Sunday
December 25, 2005

Warmth of the Season

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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]

A quiet Christmas Day here. Terra and Lares dropped in for a quick visit, hug and to share gifts, it was a wonderful surprise. We spoke on the phone with Luna and Janus. Attila's family called to extend love and warm wishes for the day.

Attila and I are enjoying each other, while sipping coffee in front of the roaring fire that keeps our home warm. Mist is nestled between us, content with our presence.

May you all find warmth today, even if it be but a smile from a stranger.

Attila and I raise our mugs to you, in a toast to human warmth, the finest gift.



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Worldly Distractions


Loved ones on Christmas morning.



By the Easy Chair
Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
by Robert Sullivan



Airwaves
Mary's Door
by Steve Paul Simms
(Mary, in Toronto, opens her door and fills her table for many who are alone for the holidays: this song is a tribute to her rare kindness.)



On the Screen
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
with Alastair Sim



Weather
Temperature 1 °C
Pressure 100.7 kPa
Visibility 2 km
Humidity 99 %
Dewpoint 1 °C
Wind E 5 km/h
 

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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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