Ray's musings and humor

Take care of yourself

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Elvis Presley

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Sorry about sleeping in yesterday. I have been pretty lazy these last few days including putting off somethings that need doing. So today I plan on doing better after I take a short nap.

I read an article the other day written by Terri R. Marshall entitled Taking Care of You . . . 25 Great Ways To Self-Nurture that includes some suggestions I plan on rereading and implementing as I think they may include funk busters I could use right now. Here is some of her suggestions.

Great Ways To Self-Nurture

Self-nurturing is taking care of yourself. Many people put themselves at the bottom of their own list of priorities. The result is burnout, exhaustion and resentment. We are unable to be at our best if we don’t take time out for ourselves to rest, relax and renew.

Self-nurturing does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming. Anything that helps us feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. Below is a list of ideas, but don’t limit yourself. Think about simple pleasures that speak to you personally and incorporate them into your life each and every day. The result? A happier, healthier you!

  • Be Grateful (Keep a Gratitude Journal . . . write down 5 things you are grateful for each day)
  • Surround Yourself with Positive People (Choose people who help you grow and thrive.
  • Practice Kindness and Compassion (Remember to help and pray for others)
  • Give Praise and Let Go of Criticism
  • Do Not Complain (Learn to let it go)
  • Exercise (Choose something you really enjoy, why not try a type of mind/body/spirit exercise like yoga?)
  • Volunteer and Donate (Promote a cycle of goodwill; pay it forward)
  • Learn Proper Self-Care (Get enough sleep, detoxify, eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water . . . learn to listen to your body)
  • Seek New Experiences and Knowledge (why not try a holistic therapy such as acupuncture or that store you’ve always wanted to go in, but never took the time)
  • Follow Your Bliss (Use your creativity, gifts and talents . . .begin a hobby or career you are passionate about)
  • Read a Good Book or Watch a Great Movie (Why not try reading some poetry?)
  • Laugh (Laughter truly is the best medicine)
  • Seek Solitude (Meditate, go within and get creative, try a fun excursion by yourself)
  • Use Positive Affirmations (Make a conscious choice to be happy)
  • Have a Cup of Your Favorite Coffee or Tea (Chamomile Tea is especially relaxing; avoid caffeine before bed)
  • Get Out in Nature (Try a walking meditation in the warm sunshine, spending time near the water, cloud watching or enjoying a beautiful sunset)
  • Remember the Purpose of Life is Joy!


Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman


Sadie bumps into her friend Rachel at the mall.

“You’re looking very tired today, Rachel. Did you have a late night?”

“Yes,” replies Rachel, “but it was all very strange. While doing some gardening yesterday, I found a lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. He gave me a choice of two wishes.”

“Wow, fantastic,” says Sadie, “so what were the choices he gave you, Rachel?”

“He said he could either give me an excellent, sharp, 100% memory or else he could make my Harry the best lover in the world.”

“So tell me already, Rachel, what did you choose?”

“I can’t remember,” replies Rachel.


A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost


To Whom it May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year old again.

I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks. I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to play dodgeball at recess and paint with watercolors in art. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer’s day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible. Somewhere in our youth, we matured and learned too much. There are nuclear weapons, war, prejudice, and abused children. Lies, unhappy marriages, illness, pain, and death. A world where companies poison our water and our soil, and children kill.

What happened to the time when we thought that everyone would live forever, because we didn’t grasp the concept of death? When the worst thing in the world was if someone took the jump rope from you or picked you last for kickball. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to return to the days when children played hide-n-seek outside instead of being glued to a television, when video games were as harmless as Pac-Man…instead of spine-ripping, blood-splattering mind numbers like Mortal Combat, and TV still had some shows on that weren’t about sex, killing, and lies.

I remember being naive and thinking everyone was happy because I was. Afternoons were spent climbing trees and fences and riding my bike. I never worried about time, bills, or where I was going to find the money to fix my car. I used to wonder what I was going to do or be when I grew up, not worry about what I’ll do if this doesn’t work out. I want to live simple again.

