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 11: LFM Will Not Be Launching Smellevision This Season

| October 11, 2020

“We all know what rotting meat smells like, and hence the term, “What died?” has entered the popular lexicon. Just words though, Goode Reader, for there is a quantum leap in the experience that lies between pulling the lid off something found forgotten at the back of the fridge, and the full flower of meaning […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 1

| September 30, 2020

Oh joy of all joys and bliss of all bliss! Dark Sentiments Season 11 finds its dawn at sunset tomorrow. Let us ring it in with this memory of formative Lust from my youth, and a lesson learned. Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 13: Weep Not for the Willfully Blind First published on October […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 3

| September 28, 2020

As we approach the day when Dark Sentiments springs anew in this Year of the Great Unravelment, here’s a lesson from Season 8 to fuel your day’s meditations. Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 9: Lessons First published on October 9, 2017 Lessons By LFM To raise a child is one of Nature’s fundamental things, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 10

| September 21, 2020

As our regular readers know, the month of October has a special significance to Mrs. LFM and me — Hallowe’en marks the anniversary of our marriage on the blessed 31st day of October 2008. On the first day of October in the year 2010, we launched what has become an annual event here at LFM […]

The Militarization of Mealtime

| May 9, 2020

“The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I’m sure I was personally responsible for skyrocketing values of stocks for companies involved in the production of bacon, mushrooms, and dark, full bodied beers. I absolutely enjoy any literature that confronts me with a description of food consumed by the characters that leaves me wanting […]

Hands Free

| April 20, 2020

Indigenous Ability is the title of an excellent blog written and updated regularly by Mark Hatmaker for the purpose of “Examining & Resurrecting Indigenous Skills and Frontier Rough & Tumble Combat”. In this, it succeeds admirably, to the point where even those labouring under the travails of urban living would do well to drink deeply […]

Nothing to Sneeze At

| April 16, 2020

There is no corner of the world unaffected by The Pestilence, and weeks of unrelenting media coverage hell bent on not letting anyone forget it have engendered a dangerous forgetting. We’ve forgotten that people occasionally sneeze and cough, that those occasions have always represented the majority of times when they do, and for the most […]

A Safe and Dignified Manner

| April 10, 2020

March of 1994 came at the end of a bitterly cold winter practically devoid of snowfall. Every lake, still-water, and bog was frozen to a depth of 18 inches or more, and the bare ground in forest and field was stone hard. When spring finally broke over the flood plain surrounding New Germany, Nova Scotia, […]