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Vol. 11, Issue 143

“Dedicated to Excellence”

February 2012

Thursday sunny morning… Members of Templeton Stroke Recovery exercise…outside our door...

Coin Toss Game...

4 Birthdays in February…

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RECIPE: Bean and Corn Chowder

ENCOURAGEMENTS It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. May the holes in your net no larger than the fish in it. Water is the driving force of all nature.

Ingredients: BLAST Heart Healthy Recipe 2 tbsp ........... Becel salt-free margarine 2 .................. Carrots (medium) chopped 1 .................. Onion (medium) chopped 1 clove ......... Garlic, minced 4 tsp ............. All-purpose flour 2-1/2 cups .... Skim milk

Don’t dwell on what might have been or chances you have missed. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take a moment and make it perfect. Too often, we are too stubborn to say “Sorry, I was wrong.” Be careful who you open up to. Only a few people actually care, the rest are just curious.

1-1/2 tsp ....... Chili powder

—submitted by Loy Lai Templeton Stroke Recovery

1 tsp ............. Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp .......... Salt (optional) 14 oz (398 mL) Kidney beans, drained 12 oz (341 mL) Whole kernel corn, drained 2 tsp ............. Dried parsley flakes Directions: 1. In a large saucepan, melt margarine over medium heat. Saute carrots, onion and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour. Add milk, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and optional salt. 2. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Stir in kidney beans, corn, and parsley flakes. 3. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes: 5 servings

SKYTRAIN TRIVIA 1. Name three of the five Skytrain stations that begin with the letter B.

Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address: 204– 2929 Nootka Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada Published every month, if possible. Contributions are always welcome. The articles should be in, not later than day 25th day of every month. Disclaimer: The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Templeton Stroke Recovery or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review. Editor reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this periodical to share a variety of viewpoints mostly from stroke survivors. February 2012 Contributors: Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin Deb Chow Sue Chalmers Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email:

2. Which is the newest station on the Expo and Millennium Lines? 3. What is the deepest station on the Inside this issue: Skytrain system? 4. All together, how long are the Recipe– Encouragements Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines? Skytrain Trivia 5. How many stations are on the Expo Line? Last Month’s Happening 6. How long does it take to get from Waterfront to Metrotown Station? Jose’s Notes, Keeping an 7. When you reach this station going Open Mind, ….BLAST East, you’ve crossed from Fare Zone 2 into Fare Zone 3 on the Personal Ads Expo line. What station is it? Romantic Dinner Skytrain Trivia Answers, p.5 Answers to Skytrain Trivia “There’s life after stroke”

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery This the end of Feb again? To bring every-one up to date, our Valerie is still in St. Paul’s Hospital. It has now been 7 months and she has had 4 surgeries in that time. Still, she is cheerful and can hardly wait to see all our members when she gets out, which hopefully will be soon. In the mean time, Katelyn is filling in for Valerie. She is getting first hand experience, running the Templeton programs which at times has been a challenge. For a ‘fill-in coordinator’ lately as we have new people signing up as members plus new volunteers that have finally ‘found us,’ for which we are very grateful. Olga is to leave Holy Family Rehab in the coming week. She says she misses all the Templeton members. She also is looking forward to seeing everyone again, as I’m our members will be happy to see her. We are so lucky to have 3 v olunteers now, Francisca, Halima and of course, Trevor, that has been with us for almost a year. Our Trevor is an all ‘around man.’ He can fit in, almost in any part of

