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mega-3. Essential for health or marketing hype? The answer is both. Health Canada says, “Omega-3 fatty acids are unique types of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential to human health and are of dietary importance since the body does not produce them.” Current typical North American intakes of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexainoic acid (DHA) – two of the elements of omega-3 – are approximately 100-150 mg daily, which is one-fifth of what is considered necessary for the maintenance of optimal health. Recent research found many benefits associated with adequate omega-3 consumption, like decreasing arthritis, slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s, and improving function in many systems in the body. A series of experiments demonstrated that diets low in omega-3 fatty acids lead to low brain DHA, and losses in nervous system function. Like many other vitamins and minerals, they have to be replenished or they become depleted. Food manufacturers are quick to jump on any angle that gives them a marketing edge. In this sound bite, buzzword filled society, it’s easy to take advantage of consumers by making claims that may be true but offer misleading information. Most articles about omega-3 tend to lump all omega-3s into one category, ignoring that there are three distinct forms of omega-3 – Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), EPA and DHA – which all have a different function in the body. Food manufacturers are in a position to misuse this poor understanding by the public to sell products. Omega-3 eggs are the best current example. When chickens are fed flax seed (ALA – the least effective form of omega-3), it raises the amount of omega-3 in the eggs and slightly reduces the cholesterol. Consumers buy them at a higher price thinking they are doing a good thing for their health. However, they are not getting the benefit they expect and, in the process, get a lot of dietary cholesterol (Up to 211 mg per single large egg). Omega-3 eggs claim to have 150 mg of omega-3. While substantially higher than other eggs, which have 38 mg, they are not a good source of the right form of omega-3. Another example is DHA milk. Yes, there is more DHA in this milk, but not enough to offset the saturated fat. Milk is enhanced with DHA by the addition of a DHA-rich feed additive to dairy cattle feed rations. This additive contains a marine source of DHA and a bypass ingredient, which protects the DHA from degradation in the rumen (part of the cow’s stomach). Some of the DHA is thus transferred to the cow’s milk in significant amounts. The DHA content of the milk increases 2

as the total fat content increases, since DHA is contained in the milk fat. Therefore, the DHA in the milk is proportional to the fat content. A 250 mL serving of DHA milk contains 10 mg DHA for 2% milk, and 16 mg for whole milk. A person would have to consume a lot of milk (30 fluid ounces) to receive 34 mg to 55 mg of DHA per day, which is not a significant amount of DHA. These are not the worst offenders, but they are high profile examples of truth embellished for marketing hype and corporate profit. In both cases, Omega-3 eggs and DHA milk cost more money and increase the intake of undesirable nutrients (cholesterol and saturated fat). The amounts of added omega-3 or DHA are neither near the amount recommended nor from the best sources. The most desirable omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA, and are most abundant in fish from deep, cold ocean waters. The best sources are hoki, halibut, salmon, sardines, Neptune krill and other seafood. The downside of getting essential fatty acids from these foods is cost and pollution. Seafood tends to be high in contaminants such as PCBs, mercury, DDT and other industrial and agricultural waste. One hundred grams of wild sockeye salmon has 1.2 grams of omega-3 (the recommended amount). How many people are going to eat at least 100 grams of salmon per day? A concentrated omega-3 supplement can offer the same 1.2 grams of omega-3 (EPA/DHA) for about a third of the cost. Additionally, if it is a high-grade supplement, contaminants have been removed. Not all omega-3 supplements are equal. Some expensive supplements found in health food stores deliver low levels of omega-3, while lower-priced supplements from other places have sometimes three times as much EPA/DHA per 1,000 mg capsule. Do not confuse fish oils with supplements composed mostly of borage oil, flax seed oil, etc. Omega-3 from vegetable sources is ALA. What about omega 3-6-9 combinations? Usually, omega 3-6-9 combinations are low in EPA/DHA, and comprised mostly of ALA or omega-9. The body produces omega-9, and North Americans typically get an abundance of omega-6 from vegetable oils. So, before buying into marketing hype, consumers need to educate themselves on the essentials of essential fatty acids. For more information about omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, visit: http://diabetic-diet-secrets.com/members/omeSL ga3-epa/dha.html

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SUCCESSFUL

Retirement BY DOROTHY ORR

Re-negotiating Relationships

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ake a fresh look at your relationships as you enter retirement. From this point on, you’ll have more time to spend with friends and family. People entering retirement are encouraged to look afresh at their relationships as they approach and begin to experience a new phase of life. Many changes occur in retirement and one option is to renegotiate the shape of current relationships, given there will likely be more time to enjoy and get to know friends, in perhaps a more meaningful way. This also relates to family. Time may also afford us the opportunity to be more affable with the myriad of people who make up our wide social networks. How will you spend time with your friends to keep these relationships meaningful?

Clearly tell people in your life how you will spend extra time in retirement to avoid unrealistic expectations. Everyone needs people in their lives and friendship is a source of deep happiness. Contemplate future adventures: retreats, skiing, walks or exotic trips. As a retiree, you have the ability to plan and enjoy the happiness that friendship offers. While at work, we spend most of our days with colleagues and they become a main source of support and friendship. Maintaining these friendships after retirement can be difficult. Ask to be included in birthday lunches and seasonal celebrations that continue in your absence from your job. These relationships tend to fade unless co-workers retire within five years after you. Other relationships may require delicate discussions. For example, some people care for a parent or adult child prior to retirement. Clearly tell the person how you will spend this extra time to avoid unrealistic expectations. If you had community support to help with caregiving prior to retirement, be sure to continue receiving that support in retirement. One of the most important relationships in our lives is with

our spouse or partner. Retirement offers options to re-negotiate a myriad of issues: chores, cooking, leisure activities or holidays – take time to reflect and plan this next part of your lives. If together time’s been limited up to this point, now may be an opportunity to get know your spouse all over again. It will be time well spent! Prioritizing is a good base for future happiness. Keep negotiations open. We are, for the most part, social creatures. The relationships in our lives can give us pleasure, especially our friendships. Take time to make the most out of yours. SL Dorothy Orr is a Registered Social Worker, qualified Executive Coach, specialising in Retirement and Transitional issues. She is also a Senior Peer Counsellor trainer.

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GRANDRAGONS

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The False Creek Grandragons

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n June 16-17, the weekend of the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, the False Creek Grandragons will celebrate their 10th year as the first mixed seniors’ dragon boat racing team formed in Canada. Since their inaugural demonstration race in 1998 at the Alcan Dragon Boat Races in Vancouver, founders Betty and Ron MacDonald have provided information and assisted people in the Lower Mainland, Port Alberni, Kelowna, and Victoria to form other senior dragon boat teams, partly to provide them with more competition. “It’s not only the competition,” says Betty, “we’re all friends. I recruited so4

rority sisters from Beta Sigma Phi, a businesswomen’s sorority to help form the teams. We enjoy the camaraderie and going on trips together.” Two teams located in the Lower Mainland are the Eh Team, who are also located at the False Creek Racing Canoe Club (FCRCC) and the Dogwood Nothin’ Dragons situated in Coquitlam. Betty recalls how the Grandragons started. “I was playing bingo with some friends in the False Creek Community Centre’s lounge, waiting for Ron to finish his practice with the False Creek Racing Canoe Team. One of the paddlers challenged us [by asking us] why we weren’t out there paddling and getting

involved, instead of sitting around.” “I then asked officials of the FCRCC to lend us a dragon boat and for a coach to help us. We’ve come a long way since that time.” Both the MacDonalds and the Grandragons have indeed come a long way as they look forward to competing in Sydney, Australia this September for the World Dragon Competition in the 50plus category. Energetic Betty, 72, will also do double duty as the site manager for the Eastern Canada team in Sydney. She earned recognition as a competent manager when she managed the “Over 50” Dragon Boat Team, which represented Canada in the International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Drag-

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Glide Down Under on Boat races in Berlin 2005. The name “Grandragons” came from the team’s oldest member, Peggy Cameron, 83, because most of its 65 registered members are grandparents. Rick Walkey, the 2007 captain, calculated the average age of the group is 67. Their twice-weekly practices (Mondays

racing is truly a participatory and team effort,” says Rick, 64. Paddler Neil Donaldson, 70, echoes the sentiment: “Men are more used to team sports such as soccer and baseball, but once the women become Ron and Bet ty

• The Gra ndragon’s year was first race on April this 2 8 and Thursdays) typically begin with a Rock Da in the W sh. Visit h ite their we 20-minute warm-up exercise led by a www.gran bsite at dragons.o rg for a team member who focuses on upper their 200 list of 7 race s chedule body strength. informati a n d full on on his tory, coac “A few of us have a personal photo gall h es and ery. trainer and we also do weight train• On Jun e 16 and ing,” says Betty. “As in other years, Internatio 17, the 2 nal Drago 007 n Boat F we owe a lot to our young coaches. takes plac e s tival e at the S E corner Creek, ac This year’s coaches, Heather Hellof False ross from Science W evang and Chris Scully help us to • To enro orld. ll in the d ragon bo program keep our competitive edge. I also ating held at Fa lse Creek munity C swim every day in our apartment Comentre, re gister on www.Fals complex. When I see Peggy Camline at eCreekC C .ca or call 2 57-8195. eron out practising faithfully 10 604months a year, I get inspired.” “Taking part in dragon boat

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involved, they really enjoy the competition and the interaction.” Ron MacDonald, 75, continues to share his passion for team boat racing in outrigger (six paddlers) as well as dragon boat (20 paddlers) races. In partnership with the False Creek Community Centre, he instructs future dragon boat racers of all ages through a 10-week session on the basics of dragon boat racing at Alder Bay, False Creek. This social dragon boating program includes instructors, steersperson, boats, flotation vests and paddles. Fees generated by the program help to defray the costs of using the boats and equipment, fund team development and competition. He believes that “participating in dragon boating is an excellent way to retain good health, independence, and a zest for living.” Both Ron and Betty heartily endorse the cohesiveness, commitment and competitive abilities that come from taking part in dragon boat racing. Betty says, “Don’t forget the camaraSL derie!”

