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Inside: A time for giving thanks Pages 4 & 5 Poetry by Dennis Bowen Page 8 Skulls on stage in Williams Lake Pages 15

the Thankful issue


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What were you thankful for this year? Tell us in an email at letters@thestew.ca.

What are you thankful for this year?

On the Cover: It’s hard to define exactly what ‘thankfulness’ looks like. So, as we do when in doubt, we went a picture of a cute girl frolicking in some autumn leaves. Which is to say, when in doubt, we go with a cute girl; the autum leaves are optional. Among the things we’re thankful for this month is that October 2012 marks our second year in business. It’s hard to believe that we have 24 moths and 24 issues behind us, but we really do. And we really want to know what you think of what we’re doing here, and what you might like to see us change. Send us your thoughts at letters@ thestew.ca.

In the spirit of thankfulness that comes with this season, we went out and asked you, the public, what you were thankful for this year. There were some common themes like family, friends, health; there were things that we sometimes take for granted, such as our homes, our jobs, our hobbies; and there were even a few things that made us giggle, like this one, from someone we’ll decline to name: “I’m just thankful we still have sex now and then.” Everyone had something that made them stop and feel grateful for. And we are thankful that they shared those things with us, because their gratitude reminds us to be thankful for the same. Here are just a few of their thoughts: Ulli Wattel, from M&M Meats, had this to say: “I am thankful for everything, especially my health. I am thankful for good customers, great friends ... just about everything we have. Oh yeah, and for a great family who helps out!” Because when you run your own shop, free family labour is always something to be thankful for. We can relate over here at The Stew Magazine. Leanne Kunka, from over at The Hobbit House, popped her head up from working like crazy to get her new juice bar built and running to tell us: “I am thankful for amazing friends, a loving family, supportive community. I am truly blessed.” And soon enough we’ll be blessed with wheat-

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BEAUTIFUL BIRD  Turkey, in whatever for you choose, is one of the many things to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. Here at The Stew HQ we were originally going to grill turkey burgers on the firepit, but instead roasted a whole bird and then made delicious sammiches.

grass smoothies (as well as all kinds of other ones, but hey — wheatgrass). No seriously. They’re awesome. I’m not even kidding. For Trevor Todorowich, over at Twisted and Tortured Tattoos, the focus of his thankfulness was on being able to follow his passions and make a living doing it, which is definitely something we can appreciate. Says Todorowich: “I would like to say thank you to all of my clients and friends. I feel truly blessed to be able to do my passion for my work; to meet with people and hear and share in their lives and stories; to be there to celebrate or to do my best in dealing with

grief or loss; to simply try and help by sharing the pain.” Our favourite local author, and sometimes contributor, Sage Birchwater, had a little more humor in his thankfulness: “As a writer, I’m thankful that people can still read. Despite all the technowhizpop.” And because you can read this right now, we are pretty thankful for that, also. For some people, the act of being thankful is something that they live each day — something that we can all certainly try to do. Local musician Doug Koyama, whom we spoke to in detail in our music issue earlier this summer, had this to say: “I am thankful for

the amazing abundance that this life presents me every moment of every day. Thank you.” No, Doug. Thank you. Our local Area D CRD representative, Deb Bischoff, takes a more traditional approach to being thankful saying, “I am ever so thankful my adult children and grandchildren are healthy and safe.” And with both grown and brandnew children in the house, here at The Stew HQ, we know just what she means. For all these reasons, and more, we share with our friends in giving thanks for all that we have, and for all that we are given. What are you thankful for?

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A time for giving thanks Pages 4 & 5

Poetry by Dennis Bowen Page 8

Check out these Red Cedar nominated titles Page 15

OOPS! Mistakes happen, even here at The Stew Magazine, and we made one last month when we accidentally listed Darla Wear as Danya’s Fashion.

% Daily Value* Turkey Oh man, did we eat a lot of it this year. Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving meal. Fire-Roasted Hot Dogs For those who didn’t want any part of the turkey. Too many bottles of wine Seriously, we couldn’t even begin to guess how many were emptied, but it was a pretty good time Ingredients (or things that helped us get through the last month): Being thankful; Realizing just how much we really have to be thankful for; Having good friends to celebrate being thankful with; Hanging out with those friends around a firepit, chatting and singing songs; Listening to a baby finally figure out how to say, “Mum� and really mean it (she’s been saying “Daa� for awhile now); Watching the baby try to sound out all kinds of new words now that she’s figured out that she can; Picking up Halloween costumes for the baby; Planning Halloween costumes for the grownups (ever seen Italian Spider-Man?); Those stereotypical autumn days when the sun is blazing on one side of your face, and a cool breeze is chilling the other side of your face, and you’re like that old McDonald’s product where the hot side stayed hot and the cool side stayed cool; Planning to cram in at least one more trip to the lake before the snow comes; Planning to visit the lake in the new (well, new to us) minivan that can finally carry all our junk; Doing well in nursing school; Passing mid-term exams; Buying textbooks at a price that didn’t force the sale of a child (thanks Gail); Turkey sammiches.

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Pumpkin pie is probably the most delicious of all Thanksgiving traditions.

A TIME TO GIVE THANKS Taking a look at some of our Thanksgiving traditions BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

Thanksgiving: the origins of the event are found right in its name. A harvest festival celebrating the end of the season, Thanksgiving is meant as a day to say, “Thank you,” to what the fields have given you. Of course now, in the 21st century, it’s also a common excuse to hang out with friends, eat a big ass turkey, drink beer, watch football, and lay on the sofa clutching your gut and softly moaning because you jammed too much food in it. It took a few hundred years, and a few different inspirations, to get to the Thanksgiving that we know and love today. Let’s take a closer look at that journey.

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The french used at the start of this page is supposed to say, “Would you like some turkey?” If it doesn’t you can blame Google Translate.

