January 9, 2001

Overcoming the past.



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 have decided to make a confession, to come clean as it were. I have a phobia. I have had it for years and years and years. It is not reasonable and yet it persists in permeating into my everyday existence. I have an uncontrolled "fear-of-dusting".

There, I said it. Therapy does not help. I have found it impossible to find a knowledgeable counselor. There is not any research being done on this condition and I fear that it might never receive the attention of the mental health community. Those of us who suffer from "fear-of-dusting" must cope as best we may.

It all began as a result of my mother's neglect. She worked in the fields, administered the business of the farm, and bore the responsibility of feeding and raising six children. Why she did not find time to dust and to teach her daughter the skills of dusting I do not know. It might have been a flaw in her character or perhaps it was simply an error of omission. Regardless, my introduction to dusting was not made during those all-important formative years. There is nothing we can do to change the past.

As the years have passed, dust bunnies have multiplied with abandon in my home; seldom used objects have faded through time to gray shadows of their former selves. I have been helpless to fight this scourge.

I tried a feather duster to no avail. It moved the dust from the object to the air from which it again settled on the object. It did not come with instructions, perhaps I failed to follow correct procedure.

I tried the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to no avail. Although it removed the dust, it was difficult to maneuver the long metal wand without breaking things. After demolishing two lamps I decided that the rate of return on this technique was unacceptable.

I tried a damp cloth to no avail. While wet, the appearance of surfaces seemed to have improved. However, surfaces dried to display gray streaks that were resistant to anything but a good washing down.

It is a sad tale. All efforts and hope had been abandoned. I tell of it now only because I perceive that a cure is in sight. New on the market are pieces of Microfiber fabric that claim to lift dust and grease. Desperate, I sought out this wonder product in hope of a miracle.

It is too early to guarantee a prognosis, but I may be on the road to recovery. The battle is uphill. The first foray with my little wonder cloth revealed the depth of the problem. It did remove the dust, all of the dust. Two picture frames and a bookcase later I needed a second miracle cloth, and so it went. Having purchased only three miracle cloths, the dusting has not proceeded beyond the west-side of the living room. The cloths we purchased are washable and so further treatment must be postponed until the laundry has been done.

Optimism permeates the situation.

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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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