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Inspirational

A Valentines Day 2nd Cup of Coffee: HALFHEARTED

Whose brilliant idea was it to give me today off, anyway?  Nothing different about today, right?  At least I can get out of town and maybe see something different.  Keys?  License.  Coffee money.  Yeah . . . My attitude could ride a skateboard under a snake without tickling it.  The snake, not the skateboard.  Skateboards don’t feel.  … Continue reading »

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Time Trials, 2/2/21 – WELL, SEE, IT ALL STARTED WHEN . . .

If you don’t believe in miracles, I hope by the time you’re done reading this you will. That’s what happened to me.  A full-blown, turbocharged miracle snuck up on me when I wasn’t looking, made a believer out of me, and changed my entire life.  I’m praying my account of what happened, and what continues to … Continue reading »

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A 2nd Cup of Coffee for 1/22/21: THE KIND OF FRIEND YOU WANT TO BE ALLOWED TO BE

Friends are who they are, not who you’d rather they be. It takes time and patience to grow a real friendship. Our cultural ‘Now’ is impatience: microwave this or that, irritated because Facebook or other social media don’t appear in eye’s blink . . . Instant everything, right? It should be no surprise, then, we … Continue reading »

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A January 13, 2021 2nd Cup: “BUT, BUT THERE’LL BE PUSHBACK!”

This, from a once-in-awhile 2nd Cupper, troubled over the task before American Christians in 2021. These responses could easily be from an individual, a group, or a generation. For that reason, there are no identifying features. Shh-hh… We join the conversation in progress . . . Well, of course there will. Of course you’ll be … Continue reading »

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A 2020 Christmas 2nd Cup of Coffee: THERE’S THAT STAR AGAIN!

“Hey, check this out. Now they’re calling us Magi.” Balthazar looked amused. “Get outta town.” The others exaggerated a visual sweep of their tented camp situated among seemingly endless dunes of desert sand, then glanced over at Melchior. Artemis, their chief of security, chuckled politely. Unabashed, Mel said, “Well, yeah, point taken. But you know … Continue reading »

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A 2nd Cup 2020 CHRISTMAS IQ TEST

Find your Christmas IQ, and forward to friends and family so they can find theirs! No cheating! (That’s not the Christmas spirit! But the answers are at the bottom) May these precious moments put more sock in your stocking, more egg in your nog, and more curl in your bow… Each answer is a title … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 12/13/20: THE BULLY TOO CLOSE TO HOME: A Guest Article

I know good writing when I see it.  I know transparency when I encounter it.  This article has them both.  A young friend shared this and I believe its message powerful enough to lay aside what I have in mind to pass this on to you. I dare you to read it with your heart, … Continue reading »

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A Veteran’s Day 2nd Cup, 11/7/2020: WE LOST ANOTHER ONE OF OUR OWN

I wrote this June 9th, 2006, to remember a fellow veteran of Alaskan radar sites. It is more than to mark one man’s passing. By repeating this, I hope to spotlight the service of generations of American Air Force, Navy, and Army specialists, along with civilian FAA and Weather Service personnel during the Cold War … Continue reading »

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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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