Voulez-vous de la dinde? We don’t think of Thanksgiving as a particularly French celebration, but that’s what some of the earliest Canadian Thanksgivings looked like, thanks to harvest celebrations held by French settlers in the 17th century. This group, who had travelled with explorer Samuel de Champlain, went on to found The Order of Good Cheer (which, if ask us, sounds like a pretty cool group to be a part of !) known to share their feasts with their First Nations neighbours. But it wasn’t just the French who had a hand in Thanksgiving rituals. In many ways, our Thanksgiving holiday is a melting pot of inspiration from a number of different cultures, but no single culture has influenced our holiday more than that of our brothers on the other side of the border. If you asked an American what Canadian Thanksgiv-

ing was like, they’d probably tell you that we eat a roast moose to celebrate the start of hockey season, but they might be surprised to learn how much of our holiday was inspired (or even stolen) from them. The most obvious similarity would be the bird at the centerpiece of our tables — the use of a turkey in our Thanksgiving spreads was actually a tradition — and a delicious one at that! — brought across the border by United Empire Loyalists who fled the U.S. and settled in Canada during the American revolution. Parades and football have also become a part of our Thanksgiving traditions, much like it is south of the border. The KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest parade is held on our Thanksgiving day (combining both beer and turkey into a delicious celebration of consumption). The Canadian Football league airs the Thanksgiving

Day Classic. One tradition we still have yet to borrow from the Americans is the tradition of holding a massive orgy of shopping on the day following Thanksgiving. I can squeeze in some feast time next Tuesday Pinning down a date for Thanksgiving has been a bit of a challenge, both north and south of the border. Initially, Thanksgiving was celebrated by Lower Canada and Upper Canada (back when there was an Upper and Lower Canada, from 1791 until 1841) on two separate dates — for example, 1816 both halves celebrated in honour of the termination of the war between France and Great Britian, but Lower Canada celebrated on May 21 while Upper Canada decided to take their time and celebrate on June 18. The idea of an annual Thanksgiving celebration is also a more recent inven-

tion. For example, after the Upper and Lower Canadas were merged to create a single Province of Canada, and both halves could celebrate the holiday on a single day, there were still only six Thanksgivings between 1850 and 1865. Starting in 1879, Thanksgiving became important enough to celebrate every year, but at this point it was usually celebrated on a Thursday in November. Following World War I, an amendment to the Armistice Day act decreed that the two holidays should share the same date and be celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Ten years later someone finally came to their senses and split the two holidays up, renaming Armistace Day to Remembrance day (which, let’s face it, does have a better ring to it). It took until 1957 for Thanksgiving to reach a permanent home on the second

Monday in October. Thanks! Wherever you happen to live, whatever day of the year you happen to celebrate, and whether you eat turkey, moose, or tofu, the most important part of Thanksgiving’s evolution is that it’s no longer just a celebration of the harvest. It’s become a day on which we can reflect on all of our blessings from the past year, and take a few minutes to feel the gratitude for those blessings that maybe we don’t have time for the rest of the year, all while we’re surrounded by friends and family. We hope that this Thanksgiving, you enjoyed that opportunity to give thanks. And we thank you for making The Stew Magazine a part of your life for the last two years. Here’s to even better and brighter adventures in the year to come. todd@thestew.ca

BUSINESS FOR SALE Halls Organics has been a growing company for over 15 years. It began with a vision to help the community and the people who live in and around it. Halls Organics has endeavoured and succeeded in educating the people who are open minded and willing to learn about optional opportunities in self health, gardening, hydroponics, and organics. We constantly seek new and exciting ways to improve the store. We've added new cabinetry, built a new room, and expanded our stock. It's a constant improvement day to day at Halls Organics. Customers, our friends, never see the same old thing here. Roy Halls is an innovator, ahead of his time. Every time a customer visits the store there's a change, an improvement. Halls Organics has numerous avenues to profitable income: We have a TEA ROOM with over 200 different kinds of teas and herbs which we sell by the gram, tea pots, presses and accessories in all shapes, sizes, and colours, Himalayan Salt in lamps, tea light holders, table salt, and bath salt. Hemp store with rolling papers, ashtrays, incense, incense burners, clothing, games, sunglasses, housewares, organic handmade jewellery and Items from all over the world! Our Back to Basics Store (natural products, no additives or preservatives) was designed to assist our friends, our customers to help themselves. Like Our Ancestors did. And, EVERY MONTH we add fresh new trees and plants. The Product lines of Hall's Organics are numerous; Heritage Organic Seeds, Sprouts and plants, Organic nutrients for soil and hydroponic applications, Soil Analysis Tests, Soil conditioners, Worm castings, Organic Pesticides & herbicides, Reverse Osmosis systems and filtration, Water softeners, air treatment, fans, transitions, Chillers, Air conditioners, rotor tillers, irrigation supplies and fittings, pots and hanging baskets, ph/ppm meters for water and soil, All kinds of helpful how-to books, timers, Plant propagation supplies, rock wool, Hydroponic systems in all shapes, sizes and kinds, Seed sprouters in all sizes, water pumps, air pumps, Pro Mix-Hp, Sunshine #4 natural & Organic, Gardening tools, accessories and so much more. Lucy and I are sad Roy is selling The Store. We have worked for Roy 15 years, accumulatively. Lucy has been the site accountant 10 years. I, Chelsea, am Sales Manager having been Roy's employee five years. We, the employees, offer our expertise to a new owner. We wish Roy well in his new endeavour and adventure to relocate to pursue new dreams. He will be sorely missed. Thank you, Roy. It has been an honour to be part of This Dream.

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Let’s take a moment for some gratitude BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

Here at The Stew Magazine, we have a fair amount to be thankful for this year. First, and maybe most importantly, is that this issue, this month, marks our second anniversary. It has now officially been two years that we have been working at this grand experiment in self-publishing. It’s funny because I can’t really say whether where we’re at right now matches where I would have thought we would be two years ago because I’m pretty sure when we started this thing, we weren’t really looking even one year ahead, let alone two.

And yet here we are, two years later, and still going strong, for which, of course, we have more thanks to toss around. Obviously we couldn’t do this without the generous support of both our advertisers and our drop locations in all of our drop communities. It’s through them that we’ve been able to keep at this as long as we have. And of course, without our readers, there wouldn’t be much reason to be doing this magazine, so to each of you who pick up a real copy or flip through our virtual pages online every month, thanks! Also, we’d like to offer thanks to all of our contributors — those who write for us now, those who

have written for us in the past, and those who might write for us in the future — one of the best parts of this job is getting the chance to see what each of you are going to have to say each and every month. This magazine is just one thing on a growing list of things to be thankful for. Another is that my family — both The Stew family as well as my immediate family, which, come to think of it, has more than a few overlaps — is both healthy and happy. I’m thankful to have Juli at my side in this endeavour, and in all the other endeavours, and I’m very thankful that we have a joyous, giggly, bouncy little child who makes my heart fuller and prouder

with each passing day. I’m thankful for the opportunity to stay at home with that child as well, and be the one to watch Morrigan as she grows up. Sometimes I can’t believe that Juli is actually willing to trust me with this. I’m thankful for my own health. I’m thankful for friends. I’m thankful that I’m getting the chance to get back into the theatre scene by directing Patrick Marber’s Closer for the Williams Lake Studio Theatre (auditions are this month! look for the ad in this issue!). I’m thankful for the number of people who’ve approached me and told me just how much they like what we’re doing with the magazine or just

how much they enjoyed one of our columnists. There are so many other things to be thankful for, but I have neither the space to list them, nor the memory to recall them all, but here’s just a few: to be alive during one of the most exciting periods of human history, for the taste of beer, for the pairing of wine and cheese, to live in this absolutely beautiful part of the world, for internet access on cellular networks so I can check my email just about anywhere, What about all of you? If you’d like to let us know what you’re thankful for, why not send us a message? We’d love to hear from you. todd@thestew.ca