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Paddlewheeling BY DALE AND ARCHIE MILLER

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ne hot summer day back in the 1980s, Doug and Helga Leaney, having spent a relaxing day exploring the town of Fort Langley, bought a couple of ice cream cones and strolled back to their 17foot pleasure boat. They had moored it at the Fort Langley dock after sailing up the Fraser River past Port Mann on one of their infrequent days off from the jewelry store they owned and ran in Langley with Doug’s brother and sister-in-law. They could not have imagined that an off-hand comment, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could spend every day like this, showing people the river and telling them all about the neat historical places in this area?” would soon change almost every aspect of their lives. Looking back now at age 71, Captain Doug Leaney shakes his head at the thought of leaving the jewelry store, selling the house to buy their first cruise boat, studying hard to get his first ticket to captain the vessel, and venturing out onto the waters of the Fraser River with 40 passengers aboard, eager to eat, drink, see beautiful scenery and hear captivating stories of the river – past and present. Their first boat, the Inlet Cruiser, was a fibreglass, 40-foot, 40-passenger power boat, and with it they made three or four runs a day up the Fraser River from New Westminster to the Fort; enjoyable but exhausting. Doug maintained and, once he had his appropriate ticket, piloted the boat. Helga took care of all the food service: prepared the food at home and transported it to the boat for each cruise. They needed help and it appeared. Helga’s brother, Frank Froebel, with a background in radio and business in

Alberta, joined them in 1989 and made major changes. He quickly reduced the number of trips a day to two and, with his deep baritone “radio voice,” narrated fascinating snippets of historical information during the cruise, referred to as “a trip through history.” Passengers soaked it all in and

Doug Leaney, captain of MV Native

loved it, but Doug, Helga and Frank realized that to tell the history of the Fraser River properly, they needed an authentic paddlewheeler. After a drawn-out search, they saw an advertisement in a marine publication: “For Sale: MV Native, a real paddlewheeler, built as a live aboard

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on the Fraser vessel with living room, kitchen and bedrooms.” It was the boat they had all dreamed about. The Native, built in 1985, was completely redone in the early ‘90s, meeting all Coast Guard requirements to make her one of the safest passenger-carrying vessels on the Fraser River. The 100-passenger paddlewheeler has two levels with a bar facility on each, a comfortable warm oak interior as well as an outside deck. During the last few months, the vessel has had yet another upgrade with a new exterior paint job, improved seating, a dark wood interior finish, better sound system, and mirrored ceilings. watch the paddlewheel and Moored at the New Westminster try to figure what “really” propels the Quay, the Native offers regularly sched- boat. Most people are so accustomed uled all-day cruises complete with full to dummy paddlewheels that they commentary, to and from Fort Lan- have difficulty believing that this boat gley or Steveston. The vessel is also has a real one. privately chartered for special events As Capt. Leaney brings the engines like weddings, up to full power, product launches, the wheel kicks corporate events up a fine mist “I’ve lived in this area and even memoand the Native all my life, but I’d never rial services when moves out into ashes are commitmid-channel at seen it from the river ted to the deep. a stately nine- or before. Being on the Locals often say, 10-knot water “I’ve lived in this speed. Moving boat has given me a area all my life, against the river whole new perspective but I’d never seen current at about it from the river six knots, it will of where I live.” before. Being on take her about –MV Native passenger the boat has given three hours to me a whole new reach Fort Lanperspective of where I live.” gley. Along the way, passengers will On a typical spring Sunday cruise learn about the different communito Fort Langley, there are often fewer ties along the shore, about the seals, than the full capacity of 100 passen- sturgeon and salmon in the river and gers. The Hudson’s Bay Company flag about the bald eagles nesting in the flying on the bow, the vessel eases out trees along the way. into the river current, while passengers “Some of the rock used in the con-

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struction of the pillars for the railway bridge came to New Westminster as ballast on sailing ships in the 1800s,” says Frank over the public address system as he walks among the passengers with a cordless microphone, increasing their education on the maritime history of the river. A few years ago, they would frequently swing over near the shore to watch sea lions basking in the sun on the log booms at the mouth of the Coquitlam River. The large mammals came up the river each spring to feast on the oolicans, small fish that played an important role in the lives of the First Nations along the river. Neither the oolicans nor the sea lions come up the river any more, but tourists still can’t believe the number of eagles, herons, seals and, at the right time of year, salmon actually jumping several feet out of the water. Now a full 18 years into the business, Doug, Helga and Frank take time to look back at what they have accomplished and how it all began. Doug re- X MAY/JUNE 2007

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members early meetings with community leaders and businesspeople that were not terribly encouraging about the plan to have a cruise boat on the river. “Hasn’t worked before, probably won’t work now.” But there were others who thought the whole idea was wonderful and offered valuable moral support. As captain of the vessel, although others now fill in on the schedule to allow him some time off, Doug still unreservedly loves the boat and being out on the river. He enjoys looking after the vessel and keeping up with its maintenance schedule. While much of that is now delegated to others, he wishes he could contribute more, but “age takes you out of a lot of this, bending over the engines, contorting to reach a part, or hanging off the side of the wheel to give each paddle a fresh coat of bright red paint.” He is also aware and proud of the role he plays as part of a long, unbroken line of paddlewheeler captains stretching back to the 1850s, who have done their best to transport people and goods on the Fraser River in comfort and safety. Helga, now 65, looking back on her years of supplying the food to the 100 or so passengers on the Native, is proud of how the quality has remained consistently high despite cramped quarters, a limited electrical supply and a constantly moving deck, so that visitors love to come back time after time. 8

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After years of preparing the food at home, getting it to the boat still hot and on time for each cruise, A paddlewh then serving it with a smile while in full period paddles loca eeler is a ship that is dri costume, Helga now has suppliers who provide te v side of the b d either at the stern o en by large most of the staples. But meals are all finally preoat. Those w r along the it are known pared and assembled on board in a galley space as sternwhe h the paddle at the back elers and at called sidew about half the size of what most people have at heele the side are Hundreds o rs. home. ters of the F f paddlewheelers once p She “loves to make people happy with ra li between Vic ser River, carrying peop ed the wafood.” She particularly enjoys hosting a wedtoria and Yale le and goods minster and , stopping at ding and reception on board. While it is cerm N during the F oving people, supplies a ew Westtainly more demanding than a more casual n ra d Some of the ser River gold rush o even gold cruise, being part of such an important day f the 1850s. m were app ro MV Native – to couples getting married is a thrill that just 28 metres (9 ximately the size of the 2 fe all would hav never goes away. She’s never had to deal with e been dwa et) in length – but they Royal City S a “Bridezilla” like the ones seen regularly on tar Riverboa rfed by the four-decked t Casino, a 7 ft .) long Mississip television, but admits that some folks are a 5-m p i p a d d le ly wheel riverb etre (245called the Q little more demanding than others when uno the New We ueen of New Orleans, als at, originalder the stress of an event as important as a o moored at stminster Q uay. Another pad wedding. But that’s when her natural easydlewheeler in S a m son V, fifth the same going manner with people shines through, ernment sna in a series of Samson area is the and manages to calm the jitters of the most -n gp workboat, n ullers on the Fraser Riv amed govhigh-strung bride or mother. ot a passeng er. Always a er sel, it was re Frank, 53, is highly regarded as the extired in 1980 or cargo carrying vesa maritime m a pert in arrangements, charters and special useum by th nd is now operated as In e d Royal Agricu ustrial Socie events. ltural and ty All three p . “It is an old cliché,” he says, “but a d dlewheele Westminste meeting new people is one of the great r Quay an rs are moored at the d glimpse into attractions of the job, to have the customa past era w provide a fascinating h hen, as local av e it, there w er be delighted with what the Native has lore would e re m o re F raser than o p provided and to react warmly to it all, n the Mississ addlewheelers on the ippi. makes every challenge and frustration worthwhile.” Their website, Vancouverpaddlewheeler.com, still proudly proclaims “sightseeing and dining on the historic Fraser River” – the same thing that has powered the ambitions of Doug and Helga Leaney and Frank Froebel for almost two decades. Age seems to make them even more passionate and optimistic about what they do for the people they serve. They had a dream and a vision, and The Canadian Dream - to own a home and have a healthy and active retirement. Many seniors are for the past 18 years, have made the sometimes difficult finding their cash flow is not sufficient to met their decisions to get there, growing a little older together, dobasic needs but most have built up equity in ing what they absolutely love doing. So, what do they do their home as a savings plan. Releasing equity can in their time off? Well, Doug and Helga travel a lot and are increase cash flow. Call or visit www.equityrelease.ca talking about taking a cruise. The only thing now to be nefor more information. gotiated is where… Helga wants to go to Alaska, and Doug VERICO Team Kits to the Mediterranean. With their energy and determination, Mortgage Consultants and Strategists Accredited Mortgage Professionals they’ll probably do both and be able to teach the cruise Proud Supporters of the Canadian Dream! SL lines something about it in the process.

