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Contents 6 May / June 2010

Publisher / Editor Vera Clark Photography Stephanie Tracey Graphic Design Big Dog Publishing Inc. Sales & Marketing Sarah Stewart Contributors Darcy Nybo, Gudrun Cobham, Elaine Martelli, Dr. Lianne Lacroix, Sally Mahood, Dr. Robert Wageman, Wayne Evans, Leo Bartels, Fern Teleglow, Liz Sage, Angie Bricker, Rose Fleming, Glenna Gillan, Linda Edgecombe, Jan Johnson, Karen Copp, Diane Hebert Cooking Madly Travis Hackl

BIG DOG PUBLISHING INC. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Opinions expressed in the magazine are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the owners or management of Big Dog Publishing Inc. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form, print or electronic without the written permission of the publisher. Publications mail Registration No 41257565

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This month our special feature is balcony makeovers. This is a project that was conceived last fall between Rosemarie Gottschlag and myself and here we are showcasing our end results. We could not have done it without the support of Kent Melvin from Beachcomber Home & Leisure and Laura Barmentloo from Rafters, the Home Store.

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With summer on the way (fingers crossed) Jan Johnson writes about the summer dress - oh, what a girly feeling and you will also find some of our Summer 2010 trends for makeup and colors. Angie Bricker writes about our Mad Woman this issue - Andrea McFadden of Okanagan Lavender Farm and when you get the chance, take a trip up Takla Road to visit them - it is wonderful! I am always amazed at the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and Wayne Dorman at Dogzies is high on that list with his new RUDogFit? program. Check out his new idea on page 16. And, I would be remiss if I did not mention my favorite Chef, Travis Hackl who again created a masterpiece with his Grilled Portobello & Brie Ciabatta. Stephanie and I fought over the last crumb on that one! Enjoy this issue, take a break from the yardwork and treat yourself to some pampering. Happy Summer!

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COVER Photography by Photography West Stephanie Tracey


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MAD STYLE 6 8

My Summer Dress Summer Blush!

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MAD WOMEN 10 Lavender Fields Forever - Andrea McFadden 14 Human TrafďŹ cking Part 2

MAD HEALTH & FITNESS 16 18 19 20 22

RUDog Fit? Fibromyalgia A Perfect Fit with Liz Sage Low Glycemic Diets You Deserve Better!

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24 Grilled Smoked Salmon 25 Grilled Portobello & Brie

MAD DECOR 28 Small Balconies Living Large

MAD GARDENS 26 Blue Heaven

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MAD LEISURE 37 38 40 42 45 46

Places to Be this Summer From Russia with Love Summer Vacations Knitted Browse The Artful Lodger Book & Movie Reviews

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Planning for Taxes 2011 Measuring Online Success Attitude with an Edge

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on’t you love this time of year, when things are warming up and we can shed the winter sweaters, pants and shoes and slither into...glorious dresses! So cool, so freeing, so easy to move in...who can resist them? There’s nothing like the feeling of a dress on bare legs to say “summer’s here”. But before you rush out to grab a few, here are some tips you should know for the season of the dress, 2010 style. The overall look is slim, elegant and wrapped; think 1950’s glamour and femininity. Poly and rayon knits are by far the most popular fabrics for dresses once again this year; they drape so nicely and lend themselves well to the gathers, ruching and twist details so huge right now. When artfully done, these details are an excellent way to hide figure flaws while drawing the eye to your best features. Wrap waists are still big, because they’re so feminine and can create the illusion of a shapely waist even if you don’t have one. Wrapped bustlines put the emphasis a little higher up. The butterfly cap sleeve is appearing often, and it’s a great way to go “almost sleeveless” while still having a little cover on the shoulders. Lengths tend to be either just above or just below the knee, depending on which is more flattering (just above the knee is best if you’re shorter and below the knee works best if you’re on the tall side). Still a popular look for summer entertaining, however, is the patio dress - which sweeps the ground for a long & lean look. Usually with straps, a fitted bodice and a looser skirt, this look is very cool and sophisticated. Another style that you’ll be seeing is “Fun ‘n Flirty”: unabashedly sexy dresses, with spaghetti straps, lace-up backs and tiered skirts, often in embroidered crinkle cotton. You could say that it’s this summer’s version of the “Bohemian Look”. Continued on Page 8

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SUMMER FASHION

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The LBD (little black dress) is around even for summer this year. With some new tweaks like ruffle trim or an interesting neckline, it could serve you for everything from dinner out to patio parties this season. You’ll be seeing a lot of abstract floral prints this year, with hints of palm leaves and the ubiquitous leopard print mixed in. Square graphic prints are popping up too. There are lots of happy shades like bright oranges, corals and reds, but the newest stars in prints are the rich watercoloury blues... tones from aquas to deep blue-purples that bring to mind the coolness of water on hot day. Remember to keep accessorizing to a minimum with these fresh, clean styles. Slip one big, striking bracelet on a tanned arm...or opt for a bunch of smallbangles. If you’re not a bracelet lover, you could choose to wear a striking retro necklace, or a pair of big, bold earrings. The decision is up to you, just don’t overdo it. Let the simple details of your beautiful dress - and your sun-kissed skin - shine!

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ne of my favourite activities for relaxation is to cycle, and my most cherished route is through the South - East Kelowna hills. The magical moment for me when approaching The Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm on Takla Road on a warm summer evening is the incredible aroma of fresh lavender herb plants. It is spiritual inspiration to give thanks for all the natural beauty we are accustomed to enjoying in our backyard. All those lovely purple hued rows of aromatic lavender have a special gardener: a Head Gardener with a passion for lavender farming that makes it not only stunningly beautiful and soothing to the senses, but a profitable business operation. The Head Gardener (owner and chief visionary) of The Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm is Andrea McFadden. Well known in the Kelowna area for her farm as well as her positive and caring personality, Andrea has managed the growth of The Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm since 1994. Andrea’s story begins at the turn of the century in the Kelowna area, with her Irish Grandfather. His commitment to farming paved the way for his descendants to embrace agriculture as a way of life for many generations to come. The Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm was an operating apple orchard when purchased in the 1950’s by Andrea’s father. When the apple orchard went into decline and trees were uprooted, they were replaced by a “test” ¼ acre of lavender plants. The experiment was a success, and proved to be the right crop at the right time for the family. Andrea and her husband Dave, an accountant, moved to the producing apple orchard in 1991. Uprooting the declining apple trees and planting lavender was a “Big Experiment” at the time.

