January 7, 2006

On the inside looking out.



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]

Sometimes life just bubbles up out of the deep. I am not referring to the day-to-day stuff of life, the psychic space that is outside-in, that occupies almost every waking hour, and has its own measure of pleasure.

Of what I speak is the inside-out experience, when what is inside you reaches out to the world, with its eyes, ears and arms wide open.

Today I find myself smiling for no apparent reason. Objects and scenery have suddenly broken through the everyday to reveal their inner beauty. Each snowflake falling outside the window, falls just for me. Every sound wave making its way through the atmosphere sways, in harmony with my song. The universe that lies outside human artiface has opened wide its gates. I have passed into this place where absolute insignificance and infinite worth merge.

Nothing in my life is as valuable to me as this experience.

I wonder if the human cultures that existed before recorded history allowed humans to feel this way about being alive, as a matter of course. It seems to me that as a species we have lost our way to ourselves.

At the same time, the outside-in world continues to turn.

I enjoy my work, but not everyday and all the time, just every day and most of the time.

Attila has recovered fully from his hernia surgery. He is busy with the house, finishing off little bits of the masonry heater floor project.

The masonry heater project took great strides the weekend before Christmas when Lares brought his tools and worked with Attila, to lay ceramic tile on the bare subfloor around the permiter of the heater. When Terra asked me in the fall what I wanted for Christmas, there was no doubt in my mind. I wanted a finished floor. Even more wonderful than having a new floor laid, was getting to spend time with Terra and Lares.

Luna has been reunited with Janus, he returned from England in December. Luna called us the day he returned, I have never heard her sound so happy.

On New Years Day, Terra and Luna breezed in for the afternoon. We enjoyed pouring over the family photo collection together. Great fun.

On the home front, our bread machine broke down in the fall, a belt had stretched over the many years of constant use. We had purchased a spare belt for it many years ago, but were unable to find the part after the chaos of our move to this house.

Nothing for it but to order another, which I did. It finally arrived by courier on Friday. This morning Attila tore the machine apart, and replaced the old belt with the new. I christened the machine by baking a loaf of whole wheat bread. The machine is churning away in the corner as I write; pizza is possible once again!

As I busied myself preparing the pizza crust, a bright light caught my eye. I turned towards the oven, which I had set to preheat, to see bright white sparks arcing through the oven cavity. I immediately turned off the oven. The oven element had melted, caught fire and shorted out.

Pizza preparation is past the point of no return. Hence, we are forging on. Attila has lit the little woodstove downstairs, and we will bake the pizza on the top surface. It might work, but then again, we may be opening a can of beans for dinner tonight!

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Worldly Distractions

Snow in Canada
Outside from the inside.

By the Easy Chair
Guide Book & Atlas of Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts 1879
Text by W. E. Hamilton

"From a Distance"
Written by Julie Gold
Performed by Nanci Griffith

Light Snow
Temperature -5 °C
Pressure 100.6 kPa
Visibility 8 km
Humidity 91 %
Wind Chill -8
Dewpoint -6 °C
Wind ESE 9 km/h

Blue Dogwood

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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