Vol. 21 Iss. 20

Volume 21 Issue 20 - 05/31/2013

Bucket List

I just turned 34. This is not a bad thing. Mid-thirties is not old. Mid-sixties is not old. But 35 has felt so far away for so long that It’s a little unsettling to see myself approaching it so soon. At the same time, I want to celebrate getting older. I want to do things… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »

Write Stuff – Friday Finds: Zilpha Keatley Snyder

If someone says the words kid lit, odds are you’ll instantly think of the big names: J.K. Rowling, Robert Munsch, Rick Riordan. Or, if You’re into the classics, it might be L. Frank Baum and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Now there’s another name to add to that list: Zilpha Keatley Snyder, an award-winning author whose 50-year… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Life Will Be Better

I’ve had a number of surgeries in my day. In each case I weighed the potential risks and hoped-for benefits and made the best possible decision I could at the time. I asked the questions, got the facts, decided. I invoked the power of prayer by sharing the decision with those closest to me. In… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Espresso Manifesto

Album: Daniela Nardi, Espresso Manifesto: The Songs of Paolo Conte ?My Espresso Manifesto: To create and showcase works that proudly display the wonders, genius, and beauty of those earthy, complex, elegant, primal people, my people?the Italian people.? Daniela Nardi, from the liner notes on Espresso Manifesto Paolo Conte’s Lyrics Never Got So Much Lovin? If… Read more »

Health Matters – Ear Seeds

When you think of Chinese medicine, what comes to mind is usually acupuncture needles?or maybe strangely named herbs. But what about your ears? Although It’s not common knowledge, our ears are viewed as unique in traditional Chinese medicine. This is because their surface holds a myriad of energetic points, each of which represents one of… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Grief and Loss

A Preoccupation With Grief and Loss, as Portrayed in Five Recent Indie Films Films: Morning After Midnight (USA) The Way the World Ends (USA) Soul (Belgium) LaRonde (Canada) Birthday Girls (Ireland) ?No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.? C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I’ve noticed that death has been the subject… Read more »

Did You Know? – Convocation

Are you graduating this spring? Whether You’re looking forward to walking across the stage to receive your diploma, planning on attending in absentia, or just curious about the whole process, Athabasca University’s Convocation page is your clearinghouse for information about the big day. The page, maintained by the University, includes information on daily schedules; how… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Dirty

How does your garden grow? If agricultural experts are right, then how it grows is going to largely depend on what It’s grown in. The ?dirt? that you use in planting?the soil?can profoundly affect plant health, crop yield, and even taste and nutrition. Click through this week’s links to learn more. Better Taste It’s common… Read more »