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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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I live in suburban Montreal, but a few houses away from where I live you can
climb through a hole in the fence and end up on the train lines. Swamprose
and I went photographing out here.
22nd Oct 2006, 00:55   comments (2)

Monarch Butterfly and Clover

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Today was a cold gloomy afternoon, perfect for sorting through the photos
taken on Thanksgiving weekend when Swamprose was in town.
21st Oct 2006, 21:22   | tags:,comments (2)

Industrial courtyard

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Old Industrial Montreal

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Loorolllomo MoblogMeet Montreal

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Factotum and Swamprose photographed each other through water pipes in
Old Montreal as a pair of Asian tourists looked on. The man, who had a camera,
thought this was an interesting idea; the woman was less convinced.

St Ann's Church Site

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A while back, I went to take more photographs of the Farine Five Roses sign
before it gets taken down. One of the vantage points for photographing the
sign is the site where saint Ann's Church used to stand. The church, the
centre of the Irish working class district called Griffintown, was built in
1854 and torn down in 1970 as the neighbourhood was largely demolished to
make way for the Ville Marie expressway. All that's left today is a park
with benches along the former nave of the church, and a few foundation
stones. The bottom photo shows row houses in the bottom block of Mountain
Street, facing the park.

Soldiers of Peace Clay Workshop

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On Sunday, my daughter and I took part in a workshop building terra cotta
female figures as part of Claude Desjardins' project

Soldiers of Peace