January 19, 2009

Week Three



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]

Week three of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force has begun. The sky was overcast and light snow drifted down for most of the day.

A quiet day, baking was the highlight of activity here. A pumpkin loaf, with raisins and some very nice pecans, nice despite their age.

I don't quite know what happened to the rest of the day. Oh yes, I remember now, the rest of the day was taken up with listening to and reading things I immediately wanted to forget, or better yet, things I wish I had not heard or read in the first place.

I am a little thrown today, the people I've come into contact with wanted to discuss the merits of the political party they support, while others seemed determined that I support a cause that will facilitate their personal gain. None of this interests me and I have to admit to being slightly irritated by exposure to these obsessions. With friends I don't really mind, my friendships are not based on total agreement. As for the rest, well good luck and I hope you don't walk all over someone else's' rights as you try to grab what you feel is rightfully yours.

Mist agrees, but then she would; Mist does not like confrontation and when faced with political dissension she always, always backs the biped that rattles the food package. Today, that was me.

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Wordly Distractions

Staring at a weak winter sun.
Winter sun.

BBC Radio Scotland

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."
John Kenneth Galbraith
(b. 1908)

" Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them."
Thomas Jefferson

"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
Mao Zedong

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -10.1C
Pressure: 100.6 kPa rising
Visibility: 6.4 km
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Chill: -12
Dewpoint: -11.2C
Wind: NNW 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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