SALT SPRING ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE January 2018 - FISSUE #113 FREE & EASY
Food and Festivities • 5 Salt Spring
Folk Club • 8 January Calendar
STUFF to DO on the ROCK • 9 Peter Vincent
The Tao of Leonard • 11
Peter and the Starcatcher January 10th, 11th & 12th at Artspring
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A stage play by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson of the same name. The story follows a young Molly Aster and her father as they embark on a secret mission for the Queen to keep a trunk full of magical dust called ‘starstuff’ away from tyrants who try to rule the world. As two separate ships prepare for open sea, the trunk (full of starstuff) ends up on the wrong one and an exciting and perilous adventure unfolds full of pirates, mermaids, mollusks and tropical kings. Along the way, Molly teams up with a nameless orphan boy who embarks on his own adventure: one that teaches him what it’s like to be a leader, have a family and find a home. Grade eleven student Izak Donnelly, who plays extravagant pirate captain Black Stache, says his favourite part of the process has been “Being able to work with such a large, diverse group of talented people. Everybody in the ensemble has their own strengths and gets a chance to let them shine.” Grade twelve student Fiona Pirie, who plays fearless Molly Aster, says “Not only is it hilarious and epic but the whole show is an interactive experience. We ask the audience to use their imaginations in a great big game of make-believe and that is what makes it so truly magical.” Peter and the Starcatcher has something for the whole family, and something the whole family won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect prequel to the beloved story of Peter and Wendy and answers some very important questions that we’ve all wondered about. In the words of grade twelve student Kevin Gray, who plays orphan-boy-turn-boy-forever, “This show will make you laugh, teach you to fly, and remind you what it’s like to just be a kid for a while.” Peter and the Starcatcher takes place at ArtSpring Theatre on January 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017. The show starts at 7:30pm, tickets are $15 and available through the ArtSpring Box office. What: Acting 11/12’s first semester final production Who: Gulf Islands Secondary School’s 2nd Story Theatre Where: ArtSpring Theatre | January 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017 - 7:30pm - $15 Tickets are available through the ArtSpring Box office. For more information, contact GISS Theatre teacher, Jason Donaldson – email@example.com 2nd Story Theatre is the umbrella title for GISS Theatre Arts
Scopes Brought to you by our own in-house astrologer who now goes by her numerologically correct name of “Ya Righta.”
^ All the advice I could share with you would blow your mind and leave nothing to the imagination…
_ Something you ate yesterday was bad. Get ready for a rough couple of days.
If it were possible to hold onto your charm, then you'd find happiness. Unfortunately, your charm is fleeting.
a Cancer: If it were
possible to hold onto your charm, then you'd find happiness. Unfortunately, your charm is fleeting.
b Leo: Today is going to be
like most days, certainly in terms of its length and the frequency of sun-rises to sun-sets.
Your childhood dreams of being famous have finally come true. A photo of you has become a major viral meme in a small Mexican town. I’m not going to tell you which one though.
Judging by your date of birth it looks like your parents really started New Years off with a Bang! Last night, I spent the evening kneedeep in star charts, connecting with the universe and trying to find something to give you inspiration. I understood none of it. Maybe next month
We heard your New Year’s resolution was to be more positive and less sarcastic. Like you won’t screw that up right away.
Everything will go wrong today, sorry.
Personal warranties don't mean that you're ever going get your money back on that piece of crap you bought from that guy down the road.
Itching may be a sign of bad things to come.
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My Food Matters by CHEF KEN BRUDNER
FOOD AND FESTIVITIES Now that the festive season has made its departure for another year, most of us are still reflecting on this year’s version. It is interesting to know that throughout all beliefs, cultures and customs that hundreds and hundreds of years have passed since their particular traditional holidays originated and that most are still intact. And that is significant in that tradition holds a very special place for everyone whatever way a person chooses to celebrate them. We see it, feel it and absorb the feelings that people exhibit through the festive season, so it is unavoidable to miss unless you live under this particular rock. There is not one holiday (except for those that involve fasting) that doesn’t include traditional and specially prepared food offerings that bring families and friends together. To sit around a table amongst those we are most concerned with and hold most dear anticipating a special meal prepared by one of our own is something very special, even if an argument breaks out between Mama and Papa. For me it was always more special when one of the elder women prepared the meals, perhaps recognizing that this was their time to shine, and offer their own dash of love to the family. It might look like hard work and it is, as most of us know but somehow it doesn’t feel like real work when you are having so much fun that translates to love. The subliminal attributes of food and how nutrition energizes us is never as clear as it is during a celebration and a gathering of people we are most attached to. Whether you are a “foodie,” a healthy living advocate or someone that just eats what they get, there is a place for all to enjoy, share and dedicate these times to each other. Outside the 3rd world, we normally take our food for granted and don’t give a thought to what it actually is or where it came from. In fact, we are so wrapped up in our materialistic, familiar and comfortable way of life that we get annoyed when the grocery store runs out of our “Wheaties.” Imagine that, especially when you turn on the TV and watch a documentary about starving people that would be so thankful just for a handful of overcooked rice. Having said that; “If I had a choice between diamonds and dirt I would choose the dirt I couldn’t live on diamonds or munch on its cloves I could display it in a ring but what would that bring Maybe some envy at a family wedding.” Dirt turn seeds into food so reach down and pick up a handful the same size as the rice that the starving child suffers for and realize that in your hand you hold the very key to a nutritious life that is the pinnacle of a celebrated holiday.