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Over the next few years, they researched the business opportunity with care, while the family increased in size to include three children. Andrea says her kids have been wonderful over the years, from climbing into the van with her in the early morning hours to set up a booth at the Farmer’s Market, to doing the distilling and working in the retail shop. All three still contribute to the farm whenever possible, and are still important members of the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm team. Andrea says that she has been fortunate to have a generous extended family assisting her with her business. She has been able to benefit from rich experience in the wine industry, construction and landscape artistry. Her sister, Cynthia, grows lavender in her garden for the farm. Andrea’s Mom sews for the shop and is always Continued on Page 13

From our first plantings in 1994 to the full line of hand-crafted products available in our seasonal gift boutique, our family farm has developed a reputation as growers, producers & distillers of fine quality lavender products. Enjoy the sweeping views of Okanagan Lake & let us entice your senses as you stroll through the farm’s newly expanded gardens.

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and landscape artistry. Her sister, Cynthia, grows lavender in her garden for the farm. Andrea’s Mom sews for the shop and is always helping on the creative side. Her Dad loves to come up and watch the progress of the new building and has been such an asset to the family endeavours with his years of experience and knowledge of the nursery business. It is most certainly a family affair! I asked Andrea if she had any pearls of wisdom to share with moms trying to “balance” entrepreneurship and motherhood. She states: “ I think that it would be to never lose sight of keeping balance in your life, as difficult as that may be at times. Sometimes you have to catch your breath and remember what is really important - to me that is always my family first; I try very hard not to let our business consume me!” Andrea and her family have given many dimensions to the Lavender Herb Farm. Customers are welcome to roam the garden taking in the intense aroma and spectacular view of Okanagan Lake. During the month of July, there are dates that customers may pick their own bouquets. There are many different varieties of lavender, so the harvest and blooming times will vary, and there is a variety that will bloom as late as August. The beautiful gift shop at the farm promises a range of items that are a delight to the senses. There are culinary, bath and home products packaged with care and ready for personal use or thoughtful gift giving. Not to be missed at The Lavender Herb Andrea and daughter Keely

Farm are the tours, Lavender Discovery Days, Christmas Fair and a Garden to Table program. Couples in love can book their wedding at the farm and for all who visit, whimsical vine sculptures by Annabel Stanley and themed herbal gardens grace the landscape. In our world of Big Box stores with over-packaged goods manufactured a half a world away, it is a fabulous treat to be able to find so many lovely, useful and Okanagan made products at our back door. Be sure to take all your visitors this summer to The Lavender Herb Farm. For more details on the farm please visit their website www.okanaganlavender.com Photo Credit: Glen Durrell

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n part one of Human Trafficking (Mar/Apr issue) we told you how young girls are being recruited into prostitution, right here, in our own back yards. It is up to us to stop this downward spiral of our youth; we are the solution. Constable Jaime Moffatt of the Kelowna RCMP believes change starts with talking to our kids. “I cannot stress enough the importance of communicating with your children, being involved in their lives, and knowing their friends. The RCMP deal with youth from all walks of life on a daily basis, and can say that troubled youth do not just come from stereotypical situations. It is the parent’s job to know where their children are, what they are doing, and whom they are with. Question your children if they have acquired new belongings that you know they did not purchase, and if you are not satisfied keep asking. We need to be fully involved to help navigate our children through today’s world.” Other ways to keep your children safe are to develop a list of expectations for your kids around relationships. Let them know that “hooking up” is not a relationship. Healthy relationships include things like friendship, trust, respect and love. Sex comes long after these have been developed. And yes, despite what Bill Clinton said - oral sex is indeed sex. A report by the Canadian Women’s Foundation says that many first sexual encounters are coerced. 12% of girls in grade 9 and

17% in grade 11 reported they were pressured to have sex when they didn’t want to, compared to 5% of boys in both grades. Don’t be afraid to check your child’s online chat and browser history. As a parent it is your responsibility to make sure they are safe and not being solicited for sexual activity. Protecting your child trumps privacy issues every time. Talk to your kids about the media and how it portrays girls and women, boys and men. Let them know that life is not a beer commercial or a music video. As the Agency Coordinator for the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, Aimee Thompson has to deal with the fall out of sexually exploited children every day. “Somehow when it comes to violence against women and girls we tend to suggest that it is the responsibility of the victims or potential victims,” she says. “They can mitigate their risks; however, I really feel we have to at some point acknowledge that 99% of the people who perpetrate these crimes are males. We need more positive male role models out there.” The media sells us and our youth a plethora of negative images. It is up to us to educate our kids not to buy into those images. “Being a man doesn’t mean you use a woman,” says Thompson. “I want my son to be raised to have healthy relationships and I want his father and other men in his life to critically think about the over-sexualized images we are bombarded with daily and take them with a grain of salt.”

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I was given a tour of the facility, introduced to the staff – both two legged and four legged – and was very impressed. Boarding rooms, complete with air conditioning and flat screen TV, raised dog beds in the kennels, an outdoor exercise ring, a training ring, an indoor training ring (in progress), scenic walking paths and a completely outfitted retail area which has closed monitor TV screening of all the kennels within the facility. With constant supervision on all of the guests staying at Dogzies, it is no wonder they were so happy when they greeted me. I was immediately struck by how well behaved the dogs were, and that is certainly an indication of a dog that is happy due to being healthy, trained, and well cared for. Wayne shared his vision for the new location and some of his plans for future developments - one of which includes the manufacturing of a 4-wheel bike that is pet friendly for people with disabilities or seniors who still want to enjoy exercising their dog. Other projects for this year are to complete the indoor training building to accommodate more classes and promote the RUDogFit program. If you are like most people who own a dog, that usually means a walk with Rover during the day, maybe a quick romp in the backyard for a ball toss and then it is off to work or school. Some of us try to squeeze in a visit to our gym or exercise class at some point during the week as well. Imagine being able to participate in an exercise class where not only are you the recipient of a fitness trainer’s expertise, but your fourlegged friend also receives training and exercise from a dog trainer. May/Jun 2010


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That is what you can expect when you sign up for RUDogFit, a new evolution in dog training by Wayne Dorman. Wayne’s idea is to offer a one-hour class for dogs and their owners – together - to get fit, have fun, learn, and bond. What a win, win for everyone. The backdrop for the program happens around our beautiful city – downtown by the sails, city parks, Knox Mountain and other green spaces that are available. The cast is yourself and your dog and others like you, a personal fitness trainer and Wayne. The props are leashes, mats, running shoes, sunshine, fresh air, and a sense of adventure. The program runs once a week for eight weeks, and has become so popular, there is now a waiting list. What are you waiting for? I know your dog would love to sign up if you were dog fit.

