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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 Saturdays for 3/3/18: THIS IS NOT THE ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

The little story opens with a boy who has such a crush on a girl he follows her everywhere.  She can’t go anywhere without him tagging along like a hopeful stray pup. Finally, after weeks of this, she stops, turns, and asks, “Why do you keep following me like this?” His answer is artless and to … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 3/1/18: THE RETIREE’S QUIZ

The Retiree’s Quiz How many days are there in your week?  6 Saturdays and a Sunday.  Sort of. When is a retiree’s bedtime?  Whenever they wake up from falling asleep on the couch. How many retirees does it take to change a lightbulb?  Just one.  Might take all day, though. What’s a retiree’s biggest gripe?  … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/26/18: AS I MUSED, I GOT SOAP IN MY EYES

Me, first thing this morning while showering:  “Okay, Holy Spirit.  What You got for us to write today?”    You don’t understand.  Have you not noticed all YOUR great ideas hit when you’re washing your hair – in the shower?  I started keeping a whiteboard marker over by the mirror, which is the shortest distance … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(usings) for Valentine’s Day, 2018: THIS ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK, NOR SHOULD IT BE

A fellow decided to buy his girl some perfume for Valentine’s day, so he went to the cosmetic counter in his girl’s favorite store. The prices were horrific! No matter what the sales lady showed him, even the tiniest bottles were beyond his budget. Finally, he asked her: “Can you show me something really cheap?” … Continue reading »

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Granger – QTMs for 2/8/18: “SOMEBODY NEEDS WHAT YOU HAVE.”

Armando stopped wiping the tabletop with his right hand. He’d just gathered and stacked dishes, cups and flatware in his left hand, going through motions he’d practiced from long experience in cleaning up after others had eaten.  Gather and lift with left hand, wipe the table with the right, set the dishes in the bussing tray, straighten … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 1/2/18: REMEMBERING WILLIAM W. TROMBLE

Bill Tromble was one of my brothers. I’m convinced God introduced Bill to my sister, Joella, so I’d have the privilege of hanging around him. Though roughly 20 years his junior, I counted him as one of my birth siblings and treated him thus. That takes away nothing from my two terrific blood brothers; it … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 12/25/17: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ‘EMMANUEL’?

If you don’t know what Emmanuel means by now, Google it.  You haven’t been listening. We all tend to hang a haloed Jesus on the tree.  Eye him on an old canvas painted by a 16th Century artist.  Or it’s convenient to leave Him forever a needy, shivering baby in countless creches.  Those remembrances are worth … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 12/24/17: “CAN WE JUST GET RID OF THE WHOLE JESUS THING?”

“D’oh!  I WISH we could just ______________________________!” Really?  I’ve often wished God would immediately give “I-WISHers” exactly what they just demanded.  Individually.  Immediately.  Since He alone sees Past-Present-Future all at once, He’s able to pull a Cosmic switcheroo and make everything and everyone around the “I-WISHer” exactly as it and they would be, if they’d … Continue reading »

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The SUMMER OF My DISSONANCE – A Granger Story – Chapter 4

He stood comfortably in the predawn quietness and drew the darkness around himself like one of those impossibly-thick hotel robes.  I don’t think I even moved; I mean, I was a-sleep!  To say this was his favorite time of day would understate its place in his life.  Normally, he turned on a lamp or something … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 12/4/17: THE TREASURE of a FEW DEAR FRIENDS

I cherish good truth wherever I find it. This great post was in last Friday’s mail.  It speaks so well I chose not to editorialize. A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.  As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, … Continue reading »

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