Happy New Year to all! Love What You Cook, Love What You Eat! email@example.com
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The WAIT is FINALLY OVER
and you didn’t know you were waiting You actually didn’t even know what you were waiting for. You were waiting your whole life for John Bateman’s first book, Salt Spring Has Issues. Chances are you’ve heard of John Bateman, nominated funniest person on Salt Spring one year running! No? Still not sure? Perhaps on occasion you’ve mistakenly read his column, Bateman Has Issues right here in Fishbowl. If you are tired of his unpolished, slightly jaded and often funny writing, do we have some bad news for you! This spring 2018, John will be releasing his first book titled, Salt Spring Issues. In it you will find newly edited versions of his Salt Spring musings over the years. As an added bonus, John will be throwing in never before published material written specifically for the book and you, the Islander or tourist, or whoever. If you want to know what Salt Spring life is really like, this is the only book you will ever need. www.saltspringhasissues.com
“How to TALK So Kids Will LISTEN & LISTEN So Kids WILL TALK” Lisa, the singing amma, is excited to announce that she will be offering the world-renowned 7-week parenting course “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” early in the new year. Contact Lisa now for details and to claim your seat. These classes do fill up! www.thesingingamma.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/thesingingamma
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There are two annual traditions that come with the start of every new year. The first is making some resolutions, often involving fitness or health, and the second is promptly breaking those resolutions a few weeks later. Spending a little time really thinking about what you want and why is every bit as important as taking steps to making it happen. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Once you’ve formulated this year’s goal(s), be positive and confident about your ability to achieve them. Attitude is a major factor that many don’t realize can change the outcome. Have you finally reached a position in life where it’s less scary to change than to stay the same? We human beings don’t like
change and fear the unknown – so no matter how much you may want to give up smoking, or ditch your party lifestyle, part of you will resist. By setting yourself achievable small targets that build up to your resolution, there’s no stopping you. The Power of Positive intention. Most people dwell on what we want to move away from, we send negative messages to the subconscious mind, fail instead of focusing on where we want to go, or better yet, visualizing yourself there. Before you jump out of bed try to see your perfect body, clean clear lungs or a fridge full of healthy food and drink. Repeat phrases like “I am healthy and strong”, “I do not smoke”, “I am grateful for food that nourishes my body”. It can also help to put your goals on paper, write them down somewhere and revisit them often. Committing to changing something in your life is a big step. Once you’ve made the decision we often expect it to happen instantly. But be patient! Things don’t change overnight. Whatever your New Year resolutions are – keep them in perspective and enjoy the journey of achieving them as much as the destination.
Qi Gong Series by Gordon Muir Author of Traditional Long Form T’ai Chi Ch’uan as Taught by Master T.T. Liang
Part 1 of 2: An Introduction to Qi Gong
Master T.T. Liang, 1900-2001 Everyone, young and old, has the desire to go through life healthy, vibrant and with full use of their faculties, mental and physical. Chinese culture has been researching this very topic for thousands of years and through that lengthy process of trial and error has evolved several methods of achieving this. The three that appeal most to me and seem to hold the most promise of real down-to-earth results are Meditation, Qi Gong (Chi Kung) and correctly taught Taiji Quan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan). When taught by a properly trained teacher from a proper lineage the results can approach the level of Super Natural. The idea is called Eternal Spring and promotes the idea that we all can be strong and viable until the day we die. Imagine having a massage every day that goes not only to your muscles, tendons and internal organs but to any joints or support tissue that is not working optimally. That is only a portion of the profound changes to your body that Qi Gong works to achieve.
