Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 25: Hags Assorted

| October 25, 2017

“It was during the middle years of my childhood that there was an influx of Newfoundlanders to my home town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Most of those I got to know were fishermen who had come from the remote and disadvantaged “outports” to make their fortune working on the deep sea trawler fleet that sailed […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 22: French Roast

| October 22, 2017

As I’ve previously written, “The Tuareg, so called “Blue Men of the Desert” are a nomadic herding people of the Sahara. They like their coffee: Black as the Devil, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love, And hot as Hell. “This pronouncement has always spoken to me because pretty much everything I appreciate in life fits […]

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 […]

An LFM St. Patrick’s Day Compendium

| March 17, 2017

Today for your edification, I’m offering up a concentrated dose of St. Patrick’s Day goodness gleaned from LFM utterances on St. Patrick’s Days past. Too much goodness to lie forgotten in the archives. It’s been said that God invented whisky so the Irish wouldn’t take over the world. So far it’s worked. I’ve always appreciated […]

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

| March 11, 2017

Inspecting fire alarm systems isn’t the drudgery you’d think. Nay! As I wrote here back on 28 June 2010, the endeavour is fraught with perils and pitfalls, frustrations and farce! Today, I’d like you to look at this heat detector documented in the course of a recent fire alarm inspection at a local inn. Every […]

The Grand Old Duke of York (He Had Ten Thousand Men)

| January 21, 2017

Denying the claims a Buckingham Palace spokesman told us, “All allegations in this matter are false, and records will clearly show these men were neither up nor down.” Last year I shared an article to Facebook titled Duke of York strenuously denies he had ten thousand men, and the sharing caused no small amount of […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 11: Ode to Twenty Sixteen

| December 31, 2016

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state for Commonwealth nations, including Canada, and now at 90, well past the finish line in the race for longest lived and still reigning British monarch (Queen Victoria died at 81). Now, at the end of this year of death and dishevelment, there is something that […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 9: Offspring

| December 29, 2016

Study of life reveals how powerfully energetic it is, and how it comes with its own sort of momentum. In raising a child, from the moment of birth the child’s life energy, bestowed by its parents, is literally a force of Nature. This force grows as the child grows, and as physicality outstrips understanding, will […]

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 5: A Toast to the Day

| December 25, 2016

As you might expect, the LFM Household is somewhat engaged today, but not so much as to stop me from reminding you of this snippet of wisdom from the lips of Major Sidney Freedman, sporadically appearing psychiatrist to the 4077th MASH. According to my late Mother, this was a popular toast for any time of […]