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LOOKING FORWARD by Moneca Jantzen
ary a soul on the planet will be unhappy to see the year 2020 in our collective rear view mirror. Putting this one behind us will be easy in some ways, much more difficult in others. Just because the calendar has flipped to a new year doesn’t mean much—so far. Psychologically it feels like progress, but in practical terms we need to remain patient. Assuming the vaccines are as effective as suggested will mean we should see progress in combatting COVID-19, but vaccinating the world’s population will prove a Herculean effort and it will take time. While we wait for our turn to be immunized, we must remain vigilant and keep following the protocols to stay safe and not spread or contract the virus. It has been a long haul but a necessary one no matter what the conspiracy theorists and anti-maskers have to say. Continuing to do our part will minimize the siege on our hospitals and healthcare workers and keep more vulnerable people safer than if we were to throw caution to the wind just because we’re tired or feel our “rights” are being overlooked. Undoing the impact of the pandemic will also take time, but hopefully by the next time we turn the page on a calendar year, things will be proceeding in more familiar ways. Some of the things we’ve been missing the most will resume such as getting the economy back on track, travel and socializing, as examples. Hopefully, the silver lining in all of this is that some serious problems will be addressed intelligently as we rebuild. How we take care of seniors is one of the most glaring issues that has been exacerbated in the worst way by this pandemic.
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StatsCan found that 52 per cent of excess deaths between May and June 2020 were individuals age 85 and older, 36 per cent were aged 65-84 and 12 per cent were younger than 65, most deaths in care home settings and a trend that hasn’t abated. Understaffing, shared staff between facilities, shared resident rooms, private vs public facilities and aging buildings are some of the contributing factors that are problematic under normal circumstances but have proved disastrous for our elders during this pandemic. Other longstanding problems that have been aggravated by the pandemic are those surrounding mental health, loneliness, racial and economic inequities, the relentless opioid crisis, climate change, an increasingly polarized body politic and a crisis in the proliferation of misinformation and fake news, to name a few. On a more personal level, those of us that still have the luxury of re-evaluating the things that matter to us and haven’t been thrown into utter crisis during all of this, can count our blessings and do what we can to help pick up the pieces and support others that are currently struggling. Maybe we’ve discovered that we like working from home, or indeed, the opposite. Maybe we were forced to slow down and have found some benefits to that. Perhaps we have learned new skills and are better at coping with being on our own. Maybe you have finally had time to start that new hobby or finish that certain project or had to stop gambling and saved a pile of money. Without question, 2021 will be another challenging year, but one filled with more hope and ideally a lot more wisdom. Stay safe and be kind. Happy new year everyone!
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The dawn of a new year is a great time to take stock of the year that just passed and set goals for the next 12 months. Resolutions focused on improving personal health are especially popular, and for good reason. Improving one’s overall health can have positive implications for years to come. Even with the best intentions, resolutions have historically proven hard to keep. Simplifying healthbased resolutions can lead to a higher success rate and a healthier you. • Walk more. It is easy to get preoccupied with the “10,000 steps per day” mantra that many people follow and that certain fitness trackers promote. Walking 10,000 steps daily, which equates to roughly five miles per day, is a healthy goal, but it may not be realistic for everyone. Take stock of how many steps you currently take each day, and then resolve to walk 2,000 more. As your body acclimates to walking more, add another 2,000 steps, continuing to do so until you reach 10,000 steps. • Learn something new about being healthy. Informed health decisions require gaining a greater understanding of your body. Rely on a reputable source such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about how to be healthy. • Spend less time on social media. Staring at your phone or tablet for multiple hours browsing tweets or checking messages might not be the best thing for your physical and mental health. Browsing the internet may take up time that could be better spent engaging in physical activity. According to Dr. Elia AbiJaoude, a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital, various
studies have shown how excessive social media usage can adversely affect relationships, sense of self, sleep, academic performance, and emotional well-being. • Eat more whole foods. Whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish, contain various nutrients the body needs to function at peak capacity. These foods may help reduce the risk of many diseases and help people maintain healthy body weights. Start slowly by introducing a new whole food to your diet each day. A gradual approach is more manageable than going on a drastic diet. • Avoid sweetened beverages. You are what you eat, but also what you drink. A report published in 2006 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found consumption of sugarsweetened beverages, particularly carbonated soft drinks, may be a key contributor in the epidemic of overweight and obesity. Skip sweetened beverages (even fruit juices can be unhealthy if consumed in excess) and opt for more water or unsweetened teas. • Find a physical activity you like. Rather than resolving to join the gym or signing up for a 5K because it’s what everyone is doing, find a physical activity you truly enjoy and aim to do it a few times a week. Maybe it’s a sport like tennis or recreational cycling with the family. But if the idea of a gym membership excites you, then by all means sign up. Avoid restrictive health and wellness resolutions that can be unsustainable. By downsizing expectations and taking small steps en route to your goals, you may be more motivated to stay the course and realize your resolutions.
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Exploring the connection between Race and the Food System By Deborah Ogundimu, KFPC Collective Leadership Team
transfer gets altered due to changes in food systems. In the BIPOC community, there is also an increasing number of food deserts and members of the community cannot acquire healthy food let alone culturally relevant food. Because of capitalism, marketing tactics have been launched as a measure to disenfranchise people living in less affluent areas from their right to healthy and culturally relevant foods. Our future network meetings would be focused on culture and normativity, intersectionality and racial caucusing. We welcome diverse perspectives on this topic and we would like to invite people in the BIPOC community to take part in the conversation. To get involved, visit our website at kamloopsfoodpolicy council.com and subscribe to our newsletter to receive a network meeting invite.
