July 15, 2000

Call From a Cell Phone



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 Teenager" is visiting her older sister this weekend. Yesterday, I dropped her and a friend off at the bus terminal in a flurry of excitement. I have to admit I did worry a little bit; would they find the right bus in time? I dread to think of the bother if such a disaster as a missed bus were to occur. Since I did not receive a telephone call after the scheduled departure time, I safely assumed that all had gone well.

So I settled down to a peaceful nap.

I was awakened by the telephone. It was the "The Teenager". She wanted to know if her cell phone would work from miles and miles away and so called to see if it would, from the moving bus. Yes, I assured her, it certainly did work.

"Why are you shouting?" she asked.

"Because I can hardly hear you," I said.

My response was met by raucous laughter at the other end of the connection. Having served my purpose, I was allowed to say good-bye.

Today I have been busy researching the genealogy of the Shelley family; that is the family of Percy Bysshe Shelley. His ancestors are well documented; his descendant are not. His family relationships were extremely complex and challenging to sort out. I can see that this will be an ongoing project.

We are planning a camping trip this summer. I have enjoyed camping since I was a teenager. The trick to enjoying a stay in the outdoors is to be well prepared. We have accumulated, over the years, all the necessary equipment.

A few acquisitions would enhance our camping experience. Attila and I made one of our rare excursions to the dreaded shopping mall. Having always slept on single air mattresses or unicell foam pads, this year we are going to rest in style on a queen size air mattress.

While we were in the camping department, we spotted a portable gazebo at a very reasonable price and added it to our shopping cart. This will come in very handy if it rains, as we can place our picnic table beneath it to cook, eat, and just pass the time.

Now we will move on to planning the menu, this is always a lot of fun..

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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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