The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Sixth

| July 16, 2017

“Next time we’ll begin looking at these in concert with the other concepts I’ve introduced in previous chapters, as they are being delivered by a selection of Teachers, and the motivations of students who seek them out.” ~ The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Fifth Welcome back to the fireside Goode and Worthy Reader. Please […]

Pre Coffee Daddy

| June 24, 2017

Mrs. LFM and I awoke in this morning’s pre-dawn darkness to the sound of 2 year old Lukas wailing for Daddy. Not an uncommon thing for a child to awake with a household wide broadcast, but the urgency of his call specifically for me sent me to him sans delay. I quickly interposed myself between […]

The Pain of Leadership

| June 6, 2017

Tonight a Most Esteemed Friend’s Dog is at peace. His Master is not. I once wrote, “Any Leader of Dogs worthy of the title understands and accepts the responsibilities that come with fully embracing the beautiful thing that is a relationship with a Dog, and knows going in that the relationship comes with an expiry […]

Self-Defense — A Case Study

| May 14, 2017

The events I am about to recount are drawn from personal experience, and played out in a family restaurant located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. As with my May 2016 piece on Bullies and Their Vital Role in Education, I do not offer this tale as an act of bravado nor an expression of badassedness. Rather, […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Fifth

| May 14, 2017

I have set aside the term “self-defense” as it is presently applied to what can more accurately be described as “fighting”. This is not to cast a jaundiced eye upon anyone who uses the term, for it’s a very specific legal reference to any act of conflict resolution by violent means, and if one would […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Fourth

| May 6, 2017

“There was a time when I was actively involved in teaching what were then, and in some circles continue to be, called “survival” courses – educational programmes intended to provide instruction in the skills necessary to live temporarily outside the shelter of “civilized” comfort. As the years went by, I came to realize that teaching […]

If You’re Going to Play, Play. Don’t Play. (Revisited for the 78th time)

| April 22, 2017

Today’s title is taken from the vast body of sage advice that flows from the mind, pen, and lips of Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman; a treasured Friend to whom I have referred here on many occasions, and will again. I invite you to peruse and reflect on these representative pieces from the LFM Archives that […]

Howler

| April 20, 2017

On Day 18 of last season’s Dark Sentiments, I spoke of Dan O’Brien, Esq., and his film project based on the legend of the Dagger Woods Howler, a still from which appears at the top of this piece. Dan found me through my previous writings on the subject, and has since done me the honour […]

Raise Your Glass, Aim Your Rifles High

| April 9, 2017

At 05:30 hours a century ago this very day, four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force launched an action that in four days accomplished an objective British and French forces had spent years and thousands of lives failing at. By 12 April 1917, the impregnable German stronghold of Vimy Ridge was in Allied hands. Before […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Second

| April 8, 2017

“No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels.” ~ Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind I am not a psychologist but I do have a serviceable and ever growing garniture of knowledge, both formally and self-acquired, in the field of how Humans and […]