March 20, 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]

Well! Spring at last. The snow is still deep around us, but shrinking significantly every day. And just a one hour drive south of here, Attila and I saw the small green shoots of snowdrops thrusting into the sunshine.

The training course I am taking is a lot of hard work. Reading, studying, writing essays, working on the practical aspects of the coursework.. by the end of the day I am totally exhausted! I am enjoying myself though, and that is worth a lot.

It was cold last night, -15 C, and today we need to burn two fires to warm up the house a little. The sun is shining stronger every day and we are gaining heat through the south facing windows. The weather forecast tells us that warmer weather is on the way.

The little summer job I had last year may be available again this year! I am so pleased, because I did enjoy it. Working at my summer job will give me some breathing space as I make my first foray into the field for which I am training. There isn't much money involved here, but a little is better than none!

It seems that more and more people that we know are facing economic challenges, such as four day work weeks and cuts in their hourly wage. The prices in the grocery store continue to rise as incomes decrease.

I am very keen to have a wee garden this summer. Just some squash and garlic, and maybe some tomatoes in planters on the second story deck.

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Worldly Distractions

christmas cactus foilage

On The Screen
Can you believe we are watching episodes of Northern Exposure for the second time, and enjoying the program as much this winter as we did last winter!

By The Easy Chair
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
(Annie and Frank sent this book from England as an anniversary gift!)

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."
Herbert Spencer
(1820 - 1903)

-1 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 103.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: -1.1C
Dewpoint: -12.4C
Humidity: 42 %
Wind: WNW 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -5

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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