When poems are stories

August 15, 2014

Doing reviews whether of books, films or plays is something I find very satisfying probably because if you enjoy a piece of creativity it is a joy to tell others about it in the hope it will encourage them to partake in it. Sort of like sharing a good recipe.

In university, I learned that a good review should have at least one thing positive about whatever you are reviewing and at least one thing negative. Not a bad idea because this makes the reviewer search for an least one thing good about an artistic piece that he or she might have thought was all bad. It also encourages the reviewer to mention at least one thing that needs improvement and this is supposed to help the artist to become an even better one.

The problem is that we go around with these aspects of our characters that we call our emotions. A negative review can make someone stop being creative given the fact that artists often have a very sensitive side to their personalities.

In recent years, I have greatly relaxed bringing out the negative in a review of someone’s work especially if I find the piece of writing mostly positive. It seems a bit obsessive to examine the piece like looking through a magnifying glass to bring out the one flaw and then jump on the writer for not being totally perfect.

The following is a review of a chapbook (a book that is less than 40 pages long and is stapled on the spine):

Gulf Islands Driftwood
December 7, 2005
When poems are stories
by Tanya Lester

Distance From the Locus by Murray Reiss. Salt Spring Island:(m)Other Tongue Press, 2005, 20pp., $20 paper.

The narrative poems in Murray Reiss’ chapbook, Distance From The Locus, have such a stong storytelling ring that I found myself thinking about them as prose when I recalled them later.

These poems are the marks of a mature poet; their twists and turns surprised me and held my interest.

In The Mannequins’ Graveyard, for example, I had settled in to believing the piece was about the poet’s parents mourning the dead they had lost in World War II as a backdrop to the dress shop they owned in Sarnia.

Then the poem moves to the burden the Jewish family’s loss placed on the shoulders of the only son. From these, it goes on to the shop’s employees:
“…They had no husbands
or sons. Once a year,
at the party table, the sales-
girls drank hard liquor
and plotted revenge. They
propped me against
their pillows and dressed
me like their doll.
Tomorrow was their saviour’s birthday; everything
was allowed…”

Reiss is old enough (in a good way) to want to go back and re-examine his youth.

To perhaps, once and for all, settle things.

Although he writes about his father’s familial loss in Poland, Reiss’ poetry reminds us that many death camps still exist today.

References are made to his birthplace of Chemical Valley in Ontario, the African AIDS epidemic and the East Vancouver women who were slaughtered at the pig farm.

His repeated themes strengthened the final impact of the chapbook’s 11 poems for me.

I did not feel depressed by the subject matter because the poet not only writers about the injustices but about the actions he and others take to bring about change.

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Innovative Islanders Respond to 4-Day School Week

August 13, 2014

“Salt Spring is an island with 10,000 people and 12,000 opinions,” is how I like to quote folk singer Valdy who supposedly was quoted by a journalist as saying this.

Salt Spring residents are passionate about many things. At any given time, this is bound to be a vocal faction about something, no matter how seemingly unimportant it might be, that is happening or supposed to be happening on the island. Many of these opinions flare up and then fizzle out like a small fire does after a short downpour in the rain forest.

Others are major. During my time living on the Gulf Island, there is no doubt that the Texada clear cutting was MAJOR. It effected almost everyone on the island or associated in some way with it.

Another that rated right up there was the school district’s decision to go to the four day school week. I was torn on this one. I could relate to many of the viewpoints of those opposed to it. On the other hand, my son, who was already working at Thrifty Foods (and still does at Hillside Mall in Victoria) was excited about the possibility of picking up more shifts by being available for an extra day a week. He was in Grade 12 so luckily he was not going to experience any of the negative sides of the four day week for long.

Besides writing the following article about it, I ended up creating a short film on the issue at the Gulf Islands Film School on neigbouring Galiano Island, B.C. (If you have never heard of this wonderful school, you should find out about it.)

I did the following article for Salt Spring Village News which for several months was a strong rival of theGulf Islands Driftwood (These rivals appear on the scene but always disappear, often quite quickly and sometimes because the Driftwood publisher buys them out.) As a freelance writer, I did not have to be loyal to one newspaper and I needed the money. I still felt what I did was gutsy.

