Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 27: Of Monsters and Guardians

| October 27, 2017

In face of the objection that fairy tales will frighten children, C. S. Lewis made some observations that I find particularly applicable to Fathercraft as I understand and practice it. The first was, “Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 24: How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels

| October 24, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is an eleven minute short animated film courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada which, notwithstanding its government connection, offers much wondrous grist for our mill. The subject matter for you to enjoy with your after dark tipple tonight meshes so well with what’s already been said here this season, and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 23: Of Cycles and Rhythms

| October 23, 2017

“As a Husband, a Father, a Teacher, a Student, a Friend, a Comrade, a Man — as one who strives to be a complete specimen of that animal called Human — I understand that in all things, cycles prevail. “To be a complete Human is to embrace the spectrum of Life from end to end, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8: Day 21: The Trial of Peter Mailman for the Murder of his Wife

| October 21, 2017

“During my attendance at the trial of Peter Mailman, — listening day after day to the horrible details of the murder as they were brought out by the different witnesses; and holding frequent intercourse with the prisoner in his cell, I was led to contemplate very fully and seriously the crime of murder. Nothing is […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 20: Sebastian’s Voodoo

| October 20, 2017

“The warrior’s tale is no happy thing. It is bitter as bile and dark as death. But it is also a grand and glorious thing. For even in its full naked truth, it is the story of perseverance in the face of every agony and betrayal. It is the tale of how we live and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 18: The Burning Times

| October 18, 2017

“Our Dark Sentiment du jour presents a documentary film from the National Film Board of Canada. Made in 1990, The Burning Times was directed by Donna Read and was part two in a trilogy on women and spirituality. The Burning Times has been criticized as feminist revisionist history and I can see a reasonable argument […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 17: Full Circle

| October 17, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is Full Circle, presented here as the third part of the National Film Board of Canada‘s Women and Spirituality Trilogy. Yes, I know I’m presenting them out of sequence, but I have my reasons. The mission statement of this collection is certainly a worthy one: A series of three titles investigating the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 16: Goddess Remembered

| October 16, 2017

“Twenty-first century human culture worldwide still tolerates murder, torture, and eradication of entire cultures on religious grounds. Before, after, or entwined with all that, we have that covetous constant called greed. No matter the driving force behind it, we’ve proven ourselves to have a tendency to accept attack on dissent, or even attack on those […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 15: Choose Another Before It Becomes Yours

| October 15, 2017

Throughout the world there are tales of places and artifacts afflicted with unfortunate residual influences left over from their previous denizens or owners. Whether this other kind of “human remains” come to be seen as a curse or a haunting is predicated on whether it is believed to be the cause of physical harm (curse), […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 12: Who Has it Easier?

| October 12, 2017

Unless you haven’t been paying attention, or were born  to such privilege that you didn’t have to, you will at least by now have come to the suspicion that the world is not fair, and all people are not created equal. All that stuff about rights to free expression, and all people being “created” equal […]