March 8, 2010

Open Windows



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]

I am looking forward to the season of open windows. It has been sunny and mild for days and days and days. Whenever I need to do a small task, I sit in sun in front of the sliding glass door to soak in that golden cheer from the heavens. I can now believe that spring will arrive; I believe, I believe, I believe.

I believe that although doors close, windows may open. February and March of this year have seen quite a few doors close in my world. It is the way of things, the way of change, for doors to close. It is for the bright windows I watch, as I sit in the sun happily occupied with my small tasks.

Attila and I spent our Saturday afternoon on the highway heading south, south to Toronto. We stopped by Gate 403 to hear Steve Paul Simms perform with Maya Toman, and guests. We enjoyed meeting old friends and meeting new people; most of all we enjoyed the music!

After leaving Gate 403, we headed south again to visit Harriet and Hogan in Niagara. Helena had coffee with all of us on Sunday morning. We enjoyed spending a sunny Sunday with Harriet and Hogan, walking and touring the Niagara region.

Our partial weekend was a tonic, which has returned vigour and joy to our existence, after a dreary winter of isolation. A Saturday afternoon and Sunday off work; sunny skies; bare dry roads; above freezing temperature; a bit of gas money hoarded away; all these things conspired to allow us an overnight trip.

Skype continues to delight me, as I can speak with friends and loved ones, making eye contact and sharing smiles.

This morning I've been puttering around the house. I've baked a banana walnut loaf for Attila and cut two mattes, to mount the stamp sheets I am framing. I found the frames for less than $3.50 each, and the matte cost 57 cents. Of course I paid full price for the stamp sheets, they are beautiful. One sheet is the Canadian stamp depicting the Year of the Tiger, the other sheet depicts the Year of the Rat. The Tiger will hang above my side of the bed, the Rat above Attila's side of the bed. Tigers and Rats work well together, most of the time, if they want to, which they do at our house.

I work one morning this week, and to my great relief the road report is good. With a little bit of luck I will not need to drive through any more storms this winter. I have my fingers crossed.

I am looking forward to seeing Caitrìona again; she plans on arriving back in Canada in the next week or so. I hope the snow is completely gone when she gets here; that would be a nice bonus for all of us!

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Worldly Distractions

The Mighty Bean!
The Mighty Bean!

Russell Crowe
Genevieve Picot
Hugo Weaving

"Clothing the palpable and familiar
With golden exhalations of the dawn."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

6 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km Temperature: 6.0C
Dewpoint: -1.2C
Humidity: 60 % Wind: WSW 21 km/h

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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