Here’s the piece:

Salt Spring Village Views
May 28, 2004
Innovative Islanders Respond to 4-Day School Week
by Tanya Lester

Gulf Islanders are responding with creative ideas to last week’s school board vote to cut finances by enacting the four-day school week in September, whether they support it or not.

Pender parent Doug Appleton is part of a group called Kids First considering legal action against the board which, if successful, would overturn the decision.

Appleton’s lawyer suggested those involved in the court system are reluctant to deal with elected officials. Citiznes have the opportunity to vote them into office and then have to abide by their decisions.

The exception, however, is if the elected officials’ actions can be proved unfair. Appleton said they believe they can “show unfairness in several areas.” He did not want to elaborate but siad the Kids First executive will be meeting soon. Alsom they need to fund raise to cover legal costs.

“The (school board’s) members made their decision from the start,” Appleton said. “They are looking for job security for themselves.”

Many outer islanders believe the extra length of the four days in the shorter school week will cause students added hardship especially in the winter when they will leave for the water taxi in the dark and return home in the dark.

There are those from the Outer Islands who believe it worth the sacrifice. These include Russ Searle who moved to cut 29 Fridays from future school years. At the May 19 board meeting, he said even though he has two daughters who use the water taxi, saving school programs for them is a more important alternative than keeping the shorter five-day weeks.

Saturna trustee Susanne Middleditch seconded Searle’s motion. She spoke of a student tapping her on the shoulder while riding the water taxi one day. The sutdent said she or her was “for” the four-day week.

Galiano students commuting to the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) would have suffered most as they now are the first to board the water taxi in the mornings and last to disembark from it in the evenings.

Galiano trustee Bonnie MacHillivray, the only board member to vote against the four-day school week, said water taxi schedule adjustments will be made beginning in September 2004. Students on her island will still be picked up first but they will also be dropped off first in the afternoon.

Kim Hunter, a Waldorf kindergarten teacher with five years experience on Salt Spring, is not opposed to the four-day school week switch in the public system but questions the validity of lengthening the school days. “Kids and teachers will end up burning out,” she said, adding that the Gulf Islands have excellent teachers.

Hunter has taught three-day school weeks that begin in September and end in April for the last two years. Although most Waldorf schools operate on the five-day school weekm she said the shorter week was arranged on Salt Spring to accommodate parents and students who wanted to attend the private school.

For many Gulf Islands parents (dependant on the tourist trade) summer is not a holiday, she pointed out. Parents of her students get to spend more time with their children in May and June before the busy season. The result is the children do not get bored with school because of lengthy days and months. “They totally love it,” said Hunter.

She said parents work out day care or spend more time with their children. The Gulf Islands is populated with creative people who can solve this problem. For example, four parents could get together and take turns doing daycare for all their children, once every four weeks, Hunter suggested.

Lisa Bleskie of Tree Frog Daycare agrees some parents will band together in this way to provide Friday care for their children. Bleskie is also working with Judy Raddysh, Fulford Elementary School principal, on possibly setting up day care on Fridays at the school. Bleskie said a survey will be sent out to parents to determine if child-care in the school would be financially viable for Tree Frog.

A problem with day care subsidies is they have been reduced by the current provincial government, said Bleskie. Also, for those who qualify for subsidies, the rate decreases as the child gets older. Parents of three to five year olds recieve $18.40 a day in subsidies for a child or about half the rate paid to the day care. Children from Grade One and up get only $8.65 a day.

“By the time your child is in grade one, you think you’ve finished paying for child care,” is how one parent put it to Bleskie.

If the program goes ahead, it would operate out of one school classroom with access to the library and gymnasium. Bleskie said day care for older children is less stuctured than for the younger with a higher child ratio per child-care worker. It is still more stuctured “than hanging out in the park with your buddies.” A special license needs to be applied for soon so it can be processed in time for September.

Hunter said if students are concerned about not being able to participate in after-school extracurricular activities because of the lengthened days then sports, choir and other activities should become more a part of the school day. This way, students would not miss out on these important educational activities even within the lengthened school days.