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‘Thanks’ is more than a Hallmark catch-phrase BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

Being thankful means more than just an automatic response blurted out on cue when someone gives you something or does something for you. Words are empty gongs without the intent behind them. And ‘thank you’ is one of those automatic responses that gets thrown out without too much thought in today’s society, I feel. Right up there with ‘sorry’ and the casual ‘love ya’! We are raised to always say thank you when someone does something nice for you — whether they give

you a gift or a gesture — but do we really know what that word is supposed to mean? I don’t think that’s always the case. Or, if we do, we certainly don’t always mean the depth of the word each time it is given as a perfunctory response. So what is thankfulness? The Merriam Webster dictionary describes it as: being conscious of benefit received; expressive of thanks; or being well received. Dictionary.com describes it as an expression of gratitude; appreciative. Synonyms for thankful include words such as: indebted, content, gratified, pleased, and satisfied. So, with that in mind,

how much time do we spend being thankful? How often is the word ‘thanks’ just tossed out as a politeness? And, more importantly, how would our overall life outlook change if we took the time to reflect and actually be thankful for what we have and what we are gifted with? The truth of the matter is that we are owed nothing in this world. Sure, we have our rights — we are blessed enough to live in a country with social laws and human rights values. But know this: we are owed nothing. The homes we live in, the clothes we wear, the love we receive, our family, our friends, our very health and happiness,

are either something we work for or are gifted with, and sometimes a combination of both. Simply existing doesn’t mean that the world owes us anything. Which means that we have an awful lot to be thankful for. So what does that look like? It means to be conscious of the gifts that we have in our lives. It means to express our gratitude. It means to take the time to be pleased and satisfied with what we have worked for and what we have been given. It means to not expect the world to drop all your wishes on your lap. It means to stop and really smell the roses now and then. It

means to, ultimately, gift others with your kindness, your skills, your words, and your efforts, and be thankful for the opportunity to allow them to also experience gratitude. My list of things to be thankful for, this year, is huge. I don’t make a lot of money. I don’t drive a fancy car. I don’t wear designer clothes and it has been about a hundred years since I had a manicure or a proper hairstyle. But I am wealthier than I have ever been, and I thank my stars, my god, and those around me for allowing me such a full and vibrant life. juli@thestew.ca


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Question of the Month

We are pretty sure that kids should come equipped with their own user manual.

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Helping parents feel more knowledgeable in these areas helps them understand their adolescent’s behaviours and needs. This allows parents to keep their emotions in check when dealing with difficult situations and use parenting strategies that clearly sets limits and expectations but does it in a way that maintains relationships.

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Sometimes wonder and worry about your child’s behaviour? Concerned about your relationship with your child? Feel like you just don’t know what to do? Past methods have focused on controlling the behaviour. Many parents and caregivers have struggled with this as it does not produce the results they hoped for. The Connect Parent Group is a series of workshops in Williams Lake that takes a different approach than most other parenting groups. Rather than focusing on behavioural management techniques, the Connect Parent Group focuses on enhancing the building blocks of attachment, improving the parents’ ability to reflect before acting, and adjusting their feelings so they respond more constructively to conflict. The series of free 10 onehour sessions is delivered over 10 weeks. Parents watch roleplays presented by two facilitators that open new choices for responding to their adolescent’s difficult

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behaviour. Parents learn, for example, that conflict is part of attachment and is particularly acute during times, such as the transition through adolescence. Parents learn to ‘step back’ in emotionally charged situations, recognize and modify their own feelings, while considering the possible meanings behind their adolescent’s behaviour. Throughout the sessions parents are also encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences — when they were adolescents as well as their present circumstances. The groups are lead by trained and supervised mental health profes-

sionals who work hard to understand the challenges that parents and caregivers face. Helping parents feel more knowledgeable in these areas helps them understand their adolescent’s behaviours and needs. This allows parents to keep their emotions in check when dealing with difficult situations and use parenting strategies that clearly set limits and expectations but does it in a way that maintains relationships. Connect has promising outcomes, both short and long term. Parents report feeling less stressed and more effective in parenting; they see fewer behaviour problems and better

social functioning in their teen. Parents who have participated in the group have provided positive feedback and indicated they feel respected and supported in the group. The next session start date is October 11, 2012 running from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Thursdays. Pre-registration is required. Food and refreshments are provided. To register or for more information on this program please contact: Sheila Cohen Family Counsellor for Family Solutions Canadian Mental Health Association- Cariboo Chilcotin Branch 250-305-4487

Opportunity to earn $500+ per hour! BY KIRSTEN STARK FINANCIAL LITERACY COORDINATOR CARIBOO CHILCOTIN PARTNERS FOR LITERACY

How is it possible to make so much money an hour? Well, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or hold an expensive degree; you don’t have to work long hours or away from home and you don’t have to spend time worrying about money, when you could be doing something much more fun instead. This is the story of a real learner who discovered that small changes really can make a big difference. The learner’s name has been changed to protect their confidentiality. After attending a financial literacy workshop, Donald decided to use some of his newly learned skills

to look at and change his spending habits. Donald was in a great position because he was already focused on two goals — first, to pay off a loan, and second, to save for a down-payment on his future home. When I met up with Donald several months later, he was delighted to inform me that he had been able to find a way to pay off the loan early and in doing so had saved over $16,000. Wow, I nearly fell over, that is a big change. The story just kept getting better; his loan would be paid off eight years early, making the dream of owning his first home a much closer reality. Let’s assume that Donald invested about one hour a week on his budget and financial choices over a six month period, always looking for ways to save. When you divide the total number

of hours (24) by the total savings made ($16,000) to get your hourly rate, in Donald’s case that worked out to be $666/hour! Now that’s a devilishly good return on investment, without actually spending a penny. Inspired? Well why not set yourself a challenge. Invest some time in your finances and work out how much money you just paid yourself. At first you will find you need a little more time, but this will go down as you become more in control of your situation and start making financial decisions that support your life goals. For more inspiration, ideas and resources check out www.caribooliteracy.com/financial-literacy and join us on Facebook: http://www. facebook.com/CaribooChilcotinPartnersforLiteracy.

