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ISSUE 2.2 | FEBRUARY 2011
Inside: Love in the 21st Century Page 4 Defining the role of the Doula Page 7 Local author makes Top 100 List Page 18
the e-love issue
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Note: This photo is not necessarily indicative of the people you will meet while pursuing love online. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily not indicative. So use caution.
Pickup lines to avoid if you’re looking for love online
On the Cover: Okay, so we cheated this month. When it came time to find an image that would properly capture what this month’s theme was — dating online in the 21st century — we were sort of stumped. We tossed a few different ideas around, none of them giving us a satisfactory solution to the problem. And then we dropped by one of our stock photography services, and would you look at what we found? Now, I’ll be honest, I definitely prefer throwing a photo we took in-house on the front page over stock photography. But at the same time, when you have a picture that looks that good, sometimes you just have to use it.
For many people, internet dating is an entirely new, exclusively 21st century invention. And, like many new things, there are those who find it confusing, even frightening, unsure of exactly how to bridge the gap between what they know and what remains a mystery to them. And while there may be things about the mating rituals that we have as human beings that survive the translation to this new way we search for love, there will also be things that will not. And one of those things is the pick-up line. Long a method for making a quick but meaningful connection with someone, when done right (and long a source of mockery when done wrong), the traditional pick-up line may well be on its way out thanks to Internet dating. Let THE STEW take you on a quick tour of what not to say when meeting someone online for the first time. “Do you come here often?” This one’s an old stand-by of brick-and-mortar dating spots. Whether you meet someone at a grocery store, a coffee shop, or a bar, this is a quick way to find out if someone’s taste in hang-out spots meshes with yours. If you both like the same places, hey, you’ve already got something you can talk about. However, when you ask this of someone on eHarmony or Match.com you’re essentially asking them if they visit the site religiously, maybe even obsessively, clicking the REFRESH button every 60 seconds, hoping that a new match has magically appeared, someone who will brush away their loneliness and lead them to
their well-earned happily-everafter. And while this might even be true, it’s not something you want to to imply. “See my friend standing over there? He wants to know if you think I am cute!” I could see this working nicely as a casual ice-breaker in a bar. Online it’s going to be substantially less successful. First of all, there’s likely no friend standing “over there”. Second of all, if there is, and he’s close enough to be seen, he’s probably stalking your prospective date. And that’s just bad form.
“The only thing your eyes haven’t told me is your name.” First, this could easily be inappropriate if the person receiving the pickup line has declined to post a photo of themselves -something many people do. Also, most dating sites require their users to provide a handle of some kind, so even if it’s not their real name, there’s still a name in play. “Excuse me, I’ve lost my phone number - dya think I could have yours” Again, not terrible, but not terribly good either. With the many contact and communica-
tion options available at most dating sites, a phone number is a pretty antiquated way to connect with someone you’ve met online. “Are you tired? Cause you’ve been running through my mind alllll day.” This one’s just universally terrible. Actually, come to think of it, these are all pretty bad, aren’t they? How about you maybe just try being yourself, and see how that works out for you? Or maybe just talk about how rich you are.
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Ingredients (or things that helped us get through the last month): Pizza take-out on production nights (specifically, Monster-size pizza -- so good, so massive, so much clogged arteries), beginning the long, laborous process of declogging those arteries with some better dietary choices and substantially more exercise, finding an exercise buddy, and finally meeting up with a trainer who should help keep us motivated, finally finding the guide to cheap wines that had been missing for a number of months, enjoying some delicious, yet affordable, wines, being able to enjoy some slightly warmer weather, which helps when your office is in your basement, picking up discount Christmas snack foods early in January, looking forward to picking up discount Valentine’s chocolate, birthday dinners, sugar-free pudding, too much coffee with cinnamon, a new Cityville addiction, movie nights, popcorn, hitting the after-Christmas sales for baby things, pillows — lots and lots of pillows, random bursts of “listen to this new song I learned” from the teenager and his new bass guitar, fuzzy socks, massages at the Hobbit House, Doula support, and, of course, my favourite better-half.
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Both Todd and Juli have, in the past, pursued love online, but they met each other the old fashioned way.
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Welcome to the 21st century. We might not have the jetpacks or the rocket cars we were promised in the science-fiction stores of yesterday, but this is definitely the future, where we live with lifechanging technology that we could have never predicted. Take the Internet, for example. Just 20 years ago, most of us had never even heard of it, and even ten years ago it would have been hard to predict just how well connected we were all going to be. But the Internet is everywhere now. No longer do you ‘log on’ to a service to check your email, you’re always connected. The Internet brings you your email, it shows you what your friends did last weekend, it helps you hook up with your friends next weekend. Your television streams movies over the Internet through services like Netflix, your phone connects to the Internet for weather updates, and we broadcast every minute detail of our life to our friends through services like Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. And, of course, here, in the 21st century, the Internet is what we use to find love.
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This is not a new thing. Online dating sites have been around for more than a decade, but it’s only been in the last few years that they’ve started to really move into the mainstream. In its infancy, online dating was reserved for the anti-social, the computer-nerd, the type of person that was more comfortable in his basement than in an actual social setting. But as time went on, more and more people began to realize that there was nothing wrong with trying to get away from the traditional social scene. Sure, you could pick someone up at the bar, but you couldn’t really get to know them. And by the time you finally did get to know them, you’d wasted more time on them than they deserved, and you had to start all over again. Internet dating was different. With Internet dating, you could take the time to weed out the least suitable candidates from the comfort of your own home. And that’s exactly what worked for Shirley-Ann and Frank when they met on Plenty Of Fish a little more than two years ago. “You can’t really get to know somebody in a bar,” Frank says. “You’ve got the music blaring, people yelling and screaming, you’re yelling like this, you’re leaning over the table all the time, you miss half the conversation and just nod your head. But online, you actually can read. And if you don’t understand it, you can re-read. Or even read it and take a day and then go, okay, now I’ll answer it because I’ve thought a little about it.” And that’s exactly how their romance started -- with plenty of emails. “You are more comfortable, you are more relaxed, when you’re talking online to somebody, than you are when you’re just kind of meeting them,” explains Shirley-Ann. “That’s kind of why we talked for a long time before we met, I think probably like two weeks before we actually met, through emails every day, emailing and talking, and sort of getting to know each other a little bit that way first.” Getting to that point wasn’t easy for Frank, though. “When he emailed me, I’m like, what are you emailing me for, you’re like 10 years younger than me, leave me alone,” ShirleyAnn says. “But he was persistent. We started emailing back and forth. “Then he asked me out on a date, and I
said, I don’t know, I suppose, thinking I’m too old for him, I’m not going to go. I really contemplated right up until I went, actually, about not going, but I thought that would be rude. I better show up.” And it was a good thing she did. “We hit it off,” she says. “We have the same sense of humour,” says Frank. “We laugh and joke at the same things.” And the age difference that was initially such a concern wasn’t a problem for long. “He seemed older than he was, and I think I’m younger than I am,” says Shirley-Ann. In the end, it’s mostly about finding someone who meshes nicely with us, who fits properly beside us. “We were both looking for the same goal,” Shirley-Ann says. “We just wanted to find somebody to settle down with and be happy, and not be out there dating all the time, because dating sucks, it does.” What Frank was looking for was pretty basic. “She asked me one time, I think, what I wanted in life, in a relationship. And I told her, somewhere in between Married With Children and Leave it to Beaver.” And thanks to the Internet, that’s exactly what he found. *** Not everyone goes online looking for love, but even then, some find it anyway. Michelle and Ryan have been together for almost two years, and they also met online at Plenty of Fish. But when Michelle first signed up, it was just to use the service to chat with friends. Romance wasn’t on her mind. “So after a while I got this message from a guy that said, hey, I think we would be great. We should meet. “I had to laugh, as you could not see his face, and his profile said that he worked at a mine and should be able to afford to wine and dine you for a couple dates.” Michelle asked him to send over a picture, and when he did, she discovered that he was someone that she knew from school. That gave her the confidence to go ahead with that first date. “The first time we met was at the Red Dog pub when he was done his shift, and that night we made plans for the next weekend. The next weekend came and we ended up at my friend’s Christmas party.
