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Volume 10, Issue 121

“Dedicated to Excellence”

March 2010

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. 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. Contributors: Loy Lai, Guy Radonich Ollie Stogrin Karel Ley, Carol Roycroft, Valerie Offer Werner Stephan, Jose Suganob

Olympics 2010 Couldron

Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: Printing Person: Kiyoko Akeroyd 604-434-6513

X This where I took the above photo during the Paralympics 2010 —JoseSuganob

Inside this issue: Encouragements




From GuyR.,


Last Month’s Happen-


Do you think...


A Thank you Note


What is a Trophy wife




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RECIPE: ‘Ginger Beef’ Ingredients: 1 lb ........... Sirloin steak 1 cup ........ Onion, sliced 1 tsp ......... Garlic, cloves 1 tbsp ....... Fresh ginger 1 tsp ......... Cornstarch 1/2 cup ..... Water 1/2 cup ..... Cashew nuts (or peanuts or almonds) 1 tbsp ....... Lemon juice 1 tsp ......... Sugar 1 tbsp ....... Soy sauce Directions: 1. Sliced the beef into 1‖x1/2‖x1/4‖ pieces. Chop the ginger, and garlic very fine. Mix the cornstarch, soiy sauce, sugar, and lemon into the 1/2 cup of water. Chop cashew nuts as finely as possible. 2. Heat 2 tbsp. peanut oil in a skillet until it smokes. Add a little salt. Add onions and mix for 5 seconds. Push the onions to one side, add ginger and garlic, mix for 5 seconds. Add the beef and stir it quickly for 25-30 seconds. Immediately, add the above sauce mixture and stir well for another 5 seconds or until the mixture thickens. 3. Remove and serve on a plate after sprinkling nuts on top.

ENCOURAGEMENT by Loy Lai ―Everything that you lose has its own way of returning, the funny thing is, its not always the way you expect it, sometimes its even better!‖ ―The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.‖

“Worry doesn‟t help tomorrow‟s troubles, but it does ruin today‟s happiness.”


great ‗razor nick fixers.‘

Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at Loonie‘s Store for almost nothing even the large ones. Better than towel papers and a lot less expensive.

15.As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy backing for embroidering soft fabrics.

1. Cover bowl or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

16.Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they will leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish. 4. Filter broken glass from wine. If you break the bottle when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. 5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

17.Use coffee filter(s) to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in, to put in soups and stews. 18.Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car. 19.Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills. 20.Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash. 21.Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

22.Use them to remove fingernails polish when out of cotton balls.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

23.Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

8. Weigh chopped food. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale. 9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy food.

24.Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee fllters and the coffee filters in a phone book.

10.Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

Oh, yeah, they are great to use in your coffee makers, too.

11.Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter. 12.Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters. 13.Place a few coffee filters in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc. on them. It soaks out all the grease.

25.Use as a disposable ‗snack bowl‘ for popcorn, chips, etc.

—Submitted by Guy Radonich, Templeton Stroke Recovery

“It‟s almost impossible to be focused and effective when your mind is pre-occupied with where it would rather be.. If you‟re not careful, you can begin wishing your life away.”

14.Keep in the bathroom. They make

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“There’s life after stroke” LAST MONTH’S HAPPENINGS... I‘m back again! I wish to thank Key, for her very good article. On our struggles with starting Templeton Stroke Recovery (formerly Brittania) for that‘s where we first started, at Brittania Community Center. Key has a very good memory of our beginning. Many of our volunteers have asked us about how Templeton got started. Now that she wrote about our beginning, maybe she will continue?! Key and Helen went to Hawaii for Helen‘s daughter‘s wedding, Michiko, who lives in Hawaii and I understand they had a great time and Key is ready to go back to Hawaii again especially since we don‘t have warm weather here. Everyone knows that I have been in Australia for a month. It was 31 degrees Centigrade most of the time. Ideal vacationing weather, no, the flood you saw on TV wasn‘t where I was, that storm was about 2,000 km. away, although, I never saw Australia so green!! It was unbelievable! As they have had a drought for a number of years in many parts of Australia. Our Valerie had to do double duty, as both Key and I were away at part of the month. I understand our volunteer, Gina (Janine now) did come and brought a beautiful cake! For everyone to enjoy! Gina (Janine now) is a very busy girl, with her nursing studies but still find time to come and see us. We really appreciate her coming. She is so helpful. Valerie did a great job, as she was without volunteers most of the time, besides without extra help, she, also, had unexpected things happenings. Tony got sick and ended in the hospital and is now in Seniors home, then our beloved Irma passed away, very unexpected, it seems every time I go away, one of our members gets sick or passes away. It‘s so sad to lose one of our members that have become friends and like an extended family. Our Irma was so lost,

