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I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is full of “what’s wrong with Millennials” posts. Usually I reply with my favourite quote on the subject, “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?” Plato. My parents’ generation nearly destroyed civilization with sex, drugs, rock and roll – and their uppity dreams of peace and love. They ruined themselves and their children with their addiction to what my grandfather always called “the idiot box” that dominated our living room and led to abominations like the TV dinner. Generation X took up the “young people these days” mantle with our stoner lack of interest in material success and our fascination with fantasy games and computers. (Sorry kids, we invented the D&D-playing nerd living in their parents’ basement.) So yes, Millennials have magic devices (and so do I, and I love being connected to friends around the world and a library of information and a map of anywhere) and they aren’t interested in devoting their lives to meaningless work for marginal reward. Some

Lloyd & Crystal (Williams) Taber are very happy to announce the engagement

of them are lazy and entitled and annoying – unlike, say, the “Me Generation” which spawned their parents. Many of them, most of the ones I have the pleasure to deal with, have a wonderful wry sense of humour about the messed up world they are inheriting, are deeply committed to people they love, work incredibly hard to survive precarious employment and disintegrating services, and are passionate about using their gifts and fulfilling their goals. If you don’t believe me, come by Imperial Theatre in February and see these “kids” in action. We start on February 2 with Rebecca Perry’s “Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl” – a funny one-woman musical about a recent university grad or as they are usually known – barista. Without giving away too much about the February 4 Mystery Concert, I can say you will see a talented, hardworking, socially conscious group of musical Millenials onstage. If all of that doesn’t convince you that this generation knows a thing or two about hard work (and has a fantastic sense of humour) the young men of Machine de Cirque didn’t get their crazy circus skills without a lot of hours, perseverance and dedication. In just two short weeks, even before we get to the NB Youth Orchestra concert on February 12, you can free yourself forever of the “young people these days” syndrome. They will appreciate it, and you will feel younger too. 0030

Philip Taber to Meg Collins daughter of Carrie & Derek Collins of Hamilton, Ontario An August 2018

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LIBRARY NEWS WEST BRANCH LIBRARY Lancaster Mall, 621 Fairville Blvd, 6437260 Hours: - Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am-8:30pm; Sunday, Monday & holidays - closed. Children’s Programs: Babies in the Library - Please sign up for next session, Tuesdays (February 14, 21 & 28) 11:30am. Time for Tots - 10:30am on Thursdays for ages 18-36 months. Moon & Star Play Time - 6:30pm for babies & toddlers - and Mommy & Daddy too. Storytime - 10:30am on Fridays, stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft for all ages. Literacy Tutoring - Elementary & Middle School aged children call 643-7260 to book a free one-on-one tutoring session. Family Drop-in Table - all day, every day with weekly theme. Adult Programs:. Coffee House & Open Mic - last Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers and a great audience, all welcome. Monthly Book Raffle: Tickets (one for $2, three for $5) on sale each month for a new group of books. Adult Literacy Tutoring: Free one-onone tutoring session call 643-7260. Knit 2 Together (k2tog): Tuesday afternoons drop-in, with knitted squares, tea and treats. Computer Lab: Check your e-mail, do research, use the internet - free. Book a tutorial and learn basic computer skills. Free Wi-Fi. Community Room Rental: West Branch Library has a spacious room offering tables, chairs and limited kitchen facilities. EAST BRANCH LIBRARY 55 McDonald Street (transit building), 643-7250, eastbranch.publiclibrary@gnb. ca Library Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am-8:30pm; Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday & Monday - closed. Thursdays - 10:30-11:00am, Story Time with stories, crafts and theme based songs for pre-schoolers. Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 6:00pm, Computer Help. Tuesday, January 24 - 6:00pm, Classic Film.


