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 […]

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 29: Accomplished Notwithstanding

| October 29, 2020

Welcome back Goode Reader! Having made it thus far in this season of Dark Sentiments, it will come as no surprise to you that the poems I’ve strewn here in the course of the past two days, The Evil That Men Do and Then, are closely related. The darkness encroaches, many a long Winter’s night […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 28: Then

| October 28, 2020

Rudyard Kipling’s If is among my favourite poems, and a distinct lack of familiarity with what it says is an unsurprisingly common thread among those I refer to as the GU (Great Unwashed). Even as I make no pretense of being equal to Kipling, as tonight’s Dark Sentiment I offer … Then By LFM If […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 27: The Evil That Men Do

| October 27, 2020

The Evil That Men Do By LFM Everyone’s the villain in Another person’s tale. The hoarder of all happiness, The cause of every fail. The villain need not make a move By deed or word or thought, Than benefit from any good His midnight oil has wrought. The victim seeks to claim the prize Denying […]

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 […]