Rome make sure you visit the Vatican Museum but don’t overlook the fruit and flowers you will find in an open market. In all honesty, I would love to spend a week in Spain or in another of my favorite countries and just stay in one place, sitting at an outside table and let the world go by.

Friday I will be off again, this time for a quick trip to Bermuda. I again will be a tourist; I will take many pictures, see many sights, and spend most of my time with other tourists, the same people I can meet at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love cruising, I love getting a little taste of what other places have to offer, but it is no substitute for the warmth and adventure that comes from meeting a stranger and turning them into a friend.

So tomorrow I will again sail off into the sunset bidding you a fond farewell. I will be out of contact spending a lot of time resting while others frolic. But don’t jump for joy or fret, I will be back in action in a week and the daily will again descend on your computer each weekday morning until November when I will again go a traveling. Yes I said travel and not tour; I will tell you more about that at another time.

So everyone listen up, in case I forget tomorrow, you are required to enjoy next week, play each day, and stay out of trouble if you can. If you can’t stay out of trouble you at least you will have gotten more enjoyment out the week than most people will.

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For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes. 

Charles Baudelaire

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You might be from Las Vegas If…..  

* – You no longer associate bridges with water.  

* – You can say 110 degrees without fainting.  

* – You can make instant sun tea.  

* – You learn that a seat belt makes a good branding iron.  

* – The temperature drops below 85, and you feel a bit chilled.  

* – You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.  

* – You discover you can get a sunburn through your car window.  

* – You notice the best parking place is determined by shade, not distance.  

* – It’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is on the streets.  

* – Hot water comes out of both taps.  

* – You actually burn your hand opening the car door.  

* – No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.   

* – Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?  

* – You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.  

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More and more these days I find myself pondering on how to reconcile my net income with my gross habits.

John Kirk Nelson

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In a little town, tucked into the woods and far from the main roads, the Jews were afraid that the Messiah would come and pass them by. They decided to build a tower on the outskirts of town, and appointed one of the town’s beggars to serve there as watchman. If the Messiah should come, the watchman would give him directions to the town.

One day a stranger approached the tower, and the watchman came down to greet him. “What are you doing here in the middle of the forest?” asked the stranger.

“I sit on top of the tower and wait for the Messiah,” answered the watchman.

“How do you like your job?” the stranger asked. “I’m sure it doesn’t pay very much.”

“That’s true,” answered the watchman. “But it’s steady work.”

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My friend admitted she was forty but she didn’t say when.

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A lady was taking her time browsing through everything at a yard sale and said to the homeowner, “My husband is going to be very angry when he finds out I stopped at a yard sale.”

“I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains,” the homeowner replied.

“Normally, yes,” the lady said. “But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set.”

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We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.

Alfred E. Newman

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Shortly after reporting to the 101st Airborne Division, we were ordered to fall out in our dress uniforms. Only problem was, I didn’t know how to tie a necktie. So I asked the guy in the next bunk for help.

“Sure,” he said. “Lie down.”

Confused, I lay down on the bunk and he tied my tie.

“Sorry, but this is the only way I know how,” he said. “comes from practicing on my father’s clients.”

“What does your father do?”

“He’s a mortician.”

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“My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.”

Ed Furgol.

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“So, Mr. Clark,” the doctor says to one of his patients, “I see by your chart that you’ve been recommended for dismissal. Do you have any idea what you might do once you’re released?”

The patient thinks for a moment, then replies, “Well, I went to school for mechanical engineering. That’s still a good field, good money there. But on the other hand, I thought I might write a book about my experience here in the hospital, what it’s like to be a patient here. People might be interested in reading a book like that. In addition, I thought I might go back to college and study art history, which I’ve grown interested in lately.”

Dr. Leroy nods and says, “Yes, those all sound like intriguing possibilities.”

The patient replies, “And the best part is, in my spare time, I can go on being a teapot.”

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Browbeaten Bill once told me that his marriage was secure. “My wife would never file for divorce from me. She’d never do anything to make me happy!”

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“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”

Soren Kierkegaard

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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.

You are special

Ray’s Daily

September 14, 2021

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Some of us either forget or never have realized that we have more abilities than we utilize. I know far too many people who are better than they think they are. Today I want to share with you some reminders about who we or who me can be.

24 Things To Always Remember

  Author Unknown

Your presence is a present to the world.

You are unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be.

Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.

You will make it through whatever comes along.

Within you are so many answers.

Understand, have courage, be strong.

Do not put limits on yourself.

So many dreams are waiting to be realized.

Decisions are too important to leave to chance.

