Numbers Looking for a Fight

| March 23, 2020

Our title today comes from something Mrs. LFM said last night in reference to statistics in general, and the way they are being presented in daily government COVID-19 briefings specifically. A state of emergency was announced yesterday for the Province of Nova Scotia, where we live. The details of its scope and perceived application can […]

May You Live in an Interesting Age

| March 15, 2020

“Some years ago, in 1936, I had to write to a very dear and honored friend of mine, who has since died, Sir Austen Chamberlain, brother of the present Prime Minister, and I concluded my letter with a rather banal remark ‘that we were living in an interesting age’. Evidently he read the whole letter, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 31: Let the Ribaldry Begin

| October 31, 2019

Here we are again, Goode Reader, at the end of another season of Dark Sentiments. Our most heartfelt thanks to you all for joining us and staying the course As regular attendees will recall, this is not only All Hallows Eve, the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 13: Weep Not for the Willfully Blind

| October 13, 2019

“Man is the ultimate apex predator by design, and our footprint upon the world bears this out without question. Yet the Human brain, with all of its baggage, regards the world no differently now than it did when riding astride the skull of our cave dwelling, fire building, flint knapping ancestors.” ~ Dark Sentiments Season […]

Time Spent on Reconnaissance is Seldom Wasted

| June 9, 2019

The title of today’s piece is taken from Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden, and I believe perfectly encapsulates the philosophy Mrs. LFM and I bring to every activity that takes us into the field. As I’ve mentioned before, where and how we live means being able to walk out the back door […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 31: That’s a Wrap

| October 31, 2018

Well Goode Reader, as we say, it’s been swell but the swelling’s gone down. It’s time for swelling of another sort as tonight marks the 10th anniversary of the blessed Hallowe’en in 2008 when the Whynacht and Kleszczynski Clans merged to build a new dynasty. You should all be grateful we don’t hold with that […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 1: What Ho and Well Met!

| October 1, 2018

“… let not us that are squires of the night’s body be called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, […]

Musings on a Birthday, Life, and the Squeezing of Balloons

| September 3, 2018

Goode Reader, I flatter myself in the expectation that my absence here of late may have been noted with some modicum of longing for my return, and should you find yourself in the throes of such paroxysms I cry, fear not! This time of year calls upon my personal, creative, and professional energies on a […]

Death and the Child

| May 20, 2018

    “A dragon lives forever but not so little boys. Painted wings and giant’s rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more, And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar. “His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain. Puff no longer […]