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Flicks & Folios – Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Honestly, I’ll admit I’m usually a very “North American” reader. All of my authors of choice generally write in English as a first language and describe my cultural background. I guess one day that got awfully boring. Therefore, it is a distinct pleasure to have such a lovely introduction into the world of Chinese authors…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Working to Learn not Working? Statistics Canada has recently released a report (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030526/d030526a.htm) on the correlation between dropping out of high school and working. Not surprisingly, they have found that students who work 30 hours per week or more at paid employment are more likely to drop out than students who work moderate hours or… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Hey Readers! Here’s the other gardening question I promised you last week! Dear Sandra, My wife and I just moved into a beautiful older home, problem is that it was empty for a year before we moved in and weeds overrun the gardens. Besides spraying and constant plucking, is there anything else we can do?… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Mr. Deeds

If you’re an Adam Sandler fan, the review I’m about to give won’t matter to you – you’ll brush it off. If you’re a Jimmy Stewart fan – I’m hoping you need to go wash your hair when this film is playing! The local movie channels are playing the latest “remake” of Mr. Deeds Goes… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

I Wanted to be Wrong Sometimes it would be better to be wrong than right. My previous comments (http://www.ausu.org/voice/search/searchdisplay.php?ART=304) on BSE aka Mad Cow disease are one of those times. Now it has finally hit us here in Alberta (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/bseesbindexe.shtml), but in actual cattle herds rather than the deer population. This is going to have… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Readers, Outside the weather is wonderful and thousands of people all across Canada are getting ready to dig in the dirt and sow some seeds, so this week the question is on gardening. I am not an “experienced gardener” but I can try to answer the question. If anyone can elaborate send your suggestions… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have doubts about my relationship; hope you can help! I don’t know if I’m in love or in love with the idea of being in love?? How do you know if a relationship is right or wrong? How do you know whether to stay or move on to greener pastures? My boyfriend… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Alberta Attacking Students The Government of Alberta was pleased to announce (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200305/14359.html) Bill 43, in support of a seamless post-secondary system. Unfortunately for Alberta and Athabasca University post-secondary students; apparently seamless means sealing themselves away from pesky student requests. One of the most interesting things about the Act is that the tuition cap, that small… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Once in a while a pocketbook comes along that completely blows me away. The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot is one of those books! Published in 1992 by HarperPerrenial it is an amazing find! The cover quote is from Jean Houston, Ph.D. author of The Possible Human: “One of the most important books of the… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

The first time I saw this title mentioned on Shaw’s pay per view film list, the hubby and I had recently booked our cruise (see last week’s article). I was really interested in boning up on my Italian for the trip but I didn’t want to add any extra bills on to our already hefty… Read more »