Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 11: Perennial Weeds

| October 11, 2019

“A label can be a physical object that, when applied to another object, conveys important information about it. What it’s made of, how to use it, how long it may be kept, and the best means of storage before use or consumption. Things like that. These sorts of labels abound in today’s world and are […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 8: The Box

| October 8, 2019

“About 15 years ago a multinational company purchased an old cement plant near my place and started to incinerate dangerous waste. One day, when the smell of burning tires and plastic was particularly bad, I joined a local group of ecological activists. “We fought the cement plant and corrupt government officials for many years and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 7: You Wouldn’t Know the End of the World if it Bit You in the Ass

| October 7, 2019

“In truth, most people really don’t understand the burden of responsibility they carry for their own safety and survival, and the commonalities that link every threat to life and limb. In truth, most people have accepted the idea that no matter what happens, all you need do is call “Them” and “They’ll” take care of […]

Adieu Ye Booke of Faces

| July 19, 2019

“So, why do Mrs. LFM and I still have Facebook accounts at all? First off, we actually like, or at least receive some level of uplifting benefit from knowing, the people we connect with there. There are people in our lives right now that we have never met, and are overjoyed to know, first of […]

Courage

| June 16, 2019

“My Father, Lawrence, taught me to stand straight and tall, look others in the eye, and that there is a difference between making an enemy and recognizing one. He taught me that a good technician, confounded by his failure to diagnose a problem or to make a thing work, blames himself first, steps back to […]

They Started It

| May 18, 2019

Of Monsters and Guardians was a piece published here on Day 27 of Dark Sentiments Season 8. It dealt with the powerful demands and stark realities of storytelling as one of the most resounding components in child rearing. Following that ever so important school of thought, here is — They Started It By LFM As […]

Speaking As One Lady’s Man to Another

| March 24, 2019

“As I’ve gone through the grieving process myself, and watched others do the same, it has become clear to me that, in the end, the power and joy of a life well lived is not diminished by the final footnote that it came to an end. That grief is a path leading to a place […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]