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That’s A Good Question

By JIM NICHOLS Everyone acknowledges that children are full of questions. In many ways, they are starting life knowing little of anything and they learn by asking questions as well as observation and, perhaps, imitation. They ask questions seeking answers; as adults, we also seek answers, but adult questions include some deeper possibilities. For those of us trying to follow

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A Halloween Lesson

By JIM NICHOLS Like many other children, I grew up with great appreciation for Halloween. What can be better for a child than to dress up in a costume of some sort, walk up to a stranger’s door, and they give you candy? For free! What a deal! I have lots of memories associated with Halloween and they are almost

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Character Counts

By JIM NICHOLS My editor has issued a caution to avoid writing anything that is too political. I will do my best, but note that I am presenting a testimonial here; you do not have to agree with it. It is mine. Two items have come together in my thinking. The first is the great story of Samuel choosing David

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Glad About/Sad About

By JIM NICHOLS Perhaps you have participated in the same exercise that some of my grandchildren have. They call it “glad about/sad about.” For them, this occurs as their parents are putting them to bed each night and the children are asked to reflect on their days as to what made them glad and what made them sad. This is

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The Facebook Trap

By JIM NICHOLS There is a subtitle for today’s contribution and that is “Avoiding a Place of Fear.” Once again, two back-to-back items appeared in my reading. One involved Dr. Francis Collins. Dr. Collins is what in the academic world is referred to as a “physician-scientist.” He has both an M.D. degree (qualifying him in the medical doctor world) and

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Therefore

By JIM NICHOLS Early in my adult life, a wise person suggested a word to look for in scripture. You may have received the same instruction—it is almost trite, frankly—but it works for me. I suppose this word would be considered a conjunction, something that connects two thoughts. Used in scripture it relates one thought to a following one that

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Your Advice Is…?

By JIM NICHOLS Once again I offer an initial alert for a story: (1) there is a little science here and (2) there is not a fully satisfactory resolution. Reader beware. Some years ago, I received a phone call from the East Coast. The caller identified herself as a former student of mine, although I did not recall her. She

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