WEST COAST CULTURE DECEMBER 2011
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west coast culture â€“ december 2011 issue features
Community People, Community Coffee A whole new "crop" of community minded people featured at Fresh Cup CafĂŠ in Saanichton!
Adventure! 34 Arctic Parkland student spends
two weeks on research icebreaker. Restaurant Spotlight 42 Culinary Ecstasy! The Latch Inn & Restaurant
Columns First Word............................................ 6 Island Dish.........................................16 Smell the Coffee............................. 22 Forbes & Marshall........................... 25 Skin Deep......................................... 35 Weatherwit...................................... 37 Tweet This!........................................ 45 Last Word......................................... 63
departments 7................................................. Letters 12................................... Can We Talk? 38......................................... Footprints 49................................... Seaside News 57.....................................Grey Matters 60..........................What's Happening 62.................................. Entertainment
On the cover: "First Snow at Goldstream (2011)" by Jordan Insley. www.jinsleyphoto.com
first w o rd In a flick of an eyelash, 2011 will come to a close and we will embark on a new year. But before the year ends, we still need to go through the frenetic upswing of seasonal shopping and events. Hopefully the busy period will give way to a calm and relaxing holiday season, laying the groundwork for a great 2012. With this issue of Seaside Times, we hope to make your seasonal shopping a bit easier. We have a sampling of unique products and services available at a number of fine stores on the Peninsula. I know that these gift-giving ideas will factor in my holiday shopping, and I hope that you are equally inspired. Don’t forget to enter the "Sidney Shopping Spree" contest this month; see page 41 for details. This is also the time of the year for giving and reflecting, with friends, families and yes, even strangers.
Many of us know some of the less fortunate, so let’s remember to give as much as we can this year, whether it’s a simple smile at one another on the street or a small food donation: we can all make a difference. With reflection comes thoughts of the past year. For me, it’s been a big one, a year of change, especially with my purchase of Seaside Times. I’m so thankful to Tim Flater, who found me and approached me with the idea to buy. As well, I reflect on my family and friends. Not only do I have the two most beautiful kids in the world (thanks to my husband), I’m always humbled by the support and love of my friends and colleagues. This is a special "thank you" to all of you – you know who you are. This is our last issue of Seaside Times for 2011 and so it is only fitting that I pause to express our gratitude for your readership and support. The entire Seaside family works hard to publish our magazine, and all your positive feedback makes it worthwhile. On behalf of the whole team at Seaside, thank you. We look forward to providing you with the very best magazine we can in 2012. Best of the season to everyone, Lucas, Eva and Mom (aka publisher)
Sue Hodgson, Publisher
Broadmead Village in Victoria JUST GOT A LITTLE MORE CHARMING PANDORA has been making its mark in the international fine jewelry industry for almost 30 years, and is world-renowned for its high-quality, hand finished design. Available in more than 55 countries on six continents through over 10,000 points of sale. PANDORA is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest retail location this December, inside Knickerbocker’s at Broadmead Village shopping center in Victoria, BC. Knickerbocker’s has been a PANDORA retailer since 2008, and currently distributes PANDORA at its two Vancouver Island locations in Sidney and Brentwood Bay. “Women in Victoria have embraced the PANDORA brand as a way to express their individuality, and we’re excited to offer them the opportunity to come and explore the latest pieces from the Autumn/Winter collection at our new store,” said Kristine Flater, owner of Knickerbocker’s.
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This Month’s Contributors Arlene Antonik • Trysh Ashby-Rolls • Jennifer Bowles Chris Burdge • Michael Forbes • Dave Gartley Doreen Marion Gee • Valerie Green • Sharon Hope Jordan Insley • Tina Kelly • Linda M. Langwith • Lisa Makar Barry Mathias • Steve Sakiyama • Steve Sheppard Susan Simosko • Geoff Smith • Heather Zais Seaside Times magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, British Columbia by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.
