May 26, 2008

Past and Present



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]

There are times when a new activity will stiffen muscles that one did not know existed. There are times when a bump against an object goes unnoticed, but a bruise develops, black and blue and tender, to remind one that caution is needed. As with the physical world, so with the psyche.

Today, somewhere deep inside, I am stiff and bruised. Growth is like that, flexing new muscles, bumping into things before balance is achieved. The point of it all is to keep flexing those new muscles, cautiously, repsectfully and relentlessly. These efforts are eventually rewarded with a new sense of balance, one which is based on a broader and deeper understanding of the world. The world being what it is, this understanding may or may not be a source of comfort in one's life.

However, growth is what life is about.

The weather is slightly warmer now, and it is raining again this morning. Lying awake, lost in thought, at 3 a.m. this morning, my vision was jarred by a sudden flash of light. At first I wondered if I'd had a stroke or other sort of event. But within seconds a tremendous explosion of thunder alerted me to the storm above. I had time to leap out of bed and unplug the computers and entertainment system from the electrical outlets before the next flash and crash. Then the rain began. Returning to bed I slipped quietly into my dreams until the alarm rang the morning in.

The mosquitoes are horrendous! They are thick and single minded in the open air. Many have infiltrated the house and all our activities are interspersed with loud slapping and clapping as we kill the beasts that venture within our reach. The intensity of this experience will continue for a few weeks, and then diminish dramatically by the first week of July.

The mosquitoes are bad in urban areas of the near north, but living near forest and glen is distinctly more challenging.

Over the weekend I was contacted and told a story about a long forgotten event. That this event was forgotten is characteristic of my ego. Although I expect credit for my achievments, they are not how I define myself. I strive for excellence always, the process gives me pleasure. At times I come close to achieving acceptable results; that is satisfying; but success only occupies a place in my world until I tackle the next challenge.

In elemenatary school I was a track and field athelete, competing in various events at different levels. At a meet I set the record for high jump, a record for the school board district. It was a wonderful experience, a small achievment in the greater order of the world, but very, very meaningful to a girl. Life went on, unfortunate events lead to the loss of all my childhood keepsakes and over time I completely forgot the achievment.

If I had forgotten, others had not. What I discovered was that the record I set stood for thirty years, before it was finally broken by another budding athelete.

Congratulations to her!

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Wordly Distractions

Looking through the mesh of screen.
The only comfortable view on a sunny day in late May.

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Mite Makes Right

"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: 20.8°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.4 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 64 %
Dewpoint: 13.8°C
Wind: WSW 21 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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