Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 21: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the Second

| October 21, 2020

When last we met it was to look at a world in panic at a steadily building sense of dreadful certainty that all would be snuffed out by something that had been noticed to occur at 75 year intervals and that at no point in recorded history had done anything but come and go with […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 20: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the First

| October 20, 2020

The longer I live and write about the experience, the more I find that without prior knowledge of what I was referring to or clues provided in the content, it’s possible for someone to read something I’ve written in the past and believe it’s about what was in the news this morning. For example, there’s […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 17: The New Normal

| October 17, 2020

Every societal upheaval gives birth to period specific terms. This is most commonly brought to the fore when soldiers return from war, and every major conflict births a dictionary all its own. But it doesn’t take a war. for as we will discuss today, the current world wide pestilential unpleasantness is societal upheaval enough for […]

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 14: Uglification

| October 14, 2020

Uglification By LFM When the ideal state of any nation’s Not shared across its population, And any voiced opposed opinions Call to arms the frenzied minions, With history and fiction melding, Mark you now your freedom’s gelding. When princes vie for favour’s sway Each pre-proclaimed he’s won the day, Disciples bleed upon the grass, Unknowing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 13: Grist for the Mill

| October 13, 2020

Grist for the Mill By LFM Tim lives in the city in a tiny wee flat, He says he hates “fascists” and wears a black hat. He has lots of friends and they go on the town To fix what is broken by burning it down. Dontrell finds his fire in historical crimes, Committed by […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 12: Of Tastes Acquired

| October 12, 2020

“An acquired taste is an appreciation for something unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it.” ~ Wikipedia Of this very subject, I once wrote: “I like fruitcake. I also like marinated herring, Danish blue cheese, scotch whisky, anchovies, the smell of a good cigar being smoked – […]

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 6: History

| October 6, 2020

Unless you’ve never been here, or otherwise lived your life ten feet up a Moose’s ass which is the Canadian equivalent still in use even after decades of metrification, you will have heard the adage that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. An irony arising from that is the regularity with which […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 5: Fred Eaglesmith

| October 5, 2020

“Frederick John Elgersma (born July 9, 1957), known by the stage name Fred Eaglesmith, is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. He is known for writing songs about vehicles, rural life, down-and-out characters, lost love and quirky rural folk. His songwriting uses techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.” ~ […]