June 15, 2009

Real People



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]

Because I live a relatively isolated existence, the majority of my social contact consists of people who work for the companies that Attila and I do business with, like Bell Telephone. Today's quote represents the nature of the majority of my social interactions. One can forget all too easily that other kinds of contact exist. This particular modern world may be a marvel of technology and affluence, but it may also be one of the saddest human landscapes ever painted.

Our weekend was wonderful. Catriona, with Rymal and Helena and her children, picked me up and we proceeded to Catriona's country property to repair damage done by vandals. In a few short hours we had replaced the glass in the smashed windows and cleaned everything up ship shape. By the time we were finished the wonderful warm feeling in the place had returned and all was well.

We all piled into Catriona's van and headed over to Harriet's cottage. Hogan has been working away, making huge improvements. The place has gone from beyond rustic to cute. We had a lovely visit, shared a meal and played cards into the night.

Attila and I returned the next day for a short visit before Catriona and gang headed home again. We took our water jugs to the spring to fill them, then went into town for a few groceries and nice long walk away from the mosquitoes.

Attila has decided to quit smoking. We are on day two and he is doing really well. I am immensely relieved, as I would like to keep him around forever.

Attila planted four tomato plants and three basil plants in planters on the deck. I'll have to watch these over the summer, as it gets quite hot out there and they will need watering every day. The deck is raised, so we feel that the deer will not be able to eat the plants down to the ground this year.

We did not get as far as preparing the soil and planting squash this year. I haven't forgotten it though, it is on my list for next spring.

This morning I am making granola and puttering about the house. After my the great purge, assisted by Terra, I am finding it easier to keep things organized.

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Worldly Distractions

'Thank you for dialing the helpline. All of our operators are busy at the moment but, if you stay on the line, your call will eventually be answered by an uninterested individual who knows less than you do and will say anything at all to make you shut up and go away. Meanwhile, here is some dreadful music.'
Jonathan Cainer

17 C
A few clouds
Wind: NW 4km/h
Sunrise: 5:29
Sunset: 21:05
Relative Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 101.80 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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