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CELEBRATING SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY JULY/AUGUST 2007
Tine Andriessen’s “Peace and Harmony.” COVER PHOTO: Gillian Radcliffe runs Pacific NorthWest Raptors – a centre that promotes knowledge, respect and awareness of birds of prey. Page 6. Photo: Enise Olding Publisher Barbara Risto Editor Bobbie Jo Sheriff Contributors Stephen Aiken, Norman K. Archer, Carol Baird-Krul, Goldie Carlow, Gipp Forster, Al Goguen, Janice Hall, Evelyn Hunting, Laura Leyshon, Mayo McDonough, Pat Nichol, Enise Olding, Mathieu Powell, Bill Reilly, Kathy Reilly, Patti Reilly, Michael Rice, Holly Rowland, Vernice Shostal, Barbara Small Design Barbara Risto, Bobbie Jo Sheriff Proofreader Allyson Mantle Advertising Manager Barry Risto For advertising information, call 479-4705 Ad Sales Staff IMG Innovative Media Group (Victoria) Mathieu Powell 250-704-6288 John Dubay 250-294-9700 Ann Lester (Nanaimo) 250-390-1805 Barry Risto (Vancouver) 250-479-4705 Glynn Currie (Nanaimo) 250-327-8005 Shelley Ward (Comox Valley) 250-897-1798 Distribution Ron Bannerman, Jim Gahr, Lorraine Rhode, Barry Risto, Betty Risto, Sheila Rose Richardson,Ted Sheaff, Tanya Turner Contact Information Senior Living, 153, 1581-H Hillside Ave.,Victoria BC V8T 2C1 Phone 250-479-4705 Fax 250-479-4808 E-mail (General) firstname.lastname@example.org (Editorial) email@example.com Web site www.seniorlivingmag.com Subscriptions $32 (includes GST) for 10 issues. Canadian residents only. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. Senior Living is an independent publication and its articles imply no endorsement of any products or services. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher. Unsolicited articles are welcome and should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Living Vancouver Island is distributed free throughout Vancouver Island. Stratis Publishing Ltd. publishes Senior Living Vancouver Island (10 issues per year), the Housing Guide (January & July) and Senior Living Vancouver & Lower Mainland (6 issues per year). ISSN 1710-3584 (Print) ISSN 1911-6403 (Online)
FEATURES 2 Restorative Yoga
Back pain, chronic fatique or stress? This ancient practise may be the answer to what ails you.
6 A Wild Life
Wildlife ecologist Gillian Radcliffe hopes to bring some of her knowledge of birds to prey to others.
8 Achieving Milestones
The Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors recognizes Senior Living magazine with the Award of Merit.
12 A Writer’s Life
Doctor cum novelist Roy Innes has finally found time to put pen to paper.
14 Kidney Failure
Holly Rowland shares her journey with humour and good nature into a world she never thought she’d visit.
16 A Cinderella Story
Artist Tine Andriessen has been unwavering in her commitment to a life of art.
18 Choosing a Denturist Get your questions answered before you purchase dentures.
20 In My Backyard
Departments 10 VICTORIA’S PAST REVISITED Victoria’s Favourite Ghost
38 TASTY TRADITIONS Fond memories and heritage recipes
46 AUTHOR Ron Chudley
Columns 4 The Family Caregiver Barbara Small
26 Ask Goldie Goldie Carlow
28 Scam Alert Mayo McDonough
36 Courageous & Outrageous Pat Nichol
37 Bygone Treasures Michael Rice
48 Reflections:Then and Now Gipp Forster
and nd... Home Support Directory 34 Crossword 39 Classifieds 42 Events 44
Kelly Murphy adds spirituality and adventure to her beautiful garden.
24 The Sinking of the Bismarck
As a former crewmember of HMS Dorsetshire, Walter Fudge remembers the historical day they went into battle.
32 Senior Living Character Nicki Graham follows her own life advice – “get out and do it.”
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Restorative Yoga BY KATHY REILLY
rolled blankets, bolsters, belts and eye cushions. The props allow the body to let go, to ease the tension in the skeletal and nervous system and to relieve chronic stress. Restorative yoga can be helpful for people with diverse conditions such as back and joint pain, neck pain, high blood pressure, headaches, chronic fatigue and cancer. Many of these problems are a result of stress and a few minutes a day of restorative yoga can release the body and mind from the daily grind. “Restorative yoga uses breathing techniques while in a resting position that allows nourishment of the physiology of the body,” says Nanaimo Yoga Instructor Adrienne Wills. “One feels stimulated and soothed because no effort is required.” The gentle stretches lengthen tight muscles and you will feel taller, straighter and stronger. By gently strengthening the tendons and muscles around joints, flexibility and balance return. Feet can throw the rest of your body out of alignment. Special exercises to strengthen the toes offer many more years of support. A good instructor will tell you how to let go and soften your body with each exhalation of breath, to tune into your body and to let go of the tension from head to toe. In such a relaxed state, the challenge will be staying awake during class. Through the years, I paid for regular maintenance of my homes and cars but have abused my body with improper food, lack of exercise and overwork. There is still time to restore my body, gain back some of the elasticity and enjoy some tranquility in retirement. I can stand on Photo: Patti Reilly
hen I finally reached re- yoga, but the one that seemed to fit my tirement, my world was needs was Restorative Yoga; I decided supposed to slow down. to give it a try. My retirement plans included leisurely The first session was frightening, as days of travelling, hiking, cycling, gar- most first-time activities are. But the dening and boating with my husband, instructor spent extra time giving me and playing agility with my dogs. But props to ensure I was not stressing my life got in the way. I’ve found an entire muscles, tendons and joints. I find that new set of stresses. with my body supported properly, I can I thought I had left stress behind in the workplace but now have an elderly parent to care for, teenage grandchildren causing a family crisis every other day and, to top it all off, my body is not as dependable as it used to be. When did I lose the ability to bend over to touch my toes? When did standing on one foot to pull on my jeans become impossible? My doctor has diagnosed osteoarthritis and tells me to exercise and lose weight. I have tried the gym and know I won’t continue. It just didn’t feel right Kathy Reilly is able to balance on one foot, to get in there and sweat with thanks to restorative yoga. the jocks. Walking the dogs twice a day is OK, but doesn’t quite learn to stretch my legs, to align my meet my needs. body, to actually separate my shoulder So, what about this yoga I heard so blades and loosen up the tautness in my much about back in the ’60s? Isn’t it neck. I feel more in tune with my body’s just for hippies and cultists? I decided needs. A day trip to Victoria from Nato investigate, first speaking with one of naimo used to leave me feeling so my clients, a yoga instructor, then Goo- cramped and achy, I could hardly stand gling “yoga” on the Internet. I asked my up when I got home, and my energy was doctor about it, and he was extremely depleted. Now I practise some stretches enthusiastic. I found yoga is not some that carefully align and relax my body, fad like the hula hoop or Rubik’s Cube. even while driving. I arrive home with Yoga, practised for thousands of years, energy to spare and no pain. is based on the principle that the mind How does restorative yoga differ and body are connected. Release the from other forms of yoga? A gentle form stress of the mind, and the body will re- of yoga, it eases the body into position lax. There are many different kinds of by using props such as foam blocks, SENIOR SENIORLIVING LIVING
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one foot now, and stretch the other leg out straight behind me! A small achievement perhaps, but one I thought I’d never do again. My arthritic feet and knees feel stronger and less painful, which allows me to walk further and tend the garden that I love so much. And I find I am far more capable of caring for and enjoying my family now. Yoga is about providing space in your body to allow stressed muscles and nerves to relax and provide a quiet space for your busy mind. It can be like taking a holiday in the comfort of your own home with little equipment other than the contents of your linen cupboard. Explore the yoga opportunities in your area. You may find it helps you balance your life too. To find a restorative yoga studio in your area, consult the yellow pages or search online, and interview a few instructors to find the one that best meets your needs. SL Kathy Reilly is a dog trainer, and freelance writer in Nanaimo. Discover the
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he Family Caregivers’ Network Society (FCNS) was established in 1989 to provide information, education and support for caregivers of adult family members or friends in the Capital Regional District. The care recipients live either in their own homes with the caregiver or in a care facility, and may be elderly, frail, disabled or chronically ill. Many of the staff and volunteers involved with FCNS are current or past caregivers. FCNS provides many services and products to help family caregivers deal more effectively with the many day-today responsibilities. Below are several of these services and products: • Family caregiver support groups in James Bay and Sidney, on Salt Spring Island and in the Hillside area. These are offered both during the day and evening on a drop-in basis and are run by trained volunteer facilitators. • Telephone support, information and referral to community resources and help in navigating the health care system. • Educational workshops on topics of interest to family caregivers, such as self-care, resiliency, caregiving after facility placement, reducing guilt and changing family roles. • Resource library of videos, books and handouts of value to family caregivers. • Bi-monthly newsletter, The Network News, which contains information about events, support groups, a legal column, a health care system column, resource library information and other articles and information of importance to family caregivers. The newsletter is delivered by regular mail or e-mail. • A Resource Guide for Family Caregivers, 2nd edition. This 160-page guide is presented in an easy-to-read format and contains practical information to help caregivers make informed decisions. FCNS members can purchase it for $15
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or $20 for non-members. • Caregiver Wellness Booklet: a free personal wellness journal focusing on self-care and creating balance in an otherwise busy life. • Medical Information Package (MIP) consisting of important forms for recording health-related information for the care recipient. This is all contained in a magnetic pouch that can be attached to a fridge and a decal that can be stuck on the front door indicating where the MIP can be found. Free to FCNS members and $3 for non-members. • Volunteer Ambassador Program: knowledgeable volunteers with family caregiving experience are available to present to community groups and organizations on the products and services offered by FCNS. • “Lunch and Learn” for employees of organizations and businesses to increase awareness of the resources available in the community to support family caregivers who are trying to balance the demands of employment with the demands of being a family caregiver. To receive more information about these products and services, please drop by the FCNS office in James Bay at 526 Michigan Street, call 250-384-0408 or visit online at www. fcns-caregiving.org SL Next issue: Dealing with the emotions related to caregiving.
Barbara Small is Program Development Coordinator for Family Caregivers’ Network Society.
