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, […]

Blades of Lore, Legend, and Limitations

| February 23, 2020

Literature is effervescent with the weaponry of Heroism, binding the bearer to the facing of perils unimaginable to the mere mortal he or she subsisted as before the day of chosenness. With this endowment comes a sacred duty to right ancient wrongs and rid the world of the darkest evils in a fight unto death, […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 10: A Little Abba to Jack Up the End of the Year

| December 31, 2019

On the Long Winter’s Night of 29 December 2017 I proclaimed this morale booster. The Fire Without and the Fire Within By LFM It’s only just started, but coming to pass Is a Winter as cold as a well digger’s ass. Yet it’s still not extreme if the truth’s to be told, For it used […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 7: She’s Always a Woman

| December 28, 2019

A Long Winter’s Night is the perfect time for telling stories around the fire, and often those take a reflective bent on where things are, how they got here, and where they’re going in that handbasket. We’re doing that tonight to the chagrin of those younger members of the assemblage who suffer the stories of […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 6: Point of Vantage

| December 27, 2019

Point of Vantage By LFM The higher that you climb a Tree, The thinner are the branches, And he who keeps ascending finds The slimmer grow his chances. Climbing Trees will teach a lad The need for solid roots, The virtues of a Trusty branch For questing hands and boots. A Tree will offer refuge […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 1: Welcome Back

| December 22, 2019

Welcome back to the hearth Goode Reader, and this incarnation of A Long Winter’s Night. The Winter Solstice stole upon us at 12:19 Atlantic Time this morning and today offers 14 minutes short of 7 hours less daylight than at the occasion of the Summer Solstice in June. The bittersweet news is that it all gets […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 26: Hier Encore

| October 26, 2019

The melancholy ballad from which tonight’s Dark Sentiment draws its title was written by Charles Aznavour and released in his 1964 album of the same name. Translated literally into English (always a mistake, but here we are), it means “Yesterday Again”, and you may know it best in the English translation by Herbert Kretzmer from […]