November 5, 2009

Force of Nature



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 October 22, 1999 I posted my very first journal entry. That was ten years ago. There was no such thing as a "blog" back then and I began by coding my own site. It was terrifying and thrilling. Anyone reading my journal has been with me through the ups and downs over the last decade. If you are reading this, whoever you are, thank you for being there.

Snow! I had an appointment in the village this morning, a half hour drive away. As I cruised home the snow began to drop, well plop really, out of the sky. The snow was so heavy that visibility was affected. Thankfully I was part of a stream of vehicles led by a cautious truck driver.

As Attila and I sat eating our lunch we watched a steady downfall of pea sized hail. As soon as the hail storm ended the wind whipped itself into a frenzy and set the trees to waving about madly. It was quite a show. No damage though, and for that we are thankful.

I've been fascinated by our new high speed internet connection. I discovered the CBC Radio 3 web site and spent most of the day wandering about there, seeing what there was to offer.

The site allowed me to create a playlist of artists I know, as well as a list of artists that I would love to see in live performance.

Even more intriguing is the Concert Calendar, which allows artists to post notice of when and where they are performing. After "discovering" Ashlea Jonesmith on the CBC Radio 3 website, I was delighted to find that she was performing last night in Bracebridge, Ontario, at the Griffin Gastropub. It was a long drive, but well worth the effort. The venue was cozy, the acoustics were good; an intimate showcase for Ashlea's beautiful voice and music.

An added bonus is that beer from a variety of local breweries is on tap at the Griffin. Of course my allergy prevents me from exploring food and drink. However, Attila was able to indulge in a very fine glass of ale, leaving me as the designated driver. In my new car, being the designated driver is still something I regard as a treat.

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Worldly Distractions

Mist helping herself to cat grass, a kitty salad bar.
Kitty Salad Bar

Dear Miriam
Written and performed by Ashlea Jonesmith

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
Thomas Carlyle

3 C
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 3.0C
Dewpoint: -0.3C
Humidity: 79%
Wind: NNW 28 gust 39 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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