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

I seem to spend more time reviewing the camera manual than I do shooting with the damn camera.
   With my new camera, about six months ago, I have already enjoyed many hours capturing the sights and my surroundings at all hours of the day. There are several images I’ve created over the months, of both people and places, that I’m especially proud of.
   I make an attempt, as often as I can, to practice a craft I have spent much of my life studying.
   But I want to learn more.
   I continue to establish what has often been trial-and-error proficiency in the craft, and art, of photography. It is what I do, and have done.
   It is about finding value in what you do and how you live.
   Involve yourself in what you can, find the lessons or the learning as you go, in everyday experiences. It becomes a rewarding challenge as you broaden your interests with a new topic, or focus deeply on what gives you pleasure
   Not everything is immediately enjoyable, but with a concrete focus you might see greater possibilities.

01/30/2023                                                                                                 j.g.l.

the influence

There are a handful of albums that signified a change in music in the late ‘70s. Many of those albums were British, but you could hear an immediate response — even revolution — from a select few American bands.
   Television was one of those bands, and Marquee Moon was one of those definitive records.
   You didn’t hear the music on the radio, not in the middle of the Canadian prairies, so I listened to it intently on the stereo at home.
   In the years that followed, I could hear the influence of Television’s singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Tom Verlaine on other bands of the time; even on the radio. I still hear it now.
   Tom Verlaine passed away yesterday at age 73.

01/29/2023                                                                                          j.g.l.

you wait

killing time
without concern for
productivity
nothing to prove
nothing to see
you wait as only
you can
killing time like it
means a damn

01/27/2023                                                                                   j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
well-rounded,
other times
dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

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

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on December 4, 2017 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

It is unfortunate that we fail to see imperfections as differences, mistakes as learning opportunities, and strangers as potential allies.
  It’s confusing at times — working our way through an ever-present caution — as we encounter fewer and fewer people who seem to be making a wholehearted effort in trying to communicate beyond the day-to-day expectations of a society which appears to accept less and less.
  How often have you tried to open up beyond the madness? How often have you been shut down?
  How often do you feel held back by the lack of honesty, or humanity, expressed in the come and go of all you know?
  So now where are you, as much of the world is staring down at the screen and waiting for some sort of a signal? If you are off trying to explore what might be there, how will you know if that sign has arrived?
  How will you know you have had all you can have if you still do not know all that you want?
  How can you show gratitude when you find fewer and fewer souls willing to accept a certain kind of kindness?
  As the year stretches further, and the days grow still darker, all you can find is your self.
  There is still time, be patient.
  A lot can happen when you least expect.
12/04/2017                                                    j.g.l.

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