four noticings.

Sunday, February 19


(One.) Light is coming back to the world, winter is nearly over. Most of the pictures scattered about this post were taken on different days, all around one o’clock in the afternoon.

At that time, on clear days, this incandescent light makes the streets glow and turns people into silhouettes.

(Two.) I’ve been coming across a whole host of magnificent words recently. Some of them are new; some of them I’ve already heard of before but something about them has just, all of a sudden, struck me. I love the sounds, the textures, the meanings of words.

Here are a few I’m liking just now: polyphony, solemnity, soliloquy, indicative, visceral, sibilance, dialectic, irrevocable, eschews, omnivorous, lipogram, plosive, expunge and plunge.

(Three.) I came across this the other week and thought it was an interesting idea:

‘You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope is strong as long as you are merely using it to cord up a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? ... Only real risk tests the reality of a belief.’
~ C.S. Lewis, from A Grief Observed, 1966 (not exactly light reading, but a very honest book).
(Four.) I also noticed this dog with shoes on in Central Station.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful.

    Why would you put shoes on a dog...and also how?

    Your mother


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