July 12, 2001

Treasures, old and new.



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]

A quiet moment at last! What a week! The wedding preparations are in full swing. There are gifts to buy, shoes to fit, dinners to plan, and events to attend. Life is a gale, proceeding on its own terms, and we are weathering as best we can.

The stiff wind in our sails is sweetly scented and filled with joy.

The days pass quickly and pleasantly. Bread is baked, dinners prepared, laundry hung to dry, and the garden tended. These little things anchor the hours in calm seas. Each and every time I fall into a chair, my mind races out to the high seas, anticipating the direction of the wind and the crests of the waves.

It is a very short distance that one can effectively divine the path ahead. Therefore, it became imperative to distract my thoughts and avoid a wearisome obsession with the details of the wedding. Action was required. A quick login to the local library catalog allowed me to place a number of books and CDs on hold. The waiting lists seemed very long.

"There," I thought, "if just one of those books arrives in the next week or so, I will be all set."

To my surprise, several days later three books and five CDs had arrived at the library branch in "The Village". Is this a sign; does this wealth of distraction foretell great need. Oh dear, I am even obsessing about my distractions. Time to begin reading the poignant and funny American experiences of Frank McCourt. Time for a cup of tea and soothing songs sung by Stan Rogers.

Steve Paul has arrived in "The City", with his travelling minstrel show. He is house-sitting for a friend for the duration of his stay and plans to take this opportunity to entertain his muse. I did see him on Monday, I agreed to be his "driver" for an out-of-town gig. It gave us time for a good long chat and a lot of catching up.

So much has happened since we first met. So many good times remembered. So many sad times shared. We have history.

However compelling the past, with Steve Paul there is always something new to learn, new to experience. He brought along a CD, Lace Curtains, the work of Toronto singer/songwriter Clela Errington. One of the things I love about life is how beauty can suddenly reveal itself, seemingly from out of nowhere.

On reading the CD insert I notice that Clela's mother's maiden name is the same as my paternal Grandmother's maiden name. It is not a common name. Hmm... I wonder...

Genealogy is an obsession I do not resist.

Today I am planning to bake a blackberry cobbler and to prepare "something old, something new" for the bride-to-be.

The women in my family have no riches to bestow, no titles, no jewelry, no china, no crystal; they have only themselves to offer. In keeping with the spirit of the gifts of my foremothers, I am preparing a keepsake for Luna on her wedding day. It is a print of the portraits of six generations of mothers, all born in Canada. I could go further back, but I do not have a portrait of GGGG Grandmother Margaret, who came to Canada with only her youth and her dreams.

Margaret, your daughters are not strangers to your dreams.

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Worldly Distractions

Orange and yellow blooms.

By the Easy Chair
by Frank McCourt

Country Squall
from Lace Curtains
sung by Clela Errington
written by Willie P. Bennett

On the Screen
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
starring George Clooney and many more...

12:22 PM DST
Temp: 20` C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: NW 17 km/h
Barometric:101.6 kPa

Sunrise 5:56 AM DST
Sunset 9:04 PM DST

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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