May 23, 2007

The Roar of the Crowd



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]

They lust after my flesh with the same intense passion that I remember well from my youth.

Mosquitoes. 'Tis the season to be sure now. It certainly makes one appreciate the concept of being alone in the bathroom, particularly when one has removed clothing in order to bathe.

Attila and I are just back from a little holiday in Toronto. We are members at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). We spent several days wandering the halls of the museum and taking in the Pre-Inca (Sicán and Moche) Peruvian exhibit. It was breathtaking. We also enjoyed a visit to the Bata Shoe Museum, also a must see. They had an exhibit on Chinese astrology, focusing on footwear for infants according to their sign. I am a tiger, and liked what they had to say about tigers. Very pleased with myself I was. The description of Attila's sign was uncanny in it's accuracy, described him to a T.

We enjoyed one evening at the Tranzac Club, listening to the incomparable Bob Snider. Wednesday evening was spent listening to a host of talented musicians at the Fat Albert's open stage. We walked to these events.

During our visit we walked everywhere. Walking is my favourite activity, in the country and in the city. We walked until our feet hurt and our muscles ached. We rented a room at a University of Toronto residence. We left our room in the early morning, after a wonderful night's sleep, and walked to and through the neighbourhoods, the stores, the sites of interest, the museums, the entertainment. Of course, renting a room in a residence is not everyone's idea of comfort, the rooms are spartan, the washrooms are communal and there are few luxuries. However, Attila and I love it as the bed's are comfortable, the room secure at night and the location is perfect for walking.

The leaves were just bursting forth when we left home. In Toronto the leaves had fully matured, everything was green and fresh and beautiful. We did not encounter one black fly, nor one mosquito. We dressed lightly and in layers, adding and removing clothing throughout our day as the micro-climate dictated. The sense of freedom was palpable.

When we arrived home we were greeted by a host. Ah, the vagaries of popularity. Black flies and mosquitoes crowded around us, inquiring after our health and hoping to take advantage of our estimable presence. Insect season is in full swing.

Bob Snider said he was heading out to Nova Scotia to feed his black flies. We arrived home to our home grown Ontario swarm. Canada, no place like it.

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Residence window
A residence window at the University of Toronto.

By the Easy Chair
The Shipping News
by Annie Proulx

Wind rustling through the newborn leaves.

A few clouds
Wind S 17 km/h
Rel Hum 44%
Dewpoint   12°C
Pres 102.40 kPa 
Visibility 14 km
Ceiling unlimited

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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