Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 31: Let the Ribaldry Begin

| October 31, 2019

Here we are again, Goode Reader, at the end of another season of Dark Sentiments. Our most heartfelt thanks to you all for joining us and staying the course As regular attendees will recall, this is not only All Hallows Eve, the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 30: Garden Party

| October 30, 2019

On an individual level, Human beings are simultaneously insanely fragile and unbelievably hard to kill, both qualities having often been documented in the same individual. In our conceit, we find it easy to imprint that characteristic on other creatures, forgetting they don’t share our tendency to overthink things, overplay their importance, or react emotionally to […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 27: A Word From Mother Nature

| October 27, 2019

In the wake of a certain Swedish girl’s advent upon the world stage as the front man of a new crew of environmental influencers, legitimacy of urgency has come to be blurred so an already distrustfully polarized world is more entrenched than ever in Buridan’s Dilemma. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is a well crafted word from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 26: Hier Encore

| October 26, 2019

The melancholy ballad from which tonight’s Dark Sentiment draws its title was written by Charles Aznavour and released in his 1964 album of the same name. Translated literally into English (always a mistake, but here we are), it means “Yesterday Again”, and you may know it best in the English translation by Herbert Kretzmer from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 25: Mycelium

| October 25, 2019

“Man, a social animal, seeks to live in communities, varying in size from remote single family homesteads, to congested cities made of high rise buildings. Where you live most likely fits somewhere in between – those popularly referred to as “homeless” I will speak to in a future article in this series, for they cannot […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 22: Keeping Watch

| October 22, 2019

Another rite of passage piece with echos of last season’s Willie and the Bear. The term “traveller’s lantern”, perverted to Hunter’s lantern here, and not to be confused with Hunter’s Moon, refers to a time when safe travel was denied to the average bloke between the first quarter, through full, and to the last quarter of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 21: Holding the Night at Spearpoint

| October 21, 2019

The eye is the primary sensory tool of the Human animal. Coupled to a brain predisposed to seek out patterns and sift them through a sieve of instincts and memories, the sense of sight is and always has been instrumental in keeping us alive. But it has weaknesses that become most evident when darkness falls, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 19: Who Gets Into Valhalla?

| October 19, 2019

I first introduced expert in all things Old Norse, Dr. Jackson Crawford, in last February’s A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: The Cowboy Hávamál. We already know HOW you get into Valhalla — the hard way. Tonight he’s back with the answer to that other burning question — WHO gets into Valhalla? […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 17: Lost and Found

| October 17, 2019

“Upon further examination, we found a trap – a steel trap dating back to the time when the Hudson Bay Company ran things around here. Rusted and busted this trap was embedded in the mesa’s dirt for centuries. We looked it over and left it laying there. We never remove anything from its resting place. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 16: Of Hand Operated Head Bludgeons and Throat Mallets

| October 16, 2019

It was an afternoon in the late 1970’s when I attended my first, and so far only, estate auction, inside the lofty, creaky confines of an ancient Halifax auction house. I was there in the company of two friends with whom was shared an interest in antique instruments of mayhem, and the newspaper listing for […]