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 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 […]

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 […]

For All Who’ve Burned the Midnight Oil … or Wax

| March 28, 2017

Those of us who create know that flickering moment when the newborn sun comes to illuminate what the dying candle no longer can. From The Animation Workshop comes Once Upon a Candle

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 […]

Workshop Series with Gary Carbone

| March 12, 2017

I’ve written here before of my Esteemed Friend Gary Carbone, late of New Jersey but now a Man of the Catskills, and much entertainment and enlightenment may be had from reviewing that history of commentary here. Just yesterday I learned that beginning on Sunday, 26 March 2017, Gary will be offering a series of workshops […]

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 […]

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 […]