September 30, 2000

A Grain of Sand and a Distant Star



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]

I would not have followed him anywhere, but I would have considered it. This I could say of only one man who lived during my lifetime. Pierre Elliot Trudeau died the afternoon of Thursday, September 28. Yesterday I stood with my government in one minute of silence to honor a man I never met but will always admire. He was ruthless in combat, compassionate in conquest. Privileged birth is rarely mixed with internal integrity, vision, a sharp intellect, joy, and the capacity to experience empathy for those other than one's peers; and yet these qualities came together in one man, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

It is sunny again today and fairly mild, a cool summery day although it is now officially autumn. I have been getting out for my walk very early these last few days because it is still almost cold that early in the day. As I stand locking my door in the early morning sunshine, I can see my breath in great white puffs. I can comfortably wear my Cowichan Sweater until I arrive back at my own door. The season of dripping sweat and steamy glasses has ended for another year.

This weather is perfect in my estimation. The afternoons are a pleasant twenty-one degrees Celsius in the shade and toasty warm if sitting in the sun. The nights are clear and cool, near freezing but not cold enough to bring down the frost. Perfect for leaving the window open a crack and sleeping under a grand, soft eiderdown. This kind of weather turns the apples red and makes them sweet.

"The Teenager" arose before 6:30 a.m. this morning and we were en route to a fellow Cheerleader's home before 7:00 a.m. so that she could help at the fundraising yard sale. A Teacher does not supervise the Cheerleading Team this year; the Teachers are at loggerheads with the Ontario Government and extracurricular activities have been greatly reduced or disappeared from the schools. The girls are struggling along by themselves, helped out by a few volunteer parents. "The Teenager" called back before 8:00 a.m. asking to come home. She was the only team member to show up, the sale was cancelled.

Considering the tax funds the School Boards in Canada have at their command, I feel this situation is deplorable. It is entertaining to watch those more powerful than myself point accusing fingers at one another and engage in expensive, showy displays of antler clashing. I am not interested in what or who is to blame, our economic/power structures, Premier Harris, the Teachers, the Union; one might debate that endlessly. One thing I do know: the process and the parties involved are not working well together. I would love to send the thousands of dollars that come out of my pocket for education to parties more committed to the well being of the students.

It all comes down to money, down being the operative word.

Where do people fit into Economic Theory and Policy? Look for references to the impact of theory and policy on the life of the average Canadian in the well-respected and highly influential Economic works by Courchene. Publicly funded University Libraries will provide the public access to view these works (the last time I checked), though usually not to borrow them. You may be able to obtain them through Interlibrary Loan at your local Public Library or be able to pay for copies made. These works are a must read for anyone interested in Canadian Economic and Public Policy.

Well, enough of my apolitical opinions on Theory, Economics, and Political Process and enough about local politics. I am heading for the kitchen where I will combine raw materials to produce a value-added product for consumption. It is time for lunch.

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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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