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 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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 31: It’s Come Again to This

| October 31, 2020

“It is a pity that there are no big creatures to prey on humanity. If there were enough dragons and rocs, perhaps mankind would turn its might against them. Unfortunately man is preyed upon by microbes, which are too small to be appreciated.” ~ T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 30: Immortality

| October 30, 2020

“These are fraught times strewn with fears; both the named and nameless. This is nothing new. As in other times past when the barbarians weren’t merely at the gates but dwelt among us, the thinness of the veneer called civilization offers little contest to genesis of a mindless rabble bent on the taking of advantage […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 25: Tick Tock

| October 25, 2020

“Ticks are not new news, nor are they vaguely understood supernatural beings, and why what gets put out there for public education, even from “official” sources, veers more toward being lore than fact has always been a mystery to me. “Here in Nova Scotia, the predominant Tick species are the Dog Tick, and the Black […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 22: What Gapes Invites to Enter In

| October 22, 2020

In this month of months, ancient and time honoured Faith, lore, and legend hold that the veil keeping separate the realms of the living and the dead grows thinner by the hour, its threadbare remnants strained to their utmost by the stentorian gusts that waxing, blow between worlds to crescendo upon the night called All […]

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 […]