January 17, 2009

What does Voltaire really mean?



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]

Warm! It was -14 C outside the kitchen window, when we arose this morning. The chill inside has definitely been chased away, and although I am still bundled up the result is that I am now toasty warm. A few more days like this and it will be tropical in here!

The BBQ beef ribs we had for dinner last night were outstanding. I have discovered that if you can afford to use high quality meats, AAA or prime grades, good results are almost guaranteed. The beef ribs were a gift, prime grade ribs. All I did was rub the ribs with garlic powder, roast them covered at 325 F for three hours, transfer them to another roasting pan, baste them with BBQ sauce, heat for another 15 minutes at 325 F and serve. They were the best ribs I've ever tasted and my cooking skill can't take credit for that.

Attila has given his seal of approval, yet again, to the pumpkin loaf I baked yesterday. This time I added a half a cup of chopped hazelnuts, vintage unknown but old. I tasted one before using the nuts for baking, it was OK. Now, I have a cup of pecans of unknown vintage to experiment with, and that is it for geriatric nuts at our house; perhaps this is debatable. It is my goal to cycle our food supply in such a way that nothing is frozen for more than a few years and other items are used within a year or so.

Just a note to anyone who has enjoyed a meal with us, here at Maggie's Smile. We use fresh food when cooking for guests, always. We do not share the spoils of my geriatric food adventures with friends or family.

I've been thinking about books and reading. I taught myself to read, with guidance from my Granny, at a very young age. Before I learned how to read I thought it was magic, the transformation of squiggly lines into the soaring beauty of my grandmother's voice as she read to us. After I learned how to read I though it was magic, the transformation of squiggly lines that brought the inexpressible from the depths of the unspoken, to soar above the subterfuge of society.

To quote another writer is, for me, to feel a kinship with humanity. Reading Voltaire's words incites in me a greater sense of camaraderie than any contact with present day mass media. Of course, Voltaire may or may not have meant by his words what I think he meant by his words. Even that eventuality provides me with a sense of camaraderie, as what I am writing here may or may not be understood by a reader in the way that I understand it. One thing I do believe though, is the people I have quoted in this entry wrote what they believed. Honest expression is far more appealing to me than perfect understanding or agreement. Vive le difference; Source: Pepe Le Pew, and others.

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Wordly Distractions

Yesterday's sunshine.
Yesterday's sunshine.

On The Screen
Mean Girls
Funny in a very sad way.

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Optimism: Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something."
Oxford American Dictionaries

" Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable."

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror."
Oscar Wilde

"All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free."
Joseph Conrad
Polish-born British

"What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity."
Hermann Hesse

"Optimism is the content of small men in high places."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Optimism is the opium of the people."
Milan Kundera
(b. 1929)

"The Plains are not forgiving. Anything that is shallow—the easy optimism of a homesteader; the false hope that denies geography, climate, history; the tree whose roots don’t reach ground water—will dry up and blow away."
Kathleen Norris
(b. 1947)

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -14.8°C
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Visibility: 12.9 km
Humidity: 77 %
Wind Chill: -22
Dewpoint: -18.0°C
Wind: SSW 13 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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