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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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Devil's Hill

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The two trucks (screen captures from video) seemed bewildered by the recently installed traffic-calming barriers at the top of Devil's Hill. It took a long time and the assistance of the local fire department (on the sidewalk in the second photo) to back the truck down the hill.
Once the firefighters arrived and allowed the truck to do so, it didn't seem to have any trouble getting back and forth over the barrier...

Laterna Magica

Here are few pics of Montreal artist Loren Williams recent installation, Laterna Magica.
http://www.lorenwilliams-ruelle.blogspot.com/

Vintage photographs collected from the albums of her neighborhood residents were installed around the block and through the lanes near her home, as close to the original location where the photos were taken.

Place Roy, Montreal

This morning, I walked through Place Roy with its series of sculptural chairs. I like the way the autumn leaves add to these pieces.

Les Bassins du Nouveau Havre

The other day, I decided to walk around the perimeter of the former Canada Post Sorting Station at the bottom of Guy. This huge space, some 9.6 hectares, will be the site of the Bassins du Nouveau Havre project : http://www.loeuf.com/en/project/bassins-du-nouveau-havre
A number of stands of trees and wooded areas have not been demolished (yet). There are still several encampments of people living rough down here.

New Flavour of Sexism?

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Spotted on the back wall of the IGA in Saint Henri
4th Oct 2010, 00:25   comments (7)

Wing Island

Wing Island can be reached on foot only at low tide.
19th Sep 2010, 02:06   comments (8)

Nobska

Nobska Point with its lighthouse and beach.....
19th Sep 2010, 00:30   comments (3)

Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Photographs taken in the waterfront park across the road from the M.B.L. and next to the W.H.O.I.
( the Marine Biological Laboratories and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
18th Sep 2010, 20:18   comments (9)