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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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It was a chilly weekend

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24th Mar 2008, 13:05   comments (12)

Over the top

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I dug out the barbeque for the annual Thank God It's Good Friday
party, but a certain amount of the party took place ON TOP OF the
snow...
24th Mar 2008, 13:03   comments (2)

mannequin

18th Mar 2008, 02:14   comments (7)

Snowshoeing c. 1911

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It seems like a good time to post another another picture from my
grandmother's photograph albums. She's the young woman on the right.

Icicles!

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11th Mar 2008, 23:44   comments (14)

Digging out

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I was very pleased that by 4:00 p.m., I had managed to dig my way to
the car and get one door open. It was quite nice to sit in a car
completely buried in snow! I haven't even thought of driving it
anywhere, but at least now it's all cleaned off and ready to go.
9th Mar 2008, 21:32   comments (9)

snowy street

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This is the view from my front steps tonight
9th Mar 2008, 02:22   comments (2)

Snow dump

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One of the many sites where the city of Montreal dumps its snow... Montreal has already had 316 centimeters of snow this year ( and exhausted its 127 million dollar snow removal budget). This pile won't melt away until June!