“As I said in my column, we have so much to be thankful for this year, but if I had to pick one thing, it would probably be having a baby that brings new levels of joy to my heart each and every day.”

Juli Harland juli@thestew.ca sales manager / executive editor “I am thankful for the opportunity to go back to school. I am thankful for a fantastic family who loves and supports me. I am thankful for a life being well lived.”

Angela Shephard angela@thestew.ca fine frugality (crafters beat)

Jamie Horsley tonesoup@thestew.ca tone soup (music beat) “Change.”

Carol Davidson stir@thestew.ca stir (health beat)

Torrey Owen torrey@thestew.ca In My Shoes (city beat)

Natasha Peeman hairdooz@telus.net beautydooz (health & beauty beat)

Terri Smith roads.end.csa@gmail.com Eating Local (food beat) “This year I am most thankful for my baby goat, Amadeus, and everything he has taught me during the five months that I have been his hostage, I mean mother. How silly is that?!”

Michael Jones jjonesmii@yahoo.com One Seoul Searching (overseas beat)

Laura Kelsey laura@wordsmore.com Poetry Editor “My teeth, my ears, my eyes.”

THE STEW Magazine is an independently owned and operated monthly arts and lifestyle magazine published in the Cariboo Chilcotin. All information contained in this magazine is correct, to our best knowledge, as of press time. Opinions expressed by correspondents and contributors are not necessarily those of THE STEW or its employees. We reserve the right to edit letters to the editor for grammar, punctuation, content, or length. All letters must be signed by the author. THE STEW Magazine accepts no responsibility for correctness beyond the amount paid for that portion of advertising space occupied by the incorrect item. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising or editorials submission which we believe to be inconsistent with the philosophy of this publication. The contents of this publication are copyright The Stew Magazine 2012.


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In some parts of Canada, Horseflies are known as Bull Dog Flies. They are also sometimes known as stupid.

Horsefly Lake BY DENNIS BOWEN

I felt your presence in the wind gently calling, “it’s time..............................................it’s time,” arouses some primitive energy within me that yearns for your company. Since our last visit I have thought about you a lot old friend. So I come here for healing, rejuvenation and contemplation, to where the mountains sustain the rivers, the lungs of the lake. Where the sun propels the wind, blowing fresh scents through your redolent forest. You have always been an eloquent host, teacher and provider, displaying your beauty, your strength, your emotions.

In the quiet of mid-autumn’s glory, the spiritual energies of the heavens converge upon us. The eagle in the clouds. Illumination of spirit. And as I walk through folds of virgin snow, I see tell-tale signs of mule deer on the move. The invisible snow-shoe hare, a most fortunate sign, while the faint tracks of red squirrel, head down and ass up, still preparing for the long winter ahead. From under the snow, a message from cougar, descendant of the Incas. Leap at your opportunities. And, startled by my presence, a grouse and her mate remind me of the natural rhythms of life. No forced movements. Humbling myself to a healing session, you generously cleansed and balanced my auric field. Ancient vibrations. The mighty fir towers over fallen friends who have succumbed and have started a new cycle. Echoing, echoing, echoing. I searched out the lady of the woods to respectfully ask her permission to take fuel to start my fire never to be turned down. “Take only what you need.” The beaver joined my meditation and showed me patience.

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A GRAVE TASK  The Williams Lake Studio Theatre’s season is officially in full swing, with rehearsals going strong for their first production — A Skull In Connemara — pictured here, and auditions for the next production, Closer, directed by our own Todd Sullivan, hitting later this month.You can find more about their next show on page 15.

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We’ll be sad to see the end of the Farmer’s Market seasons, but are thankful for the co-ops which are open year-round. Yay for local foods!

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September 14 - November 3, Parkside Art Gallery: Fibre Magic! Come to Parkside and join Claudia Ring, Jenny Taylor, and Martha Cloudesley in a festival of fibre fun. October 5 - 27, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake: The Station House Gallery is hosting Marjorie Clayton’s “At Home with Yusepha” October 10, 7:30pm, Williams Lake Library: - Wednesday, Oct 10 9:30pm Stepping into Nature - guide to the Williams Lake River Valley book presentation at the Library starting at 7:30pm October 10, 7:30pm, Billy Barker Showroom, Quesnel: Yuk Yuks comedy night. Tickets are $15 at the door. October 11, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake: Are You Air Aware? Join Dr Sarah Henderson Environmental Health Scientist BC Centre for Disease Control and Greg Baytalan Air Quality Specialist Interior Health for a presentation and discussion about air quality. Free public event starting at 7:00pm October 11, 7:00 - 8:00pm, Gibraltar Room, Williams Lake: Pool Feasability Meeting. As you know the City and CRD have retained consultants to undertake a pool feasibility study. These consultants visited Williams Lake in March 2012 with three options. Through several community engagement sessions they have now gathered all their data and will present

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October 11, 7:00pm, Library Meeting Room, Quesnel: Friends of the Library present a film & talk by Betsy van Halderen - BC sinking of the Princess Sophia. October 12, 7:00 - 10:00pm, Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake: President’s lecture series - lecture by Steven Pinker “The Better Angels of Our Nature a History of Violence” at room 1303.

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It is probably bad form to serve Duck a l’Orange at a Ducks Unlimited dinner. Even though it is really yummy.