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ibromyalgia is a very common and misunderstood disease that causes much suffering and loss of quality of life. It has been known for decades and is finally becoming accepted by patients and the medical community itself. Fibromyalgia affects mostly women where they may look well but have constant pains in their muscles all over their bodies for long periods of time. Pressure on deep muscles is especially painful and these are called “trigger points”. The pain disturbs their sleep causing sleep deprivation leading to all the other symptoms of poor memory, bowel problems, dizziness, depression to name just a few. There is no test for this illness and there is no cure. Sometimes fibromyalgia starts in childhood and we may wonder whether the well known “growing pains” could be a version. Indeed I ask all patients diagnosed with this illness whether they suffered from growing pains as a child and nine out of ten will answer yes. It is also well known that fibromyalgia can be triggered by trauma such as a motor vehicle accident, or childhood physical or sexual abuse. The worst cases that I have seen are usually victims of severe childhood trauma. For years medical specialists thought that there was something wrong in the muscles of people with fibromyalgia. Extensive tests have proven this theory incorrect. Now we believe that the brain itself is not functioning normally. After the brain is traumatized by a painful experience, it never recovers fully and becomes super sensitive to any stimulus, thus reading normal sensations as painful. I have noticed that people with fibromylagia react strongly to mild pain such as flu shots while the rest of us cope better. Continued on Page 21

Once the diagnosis has been made, many patients are relieved to know that their condition has a name and it is not all in “their head”.

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s the Okanagan sunshine beckoning you out of doors? Sunny days are one of the best motivators of physical activity. And since The Thompson Okanagan is one of the top 10 Golf Destinations, perhaps golf is your activity choice. Ask a golfer and they will tell you they gain self discipline, control, solitude, achievement, socializing, mastering precision, athleticism, gratification and for many, golf is therapeutic, not to mention the health benefits of walking 18 holes. You see, the game of golf can be played by anyone who can walk and hold a club. It brings to each individual a multitude of pleasures and benefits. You don’t have to understand why you play the game. You just play it. When you are in the mode of ‘play’ you can be anyone you want. You are no longer the executive with a deadline, an overscheduled mom, the disgruntled employee, or angry teenager. You can get lost for hours under a blanket of warm sun, engulfed in a serene landscape and the smell of fresh cut grass. You choose your company and your conversation. Your mood is whatever you want it to be. If you are one of those golfers who comes off of the course more frustrated than elated then maybe these tips will help you enjoy the game and improve your golf score. THE FORE DO’S OF THE GOLF GAME Weight loss If you are carrying an extra 10 pounds or more, especially in the mid drift your game is suffering. If you can drop even half of your unnecessary pounds, you will improve your score! Not only will a sleeker waistline

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Fibromyalgia Continued from Page 18 This illness is not easy to diagnose and often patients will suffer for years, undergoing countless investigations with negative results until somebody, either their doctor or sometimes the patient themselves, conclude that they suffer from fibromylagia. Once the diagnosis has been made, many patients are relieved to know that their condition has a name and it is not all in “their head”. It is however important to rule out other conditions by performing screening blood tests and possibly X-rays.

What can be done to help?

Very few pills will relieve the constant whole body pains that keep them awake at night and narcotics offer little relief. Some pills of the muscle relaxant and anti-depressant families will help kill the night pain and improve deep sleep. The greatest help is exercise. If at all possible, exercise should be performed on a daily basis, even walking around the block. It is very important to learn to manage stress as this makes the pain of fibrolmyalgia much worse-- no surprise there. Physiotherapy, massage therapy, hypnosis and acupuncture also help although not usually covered by medical plans. Swimming is excellent and some patients find hot tubs or the warm hospital pool helps them to get going. Fibromyalgia never goes away totally but many patients have long periods where their symptoms are fairly mild and they can lead totally normal lives. However attacks of severe pain can always return causing a few months of misery. They must not forget that this condition is never cured; it is only dormant until next time. New research on re-programming the brain is offering hope that new tools will be developed to help afflicted people regain their brain resilience. The Canadian Arthritis Society offers a local course to learn how to manage this illness. For further information check out their website at www.arthritis.ca

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was recently listening to a lecture on the ‘Secret’ to achieving your life goals. It is one of the unspoken laws of nature that you get that you think about. That is a sobering thought isn’t it? So much of the world news is depressing! So much of what we see and read is very low toned. It is a real challenge in our current society to discipline oneself to look at the positive and the cup ‘half full’. One of the principles currently taught is the ‘Law of Attraction’. I’m sure some

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of you know more about this than I do, as it has been a popular Oprah topic the last few years. Although there are some aspects that I view differently as a Christian, I must admit that the attitude one carries with you brings consequences, both good and bad. The first impression one makes in a new situation can have a lasting effect! I grew up in a family with lots of financial problems. Life was hard and there wasn’t a lot of smiling. Forty years later, my wife has to remind me to tell my face that I am happy. Because so much of what we communicate is done facially it behooves us to look in the mirror. Some years ago I learned most of communication is done by facial expression and tone of voice. And it is estimated that only 7% is done with words. If one is self-conscious about a discolored, decayed or crooked tooth, you can see how their communication might be compromised by their facial contortions to cover this blemish. It has been my experience as a cosmetic dentist that improving one’s smile is often the catalyst to great things. As one’s self-esteem goes up so does selfconfidence climb. With improved selfconfidence come wonderful consequences such as marriage proposals, better jobs and better health. All of a sudden life and its opportunities have improved. So, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, “Am I portraying my best to the world?” “ Is any thing holding me back?” If ‘nature’ played a trick on you and gave you crooked or discolored teeth, you don’t have to accept your fate. Change it! We live in this wonderful country full of opportunities. May/Jun 2010

Don’t be a victim. Talk to your dentist about Invisalign braces or porcelain veneers, dental implants or the plethora of options now available at the modern dental office. My happiest patients are the ones who made the decision to improve their smiles. As they admire their new smile, their comment always seems to be, “I wish I would have done this 10 years ago!” Don’t wait 10 years. Life is too short and you deserve better.