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with our grandparents and ancestors, the greater knowledge we have about our historical food system and our culturally relevant foods. It takes a very conscious approach to discover food associated with historical backgrounds without intergenerational knowledge transfer. We also discovered that people in the BIPOC community and our migrant workers find it difficult to acquire culturally relevant food. As an immigrant of African descent, it is becoming evident that the knowledge transferred to future generations would be more functional than cultural or ceremonial. The question that will be asked would be how can we adapt a cultural and ceremonial process of food preparation to the means available in the current food system we find ourselves. So the international knowledge
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On December 2, 2020, the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) hosted the first of a series of network meetings focused on exploring the connections between race and our food system. The series was created as a means to include diverse perspectives, voices and opinions in the KFPC anti systematic racism manifesto and create actionable steps for KFPC to combat systemic racism. The network meeting series was inspired by one of our newest KFPC Board Director, Fauve Garson and her research on the intersectionality between race and food at Thompson Rivers University. It was also facilitated partly by Bonne Klohn, the Policy and Finance lead at Kamloops Food Policy Council and myself. The first meeting was a preliminary conversation to ease our network into this deep and challenging
conversation that requires us all to look back at our experiences historically and compare them to our current circumstances. As Fauve Garson mentioned at the meeting, “food is something that connects us all and regardless of our shape, size or race, there is a disconnect.” At the meeting, we explored the disconnection by posing questions such as; • What did your grandparents do for a living? What did they eat? • Where is home for you? What foods are associated with home for you • Tell us about your ethoracial background. What do you know about its food system? Does it still happen now? Based on the responses we received from the network, we discovered that modernization and capitalism has a huge impact on what we associate as food that is culturally relevant. It also has an impact on our food system in general. Food is shifting from cultural or ceremonial to functional on the level of intergenerational knowledge transfer The younger generation prioritize the “grab and go” lifestyle and neglect the traditional food preparation techniques due to modernization. The more connection we have
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here is a great volunteer-driven initiative that has been going on since the pandemic broke out last March, called Caremongering Kamloops. Do you know a vulnerable person who needs a little help, maybe picking up some groceries, mail or something from the pharmacy? Caremongering Kamloops has them covered with their Neighbour-to-Neighbour (N2N) program. How about someone who is self-isolating or recovering from a health
issue and could use a free, made-from-scratch meal delivered to their doorstep once a week? Caremongering Kamloops has that covered, too, in partnership with Mt. Paul Community Food Centre. Are you a person who might be able to help out by shopping for a neighbour, checking in on someone with phone calls, delivering meals … Caremongering Kamloops is always looking for volunteers. Gisela Ruckert, one of the N2N coordinators, says they have people signed up in every area of the city, and these neighbourhood teams make sure vulnerable people have access to food and other necessities. Requests for help or to volunteer are placed on their website at www. KamloopsCares.ca or by phone at 778-696-2039. No personal information is shared publicly. There is also a huge following of 4,300 members for “Caremongering – Kamloops” on Facebook.
It’s a more informal network where people can request help or volunteer, and a place to share jokes and cheerful stories. In taking a glance at the Facebook site, I noted someone offering an assortment of kitchen utensils and bakeware, another person requesting help getting groceries and a meal for her family, someone else seeking food for their ailing pet, another wishing for help organizing paperwork. It’s an inspiring way of getting people together while allowing them to remain physically and safely apart. As Caremongering Kamloops founder AnnMarie Aase says, their goal is to fill “those little gaps” that regular social agencies can’t. It’s neighbours putting themselves out there, to help neighbours staying in and staying safe. Hats off to everyone involved, you make us all proud!
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Most new year’s and holiday breaks can inspire a serious bout of navel gazing and self-reflection on my part. Chances are good that this typically futile ritual will happen again whether I plan for it or not. I think it is just a habit now and obviously this particular holiday My two cents season, we have more Moneca Jantzen time than usual with less Editor going on. Truth be told, I probably spend more time contemplating how to fix what I perceive is wrong with myself or my life than I should, whether it is New Year’s or not. I’m sure I’m not alone in having a bunch of half-read self-help books on the bookshelf, not to mention a multitude of workshops and courses I’ve signed up for over the years. I vacillate constantly between the battle for self-acceptance and the constant barrage of imagery and messaging that one could reach their ideal if they would do this, buy that, make the necessary commitment/investment. Perhaps most of it is snake oil and I should just continue to do my best and quit beating myself up for not being/looking a certain way or having particular successes. I’ve had over half a century of practice transforming myself. You’d think I’d be good at it by now and have it all figured out! But I don’t. No silver bullets for me. My preoccupation with self-transformation is now compounded by the fact that the trend now seems that “success” depends on self-commodification and promotion on social media in the form of our own personal “brand.” The “experts” would have us all believe that we all have something worth sharing or selling. To be a sensation these days, one only need videotape one’s self drinking cranberry juice while skateboarding to an old Fleetwood Mac tune or start a podcast, create a course, write a song or do anything that MIGHT go viral. Get likes and followers and the fortune will come, they say. Running a business or side gig these days is both exciting and exhausting. Keeping up with social media and getting noticed is no easy task on top of all the regular tasks involved—not to mention the “cool factor” that some of us simply don’t possess. I’m certain most seniors are not struggling with this dilemma of being sucked into the digital world and feeling like they should “go analog” for a bit, but my guess is that once the pandemic ends, people of all descriptions are going to be craving life experiences that don’t require a device or screen to facilitate the activity. Just like the digital “coma” I think we’ve actually been in since the early 90s, playing video games and the like, I hope we are not too far gone after this pandemic and can be comfortable again with more “analog” in-person pursuits that we don’t feel compelled to videotape and post ad nauseum as we curate our on-line personas. There have been rumblings in recent years of people going on tech-free vacations and unplugging for periods of time, forest bathing and such. I can see the appeal. The documentary, The Social Dilemma, points out that the major social media platforms of the world are collecting so much personal data on us and using it to “manipulate us.” All of this makes it tempting to drop out in protest, but FOMO (the fear of missing out) keeps one tapped in, and even moreso if one’s livelihood is involved. Personally, if I were to leave Facebook and Instagram, I would never know what most of my friends and family were up to because the majority of them live on the other side of the country and we passively keep up with one another through social media channels. I’m not sure how many of them would willingly take up snail mail again. If I were to drop out, I wouldn’t be able to market my self-help course once I figure out my “revolutionary new formula for success.” Perhaps I can sell a course on how to unplug, but not really and enjoy the best of both worlds. Once I figure it all out, that is.
