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Dear Barb—Assistance for Assisted Living

Dear Barb: I am the oldest in a family of three girls.  We have always gotten along well and been really close.  Our father passed away five years ago, and our mom stayed in the family home.  She has been able to manage well until recently.  She had a slip in the bathroom and injured… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Don’t be a Busy Monster

“pity this busy monster, manunkind” – e.e.  cummings Here is a deep philosophical question for you to ponder, dear readers: Is it better to earn one hundred dollars, or to find one hundred dollars? Perhaps there are many stoic, puritanical souls amongst you who answered that it is obviously more rewarding to have worked for… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—In with a Grunt and Out with a Curly Tail

“This is a pig, oink oink.”  A captivating childhood toy of mine involved pulling what looked like a teensy weedwhacker cord and being transported to a fleeting but mysterious sonic environment replete with either pig sounds, cow sounds, horse sounds or chicken sounds.  The repetition of these noises was made possible by physical discs inscribed… Read more »

The Fit Student—My Cure for Cancer

A loved one was stricken with cancer.  Not once, but twice.  She responded well both times to chemotherapy, going two decades cancer-free.  But her sleep shifted, often leaving her awake until 3 a.m., puffy-eyed.  And this past year, she entered emergency more than once.  Despite her success with chemo, she smokes and eats sugar-rich, highly… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Dim Sum 101

Dim Sum is one of the most iconic Chinese food traditions, and has become a social necessity; not only in ethnic Asian culture, but also becoming a trendy way to brunch all across North America.  Some dim-sum goers are less aware of the origins and history of dim sum, they are drawn by the complex… Read more »

Course Exam—Poli/Govn 301

POLI 301 (Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power) is a three-credit course that explores the changing relationships between business, society, and government in contemporary Canada.  This course has no prerequisites; however, a previous course in political science, public policy, or public administration/management is recommended.  This is a senior course and as such students are… Read more »

Dear Barb—‘Tis the Season

Dear Barb: Christmas is over and the Christmas bills are starting to roll in.  I didn’t realize I had spent so much money, even though I was trying to control my spending this year.  It’s so frustrating.  Although I had a great Christmas, the feeling is being spoiled by all these bills.  I would like… Read more »

Dancing with the Dogs of Winter

Ah, January and February in the northern hemisphere.  Those bleak winter months when, at least where I live, the short days and long nights prowl restlessly about, like angry black dogs, in the darkness just beyond your personal campfire of routines and basic comforts.  Stray too far from that security and warmth, and who knows… Read more »

The Mindful Bard—The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Film:  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen It would be too easy to claim this film as an indictment of the United States alone, but its historical setting predates any solid sense of Canadian identity.  The characters, like my parents and great grandparents, freely moved back and forth across the border,… Read more »