With that kind of massage taking place chronic ailments and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and ulcers are alleviated or cured. It also addresses balance, digestive and elimination issues and keeps the practitioner strong and supple. The origin of Qi Gong is rooted in the cultural beliefs of China which promote the idea of Yin and Yang in all aspects of our lives. Qi refers to breath and the vital energy that brings with it life, joy and creativity. Gong refers to the effort it requires to achieve this. Far from being a ‘Lite’ exercise Qi Gong is robust and requires considerable effort. One of our main differences with other arts is that within our effort we are constantly releasing the body and the breath. Something that is natural to do but still requires a significant amount of training. One of the principles of Qi Gong is that of “Do no harm.” There are variations of Qi Gong, more accurately called Hard Gong, where the practitioners strike themselves and each other. Being struck in the head, stomach and other sensitive areas of the body goes against the idea of Do No Harm and as is seen in the recent upsetting news about MMA fighters and NFL players can lead to serious long term damage. It is accepted amongst most practitioners that the two main goals of Qi Gong are to increase the healing flow, and amount, of blood and Qi in the body. Increasing the amount of Qi in the body is most commonly associated with cleaning up our diet (the main source of Qi) and with deep, long and calm breathing. Increasing the flow of Qi in the body is most commonly associated with working all the meridians of the body to cause them to stretch open and remove physical and psychic blocks caused by stuck joints, excess tension and weakness. When this has been achieved the Chinese believe we have reached a state of Perfect Health.
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WORKSHOPS ON THE
January Victoria Baroque Applausi Festivi January 14th, 2:30 pm; bar 1:30 pm
proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger A riot of fiery and virtuosic works by Italian baroque masters, full of energy, drama, passion and drive! One of the leading baroque violinists of our time, Kati Debretzeni (UK), leads the Victoria Baroque in a varied programme of concerti for baroque instruments by Vivaldi, Torelli, Locatelli, Dall’Abaco, and more. “Lead-violinist Kati Debretzeni was the outright star, infusing the dance movements with crackling energy, delivering a ravishing cadenza in the fourth concerto.” Independent
Gryphon Trio, Chamber Music January 23rd, 7:30 pm; bar 6:30 pm
proudly sponsored by Lyle & Susan Eide Celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio continues to impress international audiences and press with performances which “bring out the kind of delicacy and sensuous beauty that’s often overlooked” (BBC Music Magazine). With over 1500 performances to date, the Gryphon Trio is one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. Committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century, their repertoire ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia.
GISPA Music, Warmth on a Cold Night January 26th, 7pm
GISPA Music will present a collection of works from the first half of the year. It will be a magical night of solos, duets, combos, and more. Sit back and enjoy a spectacular evening full of GISS’s finest musical minds.
Tosca/Giacomo Puccini Live streamed January 27th, 10am
Giacomo Puccini sung in Italian Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva (pictured above) and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Sir Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lu?i? as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume and Bertrand de Billy share conducting duties. (metopera.org)
Vetta Presents The Russian Connection January 27th, 7:30pm
Maria Larionoff violin Joan Blackman violin David Harding viola Eugene Osadchy cello Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op 33 No. 3, “The Bird”; Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op 110; Borodin String Quartet No. 2 in D major Did you know that Haydn dedicated his Opus 33 Quartets to a Russian nobleman? That Borodin wrote his 2nd quartet as a present for his wife? That Shostakovich considered the 8th quartet as an epitaph and wept when he heard it performed? Join us on a journey into Russian history with some of the best quartet repertoire ever written.
