To Sting or Not to Sting

| March 2, 2019

“So given an imperative that outweighs simple survival, an organism may exhibit itself at the pinnacle of its perfection. Even though it may know it has but one stroke to offer an adversary, the depths of its vitality can only be known by inviting that stroke. Consider that.” ~ Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day […]

The Sons of Mary O’Flannery (and That Which Befell Them)

| February 26, 2019

My Mother always said that those who won’t listen have to feel. This story illustrates that sentiment. While I certainly don’t need to leave Lunenburg County to find some prime specimens of the sort you’ll read about here, I was inspired by the approach of St. Patrick’s Day to deliver this with an Irish flavour. […]

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 […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: The Myth of Equality

| February 10, 2019

As long as society persists in refusing to acknowledge, or willfully forgetting, that “equality” as entrenched in law bears absolutely no resemblance to the same word as used to describe lack of variance between the quality of individual expression of human abilities, little progress can be expected. While, undeniably, there are groups and individuals who […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Imbolc

| February 2, 2019

“It is Winter; the wind howls and Mother Nature lies sleeping, deep under a blanket of snow. Bare branches, stark against the slate gray sky, crack against each other like knucklebones, and when the winds really howl they snap, hitting the snow covered ground with a hushed thump. “On the Great Wheel of the Year, […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2018 Edition: Day 1

| December 21, 2018

The Winter Solstice occurs at 18:23 Atlantic Time tonight. After that, the nights get shorter, the days longer, and you should curb your enthusiasm because most of the parts of Winter that will kill you haven’t happened yet. In Elder times this was Midwinter’s Night, and while I understand the meaning, marking the longest night […]

Lest We Forget — Lee Miller at a Moment in Time

| November 10, 2018

“How they set it up. She cannot be shown nude (this is LIFE, not Man Ray); a figurine on the table does the trick. In front of the bath, her combat boots, ‘the dust of Dachau still on them’ according to Scherman. And at the back on the left, the portrait. It is a voodoo […]

Lest We Forget — A Timeless Word From Noël Coward

| November 4, 2018

“The war brought front of mind that sense of patriotism that was fundamental to his nature. “Cavalcade had been the most overt and sustained expression to date. At the end of it the heroine, Jane Marryot, gives her toast to the Future — as she has done through the decades we’ve shared with her in […]

Lest We Forget — Of Death and Doodlebugs

| November 3, 2018

This picture has been all over the internet lately, purported to be a photo of a Spitfire about to tumble a Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1), AKA V1, AKA Buzz Bomb, AKA Doodlebug. While it is a perfect depiction of a manoeuvre performed by RAF pilots during those dark times when the V1 “buzz bomb” […]