January 15, 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]

Things are pretty slow here. I worked for two and half hours this week, nothing else on offer. The wage earned will cover the cost of the gas used to get there and back, but not the cost of the vehicle; financially it is not much of a job and not sustainable in the long run. I am not allowed to apply for a position with regular hours until a six month probationary period has been successfully navigated. It remains to be seen if I can support the costs of the job until the end of the probationary period.

If I contort my thoughts, twist my emotions, I can actually make myself feel sorry for the people around me who complain about having to go to work at paying jobs. Funny old world.

As a statistic I look good, as I am "working". The losing money part does not interest the statisticians or the politicians; my real quality of life is not measured.

I notice that my mood improves if I get close to a day's work a week; my mood slides when I don't get enough hours to break even. I have a lot of time to think about this, which is not a good thing either.

So, the winter blahs are edging into my everyday life again. I'm fighting hard to maintain a balance and winning for the most part.

Well, actually, I thought I was doing very well, until my digestive system sent out a distress call. Apparently my digestive system is suffering from an excess in acid, the doctor feels is due to stress. I am on a round of medication, it helps with the pain, and I have tests booked at the hospital to ensure that it is only an ulcer and not something more serious.

I think the stress of chronic isolation and unemployment are taking their toll on my health.

Terra and Lares are coming to visit. We always have a wonderful time when they visit, I'm sure it will lift my spirits immeasurably.

The research on my family genealogy book is proceeding at breakneck speed. The new high speed internet connection can be thanked for that! What used to take two or three minutes to load, now takes two or three seconds.

My days drift by pleasantly, despite the disconnection with the functioning economic world, which seems to be the only populated world.

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Worldly Distractions

Firewood = Heat

Wade Through the Dark
Aaron Cadwaladr

On The Screen
Season Two

"To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten."
Thomas Chandler

Feels Like: -4
Wind: NW 15km/h
Sunrise: 7:51
Sunset: 17:01
Relative Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 101.84 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: 2500 ft


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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