Reach for your peak, your goal and you prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.

The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.

Do not take things too seriously.

Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.

Remember that a lot goes forever.

Remember that friendship is a wise investment.

Life’s treasure are people together.

Realize that it is never too late.

Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.

Have hearth and hope and happiness.

Take the time to wish upon a start.

AND DO NOT EVER FORGET …. FOR EVEN A DAY HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE !

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If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

T. Harv Eker

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My supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

My secrets are safe with my friends because they can’t remember them either.

My joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

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“If you listen when you hear and look when you see then you will never be deaf or blind to an opportunity.”

Unknown

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She said: “I’ve got 3 TVs, cable, & a satellite dish; I have 3 phone lines in the house, a cell phone & one in the car, plus a pager.

I use 2 computers, 3 ISPs and a fax. I subscribe to two daily papers & one weekly one. I watch both the local & network news every evening.

And my kids have the nerve to tell me I’m out of touch!”

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“If you were arrested for being kind……..would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

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The banker had called the man in to talk about his account.

“Your financial affairs are in a big mess! Your wife constantly overdraws your account. She is behind in her charge accounts at the department store, and her check stubs are all added wrong. So…why don’t you talk to her about it?”

“Because….” said the man, “I would rather argue with you than with her.”

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If you are what you do, then when you don’t you aren’t.

Wayne Dyer

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She said: I pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure my golden retriever had fresh air.

She was stretched out on the back seat, and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there.

I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, “Now you stay….. Do you hear me?… Stay!.. Stay!”

The driver of a nearby car, perhaps noting that I am a blonde, gave me a strange look and said.

“Why don’t you just put it in park?”

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You must arrange in advance for pleasant memories.

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The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The owner proudly led him into the kitchen and introduced him to the chef.

“Your veal parmigiana was superb,” the customer said. “I just spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I ever had over there.”

“Naturally,” the chef said. “Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported.”

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Too often we do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.”

Stuart Avery Gold

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A woman is getting on a bus when, just in front of her, a man gets up from his seat. She thinks to herself, “Here’s another man trying to keep up the customs of a patriarchal society by offering a poor, defenseless woman his seat,” so she pushes him back onto the seat. A few minutes later, the man tries to get up again. She is still insulted so she refuses to let him up again.

Look, the man says, “Look, lady, you’ve got to let me get up. I’m twelve blocks past my stop already!”

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Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen

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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.

Let’s be friends

Ray’s Daily

September 13, 2021

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There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.

Socrates

As we have discussed in the past I feel that the older we get the more we need our friends. Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like. In my case there have been some that I could not relate to but I never met a man or women that I did not want to like.

I am lucky to have many friends and potential friends in my community.

As I have said before it is up to us to earn the friendship of others. The following list outlines what attributes to look for in others but more importantly thay are things for us to develop within our selves.

Great Qualities We Should Appreciate In Each Other More

James M Sama

Thoughtfulness. – In relationships and in life, I believe many of us overlook the importance of thoughtfulness. Being thoughtful helps us live, connect, and love more deeply with others.

Integrity. – C.S. Lewis once said “Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is looking.” While this holds true in all aspects of life, having this as a quality is of paramount importance in an intimate relationship.

Intellectual curiosity.  – A person who is intellectually curious about the world around them will never become boring or run out of things to talk about.

Being non-judgmental. – Happiness in relationships stems from the ability to be honest with each other, which in turn stems from the comfort of knowing you can open up without being judged.

The ability to civilly disagree. – It is natural to disagree, and maybe even to argue – but it is profoundly important to be able to approach these situations with maturity and civility.

Social versatility. – I believe it is important to develop a versatility in ourselves that allows us to be comfortable in a variety of environments.

Optimism. – Optimism is not being blind to reality, it is choosing to see the positive side of a situation regardless of how hard you have to look for it. Someone who ignores the silver lining because of the dark center will become emotionally exhausting – particularly if you always have to convince them the bright side exists.

Willingness to communicate. – Communication is the backbone to a relationship. Without the ability and willingness to be honest with each other, there will be conflicts due to secrets that should not be secrets.

Passion. – Passion for us, yes. But also passion for life. When someone lives with passion, they bring that excitement and curiosity with them to all areas, including their relationship with you.

Patience. – Being patient allows us the ability to make those around us more comfortable with us by not rushing them or making them feel pressured to do, be, or act a certain way.

Sincerity. – When someone is sincere, they are naturally truthful and don’t just tell you things [ie., compliments], they make you feel what they mean.

