January 26, 2005




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]

I had trouble finishing this last night, and so I sit before the computer this morning getting ready to upload. It is 9.5 degrees centigrade in the house, I am wearing my parka. It is -33 degrees centigrade outside my window. Beautiful it is, inviting it is not. Attila is out there now, chopping wood. I love that man.

This entry was begun, and then begun again. It is difficult to write, when one is experiencing an unhappy situation. Being without an income is an unhappy situation.

But a few days ago, our situation improved, in that Attila is now receiving Employment Insurance funds. We are no longer entirely without an income. We are still without work. The insurance approval took 53 days to be processed, but once approved the actual funds followed quickly. We bought food.

The weather has been very cold, dipping below -30 degrees at times, during the night. We have been warm, but our wood supply is dwindling rapidly. Attila thinks we have enough wood left to last the winter. I look in the woodshed and get a knot in my stomach. I hope he is right.

Optimism is beyond me, at the moment. I cannot remember every having felt so little faith in the rewards of hard work.

Yet, our days are not altogether unpleasant. We spend our mornings researching and applying for work. That is the disagreeable part of the day, as it is impossible to deny our situation during this activity. We recover our peace of mind slowly, throughout the remainder of the day. Domestic activities fill our afternoons, which we both find soothing. The evenings are a peaceful time for reading and conversation.

Mist does not care why Attila and I are both home all day. She loves it! Lots of affectionate attention and warm laps for short naps fill her days. It is cat heaven around here.

Our Christmas tree is still gracing the living room. No needles have fallen yet. The lights are colourful and cheerful, and Mist is still enjoying the garlands and ornaments. This symbol of "goodwill towards men" sits hopefully, in the corner. It will be interesting to see just how long it will take to dry out.

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Worldly Distractions

Snow in the treetops.
Outside the kitchen window.

By the Easy Chair
On Writing
by Stephen King

21:12 EST
Temp: -20`C
Humidity: 64%
Wind: N 9 km/h
Barometric: 102.69 kPa
Sunrise 7:43 AM EST
Sunset 5:16 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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