About Dale Parsons and A Coffee State of Mind

I am Dale Parsons and this is my lovely wife of nearly fifty years. We have one daughter and triplet sons, a son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. We love our family dearly.

Maggie is our nine-year-old mini-goldendoodle. She is a loving and faithful companion whose capacity for fun is unbounded. She is full of energy and always ready to go for a ride. Every night she joins us for prayer before we sleep.

We are both retired. My wife was a middle school teacher for over twenty years. Before retiring I was a middle school counselor.

My blog, “A Coffee State of Mind”, is two years old. I write about lots of things including food, family, hobbies, writing, mental health, blogging, pets, model railroading, and many other things.


Licensed Professional Counselor

Master’s Degree in Educational and Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.


Completed middle-grade novel of 57,000 words, “Smivey Stepward”. Weekly newspaper column, published many times in religious curricula, blogger.

Teacher Education

Completed teacher certification in Social Studies and Psychology at Saginaw Valley State University. Thirteen years in middle school public education.

Previous Career

Thirty-one years in ministry before going into education.