January 30, 2009

The Lowly Shovel



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]

It is snowing heavily this morning. Attila will have his work cut out for him this evening. The driveway is an almost fearsome challenge to navigate. I think it is because the earth beneath did not freeze, resulting in a very soft base below the frozen snow.

Today is a bread baking day. I will also put a batch of granola in the crockpot. The granola makes a very satisfying snack, chasing away hunger pangs for hours. I'll keep myself busy with paying bills, and a bit of census transcription.

Mist is sleeping in her usual spot. The Christmas wrapping she had been sleeping on lost it's appeal, so she threw up on it so that we would discard it. I'll have to find some bright tissue paper for her to curl up on, she loves the crinkling sound.

Listening to BBC Radio Scotland is a lot of fun. The accent is pleasing to my ear. But even better are the panel discussions, at least that is what I think they are. Several people discuss an issue, usually a serious issue. And they all talk at the same time! Not one participant seems put out by the fact that no one is listening to anyone else. Usually after a good gaggle, one voice breaks through and a point of view is voiced before the whole thing disappears once again into colourful and noisy chaos.

The contrast between the Scottish broadcasts, and the staid and officiously delivered tomes of wisdom and truth from our revered and honoured Canadian journalists, is striking. Puts me in mind of what the kids used to say; "get over yourself!"

The world outside our door is full of the sounds of trucks and ploughs and snow blowers. Motors, motors everywhere. They sure beat the lowly shovel!

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Worldly Distractions

Black trees, white snow.
Adequate contrast in black and white.

BBC Radio Scotland

On The Screen
The Hurricane

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
By Diana Gabaldon

"In nothing was slavery so savage and relentless as in its attempted destruction of the family instincts of the Negro race in America. Individuals, not families; shelters, not homes; herding, not marriages, were the cardinal sins in that system of horrors."
Fannie Barrier Williams

Condition: Light Snow Temperature: -6.6C
Pressure: 100.6 kPa falling Visibility: 1.6 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -11
Dewpoint: -7.9C
Wind: SW 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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