Open-mindedness. – Raise your hand if you want to try to build a relationship with someone who is so stuck in their ways that they refuse to do, learn, or try anything new…

Appreciativeness. – This is not a real word but I’m making it one right now. No matter how kindhearted or giving someone is, lack of appreciation for their efforts will, eventually, cause them to walk away

meone want to commit to you.

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Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.

Kathleen Norris

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Men’s Thesaurus

I’M GOING FISHING” Means: “I’m going to drink myself dangerously stupid, and stand by a stream with a stick in my hand, while the fish swim by in complete safety.”

“IT’S A GUY THING” Means: “There is no rational thought pattern connected with it and you have no chance at all of making it logical.”

“CAN I HELP WITH DINNER?” Means: “Why isn’t it already on the table?”

“UH HUH,” “SURE, HONEY,” OR “YES, DEAR…” Means: Absolutely nothing. It’s a conditioned response.

“IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG TO EXPLAIN” Means: “I have no idea how it works.”

“I WAS LISTENING TO YOU. IT’S JUST THAT I HAVE THINGS ON MY MIND.” Means: “I was wondering if that redhead over there is wearing a bra.”

“TAKE A BREAK HONEY, YOU’RE WORKING TOO HARD.” Means: “I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.”

“THAT’S INTERESTING, DEAR.” Means: “Are you still talking?”

“YOU KNOW HOW BAD MY MEMORY IS.” Means: “I remember the theme song to ‘F Troop’, the address of the first girl I ever kissed, and the vehicle identification numbers of every car I’ve ever owned, but I forgot your birthday.”

“OH, DON’T FUSS, I JUST CUT MYSELF, IT’S NO BIG DEAL.” Means: “I have actually severed a limb, but will bleed to death before I admit that I’m hurt.”

“HEY, I’VE GOT MY REASONS FOR WHAT I’M DOING.” Means: “And I sure hope I think of some pretty soon.”

“I CAN’T FIND IT.” Means: “It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I’m completely clueless.”

“WHAT DID I DO THIS TIME?” Means: “What did you catch me at?”

“I HEARD YOU.” Means: “I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you won’t spend the next 3 days yelling at me.”

“YOU KNOW I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE ELSE.” Means: “I am used to the way you yell at me, and realize it could be worse.”

“YOU LOOK TERRIFIC.” Means: “Please don’t try on one more outfit, I’m starving.”

“I’M NOT LOST. I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE.” Means: “No one will ever see us alive again.”

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Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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A reporter from New York was visiting an old colleague who now edited a newspaper in a tiny Vermont town.

“I don’t see how you do it,” the NY reporter said. “How can you drum up interest in the news when everybody in town knows what everybody else is doing?”

“Sure they know,” the editor said, “but they read the paper to see who got caught at it.”

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Men who don’t understand women fall into two categories: bachelors and husbands.

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A pretty young lass had just joined the club, and Greg offered to give her some instruction. He stood close behind her and showed her how grip the club and how to swing back and forward.  

Their moving bodies caused the zipper on his fly to get caught in the zipper of her skirt. They were stuck fast together. Slowly they were moving towards the club house to get assistance, when suddenly a big brown dog jumped out from behind a bush and threw a bucket water over them.  

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We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.

Ben Weininger

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Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One says to the other, “I can’t understand why we are so slow, we come from good stock, we have the best of food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”

There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race and it looks to me like you begin the race really fast and use up all your energy too soon. Then towards the end, you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are exhausted, put in a spurt and you’re sure to win. What do you think of that?”

The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW, a talking dog!”

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Without geometry, life is pointless.

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A man walks into a dentist’s surgery 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.”  

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“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”

Anonymous

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Engineering classes at the University of Maryland are tough, and struggling students sometimes go to extremes in order to pass. Grading exams one semester, I got to this question: “What is the relationship between kinetic and potential energy?”  

One student, obviously stumped, decided to get clever and wrote, “As far as I know, they’re just friends, but there could be something else going on there.”  

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No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.

Robert Southey

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Make a positive change

Ray’s Daily

September 10, 2021

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“Recognize what you have inside you.”

Eric Pulier

What lies ahead depends on how we deal with the challenges we face. While we cannot change the roadblocks we encounter, we can change how we deal with them. Too many of us seem to believe that there is not much we can do during difficult times but we do have the ability to cope with what comes our way if we have the courage to do so.

Recently Jon Gorden sent me an article that offers advice on how we can deal with our challenges, here are excerpts from the article that I think are on target.

5 Ways to Create Positive Change

1) Control What You Can Control – It’s simple but it’s true. You can’t control what people are saying and thinking about you. You can’t control most things in life but you can control your attitude, your effort and your actions. 

