December 22, 2003




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]

Attila has taken two-day weekends through the whole month of December. NOTHING could mean more to me.

This is just a short entry, written because I feel like writing the small things.

This morning I am beginning my pie trilogy. Pumpkin for Terra, Mincemeat for Luna, and Apple for the sons-in-law. I will make pie crust dough, which will go into the refrigerator till tomorrow, when I bake the pies.

While contemplating the baking of pies, I thought of Ellen.

Ellen is the elderly woman who I read to every week. She is quite literate and clever, but unable to read since old age robbed her of her sight.

I was taken with the sudden urge to deliver my small Christmas gift to Ellen. Out came the wrapping paper. Out came the ribbons. Out came the box of Christmas cards. In a very short time the gift was wrapped and I was on my way to the nursing home.

When I walked in, Ellen was in the dining hall eating her breakfast. I joined her at the table, we had a nice chat. The woman assisting her with her meal was warm and friendly. We, all three, had a lovely exchange of greetings and good wishes. Once Ellen had her package, I was off home again.

The gift is not much, a small box of chocolates, I know Ellen loves sweets. It was such fun to give.

I will pop over again either Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day with a second small box of chocolates - wrapped and beribboned. At that time I will finish the reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", which we began last week.

After I returned home, Luna called to let us know their estimated time of arrival on Christmas Eve.

Today I am rich and happy.

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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 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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