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Humor – Lighten Up

A Granger Story – 11/28/17: THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT GUY . . .

The November wind blustered and fretted outside the cozy diner’s windows.  That early in the morning, I was the lone patron. I was enjoying my first cup of Jimmie’s great coffee as I gathered my thoughts and began to write.  Trixie was keeping my cup full with her usual attention to detail that made her one … Continue reading »

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Granger: 2nd Cup for 10/16/17 – HE CAN BE A REAL CHARACTER

Good morning, 2nd Cup friend.  I’m Granger.  Dan’s my best and closest friend, my, ah, alter-ego; and there’s a good reason for that. I’m his principal character about and through whom he often writes.  No one knows me like him.  No one knows him like me.  It’s because of this uncanny symbiosis between us that you know … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 10/3/17: GROUSING ABOUT LIFE’S PIGEONS

     “Pigeons rate right down there with mosquituhs an’ houseflahs.” Startled, my eyes snapped back into focus.  You know how your eyes get when you’re looking in your mind’s rearview mirror, expanded to see wide but not specific?  That’s what I’d been doing.  I’d been walking, carrying a rare commodity for me:  a caramel mocha … Continue reading »

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200-Word Stroll for 9/7/17: THE #1 THING ABOUT BEING A SILLY GOOSE

If I could walk while drinking my 2nd cup, it would be the best of both worlds.  Yes, I know about sippy cups and travel mugs.  I swing my arms naturally, hands free, while I walk. Walking in the morning is healthy.  It helps clear my head offers 45-50 minutes of good exercise lets me interact … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 7/17/17: AS IF . . .

I don’t know any other way to live than by faith. I grew up with older parents who’d had three grade-schoolers during the Great Depression.  Those three siblings are almost 20 years older than I. I never knew them as traditional siblings at home.  They were gone and married before my birth.  Their values, priorities, and … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 6/2/17: PICK THAT UP!

“You can’t clean up everyone else’s mess.” That’s it?  God, we walk like this almost every weekday morning.  You know I’m expecting to hear something fresh and stimulating to think and write about today.  You know–“The Voice of God” and like that. We were almost halfway around Harrison Park when You called today’s audible.  I … Continue reading »

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300-Word Stroll, 5/10/17: 9 THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET YOUR GROOVE BACK ON

Coffee.  Yeah, it ought to be first.  It wasn’t on the list, though.  Anyway, grab a refill and walk with me . . . You’ve been down.  Life’s stepped on your groove, saddened your spirit.  Here’s how to climb back up in that cockpit.  Saddle.  Seat of a hot Mustang.  You get the drift. Today I … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 2/12/17: “OKAY, GOD–WHAT GIVES?”

“Why me, Lord?”  If you’ve ever asked that, this is for you. I know, right?  Your mind darted back to Kris Kristofferson’s song, too.  When it first came out, I confess I had curly-lip.  “Lord, help me, Jesus . . .” That was before I came a breath or two from dying a few times.  … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 5/6/17: I HAVE A LOT TO TELL YA, LORD. YOU FIRST . . .

There was this guy who approached every situation mouth first.  I don’t want to be that guy. I can fill God’s ears with all my dazzling intellect, wit, ideas, thoughts and one-dimensional impressions with the best of ’em. Guess what? He already knows them. He sees them in all those extra dimensions where I don’t, where I … Continue reading »

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Strolling for 4/26/17: FINDING COOL STUFF ALONG THE CURB

We used to find stuff as we walked.  Pennies.  Marbles.  Broken yo-yos.  Old newspapers.  Chipped golf balls.  You get the idea.  Pour yourself a refill and walk with me . . . Writers’ minds rarely rest.  They’re too uber-occupied by wresting phrases.  Or wrestling with preppy-sitions.  I’m forever finding stuff, dutifully noted in one or … Continue reading »

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