August 24, 2003

Coming up for air...



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 last poem I wrote was in 1999. My previous life had been disintegrating rather painfully since 1992, and much of my writing during this period reflected the disillusionment and bitterness that accompanied the violent loss of hopes and dreams. Eleven years of hard work and sacrifice ended without reward or recognition.

Much of what I wrote was a reaction to the heartless forces that maintain the status quo. By following my conscience, I ended up at the blank end of a maze, from which there had never been an exit. Such is the paradox of "success".

The issues I struggled with are not resolved. Some of the key players have died. Their ability to wreck fresh havoc in the world has ended. I no longer carry the burden of knowledge they represented in my life.

[A note to readers. During the period of time I describe, several dear and cherished friends passed away; they are not the key players to which I refer above.]

Unfortunately, not all my demons are incarnate. This is a struggle shared with all of humanity.

There are a few pieces from this period of my life that I like to read, and have decided to publish. The first, "Night Light", reflects my primal response to violence, be it physical, social, or psychological. The second, "Veneer", describes an encounter with an academic professional who I do not admire or respect. Sadly, in my opinion, he now manages to influence public policy.

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Worldly Distractions

Toadstool peeking out from behind Sweet Woodruff.
New Growth

By the Easy Chair
The House of Nire
by Morio Kita
first published in Japanese in 1964 as Nireke no hitobito.

From the comments section of a blog.
"You can't please everybody, but you will always offend somebody."

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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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