Another great issue ladies. Loved the cover and smacked my lips over the rock cod. Beautiful it is not; however, it rivals our Pacific salmon when it comes to eating. Enjoyed First Word and Last Word by you two. Such timely articles throughout and I Do by Trysh Ashby-Rolls was refreshing. Brought it to Sandra's attention in particular to thwart her threats to write me off. In other words, we "old guys" can always find a new mate should she ever have a burst of good taste and leave me. Here on the Island, we are privileged to have such a quality and locally oriented publication as Seaside Times. Keep it up. Okay? Best as always, Larry Gray (Heritage House Bed and Breakfast)
✢ ✢ ✢ Let me say how impressed we were with the November edition. Many of the people featured are friends and longtime acquaintances and the photography and write-ups are very good. Terry Melville
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This month's Seaside Times is better than ever. I loved the portraits and hope to see more. Please pass on my congratulations to Sue on excellent changes made since she has taken over. I am glad you are still including Val Green's historical conversations. Regards, Joan Neudecker
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Michell Bros. Farm was started in the mid-1800s when Vern’s great-grandfather returned from the goldmines of the Yukon to buy 100 acres of land for a dollar an acre. It has been farmed ever since. Vern is hugely proud that six generations have been continuously farming the land.
Community People, Community Coffee A whole new "crop" of community minded people featured at Fresh Cup Café in Saanichton! by Steve Sheppard When it comes to coffee I know a good cup, and instead of the traditional pastry that most have on the side I thoroughly enjoy the low-cal snack of people watching. Often referred to as the "Heart of the Peninsula," not just because of its location but for the surrounding farmland, the village of Saanichton provides a vibrant element to the historic Saanich Peninsula. When asked to introduce this month’s edition of Community People, Community Coffee I jumped aboard and learned there are unique forces at work and play here. Farmland is abundant in this small community, and local farmer Vern Michell has successfully brought the essence of the farm-gate experience to our doorstep. Just a short way up the SEASIDE TIMES
road you come face-to-face with a small orchard and a beautiful building where Kristen Jordan transforms locally grown apples into award-winning cider. Travel across the picturesque Mount Newton Valley to Woodwynn Farms and you’ll discover farmland shaped differently, in contrast, for those in need, with Richard Leblanc at the helm. Every great community needs a little protection, and three amazing women in this edition lead by example and give back to the community using communication and a classy touch. When things get too hot to handle, Jamie Day and the staff at the Prairie Inn always find a way to cool things down. I think everyone agrees that the youth of our community is the future – Stelly’s Secondary is www.seasidetimes.ca
responsible for many great meals we enjoy locally through the dedication of Carla and Peggy, who support the upand-coming "foodies" of our community. Stelly’s is also home to a world-class indoor climbing facility that inspires Kimanda Jarzebiak. Even in the quietest moments, don’t be surprised if you hear music coming from the piano or guitar of Sam Weber. Sam’s one of those people who has music in his veins. It makes me smile to think how many talented people live in such a small community; we even have a smile specialist in Dr. Richard Burns. So, sit back and enjoy the magic of Geoff Smith's images with a coffee at Fresh Cup and get acquainted with what makes Saanichton Village a special part of the Saanich Peninsula. Photo this page and following pages courtesy Geoff Smith. december 2011
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(2) “It’s so nice for these young people recognized; they (2) “It’s to so be nice for these young do such great work.” That’s people to be recognized, they the voicegreat of Stelly's do such work.” Culinary That’s the School's committed teacher, voice of their committed teacher, Peggy. The school has been Peggy. Stelly’s Culinary School running for over 25 years, and has been for over 25 there’s a running lot of pride here.
years. There’s a lot of pride here.