I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones. I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So…. here’s my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, ’cause. . .     “Tag! You’re it.”


It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses

George Eliot


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


Ray is sleeping

Hi everyone. Ray is sleeping in this morning so he asked me to send you one of his Dailys from the archive.

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Ray’s Daily first published on August 23, 2004

There is so much opportunity for good people. Those who are fortunate enough to understand that and do something are those who are truly fulfilled. Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right when he wrote:

To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.


Life is no brief candle to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw


Robert calls home to his wife and says, “Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We’re leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas.”

His wife, Rhonda, thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.

Rhonda welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. Robert says, “Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?”

“I did,” Rhonda replies, “they were in your tackle box.”


Patience is never more important than when you are at the edge of losing it.

  1. A. Battista


Here’s the exercise program I am using to stay in shape this summer. You might want to take it easy at first, then do it faster as you become more proficient.  It may be too strenuous for some.

*Always Consult Your Doctor Before Starting Any Exercise Program*

Okay, let’s start…. Scroll Down…










Now Scroll Up…

Okay….that’s enough for the first day! Drink some water and rest.


A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, “I don’t like the looks of your wife at all,” “Me neither doc,” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and really good with the kids.


As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.

All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust. Suddenly, we realized why………we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them….


It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.


After a young couple brought their new baby home, the wife suggested that her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy,” he said, “I’ll do the next one.”

The next time came around and she asked again. The husband looked puzzled,

“Oh! I didn’t mean the next diaper. I meant the next baby!”


The wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left. She said, “Hon, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting.”

“It was postponed.” he replied. “The wife of the Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme Potentate wouldn’t let him attend tonight.”


Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?


A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the rest.

  • Strike while the …………………….bug is close.
  • It’s always darkest before………………Daylight Saving Time.
  • Never underestimate the power of……….termites.
  • Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.
  • You can’t teach an old dog new…………..math.
  • If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.
  • Where there’s smoke there’s……………..pollution.
  • Happy the bride who……………………..gets all the presents.
  • A penny saved is…………………………not much.
  • Two’s company, three’s………………….the Musketeers.
  • Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and….you have to blow your nose.
  • There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.
  • If at first you don’t succeed…………….don’t skydive.
  • When the blind leadeth the blind………….get out of the way.
  • Better late than………………………pregnant!!!!


There is truth in what they say about the sexes. Men like cars, women like clothes. I also like cars because they take me to clothes.

– Rita Rudner –


One of our clients brought in his massive Doberman pinscher to be spayed. As a veterinary assistant, I escort the patient into the doctor’s office. But before taking this dog’s leash, I glimpsed those large teeth of her’s and asked the owner.

“Is she friendly?”

“Friendly?” said the man…….”She’s had five litters!”


Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and values.  Stu said, “I didn’t sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?”

Leroy replied, “I’m not sure; what was her maiden name?”


Whatever we are waiting for — peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance —  it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”

Sarah Van Breathnach


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


It’s just not worth it

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom

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I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was uneventful I spent most of it fighting off respiratory problems. I am at the age where life is lived one day at a time so minor problems are really not that big a deal. As I think I have told you before I have learned not to worry until it is too late to worry. When something does take me down temporally I have not made it worse by worrying in advance.

Don’t let worry steal from your happiness. Here is a piece that I think is right on.


             There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.

             Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.


            One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares,

             Its faults and blunders, Its aches and pains.

             Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.

             All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.

             We cannot undo a single act we performed.

             We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.


            The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow.

             With its possible adversities, Its burdens,

             Its large promise and poor performance.

             Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

             Tomorrow’s Sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,

             but it will rise.

             Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

             This just leaves only one day . . . Today.

             Any person can fight the battles of just one day.

             It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternity’s –

             yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

             It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.

             It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday

             and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.


            Let us therefore live but one day at a time.


Author Unknown


You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen


A young Jewish boy starts attending public school in a small town. The teacher of the one-room school decides to use her position to try to influence the new student. She asks the class, “Who was the greatest man that ever lived?”

A girl raises her hand and says, “I think George Washington was the greatest man that ever lived because he is the Father of our country.”

