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Inside:

the Earth issue

What can you do to save the earth? Pages 4-5 Participate in the Potato Project Page 7 What does it really mean to be rich Page 13


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97% of Canadians with access to recycling programs use them to some degree, according to Stats Canada.

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best

On the Cover: It’s surprisingly hard to pin down exactly when Earth Day is — the first Earth Day was observed on March 21, 1970 in San Francisco, while the modern US Earth Day is usually celebrated on April 22 — but we wanted to do something in honour of it anyway. March seemed like as good a choice as any (and we already had some tentative plans for our April issue), so here it is, The Earth Issue. It’s a fragile earth we live on, and you’ll find some ideas on how to keep the planet happy and healthy in these pages, but don’t stop there. We were only able to scratch the tip of the iceberg in these pages, there’s plenty more you can uncover if you know where to look.

Here in the second decade of the 21st century, there are more people than ever who are concerned about the welfare of the planet, and willing to take action to try to improve not just the environment in their immediate area, but around the world. But while we’re all busy buying eco-friendly house cleaning solutions and saving up for our first hybrid vehicle, we sometimes forget that there are a lot of really simple things we can do to that can have a profound impact. The simplest among these can be summed up by the three Rs that we all surely remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. REDUCE: This is where it all starts, simply by reducing what, and how much, you consume. At its simplest level, less consumption means less waste, less waste means less going to the landfills, and less in the landfill means less of an impact on the environment. But reducing your consumption can have a much more complex impact as well. Watching what you buy and from where can have an impact on the amount of fossil fuels that get burned to deliver products. Turning off your lights can reduce the amount of energy burned and often wasted in empty rooms(and reduce

the numbers on your hydro or gas bill). And even though it may not have a direct impact on the environment, reducing your connection to companies with questionable employment policies is probably a good idea all-around. REUSE: This is the next step, because you can’t be expected to completely shut off your consumption. So you’ve bought something, and now you’re done with it. So, now what? Use it again! Okay, maybe you’re done with something, but that doesn’t mean that

there’s no further use for it. Garage sales are a great way to clear out the products you no longer need and help other people keep their consumption levels lower, all while putting a few extra dollars in your pocket. If you don’t have enough for a garage sale, don’t be afraid to drop your unwanted items off at a share-shed or find an online consumer group looking to buy and sell used items. Heck, if it’s in good enough condition just hang onto it until Christmas time and give it a friend or family member!

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RECYCLE: This is the last step. Once a product has come, at last, to the end of its life, it’s time to rip it down to its individual components and then try to make something new again from those millions of tiny little pieces; metaphorically, of course. Yes, returning your empty bottles for your deposit and bringing the newspapers down to the recycling facility are the most common kinds of recycling, but it doesn’t end there. Compost your organic waste. Don’t chuck out your compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

Bring your electronics back to a proper electronics recycling station. Most things don’t need to go into the trash, so make sure you give it a long, hard look before you decide to dump it. Obviously the three Rs provide a very basic framework for your environmentally-friendly lifestyle, but that basic framework is what provides the foundation for everything else that you do. And without a strong foundation, you’re likely building something that’s doomed to fall.


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Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 20 pgs Servings Per Container 1 Amount Per Serving

Calories 0 % Daily Value* Topsoil Well, we’re trying to be earth-friendly this month, so there should be some. Vegetation And while we’re being friendly to the earth, why don’t we let a few plants take root? Snow Come on, spring, isn’t time for you to arrive yet? We could use some warmer weather.

What can you do to save the earth? Pages 4-5

‘Potato Dreams’ project Page 7

What does it mean to be rich? Page 13

Ingredients (or things that helped us get through the last month): Parents who lend you their car when you need to drive to Vancouver for a check-up on your nine-month-old baby (don’t worry, she’s fine); Finding out that everything is fine with your nine-month-old-baby; Hanging out for a few days in the city with your nine-monthold baby; Not being able to check out all the cool places because it’s raining, but having fun anyway; Figuring out a cheap and tasty place to eat in the city; Visiting old friends that you don’t get to see often enough while you’re in the city; Picking up a super-cheap walker-thing for the baby so she can wander around the living room under her own power; Realizing how many things there are in the living room for her to bump into; Coming home with a bag full of books from the Rotary book sale; Dusting off your old stage show; Good friends who will lend you their costumes for your stage show (thanks Mary!); Getting to come into one of our reader’s homes to cook a local foods dinner for them; Non-fat flavoured coffee creamers; A very understanding and patient cat; Finally finishing painting the living room (or at least the walls); Plenty of library visits; Gin and soda; rum and coke; beer.

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Prepping and planning your garden Pages 14-15

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In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.

WHAT CAN YOU DO

TO SAVE THE

EARTH? BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

One thing that seems to have become increasingly clear in recent years is that our earth is a fragile host, and that we need to treat it with respect and care if we want it to be around to sustain not only us and our children, but the whole human race for generations to come. This has forced many of us to make changes to our day to day live, to make sometimes difficult decisions about the things that are important to us. Sometimes the changes are simple, like an increased focus on and awareness of recycling. Sometimes the changes are more complex, even more expensive, like converting your home to solar power. But many more of us find ourselves looking at our lifestyles and wondering, Am I doing enough? We wonder, Am I making the best use of time? We wonder, What’s the most important thing I can do to help the planet? It’s a tough question to answer, and one that may not even have a single, correct response. So instead of trying to dig up that one, perfect answer, we decided to take the question to you, to see what the people in our community think we should be doing to make a bigger impact on our world. Some people’s focus was on keeping things local, like Cindy Chappell of The Bean Counter. “Sustainability,” is what she thinks it comes down to.

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It is currently believed that life began on earth about 4 billion years ago with a self-replicating molecule. We’ve sure come a long way since then!

