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

Very early this morning, I couldn’t help but glance westward to the brilliant full moon hovering above the CN tower and office buildings of downtown Toronto. The lights inside the sky-high structures not nearly as bright as Luna, but nonetheless picturesque.
   It was a beautiful scene capturing the city I live in and the celestial delight that has guided me for as long as I remember.
   And, I without my camera.
   Pre-coffee, I was not awake enough, or wise enough, to reach into my pocket and at least snap a few shots with my mobile device. I didn’t think, at the time, my simple phone would do the Moon any justice. I instead held the scene in my head.
   While there is a certain convenience to the trusty mobile device, I prefer to use my camera where I have a greater selection of focal lengths and can more artistically control the light entering the lens.
   The camera, I feel, gives me the control I need. Even in the darkness.
   It is all about control.
   I have spent a lifetime learning the intricacies and settings of a camera and its lenses, both digitally and in the more traditional film format. A true camera allows me to make photographs and not simply take snapshots. I like to control and compose as I go through this life. My camera allows me to do that, when I have it with me.
   I later searched the digital files of my computer to find one photo or anther of the Full Moon. I have many times captured both the subject and its essence, but I did not this morning.
   I will however remember this morning’s Moon.
   And I will regret not being prepared enough, or aware enough, to capture what was before me. I did not have the control I wanted.

02/26/2026                                                                                   j.g.l.

times change

When do you decide to make a change?
   Are there circumstances that force you to rearrange the way you run your life?
   Health concerns, living arrangements, sudden interests, or new people and possibilities.
   Change is not always organic.
   Sometimes we have to fight with old habits and patterns, while other times change just happens (good or bad). We still need to rethink what is important.
   How do you decide, and where do you begin?
   The answers can be found, only, within.

© 2019 j.g. lewis


Words intentionally scribbled in an old notebook, a quote from someone or somewhere. that often comes to mind.
   ‘Do what is right, not what is easy.’
   Many people have said it (or variations of such), so attributing the inspirational words to somebody specific is more difficult to understand than the moral itself.
   A powerful thought from someone who probably thinks more than me (and I do a lot). It is not easy, and sometimes my thoughts are not right, but I try to own them.

02/23/2024                                                                                           j.g.l.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on February 12, 2024 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

It’s funny; I don’t really consider myself a planner.
   Often, I think, I prefer spontaneity when allowed. I seem to take advantage of spontaneity when it becomes available to me. Or, I suppose, that’s what I would like to think.
   I find ways, or have intentions, for how I fill my time, all the time.
   I’ve got a couple of manuscripts always at the “almost completed” stage.
   I know poetry month doesn’t happen until April, yet I’ve already begun collecting prompts, and I have notebooks and folders of words or ideas, perhaps even complete poems in need of a good edit.
   I also have sketches and photographs and notes for paintings, or styles of paintings, I wish to embark on (or attempt) when I have more time and space.
   I have lists, mental lists if nothing more, of things I want to do.
It is something I do. I guess, or I say, I’ve always got something on the go.
I’ve always, it seems, got something to complete or something I want to do.
Poems, manuscripts, paintings; I have many plans for many artistic projects.
   And still, I don’t call myself a planner.
   I think ahead. I know I do that a lot. But I never refer to it as “planning”.
   If that’s not planning, it is creating intentions — perhaps, even expectations — for what I wish to accomplish.
   This is how I seem to fill my time.
   But why?
   Why is it necessary for me to fill my time, all the time?
   My dayplanner, for the next couple of days, has no appointments, no must dos or to-do lists, but it is not as if I don’t have plans.
   I have to have plans, for I am a planner, even if I won’t admit it to myself.

02/12/2024                                                                                              j.g.l.

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