a Salt Spring Arts Council Initiative
The SSAC’s ‘In House’ Workshops for 2018 start in January at Mahon Hall and continue until the end of March. Some workshops are multi-generational, join in with your child or teen to learn and explore your creativity together, or enjoy being inspired by your older or younger fellow students. We have invited 2 visiting artists to provide some new & fresh inspiration for you. Connie Morey, a practicing Victoria artist, is offering 2 half day workshops, for ages 12+, take one or both. On Fri. Feb 2, 10-2pm join Soft Beast Sculptures and create a fun or scary beast from new and found materials using hand sewing skills. On Sat. Feb. 3 she offers Sculptural Felting from 10-2pm. You will learn to create a frame for your small sculpture that you will cover with needle felting. Connie’s own work uses these technique’s, bring some favourite found things to incorporate into your creations! Each workshop is $66 www.conniemorey.com Alexandra Morgan is offering a full weekend of Apparel Pattern Making: Basic Bodice and Skirt Block on Mar, 2,3 & 4. You will need to be an intermediate sewer and bring your own sewing machine to this workshop, but no pattern making experience is necessary. Come home with two patterns and a full understanding of how to make more. Fri eve, Sat & Sun. - $237 www.inhousepatternsstudio.com Our Art Makers Laboratory is a chance for you play with materials and create freely or take guidance from one of our 4 guest artists on hand to share their skills & inspire a project. Sign up for all 4 or drop in on a rainy Saturday and get creative. Ages 5 & 6 must be accompanied by an adult, which gives you the opportunity to try some art yourself! Ages 5 to 105! $130 or $35 drop in. Other workshops led by our lillustrious and talented local artists include: Art Makers Laboratory Assemblage Painting Sat Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17 w/ Stefanie Denz Ages 5+ $130 or $35 drop in Sat Jan 27 from 10-3pm Ages 8+ $72.50 Mural Painting for Teens w/ Cam Novak Painted Canvas Floor Mat Fri, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 w/ Janet Cliffe Ages 13-19 - $210 Sat Jan 27, Feb 3 & 10 Ages 10+ $210 SPRING BREAK WORKSHOPS Printmaking Intensive David Hockney Portraits w/ Johanna Hoskins w/ Tracy Harrison Fri Feb 2, 9 & 23 Mon/Tue/Wed Mar 19, 20, 21 Ages 11+ $197.50 Ages10-14 $85 Mask Making - Flora & Fauna Me & My Pet Portraits w/ Kaya Reiss w/ Tracy Harrison Fri Feb 9,23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 Mon/Tue/Wed Mar 19, 20, 21 Ages 7-12 $160 Ages 6-9 $66.25 Knitting w/ Reclaimed Yarn Rhythm & Play w/ Charlotte Holmes w/ Marta McKeever Sat Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 Mon/Tue/Wed Mar 26, 27, 28 Ages 10+ $110 Ages 5-8 $37.50 Drawing Your Emotions All online registration at w/ Cam Novak www.ssartscouncil.com/workshops/ Sat Feb 17, 24, Mar 3,10, 17, 24 or contact email@example.com Adults - $197.50
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Monday, January 29th at Fulford Hall
Lonesome Ace Stringband The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes - love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life speak to everyone. The members are Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass. Together they bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both. This is old-time music for today's old soul. Their debut album, "Old Time", was recorded in 2014, and was met with critical acclaim from the folk, old-time, and bluegrass community. In 2016, the band recorded their sophomore album "Gone For Evermore". Heading into the studio, the group’s goal was to capture the feel, energy and narrative of their live playing. Since 2008, LAS has held a weekend residency at Toronto's legendary Dakota Tavern. Often performing 10 sets of music in a weekend, the band has developed the kind of instinctual rapport, that only comes from seasoned musicians logging many hundreds of playing hours together. Chris Coole is a cracker-jack banjo picker who has been on the old-time and roots music scene for going on 20 years. He has taught at banjo workshops and camps internationally. Coole has released several albums under his own name and with the Foggy Hogtown Boys as well as numerous collaborations with a variety of great roots musicians including
Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marshall, Ivan Rosenberg and David Francey. His vision, musicality and great knowledge of the music are the driving forces of "Old Time". John Showman is known as one of Canada's finest fiddle players, a strong and versatile musician best-known for his work with the Foggy Hogtown Boys, New Country Rehab and Creaking Tree String Quartet. His love of traditional fiddle music is palpable everywhere on "Old Time" and he brings the music to life with inspired playing. Max Heineman's powerful and unique voice carries the listener straight to the heart of the music, with a timeless quality entirely his own yet one that hearkens back to the classic folk and country singers that have shaped the style. His bass playing supports and compliments the music expertly, both driving the rhythm and gliding right along with the melody to give the trio it's distinct sound. He is well-known for his playing and singing with the Foggy Hogtown Boys.
The Fulford Hall which has been serving the Salt Spring community since 1921, is home to the Salt Spring Folk Club and hosts some of the finest musicians’ folk music has to offer. Their events are usually on Monday evenings with shows beginning at 7:00. Doors open at 6:00 for season pass holders, 6:15 for general admission. Good sound is an elusive thing. Is the skill of the sound mixer the most important factor? Or is it the sound the artist puts out that’s most important? A bad sounding room can certainly do great damage to the efforts of both artist and mixer. But with great artists, great mixers, excellent gear, an incredible sounding room and quiet and attentive audiences, they feel very fortunate and quite comfortable in claiming the “Best Sound On The Island.” We take pride in the quality of our food. Sumptuous dinners and delectable desserts by Salt Spring’s best caterers are available at all our shows. Just one taste and you can tell how much love and dedication goes into every dish.
2018 Line Up
January 29, 7pm Lonesome Ace Stringband plus Carolyn Mark February 26, 7pm Lennie Gallant
March 19, 7pm Qristina & Quinn Bachand plus Bryan Bowers April 23, 7pm Gumboot Gala
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For Everyone NATURAL HEALTH NOTES
with Salt Spring Island teacher Dorothy Price
MOTIVATION... DON'T WAIT FOR IT!
