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: 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: 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 […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 30: 80 Years Ago Tonight

| October 30, 2018

On the night of 30 October 1938, channel surfing took a turn for the dark side. If you were listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy but decided to skip the commercial break by tuning to their rival station, you stood a good chance of landing on the infamous Orson Wells broadcast of War of […]

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 27: Lost Interviews

| October 27, 2018

I occasionally reveal some aspects of my childhood and upbringing here with absolutely no intention of ever actually explaining myself. As to that, Goode Reader, neither should you lest you find out the hard way that self-justification serves no purpose in a fulfilling Life. No, I believe it better to leave the Great Unwashed stuck […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 24: Sperm … Count

| October 24, 2018

In the Summer of the year 2010, I published a poem here called A Codger’s Lament that spoke of semen samples, sperm counts, and the agonies of travail. I recommend clicking here to read it before going further. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment also speaks to the agonies of travail, in quest of the same outcome … […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 22: Mytho Logique

| October 22, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is all about truth, lies, and the perils of clinging exclusively to either. Mytho Logique begins with a lovers’ tiff, and goes downhill from there. Spoiler: Society, then, now and forever, may resemble this remark.