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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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The Montreal Canadiens ( les Habitants) advance to the next round in the hockey playoffs. #31, Carey Price, is their goalie.
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heh heh heh

22nd Apr 2008, 06:19

nige says:

do you know who the artist is facto? i could swear we have something very similar here in MK. I'll get a picture.

22nd Apr 2008, 09:15

swamprose says:

it's always hard loving the habs if you live in Toronto. and I like the team, all those guys from Belarus, Russia, Finland, Switzerland and BC.

may the force be with them.

if we have to do riots, they are about hockey. 14 police cars burned, the liquor store emptied and American Apparel and the 3 Amigos trashed. oh my.

22nd Apr 2008, 13:45

MaggieD says:

.... I had to smile :)

22nd Apr 2008, 17:08

Viv says:

looks good!!!

23rd Apr 2008, 10:26

factotum says:

Nige, the sculptor's name is Ju Ming, and according to Google, there IS one of his sculptures in the Milton Keynes Sculpture Park. There are four of them in Montreal, apparently, including one at Lac au Castor on the mountain. I'll have to get their pictures too.

25th Apr 2008, 12:49

nige says:

that has really made my day. i thought i recognised the style. wow.

facto, we will now forever be connected through Ju Ming sculpture :)

25th Apr 2008, 13:06