March 6, 2002

The bearable lightness...



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]

Today I feel as if I am dragging my body slowly towards the light. Lots and lots of good news around here, but I do not seem to be taking it in. This crisis-free time has me trying to clear my head. After so many years of giving more than I had, I am getting more than I need. Any kind of change requires adjustment, even good change.

Many, many times over the last three weeks I have worried myself into near despondency. Each and every time, without exception, the universe has taken the situation in hand, resolving it satisfactorily. My imagination, which has held me strong throughout many difficulties, is now suffering from overwork. To trust fate and the universe, well that would be a miracle!

My list of good things:

1. Ariel is as well as can be expected. There is no bad news there, thank goodness. I imagine that she is heartily tired of snow and baldness; the former will soon be on its way out and the latter is on its way in. She has "peach fuzz". I am sending her flowers to cheer her up; a little color can go a long way this time of year in Canada. Hmm... perhaps I should send her a basket of peaches as well.

2. Terra is beginning to make positive decisions and act in her own best interest. This is a real milestone in anyone's life. The rocky road to independence is not an easy one for parent or child.

3. We have been working on income tax forms and taking care of all the documentation for that. Attila has sent his off. I am still waiting for receipts to arrive in the post, before popping mine into the post box.

4. Attila's old issues are moving along towards resolution and all parties involved seem happy with the process. The bulk of the forms and procedures are behind us on this one.

5. Winter has finally arrived. We have lots of snow, wind, and freezing temperatures. The positive side of this is that winter has arrived in time for only a short visit before spring supplants it. The low temperatures in the Prairie Provinces impress me; minus 29 degrees Celsius is very cold! Our minus two degrees Celsius seem balmy by comparison, but I am wearing a parka nevertheless.

6. Our latest heating bill shows that we are running a credit with the gas company.

7. Attila and I have been taking evening strolls of late. With each passing day, the natural light follows us further on our way.

8. "That was then, this is now" is making more sense day by day. There is nothing like repetition and consistency to teach us hard lessons.

9. I have signed up for a training course on starting your own business. I have my intake interview today. I am very nervous. It is something to look forward to, and may help me become more "competitive".

10. The Poinsettia Auntie Mame brought over after Christmas has taken on a second life, to the point of becoming almost bushy by the window.

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Rocket Science
by Julia Gaunce

"Vicki and the cat have a special connection, because children and animals are supposed to be privy to each other, although usually Vicki must close all the doors and make escape impossible in order to establish this natural relationship."
page 16, Rocket Science by Julia Gaunce.
It occurred to me that this sentence describes the foundation of civilization and science, as we know them.

9:57 EST
Temp: -2`C
Humidity: 93%
Wind: SE 11 km/h
Barometric:101.9 kPa

Sunrise 5:52 AM EST
Sunset 6:19 PM EST

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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