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Editorial—Congratulations Graduates!

Once again, the time for convocation is here.  AU students graduate every month of the year, but every year in June many of them all get together to put a final stamp on the work and learning they’ve achieved.  This year, students attending convocation will unfortunately not be able to tour the campus grounds, as… Read more »

The Waterman Guide to Online Writing for Businesses

The first thing you need to know about writing for business is that you should avoid it like the plague. If there’s anything else you could possibly be doing to earn money, such as moonshining or exorcism, do that. Why, you ask? Because most businesspeople don’t know what good writing is or why it’s necessary…. Read more »

Editorial—Where There’s Smoke

Just a few minutes ago, on Friday, May 31, 2019, Athabasca University posted an announcement about having to move convocation.  Because of the wildfire situation at High Level, Alberta, the Athabasca Multiplex, where AU traditionally holds convocation, could be pressed into service as an emergency station for residents in the area.  While this might not… Read more »

The Fit Student—Want a Cindy Crawford Look?

You don’t need dimples to have Cindy Crawford’s look. You can settle instead for a Cindy Crawford bod.   I’ll share Cindy Crawford’s diet and fitness routine and compare it to my active lifestyle.  If I can claim a fit bod at nearly fifty, so can all you AU femmes (and fellows). But let’s face it,… Read more »

The (Marginal) Joys of Marginalization

“At some point or another, everyone has felt unseen and unheard and marginalized.” Ayanna Pressley If you remember the comic strip Bloom County, you may recall Binkley and his dad having a discussion in which they realize that their status as white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, men puts them in the minority. The irony of course is… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Human Resources Wants Your Soul

I sometimes believe that we reach our highest human potential at some time during the earliest years of our childhood.  In those early days we are all poets, artists, scientists, fearless explorers, and relentless questers after knowledge.  Then, just as we are revelling in the joyousness and sensory overload of sheer existential experience, we find… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Vast Mountains, the Hike of our Lives

In his award-winning book, Big Lonely Doug, Rustad gives eloquent descriptions of the nature of untrammelled forests, never staying far from his central message that the majestic giants of the Pacific coast deserve preserving. Likewise, to explain our studies to others is usually about justifying them in the big picture of our life narrative and… Read more »

Editorial—When “Friendly” Isn’t

This week, I got a sudden lesson in just how much modern technology has us locked in.  And because of that, I over-estimated my own ability to overcome a computer failure based on previous failures.  All of which is basically my excuse for getting this article and the full PDF up so late. Of course,… Read more »