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Circles Around This Town

What is it that we want from other people? One of the characteristic communications problems I find in dealing with others is that there is a mismatch between what people want and how they expect to get it. I do … Continue reading

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You Speak My Language

From time to time I find myself interacting with people whose knowledge of English is shaky and who speak other languages far better. For example, over the past few days I have been dealing with a German person with broken … Continue reading

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On The Conversations That Don’t Happen

For reasons that remain mysterious to me, in my youth I never considered the formal study of communications. This is not to say that I have not always been interested in an implicit way in the problems of communication, not … Continue reading

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Somewhere Outside You And I Both

One of the people I interact the most with is someone whose views on music are diametrically opposed to mine. This is not necessarily a bad thing–it can be highly entertaining to engage with people whose tastes are wildly different … Continue reading

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Not Every Knight Is A White Knight

One of the more frustrating aspects of the contemporary world is the way that behavior which is at least partially laudable is twisted and viewed in a highly negative light. It is not merely that we celebrate bad behavior that … Continue reading

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Rooting Interest

One of the more characteristically Nathanish things I like to do is observe the patterns and habits and behaviors of other people around me. Being someone who is more than usually habitual and regular in my habits, it is by … Continue reading

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On The Criminality Of Logistics

There are often occasions where we may possess a given right but do not have the right to exercise that right because of the difficulties in obtaining the support services that make it possible to do so. I was recently … Continue reading

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Love Sweet Love, Or, On The Fallacy Of The False Dilemma

There are a great many cases where a discussion of the Bible and of its contents leads people to engage in false dilemmas that seek to pit some aspect of biblical virtue against another. There is the persistent attempt of … Continue reading

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On The Boundaries Of Taking God’s Name In Vain

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given to The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 4, 2021.] When we think about taking God’s name in vain, the usual concern is that we … Continue reading

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On The Transparent Court

It is a great shame that in the world in which we live today one of the few places we can go where some sort of logic and rhetoric is taken seriously is in courts. Depending on your preference in … Continue reading

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