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Coffeetime

Andy stepped outside after the recent huge snow storm in our city to meet our postman halfway. Our street was too clogged with snow and ice for him to navigate safely, so our mailman had wisely...

 

Coffeetime

The little rural church always held its annual summer Bible School for kids. Each mid-morning, loud and boisterous honyocks were let outside for a few minutes for snacks and exercise. Balls were...

 

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Are you familiar with it? The phrase, “Hey, I know a guy who can …,” usually said to you about the time you have thrown a plumbing wrench clear across the kitchen. Referring to a man you can...

 

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Mrs. Ava Average turned into the crowded parking lot of her local department store and finally found a parking space. After locking her car door, she headed rapidly toward the entrance, intent on...

 

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A young couple was deeply involved in the timeless dance of married couples since the first union, and I am not referring to sex. This was the dance of war. Each had taken a rigid angry stance on opposite sides of their ballroom. In fact, the battle...

 

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When Renie was a young teenager, she worshiped her older brother. Willing to do anything to get his attention, she would follow him around endlessly, much to his irritation. The year he moved away...

 

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Several years ago, Andy contracted an illness that landed him in the isolation unit of our local hospital for two weeks. Visitors had to wear a mask, gown and gloves. He commented later that those...

 

Coffeetime: Keep digging with a smile

Six-year-old Johnny longed for, prayed and dreamed about getting a pony for his birthday. In his eyes, he truly NEEDED a pony. Uncle Jim knew all about Johnny’s dream. But he also was very aware of...

 

Coffeetime: Just. Don't. Do. It.

Accustomed to spending Christmas Day packed with beloved family, or close friends? Or a mixture of both, in a free-for-all party of fun and food? Now it is true, most of us do have a person who is a...

 

Coffeetime: Run that fool mule

Growing up on a small farm, Andy and his dad worked some long hours together. But sometimes they just relaxed, “sittin,’ spittin’ and whittlin’,” as his dad called it. Those times were more...

 

Coffeetime: Are you a quarterback or a receiver?

The son was finishing a very successful senior year as quarterback for his high school’s football team. Recruiters from America’s top football programs came to the family’s humble home to make...

 

Coffeetime: Just sick and tired …

Back in the ancient days of Fred Flintstone and no cell phones, when he was a young dad and a wet-behind-the-ears pastor, Andy had a habit. No, it was not a habit like we refer to today. But he uncons...

 

Coffeetime: Deep seat and a tight hold

January 2020 gave no indication just how rough a ride it was going to get for everyone on this planet. We had fairly-run-of-the-mill problems and successes the first couple of months. Little did we...

 

Coffeetime In a fizz

While working in my front yard the other day, I noticed the mailman zip past our house without stopping. Not too unusual and my only thought was, “Evidently had no mail today.” But just a few...

 

Coffeetime: How to simply not live

A few years ago, we were introduced to a book titled “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger. This physician wrote an excellent book chock full of advice for keeping your body as healthy as you...

 

Coffeetime: Whaddya mean – I owe money?

When Andy was an 11-year-old boy, he and his 8-year-old brother decided they were old enough to buy some calves to raise. This meant feeding, watering and daily maintenance – freezing temperatures...

 

Coffeetime: It's hot back here

Years ago, when we were a family of two young boys with their Mom and Dad, we traveled quite a bit. We were either headed to a church where Andy was scheduled to speak, or leaving to come home. And...

 

Coffeetime: Doug's dog-dipping days

If you have ever wanted to ask a couple how they have successfully stayed married for many decades, then this story is for you. In our column a few weeks ago, you read a story from Doug and Joan, who...

 

Fooled by what you see

Tom lived in Smallsville. Everybody knew each other, and they all knew each other’s routines and habits. Tom had grown up in that town, and all the citizens of Smallsville knew of Tom’s rough and...

 

Hammers, tenacity and patience

A few months ago, we relocated to a completely different part of the state. We sold our house, packed up everything that wasn't nailed down, and dumped our lives into another home in another city....

 

Coffeetime: Don't do that if it hurts

Several years ago, Andy developed a “hitch-in-his-get-along,” as his mom used to call it. Back when he was playing racquetball on a regular basis, while competing in a heated game he had run full...

 

Cofffeetime: Dense … or just different?

We went for our daily walk together that evening, just like always. As we passed a neighbor’s home a few houses down from us, Renie remarked, “Hey, look, they are evidently redoing the flower bed...

 

Coffeetime Above all – don't let Daddy down

As a kid, Andy was outdoors during much of the summer months. And not lying by the pool with a Coke in one hand and a fetch-it stick for his dog in the other. His dad started him at age nine to help...

 

Coffeetime: Coffee cups have rims

That fateful morning I quickly poured my cup of coffee as soon as it was hot and ready. I’d been looking forward to it all the way to the office. Well, yes, I guess could have been a little too...

 

Coffeetime My bed was already on fire

A book title, “It Was On Fire When I Laid Down On It” caught my eye a few years ago. Curiosity being what it is, I looked up the story behind that title. True story. A small local fire department...

 

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