Lorraine Doiron

A teacup full of bikes, books and brown bags

Lorraine catches us up on the latest in the world of books, bikes, brown bag lunches and tea.

Tea, sometimes called an elixir of immortality, is my favourite drink.

First thing in the morning and sometime in the afternoon I sit and enjoy the warmth and comfort of a cup of tea. A quote from eighth-century Chinese sage T’ien Yiheng: “tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.” In my family, anytime there is a problem or a celebration, tea is the drink of choice.

There are health benefits plus it is supposed to make you more youthful — not a bad thing. Based on scientific research in a recent study out of China, tea makes you younger on a DNA level.

Something I was not aware of is that tea has an expiry date, recognizing that freshness and quality are important. The brand Tetley Tea recommends a shelf life of two years from production. Important to store tea in a dark place, keep away from aromatic spices and foods plus use an airtight container.

Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. at the Old Church, Cycle 16 Trail Society will present an evening of cycling trip slide shows and socializing. Presentations will include a project update and slides of cycling trips in B.C.’s Kettle Valley, Southwest USA and Europe. Door prizes, admission is by donation at the door, beer and snacks will be available by donation, all are welcome.

The Found Objects show is at Smithers Art Gallery from Jan. 30 – March 3. This is a community exhibition of artwork made from, or inspired by, found objects. A “Found Object” can be created from undisguised, but often modified, objects that are not normally considered materials from which art is made, often because they already have a non-art function. This show is proudly sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard. More info at info@smithersart.org, 250-847-3898, and smithersart.org.

Book Lovers Night Out Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at the Aspen. The book up for discussion is Furiously Happy, available for loan at the library. Drop-ins welcome. They generally meet on the second Wednesday of the month. More information: smithers.bc.libraries.coop.

Upcoming films: Feb. 11, Faces Places (France) a cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Feb. 25, Lady Bird (USA), deals with ideas both big and small, including the relationship between mother and daughter. Both movies start at 6 p.m.

The next Brown Bag Lunch will be March 1, noon at the Healthy Living Centre. Cathy Ryan RMT will speak about “Scar Tissue Management,” especially after breast surgery.

A representative from the Prince Rupert Library and Wendy Wright from the Smithers Public Library will be involved with 2018 Canada Reads. They are to read the four books featured and will hold discussions with Carolina de Ryk on CBC Radio’s Daybreak North morning show. This will be in March, dates to follow. List of books: cbc.ca/books/canadareads/meet-the-canada-reads-2018-contenders.

Closing with: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein

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