July 16, 2007

Sunny Day



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]

The morning is sunny. Attila has driven off on four wheels and here I sit at the keyboard. I read email, selecting pieces that offer immediate interest. At the same time, between email messages, I read snatches of Section 1 in Nicolaides’ book. At the same time, between reading email messages and snatches of Nicolaides’ text, I admire the blind-striped sunlight that falls across the chair backs and the door of the refrigerator. At the same time, nestled amongst the reading of email, the snatched bits of Nicolaides and the admiration of sunlight, I contemplate the tasks waiting for me in the kitchen, the stack of dishes to be washed and the replenishing of jars: maple syrup, gluten flour, yeast. As the sun seeks out the darkness, so I seek out the flow of my own life.

Parallax, as it applies itself to language, seems to be today’s theme. At breakfast Attila began a sentence with the word governor. My mind immediately filled in a sly, smiling man in a suit and tie. However, the rest of the sentence soon became indecipherable, as Attila intended governor to mean the device on a car that limits the maximum rate of speed at which it will travel. An interesting mix of images and meanings ensued.

Later in the day I read the headline, “Bill Would Give FDA Power to Regulate Content of Cigarettes” from Well, I immediately and genuinely thought, good for good old Bill, whoever he is. Seconds later I conceded the implied meaning of the headline. Another playful think ensued, comparing the interactive possibilites between Bill the suit and Bill the list-on-paper, prepared by the suits.

Parallax is the phenomena responsible for my failure to experience boredom, ennui or any serious interest in the mass media.

Today was a perfect summer day. I could not stay indoors. I took my book out onto the deck, where I sat for the first time this summer, unmolested by biting insects. The breeze helped, I'm sure. I even picked a few sprigs of mint from the planter and added them to my ice water, a little treat. I also managed to gather a wheelbarrow full of kindling and bark, left by the firewood Attila finished shifting to the woodpile.

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By the Easy Chair
by Patrick Suskind

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
Anne-Sophie Swetchine

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Press 101.5 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 53 %
Dewpoint 11°C
Wind W 8 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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