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 . . .

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.

Mondays are just young Fridays

Each morning, every morning, there is time to consider plans for the day, for the weeks, months, perhaps years ahead.
   Formulated in quiet thought, these goals might not be concrete, or complete, but they are personal reminders of what can be achieved over time.
   If I write them down they seem real; more than dreams and wishes. Maybe even more than I should ask for, or more than I am allowed?
   Only time will tell.

09/26/2022                                                                           j.g.l.


Comfort food,
as the temperature dips.


Restaurant special,
mom’s recipe or
make it up as you go.

Is there a better day
than today?

Be nourished.

Take the time
to enjoy.

Remember the leftovers.

09/23/2022                                                                    j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
other times
dull or
Still I write.

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on June 12, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

cloud songs

          Moment upon moment,
    each day a fresh surprise
    as we breathe in
           the glory we chose
           with our own eyes.
The seconds before, or the hours
      after that,
      find a place in our being,
   each cell renewing itself
            in its time, in   
        the mind, or beyond.
               Minute in an instant,
          hour over day,
                   years slowly settle
            on our timeline,
          in their own way.
                    precious moments. 
       The meanings follow
                    day after day,
                            after day.

06/2/2017                                                    j.g.l.


The Quiet Side

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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