Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am Canadian

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tonight's Community Dialogue: Women and War

Women and War - A Community Dialogue Session presented by The Firehall Arts Centre

October 24, 7pm
at the Peter Kaye Room, Central Library
350 W. Georgia Street

In the final dialogue session of our series, we will discuss the many roles and contributions of women during war times.

Joining the discussion is Siobhan Annand, Critical Care Nursing Officer in the Canadian Forces. Officer Annand has twice been deployed to Afghanistan and has also been posted in Haiti. She will discuss her experiences as a nurse and officer in today's Canadian Forces.

Featuring a presentation by Sheila Zerr and Nan Nartin, members of the BC Nursing History Society, about the role of the Nursing Sisters during WWI. Zerr and Martin will speak on the history of nursing sisters within the war and the chronology of nurses' roles from original inception into the battle ground abroad.

Both will be dressed in WWI Red Cross Nursing uniforms, one of which was worn at a European
uniforms, one of which was worn at a European Front Hospital.

Hops, Quince and Cranberries

This month I worked with some Langara students at the Moberly Community Herb Garden making herbal wreaths. I pulled down our hops vines to use to make the wreaths and harvested the buds. The hops filled the room we were working in with that pungeant garlic-like smell that is supposed to make you feel drowsy. I've given the hops to a friend who makes beer and he's popped them in the freezer.

I bought these cranberries from a farmer at the Kits market and made a salsa with garlic, honey, and tomatilloes--good with roast chicken.

I also bought tiny crab apples which I made into juice and added some sour cherry juice from fruit I had in the freezer from earlier in the year. I thought I'd have to add honey, but you know I loved it without any sweetener. There was enough residual sugar in the fruit to make it taste tart and refreshing. We've also been making pumpkin pies, which is one of my all time favorite fall foods.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Art at War: A Community Dialogue

I am speaking about the show of photographs of Vancouver in war time I'm curating for the Firehall Arts Centre on October 17. Please join us and take part in the discussion.

Art at War - Community Dialogue Session

October 17, 2011

This dialogue will look into the practice of documenting war through art and how it has evolved over the years.

Seeing as how we will be discussing art, rather than having this session be a straight dialogue, we have prepared readings of literature and poems written about and during war times that can then be discussed as well featuring images created about combat.

DATES: October 17, 7pm
at the Audain Gallery, SFU Woodward's
149 W. Hastings Street