November 29, 2008

Aliens in Drag



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 snowing again this morning. Attila and I chewed over the idea of braving the roads, no matter how bad, to reach the bank. We need to attend to our banking in order to pay our bills, which are looming large on my desk. We are grateful that our challenge is merely to get to the bank, that a visit to the bank will result in the bills being paid.

Attila will assess the state of the roads on his way home from work at lunch time, and then we will make a decision.

I find myself quite anxious to get out, even if only to a bank machine. I last stepped foot off the property last Saturday. The weather has started to hold us hostage so early in the season this year.

Our television reception returned yesterday evening when the snowfall thinned out. The electric power flickered but did not falter. Without a book to read, I find it very difficult to occupy myself when we lose the electricity. It is shocking that I have come to rely so heavily on electronic devices for communication and household activities. Not a good thing surely, but one does what one must to survive.

I had a relatively lovely experience yesterday. The alumni office of my university called me to request a donation to the scholarship fund. This happens every year, and every year I have to decline. They usually react to my refusal to donate funds, in tones that indicate confusion and disapproval. How can someone with my education not have money! Why won't I share my privilege and good fortune! The interaction has always been painful for all parties involved.

This year all I had to say was, "I recently lost my job." Then it was clear sailing, their reaction was one of empathic understanding. I was wished good luck and asked if they could call back next year. They talked to me as if I were a member of the human race and not an alien in drag. I could get used to this kind of tolerance in the world around me. The social climate has seemed very, very intolerant and mean-spirited during our recent and prolonged economic boom.

The creed of greed is not about being good to one another.

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Wordly Distractions

Early morning view out the window.
The view from the dining room window, early this morning.

By The Easy Chair

" 'I am a rich man, he added, fully conscious that the remark was not in good taste. 'It is useless to say more at present, but I think you understand.'"
from The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
Charles Scribner's Sons, page 537, (1928)

Weather Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -5.2C
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Visibility: 9.7 km
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -6.3C
Wind: SSE 4 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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