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How to Solve a Problem

I’m learning to be a critical thinker.  I’d like to show you how to apply critical thinking to achieving an AU degree.  You may want an undergraduate or graduate degree but feel apprehensive about pursuing one.  If so, here is a process for critical thinking you may benefit from applying: First, you take that goal—finishing… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Classic American Literature

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 »

Fly on the Wall—The Personal Project of Enlightened Heroism

Standing at a gas station counter there was a prod in my back.  A stickup?  Nope, an old acquaintance of mine from our rural valley in BC.  After the usual introductions, I inquired about his employment; he informed me that new ownership had brought unwelcome changes to his workplace to which he’d expressed disapproval.  Shortly… Read more »

Homemade Is Better—Red Beans and Rice

I have been hesitant to make this dish; I have tried so many previous times to make it work and make it taste like my sister-in-law’s.  Her recipe comes from her mother-in-law, who lived in New Orleans for a few years.  This isn’t that recipe, but I finally felt like I had gotten my recipe… Read more »

Music Review—Uncertain Joys

Album: Uncertain Joys Artist: The Subways UK indie-punks, The Subways, have released their fifth album, Uncertain Joys.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. The Subways were formed in 2002, in Hertfordshire, England.  The band consists of Billy Lunn on guitar and vocals, Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals, and Camille… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Chicken Mole

I have been craving mole for a few months.  It felt like such an odd dish to crave.  The last time I think I made it was in culinary school, which was at least 15 years ago.  I cannot find the source of my craving other than the chocolate in this recipe. Since the recipe… Read more »

[blue rare]—Notes from a Frozen Land

If memory serves me, it was that ignorant douchebag T.S. Eliot who once fatuously proclaimed April to be the “cruelest month.”  Yeah, right.  Look, I will level with you: owing to the misfortune of having made a little bit “too merry” last night, with several shakers-full of dirty martinis in celebratory anticipation of the end… Read more »

Council Connection—November 17, 2022 Meeting

Although illness, course crush, and the holiday season created a significant delay, we are finally able to bring you the report about the November 17, 2022 Council Meeting.  Fortunately, the meeting turned out to be quite short on activity, though it was a long session. The meeting was called into order on November 17, 2022,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Magic Spell for Inspired Study

With plodding precision, the dull monster of boredom creeps up behind you as you sit listlessly at your desk.  Probing an icy tentacle toward your shoulder you become aware of its presence just prior to the fateful moment when you realize your existential predicament.  You are bored.  Disenchantment has grabbed you by the short and… Read more »

Music Review—How the Darkness Doubled

Album: How the Darkness Doubled Artist: The Black Halos Canadian punk band, The Black Halos, have released their new LP, How the Darkness Doubled—an unofficial follow-up album to The Black Halos’ 2001 release, The Violent Years.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. The band consists of Billy Hopeless on vocals,… Read more »