Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 2: Wing

| October 2, 2019

There’s a proverbial saying oft attributed merely to “Africa”, whoever he or she is, that’s lent itself to every expression of “wisdom” now extant: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Notwithstanding the fraught nature of its origin and widespread self-serving interpretations, the advice undeniably fits […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 1: A Season for Conversations

| October 1, 2019

“No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels.” ~ Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind Welcome back thou frayed and fraught traveller. We’ve kept your seat by the fire warm and ask that you pay no attention to the vacant ones. We live […]

The Sheer Nuggetry of It

| August 18, 2019

As anyone who frequents this establishment will know, when it comes to determining the True meaning of any word or phrase, we exclusively turn to the Triumvirate of Linguistic Verisimilitude (TLV), to wit: The Oxford English Dictionary (OED); The Urban Dictionary; and although listed last by no means held in any less esteem, The Devil’s […]

Adieu Ye Booke of Faces

| July 19, 2019

“So, why do Mrs. LFM and I still have Facebook accounts at all? First off, we actually like, or at least receive some level of uplifting benefit from knowing, the people we connect with there. There are people in our lives right now that we have never met, and are overjoyed to know, first of […]

Courage

| June 16, 2019

“My Father, Lawrence, taught me to stand straight and tall, look others in the eye, and that there is a difference between making an enemy and recognizing one. He taught me that a good technician, confounded by his failure to diagnose a problem or to make a thing work, blames himself first, steps back to […]

Time Spent on Reconnaissance is Seldom Wasted

| June 9, 2019

The title of today’s piece is taken from Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden, and I believe perfectly encapsulates the philosophy Mrs. LFM and I bring to every activity that takes us into the field. As I’ve mentioned before, where and how we live means being able to walk out the back door […]

They Started It

| May 18, 2019

Of Monsters and Guardians was a piece published here on Day 27 of Dark Sentiments Season 8. It dealt with the powerful demands and stark realities of storytelling as one of the most resounding components in child rearing. Following that ever so important school of thought, here is — They Started It By LFM As […]

Speaking As One Lady’s Man to Another

| March 24, 2019

“As I’ve gone through the grieving process myself, and watched others do the same, it has become clear to me that, in the end, the power and joy of a life well lived is not diminished by the final footnote that it came to an end. That grief is a path leading to a place […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Of Form and Function

| February 24, 2019

The blade is but the tooth and claw That Nature never gave, So Man no longer hides in trees, Nor cowers in a cave. Why scrabble for what lives beneath The rocks and rotting logs? Take blade, go forth with Comrades bold, And Trusty Hunting Dogs! ~ Tooth and Claw ~ (Excerpt) If you’ve ever […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: The Cowboy Hávamál

| February 17, 2019

“I’ve spoken before of the Hávamál (sayings of the high one), that being one of the poems in The Elder or Poetric Edda, also known as Sæmund’s Edda. “For those of us with eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to think, and hearts to feel, the world of now is every bit as dangerous […]