August 1, 2004

There is no place like home!



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 moved. I have been living out of first a suitcase and then boxes for almost six months. To say the least, I am feeling disoriented.

My life is buried somewhere in those boxes. It is not so much that the objects in the boxes are important to my identity. It is more that I am waiting for the objects of the past to show up in the present so that I can get on with my life. I have to either wait for or replace the objects. I cannot afford to replace the objects, so I must wait for them.

I have been working long hours. When I am not working I am unpacking and organizing. The day-to-day activities such as bill paying, cooking, eating, bathing etc. are all-the-more time consuming because the support systems Attila and I need to accomplish them are in a state of chaos. We carry on, as best we can. The comfort of familiarity is a distant memory.

Of course, there is a silver lining. I love my work. We love where we live. These are not small things.

There is little time to write, and yet write I must if I am to enter into my own life once more.

So, here I am.

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Worldly Distractions

boxes piled high
Chaos in a Box

By the Easy Chair
Always Coming Home
by Ursula Le Guin
(It is not a coincidence that I am rereading this book at this time!)

On the Screen
Coronation Street
(I catch the odd episode, since I am usually working or trying to grab something to eat before I fall asleep in the evenings.)

A few clouds
WINd NW 13 km/h
PRESS 101.84 kPa
CEILING  unlimited

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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