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Originally an auto electric technician, Klokeid made his way to Canadian Tire on the lookout for something in the trade but quickly found his home in hardware. He says that working with Brian and the crew has been the best work experience he’s ever been a part of. “Brian’s the best boss I’ve ever had, him and his wife. They are very nice people.” It is true, though, what they say. You can take the boy out of Calgary, but you can’t take Calgary out of the boy. Klokeid is still a die-hard Calgary Flames fan, even though, he says, he gets razzed pretty good in the store. “But they know who I root for, they all know,” he laughs. Currently the Flames are barely hanging on for a play-off spot, but Klokeid is still holding some hope for the team. As well as watching the sport, Klokeid likes to spend some time on the ice, himself, when he gets a chance. But most of his time away from work, he says, is spent on his family home. “In the winter it’s inside stuff, and in the summer it’s outside stuff. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love it.” And Canadian Tire loves him. Darren Klokeid, another vital part of the Canadian Tire family.
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“When all my friends liked him, I was happy, and then we went to his friend’s 30th birthday and did the same thing.” The two started to spend more and more time together, but found the distance between their two homes was becoming more and more of a nuisance. “The decision was made to get a place together. The house hunting began. Within a month we found a house all three of us loved, and he signed the papers for our home on my daughter’s ninth birthday. “Now a year has gone by. We got engaged in July of 2010, still as happy as ever. My daughter and I have been accepted by his family and him by mine, creating a wonderful life I could only have dreamed of.” Proving that sometimes dreams do come true. *** Of course sometimes love takes us by surprise. That’s
just as true online as it is offline. Amanda and Steph met about two-and-a-half years ago while playing a small, lesser-known online computer game. After playing alongside each other for a few months, they realized that they were surprisingly close to each other. “We eventually realized that not only were we in the same time zone,” Amanda explains, “but in the same country, and even the same province! “And so the transition to out of character friends came very naturally and with much enjoyment. I was living in Kamloops, she was in Victoria. Amazingly, I was headed to Victoria for school in 4 months time.” And once they met, it didn’t take long for romantic feelings to emerge. “We’d been talking on MSN a lot in advance, and on the phone a little bit,” says Steph. “The attraction was there from almost the get go,” says
Amanda, “although I don’t think either of us recognized it as such at first. When we met in person and things just clicked, there was never any question about it really.” Both women had met people online before, but had found many people to be less than entirely honest about how they were. “It seems very common for people to falsify their identity,” says Steph, “so the fact that Amanda turned out to be who she’d described to be from the start was the biggest part of the surprise for me.” The couple has found their friends and family generally supportive of the nontraditional way they met. “The reaction I got was positive, if somewhat shocked,” explains Amanda. “People don’t usually expect these kinds of meet ups — I certainly didn’t.” “Most people we’ve shared our story with seem to think it rather sweet, in an ‘Aw, that’s cute and really
random’ kind of way,” says Steph. The game that brought them together isn’t a big part of their lives anymore, though they have kept their characters “alive” for oldtime’s sake, and both have been known to dabble a little in other video games from time to time. It’s all part of
the evolving life that the two are building together. “We don’t have any major long term plans, aside from being happy together,” says Steph. “And hopefully to do some traveling in the near future. We’re both started careers quite recently, so we’ve working on building those and content to grow together
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simultaneously.” “I’m happy with my life and relationship,” says Amanda, “and am putting my all into seeing it continue to grow and deepen with time for as long as it is meaningful to me to do so.” I think that’s all any of us could hope for, regardless of how we met.
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Todd and Juli are enlisting the help of a doula for the upcoming birth of their own little person. So far she’s been able to put up wit their quirky humour. So far.
Defining the role of the doula in modern births BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE
There is a swarm of natural and holistic means of living in the Cariboo these days; a move towards sustainable living through community gardens, ecological awareness, recycling, partnerships, health alternatives, and stress reduction, just to name a few examples. In other words, we’re moving back to the basics. And you can’t get more basic than childbirth, especially with the help of a doula. Not just for those “crazy hippie types,” doulas have been a part of societal structure since the dawning of time. Before doctors, before birthing stirrups, before laughing gas and even epidurals, the doula has been there. But what are they and why don’t we know more about them? Local doula Kim Van Deist describes the work she does: “All the support you need that is non-medical. It is your emotional, your physical, your positioning for pain, your reminder that your body has everything it needs to birth naturally. If the doctor says something to you and you don’t understand, a doula, is your source of information that can tell you what it means or how it works.” Sounds simple enough. So why doesn’t everyone have one? Unfortunately, historically speaking, the more medically advanced a community is,
STRETCH FOR SUCCESS Yoga can benefit natural birth, according to Cariboo doula Kim Van Deist, showing off her yoga skills in knee deep snow. the less it relies on natural means of health and wellness. It simply isn’t what most medical professionals are trained for. Thankfully in Canada, and more locally, in the Cariboo, the medical industry is starting to re-recognize the importance of non-medical staff, and the natural means of taking care of one’s own body system. A support person in birth, says Van Deist, can make huge differences in a person’s birthing experience. According to DONA International, an organization dedicated to doulas, couples that use a doula in their births have fewer medical interventions, inductions and pain medication needs, less post partum depression, fewer cesareans, shorter hospital stays, and a greater overall satisfaction with their birthing experi-
ence. A relationship with a doula begins well before you begin pushing out a baby. The key to a good doula presence is creating a space of trust between the doula, the mother, the father, and whoever else is going to be a part of the birthing process. It all starts with pre-natal visits, usually in the home, to go over questions about birth options, positions, what the individual’s hopes and dreams are for their birth, what everyone’s level of comfort is, what the couple’s personality is like, what the parents’ expectations are, what sort of medical treatments they want to be a part of, and so on. The doula will help prepare the couple’s birth plan to their own desires. It is the job of a doula to educate, not coerce
her own ideals. The doula should also be available to the mother through phone calls and emails between visits to be able to quell fears or to share joys. A doula is also a great support for the dad. “They want to help, but they don’t always know what to do, so to be able to be there to offer guidance is so amazing,” says Van Deist. “It takes the pressure off them so they are able to be more present for their wives. And that it helps them realize it is okay that their wife is in pain, or feeling pressure, that it’s all part of birth and it helps engage all the things that a natural birth needs. So it helps them relax and help rather than be worried and rushing around. It gives them focus. It allows them to stand in their strength, it helps them feel confident.“ Once the visits are done with and labour has begun,
your doula is with you the whole time, often spending many hours with a couple at home before they even head down to the hospital or birthing center. It is when labour begins that all the discussions and education and the friendship that you have built with your doula pays off. She is your guide, your source of information, your step-by-step coach for both parents, right down to being the voice to simply let the mother know that she is strong enough to carry on. “It doesn’t sound like a lot, but to have someone there who says ‘Yes you can’ is amazing. I’ve watched it change women,” says Van Deist. There are doulas available in all areas of the Cariboo. Ask your local hospitals, health and wellness shops, or check out the Dona.org website for leads. And interview your doula before you
commit. It is important that you “gel” with each other. Ask questions. And then relax and enjoy your amazing journey. The decision to bring a doula in to your birthing experience is a personal one. It should feel right and be good for all parties involved. Having one doesn’t mean you are tied to a natural birth — any woman who is going to bring a baby into the world can use one. From the woman who wants to birth at home in a pool with a mid-wife, to the woman who is planning her c-section months in advance. It is about empowerment and strength that is not part of the medical field. “I feel deep down in my heart it is work I am meant to do,” says Van Deist, “because I have seen the change it makes in women, it does something instinctually, it expands a woman, it makes you stronger somehow.”
