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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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Road Work

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Darling Foundry Mural

These are some photographs that I took this afternoon of Content's mural on the wall of the Darling Foundry Gallery in Montreal

La Ville Que Nous Voulons

'Change Turcot

On Sunday, environmentalists and community activists marched through Saint Henri, encouraging the ministry of Transportation to come up with a better plan for the much needed restructuring of the Turcot Interchange. One group of marchers assembled at 780 Saint Remi (photo 3), a building that is slated for demolition under the current plan; another group gathered at the Lionel Groux metro station. The two groups met up at the corner of Rose de Lima (photo 6) and Saint Antoine and rallied on the Atwater exit ramp (photo 1). From there, the march continued along rue Notre Dame (photo 8), ending up on the Lachine Canal near Parc Georges-Etienne Cartier.


Vente de Liquidation

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Over the overpass

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I've driven over this overpass many times, but yesterday was the first time I crossed it on foot.


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These beaver are around the base of a sculpture of Jacques Cartier in Parc Saint Henri, the lovely little park on rue Saint Antoine between Laporte and Agnes.

Jacques Cartier "prit possession de tout le pays" including the Indians and the beaver, it seems.