The Point of it All

| June 18, 2017

I first met feisty grappler Lukas William Whynacht, second in line to the Chieftainship of Clan LFM, two years ago today, under joyous although more formal and less than relaxing conditions where neither a Man nor his Wife could order a decent drink to toast a bairn’s arrival. It’s also Father’s Day, Goode Reader, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Of Borders and Bullshit, Immigrants and Idiots

| March 10, 2017

Earlier this week, CBC News posted a piece with the title Tory leadership candidate Kellie Leitch wants immigrants to be asked: ‘Are men and women equal?’, and the subtext “‘Outraged’ rival candidate Deepak Obhrai says values test targets Muslims”. For the sake of non-Canadians, as well as actual Canadians labouring under the kind of illumination […]

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 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 10: Bifröst

| December 30, 2016

“Haakon Haakonsson (c. March/April 1204 – 16 December 1263) (Old Norse: Hákon Hákonarson; Norwegian: Håkon Håkonsson), sometimes called Haakon the Old in contrast to his son with the same name, and known in modern regnal lists as Haakon IV, was the King of Norway from 1217 to 1263. His reign lasted for 46 years, longer […]