June 5, 2009

My Own Path



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've always been one to wander off in my own direction, physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

This is a trait much touted in our culture as rugged individualism. In the real world it is rarely perceived by others as a desirable characteristic, at least in a woman. This is a paradox.

Once, when camping at a First Nations Reserve Campground, with a group of friends, we went for a hike. I enjoyed sharing the experience with my compatriots, but soon found myself wandering off in an altogether different direction, on my own.

At one point I stood on a rock cliff overlooking Lake Huron. The view was breathtaking and the experience deeply moving. Without thinking I picked up a soft stone and "drew" a small design on the surface of the granite rock face. It was my way of "talking" to the ancients.

That experience lasted a short time, measured in minutes. I'd not thought about it since, until this morning. My little design will have been worn away by the weather and now only exists in my memory. A temporary act, a temporary memory and now a temporary record.

I think that this journal is much like my design on that ancient rock. A temporary voice in the wilderness, attempting only to exist for existence sake.

My little job still exists, but to a very limited degree. I will be working tomorrow, going in for one very long ten hour shift. It is exhausting, but that is the nature of business in the area where we live. Boom or bust, one must take advantage of the short business season if one is survive.

I am feeling very frustrated waiting on the few external administrative processes that have bottlenecked my own business activies. Impatience is one of my weaknesses. I recognize this, and yet here I sit, impatient as ever!

This waiting has a very positive side to it though. I've been inspired to seek closure on a number of my own projects that were waiting for completion. I have been the only one waiting on their completion.

The genealogy book, created from commissioned research, that I've been working on for two years, is now a completed project. The book is now printed. The book now has an ISBN number. The book is now registered with the Collections Canada catalogue and will soon be available to libraries for purchase. All this I accomplished over the last two days, focusing my frustrated energies on what I can accomplish at the moment.

Today is a bread-baking day. We need a little extra because Terra and Lares are visiting this weekend. Something to look forward to, to be sure.

The sun has been shining brightly for the last few days, but it has been too cool to keep the windows open, even during the day. This morning is bright and cool again, 6 C. The predicted high today is 22 C.

I think I need to spend time sitting in the screened porch, listening to the trees. The trees have a lot to say about impatience.

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Worldly Distractions

Camera batteries dead again! Twelve hours to charge for 30 minutes use. How long do rechargable mAH batteries last anyway! I guess I'd better start saving my pennies for new ones! It is now on the list.

By The Easy Chair
The Whirlpool
by Jane Urquhart

"Humble because of knowledge; mighty by sacrifice."
Rudyard Kipling

11 C Clear
Wind: SE 7km/h
Sunrise: 5:31
Sunset: 20:59
Relative Humidity: 66%
Pressure: 101.52 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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