February 9, 2009

Week Six



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]

My hands run over my arms, my feet, appendages and core. Yes, I'm still here, everything is as I left it and as it should be. One can become rather disconnected from the material world when spending a great deal of time alone. I have always had a tendency towards living in my head, a world of logic, emotions, dreams, hopes. But the physical plane is important as well and I need to make the effort to acknowledge it from time to time.

Today begins our sixth week of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force. At the end of this week there will be only six more weeks of winter weather left to cope with. If we are very lucky, there won't be too many episodes of freezing rain and icy roads. However, November and March are usually transitional months, full winter most days, with the occasional day of very treacherous milder weather.

I purchased a small potted plant on Friday, when we drove into town for a few groceries. It is a yellow chrysanthemum, which is the same kind of potted plant I purchased last winter. Such a cheerful bit of colour! $2.99, so it was in my price range.

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Worldly Distractions

Our first icicles since December!
We haven't seen icicles since December! A new ice awning in the making.

By The Easy Chair
To be honest I've pretty much given up on Dragonfly in Amber, not my cup of tea I am afraid. I've done pretty well considering, this is the second volume and I did read the entire first volume!
I'll have to have a good look round at the library this week, if the weather allows us to get there and back!

"Sausages and women…. If you want to enjoy the experience, never watch the preparation of either"
A Good Woman
based on Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan"

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -10.3C
Pressure: 100.0 kPa Visibility: 0.6 km
Humidity: 92 %
Dewpoint: -11.4C
Wind: 0 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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