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“Dedicated to Excellence”

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RECIPE: Chicken in a Pot

ENCOURAGEMENTS The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Live each as if your life had just begun.

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:

Kindness in words creates confi- The views expressed in Stroke dence. Kindness in thinking creates Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights profoundness. are those of the authors and do not

Ingredients: 3/4 cup ..... Chicken broth 1-1/2 tbsp . Tomato paste 1/4 tsp ...... Ground black pepper 1/2 tsp ...... Dried oregano 1/8 tsp ...... Salt 1 clove ...... Garlic, minced 4 .............. Chicken breast halves, boneless, skinless 3 tbsp ....... Bread crumbs, dry 2 tsp ......... Olive oil 2 cups ....... Fresh mushrooms, sliced Directions: 1. In a medium bowl, combine the broth, tomato paste, ground black pepper, oregano, salt and garlic. Mix well and set aside. 2. Dredge the chicken in the bread crumbs, coating well. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the chicken in the oil for 2 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. 3. Add the reserved broth and the mushrooms to the skillet and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside, covering to keep it warm. 4. Bring broth mixture to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, or until reduced to desired thickness. Spoon sauce over the chicken and serve.

If we do not plant knowledge when necessarily represent the views of young, it will give us no sense Templeton Stroke Recovery or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review when we are old. You are nev er too old to set another goal or d ream a new dream.

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.

To accomplish great things we October 2013 Contributors: must not only act, but dream; not Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin only plan, but also believe. Deb Chow

Don’t wait for extraordinary oppor- Jim Walmsley tunities. Seize common occasions Werner Stephan Jose Suganob and make them great. Production of SRR:

What you do today can improve all Jose Suganob your tomorrows. Email: —by Loy Lai, Stroke survivor, Templeton Stroke Recovery Did you know? The bark of the willow tree is rich in salicin, a natural painkiller and fever reducer. In the third century B.C. Hippocrates used it to relieve headaches and pain, & many traditional healers, including Native Americans used salicin containing herbs to treat cold & flu symptoms. But, it wasn’t until 1899 that Felix Hoffman, a chemist at the German company Bayer, developed a modified derivative, acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin. “There’s life after stroke”

Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Inside this issue:



Last Month’s Happening


BLAST Monthly Dinner (revised) Cohoe Lodge


Jose’s Notes Jimy I-jokes


Success and Failures

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING—Ollie Stogrin (Branch President), Templeton Stroke Recovery Whatever happened to October? Seems it was Thanksgiving and Halloween. Now, it’s starting to feel like winter. As this morning my backyard was white! no, not snow, only frost. Only that is enough to make me St. Nick will be showing up soon! We, at Templeton, did have a few members show-up in costume for Halloween. We had a small prize for the winner of the best costume and Liliane won the big prize (lottery ticket). We only feel bad because no one had a camera. So, Liliane will have to wear the same outfit next year for Halloween (She also came with donated goodies for the Halloween). Katelyn was an ‘injured ghost,’ Jose was a ‘sexy blond,’ and I (Ollie) came i n my ‘ n ig th i e!’ Angela (Constantino’s wife) came and helpe d se rve d lunch. It seemed we had a full house. James came all the way from Langley. Lorraine offered to make soup

on Halloween Thursday and that was treat for me! I had time off on making soup for Halloween. Thanks, Lorraine. It was a wonderful soup and enjoyed by all our members. It was nice see Trevor, also, he was working in the area and came for lunch. Seems October is always a busy month,

but so is every month. We had 13 members and three volunteers went bowling. Everyone had a great time Jose is top bowler (Ollie, actually it’s you –Editor) Katelyn did a great job of getting everyone’s lunch orders, sorted out, after members finished bowling. Loy went to v isit her son in Toronto and Nancy had visitors

from out of town. Helena came back from Europe

after a 6 weeks vacation. It’s nice to have her back. Debbie has donated a couple a

dozen ready-to-eat dinners which our members will be enjoying on Nov. 7th. Our former coordinator, Shaz , wrote a nice email to our members which I will read at the next program. She is enjoying her studies in Toronto. And, says she will come and visit at X’mas. Hopefully, we will see her soon.

