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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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The Glen

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Heading for the Turcot yards...
8th Apr 2008, 00:01   comments (3)

A closer look

We ventured farther out onto the fire escape today to look at the
damage to the roof. The bottom photograph is of the courtyard from
which I am ordinarily taking the photographs.
6th Apr 2008, 21:46   | tags:,comments (5)

Pieces de resistance

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These patchwork banners have started to appear in one of the
neighbourhood where I frequently find myself on foot, tied onto
fences and around poles. They're the work of Heather Utah, I learn
from reading on Urbanphoto; you can see more photographs here

edit: the clicky wasn't working properly, but copying and pasting the URL above should work.

Snow rings

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It's interesting how different layers of the snow melt at different
6th Apr 2008, 02:07   comments (4)

For Sprocket

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A man in a red sombrero!

Montreal Neighbourhoods

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Spring in Little Burgundy/ La Petite Bourgogne... The sign on the
utility pole says

Les Jardins

Storefronts/ Antique Shops

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4th Apr 2008, 01:13   comments (0)

Storefronts: La Gaillarde

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Gaillard(e) translates roughly to healthy and robust, in the sense of
well-preserved for one's age. The shop sells clothing made from
recycled articles and materials.
4th Apr 2008, 00:48   comments (1)