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January 17, 2009

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

Terra and Lares have just left for home. We had a great visit. We had fun, played cards, watched movies and ate things we shouldn't eat, but love to eat. We talked about things that matter to us, Haiti, our relationship, our dreams and our feelings. We cried a little and laughed. It was the best kind of weekend.

Caitrìona called this morning. She is enjoying her stay in Florida, not even a bit of cold weather down there can daunt her spirit. I always feel wonderful after chatting with Caitrìona.

I received one missive from Harriet, who is in Berlin for a few weeks on business. Harriet does not enjoy traveling for business. I do hope some of her experiences are pleasurable, despite her busy work schedule.

I was tickled when my Inbox popped up to say there was a message waiting from Steve Paul. As always, Steve Paul's beautiful heart, intelligence and sardonic humour bring the brighter side of existence into focus.

As an added bonus to this bounty of good fortune, Attila had Saturday off work and was here to enjoy the entire visit with Terra and Lares. The universe has been looking out for us.

Terra has a friend that travels to Haiti several times a year to do community work there, such as building a water tower for the community. Terra will be helping her friend by collecting medical supplies such as bandages, and attending a modest fundraiser aimed at purchasing medical supplies for the community in Haiti. We are short on cash here, but luckily had a stockpile of sterilized gauze bandages which we entrusted to Terra, who will direct them to waiting hands of the nurse, who in turn will transport them to the community when she makes her next visit to the community in Haiti.

We couldn't offer much, but we do hope that what we could manage will make a small difference to someone.

Actually, the efforts of Terra's friend are a balm to my wounded heart. My faith in humanity was sorely tested, when I lent my life energy to a humanitarian cause, only to discover there a wasteland of raw ambition and self-interest. It was a very ugly underbelly, one I wish I'd never seen.

Talking with Terra, and being given the opportunity to see what this young woman and her associates are doing, has gone a long way towards restoring my faith, that at least some people act in good faith and out of genuine concern for others.


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Raspberry Pendant Necklace
When I was a little girl, my Grandmother, and sometimes my Aunt Marie, would take me with them when they went wild raspberry picking. I loved everything about the experience. To this day, a sunny, sultry summer afternoon in a clearing, or down a deserted country road, will instantly transport me back to that time of joy.
I did take my girls wild berry picking. Terra remembered. Terra and Lares gave me this necklace for Christmas, to remember those times with my Grandmother and Aunt Marie, and to symbolize the continuity of human love and connection.



By The Easy Chair
We've been sitting around the kitchen table playing cards, the chairs were not easy, but we hardly noticed!



Quote
“The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.”
Eric Hoffer



Weather
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Overcast
Feels Like: -9
Wind: S 26km/h
Sunrise: 7:50
Sunset: 17:04
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 101.38 kPa
Visibility: 2.0 km
Ceiling: 200 ft
 

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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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