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May 22, 2000

May 2-4

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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]

Dogwoods in the Backyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Teenager" arrived home this afternoon laden with duffel bags, sleeping bags, and a stereo. I do not know how all this gear fit into one little tent, but it must have. It is fortunate that a truck was available to transport her baggage to and from the park. It seems that the camping trip was a big success in spite of the cold weather.

The beach area where the girls were staying hit the front page of the newspaper Saturday morning. The headlines read "Ready, set... summer? May 2-4 weekend kicks it all off." The picture below the caption shows four teenage girls on the beach wearing bikinis, scarves, and mittens. This nearby beach is a teenage Mecca; my daughter and her friends followed the call.

Those who "party hearty" in this small part of the world call the Victoria Day weekend the May 2-4 weekend. The 2-4 is a reference to the 24 bottles found in a case of beer rather than the day of the Queen's birth. A little play on words. The parks are full of revelers and their beer. Attila and I find the abandoned and quiet streets of home quite pleasant. We do not seek out the crowds of inebriated youths; they do not seek us out. This achieves a certain balance, I believe.

The celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday has evolved into the celebration of bottled beverages.

It is evening. The whistling explosions of sound and color have begun in earnest. We can hear them in the distance and see glimpses of the showering lights through the trees. Fireworks displays are a traditional part of celebrating the Queen's birthday. Usually "The City" hosts a large display, while neighborhood groups provide displays that are more modest for their residents. This is a tradition in which I do not participate, either as a spectator or as a host. I associate these events with the damp, the cold, and a stiff neck.

We rented the movie Notting Hill on Thursday night. We watched it tonight. I though that this was the third time I had watched it, but Attila informs me that this is the fourth time I have watched the film since Thursday. I am quite surprised. My attention wanders while watching many films the first time. This film has captured my complete attention four times in four days. I find the dialogue understated (which I love), and the characters flawed yet possessing integrity. Yes, I think it is the richness of character, which fascinates me in this film.

Attila is in the basement again. The circular saw is whirring, competing with the exploding fireworks outside my window. The workbench is coming along nicely. He has been happily organizing nails and paint cans, screwdrivers, and saws.

"The Teenager" is approaching an unconscious state as she lies amidst the ruins in the family room. The duffel bags are partially unpacked; her dinner sits half eaten on the plate sitting on the coffee table beside her. I think she is 2-4'd out.



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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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