The teacher replies, “Well…that’s a good answer, but that’s not the answer I am looking for.”

Another young student raises his hand and says, “I think Abraham Lincoln was the greatest man that lived because he freed the slaves and helped end the civil war.” … “Well, that’s another good answer, but that is not the one I was looking for.”

Then the new Jewish boy raises his hand and says, “I think Jesus Christ was the greatest man that ever lived.” The teacher’s mouth drops open in astonishment. “Yes!” she says, “that’s the answer I was looking for.”

She then brings him up to the front of the classroom and gives him a lollipop.

Later, during recess, another Jewish boy approaches him as he is licking his lollipop. He says, “Why did you say, ‘Jesus Christ’?” The boy stops licking his lollipop and replies, “I know it’s Moses, and YOU know it’s Moses, but business is business.”


Is the reason firemen always have Dalmatian dogs with them so that they can find the fire hydrants?


Future Novelists… These are actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays

  • Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a thigh master.
  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
  • He spoke with wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  • She grew on him like E. coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.
  • He was a tall as a six foot three inch tree.
  • The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge free ATM.
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7 pm instead of 7:30.
  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star crossed lovers raced across a grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
  • He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the east river.
  • The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil.  But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
  • “Oh, Jason, take me!” she panted, her breasts heaving like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night.
  • The Ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.


All the good ones, no matter what it is, are taken.


A father asks his son, now aged 13, if he knows about the birds and the bees.

“I don’t want to know!” the child said, bursting into tears.

Confused, the father asked his son what was wrong.

“Oh dad,” he sobbed, “at age six I got the ‘there’s no Santa’ speech. At age seven I got the ‘there’s no Easter bunny’ speech. Then at age 8 you hit me with the ‘there’s no tooth fairy’ speech! If you’re going to tell me now that grown-ups don’t really have sex, I’ve got nothing left to live for!


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

Robert Brault


She said: My son is an avid listener to our city’s police frequency, and he leaves the scanner on all the time. One morning while making his bed, I heard the dispatcher say, “Car 34, there is a six-foot boa constrictor in a front yard. The resident wants a policeman to come and remove it.” There was a long pause, then some static. Slowly, a voice said, “We can’t get the car started.”


Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Dale Carnegie


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


Stay Cool!

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


One of the best things I learned over the years was that people could not make me angry and if I did get angry it was only because I let them get to me. If I have one message I would love to pass on to my grandchildren is to please avoid letting anger steal from your happiness. Here are some thoughts from an article written by Byron Pulsifer more than five years ago for your consideration.

Do Not Take It Personally

All of us meet hundreds of people during a lifetime and some of these people are memorable, some we really like, and some who seem to be forever in their own space most often ignoring or unaware of their own attitudes either consciously or unconsciously. And, for a lot of us, the actions, or reactions of these types of people can certainly annoy us or aggravate us and lead us to take their behaviors personally.

For example, how many times have you been driving to work when another motorist has cut you off, made a dangerous lane change without signaling, or nearly rear-ended you because they were tail gating you? I’m sure this has happened to you. How did you react?  Did you react emotionally by blowing your horn incessantly, speed up to catch them and give them a rude gesture, or did you just sit there boiling over? In other words, did you take this action by the other driver personally? Well, at one time or another, we have all probably felt this way and allowed this inconsiderate motorist to ruin the rest of your day. So, what have you done? You took their actions personally.

And, what about that colleague who is never wrong, and where you are never right? Is this kind of person telling you more about yourself, or are they really making an unconscious statement about who they are, and their own need for ego enhancement? Do not take his or her actions personally or you are allowing someone else to tell you who you are and what you are worth.

The message should be clear to all of us. We are human beings full of emotions and behaviors but we all have a choice to make our lives what we want; our perceptions and reactions can be controlled if we understand that there are hundreds of inputs every day that call us to respond. How we respond is not dictated to us as if we are programmed to respond a certain way; we are not robots. Choose your reactions based on who you are not on some extraneous event or someone else’s needs.


