A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 4: Pickled Bollocks, a Tale of Hospitality

| December 24, 2016

Pickled Bollocks By LFM To speak the sins deserving death Calls not for but a single breath, And of those few, that hated most Falls hard on who betrays his host. ‘Twas in the dead of Winter’s grasp My callused hand released the hasp Upon my door near end of day To find a man […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 1: Cacophony and the Road Back

| December 21, 2016

“Perception suffers a profound jolt when we are placed in states of quietude in darkness. Our hearing takes the lead then, and the signals from all the living and existing entities around us can be detected–not with our hearing only, but with a combination of the auditory and visual senses, in that order. In darkness […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 18: The Hidey-Hinder

| October 18, 2016

“Dagger Woods is a small rural community located amid softwood forest and marshland slightly less than 10 kilometers east of the university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Anyone driving Highway 104 to or from the eastern part of the province will be familiar with the turnoff. “Tales of a malevolent being haunting the woods began […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 17: The Spirit of Things

| October 17, 2016

The Wendigo – I will call it that but there are many iterations of its name – is a malevolent forest spirit that comes in winter. It needs human flesh to feed but can only slake its hunger by possessing a human that it then uses to hunt, kill, and devour its prey. The Wendigo […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 12: Fading into the Distance

| October 12, 2016

“From generation to generation, some recipes and cookbooks have become treasured family heirlooms. “The Nova Scotia Archives has scores of them in its personal collections, and has created a digital exhibit featuring hand-written and early printed recipes, some dating as far back at the 1700s.” ~ Hand-written recipes featured in Nova Scotia Archives online exhibit […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 1: Forbidden Knowledge

| October 1, 2016

“If you know something, you know something. If you do not know something, it does not exist in your world.” ~ Musashi, What You Don’t Know Whether you’ve spryly hopped the hedge to get here, crawled, or were dragged through it backwards, welcome back, Goode Reader, to this seventh season of Dark Sentiments! Research for […]

An Introduction to The Whiskey Cowboy

| September 25, 2016

Here’s an irony for you. On this day in 2011, reacting to yet another wave of panic of the kind that inevitably follows recirculation of the rumour that Facebook is about to become a pay for use service, I wrote on my personal Facebook page: I gladly pay to have my websites hosted. There is […]

The Song of the Hand Dug Well

| July 21, 2016

Mrs. LFM, Bairns, Dogs and I live in an antique farm house the original construction of which predates electricity and indoor plumbing. The wise and hard working crew who threw their blood, sweat, and tears into its building and sustenance dug a well 20 feet deep on the hill overlooking the house, and by their […]

Such a Terrible Job I Have

| April 15, 2016

Plying my trade(s) in rural Nova Scotia exposes me to all manner of ordeals and sights you just can’t unsee. Oh, the panic that can’t be unpanicked! Case in point, the photos that follow taken last week on departure from a client’s premises. I’d say they are located in a typical area of woods and […]

Tales from the LFM School of Child Rearing

| April 6, 2016

I write about cannibalism now and then, most commonly revisiting the quaint and rustic social custom in my October annual Dark Sentiments series. As you read what follows, I would remind you that thanks to good old fashioned fairy tales, the subject has already entered the curriculum as taught in our house. SFM #1 went […]