Musings on Musketry — Part the Second: The Real Meaning of “Military Grade”

| March 23, 2018

When last we convened in the matter of musketry, I closed with reference to how, “The care and feeding, proper shooting, and maintenance of a wooden stocked rifle, particularly one of this vintage, requires dedication to what it means to be a Marksman.” As you will know from having read the first installment in this […]


| February 4, 2018

The most fulfilling moments in my so far 37 year career as a security consultant have involved engineering nasty surprises for miscreants, mostly human but occasionally from other tribes, who thought they were smarter than everyone else but weren’t. Oh, sure, along the way we’ve saved a few lives, but that was just collateral un-damage […]

A Parable of Winter

| January 21, 2018

The year I got my first coveted pair of snowshoes for Christmas, we had over half a meter of snow on the ground before school closed for the holidays. I was stoked! Then the rain and springlike temperatures came, starting Christmas Eve and persisting until all the snow had melted. I recall watching it vanish […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 6

| December 26, 2017

Culturally, the hospitality aspects of festivities prevailing at this time of year exist in a maelstrom of ill considered and contradictory drives. Year after year, many will attempt to answer seasonal motivations to visit people who sometimes live at a great remove and may be reached at no small peril to life and limb, even […]

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 […]