December 26, 2000

Seriously Silly



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]

Ah Christmas, a time of tradition and of ritual for many people. The traditions and rituals vary by culture and by family. Those of us that celebrate Christmas can be found focusing on our relationships with others during the Holiday Season. Most of us, according to our own beliefs and in our own way, approach the spiritual aspects of life at this time of year. It is a time of emotional intensity which can be joyous or painful or both.

Christmas at our house is a time when we meet with our hopes in our hands. It is miraculous in its simplicity, terrifying in its complexity. Foremost, when Attila, the daughters and I join to celebrate Christmas, we hope that our love for one another will shine through our differences and our problems. The apple pie baked specially for the "Fiancé". The bows carefully made to grace mysteriously wrapped packages. The tradition of homemade mincemeat pie. Gifts received, hats and pajamas and slippers and black socks. All of these things reflect our love for one another.

It is a time when we keenly feel what we have lost. It is a time when those we have lost are most deeply missed. It is a time when unrealized hopes loom large. It is an opportunity to allow the comfort of faith.

Tonight Attila is in the kitchen, transforming the last of the Christmas turkey into soup. "The Teenager" is watching television, with her telephone headset in place as she chats with friends. Are they watching the same program, I wonder? I am tapping away at the keyboard, intent on committing my thoughts to the page. All focused on our own activities, we do not think about the sounds in the background. The sounds that mean we are not alone.

We have enjoyed three days of hearty fare, turkey, dressing, gravy, pies, puddings, chocolates, and a host of other treats. As much as I enjoy these indulgences, enough is enough. Light meals seem very appealing. Tomorrow we will return to our everyday menu.

We have snow. We have more snow that I have ever seen in this part of Ontario. There are small, white mountains piled high along the edges of the roads and walkways. Although the highways and byways have been plowed, inches of snow remain. Walking is difficult. The snow underfoot might be soft and powdery or jagged with lumps of ice. One never knows what the foot will find with each step and maintaining balance becomes a serious occupation.

In spite of the condition of the sidewalks, Attila and I have managed to get out for our walk. The Christmas lights created a festive promenade as we made our way through the cold night air. We were alone, save for a few pedestrians trudging along the uneven paths and laden with packages. I would not want to spend the night out there. The warm lights of home were a welcome sight as I struggled through the last bit of deep snow.

As we came in the door, there in the kitchen before us, "The Teenager" stood in all her glory. A serious chef, attired in pajamas and hat.

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Worldly Distractions

"The Teenager" in a red hat.
The Christmas Hat

By the Easy Chair
Classical Mythology
by Mark P.O. Moreford and Robert J. Lenardon

Telephones and soup.

On the Screen

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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