May 20, 2005




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]

adj 1: characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; "she felt ambivalent about his proposal"; "an ambivalent position on rent control" 2: uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow; "was ambivalent about having children"
Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

That's me alright. Ambivalent. Mad as hell and happy as a clam. Frightened and courageous. Tired and dauntless. Full of love and exasperation, admiration and disgust. The list goes on. I make perfect sense to me, and Attila loves the paradox. So there you are, Maggie in a Nutshell.

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We are still focused on shelter and the basic necessities. Attila has been building a woodshed, it will hold one winter's worth of heat, of wood. We have accumulated three years's worth of wood now, and will be stacking the rest on the NorthWest side of the house. It feels like we have been toting and stacking wood for a lifetime!

The bug season is now in full swing. We purchased head nets, and wear them religiously.

Blackflies will swarm around your head, and crawl into your hairline, or any opening in your clothing. Blackflies bite. The bites hurt. I have only been bitten twice so far this season.

There are two good things about blackflies. First, when they enter the house, all they can think about is getting out again. If they come into the house on your clothing, they will abandon their efforts to feed on your poor defenseless flesh, and head for the windows.

The second good thing about blackflies is that they do not carry any dangerous diseases.

Mosquito season is just starting. Last night, at dusk, I counted over 25 mosquitoes outside the kitchen screen. So far this spring I have killed three of them in the house.

Mosquitoes are an altogether different proposition than blackflies. Mosquitoes will seek to enter your home by any available means, and never give up hope of piercing your skin in search of blood. Mosquitoes can carry the dreaded West Nile Virus. Their "bite" not only hurts, it can cause you grievous bodily harm. West Nile Virus has killed several birds near here, so caution is warranted.

There was a time, only a few short years ago, when mosquitoes were considered no more dangerous than the blackfly. Biting insects were an annoyance, not a health risk. Things have changed in Canada.

By July the worst of the blackfly and mosquito swarming will be over.

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Worldly Distractions

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Mosquito with Blackfly
I read somewhere on the web that you could catch bugs in a shallow dish of water mixed with a drop of lemon dish detergent. Mist and I have trophies! No ambivalence here.

I missed picking up the official weather conditions on May 20, 2005. However, the bug report contained in this entry represents the current salient environmental conditions, and which could only be overshadowed by weather events such as earthquake or hurricane, neither of which have occurred.

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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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