Coffee Talk: Truth, Coffee, and Beaches

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So it happened. Trump is now president. I won’t spend the next four years denouncing him and running his name into the mud. I don’t have that kind of time. What I will say is that we, the American people, need to keep a close eye {and ear} on him and hold him and his administration accountable for their words. Their use of terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” should be disconcerting to all of us. To live in a world where facts and truths are fluid is dangerous. I don’t believe that we should live in fear, especially if you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as your personal savior.

However, I don’t believe that “being in this world and not of it” means that you bury your head in the sand and ignore injustice. In fact, I believe that salvation and being a follower of Christ gives us a mandate to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Furthermore, I think we owe it to ourselves to look at the individuals that we’re electing into office. If we only see these folks during an election cycle, that means they only care about what you can do for them in that moment, not what they can do for you. It’s not even about political parties anymore; it’s about who will stand up and do what’s right regardless of what they get out of it.

I’m finished with the politics.

I’m still trying to think of something we can do that would be a bit interactive. You know, something beyond you guys just reading my blog. We tried the book club, but that didn’t really go too well. I would love to do a bible study, I’m just not sure how to go about it. I like having the accountability that I had when I was part of a large online bible study group. Have you ever tried bible journaling? I had fun when I was drawing pictures to go along with the verses that I was studying…

My Keurig stopped working after the last power failure. This is the second one to go after a power failure so I think I’m finished with Keurigs and am on the hunt for another coffee brewer. Right now, I’m using a first model Keurig that I bought my daughter when she first went off to college. It’s been sitting in her closet for 3 years. I haven’t the words, but I do have a smidge of gratitude. I do have a traditional brewer, but I’m torn between going all hipster and getting a Chemex or getting a fancy espresso maker since I already have a regular coffee maker. Yes, it’s that serious.

I watched the remake of Beaches last night. I was gonna boycott because I hate remakes on principal but I decided to give it a try since I’ve been hounding channels like Hallmark and Lifetime to offer more movies with people of color as more than the sidekicks or the detectives. It was OK. I think I was a little frustrated because I kept comparing it to the original and, well, that’s not fair. But, if you’re gonna do a remake, that’s bound to happen. The updates were expected: texting instead of writing letters, men tearing at the relationship, etc. I won’t lie, though, I did get a little choked up when Nia’s character found out she was dying. It reminded me of when I thought I was going to leave my little ones behind. And Idina’s character’s relationship with Hillary’s daughter made me laugh because we had the same sort of antagonistic relationship with my mom’s BFF when we were kids. And, like Idina’s character, my mom’s friend stepped in and took care of us when my mom most needed her. Nia Long was fabulous, as always. I think she’s underrated and doesn’t get near enough roles to match her talent. Idina Menzel is a stage actress to me. Every time I see her, I think musical. She’s talented, don’t get me wrong. I just think she’s a stage actress and not a TV one. Side note: girlfriend can walk in some heels.

Talk to me, what’s going on in your world?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Connie Lichtenberg

    I had a reply all typed, then my phone died and I lost it all. Of course, my first thought is “all my clever annotations, poof!” Oh well, maybe it wasn’t that clever. LOL I feel as you do on the political front. The only thing I hated during Obama’s 8 years in office was hearing “he may be your President, but he’s not mine”. Now that the shoe is on the other foot a number of my fellow Democrats are saying the same thing. Guess what? I hate it just as much. The hypocrisy that I’m seeing (from both sides) is what is making my blood boil. I refuse to hang my head, pout & complain the next 4 years. I surely wish more people would put their big girl panties on and work with what we have….like you and I are. Okay, enough of politics.

    Coffee is much, much more important. Plus tasty, warm, cozy…basically perfection in a cup! My husband bought me an off brand Keurig at Target on clearance. Now the sticker shock of the k-cups. I use it during the day when the 12 cup auto brew is empty. A coffee bar, especially one with ninja in the name? Yes please!

    Additionally, I would love to participate in an online group (books, challenges, etc). However, I’m an agnostic so studying the bible is one I would pass on. Perhaps self-improvement, self-development, self-discovery, finding inner peace?

    Finally, thanks for maintaining your focus thus far. LOL I have always considered starting a bog. I’ve visited all the websites and read the blogs on making your blog successful. My stumbling block is finding my niche and/or unique focus. I have a cornucopia of ideas, knowledge and experience. None of which seem to intertwine. Any assistance you can offer would be amazing!

    Until next time, may the caffeine in your cup never cool.

    • Hi, Connie. I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply… I didn’t see this and never received a notification. I promise you I’m not rude.

      No politics.

      Ohhhh, if I could have a Ninja bar set up, I would be the happiest person ever. Ever. LOL Those things are so very fancy. I buy generic pods for my Keurig. As long as they say they’re compatible… Generally, the only coffees that I’ll “pay” for are the whole beans from locally owned coffee shops. I like to support small businesses when I can.

      I’ve had to table the book group idea for a little while. I’m teaching again this semester and just don’t have the time to dedicate to such a venture, but it’s still floating in the back of my head.

      As for blogging, I wouldn’t really say I have a niche either. I’m kind of all over the place, but I do this for me and not to generate income or anything like that. It’s a place for me to share thoughts, photos, ideas, etc. If you choose to do it and you want to generate income, you have to be dedicated and work at it like it’s your job, because it really is. The hard part is getting noticed — so you have to enter with a bang. And then keep people hooked.

  • Charger Girl

    Beaches is one of my favorite movies. As much as I love Nia Long, I just don’t think it needed to be remade. I didn’t watch it last night. I also didn’t DVR it. I “might” try to find it online and look at it, but I doubt it. Also, did you contact Keurig – they have REALLY good customer service and may actually replace it. I got my kid one of those Ninja coffee bars for Christmas, and she loves it. BTW – I found your blog a couple of months ago from a photography post. I’ve added you to my Bloglovin’ feed – keep up the great posts!

    • First of all, thank you for adding me to your Bloglovin’ Feed. I appreciate it more than you know.

      I agree, it didn’t need to be remade. Neither did Steel Magnolias, for that matter. I think there are enough creative/talented folks out there that we don’t need to rely on remakes.

      This is a replacement Keurig. It’s the same issue as the first one. It just stopped pushing the water through. We’ve decalcified, cleaned it using their recommendations, etc. and nothing. I do have my daughter’s so I’m good for now. But I will say, I do enjoy the convenience of a quick brew.

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