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Author Archives: 2nd Cup of Coffee

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.

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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2nd Cup of Coffee, May 1, 2020: THE DAYS OF FINEs AND CLOSES – Remembering the 2020 Covid-19 Virus Shutdown

I’m saving this so I can remember.  The original source is unknown – Dan So we don’t forget…. Today is Friday, May 1, 2020. – We are at 53 days of social isolation. – Schools have been closed since mid-March and are teaching remotely on-line. Proms and graduation ceremonies are virtual. – Employees who can … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 4/18/2020: I WO-O-OSH FOR THE REST OF 2020 . . .

Reverend James Ogden braved a nasty storm to drive twenty-three miles and have the heat and lights on in the country church building that Sunday morning. He sat listening to some praise and worship music while waiting for the sanctuary to warm up, and for the local folks from surrounding farms to arrive. He checked … Continue reading »

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Granger: 2nd Cup Saturday, 4/11/2020: THE VETERAN OF 1,003 MELODIES

The man’s steps slowed, and he hesitated at the unknown road leading off to the right. Silver-haired and of normal build, he wore casual, comfortable, neutral-colored clothes, for  he usually walked as weather and schedule permitted.  He stood for a moment, eyeing the safe, regular, normal route leading straight ahead. That was his usual route. … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup – QTMs for 3/7/2020: WELL, ARE YOU?

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once told me, “You grow when you can’t go on, but you refuse to quit!” I took what he said to heart, because I know he lived that philosophy. I’d read after him for years, and finally got the chance to meet him. I patiently stood in line for 8 months. When … Continue reading »

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A 2nd Cup for Valentines Day ’20: THE FIRST TIME I HELD HER HEART

My Valentine and I have been holding hearts for over 45 years, and we’ve managed it in the same way any of us walk with Jesus: by grace and through faith. It has been neither simple nor easy. We’ve literally known each other all our lives, so we sort of knew what we were getting. … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 1/29/2020: WHAT’S THE STORY ON LOVE?

I originally came across this great little story in August of 2007.  Approaching Valentines Day, it seems to me with the national psyche and popular culture at its current state, it’s time to revisit the subject. I want to share it and some time-modified comments with you as Valentine’s Day 2020 approaches.  Please–read on. . … Continue reading »

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A Sunday 2nd Cup for 1/26/2020: THE WONDERFUL LAND OF WILLBE

What you’re experiencing right now is the residual effect of your past thinking. Memories, past events, old relationships, and especially your own thoughts regarding them all? They’re influencing where you are right here, right now, today. It’s not the things. It’s your thoughts about them that are driving you. Or holding you back. What determines … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 1/24/2020: THE ME I NEED TO BE TODAY

Recurring things get my attention. I often have Pandora’s ‘Relaxation Radio’ playing softly in the background while working here at my desk. One piece I always enjoy is a smooth, thoughtful accoustic guitar styling of ‘Let It Be Me’. At some point I must’ve hit the ‘thumbs-up’ icon, because it’s a rare week I don’t … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup Hash: LITTLE O’ THIS, LITTLE O’ THAT, & STIR – 1/21/2020

“Time to create,” said his heart. “It’s about time,” replied his soul. Why I write: because creating something that didn’t exist before is as close to magic as I’ll ever get. I wander through fiction to find the truth. Sometimes you can’t calm the storm, so it’s best to stop trying. What you can do … Continue reading »

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