How Cloying

| September 22, 2018

I had cause to use the word “cloying” today in a poem I’m working on. You’ll notice I didn’t say “writing” because that would imply some level of control. My intention was to convey the conventional meaning as defined by Oxford, that being an influence that will, “Disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of […]

Ode to a Discerning Shitter

| September 16, 2018

The LFM Clan includes five Dogs, and of those, our Australian Shepherd Bruce is the most discriminating in the where and when of his every excretory deposit. We are not alone in this. I have previously described Silvia Jay as a, “… deservedly respected Dog behaviour consultant, and tenured member of our extremely short list […]

Musings on a Birthday, Life, and the Squeezing of Balloons

| September 3, 2018

Goode Reader, I flatter myself in the expectation that my absence here of late may have been noted with some modicum of longing for my return, and should you find yourself in the throes of such paroxysms I cry, fear not! This time of year calls upon my personal, creative, and professional energies on a […]

Masculinity is a Guided Hunt

| July 28, 2018

When last we spoke, it was on the subject of Masculinity and Rites of Passage through the personal experience of soloing an airplane. In case the point eluded some of you, the instrument of transformation — the airplane — didn’t actually need to be what it was. It didn’t hurt in teaching a young Man […]

Looks Like I Picked a Hell of a Day to Take Up Smoking

| July 8, 2018

Title notwithstanding, today we started testing the Little Chief smoker by Smokehouse Products of Hood River, Oregon. For this first trial run, we’re doing a short flavour smoke on marinated pork chops and beef patties. Taste testing reports and a product review in a week or two as comprehensive testing proceeds.

Canada Day 2018

| July 1, 2018

You can keep your bit coin mining. It’s a well known fact that nickel mining is an important component of the Canadian economy. Less well known is that the one in Sudbury, Ontario, is the biggest we’ve ever found. This is Canada Day up here in the Great White North, on which all and sundry […]

Short on Gas

| June 21, 2018

As if the news hasn’t been serving up enough provocation for eyebrow raising, brow furrowing, and lip pursing to last us up to Yule, this Summer Solstice found us waking up to news out of Europe proclaiming CO2 shortage could leave beer drinkers flat — Supply in Europe runs thin just as World Cup boosts […]

Musings From the Road — Last Day of Spring Edition

| June 20, 2018

Notwithstanding the presence of automotive AC, and casting all concerns of increased fuel consumption from aerodynamic drag aside, there is a place in my world for Hillbilly air conditioning. For you uninitiated to its joys, that’s driving fast with all the windows open. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the 44 of my 61 […]

A Week in Thirty-six Movements

| June 16, 2018

I have just come out the other end, as it were, of a week of battle with an intestinal infection of surpassing vileness. Among other things, it spawned this. Critic’s Notes on Maestro Whynacht’s Symphony, “A Week in Thirty-six Movements” I attended the first performance of Maestro Whynacht’s daunting new symphony, “A Week in Thirty-six […]

Risk: Nothing of Value Happens Without It

| May 27, 2018

“In 1866, a book was published titled Readings for Young Men, Merchants, and Men of Business. Fortunately for the world, this tome has been unearthed and scanned by Google bringing it back just in time to prove my point. “This is a world of excuses where everybody needs to have one foot over the safety […]