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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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This old tugboat is now out of service and is on display in the Montreal
Harbour. Swamprose was up ahead photographing, and I was trailing behind
hoping that I was taking different pictures. I hope she blogs hers too.
11th Oct 2006, 00:24   comments (2)

Swamprose in Old Montreal

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Swamprose is in Montreal for the Thanksgiving weekend.
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Small planes for Swamprose

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I love the way the digital camera stops the propellers!
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Daycare Expeditions

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Show Me Men at Work

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not to mention women and machines...
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Pigeon Frieze

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Pigeons on the facade of an old theatre building in Montreal, originally
"The Empress" I believe, most recently the Cinema V.
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Chippie and Ernie, the cats of a friend.
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or Jimson Weed- beautiful, hallucinogenic and poisonous, growing in the
municipal greenhouse of the small town in which I live.
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