September 4, 2002

A peach of a day...



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]

The weather has suddenly turned lovely. Although the humidity is still a bit high, the breeze and lower temperatures make things bearable. No rain though, and that is a problem. Some of our Echinacea plants have turned brown and shriveled, some of the Calendula have died. The grass in the back yard looks dead; Attila and I have a running argument as to whether or not it is actually dead. Time will tell of course, but since there is no rain in the immediate forecast, I predict that I will win this wager.

Of course we could water the garden and lawns, and we do just that, but it has been so long since the last substantial rainfall that moderate watering is inadequate. With water levels down all over the province, and with crops wasting for water in the fields around us, my conscience does not allow using large amounts of water for ornamental or cosmetic purposes.

My new project will be researching drought resistant grasses for the new lawn. We will have to replace the dead one. I am rather partial to a mild thyme lawn with a footpath to the garden shed and compost.

Maggie Turner

It feels like autumn, although it is weeks away on the calendar. Fall is my favorite time of year, much to my surprise.

Autumn is harvest time in Ontario. Growing up on a farm meant that we produced a variety of crops, as opposed to the mono-crop megaliths that exist today. What we grew, we also consumed. Back to school also meant back to the kitchen in a very big way.

We were too busy to dwell on clothes, makeup, and shopping. At the time, I regarded my mother's focus on survival as a form of neglect.

I felt I had the moral high ground and the support of my teachers, youth leaders, and the culture, as I understood it from the media. My mother did not seem to be listening to my anguished reports of her inadequacies. I wanted my "quality time".

Decades later, I stand in my own kitchen peeling peaches for the freezer, and experience a deep sense of contentment. In providing me with this ability to find happiness in being alive, my mother endured my naive attempts to "shoot the messenger".

There are things you just can not learn by taking the easy route, problems that can not be solved with money. As I carry the compost pail into the back yard, listen to the wind in the trees, and stand for a moment looking into the blue sky, I find "Thank you Mom" written all over the day.

Maggie Turner

It has taken me almost all of two days to get this entry uploaded! What have I been doing? Who knows, I guess the time bandits have raided the place again.

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On the Screen
starring Mary Walsh (This film does not provide Ms. Walsh with an adequate forum for her talent.)


12:58 EDT
Temp: 23`C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: NW 22 km/h
Barometric:101.9 kPa

Sunrise 6:52 AM EDT
Sunset 7:54 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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