About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Coffee By the Cup

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Wednesday morning broadcasts the arrival of another breakfast meeting for Billy and his other retired friends.  Once a week, he meets his five best buds for hot coffee, delicious food, and welcome conversation at Bob’s Diner.

He always wears his favorite plaid, flannel shirt (perhaps you recall Al Borland from “Tool Time”).  His faded, tractor green “John Deere” cap covers his nearly bald head, but his smile always catches his favorite server’s attention.

Flo has been working for the diner ever since Mel’s Diner closed (you might remember Mel and Alice—they became quite an item).  She holds her own with humor and a smile, always managing to take care of Billy and his pals every Wednesday morning.

As Flo is scurrying around the diner with her always full coffee pot, she sets it down near Billy’s table as she takes another order.  Billy appropriates the full pot of freshly brewed refills for his own private use, and sets it right next to his nearly empty cup.  He tells Flo, “Thanks my dear.  Now you won’t need to worry about refilling my cup.”

Billy remarks to his friends, “Ain’t life great!”

Billy enjoys his coffee, probably too much.  The manager takes a look and shakes his head . . . as his profits shrink with every coffee pot Billy drinks.  He motions Flo to come over for a moment, and they share a quick word.

Flo formulates a plan to take care of Billy’s endless and bottomless coffee drinking.

By the end of the breakfast meeting, the gray-haired trio times two has solved just about all of the world’s problems for another week.  Billy has nearly eaten a whole hog as he has enjoyed crispy bacon, honey-baked ham, and perfectly browned sausage links, along with the usual fixings of hash browns, eggs, and pancakes.  It’s time for the check please.

Billy surveys his bill, and his smile stretches to a frown.  Reading on, he sees that he has been charged for a whole pot of coffee.  He thinks to himself, “What’s this?”

Billy’s check has a special note at the bottom, “Cheaper to drink coffee by the cup instead of by the pot!”

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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Teachers enjoy borrowing ideas from other teachers.

write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated February 19)

Charles Swindoll Quote

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There is no quality more godlike than humility.  Nothing is more admirable, more godlike than being willing to live out true humility . . . without calling attention to it.

From Proverbs 28:25:  “An arrogant man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.”

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner

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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

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For those who are putting in full work week, Wednesday always means “hump day” because we are heading downhill after today.  Just be careful to stop at all “camel crossings” on the way home.  We all need to enjoy a laugh or two, and today’s short story may just be the trick.  How much coffee is enough?  Let’s find the answer in today’s short story filled with some humor as well as a couple of memories from American television’s past in “Coffee By the Cup.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on February 19 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are encouraged to read a quote updated on February 19 from American pastor and Christian author Charles SwindollHis words bring another moment to reflect upon our relationship with God.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  Spring will soon be here, and a beautiful morning sunrise captures its beauty.  Check out the new photograph added on February 13 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems and writings can be found in the archives.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elfchen Series #10 (With God)

Restoration

Relationships

Rocky road

Husband and wife

God’s love conquers all

Reconciliation

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Through God

Prayer

Spiritually grounded

Through God’s Word

Holding fast with Jesus

Amen

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Togetherness

Hope

Take action

Share with others

Through faith in God

Life

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters.

From Mark 4:33-34:  “With many such parables He spoke the Word to them, as they were able to hear it; He did not speak to them except in parables, but He explained everything in private to His disciples.”

Monday Memories: Morning Prayer

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Morning arrives quietly with much on one’s mind

Reaching out to the Father, with a prayer to find

 

Psalms surrounding one’s inner soul with a frame

Blessing God the Father, blessing His Holy name

 

Thoughts move to life’s trials, several filled with sin

Asking the Lord for patience and forgiveness again

 

The Lord redeems this wayward life from the Pit

Seeking to be closer to Him, finding a place to sit

 

God fills all with His steadfast love and praise

Helping everyone make it through life’s maze

 

The Lord is merciful, gracious, and forgiving

Praying to Him deepens a person with living

 

This time of prayer offers much humbleness to the Lord

Slow to anger and abounding with so much love in store

 

A prayerful moment prepares a heart with much to say

Spending moments with God, like a potter molding clay

From James 5:16:  “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”