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The Fit Student—How to Lose Weight Once you Hit Fifty

Author Steve MacGregor says, “Want to know a funny little secret about losing weight and staying fit when you’re over fifty?  Well here it is: There is no secret” (7%).  In other words, “Eat the wrong stuff and get too little exercise and you’ll get fat.  Eat the right stuff and get more exercise and… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 381

PSYC 381 (Psychology of Adult Development) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology course that provides comprehensive coverage of normal aging across the physical, cognitive, social, and psychological dimensions as well as the role of the environment and how it fits with the aging individual.  The course concludes with a discussion of end-of-life issues and the important… Read more »

Dear Barb—Ghost with the Most

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently began dating a really terrific guy.  We dated for about three months then he just disappeared.  I thought we got along great and had lots of similar interests.  We communicated well (or I thought so) and I believed we had a future together.  We were planning our first weekend away… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Creative Opposition

Are you with your learning or against it, or both?  Each instance of thinking about a topic requires us to enter into a dancing rhythm.  We aren’t just being filled up as we’re becoming educated; at AU we are learning how to make our minds flexible.  Creativity depends upon the adoption of new approaches and… Read more »

The Study Dude—Garbage Sells, but so Can Good Ideas

As an academic, you need to know how to tweak your thesis into a great idea.   This article will show you what it takes to make a great idea. And answer the question “So what?” But first, ask yourself, “What makes a positive idea gain widespread adoption?”  I associate positive ideas with spirituality, health, compassion,… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Food Waste

Canadians are among the top contributors to food waste in the world (Janus, 2019).  One of the first things we find in grocery stores are the rows upon rows of beautifully stacked, glossy apples and pears that meet the eye.  But what happens to the crates of avocados that are oddly shaped or the bananas… Read more »

The Fit Student—Four Life Lessons for Eternal Bliss

I’ve discovered the secret to eternal bliss. First, to explain, according to The Marriage Foundation, western psychology has less than a 10% chance of saving a marriage but their book, called Breaking the Cycle has almost 100% success (Friedman, 2007).  The book teaches unconditional love in an enlightening, novel way.  After reading the book, my… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC/EDPY 389

PSYC 389 / EDPY 389 (Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology course that is designed to increase your awareness of learning disabilities from a number of viewpoints and theoretical perspectives.  While the course emphasizes understanding the issues surrounding the field of learning disabilities, it also examines assessment and remediation of learning… Read more »

Dear Barb—Walking Away

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a problem with people who don’t work through their problems, they just walk away.  I have a few friends who don’t agree with the way I think about certain things, so they just stopped talking to me.  Also, I have family members who cut me out of their life because… Read more »