May 9, 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]

I am taking a breather, a short but welcome breather. I have two days off.

[self pity]
The commute to my training location is taking a lot out of me, a one and half hour drive to get there and then back again at the end of a demanding day. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me awake during the drive home is to eat steadily and sing at the top of my lungs. Quite a sight.
[/self pity]

When I signed up for the course the drive was at a location only one hour from home. I strategized that I could just manage it, taking into account time, energy and cost. But the instructor moved it to her other business location after the first few weeks, an additional 30 minute drive, so she could conduct business while teaching. [NOT a good idea!] Another few weeks and I'll be back at home!

Enough about the training challenge though, this is my break from the commuting grind.

Yesterday was beautiful. The buds were bursting first thing in the morning and by evening there were small leaves unfolding everywhere. Transformation!

Today it is raining and mild. I've been puttering away on the computer, doing laundry and trying to get some control over my desktop (computer and actual wooden desk).

Terra sent an hilarious Mother's Day card, with a picture of her, a big smile and a wild waving hello. I laugh every time I look at it.

Caitrìona and Harriet stopped in for a visit today. They were up to visit Caitrìona's country house and Harriet's cottage. They brought us a good supply of peanut butter, which they purchased for us on sale. It is Caitrìona's birthday on Monday, 78 years old! She has more energy than anyone else I know! What a gal! When someone said, "You go girl!", Caitrìona heard the call.

Attila and I became a couple sixteen years ago tomorrow. We have a lot to celebrate.

Top of Page

Highway One
on Ransom album
Sam Larkin

On The Screen
Northern Exposure

By The Easy Chair
The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

"Perfect simplicity is unconsciously audacious."
from The Ordeal of Richard Feverel
George Meredith

12 C
Wind: SW 7km/h
Sunrise: 5:55
Sunset: 20:32
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 100.12 kPa
Visibility: 2.6 km
Ceiling: 0 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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