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ADVENTURER, EXPLORER A

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nthony Dalton lived a semi-nomadic existence from infancy. “I was born in my aunt’s house in the back bedroom at the tail end of a bombing raid,” he says. In Gravesend, a town built along the River Thames, the family felt the brunt of the war in 1940. “The river acted like a beacon for German bombers.” Anthony’s father was in the military and his mother, with children in tow, began a series of train trips away from the bombs and towards her husband who trained or was stationed at various locations in Great Britain. Whether these excursions formed the basis for the life of extensive travel that ensued, the fact is that as soon as he was old enough to do so, Anthony explored his world. As a young teenager, he and his friends relished weekend daytrips with their bikes, thinking nothing of covering 100 miles in a round trip. “People didn’t worry about kids in those days.” At 18, Anthony left home with only a backpack, hitchhiking his way around Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He worked as a deckhand on a freighter in the Mediterranean and oilrigs in Kuwait; he drove a truck, and swept out restaurants on a Greek island. “There are only a few places in South America I haven’t seen. I used to keep a list of countries and airports but eventually gave it up.” Anthony wasn’t one to go to popular tourist destinations. “I never really wanted to follow the accepted path,” he says. “I guess I was a free spirit, as people say these days. I wanted to do what I wanted to do.” His own path led him across the Sahara many times, through the deserts of the Middle East, into the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, on dangerous Arctic waters and canoeing wilderness rivers in northern Canada. “I love anything to do with exploration to unknown places 10 10

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and remote areas.” Eventually, Anthony’s experiences led him to establish an adventure company that specialized Sahara expeditions, an area with which he was familiar. He loves the desert regions of the world and the Sahara is the biggest, most unforgiving, requiring expert survival skills and resourcefulness. “I loved doing it, but eventually politics got in the way.” When tribal warfare in western Africa made it too dangerous to launch expeditions across the desert, he moved them to Afghanistan and the Middle East. Political unrest followed him there. Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1978-79, then the Shah of Iran was deposed, and the country became an Islamic republic.

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where he was found by some Inupiat people who had seen him pass and came looking for him after the storm. This experience didn’t slow him down. In 1993, he took a writing assignment to crew on a Russian tall-ship, the Sedov, and then participated again on the Ukrainian Tovarishch and the Belgian Mercator. “I learned a lot about A Royal Benga l tiger seamanship from those in the Sundarbans Dalton encountered jungle of Ban gladesh. trips. The Russians and Ukrainians are fabulous seamen and expert at handling windjammers,� which are huge sailing ships over 300-feet long. Those decades of travel, writing and photography honed Anthony’s skills. His photographs are now spread around the world in U.K., Japan, and U.S. stock companies as well as in a sizeable collection at home. Managing his photographs is a part-time job. Another part-time job is speaking engagements. Anthony is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. His website contains a sampling of talks he has presented X Photo: Antho ny Dalton

“I love the Middle East,� says Anthony. “It’s difficult now to see the television broadcasts of Baghdad and remember the coffeehouses and the shops.� A friend pushed Anthony to write about his travels. “I made $250 for my first article. That was big money in those days.� Another friend encouraged him to develop his photographic skills. “His best tip was to check all four corners of the lens to make sure there isn’t something like a pole sticking out of someone’s head.� Freelance writing and photography fit perfectly with his desire to travel and there was no shortage of material. Since then, Anthony has written close to 500 travel and adventure articles, published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and nine languages. “If I wanted to see a country, I would seek writing commissions.� In 1994, for example, Anthony decided he wanted to see Namibia. “I contacted the Namibian Tourist Board and told them I would guarantee three published stories in international magazines in one year. I ended up publishing 12 in two years. And have since published more.� A neat marketing tool and one that paid off again and again. Eventually, Anthony’s extensive exploration to many corners of the globe paid off in a different way. He was elected by council to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1979, an organization established in 1830 “to promote the advancement of geographical science.� Six years later, he became a Fellow of The Explorers Club, a similar U.S.-based organization that distinguishes tourists who travel for pleasure and self-education from explorers who seek to expand the field knowledge for humankind. Like an interweaving tapestry, Anthony’s origins along the Thames estuary also took him in another direction. As a young boy, he loved to go to the river and watch the boats go by. “I was always fascinated by ships. I would watch them for hours.� His uncle was a river pilot whose job was to board incoming ships and guide them into the harbour. Anthony often went with him on those vessels and it began a love affair with ships that continues to this day, despite his near loss of life in an Arctic storm. In 1984, Anthony set out in an inflatable speedboat on an expedition along the Alaskan coastline, north of the Arctic Circle. A storm capsized the boat and he plunged into the water. The next three-and-a-half hours became a desperate struggle to reach land. “The wind was blowing me to shore, but I wasn’t making any headway. I eventually noticed a river current was pushing out and keeping me at sea.� Anthony had to find a way to overcome that current. His 20-plus years of experience in exploration and his own tenacity and courage allowed him to analyze the situation and adapt his knowledge to the crisis at hand. By standing on the overturned boat with his arms out whenever the vessel rose on a crest, his body acted as a sail. Eventually, he reached shore

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at venues across North America. “I like being in front of an audience,” he says. “I’m not intimidated in the slightest. People are afraid of making a fool of themselves. It doesn’t bother me a bit.” Locally, Anthony is an active member of the Canadian Authors Association. In fact, he is President of the Vancouver branch, which meets monthly. His extensive writing and publishing experience is a boon to the club and Anthony makes himself available to assist other writers. “I’m really proud of my books. I’m really proud of the help I give to other writers. I like helping people.” From a simple coming-of-age backpacking tour at the age of 18 has come an extraordinary life filled with accomplishments that could be spread among several men and remain impressive. And it is only in the past six years that Anthony’s pursuits have taken a new turn: an author of full-length manuscripts. In 2001, Anthony published his first piece, a novella called Nelson: The Arctic Adventures of Tristan’s Old Sea Dog. It was written from the point of view of legendary sailor Tristan Jones’ pet. This book led to another about Tristan Jones himself, a work that created a great deal of controversy, “particularly from England.” “My intention was to write a biography of a man I admired,” says Anthony. “After a year of research, things weren’t adding up; there were far too many gaps. It was his last book that set me on the trail. He wrote a lie, in fact, two

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blatant lies about the same person.” Anthony started investigating the claims of Tristan Jones, hoping to be proven wrong, but uncovered more deceptions. In the end, the book became a compilation and detailed exploration of these falsifications, which revealed the man to be a complex character with an incredible knack for storytelling. “I still read his books even now.” Anthony’s sixth book has just been published. Baychimo, Arctic Ghost Ship is a fascinating account of a Hudson’s Bay Company ship that plied the northern waters from eastern Canada to Siberia until 1931, when it became caught in an ice floe from which it couldn’t emerge. The crew abandoned the vessel, which eventually freed itself and began a 40-year solo journey through the waters of the Arctic, showing itself from time to time, unharmed and still moving. Anthony lives in Tsawwassen with his wife, Penny, and their Dalmatian, Mr. Parker, whom they adopted from the SPCA seven years ago. Anthony continues to live the rewarding life he’s chosen. “I’m not really interested in travelling anymore,” he says. “I’ve travelled so much. Every year Penny tries to get me away somewhere, and occasionally she succeeds – and I still have to travel on business. But travelling is not the fun it used to be. I understand the need for security but what would have been, for example, a half-day trip to another city to give a talk 10 years ago takes a full day now.” Anthony is now taking his interests in another direction. He’s working on a full-length novel – a thriller. “I designed my own life and I keep re-inventing and redesigning it,” says Anthony. “You can achieve incredible things with determination.” SL For more information on Anthony Dalton’s books or speaking engagements, visit his website at www.anthonydalton.com

