May 24, 2000

The Mountain of Mom



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]

A journal entry seems to be a difficult thing to accomplish these last few days. I seem to write best when inspired and inspiration has its own timetable. The writing is done when the time is right, or it is not done at all.

Yesterday morning I arose at 6:15 a.m., by 6:25 a.m. I was happily writing. The computer crashed, I had not saved my file. Many hours were spent upgrading software to resolve the issue. Finally I resumed my writing, but inspiration was gone.

Yesterday evening I was inspired to write again. As I sat before the computer, the news announced that there was a tornado warning in effect. I could hear the thunder in the distance, the wind was picking up, so I decided to play it safe and shut down the computers. The result, no journal entry.

Today I am making another attempt at an entry. So far so good. I am saving the file every two or three sentences. Although tedious, it keeps paranoia at bay.

Another, possibly fatal, interruption occurs. "The Teenager" and friend arrived home two hours early. I am suspicious, the only options I can see are to believe her story that the teacher told them to come home or call the teacher at the school and have a chat. Over the last eleven years, chatting with the teacher has not yielded acceptable results. Many teachers, one child; I am under no illusions as to where the problem lies.

The new lenses on my camera have presented me with a challenge. They require skill to coax good results. My usual refusal to read the instructions has led to unnecessary frustration, not to mention poor shots. It does not help that the weather has been very windy since the lenses arrived; nothing will stay still long enough to have its picture taken. I know that one day soon I will arise to a calm morning, read the instructions with my first coffee, and proceed to take a lovely picture. I will not do this today.

Another interruption in my writing efforts, a thunderstorm. The skies have been active throughout the month of May; the computers are frequently disconnected for long periods. If I were a braver soul they could stay plugged in, they do operate on this side of a surge protector. However, when it comes to the possibility of losing things that I value, bravery seldom comes into play. I ere on the side of caution, more often than not.

Teenage activity in the area is as turbulent as the skies. I will not go into details, but I will say that expectations generated by desire are powerful. I have an aversion to the saying, "Where there is a will, there is way." Around here, the way is over my exhausted body. If only the challenges that loom in her future were as kindhearted as the domestic mountain that is Mom.

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Dogwood by Maggie Turner


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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