The Pain of Leadership

| June 6, 2017

Tonight a Most Esteemed Friend’s Dog is at peace. His Master is not. I once wrote, “Any Leader of Dogs worthy of the title understands and accepts the responsibilities that come with fully embracing the beautiful thing that is a relationship with a Dog, and knows going in that the relationship comes with an expiry […]

Worldly Wisdom Wednesday — Force Multipliers in Action

| May 31, 2017

“Each iteration of Man, leading up to the current free ranging model we meet for good or ill when abroad in the land every day, was a step on the road to development of advanced cognitive function including, very importantly, imagination, and the manual dexterity to put it to work. Every rung on the evolutionary […]

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, […]

Raise Your Glass, Aim Your Rifles High

| April 9, 2017

At 05:30 hours a century ago this very day, four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force launched an action that in four days accomplished an objective British and French forces had spent years and thousands of lives failing at. By 12 April 1917, the impregnable German stronghold of Vimy Ridge was in Allied hands. Before […]

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 […]