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The Fit Student—Plant Your Habits

Everyone in our lives plant seeds in our psyche.  Someday, those seeds may blossom.  My brother’s love for acting spurred me to perform in school plays.  My step-father’s love of sports turned me into a gym junkie.  My Grandma’s love for style nudged my own style up a notch.  But my boyfriend’s passions for fitness,… Read more »

Course Exam—ENVS 200

ENVS 200 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) is a three-credit social science course.  It introduces students to the field of environmental studies and provides them with basic information about a variety of environmental issues, concepts, debates, events, and actors or thinkers.  This survey course presents an overview of key concepts related to environmental analysis such as… Read more »

Dear Barb—Moving On Too Soon?

Dear Barb: My mother passed away suddenly a couple of years ago and I miss her tremendously.  My kids miss her and my dad was devastated when she passed.  Recently, though, my dad has started seeing another woman and I am having a hard time accepting it.  She seems like a nice enough woman, but… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Practice Music like a Pro

Do you want to write music like a grade 2 piano pro?  Or do you want to practice music like a genius? If so, here are my song writing tips followed by practical advice from a musical-master. First, listen to music for beats, lines, repetitions, variance—or a bell at the end of a chorus.  Study… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Magic Bullet review

Since the review of the instant pot, I have yet to come across a small kitchen appliance that fits so snugly in small counter spaces and create delicious yet nutritious options for busy students.  That is until I recently purchased a second-hand blender that adds a nutritious twist to my usual meals.  Since starting the… Read more »

The Fit Student—Sick

Have you ever felt so sick you could hardly sigh?  Take care, because sickness may be your fate if you eat the Western diet. Health author Kerry Knutson’s mom would say “On a good day I can get up, shower, and maybe lick a stamp” (location 158, 95%).  Not long ago, I got similarly sick. … Read more »

Course Exam—French 200

FREN 200 (First Year University French I) is a three-credit introductory French course that trains students in verbal and written French as a continuation of FREN 100 (French for Beginners I) and FREN 101 (French for Beginners II).  The course enables students to improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  FREN 200 leads the students… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Next Level

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my thirties and I can’t seem to maintain a relationship with a woman.  On an intellectual level I do want to get married and have a family, but I can’t seem to commit.  Most of my relationships last about six months, and then I start to pull away. … Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A Crack in Everything

Somebody straight up asked me the other day how I would define myself in terms of my spiritual or political outlook on life.  Was I a Christian, a socialist, an atheist, a Buddhist, a conservative, a liberal, some combination of any of the above, or what? I was bit taken aback by the question.  I… Read more »

In Conversation—with BlissBliss

BlissBliss is the husband-and-wife duo Lang and Renee Bliss, music industry veterans known for a sophisticated, jazzy-pop sound that’s the perfect vehicle for their upbeat, triumphant-sounding lyrics.  The couple manifests a glowing positive energy that’s utterly infectious.  A case in point: A video of one of the songs, “Right Where You Are,” is just the… Read more »