December 10, 2004

Best of times...



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]

It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times.

Attila and I have been walking. We have been walking in the snow, in the dark, beneath the pines. As we paused to gaze at the snow-laden branches, the wind tugged at our parkas, and the wet snow fell heavily on our faces. I felt happy to be alive.

We are faced with a dire situation. Attila and I both lost our jobs, within days of one another. We took a big chance, moving so that I could take on this job. At present it looks like we may have made the biggest mistake of our lives. I know things could be worse, and that our worst fears may never materialize. Nevertheless, our uncertain future is a worry.

We are also faced with time together, at last. We love it! We like each other just as much as we thought we did, and just as much as we thought we would if we ever found ourselves spending our days together. The circumstances could have been better, no doubt, but one must play the hand one is dealt.

I am writing again. It is an act of faith, and hope.

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Worldly Distractions

Snow after dark.
Snow after dark.

By the Easy Chair
Local Newspapers: Help Wanted

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

On the Screen
The Book of Eve: starring Claire Bloom and Daniel Lavoie

10:00 EST
Temp: -2`C
Humidity: 93%
Wind: NNE 17 km/h

Sunrise 7:50 AM EST
Sunset 4:31 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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