She said there could be more homework blocks built into the longer day and more tutoring by the teachers made available to students.

Home schooling is another option many parents are now considering because of the four-day week. Hunter has been homeschooling her daughter Kya for two years now. Hunter asks Kya to “hand-in” a project on her own subject choice (i.e. a research project on chickens) every two weeks. Doing this kind of work means Kya has become efficient in writing, punctuation and the other subject areas.

When Kya decided to take grade 5 level examinations, she “aced them”, said Hunter.

Being in a more flexible school schedule means Kya has more time to bady sit and do other work. During the month of May, she is working at the Vancouver Children’s Festival where her mother is head of security.

Hunter said Kya has been enjoying tightrope walking. She is also learning how to do stage lighting. This is part of her education.

Teenagers who work part-time on Salt Spring have been concerned that their work hours will be reduced because of the longer school days. Both Ganges Village Market’s Mike Tyson and Thrifty Foods owner-operator Dan Lee say they will make necessary adjustments to students who will still be able to work for them outside school hours.

“We’ll do what we need to do to make it work for our students,” Lee said. “They are an integral part of our staff.”

Lee pointed out employees with younger children will likely want to be home with them on Fridays when the four-day school week takes effect in the fall. GISS students will then get more shifts on Fridays. From Mondays to Thursdays, students will probably being work at 4:30 pm instead of 4pm as they do not and perhaps work a bit later.

Lee said there are 110 staff at Thrifty Foods so adjustments are always being made anyway. He said his three teenagers (one works at Thrifty Foods) do not have opinions one way or the other about the four-day school week.

Hunter probably summed it up for a lot of people when she said, “Most people move to Salt Spring so they can have more freedom in their lives…School is a big stucture..It takes a village to raise a child.”
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Kaldor’s 2-for-1 show wows folk club

August 12, 2014

The Salt Spring Folk Club is a musical organization, founded by Bill Henderson of the rock called Chilliwack (which alludes to Henderson’s musical diversity in both rock and folk) and Valdy who is regularly called a folk legend’, that brings the best folk music — Canadian and otherwise– to the island.

This article is about a musician that has performed at The Salt Spring Folk Club and is much loved right across Canada and has a special place in the hearts of many who attend this island folk music forum:

Gulf Islands Driftwood
November, 2011 ?
Kaldor’s 2-for-1 show wows folk club
by Tanya Lester

Big voice. Big sense of humour. Big heart. Great musician and song writer. Contemporary folk artist amazon.

Connie Kaldor lit up the Salt Spring Folk Club stage at its November concert. It was a return performance prompted by a survey in which the Folk Club asked audiences to recommend the musician they would most like to come back.

Kaldor strode onto the Fulford Hall stage and compared coming into the south-end ferry terminal to journeying into the Lord of the Rings. There is always a little rain so it is even more enticing when the sun appears, she said.

She also mentioned another treat involving the Folk Club: “I get to have a sound man (Valdy) that’s way more famous than I am and get introduced by someone (Bill Henderson) who’s way more famous than I am,” she said.

With husband Paul Campagne of Hart Rouge playing back-up for her, Kaldor introduced him as the producer of her CD (her latest, Postcards From The Road) and “co-producer” of her two sons.

By then, she had already launched into humourous chatter alluding to how society and the advertising industry make us feel inadequate.

“You’re not good enough if you don’t have the right kind of duster,” she said. “You’re incomplete without a partner…and E-Harmony (an online dating service).”

At this point, a friend sitting next to me was convinced that Kaldor has a good enough sense of humour to have a successful career as a comedian alone.

She never heard Kaldor sing before. She was not prepared for the 2-for-the-price-of-1 aspect of what this artist has to offer.

No matter what Kaldor does on stage, she does not disappoint. That, of course, includes her music.

Her voice in fan favourites such as Wood River is huge and soulful. It is as big and mystical as the wind blowing across her home province of Saskatchewan.

Kaldor can always make you laugh. After singing about the kind of lover who is a liar and a cheat, she said, “I live in the dream that someday it will will be picked up as an election campaign song.”

