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4 Comox Rocks!
City-dwellers enjoy a healthful getaway ﬁlled with non-stop adventure and activity.
8 Images and Words
Poet, writer and visual artist Isa Milman uses her creative talents to connect to her family and search for her own identity.
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16 The Horse Whisperer
22 Worth the Wait
Comox Airforce Museum volunteer wins a chance of lifetime.
26 Dream Home in the Forest
Building in a remote area can turn dream to nightmare when a family of four moves into a schoolbus until the project is complete.
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COLUMNS 2 The Family Caregiver by Barbara Small
12 Victoria’s Past Revisited by Norman Archer
24 Ask Goldie
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34 Bygone Treasures by Michael Rice
35 Outrageous & Courageous by Pat Nichol
48 Reﬂections: Then & Now by Gipp Forster
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THE The Financial Impact FAMILY of Caregiving CAREGIVER
BY BARBARA SMALL
n addition to the emotional and physical impact of caregiving, there can be a tremendous ﬁnancial impact on both the care recipient and caregiver. This can include:
• Adaptations may need to be made to the home where the care recipient is living in order to make it more accessible, such as ramps for wheelchairs, stair lifts or making the bathroom accessible.
• The cost of home support services, home nursing care, physiotherapy or other medical care that is not covered by the MSP or subsidized by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. VIHA provides services to help clients stay safely and comfortably in their homes as long as possible. These services are meant to supplement the clients’ efforts to care for themselves with the assistance of family and friends. VIHA conducts a standardized ﬁnancial assessment to determine extent of eligibility for subsidized care. Home support services can also be purchased through private home support agencies. If 24-hour care is required, some families will hire and pay for a live-in care provider.
• Caregivers may need to purchase other services such as childcare, yard work, or housekeeping to free up time for their caregiving responsibilities.
• Out-of-pocket expenses for products or equipment purchased for the care recipient’s personal use, such as mobility aids, incontinence supplies, medical alert systems or bathroom safety equipment. These costs will vary dependent on the needs of the care recipient. Some of these items can be borrowed from equipment loan services in the community.
• If the time comes when the care recipient can no longer stay in his or her own home, moving to an assisted living residence or residential care facility may become necessary. Similar to the home support services mentioned above, VIHA will conduct a ﬁnancial assessment to determine if your family member is eligible for subsidy. If not, private care residences are available. Their monthly cost can range from $1,500 –$5,000 dependent on the amount of care needed and other services provided. • Almost 70 per cent of family caregivers are employed and trying to balance the demands of a job and their caregiving responsibilities. This challenge can result in reduced hours, a leave of absence, job loss or early retirement in order to manage care responsibilities. In some care situations, families are also
coping with the loss of the care recipient’s income. Preparing in advance is important to help mediate the ﬁnancial impact of caregiving. Some options to explore include critical illness or long-term care insurance, use of RRSPs, reverse mortgages or home equity loans. Regardless of the type of caregiving situation, an effective ﬁnancial plan needs to consider the many scenarios that might arise and the costs that might be incurred. The Family Caregivers’ Network, in partnership with Desjardins Financial Security, ElderSafe Support Services and Senior Living Magazine, is offering a free workshop entitled, Longevity and Lifestyle: How Caring for Family Will Impact You and Proactive Solutions to Meet the Challenge, on Oct. 15th. For more details, visit www.familycarSL egiversnetwork.org/education Next month: Reducing Your Feelings of Guilt Barbara Small is Program Development Coordinator for Family Caregivers’ Network Society.
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Balls and weights strengthens core muscles. Twice weekly massages sooth aches and work out knots; you’ll love soaking in the open-air spa!” Our mornings begin with energizing sunrise yoga. Posing as warriors, frogs, triangles and mountains, Tracy instructs us to breathe deeply, stretch and ﬁnd inner peace. Sessions conclude with palms together over our hearts, eyes closed, heads bowed and uttering “Namaste.” Owner and head chef Andrea serves nutritious, delicious meals in the splendid post-and-beam dining room. During breakfast, trek leader Mike briefs us. “Underfed, dehydrated
hikers get grumpy, so everyone packs nutritional snacks and lunches, plus two litres of water! And today’s world class trail will feed your soul!” Aboard the van, Mike points out Vancouver Island’s derelict ﬁrst ski hill. “Now downhill bikers come for rip-roaring rides on its rugged mountain trails.” He also nourishes our brains with this area’s history. “Long ago, Comox warriors hid their families up in this haven while battling another tribe. Returning, their women and children had vanished. Algae tinted the snow blood red, so they thought bad spirits harmed them. This area became taboo – the Forbidden Plateau.” Passing by Mt. Washington’s ski lifts and chalets, we arrive in nearby Strathcona, British Columbia’s ﬁrst Provincial Park. Using walking sticks, we amble off into Paradise Meadows, looping along boardwalks beside subalpine evergreens, burbling streams and reﬂective ponds. Under clear blue skies blossom carpets of pink heather and clusters of maroon shooting stars, dwarf dogwoods, marsh marigolds and yellow alpine buttercups. Mike points out another trail. “It extends to Coastal Trek on Strathcona’s eastern edge. Fitness builds, so I’m often leading guests along that 26-kilometre route to our lodge by the end of the week.” Up over a forested hill, we descend alongside a string of pristine lakes savouring snacks and our scrumptious picnic on two of the rocky shores. Our awe-inspiring ninekilometre hike ends with us feeling tired, but triumphant. Next day, our ﬁve-star hike begins at Helliwell Park on Hornby Island. Trekking through dry forest, we emerge on its rocky southern shoreline, ascend onto spectacular black sedimentary bluffs offering sweeping ocean panoramas and return inland through windshaped shore pines, gnarly Garry oaks and amber hued arbutus; a ﬁve-kilometre loop. Driving onward, we lunch at Tribune Bay among driftwood logs facing its vast white sand beach, very inviting
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for summer dips. Bald eagles, turkey vultures and a rare osprey soar above. After admiring naturally sculpted Heron Rocks and hiking a portion of Shingle Spit Trail, we catch an afternoon ferry back. Departing the resort on Monday, we’re inspired to burn off more calories and hike into nearby Nymph Falls. Enjoying forest birdsongs and wildﬂowers, we sight our ﬁrst furry critter at the falls: a barking German shepherd, who soon befriends us as his master snaps our photo. Asking about the lack of deer, this local quips, “Cougars lurk hereabouts, smart deer hang out in Comox!” Crossing Courtenay River, we drive through Comox admiring this pretty retirement community. At Filberg Heritage Park, we immediately spot one wise Bambi entering through thick hedges. At the shoreline of this early lumber baron’s estate stands his century-old lodge, where a gardener reports, “Several deer mamas live on our grounds. One birthed a little fawn yesterday; another has week-old twins.” We’re delighted to see them grazing and romping fearlessly on enormous manicured lawns. Settled in Courtenay, a short walk takes us to the shore where kayaks await. After giving 6
basic instructions, Mike White accompanies us onto the breezy river. Greenery covers steep banks, hiding the fact that the town-centre lies nearby. Exercising arms and torso, we propel our sleek watercraft forward and steer into a slough. Two kingﬁshers dart above; a rare green heron stalks along the muddy shore. A dockside pub appears around a bend, undoubtedly a popular kayaker destination. Manoeuvring around moored gill-netters, Mike explains that he guides tours and rents or sells kayaks to adventurers, who often travel out into the bay, sometimes collecting oysters. In the early evening, we stroll along Courtenay’s 1.3-kilometre Heritage Riverway. Perusing storyboards illustrating community history, we buy deli sandwiches in town and munch them on a waterside bench. On Tuesday, we go to Courtenay’s Museum for a booked fossil hunt. Guide Pat enthusiastically recounts how his twin brother discovered its prominent Elasmosaurus in a local river. The replicated skeleton swims and snarls above display cases full of fellow Permian Period denizens. Surrounding murals depict this dagger-toothed sea serpent, monster mosasaurs, strange ﬁsh, shelled creatures and other marine dwellers. Our fossil quest begins a few kilometres away. Wearing backpacks and high rubber boots, we wade through the Puntledge River’s fast-ﬂowing shallows on layers of sandstone and shale. Already looking out for deep potholes, Pat warns, “Watch for slippery river snot! That
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“This is the strongest motivator in my writing as it shows we are survivors,” she says. “My father didn’t talk about this part of his life, so I know very little about his family. I wanted to tell the stories my mother told me that she wasn’t able to write down herself.” The result is Between the Doorposts, which received the Canadian Jewish Poetry Book Award in 2005. Conscious of her roots, Isa searched for her own identity as the daughter
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of Holocaust survivors. “It was very much in my mind that the book talks about my family history, but I needed to ﬁnd my own place living in the present.” A chance comment at a writers’ retreat in Regina resulted in a side trip to Saskatchewan’s historical Lipton Hebrew Cemetery. There, Isa found her connection to Jewish immigrants of long ago and discovered her own place in the order of things.
