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Glazed Tofu Meatloaf

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And, while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

6. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

7. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life.

Ingredients: 1 (14 oz) package, Tofu, firm, drained & mashed 1 lbs ............. Turkey, ground 1/2 cup......... Dry bread crumbs 1 (1 oz) Envelope, dry onion soup mix 1/4 cup......... Green bell pepper, minced 2 ................... Eggs, beaten 1/4 cup......... Brown sugar 1/4 cup......... Soy sauce 1 tsp ............. Prepared yellow mustard

3. Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy. 4. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives. 5. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish. 2. In a bowl, mix tofu, turkey bread crumbs, soup mix, green pepper, and eggs. Place the mixture into the prepared pan, and mold into a loaf shape. 3. In a saucepan, over low heat, blend the brown s ugar, s oy s auce, and mustard. 4. Bake the meatloaf 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Drizzle with the s auce mixture, and continue baking 15 minutes, or to an internal temperature of 180F (80C)

8. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed. 9. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 10.No one is in charge of your happiness except you. —submitted by Loy Lai, Templeton Stroke Recovery

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE 1500s In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence, the rhyme: “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.” Sometimes they could

obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests & would all sit around & chew the fat. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, & guests the top, or the upper crust.

Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address: 204– 2929 Nootka Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada Published every month, if possible. Contributions are always welcome. The articles should be in, not later than day 25th of every month. Disclaimer: The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Templeton Stroke Recovery or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review. Editor reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this periodical to share a variety of viewpoints mostly from stroke survivors. April 2011 Contributors: Loy Lai , John Boynton Ollie Stogrin Deb Chow Werner Stephan Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: Printing Pick-up Person: Valerie Offer 604-254-8486

“There’s life after stroke” Inside this issue: Recipe Encouragements


10 Ways Some Facts 1500s


Last Month’s Happening


Email Thanks Wow! What a BLAST!


—submitted by John Boynton Jose Notes Templeton Stroke Recovery Easter...


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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING... This is May Day, 2011, Jose tells me it’s to write my piece in Stroke Recoverer’s Review. This is not going to be easy, as I have been away for over a month! And I have missed all the things that have happening! I told Jose, I have no exciting news, he said, “Write about Australia” For those that have never been to Australia, it takes 15 hours from Vancouver to Sydney, non-stop! A long time to be up in the air. I try not to think how much fuel that plan holds to stay up for so many hours. If I thought about it, I might change my mind and chicken out and stay home? I might??? Ahh. Australia is a big country, 5000 miles from Sydney to Perth. It is not all desert. It is very rich in natural resources, diamonds, gold, jade, iron ore and a lot more that I can’t name. Problem is they don’t have a lot of water, not like we have in BC yet they manage to be very self-sufficient when it comes to food. Cattle, sheep. They grow all their own fruit and vegetables. Due to their climate they grow vegetables year round yet parts of Aussie gets cold. Hard to believe?? They get snow in the

‘snowy mountains’ which is near their capital, Canberra. Not the kind of cold and snow as we get in Alberta but to them, it’s cold!!!

very interesting. A country that’s not connected to any other country (big island?) Just floating around out there, all by itself!

Towns are far apart and not big. After you leave places like Sydney (population almost 4 million) it could be 60 or 100 miles to a fair sized town maybe 2000 population. Central heating? Not common yet it can to minus 5 along the eastern and that’s cold and damp. Melbourne, which is on southeast coast, can have rain, hail, sunshine all in one day (Vancouver’s kind of weather). Up north, Brisbane area, it is very hot! This is where the banana plantations are. This year’s floods ruined the plantations and bananas are $12.95 a kilo. Vegetables can be grown any place around the coast as Australia is all coast (big island). You name it and they grow it except in the middle where it’s desert and hot. Ranching can be 100’s of acres. They herd cattle on motorcycle. True! It’s not a backward land by no means It’s really a wonderful country, very clean, very updated. Aussies are very proud to be Aussies!