But she can make you cry, too, and move you with her passion. Like when she sang, “If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy every gun in the world and throw them in the sea.”

Her story-telling fits right in there with the best in the folk music business.

One instance was when she talked about discovering Saskatoon berry bushes where she now lives in Quebec. While she sent her children in with plastic pails to pick the berries, a Quebecois passed by asking, “Aren’t those poisonous?”

“Yes, yes, they are,” Kaldor responded, deadpan-faced. “Don’t pick them.”

Playing the guitar, keyboard and ukulele are also some of her talents.

Kaldor’s warm-up act satisfied the crowd, too. KC Kelly has an attractively deep voice which he varies to bring out its more subtle qualities. He draws out the words that he sings, helping the audience enjoy the effect.

With three CDs under his belt, Kelly has performed on Salt Spring Island for decades. Besides this, his lyrics reflect his years playing in New Orlean’s French Quarter.

Why drink water when I can drink wine?/Why give the reaper any more time?

His musical partner, Sandy Profitt, blends her lovely voice beautifully with Kelly’s.

Salt Spring residents are fortunate to have the opportunity to catch both these accomplished musicians in performance on the island often…


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Celebrating 120 island authors

August 11, 2014

I lived on Salt Spring Island, BC for 16 years. In all that time and I know to this day, the staff and volunteers at the Salt Spring Library have been extremely supportive of the many local authors.

Recently when I was preparing to go to Iceland, I went to the library where I was house sitting in Kelowna and ordered books by Iceland authors. When I returned and was house sitting somewhere else, I went and asked for books by local authors in the nearby bigger community at the library. The staff had no idea who those local authors were. I did not know whether to weep or laugh in derision at their lack of knowledge about writers in their own area.

I think the Salt Spring Library practices of supporting local authors has contributed to my desire to read local authors wherever I go.

Here is a story about an event organized at the Salt Spring Library for local authors:

Gulf Islands Driftwood
May 23, 2007
Celebrating 120 island authors
by Tanya Lester

Salt Spring’s 120 published authors will be honoured at the library’s annual Writers’ Day this Sunday, May 27.

Half a dozen years ago, when Elma Rubright came up with the idea for a special day focussed on local authors, she thought the total number was around a dozen.

To her surprise it added up to 80. Since then, the number has continued to grow. Teenage volunteers are pulling at least 150 books (many local authors have published more than one book) off the library’s shelves this week in preparation for the event, said Rubright. Early Sunday, the computers in the main foyer will be pushed back and covered to make room to display all these titles.

“Writers’ Day is to honour the authors,” Rubright said. “The library is doing this because we love the written word.”

To her knowledge, no other small community boasts such a large number of writers.

The event’s main focus will be a speech by Linda Kavelin Popov, who has authored several books connected to her Virtues Project and, most recently, A Pace of Grace.

Rubright said Popov was unanimously selected because everyone’s face on the seven-member planning committee “lit up” when her name was mentioned.

The long-time library volunteer emphasizes the fact that the event is open to the entire public. If things go as in past years, it will be standing room only.

Rubright looks forward to the future when the celebration can occur in the proposed roomier new library…

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Oral History Revived: First Nations Stories Rise from the Page

August 10, 2014

I majored in history (and herstory) in university and I have written many historical profiles, some of which are already posts in this blog. Anyone who does historical research, knows the thrill of discovering something new in the dusty documents (well, maybe not so dusty anymore with the use of more and more new technology) in a government archives or library.

Technically, it is not new at all. It may have been filed away for a century and often much longer than this. It is new, in the sense, that it has never or rarely appeared in a newspaper, magazine or a book.

I am sure all historians feel excitement fluttering around in their insides when this kind of discovery is made. I know I always have.