(3) Kristen grew up around apples. Hergrew father (3) Kristen up owned around an orchard in Shuswap, so when apples; her father owned an she looked for a business the orchard in Shuswap so when apple didn’t fall far from the she looked forhas a business the tree. Kristen been running appleCider didn’tFarm fall far the tree. Sea & from Ciderhouse Kristen hasyears beenand running Sea for seven couldn’t Cider for doing 7 yearsanything and couldn’t imagine else. “I love the land and I else. imagine doing anything love thethe people.” “I love land and I love the
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(5) The Prairie Inn has been released. here since 1869 and Tony, Amy and Jamie have a total of 27 (5) Thebetween Prairie Inn has They been all here years them. since 1869, Tony, Amy and Jamie love the camaraderie of the a totaland of 27 years, love place the area.they “It’salllike the camaraderie the place and hanging out withofyour friends every day.” the area. “It’s like hanging out
with your friends every day.”
(6) Richard wouldn't want to a dentist anywhere (6)be Richard would not want to else: “I get to practise statebe a dentist anywhere of-the-art dentistry in else. such“I get to practice state-of-the-art bucolic scenery, surrounded dentistry in such bucolic scenery, by interesting and educated surrounded by interesting people. I teach regularly and in Seattle I am so gladregularly to educatedbut people. I teach come back in Seattle buttoI Saanichton.” am so glad to
come back to Saanichton”
(7) Man these cops are fit! They're runners, swimmers and (7) Man these copswhole are fit, tri-athletes. “Our group runners, has to beswimmers, the fittesttri-athletes. in town,” “Our say. whole group also has to be the they They're friendly: fittestdetachment in town.” And “our is friendly. small but it is so detachment much like aisfamily; I know “Our small but it everyone’s kids.” is so much like a family; I know
(8) Richard runs Woodwynn Farms, a therapeutic (8) Richard runs Woodwynn community for people who Farms,a ahand therapeutic community need up instead of a for people The whogroup's need a hand handout. visionup is instead a hand out. The groups to bringofhomeless people back into community by people visionthe is to bring homeless giving them the support back into community by giving and needed themthe thetools support and the tools to reclaim their self-worth.
needed to reclaim their self-worth.
ca n we talk? … Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Patricia Haakonson,
hose of us who grew up in the Maritimes have great stories: what’s one of yours? What made you move to the West Coast?
community feeling on the Island. I love the sense of history that exists on the Island … we love everything about it!
I grew up in Halifax, on the Atlantic Ocean, and unfortunately am very allergic to shellfish. We used to have “lobster boils” in our backyard when I was younger. I was the sous-chef, helping my dad. When we were just about ready to eat, I would run into the house and make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – that’s what I ate! We chose the West Coast because it was on the ocean. We like the small
As we all know, working in the corporate world can have its challenges. Having worked in high level government for most of your career and looking back at all that you’ve accomplished, is there anything you would have done differently? I would do many things differently. I would have worked less and played more! I would have made more time for friends and for my own health. Working 60 or 70 hours a week leaves little time to actually “have a life.” Time is short. There needs to be balance. What inspired you to write two bestselling books: “Easy LowCarb Cooking” and “Slow Carb for Life?” When I retired from the public service I was overweight and under fit! I took a year to get into shape and lost considerable weight. I started developing recipes, just for our family, and a friend suggested I write a cookbook. Both books stemmed from that suggestion and it was a wonderful experience for me. What started as a bit of a lark became a five-year project. It was hard work, but very rewarding. What changes have you seen in your life since you discovered this way of eating? In addition to a dramatic drop in my weight, there are many positive aspects to this way of eating. I have been able to keep the weight off for over 10 years and I am fit and active. We discovered that I am sensitive to gluten (found in wheat), and taking wheat out of my diet made a huge difference to my overall health. I had been tested years before for an allergy to wheat and the test was negative, but I am much healthier and happier without wheat in my diet. A few years ago you were introduced to Arbonne and launched your own business. What intrigued you about this particular business opportunity? Many things intrigued me about Arbonne. The company and the products are absolutely unique in the marketplace. I was
Regional Vice President Arbonne International
After 25 years in federal and provincial government, Patricia Haakonson wasn't looking for another career. Upon retirement, and searching for ways to get healthier, she wrote a cookbook and, with her physician husband’s help, a lifestyle book. Both became bestsellers, and the next five
years were spent traveling, doing media interviews and book signings. In 2006 she was introduced to Arbonne International and has since built another very successful career. With teams in Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K., Patricia's time is spent training and coaching her teams while continuing to build her business. Her advice? "Be genuine; lead from the heart; just be yourself and open yourself up to imagine the possibilities."
