Ukulele, Punk But Friendly

Ukulele, Punk But Friendly

By Ivy Scurr. Though much maligned in many circles, the ukulele is extremely punk: it’s easy to pick up, cheap and portable, and helps break down the rules of who can play music.

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Hob-birds!

Hob-birds!

Bird banding might be a little unusual, as hobbies go. But for Emy Guilbault, there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing them up close.

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Love Story

Love Story

Ever since high school, Andrei Pomana has had a slight disgust with love stories. Life is about family and wealth, culture, war and betrayal. And love is nothing like that at all.

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Cardboard Love

Cardboard Love

Aaron Matthews has spent most of his life playing board games. They have an incredible power to teach us, he writes, and to help us build social connections through teamwork and competition.

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Iowa Nice

Iowa Nice

By Jennifer Hanson. “Little did I know that this small, insignificant decision – taking a shift not meant for me – would lead to a chance encounter that would change my life so drastically I began to believe fiercely in fate.”

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Ode to Nutmeg

Ode to Nutmeg

By Kate Smithers. “Nutmeg is so many things to my husband and me. She is a source of cuddles, laughter, joy, and happiness. She approaches life with a fearlessness that is hard to ignore.”

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A Real Friendship

A Real Friendship

A real friendship is the biggest ‘new beginning’ I have experienced in my life. A real friendship is exhilarating. A real friendship is what I have discovered.

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An End and a Beginning

An End and a Beginning

By Natasha Winter. “Nine years on, I’ve learnt that even when things are tough and things happen that are out of our control, the sun will always rise the next day.”

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Ask Penny! (February)

Ask Penny! (February)

Penny’s back for another year! This month, she has some excellent interior decorating advice (for a student with exotic taste).

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A New Language

A New Language

Studying abroad is like starting a new life, writes Shuang Zhang. There are challenges to face, from difficult study to learning a new language, but great rewards as well.

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