In Search of Truth

It is with sincere sorrow that I note the passing of John Polkinghorne, on Tuesday last, March 9.  Many years ago, when I was first putting together the  Scholars Online Natural Science course, I ran across a discussion of the possible relationships of science and religion. The author broke them down into four options: irreconcilable… Continue reading In Search of Truth

Finding Time

Many years ago, my mom gave me a key chain with a tab that says “A day that begins and ends in prayer is less likely to become unraveled.” It’s a sentiment which both as a practicing Christian and a liturgy geek, I enthusiastically support…in theory.  I love the idea of a quiet time to… Continue reading Finding Time

Pondering the Past

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Several years ago, we replaced the roof of our house. Among other improvements and repairs, we rebuilt the red-brick chimney stack, since most of the stack had yielded to moss eating into the mortar, and some of the bricks themselves had chipped into pieces, though the house was only about forty-five years old. Segue to… Continue reading Pondering the Past

Models and Heroes

Our movies and literature are full of heroes these days. They often have superpowers that lift them out of the ordinary mold, and their challenges are equally out of the ordinary, with circumstances or cosmic karma pitting them against world-destroying  cosmic evils. It’s all very exciting, but it isn’t very useful when what I really… Continue reading Models and Heroes

Seeing Clearly

When I was about eight, and in third grade, our class was ordered to report to the nurse’s office for vision testing (this was back in the day when schools could afford music programs, art instructors, and school nurses). We dutifully lined up single file in the hall in alphabetical order, and when it was… Continue reading Seeing Clearly

To teach, or not to teach….to the test

In the last few weeks, I’ve spent considerable time updating my course websites for the 2020 summer session and academic year. This has been more complicated than usual, since I’ve decided, after considerable thought and inward turmoil, not to seek Advanced Placement recertification for the biology, chemistry, and physics courses I’ve taught for the last… Continue reading To teach, or not to teach….to the test

Cleaning up

The Scholars Online Database overflowed today, the result of spam user attacks and registrations on the blog. We’ve spent the day upgrading the Word Press release, installing CAPCHA requirements for registration, and reviewing tens of thousands of spam registrations. An unhealthy number of these showed evidence of being database access attempts. Because we take the… Continue reading Cleaning up

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The Divine Gift of Philosophy

CATCHY TITLE NEEDED We’ve been busy this year, and that’s taken its toll on publishing blog articles.  Besides reviewing our options for accreditation, upgrading the Moodle and its theme, finding and supporting teachers and teaching our own classes, we were faced, as some of you know, with serious medical challenges that absorbed huge amounts of… Continue reading The Divine Gift of Philosophy

Getting Started Asking the Right Questions

Recently on a homework assignment for my Natural Science course, I asked students to identify which solar system planets it would be possible to explore from Earth-based telescopes, which from space-born but Earth-orbit telescopes (like the Hubble), and which would require space probes sent to the planet. The results were fairly telling about the approaches… Continue reading Getting Started Asking the Right Questions