This post is not informational so much as it is a personal reflection on what astronomy has meant in my life. Our regularly scheduled programming will resume in the next post.
One of my very earliest memories comes from shortly after my fourth birthday, when my great-grandmother let me stay up late to watch a summer ...more
Every year at this time I have such bittersweet feelings, as a hectic year comes to a close and graduates begin their transition away from Lynchburg College. I am both exhausted and excited, grieving and yet grateful. I turn to this short reflection every Commencement week because it resonates so much to my own experience. ...more
On Monday, April 27th our daughter returned to graduate studies in Baltimore after a weekend visit. By that evening we were watching media reports of riots, looting, and fires in the city she has called home for the past year. Protests had spiraled just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a ...more
What do this
have in common?
The first picture is of Lynchburg College’s 3.5-inch Questar telescope, a gift to the college from a long-time Board of Trustees member. For those who don’t know, Questar is to small telescopes as Mercedes-Benz is to automobiles: beautifully made, and they last forever. This one was manufactured in 1963.
The second ...more
I am in the very early stage of grief. On April 2nd my brother Mark died suddenly at age 59 of a heart attack. We truly believed that he was the healthiest one in the family, so his death was a shock as well as a reminder of the fragility of life. During this time ...more
Hello all! Thanks for joining me once again for another article of Red Goes Green. As many of you know, President Obama’s term is coming to a close. Just like most presidents nearing the end of their term, he has begun thinking about how he will be remembered after his presidency. It has become evident ...more
The two brightest planets in the sky right now—and the two brightest planets, period—are Venus and Jupiter. Shortly after sunset at the end of April, Venus is the very bright object in the west, and Jupiter is only a little less bright high in the southern sky. In actual fact, they never get very close ...more
I’m a bit puzzled about what to write about Earth Day. I always have to start the Chaplain’s Corner article several times. The first false start yesterday was about Environmental Theology and used some academic resources from a seminary class long ago. At this point in the semester I don’t expect anyone to read academic ...more
I wrote a blog post (click here) at the end of last year on Stephen Curry. Another news organization asked me to look at Curry again. That guy can flat-out shoot! He's got a great release with little wasted motion. What a joy to study! Click here for the latest article I contributed to on Curry's ...more
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
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
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
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
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