Tuesday, January 31 - 2:30-3:30pm, Knit & Crochet Club. Wednesday, January 18 - 10:30-11:30am, Seniors’ & Newcomers’ Cafe; 6:30pm, Winnie the Pooh Day. Wednesday, January 25 - 2:00pm, B.Y.O.B (oard Game) - Scrabble; 6:307:00pm, Hackmatack Children’s Book Club. Thursday, January 19 & 26 - 10:3011:00am, Every Child Ready to Read storytime. Thursday January 26 - 2:30-3:30pm, Book Club for Adults. Friday, January 20 - 2:30-3:00pm, Contines en français, French Story Time; Open Craft Day - all day drop-in. Friday, January 27 - Open Craft Day, all day drop-in; National Family Read Day, all day drop-in. Saturday, January 21 - 1:30-11:00am, Toddler Time; 11:00am, Graphic Novel Club for adults; 2:20pm, Puppet Show fun. Saturday, January 28 - 10:30-11:00am, Toddler Time; Kazoo Day, all day dropin. 0019

Symphony New Brunswick presents the renowned Saint John String Quartet in its first Virtuoso concert of 2017 in Elegance/ Élegance — a program of “Impressions.” The works of three composers will be featured, each contrasting with each other. There are also contrasts set up within the works of the individual composers, ensuring that all audience members will hear something that will resonate with their mood or taste. A selection by Holbrooke, composed in 1915, is a twomovement work, with the first movement titled “Belgium.” It is an elegy both somber and searching. “Russian Dance”, the second movement, by contrast, is a lively folk dance. Canadian composer Stewart Grant’s String Quartet No. 1 (2002) is very atmospheric. The fourth work is Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1. All movements have different characteristics. The first is exuberant while the second is dainty and melodious. The third is sentimental and the fourth is joyful and witty. Local concert will be held on Sunday, January 22 at the Saint John Arts Center, 2:00pm. 4390

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MARKETPLACE WELLNESS CENTRE Carleton Community Centre, 120 Market Place; 674-4335 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm. Specimen Collection Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:00am-3:00pm, appointments only 648-6681. Food Bank - Winter hours in effect: Tuesdays & Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Gentle Yoga - 9:00am, Mondays & 10:00am on Thursdays, $6 fee. Line Dancing - 10:00am, Mondays, $5 fee. Art Class - 10:00am, Tuesdays (goodwill offering). Contact: kimmy.cookson@ Senior Led Fitness Program/Falls Prevention - for ages 50 & up, “Zoomers”, free. Tuesdays 10:00am and Fridays 11:00am, all participants must have an initial assessment. Call the Centre. Pickle Ball - Call Mike 672-9566. Fundy Fog Chasers - meet Thursdays (6:30pm) and Saturdays (9:00am), runners and walkers welcome, no charge to participate. Check Facebook. Gentle Dance (low key) - 10:00am, Fridays (donation). Art Class - (goodwill offering), contact: Food Purchase Club - clients pay for their

bag of fresh produce, once a month. Call the Centre for information. Smoking Cessation Program - call the Centre for an appointment. Community Garden Plots - First come, first served. $15 plus $5 key deposit. Social worker/Dietitian/Counselling (by appointment), call the Centre. Social Development case worker on site Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment. Two Nurse Practitioners, by appointment only. 3250

SJ COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS EXCHANGE A grateful “Thank You” from the Saint John Community Christmas Exchange to all the churches, agencies and individuals that supported the Christmas Exchange in 2016. To all who sponsored families and made donations and to the volunteers, who gave of their time so generously, thank you. Your generous support has seen that over 2800 families in the Saint John and surrounding areas were looked after for Christmas. 4391

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“RE-GIFT” OLD CLOTHING FOR A GOOD CAUSE Are you having trouble fitting those new gifts into your dressers, closets and cupboards? Don’t trash your old duds and sundries, stash them in bags and boxes and gift them to the Community Collection program in support of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. Not only is it smart recycling, it’s also a great new way of “regifting,” because the funds generated from your generosity help people with an intellectual disability, and their families, right here in New Brunswick. It's easy - just drop off your bags in one of our BOBs (Big Orange Bins) in your area, or take advantage of our convenient pick-up service. To locate a BOB near you, or for a list of items you can donate, check out and click on Community Collection Program. For a donation pick-up, call NBACL at 1-866-NBACL4U (1866-622-2548), Option 1, to make arrangements. Thanks in advance for your kind generosity. 4384