“I knew nothing about this bit of Canadian history where Jewish immigrants, in the 1880s, were encouraged to settle in the Wild West. I thought I had no connection to these Prairie families but, in a way, every Jewish family is connected. These people were escaping persecution in Europe. Everyone, not just the Jews, had someone who left Europe at some point and established themselves elsewhere.” In Hebrew, “Kaddish” is the prayer for the dead. Isa believes that remembrance is sacred because without it, people would not exist. Prairie Kaddish is a book of history told in poetry and prose with Isa’s own family history woven in. It is a prayer of remembrance honouring the many forgotten Jewish immigrants. Prairie Kaddish earned Isa her second Canadian Jewish Poetry Book Award. Media exposure in English and Yiddish newspapers across North America resulted in some fascinating stories. In one, Isa recalls a reviewer quoting a poem about a young boy called Mendele from Prairie Kaddish. “I received a phone call from a lady in New York who had read the review and told me, ‘I got such a goosebump because I think Mendele may be my uncle.’ She got this from the description I had written. She asked if the family name was ‘Silverman,’ and it was. We concluded it was her father’s brother.”
“I thought I had no connection to these Prairie families but, in a way, every Jewish family is connected.” –Isa Milman
Isa participated in Wendy Morton’s Random Acts of Poetry. “People had this expectation poetry was boring and horrible, but when they heard a piece of spontaneous poetry, they were pleasantly surprised,” she says of the experience. “One of my best memories was going into a laundromat where there was a mom who had four washers going and three kids running around and I went up to her and said, ‘You know I would like to read you a poem.’ She’s up to her elbows in laundry and she says, ‘Okay, I can really use a poem right now.’ I read her my ‘Four Songs About Laundry’ and we’re both laughing and crying because we both know what we’re talking about. It was such a beautiful moment. That’s the beauty of poetry when it touches you in some way.” Scattered about her comfortable home, Isa displays many of her colourful abstracts and evidence of her printmaking. She temporarily put aside her art to concentrate her efforts on Prairie Kaddish. “I intend to get back to it because it’s another way to
express myself,” she says. “It’s quite different from writing.” In 2000, Isa met Susy Raxlen, a Victoria master printmaker. When Isa expressed her desire to learn the art, Susy told her to collect an “ephemera” on her family trip to Israel. “Ephemeras are bits of paper, scraps, things of little consequence and I found the perfect things for mine,” says Isa.
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In Israel, daily notices, announcements and news were posted on neighbourhood kiosks for everyone to read. Isa’s ephemeras were old announcements and images peeled away from those kiosks. Working with Susy and using these bits of papers, Isa created a series of prints called Israel on Fire. One of these monoprints is on the cover of her ﬁrst book, Between the Doorposts; others are in private collections. “I was driven to write and driven to create images,” says Isa. “One of my goals is to ﬁnd a way to marry my images with text. It’s very challenging because I don’t want my images to illustrate the text – I want to ﬁnd that harmony to merge the text with the image.” Isa describes her writing as vignettes, speculation over incidents and moments; small links that connect emotionally. “You deﬁnitely want to leave the world in a better place than how you found it. If I can do it through my gift of words and images, that would be wonderful,” she says.
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an Juan Island is the largest in a chain of 172 islands, collectively known as the “San Juan Islands” that runs along the border between Canada and the United States on the southeast side of Vancouver Island. After years of haggling, on June 15, 1846, both countries signed the Oregon Treaty, which settled the border at the 49th parallel, dipping a little to encompass all of Vancouver Island on the Canadian side. The agreement referred to what it called the “Middle of the Channel” where the San Juan Islands are located, but unfortunately, there are two channels, Haro Strait to the west and Rosario Strait to the east. And therein lies the seed of controversy. Both the United States and Britain claimed sovereignty over the Islands and to cement its claim, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a sheep ranch on San Juan, putting a stubborn Irishman named Charles Grifﬁn in charge. Grifﬁn loved rearing prize pigs. The 1858 Gold Rush brought thousands of new arrivals into the area, some of whom decided to stay, including some 17 American settlers who arrived on San Juan Island to stake
The Pig War
their claims. Among them was a obstinate farmer named Lyman Cutlar who loved growing potatoes. One day, Cutlar was horriﬁed to see a big black pig, snufﬂing through his potato patch and dispatched the offending animal with his shotgun. The irate Grifﬁn demanded compensation. “I will give you $10 for your pig.” “The pig was not yours to kill. You will give me $100.” Cutlar was furious. “It’s your job to keep your pig out of my potatoes!” he roared.