Anyway, I am back and one day after returning, I came down with the worst flu ever. I have never stayed in bed with flu! I made up for it this time. I felt, as if, even my hair hurt. Most of all, I was so angry that I had to miss Easter Camp. I was looking forward to camp for so long. I could hardly wait to get home and then the ‘bug’ hit me with bronchitis and every bone in my body hurts! Needless to say, I missed Easter Camp.

our time to leave this earth, it is when that calendar is marked for us. May Peggy rest in peace. Deb will miss her as we all miss our parents and loved ones. Time heals the heart. Thanks to Key for filling this space last month. I appreciate the time she had to spend on writing it, thanks, Key! -Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery

From all reports, Easter Camp was a “huge success” I was so happy to hear that. Even the weather was good Debbie and her helpers did a great job. Everyone had a great time! So, all the effort on Debbie’s part paid off. She worked very hard to get it all together. Only as often is said, “One cannot do it alone.” One needs a lot of hands at work from what I hear. I’m so sorry that Debbie’s mother passed away on the same weekend. As Debbie had such a plate full with Easter Camp but I guess that’s life. We don’t choose

I could go on the subject of Australia as it is “There’s life after stroke”

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WOW!!! What a BLAST!

Eric & Ella McIntosh:

“Building Life After Stroke Together” began as a s imple acronym with a handful of loyal dedicated people to whom I am thankful for their ongoing support. BLAST 2011 was 100% volunteer driven with time, money, love and the desire to help each other grow. It is difficult to thank everyone when each and every pers on involved contributed to it’s success. The gif ts s h ar ed and received are intangible, immeasurable, and inexplicable.

Hi Deb, This is to thank you for your part in organizing the Easter Camp, you guy’s picked the right name (BLAST) and Ella and I sure had a good time. I would like to send a message or card to Margaret at Easter Camp but do not have her email address. Best regards, Eric McIntosh Hi Karel, Thank you for all the work you did to make the Easter Camp a success. My wife, Ella and I sure had a very good time. Best regards, Eric McIntosh

Barbara Moore: Hi Deb– I hope you are recovering from the busy weekend—it’s probably going to be a few more days before I can think straight! What a wonderful weekend! I can’t thank you enough for all you have done to keep us motivated and enthusiastic about B.L.A.S.T. Hopefully, everyone who was there and said they enjoyed themselves will be able to talk it up at their branch meetings. Thanks again, hugs, Barbara

Special thanks to Karel Ley, who immediately jumped on board and saw where I was heading back in March 2009. Through ups and downs, she continues to remain target to my frustrations and emotional rants along with Martha. Of course, a big ‘Thank you’ to Margaret Hansen for stepping up to run the show for us.

interes t accumul ated. Thank you. Also, a big Thank you to: Anne Wittig Blair Clarke Brent Page Carol Roycroft Cas ey Bourque, Colleen Fraser & team: (Mo Mo, Talluhla, Maria, Jessica, Rose) Dogwood Awards Diane Lego and Potter Diane Shayler Donna Fourchalk Francine Nantais Gage Hasting Community Center Heather Perovich Jeanine Lee Jessica Tong John Hedderson Jose Suganob Karel Ley Kathleen Redmond Kiwanis - Delta Kiyoko Akeroyd Laurie Mark Lion’s Club - Delta Lion’s Easter Seal Camp Lynn Ledgerwood Margaret Hansen Marilyn Henderson Martha Hutchinson Mei-Lin Cappucino Mike (Guitar) Nelly Ning Tai Olive Stogrin Pam Hedderson Patricia Clement-Masse Paul Abercrombie

We will be forever grateful to Phyllis Delaney, whose footsteps we follow, for her vision. Along with Easter Cam p, thr ee res tri ct ed funds were s et-up with SRABC. The Rendell fund, Delaney Camp fund, and the JBH memorial fund from which the SRABC will contribute the “There’s life after stroke”

Pearl&Charlene Tai Peggy Chow Ray East Sue Chalmers Terri Damiani Una Fester Valerie Offer W R Paynes ...and each and every campers who took part in rewarding our volunteers. —Deb Chow Templeton Stroke Recovery



Go green. And practical keepsake for the event. Thank you, Deb!!!