Non-Profit, Service & Community Groups (Churches, Seniors, Schools, etc) we are currently updating our list of editorial for on-going events, that is those that run on a weekly or monthly basis - meetings, card parties, music, bingo, bowling, breakfasts etc. on-going events information is kept on file and placed as often as space allows. we have not heard from many groups in the past year and are looking to update our contact and event info. in order to ensure all information is current and accurate, by the first of march, any information we have on file which has not been updated this year will be removed. Please let us know if your group would like to update event info. to update your group’s information please call us at 832-5613 and ask for “Editorial”; or email:

SEA BELLES NEWS Sea ‍Belles, a cappella chorus, has had a busy few months sharing their Holiday Harmonies and good cheer with local nursing homes, senior’s apartments, malls, the public and local charities. Each year the chorus donates a portion of fundraising profits and performances to two local charities - cheques for the combined amount of $1000 were presented to Romero House and the Sophia Recovery Centre. In addition to these financial donations, Sea Belles also collected mitts, hats, scarves for Romero House patrons at their annual Christmas party. Sea Belles is grateful for the continued support of the Saint John and surrounding communities

Brenda Smith, Sea Belles’ Charity Coordinator, and Phyllis Buchacan of Romero House

to their barbershop style of a cappella music. Sea ‍Belles a cappella chorus weekly rehearsals resumed on January 3, 7:009:30pm, at Portland United Church Hall, 50 Newport Crescent, Saint John. Members come from all walks of life, ranging in age from 14 to over 70 and hail from Saint John and the surrounding communities, Sussex to Brown’s Flat. Women of any age who love to sing and can carry a tune, are invited to join the fun of a cappella harmony at any time. For more info contact Vangie 636-2292 or visit 4386

Brenda Smith, Sea Belles’ Charity Coordinator and Lorraine Marshall, Administrative Assistant of Sophia Recovery Centre

January 17th - January 30th, 2017 


ASK MARY DOES TALKING HELP? I talk about my grief all the time, but it doesn’t seem to help. What else can I do? We all have a story to tell about who we are and why we turned out the way we did. Some of us have the perfect story of loving friends and family with lots of laughter. But most of us have had to navigate around the worry and pain of life. Your family life, childhood and culture have given you a background. Now you get to take all of your past and create your journey from today onwards. I know it’s hard once you lose your loved one. I relate it to being on a double highway with someone to share the journey with and then all of a sudden you are in the ditch and by yourself. Sure you get out of the ditch but now you’re on a single lane highway without a map. If you don’t want to be wandering aimlessly, you will have to reframe your life and write out a new map. Consider yourself the storyteller of your life, talk about your heroes, struggling with your dragons and facing the loneliness of being

single. Write your story from the hero’s perspective and describe how you faced your despair and turned it into newfound strengths. You say, “I talk about my grief all the time, but it doesn’t seem to help.” This is where disclosing the tough stuff by writing it all out with the intention of letting it go, will help you to grieve and heal. Meanwhile, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for at least half an hour. Write about it all, including any thoughts or feelings you have. Do not edit what you write, just write out in a steady stream of emotion: What have you fought and learned?; What lessons do you have to pass on to your children and grandchildren?; How have you become a better person?; What struggles and injustices did you overcome?; What are your strengths, weaknesses and disappointments? Writing in a journal has a powerful positive effect on your immune system and physical well-being, but more


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important it is a way to release difficult emotions that cannot be spoken out into the world. I believe that written thoughts have the capacity to create and reframe our lives. True, our lives don’t look like what we had planned but perhaps some new thoughts can help us reduce our stress and gain a broader understanding of what we still have to be thankful for. Please email me your questions: mary@ 0016