Trouble had been brewing for months, with both sides ﬂexing their muscles... “It’s your job to keep your potatoes out of my pig!” replied Grifﬁn and immediately reported the matter to the authorities who issued an arrest warrant. Cutlar, as an American citizen, called for military protection and the “Pig War” began. Trouble had been brewing for months, with both sides ﬂexing their muscles, but it was a pig with a penchant for potatoes that was the ﬁnal straw. The ﬁrst contingent of 66 American
soldiers came up from Oregon, under the command of Captain George Pickett. Pickett was to go on to earn notoriety in the Civil War when General Lee placed him, now a Major-General, in command of a Confederate infantry division at Gettysburg in 1863. On his own initiative, he launched an attack known as “Pickett’s Charge,” which was a bloodbath. Many historians point to that ill-fated charge as the turning point in the Civil War and a major factor in the ultimate defeat of the Confederates. Pickett’s orders now were to prevent the British from landing on San Juan Island. In response, the British sent three warships to the Island. The situation continued to escalate, and, by August 1859, 461 American soldiers and 14 cannons faced ﬁve British warships with 70 guns and 2,140 men. Not one shot was ﬁred. Frustrated by the stalemate, Governor James Douglas in Victoria ordered the marines to attack. Their commander refused. “Two great nations in a war over a squabble about a pig is foolish,” he said. Meanwhile, on the Island, the two sides merely exchanged verbal insults. News reached Washington, and President Buchanan sent representatives
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to Victoria to negotiate a peace treaty. Unfortunately, a worse selection of negotiators would be difﬁcult to ﬁnd! On the American side was General Harney, known for his foul temper and equally foul mouth. Reports of his insubordination were already piling up on Washington desks. On the British side was Governor James Douglas, “Old Square Toes” who was known never to yield one inch if he could help it. When Buchanan learned of Harney’s unilateral and unwise actions, he replaced him with a man with diplomatic skills, Winﬁeld Scott. When Harney heard he was being replaced, he burst into a fury and committed one last act of gross insubordination by sending military reinforcements to the Island. Admiral Baynes, a calm and reasonable man, now represented the British position. Finally, when the dust had settled, it was agreed that the Islands would remain, for a time, under joint military custody, with no more than 100 men on each side. The British took possession of the north part of the Island and the Americans took the south. Soon, warm friendships developed between the two occupying forces, celebrating each other’s national holidays
and organizing athletic competitions and games. The only threat to peace was the consumption of huge amounts of alcohol on the many festive occasions they enjoyed together. Still to this day, the British Union Jack is hoisted over what used to be the British camp. Throughout the ensuing 10-year period of tranquility, the American forces were under the command of Major Henry Martyn Robert. This post suited his peace-loving nature well, and he ﬁlled his time indulging his favourite hobby – studying Parliamentary pro-
...but it was a pig with a penchant for potatoes that was the ﬁnal straw. cedure. The fruits of his tenure on San Juan Island were published in a book he wrote that has become the standard manual still in common use, Robert’s Rules of Order. But still, the matter of the exact boundary was unresolved. The British insisted the “middle of the channel” mentioned in the Oregon Treaty indicated the Rosario Strait, placing the San Juan Islands on the Canadian side. The Americans wanted the Haro
Strait to be the dividing line, which would put the Islands under American jurisdiction. It was decided to refer the matter to Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany for arbitration. It was generally thought that a compromise would be found by following a very clear channel that ran between the Islands, putting half of them in American hands and the remainder in British. To most people’s surprise, the three-man arbitration tribunal decreed the Haro Strait to be the border, ceding all the Islands to the Americans. Many felt that the decision was biased and was a German attempt to ingratiate their country with the Americans. These results continued to rankle for many years in the minds of the citizens of Victoria, and the consequent dislike of Germans festered, provoking often some bitter exchanges. But disaster had been averted, and the war in which the only casualty was one large, hungry black pig was over. SL Norman Archer is an historical city tour guide in Victoria and the author of Tales of Old Victoria. Contact him at 250-655-1594 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bill and Sheila Bull enjoy an active lifestyle and the freedom of condo living. Photo: Antonio LaFauci
e e r f e r a C CONDO LIVING BY TIFFANY AUVINEN
elling a large home ﬁlled with furniture, a lifetime of knick-knacks and amazing memories from raising children can often leave many homeowners in doubt. Downsizing to a condominium brings joy to many seniors and boomers because there’s less maintenance. Instead, condo owners can have more time to spend with loved ones, and residents can develop hobbies besides home duties. Sheila and Bill Bull, who moved from a home on Salt Spring Island into a condo on the West Shore, have no regrets regarding their big move. They’re especially active, and the duo has a lot of fun cycling on the Galloping Goose trail and visiting parks whenever they can. 14
“We both love to exercise, and moving into a condo has allowed us to move to a place with less upkeep, so we can enjoy the activities we love to do,” says Sheila, a 68-yearold retired nurse who met her husband in Terrace, while working on the job over 40 years ago. Bill, also 68, worked as an RCMP ofﬁcer for 28 years, and then for the provincial government until his retirement. Throughout their life together, the couple has moved frequently and even lived in the Arctic for six years while they were raising their three children, who now have given them nine grandchildren. Having so many family members to visit in different areas of Canada was one of their reasons for downsizing.
Since the Bulls wouldn’t have much storage after they sold their home on Salt Spring Island, they had to decide what to do with the belongings they had accumulated over the years. The Bulls donated most of their things to the Community Services garage sale on Salt Spring Island. The garbage dump, where they sent their remaining trinkets, has a small store, and any proﬁts they make go toward a scholarship fund. “It was nice to clear out our home and also do something nice,” says Sheila. The other items were divided amongst their children. Then the couple found a condominium. “We didn’t want to move to a seniors’ complex because we still wanted to feel young,” says Bill. “We feel like the condo is secure and safe, and we’re surrounded by some young people, which makes us feel youthful,” says Bill. The couple purchased a condo with 1,100 square feet [335 square metres], which they feel is plenty of space for them. “Living in this condo is like staying at a hotel without maid service,” says Sheila. “Even our ﬂoor plan is effective because we have two bedrooms with separate bathrooms. When our children come to visit, along with our grandchildren, they have just enough space to have their own sense of privacy.” The Bulls love to travel, and one trip they frequently make leads them up Island to Port Hardy to visit their son. Along the drive, they stop and check out different communities. “I feel like Vancouver Island has everything to offer all year round,” says Sheila. While they are in town, the couple likes to cycle downtown, which takes them less than an hour. “We like to spend time at the library and check out other sites,” says Bill. The Bulls are close to more than just walking and bike trails. Several spectacular golf courses are within a few minutes drive; three nearby sports complexes offer ﬁgure skating, ice and roller hockey, curling, baseball and soccer. “Shopping centres are only a short walk away,” says Sheila. “It’s nice that we don’t have to travel far to run our daily errands.” Some of the Island’s best salmon ﬁshing areas are within a 20-minute drive. The Bulls’ condominium offers exceptional features such as a 40 x 16 underground indoor pool with change rooms, showers and fully equipped ﬁtness area. “Having the pool and ﬁtness area where we like to lift weights twice a week is really great,” says Sheila. “The ﬁtness centre was big draw to us because staying active is what helps us look and feel our best.” Both Bill and Sheila believe that couples should choose a home that best suits their needs. For the Bulls, moving to a condominium with access to numerous activities was the best choice for them. “Knowing that we’re safe, active, and easily accessible SL to our family members was our priority.” OCTOBER 2009
THE HORSE WHISPERER BY IRENE BUTLER
rima trots over. Her powerful ﬂanks move in an easy rhythm, her rich brown coat glistens in the sunlight. Her gentle brown eyes reﬂect the pastoral surroundings as she puts her nose close and whinnies a greeting. Paschar then nuzzles in, followed by Micah. Among these warmbloods (sport horse breeds), there are two Shetland Ponies, and surprisingly, a bull! His stocky form nonchalantly munching hay alongside several large equines. “That’s Tesoro, meaning treasure in Spanish,” says Liz Mitten Ryan, “and yes, he thinks he’s part of the herd.” Hearing his name, he looks towards her and trots over, no doubt associating Liz with fun and a carrot treat. The 15 horse/one bull Ryan menagerie also includes four dogs and two cats that romp around like inseparable buddies. This is Gateway2 Ranch on the outskirts of Kamloops. Horse whisperer, author and artist Liz and her architect husband Kevin own the ranch. The Ryans were drawn from their small hobby farm in Gibsons, B.C. to this 320-acre ranch 10 years ago. Their decision to come here was inﬂuenced by Liz’s dream of being encased in nature, where her horses could run free, and her dogs could bark without disturbing the neighbours.
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Liz was never a city girl at heart. Born and raised in Vancouver, her fondest childhood reminiscences are of days spent at her Grandma’s summer place on the Sunshine Coast. In adulthood, and as a mother of six, she and Kevin have always lived as rural as possible. Their seven grandchildren now come to this haven to garner magical memories. From a tender age, Liz’s passions were animals and art. She had a particular afﬁnity with horses, and started riding lessons at the age of ﬁve, and by Grade 2, it was difﬁcult to coax her away from her easel, where oils morphed into a variety of animals. After graduating from high school, her parents, concerned that she should have “something concrete to fall back on,” sent her to university and nursing school. Eventually, her passions won out.
