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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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Metro stations

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Photos from a series of pictures of the Montreal Metro, metro
stations and bus shelters, taken several years ago, which I am in the
process of printing...

train wheels

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ducks in the still icy Saint Lawrence

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Entrance to the Lachine Canal

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This is the entrance to the Lachine Canal from Lac Saint Louis and
the Saint Lawrence River.


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pigeon spikes

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CN Miscellany

There goes the neighbourhood!

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On Friday, there was an article in the Montreal Gazette about plans
to replace the elevated sections of the Bonaventure Expressway with
elegant boulevards and possibly a tram line heading west along the
Lachine Canal. My most recent photos were taken along the train
tracks that you can see on the left of the aerial photo; my studio is
in the building marked with a red X. I'm not sure I want the
neighbourhood spruced up and gentrified!
Silar, you might be interested to read more about Montreal's trams,
past and future, here br /