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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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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 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)

Cape Cod clouds

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The Giant Coke Man

has been repainted as Le Geant Antique.
This was the first stop when Swamprose and I recently set off on an expedition to Cape Cod.

Bell Centre, Montreal

Home of les Habs, the Montreal Canadiens....
8th Sep 2010, 03:00   comments (1)

Mount Royal Cemetery

There's a hillside in the Mount Royal Cemetery which was used for memorials to small children. Lambs seem to be an important part of the iconography.
6th Sep 2010, 23:09   comments (3)