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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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Christmas circa 1913

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My grandparents celebrating Christmas, several years before my father was

factotum says:

They would have been living in New York City then, 45 West 11th Street, near Washington Square.

13th Dec 2006, 02:24

Jigalong says:

These are priceless. Thanks for sharing

13th Dec 2006, 03:20

yatesybear says:

Reminds me of 'The others' BW shots.

13th Dec 2006, 04:36

swamprose says:

These are lovely. Did you see the menorah on the mantlepiece? and the cat? Can you send me the file?

13th Dec 2006, 09:49

Dhamaka says:

great shots - a fantastic bit of history and I love the one with the cat

13th Dec 2006, 14:10

Rick says:

Great pics. I love seeing little bits of history like these. The clothes they're wearing are awesome. Looks like they were having a good time.

24th Dec 2006, 23:15

Viv says:

You are so lucky to have these

3rd Jan 2007, 11:23

mgriffin (mariahoey-at-earthlink-dot-net) says:

--your pictures are beautiful-- I live at this address now
can you send along a larger file ( if handy) it would
be fantastic to have a copy. + I'd be happy to send
along a picture circa 2007.

19th Mar 2007, 16:08