July 27, 2007




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]

My vintage Elna Lotus sewing machine came out of storage and was put to good use this morning. It was purchased in 1970, as it was needed equipment for college. During my training in Clothing Construction and Design at Ryerson University, I needed a sewing machine to complete assignments. I created some lovely pieces of clothing. I learned couturier techniques. I still have most of the skills, but seldom put them to any practical use. Today’s project involved measuring, cutting and hemming my newest pair of overalls in honour of Terra’s shower.

Happy overalls for a happy occasion.

It is interesting that despite my couturier and design training, I always preferred jeans, t-shirts, work boots and parkas. My present wardrobe is a dream-come-true. Not for everyone, to be sure. Variety can be the spice of life, for the tolerant.

After sitting at the sewing machine for a few hours I was feeling a bit restricted. The Bodhrán always picks me up and carries me to a place I need to be, so out it came. I play best when conscious thought evaporates into the rhythm. Today immersion came easily.

We are due for a shopping excursion. We ran out of fresh fruit last week, and since then I have been snacking on carrots. The carrots will soon be gone. We are low on milk, vegetables, fruit, vitamin pills and prescription drugs. We can survive without most of the items on our list, but renewing prescriptions is not something to procrastinate about. More and more it seems we resist the idea of shopping. I know some people live to shop, but for us it is an annoying necessity. Of course, if we win a lottery I will gladly eat my words. It seems to me that shopping could be fun, if making one purchase did not have a significant impact on all others.

I took this picture of myself this afternoon in the garden. I have a lot of fun with perspective. Big nature, little me.

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Maggie Turner in her Garden
Maggie in the Garden

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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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