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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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Saint Henri

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A View of Montreal

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Photos taken through the windows of the EV building of Concordia University

More mop heads

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These are in an exhibition entitled Hair Follies

http://fofagallery.concordia.ca

It amuses me because I recently posted this photo
http://moblog.net/view/873032/art-school-cleaners-cupboard

Saint Henri

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looking north up rue Saint Ferdinand towards rue Richelieu and the highway...
She's airborne & hurrying to get back indoors!

Six more weeks of winter

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My late father-in-law always used to say that once January was over "the back of winter was broken". By February, there start to be days when it's really lovely to be outdoors again, and today was one of them.

Green wall in winter

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This green wall , installed on the corner of the Darling Foundry art gallery, is the work of Jean Paul Ganem. There are photos taken in the summer and fall here:
http://moblog.net/view/287180/late-summer-late-fall

514 Fenetre

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The Griffintown fire station near the corner of Peel and Ottawa

Montreal Landmarks

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I was sorting through old folders, and came across this photo. It interests me because it shows both the Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle on the left and the lookout on Mount Royal. It's taken from the Wellington Street bridge.
Other photos of the milk bottle are here: http://moblog.net/view/178705/montreal-landmark
The bottom two photos here:
http://moblog.net/view/178460/sunday-in-mont-royal-park
are taken from the lookout.