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Liz studied art in London, England and was mentored by senior instructor Peter Aspell at the Vancouver School of Art. As her children left the nest, she increasingly indulged in her passion of becoming a horse breeder and trainer, her expertise honed over many years of reading, and consulting with experts. Liz hopes the old method of “breaking” a horse to teach them skills will be replaced in every instance by the gentle and respectful horse whisperer techniques, whereby this highly intelligent animal and trainer “build” on each other’s strengths and become one in a co-operative way with superior results. Gateway2 is a perfect ﬁt for the Ryans. Kevin pursues his architectural profession in their new hinterland, and multi-tasks on the ranch. Liz, after a decade of running, playing, training, and observing these joyful, reckless creatures knows their every nuance and has become, in her own words, “one with the herd” – a life-changing spiritual journey. But even given the close bond with her horses, Liz was surprised and shocked when she began to write about her experience, while her horses, by a type of telepathy or channelling, began to communicate their perspective. “My animals’ message to humans is that they want to be recognized as equal spirits,” says Liz. “They feel humans have been steadily removing themselves from the interconnection of everything in the universe – the divine spark of God in all things. They say the way to do this is to listen to our intuition or higher consciousness and be in our truth, as each animal species lives their truth in the way given to them by God.” She has co-authored four award-winning books in three years with her horses (with contributions by her dogs and cats) – One with the Herd, Unbridled, Sabbatical, and The Truth According to Horses. These books have won eight Independent Publishing awards at Book Expo America in Los Angeles in 2008. The Truth According to Horses was entirely conceived and authored by Premiere Edition (a.k.a. Prima) and the Herd,” says Liz. “It won a Nautilus Book Award for 2009, making Prima the ﬁrst horse in history to win a literary award.”
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Other winners of this coveted award include the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. Throughout her life, Liz has always made time for her art, and many of her landscapes, equine and animal portraits appear in her books. She has raised millions of dollars for conservation groups and charities throughout the world, and was nationally acclaimed B.C. Wildlife Artist of the Year for two years, Habitat Canada conservation stamp winner, and Ducks Unlimited national artist for six years. Her print “Unbridled” was a 2008 National print for Ducks Unlimited. During the past year, the land that comprises Gateway2 has drawn attention. The Ryans have long been aware that their rolling terrain “felt” different, but when visitors also mentioned strange sensations, Liz invited Billa, a renowned shaman to walk the land. Billa, dowsing with L-rods detected the vortexes of two mega electro-magnetic ﬁelds. Later, Thyson, an expert in Geomancy (divination by means of lines, ﬁgures and geographic features) discovered other dynamics, such as a massive solitary boulder atop a hill containing a sizeable crystal. He claims this land is more complete with full spectrum natural wonders than any he had ever witnessed. Liz feels the powerful forces on this land may have heightened her and the horses’ capability to resonate on a higher level and clear the channels of communication – the link that allowed this horse whisperer to be directly inspired by equine SL wisdom. For more information on Liz Mitten Ryan’s art and books, visit www.lizmittenryan.com
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Worth the Wait BY KEN OXLEY, COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM VOLUNTEER
f you thought you saw a camouﬂage ﬁghter/attacked aircraft in Russian markings at the Comox Airport recently, you did. A dream of mine came true when I won the draw for a 40-minute ﬂight in an L39ZA Albatros ﬁghter jet owned by Ed McDonald of St. Albert, Alberta. Back in the day, Ed was a Canadian Air Force instructor on Tutors and other aircraft at Moose Jaw, along with his friend Capt. John Low, manager of the Comox Air Force museum. Ed now ﬂies Air Canada AB 330s and operates a company that designs stuff for airports, which use GPS to help aircraft ﬁnd the runway in bad weather. The ﬂight was a real surprise, much smoother than expected, probably due to the excellent handling of the L-39, good weather and the professional skills of the pilot. Pulling 3-4Gs during some of the aerobatic manoeuvres was exciting! Ed put me at ease and gave me the feel of the controls for 22
a few minutes. I had some experience ﬂying a Cessna many years ago, so just after we departed Comox, Ed said, “You have control, head for the Glacier at 9 o’clock at 4,000 feet.” I said, “What!” “Just like ﬂying the 172, but easier,” he assured me. He set the throttle at 240 knots, and I steered it around the sky for about 10 minutes. When Ed took control again, he did a bomb run on the
ski lodge at Mt. Washington – something the Albatros was built to do. Then we headed to Campbell River for a low altitude military break over the airport. Heading west, we did some loops and barrel rolls before returning to Comox, hugging the coastline along the way. Two military breaks over CFB Comox were authorized before a very smooth landing. Wow, times three! Flying above the best scenery in Canada was an added bonus. If the aircraft wasn’t so darn smooth and Ed so proﬁcient, it could have been scary. I have been waiting since Air Cadets in 1958 for a ride in a military ﬁghter/trainer and it was well worth the half-century wait. Ed pointed out, as we were heading to the ramp, that taxiing is more difﬁcult than ﬂying the aircraft as various wheel brakes are applied to change direction on the ground. Ed’s ﬂights are primarily used as fundraisers for select charities and are booked well in advance. I’ll be working with him on a fundraising event for the Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association and another to raise funds for a local high school football team to buy new equipment. The ﬂights will take place next year and those entered will have a chance to win a ride of a lifetime. So keep your eyes focused skyward, you may see the L-39 share the sky with a P-51 and some red and white CT-122s in April 2010. Ed plans to do next year’s charity ﬂights out of SL Comox Valley Airport again for the B.C. winners.
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Dear unsigned: It sounds like you have experienced a full life with raising your family as a single parent, teaching and now enjoying the role of grandparent. You must really be looking forward to BY GOLDIE CARLOW, M.ED your retirement. The relaDear Goldie: tionship with your sons and grandson I am 59 years old and have led a very will certainly be a plus in your future. In active life. I have been separated for 20 your letter, you seemed perturbed that years and raised my younger son by my- you initiate and pay for most social conself. My older son was in high school tacts with them. I can assure you this is when I separated. My life was dedicated not unusual, unless you bring the matter to my family, studies and work. I am a up when you are together and make a faculty person at a post-secondary insti- deﬁnite plan for future outings. In any tute. My boys are now grown and have case, do not lose contact. Family is very their own lives. I ﬁnd that I have no so- important as you age. cial life and no companionship. I did not My only advice on buying a house need this when I had my boys at home. is for you to contact the Victoria Real I see them every two weeks or so even Estate Board and obtain a list of their though they live in the same town. companies and agents. It would be wise It seems the only time I see them is to discuss information on listings of when I initiate a lunch or supper I pay houses with a friend or relative who has for or when the older one wants me to knowledge and experience in the housbabysit his sweet little boy. I know I ing market. You are starting well in adhave to give my head a shake and de- vance of your retirement so you will be velop a life of my own. I plan to retire in aware of prices and locations when you approximately three years and I want to visit the Island. move to Victoria. Senior Living publishes a Special Can you give me hints on housing, Edition Housing Guide for Seniors. You senior activities and things I should be would certainly beneﬁt from the inforaware of when planning a move. mation it contains. The magazine can I am a very healthy person with no also supply you with pen pals. Look in limitations for pursuing any activity the classiﬁed section under Personals. I should choose. Do you know of any And visit the website online at www. websites for pen pals my age on the Is- seniorlivingmag.com land? Thank you. I hope your move is successful and –unsigned you enjoy your retirement.
