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Encouragement

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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2nd Cup of Coffee: 17 WORDS THAT WILL ALWAYS SERVE YOU WELL – 1/21/2020

The 17 words? Prepare Care Believe Forgive Change Risk Choose Relax Listen Pray Persist Smile Focus Act Trust Accept Wait Think about each word as it relates to you, to your present situation. Each one carries a lot of meaning in your life. Oh, and there’s one more that’s pretty universal: Thank. Loving you, Dan

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The 2nd Cup You’ve Been Waitin’ For – 12/16/19

It read, “Make sure everyone in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes in the bottom.” Since almost this blog site’s birthing, I’ve had to wrestle with the hosting entity. I thought once I’d paid my dues, I could settle down and focus only on writing. The hosting folks would have my back. As … Continue reading »

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QTM for 11/29/19: YES, YOU DO

“Hey, you know that song?” “Hmmph?” “Sorry. That one, ah, Christmas song that says ‘I have no gift to bring’? That one?” “Sure. What about it?” “Well, I don’t.” My permanent sense of humor almost bit, but I heard no lightness or neutrality in his tone. It wasn’t a lure. He wasn’t being dark, not … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 11/23/19: BAFFLED BY GRACE

The older man sat at a table by himself, two fingers of his right hand casually hooked through the handle of a cup of steaming coffee, and he was thoughtfully looking off into somewhere. His demeanor caught my attention as I laid my stuff down on the table I chose. I’ve been around enough maudlin, … Continue reading »

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Saturday 2nd Cup for 10/5/19: BETTER? NOT.

He awakened to the familiar discadent drum section warmup. A Fall overnight thunderstorm was his alarm, and he laid there for a few extra moments, listening, sensing, absorbing. The Columbian Supremo he’d prepared the night before was ready. So was he. As he poured the fresh, steaming java into his big white Perkatory mug, he … Continue reading »

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A Granger Story – 2nd Cup of Coffee, 2/8/19: THE GRANGER EFFECT – Chapter 3

Glennis I greeted him, and was surprised by a well-modulated voice somewhere in the second tenor, maybe baritone range. As I moved toward the chair he showed me, I glanced around his digs.  There was a delightful hodgepodge of things here and there, obviously mementos picked up from travel.  It was definitely a man’s room.  Yet … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 4/3/19: 6 TREMENDOUS WAYS TO MAKE ‘LITTLE THINGS’ INCREDIBLY BIG

“Somebody needs to do something!” We’ve all heard it and we’ve all said it.  All around you and me, social interaction has become antisocial, if not scarce.  It is hard to not notice how decency, good manners, courtesy, mutual respect, and public decorum have all but disappeared.  In their place, people routinely say and do … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee from TIME TRIALS, 3/14/19: A SHOWER’S NO BIG DEAL, RIGHT?

A shower ranks right in there with your broom and dustpan.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  EVery morning, and sometimes in the afternoon following sweaty work or exercise.  Boring.  Repetitive. Showering and getting presentable is part of a normal morning ritual, almost overlooked in its sameness.  Regular.  That makes you all the more curious why I’m writing … Continue reading »

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