Vol. 20 Iss. 43

Volume 20 Issue 43 - 11/09/2012

Freedom’s Run

I’ve run 11 marathons, but of all these my favourite is the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), which begins and ends in northern Virginia. There are many things I love about this race, which we call ?the People’s Marathon?: the crowd support; the beautiful route that winds through our nation’s capital and along the Potomac River;… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Proud Mama

Here’s hoping that surviving renovations is like surviving childbirth. For the latter, God gave us the gift of amnesia. When we lay our eyes on the precious life we’ve created, all memories of the searing labour pains vanish. We forget the weight gain, the stretch marks, the ugly clothes, the waddling gait. We forget the… Read more »

Write Stuff – Anonymous, Part II

In the debate over online anonymity, there’s no shortage of cases where cruel, hateful people have caused incredible harm. But anonymity is not?and never has been?a prerequisite of cruelty. In fact, remaining anonymous can sometimes protect you from it. When we talk about the negative side of anonymous Internet use, our thoughts turn to tragic… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Kinyarwanda

Film: Kinyarwanda (Visigoth Pictures 2011) Writer/Director: Alrick Brown Cast: Edourd Bamporiki, Cassandra Freeman, Cleophas Kabasiita Genre: Dramatization based on real events ?Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.? Martin Luther King, Jr. ?Forgiveness is the final form of love.? Reinhold Niebuhr Same… Read more »

Course Exam – CLST 201: Cultural Studies and Everyday Life

Athabasca University’s newest course, CLST 201: Cultural Studies and Everyday Life, is about culture and how it affects us (and vice versa, because we can shift culture and it can shift us). Course designer and professor Dr. Patricia Hughes-Fuller says of CLST 201: ?[My] intention . . . was to introduce students to the field… Read more »

Did You Know? – Purdue OWL

As the end of the semester approaches, odds are there’s a research paper brewing at the back of your mind. Stumped on the mechanics of composition? Got a grammar or usage question? Need help with a citation? Whatever your writing-related dilemma, You’re sure to find help at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL), a fantastic resource… Read more »

Green Light – Ocean Plastic

It’s common knowledge that our oceans have increasingly become dumping grounds for discarded plastics that make their way into floating masses miles wide. But even if it were collected, where would we put it all? As Mother Earth News reports, green-minded company Method has just begun marketing ?bottles made from a blend of plastic recovered… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – The Write Time

November’s begun, which means that NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–is in full swing. Participants in NaNoWriMo commit to completing a 15,000-word short novel in just 30 days, and local and online support groups abound for authors attempting to work within the guidelines. But NaNoWriMo isn’t the only place you’ll find writers struggling to fit stories into… Read more »