Jul 29, 2001

Distant Thunder



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]

Sometimes we do not know what to say, and so say nothing.

Sometimes life's issues are just too intense to commit to print. In my life there are issues as deep and dark as the Marianas Trench, the home of creatures so fantastic that the stuff of everyday life disappears in light of contrast. The life below cannot be seen from the surface. To communicate the meaning of such issues one would need the reader to abandon all of the known world, forsake assumptions, suspend disbelief, and travel into the depths of the unknown. The English language provides for no such journey.

Who am I to change the world with words?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens) I remember when I first read these words. I was a fourteen-year-old girl, gangly with a toothy grin. Cold wind blew in through the rickety, ill-fitted window frame beside the bed I shared with a sister, where I lay reading the required text for an English class. The room was freezing cold but the air was filled with the fire of curses and conflict from down the stairs. Temporarily safe in a tower of ice, the power of the printed words filled me with hope.

The past week has found me returning to the words of Dickens. It is certainly the best of times. I am loved, well fed, well sheltered, and able to think my own thoughts. These luxuries are not shared by most of the people on the planet or by most of the people in history. As well, we are celebrating the union of my beautiful daughter and her chosen. There is much joy here.

It is also the worst of times. Love does not conquer all. I have been thinking a great deal about something Attila said recently; that "love is, above all else, tenacious". At the end of the day, when the conquerors have returned to their lairs with their bloody booty, love sifts through the smoking rubble, collects, mourns, and begins again. When we hear the distant thunder of war, all we can do is wait, and remember the phoenix.

After many weeks of happy social engagements, Attila and I found a free afternoon to sit in the sand, under the pines. We meant to get away first thing in the morning. However, fate would not have it. We paid our dues, spent time appeasing the gods of propriety, and extricated Terra from yet another potential fiasco. I was partially to blame really, the word NO needs to come to my lips more readily. It is better to face the disapproval of the young before situations have developed beyond the family compound.

Once away, Attila and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We sat quietly, in a secluded part of The Pinery Provincial Park, reading and staring into the dreamlike landscape. We were soothed and rejuvenated by the aroma of sun-baked pine needles. We replenished our energies with grilled chicken, vegetables, and ice cold lemon water. After a visit to the beach, we spent a quiet ride home talking and laughing together.

It was a day to remember, surely.

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Lounge chair at the edge of the forest.

By the Easy Chair
White Oleander
by Janet Fitch

1:22 PM DST
Temp: 26` C
Humidity: 54%
Wind: SE 17 km/h
Barometric:101.6 kPa

Sunrise 6:12 AM DST
Sunset 8:50 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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