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Tell-A-Story-Make-A-Point

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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Granger: A CROSS-EYED LOOK AT THE WHOLE EASTER THING – 3/31/18

That early in the morning, I knew Jimmie’s Diner would be almost empty.  That worked for me.  I was in a mood.  And I was almost right.  Other than the cook in back, Peggy Sue was by herself. Solitude must be a comfortable friend if one intends to write.  I enjoyed the closeness of the friends … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee: BUREAUCRACY IN ACTION

BUREAUCRACY IN ACTION Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb toward the Banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. … Continue reading »

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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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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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