June 24, 2002

A falling tree in the forest...



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]

It is a hot Monday afternoon. I am spending it with my bodhran and tipper. There are times when the heavy beating of the heart must be borne into the world by force. This is such an afternoon.

My memories of joy resonate through the invisible waves, created within my pulsating solitude. I feel all I have been, and ever will be, through the wooden rim I hold against my breast. I celebrate. I cry. I let my hands dance over the head, unthinking, mindless. I release myself into sound.

I play what is drawn from the well within. I accompany recorded music, reaching into the mystery of time and space to join with others, who might not otherwise welcome me.

How accepting those strangers are, how innocent in their audible release, that once created cannot be contained by the frailty of human ego, or prejudice. The unguarded sanctity of creating music, in the presence of perceived peers, exposes artlessness unsullied by the hope of adulation.

In this way, I play with talented musicians who have freely offered me the best that they can be. In return, I do not tell them that I regard them as equals. This has been working out very well for all concerned.

I pause only to write these words, and now leave them to reclaim the solitary heat and rhythm of my day.

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Worldly Distractions

Outline Falling Leaf
Free Fall

16:03 EDT
Temp: 26`C
Humidity: 70%
Wind: SE 15 km/h
Barometric:102.0 kPa

Sunrise 5:46 AM EDT
Sunset 9:07 PM EDT

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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