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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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SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,

factotum says:

and the last line of the poem is:
A heart whose love is innocent!

6th Jun 2007, 22:18

Viv says:

there's a thought!!!

two more lovely records of your visit - feeling sad somehow tonight - your visit was at a good time for me - I needed a focus - trouble is I made 2 friends who I now miss!

7th Jun 2007, 00:04

factotum says:

I'm missing family and friends who are far away too, including those who are no longer among us. There's nothing wrong with feeling sad, but I hope you feel less sad in the morning.
(I didn't mean to omit the last line of the poem; it just got cut off in transit.)

7th Jun 2007, 00:25

Viv says:

yes those too

I'll be fine in the morning - builders returned yesterday so other than a bit more painting and the new glass - bathroom will be completed tomorrow - then they start on the landing!

7th Jun 2007, 00:30

swamprose says:

I'm still here viv. thought of you today when I used curves in photoshop.

7th Jun 2007, 02:21

Viv says:

I know you're there Linda - it was just such an intense few days - and I'm missing the buzz I had thinking of things we might do - and doing them - and the company

Must invite my friends over next week when Alan's away

Need to do some social planning!

Was just a bit reflective

7th Jun 2007, 14:47

Geodyne says:

Viv, I echo your thoughts. Facto, this is another fabulous series.

7th Jun 2007, 14:51

MaggieD says:

I so, so wish I had a little more time to talk to you both in a more 'one to two' situation .... I do like that top shot ....

7th Jun 2007, 20:15

FilbertFox says:

is that a super model in the top shot? She looks simply stunning

8th Jun 2007, 20:31