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 […]

A Long Winter’s Night – Day 8: Winter as Weapon

| December 28, 2016

If you’ve heard of the Napoleonic Wars and World War II, you’ll have heard how anyone who invades Russia and doesn’t wrap up business before the snow falls is asking to have their ass handed to them. The Russians, we’re told, are the masters of Winter, but today we’re going to look at an engagement […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 7: Ice Capades

| December 27, 2016

“There’s an old joke about a Boy Scout who, one bright Saturday morning, puts on his uniform and declares to his Mother that he’s off to do good deeds all day long. When he returns a few hours later, with a black eye and looking like he just escaped from a dude ranch by being […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 6: The Best of Yourself

| December 26, 2016

“Think of your death now. It is at arm’s length. It may tap you any moment, so really you have no time for crappy thoughts and moods. None of us have time for that. The only thing that counts is action, acting instead of talking. “Our death is waiting and this very act we’re performing […]