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Intake now open for Indigenous Artist Grant By Rebecca Kurtis, Kamloops Arts Council Admin Intern
rt is life changing. During these tumultuous times, what better way to support art then to provide individuals with the tools to make art. The Kamloops Arts Council always strives to present as many grants and scholarships to the Kamloops community as it can. Over the past several years the KAC has given away $4500 in scholarships and grants annually! This year, the KAC allocated all 2020 grant funding during the pandemic isolation period as they recognized this was a time of greatest need, when artists needed access to supportive funding the most, but it left a void for a second intake period. Which is why the roll out of a new grant couldn’t be coming at a more suitable time. The Kamloops Arts Council is opening a new
grant in collaboration with artist Mike Alexander in January of 2021. Alexander is one of Kamloops’ most successful emerging indigenous artists and values the importance of support for artists who are just starting out. This grant is centered towards First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and non-status artists who are looking to make the next step in their artistic journey. This $250 micro-grant will be awarded annually to two successful applicants in the Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo Region. To make this grant possible for emerging artists, Alexander will be donating 5% of the proceeds from his work. Alexander has used art to decolonize his life and reclaim his culture by pursuing a career in the visual arts. As part of his vision to decolonize art and support emerging artists, this pay-it-
forward award is an effort to support young/emerging artists, to know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. When asked what inspired Alexander to create the grant, he responded with “As challenging as 2020 has been for everyone, and through these uncertain times, I have been privileged enough to pursue my passion for creating and sharing art. As a guest on the traditional and unceded lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc within the ne Secwepemcúl’ecw, I want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the artists whose dreams and imaginations will carry the hopes of their People through powerful and inspired creations. Artists need the continued support, community and encouragement of all of us and I want to do my part to
contribute to the vibrancy of the Thompson-Nicola region.” KAC Executive Director, Terri Hadwin notes that, “The Kamloops Arts Council is privileged to be able to offer these annual grants and scholarships, but we always wish that we could be doing more. Each year the grants and scholarships are over applied for, each application deserving of support, but we can only provide so much. This opportunity to work with Mike Alexander in partnership on this additional funding that we can together grant to emerging indigenous artists from this region is an exceptional gift.” The due date annually for application to this Mike Alexander Grant is on Jan. 15. For more information, or to apply, visit: kamloopsarts. ca/programs/grantsscholarships/
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little while ago I was driving my vehicle on the highway when a sudden interruption of my peaceful trek happened. A rock decided to “ask my windshield out on a date” by hitting on it and leaving a signature. In other words I suddenly acquired a “rock bruise,” a chip in the glass! Now I had to go through the process of repairing the damage to try and prevent a windshield replacement. Off to a local windshield repair shop, that has given me extremely good service, I went in to get it fixed. As previously mentioned a star like chip can be repaired, especially if addressed before it grows into a crack. A crack in turn cannot be repaired—it absolutely requires a glass replacement. The glass repair people use a liquid material that is injected into the chip with its sole purpose to try and stop any further damage to the windshield. If the repair performs as expected, your vehicle may experience an invisible repair or at least a minor, and I do mean minor, telltale evidence of a previous impact. Glass repair is usually paid for through the comprehensive coverage
portion of our vehicle insurance. Whether it be ICBC or another company you may have coverage, so be sure to confirm how much you have and how it applies. I went to the ICBC website for some information as to what “the rules are” and here is what was found: You are covered if you have ICBC Comprehensive coverage. What’s more, you may be able to have your windshield repaired for free, without paying a deductible. You can go directly to an ICBC-approved Glass Repair Program facility. If there are no Glass Repair Program facilities in your area, please call us to report your claim. Windshield repairs can be done for free under your Comprehensive coverage, without paying a deductible. The windshield damage must meet certain criteria, such as the size and location of the chip. Find out more about windshield repairs. Submitting a Comprehensive claim won’t affect your premium. Comprehensive coverage includes free windshield repairs when: The damage is – smaller than a loonie and the repair
leaves no residual damage greater than a quarter inch in the driver’s line of vision. With this information in hand, going to my favoured glass repair location, practising COVID-19 procedures, was made even simpler by the fact that they submit the claim directly to ICBC so I didn’t have to. That is one of the advantages of going to an approved glass facility. I used ICBC as an example but there are other reputable providers of Comprehensive Insurance that follow the same procedures. The repair was really good, by the way. Another part of seeing well, especially in these current adverse winter conditions is the use of good winter wiper blades. I install summer blades after April and Winter ones before October. I like the ability to see! As mentioned in a previous article, be sure to use the correct windshield antifreeze. Winter fluid prevents washer nozzle freeze up where summer fluid evaporates more slowly to give the liquid a chance to soften the dead bugs. Each has a useful purpose. A common factor that causes inner windshield
fog is the accidental use of the “re-circulation” feature of the heating/AC system. Re-circ works well when cooling down a warm vehicle interior but in the cooler times of the year a pass through air flow works best. FYI – When defrost is selected on your heater controls with an A/C (air conditioned) equipped vehicle, you will notice the A/C indicator light may come on. No, you are not defeating the heater function. Instead the A/C removes moisture from the incoming air then it gets warmed by the heater resulting in warm dry air defrosting the windshield. It is considerably more effective than on non A/C vehicles. Last but not least take some time when you are changing your wiper blades to clean the inside of the windshield. I find using a foam type of cleaner stays in place long enough for me to clean it off instead of dripping on the dash. Hey! Now I can see. All the best at this Christmas/Holiday time. Any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at bigsix8280@ yahoo.ca.
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Caregivers Must Care (Financially) for Themselves
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f you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult
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to avoid. What steps can you take to deal with them? Whatever your relationship to the individuals for whom you’re providing care, you can take some steps to protect your own financial future. Here are a few suggestions: • Investigate available workplace and government benefits. You may have benefits through your employer that provide you with flexibility and/ or income in the event you need to take time away to provide for the care of a loved one. The federal Employment Insurance programs provides financial assistance of up to 55% of your earnings, to a
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of family members and assets you can imagine. Blended families, second marriages, jointly held vacation properties, timeshares, insurance policies and investments. All of these come with their own unique set of considerations depending on how they are held, who has beneficial and legal ownership, inheritance rights for children and spouses from a remarriage and who is named as beneficiaries on the insurance policies and investments. With a well thought out Estate Plan, what could potentially be a confusing and messy Estate administration process can be made to be orderly and simplified.
The estate planning process is worth the effort, and in fact makes a great gift for family members who may not have gotten to this step yet in their planned priorities. Law Firms offer Estate Plan Gift Certificates for exactly this reason. Your First New Year’s Resolution: work with a lawyer to manage your assets, your goals and your final distribution plans for your Estate and document it all with a Will, Power of Attorney and Representation Agreement as well as any Trusts, Corporate Wills or Memorandums of Intention required. Peace of Mind and an Estate Plan? Check!
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Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites Kamloops residents to go virtual with long-running Breakfast to Remember fundraiser T
his March, take action and change the future for the estimated 70,000 people living with dementia in B.C., including many in Kamloops and other Thompson-Nicola communities, at Breakfast to Remember, a virtual
fundraising breakfast featuring a keynote address and live Q&A with astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space. Annual Breakfast to Remember events bring B.C. business leaders together with communities
across the province to hear inspiring talks and help raise critical funds for Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services, as well as enable dementia research in B.C. This winter, at a time when people affected by dementia need support more than ever,
area residents have the opportunity to join the Breakfast and show people affected by dementia that they’re not alone. “For 10 years, members of Vancouver’s business community have embraced the Breakfast to Remember and provided invaluable
Photo credit: Kevin Light Photography Neurologist and medical educator Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava, seen here speaking at the 2020 Breakfast to Remember in Victoria, will delve into the latest in dementia research during an interactive research event exclusively for attendees of this year’s virtual Breakfast. Access to the March 10 research event is included with the purchase of a Breakfast to Remember ticket.
