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 […]

Ascension

| July 12, 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 […]

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 Bullshitter’s Grimoire

| May 24, 2020

“Growing up, I was always ahead of my contemporaries in my skills with the written and spoken word. To my great fortune, that gift was recognized and cultivated by a succession of exceptional Teachers. While I can’t pin down the date beyond the certainty that I was still in elementary school, I remember a day […]

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 […]

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 […]

Welcome to Canada — The Country Where Nothing is Ever Settled

| May 2, 2020

All these weeks into the global clusterfuck spawned by The Pestilence, it seems natural that as governments have become comfortable with the new reality (notwithstanding whether or not the body politic has) they would revert to the old habits inherent in partisan politics and party defining ideologies going back to great great great granddad’s generation. […]

Nothing to Sneeze At

| April 16, 2020

There is no corner of the world unaffected by The Pestilence, and weeks of unrelenting media coverage hell bent on not letting anyone forget it have engendered a dangerous forgetting. We’ve forgotten that people occasionally sneeze and cough, that those occasions have always represented the majority of times when they do, and for the most […]

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, […]

I Think We’d Better Think It Out Again

| April 7, 2020

Our title today is a twist of a sentiment expressed in song by the character of Fagin in the musical Oliver!. In the wake of an existential threat from Bill Sikes, Fagin reflects on his own litany of bad life choices and how things might be different if he only tried some options on for […]