Mythos & Marginalia

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j.g. lewis

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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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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on August 21, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

What defines a miracle in these days of instant access and rapid advancement?
  Could it be something as simple, or as natural, as today’s solar eclipse? Events of this type do happen with some regularity, though years and decades apart. In the big picture of time and the universe, you might even call them common. They simply happen when they do, despite what we do on this earth.
  This year’s eclipse is expected to be the most viewed ever.
  Could it be we are counting on something so far beyond our control that it will qualify as a miracle in a time when we are looking for magic?
  We are all waiting for a miracle, it is our nature.
 We, as humans, are always looking for something more, something better, or something significant, when instead we should consider each day on this planet is exactly that – a miracle.
  Whether this eclipse is magic or just a once-in-awhile celestial event, we need to stop for a moment and observe.
  Celebrate the darkness, as the moon blocks out the sun, and respect the change of scenery before the light comes back and reminds us of the issues and ugliness we deal with on a daily basis. Moments matter.
  Maybe an eclipse is a miracle; it certainly would have been for our ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. I know the total eclipse I witnessed 1979 left an impression. I know I will stand up on the roof today and see how even a partial eclipse can change my perspective.
  Maybe this eclipse is enough to satisfy our need for a miracle, or maybe this is just a sign.
  Maybe we need validation that earth is on course, that we continue revolving on our axis, and the planets will align as they should.
  Or maybe the solar eclipse is just a shot of normal, at a time when everything is so painfully surreal?
  Look around today.
  Whether you choose to see the eclipse as magic, or just a little nighttime in the middle of the day, we need to remember we all share the same sky.
  Maybe today, just for a moment, we can all enjoy something together.

08/21/2017 j.g.l.

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