Rhymes, Rants & Accolades from North Central BC


Last night I had an abnormal experience which almost had me calling 911.

I had slept only a couple of hours when I awoke choking. That’s a fairly normal routine for me as I have post-nasal congestion quite often – especially while lying down. [Wish I was a horse – could sleep standing up.]

It was after I sat up that this burning sensation in my throat and down through my chest started in- it eased up periodically but my chest still hurt. An inner shaking – or quaking- fairly familiar for me when I’m fighting off symptoms of a cold or flu, added to the symptoms, which I thought might be a heart attack.

The soreness followed by waves of the burning sensation continued so I got up and checked my blood pressure on the monitor. The numbers were all over the place and when they registered three digits for both the bottom and top numbers, I swallowed half an aspirin and a blood pressure pill. After awhile the numbers improved and I felt a bit better – not great but better. I shut the window above my bed and decided I was going to survive the night. It was probably the flu.

I recalled having those same burning sensations one time while strolling through a field of daisies. I already knew that I was allergic to the white daisies that grew everywhere, so I had chalked it up to that.

I had also developed chronic fatigue syndrome shortly after we’d arranged moth balls around the roof of our house where some bats had made themselves at home.

But there were no daisies or moth balls anywhere near.

This morning I peeked outside and breathed in wood smoke fumes. I was aware that the fumes caused havoc with my sinuses. What I was inhaling seemed to irritate the same parts of me that had spazzed up so painfully last night.

Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment. I will learn whether it had been a heart attack, the flu or merely a nasty reaction to wood smoke fumes.

ps. Turns out I’m fine as frog’s hair – musta been the smoke in the air.

FRASER LAKE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -August 11th and August 12th 2017

The following is a link to our newly created website.


Fraser Lake Arts Festival 2017 is scheduled for August 11th and 12th.

On Friday evening August 11, there will be a musical/ dining event at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall -165 Chowsunket St- to kick-off this year’s event.

Opening ceremonies will be at 10 am on Saturday, August 12. Entrance to the festival grounds is along  highway frontage on east side of town.The art gallery, artists’ display tables, workshops and demos will be inside the spacious arena area of the Fraser Lake Recreation Complex. The stage and outdoor exhibits will be on the nearby soccer field area.

All Northern and North-Central BC Interior artists, artisans, photographers, fabric artists, potters, wood carvers etc. as well as First Nations artists and artisans, are invited to help make this year’s show even bigger & better! There will also be opportunities for artists to facilitate workshops and demos for both adults and children.

The Saturday evening concert with professional musicians will be onstage at White Swan Park (on the lakeside of town) There are a number of free pull-through campsites available at the park. No admission charge. Featured photograph of Lakeside Concert 2016 by Fern Ray-Weber.

We will also be inviting musicians, poets, vendors of homemade food, (with Food Safe) and other handcrafted goods to perform and/or set up in the outdoor area.



Tonight I came across this beautiful poem from Rumi.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.”

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“What you seek is seeking you.”

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

“Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?”

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

“This is love: To fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

Last Poem In April


I think that poets should be heard
Who speak in syncopated words
They trim and twist each phrase they use
Trying hard to not abuse
The language that is their device
To convey thoughts which are precise.

I wish that those whose speech is wrought
With sentences containing naught
An idea or an aspiration
To capture my imagination
One thing I think would do the trick:
Recite for me a limerick!

April 28th Poem


Why are we so inclined to put our
leaders on a pedestal?
And when their luster doesn’t shine
our Facebook posts besmear them.

Why are we so inclined to think
they can predict the future?
And when economy declines
we are surprised and snarky.

Why are we so inclined to forget
their faults and failings?
How an egotistical mind can
lead to much corruption

Why are we so inclined to assume
politians are no good?
Some are smart as well as kind
we need to vote them in.

Gadzooks- why do I not know these things? I decided to order tickets from what I assumed was a ticket office located in Prince George or at least somewhere in Canada. One month later- yesterday- I received my Visa bill. Yikes!! Can’t phone because phone lines are backed up.  But I did have an email address:

Dear Sir or Ma’am:

I am a senior living in Fraser Lake BC about 100 miles west of Prince George BC. I saw the article in the Prince George Citizen newspaper that Bob Dylan – my son who suffers from schizophrenia’s favorite singer- was performing in Prince George on July 22, 2017. The article stated tickets could be purchased for around 75. 00.

I ordered tickets online and stated I could receive them electronically – at the time I thought I was lucky to get them at 112.00 per ticket which was somewhat higher than expected but my son’s enjoyment would be worth the cost. Then of course I was shocked to see the “Order Summary” purchased on my Visa account totaled $307.02

I am on Old Age Pension and I really kicked myself when I read the very tiny print at the bottom of the printed page that it was USD which my aging brain finally interpreted as meaning it was United States dollars. I almost needed a microscope to read it and I had not seen any reference to US dollars in the stated price that was shown online.

I have been somewhat worried about that as it was more than I could really afford. But now I can hardly believe it- on my Visa Statement there is a deduction for $421.31 – How can that be!! Apparently the 307 original total which was categorized as being in US funds has once again been catapulted into being converted- Something really stinks in that and I am extremely upset.

I want to cancel that order! I do not have that kind of money for something other than rent and groceries!  I haven’t paid my Visa bill yet!

Secure Tix Support via freshdesk.com 
1:07 PM (1 hour ago)
to me

Good Afternoon Doris,

Thank you for contacting us today and I would be happy to assist you with any clarifications regarding this purchase! We do try to be as transparent as possible within our website of how we operate on the secondary market for ticket sales. Ticket prices are sold based on market value, which includes factors such as popularity of event, the number tickets left available, section/row, etc… This means that market value prices could fluctuate either more or less than that of the face value. A complete cost breakdown for your order was provided throughout the checkout process and during the last page prior to confirming this purchase. Also next to the confirm purchase button was the disclosure indicating that all tickets purchases would be in USD. We sell tickets for events both domestically as well as internationally, thus why we have that standard for all orders. The Canadian exchange rate does fluctuate often, so my best suggestion if you would like to know that current exchange rate would be to consult with your financial institution for more details.

We do completely understand your concerns regarding this purchase Doris and want to try to alleviate this stress as best as we can. However we are unable to cancel your order at this time. When you press the place order button, you enter into an agreement with the seller to purchase these tickets. This is why we cannot cancel, exchange, or refund the tickets. At this time if you are no longer interested in using these tickets, I would suggest trying to resell them independently. There are a variety of alternate websites in which you would be able to post these tickets up for sale. For example, you may research these reselling websites by doing a quick Internet search of the phrase “sell my tickets” to see which site you would like to utilize to sell your tickets. There is also the option of advertising your tickets for sale within social media event pages. There would also be the old fashion method of asking people you may know that would be interested in purchasing your tickets.

Feel free to reply to this email if you have any additional questions.

Karen R. 

Customer Support
Ticket Fulfillment Services

Apr. 23 POEM


Who knew a photograph
Could evoke such pain.
A sharp, quick, stabbing
Wound, seemingly with
Internal bleeding.
The blood massing into
A pool of sadness.
I thought it was all over.
Two years have flown by
And (as they say) he’s
In a better place.
When time passes
I will join him.
Guess I will put away
The photograph.
Don’t need anymore
Internal bleeding.

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