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Online dating site confirms existing romance BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE
Falling in love is hard sometimes. First you have to put yourself out in a position of availability. Then, once you’ve figured out how to advertise your single-ness, you need to filter out all the potential suitors who are incompatable with you for one reason or another (too hairy, too fat, not funny enough, doesn’t like pizza, etc.). Then you need to spend a little bit time with the winner of that particular contest to make sure they weren’t just pretending to be likeable. And if it turns out they were (as is often the case), it’s back to square one and doing it all again. It’s a surprise we’re not all a bunch of sad, bitter
loners, hooking up with random people we met in the bar just for a little bit of human contact and sexual release. A couple of years ago, online dating started to make the drift from being that weird thing that your nerdy friends did to actually being a viable way of meeting new, interesting, and sometimes even compatible people. A lot of this, I think, stemmed from the realization that while trolling the bars unsuccessfully looking for love could eat away hours at a time, browsing a website for potential matches could be done in only a handful of minutes. Not only did it work (or so the many sites claimed) but it was a heck of a lot more efficient too. Now, of course, online dating is a big busi-
ness, and you’ve got sites fighting it out with other sites for your online dating dollars. They all offer something unique that you can’t get anywhere else. But the one that caught my eye was the one that promised compatibility matching based on a series of complex psychological tests. Now, admittedly, they weren’t guaranteeing anything, but at least they sounded like they were buildling their matches based on...well, something substantial. But it wasn’t finding love that interested me — I already had, a couple of years ago. What interested me was testing out the love that I had found based on their compatibility tests. In other words, were we really right for each other? So I pitched the idea
I had 91 matches, while Juli had only 4. Although, in retrospect, maybe that just means that I’m more loveable. Even stranger, we both only matched with one person from Williams Lake, which means we either managed to hook up with exactly the right person for us here in town — which, let’s be honest, would be pretty awesome if that was the case -- or no one else around these parts is signed up on that particular online dating site. Bottom line is that the experiment worked. We found out that we were compatible, which was cool, but also something we already knew, and while we didn’t need a web site to tell us that, it was refreshing to hear anyway. email@example.com
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Looking at love in the 21st century BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE
February is supposed to be the month of romance, full of flowers and soft whispers, romantic dinners and wet kisses. Or at least that’s what Hollywood would have you believe. Love is a magical thing, don’t get me wrong. It has it’s moments of bliss and fireworks; it also has it’s moments of disagreements, bills, diapers, and bad moods. The beautiful part is knowing that at the end of the day, your lover is right beside you and that even though there may be unrest from time to time there is a strong bond of
love and commitment beneath it all that makes the rough spots worth working through. Life happens, it is a bonus to have a co-pilot to get through all the joys and sorrows. But what about those who are flying solo? Well, many are more than happy to travel through life on their own — and power to them. But there are those who dread the February month of hearts and cupids and the constant reminders of how mushy and perfect being in love is supposed to be. And in this day and age, that’s where the Internet comes in. Relationship websites are all over the net. EHarmony,
Plenty of Fish, LavaLife, and so on. There are those that cater to everything from the romantically inclined to kinky get togethers to gold diggers looking for their sugar daddies and everything in between. I can honestly say that most of the girlfriends I have, and even myself, have, at one time or another, turned to the Internet to search for Mr. Right, or at least Mr. Right-now. Some have found their significant others, usually after kissing some pretty warty frogs. Some have given up on the web-as-a-resource, and others are still happily playing the www field. I am glad to say that I am in the no-longer-
looking category, though not thanks to the Internet. I found my forever lover sitting right next to me. The age old story of when friends become lovers. And I wouldn’t trade him for the world — even on the days that I’d like to strangle him. But in the spirit of our Love issue, Todd and I decided we would check out our compatibility on one of the more “personality profile” driven relationship sites, just to see what it says. Turns out that he is the only man in Williams Lake for me and I am the only woman in Williams Lake for him — according to our results. Though he did turn up with 90+ other matches as long as he widened his
search area, I only had three other matches in the surrounding area. Something I took to mean that I am just more picky than he is. Or there are just way more women on this particular site... either way, the experiment worked. Thank god. Though I maintain that no-one else but the two of us would be able to put up with our respective crap. Creative-types, you know. As for February being the month of Love and romance...if that’s your bag, embrace it. If it’s not, then it is a great time to load up on discount chocolate come February 15. And that is never a bad thing. email@example.com
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I don’t think anyone liked getting smacked with those little plastic hockey pucks.
Mallory Owen and Mary Cowan leaving the puddle If anyone is looking for a large and well located five-bedroom house in the Williams Lake area, I’ve got a great lead for you. My parents, Mary Cowan and Mallory Owen, are moving away from the town they’ve lived in for over 30 years. It’s a little odd saying goodbye to the house. Over the years mum and dad spent countless hours renovating pretty much every room in the place, building a beautiful work shop, planting fruit trees, installing a pond and waterfall, as well as levelling the backyard to build the perfect outdoor hockey rink. I think it’s great they are moving somewhere new and changing their surroundings, but it still feels weird knowing I won’t be able to return home to that house anymore. I’m sure there are readers who can identify with this. Instead of focusing on me, I’d actually like to take a moment and share a little about my parents, who’ve had a long term and undeniable impact on Williams Lake. Some of you might know them, some of you might not. They both came from Ontario in the late seventies and became deeply involved in the changing town. Mary quickly became part of the teaching community, working as a seventh grade teacher. She also joined the
Vancouver Seen By Torrey Owen curling league and was soon a key member. Mallory, being a talented athlete himself, has had an undeniable impact on Williams Lake athletic programs and sporting facilities. In his first years in the town he found the soccer leagues and fields in town not to his liking, so what did he do? He started his own league and initiated the building of world class soccer fields in Williams Lake. You know the Esler Soccer fields? He’s directly responsible for the construction of that facility. Those fields that are cherished so much by the soccer community exist because Mallory volunteered innumerable hours to turn them into a reality – so if you see him before he leaves town, maybe thank him for his efforts. In the mid 80s the family packed up and moved to Ontario for three years so my brother, Dion, and I could meet our extended family. In
1990 we moved back to the same house, and started in Williams Lake again. Mary became a school counsellor working in numerous elementary schools around the district. When I got to high school I quickly learned how far reaching her touch was. Many fellow students, upon learning my mum had been their counsellor, were comfortable to confide in me that Mary had helped them a great deal with their hardships. Mallory was quick to become again involved in the community band, and coached almost countless soccer and hockey teams over the years. As the years passed by he decided to create a new ‘Hockey Enhancement Program’ and began offering lessons on the backyard rink that he so diligently constructed. The program was very successful and helped many young hockey players develop skating, puck,
and social skill while having great deals of fun. Another thing readers may find of interest, especially readers who’ve played floor hockey, is that Mallory invented and manufactures those grey felt pucks used in the community and now all over the word. In the late 70s Mallory was unsatisfied with the orange plastic pucks used by most leagues. He didn’t like the welts and bruises they left, nor was he fond of the way they bounced or handled, so in true Mallory form he set to the task of creating a new and improved puck – and he did, and it’s used internationally now and respected as the best floor hockey puck available on the market. Having lived so long in the puddle I’m sure it’s a little odd for them to now be moving, but I think they are pretty excited. They’ve bought a beautiful house on Vancouver Island and they will be relocating at the end of March. If anyone is looking for a wonderful and well built house in a great location please feel free to fire my mum an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be making a trip back at the beginning of March to help them pack, and I’m looking forward to seeing some good friends while visiting. email@example.com
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At the beginning of this year, Ted Williams was homeless. In the last 30 days he has achieved sudden Internet popularity, appeared on WNCI Radio in Ohio, The CBS Early Show, and the NBC Today Show. He introduced Jimmy Fallon on his late show, and has lent his voice to a Kraft Mac & Cheese Commercial. You couldn’t find a more literal example of a rags-to-riches story. Of course, riches don’t suit everyone equally. After remaining sober since 2008, Williams admitted recently to Dr. Phil that he had started drinking again following his recent celebrity. He voluntarily entered rehab, but then just-as-voluntarily checked out again after only 12 days. It’s hard to tell where a story like this could still go, but it’s hard not to root for the guy. Come on, Ted Williams. You can do it!
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Coming up next for the Williams Lake Studio Theatre is On Golden Pond, directed by Tony Savile.