Something that fits everyone, booze draw—drink it yourself or you can give it away during Christmas season. Templeton Park Pool had a ‘garden planting’ and lunch for the new Welcome Garden! On Oct. 5. A number of our members came plant and watch the planting. Nancy, Ollie, and Jose have a tree with, I hope, our name, I think? Have to check on that again… Next newsletter will be after our Xmas Dinner 2013. Hope, I have lots of good news to write about then and we will see many of you on Nov. 30, 2013. I just hope the weatherperson will be kind to us. —Ollie Stogrin Branch President Templeton Stroke Recovery-SRABC

Nov. 30, 2013 - (Start 5:30pm and finished by 9pm), we are having our Xmas Dinner 2013 at the ‘Lion’s Den.’ We hope we will have a good attendance again. This could be the last time we have our Xmas dinner there as ‘Lion’s Den’ is under new management. Hopefully , we can still plan having Xmas Dinner there in 2014? Please check Jose’s Xmas Dinner 2013 design. He gets better every year with his Xmas design. We are going to have some raffle “There’s life after stroke”

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BLAST Monthly Dinner-Revised


Stroke Survivors, Caregivers, and Friends!

the h o u s e h e b u i l t i n B a m field . The couple’s first child, a girl (Kiyoko), was born in the house. By the t i m e h e w a s 30, Ichiaro had achieved great success in life owning the house, the Knight I I a n d p a r t o f a nother boat. As well, he employed a crew on the boats and built another vessel, which he named a f t e r h i s w i f e, t he U . J e an .

Come, join us for dinner! Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 6pm

Tom & Jerry Restaurant 2828 E. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (Near PNE) Entrees are $10 and beverages are bottomless Come, have a BLAST and watch our slideshow (We will be there with our slideshow on the 15th day of every month) It is an opportunity to meet our BLAST Ambassadors, have a few laughs, and a BLAST (Building Life After Stroke Together) Drops ins welcome, RSVP preferred. (Please let me know if

you are coming so I can give the restaurant a heads up) Phone: Deb 604-253-2390 There’s lots of room for wheelchairs and scooters

B.L.A.S.T. 2014

Sadly, the Uyede family was forced out of Bamfield when they were This structure was built by the declared enemy aliens and sent Uyede family, who came to Canada to a series of interment c a m p s , from Japan in1898 from many f r o m V an co uv e r t o Ont a r i o. generations of fishermen. Ichiaro, being a man of foresight, Arriving in Bamfield from Steveston was fortunate in selling his house Densaburu and his son, Ichiaro or and boat to neighbors. All of Henry (also known to some of their other possessions, with the the locals as Ichi), worked at the exception of one trunk and its local cannery. When Densaburu contents were taken from died in 1928, Ichiaro took over them by the government. the family fishing boat, Knight II, and quickly gained a reputation A peculiar footnote to this story for h i m s e l f a s o n e o f t h e was told by John Vanden and b e s t highliners on the west several other people who were coast. It was while unloading his living here at the time, and concatch at the Kildonan cannery firmed, according to Marc Phillips that he met his wife and she and by family member Michiko Singh. her mother moved with him into

April 18 to 21, 2014—$225 —

—Facebook’s shared by Bryan Akeroyd Kiyoko Akeroyd’s son



Early Birds sends $50 deposit and receive $25 off the total price DEADLINE : Nov. 30, 2013 For More Information and to register go to: “There’s life after stroke”

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Jose’s NOTES

MULTICULTURAL SENIORS SINGERS Average age of Multicultural Seniors Singers is 74. Bob, our leader and strolling musician and May, on the piano, of course, the senior singers and a microphone likes to sing to people in: Care Centers (retirement homes), Neighborhood Houses and Community Centers every Tuesdays and Thursdays in Vancouver. For us singing is a participation sport NOT a performance. Those seniors in care homes like to sing with us and we bring copies of the songs that we will sing. Those love songs and old time favorites like Sentimental Journey, Autumn Leaves, As time Goes By, for example. Or melodies are selected to represent many ethnic holidays. To help the people who sings with us, all melodies have been transposed to a comfortable singing range. Or just clapping, toes tapping or body swaying to the music is a participation sport, to get into the spirit of the moment.

JIM’s INTERNET JOKE—joke only?

FOR LEGAL MINDED A young law student, having failed his Law Exam, goes up to his crusty old professor, who is renowned for his razorsharp legal mind.

into a ‘A’ as agreed, and the student goes away, very pleased.

