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Readers’ Cafe Shares Stories Around the Fire

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Longhouses at the ‘Ksan Historic Village

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Today we are visiting ‘Ksan Historic Village near Hazelton, in northwest British Columbia.

Inside a longhouse

Please help yourself to a warm beverage of your choice and join us around the fire. Then sit back and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Don’t be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Sitting in this home of yesteryear, experiencing another culture, another way of life of long ago and not so long ago, one begins pondering one’s own history and culture.

Today’s conversation starter is:

Where do you come from? Do you have a story from your personal history or culture that you would like share? Or, another experience you would like to share or another question you would like to ponder around the crackling fire?

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.


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Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

Hope it was good, Lori-ann.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

Howdy, all! I’m just dropping in for a quick hello in between work and work. Luckily, the work I’m doing today feels like play, so I don’t mind!

Roots, eh? Well, I only know as far back as my grandparents. Russian Jewish on my father’s side and Latvian Jewish on my mother’s side. My father’s parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s, and my mother’s family emigrated to South Africa around the same time. No doubt due to religious persecution.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

I’m back… I was just calendaring my travel for a month (Feb 08) – I have a West Coast leg that includes Seattle, Anchorage, and LA – all in 5 days!

Absolutely crazy!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 6:09 pm


Speed walking! Can you believe it? Apparently the other Mike DeWitt is one of the leading coaches in the sport! LOL


Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

Welcome Avril, great to see you here.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

Hmm, Mary, Vancouver is only a few hours from Seattle, on your way to Anchorage. Maybe we could arrange something.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

Hi Avril

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

Mike, Mom says her Grandpa did speedwalking in sand to strengthen his muscles, and he won a medal.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

Hi guys!
Glenda, sounds like your trip to Smithers & surroundings was fantastic. I love the photo of you with the beautiful talking stick on your blog. You look so demure in the photo, though – and I know now that you’re anything but demure! heh, heh, heh.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

Hey G&D, how close are you to Seattle?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

😉 You know me too well, Avril!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

Sorry, didn’t see your comment before I sent the note (obviously) – yes, let’s see if we can figure a time/place to meet!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

There is a shuttle bus from Seattle airport to Vancouver that takes about 3 hours (depending on the boarder crossing)

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

Mary, about 3-4 hrs. I’m sure we could arrange something.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

Awesome Mary, that would be great.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

I’ve got to love you and leave you – I need to get back to work, otherwise I’ll still be at it at midnight. I had a mild panic attack last night thinking about everything I have to do and how little time there is to get it all done. Yeah, and isn’t it sad that I’m the only person in the world who feels like this? (joke)

Enjoy the rest of the cafe, and I’ll ‘see’ you all next time!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

Bye Avril!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

Have a good evening, Avril. Take it one task at a time, and keep in mind that the world will continue revolving if you don’t finish everything tonight!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

This has definitely been an interesting conversation, using modern technology to talk about our history. Thank you, everyone!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

Avril, just list everything out and cross them off – you’ll be fine. My favorite saying:

The best time to plant a tree — 30 years ago.
The second-best time — now.

Just keep plugging away and you’ll make slow and steady progress! Hugs to you!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

Found this thought-provoking quote:

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
~ Robert Penn Warren

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

How very true!

Well, on that note I will say Good Night! See next time:)

Comment by Ange Recchia

October 17, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

Hi Glenda,

Sorry I got caught up with other projects and didn’t check my messages until now, so I missed this opportunity.

Looking forward to the next one 🙂

Comment by Angela

October 20, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

Are you over on the MomGadget forum? This is Angela.. can you let me know what your alias is over there? As a Gack Ink member I need to do something for you. My screen name is “angela” over there. Shoot me a PM, will ya?

Comment by Shaping Youth

October 24, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

Hi Glenda, can’t wait to clear some feature interview time to promote you on our blog…nice post/photos here, very visual medium. Reminds me of my daughter’s study of long houses and totem tribal traditions a few years back. As happenstance would have it, I ended up taking her to Stanley Park in Vancouver for a 3 day jaunt and she learned more there experientially than she did in 8 weeks of coverage on the ‘curriculum unit’ in school…sigh. We even got to meet a wood carver and such. 3 days vs. 8 weeks…hmn. Diff. learning styles for sure. Amazing to see how fast kids can engage given the right tools and/or energy level.

As for ‘where I’m from’ fascinating question…I call myself a ‘global citizen’ as I’ve pinged around hither & yon my whole life, but call Hawaii home in spirit.

Wish I were there around the cracklin’ fire to swap some stories…speaking of which, did you see my post on Shaping Youth about Beth Kanter’s fundraising effort for the Cambodian college students? In 24 hours=she raised $1K on Twitter! Awesome! Time for you to ‘tweet’ Glenda!!! You go girl! Inspiring use of media…keep in touch with us all…

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