Vol. 20 Iss. 44

Volume 20 Issue 44 - 11/16/2012

Canadian Voter, American Election

My family’s been skipping back and forth across the Canadian-American border for generations, and many of us, including yours truly, hold dual citizenship. The events of September 11 persuaded the government to demand for the first time that we get passports to move between our two native lands, for which inconvenience we felt mildly insulted…. Read more »

Study Space – Here Comes December

Growing up, our schedule was pretty relaxed. There was school, of course, and other activities, but nothing like the litany of sports and social commitments and volunteer work that seems par for the course among modern families. The one big exception, however, was December. Eleven months out of the year, we didn’t need a calendar… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Start Practicing Now

One of the good (but unintended) results of tackling an extensive reno is the forced re-examination of all one’s things. For months now I’ve been donating extraneous stuff, throwing out what’s past its prime, and packing and storing what I want to keep. One easy-to-do activity has been flipping through the magazines that come into… Read more »

Write Stuff – Codecademy

If you were soon to be immersed in a world where people in the know spoke a foreign language, would you try to learn it? Not become perfectly fluent, but at least grasp the basics? Well, in a world filled with laptops, tablets, and smart phones, computer code is all around us. And if you… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Mysteries of Lisbon

Film: Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) Director: Raul Ruiz Screenwriter: Carlos Saboga (based on the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco) Genre: Drama/Art House/International ?He was a just and virtuous man who was unfortunate.? from Mysteries of Lisbon ?She has a shrine of love in her heart. They turned it into a cup of bile.? from Mysteries… Read more »

Health Matters – Boost Your Mood

Yes, It’s grey and cheerless out there! As we move into the late fall and early winter, It’s not uncommon to suddenly get the ?blues? as our mood dips right along with the temperatures. Experiencing this sad outlook is thought to be related to the reduced sunlight synonymous with the colder weather, and it can… 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 »

Click of the Wrist – Theme Park

Maybe your favourite amusement park has closed for the season–or, if you prefer warmer destinations, the busy season’s getting into swing. This week’s links investigate a few lesser-known, original, and downright odd theme parks. It’s time to rethink that family vacation! No Dynamite Napoleon: dictator or saviour? You may be able to decide yourself in… 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 »