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Dear Goldie: I have been a widow for 20 years and have lived independently until my mid-eighties. Many of my friends have lost their husbands in the last few years. It amazes me that none of them want to keep their independence as I have. They are all in Senior Care residences. I visit them often and they seem to be happy. It seems sad to me that some of them did not try living on their own. Keeping my independence is so important to me. I look after my diet, exercise and walk daily. –K.H. Dear K.H.: I agree that maintaining your independence is an important part of life. However, there are many reasons for giving it up. Many factors make life of an individual different than that of couples. Your friends had husbands to consider and care for much longer than you. They may have felt weary of cooking, cleaning and shopping to keep up their homes. In later years, illness may have added to their strain. Each of your married friends was concerned about the welfare of two people while you only had yourself to care for and consider in decisions. Doubtless, you too had problem days, but they became widows at a much older age than you and possibly looked forward to a little care for themselves. You are fortunate to be well and independent, and I urge you to keep up your routines. Meanwhile, continue to visit your friends in their new homes. They need old friendships more than ever. SL SENIOR PEER COUNSELLING CENTRES Victoria 250-382-4331 Duncan 250-748-2133 Nanaimo 250-754-3331 Sidney 250-656-5537 Courtenay/Comox 250-334-9917 Salt Spring Island 250-537-4607 Port Hardy 250-949-5110
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n afternoon of valuable information for seniors will be hosted and presented by local support services and agencies, including Philips Lifeline and Eldersafe Support Services on October 28, 2009 at the Victoria Citadel Church. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature guest speaker Jeanie Stann, Manager of Outreach programs for Seniors Health with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The event will also include informative exhibits from well-known local services such as Island Four Wheels Freedom, the Family Caregivers’ Network Society, Island Hearing and Seniors Serving Seniors. “It is a timely opportunity for Victoria seniors to learn how they can actively participate in their own health care and learn about the valuable support systems currently available to them,” says Janine Innes, Philips Lifeline Community Representative for the Victoria area. Admission and parking is free. Light snacks, tea and coffee will be served. The Salvation Army Victoria Citadel Church is located at 4030 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C. For more info, call Janine Innes at 250-686-5030. SL
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y ﬁrst challenge when we built our log house in northern B.C. was standing at the base of a 70-foot [21.3 m] cedar tree, peering up to its crown, and trying to decide whether it would look better in the living room or kitchen. Our trees were limbed where they were felled in the Nass River Valley and transported to our building site south of the Skeena River, where they lay for over a year to “check” or dry out. We learned, over time, that 12 months of checking wasn’t really enough, and for years, loud cracks, sounding like gunshots, rang out as the logs continued their drying and shrinking process. It was unsettling, but we got used to it. Naive, we sold the house we lived in and moved onto our property about 20 miles [32.2 km] out of town, ﬁguring it would be fun “camping” for four months during the summer while our wonderful dream home was built. Our family of four – husband, wife and two girls ages 10 and 12 – squeezed into a converted school bus and a sagging construction shack for seven long months, which included the wettest summer on record. Our world was a sea of mud. We were babes in the wilderness. When I was alone during the day, black bears sniffed my clothesline strung between two trees. At night, wolves howled and Screech owls terriﬁed us with their shrieking, whistling calls. Meanwhile, the house was taking shape with agonizing slowness. During this interlude, the girls and I collected river rocks to face the ﬁreplace and cover the exposed cement foundation. Every time I started the pick-up truck and called the girls to
join me, “Oh Mum, not again!” became their refrain. After countless trips to the shores of the Copper River, the three of us collected ﬁve tons of rock – gorgeous variously coloured ﬂat rocks the size and dimension of large dinner plates. When the time came, we hired a novice stonemason, Rick Dakin, who crafted what we thought was the most beautiful ﬁreplace in the world with enough rocks left over for me to attempt facing the foundation. Old-timers had warned us that log house construction was an art form and builders had a tendency to be prima donnas. Once a job was started, no other craftsman dared move in to ﬁnish it, consequently, we couldn’t ﬁre our highly- recommended builder. Unfortunately for us, he was an alcoholic who enjoyed a daily liquid lunch at a hotel pub in town and often returned to our site with a bevy of beer-happy friends to show off his work – while we paid him and watched – in the rain.
The day the last log was put into place and secured, I ﬁred him. He reciprocated by burning his initials in large letters into the crossbeam directly above our future living room. As soon as possible, I obliterated his initials using a large steel plate from which I hung our main light ﬁxture. Our banker was convinced we were holidaying in Hawaii as we went back for more and more money – almost $300,000 – far beyond our original estimate of less than $200,000. The building of a log house is interesting, even in the rain. A large V is cut into the length of the bottom of each log and ﬁlled with insulation before the next huge log is settled on top. Our walls were 10 logs high. We had a four-foot [1.2 m] high cement foundation above ground on which the ﬁrst log was placed and every subsequent log was at least 18 inches [45.7 cm] in diameter. Holes were cut for doors and windows. I wanted a large triangle
window in the living room. Glass isn’t sold in triangles, but in squares from which the triangle is cut. Hence, the additional expense. The builder is ﬁnished when the last tons-heavy log is gently manoeuvred into place by a crane with nothing but blue sky up above. That day eventually came and when it did, it came with a shock. A local builder electriﬁed us by nonchalantly remarking, “You’ll never get a roof on that place.” Fortunately, an experienced crew from a company based in Prince George, had ﬁnished a previous job and was still in town. Their foreman inspected our rooﬂess home and proclaimed his team could do the job; I hired them on the spot and watched as they swarmed in like locusts. They also built our cabinets and counters. The bank manager blanched at the cost of the Prince George crew, but the job was done in jig time. (And truth be told, the bank was in so deep, by this time, they had to have a ﬁnished product to secure their investment.) Winter was coming, but there were still major issues to be resolved. We had yet to dig a well, buy and install three telephone poles to carry electricity across the site, and install a septic system. At this point, the ﬂoor of our home was comprised of roughly-hewn 2 x 10 planks but we moved in anyway, out of the rain, and hauled water in green garbage cans, lit candles and continued to use the chemical toilet in the converted school bus. In retrospect, I don’t think it entered our city-oriented minds when we excavated the foundation that we would need a water-well, a service road and telephone poles. We also needed a huge furnace because the peak of the interior of the house measured 20 feet [6.1 m] in height, meaning we had a lot of house to heat. We were out of the rain, but not out of the woods. Everything that could go wrong did. The septic system was installed in reverse with the outlet at the intake. The “dowser” or Water Diviner we hired to ﬁnd water on the property was a drinker like the builder, and staggered around with a willow wand until we asked him politely to leave. Our 12-year old daughter found that she could “dowse” too, and we had the well dug where the willow wand almost jumped out of her hand pointing to the ground. Water was there all right, after 200 feet [61 m] of clay, sand and gravel were removed by a cabled contraption that looked like a torpedo with a hole in the middle. It thudded down and emptied on the adjacent ground during the daylight hours, costing us a small fortune with each and every thump. Once completed, a “friend” came by to inspect it and dropped an irretrievable two-foot [61 cm] long pipe wrench down the 200-foot hole. To heat the house, we ordered a Valley Comfort furnace, the largest model the company had available at the time. It was situated incorrectly in the basement in such a position that the pipes went around a corner before entering the chimney. This caused the wood to burn more slowly than it should have, thus creating ongoing creosote problems.
My husband’s job meant he was out of town a lot, and one night when I was alone with the kids, I smelled something burning. When I went to investigate, the whole basement was ﬁlled with acrid white smoke. I raced upstairs and phoned a neighbour who lived a few country miles away. He told me to get the girls out of the house and into the bus and said he would come over right away. When he arrived, he donned asbestos gloves and dragged burning four foot [1.2 m] logs out of the furnace, throwing them outside the basement door, where I frantically shovelled snow to douse the ﬂames. Panic over. In time, the septic tank was reﬁtted, the well water ran pure, we were able to turn on switches for electricity and I kept the road to the house clear of snow in the winter on my bulldozer. The bank manager was heard to heave sighs of relief as we repaid our unexpectedly large loan. Because there were ﬁve cleared acres around the house, the girls were able to have horses and I became a farmer with friendly chickens, geese and pigs. When I think of “home,” my mind goes back to that beautiful log house in the forest. The bad memories have vanished and all that remains are images of the glorious early morning pink mountains viewed from the kitchen window; the horses gambolling in their corral; black bears wandering harmlessly by our front window, and all the peace and SL serenity of country living.
