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Porkpie Hat—The Road Ahead

There are so many oracles and prophets these days, it’s hard to know where to turn to for insight, who to believe.  The existential weather forecast on Radio Isolation is calling for silent skies, and ominous grey clouds veined with silver, accompanied by intermittent bursts of beauty and occasional hellfire, with 70% probability of unexpected… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Missing Piece

Dear Barb: I hate to be focusing on this with what’s happening in the world, but, well, life goes on.  I was adopted at 6 months old by a fantastic family.  I have always been well cared for and loved, but I felt like there was a void in my life.  I never looked like… Read more »

The Fit Student—Fundraise if you Love Roller-coasters

Giving feels great! But what about fundraising? Well, that’s a roller-coaster, as you’ll soon see.  But fundraising might just be your thing. Consider if you have a cherished cause you want to help fund.  Or if you have a newly disabled child who needs a fundraiser for special supplies.  Or you might want to start—and… Read more »

Women of Interest—Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a writer, feminist, social critic, and intellectual.  She was influential in second-wave feminism during the last half of the 20th century. Greer was born in Melbourne, Australia, on January 29th, 1939.  She received her BA from the University of Melbourne, her MA from University of Sydney and her PhD from Newnham College… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Travel in the Time of Isolation

“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut Travel has always been the most exciting thing for me, the greatest of pleasures.  To get lost in a new city or take a bend in the road and come across a view of the ocean.  To wander the streets, eat in the restaurants,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Johnny Cash: 16 Biggest Hits

It’s arguably one of the most popular genres in Canada, yet country music is strangely disliked by many individual listeners.  I often hear that today’s catalogue is largely tarnished by pop’s influence, resulting in lowbrow lyrics, formulaic instrumentals, and aesthetic stereotypes in music videos. Depending on audience reception, this can be true of all modern,… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—The Next Zombie Apocalypse

Lately, things seem to be spiraling out of control.  It seems like 2020 decided to start the new decade off with some action.  Some are taking it seriously while others continue to stick their head in the sand and dismiss what’s happening around them.  I even came across a Washington Post news clip showing quite… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—AU’s Social Distance Triumph

It’s an old cliché that we’re hard-wired to be social animals.  Like cows dipping their heads to nosh on some clover, all the while furtively murmuring gossip about whose calves nibbled at whose udders unbeknownst to the other’s Mothers, we humans thrive on gabbing in groups.  Who are we going to low conspiratorially to now?… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Saturday Pancakes

Every Saturday, my family and I have made pancakes. We’ve done this for at least eight years.  This recipe is tried and true and never fails.  We usually weigh some of the ingredients, but I’ve changed it for measurement.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!!   Saturday Pancakes Prep time: 15… Read more »

Six Grocery Shopping Tips Amid COVID-19

There’s been a lot of fear and panic surrounding the worldwide pandemic taking place.  While AU students are not unfamiliar to online classroom’s and learning indoors, students still may face challenges when obtaining groceries.  Specifically, grocery shopping is turning into a headache for myself as I take many careful precautions before shopping for the ingredients… Read more »