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 […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Third

| April 15, 2017

“Man has a large and highly adaptive brain – nearly as smart as a Crow – along with this pesky opposable thumb – one on each side unless you’ve gone through life being called “Lefty”. We Man critters can imagine and build solutions to problems that Nature didn’t give us the speed, wings, teeth, fur, […]

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 […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the First

| April 2, 2017

Welcome, weary traveller, to this first chapter of The Goode Fyght. We live in a “polarized” world. All the talking heads say so. Any nitwit who’s ever changed the batteries in a remote control knows the dangers inherent in ignoring the rules of polarity, for one does so at peril of being forever cursed to […]

Ticks: Threat or Menace?

| March 14, 2017

Today, for your squirming pleasure, I’m revisiting material that first appeared in an article published to the Golden Mountain Dog Solutions blog back in 2008. If you live or travel in suburban, rural, or forested areas (the latter including town or city parks), this might help expunge the misunderstandings surrounding Ticks that even highly accredited […]

Late Winter Dragon Hunt

| March 5, 2017

“Map-makers mark the unknown with a giant serpent and the words, “Here Be Dragons”. The unknown becomes the known in this exhibition – because the Dragons are now here… “Here Be Dragons explores the myth of dragons through culture, literature, folklore, religion, paleontology, history, science, and live animals. “Their allure is mythic, but they are […]

Dig This

| February 20, 2017

The week just passed saw my part of Nova Scotia receive heavy snowfalls with high winds up to 110 km/h on Monday and overnight well into Tuesday, and another heavy snowfall with 80 km/h gusts on Thursday. We were ploughed out from the first one just before 06:00 Wednesday morning, just in time for the […]