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 — Ascent to Spring Edition: Celebrating History in a Glass

| January 20, 2019

“And I wish to add here in all seriousness that whatever may be your scruples against the use of liquors, don’t go into the woods without whisky—rye or Scotch, according to preference. Alcohol, of course, is good for poison ivy, but whisky is better. Maybe it is because of the drugs that wicked men are […]

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” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 31: That’s a Wrap

| October 31, 2018

Well Goode Reader, as we say, it’s been swell but the swelling’s gone down. It’s time for swelling of another sort as tonight marks the 10th anniversary of the blessed Hallowe’en in 2008 when the Whynacht and Kleszczynski Clans merged to build a new dynasty. You should all be grateful we don’t hold with that […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 29: Oedipe

| October 29, 2018

You will recall that things veered toward the Classical back on Day 22, and that was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is the story of a young man’s destiny. When Oedipe (Oedipus … yes, that one)  learns it’s to kill his father and marry his mother instead of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 28: When the Blind Lead the Blind

| October 28, 2018

“To be a Man possessed of Masculinity, experiencing the near daily necessity to engage in social intercourse or commerce with the unschooled males abroad in the land today, is to know the reality in the spirit of the other of what, “… feels inherently unreal ….”. To be unsurprised at a society proclaiming the necessity […]