January 10, 2008

Not Just Another 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]

As I write today I am sitting in a chair by the window. From my seat I can see the last flickering flames of the morning fire. In the kitchen a candle lends its soft light to the shadows. The only sounds are the ticking of the clock and the barely audible clicking of the metal fireplace door, as it begins to contract as the heat of the fire subsides.

Out the window the sky is clear; a welcome sight. There is a hint of pink in the distant east where the sun will soon rise. The landscape is still and silent.

Attila has left for the day, or at least until he returns home for his midday meal.

I am using a pen this morning to write this entry. How unfamiliar pen and paper have become in this digital age.

Yesterday morning the rain pelted down and the wind increased in its intensity. By ten a.m. the power began to weaken and flutter. This became more pronounced as time passed. I soon turned off the computers to prevent the irregular power supply from damaging the equipment.

At noon yesterday the power failed completely. The high velocity gusts of wind were taking down branches, trees and subsequently power lines. We were not alone in losing our electric supply; the entire area was experiencing a blackout.

We spent last evening with six candles and the light of our evening fire. Time passed quickly as we sat quietly in front of the fire playing a game of Scrabble.

Today my challenges include refilling the toilet tanks with water from our bottled emergency supply, attempting to wash dishes in cold water and collecting snow from the yard into plastic containers to place in the fridge to server as “ice packs”. These are the two most significant issues during a power failure, no running water (the pump for the well is electric) and no cooling system for food storage.

The powerless situation has me thinking of course. A battery and a set of LED Christmas lights could easily replace the candles. This will be a first priority strategy. You see, we have discovered that candles hold a fascination for Mist, who seems unable to resist swishing her tail over the flickering flames.

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Nothing digital collected or recorded during the blackout.

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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