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The Study Dude—How I Improved my Highlighting in Five Easy Steps

At university, I highlighted like a wild dog—entire pages soaked in yellow.  I’d take my highlighted points, jot them down on cue cards, and memorize them all.  Study time was gruelling. Weirder still, I couldn’t figure out how other students got A’s taking two more classes than me each semester.  But I showed them: After… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Mid-COVID Money Woes

I don’t do sappy.  However, the world around us has changed.  Everyone seems isolated—more so than before—and I feel like the majority of the planet has no grip on reality.  We all scroll through hundreds of social media posts, from real and imaginary friends, claiming if anyone needs to talk they should reach out.  But… Read more »

Homemade Is Better—Gnocchi Poutine

Poutine is one of those iconic Canadian dishes.  Some go kilometres to find good poutine.  When the hot gravy melts the cheese, and the fries are crispy—so good!  Here in Edmonton, there are a couple of places to get decent poutine.  But what do you do when you have leftover mashed potatoes or maybe extra… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Synchronicity

Album: Synchronicity Artist: The Police After essentially turning my entire basement upside down in the name of music, I have had a difficult time deciding what would be my penultimate entry for this series.  I suppose leaving my favourite new wave band, the Police, for last would’ve been more suitable, but I’ve got something else… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Virtual Convocation 2020

To all the 2020 graduands, congrats!  And for the rest of us grads, future and past, let’s rest on our virtual laurels for a moment and consider the conquest that’s been.  Many of our peers would shudder to attempt distance education.  AU is not for the faint of heart or slack of skill.  We learn… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Solstice and Our Chosen Fate

Winter Solstice 2020: it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s isolated.  As the sun’s light declines to its nadir we might wonder what there even is to celebrate.  Like receiving an outstanding course mark by email and then looking around and realizing with a sigh that nothing tangible has changed in our immediate environs, the turning… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Eggnog

It is the oddest thing, I could not find eggnog this year, no matter where I looked.  If you found some and have enjoyed it, that’s fantastic.  But in my case necessity birthed some looking around online and through several of my cookbooks to find some decent recipes.  The following is a hybrid of the… Read more »

How to Master the Skills for our Ideal Careers

A body in motion stays in motion.  The more time we spend learning skills, the more our focus turns into passion–and the quicker we arrive at mastery.  Like an exponential curve, the more we fixate on developing a skill, the faster we move along that curve until we turn upward into the heights.  That’s where… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Your Wallet vs. You

Holiday Stress-Shopping It’s no secret: being an adult equals stress.  Some adults are more stressed than others, some handle it better than others, and some prefer to pretend they’re Peter Pan and hope for the best.  Then, once a year, you have your “festive stress” to add to the list.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas,… Read more »

Dear Barb—A COVID Christmas

Dear Barb: Bah Humbug!  This is going to be the worst Christmas ever.  This COVID virus has devastated so many of my family and friends.  Although I don’t know anyone who has actually got the virus, but the fighting has ruined so many relationships.  The people who believe the doctors and health officials want to… Read more »