The French Will Eat It

| April 22, 2018

The production of cheese predates recorded history. It originated through the transportation of milk in bladders made of ruminants’ stomachs due to their inherent supply of rennet. There is no conclusive evidence indicating where cheese-making originated. However, it may have originated either in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, or the Sahara. Cheese-making was known […]

Mud, Rightly Considered

| January 14, 2018

Our title today paraphrases G. K. Chesterton’s observation that, “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” The poem was inspired by a combination of current meteorological realities here in Nova Scotia, and some reading I’ve been doing on daily life of British and Commonwealth soldiers in […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 8

| December 28, 2017

“As to Human kind, Winter will bring challenges at the end of which the result will lie on a spectrum ranging from the greatest of joys to the gravest of sorrows, and in this it stands as no different from any other aspect of life but for bearing a greater degree of urgency and inexorable […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 6

| December 26, 2017

Culturally, the hospitality aspects of festivities prevailing at this time of year exist in a maelstrom of ill considered and contradictory drives. Year after year, many will attempt to answer seasonal motivations to visit people who sometimes live at a great remove and may be reached at no small peril to life and limb, even […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 28: A Little Folklore Seasoned with Vincent Price

| October 28, 2017

Folklore comes from the same place as Human spirituality in that it springs from a need to understand the forces of the Universe by putting their obvious influences into some sort of context. On a human level, it is also crafted to convey time tested lessons of conduct to each succeeding generation. In this effort […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 13: Dans le Noir?

| October 13, 2017

“But darkness came on fast, and the paths of the wood seemed but imperfectly known to the marauders.” ~ Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott Sad to tell, most people with a taste for Dark Sentiments don’t always go looking for it in moonlit forests, ancient basements, forgotten burial grounds, remote moors, hoary caves, or sexual adventure. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 2: Descendants

| October 2, 2017

“Through every life, lived fully or not, taken note of or not, cycles repeat within and without our mortal vessels. Tiny samples of starting and ending match the macroscopic in their ebs and flows. Rises and falls. Wins and losses. Loves and hates. Embarkations and abandonments. Just as a spell of ascendant convergence may arise […]

A Song of Fungal Wisdom

| August 27, 2017

Even the simplest things in Nature have lessons to teach, and indeed the very Profundity of Simplicity may be the greatest of them all. Today is a perfect day to read this poem, and then meditate on what it says during a mindful walk in the woods. A Song of Fungal Wisdom By LFM The […]

Self-Defense — A Case Study

| May 14, 2017

The events I am about to recount are drawn from personal experience, and played out in a family restaurant located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. As with my May 2016 piece on Bullies and Their Vital Role in Education, I do not offer this tale as an act of bravado nor an expression of badassedness. Rather, […]

A Meal By Any Other Name

| April 30, 2017

The way I was raised, “breakfast” was the meal usually eaten between rising from bed and the start of school, work, hunting, fishing, or any other endeavour. I say usually because breakfast could also be eaten after the start of an endeavour and during a pause in its execution if an early start was warranted […]