Some things we talked about at the coffee shop (and some things I made up)

Published Saturday, April 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Today at the coffee shop we talked about a variety of things. We talked about pills. This morning I looked up from my cup and saw a big blue "horse-pill" sized thing in Ross Mueller's mouth. On his tongue. Looked kind of nuclear in there.

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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I love this country. It's a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

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Public service information regarding the goose

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Definition of the term goose: "To sharply poke or pinch someone. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters."

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Got a lift?

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

There was a man who lived a quiet life and without much fanfare, worked for years, made many friends, served faithfully through his church, and died a few years ago at the end of a long and fruitful life.

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In case I don’t make it off the table

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

This morning in a staff meeting we were visiting about calendar events.

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The telephone menu and a ‘tweaked’ driving story

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I received a phone call from a friend today. While we talked, he voiced frustration about his experience earlier in the day when he was trying to do some business and was extremely frustrated.

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Facebook and becoming a real friend this new year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I admit that I probably spend more time with Facebook than I should. It is the modern-day beauty shop for ladies. It's the virtual coffee shop for us guys.

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The benevolent bag lady

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Ron Johnson, youth minister at First Baptist Decatur, and I drove to Governor's Ridge Retirement/Assisted Living place recently and had a sit-down with some dear folks.

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Questions prompted by a conversation on the fly

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Had an interesting conversation this morning with my friend, John Hogan, worship pastor for our church.

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A Corvair, gas mileage and a bullet-proof deer

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Several years ago, one of us sippers had purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvair. We talked for a while about the above-average gas mileage associated with this rear-engine marvel.

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Great (short) stories from today’s visit to the coffee shop

Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Regarding frugality: Years ago, a group of young men was riding mules on the prairie off the Old Greenwood Road. One of the boys was thrown from a mule. His leg was terribly fractured. A bone was protruding through one of his boot tops.

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Thoughts after the Paraguay trip

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I recently returned from a mission trip to Paraguay. It was rewarding and effective in every measurable way.

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The old handshake

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Things were slow at the coffee shop recently. Someone mentioned the name of a man known to everyone around the table. Another said, "What a handshake!" Others chimed in.

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Stump the old coots

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

It's been a while since I've had an inspirational day at the coffee shop.

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Boots and hats

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

We helped our daughter move from Waco to Lewisville this weekend. It was the perfect move. They brought most of their clothes to our house several days ago. We loaded the clothes yesterday and met the family ... and their U-Haul truck ... at their new place in Lewisville.

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Sam Blackwell: ‘I’m not a-givin’ up!’

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I made a visit to a local retirement facility two days ago to see a good friend.

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The right way to immigrate

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

There are a few people with whom you don't need to visit if you're talking about "political correctness." Ross Mueller is on the top of the list.

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The cicada seminar

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

A.C. Griffin told me he had been bitten by a grasshopper while he was out in his cucumber patch. Said it hurt like crazy.

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