“No one else can ever make your choices for you. Your choices are yours alone. They are as much a part of you as every breath you will take, every moment of your life.”

Dr. Shad Helmstetter’


The temperature had taken an overnight plunge and Minnesota reaffirmed its reputation as one of the nation’s coldest states. Despite a wind-chill of minus 40, we steelworkers erecting a TV tower in a Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb showed up for work. By 9 a.m., a tall Texan climbed down from the tower and entered the office trailer. He took his lunch pail from the shelf and headed for the door.

“What’s up?” the foreman asked. “You sick?”

“Nope,” the Texan replied. “Goin’ home to get my jacket.”

“Where’s home?” the foreman persisted.

“Dallas,” he said.


“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

Frank Leahy


An acquaintance of mine whose daughter was about to be married decided to give her a diamond ring that had been in the family for several generations.  The stone had never been appraised, so the father asked a gemologist friend if she would take a look at it.  She agreed, but said that instead of a fee she’d accept lunch at one of Houston’s finer restaurants.

A few days later, as he and the gem expert sat sipping a glass of Chablis, he showed her the ring.  She took out her jeweler’s loupe, examined the diamond carefully and handed it back.

“Wow,” said a diner who had been watching from the next table.  “These Texas women are tough!”


Last night I saw a movie with a happy ending…. everybody was glad it was over.


“The Good Old Days” This may be a repeat, I just needed the reminder.

“Hey Dad,” one kid asked the other day, “what was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”

“We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,” I informed him. “All the food was slow.”

“C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?” “It was a place called “at home,” I explained. “Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.”

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died. My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

Bicycles weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone’s lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza. It was called “pizza pie.” When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn’t have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather’s Ford. He called it a “machine.” I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line (called a Party Line).

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4:00 am every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. I don’t know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren’t allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with the young ones. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing. Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?


“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”

Hubert H. Humphrey


Sadie, the marriage broker goes to see Mr. Cohen, a confirmed bachelor for many years.

“Mr. Cohen, don’t let it get too late. I have exactly the one you need. Just say to me, ok, and you’ll meet, and in no time, you’ll be married to this fine women.”

“Don’t bother Sadie,I have two sisters at home that handle all my needs.”

“All well and good, Mr. Cohen, but all the sisters in the world cannot fill the role of a wife.”

“But Sadie, I didn’t say they were my sisters.”


“It’s a difficult truth to face that some people choose to define themselves by the pain they feel or the wrongs they’ve suffered. They’re not going through hard times so much as making all times hard.”

Dani Harper


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


I like your attitude

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

Wade Boggs


I am off to a Kiwanis meeting this morning where our club will showcase some of its attributes to prospective members. Years ago I realized that the benefits I received by being a member of my club was something I should offer to my friends so they could find the same enjoyment as I have for almost forty years.

My membership has provided the opportunity to spend time with folks from a wide variety of vocations many who have become lifelong friends. The speakers who have presented at the meetings have given me insight into our city that is not available to the general public and probably most important of all we have teamed up to make our community a better place to live through our service.

I am glad so many of my friends have accepted my gift of membership over the years many who have gone on to fill key club leadership positions. I think the most common trait exhibited by our members is a positive attitude.

As I was writing this today I remembered an article written years ago by a fellow member of our Indy Leadership group. I saved the article and would like to share some of the authors thoughts with you.

Attitude Rules

  • With a positive attitude, you can learn something from every experience. Even the less-than-satisfying jobs or assignments can expose you to information or resources that may very well help you later on.
  • We have two eyes, two ears and one mouth. Listen and observe more than you talk.  Carefully process things before making a decision.  Assure yourself that you know the whole story before drawing a conclusion or speaking out. 
  • Sharing control – whether it’s the whole company or just one project – requires trust and collaboration. Sometimes, it also requires patience if things don’t work out exactly as you hoped.  Don’t let mistakes or missteps paralyze you.  Even when minor setbacks occur, you are still better off when you share responsibility.
  • Success is often determined not by how you handle the good times, rather by how you navigate through rocky waters. In recent years, we have all been challenged — in our jobs and our lives – by the harsh realities of an economic downturn. 
  • My sister Jane and I decided more than 30 years ago that the world is made up of two kinds of people: the Oh No’s and the Oh Well’s.  We made a pact to live out our lives as Oh Well’s.  That simple decision has paid off for me over and over. Oh Well doesn’t mean complacency or indifference.  It represents an acceptance of the reality with a resolve to work through the situation.
  • Learn how to have the tough conversations that we all need to have…with customers or clients, with co-workers or bosses, with spouses or children, parents or friends. Being clear and direct in a timely manner is better for everyone.