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just can’t leave museums alone,” says Bill through the U.S. and escaping to warmer climates at ChristBlore, who spearheaded the recovery and dis- mas and Easter, they have visited Europe and Britain over play of artifacts and history of the Victoria Po- a dozen times. On one of these occasions, Bill, who has twice had the honour of meeting the Queen face-to-face in lice Department, the oldest police force west of Ontario. Born in the middle of winter in the middle of the De- Canada, met Prince Charles when they attended a garden pression in Red Deer, Alberta, Bill decided from the day he party at Buckingham Palace, part of a holiday designed by started school that teaching was the job for him. An award Bill’s great-uncle. Bill and Clare retired to Vancouver Island in 1991 to “live winning thespian in high school, an Air Cadet, Trail Ranger, UC youth group member and editor of the school newspa- the life of Riley, but that didn’t happen,” says Bill. In 1992, he joined the staff at Craigdarroch per, yearbook and local radio station Castle as the Volunteer and Edustudents’ program, Bill says he had It’s been the joy of my cational Co-ordinator and became so much fun in high school, he hardfascinated with museum creation, ly had time to study. Bill attended life because I always management, artifact collection, universities in Edmonton, Calgary was a historian. preservation and display. In the liand Vancouver, earned a teaching braries at Craigdarroch, UVic and degree and launched his career in UBC, Bill read everything he could an army and air force school in Calgary, and moved up to administration and other schools in ﬁnd on museums. “So, it’s been the joy of my life because I always was a historian,” he says. the city. In 1967, he married Clare, a fellow educator. Bill left Craigdarroch in 1996 and became a volunteer Aside from teaching and administration, Bill coached one-act plays and sports. His main goal as a teacher and at Hatley Park with the Friends of Hatley Park. In 1998, principal was to have fun with the kids. “I enjoyed their he suggested to the university that a museum would be apwonderful adventuresome attitudes to learning,” he says. “I propriate, and they asked him to create one in the basement loved to see the light of knowledge come on when they dis- of the castle. Paid staff later took over the operation of the museum, and Bill left to pursue other interests. While lookcovered a new learning.” Bill and Clare like to travel. In addition to their annual ing after the maintenance of St. Andrews Cathedral, a Canvisits to Clare’s family in Saskatchewan, Elderhostel trips ada Heritage Site, Bill continued to attend seminars on the
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Tobacciana and Phillumenists This is not a treatise on smoking, though I will say that the thought of stufﬁng dried leaves in my mouth and setting ﬁre to them has never held much appeal.
airports or waved at rock concerts, lighters are also a metal BY MICHAEL RICE canvas for a cigarette brand, a warship name or an acknowledgement of Mr. Abernathy’s ver the centuries, the tobacco industry has gen- retirement after 40 years of obscurity in the mailroom. Table erated countless items to advertise their products lighters and stand lighters in combination with a slot for cigaand encourage tobacco use by enhancing the rettes are much in demand. A pocket Dunhill lighter, Japanese “smoking experience.” Many of these promotional items con- lacquered in the 1930s just sold on eBay for $1,750. All smokers had ashtrays. An early popular design showed tinue to be thrown away as folks pass on, estates are cleared an airplane handle “ﬂying” over the tray itself. The plane and and downsizing becomes important. Tobacco pipes are one of the most widely collected ar- tray were brightly chromed, and these are worth over $100 today. Even Las Vegas casino eas of tobacciana. My nonashtrays from the ’50s and smoking son worked in his ’60s spark interest. university days for a promiThe majority of pipes are made of Cigarette cases were often nent local tobacconist and made of sterling silver and became a bit of a pipe expert. briar, which is the root burl of the have value for the silver conHe now has some 400 pipes White Heath, a tree that grows in tent. Most are melted down in his personal collection, to be reborn as modern funcincluding a lovely example the Mediterranean area. tional or esthetically pleasing carved with the head of Paul objects. Kruger, the President of the For many years, cigarettes Boers during the Boer War. The majority of pipes are made of briar, which is the root and loose tobacco were sold in colourful tins. Some had a burl of the White Heath, a tree that grows in the Mediter- practical afterlife, such as the Dixie Queen Cut Plug tin, ranean area. Other pipes are made of meerschaum (a white which had a handle and was used as a lunchbox by school clay that yellows with age and is often mistaken for ivory) kids. The “ﬂat 50s” tins we may remember were used to store and corncobs, such as smoked by General MacArthur in the nuts and bolts or buttons. As paper promotions, tobacco companies added insert last war. If you have a few old pipes, don’t chuck them out, as collectors will buy them. Better brands include Dunhill, cards (one per package) in sets of 25 or 50. Soldiers, royalty, Petersen, Ashton and Stanwell, while others are interesting ﬂowers and trains are just a few of the many types available. Some of the inserts were made of silk, which young ladies for the shapes of their bowls or curves of their stems. Where there’s smoke, there must be ﬁre, which means sewed together to make handkerchiefs or cushion covers. Remember that push bar on the door of your corner store? matches and lighters. A phillumenist is a collector of matchbook covers, someone you may prejudge as boring at parties Or the long metal thermometer tacked up on the wall outside? and who wears mismatched socks, but who has great appre- While many of these advertised soft drinks, there were ones ciation for the history these covers represent. Match covers that advertised tobacco too, all given away to the storeowner are like little posters; given away to promote motels, ship to serve as year-round advertisements. Inside the store were lines, politicians and soda pop. They turn up by the bread bag poster size ads in bright colours promoting popular brands. I full in overheated attics and should be removed promptly to recall our long vanished Braefoot Grocery Store in Saanich prevent self-combustion – and turning your two-storey home displaying a Sportsman ﬁsherman poster, and would like one SL into a bungalow. They’ll also gladden the heart of a serious now, just for the memory. collector who will remove the staples and matches and only Comments and suggestions for future columns are welretain the covers. A lighter was once as common in a pocket or purse as loose come and can be sent to Michael Rice P.O. Box 86 Saanichton change or a lipstick. While a potential weapon to be seized at B.C. V8M 2C3 or via email to email@example.com
Courageous s u o e g a r t Ou
BY PAT NICHOL
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“The past is history, the future is a mystery, we only have the gift of this precious moment – that is why it is called the present.”
his quote is one that I have passed onto others blithely often in my life as a speaker. A few months ago, I wrote about each of us beginning to compile a “bucket list” – a list of all those things we want to do before we die. Well, I did the Adrenaline Zip Line in Sooke before the issue even hit the stands. I did it with my daughters and husband to celebrate his 72nd birthday. His idea – not mine. It was awesome, both fun and scary all at the same time! Well worth the time and the money. When I wrote that column, I wasn’t concerned about the future, just aware that my life was moving along what seemed to be a smooth track that wouldn’t change that much unless I wanted it to. The fact that our lives can change in an instant soon came home to me. Between one weekend and the next, the future suddenly shrunk. On a sunny Sunday morning, my husband was very uncomfortable and in pain so I took him to the clinic. We were referred to the hospital, however, no
alarm bells went off. Emergency room doctors ordered all sorts of tests. When I returned to take him home, I found out they were admitting him for more tests. By Tuesday morning, after a conversation with his doctor, our relaxed future was no more. My seemingly healthy husband had been diagnosed with cancer. The present took on a completely new meaning. Each moment now becomes precious. As we move into this month of Thanksgiving, be thankful for your blessings. Every day, be present to all that you are and all that you have. Be especially thankful for your health, even with the aches that may not have been there a year ago. Be thankful for our healthcare system. As ﬂawed as it may seem at times, the people in the trenches (nurses, etc.) are amazing. We all need to take on an attitude of gratitude for the large gifts and the small – in all facets of our lives. Whether you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving or not, take this time to tell people in your life that you love them. SL The opportunity may not come again.
