February 17, 2009

Two Tired Feet



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 feet may be tired but my spirits are soaring.

This morning I was dropped off at a medical laboratory to have that long overdue blood test. The requisition is from last November and I truly have not had a decent opportunity to get to a lab until today! They were lovely, friendly, helpful, even the front reception. The privately owned lab nearest our home does not enjoy pleasantly mannered receptionists, so this was a real treat!

Then I walked, and walked, and walked. I walked up tree lined streets and down tree lined streets. I walked through the shopping area of the small town and out into the periphery to have an apple juice at McDonalds. I walked through a Canadian Tire Store, a Sobeys and a Shoppers Drug Mart. I walked back into the small town and then headed back to where I'm staying. All told, I walked over 10 km. With each footstep my sense of freedom and choice grew.

I interacted wherever I chose. I purchased frozen mixed vegetables at a downtown grocery store, to carry home for my dinner. I even managed to get a draft copy of my genealogy book printed, so that I can prepare it, get the ISBN number and get it into the library system.

My feet are tired. My back is a little sore. And I plan on getting out there tomorrow. It is supposed to rain and snow, but I do not care. The sidewalks are bare today and will only be wet tomorrow. I have a rain coat. I can walk the 3 km to get a cup of coffee, and then walk back!

Attila is getting along fine without me, for the moment. He is a good cook and has everything at home ticking along as it should. By the time I return home next week we will both be glad.

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Worldly Distractions

"By the Isar, in the twilight
We were wandering and singing,"
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

"It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembered is like a heavy garment that clings to your limbs when you would run."
Mary Antin

1 C
Partly cloudy
Feels Like: -4
Wind: SW 22km/h
Wind gusts: 33km/h
Sunrise: 7:11
Sunset: 17:50
Rel Humidity: 55%
Pressure: 102.09 kPa
Visibility: 24.0 km
Ceiling: 25000 ft

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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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