I cannot speak for Chris Arnett but I am willing to bet that he was ecstatic when he first found out about Beryl Mildred Cryer and the stories that she once relayed to the general public during her lifetime in the last century. Read on:

Summer 2008
Oral History Revived: First Nations Stories Rise for the Page
Book review by Tanya Lester

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Traditions of the Hul’g’umi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island by Beryl Mildred Cryer, compiled and edited by Chris Arnett, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2007,351 pp. $24.95

Chris Arnett is what good authors and historians are made of. He is a sleuth into the past and a stickler for details who puts aside his own ego to shine a spotlight on history that has been “half buried” from academics and the public in general.

He also knows a good story — or in this case, a total of 60 — when he comes across one. The ones told her by Mary Rice and other natives living on Vancouver Island and some of the Gulf Islands, including Salt Spring where Arnett is based, make for fascinating page turners. Anyone who still believes Canadian history is boring will be converted to a new way of thinking by perusing these offerings that were recorded in the 1930s.

Arnett’s long book title is itself a lesson illustrating how he records history. Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand, the first part of the title, was chosen for several reasons. One is related to the Puneluxutth’ people’s origin story.

Arnett writes that the ancestors said,”A tiny man and woman, emerged from half-buried logs and sand; it is time that their stories emerge once more, after being ‘half buried< for decades in the official British Columbia Archives."

Reading a footnote on a masters university paper led Arnett to the archival material containing the Oral Traditions of the Hul'q'umi'num Coast Salish of Kuper island and Vancouver island by Beryl Mildred Cryer. The storytellers had worked with Cryer, a Chemainus freelance writer, who wrote down their stories and had them published in the Sunday magazine of Victoria<s Daily Colonist.

He realized the "narratives of the women Beryl Cryer worked with are particularly valuable given the overwhelming lack of female ethnographic texts from this period."

After quoting Cryer in his first book, The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849-1863, Arnett pulled together these stories over a 10-year period. His dedication to including these women's stories in the historical canon is admirable.

His new book covers the same geographical area as his first one and discusses many conflicts that occurred at the time. Unlike his earlier First Nations history book, however, this one is mostly written in the first person. Readers experience an immediacy that makes them feel almost as if they are in the time period when the story occurred — often back into the 1800s. Cryer's wrotomg techniques help, too. She writes about arriving at her sources' homes, describes how they look and act, and is a persistent interviewer in drawing out the details.

The storytellers' talk includes people flying through the woods (hard to believe until one considers yogic flying, which is practised today), 13-month or moon names, herbs and healing methods, whales and other animals, slaves, hunting, time balls, potlatches, burials and the knitting of the famous Coast Salish sweaters.

Arnett<s summaries at the beginning of each story are invaluable for researchers and those who might prefer to select certain stories for reading…


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Salt Spring Islanders collect for Caravan to Cuba ‘friendshipment’

August 8, 2014

I do not have an actual bucket list. When I decide to do something, of the bucket list variety, it usually happens. I visualize it, do second degree reiki around it (sort of like putting white light/energy around something that you visualize and then it happens. It may take years to happen, a few hours or can be almost immediate. The Universe (God/Mother Goddess, all the angels and spirit guides) has to agree with it, of course, and usually they do. I am on good terms with all of them. They love me, I know.

When something makes my emotions my emotions soar then I know I MUST make it happen. This was how I felt when I saw a film about the Caravan to Cuba at the popular Salt Spring Film Festival, which features many social change movies.

That the United States has had a trade embargo against Cuba since the 1960’s during the Cold War years against Russia is one of those gigantic absurdities that rates up there with the fact that many U.S. states still have the death penalty and that the U.S. government is always giving weapons of mass destruction to countries around the globe and training people from many of these places in torture techniques.

To go on the Caravan, I knew, was a way to contribute to the Cuban peoples’ isolation struggles and at the same time oppose the U.S. embargo policy against the Caribbean country. For me personally, it was a way to unite my social activist side with my desire to travel like a gypsy as often as possible through this life time.

In what might be referred to as the pioneer days of blogging, I blogged for the first time on the Caravan to Cuba blog during the 2006 Caravan journey.

The following article provides more details about the Caravan to Cuba and how we fund raised in 2006 before I left on one of several buses parked across the border in Washington state from the Peace Arch boarder crossing in B.C.:

Gulf Islands Driftwood
April 19, 2006
Salt Spring Islanders collect for Caravan to Cuba ‘friendshipment’
by Tanya Lester

Salt Spring Island will be represented when Albertans and British Columbians get on the Caravan to Cuba at the Peace Arch border crossing south of Surrey this year.