Children’s musical takes the stage at Studio Theatre BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE
Youth in Williams Lake have good reason to be grateful that someone like Jay Goddard is involved with the Williams Lake Studio Theatre. “I was willing to do another kids musical,” he explains, “because we need to do one every now and then, and it does keep theatre not just for the big people, it makes it accessible for younger kids, so I want to do kids theatre.” Goddard is currently putting the finishing touches on Just So, a musical adaptation based on some of the works of Rudyard Kipling. “It’s written by two Englishmen,” he explains, “a composer and an author, who adapted Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories into a musical theatre production. It’s based on five of Rudyard Kipling’s original Just So Stories, with a lot of the original Rudyard Kipling dialogue.” Goddard, who was last in the
director’s chair for the Studio Theatre’s 2007 production of Honk, is no stranger to working with children, a fact which has served him well on a production the size of Just So. “We have cast 17 children under the age of 13, and have filled out that cast with 14 people over the age of 13, most of whom are still in high school. “So it’s a real youth produc-
tion, with lots of costumes, lots of props, lots of work, but they’ve really worked out, and it’s going to be a great show. And it’s been fun to work with kids in the theatre.” Just So Stories was written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the same authors behind Honk. This connection was what originally drew Goddard to the play, but he quickly
saw the show as a potential source of inspiration for youth. “I teach Human Services, and a lot of my professional work is with youth and children, and teaching people about children and youth. And I liked Honk because it talked about belonging, and I liked this one because it sort of took another step and talked about kids and needing to accomplish things. “And that’s really the central theme of the play, that kids can do things if they try. And I think that’s why Rudyard Kipling wrote Just So Stories, to sort of chronicle African and Indian, Indian Ocean myths, but also to empower kids and teach kids things about courage and risk taking, and that’s what this is all about.” Mounting a production of this size and complexity would be a risk in itself, but Goddard has surrounded himself a with a talented cast and crew that are helping him to pull all the strings together in time for its opening on February 3.
“The biggest challenge with a production this big is you start to get these great long lists of things that need to be done, and everybody is a volunteer, and things didn’t get done. Our bumps have mostly been about getting to that point where, oh my god, we have to get this done, have to get this done. “Things like building crocodiles, there are people here today to build giant crocodiles and crabs and jungles, and our set is a playground, complete with a hanging bridge. All of that is a lot of work, and people have been wonderful and stepped to the plate to do all that extra work we’ve had to do, but it’s been a lot.” And with it all nearly said and done, he’s excited to see it about to come to life on stage. “I need a 3 month vacation after it’s all over, because I’ve never worked on anything -- even Honk was not this big. This seems bigger. “It’s going to be a great show.”
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SNOW DOG It was a beautiful day, but cold, as Mary Jones’ dog Corona took us for a tour of the wintery roads near Cluculz Lake.
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president. All proceeds from the film go towards the Learning Disabilities Association. February 8: At the Northstar Auditorium in Quesnel it is Battle of the Bands! Vote for your favourite band. Rockband competitions and prizes, door prizes, concession, merchandise, and more. Concert includes a Battle of the Bands and an amazing show from Silverline. Tickets $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door February 10: at 1:00 pm as part of White Cane Week (February 6 to 12, 2011), the Cariboo White Cane Chapter is hosting a fun bowling event for people of all ages with visual impairment to participate in at Cariboo Bowling Lanes.
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GIVE A ‘HOOT’ The Bradley Creek Stump Ranchers Association presented the Hootenanny Cafe at the Forest Grove Community Hall January 22. The highly-entertaining evening featured music, dance and spoken word. Organizers hope the “Hoot” will become a monthly event in Forest Grove. January 29 to March 4: At the Parkside Art Gallery, 100 Mile House: “Into the Lime Light” Art Show featuring the work of Denise Swift (pottery), Carolyne Herperger (painting), Shirley Williams (painting), Gisela Gruning (encaustic). For more information, contact Parkside Art Gallery at (250) 397-2021, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.gobc.ca/ parksidegallery February 1 to 28: the Quesnel Art Gallery presents: “Things that make my heart sing” open to artistic interpretation. SPONSOR: Spirit of BC Festivals.
February 3: The Quesnel Movie Club presents: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at the Carib Theatre at 7:00pm. Regular Admission: Adults $9.00, Seniors $7.00. For more information check out the website at www. quesnelfilmclub.ca
the Lord and Lady of the Manor? Medieval themed costumes are encouraged, but optional. Enjoy a medieval feast of locally grown food, one-act plays, and more! All proceeds from the evening to support Cariboo Growers
February 3: From 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm Medieval Themed Dinner Theatre and Silent Auction at Beeothcheese Bistro in Williams Lake in support of the Cariboo Growers’ Association. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 and can be purchased at Cariboo Growers, the BIA or Community Futures. Who will be
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February 3 to 19: From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Williams Lake Studio Theatre presents “Just So” A Musical version of Rudyard Kiplings “Just So Stories” for the whole family. Performances are held on the WLST stage at Glendale School. Tickets are available at AboutFace Photography and at the door.
February 4 to 26: The Station House Gallery in Williams Lake welcomes their first ever opencall Children and Youth Art Exhibit. Come and see creations by local youth aged five through 18 years old. Encourage creativity, bring a friend!
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February 12: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm head to the Annual Williams Lake Stampede Dinner, Dance & Auction at the Elks Hall. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Cocktails at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. Come dance to Clancy Wright & The Silverado’s and get your name in for a special draw donated by Echo Valley Ranch & Spa!
February 5: At 1:30p m at the Gibraltar Room the Williams Lake Film Club Presents ‘Cocalero’. Born out of the U.S. war on drugs, an Aymara Indian coca leaf grower (cocalero) named Evo Morales travels through the Andes and Amazon in jeans and sneakers, leading a historic bid to become Bolivia’s first indigenous
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Juli’s son Adrian Harland has a pencil sketch in this month’s Station House Gallery Youth Show. Just saying...creativity runs in the family.
February 12: 6:00 pm at St Anne’s Hall in Quesnel. Come out and find out who the winners are for the 17th Annual Quesnel Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. A fun evening with entertainment from The Jazztronauts. Dinner catered by Ulysses. Designated Drivers available. Tickets are $50/each; get them early as this event sells out quickly. For more info call Patty Morgan at 250-992-8716 February 12: At the CNC / UNBC Atrium the students welcome you to the first annual Valentines Gala. Dinner will be made fresh by Red Seal Chefs from Maeford Place. Chicken cordon bleu, whipped and stuffed potatoes in rosettes, carrots, broccoli, and turnips in a floral arrangement, side of spring salad with drizzle dressing, black Forest Cake. Will be delivered to your table by the local Life Skills students. Music by Hot Rash. Auction Headliners: Half hour helicopter ride for two, Fishing expedition on the coast, Canucks home game tickets coupled with a signed jersey, Diamond earrings paired with matching diamond necklace. Tickets are $35/ person or $65/couple and will be sold at the Quesnel & District Child Development Centre, Blumko Flower Art and Bo Peep Boutique. For More information please call 250-992-2481 February 12: The Tannis Family Mountain Music Show will be taking place at the Alexis Creek Community Hall at 2620 Stum Lake Road in Alexis Creek. Come join the fun! February 12: At the Williams Lake Legion Hall the #3064 Rocky Mountain Rangers are hosting a spaghetti dinner / fundraiser. Good food, entertainment and fun.
February 12: From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm join in the fun at the 11th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. On stage will be performers such as Ed Peekeekoot, Alan Moberg, Ed Wahl and Bryn Theissen.
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February 12: At 5:00 pm is the Horsefly Dinner & Auction, a 139 Children’s Fundraiser. Tickets available at Clarke’s General Store and the Corner House Cafe and the Anvil Pub in Horsefly.
February 26: From 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm come support the furry citizens of the Cariboo at the WLSPCA hosted Hawaiian Bow-Wow! Join in for an evening of Dinner and Dancing at St Andrews United Church on Huckvale Place. Tickets are $25.00 per person available at SPCA, Vet clinics, Total Pet, Willies Western Wear and Beaver Valley Feeds. For more information call 250-392-2179.
