August 14, 2003

A Few Good Men



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]

Friday we experienced yet another all-day rain. This is a good thing for our garden and new grass. Apparently it is not a good thing for some of the local farmers, who feel they are getting a little too much of the wet stuff. This spring the weather is considered unusually cold and wet. This suits me well, as I find the heat extremely unpleasant, and even unbearable when the humidity is high.

Today the sun shines. The windows are flung open, and the breeze smells wonderfully of growing green things.

I have been puttering. In the garden, I am busy draining pots and making sure that no areas of standing water remain. It is best to eliminate all possible mosquito breeding "grounds". Indoor puttering includes laundering winter bedding, and tucking it away ready for the inevitable return of cold weather. Taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine, the week's laundry is almost ready to hang on the line.

Every day I "mark the stones". The advantages of this small bit of activity are becoming increasingly evident. The benefits are increased stamina, enhanced muscle tone, improved balance, and a slight loss of weight.

My health continues to improve. A recent visit to my family doctor resulted in a few more blood tests, just to rule out some of the problems that would indicate a much different line of treatment. My minor-but-important surgery is scheduled in about six months, the soonest date available.

Having a family doctor is a very important part of a healthy health care system. This is a person that can get to know you over a period of years, monitoring your health in an informed and balanced way. Our family doctor is a gem; he is a person who enjoys and respects people, who is adroitly interested in the sciences of doctoring and health, and who is extremely competent. A perfect combination.

Maggie Turner

Attila arrived home with a sad story one evening last week. Some heartless individual/s had driven out to the countryside during the night and abandoned three kittens at the side of the road. When Attila arrived at work early in the morning, there they were huddled under a piece of equipment, sheltering from the rain. This type of abandonment is a common occurrence.

He immediately drove to a local store and purchased a bag of cat food, which he set out for the kittens, with a bowl of fresh water. He made a few adjustments to make their shelter secure and dry. He checked on them at lunchtime, and again just before dark when he was leaving for home. They were comfortable, settled, and seemed safe enough. He spent some time that evening trying to contact several animal protection agencies, but their offices closed at five p.m.

Early the next morning one of the kittens was missing. It has not been found. It was now obvious that the remaining two kittens could not remain where they were. By the end of the day the two remaining kittens had been whisked away to a new home, where they will receive love and care. Men who work in the countryside orchestrated the arrangements.

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Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages
by Frances and Joseph Gies (1987)

"All other things aside, the one major difference between the United States and Canada is that in the United States the government is afraid of the people. In Canada the people are afraid of the government."
Letter to the Editor, by Gord Zulak, The Parry Sound North Star, January 22, 2003

9:57 EDT
Temp: 17`C
Humidity: 83%
Wind: NW 11 km/h
Barometric: 101.5 kPa

Sunrise 5:44 AM EDT
Sunset 9:05 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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