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inda Roberts loved all animals, especially dogs. Through the SPCA, she adopted four over the years. First Annie, then Beauty, then Rocky and Helga. She had Annie and Beauty the longest. Beauty, because of age and paralysis, had to be put down and poor Annie had gone blind. Rocky and Helga were two abused pups who Linda rescued after the other pups in the litter had been shot. Linda loved them and nurtured them and they returned that love in abundance. All of the dogs were of mixed breeds, all black with touches of white, the size of a border collie. Linda walked her dogs two to three hours a day, seven days a week of very month and of every year. Joined by her mother Donna, with her part Rhodesian Ridgeback
named â€œOscar,â€? also adopted from the SPCA, they would traipse off on their daily walk with five dogs in towâ€Ś blind Annie, Oscar, Helga and Rocky, and Jack, her niece Sarahâ€™s dog. Not too long ago, Oscar died of cancer and never hearts yielded so such sorrow as Lindaâ€™s and Donnaâ€™s. But it cannot begin to compare with the sorrow felt when Linda with her three dogs, Helga, Rocky and her beloved Annie, died in a Victoria house fire on May 16, 2007. Somehow it seems only right that the dogs should leave with Linda and Linda with her dogs. Linda was a volunteer â€œwalkerâ€? at the SPCA and a friend to every animal there. She is deeply missed by all, and her memory will continue to bring comfort to the years. But now, she and Beauty, Annie, Rocky, Helga and
Oscar explore the fields and the valleys of a land without sorrow or tears or regrets. They run and do not grow weary. They walk and they do not faint. We love you, Linda, and weâ€™ll see you in the morning. - The Family (Linda is the daughter of Senior Living Columnist Gipp Forsterâ€™s wife, Donna. On behalf of Senior Living, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Lindaâ€™s family. We invite our readers to make a donation to the SPCA - see contact info below - in memory of Linda, whose dedication to her animals touched the hearts of many.)
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A WILD LIFE
BY ENISE OLDING
Photos: Enise Olding
ot only has Gillian Radcliffe devoted most of her life to wildlife ecology, but she has also embraced her love of raptors, birds of prey, to such an extent that she conquered her fear of heights and took up paragliding – literally soaring with the eagles in Nepal. “It was a fabulous and inspirational experience to be moving on the same thermals as Griffon Vultures and Steppe Eagles, to be in their space and learn more about flight,” she says. Born on the Isle of Man, and raised on the Isle of Wight, Gillian has lived in a variety of places including London, Scotland, Borneo and Canada. As a child, she thought she wanted to be a vet because she was fascinated by nature and, in particular, predators. “I love being outdoors, I love wildlife – always have,” she says. Not surprising then that Gillian studied to become a wildlife ecologist and pursued a life embracing nature, animals and birds, learning all she could about many creatures.
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Gillian Radcliffe and Charlie, a 38-year-old Bald Eagle.
The conservation company she ran for about 20 years took her into all areas of B.C. conducting habitat assessments, observing and reporting on various species, including all types of mammals like bears and goats. But her fascination with birds of prey remained and when, in 1999, on a sabbatical in England, her son decided he would like to try falconry, she went along. “I got hooked,” she laughs. Noting that there were birds of prey centres in the U.K., and there seemed to be nothing similar in B.C., Gillian decided it was time to start one. So, she sold her company and Pacific NorthWest Raptors took shape. She already had suitable property and buildings in the Cowichan Valley, and with her previous business experience and extensive knowledge of birds of prey, the centre was soon under way. In 2002, they got their first birds and were open to the public in 2003. “We came a long way in a short time,” says Gillian. The Centre hasn’t slowed down, but continues to grow and expand. Entirely self-funded, the Centre is not a zoo. “Often people expect to see the birds in cages, but instead they see the birds in a more dynamic context – they see them actually flying in their own environment,” she says, adding that, “it’s exciting to see the birds fulfilled within themselves.” Visitors to the Centre are surprised at how much they learn about the birds. And Gillian, herself, despite the 16+ hours a day she devotes to her work, never stops learning about the birds. “I feel privileged to be close to them and work with them; each one of them is an individual. They are so different and live in such a different world to us.” She ponders how she
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might be better able to understand them, and get further intimate glimpses into their unique avian lives. Injured birds are often brought to the Centre, or come there because of liaisons with other wildlife centres. When possible, they are nurtured and then returned to the wild. “If a bird comes in and can fly, well, it goes back into the wild,” says Gillian. Sometimes, this is not possible and the birds take up residence at the Centre, as did Charlie a 38-year-old Bald Eagle who has a partly amputated wing following a collision with a B.C. Hydro wire. Other birds might be hand reared, like the three 3-week-old Barn Owl chicks comfy in a box residing in Gillian’s office. They will be with people and one will eventually go to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver. The Centre’s goals are important to Gillian: •To further knowledge, respect for and awareness of birds of prey of all kinds. •To foster conservation of birds of prey and their habitats. •To promote high standards of care for captive raptors. •To practice and apply falconry techniques to solve applied wildlife management problems. •To offer training and education in falconry techniques for Godwit sport, for bird control, for public education and for rehabilitation work. They aim to meet these goals by making sure those who work at the Centre are biologists, or training to be one, and that their loyal group of volunteers, who help with everything from cleaning to feeding, learn about the birds and their particular needs. Schoolchildren are regular visitors to the Centre coming from further and further away as the Centre’s popularity
grows and fascination with the birds is enthusiastically embraced by the students. Letters, cards, pictures and drawings adorn Gillian’s office in a testament to the ex-
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citing time the young visitors had observing the raptors. Some birds have been featured in movies. Others, like the red listed Western Screech Owl, are part of reintroduction programs for rare species. There are flying demonstrations for visitors to the Centre, Kids’ Summer Camps, captive breeding programs, educational programs and courses of varying length to actually learn how to handle, care for and manage raptors and most excitingly get a hawk to fly to an outstretched gloved hand! What does the future hold for Gillian and the Centre? For the Centre, she’d love to build new pens, improve housing for the birds, have a properly equipped hospital, continue further research, take on ecology projects, and continue breeding programs for rare species to provide birds for release programs where appropriate. Gillian would like to continue travelling, learn more about raptors and continue sharing her life with her beloved birds of prey both on the ground and on the thermals. SL
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Senior Living Magazine Presented Award from Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors
enior Living magazine has achieved another milestone in its efforts to celebrate the lives and achievements of seniors. At its recent International meeting in Las Vegas, the Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors (CASA) announced that Senior Living magazine won the Award of Merit, presented to businesses, for service to the Canadian senior community. Publishers Barbara and Barry Risto believe Senior Living magazine contributes strongly to their community, highlighting the positive influence of people over the age of 50. The first magazine was launched in Victoria in June 2004. It grew quickly to encompass Vancouver Island, and in October 2006, a second magazine was launched in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. In addition to these two magazines, Senior Living also hosts an annual Senior Celebration Festival, and publishes a semi-annual directory of senior housing on Vancouver Island. The company is about to also launch two books – one a helpful guide for seniors considering their relocation options as they age; the other a collection of writings by popular Senior Living columnist Gipp Forster. Senior Living, through its positive, inspirational focus, has begun the process of changing the way people view seniors and the issues centered around aging. A readership that has grown to over 60,000 in three years is proof that Senior Living has hit its mark. Each nomination was scrutinized and vigorously debated by e of the interse en lic n ia ad an impartial Review an C ASA is the C nior Advisors Se ed tifi er C Committee, and y of national Societ icians, geronys ph ic tr ria ge only those meeting p of s, finan(SCSA), a grou yers, accountant w la the standards of w la r de el ified in tologists, trained and cert rs he leadership, innovaot d an , rs ’s) (CSA cial planne Senior Advisors ed tion and quality of tifi er C s. p hi ue bers senior iss ld’s Largest Mem or service to the 55W e th in g, e in t ag participat ofessionals abou pr plus community ng ni ai tr n le credib organizatio access a single, n ca , advanced in the SA A C g h ls servin and throug for professiona n io selection process. at rm fo in source of n. tio “We are proud la pu po s the 55-plu and honoured to have been selected for this award,” said Barry Risto, “and we look forward to continuing to build a strong presence in our community by producing a high quality magazine that brings enjoyment and inspiration to our senior and pre-senior readers. Our readers have a strong emotional attachment to Senior Living and we believe it’s because we touch their hearts through the content of the magazine. We publish Senior Living with the intention that it make a difference in the world around us, and we believe that it has.” 8
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VICTORIA’S Past REVISITED I t was a quiet Tuesday evening in the Snug Pub at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. A man and woman at a corner table, appropriately dressed for such a warm September day, were engaged in earnest conversation, oblivious to anyone else in the room. The man, Victor Gravlin, was a popular local personality, a Sports Editor for the Victoria Times newspaper who, several years earlier, had married his long-time sweetheart, Doris. It seemed to be a perfect match and no one could have predicted its tragic end, but by 1934, they separated. Doris could no longer tolerate Victor’s drunken rages and physical abuse. Yet, they were still very much in love and from time to time, they rendezvoused at the Snug. On this particular evening, September 22, 1936, Victor was evidently deeply depressed. Doris, a trained and competent 36-year-old nurse, was concerned and bent her auburn curls closer to him, whispering in his ear. Victor had wanted this meeting, because he had vowed to give up the whiskey and had come, pleading for reconciliation. But it appeared to be of no avail. A few minutes later, they got up and left the pub. Neither was ever seen alive again.