Regional Vice President, Arbonne International very impressed by the people and the level of professionalism. Everyone in Arbonne is taught to share and to help anyone else become successful. I did a lot of research before I decided to launch my business. I love the products! I love that I am an example of both how well the products work and that the earning opportunity is a profitable one. There are thousands of home-based businesses; what makes Arbonne unique? This company has been ahead of its time since its inception. We have always been a green company. We have never tested on animals or ever used animal products in our ingredients. All our products are botanically based and vegan certified. We are as concerned about educating the consumer as we are about sales. We provide a healthy alternative for skin care, bath and body, cosmetics and nutrition. None of our nutrition products contain gluten. Our products do not contain any of the toxic ingredients found in so many personal care products. We guarantee results and our products are 100% money-back guaranteed. In 2008, you received the “Top Canadian” award in the Area Manager category, and this year you were recognized as one of the top regional vice-presidents – what’s next? I plan to continue to work with my team to help them achieve the level of success they desire. I expect to promote to the top (senior) level of vicepresident within the next year. I hope to introduce the products and the income potential to many more people. You constantly travel to various parts of the world, training and working the business. Does it ever get tiring? I LOVE to travel, so it is never a hardship. My schedule is my own, so when I get a little tired I simply take a few days off. I am my own boss, so there is no one to ask if I can. I always take extra time around the holidays, and I always allow for some downtime and sight-seeing when I travel for my business. I also usuSEASIDE TIMES
ally take my wonderful husband with me for company. How fun is that? You could retire now and live a comfortable lifestyle. What makes you continue on this journey at 60 years of age? The truth of the matter is that I love what I do. I have never before experienced such a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. The people that I work with are amazing, and I'm having a lot of fun. I will slow down at 65 but with this industry that means I will travel less, I will do less motivational training, I will work only with my team leaders. I will have a lot more personal time and still enjoy an amazing residual income! Looking back at your career of 25 years in government, if you knew the financial success and fulfillment you get from Arbonne, what would you tell someone contemplating a career? I would recommend that anyone starting out, or looking for a career change, take a serious look at Network Marketing. There are some really great books out there about the industry. Two of my favourites are The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki and The Flip Flop CEO by Janine Finney, Lory Muirhead and Whitney Roberts. I would recommend that everyone think of taking their financial and work future into their own hands. With the economy being what it is today, being your own CEP is your best bet for stability and for financial and time freedom. What are some of your favourite ways to spend your downtime? There are many things I enjoy: golf, Bikram’s hot yoga, spending time with my grandchildren, gardening, reading and watching movies. I make every effort to have a well-rounded life. I have plenty of time with family and friends. My business fits in around my life, instead of the other way around. I am happy and content. Questions? Email PatHaakonson@aol.com. Photo courtesy Geoff Smith. www.seasidetimes.ca
Dreaming of a White Christmas
It was the usual "I don’t know how we’re going to get everything done" lead-up to Christmas, when the selfcongratulatory voices of the weather folk announced in delighted tones that huge dumps of snow were threatened for the evening of December 23rd and "even more on Christmas Eve!" The result on the Southern Gulf Islands was akin to a social revolution.
by Barry Mathias
tions, worried customers forgot their usual parsimonious $10 limit. The rumour mill was in top gear: "Knee deep it’s going to be." "I heard thigh deep." "Winds up to 60 km." "Gales! There’ll be no electricity." "Blizzards! Roads will be blocked for days." With the imminent arrival of a new ice age only hours away, dogs were given their last walks for the foreseeable future; log piles were moved into the house, complete with ants, spiders and dormant wasps; children polished their toboggans and concerned mothers checked out the first aid boxes.
