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Porkpie Hat—The Gift of Conscience

Last week, I was speaking with a friend of mine, a professional artist, who has been staying and working for the past few months in Portugal.  She was telling me that, as news of the COVID-19 pandemic was gaining momentum, she and her partner had been traveling to a couple of larger metropolitan areas in… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Five Romantic Uses of Metaphors

I had a dream that I threw out my dreamland husband from my home.  We screamed and yelled, and he cried out, “I’ve been having an affair all along.”  He stole all the freezer grocery items and barged out the door.  In my dream, I couldn’t get him out of my life fast enough. But… Read more »

The Study Dude—Six Common Mistakes

You want a thesis that makes Mom and Dad beam?  A thesis that churns out multiple publications? A thesis you conveniently store on the guestroom bedside table?  All grad students want that quality—at first. But once the grind begins, some students stumble, lose focus, or just give up.  Let me reassure you, your thesis will… Read more »

Course Exam—BIOL 207 (Principles of Biology II)

BIOL 207 (Principles of Biology II) is the second of two introductory courses in general biology that prepare students for most senior-level biology courses offered at Athabasca University. This course is designed to help students learn more about the nature of life.  The main topics include the diversity of organisms, including fungi, plants, protists, animals,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Viral Theories

Dear Barb: After weeks of isolation and hearing lots of stories about the coronavirus, I just don’t know what to believe about how or when this virus will end.  Everybody seems to have a different theory and they all believe they are right.  The most common theory I have heard and read about is that… Read more »

Book Review—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Book: Frankentstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus Author: Mary Shelley Faced with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of social distancing, travel restrictions, and self-isolation, many of our regular pursuits and pastimes have been curtailed.  This situation has affected schools, offices, stores, restaurants, bars, concert venues, airlines, public transit, and even fitness facilities.  With everyone staying home… Read more »

The Food Challenge

Two weeks ago, I challenged my three kids to think of a country they would like to visit.  I further instructed them to choose a few dishes that we could cook, which would allow us to explore some of the culture unique to that country. My youngest, who is six, said she wanted to try… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Zombie Methodology for Grad School Success

What’s methodology?  Surely a zombie can’t teach that!  Zombies have no brains.  But if it’s simplified enough, well, you’ve got Dr. Zombie. Dr. Zombie is going to simplify one of three key parts of most any graduate level thesis: methodologies.  That way, you’ll perform like a rock star come grad school time. But first, be… Read more »