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Tara Panrucker

Tara is a published author, poet, and freelance writer, currently residing on Vancouver Island. Writing credits include multiple outdoor adventure articles published at www.snowshoemag.com and www.riversportmag.com, as well as BC Market Reports for Thompson Okanagan Homes & Land magazine, and a news article and guest columns on www.castanet.net. She also writes blogs for a marketing company out of Nanaimo.

Tara is currently enrolled in online Athabasca University English courses and now has a trilogy of children’s eBooks available on Amazon’s KDP Select for Kindle: Ellie Captures a Star, Ellie Walks on the Moon, and Ellie Makes Sunshine. You can check out her web site and blog at www.tarapanrucker.wordpress.com.

Breaking from writing and studying, Tara enjoys practicing her ukulele, iPhone photography, stand up paddle boarding, and exploring hiking trails, usually with her feisty Boston Terrier leading the way—by a long way!

Tara’s Top 20 Tips for Happiness & Wellbeing

I was never a fan of regrets in life, and never had any—until I got older and somewhat wiser.  Surely, if you don’t have any regrets, chances are you haven’t made any major mistakes yet, or you’re living inside a box.  Regrets do seem to come with life experience.  Indeed, if I had the opportunity… Read more »

A Dozen Reasons why Traveling is the Best Education

There are several methods to acquiring a post-secondary education throughout a lifetime, in addition to traditional college and university routes.  For one, we are blessed to have the option of online education from Athabasca University and numerous other educational institutions that enable us to read and learn from the comfort of our own homes.  For… Read more »

Gender Stereotypes

Gender stereotyping remains a hot topic in the global landscape today.  I observe the rapidly changing scenery around me about this fiery topic with avid interest.  As someone born fifty years ago this year, the same year man walked on the moon and Woodstock took place, I experienced a great deal of stereotyping in my… Read more »

Top Ten Advantages of Self-Employment

No matter what your goals are after attaining a university education, there is no guarantee a cushy job with company benefits awaits at the end of your journey.  While various students aim for a specific position with a business or institution, self-employment may be the sole purpose for many at the end of their studies,… Read more »

A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

Most According to the Canadian Provincial Health Services Authority, February is Heart Month, which makes sense since it contains Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  Maintaining a healthy heart, that amazing organ continuously beating in your chest from birth until death, generally unnoticed, is important to your present and future well being.  A strong ticker delivers… Read more »

Where do you Find your Family?

Most of us winter-weary Canadians can agree on the value of having a holiday in February.  The Canadian statutory Family Day is celebrated in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario.  Meanwhile, the province of Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Prince Edward Island has Islander Day, Nova Scotia and the Yukon Territory have Heritage… Read more »

Get A Haircut and Get a Real Job

I have a confession to make, something I’m somewhat ashamed to admit.  My parents warned me early on to avoid quitting jobs because eventually no one would hire me.  I did not heed their advice. I did, however, wonder if something was terribly wrong with me, in addition to fearing that I was shooting myself… Read more »

10 Easy Ways to Add More Fruit and Vegetables to your Diet

People are exceptionally creative—they can come up with all kinds of excuses why they don’t eat healthy.  These can range from it takes too much time to prepare vegetables (but they’ll spend over 10 minutes in a running vehicle in a drive-through for take-out) to it’s too expensive to eat healthy (but if they tracked… Read more »

A Short Guide for New Online University Students

Change is good, but change can also be frustrating, overwhelming, and enough to scare us into a confusing period of procrastination or, worse, ennui.  Add in a big dose of anxiety over our parent’s and our own high expectations about what we’re going to achieve and diving into online university studies can feel similar to… Read more »

19 New Actions to take in 2019

Bashing the notion of New Year’s Resolutions has become mainstream; people have become increasingly jaded and disillusioned.  With threats of global warming, weather catastrophes, and the continued support of psychopaths leading our countries on a downward spiral, resolutions can seem downright laughable. I’m one of those people who believe it’s the small things that create… Read more »