Messages Mixed and Missed — Part the First

| March 27, 2020

“‘And it is also said,’ answered Frodo: ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel for they will answer both no and yes.’ “‘Is it indeed?’ laughed Gildor. ‘Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.’” ~ Lord of the […]

Numbers Looking for a Fight

| March 23, 2020

Our title today comes from something Mrs. LFM said last night in reference to statistics in general, and the way they are being presented in daily government COVID-19 briefings specifically. A state of emergency was announced yesterday for the Province of Nova Scotia, where we live. The details of its scope and perceived application can […]

You Don’t Have To Understand Here to Be Here

| March 22, 2020

The title of today’s piece comes from the pilot episode of the excellent, and now both late and lamented, television series Life. Specifically, it’s part of a greater conversation between lead character Detective Charlie Crews (played by Damian Lewis) and his partner, Detective Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi): Dani Reese: “I don’t exactly understand you.” Charlie […]

EDC — The Appetizer

| March 1, 2020

EDC is a current era initialism for “Every Day Carry”. As used in the common vernacular, and at its most basic, it unsurprisingly refers to accoutrements and items of equipment and associated accessories an individual may find it necessary, be called upon, or simply want, to carry daily — spectacles, wallet, watch, keys, mobile phone, […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 7: She’s Always a Woman

| December 28, 2019

A Long Winter’s Night is the perfect time for telling stories around the fire, and often those take a reflective bent on where things are, how they got here, and where they’re going in that handbasket. We’re doing that tonight to the chagrin of those younger members of the assemblage who suffer the stories of […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 3: The Little Krampus

| December 24, 2019

I have written here a number of times of Krampus, the dark side of the good cop, bad cop equation that is the reality of the visit from St. Nicholas, predominantly blamed on Austrian Christmas tradition. Most particularly, on this day in 2015, I presented A Krampus Carol, in which I said in part — […]

War and Remembrance — Art of Darkness

| November 11, 2019

“… If you think those wars and the things these people were or are called upon to do, are horribly wrong, then I would suggest that every one of them might agree with you, for let it never be forgotten that the soldier hates war worse than anyone, but being good at waging it does […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 28: Pets

| October 28, 2019

Close on the heels of Day 26 comes this award winning German gem from 2018. Directed by David Wunderlich, Pets tells its story from that vantage from which the obvious conclusion is you should have been careful what you wished for. Take a draught of whatever you think will make the neutering hurt least — […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 26: Hier Encore

| October 26, 2019

The melancholy ballad from which tonight’s Dark Sentiment draws its title was written by Charles Aznavour and released in his 1964 album of the same name. Translated literally into English (always a mistake, but here we are), it means “Yesterday Again”, and you may know it best in the English translation by Herbert Kretzmer from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 11: Perennial Weeds

| October 11, 2019

“A label can be a physical object that, when applied to another object, conveys important information about it. What it’s made of, how to use it, how long it may be kept, and the best means of storage before use or consumption. Things like that. These sorts of labels abound in today’s world and are […]