Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 5: Golden Shot

| October 5, 2018

Turkish film maker and animator Gökalp Gönen created the short film you are about to see over approximately a one year period, releasing it in 2015. Golden Shot has won over 25 awards and tells a tale of ill considered faith — “Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 3: Teddy’s Revenge

| October 3, 2018

The 27’th Dark Sentiment of last year spoke of monsters, guardians, and most particularly Teddy Bears. Tonight we’re going to revisit the subject, only with the holders of those labels somewhat … redefined, and with all but the grimmest of realities stripped away. When last detected, Montréal based Teresa Lang, (AKA smokingmoose) described herself as, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 2: You Can’t Push on a String

| October 2, 2018

My first year Physics Professor, the Esteemed Dr, Ernest Guptill who died tragically in a boating accident on 20 March 1976, used to say that you only had to know two things to earn a PhD in Physics: That Force equals Mass times Acceleration; and You can’t push on a string. I’m constantly astonished at […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 1: What Ho and Well Met!

| October 1, 2018

“… let not us that are squires of the night’s body be called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, […]

Masculinity is a Guided Hunt

| July 28, 2018

When last we spoke, it was on the subject of Masculinity and Rites of Passage through the personal experience of soloing an airplane. In case the point eluded some of you, the instrument of transformation — the airplane — didn’t actually need to be what it was. It didn’t hurt in teaching a young Man […]

Masculinity and Rites of Passage

| July 21, 2018

One fulsome morning in the late autumn of my 16th year, I was a student pilot at the controls of a Piper PA-28 “Cherokee” in the afterglow of the rollout from what had to be the best landing I’d ever accomplished. That took an epiphanous turn when I heard my Flight Instructor telling me to […]

Your Head is Covered in Moss Again

| June 23, 2018

In the Universal scheme of things, your life will have the duration and meaning of a gnat’s fart, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the view as long as it lasts. Take a moment to share it from the vantage of Hew and Kew. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum Gentlerocks.

Short on Gas

| June 21, 2018

As if the news hasn’t been serving up enough provocation for eyebrow raising, brow furrowing, and lip pursing to last us up to Yule, this Summer Solstice found us waking up to news out of Europe proclaiming CO2 shortage could leave beer drinkers flat — Supply in Europe runs thin just as World Cup boosts […]

Risk: Nothing of Value Happens Without It

| May 27, 2018

“In 1866, a book was published titled Readings for Young Men, Merchants, and Men of Business. Fortunately for the world, this tome has been unearthed and scanned by Google bringing it back just in time to prove my point. “This is a world of excuses where everybody needs to have one foot over the safety […]