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support for people affected by dementia,” said Robert Piasentin, Chair of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Board of Directors. “We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to pivot this year and offer a wonderfully unique virtual breakfast; it’s an opportunity for leaders to step up and raise the funds needed to ensure help is there for families facing the disease when they need it the most.” The Society hopes people locally and in all corners of the province will make the most of this opportunity to participate in a oneof-a kind event that also provides vital support when it’s needed the most. Breakfast to Remember would not be possible without the generous support of community partners, including long-
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I’m quite happy we have had a mild winter so far and just hope this continues. That’s what most of us do isn’t it; we “hope” for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst. The word was that we were supposed to have a bad winter this year. Seeing as I needed new winter tires anyways I decided to go with studded tires this time around to have that extra safety. So far the tires have not been needed too much but it is nice having the reassurance that if it does get really bad out there I’ll still be safer getting around on our winter roads. Another reason for the studded tires was I recently got quite stuck in
the woods— and I mean STUCK! Being determined to free myself and as it was only 11 am I got right to work. After calling my partner at work I decided the situation seemed easy enough. I had to remove some of a bank in the back of me to enable me to back up. Hmmm—easy enough, but no shovel in the truck, just some hand tools. I grabbed a hammer and got to work carving the bank. That’s when the rain started, and did not stop. It slowed a few times though to build a bit of hope. Long story short, after working for over three long and wet hours to have the bank just perfect, I hopped back into the truck to slowly maneuver out of this rut. I instantly SANK straight down to my absolute horror. It was right then that I realized I’m stuck and no one can make it to me now, with the sun going down fast. I was spending the night there. I got back in the truck started it up to get dry and to calm down after a stressful afternoon of smashed hopes. I wasn’t prepared with a shovel, but as I do spend time driving in the winter I always have spare clothing, an emergency
blanket and always have lots of gas so perhaps I was over confident. It was an uncomfortable night but come sunrise I had my help come along with two shovels and we had it out in about an hour. I could have walked out I’m sure or someone could have driven around to try to find me in the dark, but as I was prepared for the cold it was safer for me to stay where I was and get help in the morning when it was safer for everyone. If people aren’t prepared, many panic and make unsafe choices as priorities get flipped around in such situations and things can get worse. For Christmas I have received a folding shovel from one of my rescuers, to keep in my truck so that I can get myself out next time. This has showed me how an incomplete kit left me stranded. Now it’s time to think about our home’s emergency kit a little more to ensure it has everything that I might need to help out in any situation. Do you have a topic that you would like Shawn to write about? Please email him at Shawn@ everythingorganized.net
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Kamloops Symphony presents a FREE Christmas Concert until Jan 8
he Kamloops Symphony is putting together a free performance for the holidays. Featuring a fun mix of pre-recorded performances of over 40 musicians from the orchestra in a wide array of different combinations, the KSO Christmas Variety Show is a sparkling program of whimsical holiday music that will be fun for the whole family. “It was very important for us to continue with Christmas programming, even with our complicated circumstances,” says KSO Executive Director Daniel Mills. “We are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last 9 months and wanted to offer this program as a gift back to the community. We are very fortunate to have been able to bring together these professional musicians to put this concert experience together. In a time when we can’t physically come together, hopefully our audiences will enjoy it from the comfort and safety of their own homes.” The KSO Christmas Variety Show will be available to view online from December 13 to January 8, directly from the KSO’s website at www. kamloopssymphony.com. The KSO is able to present this performance at no charge thanks to generous support from the BC Lottery Corporation. In lieu of tickets, donations will be accepted throughout the program.
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Our workshops which were previously facilitated in person are now available online at your convenience. The newly adapted VIRTUAL Caregiver Workshop Series offers 10 short videos featuring information to help anyone looking after a loved one with a lifelimiting illness. The videos are guided by a registered nurse who provides knowledge, tips, tools, and techniques to be a more confident caregiver. Topics covered include: • The Basics of Care - How to provide physical care, hygiene and prevent skin breakdown • Symptom Series - Caring for someone with pain • Symptom Series - Caring for someone who is experiencing confusion, delirium and/ or breathing challenges • Symptom Series - Caring for someone with bowel and/or bladder changes • Food for Thought - Caring for someone with appetite changes, nausea and vomiting • What to Expect in the Final Days and Hours - What end-of-life looks like and how to support your loved one
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It’s the time of year for reflection, love and usually gatherings, of family and friends, A time to share a year of growing, picture taking, attending churches and gift giving. A time for laughter, Christmas Carols and glittering Christmas trees, full of ornaments. Well friends, it was, until a deadly virus hit. It’s time to find a new way, to share our love, with some in isolation, on their own, A time to let each other know, that we are here to chat, to send a card, a blessing. A time for staying safe but still reaching out, to any and all, with Christmas Greetings. To know, a virus can’t stop each other, from caring. It’s a time for reflecting, in this unprecedented time, when we can’t meet in person, A time to show we can be together, in thought, as we are never really apart. A time to remember the gatherings, with Joy, while sharing the pictures from the past, Through emails, newsletters, Christmas cards and phone calls. We will get through this, as it is just for now, not forever. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! By Betty Cadre
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Seniors and Their Vintage Cars Terry Shewchuk and Hanna Ritenburg By Dick Parkes,
Kamloops chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada
erry Shewchuk and I go back to the early 80s when our sons were in Cubs and we both became Cub leaders. Our escapades over the ensuing 40 years could fill a small book, but I will try and keep to the main topic of vintage cars. One of the first tasks that I asked Terry to undertake during our interview was to come up with the number of vehicles that he has owned in his lifetime. That number is 70—and counting! If every car had a story, this could end up being a very long article! Terry was born on Nov. 22, 1948 in the small town of Bankend, Saskatchewan, with a population of about 80 souls at the time. His dad spent the war in the Merchant Marine and after it was over he came to Bankend where his parents and brothers had farms in the area. He ran the local grain elevator until it burned down and when his brother gave him three concrete block forms he began making enough blocks to build a combined Esso gas station, cafe, corner store and living quarters and this is where Terry grew up. Even though he was too young to get a driver’s licence, Terry’s first vehicle was a ‘48 Willys Jeep which was kept on his uncle’s farm where it remains to this day. His next conveyance was a ‘65 65cc Honda motorcycle which he used to travel about 20 miles across the fields every day to his high school in nearby Wishart. And, guess what, he still has that motorcycle too, which is currently undergoing restoration as his COVID 19 winter project. When Terry moved on to grade
