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Dear Barb—A Mom’s Lesson

Dear Barb: I am the mother of two—one 18-year-old and one 12-year-old.  I have worked all my life at low paying jobs and finally decided to try some online courses to see if I could do it.  So far, I love it, though that is not what I’m writing about.  The problem is my 18-year-old… Read more »

The Reading List for May 2021

Happy May! Many traditional Universities are now off for the year with some students beginning their Spring semester. However, for us Athabasca students, most of us are continuing with our courses or perhaps some of us are also taking a small break from studies for the Spring and Summer. Whether you are studying or not,… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Twice Baked Potatoes

I’ve done a few potato recipes this past year, and I feel like I’m starting to run out of things to do with potatoes; then I remember that there are hundreds of recipes for making potatoes. For restaurant-style twice-baked potatoes, you might want to consider piping the filling back into the shell, but I prefer… Read more »

How Memories Bring Joy

If you ever experience a burst of love from someone: a smile from a stranger, a hug from Mom, write it down. Life is too short to let a moment of love, however fleeting, pass us by. Such beautiful memories can drown out our sorrows. When a negative thought strikes, shift to a beautiful memory…. Read more »

Course Exam—MGSC 205

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for or you recently took a course that you would like to recommend to other AU students, please feel free to reach out with the course name and number, and any questions or feedback you may have.  We’ll be happy to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Mind Your Manners

Dear Barb: I am the mother of two teenagers, and I am trying to teach them how to live their lives with dignity, respect, and good manners, as I believe these qualities will help them to achieve a happy and more successful life.  I am finding this very difficult to accomplish, as most of the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Meandering and Growing

“Going somewhere?” Intoned as a mocking phrase, maybe when an adult has quietly confiscated a teenager’s car keys only to dangle them perspicaciously at a crucial moment, or when a friend appraises the sudden donning of hat and jacket by an erstwhile interlocutor after an especially barbed rejoinder, the notion of going somewhere carries a… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Easy Tom Yum Soup Vermicelli

Ever craved some oriental flavored soup without feeling like taking hours to make a good soup broth? I know I have, and I’ve always looked for shortcuts in the kitchen without compromising taste. Tom Yum vermicelli is one of my favorite recipes because it’s a simple, hearty meal with all your nutritious ingredients in one… Read more »

Women of Interest—Margaret Wilcox

On those frigid winter mornings when you jump in your car and patiently wait for the heater to warm it, you can be thankful to Margaret Wilcox for inventing the car heater. Margaret Wilcox was a mechanical engineer who was a recognized woman inventor during a time when women rarely even attended college, let alone… Read more »