Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 22: All Deaths Matter

| October 22, 2016

The rangy, solitary Eastern Coyote of my youth was not the animal that bears the name today. Hunted, trapped, poisoned, and otherwise hounded out of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the 1970’s, there came an interval of Human forgetting while the Nature of the Coyote and Man’s conceit forged something new. For in time […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 20: Up the Back Passage

| October 20, 2016

Inspired by a narrow channel of water that separates a local island from the mainland, and that is subject to remarkable reversals in current that may catch the traveller unawares, The Back Passage is a tragedy of sorts. As one more point of note, the actual Back Passage does lead to a Distinguishing Point, even […]

Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day 19: Hotrod Bristle

| October 19, 2016

Hotrod Bristle was inspired by the song Hotrod Lincoln, recently brought to mind by something revealed to me by the Esteemed Jay Heathman, which makes it partially his fault. The remaining share of the inspiration lies with the Woman I’m wed to, and the picture above that’s making the rounds right now, about which she […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

We’ll Burn That Bridge When We Come to It

| February 15, 2016

The Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial awaits its verdict, scheduled for 24 March 2016, and the world of polarized politics driven and abetted by social media can’t understand why all this due process crap should even be allowed to stand in the way of a well deserved lynching. This morning over coffee, I read a […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 15: Fifty Shades of Grey – I Can’t Masturbate to This

| October 15, 2015

The sudden upswing in popularity of such books as Fifty Shades of Grey is at once unsurprising and inexplicable to me. Unsurprising because the dark side of desire has always had, and always will have its allure, and only leads to a bad end when unstable personalities or Hollywood movie producers become involved. Inexplicable because […]