After the breakdown of their marriage, Doris needed employment. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Kathleen Richardson, who lived alone in an apartment on Beach Drive in Oak Bay, was looking for a live-in companion with nursing experience, and Doris was the perfect solution. So, Doris moved out of her mother’s home, where she had been living since her separation, to take
The white leather shoes she had been wearing were missing and, in spite of an exhaustive search, could not be found. up her new position. That evening, she told Mrs. Richardson she was going for a walk and left the apartment, never to return. Doris always kept respectable hours and was most reliable, so when she didn’t come home, Mrs. Richardson became anxious. She assumed that perhaps Doris had gone to visit her mother and stayed the night, so early next morning
she phoned Doris’ mother who hadn’t seen her daughter for several days. The Victoria Times office was contacted. Mrs. Richardson asked to speak to Victor Gravlin. Victor, she was told, had not shown up for work that morning. He had been more-than-usually morose for several days, which had caused some concern among his co-workers, but they had no idea where he could be. The police were brought in and the search began. Several days later, John Johnson, a caddy at the Victoria Golf Club, went in search of a lost ball near the seventh tee. His search led him down to the beach where, among some tall grass, he spotted a woman’s sweater. He bent down to pick it up and uncovered a woman’s body. It was identified as that of Doris Gravlin who, it appears, had been beaten, then strangled by a cord near a patch a wild broom by the seventh hole, dragged down to the beach and partially hidden in the grass. One curious fact emerged, however. The white leather shoes she had been wearing were missing and in spite of an exhaustive search of the area, could not be found. A warrant for the arrest of Victor Gravlin was issued. For the last two
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Favourite Ghost years, Victor had lived with his parents and his mother confirmed that at about 8 p.m., September 22, he had told her that he was going out for a walk, but never returned. Intensive inquiries yielded nothing. Victor seemed to have disappeared. Then, about a month later, on October 25, a fisherman saw what appeared to be some discarded clothing caught in the kelp just off the shore near the golf course. His curiosity aroused, he rowed closer and saw it was the body of a man. The coroner estimated that death had occurred about four weeks earlier. In the pocket of the man’s jacket was a pair of women’s white leather shoes. The body was that of Victor Gravlin who, apparently, had drowned himself after murdering his estranged wife. That might well have been the end of the story, but during the next few years, numerous reports circulated about mysterious sightings at night near the seventh tee of the Victoria Golf Course. A fisherman casting a line nearby was startled by a woman who hurried past him, paused to peer sadly out to sea, and then disappeared. During the 1960s, the ghost appeared frequently, especially in April, and often in what looked like a wedding dress. Perhaps April was the
month of her marriage? A legend took hold that if engaged couples ever saw her, they would not get married! An eerie sensation, an unusual movement of air and a cold, clammy feeling in the atmosphere usually preceded the sightings. Sometimes, the sightings were so vivid that witnesses swear it was a real person they saw. Often, the lady wears a 1930s-style brown tweed
Doris is one of the few ghosts who appears not simply to isolated individuals, but often to large groups. suit, standing at the edge of the road as if wanting to cross. Then she disappears. At other times, the ghost glides as a misty white figure across the green. Some say she looks as if she is wearing a white nurse’s uniform rather than a wedding dress. George Drysdale, a Toronto cab driver, had one of the most terrifying sightings in 1968. He was skeptical
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about the ghost, but went out to the golf course one evening with his sister and some of their friends. Suddenly, the figure of a woman in white, with a mournful face appeared before him, blocking his way. He turned to avoid her, but she stood in front of him, moving closer. He backed up but whichever way he turned, she barred the way, forcing him closer to a steep bank. His friends stared in horror as they stood and witnessed what was happening. Suddenly, just before George would have fallen, she disappeared. “I know what I saw,” he exclaimed later, “it was the murdered girl!” Doris is one of the few ghosts who appears not simply to isolated individuals, but often to large groups. Although sightings have become less frequent in recent years, if one is brave enough to venture near the 17th tee of the Victoria Golf Course on an April evening, it’s advised not to go alone! SL
Norman Archer is an historical city tour guide in Victoria and the author of Tales of Old Victoria.
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o write or not to write was never the question for this doctor cum neophyte novelist, but rather, when to write. Roy Innes always enjoyed writing, but during his career as an ophthalmologist, he lacked the time. While he looks back on his primary profession with pride and pleasure, he enjoys his retirement vocation even more as he explores his creativity and writes continuously. A lover of murder mysteries, Royâ€™s first published novel, Murder in the Monashees is set, as the title suggests, in the Monashee Mountains of southern B.C. Itâ€™s a locked door mystery that presents the protagonist, RCMP Corporal Blakemore, with a seemingly impossible scenario of the murder victim â€œfalling from the sky.â€? Beneath the main storyline is a tangled web of human sadness and lost dreams making this novel, while easy to read, extremely touching. A quiet, modest man, Roy doesnâ€™t look like someone who spent many summers working in the rough-and-ready world of a logging camp. He considers himself a poor public speaker, a characteristic he believes he shares with many writers, who are more comfortable communicating through their writing. That is not to say he doesnâ€™t enjoy people or telling stories about events that have occurred in his interesting life. Believing a writer is a reader, Roy credits the Saskatchewan education system of the â€™40s and early â€™50s with giving him a good start
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A Writerâ€™s Life
in the world of writing. He also credits his mother who encouraged his love of reading and writing by spending hard-earned money to buy a set of second-hand World Book Encyclopedias to help ease the isolation of growing up as the son of an itinerant farm worker. A bright mind, a variety of serendipitous events and school friends with a similar focus eventually led Roy into university where his favourite subject was always English. Having decided to pursue a career in medicine, however, he eventually had to stop taking English courses and concentrate on the Sciences. With that decision, he also put his creative writing on hold, although he continued to weave plots in his mind and write papers and correspondence that often seemed to be short stories to the reader. â€œMy writing during my career was all non-fiction with a touch of fiction thrown into the budget proposals,â€? says Roy with a touch of wry humour. After deciding to retire from his successful career in medicine, Roy and his wife, Barrie, relocated to Gabriola Island where the family had a summer home for a number of years. It was during the early stages of this relocation that Roy de-
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cided he wanted to return to his writing, but ever the academic and always liking a challenge, he also decided he would take some online creative writing courses from Humber College. Good fortune shined on him again in the form of his online tutor who encouraged him to write, write, write; but assured him that if she “couldn’t see it” she’d let him know. The result of this collaboration was Murder in the Monashees, which she suggested should be published. It wasn’t his first novel and it won’t be his last, as he has a second book whose plot involves many of the same characters now located in Vancouver. Unsatisfied with developing a set of ongoing characters or becoming simply an adult mystery writer, Roy has also written a young adult book based on an event that happened while out walking along the beach with his granddaughter. Among Roy’s favourite authors are Hemingway and Steinbeck, but he considers little-known author Raymond Carver, who said, “Good writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks,” to be his guru. Carver suggests that reading makes a good author because it stimulates and teaches the reader at the same time. While Roy agrees writers should write what they know, he also thinks they should write what they like to read, in his case, murder mysteries. While he enjoys writing, he admits that creating natural dialogue can be a challenge, as is making sure all the threads of the storyline remain intact throughout the novel. Unlike some authors, Roy doesn’t have a writing schedule, although he does write or edit every day. For him, the best time to do this is in the morning and he has multiple ongoing projects. Roy says his characters and plots come from nowhere and everywhere. None of his characters to date, are created from just one person he knows nor have his storylines come from a single event, rather they are made up from snippets of conversations and observations of people garnered over the years. He feels his diversified life experiences, his need to be acutely aware and observant in his medical career and his enjoyment of a challenge have all colluded to make him a successful author. Roy is a contented man. He enjoys his life, his family and friends, both new and old. He has no regrets about his choice of a primary career, or the path that led him to his new and exciting career as an author. “A writer is a reader and I love to read and I love to write.” And write he will for some time to come. SL
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My Journey Begins
know a person who has lived with it for over 30 years, but never would I have dreamed that would be my future diagnosis nearly five years ago. Soon, my blood will have to be cleaned by dialysis, a positive way of keeping patients alive, unlike other horrible diseases; imagine me with dirty blood! My journey began when I attended Kidney Clinics, usually every three months. Blood tests done a week prior to the clinic kept us all informed of my progress. Usually, I held my own, but the downward progress toward dialysis continued slowly and surely. I must mention that the Clinics were actually fun! We visited with a nurse, dietician, social worker and nephrologist. In between these informative interviews, we had a great time discussing mutual experiences, food, funny happenings and, once, much to everyone’s amusement, people showed off their fistulas. One of the most startling facts that came out of these clinics was the number of kidney failure patients who were also diabetic. A startling 45 per cent! My journey continued over the years with a strict diet that excluded many foods I love: tomatoes, potatoes, avocados, whole grain breads, bran muffins, and other high potassium food. Salt is another enemy and my taste buds mourn its demise. I am sure I will die of malnutrition before I die of kidney failure. Finally, just a few weeks ago, I found myself slated for a Hemodialysis Access Creation. When the time comes that I need to have my blood cleaned by the dialysis machine, this access called a fistula will be used. On the appointed day of the operation, I arrived at the hospital at 7 a.m., all scrubbed, shiny and ready-togo. After a couple of hours wait, the operation was cancelled. We were told later it was because there wasn’t a bed available; sad but true. Two days later, however, I went to the hospital at 6 a.m., and this time all systems were go. The process is interesting because this is one of those operations you can “show and tell.” Too bad we’re no longer part of the cocktail-party circuit. Ten of us were slated for the first operations of the day. We were bedded, interrogated, IV’d and lined up like 10 loaves of bread ready for the oven. Some oven! A real sweetheart of an anesthetist charmed himself onto my Special Doctor List, and another doctor was conned into helping the nurse push me into the Operating Room. Now that’s service! Maybe this is what happens all the time at the Jubilee Hospital. Maybe this is normal behaviour when one is going “under the knife” with a special team. Whichever it was, I had a wonderful start to my operation. I was introduced to everyone assembled in the OR, rather like being the last guest at a party. We waited because the surgeon is “always late,” I was told. I quipped with “At my age, I can’t afford to wait.” I heard their laughter as they snuffed me out like a candle. 14 14
The recovery room was a hive of activity: the nurses were the busy bees, not the comatose forms gently awakened by these angels who flit from form to form, and then remove their charges to an adjoining ward. When my turn came, I was wheeled into another ward because the Kidney Care Ward was full. The bed I was assigned to was still “dirty,” so I became the lucky resident BY HOLLY ROWLAND of the only private room in the ward. The room was complete with its own loo and washbasin, but there was a catch, no door! The area was open for the world to see as they passed by my “private” room, and it was sans a window. A converted broom closet, perhaps? I was situated across from the Nurses’ Station, which was great because I was not allowed to move my left arm and my right hand was having a gout attack. This combination made reading painful, so I garnered entertainment as a silent listener, which made the time pass. I met two young lovelies, whose aim in becoming nurses was “to help people.” I hope they never become disillusioned. The nurses in this ward were unaccustomed to kidney patients and were horrified at the number of pills I had to take. I had to take my medication with me when I went for my operation. The nurses in the Kidney Care Ward are specially trained in this area, but the ever-increasing number of kidney failure patients is overloading the hospital. So, what were the results of my operation? I became the proud possessor of a fistula, a harmless-looking slit across about two inches of my elbow crease, stapled with real staples and covered with a square dressing. The surgeon joins an artery and a vein together. The vein receives more blood under greater pressure from the artery and will grow larger. It can take two to four months for a fistula to mature (i.e. be ready for dialysis). The nurses said that my fistula was purrrrfect! Did it hurt? Surprisingly, no. I guess I was lucky, as this was the constant concern shown by the nurses. My only problem was NOT TO USE my left arm, which was harder than I imagined. Now, all is well. I am staple-free, and my doctors tell me my operation was beautiful. Isn’t it amazing that two little organs, tucked behind the small of our back, can keep the whole body in perfect running order? They are silent, never felt or thought about, but, like those incredible guys and dolls who keep us sublimely out of it while the surgeons do their stuff, our kidneys are the mainstay of our lives. SL
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A Cinderella Story BY JANICE HALL
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ine Andriessen is a painter. Though passionate about an uncle had been artists. Having loved to draw since the age faces, human and animal, she also appreciates the of five, she decided to become a painter, and her two-month sotranquil beauty of a natural landscape. The walls journ grew to seven months, including ten weeks of life drawing of her home studio in Sidney are lined with portraits and sea- lessons at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière (academy of scapes, while a small collection of shells, rocks and driftwood, the large thatched cottage) in Paris. each bearing a vivid miniature painting, rests on a shelf. Tine’s commitment to art remained unwavering upon her Tine was born in Amreturn to North America. sterdam in 1938. Time Under the guidance of a has muted her memories mentor, a woman portrait of the Second World War. artist “who saw possi“I’ve been spared all bilities” in her, she took the bad memories of bevarious art classes and ing cold and hungry [durpursued a BA in Art and ing] the hunger winter Art Education at the Uni– that last winter. They’ve versity of Minnesota. The been erased... My dad had formal study of psycholto go into hiding because ogy and philosophy enhe was under 35, and [the riched her understanding Nazis] would have taken of human nature. Tine eventually married him to the work camps and bore two sons. When if they came by, so my her marriage ended, she mother went out on her moved to Victoria in 1973, bicycle and got us food. a single mother intent upon She traded with the farmraising her children while ers; she kept us alive. We mastering her craft as a ate tulip bulbs, leather portrait artist. and horsemeat. So, I did a Artist Tine Andriessen has built a life doing what she loves. She taught art classes painting of her later, and I to children at the Emily Carr Art Centre, and evening adult excall it “Daughter’s Tribute.” tension courses in portrait drawing and painting at Camosun Tine immigrated with her family to Ontario. In deference to their wish that she “get a job and make a College for 12 years. She also offered private art lessons in her living after high school,” she became a secretary. At 22, she home. Her meticulously kept, up-to-date scrapbooks provide an returned to Holland with a plan to stay in Europe for only a account of the art she produced as her skill became remarkably couple of months. But in the country of her birth, she experi- refined, a testament to her predilection for realistic “details.” The camera is an indispensable tool. “I take a lot of photos enced an atavistic urge to create. Her paternal grandfather and
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that inspire me,” says Tine. She believes faces are the canvas upon which each individual’s spirit paints itself, and in her work, she strives to capture that inner spirit. “It’s a special gift from God, I think. I am able to get what’s inside a person. I can do 20 portraits of the same person, and they all turn out differently, because we’re in different moods. When people sit for me, I get more of that inside knowledge on the painting. Each portrait I do is unique. You can never reproduce them.” Impatient with the concept of race, Tine views skin colour as incidental as the curve of a cheekbone, the shape of a nose. “And none of us is really white!” she maintains. Her painting entitled “Hope for the Future” won a People’s Choice Award at a juried art show and is featured on her business card. Encircled within a pair of arms, the luminous faces of six children gaze upon the world. “I have such a heart for children,” she says. “Safe in God’s hands, children are the hope of the future to change things and make Escaping things better.”
