April 4, 2009

One foot in front of the other...



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]

I will be glad when I have completed this training I'm involved in. It is tiring, and on our tiny budget, incredibly expensive. I am hoping to get through it by the time the mosquitoes are at their peak. For the moment though, it is one foot in front of the other.

On the home front, yesterday it snowed all morning. Today the sun is shining and that snow is melting, melting, melting. Being in the bush, we still have a lot of winter snow hanging about. It too is melting, melting, melting. The sunshine is very uplifting.

The economic downturn is making itself felt in our circle. First the news that our Frank, in England, has been made redundant. Yesterday I talked with Harriet, and it seems her husband is being made redundant right here in Canada. These redundancies are due to plant/branch cutbacks and closures. Luckily, both of these families are, make that were, two income families. One income remains. It is the no-income families that really feel the brunt of these times! We can only watch and hope that the human suffering is minimized for the little people.

It was such a long winter that we used our entire supply of firewood and have been dipping into next winter's supply. It really isn't ready for use, but what can you do! The weather is warmer and we need have but one fire a day now, which helps considerably.

This past week at school I picked up a sore throat. So I am babying myself this weekend, plenty of sleep, lots of tasty fluids and good hearty comfort food. The cure almost makes the ailment worthwhile!

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Worldly Distractions

pink cyclamen
Enjoying the sun!

"Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness."
Thomas Henry Huxley

A few clouds
Wind: W 7km/h
Sunrise: 6:50
Sunset: 19:50
Relative Humidity: 75%
Pressure: 101.19 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: unlimited


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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