10, the nearest high school was in Foam Lake and his dad bought him a ‘54 Ford which his friends used to carpool them every day as Terry was still too young to legally drive. After graduating from high school in 1966, Terry wanted to be a pilot and tried to enlist in the Air Force but was rejected because of poor hearing caused by too much tractor-driving and bird shooting. He then joined the Army at Camp Borden in Ontario but after nine months of that he decided that the army was not for him so he came back home and began a job in the mail order department of Sears. Terry fell in love with a brand new ‘67 Dodge Charger in the showroom of the local Chrysler dealer and asked his dad if he would co-sign a loan for it. They took the Charger out for a test drive and Terry thought his dad was going to the bank to sign the loan, but instead he drove them all the way to the university in Moose Jaw where Terry’s dad told him he was going to enroll and that he wasn’t getting the Charger. Thus began three years in Electronics Engineering which led to Terry being hired by BCTel. He moved to Vancouver on June 30, 1970 to start his career there and married two months later. In 1973 Terry transferred to Kamloops and in 1978 moved into a house on Dallas Drive where he still calls home today. The vintage car bug struck in the late 80s when he bought his first collector vehicle—a ‘40 Chevrolet 4 door sedan, with a ‘47 Chrysler following shortly after. He then constructed
Terry and Hanna with 1931 Plymouth
a large garage in his back yard to house and wrench on his old cars and his hobby has mushroomed ever since. Being a Mopar (Chrysler product) fan, this is the feature marque currently in his collection which consists of ‘67 and ’70 Dodge Chargers, a ‘70 Dodge Challenger convertible, and a ‘70 Plymouth Superbird. Other cars in the yard include a ‘29 Essex, ‘22 Chevrolet depot hack, ‘26 Star roadster and the bones of a ‘32 Ford sedan. Terry is an avid “Dukes of Hazard” collector and has restored the ‘70 Charger as a replica of the TV cars, right down to the Confederate flag on the roof and having a set of wheels specially cast to match those on the Dukes’ cars. He even has a Willys Jeep that is going to look just like Daisy’s when it is done! Terry’s marriage broke up many years ago and he later partnered up with Dr. Hanna Ritenburg and they have been together now for 19 years. Hanna is too busy with her medical practice to be of much assistance with Terry’s cars, but is supportive of his hobby and she does enjoy dressing them up in vintage costumes and participating in the Easter Parades. Terry is a man of many pursuits and is a hunter, fisherman, flytyer, hockey player, skier, painter, gardener, gourmet cook and a very talented self-taught sculptor. To digress, back when we were Cub leaders, we took the boys out for a weekend camp in the woods above Monte Lake. One of the weekend projects was to have the boys make their own woggles (the things that hold their neck
scarves) and we gave them each a block of wood to carve with their jackknives. While we were sitting around the campfire that evening, Terry decided to make a woggle for himself and a couple of hours later he had carved a beautiful elephant’s head, which surprised even him as he didn’t know he could do that. This started him on his sculpting efforts and he has become quite well known for his beautiful works. Terry has also been very active in the community and has been involved with the United Way, Special Olympics, Telephone Employees Community Fund, the Infant Development Program and the Child Development Centre. Being from Saskatchewan, he is also an avid Roughriders fan and his man cave featuring his favourite team is a thing to behold. “Trader Terry,” as we call him, prefers to trade items rather than buy them and most of his vintage cars were obtained in this manner. For example, he traded away a ‘71 Chevelle, ‘32 Ford, two Corvairs, a ’70 VW Beetle, ‘47 Chrysler and a ‘64 Rambler to obtain a fully restored ‘57 Chevrolet hardtop. Then he recently traded off the ’57 Chev, along with a ’68 Jaguar and a ‘74 VW Thing for the ‘70 Plymouth Superbird. It’s always an exciting event to visit with Terry as his collection is always changing and you just never know what you are going to see when the garage doors go up. Wishing all Connector readers a much Happier New Year than 2020 has been.
1975 Corvette Stingray in original condition
Terry Shewchuk and Hanna Ritenburg at an Easter Parade with their 1968 Jaguar XKE
1970 Plymouth Superbird
Terry Shewchuk’s “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger and 1968 Jaguar XKE coupe.
1970 Dodge Challenger convertible
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The Elusive EAR
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itter, cold, desolate; this is the landscape of my heart as I explore the rolling pastures and rangeland of Knutsford. Despite the Short-eared Owl being one of the most open perching, widespread species present on every continent except for Antarctica and Australia, they continue to elude me. Even its unique and erratic moth like wing flutter evades my prying eyes as they scan the contrasting tawny and turquoise horizon.
It does not help my cause that these mediumsized owls prefer low light conditions (Crepuscular) and favour nesting on the ground; their plumage of alternating browns and beiges mimicking the grasses of their preferred habitat, assisting in their concealment. Their similarity to the Northern Harrier’s hunting style of flying low over the terrain, can also makes one’s heart leap with excitement and then crash with utter disappointment. But I do not give up! I keep trolling for any hint of movement or glint of their vibrant, gumball like, yellow eyes (I wonder if that is why they have Flammeus for a scientific name?!) peering out from the long tufts of grass not yet weighted by the blanket of snow. As chilling as the air and my surroundings are, so is the silence. The odds of discerning their low, eerie ‘poo poo poo’ or soft, kitten like screech, are not stacked
in my favour. Short eared Owls tend to be a taciturn species while wintering and my palpitating heart and crunching footsteps only hinder me further. Short-eared Owls have been known to migrate up to 1900 km, crossing large bodies of water on their migratory journey. Some have even been documented becoming welcomed stowaways whilst they voyage over the Pacific Ocean. So even crews sailing 1000 km from land have seen this fugacious bird!! Perhaps it is simply not yet in the cards for me to witness this majestic creature; much like this was a year that left everyone’s hopes and dreams a little in the gutter. But tomorrow is always a new day, a new opportunity, and dare I say a new year and chance to witness the fruition of what may seem but an elusive dream! Stay curious and hopeful Kamloops!
Owl Tidbits-The Hawaiian genus of Short-eared Owl which is thought to be migrated Alaskan shorteared Owls, is known as the Flammeus Sandwichnsis or Fiery Sandwich. (That just makes me giggle!)
Photo Credit: Dave Whiting
In parts of the Northwest Americas, Barred Owls are being culled to help save the lives of their endangered Spotted Owl cousins. Loss of old growth habitat and family dominance, have played a role in the steady decrease of Spotted Owl numbers.
