The Seniors Choice Newsmagazine
May you live in interesting times
May you live in interesting times
“May you live in interesting times.”
We are all familiar with that expression. When I first heard it, decades ago, I thought it was a blessing. We, in the west, are so afraid of boredom and so desperate to fill every minute with something other than ourselves, that this seemed a positive wish. Of course, now I know that it is really an ancient Chinese curse, and a very wise one. Right now I think many of us would welcome a little boredom!

However, it is safe to say th...

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MAY 2008
MAY 2008
28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
Twenty-eight Stories of Aids in Africa
Sample ImageI spent a great deal of time in 2007 reading and re-reading Stephanie Nolen's book—Twenty Eight Stories of Aids in Africa. That's one story for each million of the 28 million people living with HIV/Aids in sub—Saharan Africa today, she tells us.
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Brazilian Artist Embraces Lilfe in Okanagan
Brazilian Artist Embraces Life in Canada
Sample ImageWhen artist Chiara Costa moved to Vernon last year with her new husband she was forced to leave most of her work behind her. Five plane flights would have been just too hard on it. She left behind a career and a country, but is enthusiastically embracing the new ones.
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Flying in a Class of One's Own
Flying In A Class of One’s Own
Sample Image I've done my share of flying and have found that sleeping in an airplane is like doing gymnastics in a gravel pit. Everything is lumpy and grating and in the morning your joints are so stiff they feel like they are wrapped in duct tape.
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Bluegrass Festival
13th Annual Summerland Bluegrass Festival
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It is time once again for the hills around the Bluegrass Capital of Canada to ring with the sound of music. Following hard on the heels of a record twelve successful years The Summerland Bluegrass Group presents the 13th Annual ‘Bluegrass Capital of Canada' Bluegrass Festival. Other regional festivals will lead up to and follow the Summerland examp...

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Retired but busier than ever
Retired, but Busier Than Ever!
Sample ImageSince retiring to Summerland, Jules and Gerry Dore haven't let any grass grow under their feet. Jules is playing an active role in municipal affairs, athletic organizations and service club and civic projects while Gerry focuses on crafts and needle work, especially quilting. The couple also has a busy family life with their six children and four grandchildre...
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David and Dorothy Counts
David and Dorothy Counts – Anthropologists in perpetuity …
David Counts and his wife Dorothy retired from teaching anthropology at McMaster Sample ImageUniversity and University of Waterloo respectively in 1996, but that hasn't stopped them from pursuing their life-long passion: the study of people. Their doctorate research evolved into a long term study of the culture of West New Britain, an island located off the north-east c...
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Exotic Poppies
Exotic Poppies

Poppy flowers are so dramatic and exotic that most gardens contain at least one variety, but I was a bit surprised to learn how extensive the Papaveraceae family really is.
There are 23 genera and 210 species of perennials, annuals, biennials, and subshrubs.? Identifiable by the white, yellow or orange milky sap, with flowers that are usually large, solitary and produce seeds inside a capsule that is often very attractive.
The poppies we are familiar with belong to the genera pa...

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Wedding in PAIR A DICE
WEDDING IN PAIR-A-DICE

Only in Las Vegas. Among all others in that waiting line at the Pair-A-Dice Buffet, the Bride stood out in her satin and sequined white gown. Like the rest of the hungry crowd, she patiently inched her way through the switchback fencing there to purchase her meal ticket.
The rest of the Bridal Party, as well as the family and friends, were less conspicuous. The Bride's Parents stood attentively behind her and were the only ones who came close to matching her formality. Momma, in a styli...
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Senior Sports Golfer
Art Zilkie (Summerland)
Sample Image Senior Sports Personality for May - Art Zilkie (Summerland)


It is that time of year again when the golf links are open and everyone is outdoors enjoying sunshine and fresh air. To no one is it more important than seniors who need to get out of the house, play and stay active (just like Mom used to say!). Our feature story this month on golf int...

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Senior Golf Groups
Seniors Golf Groups
Sample ImageSpring is here and in the South Okanagan the duffers have been out golfing since the beginning of March. A new phenomenon is taking hold in golf circles - the formation of informal groupings to take advantage of the power of numbers. This seems to be happening more particularly with valley seniors. Senior Golf Groups for men, women and mixed are springing (no pu...
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