The professor continues to wrack his brain over the question all afternoon, still can’t get the answer. So, finally, he calls in a group of his brightest students Student : “Sir, do you really and tells them he has a really, understand everything about this really tough question to answer: “What is legal but not logical, subject?” logical but not legal, and neither Professor: “Actually, I probably logical legal?” do. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be a To the professor’s surprise (and professor, would I?” embarrassment), all the students Student: “OK. So, I’d like to you ask immediately raise their hands. a question. If you can give me the correct answer, I will “All right,” says the professor and accept my marks as it is. If you asks his favorite student to can’t give me the correct answer, answer. however, you’ll have to give me “It’s quite easy, sir,” says the an ‘A.’” student. “You see, you are 75 Professor: “Hmmm, alright. So, years old and married to a 30year-old woman, which is legal, what’s the question?” but not logical. Your wife has a 22 Student: “What is legal but not logi- -year-old lover, which logical, but cal, logical but not legal, and nei- not legal. And, your wife’s lover ther logical nor legal?” failed his exam but you’ve just The professor wracks his famous given him an ‘A,’ which is neither brain, but just can’t crack the legal, nor logical.” answer. Finally, he gives up and changes the student’s failing mark

I joined Multicultural Seniors Singers two years ago. Now, in Vancouver alone , I know that many care centers (retirement homes) and it is one way for me to be very busy (again) and get the some seniors entertained, too.

—Jim Wamsley, Stroke survivor Joke only, ok?

“I told you that I don’t Alzheimer’s I have ‘some-timers’ Sometimes I remember And Sometimes I don’t” Senior Moments is ‘Passe,’ Now it’s C.R.A.F.T. Moments! Can’t Remember A F-(friendly or fiddling or f___) Thing Moments!

—Jose Suganob, Stroke Survivor Templeton Stroke Recovery Branch--SRABC “There’s life after stroke”

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SUCCESS and FAILURES—Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group Can we learn from success stories and failures in business and in our ventures? History teaches us that we can. At least, I hope so. Cynics claim that governments and politicians are not included in this opinion and say that they have ample proof that they are correct. Today, there is a growing recognition of the importance of failure. Psychologists and also business leaders see it as an opportunity to learn from failure. How do we handle it? Do we get discouraged or depressed by failures? Remember the philosopher Franz Kafka? What doesn’t destroy us makes us stronger! (No, it was not Conan the barbarian who said it). We can see serious illness, like heart attacks or strokes, as opportunities to change our……… to a healthier one, or to re-evaluate the rat race or whatever. Often ‘failure’ teaches us the skills needed for ‘success.’ Business leaders have for a long time realized that. (But, please make these mistakes when you previously worked for the competition!). For example, in the Netherlands, a bank started an ’Institute of Brilliant Failures’ and Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical company, had failure parties to

celebrate data from drugs, that didn’t work (about 90% did not). Henry Ford is credited with saying: ‘Failure is the opportunity to begin more intelligently.’ He should have known, the lessons learned by previous mistakes made helped him to transform the auto industry. Explorers, adventurers and also engineers are well known to profit from mistakes by others. The 1914-16 Antarctic expedition by Ernest Shackleton was doomed but provided valuable data for future expeditions. History is full of examples of famous failures, among them Christopher Columbus, who never made it to India (but nobody held that against him), Lewis & Clark, who sought a water route from the Missouri River to the Pacific, and the

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940) is another, different, example; it taught engineers about harmonics in structures. In 1998, the Mars Climate Orbiter “There’s life after stroke”

which likely crashed, made NASA aware of the problems when one design team uses metric data in their design and another design team uses imperial data. Enough! This is getting boring. In my opinion, this last example is not about data collection, but is an example of a lack of efficient management and incompetence. It is amusing, though, in a morbid kind of way. How can you be a successful person? The Internet lists some advice: Believe in yourself. Take time to educate yourself. Balance your life. Albert Einstein showed us that if we have faith in ourselves, we will achieve our goals. Thomas A. Edison failed numerous times before he made his first light bulb. Also, if we want to learn from the mistakes of others, we might become No. 2 to succeed. But as Robert F. Scott, who reached the South Pole one month after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, in 1912, became a hero in Britain. But, that is an exception. No. 2? Who cares? —by Werner Stephan, Stroke Survivor North Shore Stroke Recovery Center (West Vancouver Group) Page 6