Scheduled to leave simultaneously from several Canadian-U.S. crossings on Sunday, June 18, the Caravan will consist of brightly decorated buses and cars filled with Canadians and goods for Cubans.

Local fledgling Caravan to Cuba group members were inspired to form after watching two showing of Bloqueo, which profiles the Caravan, earlier this year.

Each Saturday until the June 18 departure, Caravan to Cuba volunteers will be asking Saturday Market goers to contribute.

At a table they are distributing brochure lists of items needed by Cubans. Supporters have come forward with car mechanic tools, an overhead projector, a VCR, a drum and bicycles, proving the diversity of need after more than four decades of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

Supporters are also being requested to go to the Peace Arch for 12 noon on June 18.

Although it is legal for Canadians to take goods to Cuba, U.S. border officials have made crossings difficult for previous Caravan participants, so “witnesses” are needed.

I hope to go on the Caravan to Cuba and write about it. To this end. I am interested in making presentations to church and social issue groups in exchange for donations to defray my travel costs.

On Sunday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m., I will speak at the Unitarian Fellowship at Fulford Hall.

Pastors for Peace, which practises social justice activism in the Martin Luther King tradition, is organizing the Caravan “friendshipment” for the 17th year.

Several Caravan branches will wind through the United States with each branch picking up Americans and more aid along the way.

In McAllen, Texas the branches will converge and cross the border into Mexico.

The goods, which often include donated cars and buses, will be loaded on a ship headed for Cuba.

Some participants will fly on to Cuba where they will be given a tour of organic farms and meet Cubans in their home environments…


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Prediction of a sunny day

August 7, 2014
If you live on the west coast of Canada, you do not need a psychic to predict the beautiful, sunny weather that we are enjoying day, after day, after day, after day, right now.

This is not why this particular post has the above title. This is an article (yes, I finally actually wrote and had another article published in July) I wrote for the Sooke Mirror News recently. It is about a simple way you can get some insight into each one of your days:

Sooke Mirror News
July 19, 2014
Prediction of a sunny day
by Tanya Lester

Up for the day… a cup of coffee, swallowing a vitamin pill, stretching exercises, walking the dog, a soft boiled egg and toast: each of us do several things every morning to gear up for the day.

I pick or “pull” a tarot card to provide some clues as to what my day is going to be like.

This morning, I shuffle my Ryder Waitedeck of tarot cards, spread them out, and choose one.

I look at the card. The background is a sunny day yellow. In the foreground are four wooden poles standing upright and adorned with a garland of flowers. Two people joyously waving leafy bouquets are moving out of a castle towards the celebrant poles.

How do you think my day will go? You might want to make a few guesses! From looking at the card, I predict a warm, sunny day. Good things will happen. I might celebrate and go out on a picnic with good friends. It is a day filled with fun. Just pulling this card brightens my day.

Not all the cards represent such optimism. Another card shows an armoured man, wielding a sword on the back of a charging horse. Gray is the predominant colour including storm clouds and trees being battered by a gale. This card suggests stormy weather, anger and even downright hostility. If I picked this card today, I might find myself caught in extremely bad weather. Or I could lose my cool and vent my anger on someone else. Another possibility is someone attacks me. If I can, I might want to take a mental health day, put on my bedroom slippers, watch game shows and snack on popcorn all day. If I cannot avoid going out, I take caution with me.

Regardless of which card you pick, a tarot card a day will help you predict how you day will tend to go and how you can alter it.

Tanya Lester is a tarot card reader and tea leaf reader with 18 years experience doing thousands of readings and teaching workshops for people from all walks of life in North America and Europe. She does short readings by donation (regular rates are $50 for half hour, $75.00 for an hour) at the Sooke Night Market (Sooke Region Museum on Thursdays 5-8:30 pm to Sept. 4. tealeaf.56@gmail.com 250-538-0086 teareading.wordpress.com
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