We often feel motivated in the new year because it is, a new year. A chance to start anew. A chance to get back to; our gym workouts; our yoga or fitness class; getting up earlier; eating better or quitting an unhealthy habit. The list goes on and on. But how do we keep going when the motivation wears off. Or how do we get started if we know what to do, but there is no motivation to do it? Personal Coach and author Mel Robbins says - “Stop waiting for motivation. You are never going to feel like doing anything that is challenging or takes us out of our comfort zone”. She says the brain is wired only to want to do things that are easy and won't produce any pain, challenge or discomfort. So why would you continually get up on a cold, dark winters morning and go out for a jog or head to the gym or a class? Why would you consistently choose carrots over a croissant? Why would you risk failure by taking steps to live your dream? To make a change in our lives, we have to do things that are uncertain, difficult, or even scary. Which sets up the problem of, “you’re never going to feel like it”. Robbins has developed what she calls the 5 Second Rule. Count 5-43-2-1-Go! Get out of bed! Start the project! Get out the door to the gym or class, or out for your walk or run! Refuse the unhealthy snack or drink! Clean the house! Speak up! Robbins likens it to the NASA take-offs of spacecraft. She says you have to count down (not up) because it has a limit, a launching point. When you get to number one, it’s a prompt to move to action. Don't give your mind time think of reasons you shouldn't do it, such as it's too hard, it's too cold outside, I'm not ready, I might look foolish, maybe later etc. Don't hesitate. A hesitation can stop you from speaking up when you need too. It can stop you from dancing when you want to dance. The key is acting on the impulse or idea before you talk yourself out of it. Launch yourself! Anything that is a break from your routine is going to require effort or force. Like the physical force of jumping out of bed. And yes, it takes courage too. The Five Second Rule interrupts habit loops such as self-doubt, procrastination, reaching for an unhealthy snack or drink, hitting the snooze button. It teaches you how to be the type of person that can move from thinking about something to actually doing it. Make the 5 Second Rule a “starting ritual”. We make many decisions all day long, to do or to avoid doing. Know what you want. Don't hesitate. Don't think. Make it a habit. Schedule it into your day. No choice. Just do it!
5-4-3-2-1... to my mat I go! ~ Dorothy
Dorothy teaches yoga classes, pranayama, meditation & retreats locally & worldwide. Visit www.santosha-yoga-retreats.com or phone 250-537-7675
with Dr. Brad Dunstan ND
TEACHING OLD DRUGS NEW TRICKS When a drug company discovers a new drug, it will generally be tested and approved for a single, specific use. It's rare that we fully understand how the drug is working, but the process is designed to ensure that the drug is reasonably safe, and likely to be effective in the condition for which it is approved. What I find remarkable is how, often through serendipity, we learn that a given drug has other uses, entirely independent of it's original purpose. Unfortunately, if these new applications are discovered after the drug is no longer under patent, this means that there is no financial incentive for the pharmaceutical company to research the question of whether or not it really is effective. Even so, there are a number of drugs which are currently being prescribed 'off-label' – often for conditions which have limited treatment options available. One good example is metformin – this is a very old drug, which has learned a new trick – it's currently being used in many types of cancer. From a naturopathic perspective, this makes good sense -we know that sugar feeds cancer, and dietary sugar restriction is one of the best simple things we can do both in prevention and in treatment of many if not all cancers. Taking a fairly safe medication that can further help control one's sugar levels is, therefore, a reasonable thing to consider. Another drug that has seen a resurgence in use is naltrexone. Naltrexone was originally developed for use in treating alcoholism, at a relatively high dose. Today, it is frequently being applied, at a fraction of the standard dosage, to treat various types of autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and cancers. In this case, it appears that the drug has a drastically different action in the human body when used at a much lower dose; while there are several reasonable theories, we still don't know for sure how it's working. A third example is a drug which had the tragic role of teaching humility and regret to an entire generation of doctors – thalidomide. Most of us have heard of this drug – and the terrible result of it's use in pregnant women (for morning sickness). Since it's removal from the market in 1961, it's found new uses in various autoimmune diseases, leprosy, and multiple myeloma. Whenever a physician is considering prescribing a drug for an off-label purpose, there are a few considerations that we will always take into account. We need to assess it's safety in the individual patient, it's likelihood of effectiveness, and whether there is a better option that we have more complete information about. Most importantly, we need to respect the wishes and preferences of the patient; any therapy – natural or pharmaceutical – is only of value if it helps you to attain your own personal health goals, whatever they may be.
