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Dear Barb—Hot Tub Games and Christmas Anxiety!

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been friends with another couple for the past five years.  We have traveled together and often hang out on the weekends.  A few weeks ago we were all in our hot tub when Maureen took off her bathing suit top.  I was totally shocked, but my husband seemed somewhat… Read more »

The Study Dude—Universities Held Hostage

“We all shared the same symptoms; first nausea and vomiting, followed by severe stomach cramps and migraine headaches.  Then fever and flu-like symptoms ….  There was a continual battle of thick mucus, one that made it hard to swallow and discharge.  …  Around four a.m.  … I was awakened to a frightful scream from my… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—We Are What We Believe

In Part 1, phallic symbols ran rife through our consumer goods and even the food we eat; no reasonable criticism like the extinction of fish species of global warming could rattle our cultural need to find a stable identity in what we eat and buy. So, “ok, hold on just a hot minute” you might… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student–Seattle Taste Tour

I had the chance to visit Seattle in the past week.  Despite its rainy, chilly weather this time of year, I had a chance to check off some boxes on my to-eat list.  Seattle is known for many renowned eateries including the famous Pike Place farmers market, the original Starbucks location, and world famous clam… Read more »

The Fit Student—Detox: Flesh, House, and Brain

You study at home, right?  Beware!  Your home may harbor toxins that seep into your flesh, stifle your study power, and even cause brain cancer.  No, I’m not talking about Netflix and Domino’s.  I’m talking about radio waves, chemicals, and pesticides. For one, nonorganic foods contain pesticides.  When pesticides were sprayed on author Cliff VanGuilder’s… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST/HUMN 201

HIST 201 / HUMN 201 (Western Thought and Culture 1: Before the Reformation) is a three-credit introductory course that is intended as a foundation course for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies students.  This course has no prerequisites and is designed for students with little or no previous university experience.  It provides a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Altar, the Past

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a guy in my thirties, working toward my degree at AU.  I was one of the altar boys that were sexually abused by a priest when I was 10 years old.  I rarely speak about this abuse and have only told a few people.  Now that stuff seems to be… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Waiter, there’s a Phallus in my Soup

Comfort food: succulent hugs in morsel mouthfuls.  It’s soulful re-invigoration at a delightful and intangible level.  Sinfully delicious or piously nutritious, our hard-studying taste buds deserve the best.  We know what we like and we don’t need to ask why.  But what if your favourite Canadian dish threatened extinction for a species in the wild?… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Album: Revel & Ritual: Holiday Music for the World Artists: Greg Herriges and StellaRoma Alright, so I got this last year, too late to tell you about it for Christmas 2017, but better late than never.  Besides, right now is the perfect time to listen, stream, order, gift, or what-have-you the best world music holiday… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Lost and Found

I think there are those of us, not few in number, who do not quite fit into the world.  Our mothers send us out to the corner store for milk and cigarettes one morning, and we take a wrong turn, stumble through some quantum doorway into a new dimension.  When we return home, it is… Read more »