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 […]

Lest We Forget — Lee Miller at a Moment in Time

| November 10, 2018

“How they set it up. She cannot be shown nude (this is LIFE, not Man Ray); a figurine on the table does the trick. In front of the bath, her combat boots, ‘the dust of Dachau still on them’ according to Scherman. And at the back on the left, the portrait. It is a voodoo […]

Lest We Forget — A Timeless Word From Noël Coward

| November 4, 2018

“The war brought front of mind that sense of patriotism that was fundamental to his nature. “Cavalcade had been the most overt and sustained expression to date. At the end of it the heroine, Jane Marryot, gives her toast to the Future — as she has done through the decades we’ve shared with her in […]

Lest We Forget — Of Death and Doodlebugs

| November 3, 2018

This picture has been all over the internet lately, purported to be a photo of a Spitfire about to tumble a Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1), AKA V1, AKA Buzz Bomb, AKA Doodlebug. While it is a perfect depiction of a manoeuvre performed by RAF pilots during those dark times when the V1 “buzz bomb” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 30: 80 Years Ago Tonight

| October 30, 2018

On the night of 30 October 1938, channel surfing took a turn for the dark side. If you were listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy but decided to skip the commercial break by tuning to their rival station, you stood a good chance of landing on the infamous Orson Wells broadcast of War of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 28: When the Blind Lead the Blind

| October 28, 2018

“To be a Man possessed of Masculinity, experiencing the near daily necessity to engage in social intercourse or commerce with the unschooled males abroad in the land today, is to know the reality in the spirit of the other of what, “… feels inherently unreal ….”. To be unsurprised at a society proclaiming the necessity […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 27: Lost Interviews

| October 27, 2018

I occasionally reveal some aspects of my childhood and upbringing here with absolutely no intention of ever actually explaining myself. As to that, Goode Reader, neither should you lest you find out the hard way that self-justification serves no purpose in a fulfilling Life. No, I believe it better to leave the Great Unwashed stuck […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 26: A Certain Kind of Death

| October 26, 2018

“Like picking fly shit out of pepper with boxing gloves on.” ~ My Father, Lawrence Whynacht, in describing something that was very painstakingly difficult to do. Day 10 of Season 6 of this series was titled What Died?, which you can experience by clicking the title. You will learn how the study of human body […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 23: Lest We Remember

| October 23, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is about memories. In my conceit, I will posit that I’m a pretty good story teller. I often bring that skill to bear when teaching or simply explaining something to one or more people, by telling an entertaining anecdote, and this may at times be drawn directly from personal experience. In one […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 16: Edgar Allan Poe

| October 16, 2018

“One hundred and sixty-one years ago today, a light of dark genius was extinguished forever under bizarre circumstances that remain unclear to this day. At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday, 7 October 1849, at the end of several days of delirium, Edgar Allan Poe regained complete consciousness only long enough to speak his last words […]