Time Spent on Reconnaissance is Seldom Wasted

| June 9, 2019

The title of today’s piece is taken from Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden, and I believe perfectly encapsulates the philosophy Mrs. LFM and I bring to every activity that takes us into the field. As I’ve mentioned before, where and how we live means being able to walk out the back door […]

Speaking As One Lady’s Man to Another

| March 24, 2019

“As I’ve gone through the grieving process myself, and watched others do the same, it has become clear to me that, in the end, the power and joy of a life well lived is not diminished by the final footnote that it came to an end. That grief is a path leading to a place […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 31: That’s a Wrap

| October 31, 2018

Well Goode Reader, as we say, it’s been swell but the swelling’s gone down. It’s time for swelling of another sort as tonight marks the 10th anniversary of the blessed Hallowe’en in 2008 when the Whynacht and Kleszczynski Clans merged to build a new dynasty. You should all be grateful we don’t hold with that […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 29: Oedipe

| October 29, 2018

You will recall that things veered toward the Classical back on Day 22, and that was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is the story of a young man’s destiny. When Oedipe (Oedipus … yes, that one)  learns it’s to kill his father and marry his mother instead of […]

Dark Sentiment Season 9 — Day 25: Unrequited Love

| October 25, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is about an all too common, and ever so toxic, affair of the heart — unrequited love. For clarity, let’s agree on a formal definition of that term: Unrequited love or one-sided love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such by the beloved. The beloved may not be […]

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 22: Mytho Logique

| October 22, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is all about truth, lies, and the perils of clinging exclusively to either. Mytho Logique begins with a lovers’ tiff, and goes downhill from there. Spoiler: Society, then, now and forever, may resemble this remark.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 21: When is Love “True”?

| October 21, 2018

Say the words “True Love” in front of an audience of any size, and everybody will understand what you mean. Except they won’t. Today, a lot of meaning is lost to the unique and emotionally fraught filters perceptions are filtered through, and that includes the word “understand”. Before going further then, let’s define what I […]