the program whether, it’s plus it is a lot of man cooking, games, table hours to get it organized. and chair set-up, you We at Te m p le to n convince Deb that she name it, he’s available. should attend which Thanks, Trevor. wasn’t an easy task (for Francisca and Halima someone who couldn’t are new volunteers and even ride a car) getting have adjusted so well to her to the camp. Sold our group. Volunteers her on attending the are so valuable to have camp. She believes that with our stroke survivors every stroke survivors program, though, we are should have a chance to very fortunate that our attend the Easter Retreat members are very helpCamp in Easter Seal’s ful which is what the Sq uam ish Camp. It Stroke Recovery program opens up a new world is all about. How to for stroke surv iv ors. improve our way of life Because of that one after having a stroke. weekend in Deb’s life Each of our members is after her stroke, she has able to help out each now put all her efforts other. It’s more like a in reviving the Easter ‘family affair,’ at least Retreat Camp (now at Templeton Stroke 100% volunteer driven), Recovery. once again for all stroke Our new members are survivors. Don and Larry. Welcome Our members will be to our group! We hope going bowling in March you will enjoy our 15, 2012 at Commercial program. Bowling Lanes. It’s an I am hoping that many of outing that our members our members will try to enjoy. April is BLAST attend BLAST! It is on weekend. May is CoquitEaster weekend. Many lam Branch Luncheon, people find it difficult to June is the ‘Stride for come because of the Strokes-Port Moody,’ holiday, I can understand July 26 is our annual that, only it’s such a picnic at Trout Lake, great experience for all looks like another busy members. A long weeksummer. end that will be In the mean time, our remembered for a long members have their time. We do have many ‘Monday night monthly repeat attendees. The dinner.’ Only last month, Easter Retreat Camp we all went to Vancouver was established many Community College – years ago then SRABC Downtown, for lunch at didn’t have the fund to JJ Restaurant keep it going “There’s life after stroke”

which our members enjoyed very much. VCC is a training center for student chefs and Hospitality Managers. This March, our members have chosen Chinese food, I won’t be there for that dinner as I’m leaving for Down-Under for a month. They tell me, it’s ‘sunny weather’ there! Well, Key and I survived ‘our birthdays’ this Sunday, Feb. 26. Mine was Feb 14 and Key on the 28. We both turned 60!!! ahhhh. Key’s family threw a party at Templeton. I think there must been 100 people there! Key’s sons, Brad & Bryan took charge of the arrangements. It was a potluck affair. I’m sure they could had have fed another 100 people. I didn’t know Key was related to half of Vancouver!!! ahhhh. Any more people and Templeton would burst at the seams. Quite a few of our members attended the party; Debbie, Josef & Louise, Joe & his son, Jonathan, Nancy, Jose, Gabriel, Jeanie & her sister, Julia, Constantino & Angela, Joann (volunteer for Xmas & picnic), Gina, our former volunteer (now, will be a nurse), Trevor & Lorraine, volunteers, and Inga that also volunteer for our group. It was a great party. Tem p le ton donated the space... Continued p.4 Page 3

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2012, it’s the year that I become a Senior citizen and I started to join Seniors groups like Mu lticultural Seniors Singers in Tuesday mornings. It is a group of Seniors of different ethn ic ity; Canadians, Europeans; Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), one guy is from Malaysia, and, of course, Filipinos. We meet every Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am at Mt. Pleasant Community Center (#1Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, Tel. 604 -257-3080), a gleaming multi-service civic center with virtually everything under the roof. The heart of the building is the new Community Center, 24% bigger and only one kilometer away from the old site, featuring a gym and climbing wall, a fitness center, dancing studio, multi-purpose rooms and outdoor space. A new Vancouver Public Library on the ground floor, café and Child Development Center. —Jose Suganob Templeton Stroke Recovery


Last Months Happen con’t

Recently, I had the pleasure to meet the dynamic Jean Hamilton, who lives locally and started a new career path at age 87. You may have seen her in commercials advertising Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. The advertisers were looking for an older woman with attitude! When Jean was asked to audition, she was sure, at the start, she didn’t want to try out for the role, however, a couple of persuasive phone calls later, she agreed.

...for this party because we have been there since 1996. Probably the oldest group in Templeton??? Oldest meaning (Key & Ollie). Key’s family is unbelievable, they say ‘party’ and it happens. Don’t know how but it happens. Guess that’s part of having lots of relatives. Mine are all out on the prairies, somewhere??? Except for my son which lives here in Vancouver. Even the weatherman cooperated. It didn’t rain and it snowed a little. Thank you all for the cards, flowers & care package, $$$. It was a wonderful day with great people attending. A birthday that I will remember for years to come. Hoping I will be here for years!

