Articles

My Desk, My Planet

(Note: This poem was conceived shortly after a move, when my husband couldn’t understand why the first piece of furniture I needed was a desk. I found one I loved on Kijiji but the mister didn’t want to travel to that part of the city to pick it up, and so the seller very kindly… Read more »

How to Stay Healthy During the Summer

As summer starts and a lot of people are taking time away from work or school to enjoy the outdoors, it is easy to have the “school’s out!” attitude.  We all know what that attitude is like.  It’s telling us to go have fun and not care.  Having fun by eating a lot, drinking, staying… Read more »

Resisting the Tyranny of the Money God

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift Not Just the Rich Slavery to mammon isn’t the prerogative of the rich, much as us poor folks would like to think it is.  For every CEO ready to step over their dead mother on their way to… Read more »

Perfect Summer Binges

Summer is finally here, and you know what that means; it’s time for fun in the sun! Until it rains.  Or until the mosquitoes start eating you alive.  Or until your sunburn gets so painful you can’t move.  Let’s face it, sometimes the outdoors is not so great. And that’s when it hits you—your Netflix… Read more »

Editorial—A Canadian Editorial

Happy Canada Day!  At least, this is the last issue before Canada Day happens, so I thought I’d take the opportunity right now to note that. As summer comes fully on, a lot of articles and media turn to describing the wonders of the out doors and helping you find activities to take advantage of… Read more »

The Enduring Value of Life’s Crucibles

“’How do you know when the gold is purified?’ we asked him, and he answered, ‘When I can see my face in it [the liquid gold in the crucible] then it is pure.’” – Gold Cord, Amy Carmichael Marital counselling guru David Schnarch uses the word “crucible” to describe those periods during which couples learn… Read more »

Council Connection—June 15, 2019 Meeting

The July 15, 2019 meeting of Council was held on a Saturday during the AUSU Councillor Retreat.  Held in a larger room in the offices of AUSU, it was an interesting sight to see the most of the AUSU council gathered around the table for the meeting.  It was an unusual meeting in the sense… Read more »

The Unexpected Perks of Victimhood

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.  It all depends on how you view your life.” – Paulo Coelho Victimhood can help you get away with being a schmuck.  This strategy was writ large in Cabbagehead, a character invented by the eighties comedy troupe the Kids… Read more »

We Were There

Sports championships come and go so often and across so many leagues that their historical impact seems insignificant in light of their annual passing.  They hardly seem memorable in comparison to other major milestones.  Regardless, a primal psychological satisfaction is linked to the nostalgia of answering the question “where were you when [this historic event]… Read more »