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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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factotum says:

I love snow!

4th Dec 2007, 00:11

nige says:

so do i!

4th Dec 2007, 00:17

Euphro says:


4th Dec 2007, 00:25

factotum says:

And there's more on the way! We had about 30 cms in the last 24 hours with maybe another 8-10 coming overnight.
Still thinking of snowboarding in the Rockies?

4th Dec 2007, 00:26

nige says:

would absolutely love to, facto! this years trip looks like it's off. i may have to settle for a cheeky weekend in the French or Swiss Alps instead.

4th Dec 2007, 00:28

factotum says:

A weekend in the Alps sounds nice to me!

4th Dec 2007, 03:08

swamprose says:

that library never looked so good.
wooohooo. lots of snow.

4th Dec 2007, 04:15

mara says:

lots of snow and a nice pic

4th Dec 2007, 07:21

itchymoblog says:


*is counting down to a holiday in the Rockies in January. Bring the snow, already!*

6th Dec 2007, 13:46

Dhamaka says:

lovely indeed

10th Dec 2007, 16:35

Viv says:


19th Dec 2007, 15:15