“If each person looked after their own community, and not try to save the whole world, I think the world would be a better place. Look after those who are in your own area. There is a reason that there are towns and cities and rural areas. If each little place just looked after their own — they do really, with the mayor and such — but sometimes they get into that political blah blah blah that they don’t pay attention to what is important, and that is looking after your own. Your own people.” Faith Andre of Dandelion Living has a ‘bigger picture’ approach to the question: “ Accept that we’re all individuals and we all have differences and agree to disagree. For example, that goes for racism and wars and religious differences. Those guys over there worship god in a different way than we do, and that’s okay. Accept that. We are all different but we all need each other. “We need to understand that we all have differences of opinion and we need to see that the other person is entitled to their opinion and their life the way they want to live it. And agree to

disagree.” Jennifer Bremner of Designer Consigner has a fairly simple answer. She says, “I think we all just have to have unconditional love. And I mean it. I don’t know if we have to say recycling or energy conservation, I think if we just think love, everything else will just fall into place.” And Mark Savard of Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed has a similar idea. “I would just say just appreciate and love life,” he says, “so that you’re not wasting time and space while you’re here.” Laura Totten of the Hobbit House thinks that the issue may be more complex than it initially seems. I think the most important thing is,” she says, “it makes you think of one thing, but I think it is more like just being aware and taking responsibility for how we are connected. Like lots of people want to look at people up in Fort McMurray and the oil sands, and how it’s bad, but we don’t realize that we’re all connected to it. Anytime we travel anywhere, anytime we drive our car, anytime we buy something that wasn’t made in

the town that we are from, its all contributing to that. Not that we shouldn’t necessarily do those things, but just to be aware and take responsibility in that sense. “Everything we do, even if people are mountain biking, you could ride your bike and there may not be emissions, but those bikes couldn’t even be made if people weren’t mining and there weren’t factories that were building that stuff. It’s really hard to separate the life that we have at all from it.” And some people, like Cameron Knapp, have an even darker perspective on our problems. He says, “I saw this picture, and it was like the planet was draining oil, and there were buildings all over it, and it was just like, if we weren’t here the planet would be doing a lot better. The most important thing we can do is give up our cars. Give them up entirely. It’s not like we absolutely need them. Go back to horses.” Local musician Oren Barter also sees the problems that stem from our reliance on oil, and will be hitting the road next year to help promote alternative energy — specifically electric cars.

“It’s a music tour across Canada, all the way from Vancouver Island to St. John’s, Newfoundland — so all the way from one island to the other — and it’s in an electric car, so absolutely no gas, which is pretty important to me. And the point of the tour, other than the fact that my music’s getting to the point where I need to go on tour, it’s to raise awareness that alternative transportation is viable.” Barter is planning 63 stops along the proposed tour which is scheduled to begin on August 25 next year. He hasn’t managed to secure the car yet, though he is hoping he can arrange a sponsorship agreement with Tesla Motors. The plan, he says, is to focus his stops on high schools and universities. “I’m going to show the kids the car, I’m going to explain exactly why I’m doing this and what I’m doing, and just try to get people to understand, just look at things differently if you can, don’t get stuck in the status quo.” “I just kind of want to be a spark,” he says. “That’s kind of my hope.”

There’s still a lot of work to be done to bring his dream — which he’s had since he was 15 years old — to reality, and Barter says that anyone interested in helping bring it to life can contact him by phone at 778220-7611. Whether you’re planning a cross-country music tour to spread the message of alternative energy, or just trying to make things a little better in your own community, there are certainly plenty of viable options for making the world a better place. Are any of these things the most important? That would be for each individual to decide for themselves, but it might be Wendy Edginton who makes the most important point. “It’s compassion,” she says. “Compassion for the earth, compassion for each other. Compassion period. If we have compassion and we realize that, just like me, people are trying to go through their life. Just like me, people are no different. We need to have compassion for everybody and everything.” todd@thestew.ca

Here’s John and Jane. John and Jane know that taking care of home and family also includes taking care of the planet. That’s why, wherever possible, they use products and supplies that help them be kind to the earth. Jane keeps their home clean with phosphate and chlorine-free, biodegradable ‘Blue Planet’ cleaning products and John makes sure that all their light fixtures are equipped with mercury-free LED light bulbs. They closely monitor their energy consumption with electronic energy meters, organize their recycling with proper bins, and use their organic waste for compost in their garden where they grow their own vegetables. They even water that garden with rain water collected in a 190L barrel. And they picked up all their supply needs at Canadian Tire, where we also believe in being kind to the planet. Canadian Tire: For all your earth-friendly needs.

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How to figure out when enough is enough BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

Sometimes I think I’m not very good at doing this whole earthfriendly thing. And that kind of worries me. It worries me not just for the obvious reasons, that I am worried about the state of the earth and, as someone who is worried, I should be doing more of my part to help. It also worries me because I think I can count myself among the people who are fairly aware that things need to improve, and that we all need to do our part, if we’re going to make sure that the planet remains habitable for our

children and our children’s children. And If I’m among those who are fairly well aware, and yet I’m still not really doing enough, what does it say about those who aren’t as well aware? We’re pretty good about recycling. We keep our bottles. We keep our newspapers. Things tend to pile up in the carport before we get around to doing the recycling runs, and sometimes it takes a few runs by the time we finally get around to it, because things have piled up so much, but it gets done. But these days, recycling seems like it’s only just the

bare minimum. You have to watch what you’re eating, because you don’t want to support the wrong companies. You have to be careful what you clean with, because some products are far more harmful than others. You need to grow your own veggies, because who knows what got sprayed on those carrots you just bought. You can’t buy meat unless you personally know the ranch the animals were raised on, because who knows what is in those things. Oh, and if you don’t at least get yourself a hybrid automobile, you better stop driving too.

Of course there are very few of us who can accomplish all of these things. Sometimes money is a factor, sometimes our lifestyle doesn’t allow it, other times we’re stuck because certain options simply aren’t available to us in our area. So, at one end of the spectrum, I’m afraid that I’m maybe not doing as much as I could, or as much as I should. But then, at the other end of the spectrum, is the realization that there’s no way that I could possibly do it all. There will always be something getting in the way of parts of it. So how do I find that

middle ground? Where do I find that sweetspot, where what I’m doing, and the frequency that I’m doing it, is just perfectly, exactly right? Honestly, I don’t have an answer to that question, but for now I think it’s a good sign that I’m at least willing to ask. And as long as I’m asking, as long as I keep that question in mind, I’ll hopefully always be working at improving as well. And if we all kept an attitude like that, well, I can’t help but think the world around us would just keep getting better and better too. todd@thestew.ca

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Respect: It’s more than a catchy logo BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

