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May 21, 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]

In Canada, this is the Victoria Day Holiday weekend, a three-day weekend. Tomorrow, Monday, is Victoria Day, a holiday in honor of Queen Victoria of England's birthday.

It is dusk. The neighbors are sitting around a backyard campfire with their visiting adult children. They shout back and forth to one another. The shouting is of necessity; the mother is extremely hard of hearing. The fire crackles in the spaces between their verbal missiles. In the distance, a long dying whistle signals that for some, holiday fireworks are beginning a day early.

Attila has today off work. He worked yesterday; he will work tomorrow. I can hear him banging in the basement; he is having a great time building a workbench. He has wanted a new workbench since the day we moved into this house, seven years ago. The existing workbench is uncomfortably low and inconveniently deep. I will stay out of his way until he has completed the job. It is not that my physical presence presents any problem. It is that my creative input is not appreciated. I can always think of a better way that he might have done things, after he has done them.

This site has undergone a change of design. The site structure remains the same; the page layouts have been altered significantly. Please let me know if you like it, and if you have any problems navigating the site.

My obsession with Dreamweaver has not yet abated. I know that soon my attention will turn to other things, but for now I am playing with the program and reading the manual at every opportunity.

I belong to the Words of a Woman Net Society [now defunct, 2007]. They (lilip and Raven) have just published the first issue of the associated, online Zine [now defunct, 2007]. I am thrilled to have been involved and invite you to visit the Zine [now defunct, 2007] and have a look around; you will not be disappointed.

I am afraid that I am suffering from some kind of bug today. This afternoon there were so many wonderful things to do. Yet, I was distracted by the desire to fall softly into bed and to sleep, which is exactly what I did. I do feel slightly better now, but the improvement is marginal. It will be an early night tonight.



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Photography
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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 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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