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Between Friends Information Overload

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he media bombards the public every day; TV, eternity without ponradio, newspapers, movies, advertising bill- dering the greatness of boards, print campaigns or over the Internet. our inner being. But an inner part of us calls for calm, quiet and medita“In order to cultition. To respond we have to find a place in our minds that vate your witness, you won’t allow outside influences, stimulation or pressure. It need to develop your is a contemplative room. powers of observation “Try to view your thoughts as a component of your about yourself and the body and mind. Think of thoughts as things – things you world,” says Dyer. have the capacity to get outside of and observe. Your Media in any form mind is filled with thousands of thoughts each day. They is a relationship leadcome and go like trains in a terminal – one enters, an- ing to connections, other takes it place; one exits, and along comes another.” which bring about the associations that form the total founAccording to motivational speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer, this dation for humanity. The foundation of our heart, soul and goes on all day. mind also forms an integral part of our perception of events External media offers one aspect of life, but never the around us. true picture of the deep crevasses Wouldn’t it be relaxing to imof our individual being. As ownagine yourself on a beach sipers of our souls, we may never ping your favourite beverage Think of thoughts as things discover what is in that hidden and watching the waves tap the place unless we search dilishore? You may occasionally see – things you have the cagently. As the landlord of these a seagull swooping by or duck pacity to get outside of areas, we owe it to ourselves bobbing along. Or perhaps readto seek the truth in our hearts, ing a good book in front of a burnand observe. a truth that continually tries to ing fireplace or just letting your get our attention. This is where thoughts escape to see where your self-discovery plays its most viimagination will take you. What tal role. In the busyness of life, it is often difficult to hear do you do in down time? that small voice. Our activities keep us moving, tired and In every area of our lives, we can be instructed and taught at warp speed. Every age group can experience the rush to by our hearts, if we take the time to listen. SL

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CHASING AWAY THE WINTER BLUES STORY AND PHOTOS BY LYNNE R. KELMAN

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e left Vancouver on January 11, when the snow had fallen on the city all day and had tied up the evening commute home until 9:30 p.m. The next morning, we woke up in San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico to blue skies, sunshine, birds chirping and cactus blossoms ready to burst into flower outside our window. My husband and I retired several years ago and, like a lot of us, set our sights on travelling to all the places we’d dreamed of while sitting behind office desks or dashing off on business trips. We had already embarked on the beautiful cities of Paris, Salzburg, Munich, the South of France and, this year, decided we needed to get away from British Columbia’s dreary grey January and February skies. I read about and researched the town of San Miguel de Allende for years and had finally convinced my husband that Mexico was once again for us – 15 years ago, an unsuccessful vacation to Mexico had put him off a return trip. This time, we instantly fell in love. San Miguel will do that – the buildings painted in yellows and reds and every colour in between, El Jardin, the central square, where everyone sits, reads and people watch, the cathedrals and churches, ornate in their splendour, the restaurants, bustling and resplendent with the smells of Mexican chilies, warm and inviting, the fruit stands, colourful, and the schoolchildren in crisp uniforms. San Miguel stands amidst the mountain ranges of the central highlands, just north of Mexico City. Surrounded by dry high desert and rolling hills, it is one of several colonial cities in Mexico’s heartland. Many North Americans make San Miguel 14 14

their home, and add to a thriving economy. The large Institute de Allende art and Spanish language school beckons many artists; the town is a mecca for artisans of all kinds: jewelry, painting, sculpture and photography. The Institute was founded on the estate of one of the large country homes; the courtyard is a mass of bougainvillea, fountains, birds and music, with local sculpture set amongst masses of soft green ferns. Our accommodation in San Miguel was perfect – a little villa set amid lush parkland with pools and statues. Our hosts were excited to have us stay and ready with tons of suggestions of where to go and what to see. And although we are terrifically independent and had a list of our own, we appreciated their hospitality. On a Saturday, we watched the hustle and bustle around the square, people happy on their day off, families joyful and smiling. Vendors sold dulce (sweets) and candy floss, balloons and local newspapers; there is a real pulse. At the heart of all this activity stands the parish church La Parroquia – an impressive structure built of local sandstone, shining pink in the sunlight. Designed by an Indian stonemason with no formal training, it is based on the gothic cathedrals of Europe. When we started to walk and wander up and down the narrow cobbled streets, faced with buildings in burnt umber and reds, we had to pinch ourselves – it felt like old Europe, like Spain. But it was Mexico. During a late lunch in a courtyard restaurant, chicken burrito with mole sauce, warm and pungent, full of garlic and chocolate, we practised our Spanish with the servers; a wonderful first day! Our days in San Miguel rolled together in the warm and beautiful town. We explored in more depth, partook of the local theatre, at-

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tended lectures on Mexico’s history, enjoyed slide shows by local photographers in the beautiful small theatre in the Bibliotheca, visited craft shows and artisans markets and found our favourite pubs and restaurants. Our appetites were whetted to see more of the colonial towns that surrounded us. We decided to catch the bus to Dolores Hidalgo, one of the smaller towns, famous for the markets of Talavera Pottery and a town that played an important part in the fight for Mexico’s independence. It was here that Father Miguel Hidalgo gave a passionate sermon to his followers that ended in the cry, “Viva Ferdinand” (the Spanish King at the time), “death to the government,” which later became, “Viva Mexico!!” Our next trip took us to Guanajuato, the state capital. A colonial gem of a town tucked into the mountains, with brightly painted houses dotting the hillsides and twisting cobbled alleys leading to a vast subterranean roadway, where a rushing river once flowed. Next, the city of Queretero, which houses the home of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, the heroine of the independence movement known as La Corregidora, where the first plans for independence were hatched. Then we moved on to Morelia in the neighbouring state of Michoacan. Again, I fell in love with its long wide boulevards and earth-toned colourful mansions and palaces, colourful murals in the public buildings celebrating the birth of Mexico, Zapata, and the like. Morelia is a busy bustling city.

Beautiful shops and department stores like Sanbornes line the avenues, as well as restaurants, outdoor cafés, squares and an abundance of churches. Small towns dot the shores of Lake Patzcauro only a short drive away. These communities are different in culture and artifacts than others we have visited, unused to tourists. The area is home to the Tarascan Indians who farm, fish and shape their craft from the trees in the area and the rushes around the lake. When it was time to return home, I took with me the happiness and love of the Mexican people, the feeling of welcome we received everywhere we went. Young people and old, joined in respect and tenderness, families, school children in their fresh uniforms, the beautiful culture and the untouched beauty of cities and towns will stay with me forever. Hasta Luego Mexico! But not for long – I will return. SL

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over 2,500 visitors informed, inspired and entertained. Senior Living columnist and motivational speaker Pat Nichol amused visitors and kept the performance stage on time, as Master of Ceremonies. “The great thing about the performances we’ve seen here today,” says Nichol, “is that there has been something here every one of us can relate to.” From dance performances by the Monterey Tappers, the Silver Senioritas and the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society, to the musical styles of 16

the Courtenay Evergreen Choristers, the Swingin Strings Ukulele Band and the Pension-Aires Barbershop Quartet (to name only a few of the performance groups in attendance), visitors of all ages found themselves thoroughly entertained. Between pauses in the stage performance, many festival attendees took time to enjoy a snack and peruse the exhibition booths. On hand to visit with guests were characters profiled in past issues of Senior Living magazine. Everyone from authors, to musicians, to actors and performers were readily available. As well, a number of vendors, craftspeople, travel agents and seniors housing and care providers presented colourful products, banners, displays and information kits. For many festival attendees the great variety of activities and people to see made for a busy day. “My daughter told me about the festival,” says Hanni Iaonnides, festival visitor. “I feel I have only just got here, and it is already about to wrap up. There is a lot of information here. I didn’t realize there would be so many interesting things to see. This event is very important. Not all seniors get the chance to get out, to find out all this information. Here, everything is all in one place. The information is easy to access, and people are so friendly.”

