To Sting or Not to Sting

| March 2, 2019

“So given an imperative that outweighs simple survival, an organism may exhibit itself at the pinnacle of its perfection. Even though it may know it has but one stroke to offer an adversary, the depths of its vitality can only be known by inviting that stroke. Consider that.” ~ Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day […]

The Sons of Mary O’Flannery (and That Which Befell Them)

| February 26, 2019

My Mother always said that those who won’t listen have to feel. This story illustrates that sentiment. While I certainly don’t need to leave Lunenburg County to find some prime specimens of the sort you’ll read about here, I was inspired by the approach of St. Patrick’s Day to deliver this with an Irish flavour. […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Of Form and Function

| February 24, 2019

The blade is but the tooth and claw That Nature never gave, So Man no longer hides in trees, Nor cowers in a cave. Why scrabble for what lives beneath The rocks and rotting logs? Take blade, go forth with Comrades bold, And Trusty Hunting Dogs! ~ Tooth and Claw ~ (Excerpt) If you’ve ever […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: The Myth of Equality

| February 10, 2019

As long as society persists in refusing to acknowledge, or willfully forgetting, that “equality” as entrenched in law bears absolutely no resemblance to the same word as used to describe lack of variance between the quality of individual expression of human abilities, little progress can be expected. While, undeniably, there are groups and individuals who […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Imbolc

| February 2, 2019

“It is Winter; the wind howls and Mother Nature lies sleeping, deep under a blanket of snow. Bare branches, stark against the slate gray sky, crack against each other like knucklebones, and when the winds really howl they snap, hitting the snow covered ground with a hushed thump. “On the Great Wheel of the Year, […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2018 Edition: An Unexpected Pause

| December 25, 2018

Whether you observe this particular day of the year as significant from a religious, secular, historic, or clueless perspective; feel it thrust upon you as something to be endured, or just don’t give two shits, there is one thing that can’t be denied where we live — the liquor stores are closed. With this, the […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2018 Edition: Day 1

| December 21, 2018

The Winter Solstice occurs at 18:23 Atlantic Time tonight. After that, the nights get shorter, the days longer, and you should curb your enthusiasm because most of the parts of Winter that will kill you haven’t happened yet. In Elder times this was Midwinter’s Night, and while I understand the meaning, marking the longest night […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 24: Sperm … Count

| October 24, 2018

In the Summer of the year 2010, I published a poem here called A Codger’s Lament that spoke of semen samples, sperm counts, and the agonies of travail. I recommend clicking here to read it before going further. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment also speaks to the agonies of travail, in quest of the same outcome … […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 19: Good Night Sweet Molly

| October 19, 2018

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers We were saddened to learn yesterday morning that our Dear and Esteemed Friend Julian, who you will know to be a regular commenter here and of whom I have previously written, is mourning the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 17: Verbosity and Ferocity

| October 17, 2018

Here’s a bit of advice inspired by one of my favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. A lot of movies have tried my patience with overly gloatinous villains, but this one gets right down to the nitty gritty of why it pisses me off so much.