Tuesday, October 27, 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]

On Sunday night I had a beautiful dream. My granddaughter Imp burst through the door, gave me a great big smile and called "Hi Grandma!" It was wonderful and I woke up thinking about her.

I called Luna today to find that the twins have been very ill with the flu, Luna thinks it is probably the H1N1 but this has not been tested or confirmed. Apparently Imp's fever "peaked" on Sunday, just before I dreamed about her.

Imp is recovering now, her fever has diminished. However Elf is currently feeling very poorly and running a high fever, which seems to be coming down now. His cough sounds dreadful.

Tink had a bit of a cough on Saturday, but has not developed a fever. We are all hoping that she is one of the lucky ones who is barely affected and suffers very minor symptoms indeed.

Thinking about my girls, and my grandchildren, led me to remember a song my friend Derek sang when he last visited. Listening to Derek sing his version of Emmy Lou Harris' song Love and Happiness is an experience I'll always hold close to my heart.

We have at last obtained a high speed connection to the internet. Tonight was my first foray into the youtube experience. I've listed to an unknown singer called Holly, singing her version Pancho and Lefty. Then I listed to Townes Van Zandt sing this same song, a performance in a class of its own. Then I moved on to listen to Emmylou Harris sing "Love and Happiness" with Kimmie Rhodes. At last I have access to the kind of entertainment that I do truly enjoy.

After looking at live stage performances, I moved on to my favorite way to listen to music, street buskers. When I lived in downtown Toronto I was addicted to what I called my "walkabouts". I would pack my books into a backpack, lace up my hiking boots and set forth to wander to neighbourhoods of Toronto. I stopped for coffee when I was tired, studied for hours and hours at street side cafes, and listened to live music off and on all day and all evening long. The quality of entertainment on the streets of Toronto is unbelievable, unbelievably bad and unbelievably good. And I loved it all.

I bumped into a video, from the 2009 Busking for Change event, filmed on the streets of Toronto. First I'd like to say that unless I know an artist personally, I don't remember their names. It is not in my nature to adore anyone from afar. It is in my nature to enjoy human contact, including genuine goodwill and real eye contact. When you set forth to listen to buskers, that is what you will encounter, for the most part. Perusing the busking videos, I chose one thinking that the artist looked earnest, focused and not very affluent. I was not sure if I was about to hear something unbelievably bad or unbelievably good or something somewhere in between.

I didn't know the name Chantal Kreviazuk ; what a wonderful introduction to an artist's talent. At the beginning of this video it is difficult to hear her voice and I was thinking, "oh no, this is going to be painful". Then I called to Attila, "hey, listen to this, she is pretty good."

Attila laughed. He knows who Chantal Kreviazuk is and found it hilarious that I thought I had discovered this great talent on the street.

But you see, in a sense I did discover this great talent on the street. For me Chantal will always represent a talented artist singing on a cold windy street, sounding incredible and sharing what nature gave her.

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Worldly Distractions

hosta in the autumn
Surrender: Autumn Ritual of the Hosta

On The Screen
Last Orders
starring Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins

"Sentiment is intellectualized emotion,—emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy."
James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)

7 C
Condition: Mist
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 8 km
Temperature: 7.0C
Dewpoint: 6.5C
Humidity: 97 %
Wind: NNE 4 km/h

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 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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