2) Create Inside-Out – The noise, media, negativity, and criticism only have power over you if you let it. If you know the truth that you create from the inside-out, not outside in, then you won’t your circumstances define you. When you know the power is on the inside and you create the world with your beliefs, passion, positivity, purpose, work ethic, soul and spirit you become a powerful force in the world. 

3) Focus on Solutions instead of Complaints – When things are not going well and you are being bombarded with negativity it’s easy to complain. But great leaders don’t complain. They focus on solutions. Instead of complaining about what’s holding you back, think about solutions that will propel you forward. 

4) Embrace Change – Individuals and organizations that thrive embrace the entire process of transition and change knowing it leads to improvement and growth. Throughout history we see that individuals and organizations that embrace the waves of change ride it to a successful future. Those who resist the wave get crushed by it.

5) Stay Positive and Do the Work – It may sound cliché but it’s a huge key to success. Through challenges, adversity and negativity you must simply stay positive and continue to do the work. You control what you control. Tune out the noise. Focus on solutions.

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“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.”

Deep Roy

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Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.

Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a parent normal is history.

Somebody said being a parent is boring.

Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said “good” parents never raise their voices.

Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see his or her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.

Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a parent.

Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

 Somebody said a parent can stop worrying after his or her child gets married.

Somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to their heartstrings.

Somebody said your parents know you love them so you don’t need to tell them.

Somebody isn’t a parent.

Somebody said a parent’s job is done when the last child leaves home.

Somebody never had grandchildren

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A doctor said to his patient: “You have a slight heart condition, but I wouldn’t worry about it.”

“Really, Doc?” the patient replied. “Well, if you had a slight heart condition I wouldn’t worry about it either.”

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One Sunday a pastor asked his congregation to consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had contributed a $1,000 bill.

He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation, and said he’d like to personally thank the person who had placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly, saintly widow shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”

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Listen to the passion of your soul, set the wings of your spirit free; and let not a single song go unsung.

Sylvana Rossetti

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A guy was visiting his friend in the hospital who was “all torn up.”

“What happened?” he asked.

“Well, we were hunting the Mumba snake. It has yellow and black stripes, and likes to sun itself lying across a pathway in the jungle. You catch it by grabbing the tip of it’s tail with one hand and quickly running your other hand up the length of it’s body so you can grab it behind the neck.”

“Go on,” the friend urged.

“Well, I stealthily sneaked up to the tail laying across the jungle path, grabbed it by the end and rapidly moved my other hand upward … just as the procedure goes.”

“So why are you so banged up?” the friend asked.

“Have you ever goosed a tiger?”

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We had Cured Ham for Christmas dinner.  We all wondered what illness it was cured of.

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A zoning board had just been set up in a new community.  A householder went to the office to request permission to build a small tool shed in his backyard.

“Have you a plan?” asked the director.

“Oh, yes,” said the householder, who showed him a map of his neighborhood, the dimension of his yard, and a sketch of the shed.

“That looks fine,” said the director.  He pulled out a piece of paper, wrote a few words on it, Xeroxed it, and said, “Here’s your permission.”

A month later, a neighbor in almost exactly the same situation also wanted permission for a shed in her yard.  She went to the director, got as far as a secretary, and made her request.  “Thank you, Mrs. Smith,” said the secretary, taking the documents.  “Telephone me in two weeks and I’ll let you know what the director’s decision is, or what further steps are necessary.”

“But,” groaned Mrs. Smith, “a month ago my neighbor got permission right away.”

“Oh, yes,” said the secretary, “but that was before we finally got organized.”

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“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”

George Levinger

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“The Jewish people have observed their 5758th year as a people.” the teacher informed his class. “Consider that the Chinese have observed only their 4695th. What does this mean to you?” After a reflective pause, Little Johnny volunteered, “Well for one thing, the Jews had to do without Chinese food for 1063 years!

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“Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.”

Harlan Miller

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A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change.

“I’ve got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you,” he announced. “Will the laziest man please put his hand up.”

Nine hands went up.

“Why didn’t you put your hand up?” he asked the tenth man.

“Too much trouble,” came the reply.

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“To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”

Mark Twain

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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 can do a lot

Ray’s Daily

September 9, 2021

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Coming together is a beginning.

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.

Henry Ford

Ray’s Daily first published on September 9, 2005

 We are again learning what we can do when we all work together. Individuals, organizations, and even nations have come together in response to the challenges created by hurricane Katrina. Just think what our world would be like if we chose to stay together on an ongoing basis. Too often we think of the great human tragedies as being solvable only by others, when if we all rallied to the cause we could do amazing things. It is again obvious that it is not just our money that makes a difference; it is also our hearts, our hands, and our minds.

