A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 4: The Gift of Choice

| December 24, 2020

My message for this Christmas Eve comes from the perspective of my 17 years as a police and fire dispatcher, taking the reports and facilitating the arrests of belligerent half wits who can’t stand the sight of each other at any other time, but who annually, and if temporarily experiencing the convenience of being out […]

Loyalty, Honour, and the Swearing of Oaths

| December 5, 2020

Mind ye now the river’s flowing, Sift ye out what’s wished from knowing, Master thee thy come and going, Trim thy sails, the wind is blowing. So here’s the lesson you must learn, To prep thy vessel, stem to stern. You choose alone what bridges burn, Then steer her hence, there’s no return. ~ Commitment […]

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 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 — T Minus 2

| September 29, 2020

The subject of tonight’s fossil utterance comes to you from Day 4 of Season 9, and unlike toilet paper last March, is something that is in far from short supply. Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety First published on October 4, 2018 Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Messages Mixed and Missed

| March 27, 2020

“‘And it is also said,’ answered Frodo: ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel for they will answer both no and yes.’ “‘Is it indeed?’ laughed Gildor. ‘Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.’” ~ Lord of the […]

May You Live in an Interesting Age

| March 15, 2020

“Some years ago, in 1936, I had to write to a very dear and honored friend of mine, who has since died, Sir Austen Chamberlain, brother of the present Prime Minister, and I concluded my letter with a rather banal remark ‘that we were living in an interesting age’. Evidently he read the whole letter, […]