October 12, 11:45am, City Hall, Quesnel: Join Dr Sarah Henderson Environmental Health Scientist BC Centre for Disease Control and Greg Baytalan Air Quality Specialist Interior Health - presentation and discussion about air quality. Following Dr. Henderson’s presentation we will have an open discussion on steps Quesnel and the North Cariboo can take to address air quality and the impact air quality has on economic development. For more info please call April Goffic at 250.992.3522 October 13, 6:30pm, Senior’s Center, Quesnel: Oktoberfest! Fundraising event for the Quesnel Lions Senior Housing. Dinner & dance with 3 bands! This is a great family event! Admission is $25. October 13, Elks Hall, Quesnel: River City Music Association Jam Night. All ages welcome until 9:00 pm. Cash bar 9:00 - 1:00 am. Admission is $3. For information please contact Grant Deachman at: grantdeachman@shaw.ca October 13, 11:00am, Xat’sull Heritage Village: You are invited to Xatsull Heritage Village for its 4th Cultural Event of the season! Enjoy traditional activities, story telling, arts & crafts and guided tours! Event starts at 11:00 am, lunch will be at 12:00 pm with performances and activities starting at 1:00 pm! Hope to see you there! October 13, 108 Community Hall, 108 Mile House: Ducks Unlimited 28th Annual Banquet and Auction. For information and tickets call Dan Rimell at 250-395-2900 or Graham Allison at 250-

791-1977. Tickets are $40.00 per person and are available at Money Concepts, Donex, Didis, 108 Supermarket, 100 Mile Free Press. Volunteers warmly welcome! October 13, 11:00am, 1280 Quesnel-Hixon Rd, Quesnel: North Cariboo Co-Op Grand Opening. Enter to win a variety of door prizes! There will be free coffee and a BBQ fundraiser for the Pony Club! Come check out the store specials! October 15, 8:00 - 10:00pm, Gibraltar Room, Williams Lake: The Rush presents Myles Goodwyn and April Wine. Tickets available at Audio Video $45.00 Cash only. October 15, 7:30pm, Chuck Moberly Theatre, Quesnel: Sojourners! A rock solid unit and proof positive that faith can move mountains. But, don’t let that scare you away. Sinner or saved – wherever you are on your own personal journey, you should listen to the Sojourners. You’ll feel better for it! Tickets are available at Bo Peep Boutique, Quesnel Music, Save-On Foods, Attitude South Salon, and at the door for Adults:

$25, Seniors & Youth: $20. Season Tickets (6 Shows & Reserved seating at the Chuck Mobley Theatre) – Adults - $125, Seniors/Youth - $100 www.qla.ca October 16, 8:00pm, Quesnel and District Senior’s Center: April Wine! The Canadian classic rock band April Wine featuring Myles Goodwin comes to Quesnel. Tickets are $45. For more information contact Tomboy Productions at 250255-3640 or tomboyprod@shaw.ca October 17, 7:30 - 10:00pm, Gibraltar Room, Williams Lake: The Wolf presents “Michelle Wright”. Tickets available only at Margetts Meats, Bob’s Shoes, Workwear World for only $35.00 {Cash only}. October 17, 7:00pm, Cariboo Arts Center (The Old Firehall), Williams Lake: To all of those who define themselves as artist, musicians, art connoisseurs and creative people: The Williams Lake Arts Council needs you! It is important to keep as many arts and culture organizations strong especially in light of the constant cuts to funding. The

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October 20, 6:30pm, Billy Barker Showroom: Cancer Kickers Halloween Party. Doors open at 6:30 pm. There will be a cash bar, Bucket Draws, Live Music by Uncle Mom. All money will be donated to the Relay for Life 2013! Tickets can be purchased at Save On Foods!

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StewSpots Looking to get your copy on the latest edition of THE STEW Magazine? We’re available for pickup in a variety of places around the Cariboo Chilcotin. Please remember that this list is always evolving, and we’re always looking for new places that our magazine can call home, so if you know of someplace that you think should be a drop-off point for THE STEW, or if you own a business and you’d like to have a few copies of our magazine on your shelves, plus let us know.You can reach us by email at either todd@thestew. ca or juli@thestew.ca. Locations listed in alphabetical order 100 MILE HOUSE 99 Mile Supermarket A&W Alpine Deli & Sub Shop Chartreuse Moose Chevron CRD Library Dairy Queen Donex Higher Ground Natural Foods KFC Lone Butte General Store Marcel’s Boulevard Cafe Nuthatch Book Store Paninos Parkside Art Gallery Pharmasave Safeway Save-On Foods Smitty’s Subway Tim Hortons Velda’s Pasteries & Desserts Visitor Centre Yummers 150 MILE HOUSE 150 Mile Mall Marshall’s Store IN LAC LA HACHE Fast Trac Gas and Convenience Store Clancy’s Restaurant IN WILLIAMS LAKE 7-Eleven A&W Alley Katz Annie’s Attic Bean Counter Canadian Tire Canwest Propane Cariboo Growers Cariboo Memorial Complex Cariboo Spring CRD Library (Magazine & News Section) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Center Concrete Fitness Cool Clear Water Dairy Queen Dandelion Living Denny’s Restaurant Dollar Dollar Elaine’s Natural Foods The Gecko Tree Greyhound Halls Organics Hobbit House Husky Karamia’s LD’s Cafe M&M Meat Shop McDonald’s Mohawk Mountview Store Movies on the Go New World Cafe One More Slice The Open Book The Overlander Hotel Quiznos Red Shred’s Safeway Sandman Inn Save On Foods Shell Shopper’s Drug Mart Sight and Sound Starbucks Station House Gallery Subway (Downtown) Subway (on the Highway) Tim Horton’s Tourism Info Centre TRU WLCBIA Women’s Contact Society Zellers Restaurant IN HORSEFLY Clarke’s General Store Cornerhouse Cafe The Post Office RaceTrac Gas

Red Cedar nominees from the CRDL Each year, students (grades four to seven) across the country vote for their favourite book from a list of Red Cedar nominees. These voters decide who gets the Red Cedar Book Award for the country’s favourite fiction and non-fiction book of the year. The Williams Lake Branch Red Cedar Bookworms will meet on Thursdays once a month at the library to discuss and choose their favourites, beginning October 18 from 3:30 to 4:30. For more information contact tdunlop@cariboord. bc.ca. Here are some of 20122013 Red Cedar Fiction Nominees that have arrived: Ice Storm by Penny Draper Twelve-year-old cousins Alice and Sophie are a study in contrasts. Alice, a tall brunette who lives in Montreal with only her dad, is a figure skater with a lot of talent and a bit of an attitude. Sophie, a short blond who lives on a dairy farm with her mom, dad and spooky little brother Sebastian, loves looking after their herd of cows. In January 1998, it starts to rain and it won’t stop. The rain turns to ice and causes big trouble. That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore It’s the Depression, but Red’s family is managing better than most on their Prince Edward Island farm. Hard working and resourceful, they have enough to eat and to help others, even if at times they are mocked by

