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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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More road work

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Copernicus

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This is the statue of Copernicus outside the planetarium in Montreal- and a
few close ups of the statue's base.

Road work

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Road work in Montreal, with two close ups of the section of water pipe that
they were replacing.
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Today's Montreal shot

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Queen Victoria's statue in Place Victoria, Old Montreal...
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Farine Five Roses

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The top photo was taken outside the building with my studio, on a rainy
November night. The other photo and the article are from the Montreal
Gazette, August 8,2006

I LOVE the Royal Mail!

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Look what I found in my mail this morning, all the way from England! Thank
you so much, Paintist!!! My son will be very happy that someone knows how
Hammett got his name!

Folk Festival

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Ruth Ungar and her mother Lyn Hardy at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival
in Vermont- They're singing in a workshop entitled "Songs I Learned at My
Mother's Knee and Other Low Joints".

Another Landmark for Montrealers

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The giant Coke man is on a secondary highway, about halfway between Montreal
and the US border. I've driven by him for decades without stopping, but this
weekend I stopped to take a few photos.
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