Posts By: Karl Low

Tara Panrucker

Tara is a published poet and freelance writer who recently relocated to Parksville, BC, from the Okanagan. Writing credits include multiple outdoor adventure articles published at and, as well as BC Market Reports for Thompson Okanagan Homes & Land magazine, and a news article and guest columns on Ms. Panrucker also participated in the first Okanagan Valley Writer’s Festival in Penticton in 2016. She enjoys exploring hiking trails, usually with her feisty Boston Terrier leading the way.

50 Ways to Leave your Lover

Concluding you need to end a romantic relationship is never an easy decision.  No matter how long you’ve invested in the partnership, it’s hard to let someone down easy.  However, there may come a day when it becomes glaringly obvious it must be done.  For example, when your boyfriend knows a little too much about… Read more »

30 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Rut

People are creatures of habit.  We like our predictable routines and the ebb and flow of our days to go from waking up, going to school, putting on our work face, and coming home to unwind.  Routine is useful for a lot of things, like studying, getting to work on time, and organizing a productive… Read more »

17 Questions to Ask your Tutor

There’s no doubt about it, educational expenses are high and you want to get the most for your dollars.  Achieving success in your education involves not only putting effort into studying and reading, but also demanding valuable guidance from your tutor.  Therefore, you must be comfortable reaching out to your tutor on a regular basis…. Read more »

Starting Over

Embracing a major life change late in life is no easy task.  Perhaps a marriage did not turn out the way you expected and you found yourself single after envisioning a long life together with one person.  Perhaps your job ended unexpectedly and options remain scarce to continue in the same field.  Or perhaps where… Read more »

Book Review—Writing Down the Bones

Book: Writing Down the Bones Author: Natalie Goldberg I stumbled upon a mentor for life in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (2005).  Her book was on a suggested reading list in an obscure writing class I took many years ago.  First published in 1986, this should be a standard go-to… Read more »

Meditation Now

“A mind that is fast is sick.  A mind that is slow is sound.  A mind that is still is divine.” –Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master Recently, meditation has become more mainstream. Although seemingly mysterious and boring at the same time, to many people zooming around in our fast-paced society meditation has become more of… Read more »

Interview Ready

When I’m preparing for countless interviews, I know to be interview ready because one interview varies greatly from the other.  Heading to a meeting with someone you’ve never met before is both intimidating and stressful.  Despite your fears however, an upcoming job interview need not send you into a sweaty panic.  Planning and organization are… Read more »


Sshhhhh draw the curtains closed unplug thoughts and plans slip softly, slow-ly deeply down into a silken silence enshrouded in night-time noiselessness   soul sealed in a velvet envelope captured in the present moment the chaos of life dissolves from Ambition! Action! Achievement! to a world condensed to taciturnity   luxurious lullaby of unspoken words… Read more »

A Holiday for One

Although mass media drums it into our heads that the holidays are meant for family and friends, there may come a time you find yourself facing the impending holidays alone.  Moreover, millions of people choose to spend holidays alone.  Whether due to divorce, school or work responsibilities, lack of cash to travel home to see… Read more »

Don’t Worry, Try Relaxing

The work week seemed like it was never going to end.  Walking in the door at home, your heart sinks because the dishwasher, which you had turned on before you left in the morning, decided to flood all over the kitchen floor.  Not one person (other than your mom) liked your last post on Facebook. … Read more »