June 14, 2000

Some Things Never Change



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]

When I was a child I believed that fairies were real; that my Grandmother's house was heaven; that tree gum was the raw material for the real thing; that animals were as intelligent as myself but trusted more in "God"; and that Santa Claus was my mother. Not much has changed over the years. I know now that real chewing gum is not made from tree gum and that was quite a disappointment.

The thing I hated most about being a child was that I did not know I was child, I was never told. I thought of myself as a person. I knew there was something the adults were just not telling me. People kept talking to me as if my mind was missing. I could never really decide whether they were simple minded themselves or just playing nasty little games. I still do not know for sure which it was, although I have my suspicions. People in the adult world had lost their credibility by the time I had acquired language.

The thing I loved the most about being a child was that I believed in myself. I was certain of my place in the scheme of the universe. I believed in "God", although the one I "talked" to had no beard and did not care about clean fingernails on a Sunday morning. I believed the sun would rise in the morning, that darkness would fall at night. I believed in setting the polliwogs free soon after they were caught, in not giving in just because I was a girl, in baiting my own hook while fishing with my Grandfather, and cleaning my own kill for the supper table. I believed that in helping others I was helping myself.

I think my most important belief in those early years was that, no matter how painful, life is worth living. That belief was never challenged by anyone I respected.

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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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