To expose her work, Tine has painted in public at various venues. Her one attempt to engage an agent to represent her ended badly. When she lived in Minnesota, she gave a $50 deposit to a man who claimed to be Mexico an agent, and never saw him again. “I have to wait to be discovered, I guess,” she laughs. A second marriage ended after 19 years. In 1990, she moved to Sidney where she rented and operated a storefront studio. “I wanted to have a storefront where people could just walk in like a portrait photography studio and have their portrait done.” Here, she also conducted art classes. Today, Tine claims to be happier than ever. “My life is a Cinderella story,” she says. She continues to paint portraits on commission, as well as paint freely, whatever she wants, upon inspiration. Her muse is ubiquitous in nature. One predominant motif in her work, that of sunlight breaking through the clouds, light dispelling darkness, is mirrored in the wedding rings she designed for herself and her husband of six years. “The reflection of the sun on the sea,” she says, “is a reflection of God’s love on earth.” SL To reach Tine Andriessen, go to www.tine.ca
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Which Denturist is Right For You? BY STEPHEN AIKEN
ne of the most important parts of a denturist’s job is to prepare clients for the outcome of their treatment. This means patient education. The more patients know, the better prepared they are for life with removable prosthodontics. Many people make important purchases when they are uninformed, but removable prosthodontics or dentures and partials do not have to be one of them. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers patients should be aware of before committing to what may be a long-term client/practitioner relationship. • How much experience does the denturist have? o Generally, people with more experience will have the expertise to overcome a greater number of challenges. This applies to doctors, denturists, auto mechanics and every other trade. Inquire about continuing education practices to be sure the denturist is up-to-date with his or her knowledge. • What are the costs? o Dentures can be made for all budgets, economy to deluxe. The price varies with material quality and time commitment. You may not feel you need the best, but if you want your dentures to last for a long time, buy one that has the capability to fulfill your expectations. • How long do the dentures last? o Quality and price go hand in hand, but there is a point where there is a diminished return on the added investment. There is not a lot of material difference between unsecured dentures that cost $3,000 and ones that cost $5,000.
• Does the denturist guarantee his or her work? o Some denturists guarantee materials, workmanship and comfort while others do not. Ask what is covered. • What type of payment do they accept? o Most denture clinics accept cash, Interac or credit cards. Old-fashioned cheques still work most of the time as well. • Do they accept insurance payments? o Dental plans are popular but each one is different. Understand your eligibility. Many plans will not discuss coverage with providers or forward payment to them. They may pay the subscriber, so prepayment is required. Usually the insurance policy covers a portion of fees and patients pay the balance. Seldom is coverage 100%. • What does the price include? o Get the specifics on the services included in your purchase. You can avoid many misunderstandings by simply asking, “What do I get for my money?” • What quality of dentures do they provide? o Many denturists provide different qualities of products. A premium denture does not look much different from an economy denture, but three years later, there will be less tooth wear and, in the end, it will provide more usable time. • What other services are offered? o Most denture clinics offer full dentures, partial dentures and implant supported dentures as well as denture maintenance. These services include: relines, rebases, repairs, soft relines, cleanings and consultations. Other services may also be offered like special attachments for stability and comfort.
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• How long have they been in the area? o Although everyone has to start sometime, many people trust long-term businesses more than newcomers. A long-established business is not as direct an indication of quality as experience. • How long will it take and how many appointments will I need? o New standard dentures take about 2-3 weeks and six appointments. Precision dentures take more appointments. Other services, like relines, can be done in 24 hours or one business day. • What is included in after care? o Even expensive dentures need adjustments and a breakin period. A reasonable amount of post-insertion care should be part of your treatment plan. The College of Denturists of British Columbia licenses all denturists in B.C., so patients are assured a high level of knowledge. There is a complete list of B.C. denturists at www. cd.bc.ca. The web is a great source for information on denturists and their services. Check out www.denturist.bc.ca, the website of the Denturist Association of British Columbia. SL
Stephen Aiken is a denturist in Nanaimo and an instructor at Vancouver Community College, the only college in British Columbia that teaches people how to make dentures.
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his old shoes or boots and they have a ritual planting in the garden. Kelly is reminded of him at every turn. She says, “The boots are about connection.” The wear and tear on the hiking boots might be a reminder of the adventures they have experienced together. Kelly’s approach to gardening is philosophical, almost spiritual. She believes people can plan a garden, prepare it meticulously, and ensure the growing conditions are ideal, but the plant decides if it wants to flourish in that location. “Make a decision, make a choice and nature takes over,” she says. When Kelly retired from her professional career as a Special Education teacher seven years ago, she knew she would continue instructing, but would change to sharing her knowledge of yoga. Yoga’s influence can be found throughout the garden. The bust of a serene lady attracted her because of the expression of acceptance on her face. After retiring, Kelly would look at that sculpture each morning and say, “I need to feel that acceptance through this transition. I would take photos of her in every season, with a snow cap on her head in winter, ivy twining through her hair in spring
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n the heart of Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter sits a modest little yellow house with intriguing brightly painted concrete steps. Depicting the benevolent Hindu god, Ganesh, the mnemonic on the steps is friendly and welcoming. The path at the top of the stairs leads into an amazing old garden. A magnificent 75-year-old Dogwood tree towers protectively over the yard below. Pink and yellow Rhododendrons and azaleas, purple lilac, red and yellow tulips, bluebells and amazing green flowering euphorbia fill the air with their colour and scents. Whimsical knick-knacks, Buddhas and sculptures, ranging from serene to fanciful, reveal themselves at every turn. A life-sized guard dog created from metal faces away from the path so as not to deter visitors. Kelly Murphy moved into her home, built in 1929, in July 1998. The garden has undergone several evolutions. Kelly has made it her own by adding beds, plantings and her own special mementoes. Many pairs of old boots that once adorned her son Shane’s feet now house sedum. They have established a family tradition; when he visits from Toronto, Shane brings
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and summer.” The lady under the Dogwood tree helped guide Kelly through this new phase of her life. A feeling of energy and serenity permeate the garden. The pond with the fountain trickling quietly in a northwest corner evokes meditation and quiet. The shelves and cabinets hanging on the side fence were renewed with fresh energy this spring when a tiny house sparrow decided to break in through the slightly tilted door and build her nest. Four fledglings emerged one day to take flight. A sense of renewal comes with each spring vignette. Gooseberries and raspberries, and raised beds of vegetables provide a reminder that sustenance and life come from the earth, another connection. A wagon, found at a thrift store, brought back memories of a special gift when Kelly was eight years old and her feeling of excitement at receiving a shiny red wagon. The old wagon is now adorned with plantings in front of a backdrop of forget-me-nots and sedum. Playfulness inspires her. Kelly says her garden is her playground where she im-
merses her hands in mud and water and learns not to take life too seriously. “We are the caretakers of our gardens,” says Kelly. “We make our effort, give it all it needs and stand back. Everything else, the birds, the cats, the insects are all too big to control. We have to learn to give up the illusion of control and learn to connect to the bigger picture: the water, the earth, the birds, the trees. The rise and fall of the garden reminds me that we SL are all mortal, and that is not a bad thing.”
