April 17, 2005

I see!



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 am actually getting it. At first nothing made sense. I kept at it. Then one small piece of the puzzle fit into one other small piece of the puzzle. Those two small pieces bonded together and I held them tight as I proceeded. Then another piece attached itself, then another. Then, the day before yesterday, a lot of pieces just fell into place. Although the larger picture is not obvious, patterns are starting to emerge.

This is how I learn. This is how I am learning to develop database driven web sites on an Apache server. It has reached the stage of glorious obsession. If I keep at it daily, within a few months it will become a deeply imbedded skill.

Boredom is something I seldom experience.

My health has not returned to normal. I remain painfully swollen. The doctor sent me for multiple tests. The results aren't back. Perhaps this is my new normal. We shall see.

As I write I can hear the chainsaw buzzing in the front yard. Attila is removing young locust trees from the side of the yard. We discovered, beneath these fifteen year old locust trees, the remains of a garden. It must have been beautiful, with a stone wall running along the back. Lilies and squills are pushing their way out of the earth in front of the wall, surrounded by a blackberry thicket. This year we will remove the locust trees, next year we will tackle the thicket.

Spring is here at last! The snow on the north side of the house is only a few feet thick. Yesterday the ice cleared on the bay; it was a white sheet in the morning when I went for my walk, and by five in the afternoon calm waters were reflecting the pines. Robins are hopping around on the front lawn, and chickadees are swooping over the yellow and mauve crocuses. Yesterday I even stood comfortably on the deck, in bare feet.

Attila was right and I was wrong. Our nine cords of wood did last the winter. We made it through, and we know how much wood we will need next winter. I love it when my fears prove to be unfounded. I absolutely love it.

Attila seems to be enjoying his new job. He works hard, which he enjoys. This job allows him weekends off, so that he has time to recharge. I am beginning to think that this move, and all the chaos we have encountered, have ultimately resulted in an improvement for Attila. And what is good for Attila is good for me!

I continue to look for work.

And Mist? Well, always the philosopher, Mist reckons things are just about perfect. She knows that what is good for the humans is good for her.

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Birdsong interrupted by occasional chainsaw buzz.

09:12 EDT
Temp: 10`C
Humidity: 43%
Wind: calm
Barometric: 102.45 kPa

Sunrise 6:28 AM EDT
Sunset 8:05 PM EDT

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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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