March 1, 2001

Not the end of the world.



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]

This entry is a little late in arriving. Much preoccupation with the physical world is my only excuse.

Yesterday, Attila and I sat in front of the television set watching the images of the earthquake southwest of Seattle, Washington, USA. Only one person died, 28 were reported injured at that point. Someone we know flew to Seattle on Tuesday to visit her children; we assume she is safe.

Apparently, stronger earthquakes have been felt on the West Coast of North America. This quake measured 6.8 on the Richter Scale. That seems quite strong enough to me.

Images continue to arrive, portraying the human distress that has resulted from the flooding in Mozambique.

These situations involve an element of human solidarity in the face of overwhelming non-human forces. I have less fear of natural disasters than I do of human force and violence. The former involves human cooperation, the latter a disintegration of humane concern for others.

Some experiences offer opportunities for growth. Such an adventure is mine this week. I will undergo a colonoscopy. Since family members have died of colon cancer, screening for problems seems well advised.

I have been dreading the procedure. The last time I experienced this degree of fear was before giving birth. The rewards of childbirth tempered that fear. The rewards of a colonoscopy are somewhat obtuse.

I will need to restrict my diet to fluids for twenty-four hours before the test. In addition, the evening before the test, I am required to drink two small bottles of a clear liquid with a mission. My conscience will not be my only clear element.

It does not bear thinking about really.

I have had need to call the hospital for advice on preparing for the challenge. I wonder about the hospital staff who administer this test day after day. They seem quite friendly and happy in their work. Perhaps the knowledge that one is saving lives sweetens an otherwise unspeakable occupation. I prefer this theory to the one that hints at masochism.

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by Ursula LeGuin

Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2
Budapest Symphony Orchestra

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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