November 21, 2000

The other side of a busy season.



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]

Snow lies over the last of the fallen leaves. From time to time throughout the day, large light flakes have drifted to the ground. There was even a bit of a squall around four o'clock this afternoon. So thick was the snowfall that across the street, J's red brick house stood a ghostly gray shadow.

Attila has slept and slept and slept. He seems to have finally caught up, as far as that is possible. Best of all, he is back in the kitchen and again we are enjoying roast chicken dinners. Winter is his favorite time of year and I have come to favor it myself.

"The Teenager" seems to be more settled within herself. All is calm for the moment. I sigh as I think; by the time she becomes a pleasure to live with, she will not be living under our roof.

When she was a very little girl, she believed that humans were born old and that they became younger as they aged. She kept waiting for me to become shorter and looked forward to managing the household when I became too young for the task. She was heartbroken that the opposite was indeed the case and that she would never be in charge of the household. Just one of life's many disappointments.

If I live long enough, her dreams could come true. However, fulfilling this wish could take a very long time.

We are watching "Cold Comfort Farm", a BBC Films/Thames International production. I rented the film last Saturday evening to keep myself amused while Attila celebrated the end of the busy season with his comrades. We decided to watch the film again, since I had enjoyed it, Attila had not seen it, and there seemed nothing remotely interesting on the television.

It is hard to assess to what extent any film romanticizes lifestyles and cultures. This film is an obvious spoof. It pokes fun at class structures and rural mores, among other things. There is an undercurrent of kindness and good will; this prevents the film from degenerating into trite intolerance. While watching this film is not an earth moving experience, it is a very pleasant way to pass the time on a snowy winter evening.

My laptop is making some very strange noises, time to back up the hard drive. Off I go then, to transfer files and post this entry before I lose it.

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Worldly Distractions

Comfrey dusted with snow.
Comfrey succumbing to the season.

By the Easy Chair
Insurance Policies - blech!

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
by Brenda Lee

On the Screen
"Cold Comfort Farm"
A comedy.

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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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