June 19, 2000

Natural Wonders



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 birthday, the visit, and the weekend are now officially over. Months of anticipation, two weeks of cleaning, and one day of cooking, culminated in a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Attila's mother and stepfather provided us with warmth, affection, support, sound advice, and good company. Life does not offer anything better than that.

This morning was a let down from all the activity and excitement of the weekend. I had to talk to my banking advisor about retirement issues, pay three bills, struggle with the budget spreadsheet, weather yet another loud disagreement with "The Teenager", and do the dishes. I also slipped in a pleasant early morning walk to the library where I returned a book, had a quiet moment in the garden listening to the leaves play in the wind, and enjoyed a lovely spaghetti lunch with Attila's special sauce.

Today I began reading a book entitled "How to Want What You Have", by Timothy Miller. I have had a fundamental and possibly critical difference of opinion with the author before reaching the end of the first chapter. He states that, "It is human nature always to want just a little More." Although "wanting more" is more common than not, I would hardly consider it to be "human nature". Many people I respect might be considered "unnatural" if such were the case.

The problem I have with books is that the author's assumptions are the usually the basis for the entire logic of the book. If one does not agree with the assumptions implied or stated, then the book can be very hard going. I will continue to read this book for a few chapters more, as I suspect there are ideas here that will inspire thought if not enlightenment.

Our evening has been spent discussing musicians we have known over the past few decades and their music. Attila is in the basement rummaging through piles of old albums in search of one that he wants me to hear. I am snatching a moment to write this and get it entered and posted before the music begins.

I did not succeed and am posting this in the early morning. Life can be so distracting!

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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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