December 10, 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]

There is not much going on at our house.

Well, there is a lot going on if you count watching constant snow squalls, an occasional snow plow passing, and Attila shoveling, shoveling, shoveling. He will be able to use the snow blower tonight because the temperature is now below freezing. Up until today the snow has been very wet and would only clog the snow blower. The shovel has been the only option under such conditions.

Attila's mother breezed through her knee surgery this week. Luna's birthday has come and gone. Caitrìona is preparing for her annual journey south. All is well with the world.

Mist has been very content with the ritual of the morning and evening fires. Sometimes she sits in front of the fireplace and "makes eyes" at Attila, trying to charm him into one extra fire! We are quite cozy though, burning two fires a day. It has been relatively mild thus far, and the temperature is only now beginning to dip below freezing with regularity.

Since my high speed Internet connection is so strong during winter storms, and it has been storming since the beginning of December, I am taking this opportunity to do further genealogical research online.

I really should be publishing my next genealogy book. However, I enjoy wandering aimlessly through the data, to such a degree that it slows my progress. Luckily the only deadlines are the ones I imagine. There is no one to please but myself, so all is well so long as I can forgive my lack of discipline. Done!

Actually, this wandering through data reminds me of my childhood. My brother and I spent many happy hours perusing encyclopedias and sharing tidbits of fascinating information. Books... they have always have been a source of pleasure and comfort.

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Worldly Distractions

View from my desk during a snow squall.
View from my desk this morning.

Here Comes Santa Clause
performed by Elvis Presley

"Christmas is here:
Winds whistle shrill,
Icy and chill.
Little care we;
Little we fear
Weather without,
Sheltered about
The Mahogany Tree."
William Makepeace Thackeray

-4 C
Pressure: 99.1 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -4.0C
Dewpoint: -8.0C
Humidity: 74%
Wind: W 30 gust 52 km/h
Wind Chill: -12

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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