February 13: At 5:00 pm at the Quesnel Legion Hall, Cocktails Dinner and dancing. Pre-order your sweetheart’s roses and chocolates at the Legion. Tickets are $45/couple. For more information contact 250-992-6819 February 14: At Beeotcheese Bakery & Bistro from 11:0 0am until 3:00 pm, local potters have created a variety of ceramic bowls for the ‘Empty Bowl Luncheon’. Soup (and bowls) will be served on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and proceeds will go toward helping the Salvation Army Food Bank. A soup and bread lunch is $15, the bowl is yours to keep! There will also be a silent auction featuring more goodies from the Cariboo Arts Society, the Weavers & Spinners and the Cariboo Potter’s Guild. February 17: At 6:30 pm at the Gibraltar Room the Williams Lake Film Club Presents ‘Incendies’. A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. February 18: At the
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Ski Resort, starting at 9:00 am, The Gold Rush Downhill Event. This event will be a fundraiser for the Lighting Creek ski club, and we will update info as things unfold. This is a fun slalom race down Troll’s face.
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February 26: In celebration of Heritage Week, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is holding an Open House from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. This is a team event consisting of three people. To make up your team you need to have at least one skier one female and one snowboarder. This years theme is come as Your Favourite Super Hero. Registration will
February 28 to March 12: the Kersley Players Present - The Music Man! at the Kersley Hall. For more information please contact 250-7473864
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Another way to keep Valentine’s Day affordable is just to stay single
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How to enjoy an affordable Valentine’s Day I have to say, as always, just spend a little time on the web, and you’ll get TONS of ideas! The most important thing about having an affordable Valentine’s Day with your loved one is planning ahead. If you don’t plan ahead, then you may not be able to do what you want for them. I personally buy chocolate right after Christmas every year for Valentine’s Day, it is all about planning ahead. I also plan in advance what we are doing for Valentine’s Day, that way any of the little things that are needed will be available on Valentine’s, and you don’t wind up running to the store to grab last minute items, and thus being suckered into buying things you don’t need and can’t afford. At our house, a perfect romantic dinner is all about fondue. I know, you’re thinking that that’s so outdated, but we love it! We get to sit around the table talking, while each of us chooses what we want to eat. Our favourites include goodies such as: a chicken breast, a small steak, a half bag of seafood medley (thawed), crab legs (that I got on
sale two months ago), batter to dip things in, and some fresh veggies on a platter with ranch dressing for dip. A gentle dinner-in usually means no fighting, and happy company (and with our two boys, that is a blessing!). Even dessert can be a family affair with some homemade fudge brownie sundaes...with sprinkles! Our entertainment i simple, we’ll watch a movie that we already own, or one chosen from Netflix (we don’t have cable, as our kids would rather play a game for their electronics time). As well, each of my kids and my husband will have received their chocolate gifts, along with a home-made card from me. Of course, our Valentine’s Day is custommade for our family and your own should reflect your own personality. Here are a just a few ideas for an affordable Valentine’s Day: Write your Valentine a love letter, a real one that is hand-written. No texts or email, as this gives it the personal touch. If you aren’t very good at writing, pick a song lyric or poem to write out (just be sure to give the author credit!).
Fine Frugality By Angela Shephard Make love notes to be found in high-traffic spots around the home. Fill a jar with notes listing the many reasons you love them. Make coupons for the things they would really like you to do for them, which they can cash in any time during the year. Make their favorite dinner, dress up for night out, and enjoy a quiet dinner in Chez Vous Restaurant (your home).
Put all of their favorite songs on your MP3 player and play them softly in the background. Cut out a bunch of small hearts from any kind of paper (newspapers, advertisements, junk mail, new paper, etc.), and sprinkle them from the front door to wherever in your home you want the romantic evening to begin! Make some fudge, brownies, cookies, and cut the pieces out in
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hearts! Make a pizza from scratch, and shape the crust into a heart. Cut out an “I love you!” message from cardboard and hang it up on a wall (or even outside for the world to see!). Give them an evening of pampering! Take a bath together, give them a massage, brush their hair. Doing little things like this shows you care! Set up candles all over the room (make sure there’s nothing flammable around them and that they are in a proper holder!), and shut the lights out to enjoy a romantic evening by candle light. These are just a few ideas. For more ideas, check out the links on my blog at www.finefrugality.blogspot.com. email@example.com
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At the beginning of January I received the first of 34 weekly training schedules from my Ironman coach. I hired her because I needed someone with her experience to help me set my goals and keep me on track, while educating me on how to swim faster, get the most out of my new road bike and run my first-ever marathon. With 34 weeks to go I figured we had plenty of time to ease into a weekly training routine, but her idea of “easing” into a training regimen instantly threw me for a loop! Right then I knew I’d hired the right person to kick my butt and keep me focused on the hard work that lies ahead. Since my coach is a three-time Ironman champion, I know I’m in good hands in terms of preparing for race day, but right now I’m busy honing my time-management skills while I fit her program into my own life schedule. Last August my decision to commit nearly a year of my time and energy (and my bank account) to training for Ironman Canada was surprisingly easy. I’d already been training for a 21.1 km half marathon (an excellent antidote for the weight I gained while I went back to school last year) and was feeling better than I had in months. I’d just bought a new road bike I was eager to put on the road, and most importantly I had many friends and supporters to encourage me and train with me. However, adapting to the reality of the training schedule has taken a bit of getting used to, and that’s the reality for anyone seeking to adapt to a new lifestyle. It can seem overwhelming at first, but it soon becomes a part of one’s life routine. Aside from adjusting to my coach’s idea of what makes for “basic” training (10-12 hours per week of swimming, biking, running and weight training – to start), I’ve had to get used to working on
Stir By Carol Davidson a fixed training schedule while also meeting other personal commitments and going to work. My family and friends are all very aware of my plans for the next seven months, and so for the most part they should understand if I’m not always available to accept invitations or attend family gatherings. My own experience is not that different from anyone else’s when they decide to commit to a fitness-related goal of any kind, and the lifestyle that comes with it. Priorities must change, and patience must be exercised (pardon the pun) while everyone adapts to your new way of living. My coach’s philosophy regarding training is that if a person does nothing but train to the detriment of enjoying time with friends and maintaining relationships, then they have their priorities messed right up. Sure, training and adopting a new routine take lots of time, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself when you are not training, too. If you have to schedule in fun time with friends, then do it! But make sure you actually do it. Preparing for a big race day is one thing, but if it’s at the expense of the other important things in your life, then what’s the point? Finding success in becoming healthy and fit for life requires simply that it becomes a lifestyle, not a temporary measure. No NHL player got to where they wanted by dabbling in hockey once or twice a week! Instead of thinking of reaching a single fitness goal and then stopping, goals need to be set all the
time – even if your next goal is to maintain the fitness you have achieved or to improve on a personal best time in a race. Recently I was lamenting to a friend that I didn’t like having to think so much about the major changes I’d had to make to my diet. I love food, but I am not a fan of preparing it or shopping for it. For this non-foodie having to consider pre-workout snacks, post-workout recovery snacks, planning on-thego meals for the week and changing some longentrenched dietary habits it has been a bit overwhelming. Incorporating so much food awareness into my life was causing me quite a bit of angst. My friend’s response was that I’d better embrace the lifestyle and all that comes with it in order for my Ironman goals to be successful. He was right. My life is going to change for Ironman, and so I’d better embrace it. After Ironman I’ll have new experiences and skills to give me confidence to reach new goals. That’s good advice for anyone pursuing their fitness goals – make fitness and healthy living your lifestyle and you will be more likely to successfully reach your goals. Set challenging but realistic goals, create a weekly schedule (on your own or on the advice of a trainer), build a network of supportive friends, and do your best to remove any roadblocks that might get in your way. Don’t just talk about pursuing a healthier lifestyle, BE the person who lives the healthy lifestyle! email@example.com