Being earth-friendly: These days it seems like it has moved beyond something that we should be staying aware of and has turned into a fad. Something to do. A fashion. Something that you put on and wear to show the world how absolutely awesome and earth-loving-in-everyway-humanly-possible you are. And perhaps you are. Though wearing all the hemp in the world, no matter how soft and renewable a resource it is (and it is, it really, really is), will not, in and of itself, stop the raping of the planet earth we

call home. What makes the difference is, in my humble opinion, a unified respect for the world we live in, and a genuine love for the people and creatures who live upon it. Everything else falls under that blanket. Would we go to our mother’s house and throw garbage on her floor? Would we go to our place of business and dump out all of the printer ink and watch it puddle on the desks, seeping into our paperwork? Would we go into our neighbor’s fridge and take one bite out of everything, throwing out whatever was left behind when we were done with it? No? Then there is no reason for

us to do the same to the planet and beings which give us food for our hunger, materials for our shelter, fabrics for our clothing and air for us to breathe. It is the little things that count: Being aware of our actions and how they translate to a larger picture, and not expecting perfection, but striving for it none-the-less. It is about teaching our children to do differently than we have in the past. And about making up for past mistakes. It is about cleaning up after ourselves on a larger scale, and making sure we don’t leave behind a mess for our children, or their children, to have to deal with. It is putting things back where

we found them; cleaning up our spills; fixing what we break; staying off of the good furniture. It is listening to our boss, our higher power, our inner deity and simply doing what is right rather than what is convenient. And then showing others how to do the same. We can share our respect not by making sure we only buy handbags made in India by indigenous farm women, or by drinking chai tea hand picked by free trade workers, or even by making sure everything in your closet is made from the aforementioned hemp or bamboo (not that there is anything wrong with any of that, in fact I am

pretty sure I do all of the above), but by passing that respect along to our youth; becoming involved in our communities; and, most importantly, by example. Together we can make the difference. We can clean up our greater home, encourage others, through love and respect, to do the same in their own manner, and we can teach our children good habits to pass along to the next generation, and the next, and the next. We may not get it perfect, but we can get the ball rolling, and that is a bigger start than this world has seen in a very long time. juli@thestew.ca


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Question of the Month

Help us build ‘Potato Dreams’ BY DEBRA MCNIE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR POTATO DREAMS

I lived in Williams Lake from 1953 until 1965. As a young girl I would see Manuel and Alcina Quintela in the garden of their home on Borland Street — what is now known as the Potato House — while downtown with my mother. Our family had a garden, but it was small when compared to their garden. Bob and I moved our family to Williams Lake from Vancouver in 1992. All felt right with the world to see Manuel and Alcina still living in their home and to see them in their garden once again was comforting for me. When Alcina passed and Manuel moved out of the house it was a reminder that time does not stand still. Recently, I became aware of The Potato House Project Society and the future plans for that house to become a sustainable education centre. It was wonderful to know that the house would not remain empty and would continue to have a garden. As the house moves into the future by the endeavours of the society, Manuel and Alcina’s life story, while living in the house for 50 years, will always be honoured. The society has kept some items found in the house in the exact place they were located. The past, present, and future of this amazing historic house will continue to benefit this community and those who visit the house. Shortly after attending the society’s Open House last summer, the vision for Potato Dreams came to me in a dream. So vivid was my dream, and the concept for a play it contained, I felt compelled to share both with the society. The board of directors agreed I should move forward to make my dream a reality. Potato Dreams: The play is historic fiction and will be performed outside, on location, in the summer of 2012. No previous theatrical experience is needed to participate in this production. My team and I will be available to consult and mentor. This is a great opportunity to experience from beginning to end the creation of an original production from development to a final, quality production, fitting for an audience to see. The story of a woman’s life while living in The Potato House is told. As a child and throughout her life she is visited by magical people from mystical places in her dreams. The dreams are woven throughout the foundation story which is shared with the audience through a conversation with a friend who visits the house with her after many years away. A message of sustainability for our people, our land, and arts and culture will be at the forefront of this production. Dream creation: The possibilities are endless when imagination is at play. We ask individuals and / or groups to develop

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What's the most important way we can keep the earth healthy? Send your answers to letters@thestew.ca

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“I think the idea that we never really own the earth, and that we’re only borrowing it from future generations, is a really important one. Whatever it is you do, it should be centered on making sure things are better for our children, and their children.

DREAM HOME  The ‘Potato House’ on Borland Street in Williams Lake.

Juli Harland juli@thestew.ca sales manager / executive editor “Be respectful of our global home and treat it, and others, with love.”

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

a dream sequence. Dreams can include music, dance, story-telling and more. The dreams should take no longer than 15 to 20 minutes to perform. To accommodate schedules and to provide opportunity for more people to be involved, not all dream sequences will be performed during a single performance. Potato Dreams is a play for all ages, so please keep that in mind when creating your dream. The dream must be an original piece of work including writing, music, dance, and is to be directed, cast, costumed and staged by the creator(s) of the dreams. Debra and her team will work collectively with the dream creator(s) to integrate the dream into the play, and be available for consultation when requested. Please submit dream outline and application form no later than April 10, 2012. Application forms are available by contacting Debra at mcnie6@ hotmail.com or on the web at www. potatohouseproject.com. Hard copies are available at Dandelion Living, 271 Oliver Street Williams Lake. Writing team: If you are interested in joining the writing team and enjoy the collaborative process please contact me. We will be writing the fictional story / script of the woman’s life and integrating the dreams into the story. Casting the characters for the play: No previous acting experience is required to audition. Mentorship will be in place throughout the Potato Dreams experience. Auditions will be held on April 15th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the CCACS Centre, 90 Fourth Avenue North (the old fire hall) in the upstairs hall. People interested in participating in the production but not wanting to act are welcome to attend even if just curious. If you require information on the audition process feel free to phone me. The lead character is a woman who will appear to be in her mid 60s. She will narrate and tell the story of her life and dreams during the conversation with an older man. This role will require an absolute sense of the character and the dreams as if they were the life of the actor. Second lead character, is an older man who will appear to be in his late 60s. He visits the house with the woman, listens to

her stories and engages in conversation. Main characters and approximate ages, keeping in mind make-up creates wonderful magic, as does acting. are as follows: Father, 30 to early 40s. Daughter, 7 to 9 years old. Daughter, late teens to early 20s. Young man of First Nations descent, mid 20s. Four to six actors to be within the audience. Adults and youth. Horse, no previous acting experience required, must be good around people and work for hay! Potato Dreams will include all original works, from the writing of the script, dream creation, musical score, and much more, which will be brought to life through performers, actors, artists, filmmakers, photographers, story-tellers, dancers, musicians, singers, graphics, and even a horse. My hope is for a cross section of participants combining people with experience who are willing to help mentor those with little or no previous theatrical experience. The Williams Lake and area communities are abundant with creative and talented people. If you are a seasoned performer, artist, writer or someone who has wanted to be involved with a collaborative creative process which produces a performance quality play, perhaps Potato Dreams is for you. We will also need help with gardening, set creation, make-up, costumes, as well as hunting and gathering, as only repurposed items will be used during this production. On my wish list is for the play to be filmed, so anyone interested in filming the production, please let me know. Those involved, no matter what capacity, will help create a wonderful and uplifting magical play for all to enjoy. If you or your group are interested in writing, developing a dream sequence, auditioning for a role, helping with production, mentorship, or all things Potato Dreams, or if you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me. You can leave me a message at 250-398-6344 or contact me by email at mcnie6@hotmail.com. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Jamie Horsley tonesoup@thestew.ca tone soup (music beat) “Consume less. A LOT less. And when you get rid of things, don't throw them away if they're useful at all. Sell it or give it to a friend or charitable thrift store, or at least recycle it properly. The landfill is no place for stuff you've simply grown tired of.”