Pat Nichol is a speaker and published author. She makes her home in Victoria, but travels the world. She can be reached at www.patnichol.com
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he word ginger comes from the Sanskrit “singa- the daily requirements of these vitamins and minerals. Anecbera,” which means “shaped like a horn.” Marco dotal evidence suggests that early Chinese sailors consumed Polo described ginger in detail in his diary, after fresh, raw ginger for its vitamin C to ward off scurvy. ﬁrst encountering it on his travels along Asia’s silk route. Ginger possesses some medicinal properties due to the Ginger was later brought to Europe as live potted plants in presence of active compounds such as gingerols and shogships that plied the East Indies route. aols. It has been used for centuries in Asia to counter nausea Native to South East Asia, ginger has been cultivated and to prevent vomiting from seasickness and motion sickthere for around 4,000 years. Nowadays, it’s grown mostly ness. Recently, it has performed well in scientiﬁc trials to test in India, China, the West Indies and Africa. its efﬁcacy in treating nausea in patients who had undergone Ginger is botanically surgery or chemotherapy. Ginger has been used related to several other Several studies have also spices that occupy a place shown it to be effective in for centuries in Asia to of choice in Asian cookrelieving nausea and voming, namely turmeric, cariting in early pregnancy. It counter nausea and to prevent is thought that even ginger damom and galangal. vomiting from seasickness The most useful part beer was ﬁrst used to soothe queasy stomachs. of the ginger plant is the and motion sickness. rhizome or root. This is Ginger has been used by peeled, grated and used fresh in curries, stir fries and other many cultures as a digestive stimulant. Recent studies on favourite Asian dishes. When peeled, dried and then pow- rats and guinea pigs have pinpointed the compound 6-shogdered, the rhizomes are converted into ground ginger. It is aol as being responsible for this action. mostly used in baking cakes and cookies such as gingerIn Chinese medicine, ginger is used in the form of a tea to treat colds or chills and to promote sweating. Studies have bread men, which date back to Elizabethan times. The strong ﬂavour of ginger is due to the presence of 6- shown that ginger does indeed stimulate circulation, thus ingingerol, which is found in cells just below the skin. Not creasing the body’s temperature. only used to ﬂavour food, ginger also preserves it. This is The effectiveness of ginger as an analgesic and anti-inpossible because ginger has antibacterial properties, which ﬂammatory agent is now being investigated. What sparked kill pathogenic bacteria and fungi responsible for causing this interest is the structural similarity between 6-gingerol food spoilage. and capsaicin, a known pain reliever extracted from hot pepFresh ginger is popular in marinades since it contains en- pers. The anti-inﬂammatory properties of 6-gingerol are bezymes, such as zingibain, which degrade protein and will ing evaluated since it is known to inhibit the cyclooxygenase therefore tenderize meat or ﬁsh before barbecuing. enzyme that causes inﬂammation. It could prove useful as Owing to the presence of ﬂavonoids, carotenoids and a painkiller in patients suffering from arthritis and muscular phenolic compounds such as gingerols, ginger possesses problems. antioxidant properties. It will thus protect fats in prepared Recently, 6-gingerol has been shown to destroy human cofood from being oxidized and going rancid. lon tumour cells grown in mice. No trial has yet been done on Ginger is also rich in several vitamins such as vitamin C humans, but the results were impressive enough to warrant an and many others of the B group, as well as calcium, potas- application for a patent by the University of Minnesota. No one has requested a patent to use ginger as an aphsium and other minerals. Because of its strong taste, however, people normally consume too little of it to signiﬁcantly affect rodisiac, yet, even though in some parts of Senegal women 36
wear a belt made of fresh ginger root to rekindle passion in SL their husbands! Dr. Naidoo lives in Ladysmith and is the author of Nature’s Bounty: Why certain foods are so good for you and Nature’s Bounty: More foods for a longer and healthier life.
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Australia: Scratching the Surface n 1787, the ﬁrst ﬂeet left Portsmouth, England with its load of convict passengers bound for what is now called Australia. Captain Arthur Phillip aboard HMS Sirius was not taken with Botany Bay and went on to ﬁnd one of the ﬁnest harbours in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line might ride in perfect security the ﬁnest harbour in the world, a place now simply called Sydney. Their journey of over eight months contrasts sharply with our direct 15-hour 25-minute Vancouver to Sydney ﬂight, which after a few movies, meals and snoozes deposited us on the other side of the world. We’d booked the ﬂight, four days stay in Sydney, New South Wales, and had tickets to a performance at the Sydney Opera House, and that was it. The plan was to spend four days in Sydney and then ﬁgure out where to go for the remainder of our three-week visit. The land Down Under offers an endless variety of travel experiences but, with the help of a local travel professional, we decided 40
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One of the spacious Sydney Opera House lounges overlooking the harbour and the bridge.
evening, so we started each day promptly and explored the city by foot, ferry, rail and bus. Hotelled near historic Hyde Park with its Archibald Fountain, mature trees, grand walkways and Art Deco Anzac Memorial our walking routes took us past many notable historic buildings and we gradually became immersed in the essence of the city. First off was a three-hour boat tour of the harbour, with its 254 km of shoreline and 54 sq km of water, to better orient ourselves. Having viewed such destinations as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the vibrant Darling Harbour area and the Rocks from the water, we set off to visit them by foot making good use of the many walkways, which provide an endlessly changing panorama of stunning views of the city and harbour. The iconic Sydney Opera House is an obvious must-see destination and we had tickets to a concert on a Sunday afternoon. At intermission, midst a very moving performance of music by Mozart performed by full orchestra and complete with 300-voice choir, we sipped bubbly while standing in the upper lounge overlooking the magniﬁcent harbour. With its historic bridge, myriad sailboats, ferries and other watercraft on sun sparkled water against a backdrop of deep blue sky it was one of those unforgettable magic moments. No short travel article could do justice to the variety of delights that Sydney offers from the readily available incredible array of international cuisine to the 19th century Queen Victoria Building (QVB). This remarkable site occupies a whole city block, with its centre dome, magniﬁcent stained glass and superb shops, to the 30-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, which embraces Farm Cove, to its 37 sandy beaches. There’s no lack of information on this clean, modern, historic and fascinating city, though even combined they likely only scratch the surface. Flying direct from Sydney to Hamilton Island in Queenslands Whitsunday Islands, the temperature notched up a few degrees and now, to us, it was hot summer weather. Beaches, boats, brilliantly coloured birds, palm trees, swimming pools, shuttle buses and wonderful food choices gave us the perfect spot for some R & R. But it was to the Great Barrier Reef that we were drawn, and a full day was needed.
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Aboard the FantaSea high-speed catamaran, we cruised through the Whitsunday Islands to the Coral Sea, receiving snorkelling information and scuba experience options, had one-onone discussions with marine biologists as to what to expect upon arrival and what protocol is required when at the reef and saw ﬁlmed footage of the area. But the actual experience surpassed even what we were anticipating after all that orientation. We rode in the semisub accompanied by a marine biologist who explained what it was we were seeing, we viewed the scuba diving lesson from the underwater observatory and we indulged in a sumptuous lunch. But, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef was the best experience. Not knowing a single soul on the entire continent was a good thing, as we had to clad ourselves in stinger suits before going into the water. These lightweight, form clinging body suits with hoods and mitts offer protection against jelly ﬁsh and, in particular, the minute but deadly Irukandji. Looking alarmingly like a lumpy uncooked sausage in an insipidly pale pink number, I joined my aqua-clad husband and, once wed gotten over laughing at appearance we entered the marvellous world of the reef.
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This page, (Top) Inside a carriage of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. The author’s husband, John, standing at the helm of the former racing yacht Banjo Paterson. Page 43, Aboriginal artist Jim Boongar Edwards works from his gallery in the rainforest village of Kuranda.