Islanders, who had never been known to hurry, even for last orders in the pub, were seen buying up all the Christmas necessities as if a national strike were threatened: tin goods by the case, birdseed by the kilo, toilet rolls in army-sized packs and enough videos for a week of solid viewing. In food stores, the lines at the tills built up as shoppers used debit cards instead of cash and forgot their pin numbers; local liquor stores were so pressured they stopped asking seniors for their ID and at the Island gas sta-
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from the "clear your drive for $10" entrepreneurs. However, when after some hours the flakes remained whimsical and powdery, and the expected car-covering depth was still being calculated in millimetres, there were mutinous rumblings at bedtime. Optimists, and those who looked forward to the annual heroics on the road, consoled themselves with "It’s set in. It’ll be terrible by the morning.” By the first light there was enough of the white stuff to allow the snow plows to terrorize the roads, dump mountains of salt and ensure the accelerated rusting of four-wheel-drive vehicles whose owners wished to demonstrate their prowess. Car mechanics and those who operated body shops smiled in their sleep whenever a salting truck growled past. "A rusting car! A rusting car! My income is a rusting car!"
There was a frantic clearing of driveways by some active souls, a hiding of snow shovels by others and the dutiful walking of bemused dogs that painted yellow pictures in pristine snow drifts. The trees sagged with laden branches and, aided by a rising wind, deposited their bounty on the unwary. Large children, muffled up in huge hats and scarves, tobogganed down steep, little-used roads, overturned half way down and were revealed as parents … while their children played computer games at home. Before the grey light had dimmed, a thaw had set in and by Christmas Eve there were nostalgic tremors in the voices of those who had spoken out against the evils of snow: "I hope we have a white Christmas like we used to when I was a kid!" Younger voices demanded in worried tones: "If the snow melts will Father Christmas still come?" Then it was morning. A stocking-filled, turkey aroma day with enough wet snow on the ground to convince even the greatest "Humbug!"-yelling pessimist that it was truly a white Christmas. So, what happened to the thigh-deep snow? Come on folks, we don’t live in Whitehorse, these are the lotus isles – a little bit of everything eh! december 2011
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One of my favourites in Laura's collection is her culinary line (how unlike me!) which boasts homemade jellies and compotes, delightful sorbet mixes, mouthwatering brie toppers, home-grown preserves, tangy berry vinegars and an imported line of incredible dried pasta line called "Papparedelle’s." As far as I know, Snowdon House is one of the only retailers in Canada that carries this line, featuring both sweet and savoury creations. One of the highlights of this product line is its selection of gluten-free pastas for individuals who are Celiac, or with wheat-conscious dietary restrictions. These pastas don’t skimp on flavour and are all uniquely delicious.
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1890 Mills Road in North Saanich is home to one of the south Island’s most intriguing local shops. Situated on a few majestic acres near Victoria airport, the renowned Snowdon House features spectacular handmade cards, paper goods and all manner of sumptuous edible gifts. Owner Laura Waters also produces aromatic bath products, stunning hand-crafted ornaments and beautiful little picture frames, all demonstrating an incredible level of artistic technique which is truly a cut above. Snowdon House is most certainly your go-to place this holiday season; guaranteed there is something for everyone on your list!
