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After A Life – Changing Accident, Serendipity Winery A Winner

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

“Serendipity: The real magic in life – the moments of unexpected but fortunate discovery. It is the affirmation of optimism revealed to those with an open heart.” JK Like the innocuous apple that was said to have fallen on Newton’s head triggering his discovery of gravity, Judy Kingston’s Serendipity Winery on the Naramata Bench could not have been more aptly named. …

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Oscar Winner Set Decorator Jim Erickson At His Salt Spring Island Home

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Historical Details & Treasures Combed From Exotic Film Locations Are Reimagined In Oscar Winner Jim Erickson’s Salt Spring Island Home Viewing the immense Salt Spring Island property from the north pasture, there is a bucolic peacefulness that immediately calms the soul. Based on an 1850 Shaker meeting house, pink heirloom Constance Spry roses languidly climbing its shingles, the house is …

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Heather Marks “Walks For Water” – From Tomboy to Vogue Cover Model

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

The Prairie Girl Stays Grounded By Her Calgary Roots Surrounded by the world’s top South Sudanese models, many of whom fled their native civil war – ravaged country as refugees, Calgary-born supermodel, Heather Marks reflects on her own good fortune to grow-up in Canada. “This is really an amazing experience for me as I haven’t worked together with the Sudanese …

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Sipping Wine With Olympic Cycling Champion Steve Bauer

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

I wore the ‘White Jersey’ (from the Gap), pressed the pedal to the metal and sipped wine with olympic cycling champion, Steve Bauer. Steve Bauer has great calves. The Canadian Olympic Cycling silver medalist who rode in 11 consecutive Tour de France races, wearing the coveted ‘yellow jersey’ as leader in the 1988 and 1990 races, isn’t even sweating. He is leading a group of 25 …

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From Victorian to Sexy, Women’s Tennis Fashion Is Made In Endorsement Heaven

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

From corsets and long skirts to cat suits, gladiator boots and cleavage, the fashionistas of women’s tennis have historically made clothing a spectator sport created in marketing heaven. Historians try to tell us that a game resembling tennis was originally played by the ancient Egyptians but it’s difficult to imagine Cleopatra going for an overhead without being toppled by her …

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Realist Painter, Robert Bateman And Photographer, Birgit Freybe Bateman Call Of The Wild

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

A charging rhino’s skin is so deeply creviced and weathered you can almost touch it’s hide and taste the African Savanna’s dust ; snow accumulates silently on an American elk’s antlers, the animal oblivious to the swirling snowstorm around him. The cold is palpable. At first glance they both appear to be photographs but are actually paintings in habitat by …

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Black Hills Estate Winery – Passionate Winemaking with a Distinctive Celebrity Vintage

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Longevity for many hot young stars is somewhat of an anomaly in Hollywood unless they parlay their talents in many different directions. Vancouver-born Jason Priestley, who played teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, in the ‘90s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, recognized that early, directing 19 episodes in the show’s 10-season run. The handsome 47-year-old Priestley made his feature film directorial debut with Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss …

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Beauty And Brains: Actress Olivia Cheng Is As “Kick-Ass” As Her Netflix Marco Polo Alter Ego, Mei Lin

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Wearing only a diaphanous silk robe, her provocative foreplay is conveyed through a graceful, mesmerizing dance; a spider spinning her web. Her prey – three leering soldiers, sent by her corrupt brother Chancellor Jia Sidao to attack her, are hypnotized by her sexual innuendo. And that’s when Mei Lin, favourite Imperial concubine, drops her robe and strikes. Throwing a large dagger disguised as …

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Persona Non Grata: When Compassion Supercedes Personal Gain

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“I just did what human beings should do. You do the right thing… not for gain. Not for recognition. The refugees needed my help. I could give it to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.” Chiune Sempo Sugihara In his new feature film, Persona Non Grata, director, Cellin Gluck sheds light on a little-known hero of WWII: Japanese diplomat, …