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their neighbours for putting education ahead of farm work. Eleven-year-old Red has plenty of chores around the farm, and the days can be long, but he still gets the odd break to go swimming or fishing, provided his homework is done. Red’s older sister, Ellen, teaches at the local school, and if Red doesn’t shine, she will not only punish him, but also make sure their parents hear about it. But then Red’s father’s hand is seriously injured… To Stand on My Own: the Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson by Barbara Howarth-Attard In the summer of 1937, life on the Prairies is not easy. The Great Depression has brought great hardship, and young Noreen’s family must scrimp to make ends meet. In a horrible twist of fate, Noreen, like hundreds of other young Canadians, contracts polio and is placed in an isolation ward, unable to move her legs. After a few weeks she gains partial recovery, but her family makes the painful decision to send her to a hospital far away for further treatment. Saving Arm Pit by Natalie Hyde When vandals deface the Harmony Point sign, the town does indeed seem to become the ‘arm Pit’ of the region. The baseball team hasn’t won a game in two seasons and the town itself is falling into disrepair. But when the new postmaster becomes the ball coach, Clay

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the big hugs and smiles that ensue. My friends and their acceptance of me and who I am means a great deal to me. So a huge thank you to you my friends, you know who you are. Next I’m hugely grateful for music and the countless men, women, and children over eons who created both music and musical instruments, so that now we, living in the 21st century can have such an amazing wealth of stylizations and forms to explore. Humanity is rich with beautiful compositions, melodies, and soundscapes in our library of musical achievement. And that is something I am eternally grateful for. I’m also really grateful just be alive, to have the chance to explore what it means to be a living, changing thing. To feel the highs and lows that come with a lifetime. To laugh, to love, to discover. It may sound cliche, but I really treasure what it is to feel and to take in this beautiful part of the galaxy known as Earth using my senses. I’m very grateful for that. I mean, it’s pretty special being alive and getting the opportunity to live a life and fill it with experiences of our choosing. I’m grateful for the time I spent being in love. It may not have been

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eternal. But I’d not trade it for the world. I’m also grateful for all the forgotten struggles and turmoils my ancestors must have endured helping to bring humanity into the future. I imagine ancestors of mine, and certainly ancestors of yours too, fought hard to stay alive during trying times. I can imagine there must have been winters so cold they nearly froze to death, plagues so bad they probably wished they had have died. But they didn’t, and they persevered and survived, giving birth to successive generations. I am very thankful for the

will to survive that must have kept our ancestors alive in the most inhospitable of conditions. And this might sound slightly narcissistic, but I’m also grateful to myself for many of the decisions and choices i’ve made. I mean sure I’m not perfect, and I’m not living exactly the life I want, but I’m doing okay, I feel mostly good about myself, and I owe much of that to myself and the decisions I’ve made along the way. I hope you’re all doing wonderfully and have much to be grateful for as well! eamon@thestew.ca

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Todd did not know how to spell Connemara when he started this article. Now he does.

Bringing the graveyards of Ireland to Williams Lake

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October is a time for thanks in Canada, but it’s also the season for getting spooked, and the Williams lake Studio Theatre’s first production of the season is taking a little inspiration from the Halloween holiday. Directed by Curt Sprickerhoff, A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh, is set, to some extent, in a graveyard in western Ireland. “It’s a bit black comedy,” says Sprickerhoff, “ a bit murder mystery, a bit thriller. There’s quite a bit going on.” The play is about

Nick, a widower, who picks up part time work digging the graves at the graveyard — work that sometimes includes having to dig up existing graves to make more space. “It turns out that one of the graves he has to dig this year is his wife’s,” Sprickerhoff explains. “And there’s some talk amongst the town’s folk that Nick had a little more to do with his wife’s death than he let on.” The play, which opens on November 7, has offered the cast and crew a variety of challenges, not the least of which has been how to have actors actually digging

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so far they’ve done an excellent job with it. It hasn’t been a problem at all. “I’m not always keen on using accents in plays if they’re set in other places, but this place is just so Irish that we had to work them in.” Tickets will be available at About Face Photography in Williams Lake (if they’re not already) and Sprickerhoff advises that, while it’s a great production for grownups looking for some morbid entertainment, the kids are probably best left at home. “There is a fair bit of swearing and adult humour. But it’s a heck of a lot of fun, it will definitely be worth watching.”

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If Alanis Morissette actually knew what irony was before she wrote the song ‘Ironic’, would that be ironic?

A new month brings new albums Wow, summer was a fuckin’ blast wasn’t it? For me there was road trips and music festivals, beaches and bodies and good-old-fashioned hard work in the hot sun and music everywhere — music performed live on stage, or live with friends, or tunes blasting down the highway, or while chilling on the beach. But now summer is over and we’re all back at the ol’ grind. The days are getting noticeably shorter and Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas crap is all starting to show up on store shelves at the same time. Le sigh. The season of greed and want is upon us. We all want the best Halloween costume, and the most Halloween candy. The fall season means new product releases from all your favourite high tech manufacturers. I want a WiiU and Galaxy Note 2. We all want to get the coolest Christmas presents and we work hard to be able to afford to give the best presents as well. In the midst of all this mass capitalist hysteria we pause for an hour around the family dinner table and try hard to remember what we’re thankful for. And then we draw names for the family Christmas gift exchange. Ain’t it grand? In this ironically stressful ‘holiday’ season, I turn to the holy trinity of de-stress: sex, drugs, and rock and roll (wait, isn’t that four?) but the first two are inappropriate for

this article so we’re just gonna talk about rock and roll. Unfortunately very little of what came out last month can really be classified as true rock and roll. Oh, there is one, and some light punk, but we’ll save that good news for later. What we did see a lot of this month is vocalists.

First up, Canadian female vocalist Alanis Morissette released her eighth studio album at the end of August. Havoc and Bright Lights is a bright sounding album that’s not really over-produced, but certainly isn’t as raw as her classic Jagged Little Pill. A lot of the fans that grew up hooked on her old classics are less than thrilled with this album. But as a casual listener who doesn’t profess to be any sort of an Alanis fan, I see nothing really wrong with this album. It’s not quite the old stuff, but it never is. 7.5/10 is my rating but you’ll be less satisfied with it if you’re a snobby former infatuation junkie. Next, male vocalist extraordinaire Dave Matthews Band also released their eighth studio album in early September. Has Dave Matthews ever disappointed his fans?

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Away From The World is a perfect DMB release. Songs of love and hope are set against beautiful bluesy guitar melodies and violin swells. If you’ve ever enjoyed a single song by these guys you will enjoy this entire album, and you simply can’t go wrong leaving this album under the Christmas tree for anyone with mature musical tastes.

