April 25, 2009

I love my Mom and she loves me.



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 love my Mom. Treating her badly, or with disrespect would be a form of self-abuse. That is how I feel about it anyway. As a teenager, my rebellion focused on my mother and regrettable encounters occurred. I forgive myself these indiscretions, and I think my Mom forgives me too. She hasn't forgotten them though! How could she.

I am finding it unsettling to listen to the younger women, with children of their own, that I spend my days with, talk about their mothers the way they do. I've heard no negative comments made about fathers, not one. The disparagement of and condescension towards mothers seems "universal", and I find it odious.

Today I don't have to listen to any of that chatter! Today I have the windows open! There is lightning, there is thunder, there is rain; but none of this matters because the windows are open!

Tonight it will remain above 5 C, and this is our first opportunity to paint a room and leave the windows open overnight to provide ventilation. So, today Attila will paint the walls downstairs! We have lived here five years now. The only rooms we have painted are the our small bathroom and the walls in the kitchen. Both of these rooms boasted very bright primary colours when we moved in and it took us years to get them painted more neutral shades.

Downstairs is painted a very dark green. Although this is quite attractive, there is a dungeon-like feel to the rooms. So, Attila will prime and paint them a warm sand colour. That should brighten up the space.

Hogan is up at the cottage this weekend mending the metal roof. Holiday season is just around the corner!

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"We perversely see mother love as the problem—when it is all we have to sustain us—rather than blaming the fathers who have run out on our mothers and on us. We seem willing to forgive fathers for loving too little even as we still shrink in terror from mothers who love too much."
Frank Pittman

15 C
Partly cloudy
Wind: S 13km/h
Sunrise: 6:15
Sunset: 20:15
Rel Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 101.51 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: 8400 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 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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