October 12, 2002

A Piece of the Pie



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]

Apple pie! Apple squares! Applesauce!

It is harvest season and the apples are beautiful this year. Our kitchen smells wonderful. I must bake daily to keep up our supplies of apple goodies.

This is a time of year, when I must carefully watch what I eat. It all begins when the harvest bounty arrives at the kitchen door. Then the season of plenty begins in earnest.

Throughout August and September, we enjoyed cherries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. This has evolved into the delights of new potatoes, squash, apples, peppers, cucumbers, and much more.

Then feast season begins with Canadian Thanksgiving, which falls this year on Monday, October 14. Today, Friday, I begin preparing the items that need an oven. On the day of our holiday dinner the oven will be filled with turkey and dressing; so that I must prepare pies and breads the day before. By tonight, the piecrust will be sitting in refrigerator, ready for rolling. The dinner rolls will be cooled and quick-frozen, to be thawed and set out at Sunday dinner.

We are delighted that Luna and Janus will share the day with us; quite a feat on their part considering how busy they are with the new business and moving. Terra and Lares, in spite of their busy work schedules, will be here. I have been busy all day. Apple pie for Attila, Janus, and Lares. Mincemeat pie for Luna. Pumpkin pie for Terra. I like all of it!

After Thanksgiving, Halloween arrives on the doorstep. My weakness for chocolate is a serious challenge to reason during this holiday! I try not to eat the treats we hand out to the small people with outstretched loot bags. Really, I try. However, I always fail.

Then the Christmas baking begins. The cake must be prepared early, as it must be aged in rum for weeks before the holiday. Pumpkins from Halloween are peeled, boiled, and pureed for pies. One can not put all of the pumpkin directly into the freezer. The current vintage must be sampled; pies are best for this purpose.

By the end of November, the parties and dinners begin. There is no shortage of wonderful foods and decadent indulgences available at these seasonal celebrations.

This year we have an additional celebration to attend. Our neighbors, Fraser & Merry are tying the knot. (Getting married!) They have invited their neighbors to join the celebration at the hall. Of course, we would not miss the revelry. They are so happy about the upcoming event that I swear I saw him floating down the street the night he personally delivered the invitations. That kind of joy is contagious.

An article I just read sent me into a muse.

"...the 2001 National Work-Life Conflict Study which found that people employed in health and education feel they are not appreciated and are unfairly blamed for mismanaged systems." The Toronto Star

This affirms my observation that as Canadian Society devolves into the competitive business model encouraged by global capital, our bottom line marks an "X" on compassion. We now primarily live under the rule of large administrative entities that further remove the decision makers from meaningful contact with inevitable results. The results that middle class professionals, in the public service, know only too well. And those middle class professionals are the lucky ones...

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 11: Allegro Maestoso,
from Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2: Szekely, Piano & Budapest Symphony Orchestra, G. Nemeth Conductor

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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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