May 14, 2000

Family Dinner



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

•The weather has turned cool again. The recent storms have given the soil the drenching it needed and the gardens are lush and green.

•Attila, "The Teenager", "The Eldest Daughter", and "The Fiancé" took me out for dinner last night. It was quite a surprise. I was very hungry, Attila and I were discussing what we might prepare for dinner. "The Teenager" said she was going to visit a friend and left the house. Then Attila had a bright idea, he wanted to take me out to dinner. That should have been a clue, Attila seldom suggests such an extravagance. When we arrived at the restaurant, there were daughters and fiancé waiting for us.

We were all quite silly, ate too much, and had a very nice time.

At the end of the meal we all came back to the house and sat around chatting. "The Fiance" fell asleep on the floor and when he woke up we all decided to watch Saturday Night Live. I have not stayed up late enough to watch that program for over a decade. It worked out very well, as they did not leave until the program ended, after midnight. Therefore, technically, they managed to spend time with mother on Mother's Day.

•We slept in this morning. I awakened in time to watch my favorite program, Coronation Street. I started watching this program when confined to bed while pregnant with "The Teenager". I am still watching it. Sometimes "The Teenager" watches it with me. Attila has even taken an interest if he happens to be awake while it is airing.

•The rest of my day has been spent working on the design for this site. I think the journal segment is ready to be uploaded. I hope that if anyone has problems with it they will let me know.

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Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

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 actively depict the rich diversity 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[4] 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 in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] 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."

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