December 21, 2007

"Let there be light."



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]

As we sat down to breakfast this morning, Attila quietly commented, “As of today summer is coming.”

There are many comings and goings in the world that are subject to human observation, rather than human invention. The difference is not really subtle, though seldom detected in our struggle for survival in the civilized world.

We are such small creatures in the larger and longer picture of the universe. Our short and small scale lives burn brightly and briefly. My Christmas Spirit is feeling and seeing by the light of my own flame, gazing into the dimly lit universe, past the dark hubris of civilization. Another wonder of the holiday season is that the surrounding human landscape briefly twinkles with suddenly found and reclaimed spirit lights. They will subside and disappear as the season passes, but what a comfort to know that they lie waiting to be lit, again and again and again.

In a recent message from Annie, she mentions that the estimable Frank’s employer has distributed Christmas turkeys to all employees, and is hosting a merry celebration of the season at a lovely local pub. It is a real “Mr. Fezziwig” affair, by all accounts. Attila too has such an employer, and has received a small but timely Christmas bonus and some paid leave to spend the holiday with his family. Rare is this kind of concern and consideration for the people whose toil and daily energy ensure the employers personal wealth.

As Annie says, “It's a simple concept - be thoughtful towards your employees and you will be paid back more than you ever pay out - doesn't take much working out but beyond most employers.”

You have that right Annie, oh my yes.

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Worldly Distractions

Looking into the light of day.
Looking to the light.
(Maggie: Self Portrait, 2007)

By the Easy Chair
Anil's Ghost
by Michael Ondaatje

Columba Aspexit
Hildegard of Bingen: A Feather on the Breath of God
Performed by Gothic Voices (Christopher Page, dir) and Emma Kirkby

"He watched the children, who were unaware of their parent’s arms. Fifty yards away in emergency he had heard grown men scream for their mothers as they were dying. “Wait for me!” “ I know you are here!” This was when he stopped believing in man’s rule on earth. He turned away from every person who stood up for a war. Or the principle of one’s land, or pride of ownership, or even personal rights. All of those motives ended up somehow in the arms of careless power. One was no worse and no better than the enemy. He believed only the mothers sleeping against their children…”
From Anil's Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje, page 119

Temp -4.7°C
Press 102.8 kPa / falling
Visibility 10 km
Humidity 89%
WindChill -10
Dew Point -6.2°C
Wind Speed ESE 13 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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