without her loving sister that she lost just a few month ago. I think, she‘s gone to be with her loving sister. It‘s just so difficult to come home and back to our group and Irma isn‘t there. Always early to our meeting, with Joe, her younger brother. They were to first one to get there on Thursdays. Unfortunately, life has many changes for us. Our Joe F. is attending every Thursday, as I‘m sure its was difficult to come back the first time without Irma. Life is not fair and we aren‘t in control of when we have to leave this earth. Thursday, April 1st. We had a visit of two (2) potential members. Come to our program, I do hope they will be back. Only, if they don‘t come back next week, it doesn‘t mean we weren‘t welcoming enough, it just means that they needed different kind of support. Our Tony came to visit our members, he lost weight but I‘m sure he was happy to be with our members again, as he has had health issues, also, having his loving wife passed away. It has been difficult for him for the last few month, but hopefully it made him feel better to be with his friends again. We are happy to have Jeanie back again, as she was away for a number of weeks after her husband passed away. Welcome back! Jeanie. Our members missed your exercises, besides I don‘t do the exercises as well as you do! Wanda is on vacation. She is in Poland for the next two (2) months, visiting her daughter, grandchildren and friends. Our Valerie was in Las Vegas last week. She didn‘t come home in a ‗private jet‘ so it means she didn‘t win a million, but had a great time. I believe, by now, many people know our Jose is assisting to have a new format ‗Voice of the Turtle,‘ at SRABC provincial office. You will see his name on the next issue (Spring 2010) of the VOT. Which reminds me, please send

news of your group to the ‗Voice of the Turtle.‘ Again, I wish to thank our stroke survivors and caregivers and volunteers for their excellent articles in our ‗Stroke Recoverer‘s Review‘ newsletter. Hope every one had a memorable Easter weekend with friends and family. — Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery PARALYMPICS 2010 I really want to take a picture of Olympic Couldron during the Winter Olympics but there‘s lots of people everywhere, and I, with a scooter, cannot go anywhere, especially on the Skytrain, but I did managed to go to a Vancouver Olympic Center - Men‘s Curling event. So, I waited for Paralympics 2010 Vancouver following the Olympics games. The first week, the crowd was less and I went the place where the Olympic cauldron was, only to find out that the rooftop elevator of the new Canada Place was out of order. No luck! The second week, I went again and this time the rooftop elevator was working, there‘s still a line-up but I managed this time. There was a lineup from stairs, too. Mostly, I think, Vancouverites, Seniors and school young kids were at Olympic cauldron taking pictures like me. Then, I went to Vancouver Main Public Library to see the Olympic medals on display but the line-up was still 4 hour wait and I cannot wait that long. The picture of me holding the medals was gone forever! Before I forget, I went the Paralympic 2010 Mixed Curling Event. The stadium was packed and people was cheering Go Canada Go! Go... —Jose Suganob Templeton Stroke Recovery Page 3

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“There’s life after stroke” DO YOU THINK THIS COULD US?


A group of 40 year-old girls discuss where they should meet for dinner.

After tonight‘s broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we‘re going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week. Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you.

For not honking your horns. I didn‘t hear one car horn in 15 days—which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.

Thank you, Canada:

For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.

Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the waiters are cute and buff. 10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the food is very good and the wine selection is excellent. 10 years later, at 60 years of age, the girls once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant has a beautiful view of the ocean. 10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the restaurant is wheelchair accessible and they even have an elevator. 10 years later, at 80 years of age, the girls once again discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally, they agree to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they have never been there before. —Submitted by Carol Roycroft Burnaby Stroke Recovery BOSTON PIZZA

For being such good hosts. For your unfailing courtesy. For your (mostly) beautiful weather. For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departure at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television. For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents. For your unique TV commercials—for companies like Tim Horton‘s—which made us laugh and cry. For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon. For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games—you‘ve made wearing your name a cool thing to do. For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.

