Vol. 31 Iss. 12

Volume 31, Issue 12 - 03/26/2023

The Gift of Surrender

Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks.  I’ve experienced long COVID, realized I have pressure points that I need to watch otherwise I may get an infection, and have had trouble finding research participants, and dreamed I got euthanized.  I love it!  It means freedom! It may sound crazy but having COVID for the second… Read more »

[blue rare]—Nothing Doing (In Praise of Laziness)

In 1962, in the context of the American-Russian space race, then-U.S.  president John F.  Kennedy famously proclaimed, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” I have always found these words inspirational, extolling as they do the qualities… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Survivalism

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Caprese Sald

I am under the weather again.  At the time my writing, three of us in the house tested positive for COVID.  So, this week is going to be a short article, for an easy recipe, one you might even be able to make while your sick. It’s Caprese Salad.  It’s delicious, colourful, and simple to… Read more »

Music Review—Chinese Burn

Artist: The Len Price 3 Album: Chinese Burn UK garage rock band, The Len Price 3, is re-releasing their 2007 album, Chinese Burn, on April 7th 2023.  The album will be available for streaming anywhere you get your music, as well as available for purchase on vinyl. The re-release will include four songs not previously… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Mow You Know

Dear Barb: I have lived in the same neighborhood for 30 years. We raised our family here and never had any problems until recently when a family moved in next door. They are a family of both parents, plus three teenage boys. When they moved in my wife brought a casserole to them. I know… Read more »

Five Fictional Employers Ranked from Best to Worst

We all appreciate a kind employer.  That boss who bothers to properly outline all our responsibilities.  That boss who makes sure that all the employees are getting along with each other.  That boss who pretends he doesn’t notice the raccoon we accidentally let into the supply shed. However, as far as literary characters go, fictional… Read more »

Attachment Theory

Attachment theory was first described in the 1950’s by psychologist John Bowlby and was further expanded upon by Mary Ainsworth (and many others) over the years.  Bowlby focused on the bond between mother and child (or permanent mother-substitute).  He believed that disrupted, cold, or distant relationships with caregivers could cripple the healthy emotional and social… Read more »

Council Connection

President Karen Fletcher called the meeting to order on January 19th, 2023, at 6:01 PM MT, calling attendance; Councillors Allie Wojtaszek and Rebecca Wuebbolt were absent with regrets. Financial Audit President Fletcher introduced Chad Knippel and Natalia Toth from Kingston Ross Pasnak (KRP), who completed the 2021-2022 financial audit.  As the representatives from KRP may… Read more »

Meals as Nostalgia

It is said that the smell of certain meals can trigger nostalgia, and, for myself, I can say with complete certainty that this is very much the case. After moving across cities, countries, continents, and—at times—oceans food has been one of the few constants, the one thing that always brings a sense of familiarity and… Read more »

Streakin’ for a Reason

When Casey Hatherly, who also goes by the name Ever, appeared topless at the Juno Awards show in Edmonton March 13, she breathed new life into the practice of streaking as a form of protest. Hatherly disrupted the awards show by hopping up on stage, naked from the waist up except for a pair of… Read more »

The Growing Importance of Telephone Numbers in the Digital World, Part II

Shortly after writing about the practice of recycling telephone numbers, “The growing importance of telephone numbers in the digital world”, I reached out to different stakeholders so that I could write a follow up piece.  These stakeholders include privacy commissioners at the provincial and federal level, “the big three” telecom providers, and oversight bodies including… Read more »

The Soldier Boys of the Americas

Almost every “child soldier” story that gets told on the big screen makes it seem that child soldiers are exclusive to Africa, but child soldiers can be found around the globe, including the Americas, and their stories are just as terrifying.  The biggest challenge to telling their stories is that there are a very small… Read more »

Choose Life: Medical Assistance in Dying

A beloved Voice Magazine writer (and they’re all beloved) brought my attention to Medical Assistance in Dying.  I’m happy she is against it because her life, my life, your life—everybody’s life—is incredibly meaningful. I don’t want to delve into who “qualifies” or how “to apply.” But I agree with Elisa who said, “One life lost… Read more »

Four Dishes to Try at a Thai Restaurant

Thai cuisine remains one of the most memorable and flavorful cuisines I’ve tried.  I have been meaning to travel to Bangkok to experience Thai street food, but have yet to have the chance.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I had a lot of time to travel but since I’ve become swamped from both my personal life… Read more »

Spoiled for Choice

This week’s issue is one that I think a lot of the Best of articles are going to end up coming from at the end of the year. It’s that good.  To start with, Elisa Neven-Pugh has come back with a brief tale about her tribulations with long COVID and what she gained from it…. Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Gung Loy Jim Scholarship Sponsored by:  BC Cattlemen’s Association and the Jim Family Deadline:  April 15, 2023 Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be BC students who plan to enter their first year of post-secondary education (any field of study) within the next twelve months.  Preference is given to those who are… Read more »

Vintage Voice

The pension protests in Paris got us thinking about that that “city of light.”  Apparently Paris has been on the minds of many of our writers, as we found a wealth of references to Paris in the archives. On the Paris beat.  In one of a series of articles, Tanja Ahlin describes her discoveries while… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot

AthaU Facebook Group Keeping ProctorU computer changes contained.  In a post asking for exam advice, a reply includes a tip to set up a separate login for ProctorU, so that any changes they make to a student’s computer will be restricted to that user. reddit Final-day exam plans.  A student wonders if there will be… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Mar 28, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Writing Forum: Grammar Tues, Mar 28, 12:30 to 1:30 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU’s Write Site www.athabascau.ca/write-site/writing-forum.html No pre-registration needed; access through above link… Read more »

The Quran and Christian Bible Are as Close as Kin

I went to church as a teen but, shortly after that, left Christianity.  Then, in grad school, I started reading religious texts and books from all traditions.  Reading these sacred texts, self-help books, and books by various spiritual and religious authors was essential to my finding happiness.  I consider myself Christian, but I genuinely love… Read more »