February 26, 2005

Freeze and Thaw



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 has become evident that lifestyle modifications are required. These welcome changes go hand-in-hand with a new job, and we are now busy developing transportation strategies and exploring the logistics of weekly shopping trips.

During difficult times, feelings can be controlled and deliberately directed towards the most positive aspects of existence. Attila and I have just come through a period of rigidly controlled emotions. Since Attila accepted his new job, we have been going through an emotional transformation. First, we experienced the initial relief at the prospect of an income.

Then another interesting after effect of our period of worry surfaced. The emotions kept firmly in place while we addressed survival issues, have suddenly started to draw themselves outside the lines. We weathered a few days of passionate discussion and realignment. We circled. We parried. We have drawn new borders and boundaries to accommodate a new reality, and seem to be settling in nicely.

The whole process of freeze and thaw reminds me of childhood winter play. My siblings and I loved the snow. When temperatures dropped and the world turned white, we donned every available piece of clothing and ran out the door into the fields and forest. It was difficult to coax us back indoors. Happy hours went by digging, piling, tunnelling, throwing, and rolling about making snow angels. Finally, as the light faded, hunger would drive us towards the warmly lit windows of home.

Thawing began before the last neck scarf was removed, the last boot lined up on the tray. Our fingers, toes and rosy cheeks soon felt as if they were dipped in boiling oil. We would dance and cry out, laugh and whimper.

At the end of those days of joy and pain, we slept deeply. Our first waking thoughts would instantly fly from the warmth of our beds, to the white beyond the walls. After gulping our breakfast, we would layer on the now dry over-clothing and burst out the door to play with the new day.

I think a second childhood could be a wonderful thing.

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Worldly Distractions

Snow and Trees
Land of Dreams

On the Screen
Da Vinci's Inquest
a Canadian Series about the Vancouver Coroner's Office
[We watched this Friday night, and enjoyed it very much.]

17:00 EST
Temp: -7`C
Humidity: 74%
Wind: NW 17 km/h
Barometric: 102.47 kPa
Sunrise 6:59 AM EST
Sunset 6:00 PM EST

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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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