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Wednesday, January 25 SJ Branch NB Genealogical Society meeting, 7:00pm at SJ Free Public Library Multipurpose Room. Guest speaker, Joanna Everitt, will speak on Genetic Genealogy: Generating new Directions for Genealogical Research through DNA testing. AGM to follow presentation. All guests welcome. Saturday, January 28 Monthly Breakfast at St. Luke's Hall, corner of Metcalf and Lansdowne from 8:00-11:00am. Sausages, eggs, toast, home fries and beverage. $6/person. A joint presentation of the Saint John Y's Men's Club and St. Luke's, with proceeds to outreach ministries. Tuesday, February 28 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Kingston Parish Hall 4:00-6:00pm. Pancakes, beans, sausages, dessert, coffee or tea. $8/adults, $4/children under 12. Proceeds to Anglican Parish

of Kingston. Gluten free pancakes available upon request. Contact: Parish Office 763-3183 or parishofkingston@

SKATERS CELEBRATE AT HARBOUR STATION Adult skaters recently celebrated 20 years of skating at Harbour Station. The occasion was marked with music by the St. Mary’s Band, which for many years played for Saint John skaters. Also on hand for the event was Peter Jones, who founded Harbour Skating, and Ron Maloney, who has provided skating music at Harbour Station since its founding. The two shared anniversary cake cutting duties. Harbour Skating President Alison Hannah praised skating as a sport. “Today, so many sports focus on elite athletes and adults too often become spectators instead of participants. We

offer skating just for fun, for a place to go, for the enjoyment of being on the ice. And as a bonus, that skating provides a workout that brings many health benefits.” Hannah thanked Harbour Station and the Province of New Brunswick, Active Communities Branch, for their support of the Anniversary event. Harbour Skating offers adult public skating at Harbour Station most Monday evenings from November to March. Skate nights in 2017 are at 8:00pm on February 6, 13, 20 & 27; and March 6 & 13. 4394

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January 17th - January 30th, 2017 



LEGIONS JERVIS BAY RCL #53 1016 Bayside Drive 633-0092; Hours of operation - Monday-Friday 2:00-11:00pm; Saturday 12:00noon11:00pm; Sunday 12:00noon-6:00pm. Sundays - 1:00pm, Bingo, canteen open selling hotdogs, chips and chocolate bars. Fridays - Chase the Ace draw, purchase tickets at the bar all week up to Friday evening at 7:45. Ticket draw is at 8:00pm. Attendance for the draw is not mandatory. Hall rental and catering available, contact the Legion at 633-0092 for more information.

LeBlanc & Friends in Pub 69. Saturday, January 21 - 1:00-3:00pm, dance with Donny & Delbert in PUb 69; 9:00pm, Branch #69 & Singles dance with 2nd Time Around in the Upper Hall. Sunday, January 22 - 7:00pm, dance with Jed & Moe in the Upper Hall. Saturday, January 28 - 3:30pm, dance with Jed & Moe in Pub 69; 9:00pm, Branch #69 & Singles dance with Party Line in the Upper Hall. Sunday, January 29 - No Dance. 0015

LANCASTER RCL #69 Wilson Street, Saint John, Phone 6358095 Tuesday, January 17, 24, 31 - 7:30pm, Doubles Crib in the Upper Hall. Friday, January 20 & 27 - 7:00pm, Open “Mic” Night (dance) with Don

Improve your mobility at your own pace - Zumba Classes for Seniors will be held every Wednesday afternoon, 1:00pm at St. Mark’s United Church (50 Dexter Drive). Instructor will be Margaret Trites and the cost is $2/ week. All are welcome. G162


Seniors (50+) who are on low income -singles 30,000/year or couples $40,000/ year can have their Income Tax Returns completed at no charge at the Senior’s Resource Centre in March and April. This service will be available on Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-11:30am & 1:002:30pm. The Centre is wheelchair accessible for any age. For more information please contact the Senior’s Resource Centre at 633-8781. 4371

