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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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My camera is dying

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My beloved Canon A70 is dying. It worked fine for years until it recently
started taking photos of pink stripes. Changing the batteries helped
temporarily, but yesterday when I was photographing the cats in the window,
it started to blow out the highlights and turn them pink. Does anyone have
any suggestions for a cure?
5th May 2006, 22:03   comments (1)

Cats

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Two cats watching the world go by through the screen of an opened window.
5th May 2006, 01:56   comments (3)

Montreal Construction Site

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Here's part of a construction crane painted to look like a heart-shaped
face.
5th May 2006, 00:17   | tags:,comments (1)

Swamprose photographing

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What is Swamprose photographing? Sundew, a carnivorous plant we found
growing on the Georgian Bay in Ontario.
Here's the photograph of the sundews that I took moments earlier.
21st Apr 2006, 19:44   comments (7)

Car Rock for Swamprose

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We were hiking in the Lanaudiere region of Quebec 2 summers ago when I
stopped to take a couple of quick photographs of this rock. My husband was
waiting somewhat impatiently for me to catch up.
I'm going back this summer to see if I can find it again.
21st Apr 2006, 04:11   comments (17)

and even more graffitti

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more graffitti

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graffitti

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These are taken under a train bridge, where one set of tracks crosses over
another. It's always different. And last time I was here, there was snow.
20th Apr 2006, 03:10   | tags:,comments (0)