"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.
Basketball, making music with my bandmates, archery, darts, trail riding . . . like to stay active!
Fantasy dinner guests
First, my criteria: faith, humor, appreciation for good food and wine. C.S. Lewis, Steven Colbert, my best friend Bill and he'll want Bono.
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: Our God is a God of process. Trust His work in you and in others.
My undergrad alma mater
My worst subject in school
French and Math. Barely passed both.
In college I drove
My bike! Sold my car to meet expenses.
If I weren't a professor, I would
Real: Probably talent development in HR. Dream: Bamboo farmer.
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith.
Generally don't watch a movie more than once. But The Princess Bride is up there.
Any that are certified as Slow Cities by Cittaslow
Dark roasted with sweet cream and raw sugar.
Nobody knows I
Spent a year as a shepherd at a friends/mentors farm in Vermont. Slept in the barn during lambing . . . in November . . . in Vermont. Cold.
My latest accomplishment
Made a large board with over 1,000 wine corks (not all mine!) for behind my dart board. Nice conversation piece in the garage.
I continue to work on projects at the intersection of popular culture, rhetoric and values/faith. I'm working with a co-author on a piece about Tyler Henry who is a popular "medium" to celebrities. We examine how he manages his "brand" and look to explain his popularity in rhetorical terms. While we don't actively "attack" him, it does give us a chance to debunk him a bit and use our faith as a frame if not the focus for our research.