The first flurries of snow are making their presence known on the mountains and with winter in mind I would like to honor some of my favorite unsung heroes - our four-legged friends the dog. Specifically Lily, Mojo, Farley and Tarn.
During my first season in Fernie I took lots of time to make myself ‘snow aware’, taking a recreational avalanche course, talking to experienced skiers and getting information from ski patrol.
On the first weekend of December people in town are busy trying to find outfits and accessories for THE winter event in Fernie… if they secured a ticket that is. It started with the Red & Black Gala in 2008.
I’ve been looking forward to November for ages. As soon as I first heard about the special event that’s being planned for this month way back in June I thought it was a great fit for November, which may seem to some like an entire 30 days of the witching hour. As darkness descends on Fernie and we watch the snow flicker and fall, what better way to bring the light into our lives than with a lantern festival?
Mr. Bean, man-child, mini-enthusiast and pop-culture icon, first graced British TV screens on January 1, 1990. His television show, simply called Mr. Bean, ran for five years and showed his ability for getting into trouble doing everyday tasks such as going to church and going shopping. It gained a large UK audience pulling in 18.74 million viewers for the 1992 episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean.
What makes Mr. Bean so appealing?
I meant to recommend Here and Gone for its vivid and moving depictions of fishing. Poems about fly-fishing, thought I, this book is made for Fernie readers! But when I sat down to write my column, I found myself consumed, instead, with thoughts of death. Death and life are everywhere in these poems, which shouldn’t be a surprise: poems are always about life and death. However, I’ve never seen the two placed so starkly together. In poems absolutely teeming with life, the presence of death is, every time, uncomfortable and startling.
I may have grown up in Fernie, but when I moved back after being away nearly ten years I felt like a newbie. There was a large portion of Fernie’s population that I had never met, who were being referred to as the “New Locals”.
You’ve made it to Fernie, by one varying form of circuitous transportation or another. Whilst others headed to Whistler, you picked a destination that although increasingly popular in your small hometown, is unknown to most Canadians you’ve so far met. But trusting the Fernie rumors and with work visa safely stapled in passport, stuffed somewhere in your 80L backpack along with the rest of your life, you arrive in the valley. Snow Valley.
One of the most magical aspects of living in Fernie is the changing of the seasons.
When people meet a “born and raised” local, they automatically say, “Wow, Fernie has probably changed a lot since you were a kid.” And typically the response is, “Actually not much has changed,” and it’s never thought of again.
Check out Tourism Fernie's new winter promo video, and get excited about the upcoming season!
October Playlist – By some @#$ing hipster
Metric - Black Sheep
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
XX - Islands_Limousines - Internet Killed The Video Star
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
Brandon Flowers – Crossfire
Weezer – Where’s My Sex
Mattt and Kim - Cameras
Chromeo – Don’t turn the lights on
Florence and the Machine – Dog days are over
The Thermals – Never Listen to Me
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
Tegan and Sara - Feel it in my bones
Advice From Chan’s Mom:
Aries (March 21 – April 19) Business Venture
Trust and follow through on a new business idea or career opportunity. Your business ideas are valid, trust your intuition. You’ll receive an offer for a promotion or other career opportunity. Take time to meditate on your true professional desires as several options are available or your current business is experiencing a healthy transition – trust yourself.
Taurus. (April 20 – May 20) Love Life
Recently I was asked for a solution to what is becoming a common problem – how to deal with email across multiple computers and devices. One solution is to create a Gmail account that becomes your storage location and IMAP server while continuing to use your old email account information.