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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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15 cm of snow AND 15-20 mm of rain!?? Either one alone would be quite
12th Apr 2007, 01:54   | tags:,

Caine says:

Oy! You have my sympathies. We have a week of predicted snow and rain too.

12th Apr 2007, 02:59

swamprose says:

yeah well, toronto too, except it can't make up it's mind.a little snow, rain, sleet, frozen stuff, more rain, snow...someone told me it came from Kansas.

12th Apr 2007, 04:39

Dhamaka says:


12th Apr 2007, 05:47

mtn_hermit says:

Ever been in a snowstorm that included thunder & lightning? Had one of those in NB once. Really weird.

12th Apr 2007, 06:28

Viv says:

looking at yours Caine's and S.R's sites is making me feel cold!

12th Apr 2007, 11:26

OJ says:

Snow + rain = sleet?

For some reason Kansas strikes me as a funny place for the weather to come from. It's a Wizard of Oz thing....

12th Apr 2007, 11:29

MaggieD says:

Oh dear :(

12th Apr 2007, 11:49

swamprose says:

mtn hermit--yes, thunder/lightning in a snow storm happens a lot these days.

*knocks her ruby slippers together and says there is nothing like sunshine, there is nothing like sunshine*

how's it going, facto?

12th Apr 2007, 14:22

Jigalong says:

I take it that snow and rain is not a good thing?

I think that the line saying "it feels like" is very funny.

13th Apr 2007, 10:53