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Arriving in the Okanagan Valley in 1908 from County Kildare, Ireland, Richard Stewart Sr., affectionately known as Poppa, was the first to begin the Stewart family’s tradition of growing fruit. Having worked in the greenhouses of Lord Guinness in Ireland, Richard was drawn towards a series of greenhouses on Gellatly Bay prior to starting Stewart Brothers’ Nurseries Ltd. in 1911 with his brother Bill. Richard’s son Dick ventured out on his own in 1956 and purchased the site on the slopes of Mt. Boucherie, Kelowna, which is now the home of Quails’ Gate Winery. Dick planted the first vines on this site in 1961 and later built the family home to share with his wife Rosemary and their four children: Ben, Cynthia, Andrea and Tony. Together over the next decade Ben and Dick transformed the family estate from its diverse crops to the high-density premium vinifera that currently make up the Quails’ Gate vineyards. From the early 1990’s to today, Ben and his brother Tony, along with their sisters, have changed Quails’ Gate from a farm gate winery to one of the country’s leading estate wineries. Historic Allison House, the Grand Dame of Quails Gate Winery, is restored to her former glory with traditions of family warmth and impeccable hospitality as a cozy home for local artisans works, local history and touring books, Okanagan Lavender Farm products, savoury deli treats, gourmet foods, QG home-made specialties, picnic lunches and chilled wines and an assortment of gift items. Guests will enjoy picnic-style lunches in surrounding gardens of Allison House or lakeside on the Harvest Terrace.

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Grilled Smoked Salmon & Maple Relish (Serves 2) TRAVIS HACKL ~ OKANAGAN’S FINEST FOODS A Yam 2 cup Smoked salmon 1 cup Fennel seed 1 tsp ½ cup Green onion Olive oil 2 tbsp Sea salt and cracked pepper B Red pepper 1 cup Red onion ¼ cup Parsley 1 tbsp Maple syrup 1.5 tbsp Rice vinegar 1 tbsp Sea salt and cracked pepper

1 inch cubes flaked crushed chopped to taste matchstick cut finely diced chopped to taste

C Salmon 2 x 5oz Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Method: A: Heat oven to 425. Toss yams with olive oil and season with fennel seed, salt and pepper. Spread yams evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until golden and tender. Add smoked salmon and green onion. Return to oven for a few minutes to heat smoked salmon. B: Mix all B ingredients the morning of and rest in the fridge. C: Season salmon wit salt and pepper. BBQ to desired temperature. Plate hash and top with grilled salmon. Finish with red pepper relish.

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Grilled Portobello & Brie Ciabatta (Serves 1) TRAVIS HACKL ~ OKANAGAN’S FINEST FOODS

A 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large portobello mushroom 9 piece asparagus (bottom 2 inches removed) Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste B 2 thin slices C 3 thick slices Mayo Truffle oil Ciabatta bun 3 x 3 inch slices

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Method: A Toss A ingredients together and BBQ till tender. Place proscuitto on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes (until crisp). B C Grill ciabatta, spread with mayo and sprinkle with truffle oil. Pile on tomatoes and brie and A and B ingredients.

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Blue Heaven

Create a painterly landscape ~ colour your garden in shades of blue When designing a flower garden, colour has a big effect on our mood; shades of blue and

purple flowers can add depth and intrigue to the garden, cool the garden down, and give you the feeling of calm and tranquility. To my mind there is no such thing as having too much blue in the garden. Of botany’s many varied hues, blue is the most elusive, but no colour scheme is more harmonious and pleasing by nature than the varied shades of blue. Mixing blue flowers into any scheme only improves it, and makes wonderful foils for showing off other colours in the garden. In my search for elusive blue flowering shrubs, to add a little drama to my garden I came across a new introduction of a blue flowering hydrangea named ‘Endless Summer’, and a stunning rarity lace-cap hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’ (mariesii perfecta) first introduced in 1904 that took my breath away. ‘Blue Wave’ is a majestic shrub, which will grow to 5-6’ feet in height. ‘Endless-Summer’ is the first repeat-flowering bigleaf hydrangea that has the ability to bloom on old and new growth. Hydrangea’s are among the showiest of summer and autumnflowering shrubs, blooming from mid June to the middle of November. All hydrangeas prefer a moderately bright location, ideally with morning sun and afternoon shade; an application of mulch will help to keep the soil moist. With a little alchemy you can have blue blossoms, by adding a weak solution of aluminum sulfate throughout the growing season, (for pink blooms add dolomite lime several times a year). Hydrangeas vigorous blooms make wonderful cut flower bouquets, and are excellent candidates for drying.

Design lessons ~

The concept of monochromatic or single hued flower gardens is nothing in new. We can learn some valuable lessons from the 19th century garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, (1843-1932), who developed colour theories in her perennial garden designs, which still influence gardeners to this day. Jekyell was an artist before she became a gardener. She was the first of her profession to take into account the colour and texture of plants. Creating a well-planned garden is indeed like painting with plants. The famed French impressionist painter Claude Monet was also an accomplished gardener; his garden was a constant source of inspiration. Who can forget the iconic images of his horticultural handiwork ~ the bedecked Japanese bridge draped with pendant periwinkle wisteria blossoms, the blue iris borders, pathways and beds planned with perfect symmetry? Two of today’s leading exponents of how to use colour in the garden are the Canadians Nori and Sandra Pope. The couple became famous for their extraordinary use of colour during their 20 years stewardship at Hadspen Gardens in Somerset, one of England’s most treasured horticultural gems. There the Popes revolutionized one-coloured borders, favouring tone-on-tone planting schemes going from light to dark. For inspiration look no further than their stylish colour scheme, with their repeating patterns that draw the eye along the landscape, weaving a palette of deep and soft blues with an occasional infusion of purple to lure the eye to a distant focal point. So make this the year of the blues ~ the result will be sublime!

Gudrun Cobham is known in the Okanagan for her interest in all things botanical. Gudrun loves seducing her readers by unearthing the history and lore of plants.

