A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 5

| December 25, 2017

The best of everything from us to all of you who matter. The rest we’ll fall upon without mercy in a snow storm before Spring, as I’ve promised the Dogs. Anyway, whether you’re on our naughty or nice list, you know who you are. Yet glorious day, the Solstice comes With casting off of dooms! […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 1

| December 21, 2017

Winter in Nova Scotia will arrive at twenty-eight minutes past noon Atlantic Standard Time today when the Solstice heralds the start of the long, slow plod to Spring. For those of us of whatever species who haven’t already migrated or gone into hibernation, this is a time of uncertainty tempered with incipient joy. The Black […]

War and Remembrance — Let’s Dwell on the Past for a Spell

| November 4, 2017

In lofty halls, forked tongues entwine the words of conflict, At once invoking the name of War whilst insisting the Soldiery Stand upon the field for reasons otherwise. That a Soldier exists as the bloody finality of his Nation’s tolerance is forgotten. ~ Take the Fight to the Enemy ~ In a world at war, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 23: Of Cycles and Rhythms

| October 23, 2017

“As a Husband, a Father, a Teacher, a Student, a Friend, a Comrade, a Man — as one who strives to be a complete specimen of that animal called Human — I understand that in all things, cycles prevail. “To be a complete Human is to embrace the spectrum of Life from end to end, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 17: Full Circle

| October 17, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is Full Circle, presented here as the third part of the National Film Board of Canada‘s Women and Spirituality Trilogy. Yes, I know I’m presenting them out of sequence, but I have my reasons. The mission statement of this collection is certainly a worthy one: A series of three titles investigating the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 12: Who Has it Easier?

| October 12, 2017

Unless you haven’t been paying attention, or were born  to such privilege that you didn’t have to, you will at least by now have come to the suspicion that the world is not fair, and all people are not created equal. All that stuff about rights to free expression, and all people being “created” equal […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 10: Red

| October 10, 2017

“Fairy Tales, as they were originally written, weren’t the saccharine offal children who don’t belong to Mrs. LFM and me, or a few notable Friends, grew (or are growing) up with. They were intended to convey valuable life lessons to the offspring of people who lived a lot closer to reality than most in the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 9: Lessons

| October 9, 2017

Lessons By LFM To raise a child is one of Nature’s fundamental things, For offspring must be taught to thrive amid the hurts and stings. The world abounds with things that rend the heart, that bruise, and pierce, And bitter Truths, like he may lose, however True and Fierce. Some curses will be comely while […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 6: Glued

| October 6, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is a prophetic little ditty in the form of an animated short film made in 2012 by the team of Alon Tako, Guy Elnathan, Daniel Lichter, and Sivan Kotek as their third year film project at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Glued is the story of a mother’s travails in […]

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 […]