April 30, 2008

Snow! Again! Ha!



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]

It is the last day of April and the snowflakes are floating out of the sky as if they owned the place! No accumulation is taking place, so I am willing to concede their passage with grace.

The night time temperatures have been below freezing for the last few nights, so Attila has built me a fire in the cast iron wood stove each morning, which I keep going for a few hours to chase the chill away. It has been working very nicely and the house is quite comfortable.

I've spent the last week or so gadding about, collecting foodstuffs. With a little help from loved ones I've been able to collect quantities of inexpensive peanut butter, coffee, canned beans, yeast, flour and maple syrup. This allergy of mine has ensured that Attila and I eat carefully and well. Very few prepackaged foods are edible and dining out is almost a distant memory.

While gadding about I needed to use my laptop more than usual and found it's performance inadequate to the task. I am spending my time formatting the hard drive and reinstalling everything. This is no small venture on a dial up connection, but I am persevering.

Good news this week, Steve Paul Simms has sailed through his recent surgery and is recovering nicely at home.

I've been missing my writing though, and intend to take better care of myself in future by writing more often. It has been nine years since I began this journal, and I love having this record of past events, as well as of my own thoughts and feelings at the time.

Like everyone else I often ask myself, "What was I thinking!?!"

I can jog my memory by reading this journal and revisiting the context of the time in question. Very handy, particularly as I grow older and move into new phases of life, where I, the world and all the rules are constantly changing.

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Wordly Distractions

Maggie & Attila walking in the bush April 20, 2008
Maggie & Attila

by Steve Paul Simms

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Learning Curve Episode

By The Easy Chair
Unix reference books!

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
Jimi Hendrix

Condition: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 1.9°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.8 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 78 %
Dewpoint: -1.6°C
Wind: WNW 15 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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