Papparadelle’s isn’t your average noodle! This pasta dazzled my taste buds with an amazing variety of flavours; try "Fanciful Fruit" with notes of mango and orange, perfect for a summer pasta salad; Chocolate and Raspberry Gemelli (inspired by oven-warmed chocolate brownie) drizzled with gorgeous raspberry sauce; Lemon Chive
children’s boutique Angel Hair you can toss with sautéed B.C. spot prawns and beurre-blanc – definitely worth the culinary effort. Another surprising selection is the Orange Szechuan Linguine that would marry beautifully with black bean chicken, fresh mandarin slices and stir-fried red bell pepper. If you like life a little (or a lot) on the spicy side, then give the Extreme Habanero Radiatore a whirl. I will honestly say that I have not had anything as adventurous as this pasta in my life. If you have a heat lover in your family, this is the gift for them! These pastas stay true to their claim: boasting some fantastic exclusive flavours and being truly one of a kind! Along with the pasta line, Snowdon House showcases some incredible gifts for any man on your list: great ideas like an array of BBQ spice rubs such as West Coast Chicken or Steak for your home BBQ Chef, or ready-to-mix Beer Bread. All you have to do is grease a loaf pan, mix the contents and add a bottle of beer (if they are willing to give one up) and voilà … perfect home-baked bread! There are carrot and citrus compotes made from local ingredients, dried soup blends like hearty Coconut Ginger Dahl or Garden Vegetable Orzo. Check out red pepper dipping sauces and a variety of teas, cake mixes and on and on. I could have spent hours in the shop being dazzled by all her offerings. The best part of Snowden House (apart from the selection)? The prices! If you looked at any specialty market in town you’d certainly have a hard time finding these products, and if you did you wouldn’t want to pay their prices. At Snowdon the prices make your pocketbook sing, and who doesn’t want that during the holidays?
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All of Laura's food products come with recipes attached, and information on the Papardelle's bags directs you to a website where many more recipes are available. Laura's shelves are jam-packed with a mouthwatering array of goodies and truly unique gift ideas. Each product, magnificently wrapped in her gorgeous homemade paper, is an ideal solution for host gifts, stocking stuffers, gift exchanges and the perfect find for that certain someone who has everything! Snowdon House is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays, and can be found online at www.snowdonhouse.ca. So curl up with your festive rum and eggnog, light the fire and know that if you make a stop at Snowdon House, your holiday shopping will be complete. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.seasidetimes.ca
Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk
very year thousands of visitors and residents of Sidney are delighted by the awe-inspiring vistas along the town's seaside promenade. Sidney's accessible walk is enjoyed by young and old, families, people with pets, joggers, walkers, strollers, beach combers and bench sitters. It's a friendly place where people are comfortable enough to smile, say hello and stop to talk to one another.
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This project is being launched to enrich Sidney's seaside experience and add to the community's vibrant cultural scene by adding sculpture along the pedestrian path. Initially the sculptures will be located close to the Town Centre at the foot of Beacon Avenue, but eventually the installations will extend the full two kilometres of the waterfront walkway.
"The artists have an opportunity to exhibit their work in a spectacular setting and increase their exposure to potential buyers." ~ Sidney Mayor Larry Cross Sidney downtown merchants, Mary Winspear Centre, Book Town, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Saanich Peninsula Community Arts Centre, Sidney Museum, Thursday Night Market, Sidney's Peninsula Celebrations and now … Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk. Another great reason to visit sunny Sidney-by-the-Sea. A Call to Artists is being issued inviting Artists to exhibit their sculpture for a two-year period. Sidney's Mayor Cross commented:
It ’ s our hospital. Your donation will help us renovate the Extended Care Unit. Our ECU is home to some very special people – just like Betty. We need your help so that we can provide modern facilities,
"This is a positive development for everyone. The artists have an opportunity to exhibit their work in a spectacular setting and increase their exposure to potential buyers.
oﬀer more comfort for residents and help
"The Town and its businesses will gain from the many visitors who come and return again and again to experience our spectacular West Coast seascape and our creative and vibrant little town."
our staﬀ to be more eﬀective.
