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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