Jan Stirling, ARCT, B.Mus. Arts, is an accomplished jazz pianist, piano teacher, composer, writer and Biofield Tuning Practitioner. She lives in Victoria B.C. and performs at the Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, Oswego Hotel and the Lieutenant Governor’s House as a soloist or in jazz ensemble configurations.
Ted Harrison was an English-Canadian artist who is mostly known for his vivid painting of the Yukon. His love of the people and the land there brought him international acclaim. His distinct style, employing bright colours and whimsical scenes, appeals to all ages. Harrison also taught art in the public school system for several decades, inspiring countless students with his enthusiasm and wit.
"Already read it and it's brilliant! Touching and whimsical." - E.D.
"Jan Stirling’s book describing her friendship with Ted Harrison is an amazing, life-affirming story. Her detailed descriptions of their trips and meetings for drinks, coffee, to hear music, or simply to chat are truly uplifting. Jan and Ted’s musings on varying moods of joy, laughter, sadness - life itself - that are experienced in a relationship between friends - are moving and profound. What a beautiful book!" - L.L.
"Your book is now number one on my list of favourite reads. Yogi Bhajan taught that when we become one with ourselves, our thoughts, words and actions will have no gaps; there will be no contradictions. We do not model ourselves after someone else; we are who we are ......... and that is you ..............a guru. For a small book, it is loaded with yogic philosophy. I bow to you my friend. Thank you for being you." - J.H.
"Started your book, can’t put it down, a real fun read!" - B.L.S.
"I have just finished reading the book. I am dazzled. I will be telling or writing you more of my thoughts and the level of my awe and appreciation for having you in my life and for your having brought Ted Harrison into it too. I truly love and admire you so much dear Jan. Thank you." - R.M.
"Love your book.....the style reminded me Mitch Albom´s Tuesday’s With Morrie´" - V.T.
"After I finished the book, my cheeks wet with tears, I heard stirring downstairs. My family was waking. And there I sat, feeling elevated, shifted, changed in a way that a meaningful book, a unique work of art can change me. I more deeply felt the preciousness of my own life, and of the people I love. And I felt a wave of desire to make sure I love them in real ways, so that they feel it. Thank you Jan, for being you, and for creating your book. Thank you for being the unique, precious person that you are, and for sharing yourself so genuinely and generously. I love your book. And I love you." - S.B.