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A garden gnome keeps watch near a property in Lytton that has yet to be cleared. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Lytton one year later

Returning to Lytton a year after the fire that destroyed most of it is a sobering experience

 

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The Editor’s Desk: Where are the workers?

With ‘Help Wanted’ signs in every other shop window, a look at where the workers went, and why

 

Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Snowflakes and pebbles

The world changes around us every day. People? Not so much.

 

Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: How not to make coffee

A Keurig kerfuffle starts the week and a gracious garden compliment ends it

Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: Get up and help out

Instead of complaining about local volunteers, try giving them a hand

It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: The magic of theatre

There’s nothing quite like seeing something live on stage, unfolding before your very eyes

The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)

The Editor’s Desk: Museum miscalculation

A new Royal B.C. Museum would be lovely, but now isn’t the time

It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)
Owen Dudley Edwards (r) in his natural habitat: surrounded by books and talking to people. (Photo credit: West Port Book festival)

The Editor’s Desk: Small talk, big trouble

Is the gentle art of small talk at big risk in today’s world?

Owen Dudley Edwards (r) in his natural habitat: surrounded by books and talking to people. (Photo credit: West Port Book festival)
A 600 watt microwave on sale in February 1978 for $349.98 ($1,543 in today’s dollars). You can now get a 1,000 watt microwave for $134.99 in today’s dollars, which goes to show how new technology tends to come down in price as it becomes more common. There’s no reason to think the same thing won’t happen with electric vehicles. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

The Editor’s Desk: The future looks bright

As electric vehicle use increases, more folks will be stopping — and dropping money — in our communities

A 600 watt microwave on sale in February 1978 for $349.98 ($1,543 in today’s dollars). You can now get a 1,000 watt microwave for $134.99 in today’s dollars, which goes to show how new technology tends to come down in price as it becomes more common. There’s no reason to think the same thing won’t happen with electric vehicles. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
Calico cat painting from the Anonymous Art Show (2022).

The Editor’s Desk: Art does brighten a room

Is it possible to have too much art? Almost certainly not

Calico cat painting from the Anonymous Art Show (2022).
Youn Yuh-jung (centre) presents Troy Kotsur (left) with his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 ceremony. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: A small moment of grace

The most memorable event of this year’s Oscar ceremony isn’t the one you’re probably thinking of

Youn Yuh-jung (centre) presents Troy Kotsur (left) with his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 ceremony. (Photo credit: YouTube)
DodgeBow at the Ashcroft HUB, May 2021. It’s one of many regular and special activities offered for youth in the area. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: If you can’t boost, don’t knock

Comments about how there’s ‘nothing to do here’ are wrong, and don’t help our small towns

DodgeBow at the Ashcroft HUB, May 2021. It’s one of many regular and special activities offered for youth in the area. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)
Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Cole’s Notes: Re-opening will be awkward, so be kind

Use your COVID common sense and don’t be rude, Schisler says

Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
It’s looking positive for the return of a number of annual events in the region, after a too-long absence. (Photo credit: freeimageslive.co.uk/gratuit)

The Editor’s Desk: Happy days might be here

There’s a feeling of optimism in the air, as cherished events look set to return this year

It’s looking positive for the return of a number of annual events in the region, after a too-long absence. (Photo credit: freeimageslive.co.uk/gratuit)
Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson (l) and Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in a promotional still from the 1939 film version of <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em>.

The Editor’s Desk: The joy of second chances

Being able to return to something you loved and then lost is delightful indeed

Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson (l) and Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in a promotional still from the 1939 film version of <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em>.
Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay

The Editor’s Desk: An unexpected delight

Shopping in-store rather than online was fun, but first I had to get to the mall

Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay
Italy’s Caterina Carpano (in yellow at far right) lands on top of Canadian snowboarder Meryeta O’Dine during the women’s leg of the mixed team snowboard cross big final at the Beijing Olympics. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: It’s the Danger Games!

Viewership of the Winter Olympics is down this year, but there’s a simple way to change that

Italy’s Caterina Carpano (in yellow at far right) lands on top of Canadian snowboarder Meryeta O’Dine during the women’s leg of the mixed team snowboard cross big final at the Beijing Olympics. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Bernadette Banner with her painstakingly hand-sewn reproduction medieval gown and a knock-off version. Can you tell which is which? (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: The high cost of fast fashion

The cheap, trendy clothing we buy and then discard after a few wears comes at a cost

Bernadette Banner with her painstakingly hand-sewn reproduction medieval gown and a knock-off version. Can you tell which is which? (Photo credit: YouTube)
Consuelo Vanderbilt in a portrait on display at Blenheim Palace, where she lived for several years as the ninth Duchess of Marlborough. The picture was taken by the author in 1983, and does not appear to be online, so the artist is unknown. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: An empty gilded age

A TV series set among the very rich in American high society looks glorious but has no heart or soul

Consuelo Vanderbilt in a portrait on display at Blenheim Palace, where she lived for several years as the ninth Duchess of Marlborough. The picture was taken by the author in 1983, and does not appear to be online, so the artist is unknown. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Visitors on the gantry above the Challenger Relief Map in the newly-constructed BC Building at Hastings Park c. 1954. (Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives)

The Editor’s Desk: A majestic, monumental map

Plans are afoot to put the Challenger Relief Map back on display, after 25 years in storage

Visitors on the gantry above the Challenger Relief Map in the newly-constructed BC Building at Hastings Park c. 1954. (Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives)