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 . . .

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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Far From The Truth
Posted on November 18, 2020 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

Information, in this pandemic age, is more important than ever.
    For far more than eight months now, the deadly coronavirus has been front and centre on daily, and hourly, newscasts. We listen to the facts and figures. The case count and the death count continue to rise, in many cases (in many regions) to record levels.
   We grow more fearful.
   Much of the information is useful, yet some of if is incorrect or incomplete. Throw in an opinion or two and what we should know, and what we are told, differ greatly.
   More than confusing, misinformation can be deadly.
   With any COVID-19 news you have to consider the source.
   Do you trust the word of a doctor or scientist, or do you take the information proffered by a politician?
   What, or whom, will protect you?
   A doctor is full of medical facts. Indeed, COVID-19 diagnosis and dialogue can, and does, change like the deadly virus we have come to fear (and so we should).
Doctors are realists. They see first-hand what is happening and, true to the nature of the profession, do what they can to treat the disease and the patient to their best abilities.
   Scientists, as well, take facts from trials and experiments and do what they can in their sterile laboratories to analyze and hypothesize and shape answers and opinions to advise what will happen, or could, Or will. Again, guardians of science are realists.
   Politicians on the other hand, by their very nature, are opportunists.
   Everything a politician does is ultimately in their (or their party’s) best interest. Yes, they may preface their advice or information by telling us they have the interests of their constituents at heart. And yes, politicians work with the same medical facts and scientific information currently offered, but do so on a pick-and-choose basis. A politician in power will select the positive news, overlook the less favorable aspects of what we are dealing with, and present what they believe is information we should know.
   It might not be dishonest, but it can be far from the truth.
   At times the explanation offered by a politician is as useful as a facemask discarded on the street.
   It serves no purpose, other than, perhaps, get the politician reelected. This is the reality we are living with.
   This pandemic has become overly politicized while science has been demonized.
   Consider your source. In the case of COVID-19, it might be a matter of life or death.

© 2020 j.g. lewis

Forget Or Forgot
Posted on November 17, 2020 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

You continue trying
to forget, and
in time you may,
yet still it keeps
haunting you
day after day?

What do you
again and again?
A shadow of doubt
or whisper of shame?
Think about it?

It’s one of those things
you were so sure
you forgot, but you
but you didn’t or
you can’t
erase your thoughts.

11/17/2020 j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays
Posted on November 16, 2020 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

We don’t get out as much these days.
We don’t see the people we used to see like we used to see them.
Our lives are missing the social contact we once had, at work or in the community.
When you are physically distanced or isolated, you don’t get, or are not allowed, to say the simple things.
We don’t hear “thank you” like we once did.
Without our day-to-day transactional ways we, generally, live our lives with fewer opportunities to express gratitude or appreciation,
Not going out, not getting what we’re used to, there is less of a reason to say it, or hear it.
Yet, as messed up as our little world seems at times, we do have so much to be thankful for.
Today, find something, or someone, to be thankful for and say it:
Thank you for being there.
Thank you for wearing a mask.
Thank you for adding a smile to my day
Thank you for making me think.
Thank you for being you.
Thank you.

11/16/2020                                           j.g.l.