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Wisdom

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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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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QTMs for 9/28/19: From Humility To Excellence

Humility is one of those things we may find confusing to define, but I believe we all agree what humility’s absence looks like. I recently read that almost everyone you meet claims to be humble. Yet even while making that claim, they have their eye on the Trinity just in case there’s a vacancy. QTMs … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 4/8/19: WHO YOU TALKIN’ FOR?

4-year-old Randall was eating an apple in the back seat of the SUV, when he asked, “Daddy?  Um, why is my appo tuhning bwown?” Clearing his throat, his father began.  “It turns brown because after you ate the skin off, the meat of the apple was exposed to the air which caused it to oxidize, … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup Extra, 4/6/19: SLOW-DOWN THERAPY – IT’S JUST THE TICKET

 The more observant of you have noticed there’s an ‘s’ now attached to the ‘http’, and there’s now a little padlock icon at the other end of the address box.  That means this site now has the vaunted SSL Certificate installed, and is now secured.  I’m thankful, for I’ve been needing just this therapy after … 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, 3/27/19: 9 SACRED RULES FOR CREATIVE WEIRDOS

I’m always digging through old files and finding neat stuff.  You know–like being allowed to dig through your grandpa’s ‘That Drawer’ out in his shop.  That’s where these little jewels came from.  The files, not the shop. It’s tougher than you know to not embellish each of these, but striving manfully, I push on through the … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup Freewriting From Years Past (3/9/19): HERE’S TO ALL THE ALMOST-WONS

If Batman was a writer, FREEWRITING would hang in a prominent spot on his utility belt.  That’s how underrated a weapon freewriting is in the writer’s arsenal. Freewriting can be triggered by anything.  A taste suddenly reminding one of a long-forgotten refreshment . . .  An old, yellowing picture commemorating a youthful event . . . … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 3/8/19: WHO THEN TELLS GOD?

i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this lif i still secretly thin i stil Okay.  … Continue reading »

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