Jean was flown to New York for still pictures, followed by a week in England to make the commercial. Her punch line in the advertisement came after the ‘Queen’ ask, “How does one make such delightful cucumber sandwiches?” Dressed in a black and white uniform, her response to the question is:

The ad is tastefully done, funny and available on You Tube. Jean had fun with her new experience, which shows us by example that regardless of age, if we keep an open mind, new opportunities may become a real possibilities. —by Sue Chalmers North Shore Stroke Recovery Center (I met the actress two weeks ago at a Consignment store called McGillycuddys on Lonsdale, North Van, BC. The owner introduced us (they are neighbors!) Jean turns 90 this year. She’s in fantastic shape. Her brain is sharp, has a great sense of humor and, yes, she does have an attitude!) —Sue...

“Building Life After Stroke Together”

Next newsletter report? Guess, it will be written by Key, thanks Key! —Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery

Good Friday to Easter Monday April 6th - 9th, 2012 Dual camper households may apply for $100 discount. The fee for BLAST has been set at $225. Ask your loved ones to give the gift of BLISS (Better Life In Stroke Survival) For more information: Go to 604-943-3206 Days 604-253-2390 Evenings

“Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, your majesty, I put that _____ on everything.” “There’s life after stroke”

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PERSONAL ADS —Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group


Did I think of Personal Ads because of Valentine’s Day in mid February? I don’t think so, because these ads are traditionally linked to lonely heart columns and online dating. They are generally meant to generate romance, friendship or casual encounters. And, all that is long behind us. Right? I think that it was in 2006 that I read a book review, which highly recommended reading a collection of personal ads as being both amusing and witty. The ads had appeared before 1988 (in 1966) in the London Review of Books’ (LRB). Then, these ads were certainly witty and were collected in a book named They Call me Naughty Lola. I must agree, the book is quite amusing and the title is quite titillating. I tried to borrow the book from the local library, they said that they did not have it, maybe, I guess, the title was still too titillating.

A man and woman were hav ing a quiet, romantic dinner in a fine restaurant. They were gazing lovingly at each other. Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few steps away, suddenly noticed the man slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, but the woman acted unconcerned.

These ads in the book, although they meant to be witty, are documents of humor, that can still be found among men and women longing for love and now roam the

Internet and search for speed dating. Absurd? These ads are meant to be! A few samples will show you what I mean: Last time I had this much fun, I was on 40 tablets a day. It’s all downhill from here, so reply to edgy woman, 36, before the good times come to an abrupt halt and the prescriptions finally dry up. Box no. 2596. Your age is immaterial, your looks irrelevant, your bank balance, on the other hand—let’s not joke about with that. Grabbing F (28). Box no. 3652. Bald, short, fat and ugly male (83), seeks shortsighted woman with tremendous sexual appetite. Box no. 9612. Love is strange—wait ‘til you see my feet, F, (34), wide fitting boots, Box no. 5973.

Write it around conversation starters If you are in a big city, describe your looks; in a small city emphasize emotions and hobbies. Select the publishing media carefully, like websites, specialized online services or printed publications. Always ask for a photo. Not providing a photo can make people think that one only has an attractive mind, but little else. But who cares! The ones that I like are the ones which clearly state: Age unimportant, but must be still breathing. —by Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center West Vancouver Group  ANSWERS SKYTRAIN TRIVIA 1. VCC-Clark (opened Jan 6, 2006) 2. Granville Station (25m down) 3. The five stations are: Braid, Brentwood Town Center, Burrard, Bridgeport, BroadwayCity Hall 4. About 68 kilometers. 5. 20 6. 18 minutes 7. Scott Road Station

In an age of false advertising, the men and women who wrote these ads, where not hindered either by the accusation of being overly positive or having an excessive opinion of themselves. On the Internet are definite rules, to be followed, when writing a Personal Ad: “There’s life after stroke”

The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, the woman appeared calm and unruffled, apparently unaware her dining companion had disappeared. The waitress went over to the table and said to the woman, “Pardon me, ma’am, but I think your husband just slid under the table.” The woman calmly looked up at her and said, “No, he didn’t. He just walked in the door.” —submitted by Jim Walmsley Delta Stroke Recovery We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?

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