Courage

| June 16, 2019

“My Father, Lawrence, taught me to stand straight and tall, look others in the eye, and that there is a difference between making an enemy and recognizing one. He taught me that a good technician, confounded by his failure to diagnose a problem or to make a thing work, blames himself first, steps back to […]

You’ve Got to Keep Your Workin’ Hand Clean

| June 2, 2019

You’ll be happy to know I have a tune worked out for this and will record it for your delectation in the near future. Now all I need is a ukulele player. As usual, anyone from among my talented population of fans is welcome to tackle it themselves and send it in for publication. You’ve […]

A Dream of War

| March 30, 2019

A Dream of War By LFM I dreamed last night about a place Where Leadership was True. The kind that’s ne’r before been seen By such as me and you. I dreamed there was a world wherein All governments had wrought A law defining why and how A state of war was brought. So for […]

To Sting or Not to Sting

| March 2, 2019

“So given an imperative that outweighs simple survival, an organism may exhibit itself at the pinnacle of its perfection. Even though it may know it has but one stroke to offer an adversary, the depths of its vitality can only be known by inviting that stroke. Consider that.” ~ Dark Sentiments Season 7 – Day […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Of Form and Function

| February 24, 2019

The blade is but the tooth and claw That Nature never gave, So Man no longer hides in trees, Nor cowers in a cave. Why scrabble for what lives beneath The rocks and rotting logs? Take blade, go forth with Comrades bold, And Trusty Hunting Dogs! ~ Tooth and Claw ~ (Excerpt) If you’ve ever […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: The Cowboy Hávamál

| February 17, 2019

“I’ve spoken before of the Hávamál (sayings of the high one), that being one of the poems in The Elder or Poetric Edda, also known as Sæmund’s Edda. “For those of us with eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to think, and hearts to feel, the world of now is every bit as dangerous […]

A Long Winter’s Night — Ascent to Spring Edition: Imbolc

| February 2, 2019

“It is Winter; the wind howls and Mother Nature lies sleeping, deep under a blanket of snow. Bare branches, stark against the slate gray sky, crack against each other like knucklebones, and when the winds really howl they snap, hitting the snow covered ground with a hushed thump. “On the Great Wheel of the Year, […]

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 — 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 […]

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 […]