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The Sinking of the Bismarck BY VERNICE SHOSTAL
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itting with the church Leaving the scene of battle, Dorchoir, a moderate feelsetshire experienced a mysterious ing of fear and adventure movement. On inspection, the crew overcame 20-year-old Walter Fudge found about a thousand German when the Verger brought the Vicar a survivors who had escaped from the note to let him and the congregation Bismarck touching the side of the know Britain had declared war on ship, trying to get a grasp. UnfortuGermany. nately, between the Dorsetshire and When he was called up, Walter New Zealand’s Maori, only 87 Gerjoined the British Navy. He rememman survivors were picked up. The bers well that dull, cloudy day in rest were left to die. May 1941 when the ship he served “I’ll never forget the feeling I on, the Dorsetshire, part of a conhad,” says Walter. “I put myself voy of 80 merchant ships heading in the position of the Germans. In north from Cape Town, got the the cold water, they wouldn’t have shocking news that the Bismarck lasted more than an hour. Many of had blown up the Hood, the Britus yelled up to the bridge, but the ish Navy’s pride. “Several officers captain had done the right thing. Uwere in tears,” says Walter. Boats had been spotted in the vicinIn retaliation, the Dorsetshire ity, and we were sitting ducks.” Walter Fudge holds a photo that keeps the received orders to leave her convoy About a year after the Bismarck sinking of the Bismarck fresh in his memory. in the hands of another merchant went down, Japanese carrier-based cruiser and move in on the Bismarck. “Sink her at all costs,” dive-bombers sunk the Dorsetshire. Sir Winston Churchill ordered. “I consumed my tot of rum before abandoning ship,” says The ship quickly sped north, shuddering from the strain. Walter, “but not enough to knock me out.” Many of Walter’s By the time they reached the German ship’s hiding place shipmates died before they got into the water. Survivors clung in Korsfjord, a Norwegian Fiord, she’d already fled and two to the side of a whaler; the only part of the ship enemy planes British battleships, King George V and Prince of Wales, had had not shot up. It was crowded with injured. Walter says a attacked her. “They didn’t make many hits, but did consider- stoker, pronounced dead by a medical officer, was put over able damage,” says Walter. In addition, aircraft from two Brit- the side to make room for another injured. ish carriers damaged her rudder and slowed down her moveIn the warm, shark-infested Indian Ocean near the equator, ment. This caused Bismarck to lose her steering ability. She hardly anyone had head coverings. Thirst was a problem, and could only move in large circles. Walter says one officer drank salt water. As the hours passed, In the ensuing action on May 27, King George V and Walter thought he would never see his parents or brother Prince of Wales, together with heavy cruiser, Dorsetshire, all again. He believed the entire Dorsetshire crew would die, and proceeded to batter the enemy with shellfire. When Bismarck he denied his faith. ceased firing, the commander-in-chief of the British home After 32 hours, a South African fleet finally appeared. fleets gave the order to sink the Bismarck with torpedoes, and While his colleagues rejoiced, Walter says he cried uncontrolpick up survivors. lably. Crawling onto the Paladin, he regretted having denied “We fired three torpedoes, which all hit, and Bismarck his faith while God sent help. Three hundred and fifty of the went down in a few minutes,” says Walter. “There have been 650 crewmembers were saved. many stories told, books written, films made and information Since the war, survivors of Bismarck and Dorsetshire have given to make believe that Bismarck was scuttled. This infor- come together for an annual reunion alternating between mation came from members of her crew to filmmakers to give Hamburg and a chosen place in the U.K. “What a waste of the impression that she was unsinkable by any enemy action, humanity that was,” they all say. Walter attended only once but the three torpedoes from HMS Dorsetshire were actually before he came to Canada. responsible for her sinking. This was confirmed by one of her Home at Mirfield in West Yorkshire, after the war, Walgunnery officers rescued by Dorsetshire.” ter was unable to return to his career as a cloth designer at 24
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a textile mill. All positions were filled. About that time, he met and married his wife, Betty, and in 1947, together with eight of Betty’s relatives, they moved to Canada. The couple settled in Burnaby, and Walter got a job with the civil service, where he received the Queen’s Ju-
take him to a hospital where an accident victim desperately needed blood. Five other donors joined him and the victim, a young girl, recovered. Walter has always been interested in art. His condo in Sidney displays many of his paintings that feature various subjects. He started painting 70 years ago at art school in EngSince the war, survivors of Bisland, and he’s sold many pieces over the years. marck and Dorsetshire have come of artwork Another of Walter’s avotogether for an annual reunion cations is singing. He sang in boys’ choir at seven. Once he alternating between Hamburg hit 15, his treble voice turned and a chosen place in the U.K. to terrible and he moved on to alto, where male voices were hard to find. bilee medal. He retired as Chief DraftsNow in his 88th year, after sufferman after 30 years of service. “Canada ing from periods of depression, which [has been] very good to us,” he says. might have been brought on by his parWalter has given back to the com- ticipation in the war, Walter believes munity by coaching junior boys’ soc- that war is futile and brings about a usecer and donating 100 pints of blood less loss of life. Although Hitler needed over the years. With a blood type that’s to be stopped, “Incidents that, at that compatible with everyone, he recalls an time, were called a victory were inefSL incident when a taxi picked him up to fective and unnecessary.”
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Dear Goldie: I feel very puzzled about what is going on with my family now that I have reached my 80s. I have a wonderful son, two daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We certainly love each other. However, when more than one of them visits me they talk to each other – and often about my life – but don’t include me in the conversation. I am not deaf or dead just yet. Why is this happening? M.B Dear M.B.: Have you told your family how you feel about this? Sometimes younger family members assume older people need rest and shouldn’t be troubled about daily events or problems. If you want to participate, let them know. Speak up and tell them how you feel. Otherwise, they will continue to protect you by exclusion. About 20 years ago, Judith Viorst wrote a book called Necessary Losses in which she emphasized that the losses and changes in life are there so we can continue to grow. If we are fully aware, there are many opportunities to
make this growth positive in the aging process. This will only occur if you communicate with your family members. Start now. Dear Goldie: After 28 years of marriage, my husband asked for a divorce. I never suspected he was unhappy and so was completely devastated. He was always patient and kind and a wonderful father to our three children. We have been divorced for five years now, but I can’t seem to get over it. We meet occasionally at family events. He is polite but cold towards me. The grandchildren think he is wonderful. I keep hoping he will change his mind and come back to me. So far, he doesn’t seem to have a steady girlfriend. What do you think? S.L. Dear S.L.: I am sorry for the unhappiness you have experienced from your marriage breakup. I wonder, however, if your expectations are realistic. Your husband seems to be firm in his decision
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to leave you, so why waste your life waiting for him to return? Have you taken an honest look at what happened? Maybe a short holiday away from family would give you a better perspective of your situation. You must plan for your own future. You are a single person now and responsible for your life ahead. You did not mention income, but if you are in need, perhaps you could take a training course or even attend college. Many seniors your age would see this situation as an opportunity to achieve education they missed earlier in life. Whatever you decide, remember you are beginning a new life. As to your husband’s cold manner, this will probably change as soon as he realizes you are no longer trying to get him back. Family gatherings will improve for everyone. Good luck in your new life! SL
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he Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island (BBB) and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA) have joined forces to help consumers avoid vacation fraud and make informed choices when booking their holidays. Consumers across North America lose over $10 billion each year to vacation fraud. Out of the 3,900 industries the BBB monitors, the travel industry consistently ranks near or in the top 25 for number of complaints. It is one of the BPCPA’s top three areas of inquiries. While many legitimate businesses exist, consumers should make sure they aren’t swindled. Travel related vacation scams may include: • Telemarketers promise a dream vacation and then steal personal or credit card information for identity theft • Timeshare operators trick consumers into lengthy high-pressure sales seminars • Vacation operators employ bait-andswitch tactics that lure consumers into paying more for a vacation than origi-
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he University of Victoriaâ€™s Centre on Aging is seeking participants for a new research study entitled, â€œFamily Caregiver Coping in End-of-Life Alzheimer and Cardiopulmonary Careâ€?. The research teamâ€™s objective is to learn about coping with the demands of providing care, the factors that helped or hindered a caregiverâ€™s ability to cope, and the coping strategies used. They are specifically interested in end-of-life Alzheimer and Cardiopulmonary care. Participation will include a face-to-face interview lasting no more than two hours. Participants will be asked a series of questions and engage in a conversation with one of the research staff about their caregiving experience. Family members or friends who cared for someone who died from Alzheimer or heart or lung disease (cardiopulmonary disease), within the past one to three years, are invited to take part in this study. Additionally, participants must reside in Victoria and be willing to share their experience of coping with the demands of providing care. All interviews are confidential and participation is voluntary. By gaining a better understanding of how family members and friends of people with Alzheimerâ€™s disease and cardiopulmonary disease cope with the demands of caregiving and what influences their ability to cope, researchers can learn how to help family members and friends who may require support from the health care system. For those interested in participating, or for more information, please contact Shelly Waskiewich in Victoria at the Centre on Aging, 472-4474. SL
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hat better way to spend a warm summer day than reading a good book? Take the time and space to immerse yourself in a book, whether a new thesis on a controversial topic, an inspiring biography or the devious twists and turns of a mystery. Old and new titles, audio books and books in large print abound at local libraries or bookstores – enjoy the looking, the reading and the summer!
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (2005) A riveting, but by no means easy read, this book is full of intriguing information about the diverse and numerous cultures that inhabited the Americas prior to European contact. Over the past 40-plus years, new evidence has accumulated and longstanding views about the pre-Columbian world have come under increasing pressure. Although there is no consensus, and Mann acknowledges controversies, the general trend among scientists is that life in pre-contact days was not what was considered true during the author’s school days. Three main areas (origins and population, culture, environment) form the focus of the book. The author takes care to look at both sides as much as possible and therefore provides readers with a fascinating read that will keep them thinking long after it is finished. If you enjoy this book you might also enjoy: Guns, Germs and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, (New Edition), Jared Diamond (2005) or The Ancestor’s Tale, Richard Dawkins, (2004)
The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katherine McMahon
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Emilie is an obedient and willing student of her scientist father. Their work, however, is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers and during the hot, sultry summer that follows, life at Selden Manor is changed forever as Emilie decides to listen to her heart rather than her head. Banished to London, Emilie, who narrates the story, soon learns that she is illequipped to deal with her new surroundings, but upon deciding to return to an academic life, she discovers a shocking secret. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story, this book looks at tangled relationships that timelessly affect lives. This well-crafted book accurately portrays life almost 300 years ago, while keeping the modern reader involved with the storyline. Similar books worth considering: Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex (2006) or The Last Witchfinder: A Novel by James Morrow (2006).
