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Author Archives: 2nd Cup of Coffee

About 2nd Cup of Coffee

Dan has worked for the U.S. government in both civilian and military capacities; is an ordained minister, hospital chaplain, entrepreneur, speaker, writer and a survivor of several life-threatening events.

2nd Cup for 2/1/19: WHEN EGO HITS THE WALL

What others see as losing is sometimes the best possible win. The story went like this . . . Last year I entered a marathon.  Did it right.  Shocking white top, Deep Purple Haze Adidas silk blend compression shorts, and Adidas UltraBoost  STs in Clear Mint /Aqua.    The race started.  If you know anything about my health history, … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 1/19/19: A Mute For Ashley’s Mouth

“So-o-o, what did you guys do on your honeymoon?” The tone and delivery made it clear:  wrinkles and liver spots have nothing in common with love. The inquisitor was a twenty-something wielding more questions than sense, a grand-niece hailing from one side or the other of their blended families.  She stood in the defiant, lock-kneed … Continue reading »

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A Christmas 2018 2nd Cup: “LOVE’S PURE LIGHT . . . “

“LOVE’S PURE LIGHT. . . “ “. . . and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” We either read it every year or listen as somebody else does. Old hat. “And they were sore afraid.” Big deal, right? You have no idea. That word “GLORY” needs some, ah, radiance … Continue reading »

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From 2nd Cup: A MARTHA STEWART CHRISTMAS PLANNING LIST – 12/13/18

A MARTHA STEWART HOLIDAY PLANNING LIST December 1 – Blanch carcass from Thanksgiving turkey. Spray paint gold, turn upside down and use as a sleigh to hold Christmas cards. December 2 – Have Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir record outgoing Christmas message for voicemail. December 3 – Using candlewick and hand-gilded miniature pine cones, fashion cat-o-nine-tails. December 4 … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/30/18: “WHAT? SAY THAT AGAIN?”

KIDS SAY THE FUNNIEST THINGS   “Close the curtains,” requested a tot, sitting in a pool of bright light. “The sun’s looking at me too hard.” Someone asked a youngster when he would turn 6. He replied, “When I’m tired of being 5.” Seeing her first hailstorm, a 3-year-old exclaimed, “Mommy!  It’s raining dumplings!” As her … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/22/2018: I’LL HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF JOY

Joy’s a stubborn thing. It will go on eyeing God and believing for His best even when happiness has long since made tracks. I meant to write this Thanksgiving 2nd Cup two weeks ago.  I’d been mulling over what to include, what to leave untyped, and what to ignore altogether.  Then a flu virus struck.  I manned … Continue reading »

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A Granger Story – 2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/3/18: THE GRANGER EFFECT ~ Ch. 2

2 I sat sipping some great Ruta Maya medium roast and reflecting on the call I just got from Sparks.  And dabbing.  Somehow, a little of the coffee was spilled on the sleeve of my flannel shirt.  No idea how that might’ve happened.  However, the irregular blob of ochre brown, though complimentary to the barn … Continue reading »

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A Granger Story – 2nd Cup of Coffee, 10/20/18: THE GRANGER EFFECT

“Hey.” The young sheriff’s deputy raised his eyes from the emails he’d been impatiently clearing off his phone.  “Hello, Glennis.”  He knew the reporter hadn’t just happened across him.  She never did.  He waited. “I won’t insult you by saying I don’t mean to bother you.” Sparks eyed her for a few long seconds.  It … Continue reading »

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A Granger 2nd Cup of Coffee, 10/18/18: LOADING . . .

“Oh.  Sorry.  Didn’t mean to barge in.”  Arlough said it in his usual staccato style as he barged in. I sat quietly in one of my overstuffed, mismatched chairs, the faded brown one.  One never need assume with Arlough; he’s famous for getting to his point.  The challenge lies in keeping up with an agile … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 10/8/18: WHAT IF WE MADE “BEING GRATEFUL” JOB 1?

Happy people focus on what they have, and unhappy people focus on what’s missing.  Attitude makes the difference. I was sipping some great Costa Rica dark roast while culling countless memes for the few worth keeping.  Writers collect such.  I’ve been known to save a picture from someone’s email or a meme, and have it mysteriously … Continue reading »

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