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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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Windsor Station, Montreal

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This is the rarely used exit at the corner of Peel and Saint-Antoine.
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Taken from the walkway between the Bell Centre and Windsor Station, one of the many ways of minimizing the time spent outside on a cold winter's day....

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a clock with no hands in the south east corner of Windsor station

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This is Justine's Perkins-Brailler. Each of the six keys produces a raised dot in one position of the 2 X 3 array of a Braille character. That's the space key in the middle. It's a beautiful little machine.
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and it's for ME!
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Windsor Station, December

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The concourse of Windsor Station in Montreal, decorated for the Christmas season.

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My poor birch tree! Usually the top of this tree is up over the roof, but now it's bowed down almost horizontal under the weight of the ice.