Fly on the Wall—Two Sides to Every Dilemma

A notorious recent exposition of the vicissitudes implied by post-truth culture is Jeff Orlowski’s documentary titled The Social Dilemma.  At first blush the show elucidates just how far social media has permeated our culture and our consciousness.  Yet, when pressed to describe the problem in words (not only feelings, as would fit the standard definition… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Cheesy Penne

This week we will discuss the bechamel sauce, the third of our mother sauces we are making.  We’ve actually made four of these sauces already, but the brown sauce was not a focus when we made it.  I will write another article on that.  Tomato, espagnole (brown sauce), and bechamel sauce are the heavy hitters,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Hacks & Circumstances for Academic Stardom

University success demands a discipline that we all can learn.  It could be argued that the students who claim honor’s degrees, scoring near-perfect GPAs, have two things going for them: (1) the right circumstances, such as plenty of free time for studies, and (2) mastery of study hacks. Let’s look at some study hacks for… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Breakaway

Album: Breakaway Artist: Kelly Clarkson When concluding a more personalized series like this, I imagine most writers would choose to leave their favourite—or at least, a deeply sentimental—topic for last.  Considering how virtually every album I’ve discussed here has something either bold or bizarre going for it, my decision probably comes as a surprise to… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Separated Christmas

Dear Barb: As Christmas approaches I have been feeling more down than usual.  I haven’t seen my parents for almost a year and my kids haven’t seen their grandparents.  My parents both suffer from health issues and I don’t want to take the chance and put them at risk.  We are doing zoom visits but… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Jacobi

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi was a teacher, writer, medical doctor and was actively involved in the suffragist movement, publishing several articles.  She was the first woman to study medicine at the University of Paris and the first woman to become a member of the Academy of Medicine.  Jacobi was considered to be the leading female… Read more »

The Study Dude—Seven Ways to Temper Student Stress

Can we possibly identify with students plagued by exam anxiety, students so spacey during tests that just signing one’s name, reading the first question, and circling a single multiple choice answer takes the brunt of thirty minutes? What about the study nights where students feel so overwhelmed, so anxiety-riddled, that nine hours go by without… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Synchronicity

Album: Synchronicity Artist: The Police After essentially turning my entire basement upside down in the name of music, I have had a difficult time deciding what would be my penultimate entry for this series.  I suppose leaving my favourite new wave band, the Police, for last would’ve been more suitable, but I’ve got something else… Read more »

Dear Barb—Daddy Issues

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in a terrible situation and I’m not sure what to do.  My husband and I have been married for five years and we recently decided to try to have a baby.  We had wanted to wait until we finished school and were established in our careers, which is where we… Read more »