May 29, 2000

A Visit to the ROM



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]

Blue Columbine

The weather was mild rather than cool today. The sun shone, the breeze blew, and I watched from the window.

I did spend some time out of doors; I washed the car. Attila brought me a washing device that screws into the end of the garden hose. The handle is hollow with a cap, for the soap. The end of the device is a soft wide brush that gently rubs the car clean as the water and soap flow from it. It works a treat. The car was shining, for five minutes, until the bird above it, annoyed by the shine, whitewashed the finish. The car is no longer clean. I may wash it again tomorrow.

Now that the spirea and dogwood blooms are spent, the garden is not as colorful as it was. The green expanse is broken by the swaying stands of blue columbine. I grabbed my camera, and my new lenses, and set off into the garden to take some photographs. The wind was blowing again today. I could not keep those swaying blooms in focus, try as I might.

The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) opened a new exhibit this past week. We have purchased memberships and so hopped on the bus to make a day of it. The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms "presents a dazzling array of objects ranging from paintings and textiles to ceramic tiles, metalwork, books, decorative arts and photography, which will attest to the flourishing of the traditional arts during Sikh rule in Punjab, and thereafter." (ROM)

The exhibit began with a display of works of art describing the origins of the Sikh religion. The focus of this belief system, as I understood it, is humility, compassion, and equality. The remainder of the exhibit focused on male pageantry, opulence, and warfare. I detected one small tribute to the equality for females; one of the gurus appointed two females to religious office. Females were entirely absent from the images and stories presented, with that one exception. The exhibit ended by presenting a slide presentation about Sikh Canadians.

There were three distinct segments to this exhibit. First the presentation of the humble origins of the belief system. Second the male opulence of Sikh rule in the Punjab. Third, the truly compassionate looking Sikh Canadians portrayed in the slide show.

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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 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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