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Vol. 13, Issue 156

“Dedicated to Excellence”

March 2013


Volume 13, Issue 156

March 2013

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RECIPE: Irish Chicken & Dumplings

ENCOURAGEMENTS Benefits of morning walks Morning walk helps to lose weight. It burns y our calories and increases the metabolism of the body. A regular walk with a balanced diet can give you good results in weight loss.

Ingredients: 4 .............. Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 2 (10.75 oz) cans-Condensed cream of chicken soup 3 cups ....... Water 1 cup ........ Celery, chopped 2 .............. Onions, chopped 1 tsp ......... Salt 1/2 tsp ...... Poultry seasoning 1/2 tsp ...... Black pepper, ground 5 .............. Carrots, sliced 1 (10 oz) package, Frozen green peas 4 .............. Potatoes, quartered 3 cups ....... Baking mix 1-1/3 cups . Milk Directions: 1. In a large, heavy pot, combine soup, water, chicken, celery, onion salt, poultry seasoning & pepper. Cover & cook over low heat about 1-1/2 hours. 2. Add potatoes and carrots; cover and cook another 30 minutes. 3. Remove chicken from, shred it, and return to pot. Add peas & cook only 5 minutes longer. 4. Add dumplings. To make dumplings: Mix baking mix and milk until a soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto BOILING stew. Simmer covered for 10 minutes, then uncover and simmer an additional 10 minutes.

Morning walk reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. It improves the circulation of blood. Walk raises the HDL levels which is good cholesterol and lower the levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol) plus it strengthen the heart muscles and dilates the blood vessels. Morning walk also reduces type 2 diabetes risk. It balances the blood sugar levels and reduces the weight which can be the contributing factor for the disease. Morning walk improves lung’s breathing capacity. It gives you fresh oxygen which is required for the many bodily functions including the working of lungs. Morning walk helps in the management of stress. Walk promotes the production of hormones which reduces the levels of stress. It also increases the level of thinking by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the brain and the person can see more positively about the life.

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 day 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. March 2013 Contributors: Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin Deb Chow Helen Singh Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: suganobj@gmail.com Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Inside this issue: Recipe..Irish Chicken & Dumplings

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Encouragements

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Last Month’s Happening

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BLAST..Jim i-joke..

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—submitted by Loy Lai Jose Notes.. Stroke survivor Templeton Stroke Recovery Some Cooking Terms “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery Seems I just left on vacation, the month just flew by so fast; only vacations are always to short. I wish to thank Key for filling in this space while I was away. As always, I’m almost afraid to come home as there’s always something unpleasant that takes place while I’m away. One of our members, Alex is in rehab at GFStrong. He got another stroke (TIA) but is getting better with help and hopefully back at Templeton soon. Our 93 year old member, Lloyd Murray passed away after a fall in the hospital. Our former volunteer, Margaret Goh, also, departed this world. A lady with a great sense of humor; was also a member of our Caregivers group. Both will be missed by our members. Lloyd was also a member of Killarney Stroke Recovery. A very pleasant man with many stories to tell at his end of the table and put all members to shame with doing Jeanie’s exercises. He was so limber. That’s all the negative news, since I arrived home. Life is slowly getting back to normal after a 15 hour flight and a jet lag or is there such a thing as normal?

We welcome Helena as a new volunteer since February. We also are happy to still have Rita, Gurjot, Olga??? Olga is still in Australia, she left Feb. 11th, hummm, I think?? She’s going to become a landed immigrant?? After being away so long, ahhh! Anyway, it’s so sad that so many members didn’t attend Easter BLAST. It was a beautiful weekend. Debbie did a great job, putting the camp together, with recruiting volunteers for 4 days; is a job in itself. She is to be commended for initiating the camp again. After it was given up because it was to ‘labor intensive’ It just goes to show that ‘there’s another life after stroke.’ One can get second chance if it’s in your heart , you believe all things are possible. Debbie believed that she could revive the camp. This was so helpful to her, too. Some years ago, this she has proved it will happen, and she did. 3 years in a row, the camp revived… She can’t drive but her computer is her world and this is where she found all her volunteers; all, from her own home. Why not possible from the provincial office of SRABC? The Easter long weekend couldn’t been better for the price. Where can you go for 4 days, rent a bus, have all your meals, sleeping accommodations, dance to a live band, attend an auction, play casino games, go to the “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com

Westcoast Heritage Railway Park, ride on a mini-train, have a “Royal High Tea” like they have at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, and free, too. Have a wonderful massage!!! Wow! (one feels 10 years younger!) again, for free! Music to listen to courtesy of DJ James; walk along the river bank, if you wish or just do nothing. Where can one have such a week end? Where? To do things that you thought were impossible like dance? Or ride a minitrain? Very sorry that so many missed being there, we missed you. See you all at our picnic in July!!!

—Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery

SMELL THE FLOWERS poem by Helen Singh If I leave you today Because it is my turn Will you think of me When you stop to smell the flowers When you’ve climbed another mountain And seen the other side Will you know I am still with you In your darkest hours And in your bright ones, too Will you remember me And all that we shared together When I am gone Will you cry —by Helen Singh Templeton Stroke Recovery

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BLAST - Easter Long Weekend 2013

JIMY I-JOKES AT WAL-MART...

BLAST (Building Life After Stroke Together)

March 29 to April 1, 2013 Good Friday to Easter Monday - 3 nights/4 days For more information: Please go to website: TurtleTalk.ca We had a BLAST!!!

Thank you to: Colleen Fraser, Whistler Healing Arts

DID YOU KNOW? massage team.

Pool: Diane, Lise, Carrie, & Kevin “Hand me the tinfoil, will Reiki: Megan & Saran you?” Dr. Justin Davis-nognz brain fitness Katharine Cheung-UBC Brain Lab Eric McIntosh - Hearing Loss Tile Art: Kathy Parmley Exercise: Susan Special thanks to March of Dimes Canada Brent and Keith, MOD -Toronto

Westcoast Heritage Park Railway, High Tea Party and tour on the minirail train hosted by Lynn & Ernie Ledgerwoods and their friend, Donna Forchuk. BLAST ambassadors are proud to be 100% volunteer driven Generous individuals make it happen We thank you for your time, money and energy Everyone has something to give to someone See you again next year...

HandyDART

A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart. The husband picks up a...case of Miller Lite and it in their cart.

woman picks up a $20 jar of...face cream and puts it in the basket. “What do you think you’re doing?” asks the husband…

“It’s my face cream. It makes me “What do you think you’re doing?” look beautiful,” replies the wife. asks the wife. Her husband retorts, “So does 24 “They’re on sale, only $10 for 24 cans of Miller Lite and it’s half the cans,” he replies. price…” “Put them back, it’s a waste of “HUSBAND DOWN, AISLE 7!!!!!!!!!! money,” demands the wife, and so he does and they carry on shopping. —i-joke submitted by Jim Walmsley Stroke survivor A few aisles further on along, the Delta Branch-SRABC

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Coordination - Enhance your sensory perception & improve your motor skills. Critical Thinking - Develop your skills of logic and reason to solve problems faster and find new ways to innovate. Focus - Improve your ability to prioritize and organize at home, work or school. Become more efficient and better meet your obligations.

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WE HAD A BLAST!!! — Easter long-weekend 2013 at Easter Seal Camp Squamish, BC

JOSE’s NOTES DID YOU KNOW? Have you ever wondered why aluminum foil has one side that’s shinier that the other side? The answer has to do with how it’s manufactured. According to Alcoa, the maker of Reynolds Wrap, the different shades of silver result during the final rolling process, when two layers of foil pass through the rolling mill simultaneously. The sides that contact the mill’s heavy, polished rollers come out shiny, while the inside layers retain a dull, or matte, finish. Of course, the shiny side is better for reflecting light and heat, but...when it comes to wrapping foods or lining grills, both sides are equally good.

TEMPLETON POOL CLOSED For one month (March 22 to April 25, 2013) Templeton Pool building will be closed for maintenance. We will meeting at Norah Davis Garden: 2320 Franklin Street, Vancouver, from March 28 to April 18, 2013

IN MEMORY OF: John Lloyd Murray

Born: May 3, 1920 Died: March 3, 2013

Spectacularly sunny Easter long weekend in Metro Vancouver when the bus, full of stroke survivors and volunteers went to BLAST Easter Camp Squamish in Friday afternoon . We arrived at Camp Squamish around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. There were two dorm, Haida House and Nootka House. After we got our luggage, actually some volunteers got our luggage from the bus and delivered it to our room, thank you! Heather oriented us at Haida, and Barb on Nootka House on what to do. After dinner, got acquainted with each other. Then, at campfire sing-along. Sunny Saturday morning, and our breakfast; scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast and oatmeal which I ate it all. Only this time, eh! Next in agenda , exercise by Katharine, same time slot which were Tile Craft, Kathy & Carrie & Pam; and Aquasize by Lise. Before lunch we got a group photo with almost all had a camera so, one was not on the group photo. I went to Dr. J. Davis lecture about brain fitness. Visit his website: www.nognz.com Last time I got a massage was in 1990’s, went to get a massage. Wow! Individual massage was compliment by Colleen Fraser and her team, Whistler Healing Arts massage team. “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com

