October 12, 2000

You are what you eat.



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]

Another quiet day filled with sunshine and long letters. I received a letter from my Aunt to thank me for a fan chart of the family tree that I had printed out and sent to her. She is recovering from gall bladder surgery and doing well, by her own account. Her letter included many dates and places to enter into my database.

Another envelope arrived, from one of my second cousins, containing a pamphlet she created on the family history. Staring out from the cover are the serious stare of my GG Grandmother, and the impish smile of my GG Grandfather. My GG Grandfather died when I was only six months old. I believe I was the first GG Grandchild he met. Apparently, we got on like a house on fire. I do not have any specific memories of our relationship. However, I believe that the warm feelings that come over me when I look at his picture are reminiscent of those experiences.

The doctor has told "The Teenager" that her diet must improve. She needs more calcium. I am relieved that he has had a talk with her. She will listen to him. It is unfortunate that there is a built in mechanism in some teenagers; it prompts them to ignore the advice of loving parents and honor the advice of strangers. I am always on the lookout for acceptable strangers; they usually come in the guise of professionals. It is not that they necessarily know more of course. It is more that professionals seem completely unbiased to "The Teenager", while all that free advice from home carries with it additional emotional baggage.

High road or low road; it matters little as long as the path leads in the right direction.

Thanksgiving dinner was a great success; I am still recovering from the meal. As usual, everyone ate more than they should have. The highlight of the day was the photography shoot. "Eldest Daughter" is quite a photographer and she brought along her equipment. It took us about an hour to transform the living room into a photo studio and then she began. She took the pictures with a medium-format camera; I am looking forward to seeing them as soon as she can make some time for working in the dark room.

I was very pleased to be able to sneak in a few shots with my digital camera, what a difference backdrop and lighting make! The digital camera also provided a lot of fun after the shoot. I took a whole series of pictures of the two girls clowning around together. The memory in the camera would fill; I would download the pictures onto the computer, delete them from the camera, and take another series of pictures. This was great fun until all the batteries in the house were completely dead, ending our imaginary spree.

I have not needed to cook for days and days. A turkey dinner leads to leftovers, sandwiches and soup. Today, however, I am determined to vary our diet by preparing something altogether different. When in doubt I always make spaghetti with tomato sauce. It is boring and reliable, but we enjoy it every time.

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bell hooks quotes Eunice Lipton.
"Eunice Lipton, a woman art historian, said, "What would it mean for us to look at biography not from the standpoint of people's accomplishments, but from what people desired." I thought, "Wow-what a different way to conceptualize life and the value of life."
From Angry Women

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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