The Fit Student—What to Give When You’ve Got Nothing

If you’ve got no gift to give—or even to receive—for Christmas, it doesn’t mean you’re not rich. Some of the richest families are the poorest.  Rich in heart, not dollars.  Dolly Parton’s song Coat of Many Colors highlights how a raggedy coat sewn with love can bring magic to a child.  Paul Friedman talks about… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Yoga and the Rush to Enlightenment

The practice of yoga (literally yoga translates as ‘the practice’) would appear to go back millennia as an Indian tradition.  Yet, in historical terms, what we now know in the West as yoga actually parallels, only a couple decades later, the gold rush of the Yukon.  Just as modern education was wheedling its way across… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Asian Dumplings from Scratch

For many of my close friends, the first item ordered from the appetizer menu is gyoza, or dumplings.  These delicious morsels of filling wrapped in a thin dough are one of my favorite items to make for a family dinner.  Ever wondered how to make authentic Asian dumplings in your own kitchen? Look no further,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Make Memorization Part of Your Higher Calling

Whenever I read study tips, I long to start a new degree program.   I feel this deep, immortal craving, like a voice beyond human perceptibility pleading—almost toying—with me, offering the promise of a greater purpose. Rest assured.  Your education is part of a higher calling.  Some academic fields lead to rich spiritual service: ones such… Read more »

Course Exam—ASTR205

ASTR 205 (Universe—The Ultimate Frontier) is a three-credit introductory astronomy and astrophysics course that describes the universe as we now understand it, explains how our current understanding came about, and shows how the scientific method forms the basis for both the tools and the theories of astronomy. This course has no prerequisites and has a… Read more »

Dear Barb—In Defense of Marriage

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married 15 years and we keep having this recurring problem. He is from a big loving, close family. I have always felt like an outsider with my in-laws but I’m not sure they do it on purpose.  What really drives me crazy is when my in-laws are… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—T’aint No Sin

I’m writing this late on a Saturday morning, drinking Irish coffee, still dressed in my fake-silk chinoiserie bathrobe, the one that’s decorated with orchids and small blue dragons.  It’s a cloudy day, but every now and then the clouds part, and sunlight comes pouring through my window, like the visual equivalent of condensed milk flowing… Read more »

The Study Dude—Get Noticed to Get into Graduate Studies

So, you’ve got ambitions beyond your AU degree?  Perhaps a master’s degree or a PhD?   But what if AU doesn’t offer the master’s or PhD program you desire?  Well, Paul Lloyd Hemphill, author of 25 Top Secrets Expensive College Consultants Reveal Only to Their Clients about College Admissions, has got you covered. According to the… Read more »