February 18, 2009

Fifteen Years Ago



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]

On this day fifteen years ago Attila, Luna, Terra and I woke up to a very busy day. That morning we had the keys to our new home.

The apartment where we were living was having water problems, and we hadn't had running water for a few days. We all felt dirty and miserable. So, we packed our towels and soap and hiked over to our new home to have a shower. We spent the first hours there exploring the premises, as we took turns in the shower.

The weather for the move was amazing. It was very mild and it felt like spring had arrived. The sun shone.

Friends with trucks and cars helped us move our belongings. Attila stayed at the the old place to do the packing and loading. I stayed at the new place to unpack, and keep a steady supply of tea, coffee, soft drinks and goodies ready for our volunteer helpers.

That house is where Attila and I were living when I began to keep this online journal. Attila and I were married in that house.

We loved the little house. The neighbourhood was small and friendly and pretty. We would have liked to have transplanted that house to another location. If it had been in downtown Toronto, the location would have been as perfect for us as was the house.

It is supposed to snow this afternoon, and rain. So, I am preparing my gear and will soon be off for another walk. I will take two walks, each around 3 km, with a rest in between.

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" In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas ... a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed."
William Burroughs
(b. 1914)

2 C
Partly cloudy
Feels Like: -3
Wind: S 22km/h
Sunrise: 7:09
Sunset: 17:51
Relative Humidity: 47%
Pressure: 100.36 kPa
Visibility: 24.0 km
Ceiling: 5700 ft

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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