Columns

Dear Barb—Two in a Bind

Dear Barb: I work in an office with five other girls.  I get along well with all of my coworkers except one.  Tara and I have been working together for 4 years and it has always been a bit of a struggle for us to get along.  Tara is domineering and pushy and seems to… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—History

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column underscores and outlines various… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Turkey Noodle Soup

We in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but our friends in the south celebrate a little later.  In our house, Thanksgiving and Christmas are typically turkey days.  While you can make turkey any time of year, those are the popular days among the masses.  That usually also means that there are turkey leftovers. There are… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Lobster Rolls

My wife and I celebrated our 18th anniversary and ordered lobster for surf and turf.  Don’t worry; your invitation probably got lost in the mail.  Sorry about that.  When you have a meal like lobster and steak, there aren’t usually going to be leftovers, but I was lucky enough to have children that don’t wholly… Read more »

Throwing a Wit Wrench into the Machine of Orthodoxy

Social chemistry is hard to quantify.  Sure, ethnomethodologists with names like Harold Garfinkel have given social explication the old college try using conversation analysis.  But for every hmm and ih’f and umm studiously recorded and analyzed for academic posterity there’s rhythms, rhymes, seasons, and reasons that defy the gravity of scientific inquiry.  Much of life… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Political Science

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column underscores and outlines various… Read more »

Dear Barb—Cover Story

Dear Barb: I have been in a serious relationship for two years.  The problem is, I am beginning to wonder if this is an unhealthy relationship.  Most of the time I feel anxious because it seems my boyfriend doesn’t trust me.  My mom has noticed a difference in me since Jay and I moved in… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Garlic Garlic Bread

I was making pasta at home one day and thought I could use some garlic bread to go with it.  Rather than run out to the store and get some, I thought I should take the opportunity to make my own so that I could write an article about it. Making bread is easy; shaping… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Irony

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »