A First of July Road Trip With Canada

| July 1, 2021

“Hydroplaning, or aquaplaning, is a dangerous driving condition that occurs when water causes your car’s tires to lose contact with the road surface. Whether it lasts for an instant or several seconds, hydroplaning is a jolting indication that you’ve lost all the available traction. In those moments, you are for all intents and purposes a […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Grand Beta Test: Part the First

| June 1, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to those parts of the societal fabric so rickety that they have widened to the point where most can no longer be plugged even by something as magnificently huge as the ass of the elephant in the room. It is these that have attracted the investigative efforts of the […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Matter of a “Living Wage”: Part the Second

| May 28, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to the rickety parts of the societal fabric that have been under scrutiny by the ongoing investigative efforts of the LFM Home Office Of Pestilential and Legal Affairs (HOOPLA). What you will read today is the second and final segment of a short series dealing with the value of […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Matter of a “Living Wage”: Part the First

| May 9, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to the rickety parts of the societal fabric that have been under scrutiny by the ongoing investigative efforts of the LFM Home Office Of Pestilential and Legal Affairs (HOOPLA). What you will read today is the introductory backgrounder for a short series dealing with the value of human time […]

Same House, More Windows

| April 4, 2021

I once watched a standup comedian talking about some bad advice given to him while he was growing up. He said he was warned that you always have to watch “the quiet ones”, and even at a young age that didn’t sit well with him. He wondered, while you’re busy watching the quiet ones, what’s […]

Pro Tip: A New Year is Not a Chance for a Fresh Start

| January 1, 2021

If I were to sum up application of my billable skills in one easy to digest term, it would be “professional troubleshooter”. In general, this means Mrs. LFM and I solve the problems of other people for a living. What typically motivates someone to pick up their phone and dial us, or equally as common […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 6: Christmas at Sea

| December 26, 2020

On this date last year I treated you to a Christmas ghost story, The Shepherd,  written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his wife, Carrie. “‘The Shepherd’ is set on the Christmas Eve of 1957, at which time I would have been eight months plus a day upon the Earth, snug as a […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 3: Comparisons

| December 23, 2020

On our last Long Winter’s Night I spoke of the role “position” can play in meeting the onset of hardship, and staying functional as its challenges unfold. Today we’ll expand on that and look at a 20th century historical comparison. One of two we’ll be talking about this season. History is rife with massive social […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 2: Position

| December 22, 2020

Position (Oxford Languages) verb gerund or present participle: positioning put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way. promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfillment of that sector’s specific requirements. portray or regard (someone) as a particular type of person. You may […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 1: Another Fine Log

| December 21, 2020

Welcome back thou Goode and Weary Traveller, and well met at our Homely Hearth as we’ve only just thrown on another fine log just for you! Here in Nova Scotia, the Winter Solstice of 2020 stole in on rain sodden moccasins at 06:02 Atlantic Standard Time this morning, marking the official “first day of winter” […]