A Tolkien Paper in Runes

A paper on dwarves in runes.

It is a true blessing that I have the freedom to have a rather varied career. Many of you reading this know me due to my forthcoming novel, The Shards of Heaven. Others know my historical casebooks, like the one just now being published on the Battle of Crécy. Or…

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Thinking Critically: Pavlov’s Humans

If there’s one thing I rant and rave about in class, it is this: Think Critically. I’m always after this elusive beast. I prod and provoke, invect and invoke, all in the name of getting my students to stop wearing the blinders of ideology … to stop starting with conclusions…

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Spring 2012 Student Evaluations

I’m always a little apprehensive to read the student evaluations for my courses. I think I’ve mentioned this before (here, here, and here, for instance). There’s this part of me, I suppose, that fears for the worst every time. Last Friday was the day I finally had a chance to…

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Next Crop of Students – What to Say?

Tonight I will attend a banquet for an incoming crop of college students: The new “knobs,” as they’re known here at The Citadel. These will be our newest Honors students, some very bright and most accomplished young men and women who hope to join the Long Grey Line of The…

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What I Did This Summer – 2012

It’s been quiet silent around here for quite some time, for which I’m sorry. On the other hand, I don’t really regret it, if you see the difference. Because the honest truth is that it’s been quiet because I’ve been ridiculously busy (even for me!). Here’s the run-down of the…

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