December 31, 2008

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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 telephone is working again, and so the Internet is accessible. When the telephone service resumed, the first task was to call family and friends to assure them that we were doing well, and have not been affected by flooding. Flooding is far more worrisome than loss of electric and telephone service.

2008 has been a very good year. A difficult year in many respects, full of challenges. A good year for me is not one where there are no challenges, it is one where the challenges I face are approachable. Everyone I love had a healthy year, and there is nothing I care about more than the well being of my loved ones. 2008 has been a very good year, perhaps the happiest of my life; the best may be yet to come!

It being New Year's Eve, Attila and I plan on a quiet night in, sitting before a roaring fire. Attila, Mist and I will watch a little television, perhaps play a game of Scrabble and eat heartily.

Mist likes Scrabble. The tiles scatter with such a satisfying skittering, when she jumps onto the board. She loves to see her humans scrambling about, trying to recreate their wordy rows. Mist can create excitement from nothing. She is a very talented cat!

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Worldly Distractions

Pine Branch that came down in Sunday's wind storm.
The middle "tree" is a pine branch that fell from the pine tree. The pine tree is the trunk on the far left. It was a very spectacular event.

From a Distance
written by Julie Gold
performed by Nancy Griffith

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."
Rene Descartes
(1596 - 1650)

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -16.5C
Pressure: 101.7 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 72 %
Wind Chill: -28
Dewpoint: -20.4C
Wind: NNW 28 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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