Wording With Purpose

Posts by John Nichols

The Presence of God

The Presence of God

Granddaughter Fern arrived for an overnight visit with Grandpa and Gramma. She can reach the doorbell button now and usually takes great delight in pressing that device multiple times, but on this occasion Fern had a singular mission. She wanted Grandpa. As Gramma opened the door Fern darted across the threshold and burst into a […]

The Spiritual Side of Dessert

The Spiritual Side of Dessert

Our family gathered recently to celebrate a birthday and though it was not her special day, granddaughter Fern held Grandpa’s attention most of the evening. With her new words, her animal sounds matched to the correct plastic beasts, and her repertoire of musical tunes, I could not take in all the wonders Fern shared. And […]

Fill the Bucket List

Fill the Bucket List

Junk mail arrives in my mailbox nearly every day—requests for contributions from charities I never heard of, coupons for the latest whimsical restaurants, deals supposedly too good to pass up on home services, even advertisements for the best private academies to give a potential John Jr. the best start in life. And then I sometimes […]

Book Review – The Book of Amazi...

Book Review – The Book of Amazing Stories

Robert Petterson’s new work, The Book of Amazing Stories, is a great read. The author has distilled ninety events from the lives of historical characters into two to three page stories that keep the reader guessing until the final paragraphs. Who is the author describing? As the clues unfold the reader races to discover the […]

Do You Name Your Stuff?

Do You Name Your Stuff?

Raising daughters presented an opportunity for me to probe the intricate workings of the female mind. I had discovered within a few months marriage to Shawn that her mind consists of unfathomable layers. Should a man brazenly think he has mapped part of that territory he will find in retrospection that he was mistaken. The […]

Hurricane Preparedness for Daughters

Hurricane Preparedness for Daughters

My darling Amanda and Michelle, As you are no doubt aware we are expecting the arrival of some part of Hurricane Irma in the coming days. I thought I would share some ideas to preserve you safely through the storm and any inconveniences she may bring us. You no doubt recall Hurricane Fran from 1996, […]