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nformation, music, dancing and laughter marked the 2nd Annual Senior Celebration Festival, held March 9 at the Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria. The Festival, hosted by Senior Living magazine showcased a variety of activities and lifestyle options available for those 50 plus on Vancouver Island. Artists, musicians, craftspeople, social clubs, community organizations and seniors’ service providers were on hand to share talents, information and resources available in the local senior community. Over 100 exhibits and a dozen performance groups kept

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Computer Tips & Tricks

Cut & Paste No Glue Required BY LOUISE LATREMOUILLE

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ave you ever wanted to copy a picture and paste it into another document on your computer? How about wanting to copy information from one letter into another? Well, with only a little click here and there, it couldn’t be easier! Copy and Paste go together, like “peas and carrots” Forrest Gump would say. Here’s how:

Guests to the festival travelled from as far north as Courtenay to partake in the celebration activities. Douglas and Audrey Best caught a bus from Nanaimo for the event. “We saw the show advertised in the magazine and thought we would come see what it was all about,” says Audrey. “We’ve collected a whole bag of information about seniors’ activities. We’re mostly interested in information about travel groups, and we were able to find a lot of information here.” Frank Pernigoni and his wife came from Cobble Hill to check out the festivities. “It’s nice to get out, and go for a stroll,” says Frank. “I’m enjoying the music and entertainment. It’s nice also to see what people my own age are doing, and nice as well to meet some younger people. Meeting them helps to make sure I don’t get fossilized!” Networking and meeting new people was as much an important part of the Seniors Celebration Festival for the exhibitors as it was for the guests. “I’m truly amazed at how much there is out there in terms of a senior’s community,” says newly published author Ken Merkley. “When you retire it is definitely not the end of life. As an author, I’m sitting here with other authors sharing ideas about printing and publishing and our experience as authors.” “This festival is so wonderful,” says exhibitor Joyce Sandilands. “The diversity of it, so many people to talk to. We’ve had so many people coming to our booth to chat that I haven’t had much chance to get out to all the great displays, myself.” “I’m a big fan of Senior Living magazine, and this festival... brings to life the essence of the magazine. The amazing stories SL of seniors are magnified at a show like this.”

1. Hold the left-click down and highlight what you want to copy. 2. With what you want highlighted, right-click. 3. Slide your mouse up to “Copy,” left-click. 4. This will load whatever you have copied onto an invisible clipboard. 5. Open whatever document you want to paste your copied material to and place your cursor to where you want it to go. 6. Right-click, slide your mouse up to “Paste,” leftclick. That’s it! It might look here like you are clicking up a storm; but when you do it a few times, the steps become natural - especially with the menus popping up from the mouse! To copy a picture, just hold your mouse directly over top of it and right-click to see the “Copy” command. Notice your other choices here, such as “e-mail picture,” “Save picture as” or, my favourite, if I really love the picture, “Set picture as background.” This will instantly send the picture to your desktop for a new background. I always say the best way to learn is to do, and it’s hard to break your computer, so go ahead and try new things. After all, computers are great tools that can be fun too! SL Louise Latremouille is the author of My Parents First Computer and Internet Guide: An easy beginner computer guide for my parents, your parents and you! Available at local bookstores or through www.myparentsfirst.com Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Canadian Cancer Society. MAY/JUNE 2007

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S-T-R-E-T-C-H! It’s good for you

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eeling stiffer as we age is normal. Muscles and the supporting muscle fascia (the connective tissue that holds muscle fibres and muscle bulk together) become more rigid and less elastic. Regular flexibility exercises help muscles stay in top shape longer so daily activities can be performed with relative ease. Staying limber, pain relief, recovery from an injury or improving sports performance are some of the reasons for stretching. And three methods of flexibility exercises exist. Static stretching is taking a specific joint or set of joints to a range of motion just beyond what one is used to and holding it briefly, followed by a short rest and then repeating. Dynamic stretching involves moving the joints through the full range of motion. This warms up the joints and reduces muscle tension. Finally, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, or PNF, uses the assistance of a partner and combines

contraction and relaxation of the muscle. Know what you hope to gain from stretching and select the appropriate stretching method or routine to achieve that goal. Remember, each person’s flexibility is individual, so be comfortable with your body and avoid comparing yourself to others. Stretching can maintain, restore or improve flexibility and the range of motion of a joint. Muscles move joints and each joint has an ideal movement pattern and range. Full range of motion at a joint requires both a healthy joint and strong, elastic muscles. It’s best to have each of your joints moving to their full potential so other joints and muscles don’t have to pick up the slack, putting them at increased risk for injury. If optimal flexibility is the goal, plan to do a stretching program regularly (three to five times a week) etching Tips for str over a period at least 5 arm up for w g in of at least sevh tc e re rg la ic st ic, controlled • for dynam m h yt rh eral months. ve ti an ac g minutes with in k al w as For static and PNF ic ty such injury, do stat id o muscle activi av to d stretching, muscles have ty gains an • for flexibili out rk o w to be warm to reap the r u ild yo m ter el a stretching af h until you fe tc re st benefits and avoid injury. e th into • ease gently Ideally, these stretches pain!) ds n tension (no co se 0 -3 0 should be done at the end hes for 2 le group • hold stretc h major musc ac e r of an active workout. fo 3 h m tc re imu • include a st e week (min th f o s ay The warmer the muscles, d most • stretch on the more comfortable breathe easily – days) d e ss cu fo stretching will be. able and • be comfort g Stretching before in to th s o cl onth • wear loose d of a few m o ri e p a r aerobic, strengthening ve nt o • be persiste or other recreational s see result exercise should only 18

be dynamic and, still, the body needs to be warmed up with a minimum of five minutes of activity. Flexibility will increase with more blood flow to the muscle (think of cold molasses versus warm molasses). When stretching after a workout when the muscles are warm, ease gently into the stretch until there’s a mild tension. (Avoid pain. Muscles will activate their stretch reflex mechanism and want to contract rather than lengthen in the presence of pain.) Hold for at least 20 seconds. Repeat this as many times as desired, but for general exercise purposes, once for each muscle group in each exercise session is sufficient. A useful resource for sports specific and everyday stretches is Bob Anderson’s book, Stretching, which is available at the library, local bookstore or online at www.stretching.com Consult with a fitness professional about which stretchesPhoto: belongDoug in indiCompton vidualized fitness programs. For joint problems, such as arthritis, or bone-density issues, like osteoporosis, ask a physician or physiotherapist about stretching options. Sometimes there are specific stretches that will work best for SL people with specific needs.

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hen itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to replace dentures, the motivation could be pain or vanity. With most dental situations, however, pain is the primary cause for action. If dentures are loose or cause soreness, adjustments help alleviate discomfort. The base of the denture doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change, but what supports it does â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the gums. The other part of the denture environment that changes over time is the teeth. The quality of the acrylic or porcelain tooth that is used in dentures will likely be reflected in the overall cost. What differs is the density of the teeth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and density affects longevity. Be informed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a deal may not be a deal in the long run, especially if insurance pays a portion of the cost; the limits of coverage for dentures is five years. Now the question of vanity: how patients communicate their expectations to their denturist is vital for achieving the results they want. Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, people can look younger with a new smile. This can be partially achieved by opening up the bite. That means increasing the distance between the nose and chin. Look in the mirror and relax. The face will elongate and show a more youthful look. Close the teeth together and see instant age, and maybe a grumpier look. This is measurable and practitioners are skilled at making that change. Another variable is the colour, size and position of the teeth: How much tooth shows when a person speaks and smiles? Just like that first grey hair, changes in the mouth happen gradually as well. The mouth tries hard to accommodate them, so the lack of regular denture check-ups could be harmful. Often there is a minimal fee for an examination, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it to keep up with the changes. Take the time to find out about options and clearly explain desires and expectations when it comes to a new smile and be happier with the results. SL

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dith Iglauer, a petite, whitemaned writer, has called Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast home for 33 years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is one of the few female journalists to report on the Second World War in Italy and Yugoslavia. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McCall’s, Saturday Night, MacLean’s and Atlantic Monthly. Her books cover a wide spectrum of Canadian content – salmon fishing, Inuit co-operatives and late Haida artist Bill Reid. She has written about luminaries like U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and architect Arthur Erickson. At an early age, Edith read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and decided to be a fiction writer. She quickly discovered, however, that real world events were more interesting than fiction. Edith’s inquisitiveness and love of adventure seems to come from her parents. Her mother was an avid reader with a sense of humour and an open mind. Her father was a free spirit with an insatiable curiosity and affinity for nature. Because her parents were unable to attend university, they were determined that Edith pursue advanced education. They transferred her from public high school to the Hathaway Brown School for Girls, a college preparatory institution. “I missed the boys,” Edith recalls, 90. “But I had two great teachers: Anna Blake in Latin, who revealed the magic of Virgil’s poetry; and the head mistress, Millicent Raymond, who gave a thrilling course in English composition and literature. She told me to never stop writing.” Latin, English and political science were Edith’s favourite school subjects. She graduated from Wellesley in 1938 with a political science degree and studied journalism at Columbia University.

