December 6, 2008




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]

There is such a thing as road rage. Not an emotion I have experienced.

I have recently experienced chocolate-chip-and-cheese rage though. First let me say that there are no budget-priced local shopping facilities. Next let me say that for the last month we have only been able to make it out to a budget-priced grocery store four times, one of them in a snow storm. Now that I have set the stage I will describe my rage. Attila likes to snack on chocolate chips and at other times on cheese. We buy a good supply of chocolate chips and cheese.

I seldom eat these foods, but feel comforted to know that they are there in a pinch, when I really crave a taste sensation. Attila ate almost all the chocolate chips and most of the cheese! Rage! To go to the cupboard and find crumbs, when the cupboard was once well stocked, is more than disappointing. Due to circumstances, as described above, I have had to do without.

My chocolate-chip-and-cheese rage only lasted a half hour or so, and occurred while Attila was at work. It had dissipated by the time he arrived home. We laughed about it. I still have to wait until we can get out to the grocery store to restock. In future I think Attila will keep a closer eye on keeping the cupboard well stocked. It is in his best interest.

The recipe for yesterday's chili is so easy that I decided to share it. Attila loves it and it is so easy that even people who hate to cook might find it an acceptable use of time and effort.

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Wordly Distractions

white snow on black tree branches
The view.

The Star Carol
Tennessee Ernie Ford

What is a Santa Clause
Stan Kenton

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards."
Benjamin Franklin

Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -9.2C
Pressure: 101.2 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 79 %
Wind Chill: -16
Dewpoint: -12.1C
Wind: S 15 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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