Today is NOT the day to run out of coffee because it’s INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!!  Coffee traces its biological heritage to plants known as Coffea.  Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India and Africa.


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The two most common types of coffee are arabica and robusta, which has a more bitter taste.


Bill has his free coffee???  Where’s yours???

Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed and dried.  Unroasted green coffee beans are one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.  The beans are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor before being ground and brewed to create coffee.

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I lost my mother eleven years ago yesterday.  Isn’t God good to us through our friends?  Lucinda reminded me of today’s special holiday and it lightened my countenance immediately!  If ever there was a coffee lover, it is me!  Some of the best memories I have of my mother were made over a cup of coffee.  We used to go to the Kings-X restaurant on the north end of Wichita nearly every Saturday to reconnect over a breakfast of biscuits & gravy and a lot of good hot coffee.  We solved all the world’s problems with that winning combination!

These days I enjoy coffee in the morning while reading devotionals.  Do you ever wake up in the morning and think about coffee – and feel the need to get out of bed just so you can get to it?  I do!

I wondered about the history of this amazing beverage, so I found a PBS documentary.  There are 3 parts, so grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up as you watch it – wink!  😉


My favorite cup of coffee comes from Chick-fil-A.  Why?  Because the folks there actually know the farmers who grow the plants around the world.

Do you know of another fast-food restaurant that knows the names of their coffee farmers?  I don’t.  It’s one more personal touch that Chick-fil-A brings to the table – the breakfast table.  🙂



Do you ever feel like you are sitting in the middle of virtual reality? Every day there is a NEW SCANDAL in Washington. There are evil acts with absolutely NO consequences! People everywhere are scrounging just to survive. Full-time workers are being cut down to part-time because employers can’t afford to carry their insurance anymore. That puts a stress on the paycheck to be sure, and then you have a bunch of worried, stressed out people. Then some stressed-out person gets ahold of a bomb or a gun or…

Well, you get the point. It’s just a maddening scenario, isn’t it?

In the midst of all that we do have hope. That hope is Christ Jesus. I’ve heard Christians say they don’t know how people get by if they don’t have Christ in their hearts and lives. Well, I’ve seen the outward signs of what they do. Have you ever watched “Hoarders”? Some people cling to stuff. Some people turn to alcohol and others to drugs. There are tons of habits to choose from. Emotional eating is another addiction that people use to cope. These are all self-destructive behaviors and the “high” only lasts for a short time. It’s followed by a feeling of remorse and guilt.

People make fun of me and this blog because I talk about my Lord. Honestly, though – He is always there for me and He has never caused any ugly side-effects. I’m just sayin’ – maybe you should give Jesus a try. He will help you through anything life throws at you. The problems don’t vanish, I won’t lie. The struggles of living on this earth will be here, but Christ and God’s Holy Word, the Bible, will be there too. It’s a lot better than eating a box of Twinkies and hoping that will cushion the blow. All it does is add a little cushion… well – you know. 😉