May 21, 2010




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]

The weather has been magnificent this past week. The lilacs are in bloom; the breeze coming through the window smells like heaven.

This week I have been catching up on laundry, hanging load after load to dry in the sunny breezes in the back yard. This saves quite a bit on our electricity bill. We are on an austerity program, trying to meet those cussed car payments.

Hanging up the laundry is not just a money saving project though, I love doing it. I love doing it even when the mosquitoes make the task challenging. I don my gear before venturing out the door. Long heavy pants, rubber boots to keep the ankle bitters away, a heavy long sleeved shirt, a wide brimmed hat and a net over my head and shoulders keep me safe from my voracious fans. Even with all that paraphernalia loaded onto my frame, it is enjoyable being outdoors. The laundry smells so nice when I bring it in!

It is the long weekend, and of course Attila and I are working. I have a few hours today and tomorrow because they expect to be busier than usual. I have mixed feelings about going back to work at the shop. I look forward to the work, I like it, but the hours are impossibly long. As I get older I'm not so sure I can handle 11 hours on my feet with few breaks. It is one thing to be active and pace yourself, but when you are obliged to continue moving regardless, it is another thing altogether. I expect that by Saturday night I'll be exhausted and popping painkillers.

It is funny how easily the days at home slip away. I am constantly busy with one thing or another. I've created a web site for my nuclear family, where we can share information and pictures. Since I do not trust corporate social networking, I've created this password protected environment on my own server, where no corporation has a right to the information or images. That has been a lot of fun, a project very close to my heart.

The genealogy book continues to progress, although slowly at the moment. Many of the relatives currently being researched are still living, or their children are still living. This means that official records are sparse, and that discretion and a great deal of respect must be employed in gathering information. Slow work, but satisfying.

A variety of web projects keep me busy. None of these projects have any hope of providing me with an income. What they do provide is a source of constant learning, and my own contribution to making the world a better place to live. My efforts, because they are not profit oriented, are unlikely to make much of a social impact. However, the world is not a completely deterministic place and one never knows unless one tries. I think I can!

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Worldly Distractions

Hanging Wind Chimes
Morning stillness, morning silence.

On The Screen
Jeeves and Wooster
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

"Oh would I were a boy again,
When life seemed formed of sunny years,
And all the heart then knew of pain
Was wept away in transient tears!
When every tale Hope whispered then,
My fancy deemed was only truth.
Oh, would that I could know again,
The happy visions of my youth."
Mark Lemon (1809–1870)

15 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.2 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 15.0C
Dewpoint: 5.8C
Humidity: 54 %
Wind: ESE 11 km/h


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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