Monday,
June 1, 2009

The Royal Cushion

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

Yesterday we traveled to Collingwood, Ontario to spend some time with our friends Annie and Frank. They are visiting Canada from England and thought that Collingwood would be a lovely place to spend time together.

Attila and I bundled ourselves up and into our little car and off we drove to meet Annie and Frank.

It was so wonderful to see them again! It has been three years! They haven't changed a bit, and we easily slipped into our comfortable and familiar ways of being together.

I do miss Annie. We became close friends when we met while attending a course teaching entrepreneurial skills. The course was a bust, as my present poverty attests to. Annie went on to meet Frank, emigrate to England and has a great government job there. I am so happy for them. We should all be so happy!

Collingwood ended up being an excellent choice for our little reunion. There are miles of walking trails there. The day was very cold and extremely windy. We walked and talked for hours. When we were not walking we were all sitting around a restaurant table eating and talking. The day was a balm for the soul.

Home again now, I am reminded how lonely the bush can be. Within a few days though, I'll have reoriented myself to the isolation and the pesky emotions will sink below the surface of life again.

It seems my little job has all but evaporated. Tough economic times mean that the shop owner will have to forego assistance for all but the busiest of days. They were lovely about it, pointing out the new door chime that gives a melodious call whenever a customers enters the shop. I've been replaced by a door chime!

This morning Mist found her little foam ball, forgotten by all of us, until 3:30 a.m. this morning. With a series of mighty yowls Mist proudly brought her "catch" into the bedroom to show off her prowess. She awoke me from a deep sleep. I did not get back to sleep. However, the whole episode was very satisfying for Mist, as immediately after the ball was rescued from the jaws of death, she flopped down on my chest and promptly fell asleep.

A sleepless stretch of hours followed, with Attila snoring on one side of me and a purring cat sprawled across my chest. Just call me the Royal Cushion.



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Quote
"What makes loneliness an anguish
Is not that I have no one to share my burden,
But this:
I have only my own burden to bear.
Dag Hammarskjöld



Weather
8 C
Light Rain
Pressure: 100.0 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 8.3C
Dewpoint: 7.1C
Humidity: 92 %
Wind: SE 13 km/h
 

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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging


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