Uncertainty can often
blur your surroundings.
The map is always there,
the lines signify the path
you need to follow.
You simply have to find
It is all in your hands.
© 2017 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 . . .
There is very little that can be said about Eric Clapton that hasn’t already been said; except I saw him last night.
I’ve been listening to the musician, in all stages of his career, over the past five decades and he has been around even longer than that.
Through the years I’ve grown to appreciate Clapton more as a performer, recording artist, and as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but I’ve never seen him live; until last night.
He was everything (and more) that I expected, playing selections from his lengthy career, and paying homage not only the blues artists who have influenced him but also to friends no longer with us.
Clapton and his band kicked of the Toronto concert with a cover of The Band’s The Shape I’m in, a fitting tribute to his longtime Canadian friend Robbie Robertson. Then, later, a tune he once recorded with Tina Turner: Tearing Us Apart.
The show was filled with both popular hits and selections you could tell he felt like playing. With a catalogue like Clapton’s there could have been even more hits, but he did what he had to do.
At age 79, Clapton’s seemingly effortless prowess on electric and acoustic guitar was both mature and effective. There were a lot of “wow” moments.
It was quite an evening.
What else can I say?
I'm like a pencil;
Still I write.
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.
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The retail landscape has been continually changing for more than seven months.
If you are not noticing the shuttered or empty storefronts, it could be that you have become immune to it all. It could be that your shopping patterns have changed more online than on the street.
It’s when a store you have regularly shopped at closes up that you really begin to feel the pandemic changes and realize the devastating effects this deadly virus is having on our economy at the front-line retail level.
One of my regular Starbucks closed a few days ago, it was one of several company Toronto location closures I had read about.
You feel it a little more when you are personally affected by a closure. It was an everyday sort of place.
This was my “secondary” Starbucks. It was not the closest location to my condo (an important factor when choosing where you get your first cup of the day), but I went there often when you could actually remain inside a coffee shop while you finished your beverage.
The Jarvis & Adelaide Starbucks was bright inside, and had a great table for writing,
I went there often.
It was comfortable there; the staff and manager were friendly.
Now, however, it is not an option.
It has become another COVID-19 victim.
Sadly, there will be more.