6:30 pm Saturday, Metro Swing Band arrived and we had our shoes ready for dance when the band started playing. Almost all stroke survivors dancing with all their heart contents maybe. And, there’s sing-along after. Sunday breakfast, waffles, sausage, yogurt, oatmeal! Celebration of Spring after. Easter Hats making with Pam and Karel assisting. Same time slot, I didn’t go Megan’s exercise, Pool, Brent & Keith Chair hockey and hearing loss by Eric, and AquaRehab by Lise. After lunch, I was a model for the hat I made, with other modeling their hats, too. At West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Thanks to Ernie & Lynn Ledgerwoods and their friend, Donna Forchuk, for the free admission and High Tea event. Sock hop after was cut short by DJ James because dinner came along. Right after dinner, the funny money casino and auction were held. Wow! We had a wonderful time! Thanks to: Margaret, DianeL, Carrie, Kevin, Pam, Katharine, Brent, Keith, Heather, Megan, Saran, Barb, Dr. Davis & Kristen, Karel, Lise, Amy, Eric, Ollie, Martha, Sue and Deb & Jetson. And, to all stroke survivors who came & enjoy the Easter long weekend with us. Until next year...again, that’s for sure... --Jose Suganob Templeton Stroke Recovery

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SOME COOKING TERMS—Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group That is an odd subject! But, I recently an article on the Internet which used vocabulary that I had never seen on a website before or heard of mentioned on the subject of cooking. Some professional cooks probably heard these before, but I am not of them, I was surprised about some of the terms. Cooking was described as a science which included math, chemistry, physics and biology. Well, that seems a bit farfetched but if you can comfortably prepare more than a cup of coffee, do you know what a ganache is, or the difference between a béarnaise and bechamel? It might impress a dining partner if you can knowledgably discuss a recipe. So, here are some of the more unusual terms: Al Dente - refers to the desired texture of cooked pasta in Italian cooking; it means that the pasta is very slightly underdone. Bain Marie - it is a utensil and a cooking technique. Delicate dishes are gently heated in a water bath. An example is melting chocolate. Bernaise - A reduction of white wine and seasoning is blended with egg yolk. This sauce originated in the Swiss city of Berne.

Bechamel - It is a creamy white sauce and is made by stirring milk into a butter-flour mixture called a roux. Blind Cake - It means to bake a pie crust without the filling. Bruschetta - It is Italian and means ‘to roast over coals.’ Thin slices of bread are toasted, rubbed with garlic, then drizzled with olive oil and served warm. Deglaze - It is the first step when preparing many sauces. For example, when browning pork chops, re-glaze the pan with white wine and after brining it to full boil and loosing and dissolving all pan drippings. Ganache - A combination of chocolate and cream, melted together slowly. Macerate - This term means letting usually fruit marinate in liqueur for days, weeks or even month. It is the method to prepare one of my favorite X-mas treats, the rum pot. Roux - A mixture of butter and flour, browned deeply, then used as the basis for gumbo or sauces. Veloute - A veloute sauce is a variation of bechamel sauce and includes chicken stock. Are you as tired as I am of highend cooking terms? How about: Tailgate Party - It means to eat food in a parking lot, usually of a sport arena. A grill on the tailgate of a pick-up truck is usually the “There’s life after stroke” www.templetonstrokerecovery.com

centerpiece of a tailgate party. People typically bring finger food and lots of beer. Still too fancy? How to dumpster diving for your cooking needs? It’s not a pretty picture and the reasons are many: severe poverty, the need for cheap food for a variety of reasons or adventure? Maybe some people want to prove how cheaply they can exist? For whatever reason they choose to obtain at least some food out of alley way dumpsters. Cy nics claim that dumpster diving is not that different from grocery shopping at a store because groceries are mostly discarded because their ‘Best before…’ date has expired. I even saw a cooking show (Freegan Kitchen - gourmet meals from the dumpster) about dumpster cooking. The food was obviously limited to a certain type of groceries (no meat or fish), mostly bread and pasta-type items, for example, pizza and vegetarian dumplings. ‘High-end’ cooking? Tailgate party? Dumpster diving? What can you afford? Don’t tell me: High-end cooking has status, tailgate parties are a lot of fun but dumpster diving is cheap. What do you prefer: status or fun or extreme frugality? —by Werner Stephan Stroke survivor, West Vancouver Group North Shore Stroke Recovery Center

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