Dear Barb—A Family Business

Dear Barb: I just started a new job that I am enjoying.  My cousin knew the boss and got me in.  The problem is I do not like my direct supervisor, who happens to be the boss’s son.  I have been trying my best to get along with him, but we just seem to butt… Read more »

A Cookbook on Writing an Essay—The Post-Research Writing Phase

If last week’s article on a recipe for essay writing—the research phase—left you asking, “What about the actual writing phase?” then look no further. I have a strategy that can bolster any student’s essay grades, simply by offering structure to an essay.  This structure means that, for every paragraph you write, you’ll have at least… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Cornbread

Chris Rock once said, “Cornbread, ain’t nothing wrong with that!” And he was right!  I love good cornbread.  My youngest wanted ribs for dinner one night recently, so I thought we should have a bbq night at our house.  We made baked beans, coleslaw, ribs, corn on the cob, and cornbread.  It was super delicious,… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 305 (Literature for Children)

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Dear Barb—After COVID

Dear Barb: Well, it looks like the pandemic is coming to an end.  I am finally looking forward to the future, although my mom does not share my view.  She has health issues, so has been quite isolated in her home for over a year.  She still won’t leave her home for fear of catching… Read more »

Music Review—Marc Ribler

Artist: Marc Ribler Album: The Whole World Awaits You Marc Ribler, self-proclaimed singer-songwriter-musician-producer-director, has just dropped his new solo LP, The Whole World Awaits You, via Wicked Cool Records.  Ribler is a seasoned musician, performing in dive bars since he was fourteen.  Prior to his role as musical director and guitarist for Little Steven & The… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Typical Male?

While writing this I, as a male, note that the gleeful songstress commanding a mop in our kitchen is achieving fantastic things in part because I am not getting in the way of progress.  She implores me to appreciate the consequences of her labours, and, while knowing that she values the earnestness of my efforts… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Bullet Train Sushi

While some of the most exciting dining experiences I’ve had have been outside of North America, there are a few experiences I’ve had in Canada that are worth mentioning.  One of these is a bullet train sushi experience.  Even though these are fairly common in Japan and parts of Asia, it was a rare find… Read more »