No, I'm not being figurative with my blog post's title's question. I mean it literally: what if someone has a gun pointing at your head? Check out the photo below (click on the image for a larger view).
What you see above is your humble blog writer pointing a practice handgun at the head of his ...more
This week I was fortunate to attend two different powerful presentations by women from different religious traditions but with very similar messages. On Monday, Christian minister Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock spoke about “Soul Repair” and the need for communities of faith to assist veterans in recovering from moral injury after war. The next evening Ellen ...more
In case you were wondering, the two very bright objects visible in the sky shortly after sunset are Venus (in the west) and Jupiter (in the southeast). After the sun and the moon, these are the two brightest natural celestial objects. If you see a star-like object even brighter than Venus that is slowly moving ...more
One of my guilty statistical pleasures is the data collected by the Public Religion Research Institute. For the most part church folk are not much about numbers. It’s about faith, not the number of people in the room. It’s about the experience of the divine and not the money in the plate. It’s about individual ...more
On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft was captured by the gravity of Ceres which is, depending on your preferences, either the largest asteroid of the solar system, or one of many dwarf planets. On its approach, Dawn’s cameras took these images of the two hemispheres from a distance of 28,000 miles.
These are by far our ...more
If you are as I am, among those who think the people responsible for Daylight Saving Time, while not necessarily evil, are at least deluded…then let’s talk about clocks and time.
One of the arguments I hear when I engage in my semi-annual rant against DST is this: “It’s all just arbitrary anyway. What does it ...more
I have worked in Higher Education for over 30 years and today I felt a double blow as a professional whose lifework has been devoted to college and university communities. The first blow came when President Garren announced the abrupt closing of Sweet Briar College, an all-women’s institution founded in 1901 and nestled in the ...more
The Catholic Church has embarked on a renewed mission that seeks to invite all into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. The mission, called the New Evangelization, calls us first to know who Jesus is and his existence in our lives. It calls for us to reach out to those who perhaps have "lost their ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! I hope that all of you thoroughly enjoyed Lynchburg’s first snow day, and are ready to take on the cold weeks ahead of us. The next few weeks are going to be busy on both the national and local environmental fronts.
Continue to keep an eye out for the Recyclemania competition! It is ...more
Today marks 206 years since the birth of Charles Darwin, which means another Darwin Day is upon us. I will never cease to be amazed by what Darwin did for science in particular and humanity in general. Painstaking and meticulous work led to a profound revolution of thought. That Darwin was able to reach the ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! Welcome back and thanks again for joining me for the next article of Red Goes Green. In case you haven’t heard, Lynchburg College has enrolled in Recyclemania, a national competition that promotes recycling on school campuses. After measuring all of the recycling produced within acollege, they calculate the per capita recycling rate ...more
Is everyone getting tired of hearing and reading about deflated footballs? I certainly am. Like many football fans, I would prefer having the two-week buildup to the Super Bowl filled with stories about matchups, strategies, and predictions. Instead, we've had deflate-gate dominate the past week's NFL news. I think most of us hope that nothing ...more
Have you ever gotten together with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day and gone outside for your annual Turkey Bowl? You go into a shed and retrieve your football, only to find that it's not quite as robust as it was in the summer. You may not have a leak in your football. Air molecules ...more
Hello and welcome back to the first edition of the LC Campus Update. This missive was known as “Campus and Construction Update” but as I hope you are aware, all those guys who continually bent over and exposed the upper regions of their buttocks are now gone! So without further ado, let’s get to the all-important LC, ...more
Just about the time that one NASA spacecraft is closing in on Ceres (formerly known as an asteroid, now semi-officially designated as a dwarf planet) and another nears its encounter with Pluto, a group of astronomers has suggested that there may be two or more planets at the outer reaches of our solar system. Didn’t ...more
Hello Lynchburg College Community! I hope that your holidays are off to a great start. Some of us are still in the office, but I have got to tell you, it has been really quiet!!! Well, except for the leaf blowers that is!! As we get into the season, I know there are many ways ...more
Hello all! Once again, thank you for joining me for my next article of Red Goes Green. Today I’m writing about the highly debated political topic of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The proposed plan would extend the original pipeline that currently runs from Canada into Cushing, Oklahoma. The Canadian company, TransCanada, which is spearheading the project ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! Thanks again for joining me for the next blog of Red Goes Green. I’m sure by now that you have all noticed activity at the entrance to the school. But what exactly is going on?
As a result of the construction of the Drysdale Student Center, Lynchburg College now has substantially more ...more
Hello Lynchburg College! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather!!! I can tell you that we really love it down at the worksite. We have over 60 guys playing in the sandbox together trying to get as much stuff done as we possibly can before the big Dedication event which is tomorrow, Friday, October 24. Of course, ...more
Hello LC community! Happy Homecoming Week! It is good to know that we all survived the four days of rain last week. Of course the weather forecasters were predicting 20 inches of rain, high winds, flooding, overbooked and leaky arks, basically the end of the Earth as we know it. You see The Weather Forecasters Association is a ...more
For some of you, Red Wolf and the Red Wolf Tales Blog seem to have been somewhere off in the woods searching for the others in the wolf pack. In reality, we are so proud to tell you that the Lynchburg College Outdoor Leadership Program was working to open a new experiential teaching environment with ...more
The writing's on the wall. In the not-too-distant future, the federal government will become a conspicuous presence on college campuses, both virtual and physical.
I’ve been expecting this for a long time. Now that Obamacare is law, it makes perfect sense that the president would turn to higher education reform. After all, the “problems” plaguing the ...more
The weather seems to change drastically each and every day when we wake, and then again throughout the day. We hear a forecast: slightly windy 5-10 miles per hour, with chance of rain, low of 36 and a high of 47, or a low of 76, high of 95, and wind at 10-15 miles per ...more
In my previous blog post, I wrote that businesses must continually adapt to changes in
their external environment if they’re going to survive and prosper. Honestly, this strikes
me as such a no-brainer that I’m a bit embarrassed having written it. I can’t imagine that
there are too many people who would find this pronouncement worthy of serious ...more
Survival hinges on the ability to adapt to changes taking place in our environment. There is no escaping this fundamental reality. Ignoring or denying change doesn't make it any less real, only more dangerous.
Unlike some biological adaptations, which can take millennia to occur, businesses must adapt quickly and with intention if they are to survive. ...more
Red Wolf Tales, the blog, will present an array of topics, tips, tricks, insights, trends, gear, philosophies for the outdoors, training and certification opportunities.
Why have I chosen to call this blog “Red Wolf Tales?” As red is one of Lynchburg College’s colors, it would be a natural thought to connect the name and the color. However, ...more
This initial blog opens a conversation on a critical issue in education: What is the best way to prepare students for a future that is increasingly uncertain?
As a teacher of Economics, one of the most important lessons I try to convey to my students is the idea that businesses must continually adapt to changes in ...more