Over the past month or so I have had people join our daily distribution from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. It just reinforces the fact that we are rapidly becoming a flat global society. We no longer have to communicate with each other through the media or via contacts made by national leaders. Our readers in the farthest reaches of the globe are just as close as my next door neighbor, and like Ford said, coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success. We are all members of the family of man and we should do all we can for our family.

A friend from Iceland years ago chose as his theme “Together We Can Do it,” and you know what? He was right, we can work miracles if we want to bad enough. Katrina is an unprecedented disaster, let her legacy be that we learned to come together and never again drifted apart.

Inspiration does not come from just words or out of the mouths of the famous, it comes from what is done by people like you, people who at the end of the day can look back and say, I did OK today. Miracles will happen in the weeks and months ahead because of the hands and hearts of thousands, not the pronouncements of a few. Too all of you who are doing so much, thank you.

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Working together works.

Dr. Rob Gilbert
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During a temporary shutdown of operations at a large plant, trained police dogs were hired to protect the building from vandalism. A company executive who was unaware of the new regime arrived at the plant early one morning.

As the executive was walking down the corridor to his office, he came face to face with one of the dogs, accompanied by his trainer.

The dog reacted to the presence of the stranger by baring his teeth and uttering a menacing growl. The executive froze to the spot. The trainer shouted in an authoritative tone the command:

“SIT!”

The unnerved executive promptly sat down on the floor.

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We should make tail lights different colors so that gridlock is more interesting.

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Over a round of golf, two doctors were talking shop.  

“I operated on Mr. Lee the other day,” said the surgeon.  

“What for?” asked his colleague.  

“About $17,000.”  

“What did he have?”  

“Oh…  About $17,000.”  

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Nadine confided to Jill, “My cooking left my husband cold.”

“He divorced you because of your cooking?”  Jill asked.

“No,” Nadine replied, “he died.”

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There are two kinds of home-repair projects:

Those too big to undertake yourself and those too small to bother with.

The first kind, you can’t afford, and the second kind, if left alone, will develop into something you can’t afford either.

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A great many people confuse their lack of planning with an emergency.

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Here is what she sent:

Ten Interesting Points about Men

1. A good place to meet a man is at the dry cleaner. These men usually have jobs and bathe.

2. All men hate to hear, “We need to talk about our relationship.” These seven words strike fear in the heart of even General Schwartzkopf.

3. Men like phones with lots of buttons. It makes them feel important.

4. Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.

5. Most men hate to shop. That’s why the men’s department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.

6. Men forget everything; women remember everything. Think about it! How many women’s sports use something called an “instant replay?”

7. Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with super-heroes. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie.

8. No man is charming all of the time. Even Cary Grant is on record saying he wished he could be Cary Grant.

9. Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say, “Oh no, I’m so embarrassed; I’ve got to get out of here. There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”

10. Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.

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“Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.”

Janet Long

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She said: One of my most difficult tasks as a flight attendant is to enforce rules while keeping customers happy.  The electronic equipment that comes on board creates the greatest challenge.  I walk the aisle asking passengers to turn off computers, electronic games and cell phones, which can create interference in communications between the pilot and the air traffic control tower.

During one landing, a man persistently kept his cell phone at his ear. I confronted him and said, “Sir, you cannot talk on your phone until we reach the gate.”

“I am not talking,” he replied.  “I’m listening.”

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Do bankruptcy lawyers really expect to be paid?

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A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle. At the end of the tour the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark cobwebby rooms and passages.  

“Don’t worry” says the guide, “I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here.”  

“How long is that?” asks the girl.  

“About three hundred years.”  

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“My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.”

P. J. Plauger

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Stephanie, the young blonde, came running through the door. “Uncle!  Uncle!  Guess what?”

“What?”  The surprised uncle replied.

“I was getting a hundred dollars a week and the boss just doubled my salary!”

“Really?” said Uncle.  “That’s great!  What are you getting now?”

Stephanie beamed with pride and answered, “A hundred dollars every two weeks!”

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T.S. Eliot

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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.

Happy Days Ahead

Ray’s Daily

September 8, 2021

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

Soon it will be autumn. The trees will begin their annual hibernation with a burst of color. Favorite sweaters will be retrived from their summer hideouts. We also will feast on the results of a bountiful harvest. I am glad I live in a part of the world where the changing seasons offer so much enjoyment.

