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.

The Problem with “High Functioning” Autism

I will preface this article by saying that my five-year-old son is autistic and non-verbal.  Prior to becoming his mother, I was extremely ignorant when it came to people with disabilities.  That is not to say I was ever impolite or purposefully discriminatory, but that I never gave the issue much thought.  I never considered… Read more »

Music Review—Marc Ribler

Artist: Marc Ribler Album: The Whole World Awaits You Marc Ribler, self-proclaimed singer-songwriter-musician-producer-director, has just dropped his new solo LP, The Whole World Awaits You, via Wicked Cool Records.  Ribler is a seasoned musician, performing in dive bars since he was fourteen.  Prior to his role as musical director and guitarist for Little Steven & The… Read more »

Digital Minimalism—The Choice to Step Back from Technology

We all know that technology is addicting and can wreak havoc on our mental health—which is why I try to practice digital minimalism.  Digital minimalism doesn’t mean going completely off the grid (something that seems impossible in today’s world—especially if you’re an AU student).  For me, digital minimalism meant taking a hard look at how… Read more »

Music Review—Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Artist: Jennifer Nettles Song/Music Video: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning Album: Always Like New Grammy Award winning country singer, Jennifer Nettles, has just released her new album Always Like New, alongside a music video for the single, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”.  If you don’t know, Jennifer Nettles was part of country-duo Sugarland that performed… Read more »

Music Review—American Dreeming

Artist: Sylas Dean Album: American Dreeming Sylas Dean has released his debut EP, American Dreeming, available for streaming everywhere you get your music.  An east coast native from the small town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Sylas packed his car and drove clear across the country with hundreds of songs in his arsenal to reinvent himself… Read more »

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 »