Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 11: An Intervention

| October 11, 2016

Welcome back Goode Reader. Please take your ease, for I ask your indulgence in what at first may appear to be a politically motivated argument. As you will see, it is nothing of the sort, notwithstanding that I have been moved to act by the complexion of reactions to someone who is most decidedly and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 9: A Little Diversion

| October 9, 2016

All thematic threads be damned, let’s take a little side road, shall we? Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. In the past year, we’ve found Canadian singer-song writer Lindi Ortega. If you’ve never heard of her, then prepare to be delightfully educated. She’s been described as “country’s most delectable vixen”, “not-quite-saintly”, and having a voice […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 6: Forbidden Reading

| October 6, 2016

The 1953 Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in a totalitarian future version of our world. Inspired by a combination of his love of libraries, and his coming to know in his formative years that Adolf Hitler was burning books (in concert with incarcerating and murdering intellectuals), the book tells how at first, only […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 3: Premier Automne

| October 3, 2016

Knowledge may be forbidden by circumstance, both accidental and by design. But even the best laid plans may have an unexpected expiry date after which nothing will ever be the same again. Premier Automne (First Autumn) is the story of Abel and Apolline. “Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 2: The Life of Death

| October 2, 2016

“True Love is the darkest of sentiments both because it has the power to motivate those blessed enough to be possessed by it to the performance of feats that are incomprehensible to the great unwashed, and because, in its truest form, it does not exist to most of the world. In that, it is truly […]

A Proud Father Speaks

| September 3, 2016

The largest of our Small Fierce Mammals, Viktor, is three years old as of 02:10 Atlantic Daylight Time today. Tall for his age, smart, charming, witty, straight of stance and sound of limb, he’s developed a pattern of behaviour with his female contemporaries that is a wonder to behold. Released into any social setting that […]

Dress From the Inside Out

| July 25, 2016

My Mother always admonished me to put on clean underwear every morning because you never know when you’ll encounter a kind offer for sex. Or in case you get in an accident of some other sort. Anyway, that was a long time ago so the actual reason is vague, but the message was conveyed with […]

The Minister’s Lawn and the Lilac Tree

| May 29, 2016

I grew up in the small but (then) prosperous town of  Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in a house across the street from what was generally referred to as “the Minister’s lawn”. A part of the grounds of the Anglican Reverend’s residence, it was a beautifully manicured expanse of table top flatness, and came to be used […]

The Best Laid Plans

| February 24, 2016

Operating our security consultancy out of rural Nova Scotia, our average day is best described as what you might get if  the logistical and operational realities of All Creatures Great and Small and The Sandbaggers had a kid. In this family business, a gap on one’s dance card doesn’t take long to close, so our […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 19: The Year in Zealotry – Part 1 of 2

| October 19, 2015

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions Meaning: One meaning of the phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless fail to take action. This inaction may be due to procrastination, laziness or other subversive vice. As such, the saying is an admonishment that a good intention […]