October 12, 2009

Autumn Leaves



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]

What do people intend? What I've found is that people seldom understand their own motivations, let alone the motivations of others.

Lately I've been puzzled by some of the behavior I am observing in my world. I'm watching both the nice and the nasty, to see what lies behind the scenes. Things are seldom as they seem initially, and rather than waste any precious life force trying to decipher motivations and agendas, I've decided to simply wait and see.

In the meantime, Attila and I are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday night our daughters Terra and Luna and their hubbies and the grandchildren and the granddogs arrived, to stay the night and share a Thanksgiving feast with us on Saturday.

We love having them all here! The activity, the chaos, the food, the conversations, the one month old Tink, the three year old Imp and Elf... Attila and I agree, everything about having a house full of loved ones is wonderful.

Terra brought us some Naan bread, carefully selected to accommodate my allergy. A new culinary discovery! Yum!

I have completed the training for my new job, which is casual, on-call and may, or may not, provide me with enough hours to support the car I had to purchase to commit to the job. We have our fingers crossed and are hoping for the best; it is all we can do. I continue to send out weekly applications for employment, you never know when a job that could support a car, and even shelter and food and health care as well, will come up.

Attila and I took the plunge and purchased a new little car, a second vehicle, so that I would have the necessary transportation to accept this new position. For years to come this car will own us.

Having a second car has changed our lives, as we knew it would. Not having a car in rural North America is a very serious social barrier. That barrier has now been lifted, at least temporarily. My first act of freedom was a trip to the Post Office to mail some important documents before the daily mail truck left. It felt wonderful to actually complete a task on the correct side of a deadline.

Autumn is definitely here. Yesterday we awoke to find a skiff of snow on the deck. It melted within minutes of daybreak, but there it was nevertheless. There were several heavy snow falls yesterday, which lasted only a few minutes each. The snow melted on contact with the earth, no shoveling yet! Attila has been burning fires daily in our little wood stove downstairs. Next week we will begin the process of curing the masonry fireplace, which requires us to stay very close to home for five consecutive days.

So, some changes over the last week, a new on-call job for me, a new car for the job, a visit from loved ones and a whole long weekend to enjoy Attila's company. Life is good.

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Worldly Distractions

autumn leaves orange
The view at breakfast this morning.

On The Screen
City by the Sea
starring Robert DeNiro

"For everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under heaven"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

3 C
Condition: Light Rain shower
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 3.0C
Dewpoint: 1.0C
Humidity: 87%
Wind: ENE 5 km/h

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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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