November 1, 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]

We live in a village supported by a seasonal economy and population. After Thanksgiving the seasonal dwellers retreat to their urban residences to pass the winter in relative comfort. The permanent population hunkers down for the winter weather. It is the first of November, the highways and byways are relatively deserted and you can feel the approaching breath of old man winter.

As the summer people have left, the H1N1 flu virus has arrived. Attila worked yesterday with a fellow whose children are currently combatting the swine flu. We hope to suffer only minor symptoms, but really, it is in the hands of the universe as to how our fate unfolds.

Our communications technology has changed since we acquired a high speed internet connection. We no longer need an elaborate setup to cope with a constantly busy telephone line. Now we have just a land line and an answering machine.

I answered the telephone yesterday and to my surprise Annie was on the other end of the line. She and Frank have been renovating their new house in a little village in England. They have yet to setup a computer and have been offline for months. I was getting a wee bit concerned as I had not heard from her for weeks.

We had a good long chat. It was wonderful to hear her voice and I must admit that there is much more warmth to be felt with voice-to-voice contact than with email. Person-to-person is even better, but we are anything but globe trotters.

Yesterday was Halloween and we had not a single costumed child come to the door. No surprise there, as the nearest child in residence would be miles and miles away. Usually the parents of rural children drive them in to neighbouring villages to cruise for candy door to door.

The weather last night was dreadful. Winds gusted to around 50 km an hour and rain lashed down intermittently. I remember the last time I went "trick or treating" with Terra. We had wind and snow that Halloween night!

The latter part of October was very bleak, rain and cloudy skies most of the time. It looks like November will bring much of the same, although I do see a few rays of sunshine in the long term forecast.

The weather is not nearly the imposition it has been for us, since we moved to our rural home, because our new car is larger and not as prone to dancing around the road in inclement weather. Traveling any distance in our older little car was like driving a covered go cart. It required a great deal of concentration and skill to keep our little car on the road and in the lane of traffic where it belonged, even in the best of weather.

This morning Attila is busy in the kitchen cooking up his specialty breakfast, blueberry pancakes. He is using the berries we picked and froze during the summer. Even here, where farming is untenable, nature has bounty to offer the gatherer.

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Worldly Distractions

Masonry Heater
The ritual of the hearth fire begins.

On The Screen
Bernard and Doris
starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes

"I love tranquil solitude
And such society
As is quiet, wise, and good."
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

4 C
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 4.0C
Dewpoint: 2.8C
Humidity: 92 %
Wind: WNW 8 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 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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