30.11.16

Eagle in the Owl's Nest by Marlana Williams


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If you're looking for a book over the holidays, I recommend Eagle in the Owl's Nest by Marlana Williams. The emotional opening took my breath away. The opening features a biography for Sanford Williams (Master Carver) that takes us through some of his powerful experiences that made him the remarkable artist he is today. Eagle in the Owl's Nest is based on Sanford's most popular pieces that are given characters and adventures. 

It's a hard book to put down because I'm anxious to find out what happens when a team of contrasting Mowachaht characters play a riveting final game of hide-the-bones – an ancient westcoast pastime called Lahal – against their bullying adversaries from tribe nearby.

That’s just one of the several, centuries-old stories that are joined together as a work of fiction when Marlana Williams introduces an eagle and owl as the primary characters, who become friends after the owl’s migration path sends her reeling to Nootka Island.

This book is so different from Marlana’s first novel, Doll of Dawson which was set in the gold rush era of the Klondike.  But I wasn’t disappointed.  Eagle in the Owl’s Nest has all of the elements of her familiar storytelling voice that I find charming. 

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Each chapter (or short-story, depending on how you approach the book) is based on her husband’s work as a master carver.  Sanford Williams has spent decades creating traditional west coast art, and all of the pieces tell a tale.  Whether the carvings are about his own personal experiences or stories passed down from his family, each work of art is represented at the forefront of each chapter.

I’ll confess, a few of the stories made me emotional, but for the most part this is a joyful read.  I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Marlana Williams’ writing, and for those who have interests in Western Canadian indigenous art.


You can download or purchase Eagle in the Owl's Nest HERE.
You can download or purchase Doll of Dawson HERE.
For more information on Marlana Williams visit http://www.marlanawilliams.com/



Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.


22.11.16

I Am A Mom First - Affirmation Designs


I am a mom first. True! But does being a mom first mean I have to stop doing everything I ever did for myself? NO! If I don’t continue to do the things I love or the things I need to do, then I’m not me at all.

Before I was a mom, I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend and a radio announcer. Aside from the person I am to others like a wife and a sister, a huge part of my life has always been my career. And being a mom doesn’t mean I give up my dreams or my passion. Radio was a part of my life since I was 18 years old. Before I was in radio, I always knew I would do something that allowed me to share stories, to share music, to evoke emotion and to validate people by letting them know they were heard. You can still hear me on the radio on Soft Rock 97.7 on the weekends, but full time I'm helping business owners tell their stories through earned media at CR Media. I spent over 22 years being the voice, now I help others have a voice.

All of these life experiences, passions and dreams are what make me up to who I am today. And today, I am a mom first. A mom embodies courage, strength and love. By encompassing who I was before I was a mom – and showing my children the real me – allows me to be the best mom I know how. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom has presented challenges that I never anticipated. But, part of who I want to become as a mom is someone who allows those challenges to help me grow and help me learn. I never want that to stop and I want my children to see that.


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I love my children more than anything in this world and they have taught me patience and unconditional love. In return, I try to fill their hearts with the life lessons I’ve been presented with. I want my children to understand that everyone has a story. I want my children to understand compassion and kindness. I want my children to know what it means to work hard and achieve greatness.

© Christina Rowsell
By identifying myself as a mom first, I can’t know who that mom is until I know who I am first. I never expected to give up everything and not do anything. As a mom first, I believe it’s my job to stay strong to who I’ve become.

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From the first breath in the morning, I wake my children with a hug. Send them off to school with a full tummy and encouraging words. After school I pick them up and ask them about their day and talk about the good and the bad. We either head off to hockey practice or home for homework. Hockey usually gets the loudest cheers. When we can, we have dinner together as a family with conversations about our day. To wrap up our day, it’s off to bed with the last breath whispering I love you.

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I am a mom first. A mom who instills the importance of being real. A mom who works, a mom who has dreams and a mom who loves her children with every breath she takes. 

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Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and ChristinaRowsell.com.