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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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tow truck mirrors

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At the first red light, I was interested enough in the crucifix-like part of
the tow truck to pick up my camera. At the second red light, I was more
interested in the driver's ear in one of his many mirrors. By the third red
light, he was watching me suspiciously, so I felt I couldn't be
photographing him any more... Would have been a great photo though, so I
wish I were nervier!
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For Caine

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I don't know what Swamprose has in mind, but your hollyhocks have turned up
in the surface decoration of large coiled planters that I'm working on...
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Tattered Tarps

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One more set of photos from this afternoon's walk along the Lachine Canal...
The sign says "Souriez Vous etes surveilles par un systeme de camera"/
"Smile You are being watched by a camera system".
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Pile of Trucks

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Underneath a bridge over the Lachine Canal

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Paper Recycling Plant

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