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with its fringing reef and soft corals (this time in more ﬁgure ﬂattering neoprene suits). This is where we hovered over a turtle watching it munch unperturbed on bottom grasses and explored the corals. Well fed, full of satisfaction at the wonders of this beautiful area and sailing gently back to the mainland, we learned about the real AB Banjo Paterson (1864-1941). He was the famous bush poet who penned Clancy of the Overﬂow and Waltzing Matilda. His image appears on the Australian $10 bill against the copy protection micro printing background of the words from The Man from Snowy River. Once on the mainland and in a rental car, we head north to Cairns. Acres of sugar cane, banana plantations, cane train tracks and trucks, and towns rest in heat and humidity seemingly unchanged since the 1950s. Off the main road, we headed into small communities meeting friendly and welcoming people like those in Babinda, Queensland who told us theirs was the wettest town on earth, and to be sure to take the crocodile warnings seriously. We visited lonely beaches and, indeed, the further north we went, the bigger and more detailed beach notices became – crocodile warnings, stinger warnings, and cassowary warnings. We didnt see anyone swimming, but we noticed the stinger nets at popular swim
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sites, and we never did see the legendary monstrously large cassowary bird. Sister city to Sidney, B.C., Cairns is the gateway to tropical Queensland and from here we headed into the wet tropical rainforests. An unforgettably long day with our guide Wayne took us into The Daintree and to Cape Tribulation, the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef. Meandering up the Daintree River, our guide pointed out crocodiles basking on the mudﬂats, snakes coiled in tree branches and a baby croc resting on an overhanging branch. A ﬁve-metrelong ancient male croc swam eerily along the bank and a later boat reported that he headed to that branch, knocked off the baby croc and then ate it. Thus, we learned a little more about the habits of crocodiles. Interpretive walks through deeply shaded and densely
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wooded areas revealed the secrets of the vines, canopies and life within the rainforests. Showing us an idiot fruit, Wayne explains that it comes from an ancient ﬂowering tree native to The Daintree for 120 million years, the Ribbonwood or Idiospermum Australiense. We ended the day hot, sweaty, entranced and humbled at the ancient nature wed experienced at Cape Tribulation, our furthest point north on this trip. Back along the winding coast road, past the magniﬁcent northern beaches, we headed back into Cairns for a day of recovery before making our way to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest 300 metres above sea level. Taking the seven-and-a-half-kilometre Skyrail gondola journey up over the forest, we could now see the forest canopy we have been viewing from the ground on our tour with Wayne the day before and appreciated it even more. A former hippy refuge, Kuranda is now a tourist haven with shops, restaurants, a birdworld, koala gardens and butterﬂy sanctuary. We headed away from the hubbub and were rewarded by ﬁnding a winding street, which evoked the 1960s and led us to a drumming circle. A variety of musicians with an array of instruments were engaged in one of their impromptu musical gatherings. Only a few of the bats that populate several trees in the Sydney Botanical Gardens.
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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos at Hamilton Island, The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland.
We also found Jimmy Boongar Edwards in his rambling studio eagerly chatting with people about his art and what it represented. Having learned from his grandparents about the bush and his tribal peoples, he’s spent most of his life painting the stories that were told to him. Built for the gold rush, the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway with its heritage carriages took us back to Cairns through the Barron Gorge by way of 15 tunnels, around 93 curves, alongside waterfalls and over bridges. A ﬂight to Sydney, then another to Vancouver and we arrive amazingly the same time we left (due to the international date line) with a strong hankering to return to Australia. We had, like many of the guidebooks, just scratched the surface SL of what that great land Down Under has to offer.
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AGING WITH DIGNITY
ccording to Statistics Canada, the number of people aged 65 and up has more than doubled since the 1920s, and will double again in the next three decades. By 2031, one in four Canadians – an estimated 9.8 million – will be a senior, up from roughly one in 10 today. “Aging is a reality for every Canadian – for seniors, for their family members, for the services that support them.” –Globe and Mail. In Canada, nearly two-thirds of women and more than half of men aged 55 to 64 are grandparents. The next 20 years will see a large number of baby boomers become grandparents. Indeed, marketers have already coined a name for the next stage of life for the generation born between 1946 and 1964 – the “grandboomers.” On October 14, residents of the Comox Valley age 55+ are welcome to attend an expo that will explore options for sustaining independence, celebrate aging and promote planned lifestyle choices. The Comox Valley offers excellent resources for reducing stress around these life decisions, which can help residents maintain optimum health as they age. Baby boomers who will encoun-
ter the realities of aging, which could include: health, shifting lifestyle, unexpected transitions, aging parents, grandparenting and retirement will discover resources and supports at the event. People making career choices will want to check out the current and potential employment opportunities based on the Comox Valley’s aging population. This event will have information and experts to support and connect attendees as they navigate the many services, resources and programs available in the Comox Valley. Tour the exhibitors’ tables conveniently under one roof and enjoy special guest speakers. AGING WITH DIGNITY COMOX VALLEY EXPOSITION Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay OCTOBER 14, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. FORUM: “Promoting Pro-active Living & Informed Decision Making” For more information, call Diane Huddle, Project Manager, Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-703SL 6771 or 250-334-4100.
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Reﬂections THEN & NOW
BY GIPP FORSTER
remember as a kid trying to play street hockey on those cold winter days in Ottawa. I use the term “try” because I was never good at it. In fact, I was awful and was only ever chosen to even out a team. There was no goalie stick (who could afford a goalie stick!). We used an ordinary hockey stick to protect the goal – measured between two lumps of grey ice dug from a frozen snowbank. Scrunched up newspaper or a Liberty magazine were tucked into knee-high socks worn over breeks as pads and the puck was a chunk of ice or a donation made to the game by a horse that had passed by earlier. A horse pulled the ice wagon that supplied our iceboxes. So too was the bakery wagon and the milk wagon and the trash collector’s wagon – almost the end of an era, but not quite. A hockey stick (owning one, I mean) was a prize above all prizes. We’d tape the blade (or our dad would) with black electrical tape, then tap, tap, tap it on the icy street to make sure the tape held. Street hockey didn’t demand skates. Footwear would do, mostly rubber boots with two or three pairs of socks underneath. It was usually all our par-
ents could afford. We’d fold over the tops to make them look like pirate boots. If “cool” had been an expression then, we would have thought of ourselves as “cool!” When not being used, the hockey stick was stored in the vestibule. A young person asked me recently what a vestibule was. I tried to explain that it took two doors to get into your home in the days of horse-drawn wagons. He looked at me sadly, shook his head and walked away mumbling something about senility. The young don’t always believe there was a “yesterday” – at least before colour television. Anyway, the hockey stick was a treasure to young males in the forties. My elder brother was the actual owner of the stick. Now and then, he would let me use it, but in the beginning, it was far too big for me. As mentioned, I didn’t play too often. Occasionally, me and another misﬁt kid were used as goalposts. That was the longest I ever played in any game. A hockey stick was like an article of clothing worn by your big brother. It was a hand-me-down. The hockey stick had to last. Ours lasted. Right down un-
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THE HOCKEY STICK til, instead of a blade, there was a pointed tooth on the end. But that wasn’t the end of it (no pun intended). Then it became a summer thing instead of a winter thing. It changed reality into fantasy. It became a make-believe riﬂe for any war game or cowboy game a nine or 10 year old could imagine. Oh, it was grand, that old hockey stick! A friend that could take all kinds of abuse and still last to bring untold hours of joy. When it was worn down, our parents didn’t rush out to buy a new one. It had to do. Not just for one, but for two and often three kids. My grandsons play hockey today. Not on frozen streets or open-air rinks. They play in arenas with helmets, masks, jerseys and pads, state-of-the-art skates and, of all things, state-of-the-art hockey sticks! What it costs to deck out a kid for the hockey season now is equivalent to what my parents tried to save towards the full price of a house! Well, it’s all relative, I guess. At least that’s what I’m told. But in those days, the years were lean. They were war years and trying to understand peace years. Years in which one had to learn to make do. It’s hard to believe that era really existed. There’s no longer a hockey stick worn down to a tooth or taping and re-taping it to make you feel like Rocket Richard. No reminder that to struggle made life seem more real. But there is the memory. And sometimes, when I think it was all just a dream, I remember an old hockey stick and how it was worn down to a tooth. A hand-meSL down, even in memory.
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