WESTSIDE FOOD BANK The Westside Food Bank would like to thank all the many individuals, churches, church groups, businesses, organizations, schools, etc., who donated money, food items, knitted articles, and many other various items, etc., during the Christmas Season. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all who support the Food Bank throughout the year. It is very heartwarming to know that people are thinking about those less fortunate and because of your support, the Food Bank can assist the needy in our Community. Again, many thanks. 4392

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RCL #69 INSTALLATION OF EXECUTIVE On December 19 the Lancaster Legion Branch #69 held a potluck meal and the installation of Branch Executive took place. Branch #69 also presented a cheque in the amount of $5,000 to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation as a donation towards the cost of purchasing an Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) that will help detect early Lung Cancer. Branch #69 received a cheque, from the Branch Ladies’ Auxiliary, in the amount of $12,000 to help cover branch operating costs. Art Pottle was installed as Branch #69 Honourary President. 4374

Branch #69 2017/2018 Executive Installed, l-r: Front row - Allen Wickens Sgt-at-Arms; Allan Stevenson 1st Vice President; Robert Little, Past President; Larry Lynch, President; Art Pottle, Honorary President; Paul Durant 2nd Vice President, and Phyllis Palmer Secretary Back row: Lewis LaVorgna, Executive Member; Jeff Hague, Executive Member; Cannon David Kierstead, Chaplain and Executive Member; Bob Cobbett, Executive Member; Lorraine Lynch, Executive Member Absent: Ian Potter, Service Officer and Executive Member; Florence Sweet, Executive Member; Don Mills, Executive Member; Jean Stevens, Executive Member; Art Nice Jr, Executive Member; Rev. Clayton Misner Chaplain and Paul Garnett, Assistant Sgt-at-Arms

Branch #69 Ladies Auxiliary cheque presentation to Branch #69, l-r: Valerie Cairns, Branch Ladies Auxiliary President and Larry Lynch, Branch President

L-rt: Installation of Honourary President - Robert Little; Branch Sgt-at Arms Allen Wickens and Art Pottle, Branch Honourary President

Donation to Hospital Foundation, l-r: Valerie Cairns Branch Ladies Auxiliary President, Darren McLeod Senior Philanthropy Specialist and Larry Lynch Branch President

January 17th - January 30th, 2017 


DOLLARS & SENSE THE FINANCIAL FOLLY OF FUMBLING FINANCES It all starts with not wanting to open your credit card bill. This of course can be of varying degrees, but the main point is that you are avoiding opening the statement because of the decisions you made. Now you may smile and think, this isn’t quite me, but think back to that time you hid a receipt or downplayed the cost of something to a significant other. My point is, we have all been there, we see the statement in its envelope, or we cringe when we sign into our on-line banking because we are now having to face the results of our spending. At this time of year, it would be the results of our holiday spending. Luckily for most of us, we will get through it, whether we tear off the band-aid and look at the damage, or we just keep treating it (i.e. throwing money onto the bill) until we are willing to discover the results. Just imagine though if we never looked at the situation. We see this so

often, and I can tell you it does start with that one credit card. We ignore the ‘damage’ and we keep spending to make ourselves feel better about it or because that is what we feel we need to do to keep our finances moving. Imagine the feeling of having so much anxiety about what you owe that you are not even looking at the cost of carrying it as debt. People, for the most part, do not get into financial trouble because of one wrong financial decision. The first decision to not deal with financial choices you have made is really where the problems begins and then it can move in pretty fast. When you find yourself in those moments where you just want to shred the bill (envelope intact and all), or you’re sticking it under the pillow until you have a moment alone to look at it, catch yourself, take a moment and know that it will be okay. We have all had that cringe moment of spending

too much, or facing the total cost of a decision, it is easy to be caught up in the moment when buying presents and goodies. In the end, the anxiety of hiding it from ourselves (or others) can make us spend more, and spend not as wisely. Never be worried to seek additional financial help, check out for additional tips. 0005

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS Depression: Help Can Make a Difference

Tuesday Evenings Beginning January 24th, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 PM This six-week program is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with depression. A trained facilitator and health care professionals discuss issues that relate to depression, including information on symptoms, treatment options, coping strategies and community resources.

