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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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Montreal Miscellany

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The Canadian Street Car Advertising Company Limited on Beaver Hall
Hill, a sculpture at the north end of Victoria Square (bottom of
Beaver Hall Hill) and a line of silver teapots along the edge of a
rooftop on Notre Dame near the corner of des Seigneurs.

First Frost

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27th Oct 2007, 02:13   comments (6)

Jesus Moves

A statue of Jesus being moved from the gardens of a burnt out church. The congregation is moving, and the church will be demolished to make room for "social housing".
In the second photo, you can see the statue of Louis Cyr in the background.

Caleche ponies

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spotted at the horse palace in Griffintown


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Glaziers repairing a stained glass window in Saint George's Anglican Church, downtown Montreal

morning commute

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It's dark when I leave the house in the morning, so why is it 22
degrees this afternoon? What season is it again?
22nd Oct 2007, 21:11   | tags:,,comments (5)

Morning Skyline

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For Swamprose

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The top photograph in my last post was taken from the fire escape on
the shed in the background of this photo. That silver dome is
Bonsecours Market. The clock tower is at the end of a spit that
extends eastward out towards the Jacques Cartier bridge. Does this help?