November 2013

Be Ours to Hold it High

The roots of Remembrance Day go back to 1919, almost 100 years ago. Each November, countless Canadians don plastic poppies and remember. We stop for two minutes, and we remember. What do I remember? The only wars during my lifetime affected me only indirectly. They didn’t change the essence of my life. Still, I remember and I reflect.

Remember When?

Slow season, low season, off season, time to go to Mexico... November goes by a lot of titles, but rarely is it known for great events. Right? Wrong!

Lilies Bloom in November

While some locals pick the off-season to vacation in sunny climes, November is the perfect month to rest up for active winter days. Red Bulls and vodka at the lake turn into red wine and dark chocolate by the fire. Sound tracks go from Daft Punk to Ludovico Einaudi. Hedonism makes way for reflection.

Clearwater by Kim McCullough, Loggers’ Daughters by Maureen Brownlee & Short Pea

Available at Polar Peek Books & Treasures. Books will also be available at Clawhammer Press on November 16, which the authors will be happy to autograph!

Here is a column of many firsts. Years ago, I taught my first fiction-writing course at the first Fernie Writers’ Conference. That is where I first encountered aspiring writers Kim McCullough and Maureen Brownlee. They were both attending their first writing workshop. In fact, that week in Fernie is when they first became friends. This fall (in the biggest first yet), they are both launching their first novels.

Every time I update my resume or write a cover letter I have to admit that I’m surprised at the work involved. My mind goes blank on what to say and how to say it let alone what I’ve been doing in the last years. It feels like the first time I rode the Haul Back T-Bar… I’m a tad overwhelmed, feeling a bit self-conscious, and knowing I just need to dive in as the outcome is well worth it.

With the November nip in the air should come the motivation to get ready for a strong year on the ski hill. For optimal ski shape results, perform these five exercises three times each, three days weekly:

1. Bottom ¼ squat x 1 minute. Get yourself into a low pain-free squat (ideally quads are parallel to the ground) and go slightly up and then back down. Pulse back and forth in your ski or snowboard stance, with your kneecaps lined up over your second toe through the motion.

The last time I ran a half marathon I pounded pavement on the streets of Ottawa, running past parliament buildings with 15,000 others surrounded by city skyline. When I crossed the finish line, I said I’d never run that far again.

And yet, here I am on a warm October morning running along the Elk River with 398 others for the Fernie Half Marathon. The view, unlike Ottawa, is much more beautiful, a whole lot fresher and there’s no city noise. Only snow-capped mountains.

This is how a half-marathon should be.

When I was a girl we could shop at Steadman’s, Fields or Saan.

An integral part of the Fernie Museum’s new exhibit is a feature introducing visitors to five historic figures from Fernie’s past. In the group are a politician, an explorer, a European immigrant, a youngster and an artist. The artist - Grace Dvorak (nee Arbuckle) spent her childhood in Coal Creek. She married Frank Dvorak and raised three children in Fernie. Grace was fascinated by history and kept her memories of Fernie and Coal Creek alive through her poems. Grace passed away in 2010.

Spa 901
BC Registered Massage Therapist, Julie Gallant is joining Spa 901. Julie is very knowledgeable of the human body and finds alternative medicine a healthier approach to one’s well being. She is dedicated and committed to helping her clients through the healing process and has taken her yoga teacher training to better educate her clients with proper stretches/exercises, as well as healthy lifestyle choices.

Keep an eye out for upcoming yoga classes at the spa!