December 8, 2009

Sunny Day



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]

It was snowing when we turned in for the night. This morning dawn arrived in a cloud-drifted sky, in shades of pink and blue. A little sunshine goes a long way in the winter.

The daily bread is rising on the hearth and the morning dishes are washed, dried and stowed away. Dusting is fast becoming a priority, as fine ash from the masonry heater floats into the house when the heater door is opened.

Forms were requested today, so that the taxes can be processed in a timely manner. Taxes have always been a dreaded task, and I thank my lucky stars Attila has taken over the job! Until I met Attila, responsibility for filling in forms and filing taxes, and all administrative tasks, rested entirely upon my unwilling shoulders. Taxes were a task I despised above all others.

It is an odd twist of fate that as the world turns cold and white, the bars on the high-speed modem light up and turn green. The signal has become strong and reliable. You just never know where or when a silver lining will materialize!

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Worldly Distractions

Cloud Drifted Dawn
Cloud Drifted Dawn

performed by Sam Baker

"Was I deceive’d, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?"
John Milton

-13 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -13.0C
Dewpoint: -14.1C
Humidity: 92 %
Wind: calm

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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