Dr. Brad Dunstan, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, with additional certifications in Allergy Desensitization, Acupuncture, Prescribing Authority, IV Therapies, & Prolotherapy. He graduated from UBC in 1999, & from BINM in 2009. He has a special focus on digestive health, chronic pain, hormone balancing, and pediatrics. He can be reached by phone at 250 537 0035, or by email at DrDunstanND@gmail.com.
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with Marsha Moreau
CITIZEN at LARGE The TAO of LEONARD
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Generally speaking, the longer you have to wait for your hold at the library, the more popular the book in question is. “Manhattan Beach” is one such novel, written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author and generating all kinds of buzz. Well written, with the attention to detail that all historical fiction requires, “Manhattan Beach” is darn near perfect. And so, you may ask, what is this great novel about? My daughter asked me the same question, and as I struggled to form a cohesive response, she pointed out that as I was nearly half way through…surely I should have been able to give her an answer without this much effort. I realized that while I can articulate the plot points (and I will) the truly unusual thing about this book is the lack of predictability. You can’t assume you know why you're uncovering certain facts about characters, or think that you understand their motivations or connections. You’ll “Well written, with the quickly learn that you in attention to detail that all fact, don’t. While this tactic historical fiction requires, is somewhat expected in a thriller, it’s a surprising and “Manhattan Beach” is darn welcome way to have a fairly near perfect.” traditional novel unfold.
Anna Kerrigan is young girl when she accompanies her father to the beachside home of Dexter Styles, a man who is connected to her father in ways she’s too young to understand. Several years later, Anna is twenty, the country is at war and her father has long since disappeared. Anna works in the Brooklyn naval yard, and eventually becomes their first female diver. One night, she encounters Dexter Styles at one of his nightclubs, and realizes he may be her only opportunity to uncover what happened to her father. While these are the basic plot points (I told you I’d articulate them!), the novel is really about what happens in, and around and between these facts. Anna’s connection to Dexter, what she learns about her father, what Dexter learns about himself, and Anna’s determination to become a diver in the face of discrimination are just a handful of the compelling threads that make this story so great. Anna is a remarkable and realistic character, likeable but human. I was happy to accompany her on her journey for the truth and equally as content to not have all the answers until the very end. This book is about a lot of things. So just hold on and enjoy the ride.
This is my favourite photo of Leonard Cohen - a man who famously chirped, “I was born in a suit.” So here he is (still looking damn dapper dressed down) in the driveway of his east L.A. bungalow, jumpstarting his late 90’s Oldsmobile, looking annoyed as hell. The lifestyles of the rich and famous.
So here’s the thing. At the ripe age of 71, when most are ready to hang up their spurs, sit on a porch somewhere warm, and watch the sun set over the Pacific, Leonard Cohen discovered that his longtime manager, a close friend and once-lover, had drained all his accounts, including his retirement fund, leaving him virtually penniless. It was reported he was down to $150,000 in the bank. He assumed there was over $5 million. At 71, Leonard Cohen started again, hitting the road, touring all over the globe. Most agree that this period produced some of the most creative work of Mr. Cohen’s life, churning out albums, poetry and literature, playing to full houses night after night. He was still writing at the end of life, releasing his last album, “You Want it Dark,” three weeks before his death. “When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That's about all you can do” said Leonard.
Steve Jobs began Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976 after spending countless hours tinkering in the garage. Apple II changed the face of computing. As Steve Jobs said, he wanted to ‘make a dent in the universe.’ Jobs was later dumped off the board of Apple, forced out. After a number of failures, including NEXT, a short lived computer company, he financed, Pixar, with the breakout movie “Toy Story.” Meanwhile, Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. Steve Jobs rejoined Apple as CEO and went on to indeed put a dent in the universe, with such products as the iPod, the iPhone, iTunes, iPad and a few other game changers, that catapulted Apple from penny stock to the richest company in the world, verging on a net worth of $1 trillion dollars. Elon Musk, the man behind Solar City (currently rewriting the global solar power energy book), Tesla (the best electric car on the planet) and SpaceX (his rocket company destined to transport folks around the moon and beyond), was so broke (not that long ago) that he was sleeping under his desk. His life has been a roller coaster ride of failures and successes. At one point Tesla was prohibited from selling cars in New York state through very powerful lobbying by other dealerships. Persistence. “Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” said Elon. Here we are at the beginning of a new year full of uncertainty locally and on the global stage. So suck it up! That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Thus has it always been. Thus how it always will be. Hallelujah.
