Guest Blog: Patricia Sobczak

This week, we welcome Patricia Dillon Soczak to Lofty Ambitions for a new twist. Pattie is the Director of Development for the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, where we work too. But we asked her to write for us because she’s currently a student at Fielding Graduate University in Southern California where she is earning her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.  Her area … Continue reading Guest Blog: Patricia Sobczak

Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords, and Grit

Last Monday, astronaut Mark Kelly rejoined the crew of STS-134 for their final training for the April launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Mark Kelly has been on leave from NASA since January 8, when his wife, Representative Gabrielle Giffords, was shot at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona. The next day, Scott Simon of NPR said, “Gabby Giffords has true grit. I don’t mean the … Continue reading Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords, and Grit

Guest Blog: Claudine Jaenichen

From my teenage ambition of becoming a forest firefighter, in 2002, I volunteered for the Santa Barbara Sherriff Department’s Search and Rescue team (SAR). My day job did not manifest into the firefighter I thought I would become, but SAR gave me the opportunity to explore that second life’s ambition. Eventually, this teenage heroic dream job would find its way into the mainstream of my … Continue reading Guest Blog: Claudine Jaenichen

Divide and Conquer

Yesterday, we spent most of the day with poet Allison Joseph, who was here for the Tabula Poetica Reading Series. She mentioned her husband, Jon Tribble, several times. They met when they were both students in Indiana University’s MFA program and are, therefore, a writing couple like us. They both write creative pieces. They both teach, too, though Jon’s primary responsibilities, like Doug’s, are outside … Continue reading Divide and Conquer

On Innovation, or Finding the Proper Pen

        Apollo 7 launched on October 11, 1968, for its eleven-day mission to orbit the Earth. Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham—Apollo 7’s crew—had been a back-up crew for an earlier planned manned mission. But what became known as Apollo 1 never launched; its crew perished in a cabin fire during a test on the launch pad. Apollo 1’s 1967 … Continue reading On Innovation, or Finding the Proper Pen