Thursday
January 2, 2008

Thirty below, but the sun is shining!

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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]

At last the sun! This sunshine comes with a price tag though, and that is frigid temperatures. It was –20 when we got up this morning, and the low tonight is predicted to be –30. Three fires today!

Attila and I had a very quiet and enjoyable New Years Day. It snowed, and snowed and snowed. Attila spent most of his first day of 2008 shoveling snow and chopping wood. He did find time however to prepare a ham for our dinner, which was a real treat.

On New Years Day I like to review the year gone by, assess changes, thank the universe that I am still here to observe and determine what my goals are for the upcoming year. I do not make resolutions. My goals are very general, such as exercise daily, eat well, and value myself first, so better to value others. The doing sounds simple, but isn’t.

After weeks of cloudy weather, and mountains of snow, the sunshine feels like a balm. I even sat on the floor beside the slider this morning to eat my snack, an orange. I pulled up my sleeves and my pant-legs in order to feel the sun on my skin. Mist is also enjoying the sun, curled up on the bed in the warm light.

When I got out of bed at 5:30 a.m. the stars were bright in the sky. Looking out our kitchen window, into the distance (we are tree-locked, so the term distance is a bit of a euphemism), a pine stands tall amongst the deciduous trees. This morning, just above the topmost tip of the pine, shone a morning star. I made a wish. I always do. It always comes true.

Occasionally this morning I think about Attila, outdoors all day in this weather. The wind chill is –32 and that makes it challenging to keep warm and prevent frostbite when exposed to the weather for five or six consecutive hours. He will need a hot lunch today!



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Icicles, snow, pines, blue sky.
Looking out from the kitchen sink.



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Airwaves
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
Niels Bohr (1885 - 1962)



Weather
Sunny
Temp -20.7°C
Pres 102.7 kPa / rising
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 64%
WindChill -32
Dew Point -25.7°C
Wind Speed NNW 21 km/h
 

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Photography
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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 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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