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  It may sound harsh but, to me, it’s a good reminder that status quo is never healthy.  We must continue to examine ourselves and learn from others.  These are the things that breed success.

By Myra Borshoff Cook


“The next best thing to a yes is a quick no.”


Watching TV news shows I found out our highways aren’t safe, our schools aren’t safe, our parks aren’t safe but under our arms we have complete protection.


On an airplane, I overheard a flight attendent talking to an elderly couple in front of me.

Learning that it was the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary, the flight attendant congratulated them and asked how they had done it.

“It all felt like five minutes…” the gentleman said slowly. The stewardess had just begun to remark on what a sweet statement that was when he finished his sentence with a word that earned him a sharp smack on the head: “underwater.”


“Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?”

Kelvin Throop III


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.”


Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.


The courtroom was pregnant with anxious silence as the judge solemnly considered his verdict in the paternity suit before him. Suddenly, he reached into the folds of his robe, drew out a cigar, and ceremoniously handed it to the defendant.

“Congratulations,” he said. “You have just become a father.”


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

Evan Davis


An out-of-towner driving east in Crown Heights Brooklyn pulls up his car next to a local Hassid and asks, “How far is it to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan?”

The Hassid considers it for a moment, then answers “The way you’re going, about twenty-four thousand miles.”


Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it


Although this married couple enjoyed their new fishing boat together, it was the husband who was behind the wheel operating the boat. He was concerned about what might happen in an emergency.

So, one day out on the lake, he said to his wife, “Please take the wheel, dear. Pretend that I am having a heart attack. You must get the boat safely to shore and dock it.”

So, she drove the boat to shore.

Later that evening, the wife walked into the living room where her husband was watching television. She sat down next to him, switched the TV channel and said to him, “Please go into the kitchen, dear. Pretend I’m having a heart attack and set the table, cook dinner and wash the dishes.”


Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Joseph Campbell


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


I still enjoy it all

Looking back at my life’s voyage, I can only say that it has been a golden trip.

Ginger Rogers

! Walking together

As my wife and I reminisced yesterday we had a lot of years to cover. We have piled up a lot of memories in our more than sixty years of marriage. We have been to many places and seen many things. We have had good days and a few bad ones, but you know what really stands out, it is the people we have met along the way.

Our children and grandchildren will always have a special place in our hearts and minds as do the many close friends that have enriched our lives. I know I have shared my feelings on friendship before but yesterday my feelings were reinforced by remembering the folks that stood beside us during our best and worst days.

Here is a story that captures how I feel about my life these days.

Old Friends Forever

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, and my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avant garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 & 70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love… I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore.

I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.

Joseph Parry


She said: I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering.

I mentioned this to a flight attendant. “I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out.

Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.

A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”


Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist.


The European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility.  As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase in plan that would be known as “EuroEnglish”:

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”– Sertainly this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.  The hard “c” will be dropped in favor of the “k”.  This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” wil be replaced with the “f”.  This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to akurate speling.  Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e”‘s in the language is disgraceful, and they should go away.

By the 4th yar peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.  During ze fifz yar, ze unesesary “o”  kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.  After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl.  Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.



Q: What is the most common disease transmitted by Jewish Mothers?

A: Guilt.


It was a large wedding party, and afterwards the photographer took a long time getting family groups together for pictures. The groom sat by me, waiting with barely concealed impatience.

“Now I’d like to get the bride alone,” the photographer finally announced.

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


She said: Question authority, but not mine.


