November 24, 2008

Our Time



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]

This is our time. Young and old, rich and poor and everyone in between; it is our time.

We have not bonded as we should. We have not loved as we could. We have not listened as we can. We have not concerned ourselves with the welfare of the people to our left, with the people to our right, with the people in front of our faces and the people behind our backs. We have ignored our own humanity and in doing so have ignored the humanity of others.

We is a very big word, a very sweeping concept. We, as in all of us, have used the word we to
exclude most of the rest of the human race. The word we, instead of rendering an inclusive clause in language and communication, has come to represent the vested interests of groups of people; groups that are based on political, economic, religious, intellectual or some other kind of constructed belief system.

I believe human constructs are subject to change.

Language and words can enhance communication. Language and words can also be used to manipulate, conquer and divide human interests and behavior.

As the world changes we, the all-of-us we, need to watch carefully what people are actually doing, and pay much less attention to what they (or their adherents) say they are doing.

We need to recognize good intentions, honesty, sincerity, trustworthiness and kindness in others and to reward it in kind. This is the only investment offering long term gain for the human species. We can be different from each other in many ways; but in this we need to unite.

We can afford to start with the little things, for in the coming years the little things may be the only things we can do anything about.

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Wordly Distractions

Snow laden trees just before the thaw and fall.
Yesterday: the snow before the fall, as temperatures rise.

On The Screen
The Weather Network
The media station most closely monitoring and reporting concrete events; in my opinion.

By The Easy Chair
The Honk and Holler Coming Soon
by Billie Letts

"Why was I born with such contemporaries?"
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)

Temperature: -0.7C Pressure: 101.7 kPa falling
Visibility: 12.9 km
Humidity: 87 %
Wind Chill: -5
Dewpoint: -2.6C
Wind: SE 11 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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