Vol. 18 Iss. 45

Volume 18 Issue 45 - 11/12/2010

Remembering . . . Afghanistan

Last year, I celebrated Remembrance Day in Afghanistan, 20,000 km from my home in Vancouver, BC. We got up at five in the morning and left our Forward Operating Base to do a routine patrol, and at noon, when we came back dusty and soaked beneath our body armour, there was a short parade in… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Remember

On November 11, Roy and I will again be present for the Remembrance Day ceremonies here in our small village. As a newly elected councillor in the rural municipality in which we live, Roy will likely be expected to take part in the program by making a speech and laying a wreath on behalf of… Read more »

Write Stuff – Indefensible

It’s been a strange week indeed in the world of the written word. The phrase ?But honestly, Monica? spread like wildfire (in spite of it, you can bet that some people, somewhere, still believe that everything on the Internet is public domain). Meanwhile, disgruntled readers began flooding Amazon with one-star reviews to protest agency pricing…. Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Andy and Ariana/Cybiont/Ceschi

?It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.? Gertrude Stein ?The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms.? Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Andy and Ariana: Seeking Commotion (2010) My two favorite mad geniuses (formerly known as T@b; read the Voice interview… Read more »

AUSU Update – Convocation 2010; AUSU Executive Election

Convocation 2010 AUSU wishes to congratulate this year’s graduates, whether attending Convocation in person or by distance. We wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. You are an inspiration to all AU students! AUSU Executive Election AUSU has recently held its internal election for the Executive. We wish to congratulate Barbara Rielly… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Jesse David Weeks

Jesse David Weeks is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who also happens to be a police officer. The title track of his debut release, ?Somewhere in the Distance,? co-written by Paul Burns, won the Grand Prize in the 2010 Astral Media Radio Star National Songwriting Competition. His father, Gary Weeks, toured with the Stampeders as part of… Read more »

Health Matters – What To Do About Colds and Flu?

Dear Dr. Katie, It’s that time of year again’the change of seasons and influx of cooler weather are causing everyone around me to catch colds or the flu. Help! What can I do to keep my family well? Happily, there are many natural options from which to choose. First of all, check out your lifestyle…. Read more »

Did You Know? – Holiday Exam Procedures

If your course contract ends on December 31, 2010 you’ll want to note Athabasca University’s special holiday procedures for requesting and writing final exams. Because the University will be closed for the holidays at 4:30 pm MST on Thursday, December 23, 2010 (it will reopen 8:30 am MST on Tuesday, January 4, 2011), it has… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – The Memories Live On

The trouble with history is that It’s often seen with too wide a scope. We focus so much on themes, patterns, social mores, and events, that we often lose sight of the fact that the historical canvas is made up of many, many individuals?each with a unique story. This week, when we focus on remembering… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Bilingual Benefits – Around the World: Revisiting Pompeii

At Home: Bilingual Benefits It’s no secret that bilingualism is beneficial; it creates the possibility of higher earnings potential and offers cultural insights that are worth their weight in gold. But now there’s another area which a second language can benefit: your brain. As the CBC reports, new research suggests that bilingualism may strengthen the… Read more »

Green Light – Let It Shine

If the sun’s an energy powerhouse?theoretically generating so much that what reaches us in one hour could meet our electricity needs for a year?then why aren’t we making more use of it? Why are we still so dependent on other forms of power generation? Unfortunately, plugging into the sun isn’t as simple as it might… Read more »