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Tell-A-Story-Make-A-Point

2nd Cup for 7/9/18: WE CALLED HER ‘JO’

Her given name was Joella Jane Boone. She was a Boone in many telltale ways:  a lifelong learner holding two Master’s degrees in education yet whose greatest joy was teaching in the school classroom, and who loved to write on white- or blackboard in a lovely, effortless cursive; artistic to the point she could do nothing … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 7/2/18: INTENTIONALLY LOUD, RUDE, OVERBEARING, and PROFANE

There are many things that, as a senior adult, I’m willing to overlook, mostly for my own inner peace. Earlier this morning I was one of two diners in one of my favorite breakfast spots.  I’m sure that, somewhere, there are restaurants open that early with more luxurious surroundings.  I don’t think you’d find one … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 6/18/18 – “ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT” For The GENTLY USED

It had been a relaxing summer break, but the choir was ready for our annual “Let’s Make Music Together” catered taco feed and karaoke night.  These events were always a hoot, because they signaled the beginning of the church’s Fall work toward the holiday seasons of year’s-end and the following Spring.     Everybody was … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 6/17/18: AND ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT IT WAS HIM WHO DIDN’T GET IT

Of course I thought I knew more than my dad when I was growing up.  What kid doesn’t? You can spare me the wide-eyed, head-shaking denials.  Neither you nor I are children any longer. Can we save some time and agree to stipulate that you and I were far more brilliant as kids than our parents were as … Continue reading »

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Granger: THE NEW GUY LIES, TOO – 6/7/18

His name was “Doc”. At least, that’s what his nametag read.  Since Jimmie’s is a 50’s-style diner, the décor reflects that, and the servers all wear that period of dress:  poodle skirts, bobby socks and big hair bows for the women, slacks, white shirts, bowties and soda jerk hats for the guys. I don’t know what … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, May 17, 2018: WHERE HAVE ALL THE SHOWERS GONE?

I don’t remember that first shower of married life, that cloudy Portland morning of May 18, 1974. Irish Spring?  Probably.  I’d bunked with Dad and Mom, and that was Dad’s go-to soap for as long as I can recall.  I think he got some kind of reward for having bought so many bars of it.  … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 5/10/18: YES, THE MAMA!

I knew I had just written history’s all-time, lifetime-achievement Mother’s Day message. No new pastor before or since had ever shown such sparkling wit and penetrating insight. I knew every other pastor would read my work and lower his eyes in blushing shame.  I knew publishers would be lined up at my door, begging for just one more … Continue reading »

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Granger – 4/24/18: YOU GONNA EAT ALL THAT?

“What on Earth is THAT mess?”  Sparks always was such a sensitive soul.  His six-three frame let him peer over my back gate.  “Okay to enter?  I didn’t want to be one of Biff’s snacks.”  I interrupted typing ideas into my laptop long enough to cast a droll look at him.  It would’ve qualified as … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 4/12/18: IF THE GLOVE FITS

I was tired to begin with, so when I got Mom’s call I wasn’t very gracious. “You want to what?  Today?”  She’d been putting off going through my step-dad’s stuff, and I guess I’d gotten used to her kicking that particular cannister down the road. “I know, honey.  It’s just that I’ve been delaying this … Continue reading »

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QTM for 4/11/18: 4 STEPS TO REAL, LIVE QUIET TIME OF YOUR OWN!

“What?” “Nothin’.”      “No, really.  I’ve been blathering on as if.  Shutting up now, and listening.  Can you help me understand what’s troubling you?” After a few seminal seconds, packed with meaning like a loaded baked potato, the startling answer came. “I, uh, don’t know how to do quiet time.  I-un even know for sure … Continue reading »

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