December 11, 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]

Another quiet day dawns and yawns. The sun was shining brightly this morning but has now retreated behind a blanket of clouds. More snow on the way, I am very sorry to say.

The snow plough has already been by this morning, leaving behind enough snow to block the driveway. Attila will have to shovel to get in when he comes home for lunch.

Winter's are very busy for Attila, what with keeping the home fire burning and keeping the snow from burying us completely. These are activities I would love to share with him, but I run a high risk of serious injury, which precludes my participation. It can be pretty hard on a former farm girl, to watch the chores getting done and not be able to turn her shoulder to the wheel. It takes discipline to stop oneself from following one's natural impulses.

Attila is a very active person, so he enjoys his daily sense of accomplishment and control. A break would be nice though, if only from the snow shoveling.

I've spent the morning puttering, reading & writing email messages and sitting in the sun working on a jigsaw puzzle. Sitting in the sun is a "must do" during the winter months. It does not cure isolation, but it does add brightness and light to the day.

The film we recently watched, "Elf", has left a few nagging pieces of shrapnel in my psyche.

I really like this movie, but I have a few problems with a few of the scenes.

The scene involving Buddy the Elf's ignorant but nasty verbal abuse of the unlikable and unbalanced children's book writer, who happened to be a dwarf, is not sitting well with me. I have a lot of respect for the challenges people face when they have to live with being visibly different. As Attila points out, the scene was well set, the man was obnoxious and one disliked him before he appeared on the screen. But obnoxious or not, a man does not deserve to be ridiculed about his physical attributes in any setting, let alone his professional life. The kicker for me was, the people who witnessed the abuse were delighted to find the victim had fled in a flood of emotion and forgotten his notebook.

I am currently harbouring a feeling of righteous indignation towards Buddy the Elf!

Did I hear someone say "get a life!"

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Wordly Distractions

Embers in the fireplace.
What Mist sees when she looks at Attila.

Oh Holy Night

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
Michael J. Fox
in "Saving Milly"
by Morton Kondrake

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: -12.9C
Pressure: 102.1 kPa falling
Visibility: 4 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -18
Dewpoint: -14.1C
Wind: SE 9 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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