Author: Editor

Paddleboard Parable

Nike’s famous slogan, “Just do it,” has always been a favourite of mine. It’s a modern take on carpe diem, strike while the iron’s hot, or make hay while the sun shines. It even makes me think of my bucket list. Sometimes you have to …

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Prop Man Dean Goodine

Property master Dean Goodine learned hands-on from some of the best in the industry on sets like Unforgiven. He ensures anything an actor moves or uses is ready, era-authentic and fits how the character. It can be nerve-racking…

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Retro Music

I call him Collard. He’s a gorgeous hunk of piano, an 1864 product of the British piano maker Collard and Collard Company. When we met, the choice was this parlour grand or a molar implant. I don’t miss the tooth.

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Astronomers Show ‘n’ Shine

I’m always up for a new adventure, so when I heard about the Mount Kobau Star Party, near Osoyoos, I phoned a photo buddy of mine who has a camper van and we hit the road. Sleeping bag, foamy, pillow, camera, tripod, scope and Klutz guide, Backyard Stars.

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Photo Contest Winners

Our readers have voted and Leah Campbell’s great shot of this little cutie at Davison Orchards is the winner. Leah gets a free 1-year subscription to Okanagan Life. And for casting her vote and “Liking” Okanagan Life, Crystal Wilson is the winner …

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Fore! Juvenile Diabetes: July 28

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club is inviting members and non-members to a ladies golf tournament on July 28, 2011, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Info and registration: or 250.762.0307.

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Tonsorial Wisdom

Wireless social networking gone retro … I’ve given up on the coffee shop. I don’t know how much more thumb-waggling I can take. Semaphore was easier to understand because the flag positions actually meant something…

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Reading to Dogs

Dylan finds a comfortable spot and settles in to hear a story about star-crossed lovers who must fight for their lives in a sinister science fiction future. He pricks up his ears at certain passages but, otherwise, he is impassive, seemingly entranced …

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There’s a funny thing about words. Take, for example, pulchritude. It means beauty, but it sounds more like an adolescent attitude disorder brought on by eating too many Twinkies. “Don’t give me any of that pulchritude, young lady!” So …

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Summer in the Valley

We asked you to show us your favourite Okanagan summer activities and we’re knocked out with the results. Obviously our readers are active, outdoorsy and often startlingly adventurous. Take a look – and check out page 25 for contest winners plus a chance to play a round of golf on us.

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A Way With Words

Role models, mentors and resources for Okanagan wordsmiths

The Okanagan is home to both established and aspiring authors producing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, humour and children’s titles.

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Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often

…nearby there is a bohemian restaurant which is filling up on an unassuming weekday evening, with some of the Okanagan’s best and brightest minds. The group hosting tonight’s reoccurring event is the Okanagan Institute, …creative professionals who…talk about really cool stuff.

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Java Story No Jive

Seventy-five per cent of the beans used by Shuswap Coffee Company are grown by women in the poorest regions of the coffee growing world. But as impoverished as these growers are, they are giving back to women right here in the Valley.

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Caravan Farm Theatre: Leading Lady

To young actor Courtenay Dobbie, Caravan Farm Theatre seemed a mirage: Clydesdale cast-mates and stages sprung from fields for sold-out crowds. But eight years after her first show, she’s holding the reins. For two months during the summer of 2003, Courtenay Dobbie woke in her nylon yellow tent, her eyes swimming in the blue sky above the screen. Her ears replayed the echo of applause coasting through trees—the 24-year-old was playing the lead in Caravan Farm Theatre’s

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Current Issue – Best of the Okanagan

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Winter 2018