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Bookends

By JIM NICHOLS Let us suppose that adolescence and later adult life represent bookends of our human existence in terms of time. Granted, younger children come before adolescents, but it is in the latter that certain questions begin to arise. It is significant for my argument here that the questions adolescents ask are remarkably like the questions later adults ask.

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The Field Is On Fire

By JIM NICHOLS For sports fans, this pandemic has been frustrating. Sports provide us with rhythms in the year; we use the word “season” not only for changes in the temperature and moisture, but also for which sport is when. The Major League Baseball season is trying to get a start here in the middle of the summer season rather

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Lazarus and the Toilet Paper

By JIM NICHOLS Buried within this true, but weird, anecdote, is a fact that hardly anyone ponders: “How many rolls of toilet paper does it take to completely wrap a human being—head, body, arms, and legs?” One of my enriching academic experiences was to break away from the science building occasionally and audit university classes in other disciplines. One extended

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Once In A Lifetime

By JIM NICHOLS I have mentioned before my fascination with the paradoxes of life, the opposites that must be simultaneously true and the tensions that we must accept. Lots of these paradoxes show up in scripture—for example, the last shall be first, Jesus is fully human and fully divine, if you think you can see, you are actually blind. However,

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Listen With Your Heart

By JIM NICHOLS I suspect that I am not the only one frustrated, angered, confused, and altogether discombobulated by the world today. Frankly, it is difficult not to get discouraged and, I am afraid, let that discouragement lapse over into our spiritual lives. As I fight that concern, I realize that one of my problems is that I am thinking

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Algebra And The Lungs

By JIM NICHOLS Diffusion is a principle considered in many science classes. It is a simple concept, but quite significant in many physical situations. The concept identifies that a substance moves naturally from an area where it is more concentrated to an area where it is less concentrated. For instance, if one puts a spoonful of sugar into a cup

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Father’s Day

By JIM NICHOLS Here in the calendar vicinity of Fathers’ Day, I have some “thank yous” to identify. It sounds like a prayer for my dad. Dad,We met in a delayed fashion. You were in Italy in the war when I was born and we first encountered one another when I was 14 months old. Mother told me many times

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