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starring the most awesome John Bateman After a few months of debate, both online and on the streets, Salt Springers voted to hold New Years at the same time as it has been since Jesus was born. New Year’s is a very confusing time on Salt Spring. How can people feel safe making resolutions on a seemingly unresolvable island? Perhaps one of the largest hurdles in making resolutions on Salt Spring is the fact that if you want to make a resolution, you’re going to have to pay for it. Since that guy resolved to take the Fulford petroglyph as a well cover a few years back, the Island’s Trust has been forced to make sweeping changes to the Island resolution process. Now, if you care to make a resolution, you will have to submit it by the dawn of the Autumnal Equinox. After completing your registration, your proposed resolution will be cross referenced against the code of resolutions. If it passes, it is then sent to the CRD where you will be issued a permit which costs $50/word. This cost was created to stop Islander’s from being too “wordy”. So instead of making a resolution like, “I resolve to finally build a deer fence to keep the rabbits out.”, you may want to write, “Build deer fence.” But you don’t want to be too vague either. If you’re too vague, you may raise suspicion. In this case try, “Build deer fence...on my property.” Although you may be building your deer fence too close to a designated Newt migration corridor, chances are your resolution will pass. Not so fast. Sure, you got your resolution past the official hurdles, now you have to get it past your neighbors. The NIMNNY (Not In My Neighbour’s New Year) clause came into effect the moment the second person on Salt Spring moved next door to the first person on Salt Spring. Although they were hundreds of hectares apart, there was still the little issue of building an outhouse too close to the Newt migration corridor. The NIMNNY process is quite basic. If you have a grievance with someone’s resolution, all you have to do is show up and passiveaggressively discount and discredit them at the official hearing. If you are the one with the resolution in question, all you have to do is stand up and launch a verbal counter attack. Please note: This counter attack can be directed at anyone. It really doesn’t matter at that point. The main criticism the NIMNNY hearing was that it was always held from 2am to 3pm on February 29th. This made it difficult for anyone make it on time. Happily, a new modern method has been implemented by the community to settle these issues. This evolution in communication has enabled people not only to speak their mind, but they can do it from the anonymous safety of their computer and, or handheld devices. It’s called Facebook. Now you can begrudge thy neighbor and still safely bump into them on the street. All you have to do is walk up, give them a hug, apologize and tell them you must have been hacked. Then wish them a happy new year and walk away.
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MEL it OVER
by Melinda Parks-Divers
Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, ECE
Nurturing, empowering & educating families for over 30 years *amma = grandmother in Icelandic
PEACE and HAPPINESS for Another New Year! Would you like to start the new year off with some singing amma tips to create a general sense of happiness in your household and more peaceful interactions in your family? Let’s look at some very specific communication tools, which at first glance, seem overly simplified – and, I encourage you to explore using them yourself, and let me know what transformations arise in your home. I’m listening! Replace “but” with “and” where ever possible. Simple, right? And, kinda weird. What could swapping out that little 3-letter word possibly do towards creating greater family harmony? Let’s look: “Honey, I’m glad you’re having fun, but, the noise level in the house is driving me crazy!” Notice how that little 3-letter word pretty much cancels out what was said before it. We, the listener, are left with only the second half of the statement, resonating negatively in our brains. A tone of accusation looms large in which we, the speaker, are overly enticed too often to add a liberal sprinkling of blame. Revised: “Honey, I’m glad you’re having fun, and, this kind of fun requires coats and boots and splashing in puddles!”This subtle shift in language lends itself, naturally, to positive statement solution thinking. It creates an environment that says: “We are in this together” and “Where there is a problem we can find a solution.” Do your best to avoid the word “no” in your everyday communications. I am not suggesting here that we all become complete doormats of extreme leniency. It is a matter of semantics. Listen as though you were the child begging for more chocolate chip cookies: “Dada, paaallleeeeease can I have more cookies? Pretty please?” Classic response options: “No.”“Definitely not.”“I said no.”“No. You’ve already had too many.”“How many times do I have to tell you no before you quit asking?” (Do you, as the child, feel satisfied with that answer? Do you feel heard, understood, important or dismissed?) Revised possibilities: “Yes. You will most definitely have some more of these yummy cookies! Look how many there are! Shall we count them and see how many would be a good number for us to share tomorrow?” Or, “Yes. We will all have more cookies tomorrow!” Or perhaps, “Yes! And I know just how tempting it can feel to eat “ten hundred million thousand!” Shall we put the ones for tomorrow in a separate tin so they’re ready for us for afternoon tea?” (Now, how do you feel about not having more cookies right now? Has your focus shifted to tomorrow’s yes?) Sometimes it can actually be that simple. Sometimes it’ll take practice with these new ways of saying things to find what works for you and your children’s interpersonal dynamics. Often, shifting how we say what needs to be said can alter what we may have assumed were “stuck” behavioral patterns. True story. Be like Yoda. Release the word “try” from common usage. Instead, do your best. Send your parenting questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/thesingingamma Visit: www.thesingingamma.com
