Thursday,
November 27, 2008

Maggie's Smile

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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]

How is it that photographs taken at government offices always look like mug shots in a police line up! A replacement driver's license arrived in the mail yesterday and the photo of me is less than flattering. I suppose if you squint you might recognize me. Maybe not though, because although the photo is harsh, the woman looking out at the world appears to be in her early forties, which ordinarily I would find pleasant. On the card there is also a smaller version of the photo, unrecognizable! Somehow this photo fails on all levels.

Attila had to use the snowblower last night to clear the driveway. It took 45 minutes. We have only had a skiff of snow since, so hopefully he won't have to do it again for while.

We had been burning one fire a day, letting the heater cool a bit while the temperature was above 0 C during the day. We miscalculted; yesterday the house began to cool significantly over the course of the afternoon. Mist spent hours trying to convince me that something had to be done. She sat on my lap, meowed loudly and repeatedly, while glancing at the masonry fireplace.

Attila remedied the situation as soon as he returned home from work. In a pinch I could go out and chop wood from the wood shed, but I had already overtaxed my back by shoveling out the end of the driveway. So we waited for Attila to come home to split the wood, tote the wood and light the fire. Mist is convinced that Attila is God, or at least the minor God of Warmth.

This morning we burned a full fire and the temperature in the house is once again comfortable.

My to-do list is on hold for the moment. I have to wait until December first to begin some of my projects, due to pesky things like year end and government forms.

Daily life is highly prescribed by institutional rules and regulations. There are times when people are doing things that make me shake my head in wonder and think to myself, "What are they thinking!?!" If I do find out what they were thinking it invariably involves navigating through some sort of institutional rule or regulation.

Another quiet day at "Maggie's Smile". This is what I secretly named this place I share with Attila. It is named for my Great Great Great Grandmother Maggie Morrison (her real name). I have felt her smiling approval from the day we first moved here. She died in 1894, so even my Granny didn't know her. Still, the legacy of love and caring she passed to her children, and thereby her grandchildren, has been preserved through many more generations. I can feel her smile all the way to 2004, when I named our home, and beyond.



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More Snow
Beautiful and unwelcome.



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Quote
" "You Terrans," she exploded, in a gust of fury that was like a physical blow. "You stupid lackwit from a planet of insane authoritarians..."
from Centaurus Changling
in the Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley,
edited by Martin H. Greeberg, 1985, page 36.
Marion, however do you come up with such ideas!?!



Weather
Temperature: -1.8C
Pressure: 101.1 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 89 %
Wind Chill: -4
Dewpoint: -3.4C
Wind: SW 5 km/h
 

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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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