Posts By: Karl Low

Jessica Young

Jessica is a mom of two from Calgary, Alberta. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University, although she is hoping to eventually pursue her dreams of becoming a psychologist. In her spare time Jessica can usually be found writing or curled up with a book and a cup of coffee.

Finding Mother Goddess—How an AU Course Changed My World

When I enrolled in WGST333: Goddess Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, and Ecofeminsim at Athabasca University, I had no idea what I was signing up for.  The most experience I had with goddess mythology was the watered-down versions of myths that I read as a child.  I had taken a few women’s studies courses prior to this,… Read more »

Music Review—Sick Year, Bro!

Artist: Block Parent Album: Sick Year, Bro! Canadian punk rock trio, Block Parent, has released their new album entitled Sick Year, Bro!—perfectly capturing their relentless energy and heartfelt comedy.  Hailng proudly from small town Cambridge, Ontario, Block Parent is a three-piece unit focused on playing coming of age, self-deprecating punk rock.  Sick Year, Bro! is… Read more »

Surviving Mandatory Isolation with Children

At this point, many of us have had to endure the torture of a mandatory 10-to-14-day isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 or being identified as a close contact of someone with a confirmed case.  For those of us with young children, this can be especially difficult—even more so for those who do not… Read more »

I Quit Biting My Nails—Here’s How You Can Too

I have been biting my nails for as long as I can remember.  It’s a terrible habit, but one that I could never quite seem to kick.  I have quit many things in my lifetime, including smoking cigarettes, but biting my nails has without a doubt been the most difficult.  If I’m trying to stop… Read more »

Music Review—Hindsight is the Sixth Sense

Artist: Belvedere Album: Hindsight is the Sixth Sense Calgary, Alberta skate-punk legends, Belvedere, have just released their sixth full-length album, Hindsight is the Sixth Sense Belvedere—heroes of fast, furious, melodic punk, who have never lost sight of their roots—recently marked twenty-five years of history together.  Formed in 1995 and originally never meant to play a… Read more »

An Epiphany—I’m Old

I suppose I should have realized this sooner.  I am twenty-six years old, turning twenty-seven this year.  A millennial—officially in my late twenties.  I also have two elementary school aged children.  Maybe that should have been my first clue. I have recently discovered that Gen Z—the generation born between 1997 and 2015—has been brutally making… Read more »

Music Review—Talk Show Host

Artist: Talk Show Host Track: Blood in the Sand Toronto power-pop punk trio Talk Show Host has released a new single “Blood in the Sand”, now streaming everywhere, along with a new music video.  The single is one of the tracks on Talk Show Host’s upcoming album, Mid-Century Modern.  The band’s first full length album… Read more »

Music Review—The Workday Release

Artist: David Ottestad/The Workday Release Album: Like the Light of the Stars Southern California singer/songwriter David Ottestad’s music project, The Workday Release, is debuting a new album on April 16, 2021 via Enci Records.  The album is titled Like the Light of Stars and contains eleven tracks.  The LP’s single, “Say A Lot With Light” has… Read more »

Sia’s New Movie Music is an Ableist Train Wreck

You may have heard of the new movie Music directed by singer-songwriter Sia, known for her chart-topping hits such as “Chandelier” and “Cheap Thrills”.  Her prodigy and goddaughter, Maddie Ziegler, stars in the movie.  Ziegler plays a non-verbal, autistic girl named Music.  After the sudden death of her grandmother, Music is left in the care… Read more »

Music Review—Africans from Outta Space

Artist: Afronaut Album: Africans from Outta Space Afronaut’s debut album Africans from Outta Space is self-described as an interstellar compound of cosmic folk and tropical rockabilly.  Hailing from Soweto, South Africa, Afronaut are leaders in the area’s So Punk Movement—named for the eruption of new punk bands in the township.  Although the punk subculture has… Read more »