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Disrupting Your Routine

We can get stuck in routines, even find comfort in their consistencies.  We become comfortable and complacent in these daily routines that seem to be working for us.  And, while there isn’t anything wrong with having a routine, it can help us stay organized and motivated, sometimes we don’t realize just how stuck in it… Read more »

The Five Best “Under $10” Investments I made in 2018

For me, the end of the year always brings about some deep self-reflection.  I like to glance back at the year and consider the major changes, the obstacles, the struggles, and the successes that helped me grow as an individual.  Specifically, I related back to some of the worthwhile tools that helped me in a… Read more »

The Study Dude—Quacks

Are physicists quacks? Physicists’ theories should boil down to observations and measurements, right? The scientific method.  But wait, “There is as of yet no observational experimental evidence for many of the concepts of contemporary theoretical physics, such as super-symmetric particles, superstrings, the multiverse, the universe as information, the holographic principle …. For some of the… Read more »

Course Exam—GEOG/GLST 200

GEOG 200 / GLST 200 (World Regional Geography) is a three-credit junior-level Geography course that is designed to provide students with an introduction to the major modern geographical regions.  More specifically, this course examines Europe; Russia; North, Central, and South America; Sub-saharan Africa; North Africa and Southwest Asia; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; and… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Lost Wonderful Time of the Year

Dear Barb: The happiest time of the year is quickly approaching, but I am not feeling it.  Most of my family members have passed away and my only son is not talking to me.  He gave me an ultimatum and he didn’t get the response he wanted from me.  His father and I have been… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Toward a More Badass Yuletide

Family, friendships, physical wellbeing, peace of mind, and spiritual fulfillment—these are obviously all important aspects of a rich, well-rounded life.  But, only when indulged in in moderation.  When taken too far they can become a crutch, or possibly a distraction.  A distracting crutch, let’s say; one that’s being wielded about in an enclosed space filled… Read more »

The Fit Student—Worry

At Christmas time we should worry about money, right?  Some insist I need to worry about money.  But I don’t.  Instead, I fret about body weight, health, and thugs.  All the Christmas cheer!  But we all tend to worry, don’t we? For one, do you worry about dying?  I worry my cell phone is killing… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Happy Holidays from Plato

Christmas in July might have been the brainchild of a mind trapped in the December holiday rush.  Some rugged calendar pioneer sensed the invisible energy of fellow shoppers, buzzing thick like mountain electrical lines receiving snowflake shocks during a winter blizzard, and thought, why me, why now!  Or maybe s/he gazed upon row upon row… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Make’em Giggle

Do you want to stir smiles when you present your research?  Make an audience burst into giggles at a planned pause?  Have a happy crowd surround you after your speech, begging to know your speaking fees?  Of course you do! Everyone wants a warm audience.  But sometimes we face self-doubts: yes, the what ifs of… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 383

HIST 383 (The Vikings) is a three-credit, senior-level humanities course that surveys the political, military, economic, social, cultural, and religious history of one of early medieval Europe’s most famous peoples.  To engage students in the study of the Vikings, the course presents primary source readings from the period as well as current scholarly interpretations by… Read more »