March 7, 2001

A rose by any other name.



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 knew it was coming, the inevitable hardware upgrade. I have not upgraded for over three years and that is a very long time when it comes to computer technology. The Macintosh I purchased at that time was just out of production and had gone on sale, so the technology was a bit outdated when I acquired it. No matter, three years of faithful service were provided at a reduced cost. The time comes though, to measure the economy of updates and additions against the purchase of new hardware. I have been considering this issue for the last six months and yesterday a new computer joined the lineup on my desk.

I think I shall give this computer a name, not something I have been in the habit of doing. During my time of deliberation I came to realize just how much time I spend in front of the keyboard. It might be safe to say that significant portions of my waking hours are spent in a digital world. I think, that until now, I presumed this to be a temporary state of being. However, an honest assessment reveals that I am truly wired. This computer will have a name. The inanimate objects that carry my reality through their veins will have names from this day forth.

I hereby christen the new G4 Marjory. The 7300 will become Alfred and the 5300 will henceforth be known as Pearl. Other members of the hardware family are Izzi the SE/30, Herb the P100, and Elspeth the P166. "The Teenager" uses the P166 and disliked the original name I had chosen for the machine, Hortense. She decided that Elspeth, a Scottish harp, would be a suitable name, and so Elspeth it is. The Commodore 64 has been hibernating happily at the back of a closet for so long that I believe the most appropriate name for it is Bear.

Pathetic isn't it, the naming of inanimate objects. The bright side of providing names for all the computers is that the other humans I live with might begin to understand what I am talking about. Once numbers are used in a conversation my housemates seem to become "technology deaf". I can not blame them. Perhaps my new taxonomy will engender a renewed interest on their part. Who am I kidding?

My recent ordeal at the local hospital has ended happily. I was given a clean bill of health; or rather my colon was given a clean bill of health. Well, so to speak anyway, in keeping with the situation. The outcome couldn't have been happier. Being in a high-risk category for cancer, the procedure needs to be done every three years. I can only hope that the same doctors, nurses, and staff are there for my next visit; they were nothing short of wonderful.

The winter drags on. Today is quite cold, the wind blows just brisk enough to chill the face. Most of the snow has slowly melted over the last three weeks. Yesterday we had a bit of a storm and there is a dusting of a few centimeters in sheltered areas. Otherwise the sidewalks and roads are clear.

Early spring in Canada affords a series of gratitudes. First one is grateful that the snow has melted a bit. Then one is grateful that the sun shines occasionally. One is cheered by the ability to walk out the door and as far as the car without having to pull-on and lace-up heavy boots. There is great satisfaction to be enjoyed by the mere realization that the roof is clear of snow and the danger of "ice dams" is over for another year. The list goes on and on. Oh yes, here in Canada we are "footloose and fancy free" in the spring.

The kitchen was warm and wonderful this evening. Attila arrived home with a craving for pizza. Such a request is usually met with great enthusiasm. Five minutes after he walked in the door the dough was mixing and kneading. Within a few short hours we enjoyed a slice of the best pizza I have ever tasted. This is not saying a lot, however, as I do not eat in restaurants and people seldom prepare homemade pizza for guests. My experience is rather limited.

There are times in life when food just tastes better and I am experiencing such a time. I have not enjoyed eating so much since I was a young woman. Every evening a new and tantalizing meal appears on the table. Last night it was Hummus with whole-wheat pita wedges, and a green salad with cheese dressing. I am eating less and enjoying it more. It might be that spring, although it is not visibly imminent, is having its lightening effect on my world.


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Vivaldi, Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B-Flat Major

On the Screen
An interesting commercial for cookie dough pre-shaped into individual cookies and ready to be placed on the pan. For the discerning baker...

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Temp: -2` C
Humidity: 74%
Wind: W 7 mph

Sunrise 6:43 AM EST
Sunset 6:11 PM EST

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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