Experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

By Sheldon Greaves I’ve always wanted to witness a real, live total solar eclipse, but never had the opportunity until one came waltzing through our back yard. In short, it was totally as cool as the hype suggested, perhaps moreso. … Continue reading

Books Received: Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World

By Sheldon Over the last few years I have been involved in a long-term experiment that concerns the role to be played by lay scholars in a local church community. This began back in 2009 when we were living in … Continue reading

A Proposal Regarding Local Scholars-in-Residence

What follows is a document that I hope to publish as a short booklet. The purpose is to suggest making the institution of a “Scholar-in-Residence” a regular part of church parish life. Although this document is targeted at an ecclesiastical … Continue reading

Reflections at the Conclusion of an Old Testament Podcast

By Sheldon Greaves Some of you may know that I have been producing a podcast called “Discovering the Old Testament” over at another of my websites, lafkospress.com. The podcast is also available on iTunes and various other podcast sites. It … Continue reading

Paper, Pencil, Pen, Brush: The Lost Art of Field Sketching

By Sheldon Greaves Note: this post originally appeared on the Citizen Scientists’ League website. With few other possible exceptions, the digital camera is probably the single most useful tool available to the citizen scientist. Both in the workshop and out … Continue reading

Publishing With A Poster

Publishing is one of the big barriers that face independent scholars and amateur scientists. In years past, people who didn’t have a Ph.D. or some other kind of institutional affiliation didn’t have a snowball’s chance of getting published in a … Continue reading