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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]

It is now well researched and confirmed. I do not fit into the corporate machine developed by the company I work for. I have resigned.

My exit makes a one hundred percent turnover in my department, in the last sixteen months. This speaks far more of the company than it does of the individuals who have either been fired or have resigned.

Two new people have been working under my supervision for the last few months. After moving heaven and earth, and exhausting myself in the process, I have trained these new employees and organized the department which I supervise. These two individuals are honest, good workers. I leave the team functioning smoothly, working well together and happy.

But, as I have stated, the company has some challenges with their corporate structure and this makes team work difficult, if not impossible. The department remains seriously understaffed. I have given it my best shot.

When asked at the final staff meeting if I had anything to say, I blurted out,
" Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish."

It wasn't quite what any of the staff, or even I, was expecting me to say, I admit. But it does sum up the whole experience, in multiple layers of meaning.

My last day of work for this company is Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Sometime on that afternoon one chapter of my life will close and another will begin.

On the home front, Attila and I have been surviving the winter comfortably. We had little snow through January, which was a treat because Attila had no shoveling duties to perform. All through the month of January we continued to sort and purge our belongings. We are down to one full room of boxes and piles of stuff.

February has gone by in a blur. Deciding to resign from a job, when few other opportunities exist, is a major life decision. Attila and I considered it from all angles, for weeks, before we arrived at our course of action. February has been a busy month of soul searching and financial planning.

The snow began to fall in February, bringing with it the ongoing ritual of snow-shoveling. Attila is busy in the evenings splitting wood for our masonry heater and shoveling snow so that we can move our car in and out of the drive.

Income Tax time has arrived, so we are gathering together our T4 slips and assorted receipts for professional memberships and the like. We had a financially comfortable year in 2006, with both of us working, making this reflection on the past year rather pleasant.

The grand-babies are thriving according to all accounts. Imp is plump and pink, just the way we want her. Elf is beginning to take control of his hands and use them to explore the world around him. Luna sounds bright and happy, although somewhat tired!

Terra is busy, busy, busy; planning her summer wedding. It is an exciting time in her life. She has purchased her dress, booked the officiant and the hall and has moved on to fine details.

All seems well with the world from where I sit.



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The image is on the camera, I can see it. Sometime in my big sort and purge during January, I sorted and stored the camera cable, used to transfer images from the camera to the computer. The cable search continues!



By the Easy Chair
The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul
By Douglas Adams



Airwaves
Temperature -5°C
Pressure 102.0 kPa?
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 51 %
Wind Chill -10
Dewpoint -14°C
Wind E 13 km/h gust 30 km/h
 

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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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