War and Remembrance — The Clenched Fist (Part 1 of 2)

| November 19, 2017

In the waning months of 1941, and  notwithstanding Hilter’s postponement of Operation Sea Lion in September of 1940, Britain was facing a continued threat of German invasion,. In Europe and most every other bit of contested ground, as well as on the high seas, Allied forces were losing to the Axis on every front. Desperate […]

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 30: Severance

| October 30, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh was born 30 March 1853 and died 29 July 1890 in a French inn, two days after receiving a gun shot wound to the abdomen that he confessed on his death bed was self-inflicted. His intention has long been held to have been suicide, however in October of 2011, a 960 page […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 29: Erzsébet Bathory Revisited

| October 29, 2017

“The sagas tell two tales of Freydís – one that marks her as brave and admirable, the other much less so. But the sagas were written centuries after the events they describe, and as we know from reading incarnations of The Bible, influential literature can be depended upon to contain a healthy dose of axe […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 26: Simple Locomotion

| October 26, 2017

“Tales abound with ingredients that torture the imagination of the susceptible, even long after the story has been read, heard, or watched. The effect is the same whether the tale comes from experience or fiction, for the imagination is a wondrous thing if taken in hand by someone who can play it like a harp.” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 25: Hags Assorted

| October 25, 2017

“It was during the middle years of my childhood that there was an influx of Newfoundlanders to my home town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Most of those I got to know were fishermen who had come from the remote and disadvantaged “outports” to make their fortune working on the deep sea trawler fleet that sailed […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8: Day 21: The Trial of Peter Mailman for the Murder of his Wife

| October 21, 2017

“During my attendance at the trial of Peter Mailman, — listening day after day to the horrible details of the murder as they were brought out by the different witnesses; and holding frequent intercourse with the prisoner in his cell, I was led to contemplate very fully and seriously the crime of murder. Nothing is […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 18: The Burning Times

| October 18, 2017

“Our Dark Sentiment du jour presents a documentary film from the National Film Board of Canada. Made in 1990, The Burning Times was directed by Donna Read and was part two in a trilogy on women and spirituality. The Burning Times has been criticized as feminist revisionist history and I can see a reasonable argument […]

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 16: Goddess Remembered

| October 16, 2017

“Twenty-first century human culture worldwide still tolerates murder, torture, and eradication of entire cultures on religious grounds. Before, after, or entwined with all that, we have that covetous constant called greed. No matter the driving force behind it, we’ve proven ourselves to have a tendency to accept attack on dissent, or even attack on those […]