It is a beautiful day in Sheffield right now. The temperature is around 13 C (about 55 F), which feels great accompanied by a steady breeze. My sabbatical journal has been a bit more sporadic than I originally thought, but that's fine. It is what it is. For now I'm enjoying life in Sheffield on a gorgeous ...more
We spent May Day, the Early May Bank Holiday, at Sea Life in Manchester. It was a great day! There are reportedly over 5000 animals in the various tanks there, and I can believe it. My wife, two daughters, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing an incredibly diverse group of sea creatures. My younger daughter was ...more
That increasingly bright and obviously red object rising in the southeast late at night (around 10:30 pm EDT from Lynchburg) is Mars. It will rise ever earlier as it moves into position exactly opposite the sun in our sky on May 22, when it will rise around 8:30 EDT. This every-26-month event is a Mars ...more
As a part time LC employee I get to “do life” with LC students and youth at Madison Heights Baptist Church. What does a weekend in the life of a campus pastor/youth pastor/mom/ wife/doctoral student who is married to a minister look like? After a full Friday of meetings and one-on-ones with student leaders, I ...more
I spent yesterday (Sunday, 24 April 2016) with a colleague and his wife hiking in the Derbyshire part of the Peak District. We took a short train ride from Sheffield to Bamford, which is a small village with a population around a thousand. We crossed River Derwent just west of Bamford using stepping stones and footbridges (click ...more
Today is Earth Day, and it's important for several reasons, most notably the Paris Agreement is now open for signatures. The US better be rushing to sign. Climate scientists have been calling for action for decades now. I hope to see my country taking established science more seriously and doing more to combat climate problems. ...more
Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust and Heroism Day, occurs on the 27th of the Jewish calendar month of Nisan (this year May 4-5 on the Gregorian calendar). Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. ...more
Ceremony is often said to be how we remember to remember. Ceremony also reminds us of our responsibilities to creation. When you have ceremonies of gratitude, you understand how much the world gives to you, and you remember your dependency. Through the ceremony itself — the food, the regalia, the time spent in preparation — ...more
The Passover Seder in the last few years has fallen on the same day as Good Friday (for Protestants and Catholics). It’s a little busy when all the services and Holy Days for the two major religions are in the same week. In 2016, Passover begins April 22nd, and our LC Passover Seder is April ...more
A relatively rare event—an extra day in February, the every-four-years February 29th—greets us again this Monday. Why does this happen? As you might expect from my posing the question on this blog, the answer is wrapped up in astronomy.
In fact, our whole calendrical system is based on astronomy. The year is based on the time ...more
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Two black holes collided and merged, releasing unimaginable quantities of energy in the form of gravitational waves. Last year these waves were detected on Earth by an exquisitely sensitive pair of instruments near Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, and last week that detection was announced to ...more
Sorry, Pluto lovers. A recently published paper by Jean-Luc Margot of UCLA (as a Star Trek Next Generation fan, I had to give the author’s full name) proposes a mathematically rigorous way to define a planet. Pluto, for all its undeniably fascinating appeal—it just doesn’t make the cut.
The official body tasked with naming and defining ...more
Happy Monday! In case you haven’t realized this yet, it is exam week.
"No wonder no one was in my class this morning!!!" you say to yourself. "But now I’ve missed my exam!! I have looked into the face of a dementor and I am doomed!!!”
No worries! This doesn’t have to be the way things go ...more
People ask me what keeps me up at night, well beside the dog down the street that is obviously not getting enough love, it is the safety of all our community members. You see, there are bad guys out there who are looking for someone to take advantage of. That’s what bad guys do: They ...more
So I’m just getting back from a staff meeting and see that there are 65 e-mails sitting in my in box screaming at me to be opened, read, and responded to. I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m just not into it! So I am looking around my office looking for a good way ...more
Hello LC Community! Welcome to yet another year of learning, playing, serving, eating, sleeping, walking, running, and yes, winning as a LC Hornet!! Since some of you are new to the community (about 640 new first years and transfers and readmits ) I’d thought I run through just what a Campus Update actually is:
A Campus ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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