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 […]

An LFM St. Patrick’s Day Compendium

| March 17, 2017

Today for your edification, I’m offering up a concentrated dose of St. Patrick’s Day goodness gleaned from LFM utterances on St. Patrick’s Days past. Too much goodness to lie forgotten in the archives. It’s been said that God invented whisky so the Irish wouldn’t take over the world. So far it’s worked. I’ve always appreciated […]

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 […]