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 31: It’s Come Again to This

| October 31, 2020

“It is a pity that there are no big creatures to prey on humanity. If there were enough dragons and rocs, perhaps mankind would turn its might against them. Unfortunately man is preyed upon by microbes, which are too small to be appreciated.” ~ T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 19: A Little More Rusty Cage

| October 19, 2020

In the lead in to every Dark Sentiments season, I look around at the career path of some of the notables I’ve spoken of here to see what they’ve been up to, who did what to whom, living, dead, incarcerated, on the run. Those sorts of things. Tonight’s treat is a result of one of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 9: The Grave Digger’s Song Book

| October 9, 2020

If you’ve never dug a grave you should try it some time. No cheating with power equipment mind. Pick and shovel or it didn’t happen, no matter how much you cried in the process. Whether or not you’re a member of that singular group, tonight’s Dark Sentiment will present musical selections from a genre you […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 1

| September 30, 2020

Oh joy of all joys and bliss of all bliss! Dark Sentiments Season 11 finds its dawn at sunset tomorrow. Let us ring it in with this memory of formative Lust from my youth, and a lesson learned. Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 13: Weep Not for the Willfully Blind First published on October […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 4

| September 27, 2020

Tonight’s mind dropping is drawn from the Season 7 section of the Dark Sentiments archives. I have marvelled ever since at the restraint of the musically gifted among my Goode Readers as exhibited by none having expressed interest in recording this toe tapping ditty. Ah well, my door is still open. Dark Sentiments Season 7 […]

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 […]

The Militarization of Mealtime

| May 9, 2020

“The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I’m sure I was personally responsible for skyrocketing values of stocks for companies involved in the production of bacon, mushrooms, and dark, full bodied beers. I absolutely enjoy any literature that confronts me with a description of food consumed by the characters that leaves me wanting […]

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 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 […]