Author Archives: Tony Schmitz

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Who leads you?

At a busy intersection I watched a father take his daughter’s hand before stepping off the curb. She followed without concern, not even looking for traffic as he looked ahead. She even skipped a bit as they crossed. For the … Continue reading

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Send help now

Have you found yourself in a position where you needed help? Perhaps it was something as mundane as a dead car battery. Or maybe it was the introduction to a new software application. Sometimes it is less concrete. It is … Continue reading

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Bay or beach?

I recently spent some time in Ocean City, NJ which, by its geography, offers both ocean sunrises and bay sunsets. I enjoyed each while there, but noticed a distinct difference. The ocean sunrise, while exciting, was marked by constant motion … Continue reading

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He gave

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) How did God demonstrate His love for us? God loved, so He … Continue reading

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I wanted to be MacGyver

MacGyver was a US television series that aired between 1985 and 1992. In each episode Angus MacGyver used his knowledge of the physical sciences to overcome impossible odds. Each show included the same three essential ingredients. MacGyver helped someone who … Continue reading

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Throw out your couch

Do any of these words describe your state of mind? terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, perturbation, foreboding Is so, I can assure you that … Continue reading

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Cinderella’s question

How often do you ask the question: “Am I good enough?” Do you worry about being unmasked? Do you fear that you will be abandoned if the real you is exposed? At the pivotal point in the movie Cinderella (2015 … Continue reading

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My bones are vibrating

Proverbs is full of wisdom for bright days of celebration and dark nights of despair. We’ve had both and more are in store. Be prepared. Listen. Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on … Continue reading

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(Na,Ca)-8 Al-6 Si-6 O-24 (S,SO)-4

The chemical formula for lazurite is (Na,Ca)8Al6Si6O24(S,SO)4. It is the primary mineral in lapis lazuli, a semi-precious gemstone valued for its opaque color. The gemstone name is composed of lapis, which is Latin for stone, and lazuli, the deep blue color. This … Continue reading

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Want to speak with authority?

Do you ever feel like you have a voice, but it goes unheard? Do you speak with authority? If not, do you want to? Have you heard of Billy Graham? Graham (1918-2018) was an American evangelist considered to be among … Continue reading

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