“I had a wonderful journalism professor at Columbia, Walter Pitkin, who wrote Life Begins at Forty, a seminal book that made me pay attention to people over 40,” she says. Edith became a freelance writer and sold her articles to Cleveland newspapers and what was known as the women’s page in the Christian Science Monitor. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941, Edith moved to Washington, D.C., to work in the Office of War Information’s radio newsroom. She was in charge of the Scandinavian, Norwegian and religious desks, broadcasting the news between the free world and occupied countries. Edith also covered Eleanor Roosevelt’s weekly press conferences at the White House. “As the newest and youngest reporter there, I kept my mouth shut, learned a

lot and loved being part of her intimate circle of reporters.” Reluctantly, Edith left that circle in 1945 to go abroad with her husband, Philip Hamburger, whom she wed in 1942. The New Yorker magazine sent Philip to Europe as their war correspondent in the Mediterranean theatre. While he reported on Dictator Benito Mussolini’s execution in Italy, Edith worked on Cleveland News assignments. They moved to Yugoslavia, where there was no American military presence, and witnessed Premier Tito’s rise to power. “The shocking destruction from bombings that I saw everywhere, especially in London, made a confirmed peace marcher out of me,” says Edith. Did her parents worry about her in war-torn Europe? Edith says if they had any misgivings, they never let on. Her parents, especially her father, were sup-

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portive of her career choice. March 1993 bombing and September he would enjoy the New York produc“He took me everywhere, so I knew 11, 2001 terrorist attack. tion. Later, Edith learned that Trudeau no different. If I was interested in Edith has always been curious and and Streisand had walked out of the something, I just went ahead and pur- full of story ideas. She questioned why play! sued it,” she says. “I was not conscious raspberries were available in the winEdith’s career is highlighted by a of breaking new ground for women ter, and why the New York air smelled, series of firsts. She was a rarity in the in journalism. I found out later that I and successfully pitched these ideas to male-dominated field of journalism, broke the way for others.” her editor, William Shawn. She was the both at the warfront and in the CanaWhen Edith and Philip returned first reporter to write about air pollu- dian Arctic. She was the only woman from Europe, they settled in New York. tion. reporting on the founding of Inuit For Edith, 1947 was a landmark year: “After I finished writing my first big co-operatives between 1961-64 (now she covered the evolution of the United piece on air pollution, my son Jay ran Nunavut). Edith was thorough and deNations Building for Harper’s maga- around the house with a big sign over tailed in her coverage of the meetings zine and gave birth to the couple’s first his head that read, ‘Hooray! It’s done!’” between Inuit communities and the child, Jay. For a year and a half, Philip Edith discovered that her air pollution Canadian government regarding ecoworked as a music critic and insisted articles were quoted in a scientific text- nomic self-sufficiency. she accompany him to one or two con- book and helped change New York She was the first woman to travel certs a night. She left Jay with the Canadian Arctic with a babysitter and claims she Denison and his crew, “I had a wonderful journalism pro- John slept through many concerts who were building a 325-mile fessor at Columbia, Walter Pitkin, and operas. ice road from Yellowknife to Edith balanced her writing Great Bear Lake. As the sole who wrote Life Begins at Forty, a and motherhood by waking woman in the group, she was up at 4 a.m. to write for three corralled into cooking and seminal book that made me pay hours. She would then get her cleaning for them, duties for attention to people over 40.” sons, Jay and Richard, ready which she had scant enthusi– Edith Iglauer for school and continue writasm. Every day, their trucks ing until they came home at 3 risked falling through ice. p.m. City’s pollution laws. “People ask me if I was ever scared “Motherhood came first. The kids Edith wrote many other articles, on the ice road. I was never afraid bereally fascinated me.” such as her definitive and frequently cause I knew I was with a trained driver Her writing career enabled her to quoted 1969 profile of Prime Minister who never lost a man. I am pleased to pay for babysitting services and an au- Pierre Trudeau. She considers the Tru- discover that Denison’s Ice Road was tomatic dishwasher, “one of the world’s deau piece the highlight of her writing used as an automotive textbook.” greatest inventions,” she adds. career. Her idea to write about salmon fishEdith and Phillip divorced in 1966. “I was trained as political scientist ing led her to western British Columbia They remained good friends and she and journalist. With this piece, the two and to fisherman, John Daly, whom she credits him for encouraging her to trainings met and I had no doubts on fell in love with during her research, pitch ideas to The New Yorker. She was how to write it,” she says. “It was like and married in 1974. This was the year paid for her ideas while other writers painting a portrait, my best-known she permanently moved to Canada. penned the articles. Philip also suc- piece.” Living with a fisherman presented cessfully persuaded her to write the In a 2006 interview with CBC Ra- some challenges. stories herself. Whenever possible, she dio host Sheryl McKay, Edith recount“I’d never been on a boat, but John brought her sons, Jay and Richard, to ed how she became good friends with was very nice about it because he wanther assignments; the New York Zoo the charming Trudeau and invited him ed me there,” Edith says. She has nevwas a popular site. to supper at her New York apartment er liked cleaning, and against John’s A visit to the Statue of Liberty with with her family and friends in attend- wishes, used her own money to hire her children piqued her curiosity about ance. Trudeau brought along his Secret someone to clean house. “Having an New York’s skyline. As a result, she fol- Service personnel and a surprise guest, automatic dishwasher was my one relowed the construction of the original Barbra Streisand. Edith was caught off- quirement before I agreed to live with World Trade Center for seven years. In guard by Streisand’s presence and was John Daly. It enabled me to write and 1972, “The Biggest Foundation” was terrified that the meal was inadequate. run a household.” published in The New Yorker and gar- One of her sons recommended an Following John Daly’s sudden death nered renewed interest following the avant-garde play to Trudeau, thinking in 1978, she wrote Fishing With John MAY/JUNE 2007

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to keep his memory alive. Edith thought people would find a book about commercial fishing boring, but quickly learned that others saw it as a love story. Published in 1988, Fishing With John became a best-selling book and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award. The book was made into the 2000 movie, Navigating the Heart, starring Jaclyn Smith and Tim Matheson. With her training in political science, Edith had once dreamed of entering politics. When she campaigned for U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, she discovered that making speeches terrified her and decided not to pursue politics. This fear of public Dr. Edith Iglauer received an Honorary Degree of Laws from the University of Victoria in speaking first afflicted her at age November 2006. Pictured (l-r) are UVic President Dr. David Turpin, Edith, Minister of Com12, when her mother persuaded her munity Services Ida Chong and Vice-President External Relations Dr.Valerie Kuehne. to say the Sunday school prayer in front of the congregation. “I had a terrible experience – I froze and had to be led a wheelchair. For her, aging gracefully is a challenge. back to my seat,” she recalls. “My grandmother, who was “I just don’t get as much accomplished anymore,” she says. stone deaf, said to me, ‘Edith, you were wonderful!’ Both my “The body that’s been so good to me begins to fail. I have to mother and I burst into tears.” deal with something I thought would go on and on.” Edith overcame that fear by taking a public speaking In spite of age, Edith marches onwards. There are countcourse. She has since attended numerous readings, given ra- less people and subjects she wants to research and write about. dio and television interviews, and even, on one occasion, in- She and her husband, Frank, are currently working on their troduced the late CBC personality, Peter Gzowski. individual memoirs. Frank’s son, Howard White of Harbour Edith took that public speaking course with her future Publishing, is keen to publish their autobiographies. husband, Frank White. They met at a memorial service when While writing is not a lucrative career, Edith enjoys retheir spouses died within two weeks of each other. ceiving fan mail from across Canada and abroad. She loves “Frank and I have known each other for 30 years, been to- knowing her writing has introduced readers to Vancouver and gether for about 20 years and celebrated our first year wed- British Columbia, and contributed to the mutual understandding anniversary in February,” she says. “When I met Frank, ing between Canada and the United States. he anchored me down. It’s taken me a long time to know Edith’s only regret is not going on an African safari. She who I am.” has enjoyed travelling to China and Mongolia. As a passionOf all her achievements thus far, Edith says her children ate believer in planned parenting, she marvels at the invention are her greatest experience. Her son Jay is the Founder and of birth control and condoms. Edith is ever grateful for the Director of Theatre in the Raw Society in Vancouver. Her son invention of pre-washed, packaged salad and the automatic Richard is the Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center dishwasher. SL in Texas. Books by Edith Iglauer: “I never thought I’d have children, so I wasn’t prepared for • The Strangers Next Door (1991) them. I had a lot of fun with my children and my parents,” says • Fishing With John (1988) Edith. “I don’t consider writing to be my greatest achieve- • Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, ment, but receiving an honorary degree from the University Architect (1981) of Victoria is one of my greatest, unexpected pleasures.” • Inuit Journey: The Co-operative Adventure Prior to receiving her degree in November 2006, Edith un- in Canada’s North (1979) derwent back surgery and had to attend the UVic ceremony in • Denison’s Ice Road (1975) 22

