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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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Sunday in Mont Royal Park

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Montreal's Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same
man who designed New York City's Central Park. In the top photo, the people
are looking out over the east end of the city. The bottom two show downtown

swamprose says:

I didn't know that about Mount Royal and I grew up in Montreal. I miss it. entre la jeunesse et la sagesse...

3rd Aug 2006, 03:05

silar31 says:

Montreal is high on my list of places to visit. Bro-in-law and his wife took their honeymoon there and loved it. It was cut short by a family crisis so they went back for another week the next year.

3rd Aug 2006, 03:17

Caine says:

Beautiful, captivating shots. :)

3rd Aug 2006, 04:32

paintist says:

god, I am such a country looks lovely, but so huge......

3rd Aug 2006, 09:00

factotum says:

I was seduced by Canada when I came in the late 60s to go to McGill University. It was an era when many young Americans were coming to Canada, and I never regretted it. These days, it seems like a better and better decision.
Mandy, I'm going to post some photos of Cape Breton. That will be even more seductive!

3rd Aug 2006, 21:33

swamprose says:

mandy, we have great geography, just like Colorado does. We also have the same stupid guys running things that the uk and us have. go figure.

4th Aug 2006, 00:09