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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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Snow Curls

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It makes me happy that such a gloomy mix of snow and rain can produce something as pleasing as these snow curls sliding down a windshield.
Here is a photo of one I took last winter:
3rd Dec 2008, 00:02   | tags:

yes, they're marvellous. I do miss snow, as we hardly ever get any around here, but when we do get some, it causes such chaos and mayhem that we want it gone immediately, so it's probably for the best that we don't get much.

3rd Dec 2008, 08:09

itchymoblog says:

Hee, I like these! :) We had a very little snow yesterday morning, and that's probably nearly it for the year. *sniffs*

3rd Dec 2008, 08:43

Viv says:

had never noticed that

Our snow from last Wed Thurs still remains in parts - very crunchy or lethally icy

9th Dec 2008, 17:52

Spiderbaby says:

pretty scrolls :)

10th Dec 2008, 22:48