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Dear Goldie: My wife died two years ago from heart disease. We had been married 40 years, both working and raised and educated three children. We were a happy, loving family and had a comfortable life. Our son and daughter gave us three wonderful grandchildren. Since my wife’s death, our family seems to be changing. I rarely see or hear from them now. I, too, have been ill with a heart problem, but only get a visit if I am in hospital. They live in nearby areas so travel is not a problem. It is not just their absence, but also the fact that when we do visit they continually want to know my financial situation. Somehow, I feel that I have failed to keep us together as a family since my wife’s death. I do love all my family dearly. I will appreciate any suggestion. R.D. Dear R.D.: My first suggestion is to stop blaming yourself. Many things can contribute to family breakup. Work and busy schedules interfere. Usually the mother plans family gatherings and keeps up the contact. It doesn’t occur unless someone organizes events. Maybe you could call them to see when they could all visit or, if scheduling is a problem, they could visit individually. You could take them out to dinner, planning as many times as necessary to finally see all of them. Another important issue is that you tell your family about the feelings you have expressed to me in your letter. I am sure you will get reassurance that your family does love you. About the interest in your financial status, most families are concerned about the future of aging parents. Care and medical expenses lie ahead. You probably will find no ulterior motives. Open conversation can clear up your worries and tighten the family bond. You really are fortunate to have a concerned family. Dear Goldie: I am 72 years old and have been a widower for seven years. My son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in the neighborhood so we keep in touch and really have a good relationship. My problem concerns my upcoming vacation. I plan to go on a six-week European tour and have an old friend who will be going as well. She and my wife were schoolmates and our families have remained close friends. We have no romantic attachment, but would like to share twin accommodation to keep costs down and for companionship. This idea does not cause her family or mine any concern, but I don’t want any

rumours flying about to upset a very respectable lady. What do you advise? W.Y. Dear W.Y.: Well, to begin with, you are very fortunate to have each other as friends when you share so many memories. People lose most of their friends as they age. It sounds like this matter of shared accommodation has been well hashed by both families so what is the problem? I would not worry about rumours and gossip. Families and friends who know you well will always be supportive of your well-being and happiness. Good friends make any vacation more pleasant. Enjoy! SL

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BY LYNDA PASACRETA

Garden Variety Fraud

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ccording to Statistics Canada, gardening is the number one leisure activity in the country. An estimated 80 per cent of Canadians take part in some form of gardening activity and spend an estimated $16 billion annually. On the West Coast, sufficient rainfall, mild weather and sunny summers make gardening the perfect pastime for retirees and homeowners of all ages. Gardening and landscaping service and product providers flourish during the spring and summer months, and many of these businesses’ entire livelihood depends on this “prime time” gardening season. Unfortunately, this is also the prime time for scam artists to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. Typically, at this time of year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) sees an increase in gardening- and landscaping-related scams, often targeted towards the senior community. Many scams fall into the garden variety door-to-door scam, whereby the fraudster shows up on a person’s doorstep, offering to do some type of yard work, usually for an upfront fee to be paid in cash. Innocent homeowners eager to get their lawns cut, gardens weeded or trees pruned are relieved to have a friendly face offering help. Then the scam artist either takes off without completing the work, or is so unskilled and unqualified that the work is completely unsatisfactory. In some circumstances, the BBB has heard of fraudsters using yard work to scope out the property for future thefts. The BBB has also received a number

of complaints of poor business practices in the industry. One example is of a local yard maintenance company hired during the winter to provide yard care in the spring. Months later, the company returns (when no one is around to confirm the work has been completed), claims to have performed some service, and leaves an invoice for services rendered in the mailbox. When consumers try to contact the company or cancel future service, no one is available to address the matter. Thus, the cycle continues. In another case, a consumer spent thousands of dollars hiring a landscape architect to rip apart his yard and relandscape it. When the project was completed, the consumer paid the landscaper. Six months later, every living thing on the property was dead. Failure to communicate effectively resulted in the consumer not understanding their responsibility in maintaining the yard (i.e. fertilizing, weeding and watering). And just as it is with the home building industry, the demand on businesses that provide gardening and landscaping services is ever expanding. Now, more than ever, consumers contact the BBB frustrated with the length of time their gardening projects are taking contractors to complete, and with the amount of down payments expected. So, what can consumers do to protect themselves from becoming victims of garden/landscaping scams or bad business practice? Consider these tips when planning your next gardening project: • Identify what projects you want to work on this season. What can you do

yourself? How much can you afford to spend? Make a list, and stick to it. • Never give a stranger money to perform work on your property. Before hiring anybody to help you, check him or her out. Ask for references and find out if the person has WCB insurance or if your home insurance will cover any potential accidents. Contact the BBB to check out a company’s Reliability Report. • Depending on the size and budget of the project, get three estimates from three different companies as to the supplies required, labour costs and length of time the project will take to complete. • Get the details in a signed contract. This protects both you and the company from issues arising due to miscommunication. • Stay on top of your gardening project once started. Try to be around while the gardeners are working on your property, and check in with them to see how things are going. • Understand what gardening activities you are responsible for in order to keep your yard alive and well! For more information on how to avoid becoming a victim of scams and how to be a smart consumer, visit the BBB website at www.bbbvan.org SL

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The Wild Side of an Alaskan Cruise BY BRUCE WHITTINGTON

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sometimes joins in too. Dedicated whale-watchers also look for behaviour unique to humpbacks known as “bubble-net” feeding, in which whales encircle a school of tiny fish, trapping them with a curtain of bubbles from their blowholes. Then they surge to the surface with their great mouths open, while the small fish leap out of the water in panic. Other whales, like orcas, also known as killer whales, may appear almost anywhere in Alaska; some ships pass through the summer territory of British Columbia’s “resident” orcas. The fin whale, the second largest animal ever to live on the planet, is sometimes seen in more open ocean.

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s March yields to April in the tropical waters of Hawaii, humpback whales respond to an ancient call. They winter in Hawaii, where many females give birth, but they do not feed. In the spring, they leave the islands and most travel across the open Pacific and, after a month-long journey, arrive at the Alaskan coast. Here they spend the summer feeding on abundant marine life in the cold northern waters. The whales’ arrival in Alaskan waters coincides with the first tourists who travel on some of the world’s finest cruise ships. Humpback whales are one of the biggest attractions on a cruise to southeast Alaska, but there is an abundance of other wildlife and natural wonders to discover. Most of the cruises include time in breathtaking glacial fiords, bringing passengers close to glaciers like the massive Hubbard or the many glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park. While most of Alaska’s 100,000 glaciers are receding, some continue to advance to the sea, cracking and groaning, and then calving large slabs of ice that begin new lives as icebergs. Plump harbour seals use these fiords to haul themselves out onto the ice floes to give birth to their pups and, later in the summer, to moult. Sea otters, once hunted almost to extinction, now thrive in some places; the largest member of the weasel family, their fur is denser than any other mammal. Passengers with a view from the bow of the ship may be rewarded with a display by Pacific white-sided dolphins or Dall’s porpoises that dart below and leap in the ship’s wake. Humpback whales can be expected on every cruise, “blowing” and showing their tail flukes prior to diving for food. Some lucky passengers may see a whale “breach”, propelling its 40 tons almost clear of the water. A juvenile whale often starts the game and its mother 26

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e The glossy brochures don’t say much about the open ocean, but it is a wilderness seldom seen or appreciated by travellers. Albatrosses and shearwaters spend almost their entire lives at sea, soaring effortlessly just above the surface on the slightest breath of wind. They land only for a brief period to nest, sometimes as far away as the southern hemisphere. Meanwhile, thousands of other seabirds are drawn to productive inshore feeding areas like Icy Strait and Snow Passage. With a little effort, it’s possible to find both horned and tufted puffins among the large whirling flocks of kittiwakes and other gulls. Falcon-like jaegers harass smaller seabirds and force them to give up their catches in a behaviour known as kleptoparasitism. The wildlife is not limited to the sea. Brown (grizzly) and black bears and mountain goats are often seen along the shore (though at a distance they may look small). Even when a cruise ship is in port, a visitor can enjoy Alaska’s abundant bald eagles and other land birds, some unique to the West Coast. Within a short walk from the pier, in almost every port the amazing temperate rainforest beckons. Annual precipitation on the coast can be as much as 200 inches per year. In the high mountains, it may fall as up to 100 feet of snow each year. The abundant moisture contributes to the lush growth. Tall Sitka spruces (Alaska’s state tree) dominate in most places, with a seasonal parade of wildflowers like Nootka lupine, yellow marsh-marigold, tall fireweed and the ferocious devil’s club. Most cruise lines offer shore excursions designed to take visitors out for more intimate experiences with wildlife. Whalewatching on a comfortable catamaran can be memorable; the sound of a whale exhaling next to the boat is only a little less

memorable than the smell! In some ports, like Seward, tour operators take visitors among dozens of rocky islets that support thousands of puffins, murres, cormorants and other nesting seabirds. Some of the nests are built precariously on narrow ledges, but the eggs are secure because their pointed shapes force them to roll in tight circles instead of over the edge. Always a wonder to see, Alaska’s wild side does not have a schedule, and it’s a wise traveller who spends more time on deck, watching for those magical SL moments that make an Alaskan cruise so memorable. Bruce Whittington has made over 50 trips to Alaska as a naturalist for Holland America Lines. He has just released his second book, Wildlife Watch on an Alaska Cruise, published by Stray Feathers Press, www.strayfeathers.ca

