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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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Ghosts in the Machine

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still pics of Alison Reiko Loader's anamorphic video installation in the old police station in Griffintown,"Ghosts in the Machine: The Inquest of Mary Gallagher". The installation explores the true story of a 19th century murder that took place in Griffintown. ( Mary Gallagher's decapitated ghost is storied to reappear down here every four years on the anniversary of her death. If so, she should next appear in June 2012.)


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spotted at a performance venue/private residence...
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Watch Cat

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Louis Cyr contemplates all the new construction in his neighbourhood. The cranes in the background, behind the Turcot interchange, are working on the super hospital. The building on the left is being built on the site of the former Saint Elizabeth church.

Boulevard Lasalle

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glaze detail

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I opened a glaze kiln today, a kiln filled with pieces left over from the fall.
Some snapshots, if you're interested, on my Flickr page.
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Lachine Canal

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