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Tagged With: decency

2nd Cup for 2/23/17: I WANT TO BE ADDITIVE.

Survivors of life-threatening experiences are the same in one amazing way:  they are fearless in their desire to squeeze as much joy out of each day’s living as is possible. G’mornin’,  friend.  Help yourself to a piping hot, fresh cup of Tanzanian Peaberry.  Those of you who’ve been 2nd Cuppers from way back will instantly … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/27/17: DON’T SAY THAT TO MY FACE

Don’t say it at all.  I’m grieved at the rude, disrespectful manner of interpersonal contact that’s become commonplace on social media, specifically on Facebook. Its very name connotes familiarity and thoughtful reflection.  ‘Face’ and ‘book’ each draw a mental picture.  ‘Face’ brings a smile and faraway look as one remembers an easy, relaxed visit over coffee while … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 11/21/16: INSIDE THE WRAPPER

My racing thoughts came to a tire-smoking NASCAR stop.  I backed up and read it again.  It read the same way. The cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. I thunk thoughts. Bad coffee doesn’t become good by using nicer cups.  Washed, polished crystal can’t transform mediocre coffee. Anyone with some pride tries to … Continue reading »

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Granger: ELECTILE DISFUNCTION

“PSSSHEWWWwww!” Granger silently sipped his fresh-brewed Peet’s Big Bang medium roast, watching the play of conflicting emotions on his younger friend’s face.  Few things got to the sheriff’s deputy to the point he was speechless; Sparks had served two arduous tours in Afghanistan, survived and returned to put his experience and work ethic to good use … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s, 10/13/16: I’M SIDING WITH GOD, HERE

I choose to believe the Bible’s version of things:  not my favorite theoposition of things, but what God actually has to say about them and about us all. Faith’s enemies get louder and harsher in condemning ‘those evangelical conservatives’ as if staring in revulsion at crows chowing down on a roadkill rabbit’s three-day-old carcass. It happens every … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll for 9/15/16: WHY MANIPULATING PEOPLE & THINGS IS LIKE COMMANDING A CAT

Cats don’t know the script.  If they did, it wouldn’t matter because cats can’t read.  If they could, it wouldn’t matter because cats are fickle.  They have an annoying tendency to do what they want. People are the same way.  People choose.  Rarely do they follow your script. The aging CEO chose his successor by … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 8/1/16: NATIONAL G.I. PARTY! EVERYONE’S INVITED!

Making a mess is a lot quicker than cleaning it up, and many show up for the former who vanish for the latter. As the sun rises over us all on Tuesday, November 9th, we’ll have the task of learning to be civil to one another again and get to work cleaning up The Mess. … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll: PROVE YOUR SAY BY WHAT YOU DO

“You are what you deliver, not what you promise.”  That was Donald Trump. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”  That was Vince Lombardi. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”  That was Jesus (Luke 12:48). Don and Vince must’ve paid attention.  I need … Continue reading »

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INFORMED VS. IGNORANCE

Good morning, 2nd Cuppers.  I’m doing something here I rarely do–namely, sending along a politically- based article.  Well, at least the link to it. I understand truth is often the first casualty in any election cycle.  It gets shaded, shaved, shorn and skewered.  I get that.  It’s like watching the prosecution and defense counsels who’d … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/18/16: A “Hole-In-The-Soul” Cost

When you want something so fervently that you’ll destroy a close friend’s reputation to get it, you can’t afford it. Are you willing to do anything to win, to get your way, to cover up, bluster, gossip or lie your way out of or beyond your words and actions?  That disqualifies you.   In the South … Continue reading »

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