October 2, 2006

The best of times...



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]

Saturday, September 30, 2006

We are grandparents! A girl and a boy arrived safely. We managed to get away, to travel the many miles to see them. We fell in love. Totally and hopelessly in love. It was difficult to leave them to come home again.

Then, when they were nine days old, we got a call. Our little granddaughter needed open heart surgery, and it was booked at the children's hospital for the next day. We were in shock.

This afternoon we heard that she had come through the surgery successfully, and was doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

She will be in intensive care for the next 24 hours and then will spend the next ten days in hospital recovering. And the whole family will be with her, my daughter, her husband and their new son will be staying at the hospital. The rest of us will be with them in our thoughts, each and every day.

All that can be done is being done. The time for healing has begun. Now, at last, I can fall asleep.

Monday, October 2, 2006

She is breathing without assistance and doing quite well by all accounts. I think she will be out of intensive care today.

This is what modern technology should be about, enhancing and even saving the lives of people.

I haven't talked to Luna yet. She remains secluded with her babies at the hospital, focused on healing and bonding.

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Worldly Distractions

Gratitude! Just gratitude, for the moment.

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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