Since the Ben Folds Five trio officially reunited in January, they recorded

a new album and toured a handful of music festivals this summer. Now we can finally get our hands on the first Ben Folds Five album in thirteen years, The Sound of the Life of the Mind. I know it doesn’t really seem that long, but that’s because Ben’s been releasing solo stuff on a fairly regular basis in the meantime. I was happy enough with this album on first listen but the more I listen to it the more I fall in love with it. I’m a sucker for piano rock and this is damn fine piano rock. And I must say, I was pretty excited to see that the the video for the first single, ‘Do It Anyway,’ stars the Fraggles (yes, of the hit 80s TV show Fraggle Rock). ‘Draw A Crowd’ is simply my new favourite song of all time. It’s funny, it rocks, I’m not gonna spoil it for you, just go YouTube it. Then go buy this album. I want it on vinyl just to have the album art in a 12”x12” format. Then, stepping away from the vocalist format a bit — not to say that Brandon Flowers doesn’t have a spectacular voice — The

Todd Sullivan Kidney Thieves - ‘Crazy’ Fiona Apple - ‘Criminal’ Cake - ‘I Will Survive’ Jamie Horsley Ben Folds Five - ‘Draw A Crowd’ Mustard Pimp - ‘Money Shot’ Porter Robinson - ‘100% In The Bitch’ Terri Smith: Michael Franti - ‘Yell Fire’ Oren Barter - ‘New York City’ Sarah Slean - ‘Shadowlands’ Laura Kelsey: Fireign - ‘The Blade’ Isaac Smeele - ‘Heart of Hearts’ Mithotyn - ‘King of the Distant Forest’ Killers have given us what is the most truly rock and roll album of the month.

With a heavy doses of 80s flavours over a hearty bed of heartland rock, The Killers have made Battle Born a truly delicious album. Honestly, I’d never listened to anything more than radio-played singles from the Killers before, but since I actually enjoyed all of those, I checked out this album and they’ve definitely won over a

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You can pretend to be a member of the band Green Day with a copy of Green Day: Rock Band available for the Xbox 360, the Playstation3, and the Wii. new fan. I’ll be seeking out all their previous albums as well. Whether you’re a fan of The Killers or just a fan of good rock and roll, you should definitely give Battle Born a listen.

Meanwhile, turntableist Kid Koala has been experimenting a little more with the blues rather than the jazz these days. His most recent, and incredible, offering is 12 Bit Blues. Kid Koala’s unique scratch ‘n’ mix style takes samples of blues classics as well as rarities you’ve never heard before and mashes them into bluesy rhythms that are arguably greater, and (less arguably) completely different than the

sum of their many parts. As a long time fan of Kid Koala, I’ve been waiting for this for a while and was in no way disappointed when I heard it. This album is for all blues fans who aren’t afraid to have a scratch DJ come in and mess up their record collection. Then in the last week of September as I’m scrambling to listen to all this new music, several more new albums with promises of grandeur were released. Here are the few that made the biggest impressions (unfortunately they’re not all good impressions):

Firstly, I was totally excited for a new No Doubt album, so it was the first one I listened to.

It opened with the single ‘Settle Down’ which I’d already heard, watching the video on YouTube a couple days prior. It’s pop for the masses, not terrible, not impressive, let’s see what’s really on this album... As I continue to listen to the album I’m noticing a severe lack of a horn section in more than a couple songs. In the best of the No Doubt that I remember there was a horn section in all but a couple songs. This is not a ska-punk No Doubt album. Then it dawned on me: No Doubt was somehow cursed to become more popular the more they began to suck. Think about it. Every album they’ve ever released was progressively more ‘pop’ (read: suckier) than the previous (and in greater degrees after Tragic Kingdom, which I have my own sentimental attachment to) and yet they become increasingly more popular with every release. And after almost eleven

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¡Uno! sounds more like a polished version of the early Green Day à la Kerplunk and Dookie than anything else they’ve done in the past 18 years. It lacks the ferocity that was predominant on Insomniac

and following albums as well as the complexities of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. Yeah, there’s the odd curveball like “Kill the DJ” but overall this album is pretty solid. If you were a Green Day fan before Green Day was cool, you’ll probably want to give this a listen.

my mp3 player all summer, plus a bunch of rather uninteresting music at an indie music festival I worked at, this is the first bit of completely new heavy metal I’ve heard in a long time. And it’s awesome! Some people turn their nose up at the metalcore a bit but I like it. And this is prime metalcore. Several have called it the best metalcore album of the year, and some say it’s the best As I Lay Dying album of ever. I can’t really argue with either opinion but then As I Lay Dying has a track record full of awesomeness. That’s all for now. Next month we’ll bash a new and probably horrible Kiss album and drool all over the new Coheed and Cambria album (if it doesn’t suck) and a new Dethklok album, which I’m now going to prepare for by catching up on some Metalocalypse season four.

Alright, that was fun, what’s next? Ohh, I may have saved the best for last — As I Lay Dying. I pressed play on Awakened and a smile crept across my face and and my head started to nod uncontrollably. After a summer of acoustic music around a campfire, some booming electronic dance music and the same old crap on

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The song ‘Happy Birthday’ is copyrighted and the rights to perform it are apparently quite expensive, which is why you won’t hear it sung in most films. Please remember, as you sing it at your next birthday party, that you are breaking the law.

Let’s be thankful for keeping it local I never thought when I became a farmer that I would be dealing with copyright laws, grouchy authority figures, and so many little legal details that I can’t seem to get through a day at market without inadvertently breaking some law. It does seem to be the plight of the small farmer that with so many ‘one size fits all’ rules we must strive to not be legislated out of existence. A story in Harrowsmith, April 2007, tells of how an annual fundraiser of mostly senior citizens in Windsor Ontario was raided by the “Food Police” who confiscated their egg salad sandwiches, “threw them in the trash [the sandwiches, not the seniors] and doused them with bleach.” (“Party Poopers” Harrowsmith Country Life, April 2007, p. 44). This story made me laugh out loud when I read it, imagining men in white Hazmat suits seizing sandwiches out of the hands of blue-haired grandmothers and then pulling out bottles of bleach to pour over the trashed food. I really had to wonder about the bleach. Were they concerned those wily seniors were going to dig their sandwiches out of the trash once they were gone? Couldn’t the sandwiches have been composted? It just seems so drastic, and

says so much about how some of society’s rules can interfere with the building of community. In starting and running the Oliver Street Market over the last two years we have encountered our fair share of red tape, but while dealing with the sometimes arbitrary-seeming rules around food production a sudden encounter with the “Fun Police” took me completely by surprise. A man from Vancouver called and left a message telling me he was with the SOCAN licensing department and that he understood that we have live entertainment at our market and that we need to be licensed to do so. I called him back and was told we must be licensed to have our free musicians play in the park. I had never heard of this. I questioned him at length. Me: And how much is this ‘license?’ The Man: Let’s see, (pause) it will cost about $200 for three months. Me: [shocked, mild expletive of which I am not proud, but starting this market has been an uphill battle from the beginning and we have a very small budget]. I apologize sir, but I’ve never heard of this. We are a brand new market, trying to support local food and create a fun, family event for our community, and there is no way we can afford $200.

