April 9, 2010




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]

We have a mini-blizzard going on out there! Snow, driving snow at that, is coming down out of the sky and lying itself down across the newly exposed landscape. The yellow and mauve crocuses in the front yard refuse to come out in this weather. It is melting fast, almost as fast as it is coming down. Winter's last gasp, or so I hope.

I worked for a few hours yesterday. I like the work, the petty politics leave me cold.

I'm baking bread this morning. I need to pay attention to the concrete right now, as I've been happily lost in the bright tunnels of my mind for a few weeks. The genealogy research has been going well, although I've encountered a few dead ends that I can not seem to get through. That is part of the fun though, mysteries to be solved, or not, as fate dictates.

My closet needs a good clean; I think I'll tackle that today. Right now most of the clothes I wear are hung up on door handles, because the closet is packed with thirty years worth of clothes I no longer wear and things I no longer use. Time for a purge.

We are planning and hosting a family BBQ in the next month or so. We are having it in early spring, before the biting insect season begins; at least that is what we are aiming for. I'm looking forward to it, to seeing everyone who can attend. Hopefully the weather will be wonderful for this four generation event.

I picked up a book at the library that I don't really like. However, to my surprise, in the first few chapters there have been two unspoken and underlying philosophical assumptions, made by the author, that have me thinking about the nature of life, and being a human. This is not always a pleasant experience, thinking outside the box, my box. However, I find my differences from the author worth exploring. The author, the story, are not stimulating; the writing, the plot is, in my opinion, obvious, stiff, predictable and simplistic. I will probably continue to read this book, although it certainly isn't a meeting of like minds!

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Worldly Distractions

Thin Coat of Snow in April
The Thin Coat

The Heart of Saturday Night
Tom Waits

On The Screen
Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going

By The Easy Chair
by Steven Saylor

"To one commending an orator for his skill in amplifying petty matters, Agesilaus said, “I do not think that shoemaker a good workman that makes a great shoe for a little foot.”"
Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)

-1 C
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 100.8 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -0.5C
Dewpoint: -2.7C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: W 18 gust 35 km/h
Wind Chill: -6

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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