I noticed the neighbor down the street was home every day, so after a few weeks I asked him what was going on.

He replied, “I left my job because of illness and fatigue.”

A few weeks later, his wife gave me the real truth of what happened.

Turns out my neighbor’s boss got sick and tired of him.


When my generation was your age, we took crazy risks.  The wildest thing was—prepare to be shocked—we deliberately ingested carbohydrates!

Dave Barry


When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol.  He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.  I was not so pleased.

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

Mom smiled and then replied…..”Oh……I remember!”


“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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


It is a special day

Good times become better and bad times become tolerable when shared with a life partner like you.


It is a big day today, it is my wife’s birthday. We will be dining with family tonight and will be joined our favorite grandnephew who flew in from North Carolina just to be with us. I still have a lot to do so I am going back to one of her past birthdays.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 16, 2005

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury;

And refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable;

And wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.”

William Ellery Channing


Today is my wife Nancy’s birthday. I would like to dedicate the above to her and our marriage of many years. Especially the part that deals with small means, lack of luxury and so on. I want you to know I have taken the guidance provided by Channing to heart by offering her both elegance and refinement; I hope she will be pleased that I have again avoided the temptation to buy her something of value.

Actually we are at the point in our lives where there is not much we really need that we don’t have. We made a pact some time ago that our cruises and our vacations will be our primary gift to each other. Of course I will be buying her something so that she knows I have not forgotten, even though she may want to forget.

Someone asked me not long ago the secret of a long and mostly happy marriage. I responded with a few words; compatibility, mutual concern, trust, and understanding. I am not sure we ever were able to run through the daisies in slow motion, but we sure did learn to live with each other without regret, and that’s not bad.


Chains do not hold a marriage together.

It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

Simone Signoret


Rabbi Cohen tells us, “After a Shabbat service at the Temple in Owensboro, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Rabbi Cohen is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!’

It worked.”


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt


After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn’t care one way or the other.


“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”

Jeff Valdez


You know you’re from Florida if:

  1. You measure distance in minutes.
  2. You’ve ever had to switch from heat to air conditioning in the same day.
  3. You see a car running in a store parking lot with no one in it no matter what time of the year.
  4. You use “fix” as a verb. Example: I am fixinto go to the store.
  5. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
  6. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  7. You carry jumper cables in your car … for your OWN car.
  8. You know what “cow tipping” is.
  9. You only own four spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete and catsup.
  10. The local papers cover national and international news on one page and six pages for local gossip and sports.
  11. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit “a little warm.”
  12. You know all four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.
  13. Going to Walmart is a favorite past time known as “Goin’ wal-martin” or “Off to ‘Wally World.'”
  14. A carbonated soft drink isn’t a soda, cola, or pop…it’s a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: “What kinna coke you want?”
  15. Fried Catfish is the other white meat.
  16. You understand these and forward them to your friends from Florida (and those who just wish they were).


Show me a good loser…. and I’ll show you a fellow playing golf with his boss.


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.


“Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.”

Honduran Proverb


Two gentlemen were discussing the prospects of looming retirement. While one guy had lots of hobbies, the other fellow had no hobbies, and was rather concerned about being set loose with nothing to do.

The first guy suggested his friend go visit his kids.  The man said, “Well, I only have two kids, but I could buy a motor home and go visit my brothers and sisters, that would take about a year.”

The first guy looked a bit puzzled, so his friend said, “I’m one of eighteen kids in my family.”

The first fellow’s eyes got rather large, contemplating eighteen children, so the man volunteered to explain.  “The problem was, my mother was hard of hearing.”


Smile.  “My Mom & Dad would go to bed at night, and my Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep, or what?’ and my Mom would say, ‘What?'”


A person that learns from their mistakes is smart.

A person that learns from other people’s mistakes is smarter.


The cruise director of a cruise ship was demonstrating to a group of young passengers how the ship manages to stay level at sea.

“Do you know what level means?” he asked the group of six to eight year-olds.

One boy replied immediately. “A level is something you need to pass to get to a harder screen in a video game.”


The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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



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