The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Fifth

| May 14, 2017

I have set aside the term “self-defense” as it is presently applied to what can more accurately be described as “fighting”. This is not to cast a jaundiced eye upon anyone who uses the term, for it’s a very specific legal reference to any act of conflict resolution by violent means, and if one would […]

If You’re Going to Play, Play. Don’t Play. (Revisited for the 78th time)

| April 22, 2017

Today’s title is taken from the vast body of sage advice that flows from the mind, pen, and lips of Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman; a treasured Friend to whom I have referred here on many occasions, and will again. I invite you to peruse and reflect on these representative pieces from the LFM Archives that […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Third

| April 15, 2017

“Man has a large and highly adaptive brain – nearly as smart as a Crow – along with this pesky opposable thumb – one on each side unless you’ve gone through life being called “Lefty”. We Man critters can imagine and build solutions to problems that Nature didn’t give us the speed, wings, teeth, fur, […]

The Grand Old Duke of York (He Had Ten Thousand Men)

| January 21, 2017

Denying the claims a Buckingham Palace spokesman told us, “All allegations in this matter are false, and records will clearly show these men were neither up nor down.” Last year I shared an article to Facebook titled Duke of York strenuously denies he had ten thousand men, and the sharing caused no small amount of […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 11: Ode to Twenty Sixteen

| December 31, 2016

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state for Commonwealth nations, including Canada, and now at 90, well past the finish line in the race for longest lived and still reigning British monarch (Queen Victoria died at 81). Now, at the end of this year of death and dishevelment, there is something that […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 9: Offspring

| December 29, 2016

Study of life reveals how powerfully energetic it is, and how it comes with its own sort of momentum. In raising a child, from the moment of birth the child’s life energy, bestowed by its parents, is literally a force of Nature. This force grows as the child grows, and as physicality outstrips understanding, will […]

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 2: Commitment

| December 22, 2016

“As long as you have a safety net you act without commitment. You’ll go back to your old habits once you meet a little resistance. You need the samurai’s desperateness and his insanity. Burn the bridge. Nuke the foundation. Back yourself up against a wall. Have an opinion one way or the other, get off […]

You Rascal You

| November 6, 2016

Last Thursday, in response to our recent Dark Sentiments piece titled Exit Music, we were honoured by a quite literally heartfelt comment from trusty LFM reader Julian: “Only tonight have I seen this and the irony is rich and deep. I have suffered the early stages of another heart attack during the night; and a […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 20: Up the Back Passage

| October 20, 2016

Inspired by a narrow channel of water that separates a local island from the mainland, and that is subject to remarkable reversals in current that may catch the traveller unawares, The Back Passage is a tragedy of sorts. As one more point of note, the actual Back Passage does lead to a Distinguishing Point, even […]