Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

Mondays are just young Fridays

It wasn’t about age; it is still about the music.
   I, and an almost-full arena, took in a spectacular concert last night as The Who played Toronto.
   Augmented by a full orchestra, the timeless British band gave us two hours of absolute magic; full of the sonic glory you expect from guys who have, at several points in history, proved that rock and roll is what it is.
   The Who could have spent the evening simply trotting out a career’s worth of hits, but instead opened with a string of compositions from the rock opera Tommy. Later in the night we were treated to a solid set from Quadrophenia. Both albums go well back into the ‘70s.
   Of course they played, and played well, the songs that many people know more from the CSI television series, but several of the big hits where left out (they did not play I Can See For Miles my absolute favourite song ever), but that was okay. Last night was all about the music.
   I’ve long considered The Who to be mostly about Pete Townshend, the guitarist who wrote much of the band’s catalogue. Now, at 77 years of age, Townshend is still in fine form. But so is lead singer and front man Roger Daltry, 78, singing and screaming in a manner that defies age.
   I’ve seen the band a couple of times in my lifetime, and chances are I will not have the opportunity to see them again. This may be The Who’s last tour, but then Townshend said he would quit touring in 1982.
   So there is hope, and there is still the music.

10/03/2022                                                                     j.g.l.


Giving Into Time

Gardens across the city are looking tired.

The flowers and foliage have for months been growing, blooming, celebrating the glorious sunshine and making our days on this big, beautiful planet ever more enjoyable.

But, come October, even the most curated gardens and manicured lawns are showing signs of wear and tear from the dipping nocturnal temperatures, lack of rain, care, or even neglect.

The cycle from spring, through summer, and now autumn, becomes more obvious each day. Daisies, Black-eyed Susan, Echinacea, once-boastful geraniums and hydrangeas are giving into time.

I can’t even find a dahlia anywhere.

Our landscape is getting darker.

The colours of flowers we count on to fill our lives will soon only be available in photographs, florist shops, or bouquets of the day at the market. We take it wherever we can, whenever we can, but we will wait patiently for next year’s gardens to bring back the everyday joy as the cycle will begin once again.

10/02/2022                                                                            j.g.l.

Truth and Reconciliation

comes at a cost

those who have already paid

the process

takes time

takes even longer


In Canada, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the Survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities.
Orange Shirt Day is an indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter- generational impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.

09/30/2022                                                                            j.g.l.

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A Delightful Package

Posted on April 15, 2018 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

I stumbled cross a wonderful book this week; its premise simple, transparent, and purposeful.
   The Poet’s Corner is a compilation of favorite poems assembled by actor John Lithgow, a life-long poetry lover and enthusiast. Subtitled The One-And-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family, the volume delivers more than it promises.
   So much poetic ground is covered between the covers: Blake, Ginsberg, Keats, Nash, Poe, Shakespeare; 50 poets presented in a fashion that will easily capture your attention and interest.
   There is no new work, and some of the poems you may know well but have not read in quite some time (it was Lear’s The Owl and the Pussy-Cat for me), but the presentation is unique, accessible, and sure to recharge your interest in poetry.
   Each of the selected poems provides a little history of the poet and the era or circumstance, Lithgow’s brief, yet effective commentary, and titles of a few other suggested poems by the writer.
   “My brief comments reflect what the poems have meant for me, but they speak far more resonantly for themselves,” Lithgow says in the introduction.
   The work is not presented in a scholarly tone, but from the viewpoint of a man who grew up listening to his grandmother and father recite poetry. This is the type of book you can pick up at any time and be drawn into the words, the stories and the rhythm of life.
   “Each poem’s light shines more brightly when read aloud,” Lithgow writes in the introduction, and with the book we are treated to a CD with the 50 poems read by the actor and his friends.
   Included are the voices of Glenn Close, Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, Helen Mirren, Gary Sinise, and even master poet Billy Connolly reading Lear and Lowell.
   This is a delightful package that will allow you to explore, discover and rediscover poetry, and all it can mean to you.
The Poet’s Corner,
The One-And-Only Poetry Book For the Whole Family, was published in 2007 by Grand Central Publishing and is well-worth searching out.

04/15/2018                                      j.g.l.

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