May 31, 2000

Cruise Control



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]

The days are slipping by, gaining momentum with the gravity of time. The last few days I have been expressing myself freely; too freely for my own comfort. Telling people what you really think is great if you only tell them the part you know they want to hear. It is not so great if you tell them all of it, even the parts you know they will not want to hear. Two incidences in the last two days have inspired me to express myself without constraint. I always regret it.

The funny part of it is, the people who are bestowed with my passionate wisdom seldom suffer ill effect. In fact, the world continues to turn as if my words had been caught by the wind, scattered in the distance. I resent, not that my words fail to change the course of history, but that I devoted any time to worrying that they would.

The first incidence involving in my free-speech-for-Maggie campaign was to a government representative. I had called to offer unsolicited advice on programs for women and proceeded to reveal my deepest frustrations with Canadian culture. The woman at the other end of the line was a good listener, indeed she was. I am afraid that listening is the most she has to offer. Having voiced my opinions, I must admit that I felt a lot worse about my frustrations than I did before revealing them. Once voiced, one must face the fact that one's opinions are of little or perhaps no consequence. Kept to oneself, an opinion is at least safe from neglect or even abuse.

The second incidence involved a man with whom I often discuss political viewpoints. Usually the discussion remains detached and gentle, not today. Our conversation today brought old and bitter memories to the forefront. I was not detached nor was I gentle. There are times when the reality of politics is just too close to painful events past and present. It is not wise to discuss politics during these times.

Politics would be very amusing if they did not affect people's lives.

I am very glad that today has finally come to an end.

The genealogy software I use (Reunion, from Leister) recently offered an upgrade. I purchased the upgrade directly from the company. I have been waiting patiently for its arrival for about four weeks; today it arrived in the mail, intact. A thunderstorm erupted just after I installed the software, necessitating shutdown, and patience.

I have been playing with the new features on and off all day, between interruptions. I have been attempting to print fan charts, which are an extremely succinct graphic portrayal of links between generations. My printing attempts have not yielded good results, but that is part of my usual pattern. After having run into difficulty, I will now read the instructions. Well, I will read them in the morning actually.

As I sit at my computer I can hear the Police Helicopter circling the skies near my house. It is11:30 p.m. and most of the criminals are still drinking in the bars. The police routinely monitor the empty streets to ensure that crimes are not being committed. Sometimes, when the very bright search lights are aimed towards our neighborhood I wave out the window at them from my seat in front of the computer. I suspect that even if they could see me they would think me daft. It is a great new toy for the local police, I would be out cruising the streets if I had one like it.

Pleasant dreams.

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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 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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