July 5, 2000

Low-Fat of the Land



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]

This morning, when I awoke, I discovered that everyone had gone. Attila leaves before daylight to tend his fields. "The Teenager" stayed with a neighbor's children this morning, as the parent's shifts inconveniently failed to overlap. I slept a little later than usual and was left to peacefully slumber as the rest of the family began their day.

Sunny, quiet, and peaceful was the day.

After a hearty bowl of oatmeal I headed out to the back garden to check the blackberry patch. To my delight, there were quite a few ripe berries waiting for me, a perfect finish to breakfast. The berries ripen at varying intervals and so there should be freshly ripened berries each morning for the next week or so.

Feeling fortified by my breakfast feast, I fetched the ladder and washing equipment to finish washing the trailer. I had worked out a system while washing the West side of the trailer; this gave me a distinct advantage while washing the East side. Within an hour the roof of the trailer was sparkling clean.

The lichens have left their mark. The paint has been damaged in places. The exterior walls of the trailer are made from aluminum. The curved panels at the front and the back, however, must be made of steel for they have rusted around the rivets and seams.

The next project is to sand the rust from around the rivets and paint the exterior of the trailer. It will be a lot of work but worth the effort. This trailer, although over 30 years old, has great sentimental value. I hope to have it fit for the road next summer

Attila has arrived home with a yen for tacos. Luckily all I have to do is finish off the dishes and make sure the path to preparation is clear.

A long distance telephone call lets us know that Attila's Dad and twelve year old sister will be here for a visit tomorrow morning. Time to clean and therefore time to close for the evening.

There are some slight changes to the format in the daily, well the almost daily, entry. Worldly Distractions, on the right, will offer tidbits about my connections with the world and the voices that arrest my attention.





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Worldly Distractions

Blackberry Breakfast

Beside the Easy Chair
Original Sin by P.D. James

Somehow by Sam Larkin
Lyric from Highway One

You don't want trouble but it swirls around your life just like a storm,
The tortured leaves are fallin and the wind is stealing everything thats warm,
And your counting up your pieces and slipping past the windows in the night,
If I knew how, I would call you, but its not so easy turning on the light.
..out on Highway One, you're here and then your gone.

© Sam Larkin


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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