Posts By: Karl Low

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 and, as well as BC Market Reports for Thompson Okanagan Homes & Land magazine, and a news article and guest columns on 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

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!

20 Ways Students can Conserve Electricity

Energy conservation is a hot topic these days.  With a surging global population, rapid inflation, and the consequences of pollution and global warming, now is the time to change how Canadians use electricity in the home.  While we need electricity for day to day living, creating habits to save on electricity is our responsibility for… Read more »

Powerful Visualization Techniques

Successful business professionals and athletes do it before they perform.  Musicians do it before heading onstage.  Students do it before taking exams.  Just as you map out a road trip prior to leaving, you may envisage in your mind how you wish an event to unfold, forming a mental picture of your desired outcome.  Results… Read more »


veins pulse and press, pulse and press straining through translucent skin forcing fevered blood through thick throbbing limbs aching and bloated listless weighted by inertia into the yellowed futon by a suppressive summer heat sticky moist and painful air ceases to exist through a haze of torpor, a dream (hallucination?) of an immense translucent crisp… Read more »

Fun Out of the Sun

Summer is a wonderful time of year—long, sun-drenched days, iced drinks, and hanging out in the great outdoors.  From taking in a stunning view while quaffing craft beer and wine to enjoying an afternoon siesta in a hammock, life slows down and can feel pretty darn good.  The intensity of hitting the books may slow… Read more »

Exploring the Great Outdoors this Summer

Many Working diligently toward a degree or upgrading your skills with university courses are worthwhile endeavors.  Nevertheless, studying and writing assignments while also working, raising children, or carrying out other obligations can become a grind.  With the longer days of summer arriving, now is the ideal time to clear off your schedule, give your brain… Read more »

Mood Music

Many years ago, I awakened to my alarm playing a sad song on the radio, unkindly reminding me of a certain ex-boyfriend.  At the time, the gloom that came over me was a forecast for the rest of the day—last-minute cancellations, spilled coffee, and more bad memories of the ex.  It got me thinking about… Read more »

Why Volunteer?

Sometimes I think the world would implode without the millions of volunteers out there working their tails off for the good of mankind.  What would happen without volunteers? Who would run the food banks, the thrift shops, the humanitarian efforts, the animal shelters, the fundraisers, the blood banks, and the list goes on and on. … Read more »

The Vital Brain

Maintaining a clear brain for studying and learning is vital to getting the most out of your education.  So, when brain fog and lethargy become an all too familiar experience, it may be time to examine your diet.  Study the food you’ve been eating and begin to clear the fog with healthier foods and supplements… Read more »

A Valued Life

Living life in harmony with a value system creates a strong foundation for a meaningful life.  Fostering your own personal values gives you a guideline you can refer to in all situations.  Think of your values as priorities—a code of ethics to live by.  Values can drive behaviour and provide structure and purpose in conducting… Read more »


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