Don’t Try This At Home – Edited by Kimberly Witherspoon/ Andrew Friedman (2005) “Eat, drink and be merry!” Food and its preparation has become entertainment. In this literary version of a reality show, readers get to enjoy the bloopers and near disasters of some of the world’s greatest culinary artists. Compiled by a literary agent and a food editor, the book is a series of self-written essays. The editors asked 40 gastronomic stars to share their versions of dinners gone wrong. Each story takes readers behind the scenes in grand restaurants and private homes as the chefs tell their stories. Each essay is prefaced by current information about the chef and the story always ends with a lesson or lessons learned by the author of the incident. One particular highlight is Anthony Bourdain’s piece “Midnight Meltdown,” and while some others aren’t quite as well written or humorous, as a whole, this book is a light and enjoyable read. Other titles on the same subject: The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman (2006) or The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain (2006)
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River In A Dry Land: A Prairie Passage by Trevor Herriot (2000) The author, a naturalist and writer, traces his summer journey through Quâ€™Appelle River country. This book blends a personal memoir with the natural history of this lovely area of Saskatchewan. As he travels through the grasslands and forests of the Quâ€™Appelle basin, he weaves a narrative about the First Nations people, homesteaders and scientists. His real mission, however, is to dramatize the loss of the rural culture and local economy in the late 20th century. Just as the river meanders, so too does this book as the author looks at the loss of the rural culture and local economy while bringing to light the human story behind it all. A delightful book well worth reading, even if youâ€™re not from the Prairies. Other interesting books to consider: Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou, (2003) and Rediscovering the Prairies by Norman Henderson (2005) Mysteries are always fun to read and some new titles to check out are: What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George; Overlook by Michael Connelly; Deadly Sin by James Hawkins. And of course, readers of all ages are sure to enjoy the newest Harry Potter book, which arrives July 21. SL
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many of the Olympics from Mexico in 1968 through to Seoul in 1988. After ranching for 20 years and raising four children, the couple decided to move to the West Coast. They purchased a house on Hornby Island and readily transitioned from big-sky country to mountainand-ocean views. On their 42-foot Grand Banks boat, Lonely Bird, they travelled all over the area. “We did the San Juan Islands, circumnavigated Vancouver Island three times and every summer for 11 years, travelled the coast to Alaska.” They saw every creature the North holds, from packs of wolves to pods of whales. Inspired, Nicki wrote a wonderful book entitled Dusti’s Coast, based on their adventures. A charming story, it features a Welsh corgi, named Dusti, who travels by boat with his faithful owners up the British Columbia coast and north to Alaska. Welsh corgis are well-suited to boats as their thick fur sheds the rain, and their long bodies and short legs are excellent for balance. They have no problem getting their sea legs. On one such adventure, Nicki and Pip were just outside of Petersburg, and a friend asked Nicki if she would fill in for a sick crewmember. Pip was busy working on their boat’s engine, so she agreed to help. The 28-foot boat was hosting six passengers for an evening cruise. “We were two hours out of PetersPhoto: Mathieu Powell
icki Graham’s zest for life and English sense of humour make her a wonderful storyteller. And her beautiful home on the Juan de Fuca Strait holds countless mementoes of a life full of adventure. “My philosophy is to just get out and do it,” says Nicki. “Don’t say well maybe I can’t because my toe hurts or my knee hurts… there’s no point in sitting around moaning. It doesn’t do any good at all. Not that I haven’t tried,” she laughs. Nearly 80, Nicki is graced with the ability to do well at whatever she puts her hand to. She’s a strong swimmer, an accomplished equestrian and a published author. Born in Marlow, England, Nicki lived in London as a young girl, where she learned to swim early and well alongside HRH Princess Margaret Rose of York. Nicki claims she could outswim royalty. “Swimming lessons and Welsh corgis,” laughs Nicki. “That’s something I share in common with Lizzie and her sister.” Strong childhood memories include walking through the rubble that was London during the Second World War, when she was 12 years old. She, along with other children, was supposed to be evacuated, but only got as far as Liverpool when news came of the sinking of a ship full of children. So, Nicki and her
companions were sent back to the relative safety of London. Fast forward 14 years, Nicki married Ewen Graham, who she affectionately calls “Pip” in 1953, and together they visited Canada in 1956. “We rented a car and drove across to Canada to Calgary… where Pip’s cousin, Drew, owned a ranch. I’ve loved cowboys ever since I was four-feet high,” she says. “We ended up staying and, a year later, we bought a 2,000-acre ranch 28 miles outside of Calgary.” They raised cattle, sheep and horses. She loved the lifestyle and especially enjoyed horses. She became a prolific rider. Nicki and Pip worked for years with the International Equestrian Organization, and they represented Canada in
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Nicki Graham’s entertaining and educational book, Dusti’s Coast, can be purchased at Ivy’s Bookstore in Oak Bay or by contacting the publisher at 370-1756. A “Character” is featured in Senior Living magazine and on Embrace Aging Radio four times a year when there is a fifth Thursday in a month. Nicki Graham will be featured on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 2 p.m. on CFUV at 101.9 FM, 104.3 cable or over the Internet at http://cfuv.uvic.ca SL
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burg and we stopped to look at a humpback whale. And, of course, the passengers were standing on the deck watching the whale. Suddenly, my friend, the Captain, turned to me and said, ‘I think that whale is going to breach.’” The Captain was right. The whale hit Nicki with his fin, tipped the boat, and two of the passengers went overboard. “I found myself by the props… I was sinking and there wasn’t a thing I could do about it. Had my rubber boots on and everything, and the whale was sucking me down in his wake. I timed myself and I was almost up to a minute. I remember thinking I was a goner,” says Nicki. “But the whale went down again and the closing of the water shot me back up to the surface. It saved my life….” Nicki’s next adventure is a birthday gift from her four children: A trip up to Alaska this summer. With wonderful memories of journeys past, she can barely contain her excitement when she thinks about seeing her North Country again.
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BY PAT NICHOL
Coffee, Tea & Exercise â€œWe turn not older with years, but newer each day.â€? â€“Emily Dickinson
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here do you hang out on Saturday or Tuesday mornings? Would you exercise on a regular basis if you knew at the end of the exercises you would have an opportunity to sit down with like-minded folks over a coffee and some spirited discussion on politics, world affairs or just the latest joke downloaded from the Internet? Then talk to the Nimble Nine Plus Three, who hang out at the Royal Roads University gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And while, yes, they do work out, they freely admit
what keeps them coming back is the company and the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee after the workout. Recently, I talked to the group as they sat around after a strenuous workout. Aside from the health benefits of physical activity, the draw ranged from â€œthe coffee (best in the neighbourhood â€“ thanks to Don); the socialization keeps us going for the rest of the week; reduction in the rate of physical deterioration or reducing the speed of decline; and we wouldnâ€™t do anything if we just sat at home.â€? For Shirley, itâ€™s the drive through the woods towards the ocean where the gym is located. Bob, Shirley, Jim, Stan, Jay, Nancy, Lynne, Audrey, Joan, Richard, Joyce and Don meet regularly and their ages range from mid-60s to mid-80s. All agree they probably wouldnâ€™t get as much pleasure without the get-together after the exercise. â€œWe all learn from each other.â€? An example, is a machine in the gym that most of the group found intimidating.
Last week, Erin, the intrepid coach who works there, made this machine part of one memberâ€™s regular workout. â€œSo when I began to go through my session on a Tuesday, it caused excitement among the women in the group. It seems they had been as nervous about it as I was.â€? So now, Erin has agreed to show the group how to work with this machine so they can all benefit. Barb, the manager, calls the gym the friendliest in the city. In most gyms, people enter, put on their headsets, do their workout and leave. That may happen to some at Royal Roads gym, but the Nimble Nine Plus Three wonâ€™t let it happen often. SL
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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anzibar! At age nine, I wasn’t sure where it was, but it sounded exotic, filling my head with visions of crowded bazaars and the spice-filled smells of foreign lands. It was also the title on the last page in my first stamp album. At one time, most kids collected stamps, joining clubs at school, swapping their “duplicates” and pestering their neighbours to save their mail. The present under-20 generation doesn’t rate stamp collecting high on their interest scale, as stamps aren’t “interactive.” You can’t hang out at the mall with them, and suggesting on a first date to “come up and see my stamp collection” sounds like a bad cliché from a Mae West movie. Philately, the “four-bit” word for stamp collecting, remains a passion for a dedicated few, but for others, the collections of their youth have been long tucked away on a bedroom shelf or given refuge in the garage surrounded by unread National Geographic magazines. In addition to personal collections, there may be albums or accumulations of stamps once the pride of past generations, inherited over the years, where the suggestion of passing them down to the grandchildren evokes a response akin to suggesting they be enrolled in military school. Years ago, I was privileged to work in London for Stanley Gibbons Limited, holders of the Royal Warrant, “By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, Philatelists.” The Queen was also faced with a stamp collection inheritance formed by her dad and grandpa but, unlike the rest of us, Her Majesty has abundant storage space in the 600 rooms scattered around the castle. Additionally, Her Majesty has sufficient cash stashed in the Royal Tea Caddy to pay for a “Keeper of The Stamps,”
not a priority in regular folks’ personal budgets. So, where to go when it’s time for the stamps to find a new home? There are a couple of factors to consider. If children formed the collections and the stamps were mounted in small, colourful albums with pictures of stamps on the pages, the chances of current interest and value are slim. These stamps were common when acquired and are just as common today, having come from personal mail, packets purchased at Woolworth’s or penny “approvals” mass mailed by large U.S. dealers in response to coupons clipped from the backs of comic books. If there are sheets or blocks of unused Canadian stamps bought over the past 30 years, these also are common, but can still be used for postage if you don’t mind sticking a variety of stamps on each envelope to make up the current rate. If there are too many, and you don’t want to add on Cousin Olga and all those other names you pruned carefully off your card list last Christmas, then expect to receive about half the face value of the stamps, should you offer them for sale. If the stamps were inherited from collectors, who you recall spending significant sums when adding to their collections, then the potential for a more substantial return is greater. An advanced collector having acquired the lower values in a set easily (the one cent and five cent values, for example) would have gone on to pick up the $1 values, which saw much less postal use, and which would have exceeded the spending limits of a child collector. Value in any collection lies in sets that contain the top values and are in nice condition, plus specialized material (shades of colour, different printings,
watermark varieties and so on) in addition to the basic stamps themselves. When you rediscover an old album or accumulation of stamps, keep them as you find them, away from heat or humidity. Do not attempt to remount any stamps which may have come loose from the pages, but rather place them carefully in an envelope. An elderly lady staggered up the stairs at Gibbons, while I worked there, with an armload of stamp albums, and stated proudly to the astonished staff, “I stapled all the stamps in so they wouldn’t fall out on the train.” When it comes to any collectable item made of paper, remember that staples, glue and scotch tape are not your friends! In the Victoria area alone, there are three formal and one informal stamp clubs. The majority of members are seniors or “near-seniors” with many years of collecting experience, who would be pleased to look over your stamp collection and provide helpful opinions regarding its desirability to others. An excellent starting point would be the Muffin Break Stamp Club, which meets informally on Tuesday mornings at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Tuck your album under your arm, then if you like, pick up a coffee at the snack bar and see what the folks have to say. Next time: The Games We Played Comments and suggestions for future columns can be sent to Michael Rice at Box 86 Saanichton, B.C. V8M SL 2C3 or email@example.com JULY/AUGUST 2007
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BY AL GOGUEN
loved to spend time at my parents’ farm when I was young boy. They knew how to spoil me and feed me well. I still remember my grandmother always busy, cooking it seems. And I would be fascinated watching her prepare meals, while she hummed a tune. So many of her recipes are fresh in my mind, but this bread pudding has to be my favourite. And it’s easy to make.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 2 slices heavily buttered bread 1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla or to taste pinch of salt
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pack sugar in a buttered casserole dish. Cut buttered bread into small pieces and place buttered side down on the packed brown sugar. Mix egg, milk, vanilla and salt, and pour over mixture. Place in the preheated oven and bake until nicely browned, for about 30-45 minutes. Serve with your choice of cream, ice cream, fresh fruit or fruit compote, nuts, icing sugar or your favourite combination. Serves 4. SL
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Local Author Wins Prestigious Book Award
hitlands Publishing’s bestselling author J. Robert Whittle’s final book in the Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, Loyalty’s Haven, has received the Gold Award in the Independent Publisher Book Awards Regional Category: Canada West for 2007. “Mr. Whittle’s unremitting efforts to keep this series and, Loyalty’s Haven in particular, true to the history of the times, especially as it pertains to WWI and the 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic, makes this a fitting reward,” says editor and publisher Joyce Sandilands. Loyalty’s Haven and the two earlier books in the Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, Bound by Loyalty and Loyalty’s Reward, are rich with historical detail. Teachers across North America recognize the value of “painless history” for teaching students through reading appropriate fiction. “This award gives even more credibility to the reviews of our readers and critics, many of whom are teachers who utilize Whittle’s books in their history classes for both Canadian and U.S. history,” says Sandilands. The Independent Publisher Book Awards were launched in 1996 to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Over 1,500 publishers participated in the 2007 Awards, and 3,378 entries came from all 50 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and many countries overseas. Whittle, a former mining engineer, began writing fiction as a diversion while undergoing six knee surgeries since 1994. His first book, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence (1998) became his first Canadian bestselling novel, and helped establish him as a writer of adult-length novels suitable for readers of all ages. For more information, visit www.bestsellingbooks.ca or call 250-477-0192. SL
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ART GORGE ON ART Jul 7
Along the spectacular Gorge Waterway, 45 artists will display and sell their arts and crafts. Enjoy musical entertainment, ask questions, take in the beautiful surroundings, sample food from around the world. 11am-4pm. Admission Free. Gorge Waterway, 900 Block W Gorge Rd. For more info, call Anna Haney 475-7124.
