In a World Crying Out for Hand Sanitizer … (read in the voice of “that guy” from the Xena intro)

| March 22, 2020

Recent headlines reveal that distilleries all over are turning their facilities toward filling the gaps in the world supply of hand sanitizer. Not least of these hereabouts is Ironworks Distillery, which fine establishment is a client of ours, and located in the Town of Lunenburg, a mere 20 kilometers east of our base.

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 10: A Little Abba to Jack Up the End of the Year

| December 31, 2019

On the Long Winter’s Night of 29 December 2017 I proclaimed this morale booster. The Fire Without and the Fire Within By LFM It’s only just started, but coming to pass Is a Winter as cold as a well digger’s ass. Yet it’s still not extreme if the truth’s to be told, For it used […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 9: Curb Your Enthusiasm

| December 30, 2019

“You’re dying but you don’t have to cooperate so enthusiastically with the process.” ~ Leonard Cohen Back on Day 4, Season 10 of our annual Dark Sentiments series, I wrote,“If ever human flesh were formed to personify the Truth that only in darkness can one see the light, it’s Leonard Cohen.” I will forever stand […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 8: Conjugal Rights

| December 29, 2019

This Long Winter’s Night is dark indeed, coming as it does hard on the heels of yesterday’s preamble. Be warned that it will deal with extremely adult entertainments, the plurality of that word serving to set apart what follows from the distinctly singular “adult entertainment”, which term has come to define all things that are […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 7: She’s Always a Woman

| December 28, 2019

A Long Winter’s Night is the perfect time for telling stories around the fire, and often those take a reflective bent on where things are, how they got here, and where they’re going in that handbasket. We’re doing that tonight to the chagrin of those younger members of the assemblage who suffer the stories of […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 5: The Shepherd

| December 26, 2019

The story you are about to hear was written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his Wife Carrie who wanted a ghost story. A former RAF pilot himself, the dutiful Husband veered wide of the usual terrestrial hauntings and delivered what you will hear tonight. The Shepherd is set on the Christmas Eve […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 4: A Seasonal Playlist for the Sake of the Day

| December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas Aulde Sotts one and all, Gods help us, every one! I pray you will all find some peace today, and in that spirit present you with this selection of seasonal offerings to punctuate your day.

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 3: The Little Krampus

| December 24, 2019

I have written here a number of times of Krampus, the dark side of the good cop, bad cop equation that is the reality of the visit from St. Nicholas, predominantly blamed on Austrian Christmas tradition. Most particularly, on this day in 2015, I presented A Krampus Carol, in which I said in part — […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 2: The Day of the .303 Buck Saw

| December 23, 2019

When I was growing up in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, long before the cultivation of Christmas Trees as agricultural operations had become a major industry, my Father had innumerable friends and customers who owned woodland we were granted freedom to harvest our annual Balsam Fir from. It was a big deal because my Father had high […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 30: Garden Party

| October 30, 2019

On an individual level, Human beings are simultaneously insanely fragile and unbelievably hard to kill, both qualities having often been documented in the same individual. In our conceit, we find it easy to imprint that characteristic on other creatures, forgetting they don’t share our tendency to overthink things, overplay their importance, or react emotionally to […]