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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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Today's walk

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Today's walk took me down a path in which found objects are embedded. This is along the east side of the Saint Remi tunnel under the Lachine Canal.

Caine says:

Oh, just amazing. I really like the iron. And the scissors. And the gun. Great series! I've faved...I'm faving a bunch.

2nd Jul 2009, 04:01

beth says:

Lovely!

2nd Jul 2009, 10:32

minushabens says:

can we call it deja-vue-esotheric design?

2nd Jul 2009, 11:42

factotum says:

That would have been a more imaginative title than
"Today's Walk" certainly. Wish I'd thought of it.

2nd Jul 2009, 12:07

mtn_hermit says:

Well, that's certainly an inventive way to recycle!

2nd Jul 2009, 15:56

Viv says:

interesting idea

2nd Jul 2009, 23:52

factotum says:

It was great fun to happen across.

3rd Jul 2009, 00:19

lilitiger says:

I like it. Makes walking so much more interesting, a kind of path-combing.

4th Jul 2009, 13:49

nige says:

That gun imprint, wow!

4th Jul 2009, 14:47

factotum says:

Path-combing is a great neologism! I don't think the cyclists speeding by had any idea why I was dawdling.
This path connects the bike path with a fairly big road, rue Saint Ambroise. I don't think I ever walked along it before.

6th Jul 2009, 03:10

Neath(neathatturcot-at-yahoo-dot-ca) says:

Really neat. I had forgotten about that path. Malt Plant across the way from the fence.

7th Jul 2009, 06:23

Javama says:

Marvellous! It would make you walk with a smile I bet.

8th Jul 2009, 12:41

mara says:

What a great idea! I like it so much

8th Jul 2009, 13:32