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Dear Barb—Stir Crazy

Dear Barb: Hi, because of the corona virus my husband and I have been off work and home with our kids for seven days and we are already stressed out.  I know it’s the right thing to do, but, oh my god, I don’t know how stay at home parents do it.  I have a… Read more »

My Time In Isolation

Well, now, it appears that Mr. Crow, that wily old shapeshifting trickster, is at it again—this time in the guise of the plague.  Novel coronavirus? I never imagined, thirty-plus years ago, just how timely my developing propensity for escapism and social distancing would one day become.  In all modesty, though, I’ve long been a Houdini-level… Read more »

The Fit Student—Broke & Time Crunched?

Don’t ever stop dreaming, even if you don’t have the cash or time to achieve your biggest aspirations.  You can still tread forward until the time is right.  And then—bam!—you’re on track to claim the prize. If your dream is to become a doctor, nurse, or certified accountant, then (to state the obvious) you’ll need… Read more »

COVID-19 Quarantine Foods

Recently with the public health precautions taking place worldwide with the outbreak of COVID-19, I’ve been living a life not unlike that of a hermit. Some of you may have already shopped for a month’s worth of food items and non-perishables, but others may have not. For the latter half of the audience, I’ve compiled… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Why We Need You to Write

You are a writer!  Don’t believe me? Have you ever written anything?  Well, then? But more than that, you are a soul.  And the beauty of your soul is like a piece of a mosaic.  Put the pieces of every soul together, and you have a stunning view of what makes us all tick.  That… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 388 (Introduction to Counselling)

PSYC 388 (Introduction to Counselling) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology survey course that is designed to increase students’ awareness of the field of counselling, including its evolution, processes, theories, and specialties.  This course offers a broad survey of the field of counselling, including an introduction to the foundational skills and processes involved in counselling relationships. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Learned Licence to Judge?

Judge not lest ye be judged.  It’s an aphorism as old as time, humming a song as old as rhyme.  Yet negative judgements of others flow to the surface of our mind as natural as ducks taking to water.  Avoiding toxic thoughts of superiority isn’t merely a matter of consciously and calmly pressing some mental… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The True Wheel of Fortune

Today’s column will take more of a scholarly slant, exploring recent “scientific” studies conducted in several ivy league universities that prefer to remain anonymous.  According to cutting edge research funded by KarmaPharma Holistic Antipsychotics, most of what we thought we knew about the development of individual personality is totally incorrect.  Darwinism, nature / nurture, and… Read more »

The Study Dude—Seven Tips on How to Read Critically

Do you want to develop a graduate student mindset as an undergraduate?  If so, you’re reading the right stuff.  Let me show you how to read critically so that you can get published in academic journals. In graduate school, I took a methodology course in Communications.  A methodology acts as a tool that frames how… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—First Fruit Picking Experience

There is something deeply therapeutic about picking your own fruits and vegetables. Arguably, there is even a greater sense of gratitude and humbleness when you grow the fruit or vegetables yourself and harvest them at the very end. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a public fruit garden on the outskirts of Los Angeles…. Read more »