Saturday
April 9, 2005

Cutting it down to size.

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

Big issues have dominated our lives for the past year; the move, the new jobs, the loss of our health benefits, the loss of the new jobs, the challenge of heating our home. We stepped outside of ourselves, adopted a wider view, to navigate the waters. We suspended our usual disbelief in the pop culture, and those who live by it, to accommodate the changes. The pop culture is a spiritual "one-night-stand". We suffered.

Now we are home. It is time to let go of the larger picture. It is time to breath deeply.

Today we cleaned the main floor of the house. Or rather, we began the task. A years worth of masonry dust, wood smoke and plain old household dust has now been washed away. We cleaned light fixtures, cabinet tops, walls and assorted "do-dads".

"Do-dads" are what my grandfather called all non-functional items placed in a room to provide visual appeal. The term was never used in a complimentary fashion. Our "do-dads" are objects with sentimental appeal, rather than visual beauty. Grandpa would not have acknowledged a difference.

Several months ago, my doctor prescribed Lipitor to lower my cholesterol levels. It is not a good medication for me; I began retaining water in a big way, and experienced a lot of pain in my arm and leg. I stopped taking the medication a week ago, but the swelling and pain persist. Another chat with the doctor is in order, next week. In the meantime, comfort has been attained by the removal of all rings, and regular doses of ibuprofen.

I am working studiously on my database and PHP project. It is slow going, mostly because the little, obvious things that escape mention in the documentation are, from my perspective, big, mysterious things that need telling. A lot like real life, this programming stuff.

There is a definite zigzagginess to existence right now. It's a James-Joyceian life.



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Pine branches against a blue sky.
Looking up on a Saturday morning.



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Photography
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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging


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