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.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 15: Danny Boy and the Fall of Icarus

| October 15, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment was directed by Marek Skrobecki, and was inspired by the song Danny Boy. Described by the director — “A seemingly ordinary city is inhabited by people suffering from a serious condition strangely enough, their headlessness does not seem to bother them much. Headless individuals walk in haste and chaos around the town, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 14: Completion

| October 14, 2018

It was with the kind permission of our Esteemed Friend of the LFM Clan Stephen F. Kaufman, of whom we have previously written here, that his deceptively simple but far from inconsequential statement of Truth appears at the top of tonight’s Dark Sentiment. I encourage you to read his words, Goode Reader, and consider their […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 10: Alleycats

| October 10, 2018

Much has been written about revenge, most of it absent understanding of its unfortunate offspring — what our ancestors knew as a blood feud. A thing to be avoided, at nearly — nearly — all costs. To avoid such a calamity is to find a way to at least somewhat peacefully absorb an offense of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 2: You Can’t Push on a String

| October 2, 2018

My first year Physics Professor, the Esteemed Dr, Ernest Guptill who died tragically in a boating accident on 20 March 1976, used to say that you only had to know two things to earn a PhD in Physics: That Force equals Mass times Acceleration; and You can’t push on a string. I’m constantly astonished at […]

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 […]

Masculinity is a Guided Hunt

| July 28, 2018

When last we spoke, it was on the subject of Masculinity and Rites of Passage through the personal experience of soloing an airplane. In case the point eluded some of you, the instrument of transformation — the airplane — didn’t actually need to be what it was. It didn’t hurt in teaching a young Man […]

Masculinity and Rites of Passage

| July 21, 2018

One fulsome morning in the late autumn of my 16th year, I was a student pilot at the controls of a Piper PA-28 “Cherokee” in the afterglow of the rollout from what had to be the best landing I’d ever accomplished. That took an epiphanous turn when I heard my Flight Instructor telling me to […]