The Fly on the Wall—A Glimpse At The Future

Virtual convocation reminds us that we are always learning from just outside our social realm to the extent that we apply the elixir of critical thought to as many aspects of our life and our labour as possible. Daily life in the 20s is probably going to be replete with metaphors equating virtual reality with… Read more »

The Study Dude—Ten Steps to an A-Grade Persuasive Essay

Writing persuasive essays mean you pick a side, defend it, and fight off naysayers.  In grad studies, the naysayer may be your supervisor.  In the undergrad, it’s your professor.  Make these people happy with your persuasive papers and academic stardom comes easy. Here are 10 steps to help create A-grade persuasive essays according to EssayShark:… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Turkey Brine

With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, I thought I’d release a recipe for brining a turkey.  I use this recipe every year when I cook a turkey because it adds both flavour and moisture.  Brining is a great way to get some insurance of juiciness in your meats, and turkey isn’t the only thing… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Virtual Convocation 2020

To all the 2020 graduands, congrats!  And for the rest of us grads, future and past, let’s rest on our virtual laurels for a moment and consider the conquest that’s been.  Many of our peers would shudder to attempt distance education.  AU is not for the faint of heart or slack of skill.  We learn… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Time versus Temperature

Last week I wrote about how I used my new sous vide machine to make dinner.  An acquaintance, whose son is in my Beaver Scout group, started up an interesting discussion on time versus temperature in cooking and how many websites promote potentially dangerous temperatures or cooking methods to ensure your food is cooked.  I… Read more »

The Study Dude—Four Ways to Improve Your Analysis Papers

Your analysis papers could nail perfect grades.  Analysis papers zero in on movies, books, or pieces of writing.  Analysis papers will tear it apart, dispassionately but calculatingly.  And then they draw an assertion, ideally a controversial one. But first, wisely choose a strategy for your analysis.  So, what are these analysis strategies?  Let’s look at… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

Ever since moving to a new Airbnb for an internship opportunity, I’ve been dreading the process of cooking and packing.  During lockdown I was able to cook at my own pace, however, since having to work from the office, I’ve found that a new challenge of managing my meals has taken a toll on my… Read more »

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 »