Carol Davidson stir@thestew.ca stir (health beat) “My worst date experience was where the guy kept staring at me. He'd ask me a question and while I'd answer it, he'd totally zone out and stare. Holy crap was that bizarre.”

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

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

Michelle Daymond candoitconsulting150@gmail.com Eating Local (food beat) “Eat local, buy local, support your local farmers!”

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

Laura Kelsey laura@wordsmore.com Poetry Editor “Stay connected to the Earth rather than technology."

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INDEPENDENT TUPPERWARE CONSULTANT Christine Schiller One of the most well-known household names of the century, today’s Tupperware represents a collection of designforward food preparation, storage and serving solutions that help people save time and money, keep food fresh and waste less. 250-392-5543 christine.carnes@yahoo.ca HUNTING / OUTDOORS C.O.R.E./SURVIVAL TRAINING/WILDERNESS FIRST AID/FIREARMS INSTRUCTION Sheila Gruenwald Prepare for and achieve your C.O.R.E. program, or your P.A.L., and learn wilderness survival/first aid all in one safe and respectful environment. There is more to living than surviving, and more to survival than simply getting out alive. 250 305 7242 service@reclaimpersonaldevelopment.com http://www.reclaimpersonaldevelopment.com PARTY COOKS CREATIONS & CONSIGNMENTS Dodi Cook All Occasion Gift Baskets and Balloon Bouquets to suit your every style. 250-305-1050 dodicook@hotmail.ca SWEET ARRANGEMENTS Jana Ross Sweet Arrangements offers candy and chocolate bouquets for all occasions. 250-302-8897 sweetarrangements@shaw.ca www.sweetarrangementsca TEMP TATTOO SPARKLE TATTOO INC. Rhonda Toll Add a little glitter to your birthday party, add that little extra bling to your prom outfit and your wedding party! 250-706-7850 rhondatol@gmail.com WEIGHT LOSS Brielle Penner Join the Body by Vi Challenge and transform yourself in just 90 days. We offer affordable, fast fun meals, exercise videos, online tools and community to support you, and more! Over $25000 in annual prizes; join today! 250-267-6435 briellepenner@hotmail.com www.briellepenner.bodybyvi.com

Do you need a listing in our Home Based Business Directory? Give Juli a call at 778-412-2600 or contact her by email at juli@thestew.ca

Earning a living. Yes, it’s something we all need to do. Most of us find an employer and work on behalf of their company, thus collecting a cheque every couple of weeks. I’ve worked many jobs, and in the process have discovered I have a rather severe allergy to work schedules. It’s just that jobs always seem to get in the way of what I want to do. Few things are lamer than having to miss a great party because you are working the graveyard shift. If you know what I mean. So, I’ve taken to making it my personal goal to never work for another company again. Now you may be thinking, “But Torrey, don’t you write for The Stew?” Yes, I do, but it’s out of friendship. It’s not a job. There is no cheque. Just the selfsatisfaction of articulating thoughts and sharing them with readers while helping good friends produce a very unique paper. So it’s not a job. It’s a pleasure. At present I’m very unemployed. That’s not to say I don’t have to secure some kind of an income. I’ve taken to busking with my violin here in Kamloops, playing in the streets and relying on people

In My Shoes By Torrey Owen enjoying the music and offering a loonie or toonie to help support a local artist. It’s actually a pretty nice way to earn a living. I get to make my own schedule. I can play as long as I like, and finish when I like. I can break at any time to, well, do whatever I want. I’m quite selfish that way. I want to be doing what I want to do, and for my own reasons. Busking is helping me with that, plus it’s pretty good for exposure, and for learning to play comfortably with an audience. As much as busking is great fun and seems a feasible way to make a living, I am encountering some obstacles. Some businesses are quite happy to have a musician performing outside their store. I’ve even had employees come out and thank me for playing. These tend to be the smaller businesses in town. Other businesses,

manly large-scale corporations, are not so thrilled about the idea and tend to call me a pan-handler and threaten to call the police. My usual reaction to this is to play the saddest song I possibly can while the manager is telling me to leave. Then I go away, of course. To say the least, I’m rather perturbed by their refusal to allow me to perform outside their establishments. I find it worrisome to live in a world were you try and play a violin in public and corporations can tell you to stop and go away. Is anyone else bothered by this? Anyway, my gratitude to the places that enjoy my music and encourage me to play in front of their establishments. And another huge thank you to the hard working people who appreciate what I do and support me as a developing musician. torrey@thestew.ca

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March 2012 | THE STEW Magazine | PAGE 9 SHERYL-LYNN LEWIS PHOTO SISTER ACT  Kathleen MacDonald, Juli Harland, and Kalysta Szauer audition for roles in the Williams Lake Studio Theatre’s next production, Crimes of the Heart. You’ll be seeing all three women, and a couple of other faces, in the show when it goes on stage later in the spring.

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Check out Oren Barter and friends later this month in 100 Mile House, in concert at Exeter Hall

March 1 to 17, Parkside Gallery, 100 Mile House: Evolution of Art from Artist Len Monical. March 2 to March 31, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake: The Station House Gallery presents, in the Main Gallery, Ann Nicholson “The Chilcotin War: A Colonial Legacy” and in the Upper Gallery, Casey Bennett - “Faces of Industry”.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT  Local musician Oren Barter helped entertain the crowd at last month’s Valentine’s Day show at Diamonds and Dust in Williams Lake, which also featured our own Juli Harland, performing a sultry burlesque act, and Sheryl-Lynn Lewis performing a reading of some risque poetry.

