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Inspirational

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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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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