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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 of Coffee, 9/30/2020: AFTER ALL, IT’S ONLY A NUMBER.

If we knew how important each year would be, we’d spend more time appreciating them. Happy 110th birthday, Mom. I’ve no idea how (or if) Earthside birthdays are celebrated There. I know you were always telling me how ecstatic you were when at 42, Doc Wilder in Umatilla, OR told you I was going to … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(usings)s for 9/21/2020: I THINK YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT I SAID…

“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the … Continue reading »

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A Sunday 2nd Cup, 9/6/2020: BACKSHAVING? WHAT’S WITH THAT?

“So here’s what I want you to do . . .” Yeah, I sat for a few minutes during quiet time this morning, listening to the counsel of Paul. He went on: “God helping you: Take your everyday ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-church, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Don’t become … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 8/29/2020: THE ‘YOU’ YOU KNOW YOU WANNA BE BEING

I love thoughtful writing, which is to say I get jazzed by great writing. Great writing makes you think. It pulls you into the writer’s orbit. Think about this. Content aside, what type of writer most grabs your attention? When you’re browsing titles in your local library or online, which authors’ names make your eyes … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 8/20/2020: FROM THE GRANGER FILES… THE COVID COLLECTION

I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride. And by accomplishment, I mean that which God has me doing and being at this point in my life. Pride consumes the weak, killing their heart from within; for while stopped to admire the seventeen inches of forward motion, sly inertia returns, robbing momentum and making it that … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 7/27/2020: HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND…

I saw it in passing, like road signs that are already past before it registers what you just read. Uncharacteristically nimble, my mind yanked up on the emergency brake. I stopped and reread the phrase. “Ephesians 6 streaking”. Nope. I had not misread it. I sat quietly for ten or fifteen seconds, the burnt-rubber odor … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup Saturday for 7/18/2020: GOULASH FOR THE SOUL

Good morning, friend. Come on in, and since I’ve been at this for several hours, you have an unusual gift this morning: two different types of coffee to enjoy while we visit. The coffeemaker has some fresh Grizzly Peak blend from a Montana roaster, and the silver carafe with the black top has some great … Continue reading »

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A Saturday 2nd Cup for 6/27/2020: “NOW’S THE TIME.” – DAD

“The time’s comin’ that’s gonna separate the men from the boys.” My father-in-law reminded me of that bromide almost every time we were able to spend time together. At the time, I chalked it up to his advancing years causing forgetfulness, so I did my best to ignore what I believed to be repitition. Little … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 6/8/2020: I’VE GOT THE JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, JO—WELL, IT’S SOMEPLACE DOWN IN HERE

“You happy now?” “Great. That make you happy, did it?” “Well, I just hope you’re happy!” Even our use of the word shows how fickle happiness is. ‘Happy’ can derive from two candy bars dropping from the vending machine. It can disappear just as fast when one gets hung up and you get nothing. Henri … Continue reading »

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A Memorial Day 2020 2nd Cup of Coffee: THE BLANK CHECK

You’ve read this before. You’ve seen it displayed in Facebook memes. It’s been shared often enough that it seems by now to be old hat – kind of like those old uniforms all modern veterans think so quaint and plain . . . “A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote … Continue reading »

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