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Is Condo Life For You? You want to begin investing your money into a home but without the

responsibilities of yard work, and other commitments that home and land ownership can have -So you set your sights on a condominium! Condominium life can, in fact, be great with the right mix of residents, and if your property is well-maintained. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone. But the advantages of condo ownership seem to be winning over a growing legion of homeowners across the country. Ultimately, the decision about whether or not a condo is right for you all boils down to your individual preferences! First, some clarification on what “condominium” actually means. When you purchase a condo, you’re actually purchasing the rights to the space inside your walls, and partial ownership in the common grounds, including the parking lots, the pool, sidewalks and stairs, balconies, elevators, common hallways and so forth. Condominiums require their residents to assume far less responsibility for maintenance than single-family homes. Chores such as mowing the lawn outside, watering and maintaining the landscaping, bagging leaves, cleaning the

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2 The Plantation design is all weather wicker adding the right combination of comfort and style that fits the home so well. The table and chair frames feature the classic “plantation shutter” design and a wood finished look with weather resident cushions that tie in nicely with the Plantations casual, natural look. The nesting tables are wrought iron.

pool of debris, painting the trim on buildings, and unclogging the gutters all fall within the realm of the property management company. Sure, you’re paying for their services with your monthly strata fees, but you don’t have to take off work to wait for the repairmen to show up. (Your strata should have in writing all of the repair work covered by your monthly fee) If you’ve always dreamed of owning a pool but can’t afford one, or if you enjoy having access to a tennis court or fitness center, many condominium properties offer these recreational amenities and more -- including walking and biking trails, man made lakes and clubhouse facilities. You may also have easy access to nearby golf courses, country clubs, lakes or other recreational opportunities. So you’ll be in good company living in a neighbourhood in which property values stand a good chance of increasing or at least remaining steady.

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX! BY VERA CLARK

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Rosemarie offered her newly acquired condo balcony at the Centuria Building on Bernard - a 15ft x 6ft balcony, clear panel railings and a blank canvas for us to create upon. I next approached Kent Melvin at Beachcomber Home and Leisure to see if he could help us out with patio furniture. Kent was kind enough to help us and we were off to the races! My next step was to accessorize and the one woman I knew who would enjoy this challenge was Laura Barmentloo from Rafters, the Home Store. With measurements in hand, I spent some time with Kent and we selected some beautiful “Plantation” pieces to

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create two separate spaces – one, a cozy sitting area to wind down and relax, and second, a comfortable dining area for two. A bonus was spotting the rattan screen, which I used for privacy at the end of the balcony. Even though our footprint on the balcony was small, Beachcomber had the perfect pieces to work with and a great selection to choose from.

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ACCESSORIES BY RAFTERS 1. Rattan Vases -Lined pvc rattan vases (asst sizes 20” to 28” tall) 2. The Reading Fairy - made of a resin composition and is weather proof to some degree (17” long) (page 31) 3. Rock mat - Polished river rocks stress the outdoor decor theme. 4. Placemats - are PVC and are the hottest thing since sliced bread. 5. Rafters carries at least 15 asst styles, colors and textures. They can be casual or dressed up quite elegantly as some have metallic sheen. No washing, no ironing, no fading, no curling corners...what more could a women want!!! 6. Lanterns - assorted styles,textures that allow you to create special lighted areas. (page 31) 7. Solar lights - how they have changed! Brightly lit globes, available in different colors and styles. Energy from the sun charges them by day and provide subtle light automatically at night... (orange crackle solar ball 40” stake or clear crackle ball solar lights in a set of 4 with option of clear lights or changing colors.) 8. Metal Dragonfly (21” x 22”) 9. Swirl Margarita Pitcher and Glasses 10. Maxwell Williams Mix and Match Porcelain Dinnerware 11. Decor Toss Pillows

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If tax was owed, did you take advantage of the options available to help reduce your tax bill? For example, if you are still working, was a group retirement program available through the employer, pension plan &/or RRSP plan and if not, did you make contributions to a personal RRSP plan? All of the contributions to these plans would be tax deductible and in the group plans many will have the chance to have the contributions taken directly off the pay cheque and put into the relevant plan. Even the personal RRSP can have contributions taken on a regular basis (monthly) from a bank account and placed directly into the plan. Both of these can have the contributions invested on a regular basis rather than lump sums being invested at certain times. The advantage is buying investments at different costs during the year helping to even out those costs. This is called dollar cost averaging. We can contribute to retirement plans up to (currently) age 71yrs., providing we have the option to do so. The TFSA, (Tax Free Savings Account) was introduced to us on January 1,2009 with the option to put up to $5,000 per year into this account, and the investment inside the account will grow tax free, i.e. interest earned will not be declared via T5 to put on our tax return. Hence the name “tax free”. For 2010 a further $5,000 can be placed into this account growing tax free. If you have to withdraw some funds from this TFSA, no tax is applicable. Canada Revenue has some good information about this account as well as the many financial institutions where this account can be opened. Taking advantage of this savings vehicle will help to reduce tax owing. For seniors who have pension income from a company retirement plan, Canada pension plan or Old age security, tax is taken off this income when it is paid. Maybe a little tax taken each month is a little better than no tax taken and a tax bill when the return is completed. A little “hurt” monthly is better than a “big hurt” come tax time, and possibly not having enough funds available to pay the bill when due. If you are expecting a refund, examine areas of income where too much tax was paid. Adjusting these areas even moderately to reduce overpayment should be carefully considered - ask questions of persons that can help you. Excess tax paid could be used to pay off some high interest credit card debt, pay down a mortgage or loan, help to reduce any interest due, or used to top up your RRSP if available, and still have a tax deduction for next year. These are just a few points you may consider, but why not speak with a tax person. Many places have consultants that offer you guidance to tax advantages. It is always worth your time if you are not sure.

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o you know if your website is performing as well as it could? Many underestimate online marketing and what it can do for your business. Most business owners don’t measure web site traffic and conversions and it’s usually because they don’t know how. There are many tools available for measuring performance. Google Analytics is a great program and is free. It provides you with statistics on what is happening on your site. Some key statistics include: • How many visitors are coming to your site, how many are returning and how many are new? • What pages and how many pages are visitors looking at? How long are they on your site. If people are landing on your home page, and leaving immediately that’s not a good sign. • How are your visitors getting to your site? Are they finding you on the search engines? Are they using keywords to find you or just typing in your web address. If most are coming in by typing in your web address, chances are you are underexposed online and could benefit from a more comprehensive online marketing strategy. • What keywords are these visitors typing in to find you? If you can’t be found for keywords that describe your products and/or services, you’re likely missing out. • Ecommerce Sales, dropped carts