Donate today at www.sphf.ca or call 250 652 7531
For further information about this initiative visit www.sculpturewalk.ca, contact Richard or Sue Paquette at 778-426-3466, email email@example.com or contact Mayor Larry Cross, Town of Sidney at 250-656-1139. SEASIDE TIMES
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The Three "C's" to a Perfect Christmas by Linda M. Langwith Do you want a stress-free Christmas this year? Of course you do. Somehow we carry an image of the perfect Christmas in our minds, influenced no doubt by glossy magazine spreads. The tree is a glittering symbol of colour-coordinated perfection with neatly wrapped gifts spread under its canopy, the carpets are freshly shampooed, the furniture is polished and gleaming, a tray of elaborately decorated sugar cookies competes with platters of carefully constructed hors d’oeuvres and the family enjoys a game of Monopoly where no one fights over Park Place. So that’s the ideal, but what’s the reality, and are you sabotaging that very perfection you seek? Are you trying to do everything yourself? Never mind the impossible reproduction of perfection. Time to create a strategic plan for the 12 days before Christmas so that you can enjoy the actual 12 days of Christmas. Forget the way of the martyr and start by trashing your two favorite mantras: “If I don’t do it no one else will” and “If I want something done right I have to do it myself.” Put collaboration, cooperation and consensus into Christmas and you’ll all have more fun in the process. Embrace the path of the manager and delegate! Given half the chance, your family members are perfectly capable of doing a lot of that Christmas preparation stuff you’ve burdened yourself with over the years. Do you really want to be stringing up lights in the pouring rain all by yourself just before your guests arrive, choosing the last miserable little Christmas tree in the garden centre because you ran out of time, or wrapping presents at three in the morning? Even Santa needs a little help! Gather the family together and let them know that you’ll be doing things differently this year. Take a pad of sticky notes and invite everyone to come up with things that need to be done leading up to Christmas Day, like cooking, baking, decorating, wrapping and anything else that comes to mind. Forget about putting major cleaning on the list: leave the rug shampooing and all that serious stuff until January when you’ll be glad for a good workout. Avoid the temptation to assign tasks, because it will never work. Take a deep breath and let each person choose what they want to do. Of course, most things are more fun done together, so encourage teamwork. Unless you really want to fill all those stockings yourself, clone some Santas. This is a perfect task for the older ones in the household. It might be a good idea for the manager (that’s you) to check in regularly just in case a little help is needed, not to mention encouragement. Be sure to liberally sprinkle the compliments about, because everyone
knows we work better when our efforts are valued. When it comes to selecting a Christmas tree, this is the perfect excuse for a family outing and a great exercise in achieving consensus. You may have to bridge the gulf between those who like their tree a little rough around the edges and those who prefer the manicured variety, but after all, you’ve been managing this team for years so it shouldn’t be too hard. Decorating the tree is a cooperative effort as well, and the perfect excuse to have a party and sample some of those delicious cookies created by the family elves. So there you have it, the way to a perfect Christmas: Collaboration, Cooperation and Consensus. Merry Christmas Everyone! Linda is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her website at www.lindalangwith.com.
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Going Cold Turkey by Steve Sheppard Well, we made it to another holiday season which, for many, can be a very stressful time with all the gifts to buy, meals to plan and, of course, family to entertain. After going to the Vancouver Coffee Show this past fall, my coffee consumption went up … way up. For the first time since I started drinking coffee 30 years ago, I found myself looking for another cup at times of the day when I normally wouldn’t. I was even seeking drive-thru’s for a fix! I knew then that I needed help, so I decide to go "cold turkey," as they say: get off coffee altogether. I have written about the effects that coffee has on people numerous times, but in all honesty I’ve never even tried to quit coffee, so I decided to stop being a hypocrite and go for it! Just to frame my true pain here: I LOVE COFFEE! There’s no other way to say it. It’s been my friend and warm companion … yes, I should get a life, but that’s not the point here! Before my increase in use, I typically drank six cups a day which, when I was doing straight americanos, was reasonable. A double shot of espresso (the basis of an americano) has only 80 mg of caffeine, compared with a 12-ounce drip coffee that has 200 mg. The trouble all started when I went down the path of drinking the ever-sodangerous "shot in the dark," also known as a "red eye." This espresso-laced drip coffee not only tastes great: the caffeine levels reflect the name. I went from 480 mg of total caffeine intake per day (80 mg times six cups) to 1,500 mg! It was like consuming eight to 10 cans of Red Bull a day: not good. The first week of going cold turkey was a little rough. I found myself substituting herbal teas and other warm drinks to distract me and fill the oral fixation that accompanies this social and chemically addictive substance. Damn this coffee: I had no idea it had such a hold on me. Aside from my energy levels being inconsistent, and not
socializing with friends as much as I normally do, the process of remaining caffeine-free went as well as I would have expected … except for the fact that I momentarily wanted to write a country song about the experience!? In the end I went "cold turkey" for almost three weeks, which for me was powerful because I proved to myself that I could do it. It’s now December and I’m ready for Christmas parties and coffee with friends over the holidays, and I reinforced two very important things: I LOVE COFFEE (in moderation), and cold turkey is for sandwiches between Christmas and New Year's.Merry Christmas and don’t buy friends stale coffee as a Christmas present: they won’t forgive you … Steve out.