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I can imagine the question you’re asking, as it’s likely the same one I’ve been asking myself for the last several weeks: Why, exactly, did I join Fit City’s Fitness Challenge? There are a number of different answers I could give you. I could say that, having quit smoking last year, this is the next logical step in my “Let’s get healthier to stay alive longer” routine. Or I could say that, with a new baby on the way, I could certainly use the added fitness and greater energy reserves to deal with a newborn. But the answer is actually quite simple, and can be explained with Kevin Spacey’s line from the film American Beauty: “I want to look good naked!” Oh, there’s one other thing too. I figured I could probably get at least three stories over as many months out of the experience. Do you see the sacrifices I make for journalism? January 18 (Day 0): Today is sign-up day. Tomorrow is my official start date. I fill out the necessary forms and receive my goodie-bag, which includes a protein powder, fat-burning pills, a drink cup, and a t-shirt. I take the chocolate protein powder, which turns out to be a good choice as we already have a pack of chocolate peanut butter protein powder at home from Juli’s fitness experiment a couple of years ago. I spend my final evening as a free man drinking beer and eating pasta covered in cheese. I think I probably clogged an entire artery, but that’s fine. Tomorrow the work begins! January 19 (Day 1): Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I take a look at the suggested exercise plan for the day (an upper body workout) and try to translate the suggested workouts from the page to the small, home gym we bought last year. I’m not sure all the exercises are able to be translated,
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TEARS OF A FAT MAN Todd Sullivan begins training with Rozanne Friesen, who will help him struggle through the Fit City Challenge. so I eventually give up and decide to spend the first day on the treadmill down at Fit City’s gym. January 21 (Day 3): Three days in, and here is my first stumble -- I miss the gym and, instead, binge out on pizza and wine. I begin to wonder if maybe I wasn’t the best choice for this assignment. January 22 (Day 4): And back at it again! I didn’t feel like leaving the house today, so I returned to translating my workout suggestions into something I could do on our home gym. I’m not sure how successful I was, but at least I had a workout today. January 25 (Day 7): Coming to the end of the first week, a few things are becoming apparent. First, I don’t think I’ll have too much difficulty finding the time for exercise. One of the nice things about this magazine is that it makes for a fairly flexible schedule. If there’s going to be a problem, it’ll be from getting motivated. Just because you have time to do something, doesn’t mean you’re going to want to do it. January 26 (Day 8): Just identified another problem -- I really, really, really like food. And beer. January 27 (Day 9): I may have stumbled upon
salvation in the form of Craig Smith from About Face Photography who’s going to be my fitness buddy for the next few months. January 30 (Day 12): This was the first day I exercised with Craig, and I have to admit, it was nice having someone to socialize with. Spending 30 minutes on the exercise bike was a lot easier with someone to talk to. Not to mention, it’ll be nice to have an extra person to say, “Hey, get off your ass and get down to the gym.” Because heaven knows, I’m not very good at telling myself that. January 31 (Day 13): And now, after almost two weeks, it’s time to get serious. I had my first meeting with Rozanne Friesen of Fitness By Design today. We did a basic evaluation (which wasn’t great, but also not surprising) and went over some dietary changes I need to start making. Rozanne will provide a second set of eyes to hopefully make sure I keep my slacking to a minimum. And that’s it for January. Almost two weeks in, and I’m already quite a bit behind. It looks like I’m going to have to really get motivated in the next 10 weeks if I’m going to make any noticeable changes. Wish me luck.
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movies The Promise of Rain makes Top 100 book list BY SAGE BIRCHWATER Williams Lake author, Donna Milner says she was genuinely surprised when the Globe and Mail included her second novel, The Promise of Rain, on the Top 100 books list of 2010. “It’s one of twenty-eight Canadian fiction books on the list,” says Milner of her novel published last spring
by McArthur & Company. “It was a surprise I certainly didn`t expect.” Milner says what makes her happiest about receiving the accolades for her book, is getting the story out there of Canada’s forgotten soldiers who were sent to Hong Kong during the Second World War. Milner based The Promise of Rain on true historical
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events that occurred when 2,000 minimally trained and ill-equipped Royal Rifles and Winnipeg Grenadiers sailed out from Vancouver in October, 1941, at Britain’s request for reinforcements for Hong Kong. Two months later the Japanese captured Hong Kong and the Canadians who weren’t killed in battle were sent to Japanese prisoner-of-war (POW) camps. Of the 557 Canadians who did not return home, 289 died in the eighteen-day battle for Hong Kong, and the remaining 268 perished in POW camps. Milner says she first learned about this tragic chapter of Canadian history from former Williams Lake matriarch, Hazel Huckvale, whose husband, Jim Huckvale, had been involved in training some of these soldiers in Newfoundland before they were sent overseas. When the POW survivors returned home after the war, Jim made a point of meeting the ship at the pier in Vancouver. “We were in an elders college writing course and Hazel asked why nobody had ever written about this,” Milner says, noting that Hazel felt the Canadian government tried to keep the tragedy of the Canadian Hong Kong veterans hidden. “Hazel said the government wanted to keep the arrival of the ship secret because they did not want the public to see what poor
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shape these POWs were in. She described how she and her husband went down to meet one of the ships of returning soldiers who were carried off in stretchers, nothing more than rattling skeletons.” Milner says she was writing her first novel, After River, when Hazel Huckvale’s casual remark got her interested in this story. She later found some books on the subject in second hand book stores in Vancouver, then joined the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association where she met some of these men. Hong Kong veterans told her stories of the kind of treatment they received from the Americans who rescued them and brought them home on a ship after the war. Each POW veteran was paired with a buddy on the ship, and it was the
buddy’s job to look after their every need. In The Promise of Rain, Milner explores war and family secrets. She alternates between the horrors experienced by young Canadian Howard Coulter in Hong Kong during the Second World War, and then the problems developing years later, in 1962, when Howard’s wife Lucy dies and his children are crushed and bewildered by the loss of their mother in mysterious circumstances. The novel is told through the character of 11-yearold, Ethie, born after her father returned from the war. She never knew him as he was before — an open, loving man and a devoted husband. When her mother dies in bizarre circumstances, her father becomes even more silent and withdrawn. Howard hides more than the physical and mental scars inflicted by his captors. Something happened in Hong Kong, a secret that has haunted him for two decades and one that could destroy his family should it ever come to light. Ethie - inquisitive and fearless- is determined to discover the truth. The Promise of Rain has so far been published in six countries and translated into German, Dutch and French. Milner’s first novel, After River, remains a best seller in Germany. This article originally appeared on welcometowilliamslake.ca
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The Station House Gallery is currently accepting proposals for the 2012 season. If you listen to the end-of-the-world-ites, this could be your last chance to get in!
Station House Gallery a vital piece of Cariboo culture BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE
Saw:The Final Chapter: Seriously, you guys, you’re not even trying anymore, are you?
FishTank: British film about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks looking to escape through dance. Meandering and affecting.
Machete: Danny Trejo kicks ass. Doesn’t chew much bubble-gum though.
This year will mark momentous occasions for Williams Lake’s Station House Gallery — 2011 brings both the local gallery’s 30th anniversary, and the possibility of a big change. The Station House Gallery has long called home the heritage BC Rail building located at the end of Oliver Street, on Mackenzie Avenue, and was initially created just to keep that building around. Gallery manager Diane Toop explains: “The [Station House] society was actually initially formed to preserve the building. They didn’t know what they were going to do with it. Shortly after that the decision was made to use it as a place to showcase regional local art.” It was the society which then set to work turning the aging building around with the help of many volunteers and plenty of man hours and donations from local businesses. What is now the shop and the gallery were empty and deteriorating at the time. And now the time is at hand once again for some much needed TLC. Unfortunately, due to government and gaming funding cutbacks the money is simply not there to do all that is needed for the building where it stands. The maintenance is falling behind and the gallery is at a crucial point of need versus ability. But hope is on the horizon. The city has stepped up to the plate, recognizing the
GALLERY GIRLS Station House Manager Diane Toop, Board President Bev Pemberton and volunteer Clayton Allen stand in front of the heritage Station House Gallery at the foot of Oliver Street in Williams Lake.
