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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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Spring comes to Montreal!
7th Apr 2009, 04:29   | tags:,,

lilitiger says:

Oh good! Sure sign of spring. I can smell the crumble already.....

7th Apr 2009, 07:42

nige says:

: )

7th Apr 2009, 14:07

swamprose says:

is it snowing yet?

8th Apr 2009, 15:30

SLG says:

oh wow, we have imported rhubarb here, not ripe enough , no taste. Whats the point making crumble just yet ?

8th Apr 2009, 23:47

factotum says:

it will be a while before we have crumble here; the rhubarb is under a light dusting of snow again.

9th Apr 2009, 04:16

Caine says:

How great to see those peeking up!

9th Apr 2009, 04:55

bibprofessor says:

I was in Montreal in February and realized that your climate is more or less like Tromsø, still having snow, it is a kind of excitement in the North, when the first of spring turns up compared to Denmark with no snow at all and Spring all over !

12th Apr 2009, 19:20