A Long Winter’s Night — 2018 Edition: Day 1

| December 21, 2018

The Winter Solstice occurs at 18:23 Atlantic Time tonight. After that, the nights get shorter, the days longer, and you should curb your enthusiasm because most of the parts of Winter that will kill you haven’t happened yet. In Elder times this was Midwinter’s Night, and while I understand the meaning, marking the longest night […]

Lest We Forget — Lee Miller at a Moment in Time

| November 10, 2018

“How they set it up. She cannot be shown nude (this is LIFE, not Man Ray); a figurine on the table does the trick. In front of the bath, her combat boots, ‘the dust of Dachau still on them’ according to Scherman. And at the back on the left, the portrait. It is a voodoo […]

Lest We Forget — A Timeless Word From Noël Coward

| November 4, 2018

“The war brought front of mind that sense of patriotism that was fundamental to his nature. “Cavalcade had been the most overt and sustained expression to date. At the end of it the heroine, Jane Marryot, gives her toast to the Future — as she has done through the decades we’ve shared with her in […]

Lest We Forget — Of Death and Doodlebugs

| November 3, 2018

This picture has been all over the internet lately, purported to be a photo of a Spitfire about to tumble a Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1), AKA V1, AKA Buzz Bomb, AKA Doodlebug. While it is a perfect depiction of a manoeuvre performed by RAF pilots during those dark times when the V1 “buzz bomb” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 30: 80 Years Ago Tonight

| October 30, 2018

On the night of 30 October 1938, channel surfing took a turn for the dark side. If you were listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy but decided to skip the commercial break by tuning to their rival station, you stood a good chance of landing on the infamous Orson Wells broadcast of War of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 27: Lost Interviews

| October 27, 2018

I occasionally reveal some aspects of my childhood and upbringing here with absolutely no intention of ever actually explaining myself. As to that, Goode Reader, neither should you lest you find out the hard way that self-justification serves no purpose in a fulfilling Life. No, I believe it better to leave the Great Unwashed stuck […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 26: A Certain Kind of Death

| October 26, 2018

“Like picking fly shit out of pepper with boxing gloves on.” ~ My Father, Lawrence Whynacht, in describing something that was very painstakingly difficult to do. Day 10 of Season 6 of this series was titled What Died?, which you can experience by clicking the title. You will learn how the study of human body […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 24: Sperm … Count

| October 24, 2018

In the Summer of the year 2010, I published a poem here called A Codger’s Lament that spoke of semen samples, sperm counts, and the agonies of travail. I recommend clicking here to read it before going further. Tonight’s Dark Sentiment also speaks to the agonies of travail, in quest of the same outcome … […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 19: Good Night Sweet Molly

| October 19, 2018

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers We were saddened to learn yesterday morning that our Dear and Esteemed Friend Julian, who you will know to be a regular commenter here and of whom I have previously written, is mourning the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 14: Completion

| October 14, 2018

It was with the kind permission of our Esteemed Friend of the LFM Clan Stephen F. Kaufman, of whom we have previously written here, that his deceptively simple but far from inconsequential statement of Truth appears at the top of tonight’s Dark Sentiment. I encourage you to read his words, Goode Reader, and consider their […]