The Man: It’s the law, ma’am. Me: What about buskers at Granville Island? Do they need to pay? The Man: Yes. They are required by law to be licensed. Me: And how often does that actually happen? The Man: [unintelligible grunt]. Me: What about a group of people camping on a public beach singing Leonard Cohen around a campfire? Do they need to pay? The Man: If it’s a pubic event, yes. It’s the law. Me: What if I email Leonard Cohen and ask him if our musicians can play, “Hallelujah” from time to time? The Man: [equally unintelligible grunt]. Me: What if they are only playing their own material? The Man: People always say that’s the case ma’am, but it rarely is. I’m sorry ma’am; it’s the law! We ended this somewhat repetitive conversation with the agreement that he would send me the information so that I could verify its authenticity and then get back to him within the next week or two. But before I had the chance to do so he called again. I told him how we had not had music at market since I spoke to him last and that I was putting together a form for our

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musicians to sign stipulating that they play their own material only. “So, you’re not going to comply then?” was his response. I sighed, “No, that’s not what I said. We want to do the right thing, but we do not have this in our budget right now and so we are trying to find a way to continue to have music at our market without needing a license. Since we have a lot of local talent we just won’t be playing anything that isn’t local.” This seemed unfathomable to him. He repeated his statement from our earlier conversation about how it almost never happens that a musician is the author, composer and publisher of their own music. And here is where I became so grateful to live in such a community as Williams Lake. For here, many of our best musicians are author, composer and publisher all in one and have become so well known within this area that no one would even ask them to play a cover song. I gave Mr. MacDonald the names of three of my favourites who have played at the market and who will hopefully be playing again. They are: Drum and Bell Tower, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Oren Barter. The incredulous man took down their names and said he would get back to me.

Eating Local By Terri Smith Though I understand the importance of copyright law, I find the authoritarian attitude of this man appalling. Our whole exchange reminded me of a passage in the Tom Robbins novel, Another Roadside Attraction in which the main character, Amanda has just had a discussion with an FBI agent. She reflects on laws, “Laws are abstractions. Laws symbolize ethical arts, proper behavior toward other human animals. Laws have no moral content, they merely symbolize conduct that does.” She goes on to point out how people — like the man I dealt with from SOCAN — those with the power to enforce the myriad rules our society makes, “are always yelling about how we’ve got to respect the law, but you never hear one of them say anything about respecting fellow beings. If we respected each other, if we respected animals and if we respected the land, then we could dispense with laws and cut the middleman out of morality.” (Robbins, p. 252).

As a vegetable producer, getting paid a fair price for what I produce is essential. So too is it essential that an artist be paid for what she / he creates. But I would rather pay a local musician an honorarium as a thank you for entertaining the community at our Market with songs for and about and because of this area than pay some man in a suit 500 km away who tells me the money will be distributed to the appropriate agencies and people. The whole focus of the Oliver Street Market is local community. We set out to create a venue that would provide a vibrant, healthy place for people to buy and sell local products, be they food, art, craft, or sound. So in honour of Thanksgiving and in keeping with this month’s theme, I am thankful for the man from SOCAN, for reminding me to keep our focus on local. In every way possible we shall strive to support our local community. I am thankful for all things local! roads.end.csa@gmail.com

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Gargling with bleach is *not* an advisable method for keeping your teeth clean.

Frugal options for keeping your teeth clean So, in an effort to try new things that can both save my family money, and be beneficial to their health, I’m tackling toothpaste! You might be saying to yourself, “How can that be important?” Well, without a healthy mouth, you have a harder time digesting your food, because your digestion starts by chewing the food with your teeth. There’s also the pesky problem of cavities, plaque, and gum disease that can make you either suffer greatly, or pay a dentist a small fortune. So in looking through the internet, I found so many recipes I could use for toothpaste that I couldn’t even begin to try them all thoroughly. I have, however, attempted to try the most frugal methods I found. The first method that was mentioned a lot was to just use baking soda. Wet your toothbrush, dip it into baking soda, and scrub. This method does help to keep your mouth in the alkaline balance that it needs to be to be healthy, and it most definitely gets your teeth clean. The only thing I worry about with using only baking soda is that it might be too abrasive on its own for everyday use, and I

Fine Frugality By Angela Shephard found that my mouth seemed to dry out while brushing. A different method was to combine 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of table salt, 1 teaspoon of glycerin, then add water to get it to the paste-like consistency of your choice. This works as well as the baking soda on its own, but it’s not as dry. It also tastes salty (naturally), but I’m not that fond of salt, so I won’t use this very often. The glycerin adds a sweetness to the toothpaste, but it’s hard to say how much it might help your teeth. In my research about glycerin, some scientists believe it coats your teeth, and that this can prevent your teeth from remineralization (basically it prevents them from healing), but others believe that it is fine to use. The final toothpaste recipe that I tried was made up of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil,

3 tablespoons of baking soda, a half packet of stevia powder, and 2030 drops of peppermint oil. Mix it together with a fork, and it has the look and feel of storebought toothpaste! It also worked well at cleaning my teeth and making them feel smooth like the commercial stuff. The next batch I make, I’ll be changing the recipe a little. I will be using 2 tablespoons of Xylitol for the sweetener instead of the stevia. I will be also be using 10 drops of cinnamon oil, 5 drops of orange oil, and 3 drops of clove oil. Why will I be making these changes? Clove oil has long been considered an herbal help for toothaches, but it has a VERY strong flavour, so the cinnamon is to help mask a bit of that flavour. The orange oil is to also help alleviate the strong flavours, but it is also a bit of an anti-

inflammatory and has antiseptic properties. Coconut oil is thought to be able to combat tooth decay, which surprisingly was in a CBC news article in September (“Coconut oil can combat tooth decay, study suggests”). It also helps prevent yeast overgrowth known as Candidus Albcans, and encourages calcium absorption into the body. The reason I will be using Xylitol as a sweetener in place of stevia is that it has been proven to help fight plaque and yeast growth. In fact, many sources have suggested that 6 grams a day is needed for the best dental health! As for storage, all you need is an airtight container. I use small, glass, baby food jars — they are

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