July 6, 2007




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]

Mist is living a happy life. Two resident bipeds facilitate her state of grace. Her needs are anticipated and met without fanfare, enabling her to remain blithely unaware of the efforts made on her behalf. Her complaints are few, voiced loudly so as to ensure unanimous awareness of her opinions. She accepts the love and respect she receives, and returns it quietly, with trust and affection. Attila, Mist and I live in harmony, within our means, according to our principles.

It is sunny. The “poufy” clouds look like they might shed some tears before the day is through. Sunshine and rain are the cornerstones of life and growth. I like the sunny days better, but am always glad of rain when things are getting dry.

Wedding plans, parties and family events consume Terra’s time. She is in her element, even though over the telephone she sounds a little weary. The grandbabies sound delightful over the speakerphone, and Luna has all her ducks in row as she manages her businesses and her family.

The pottery studio is taking shape, moving further along every day, little by little. The NIOSH approved masks arrived today by courier, so I will soon begin preparing the kiln wash. The afternoon was spent working on a sculpted piece, called “Love Floats”. It will be interesting to see if I can maintain my intentions for the piece, through to completion. At present I am approaching creation with rudimentary skills, raw passion and a technically alert mind. The results should be satisfying, if nothing else.

Attila works with wood. Attila works with his hands. Wood is not kind to hands. I gave Attila a pair of framer’s gloves last Christmas, gloves with two fingers “missing”. He has worn them out, completely. Yesterday I ordered several more pairs for him, over the telephone. This morning a cheerful fellow delivered the gloves along with the NIOSH approved masks. Attila arrived home for lunch and a pleasant surprise. The old gloves went directly into the garbage can, and the new gloves directly onto Attila’s hands. He is all set for another six months.

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By the Easy Chair
Mastering Cone 6 Glazes
by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy

"On one level, we seek to corral our children's autonomy and creativity for the same reasons we corral our own: it isn't practical, realistic, or safe. Subtly or not-so-subtly, we try to steer them toward practicality, safety, good manners and good morals."
from The Ascent of Humanity
by Charles Eisenstein

Partly Cloudy
Temp 25°C
Press 101.3 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 49 %
Humidex 29
Dewpoint 14°C
Wind NW 15 km/h
gust 28 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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