C. S. Lewis: The Four Loves – Book Abstract (and speech)

By Meriwether Ball Speech delivered: 25 June 2018 at St. Aldates Parish Center, 40 Pembroke St., Oxford, UK (click for video) CONTEXT ABSTRACT This book was originally released in hardcover and paperback by UK publisher Geoffrey Bles in 1960 with 160 pages. Lewis’ wife Joy died of cancer the same year it was published, and just…

Social Penetration Theory in Film: Bridgit Jones Diary

By Meriwether Ball Abstract: This paper will explain Social Penetration Theory (SPT) and evaluate its presence in  scenes from the 2001 movie, Bridgit Jones Diary, adapted from Helen Fielding’s 1996 book by the same name and directed by Sharon Maguire. SPT explains that people become more intimate through a progression of mutual self-disclosure and other vulnerabilities….

The Historical Romance Novel’s Influence and Connection to Communications History

By Meriwether Ball Thesis: The literary genre of Historical Romance has had an important impact on fiction readers over the last two hundred years,illustrating the moral and cultural values of Europe and England via intelligent characters overcoming hardship in pursuit of their romantic dreams. Click here for PowerPoint Course: Regent University, COMM 215, Foundations of Communication,…

Portsmouth’s Unexpected Hiking Paradises

By Meriwether Ball Portsmouth When one thinks of Portsmouth, Virginia hiking is not the activity that often springs to mind. For we who live here that is a happy fact; we get to enjoy these gorgeous locations with some degree of secrecy. Portsmouth’s waterfront is second to none. Recent rejuvenation by city officials has brought microbreweries…

Vulnerability in Public Speaking

Abstract: How vulnerability plays a role in our willingness and ability to speak publicly, and how such changes our perspective as public speakers. This paper cites an example from personal experience of being vulnerable a during public speaking event, how the audience responded, and how it impacted this speaker. Link: Reflective Paper 1 – Vulnerability in Public…

Hope for the Anxious and Traumatized

Abstract: Despite overwhelming evidence of its success, many anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder patients refuse a simple new medical treatment with an over 80 percent success rate. Using Biblical principles, encouraging patients to consider help may increase their hope, and allow them to receive the relief they so rightly deserve. link: Human Flourishing Project – Hope for…