December 4, 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]

Sometimes I read the CBC online news. Most articles offer readers an opportunity to comment on the article. I feel that, in most instances, the content in the articles is sparse, very general and needs to be more balanced and detailed. However, it is heartening that many of the comments made by readers reflect genuine hope for a more humane Canada. That we are in Dickensian times is very evident in the tone of the commentary.

The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the house this morning. The morning dishes are washed, dried and put away. Again this morning, my friend the owl was perched just outside the kitchen window, intent on hunting. She sat calmly on the maple branch as it swayed in the snow storm that surrounded us.

The storm has blocked TV reception, but boosted the signal for Internet reception. This bodes well for the winter, for two reasons. First, we have a lot of storms here, and second, because the Internet is a far more important source of information and entertainment than is the TV.

The weather report predicts a week of snow; it seems winter weather has arrived. Last year, at this time, we had already experienced a full month of snowy weather and Attila had spent many evenings shoveling. That was the longest winter I can remember in my lifetime. So this winter will be at least one month shorter than the last, and that is a blessing.

This year, with little work to be had and significant car payments to be made, Attila and I are not spending money on Christmas presents. We will be making thoughtful gifts, gifts with a lot of "love" in them. We will also be preparing many of our favorite holiday foods and spending time with some of our favorite people. A happy holiday season is predicted.

Our lack of funds for presents is harder on the retailers than it is on us. There is a lack of balance in the way we North Americans approach our "holidays", the celebrations are more about profit margins than they are about joy, celebration and connectivity.

Attila and I fully intend to have a very Merry Christmas, in spite of the long list of things that we do not have. For the moment, we do have adequate food and shelter and relative peace of mind, a situation which we both wish was shared by every human on planet earth.

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Worldly Distractions

First Snow Squall of the Season
Snow Squall

It's a Marshmallow World
performed by Dean Martin

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
Charles Dickens

1 °C
December 2009
Condition: Snow
Pressure:101.4 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Humidity:78 %
Wind:SW 22 gust 33 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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