A lifetime of stories from the Bridge River Valley
hil Branca is a longtime resident of the Bridge River Valley, landing there as a boy with his family in 1934 when they moved from Vancouver. He shares a lifetime of stories and photos of his experiences and adventures growing up, working, living and traveling the area. His conversational style and manner of reminiscing has been likened to a fireside chat, sharing all manner of hunting and fishing tales and other stories about miners and trappers. Anyone familiar with the area and the
characters and locales of the past 80 years, will find it an entertaining read. Loaded with photos— including a 20 page colour section, a map and other documents, Branca offers an anecdotal romp through the region. He mentions plenty of names of both people and places and describes in colourful detail stories he was told as well as recounting many of his own experiences. For example, at 21, he began working as a bartender in the Mines Hotel pub in Bralorne that his father had been managing. He describes the mass quantities of beer he served to the thirsty miners and others that frequented the place and how he had to learn how to box just in case things got too rowdy amongst the patrons. He recounts the time an avalanche destroyed a
newly built mine after the Tailor Windfall Mine shut down for the winter in 1934 as well as other avalanche and flooding events that made living in the area quite challenging and not for the faint of heart. Local outdoorsmen, history buffs and those familar with the area should enjoy a look at Branca’s personal effort. Wendy Larman, Branca’s partner, points out that he started writing the book at 87-years-young. “I hear of people reading it aloud to elderly family members and they’re having a hard time getting through the book because the elders are excited to share memories sparked by the book. It’s a conversational and colourful depiction of growing up in the BralorneGold Bridge area,” said Larman. If interested in getting a copy of Branca’s book, write to: Phil Branca, Box 1402, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0 for more info. The Kamloops Connector will raffle off the used copy we have. Email your entries to editor@connectornews. ca by January 15, 2021 and we’ll mail it to the winner.
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Zone 8 55+ Folks Have High Hopes for a Better Normal in 2021 By Linda Haas
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Moon Weavings Story by Rita Joan Dozlaw
s far back as I can remember, although my love interests have changed, I’ve remained in a state of recognizing when and where I am most impassioned. Some feelings wane over time; some swell my beating heart; some cause anguish; some elevate me to a dream-state. Some types of the love I speak of are gentle and soft as the babies in my love-life. No matter what or who moves me emotionally at a given time, I am certain of one thing: I shall never forget how the loving feels! It is like owning the sun and the moon, the stars and the universe. The reality, for me, is that the constant and common denominator, underlining variables in our lives, is love. Here’s a for-instance: One beautiful springtime, I fell in love with a Sonoran Desert cactus. Its stand-off persona didn’t mean it would not want to be loved. It was simply the most natural way to ensure its own ‘space’… so like some people I know. For, we are all vulnerable and put out signals for reasons of protection and privacy. Like the traits of certain individuals, when the cacti are good n’ ready to flaunt their beauty, seek affection and adoration, they have the ability to become gracious, colourful flowers in spite of barbed protective façades. In search of worthiness, I figured out that I had to learn how to love better. In recent years, I’ve particularly loved sky’s offerings of our moon. Around the globe, I note subtle and dramatic changes
in its gloriously different faces. For instance, in the Australian Outback, sand painters depict the ‘spirit moon’ in their dreamscapes because its face can appear ghostly. I enjoy the differences in its features seen in different seasons across the globe, say, in Asia, where I marveled at the ‘pearl of heaven’ which was not unlike the exquisite cool face and form of a milky pearl plucked from the sea. I was entranced as well when a ‘strawberry moon’ plucked juicy berries from the darkness near my feet. It highlighted their crepe texture and my weary eyes feasted until I could gaze no longer and brought a succulent strawberry to my lips and let its juice run down my thirsty throat. From an ancient almanac, I learned mothers of the Iroquois weave the ‘woman in the moon’ in their tapestries and headbands while, over the seasons of time, old mother moon’s cat unravels the headbands causing the moon to disappear in the mist then begin again. In the invisible hands of the weaver, the phase of a ‘new moon’ appears which she then hangs proudly in the night sky over cultural festivities, feasts and celebrations… similar to when native tribes honour the ‘long-night moon’. It has a regular heart beat signalling its arrival of winter solstice on the longest night in late December. I note its heartbeat in the flurry of dancing flakes. The islands in the Pacific are dotted under an exotic moon creating the beauty of silver linings which reflect
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on the shimmering sea. Natives there know that the ‘new moon’ gets there by way of rainbows painted on hazy mornings in the rainy seasons or during afternoon storms brutally crashing surf throughout the scattered archipelago. The story goes that Mother Nature, in her grand and natural schemes, splashes her pallet of colours heavenward in arcs just so moon can escape the ocean depths! Watching the tropicalwonder from aboard the bow of a catamaran out on a sunset dinner cruise, I could imagine it well. Late that night on a far-away isle that same moon’s gravity caused tides to rise at my feet sending a rush of power through my limbs, to safety, just as moon reached its perch on the rainbow’s arc. It was over a rugged South African coast that ‘mother moon’ sent her beams to speckle the cliffs of Cape Town with a rare glitter. She meandered inland and glazed over the lush vineyards often creating remarkable nightscapes to the heady beat of Afrikaan tribal drums. Elephants regarded her as their keeper while families and friends celebrated their moonmother religiously in their traditional festivals. The power of mother moon’s magic, in the far north, bears offspring on moonlit nights. Smoke rising from evening campfires feed her starry host, and the energies of swirling aurora borealis urge the universe to dance to the silent music and drama of moon-spells. In a lengthier epistle, I could speak to more changes
and shapes our moon takes as it moves through the sky wherever I am… inspiring me to dream; but, for this passage of prose I’ll stick to the scenes I sketched so hastily in my journal for memory sake. Scenes of corners where moonlight exposed nocturnal meanderings; where, it exposed the frivolous flair of a spider’s web with its droplets of moisture glistening like a string of glass beads; where, in the bog of a bay, night crickets sing for joy; where, if I tiptoe lightly enough, I can catch sight of a young doe and her twins resting in a thicket. As each moon moves in and out of its phases, I too move in and out of mine. Without studying the science of moon’s journeys, the near-side of her always intrigues me. When night is darkest and there is no sighting I understand moon’s shyest phase and tend to identify with it… and my own aura becomes one of mystique. Considering ‘favorites’ brings me to the reality that, for me, mother moon’s auspicious features appearing for the awesome season of winter in North America is most wonderful. The full ‘cold moon’, all dressed in white fur, hangs like a mammoth ornament over my home in B.C. where, inside, a scented pine is dressed in white twinkle lights and moon-shaped bulbs. I’m reminded of Mother Nature’s enduring gifts throughout even the darkest seasons; for, if we take notice, we’re moved emotionally to feel in love with life.
