September 15, 2002

Into each life, a little rain must fall.
...Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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]

We have received a much-needed rain. Gray skies dominate the landscape, where the shocking browns are becoming tinged with green. Temperatures are presently at a very comfortable 20 degrees Celsius for the first time in weeks. The hot weather is expected to return.

Luna and Janus have been extremely busy getting ready to open the doors of their new business. They are elated and apprehensive by turns. I think they will be a huge success, financially. Since that is their focus, I predict they will be very happy in their venture.

In the larger world, the anniversary of September 11 has come and gone. My way of dealing with the day was to watch and listen to all the photographs and names of those who died at the World Trade Centre on that fateful day. Their families were there, at ground zero, laying flowers at the site. The most moving visual for me, was the gentleman who knelt to scoop earth into a container. A symbol of all that was left to him in his journey of mourning.

Corn and cauliflower surround Attila. I can hear him happily bustling about in the kitchen. It is best that I stay well out of his way, as he enjoys solitude while putting by the fall harvest. He has blanched, removed from the cob, and frozen enough corn for our winter needs. The heads of cauliflower are heaped on the kitchen table, awaiting the knife and a boiling pot. Our home is filled with the sights and sounds of plenty.

Tomorrow Attila will move into his busy season at work. His next day off will come in mid-November. I am attempting stoicism, but so far have only managed sour reflection. Best to keep these feelings to myself, as Attila is the individual facing the greater challenge in this situation.

I have been busy with government regulations and forms. As a teacher in Ontario, my certificate renewal now requires additional courses. I have not taught at the public school level for some years, and find the process somewhat overwhelming. At least the whole thing has created new entrepreneurial opportunities, for those who offer these required courses to teachers. The economy is the thing, really.

I had been putting off writing an entry until my camera was back in business.

I am ashamed to admit that all that was needed were four small Ni-MH batteries. The price varies by establishment, but I know that Wal-Mart sells them for a reasonable cost. The trip to the Mall is a dreaded event, and so the purchase has been on hold. Finally though, at Attila's urging, the journey was made, and the batteries were carried triumphantly home.

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Worldly Distractions

Corn Cobs Underwater
Food, Glorious Food

By the Easy Chair
Richard Adams: The Day Gone By: An Autobiography

On the Screen
Lists and lists of course offerings dance across the screen!

12:59 EDT
Temp: 20`C
Humidity: 78%
Wind: NE 7 km/h
Barometric:101.7 kPa

Sunrise 7:03 AM EDT
Sunset 7:43 PM EDT

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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