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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The Quiet Side

Posted on June 9, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

You can’t always be a whisper, but you shouldn’t always have to shout.
  I created a new Facebook page a few weeks back. Forever destined to be a work in progress, soultalk is quiet and more reflective, or softer, than
  I’ve been going into the mindful side lately, taking out my journal and catching up with my self. I value journal writing and have had this journaling program concept banging around since the days we were setting up The Urban Howl. When I left TUH I had no place to lay it out, until recently.
Soultalk: The Essence of Self
is my new spot.
  I started promoting the journaling program yesterday, after an intense week of trying to get some marketing into place, and relying on another mind who knows stuff I had never even considered. The difficult part, philosophically, was getting things ready to scream, when the course subject is more about listening to your self, with some quiet time to think.
  Then there is a challenge in setting something up to shout in a social media environment where everybody is yelling. There is a temptation to get even louder, when all I want is quiet (good quiet) in keeping with the gentle tone intended for the program.
  I originally wanted to go for “understated”.
  I wanted the words to speak for themselves.
  I’m not always sure you can do that in this digital domain that requires short and sizzling, with colour and more colour. It’s been a few years since I left marketing, so I I’m going to do a short, personal pitch right here.
  This is the softer sell in a harder world.
  Without extolling all the features, advantages and benefits of a program I believe is authentic and soul-nourishing, I can confidently state it will add a new dimension to your existing journaling practice, or give you a solid foundation if you are just starting out, or getting back into, writing in a journal.
  I know this because the material has been unfolding in my own journals over the past 15 years.

The attached link has all the details for

Including an early bird discount (24 days for 24 bucks).

  If you have questions, I encourage you to email me through the link above.
In addition to my time-tested journal practice, I will also incorporate tips and tricks I have learned through almost 15 years as a journalist.
  I can also tell you I’ll be going through the program alongside the participants. It is my way of staying engaged, the same way I have worked when moderating any number of writing courses over past years.
  Beginning June 30, FINDING YOUR VOICE/MAKING THE CHOICE is a great way to kick off the second-half of the year. The days are longer and there is a little more time for your self.
  With all this shouting going on, it is difficult to get a question in; but if you look to the self you can often find some answers.

j.g. lewis

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