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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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Raging Grannies

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or les Memes Dechainees as they're called in French, at yesterday's demonstrations protesting the prorogation of the Canadian Parliament...

Anti Prorogation Rallies

Rallies have been taking place in many Canadian cities, protesting the prorogation of Parliament by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In these photographs of the rally in Montreal on Saturday, the protests were overseen by the statue of King Edward VII; I wonder what the Queen thinks of these goings on?

Petite Saint Pierre

The Little Saint Pierre River runs across the Meadowbrook golf course through Cote Saint Luc, Montreal West, Ville Saint Pierre and Lachine.

Sunday Outing

Folks from the Green Coalition went for a walk this morning around the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Cote Saint Luc:


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Avenue du Musee

The museum is a fine place to spend a cold and snowy afternoon between Christmas and New Year.

More Icicles

ground level shots of the icicles that I photographed yesterday from above...
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