December 17, 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]

Like many others, I am exasperated at the behavior and plans of politicians. The display of hubris and myopia are staggering. The sins of the fathers...

The cold weather they were experiencing on the Canadian prairies has made its way west. However, our cold snap is much less severe, it was only -22C last night. We are keeping warm by burning three fires a day, and yesterday Attila burned a fire in the little fireplace downstairs for a few hours, to make sure the pipes don't freeze down there.

I've a few hours work this week, and a doctors appointment. This is good, because it gets me out of the house. Cabin fever season has set in, so getting off the property at least once a week is good for the psyche.

I favour healthy living conditions whenever possible, as a way to cope with cabin fever, and am quite averse to the idea of taking drugs to cope with environmentally enforced conditions of any kind.

Our culture NEEDS to pay attention to the quality of life for all citizens, and by our culture I am not referring to governments, media, businesses or commerce. This is a people issue and the solutions are people solutions; no Royal Commissions or research dollars needed.

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Worldly Distractions

Maggie Pondering as is usual.
Winter gaze.
Like my haircut? Did it myself.

"It's my nose's birthday, not mine"
Jimmy Durante
It's My Noses Birthday

"A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face."
The Blue Fairy
Pinocchio 1940

-21 C
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 103.3 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -21.0C
Dewpoint: -22.4C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -25

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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