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The Struggling Student Rants—The Matrix Resolutions

Every year, on December 31st, most of the planet celebrates a full spin around the sun.  Nothing new about that.  We also commemorate this full circle by making bold statements, both to ourselves and others.  You can bet your bottom that this year we’ll all quit smoking, lose the thirty pounds, walk out on the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Making A Mess

This year, why not try finger painting your New Year’s resolutions?  While written lists of goals can obscure raw intentions, the tactile nature of hand paint can get us in touch with our primal natures.  Multiple senses are stimulated when we paint by touch.  As the paint oozes and traces from fingers to paper, and… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Borscht

I put a call out to my fellow writers to see who would be interested in a team up.  Natalie responded and mentioned that she was looking into different cultures, one of them being the Ukraine.   Our conversation turned into discussion about borscht.  I don’t know about you, but a good borscht is easy to… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Art of Study Breaks

Breaks are vital for studying success.  Two different approaches to study breaks can give us the most mileage. Approach #1: The Recommended Break: The first approach, which relies on using timers, is to study for 25 minutes straight and then take a 5-minute break.  Do this two times in a row, totalling 50 minutes of… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 215

MATH 215 (Introduction to Statistics) is a three-credit introductory statistics course that “gives students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and how statistics is applied in the sciences, social sciences, and business.” This course has no prerequisites; however, fundamental mathematical skills are expected, specifically in algebra.  For students who are concerned… Read more »

Dear Barb—Hospital Hospitality

Dear Barb: Happy New Year!  I sure hope this is a better year than last year.  My situation may be a common one considering all that is going on in the hospitals this year.  My father has been in the hospital since before Christmas.  Thankfully, he doesn’t have COVID, but he does have several other… Read more »

Dear Barb—Masking the Danger

Dear Barb: My 80-year-old grandmother is in the hospital with covid-19, she was on a ventilator for almost two weeks and is now recovering.  No one in the family has been able to visit her.  We are all heartbroken that she would have to suffer like this.  She has always been a loving caring grandmother… Read more »

The Study Dude—How I Improved my Highlighting in Five Easy Steps

At university, I highlighted like a wild dog—entire pages soaked in yellow.  I’d take my highlighted points, jot them down on cue cards, and memorize them all.  Study time was gruelling. Weirder still, I couldn’t figure out how other students got A’s taking two more classes than me each semester.  But I showed them: After… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Mid-COVID Money Woes

I don’t do sappy.  However, the world around us has changed.  Everyone seems isolated—more so than before—and I feel like the majority of the planet has no grip on reality.  We all scroll through hundreds of social media posts, from real and imaginary friends, claiming if anyone needs to talk they should reach out.  But… Read more »

Homemade Is Better—Gnocchi Poutine

Poutine is one of those iconic Canadian dishes.  Some go kilometres to find good poutine.  When the hot gravy melts the cheese, and the fries are crispy—so good!  Here in Edmonton, there are a couple of places to get decent poutine.  But what do you do when you have leftover mashed potatoes or maybe extra… Read more »