A Proud Father Speaks

| September 3, 2016

The largest of our Small Fierce Mammals, Viktor, is three years old as of 02:10 Atlantic Daylight Time today. Tall for his age, smart, charming, witty, straight of stance and sound of limb, he’s developed a pattern of behaviour with his female contemporaries that is a wonder to behold. Released into any social setting that […]

Dress From the Inside Out

| July 25, 2016

My Mother always admonished me to put on clean underwear every morning because you never know when you’ll encounter a kind offer for sex. Or in case you get in an accident of some other sort. Anyway, that was a long time ago so the actual reason is vague, but the message was conveyed with […]

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 […]

The Best Laid Plans

| February 24, 2016

Operating our security consultancy out of rural Nova Scotia, our average day is best described as what you might get if  the logistical and operational realities of All Creatures Great and Small and The Sandbaggers had a kid. In this family business, a gap on one’s dance card doesn’t take long to close, so our […]

A Few Nights Ago in Dartmouth

| December 4, 2015

Approaching me in a dark parking lot while I’m strapping my child in their car seat is a REALLY stupid move. Don’t you know that a mother protecting her young is one of the most dangerous things to tussle with? ~ Mrs. LFM At approximately 18:30 Atlantic Time on the evening of Monday, 30 November […]

Trouble With Immigrants

| November 15, 2015

” … the anecdote goes, a Canadian immigration official was asked how many Jews displaced from what was left of Europe Canada would accept as immigrants, and was said to have replied, ‘None is too many.’ Whether or not the story is true in its placing the speaking of those words in the mouth of […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 24: Vincent

| October 24, 2015

Vincent is a short film employing stop motion animation made in 1982, the same year my Wife was born. The years notwithstanding, both she and I are died in the wool Tim Burton fans, this delightful item being designed and directed by Tim Burton, and produced by Rick Heinrichs. At approximately six minutes in length, […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 19: The Year in Zealotry – Part 1 of 2

| October 19, 2015

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions Meaning: One meaning of the phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless fail to take action. This inaction may be due to procrastination, laziness or other subversive vice. As such, the saying is an admonishment that a good intention […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 5: Thomas the Zanti Tank Engine

| October 5, 2015

The Thomas The Tank Engine series has the creepiest, most awful method of vehicle anthropomorphization in the history of human culture. ~ Thomas The Tank Engine Is Destroying All Cartoon Vehicles And Creeping Me The Hell Out I put being “creeped out” behind me a long, long time ago, but as a writer of the […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 2: Bloodied but Unbowed

| October 2, 2015

This poem was inspired by the Lunar eclipse that coincided with last weekend’s “super moon”. The brilliant round edge of white on the rust red orb of the “blood moon” in this photo was the kicker, and there’s nothing else to say beyond that I see hints (sometimes not so subtle) of primal, raw sexuality […]