This past Saturday I experienced one of the most profound events of my life – the first of my three children’s marriage. Zachary, our second son, wed Molly, the love of his life. As a chaplain I probably officiate at almost a dozen weddings a year, but none have come close to the celebration of ...more
Hello LC. I have been called a lot of things in my day. Most I cannot put in this note to you. But here is a sample of some of the names I have responded to:
John (Given name)
John Gerald (Typically in trouble)
Eck (Grade school)
Idiot (Algebra teacher)
St. John the Baptist (Mother-in-law)
Sugar plum, honey darlin’ gosh almighty (Aunt ...more
The test for the emergency warning system just went off again…must be 9:55 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. It used to go off at 10 a.m., but faculty requested that it be moved to the transition time between classes instead of right at the beginning of class. Led by Campus Safety and ...more
Hello Lynchburg College!!! Some short notes to share with you this hot and humid Friday afternoon.
Wow … is it ever hot and humid.
The good news is that we are all sweaty and smelly together so you don’t notice the BO as much.
We had hoped that we would be able to let you wander around Drysdale beginning ...more
One of my favorite youtube clips is entitled:
“When Kids In Third World Countries Read First World Problems”
During this short video you see children as well as men and women in Haiti describe actual complaints from First World people. In the background you see typical settings in the developing world….small cinderblock houses, washing clothes by the ...more
Tuesday late afternoon I hope you had an opportunity to join the Spiritual Life staff on the Dell. There were a variety of activities—coloring mandalas, walking a labyrinth, making prayer beads, meeting a new friend in the ball pit, meditating, seeking safe space, and blowing the shofar. I hope you got one of our first ...more
Hello Lynchburg College! It seems that we are in a place where there have been a lot of goodbyes and even more hellos. So running along on that theme, here are a few goodbyes and hellos that have come to mind in the last week:
Clean laundry folded and stacked on your bed
Your dog and/or cat
A private ...more
Telescopes gather light, and that light conveys information about distant and dim objects. The more light the instrument gathers, the more information is conveyed. And the bigger the telescope, the more light you can gather.
If you are of a certain age and have any awareness of astronomy, you probably remember that for most of your ...more
Well, here we all are back at Lynchburg College!!! Most of the cardboard boxes have been unpacked, your books are on your desk shelf, you have a full container of laundry detergent, and brand new highlighters. Now maybe we can begin to fall into a good routine. (HA!!!) Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind is, ...more
In March, a team of astronomers working with the BICEP2 radio telescope at the South Pole announced an exciting discovery, claiming to have discovered patterns in the cosmic microwave background that would exist if the universe underwent an enormous expansion almost immediately after the Big Bang. This “inflation” is a well-established feature of modern ...more
Marcel Kittel won his fourth stage of this year's Tour de France with a great sprint to the finish line. The image below shows Kittel just ahead of Alexander Kristoff (click on the image for a larger view).
With Tony Martin's two stage wins and a stage win for André Greipel, German cyclists won 7 of the ...more
There was only one cyclist I was interested in watching today: Tony Martin. He was a veritable machine on his bike in the individual time trail with his powerful legs and strong core moving him along French roads faster than anyone else. Below is a comparison between Martin's time and our prediction.
Stage 20: 1h 06' 21" (actual), ...more
Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas led the field the entire way through the rain-soaked finish in Bergerac. He held off a ferocious sprint in the final kilometer to take the stage by seven seconds. I grabbed the image below as Navardauskas crossed the finish line (click on the image for a larger view).
Though it rained for much ...more
Vincenzo Nibali essentially won the 2014 Tour de France today with a dominating performance in the race's final mountain stage. The image below shows the moment with 8 km (5 mi) left when The Shark decided to chomp all his competition by zooming past Team Sky's Mikel Nieve Iturralde (click on the image for a ...more
This will be an every-two-months guide to what you can see in the night sky, geared to mid-latitude northern hemisphere observers. The original post with more detailed guidance can be found here. What can you expect to see in July and August 2014?
Moon Phases: Full on July 12th; new on July 26th. On the ...more
My favorite writer about planetary science is, hands down, Emily Lakdawalla. She writes an occasional article for Sky & Telescope magazine, whose editor informed me on a recent astronomy-themed tour that “Emily is the consummate professional”. Where you can really keep up with her interests, however, is her blog at the Planetary Society website.
Here is ...more
Greetings, fellow Hornets! The time has finally come for me to compose my final blog. As most of us are preparing for exam week or graduation, I want to thank you all for helping to make my Lynchburg College experience more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. It truly is always a good day ...more
Hello, fellow Hornets! I hope that you are all prepared for your last full week of classes! Finals are right around the corner! This week I would like to focus my blog on the importance of environmental education for all people, regardless of educational or personal interests. I hope that after reading this blog, you ...more
Happy Earth Week, fellow Hornets!! I hope that you are all as excited as I am to celebrate all of the wonder and beauty that comprises planet Earth!! That being said, I am thrilled to share some information with you about upcoming Earth Week events, as well as Earth Day held every year on April ...more
Hello again, fellow Hornets! I hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous weather we have been having this past week. There are just over 21 days until the end of the semester!! This week I am extremely grateful to be able to focus on the dedication ceremony for the brand new Chandler Eco-Lodge located at ...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