Friday
July 13, 2007

Mist in the Morning

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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]

Longing - Wordnet

Noun
(n) longing, yearning, hungriness (prolonged unfulfilled desire or need)

Verb
(v) hanker, long, yearn (desire strongly or persistently)

Most of us have longings. My list is long, mostly involves people who have passed over the River Styx, and the yearnings that do concern the living have no realistic hope of fulfillment. All are things that I cannot will to change. The letting go is a difficult path. One must get on with the business of living.

Oh Data, Star Trek Android, how I envy you!

Yesterday I managed to bake a loaf of bread and prepare granola. Temperatures pleasantly hovered around 20 degrees centigrade, allowing for comfortable cooking in the kitchen. I am at it again today, the bread just came out of the oven and the granola is waiting on carrying the 25-Kg bag of oats up the stairs from the ground floor.

This morning I took the opportunity to pay several bills, which were coming due, and to finish off some banking issues that had been waiting for my attention. I am mightily weary of the simulated voices that are being passed off as agents of friendly customer service. Chuck the software, hire humans, pay humans well, and maintain a happy customer base, which is my advice to corporate Canada. I doubt corporate decision makers are reading my journal.

So far the day has been uneventful. Well, not completely uneventful, as Mist had a very exciting and satisfying morning, as far as cat mornings go. At 5 A.M. she came to our bedroom yowling loudly. Mist always shows and tells when she kills a mouse.

“I guess you had better turn on the light,” Attila said as he flipped off the covers and prepared to put his feet down on the floor.

The lights went on and just as expected Mist sat proudly in the doorway, her bounty displayed before her, in all its bloody glory, on the carpet. Attila, bless his soul, disposed of the body and cleaned the blood off the carpet. After all was said and done, Attila was asleep again almost before his head hit the pillow.

I watched the dawn seep into the room, wondering just how that little critter got past all our defenses.



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Quote
Longing is a compass that guides us through life. We may never get what we really want, that's true, but every step along the way will be determined by it.
Joan Chittister



Weather
Light Rain
Temperature 18°C
Press 101.3 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 73 %
Dewpoint 13°C
Wind NW 13 km/h
 

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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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