July 28, 2007

Bit Part



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]

If all the world is a stage, then I am a method actor playing myself.

Some days I indulge my frustrations. My mind will engage knowledge and logic in the patterned issues and arguments of the day. Like screaming into the void, it serves no practical purpose. The powerful will do what the powerful will do. I will live with it. Attila will live with it. Everyone I know or probably ever will know will live with it…

I’d rather wash the dishes, so that I can eat my next meal from a clean plate.


In hot humid weather my thinking processes slow down, my body becomes clumsy, my hands and feet swell. I suffer relentless discomfort that will eventually deteriorate into irritability. We are in for it here, in for a spell of hot humid weather.

Attila used the summer kitchen today to prepare supper, a simple meal of tortellini with pesto sauce. Because we are not cooking in the house it is already beginning to cool, at 8:30 p.m. We opened the house up, and turned on the ceiling fan, as soon as the temperature outside fell to 25 degrees centigrade. By the time we are ready to head off to bed it should be quite comfortable in here.

I spent a few hours wrapping gifts for Terra’s upcoming shower. This is not usually my strong point. Attila usually wraps all gifts. But I wanted to wrap these myself, and my special project took some special care.

The evening is winding down. Attila sits reading his book. Mist sits on the small table beside his chair, staring at him with open adoration and expectation. And me, I am just tapping away at the keyboard, watching them out of the corner of my eye.

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Sunny Pine

Wind N 7km/h
Humidity 54%
Dewpoint 14°C
Press101.40 kPa
Visibility 14.0km
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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