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March 7 at 7:00 to 9:00pm, Chuck Mobley Theatre, Quesnel: Free Concert for All. A household name in the Canadian Music industry since 1973, Aboriginal entertainer Winston Wuttunee has wowed audiences across North America as well as Europe and Australia as a singer, keynote speaker, and comedian. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Winston is fluent in Cree, English, French, and has working knowledge of German. His formative years as a musician were spent in the Canadian Guards Regimental Band as a Clarinetist, which allowed him to broaden his musical repertoire to include Rock & Roll, Blues, Country & Western, Pop, and Classical. He has appeared in hundreds of newspaper articles and interviews, on national television, on radio, and in three movies. In 2002, he became a Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, an honour bestowed upon him by the Annual Aboriginal Awards. He is a proud father and grandfather to four boys, one daughter and five grandchildren. Winston is currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Sponsored by the Quesnel Tillicum Society March 9 at 5:00pm, Williams Lake: International Woman’s Day Business Fair, Dinner and Entertainment! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Women’s Contact Society building. Please contact Margaret Tucker 250-392-

4118 for more information. March 9 at 8:00pm, Legion Hall, Quesnel: Karaoke Friday - Quesnel Partners for Student Nutrition. No host bar and no host appetizers available All prceeds go to support the breakfast programs in Quesnel’s Schools Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #94, Quesnel. Tickets $10. March 10 at 7:00pm, Forest Grove Community Hall: Momentum Producitons Presents: The return of the Hootenany Cafe and everyone is welcome! Music, food, beverages, and loads of fun. Bring the whole family! Admission is by donation (minimum $7/ per person). March 10 at 10:00am - 2:00pm, Valley Room behind the Red Coach Inn: 6th Annual Seedy Saturday presented by the Horse Lake Community Farm Coop. Admission $2.00 donation. March 10 at 7:30pm, Quesnel Seniors’ Center, Quesnel: Country Legends. David James as Johnny Cash and Sara-Joanne Hosie as Patsy Cline. Tickets available at Circle S Western Wear. Presented by the Wolf 100.3. Tickets are $35. March 10 at 6:00pm, Elks Hall, Williams Lake: It’s the 17th Annual Business Excellence Awards! For more information please contact the Camber of Commerce at 250 392-5025.

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Did you know that for more than 40 years the Chicago River has been dyed green for St. Partick’s Day?

Quesnel: Kelli Trottier in Concert! Kelli Trottier, fiddler, singer, dancer with Greg Simm on Guitar. Sponsored by the Quesnel Old Time Fiddlers. Tickets $15 at the door. March 16 at 9:00pm, Grey Fox Pub, Williams Lake: Third Degree St. Patrick’s Party! Come on out for an evening of great classic rock! $7 cover charge.

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BACKSTAGE ACTION  The Stew Magazine’s Morrigan Sullivan took some time away from banging on her drums, climbing, and eating Cheerios to visit with Jay Goddard during rehearsals on the set of last month’s wildly popular production of The Clumsy Custard Horror Show and Ice Cream Clones Revue. March 12 at 7:00 10:00pm, Satya Yoga, Williams Lake: Yoga for Empowering Youth with Ella Cooper. A 2.5 hour workshop for people interested in learning tools for making yoga relevant and empowering youth.* Any one who is involved with youth or recreation programs, counselors, front line workers, school teachers, ect. you will not want to miss out on this training*. Please contact Satya Yoga for information: 778.412.9020 March 15 at 1:00 - 3:00pm, Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Williams Lake: Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is celebrating the City of

Williams Lake 83rd Birthday starting at 1:00pm with cake, sweets, coffee and tea March 15 at 6:00 8:00pm, City Council Chambers, Williams Lake: Dr. Glen Schmidt of UNBC presents The Community Development Institute/ Community Speakers Series: “The Social Aspects of Rapid Economic Growth” The present economic downturn lends a sense of urgency and importance to encouraging growth and development. Even in good economic times one would be hard pressed to find political and community leaders opposed to new opportunities that create employment and enhance community

viability. However, growth and development does not happen without social cost. The influx of workers, rapid population growth, localized inflation, pressure on infrastructure, and bifurcation factors create tension and raise issues that are not always considered as communities plan for significant growth. It is important to be aware of these costs and the potential effect on the social fabric of communities. For information please contact: Anne Burrill at aburrill@ williamslake.ca 250-3928480 or Jessica Knodel at spc-coordinator@xplornet. com

March 17 at Diamonds and Dust 160 2nd Ane N, Williams Lake: Foam Mesh Press with guest Drum and Bell Tower. Drink and food specials. For information and tickets, please contact Diamonds and Dust at 778-412-9109 March 17, Jakes Pub, 100 Mile House: Momentum Productions Presents: Mama Guroove! Come and dance the night away to these regional favourites. Stay the night at the Lake-

wood Hotel for only $35 with proof of concert ticket purchase. Tickets are only $12 at the door. March 23 to April 21, Parkside Gallery 401 Cedar Ave., 100 Mile House: The Parkside Gallery presents:

“Stories and Dreams” with artist Paula Scott. The show will run March 23-April 21 with an Opening Reception March 23 7pm-9pm and Artist Talk 7:30. This show is curated by Guy Hildebrand.

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Interested in having The Stew Crew come and cook you dinner? Let us know at letters@thestew.ca and we’ll work something out!

March 24 at 5:00 - 11:00pm, CJ’s Southwestern Grill, Williams Lake: The Williams Lake SPCA Presents “Spayghetti and No Balls” Fundraiser. Join us for an evening of great Italian food, fabulous entertainment with “the Perfect Match”, numerous fun games & exciting auction items all donated by caring local businesses!! This event is fully licensed sponsored by “See Ya Later Ranch”. For more information please contact the SPCA at 250.392.2179. March 24, Martin Exeter Hall, 100 Mile House: Momentum Productions Presents: Oren Barter, Candace Copley and Amber Bowen for a night of magical music. Everyone welcome! Tickets are only $15 and are available in 100 Mile House at Nuthatch Books, Gear Garage, DiDi’s Boutique, and the 100 Mile Laundymat. In Williams Lake tickets can be purchased at the Guitar Seller. March 24 at 5:30pm, Quesnel Seniors’ Center, Quesnel: Quesnel Community Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala. The fun starts with a no-host bar at 5:30pm, followed by a great dinner, entertainment, and a live auction. Join us as we give $40,000 to local charities for valuable community projects. These grants will raise our giving total to local

projects to almost $220,000 since 2001. This eventing promises to be one of the most significant community events of 2012. Tickets are $50 per person. Reserve them now by contacting Shirley Keen at 250-747-3725 or shirley.keen@ shaw.ca or Lorna Townsend at 250-7472988 or gtown53@telus.net. March 24 at 7:00 - 9:00pm, Gibraltar Room, Williams Lake: Dynamic Downfall featuring April and LarryDon’tPullThatLever! This is ‘The Big One’. Scream While You Can! This is an all-ages show, $10 at the door. March 25 at 4:30 - 6:00pm, Cariboo Memorial Complex, Williams Lake: The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay arrives in Williams Lake! Entertainment and BBQ to be held at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Come on out and cheer Rick Hansen! For more info please call 250398-7665. March 27 and 28, Canlan Arena, 100 Mile House Airport: Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour. Tuesday: Karaoke 4:45pm, Relay Team Arrives 5:30pm , Ceremony 5:45pm, Sledge Hockey Game at 6pm - 7:30pm. On Wednesday the Relay Team departs from 100 Mile Elementary School