I hope this fall will provide you as much warmth and enjoyment as it will for me. Need help? Here are excerpts form an article posted on the Live a Sunshine Life blog.

TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF AUTUMN

NATURE WALKS: – Hikes are one of my favorite ways to take in all that is Autumn. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the colors of the season, enjoy the breeze, the crunch of the leaves under your feet.

GRATITUDE: – When I think of the fall season my mind immediately gravitates toward gratitude. Gratitude for my family, the things I have, even the seasonal harvest of our area.

HOLIDAYS: – It doesn’t matter what religion you are or if you are a secular family, there is a holiday for you during the fall season.

FOOD:  – Take some time and savor the flavors of the season.

BLANKETS: – Snuggling up all warm and cozy on the couch watching movies is one of the sure signs the season is changing. Top it all off with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and you’ve got just one more of the awesome perks of the season.

FALL ACTIVITIES:  – What’s your favorite fall activity? We’re all about the pumpkin patch and apple orchards! I’ve already mentioned nature walks, but don’t forget corn mazes, hay rack rides, bonfires, and making caramel apples.

VOLUNTEER:  – Remember, you can donate your time if you don’t have the money if you’re looking for another way to give back to your community.

SENSES:  – Explore the fall season with all of your senses. I’ve mentioned the flavors and some of the sights, but don’t forget the sounds, the textures, and even the smells of the season. There’s a lot going on and it’s a wonderful thing. Take some time to just be in the moment and truly appreciate the season and everything it has to offer.

PARTY:  – Parties. Halloween parties, Thanksgiving parties, football parties, even birthday parties. You can celebrate so many things with a party. All you need is food, friends and fun. Nothing makes the fall season better than enjoying it with the people you love to be around the most.

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“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”  Sarah Addison Allen,~

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“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

Author unknown

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After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some  money.”

“Well, thank you,” the pastor replied, “but why?”

“Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”

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“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” 

Pablo Picasso

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The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something.  The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited. The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, “Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?”

The clerk simply smiled and replied, “Possibly, ma’am, because we’re too polite.”

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“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies.”

Gene Hill

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While teaching children about world religions, a teacher asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and share the symbol with the class.

The 1st child said, “I’m Muslim, and this is my prayer rug.”

The 2nd child said, “I’m Jewish, and this is my family’s menorah.”

The 3rd child said, “I’m Roman Catholic, and this is my Mom’s rosary.”

The 4th child said, “I’m Greek Orthodox, and this is an icon of my patron saint.”

The 5th child said, “I’m Southern Baptist, and this is my casserole dish.”

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TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.

WILLY: Me!

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My daughter-in-law, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth.  Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered. 

Her response:  “Just meet me in the parking lot!”

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I know so little that it astonishes me how many people know even less.

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My phone bill was past due and I needed to change my service, so I had to visit the local office. The line wasn’t clearly formed, and there was an old man with a cane nearby me. It was unclear as to who was next.

When we got to the front of the line, the man gestured to me and said, “After you.”

I smiled at him and said, “No, please, after you. I have all day.”

The he said, “No. You go ahead. My doctor says I have at least six months.”

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“Autumn would come to this place of welcome, this place I would know to be home. Autumn would come and the air would grow cool, dry and magic, as it does that time of the year.”

Henry Rollins

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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.

Be Independent

Ray’s Daily

September 7, 2021

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As is our confidence, so is our capacity.

William Hazlitt

Yesterday was a national holiday in my country, it was our annual Labor Day celebration. In my lifetime it always seemed to mark the ending of summer and the beginning of a more active work life.

In my retirement it is up to me how I will live the months ahead. You may have heard me say that my children have become my parents. In some ways the assistance they provide my wife and myself have gone a long way in smothing the bumpy road that accompanies aging.

I find that it is up to me to avoid becoming so dependent on others that I become a burden. It is important that I retain as much independence as possible in my later years. Here is an edited article that I took from the Inspirational Stories blog that reminded me of the value of retaining our independence.

8 Benefits Of Having Independence

Outlined here are eight reasons why achieving independence is essential.

1.  Being independent is a boost to your confidence. – The more independent you are, the more confident you will become. Having confidence gives you a positive outlook on life.  You are going to be willing to do things on your own, without needing support or approval from others.

2.  You will not need to rely on others. – Self-reliance is a significant element in being an independent person.  A person who is self-reliant and makes decisions with confidence is going to find themselves being relied on.  This can make them feel more valuable and even indispensable.

3.  Emotional independence makes you happier. – Keeping our emotions from dominating our lives is essential if we are to be confident and able to make decisions from a position of inner strength.  Knowing that our emotions are under control brings a sense of contentment and calm. 