Building Assertiveness Skills

Thursday Evenings Beginning January 26th, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 PM This six-week program is designed to teach women how to stand up for their personal rights expressing thoughts, feelings and beliefs in direct, honest and appropriate ways while still respecting the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of others.

Understanding Anxiety & Panic Disorder

Tuesday Evenings Beginning March 14th, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 PM This eight-week program is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety and / or panic disorders. A trained facilitator and health care professionals discuss issues related to anxiety and panic disorders, including information on symptoms, treatment options, coping strategies and community resources.

Hope & Healing: Coping with the Suicide of a Loved One

Tuesday Evenings Beginning March 28th, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 PM This ten-week program is for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. A trained facilitator and health care professionals offer information on the grieving process, self-care, coping strategies and community resources.


Thursday Evenings Beginning March 30th, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 PM This six-week skill-based program is designed to teach individuals the benefits and practices of mindfulness and how to focus on the art of living deeply in the present moment. Participants will learn how to practice mindfulness to calm the mind and to improve both mental and physical health. For more information or to register for these programs, please contact: CMHA of NB Saint John Office Phone: (506) 633-1705 Sponsored by:

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SENIORS’ SPRING FEST Seniors’ Spring Fest (for 50+) on Thursday, April 6 1:00-4:00pm at Exhibition Park.  This event will include bingo (cards are 1 for $2 and 3 (max) for $5). Tickets are $5 and will go on sale at the Seniors’ Resource Centre, Brunswick Square, Level III, on Wednesday, March 15, 9:00am and at Exhibition Park at 10:00am. Please call the Seniors’ Resource Centre, 633-8781.  4372

Children from Family Ties Play Centre on a visit to local Food Bank


The children at Family Ties Play Care payed a visit to the local Food Bank in December. Boxes had been set out at the Play Care so parents could drop off food and personal items for the Food Bank.

This was used as a learning story for the children - all about giving back to their community and having compassion for those who do not have food to eat, especially at Christmas time. 4388

The Kings County Museum in Hampton is closed for the winter. However, for family tree research only, the museum is open Saturdays 1:30-5:00pm and on Mondays 10:00am-2:00pm. The charge is $10 for non-members of the Kings County Historical Society, and free for members. 4365




The Marco Polo Quilt Guild (MPQG) welcomes all those interested in quilting - beginners or experienced quilters. The Guild also offers various other workshops throughout the year. Join us at St. Columba Church, 1454 Manawagonish Road, Saint John West, on the first Wednesday of every month (7:00-9:00pm) and every Thursday morning (10:00am-2:00pm). Come alone or bring a friend, enjoy the programs, take a workshop and learn a most enjoyable, relaxing and timehonoured skill. For more info, see our web page (text search - Marco Polo Quilt Guild), visit us on Facebook or contact: Rosa Robichaud 672-8910, G047

In support of the SJ Seawolves there will be a BBQ fundraiser held at the Shur Fit Auto parking lot on Crown Street on January 27, 28 & 29 (day & evening). All proceeds will go to creating an opportunity for young people in the greater Saint John area to play football. Seawolves touques will be for sale. A BBQ, coffee, hot chocolate has been donated; but donations of hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, water, pop and condiments (ketchup, mustard & relish) are needed. For more information or to donate items please contact Barry Ogden at 333-4612 4396

If you love nature and experiencing it first-hand, why not take part in one of the Saint John Naturalists’ Club’s upcoming activities? Regular club meeting at the NB Museum in Market Square at 7:00pm: Monday, February 13 - “Who Killed Buddy the Dinosaur?” - the mass extinction of 66 million years ago, with Curt Nason; Saturday, February 25 – “Birding 101” Workshop with Jim Wilson. Pre-registration is required call Joanne Savage at 847-4245 or email For information on registration, timing and locations or to learn more about the SJNC, visit or follow us on Facebook as “Nature Saint John”. 2567


