May 9, 2008

Sustainable Mutuality



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]

What is sustainable mutuality? You might well ask. It is a term I've created for a mode of interaction between humans which is intrinsic to health and life. Here is how I define it:

Sustainable Mutuality:
Mutual dependence developed to sustain social well-being, providing equitable benefits for all members of the social body.
© 2008 Maggie Turner

I have been thinking a lot about these kinds of issues recently, and have paid attention to and studied the nature of social ties and communities throughout my academic career.

But the interest is not just academic, never has been. The way we live in the world is a product of our social environment. The social environment is a product of the way we live in the world. A great circle of life. We are all of this world, willing or no.

What has me writing about this today is a visit to a new web site and forum, Living Local.

While I contribute to this effort, I wonder at the absurdity of the sudden discovery of a process that has been ongoing our whole lives, loss of prime farmland, specialized food production, to name a few. We are waking up a little late in the day on this. Better late than never though, I'll be visiting this web site frequently and adding what I can to it.

The other thing that strikes me is the "discovery" of living without wasting. Most people over 60 grew up that way, it isn't anything new. We lost it, and now that we need to find it again I hope it isn't hijacked by the large corporations.

Time will tell.

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Maggie's Overalls Hanging Out To Dry Drying clothes the old fashioned way - been doing it for more than fifty years!

Song of the Pileated Woodpecker

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Where Nests the Water Hen
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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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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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