War and Remembrance — Let’s Dwell on the Past for a Spell

| November 4, 2017

In lofty halls, forked tongues entwine the words of conflict, At once invoking the name of War whilst insisting the Soldiery Stand upon the field for reasons otherwise. That a Soldier exists as the bloody finality of his Nation’s tolerance is forgotten. ~ Take the Fight to the Enemy ~ In a world at war, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 27: Of Monsters and Guardians

| October 27, 2017

In face of the objection that fairy tales will frighten children, C. S. Lewis made some observations that I find particularly applicable to Fathercraft as I understand and practice it. The first was, “Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 23: Of Cycles and Rhythms

| October 23, 2017

“As a Husband, a Father, a Teacher, a Student, a Friend, a Comrade, a Man — as one who strives to be a complete specimen of that animal called Human — I understand that in all things, cycles prevail. “To be a complete Human is to embrace the spectrum of Life from end to end, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 19: Waste Not Your Dram

| October 19, 2017

Waste Not Your Dram By LFM No Wisdom ever grew from Begging others what to do, Who live to make the same mistakes As frequently as you. It lies in finding Mentors — Learning where and when to ask. It lies in finding things that work, Then harnessing to task. It lies in learning Teachers […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 17: Full Circle

| October 17, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is Full Circle, presented here as the third part of the National Film Board of Canada‘s Women and Spirituality Trilogy. Yes, I know I’m presenting them out of sequence, but I have my reasons. The mission statement of this collection is certainly a worthy one: A series of three titles investigating the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 9: Lessons

| October 9, 2017

Lessons By LFM To raise a child is one of Nature’s fundamental things, For offspring must be taught to thrive amid the hurts and stings. The world abounds with things that rend the heart, that bruise, and pierce, And bitter Truths, like he may lose, however True and Fierce. Some curses will be comely while […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 8: Christopher Hitchens on Mortality

| October 8, 2017

“We have everything to fear including fear itself, and the bad news hasn’t yet hit, I don’t think. You’re running into a losing struggle. No one has ever beaten these odds. I’ve looked up ahead, or if you prefer, down the road. I know what’s coming. I know no one beats these odds, and it’s […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 3: Of Mini-miracles, Odd Synchronicities, and Sublime Messages

| October 3, 2017

“Spirit Messengers. The term conjures images of animals sent by a higher power to offer guidance toward the right Path. A Google search will turn up reams of pages identifying the characteristics of each creature, along with its “meaning” should it choose to make itself seen to you under a variety of circumstances. “As with […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 1: A Greeting from your Favourite Reaper

| October 1, 2017

“We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested. “The […]

A Song of Fungal Wisdom

| August 27, 2017

Even the simplest things in Nature have lessons to teach, and indeed the very Profundity of Simplicity may be the greatest of them all. Today is a perfect day to read this poem, and then meditate on what it says during a mindful walk in the woods. A Song of Fungal Wisdom By LFM The […]