November 28, 2008

The end of a good book.



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 morning it started to snow again. Hours later it is still snowing and from time to time large clumps of snow fall from the laden branches of the trees surrounding the house. Already a large quantity of snow has slid from the roof and crashed onto the deck, startling Mist out of sleep.

There is no television reception, it has been completely disrupted by the snow and rain.

The snow plough was through this morning, so the end of the driveway is blocked again. I'll not be able to shovel today though, my back is still recovering from my last shoveling adventure.

The bread is rising on the hearth. The power has been flickering off and on this morning, so I am hoping there will still be electrical power when I want to bake the bread in the electric oven.

A load of freshly washed laundry has been hung on racks in front of the masonry heater, which should add some humidity to the air.

I finished reading "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon". A happy ending, it does happen. I guess you can find a happy ending in anything if you stop telling the story at the right point in time. Attila would call this technique the "sunshine pump". I like the point in time Billie Letts decided to stop telling her story.

I'm contemplating how to come by another book to read. A trip to the library may be feasible if the weather lets up enough to allow us to get out and about. It could be combined with a trip to the grocery store. The library here has no evening hours, so it is a daytime trip, that can't be made into an evening outing. When I was a single mother a big night out was a visit to the local library. I loved it and kids had a good time. That isn't an option here; the joys of country life!

The library does offer an online book option, but only for people with Windows computers. Not only that, the files are so large that it would take almost a day to download one of them using our dialup connection.

I do try to explore options, but sometimes there just aren't any easy solutions.

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November 28 2008 snow again in Ontario Canada
As far as the eye can see!

On The Screen
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"Looking back on the Victorian era, whose ripeness, decline and 'fall-off' is in some sort pictured in 'The Forsyte Saga,' we see now that we have but jumped out of a frying-pan into a fire."
from the Preface of The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -0.9C
Pressure: 100.4 kPa
Visibility: 0.6 km
Humidity: 95 %
Wind Chill: -6
Dewpoint: -1.6C
Wind: NW 15 km/h gust 30 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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