January 29, 2009




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]

We are just back from our big excursion to the library. I returned a stack of books, cookbooks. Then Attila and I parked ourselves in the comfortable chairs, he to read magazines and I to surf the web using a high speed connection. My oh my, what a difference a high speed connection can make!

The roads were bad this evening. Actually they were worse on our trip to the library and better on our trip back from the library. It was snowing very lightly as we headed home and small flakes of snow sparkled in the headlights all the way home.

It snowed all day today, but we didn't get much in the way of accumulation. So, Attila had only to split the firewood to complete his outdoor tasks. Right now I am sitting before a roaring fire, enjoying the heat.

Mist is in a rambunctious mood. She plays fetch with Attila. He throws the ball down a flight of stairs and she runs to fetch the ball, bringing it back and dropping it for a rematch. All well and good, but Attila is soaking in the tub. When she brought her ball up the stairs and dropped it , I jumped up and threw it for her. I tried to be a surrogate playmate, but Mist will have none of it. It is Attila or no one. The ball is at the foot of the stairs, waiting for better times.

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Another snowy day.
More snow today!

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
Mason Cooley
(b. 1927)

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: -10.1C
Pressure: 101.1 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 90 %
Wind Chill: -15
Dewpoint: -11.4C
Wind: SSW 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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