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About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is www.coggins.ca

Human Work

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 is a passage about human work, human responsibility, and God’s providence. From the creation of Adam, the first man, God commanded human beings to work. Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 offers advice on how to go about this. Following are the … Continue reading

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Mysteries by James R. Coggins

Having read hundreds of murder mysteries, good, mediocre, and terrible, (and even having scribbled a few myself), I’ve come to a startling conclusion: People read murder mysteries for the mystery. It’s the mental puzzle that attracts. Readers want to see … Continue reading

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Weeds

A Conversation Hello, pastor. Thanks for stopping by. Pastors don’t seem to visit much anymore. Guess they’re off doing something more important. I hope you don’t mind if I keep on weeding while we talk. I find if I don’t … Continue reading

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Buy Essay and Get Time for Pleasures of Life

Recently, I received a bevy of emails on a new topic. Since my email address is on my website, I receive quite a few unsolicited emails. Apparently my address is harvested by robots and sold to marketing companies, many of … Continue reading

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Plotters and Pantsers

A Christian novelists group I belong to recently had a discussion about how to write a novel—which essentially boiled down to a debate between plotters and pantsers. Plotters outline the full book before starting to write. Pantsers write “by the … Continue reading

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Keeping Busy during COVID-19 by James R. Coggins

The lockdown due to COVID-19 has given me a wonderful opportunity to slow down and pay more attention to the world around me. Here is what I have observed.  1. It has rained the last seven weekends and ten of … Continue reading

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After The Plague

Cataclysmic historical events are often followed by massive social changes. The effects of such events are complex, varied, and unpredictable. As well, these effects interact with the effects of a host of other events and developments, so that the direct … Continue reading

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Replacement Policy

“What do you mean my coverage has been denied?” “I’m sorry, Mr. Grey. It’s company policy. This is the third total replacement claim you have made in—what?—a year.” “Well…” “Precisely. The company can’t keep covering these losses.” “But I need … Continue reading

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Of Better Homes and Gardens

It was a great relief to realize that out fears were unfounded. Having newly acquired a house—and with it yard responsibilities—my wife and I were apprehensive that we might not be able to keep our lawn and garden in the … Continue reading

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Blowin’ in the Wind

I am a baby boomer. I was a teenager in the 1960s and in university in the first half of the 1970s. It was the era of the sexual revolution, the youth movement, the civil rights movement, the drug culture, … Continue reading

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Urgent and Important

Have you ever met people who just have to talk? If they know something, they just have to tell you? Take the other night, for instance. My wife woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me … Continue reading

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Silent Saturday by James R. Coggins

April 11 this year is the Saturday before Easter. Christians have much to ponder on the day before and the day after. The Bible records many events on both days. Good Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified. … Continue reading

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Letter to Leo by James R. Coggins

In the course of my historical research, I came across the following letter in the Russian Archives. Books for Today Publishing Company, 123 Fourth Avenue, New York, New York Dear Mr. Tolstoy: Thank you for submitting your book War and … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pandemic

Unique world events offer a unique opportunity to learn new lessons. Here are a few we have had an opportunity to learn recently. 1. It’s a small world.  The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically demonstrated how interconnected the modern world is. … Continue reading

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Plush and Plastic Puppies by James R. Coggins

I learn so much from my grandchildren. For instance, if it were not for my grandchildren, I would never have become acquainted with Paw Patrol. And I would not have had the opportunity to watch each episode so often that … Continue reading

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