For designing those really cool LED Olympic ring in the harbor, which turned to gold when your athletes won one. For always saying nice things about the United States...when you know we‘re listening. For sharing Joannie Rochette with us. For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society. Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.—Brian Williams, NBC Olympic anchorman —Submitted by Karel Ley Delta Stroke Recovery

Give me the grace to see a joke, to get some humor out of life, and pass it on the other folk. I‘m only sending this to my ‗old‘ friends.

Although, he lacked any significant restaurant experience, he achieved success by combining hard work with a business strategy that includes a focus on growth throrough franchising.

One of the first franchisees of Boston Pizza concept was RCMP officer Jim Treliving, in 1968 he opened his first franchise in Penticton, BC

For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.


It began in, Edmonton, Alberta. Greek immigrant Gus Agioritis opened Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House in 1964.

By 1970, Boston Pizza—17 locations in Western Canada - of which 15 were franchised.

For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.

„Life is like a hot bath, The longer you stay in it, the more wrinkled you get.‟ Seniors are the leading carriers of AIDS: Hearing aids, Band aids, Roll aids, Walking aids, medical aids, government aids.

I love to see you smile. Not forgetting HIV (Hair Is Vanishing) —Submitted by Valerie Offer Templeton Stroke Recovery Page 4

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by W. Stephan, NSSRC, West Van Group

My wife warned me that if I select such a controversial subject to write about, then I might get into major trouble. The problem is that I like to tempt ‗major trouble.‘ It makes me feel alive. In fact, one of my favorite saying is: ‗Don‘t resist temptation, it might not come again.‘ In that spirit, here it goes: I consulted the Internet to find the following definition: A ‗Trophy Wife‘ is an attractive young woman, she is seldom the first wife of an affluent older man and she should be an asset to his business (or job). The website ‗‘ (no surprise) adds: she must be college educated to be able to keep up with an interesting conversation, have charm, have good looks and be able to maintain a household and keep domestic staff in line. To be a trophy wife is rumored to be the secret desire of countless women, and is supposed to be the object of feminist scorn. Not surprisingly the same magazine

recommends to retain a capable lawyer and stresses the need for an ironclad nuptial contract. Now, I remember: a real trophy wife should not be older than half the man‘s age. To some men a trophy wife indicates an enviable achievement while to others it is an idiomatic synonym for ‗idiot.‘ What do you think? (By the way, the idiom ‗boy toy‘ is closely related to the idiom ‗trophy wife.‘ How does one find a trophy wife? The ‗‘ site recommends: Expensive restaurants Fitness facilities ‗Happy hour‘ in financial district bars

Are you looking for a trophy wife? One was quoted by the ‗Happy Woman‘ magazine to remark: He loves the way I look in Lycra and I love the way I look in his Jag. I think that should dampen anybody‘s interest because she could not have described this particular relationship better.

Exclusive country clubs Gatherings of high end hobby association such as yacht clubs.

—by Werner Stephan, NSSRC, West Vancouver Group

The term ‗trophy wife‘ appeared in a

“There’s life after stroke”

SLEEPBOX How about sleeping in a box when you are just passing by a large city. Sleepbox size: 2m x 1.4m x 2.3 m Sleep in comfort and security. Cheap sleep in case of emergency for anyone rich or poor! No time wasted looking for a hotel. Designed to be installed at train stations and airports, and central public places or cities where accommodation is fully booked. In tropical climate countries, the sleeper box can be installed outdoors in main streets. The space includes includes bed, linen, ventilation system, alarm, LCD TV, WiFi, space for your laptop and outlet for recharging your cell phone. Under your bed and floor there is a cupboard for your luggage. Payment is made at terminals who will give clients an electronic key that can be purchased for 15 minutes or for as

1950 issue of ‗The Economist‘ and referred to the historical practice of warriors capturing the most desirable women in battle to bring them home. In modern times they are acquired through other means It is claimed by some that the term was extensively used in August 1989 by the ‗Fortune‘ magazine. Many sources claim also that the term was coined even earlier by the ‗Online Etymology Dictionary‘ in 1984.

Airport’s SLEEPBOX

many hours as you need. Dubai Airport is installing 50-70 Sleepboxes.


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From GuyR., 2 Do you think... 4 A Thank you Note 4 What is a Trophy wife 5 Contributors: Loy Lai, Guy Radonich Ollie Stogrin Karel Ley, Caro...