Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Call 200 Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean?

| January 25, 2020

To say I was frustrated at the sheer bullshittery of discovering my radio battery dead would be an understatement of monumental proportions. Literally overnight, the situation had morphed into a bag of shit to hold. The reaction of the rest of the party when I delivered the latest situation report was predictable, ranging from acceptance […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Tell a Man With Two Black Eyes?

| January 24, 2020

There’s an old joke that goes: Q — “What do you tell a man with two black eyes?” A — “Nothing. He’s already been told twice.” There are some who might say that after what happened on my last trip, what you’re about to read should have come as no surprise. As aforesaid, I first […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — You Can’t Go Home Again

| January 21, 2020

As with all things born of youth, over time expeditions to Covey Island fell progressively more under the thrall of life realities afflicting their participants, and so became sporadic overall, with some occurring in my own absence. I can no longer recall how much time lay between the events described in our last chapter and […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — A Pattern Emerges

| January 20, 2020

“For this to be experienced I needed to be exactly where and when I was. So simple and yet so profound.” ~ Moments of Magick Welcome back Goode Reader, to this second chapter in my chronicles of camping trips spanning 20 odd years, some more odd than others, to Covey Island, Nova Scotia. The first […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — Backgrounder

| January 19, 2020

Covey Island is 108 acres of Crown land located in the mouth of Mahone Bay, north of the shire town of Lunenburg, at 44.421932N, 64.30451W. A history of the island from the earliest colonization of Lunenburg and its environs was compiled by Linda G. Layton and published by the Mahone Islands Conservation Association on 24 […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 7: She’s Always a Woman

| December 28, 2019

A Long Winter’s Night is the perfect time for telling stories around the fire, and often those take a reflective bent on where things are, how they got here, and where they’re going in that handbasket. We’re doing that tonight to the chagrin of those younger members of the assemblage who suffer the stories of […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 2: The Day of the .303 Buck Saw

| December 23, 2019

When I was growing up in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, long before the cultivation of Christmas Trees as agricultural operations had become a major industry, my Father had innumerable friends and customers who owned woodland we were granted freedom to harvest our annual Balsam Fir from. It was a big deal because my Father had high […]

War and Remembrance — Art of Darkness

| November 11, 2019

“… If you think those wars and the things these people were or are called upon to do, are horribly wrong, then I would suggest that every one of them might agree with you, for let it never be forgotten that the soldier hates war worse than anyone, but being good at waging it does […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 26: Hier Encore

| October 26, 2019

The melancholy ballad from which tonight’s Dark Sentiment draws its title was written by Charles Aznavour and released in his 1964 album of the same name. Translated literally into English (always a mistake, but here we are), it means “Yesterday Again”, and you may know it best in the English translation by Herbert Kretzmer from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 25: Mycelium

| October 25, 2019

“Man, a social animal, seeks to live in communities, varying in size from remote single family homesteads, to congested cities made of high rise buildings. Where you live most likely fits somewhere in between – those popularly referred to as “homeless” I will speak to in a future article in this series, for they cannot […]