February 21, 2003

Just Taxes



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]

Yesterday the sun shone. Yesterday the temperature rose above zero, puddles appeared, icicles dripped, and cabin fever dissolved.

I took advantage of the weather yesterday. My downtown appointment offered an opportunity to walk in the sunshine. The trip merited careful planning. The library is four city blocks from the location of the appointment. Leaving the car at the library provided three advantages, a pleasant walk to and from the appointment, a visit to the library shelves, and a voucher from the library to offset the cost of parking.

The arrival of such a wonderful day mediated the pain of dealing with administrative challenges. There have been quite a few of these this week; administrative challenges I mean. A lot of doors seemed to close; many calls were disappointing. However, as my old friend Anita used to say, "When God closes a door, he opens a window." Although her religious beliefs are not my own, I think the concept is broad, and it has stuck in my mind for more than twenty years. Thanks Anita.

The small business tax returns continue to intimidate me. I might have said that accountants continue to intimidate me; but really, only their fees chill the atmosphere. Since I have not found an accountant whose fee I can afford, it would be unfair to implicate these unknown individuals in my horror of taxes.

I struggle on with the forms, calling the government for advice on occasion. My questions are specific to my situation. What is the advice I receive? Ask your accountant!

Eventually I will locate a compassionate government employee, it always happens. Until then, it is a mouse in a maze situation.

I have been staring out the window a lot. Somehow, warmer weather provides the comforting conviction that a window will open. When it does, I will be waiting.

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Worldly Distractions

Dead leaves & bare branches against the snow.
Melting Moments

14:12 EST
Temp: 1`C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: SE 11 km/h
Barometric: 101.7 kPa

Sunrise 7:13 AM EST
Sunset 6:03 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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