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ATTITUDE WITH AN EDGE

Are You in Business Denial? There is nothing like an empty calendar

to get one fired up to sell again. I can honestly say that in the past 20 years, as a professional Speaker, I have never really had to sell myself, let alone one of my keynotes. So after looking at my empty calendars this past quarter, I did as most advancedthinking professionals do - I sulked! I felt sorry for myself, I felt old and irrelevant and as I am on the cusp of my 50th birthday, I drank a lot of wine. Selling Your Products or Services Now seriously, who is going to hire an old, veteran keynote speaker who has been giving the same keynote for the past 15 years? No one! And my calendar was proof of that fact. I called up a few good colleagues to give me some advice and a well needed kick in the butt. First came Rhonda Victoors, a Kelowna business coach, and she put us through a condensed strategic planning session. “What do you mean?” I objected, “ I have to call people up? On the phone! Really?” “Yes, Really,” she told us. And so it started. I needed to take back the sales calls and lead responses because for some reason clients seemed to respond better to me. Now this had nothing to do with how skilled a sales person my office manager is; it has to do with the client responding to me and how I sell what I believe in—which

is my new programs. And you know what? We started booking more leads. So if you are in business for yourself, know that people respond to speaking to you personally. The next action I took was to audit my web site. I have revised my website 5 times in the past 8 years, and I mean full overhauls. I came to the realization that I had become a hoarder! I had so much old crap on my site that was very outdated. I kept hearing Joe Calloway’s words from his famous NSA Keynote “let it go….”. Within three days, I had completely cleaned up my site and re-branded my programs and strategies. Finally, it started to become increasingly obvious to me that even though I was landing some business, I was also losing some. And some of this business I knew I was a good fit. Once again, being honest with myself, I had to put some structure to my conversations with these potential clients. During each client call, I asked if it would be appropriate for me to send them all the points we chatted about, in a proposal format.

Marketing your Business and Services I went back to every one of my past clients to let them know I was expanding my business. I wanted them to know about my new programs and what I had been up to. I left it at that! I also wanted them to see the changes to my website. Additionally, I pay a Linda Edgecombe, fee to have someone position my site so my “Accountabilty with an site ranks high on Google under several KEY Edge”, Best Selling Author, words and that drives lots of traffic to my site.

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to be known for. It is in the copy you write that positions yourself as an expert. If you are outstanding in a certain area, then you must state that you are. If you are easy to work with, use some testimonials from past clients who love you. Do your homework and go to some of your competitions website and see how they have positioned themselves. This June marks the completion of my next book. “BOOST – Powerful tools to Re-Engage and Re-Energize You and Your staff in Crazy Times”. Writing for me is not something I wake up and jump into. I find it an exhausting exercise. It actually makes my head hurt, so when I complete a book, I like to celebrate with food, wine, friends, shopping or just a nice bubble bath. I feel if we don’t celebrate some of the benchmarks we achieve we won’t appreciate the milestones. So my wish for each of you this month, is to ask, “what can I celebrate in my life?” Stretch if you have to, but celebrate something.


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Places to Be SUMMER IN KELOWNA 2010 OKANAGAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Jul 21st, 2010 to Jul 25th, 2010 Various locations in Kelowna The 2010 OIFF presents a world-class program of films against the backdrop of the Okanagan Valley’s beautiful wine country. ALGERIA – CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Aug 26th, 2010 to Aug 29th, 2010 Prospera Place A Baroque ode to the energy, grace and power of youth. Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means “jubilation” in Spanish, are many. 3RD ANNUAL FIVE FEMINIST MINUTES Jun 18th, 2010 The Habitat Join us for an evening that provides the opportunity for women to share a talent they have. We can’t give you your “15 minutes of fame” but we can give you 5! MIDSUMMER MAGIC – Okanagan Symphony Gala Jul 17th, 2010 Mission Hill Family Estate You are invited to celebrate an unforgettable Music, Food and Wine Experience at the 5th Annual Okanagan Symphony’s Midsummer Magic Music & Wine Gala Intimate Evening Concert T.B.A. ELTON JOHN Jul 17th, 2010 Prospera Place One of music’s biggest names, and biggest attitudes, is coming back to Kelowna.

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Have you ever dreamed of seeing the

Faberge Eggs at the Kremlin in Russia? In 2006 Art and I took a group of 28 travelers to St. Petersburg, Russia and they were very excited at the prospect of seeing some of the greatest monuments and palaces you could ever imagine. When we arrived in St. Petersburg we were met and taken to our riverboat - the MV Litvinov. The MV Litvinov was built in Germany for the KGB so it was a sturdy boat but could never be classified as a luxury riverboat by any means. The cabins were very narrow and small, the beds were built for short petite people and the bathrooms were all in one - toilet, basin and shower. They even stored luggage down below, as the cabins could not house them after we unpacked. For the next four days we used the boat

as our hotel. This River Cruise package included all our shore excursions and 3 meals a day for the next 15 days. We saw the famous Hermitage original paintings and lapidary work that was so intricate you could literally spend the next three years walking through it. On one particular evening we were treated to a private Ballet at the theatre that was in the Hermitage. It was magical. St. Petersburg is like being in Venice with its lovely canals and buildings. Because it was the 300th year anniversary, Putin had St. Petersburg’s famous buildings painted and everything looked so fresh. We were taken to Pushkin to see Catherine’s Palace and of course the famous Amber room, but the ballroom was stunning. We could hear what we thought was a choir and an May/Jun 2010

orchestra when we arrived at the ballroom. It was four people singing a cappella. The acoustics were so good you would never have guessed it was only four people. We had a real Russian Barbeque on Mandrogy Island and saw a Vodka Museum. No Russian Bari would be complete without the schnapps and vodka. It was a great experience except for the mosquitoes. Late May June is known for them. Next, we visited Kizhi Island, which has no cars, and is famous for the ancient Russian Wooden houses, windmills, churches and the famous three tiered (Transfiguration) church - a fairy tale structure built in 1714 without a single nail and now a UNESCO site. We saw many small villages throughout the countryside; houses with white lace


