Lorraine Doiron

Rethinking gut reaction on downsizing

Lorraine is feeling a bit lighter these days as she has some community calls to join.

A smaller space is forcing me to downsize. Dismayed at first having to give up some of my “stuff,” a feeling of liberation began, slowly growing as bit by bit I let things go. I feel lighter somehow. Reading stories of people making drastic changes in their lives, they wrote of feeling free and I thought, “hummm really?” As I let things go, there is some truth in this.

The Voyageur Six String Nation is a guitar created by award-winning writer and broadcaster Jowi Taylor. It is built from 64 pieces of bone, metal, wood, stone and fabric. A symbol of national unity used to explore Canadian identity, connecting people from all regions in Canada. Over 11 years Mr. Taylor collected pieces for the guitar from every province and territory in Canada, including pieces of wood from Nancy Green’s skis and Pierre Trudeau’s canoe paddle. Read the full story at sixstringnation.com.

Free webinars from the Women’s Enterprise Centre open to both men and women Jan. 30 by Karen Bowen, manager of Know How on the Personal Change Formula – Clear Steps to Achieve Life Changing Goals. More information and sign up at womensenterprise.ca.

Thursday, Jan. 11 at noon, repeated at 7 p.m., Smithers Healthy Living Centre, hear Wendy Marion-Orienti, registered nutritionist, speak about “What is Your Gut Reaction?” Learn about current research and guidelines for probiotics, prebiotics, the FODMAP diet for inflammatory bowel issues, possible links to some chronic disease states and more. A free presentation, more information 250-877-4424.

The B.C. government is currently asking British Columbia residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Community meetings will be held across the province to allow you to speak up about what should be included in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Smithers is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 with time and location to be announced. Check out bcpovertyreduction.ca for more information and other ways to have your voice heard.

Smithers Community String Orchestra has a call out for the 2018 winter/spring session. String players, violin, viola, cello and bass; join a fun and casual orchestral setting, ages 10 to 100. Interested, contact Laura Hols-Wimbush, orchestra director by Jan. 17 at laurahols78@gmail.com or 250-847-2677.

Closing with: Lexophilia: those who love words. E.g. “To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”

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