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May 15, 2000

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

• I have been lost in my head today. It is not that I was pleasantly pensive or entertaining high and lofty thought. No, I was having difficulty remembering, from one task to the next, how they all fit together. Although less frightening than being physically lost, mental bewilderment is disorienting.

There is a reason for my confusion, a good reason. I am suffering from "computer brain". You see I am in the midst of redesigning this web site. To aid my efforts I have purchased Dreamweaver 3 for the Macintosh; I have only had the program for about a week. It is a wonderful program, but unfamiliar. I am learning quickly. Small mistakes can cause great havoc, with a program this powerful and legions of files to manage.

I am a somewhat cavalier pupil. I make many small mistakes. I make a few big mistakes. I have been making the old two steps forward and one step back sort of progress all day. At one point I abandoned the computer and escaped to the kitchen to eat my confusion into submission. It worked until I returned to the computer.

Believing my progress sufficient to upload, I did just that. To my absolute horror, when I checked the site with a browser I found that I had completely forgotten to include any of the links! Navigation was impossible. I went back to the drawing board in a panic and promptly froze the computer's operating system and had to reboot. It seems to work now, both the computer and the site.

• It smells wonderful in our back yard. There are many kinds of flowers blooming; the two that scent the wind are the lilac and the lily of the valley. I am disappointed that it is too cold to keep the window open in my office. I must sit outside in the cold wind to enjoy the garden. Attila cut some lily of the valley for me yesterday; it sits before me on my desk. I enjoy watching the changing light play on the shadowed curve of the small white bells.

• My friends Auntie Mame and Mike are having a very difficult week. Mike's Dad passed away this week; the funeral is tomorrow. Although I did not know his father, I do know that Mike is one wonderful human. His father had a hand in that, I imagine. Losing a parent is unquestionably one of life's most profound losses. I will be thinking of Mike and his family tomorrow.

This past Wednesday Auntie Mame's dear and long-time friend passed away, a victim of cancer. Auntie Mame has been assisting her friend's elderly mother with the details of bereavement. It is a sad and challenging time. I do wish there were something I could do to help. In reality, the pain of loss is a necessary element of human attachment.

I hope to spend some time with Auntie Mame this week; I find I crave the comfort of her presence.



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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging


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