CONTEMPLATING HAPPINESS I have been contemplating happiness during these light deprived days and this is what I have decided. This, of course, is based on those that have the ability to have control over it, which I have been lucky enough to have. We all get sad. It is human nature to feel sad at times. I imagine devious little elves pulling at my emotions, each fighting for dominance of my mind “movie screen”. Each like either happy, dark and dramatic or mad and frightening movies and each want to dominate. These companions of mine are always with me. When I forget about these little devious inventions of mine, they are in control and they decide what screen is played. My emotions go wild like a casino slot machine! Imagining these little deviants responsible for these emotions give a sense of separation from the emotion. Having some separation from them makes it easier to control them. A wise man told me once that the true self is love and all negative emotions are demonic, meaning they possess you. Therefore, I have decided from that statement, I can kick them out when they are either doing damage or are not useful. It’s a fine dance as I do believe all emotions are important to feel. They are the wounds of the soul and should not be ignored. However, I can decide how to allow them to move through me. Sometimes we like to binge on one or the other. Being happy is a choice. I choose to feel blessed in my life and that makes me happy. I choose to work hard at the things that make me happy. The more I exercise that muscle, the stronger it gets. And recognize that we all dance this dance. We are all equal in that way, capable and deserving. Happy New Year! Writings from the heart and shit.
Old Timey Café
Gather your friends, bring your banjo, guitar and harmonica or just your voice and join young and old on the south end for a fabulous open stage! Great music and munchies. Alcohol free and everyone welcome. On the last Sunday of every month in the OAPO annex at Fulford Hall.
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From the EDITOR Mental illness is one of the most pressing issues facing young people today. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in supporting their teen’s overall mental well-being. What if a conversation could change everything? Take action and start talking now. Increased knowledge and understanding can build resilience and capacity to maintain wellbeing. For example, resilience factors such as awareness of signs of stress, knowledge of coping strategies and belief in one’s ability to cope. Increased mental health awareness also plays an important role in the de-stigmatization of mental health issues. Stigma, prejudice, and discrimination have a significant impact on mental health by impacting one’s sense of self- worth and commitment to self-care as well as making it more difficult to reach out for help. I recently went in search for resources and easy access help. My first stop was:
Salt Spring Island Health Unit #1-137 Crofton Road (behind Lady Minto Hospital), 250-538-4880 Here I was able to access all the contact information I could ever need in any circumstance. As well as websites and phone numbers I found 3 incredible tools. Each is created for Salt Springers, all content is relevant with local numbers and information on our local resources.
1) Suicide Prevention for Parents & Caregivers 2) Suicide Prevention for professionals on Salt Spring Island 3) Salt Spring Island Youth Suicide Intervention Toolkit REACH OUT
Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Resources
If you are having anxiety, panic attacks, prolonged feelings of sadness or symptoms of depression speak to your Teacher or School Counselor, your Family Physician or a Friend to start on the journey of finding the help that is right for you. If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself go to Lady Minto Hospital or call 911.
Salt Spring Community Services, Salt Spring Island Child & Youth team
Kids Help Phone, Canada wide
Call: 250-537-9976 or 250-537-9971
Call: 1-800-668-6868 | 24/7 Chat: kidshelpphone.ca Wed-Sun, 3pm-11pm
Vancouver Island Crisis Line, Crisis Support Call: 1-888-494-388 | 24/7 Chat: vicrisis.ca | 6pm –Midnight Text: 250-800-3806 | 6pm-10pm
National online emotional and crisis chat and text for youth under 30.
BC 310 Mental Health Support Line Call: 310-6789
BC Alcohol & Drug Referral Service Call: 1-800-663-1441
Chat: youthspace.ca | 6pm –Midnight Text: 778-783-0177 | 6pm –Midnight
BC Mental Health & Addiction Info Line
YouthinBC, Crisis Service
Call: 604-872-3311 | 24/7 Chat: youthinBC.com | noon-1am
BC Nurse Line Call: 811
BC wide phone support line Call: 1-800-784-2433 | 24/7
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Strategies for changing the way we think and react to various situations.
Information, resources and accessible screening tools related to mental health and substance use for youth and young adults.
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Information, support and youth accessible screening tools for mental health, substance use, etc.
Call: 1-800-665-1822, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has some “Youth in Residence” who are youth “who have experience with mental issues and challenges, and provide support.
Mental health info, support and resources for youth.
Support for families to work with professionals and systems to understand and meet mental health needs of families, children and youth.
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