December 18, 2008

Up All Night



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]

The television has been offering up ads aimed at eliciting donations for abused animals and very sick children. My heart, almost literally, bleeds when I watch the pain of the young mother who lost her little girl to a fatal brain tumor. I have already given as much money as I possibly can give, to a Sick Children's Hospital, on behalf of my own granddaughter. She needed and received open heart surgery. I remember well the anguish, as we waited to hear. We were lucky, our anguish ended.

However empathetic my feelings towards the woman's sorrow and her loss, to hear and witness her pain several times a day inspires in me feelings of helplessness. Attila says I am suffering from "compassion overload".

The computer stayed up all night, downloading the operating system update. When I got up this morning it had only downloaded 139 MB of the 190 MB file. I am hoping it will be finished by noon. Of course, if I do things, like check my email, or look something up with the web browser, this download might linger on until bedtime, or later. Dialup is very tiresome.

We had several inches of snowfall over the course of the night, but not so much as to prevent Attila from getting the car out of the driveway. There are snow squall warnings today. It has snowed almost every day since early November, except for the few days when it rained and the two days when the sun came out. It appears Christmas will be white. To be truthful, this is the first time in my life that the term "green Christmas" sounds very appealing.

The bread rose on the hearth as expected and then fell as it was being transferred to the oven. Despite this, these loaves are far superior to those I have thus far baked since I have been learning to use the Bosch mixer. A few more tweaks and I think we'll be there.

Another quiet day is slipping through my fingers.

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Wordly Distractions

Snow Squall December 18, 2008
Snow Squall

Anna Marie
on BBC Radio Scotland
[Unaccustomed to the accent and the Gaelic language, I could not distinguish the name of the song. I wish the software would list the artist's name and the song's title.]

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."
Matt Cartmill

Snow Squall Warnings
Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -5.7C
Pressure: 102.5 kPa rising
Visibility: 3.7 km
Humidity: 89 %
Wind Chill: -8
Dewpoint: -7.2C
Wind: N 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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