STINKING FISH STUDIO TOUR Jul 28–Aug 6
25 artists in Metchosin and East Sooke open their studios and offer rich artistic diversity featuring painting, fine porcelain, printmaking and mosaic; the sculptural beauty expressed in wood, metal and jewelry, as well as floral, textile and photographic works. For more info, call 474-2676 or www.stinkingfishstudiotour.com
HELMCKEN HOUSE Until Sep 3
The Royal BC Museum is opening the doors of Helmcken House for the summer season. Built in 1852 by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a surgeon with the Hudson’s Bay Company, it’s one of the oldest houses in BC still on its original site. Furnished with many of the Helmcken family’s belongings. Open daily, noon–4pm. Included with admission to the museum. For nonmuseum patrons, a $5 donation is suggested. For more info, call 356-7226 or visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
MUSIC SOOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Jul 15
“It’s the Little Things That Count,” paintings by Jill Winstanly. 9am to 4pm weekdays. Artist’s reception on Aug 5, 2-4pm. Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd. For more info 477-4401.
Will perform the 6th annual Philharmonic “Fling!” – an open air pop concert in a park by the sea in Sooke. Starts at 2:30pm. The gates open at 1pm to allow everyone to stake out their favourite spot. Bring a blanket, or lawn chair and have a picnic, or enjoy the on-site concession. General admission (at the gate only) $10. 16 and under admitted FREE. Ed Macgregor Park, 6751 West Coast Rd, just west of Otter Point Rd. For more info, call 642-2849.
ART SHOW & SALE Aug 2–30
AFTERNOON TEA AND ANTIQUE APPRAISAL Sept 15
Victoria’s own Colin Ritchie, expert appraiser and former consultant for Sotheby’s in England and Toronto will bring his 30 years of experience to Goward House. Those interested are asked to book/prepay for an appointment. $20 for the first item (no stamps, coins, dolls, toys, etc) includes tea and dessert. $5 for each additional item. Cheque/cash. By appointment for home visits to appraise larger items, cover cost of $100 per visit. 1-4:30pm. Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd. For more info, call 477-4401 or www.gowardhouse.com
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ABKHAZI GARDEN SUMMER MUSIC SERIES Jul & Aug
Every Wednesday evening in Jul & Aug, Abkhazi Garden will be open for a stroll in the garden, entertainment and dessert. Opens at 6:30pm and music will begin at 7:30pm. Sit on the terrace, enjoy great music and an amazing view with your dessert. Admission to the garden by donation. Abkahzi Garden, 1964 Fairfield Rd. For more info, call 598-8096 or www.conservancy.bc.ca/eventcalendar.asp
LUXTON STATION MARKET
New in the West Shore – a diverse community market featuring a wide variety of locally grown food and agricultural products, as well as locally produced crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, and displays by local organizations. Saturdays from 11am to 3pm, running through the Thanksgiving weekend (Oct 6). The Market is still on the lookout for vendors. If you “grow it, bake it or make it” and you are looking for a fun location to sell your products, the Market would like to hear from you. Stall fees $15. Potential vendors should contact the market manager at 507-5767 or go to www.luxtonstationmarket.ca
SAANICH SENIORS GARDENING GROUP
A cooperative community, organic gardening opportunity for seniors who can no longer maintain a garden by themselves. This program provides a means of staying active, maintaining social interaction, creating a healthy food source and a sense of achievement. Days/ times flexible. Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sat varying times. Garden open 7 days. Supervisor on duty. Capital City Allotment Gardens, 641 Kent Rd. For more info, call Julie Wallace 475-5408.
41st ANNUAL SAANICH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Jul 8
A variety of performers, exhibitions and handson experiences, with an emphasis on learning
and exploration. Saanich Police & Fire department with the Rock Solid car & motorcycle, a patrol horse and vintage car; Galey Farms with agriculture artifacts, providing environmentally sensitive info on natural pest control; Atwood Magic, Primal Fire & roving entertainers including stilt walkers. Musical entertainment, a Competitive Walk, Interdenominational Church Service, and the Saanich Lions Club and Kiwanis serving a BBQ lunch. The highlight: traditional strawberries and ice cream served at 2pm for .50 cents. Admission free. 9am-3pm. Beaver Lake Park. For more info, call 475-5558 or www.saanich.ca
SUMMER PRUNING WORKSHOP Jul 14
Royal Roads University’s Free “Summer Pruning Workshop.” Demonstrations, as well as opportunities for “hands-on” pruning of dwarf, standard and espaliered fruit trees. Supervision of experts. Bring your pruners. Disinfectants provided. Parking available within the orchard for those with walking disabilities only. All other participants should park in the public parking area, Lot #3, (lower one, near the water). Pay parking–1 loonie. Coffee and tea available onsite. 10am–noon. For more info, call 382-3552.
GARDEN CITY WANDERERS
Jul 1– 5/10 km walks (rated 2B). Meet at Mount Doug Park, Cordova Bay Rd. For more info, call Wendy 479-6606. Jul 8–5/10 km walks (rated 1B). Meet at Beaver Lake Picnic/Beach area. For more info, call Murray 721-3065. Registration 9:30am, walk 10am. Evening Walks Jul 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Meet at the Running Room, Broadmead Shopping Centre, 777 Royal Oak Dr. For more info, call Gail 477-4472. Jul 4, 11, 18 and 25. Meet at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street. For more info, call Murray 721-3065. Registration 5:45pm, walk 6pm. Mon Morning Walks, call Rick 478-7020 for schedule.
LANTERN CEREMONY Aug 9
Hiroshima-Nagasaki remembered: Marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan. Lantern making at 7:30pm, with words and songs of peace at 8pm, followed by launching of lanterns in the Gorge. All welcome. Admission free. Sponsored by Raging Grannies and Physicians for Global Survival. Craigflower Park, off Admiral’s Rd. For more info, call 665-7788.
SPEAKERS/SEMINARS/ WORKSHOPS OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP Jul 9
Guest speaker Shirley McQuaig is the Osteofit instructor at Commonwealth Pool. Wear comfortable clothing and, if you have them, bring along your exercise bands. 7pm. $2 drop-in fee. The James Bay New Horizons Seniors Centre, 234 Menzies St. For more info, call 721-0880.
VICTORIA FLOWER ARRANGERS’ GUILD Jul 10
Presenters–Helen Collicutt and Sue Weeks. Topic: Progression in Design (Members bring Basics III arrangement for critiquing). Parlour show–Designer’s choice and Interpret title “Rhythm.” New members and visitors welcome. 7:30pm. Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Rd. For more info, call 652-9334.
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DIABETES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW July 10 & 24
Over two million Canadians have diabetes and 1 in 3 don’t even know it. Take time to learn –small changes can make a big difference. This free informative presentation includes: Types of diabetes, signs, symptoms, risk factors, possible complications, prevention of type 2 diabetes, healthy food choices and increasing physical activity. 5:30-6:30pm. Colquitz Middle School, 505 Dumeresq. Call Saanich Recreation Services 475-5400, or the Canadian Diabetes Association 382-5454 ext 222 to pre-register.
THEATRE GOLD Aug 10–12
Fun, fast-paced show about a young man who heads north for adventure during the gold rush of the 1890s. A talented cast of professional singers, musicians and actors. Sun matinee 2pm is a Senior’s special show with tickets $16. Fri & Sat night shows $18 seniors. The Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney. For more info, call 656-0275 or www.sanscha.com
VOLUNTEERS THE FINE ART OF LISTENING
Are you a morning person who loves to help people? Need Crisis & Information Line has changed its requirements to match your requirements. Next training session start Jul 7. Apply online at www.needcrisis.bc.ca Questions? Call Volunteer Services at 386-6328 ext 222.
NORTH ISLAND EVENTS CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT CIRCLE
Peer support group, with trained facilitators, for people caring for a loved one with a terminal illness. Drop in every Tuesday, 1–2:30pm at Nanaimo Community Hospice, 1729 Boundary Avenue, Nanaimo. Pre-registration not required. For more info, call 250-758-8857.
ART EXHIBIT Jul 3–14
The Nanaimo Art Gallery Downtown presents a retrospective exhibit and sale of the paintings of the late John Girard. His daughter, noted Gabriola painter Melinda Wilde, will speak about her father’s work at the opening Thurs, Jul 5, 5–7pm. A prolific and well-respected artist, Girard’s paintings are in private collections in France, England, the U.S. and Canada. 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo. For more info, call Cady Williams 250-754-1750.