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curtains, flower boxes on every windowsill, bathhouses out back and neatly stacked wood in the back yard. Rural Russia was amazing and the only way to see it is by doing a River Cruise. It only takes 7 hours to get to Moscow from St. Petersburg by car but we took 15 days to get there by traveling through some amazing parts of Russia. When we arrived in Moscow we had three more days to tour. The famous Faberge Eggs was one of our first stops. It was hard to believe we were actually looking at the original ones. One in particular was a complete little train that actually had moving wheels. The Kremlin housed lots of artifacts and to be able to say we walked in Red Square was amazing. All too soon the tour had ended and we were packing up and leaving early the next morning and flying from Moscow via Frankfurt to Vancouver and then landing back in Kelowna. Truly a trip of a lifetime. In 1716, the King of Prussia presented the Amber Room, a masterpiece of Baroque art, to Russian Czar Peter the Great. Catherine the Great later commissioned a new generation of craftsmen to embellish the room and moved it from the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to her new summer abode in Tsarskoye Selo, just outside the city. “When the work was finished, in 1770, the room was dazzling,” wrote art historians Konstantin Akinsha and Grigorii Kozlov. “It was illuminated by 565 candles whose light was reflected in the warm gold surface of the amber and sparkled in the mirrors, gilt, and mosaics.” This opulent gesture of friendship between Russians and Germans would come to serve as a potent symbol of their divisions. When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, his troops overran Tsarskoye Selo, dismantled the panels of the oversized jewel box, packed them up in 27 crates, and shipped them to Königsberg, Germany (today’s Kaliningrad). In January 1945, after air raids and a savage ground assault on the city, the room’s trail was lost.

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ummer vacation is coming up and you are looking for travel ideas. Instead of writing about just one destination I would like to give a few options. Alaska cruises and Cruise tours are always a popular summer vacation. There are a variety of options available. The 7 day round trip from Seattle or Vancouver is popular with those that prefer not to fly anywhere. The one-way to or from Vancouver or Seattle with a flight to or from Anchorage lets you see more of Alaska. If you want to see even more of Alaska the one way cruise combined with a land tour is the way to go. Space is quite limited for this summer but if you are flexible with the dates you can still go. Disneyland with the family is another popular summer destination. With the many promotions available and our Canadian dollar being so strong, right now is the time to go. There is a KID’S fly free promotion right now for travel up to Jun 9th, this might be extended into the summer. Ask your travel agent to let you know if that happens. A package holiday including air and hotel and attraction passes gives you great value and savings. The Southern California City pass combines 3 days entrance to both Disneyland Resort Parks, 1 day each at Seaworld, Universal Studios and San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal park. Having this included in your prepaid package is a great saving. You can purchase it with or without transfers. Ask your Disney expert for our recommended Good neighbor and Disney Resort hotels, don’t rely on descriptions posted on the internet, your travel agent has either been there or had recent feed back from clients. San Diego is also a great destination on its own if you have done Disneyland several times.. Legoland is close by, Seaworld and

the Zoo and Wild Animal park are right there along with some gorgeous beaches. If you want to combine Disneyland and San Diego a great option is to fly to Los Angeles or Santa Ana airport and do Disneyland and Universal Studios and then take the Amtrak to San Diego for a few days and fly home from San Diego. Mexico is a very good buy in the summer. It is very hot and humid compared to the drier winter season, and if you don’t mind the heat the rates are better and the beaches less crowded. We don’t have any direct flights from Kelowna in the summer but there are packages available with connection flights from Kelowna so you can either fly from Kelowna or drive to Vancouver. After the Olympics interest in traveling in Canada has increased. The most popular trips are the Maritimes and New Foundland, Cruising the St. Lawrence, and a Rocky Mountaineer train trip thru the Rockies. The benefits of traveling in Canada are; no passports required, Canadian dollars accepted and the locals speak your language. Whatever you decide to book, remember to purchase travel insurance, cancellation and emergency medical. Those travelers that have been affected by the Airports being closed in Europe due to Volcanic ash that purchased insurance at the time of booking before the volcano erupted have been looked after when their travel plans were disrupted. Even traveling within Canada you should purchase extra insurance, and there is a special Canada package plan with lower prices than if you are going to the USA. Peace of mind is worth the price of the insurance. Have fun this summer!

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e all know how popular the scarf has been over the last several seasons. It is the fashion essential that adds texture and spark to our basics while keeping us cozy when needed. For warmer weather the scarf is still a great addition to our wardrobes…an elegant embellishment for added style or for a little warmth on cooler evenings. The beauty of a large scarf, wrap or shawl (basically the same garment in various shapes) is that it can go with just about everything…. jeans to your best dress…. daytime chic to sophisticated elegance. Anyone who can knit a stitch can create a beautiful shawl. With the right yarn you can turn a simple rectangle into something beautiful. There are so many exquisite yarns that a fancy stitch just isn’t necessary. If you wish a lacey effect then this is as simple as using oversized needles, doing a double wrap or a simple pattern of yarn over, knit 2 stitches together (YO, K2TOG). Simple lace is easy but there are many avid knitters who love the challenge of complicated lace. There are many helpful books and patterns. Go online and google lace shawls or go to the Ravelry site to see some beautiful knitted patterns and creations. Lace knitting is gaining popularity, as serious knitters want to take up the challenge. This is like the Olympics of knitting. The nice thing about lace patterns is using the exact yarn usually isn’t that important…you need the correct yardage and a somewhat similar yarn weight and you will have your own unique creation. The secret of success is the choice of yarns. Think of using plant-based yarns such as linen, cotton or hemp or yarns created from natural materials such bamboo, viscose, sugar, corn, milk or sea silk. Silk can also work well but silk is a fairly warm fibre but as it is likely lightweight it would still be suitable. The next secret is choosing a knit (or crochet) stitch that has some space around it so that it is more breathable. Be adventuresome…be unique…make it your own! HANDMAIDEN BIAS SHAWL

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m ad LEISURE LINDA KELLY Linda Kelly is well know throughout central B.C. and Alberta for her bronze sculpture focusing on the people and animals of Western Canada. Linda received the blue ribbon for Best of Show from the Cowboy Heritage Society 2010 Art of the West Show for her latest bronze, depicted here. This art form is difficult and time consuming. Linda has mastered it and hasprovided The Evans Gallery with a number of her beautiful pieces.

LAILA CAMPBELL You can’t spend time in the Okanagan without seeing quail scurrying under bushes, dashing across the road or herding their many youngsters from place to place. Laila Campbell paints these delightful birds with color and personality to match their surroundings. You will find Laila’s quail in large paintings and small. The one shown is actually a cube, entitled “This is My Block” that will sit on a table or hang on your wall. Visit Laila’s quail at The Evans Gallery.

