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Dear Barb—Camping Conundrum

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I and a couple of friends were camping last week and we came upon a situation where we weren’t sure what was the right thing to do.  It was a nice sunny day and we were just sitting around reading and having a few drinks.  Across from us were… Read more »

Women of Interest—Katharine Hepburn

“Life is hard, after all it kills you.”  Katharine Hepburn, 1933 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress for more than 60 years.  She holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards for a leading actor, as well as an astounding 12 nominations.  Beyond her successful acting career Katharine Hepburn was a strong, independent… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Autumn Loneliness Nipping At Your Heels?

You’ll have to forgive me, the neighbour’s dogs are yipping up a jealous storm as they react to our local coyote pack.  The latter are waltzing gleefully past windows and singing songs of merriment as they indulge in fallen fruit that has fermented on the orchard’s floor.  Like animals prior to domestication, our AU minds… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This past week I decided to get a little chefy.  I’m sure many people think that’s what restaurant cooks do–and it is, but it isn’t.  You have to have a real passion for the art; I’ve worked with people who do, but I’ve worked with more people who don’t. For them, it was just a… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Marvin Gaye

Artist: Marvin Gaye Album: Marvin Gaye’s Greatest Hits If I had to credit any one performer with setting the precedent for soul, R&B, and what we now know as quiet storm, it would have to be the late Marvin Gaye.  There’s undoubtedly something to be said about his ability to freshen up the sounds of… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Growth of the Addict

Dear Barb: Hi, I am wondering what is going on with all these young people dying of drug overdoses.  It used to be just the rock stars, you know, like Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Prince, and them.  But recently I have heard of so many deaths, even some relatives, who are in their… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Hummus and Pita Chips

School lunches are hard.  After so many weeks of making sandwiches or buying lunchables, you want a change, they want a change, everyone is tired of leftovers.  This week I made hummus and pita chips.  My kids eat this up like it’s going out of style, and, honestly, it’s easy to make!  Granted. the tahini… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—What I’ve Learned About Emotional Wounds

Author, psychologist, and physician Dr. Raymond Moody said life-changing words.  He said something like, “The definition of normal is someone you don’t yet know very well.” In other words, hang around someone long enough, and you discover their flaws and wounds—their abnormalities.  That quote means a ton not for just fiction, but for your life… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Next Step

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in my early twenties and have been dating the same guy for three years.  I am still living at home since my parents are fairly lenient and don’t mind if my boyfriend stays over.  I am attending university and working part time, so I have been able to save a… Read more »