March 28, 2007

The Blog



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]

It seems that everywhere I turn, long-time journal writers are converting to blog format. It seems like a good idea, but I just cannot commit to putting my writing exclusively on someone else's server.

But, blogs are a fine idea, no question. So, to put a foot in both worlds I have started up a blog that links back to this site and my entries. It can be found at:

The sun is shining today, as predicted. The snow continues to melt. My daily walk has changed from snow underfoot to slippery mud. The surface layers of soil have thawed, but the frost still holds a solid grip just below the surface. In the low areas my boots sink inches into the mud, hit the frozen layers and release with great sucking noises at each step.

Two signs of spring surrounded me when I walked out the door this morning; bird song and the smell of earth warming in the sun.

An altogether quiet and uneventful day.

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Worldly Distractions

March Snow
Retreat at last.

By the Easy Chair
That Old Ace in the Hole
by Annie Proulx

"My thoughts have left no track, and I cannot find the path again. What was it that I was thinking of?"
from Walden and "Civil Disobedience"
by Henry David Thoreau

Temp 6°C
Press 103.5 kPa?
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 27 %
Dewpoint -12°C
Wind N 17 km/h

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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