4.  Freedom through financial independence. – While the pursuit of money should not dominate your life, having an income that meets all your financial requirements means you will be a happy person. Having sufficient money means you can pursue other interests and pursue other goals, knowing your lifestyle is safe.

5.  Being independent makes you a better decision-maker. –  If you are dependent on other people, your ability to make clear, precise decisions is severely affected.  You will always have to consider the effect that your choices will have on those other people.

6.  Independence leads to personal improvement. – Personal growth, both emotional and professional, is worth pursuing.  Your independence will allow you to follow your instincts and indulge your curiosity without others holding you back.  You will be able to check out new opportunities and try your skills and talents on new projects.

7.  Independence leads to broader horizons. – Independence can give you a broader, more all-embracing view of the world, and prevent you from adopting a narrow mind-set.  You will welcome adventure and see more clearly the rewards of taking risks.

8.  Independence is a boost to your self-esteem. – If you see yourself in a positive light, then you will have greater belief in your abilities.  In turn, this will give you more confidence, and you will take a positive approach to working towards your goals. When you can act independently in each of these areas of your life, then you will have become a mature adult with a positive attitude towards everything you do.  This is why independence is important.

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Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly.

Stewart Stafford

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HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.- Alan, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.- Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don’t want any more kids.- Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.- Lynnette, age 8

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they’re rich.- Pam, age 7

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.- Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?- Kevin, age 8

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.- Ricky, age 10

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A real computer expert is someone who can make a mistake and not get mad at the computer.

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Two cowboy friends, Joe and Bob, each bought a horse one summer. They enjoyed riding around and doing the things that cowboys do.

When winter came, however, they did not want to pay to have their horses stabled for the winter. Instead, they decided to release them in a pasture and get them in the spring.

Joe noticed a problem however, and he asked Bob, “How will we know which horse is which when we pick them up?”

Bob answered, “Well, I’ve been thinking about that, and I have the answer! We’ll cut the mane off of my horse and we’ll cut the tail off of yours. That way, we’ll know which horse belongs to you and which belongs to me.”

That seemed like a great plan, and so after the trimmings, the horses were released into the pasture. When spring came around, Joe and Bob came to get their horses, only to discover that the mane and tail had grown back during the winter.

“Bob, since the mane and tail have grown back, how do we know which is yours and which is mine?” Joe asked.

Bob responded, “Well, I guess you’ll have to take the black one and I’ll take the white one.”

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Paris Hilton is reportedly upset because her private diaries have been stolen. Police say the suspect must have had access to her bedroom; so, it could be anyone.

Conan O’Brien

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She said: During my training as a medical-group receptionist, I was told never to recommend one of our doctors over another, but simply state who had available appointments.  

One day a woman came in and looked at me conspiratorially. “I’m a nurse,” she whispered, “and I know the staff always knows which doctors are good and which aren’t. Who do you think I should see?”  

Knowing my supervisor was listening close by, I tried to sound most professional. “Oh, I’m sorry,” I replied. “I can’t recommend any of our doctors.”  

“Well, you must know!” she said, heading for the door.  

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“This is America. If you don’t like spaghetti and meatballs, then you can just get the hell out!”

Steve Buscemi

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VACATIONS

It can take some of the fun out of your vacation when you discover that neither last year’s budget nor last year’s bathing suit fits.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they paid you during your 50 weeks of work the way they charge your during your two weeks vacation?

It’s amazing after 50 weeks of work to realize how little we can afford our two weeks vacation.

Workers need a vacation to refresh their minds, renew their spirits, and remind them that they need a second job to pay for next year’s vacation.

Experts recommend that people do something totally different on their vacations. For a lot of us, that would be work.

When you do nothing for two weeks and get paid for it, that’s the perfect vacation. When you do nothing for 50 weeks and get paid for it, that’s the perfect job.

The question is do we need two weeks of vacation to recover from 50 weeks of work, or 50 weeks of work to recover from a two-week vacation?

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Circular Definition: see Definition, Circular.

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A Scotsman, carrying a huge suitcase, has been riding a London bus for five miles along its route, all the while attempting to avoid the ticket collector. Finally, the conductor manages to corner him and tells him to pay up.  

“You’ve been on for five miles–that’ll be 50p, please, and 10p for your suitcase.”  

The Scotsman responds, “I ha’not, I want a ha’penny fare, just got on this vera moment.”  

They begin to argue, and the ticket collector becomes more and more enraged, and finally, as the bus is passing over London bridge, he grabs the Scotsman’s suitcase and hurls it out of the bus. It lands in the river and sinks without a trace.  