EMAIL THANKS: Hi Deb— You, Karel, & Margaret did an outstanding job and should be very proud of your accomplishments! I was honoured to volunteer, and I do agree, it was amazing to see Rudi’s progress; Rick & Don in the pool. I met many wonderful people & as I said, truly feel I am part of a family now. Thank you! ……….Brent Page Page 4

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JOSE NOTES... After being cancelled for 5 years, the Easter Camp is here again, thanks to the ladies led by Deb Chow (with Gage), Karel Ley, Margaret Hansen, Martha Hutchinson, Ollie Stogrin, Heather Perovich, Diane Shayler, Valerie Offer, Anne Wittig, and all the people that made the Easter Camp BLAST event possible. Donations came big and small, and preparing the events was a big task ahead and they were successful in doing it. In Easter Camp BLAST, there were many activities available, from Colleen Fraser’s massage team and Ayurvedic talk, exercises with N elly, Caregivers group, Crafts, Swimming pool, Scavenger hunt, Bocce, Railway Museum, Bingo, Raise your voices with Una, Campfire sing-along every night, then there’s the Saturday’s Dance with Metro Swing Band, Sunday celebration of Spring, Easter bonnet making and modeling it after, Yoga2Go, Aroma therapy and Sunday night casino followed by auction. —Jose Suganob

EASTER... brance of the Passion of Christ. Thus, the churches consider it a time of reflection, fasting and penance.

With all the yucky ads for Easter presents in the stores, don’t you feel like having rabbit stew for your Easter dinner? I admit it, I do! It seems to me that Easter has been completely taken over by commercial interests. Hold it!! Easter? A rabbit? Colored eggs? Even an advertising person could not have a mind that fertile and still make sense. There must be more to it! I have the habit to consult ‘the net’ when I have questions. Here is what I found after some searching:

In the s econd century Europe, the Spring Equinox and the associated fertility celebration was raucous and very popular. The, (then), struggling Christian church absorbed ingeniously many popular pagan holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. The Spring festival was dedicated to the Goddess of fertility, Eastre (Os tara) whose sacred animal was the hare (or rabbit) both are very fertile and also the egg (fertility). The colored eggs were an even more ancient s ymbol of rebirth and fertility. The practice was resurrected in the 15 th century in the Black Forest region in Germany and imported to Pennsylvania.

It is not surprising that some Easter is a ‘moving holiday,’ church groups question meaning it is on a different these symbols and dedate every year. The council nounce the ‘Easter’ term of Nicea determined in 325 because of their pagan AD that Easter should be roots. They urge to use a celebrated on the first Sunmore Christian oriented day after a full moon which name, such as ‘Resurrection places Easter close to the Sunday.’ However, it is very Spring Equinox. Spring doubtful that they will Equinox? This sounds like a succeed against the estabpagan holiday! The approxilished advertising industry. mate period from Ash Around the world different Wednesday to Easter E as t e r tr a di tio ns ar e Sunday is called ‘Lent.’ All observed in Christian Christians denominations communities. The Easter agree that it should last 40 bunny is recogdays in remem“There’s life after stroke”

nized in most parts of the world as a symbol of a Western tradition, although a slightly different ‘spin’ is chosen by each country. In the USA, both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus have shown a remarkable talent for survival, regardless of the religious affiliation of the celebrant. In parts of Germany and France, the children built nests out of twigs and leaves in the garden for the bunny to leave in eggs and sweets, if the child was ‘good’ (each year, I was out of luck). In the Ukraine and parts of Greece, elaborately decorated eggs are eaten, rolled, cracked or exchanged by children and adults alike. In Sydney, Australia, the Royal Easter Show celebrates the end of Summer and the coming time of rest before renewal starts again. The Easter season, particularly in Europe, is also strongly linked to preChristians traditions such as Spring and re-birth. Large bonfires are symbol of spring cleaning and the coming sunshine. It is a time of remembrance, sharing of a meal (not rabbit stew) with family or friends, or fasting and reflecting. I don’t like fasting, I like chocolate and sweets! —by Werner Stephan, NSSRC, West Vancouver Group Page 5


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