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SELF ESTEEM 2017 - THE YEAR TO LOVE OURSELVES What would 2017 bring if our only resolution was to love ourselves a little more? In elementary school, my report often reflected my ability to ‘play well with others’. I’d like to think, most days, that still applies. However, math was never my strong suit. Much of it had to do with my reading. If Sally has five apples and Ben has two apples, how many do they have altogether? Sounds simple enough but if you can not understand the words, or sound them out properly, it becomes a problem. Just like me in elementary school, until we understand, we will always have problems (or not be able to solve them). Once we understand ourselves, our life improves. Once we learn to love ourselves, we’ll receive an A+ on life’s report card. An A+ can be achieved by doing the following: Forgive Yourself - no one is perfect. We have all done things we are not proud of. That is not a good enough reason to live your life in misery.

Mistakes are a great way to learn. Let it go; Stop Criticizing Yourself - if you often berate yourself, make an effort to stop self criticism; Think Kindly and Positively about Yourself - when you do this, you’ll find the love for yourself will grow; Let Go of Worry - constantly worrying will not make things happen. Only wise actions can! Look for solutions. Ask for help. Many things we worry about are beyond our control; Be Truthful with Yourself loving yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. Remember, your feelings are valid simply because you are feeling them. Do not stuff, bury or ignore them. Acknowledging your feelings provides you with a good guide to what your thoughts are. Thoughts must be changed, so that healing and self growth can occur; Have Fun - life is meant to be enjoyable. You automatically relax and worry less when you stop taking life and yourself so seriously; Acknowledge Your Effort - it’s not always about winning or having success in everything that you

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do. Acknowledge that you have done your best, even if you feel that you have failed; Express Gratitude - be grateful for the person that you are. Cultivate an appreciation for your strengths and gifts. Feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive, well and fully capable of making a difference in your life, as well as in the lives of others; Fall in Love with Yourself - think about what makes you, you. Love yourself for all the good within you and accept your flaws. 2017 is your year! As Oscar Wilde once stated, “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”. 0027

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TALES FROM THE CAMERA BAG TALES FROM THE CAMERA BAG Grey Days - Roses are red and violets are blue; the leaves have fallen, the trees look dead! I know it is a terrible way to start a article, but that is just the way I feel in the dark, dreary, cold, days of January/ February. On the positive this is the more likely time that I will give myself permission to read a book. These grey days seems to drain my desire to shoot an image. Reading, however is a great way to get inspired, motivated and find a new project to kick start my enthusiasm. Currently, I am reading Andrea Gallant’s “ Dreamscapes Exploring Montages”. In it he quotes, Edgar Degas - “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”. In my office, I will create a small place with a table and a couple of lights and a small tripod. Here, I will make images of flowers but not just a flower or a bunch of flowers, I will capture details. I want to see things

that I would ordinarily miss. Shooting with a macro lens or a set of extension tubes enable me to get very close, it’s like exploring a new world from within. Taking a flower and taping it to my window and creating a high key image is unusual but in doing so we start to see the flower differently. In that same setup I may light a stick of incense and have a flash to one side and take flash images of the rising smoke. The forms, shapes and patterns in some of these pictures are fantastic and simple to capture. Again, these to would not have seen if we had stopped time, and captured that moment. Another, way to create images is by painting my subject with light. Photography is about capturing quality light. Light painting is done in a dark room and you paint your still life with flash light. Literally washing your subject with light directed where you think the highlights should be. This

light painting should not be confused with light pointing, which in essence points lights at the camera and images are created, think car light trails at night. Thinking about now, staying inside to create images is not such a bad idea. The snow has fallen, The day is Grey, I’m inside shooting away. Shoot Print - Share. Edited for space, see full version at: 0032

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