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ur homestead was a long way from a doctor. The nearest doctors and hospital were in Jasper, Alberta. In the early days, the only way to reach them was to take the CNR train. Not necessarily the passenger, either. In those days there were local station agents. In case of a medical emergency they’d contact the dispatcher and ask that the next train stop to pick up the patient. I’ve ridden to Jasper in the swaying caboose of a CNR freight train on my way to Seton Hospital. Even when roads were built and people could drive to the McBride Hospital, which was closer, going to the doctor wasn’t done lightly. There was no medical insurance as we know it. The average family didn’t have money to squander. In fact, doctors were often paid in kind with chickens or produce. I have a bill dated April 1942, from the Seton Hospital in Jasper, addressed to my mother. “To: Balance of $23.25. Dear Mrs. Hicks: it would be very satisfactory if we could have berries for this amount. Would this arrangement suit you? Signed: Sister Vincent Marie, Sister Superior.” Since my parents had more berries than ready cash, they paid in produce and the order of nuns who ran Seton Hospital were probably pleased to add food to the table for both patients and Sisters. For many years there were no ambulances either. Seeing a doctor wasn’t a matter of getting an appointment time and reading old magazines in the waiting room until called, or having professional first aid attendants transport the patient. It meant harnessing the horses for the drive to the station, then stopping the train and climbing aboard with a sick child, or gassing up the car for the long drive over narrow, rutted roads. Doctors were saved for serious problems. Of course, deciding when to go, what could be treated at home or what was important enough to be seen by a doctor was a tricky matter. In our house, it was usually decided, if I recall correctly, by
our Mother, who always radiated calm confidence. It could not have been easy. The time I stepped on a shingle lying in the yard, with a rusty spike sticking up and watched in horror as the spike came through my shoe and out through the top of my foot, I did what any kid would do. I stood still and screamed, “Mom!” Out she came, pried the shingle off, helped me into the house, removed shoe and sock, put my foot in a basin of hot water and Epsom salts. After a thorough soaking, with the hot water renewed several times, she advised me I could go outside and play. I was disappointed. I thought a spike through the foot deserved a little more fuss. When my youngest brother fell off the scaffolding for our new house and was unconscious, Mother’s first thought was ‘Concussion?’ She waited patiently to see how he did. He revived, seemingly undamaged and went back outside to ride his bike. Years later when I was a mother myself, I asked her “Weren’t you worried?” “Of course I was worried. But, I couldn’t let you kids know that.” People living far from doctors did the best they could. Mother had a good teacher in her own mother. Grandma, a young farm wife in Beausejour, Manitoba, was widowed when the oldest of her twelve children, Uncle Paul, was sixteen. She and the older children rallied round to run the farm. One of the girls died as a child of scarlet fever. But Grandma raised eleven healthy children on that farm. Many of her home remedies were passed on to them.
Several times a year, jars of ‘goose grease’ arrived at our home from Grandma on the farm. We were always glad to get them. It never occurred to us to ask how many geese it took to fill one jar with grease or how it was rendered. We just knew that, in case of severe chest colds, that grease would be heated and spread over our chests and back. It felt good and there were absolutely no side effects. It wasn’t the only treatment, of course. There were the commercial salves and ointments. Vick’s Vaporub, either a dab under a congested nose, or in a steaming pot of water to loosen the cough. The smell of camphor in Watkins products still transports me back to my bedroom in our log house, where I tried to read between coughs. If a cold was particularly severe, Mother brought out extreme measures; mustard plasters. “No point in making a wimpy mustard plaster,” was her motto. Her mustard plasters were so hot they could melt glaciers. Our bodies began to rebel as soon as we smelled the mustard and flour cooking on the stove. No amount of insisting we were better, really we were, ever prevailed. Only when the skin to which they were applied turned a bright pink, did Mother decide the plaster had done its work. For now. Most of this nursing was Mother’s work. Father excelled at taking out slivers. So he thought. In fact, his approach, using the largest needle he could find, probably a darning needle, sterilized and ready to probe, meant that having him take out a sliver was akin to minor surgery. We tried hard to conceal any
slivers from him but he had an eagle eye, able to detect the most minute of wooden intruders and his firm grip on the afflicted body part meant that we might as well resign ourselves. Both Mother and Father agreed on one medicine; a tot of brandy well mixed with hot water and sugar, for soothing and relaxing the sick. It was considered a cure-all for almost any ailment. We weren’t the only family to keep a bottle of brandy for medicinal purposes, the only time it was used. Certainly no one drank it for pleasure. Linda, the youngest in our family, got so that she hated it. She tried to give it to the dogs but they would have nothing to do with it. Finally she poured it into the house plants. Mother’s many house plants were always vigorous and thriving. Coincidence? There’s a medical clinic well staffed with doctors in our home town now. Twice a week a medical bus takes patients who need specialists or hospital tests to Prince George and Kamloops. There’s even an ambulance. Those are good things. Lately I found myself wondering about Grandma’s remedies. After two weeks of laryngitis, whispering “I can’t talk!” as loudly as I can whisper, and listening to the coughing and gurgling of people around me afflicted with bronchial problems, I recalled that, when we cleaned out the house after Mother died, I found a jar of goose grease. My doctor tells me that laryngitis is caused by a virus. There’s no real treatment for it. Maybe a rub down with hot goose grease might help?
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This new year Colouring outside the lines REV. LEANN BLACKERT Wild Church
his new year began before January 1st. This new year began on December 20th – with the arrival of the winter solstice and the turning again of the earth toward the sun. That is when the light began creeping back into our days.
Perhaps this new year began with the arrival of the Covid vaccines and the thought that the end is not yet here but is in sight. That is when the light emerged at the end of the tunnel. As we turn the calendar page to expose a new month in a new year and make promises and resolutions about how we ourselves will be new again, it is good to remember that each morning the light nudges gently over the horizon offering us a new day. The light emerges each and every day, and like it does in the natural world, the sun warms us and the light pulls out our best and truest selves. Each day we turn a calendar page on a fresh start. The darkness holds gifts, and its work is important
to the birth, life, death and new life cycle, but it is the light that pulls new life from the dark of garden beds and forest floors. As we know from December, light is celebrated in many faith traditions. This new year begins with the dawn of a new day. It begins today. And it will begin again tomorrow. And the day after and the day after that. As a beloved friend says, “we see the radiance of light everlasting – its source is the lustre in the lantern of faith.” Faith plays an important role in the lives of many. In the long cold days of January we do well to remember the wisdom of Natalie Sleeth, who wrote words to a popular contemporary hymn:
the soil of yesterday and the light paints the world in greens – then pinks, purples, reds, yellows – a rainbow of colours. New life matures into the fullness of beauty and prepares itself to give birth yet again: flowers and fruits and vegetables emerge – source of life and seeds of future life. The never ending cycle of life is dependent on the radiance of the light. Faith believes – faith knows – the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. Light from the sun, light from the Source, begins each new day. My friend, who was also a poet, expresses it magnificently: out from the ebony edges of the night sky the promise of the Maker flew softly down, parting the shadows,
In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. New life might be unrevealed until its season but faith knows the seasons never fail us. Fall pulls us into the ever darkening days and winter holds us there. The earth tilts away from the sun and darkness fills our days, and every year the earth tilts back and the sun reclaims control of sky. The light returns and with it comes the heat that slowly pulls the spring of new life from the earth. Tiny buds pop up on darkened branches, tender shoots push up through
warming the weary, revealing the elegance of a Luminous Day we see the radiance of the light everlasting its source is the lustre in the lantern of faith This new year begins today. My hope is that the light offers you a Luminous Day today. And tomorrow. And beyond. Rev LeAnn Blackert works with Michele Walker and Lesly Comrie in ministry with Wild Church in Kamloops, Sorrento and the Okanagan (wildchurchbc. org). She is grateful to her friend, the poet, who shared some of this column’s words with her. RIP Lanni Shupe. You held me up in so many ways. I will miss you.