The Scotsman stands shocked for a moment and says to the ticket collector, “Not only are ye tryin’ to overcharge me for the ticket–but now ye’ve gone an’ drowned me boy Angus!”

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

Lao-Tzu

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

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It’s the contents that counts

Ray’s Daily

September 3, 2021

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“When things change inside you, things change around you.”

I worry sometimes that some of us spend so much time polishing our image that we don’t have time to enhance our character.  It is not the suit we wear that defines who we are, it is whats inside the suit that counts. An expensive automobile does not take us anywhere that a more modest one does not.

In life we should not let the container be substituted for its contents. Here is a story that can help us keep our perspective.

A  cup and  coffee

A group of highly established alumni got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation among them soon turned into complaints about their stressful work and life. The professor went to his kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups, including porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some expensive and some exquisite. The professor told them to help themselves to the coffee.

After all the students had a cup of coffee in their hands, the professor said: “ Did you notice all the nice looking cups are taken and only the plain inexpensive ones are left behind. While it is normal for everyone to want the best for themselves, but that is the source of problems and stress in your life. “ “ The cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most of the cases, it’s just more expensive and hides what we drink.”, the professor continued.

“What  all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but all of you consciously went for good looking expensive cups and then began eyeing on each other’ s cups.”

“Let’s consider that life is the coffee and the jobs, houses, cars, things, money and position are the cups.  The type of cup we have, does not define or change the quality of our lives.”

Moral: Sometimes we fail to enjoy the coffee by concentrating only on the cup we have. Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s around you is perfect. It means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections and find peace. And the peace lies within you, not in your career, jobs, or the houses you have.

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“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.”

Stacy London

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Have you ever noticed that when you’re of a certain age, everything seems uphill from where you are? Stairs are steeper. Groceries are heavier. And, everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they’re red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection……..Well, REALLY NOW- even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast today! You’re risking life and limb if you just happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?

The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually “believe” the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they’re fooling?

I’d like to call up someone in authority to report what’s going on — but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they’ve printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!

All I can do is pass along this warning: Maturity is under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon “everyone” of us will have to suffer these awful indignities.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN GET THIS CONSPIRACY STOPPED!

PS: I am sending this to you in a larger font size, because something has caused fonts to be smaller than they once were!

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A southern belle was looking to buy a house. The seller said, “This house hasn’t got a flaw in it!” The southern belle replied, “My lands! What do y’all walk on?”

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A minister, a priest and a rabbi went for a hike one day. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted when they came upon a small lake. Since it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped in the water.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their “freedom.” As they were crossing an open area, who should come along but a group of ladies from town. Unable to get to their clothes in time, the minister and the priest covered their privates and the rabbi covered his face while they ran for cover.

After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the minister and the priest asked the rabbi why he covered his face rather than his privates. The rabbi replied, “I don’t know about you, but in MY congregation, it’s my face they would recognize.”

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Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

Samuel Butler

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A man goes to see the doctor because he has a sore throat. The nurse tells him to take all his clothes off and sit on the bench in the hall. The man tries to protest, but the nurse doesn’t listen and just repeats the same orders then leaves the area. The man complies with her orders and joins another naked man sitting on the bench. The man starts complaining to the man already sitting there, that he only has a sore throat and doesn’t understand why he has to take all his clothes off. The man who was already sitting on the bench nude, looks at the other man and says “You think that’s bad, I’m just here to pay my bill.”

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“A man sent a postcard from Las Vegas to a friend:

Having a wonderful time.

Wish I could afford it.”

Myron Cohen

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A man owned a small farm in South Georgia. The Wage and Hour Department claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help  and sent an social security agent to interview him.

“You just give me a list of your employees and tell me how much you pay them.”

“All right,” said the farmer. “I have a hired man. Been with me for three years. I pay him $400 a week, plus room and board. I have a cook. She’s been here six months. She gets $300 a week plus room and board.”

“Anybody else?” asked the agent as he scribbled on a note pad.

“Yeah,” the farmer said. “There’s a half-wit here. Works about eighteen hours a day. I pay him ten

dollars a week and give him chewing tobacco.”

“Aha!” the agent roared. “I want to talk to that half-wit!”

“You’re talkin’ to him now,” said the farmer.

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“You seem to have more than the average share of intelligence for a man of your background,” sneered the lawyer at a witness on the stand.   “If I wasn’t under oath, I’d return the compliment,” replied the witness.

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. “Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.”

Celine Dion

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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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