Enough. Is. Enough.

| July 19, 2020

The title of today’s utterance is taken from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s favourite code phrase, and delivery, for signalling to his audience that they are being lectured to. From not enough physical distancing to people owning things he is ideologically opposed to, he’s used the term before and no doubt will again, hopefully at […]

Rustic Snooze

| June 7, 2020

Yet horns of war and strife now blow, And echo through the land. Loud enough, I hear them yet From where I choose to stand. For Peace is in that place, you see, That strife is furthest from, But no vantage have I ever found Whence I can’t hear its drum. ~ The Woodsman’s Song […]

Still More From The Country Where Nothing is Ever Settled

| May 18, 2020

Back in March of 2018, I published an article here titled Smoke, Mirrors, and a Soldier, the inspiration for which was summed up in its first paragraph: I read an article the other day written by Josh Makuch and published last Friday to Vice with the title, “I’m a Veteran In Favour of More Gun […]

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 […]

Pro Tip!

| March 25, 2020

This morning I was consulted by an electrical contractor in the matter of Dorma 1800 Series door closers — devices designed to hold a fire door open, and trigger positive closure when smoke is detected. As we were reviewing the installation manual together on the phone, this cropped up, and it was lucky he had […]

You Don’t Have To Understand Here to Be Here

| March 22, 2020

The title of today’s piece comes from the pilot episode of the excellent, and now both late and lamented, television series Life. Specifically, it’s part of a greater conversation between lead character Detective Charlie Crews (played by Damian Lewis) and his partner, Detective Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi): Dani Reese: “I don’t exactly understand you.” Charlie […]

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, […]

Covey Island Shenanigans — What Do You Tell a Man With Two Black Eyes?

| January 24, 2020

There’s an old joke that goes: Q — “What do you tell a man with two black eyes?” A — “Nothing. He’s already been told twice.” There are some who might say that after what happened on my last trip, what you’re about to read should have come as no surprise. As aforesaid, I first […]

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 […]