Lessons Learned from Studying Olympians and Navy Seals

The Olympians and Navy Seals have much to teach about winning, perseverance, and overcoming.  That’s because they undergo extreme duress, whether in world-class competition or on a battlefield.  I study these high achievers because life poses battlefields and challenges.  I believe the end goal is to arrive at a place of love.  However, you may… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Chicken Mole

I have been craving mole for a few months.  It felt like such an odd dish to crave.  The last time I think I made it was in culinary school, which was at least 15 years ago.  I cannot find the source of my craving other than the chocolate in this recipe. Since the recipe… Read more »

[blue rare]—Notes from a Frozen Land

If memory serves me, it was that ignorant douchebag T.S. Eliot who once fatuously proclaimed April to be the “cruelest month.”  Yeah, right.  Look, I will level with you: owing to the misfortune of having made a little bit “too merry” last night, with several shakers-full of dirty martinis in celebratory anticipation of the end… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Youth Education Program Sponsored by:  Export Development Canada (EDC) Deadline:  February 28, 2023 Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary studies at a Canadian university or college for the 2023-2024 academic year in a field relating to EDC’s work (Business and Finance, Operations and Administration, or Information Technology), and have… Read more »

Council Connection—November 17, 2022 Meeting

Although illness, course crush, and the holiday season created a significant delay, we are finally able to bring you the report about the November 17, 2022 Council Meeting.  Fortunately, the meeting turned out to be quite short on activity, though it was a long session. The meeting was called into order on November 17, 2022,… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

UNESCO has proclaimed each January 27 to be International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.  From among Voice articles on the topic, we selected two that link history to the present day. Walking with history.  In a photo essay, John Buhler recounts his impressions of Berlin as he arrives for… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Magic Spell for Inspired Study

With plodding precision, the dull monster of boredom creeps up behind you as you sit listlessly at your desk.  Probing an icy tentacle toward your shoulder you become aware of its presence just prior to the fateful moment when you realize your existential predicament.  You are bored.  Disenchantment has grabbed you by the short and… Read more »

Editorial—The Unbearable Lateness of Being … Ill.

I had hoped last week, as the symptoms I’d been feeling didn’t seem to be worsening (and in fact, certain muscle aches had eased off), that I’d be getting better within a day or so and be able to continue on as normal.  Instead, this thing morphed into a longer term flu or very nasty… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Where it hurts.  A comment about announced tuition increases elicits dozens of responses as students discuss the rationale behind the increase, and what the impact is on students outside Alberta. reddit Learning the AU language.  A new AU student is confused by mismatches between screenshots of moodle in the orientation, and what… Read more »

Busting the Myths of Using Sunscreen

Many people are becoming more aware of the damaging effects of sun on our skin.  It directly correlates to aging and skin conditions such as pigmentation, sunspots, and even skin cancers.  However, as a health care professional, I’ve heard so many myths and misunderstandings surrounding the topic.  Let’s talk about the myths of sunscreen and… Read more »