Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 21: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the Second

| October 21, 2020

When last we met it was to look at a world in panic at a steadily building sense of dreadful certainty that all would be snuffed out by something that had been noticed to occur at 75 year intervals and that at no point in recorded history had done anything but come and go with […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 20: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the First

| October 20, 2020

The longer I live and write about the experience, the more I find that without prior knowledge of what I was referring to or clues provided in the content, it’s possible for someone to read something I’ve written in the past and believe it’s about what was in the news this morning. For example, there’s […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 17: The New Normal

| October 17, 2020

Every societal upheaval gives birth to period specific terms. This is most commonly brought to the fore when soldiers return from war, and every major conflict births a dictionary all its own. But it doesn’t take a war. for as we will discuss today, the current world wide pestilential unpleasantness is societal upheaval enough for […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 16: Tender Bites

| October 16, 2020

Hard times bring some to self-justify the most heinous of acts. A few even pre-position themselves for it as I have chronicled in the matter of a young technician I was once called upon to mentor: “… in the midst of the long hot summer of 1981 the Halifax Police Department went on strike and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 14: Uglification

| October 14, 2020

Uglification By LFM When the ideal state of any nation’s Not shared across its population, And any voiced opposed opinions Call to arms the frenzied minions, With history and fiction melding, Mark you now your freedom’s gelding. When princes vie for favour’s sway Each pre-proclaimed he’s won the day, Disciples bleed upon the grass, Unknowing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 13: Grist for the Mill

| October 13, 2020

Grist for the Mill By LFM Tim lives in the city in a tiny wee flat, He says he hates “fascists” and wears a black hat. He has lots of friends and they go on the town To fix what is broken by burning it down. Dontrell finds his fire in historical crimes, Committed by […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 7: A Box Full of Chosenness

| October 7, 2020

“The matter, then, is not that we are different from one another. It springs from zealotry, and that, dear reader, is born of the idea of chosenness – that you and yours hold exclusivity of right as the beloved and preferred of your deity, or even political doctrine. Chosenness in spiritual terms goes far beyond […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 6: History

| October 6, 2020

Unless you’ve never been here, or otherwise lived your life ten feet up a Moose’s ass which is the Canadian equivalent still in use even after decades of metrification, you will have heard the adage that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. An irony arising from that is the regularity with which […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 4: Seek the Truth

| October 4, 2020

While tonight’s Dark Sentiment may appear to be inspired by the current state of unpleasantness, history shows that everything in it has played out innumerable times in the past. What makes it so special this time is that the travails have never before played out in such a time of simultaneous connection and division, global […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 3: Sons and Mothers, A Study in Two Films

| October 3, 2020

Of my own Mother, I once wrote: My Mother, Evelyn, taught me to read, sound out words I didn’t know, spell (including my own full name and those of both Parents, the names of all the major African animals, as well as those of what I considered the most interesting dinosaurs), count forward and backward […]