Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

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

truth
comes at a cost

honour
those who have already paid

respect
the process

healing
takes time

forgiveness
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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well-rounded,
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dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

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Opportunities and Possibilities

Posted on August 2, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

Everywhere, every single day, we are confronted with limitations. What we can do, and where we can (or can’t) do it is spelled out on signs, in court documents and governmental decree.

It gets pretty heavy, and quite negative most of the time. Within minutes of reading this you will surely come across directions that will steer you away from something, or remind you that you just can’t.

I know I’m tired of rules and regulations, boundaries, orders, and 24-hour limitations. There are far too many do nots and thou shalt nots, and the word NO is too direct and just damn bossy.

While I respect and, yes, understand the need for law and order, I feel we, as a society, dwell too much on directive instead of focusing on the opportunities available to us. I’ve taken the liberty of offering some everyday possibilities (please feel free to add to the list).

WE can, and WE should:

  • Compliment strangers on tattoos, neckties, and the proper use of manners (and chopsticks).
  • Eat more quinoa and spinach, or kale (if you want to be trendy).
  • Breathe a little deeper.
  • Think more about meditating (which in itself may be meditation enough).
  • Wear T-shirts that say something (or nothing at all).
  • Visit a place you’ve never seen with a person you don’t see enough.
  • Pick up the phone and use it as it was intended. Ignore the texts and data, for even just a day, and communicate.
  • Replace well-worn, much-loved records that no longer do the music justice. Install a new needle in the turntable.
  • Read a biography once in a while and learn how an actor, artist, or even a politician dealt with their shit.
  • Write down your dreams, even the scary ones.
  • Look across the table and decide if that person is truthful, respectful, and worthy of your time. Ask yourself if you are as well.
  • Drive less, but still go places.
  • Cultivate kindness.
  • Remember places, people, and things once important to you; that includes your morals and ethics.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Cook the next recipe you see in a magazine. Get away from the same ‘ol-same ‘ol tastes by trying new ingredients and spices.
  • Put away your mobile device when walking down the sidewalk. How much life is passing you by just because your head is down?
  • Try out a new fragrance. You were a different person when you selected your last favorite scent. Smell like the present.
  • Purchase new bedsheets. Comfort is important 24 hours a day
  • Smile more often. Sometimes it’s hard, I know, and you don’t see a lot of shiny happy faces walking down the street. We can all change that just by smiling more, and smiling back.
  • Turn off the television, turn up the silence.
  • Clean behind the fridge.
  • Try to live tomorrow a little better than today. Repeat daily.
  • Rid yourself of a bad habit by embracing a new one.
  • Keep a list of things you want to do. Stroke items off the list as you progress.
  • Expand your mind. Take a class in something; pottery, painting, anthropology, tax peperation.
  • Expand your vocabulary. Do a crossword puzzle, play Scrabble, or pick random words out of the dictionary.
  • Buy yourself new underwear. Would your mother approve of what you are wearing now?
  • Practice yoga, take spin classes, run, climd, or bowl: do something that gets your blood pumping.
  • Set the table with your finest china and light a candle, even if you are dining alone.
  • Invite a neighbor over for dinner. You’ve already taken the time to set a nice table..
  • Do something you’ve never done before, and always be prepared to try new things.
  • Know the rules. This is especially important if you intend on breaking them.

Be grateful for what we have and appreciate all we have been through. It’s taken a while to get here, and you’ve survived your fair share of bad days and emotional traffic. Thinking of what you’ve done is far more productive than being told what you can’t.

Please feel free to add to the list by clicking on comment (up above). What should you be doing?

 

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