A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 7: Ice Capades

| December 27, 2016

“There’s an old joke about a Boy Scout who, one bright Saturday morning, puts on his uniform and declares to his Mother that he’s off to do good deeds all day long. When he returns a few hours later, with a black eye and looking like he just escaped from a dude ranch by being […]

An Election Needs a Soundtrack

| August 3, 2016

As a Canadian bystander witnessing the bizarre train wreck that’s slowly and painfully morphed into what is now supposed to be the really serious part of the 2016 US Presidential Election, I’m reminded of a few things. The first is an article I posted here on 20 January 2013 that highlighted one published to The […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 20: The Year in Zealotry – Part 2 of 2

| October 20, 2015

Darkness, as it inspires me, isn’t limited to expressions of evil, mayhem, and bad outcomes. Something can also be considered “dark” if it is unknown, misunderstood, or incorrectly interpreted. ~ Dark Sentiments 2012 – Day 1: Another Harvest 2015 has so far been a year characterized by action, reaction, inadequate and inappropriate action, attacks on […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 5: Thomas the Zanti Tank Engine

| October 5, 2015

The Thomas The Tank Engine series has the creepiest, most awful method of vehicle anthropomorphization in the history of human culture. ~ Thomas The Tank Engine Is Destroying All Cartoon Vehicles And Creeping Me The Hell Out I put being “creeped out” behind me a long, long time ago, but as a writer of the […]

It’s Results that Count

| February 22, 2015

The involvement of Canada’s military services in the open warfare that has flourished since the events of 11 September 2001 has led to an unsurprising and historically inevitable outcome: Healthy people are dispatched on the mission. Some come back fine, some die before the end of their tour, while still others come back broken. Wars […]

Whither I Wentest?

| February 7, 2015

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that I’ve been more than a little sparse in my utterances of late. Let me tell you a little about that. We of the LFM Clan are a healthy and robust lot, descended from a bunch of tough nuts. When we catch a cold or flu, we take the […]

Plenty o’ Fish

| September 1, 2014

On one sunny Summer’s day about ten years ago, the bountifully beauteous Mrs. LFM and I were shopping in the Halifax area when we decided a cup of coffee was in order. And so it came to pass that we pulled up in front of a coffee shop in the Bayer’s Lake district, facing the […]

My Definition of “Mistake” Differs

| June 26, 2014

To begin, I offer this summary from an article posted Wednesday by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: A Lunenburg man has been fined $5,000 and is prohibited from owning animals for 10 years after his Portuguese water dog died when he left it inside his car in Wolfville during a hot day last summer … … […]

Totally Organic

| June 15, 2014

Totally Organic By LFM Conveyor belts at checkout stands Are monuments to careless hands, For as each turns it brings to view Smears that range from “Yuck!” to “Eww!” It may be water, maybe not. It might be drool, or might be snot. One critter’s blood? Another’s jizz? No way of telling what it is. […]

In Ferro Veritas – Swordsmanship Meets Revisionist History

| February 5, 2014

To many a modern fencer, the “weapon” in hand is no weapon at all, but an instrument of athleticism no different and more deserving of noble regard  than a tennis racquet. In discussion with one who openly brings concepts of martial artistry into fencing practice, even accomplished fencers routinely ridicule any such idea as archaic […]