June 16, 2000




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 Similarities between PMS and ISP:

1. You KNOW when something is wrong.
2. You think it must be you.

I think that having PMS is much like having problems with your ISP. You are aware that something is wrong, very wrong, but it is not obvious just what it is.

"I have to fix this," you think to yourself.

You check a few things and run a few diagnostics on your home computer in the case of the ISP or your life in the case of PMS. Yes, indeed, there are problems. These problems might be the source of what feels wrong. This is the critical juncture in the journey. Usually one of two things occurs, you assume the local problem is the source of your troubles and start to adjust and tweak to resolve it or you assume nothing and make that call for help.

If you assume the problem is local, and it is not, pandemonium will ensue. The situation is exponential. If solutions are applied locally to external problems, more problems are usually created. However, they are now YOUR FAULT!

Asking for assistance before things become your fault is fraught with peril. If you ask for help you will be asked, "have you tried this, have you tried that." If you have not tried this or that, you will be made aware that you are wasting a professional's precious time with your whining. If you have tried this or that, the problem facilitator will be quick to point out that you caused the problem yourself. Perfect, is it not, as well as being just another of those many opportunities to build self-esteem and confidence?

I will leave you to guess the acronymic inspiration for this little rant.

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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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