to proceed through town on Birch Avenue. March 31, Satya Yoga Studio at 271 Oliver Street, Williams Lake: Renowned Drummer Granville Johnson is coming to the old Delainey’s building! Incredible hand drumming skill to share and be shared. Three times are available, to participate, socialize or just kick back and listen. Sunrise drum circle 7am-8:45 (will happen only with confirmation of minimum 5 pre-registered participants), cost $10. Drumming Workshop in two parts from 12:15pm to 2:30pm and 3pm to 5:15pm, preregistration recommended. Pay at Dandelion Living or at the door $30 per workshop or $50 for both. Babies are welcome at all workshops. Children 10+ may register.Djembe drums will be available for use and for sale. March 31 at 7:00 - 9:00pm, Satya Yoga 271 Oliver Street: An evening performance not to be missed, Granville Johnson will tell traditional stories in word and beat with the help of his beautiful handmade African rawhide goat skin stretched over Ghanaian Mahogany Djembe drum. Cover charge of $10/ person, $5 for workshop participants, children are free.

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Remember what W.C. Fields said: “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

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.

What does it really mean to be rich? STOCK PHOTO

WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET?  In the current economy, it can be difficult to keep your money where it belongs: In your wallet.

Locations listed in alphabetical order 100 MILE HOUSE 99 Mile Supermarket A&W Alpine Deli & Sub Shop Chartreuse Moose Chevron Dairy Queen Donex Higher Ground Natural Foods KFC Lone Butte General Store Marcel’s Boulevard Cafe Nuthatch Book Store Parkside Art Gallery Pharmasave Safeway Save-On Foods Subway Tim Hortons Velda’s Pasteries & Desserts Visitor Centre Yummers IN LAC LA HACHE Fast Trac Gas and Convenience Store

IN HORSEFLY Clarke’s General Store Cornerhouse Cafe The Post Office RaceTrac Gas IN MCLEESE LAKE Cariboo Wood Shop McLeese Lake General Store IN QUESNEL 7-Eleven (on the Highway) 7-Eleven (in West Quesnel) A&W Aroma Foods Billy Barker Hotel & Casino Bliss Burger Palace Carry All Books Granville’s Coffee Green Tree Health & Wellness Karin’s Deli Museum & Tourist Centre Quiznos Riverside Bistro (West Park Mall) Safeway Save On Foods Shopper’s Drug Mart Steeped Subway Tim Horton’s (on the Highway) Tim Horton’s (Downtown) IN HANCEVILLE Lee’s Corner IN TATLA LAKE Graham’s Inn IN BELLA COOLA Valley Inn Coast Mountain Lodge Valley Restaurant Eagle Lodge

BY KIRSTEN STARK FINANCIAL LITERACY PROJECT COORDINATOR CARIBOO CHILCOTIN PARTNERS FOR LITERACY

When a million dollars isn’t enough to make you rich in 2012, perhaps it’s time to take another look at what that word really means. An article in the Wall Street Journal, Wealth Report, indicates that to be classified as rich or wealthy today, you need to be worth $1.4 to $5 million. Interestingly, the same report shows that many people think that if they had twice as much as they do now, they would be rich! The reality for most people (99% of the planet, including myself ) is that even with twice the income or assets we have now, we would still be woefully behind the current definition of rich,

and yet we manage to survive. So I tried to come up with a different view of what being rich means, one that does not include a goal to have or earn a certain amount of money. My new definition is, “Having enough money and time to do the things you want to do, whilst trying to financially secure your future, for when you

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can’t or don’t want to work anymore.” Another reality is that having a goal like “I want to be rich” or “I want a million dollars” is a hard thing to achieve. Try to start with small goals and make small changes in your spending habits to reach them. Once you have worked out what being rich means to you, it’s time to take a look at how you are going to get there and that means making all of your money work hard for you. One of the biggest drains on your personal wealth is ‘Financial Leakage’. This can be looked at as the portion of your money that you never even get to see, but it drips away slowly and can really hold you back from reaching your goals. Some of the most commonly missed leaks include bank charges, ATM machine charges, interest charges, fees for installment payments, and making minimum payments on a debt. Try to identify your own leaks and find ways to stop them. You’ll soon find that simple changes can lead to big savings over time. Imagine if you changed your spending habits for a few months and during this time you saved enough money to keep a good

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minimum balance in your bank account. Now you don’t have to pay fees every month just to get at your money. You could then take that extra money and use it pay off a debt more quickly or start saving for something you need. It’s impossible to get away from the fact that we live in a society driven by money, but if we get smarter about how we spend it, and value our time just as much as the dollar

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Kale, beets, garlic, and lettuce are all popular seeds to plant early in the season

Draw up your garden plans and order your seeds I have been saying this for a while now, but spring is definitely in the air! As we live in the Cariboo, I am sure we are in for another cold snap, and more snow. However, if you are like me, you are getting the itch to dig in the dirt, dreaming of this summer’s garden bounty. And, I must admit, I am dreaming of more than just the garden…I’ve been re-learning snowboarding and my aching body would love to have an outdoor, wood-fired hot tub to go with the garden! On a side note, anyone out there with ideas on how to build one, please feel free to share with me! Okay, back to growing food (although if your body is relaxed, you can work longer,

Eating Local By Michelle Daymond so in a way, a hot tub is an essential part of my garden plan!). The ground is still too frozen to actually be out digging or building garden beds, but it is the perfect time to start drawing up your garden plan and begin ordering seeds. In my opinion, seeds sourced as locally as possible are one of the most important parts of your home garden; and flipping through seed catalogues, planning

this year’s garden is one of the highlights of the late winter months! By ordering organic, BC grown and non-Genetically Modified Seeds, you are: 1. Supporting your local and BC Farmers. 2. Connecting with local growers and seed savers and are able to ask questions and share experiences growing certain varieties. 3. Putting money back into the BC economy and avoiding the

huge companies who are spreading terminator seeds around the world. 4. Preserving local plant heritage by propagating open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. 5. Giving yourself the best chance to succeed at growing, as local seeds have adapted themselves to the climate and soil conditions of our area. 6. Enjoying the best tasting vegetables and fruits, from lovingly grown and preserved seeds! Now that you’ve decided to purchase quality seeds for your garden, where do you start? Open up a Seed Catalogue! Here is a very quick rundown on the basic terms you will see when considering what seeds to purchase: Treated and Untreat-

ed: “Treated” seeds have a fungicide applied to help prevent disease before germination GMO: Genetically Modified Seeds. There is so much I could say about this, but the general idea is that GMO seeds have had specific changes introduced using genetic engineering techniques. These seeds are subject to intellectual property law (ie. companies such as Monsanto can own a seed, thereby making it illegal for farmers to save seed from year to year). Often GMO seeds have had changes introduced to them that would never have happened naturally, such as a strawberry seed being injected with a gene from an Alaskan Salmon to make a more frost resistant variety. Open-Pollinated:

