August 19, 2002

Unbroken Circle



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 raining, a slow steady patter, and I can not say that I am unhappy about it. The gardens have been parched; leaves are wilted and weaker plants have turned brown and begun to shrivel. The aspect of today's weather that I appreciate most is that the temperature is only 15 degrees centigrade. This allows me to open the windows, to hear the rain, and feel the occasional breeze.

To avoid the heat and humidity that has dominated the summer this year, I have stayed relatively inactive and close to home. I have not been out walking. Although I have not gained weight, I am concerned that I am easily out of breath and generally unfit.

I decided a treadmill would be just the thing.

I looked at treadmill prices in a large fitness store and decided that this option was definitely out of the question. The salesman assumed I would be running, and that I desired to measure my activities and myself with great accuracy.

I admit to being amused by visions of myself clothed in brightly colored lycra, wearing a headband, and sporting a ponytail. In the past, I would try these images on like hats; only to lose interest because they represented someone else's idea of the perfect lifestyle and not my own.

The young man at the fitness store seemed genuinely unable to understand that all I want to do is walk at a leisurely pace as I watch the morning news. The treadmills sold at the store were full featured, state-of-the-art wonders of technology. The word that comes to mind is overkill. I suppose this is a classic case of supply dictating demand. He and I were unable to communicate in any way. I left the store.

Our neighbor Dolittle came to the rescue; he located an old treadmill at an auction. This treadmill, it seems, is unacceptable to the modern fitness enthusiast. There is no motor. There is no computer. The only features are that the handlebar is collapsible and adjustable, as is the front height of the machine; it is perfect for a moderate stroll.

This treadmill is very basic, very functional, and very affordable. A recycled wonder, this baby boasts environmentally correct low energy consumption. Power shortages will not slow me down!

Every morning this week, after my cherished cup of coffee, I put on my shoes. I stroll along as the misery and terror of the world parades across the flickering screen. I am superficially informed, and grateful that I can attempt an on-the-spot escape from what I see and hear. The best I can do in a very small world.

My treadmill activities remind me of Terra's childhood reaction to joggers. The first time she observed one whisking by us on a busy city street she asked, "Where is she running?"

"She will run up and down the streets until she comes back to her own front door," I said.

"She is running very fast going nowhere," observed the amazed Terra.

Top of Page

Worldly Distractions

Hibiscus Red & Yellow
August Blooms Still

By the Easy Chair
East Georgian Bay Historical Journal,
Various Articles

Voices Forever
by Sam Larkin
(a personal favorite, particularly at a live performance)

On the Screen
"I am a Man. I can change, if I want to... I guess."
Red Green Show
[Masculinity 101]

9:58 EDT
Temp: 15`C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: E 7 km/h
Barometric:101.4 kPa

Sunrise 6:34 AM EDT
Sunset 8:22 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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