November 19, 2008

Oh so human...



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]

To err is human. I am human. Apparently I am a very fine example of the term "human". My last entry elicited two comments that brought errors to my attention, my errors.

One of the errors reflects wishful forgetting on my part. I forgot that I recently renewed my domain in order to reach the tenth anniversary of this journal. Entries have been appearing here since October of 1999, which makes the run of entries nine years, not ten. Just skipped a year and headed on into the future before it got here.

It seems I've also made grammatical errors and omissions in my footer. The feedback is appreciated, particularly since the it came from someone who knows what she is talking about, being an editor.

Constructive feedback is not criticism, by my reckoning.

Writing this journal is somewhat like walking the high wire without a net. Attila usually gives it a once over before it gets uploaded, but not always. He catches some errors, my spell checker catches some errors and occasionally I catch some errors.

When I wrote tomes for the academy, errors were ferreted out with meticulous care. That was back in the days before extensive use of computers to check for grammatical and spelling errors. One always preferred that a colleague or journal editor point out an error before publication, not after.

Writing this journal is very different than writing an analytical paper. Here emotion enters the page directly, not through muted agendas and highly stylized codes of expression. In a journal the voice of the first person is paramount, expression is prone to passion and is therefore vulnerable to error.

So, in my best first person voice, I would like to thank my friends for their well-delivered and well-meant feedback. Much appreciated.

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Wordly Distractions

Same Old Snow
Last Saturday's snow, still on the trees this morning.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy
sung by Kings College Choir
It is never the wrong time of year for tidings of comfort and joy. Here's hoping this message takes over the hearts and the minds of all human bipeds inhabiting planet earth at this time.

By The Easy Chair
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon
by Billie Letts

"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind."
Leonardo da Vinci
(1452 - 1519)

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
John Barrymore
(1882 - 1942)

-16 C
Wind: 0km/h
Sunrise: 7:20
Sunset: 16:44
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 102.57 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km

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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