Messages Mixed and Missed — Part the First

| March 27, 2020

“‘And it is also said,’ answered Frodo: ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel for they will answer both no and yes.’ “‘Is it indeed?’ laughed Gildor. ‘Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.’” ~ Lord of the […]

Numbers Looking for a Fight

| March 23, 2020

Our title today comes from something Mrs. LFM said last night in reference to statistics in general, and the way they are being presented in daily government COVID-19 briefings specifically. A state of emergency was announced yesterday for the Province of Nova Scotia, where we live. The details of its scope and perceived application can […]

You Don’t Have To Understand Here to Be Here

| March 22, 2020

The title of today’s piece comes from the pilot episode of the excellent, and now both late and lamented, television series Life. Specifically, it’s part of a greater conversation between lead character Detective Charlie Crews (played by Damian Lewis) and his partner, Detective Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi): Dani Reese: “I don’t exactly understand you.” Charlie […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — Epilogue

| February 2, 2020

So here we stand, Goode Reader, at a point from which to reflect upon what happened to bring us here. For this to make any kind of sense demands that you must have first read each of the previous five episodes, so on the chance your first landing here is this article today, links to […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Call 200 Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean?

| January 25, 2020

To say I was frustrated at the sheer bullshittery of discovering my radio battery dead would be an understatement of monumental proportions. Literally overnight, the situation had morphed into a bag of shit to hold. The reaction of the rest of the party when I delivered the latest situation report was predictable, ranging from acceptance […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Tell a Man With Two Black Eyes?

| January 24, 2020

There’s an old joke that goes: Q — “What do you tell a man with two black eyes?” A — “Nothing. He’s already been told twice.” There are some who might say that after what happened on my last trip, what you’re about to read should have come as no surprise. As aforesaid, I first […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — You Can’t Go Home Again

| January 21, 2020

As with all things born of youth, over time, expeditions to Covey Island fell progressively more under the thrall of life realities afflicting their participants, and so became sporadic overall, with some occurring in my own absence. I can no longer recall how much time lay between the events described in our last chapter and […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — A Pattern Emerges

| January 20, 2020

“For this to be experienced I needed to be exactly where and when I was. So simple and yet so profound.” ~ Moments of Magick Welcome back Goode Reader, to this second chapter in my chronicles of camping trips spanning 20 odd years, some more odd than others, to Covey Island, Nova Scotia. The first […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 3: The Little Krampus

| December 24, 2019

I have written here a number of times of Krampus, the dark side of the good cop, bad cop equation that is the reality of the visit from St. Nicholas, predominantly blamed on Austrian Christmas tradition. Most particularly, on this day in 2015, I presented A Krampus Carol, in which I said in part — […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 28: When the Blind Lead the Blind

| October 28, 2018

“To be a Man possessed of Masculinity, experiencing the near daily necessity to engage in social intercourse or commerce with the unschooled males abroad in the land today, is to know the reality in the spirit of the other of what, “… feels inherently unreal ….”. To be unsurprised at a society proclaiming the necessity […]