Station House Gallery for the local treasure that it is, and through applications to the Towns for Tomorrow grant and others, the wheels are turning to try and not only bring the Station House back to it’s former, shining glory, but to move the whole building to a more accessible and trafficked area. Though the move is not currently a guarantee, it is in the works, says Toop and Gallery Board president Bev Pemberton. The most important thing, they agree, is that the Station House continue to be a vital part of the Cariboo culture. Moving the building, says Toop, would ensure that it would maintain its heritage status, and that it would continue to receive regular upkeep; something that would be lost if the Gallery had to close it’s doors. Toop describes the Gallery as not only a free-access public gallery, but a tourist
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just visual arts, it is theatre, dance, writing, and all that stuff. And that’s a community that usually supports each other and it’s a necessary vital part to a community to keep it healthy.” To help that community along in the Cariboo, the Station House Gallery encourages the creation of local art through consignment sales of local artisan pieces in their front year-round gift shop. Between 65 and 90 local consignors’ goods can be found there throughout the year, much to the delight of shopping tourists and local buyers. “Our members are very supportive. They come to see the shows and bring in their family and friends,” says Toop. February’s Gallery highlight is their inaugural openformat Youth on Display show. Starting on February 4 and running through to the end of the month youth ages 5 to 18 will be displaying their art for all to see. The upstairs
gallery will be dedicated to youth from last summer’s art class, but the downstairs gallery will hold art from youth all over the city. “There’s some great stuff that’s come in,” says Toop. In response to the current needs of the Station House Gallery, there are a couple of fundraisers coming up. Local band Soupbone (who have just released their debut CD titled Lead Me On, available at the Gallery) will be holding a fundraising concert early in the spring, the date still to be confirmed. Also, the twomonth long summer show will be featuring East Indian textiles and art which will be kicked off with a fundraiser and show at Beeotcheese Bistro & Bakery. In the meantime the Gallery is continuing on, business-as-usual, while working behind the scenes to ensure a long and prosperous life in Williams Lake. Long live the Station House Gallery, wherever you may reside.
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Welcome to our newest contributor, Craig Smith, who’ll be instructing on the basics of photography. We’re looking forward to all the wisdom he has to share with us.
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I have a passion for photography. I’ve had it for years. I sold my first photograph when I was nine. A huge part of that passion has been to teach people to be better at this art form. It is an art but it also is a science and it’s sometimes the science that trips people up. Chatting one night with Todd, this magazine`s publisher, I brought up the fact that I thought he needed a photography column in his magazine. His response was “Cool, send me 500 words and a headshot”, so I think I walked into that one. I want to make the first instalment of this column about something very basic. It’s something that I consider to be essential to making your images the
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best they can be. It’s how to hold your camera. Holding your camera wrong is one of the biggest reasons for bad images, and yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Holding your camera wrong will cause images to look blurry or out of focus. First let’s start with where your hands are placed. Sorry to all you lefties out there but cameras are designed with the right handed person in mind. So with your right hand you will grab the right side of the camera. The engineers have designed the camera body to be gripped one way. They have put buttons around the camera to be within easy reach of your fingers. Then they put sensors to be in places not blocked by your fingers. If you deviate from this you may cause a problem with your exposure. Your index finger is your shutter finger and your other three fingers and thumb grip the body of the camera. I know this may seem overly basic and like common sense but you have no idea how many times I see people holding their camera with two fingers, or using their middle finger to trip the shutter thus blocking their flash with their index finger. Your left hand is your
platform hand. That is the hand that you use to rest the camera on, palm up. With your hand in this position it not only will steady the lens but also gives your fingers the ability to focus and zoom on cameras with those features. Anyone that has ever fired a weapon gets this. You hold the camera same as you would a firearm and firing it or taking an image use the same principals. You would not put your hand on top of a weapon to fire it, your aim would be all over the place and your fingers would block things. The same holds true for your camera.
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Once you have your grip correct you bring the camera to your face to look through the viewfinder. If you don’t have a viewfinder, have the camera about a foot away from you face. Next you bring your elbows into your chest, put your weight on your back foot and squeeze the trigger. Well that ends the lesson for today. As I get further into this column I will get more complicated with tips and tricks to better photography. Remember your best camera accessory is four inches behind your lens. Till next month, happy shooting.
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Until editing Jamie’s column this month, Todd had no idea there was even such a thing as Sludge Metal, thus proving that his job can still be educational.
Tone Soup:The Metal Issue Well, I’ve been doing a little extra digging around the music scene for my own personal enjoyment this month and unearthed some wonderful gems. Then I realized what this column has been missing since pretty much the beginning. Good heavy music. The pop scene is so mainstream that it’s very easy to report on. It’s also what a lot of people want to hear about. Well this month I’m taking this column over for all the rockers and metalheads. But don’t worry, there’s still a couple announcements for the rest of you. Since we’ve been out of the metal loop for most of the fall and winter, we’re gonna backtrack and take a look at the best stuff to surface in the last few months, as well as some treats to look forward to. Last spring German prog-metallers, The Ocean, released Heliocentric, a concept album based on, as you may have guessed, the Heliocentric view of the universe. It starts with the beginning of the universe with references to Genesis and The Book Of Enoch and continues on to tell about the changing of the collective minds of the people and the church with songs titled Ptolemy Was Wrong and Catharsis Of A Heretic. And ending on notes of scientific realization with titles such as The Origin Of Species and The Origin Of God. More recently The Ocean has followed up with Anthropocentric. This album continues to prod at the same themes and questions as Heliocentric. It challenges the Christian viewpoint of our place in the grand scheme of the universe. While Heliocentric swings back and forth between mellow riffs and monstrous in your
Tone Soup By Jamie Horsley face metal and even has an awesome tourturedsoul-piano-bangin’ ballad that beautifully portrays the sadness of a conflicted man, Anthropocentric rages along pretty steadily with a huge, raw, powerful sound until you arrive at the strangeness that is The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain Of Faith. Then the raw, powerful raging continues. In short, Heliocentric makes me think of Opeth while Anthropocentric makes me think of Meshuggah. Back in August power metal champions Blind Guardian returned with At The Edge Of Time. The swing of their pendulum reaches us about every four years and every time it does it seems like it has a little less momentum. This album is still full of sound and beautiful harmonies between powerful guitars, thundering drums, full orchestra, and amazing vocals but it seems over the years each album slows down just a little bit overall. At the open of the album, Sacred Worlds starts quiet and the orchestra slowly builds up and eventually swells into all the beautiful harmonies and grandeur that you expect from Blind Guardian. It’s quite mellow and melodic, but it’s full and beautiful. It proves that they don’t need to be aggressive and speedy to be awesome. They do pick up the pace a bit though and near the end of the album we come to A Voice In The Dark,
which is the fastest paced song on the album and definitely truer to their more speed metal roots. If you’re a fan of more recent Blind Guardian releases, you will enjoy At The Edge Of Time. If you like the slower and heavier stuff, you should check out Dukatalon. In 2007 they released an EP, and at the end of 2010 they released a full debut album. Their music is very much like their progress: slow, steady, and awesome. These Israeli sludge metallers make music that sounds like it came from the swamp rather than the desert. Thick, heavy, atmospheric, grinding guitars, slow melodies, and long riffs. Fans of stoner and sludge metal must not miss out on this album. Saved By Fear by Dukatalon. It’s pure epicness from the east. Celtic Frost fans will not want to miss Triptykon’s new EP, Shatter. And for those who like their metal black and dead, Blephegor’s new Blood Magick Necromance will surely suffice. But let’s forget about the past for a brief moment and look to the future. The end of March will bring us Surtur Rising, a new album from Amon Amarth, as well as a Frank Sinatra cover album featuring the likes of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Robin Zander, Tim Owens, Jani Lane, Devin Townsend and more, called Sin-atra. But what I’m holding my breath
for is a new release from Meshuggah. I might not survive though; we’re not going to see it until the fall. Now, for those of you skimming over the article looking for the other stuff, it starts here. I mentioned a couple months ago that Cake had a new album on the way. Well, Showroom Of Compassion is available now and has been for a couple weeks. If you didn’t care much for the first taste they gave, which was Sick of You, don’t fret, it’s far from the best thing on the album. The album opens with Federal Funding, a truly classic Cake riff, and then gets upbeat and funky with Long Time and then Got To Move mellows right out but is still wonderfully catchy. From there the rest of the album goes all over the Cake spectrum. Don’t miss out on this 40 minutes of pure Cakey awesomeness. Some things never change. Some do. Lady Gaga seems to be one of the things that do. In January she released a short music video called Anatomy Of Change. It’s a teaser preview of what’s coming in February. On February 13 her new single, Born This Way, will explode into the media scene as the pressure behind it is already building. Lyrics for the new single have already appeared on Gaga’s website. The video for Anatomy Of Change is darker, like Alejandro, and sounds harder and edgier than anything she’s done before. If it’s a true portrayal of the future of Gaga, I am very much looking forward to it. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the Oscars on February 27, when hopefully Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will take the Oscar for Original Score for The Social Network. email@example.com
Music a big part of all our lives over at THE STEW Magazine, and these were some of the tracks that helped us put the magazine out this month Todd Sullivan: ‘Uprising’ - Muse ‘The Good Life’ - Weezer ‘A Talk With George’ - Jonathan Coulton Juli Harland: ‘Fever’ - Peggy Lee ‘Hurt’ - Elvis Presley ‘Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone’ - Nina Simone Jamie Horsely: ‘Apollo I:The Writing Writer’ - Coheed And Cambria ‘Swim UntilYou Can’t See Land’ - Frightened Rabbit ‘Ptolemy Was Wrong’ - The Ocean Will Meeks: ‘The Oompa Loompa Song’ - Rogue Potatoe ‘Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain’ - Ween ‘Whiskey Town’ - The Slick Willies ‘Money for Nothing’ - Dire Straits ‘99 Problems’ (Cover) - Some Country Singer Carol Davidson: ‘Crazy’ - Patsy Cline ‘One More Minute’ - Weird Al (Kind of an anti-Valentine’s song...) ‘Love Changes Everything’ - Sarah Brightman Angela Shephard: ‘Simply The Best’ - Tina Turner ‘It Takes Two’ - Tina Turner ‘Nickelback’ - Shakin’ Hands Torrey Owen: ‘Flagpole Sitta’ - Harvey Danger ‘We Are All Connected’ - Symphony of Science ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ - Napolean XIV
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The Stew magazine does not endorse spending a night in jail as an affordable alternative to finding a camping spot.
