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Fly on the Wall—Minds in Bubbles, Minds in a Vacuum

Explanatory prowess often begins with a metaphor.  Take bubbles, for instance.  They can be blown, popped, or inhabited.  Social distancing is inseparable from the metaphor of a bubble and distance education runs with the notion that each of our identities contains an inland empire of meaning and activity.  Likewise, the sky’s the limit in our… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Novelty Ramen Noodles

The first thought that crosses most people’s minds when the word ramen is mentioned is college students, especially students who have moved out and are living independently in a college dorm.  However, another time that ramen might become a household favorite is during a time such as the global pandemic.  Since the early weeks of… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Hillary Duff

Album: Metamorphosis Artist: Hilary Duff Milica Markovic Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis was the first album I asked my mother to purchase for me when I was a child, so it holds a special place in my heart.  In the late 90s and early 2000s, I was an avid Disney Channel viewer; Lizzie Maguire, in which Duff… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reluctant to Reconcile

Dear Barb: I am the youngest of three who are all in our thirties now.  My oldest brother and I do not get along.  He has always been abusive and demeaning to me, so I decided to stop speaking to him.  That was five years ago.  Recently we learned my dad is not doing well. … Read more »

Homemade is Better—Perfect Steak

It is getting nicer outside as summer approaches, and warm weather means its time to get your grill on! May was the right mix of warm, hot, and fresh, at least for Edmonton it was, but June is finally here.    So, for all you home cooks who don’t have the confidence to cook a great… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Convocation as Praxis

Fear is a fickle thing to which the famous 4 F’s of the brain’s hypothalamus do scanty justice.  Besides fight, food, fucking, and flight, limbic fear also propels us over mountainous humps we’d have hitherto imagined as insurmountable.  So it was with trepidation that I took the stage along with my graduating cohort at the… Read more »