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raditions TASTY Traditions

BY W. RUTH KOZAK

Greek Village Style OLIVES

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have visited and lived in Greece for nearly 30 years. For two years, I lived in a small stone shepherd’s cottage in the mountains of Evvia. I had no electricity or modern comforts, but I was surrounded by citrus and olive groves and woke each morning to the sound of sheep bells and donkeys braying. At the edge of my porch, there was an old olive tree. In the autumn, I collected olives, stored them in a crockery pot and mixed up the ingredients (many of them locally grown) to make my own olives. Much to my delight, I have found olives for sale here on the Coast, usually in September or October. I buy them by the 10-pound bag, and even though I don’t have a crockery pot,

they are easily stored in a pail until ready to be put into jars. This year they made unusual Christmas gifts for my friends. Ingredients: 1 lb green olives salt 3/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup wine vinegar 1 small clove garlic, minced (or more if desired) 1 tsp. oregano (preferably the kind purchased in Greek or Mediterranean stores) 1 large bay leaf lemon juice to taste, add lemon rind if desired. Method:

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1. Wash the olives and cut two slits in each one. Place in crockery pot or pail, and cover with salt water (1 cup salt to each 3 1/2 cups of water) 2. Place a plate on top to keep them submerged. Put in a cool shaded spot for two weeks. 3. Drain and rinse the olives well with lots of cold water. 4. Fill sterile jars with the olives 5. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour into the jars of olives. Shake to blend. Allow to marinate at least two weeks. Every time you want to use, shake the jar to mix. Keep refrigerated once in the marinade. **This recipe is for 1 lb. of olives so multiply it according to the amount you wish to make. SL Please send us YOUR favourite Heritage Recipe along with the memories it evokes. Without your contributions, Tasty Traditions doesn’t exist. Contact us at office@seniorlivingmag.com or Box 153, 1581-H Hillside Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 2C1

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Bargain Hunting in B.C. BY MARGARET BARR

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hen summer hits it’s time to load the RV and hit the open road. Rolling hills, dry grasslands, mountains with melting snow – Collene Ford has seen them all. But mostly what she loves and remembers about those days of freedom is the bargain hunting. Fast forward a few years, Collene loads her RV in the familiar routine – though this time she’s heading out for a book-signing venue in Victoria. A Langley resident, Collene is the 30

author of Thrift Store Guide for B.C. “It’s my life. Last year, I didn’t have time for an RV trip, I was too busy with my book!” A retired teacher and an inveterate reduce, reuse, recycle advocate (her book is full of eco-friendly tips), Collene and her RV have checked out thrift stores that raise money for charity groups in every corner of the province. As a thrift store volunteer, Collene knows the folks behind thrift store

counters are familiar with the best places in town to camp, have coffee, buy groceries or fill up with gas. And if people are looking for a special piece to use for artwork or an addition to a collection of pens, jewelry, china, mugs, spoons, hats, shoes or salt shakers, they’re bound to find it somewhere along the way. Over the years, Collene kept a journal of her travels, and when friends asked where they could find a thrift store in Prince George, she decided

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she had enough information to write a book. That was six years ago. It took Collene three years to complete her research and a year to publish – she did this herself in 2005 using a “how-to” guide. She chose a coil binding design and large print, “so you can flip the pages and read quickly as you drive,” she says. With over 250 listings in the book, updates are constantly added to Collene’s website at www3.telus.net/ thriftstoreguide “It’s the fun of the hunt,” she says of her passion for thrift stores. “Every store has something special – a special item or a special price.” One time, she bought a dream catcher for $8 from a native craft store on a

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reservation in the N.W.T. “It was unusual,” says Collene. “It was made of moose hair using a method [called] tufting. I had never seen this before so I was quite excited at having found it.” On her way home several days later, Collene stopped at a tiny thrift store she knew of in Ashcroft. A picture caught her eye. It was a beautifully crafted bouquet of flowers on fabric – but there was something vaguely familiar about it. Collene laughs. “When I looked at it more closely, I could see it was moose hair tufting. And it was only $2!” The picture has been hanging on the wall above her bed ever since. Collene’s sharing and sparing spirit extends to her book sales. She wanted to find markets where she could both recover some of her expenses and contribute to a good cause. Approaching thrift shop volunteers was difficult because they were unable to make decisions. Collene then went to food stores and offered her book as a fundraiser. Bingo! She found a supporter in Claire, a purchaser for Save-On-Foods. Claire set up an outlet for Collene’s book at some of the company’s stores. Now,

Thrift Store Guide for B.C. By Collene Ford Five Acre Publishing

there are 22 other outlets carrying the book and 2,000 copies have sold. Recently, Collene sent another 40 to Victoria. She’s been interviewed on CBC’s B.C. Almanac and, last November, was featured in Victoria’s Times Colonist Life Section. She’s lost track of the number of book signings she’s done. “I’m happy with the book,” says Collene. “People can buy from the stores and learn where or how to donate. They can pick and choose their charity and feel good about recycling. It’s not just poor people who use thrift stores. Everybody can [find] someSL thing.” To purchase a book or find a nearby outlet, check out Collene’s website at www3.telus.net/thriftstoreguide

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Reflections

BY GIPP FORSTER

THEN & NOW

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used to own a boat. In fact, over I’m a great sailor. I can lean with the the years, I have owned two. An best of them. It’s when the boat’s in the 18-and-a-half footer and a 24 water that my troubles begin. footer with a command bridge, or as When I bought my first boat, I kept some call it, a flying bridge. looking for the oars. Then someone told But I don’t own a boat now. me it was a powerboat with a motor. It A friend asked me recently if I want- didn’t surprise me. The amount I paid ed to go halves on a canoe. I declined. seemed awfully high for a rowboat. The way my luck seems to go, I would I’ve caught a few salmon in my day. have gotten the half that always tips The smaller ones I kept. The bigger over! The closest I am now to being an ones got away. I thought myself quite old salt is the amount I put on my fries a sportsman. One morning when I was in a restaurant. heading out, a guy on the dock said: But when I was “Going out to kill younger, I was a some fish are you?” Boats are great, espe- That sailor second to kind of dampnone. What that cially if they’re parked ened my enthusimeans is I wasn’t so I moored in the driveway. They’re asm, a sailor at all. If my boat once more someone said: “See good to lean up against and went and had a to it aft.” I thought salad. and tell tall tales about there would be lots I’m too old now to see in the afterto go traipsing on the size of a salmon or noon. Or if a person the ocean. Actualhalibut you almost had, ly, that isn’t true. I exclaimed: “Look to port.” I thought just don’t have the but then got away. it was a comment desire. I’ve experion my figure! enced some probMy boats were powerboats. They lems with balance, so more than likely, were best for salmon fishing, and that’s I’d fall over the side of the boat! what I wanted to do. My wife just told me not to fret. The I wanted to be a top navigator, but fish would probably throw me back it didn’t quite turn out that way. More anyway. They need to brag about the than once, I charted my course for home big one that got away too! No matter after a day of fishing, only to find after what she thinks, I’m going to stick to 15 minutes at full throttle, I was heading the land from here on out. No need to further out to sea! tempt fate. Boats are great, especially if they’re Still, a boat sure makes a great staparked in the driveway. They’re good to tus symbol. If I had a boat on a trailer lean up against and tell tall tales about moored in my driveway, it would show the size of a salmon or halibut you al- the world I had plenty of spark left. I most had, but then got away. On land, could stand outside all day (if it wasn’t 32

Photo: Krystle Wiseman

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raining), and lean up against it looking swarthy. I could wear one of those sea captains’ hats, hold an unlit pipe in one hand and a fishing rod in the other. I’d wear gumboots for added effect and whistle a seafaring tune as I studied the sky to see what the weather was up to. I’m sure those passing by in cars or on foot would admire such an impressive sailor. My wife just chimed in again. She said not to put a big salmon net with the other gear because someone might decide to use it on me and not the fish. That’s my wife, always practical. But I guess none of the above will ever happen. I can’t stand for too long. I don’t like wearing hats. I never did learn to whistle. I don’t smoke, so I don’t have a pipe and I haven’t handled a fishing rod in years. Gumboots make my feet sweat and I’ve never been good at guessing the weather, let alone studying it. I can’t afford a boat and there’s no room in my driveway. So, that leaves only one thing for me to do. Go and feed my two goldfish, “Lucky” and “Louie,” and then go and take a nap. Sea air always makes me sleepy! SL

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