You can save the seeds from these plants, and they will produce for you the next year, however the crop may not be uniform (which can be just fine, because what home gardener wants all of their broccoli to be ready at the same time?) Hybrid: Cannot save the seed from hybrid varieties; developed for commercial growers to increase yields and uniformity in crop Now, where can you start looking for nonGMO, untreated, openpollinated seeds? The best way to get local seeds is to support Seedy Saturday events! The Williams Lake Food Policy Council, in partnership with other community organizations, has hosted a Seedy Saturday for the past three years.

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It’s pretty hard to go wrong when mixing potatoes with cheese.

2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tsp. fresh thyme 4 oz. chive and onion cream cheese ½ cup milk 1 tbsp. fresh parsley

Details for this year’s event to be announced, but look for it to be held in early May; Come participate in a grassroots celebration of growing food! The next best option is to order from a BC seed grower / seller. I began the list below, and want to keep it alive by adding and deleting places, and by including anecdotals from people who have bought seeds from particular growers, etc. Please e-mail me with any input you have! Boundary Garlic:

250-449-2152 Clear Sky Farm: www.clearskyfarm.com Eternal Seed: eternalseed.ca Salt Springs Seeds: www.saltspringseeds. com Sesen Farm and Seed: 250-498-4746 Stellar Seeds: stellarseeds.com Sunshine Farm: www. sunshinefarm.net Terra Viva Organics: www.tvorganics.com Territorial Seed Co.: www.territorialseed.com Two Wings Farm: www.twowingsfarm.com West Coast Seeds:

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Preheat oven to 375. Rub potatoes with oil and season with salt. Place on baking sheet and bake until potatoes are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside (about 1 hour). Heat butter, add leeks, season with salt and pepper, cook until soft. Add garlic and thyme, cook for one minute. Cut each potato lengthwise, scoop out insides into bowl, leaving about ¼” shell of potato next to skin. Add leek mixture, cream cheese, and milk to potato and mash well. Stir in parsley, spoon back into potato shells, and place back onto baking sheet. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes. This is also delicious if you add cooked bacon to the potato mash! Oven Roasted Potatoes, one of my absolute favourite, easy, standby side dishes! Potatoes Olive Oil Seasoning Salt Dried herbs (parsley, dill, thyme, etc.) Chopped onion Cayenne pepper or chili pepper flakes Pepper Shredded Cheese

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The short french film Le Voyage Dans La Lune was based, loosely, on two science fiction novels: Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon.

Earth, Air, Iron Fire, but no water

Tone Soup By Jamie Horsley strange and wonderful places, as I’m sure the moon must be. I enjoyed Le Voyage Dans La Lune so much that as soon as I had listened to it once, I listened to it again. Very cool.

Air Le Voyage Dans La Lune  French electronica duo, Air are best known for their ‘98 debut album Moon Safari and their score for the film The Virgin Suicides. Their most recent album Le Voyage Dans La Lune (or, in English, ‘A Trip to the Moon’) has them revisiting both the moon and film scores as the album was composed as a score to Georges Méliès’ 1902 silent film of the same name. Since it’s a score there’s very few lyrics, besides a few bits and phrases lightly scattered throughout. In fact, only two of the eleven tracks actually contain sung verses, and those are fairly short. The album itself is fairly short, with a runtime of barely more than thirty minutes, yet I found it to be playful and engaging, taking the listener to

Iron Fire Voyage of the Damned The term ‘power metal’ brings to mind long haired rockers, symphonic metal riffs and usually very Tolkienesque themes. Iron Fire’s latest album, Voyage of the Damned, is power metal all the way, except for one thing: they’ve traded their swords and magic spells for ray guns and space ships. But that doesn’t make them any less powerful. On the contrary, this is probably one of the best albums in the rocky history of the band. The vocals are better (less whiny), the music is good and heavy

and well produced without being over-produced, and a fresh theme all add up to one solid album. The album opens with the typical short, brooding, instrumental intro and then slams into the fastest paced song on the album, ‘Enter Oblivion OJ-666,’ which is easily one of the best songs on the album. A little later we run into the requisite power ballad, ‘The Final Odyssey’; I’m a sucker for power ballads and this one is no exception. It is immediately followed by ‘Ten Years In Space,’ which has an awesome opening riff. Next up is the ten minute title track which tells a great story (even if it is typical) from the point of view of the pilot of a spaceship that’s breaking down in mid-journey. The last third of the album is full of more good songs but none quite so memorable as the aforementioned. Voyage of the Damned is something power metal and sci-fi fans should check out.

Paul McCartney Kisses On The Bottom Regarding the concept of his latest album, Kisses On The Bottom, Paul McCartney has said, “For years I’ve been wanting to do some of the old

songs that my parents’ generation used to sing at New Year... But we tried to work out a slightly different approach, and used a selection of songs that wouldn’t be the obvious ones...that everyone tends to cover.” McCartney applies all his grace and charm to such classic gems as ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,’ ‘Only a Paper Moon,’ ‘Glory of Love,’ ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ and more. But he didn’t forget to toss a couple brand new pieces of his own. His single ‘My Valentine’ was written for his new wife and was played for her at their wedding back in October. He also performed it on the 2012 Grammy Awards stage with Diana Krall and Joe Walsh. This is a beautiful, easy listening album that your mom will surely enjoy.

Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth As you probably already know, David Lee Roth has reunited with Van Halen once more. Their first single, ‘Tattoo,’ was met with mixed reviews and I certainly wasn’t a fan of it. When I first heard the album I wasn’t overly impressed as it mostly sounded like a direct rehash of old Van

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Halen riffs and nothing on the album really jumped out and grabbed me enough to go, “Yeah! That rocks!” Later, as I was doing some digging, I learned that David and Eddie actually sat down and dug through all their old scraps of unfinished works from the mid-70s and built this album out of all the best bits they found. Well that explains why it sounds almost exactly the same, though not quite as good, as old, late-70s Van Halen. Fans of classic Van Halen should give this album at least one listen and decide for themselves what they think of it. I’m gonna shelf this one with comeback albums by classic rock bands that should have left well enough alone.

Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II Drone rock band, Earth, has been evolving its sound and its lineup since its inception in 1989, and since that time every album has been as good as, or better than, its predecessor. Most recently Earth has released the second and final part of last year’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light. Both albums are phenomenal and they play together as one coherent piece. Frontman, Dylan Carlson cites English folk bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention as major influences on these recent releases. The long, slow, droning riffs on these albums are as beautiful and melodic as they are melancholy. ‘Sigil of Brass,’ the opening track on Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, is a mere three and a half minutes, short when compared to the seven-totwenty minute slow epics that make up the rest of this project. But those epics are

par for the course with Earth. As a fan of Earth and other slow, droning, musical styles, I expected this album to be good, but what I didn’t expect was how relaxing I found it. As I began to listen to Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, it made me feel like I was high and euphoric, as if I was going to float away on a magic carpet of sound. So beautiful. Both of these albums are a must hear. Probably some of the best music you’ll hear all year.

Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror Usually the thought of sleigh bells evokes images of white Christmases in the country with family, hot apple

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cider, horse-drawn sleighs, and other such heartwarming things. Unfortunately the band known as Sleigh Bells evokes far less heartwarming images than their namesake. This modern noise pop duo is following in the footsteps of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Sonic Youth, while pushing the sound of the genre to the bleeding edge. Reign of Terror is Sleigh Bells second full length album and is expertly executed. All the big name critics are raving about it. Metacritic. com compiled an average critic score of 75/100 based on 31 critics and if you look closely at those results you will find that most of the biggest names in music news have rated the album at 80 or better. Q Magazine called it “stunning” and Rolling Stone gave it 4/5 stars. I can easily see the validity of what they’re doing combined with the expert craftsmanship with which they do it, but unfortunately I have a hard time really enjoying this music. ‘Crush’ is

a pretty awesome rock chant and ‘You Lost Me’ is the one song I find most enjoyable. The mashup of opposing styles (pop and electronica vs. rock and metal) without any one of them having a clear dominion over the sound or style just seems a little much for me. This album is definitely for fans of bands like Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain and other experimental music and noise pop bands.

The Cranberries Roses After being reunited for three years, The Cranberries have released their first album since 2001, Roses, and thank the gods, it’s good. As

I listened to the first track, ‘Conduct,’ I knew The Cranberries were back and that they hadn’t lost their touch, as happens with so many reunited bands. I even found it hard to believe they’d been gone so long. Dolores O’Riordan’s unique and powerful voice sets The Cranberries apart from nearly every other band in their pop and alternative rock genres. Add to that, bright music and catchy tunes as well as lyrics about love and relationships that we can all relate to, and you have the winning recipe that make The Cranberries so sweet. Unfortunately, with the exception of their multiplatinum second album, they have been largely under appreciated. I won’t speculate that this will be their next platinum album but it certainly does deserve some recognition. Roses is exactly the album that fans have been waiting for for so long. Check it out. tonesoup@thestew.ca

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The ‘No Poo’ is a reference to no shampoo, though to keep your hair as clean as possible, you should probably also keep it free of, you know, actual poo.

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Stay clean with do it yourself shampoo I happened to run into an article on a group of people who believe that shampoo is bad for your hair, and that going without is better, overall, for your hair. This group of people make up the “No ‘Poo Movement” and they say that all the chemicals that are in shampoo actually make your hair more oily, because they make your sebaceous glands produce more sebum oil. If we weren’t to use the shampoo, they say, the glands would stop overproducing, and our hair wouldn’t be greasy, and would be healthier overall. Well, since I believe that the sudsing chemical in shampoo causes cancer, and that chemicals overall are

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Fine Frugality By Angela Shephard not good for you if they are not naturally occurring, I decided to try this out. I started at the beginning of February, and have been doing it for just over three weeks as of the writing of this article. I know, everyone is probably saying, “Ewwww, that’s gross!” but the way I have been doing it does require items to both clean and condition the hair. As a matter of fact, these items are found in most homes already! For the shampoo you’ll need two tablespoons of baking soda and two cups of water (comfortably warm). Put both into an old, clean shampoo bottle and shake. To use, dampen hair, and use the baking soda solution to wash your hair. Massaging the scalp is very important! It helps to clean the scalp and hair, as well as encouraging

circulation and hair growth. Rinse out, massaging your scalp as you do so. For the Conditioning rinse you’ll want two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two cups of water. Put both into an old, clean conditioner bottle and shake. To use, after washing hair, use the vinegar solution on your hair, massaging it into your scalp as you did with the baking soda solution. Then rinse out, massaging the scalp as you do so. You’re probably thinking that I must smell like vinegar or like something pickled, but I don’t! The water and scalp massage rinses it away! I do have to say that I altered the recipe for the conditioning rinse with a few drops of essential oil, because I’m a girl and I like to smell nice. While the vinegar rinses away, the fragrance of essential oils tend to stay,

though just a little. Now to the important part: How my hair reacted to the change. I would wash my hair every second day, as I did when I used shampoo, but in the first week my hair felt oily by the second day. My glands needed time to get used to the change, and they eventually lessened the amount of oil they released. By the third week my hair was doing well. However, in saying that, I have read a lot of articles covering the subject, and found that many people had to wait months for their hair to get used to the change. As well, some people recommend brushing your hair in the morning and evening to help distribute the beneficial oils throughout the length of your hair. The goal of the “No ‘Poo Movement” is to eventually just use water to wash your hair. I myself have not gotten to that point, and I’m not sure if I ever will. I’ll just have to wait and see. If you wish to read more about this subject, or other topics on frugal living, visit my blog at www.fine-frugality.blogspot.com. angela@thestew.ca

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They’re in my nightmares now, the beetles. I’m walking through the forest, everything is green, beautiful. I walk by tall, strong trunks and drag my hand across the rough bark. I pass another tree when I hear it. I step toward a particularly large pine, place ear against bark. I listen to a noise that can only be described as a gorging swarm, combined with a constant scream. I start to pull my head off the tree; my cheek sticks to it. I look up and sap, dark and amber like a mix of honey and blood, drips on to my face. My head jerks down but the sap is fast and it runs into my eyes. The sound grows louder. My hands flail about, blindly searching for a sign of a path. I’m on my hands and knees, sticking to the forest floor, dry pine needles piercing my palms. All I can see is darkness, all I can hear is constant gnawing and all can feel is pain. I wake up feeling like a pine.

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