[names used to represent real people and real places]
Maggie Turner: That would be me, the protagonist of my own life story.
Attila: My treasured friend, keeper of my heart, partner
Country House: Maggie's Smile: The rural home Attila and I share, named after my Great Great Great Grandmother Maggie Morrison (her real name).
Luna, Janus, Imp, Elf, Tink, Benny, Bim and Soot: Luna my eldest daughter, Janus her husband, Imp and Elf their twin daughter and son, Tink is their youngest daughter, Benny and Bim their trusted four legged canine friends and housemates and last but not least Soot the forbearing feline of the family
Terra, Lares, Cheech and Chong: Terra, my youngest daughter, Lares her husband. and Cheech and Chong their four legged feline friends and housemates.
Emmi, Otto, Lilt and Skipper: Attila's daughter, her husband Otto, and their daughter Lilt and son Skipper.
Caitrìona: An older woman of great fortitude, loyalty and love. A guiding star in the celestial navigation of life.
Robert: A quiet man with a quick wit, who has seen much and endured.
Harriet & Hogan: Harriet, a woman of dreams and deep loyalties; to be near her is to feel at peace and her husband Hogan, a gentle giant.
Katharine: Harriet and Hogan's daughter.
Rymal: One of the healthiest guys I know, physically and spiritually. Always open to new ideas and a real pleasure to work with.
Wilson: A well read man who enjoys communication. Wonderful to spend time with and a good companion on any project.
Helena: Helena is a woman who is quick to laugh and has a way of brightening any situation by her mere presence. A shining soul.
Annie and Frank: Annie, a good friend who moved to England to share a life with the estimable Frank
Em and Henry: Em and Henry, friends in the "North" who welcome our visits into their world of family and community. Henry knew my grandfather
Auntie Mame and Mike: Auntie Mame, a longstanding and dear friend who understands and Mike, her best friend
Carpe Diem and Hoover: Carpe Diem, a fellow ex-academic and her partner Hoover, gamers for life.
Dolittle and Mrs. Beeslee: Neighbours across the road when we lived in "the city". Dolittle loves animals, Mrs. Beeslee indulges his eccentricities with dry wit and humour.
Magarac: Neighbour across the road when we lived in "the city". Generous, hard-working, the survivor of WWII concentration camps, although not Jewish. An elderly man with a twinkle in his eye, skip in his step and an impish smile.
I refer to many people by their actual names, not by nicknames. If I have used nicknames somewhere and forgotten to list them here please let me know and I'll update the list.
Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes
poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current
way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique
portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that
of Canadian culture.
Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary
Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios
Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing
A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.
"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger
on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was
coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog
into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com
in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan
Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun
and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's
weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the
term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger
product, leading to the popularization of the terms."