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decades.” Fast forward to 2020. For the past eight or nine months governments scientists and health officers have imposed various guidelines, warnings and restrictions on public gatherings, including funerals (mostly celebrations of life these days). As you know the exact rules have flip flopped several times as these leaders have expanded their knowledge: you couldn’t shake hands anymore, but then you could tap ankles, then that was deemed too dangerous (not to mention a little goofy to the naked eye); you had to be 6 feet (pardon me, 2 metres) apart (then it was 3 metres, then it was….); you didn’t need a mask (then you did); you could only meet in small groups, then groups of 50, then only with people in your ‘bubble,’ etc. Wow, what a trip through time! Meanwhile, people continued to die in 2020 (mostly heart or cancer
related) and families continued to make funeral arrangements. But how was the funeral arrangement different from arrangements made in 1918 and 1919? Well, for one thing, almost nobody was buried in 2020 (90 percent of people who died in British Columbia in 2020 were cremated). Many of the people who were cremated did not end up in the cemetery. More likely they found a resting place on the mantle, or in the closet, or out at Murray’s favourite lake, golf course or his favourite rest stop on the Coquihalla Highway! There’s another big difference between funerals in 2020 and funerals in 1918. In 2020, there basically weren’t any! (Okay, that’s a big hyperbolic, but not by much. The number of ‘formal’ funerals or celebrations of life has gone down…way down. But that’s a decades old trend; it’s not especially tied to the corona virus).
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But I’d like to come back to Klein’s comment that “without an opportunity to share it (a funeral rite) with those around them, that grief was carried around for decades.” Is that true? Has the decline in formal funeral/memorial services really resulted in ‘grief carried around for decades?’ I don’t think so, but you, dear reader, may be much more qualified to answer that question, especially if you’ve experienced a death in your family recently. A lot of people have held small informal family gatherings over the past year. This has meant that friends on the periphery couldn’t perhaps attend a celebration of life. Some people have held no gatherings at all. What difference has that made to their/your grief adjustment? I’d love to hear from you.
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Plenty to do The inside story WENDY WESEEN
There is plenty to do, for each one of us, working on our own hearts, changing our own attitudes, in our own neighborhoods. Dorothy Day
s December unfolded, depression dressed in bedroom slippers and flannelette crept through the patio door with a blue moon kicking its butt into my life. Since the onset of the pandemic, mental health has miraculously become an acceptable subject for discussion. As a long time connector, communicator and counselor, I’ve dreamt of a society valuing emotional literacy and mental health. But it hasn’t come yet, and not before our planet shows its shadow side much like the moon, half-hidden until the earth turns sideways and makes lives fall apart. I’m a world in miniature; the pandemic magnified the earth’s shadow as well as mine; not only destructive aspects, but also its creative power. I’ve been on lockdown
since March 8. Can count on one hand the times I’ve been in the outside world. (Perhaps a sinful trip to Value Village to find essential bigger pants). With a faithful sister and brotherin-law and three far-flung grown kids cheering me on, I’m definitely fraying at the edges with Covid fatigue, loneliness and irritability. I remind myself of a rag rug grandma placed at her back door made from old T. Eaton house dresses. Recently I owned my sadness and stress; how hard it is to stay cheerful, kind and compassionate to others. Since the beginning of the pandemic, public broadcasting (PBS) has been running tributes to individuals who have died of Covid 19. I’m stunned by them. One Sunday the station ran the tributes for an hour bringing back to life the reality of the death toll of this slippery virus. I found myself crying. I was alone but even so, felt embarrassed. Was I crying for myself? Or for the terrible revelations of society’s and individual losses of thousands of its members with families, friends, and colleagues. All with full lives, fascinating histories, endless hopes and dreams. People who sacrificed, and made contributions to communities, neighborhoods, charities, and charitable organizations. Real faces, real lives, real loves, no longer statistics. Not only footballs in a time of crisis in the situations of maintaining power and
wealth in spite of it all. Individuals are bucking the system, as if they are riding a bull in a rodeo “you can’t tell me what to do!” ignoring the consequences of Covid spread, chronic illness and death as concrete evidence of their joy ride, toting out constitutions, charters of rights, the erosion of democracy, and personal entitlement, thinking their beliefs are the most important, not realizing scientific evidence, not belief, point to a need to care and protect each other. It isn’t an either/or issue, it’s a yes/and solution, respects vulnerable people and avoids lengthening the work of people dedicated to taking care of new cases and more deaths. The exhausted front line health workers continue to risk and suspend their lives for us. Teachers know children need to be in school and put their faith in the public. People with underlying conditions and mobility/ disability challenges stay locked down hoping the general population will respect the right to be safe. And finally, patients delayed within the health system for non-Covid related tests, surgeries, and medical care pray they can get what they need without a prolonged delay. It’s past time now to honour those who are dependent on the protection and care of others. * Dorothy Day was the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in New York City
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Hearing loss plays a significant role in many issues that impact our quality of life. That is why experts recommend early treatment.
Hearing loss impacts everyday life More than anything else, hearing keeps us connected to the world around us. Whether it’s communicating with friends and family, interacting with colleagues, enjoying a recital, movie or TV show, or waking up to birds singing outside your window — when you hear better, you simply live better. But when hearing is impaired, those connections, interactions and moments can be muted and strained, which has an impact on our quality of life. • Missing a grandchild’s first words or a family dinner story • Feeling left out of a conversation or a good joke • Limiting once-fun social activities • Feeling less independent, less confident and less secure • Frustrating loved ones with constant requests to repeat what was said • Not living life to the fullest because hearing loss is holding you back
What to do if you have hearing loss If you’ve concluded you have hearing loss — either by exhibiting these common hearing loss signs or failing an online hearing test — experts recommend you consult with someone who specializes in hearing issues. You can start with your doctor or general practitioner (GP), who will most likely refer you to a hearing healthcare professional. Or, you can go directly to a hearing healthcare professional, like an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor), audiologist or hearing aid specialist. The goal is to find a professional who specializes in hearing: someone who has the equipment, training and expertise to thoroughly evaluate your hearing and work with you to develop a personalized treatment solution.
See someone as soon as possible Experts also recommend you treat hearing loss sooner rather than later. Study after study have linked untreated hearing loss to an array of issues like depression, anxiety, increased risk of falls and hospitalizations, and even dementia1. Also, the longer you live with impaired hearing, the longer and harder it will be to recover once treatment starts.
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