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Festivus for the Rest of Us by Michael Forbes You have to admit: one of the funniest Seinfeld episodes this time of year was when George's dad created a new holiday called Festivus, which featured feats of strength and the joyful decorating of a stripper pole. The celebration is real: it was created by the dad of one of the show's writers back in 1966. It got me to thinking that Frank Costanza wasn’t alone in his passion to take the same old holiday and shake it up like a box of broken bulbs.
Saanich family heads out to Pearkes Rec Centre. They aren’t going there for the skating … no way … they only have one thing on their minds: to play in the snow that the Zamboni leaves behind. So, if you see a snowman behind the rec centre on Boxing Day this year, you can thank Amanda and her kids.
Traditions. Where did they come from anyway? They were spawned by people, just like you, out of a desire to celebrate the season in their own special way. When I was a kid, my mom had a ritual that saw us drag out an old battered case that held the earthly remains of an accordion that she used to “play” when she was a little girl. She would pump that sucker and glide her shortbread-covered fingers all over the keys, while occasionally hitting the right note. We would always get about three songs in, singing our hearts out to Silent Night, and the magic would abruptly end. Usually it was because I was bludgeoning my sister over the head with an Advent Calendar or my mum was screaming bloody murder cause she got her hair caught in the ol' squeezbox.
When it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter what unique thing you do every year but who you do it with. These are the moments when memories are made and love is shared with the ones dearest to you. Merry Christmas! Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
We thought we’d ask a few of you what rituals you perform every year that are uniquely yours, and you offered up some great ones. Bruce wakes up on the morning of the big day, gets his family and friends together and they make the trek out to Goldstream Park, where they break out the sticks and buns and have a Christmas Day weenie roast. Are you kidding me? That’s awesome! And you gotta love this next one: Meredith and her two sisters put on their most comfy jammies and big bunny slippers on Christmas Eve and walk half a block to the 7-11 on the corner. Armed with straws, they dig into their annual Christmas Slurpees! While an ice cream headache may not be on everyone's wish list, sometimes the little things mean the most. A good buddy of mine, Darin, looks forward to an allout, no-holds-barred Ping Pong tournament at his mom's house, complete with trophies and bragging rights until the next year. He’s still stinging after last year's loss when his brother pinged his pong. Finally, living on the left coast leaves a little to be desired in the snow department, so one www.seasidetimes.ca
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he merchants of Sidney welcome you to come and enjoy this year’s holiday shopping experience. Find that something special for her, for him, for the children and for your home right here along the lovely streets of Sidney by the Sea. You’ll find that our diverse range of unique small businesses offer personalized services to take the best care of you – our valued customer. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season from the merchants and staff of the shops in Sidney. Sidney Pier Spa • Seaside Times Shop Sidney Ad Size: 2.6” (w) x 3.65” (h) • Rough 1 • Oct 17/11
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