Too many to choose just one. But, since I hate blank boxes: "There are two ways to slice easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." Alfred Korzybski
Friends describe me
Intense, witty, pragmatic, soulful.
I love basketball but my days on the court are numbered. I also enjoy music and I'm in a cover band with some great colleagues at work. We're called The Schoolboys because we're all faculty at UNCW. I also enjoy archery, darts, bocce and pretty much anything that allows some fun "smack talk" between competitors.
Fantasy dinner guests
First, my criteria: faith, humor, appreciation for good food and some wine. With that in mind: Certainly C.S. Lewis since he had humor and an appreciation of the sensuousness of this life even while wrestling with the lofty theological insights he is famous for. Ashley Judd since she's got a tremendous story of overcoming and seems so full of humor and life despite the challenges. She also seems smart. Robert Duvall and Stephen Colbert and, if I'm going to have my friend Bill join us then I'll ask Bono to come too.
Best advice I ever received
For college; treat it like a 40 hour work week and get stuff done between classes. Don't go back to your dorm room until you're done with the day. For life: God is a God of process. Trust His work in you and in others.
My undergrad alma mater
UNCW. I actually now am department chair for some faculty that I took classes from!
My worst subject in school
Math and Foreign Language. If it had not been for the Pink Panther movies, I'm not sure I would have passed French.
In college I drove
Bike. Sold my 500 dollar car to a junk dealer to help pay for school.
If I weren't a professor, I would
Realistic: likely teaching in some other capacity such as training or sales. Less realistic: bamboo farmer or forester. I really think bamboo is cool and if I could make a living growing a renewable crop like that, that would be cool. I'd like to have a gift shop of bamboo products and a nice set of nature paths and then a large grove of sustainable bamboo. Yeah, kind of weird.
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. Blink.
Hard. I generally don't like to watch movies more than once. But The Princess Bride is up there.
Have not traveled much. But "bucket list" cities include Portland, Sydney and any small town in Italy or Spain that is part of the "slow movement."
Dark roast leave room for cream and sugar!
Nobody knows I
I almost suffered a major injury when I finally got my boomerang to come back to me in middle school. I threw it into the sun and couldn't see it until it was inches from my face.
My latest accomplishment
I recently made a nice backdrop for my dart board out over 1,000 wine corks (not all mine!). Looks cool and it's a conversation piece in the garage.
I do a wide range of topics. Latest is a co-authored book chapter with a colleague from Eastern University on how their campus is communicating about sexuality in light of changes to Federal laws and gay marriage. Also writing about narrative theory and have a theoretical piece on the rhetorical analysis of popular culture. I write a lot on the intersection of popular culture and values, faith, etc. I am very proud of a piece authored with a colleague of mine on the "War on Christmas" and how we as people of faith should actually desire that "Merry Christmas" not be misused by the commercials sphere to sell toys and electronics.