7th PHOTO SALON 2007 Until Jul 14
Hosted by the Nanaimo Art Gallery featuring the best prints from Vancouver Island Photographers. 59 works on display, selected from
260 images submitted by photographers from all over the Island. Mon to Fri, 10am–5pm. Sat, noon–4pm. The Nanaimo Art Gallery – Uptown, Malaspina University-College campus, 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo. For more info, call 250-740-6350.
B2B’S SECOND ANNUAL GARDEN & HOME TOUR Jul 14
A spectacular tour of homes in Qualicum Beach and area. Featuring a “street of nine gardens.” All new residences–all unusual, or spectacular for different reasons. Self-guided. Exquisite plant combinations, creative interiors, and todie-for architecture. 10am-4pm. A late afternoon concert included with tour ticket, featuring the Arrowsmith Big Band at the Wall Beach (Nanoose) home of the Chycoski’s . Tickets $20 plus GST, available at B2B box office, 124 Fern Road West and the Qualicum Beach Visitor Centre. For more info, call 1-877-752-6813.
N’ICE ANNUAL JURIED MEMBERS SHOW Until Jul 14
The Comox Valley Community Arts Council and the Muir Gallery invites the public to the opening of “N’Ice.” A dynamic mix of mediums, styles and processes, featuring some fantastic works by a variety of local artists. Muir Gallery, 440 Anderton Ave, Courtenay. For more info, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.org, or call the CVCAC office at 338-4417 ext 2.
BODYTALK 07 WORKSHOP Jul 14–21
PIRATES OF PENZANCE Jul 28
Presented by Ubetcha Promotions. The Derby Company doubles the fun with one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most frequently performed plays. Debuting in 1879, its Broadway revival in 1981 refreshed its popularity, followed by a hit movie. Tickets $35, 4 tkts for $120. Performances at 2pm & 7:30pm. The Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo. For tickets, call 250-754-8550.
14th ANNUAL GRAND PRIX D’ART Jul 28
Grand Prix d’Art is a “race.” Competing artists must complete a work of art “en plein air” in 3 hours. This year, each artist will be assigned a zone in the picturesque town of Qualicum Beach by lottery. The work must represent or be inspired by a thing, or person visible from the assigned location. Work is to be framed and priced for the 3pm judging. The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd West, Qualicum Beach. For more info, call 250-752-6133 or www.theoldschoolhouse.org
THE VIEK COUNTRY FAIR Aug 17–19
Fun for every age and every interest. Experience the many sights and smells that bring back fond memories. Ongoing demonstrations indoors & outdoors, from home arts to vintage tractors, main stage entertainment & midway. Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo. For more info, call 250-758-3247.
Work with Vancouver artists Byron Chief-Moon, Karen Jamieson and N’Didi Cascade to approach storytelling from different multicultural perspectives. The week will include drumming, dance, music, and the spoken word. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring your lunch. Ages 6 and up. Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm. Mon to Fri, 9am-3pm. Nanaimo District Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo. For more info, call Mildred Louis 250-716-3230.
COURTENAY COLLECTIBLE SALE Aug 24 & 25
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE GARDEN Jul 21 & 22
Biggest Fundraiser province-wide for the BC SPCA, all monies stay local and go towards care for animals in need. Highlights of the day include exhibitor tents/tables to visit, contests, demonstrations by local kennel clubs, the Nanaimo K-9 unit and much more. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday. 10am-3pm. Swy-A-Lana Park, Nanaimo.
Meet, mingle and be inspired by local artists at work. Artists will be painting, sketching, carving and photographing the beauty of this Artist’s Garden. Bonsai artists, potters, live music and Bistro. Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm. (Last entry 4pm) Milner Gardens, 2179 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. For more info, call 250-752-6153.
ART STUDIO TOUR Jul 6, 7 & 8
A free tour of 15 artists’ studios in the Cowichan Valley. Painters, potters, jewelry designers, glass painters, photographers, stringed instrument maker, fabric artists, wood carvers, stone sculptors, tile artist and ceramic artist. Pick up brochure/maps from all libraries, Victoria to Nanaimo, at all Island Savings branches, or download from www.islandarts.ca/visions For more info, call 250-743-3862.
Great selection of fine linens, china, silver ornaments, books, pictures, etc. All proceeds go to St Joseph’s Hospital for patient care and comfort. Fri, 9am–9pm. Sat, 9am–5:30pm. St Joseph’s Hospital, 850 Park Place, Courtenay. For more info, call Doreen at 250-338-8253.
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BORN TO WRITE BY EVELYN HUNTING
hile still a boy in New Zealand, author Ron Chudley knew theatre and the arts were in his blood. He’s fortunate to have made a living and a life from his passion. At 21, he travelled to England and joined the Academy of Dramatic Arts. While there, he worked for several years in television and theatre, early on producing a trailer for the BBC called The Homemade Car, used as a substitute for the colour panels, which first introduced black-and-white television viewers to the concept of colour TVs. A charming short that ran repeatedly, it attracted a cult following of young film nerds. It was years later, when Ron was living on Vancouver Island, that he learned of the following, after they tracked him down. He has written a number of plays, including After Abraham, based on conversations between two spirits of enintrigue. His next book, Stolen, is in the finishing stages. emy soldiers in a historical war, wherein they discuss why Ron is inspired by multiple ideas and although he has a they fought in the first place. general understanding of the outcome of each of his stories, By 1962, Ron knew his talents were confined in England, sometimes the characters request a different turn of events, so so he travelled to New York and found he deviates. the energy of North America was what He keeps busy with more notes he sought. He went home, applied to and ideas for books than he feels he “I felt like I was coming come to Canada, and took a bit part in has time to write. Steady and assured an English TV show called Emergency home to open arms.” in his profession, there is nothing else Ward 10 so he could save enough monRon would like to do or that gives –Ron Chudley of his arrival in Toronto in 1964. ey to emigrate. him as much pleasure as writing – ex“I felt like I was coming home to cept maybe his garden. His mornings open arms,” he says of his arrival in are dedicated to gardening, building and doing odd jobs; the Toronto in 1964. afternoons are for writing. Ron’s first introduction to Vancouver Island came when he “Just do it, write, every day,” he says to would-be writers. was asked to direct for the Bastion Theatre. Ron wrote for the “Don’t talk about it, do it.” long-running, wildly popular CBC series The Beachcombers, Ron and his second wife, Karen, live in the and penned The Bush and Salon, a CBC historical drama. home they built mostly themIn his novel, A Dark Resurrection, the third in a mystery selves. They were married in its series published by Heritage House/Touchwood Editions, garden in 2000. Together, they Ron weaves a suspenseful tale about a fortune in diamonds have five children; the oldest was stolen from the ashes of the 9/11 tragedy in New York, married in that same garden, and which tempts and almost destroys an innocent Vancouver the middle one will be married Island family. there this summer. Family and traIt follows Old Bones, a story about a person who finds dition are close to Ron’s heart. SL the bones of a human skeleton with a ring on one of its Dark Resurrection fingers. Through curiosity, the main character sets off on a By Ron Chudley path to return the ring to its original owner. A suspenseful Heritage House walk, it draws in multiple characters and weaves a tale of Publishing $12.95
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BY GIPP FORSTER
THEN & NOW
y wife never taunts me about being overweight. She just quietly lets out an inch here and an inch there on my shower curtain. But if the truth be known, I’m actually losing weight. Not a whole lot, mind you, but some! My wife just said that getting a haircut didn’t count as losing weight. What a kidder! But I really am losing weight. I got a glimpse of the toes of my shoes the other day, and I can actually button my suit coat again. I know the reason. It’s because I sing in the shower. Not only do I sing in the shower, I sing with gusto! I throw my arms out and flay my hands. My shower isn’t very big – that’s why my knuckles and elbows are bruised all the time. It’s the exercise that’s doing it, knocking off the weight, I mean. I sure wish my wife would stick around long enough to hear me sing. I know she’d be impressed. It seems unfortunate that every time I start to sing, she remembers chores she has forgotten to do or people she needs to visit, outside and away from the house. As soon as I open my mouth to serenade the world, zip, she’s gone! Pity. I think singing in the shower can be very therapeutic. It clears out the sinuses, the cobwebs, and the neighbourhood. It makes me sad to think of those lost opportunities; if only I’d discovered my talent earlier. I know my wife would agree, if she would just stay around long enough to hear me. I might have given Mario Lanza a run for his money. Or David Whitfield or Srul Irving Glick. My “Climb Every Mountain” is very impressive. That’s the one even some 48
of our neighbours like. I can hear them shouting when I sing it. I tried to join a choir once. The choir director recognized my talent immediately. He told me never, in his long career as a choir director, had he heard a voice like mine. He told me a choir could never do it justice. I guess that’s why he wouldn’t let me join. My voice was too far advanced and would intimidate the other members. Often I feel guilty letting an incredible talent such as mine slip through the fingers of the world. My friend, Norman, agrees. About being guilty, I mean. He says anyone with a singing voice like mine should feel guilty! Norman’s a good friend. Being overweight adds to the volume, the richness of a gifted voice. It adds to the performance, too. Take Pavarotti, for example. What a presentation he gives! I once tried holding a large white handkerchief like he does when I sang “Old Man River,” but it just got soggy. The shower rather limits any “flair” one might want to use to highlight a performance. One should probably be fully dressed too! Pavarotti has sung with opera stars, country singers, pop stars, nearly everyone really! I could be next. I guess I’d better brush up on my Italian for when the call comes. I hope it doesn’t come when I’m in the shower! I would love to sing an aria, but an aria needs instrumental accompaniment and my shower’s pretty small. But if I could, I know the opera world would flip! But alas, these are the fortunes of chance. Some are applauded and some are not.
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But the day may still come when genius will be recognized and inscribed on the face of posterity. In the meantime, I honestly think I am losing weight. I realize that most people don’t consider singing exercise. But, then again, they haven’t seen my knuckles and elbows either. In fact, I’m feeling quite dapper lately. I have an extra lilt in my step and a bit of a twinkle in my cataracts. My wife puts on two benefit concerts a year. I’ve offered to sing at either or both, but she declined stating my voice needs a much larger venue. I guess she hasn’t really looked at my shower. I hope the world will forgive me for not sharing my voice on a wider scale, but there wasn’t always a shower in the places I ended up. And speaking of showers, I feel a song coming on. Oh darn! My wife just shot out the door again. Another missed opportunity. Oh well! There’s always tomorrow. SL
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4646 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, BC (250) 897-1033 or (250) 897-4033
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Published on Sep 2, 2008