July 25, 2007

Back in Business



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 humidity has returned. July has been a beautiful month this year, low humidity, sunny skies, temperatures ranging in the low twenties. We have been very lucky, but now the humidity has returned with the heat. The summer kitchen is back in business.

Proud of my self-discipline, I am back to my daily walk, after focusing on company for several days. The walk is so habitual now, that on the days that I do not manage to take my stroll, I feel a vague psychic discomfort. The exercise is not much, in the scheme of workouts and fitness regimes, but it is regular and makes a world of difference.

This morning the bills sitting on my desk have received attention, but will have to wait their turn to be paid. We are stretching ourselves to our financial limit for Terra’s wedding, but luckily not beyond. When Luna got married we experienced the same sort of stretch, and can honestly say we have no regrets. Nor will there be any for this happy event. Of course, love and good wishes are there for our girls, in endless supply.

The linens used for company are folded away in their drawer. My clean laundry simmers on the line and will be collected during the evening cool. So relaxed has been my day that I actually had a short nap during the afternoon. It was delicious.

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Worldly Distractions

afternoon sun falling on stacked dinnerware
Sunny Afternoon

"I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two — are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked."
-Harold Bloom

A few clouds
Feels Like 31
Wind SE 13km/h
Wind gusts 28km/h
Humidity 45%
Dewpoint 14°C
Press 101.89 kPa
Visibility 14.0 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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