Island-hopping adventures in Saltspring Where’s Wally? “They have worries, they’re counting the miles, they’re thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they’ll get there - and all the time they’ll get there anyway, you see.” — Jack Kerouac On the Road
Island hopping is one of my favourite hobbies. Islands hold a certain mystery that inexplicably draw me to their shores. They allow escape, which sounds strange given the fact that once you are on an island, you are completely surrounded with water. Each island has its own personality, and must be witnessed first hand. When I manage a few days to myself, I pick an island from my trusty road atlas and set out, not looking for anything in particular. Adventure, certain death, one never really knows. I suppose that is the pull. A key element of island hopping is the lack of planning. This is crucial. Never plan, this will ruin your trip. Pick a spot, toss your gear in the car and go. Food is not essential, but do bring your own alcohol and cigarettes as you will quickly run out of funds given the exorbitant prices that island folks charge for these luxury items. It is winter time, the best time to tour islands and meet strange island folk. If you prefer to be herded like cattle through craft fairs, assaulted by meaningless summer
By Will Meeks markets and, good god please no, interpretive nature tours then by all means visit in the summer. But for me, avoiding tourists is crucial. I am not a tourist, I am an adventurer, seeking refuge from tourists, co-workers and the like. This particular trip I set my sights on Saltspring Island, the most popular and most densely populated of the Gulf Islands. Besides being the only Canadian island to be settled by ex-slaves of African-American descent, Saltspring Island is also famous for its apples. Over 200 different types of apples are grown on the island during any given season, an impressive feat. My mission is clear, apple reconnaissance. After loading the dog and a few essentials into my house on wheels, a 1980 Buick Regal station wagon, I head to the ferry and am directed to load immediately. Perfect timing, with no lineups, I get front row seating on the tiny open air ferry. We dock in Vesuvius Bay, the real adventure begins. I spy a small wooden sign with an apple on it, drive a
little farther, another sign. This is a sure sign that I am on the right track. Coming to a lake, I get sidetracked and decide to stop to fish. I grabbed a couple of beer, my fishing gear and head down the trail. As luck would have it, the fish were feeding and I could see plenty of action close to shore. After several hours of climbing huge, eight-foot fences, sneaking through courtyards of mansions, and trudging through a foot of swampy terrain to find a decent stop to cast, the bite is over. I give up and return to the car, wet and muddy. Cursing to myself, I make a mental note to bring the canoe next time. On the road again, I navigate the windy island road and find the apple orchard. My excitement dwindles as I pull in. The sign reads “Closed”. The withered grey skeletons that earlier in the year held a bounty of delicious crunchy apples now mock me. It’s winter time. Apples don’t grow in the winter. I shake my fist and yell from the fence, “Damn you, damn you all!” My original mission
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THE BOOZE ISSUE
Also, it’s our 6-month anniversary, so let’s celebrate! Although Juli has drink virgin cocktails because she’s pregnant.
now complete, I move on to the the next task:f finding somewhere to set up camp. Squatting in a car is an art, something that takes years of trial and error to perfect. One might think that you can just pull over to the side of the road or find a dead end street to call home, and this is true in some cases, but in most island communities this is something that has been frowned upon by norms since they killed John Lennon and ended the hippie era. If a landowner shells out $1.5 million on a piece of prime real estate, and sees someone living on the side of the road, they become infuriated. They work themselves into a frenzy, frothing at the mouth and stomping their feet. Generally, they will not go past their own fence line to confront you, this leaves the enforcing up to the bylaw officer. A lowly public servant, the bylaw officer is usually a timid creature who will also avoid confrontation. In Tofino for example, they hide in the bushes, wait for you to leave your illegal camp, and then they take all your gear to the cop shop. You return, and think you have been robbed. If you report this theft with the local police, they slap you with a $100 fine. Pure evil. I chose to set up camp close to the action, downtown Ganges Harbor. It was pissing rain so I decided to pass the time with a book and some tequila. A couple chapters in, I spotted a couple guys busking in front of the
beer store close to my campsite and decided to be neighborly and introduce myself. One had a slide whistle, the other, a Nikki Sixx lookalike, played a guitar. They were trying to get some money together to go to a burlesque show later that evening. They had an interesting busking style, one played a blues riff and the other danced a jig around passersby while blowing his obnoxious slide whistle in their faces. My dog Trip helped out, hypnotizing one woman with his howling, prompting her to hand over a fiver. Two hours, six warm beers and the better part of a 26 of tequila later, we have a grand total of 12 dollars. I grew tired of sitting on cold wet cement — my ass was falling asleep and we were out of liquor. I invited my new business partners to join me at the pub, my treat. Off we stagger to the pub. Soggy, dirty and smelly, our motley crew walk into the bar. Not exactly your typical neighborhood pub, the place is filled with, well, rich folk. They were the dinner jacket crowd, enjoying expensive wines and that kind of thing, doing rich people things. It was obvious that we were not welcome here. We spot an empty table and couch in front of a log fireplace and rush to claim the prime spot. Oh glorious heat, how I have missed you. We drape our wet clothes around the fireplace, and order three jugs of beer — $20 jugs of beer. I finished
my glass and as I left for a cigarette, I ordered another jug of beer. Walking down the stairs to the parking lot, the combination of beers and a previous snowboard injury sent me tumbling down the icy cement stairs. After sliding down the stairs in true ass-over-teakettle form, the grill of a truck broke my fall. A truck adorned with extremely bright, red and blue flashing lights. It was Saltspring Island’s finest. The entire police force had turned out to check up on us undesirables. After some discussion, the nice police officer decided to let me sleep in a jail cell instead of my car. Trip came too. This is not my first choice of places to sleep of course, but I looked at it as a bargain. I just avoided a hundred dollar bar tab, had a warm place to sleep and might even get breakfast. The suite was nice, the bed was firm and it was clean. The concierge was very accommodating, he even gave me a pair of clean socks. Morning came, unfortunately no breakfast today. I collected my things and was dropped off at my car. Such service. I returned to the ferry terminal, and was soon on my way back across to the main island. My quick departure was not something I felt I had to do; my work here was done. I returned home in one piece, another successful island hop in the record books. firstname.lastname@example.org
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