WEISS-FUOCO, Star




Author Tags: Cookbook

Star Weiss to moved to British Columbia from New York State in 1972. "Once displaced, I, like the early white settlers to B.C., felt free to start over, discard old notions and come up with a new way of seeing the world and the big questions that come with it," she says. Some 36 years later, after living on Quadra Island and at Maple Bay in the Cowichan Valley, Weiss gathered the guidance of a variety of B.C. residents, particularly First Nations people, to visit 44 sites where peace, serenity and renewal have been experienced on the West Coast. Three sites are on Haida Gwai, 33 sites are on Vancouver Island. "In British Columbia especially, the natural landscape is the reference point many of us use when we reflect on what is sacred," writes Weiss in Havens in a Hectic World: Finding Sacred Places.

As Star Weiss-Fuoco she previously published Kitchen Culture: The Lives and Foods of Immigrant Women, a spin-off of a cable TV show, and she contributed to Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover's Soul (Health Communications, Inc. 2004).

BOOKS:

Havens in a Hectic World: Finding Sacred Places (TouchWood 2008) $29.95 978-1-894898-69-0

Island Cookery: Seafood Specialties and All-time Favourites from Quadra Island British Columbia (Quadra Island Child Care Society 1981; seventh printing: 2000). Edited by Star Weiss and Mary L. Pirie

Kitchen Culture: The Lives and Foods of Immigrant Women in the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys (New Roots Press 1991' 1994)

[BCBW 2008] "Cookbook" "Spirituality"

Havens in a Hectic World: Finding Sacred Places
Review



“In British Columbia especially, the natural landscape is the reference point many of us use when we reflect on what is sacred,” writes Star Weiss in Havens in a Hectic World: Finding Sacred Places (TouchWood $29.95).

Weiss’s world changed drastically when she moved to British Columbia from New York State in 1972.
“Once displaced, I, like the early white settlers to B.C., felt free to start over, discard old notions and come up with a new way of seeing the world and the big questions that come with it,” she writes.

Having lived on Quadra Island and at Maple Bay in the Cowichan Valley for 36 years, Weiss has identified 44 sites where peace, serenity and renewal have been experienced on the West Coast—each recommended by a different British Columbian.

Most of the sites are on Vancouver Island, but three are on Haida Gwai, and Alice Walker biographer Evelyn White cites the grave of black pioneer Sylvia Stark who lived to be 105 on Saltspring Island.

“The movement from slavery to liberation is right here,” says Evelyn White. “She [Stark] came here to be free. I came here free. I can choose how to shape my years [on Saltspring].”

978-1-894898-69-0

[BCBW 2008] "History"