November 30, 2008

Out and About



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]

Yesterday afternoon the snow stopped for a brief period of time.

"Let's go!" said Attila.

So we did. The roads had been ploughed, and since the temperature was above freezing the last little bits of snow had melted from the pavement.

First to the library, where I found six books to keep by my easy chair. Then we headed out on the 40 km drive to the village where our bank branch has a 24 hour machine. To the bank machine we went. Our banking obligations were completed satisfactorily. And while in the village, why, we had to visit the grocery store. We bought several weeks worth of supplies, as we can not count on getting out again any time soon.

A trip to warmer climates could not have cheered my spirits more.

Listening to internet radio stations over a dialup connection is an interesting experience. Some stations balk and falter at the slow connections. A few will play consistently, only occasionally disappearing to rebuffer. The station we are listening to was found through the iTunes list: "Classic Holiday Radio". Of course the current holiday music theme is Christmas, and the mix includes many tunes I remember from childhood. Attila reminded me to visit the station's web site in order to click on one of his ads. It is not much in the way of support, but it is something. So I'm reading about Kodak galleries this afternoon, courtesy of Classic Holiday Radio.

The sun shone this morning, for hours! It was beautiful. So beautiful that I donned my parka, pulled my wool cap over my head and slipped my feet into my lined rubber boots. Off I went, sauntering down the road to see the sights. Tall trees, snow banks, clouds, sky... scenes of constant change, that never really change.

The weather is closing in on us again though. The skies have clouded over. The distant rumble of trains can be heard, which usually means that we are in for a bit of weather. Nothing to be done about it but to sit before the fire with a hot cuppa, a good book on our laps and Mist curled up asleep beside us.

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Wordly Distractions

Evergreens with Snow
Snow, snow, snow!

Late in December
Jackie Gleason

On The Screen
Bram Stoker's Dracula
starring Gary Oldman

" 'Fear,' Leo said, 'is a strange thing. It strips off masks... In some people it brings out the lowest instincts, while others become more compassionate. Both have to do with survival. But the choice is ours."
from Stones from the River
by Ursula Hegi, page 310(1994)

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -1.7C
Pressure: 101.2 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Chill: -5
Dewpoint: -2.8C
Wind: SSE 8 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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