LUCY COLLINGS “The Little Rowboat” sits at the edge of a quiet lake. This is a common scene amongst the numerous recreational lakes in British Columbia. One that evokes memories of lazy summer days. Lucy spends as much time out and about, trekking the road less travelled, as she does in her studio putting the finishing touches on her wonderful paintings. Visit The Evans Gallery to enjoy a good selection of Lucy’s original work. TATJANA MIRKOV-POPOVICKI Tatjana is a talented and versatile artist. She has painted this image of Saltspring Island, in her own distinctive style, on canvas, with rich color and texture. You will find it on display at The Evans Gallery along with many others, in various sizes, including a 36 X 36 inch canvas of the south Okanagan. Come and enjoy the beauty of British Columbia, through the eyes of Tatjana.

NATHALIE PARENTEAU Nathalie lives with her family in Canada’s North. Her images depict both the nature and lifestyle of the native people there. Her style is distinct, colorful and pleasing to the eye. The image shown here is entitled “Ptarmigan”. The Evans Gallery is showing a good variety of Nathalie’s work, reproduced by the giclee process both on paper and canvas. TERRY ISAAC Terry Isaac is well known for his realistic and detailed paintings of birds and animals. This extremely personable artist is a sought after teacher and workshop presenter. When he is not travelling, he can be found in his studio creating wonderful paintings like the one shown of the swan family. The Evans Gallery has a good selection of Terry’s giclees on canvas along with some of his original paintings.

JUDI WILD Judi Wild’s images are many facetted. Her exquisite detail is achieved by using a dry brush technique, with very fine brushes and watercolor. Each painting takes 100’s of intense hours. A passionate environmentalist, Judi has a reverence for and understanding of the spiritual beliefs of our ancient aboriginal people. Many single images come together in each stunningly beautiful painting. If you would like to add one of Judi’s works to your collection, visit The Evans Gallery.

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THE ARTFUL LODGER

a fascination with felt Amy Burkard Inspired by the magnificence and beauty of nature and my surroundings, I seek to capture the whimsical aspects and simplicity of natural forms. Creating with clay, wool and other materials derived from nature, I take pleasure in the tactile and sensual qualities of these mediums. My sculptural forms can be viewed to have a utilitarian and or aesthetic purpose.

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n part one, I covered the benefits of art in the workplace as it relates to clients. My second article focused on the benefits as they apply to staff. In this final segment, the focus deals with the benefits to the owner/operator, developer/entrepreneur. Whether to create an uplifting atmosphere, a community outreach or a metaphoric statement, art does matter in a business. The design of an office and the wall décor on display, conveys the ideas, values and vision of a company. Appropriate art can stimulate the service and production levels of vendors and suppliers, as well as clients and employees. One of the most underestimated benefits to visitors is the use and effect of colour. The psychology of colour is studied by interior designers the world over. For instance, a medical facility seeking a calm and soothing atmosphere should select décor and a colour scheme totally opposite to what would suit a sports store or young software company where bold and bright fits with youth, enthusiasm and action. Corporate image can be as unique as a fish tank or the relaxing informality of well tended plants. To gain a competitive edge, real estate developers increasingly incorporate art into their residential and commercial projects. Witness the value of a decked-out show home and the growth of the home staging business. Art definitely adds to the perceived and real value of real estate. Developers that include local art in their projects enjoy the added benefit of the reputation gained from investing in the community and that is good for business. It is important to remember that workplace art collections can start small and need not cost a lot of money, especially if the suggestion to use local resources for local and regional artists is adopted. I challenge you to act.

Amy Burkard is a Kelowna based sculptor and visual artist who has been presenting work professionally for over 10 years. Originally from Courtenay, BC, Amy realized in her mid 20’s that being a professional artist would be the best career she could envision. After completing her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2003 her creative voice as Canadian female artist emerged. Guided by material curiosity, she continues to discover her dream. Currently her practice involves what she has termed, “open to experiment.” This definition describes her broad variety of interests, which include: clay, fiber, printmaking, marbling, painting, life drawing, and even digital printing. She states that her “artistic borders are open”, allowing a lot of room for experimentation and creative growth.

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Title: Edges of Darkness Story: When Thomas Craven loses his daughter to a violent murder, he is thrown into her world, work and secret life. Genre: Conspiracy thriller Actors: Mel Gibson, Leo’s Take: If you like Conspiracy Theory then you will love Edges of Darkness. It has a very well developed plot; Gibson is perfect for the role and director Martin Campbell (Casino Royal) does a bang up job of creating a tense atmosphere. 9/10 Title: Nine Story: A playwright with a fully set stage and no script fantasizes about the story he is going to tell. Genre: Musical Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Leo’s Take: With a stacked cast and an intriguing story Nine is a very glamorous show. Daniel Day-Lewis is masterful as a dark brooding playwright trying to prove his egos validity. 8/10

LEO’S VIDEOS Title: Invictus Story: Nelson Mandela’s use of the national rugby team to inspire his people and bring them together after years of fighting. Genre: Historical Drama Actors: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon Leo’s Take: Another splendid directing job by Clint Eastwood. It is nice to see a film with good focus. 9/10

Title: Wonderful World Story: An intelligent man in his mid 30’s discovers how his negativity only attracts negative results. Genre: Comedy/Drama Actors: Matthew Broderick Leo’s Take: I find the law of attraction to be a fascinating thing and this is a great look at how negative emotions and attitudes will bring negative outcomes. Wonderful World is a deep but light look at the life of a single father. 9.5/10

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Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes by Mary Tyler Moore. Moore has written an autobiography before but this one specifically focuses on her life with diabetes. She was diagnosed just as she was starting to film The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She suffered a miscarriage at that time and that’s when they discovered a “little problem” with her blood sugar levels. Extremely ignorant of the disease at the time, she has gone on to become an activist and chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan. Dougan tells a humorous and poignant tale of life with her mentally challenged sister. From adolescence, when Terrell made her decision whether to date a boy based on how he treated Irene, to adulthood, when Irene loses her temper easily and has an entrepreneurial streak that unfortunately involves theft, their story is captivating. Finding Rosa: a Mother with Alzheimer’s, a Daughter in Search of the Past by Caterina Edwards. Canadian writer Edwards had a turbulent relationship with her mother, “Hurricane” Rosa. Once Rosa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and no longer recognizes her grandchildren, Edwards starts on a European journey to find out about her mother’s somewhat mysterious past. Edwards isn’t a particularly sympathetic narrator, but the story is fascinating.

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Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities by Elizabeth Edwards. Another Edwards – this one the (now ex-) wife of Senator John Edwards – focuses more on the death of her teen-aged son Wade than on her famous marital troubles and her battle with cancer. This is a very sad, although not depressing, memoir.


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