May 13, 2003

The Uncanny Scot



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]

Writing has come with great difficulty of late; I am not entirely sure why that is.

It may be a function of an internal metamorphosis, a later life "crisis". Certainly, life has changed a great deal since my sudden job loss a year and a half ago, as the besieged mother of an angry teenager. She is no longer in residence, and no longer angry, at least with me anyway.

In those 27 years spent putting someone else's needs before any of my own, the habit of self-development gradually wore away to a mere shadow. That shadow has grown and become a powerful force once more, as well it should. Nevertheless, change, no matter how timely, how positive it may be, is not a comfortable ride. I would rather not record the details of the most distressing bits; as in childbirth, it is best to leave pain and discomfort behind, to focus on the present and the future.

There have been many little, meaningless-to-others, nasty bits floating about this last year and a half. Internal spring-cleaning has been going on at a furious rate. I have been very busy.

Life appears much the same. The freshly baked bread smells wonderful as it sits on the kitchen counter each afternoon. The yellow tulips on my desk take my breath away each time I walk through my office door. The neighbours and I chat, when I wander outside to work in the yard, exchanging small bits of harmless gossip. Life is good.

The reality is that the experience of life exists on many levels; seldom are they all subject to turmoil at the same time. Good fortune has provided me with a solid context in which to undertake some very difficult work.

On the surface of life, Attila continues to work all hours. My concerns over adequate sleep and safety have risen. He is struggling to serve all masters. However, his health must take precedent, and on that we agree entirely.

My activities continue to satisfy. The 1871 Census data, for one County of interest, has now been entirely transcribed into my database. As more primary data is added, the project becomes more interesting and arresting. Soon I will begin to transcribe the 1881 Census for the same geographic area, and eventually I will work on the 1901 Census as well.

When this has been completed, I will begin to transcribe the data for the Ontario County where my ancestors settled originally, and were among the original settlers.

When all this is accomplished, I will begin a geographical analysis of migration patterns of original settlement in the Province of Ontario.

It keeps me busy in my spare time. You can take the girl out of the academy, but you cannot take the academy out of the girl. My work will be dedicated to my Grandmother, and donated to the library systems of Ontario. Online genealogy companies will not profit by its' use, no academic career will be launched at its' publication. It is just worth doing.

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Worldly Distractions

Yellow Tulips
Small Pleasures

By the Easy Chair
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui: How to Apply the Secrets of Chinese Wisdom for Health, Wealth and Happiness
by Lillian Too
(a gift from Luna and Janus)

On the Screen
Billly Elliot
starring Jamie Bell & Julie Walters
(Loved it!)

Bumper Sticker
"Ya Canna Beat a Canny Scot"

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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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