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Dear Barb—Sleeping Dogs Lie

Dear Barb; Hi, my father passed away four years ago and my siblings and I were devastated.  I would say my mother was as well, but now I’m not so sure.  A few months after my dad died, my mom went out for a visit to B.C. to see my uncle—my dad’s younger brother.  When… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Agnes Snively

Mary Agnes Snively was born on November 12, 1847, in St Catharines Ontario and died 85 years later on September 26, 1933.  She never married nor had children.  Snively was an educator and a nurse who was known as the “Mother of Nurses in Canada.” After graduating high school Snively taught for almost twenty years. … Read more »

The Fit Student—Don’t Break your Beautiful Bones

Your bones look beautiful.  Bones, like diamonds, are everyone’s best friend.  So, don’t break ‘em. A loved one has osteoarthritis.  But many of us, especially older women, get osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis “occurs when the bones are broken down faster than they are built up” (Hinish, location 1551 of 2297, 68%).  My loved one does heavy fitness,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—It’s Our Time

Procrastination whispers through the hallways of our studying minds.  With ironic and grim efficiency, it prompts a desire for flight from productive pursuits.  We know that moments of aversion can add up to days of lost productivity.  Nothing is easier to brush aside than a textbook, nothing’s quicker to minimize than a window on our… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—How to Manage a Household on a Budget

Remember your very first paycheque?  The one from that paper route you had in minus-thirty-degree weather?  Or from the babysitting gig for the neighbour’s little angels who turned into Damien when their parents walked out the door?  Did that paycheque come with “how-to” instructions?  Unlikely.  I know I blew my first paycheque getting pink fuzzy… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Sorest Throats

“but you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living ‘cause it’s the ones with the sorest throats, Laura, who have done the most singing” -Bright Eyes Serge Gainsbourg once wrote “I’ve succeeded at everything, except my life.” It’s a quote that resonates strongly with me.  I find it especially interesting, coming from someone… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Ramen 101

Ramen is a Japanese adaptation of wheat noodles.  Its roots stem from China in the 1800s and it made its way to various surrounding Asian countries.  Each country has its own edition of the Chinese soup noodle, but no adaptation has become like ramen in its popularity and reach.  For many, ramen culture is heavily… Read more »

The Study Dude—Hone A Super High IQ

Would you like to take the MCAT?  Become an MD? Well, “the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is the big test for premeds.  It’s taken late in the course of college” (p.  21 of 243, 13%).  And Dr. Peter Rogers spells out how he made the grade.   Whatever program you do, ace it with the… Read more »

Course Exam—WGST/SOCI 345

WGST 345/SOCI 345 (Women and Work in Canada) is a three-credit social science course that discusses how, throughout history, women have been unacknowledged and undervalued in working environments.  This course aims to highlight the importance of women’s work and analyzes the reasons why women have been exploited, unpaid, or underpaid throughout Canadian history. WGST 345… Read more »

Dear Barb—Marital Business

Dear Barb: My wife and I have been together for seven years, married for four them.  I have always got along great with my in-laws.  My wife and her mother are very close and talk daily and that has never been a problem until recently.  We’re having some money problems right now and it’s leading… Read more »