Dear Barb—The New Guy

Dear Barb: I married my ex when we were both quite young.  Even though our relationship was difficult we tried our best to stay together for our daughter.  Eventually, though, it got to the point that we were arguing constantly and we both felt it wasn’t the best atmosphere to raise our daughter.  We separated… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Nipped in the Buds;

Can you recall where you were five years ago on this day, at this minute, down to this second?  There’d have to have been some special circumstances on hand to remember more than foggy, grainy, flecks of reality five years hence or to recall details mired in the penumbral twilight of time gone down the… Read more »

Five Heavenly Snacks for the Gorgeous You

I have a confession.  The pantry’s bare, and I can’t stop thinking about food.  Not potato chips, candy bars, or a loaded extra-large pizzas.  They make me feel guilty, bloated, and blah.  I’m talking the healthy scrumptious snacks that fill your body with purity, joy—and, yes, ecstasy.  You want to look as gorgeous as ever,… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Introducing My Kitchen!

Over the years, I’ve grown quite attached to my kitchen. It’s where I’ve spent hours baking for the holidays or learning a new recipe. The more that I have come to work in this space, the more I have been efficient in improving the workflow of the area. I wanted to introduce this sacred space… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Read Critically—and Get Published

What better way to learn creative writing than to eavesdrop on a bunch of grad students. Seriously!  But who’s so privileged as to have a key to the Fine Arts grad student lounge?  Not me.  So, novice me stumbled and stagnated. Befuddled, I asked around, “How do you study the classics?”  “Read the classics” or… Read more »

Course Exam—HLST 200 (Introduction to Human Health)

HLST 200 (Introduction to Human Health I) is a three-credit introductory science course that emphasizes the major aspects of health and health-related areas that are of concern to Canadians.  The course explores the nature and causes of health problems and discusses how diseases can be treated and prevented.  HLST 200 has no prerequisites and has… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Some Thoughts from a Wayward Traveler

I used to feel a little bit guilty and inadequate, as I was backpacking around strange cities, seeing all of the other tourists who were dutifully lining up for admission to the Eiffel Tower or the Uffizi. It was my private shame that I was so frequently within a stone’s throw of the Vatican, the… Read more »

Dear Barb—Temper Troubles

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years, we moved in together last year. We love each other, but he is so short tempered that we are never able to work through any problems. As soon as I bring something up that’s bothering me, he shuts me down and refuses to… Read more »

The True Nature of Luxury and Wealth

I feel that many of us have been conned, or have tricked ourselves, into believing that money is the only form of wealth. Monetarily, I’ve been poor and I’ve been (relatively) rich.  Having had the opportunity to compare and contrast, I would have to say that rich is much, much better.  I did not enjoy… Read more »

In Conversation—with The Brilliance

The Brilliance is hard to pigeonhole.  Their music is a unique mix of classical and pop, so you might call it prog rock with no hubris, or classical music without pedantry.  The highly original sounds created by the duo John Arndt and David Gungor, close friends who haven’t lived in the same city since The… Read more »